August 26

The Los Angeles Sports Person of the Year: Yasiel Puig is the real deal

first_imgFrom ability to personality, from marketability to connectivity with kids young and old, the Cuban defector showed his “it” factor, no matter what language you or manager Don Mattingly tried to use in explaining “it” to him.“Maybe he’s a little misunderstood, where people look at him as if he’s this or that, but honestly, he’s a great kid and he just wants to succeed,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer and still a driving force in Magic Johnson’s global business ventures, capitalizing on his qualities beyond the basketball court. “His passion and love of the game, and how much he loves the fans, is all there. Maybe he’s emotional at times, but he’s got an infectious personality. You see the things he’s been doing with Little Leaguers lately, bringing them to the stadium just to play. That’s him, what he does all on his own, even flying back from Miami. And when he’s back home, he’s sending us Instagrams all the time to show us his workouts.”Perhaps Puig feels he has more to prove. After all, he wasn’t even named the National League’s Rookie of the Year, receiving only four of the 30 first-place votes cast. Strictly by the numbers, his .319 batting average with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs were very, very nice. Especially for someone was called up in June when the Dodgers were last in the NL West (23-32, 7 ½ games out of first) and needed a quick fix when Matt Kemp went out injured.But the other important numbers to factor: The Dodgers were 66-38 in the 104 games Puig took part in, finishing 11 games up on Arizona.For what Puig provided in things that can be documented, deliberated and debated with some disbelief — can’t you just hit the cutoff man once? — the decision was easy in making him our Sportsperson of the Year.“I’m happy and proud to hear about this,” Puig said from Miami on Friday night. “I am happy that the fans of L.A. have supported me all the time, and supported the team, and I hope they do the same next year. Thank you to the fans and I will do the best I can for all of them next season.”Others in the conversation?USC athletic director Pat Haden decided to fire, then hire, a new head coach for football (Steve Sarkisian, replacing Ed Orgeron, who was promoted to replace Lane Kiffin) and basketball (Andy Enfield, to replace Bob Cantu, who replaced Kevin O’Neill). Orgeron, too, had to be considered for how he endeared himself to Trojans fans, players and parents during his September-to-November run. UCLA had three candidates — head coach Jim Mora, having coerced a six-year extension and facility upgrades; sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley (2,845 yards and 22 touchdowns passing and 587 yards and 9 TDs running) and Pac-12 offensive and defensive freshman of the year Myles Jack.Dwight Howard and his ongoing decision to stay or go after the Lakers scrambled to make the 2013 playoffs without an injured Kobe Bryant provided plenty of drama. As did passing the team’s ownership torch from the late Dr. Jerry Buss to son Jimmy Buss.The Clippers’ choice of Doc Rivers as its new head coach was inspired, providing a huge assist to point guard Chris Paul. The Angels’ Mike Trout, a runner-up again for the AL MVP, was a repeat on the radar. So was UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, the Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers (the first openly gay athlete in U.S. male team sports) and Landon Donovan, plus Candace Parker, the Sparks’ WNBA MVP.As for the Dodgers, Puig’s teammate, Clayton Kershaw, who captured the NL Cy Young Award, is up on the list. So is broadcaster Vin Scully, who finished his 64th season calling games and will be the grand marshall at the Rose Parade.But when all the lists are collated, Puig is the one best plugged in.The Dodgers had already signed the free agent to a head-scratching seven-year, $42 million deal before any of its fans laid eyes on him. Puig didn’t arrive at Dodger Stadium from Double-A Chattanooga until June 3. He went 2-for-4 in his debut and threw out a runner at first base on a double play to end a 2-1 win over San Diego. Put his locker over there near Adrian Gonzalez, and maybe start printing the No. 66 jerseys.He hit a pair of homers in his second game. He hit a grand slam in his fourth game. Start thinking bobbleheads, and get him a translator ASAP.In his ninth game, he was hit in the face by a pitch from Arizona’s Ian Kennedy, a defining moment in the season as his teammates came to his defense — even though Puig was eventually ejected after a brawl erupted in the seventh inning.He finished June hitting .436, with 44 hits ranking second behind DiMaggio for someone in his first month in the big leagues. Start thinking of an online campaign to get him considered for an NL All-Star roster spot.Puig’s untamed talents went to the extremes of nearly colliding with teammates going after the same fly ball, or being removed from a game by Mattingly once or twice to calm him down and hope a lesson was learned.Was there a “right way” to play the game? Puig’s way was enough to spark debate everywhere.Eventually, the brilliance and bafflement of Puig’s talents were on full display as the Dodgers charged into the NL Championship Series. He struck out four straight times in a 1-0 Game 2 loss in St. Louis. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI in each of Games 3 and 4. And in the 9-0 loss that ended the series in Game 6, Puig made a couple of unwise throws that led to Cardinals’ runs, even causing Vin Scully to scold him for “thoughtless” decisions.“It’s been our battle,” Mattingly said of Puig during an in-game TV interview. “He’s always trying to make plays. We’re trying to teach. I don’t know how else to say it.”Once the Dodgers’ season ended, it’s as if Puig didn’t want to leave L.A.He tagged along with Rosen and Dodgers president Stan Kasten to the Lakers-Clippers season opener in late October and immediately made known his loyalty.Puig noticed a Clippers fan who kept parading loudly behind his row of seats. By the third quarter, Puig waved him over and offered to sign his hat.Puig not only wrote his name, but included: “Go Lakers.” Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ chief of the business operations, said she was aware of Puig back in March when Phil Jackson, the former Lakers coach and her fiancee, told her about Puig’s remarkable athletic ability after seeing him at the Dodgers’ Arizona spring training camp.“I didn’t think much about it until they called Puig up and he set things on fire,” said Buss. “I made a point to tune into every Dodger game to see if the kid was for real. Watching the fans react to him was, for me, the most intriguing aspect. They were falling in love with him.”As Puig has got to know Lakers such as Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, he’s been seeking advice and joining them at charity events and hospital visits that didn’t always get publicized.“Since I have gotten to know him, I have seen him interact with kids, fans, everyone, and he is sincere in his enthusiasm and is warm and friendly,” said Buss. “He knows how to make people smile — even with a language barrier. “Sometime I feel like Lucy Ricardo trying to understand Ricky when he’s speaking Spanish, but we have a lot of fun trying to make each other understand what we are trying to say. We often text each other and rely on emoticons — mostly basketball and baseballs and purple-and-gold stars — to get the message across.“I hope he keeps that joy and passion for life because it’s contagious for anyone around him. In my life I have only known one other athlete that could light up a crowd with just his smile — Magic Johnson.”Puig’s social media activity also lights up the Internet. It can’t be much longer before he gets some tutoring from people like Johnson on how to cash in on their cross-over momentum.Meanwhile, Barry Goldberg, who’s runs on online store called “Barry’s World” selling what he calls “wacky, surreal and wholly unique gifts,” designed a graphic awhile back inspired from the children’s book, “Charlotte’s Web.”As the story goes, Charlotte the spider was trying to raise attention for her barnyard friend, Wilbur the pig. She spun a message in her web that said “Some Pig.”Then Puig-mania exploded.Goldberg’s graphic was soon recirculated as cleverly “Some Puig.” Except Goldberg didn’t know about it until it was recently pointed out to him.“It looks like somebody took original and altered it to add an extra letter,” the New Jersey businessman said in an email. “To be honest, I’ve never even hear of Mr. Puig.”Add that to the list of things you didn’t think were possible involving Yasiel Puig.Previous winners of our Los Angeles Sports Person of the Year award:2012: Dodgers ownership team of Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson2011: AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke2010: New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush2009: Thousand Oaks teenage sailors Zac and Abby Sunderland2008: Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez2007: Galaxy midfielder David Beckham2006: Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti2005: USC running back Reggie Bush and USC quarterback Matt Leinart LOS ANGELES >> In the GQ “Men of the Year Issue,” features on Pope Francis, Will Ferrell, Chris Christie, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and James Gandolfini are included based on the impact they had in 2013.There’s also a full page devoted to Yasiel Puig, the “Phenom of the Year.”On KPCC-FM’s website offering listeners a chance to pick the “Most Influential Californian” for this past year, the choices range from Tesla and SpaceX creator Elon Musk to governor Jerry Brown, SnapChat founders Evan Spegel and Robert Murphy to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.You can click on Yasiel Puig, too. Professional Sports Authenticator, the world’s largest sports card service that determines value of products for collectors, issued a list recently of the “most dangerous” autographs to look out for based on excessive forgery. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Michael Jordan are victimized most.And then there’s Yasiel Puig, the only active athlete mentioned.The Dodgers’ unapologetically unpolished outfielder who turned 23 earlier this month doesn’t have to sign off on being named our 2013 Los Angeles Sportsperson of the Year. It seems as natural a choice as his people-pleasing ability to nail a runner at third base from a throw on the fly from right field, punctuate an extra-inning, game-winning home run by sliding into home plate or flipping his bat aside as he drives a ball to deep right field, only to then have to leg it into a triple when the ball doesn’t clear the wall. Oh, and that was in a playoff game.Puig spectacularly defines what goes into picking out L.A. Sports Person — someone, or some group, who generated the most news in Southern California this last year, good, bad or “wild horse”-crazy. He was it, all rolled into one.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 14

How Tim Anderson made small adjustments and won a batting title

first_imgMLB PLAYOFFS: Bracket, schedules, TV channelsBut so much about the way Anderson went about becoming the first White Sox player to be the batting champ since Frank Thomas did it in 1997 was unusual. “The thing that’s crazy about him is he’s not walking. He swings the bat,” White Sox catcher James McCann told Sporting News. “I don’t know the past batting title leaders, what their walk numbers looked like, but he’s up there swinging the bat.”Among qualified hitters, Anderson’s 2.9 percent walk rate was just a tenth of a point higher than the lowest in baseball. He drew his 14th and 15th walks in the second to last game of the season, marking his first multi-walk game since June 10, 2018. Very few hitters can walk as rarely as Anderson did and still maintain a high batting average.What worked for Anderson was making better contact and sending the ball the other way more often.“If the ball is around the plate, he’s putting the barrel on it. He’s not getting cheap hits, he’s hitting,” McCann said. “It’s incredible the way that he’s able to put the barrel on the ball.”Normally, a hitter who starts making better contact is one who might have become more selective, spending less time chasing out of the zone and maybe even swinging less. Not Anderson.His overall swing rate in 2019 was the highest it’s been in his career, at 58.5 percent, and he didn’t limit his extra swings to just the ones in the zone. Anderson technically chased more often this season than he has in the past, up to 45.3 percent from 40.3 percent in 2018, but somehow he made more and better contact with those extra swings.“Just being upright, and having coverage to all sides of the plate,” Anderson said when asked what’s made the difference. “Being aggressive in the zone and being able to hit every pitch that’s in the zone.”Anderson said he tried to stay more upright in the batter’s box because of a suggestion last year from White Sox assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks. He dabbled with it toward the end of last season, Anderson said, and then worked on it further during the winter. The results weren’t immediate; Anderson hit .200 last September, but the change this season was undeniable. His overall contact rate jumped over 3 percent, and the biggest change was where he was hitting the ball. Anderson had been a heavy pull hitter the first three seasons of his career, but in 2019 he drove the ball up the middle and to the opposite field much more often. He pulled the ball a career-high 44.4 percent of the time in 2018 and dropped that number all the way to 32.6 percent this year.“Just to see where I was a couple of years ago to where I am now — I put the work in, and it’s showing,” Anderson said.The change in his approach was good for a 95-point jump in his batting average from 2018 to 2019. Last year, Anderson hit just .240. McCann said he and Anderson’s teammates took to joking in the dugout that an opposing pitcher could throw the ball to the backstop and Anderson would still find a way to put the barrel on it. But overall, Anderson’s rate of barreled balls didn’t go up considerably this year — 5.1 percent in 2019 compared with 4.7 percent last year — but he did have the highest average exit velocity of his career. That and doing a better job of hitting to all fields led to a BABIP of close to .400 this season, 111 points higher than what it was in 2018. Anderson benefited from a skill set that has always been there but just needed the right tweaks to let it flourish.“I think about the great hitters throughout my career, and they have something you can’t teach. You can try to emulate it, but you can’t teach it,” McCann said. “You’re not going to teach a guy the things that Tim Anderson does because of the abilities he’s been blessed with. He’s allowing them to come out right now.”McCann spent five seasons in Detroit with Miguel Cabrera, who has four batting titles, and he likened some of what he saw this year from Anderson to his old teammate. McCann also said that when he was with the Tigers, gameplanning for Anderson was relatively easy because he and his pitchers knew to just keep the ball away from the zone. Anderson would chase, they knew, and they could probably get him out. But, again, that didn’t work this year.“Even the pitches that he may appear to chase, he’s putting the barrel on,” McCann said. “It’s impressive.”There’s a better gameplan on Anderson’s part too. He’s spent a few seasons in the majors learning how pitchers approach him and better paying attention to how they pitch to hitters like him. McCann said it’s common for Anderson to come back to the dugout after an at-bat talking about the kinds of pitches he was looking for, a quality not always found in young hitters.“He’s a young major league player who’s basically been cutting his chops here at the major league level,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.At 26, Anderson has already put in almost 2,200 plate appearances in the majors. He has clearly learned a lot about how to hit, and it’s getting the attention of the league. Even Indians manager Terry Francona, who was at first reluctant to offer analysis on an opposing player, couldn’t help but share general yet pointed praise. CHICAGO — It was a mid-April dustup with the Royals that spurred Tim Anderson to introduce a personal motto: “Stick talk” would come over the course of the season to speak not just for how he carried himself, but also for how he would perform.On the way to winning the American League batting title with a .335 mark, Anderson did plenty of stick talk. After batting .250 through the first two games of the season, Anderson’s average never dropped lower than .307 the rest of the way. Even an ankle sprain in late June that sidelined him for almost a month didn’t slow his pace. Anderson just kept hitting. “You’re starting to see when the kids grow up and they know they belong. You see them turn into men,” Francona said. “And it’s like, you’ve gotta throw away your old scouting report because they’re doing some things different than they used to.”Anderson may have chosen to let his stick talk early this season because of the Royals’ blowback to him flipping his bat in April, but the work he did late last season and during the winter led to him being able to better utilize his natural skills. Anderson will probably never draw a ton of walks and could struggle to repeat his 2019 success because of his high swing rate and high BABIP, but his mental approach to it all is as relaxed and smooth as his Alabama drawl.“You’re playing baseball, so you’re going to fail some and you’re going to succeed some,” Anderson said, “and I think if you have fun with it, you won’t have to worry about those things, and the game will come to you.”last_img read more

August 6

Sister Marina Exchanges Benefit Business, Promote Friendship

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaSwantown’s Bruce Marshall (far right) participated in the sake ceremony honoringShin-Nishinomiya’s 20th anniversary in early October.Port Harbor Director Bruce Marshall was working side by side with marina and boatyard staff at Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor, Hyogo Prefecture, in early October.“I was struck by how similar our marinas are,” said Marshall, “We share common goals, concerns and challenges.”Marshall was surprised and thrilled when his Japanese counterparts invited him to join state and local dignitaries in celebrating the Japanese yacht harbor’s 20th anniversary. Leading the celebration were the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Minister of Finance, Minister of Tourism, and the Mayor.“The sake ceremony was an important part of the event,” said Marshall. “It even called for special attire.”A few weeks later, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Moorage Coordinator Mariko Kobayashi toured the Swantown facilities by water and land and examined marina operations. Swantown staff will always remember hearing Kobayashi talk about her responsibility to ensure no moorage for Japanese mafia vessels.Senator Karen Fraser escorted Kobayashi on a grand tour of the Capital City. Senator Fraser has worked tirelessly on developing the Washington’s Sister State relationship with Hyogo Prefecture. The creation of the Sister Marina Agreement is also largely a result of the Senator’s efforts.Naoya Nakadete, the Port’s first guest in the SisterMarina exchange, tours the Boatworks with MarineServices Supervisor Nathan Saline in October 2014.The first participant in the marina exchange program was Naoya Nakadete, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor’s Assistant Manager. In October 2014, Nakadete and Swantown staff covered everything from on-dock operations to financial systems, Security Vessel to Travel-Lift, ending the day with fish stories and beer.The Port Commission hosted a luncheon welcoming Nakadete and honoring Senator Fraser. Representing Hyogo Prefecture was Norihisa Mizuguchi, executive director of Hyogo Business & Cultural Center, Seattle.The Sister Marina Agreement was established during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Sister State relationship between Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Washington State in August 2013. The Port was proud to have Swantown Marina & Boatworks selected for the Sister Marina relationship, which is believed to be the first for both countries.The goals of the Hyogo Prefecture and Port of Olympia Sister Marina Agreement include:Technical exchange for the development of services, operations, and facilities;Sharing of knowledge and activities that promote environmental stewardship to improve sustainability and innovation; andCultural exchange to promote mutual understanding and further relations between the citizens of Japan and the United States.last_img read more

December 12

9 Tips for Stabilizing Handheld Footage

first_imgSometimes you just can’t shoot on a tripod.Heading to the set or into the field without a tripod? Getting beautiful handheld shots can be a difficult challenge – the recent influx of camera stabilizers and Steadicam equipment is a testament to that. Thinking out your approach to handheld shooting and taking several of the approaches listed below can significantly minimize camera shake.1. Use Two HandsOne of the easiest ways to minimize shaky footage is to use two hands instead of one. Even if your camera is too small to be held by two hands, find a way to use both. This can be holding your wrist or simply holding one hand around another. Adding the extra hand will essential take your camera from being on a monopod to a bipod.2. Keep the Camera CloseHolding the camera away from your body will severely increase camera shake. Most people make the mistake of holding the camera like they would if they were taking pictures, near their eyes. But for shooting video you want to hold the camera near your chin and close to your body. By resting your elbows on your chest and holding your arms parallel with your body you can create a “cocoon” that will make your footage more steady. This technique is certainly dependent on where your display screen is relative to your face, but for most DSLRs this should work perfectly.3. Use a WallIf you can, leaning on a wall is a great way to keep your footage steady. By simply putting your weight on a wall you can create a sort of tripod between your two legs and the wall.4. Bend your Knees and FloatWhen moving with your camera the best way to minimize vertical shift due to walking is to think of your camera as a cup instead of a camera. If you apply the same physics of a full cup to your hand held camera you will quickly find the camera shakes much less. Remember to relax!5. Keep Movements SimpleWhile handheld footage does give you the freedom to preform elaborate camera moves, these moves can make your footage incredibly shaky. It is much more advisable to keep your camera moves simple. Unless the shot calls for it, you may get a better result by keeping your camera stationary.6. Move Your AxisArcs make for smoother movement than pivots.When panning and titling try pretending that your camera is rotating around an axis in front of the camera. This will help you avoid the foot shuffling that occurs when you simply rotate in place. In moving your axis you will quickly find more natural and fluid movements. Think of your movements as being arcs rather than pivots.7. Use a Wider LensIt might seem like common sense, but when you are shooting handheld try using a wider lens. While telephoto lenses might offer a shallow depth of field they are incredibly difficult to keep steady, even with an image stabilizer. If you must have a telephoto shot I recommend standing completely still and not moving at all.8. Minimize FocusingAdjusting focus is one of the biggest culprits of shaky footage. Because you have to bring your hand to the front of the camera, focusing completely negates any effort you’re making to stabilize your footage. Try keeping your focusing to a minimum. In most cases I’ve even found that moving my body is much more steady than moving my focus.9. Fix it in PostIt is always better to shoot the footage right on-location instead of fixing it in post, but if you simply can’t get it right on-location there are a few things you can do to fix it in post. Namely, the warp stabilizer built into After Effects and Premiere Pro make it extremely easy to stabilize shaky footage. We’ve traditionally had a lot of success with the Warp Stabilizer, but mileage may vary depending on the shot. Shoot it great on-location, make it perfect in post.Have any other tips for stabilizing handheld footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

November 30

Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — A 46-year-old rider with “rockstar personality” thrilled the Southeast Asian Games equestrian show jump individual competition Monday after capturing the gold medal for Team Philippines in Rawang.John Colin Syquia, riding for the Philippines for the first time, won via jump-off and shocked the field when he upstaged his Malaysian foes, riding four seconds faster than the second placer to rule the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextcenter_img Colonia fifth in weightlifting “He is a rock star here. We call him our secret weapon,” said team manager Daniella Virata.Virata said Syquia has been competing in the Florida circuit where he is based. He grew up in New York City and began riding in Claremonth Academy.“He is a cool guy. Good personality. He gave us six clear rounds, three in individual and three in team event,” said Virata.Syquia was part of the team that won silver last Saturday along with Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo and Marie Antoinette Leviste.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The horse dealer and professional equestrian rode with his mount Adventure L.He finished tied with five other riders after two rounds and then in the jump-off clocked 37.63 seconds besting local riders Sharimini Cristina Ratnasingham  (41.30) and Dato Seri Mahamad Fathil Qabil Ambak (41.66).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRatnasingham on board Arcado, and Ambak on 3Q Qaliya, wound up second and third, respectively.After two rounds, Syquia finished in a bunch of five riders who went to the jump-off along with the Malaysians, Brunei’s Mohd Nasir and Singapore’s Catherine Chew. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READlast_img read more

November 7

Rovelli named as Australian Women’s Open coach

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Swain Rovelli as the coach of the Australian Women’s Open team. Rovelli moves into the role following the retirement of Peter Bell after the 2015 Touch World Cup in Coffs Harbour. Following roles as coach of the Australian Women’s 20’s team in 2013 and as an Australian Women’s Open assistant coach in 2014 and 2015, Rovelli will take the team into the new cycle in 2016.  Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate Swain on the appointment and wish him all the best.  Related LinksAUS Women’s Coachlast_img read more

October 28

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambers

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has been blocked from recalling Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers.As injuries have begun to pile-up at the Emirates, Emery is desperate for reinforcements this month.However, BBC claims Nelson and Chambers will not be recalled from their successful loan spells.18-year-old Nelson has excelled for Hoffenheim this season, while Chambers has also impressed with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Fulham.Emery has seen defenders Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Saed Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all to succumb to injuries in recent weeks. last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cup

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton did enough to see off FA Cup opponents Lincoln City 2-1 on Saturday.Ademola Lookman, with his first goal in 394 days, and Bernard put the hosts ahead inside 14 minutes but they struggled once Michael Bostwick pulled one back.”First, we achieved the main thing which was to play the next round in the competition,” Everton manager Marco Silva said.”It looks in some moments that we didn’t like to have a quiet afternoon. But for 20 minutes we did well, we started with intensity, with some good moments, the second goal was a good finish.”After that we lost focus completely and gave them hope and is something that has happened with our team during the last few games and is something we have to stop as quick as we can.”He added: “The game is always open until we score the third goal, we didn’t score the third goal but we achieved the main thing to be in the next round.” last_img read more

October 28

2 days agoRafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton dealby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafael Garcia has signed a first pro Everton deal until the end of June 2022 after turning 17 earlier this month.A first pro deal is a reward for the youngster despite confirmation that he will miss the rest of this season, having suffered an ACL injury while in pre-season.”Signing a first pro contract is a huge thing and hopefully it will be the start of something big,” Garcia told evertonfc.com.”I’ve had so much help since I’ve joined Everton, from my teammates, my coaches and the staff.”The people at Everton are very nice and very kind. The transition has been easy.”It is a great club to be at, with a brilliant history.”Getting the injury was a blow but the aim is to get back for pre-season next year and be stronger and fitter than I was.” last_img read more

October 17

Elections Canada scraps social media influencers to encourage youth vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Elections Canada has scrapped plans to use social-media “influencers” to persuade young Canadians to register to vote in this fall’s federal election.Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault said Thursday that a final vetting of 13 people chosen for the campaign — athletes, YouTubers and other television and social-media celebrities— turned up some past activities that could be seen as partisan.“I did not feel that I had the right assurances that were necessary to protect our reputation as an unimpeachable, neutral and non-partisan agency for the election,” Perrault said in an interview.“It would have been a risk and a distraction at a point where the focus should be on the voters, on the candidates, on the campaigns, on the platforms.”Perrault’s decision to scrap the influencers campaign comes after sustained criticism of the idea from Conservative MPs, who alleged it was evidence of bias on the part of Elections Canada. They doubted the influencers would be truly non-partisan and charged that any increase in youth voter turnout would largely benefit the Liberals.Ottawa Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre went so far as to call the independent agency a Liberal “lapdog.”Perrault declined to comment on those allegations.“It’s important for Canadians to understand and know that Elections Canada is a completely independent agent of Parliament, that we are non-partisan, that everything we do, including the media campaign, is done with that in mind. But it’s not for me to respond to politicians and start engaging in what would become political debates with politicians.”Still, he defended Elections Canada’s efforts to persuade young people to register — which will continue, without the influencers.“Our role is to remove barriers (to voting) for all Canadians. Different groups face different barriers,” Perrault said.In the case of youth, he said the problem is that only about 60 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds are registered to vote, as few as 40 per cent for 18-to-20-year-olds. Unregistered voters do not receive voter information cards advising them where and when to vote. Those who do try to register at their polling stations on voting day find the procedure cumbersome and unwelcoming.“We know that youth who vote early (in life) tend to be lifelong voters and those who do not vote early tend not to vote later on. So this is a long game. This is not about a particular election,” Perrault said.As to the charge that young voters are more likely to vote Liberal than Conservative, Perrault said that can’t be Elections Canada’s concern.“We remove barriers for seniors without asking ourselves whether seniors vote one way or another. We remove barriers for Indigenous (people) without asking ourselves whether they vote one way or the other. We remove barriers based on evidence that barriers exist,” he said.“I think it’s quite unhealthy if we start going down that road and then we’ll have to question ourselves as to whether we should have special voting opportunities for seniors in long-term-care facilities.”While influencers are used “as a matter of course” by various provincial elections agencies, Perrault said he was aware from the outset that the idea was “politically sensitive” among federal politicians. That’s why he intended to use the influencers only during the run-up to the election campaign and why he insisted on multiple, “thorough” vettings of the individuals involved.Among those who were supposed to take part in a video encouraging youth to register were Olympic athletes Andre De Grasse, Penny Oleksiak and Max Parrot and YouTubers Mitch Hughes, Elle Mills and Lilly Singh. The others were comedian Katherine Levac, TV hosts Maripier Morin, Nicolas Ouellet, singer-songwriter Alex Nevsky, blogger Thanh Phung, actor and First Nations activist Ashley Callingbull and Maayan Ziv, a photographer and activist for disability issues.The video was to be one part of a larger campaign that will be launched June 25 to reach youth, new Canadians, Indigenous people, disabled electors and others who face barriers to taking part in elections and whose turnout is typically much lower than average. That campaign will still include a video urging young people and others to register to vote, but Perrault said the message will be delivered by actors instead of celebrity influencers in their own names.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more