Las Vegas >> Bull rider Colby Demo, from Red Bluff, celebrated his birthday in style Thursday with a new Permit Challenge Champion buckle. Demo was the only cowboy to cover two bulls with 144.5 points total, according to a press release issued Friday by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He finished second in the first round, with a ride of 76.5 for $368. In the second round, he finished second with a ride of 68 for $497.With the win, Demo is eligible to purchase his rookie card to …
Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a double injustice at the Best FIFA Football Awards, according to Portugal coach Fernando Santos, after he missed out on both Best Player and Best Goal.Luka Modric became the first player other than Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the Best FIFA Footballer of the Year award since Kaka in 2007.The Croatian captained his side to their first ever World Cup final and was voted the tournament’s best player, picking up the Golden Ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Santos has spoken out at the decision to give the midfielder the Player of the Year honour over Ronaldo, suggesting his captain and talisman was unfairly beaten into second place.He is quoted in Marca as saying: “If you ask me if Modric is a great player, I answer yes, and that’s why I voted for Modric in second place. Now, if you ask me who is the best player and who it was at this time, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, I have no doubts about that.“He scored 50 goals, which was valid a year ago, two years ago, and three years ago. It seems that suddenly it stopped being ‘it’.”Santos was equally baffled by the decision to overlook Ronaldo for the Puskas award, with the prize instead going to fellow Best Player nominee Mohamed Salah.Ronaldo was nominated for his Champions League quarter-final bicycle kick against current employers Juventus, but was beaten by Salah’s curling effort in last season’s Merseyside derby – a decision that has drawn widespread criticism.Santos was a vocal member of the aggrieved: “When the best player in the world does not win a prize, there is something very strange.”The ceremony, held in London, was as notable for its absentees as it was for its award recipients. Neither Ronaldo nor Messi were in attendance, with the latter being omitted from the nominations entirely despite another prolific season in which he outscored his Portuguese rival at club level.Both players, however, were named alongside Modric as part of the FIFPro World XI.
“We can’t start to analyze baseball like football. It’s the equivalent of a quarterback dropping back on his first play from scrimmage and missing a guy open on an out pattern,” Epstein said. “That’s where we’re at in the season.”Early or not, the Cubs have shown their weaknesses, and until they start winning regularly, it’s going to stay loud while they try to prevent the buzz from entering the clubhouse. It was quiet there before Thursday’s game, and Heyward sat with a demeanor similar to deGrom’s months prior: relaxed and with the hood of his sweatshirt up over his head, a water bottle balancing on his right leg and his cell phone on his left, watching golf on the TV.“It’s not going to do anything to dwell on how well something is going, or when something may not go well because any moment it can change,” Heyward said. “That’s the humbling part of baseball.” MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNModern baseball is covered extensively and intensely, and the players are almost perpetually under a cacophony of feedback. TV, radio, newspapers, websites, blogs, their social media feeds — there is almost no escape from someone opining on their play. And when they’re doing poorly, the noise around the team only intensifies.Eight months after deGrom sat tuning out the TVs behind him, the home clubhouse at Wrigley was funeral-parlor quiet. The TVs — perhaps wisely — were tuned to a golf tournament. A few hours before playing the Pirates, members of the Cubs were scarce. The ones who were around practically whispered as they spoke to each other. The noise around the team had been mostly strident and negative for the two weeks since the season started.But ask and they’ll insist that they hear none of it.“It doesn’t matter. None of that stuff matters. Whether it’s going amazing or it’s going not how you want it to, that’s all going to happen often in the season, so those stories don’t really matter,” Jason Heyward told Sporting News. “The only story that matters is what happens at the end.”They’re bombarded with the noise, though. Kris Bryant shared during spring training that seeing the negativity on Twitter about his 2018 performance motivated him, but just days into the season said that he had deleted his Twitter to tune it all out. Even if they’re not plugged into social media, players still have to avoid everything else.“I don’t watch that s— or listen to whatever. I don’t have Twitter, none of that stuff because really at the end of the day it does not matter,” Heyward said, slowing down to emphasize the final three words.Heyward had a Twitter account but deleted it during the 2016 season when he was struggling mightily at the plate. A Facebook and an Instagram page remain, but nuking Twitter has done a lot to keep his life quiet. Heyward is loquacious about baseball in the clubhouse but guarded about his life off the field. He said that helps him keep things simple and in perspective.The catalyst for success for the Cubs might have to be about quieting the noise around them and keeping it out of the clubhouse as a whole. Sure, rolling out a long winning streak would do a lot to make that happen, but there’s the day-to-day angst to contend with in the meantime. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s home opener at Wrigley that he wants his team to focus more on the day in front of them and push aside the rest.“You’ve got to be careful with semantics, man, because you don’t know how everybody is going to interpret them,” Maddon said in response to a question about his team’s sense of urgency. “I want them to really process today, period. I want to stay in this moment and attack this moment as well as I possibly can.”The question of the Cubs’ sense of urgency sprung from the way the 2018 season ended, and it has been amplified since by their relative absence in the free-agent market during the winter and the sluggish start to the season. But, like Maddon, team president Theo Epstein isn’t in love with using the word “urgency,” either.“I think this entire ‘sense of urgency’ narrative or subject line has taken on a life of its own, and completely outside of the clubhouse,” Epstein said to reporters from the Cubs’ dugout before Monday’s game. “That storyline is completely over inside that clubhouse, and until we start winning it’s going to continue to be perpetuated outside. It was kind of over the first day of spring training. It was an offseason thing.”Epstein characterized the notion of urgency as just one part of the improvements proposed by players and staff after last season ended. They wanted to apply the appropriate amount of focus and preparation every single day, Epstein said. Some of the hyperfocus and overreaction to the first two weeks of games is a result of the sustained excellence over the past few seasons and the expectations to maintain it.“That’s a privilege, it’s not a burden,” Epstein said of the added attention and raised standards. “There are going to be times when you’re not living up to expectations and the heat’s going to be turned up a little bit. That’s the reality of the game and the modern game, the way it’s covered.”Unlike last season, particularly at the end, the Cubs’ primary problem this year has not been the offense. Through Wednesday’s games, they ranked sixth in baseball in wRC+ and slugging percentage. They have scored at least 10 runs in five of their eight games. It has been the pitching that has let them down so far. Through Wednesday, Chicago had the third-worst team ERA in baseball and the highest walk rate, at over 13 percent. If the Cubs are going to right the ship, then the pitchers have to stabilize, Maddon said, but when asked Monday if his relievers were pressing, he was again careful with his semantics.“That group is probably trying too hard. I don’t know if that’s pressing or not,” Maddon said.It’s not urgency, it’s about today. It’s not pressing, it’s trying too hard. Whatever words are used, the Cubs have that noise to quiet, and as Epstein said earlier this week, some of that comes from not overreacting to the small sample size of the early season. CHICAGO — On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Jacob deGrom sat in front of his locker in the visitor’s clubhouse at Wrigley Field with his shirt off and his back to the TVs that hung in the center of the locker room. MLB Network commentators Chris Rose and Kevin Millar were loudly insisting that deGrom couldn’t win the Cy Young because the Mets, 58-74 at the time, weren’t any good. Only once did deGrom turn slightly to acknowledge the on-air debate.In eight innings that night, deGrom struck out 10 Cubs batters and walked just one while giving up one run. The Mets wound up losing 2-1.
Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest California variant of coronavirus detected in St. Joseph County Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) A new strain of coronavirus has showed up in Indiana. Known as the “California variant” of coronavirus, it was first detected in California in the fall of last year and has been slowly spreading, according to health experts.Now it has turned up in St. Joseph County.The CDC says more research is still to be done on the variant, but they are confident that any of the available vaccines are strong enough to fight it off if you end up getting it.Health leaders in St. Joseph County are urging you to keep wearing masks and taking other precautions to slow it’s spread.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC from the St. Joseph County Department of Public Health:A case of COVID-19 caused by the B.1427 (California) variant has been identified in St.Joseph County. Under guidance from the Indiana Department of Health, there is ongoing surveillance testing of positive COVID-19 samples in Indiana. This surveillance effort is intended to provide insight into the proportion of cases caused by a variant strain. There is no difference in the clinical treatment or mitigation strategies recommended.Vaccine uptake remains crucial in limiting the impact of COVID-19 variants. For current eligibility, please visit www.ourshot.in.gov. On March 31, eligibility is expected to open to all individuals aged 16 and older.With this identification, the St. Joseph County Department of Health urges the continuation of the following actions, even after vaccination:Wear a facial covering (should fit snuggly over the mouth and nose) anytime you are around people not in your household.Practice extreme physical distancing.Maintain at least 6ft between individuals.Wearing a mask does NOT eliminate the need for physical distancing.Practice frequent and proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Wash hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap & water; coughing and sneezing into your sleeve.Stay home if ill.Limit indoor social gatherings to fewer than ten people.Get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible.For all COVID-19 testing sites in St. Joseph County, you can view an interactive map athttps://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm. Please be aware each site may have different criteria for testing and may not be up to date.For more information on COVID-19, visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.in.gov/isdh and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov. For general questions as it relates to COVID-19 infection, please call 2-1-1. Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – March 29, 2021 0 205 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleHoosiers 30+ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccineNext articleNotre Dame cancels 2021 study abroad program due to COVID Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.