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first_img Tweet 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Cuban authorities seize 1.44 tons of drugs in first half of 2012 by: – June 29, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Share Photo credit: infoplease.comHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The Cuban Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday the seizure, over the past six months, of 1.44 tons of drugs, mostly in packages that washed up on Cuban coasts.An article in Granma newspaper cites statements by the head of the National Anti-Drug Department at the Interior Ministry, Colonel Domingo Ibañez, who explained that most of the drugs consisted of marijuana packages that washed up ashore after having been tossed into Caribbean waters by drug traffickers, in an effort to avoid controls by authorities or for their further collection.Aside from the 1.41 tons seized at sea, 24 drug smuggling operations were thwarted in airports, particularly related to cocaine, the colonel told Prensa Latina news agency during a meeting with reporters on June 26, marking the International Day against Drugs.In 2011, Cuba seized 9.1 tons of drugs and thwarted 22 drug trafficking operations at local airports, following actions by the General Customs Office, which relies on modern equipment for this activity, said the colonel.However, only 103 kilograms of drugs have been seized inside Cuban territory, which reveals the effectiveness of current controls in the country, Ibañes pointed out.The Interior Ministry official said that Cuba utilises a system of ministries and efficient cooperation among state agencies, which is in tune with the political will of the Cuban government to fight drug trafficking. However, the role being played by the population is significant in this respect, since it is marked by strong rejection and the fight against drugs, he noted. For instance, a force made up of citizens of different ages, grouped in brigades, maintains permanent surveillance of Cuban coasts to detect any drug packages that may wash up, the colonel explained.The official also told foreign reporters accredited in Cuba that there has been a growing tendency in the number of attempts to smuggle drugs into what he called an incipient local market through the airports.This incipient market, he noted, is characterized by very high prices, given its scarcity, and this is taken advantage of by people with no qualms at all, who try to get benefits by smuggling drugs brought from abroad.The Cuban official discarded any links between such failed drug operations and the existence, on the island, of any criminal organizations, as these groups are called in other Latin American and Caribbean countries.“There are no drug cartels or mafias in Cuba; we cannot speak of them, because they simply do not exist here,” he pointed out.The high-ranking Interior Ministry official stressed the severe sanctions stipulated by the Cuban law against drug crime by affirming that drug trafficking in Cuba is strongly punished, while drug consumers are considered patients and victims of that scourge, so their social rehabilitation is at the centre of local efforts.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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first_img Share 616 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary New Dominica State College structures 60% complete by: – July 4, 2012 Share The Government of Dominica along with friends from the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday July 03rd celebrated the completion of the main structure building of the Dominica State College Expansion Project.The project is being funded through a thirty million dollar concessionary loan from the China Export Import Bank (EXIM Bank).The state of the art education facility which will consist of five new structures is now sixty percent complete and is expected to be ready by October 2013.Education Minister Hon. Petter Saint Jean in addressing the ceremony said the state college expansion project is testimony of the great partnership existing between the Government of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China.“This partnership has created opportunities for each of our countries to learn about each other’s culture. It has brought us the funding and the skills to rehabilitate the Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway and has brought us to the construction of the New Dominica State College which as I speak continues to rise like a monument on the Stockfarm landscape”.Main structure under construction. Photo compliments: Health Promotion UnitThe Government of Dominica has recognized the value and importance of higher education and has set as its policy the goal of one college graduate per household by the year 2015. Education Minister Saint Jean expounded on that policy during his address.“At the centre of that objective is the capacity of the Dominica State College to produce the bulk of these graduates who will go on to take leadership roles in our country and build a brighter future for our people”The Minister took the opportunity on behalf of the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica to thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China for making this project possible and for responding to Dominica’s need to improve on the learning environment for the young people of Dominica.“We needed help to build a campus with the kind of infrastructure necessary to create an environment that is student friendly, safe and conducive to learning and for this we are grateful”.The new state college project when complete is expected to accommodate 2000 students comfortably.The project is being built by the Shanghai Construction Company and will also include the construction of a food court, a car park and a water supply tank.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

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first_imgOsgood, In. — Indiana State Police are investigating a Ripley County man in connection with a report of child molesting. Court documents allege Versal Strunk, 31, of Osgood, babysat for an eight-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl at his home. The children told a trained forensic interviewer from the Children’s Advocacy Center Strunk touched them and had sexual contact with them. Following his arrest Friday night judge Jeff Sharp made a finding based on the probable cause information that could result in felony child molesting charges. The maximum sentence if convicted is 20 to 50 years in prison.last_img read more

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first_img “This club is great and the fans have always supported me, so I’ve been eager to sign this new deal since conversations started. Today is a very happy day.” He added: “It means so much. This club has given me the opportunity to play and believed in me even though I hadn’t been playing regularly at my previous club. “I’ve had a great reception since my first day here. As I always say, Liverpool is a big family and I’m a happy person here.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I’m delighted that Philippe has committed his long-term future to us; he is clearly going to be a big part of our story in the years to come. “The most exciting thing isn’t just how good he is now, it’s the further improvement he can make in his game. In terms of potential, he can still become even better. “He deserves all the credit in the world for the attitude he has shown since coming to Liverpool. He arrived as a young man, in a country he’d never lived in before and joined a club where expectations are high. He has shown a willingness to listen, learn and improve. “He has shown resilience in adapting to the environment and has embraced everything we have asked of him. “I love working with players like Philippe; he has an attitude to match his talent, but underlying all of that is a humble approach to his work and his life. It is understood Coutinho, who joined the Reds from Inter Milan for £8.5million in January 2013, is now contracted to the Merseyside outfit until the summer of 2020, having previously been on a deal that was due to end in 2018. The 22-year-old Brazil international, who is arguably enjoying his best spell since his arrival, told liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true playing for this great club and being part of this squad. “It is my hope now that he continues with his improvement and development and becomes a figurehead for this exciting, vibrant, youthful squad of players, as we look to grow as a group and achieve success together.” Coutinho began his career in his homeland with Vasco da Gama before moving to Italy to join Inter in 2010, and has also spent time on loan in Spain at Espanyol. He has made 81 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 10 goals. Liverpool have announced playmaker Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract with the club. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img Comments Published on February 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Point guardScoop Jardine vs. Kemba WalkerThis is the matchup to watch. Walker has the potential to tear apart a fragile Syracuse zone with his speed. On the other end, Jardine needs to create against Walker’s tough defense.Shooting guardBrandon Triche vs. Jeremy LambAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTriche’s continued solid play will be ever important as Dion Waiters’ status remains in question. Lamb has scored 24 and 21 points in his last two games, respectively.Small forwardKris Joseph vs. Roscoe SmithSU hasn’t recovered since Joseph went down, but it’s not because he hasn’t been playing well. In what should be a favorable matchup, Joseph needs to continue the type of play that has led to 19.3 points in his last three games.Power forwardRick Jackson vs. Tyler OlanderJackson needs to be a workhorse on the glass against the second-best rebounding team in the Big East. Second and third chances will loom large for an SU team that, aside from Marquette, hasn’t been shooting the ball well in its losing streak.CenterFab Melo vs. Alex OriakhiMarquette was the latest in a long line of disappointments in Melo’s freshman season. When he inevitably earns most of the minutes, fellow freshman Baye Moussa Keita needs to contribute like he did against Marquette, when he had four points and seven boards.CoachJim Boeheim vs. Jim CalhounThis rivalry between two legends of the college basketball coaching profession is renewed after Calhoun missed last season’s contest with health issues.Free throwsSyracuse has not won at Connecticut since Feb. 1, 1999, when the Orangemen triumphed 59-42.Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim will set a record for the most combined wins between two coaches in one matchup (1,687). The previous record came in 2006, when Texas Tech’s Bob Knight met Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton.Stat to knowSyracuse is allowing its opponents to shoot 51.2 percent from the field during its four-game losing streak.Big number: 0The number of times Syracuse has lost five straight games in Jim Boeheim’s 35-year tenure as head coach. That could happen with a loss at UConn.Fortune cookieSnow way.Beat writer predictionsBrett LoGiuratoConnecticut 73, Syracuse 68Walker, Kemba ranger.Andrew L. JohnConnecticut 80, Syracuse 73Calling for an upset may be tempting here, but beating the No. 6 team on the road is a lot to ask of any team.Tony OliveroConnecticut 72, Syracuse 69Another night in the Big East conference.— Compiled by Brett LoGiurato, sports editor, bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_imgFranklin Taylor calls it the most random event on the track.He trains two hours per day, six days per week and 44 weeks per year in a “never-ending effort” to prepare for the event.At the Big East championship in February, Taylor competed in the men’s long jump. Challengers get six attempts to set their highest score. In his first five attempts, Taylor recorded marks of 7.19 meters and 7.31 meters but fouled three times.On his sixth attempt, Taylor jumped 7.44 meters, triumphing his season-best leap. It was a distance no other competitor would beat that day, and earned him gold in the Big East championship for men’s long jump.“I’m a big meet guy. I think it’s all about preparation and about showing up that day and not letting anything get in your head,” Taylor said. “Everything went in my direction that day, that’s for sure.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut now in his senior season, Taylor has a tough choice to make.As part of Syracuse’s decision in September 2011 to leave the Big East, all sports teams will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in fall 2013.If Taylor choses to run for the Orange this season, he will not be eligible to compete next season as a graduate student or redshirt senior in the team’s inaugural ACC season.If he does redshirt, Taylor will be able to run in the ACC next year, a big goal of his, as he considers it one of the premier conferences in the country.Right now, Taylor expects to redshirt for this season. If he does, he will still be eligible to practice with Syracuse, but will compete in meets as an unattached athlete.“I would have to get to a spot where I think I can compete at the next level before I would consider taking off my redshirt for this year,” said Taylor. “If I’m having national championship-qualifying jumps, then I might stick around, but that’s pretty ambitious.”But Taylor has never shied away from ambition, on or off the track.“The biggest difference in college is it becomes a 24/7 game,” said Taylor. “Every inch is now much harder than it was in high school. You have to sleep a lot, eat right and show up healthy at practice everyday.”And Taylor’s never-ending desire to work and improve stretches off of the track as well.Carol Dwyer, a politics policy and society professor at SU, saw that in her classroom. For a two-page assignment, Taylor submitted a nearly five-page paper because he became so invested in the research he was doing.“I feel like I am in a very fortunate situation where I can work with students like Franklin who are at the top of their game in every way,” Dwyer said. “It’s great to be an academic achiever, but you should have other things in your life besides that and Franklin definitely does in track.”Taylor will compete with the track and field team this weekend, making his 2013 debut at the Upstate Challenge at Cornell.SU assistant coach Dave Hegland has been working with Taylor for three years, mentoring and training him. When asked about his expectations for Taylor at the Upstate Challenge and for the rest of the season, Hegland spoke about 2013 as a new beginning.“Last season doesn’t mean anything now,” Hegland said. “He’s a different guy, and just like everyone else, Frank is trying to get a little bit better every day. At the end of the year, things will take care of themselves.” Comments Published on January 17, 2013 at 12:42 am Contact Bryan: bwrubin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica-born Guam international’s Shane Malcolm netted a hat-trick while Reggae Boy Deshorn Brown struck twice, to lead a Caribbean scoring spree, on the opening weekend of the United Soccer League.Playing at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, the 27-year-old Malcolm scored once in the first half and added a brace in the second, as his Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC thrashed LA Galaxy II, 4-1.He opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he nodded in at the near post, after Mike Seth had also headed Alexander Molano’s corner across the face of goal.Malcolm added a second three minutes into the second half with a composed finish past advancing goalkeeper Justin vom Steeg before rounding off his scoring in the 76th minute, when he tapped in from close range following Molano’s squared pass from the touchline.In El Paso, Texas, Brown covered himself in glory as he fired OKC Energy FC to a 3-1 victory over El Paso Locomotive at Southwest University Park.The 28-year-old forward struck as early as the first minute when he collected Trinidadian Mekeil Williams’s long ball from midfield, fought off two defenders to slot a left-footed finish past goalkeeper Logan Ketterer.Derek Gebhard equalised for the hosts to leave the scores level at half-time only for Brown to put OKC ahead again in the 54th minute, latching onto Jamaican Owayne Gordon’s long throw-in to beat Ketterer from the right side of the box.Trinidadian Cordell Cato secured the points nine minutes from time when he peeled away from his marker just inside the 18-yard box and produced a clinical finish.At the Greater Nevada Field in Reno, the Jamaican pair of Brian Brown and Michael Seaton both got on the scoresheet as Reno 1868 and FC Orange County battled to a 2-2 stalemate.Following a goalless first half, Brown got the opener in the 63rd minute for Reno before Lino Mfeka doubled the lead five minutes later. However, Seaton pulled one back for Orange County in the 77th, leaving Aodhan Quinn to snatch the injury-time leveller.In San Antonio, Jamaican Junior Flemmings scored one and set up another but it was fellow countryman Jason Johnson’s injury time strike which helped Phoenix Rising come from behind to grab a thrilling 3-3 draw against the hosts at Toyota Field.Flemmings netted in the 22nd minute to cancel out Ever Guzman’s ninth minute strike, and then set up Adam Jahn in the 43rd to lock the scores 2-2 at half-time, after Turks and Caicos Islands’ Billy Forbes had put San Antonio ahead again in the 40th.A Jahn own goal seemed to have won it for San Antonio until Johnson struck deep in injury-time with a powerful close range header from Jamaican Kevon Lambert’s right-sided cross.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already seen the more detailed breakdown of the first decade of Donruss’ iconic Rated Rookie baseball card subset. And if you’re reading this, chances are you’d like to see the names and numbers for yourself, so you’re in the right place. We have listed every single Rated Rookie from 1984 to 1993 — the first decade, ending with the first year (1994) that Donruss foolishly ditched its iconic logo — along with their card number and career bWAR. It’s not a perfect stat, of course, but it’s a solid indicator of how a player’s career turned out. 1984 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: ZeroBest career bWAR: Tony Fernandez, 45.3Worst career bWAR: Tommy Dunbar, -1.6Negative career bWAR: FourCareer bWAR over 10: EightCareer bWAR over 25: FourCareer bWAR over 50: ZeroCumulative career bWAR: 276.4Card No./Player/bWAR27 Joel Skinner, 0.0  28 Tommy Dunbar, -1.629 Mike Stenhouse, -1.430 Ron Darling, 18.831 Dion James, 6.232 Tony Fernandez, 45.333 Angel Salazar, -0.834 Kevin McReynolds, 30.135 Dick Schofield, 18.836 Brad Komminsk, 2.237 Tim Teufel, 15.338 Doug Frobel, -1.139 Greg Gagne, 26.340 Mike Fuentes, 0.141 Joe Carter, 19.6 42 Mike C. Brown, 0.943 Mike Jeffcoat, 2.644 Sid Fernandez, 31.445 Brian Dayett, 0.6 46 Chris Smith, 0.1 1985 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: ZeroBest career bWAR: Danny Tartabull, 23.3Worst career bWAR: Steve Kiefer, -1.6Negative career bWAR: NineCareer bWAR over 10: TwoCareer bWAR over 25: ZeroCareer bWAR over 50: ZeroCumulative career bWAR: 51.8Card No./Player/bWAR27 Danny Tartabull, 23.328 Mike Bielecki, 7.629 Steve Lyons, 1.8  30 Jeff Reed, 4.4  31 Tony Brewer, -0.532 John Morris, -0.633 Daryl Boston, 4.3 34 Alfonso Pulido, -0.135 Steve Kiefer, -1.6 36 Larry Sheets, 1.937 Scott Bradley, -1.5  38 Calvin Schiraldi, 3.6  39 Shawon Dunston, 11.5  40 Charlie Mitchell, -0.1 41 Billy Hatcher, 3.942 Russ Stephans, on MLB roster, but never played a game43 Alejandro Sanchez, -1.0 44 Steve Jeltz, -0.3 45 Jim Traber, -0.946 Doug Loman, 0.41986 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: Zero Best career bWAR: Fred McGriff, 52.6Worst career bWAR: Bob Kipper, -1.2Negative career bWAR: FiveCareer bWAR over 10: NineCareer bWAR over 25: Four Career bWAR over 50: OneCumulative career bWAR: 263.8Card No./Player/bWAR27 Kal Daniels, 16.928 Fred McGriff, 52.629 Cory Snyder, 0.730 Jose Guzman, 13.4 31 Ty Gainey, minus-0.1 32 Johnny Abrego, -0.4 33 Andres Galarraga, 31.734 Dave Shipanoff, 0.5 35 Mark McLemore, 19.5 36 Marty Clary, 0.0 37 Paul O’Neill, 38.9 38 Danny Tartabull, 23.339 Jose Canseco, 42.540 Juan Nieves, 3.4 41 Lance McCullers, 5.3 42 Rich Surhoff, -0.2 43 Todd Worrell, 11.1 44 Bob Kipper, -1.2 45 John Habyan, 6.246 Mike Woodard, -0.3 1987 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: One (Greg Maddux)Best career bWAR: Greg Maddux, 104.8Worst career bWAR: Ken Gerhart, -0.6Negative career bWAR: FiveCareer bWAR over 10: 11Career bWAR over 25 : EightCareer bWAR over 50: ThreeCumulative career bWAR: 457.6Card No./Player/bWAR28 B.J. Surhoff, 34.4 29 Randy Myers, 15.1   30 Ken Gerhart, -0.6   31 Benito Santiago, 27.3  32 Greg Swindell, 30.2   33 Mike Birkbeck, 0.7   34 Terry Steinbach, 28.0   35 Bo Jackson, 8.3  36 Greg Maddux, 104.8   37 Jim Lindeman, -0.2   38 Devon White, 47.3   39 Eric Bell, -0.1   40 Willie Fraser, 1.9   41 Jerry Browne, 11.9   42 Chris James, 5.0   43 Rafael Palmeiro, 71.9   44 Pat Dodson, -0.5  45 Duane Ward, 10.2   46 Mark McGwire, 62.2  47 Bruce Fields, -0.2   1988 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: One (Roberto Alomar)Best career bWAR: Roberto Alomar, 67.1Worst career bWAR: Gary Thurman, -2.8Negative career bWAR: FiveCareer bWAR over 10: SixCareer bWAR over 25: FiveCareer bWAR over 50: OneCumulative career bWAR: 257.3Card No./Player/bWAR28 Mackey Sasser, 0.2   29 Jeff Treadway, 6.1  30 Mike Campbell, -1.631 Lance Johnson, 30.2   32 Nelson Liriano, 3.0   33 Shawn Abner, -1.3  34 Roberto Alomar, 67.1   35 Shawn Hillegas, 1.7   36 Joey Meyer, -0.1  37 Kevin Elster, 6.2  38 Jose Lind, 3.9   39 Kirt Manwaring, 5.2   40 Mark Grace, 46.4   41 Jody Reed, 15.9   42 John Farrell, 7.2   43 Al Leiter, 42.5  44 Gary Thurman, -2.8   45 Vicente Palacios, 0.8   46 Eddie Williams, -1.1   47 Jack McDowell, 27.8   1989 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: Two (Ken Griffey, Jr., Randy Johnson)Best career bWAR: Randy Johnson, 103.5Worst career bWAR: Steve Searcy, -2.0Negative career bWAR: FourCareer bWAR over 10: 10Career bWAR over 25: FourCareer bWAR over 50: ThreeCumulative career bWAR: 399.3Card No./Player/bWAR28 Sandy Alomar Jr., 13.7 29 Steve Searcy, -2.030 Cameron Drew, -0.1  31 Gary Sheffield, 60.5   32 Erik Hanson, 22.2   33 Ken Griffey Jr., 83.8  34 Greg Harris, 13.5   35 Gregg Jefferies, 19.6  36 Luis Medina, 0.0   37 Carlos Quintana, 2.7   38 Felix Jose, 6.5   39 Cris Carpenter, -0.6   40 Ron Jones, 1.6   41 David West, 2.6   42 Randy Johnson, 103.5   43 Mike Harkey, 5.7   44 Pete Harnisch, 19.0   45 Tom Gordon, 35.0   46 Gregg Olson, 12.7   47 Alex Sanchez, -0.61990 Donruss Rated RookiesTotal RR: 20Hall of Famers: ZeroBest career bWAR: Robin Ventura, 56.1Worst career bWAR: Scott Coolbaugh, -0.8Negative career bWAR: FourCareer bWAR over 10: 11Career bWAR over 25: FiveCareer bWAR over 50: OneCumulative career bWAR: 293.9Card No./Player/bWAR28 Robin Ventura, 56.129 Todd Zeile, 19.530 Sandy Alomar, Jr., 13.731 Kent Merker, 12.832 Ben McDonald, 20.833 Juan Gonzalez , 38.734 Eric Anthony, -0.235 Mike Fetters, 7.736 Marquis Grissom, 29.637 Greg Vaughn, 30.838 Brian DuBois, 0.839 Steve Avery, 12.540 Mark Gardner, 6.241 Andy Benes, 31.242 Delino DeShields, 24.443 Scott Coolbaugh, -0.844 Pat Combs, 1.345 Alex Sanchez, -0.646 Kelly Mann, -0.447 Julio Machado, 2.61991 Donruss Rated Rookies (series I and II)Total RR: 40Hall of Famers: ZeroBest career bWAR: Chuck Knoblauch, 44.8Worst career bWAR: Mark Lewis, -2.6Negative career bWAR: NineCareer bWAR over 10: NineCareer bWAR over 25: FiveCareer bWAR over 50: ZeroCumulative career bWAR: 319.1 (200.4 Series I, 118.7 Series II)Series I​Card No./Player/bWAR28 Tino Martinez, 29.0 29 Mark Lewis, -2.630 Bernard Gilkey, 21.6 31 Hensley Meulens, -1.732 Derek Bell, 13.233 Jose Offerman, 17.034 Terry Bross, 0.2 35 Leo Gomez, 9.9 36 Derrick May, 2.6 37 Kevin Morton, 0.438 Moises Alou, 39.9 39 Julio Valera, 1.7 40 Milt Cuyler, 5.4 41 Phil Plantier, 2.3  42 Scott Chiamparino, 1.843 Ray Lankford, 38.244 Mickey Morandini, 9.8 45 Dave Hansen, 3.8 46 Kevin Belcher, 0.247 Darrin Fletcher, 7.7Series II​Card No./Player/bWAR413 Paul Marak, 0.7414 Tim McIntosh, -1.2415 Brian Barnes, 3.2416 Eric Gunderson, 0.8417 Mike Gardiner, -1.4418 Steve Carter, -0.2419 Gerald Alexander, -0.9420 Rich Garces, 4.8421 Chuck Knoblauch, 44.8422 Scott Aldred, -2.3423 Wes Chamberlain, 1.2424 Lance Dickson, -0.3425 Greg Colbrunn, 7.0426 Rich DeLucia, 2.7427 Jeff Conine, 19.5428 Steve Decker, -0.3429 Turner Ward, 4.4430 Mo Vaughn, 27.2431 Steve Chitren, 0.4432 Marvin Benard, 8.61992 Donruss Rated Rookies (series I and II)Total RR: 45Hall of Famers: One (Jim Thome)Best career bWAR: Jim Thome, 72.9Worst career bWAR: Kim Batiste, -4.4Negative career bWAR: 13Career bWAR over 10: 15Career bWAR over 25: FiveCareer bWAR over 50: TwoCumulative career bWAR: 412.0 (173.6 Series I, 238.4 Series II)Series I​Card No./Player/bWAR1 Mark Wohlers, 3.82 Will Cordero, 6.0 3 Kyle Abbott, -1.3 4 Dave Nilsson, 10.6 5 Kenny Lofton, 68.3 6 Luis Mercedes, -1.3 7 Roger Salkeld, 0.68 Eddie Zosky, -0.69 Todd Van Poppel, -0.410 Frank Seminara, 0.3 11 Andy Ashby, 21.512 Reggie Jefferson, 4.513 Ryan Klesko, 27.0 14 Carlos Garcia, 1.0 15 John Ramos, -0.1 16 Eric Karros, 10.4 17 Pat Lennon, minus-0.518 Eddie Taubensee, 5.5  19 Roberto Hernandez, 18.5 20 D.J. Dozier, -0.2 Series II​Card No./Player/bWAR397 Royce Clayton, 19.6 398 John Jaha, 12.4  399 Dan Wilson, 12.9 400 Archie Corbin, 0.5 401 Barry Manuel, 1.3 402 Kim Batiste, -4.4403 Pat Mahomes, -0.4  404 Dave Fleming, 5.3 405 Jeff Juden, 0.2 406 Jim Thome, 72.9407 Sam Militello, 1.2 408 Jeff Nelson, 14.7 409 Anthony Young, 1.3 410 Tino Martinez, 29.0 411 Jeff Mutis, minus-1.9412 Rey Sanchez, 20.5  413 Chris Gardner, 0.1 414 John Vander Wal, 6.2415 Reggie Sanders, 39.8 416 Brian Williams, -4.3  417 Mo Sanford, 0.2 418 David Weathers, 10.9 419 Hector Fajardo, -1.1  420 Steve Foster, 1.8421 Lance Dickson, -0.31993 Donruss Rated Rookies (series I and II)Total RR: 33Hall of Famers: Two (Mike Piazza, Chipper Jones)Best career bWAR: Chipper Jones, 85.2Worst career bWAR: Manny Alexander and Melvin Nieves, -2.3Negative career bWAR: 11Career bWAR over 10: 12Career bWAR over 25: SixCareer bWAR over 50: TwoCumulative career bWAR: 392.1 (190.3 Series I, 201.8 Series II)Series I​Card No./Player/bWAR11 Manny Alexander, -2.344 Eric Wedge, 0.2  61 Tim Wakefield, 34.677 Rich Rowland, -0-4110 J.T. Snow, 11.0  143 Willie Greene, 3.1 176 Tim Salmon, 40.6188 Bret Boone, 22.8 193 John Patterson, 0.0 209 Mike Piazza, 59.6275 Sean Berry, 4.8 320 Melvin Nieves, -2.3 325 Dave Staton, 0.2 341 Jim Tatum, -1.1 374 Dan Smith, -0.1 375 Steve Reed, 17.8  380 Wayne Kirby, 1.8  Series II​Card No./Player/bWAR407 Pedro Astacio, 28.3 440 Tim Laker, -2.0 452 Kevin Young, 5.8 457 Damion Easley, 20.5 473 Dan Peltier, -0.8 539 Fernando Ramsey, -0.5 572 Rene Arocha, 1.4 584 Rob Maurer, -0.2 605 Greg Gohr, 0.4638 Dmitri Young, 12.2704 Steve Hosey, -0.6721 Chipper Jones, 85.2 737 Nigel Wilson, -0.4 782 Javy Lopez, 29.7 787 Jeromy Burnitz, 19.8 792 David Nied, 3.0last_img read more

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first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a big day for Wellington High School. The Wellington golf team is currently hosting the Class 4A Regional at the municipal golf course. Down the road, Sellers Park will be the host of Class 4A Regional. Wellington battles Winfield in the first round at 4 p.m. If the Crusaders win then its on to the championship game. We’ll provide live tweets of both events starting around 3 p.m.Graysen DeJarnett, below, is hoping to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. He is shown teeing of hole No. 8 this morning.Graysen DeJarnettFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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first_img Barry Zito https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cc/3b/2007-sn-cover-barry-zxito_g9gdjkohhsnc1sxxsaod21usn.jpg?t=262115818&w=500&quality=80Here are the essentials on what made Zito such an interesting player and person:The CurveballZito set himself apart stylistically from the rest of the league with his slow curveball, which looped into the strike zone in a way that often froze opponents in the batter’s box. His left-handed hook was good enough that it let him be an elite pitcher early in his career with the A’s despite not having an impressive fastball. His best year came in 2002, when he posted a 23-5 record to go along with a 2.75 ERA for Oakland. He racked up 182 strikeouts that season.Take a look at Zito’s curveball in all of its glory:Barry Zito, filthy Curveball. 😷 [@mlbscoutbreak request] pic.twitter.com/9Apbw8ijuq— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 1, 2018The Big 3Zito’s formative years in MLB were made more compelling by the fun team around him. Along with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, he helped form a generational pitching trio that spearheaded four straight playoff appearances.That the A’s never made it past the first round of the postseason with their three aces is a foundational part of a recent history littered with October disappointment. Those shortcomings weren’t Zito’s fault, though. In five playoff starts from 2000 through 2003, he pitched to a 2.76 ERA.Those teams were immortalized in the 2011 movie “Moneyball” featuring Brad Pitt.The commercialsZito has always been a natural entertainer, and the A’s took advantage of his talents with several classic commercial bits.Here’s him in 2005 with then-youngsters Dan Haren and Joe Blanton:And him the year before going pitch-for-pitch with Mulder: Former MLB pitcher Barry Zito revealed himself as a singing rhinocerous in “The Masked Singer” on Wednesday night, introducing TV audiences to his post-baseball career as a professional musician.While Zito was a big deal in the early-2000s for baseball fans, many people watching the show haven’t heard of him. The World SeriesWhile Zito failed to match his consistent success with the A’s upon signing with the Giants ahead of the 2007 campaign, he did produce playoff magic for San Francisco.With the Giants facing playoff elimination against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS, he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in an effort that was crucial in his team reaching the World Series. He then won Game 1 of the World Series against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. The Giants swept Detroit for their second title in three years.center_img After being eliminated from “The Masked Singer” in the show’s semifinals, online interest in him has spiked. We’re here to help explain his background for those unfamiliar.🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨 #RhinoMask is…#TheMaskedSinger pic.twitter.com/Y3Hxxpchr1— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) May 14, 2020MORE: Cal students build entire campus virtuallylast_img read more

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