Nationals surge through playoffs to emerge as new rulers of National League

first_imgThe Senior Circuit is now the Nationals’ League.In the span of two weeks on the October calendar, the Washington baseball club went from shaky wild card participant to postseason juggernaut to seemingly all-powerful World Series force. In that same time, three teams that won their divisions — all of which stood in Washington’s way in one sense or another this season — have fallen and crashed and will view the remainder of the 2019 season as also-ran couch-dwellers. As for those two emerging outfielders in their early 20s? Washington can expect Juan Soto (20) and Victor Robles (22) to blossom further to potentially form the top outfield duo in baseball — or at least something close to that. At their young ages, Soto and Robles are already a high-end blend of power and speed and massive potential. Their growth in the coming years will be fun to watch.If the Nationals so desire, they have pockets deep enough to pursue any free agent at any position. A World Series berth, and especially a World Series championship, only enhances the team’s status as a desirable destination. So, ultimately, there’s an excellent chance that the 2020 Nationals will look a lot like the 2019 Nationals, perhaps even better, but definitely more experienced and likely even more driven.  A lot can change in a single postseason, and a lot has already changed in Washington. The Nationals finally look like the team many expected for so long — a team that seems poised to pace the National League for a long time. It’s been quite the metamorphosis — swift and definitive, like a sneak attack. And the effects could be felt for a long time.MORE: A look back at a wild 15 days for the NationalsWith the Nationals’ Game 4 victory Tuesday and sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS, ownership of the National League changed hands. It’s no longer the Dodgers who hold firm to the league’s deed, despite 106 wins and back-to-back World Series appearances. It’s not the Cardinals, who are occasionally known to own the designation but who didn’t belong in the discussion this time. And it’s not the upstart Braves, who again won the NL East but continued a tradition of October letdowns as they lost to the team that didn’t belong. No, it’s the Nationals — their postseason demons slain and a new identity forged — who now hold the keys.Sure, it’s a small sample size. Yes, they have questions this offseason. But a World Series berth can do wonders for a franchise. It can change minds. It can bring new energy and a new mission. So when you look at what the Nationals are, and what they could become, it might be a tall order for any team to force them into an abdication of their new throne. They won the pennant with their calling card: dominant starting pitching. Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin each did their thing and showed why no team wants to face Washington in a short playoff series. Though it wasn’t the case at the start of the season, there’s currently not another rotation in the National League that can match it. And the rotation probably isn’t going anywhere. Strasburg can opt out of his contract after this season, but given how October has played out and his juicy player option on the horizon for 2023, it seems unlikely he would do so. MORE: Three takeaways from the Nats’ Game 4 winThe Nationals offense was also more than formidable against St. Louis, outscoring an inept Cardinals squad 18-6 across the four NLCS games. The contributions came from those you expect (Anthony Rendon, 1.029 OPS), those you don’t (NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick, 1.012 OPS) and from all places in between. Like Strasburg, Rendon could be in a new uniform next season. But, as with Strasburg, one shouldn’t underestimate the effect of a deep October run on the Nats’ ability to retain Rendon’s services.last_img read more

Provencio sentencing delayed for three weeks

first_imgSylvester ProvencioBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio’s sentencing concerning his guilty plea of an “aggravated indecent solicitation of child” felony has been postponed to April 13 at 1:30 p.m.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin continued the sentencing case during a short hearing today after the defense attorney, who was not present, requested a three-week continuation.Provencio was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl during a New Years Eve Party on Jan. 1, 2016. He is currently serving a 31-month prison sentence for reckless aggravated battery for an unrelated crime involving an attack of two Caldwell men in August, 2015.last_img read more

Neymar admits only wanting Barcelona and not Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsupgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6euw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d1Would you ever consider trying this?😱4i8vnkCan your students do this? 🌚lmfpvRoller skating! Powered by Firework With Hazard’s arrival imminent at Real Madrid, Neymar’s path has closed and it is believed by inside sources that the Brazilian has snubbed Florentino Perez’s approach in courting Neymar to the new project at Madrid headed by Zinedine Zidane.Advertisement The idea of joining Real Madrid has never been on the cards for Neymar. Back in March he said: “I had a dream, which was to play for Barcelona, and I did that.”Advertisement Many players in the current Barcelona dressing room gel well with the Brazilian superstar and would like him back.He’s still close friends with Messi and Suarez and many remember the quality he brought to the team. Barcelona last won the coveted Champions League in 2015 where Neymar ended up the joint top scorer of the tournament with some instrumental performances under his belt.Neymar although has bigger challenges ahead of him as of now. After being tackled at the ankle in a friendly prior to Copa America, the Brazilian talisman is ruled out from representing his nation at the tournament.Advertisement Off the pitch, allegations of rape cases have also bogged down on Neymar. Advertisementlast_img read more

Swift Serena into Australian Open quarter-finals

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyWorld number one Serena Williams set up a rematch of last year’s Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova after she comfortably accounted for Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2 6-1 in the fourth round on Sunday.The victory for Williams, who is seeking a seventh Australian Open title and 22nd grand slam trophy overall, could not have been in sharper contrast to that of Sharapova, who preceded her onto Rod Laver Arena.Sharapova was made to work hard for her 7-5 7-5 victory over 12th seeded Swiss Belinda Bencic before eventually sealing a place in the eagerly anticipated quarter-final in two hours, five minutes.Williams then swept aside Sharapova’s Russian compatriot in 55 minutes with little fuss.Her only hiccup came in the first game of the match when the 21-year-old raced out to a 0-40 lead and then achieved the second break of the powerful American’s serve this tournament to take a surprising 1-0 lead.Unfortunately for Gasparyan, that was as good as it got against the 34-year-old, who rattled off the next four games on her way to sealing the set in 30 minutes and then breezed through the second in 25 minutes.The victory was the third successive straight forward win for the American, who has not been pushed in Melbourne since her first round clash with Italy’s Camila Giorgi.She has spent a total of just two hours, 39 minutes on court since beating Giorgi and sounded a coded warning to Sharapova ahead of their clash on Tuesday.“I just feel like I’m really confident in my game right now, not against her or against any other opponent,” Williams said. “I feel if I can just continue to play well, then it could be good.”While her progress through the tournament has been relatively comfortable, Williams said she had another massively motivating factor that could help her up her game on Tuesday. Losing.Williams has not lost to Sharapova since 2004, a run of 17 successive victories, and holds an 18-2 career record overall against the five-time grand slam winner.“I think the person who’s winning could definitely feel the pressure because there is a lot of expectations,” Williams added.“The person who is losing (could think) ‘well, I have lost X amount in a row; I don’t have anything to lose’.“But in this situation, I don’t have anything to lose because I’m just here. Every tournament for me is just a bonus at this point in my career.”last_img read more

Van Opstal hopes to learn from Beermen’s Fajardo

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Beermen select Van OpstalThe La Salle standout played under Abanilla, who is now the team manager at San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentVan Opstal also feels playing for the Beermen could further optimize his potential in learning from three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo every practice.“Being against June Mar everyday will just make you such a good player. He’s an incredible player. There wouldn’t be a better person to learn from in the PBA as a big. It will really be exciting and a tremendous honor for me to join a great organization,” he said on Friday at the 2016 Slam Draft Suite. Lin’s near triple-double leads Nets past Pacers 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Arnold Van Opstal.Reportedly going to San Miguel, Arnold Van Opstal said he sees it as a dream come true if he indeed becomes a member of the Beermen“That would be a dream come true,” Van Opstal said as he looks forward to a possible reunion with his former college coach Gee Abanilla.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young What Van Opstal wants to focus on, though, is to develop his midrange game and be capable of playing the power forward position.“Definitely, I want to add my midrange game so I could be versatile in playing four and five,” he said. “Right now, people see me as just a five, so if I can transition to a four, that will be a nice thing for me and I’d like to do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila View commentslast_img read more

Jumo and the Heatwave Band for “The Strip” on Saturday evening

first_imgOne of the places to be this weekend is The Strip Hookah Lounge and Restaurant, Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, for one of the craziest collaborations ever.Come Saturday evening, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo and the Heatwave Band will create an uproar as they team up to perform at an event hosted by Amplify Music Made of More.The Strip Hookah Lounge featured several artistes in the past including Kees out Kes the Band and others.This time, the all Guyanese cast will rip the place apart to make sure Guyanese soca junkies get the best.Jumo who recently launched his latest single “Doh Run” will definitely put on a show, along with one of the lead singers for the Heatwaves Band, Tennicia De Freitas. The other band members will also do their part as the duo promises a night full of energy and excitement.Admission to the event is easy.last_img read more

Visiting relationships…

first_img…in sugarThe “visiting relationship” is a time honoured one in Guyana; a foundation stone in our Creole Culture. Fella gives the girl “belly” – as they say – girl gets “pickney”, which is left with the grandma to “raise”. Fella – who’s now referred to as the “child father” – returns occasionally to look up the girl – and not so incidentally, to also knock her up – and may or may not give a small piece for the child.As soon as your Eyewitness got wind of the announced visit of AFC big-wigs Nagamootoo and Ramjattan to the sugar belt – Nagamootoo to Berbice and Ramjattan to East Coast – he was reminded of the “visiting relationship” tradition. Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, after all, had assiduously courted sugar workers (“tackling” them, in their idiom!) during the last elections campaign. As was the custom, they promised the workers the sun and the moon and, as an aside, the longevity of the sugar industry!Quite a bunch of these sugar workers gave their votes (their virtue?) to Nagamootoo and Ramjattan’s AFC which put the two of them into the elevated positions they now occupy in government: PRIME MINISTER AND PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER!!! And what did the sugar workers get? Well, 5700 of them were fired from their jobs without even a wink of warning! What they got wasn’t “baby” – it was what they called, “goadie”! Like having a child that ties you down also!!Without jobs to give them a wage to live, those sugar workers are now doomed to shuffling around like zombies. That’s what “goadie” does to you also! So here it is, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are visiting the sugar workers and your Eyewitness wonders what crumbs they’ll throw at the goadies they gave these poor slobs who were seduced by them. They will arrive in their sleek, black posh, SUVs, heralded by sirens and outriders, and all dressed to impress!Will they give out house and land? The workers with goadie would be just happy if they get their severance in full. In other circumstances, this would be known as a one-time “alimony” payout, but this wasn’t given as yet. Could it be that Nagamootoo and Ramjattan didn’t want to break the visiting relationship officially?Nagamoootoo had already boasted about the job training the Business Minister had provided – IT and sewing and cake making and such like. Maybe some of the sugar workers with goadie will bake a cake for him when he comes around to sweet talk them.2020 isn’t so far away, and maybe Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are hoping they can keep the visiting relationship going to give the workers another goadie then!!…in IndiaMinister Carl Greenidge and Minister Raphael Trotman are jetting off to India, on the invitation of the Indian Government – to be wined and dined and signing all sorts of aid and cooperation packages. Your Eyewitness is very upset only these two Ministers were selected. And not because no one from across the aisles were on the junket. Naaah…they’re not MINISTERS and your Eyewitness isn’t going to make a fuss!But the Director of Public Information (DPI) SHOULD make a fuss. One that rivals the one he made when the Government of India ordered MPs and didn’t invite his boss, Prime Minister Nagamootoo. Now why wasn’t Nagamootoo invited instead of Trotman. Your Eyewitness can understand Greenidge’s invitation, being Foreign Minister and all that. But Trotman?There’s a pattern here, dear reader, that you should note. Remember when Trotman was picked ahead of Nagamootoo by the PNC/APNU as Speaker? Remember when he was placed in charge of “Governance” instead of Nagamootoo as provided for in the Cummingsburg Accord? Conspiracy!!C’mon water boy! This free trip was snatched from your Boss…Act up!…to private schoolsInstead of hassling private schools and working slobs about taxes, shouldn’t the tax boss call for a review of the giveaways in the oil contract negotiated by Trotman?Or whether there’s foreign accounts of Trotman that need to be taxed?last_img read more

Changes…

first_img…in mimicry?Your Eyewitness has been around the block…and then some, but he’s still startled by our insistence in the Caribbean – Guyana in particular – on being “mimic-men” – a term coined by Naipaul since the sixties! We were mimicking – the Europeans called it “aping” – everything the latter did, save their ability to produce! At Christmas time, we insisted on importing “ice apple” and grapes while our “golden apples” withered on the vine!!We created “snow” with cotton to grace our “Christmas Trees” that imitated Northern firs, and waited for Santa Claus from the North Pole to bring us gifts on his sleigh drawn by reindeer! And so on and so forth!! At that time we were being granted independence – never you mind all that talk about “fighting” for independence – and you’d think by now we’d have decolonised our behaviour, wouldn’t you? After all, if we weren’t such avid readers, Marley had broken it down in song and asked us to “free our minds from mental slavery”.Here in Guyana, Forbes  Burnham and Cheddi Jagan donned “Shirt Jacks” to remind us that the “suit and tie” might have been de rigueur for “mad dogs and Englishmen” – but was rather silly (not to mention stifling) for us natives! But today, not only are Burnham’s disciples competing to outdo each other in the bespoke suit department – and deportment! – but from a glance in the newspapers, we’ve now added “Thanksgiving” to the list of our mimicry of things “foreign”.Yes…Thanksgiving from the US of A, complete with Roast Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce!! Now we’ve been imitating the Yanks ever since they descended to save the world for democracy in WWII – and bequeathed us with “Rum and Coke” rather than tossing down our grog neat! But this Thanksgiving thing really shook up your Eyewitness! After all, did we ask what was it the Americans were giving “Thanks” for – and how this related to our circumstances??The Americans are giving thanks for landing in “the New World” and then spreading over North America because of their “Manifest Destiny”! In doing so, like Columbus, it never struck them that the Indigenous peoples’ claim over that land, due to their occupancy for thousands of years, had any merit. They were, after all, “savages” who dared to resist when the aforesaid lands were being snatched away!! So the Europeans gave thanks, using the bounty of their “new home”!And here it is, in Guyana, where at least our Indigenous peoples weren’t wiped out in genocides and forced expulsions, we’ve now decided to adopt the American Thanksgiving!!At a time, when those who seized the land from the Native Americans, are expelling ILLEGAL immigrants!!…Govt’s food policy?Your Eyewitness was bemused by the big hoopla the Agriculture Minister gave to launching “apiculture” in our dear land of Guyana! And what is “apiculture”, you ask, dear reader? Beekeeping. Now there’s nothing wrong with beekeeping, and in fact there’s everything right! With all those bees perishing in America we might just be able to carve out a market niche, if we stick to it.So why the bemusement? Well, simply that when the same Minister shut down Wales estate and threw 1700 into the “roti-lines” he didn’t even show his face for a year, even though he’d promised those poor workers to “diversify” the lands to give them new employment. Aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and such like terms, were tossed around. Even some rice was grown.But those Wales lands have quickly reverted to “bush” – even the rice cultivation – while the Minister is promoting “apiculture”. What happened to the 6 Ps of plantain, pepper, papaya, pumpkin, passion fruit and pineapples? Goat bite them?Or did it bite the people of Wales?…in no-confidence motionsNational assemblies in parliamentary democracies like Guyana confirm the legitimacy of the Government in office. This legitimacy can be challenged by a motion of no confidence.And such motions are always given priority over any other business!last_img read more

From Guns To Reason

first_imgNow comes the time to vote for your favorite DJ, the March 2016 Liberia Entertainment Awards is in process and nominations are out. Countless DJs ‘smashed’ it this past year and a vast number of DJ sets played and were heard all around the world. But here are two reasons why Georgio Chea Queah, commonly known as DJ Weego Zico, Fresh Boy Dot Com, might be voted for.You may be struck by one thought: almost every person on LEA’s ‘Best DJ’ list is huge! Point is, music is a big world, with a lot of DJs in it; and while there are five DJs being nominated for LEA, it’s only a slice of the vast and ever-growing community of Liberian artists.DJ Weego Zico, who likes being called Fresh Boy, is one of the originators of the slogan and now genre of music called Hip-Co. That’s a peak for him and one of the reasons why he’s one of Liberia’s most popular celebrity DJ.“HIP-CO was started by my late colleague, DJ Summertime, and I after we started the foundation LIB Records. First we called it colloqua, but realized there is a ‘Hip’ world in America, Ghana, Nigeria and all parts of the world and decided to start the revolution of Hip-Co music,” he said.Furthermore, Fresh Boy has been rolling with whatever life threw at him since 1990; and it’s surprising that it’s taken until 2016 for him to start climbing the “Best DJ” list – proof that his Hip-Co playlist and slogan has become as popular as ever.A second reason why Fresh Boy might hold the crown as this year’s most valuable DJ is the fact that he put his gun down when he had to, literally.During Liberia’s vicious civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people were injured, lost their lives and were displaced, Fresh Boy did what he had to do to survive; like most of the ‘child soldiers’ who took up arms to find food for their beloved relatives did.“Back then I was very much aggressive, because we the children were living the free life. You had to use the guns to survive and I did that because I was a minor and innocent. I know that holding guns was not a good thing. Today I can admit that I was a child solider and fought for CharlesTaylor in Tubmanburg and controlled there along with Grand Cape Mount County; but that’s not me, I only did it ‘cause I was forced to,” he admitted.While the war ended with a truce years after he took up arms, Fresh Boy and crew started a project called “Lay down your guns and go to school” and eventually went from holding guns to being one of the most loved DJs, music promoter and advocates. “I went through the National Readjustment Commission, Amos Sawyer was the interim president then, and was counseled for 100 days after the war was over. There is no way in the world I can ever go back to those days because I am a man with the mind of a man who has feelings. I wouldn’t hurt a fly in this day and age,” he addedFor him, being loved by so many people today is a blessing, and instead of using violence or allowing himself to be manipulated into hurting others or himself, he advocates against violence and what it can result to.“Violence did nothing for me. At the end I have become an important role model for so many youths, and I didn’t have to hold a gun to get this love. For free, I will tell you I’ve changed; I feel proud to say it,” he jubilated.Meanwhile, it has been an impressive year for the DJ who’s holding his crown. Being a Liberian DJ is clearly his priority, and he does it so well. Supporting Liberian artists all over the world, Fresh Boy has closed the bridge between the way international and local Liberian artists work together, and should take credit for building that bridge-way.Voting ends in March. Cast your vote now and partake in history. http://liberianentertainmentawards.com/Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HOSTS BLUES IN THE LEAD AFTER DAY 1 OF OUA MEN’S FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_img An action-packed day of individual competition wrapped up on Day 1 of the 2019 OUA men’s fencing championship (Feb. 9) at the University of Toronto’s Athletic Centre Field House.The Varsity Blues hold a narrow lead in the team standings, sitting in first with 89 points, followed closely by the Carleton Ravens (77) and RMC Paladins (72).Ottawa’s Patrick Fournier claimed the Charles Walters Trophy as the individual foil champion, narrowly defeating Carleton’s Daniel Manyoki, 15-13, in the final. Malcolm McLeod of the Brock Badgers defeated Waterloo’s Gareth Marks, 15-12, to claim the bronze medal.U of T’s veteran Colin Dale claimed his second career Desjarlais Trophy as the men’s epee individual champion. Dale defeated Western’s Rick Wu, 15-8, in the final, while Alexander Zwegers of the Ryerson Rams defeated Spencer McGregor of Queen’s, 15-11, for the bronze medal.York’s Adrien Sparling took home the Schwende Trophy as the OUA men’s sabre individual champion after a dominant 15-6 victory over Brock’s Aaron Olmstead. Carleton’s Ghazal Mo placed third, defeating RMC’s Gerson Zamor 15-9 in the bronze-medal match.The championships continue tomorrow with the team relay event.STANDINGS AFTER DAY 11 Toronto, 892 Carleton, 773 RMC, 724 Brock, 615 Ottawa, 596 Queen’s, 507 Ryerson, 488 York, 369 Western, 2710 Waterloo, 2111 Guelph, 1112 McMaster, 713 Trent, 0 Story Links INDIVIDUAL RESULTSFoil Individual (Full Results)Gold (Charles Walters Trophy): Patrick Fournier, OttawaSilver: Daniel Manyoki, CarletonBronze: Malcolm McLeod, BrockEpee Individual (Full Results)Gold (Desjarlais Trophy): Colin Dale, TorontoSilver: Rick Wu, WesternBronze: Alexander Zwegers, RyersonSabre Individual (Full Results)Gold (Schwende Trophy): Adrien Sparling, YorkSilver: Aaron Olmstead, BrockBronze: Mo Ghazal, Carleton Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more