Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 1:39 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 LAS VEGAS — Joe Maddon strolls through the lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and can barely take more than a few steps before being stopped for autographs, posing for pictures and strangers wanting casual conversation. He’s either a lame duck manager for the Chicago Cubs or a potential free agent, depending on the moniker, but he’s still a rock star at these winter meetings, looking as cool as Frank Sinatra, and showing the stress of holding a full house at the poker table. He’s 64 going on 44, wearing a letterman’s jacket with a portrait of his one of his charity paintings on the back, with a funky colored t-shirt like he’s part of a modern-day rat pack. The dude even admitted Tuesday that he’s reading a new book: “Managing Millennials for Dummies.’’ He’s serious. “You always think this for dummy's thing is really rudimentary … [Read more...] about Chicago Cubs: World Series or bust for Joe Maddon?
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PUBLISHED: 12:53 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 09 November 2018 Steve Birley Gus Mcvey withtwo of his players at the masters tournament. Picture CONTRIBUTED Archant Sidmouth resident Gus McVey has been appointed as the head coach of the Zimbabwean women’s national hockey team, writes Stephen Birley. Gus Mcvey with one of his coaching team. Picture CONTRIBUTEDGus, who originates from South Africa, but has been a resident of Sidmouth for the past 26 years, has been appointed to the post through to the end of December with the possibility of an extension, depending on outcomes, to World Series finals in June 2019 and the All Africa Games in October 2019 in Morocco should the team finish in the top two in the first stage, called the World Series Open, which is taking place from December 7 to December 10, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The teams involved are Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Egypt. This is the first ever FIH (Federation of International Hockey) … [Read more...] about Sidmouth hockey coach gets call to lead national team at World Series Open
Steve Pearce slammed a pair of home runs and David Price tossed a seven-inning gem to power the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fourth World Series title in 15 years on Sunday. The Red Sox, after winning a franchise record and Major League Baseball best 108 games during the regular season, carried their domination all the way to the World Series and overwhelmed the Dodgers 4-1 in the best-of-seven series. The Red Sox clinched their ninth World Series title with a lethal combination of power and pitching. Game Five starter Price surrendered one run on three hits in seven plus innings to collect his third straight postseason win, while all the Red Sox runs were scored via home runs. Pearce, who was named the World Series most valuable player, gave Boston a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish with a two-run blast in the first and added a solo shot in the eighth. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit solo home runs. Price said winning the World Series was … [Read more...] about Red Sox overwhelm Dodgers to win World Series
The diameter of a baseball bat is around 2.6 inches at its widest point, which makes it slightly narrower than a tin of baked beans. It’s just over a metre long, although only a tiny fraction of that is actually useful for the purposes of hitting a baseball. The ball itself is just under three inches in diameter, and can be delivered at speeds of 100mph. When facing a fastball at that speed, as Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers is preparing to do, the ball will travel from hand to home plate in just 400 milliseconds, or roughly the time it takes to blink and open your eyes again. The reaction time, however, will be significantly lower than that. For one thing, it’ll take the batter around 100 milliseconds even to register the fact that there’s a ball heading towards him in the first place. The last 150 milliseconds will be spent swinging the bat, if he chooses to do so. In reality, then, the multitude of decisions and judgements that a batter makes every time he … [Read more...] about Hotdogs, hot data and home runs: What MLB’s World Series is really like
Editors USA TODAY Published 3:17 AM EDT Oct 31, 2018 This Halloween will be sweet and stormy Today is Halloween, a day for dressing in costumes, carving pumpkins – and eating candy! America's kids are sure to be jazzed up on sugar from their trick-or-treats. (Here's a list of the most popular candies in your state.) The sweet stuff aside, Wednesday is one of the best days of the year for other food discounts – you may not need a costume to score special treats. Headed out for trick-or-treating? Some of you should grab your ponchos: Stormy skies may darken your night. NASA probe making first solar encounter The Parker Solar Probe, which got closer to the sun than any other spacecraft (within 26.55 million miles of the Sun's surface), will be making its first solar encounter on Wednesday. It will gather data about the sun while dealing with its extreme heat and radiation, said NASA. By 2024, the probe is expected to get within 3.83 million miles of … [Read more...] about Halloween, World Series parade: 5 things to know Thursday