Recorder – Tennis: WMass tournaments have Franklin County flair

Published: 31-05-2019 19:55:53

There is definitely a Franklin County flair for the upcoming WMass tennis tournaments.

MIAA released plantations and seizures for the Division 3 fields on Friday, and the area is well represented with four teams in total looking for sectional titles.

The boy's field is burdened with local interest. Turners Falls High School is the top-seeded team in Division 3, followed by Greenfield, the second-seeded squad in seven teams field.

Tri-County League champion Turners (14-2) gets the lone bye on the boy's side, and Thunder opens their postseason home with a semi-final match on Thursday against the winner of no. 4 Lee (7-4) and no .5 South Hadley (10-7). Powertown has lost in quarter finals around each of the last three years, the last two as the fifth-seeded team in the Division 3 field.

TCL runner-up Greenfield (11-4) will be working in the quarter-final round on Tuesday afternoon. The second-seeded Green Wave welcomes No. 7 Frontier (9-5) for a 3:30 p.m. competition at Davis Street Courts. The red gardens enter the postseason under unusual circumstances as the school girls' team competed all year round with a boy (Coleman Hartner) on the roster, requiring that they now compete in the boy's tournament if they wanted to include Hartner in the postseason list.

"Playing in the boy's moves was a decision made by the team," Frontier coach James Fitzgerald began. "We've had Coleman on the team all season, and he's one of the reasons we are where we are. Given the opportunity, we would be referring and bordering on inappropriate if we left him from the rooster. We know what we are entering and we are ready. We have prepared all year in moments like this. "

It has been a special season for Davis Street Kids, as the Greenfield boys team rose from a one-win 2018 season to No. 2 seed in the 2019 tournament.

"I'm particularly proud of seniors," said Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon. "There is a lot to be proud of this season."

If seed stays, Turners and Greenfield can meet in the WMass Championship match that is scheduled for June 11 at Forest Park in Springfield. Last year's champion, South Hadley and finalist, Belchertown, however, will offer solid resistance along the way.

"We want a recurring fight with Turners," offered Varnon, whose team split a few matches with Powertown in the regular season. "It would require us to win two matches. But at least there is a way for us to play them in Forest Park at the end of this whole thing."

Greenfield is the only girl team in the Division 3 field, and Green Wave is inoculated fourth in eight teams after finishing 9-1 and sharing TCL North with Pope Francis. The chief coach's main coach Alexis Silk's team is open with a quarter-final round match against No. 5 Mount Greylock (12-2) Wednesday at. 3.30. at Davis Street Courts.

"I love their spirit," silk said of her team. "I'm excited that we've made it to this point. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do."

Greenfield reached the six-month round a year ago, eventually falling to potential champion Lee. The defending champs are the number 2 seed in the field after a perfect match 15-0, while South Hadley is the top-seeded team on the girls' side with a 15-2 regular season mark.


Shots fired! "In the defense zone cheats Connor": Sportsnet commentator on McDavid

Does Connor McDavid fake offense? I don't buy that idea, but there is a discussion going on about this aspect of McDavid & # 39; s game and how he fits into the new coach Dave Tippett, who is known for his strong defensive game.

Tippett says McDavid is not cheating, but that was contradicted by Sportsnet commentator John Shannon, who said that McDavid is indeed cheating for the d-zone foul.

First Tippett told TSN's Gino Reda what he hopes to see from McDavid: "I want to see him walk around more often, which means you defend less. If you defend less, you're in the attack zone, you get a chance to drive more. When we play defense, he gets more offensive. & # 39;

Tippett repeated this talk to Tim and Sid – Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro – on Sportsnet: "The key is the more he can play offensive, the better, so if you defend well, quickly, you play more time to insult. Connor is not a player who cheats the game. But when you come back to your own end, if you check early enough, you can turn the puck around and go to the other end. I am a strong believer that you should spend more time in the attack zone … Connor McDavid, because of the neutral zone and the attack zone, is probably the best player in the world. Why don't we want to do that as much as we can for him? And that is everyone who buys in our own goal and plays more in the attacking zone. "

Then Tim and Sid spoke to Shannon, who said it would be a challenge for Tippett to get it right with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on a few fronts: "The challenge for Dave is the same challenge that many experienced coaches have in the NHL and that is how to deal with millennials and how to deal with younger players, and he learned to be sure, and in the interview he did with us on the radio and on TV, he told how important it is for Connor McDavid to be in the attack zone, and that is not the best for McDavid. But I'll tell you what: Connor cheats. Connor plays false in the defense zone. Connor wants to make that quick jump, that lead. Is that necessary what Dave Tippett wants from his star players in the defense zone? If Tippett can improve the goals, get it to a reasonable number, then this team has a good chance of making the playoffs. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will be a big part of it. Leon Draisaitl, he should have his own line. These are learning lessons that Dave Tippett has to invent. How often do you want McDavid and Draisaitl to play together? If it were my team, I would put them on separate lines … Put them together on special teams in the powerful game. But the rest of the time a one-two shot. "

My opinion

  1. Tippett is talking about McDavid's alleged cheating here: he's not guilty. I don't see that as McDavid's game. That said, I think McDavid & # 39; s defensive game needs some work. He is not always strong in man-to-man defense. He does not always get the right player for the back control. He can be guilty of watching puck. In this way he looks like almost every other young NHL player. He is not yet a defensive ace, although he is not eaten alive, mainly because of his ability to win pucks low and get them out of the zone, usually by skating the puck himself, but sometimes by passing it.<img data-attachment-id = "1021425" data-permalink = " cheats-sportsnet-commentator / attachment / 20190120db026-jpg # main "data-orig-file =" "data -orig-size = "1000.750" data-comments-opened = "1" data-image-meta = "{" aperture ":" 4 "," credit ":" David Bloom / Postmedia "," camera " : "Canon EOS-1D X", "caption": "Connor McDavid (97), Edmonton Oilers, speaks with Leon Draisaitl (29) during third period NHL action against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Place, in Edmonton, Sunday, January 20, 2019. The Hurricanes won 7-4. Photo by David Bloom "," created_timestamp ":" 0 "," copyright ":" "," focal_length ":" 200 "," iso ":" 2000 "," shutter_speed ":" 0.001 "," title ":" Oilers vs. Carolina "," orientation ":" 1 "}" data-image-title = "020219-20190120DB026" data-image-description = "

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  2. It is also true that while playing the line, McDavid and Draisaitl kept switching between the wings and the center of the defense, but both got somewhat confused in their roles and assignments last year. The defensive reading in the middle is difficult, and it didn't help that the two players sometimes didn't know for sure who the center was and who the wing was.
  3. McDavid's ability to win a puck, find time for himself with a quick move or by protecting the puck, and then the puck is an elite defensive skill. He just needs to do his defensive reads better, but that's a different problem than a player who blows into the zone to get a pass or constantly plays on the wrong side of the puck so he can steal it and take a break take. In the d zone, McDavid is usually on the right side of the puck, but it is not always there. As mentioned, he sometimes reads a lot wrong or does not get an attacker in the slot. But I see this as the typical mistakes of a young center. Draisaitl also makes them, just like the more experienced Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They must all continue to focus on sharpening their defensive skills, crushing and controlling their husbands. So Tippett is right when he focuses on this as a point for improvement. It is one that will indeed help the Oilers to stop hostile attacks faster and thus win back the puck to attack themselves.
  4. The real problem for the Oilers when it comes to getting stuck in their own zone? The inability of Oilers d-men to win pucks, and then help them out of the end of Edmonton. As a group, they do not pass the puck well. Sometimes you will see McDavid break for a pass – as he should and is expected to do – but the d-man will not hit him with a clean pass. This is a major problem and that will only be resolved with a change of personnel on the oil blueline.
  5. McDavid had his best year as a two-way player in 2016-17, the year in which he won the MVP trophy. It is no coincidence that Andrej Sekera was still at his best that same year. He was unharmed and made all kinds of fantastic passes. This made a huge difference for the Oilers and I am also going to suggest that it gave a boost to McDavid. He can't do it all by himself. That is why his plus-minus on scoring opportunities in Grade A in 2016-17 was +1.7 per game, but dropped to +1.37 last year and to +1.18 this year. In the past two years – with Sekera generally out or not at his best and often with Oscar Klefbom in the same boat – McDavid's steady power performance has been hit especially since he has spent more time in difficult situations in his own zone. Even McDavid can't do it alone, but until the oil gets better puckmovers that are asked from McDavid.
  6. The real problem then is the lack of good puckmovers on the Oilers, and not that McDavid is a bit too greedy to attack at the expense of his defensive game. With all due respect to an NHL lifer and insider like Shannon, I don't buy that argument, and I don't see why McDavid will have problems with Tippett's message. But whatever Tippett says, the Oilers will not return to the 2016-17 level of strong play until they get one or two or three more strong puckmovers on the blueline. So far the best hope for the Oilers next year is the promotion of over-ripe Caleb Jones from Bakersfield, the return of Sekera to form, and the hope that newcomer Joel Persson, a puck-moving ace in Sweden, can quickly translate his game into NHL- good luck . If the Oilers can essentially add three puckmovers, we expect McDavid's attacking game to improve and he will spend less time in the d zone. At the same time, as he gains more experience, his defensive reads will improve and that should also benefit the Oilers.

McDavid & # 39; s agent Jeff Jackson had this to say: "Shot fired back! He is very cleverly defensive. What is cheating? Anticipation? Being opportunistic? Cheating leads to laziness and that is about as far from the truth as it can be. "

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Letters: Remembering Bill Buckner, the ballplayer

Thank you, Bill Shaikin! Finally, written piece on the inadequate and, frankly, awful food offered at Dodgers stadium. Specific flavors. Heck, even the Dodgers ttraining facility in Phoenix offered tastier (and less expensive!) From your lips to the Dodgers management!


Pat Lam names six forms All Blacks in Barbarians for England clash

Former All Black's Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau have both been named in Pat Lam's Barbarians side.


Former All Black's Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau have both been named in Pat Lam's Barbarians side.

Former Blues coach Pat Lam has named six forms All Blacks – including four Rugby World Cup winners – in his star-studded Barbarians side.

Lam, who is the head coach of the Barbarians, has selected Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa, Liam Messam and Steven Luatua in his 23-man squad to play the annual fixture against an England XV at Twickenham on Sunday ( Monday morning, NZT).

Afoa, Slade, Fekitoa and Messam all won World Cup success with the All Blacks at either the 2011 or 2015 or championship.

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Former Wallabies lock James Horwill will captain the Barbarians.


Barbarians: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Chris Vui, 4 James Horwill (c) , 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16 David Heffernan, 17 Piere Schoeman, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Brock James, 23 Filipo Nakosi.


FIFA U-20 World Cup investigates possible match-fixing in Norway's 12-0 win

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The resounding 12-0 win that he suffered Honduras at the hands of Norway at the U-20 World Cup in Poland, will be investigated by the FIFA according to what was revealed by Jorge Salomón, president of the Honduran Football Federation.

This is because rumors have been uncovered that the catrachos footballers would have accepted money for letting themselves be written down as many goals as possible in the match.

"FIFA already has the people in charge of doing these investigations, we are on the other side of the world, if something happened, they will investigate it; we have little information, they have a mechanism to find these things and if there is something, they will find it, "said Solomon.

However, the leader of Fenafuth wanted to soften the issue by saying that the FIFA, by international protocol, investigates this type of results to rule out any type of fixation.

"This match for the result it has, automatically acts FIFA; it is normal, part of the international protocol. We signed an agreement with FIFA for the transparency issue, this is automatic that they are going to react, we do not have to do anything, they proceed to do the research ".

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Need monuments explanation? : How a Thälmann statue triggers a debate – Berlin

The annoyance is monumental: it is 13 meters high, cast in bronze and stands on a pedestal of Ukrainian granite. The park and the stature bear the same name: Wald and Mahnmal have been dedicated to Ernst Thälmann since 1986. The KPD politician was celebrated in GDR times as a hero. Today, more and more people feel the deference with the clenched fist as questionable. The district of Pankow now wants to do justice to the controversy and act – he decided after a long struggle this week in his district council.

Thälmann was a politician in the Weimar Republic. He was chairman of the KPD and its paramilitary Rotfrontkämpferbunds. Critics see in him a democratic depth; Admirers, on the other hand, were a political victim of National Socialism, arrested in 1933 and probably executed on the direct orders of Adolf Hitler in 1944 in the Buchenwald concentration camp. The rusty stele in Prenzlauer Berg is so far without classification there. From 2020, it should be rehabilitated for 150,000 euros. Others would rather have demolished them.

Pankow's district office has now decided to launch an artist competition. By 2021, a billboard is to be erected, which "historically critically works up, comments and illustrates the history of Thälmann".

More than 8,000 objects are included in the Berlin monument list

A role model for others? After all, according to the Senate Culture Administration more than 8,000 positions on the Berlin monument list. These include architectural monuments, garden monuments and entire ensembles. In addition to younger ones, such as Tegel Airport and the underground stations of the U7, many of them are from past eras. They originated in the Prussian and imperial periods, the Nazi dictatorship, the Cold War – and often politically controversial. The case of Thälmann shows that many observers here want more orientation.

Often, the monuments are only with the plaque that was once missed by the worthy. The rating of the figures today is often different, says Rainer Klemke. The 70-year-old was memorial and museum officer of the Berlin Senate for 18 years. Since then he has dedicated himself to the retired history. His projects include the planned "Cold War" museum at Checkpoint Charlie, but also a free app that makes Berlin's history in the cityscape come alive with eyewitness interviews, biographies, maps and comparative images on the smartphone.

Rainer Klemke, formerly Berlin Senate DepartmentPhoto: Thilo Rückeis

Who is worshiped or not, everyone should decide for themselves

Klemke finds the Pankow foray right and important. "A political monument is always an expression of its time and therefore requires explanation later," he says. "It requires at least one orientation – whereby I would always leave the classification itself to the public." In the specific case of Thälmann it is undisputed that this is a person of the time and party history. "Whether someone is honorable – or even despicable, everyone must decide for themselves." The necessary facts could provide an app like that of his project – or just a billboard or info post. Similar glass panels are already available in some places in Berlin. The Thälmann text for the app is already in the works, says Klemke.

Such a commentary on memorials is not uncommon, according to the Senate. The cultural administration does not want to explain the specific case of Thälmann in Pankow. Basically, however, it says: "Some things simply need a classification and additional explanation, often in the context of the historical context," says Daniel Bartsch, spokesman of Kultursenator Klaus Lederer (left).

Model Pankow? Other districts react restrainedly

However, such a classification must be made with moderation: "Since monuments should actually speak for themselves, additional information for explanation or classification should not interfere with or impair the effect of the monument."

Whether Pankow could be an example with his push for other districts – or similar plans may be planned or already implemented – could not be determined on Friday. From the other districts there were – probably also because of the Brückentags – initially no answers. Only from the district center it said, that one does not deal with it. "After consultation with the responsible department, we can only say that we do not evaluate projects in Pankow and there are currently no further considerations in Mitte."

The case Thälmann is not alone controversial

About the anchoring of information on site, the former monument-speaker Klemke also refers to the permanent exhibition in the citadel of Spandau, which endeavors to arrange since 2016. Under the title "Unveiled", around 600 political monuments that once shaped Berlin's cityscape have been exhibited and explained in the Proviantmagazin. The Airlift Memorial, explains Klemke, is as much a part of it as the "dolls", that sandstone ensemble of ancient gods from the Tiergarten – or the head of the Lenin statue from the United Nations, which had been dismantled in 1991 and deposited in the Köpenicker Forst.

Discussions about historical legacies and dubious homage to persons and dates of contemporary history are recurrent. In Wedding, for more than ten years, the renaming of streets of the African quarter from a colonial past has been fiercely contested. Similar debates are also being conducted in other districts such as Kreuzberg and Steglitz, where streets and paths are named after war ministers, generals and battles of various eras.


Former National Tanner Roark expects some emotions' when he is facing his former team

CINCINNATI – Tanner Roark was on the back of the street at the Dierks Bentley concert on Thursday night when he noticed that some people were aware of the crowd.

They belonged to Trea Turner, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, former members of Washington Nationals in parts of the final six seasons. When the show has started and the venue is filled with bright lights and Bentley's folk songs, these guys sent messages to Roark to say. But the 32-year-old poker was old with a group of Cincinnati Reds and he wanted to be.

“Nah,” said Roark Friday, smiling and handing through the air at his Great Ball Ballk. “I told them, these are my colleagues now.”

He was enthusiastic, Roark was chatting with his old friends, putting the conversations up until he saw the Nationals in his new house on Friday. But there was also a message that Roark will take his first start against his former team on Saturday: the past is the past. Baseball goes on and he plays for the Reds now. While the Nationalists have played a major role in his career, he must treat this as with any other person.

That is easy to say than was done. Roark was traded from the Nationals to the Reds in early December, in exchange for Rainey Tanner reliever. He grew up with Washington, going from a 25-round pick to a big-beginner league. He was struggling for most of last season, especially at the beginning, but now he has 3.20 ERA after he has left a team he has not left much behind the rotation in 2019.

He also has the opportunity to show the Nationals what they have given away, even if this is not on top of his mind. It can even break a personal rule and make eye contact with well known beaters.

“It will be strange. But eye contact, I am going, ”said Roark. “I am not usually, but I know with guys that it will be like a backyard baseball with your friends.”

Even when Roark was not the best for the Nationals, they could always rely on their survival. He started 30 or more in each season but one went into this one and he became a staple for their rotation, ranked fourth. There was a danger that the Nationals would lose their most reliable in-eat hand.

Washington traded it to save a bit of money and signed Anibal Sanchez to a $ 19 million two-year contract two weeks later. Roark is making $ 10 million for the Reds in the final year of arbitration eligibility and will be a free agent after the season.

Sanchez is 1-6, but it is starting the best start with Tuesday's year against Atlanta Braves. Jeremy Hellickson, who re-joined the Nationals to fill their team, started a brief start and is now on the injured list with right shoulder pressure. Roark is not going so deep into games for the Reds – it's just six in two of the 11 it starts – but they're 6-5 on their tours and it kept almost every game.

That was his reputation with Washington: nothing flashy, nothing too large, but almost always good for in-service start. Roark admitted that it will be strange when he takes the mound against the Nationalist.

Before opening the series on Friday night, he turned around the field to exchange hugs and hell with all who played and worked with him. He stood in a shallow field on the left and spoke to Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle. He directed Turner to the visitors. He caught up with Dave Martinez with the cage during batting practice, speaking to a Washington manager beyond anyone. His next task is to alleviate his feelings and just to present him.

“I don't know yet. We'll find out, ”said Roark, laughing, when asked that these feelings give him extra fuel or put him off on Saturday. "Stay tuned."


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Turner Turner, SS

Adam Eaton, RF

Anthony Rendon, 3B

Juan Soto, LF

Howie Kendrick, 2b

Matt Adams, 1B

Victor Robles, CF

Yan Gomes, C

Patrick Corbin P

Reds (26-30)

Nick Senzel, CF

Joey Votto, 1B

Eugenio Suarez, 3B

Yasiel Puig, RF

Jose Isglesias, SS

Curt Casali, C

Jose Peraza, LF

Farmer Kyle, 2B

Tyler Mahle, P

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El Sarri, in the semifinals of the Catalan Handball Cup

Different sort for the two teams from Girona who played yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Catalan Handball Cup. The good news was for Sarrià, who overcame Esplugues on his track (32-23) in a game that was always well controlled. The men of Pere Coll continued their good run after sealing the historic promotion to the Silver Honor Division a few days ago. Meanwhile, the Bordils fell defeated at home against Granollers B (41-32) in a game that was decided at the start, as the first half ended with a tie to 16 goals. In the second half, Granollers was devastating in attack, reaching 25 goals against Sergi Catarain's men who never found the way to stop their success at the finishings of the locals.

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Millionaires: representative of González Lasso will look for club in Mexico

One of the determining pieces of the success of Millionaires in the first semester of Liga Águila is the front Fabián González Lasso, footballer who has scored decisive goals in the passing of the 'ambassador' in the championship and who has won the affection of the fans for their commitment and good presentations.

The future of Fabián González begins to be an uncertainty facing the second semester. Although in Millonarios he is calm and with a great performance, Offers from international football question its continuity in the club. Last Thursday he learned about the possibility of returning to Peruvian soccer and now he would have open doors in Mexico.

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As it became known, the representative of Fabián González Lasso will travel next week to Mexican soil to participate in the popular 'Draft', where the first division teams look for their main signings for the following season. There, he will try to get you a equipment with good economic pretensions so that he continues his career abroad.

It should be noted that, despite the possibility of an exit by Fabián González Lasso, in Millionaires have a purchase option for their loan Peruvian soccer and Pinto would have already asked the board to seek this negotiation. However, if a better offer is presented from international football, that situation could change.

Read also: The first great reinforcement that would reach Millionaires for the Eagle League II

In the current championship that is still in progress, Fabián González Lasso has played 18 matches of Liga Águila, added to five of Copa Águila, scoring 8 goals between both competitions and being key piece in the offensive scheme of Jorge Luis Pinto.

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Bundesliga: Sané? Boateng?

The transfer of international Leroy Sané to Bayern has apparently become less likely again – and Jerome Boateng speaks surprisingly of a future in Munich. It is probably a poker game.