Month: September 2019
Padres Yasmani Grandal Suspended 50 Games For Testosterone
Yasmani Grandal, a catcher for the San Diego Padres, has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.The commissioner’s office announced the drug penalty on Wednesday. The ban will take effect at the start of next season.Grandal made his big league debut this year. He hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He turns 24 on Thursday.”I apologize to the fans, my teammates and to the San Diego Padres,” he said in a statement. ”I was disappointed to learn of my positive test under the joint drug program. I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”Grandal was acquired by the Padres from Cincinnati last December. The Cuban native was traded by the Reds with pitcher Edinson Volquez in a package for pitcher Mat Latos.There have been seven suspensions this year under the major league program. Six of them were for performance-enhancing drugs – including Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon for positive testosterone tests – and one for a stimulant.The seven suspensions are the most in a year under the big league drug program since there were eight in 2007.There have been 101 suspensions this year under the minor league drug problem.
Why Bulls Wont Play Carmelo Anthony After Trade from
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.Where he’s going next remains unclear.A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)When that comes — the only reason why it didn’t happen Monday is because the NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — Anthony will have a new team, though still won’t be back on the floor. The Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.The trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will be Anthony’s fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come before long.“We just had to see how things worked out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade.
What A Badass Olympic Skier Can Teach Us About WorkLife Balance
19Luxembourg16.0– 8Estonia20.0– CountryLength of paid maternity leave, in weeks Paid maternal leave policies around the worldAmong countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2016 15Canada17.0– 5Ireland26.0– 26Israel14.0– 30Norway13.0– 6Hungary24.0– 7Italy21.7– 32Sweden12.9– 16Austria16.0– 27Japan14.0– 11Chile18.0– 25Germany14.0– Source: OECD Family Database 14Finland17.5– 22Turkey16.0– 31South Korea12.9– 12Denmark18.0– 1Greece43.0– 10Australia18.0– 20Netherlands16.0– Team USA has sent 20 fathers to Pyeongchang, but only one mother: Kikkan Randall. A three-time winner of cross-country skiing’s World Cup sprint title, Randall was part of a baby boom that happened after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, when four of the sport’s top athletes took time off from racing to give birth.1The others were Marit Bjoergen of Norway (whose silver medal in Saturday’s skiathlon earned her the title of most-decorated woman at the Olympic Winter Games), five-time Olympic medalist Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland and Katja Visnar of Slovenia.These women didn’t just return to work — they came back to the highest level of a demanding sport, and all four are expected to compete in Pyeongchang. But Randall is doing so without the same safety net that her European colleagues have. And that’s left her facing the same challenge that many other American women experience: how to balance a grueling career with the demands of new motherhood. A job as arduous as being a professional athlete (or, say, director of policy planning at the State Department) has little room for compromise or scaling back, and that means that much of the parenting must fall to a spouse or outside help.The 2018 Games will be the fifth Olympic appearance for Randall, a 35-year-old cross-country skier from Alaska.2When I was an elite skier in the 2000s, Randall was an up-and-coming star. I never skied fast enough to make the Olympic team, and the U.S. women’s teams in 2002 and 2006 were unlikely contenders for medals. But since then, thanks in large part to Randall’s performance and leadership, the American women have become a force to reckon with — earning both World Cup and world championship titles. Minnesota native Jessie Diggins won the final World Cup race before Pyeongchang. In 2008, Randall, nicknamed Kikkanimal, made history by becoming the first American woman to win a World Cup in cross-country skiing. And in Pyeongchang, she has a legitimate shot at a medal.Mothers-to-be in most professions take time off after childbirth, but Randall’s situation was different: “I was on my maternity leave while I was pregnant,” she said. Because she remained on the U.S. ski team roster, she retained access to her health insurance, and most of her sponsors continued their support, in exchange for appearances, social media plugs and other publicity. She resumed training about three weeks after her son, Breck, was born in April 2016, with the support of her husband, Jeff Ellis, who parented while she trained. Having a husband who is willing to take on parental duties and, most importantly, to do so “unbegrudgingly” has been “a huge piece of the puzzle,” Randall said.There’s no such thing as a part-time return to work in elite sports, which usually require multiple training sessions each day, along with naps, massages, full nights of sleep and other recovery rituals. Of course, sleepless nights are almost a given for the first years of a child’s life. And Randall said that knowing Ellis will “take care of those night-time wakings before a race really helps.”She noted that her peers in Scandinavian countries have the benefit of paid time off for fathers as well as mothers. (Of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. is the only one without paid maternal leave.) 17France16.0– 33Mexico12.0– 23Belgium15.0– 28Switzerland14.0– 29Iceland13.0– 4Czech Republic28.0– 2United Kingdom39.0– 21Spain16.0– 35United States0.0 3Slovakia34.0– 9Poland20.0– 24Slovenia15.0– 34Portugal6.0– 18Latvia16.0– 13New Zealand18.0– Randall’s Finnish peer Aino-Kaisa Saarinen had a child around the same time that Randall did, and she told me that her country has a mandatory four-month paid leave for mothers, which she started a month before her due date. After the baby was born, she and her partner received further benefits, including leave that they could split as they chose between the parents. “In our case, the dad took all that,” Saarinen said. (Not to mention the paid leave that fathers are entitled to.)Randall has competed in the predominantly Europe-based World Cup without that kind of paid leave but with Breck in tow for the past two seasons. It hasn’t always been easy. Although she emerged from childbirth without any serious complications (not all women do, as tennis star Serena Williams’s story demonstrates), the snap in her muscles didn’t return right away. And during her time off, the U.S. team “had gotten so strong,” Randall said. She sat out the second World Cup weekend after her return because she wasn’t skiing as well as her teammates.There have been many men who’ve continued competing after adding a child to their family, said Chris Grover, head coach of the U.S. cross-country ski team, but very few women. “Many of these guys are not primary caregivers and tend to come to the races Thursday and head back home on Sunday night or Monday,” Grover said. And while fathers may experience sleepless nights just like mothers do, they don’t need to physically recover after childbirth.Randall and her husband have built their work and family life around her job. Ellis secured a job as a media coordinator for the ski federation, which allowed him to travel the World Cup circuit with her. “He got the job so that we could see each other in the winter,” Randall said.Randall breast-fed her son until about a month into the racing season. Realizing that there would be at least four mothers coming to the World Cup with babies, the ski federation worked with the athlete commission, national ski federations and organizing committees to make formal recommendations encouraging race venues to provide a “baby room” with appropriate provisions so that moms can breast-feed and care for their infants as needed. Randall thinks she used these rooms much more than others in her cohort of new mothers. She said that may be because the others live in Europe, where most of the races take place, and can travel back and forth between home and races on a weekly basis.In Finland, Saarinen benefits from laws that guarantee child care facilities will be available. “The government also pays for most of it,” she said. That’s not all. “We also get child money from the government, which is about 200€ per month, a baby box with 48 items, and free and mandatory monthly health checks for baby and for the mom.”Things are different in the U.S. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 62 percent of parents of infant or preschool-age children report difficulty finding affordable, high-quality child care in their community, regardless of their income.Because Randall and Ellis are both working while on the race circuit, their parents and some friends have stepped in to provide child care, but paying travel and accomodations for these helpers isn’t cheap. In part because of the cost, Breck won’t be accompanying his parents to Pyeongchang. After calculating that it would run something like $15,000 to $20,000 for them to bring him and a caretaker along, they decided to send him to his grandparents’ house in Canada instead.As well as things are working out for her now, Randall acknowledges that her current situation is not sustainable. And it probably wouldn’t be scalable to the whole workplace either. Grover acknowledged that it’s difficult to imagine a ski team traveling around Europe with all the coaching staff’s kids, in addition to the team athletes.Randall plans to retire from racing after this season but will remain in the sport. She is president of the U.S. branch of Fast and Female, a group that encourages girls to participate in sports, and she’s running for election as an athlete representative on the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission. After two decades of competition, it feels right, she said. Success in a career like sports requires giving it your all, and that means family life can’t always come first. For a parent who wants to substantially take part in parenting, eventually something must give.
LeBron Kyrie And Draymond All Made History In The Cavs Win
2012Heat @ Thunder228 Missing from this picture: the rest of the Cavs. Kevin Love, the team’s purported third banana, scored just 2 points and grabbed three rebounds, alongside four fouls and two turnovers. As a team, the Cavs had 16 turnovers and 22 fouls. That’s why it took both a historic suspension and a historic two-man performance for Cleveland to upset the Warriors and bring the series back to Ohio.Unfortunately for the Cavs, Green won’t be watching from next door in Game 6. And although LeBron and Co. will be at home, where Elo considers them 59 percent favorites to force a climactic Game 7, Cleveland was also the site of a late-game collapse and a double-digit defeat for the host team in Game 4. So the Cavs are not out of the woods yet — they’ve needed to make history to get this far against the defending champs, and to go any further, they’ll likely have to make some more.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. YEARGAMETEAMNAMESCORENAMESCOREDUO SCORE 101991James WorthyLAL1+2.3+0.5+2.9 20012LALShaquille O’Neal32.2Kobe Bryant26.158.3 Together, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a Game Score of 72.4, the top single-game performance by a duo in the finals since 1984. That means their collective performance topped any by Jordan and Pippen, O’Neal and Bryant, or even James and Wade — and it’s not particularly close. When the smoke cleared on Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh-biggest finals upset since 1984,1The earliest year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our favored way to get a snapshot of team quality). 2015Cavs @ Warriors224 19871LALJames Worthy32.0Magic Johnson30.962.9 32000Kobe BryantLAL1+3.2+1.2+4.4 1992Trail Blazers @ Bulls228 92000Chris MullinIND3+2.4+0.8+3.2 Biggest NBA Finals upsets according to Elo forecast, 1984-2016 Source: Basketball-Reference.com Of course, Elo doesn’t capture that a certain someone was missing from Monday night’s game. Draymond Green, the Warriors’ all-world defender, playmaker and swag leader was suspended for Game 5 after picking up a flagrant foul from a shot at LeBron’s … [groin] area. The suspension was historic in its own right: According to the Box Plus/Minus talent ratings,2Consider these a slightly lower-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed going back to the 1970s. We’ve used them here in the past. Green is the second-best player to miss a finals game since 1984. (Magic Johnson’s 1989 absence takes the top spot — by a mile.) So take the magnitude of the Cavs’ Elo upset with a grain of salt. 2001Sixers @ Lakers117% 42015Kyrie IrvingCLE5+4.7-0.8+3.8 19904PORClyde Drexler33.9Jerome Kersey26.059.9 20134MIADwyane Wade30.6LeBron James29.660.2 81996Nate McMillanSEA2-0.1+3.4+3.2 YEARPLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSEDOFFENSEDEFENSEOVERALL 19925CHIMichael Jordan33.3Scottie Pippen24.557.8 Among players who played at least one finals game (i.e., those who were not injured earlier in playoffs, etc.)Source: Basketball-Reference.com, Daniel Myers 1993Suns @ Bulls523 2014Heat @ Spurs224 22016Draymond GreenGS1+1.4+3.7+5.1 72016Kevin LoveCLE1+2.2+1.3+3.5 YEARGAMEUPSET ODDS BPM TALENT RATINGS Dray is the second-best player to miss a finals game since ’84 1993Suns @ Bulls321 PLAYER 1PLAYER 2 11989Magic JohnsonLAL1+6.5+1.7+8.3 20165CLELeBron James39.2Kyrie Irving33.272.4 But we shouldn’t let Golden State’s short-handedness take too much away from LeBron and Kyrie’s twin performances in Game 5. They scored 82 of Cleveland’s 112 points, accounted for 15 more with their assists to other Cavs and chalked up two of the top 22 single-game performances in the NBA Finals since 1984, according to Game Score, John Hollinger’s productivity rating. LeBron in particular dropped the second-best stat line of that entire span, trailing only Tim Duncan’s 2003 dismantling of the New Jersey Nets. 19934CHIMichael Jordan38.9Horace Grant23.462.3 1984Lakers @ Celtics127 Top combined average Game Scores for single-game finals duos since 1984 19921CHIMichael Jordan36.9Scottie Pippen28.865.7 2003Nets @ Spurs221 2016Cavs @ Warriors526 19855LALMagic Johnson29.7James Worthy29.158.8 51990Dennis RodmanDET1+1.3+2.3+3.6 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 62015Andrew BogutGS2-1.4+5.0+3.5
The Broncos New Quarterback Is Inexperienced But At Least Hes Not Peyton
By contrast, the average defending champ through 2015 returned a QB with 74.8 career starts and a lifetime AV of 66.5, meaning they were both pretty seasoned and pretty good. And that experience has traditionally been an advantage in the pursuit of a repeat Super Bowl bid. All else being equal, teams whose opening-day QBs have more career AV under their belt tend to perform better in the passing game. For instance, a simple regression would predict a 70-AV QB’s team to pass the ball with a half-standard deviation greater efficiency3According to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) metric. — the equivalent of four-fifths of an extra win over a full season — than that of a zero-AV QB, while a more complex fit suggests the same edge in experience could be worth even more, as much as a full standard deviation of passing efficiency or 1.7 wins. When the Denver Broncos begin their title defense with Trevor Siemian under center on Sept. 8, they’ll be in a rare spot for reigning Super Bowl winners. Last year’s starting QB, Peyton Manning, retired in March, guaranteeing Denver would become only the fifth champ of the Super Bowl era1Since opening day of 1967, because there was no defending Super Bowl champ in Week 1 of the 1966 season. whose opening-day primary quarterback2For the purposes of this entire article, I’ll be referring to a team’s “primary QB” — the player who led the team in dropbacks in a game — as a proxy for its starter, since Pro-Football-Reference’s Game Finder doesn’t provide data on which QB started each game. during the next season was not the same signal-caller who led the way on Super Sunday.And even among that group of new QBs, Siemian is almost uniquely inexperienced. Assuming he ends up being Denver’s primary passer in Week 1, he’ll join another Bronco — Brian Griese, who replaced John Elway in 1999 — as the only opening-day primary QBs for a defending champion whose prior career featured both zero career starts and zero points of career Approximate Value (AV). So, given Siemian’s lack of experience (let alone his meager draft pedigree), we’d expect him to lead a passing attack that’s fairly lousy. But even if Siemian spearheads a passing offense with a DVOA index4Which sets DVOA on a common scale where 100 is league average and a standard deviation in either direction is 15 points. of 90, two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than NFL average — as the average zero-AV opening day starter has during the Super Bowl era — it would represent an improvement to the Broncos’ passing attack.Simply put, Denver won the Super Bowl last season in spite of its passing offense, not because of it. In terms of passing efficiency, the Broncos were an entire standard deviation worse than league average last season, which equated to the NFL’s eighth-most inefficient aerial attack. And Manning himself was awful, producing the worst season of any Super Bowl QB in history. His backup, Brock Osweiler, wasn’t great either, but if Siemian’s 2016 performance can mimic Osweiler’s more than Manning’s, the Broncos will still be better through the air than they were a year ago.And with a defense as dominant as the Broncos still possess, that might be enough to contend for another Super Bowl, even given Siemian’s historic inexperience under center.
Ohio State womens hockey looking to make up points in standings at
OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team continues its road stand over the weekend, as it is set to travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth to take on the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday.Over the last few weeks the Buckeyes (8-17-1, 4-15-1) have focused on getting goals off rebounds. That led to 11 goals last weekend in two games at Minnesota State.“I think we just implemented what we had been practicing all week (by) taking pucks to the net,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “When we did that we either ended up scoring or drawing a penalty or we got a great scoring chance. So (it’s) a pretty simple concept, but sometimes you just have to reiterate.”Junior forward Claudia Kepler said that the offense ignited because of the players’ determination.“We talked as a team and we decided we needed to move the puck a little faster and pick our head up and be confident with the puck,” Kepler said. “I think when we did those little things goals started coming.”Duggan thinks the team needs to carry this improved mindset into the weekend series against the Bulldogs.“I hope some of the girls are a little bit confident going into this weekend and translate what they did,” Duggan said. “Just taking it to the net and not giving up a good shooting opportunity and getting those second and third chances.”The team also cites its focus on small details as a reason for its improved offensive play.“For the most part it was doing the little things and moving the puck well as a line and as a team in general,” Kepler said. “We need to continue to do those little things and win our battles.”The Buckeyes believe that their offense starts with stout defensive play in front of sophomore goaltender Alex LaMere.“If we can take care of our own end then the offensive zone will hopefully just come,” Duggan said. “So we can pick up where we left off against Mankato with getting pucks to the net and scoring some goals.”Knowing the opponentMinnesota Duluth (9-16-1, 6-13-1) currently sits five points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings heading into this weekend’s series. The Buckeyes expect to have a pair of close contests, but they’re looking to take their momentum from last weekend’s sweep to Duluth.“It’s a lot of the same stuff,” Duggan said. “Duluth is a great team and we always play them really tight. They’re always really good games between the two programs.”Minnesota Duluth, OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Its last win came against the Buckeyes on Dec. 12. The two teams know each other well, and the Buckeyes are expecting two hard-fought contests.“Duluth is a tough team to play against, especially in the corners,” Kepler said. “They like to battle, so if we win our battles and we do the little things like we did this past weekend, I think we’ll have a good couple games up there.”The games are set to begin this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota, at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.Beyond the Bulldogs After squaring off with Minnesota Duluth, OSU is slated to take on a team that is on a different path than the Bulldogs, in No. 2 Wisconsin. The Badgers boast a seven-game unbeaten streak and a 24-1-1 record overall. The two-game series is scheduled to be in Columbus with games on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.
Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder qualifies for 2016 Olympics in Rio de
OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter winning a world championship, a Big Ten championship and a national championship in less than a year, Ohio State sophomore wrestler Kyle Snyder added another accomplishment to his résumé: an Olympic berth.Snyder was victorious in Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday after taking down 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner in the best-of-three series of matches. As the reigning world champion, Snyder received an automatic spot in the finals.“It’s pretty hard to describe,” Snyder said in an OSU press release. “It started off making it to the NCAA finals as a true freshman then losing that. After that I kind of fell into a lot of success, not really fall into it but through a lot of hard work and self-belief. I really haven’t had a chance to look back on it yet, honestly.”Varner won in the first meeting, but Snyder rebounded after a short resting period. The OSU sophomore tied the score 4-4 in the initial bout but lost because of criteria.Snyder walked out from the locker room with a much more focused demeanor for the next meeting and showed complete control in the next two matches, outscoring Varner 10-1.“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” Snyder said in the release. “I had all intentions of winning the first match and winning two in a row. But that is why the sport of wrestling is great because you never know what is going to happen. You never know if you are going to win or lose, all you can do is just prepare.”It’s the fourth time Snyder has beaten Varner in his career. Last year, prior to his world championship, Snyder toppled Varner twice in the U.S. Team Trials and once at the U.S. Open.The freshly crowned heavyweight champion is set to represent the United States at 97 kilograms in Rio de Janeiro from Aug. 5 to 21. Snyder joins a handful of OSU alumni who have earned their way onto the U.S. Olympic team in the past. Mark Coleman finished seventh in 1992, while Perry Martter and Harry Steel competed in 1924.Snyder is the only Buckeye wrestler to make it to the Olympics while an active member of the Scarlet and Gray.All other OSU wrestlers shooting for a spot on the national team were eliminated from contention earlier in the day, including redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello and the Buckeyes’ most notable alumnus, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber. Tomasello lost in the quarterfinals, while Stieber lost in the semifinals.
Conley and Turner cash in with new salary cap
Day 1 of NBA free agency on Friday was an unprecedented start to what will become the most lucrative offseason in the history of the sport.The increase from $70M to $94M in team cap space has given owners the ability to offer substantial contracts to many players who would’ve never sniffed $20M per year under the previous salary cap.Two of those beneficiaries are former Ohio State Buckeyes Mike Conley and Evan Turner. Conley re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a five-year, $153 million deal. Turner etched a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.Conley’s deal marks the richest in NBA history, which could be surpassed by free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant.Conley is now bringing in more money per year than any other point guard in the NBA despite never being named an All-Star. Since being drafted at No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Grizzlies, Conley has widely been regarded as the league’s most underrated point guard.He has averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game over the last four seasons with the Grizzlies. His season was cut short after 56 games because of an Achilles injury.Conley played one season at OSU and averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.1 apg in 2006-07, leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA final since 1962.Turner played with the Celtics the last two seasons averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.9 rebounds per game in 2015-16 as Boston’s sixth man.Portland will be Turner’s fourth team in the NBA since being selected No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in 2010.Turner was AP Player of the Year in 2009-10 with OSU averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg and 9.2 rpg.
Columbus Clippers closing in on 2nd consecutive TripleA championship
Minor league baseball clubs contend with many obstacles over the course of a season, including player transactions and meeting the needs of their Major League parent clubs. The Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, overcame numerous hindrances to success in 2011 and won its second consecutive Governor’s Cup Championship against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday. They will now represent the International League in the Triple-A National Championship Game against Pacific League champion Omaha Storm Chasers today. In just his second season as Clippers manager, Mike Sarbaugh led his team to an 88-56 regular season record — the best in the International League’s West division. The Clippers met the Durham Bulls, the South division champs, in the first round of the playoffs, and swept the Bulls, 3-0, to advance to play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the Governor’s Cup championship. Columbus responded to its 5-2 loss in game one of the best-of-five championship series by winning the next three games, the last two of which were at the IronPigs’ Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., to advance to today’s Triple-A national championship game. After the Clippers’ game two win at Huntington Park, first baseman Beau Mills said the search for consistent success is what minor league ball is all about. “It’s learning how to have consecutive (winning) seasons,” Mills said, “and don’t lose focus throughout the year.” Focus can be hard to maintain with a changing cast of players, though — Columbus endured 37 player transactions of various sorts in September alone. Eleven of those transactions were players moving between the Clippers and Indians. “That’s part of the game,” Mills said. “You’re happy for them (players that get called up), but the guys coming up are going to be great players. That’s why they’re coming up here. So, we don’t necessarily take it on us as a team when we lose somebody. “We expect that guy that’s getting called up to step right in.” Columbus third baseman Jared Goedert agreed. “We’ve had guys step in and do just as well or even better in some cases,” he said. “It’s just been the consistency of guys that are here and guys that continue to come up or come down.” Goedert also said that, as minor league players, the frequency of player transactions is a reminder of the goal that each player is chasing: to become an every-day lineup fixture with a big league club. “You realize, at this level of play especially, (the transactions) are a part of it, a part of the process,” he said. “If anything else, for the guys who are still here, it makes you realize you are right there. “I mean, yeah, you lose a good player, but you realize you’ve got to do your job and it’s a good thing to know that you’re that close (to the Majors).” Speaking of close, the Clippers are also one win away from back-to-back national championships. Today, Columbus will face the Pacific Coast League champion Storm Chasers in the one-off, winner-take-all Triple-A National Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. Omaha, the minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, captured the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern division championship after compiling a regular season record of 79-62. The Storm Chasers earned their berth in the national championship game when they beat the Sacramento River Cats, 11-6, Friday. The Pacific Coast League championship is the first in team history for the Storm Chasers. So, the playoff-tested Clippers are now set for a title clash with Omaha, national championship game newcomers. The Clippers did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Monday request for comment. Sarbaugh, who was named the International League’s 2011 Manager of the Year, said last week that the Clippers will rely on their usual strengths, which he says are “pitching and good hitting.” “We’ve just done a good job scouting players. We have a lot of guys get called up, but the talent we bring in is good and they seem to just pick up where they left off,” Sarbaugh said. Picking up where Columbus left off the 2010 season would mean claiming the national title, but Mills said Wednesday the team doesn’t put added pressure on itself in the postseason. “None of us are thinking about last year,” he said. “I think pressure is what you put on yourself and we aren’t putting that on ourselves.” First pitch of today’s championship game in Albuquerque, N.M., at Isotopes Park is scheduled for 8 p.m. MDT. Jessica Shambaugh contributed to this story.
Shoplifter caught on Google Street View after IT worker browsing online spots
She was pictured by the camera, which had been taking shots in the street, emerging from the store with her haul in a Sports Direct carrier bag.McIvor is shown running away as a member of staff gave chase. Store bosses were unable to identify McIvor, who has a string of previous convictions, from the stills.But, while her face had been blurred out by Google, Cleveland Police identified McIvor from her distinctive white outfit, which she was wearing when she was arrested. The series of pictures show McIvor running away as a member of staff gave chase from the discount storeCredit:Google Street View In 2013, she was jailed after burgling two properties in one night, took drugs into prison and used someone else’s name to get out of trouble.The judge at the time told McIvor she should keep away from the “undesirable influences” that led her into drugs and crime.But, with her long criminal record, he said he had no alternative to jailing her for her crime spree. A court heard how McIvor, then 26, had been a heroin addict from the age of 16.After the case, a friend of McIvor, said: “She’s harmless but she gets into trouble for shoplifting quite a bit.”A lot of the shops in Middlesbrough and Stockton already know her and look out for her, but she’s never been caught like this before. “Google’s camera-equipped cars, designed to build up an efficient map of the world’s urban and rural areas, allow 360-degree pictures to be taken and searched by anyone around the world. It has been blurring out the faces of people captured on camera to protect their identity since 2008.Mr Darby, of Leyland, Lancashire, added: “It is unbelievable technology and I’ve found a lot of funny things on there, but this is up there with the best.”It was like an action scene from a cop show. I followed it right along the street but obviously couldn’t tell whether she got away or not. “It was bad luck on her part to be running away just as the Google camera was passing.” A shoplifter has been prosecuted for stealing £60 of washing-up goods – after she was caught fleeing a store on Google Street View.Tammy McIvor thought she had got away with the theft from a branch of Savers, the discount chain, in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.But she was caught in the act when an IT worker stumbled across images online of the 30-year-old making her escape with the shoplifted items. A third image clearly shows the store member running after Tammy McIvor, far leftCredit:Google Street View Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It is unbelievable technology and I’ve found a lot of funny things on there, but this is up there with the bestPeter Darby, IT worker who spotted theft on Street View Peter Darby, an IT worker, stumbled across the images of McIvor fleeing the store while he killing time online.The 34-year-old said: “I’m an ex-Teesside University student so I thought I would see my old stomping ground, and as soon as I spotted it I thought ‘that seemed a bit strange’.“I moved further down the street and you could see a bloke pursuing her. By the end she was going full speed.”You could tell as soon as you looked at the pictures that something was up as she came out of there very angrily.“She was running around with the Sports Direct bag and it was obvious she was up to no good.” Tammy McIvor has previously been told by a judge to keep away from the ‘undesirable influences’ that led her into drugs and crimeCredit:Facebook The images were filmed as McIvor, who has a string of previous convictions, targeted the store at around 2.45pm on June 19.She appeared before Teesside magistrates, where she was handed a year-long community order, which has a drug rehabilitation requirement, after pleading guilty to theft.The court heard McIvor, of Middlesbrough, has a long history of offending and drug abuse.