Umpiring Baseball

first_imgThe other day I was watching a Youth League baseball championship game.  It was a great contest between two very good young baseball teams.  Unfortunately, the game ended on a sour note.I have umpired many ball games in the past and know how tough it is to make calls on the field.  One thing I learned–unless it is very obvious, you never change a call.  You make a decision quickly and stand by it.  When you hesitate and then reverse a call, you let yourself open for criticism.In this game, the call was perceived as the 3rd out in the final inning and the young men on the field started their celebration.  Later they found out that the decision had been reversed and the player was called safe.  After this, the other team tied the game and won in extra innings.Again, I don’t think there would have been any controversy had the call stood and the game ended.  After all, there is no replay in amateur baseball.last_img read more

Syracuse earns 2-2 tie with Minnesota Whitecaps in exhibition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Heather Schwarz led the way for Syracuse (3-6-3, 3-2-1 College Hockey America) in a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota Whitecaps (4-2-2) in an exhibition game early Sunday afternoon at Tennity Ice Pavilion.After losing 3-1 the day prior, SU battled through the first period and finally broke through in the final minute as Schwarz notched the first goal of the game to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.Meaghan Pezon responded for the Whitecaps in the second period with a breakaway goal to tie the game at one a piece heading into the third period.The Whitecaps claimed a lead in the third off the stick of Amy Stech. As play was beginning to wind down, Schwarz notched her second goal of the day to tie the game at two and force overtime. Schwarz now has a team leading seven goals on season.Neither team was able to break through in the five minute overtime period and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse goes on the road next weekend to take on North Dakota for a two game series in Grand Forks, ND. Commentslast_img read more

12 Premier County runners at Listowel Harvest Festival.

first_imgThere’s Tipperary involvement from the very start of today’s card at Listowel, with Ballinure’s Hilary McLoughlin and Denis Hogan sending Count of Carabass and Teeline respectively in the opening race at 2 o’ clock.Next up at 2:35 is the South Western Scrap Metal Handicap, where David Wachman’s Hint of a Tint competing with the David Marnane-trained Seanie and Eamon O’ Connell’s Sassaway.David Wachman will also have an eye on the Listowel Printing Works Maiden at 3.05 – with Senior Counsel facing opposition from Aidan O’ Brien’s A Greater Force and Irish Arrow- trained by Tommy Stack. There are also three Tipp entries in the L.M. Carey & Company Handicap at 3:40.Que Sera Sera- David Wachman’s third runner in a row- goes against the Denis Hogan-trained Amazing Star and TJ O’ Mara’s Castle Bar Sling.And the final Tipperary trained entry is John J Nallen’s Minella Tweet- who’s involved in the John Francis Handicap Hurdle, which goes to post at 5.50.last_img read more

Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wellslast_img read more

Cops, don’t mess with L.A.’s press

first_imgBy now, anyone who’s interested has already seen the disturbing images of the calamitous ending of Tuesday’s immigrant march in downtown Los Angeles. It’s all over Fox, CNN and the real force, Along with rally participants, the press corps at the park were hit with batons and shoved, shot at with foam bullets, pushed to the ground and their expensive equipment tossed around like trash. As the 600 LAPD officers decked out in riot gear descended on the crowd at MacArthur Park saying, “Double time, it’s tussle time,” they didn’t distinguish between reporters and agitators. With something that almost seemed like relish, they plowed through anyone in their way. And why not? They were finally getting to let loose on a group of people who pick on them all the time with impunity: journalists. The Police Protective League, the police officers’ union, responded with a request for people not to rush to judgment. OK, but how is it rushing to judgment to say cops shouldn’t interfere with journalists who are doing their job – a job protected both by the U.S. Constitution and city policy, as agreed upon after the infamous DNC clash? Maybe it wouldn’t be prudent to rush to judgment if journalists were throwing rocks or plastic bottles, as the small group of “anarchists” who reportedly provoked the police were doing. But with their TV cameras, recording equipment and LAPD-issued press badges with the bright purple stickers, it was unlikely anyone with the intelligence to pass through the LAPD academy could have mistaken them for anything other than journalists. C’mon, no man wears that much makeup unless he’s in drag or on TV. Maybe in the minds of some cops, the reporters were doing worse than throwing rocks. They were recording what was going on. The job of government and, by extension, its law enforcement proxies and journalists are naturally in mutual opposition. Government tries to limit information and access; journalists try to push for information and access. But usually it’s a metaphorical struggle. Tuesday, it manifested itself in an unfortunately physical way that has and should shake up the LAPD. Fox reporter Christina Gonzalez, with a microphone in hand and beautifully coifed hair, and her camerawoman carrying a large TV camera, were clearly not rally participants. Woe to the officers who knocked the camerawoman to the ground and shoved Gonzalez when she tried to help her partner up. The video was aired on Fox affiliates across the nation. She wasn’t the only nonparticipating, nonthreatening reporter to get hurt by the cops that day. KPCC radio’s Patricia Nazario was trying to get out of the way when she was hit twice with a baton. TV cameramen were pushed and shoved. One video clip showed a large cameraman pushed to the ground, where an officer calmly kicked him. So much for the kinder, gentler LAPD that the federal consent decree supposedly created. If officers feel they must stop their actions from being recorded, you can bet they are doing something they don’t want people to know about, like that Rodney King thing in 1991. “Believe me, this is something we will dig into,” Chief William Bratton told a group of angry reporters the next day in a City Hall news conference. Nearly 24 hours later, they were still fuming from the treatment. “There are a lot of friends in this room,” Bratton said. Don’t doubt he means it, and not just because now even the FBI is looking into the clash. Bratton’s a cop’s cop, but also a savvy politician who adheres to the old theory that you keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And you never, ever give them a reason for righteous indignation. That will last way longer than a “Budweiser” tattoo across the the chest. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE LAPD should know by now that in America, riling up the press corps is about as good an idea as poking at a hornet’s nest. Injustice to regular people is one thing, but meting out injustice to a reporter trying to do her job is like a getting a tattoo when you’re drunk – you’ll never be free of that one stupid mistake. And thank God for that. Without that little measure of protection for the people gathering information for the masses, there wouldn’t be that many people gathering information for the masses. We just don’t get paid enough to get whacked around. But Los Angeles Police Department officers must have forgotten the hard lesson learned most recently in 2000 at the Democratic National Convention. Roughing up reporters and ordinary people cost the city more than $5 million in settlements, and showed the nation what a paramilitary organization looks like when it gets too excited about controlling the crowds. last_img read more

After the first wave of the NFL free agency period

first_img After the first wave of the NFL free agency period, things got a little slow Sunday for general manager Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals’ front office.After seeing four former Cardinals sign elsewhere Friday and Saturday, literally nothing happened Sunday.That could change Monday, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.Steelers’ LB Jarvis Jones is visiting today with the Arizona Cardinals, per source. Steelers remain interested, still in discussions.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2017 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) runs with an intercepted pass past Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse (61) in during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more