The Bees were 8-9 going into the game, but that record did not reflect the circumstance that made this game dangerous for F-M, starting with the mere fact that the game was at B’ville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.Also, the Bees had played a first-round sectional game on Oct. 23, defeating Auburn 5-1, while F-M was off for nearly two weeks.Plus, both regular-season games between these sides were close, the Hornets prevailing by 1-0 and 2-1 margins, so B’ville knew that it could compete with F-M. A top seed in a post-season tournament guarantees only that the team which holds that honor will get severe challenges from anyone wanting to knock the favorites from its perch.East Syracuse Minoa, the no. 1 seed in the field hockey Section III Class B playoffs, was quite aware of this dynamic even before it entered post-season play – and if it wasn’t, what happened to Fayetteville-Manlius in a similar situation would prove instructive.Even with its 12-1-1 record and Salt City Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Hornets were unable to get out of Monday’s sectional semifinals, beaten 1-0 by no. 4 seed Baldwinsville. Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockey The Bees were able to have a fair amount of scoring chances during the first half as F-M struggled to get on track. One of those paid off when, just past the midway point of the half, a penalty corner saw Leah Tuch pass it to Emma Brushingham, and the senior backhanded a shot past Hornets goalie Claire Grenis.That one-goal margin held until halftime, but once intermission was over F-M began an all-out attack to try and get even.Pinned in its own end, the Bees had to surrender 11 penalty corners. It took every bit of effort from the Bees’ defense to withstand all of these chances and, when it was needed, goalie Sarah Smiley was strong, too, officially credited with four saves, but also steering other shots just wide of the target, all the way to the final horn.ESM, meanwhile, would have to travel to Central Valley Academy to take part in Tuesday’s Class B sectional semifinal against no. 4 seed Whitesboro, but easily handled the assignment, prevailing 4-0 for the Warriors.This match featured perhaps the quickest scoring burst in sectional playoff history.Already, the Spartans had a 1-0 lead thanks to Maggie Saunders’ goal 7:05 into the first half, and were ably protecting that lead when, with less than three minutes left in the half, Rileigh White converted on a penalty corner off a feed from Mary Searle.Right after, ESM had gained possession again and, on a breakaway, Grace Stone’s hard shot found the net a mere seven seconds following White’s tally. What was a close contest was suddenly 3-0, and Whitesboro never recovered.A last-minute goal by Searle helped seal ESM’s berth in this Sunday’s final at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill against defending champion Holland Patent, who shut out Cortland 2-0 in the other semifinal game.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw’s new contract with the Dodgers will pay him $93 million over the next three years, potentially millions more in bonuses.But the contract provides Kershaw something else very valuable to him.“It gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said after opting out of his contract with the Dodgers and immediately agreeing to a new three-year, $93 million deal.“I think this year especially – and maybe rightfully so – but there’s been a lot of people saying I’m in decline or won’t be as good as I was. I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Kershaw’s status and legacy as a Dodger made him more valuable to the team than any other 30-year-old pitcher with his current resumé. And the Dodgers offered Kershaw a better opportunity to pursue his No. 1 goal than any team that might lure him on the free-agent market.“Honestly, I wanted to stay here,” he said. “Financial everything aside, it was just more valuable to me to stay here. I’m glad we got that done. I talked a lot with Ellen (his wife). My kiddos love it here. Ellen loves it here. I love it here. I love the team here. There’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I would be looking for.”No. 1 on that list of criteria, Kershaw said, was “the chance to win every year” that few teams could match.“Winning is still the most important thing for me,” he said. “That hasn’t changed. It won’t change.” It is a trend Kershaw says he is committed to reversing.“I plan on getting back to that level I was at,” he said. “If that means the velocity comes back – I’m not counting that out. It very well could. I have some ideas on what I can do to improve on that because there are a lot of guys older than me, a lot of guys with more innings than me in the big leagues that are still maintaining their velocity. There’s some things definitely for me to look into that. There’s some things that I can definitely work on in the offseason.”Kershaw (who will turn 31 before next season starts) cited 35-year-old Justin Verlander and 34-year-olds Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels as pitchers who have maintained their velocity and elite stuff into their mid-30s.“But at the end of the day, it’s about getting people out and being on the field,” Kershaw said. “So first and foremost – no more DL time. I’m really going to set my sites on that and then from there hopefully the getting-people-out thing will take care of itself.”In the end, renewing vows in the Kershaw-Dodgers marriage also took care of itself.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire He will remain among the most well-compensated pitchers in baseball while trying.Kershaw’s new deal replaces the final two years of his previous contract and adds a third year. According to The Associated Press, it includes a $23 million signing bonus payable in installments over the next three years and salaries of $23.3 million for 2019, 2020 and 2021. There are also $1 million bonuses for making 24 starts, 26 starts, 28 starts and 30 starts. He will get a $1.5 million bonus if he adds to his total of three Cy Young Awards, $500,000 for second- or third-place finishes (something he has done an additional three times).But Kershaw has not made 28 starts since 2015 and he has averaged just 25 starts per year over the past three seasons since a back injury seemed to usher in a new chapter to his career.His fastball velocity has diminished each of the past three years to a disturbing average of 90.9 mph this year. He has spent time on the DL with back problems each of the past three seasons, limiting his innings to an average of 162 (after topping 200 innings in five of his previous six seasons).Kershaw’s ERA (2.73) and WHIP (1.04) this season were still among the best in the National League. But they are his highest since 2010 while his strikeout rate (8.6 per nine innings) was the lowest since his rookie year.
PROPER EQUIPMENT GRANT WANTS OWN PLACE One gym with no equipment problem is Bruising gym. Owner Carl Grant ‘begs’ when he travels and only needs a place to open a full-time gym. “When I travel, I tell them in Jamaica, we have no gear. When competitions are over, I beg gear. I own a truck, so it’s easy to move stuff,” he said. Some equipment he got through a friend who looked them up online and sent a barrel with shoes, gloves, gear and punching bags. “I can host a tournament and have gear for the opposition and my team. But I can’t sit and wait on the boxing board,” he continued. NO EQUIPMENT PROBLEM Grant now wants his own place. He says a location has been identified for development. “We get the privilege to use the Rocky Valley Community Centre for nine years, but we outgrew it. We need an indoor gym that can open 24 hours. Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn is looking about a piece of land, and the Sport Development Foundation said if I can show proper documentation, they will fund it,” he said. His setback is lack of running water. “We (centre) just need water and a place to call our own, but, otherwise, we are alright. If they (the board) need results, they must put in resources, and they are not doing that,” he added. For Wallace, it’s distressing not having a reliable training venue. “The main thing we need is a space. If Government can help us get somewhere, it would be good. They promised to develop somewhere near six years ago, but I can’t put my faith in that. I need somewhere I can call Sugar Knockout. I tried at home, but the space is too small. I tried it in Waterhouse, but some people don’t want things to be better between the communities,’ he added. Jamaica Boxing Board of Control president Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones has admitted that local gyms need more equipment. However, plans are afoot to develop two national gyms. “The only thing missing is equipment. The focus is on a national gym, which will look more professional. We will build the national gym, Stanley Couch, and we are working on having another in Montego Bay. I will be comfortable having two gyms we can be proud of, then we can assist others with resources we have,” he said. Jamaica’s proud and decorated boxing history and the great boxers of the ’70s and ’80s were a result of the inspiration and foundation of local boxing gyms. However, in the ’90s, most of those facilities, like the Guinness and Dragon Gyms, closed. As a result, the enthusiasm and success went with them. Recently, Wray and Nephew has attempted to revive boxing with the ‘Contender Series’ and gyms have popped up all over again, with young and inspired boxers again dreaming of being world champions. Can these gyms again produce world beaters, the likes of Mike McCallum, Richard ‘Shrimpy’ Clarke, Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles, Uriah Grant, the late Trevor Berbick and Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock? The reality of present-day Jamaican gyms leave a lot to be desired. A visit to Sugar Knockout Gym in Olympic Gardens and the Bruising Gym in Stony Hill revealed that gyms are short on equipment and most are on borrowed space and time and need somewhere to call home. “Nobody give us anything,” Lindel ‘Sugar’ Wallace, Sugar Knockout Gym founder, told us. “The boxing board gave us a glove we use (in training) and it’s the same gloves we use to fight. We need a mid-section ball, speed ball, punching bag, skipping rope, mouthpiece and bandages, and I am not getting any help and I would be glad if I could get some,” he said In two months, Jones wants proper equipment at the Stanley Couch Gym and intends to have regular fights there “weekly or every two weeks’. While in Montego Bay, he wants a location where anyone can work out. “National boxers will be free, but we will seek membership so the gym take care of itself,” he reasoned. Both Grant and Wallace also believe Wray and Nephew can also do a lot more to assist the gyms.