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Syracuse grows 2015 class to 22 over summer, breaks program record

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the span of two hours, a wave of recruits had nearly filled Syracuse’s quota at the offensive line position.On May 16, offensive lineman Colin Byrne announced his verbal commitment to be a part of Syracuse’s Class of 2015. Ten minutes later, Byrne’s teammate and fellow offensive lineman, Sam Clausman, did the same. That evening, tackle Cody Conway picked the Orange. “There are only so many spots we have at each position,” SU recruiting coordinator Eric White said. “They see someone committed at O-line. That’s one less spot we have. And then someone else commits at O-line, and that’s another less spot that we have.“I think a lot of that is when you’re seeing all these kids are going, ‘I better jump on if I want to have a spot left for me.’”That spring afternoon, though, was only a microcosm of a wild summer in which SU and its second-year coaching staff wholly revamped its recruiting approach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy July 15, Syracuse had 23 commitments for its Class of 2015, which at that time was the most for any Division I football program. On that same date in 2013, Syracuse only had eight commitments. In 2012, it was five. After jumping from No. 45 earlier in the summer, the Orange has the No. 28 recruiting class according to Scout.com — the highest it’s ever had.“I see (Syracuse) on the rise,” said Class of 2015 linebacker Troy Henderson. “I see them kind of like everybody else in the (Atlantic Coast Conference). These players have something special.”SU’s method for recruiting for 2015 was to start earlier and have recruits visiting earlier. White and the coaching staff didn’t want to wait for official visits to have potential recruits visit the campus. Because much of the staff was gutted following Doug Marrone’s move to the Buffalo Bills in 2012, the new assistant coaches wanted to expedite the entire recruiting process.White said that after one year, they had a better idea of where they needed to recruit and what type of player they were looking for. And that allowed them to get a head start on actually finding them.“All of it starts at the top with Coach Shafer and kind of trickles down,” White said. “With him it was: make a bigger emphasis on getting a big crop of kids up here and letting them see the facilities. Because once they see that and they get around everything, it kind of takes over itself.” The large quantity of recruits hasn’t led to a sacrifice of quality. While Syracuse has yet to land a four-star or five-star commitment according to Scout.com, it does have 20 three-star recruits, which is second-most in the country, behind only Mississippi State.Though the numbers speak to a higher-octane system of recruiting players, it hasn’t forced those in charge to impart that sense of urgency on the athletes they’re trying to have commit.“The way (Syracuse) recruits, they don’t pressure at all,” Class of 2015 commit West Lindor said. “They just give you a few basic details and then they just let you out on your own.” The size of the class, though, will also create competition.It’s a double-edged sword, Class of 2015 right tackle Andrejas Duerig said. It might be harder to land a job, but it might make a player better.“Even when you’re in high school ball, there are people trying to take your position — but they can also be there to help push you to make you better,” Duerig said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.” But both he and White agreed that it won’t disrupt the camaraderie of the group that SU has assembled. They have a Facebook group together and have all exchanged numbers. Lindor said that all they talk about is football, and that he’s sure that the fight for playing time will be a strength of the class, not a weakness.  “I’m proud to say I’m with this recruiting class,” Lindor said, “because there’s a lot of big things coming with this class when we get to Syracuse.“We have so many people.”  Comments Published on August 25, 2014 at 12:03 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Researcher, writer speaks on Palestine-Israeli conflict

first_imgThe Middle East Studies program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences hosted a discussion called “Palestine in Ruins: The Nakba and Erasure of Memory” on Wednesday at the Von KleinSmid Center, which featured researcher and writer Noga Kadman.Originally from Jerusalem, Kadman began her involvement in human rights organizations, at age 25 focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Through this work, I became curious, and wanted to learn the roots of the conflict,” Kadman said.Kadman focuses on human rights in present-day Israel in her recently published book, Erased from Space and Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948. She shared her extensive research on the more than 400 depopulated Palestinian villages owing to a 1948 conflict between Palestine and Israel.“I wanted to understand where those people came from,” Kadman said.She depicts the effects of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which escalated into a full-scale war in 1947.“There was a demographic shift in population of the country, from a predominantly Palestinian country to a predominantly Jewish country … some 750,000 people [refugees] had to flee their houses mostly due to military attacks against their communities […]” Kadman said.She focuses her research on the demolished villages and the success of the Israeli state in erasing any remembrance of Palestinian history.“All the land, houses, everything that was in the houses, everything else, became Israel state property,” Kadman said.More specifically, she lauds Kibbutz Sasa, an Israeli community that continued housing a mosque which survived despite extreme pressure from the Israeli army to be demolished.“But I found only one community that dealt a lot with what I saw as contradiction to their ideology and the reality of living in a depopulated village … and it is Kibbutz Sasa, the houses and villages of Sa’sa’, just near the border of Lebanon,” Kadman said.Through her exploration, Kadman found that the education in Israel and Palestine was unequal. Kadman attested to the controversy between the ideologies of many citizens of Israel and Palestine and their need to place blame on historical decisions made by leaders before them.Those involved with coordinating the event praised Kadman’s ability to reveal topics with undeniable historical relevance. Students and faculty alike expressed their interest in working alongside professionals in research.“We always like to bring people actively researching on these topics,” said Camillia Shofani, the program assistant for the Middle East Studies program.Kadman said that solving the conflict requires redefining the understanding of Palestinian involvement, which is not explicitly stated in educational textbooks or governmental sites, such as the Jewish National Fund.“If we want to think about solving the conflict, I believe that the first step is looking with open eyes at what happened in 1948 and to take responsibility for our part,” Kadman said.By exposing the information and its significance, Kadman hopes to alter Israeli discourse on the Palestinians, better unify relations between the two countries and help inspire an informed, joint future.Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the event was titled “Palestine in Ruins: The Erasure of Memory.” It was “Palestine in Ruins: The Nakba and Erasure of Memory.” The article also referred to the Jewish National Forest. It is the Jewish National Fund. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

Panel explores the future of immigration

first_imgProvost Quick, photographed by Cathy Liang | Daily TrojanWith President Donald Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, immigration has become a topic of debate and discussion in the recent political climate, in regards to refugees, undocumented individuals and their experiences.On Tuesday evening, students, professors and community members gathered for a Visions and Voices event titled “Borders, Bans, Walls, and Welcomes: U.S. Immigration Today.” Featuring Leilani Chan, founding artistic director of TeAda Productions, Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and USC professor Manuel Pastor, director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, the conversation focused on the immigrant experience, DACA and refugees.The talk was moderated by Roberto Suro, a USC professor and author of Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue.Suro started the conversation with DACA, a program that legally allows undocumented immigrants to work and live in the U.S.,  saying that it focuses on an important human connection to immigration policy.“The issue of the Dreamers obliges us to think about immigration in terms of our kin, our neighbors, our classmates, our colleagues, our fellow Trojans,” Suro said. “It’s way of thinking about immigration as an element of policy that involves people who are already here, who are already part of our families, who are already part of our communities.”Pastor also emphasized the importance of DACA through a personal anecdote about a young woman who he saw benefit from the policy. “DACA gave a bunch of young people a future — it allowed them to see themselves as part of a society that they grew up in, that they feel they are a part of, that they want to contribute to,” Pastor said. “The thing that we need to realize is that what this decision today did in its celebration of cruelty as public policy is to try to strip away people’s ability to imagine their future in the only country they’ve known.” Pastor added that he does not see Trump’s decision as being rooted in rational policy.Both Noorani and Chan spoke about their professional work in the field of immigration reform. Noorani spoke about his work with the National Immigration Forum and in states such as Ohio and Iowa, which are struggling with the cultural changes that come with shifting demographics.“For us as an organization, we really approached this with the idea that for the majority of Americans, the immigration debate isn’t about politics or policy,” Noorani said. “It’s not about politics and policy but about culture and values.” Chan talked about her experiences with TeAda Productions, a theater company that works with communities to collect stories about immigration and puts them on a stage.Panel members stressed that a mass deportation would not solve problems, and instead would hurt the American economy.“The best way to … make sure the undocumented worker, the legal immigrant worker and the American worker are not being exploited is to level the playing field so that everyone is competing for the same job at the same wage with the same legal status,” Noorani said.last_img read more

Tough Wisconsin defense stifles UW-Milwaukee

first_imgFor the first time this season the Badgers (5-1-1) blanketed an opponent in their 3-0 win over in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, which fell to 1-6-1 on the season, Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex.After the game, Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said despite the comfortable win, she was most impressed with that blank slate by the Badger’s defense and goalkeeper redshirt junior Genevieve Richard.“The biggest excitement that I had is that we were able to get a shutout, and I think that’s very important for us,” Wilkins said. “We hadn’t gotten one this year, and especially being on our home field. For us, Milwaukee has always been a big competitor for us, so to be able to get a shutout here on a wet day was important.”Wisconsin held the Panthers to only one shot on goal throughout the entirety of the game, as the Badgers’ back line kept the action to a bare minimum for Richard between the posts. In total, the Panthers managed only a meager six shots throughout the game – three in the first half and three in the second half – while the Badgers peppered UWM goalkeeper Paige Lincicum with 17 shots with eight of those on goal.Wisconsin dominated possession over the course of the match, but it was the back line that keyed the shutout, according to Wilkins.“I thought our two centerbacks did better,” Wilkins said of freshman Kylie Schwarz and redshirt junior Alexandra Heller. “I thought Kylie Schwarz was very good today in the back for us and I thought that Ali is getting back to her form that she was last year after her injuries, so I think that was an important element. And getting Lexi Peterson back on the field is huge for us.”After starting the first five games, sophomore Peterson sat out the last two games due to an undisclosed injury, but was back in the lineup Sunday at outside back for the Badgers.Although she did not factor into any of the scoring, Peterson’s return was seen in ways more than just on her stat line.“It was awesome having Lexi back,” junior forward Cara Walls said. “It’s awesome having an outside back that can get forward and having an outside back that steps and doesn’t let people turn. She’s not afraid to get forward and she’s really confident when she steps with the ball, so it makes everything a lot easier for the midfield and the forwards.”Not only was Wisconsin strong in its defensive third, but the Badgers also displayed fireworks in the offensive third as well, especially early on.In just the sixth minute, freshman Rose Lavelle found a wide open redshirt junior Kodee Williams, and after receiving the through pass, Williams finished it off for an early 1-0 Badgers’ lead.“The through ball that was just a great run by Kodee. I could kind of see it unfolding and I saw her make that run so I just slipped it through and she had a wide open shot against the goalie,” Lavelle, who tallied two assists in the game, said.Only eight minutes later, Lavelle facilitated more Wisconsin offense as she finessed a corner kick into the eight-yard box where redshirt sophomore Marisa Kresge managed to track down the ball and head it into the back of the net to extend the lead to 2-0.But for almost the rest of the game the Wisconsin offense was held in check, and only notched the final goal as a result of some sloppy defensive play by the Panthers. Lincicum came out into the 18-yard box to play a pass by one of her defenders, but Lavelle harassed Lincicum into a turnover. Wisconsin’s leading scorer Walls found the loose ball and easily drilled a shot into the wide open net.The lack of Wisconsin offense in the middle part of the game was an area that Wilkins feels needs some fine-tuning before the conference season begins.“I thought we did a better job in the first, like, twenty minutes keeping it wide,” Wilkins said. “I thought it could have been more consistent. I thought sometimes we made the game too complicated and that we could have kept more balls where we gave balls away in bad areas. That caused some things for them to have some chances in the second half and that’s something that we’ll go back with in terms of consistency.”Still, nearly everything went Wisconsin’s way against UWM, as the Badgers blew out their in-state rival in their first home win of the season.“I think every time we’ve gone up, we’ve kind of lost focus and let down a bit, which has let the other team get back in it,” Lavelle said.  “So I think we kind of stayed focused even though at the end they had a lot more opportunities than we would have liked. We just fought through it and got the shutout.”last_img read more

Women’s alpine ski team qualifies for nationals

first_imgFor the past five years, the Wisconsin women’s alpine ski team has been in a rut of sorts — but if you ask them, it’s probably the best problem they could ever have.After finishing second in their regional qualifier Feb. 16, the Badgers landed a berth in the United States Collegiate Ski Association 2014 National Championships. The qualification marks the third time in the last five years that the team has made the trip to the National Championship — each trip separated by two years from the previous one.Still, even for members of the team that made the trip last time they qualified, going to Nationals doesn’t get old.“I’ve been skiing for forever and I love it,” junior skier Brenna Murray said. “So to get to continue doing it in college and to get to compete in Nationals again will be the best competition I’ve ever seen. I’m excited to go again.”Captained by Murray, the women’s alpine team will send a total of seven women, including Murray, Olivia Raedeke, Becca Frenz, Isabelle Cooperstein, Abby Noonan, Katie Rayer and Britta Gjermo, to the competition at Lake Placid, N.Y., on their quest for a National Championship.Lake Placid, located in the northern part of New York, once played host to the world’s best alpine skiers in the 1980 Winter Games. For the six Wisconsin women lucky enough to compete there this March, the competition may very well be on the exact same course that was used more than 30 years ago.While that prospect is more than enough motivation for Wisconsin as it hits crunch time in its preparation for Nationals, the difficulty that comes with a much more challenging, much longer course makes extensive preparation a must.“The courses will probably be very steep and depending on the conditions, it’s been a cold year, they’ll probably be pretty icy too,” head coach Dakota Dux said.“We’ll be practicing hard to make sure we are ready.”At the collegiate level, alpine skiing competitions take the form of two different events — Slalom and Giant Slalom — with the goal being to reach the bottom of the course as fast as possible, while also making sharp turns around poles, or “gates,” along the way.But while the challenges the sport presents begin and end there for many of the teams that Wisconsin will face when it arrives at Lake Placid, it is only just the beginning for the Badgers.More than just a clubAt many of the top alpine skiing schools in the country, teams are funded — at least in part — by the school that hosts them. This means that the program covers travel, competition fees and many other intangibles, which in turn allows the athletes to focus on one thing: winning.“It usually allows teams to have a contingency of foreign racers,” Dux said. “When I raced here years ago, as an example, there was a guy from Sierra Nevada that I competed against, who graduated, and the next year he won a World Cup race.“These are serious, serious racers.”Competing as a club-level program, Wisconsin is faced with the difficult task of not only preforming at a high level when competition day comes, but also making sure that the team is able to compete in the first place.Each year the competitive season is kicked off with the Hoofers Annual Ski and Snowboard Resale — the first, but certainly not the last, fundraiser of the season — before they even hit the hills at nearby Tyrol Basin for the first time in December.Once the competitions begin, skiers have to cover the costs of their lift tickets at practice, as well as pay a large membership fee to help cover competition costs such as transportation, hotels, race dues and registration fees.For a successful team, as is the case this year, a berth in the National Championships alone can cost upwards of $400 per competitor.And yet, despite only being a club sport at the University of Wisconsin, Dux and his skiers don’t see the lack of funding as a hindrance — but rather a distinct advantage in helping the program to accomplish its biggest goal: to build a large UW community interested in the sport of alpine skiing.“One of our goals is to make skiing accessible to anyone and everyone,” Dux said. “Whether they have raced before or not, it is really fun seeing some of the best racers in the world compete and train with some people that have never raced before. Both groups really get a lot from the other group.”Even just two years ago — the last time Wisconsin qualified for the National Championships — the alpine ski team consisted of nearly 40 skiers. Now, the team boasts a squad of 63 members, dwarfing in comparison the 12 racers that school-funded teams might have.Some of the members of the Women’s Alpine Ski team. From left to right: Claire Nguyen, Katie Cooney, Isabelle Cooperstein and Britta Gjermo.Photo Courtesy of Rock GjermoFor Murray — a competition skier since age six — it’s the camaraderie and different skill levels that you get on a big team, like Wisconsin’s, that makes the experience so unique.“I think it’s really fun to have the biggest team in our region,” Murray said. “Even though there are a lot of us, we get along really well.”Athletes covered in traditionTake a peek at the team’s Facebook page and its hard to miss — the worn out pink ski suit is in almost every picture. Held together by what appear to be safety pins and sporting large tears in the right leg and other rips everywhere else, the pink ski suit is also the oldest member on the team.Not even the coach, who competed at Wisconsin more than a decade ago, can remember where it came from.Senior Liv Raedeke wore the pink suit during Wisconsin’s regional at Marquette Mountain in February.Photo Courtesy of UW Alpine Ski Team“It’s just one of those long standing traditions,” Dux said. “I’ve been with the team since 1999 and the suit’s been around since before me.”Acting like a trophy of sorts, the suit is worn during a day of competition by an athlete that suffered, what some might call a “blonde moment.” Some of the reasons might be as simple as losing the car keys to the team van, while others are deemed a bit too embarrassing to repeat out loud.“I remember, at one of the races we were trying to go to our team dinner and we had to spend an hour or two looking for a pair of van keys,” UW alpine director Mike Schrager said. “We had this bright science guy, who majored in physics and all this stuff, and he had the keys in his pocket. He wore the pink suit for that.”“There are lots of different ways to get the pink suit.”Regardless, the suit has become a symbol of just how close-knit the team is year in and year out. After all of the hard work and countless hours spent in Wisconsin’s polar vortex, it is these lasting friendships and memories each year that keep the skiers coming back for more.Well that, and another National Championship to qualify for.last_img read more

India may get to host Commonwealth Shooting C’ships in 2022, CGF asks IOA for proposal

first_imgREAD | UFC: Top 4 Hard Fought And Brutal Rivalries Of The 2010s Ft. Conor Vs Khabib Raninder also urged Batra to seek Government of India’s approval to host the championships at the earliest possible opportunity. “… May I request you to allow NRAI the opportunity to prepare a detailed proposal in keeping with the above,” Raninder wrote in his letter to Batra. “May I also request you as our President to permit, assist and support the NRAI seeking administrative approval from the Government of India at the earliest possible opportunity, and once this has been accorded, IOA/CGI forward this to the office of the CEO of the CGF for acceptance & examination,” he added.  “The NRAI will work with you and Government of India to develop a formal submission to the CGF for consideration early January by the CGF Sports Committee and then to the CGF Executive Board for approval. This proposal must be formally endorsed and submitted by the Indian Commonwealth Games Association (IOA) as the official member of the CGF,” the CGF said in the letter. Chances of India hosting a Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 2022, an idea mooted to compensate for the sport’s exclusion from the Birmingham Games, brightened after the Commonwealth Games Federation asked IOA to submit a “formal” proposal for its consideration. The submission of the proposal must be done by early January to the Sports Committee of the CGF which will then place the bid before its Executive Committee for approval. The encouraging response comes weeks after a meeting between the CGF and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) in Munich on December 5. National Rifle Association of India President Raninder Singh also attended the meeting.READ | Cristiano Ronaldo And Cain Velasquez’s 2011 Throwback Video Makes Fans Go NostalgicIndia may get to host Commonwealth Shooting C’ships In a letter to Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, the CGF said it was encouraged by the NRAI President Raninder and the Vladimir Lissin-led ISSF’s proposal to host the event just prior to the 2022 CWG. COMMENT First Published: 25th December, 2019 16:54 IST READ | Russia Plans To Compete In Tokyo Under National Flag After WADA’s 4-year BanRaninder, in a separate letter to Batra, gave an outline of the proposal for hosting the championships which he said has “complete support of the ISSF”. His proposal touched upon the tricky issue of the counting of medals won in this championships towards the 2022 CWG tally of the respective countries. “…medals awarded at this proposed event being accorded equal protocol as any medals won by a competing nation at the main event conducted later in the Birmingham CWG,” Raninder wrote in the letter while also proposing March 14, 2022 as tentative date of the championships to coincide with the Commonwealth Day. Batra had earlier raised this issue of counting of medals won from the Commonwealth Shooting Championships to the country’s 2022 CWG tally when Martin and CGF CEO David Grevemberg visited India last month to discuss IOA proposal to withdraw from the Birmingham Games. At that time, Martin and Grevemberg had not made any commitments.   Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img He also said later that India would not be interested in taking part in such a Commonwealth Shooting Championships if the medals won there are not counted in the country’s tally of 2022 CWG. The CGF’s letter to Batra did not directly deal with this issue but said that the joint proposal of the ISSF and NRAI “substantively meet the expectations of all stake holders”. “Their joint proposal briefly outlined during our meeting with them this month; subject to careful examination and ratification by various competent levels within CGF, and assuming such a proposal would be in conformity with our constitution and regulations; would in our opinion substantively meet the expectations of all stake holders including those of India effectively,” Martin wrote. LIVE TV Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 16:54 IST India May Get To Host Commonwealth Shooting C’ships In 2022, CGF Asks IOA For Proposal Chances of India hosting a Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 2022, an idea mooted to compensate for the sport’s exclusion from the Birmingham Games Along with NRAI and ISSF, the IOA has been trying to convince the CGF to reconsider its decision on shooting, citing India’s excellent medal count in the sport. Efforts were made to convince the CGF when Martin and Grevemberg visited the country last month. The meeting was agreed upon following IOA’s proposal to the Sports Ministry in July to boycott the Games over shooting’s exclusion. Shooting has always been one of India’s top medal contributors in the CWG. The discipline yielded 16 medals, including seven gold, at the last edition in Gold Coast. For the first time since 1974, the sport has been excluded from the Games roster.READ | Manu Bhaker And Anish Bhanwala Sweep National Titles WATCH US LIVE “We look forward to supporting them (ISSF and NRAI) with your endorsement in developing their innovative proposal,” CGF chief Louise Martin wrote in the letter to Batra. Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Milovan Rajevac not interested in Black Stars job for now

Milovan Rajevac has silenced speculation that he is being lined up by the Ghana Football Association to replace Kwesi Appiah after this month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.The rumours of the Serb’s return to the Black Stars were given credence after he was spotted at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit during Ghana’s semi-final defeat to Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations.Publications by some local media outlets have claimed that the trainer, affectionately called Milo, will take over from Kwesi Appiah if the Black Stars lose to Sudan at the Baba Yara Stadium on March 24.The Ghana Football Association is yet to dispel these rumours but Joy Sports has been speaking Nenad Glisic who worked as an interpreter for Milovan Rajevac during his two-year stay in Ghana. He ruled out Milo’s reported imminent return.“He just came to support the team and nothing else. There was no negotiations not even with another African team,” he told JOY Sports“I spoke to coach and he said at this moment Ghana has an excellent coach and Kwesi Appiah has a lot of experience.” “He ( Kwesi Appiah) working with coach and he is a great friend for the life time and coach respects him a lot and he (Rajevac) think Appiah will do a good job.” read more

Report: Rahim Ayew attacked by armed robbers

first_imgReports reaching our sports desk are that Asante Kotoko midfielder Rahim Ayew was shot in his right arm as armed robbers attacked him at his East Legon residence on Wednesday. The hooded robbers, equipped with guns, ransacked the house of the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele The East Legon Police have launched an investigation in the robbery attack. “Rahim heard a knock on his door and peeped through the window. He saw the robbers with pump action gun and refused to allow them in. But the thieves broke his door and proceeded to raid his home,” – a close source confirmedlast_img

Home Run Derby 2019: Participants, lineup, schedule, TV channel for MLB All-Star event

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThis season, the event will take place Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. ET at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.Here’s all the information you need regarding the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby:Home Run Derby 2019: Live updates, highlights, commentary from MLB All-Star eventWhen is Home Run Derby 2019?The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. What TV channel will broadcast Home Run Derby 2019?ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby. The network will also stream the event online on WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app. A tape-delayed broadcast of the annual celebrity softball game will follow.Home Derby 2019 full lineup, participantsHere are all of the seeds in order. A’s third baseman Matt Chapman replaced Christian Yelich (back injury) and took his No. 1 seed despite hitting fewer homers than a few other contenders.SeedContestantTeam2019 HRs*1Matt ChapmanA’s212Pete AlonsoMets283Josh BellPirates264Alex BregmanAstros235Joc PedersonDodgers206Ronald Acuna Jr.Braves207Carlos SantanaIndians198Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays8* Through July 3, when seedings were announcedMLB Home Run Derby 2019 formatAn eight-player, three-round, single-elimination tournament will determine the Home Run Derby champion. First-round matchups are based on regular-season home run totals; Yelich, who leads MLB in home runs, will be the No. 1 seed and face the competitor with the least amount of long balls in the opening round. Players will have four minutes in each round to hit as many home runs as possible. They will receive 30 additional seconds in a round if they notch at least two home runs that travel more than 440 feet.Ties will be broken by a 90-second swing-off.Home Run Derby winnersThe last time Cleveland held the Home Run Derby (1997), Tino Martinez claimed the championship. He hit 16 homers in that competition, which followed a different format.YearPlayerTeam2018Bryce HarperWashington2017Aaron JudgeNY Yankees2016Giancarlo StantonMiami2015Todd FrazierCincinnati2014Yoenis CespedesOakland2013Yoenis CespedesOakland2012Prince FielderDetroit2011Robinson CanoNY Yankees2010David OrtizBoston2009Prince FielderMilwaukee2008Justin MorneauMinnesota2007Vladimir GuerreroLA Angels2006Ryan HowardPhiladelphia2005Bobby AbreuPhiladelphia2004Miguel TejadaBaltimore2003Garret AndersonAnaheim2002Jason GiambiNY Yankees2001Luis GonzalezArizona2000Sammy SosaChi Cubs1999Ken Griffey Jr.Seattle1998Ken Griffey Jr.Seattle1997Tino MartinezNY Yankees1996Barry BondsSan Francisco1995Frank ThomasChi White Sox1994Ken Griffey Jr.Seattle1993Juan GonzalezTexas1992Mark McGwireOakland1991Cal Ripken Jr.Baltimore1990Ryne SandbergChi Cubs1989Eric Davis (tie)Cincinnati1989Ruben Sierra (tie)Texas1988No Derby; rain The Home Run Derby has been an iconic part of MLB All-Star week for decades, but as long balls spike around the majors, it perhaps holds greater status today.Good hitters and home run hitters are becoming increasingly synonymous in modern baseball, and the event now showcases some of the purest swings in addition to the most powerful. Pete Alonso and Josh Bell, for example, are among the league’s leaders in batting average and homers. They’ll each be part of the eight-player tournament field.center_img 1987Andre DawsonChi Cubs1986Wally Joyner (tie)California1986Darryl Strawberry (tie)NY Mets1985Dave ParkerCincinnatilast_img read more

534 more cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, four more deaths — one new case in listening area, five more reported recovered

first_img1 Hancock 21 32 1 Wright21 Floyd 97 Mitchell Worth JOHNSTON — According to today’s report from the Iowa Department of Public Health, 534 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, to make a total now of 9703. Four more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 188. 161 more COVID-19 cases have fully recovered, for a total of 3486.One new case has been confirmed in our listening area, an adult aged 18-40 in Winnebago County. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in our immediate listening area to 42.Butler County has five new cases that have recovered, bringing the area’s total number of recoveries to 30. 1 31 21321center_img 14121 Cerro Gordo266 Area Total01118112420304 321 Kossuth11 Butler342 Franklin11132 1 Confirmed CasesChildAdult (18-40)Middle (40-60)Older (60-80)Elderly (81+)TotalDeathsRecoveredHospitalized 12 Winnebago21 11last_img read more