Indians Outfielder Abraham Almonte Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation

first_img Matt Medley 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. It was announced Friday that Indians Outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended for 80 games for violation of MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.MLB said Friday that Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses. The Indians already had a questionable outfield situation coming into the season with Michael Brantley injured, and this news may explain why the Tribe signed Will Venable to a Minor-League deal earlier on Friday. The Indians released the following statement regarding Almonte’s suspension:“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Abraham Almonte for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will not comment further on the circumstances surrounding this announcement.”Almonte will be able to play in Spring Training, but will not be allowed to play in regular season games until July.center_img Related TopicsAbraham AlmonteCleveland IndiansMichael BrantleyMLBWill Venablelast_img read more

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Miyazato finishes it off in style

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Miyazato, whose course-record 64 Saturday gave her a six-stroke cushion, finished the 54-hole tournament at 13-under-par 203 after shooting a final-round 70 with an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys at Fukuoka Century Golf Club.With the win at the Tour’s richest tournament, Miyazato earned a check for 21.6 million yen from the 120 million yen purse and jumped into first place on this year’s money list with 31.9 million yen in official earnings, 7.6 million yen ahead of second-placed Michiko Hattori. After dropping a shot at No. 2, Miyazato, 19, birdied three straight holes from the seventh to solidify her lead.She had two straight bogeys from the 10th but all but sealed her seventh victory on the Tour, including one she took as an amateur in 2003, with a two-putt eagle on the par-5 16th after hitting a 5-wood from 205 yards to within 10 feet.“Everything went fine and it feels like the New Year and summer holidays have come together,” Miyazato said. “I’ve been feeling that an increasing number of people come to women’s tournaments and I’m glad that I finally lived up to their expectations.” Akiko Fukushima finished second at 5-under 211 after a 69. Lee Eun Hye of South Korea also shot a 69 and finished two strokes further behind at 213, followed by Australian Tamie Durdin at 214.Yuri Fudo, the Tour’s top player who won last week’s Salonpas World Ladies, ended the week tied for seventh at 216. Two-in-a-row for Ho TAMANA, Kumamoto Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader S.K. Ho of South Korea successfully defended his title at the Japan PGA Championship on Sunday, shooting a final-round 69 to hold off Hideto Tanihara by two shots.Ho carded five birdies and two bogeys while making a series of key par-saving putts down the stretch on his way to a total of 16-under-par 272 at Tamana Country Club for his fourth career victory on the Japanese tour.The 31-year-old became the first player to win back-to-back Japan PGA crowns since Tsuneyuki Nakajima achieved the feat in 1983 and ’84. Beginning the day two strokes clear of Tanihara and Hiroyuki Fujita, Ho picked up three strokes through eight holes to extend his lead to four shots but a bogey on the 13th cut the lead back to two after Tanihara made a birdie.While Tanihara missed a string of makable birdie attempts on the final four holes, Ho got himself out of trouble with a deft short game and putting, especially on the par-5 final hole. AMAGI, Fukuoka Pref. – Ai Miyazato took full advantage of a commanding lead she took after two rounds and cruised to an eight-shot victory Sunday at the Vernal Ladies for her first title of the year on the Japan LPGA Tour.Ai Miyazato smiles with her trophy after winning the Vernal Ladies tournament in Amagi,Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday. It was her first JLPGA Tour victory this season.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Robins rewind: 2014/15 season review part two

first_imgThe simple answer was yes as Steve Cotterill’s men carried on their unbeaten league form from August.SUPER SEPTEMBERThe goals came flooding in too, with 14 goals scored in five games in September; in fact City scored three goals in all bar one match, a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United.Aden Flint and Greg Cunningham dealt the damage that day, though the newly promoted Iron were no pushover. They did see the post prevent them from taking a first-half lead before Flint headed home from Luke Freeman’s corner seven minutes after the restart and Cunningham finished off a neat move.last_img read more

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Undefeated Wildcats “starting to be empowered”

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-19:5ad5fe4372637fbd9d41092f Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-448215-4092179626001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.ATHENS, Ga. – Kentucky was in trouble. Its undefeated season was on the line. There were nine minutes and 35 seconds left and the top-ranked Wildcats trailed 54-47 at Georgia on Tuesday night.Despite owning the most devastating defense in the country, they’d allowed the Bulldogs to score on six consecutive possessions, including four layups and a dunk. “Infuriated us,” freshman Karl-Anthony Towns said. “We can’t be letting that happen.”So coach John Calipari, who’d stomped and screamed and thrown his hands atop his head, called a timeout. But whatever he drew up on the sideline was less important than what happened next: point guard Andrew Harrison gathered the guys for a players-only huddle at midcourt before play resumed.“I just told them, ‘We’re not losing,’ I was just telling them what we had to do to win,” he explained later. “Some of the younger guys haven’t really been in this situation before, so I just tried to guide them.” Analysis | No. 1 Kentucky roars back to stay perfect at GeorgiaCalipari loved it. “I want more of that,” he said after the Cats roared back for a 72-64 win to reach to get within a single victory of an undefeated regular season. It’s not as if his team has been struggling, but he’s been saying all along that Kentucky will really take off when he’s dragging the players less and they’re pulling each other more.Harrison has done much of the tugging lately. He scored a dozen points, almost all of them dramatically timed, and served as a confident and calming presence Tuesday.“They’re starting to be empowered,” Calipari said. “Last year, it was about this time that they said, “All right, we can listen to everybody make excuses for us – tell us it’s not me personally, it’s someone else – or we can come together and do this.’ And they did it.”The problem, though, against Georgia is that the Bulldogs simply wouldn’t back off. Even after that first impromptu huddle, UGA promptly pumped the lead up to nine. Later, with just 5:36 remaining, the Cats still trailed by six. Time for another group hug. “We came in the huddle and we said we wanted five straight stops,” Towns said. Actually, “we said three, then Andrew said five.”Towns lifts Kentucky with late surgeHarrison, who has averaged. 11.5 points, 3.8 assists and only 1.4 turnovers the last 11 games, joked that he came up with that number randomly, by looking down at his jersey number. Didn’t matter, as Kentucky actually held the Bulldogs scoreless on seven consecutive possessions and only allowed two more points the rest of the game. “The leadership Andrew gave us, especially when the game was on the line,” Towns said, “it’s amazing. When you have a person like that on your team, it’s hard to ever feel down on yourself. That’s what he gives us. He gives us not only his amazing talent, but his leadership is the key to (why) this machine is working.” * Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson provide a spark. The sophomores who’ve disappeared more often than not recently, made a major impact in supporting roles against Georgia. Lee had four points, three rebounds (two offensive) and a block in just nine minutes. Johnson had six points, three boards and sank 4 of 4 free throws in a dozen minutes. Calipari called them “terrific.” “I was just so happy for Marcus Lee and Dakari,” he said. “They need to play for us to be what we want. Dakari and Marcus have stepped back. Well, they stepped back up today, which was a good thing for this team.” With undefeated season on line, Kentucky-Florida the ‘hottest ticket’ in SEC basketball* Willie Cauley-Stein vanishes, reappears dramatically. With five minutes to go, Kentucky’s National Player of the Year contender had two minutes and two rebounds. Then he sprung to life with a critical steal and assist, followed quickly by an out-of-nowhere offensive rebound and slam. The sequence helped turn the game. “Willie was nowhere to be found until the last (five) minutes of thegame. I told him, ‘You better figure out why you had this mindset, because we can’t afford to have this as we go forward,’ ” Calipari said. “He played good defense the last few minutes.” * Aaron Harrison stops settling for jump shots. Calipari has preached and preached about Harrison now allowing himself to be merely a 3-poing shooter. Three of his five made field goals Tuesday – when he scored 16 points – were layups, and most of his seven free throws came as a result of driving attempts. “It’s great. He’s listening. He’s (taking) coaching, letting us tell him,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘Don’t settle. Just keep driving.’ “Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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Boroko Motors escape defeat

first_imgNetball BY PATRICK NIATO TOM Boroko Motors premier women’s team snatched a 16-13 victory over Post-Courier in the NCD Private Companies netball to open their 2019 season on Sunday at the Rita Flynn Courts. Boroko Motors launched a second half come back to steal the win with a three-point deficit to a more determined Post-Courier outfit who put a spirited fight although down with players on the bench. It was Post-Courier goal shooter Ralema Genaia who stole the show, adding five clean shots plus Wilma Maliku who raked up 8 points, but fell short as the clock ticked down to full time leaving Boroko Motors victorious. Boroko Motors goal shooters Walo Taputu and Janette Ravusiro collected 10 and 6 points respectively to contribute their side’s win. In the other games, Moore Printing saw off Westpac in a nail-biting 14-13 win while the third game Kina Finance stopped Pro-Clean by a point to run away with one-point (15-14) victory. The private companies netball competition started off strongly with teams putting up strong performances to open their account for the new season. The competition has 78 teams comprising of 12 divisions that include a premier division and divisions one to 11 including the premier division making it 12.last_img read more

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West Ham in negotiations with Barcelona over full back – Hammers…

first_imgWest Ham United are in negotiations with Barcelona over a loan deal for full-back Moussa Wagué. Barça are currently working on getting players out of the club, with the last day of the transfer window proving to be ‘more hectic’ than they realised.Having signed Trincao and with Matheus Fernandes on the way, they have now turned their attention to finding a club for Wague.He has several offers on the table according to Sport, who claim that West Ham are the latest club to ask about his availability.The newspaper report that Barcelona view sending the youngster to West Ham as the best offer ‘economically’ with them looking to loan the player out with a ‘high purchase option’ included in the deal.Wagué arrived at the Nou Camp for €3m from Eupen in 2018, and the Spanish giants ‘aspires’ to make a profit on that.West Ham are not the only club interested, with Leganés, Nice and Torino are all interested as well.Le Parisien journalist Marc Mechenoua is reporting that Nice have reached a deal with Barça, although Sport state that ‘all parties are negotiating’ at present.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTheTopFiveVPNUnlocking Netflix Restrictions Has Never Been This SimpleTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

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V-Net sponsors Essequibo spinner Persaud

first_imgFor many young aspiring cricketers, the dreaded feeling of having to find expensive gear to play the gentleman’s game is a nauseating feeling, but for young Essequibo off-spinner, Amit Persaud, he will enter the second round of the Hand-In-Hand Under-19 three-day tournament decked out in gear sponsored by V-Net Communications. Persaud, who sprayed his footwear from black to white just to take part in the tournament grabbed 7-61 against Demerara on debut in the first round and said he was extremely happy to have someone stand behind him in his aspiring career.The Affiance resident explained that while playing in the ball field was the furthest he went prior to this level, he was encouraged to go to trials at the other junior levels but chose to pursue his studies which landed him a job as a teacher back in February.The young man added that this gesture has motivated him to continue to do well, pledging to the sponsors at a simple ceremony at the company’s Delph Street, Campbellville Head Office that he will perform to the best of his abilities in an effort to make them proud. Managing Director of the Communications Company, Sarfraz Sheriffudeen, encouraged the youngster to continue to strive for greater heights and not to forget to remain humble as he pointed out the talent he sees in the teacher.Sheriffudeen noted that it was an impressive feat for a debutant at this level.The youngster, he said, had never faced competition which Demerara with West Indies youth players in their line up and to take seven wickets was a tremendous feat. Added to that Persaud made a fighting knock of 16 with the bat, albeit in a losing cause.Essequibo coach, Ryan Hercules who was also present, said that while Persaud is still rough around the edges, mostly due to his recent entry into the game, he has a lot of talent and suggested to the young man that he uses criticisms as motivation.last_img read more

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Tyson Fury claims Mike Tyson was willing to offer him $500 million for a fight

first_imgAlso Read | Mike Tyson return: Mike Tyson Opens Up On Anger Issues, Says He Gets Aggressive Under PressureTyson Fury further added that Mike Tyson primarily offered him $500 million, which piqued Fury’s interest in the contest. However, circumstances prevented the fight from being materialised. Tyson Fury then proceeded to opt out of the contest.Mike Tyson return update Written By Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE The Mike Tyson boxing return is seemingly still on the cards. Up until now, the heavyweight veteran has been linked with numerous fighters including the likes of Shannon Briggs, Evander Holyfield, Wanderlei Silva and Tyson Fury. However, Mike Tyson recently went on to ignite the fires on social media with Jon Jones and asked the UFC veteran to fight him in order to make some “super money”. Jon Jones was quick to accept the offer, saying “I’m listening”, to Mike Tyson. However, there has been no update from either veteran since.Also Read | Mike Tyson next fight: Mike Tyson Says Jon Jones Needs To Fight Him To Make Some ‘super Money’Also Read | Mike Tyson return: Mike Tyson Shows Intense Training Session In Another Instagram Video: WatchImage courtesy: Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury Instagram FOLLOW US While interacting with IFL TV Tyson Fury said, “No there was talk of it. I was contacted by Mike Tyson’s people. Me and Mike had…a face time, a zoom call, we had a phone call. Yea, it was definitely real. But nothing ever materialized from it. They were offering the money to Mike, and they came back and offered us like peanuts completely.” Last Updated: 25th June, 2020 17:51 IST Tyson Fury Claims Mike Tyson Was Willing To Offer Him $500 Million For A Fight WBC champion and the undefeated Brit heavyweight Tyson Fury claimed that Mike Tyson offered him $500 million, but later rescinded the offer.center_img Mike Tyson has been teasing his boxing return since the past few months. Tyson has been regularly posting video clips of his training sessions on social media to keep his fans updated. However, ‘Iron Mike’ is yet to confirm his opponent four the four-round exhibition fight. Meanwhile, current WBC champion and undefeated boxer Tyson Fury has brought an interesting twist in the tale, by claiming that he was about to grab the opportunity of welcoming Mike Tyson back to the boxing ring and stated that Mike Tyson offered him $500 million for the bout.Also Read | Mike Tyson next fight: Mike Tyson Warns Jamie Foxx, Says Playing Him In A Biopic ‘is Not Going To Be Pretty’Mike Tyson return: Tyson Fury says Mike Tyson offered him $500 million for a fight SUBSCRIBE TO US A weeks days ago, there was a buzz that ‘Tyson vs Tyson’ could potentially be scheduled, and Tyson Fury recently validated those reports by claiming that he was actually offered a fight against Mike Tyson. However, Tyson Fury claimed that the sum he was initially offered was rescinded and he was then offered “peanuts”, which ultimately made ‘The Gypsy King’ step out of the contest. First Published: 25th June, 2020 17:51 IST LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

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Gaming Innovation Group acquires Betit Holdings for €54 million

first_imgShare StumbleUpon GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Share Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Related Articles Submit Updating the market, Oslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) has confirmed that it has entered a binding agreement to acquire Scandinavian online gambling operator Betit Holdings (Betit) in a deal valued at €54 million.Signing a ‘letter of intent’, GIG is set to issue 153 million new shares in order to inherit Betit assets. Furthermore, industry venture financier Optimizer Invest, a leading shareholder in Betit will convert 10% of GIG subsidiary iGaming Cloud into 56.5 million new GIG shares.The planned acquisition of Betit sees GIG governance continue its 2016 M&A strategy, which has seen the operator bolster its industry portfolio acquiring Scandinavian affiliate network Magenti Media and sports betting technology provider OddsModel in the past 6 months.Acquiring Betit assets GIG operations will takeover Nordic-focused igaming brands of Kaboo.com, SuperLenny and Thrills as the operator seeks to establish itself as a leading online gambling operator in the lucrative Scandinavian marketplace.Confirming the purposed acquisition of Betit, GIG CEO Robin Reed commented“Through this agreement, we team up with some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs in the industry, significantly enhancing our reach to end-users, marketing partners and professionals,”“Our vision is to make the industry an open and connected eco-system and we will all benefit from the commercial and operational synergies.The acquired technology will accelerate our ability to grow and strengthen our base for further M&A activity.”Tomas Backman, CEO of Betit Holdings , backed Reed’s comments declaring“In less than three years, we have managed to build a successful multi-brand company and have now secured a great deal and a bright future for our shareholders.“To be honest we would probably not have done a deal at this stage with anyone else other than Gaming Innovation Group; they share our view on culture, the importance of product focus and that it is the people who make the company succeed.Together with GIG we will now become a major player in Scandinavia.”last_img read more

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Ravens need better from Flacco because there’s no alternative

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti delivered the message that quarterback Joe Flacco must improve in 2017.But that doesn’t mean an “or else” accompanied the declaration in the same way it might for head coach John Harbaugh or even general manager Ozzie Newsome after the Ravens missed the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Regardless of your feelings on the 10th-year quarterback, Flacco might have more job security than anyone in the organization over the next few years.The salary-cap ramifications of his contract scheduled to run through the 2021 season make it pointless to discuss moving in a different direction at quarterback for at least two more seasons. Even cutting the soon-to-be 32-year-old after the 2018 campaign would leave $16 million in dead space on the 2019 cap.You can try to find the next Dak Prescott on Day 3 of the 2017 draft if you’d like, but taking a quarterback any earlier only serves as a detriment to a roster needing more talent on both sides of the ball.The Ravens’ best hope is that Flacco being another year removed from ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee will pay major dividends in 2017. They want to see better footwork and crisper decision-making going through his progressions to improve upon a 6.42 yards per attempt average that ranked 27th in the NFL.“We were better this year with Joe Flacco back in the lineup, but I certainly don’t think we saw the Joe Flacco that he’s capable of being,” Bisciotti said. “We’ve seen a better Joe Flacco in the past.”Of course, Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh were very careful to add that the offense around Flacco needs to improve as well. The decision to retain offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has been met with much criticism, but the hope is that he can utilize a full offseason to move further away from Marc Trestman’s complex system and to try to more closely replicate elements of Gary Kubiak’s West Coast attack in which Flacco thrived in 2014.The final 11 games of the 2016 season as well as Mornhinweg’s body of work as the quarterbacks coach over the last two seasons don’t inspire confidence, but the thought of a sixth offensive coordinator in six seasons didn’t sound so great, either. Bisciotti noted that Flacco was happy with the decision to retain Mornhinweg, which seemingly puts more pressure on the quarterback to make it work with the incumbent.Finding more balance with a successful running game would be a good start for everyone.General manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed the need to add another wide receiver after the retirement of Steve Smith, but it remains unclear whether that will come through free agency, trade, or the draft. Baltimore must also address its offensive line by attempting to upgrade the center position and replacing free-agent right tackle Rick Wagner should he not be retained.For now, the Ravens are saying 2017 will bring improvement because that’s all they can really do at this early stage of the offseason. It will be interesting seeing how much Newsome can realistically accomplish with only so much cap space and 2017 draft picks falling only in the middle of each round.“Joe is going to be better next year,” Harbaugh said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be better next year, because he is going to be healthier, because we are going to have an offense in place that we all believe in, and we are going to work on it from Day 1 with our guys healthy in training camp.”The quarterback who helped define the legacy of Harbaugh with a historic performance in the 2012 postseason will now be counted on more than ever to prolong the head coach’s tenure in Baltimore. Yes, the front office and coaching staff need to better hold up their end of the bargain, but you can’t expect to have All-Pro talent at every position around the guy who’s taking up roughly 15 percent of a team’s total cap, either.Bisciotti hopes a healthy knee and a healthy mind will make all the difference for his high-priced quarterback who’s now facing more scrutiny than ever.“Is the recovery from what everybody else says that they are not back completely, did that mess with his mind?” Bisciotti said. “Did that mess with his timing, his accuracy? I think it did. … I think that it really comes down to that Joe is going to have to prove that he is back and he is better.”If Flacco doesn’t, we’ll likely see changes at this time next year.And it would then be up to a new regime to try to make it work with the high-priced quarterback.last_img read more

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