Season enters final month at Raceway Park

first_imgJEFFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 7) – With only three more nights remaining before IMCA season championships will be decided, racers were gunning for the checkered flag Sunday at Raceway Park.The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact division where Luke Jackson made the pass on early leader Don Tank at the conclusion of the fourth lap en route to a feature victory. Tank held the second position until the final turn of the final lap, when Ramsey Meyer slipped by on the inside for the position.Steven Pierce led every lap of the CarQuest IMCA Hobby Stock feature for his second win of the season. While Pierce was in front enjoying a clear view, the action behind him was wild from start to finish. In a final green, white, checkered finish, Pierce took the win followed by John Cain and Matt Baker.MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod point leader Karl Brewer took his second win in a row after a race long battle with AJ Boulware. Brewer did not take the lead until two laps remaining as he slipped by Boulware mere feet before the scoring line. Caution flew one half lap later, leading to a green, white, checkered finish where Brewer would hold on for the win followed by Darin Roepke and Boulware.Chris Mills extended his point lead atop the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car division with another feature win. Mills took the lead with six laps remaining in the feature from second place point man Travis Barker. In a final green, white, checkered finish, Mills and Barker would hold onto their top two positions followed by Jason Ward.The final feature of the evening saw Bob Moore make the pass on the outside of early leader Dan Loggins and go on for the win in the Total Motors IMCA Modified division. Moore, Jason Schneiders, and point leader Ricky Stephan broke away from the field in the closing laps and finished in that order.last_img read more

Lady Trojans Participate At Brownstown Central

first_imgECVB traveled to Brownstown Central for their invitational. We went 2-2 on the day.EC vs. Brownstown Central, lost 25-17 & 25-19.   We played hard, but we looked tired. We were a step behind the entire match. BC is a very disciplined team, so they put the pressure on us to earn our points because they won’t give up many due to errors. We did some things well, but can take a lot away from that loss.    EC vs Brownstown Central 8-31EC vs. Cardinal Ritter, won 25-18, 25-14.We started slow in this match also, but were able to pick it up and come out on top.         EC vs Cardinal Ritter 8-31EC vs. Covenant Christian, won 25-21, 25-17.  Pool play lacked energy all the way around, and this game was no different. We were slow and really just went through the motions until we had no choice but to push. Luckily, they knew when to turn it on to force errors and find a way to score, but we have to be better at starting strong, especially at tournaments where we face better competition.   EC vs Covenant Christian 8-31We finished second in our pool and crossed over to play Bloomington South. This match was much more exciting and fun to be a part of because the girls played with a lot of energy, emotion and determination. They wanted to avenge last year’s 2 point loss in set 3 and were well on the way of doing that, but our lack of experience led to a little bit of panic in a pressure situation, so the result was the same as last year- we lost by 2 in set 3.   EC vs. Bloomington South, lost 18-25, 25-17, 16-14.  After a long break, I wasn’t sure what to expect from them. We hadn’t played to our full potential all day, and if we repeated that against a potential sectional opponent, we could have been walked all over. However, the girls stepped up and brought their “A-Game.” We came out strong in all areas in set one. In set two, we made too many mental mistakes that ended up costing us the game. But they rebounded and put up a big fight in set three. We were up 14-11, but couldn’t hang on long enough to get that final point. Bloomington South ended the match on a 5-0 run to take the match. EC vs Bloomington South 8-31All in all, it wasn’t the greatest tournament, but we ended on a strong note and hopefully proved to ourselves that we can play (and beat) our sectional opponents. We have a long way to go, but that match alone was a step in the right direction for this group.   Next up: tonight at EC vs Franklin County. Freshmen start at 5, JV following, then varsity. Varsity is now 7-4 on the season.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

Fernandinho staying positive

first_img Press Association City were rocked two minutes into the second half as the Clarets hit back, although there was controversy over George Boyd’s 47th-minute strike. The Scot was in offside position as he got the faintest of touches to help a Danny Ings cross-cum-shot past Joe Hart. There was debate over whether Boyd made contact at all but replays indicated that there was and that City were therefore unlucky. But the hosts still let their intensity slip and all the energy after the break came from Burnley. They arguably deserved the point that came their way as Ashley Barnes lashed a fierce drive into the roof of the net nine minutes from time after Jason Shackell had lofted a free-kick into the box. The result was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three but the performance offered further proof that they have the wherewithal to survive. Despite a run of just one win in seven games, Burnley have shown their battling qualities of late, not least in their narrow loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day. Midfielder David Jones said: “From the start of the season we have been growing in belief and here that was evident and proof, if we needed it, that we can compete with anybody. “It is one of the toughest places, if not the toughest, place to come. There are a lot of positives and we’re very happy. “Outside of our own camp there wouldn’t have been much belief that we could get something, especially when we went 2-0 down. “But that is what the manager has built at this club – a relentless mentality to keep going and see where it leads us at the end of the 90 minutes. That was evident in the second half. We never stopped. “We felt we could have got more on Boxing Day. We definitely didn’t deserve to lose the game, and we felt we should have won it really. “But to bounce back in this fashion is great for us and gives us that belief to go and do what we have got to do.” Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho looked on the bright side after the champions squandered the chance to close right in on Chelsea. City blew a chance to move within a point of the Barclays Premier League leaders on Sunday as they surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with relegation battlers Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. Fernandinho was at a loss to explain City’s capitulation but pointed out that no ground was lost on Chelsea – who drew at Southampton – and immediately looked to the next opportunity. The Brazilian said: “I don’t know exactly what went wrong. In the first half we played so well, and created so many chances to score, but in the second half we didn’t do it. “It was a result we didn’t expect but it happened. We need to keep heads up and think about the next game. It is not over, there are still a lot of games to play. “It is not a bad result – a bad result is losing. We have one point and we will try to win the next game to get the three points. “Chelsea drew, we drew and the Premier League is still open. The race for the title is still open. “It is too early to decide the title now, and we need to keep playing and winning games, and we will see what will happen.” City had a club record 10th successive win in their sights as, again without a recognised striker on the pitch, they controlled the first half. Burnley were not outplayed but there only seemed one result as David Silva struck his fourth in three appearances and Fernandinho doubled the lead with a stunning long-range strike. “I am so happy to score that goal,” said Fernandinho, of his powerful hit that cannoned in off the underside of the bar. “But unfortunately it was not enough to help us win the game.” last_img read more

Northern Ireland and Wales among bottom seeds for Euro 2016 finals

first_imgNorthern Ireland and Wales must overcome the odds again at Euro 2016 after UEFA confirmed they would be among the bottom seeds in France next summer. England, as expected, join holders Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and hosts France as top seeds, but the December 12 draw is sure to be tougher on their home nation counterparts. Northern Ireland won Group F with 21 points but actually have the lowest UEFA co-efficient of any team still involved and, like Wales, will be pulled from Pot Four. That is because only 40 per cent of the co-efficient rating comes from the recently-concluded qualifying round, with the same again to the 2014 World Cup campaign and the remaining 20 per cent coming from performances on the way to Euro 2012. Northern Ireland finished fifth in their two previous campaigns, with Wales fourth and fifth. Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Croatia and Austria take five of the six slots in Pot Two, with Iceland and Albania confirmed in Pot Four. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

China men’s football team tests negative for COVID-19

first_imgBeijing: Chinese men’s football team announced on Thursday that all team members were tested negative for COVID-19 after flying back from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. “After the team arrived at Sanya on Monday, the whole team had COVID-19 tests, and were told all negative by local health authorities on Wednesday,” Team China said in a post on its social media account, reports Xinhua news agency.The Chinese squad, which concluded their overseas training camp last week, are currently in self-isolation at a hotel in Sanya, south China’s Hainan province. IANSAlso Read: Football will be the unifying factor soon: Sandesh JhinganAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronaviruslast_img read more

Fifa World Cup Spain vs Portugal Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018: All square at 3-3 as Ronaldo scores magical hattrick!

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On the Day 2 of FIFA World Cup 2018, European giants Spain and Portugal lock horns to start their journey to glory. The first game between Uruguay and Egypt went till the last minutes after Gimenez scored a late header to give Uruguay a 1-0 win! The second game also followed a similar pattern as Iran won by an own goal scored in the dying minutes of the game. Spain vs Portugal offers lot of excitement with technically brilliant players dominating both the line ups. HIGHLIGHTS:# What a game it was! Join us back for more FIFA World Cup 2018 Coverage only on News Nation! Day 3 awaits us with more exciting games and plenty of goals! # FULL TIME: That’s it for today, Gianluca Rocchi has blown his whistle and the game is over.# 90+3″ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) picks up an injury, but he is fine to carry on!# 90+2″ A great run by Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) gets him into the box, but his powerful shot is bravely blocked by a defender.# 4 minutes of added time!# 90″ Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.# 87″ GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo can showcase his brilliant free kick ability, particularly from a distance like this. Hits it perfectly and scores! Hattrick! Portugal 3-3 Spain!# 86″ Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle. Gerard Pique (Spain) commits a foul after dangerous play. Portugal win a free kick. It’s a promising situation for a direct shot.# 85″ Iago Aspas (Spain) picks up a pass and unleashes a low shot towards goal, but he can’t generate enough power to trouble Rui Patricio.# 82″ Iago Aspas (Spain) picks up a pass and unleashes a low shot towards goal, but he can’t generate enough power to trouble Rui Patricio.# 81″ Gerard Pique (Spain) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which would see him leave the pitch. He’s back in the game now.# 79″ SUBSTITUTION: Andre Silva IN, Guedes OUT (Portugal)# 79″ Handball given as Quaresma touches the ball with his hand!# 77″ SUBSTITUTION: Iago Aspas IN, Diego Costa OUT (Spain)# 76″ Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) got the ball on the edge of the box and fired in a first-time shot on goal, but his effort floated well over the bar. High, wide and not at all handsome.# 73″ The ball possession at the moment is Portugal 32:68 Spain!# 72″ Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.# 71″ A cross from Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) fails to reach the box as the defence clears the ball away to safety. Portugal will have a chance to score from a corner kick.# 71″ Jordi Alba plays a short pass through to Diego Costa (Spain) inside the box, but he scuffs his effort well wide of the right post.# 69″ SUBSTITUTION: Bernardo Silva OUT, Quaresma IN! (Portugal) | Iniesta OUT, Thiago IN! (Spain)# 68″ The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Bruno Fernandes departs the field of play to be replaced by Joao Mario (Portugal).# 66″ Bernardo Silva (Portugal) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.# 63″ Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) plays a dangerous chip pass into the box in an attempt to set up one of his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.# 63″ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.# 62″ Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Portugal will take a corner kick.# 62″ Gianluca Rocchi has a clear sight and sees a foul from Cedric Soares (Portugal).# 60″ Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) produces a poor cross from the free kick which is easily turned away.# 58″ Goal! Nacho (Spain) finds himself in a great position on the edge of the box. He receives a low pass and fires a sweet first-time shot which ricochets in off the left post. What a hit! What an absolute stunner! Spain 3-2 Portugal!# 55″ GOAL!- Sergio Busquets jumps high to meet the resulting free kick and nods the ball into the path of Diego Costa (Spain), who is unmarked inside the box and slots the ball into the back of the net. It’s 2:2.# 54″ Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle after Joao Moutinho (Portugal) brings one of his opponents down with a strong tackle. Spain have a free kick from a promising distance.# 52″ Pepe (Portugal) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it misses its target. The ball is behind the touchline and Spain will take a throw-in.# 48″ Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the right post.# 47″ The linesman signals that David Silva (Spain) is offside and the referee confirms the decision.# Second half has started!# What a half of football! Goals, tactical brilliance, technical prowess! Join us for the second half!# HALF TIME: That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their respective dressing rooms.# 44″ GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo  latches on to a brilliant pass and hits a poor shot towards the middle of the goal, but the ball goes into the back of the net after the goalkeeper makes a howler!# 43″ Isco attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but the effort is snuffed out by the goalkeeper.# 43″ Spain produce a short pass from the free kick.# 42″ Pepe gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Gianluca Rocchi saw the whole situation. A free kick has been awarded to Spain.# 42″ Looks like Portugal are happy sitting back deep and launch counters! Could be a troublesome thing against a Spain side this good!# 40″ Sergio Busquets attacks the corner from David Silva in the centre of the box, but his header lacks accuracy and goes high over the bar.# 39″ The referee awards a corner and David Silva (Spain) goes over to take it.# 38″ A beautiful low pass from the side is received by Jordi Alba, who was waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away. The linesman makes the right call and Spain will have a corner.# 35″ CHANCE! Jordi Alba finds Andres Iniesta with a sweet pass, but he can’t find the target as his effort from inside the box goes just wide of the right post!# 34″ Spain is absolutely sensational to watch when they play their game! Technically brilliant and efficient as well! They are making small triangles to play quick passes!# 31″ TIKI TAKA!!! Spain are playing possession football and controlling the game at present. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player, making it difficult for the opposition to win the ball.# 28″  David Silva (Spain) unleashes a shot from a mid-range free kick that crashes into the defensive wall. The opposition’s goalkeeper set it up perfectly.# 26” Bruno Fernandes sees a yellow card. He should be more careful because one more challenge like that could result in a red card.# 25″ Isco decided to surprise the goalkeeper with a quick shot from the edge of the box, but his effort crashes against the crossbar.# 24″ Diego Costa finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. Rui Patricio is just a bystander as the ball flies into the left side of the goal. The score is 1:1.# 24″ GOAL! Wait! The referee has now indicated he wants to check if the goal for Spain can stand using VAR.# 22″ The corner from Koke is intercepted by the defence, and Portugal launches a lethal counter attack! Great stuff!# 21″ David Silva misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Silva who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. Spain force their opponents to concede a corner.# 18″ Cristiano Ronaldo decides to have a shot at goal from the free kick, but it hits the defensive wall.# 17″ Sergio Busquets (Spain) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Gianluca Rocchi had an easy-decision to make. Portugal are awarded a free kick. Let’s see what they create from this.# 16″ Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort.# 15″ Jordi Alba sends a long ball in, but Rui Patricio comfortably gathers the ball.# We predicted a 1-1 draw in our preview of Spain vs Portugal! So far so good!# 13″ Isco (Spain) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.# 12″ Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.# 10″ Rui Patricio doesn’t have to worry about this one. Diego Costa plays a pass into the feet of David Silva, who is unable to find the target as his effort from inside the box goes high over the bar.# 9″ Scintillating start for such a high profile game, the goal has pushed back Spain a bit as they look to dominate possession now!# 7″ Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.# 6″ What a start this has been for Portugal, early goal eases so much pressure from them!# 4″ GOAL!  Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) keeps his cool and converts the penalty.# 3″ Nacho (Spain) brings his opponent down. Gianluca Rocchi has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle for a foul. The referee points to the penalty spot. PENALTY to Portugal!# Kick off! Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 2 of FIFA’s showpiece event continue as third game of the day is between Spain and Portugal as both the European heavyweights clash for the ultimate prize in football! last_img read more

WWE Hell in a Cell 2019: Results and match highlights of mega event

first_imgAlso read | WWE Hell In A Cell Results: Reigns And Bryan Defeat Harper And RowanWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Seth Rollins and The FiendAs The Fiend made multiple appearances in the past few weeks, fans were looking forward to this match for a couple of weeks. Though Rollins retained his Universal Championship, The Fiend later took him down. After Seth Rollins had initially taken down The Fiend, the officials called for the bell to check on the masked maniac. However, Wyatt recovered. The event ended with the crowd voicing their displeasure as The Fiend assaulted Rollins. Written By Devika Pawar COMMENT Also read | WWE Throwback: Rock Kick-starts SmackDown With Electrifying Segment TELL US what @SashaBanksWWE is planning to do here ⬇️ #HIAC pic.twitter.com/FOOU4kvbck— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 6, 2019 First Published: 7th October, 2019 12:00 IST WWE Hell in a Cell returned on October 7. The pay-per-view event delivered on all accounts, be it Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch, or Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Despite the outcome at the end, Seth Rollins managed to retain his Universal Championship. Here are Hell in a Cell 2019 results.WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 resultsWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Becky Lynch takes down Sasha Banks Last week, Becky Lynch promised to punish Sasha Banks. The Man did not disappoint, defeating The Boss and retaining her title. It was a neck-and-neck encounter, both wrestlers trying to overwhelm each other. Lynch delivered a Bexploder from the top rope as her last attack, finally prevailing over Sasha Banks. LIVE TV Also read | WWE Hell In A Cell: The Fiend Terrorises Seth Rollins In Main EventWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Other events for the nightcenter_img Natalya defeated Lacey Evans in the first fight of the night.  Randy Orton took down Ali in the fourth event of the night. For the Women’s Tag Team match, the Kabuki Warriors defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Strowman and The Viking Raiders defeated The O.C. by disqualification. Chad Gable triumphed over King Corbin. For the SmackDown Women’s Championship Match, Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley to win the title. Are @WWEDanielBryan and @WWERomanReigns about to…HUG IT OUT?! #HIAC pic.twitter.com/jnkUrQB7MD— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 7, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Looks like #TheFiend @WWEBrayWyatt brought some toys from the #FireflyFunHouse to #HellInACell… #HIAC pic.twitter.com/mj9l0v9Eqd— WWE (@WWE) October 7, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 12:00 IST WWE Hell In A Cell 2019: Results And Match Highlights Of Mega Event WWE Hell in a Cell, the highly-anticipated event, answered all the questions the audience had. Take a look at the results from this week’s mega event. Also read | WWE Hell In A Cell 2019 Results: Becky Lynch Takes Down Sasha BanksWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Reigns And Bryan Defeat Harper And Rowan in a Tornado Tag team matchThough Harper and Rowan tried their best, they could not overcome the babyfaces. One of the best encounters for the day, the event ended with Reigns and Bryan hugging. Both Reigns and Bryan divided and conquered, taking out their rivals one by one. This chaotic bout ended with fans looking forward to upcoming events. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Alpena Township Fire Department Honors: ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Firefighter of the Year’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich.-The Alpena Township Fire Department recently celebrated the holidays with their annual Christmas dinner and awards night. The life saving unit passed out two major awards including: “Firefighter of the Year,” and “Rookie of the Year.”They say hard work truly pays off, and for two Alpena Township Firefighters and EMT’s earning top awards proves that. Working over 12 years with the department, “Firefighter of the Year” recipient, Jeremy Jones said surviving a fire as a child inspired him to become a firefighter.Jones said he was surprised to hear his named called this year to receive such a huge accomplishment.”It’s an honor to be selected,” Jones said.Nick named, “Mumma” at the station, Amanda Tolen proves that she can do anything the boys can do which is why she has earned her stripes of becoming, “Rookie of the Year.”“If you have the drive, if you have the well, if you have the heart do it,” Tolen said.Chief Robbins said he couldn’t have asked for a better crew. “When it comes time for these awards, one would think it’s easy,” Chief Robbins said.Congrats to both of you for all of your achievements with the Alpena Township Fire Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sunrise Animal Sanctuary Hold 1st Annual Holiday Fundraiser to Increase Sponsors for Animals in NeedNext United Way Aims to Help Homeless for the Holidays With “Sock it to Poverty” Fundraiserlast_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft ADP Report: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. remains high, Bryce Harper surges higher

first_imgWith March here, it’s time to study some mock draft average draft positions (ADP). Of course, using ADP should be a guide, not the template. Regular season games will begin on March 20th between the Mariners and A’s in Japan, then all the teams will all teams will regular season play in the US on March 28th. So, if one hasn’t started preparing for his or her fantasy baseball draft, Fantasy Alarm and Sporting News Fantasy are here for you.Consider this article a quick overview of how drafts could go when they start in earnest over the next couple of weeks. The charts below date back to November and adjust every two weeks. As always, some news and notes will accompany each position. GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideFantasy baseball mock draft ADP trendsCatcherSalvador Perez will reportedly miss the season due to damage to his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, further weakening the catcher field. One beneficiary of this will be Welington Castillo. Beef’s price continues to rise in drafts, and his power upside propels him above Tucker Barnhart with an average draft position of 256.03 in February. Another riser resides in Los Angeles. With Yasmani Grandal no longer in town, Austin Barnes should be the primary catcher for the Dodgers. He went as early as pick number 286 last month. Plus, he could steal five to seven bases.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetFirst BaseWhile speed dominates most fantasy conversations, first base proves to be slippery with targets in flux along with its depth being questioned. There are some diamonds in the rough, but be sure not to wait too long before addressing the position. Matt Olson continues to climb and sits ninth in the ADP for February. What to do with Miguel Cabrera will be perplexing for fantasy owners. He has such a stable skill set, but will he age well? So far this spring he’s hitting .545 with an on-base plus slugging of 1.552 through 14 plate appearances. But can he pull the ball with authority? Time will tell. Other questions: Where will Edwin Encarnacion start the year? Can owners wait to take Justin Smoak? Will Eric Hosmer bounce back?GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideSecond BaseSecond base provides a cornucopia of options. Jose Altuve, Javier Baez and Whit Merrifield sit atop the field with the ability to provide across the board. Many will speculate on the young prodigies like Ozzie Albies and Gleyber Torres. It’s interesting to see Scooter Gennett adrift in ADP plunging to the ninth second baseman taken last month. Beneath this group, both Nick Senzel and Ketel Marte continue to rise in drafts, though each could start the year in center field. As much as one can love Daniel Murphy hitting in Coors Field, owners seem to overlook Robinson Cano potentially hitting third for the Mets. And Jonathan Villar continues to ride his stolen base upside in drafts, so take note.Third BaseIt’s curious because many opine about the lack of depth at first base but in deeper formats, one could end up with Zack Cozart if not paying attention to third. Note that Travis Shaw can be used at second base and teammate Mike Moustakas could add that designation in-season, making them intriguing targets. While the Blue Jays continue to insist Vlad Guerrero Jr. needs more time in the minors, fantasy owners still crave him. It will be very interesting to see how many major league at-bats Guerrero Jr. accrues.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetShortstopRepresenting another diverse group in drafts, shortstop will be a bit deeper this time around. Francisco Lindor will make or break some drafts dependent on how fast he returns from his calf injury along with if it lingers during the year. There’s no more polarizing player in drafts than Adalberto Mondesi. If one waits, there’s power lurking in Paul DeJong of the Cardinals below this list or speed in Amed Rosario. Part of the consternation with Rosario will be where he hits in the lineup. He stole 16 of his 24 bases hitting leadoff last year, but he projects to bat seventh or eighth this year.GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideOutfieldThere’s not much fluctuation in this first tier of outfielders. Bryce Harper could see a surge in ADP due to his landing in Philadelphia. Keep tabs on the sore shoulder of Tommy Pham, he will appear as the designated hitter in the next four-to-five games, but his checkered injury past should sound a warning alert in comparison to his draft day price. It will depend on how one feels about risk.Not reflected in this chart, Lorenzo Cain actually vaulted ahead of both Pham and George Springer in February drafts. Perhaps it’s the steals or just personal preference, but be aware. Mitch Haniger’s off to a strong start this spring but continues to slip in drafts. There’s a point in which UTIL-only-eligible Shohei Ohtani becomes a value compared to his ADP, it feels like he’s there at almost 178th overall.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetStarting PitcherAs if it’s not said enough, the price of pitching could surprise people who have yet to take part in a mock or best ball draft. Plan accordingly. After the big three, it’s personal preference between Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell. In every draft, someone will see the name Clayton Kershaw and take him due to name recognition, this may be the year not to be that guy.It’s curious to see how some values change in this group, but remain almost the same. Carlos Carrasco surged in the second half, if he’s your ace, it could work out, but as a second pitcher, seems more advantageous. Veterans Stephen Strasburg and Zack Greinke usually fall below the up and coming young studs. Recent news could impact the price of Mike Foltynewicz. He could miss opening day with elbow soreness and his price will drop, but to a point it’s worth it with regression already in the offing? Good luck.Relief Pitcher As if the innings logged by Sean Doolittle the last three years did not make him risky enough, reports suggest Washington’s in hot pursuit of Craig Kimbrel. Tread lightly here. Both Josh Hader and Raisel Iglesias seem to be stalled in terms of ADP. Keep an eye on Jose LeClerc and Kirby Yates, each will be worth taking ahead of their present price. Will the Bud Norris signing affect Ken Giles? Time will tell, but remember to handcuff.Draft season will be in full swing, so be sure to stay with Fantasy Alarm to stay ahead of the competition. Our draft guide and Howard Bender’s Mock Draft Army will translate to success.last_img read more

Enes Kanter reveals why he chose to sign with Celtics

first_imgEnes Kanter wanted to win.The 27-year-old center inked a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics earlier this month. He discussed his decision to head to Boston during a recent interview with USA Today’s HoopsHype. “It’s my ninth year in the league and I understand that, for many people, the money is important,” Kanter said. “For me, the most important thing is being with a team that you’re really happy on and playing with a team that’s competing for a championship. That was the big thing for me. For everybody else, the money matters (more). For me, the No. 1 thing was winning.”Kanter began the season with the Knicks but was released after the trade deadline. He then signed with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games. Related News Danny Ainge thought Kyrie Irving would leave Celtics in free agency: ‘He really wanted to go home’ NBA trade rumors: Celtics ‘quickly’ rejected offer for Gordon Hayward Kanter was also a reliable scorer in the playoffs for the Trail Blazers, who advanced to the Western Conference finals before falling to the Warriors in four games.“When I was with the Knicks, the season wasn’t going the way that I wanted,” Kanter said. “I wanted to go out there and win. I’m glad that I picked Portland (after being waived). Portland was definitely one of the best stops of my career. It helped me grow into a better player and a better person at the same time.”The Celtics’ roster underwent a major overhaul this offseason. They lost Kyrie Irving (Nets), Al Horford (76ers) and Marcus Morris (Knicks) in free agency but signed star Kemba Walker away from the Hornets, in addition to Kanter. NBA trade rumors: Celtics’ asking price for Jayson Tatum is ‘insane’ “The reason I went (to Boston) is for a championship,” Kanter said. “I feel like the team is really young and willing to learn and we have an amazing group of guys. I feel like we can beat any team on any floor. All we have to do is just be good friends and stay together. … It’s definitely going to be a very, very exciting season.”The Celtics entered last season as the favorites to win the East but finished with a 49-33 record and were eliminated by the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.last_img read more