Whicker: Hockey folks show baseball purists that rule changes can be embraced

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Purists will grow nauseated at the first sight of a man carrying the winning run without having to touch ’em all. That’s fine, but purists don’t pay the freight.“The only people there in the 15th inning are the Uber drivers and the players,” said Michael Futa, the Kings’ former assistant general manager.Baseball is a yearly marathon. It shouldn’t be a nightly one.“What people don’t realize about rules changes is that you can always change them back if they don’t work out,” said Brian Burke, the former general manager of the Ducks. “There’s no harm in it, especially in a season like this.”You talk to hockey people because they have a frame of reference. They have endured, or were dragged through, drastic change. Prior to 2004, there were no 2-line passes, games still could end in a tie, and defense was played with vise-grip hands. A skater had to get through layers of human turnstiles to reach the net.“If you had a two-goal lead in the third period, you could put it in the bank,” said Brian Hayward, the Ducks’ TV analyst.After the lockout, the league cleaned up the obstruction, allowed the 2-line pass, and installed a shootout. The game lost 60 pounds and gained a new wardrobe.Speed predominates. Unskilled players disappear. Fans learn the fights weren’t essential. And those who mutter about the shootout stick around to watch it, like everyone else.“I wavered because I didn’t want a skills competition to decide it,” Hayward said. “But at least there is a result. I still don’t like the fact that it’s a one-on-one competition. With the extra-inning change, teams will still have to execute within the context of the game.”In 2015-16, the NHL also put in 3-on-3 overtimes, which have become the game’s Space Mountain.“We’d play Chicago and they’d throw Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith out there, and we’d have (Anze) Kopitar and (Drew) Doughty and Brownie (Dustin Brown),” Futa said. “All that elite talent. You’d sit there and just go, ‘Wow.’’’Although the designated hitter will be universal, the lefthanded relief specialist must either branch out or go home. Every reliever will have to face three batters.“Nobody goes to a game to watch seven pitching changes in an inning,” Burke said.But the extra-inning rule is the most controversial and, maybe, the most beneficial.Concerned that the bunt has left the game? The new rule may bring it back. A good sacrifice puts a man on third with one out, with several road maps for scoring.The minor leagues have used “2B10” for two years. Ninety-three percent of their extra-inning games have ended after 10 or 11 innings. But only 56 major-league games got to the 12th inning in 2019, playing it straight.Is this a cure looking for a disease? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine anyone growing nostalgic for post-midnight baseball, particularly a manager who has to glue together his pitching staff.This long intercontinental timeout has allowed everyone to watch old games. Even those who played in the ’80s and ’90s find those games unrecognizable.“There would be 26 guys in prison if they played today like they did then,” Futa said. “You’d have chalk outlines in front of the net.”NBC’s Ed Olczyk was on the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers of 1994. He gathered his sons to watch the replay of Game 6 of the conference finals with the New Jersey Devils.“We did a little exercise,” Olczyk said. “I said, ‘Watch for five minutes and tell me how many penalties you see that weren’t called.’ After 10 shifts, they counted 15 penalties each. That’s the way it was then. When you went in front of the net, you might as well have an ‘Open Season’ sign on your back.“But you look at every sport. They’ve all changed, all to the benefit of the offense. Maybe I’d play the 10th and 11th inning straight up and then go to the man on second, but you have to worry about the fan base and the young generation.”“But the best thing,” Hayward said, “is the competitive balance of the league.”Hockey has the hard salary cap, also a product of 2004-05, to thank for that. Until baseball faces and solves its inequalities, extra-inning baserunners are just bells and whistles.Still, they might keep you awake.center_img The 2020 baseball season, all 240 characters of it, will show us the difference between change and caricature.Sixty games is caricature.Beginning an extra inning with a man on second base is change.One is a Band-Aid, to plug an emergency. The other is worth studying.last_img read more


first_imgINISHOWEN AC held a successful 5k on a lovely evening in Culdaff on Saturday night.The race was won by Freddy Keron Sittuk from City of Derry AC in a superb time of 15:09.The club wants to thank everyone who helped to organise the events. 1 15.09 Freddy Keron Sittuk SM City Of Derry2 16.38 Cathal McLaughlin M40+ Foyle Valley3 17.02 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C4 17.12 Declan Doherty SM Foyle Valley5 17.48 Humphrey Murphy M45+ Letterkenny A C6 17.51 Martin Mooney SM Inishowen A C7 18.00 Declan Donaghy SM Inishowen A C8 18.15 Patrick Mahon SM Foyle Valley9 19.20 Peter Lilburn M50+ City Of Derry Spartans10 19.33 Michael Collins M40+ Inishowen A C11 19.59 Seamus Doherty SM Unattached12 20.11 Michael McNulty M40+ Unattached13 21.01 Billy Orr M50+ Foyle Valley14 21.05 Henry Mc Kinney SM Unattached15 21.25 Seamus Mc Daid M40+ Inishowen A C16 21.41 Ciaran McElwaine SM Unattached17 22.09 Shelia Doherty SW Inishowen A C18 22.15 Henry Donaghy SM Unattached19 22.46 Patricia Mc Laughlin F35+ Inishowen A C20 22.51 Bernard Mc Laughlin SM Unattached21 22.55 Ruth Doherty F35+ Inishowen A C22 22.56 Breege Collins F40+ Inishowen A C23 23.06 Aoife McElroy SW Unattached24 23.08 Michael Porter SM Unattached25 23.56 Jennifer Mc Keague SW Unattached26 24.06 Linda Jackson SW Inishowen A C27 24.30 Edward Doherty M40+ Unattached28 24.36 Shaun Loughery M40+ Unattached29 24.37 Claire Doherty SW Inishowen A C30 24.47 Mary Mc Hale SW Inishowen A C31 24.59 Ursula Lynch SW Inishowen A C32 25.22 Clare Harkin SW Unattached33 26.38 Desmond Browne M50+ Lagan Valley34 26.43 Noel Doherty M50+ Unattached35 27.19 Anne Mc Elhinney F50+ Inishowen A C36 27.19 Siobhan Deery SW Inishowen A C37 27.59 Phil Lynch M50+ Unattached38 28.45 Oonagh Harkin F35+ Inishowen A C39 29.25 Karen Cullen SW Inishowen A C40 29.32 Noelle Doherty SW Unattached41 29.55 Angela Kelly F40+ Unattached42 30.35 Alison Mc Laughlin SW Unattached43 30.42 Lynsey Harding F35+ Inishowen A C44 31.07 Carol Roulston F50+ UnattachedResults – Culdaff Juvenile 1 Mile Race 2012UNDER 11 BoysJames Loughrey 6.14Daniel Peter-McGonigle 6.50Drew McKinney 7.00Luke Whoriskey 7.42UNDER 11 GirlsLisa Marie McLaughlin 9.25 UNDER 13 BoysMichael Doherty 6.10Under 13 GirlsNiamh Doherty 7.01Amie Woriskey 7.25Under 15 BoysDaniel Doherty 6.18Under 15 GirlsAltan Ni Mhurcha 6.16 RESULTS FROM THE CULDAFF 5K ROAD RACE was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:RESULTS FROM THE CULDAFF 5K ROAD RACElast_img read more

SA, Angola strengthen ties

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma (Left) and AngolanPresident Jose Eduardo Dos Santos have cemented ties between the two countries. (Image: The Presidency)President Jacob Zuma’s recent visit to Angola, his first state visit to an African country since his inauguration in May 2009, has borne much fruit for the two countries.Zuma was accompanied by 11 cabinet ministers and over 150 local business leaders – the largest delegation ever to accompany a president on an international trip.Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, who invited Zuma to his resource-rich country from 19 to 21 August, said the historic visit signalled the start of a new era between Africa’s biggest economy and Africa’s biggest oil producer.Dos Santos said South Africa had the skilled labour that Angola needed to help it build infrastructure and develop as a country following its 27-year-long civil war which was formally brought to an end in 2002. Vast stretches of Angola’s roads and many of its buildings were destroyed during the unrest.Several trade agreements, which will go a long way in boosting economic ties between the two countries, were reached during Zuma’s visit. The most significant one involves a cooperation deal in the oil sector.Under the agreement, state oil and gas company PetroSA and its Angolan counterpart Sonangol plan to work together in the exploration, refining and distribution of oil.“Huge opportunities still remain in the petroleum and gas sectors in Angola with 28 of the 51 concessions offshore still to be licensed and explorations under way offshore,” reads a joint statement released by the two bodies.Dos Santos and Zuma also discussed the distribution of electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Grand Inga Dam hydroelectric project, which, according to project leaders, will be able to supply power to the entire African continent with enough left over to sell to Europe.Healing old woundsIn between several scheduled meetings during the visit, Zuma took time to make an emotional pilgrimage to a former anti-apartheid camp where several cadres of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) died in exile. MK was the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed wing during the struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.During this time Angola, through the ruling MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) party, was an ally of the ANC and provided refuge for many political activists and military training for MK soldiers.Zuma also laid a wreath at a monument honouring Angola’s first president Agostinho Neto.“This is to remind us where we come from and encourage us to work harder for the goals for which many lost their lives,” Zuma said at the ceremony.During his visit Zuma also addressed a special seating of the National Assembly in Luanda where he formally thanked Angola for hosting political activists during apartheid.“Angola was our home away from home during very difficult moments in the history of our country and our struggle,” he said.“We would like to express our gratitude for the solidarity and comradeship that was extended by Angolans to the ANC and the people of South Africa during the struggle for our liberation.”Zuma himself spent time in exile in Angola during the apartheid years.A stable AfricaDiscussions between the two heads of state also centred on providing military assistance to other African countries, such as conflict-torn DRC.During the talks Angola and South Africa, both of which currently have the biggest military forces in Africa, explored the issue of a unified peacekeeping force in that country.Addressing the Angolan parliament, Zuma spoke about the importance of a stable Southern African Development Community (SADC).The SADC is an inter-governmental organisation that works towards boosting socio-economic, political and security cooperation, as well as integration among 15 Southern African states.“The organ [SADC] has been seized with various crucial matters such as the situation in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and others, based on the view that peace must prevail in Africa,” Zuma said.“As the current chair of SADC, we will continue to support the inclusive government in Zimbabwe and render whatever assistance our capacity allows. We urge countries of the developed north to join the continent in assisting the people of Zimbabwe to lift themselves out of the socio-economic difficulties they face.”Business for AfricaTurning to business matters during his parliamentary address, Zuma outlined the sectors that will form part of the trade agreements between South Africa and Angola.“The consultation mechanism will help us to consolidate and strengthen friendship and solidarity between the people of the two countries in various areas.“These include trade and industry, mining and energy, defence and security, immigration, tourism, communication, science and technology, banking, transportation, agriculture, fishing and others,” he said.South Africa shares a sound business relationship with Angola. In 2007 South African exports to Angola amounted to R6-billion (US$753.5-million), while Angolan exports to South Africa were in the region of R12-billion ($1.5-billion).Zuma also spoke to the business community of Angola during his visit, emphasising the importance of South Africa’s private sector in helping Angola strengthen its commercial industries.Business Unity South Africa (Busa), who led the business delegation, met with their Angolan counterparts during the tour. Busa was formed in October 2003 through the merging of the Black Business Council and Business South Africa.The body is hailed as one of the first truly unified business organisations in South Africa.It was agreed that the already established Angola-South Africa Business Forum would be vital in coordinating business operations between the two countries.“There’s a lot of energy, a lot of interest, a lot of commitment here at the moment, things are on the boil,” said Jose Severino, president of the Association of Angolan Industry, speaking to newswire AFP about the Busa meeting.“Angola has many, many natural resources and then we see on the South African side there is potential [to] create excellent partnerships to further enhance the growth of our country,” said Severino.last_img read more

Gilas experience gives Abu Tratter edge in PBA Draft

first_imgLacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tratter is also the tallest player in the draft standing at a shade over 6-foot-5 and this size of his makes him a valuable asset for any team.Tratter, however, isn’t worried about the hype that may surround him, saying he’s just concerned with helping the team that picks him up.“I don’t want to say I’m the best big,” said Tratter. “The ‘best big man’ label is just hearsay so I’m not really entertaining it and I’ll just work to show my capabilities and see where it goes from here”“I’m not going to say I’m the best but I’m comfortable in my ability coming into the Draft.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Abu Tratter has had a long road to the PBA but he picked up some valuable knowledge along the way.After becoming a UAAP champion with De La Salle University, Tratter then made his way into the international scene when he was chosen to be part of the Philippine national team pool that played in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Tratter was part of the Gilas squad that went up against the Australian national team losing 84-68 in Melbourne back in February of 2018.And it was in this international tour of duty that Tratter learned from PBA stars like Juner Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think it allowed me to kind of pick up some ideas and thoughts on how to come about making basketball a job for me,” said Tratter. “I was taking all the advice from the older cats like Gabe or watching June Mar work.”“It helps me to stay focused on what I’m going to do next level.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue #KicksStalker: ‘The Grail’ hits home SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

a month agoLazio boss Simone Inzaghi: We controlled Inter Milan

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi: We controlled Inter Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi insists they didn’t deserve defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the winner, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic outstanding.“We did well in the first half and the only thing we really got wrong was not scoring one of our many chances,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“I don’t remember Thomas Strakosha making any saves in the first half and we had three or four big scoring opportunities. There are regrets, because not everyone comes to San Siro and controls the play like this.“Naturally, in the final 20 minutes we got a bit stretched out and allowed some Inter counter-attacks. We should’ve been more determined in front of goal, but I cannot complain about the overall approach.“We are on the right path and emerge with heads held high, albeit with zero points. We’re talking about Inter, they are top of the table and won every game so far, but in terms of performance and quality of football, Lazio did better this evening.” last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,207.41, down 148.64 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, to eight cents on 24.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $8.10 on 11.5 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 17.09 per cent, to $1.37 on 8.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.40 per cent, to $11.94 on 7.3 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $46.11 on 5.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 80 cents, or 2.81 per cent, to $27.69 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Transportation. Down $4.14, or 1.84 per cent, to $221.26 on 350,739 shares. The union representing some 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at CP Rail says the workers have voted to authorize a strike by a margin of 94.2 per cent. The job action could occur as early as 12:01 a.m. on April 21.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:RBI earningsRestaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, discusses second-quarter results on Wednesday. A group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit on July 24 alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Point takenAimia Inc. releases second-quarter results on Friday. The Montreal-based company is coming off a week in which an Air Canada-led consortium proposed buying its Aeroplan loyalty rewards asset at a heavily discounted price, and it rejected an unsolicited US$180-million bid by Grupo Aeromexico to buy its stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.BCE earningsTelecom and media giant BCE Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has invited Canadian consumers to tell the federal regulator about their personal experience with misleading or abusive sales practices at the country’s telecommunications companies.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases the gross domestic product by industry for May on Tuesday. Real GDP for the previous month edged up 0.1 per cent, slightly above economists’ expectations, as gains in the manufacturing and utilities sectors more than offset declines in construction and in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.Bombardier earningsAircraft and train builder Bombardier Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. committed on July 17 to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 (formerly Bombardier’s C Series) aircraft for a new U.S. airline he is launching.last_img read more

Delhi Police deploys special team for Holi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday issued a statement outlining major preparations being undertaken for the day of Holi, which is to be celebrated on March 21 this year.The statement said that Traffic Police in the Capital city is making elaborate traffic arrangements in order to ensure the safety of motorists on the day. Usually, the Police Control Room (PCR) calls increase substantially ahead of Holi. This year, the police have geared up to identify vulnerable spots and will heighten the security arrangements there ahead of the festival of colour. Police said that traffic violations such as drink-driving, speeding, triple riding, red light jumping, riding without helmets and similar kinds of violations will be especially noted by several Special Traffic Police teams to deploy across the city. In addition, cases of minors caught driving, reckless driving, and performing stunts on the roads will also have consequences. According to the police, plans are afoot to deploy “special checking units” with alcometers at major intersections and vulnerable points to detect and prosecute cases of drink-driving. The law enforcement body has also planned to make arrangements for the special traffic police teams to constitute interceptors as well as local police teams and Police Control Room teams. The agency has also said that in accordance with direction from the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, police teams will be within their power to seize and suspend licenses of drivers/riders for a minimum of three months in cases of drink-driving, red light jumping, using phones while driving, reckless driving, and speeding. The police added that in cases of minors caught driving, the license of the registered owner of the vehicle may also be seized and suspended. Joint Commissioner (Traffic), K Jegadesan said, “We appeal to all motorists to avoid traffic violations, especially drink-driving. Also, parents should not allow minors to drive their vehicles. All motorists are advised to obey traffic rules and regulations issued by the police for their safety and the safety of other road users.”last_img read more

French WWII veteran sells photo albums from Hitler manse

first_imgLa Roche-sur-Yon-  A French veteran made more than 10,000 euros on Friday selling four photo albums he took from Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat as “a souvenir” in the final days of World War II.The albums, which contain pictures and messages of admiration, were presented to Hitler by supporters in the 1930s and early 1940s. Two of them are bound in red leather with the Reich eagle engraved on the cover.The books were sold at auction in La Roche-sur-Yon in France’s western Loire region. They went to a single buyer who paid a total sum of 10,100 euros ($13,700), an AFP reporter saw. Paul Gerbi, 92, who took the four items from Hitler’s library at his mansion, the Berghof, in Berchtesgaden in the southern state of Bavaria, said the proceeds from the sale make a nice gift for his grandchildren.Gerbi, who fought as a sergeant in General Philippe Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division, said he arrived at the mountain retreat in the Bavarian Alps on May 4, 1945, four days before the end of the war and four days after Hitler’s suicide in Berlin.“We were the first … The Americans arrived a bit later,” he said.“For us these are great memories because to arrive at Hitler’s place at the end of the war was great after all he had done.”Gerbi said that during the two days they spent at the Berghof they also sampled the “large number of excellent French wines” there.“My children did not want the albums, so I thought I might get something for them. I have lots of friends who sold stuff, especially after the war,” he said.last_img read more