Indians’ Prospect Francisco Mejia Extends Hitting-Streak to 30 Games

first_imgCatcher Francisco Mejia, currently a member of the Cleveland Indians High-A affiliate Lynchburg Hillcats, extended his hit-streak to 30 games on Monday night with a single against the Frederick Keys.Mejia was recently promoted from Lake County after hitting .347 over 60 games with 7 home runs and 51 RBI in the Midwest League.Since joining the Hillcats in the Carolina League, the switch-hitter is 7-for-22 in six games with two doubles, a triple, and three runs batted in. The 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is still a long ways away from the Majors, but will be playing in the Futures Game in San Diego as part of the 2016 All-Star festivities, and is a name to remember in Cleveland’s farm system.In case you’re wondering, the longest hit-streak in Minor League history is 69 games, accomplished by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Mejia’s 30-game streak now puts him in the top 45 of all-time in Minor League baseball. Matt Medley Related TopicsFrancisco Mejiacenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

5 Takeaways from 2017 NFL Combine

first_img Brandon Urasek 5 Takeaways From the NFL Combine1.) There is still no consensus top QBGoing into the NFL Combine there were a lot of questions about who the best QB in this draft would be. Leaving the Combine the same question remains. None of the guys did anything to separate them from the pack leaving a lot of questions in flux. Deshaun Watson and Pat Maholmes seemed to have the best performances but other scouts had other QBs as the top performer too. It’s not that anybody performed poorly either. They all looked decent but with nobody taking over the role as the alpha QB it should be interesting to see how the QB race sorts out. There could still be five different QBs taken as the first one come draft day.2.) The secondary is loadedThis is a horrible year to be a free agent defensive back because there is a lot of talent coming out of the draft this year. Very top heavy, a record number of defensive backs could go in the first three rounds. I think there are at least 15 corners alone that could go in that range. Because of the pure amount of talent in that group too, don’t be surprised if the number twelve corner gets taken before the number two corner on some expert’s board. It is all about scheme fit and they all grade pretty close to each other. There are also two safeties that should be top ten locks and another two that could make it in the first round. There is a lot of depth all around at both positions and they are fast. Almost half the field ran under 4.5 in the 40, safeties included.3.) This might be the best TE class we’ve seen in a long timeThe TE group is another special one in this draft. It seemed like this group was among the top Combine performers in every category in Combine history for TEs. Three guys alone broke the broad jump record going into the Combine for a TE. Not only that, but it is a diverse group of TEs. You want an inline blocking big TE, check. You want a smaller TE that you can put out in space and act like an oversized WR, check. You want a guy that can do both, check. There are just so many talented athletic freaks in this group and I feel bad for them. Some of them will go day three because of the amount of talented guys when they would have been a second round pick last year. If your team drafts one late in the draft, keep an eye on them because there is still a lot of potential talent there.4.) RB group is also very deepRounding out the groups that really stood out was the RB group. We knew about the talent at the top, with five guys that could have first round grades although character concerns will likely drop Mixon, but the talent at the bottom is equally good. There are guys that I like that could go round three or round four that could wind up starting in the NFL and having a good career. With all the talent at these positions teams are going to have a tough choice of do we get one of the stars early or address other areas and hope we get one of the guys we thought would go a round earlier is still there because of the overflow of talent.5.) There are a lot of freak athletesI think the biggest takeaway from the whole Combine is this class is loaded with a bunch of athletic freaks. I didn’t even get to mention in my prior points of John Ross taking down Chris Johnson’s infamous 4.24 40 time and doing it while cramping up at the end. I didn’t get to mention Obi Melifonwu posting the second longest broad jump of anyone in Combine history. It doesn’t mention the Jadaveon Clowney like numbers that Myles Garrett put up to be the possible number one pick. It seemed like every day there was some kind of Combine record going down. All these players this year seem to be faster and more explosive than year’s past. It might be that teams are getting better strength and condition programs in college and improving early on in their playing careers, or knowing exactly what they must do at the Combine and training for it, but there is also the chance that this class is just exceptionally athletic. No matter what way it gets broken down there is a lot of talent and athletes in this draft. Those are things GMs will love with the league switching to matchups and needing better athletes to guard the mismatches and play multiple positions especially on the defensive end of the ball where this draft truly shines. While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10center_img Related Topicslast_img read more

Singapore Airlines Kirim A380 Ke ‘Kuburan’ Pesawat di Gurun Australia,Alitalia Evaluasi Keanggotaan SkyTeam Pasca Dapat Bos Baru

first_imgAirbus A380 milik Singapore Airlines. Sumber: NDTV.com Singapore Airilines (SIA) dikabarkan telah merampungkan proses pengiriman empat pesawat komersial terbesar di dunia, Airbus A380 Alice Springs (ASP), sebuah Gurun Pasir, di antara Darwin dan Adelaide, Australia. Pesawat masing-masing diberangkatkan berjarak satu jam satu dengan yang lainnya dan menempuh sekitar lima jam lebih perjalanan ke ASP dari Bandara Changi.Baca juga: Walau Nganggur, Pesawat Tetap ‘Merepotkan’ Petugas, LohDengan begitu, SIA Group total sudah mengirim sembilan pesawat, dimana lima lainnya terdiri dari tiga Boeing 777-200ER milik Singapore Airlines serta dua Airbus A320 milik Scoot. Tahun lalu, maskapai SIA Group lainnya, SilkAir, juga pernah menitipkan enam unit pesawat Boeing 737 Max 8 di sana selama kurang lebih enam bulan. Lokasi yang berada di antara utara dan selatan benua Australia tersebut selama ini memang lekat dengan label sebagai ‘kuburan’ pesawat. Meskipun tak se-ekstrem The Mojave Air dan Space Port di Gurun Mojave, Southern California, AS, Victorville, California, AS, dan Pangkalan Udara Davis-Monthana Air Force Boneyard, Tucson, Arizona, AS, namun, ASP masih menjadi primadona maskapai untuk menjadi tempat peristirahatan sementara pesawat.Hal itu dikarenakan antara ASP dengan ‘kuburan-kuburan’ pesawat di AS memiliki ceruk pasar yang berbeda. Di AS, hanya pesawat yang hampir pasti sudah purna tugas yang digrounded. Sebaliknya, Alice Spring umumnya menampung pesawat-pesawat yang masih gagah. Hanya saja, karena satu dan lain hal, pesawat tersebut harus di-grounded dalam jangka waktu yang tak menentu, seperti yang terjadi pada SIA belum lama ini.Dikutip dari Simple Flying, empat pesawat super jumbo dengan nomor penerbangan SQ8865 – 9V-SKT, SQ8866 – 9V-SKW, SQ8867 – 9V-SKY dan SQ8868 – 9V-SKZ yang berangkat dari Singapore Changi (SIN) menuju Bandara Alice Springs (ASP) tercatat masih dalam usia produktif, berkisar tiga hingga delapan tahun. Tentu saja pesawat tersebut masih sanggup memperpanjang jam terbang.Belum jelas berapa lama armada A380 Singapore Airlines di-grounded di sana. Yang pasti, untuk jangka pendek ataupun panjang, ASP dinilai cocok untuk menggrounded pesawat. Terdapat banyak faktor mengapa hal itu terjadi, mulai dari jarak, iklim, hingga ketahanan permukaan terhadap beban pesawat.Terkait jarak, Alice Springs terletak persis di tengah benua Australia atau beberapa ratus kilometer jauhnya dari ibu kota Sydney atau wilayah terkenal lainnya di Australia, seperti Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, atau bahkan Perth. Namun dari Changi, ASP tergolong tak terlalu jauh bila dibanding tempat ideal lainnya. Wilayah Alice Springs dikelilingi oleh pedalaman gurun yang luas.Praktis wilayah ini selalu kering dan sedikit hujan, tidak ada badai, angin Timur dengan kecepatan 13 km per jam, tingkat kelembaban relatif rendah, sekitar 25 persen. Kelembaban udara dinilai menjadi poin krusial mengapa ASP menjadi tempat ideal untuk menggrounded pesawat dibanding wilayah lainnya mengingat pesawat bisa saja menjadi korosi atau berkarat dibuatnya.Suhu di Alice Springs juga tergolong stabil di angka 30 °C. Di musim panas atau gugur, panas ekstrem memang kerap terjadi, namun dalam jangka pendek hal itu tak terlalu berdampak negatif terhadap sistem elektronik pesawat. Ketika memasuki musim dingin suhu tidak terlalu ekstrem dibandingkan daratan Eropa bagian utara sehingga lebih bersahabat untuk pesawat. Aspek ideal lain dari daerah seperti ini adalah permukaannya cukup kokoh untuk menopang bobot pesawat besar.Akan tetapi, meskipun tak beroperasi, pesawat tetap harus selalu berada dalam pengawasan petugas. Hal itu dilakukan agar pesawat tetap dalam kondisi prima dan siap digunakan kapanpun, seperti pengecekan pada sistem hidrolik, sistem avionik pesawat, sistem pendingin udara, mesin, ban, komponen elektronik yang jumlahnya begitu banyak dalam sebuah pesawat, dan bagian-bagian lainnya dalam waktu seminggu sekali.Baca juga: Grounded Besar-Besaran Bikin Bandara Penuh, Haruskah Pesawat Parkir di Gurun?Tak cukup sampai di situ, untuk mencegah menumpuknya debu serta burung yang bersarang, mesin serta bagian lain pesawat yang terdapat lubang, termasuk ban pesawat pun juga ditutup dengan kain, plastik, atau media lainnya. Interior pesawat juga tak luput dari perhatian. Selama pesawat digrounded, seluruh kaca pesawat ditutup dengan tirai. Fungsinya, akan sinar matahari tak masuk ke dalam dan membuat bagian dalam menjadi lembab. Lantai, in flight entertainmet, sistem penerangan, hingga sarung kursi pun juga tetap rutin dicek.Kemudian, yang tak kalah pentingnya, bahan bakar pesawat juga harus dalam keadaan terisi penuh. Hal itu untuk mencegah terjadinya karat di bagian dalam tanki bahan bakar. Meski demikian, ketika pesawat hendak kembali dioperasikan, bahan bakar tersebut tetap harus dibuang dan diganti dengan yang baru. Sebab, layaknya bahan makanan, bahan bakar juga bisa ‘basi’ bila terlalu lama disimpan di tangki.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

UWF Cruises Past West Alabama in Series Finale

first_imgWest Florida put an eight-spot on the board in the sixth inning, starting with a two-run double down the right field line from Dunnam. Catcher Trevor Payne then singled up the middle, bringing in Dunnam and Brooks Mitchell, and second baseman Adam Imwalle singled to right-center to score Matthew Estrada. For the latest information on UWF baseball, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. Live Stats Delta State 2/29/2020 – 1PM Full Schedule Roster Preview Next Game: The scoring for UWF started with a sacrifice fly from Justin Dunnam in the second inning to score Miller Hancock, and that was all the run support Floyd needed. A Cullan O’Shea two-run triple and a West Alabama error brought in the final three runs of the inning, giving Floyd a 9-0 cushion. Watch Live LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The University of West Florida baseball team used two big innings and an outstanding performance from starting pitcher Daniel Floyd win the series finale over West Alabama 15-0 on Sunday afternoon. West Florida is now 6-6 on the year and holds a 4-2 mark in the Gulf South Conference, while UWA dropped to 6-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference. West Florida will be back home next weekend for a series against Delta State, on Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1 at Jim Spooner Field. In all, UWF scored six runs on three hits, two errors, and three walks in the inning. Estrada, Payne, Imwalle, O’Shea, Mitchell, and Dunnam each tallied two hits in the series finale, and Dunnam added a career-high four RBIs. The senior from nearby Chipley, Florida, threw seven innings and did not allow a run, while striking out four. UWA could muster just six hits against Floyd, three of which came in the second inning, and he retired eight of the final nine batters he faced. It was more of the same for UWF in the eighth, and it began with a bases-loaded Sam Harris walk. Mitchell then singled down the left field line to score two runs, Dunnam singled to score Harris, and Estrada singled to score Mitchell. Catcher Riley White’s grounder to short was misplayed and allowed Dunnam to score, finishing off the six-run eighth inning. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ronaldo engages girlfriend, Georgina with N300m ring

first_imgReal Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reportedly engaged his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, with a Cartier diamond ring worth N300m ($836,051.91 or £615,000).The Sun, UK, reports that Georgina, the shopkeeper-turned-model fuelled speculations that the pair are engaged after she showed off a sparkling ring in an Instagram video.According to the newspaper, both Ronaldo and Georgina have kept sealed lips over a future wedding, even though they already have a daughter together.The new ring comes just months after she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Alana Martina.Newsmen reports that Ronaldo had said it would be difficult for him to have another child after Alana Martina.Georgina, however, commented with a string of heart emojis on her Instagram page, hs she sat in the passenger seat of the Portuguese international’s luxury car when she showed off the new ring.last_img read more

Another Special Session Long Gone, Many Asking ‘What Happened?’

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With another 90 days in the past and no fiscal plan from Governor Bill Walker, many Alaskan’s are wondering if anything was accomplished over the 3-month period in Juneau. Egan: “Nobody wanted to tackle talking about the PFD or a lot of it, capping the PFD, because if we don’t do something, in the best case scenario, in four years, it’ll be gone, entirely. We won’t have a Permanent Fund Dividend.” Egan: “I don’t agree with Peter Micciche from the Kenai Peninsula very much but I agree with Senator Micciche who said that they could have finished this at 90 days and we sat around and sat around. I was not on finance and I was not on resources so what the rest of us did was sit around and wait and did some, what I would call minor legislation, as it appears to budget issues and resources issues. I think we could have finished it in 90 days.” Although a plan has not been establish on the fiscal plan or the Permanent Fund Dividend, Egan says we can expect something in the next legislative session to happen…center_img Out of the twenty senators in office currently, ten are facing re-election this year. Dennis Egan, Juneau Senator agrees with Kenai Peninsula Peter Micciche and the attitude of many residents, too…last_img read more

KPBSD Contract Negotiations Still Ongoing

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association still remain without a contract after their last bargaining session which took place on Thursday. Contract negotiations are set to reconvene next Wednesday with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The associations voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike would take place on September 16 at the earliest. Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien issued a letter to parents and guardians regarding the potential threat of a strike due to unresolved contract negotiations. Erkeneff: “As both sides recognize the outstanding issue is a formula to apportion the cost of health insurance between the district and the employees, that is the sticking point. The health insurance costs required by the offer by the associations to be paid by the district would require at a minimum to deplete the anticipated unassigned fund balance.”center_img KPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “So, after a full day of bargaining an agreement was not reached, but everyone agreed to reconvene next Wednesday for another day of bargaining.”  Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the District since February of 2018.last_img read more

Dalton Myers | Local universities still a good option for student athletes

first_imgJust last week, an article in THE STAR titled ‘US collegiate still the best option’ quoted veteran coach and president of Racers Track Club, Dr The Hon Glen Mills, as suggesting that attending overseas (I am assuming US) universities is a better option for Jamaicans who want to be full-time athletes and students. He made some observations which are worth examining. I have known Mills for a while now and have worked very closely with him, while I was head of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, sports programme. In fact, he was instrumental in the development of the university’s track programme, which at one point rivalled the major tertiary institutions locally. I also understand his position as we have had similar discussions around the challenges student athletes face locally. LONG-TERM GOALS I have long argued that some athletes are better suited to train overseas, while others could benefit more by staying home. So where I agree with the world-renowned coach is that some of our talented juniors should choose overseas or local programmes based on their long-term goals. A lot has changed at the Mona campus since I left, so I cannot speak for the current administration, but what I do know is that part of the earlier struggle was to get the management to agree to wholesale changes that were not necessarily in line with the university’s policies and procedures. This created several challenges for athletes and support personnel such as Mills. In many instances, athletes could not train in an accommodating environment. Improvements were made while I was there, but obviously a lot more needed to happen. Therefore, I can understand aspects of Mills’ arguments in this regard. Where I fundamentally disagree with Mills is the broad-based suggestion that it is more difficult to do both training and academics in local universities. As someone who spent over a decade in our local collegiate system, I can safely say that some of the comments attributed to Mills do not represent the total picture. If this was the case, we would not have seen several student athletes completing their undergraduate degrees and competing at the highest level. Additionally, based on my knowledge of other tertiary institutions such as G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, and the University of Technology, Jamaica specifically, I am not sure if their experience is similar to Mills’. ACCOMMODATING ATHLETES’ TRAINING In many of these institutions, faculty and coaches work together in the athletes’ interest, oftentimes adjusting to accommodate the athletes’ training and competition schedule. I think the issues in the local tertiary institutions are many, and not all are as accommodating as overseas universities, but the current system also helps to mould and shape many student athletes. If you look on the most recent senior teams, you would have seen several current and past student athletes from local universities, including Shashalee Forbes, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jaheel Hyde, Fedrick Dacres, Traves Smikle and Hansle Parchment, and many others competing for Team Jamaica. In other sports such as netball, the Sunshine Girls team is made up of majority student athletes; cricket now has several athletes in the Jamaica team, while UWI has several players involved with the Red Stripe Premier League football competition. Our tertiary institutions have a far way to go in terms of creating a structure that fully accommodates student athletes. The cost is also prohibitive, as many tertiary institution administrators see other competing expenses as more important than investing directly in sport development. Our tertiary institutions represent the bedrock of sport in the region. I am sure The Hon Mills remembers that we have had decades of challenges with student athletes, who have also gone overseas and have had similar challenges of completing their academic programmes and/or suffer burnout from the collegiate circuit. So, there are challenges all around. It is not that going overseas is the better option for everyone, but rather there may be better facilities and support systems overseas. This has always been the case, but it has never prevented us from recruiting and keeping local talent at home and training them to become world-beaters. The truth is we may never be able to match overseas systems at the professional track and field level because of finances, but we can adjust our programmes to still produce world-class athletes, and even a developing model for many other countries. Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com or tweet @daltonsmyers.last_img read more

Another ugly day for Kentucky’s special teams

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. – Like its run defense, Kentucky’s special teams malfunctioned for the third time in four games in Saturday’s loss to Georgia.The Wildcats melted down at LSU, allowing a punt-return touchdown, a long kickoff return and failing to fall on a squib kick. They gave up an onside-kick return for a score to seal their fate against top-ranked Mississippi State.This might have been the worst yet, though, as Kentucky gave up a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game and a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown that drove the nail in the second half — both by Isaiah McKenzie.Cats coach Mark Stoops said the first one “started with a terrible kick and some guys not doing their job.” So how bad was it for the special teams Saturday?“Giving up two touchdowns is real bad,” said assistant coach Craig Naivar, who is charge of that unit.But he called the mistakes “fixable” and exited the postgame interview room saying: “The sun will come out tomorrow.”Tim Sullivan: How bad was UK’s loss to UGA? AwfulFree CatsHQ App:Coming soon … sign up and we’ll let you know when it comes outlast_img read more

Digitain launches multi-channel platform for iGaming industry

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Digitain, an independent technology provider for iGaming industry operating in Europe, has launched its new multi-channel, multi-lingual and multi-currency system platform based on cutting-edge technologies, which are constantly enhanced to provide high level customer experience.It can be supplied either as a Turn-Key Solution, where the partner handles all licensing and management issues, or as a White Label where the partner operates all games while Digitain handles licensing and accounting.The Platform also offers operators flexible solutions to plug-in products and service modules from external providers. It comes as the head of a range of products that company offers, including Sportsbook, Casino Engine, Payment Gateway, Content and Enterprise Solutions, and is based on a strong foundation of many years of successful product development and supply for the industry.The company’s most valuable assets are over 700 highly qualified, motivated and experienced professionals with diverse educational and industry backgrounds such as Sportsbook Trading, Casino, Software Development, IT, Finance, Mathematics, Marketing, Legal, Business Administration and Communications- representing a technology stronghold, which is a hub for global clients, currently expanding from Europe to Americas and Asia.The proprietary Sportsbook, powered by 300+ in-house traders, covers over 65 sports and events in pre-match and more than 26,000 Real Monthly Live Events, 7,500 leagues worldwide, offering over 3,000 bet markets and constantly growing.Zaven Sahakyan, Digitain Business Development Director, noted: “We are looking forward to welcoming you at ICE Totally Gaming 2016, at our stand S2-141 for more information and hands-on demonstration of our new Platform and its capabilities.“It has already proven itself a success on practice, and we anticipate to offer it to more partners. ICE is exactly the place for our Platform to show itself in full success. You can reach me for an appointment at Zaven.Sahakyan@digitain.com or info@digitain.com.” Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more