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MLB attendance down 4 percent as 6 ballparks set lows

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart could hear the difference at Great American Ball Park, one of six major league stadiums that set record lows for attendance this year. “It’s pretty hard to not notice it when you can hear the light towers buzzing,” he said.Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 4 percent to 28,830, its lowest since 2003 after 14 consecutive seasons topping 30,000.Baltimore’s Camden Yards, Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, Minnesota’s Target Field, Miami’s Marlins Park and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park also drew their smallest attendance since opening as part of a ballpark boom. In a season of unusually cold and wet weather, 17 of the 30 teams experienced drops.Major League Baseball attributed the decrease primarily “connected to the historically bad weather we faced back in the spring” and noted the percentage drop decreased markedly after May 1.Total attendance fell to 69.63 million from 72.67 million last year and a high of 79.5 million in 2007. The average is down 14.4 percent from its high of 32,785 in 2007, the last year before the Great Recession. It had not been this low since 28,013 in 2003.“I think it is a concerning number, and a think a lot of factors go into it in today’s climate, particularly when fans have as many options as they have in where they’re spending their entertainment dollar,” players’ association head Tony Clark said.On-field success and attendance usually are linked.“When teams rebuild, it always has an attendance effect,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said.The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers set a club record, Colorado drew its biggest crowds since 2001, World Series champion Houston since 2007 and the New York Yankees since 2012 — including a new Yankee Stadium record 23 sellouts.But advance sales were down for several teams that jettisoned veterans and went with youth. Under the five-year labor contract agreed to before the 2017 season, limits were placed on spending for international amateurs following restrictions that began in 2012 on amateurs who reside in the U.S. More cost certainty for controllable players may have encouraged more teams to rebuild at the same time.“If our system encourages teams to be either all in or all out, there are some things worth discussing and we look forward to having those conversations,” Clark said.The Orioles (47-115), White Sox (62-100), Marlins (63-98) and Reds (67-95) had among the poorest records, while the Twins had a losing season at 78-84.“People have a lot of decisions to make in their life about what they’re doing with their commitments and money and what have you. It’s up to us to give them something they want to embrace,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “Attendance is down. It’s our fault, not theirs.”But the Pirates contended until late in the season and finished 82-79, yet fell by more than 450,000 to 1.65 million, the smallest for the franchise since 1996 at Three Rivers Stadium. Perhaps the cause was a lingering effect from trading away stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole the previous offseason.Cleveland fell by 120,000 even though the Indians won their third straight AL Central title.Despite a 90-72 record and third-place finish in the AL East, Tampa Bay was 29th in the major leagues at 1.15 million. The Rays and Oakland Athletics are the last two teams seeking new ballparks.“I know it’s a hassle getting to the ballpark. I get it. Even if we’d have won 100 games, who knows if it would have been different?” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.In its first season under new chief executive office Derek Jeter, the Marlins drew 811,000 after trading star slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, the low for a franchise that started in 1993 and the fewest home fans for any major league team since the 2004 Montreal Expos in their last season before moving to Washington, D.C. The Marlins said they changed their counting method to include only tickets sold. Still, the vast amount of empty seats is unsustainable.“That’s something we need to improve,” Jeter said. “Where we’re starting from, the only way we can go is up.”Bad weather played a factor in the falloff, especially earn in the season. The average of 26,867 through April was down 9.4 percent from 29,654 through the first full month in 2017. There were 54 postponements, the most since 1989, and 26 of them were higher-drawing weekend games. Manfred said 35 games in April had a temperature of 40 degrees or less and a quarter of the games were played in 50 degrees or under.“We got ourselves in a hole that I’ve never seen since I’ve been in baseball,” said Manfred, who first got involved in the sport as an outside counsel in 1987.Still, he knows changes in the sport and the audience have to be examined constantly.“All live entertainment is challenging because of changing habits,” Manfred said.___AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg and Associated Press writers Mark Didtler and Mark Schmetzer contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, empty seats are shown at Safeco Field as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)last_img read more

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DESERT CODE STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARIO GUTIERREZ, LISTING, WINNER:  “He ran really good.  He was sharp today, I was able to sit pretty comfortably inside Baffert’s horse (Rafal) and I was able to move with him before he got pressure from those other horses.”TRAINER QUOTESBEN CECIL, LISTING, WINNER: “I think last time (Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate 4/28/19) we found out maybe a mile is stretching him a little. He was very wide that day and things didn’t work out well, so we thought we would try a sprint, he’s done well sprinting.“I expected him to be maybe laying second, I didn’t expect him to put the Baffert (Rafal) away as easily as he did.“This horse runs on anything I’ve been so lucky to have Paul and Zillah (Reddam) they basically kept me going in this business, and I owe them everything, I’ve got five Square Eddie babies and they all look promising so let’s keep it going.”NOTES: The winning owner is Reddam Racing, LLC.#2 LISTING (Mario Gutierrez) $75,000 Desert Code Stakes Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC Trainer: Ben Cecil Sunday, June 9, 2019 Santa Anita Park Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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Infantino, suspected of intervening to stop an investigation

first_imgAccording to the documentation of The Tribune de GenèveInfantino “concerned” about this investigation, he had written to his childhood friend Rinaldo Arnold that he was a prosecutor in the Haut-Valais region, where both come from. “I will try to explain to the MPC that it is in my interest that everything is clarified as quickly as possible, that it is clear that I have nothing to do with this case “Infantino had written in an email quoted by the newspaper. To which Rinaldo Arnold, who had already helped organize a first meeting between Attorney General Michael Lauber and Gianni Infantino, replied: “The important thing is the meeting in two weeks, if you want, I can accompany you againThat meeting supposedly happened on April 22, 2016, although it is unknown on what terms it took place.The Tribune de Genève have contacted both MPC as with FIFA but have refused to make any kind of statement about it. Although the world soccer body has always been in favor of “collaborating with Swiss justice”. The swiss newspaper The Tribune de Genève has published this Monday, with documents that support the information, that Gianni Infantino allegedly met on 22 April 2016 with the Swiss attorney general in order to influence an investigation of him.The Swiss Confederation Prosecutor’s Office (MPC) had started investigating Infantino in early 2016, shortly after his election as FIFA’s top manager, on the award by Infantino of a television rights contract to an offshore company, during his time as UEFA General Secretary.last_img read more

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UAAP Starting 5: Week 7

first_imgThe Final Four is slowly starting to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center: Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Well Ben Mbala can’t have all the fun.As the reigning MVP struggled, Issa Gaye took advantage and became the top man in the middle this week. Gaye averaged 15 points on 45% shooting, 10 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-1 week and 4-6 overall.The NU big man capped off his week with 22 points, six rebounds, and six blocks in a win over University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala still produced respectable numbers this week putting up 15 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks against in the Green Archers’ 80-74 win over Adamson University but Gaye got the better of him this time.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)Alvin Pasaol first reached superstar status when he torched La Salle for 49 points in University of the East’s penultimate game in the first round.And that scoring spurt was no fluke.The burly forward averaged 27 points and 12.5 rebounds this week as the Red Warriors split their two games and improved to an overall 3-7 to stay in the Final Four race.Pasaol closed off UE’s week with a 32-point, 13-rebound performance in its 73-64 win against University of the Philippines and scoring 14 fourth quarter points in the processForward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle Green Archers)Santi Santillan is often overlooked in the loaded frontline of La Salle especially since Mbala and the equally imposing Abu Tratter get the recognition.This week, however, saw Santillan prove that the Green Archers can rely on their lanky forward to get them out of sticky situations.The Soaring Falcons were basically going tit-for-tat with the Green Archers on Saturday but Santillan heeded the call to put La Salle on his back.  Santillan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as he helped La Salle take an 80-74 victory.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)J-Jay Alejandro became the walking manifestation of a stat sheet this week.NU’s veteran wingman flirted with a triple-double in both of the Bulldogs’ two games this week.Alejandro averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, and 6.5 assists.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)Ricci Rivero has risen as one of La Salle’s main options.Of course there’s still Mbala in the middle but Rivero can provide the same scoring punch the big man regularly brings.In La Salle’s lone game this week, Rivero put up 17 points to lead La Salle to an 8-2 record. Honorable mentions: Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Juan Gomez de Liaño (UP Fighting Maroons)The rookie has proven that he can ball. In a game where the UP starters scored just a combined 17 points, Juan Gomez de Liaño put the Fighting Maroons on his back. Gomez de Liaño put up 22 points, 10 in the fourth, in a losing effort against the Red Warriors. Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch, there’s no other way of going around it. The Blue Eagle showed his chops in Ateneo’s 76-75 win against La Salle this season and he displayed it again in the second round. Nieto willed Ateneo to a 70-59 win over Far Eastern University scoring 14 points and pulling down six rebounds.What impressed the most was Nieto scored half of his total points in the fourth quarter, two points shy of matching FEU’s total output in the period. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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WBD teen appears at Wales Court

first_imgUnity Street, La Grange murderA lad who is being accused of murder was all smiles as he made his first appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week.West Bank Demerara (WBD) native Christopher Chung, 16, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse to answer the charge which stated that on July 17, 2016 at Unity Street, La Grange, WBD, he allegedly murdered labourer James Stewart, 51.Chung made his first appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s CourtThe deceased was discovered along the road-side near his Lot 101 Unity Street home.The Prosecution’s facts contend that the teen confessed to the murder on August 1, 2016.However, during the lad’s arraignment, at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court last month, Defence Counsel Melvin Duke maintained that there were “gross violations of law” committed, as the defendant had been held in Police custody for over 84 hours and was not afforded the privilege of an attorney at the time.According to reports, the youth allegedly told Police that Stewart had knocked him off his bike, which caused him to fall to the ground. Chung added that he went to a friend’s home, borrowed a hammer and returned to where he had last seen Stewart. It was then that he reportedly struck the man once to the head with the hammer.However, relatives of the deceased have maintained that robbery was the motive behind Stewart’s beating, since it was not the first time he had been robbed.One family member also noted that violent robberies were a developing problem in the community; this was evident as many people would appear at the hospital beaten and robbed, the relative pointed out.Stewart’s post-mortem report revealed that the he died from haemorrhaging and multiple injuries to the head.Meanwhile, the lad will return to court on October 7, 2016.last_img read more

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Colbert honored by festival

first_imgStephen Colbert, a faux conservative who often honors himself on his Comedy Central show, was lauded by the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival as its Person of the Year. “What an honor – an honor to receive and an honor for you to give to me,” Colbert said during the ceremony late Friday. Often appearing to be a combination of Bill O’Reilly and Archie Bunker, Colbert emphasized his TV character isn’t him. “He’s not malicious, he’s ill-informed, you know. It’s just a product of his own education. And he thinks he’s saying and doing the right thing; he’s not actually trying to hurt anybody,” Colbert said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Colbert said he is writing a book. It will be “what is best and what’s worst about America,” he said. “You know, it’s 20 subjects … all of the important things, the culture war, religion, hygiene, sports.” Colbert said he envisions his character preparing for each show by singing the Cheap Trick song “I Want You to Want Me,” and doing a full-body shave. Colbert said he never would have guessed a character based on O’Reilly would be given the honor. – Associated Press last_img read more

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Study hints at birth control pill’s heart disease risk

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre About 16million American women currently take birth-control pills and hundreds of millions have used them since they were first sold in 1960. Most combine synthetic estrogen and progestin in various doses. They already are known to carry a small risk of blood clots and high blood pressure for women currently taking them, and any additional heart attack or stroke risk is thought to be related to those two effects, Manson said. Researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium decided to look for other signs of heart risks among past and current pill users. They studied about 1,300 healthy women ages 35 to 55 taking part in a long-running observational study in the small town of Erpe-Mere. About 81percent had taken oral contraceptives for more than a year at some point in their lives – similar to the prevalence the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports for American women ages 15 to 44, said the study’s leader, Dr. Ernst Rietzschel. About 27percent were current users. ORLANDO, Fla. – A troubling study from Belgium hints that long-term use of oral contraceptives – at least the high-estrogen ones sold decades ago – might increase the chances of having artery buildups that can raise the risk of heart disease. The theory needs much more rigorous testing than this single small study, but is important because of the sheer number of women now taking the pill – 100million worldwide. “I don’t think this should be a cause for alarm among women,” because many previous studies have found no large increase in heart attacks among pill users, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She had no role in the new study, which was presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association conference in Florida. last_img read more

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Sell him to CHELSEA! Nicholas urges Arsenal to ditch Sanchez, slams club values

first_imgCharlie Nicholas says Alexis Sanchez does not deserve to have his contract demands met by Arsenal and should be sold this summer.The Chilean forward is approaching the final 12 months of his current deal and has yet to agree extended terms, with reports suggesting he wants £200,000-a-week to sign on.Sanchez is Arsenal’s top goalscorer this season and widely regarded as one of the very best players in the Premier League.But Nicholas says the 28-year-old – who is being eyed by leaders Chelsea – has no right to hold the club to ransom.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the former Arsenal striker said: “When I played you probably got told a month before you were getting a new contract. You had to work and earn that right and if you got a new contract without winning things you thought, ‘well, this is a result’.“These people [at Arsenal now] don’t even get close to winning the title. You are talking about jumping from £120,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week for Sanchez. Sell him.“He has not been interested in the game for the last eight weeks. He is camouflaging it.“I would sell him. Get him out. If he wants to go to Chelsea and Chelsea want to pay £60million, I would sell him to Chelsea.”And Nicholas has launched a blistering attack on Gunners chiefs for their handling of Sanchez’s contract situation.The Scot, who scored 54 goals in 184 matches in his five years at Arsenal, added: “Arsenal had great credit in the footballing market because they would not go over the threshold of £100,000-a-week.“They sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United because he wanted £200,000-a-week. Arsenal had values at that time. Arsenal don’t have any values and any soul that says to these players,’ you can go’.“Henry, Vieira, they were the greatest players Arsenal ever had and now you have got players who are not going to be anywhere close to the greatest and we are keeping them and they are holding us to ransom.“They should have said to Sanchez two months ago, ‘are you signing?’ If he said ‘no, I’m not going to sign’, then he should be sold in the summer. They should isolate the players.“They don’t have values now. They have lost their credibility.”last_img read more

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IT’S SWANSEA! GIANT-KILLING CARL TO FACE WELSH WIZARDS AT WEMBLEY

first_imgCarl waves the Donegal flag at Villa ParkCARL McHugh’s Wembley final dream will be against Swansea.The Premiership side knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup semi-final tonight.And that means the Lettermacaward defender will go up against the Welsh side which has a superb season in the top flight of English football. Swansea City reached their first major English cup final in their 100-year history when they drew 0-0 with Chelsea tonight, winning 2-0 on aggregate.The Blues’ hopes were not helped when winger Eden Hazard was sent off in the 80th minute for kicking a ball boy.Gary Cahill’s header was cleared off the line while Demba Ba had an early penalty appeal turned away.Petr Cech saved well from Nathan Dyer in injury time as the Swans set up a final with League Two Bradford. Last night Carl’s Bradford knocked Premiership giants Aston Villa out of the cup.Next stop: Sunday, February 24, Wembley. Kick-off at 4pm. IT’S SWANSEA! GIANT-KILLING CARL TO FACE WELSH WIZARDS AT WEMBLEY was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carl McHughIT’S SWANSEA! GIANT-KILLING CARL TO FACE WELSH WIZARDS AT WEMBLEYLettermacawardlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MALIN TO HOST ANNUAL SPORTS DAY NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgAll County League Division 2Malin drew away at the weekend with Naomh Muire Lower Rosses on a scoreline of Naomh Muire 1-11 Malin 2-08. Paul McLaughlin and Seamus Houghton got the goals for Malin. The team lined out: Packo Mc Laughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Connor McColgan, Thomas McLaughlin, Gary Farren, Paul McLaughlin, Anthony Kelly, Dan McDaid, Damien Harkin, Brendan McLaughlin, Darren McLarkey, Christpher Doherty, Seamus Houghton and Danny McCarron. Fixture: Saturday 4th of June:  Malin V Cloughaneely in Connolly Park, Malin at 7:30pm, reserves at 6.00pm, all support welcome.Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks jackpot of €500. The numbers drawn were 3-2-6-5-4-7-1. The €50 winner was Annie McLaughlin, Lowerbraghey Malin Head and the €20 sellers prize went to Boggs Butchers. Next weeks jackpot is €550.The Malin Annual Sports Day will take place this year on Sunday 5th June in Malin GAA’s Connolly Park. The charities of choice this year are The Jack & Jill Foundation and Meningitis Research Foundation, worthwhile causes who help or have helped local families in the community. Races will start at 2pm sharp for all age groups, from young to old. The usual sideshows will be there including: Lucky Dip, Hamster Race, Puc Fada, Milking the Cow, Penalty Kick, Guess the Weight of the Sheep, Face Painting, Kids Play Area and lots lots more. Our now famous Country Queen will also take place, with some lovely ladies representing local businesses trying to win the coveted crown. We will also have our James Anthony McColgan Memorial 7 a side Gaelic Tournament, with teams from around the parish hoping to win the Cup. We hope to see you all there.Defibrillator training –There will be a refresher course for all those who did the defibrillator training on this Thursday the 2nd of June upstairs in the clubhouse from 8:00-9:00pm. Please contact Kate Kelly on 0861708279 to confirm attendance. GAA NEWS: MALIN TO HOST ANNUAL SPORTS DAY NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: May 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAMalinSportlast_img read more