Altidore set for Black Cats medical

first_img Press Association Sport understands the 23-year-old striker is due to fly in to undergo a medical having agreed personal terms. The Black Cats agreed a deal with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for the United States international over the weekend and are keen to push the transfer through as quickly as possible. Press Association Jozy Altidore will arrive on Wearside on Monday to complete his move to Sunderland.center_img Altidore will become the latest man to join new manager Paolo Di Canio’s revolution as he overhauls the squad he inherited from predecessor Martin O’Neill. The Black Cats unveiled Bosman free signings Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite last week having also added youngsters Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson to the mix, and the Italian has a series of other targets in his sights. However, the striking department is a priority with Scotland international Steven Fletcher having to carry much of the burden last season before injury struck, and Di Canio will hope the American is the man to provide the support. January signing Danny Graham has unable to date been unable to contribute on the goals front, while Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won have struggled to make an impression and Stephane Sessegnon’s future remains uncertain. last_img read more

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Rooney: The goals will come

first_img Press Association Van Gaal has decided against signing a striker in the transfer window so far because he believes Rooney can score at least 20 goals for the club. Despite letting Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave over the summer, the United boss is determined to stick with Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as his three main strikers. It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon. “I’ve always enjoyed playing against Newcastle, so hopefully on Saturday I can open my scoring.” While Rooney failed to bag in his ninth successive match, Memphis Depay stole the show at Old Trafford on Tuesday, scoring two and setting up Marouane Fellaini for the third goal, which puts United within touching distance of the Champions League group stages. Rooney feels the presence of the powerful Dutchman will help him break his duck. “It’s important that we all chip in,” Rooney said. “Memphis managed to get off the mark this season. I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it. “I know, I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.” Despite his disappointment in front of goal, Rooney still enjoyed being part of United’s first Champions League game in 16 months. The United captain has missed playing in Europe’s top club competition and does not want to see any slip-ups from the team in Wednesday’s second leg in Belgium. “The Champions League is what you want to play in,” said Rooney, who was part of the United team that lifted the trophy in 2008. “It’s a great feeling stood there before the game when the music comes on and that’s when you know how special a tournament it is. Still, there’s an important game for us next week to go and finish the job off but Tuesday was a good result for us in terms of starting well.” And despite the recent criticism of his performances, the United captain is sure he will not let his manager down this year. “I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards,” Rooney said after United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday night. “It’s not a game which I want to look back on but obviously that happens in football. You’ll have nights like that and you have to move on. “It’s early on in the season. We are just three games in. I’ve experienced this (criticism) before and the goals will come, I know that. “I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us.” Rooney spent part of last season in a deeper midfield role but returned to his favoured striker’s position on United’s pre-season tour, when he scored once in four matches. Rooney insists he still knows how to operate as a lone striker, despite having not occupied that position on a regular basis for three years. “My mind is clear. I know how to play the role,” said Rooney, who will start up front for United against Newcastle on Saturday. Wayne Rooney has told manager Louis van Gaal he can still rely on him to deliver the goals for Manchester United this season despite a poor start to the campaign. last_img read more

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Deficit Surpasses $1 Trillion

first_imgSurprise! The federal deficit now exceeds a trillion dollars.According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit surpassed the trillion-dollar mark in the first eleven months of the current fiscal year.To put that in perspective, that’s about $181 billion more than last year’s number.The CBO estimates the actual deficit for the year will be around 960 billion once the U.S. Treasury collects quarterly tax payments for September.Right now this massive deficit is not sustainable according to economists.Congress headed back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.Lawmakers have only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16.last_img read more

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Tennis Center Plans Warm-up Sessions

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin The Ellsworth Tennis Center will be hosting two “warm-up” sessions for the upcoming high school tennis season. Experienced and beginning players are invited to participate in the Friday sesssions from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 and April 3. The cost is $15 for one session or $25 with advanced registration for both sessions for those who are not ETC members. Players are encouraged to call 664-0400 to sign up or for more information since space may be limited. Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press February 15, 2020 Kuchar followed Thursday’s 64 with a 2-under 69 that leaves him 9 under for the tournament. He’s two shots ahead of Harold Varner III, Rory McIlroy and Wyndham Clark.Varner and Clark stayed close by shooting 68s, while McIlroy fired a 67. They are one ahead of a host of players that includes Adam Scott, who shot a 64.Vaughn Taylor, Russell Henley and Sung Kang join Scott in a group at minus-6. That group doesn’t include Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) or Jordan Spieth (speeth), each of whom barely made the cut at even par.Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Francesco Molinari are among those who missed the cut. Day imploded on Friday, carding a 76 that left him 2 over.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN HORSE RACING-COUNTRY HOUSE RETIREDKentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injuryUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment.Blackwood Stables says the 4-year-old won’t race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot.Country House finished second in the 2019 Derby as a 65-1 shot and was placed first after Maximum Security was disqualified. That race at Churchill Downs was his last. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-GENESIS INVITATIONALKuchar 2 upLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) remains in the lead heading into the third round of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Inbee Park takes 3-stroke lead at Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park hasn’t won an LPGA tournament in nearly two years, but she could soon be adding Australian to her 19 tour victories.Park took a three-stroke lead at the Women’s Australian Open on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 68 that included a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. She has a 54-hole total of 15-under 204.Nineteen-year-old Ayeon Cho will play in the final group with her fellow South Korean. Cho shot 69 on Saturday and was alone in second. American Marina Alex was third at 11-under after a 70, four strokes behind.WCUP-WOMEN’S GS New Zealand teenager Robinson wins GS in absence of ShiffrinKRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson crowned her breakthrough season in the World Cup with a second career victory on Saturday.Robinson, who turned 18 in December, overtook first-run leader Petra Vlhova to win a giant slalom, almost four months after edging out Mikaela Shiffrin in the season opener.The Olympic GS champion from the United States was missing this time. She is taking an indefinite break from racing following the death of her father Jeff almost two weeks ago.Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener shared third place as they both earned a second career podium result in giant slalom. Update on the latest sports An illness knocked him out of the Preakness, and he developed a condition in his left front leg in June that required re-admittance to a renowned equine hospital. Then he developed problems in his right front leg, and work was done to keep him alive and well.POLE VAULT-WORLD RECORDDuplantis breaks world pole vault record againGLASGOW (AP) — Armand Duplantis has broken the world pole vault record for the second time in eight days.The American-born Swede eclipsed his own mark by a centimeter when he vaulted 6.18 meters at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak in China is raising concerns about a potential shortage of the hockey sticks used by the world’s top players.Two major manufacturers, Bauer and CCM, have factories in China that have closed. Officials with both companies say they are monitoring the situation. Warrior, the other major supplier of custom sticks for top hockey players, has not been affected because its production is based in Tijuana, Mexico.NHL equipment managers, players and their representatives are trying to navigate the situation the best they can. Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said he has enough inventory for the next couple of weeks but isn’t sure what might happen after that given a two-week lag time for sticks to be delivered.Just how many sticks are used each season in the NHL isn’t known, but it’s a lot. Boyer figures Red Wings players go through 70 to 120 each year, which would translate to about 1,600 for a full team — and more than 50,000 across the 31-team league.Beer leagues can go on without worry. Bauer and CCM each independently said there has been no impact on the production of sticks for amateur players. He opened at 5.50 meters and then got over 5.75 on his second try. Two-time world champion Sam Kendricks led at that point, but exited the competition at 5.84.Duplantis sailed over with his first attempt at 5.84. With no one else left in the event, he also flew over at 6.00, a UK indoor all-comers record. The 20-year-old vaulter had the bar moved up to 6.18 and one attempt was all he needed as he flew well clear.Duplantis also broke the record in Torun, Poland last Saturday when an effort of 6.17 bettered the 6.16 set by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie in Donetsk, Ukraine in February 2014.NHL-VIRUS-STICK SHORTAGE CONCERNSAmid virus outbreak, concerns about a hockey stick shortagelast_img read more

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first_imgThe National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney.Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney within the campus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: May 23, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sportscenter_img — The NHL Players Association has accepted a proposal on a 24-team playoff format, but there are other items to discuss in the league’s bid to resume play. Those questions include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup. The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors. If approved, it would effectively end the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.— Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital. The Hall of Fame player and former New York Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.— Around 13,000 cardboard cutouts helped fill the stands at a key soccer match in Germany Saturday. Fans took pictures at home and paid for a cardboard cutout to be placed in the stands at the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) game in Dusseldorf, which could help decide Champions League qualification. The effort didn’t help the home team much. Bayer Leverkusen beat host Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.— The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Missouri Friday night. Brad Sweet edged his brother-in-law Kyle Larson, who is back racing dirt cars after losing his Cup ride over a racial slur. In qualifying for the 30-lap feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval with a lap of 9.995 seconds. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA talking with Disney about resuming seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Wisconsin wrestlers ready for tough competition at NCAAs

first_imgRedshirt freshman Tyler Graff is one of seven Badgers competing in the NCAA Championships this weekend.[/media-credit]Coming off a very strong showing at the Big Ten Championships a week ago, the Wisconsin Badgers are looking for continued success this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb.When UW traveled to the University of Michigan for the Big Ten Championship March 6-7, two Badgers brought home conference titles and six earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Another Wisconsin grappler earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs, giving them seven total.“I though we went out there and had a terrific weekend; a lot of guys really stepped up,” UW wrestling coach Barry Davis said.Wisconsin, which is ranked in most polls as the 14th best team in the nation, is only the sixth-highest ranked team in the Big Ten conference. As a result, the third-place result at the championships was a big one for UW, as the Big Ten is one of the strongest wrestling conferences in America this year.With only the NCAA Championships remaining, the Badgers are looking to focus as best they can on the final task ahead.“This is the week before the NCAA championships; we’re mentally locking in,” Davis said.Cole Schmitt, a redshirt freshman, did not win at the Big Tens in his weight class. Instead, he was a wild card pick to get in the championships; but some, including Coach Davis, feel he is posed for a possible deep run in the tournament.“Cole’s the type of guy that really loves the big stage,” Davis said.A big stage is something all of these wrestlers need to be ready for. The arena in which these wrestlers will be competing features around 21,000 seats and eight different mats.Davis, who is no stranger to the NCAA Championships, has spent time this week preparing his team mentally, in addition to the usual physical preparation.“I tell our guys, ‘just walk in, do your job, then get back to the hotel,’” Davis said.The top wrestler for the Badgers is Andrew Howe, who already has ‘Big Ten Freshman of the Year’ to attach to his name.Last year, as the No. 2 ranked wrestler in his weight class, Howe lost in the NCAA title match. This year, the sophomore is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class after posting a perfect 32-0 record.“I know the Big Tens is a good tournament, is a big tournament and a nice tournament to win,” Davis said. “But his main focus has been the NCAA Championships.”According to Davis, losing in the NCAA championships has greatly matured Howe on and off the mat.“Andrew is really mature for his age; he’s become a great leader,” Davis said.During his tenure at the University of Iowa, Davis was a three-time NCAA champion.With such experience, many have related his success on the mat to being able to help a strong young wrestler such as Howe.“Me and Coach Donny Pitzlaf have been there; we only want what’s best for him and he knows that,” Davis said. “Trust between coach and athlete is critical.”Being at the top of his game, Howe is still known for the sheer amount of time he spends in the gym. According to Davis, he occasionally has to tell the freshman to take a bit of a break.To help Howe with staying off the mat all the time, Coach Davis works with him to maintain that intensity.“Sometimes you have to tell him to back off a little bit because wrestling is his life,” Davis said. “That’s what he really enjoys. Sunday he was out of the room, not on the mat, completely off of the mat. It’s to keep that hunger and thirst going for him.”UW is sending its top seven wrestlers to Omaha this weekend for the NCAA Championships, and hopes are very high for not only the individuals and their aspirations for NCAA titles, but for the team as a whole.According to Davis, it is not unreasonable to expect the Badgers to come out at or near the top as a team at the Championships.“If things go well, we’re hoping to bring home our first team trophy.”last_img read more

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Maris Bonello: Kindred Group – Industry Responsibility should always be a long term investment

first_img Submit StumbleUpon  On 20 September Kindred Group Plc will host its second ‘Responsible Gaming Conference’ in Malta discussing the industry’s current context with regards to player protections and consumer responsibilities. Kindred integrity manager Maris Bonello a key stakeholder of the ‘Responsible Gaming Conference’, speaks to SBC on Kindred social responsibility initiatives amid changing industry dynamics and new pressures.  _________________________SBC: Hi Maris Bonello, as a European operator why has Kindred Group founded and further invested in the ‘Responsible Gaming Conference Malta’?Maris Bonello: Since our foundation back in 1997, we have seen trust and responsible gambling as a core part of our business. As with any other business, we want customers to enjoy our products and we want them to enjoy them over a long period of time, preferably forever. The investments we have made into responsible gambling and tools such as our proprietary PS-EDS system (a monitoring tool able to detect changes in gambling behaviour and patterns) are to ensure we help our customers enjoy gambling in a safe and secure way. The second gambling stops being joyful, we urge our customers to take a break.Being a co-founder of the Responsible Gaming Conference is a way to openly discuss what is for the industry relevant and important questions. Arranging this conference in Malta is very natural as we have many local stakeholders here, gaming has a high presence on the island and it is also a way to share our expertise with key policymakers. SBC: With changing industry dynamics at consumer and regulatory level, what new developments and factors are we seeing with regards to the industry Responsible Gaming’s debate and discussion? MB: The industry is maturing and getting more professional every day, both online and offline. We can also see this trend in the debate on responsible gambling. With regards to standards being raised across Europe, what is OK today will not be tomorrow and operators need to challenge themselves and ensure that based upon innovation they can continue to provide a premium user experience in a safe and secure environment.We can also see how the online gambling industry has raised the bar on several responsible gambling areas, such as KYC processes and responsible gambling tools, and that the offline gambling industry are following, which is good for the industry and for the customer. The online operators also have the unique attribute of having access to objective data, which can be used for higher research. For instance, Kindred is cooperating with renowned researchers Professor Mark Griffiths and Dr Michael Auer to better understand player profiles, the player journey and the efficiency of responsible gambling practices.SBC: Operating as an enlarged enterprise, how has Kindred developed and enforced Responsible Gaming best practices across its brands and operations?MB: Kindred was founded by a devoted punter, Anders Ström, and responsible gambling has been in our “By Players, For Players” DNA. Today responsible gambling remains strongly anchored in our Kindred values and our sustainability strategy.  Our continued growth as a professional and reputable business can only happen if our customers can sustain their betting over time, so making sure that our customers stay in control over their behavior, i.e. moderate their play with state of the art self-control tools, is very important to us. Everybody in the organization is aware of this and it is a part of our culture.SBC: At a regulatory level should there be a greater emphasis at creating a standard code for Responsible Gaming, or should it be governed at local/national jurisdiction? MB: Yes.  For efficiency reasons, it is much better to comply with a single highest standard of compliance than with several fragmented sub-optimal standards.  Secondly, there is an element of scalability; new technologies are border-less and by default is scalability not hampered by geographical restrictions. Finally, the EU Commission 2014 Recommendation on Responsible Gambling is a first step in that direction. Kindred was the first operator to successfully complete an external audit against this pan-EU standard.SBC: Assessing industry developments and initiatives, do you believe that players are now better informed on Responsible Gaming rules and practices? MB: Yes, I believe so as we are much more prone to find information on our own today. Furthermore, as an informed adult choice is a key element of gambling, we recognize the importance of clear and transparent information about responsible gambling.  Around 2% of our customer contacts are around responsible gambling, including informative questions as to tools available. As user experience is key, in our view it is important to make that information as easily available and easy to understand.  Kindred for instance, is also supporting further development of Gambling Therapy’s responsible gambling app containing useful information. We also offer our customers a free license to Betfilter, which give our customers the ability to block all gambling companies.SBC: Finally, hosting the ‘Responsible Gaming Conference Malta’ what do you want attending delegates to take away from the event?MB: We hope that in organizing this conference we will not only bring key stakeholders together, but also based upon discussion and open challenges allow us all to bring forward a fact-based discussion on responsible gambling and digital gambling policy in general. We want delegates to leave the conference with a greater understanding of this complex yet important issue. Because at the end of the day, gambling is part of people’s personal entertainment and in a digital borderless environment, it is the customer who decides in function of his/her informed choice and service proposition._______________________Maris Bonello Share Sharelast_img read more

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Strong Applause given to BiH Handball Team, even after Defeat (video)

first_imgEven though BH handball team was defeated by the Czech Republic in the 2nd qualifying round of the European Championship in 2020 with a score of 25:20, a strong applause was given by the audience in Tuzla Mejdan Hall.To recall, both teams played well tying at 1-1 in the 2nd minute after which the visiting team continued the lead and in 22ndminute, visiting team lead 10-7. One minute later, BiH head coach Bilal Suman called a time-out after which the visiting team took a 12-10 lead before the break.Both teams played defensively during the beginning of the second half, after which the visiting team scored 3 goals and Suman called a time-out again at 15-11. The rest of the second half was a splendid show by the visiting team to take a 25-20.last_img read more

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Athletics’ tradition of playoff failure sends rare sellout crowds wrong message

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — About 54,000 people showed up here Wednesday night to watch the A’s in their first home playoff contest since 2013, more than double the team’s average regular-season attendance.Fans in costumes danced high up among the typically tarp-covered Mount Davis seats, and time-stained concrete surfaces around the Coliseum were contrasted by neon rally towels waving in the air. Even the optimists among the rows of green- and gold-clad supporters, though, should not have been entirely surprised by what happened next. By the third inning of its eventual 5-1 wild card loss to the Rays, Oakland trailed 4-0 and had allowed three home runs. It was around then that the fans seemed to realize they had paid money to attend another funeral.Oakland is 1-15 since 2000 in playoff games in which it is able to eliminate its opponent. Its latest defeat carried additional stakes: The club failed to hold onto the spirit of a city that just lost an NBA team, is about to lose an NFL team and seemingly desires a place to funnel its enduring non-corporate, non-reformed, non-San Francisco persona.The A’s have had so many opportunities to carve a full-time place in their community despite an outdated stadium and inability to retain stars once they hit free agency. The franchise has failed at that task time and again. The potential for a breakthrough becomes obvious during short-lived playoff appearances, and that makes it all the more frustrating to the organization when it fails to produce.”Yeah, it’s disappointing,” manager Bob Melvin said. “(The fans) were engaged from the first pitch of the game, they were engaged from the anthem, it felt like. … It’s disappointing that we couldn’t put on a better show for them.”Added third baseman Matt Chapman: “It seemed like today we didn’t really give them anything to cheer about. I’m sorry to our fans that we let them down.”MORE: Nationals break October funk with comeback winA year after the Yankees needed nine pitches to hit their first wild card home run against the A’s, Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz led off the game with a dinger to right field on the fifth pitch. Diaz said before the game that the crowd would not intimidate him; where he grew up in Cuba, he told reporters, there were people with guns hanging around baseball diamonds. He slugged a second home run in his next at-bat, extending Tampa Bay’s lead to four runs.The A’s, meanwhile, possessed none of Diaz’s on-field edge. They pitched worse than usual. They could not hit for power after their offense carried them for large chunks of a 97-win regular season, stranding the bases loaded in the opening frame and mustering little else the rest of the game.They tried to use the crowd’s vibe to their advantage, but there were no defining moments to celebrate. They were forced to channel their energy toward slamming batting helmets down after double plays and challenging umpires after borderline Strike 3s.Such a tepid performance in front of a packed house was difficult to take for those who have been critical of sparse attendance during regular-season play.Right-hander Chris Bassitt, for instance, complained to teammates about the issue, sometimes in explicit terms, in the clubhouse this year. He’s not alone, of course: Others over the past two decades have felt similarly and at times have made their thoughts public. Oakland has averaged fewer than 25,000 fans in 14 consecutive seasons. While there has been a limited carryover effect on attendance after regular-season success, since 2005 those gains have not been enough to promote the team out of the bottom 10 of MLB.Bassitt was one of many impressed by what they witnessed Wednesday night. It was a startling improvement from weekday contests in mid-August. “Yeah, the crowd was crazy,” Bassitt told Sporting News. “Obviously, they all came out and supported us. Unfortunately, we just didn’t get it done.”It will be at least another calendar year until A’s players get another crack at turning those playoff fans into year-round fans. As they vie for a 2020 wild card or AL West championship, they’ll likely have to play in front of underwhelming regular-season crowds again, in some part because of their abrupt elimination by the Rays.Big-picture issues like ballparks and front-office spending obviously still matter to attendance. Winning at this time of year does, too. The A’s should try it sometime.last_img read more

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