Month: August 2020

Ravens injury report.

first_imgBaltimore RavensOutWR Lee Evans (ankle)WR David Reed (shoulder)CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)QuestionableCB Chris Carr (thigh)G Ben Grubbs (Toe)ProbableC Matt Birk (knee)NT Terrence Cody (concussion)DE Cory Redding (toe)Please follow and like us:last_img

Player Profiles: Manny Machado

first_imgPlease follow and like us: The Baltimore Orioles have had one of the best third baseman in the history of baseball in Brooks Robinson.  Enter Manny Machado who came up to the Majors at the young age of 19.The Orioles drafted Machado in the 2010 MLB draft, he was the third overall pick.  Machado made his Major League debut in 2012, his first full season was in 2013.  Machado is one of the reasons for the Orioles return to winning and was a major reason why the Orioles had the best defense in baseball history in 2013.Machado never really played third base in the minors, he spent most of his time playing short stop.  With little practice at third base the Orioles brought Machado up and had him play third everyday.Defensively Machado is one of the best defenders I have ever seen play the game.  Machado’s knock on him as a prospect was that he would make lazy errors, this has not been seen at the Major League level.  Machado won the Platinum Glove in 2013 being voted the best defender in league.Machado does not lack offensively, still developing as a hitter he has a career .279 average and 21 home runs prior to the 2014 season.  Machado has been a doubles machine and hits the balks to all fields.  There are no real wholes in Machado’s game offensively or defensively.Machado’s stellar play has made him a fan favorite in Baltimore and is one of Buck Showalter’s favorite players.I worry that the Orioles may over use Machado, his knee injury late in 2013 was evidence of that.  It is so hard to take Machado out of the lineup but I think he needs some rest.The future is bright for Machado and I think he will be an All-Star for years.  If Machado stays healthy and keeps his head on straight I can see him in the Baseball Hall of Fame.Here are some of Machado’s stats. Standard BattingYearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDPHBPSHSFIBBPosAwards201017BAL-minA-,Rk9393631111150033.306.359.472.8311700000ADN,OLS · NYPL,GULF201118BAL-minA+,A101430382489820511501164573.257.335.421.756161161024FDK,DEL · CARL,SALL201219BAL-minAA1094594026010726511591344870.266.352.438.789176156120BOW · EL201219BALAL5120219124508372620938.262.294.445.7399885601105201320BALAL1567106678818951314716729113.283.314.432.746102288152930*5AS,MVP-9,GG201421BAL-minA+313125841021011.667.6921.1671.8591400000FDK · CARL201421BALAL8235432738911401232202068.278.324.431.7551101411332225201522BALAL162713633102181301358620870111.286.359.502.861132318174242*5/6AS,MVP-4,GG201623BALAL15769664010518840137960348120.294.343.533.876130341143059*56AS,MVP-5201724BALAL1566906308116333133959450115.259.310.471.782108297171093*5201825TOTMLB162709632841883533710714270104.297.367.538.9051453402620518*65AS201825BALAL96413365481152112465814551.315.387.575.96316221014003126201825LADNL6629626736731421342612553.273.338.487.82512213012202665201926SDPNL1566615878115021232855365128.256.334.462.796109271246033*56/H202027SDPNL218979121730513201019.215.303.443.7461073560004*5/D9 Yrs1103482443866151217235142126116027371816.277.335.482.817119211613821143241162 Game Avg.1627096449017935231909454120.277.335.482.817119311203256BAL (7 yrs)86037783453486977197101624714723271616.283.335.487.82212116809613142728SDP (2 yrs)1777506669316724237987375147.251.331.459.790109306306037LAD (1 yr)6629626736731421342612553.273.338.487.825122130122026AL (7 yrs)86037783453486977197101624714723271616.283.335.487.82212116809613142728NL (3 yrs)243104693312924038450140134100200.257.333.467.8001134364280513Data courtesy Baseball-Reference.com.last_img read more

Orioles Minor League Report 4-26

first_imgAAA-Norfolk   offAA-Bowie   offHigh A-Frederick  (7-14)  4  at  Salem  9Cole Billingsley  1-4, 2 RBIAlejandro Juvier  3-4, run, RBILow A-Kannapolis  3  at  Delmarva  (14-7)  4Zach Jarrett  3-4, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBIRyan Ripken  1-3, RBIPlease follow and like us:last_img

Danger In The Desert

first_imgUFC Fight Night Ngannou vs VelasquezUFC fight night is ready to heat up the desert as two heavyweights collide in combat. As the UFC begins it’s partnership with ESPN all eyes will be on the comeback of Cain Velasquez but standing in his way is Francis “The Predator” Ngannou. These two heavy handed fighters bring one punch power as Ngannou (12-3) will throw down with Velasquez (14-2).Ngannou comes in ranked number 3 in the world and will prove to be a tough test for a Velasquez comeback. At 6’4″ and 250 pounds he is an intimidating force. Coming off a big first round KO of Curtis Blaydes who was the number 4 ranked heavyweight and finishing 11 of his 12 wins (7 by knockout and 4 via submission) Ngannou has earned the nickname “The Predator” and now looks to make Cain his prey. Clearly there is danger in the desert for Velasquez .Velasquez 6’1″ 240 pounds last fought in July of 2016 finishing Travis Browne with a first round KO. While he does have plenty of punch he also gives up 6 inches of reach to Ngannou and will have to find a way to get inside on Francis. Unfortunately for Cain getting inside can prove extremely dangerous as the heavy right hand of the predator is always locked and loaded.My prediction is Ngaanou by KO/TKOAlso keep an eye on the semi main event as two of the top lightweight prospects face off. James Vick is ranked number 10 in the UFC lightweight division and holds an record of 13-2. While Paul Felder 15-4 looks to crack the rankings with a win over Vick. I had the pleasure of meeting Vick n Texas when he was training at the Powerhouse training facility in Ft Worth. Durwyn Lamb aka Coach D has worked with Vick on the Lamb striking system. A unique and efficient striker you can see the system at work when you watch him fight. Another UFC rising talent Kevin Holland also trains with Coach D at Powerhose. Shug Dorsey is the boxing coach there as well and the combination of those two coaches makes these fighters a must watch.My prediction is Vick via KO/TKOOther fights on the card includeCortney Casey 8-6 vs Cynthia Calvillo 7-1Alex Caceres 14-11 vs Kron Gracie 4-0Vicente Luque 14-6-1 vs Bryan Barberena 14-5Andre Fili 18-6 vs Myles Jury 17-3Please follow and like us:last_img read more

De’Aaron Fox on small market: ‘Everyone in Sacramento is a Kings fan’

first_imgFox appeared to be set to play in the FIBA World Cup next month in China, but withdrew from Team USA to focus on his third season in the NBA. He averaged 17.3 points with 7.3 assists last season and will be eligible for a contract extension next summer.Fox said his focus heading into this season will be to become more consistent.“Some of the down games that I had, you can’t really have if you’re trying to make it to the playoffs, trying to have a deep run,” Fox said (via The Athletic). “Just trying to remain consistent throughout the entire season.” FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA players push back on criticism of roster NBA free agency 2019: Who the Lakers, Rockets should consider De’Aaron Fox emerged as a breakout star for the Kings last season, just his second in the NBA, but that’s not changing his approach to where he wants to play next. The 21-year-old guard indicated he doesn’t want to leave Sacramento anytime soon because of the atmosphere that comes with playing in a small market. Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard on joining super team: What’s ‘the fun in that?’ The guard has received high praise from around the league, including Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who said  “no one in the league” is faster than Fox.“It’s one thing to be fast and out of control, but he’s fast and under control,” Mitchell said. “He knows what he’s doing, and he knows how to get to his spots.”The Kings finished ninth in the Western Conference last year with a 39-43 record, missing the playoffs for a 13th straight season. Even though there’s been a trend with young stars shining in small markets and then moving on to become a part of a bigger market (see: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George), Fox says that’s not necessarily his end goal.“I don’t crave to be in a big market,” Fox said (via ONE37pm). “After last season, there was a buzz in Sacramento. Everyone in Sacramento is a Kings fan. If we start making the playoffs, or if we become a championship contender, the entire city is going to go nuts. That’s the difference between a big market and a small one.” Related Newslast_img read more

In Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have an exception to the rule against paying RBs big bucks

first_imgZeke is different, though. Perhaps the fact that sentence can be written and understood without other defining elements (last name, team affiliation) is some evidence of this.MORE COWBOYS:Why Dallas will win Super Bowl 54There are much more profound reasons, though, why the Cowboys choosing to present a $90 million contract extension to Ezekiel Elliott, essentially tying him to the franchise through the end of his expected career lifespan, is a decision steeped in football logic.In reaching the conclusion that the modern running back has become a position of largely interchangeable parts, some better parts than others but still replaceable in comparison with players at several other spots on the field, one always is haunted by the history of the game. What if there were another Jim Brown or Walter Payton or LaDainian Tomlinson?Elliott has not risen to that level of esteem, but he might be near to that level of exception.NFL SEASON PREVIEW:Predictions, rankings, more for 2019After 40 games in the NFL, Elliott is averaging 101.2 rushing yards per game. That’s better than the career averages of Eric Dickerson, Emmitt Smith and Payton and just short of Brown’s 104.3. If you’re worrying their numbers were evened out as they aged, indeed, Elliott’s average rush production per game through three seasons is superior even to that of the great Barry Sanders.As the sport continued to evolve toward the passing game, Elliott demonstrated an enhanced ability to assist in that regard in his third season with the Cowboys, improving last season to 77 receptions, fifth in the league among backs.Elliott is different in form as well as function. At 230 pounds, he has sub-4.5 speed and excels in the department of yards after contact. He may not be at Saquon Barkley levels in all of these categories, but that is the Giants’ problem (eventually, and their blessing now, of course).As regards the wisdom of dumping a truckload of cash on Elliott, the only concern relative to the Cowboys is whether it makes salary-cap sense. And, with the way the Cowboys presently are constructed, and with the way the deal is designed, that appears to be the case. It seems certain Dallas will at some point find a way to reach an agreement with quarterback Dak Prescott on a replacement for his rookie deal. Prescott is not an elite quarterback, not the sort of game-breaker that Patrick Mahomes is for the Chiefs, but he is effective. And, relative to this discussion, he is much more so when he can hand or pass the football to Elliott.Prescott and Elliott entered the Cowboys’ backfield together as rookies in 2016, and when together on the field they mostly have known success. The team has a 28-12 record when both are available, a .700 winning percentage. In a 16-game season, that’s an 11-win team, and that’s fantastic in a league as balanced as the NFL.The Cowboys are betting their next several seasons on this combination, and on a defense that ranked third in yards and seventh in points allowed last season. With Elliott still only 24, this is the time to do just that. And by arranging an extension rather than a new contract, the Cowboys positioned themselves to owe him $50 million guaranteed, a manageable figure, and to exist still with a sub-$10 million cap hit for Elliott over the next two seasons.Whereas Bell produced only three runs of 20 or more yards in his last full season with the Steelers, Elliott delivered 11 such plays last season, the second-best figure in the league. Those longer runs are the sort that change games. Elliott also has shown the capacity to convert first downs — 74 last season, or one every four carries, the best figure among the league’s 1,000-yard backs — and to help keep the defense rested. According to ESPN producer Paul Hembekides, the Cowboys defense has been on the field for fewer drives than any team in the league since Elliott and Prescott arrived.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:How Dallas ends up in the Super BowlThe one thing that surely does not make sense about the Elliott contract is the carnival Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones contrived through the course of training camp. If he had no desire to devote a significant portion of the team’s salary-cap dollars to the RB position, the conventional current football approach would have supported his plan. There was no need for “Zeke who?” and all similar folderol. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6c/f3/ezekiel-elliott-111918-getty-ftrjpg_permk13h7um11v9205vspt218.jpg?t=762063391&w=500&quality=80 In case you have forgotten — and let us hope not, because it was one of my finer moments as a columnist — Sporting News was a very early adopter of the “don’t-pay-the-back” approach to the game of professional football.Our test case was Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers, and we turned out to be correct on both sides of that discussion. Trying to pay him wrecked at least one season for the team, and probably impacted another. And the entire league was woken up to the folly of investing huge in any particular running back when the Rams got to the Super Bowl and mostly chose to deploy a guy they pulled out of the unemployment line in favor of one to whom they pledged the immediate future of their franchise. That Jones so badly mishandled that portion of the proceedings does give rise to the concern that he’ll mismanage the trickiest element of his investment: He cannot afford to coerce the team’s coaches to “get his money’s worth.” There will be the temptation to assure Elliott earns every dollar by overloading him with carries and catches. With Elliott’s style, this likely will serve to wear him down as the most important games of the season arrive.His 381 touches last season led the league. That’s not necessarily a statistical crown a player wants to win, and it isn’t likely to result in the postseason success Dallas has craved for so long. The team needs Elliott to be healthy and available for multiple playoff games.That hasn’t been an issue for the Cowboys too often over the past couple decades, but Zeke could be the guy to establish a new streak.last_img read more

Emotional Pote lashes listless Bulls

first_imgBulls coach Pote Human (right) attacked his team’s attitude after their 56-20 mauling at the hands of the Chiefs in their weekend Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld, saying they need to take a long look at themselves after “not pitching at all” for the game.“We didn’t pitch at all, I think they still thought they were on their bye week. I gave them last week off and it looked like they were still off today. It’s a humiliation for us. From the kick-off it looked like the Chiefs love Loftus, we were flat and they had all the energy. We were off our game, very poor, they were good but we allowed them to look even better.ALSO READ: Dazzling Chiefs thrash Bulls in startling turnaround“I really hope this is just a blip, we know that we are much better than this. It’s a bad one to take and if we play like this we’ll never get close to the play-offs. We just didn’t get the ball and we struggled to get out of our half. We expected them to come with another level in terms of intensity, but we were just not able to counter that. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror and come back stronger,” Human said after their worst defeat at home since going down 62-24 to the Crusaders in 2017.What would have caused Bulls fans the most trips to pharmacies for indigestion would have been the way the Chiefs thoroughly dominated up front against a listless home pack.“They were much more physical than us, they bullied us,” Human admitted.“We didn’t get any quality ball and when we did have possession we just threw the ball away. I’m emotional now but we have to ask ourselves ‘Is this our best?’. We will have to bring our best next week because I know we are much better than this.“We played such good rugby against the South African teams, so this is very frustrating, I expect much more from us,” the bitterly disappointed coach said.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Party-pooper Hamilton focused only on winning 1,000th race

first_imgLewis Hamilton sounded a warning ahead of the 1,000th grand prix on Sunday, saying he was focused only on victory, adding: “I’m not one for special days like this.”The Mercedes star from Britain is facing multiple challenges this season, primarily from Ferrari, who go into the third race of the season with the fastest car.But that did not stop the 34-year-old winning in Bahrain two weeks ago after the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc lost power towards the end.Hamilton, a five-time world champion, was dismissive Thursday of the party atmosphere surrounding this weekend’s milestone Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.“I’m not one for birthdays, I’m not one for anniversaries, I’m not one for special days like this,” said Hamilton, who is a point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the early drivers’ standings.“It’s absolutely no different to any other race weekend for me.I’m here to do one job, and one job only, and that’s win.“It does not matter if it’s the 1,000th, 2,000th or 10,000th (race), it’s an irrelevant figure for me.”That steely resolve looks set to be put to the test this weekend in Shanghai, where the Briton has triumphed five times and is a crowd favourite.Shanghai has one of the longest straights in Formula One, which will suit Ferrari’s searing pace.Hamilton does not expect his Mercedes team to have closed the gap in that department, and sees the Red Bull team as a serious threat too.Cautioning however that the season is in its infancy, Hamilton said that he hopes to beat the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fair and square, rather than hope they suffer some kind of mechanical problem.“I hope that we do not have to rely on reliability and hope that we have a much closer race,” he said.“Qualifying was ok in the last race, but the race was a big delta (to the Ferrari speed).“I hope this weekend is closer between us because this is a great track to have a real race.“The closer it is, the better.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Young at heart: Sleepless 40-year-old Karlovic keeps breaking records

first_imgLate-night gym sessions and family life have failed to hinder Ivo Karlovic’s longevity, after he made a mockery of his 40 years to beat relative spring chicken, 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez, in the oldest ever men’s match-up at Roland Garros on Tuesday.Croatian Karlovic, the tallest player on the tour at 6ft 11in (2.11m), defeated Lopez 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 7-5 in the first round despite not having played a match since early April.The world number 94 has instead been spending time with his family at home in Miami after not qualifying automatically for the main draws in Rome and Madrid.He revealed in Paris that he often heads to the gym at 11p.m. and only sleeps for five hours a night.“After I drive my daughter to school I would go and hit and after I was home resting,” said Karlovic — the oldest man to win a Grand Slam match since Ken Rosewall in 1978.“In the evening when they go to bed, which is almost at around 11, then I would go to the gym. In the night. I’m happy because there is a gym open in the night.”Karlovic — who says that his shock first-round win over then-reigning champion and world number one Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2003 remains his greatest tennis memory — will face Australian Jordan Thompson in round two.He still believes he can win a ninth ATP title and possibly reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam again, having most recently made the second week of a major at the 2016 US Open.“I would like to do that. That’s what I always try to do but I know that it isn’t easy, it’s real difficult,” said Karlovic.“Everybody’s strong and good, but you know, who knows. I think I train hard and I have the experience, the edge, so who knows.”Karlovic fired 35 aces and 69 winners past the 108th-ranked Lopez having wasted two match points in the third set.“It means a lot… It’s in the record books as the oldest ever one. I was out for the last almost two months so I was really happy that I was able to win.”The oldest Grand Slam match in history featured 41-year-old Pancho Gonzalez against Torben Ulrich, 40, at the 1969 US Open.Karlovic is the first man aged over 40 to play in the main singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament since Jimmy Connors in 1992.“I don’t know (if I’ll feel sore tomorrow), we’ll see,” he added. “I’ll just hit it light and then we’ll see if I have to do (an) extra ice bath or extra activities.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more