SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.
G/T leg of the “Frank Watson” U15 Tournament…The Georgetown leg of the Pele Alumni “Frank Watson” Intra-Association U15 Tournament got underway on Saturday at the Tucville Ground with three matches that saw victory for Santos FC and the other two matches being drawn.Looking strong, Santos FC made easy work of Beacons FC in their 4 – 0 win in the first match of the day. Two goals apiece came from two national U15 players — Kevin Mullin in the 9th and 24th minutes, and Derron Niles in the 12th and 30th respectively.The Beacons’ strikers were relentless in their attempts to score, but special mention must be made of Santos FC’s Goalkeeper, Christopher Harris, for a veryDerron Niles (L) and Kevin Mullingood day at the office with some very memorable saves.The second match, East Veldt versus Masters Academy, was competitive with some good plays from each side, but ended on a two-all scoreline. Masters Academy was first to hit the back of the net with a goal from Michael Oie in the 24 minute. This was countered in quick succession by East Veldt’s Rolan Apple, and a follow-up of another goal in the 50th minute. Not to be outdone, Oie stuck again in the 55th minute, to create a level score of a match played in bright sunshine.The final match of the day between Riddim Squad and Black Pearl ended in a stalemate, despite the best efforts of both teams to register a goal.Preceding the delayed start of the tournament, there was a brief opening ceremony, including a march past featuring the five teams present and remarks by Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Georgetown Football Association–Interim Management Committee (GFA-IMC), Trevor Williams and Second Vice President of the Guyana Football Federation, Rawlston Adams.In extending best wishes for the tournament to the participants, Williams said the GFA-IMC is happy to commence the tournament: “We are very happy and proud to have football being played. It is our goal to ensure that the game continues at all levels in Georgetown, and that the Association remains a very competitive and organised unit in Guyana’s football.”He expressed his best wishes to the teams, and urged them to be “ambassadors of fair play” as they exhibit their skills and talent in exciting football.”Adams acknowledged the primary sponsors – Pele Alumni – for collaborating with the GFF on this youth tournament. He also expressed appreciation to the GFA-IMC for organising the tournament, and urged other sponsors to come on board: “We are extremely happy that this tournament has commenced. This tournament will give you, the players, a chance to showcase your talent so you can possibly be integrated into the larger national programme that the GFF has embarked on. I would like to join Mr. Williams and encourage you to play in the spirit of the game — Fair Play. Finally, I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage other sponsors to come on board and support the development of football at all levels,” he declared.The tournament features 10 clubs: Masters FC, Santos FC, East Veldt FC, Tavel Foundation FC, Fruta Conquerors FC, Pele FC, Riddim Squad FC, Black Pearl FC, Beacons FC and Ordis FC.The next matches are scheduled for Tuesday at the same venue.
NEW YORK — Lucas Duda walked out of the dugout onto the on-deck circle with Cincinnati leading the Mets by three runs in the seventh inning following Juan Lagares’ one-out walk. Kevin Plawecki’s single off Brandon Finnegan put runners at the corners.Reds manager Bryan Price stood a full 50 seconds by the top step of the dugout, waiting for the Mets to make a move with reliever Logan Verrett due up, then walked to the mound as Duda returned to New York’s dugout without being introduced.Suddenly, Yoenis Cespedes appeared in the dugout, taping his wrists. After missing three straight games because of a leg injury, Cespedes walked up to the plate and rocketed a 93 mph fastball for a three-run homer.Slumping David Wright had a go-ahead single later in the inning, and the Mets rallied past Cincinnati 4-3 on April 26 for their 10th straight win against the Reds.Was Duda a decoy or a delay?Even Plawecki wasn’t sure who would pinch hit for Verrett (3-0). As Plawecki waited, he spoke with Reds first baseman Joey Votto.“He was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘I’m just as confused as you are,’” Plawecki recalled. “That was a pretty crazy sequence of events.”Collins at first maintained the Mets couldn’t find Cespedes, who had been hitting in the batting cage earlier.“I said, ‘Luca, someone’s got to be on deck. I’m not putting you in, but go on deck,’” the manager explained.But then, when asked whether he was trying to make the Reds think Cespedes was unavailable, Collins left a hint.“Well,” he said before chucking, “I don’t necessarily bring up my thoughts behind the whole thing.”Duda wouldn’t explain his point of view.“Guys, you got to talk to Terry about that,” he said.Cespedes had fluid drained from his bruised right thigh April 25. Price could have elected to bring in left-hander Tony Cingrani (0-2) or right-hander Caleb Cotham, who were both warming up.Price left in the left-handed Finnegan to face the right-hander, and on Finnegan’s next pitch — his 107th and last of the night — Cespedes electrified the small Citi Field crowd.The ball left his bat at 111 mph and went just over the 8-foot blue wall erected for the 2012 season. It caromed off the deeper, taller green wall that set the original dimensions in 2009, and Cespedes initially seemed to think the ball was in play. But third base umpire Sam Holbrook immediately signaled home run, and Cespedes took a slow trot around the bases.To the dismay of the Mets, Cespedes left the ballpark immediately after the game and did not speak with reporters.“It was like out of a movie scene,” Wright said. “All we needed was the fans to start chanting his name and him come out and have about five bats in his hand and start throwing them into the dugout and go up there, pick his favorite one and hit a homer.”Price insisted he wasn’t played.“I knew if I went to Cotham, they’d go to Duda, and he was the healthier player, so I wasn’t sure if they were going to use Cespedes solely as a decoy or not,” Price said.“Either way, if Cespedes was going to hit in that situation, I liked him against Finnegan because Finnegan had the three-pitch mix — as opposed to, I could have brought in Tony to keep Duda on the bench.”Cespedes’ sixth home run of the season was the major league-high 38th allowed by the Reds. Cingrani then relieved and Curtis Granderson tripled over speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton and off the fence in left-center.Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, and Wright fell behind 0-2 in the count before lining a fastball into left field. He had been 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position this year.“It looked like one of those games we were going to lose,” Wright said.Addison Reed pitched a hitless eighth, and Jeurys Familia got three straight outs for his seventh save in seven chances.In a matchup of youthful gumption and veteran savvy, 23-year-old Finnegan pitched one-hit shutout ball for five innings against 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, then escaped two-on, no-out trouble in the sixth.Votto hit a third-inning sacrifice fly and Ivan DeJesus Jr. had a two-run homer in the fourth against Colon, who with 3,004 1/3 innings moved past the Yankees’ CC Sabathia to become the leader among active pitchers.New York has won five straight overall and eight of nine. The Mets are 10-2 since a four-game losing streak, pulling within two games of NL East-leading Washington.Just like during the last two months of last season, Cespedes was the difference. “You’ve got to just believe wholly 100 percent, and he does.” Collins said. “You just shake your head.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League begins its 62nd year of play March 3, 2018 Posted: March 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League hosted their opening day Saturday, marking the organizations 62nd year.Hundreds of players and their parents marked the occasion at Cadman Park.KUSI’s John Soderman has the story. John Soderman, John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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