Starting strong: No. 12 TCU looks near-flawless in conference opening sweep of Baylor

first_imgColin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. 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Up first is a matchup with UT-Arlington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Twitter printThe non-conference schedule did not go quite as planned for TCU baseball.After a strong performance against three of the nation’s best teams at the State Farm Showdown, the Frogs looked to be without much of an identity, losing five games in a 12-day span leading into conference play. With most of those questions circling around the offensive side of the ball, TCU got a much-needed confidence booster this weekend, utterly dominating Baylor over three games.The Frogs outscored the Bears 24-4 on the weekend, sweeping Baylor at Lupton Baseball Stadium to deliver a perfect start to the Big 12 Conference season for TCU and prove that they really could swing the bat at an elite level.Led by their starters, the Frogs looked sharp from the mound all weekend, giving up just 13 hits total to the Bears in the series.Catcher Zach Humphreys was unconscious from the plate, collecting seven hits, five RBIs and five runs in the three games. First baseman Gene Wood also added his third and fourth home runs of the season.Game 1TCU scores a run against Baylor over the weekend. (Esau Rodriguez Olvera / Staff Photographer) Though it took a while for their offense to get going, TCU rode elite pitching and a late-game hitting surge to a narrow 3-1 win over Baylor on Friday night in by far the closest game the teams would see all weekend.Starting on Friday night for the second-straight weekend, LHP Russell Smith was lights-out for a career-high 6 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits and zero runs while collecting six strikeouts.Per usual, reliever Haylen Green followed Smith’s dominance with a stellar performance of his own, earning his fourth save of the year on just one hit and zero earned runs were given up over 2 1/3 innings.Through the first five innings, Baylor starter Tyler Thomas was even sharper from the mound than Smith, holding the Frogs hitless. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, Humphreys hit a two-out triple to score right fielder Phillip Sikes from first and put TCU on the board first.Home runs by designated hitter Hunter Wolfe and Humphreys in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, would go on to provide the Frogs with the only insurance they would need to earn the series-opening victory.Though they collected five hits, the Bears were never able to stack any offensive production, scoring their one run on a pair of errors by the Frogs in the eighth.The game was the fifth multi-hit contest of the year for Humphreys and TCU’s sixth matchup this season in which they hit two or more home runs.Game 2Texas Christian University pitcher Johnny Ray throws baseball during the TCU vs. Baylor University game on March 28, 2021 at Lupton Baseball Stadium(Esau Rodriguez Olvera / Staff Photographer)With their bats now warm, TCU scored 10 runs in the first three innings, and starter Austin Krob carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, as the Frogs routed the Bears 11-2 on Saturday to ensure a series win.It wasn’t until there were two outs in the top of the seventh that Baylor collected their first hit in the ballgame. Krob had previously given up just two walks while striking out a career-high nine in yet another near-perfect performance from a TCU pitcher.A resounding five-run first inning almost did not happen for the Frogs, but an error by the Bears as they attempted to collect the third out of the inning gave TCU an opportunity that they took advantage of.Having already scored a run on a single by Humphreys prior to the error, the Frogs then went on to score four-straight unearned runs, three of which came on a bomb to the bullpen in left field by Wolfe.Wolfe would do more damage in the second, beating out a throw at first to prevent a double play and scoring third baseman Brayden Taylor.In the third first baseman Gene Wood hit another long ball for the Frogs, scoring two more to give TCU a resounding 10-0 lead before Baylor could even blink.With his fourth hit of the day, Humphreys ripped an RBI single up the middle to put the cherry on top of the Frogs’ utter domination of the Bears.Baylor would go on to score two runs in the ninth to avoid the shutout.Though TCU had looked strong all-around, the game had been a statement from Humphreys, who collected multiple hits in a game for the sixth time this year and the 34th time in his four-year career.Game 3Texas Christian University’s Gene Wood goes for the home run during the TCU vs. Baylor University game on March 28, 2021 at Lupton Baseball Stadium(Esau Rodriguez Olvera / Staff Photographer)A new day brought the same result for the Frogs, as they got momentum from a second-straight five-run first inning and never looked back, rolling over Baylor 10-1 to complete the series sweep.TCU had Baylor starter Hayden Kettler’s number from the beginning, as the first seven Horned Frogs that stepped up to the plate got on base. After Taylor got the scoring going with a two-run single, Wood blasted his second home run in as many days, this one for three runs to put TCU up 5-0 after one.Taylor wasn’t done, though. In the bottom of the third, the freshman followed a two-run single by center fielder Elijah Nunez with a three-run home run that boasted an exit velocity of over 102 miles per hour.For the second-straight day, TCU had built a double-digit lead over Baylor before the midway point of the game, ending all hope for the Bears potentially stealing a game in the series.Yet again, the Frogs shined on the defensive side of the ball as well. Starter Johnny Ray retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, giving up just three hits in his 5 1/3 inning outing. The frogs celebrate a home-run during the TCU vs. Baylor University game on March 28, 2021 at Lupton Baseball Stadium(Esau Rodriguez Olvera / Staff Photographer) Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Critics urge Biden to open migrant centers to media, Texas teenager kidnappedNext articleHoroscope: March 30, 2021 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

UWP wants PM to come clean about Cabinet reshuffle claim

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews UWP wants PM to come clean about Cabinet reshuffle claim by: – April 5, 2012 Tweet 6 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Hon. Edison James.The Opposition United Workers Party says claims of a possible reshuffle within the Roosevelt Skerrit Cabinet are a mere distraction.The UWP met with local media houses on Wednesday to discuss this and other issues which they say are of national interest.Two local media houses reported earlier this week that they were reliably informed that there could be a shake up within the Cabinet; however there has been no such confirmation or denial by the head of Cabinet.Leader of the UWP Edison James said the prime minister’s silence on the matter could affect his Cabinet members.“An announcement of a reshuffle and media claims can have the impact of some level of destabilization. Ministers could be affected and you have this element of destabilization. This leaves ministers to wonder whether the prime minister is doing things behind their backs”.James said the prime minister has the responsibility to clear the air on the matter.“It is not appropriate to sit back and say nothing and say these fellas say their thing and I am not responding,” James expounded.The UWP said further that the matter could also be a mere political tactic to distract the people from the real issues affecting the country.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Tax Fraud: Mourinho Pays Fine to Avoid Jail Term in…

first_imgEx-Manchester United boss José Mourinho has agreed a prison term in Spain for tax fraud but will not go to jail.A one-year prison sentence will instead be exchanged for a fine of €182,500 (£160,160). That will be added to a separate fine of €2m.Spain rarely enforces sentences of less than two years for non-violent or first-time offenders. He was accused of owing €3.3m to Spanish tax authorities from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012.Prosecutors said he had created offshore companies to manage his image rights and hide the earnings from tax officials.Image rights cover the use of a person’s likeness, voice, signature and mannerisms – and can be very lucrative for footballers and managers.Mr Mourinho’s move to Manchester United in 2016 was even delayed after it emerged his previous team Chelsea owned the trademark to his name.Spanish prosecutors said that Mr Mourinho, a Portuguese national, had set up multiple business entities in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere to manage his image rights.They argued that was designed to obscure his financial gain from such deals – and he left it undeclared in his tax statements after he moved to Spain.He is the latest high-profile football personality to strike a deal with Spanish authorities, which are pursuing a crackdown on tax evasion or fraud by the country’s many resident star playersn January, Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine of €18.8m and a suspended 23-month jail sentence, in a case which was also centred around tax owed on image rights.He was playing for Real Madrid at the time of the offence between 2010 and 2014 – the same team Mr Mourinho was managing at the time of his own tax violation.Unlike the Ronaldo case, Spanish media were not told about Tuesday’s hearing, so there was no crowd to meet the former Manchester United manager, who lost his job in December.star, Xabi Alonso, is also facing charges over alleged tax fraud amounting to about €2m, though he denies any wrongdoing.Marcelo Vieira, who still plays for the club, accepted a four-month suspended jail sentence last September over his use of foreign firms to handle almost half a million euros in earnings.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar have also found themselves embroiled in legal battles with the Spanish tax authorities.As in many of the cases, Mr Mourinho’s deal which spared him from prison had been agreed in advance with tax officials.Mr Mourinho’s representatives have declined to comment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Ethier dealing with trade talk again

first_imgThe Dodgers would almost certainly have to absorb some of the remaining money ($53.5 million is guaranteed) in Ethier’s contract if he is traded. Ethier said he has not asked to be traded, but the rumors will persist.“Maybe I need to dig down deep to let that drive me even more to perform,” Ethier said. “I know what I’m capable of doing if I’m given the opportunity. You can’t expect people to give it to you. You’ve got to go out and earn it.” In 2014, the third year of a six-year, $96-million contract, Ethier lost his starting job. He made only 380 plate appearances, a career low. He played all three outfield positions and even a little first base while making a team-high 40 appearances as a pinch hitter, slashing .290/.450/.355.On paper, there is no reason for Ethier not to reprise this role with the Dodgers in 2015. He’s got more defensive flexibility than Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke or Joc Pederson — and arguably less trade value. The numbers say that Ethier adapted to pinch hitting quickly.The only problem?“I want to be playing every day,” Ethier said.The Dodgers might grant that request, but it seems more likely to happen if Ethier is traded. So far, Kemp has drawn the most trade interest from other general managers. Andrew Friedman has enough depth in-house that he can trade two outfielders and enough money to absorb a portion of both contracts. One year and 12 days ago, Andre Ethier stood in a fourth-floor room at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. The room lacked polish and some wondered whether Ethier would still be a Dodger by the time his $75,000 investment had come to fruition.Thursday, the room looked finished. Two rows of flat-panel computers now fill the Maggie and Andre Ethier Learning Center, where homeless men, women and children can stop in for a free education. The flooring and lighting were donated by the Dodgers. In some ways, it resembles many rooms inside Dodger Stadium.It’s a new day for the Union Rescue Mission and a new offseason for the Dodgers, but the questions facing Ethier are the same as last year. Specifically, how does he feel about the prospect of splitting time in a crowded outfield — potentially six deep now — for the second straight season?“All my desire is to come back here and start next year,” Ethier said. “This is my first preference. We tried the way of platooning, all that stuff, and obviously it didn’t make us any more successful than it did any other times in the past.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more