first_imgJack Grealish sees Manchester United as his No 1 destination this summer should he leave Aston Villa.Advertisement Read Also: Serie A: Ronaldo sets goal record as Verona stun Juventus in late comebackUnited have already boosted their attacking options by landing Bruno Fernandes in a £55m deal from Sporting Lisbon.And they are hopeful of winning the race for Grealish even if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Villa captain is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.And Grealish, close to a first England call-up, is understood to favour a move to Old Trafford above any other club. Villa would want up to £60million for their talisman.But the strength of their bargaining position will partly depend on whether they can stay in the Premier League.From United’s side, the future of Paul Pogba will be a factor.They are prepared to drop the asking price for the France star — with Grealish, 24, the player they want to bring swagger and creativity back into their midfield.Leicester’s James Maddison was top of Solskjaer’s wishlist until it emerged he is set to sign a new deal at the King Power stadium. Loading…last_img read more


first_imgWith the 2018 winter Olympic games underway, many are wondering how University of Wisconsin hockey is going to be impacted.With so much changing this year, many details are up in the air right now regarding men’s and women’s hockey. We’ll break down the major issues that both teams need to be concerned about when approaching the 2018 games in South Korea.Men’s hockey:With Wisconsin’s head coach Don Granato accepting the head coaching position for this year’s Olympic team, it is possible that Granato will be called away from the UW for periods of time to deal with important matters regarding the national team.Thankfully, men’s Olympic hockey isn’t like women’s Olympic hockey, in which players train from the time that they are selected in late July or early August until it is time to leave for the games. Men’s hockey players will typically train only four weeks prior to the start of the Olympics.This rule used to be in place back when NHL players comprised the majority of countries Olympic rosters. However, when the NHL prohibited players from competing in the Olympics, this meant a new group of players became eligible to play for their countries, and this rule doesn’t really apply to them.Men’s Hockey: Granato offered head coach position with USA Olympic teamLess than two months after his brother, Don Granato, announced he would be taking a coaching position with the Chicago Read…Collegiate hockey players, and perhaps some minor league players, will now compose the entirety of a chosen Olympic team, which means it is highly possible for one of our own here at Wisconsin to be selected to play in the Olympics this year.Most countries have either already had their tryouts or, like in the case of the United States, will hold them closer to the actual Olympic games. U.S. men’s hockey tryouts are set for November, meaning any potential players who are interested in trying out for an Olympic spot could miss a week or two of hockey.For the most part, the NCAA has gone through a lot of work to ensure the Olympics will have minimal influence on the men’s hockey world. This is still a situation that is mostly unknown, so more is likely to reveal itself as the year progresses.Women’s hockey:Women’s hockey doesn’t have the same scheduling issue as men’s, so this is more familiar territory for coaches to deal with. In terms of UW women’s hockey, head coach Mark Johnson is going to have to deal with the loss of his top two forwards, Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark.Both Pankowski and Clark made their respective Olympic teams, USA for Pankowski and Canada for Clark, back in July. This meant that Johnson had relatively little time to plan for the departure of these two stellar athletes.Pankowski and Clark will both be absent for the entire year, since both Olympic teams train throughout the school year. The absence of these two veterans is crucial this year, especially after Wisconsin lost so many good players in 2017.Pankowski and Clark come from a small class of players, with only four other seniors remaining in Madison. Both women were fearsome opponents on the ice and knew how to create scoring opportunities in any situation, which is always a valuable asset for any team to have.But the best asset Wisconsin has is none other than their head coach Mark Johnson, who has been in this situation multiple times during his tenure at UW. Johnson knows how to deal with major roster changes like these and is sure to have a plan in place to help his young team through these times.Overall, because the Olympics are a special event, and this might be the only shot that some players have to play for an Olympic team, any offsets caused by this year’ games are surely worth it. This is a time for athletes to show their talent on a global stage and show the world what kind of athletes UW produces.last_img read more


first_imgBlaine Graboyes is the CEO at GameCo, a company that is trying to modernise and add some excitement to casino floors the world over with its Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs).GameCo will have a stand at the upcoming Betting on Esports 2017 Conference in London in September (13-15). Attendees will also be able to hear Blaine speak on the ‘Saving Las Vegas, how and why esports and casinos should work together’. Joining him on this panel will be Alex Igelman, CEO of Millennial Esports, Seth Schorr, Chairman of the Downtown Grand and Melissa Blau, Director at iGaming Capital will moderate. Blaine Graboyes, GameCoESI: You’ve been making some moves in North America and are set to enter Macau…how do these markets differ in terms of the products on casino floors?Blaine: While the North American market differs considerably from the Macau market, there are many commonalities, especially as it relates to attracting the next generation of casino patrons. In North America, slot machines generally produce about 75% of casino profits. However in Macau, the business is primarily focused on table games. There are significantly less slot machines in Macau as a percentage of the casino floor. Both markets, as well as other international markets, are definitely focused on diversification and the ability to generate incremental revenue from new customers.“At GameCo, we’re also actively advancing expansion in Latin America, the U.K., and the Netherlands, as well as speciality markets such as cruise ships”At GameCo, we’re also actively advancing expansion in Latin America, the U.K., and the Netherlands, as well as speciality markets such as cruise ships. The entire casino industry is now keenly focusing on innovation with new products with an eye towards expanding the player base and attract a younger audience. In Macau, we’re definitely looking to create some new games specifically for the Chinese gambler while also bringing some of our best performing games from North America that will appeal to Asian gamers. We’ve also recently announced a collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO to bring Soulcalibur II to casinos. This will be the first AAA video game available in casinos and is opening the opportunity for GameCo to work with other top video game developers and publishers. These games will have strong appeal worldwide.Esports Insider: Why did you decide to exhibit and speak at Betting on Esports?Blaine: For a number of reasons, including a dedication to supporting the entire industry when it comes to innovation and the adoption of new products and services for casinos.“While GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs) are not directly in the space of esports, they are adjacent and appeal to many of the same customers”While GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs) are not directly in the space of esports, they are adjacent and appeal to many of the same customers. At GameCo, we use the tagline “The Video Game Casino” to show our positioning and support for the connection between video games and casinos in general. We believe that Gamers (video game enthusiasts) are one of the key target audiences for the casino of the future, along with Millennials as an age group and tech-savvy consumers as well. GameCo also has a wholly-owned subsidiary called The Gamer Agency, which is a premiere independent esports production company.“In order to properly monetise the opportunity that esports offers, casinos need a strategy that moves beyond simply hosting one-off events and instead looks to programs that can operate on a daily basis year round”We currently run esports programs in the U.S. for major brands and venues and have been actively expanding to provide services to casinos around esports. In order to properly monetise the opportunity that esports offers, casinos need a strategy that moves beyond simply hosting one-off events and instead looks to programs that can operate on a daily basis year round. The Gamer Agency is perhaps the best positioned to provide such strategies and production services to casinos, given the parent company’s (GameCo) experience in casino services and the fact that we have, or are seeking, gaming licenses in most gambling jurisdictions. Casinos prefer to work with partners who are licensed as it provides a high level of diligence for their compliance with regulators.ESI: Where do you see the esports opportunity for European casinos? After all, this isn’t Las Vegas…Blaine: Gamers are everywhere and you don’t need to be in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or New York to attract an audience to your venue. Gamers are an underserved audience in that there are few destinations for us to get together, socialise, play video games, and now gamble too. European casinos should be looking for ways to build daily, year round esports programs that entail a wide range of activities and move beyond hosting one-off events. This may involve components such as online leagues, dedicated areas for casual competitions, an entertainment strategy with content on Twitch and other platforms, building suites and bootcamp rooms for gamers and esports teams, and producing top-tier stadium events that do not rely on existing tournament organisers.“Gamers are an underserved audience in that there are few destinations for us to get together, socialise, play video games, and now gamble too”Casinos are the experts in hospitality and delivery of a “VIP Experience” to their customers. This provides a massive and unique opportunity for casinos to build valuable programs that appeal to Gamers everywhere. As new products and services enter the market, including skill-based games and esports betting, casinos will be well positioned to leverage their reach with Gamers.ESI: What can attendees look forward to hearing you discuss on the ‘Saving Las Vegas’ panel?Blaine: We’re thrilled to be contributing to the panel and will work hard to provide a basis of information on skill-based gaming in general as well as specifically about GameCo’s video game gambling products. We will be showing demos of our latest games, which include some partnerships with top entertainment brands. At GameCo, we have a philosophy of “Radical Transparency” which we believe helps the industry adopt new, innovative technologies. As such, we will be sharing detailed performance data from our VGM placements, including metrics on Win Per Unit, Average Wager, and player demographics. Additionally, we have been working with a number of partners on several different thought leadership pieces that address the opportunities to attract incremental revenue and further innovation in the casino industry.  We’re looking forward to reviewing these insights at the conference.  Casinos have invested billions of dollars in their facilities and offer a level of amenities not found anywhere else. We do not see land-based casinos going anywhere in the coming decades. But it is important for casinos to expand their product offerings for the next generation of customers.Disclaimer: As a part of SBC Global Esports Insider is organising the Betting on Esports Conference. You can find out more about it and secure tickets here.last_img read more


first_imgGhana president Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo will host the Black Stars to a farewell dinner on Friday before the team flies out to Dubai for pre-2019 Africa Cup of Nations camping.The head of state will interact with the 29 players named in the provisional squad for the training camp.The technical and management teams are expected to show up at the event.Nana Addo is expected to use the opportunity to talk to Asamoah Gyan, now appointed General Captain, and newly-installed Black Stars captain Andre Ayew.He will task the two players to nib their differences and remain united to end Ghana’s long wait for a continental title since 1982.Ghana are scheduled to play two pre-tournament friendlies against Namibia and South Africa in the Gulf country.The Black Stars are scheduled to play Benin, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon in Group F at the tournament. Source: Ghana Soccernetlast_img read more


first_img Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, while only hinting at how the two-way dream will work PreviousShohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japanese fans show their support as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Owner Arte Moreno, Manager Mike Scioscia, Shohei Ohtani, General Manager Billy Eppler and President John Carpino pose for a photo after a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsShohei Ohtani smiles as he’s introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japanese fans show their support as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani smiles during a press conference introducing him as the newest member of the Angels on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani smiles as he answers questions as he’s introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels owner Arte Moreno bows and shakes hands with Shohei Ohtani as he’s introduced during a press conference on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Owner Arte Moreno gives a thumbs up as Shohei Ohtani puts on his Angels’ jersey during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Owner Arte Moreno helps Shohei Ohtani with his Angels’ jersey as he’s introduced during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japanese fans listen as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Young Japanese fans watch as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Fans listen as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A fan welcomes Shohei Ohtani before he’s introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani, right, waits to be introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to reporters after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japanese fans cheers as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani laughs before being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A young Japanese fan poses for a photo outside Angel Stadium after Shohei Ohtani was introduced by the Angels during a press conference in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to Fox Sports West after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to Fox Sports West after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat as he heads for a tv interview after being introduced by the Angels at a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to reporters after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to reporters after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to reporters after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani talks to reporters after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japan’s Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani walks into Angel Stadium with Manager Mike Sciosia after being introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Japanese fans show their support as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 33Japanese fans show their support as Shohei Ohtani is introduced by the Angels during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels practically knocked over the rest of baseball Friday when they stunningly won the race to sign Japanese two-way sensation and rock star-like royalty Shohei Ohtani.Still, that wasn’t even the most dramatic reaction.Because Ohtani’s potentially franchise-altering decision to join the Angels literally KO’d Billy Eppler, the team’s general manager ending up on the floor.“I whiffed on the chair,” he explained Saturday, “and fell all the way to the ground.” “I was just stunned,” Eppler said. “It was a pretty remarkable moment. … There’s so much adrenaline pumping. I didn’t even feel it.”How’s that for the totally unexpected? The guy who won the high-stakes game of musical chairs – the Angels bettering six other finalists, including the Dodgers, for Ohtani’s talents – was the one with nowhere to sit.Unexpected, though, defined this transaction, the Angels acquiring Ohtani sooner than anyone had anticipated and after every educated guess had him joining a team with a higher profile.Instead, he was here Saturday, standing on a stage in front of his new home stadium, looking out at numerous handmade welcome signs, written in English and Japanese.He heard the fans chant his name – “oh-TA-nee! oh-TA-nee!” – and noticed them wearing his jerseys, from both the Angels and his former team, the Nippon Ham Fighters.Ohtani even felt the emotion of the crowd, cheers repeatedly interrupting the proceedings not unlike a political rally, at least one woman shouting her love for the newest Angel.“When you know where you want to go, the choice comes a little quicker than you except,” Ohtani said. “I just felt it click, a natural feeling or emotion that this was the team. That was the biggest factor in my decision.”He’s still only 23 and possesses the rare dual ability to reach triple figures with his fastball and 450 feet with his home runs.At least for now, the Angels are committed to using him as both a pitcher and a designated hitter, Eppler confirming the club is “very open-minded” to employing a six-man rotation to afford Ohtani more rest.That’s how serious the Angels are about this epic, international experiment, this return to a world last seen 100 years ago when Babe Ruth was starring as a pitcher and beginning to show signs of being a star hitter, too.They’re willing to do something that runs contrary to American baseball tradition, advancing even farther the recent baseball-wide rethinking of how pitchers are used.And, remember, this team is still being managed by old-school Mike Scioscia, who, just a couple years ago, was facing accusations of being resistant to analytics.“Hopefully, I can perform at a high level,” Ohtani said, before noting how quickly the start of spring training will arrive. “I don’t have much time to be hanging around Disneyland.”Yes, the young man has some personality. When asked why he chose jersey No. 17, Ohtani joked that he really wanted No. 27 but someone – wink, wink, Mike Trout – already had it.Another reporter wondered which would be more meaningful to him, his first big-league victory or home run. Ohtani answered that he hoped to achieve both in the same game.When someone questioned how much he could help the Angels reach another World Series, Ohtani explained that teams – and not individuals – win championships.The Angels first met with Ohtani late Monday night. Afterward, Eppler received a call from Trout, who was at his offseason home on the East Coast, where, at the time, it was 1 a.m. He wanted to know what Ohtani is like.“He’s like you,” Eppler said he told Trout. “He’s simple, humble and he wants to be great.”And, also like Trout, when it came time to sign a contract, he wanted to be an Angel.How big of deal is this? Eppler likened his feelings of pride to the day he was married and the occasion of his son being born. Yeah, that big.After getting up off the floor Friday morning, Eppler greeted those waiting outside the door with the following message: “This is our time.”It is the Angels’ time – Ohtani time – and Saturday was just the first tick of the clock. Related Articles Angels charmed Shohei Ohtani to win recruiting battle Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Japanese media brace for Shohei Ohtani arrival with Angels after experiencing Ichiro madness Does Shohei Ohtani move help the Angels keep Mike Trout long term? Shohei Ohtani’s career in Japan: Inside the numbers Eppler was standing when he took the call from Ohtani’s representatives, before quickly phoning Angels owner Arte Moreno with the good news of historic proportions.Outside the office, on the other side of a closed door, several members of the Angels’ front office staff had gathered and begun cheering.Soon enough, Eppler would be opening that door and walking into a hallway full of hugs and high-fives. The Angels as a franchise, in a way like never before, would be standing taller than all of baseball.But, right now, Eppler was flat on his fanny, the chair rolling backward and crashing into a window, the scene such a spectacle that Eppler called it “a circus.”Here was baseball’s suddenly most powerful executive, the man who had beaten out only everyone for the player only everyone wanted, powerless to stop himself from going – buns-first, no less – splat.last_img read more


first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Her family,” Zelenko said, “was her whole life.”Sports were never far away, whether it was the Dodgers, or family outings to UCLA football games, or wrestling.“We were very active in the wrestling cultural exchange with Japan,” Erwin Goldbloom said. “They would come here in March or April during their semester break. Southern California would send a team there in their summer, which was our break. Linda got to go with me. We’d have parties; when the teams were here we’d have something at our house after the match at Pierce College.”Linda would cook for the wrestlers. Some of them called her “mom,” too.“She fit right in at all the events,” Erwin Goldbloom said. “A lot of the wrestlers and coaches all came to the funeral. She was part of the community.” PLAYERS WORRY ABOUT FANS, TOOWhen Nomar Garciaparra played for the Boston Red Sox, he had a ritual peculiar to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. He kept an eye on the seats in foul territory closest to third base before each game. There, unlike most parks, a section of seats juts out from the stands at a sharp angle. It’s an odd quirk; the fans closest to the field can see directly into the dugout. If a foul ball reaches these seats on a line drive, you almost need a third baseman’s instincts to react in time.“One time,” Garciaparra said, “I remember seeing a little kid there with his glove, with his dad, sitting there watching the game. I remember asking the dad, ‘Hey, can you switch, because if there’s a line drive here, I’d rather it hit you than him.’ ” It was something I just noticed.”The boy and his father switched.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We as players always see certain things at stadiums,” Garciaparra said. “I remember one time at Fenway Park, for example, I gave my parents nice seats by the dugout. I asked them to move because it stressed me out. It stresses me out when you play because (fans) get exposed to foul balls. There’s no way I could let my kid sit there.”I told Garciaparra there are nearly enough clues to determine who hit the foul ball that struck Linda Goldbloom. The television feed that night did not follow the ball into the stands, so absolute certainty was just out of reach. ESPN’s initial report featured the name of a batter who was believed to have hit the ball, but that name was later removed. The Goldbloom family believes it was that player, too. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Chavez Ravine was nearly free of concrete when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. While they waited for their new ballpark, the Dodgers played their home games in the football-friendly Los Angeles Coliseum. The first row of seats in left field sat a mere 250 feet from home plate. To prevent routine fly balls from becoming home runs, a 40-foot high net was installed, an awkward but necessary accommodation to baseball.Linda Goldbloom was a secretary for CBS Radio at the time. Sometimes she would receive complimentary tickets to Dodger games at the Coliseum. Her newlywed husband, Erwin, counted it as a nice perk of their marriage, though as he recalled on Tuesday, tickets “were only a couple bucks then.”By 2018 the Goldblooms were still attending games together at Dodger Stadium. They had season tickets in the loge section behind home plate. On Aug. 25, the Dodgers were playing the Padres when a foul ball cleared the backstop netting, sailed into the stands, and struck 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom in the head. The resulting injury proved to be fatal.According to a coroner’s report cited by ESPN, the cause of death was “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma.” The awkward and necessary netting behind home plate never seemed less awkward or more necessary. Even if we could be more certain, Garciaparra hoped I wouldn’t include the batter’s name in this story.“If you can avoid it, I would,” he said. “I played with a guy on the USA Baseball team whose line drive hit a kid. He went to the hospital after the game. It crushed him. It scarred him. It was an awful, awful feeling.”There are two sides to the protective netting in major league stadiums: one to protect fans from death and dismemberment, another to protect the players from survivor’s guilt. MLB issued recommendations to teams in 2015 about widening these nets, but those recommendations did not include making the nets higher. They could not have saved Linda Goldbloom’s life.FALSE SENSE OF SECURITYGoldbloom is only the third spectator reported to be killed as a result of a batted ball in Major League Baseball history. The second was Alan Fish, a 14-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium in 1970. Fan injuries are common, though they are rarely described in the sports pages. More often, they are documented in lawsuits.The website FoulBallz.com has compiled a trove of legal claims filed on behalf of spectators who were struck by a foul ball or broken bat. One such claim documented 107 incidents, resulting in injuries ranging from contusions to concussions, sustained at major and minor-league games in 2015 alone. That was the year before MLB issued its recommendations for expanded netting. Since then, however, new threats have emerged.Edwin Comber, the creator of FoulBallz.com, combed Twitter for reports of injuries related to foul balls in 2017 and 2018. The number rose from 136 to 209 in that year alone. That’s hardly an empirical study, but Comber’s data raises some important questions. Is more netting creating a false sense of security? Are fans more vulnerable today because they are distracted by their smartphones? Comber believes the answer is both.“The main issue,” he wrote, “is nets create a false sense of security and ADD an unanticipated danger to the experience: Ricochets you simple [sic] can’t predict or react to (in) a timely manner.”Lori Nuss, Goldbloom’s daughter, agreed.“For her to die that way is senseless,” she said. “We want all fans to be aware that that net is a false sense of security. It’s not big enough. We don’t want anyone to die or be injured. It’s just senseless.”‘HER FAMILY WAS HER WHOLE LIFE’This tragedy would be compounded if Linda Goldbloom’s story is reduced to a cautionary tale of sports and death. For the better part of 79 years, hers was a story of sports and life.Goldbloom grew up in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. She befriended Barbara Zelenko in junior high school, and the two remained friends until Linda’s death.“She was just such a warm, friendly open person,” Zelenko said. “She laughed easily. Just meeting her for the first time, you feel like you’d known her all your life. Warm and open, acceptable to whatever the situation was. She’d just feel right at home, and you’d feel right at home as well.”Erwin Goldbloom was an outstanding wrestler at UCLA from 1953-55. He and Linda’s brother, Norm Levy, were in the Alpha Epsilon Phi fraternity together. That’s how they were introduced.“We used to go to her brother’s house a lot,” Erwin Goldbloom said. “Her mother was a really good cook and liked to cook for all the guys. (Linda) used to come to all the social events. When I got out of the service, I called her. We started going out. I liked her right away.”Goldbloom earned his Master’s Degree and became a physical education instructor at Pierce College. He was the school’s head wrestling coach from 1965-83 and the associate head coach from 1983-88. During that time Erwin went to Japan and Mexico to officiate and coach matches. For Linda, raising three children amid the demands of a coach’s schedule was a challenge she mastered with pleasure.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgNelson, which has not lost to the Rebels this season, boasts the KIJHL’s leading scorer after Jamie Vlanich rang up seven points in two games to shoot past Nick Josephs of Kelowna and into the lead.Vlanich, 20, has 30 goals and 51 assists for 81 points and a six-point lead over Josephs.Nelson is scheduled to be without the services of captain Darnel St. Pierre, serving his second game of a suspension for an accumulation of hit-to-the-head penalties.The game is important to the Leafs if the Green and White has any intentions of overtaking the Beaver Valley Nitehawks for the Murdoch Division title.The Hawks, leading the Leafs by a single point, have a game in hand on Nelson.The Rebels, on a four-game winless streak, are in danger of falling out of the playoffs as Castlegar now only leads Spokane by one point in division standings and seven ahead of Grand Forks.During the skid Castlegar has been out scored 21-5, and has been shutout twice.Castlegar has played three more games than Grand Forks. Which Nelson Leafs team will show up Wednesday when the club hosts a rare mid-week Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game.Will it be the team that totally rocked Murdoch rival Castlegar Rebels 9-zip last week?Or will it be the so-called heavyweights of the division that played like, well, lightweights in giving up four third period goals en route to losing 5-2 to Grand Forks?Nelson gets a chance to right the wrong of Saturday night against the Bruins when the Leafs host Castlegar at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgThe event will run from July 4-14 in Port Moresby. The program will be run at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex Conference Room, the Taurama Aquatic Centre and the Rita Flynn Indoor conference rooms.It is supported by the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation and will be coordinated through the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee. OSEP is a program under the Oceania National Olympic Committee that delivers training courses that include the master educator, educator, managing in sport 2 organisations, sport in community administration and community coaching and officiating. OSEP mentor Talemo Waqa will be the facilitator for the training and co-facilitating will be OSEP Master Educators, Sainimili Talatoka, Tirani Uluinakauvadra, John Susuve and Janet Gimots.Graduates of the training will become OSEP master educators and educators.The national sports federations represented include swimming, handball, badminton, volleyball, basketball, netball, triathlon, disability sports, softball, rugby union, football and cricket.last_img read more


first_imgFlorida (AP): California Chrome and Arrogate will meet once more on the track. Before that, an off-track race will be settled. California Chrome and Arrogate were among the finalists announced yesterday for Horse of the Year, the top prize that will be awarded at the Eclipse Awards. Those trophies will be presented on January 21 – one week before California Chrome races for the final time, facing Arrogate again in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. California Chrome won seven of his eight starts last year. The lone loss was to Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “He’s obviously going to be missed,” Alan Sherman, the son of California Chrome trainer Art Sherman, said this week. “You can’t replace a horse like him. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. We’re proud of everything he’s done, but all good things come to an end, I guess. We’re just going to enjoy it and have fun. I think he’s going to put on a really good show at Gulfstream.” Songbird is the other finalist for Horse of the Year. Javier Castellano is aiming for his fourth straight Eclipse as best jockey, with Jose Ortiz and Mike Smith the other finalists. Smith is a two-time winner, the last of those trophies coming in 1994. Bob Baffert is one of three finalists for the trainer Eclipse, last year’s winner joined there by Chad Brown and Mark Casse. If Baffert wins, he would be the third five-time winner of the Eclipse in that division, joining only Bobby Frankel and seven-time winner Todd Pletcher.last_img read more


first_imgThe International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly – Guyana has extended its sympathy to the citizens of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on the loss of life caused by cyclone Idai.The death toll from Cyclone Idai, which devastated the African nations last month is nearing 1000, according to the latest figures released by the two Governments. Zimbabwe on Tuesday updated its death toll to 344 while Mozambique’s recorded fatalities stood at 602 and 860,000 people were said to be affected by floods in Malawi, with 85,000 losing their homes and are now living in camps.In a release issued, the IDPADA-G said it is saddened by the suffering of the hundreds of thousands across southern Africa in the wake of the storm.As such, the Assembly calls on the Government of Guyana to assist in whichever way possible, through the international agencies working to bring aid and comfort to those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.“We also request that all African Guyanese of faith work through their religious organisations and other bodies to assist in the response to this tragedy”, the release added.IDPADA-G stands ready to work with its member organisations, churches and other charitable institutions in demonstrating their solidarity with the citizens of countries so terribly impacted by Idai.last_img read more