Stan Smith / October 16,2020

Say good night to the bad guys: Astros fall short in Game 7


When Aledmys Diaz flied out with a runner on first to end Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the bad guys finally lost.

“The legacy of this group is that these guys are ballplayers, and these guys are men,” said Baker, who took over the team in January. “They’ve been through a whole bunch other than on the ballfield, and these guys can forget whatever problems that they’ve had that’s out there and come together as a group. These guys will be forever friends.”

Houston fell behind early and never caught up in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 7 on Saturday night, coming up short of an astonishing series comeback after three consecutive victories.

Although they couldn’t quite conjure one more incredible postseason feat, this playoff run should be a of pride for these Astros long after the boos stop.

If fans are allowed back in most stadiums in 2021, this tarnished franchise probably won’t hear the end of 2020 anytime soon — but the Astros who return next season plan to greet the condemnation with the same mental toughness they demonstrated this month.

“I think we showed the kind of team we are,” said Lance McCullers Jr., who pitched four-hit ball into the fourth inning as the Game 7 starter.

Stan Smith / July 11,2020

Bulldogs duo have de-registrations overturned on appeal


Former Canterbury duo Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera have successfully appealed their NRL de-registrations and could play again this year.

Okunbor and Harawira-Naera were de-registered earlier this year following a schoolgirl sex scandal in Port Macquarie in March.

The league on Monday announced an alternative sanction, with Okunbor banned for 14 games and Harawira-Naera suspended for 10.

Okunbor has also been fined $22,500 and ordered to undergo a counseling or community service, while Harawira-Naera has been fined $15,000.

“The NRL took the action which it considered necessary given the serious breaches of the code of conduct – breaches the appeals committee also found to be serious,” NRL acting chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

“The independent appeals committee has taken a different view on what penalty the players should face and although we are disappointed, we respect the outcome.”

The Bulldogs were made aware of the outcome on Monday, however, it is unclear whether the players will be reinstated at the club.

It is understood the bans will be backdated to round one, which could potentially allow Harawira-Naera to take the field in round 11.

“We are now working with the NRL to determine how this process will be implemented and will await further advice from the NRL on the next stage,” the club said in a statement.

The development comes three months after the Bulldogs acted swiftly in cutting the pair for breaking club protocols while on an away trip. 

Stan Smith / June 02,2020

Former UK target Frank Anselem commits to Syracuse

Former UK target Frank Anselem commits to Syracuse

Former UK target Frank Anselem commits to Syracuse

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Four-star center Frank Anselem has officially chosen his new home, and it won’t be in the state of Kentucky. The big man is taking his talents to Syracuse University to play for the Orange and head coach Jim Boeheim.

The 6-foot-10, 220 pound center is currently listed as the No. 142 player in the nation, the No. 23 center and the No. 16 player in Georgia, according to 247Sports. Anselem is tabbed as a four-star recruit.

It’s been a wild recruitment for Anselem, who moved to the United States from Nigeria in 2016 and has only played basketball for five years. He was originally a member of the 2021 class, but he officially announced his decision to reclassify into the 2020 class on April 14. Following his reclassification, Anselem cut his list to three – Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Just four days later, 7-foot center Josh Gray committed to LSU, and Anselem announced his recruitment was once again “wide open.”

“In light of recent developments, my recruitment is now wide open as I take the time to evaluate the best fit for me both on the court and academically next season,” Anselem said via Twitter. “Thank you to everyone for your interest. Please stay safe and always keep the family close.”

Stan Smith / May 09,2020

A breakfast in ’95 played a role in Jordan’s return to Bulls


B.J. Armstrong might have played a role in the Chicago Bulls getting their 1996, 1997 and 1998 titles — even though he wasn’t on those teams.

Armstrong was the person who, at a breakfast chat over pancakes in Chicago, nudged Michael Jordan to stop by the Bulls’ practice facility one morning late in the 1994-95 season to go see his old teammates. Before long, Jordan ended his retirement; the Bulls won three more titles in Jordan’s second stint with the franchise.

Jordan’s first retirement in 1993, the murder of his father James, his stint in minor league baseball and — after a gentle push by Armstrong, who takes no credit for Jordan’s return — his comeback were among the themes in the latest installments of the ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance,” a 10-part series that showed episodes seven and eight on Sunday night.

“I’ve never thought about it, to be honest with you,” Armstrong, the longtime NBA guard and three-time NBA champion with the Bulls who is now a California-based sports agent, told The Associated Press. “I just wanted to be a good friend and I just saw something in him. When you see someone who really loves something … he loved it. He didn’t like it. He loved it. That’s who he was. And out of respect to the game of basketball, I wanted to be a good friend.”

Sensing the time was right, Armstrong suggested Jordan to go to practice with him that day under the auspices of just seeing the guys. Then Jordan went back for another practice. Then another. Before long, Jordan’s baseball days were done. He was back.

Stan Smith / December 08,2019

Stephen Strasburg’s Contract With Nationals Sets Market for Gerrit Cole


SAN DIEGO — A widely expected reunion materialized on Monday, the first day of baseball’s annual winter meetings: Stephen Strasburg, the World Series M.V.P. who had become a free agent, re-signed with the Washington Nationals.

Strasburg had exercised the opt-out of his previous contract with the Nationals, forfeiting a guaranteed $100 million over four years only to replace it with an eye-popping new deal that will pay him $245 million over seven years.

The deal broke two records: It is the most expensive contract ever given to a pitcher (beating David Price’s seven-year, $217 million deal from 2015), and it contains the highest average annual value for a pitcher (topping Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million a year, also from 2015).

Those marks might not last long, however.

Strasburg’s deal set the market for Gerrit Cole, 29, another free agent who is two years younger than Strasburg and who was arguably the best pitcher in baseball last season. The Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels, considered to be the primary contenders to sign Cole, most likely paid close attention to the figures in Strasburg’s new agreement.

“It’s very rare that a legacy for a team and a legacy for a player can, in our game, continue as this one has,” Strasburg’s agent, Scott Boras, said at a news conference on Monday to announce his client’s new deal. Boras deflected questions about Cole, one of his other clients.

Stan Smith / November 30,2019

Chad Johnson Net Worth 2019/2020 – Famous American Football Player


Chad Javon Johnson is just one of the all time famous American football gamer, that has actually made appearances in 11 seasons of the National Football League, playing for three different teams. In the Most Influential Athletes on Social Network, they listed him as the top professional athlete, since he has a huge fan adhering to.

Early Life and University Football

In 1997, Chad completed his senior high school, which was Miami Beach Senior High School. He proceeded his education in Santa Monica College, where he found his love for football, playing together with Steve Smith, a NFL pass receiver. In 2000, he bet Oregon State Beavers football group, where both him as well as team were very successful.

Expert Career

Chad has begun his professional career after he was selected in the 2nd round of 20001 NFL Draft, for Cincinnati Bengals group, where he damaged many records. In 2003, he established a document of 1355 yards, as well as in 2005 he broke that document. In 2007, list of NFL players That Covered 85 in the period became incredibly popular. If was made by Yahoo! and it offered an opportunity to fans to vote, and also used ballots to raise money for charity. In 2005, Chad preserved a list. In 2006, he had an injury that made him decrease, despite the fact that he intended to play in his own tempo after signing a contract extension as much as 2011. Still, he played well and had great period with the team. Very first season finished with him having 87 functions with a lead of 1369 lawns and also 7 touchdowns

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