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Dodgers will have few bullpen decisions to make in the regular season’s final week

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire GROVE OUT OF THE WOODSPitcher Michael Grove, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in June, said he has already thrown batting practice to live hitters as he returns to competition following Tommy John surgery. He will head to Camelback Ranch this week to take part in instructional league activities.Dr. Keith Meister replaced the ulnar collateral ligament in Grove’s right elbow in May 2017. The 21-year-old pitcher missed all of his junior season with the University of West Virginia.“It was about eight months before I was allowed to pick up a baseball,” he said. “There were days you had no motivation at all.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES – Dave Roberts said it isn’t quite decision-making time for his luxuriant collection of bullpen arms, but the Dodgers manager acknowledged that it’s getting close. Six games remain in the regular season and the Dodgers can clinch a playoff berth as early as Wednesday.That’s not a lot of time to get a look at the two relievers Roberts still wants to see more from: Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The two pitchers “have been hurt a majority of the year, so for them to have an opportunity, they’ve got to pitch and we have to see what we have,” Roberts said. “The calendar is running short, so I think those are two guys that you have to give opportunities to, to see what you have.”Roberts burned through six relievers in the final two innings of Saturday’s win over the Padres, including Fields and Cingrani for three batters each. Fields, a right-hander, retired all three while striking out two. Cingrani, a left-hander, allowed two singles and hit a batter. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fields also appeared in Sunday’s game, his first back-to-back appearances in the majors since returning from a bout with right shoulder inflammation. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out one batter. In 44 games this season, Fields is 2-2 with a 2.25 earned-run average, and 33 strikeouts in 40 innings.Cingrani has thrown only 17 pitches this month, including eight for strikes, after missing more than three months with shoulder inflammation. Scott Alexander, Alex Wood and Caleb Ferguson figure to be the Dodgers’ top left-handed relievers going forward.Roberts said that Cingrani’s struggles “may be a combination of rust and mechanical (problems). … Honestly I don’t know.”By singling out Fields and Cingrani, Roberts acknowledged that the majority of the Dodgers’ internal evaluations are complete. The postseason bullpen decisions should be mostly clear-cut if the Dodgers advance.“We’re not at that point yet but as we play the next (six) games I think it’ll be quite clear,” Roberts said. Grove, a 21-year-old right-hander, said he threw a couple bullpen sessions for scouts at this year’s Big 12 Conference tournament. Jonah Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ area scout who signed Grove, did not watch either session. Yet the Dodgers saw enough to reward Grove with the 68th overall selection.When first-round pick J.T. Ginn chose to attend college, Grove became the Dodgers’ highest pick to sign a contract.ALSOChase Utley acknowledged a standing ovation from the top step of the dugout prior to his final regular-season home game. Utley, who will retire after the season, was also greeted with a standing ovation prior to his first plate appearance in the sixth inning. He waved his helmet to the crowd, grounded out to second base, and was applauded on his way back to the dugout. … Utley flied out in the eighth inning and finished 0 for 2. … Sunday’s announced attendance of 50,250 brought the Dodgers’ regular-season total to 3,809,684 million. It’s the second-largest attendance in franchise history and the eighth-largest in National League history. … Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Garvey, and Don Newcombe were recognized on the field as the inaugural group of “Legends of Dodger Baseball.” Each will receive a plaque next season honoring their careers that will be on permanent display at Dodger Stadium. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovering after quadruple bypass heart surgery

first_img“Wishing a speedy recovery to my big brother, great friend & “The Captain,’” tweeted Magic Johnson, who played with Abdul-Jabbar with the Showtime Lakers. “Get well soon!”Lakers president Jeanie Buss also tweeted, “Dear Lakers Family: Please send all your positive energy to our Captain-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Get well soon!”Lately, Abdul-Jabbar has remained busy co-authoring numerous books, the latest titled “Stealing the Game,” a novel targeted to pre-teen kids that was released in February.After winning three national championships with the Bruins under the late John Wooden, Abdul-Jabbar was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks before they traded him in 1975 to the Lakers. He then won five of his six NBA titles with the Showtime Lakers and has remained the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. The Lakers unveiled a statue of Abdul-Jabbar’s likeness outside Staples Center in 2012, an image that captured his signature skyhook and explains how he cemented himself as one of the game’s all-time great centers. Abdul-Jabbar has occasionally attended Lakers games and also appeared with Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes at Byron Scott’s introductory press conference last summer as the Lakers’ new coach. Former Lakers and UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on his 68th birthday on Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after being admitted this week with a cardiovascular disease.UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery Dr. Richard Shemin said in a statement released by the university that he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery. The statement also read that Abdul-Jabbar, his physician and spokesperson will not provide any interviews or additional information.“At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received,” the statement read. “He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.”Abdul-Jabbar was also diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia on November 2009, but he has since said then that he has fully recovered from his illness. A few members of the Lakers publicly tweeted out hopes that Abdul-Jabbar proves just as successful following his latest procedure. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Barcelona stuns Madrid 3-0 at Bernabeu, reaches Copa final again

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “I have to admit that we didn’t play very well in the first half,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde after his 100th match in charge. “We scored three goals but didn’t have that many chances. It happens sometimes.”Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona advanced 4-1 on aggregate after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the semifinals at Camp Nou three weeks ago. The Catalan club also benefited from an own goal by Madrid defender Raphael Varane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They were a lot more efficient than we were,” Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We created many chances but couldn’t score. They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal. They hurt us when they had their chance.”Barcelona will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa title in the May 25 final in Seville. Madrid hasn’t made it to the Copa final since it won its last title in 2014 against Barcelona. It hasn’t defeated its rival in five matches in all competitions, since the Spanish Super Cup in 2017.This year’s other finalist will be decided on Thursday, when Valencia hosts Real Betis after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Seville.It was the second of three matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona in less than a month. The rivals will also play each other on Saturday in the Spanish league, with Barcelona nine points in front of Madrid in the standings.Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid’s title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.After conceding at home, Barcelona needed to score at the Bernabeu to have any chance of advancing, and it didn’t look good for the Catalan club as it was outplayed by Madrid throughout the first half. The hosts created most of the scoring chances, including a couple of clear ones for young Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior. He failed to get a shot off in a one-on-one situation, then missed over the crossbar from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID— Real Madrid couldn’t put Barcelona away when it had the chance, and ended up being dealt a hard blow by its biggest rival.In the first of two consecutive games between the Spanish powerhouses at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Barcelona weathered a dominant first half by Madrid and then scored three times after the break for a 3-0 win Wednesday and a spot in the Copa del Rey final for a sixth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Vinicius will keep improving as he plays more of these types of games,” Solari said.Barcelona took advantage of Madrid’s misses and quickly struck after halftime, with Suarez firing a low shot past goalkeeper Keylor Navas after a cross by Ousmane Dembele, who made a run behind the Madrid defenders following a through ball by Jordi Alba on the left flank.The second goal came less than 10 minutes later, when Varane tried to intercept Dembele’s cross for Suarez and ended up finding his own net.It didn’t take long for Suarez to add another with a Panenka-style penalty in the 73rd after he was fouled by midfielder Casemiro inside the area.Some Madrid fans began leaving the Bernabeu not long after Suarez’s penalty hit the net, and a few chants protesting against club president Florentino Perez also followed.Gareth Bale, who earlier Wednesday escaped punishment for a gesture toward fans after scoring in a league match against Atletico Madrid, came off the bench to replace Lucas Vazquez with Madrid down by a goal, but the Wales forward wasn’t able to help much.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester United defies injury crisis to beat Palace 3-1 View commentslast_img read more

POLICE RAID CRIMINAL DENS IN GBARNGA

first_imgPolice in the highland city of Gbarnga in Central Liberia have raided several ghettos and criminals’ hideouts arresting a number of suspected criminals in their operation.According to the commander of the Crime Services Division (CSD) of the Bong County Police Detachment Inspector, G. Alvin James, the police instituted the measure due to the alarming reports of armed robbery in the city in recent days.Inspector James told the Daily Observer that the Detachment was assisted by the Police Support Unit (PSU) assigned at the Gbarnga Regional Justice and Security Hub and the UNMIL counterparts to implement the raid.“Police will only be successful in operations like this if community members are eager to assist the police by providing information on criminals and their hideouts,” Inspector James emphasized.Officer James, exclusively told the Observer that at least 20 suspected criminal were and arrested in the raid. According to him, 11 were charged with armed robbery and sent to the Gbarnga Magisterial Court for trial while they (officers) were still investigating the rest.The county’s CSD boss lamented that his detachment had instituted a number of strategies to deal with the growing wave of criminal activities in the city.  But he reminded residents to support the police by supplying them with pieces of information about criminals and their dens.   The exercise will be extended to other communities like Sergeant Kollie Town (SKT) and Palala, which he said are infested with hardened criminals.   This newspaper gathered that a lady only identified as Kormasa of Lorma Quarter in Gbarnga, who has been under surveillance by police and suspected of harboring the suspected criminals was apprehended by police during the raid, with several single barrel pistol guns and cutlasses as well as some harmful drugs in her possession.Tuesday, armed robbers attacked a number of communities in Gbarnga leaving scores of community dwellers injured, while the criminals made away with several valuable items including cash.Communities that were badly hit by the armed robbers included Plum Valley, Bassa Community, Baltimore Boulevard and Lelekpayea.Early Tuesday morning the lifeless body of a 15-year-old boy whose family member, identified as Lami Jarkatay, was discovered in a warehouse of a garage on the Baltimore Boulevard.  A single barrel bullet wound was found in the teenager’s chest.   Police in Gbarnga have not established who was responsible for the boy’s death; however stated that investigation is on-going.A resident of Lelekpayea Community in Gbarnga, Emmanuel Duah, told this newspaper that on Sunday morning, July 13, armed robbers entered their home, put the tenants at gun point and took away their personal effects and other valuables.Emmanuel Duah informed this reporter that the robbers were brandishing single barrel pistols to execute their operations.  This reporter was not able to talk to any of the suspected armed robbers as he was told by police that they (criminals) were undergoing police preliminary investigations.Residents of Gbarnga, who spoke to this newspaper described the situation as worrisome and called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Police Support Unit (PSU) assigned at the Gbarnga Regional Justice and Security Hub to increase their patrols, especially at night.“I have noticed that every holiday season criminal activities are on the increase in Gbarnga. I think the only solution to this growing wave of armed robbery in the country is that the Government of Liberia should pass into law approving every citizen before he or she can possess fire arms,” Moses Flomo of the Gboveh Hill Community stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE VICTIM DYING SLOWLY IN BASSA; APPEALS FOR HELP TO SURVIVE

first_imgA man believed to be in his late 40s, identified as Opa Karwee, attempted suicide by imbibing acid water in Harrisville Ward, St. John River City, District #2A, Grand Bassa County, and is said to be dying slowly.Explaining his ordeal to the Daily Observer in tears and frustration last week, victim Karwee disclosed that he is a former tapper of the Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) in Wee statutory District #3, Grand Bassa County.Victim Darwee narrated that he mysteriously left the job after his mother, Mary Frazier, “blew juju dust”, which caused him to leave his job and come to her in Hoegbahn Township in #2 District.Victim Darwee explained that after he came to his mother he began to suffer since now he could not find a job. When the money he had had finished, his mother began to make mockery of him, saying, “You for nothing child, why have you come here to be a liability on me?  Why you lied and boasted of the wealth you have in LAC? You will see your body!” he quoted his mother.He revealed that thereafter he and his mother engaged each other in unceasing palava until she left for Monrovia.  But,   according to him, his mother left her demonic spirit behind her to torment him at day and night.He mentioned that prior to her departure for Monrovia; he accused his mother of being a witch that has claimed lives of numerous people in the family, including his older brother Sakuo Karwee and others.“After this my ma told me and my wife to leave her village and go anywhere we want to live.”He reiterated that the week after his mother left the village, he secretly took acid water unbeknown to himself.  He later claimed that he was under demonic influence when he took a drink of it, but did not swallow all.  Only a drop entered his throat and he fell to the ground unconscious and was rescued by the community people.“Predicated upon my deplorable condition, my wife and other residents of the village rushed me to a nearby physician named Joseph Jackson, Jr. who charged me $2800LD but because the money was not available he rejected me,” Karwee said in a low voice.He noted that he is currently being treated by a prayer warrior named Naomi Tarr, the wife of a teacher, Alex Jacob Tarr, in the same vicinity.Karwee further explained that prior to the fuss between him and his mother, he dreamed that a group of unknown persons chased him to kill him, but he fortunately escaped and later awoke from his sleep.The attempted Suicide victim is therefore appealing to the national government, humanitarian and health related organizations as well as people of goodwill to help facilitate his survival.He can be contacted through our grand Bassa county reporter through cell # 0777-789-661.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC, IOM Train 25 BIN Officers in Intense Border Screening

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have trained 25 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)  in intense border screening to detect Ebola.Speaking at the start of the joint training of trainers’ workshop in Monrovia last Friday, BIN Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves admonished his officers to make use of the training, as it is intended to protect our borders against the recurrence of Ebola and other infectious diseases.“The training is intended to intensify the screening process of people coming into the country, especially from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, to ensure that our borders are secure and safe now that they have been declared officially opened by President Sirleaf.”The Immigration boss continued, “[The trainers] are building your capacity so that you may be able also to  train your colleagues  assigned at the different border points across the country, because you  are the ones that will be taking over the security of Liberia when our partners leave.”Commissioner Reeves said the training is also important, especially with Liberia’s neighboring countries experiencing new cases of Ebola which could keep Liberia from being announced Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) if cross border transmission continues.  For his part, CDC’s Senior Advisor Philip Talboy said the training was important because the immigration officers were the first line agents at all the borders and as such they need to be fully prepared to ensure that people are properly screened before entering the country.Talboy meanwhile assured officials of the BIN that more BIN officers would be trained.Also speaking was IOM Project Manager, Lind Andrew, who said the training is important because it will keep cases of the virus from reaching the population.Andrew said the IOM will continue to support the BIN in its post-Ebola activities to ensure that BIN provides good services to the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

16 Passed, 6 Failed

first_imgCAF Education Officer Francis Tamba has revealed that 75% of the 22 Liberian coaches, who sat for the month-long CAF License A Coaching successfully passed.Coach Tamba told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday at the football headquarters on Benson Street, that results have shown that 16 coaches emerged with ‘flying colors’ while six coaches miserably failed.Though Coach Tamba didn’t reveal the names of those successful coaches, the Daily Observer gathered that former Lone Star player turned coach, Ben Seedee scored the highest mark – and is considered as the Summa Cum Laude (Latin for “with highest honors”)Mr. Seedee is the head coach of 2nd division side, Mighty Barrolle and player of Bame Oldtimer Sports Association.Coach Gborgboe Gblinwon of Watanga FC is the second on the winners and Abraham Sesay of NPA Anchors came third on the Cum Laude list.Other coaches who sat for the training: Papa Boimah Kamara and M. Kennedy Musue (IE); Gabriel Johns and Lucretius Togba (LPRC Oilers); Robert N. Larteh and Emmanuel Kaykay (BYC Football); Matthew S. Julutweh and Sam Chebli (FC Fassell).The rest: Kollie S. Korvy (Nimba United); Haysay M. Duworko (Ministry of Youth and Sports); Daei A. Fofana (Aries FC); Jerry Anderson and Emmanuel L. Cooper (Gardnersville FC); J. Wilson Farley (Gedi & Son); Gablah Francis (Satellites); Gray B. Haizel (AME University); Jenkins Doe (Small Town) Lawrence K. Hne (Blanco FC) and Amos Ebo Smith (Paynesville League).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jewelry emphasizes Judaic symbols

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Alef Bet Jewelry BUSINESS ADDRESS: P.O. Box 3974, Chatsworth, CA 91313 PHONE: (818) 882-9030 WEB SITE: www.alefbet.com OWNER: Paula Brooks ESTABLISHED: 1995 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One with seven contractors DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We manufacture jewelry with emphasis on Judaic symbols. We take current styles and add a touch of “Jewish” to them. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. I was in jewelry retail before manufacturing. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? Initially, I began selling jewelry because my husband wouldn’t buy me any. Thereafter, my son-in-law suggested I make Hebrew letters instead of English ones, and a new business began – Jewish jewelry. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Though my son-in-law suggested the Hebrew letters for necklaces. My customers were the ones who asked what else we had. So we created a Star of David. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Two months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I started calling temple gift shops and art galleries to see if they would be interested in our product. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $1,500 30 molds for $50 each. I used a bond my aunt gave me when I was a child. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My husband, who loves numbers and is still my bookkeeper and adviser to this day. And our first wholesale customer, who recommended I expand the line to include more designs if I wanted to stay in business more than a year. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The need to advertise, have a catalog and have to do national gift shows to expand our presence. I knew the Internet would be the big thing, but I had no idea where to begin, and now I have an online store. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $400,000 – $500,000. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To gain a larger presence on the Internet and begin to sell in more jewelry stores instead of small gift shops. We would also like to produce a large printed catalog and gain a foothold in nonreligious magazines to show that Judaic jewelry isn’t limited to a few people. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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