Voelkel: Saying ‘See ya, CC’ not so bad

first_imgSo you’re a Milwaukee Brewer fan, and you’re bummed. The Yankees are dangling a $140 million lamb chop in front of CC Sabathia, and with two teams from the left-handed ace’s home state of California expected to get in the mix with big money offers as well, the Brewers’ chances to retain his services are slim to none. And slim is one of the last words applicable Sabathia.You’re disappointed. It’s natural. Pitchers like Sabathia aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. (More like 1,400,000,000 dimes per, but who’s counting?) What Sabathia did over the last three months of the season was unreal. The dude threw seven complete games, averaged nearly a strikeout an inning and had a WHIP of 1.00. (For the uninitiated, that’s very, very good.) On top of all that, he was an absolute rock star in Milwaukee, pitching three times in the final nine games of the season to carry the Brewers to the playoffs for the first time since before Jacko started dancing to “Thriller.”All that, and now the economics of baseball swipe him away. The small market Brewers just can’t compete with the New Yorks and San Franciscos of baseball when it comes to putting zeros at the end of paychecks.But now’s not the time to break into a woe-is-us song, Brew Crew. Nope. While it may sound counterintuitive, in the end, not signing Sabathia is probably for the best.Actually, it is for the best.“How’s that?” you ask, especially when he earned a damn near 100 percent approval rating and probably is the reason there’ll be multiple Carsten Charles enrolling in Milwaukee kindergartens in four years. He vanquished the Cubs to send the Brewers to the playoffs, ya know.That’s true. And I was there. Thing is, that was the absolute climax for CC in Milwaukee. Pitching on three days rest. Shutting down the Cubs on the final day of the season and tossing a complete game to blow the lid off of 26 years of frustration.That day, CC was a god. The stadium rocked with chants of “CC! CC!” for what seemed like half the game. And he came through. For pulling off that magic, he was Favre.Thing is, if he sticks around much longer, Sabathia would be liable to turn into, well, Favre.In the deciding game four of the Divisional Series against the Phillies, the Brewers trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the third. With his team’s season flat lining, interim manager Dale Sveum sent Sabathia to pinch-hit for pitcher Jeff Suppan. Sabathia struck out on three pitches. But even down five runs, Sabathia earned a standing ovation, thanks for everything he did to make the playoffs a reality.No Brewers fan will forget what CC did for them and for the team. Sabathia will never forget the love poured on him by his teammates and fans. It was perfect.Even if Sabathia spurned the extra $40 mil the Yankees are reportedly offering, it wouldn’t be for five years like the last three months. It’s not like the Brewers couldn’t find other ways to use that $100 million, either. For that much, they could sign another starting pitcher and shore up other areas of the roster.There’s no way Sabathia would ever be able to live up to the standards he set. He’d fail at some point and probably come out looking flat at times. After pitching nearly 500 innings over the last two seasons — by far the most of any major league pitcher over that time — he could fall victim to injury. Sabathia might not live up to the huge investment the Brewers would be making in him, an investment that would cripple the franchise if the lefty flamed out.Any of that would likely taint Sabathia.And that would suck. Because, like we saw with Favre this summer, when relationships in pro sports start to go bad, they go bad quick, and they get nasty.After a whirlwind courtship that played out like something from a storybook, the Brewers and Sabathia need to end happily ever after.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism and political science and is a former sports editor at The Badger Herald. Disagree with him? He’d love to hear it. E-mail him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Conte sticks to League Cup youth policy

first_imgChelsea’s Boss Antonio ConteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he will give his young players another chance to shine in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Bournemouth.Conte fielded weakened teams in the earlier rounds against Nottingham Forest and Everton and although the semi-finals are now in sight, he is not planning to change his approach.“Every competition is serious. I think our task is to try to win the game, to try to reach the semi-final,” Conte told Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.“At the same time it’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players not playing regularly.“For the players that are struggling to find the best form after injuries; (Danny) Drinkwater, for example.“I have to trust my players. Not only with words, but with facts, to show I trust my players and I want to give them a big opportunity in a big game to show me they deserve to play.”With wing-back Marcos Alonso suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, Brazilian Kenedy is set to get a rare first-team start on the left flank.Back-up striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has recovered from illness, could both be named in the starting XI.Wales international Ethan Ampadu, 17, could start and fellow teenagers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling are also in contention. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury, but the form of Andreas Christensen means the Brazil centre-back has not been missed.Christensen, 21, has usurped Luiz as Conte’s preferred pick in the centre of his three-man defence and the Italian says the Denmark international is an example to Chelsea’s fringe players.“I hope to have this type of problem,” Conte told journalists at Chelsea’s Cobham training base southwest of London.“Before taking a decision for the starting XI, if a player plays or not, the last part of the body that I look (at) is the head.“You ask me: ‘Why don’t Chelsea play young players?’ I put a young player (in) now. If you deserve to play, you play.“Don’t forget Christensen is playing, only 21 years old. He’s showing he deserves to play. I think this guy has fantastic prospects for the present, for the future.”Conte would not be drawn on newspaper reports linking Luiz with a move away from Stamford Bridge.“I don’t read,” said the Chelsea manager. “I solve the problem.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Camo, neon aren’t college basketball fan favorites

first_imgFASHION STATEMENT?–This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams, from left, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville. (AP Photo/Adidas) by Samantha CritchellAP Fashion WriterNEW YORK (AP) — It seems an unpopular position in college basketball is fashion forward.The neon-colored jerseys and camouflage-covered shorts debuted by six teams in their postseason conference championships ahead of the NCAA men’s basketball tournaments weren’t well received in the press or social media, with critics particularly targeting UCLA, Kansas and Notre Dame because of the schools’ tradition-rich athletic histories. Louisville, Cincinnati and Baylor also got uniform makeovers from Adidas, and they didn’t go over so well, either.They were called Underoos, Fruit Stripes and LMFAO costumes. Some people just called them ugly — and you can search for them online that way.The changes happened to be in line with fashion runways and recreational athleticwear, where highlighter brights and creative camo have been bona fide trends. And alternate uniforms have become part of the college football and basketball landscape — but these uniforms still made some fans cringe.“What is distracting is all the patterns,” said Sam Gordon, a Johns Hopkins student and big NCAA basketball fan. “It could take the crowd’s focus away from a player’s jump shot to what they are wearing.”Even President Barack Obama felt compelled to weigh in. In going through his bracket with ESPN, he cited the uniforms as a reason Notre Dame shouldn’t go any further than the second round, saying “that neon glow wasn’t working for me.”Jeff Halmos, half of the menswear designer duo Shipley & Halmos, called the uniforms “ultra-forward” — but that may not be a compliment.“I was so shocked at UCLA. If I was part of a storied franchise like that, I’d say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would tell my team that it’s an honor to wear this traditional jersey, and I wouldn’t cheapen it,” he said. “There’s a threshold to which innovation crosses a boundary. The ‘throwback era’ — when classic uniforms had a mainstream moment a few years ago — that was so much better. To me, there’s so much in menswear that’s about heritage.”If the goal was buzz, though, that’s certainly been accomplished. And maybe these limited-edition uniforms weren’t created for most of the armchair — or barstool — fans. They could be a recruiting tool for next-gen talent, said Will Welch, senior editor of GQ magazine.“There’s something gimmicky about them, but outlandish choices like this can end up defining an era,” said Welch. “They’re pretty shocking now, but I’m an adult fan, and that’s different than being a 12-year-old kid dying to grow up and play at Kansas or Louisville. … There’s a good chance that these kids love the idea of debuting something that’s exciting.”Sports fans are quick to get behind fashion trends that help show support of their favorite teams and players, he said. How many people wore dorky glasses with no lenses to games — and even their offices — after the NBA’s Russell Westbrook did?Among the less popular innovations in the new uniforms were short sleeves on jerseys for UCLA, Baylor and Louisville — something Adidas also introduced this year for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.But guess who likes the sleeves? Louisville guard Peyton Siva, the Big East tournament’s MVP two years in a row.Last week, after Louisville’s win over Notre Dame, he said, “I think everybody shot a lot better today with the sleeves.”He also wanted to take home the shorts, and gave a compliment to Notre Dame’s uniforms, too. “I thought they were pretty awesome. Other people might not like them because they’re different, but I love them.”Several players interviewed by The Associated Press cheered the uniforms — and sports being sports, those who won while wearing the uniforms seemed to like them more.“I could see the uniforms becoming a good-luck charm,” said Gordon.last_img read more

Leafs living through a nightmare season

first_imgNelson has lost five straight and 12 of 14 games dating back to October 31.In other words, November was a nightmare of the worst kind.And December hasn’t started out much better with four consecutive defeats.And the upcoming schedule isn’t very kind to the Leafs — in Fruitvale Friday to face the Murdoch Division-leading Nitehawks before returning home Saturday against the Osoyoos Coyotes, who just happen to lead the Okanagan Division with a 21-5-0-0-1 record.Revolving door keeps revolvingAs with any losing team there are changes.The latest to be shown the door are forwards Brendan Smith and Nick Novin.McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.Also sent packing was forward Tyler Garcia, traded, McLellan said, to a junior team in the United States.Leafs captain, Rayce Miller, is also not with the Leafs at this time.However, Miller is back home in Arizona to nurse a bad back that has been plaguing the former 27-goal scorer for most of the season.Injuries continue to haunt the LeafsMcLellan said his club is starting to see some players return to the lineup.Back on defence is Dash Thompson along with Andy Fitzpatrick on the forward line — both have been sorely missed in the lineup.However, defenceman Max Daerendinger and forward Austin Lindsay remain on the IR with Lindsay back home seeing a specialist for an injury that happened against Summerland Steam. Ever have one of those days when you wake up, get out of bed and kick the bedpost with your foot?Then bang your head into the door to the bathroom you thought was open.Walking into the kitchen you trip over the cat and drive your knee into the kitchen cabinet.When you get to work the boss gives you an ear full even before the first cup of coffee is finished.Now multiply that feeling ten-fold and you have a clear indication what life is like inside the Nelson Leafs dressing room.What could go wrong is going wrong as the once-mighty, and proud, Heritage City franchise.“Internally, we’re fine,” confessed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Dave McLellan when asked about the mood of the club.“It’s a old cliché, but I thought we were the better team the other night (in Grand Forks). We just had an untimely goal that hurt us.”“We need to get healthier,” McLellan added. “We’ve got guys coming off the shelf . . . we’ve got new guys in the lineup that don’t know our system who cost us a goal.”For those keeping score at home Nelson watched a 3-1 lead vanish faster than the lear jet in a David Copperfield magic show to Grand Forks in a 4-3 loss to the Border Bruins.What’s worse is the Leafs, which have toyed with the Bruins for years, are now on the other end of the Yo-Yo.The woes of the Green and White have been well documented.last_img read more

SANTA BARBARA HANDICAP QUOTES

first_imgDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, QUEEN OF THE SAND, WINNER: “I knew I had a lot of horse but it was all about getting through at the top of the lane. Luckily, I had a lucky break, was able to hustle my way out of there, got through and had a run. At the wire I knew I had it. Down the lane I saw Fanticola and knew she was fighting on, but I went left handed at the last second and got up there.”TYLER BAZE, THREE HEARTS, THIRD: “I didn’t have anywhere to go. Mario (Gutierrez on Tangelo) laid on me the whole race and never really gave my horse a shot to run. He had no horse. He was all over me from the time the gates opened. By the time I could get her out to run, it was too late.“She doesn’t really have a fast turn of foot but she’s real honest. She’s tries, she’s a really nice horse. She ran hard. For that horse to be all over the top of her, the whole race, she’s a nice mare.”TRAINER QUOTES PADDY GALLAGHER, QUEEN OF THE SAND, WINNER: “I was a little concerned with the pace, and she did have some trouble in the race in upper stretch, but Drayden (Van Dyke) had talked to Mike (Smith) who had been riding her, but was out of town today, and he helped Drayden with some advice.“She had been training well and her last race helped her, I think. We’d look at the Gamely for her next race (Grade I, $300,000, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 25).” JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img NOTES: Winning owner Derrick Fischer is from Manhattan Beach.-30-last_img read more

HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

first_imgAs the last bars of music fade away on what has been an outstanding summer of music in the North West, the Donegal Music Education Partnership is taking up the baton and inviting aspiring musicians and singers to take part in a huge range of classes aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced students of all ages.For those who do not fancy a solo career path, there are numerous performance ensembles and choirs to join too with a repertoire covering a wide range of musical genres through classical, folk, traditional, jazz and pop – the Children’s String Orchestra, The Donegal Chamber Orchestra, The Errigal Groove Orchestra, The Donegal Youth Choir and the Inishowen Music Collective – to name just a few.In order to whet your appetite and attract new talent, the organisation is holding auditions on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of full scholarships and half-scholarships in selected instruments. 2013 has been an amazing year for the students of DMEP and many have found themselves performing locally, nationally and internationally as well as performing for prestigious cultural events such as the EU Presidency celebrations.In February, Falcarragh-based jazz duo, Conor & Michael Murray and members of the Cloughaneely Ceili Band performed to an audience of distinguished delegates in Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin at a conference organised as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.Conor Murray, who plays double bass, was also selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland while David Mc Kelvey, a trombone player from Glenties, was selected to join the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.In early July, the DMEP’s Errigal Groove Orchestra, led by Inishowen saxophonist Sean McCarron, performed at the National Youth Council of Ireland’s National Youth Arts Day in Dublin, giving them an opportunity to meet Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for the Arts, & other influential people as well as to network with other youth arts groups from around the country. But perhaps the most exciting achievement of 2013 (thus far) has been the success of four young classical music students who received scholarships to attend the Summer Chamber Music Workshop at the renowned Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA – an acknowledged international centre of musical excellence. Joanne Cuffe (from Ramelton), Ciara Fagan (from Carndonagh), Claire Kinsella and Jane Gormley (both from Letterkenny) are all members of the award-winning Donegal Youth Orchestra and spent the month of July in Apple Hill where they received tuition and performance experience under the direction of Leonard Matczynski and other world-class teachers.What music classes and instruments are offered by DMEP?The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September 2013 and the organisation is offering small-group (3 per tutor max) and individual tuition in an absolute treasure-trove of instruments and disciplines: piano and keyboard, acoustic, bass and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, uilleann pipes, harp, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, saxophones of all sizes., fiddle, viola, cello and a complete range of brass instruments such as trumpet, horn, tuba, trombone and euphonium.In addition to the instrumental opportunities for learning and participation, the Donegal Music Education Partnership also is a wonderful resource for vocalists and singers. Students are taught how to develop the voice safely, some sight-reading and theory, taught in the rock, pop and classical styles. Learning to perform is a big part of being a singer and students are encouraged to join the various Donegal choirs such as the Errigal Singers and Donegal Youth Choir.So where can you go to learn music, play in a band or sing with DMEP? Tuition is available at 11 teaching centres throughout Country Donegal, from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon in the south, through Letterkenny, Gortahork, Gweedore and Gelnties to Arann Mor Island and up into the Inishowen Peninsula at Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville. There are regular meetings of each of the performing groups held in different locations throughout the county.And if you do not own your own instument or do not want to buy one yet?Well you can always hire one from DMEP at low cost, so there is absolutely no excuse why you cannot take up a new musical hobby this September, which may even one day become a successful part-time or even full-time career. And on this optimistic note the DMEP is keen to report that in times of economic hardship, unemployment or even as a student trying to pay your way through college, there are many former DMEP students who supplement their income by teaching music privately or even playing in hotels, restaurants and bars (piano players are especially in demand!).The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September with a full range of instrumental and singing classes on offer. Auditions will be held on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of FULL SCHOLARSHIPS and HALF-SCHOLARSHIPS in selected instrumentsTo view a full list of music and voice classes, performing groups and teaching centres throughout the country, visit the Donegal Music Education Partnership website at: http://www.dmep.ie or ring us in our Letterkenny office in the Regional Cultural Centre on +353 (0) 74 91 76293 or +353 (0) 74 91 20012.HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Derek Carr’s egregious turnovers foil Raiders, his cause

first_imgFor the most part, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was outstanding against the Packers on Sunday. Against a fast and talented defense, he went 22-for-28 for 293 yards, pushed the ball downfield a few times, and put his team deep into Green Bay territory drive after drive.But the Raiders lost 42-24 Sunday, because the more important part was that Carr made two egregious errors in the end zone before being pulled with his team down 25 points halfway through the fourth quarter.Related Articles …last_img

After Steph Curry’s broken hand, Joe Lacob won’t give in to tanking talk

first_imgJoe Lacob proclaims himself an optimist, but today he appears to be beyond that designation.Superstar Steph Curry is out, presumably for at least a month, with a broken hand sustained when Phoenix big man Aron Baynes fell on him as the Suns blew out the Warriors Wednesday night.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device Curry’s injury, Klay Thompson’s ACL-related yearlong absence and Kevin Durant’s departure for Brooklyn all point to one …last_img

SA mobile users shift from voice to data

first_img4 December 2013 South African mobile phone networks are seeing call revenues declining for the first time in their histories as the younger generation leads the consumer charge into a “new data economy”, according to a new study from research company World Wide Worx. World Wide Worx’s “Mobility 2014” study, released last week, reveals that the 19-24 age group, representing students and entrants into the workforce, is abandoning calls faster than any other segment. “Only 56% of this group’s cellphone budget is now spent on calls, down from 66% in mid-2012,” the company said in a statement. “Data spend, on the other hand, [on text messaging and internet surfing and downloading] has increased from 17% to 24%.” The study is based on face-to-face at-home interviews conducted in late 2013 with 1 200 South Africans, aged 16 and up, in urban and rural areas across the country. It found a dramatic shift in the trend for the overall market, with call spend dropping from 73% of cellphone budget to 65%, while data spend increased from 12% to 16%. At the beginning of 2010, calls stood at 77% and data at 8%. Spending on text messaging remained steady at 13%, while spending on downloading music tracks, which featured for the first time in 2012, doubled from 1% to 2% of the average mobile phone budget. “Older users continue to spend far more overall, but the powerful shift in spend from voice to data will work its way up the age segments in the coming years,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. “Already, we are seeing a flattening out of the curve of data use from the 25-34 through to the 46-55 age groups. Only above that age does data spend drop off – but not very significantly.”Mobile banking The survey also reveals substantial shifts in the South African mobile banking environment, with the biggest proportional shift coming in the use of banking apps. From only 1% of all banking customers using banking apps in mid-2012, the figure shot up to 9% in late 2013. Cellphone banking also surged, from 28% in mid-2012 to 37% in late 2013. “One in 10 banking customers are now using apps, and that number is still rising fast, which vindicates our strategy of expanding our offerings as the market’s use of these tools evolves,” said Dione Sankar, head of cellphone banking at FNB. “At the same time, looking after the non-smartphone customer through basic cellphone banking has also paid off. We have never experienced such dramatic growth across all mobile channels.”Mobile phone brands According to the survey, Nokia remains the most popular phone brand in South Africa, although its market share has dropped significantly, from 50% to 44%. Blackberry has increased its market share locally from 18% to 23%, despite almost vanishing as a force from Western markets, thanks to its continued aspirational appeal in younger markets. Samsung, meanwhile, has increased its share marginally, from 18% to 19%. “In mid-2012, consumers had indicated they would move away from the brand, with a third of its users saying they would opt for other phones,” World Wide Worx said. “However, the appeal of its Galaxy range of Android devices across all smartphone price segments has resulted in a resurgence for Samsung.” The most popular feature used on phones remains the camera, at 73% of mobile users, with FM radio far behind at 51%, and the music player on the phone catching up to FM at 49%.Tablet usage Tablet usage was measured for the first time in World Wide Worx’s latest study, revealing that approximately 5% of South Africa’s adult cellphone users also have a tablet. The vast majority use it for internet access (77%) and e-mail (57%), with social media and downloading apps in joint third place (43%). Samsung dominates tablet usage by adults, with 52% market share, while Apple iPads hold 23% of the adult market. “Both tablet penetration and market share is set to shift in the coming year,” World Wide Worx said, noting that “a quarter of respondents said they expected to buy a tablet, with 44% of these saying they will buy a Samsung device, and 32% opting for Apple”. SAinfo reporter and World Wide Worxlast_img read more

Kalmbach Feeds to acquire Cumberland Valley Cooperative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. (KFI) of Upper Sandusky, OH and Cumberland Valley Cooperative (CVC) of Shippensburg, PA are excited to announce that an agreement has been reached and approved by the shareholders of CVC for KFI to acquire a majority of the assets of CVC. Both companies have a long history in agriculture and believe that this opportunity represents a great platform for KFI to continue expanding its market while benefiting the agricultural community that CVC has served for over 80 years.“We are looking forward to the opportunities this acquisition will present. This market is an outstanding agriculture area and we are excited for the opportunity to serve both current and future customers,” said, Paul Kalmbach, KFI president.The transaction is expected to close in late September, and there will be no disruptions to the business during closing. KFI is committed to honoring the grain contracts and grain bank system that CVC has used historically to insure a smooth transition for customers. Both parties want to assure that customers will continue to have options for quality products and great service for many years to come.“CVC has a long history of serving this community through employment, high quality products, and customer service,” said Vernon Horst, Chairman of the CVC Board. “We believe that we have found a partner that can continue this tradition while providing much needed growth for the future.”last_img read more