Student gov’t restructures elections

first_imgFollowing a resolution passed by the Student Senate before Thanksgiving break, the Judicial Council is restructuring the Elections Committee, which is responsible for ensuring the fairness of student government and Class Council elections. Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said the existing committee was less effective due to its large size and the fact that its members were spread across campus. “Two weeks before Thanksgiving break, we had that resolution passed to do away with the previous elections committee that was in place, which consisted of the election commissioner from each of the dorms,” he said. “It was always hard to get them together.” The new election committee, which will be significantly smaller, will assist in approving candidates for student government positions and dealing with accusations that may arise regarding candidates’ fitness to run for office, Perez said. “The newly formed Elections Committee, as outlined in the constitution, will deal with the allegations that come forward during the campaign season and will help the vice president to run the elections,” Perez said. “What we did was make it a smaller group so it might be easier to get them together.” The Judicial Council has sent out multiple solicitations to the student body looking for applicants to the reformed committee. “We want to make sure anyone who wants to apply applies,” he said. “Sometimes if you send one e-mail people may not look at it.” Perez said he hopes more students applying to the committee will result in a wider perspective when handling the campaign issues members face. “You need a committee that’s not too divided but at the same time you don’t want everyone having one single opinion,” he said. “That way, if it comes to an allegation, any interpretation of the constitution is made in a fair way, that it’s not just a one-sided interpretation.” The application to the Judicial Council is only the first step for students hoping to become part of the committee. After the Judicial Council selects applicants, they need approval by the Council of Representatives, Perez said. The election committee falls under the Judicial Council’s responsibility of handling elections, which, paired with assisting students facing disciplinary proceedings, makes up the Council’s objectives as defined by its constitution, he said. “I believe in the constitution it says the role of the Judicial Council is to run the elections as well as to help the student body with a better understanding of the rules as outlined in du Lac,” Perez said.last_img read more

Student documentaries earn national honors

first_imgFor a few recent graduates, a class project turned into national recognition. “The Elect” and “Picking Up America,” two documentaries created for a documentary production class in 2010, have been official selections and award winners at film festivals across the country this year. Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) faculty member Ted Mandell taught the class for which the films were made. “In the past few years [Notre Dame] has been more successful in terms of getting into national and international film festivals,” Mandell said. Produced by 2011 graduates Erin Zacek and Dan Moore, “The Elect” was selected for the Los Angeles film festival for its behind-the-scenes look at the Scottsboro Baptist Church. “When we went to the LA film festival, out of 5,000 films, to be selected and to stand out from that many quality films was really exciting,” Zacek said. “Picking Up America,” produced by Michael Burke and Marie Wicht of the Class of 2011, tells the story of the environmentalist group Pick Up America, which has been picking up trash across the country since March 2010 to raise awareness about waste and pollution. In addition to being selected for 12 festivals, the film won the Social Change Award at the Ivy Film Festival and Best Nature Film at the Yosemite Film Festival. “It was super rewarding to have someone stand up and say, ‘This is the film that can inspire the most change’… Knowing that it worked and people are responding to it is rewarding,” Wicht said. “We’re college kids … We got in competing against non-student films.” Mandell said Notre Dame’s FTT department offers students unique opportunities that have contributed to such successes. First, Notre Dame offers filmmakers funding and grants to travel, which is key when making films of national scope and interest, Mandell said. Both films’ creators took advantage of the Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, a grant for FTT students created by a 1986 Notre Dame graduate. “We got funding totaling over $1,000 … That covered all our travel expenses, as well as submission fees for somewhere around 20 film festivals,” Burke said. The relatively small size small of Notre Dame’s film department gives students the benefit of more faculty attention and more access to equipment, Mandell said. “Our documentary class had eight people. To get that kind of one-on-one attention from the professor and feedback from the class … was a luxury,” Zacek said. Because of small classes, film students participate in every aspect of the filmmaking process, including writing, producing, cinematography, directing and editing, Mandell said. “For [“Picking up America,”] it was me and Dan doing the whole thing,” Zacek said. “At a bigger school I’d just have one job, like editing. But for FTT, here we got to do the whole thing just the two of us, and that versatility was great to have.” The Arts and Letters and University requirements that FTT majors must take in addition to their film classes also make more well-rounded students, Mandell said. “Students are more prepared when they get to the real world,” he said. “They are more aware of issues and ways to approach them.” As these documentaries continue their tour of film festivals, the students are enjoying their success, Burke said. “I’m still surprised how welcoming all these festivals are to student filmmakers,” he said. “The fact that a college student — and even a high school student in some festivals — can have an opportunity like that is something I was totally unaware of. “What’s been most surprising is the way you get treated as a filmmaker at festivals.”last_img read more

Drying apples

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaFall, and especially October, was always a busy time back home. Dad hated to see anything go to waste. So Mom and Dad dried apples every year.They picked the apples from our trees and worked hard peeling and slicing them. They put several pieces of tin across three or four old sawhorses and spread the apple slices out on the tin to dry in the sun.Fall is still a busy time for a lot of folks. Apples and pumpkins signal the cooler weather. And that inspires folks to get outside and work in their yards.Mulch a littleIt remains the best time to plant and transplant woody and herbaceous ornamentals. By now the energy produced by the leaves this summer has been funneled to the roots for winter growth.Although the tops of plants are dormant in winter, the roots continue to grow throughout the winter. So when spring arrives, the plants are ready to explode with new growth.Dig and divide herbaceous perennials now. Wait until November to divide fall-blooming plants. If you can’t get around to all of these tasks this month, don’t worry. Divisions and transplanting can be done in November, December and January.No need to rushDon’t be too hasty to plant pansies. An ideal time to plant them would be from now to the end of November.Trees will soon be tossing their leaves for us to recycle as mulch. Shredded leaves stay put better on the landscape and don’t blow around like whole leaves. They also do a better job of holding moisture in the soil and insulating roots of plants from winter cold.Don’t forget to add an inch or two of new mulch to ornamental plantings to help protect them from the cold. It’s an exciting time in the Georgia landscape, a time to dig, divide and renew landscapes for next year.Yep, there is a lot going on in October. I just got back from visiting my mother up in north Georgia. I brought back a bushel of Mutsu apples for me and a bushel of Granny Smiths for my friend Anna.Anna has already started drying her apples.I haven’t had a chance to dry mine yet. I’ve been too busy. It is October, you know.last_img read more

Guatemalan Kaibiles, U.S. Special Forces Promote Security through Partnership

first_img“The Kaibiles are a very professional organization, and those selected for the GEIR are made up of a seasoned group of Soldiers,”said a U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) medic assigned to the 7th SFG, who works daily with the GEIR. “They welcome us and know we are here to help.” Roughly a thousand years ago, the Mayan civilization thrived as they developed advances in writing, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical studies throughout the Central American isthmus. “The only time we interrupt training is when we are called to do our job,”said the colonel. “As Kaibiles, we are always ready. For any mission, under any circumstances, day or night we stand disciplined and willing to follow the orders of our commanders for the well-being of the Guatemalan people.” The GEIR is responsible for neutralizing, preventing, and acting against any narcoterrorism threat in the country. With support from Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (7th SFG), the mission of the GEIR is simple: Keep Guatemala safe for its people. Roughly a thousand years ago, the Mayan civilization thrived as they developed advances in writing, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical studies throughout the Central American isthmus. Within Central America, Guatemala is considered to be the heart of the Mayan world. The nation is the most populous of the Central American countries, and it is a popular travel destination for millions of people all over the world who want to visit and experience the beauty of the Mayan culture. Training programs, such as the one in Guatemala, empowers nations to train together in an ongoing effort to better protect national borders and increase the host nation’s capacity to conduct special operations. “I am proud of our Soldiers and what they do to better our country,”he said. “The enemy should know that there is always a Kaibil standing by and willing to conserve the peace so that we may better our country and our people can have a fruitful life.” Members of 7th Group are under the operational command of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), in Homestead, Florida, which is responsible for all special operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America in support of U.S. Southern Command. SOCSOUTH assists partner nations through training exchanges enabled by its theater security cooperation program. Training programs, such as the one in Guatemala, empowers nations to train together in an ongoing effort to better protect national borders and increase the host nation’s capacity to conduct special operations. “With the training and support we receive from the U.S. Soldiers, we continue to hone our techniques to counter narcotics trafficking,”said the colonel. “As Soldiers, we need to be united against those who threaten our livelihoods, and only by being united can we overcome the enemy and defend innocent lives so they may prosper.” “With the training and support we receive from the U.S. Soldiers, we continue to hone our techniques to counter narcotics trafficking,”said the colonel. “As Soldiers, we need to be united against those who threaten our livelihoods, and only by being united can we overcome the enemy and defend innocent lives so they may prosper.” As 7th SFG members look on from 50 meters away, the noncommissioned Kaibiles line up their troops as they yell their motto: “Si avanzo…sígueme, si me detengo…aprémiame, Si retrocedo…mátame. Kaibil!” Or in English : “If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me. Kaibil!” “Training them on operational processes and logistical training is one of the biggest objectives we concentrate on,”said the SF medic. Currently, the training is geared toward accuracy during a pistol marksmanship event. “By facilitating training and developing their subordinate leaders to work with their officers, we can enhance their abilities. Based on what we’ve seen here, the noncommissioned officers are completely capable of running their own training. It has almost become second nature to them,”he added. Within Central America, Guatemala is considered to be the heart of the Mayan world. The nation is the most populous of the Central American countries, and it is a popular travel destination for millions of people all over the world who want to visit and experience the beauty of the Mayan culture. “Training them on operational processes and logistical training is one of the biggest objectives we concentrate on,”said the SF medic. Admiring the quickness and effectiveness of the Guatemalan Special Forces Soldiers, the U.S. looks on as the GEIR NCOs carry out the training. Training is around-the-clock. With so many missions, the unit requires constant mentoring and support to perfect their craft. The U.S. SF Operational Detachment Alpha, or ODA, team provides the GEIR with mentorship on all aspects of military operations. Members of 7th Group are under the operational command of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), in Homestead, Florida, which is responsible for all special operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America in support of U.S. Southern Command. SOCSOUTH assists partner nations through training exchanges enabled by its theater security cooperation program. For the GEIR colonel and his men, who are considered to be the first responders to handle counter narcotics trafficking operations, training makes the difference between life and death. The Kaibiles, who are based in the Special Forces Kaibil Brigade, are either constantly engaged in training events or being ordered to help protect civilian lives due to their expertise in interdiction and rescue operations. However, Guatemala’s excessive crime and murder rates rank among the highest in the world and could threaten the nation’s growing tourism industry. By Dialogo February 19, 2015 No matter where they are stationed around the world, helping build military capacity and working with partner nation counterparts to deter security threats is something U.S. SF Soldiers do best. The mission in Guatemala isn’t any different. For the GEIR colonel and his men, who are considered to be the first responders to handle counter narcotics trafficking operations, training makes the difference between life and death. The GEIR is responsible for neutralizing, preventing, and acting against any narcoterrorism threat in the country. With support from Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (7th SFG), the mission of the GEIR is simple: Keep Guatemala safe for its people. “I am proud of our Soldiers and what they do to better our country,”he said. “The enemy should know that there is always a Kaibil standing by and willing to conserve the peace so that we may better our country and our people can have a fruitful life.” Good for the Kaibiles, but the best in the world are the Colombian Lanceros. Day or night, always ready for combat. no there not the best is the kaibils “Training is extremely important and it needs to be constant,”said the colonel. “We have a saying here: ‘it is better to have sweat hundreds of drops of water than to have bled one drop of blood,” to emphasize how vital the training is for a quick reaction force unit like the GEIR. According to a 2012 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, transnational organized crime in Guatemala comes at a price and is usually in the form of violence. Admiring the quickness and effectiveness of the Guatemalan Special Forces Soldiers, the U.S. looks on as the GEIR NCOs carry out the training. In the report, thousands of Guatemalans were asked what was the most important issue facing their country. It was no surprise that the public felt crime was five times more important than unemployment. Guatemalan government officials are responding to the people’s concern by utilizing the country’s most elite warriors, known as the “Kaibiles,” Guatemala’s Special Operations Force. However, Guatemala’s excessive crime and murder rates rank among the highest in the world and could threaten the nation’s growing tourism industry. The Kaibiles, who are based in the Special Forces Kaibil Brigade, are either constantly engaged in training events or being ordered to help protect civilian lives due to their expertise in interdiction and rescue operations. “In any country there is always a threat that endangers lives and property on a daily basis,”said a Guatemalan colonel assigned to the GEIR, who spoke in anonymity for security reasons. “The threat [in Guatemala] is real —and organized crime, like the cartels, terrorists, or whatever it may be, endangers the people of our country.” Training is around-the-clock. With so many missions, the unit requires constant mentoring and support to perfect their craft. The U.S. SF Operational Detachment Alpha, or ODA, team provides the GEIR with mentorship on all aspects of military operations. According to a 2012 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, transnational organized crime in Guatemala comes at a price and is usually in the form of violence. “They’re all motivated and very capable,”said a 7th SF Group communications NCO. “That’s the reason they’re here —they’re grueling [and their effort pays off] in everything they do.” “The Kaibiles are a very professional organization, and those selected for the GEIR are made up of a seasoned group of Soldiers,”said a U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) medic assigned to the 7th SFG, who works daily with the GEIR. “They welcome us and know we are here to help.” Since illicit activities, such as drug trafficking, are linked to crime, Kaibiles have been assigned to the Special Interdiction and Rescue Group (GEIR) to defeat organized crime and other ever-changing threats. The GEIR is considered to be Guatemala’s top fighting force. “By facilitating training and developing their subordinate leaders to work with their officers, we can enhance their abilities. Based on what we’ve seen here, the noncommissioned officers are completely capable of running their own training. It has almost become second nature to them,”he added. Additionally, the ODA team is regularly working with GEIR members in close quarters combat, weapons familiarization, sniper techniques, medical care, and communications, just to name a few —but always focused on developing small group leaders because the Kaibil’s mettle is tested daily. Currently, the training is geared toward accuracy during a pistol marksmanship event. “They’re all motivated and very capable,”said a 7th SF Group communications NCO. “That’s the reason they’re here —they’re grueling [and their effort pays off] in everything they do.” Guatemalan government officials are responding to the people’s concern by utilizing the country’s most elite warriors, known as the “Kaibiles,” Guatemala’s Special Operations Force. Since illicit activities, such as drug trafficking, are linked to crime, Kaibiles have been assigned to the Special Interdiction and Rescue Group (GEIR) to defeat organized crime and other ever-changing threats. The GEIR is considered to be Guatemala’s top fighting force. As 7th SFG members look on from 50 meters away, the noncommissioned Kaibiles line up their troops as they yell their motto: “Si avanzo…sígueme, si me detengo…aprémiame, Si retrocedo…mátame. Kaibil!” Or in English : “If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me. Kaibil!” “The only time we interrupt training is when we are called to do our job,”said the colonel. “As Kaibiles, we are always ready. For any mission, under any circumstances, day or night we stand disciplined and willing to follow the orders of our commanders for the well-being of the Guatemalan people.” Additionally, the ODA team is regularly working with GEIR members in close quarters combat, weapons familiarization, sniper techniques, medical care, and communications, just to name a few —but always focused on developing small group leaders because the Kaibil’s mettle is tested daily. No matter where they are stationed around the world, helping build military capacity and working with partner nation counterparts to deter security threats is something U.S. SF Soldiers do best. The mission in Guatemala isn’t any different. “Training is extremely important and it needs to be constant,”said the colonel. “We have a saying here: ‘it is better to have sweat hundreds of drops of water than to have bled one drop of blood,” to emphasize how vital the training is for a quick reaction force unit like the GEIR. “In any country there is always a threat that endangers lives and property on a daily basis,”said a Guatemalan colonel assigned to the GEIR, who spoke in anonymity for security reasons. “The threat [in Guatemala] is real —and organized crime, like the cartels, terrorists, or whatever it may be, endangers the people of our country.” In the report, thousands of Guatemalans were asked what was the most important issue facing their country. It was no surprise that the public felt crime was five times more important than unemployment. last_img read more

Ultra Deep Solutions Scores Charter for DSCV Lichtenstein in GoM

first_imgUltra Deep Solutions has entered into a 3-year charter contract with an undisclosed client for its DSCV Lichtenstein.The charter also has multiple 1-year options.The Lichtenstein will finish a contract in the Middle East and head directly over to the Gulf of Mexico, South America, Caribbean area.The Lichtenstein is an MT Norwegian design and built to DNV GL. The vessel comes with Twin Bell 18 men saturation system 300 msw and Twin 18 men SPHLs. In addition, the 120 meters by 25 meters DSCV has a 140 t AHC crane to 3000 msw, and can accommodate 130 POB.UDS CEO, Shel Hutton, said: “Once again this is great news for Ultra Deep. It again proves our end clients are looking for a quality product in this market. We strive to bring a very fuel efficient vessel to the oil majors. “This was our 3rd major contract award for one of our ships in December. We always knew the end of 2017 was going to be the turning point in the oil down turn. This pretty much solidifies what we were thinking all along. We now look for major signings of new vessels in 2018 to add to our growing fleet.”last_img read more

Doctor Treated For Ebola Has Indiana Connection

first_imgDr. Kent Brantly (Image: AP/ JPS Health Network)INDIANAPOLIS — An American that has tested positive for the deadly Ebola disease has ties to the Hoosier State.Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is an Indianapolis native and 2009 graduate of IU School of Medicine. The current Texas resident is on a two-year mission treating Ebola patients in Western Africa and had recently contracted the disease.The Associated Press reported Brantly is fighting for his life in a medical facility in Liberia.American aid worker Nancy Whitebol of North Carolina has also been diagnosed with the illness.The virus has hit multiple West African countries as U.S. officials are concerned about the disease spreading by airline passengers arriving from the region.last_img

FB : Keeping their stripes: Gross and Syracuse hope Pinstripe Bowl will sign on with ACC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Daryl Gross has actively marketed Syracuse as ‘New York’s College Team’ since he began his tenure as athletic director seven years ago.Syracuse’s victory over Kansas State in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium last December was a milestone for Gross in achieving his ultimate goal of dominating New York’s collegiate landscape.With Syracuse set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014, though, the program may not get a chance to play on that stage in the future. The Pinstripe Bowl is currently in the second year of a four-year contract with the Big East and Big 12. So when SU makes the move to the ACC in 2014, the Pinstripe Bowl’s contract will be open.And Gross would like nothing more than for the ACC to explore a contract with the Pinstripe Bowl when its current deal expires to maintain Syracuse’s influence in New York and potentially compete against former Big East rivals.‘Absolutely, absolutely. I would love that,’ Gross said. ‘I think that the Pinstripe Bowl folks would probably love to check out those types of relationships. There’s just good matchups. And heck, why can’t it be a Big East-ACC? Why can’t it be some of those types of things?’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnce its current deal with the Big East and Big 12 expires, the bowl could be open to new options. That is when Gross hopes the ACC slides into the Big 12’s potentially vacated spot.Without the opportunity to play in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden every year once ACC play begins, Syracuse, which Gross called the ‘big boy’ in the state with potent football and basketball programs, will want to grasp onto any possible opportunities to compete in New York City.Though the Pinstripe Bowl isn’t a top-tier bowl game, it has value for Syracuse in the form of increased media exposure, as it is broadcasted on national television.But the ACC has not yet discussed its next bowl cycle, a conference official said. The conference is amid its October meetings, discussing topics such as when Syracuse and Pittsburgh will begin play in the ACC, what type of structure the conference will use — one division or two — and how its conference championships will be organized.When the time comes to potentially pursue a spot in the Pinstripe Bowl, the ACC will have to factor in the incentives of rekindling what soon may become dormant Big East rivalries. The ACC will explore bowls that receive a majority vote from the 14 athletic directors, the ACC official said.But that’s still three years away and the Pinstripe Bowl itself ultimately decides which conferences get bids.A Pinstripe Bowl official declined to comment on the ACC’s potential interest and said the organization is focused solely on its current contract.The Big East, however, is not necessarily buying into Gross’ vision of an ACC-Big East matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl.‘Our teams already play ACC opponents in the Champs Sports Bowl and the Belk Bowl, so I’m not sure it would be prudent to add to that,’ a Big East spokesman said in an email to The Daily Orange.With three years left on its existing bowl contracts, the spokesman said it’s ‘too early’ for the Big East to speculate about future bowl partners. But when the conference does look into future bowl games, the spokesman said the Big East will value ‘desirable destinations and top-level competition for our schools.’Until then, Syracuse, which has already secured half of the six wins necessary to qualify for a bowl, has two more potential opportunities to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.Playing in last year’s inaugural bowl game at Yankee Stadium held sentimental value for many of the players on the team.For former Syracuse safety George Mayes, it was an opportunity to play in front of family — something he and the other 34 Syracuse players from New York and New Jersey weren’t often able to do at home games in the Carrier Dome last season.In Mayes’ mind, the day that stands out isn’t Dec. 30, when the game was played. Rather, Mayes remembers four days earlier. If he could, Mayes would relive Dec. 26, 2010, every day.On that Sunday, he and his family drove from their home in Roselle, N.J., to the Grand Hyatt New York, where the SU football team stayed during the days leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl.Though it was only a half-hour drive, Mayes vividly remembers thinking back on memories at Syracuse with family and anticipating the culmination of his collegiate career in what would be his first and last bowl game. And there was no more fitting place to do so than close to home at Yankee Stadium.By the time he took the field Thursday, Mayes was ecstatic.‘It was unreal to be honest man,’ Mayes said. ‘ … It was probably one of the best days I’ve ever experienced in my life.’Now, Mayes sympathizes for the current and future SU players who may never have the chance to partake in the homecoming of sorts he did.Though he expects his alma mater to advance to Bowl Championship Series bowls in coming seasons, Mayes was looking forward to SU playing in the Pinstripe Bowl becoming a ‘big tradition’ for years to come.The one Pinstripe Bowl the Orange did play in was about more than just the football program. It was about elevating SU’s campaign as ‘New York’s College Team.’‘The fact that we’re New York’s College Team, I think it was big for the state,’ Mayes said. ‘I think it was big for the university for us to just represent and for the folks to remain loyal.’[email protected]—Sports Editor Michael Cohen and Asst. News Editor Jon Harris contributed reporting to this article.   center_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Caribbean to benefit from hosting Gold Cup tournament

first_imgMIAMI, CMC – Football administrators are expecting Central America and the Caribbean to reap major benefits from the hosting of the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches for the first time next year.There will be an increase from 12 teams to 16 in the 2019 edition of the confederation’s marquee competition, and countries in the Caribbean and Central American zones will host matches in keeping with a promise made by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.Costa Rica has already been announced as the Central American host, however no host has been named for the Caribbean.The upcoming tournament , the 15th edition of the competition,  scheduled for June 15 to July 7. “The increase in the Gold Cup was not only a promise, but we delivered on it… obviously Central America is very happy to host, and that is basically a continuation of our One CONCACAF Vision, which is more than just a vision, but the implementation of that vision and delivering on it,” Montagliani told the Jamaica Observer.The Canadian businessman campaigned for the presidency two years ago on his One CONCACAF Vision manifesto which today shapes the foundation of the administration.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers get a huge lift in Game 2 from Zack Greinke

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He didn’t get the win, because Matt Honus Stan The Man Big Mac Carpenter of the Cardinals continued his drive to Cooperstown with a 2-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth. But Greinke was brought here to bring an imbalance of power in the postseason, and that’s what he did here, with a grouchy slider and a consistent fastball and a few consistent moments with the bat.But the Dodgers won, 3-2, when Matt Kemp smacked a 2-1 pitch from Pat Neshek into the left-field seats.“I felt like my slider was really good,” Greinke said, after sending Cardinals packing with that pitch all night. “A.J. said it was better than usual. I struck out (Jhonny) Peralta with a two-seamer in the sixth (with two Cardinals on) and that one felt pretty good.“I didn’t go in thinking I had to do a lot better because of what happened. My game plan is always to lower expectations, because I don’t want to go out there and do too much. The way our offense is playing, I think we could come back from being down by two games. The offense and the defense has been so good, and it’s like our pitching has been the weak link, which it hasn’t been all season. Brandon League got out of a situation and kept it at 2-2, and the way our offense is playing, I felt like we’re going to win.”But Greinke is also 32-12 since he joined the Dodgers in 2013, and this year he struck out 207, his most since 2009 when he won the Cy Young Award in Kansas City. And, of course, since this is the October of the full moon and the 1,000-yard stare, the Dodgers dropped all his good works down the sink.Greinke only threw 103 pitches, but he and Mattingly agreed he’d go out after seven innings.“He was done,” Mattingly said. “Usually all that running doesn’t bother guys, but you get a little amped up this time of year. It’s just a tick different than the regular season.”Beforehand, catcher A.J. Ellis was recalling Greinke’s innocuously blunt approach .Last year he asked Greinke how he would improve the Dodgers. As is typical, Greinke asked for a few minutes to think it over.When he returned, he told Ellis, “My first move would be to trade you and sign Brian McCann.”Yes, but trade Ellis for whom?“I think he said we could get a nice Double-A pitching prospect,” Ellis said.He can be just as unsparing with the media. “I hope the questions get better,” he said Friday after getting a couple of routine queries.The questions certainly got deeper Saturday as people tried to wrap their brains around what happened Friday. Kershaw’s two worst outings over the past two years have come against the Cardinals in playoff games.Ellis preferred to put all that in the archives.“I stared at the ceiling all night,” he said, “but when I woke up this morning I moved on to today.”What hurt Kershaw the most were episodes of mis-location. Aganst Jon Jay, Ellis set up down and away and Kershaw went up and away, and Jay poked the pitch into leftfield for a base hit. Against Carpenter, Ellis set up down and away again and Kershaw’s fastball started in and drifted just onto the inside corner, and Carpenter punished it for a double to right-center.“I asked Clayton how he was doing,” Mattingly said. “He said, ‘Not too good.’”But Greinke was fine.Like Kershaw, he insists on playing in both halves of the inning. In the third he showed bunt, pulled the bat back and singled to right. Dee Gordon followed wit an apparent double play that scored Ellis, but replays showed that St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong missed his attempt to tag Greinke in the baseline. So Greinke was able to score on Adrian Gonzalez’ base hit.In the fifth Greike banged out a conventional base hit. When Gordon singled for his first hit of the series, Greinke kept on chugging and slid into third head first. The Dodgers got nothing out of that, but Greinke had also been industrious in his day job, holding St. Louis hitless through the first four and one-third innings, until Wong’s hard double to right.“When you’re not an absolute out, it helps,” Greinke said. “It’s really important. Last year in this same game (Game 2 of the NLCS), Joe Kelly drove in a run against me and it really made a difference.”The caravan heads for St. Louis Sunday and Game 3 Monday, in a series that aready bulges with differences.center_img As ghostly as this first week of October has been, this was almost mundane.A game-tying homer run by St. Louis in the top of the eighth. A game-winning home run by the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth. No 18 innings. No exploding closers. No cleared benches.People did what they were suposed to do at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Most of them, anyway. Particularly Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw’s tag-team partner, who, after Friday night’s carnage, extended his helping hand.He did so with arm and bat alike. He gave St. Louis two hits in seven innings and didn’t let anybody get to third base.last_img read more

Wayne Gretzky rooting for Alex Ovechkin to break his goals record

first_imgWayne Gretzky is rooting for Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin to break his all-time goal scoring record. In an interview with the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno, Gretzky is supporting Ovechkin’s chase of his goals record.”I can’t help but cheer and root for him each and every day,” Gretzky told the AP. “I hope I’m the first guy who’s able to shake his hand when he does break my record.” “We’ll see,” Ovechkin said. “I’m healthy, thank God, and I still love this game. As soon as I’m not going to love this game, I’m not gonna cheat on it because I respect it a lot.”Ovechkin isn’t thinking about the record amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that paused the 2019-20 season.”My mind right now is not about 50 goals or catch ‘The Great One’ or somebody else,” he said. “My mind right now is to do the best what I can do, and what my family can do to be safe.” Gretzky and Ovechkin conducted a joint interview for the first time and it will air on NBC Sports Network and Sportsnet on Monday. Ovechkin’s pursuit of “The Great One’s” record was among the topics discussed.MORE: April 18, 1999: Gretzky’s final NHL gameThe all-time goals scoring record is held by Gretzky at 894 goals with Ovechkin at 706 goals. What marvels Gretzky about Ovechkin is his longevity. Even at 34 years old, the Capitals forward is still putting up consistent numbers as Ovechkin is tied with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the league-lead with 48 goals. The Hockey Hall of Famer doesn’t know whether Ovechkin will catch his record as the Capitals forward might desire to play in his native country.”Maybe one day in his mind he’ll say, ‘Look, I want to go home and play in the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) when I can still compete at a high level,” Gretzky said. “We don’t know that. That’s his decision. But I think he loves playing in Washington, I think he loves the NHL and I think he’ll do everything he can at any point to chase down the record.”MORE: Can Ovechkin catch Gretzky?Gretzky said he was offered to play in the KHL following his NHL retirement but turned it down. He said Ovechkin is in a different situation since Russia is home for him.”All I remember was my mindset was there’s one league and if I’m not good enough for this league, I’m done,” Gretzky recounted. “I grew up, I’m an NHL guy and if I can’t play in NHL, that’s it for me. He’s (Ovechkin) probably in a different scenario. He grew up in Russia and he’s proud of his country and maybe it’ll be great for him to go home.”When asked about how much longer he wants to play during the joint interview, Ovechkin was mum pointing to his current contract that expires after next season.last_img read more