Team USA reaches World Baseball Classic title game

first_imgJapan beat the U.S. in a WBC semifinal at Dodger Stadium in 2009.In a tournament marked by high scores and sunny skies, this game was decided by the pitchers and the weather.Tanner Roark and six relievers combined to limit Japan to one run. Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.Japan’s starter, right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano, allowed only one unearned run in six innings. Using a high-spin fastball and curveball, along with an effective cutter and slider, Sugano struck out six batters, walked one and allowed a mere three singles.The U.S. put just enough balls in play in the fourth inning to score its first run. With one out, Christian Yelich hit a routine grounder to slick-fielding second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi. The ball skipped off the damp turf, off Kikuchi’s glove and into center field. Yelich took second base on the error. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After Nolan Arenado struck out and Eric Hosmer drew a walk, Andrew McCutchen lined a single into left field. Yelich scored easily and the U.S. had the game’s first run.Roark threw four scoreless innings for the U.S. The Washington Nationals’ right-hander allowed only two singles and one walk in his second appearance of the WBC.Japan’s only threat came in the first inning when leadoff man Tetsuto Yamada — his jersey top, really — was hit by a Roark fastball. Yamada went to third on a bunt and a groundout, then Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh lined out to left field to end the inning.As the rain grew more intense, the dirt moistened and the air thickened. Any fly ball that would have reached the warning track on a hot day died a premature death. During a pair of video reviews in the third inning, the grounds crew added fresh dirt to the mound and the batter’s box.But by the sixth inning, the light rain had given way to a more traditional marine layer. Roark was done for the night, replaced on the mound by Nate Jones, a right-hander for the Chicago White Sox. And Kikuchi stood in the batter’s box looking to make amends for his fielding error.With the count 1-and-2, Kikuchi fouled off a 99-mph fastball, Jones’ fastest pitch of the night. The next pitch was clocked at 98 mph and the ball left Kikuchi’s bat at a cool 100, disappearing over the right field wall above McCutchen’s glove. The score was tied at 1.center_img LOS ANGELES >> Dodger Stadium will host the championship game of the World Baseball Classic for the second time Wednesday. This time, the host country will have a chance to win the tournament on its own turf.Team USA beat Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 33,462. Now an undefeated Puerto Rico squad, which beat the U.S. in San Diego last Friday, awaits.Tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth inning, Brandon Crawford singled and Ian Kinsler doubled against Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga to put runners on second and third. The next batter, Adam Jones, tapped a weak ground ball to third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda. Kinsler took off on contact and scored without a throw when Matsuda momentarily lost his handle on the ball.The RBI groundout wasn’t as photogenic as Jones’ home run-robbing catch in the stands in a semifinal game against the Dominican Republic on Saturday. But it was no less important to Team USA reaching its first WBC championship game.last_img read more

Cloughaneely Golf Club: Full details as Open Week prepares to get underway

first_imgCloughaneely Golf Club is a 9 Hole Parkland Course located near Falcarragh, offering great value, excellent greens and an excellent test of golf.All visitors are welcome to come to check out the golf course with a variety of different competitions, with the Cloughaneely Golf Club 2019 Open Week running from Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st July.These are Open to Ladies and Gents with GUI or ILGU handicaps. Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola would like to thank all our generous sponsors: Gweedore Bar, Boyces Centra Falcarragh, Óstán Loch Altan, Sharkey’s Waste, Letterkenny Driving Range, Lafferty’s Supermarket Creeslough, Jimi Gallagher PGA Letterkenny and McClafferty’s Eurospar Gortahork. Please support our sponsors.The Open Week kicks off on Tuesday 16th July with a 3 Ball Scramble.The entry fee is €8 Members and €12 for Visitors.Please book a tee time by calling 074 9165416 or on http://www.cloughaneelygolfclub.ie/book-a-tee-time/ Cloughaneely Golf Club, in Falcarragh, was officially opened in 1996. This beautiful parkland nine-hole course is situated in the rolling meadows of the 17th John Olphert Landlord Estate which in later years was known as the grounds of Holy Cross College.The challenging par 70 course is a test for any golfer’s handicap and at the same time offers plenty of scope for the beginner.Green Fees are very reasonable priced at €15pp midweek and €20pp at weekends with great tee time availability.Is caitheamh aimsire é an galf a imrítear go laethúil, agus is lárionad é Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola don phobal Gaeltachta seo, chomh maith le bheith ina bhuntáiste mór don cheantar ó thaobh turasóireachta agus áiseanna de.Tá spiorad ar dóigh sa chlub seo agus tá muid iontach, iontach gníomhach leis an chlub a chur chun cinn. Chomh maith leis sin, bíonn go leor Gaeilge á labhairt sa chlub achan lá agus baill ag teacht chugainn ó roinnt de na bailte fearainn is láidre sa tír ó thaobh na Gaeilge de. Next time you are in the North West Donegal come visit us and enjoy our lush fairways, undulating greens and superb local scenery.Beidh fáilte romhat go Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola.Take a look at the course in all its glory below!Cloughaneely Golf Club: Full details as Open Week prepares to get underway was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Closing criminals’ mobile networks

first_img1 July 2009South African mobile phone companies are now required to capture and verify their customers’ names, addresses and ID numbers, under a new law designed to help the authorities to combat crime in the country.Speaking in Cape Town this week, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Amendment Act, which became law on 1 July, was in line with legislation adopted by many other countries.PrivacyRadebe assured South Africans that the law was not designed to enable prying on people’s private lives, but was necessitated by the fact that criminals use mobile phone technology to plan and execute crimes.The new law allows the state to intercept communication only when it has reason to believe that a serious offence has been or will be committed, and on the issuing of an interception direction by a designated judge.Any person found using the interception technology without a judge’s authority would face a fine of up to R2-million, increasing to up to R5-million in the case of a company, Radebe said.18-month windowSouth African mobile phone companies are now prohibited from activating cellular subscriber identity module (SIM) cards without first capturing and verifying personal details, including customer’s names, addresses and ID numbers.The companies also have 18 months to capture and verify their customers’ information. SIM cards for which user information is lacking after this period will be blocked.“If the particulars are not captured within that period, the service provider must terminate the service associated with the SIM card,” Radebe said, adding that service providers that did not comply with the Act would face harsh penalties.Awareness campaignsMobile service providers MTN, Cell C and Vodacom have said they would conduct a marketing campaign to educate consumers about the new Act.Subscribers can expect SMSs, voicemail and as other marketing informing them of what they would need to do in order to comply with the law.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 6, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather settles in over all of Ohio today, and we stay dry through Saturday. There continues to be some moisture – the remains of a tropical wave from the western Gulf – working up into the southern US. As that low slowly arcs through the lower and mid-Mississippi valley and then off to the east, That may throw some clouds into far southern counties of the state. But generally we should be partly to mostly sunny everywhere with a nice 3 day dry stretch for Ohio We are pushing our next batch of rain back just a bit and also dropping the rain totals slightly. We see scattered showers in for Sunday and they linger through parts of Monday. Rain totals combined will be from .1”-.5” with coverage scaled back to 60%. There will be some areas that miss out on rain, and in general, even where rain falls it totals will be easily manageable. We do not think that this leads to a long term interruption in field work and planting. Behind that event we start to clear Monday night, and then should turn out partly to mostly sunny and dry again for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The map at right shows precipitation through next Thursday morning. The end of the 10 day window is a little unsettled now. We continue to look at a dry pattern trying to hold. However, models are increasingly bullish on adding some light shower action for overnight Wednesday night through Thursday. We are taking a “half step” this morning in the forecast, bringing in significantly more clouds for the Thursday period and we will not completely rule out a shower at this point. However, we are stopping short of calling a full out shower event for the entire state. We want a little more consensus in our data before making the move. We do look for a return to fully dry weather later Friday through the start of the following weekend.The extended period has a wet start with showers and thunderstorms for Sunday and Monday the 16th and 17th. Rain totals can be from half to 1.5” and coverage nearly 100%. Then we are dry up to the following Friday, the 21st, where showers return with totals of .25” to .75” and coverage at 70%.last_img read more

Sri Lanka relents, allows players to stay in IPL till May 18

first_imgA major standoff between the powerful BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket was on Thursday averted with the island nation extending the deadline for its players’ return from the IPL till May 18, a compromise which put an end to the uncertainty over their availability.Under pressure from the BCCI to extend the original May 5 deadline, SLC relented after a meeting with country’s Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and allowed its star players to participate in cash-rich event for 13 more days.Aluthgamage said it had been decided after a meeting with cricket administrators late today that the IPL players could join the team by May 19 in London.”We are giving players more time to play the IPL before joining the team for the England tour after several requests from the Indian cricket board,” Aluthgamage said.”The IPL boys have to be in London in time to play the practice match on May 19. I think the boys and the BCCI will be happy with the compromise,” the minister said.The series against England starts May 14 with a practice match against Middlesex, followed by another warm-up game against England Lions on May 19.The first Test of the three Tests is scheduled to begin in Cardiff from May 26 which means that those players staying back for IPL would just have about a week to prepare for the series.The indications of a compromise came earlier in the day when Aluthgamage said that the players might be allowed to stay beyond the original May 5 deadline.”I have received several e-mails from the BCCI and I will meet the selection committee and the SLC officials to discuss the matter. We might extend the May 5 deadline,” Aluthgamage said.advertisement”The players have to leave for England on May 10 and we might consider postponing that too. We don’t want to embarrass the BCCI, we have good relations with India and we want to maintain this. We are trying to work out new dates for the players,” he added.Eleven Sri Lankan players, including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who are captaining their respective franchises, are currently in action in the cash-rich IPL.Their early return would have had an adverse impact on their respective teams’ combinations as the franchises were under the impression that the players would be available till May 21.There is speculation that Sri Lanka’s climbdown came after the BCCI gave them a deadline to sort out the issue and even threatened to withhold the 10 per cent cut from the players’ fee which the SLC was due to get after the IPL.The SLC stands to earn approximately Rs two crore from the Rs 21 crore that the participating players would pocket from the event. .The controversy began after the Sri Lankan government asked the SLC to direct all its cricketers playing in the IPL to return home by May 5.It got murkier after the government and the SLC rejected the BCCI’s request to allow its star cricketers to play in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament till May 15.Speculation was that the Lankan government’s move was in retaliation to the treatment meted out to Sri Lankan minister who had accompanied President Mahinda Rajapakse during the World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.The Ministers were reportedly peeved that they were not allowed to sit at the same enclosure and some of them had to buy their own tickets.”I know that we had some problems with BCCI because we made request for more tickets (in the World Cup final in Mumbai) because a few cabinet ministers had come. They did not give it.”But that is a totally different matter. That is about protocol and the current issue is about cricket. Protocol and cricket are totally different matters,” Aluthgamage clarified.The Sri Lankan Board’s decision to call back its players by May 5 had created a furore in India as the IPL franchises put pressure on the BCCI to extend their stay.The Sri Lankan players were repeatedly asked about these developments at their routine post and pre-match press conferences.Retired spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan had slammed the SLC for asking the players to return midway through the IPL, claiming that the No Objection Certificate had permitted them to play to till May 20.”I think the board (SLC) has given them permission till May 20. I don”t know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is something wrong,” Muralitharan, who quit international cricket after Sri Lanka’s defeat to India in the World Cup final early this month, said.advertisement”Players will get demoralised because if they go back on May 5 they play half of the IPL and they are going to miss a lot. SLC should have informed the players earlier, then the IPL franchises would understand and everyone would understand,” he added.Two Sri Lankans — Sangakkara (Deccan Chargers) and Jayawardene (Kochi Tuskers Kerela) — are captaining their IPL franchises and their premature exit would mean their teams would have to find new skippers.Apart from these two, Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has now been named Sri Lanka’s captain, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep and Dilhara Fernando are among the other Sri Lankans in action in the IPL.- With PTI inputslast_img read more