Khris Davis slugs late slam, but A’s fall to Rays

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The A’s nearly wrecked the Rays bullpenning strategy, but even a grand slam was too little, too late.After getting shut down by five different Rays pitchers through eight innings, Khris Davis injected life into the A’s bench as he demolished a hanging slider from Sergio Romo for a grand slam to bring the A’s within one run. But the A’s still fell 5-4, failing to gain ground on the New York …last_img

WATCH: Ramón Laureano’s insane throw early candidate for Play of the Year

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Ramón Laureano is getting his defensive highlights mixtape started early in 2019.The A’s center fielder turned in the most impressive throw of the young season and an early candidate for Play of the Year in the second inning of Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox as he fired a seed from center to home plate to nail Xander Bogaerts trying to score from second on a single by Mitch Moreland.In case you …last_img

A brief history of Bafana Bafana

first_imgBafana Bafana before a match withEquatorial Guinea at Loftus VersfeldStadium in Pretoria/Tshwane. South Africans cheer their team on.(Images: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bafana BafanaMatlhomola MorakeTeam Media Officer+27 82 7444 [email protected]• South African Football AssociationMorio SanyaneDirector: Communications and Media+27 82 99 00 [email protected]• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 4[email protected] FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected]• 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa LocalOrganising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] MorganSouth Africa’s national football team, known as Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history. That’s because the first team to represent all South Africans only played its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections.Bafana’s first match was played in Durban, against Cameroon, on 7 July 1992. It proved to be a strong debut against one of Africa’s leading teams, which had made the quarterfinals of the Fifa World Cup only two years previously. Doctor Khumalo scored the game’s only goal to give South Africa a 1-0 win.Despite that victory over the Indomitable Lions, the effects of isolation soon showed as South Africa failed to qualify for the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations after suffering four defeats in succession – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia.Africa Cup of Nations 1996Two years later, however, Bafana Bafana’s place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals was assured when the country hosted the tournament.Under coach Clive Barker, the national team rose to the occasion, topping its group after beating Cameroon 3-0 and Angola 1-0 before losing 1-0 to Egypt.In the quarterfinals, Bafana beat Algeria 2-1 to set up a semi-final clash against Ghana, the only team that had won all its games up until that stage of the competition. Putting in one of the finest performances ever by the South African national team, the home side triumphed 3-0 in front of 75 000 spectators at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. (The stadium, now known as Soccer City, has been extensively refurbished as the showpiece venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.)Bafana faced Tunisia in the final, after the North Africans had defeated Zambia 4-2 in the semi-finals. In front of a crowd of 80 000 at the FNB Stadium, Neil Tovey’s men gave the supporters what they wanted by beating the Tunisians 2-0, with Mark Williams netting both goals.1996: the Boys play BrazilStill in 1996, the potential of South African football was demonstrated when Bafana Bafana took on world champions Brazil, who were at full strength, in a Mandela Cup match in Johannesburg.Philemon Masinga put South Africa into a 25th-minute lead and Doctor Khumalo then made it 2-0 to the home side at the break, to the delight of the Bafana fans.The Brazilians fought back after the break, with Flavio netting in the 56th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rivaldo made it 2-2.Then, with only four minutes left, Bebeto, one of the heroes of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, snatched the winner for the visitors.Although South Africa lost, the match provided ample proof that the team’s Africa Cup of Nations title was no fluke. It also proved to be a wonderful celebration of the game of football, and of the role Nelson Mandela played in bringing democracy to the country.1998: Fifa World CupBafana Bafana continued to excel on the international stage when, in 1997, the team qualified for the Fifa World Cup finals for the first time.They faced the difficult task of taking on the hosts, France, in their first match in Group C. The French, with probably the best team in the country’s history, beat South Africa 3-0. France went on to beat Brazil by the same score in the final.Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Denmark in the team’s second match, then shared a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia. The two draws and one loss saw South Africa exit the event in the group stages after finishing third in its group.1998: Africa Cup of NationsAlso in 1998, Bafana defended their Africa Cup of Nations title in Burkina Faso. In a controversial decision, taken shortly before the finals, coach Clive Barker was sacked and Jomo Sono appointed in a caretaker role. Some forecasts were dire, but the South African team again rose to the challenge to perform well.They finished second behind the Ivorians in their group, after a 0-0 draw against Angola, a 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast and a 4-1 win over Nambia. A young striker by the name of Benni McCarthy made his mark by netting four goals inside 21 minutes in the victory over the Namibians.In the quarterfinals, South Africa beat Morocco 2-1 as McCarthy and David Nyathi netted. That earned them a semi-final place against the Democratic Republic of Congo.In the semi-final, McCarthy scored on the hour-mark to level the scores after South Africa had fallen behind in the 48th minute. He then struck in extra time to earn Bafana a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Egypt, who had beaten the hosts Burkina Faso in the other semi-final.The dream of successive titles was brought to an end in the final when the Pharaohs scored two early goals to take a 2-0 victory. Nonetheless, given the uncertain build-up to the tournament, it was a good showing by South Africa.1999: First win over European oppositionDespite very average results in 1999, Bafana managed to win the Afro-Asian Trophy after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Cape Town and then drawing 0-0 in Riyadh.In November 1999, Bafana Bafana achieved a notable milestone when they scored their first win over European opposition. It came in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Sweden at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Siyabonga Nomvete was the hero, netting an 87th minute goal to snatch a late victory for the home side.At the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000, hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, Bafana Bafana topped their group, beating Gabon 3-1, the DRC 1-0, and playing to a 0-0 draw with Algeria. In the quarterfinals, Siyabonga Nomvete scored the only goal as South Africa eliminated one of the hosts, Ghana.In the semi-finals, SA’s footballing nemesis, Nigeria, beat Bafana 2-0. South Africa ultimately finished third after beating Tunisia 4-3 from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 2-2 draw in the playoff.2002: Fifa World CupAlthough South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations performances had gradually slipped over three continental finals – from winners to finalists to semi-finalists – their performances in at the 2002 Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan were noteworthy.Competing in group B, they drew 2-2 with Paraguay and then beat Slovenia 1-0. That left Bafana with a shot of making it to the round of 16, but a tough encounter against highly fancied Spain awaited the side.In a back-and-forth tussle, Spain took an early lead through Raul. Benni McCarthy struck back in the 31st minute to make it 1-1. Gaizka Mendieta then edged the Spaniards in front with a goal in first-half injury time.Only eight minutes into the second stanza, Lucas Radebe levelled the scores. Raul, however, restored Spain’s lead three minutes later, and that’s how it ended: South Africa 2, Spain 3.At the same time as Bafana Bafana and Spain were doing battle, Slovenia and Paraguay were in action.The Slovenians took a 1-0 lead into the break, which meant South Africa would qualify for the next round regardless of whether or not they lost to Spain. Paraguay, however, came roaring back in the second half, netting three times to win 3-1.The South Americans’ third goal, scored in the 84th minute, was enough to see them progress at South Africa’s expense, but only by the narrowest of margins: both had the same number of points, and the same goal difference. Paraguay, though, had scored and conceded six goals to South Africa’s five and five.2002: Africa Cup of Nations slideSouth Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations slide continued in the finals held in Mali in 2002.Bafana Bafana qualified at the top of their group, albeit with a record of only one win and two draws. They opened with a 0-0 draw against Burkina Faso, and followed that up with another goalless draw against Ghana. A 3-1 victory over Morocco, however, was enough to open a path to the quarterfinals. There, Bafana Bafana met the hosts and were beaten 2-0.In 2003, the national side managed a record of only six wins, a draw and four losses. Worryingly, losses began to come against teams that South Africa needed to beat to maintain a strong Fifa world ranking – countries like Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Egypt.The decline was made clear for all to see at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Despite opening with a 2-0 win over Benin, Bafana Bafana failed to progress beyond the group stages. They were humbled 4-0 by Nigeria, and drew 1-1 with Morocco.2004: World Cup bid succeedsIn May 2004, however, the mood of South African football fans was considerably brightened when the country won the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – the first African country to be awarded the honour.And in November 2004, the Nigerian bogey was finally ended when Bafana Bafana beat the Super Eagles 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Despite a decent showing as an invited team to the 2005 Concacaf Gold Cup, in which they drew three matches and beat Mexico 2-1, 2005 was not a good year for South Africa’s national football team. They scraped wins over lightly regarded teams early in the year, but ended it with four losses and a draw in their last five matches.2006: Bafana hit bottom in EgyptAlthough they qualified for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa. They lost all three matches they played and failed to score a single goal as they crashed out of the tournament as the bottom team in their group.With four years remaining until 2010 and the national team in disarray – and down to 72nd in Fifa’s world rankings – a decision was made to acquire a big-name coach to prepare Bafana for the World Cup. Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had coached Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Saudi Arabia in previous World Cup finals, took up the post.Parreira achieved his first goal of earning qualification for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, but South Africa once again bowed out in the first round.2008: Improvement under ParreiraThey finished bottom of group D in Ghana after two draws and one loss, which was, at least, an improvement over their previous campaign. Bafana drew 1-1 with both Angola and Senegal, and lost 3-1 to Tunisia.After that, South Africa appeared to be making progress under Parreira, and a stylish 3-0 victory over Paraguay in March 2008 was cause for optimism. The following month, however, Parreira abruptly resigned his position to be with his wife, who had recently undergone surgery for cancer.His replacement was another Brazilian, recommended by Parreira: Joel Santana, who brought with him an excellent record in Brazilian club football, but no international experience.2008/09: Santana in at the deep endSantana was thrown in at the deep end, taking over just before a series of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He didn’t know the players, he didn’t have time to work with them – and South Africa failed to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.The tide seemed to be turning, however, when South Africa scored a national record five consecutive wins in succession – over Zambia, Cameroon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Malawi.However, disappointing losses to Chile and Portugal in early 2009, either side of a last-gasp win over Norway, suggested that Bafana still had considerable ground to make up if they were to progress beyond the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.2009: Fifa Confederations CupAt the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for the 2010 Fifa World Cup played in South Africa in June 2009, Bafana Bafana gave a good account of themselves in reaching the semi-finals. With a place in the final on the line, they went down 1-0 to eventual champions Brazil, who scored only three minutes from time.Against Spain, in the play-off for third and fourth, Bafana pushed the European champions into extra time before succumbing 3-2.With good performances against the world’s two top teams, confidence in the national side was running high. Sadly, this proved to be a false dawn.2009: Santana out, Parreira back inIn August and September 2009, Serbia beat Bafana 3-1 in Tshwane/Pretoria, Germany beat them 2-0 in Leverkusen in September, and Ireland won 1-0 in Limerick before South Africa scored an unconvincing 1-0 win over minnows Madagascar at home.And in October 2009, Bafana went down 1-0 to Norway in Oslo and 1-0 to Iceland in Reykjavik. Eight losses in nine matches saw Bafana Bafana drop to a 16-year low of 85th in Fifa’s world rankings.Not long afterwards, on 19 October 2009, the South African Football Association announced that Joel Santana had stepped down as coach of South Africa’s national team.On 23 October his replacement was announced: none other than Carlos Alberto Parreira.“I see light at the end of the tunnel,” Parreira told Fifa in an interview the following month. “When we have this team up to a good level of fitness, they will prove far more competitive. This side has played at a high level before. When I worked here the first time we beat Paraguay 3-0, and that’s the standard I want the team to get back to.”The coach will now turn his focus to a training camp in his native Brazil in March, when he will have four weeks to work with his squad.“We’ll be able to get them into good shape,” he said. “They will be with us for four weeks. We are going to go to Brazil. We are hoping to play about six games against good opposition. It is going to be very beneficial.”last_img read more

10 months agoReading defender O’Shea offers advice to Man Utd ace Pogba

first_imgReading defender O’Shea offers advice to Man Utd ace Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading defender John O’Shea says the jury should still be out for Paul Pogba and his revival at Manchester United.Ahead of today’s FA Cup tie, O’Shea believes the midfielder must now discover consistency.”I remember Paul from the youth team. He was so bubbly, everybody knew he was a fantastic talent. He will be a huge star for United because there’s that ability. And once he concentrates on that, he’ll be a fantastic player for years to come. He won the World Cup, so he’s doing enough talking on the pitch, but he’s got to make sure he keeps doing it.”The best players maintain that level consistently season after season, and the attributes that he has, if he can maintain that, he will become like he’s showing at the minute — that player who scores goals, creates goals. And if he does that I’m sure the United fans will get right behind him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAC Milan chief Maldini: We’d have signed Lozano if…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan chief Maldini: We’d have signed Lozano if…by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan chief Paolo Maldini admits they were interested in Napoli midfielder Hirving Lozano.Lozano left PSV Eindhoven for Napoli over the summer.“We looked at him and thought about buying him,” Maldini told TUDN.“We talked to his agent [Mino Raiola], but in the end there was a problem concerning his position on the field.“We played with a 4-3-3 last season, the perfect formation for him, but now we play in a different way.“He was an option for us over the summer, but he made the decision to go to another big club like Napoli, and the factor of working with [Carlo] Ancelotti, who is a maestro, helps him play in his best and natural position.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Our attack was ruthless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Our attack was ruthlessby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his players after their record-smashing 8-0 triumph over Watford.The Premier League Champions headed into half-time with a 5-0 lead, sensationally established in the opening 18 minutes of the game, and continued where they left off to add three more after the restart.Guardiola expressed his delight that his team did not let up, adding that doing so would have been disrespectful to the Hornets.”The quality of players upfront made the difference,” he said. “We were ruthless in terms of five shots, five goals. Sometimes, we have 20 and cannot score.”After the Champions League – a huge trip and no time to prepare – it was a lovely day for us all. For the City fans, there was sunshine and a lot of goals.”One of the things I loved the most is the fact that at 5-0 at half-time, sometimes players think for themselves and play their own game. It was the complete opposite – we were more aggressive, and we changed the set-up a little bit. We were more aggressive, high pressing.”In the second half, we scored more goals and played well. That, I like a lot.” last_img read more

10 days agoBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked career

first_imgBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked careerby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits rejection by Bolton Wanderers has sparked his career.Ramsdale was released from Bolton at the age of 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”. He said: “It’s been difficult.“There’s a lot of rejection as a young kid, obviously getting released at Bolton – being too small and couldn’t kick.“But that could possibly be the best thing which ever happened to me. It gave me the backbone and the toughness to never say die.“Signing here (at Cherries) from Sheffield United, it was a lonely journey for the first two years.“I didn’t enjoy it and probably didn’t fulfil my potential but had two good loan periods.“One with Chesterfield, which we got relegated in but one with Wimbledon where we managed to stay up.“I can look back at that in the mirror and say I had a massive part to play. I think I grew into a man.“Now I am standing here today, I am using my experiences from then to take into the games for Bournemouth.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US senators want proof Canada protecting whales but scientist questions move

first_imgHALIFAX – A call by a group of Democratic senators who argue a U.S. agency should audit the job Canada is doing to protect endangered whales is drawing a cool reaction from an American scientist who promotes their conservation.The 11 senators, led by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, cite the dire status of North Atlantic right whales as a reason to put some pressure on Canada.There are only about 450 of the right whales left and through the past year they suffered 17 deaths, with 12 of those in Canadian waters.The senators said in an April 25 letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the agency should conduct a review of Canada’s right whale conservation standards, and consider prohibitions on some Canadian seafood imports if they are too weak.However, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, a biologist with Plymouth, Massachusetts-based marine mammal advocacy group Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said cracking down on Canada is diverting attention from her own nation’s responsibilities.She said it makes more sense to focus on greater protections along her country’s coast, and said that little has been done over the past year to upgrade and increase enforcement of American standards to protect the whales.Preservation of the right whale ignited conservation groups and marine scientists in the past year because of all the deaths, coupled with low fertility.Both American and Canadian scientists have warned the species could be extinct in less than 25 years if it continues on its current course.The other senators involved in Markey’s effort are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.Kate Brogan, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the agency is looking into the senators’ request for a review.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

ExBuckeye carries on basketball tradition

When Brandon Fuss-Cheatham graduated from Ohio State, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever feel as attached to the tradition at his alma mater.“One thing that I didn’t realize while being in school is, when you graduate and move on into the real world it is very surprising how deep and strong the alumni base is across the county.”Fuss-Cheatham, a major part of an OSU men’s basketball team that faced plenty of ups and downs, played in 113 games for the Bucks from 2001-2005. “I miss the pure joy of being around my teammates and coaches,” he said. “Most of your time in college was being around your teammates and staff.”In his freshman season, Fuss-Cheatham played in 29 games, as the Bucks fell to Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A year later, he saw action in 22 games as OSU took a step back, losing in the opening round of the NIT.Fuss-Cheatham started the majority of his junior season at point guard for the Buckeyes, who ended the season 14-16. In his senior campaign, he started 20 games, playing a central role on the team that tainted Illinois’ undefeated record in the final game of the regular season.The Buckeyes finished the ’04-’05 season at 20-12, but were banned from postseason play because of NCAA violations stemming from actions of former coach Jim O’Brien.After his eligibility ran out, Fuss-Cheatham remained in school to finish obtaining his degree, turning down several opportunities to play basketball overseas.At first, his love for basketball overshadowed his desire to put his marketing degree to use. Fuss-Cheatham ran an AAU basketball program and then a 24-hour basketball fitness program in Orange County, Calif. He strived to keep basketball in his life any way he could, he said.“Being able to travel, practice and of course play with OSU on your shirt with the people you worked so hard with was awesome,” he said. “Also playing in front of such loyal fans made you feel like you were a part of something special. The entire city was behind their sports.”Eventually, he felt it was time to quell his passion for the game, and allow his marketing skills to pay off. He has been working for California law firms since spring.While basketball doesn’t maintain the same presence in his life that it once did, the camaraderie and tradition of Ohio State has reappeared.“I live in Orange County, Calif., and I meet people every week from OSU,” he said. “There are parties for football and basketball games with over 200-300 people, all alumni. It is a great feeling to be a part of the OSU tradition.” read more

Football Ohio State suffers wins and losses during early signing period

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media as head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day listens during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWhen he took the podium as the incoming head coach at Ohio State on Dec. 4 after head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement, Ryan Day’s focus was already on Dec. 19. Meyer ceremoniously passed the baton to Day, who will not officially be the head coach at Ohio State until Jan. 2. But from the moment he left the Fawcett Center on that Tuesday, the recruiting process was his, the team building process was his. Meyer still had the current Ohio State team, preparing for his final game as a head coach against Washington in the Rose Bowl. Day held the future. And on Dec. 19, the future began at Ohio State as the Buckeyes added 15 signees from the 2019 recruiting class on the first day of the early signing period. Ohio State retained the two five-star recruits from the 2019 class that Meyer helped secure.Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, signed his letter of intent. The 6-foot, 181-pound receiver comes from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, the same high school 2018 four-star recruit and Ohio State freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin went to, and signed with the Buckeyes after verbally committing on April 29. Five-star center Harry Miller, the No. 2 center in the 2019 class, also made his commitment from June 10 official, signing with Ohio State out of Buford, Georgia. But even as the first two five-star recruits in the 2019 class, neither Miller nor Wilson would be the defining player in Ohio State’s recruiting class. That was five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, who, as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio out of Olentangy Orange High School and the No. 4 recruit in the country, committed to the Buckeyes on Wednesday, choosing between what many believed to be Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. Even with the change in leadership, Meyer said, in the press conference announcing his retirement, Day is a perfect fit to continue the trend he created during his tenure at Ohio State. “Once those players know that you have that genuine love and care for them they’ll move mountains for you,” Meyer said. “And I saw that with Ryan Day.”Day did see some unforeseen change in Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. Four-star 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis, who committed to Ohio State in June as a previous commitment at Michigan State, signed his letter of intent with Georgia, leaving the Buckeyes with no quarterback in the 2019 class. However, Ohio State could be in the running to fill the spot Mathis left with the former No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class. 2018 five-star quarterback Justin Fields informed Georgia, where he spent his freshman season, that he intended to transfer, entering the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, allowing other schools to contact him. Ohio State also lost a commitment from four-star safety Jordan Battle, who announced signed his letter of intent with Alabama on Wednesday. With the loss of both Mathis and Battle and with the gain of Harrison, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten, the first time since 2010 the Buckeyes have not had the No. 1 recruiting class in the conference. Nationally, Ohio State has the No. 14 recruiting class in the country, its highest since 2010.Updated at 3:26 p.m. after three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie committed to Ohio State read more