January 26

Quinn Family donates $5 million for Innovation Park

first_imgThe Quinn family made a $5 million donation to the University to fund the second phase of construction of Innovation Park, according to a Monday press release. The donation was made by the late 1969 Notre Dame alumnus, Thomas Quinn and his wife, Diane, according to the release. “Tom was a tremendous supporter of Notre Dame with his time, talent and treasure,” Fr. John Jenkins, University President, said in the release. “This new and extraordinary gift makes it possible for us to continue to build upon the success of the first phase of Innovation Park. We are most grateful.”According to the release, construction on the the Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change is expected to begin later this fall or early winter. The Hall will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located across the street from the University. Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University, said he joins Fr. Jenkins in thanking the Quinns for their donation.“Over the past seven years at Innovation Park, we have seen a wide range of marketable business ideas emanating from faculty and student research,” Burish said in the release. “Phase II of the park is a major step forward for the University — and for the community as a whole, as we continue to collaborate with the city on initiatives that begin at Notre Dame and continue at Ignition Park in South Bend.”According to the release, since Innovation Park’s opening in 2009, 59 new ventures have launched at the park, 29 companies are currently operational on the grounds, 38 Notre Dame faculty members are working there and 67 Notre Dame student interns are employed by various groups.The Quinns’ donations have also contributed to the creation of the Quinn MBA China Immersion Program, the renovation of the Morris Inn and support for the Business on the Front Lines initiative in the Mendoza College of Business and the President’s Circle, according to the release. Tags: Innovation Park, Quinn Family, Thomas Quinnlast_img read more

November 18

519 thousand tourists stayed in non-commercial accommodation facilities

first_imgSource: CBS In 2018, 519 thousand tourists stayed in non-commercial accommodation facilities in the Republic of Croatia, with 12,6 million overnight stays. Compared to 2017, that is 2% more arrivals and 5% more tourist nights, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). On average, 24,3 overnight stays per tourist were realized. Domestic tourists spent on average 41,8 nights, and foreign tourists 17,7 nights. In the structure of total overnight stays of foreign tourists staying in non-commercial accommodation facilities, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Slovenia (47%). They are followed by tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina (13%), Germany (9%), Serbia (7%), Austria (4%) and Italy and Hungary (3% each). Tourists from other countries realized 14% of tourist nights. For the second year in a row, the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation facilities was recorded in Zadar County (29% of arrivals and 33% of overnight stays). They are followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar (24% of arrivals and 28% of overnight stays) and Istria County (18% of arrivals and 16% of overnight stays). In other counties, 29% of tourist arrivals and 23% of overnight stays were recorded. Zadar County recorded more than 4 million overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation The subject of the mentioned research were the owners of holiday homes and apartments, members of their families, other relatives and friends who stay in holiday homes and apartments, in the part of these facilities that is not rented to guests. In the structure of total realized tourist arrivals, 27% are domestic tourist arrivals, and 73% are foreign tourist arrivals, while in the structure of total realized overnight stays, 47% of overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists and 53% by foreign tourists. Traditionally the most numerous tourists from Slovenialast_img read more

September 26

Caribbean Travel Destinations

first_img Share Share LifestyleTravel Caribbean Travel Destinations by: – February 15, 2011 Share Courtesy:  Destinations 360The swaying rhythm of the islands, the blinding white sand, palm trees in the trade winds, the Caribbean calls even the hardest hearts to its shores. There are hundreds of islands in the sea simply waiting to let you in on their secrets – their heady combination of sun and European colonialism makes Caribbean travel destinations some of the most popular in the whole world. And since every island offers a unique experience, the top 10 Caribbean destinations are difficult to nail down. But let’s try.JamaicaThe most popular and well known of the many Caribbean travel destinations, this is the place to go if you are on a budget and don’t want to do a lot of island hopping, or looking for generous resorts and the most traditional of Caribbean vacations.CuracaoThough Aruba is easily the most popular of the Caribbean travel destinations to the south, its eastern neighbor might make for a better vacation. More in tune with its Dutch heritage, the combination of a slower pace of life with better water sport options, Curacao is definitely near the head of the top 10 Caribbean destinations list.St. Martin/St. MaartenThe island with two names (one for the French side and one for its Dutch counterpart) gives you access to two distinctive, but equally charming cultures. The main difference is the superiority of food in St. Martin and the better nightlife in St. Maarten. But it’s not like the island is very large, you can easily get your fill of both sides on a short trip.St. Bart’sEverything in the Caribbean screams upscale, but none louder than here. This is definitely not one of the best Caribbean destinations if you are on a strict budget, but St. Bart’s is the Hollywood of the Gulf of Mexico, where the rich and beautiful go to play in the surf and sand.GuadeloupeThanks to Caribbean airlines, the ability to island hop is a breeze, so if you’ll have no excuse for missing one of the best Caribbean destinations in Guadeloupe. A nice mix of urbanization and unkempt banana groves, like all good Caribbean islands, Guadeloupe boasts excellent rum, some of the best dive sites imaginable, and a rough look into Creole culture and food.DominicaAnyone who has seen Pirates of the Caribbean knows the rich natural beauty of the island of Dominica – it’s where all three movies were filmed. This island is all forests and waterfalls, not to mention: monkeys. If you love getting back into the wilderness, this is definitely one of the top 10 Caribbean destinations.TrinidadIf you can swing by this island during the yearly festival of Carnival, you will be greeted with one of the world’s biggest parties – a swirling, interminable mix of rum, dancing and costumed celebration, Trinidad’s revelry is bested only by Brazil’s. The rest of the year finds Trinidad a worthy Caribbean travel destination, as it is the most strongly influenced by South America, giving it a distinctively regional feel that is wholly unique.AnguillaAnother island that haphazardly swings between strikingly rural areas and upscale resorts depending on which street you turn down, the lazy British-influenced vibe that resounds through Anguilla is better felt than described. The fastest growing of any of the region’s islands, it’s clearly no secret that Anguilla is one of the best Caribbean destinations.CubaThe forbidden island, as in the U.S. forbids you to get there from its soil. Hurdle this obstacle, though, and you will find a refreshing country that has, for the time being, remained relatively untouched by the world around it. Whether they can stave off globalization forever is yet to be seen, but whether you are hitting the famed dance clubs or dropping back mojitos, Cuba is easily one of the best Caribbean travel destinations.St. LuciaLike Dominica, St. Lucia stands out amongst Caribbean travel destinations due to its dedication to industries other than tourism. Hiking and diving are big draws here, and its white-sand beaches are on par with anything else in the Gulf of Mexico.center_img Sharing is caring! 141 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

September 17

2017/2018 Bundesliga: Fans, Subscribers Party with StarTimes

first_imgStarTimes Brands and Marketing Director, Mr. Qasim Elegbede said at the occasion that the decision “to host our football loving customers serves as an opportunity for a face to face interaction and feedback with stakeholders in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere”“The Pay TV industry is a high technology driven sector therefore there is the need to constantly engage with our consumers and business partners. There is no better way to do this than while watching the games they love, football and not just any kind of football but German Bundesliga.” he added.An elated subscriber, Nnamdi Eze expressed his joy at being able to bond with the company. “I feel very special. I have just been with StarTimes for only seven months and I am being treated like a king. The fact that I was invited to this party alone makes me love StarTimes even more. I feel appreciated,” he said.StarTimes aggregates quality sporting contents with the acquisitions of sporting rights like the FIBA, Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Chinese Super League, Eredivisie and recently the 2018 FIFA World Cup in over 48 territories in Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Subscribers of Pay TV Company, StarTimes, were at the weekend hosted at a party organised to usher in the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season during the Super Cup Match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich which ended 4-5 in penalties after a fierce 90 minutes 2-2 draw.The event comes ahead of the 2017/2018 German Bundesliga season, a competition which StarTimes boasts of an exclusive broadcast rights in Africa.According to the company, this is an opportunity to preview the new Bundesliga sporting season and also unveil the StarTimes offerings in the coming months to subscribers and media partners drawn from different parts of the country.last_img read more

September 17

ESM, Grimes, MPH boys soccer teams earn big wins

first_img Tags: Bishop Grimesboys soccerESMMPH ESM quickly got back on track Thursday, handling  Auburn 7-0. Seven different players – Sean Belcher, Matt Kenney, Lance Madonna, Christian Moon, Evan deBerjeois, Jacob Longo and Jordan Sanson – had those seven goals, with Spencer Caramanna and Ryan Ladd adding assists.Then on Saturday, playing the same defending Section III Class A champions from Fulton Jamesville-DeWitt lost to two nights earlier, the Spartans outscored the Red Raiders 6-3., Aidan Tedesco, with a pair of goals, led a well-balanced attack as Belcher, Moon, Todd Durantini and Zach Christian also scored, with Madonna, Ladd and Casey McGlynn earning assists. Bishop Grimes had its own adventures last week, but it was capped by an impressive performance last Saturday as it went to Marcellus and defeated the 9-1, state Class B no. 3-ranked Mustangs 3-1.The first half decided matters as the Cobras seized a 2-0 advantage. Then it matched the Mustangs in the second half, Byam Mugushu finishing with two goals and Deng Mawien assisting on one of them while also finding the net.Back on Tuesday, Grimes won a wild battle with Fabius-Pompey, outscoring the Falcons 6-4 as  Mugushu earned a three-goal hat trick, with Jack Gutchess scoring twice. Deng Mawien earned two assists and goalkeeper Matt Tarby, aside from his seven saves, also had an assist.Then Grimes beat LaFayette 4-0 on Thursday afternoon, improving to 5-3, and offering a hint at the effort it would put together at Marcellus a couple of days later.Manlius-Pebble Hill had its most exciting win of the season last Monday against rival Faith Heritage, prevailing 3-2 in double overtime when Simon Hoke scored with 28 seconds left in the second extra frame.The Trojans had jumped out 2-0 in the first half thanks to goals by Hoke and Jack Hogan, but the Saints answered in the second half thanks to Riley Jean and Zach Civick finding the net.Most of the 20 minutes of overtime went unsettled until Hoke, off a feed from Brendan O’Malley, put home the game-winner, handing Faith Heritage its first defeat of the season following a 4-0-1 start.And the momentum carried over for the Trojans into Wednesday’s game at Onondaga, where MPH spread out its attack and didn’t let up until it had defeated the Tigers 7-0.Hogan scored twice, as did Alex Fung, with O’Malley getting a goal and two assists. Gopal Neopaney and Ayman El-Hindi also earned goals as Hoke and Evan Cook picked up assists.Not letting up, MPH (7-2) took on Fabius-Pompey Friday and earned a 2-1 victory over the Falcons, with Hoke and Andrew Warren earning the goals as Neopaney got credit for an assist. A trio of area boys soccer teams each earned important victories during a busy final full week of September.East Syracuse Minoa went to Burnet Park last Tuesday afternoon to face a PSLA-Fowler team whose only loss of the season came to the Spartans late in August.The rematch ended in a 1-1 draw, with the Falcons going in front thanks to Ahmed Sirat’s goal in the first half, but ESM getting even in the second half when Zach Shufelt converted. Spartans goalie Almedin Smajic finished with nine saves. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

September 16

Syracuse senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams named ACC Defensive Player of the Week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams has been named ACC Defensive Player of the Week following bounce back performances against Cornell and North Carolina.Once battling a slump due to a nagging injury, Williams’ turnaround has helped No. 1 Syracuse (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) keep its ranking for the second week in a row. Williams finished the week 34-of-50 on faceoffs as Syracuse improved its win streak to eight games.SU’s dominant force at the X thrived Tuesday against Cornell, winning a season-best 76 percent of faceoffs and grabbing 11 ground balls. Against then-No. 17 North Carolina, he kept his turnaround alive, winning 15-of-25 at the X. He added seven ground balls and won 10 of the last 12 faceoffs en route to a come-from-behind overtime victory.Williams and the Orange host Binghamton for Senior Day on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

August 26

Tyler Skaggs grew up dedicated to family, always a team player

first_imgLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was known for his humility, love of family and for being a team player growing up in Southern California.Skaggs was found dead at the age of 27 in a Hilton hotel Monday in Southlake, Texas, on a trip to play the Texas Rangers. While there’s been an outpouring of emotion at the loss across Major League Baseball and among fans who have built a memorial at Angel Stadium, those who knew Skaggs at Santa Monica High are also grieving.At the school on Tuesday, Doug Kim was telling girls basketball players that Skaggs was the kind of person they should aspire to become.Kim coached him on the JV basketball team and remembers details about the way he carried himself in high school. Skaggs led the Santa Monica team in strikeouts with 76 during his senior season when he was the team captain. Kim remembers Skaggs throwing a no-hitter that year while Tommy Lasorda was in the stands.He was also an outstanding basketball player, according to Kim, averaging a triple double on the team he coached, and if he had a weakness, he would work hard to improve it.“He could’ve been a D-1 quarterback … but his heart was always in baseball. I think he could’ve done anything he wanted to do. If he wanted to be a doctor, he would’ve been a doctor,” said Kim.Tyler and his wife Carli Miles were married in December, having met each other during high school. Wedding photographer Brandon Bibbins was a childhood friend of Carli’s and got to know Tyler through the months leading up to the wedding day.“Tyler was the nicest and most humble man, you would never know he was the high-profile athlete he is. Carried himself like a regular guy,” Bibbins said.Just hours before his death, Tyler posted to Instagram a photo of his teammates all donning cowboy hats next to a plane ahead of their trip to Texas.A scroll through his social media feed reveals a life devoted to his craft and his teammates, with a particular emphasis on Carli.“Cheers to many more years of happiness,” he wrote in a post on her birthday earlier this year.Kim was among many people grieving on Tuesday.“You can’t help but wonder, ‘Why him?’ I’m wondering why,” Kim said. “He was moving on to a point in his life when he was about to have a family. Now that’s gone. It’s a hard thing. He was such a great kid.”“His imprint is deep here.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “He had a tremendous work ethic. He was always focused … I think he got a lot of that from his mom,” Kim said.Skaggs’ relationship with his mother was special. Debbie Skaggs is a longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High and coached the team while Tyler played on the school’s baseball team.“Debbie’s influence on who he was as a man was profound. She was a really good mom,” Park said. “He always had a smile on his face. He always tried to do the right thing. When push came to shove, he knew what was right. Kids wanted to be around him. They wanted to do the right thing when they were around him.”When his mom’s team won the CIF championship in softball after he had graduated. There were 15-20 kids on the team left to pay $350 for the championship rings, which some families couldn’t easily afford.“He reached into his pocket and he bought all of them,” Park said.last_img read more

August 26

Dodgers move back into first place with win in Oakland

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers celebrate a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado throws as he falls to the ground, too late to get Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis on an infield single during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) slides safely into third base ahead of the relay to Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. At left is umpire Jansen Visconti. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers lays down a sacrifice bunt to score teammate Chris Taylor #3 in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) is greeted by his teammates after scoring on a squeeze bunt by Austin Barnes during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) slides safely under the tag of Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman during the inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Bellinger went from first to third on a single by Yasiel Puig. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out at home plate by catcher Jonathan Lucroy #21 of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) puts the tag on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, who tried to score on a bunt by Austin Barnes during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Sean Manaea #55 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) scores on a single by Cody Bellinger during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after scoring a run on a single hit by teammate Cody Bellinger during the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) throws over Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) to complete a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Yasiel Puig was out at first base. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Sean Manaea (55) during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha (20) comments to home plate umpire Tim Timmons (95) after he was called out on strikes during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 07: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 7, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) waits while Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis (2) runs the bases on a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) celebrates his RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Rapper MC Hammer throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrate after the last out of their 4-2 victory over the A’s on Tuesday night in Oakland. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado throws as he falls to the ground, too late to get Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis on an infield single during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)NextShow Caption1 of 26Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado throws as he falls to the ground, too late to get Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis on an infield single during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)ExpandOAKLAND — The Dodgers have spent four months on research and development. Now they will devote the final two months of the season to field-testing their bullpen in a playoff race.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts entrusted a one-run lead in the sixth inning to his bullpen on Tuesday night and was rewarded with 3-2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief, securing a 4-2 victory over the Oakland A’s.The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies both lost Tuesday, allowing the Dodgers to leapfrog back into first place by a half-game over the Diamondbacks and 2-1/2 over the Rockies.Against the A’s, Dylan Floro, Scott Alexander, J.T. Chargois and Kenley Jansen combined to retire 11 of the final 12 A’s batters, six on strikeouts. The Dodgers never had a lead to protect in the first two games of their weekend series with the Houston Astros. But over the past two games, Floro (two innings), Alexander (2-1/3), Chargois (one) and Jansen (two) have combined for 7-1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Of the four, only Jansen did not spend part of his summer with Triple-A Oklahoma City.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Honestly, guys are starting to step up. I feel like you can see they want it,” Jansen said of the auditions to be his warm-up act. “Three guys who’ve been down to Triple-A. That’s perfect. They want it. They want the ball. They want to take advantage of every opportunity to make a name for themselves.”Plenty of names were tossed around as the trade deadline approached. The Dodgers did add veteran reliever John Axford. For now, though, Roberts’ circle of trust seems to be made up of Floro, Alexander, Chargois and Jansen.“Guys are starting to take advantage of some opportunities,” Roberts said. “You look at where we’re using Floro – whether it be in the fifth inning, in the seventh inning, in some leverage spots – he’s really doing a great job. Chargois, ever since he came back from OKC, he’s been dominant. He’s throwing strikes and competing well.  And Alexander is doing the same thing. Since he came up he’s been lights out – throwing strikes, getting the ball on the ground when he needs to.“And Kenley, the last two outings it’s been good to see him be efficient and pitch to all the quadrants. They’re taking advantage. You see the confidence is starting to build with those guys.” Since returning from an early-season demotion to Triple-A, Alexander has been the pitcher the Dodgers thought they were trading for over the winter. He has a 2.48 ERA since early May, holding batters to a .209 average.Chargois made his return from Triple-A at the start of July. Since then, he has allowed one run in 10-1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts, one walk and a .147 average against.Related Articles Floro made a five-day detour to Triple-A as a way to get a fresh arm in the bullpen following the Dodgers’ 16-inning game in Philadelphia. He has retired all 16 batters he has faced since then, six on strikeouts.“When you’re playing with the division close and every game is obviously important, there’s a little bit of (playing) the hot hand,” Roberts said. “And I see the confidence. I see the pitch-making. So those guys have earned it.”They made a lead stand up that was built on spare parts – a run-scoring ground out in the first inning, a safety squeeze bunt by Austin Barnes (who nearly pulled it off a second time) in the second and a two-out, two-strike RBI single by Cody Bellinger in the third.Matt Kemp drove in an insurance run in the seventh after Joc Pederson doubled. Kemp dumped an RBI single just over the infield and onto the grass in right field – only his second hit in his past 45 plate appearances.“It’s life, man. It happens. It’s baseball,” Kemp said. “You can’t be good the whole year. There’s gotta be grinding times and I’m in my grinding time.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 12

Steelers hear ‘the voice’

first_imgby Barry WilnerAP Pro Football Writer LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Jerricho Cotchery hears “the voice.” Troy Polamalu senses the “phantom leadership.”It’s all part of the Steelers Way.Few organizations boast the stability and winning tradition of the Steelers. Try just three coaches in 43 years. Try the same family in charge—the Rooneys. It’s gone from the Chief, Art Rooney, to his son Dan, to his grandson, Art II, the current team president.In the Super Bowl era, they have gone home with the Lombardi Trophy a record six times in eight appearances. If you want consistency on and off the field in the NFL, look at Pittsburgh.Yet, there is a sense of transition in the Steel City this year. Gone are some key leaders, particularly all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, now retired, and stalwart linebacker James Farrior. The powerful running game that for years— decades—was emblematic of the Steelers’ offense could be in disarray.There also seems to be transition within the AFC North that Pittsburgh has owned pretty much since the NFL went to its current format in 2002. Baltimore edged the Steelers for the division title last year and is considered the favorite to repeat. Cincinnati is regarded as a team on the rise. And there are many questions surrounding these Steelers.Not to worry, star safety Polamalu says.“You could say there is a transition after every season because the team won’t be exactly the same from year to year,” says the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. “But I would answer the same way as I did the last nine years: The new challenge is exciting. I think it will be an exciting season. It’s going to be exciting to see how the players fit in, especially in the secondary, and how healthy we are.“You either survive and you push on, or you adjust the best you can.”The Steelers (No. 7 in the AP Pro32) have an edge in making the adjustments, too.“What’s also unique is what I would call the ‘phantom leadership’ that is in the tradition of the Steelers,” he adds with a smile. “It’s the way we do things around here and the way they have always done things, a certain way that works. It dates back to Joe Greene and those days. It’s something that is real.“So there’s that tradition that we have that sort of ‘phantom leadership’ out of the past.“We don’t need the rah-rah guy or the guy who is the ‘face of the franchise.’ We’re not pushing people to be out front. Be yourself, lead in your own way.”Leadership rarely has been an issue in the Steel City. And it might not be now with Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller still around. Just the fact it is being mentioned, though, is different.Although Pittsburgh went 12-4 last season, when neither Ward, Farrior nor now-retired defensive end Aaron Smith made much impact, it was not an impressive 12-4, if you can imagine that. The Steelers looked old, slow and not especially resourceful in their wild-card loss to Denver in the playoffs.Seven months later, Roethlisberger—as much a key to these Steelers as Terry Bradshaw was in the latter years of the Steel Curtain dynasty of the 1970s—is banged up (left ankle, rotator cuff). They are searching for a running game with starting tailback Rashard Mendenhall healing from a severe knee injury, and need to discover some continuity on the offensive line.And with deep threat Mike Wallace holding out, the receiving corps is missing an important element, although it remains a strength with Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Miller and Cotchery.Plus, the defense probably will have seven starters over 30: Polamalu, Taylor, Clark, Harrison, Brett Keisel, Larry Foote and Casey Hampton.Despite all those questions, the one topic that doesn’t seem to concern anyone is a loss of leadership.“We’ve been through this before,” 10th-year cornerback Taylor says. “When Joey Porter left, James Farrior stepped in. Our team never is without leaders.”Or voices in the locker room.“What I learned from the older guys when I got here was you have got to pass it on,” Foote adds. “Leadership is something I’’ve learned from being in the league for 11 years, and that there are all kinds of (leaders). There were a lot of personalities on this team, guys who have been here the last decade, and now they are gone. So others step up. It’s a changing of the guard.”Change can be good in pro football, even for a franchise so steeped in tradition; some might say so set in its ways. Rarely have the Steelers been potentially so dynamic in the passing game, and certainly not since Bradshaw, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth left.They tend to excel at developing their draft choices, with Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Miller and Hampton prime examples. Brown and young center Maurkice Pouncey are following that trend.Several important pieces are in their prime, including linebacker LaMarr Woodley, possibly their most dynamic defender, and Roethlisberger.Cotchery, an outsider who joined the Steelers last year as a free agent, was drawn to Pittsburgh not only by what he saw on the roster, but by something a bit more nebulous.The voice.“This organization is unique,” says Cotchery, who was with the Jets before heading to Pittsburgh. “It has a certain way of doing things over a long period that works, and they stick to it. And the result: six Super Bowls. And working on more.“I appreciate the tradition and the history of this organization and the way they have carried themselves. That drew me to the organization; they are loyal to their guys.“To me, the voice is kept here. No one else comes in with a different voice and no one talks over this voice. It’s the Steelers voice.”last_img read more