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Jamie Redknapp: Mikel Arteta needs to sort behaviour issues of Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil & Granit Xhaka

first_img Comment Ljungberg was furious with Ozil for his reaction to be substituted (Picture: AFP)‘Managers and their sidekicks react differently to defeats.‘Years ago, when my dad would lose matches, my mum would tell me to stay out of his way.‘So let’s see how Arteta does, now he is the one in the hotseat.’ There has been outbursts from Ozil and Xhaka this season (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has to address a culture problem at Arsenal, according to Jamie Redknapp.While performances at Arsenal have been dismal this season, there has also been individual outbursts from key Gunners, like Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil.Freddie Ljungberg was furious with Ozil’s reaction to be substituted in the defeat to Manchester City and Redknapp warned new head coach Arteta about the deeper issue at Arsenal.‘Could you imagine Granit Xhaka doing what he did towards Arsenal fans, or Mesut Ozil kicking his gloves in anger, if Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp were in charge at Arsenal? No, me neither,’ Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta has a huge task on his hands to turn Arsenal around (Picture: Getty)‘Players get away with too much at that club and new manager Mikel Arteta has a culture problem to solve.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arteta talked about being ‘ruthless’ at his unveiling on Friday evening and that is what he has to be.’Arteta was confirmed as Arsenal’s new permanent coach last week and watched from the stands at Goodison Park as Arsenal drew 0-0 against Everton.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard took his first training session on Sunday and joins Arsenal having served as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 at City.‘Being a No 2 is a world away from being a No 1,’ Redknapp said.‘Arteta now has to make the big decisions, nurture players, talk to the press, take defeats on the chin. Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Arsenal ready to make Kevin Volland Mikel Arteta’s first signingMORE: Mikel Arteta warned he may be forced to sell Arsenal stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette Jamie Redknapp: Mikel Arteta needs to sort behaviour issues of Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil & Granit Xhaka Coral BarryMonday 23 Dec 2019 9:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

AP1 awards $400m global high-yield mandate to Hermes

first_imgAP1 was now working on legal documents with two other managers that could not yet be named, Chammas said.Chammas and Tina Rönnholm, portfolio manager responsible for external high-yield investments at AP1, said: “We share the same belief [as Hermes Investment Management] around our duty of delivering strong returns to our stakeholders, including considering the impact on society as a whole.”They said the Hermes team was very advanced in the way it integrated environmental, social and governance issues in its core investment process.“Their innovative approach of pricing ESG risks in terms of spread in their fundamental credit analysis is leading in the industry,” Chammas and Rönnholm said.Fraser Lundie and Mitch Reznick, co-heads of credit at Hermes Investment Management, described AP1 as innovative and forward-thinking.“Clearly they, like us, believe that creditors have as much interest as shareholders in seeing companies’ ESG practices improve and that active engagement can facilitate those improvements,” the two men said.The investment manager – which is wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme – said its credit team put a high priority on combining investing with engagement to improve outcomes for investors, the company and its employees, all stakeholders and the environment. Sweden’s first national pensions buffer fund AP1 has awarded a $400m (€338m) high yield bond mandate to Hermes Investment Management.AP1, which manages SEK323bn (€33.9bn) of assets for the state pension system, said it was adding the global high-yield bond investments to its portfolio to increase geographical diversification of the asset type.The pension fund put out a tender last December to find investment managers to run three high-yield bond strategies – global high yield, US high yield and European high yield.Majdi Chammas, head of external management at AP1, told IPE that Hermes was the second global high-yield manager it had picked for these mandates, after taking on TOBAM for the asset class in April.last_img read more

Santos confirms major oil and gas resource in Dorado

first_imgAustralian energy giant Santos has informed that the Dorado-2 appraisal well has confirmed a major oil and gas resource in the Bedout Basin, offshore Western Australia, which significantly de-risks a future development.MMA Coral supporting the Santos Drilling Campaign of the Noble Tom Prosser rig offshore Australia. Source: MMA OffshoreThe Dorado-2 appraisal well, located in WA-437-P, was spud at the beginning of May 2019, using the Noble Tom Prosser jack-up rig.Santos is the operator of WA-437-P with an 80% interest and Carnarvon Petroleum is its partner with a 20% interest.The well was drilled down-dip approximately two kilometers from the Dorado-1 discovery and encountered 85 meters of net reservoir in the primary Caley Formation.Santos said on Thursday that, as expected, an oilwater contact was intersected at 4,003 meters measured depth, with 40 meters of net oil pay encountered. An additional 11 meters of pay was encountered in the Upper Caley sands. Preliminary wellsite analysis indicates this upper zone is oil-bearing, but is subject to further analysis to confirm the hydrocarbon phase.Santos added that a further 32 meters of net pay was encountered in the underlying Baxter and Milne sandstones, with no fluid contacts intersected. Both sands are currently interpreted to be gas bearing, although similar to the Upper Caley, the Milne hydrocarbons will require further analysis to confirm the hydrocarbon phase. The well result has increased confidence in the presence of large hydrocarbon columns in the Baxter and Milne reservoirs, which should result in a significant increase in gas resources relative to pre-drill estimates, said Santos.Wireline pressure testing has confirmed that all the reservoirs are in pressure communication with the equivalent intervals in Dorado-1, mitigating one of the key pre-drill risks to a future development. Hydrocarbons have also been recovered from each reservoir interval via wireline sampling. Initial indications are that fluid compositions are similar to the light oils and gases that were sampled in Dorado-1, where condensate yields ranged from 190 to 245 barrels per million standard cubic feet in the Upper Caley, Crespin and Milne Formations, and from 70 to 90 barrels per million standard cubic feet in the Baxter Formation. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said: “This is a great result which indicates the Dorado discovery is larger than anticipated and which significantly de-risks a future development.”“The value of the discovery is greatly enhanced by the high quality reservoirs and fluids and the shallow-water setting, which should facilitate a cost-competitive development,” Gallagher said.“Dorado opens a new basin with high prospectivity in permits where Santos has a high equity position and rich exploration inventory with potential to substantially grow the resource base.”“Acquisition of a major new seismic survey, the Keraudren 3D survey, is in progress to mature additional exploration opportunities for drilling along this significant hydrocarbon resource play,” Gallagher said.Once wireline logging operations are completed, the well will be plugged and abandoned as planned, and the rig will move to the Roc South-1 exploration well before returning to drill Dorado-3.Carnarvon Managing Director Adrian Cook said: “The Dorado-2 well was very important to Carnarvon because of its potential to transition the company into a significant producer in the future. This highly successful result makes this a very tangible reality.“Dorado has been proven to be a world class resource, located in an ideal jurisdiction and operated by a quality partner. The Joint Venture can now confidently continue with its plans for a fast-tracked Caley oil development and a more substantial full field development, which is expected to incorporate the Roc discovery, on a staged basis.“Overall, I’m very pleased with the result from this well and incredibly excited for the future of our company.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Dorado discovery ‘larger than anticipated’last_img read more

Exposed: Human trafficking happening right here in NZ

first_imgKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Experts are worried an app described as “Tinder for teens” is leaving Kiwi kids open to exploitation.Immigration NZ has launched an industry-wide investigation into massage therapy businesses and parlour. The Herald is aware of raids and a closure.Sex workers overseas are being recruited on Asian chat sites and told New Zealand is where they can make $1000 a day.Migrant sex workers who come here are encountering violence, blackmail and slave-like working conditions, including working 14 hours a day and having to be available at all times.Training programmes are being proposed as a direct response to trafficking – one for restaurant owners on how to be good employers and one for hospitality workers on how to spot child exploitation.“Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight,” Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway told the Herald.“Individuals with information . . . may be apprehensive about contacting authorities for assistance, for example due to fear of reprisals,” he said.”Although it is very difficult to detect these crimes, we know it is happening.”Lees-Galloway has called for an inquiry into worker exploitation, and proposals will be presented to Cabinet for consideration within the next few months.He said he was in the process of receiving advice from officials, as well as figures and details on cases known, which would help him create the framework for the review.A new plan to prevent trafficking, which would include slavery and forced labour, was also underway and would be released later this year, Lees-Galloway said.Meanwhile, the Restaurant Association is surveying its members on the extent of exploitation in the industry. The research will include checking how widespread cases of workers being underpaid are.It is also hoping to introduce an accreditation system where restaurant owners would be trained to be good employers to avoid trafficking.And a local group dedicated to preventing child prostitution, Ecpat Child Alert NZ, is appealing to those in the hospitality industry to adopt a set of guidelines, used by Uber drivers in the US, which trains workers to spot signs of child sex trafficking.READ MORE: NewsTalk ZB 16 April 2018Family First Comment: No surprises, unfortunately, when prostitution is decriminalised and legitimised At least three investigations probing the scale of human trafficking in New Zealand are underway as examples of restaurant workers being underpaid and sex workers being blackmailed come to light.The cases are revealed as part of a Herald investigation into human trafficking, which is defined as the movement, deception or coercion of people for the purpose of exploitation.We can also reveal:last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Spikers Battle Lady Lions In Season Opener

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats lost our season opener to the Rushville Lady Lions tonight in 3 sets. 25-16, 25-20, 25-23‘We got off to a slow start but had great intentions of coming out on top with all 3 sets. We just didn’t come together tonight as we do in practice. Some might say first game jitters. I think we need to get a little more vocal on the court myself. I know this group of girls has the potential to do great things!’ Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.Charlotte Barrett had 1 ace serve, 4 kills and 3 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 1 ace serve, 1 kill and 2 digs. Jalynn Rogers had 1 ace serve and 4 digs. Makyah Richardson had 2 kills and 1 block. Rae Ertel had 1 kill. Kelly Layton had 2 kills, and 4 assists. Audrey Reister had 1 kill and 2 assists. We are at home again Tuesday, Aug. 20th against Hagerstown. JV begins at 5:30 and Varsity follows. Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats!! We Are FC!!!Franklin County JV opened up their season last night facing EIAC opponent Rushville. The girls started strong winning the match in 2 sets. 25-24, 25-19We had a strong front row with kills coming from Jenna Bruns, Josie Rolfes, Alex Gillman, and Meredith Hoff. Meredith Hoff also gave us a run of 12 serves with 3 aces in the second set. I can’t wait to see what this team can do this year. Tonight we take on Hagerstown at home at 5:30! We are FC!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.The FC Freshman Wildcats won their opening game tonight against the Rushville Lions in two sets! Leading the team in aces was Kassidy Schell with 5, Kiersten Schell with 3, and Lauren Stacy with 2. Kayla Baker had 3 digs and Macy Crain has 2 kills. The team worked hard for their win, and I’m excited to see where we go from here! We are FC!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jessica Baker.last_img read more

DStv and GOtv to show Brazil vs Super Eagles match live on Sunday

first_imgRelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking DStv and GOtv subscribers will have front row seats this Sunday when Nigeria’s Super Eagles take on five-time world champions Brazil in an international friendly. The kick-off time for the encounter is 01:00 pm (West African Time) on Sunday, October 13 on channel 227 for DStv subscribers and channel 37 for GOtv customers. The Nigerian friendly match is exclusive to SuperSport.The Super Eagles will face Brazil in an international friendly to prepare the team ahead of November’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho.In the last meeting between these two sides in Abuja, the Brazil beat the Super Eagles by 3-0 The Super Eagles will be looking to prove their mettle this time around.Gernot Rohr’s men are yet to lose any of their last four friendly matches.Brazil had earlier played Senegal in an international friendly in Singapore on Thursday in the build-up to the match against the Super Eagles but were held to a 1-1 draw by Aliou Cisse’s men.A Roberto Firnino goal in the ninth minute gave Brazil the lead but was cancelled when Senegal’s Famara Diedhiou scored from the penalty spot.Neymar collected his 100th cap but could not find the net for the five times champions as Africa’s highest ranked team matched the star-studded Brazil. Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr and his players were spotted at the stadium watching both sides play on Thursday. Nigeria will be parading a completely in-form set of players against Brazil on Sunday that include currently hot forwards like  Everton’s Alex Iwobi, Lille’s Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Bonaventure.SuperSports is the official broadcast partners of the Nigerian Football Federation and has ensured in the past that sports fan across Nigeria do not miss the chance to watch Nigeria play.Also available to DStv and GOtv subscribers this weekend are Euro qualifiers matches between Czech Republic vs England and Montenegro vs Bulgaria both on October 11 at 7:45pm. On Monday October 14, Bulgaria will take on England while Kosovo will square it up with Montenegro. All matches will be shown on your world of champions, SuperSport.Tags: BrazilDSTVGoTVSuper Eagleslast_img read more

How can Jose Mourinho solve Chelsea’s problems?

first_img Press Association TEAM SELECTION In an attempt to address a poor start to the campaign, Mourinho has already demoted his long-trusted liuetenent John Terry from untouchable to squad player. The Portuguese should also be praised for pulling the likes of Nemanja Matic and Pedro from his starting line-ups. But, if history, price tag and reputation are of little consequence to Mourinho, why is he steadfast in his selection of Branislav Ivanovic at right-back? The Serbian has endured a torrid start to the season and merely seeing his name on the team sheet will give opposing wingers the feeling they are in for a fruitful afternoon. Baba Rahman was procured in the transfer window for over £20million and has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, with the option of switching Cesar Azpilicueta back to his original role on the right of the defence and drafting in the Ghana international. Mourinho says Rahman needs time to adapt and is not enough of an aerial threat to displace Ivanovic but struggling Aston Villa are the visitors on Saturday so surely a little experimentation is allowed and even expected. SOLE FOCUS With his team misfiring on the pitch, Mourinho has looked everywhere else for a reason as to why Chelsea’s title defence has faltered quite so spectacularly. He has argued with the club’s medical staff, been reprimanded by the FA for blasting referees and has been churlish in most of his dealings with the media. The Chelsea boss has seen his defending Premier League champions take just eight points from their opening eight fixtures – losing half of those and stuttering in Europe in the process. With a Football Association charge and the dreaded vote of confidence from the Stamfrod Bridge board also over his head, Press Association Sport takes a look at what the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ needs to do to get back on track. The time has surely come for Mourinho to focus on matters on the pitch, on the training ground and in the dressing room rather than looking for an external cause for such a dismal run. MOTIVATION Eden Hazard was the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year last season. He will not win either this year unless we see a remarkable transformation. Ivanovic may be playing poorly but he cannot have become a bad player overnight, likewise Matic. Radamel Falcao has continued the sort of scoring form that saw Manchester United opt against signing him on a permanent deal last season. Mourinho needs to weave his magic on these players. He has built teams who have believed in him and gone into battle for him and he needs to invoke such passion and instil that belief all over again at a time when his own motivation seems to be waning. Jose Mourinho has admitted he is in the worst spell of his managerial career.last_img read more

Taylor-made, Texas-sized tournament

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoSOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s 500th career victory in Saturday’s 77-63 win over Auburn was nothing special for him.”It’s just the next game,” Ryan said of his milestone.”You know Coach Ryan, he doesn’t talk about his accolades,” UW senior guard Kammron Taylor added. “I’m pretty sure nobody on the team even knew that, but it’s a good thing to be a part of history and he deserves it.”The No. 7 Badgers (5-1) jumped out to an early lead over the Auburn Tigers (4-2), looking to bounce back from Friday’s disappointing loss to the Missouri State Bears.”A lot of guys weren’t prepared for what Missouri State was going to do,” UW senior forward Alando Tucker said. “We adjusted in the second half [Friday], but it was a little too late so we knew what we had to do [Saturday] against Auburn.”Wisconsin jumped out to a 10-0 lead until Auburn’s DeWayne Reed broke the Tigers’ silence with a breakaway dunk off of a Marcus Landry turnover, the first of many first-half Badger blunders.The Badgers turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, allowing the Tigers to stick around, but the second-half was a different story.Wisconsin only committed one second-half turnover and put Auburn away.Tucker took over after halftime once again, scoring 11 second-half points, including a breakaway reverse dunk to seal the deal.But the Badgers didn’t just waltz away with an easy win. Auburn made it a tough and physical game with foul after foul, as just about every Tiger in AU head coach Jeff Lebo’s seven-man rotation was in foul trouble. Auburn’s starting forward Korvotney Barber fouled out with just 11:08 remaining in the second half and starting guard Frank Tolbert also fouled out later.”It’s tough when a team like that is going to pressure you that hard for 40 minutes,” Tucker said. “But that’s where we have to stay strong ourselves and just counter that with getting to the line and things that we did.”With plenty of bonus free throws available, Wisconsin was aggressive in going to the basket.”Coach Ryan was telling us [Auburn’s] guards and players like to get out and pressure the ball,” Taylor said. “The only way to beat that is to attack it.”As a team, I think we made real good decisions with the ball.”Wisconsin’s Joe Krabbenhoft was also aggressive in his own right.Krabbenhoft came off the bench to give the Badgers a spark at crucial points in the game and took part in the Tigers’ beating, hauling in eight rebounds, four of which were on the offensive end.Krabbenhoft also chipped in eight points.”He’s a tough kid,” Tucker said of Krabbenhoft. “It’s hard to find a guy like Joe. He’s Mr. Intangible. He does everything for us, all the dirty work, things that might not even show on the stat sheet.””He just did everything — rebounding, defense, he’s everywhere,” Ryan added.Wisconsin suffers first lossUW suffered its first loss of the season Friday to Missouri State, losing a heartbreaker 66-64.Missouri State jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game behind two Blake Ahearn three-pointers, and Wisconsin looked lost on both sides of the ball.”We didn’t show up early,” Tucker said. “They were on fire.”We didn’t make good decisions,” he added. “We took some bad shots, got a couple turnovers and that wasn’t the type of basketball we are capable of doing.”Wisconsin cut a 17-point lead to 13 in the winding seconds of the first half with a Kevin Gullikson bucket, and then Michael Flowers stole an in-bounds pass and made a reverse lay-up before the buzzer.Down 32-45, Tucker took it upon himself to put the Badgers back in the game in the second half, scoring 17 points after halftime.With just under 11 minutes remaining in the game, Tucker hit a three-pointer to pull within two points at 49-51 and then scored six straight UW points to tie the game up at 55-55.On the next two possessions, Tucker found Krabbenhoft for two buckets, one of which was goaltended by MSU’s Dale Lambert.”I was finding guys,” Tucker said. “[Missouri State] was making sure they knew where I was, but that’s where we have to have other guys step up.”After dishing it off to Krabbenhoft, Tucker muscled in an and-one play to give Wisconsin its biggest lead at 5 points with 5:24 remaining.After going back and forth for the rest of the game, Wisconsin found itself down 64-66 with the ball and 15 seconds remaining.Taylor brought the ball down the court and passed it off to Tucker after a pick-and-roll on the high wing. Tucker dribbled to the corner, stepped back and launched a three-pointer for the potential win. However, the ball went in-and-out at the buzzer.”These kind of games are good to have at this time of the year because they come down to the last possession,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to find the playmaker, and Tuck’s made those plays for us before.”With 15 points and four assists Saturday and 26 points and six rebounds Friday, Tucker earned All-Tournament team honors for the South Padre Island Invitational. Oklahoma State defeated Missouri State 73-70 in overtime of the championship game, and Cowboys forward/center Mario Boggan was named the Invitational’s Most Valuable Player.last_img read more

Spruce Spruces Up Town With Window Clings Unveiling

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was a day of remembrance, but not because of war heroes but for the people who once called the small town of Spruce home.Over Memorial Day weekend, spruce held their first annual event called Spruce Country Days to remember the agriculture, and history of the little Northeast Michigan town.If you blink you’d probably miss Spruce, but not anymore. A group of women called the Loyal Ladies were inspired to bring back the town they call home unveiling window clings to abandon buildings that once had Spruce booming with business.Wanting to give back to Alcona County, Cyndi Apsey brought the idea, and her photography to life.“When I came to this area, it’s a very community area, and a very comforting area, and I’ve always wanted to give back to the area. This was the ultimate goal when this idea first started coming together of having this community event…that was the giving back, because this town is full of people, wonderful smells, wonderful sounds, laughter and that’s what we wanted,” Apsey said.One of Apsey’s photos seen hanging as a window cling includes her granddaughter’s horse, Trout. Little Liberty also has an eye for the camera.“I was 1-years-old when Trout was born, and 9-years-old when I took the picture. I named her Trout because she was born on the opening day of Trout season,” Kimball said.A native of Spruce, Glen Thompson remembered his father and grandfather owning Thompson sales and service.“It was great to see kind of a reunion for everyone to come back and see old friends and all of the old-timers. Like the one guy who brought in a tractor that was first bought in 1946 from my grandfather,” Thompson said.A shocking fact, Spruce was once bigger than Alpena.“Spruce was bigger than Alpena at one time. Everything came off of Lake Huron through Spruce and then went back up to Spruce Road and in the back way of Alpena. When trains started going up over the coast Alpena got bigger and ships started going in there. This all started with timber, and was a big logging community where everyone had to come get their supplies and groceries, so there’s a lot of history here,” Thompson explained.As for Spruce, hopefully more people will tell the story of the small town that has so much history.“There’s a lot of history here, someday hopefully somebody will write a book about it,” Thompson told the crowd.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Loyal Ladies, Photos, Spruce, Spruce Country DaysContinue ReadingPrevious ORV AccidentNext Advise MI Program Helps Local Studentslast_img read more

Hoornstra: Multi-sport athletes are finding favor in MLB draft

first_imgThat’s nothing compared to Bryant University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which boasts an undergrad enrollment of 3,499. Three, including Dodgers eighth-rounder Ryan Ward, were chosen in the draft.Then there’s Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, which has four draftees enrolled among its 4,648 undergrads. Go Wolves.Bloodlines mattered again, too. The Dodgers drafted the son of retired catcher/minor league coach Bill Hasleman (Ty), and the son of retired catcher Matt Sinatro (Danny). The Padres drafted Dave Roberts’ son, Cole, who’s committed to Loyola Marymount University.AH, THE NAMESAs always, the draft yielded names that would surely be rejected by a book publisher.A.J. Bumpass (Reds), Michael McAvenue (Cubs), Zane Zurbrugg (Brewers), Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Rockies), Maverick Handley (Orioles), Jaxx Groshans (Red Sox), Kona Quiggle (Tigers) and Jackxarel Lebron (Blue Jays) make a mean lineup. Marcus Lee Sang (Phillies) joins Jack Cust and Ray Shook as the rare professional ballplayers whose names are complete sentences. The Dodgers’ second pick, University of North Carolina infielder Michael Busch, played football and hockey in high school. So did their second-round pick last year, University of West Virginia pitcher Michael Grove. Before he was an outfielder at St. Mary’s College, Dodgers 15th-round pick Joe Vranesh was a tight end/linebacker for Concord De La Salle, the top-ranked high school football program in the country. The Astros’ top pick, Cal catcher Kody Lee, possesses a Federerian background. According to his college biography, Lee played three years of water polo at Vista High (San Diego County) and “counts body surfing, bowling, and golfing among his hobbies.” Being a generalist isn’t enough to rocket a young athlete to the top of a major league draft board, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.The opposite might hurt more.Tommy John, the son of the retired pitcher, expressed this thought to me last year. We spoke on the occasion of the release of his own youth athlete training guide, “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance.” John, a chiropractor based in San Diego, is an advocate for generalists. More than endorsing the long-term benefits of generalizing, John cautioned against the short-term drawbacks of specializing – specifically, the heightened injury risk it presents a youth athlete. The rising rate of Tommy John elbow surgery among baseball players prior to college is the most prominent example, or at least the most personal for John.Though Epstein, a former Sports Illustrated staff writer, began his thesis with the example of Federer, he did not stick to sports. “Studies on the development of musicians have found that, like athletes, the most promising often have a period of sampling and lightly structured play before finding the instrument and genre that suits them,” he wrote.More than any major league team, the Angels seem to be applying this theory to their single-sport specialists. After signing Japanese pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani a year ago, they subsequently employed four more two-way players in the minors: Jared Walsh, Kaleb Cowart, Bo Way and William English. Tuesday, the Angels used their fourth-round draft pick on yet another two-way player, Puerto Rican high schooler Erik Rivera. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut In his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” the author David Epstein began with a premise about sports. Roger Federer played a variety of sports as a child, from skiing to squash, before settling on tennis as a teenager. Tiger Woods famously appeared with a golf club on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a 2-year-old. One began as a generalist, the other a specialist. Each became the best athlete in the world at his chosen sport as an adult. Which path, Epstein wondered, was the more reliable route to a successful career?The title gives away the answer.At the risk of sticking a broad concept where it doesn’t apply, major league draft directors offered a decent endorsement for Epstein’s thesis in this year’s draft. Younger specialists – high school athletes who played only baseball – fell out of favor. Older specialists and younger generalists were in.For proof of concept, look at how two of baseball’s most progressive teams, the Astros and Dodgers, navigated the annual 40-round exercise. Houston used only two of its first 35 draft picks on high school players, the Dodgers two of their first 28. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox “We’re going to give him the opportunity to do both,” Angels scouting director Matt Swanson said. “He enjoys doing both. He did both during the summer. Like what we did with Will English, we’ll allow him to get in the system and let him dictate his career. Maybe they’ll develop both ways. Maybe two or three years from now it will slide one way or another. But when you capture an athlete and give him the opportunity to do both, it’s valuable to them and it’s valuable to us.”Perfect Game USA assigns percentile rankings to pitchers as young as middle school age. The draft suggests these rankings couldn’t matter less.OTHER DRAFT TRENDSGeography never seemed to matter less than it did in 2019.Elon University, located in central North Carolina, boasted an undergraduate enrollment of 6,196 students in the 2018-19 school year. Four of them, including Angels eighth-rounder Kyle Brnovich, were chosen in the draft.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more