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Yankees OF Aaron Judge (back spasms) not in lineup vs. Phillies

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the host Philadelphia Phillies due to back spasms.

Judge, 29, will receive treatment during Sunday’s game and might be available as a pinch-hitter, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

The two-time All-Star and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, N.Y.

Clint Frazier will play right field and hit eighth on Sunday. Judge went 1-for-5 with a run scored in the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Philadelphia in 10 innings on Saturday.

In 61 games this season, Judge is hitting .289 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs, all team highs.

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CSA congratulates Proteas on West Indies Test win

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Proteas on their emphatic 1st Test win over their West Indies counterparts in St. Lucia on Saturday.

The Proteas are on tour to the West Indies, which commenced on 10 June, where they are set to play two Test matches and five T20’s. The Proteas wasted no time in stamping their authority by thrashing the West Indies on the third day of the first test by remarkable innings and 63 runs victory.

In congratulating the sterling performance of the Proteas, Rihan Richards, the newly elected President of CSA said, “This display of intuitive craftsmanship and team-work shows what can be achieved if we all put all our efforts towards a shared goal.

The Proteas’ commitment to turning the tide and returning to winning ways fills us with pride and hope as we cast our eyes towards the entirety of their campaign in the West Indies”.

Richards insisted that every milestone achieved by the team is to be celebrated as it would inspire them to aspire for more.

“I call on all South Africans to rally behind the Proteas and support their spirited vow to make us proud,” concluded Mr Richards.

CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki, said, “It is indeed a pleasing sentiment to witness the superb progression of the touring party. This win is an affirmation that Cricket South Africa has indeed turned the corner and we look forward to many other achievements on and off the field. Equally, we are confident that this is the beginning of many positives to come.”

“I accordingly congratulate the Proteas and its management on gifting South Africans with a taste of great things to come”.

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The Portuguese star was hit by a corona and the tournament ended

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The euro has begun. Portugal’s match is not far away. But the closest matches are now far away for the Portuguese star Cancello. The star is now a spectator in the Euros after being attacked by Corona.

Portugal’s Euro journey will start on the 15th with a match against Hungary. Before that, Cancello dropped out of the tournament due to Corona.

Diego Dalt will now play in Cancello’s place. However, all the other players did not come negative.

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College basketball recruiting 25 Indiana players in Class of 2022

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Recruiting rankings: These are the 25 best Indiana basketball players in 2022 class The Indianapolis Star

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Chris Bassitt looks to stay hot as A’s face Royals

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Right-hander Chris Bassitt seeks to extend his unbeaten streak to 12 games on Sunday afternoon when the host Oakland Athletics vie for a series win against the Kansas City Royals.

After splitting a pair of games to begin the four-game set, the A’s put together one of their best all-around performances of the season in an 11-2 win on Saturday. That contest featured six shutout innings by rookie starter James Kaprielian and home runs from Matt Chapman, Skye Bolt and Matt Olson.

Oakland celebrated more than just its season-best 14 hits afterward, as the homer by Bolt was the first of his career. He has two hits in 20 career at-bats.

“After punching out a couple of times, that’s a tough thing to follow up,” A’s manager Bob Melvin admitted of the eighth-inning solo shot to center field. “It’s good that he’s got it out of the way. He’ll ooze a little bit more confidence now. You can settle in a little bit. That goes a long way in making you feel comfortable when you hit a ball like that.”

Bassitt (6-2, 3.44 ERA) has received 35 runs of support in his last five starts. Not that he’s needed it.

During his 11-game run in which he’s gone 6-0 with a 3.10 ERA, Bassitt has allowed two or fewer runs nine times and never more than four. He is coming off a 5-2 win over Arizona on Tuesday in which he allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings.

The 32-year-old has never beaten the Royals in his career, going 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts.

Bassitt has yet to face Royals third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, who has been the team’s hitting star through the first three games of the series.

The 26-year-old contributed a go-ahead, two-run single in a late uprising that led to Kansas City’s 6-1 win in the series opener on Thursday. He then accounted for all the Royals’ runs with a two-run homer on Saturday.

Gutierrez gone 5-for-12 in the series for the Royals, who have totaled just 24 hits in the three games.

The homer was the second of Gutierrez’s career and his first this season, giving the Royals at least a small reason to smile after the 11-2 defeat.

They hope to have more to cheer about Sunday, when left-hander Kris Bubic (1-1, 3.32) pitches in the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time since his standout career at Stanford.

A San Jose native, Bubic has never faced the A’s. He’s coming off his first loss in five starts this season, 8-1 Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Angels.

That game featured the longest home run of the major-league season, a Shohei Ohtani rocket off Bubic that Angels manager Joe Maddon called the longest ball he’d ever seen hit.

Bubic was impressed as well.

“He can hit the ball pretty hard, pretty far,” the 23-year-old said after also allowing a hard-hit double to the Japanese star. “The mistakes I made … there’s a reason he is who he is, and he hit them pretty far.”

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Vinoo Mankad, Sangakkara inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

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Dubai [UAE], June 13 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, and to coincide with the first-ever ICC World Test Championship final.

The 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result of this intake.

The special inductions of the ICC Hall of Fame from the following five eras join the ranks of the world’s greatest players:From early cricket era, South Africa’s Aubrey Faulkner, Australia’s Monty Noble have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. In the early cricket era, players whose greatest contributions to the game till 1918 were selected.

In the inter-war era (Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1918-1945), West Indies’ Sir Learie Constantine, Australia’s Stan McCabe were chosen.

In the post-war era (Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1946-1970), England’s Ted Dexter, India’s Vinoo Mankad were inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame.

Vinoo Mankad of India played 44 Tests, scored 2,109 runs at 31.47, took 162 wickets at 32.32, and was an opening batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, known as one of India’s greatest-ever all-rounders. His most famous feat was against England at Lord’s in 1952 when he scored 72 and 184 and bowled 97 overs in the match. He is one of only three cricketers to have batted in every position during his Test career. In later life, he also coached another legendary cricketer and fellow ICC Hall of Fame member from his country, Sunil Gavaskar in Mumbai, India.

In the ODI era (Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1971-1995), West Indies’ Desmond Haynes and England’s Bob Willis were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. In the Modern Cricket Era, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower were selected.

Andy Flower of Zimbabwe played 63 Tests, scoring 4,794 runs at 51.54, took 151 catches with nine stumpings as a left-handed wicket-keeper batsmen. First Zimbabwe player to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. His grit, determination and will to succeed meant at one point he was ranked number 1 batsman in the world. Andy carried his country’s batting for long periods, setting the record for the highest Test score by a wicketkeeper with an innings of 232 not out against India at Nagpur in 2000. Later, he became a hugely successful coach, leading England to the number 1 spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for Men.

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka played 134 Tests, scored 12,400 runs at 57.40, took 182 catches and 20 stumpings, and was grace personified at the crease. Sangakkara ended his career as the most prolific run-scorer his country had ever known, with double-hundreds flowing from his bat with consummate ease. In 2014, he struck 319 and 105 in the same Test match against Bangladesh and in 2017 fell just 16 runs short of striking six successive centuries in first-class cricket.

The 10 icons inducted as part of this special edition were voted for by the ICC Hall of Fame Voting Academy, comprising living Hall of Fame members, a FICA representative, prominent cricket journalists and senior ICC figures.

Speaking on Vinoo Mankad’s induction, fellow ICC Hall of Fame member, Sunil Gavaskar in an official release said: “Vinoo Mankad’s legacy has been to tell the aspiring Indian cricketer to believe in oneself. He was a great proponent of self-belief. He was the one who kept saying to me that you need to keep scoring runs and keep at it. When you get a 100, let that be the knock on the selector’s door.””If it is unheard, then score that double hundred and let that knock be even louder. You can have the best technique, but if you do not have the temperament to support it you will not succeed, you have to keep hanging in there and have that self-belief. That was the greatest lesson I learnt from him.” (ANI)

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The way the Copa America matches can be seen

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The Copa America, the biggest football event in Latin America, is starting today. The current champions Brazil and Venezuela are going to play in the opening match.

The match will start at 3 pm Bangladesh time. Players from Brazil and Venezuela have already arrived at the stadium to play in this match.

But how can you watch these matches? You have to take the help of online or various apps to watch Latin games. But you don’t have to go through so much trouble for this time’s matches. Can be played on Sony Ten 2, Sony Six Channel.

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Now What? – Minnesota Timberwolves | Basketball Insiders

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Basketball Insiders continues the “Now What” series with a look at the Indiana Pacers. A disappointing 34-38 record earned them a spot in the Play-In Tournament, where they crushed the Charlotte Hornets but were then destroyed by the Washington Wizards. They limped across the finish line, and now face an uncertain offseason that could be filled with changes.

Following a wild roller-coaster season, the Pacers find themselves at a crossroads. Expectations were high for the team coming into this season, with a new head coach and a rejuvenated roster. Early in the season things were rolling along nicely, but the Pacers were ultimately victims of the injury bug amid the condensed season. For just the second time in the last decade, they will be a lottery team heading into the 2021 NBA Draft.

The primary focus for the front office, like last year, will be finding their next coach. The team announced on Wednesday that Nate Bjorkgren would not be returning next season. After taking a chance on the first-year head coach, the tumultuous season ultimately led the organization to look for a coach with more experience.

There are plenty of other riddles to solve, both in the draft and in free agency. There are decisions to be made regarding this roster, and none of them can be considered minor at this point. Indiana is swimming in the river of mediocrity, and that must change.

The future for this team has been cloudy but getting answers to several questions this offseason will help clear things up.

Strengths

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Pacers, they do have some good things going for them. After jumping at the opportunity to land a young talented player like Caris LeVert, they had to wait on his recovery following treatment for the mass that was found on his kidney. His return to the floor in March was a wonderful sight to see, and the fit alongside his new teammates has been harmonious.

LeVert was thriving as a member of the Pacers, but it was cut short just before the Play-In Tournament began when he was forced to sit out due to health and safety protocols. Despite his absence, LeVert has solidified himself as the guy on this team that can create for others, as well as get his own shot whenever they need it.

When they don’t need to take that route, the Pacers are perfectly fine with running their offense through Domantas Sabonis. The big man had a career year, serving as the engine of the team’s offense. Sabonis averaged career highs in points (20.3), assists (6.7), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.5) this season. He also pulled down 12 rebounds per game and got to the free-throw line more than he ever has during his five-year career.

Just getting their full complement of players back healthy is something this organization can feel good about. With TJ Warren essentially missing the entire season and Myles Turner having his impressive season cut short due to injuries, the Pacers will only improve with them back in the fold. Jeremy Lamb missed half the season, Malcolm Brogdon missed 16 games and Sabonis missed ten due to injuries as well.

Indiana’s offense should be one of the most dynamic in the league next year, with LeVert, Sabonis, and Brogdon leading the way. The other players on this roster will need to play their roles, hit open shots, and defend. If those needs can be addressed this offseason, the Pacers should be back in the playoffs next year.

Weaknesses

The injuries may have done them in towards the end of the season, but what really killed the Pacers was their inability to defend, rebound and close out games. They had the fourth-worst rebounding differential (-4.1) during the season and blew 17 fourth-quarter leads. Those two ingredients are a recipe for disaster.

The biggest question surrounding Indiana’s offseason was answered earlier this week. Kevin Pritchard met with Bjorkgren on Tuesday and decided that it was time to move on. He acknowledged that they took a chance last season and it just didn’t pan out. He also addressed what he is looking for in their next leader.

The real question is how much of the blame for this turbulent season should be on Bjorkgren’s shoulders? He didn’t have Warren, Turner, LeVert, Oladipo, or Lamb for most of the season. He was reluctant to play Aaron Holiday for whatever reason and relied heavily on the defense and availability of Justin Holiday and TJ McConnell. Despite all of this, he still had this team one win away from the playoffs.

Brogdon and Sabonis both thrived in Bjorkgren’s offense. Brogdon averaged a career-high in scoring while the team averaged a franchise record 115.3 points per game. It was a massive leap from the old, slow-tempo offense that they ran under former coach Nate McMillan. In the end, the disconnect between the players and others within the organization was too much to ignore.

Indiana will have several candidates to choose from, including some they met with last summer. The front office will be looking at former player and current Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, former Portland Trail Blazers coach and Indiana native Terry Stotts, as well as Mike D’Antoni, who was the favorite to get the job last season before joining Steve Nash’s staff in Brooklyn.

Opportunities

Indiana will have an opportunity to grab some high-end talent in the draft this summer. This will be just the second time they will have a lottery pick in the draft in the last ten years. The Pacers likely won’t land the cream of the crop with the 13th or 14th pick, but there is plenty of solid talent throughout this draft class.

One name that has come up frequently in mock drafts is Keon Johnson, who is a relentless wing defender. That has been a void ever since Victor Oladipo suffered his quad injury in January of 2019. Should the Pacers not bring back Doug McDermott, they could look at Corey Kispert from Gonzaga, who is an elite perimeter shooter. Other names to monitor are James Bouknight from UConn and Jared Butler from Baylor. The Pacers typically like to take the best talent available, regardless of position need.

In terms of free agency, the Pacers are already over the salary cap. Despite the lack of money to throw around, Pritchard has a solid reputation for finding bargain deals. There are several solid role players available that could potentially help this team next season. Under-the-radar guys like Dewayne Dedmon, Wayne Ellington and Tony Snell would be able to fill some of the weaknesses that the team had this past season.

The roster is in flux so while there isn’t one obvious position that they need to fill, it is safe to say they will be set at the starting center position with either Sabonis or Turner. Even with Warren coming back, there are questions with their wing players, so it would not be a surprise to see them chase someone like Torrey Craig. He could become a hot name when free agency begins, should the Phoenix Suns keep rolling in the playoffs. Regardless, that is the type of player that Indiana would desperately covet.

The silver lining with all of the Pacers’ injuries is what they found in their absence. Oshae Brissett played 21 games for Indiana this season, and he showed some serious potential. After the regular season, Brissett scored 31 points and pulled down ten rebounds against his former team, the Toronto Raptors. His range was on display as well, as he shot 42.3 percent from three-point range during the regular season.

Brissett was 10-14 overall from the floor in their Play-In Tournament victory over the Hornets, scoring 23 points to lead the way for the Pacers. He signed a three-year contract so the Pacers will have some flexibility at the position going forward.

Threats

Indiana’s only free agents are McConnell, McDermott and JaKarr Sampson. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much of a threat if they were not able to retain any of these guys. Both McConnell and McDermott had career seasons and showed their value to other potential suitors this summer. McConnell led the league in steals with 128, which is 20 more than Jimmy Butler, who finished second. The 29-year old also averaged career-high numbers across the board.

McDermott also posted the best statistical numbers of his career, improving in many areas of his game. Known mostly for his perimeter shot, the former Creighton star was a nightmare to chase as he weaved his way through screens and split down the lane for layups. After landing on his fifth team, it seemed as though he found the perfect fit in Indiana, but money always talks.

The Pacers can certainly replace their production should they decide to leave, but the most difficult roster decision has been a long time coming. It is the elephant in the room – Turner or Sabonis?

As Tristan Tucker recently pointed out, this frontcourt pairing has run its course. While Pritchard has reiterated that the two big men could stagger their minutes, it simply has not been working. The two-man lineup of Sabonis and Turner yielded a -2.3 net rating, which was the fourth-worst of the team’s top 15 pairings. The on/off ratings also revealed that the best option going forward is to split up the Turbonis experiment.

Both players have excelled on one side of the ball. Sabonis has fueled Indiana’s offense, posting ten triple-doubles this season. He also recorded 48 double-doubles in just 62 games. Turner was on pace to shatter the record for most blocks in a season before his injury derailed that plan. He still led the league in blocks per game (3.4) for the second time in the last three seasons.

For whatever reason, the numbers have not translated to team success. With both players under contract through at least the next two seasons, the time to trade one of them is now. It is a risky proposition, but one that the organization must make. The big question is which player should Indiana move? Sabonis will likely yield more of a return but he is also the more important piece for this roster as currently constructed.

All of that being said, many teams would love to get their hands on a floor-spacing center that protects the rim. Turner’s name was floated in several trade discussions before the season. One that nearly came to fruition was with the Boston Celtics, which was centered around Gordon Hayward. Many front offices have already set their sights on putting together a package for the 25-year old, with the Los Angeles Lakers high on the list of interested teams.

The last time Indiana drafted a player in the lottery was in 2015 when they selected Turner with the 11th pick. Oddly enough, he might be the one that is dealt to get this team out of mediocrity.



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Rangers looking for Dane Dunning to come up big vs. Dodgers

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While the Texas Rangers have struggled to find success on the road, they are learning that they can count on young right-hander Dane Dunning.

One day after the Rangers ended a 16-game road losing streak with a 12-1 road victory over the host Los Angeles Dodgers, Dunning will be on the mound Sunday for the series finale. The start is the 20th career major-league outing for Dunning, who will square off against right-hander Walker Buehler.

Dunning’s season numbers are pedestrian at best. He has a 2-4 record and a 4.26 ERA. But he has only allowed 13 of his 28 runs outside of the first inning and has had one run of support or fewer in nine of his 12 starts this season.

The 26-year-old has given up just two earned runs in 9 2/3 innings in June. He is coming off an outing at home against the Tampa Bay Rays last Sunday in which he delivered five scoreless innings on three hits with six strikeouts.

“Dane’s a competitor,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He’s learning, and he’s talking about the right things. He’s obviously grown a lot this year and had to deal with some adversity at times, and he keeps going out there fighting.”

The start against the Rays was the third time he has gone at least five innings without allowing a run this season. The Rangers have lost all three of those games.

Because Dunning is so early in his career and the Rangers are keeping his innings in check, he has not been going deep into games. Dunning has not thrown 90 pitches in an outing this season, and one of his two starts with at least 80 pitches was last his last outing.

Dunning will be making his first career appearance against the Dodgers, looking for his first road victory this season. He is 0-3 in six away starts with a 7.20 ERA, well above his 1.97 mark in six home starts.

It wasn’t all that long ago when Buehler (5-0, 2.56) was in Dunning’s shoes, handled with care by his team and not allowed to go very deep into games. He has emerged from that probationary period to become arguably the best starter on a talented staff that includes Cy Young Award winners like Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer.

The only other time Buehler faced the Rangers, in fact, was back when he was being handled with care. He gave up two runs on four hits in a 2018 start but was only allowed to go four innings as he took a no-decision in an eventual 8-4 Dodgers victory.

Four of Buehler’s five wins this season have come in his last five starts. He scattered two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

What Buehler will hope to avoid is Dunning’s fate of poor run support. Playing without Max Muncy (oblique) and Cody Bellinger (hamstring) on Saturday, the Dodgers had just six hits Saturday and scored their lone run on an AJ Pollock home run.

“I think we got it early,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Muncy, who went on the 10-day injured list. “He’s (injured) it before in the past and it’s not as significant as before.”

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WTC final will be big challenge: Latham

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Birmingham [UK], June 13 (ANI): After defeating England in the two-match Test series on Sunday, New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham said that the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against India will be a big challenge.

Neil Wagner and Matt Henry took three wickets each as England was bundled out for 122 in the second innings, and in the end, New Zealand won the second Test on Day Four comfortably by eight wickets here at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday.

“Great to have that performance under the belt. A few changes, but the guys came in and did really well. Great for New Zealand cricket. For us, it’s about them playing the roles they were given. Matt Henry hasn’t had a lot of opportunities and he was brilliant. For us, it’s about trying to keep it simple and play the way we’ve been playing over the last two years. We put some good numbers on the board,” said Latham after the match concluded.

“It’s a great honor and nice to learn as a captain. A big challenge coming up in a week’s time and the boys are looking forward to celebrate tonight. It’s a special occasion for us. The atmosphere here is amazing,” he added.

For New Zealand, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 23 and 0 respectively as the side registered a comprehensive win over the hosts. In the second Test, New Zealand made six changes, but every player that came in gave a spirited performance.

With this win, New Zealand won the two-match series 1-0 and now the side would enter the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC) confidently. India and Kiwis will be locking horns in the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, beginning June 18.

Chasing just 38 runs to win the match and series, New Zealand did not get off to an ideal start as Devon Conway (3) was sent back to the pavilion by Stuart Broad in just the second over of the innings. Will Young (8) was also dismissed by Olly Stone, but in the end, Latham and Taylor guided Kiwis to an eight-wicket win. (ANI)

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Mike Petrino Joins Women’s Basketball Staff

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State women’s basketball head coach Gordy Presnell announced Wednesday the hiring of Mike Petrino as assistant coach. Petrino joins the Broncos with 28 years of coaching experience, including a decade at the collegiate level, most recently as the interim head coach at Montana.

“We are excited that Mike Petrino has decided to join our coaching staff,” Presnell said. “He is a successful, high-character coach that has great experience in all facets of coaching. We look forward to him helping to carry on the tradition and legacy of Boise State women’s basketball!”

“My family and I are super excited to get to Boise and to be Broncos,” Petrino said. “I have enjoyed getting to know Gordy and I have great respect for the job he has done leading his program to its well-documented success over the years. I’m looking forward to learning from and working with Gordy, Heather (Sower) and Cariann (Ramirez). I have been so impressed by the communication from the staff and administration throughout this process. I am very grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”

Petrino took over as Montana’s interim head coach in April 2020, after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach for the Lady Griz. He navigated the program through the pandemic-riddled 2020-21 campaign, finishing with a winning record, two student-athletes honored as All-Big Sky selections and a program-record 3.61 team grade-point average.

In his four seasons as an assistant, Petrino had a hand in all facets of the Montana women’s basketball program, including recruiting, film study, scouting reports and practice instruction. Before arriving in Missoula, he was the video coordinator at Colorado for one season.

Petrino is no stranger to the Mountain West Conference, beginning his college coaching career at Wyoming. As an assistant coach for four years from 2011-15, Petrino led the Cowgirls’ recruiting efforts, including signing Liv Roberts who went on to become Mountain West Player of the Year. His work on and off the court helped the program climb from 12 wins in his first season to three winning seasons, including a 24-win campaign in 2012-13.

Prior to Wyoming, Petrino spent 10 years coaching and teaching at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., including five seasons as the boys’ basketball head coach. In those five years, he guided the Rams to a 97-37 record, winning five conference titles, three conference coach of the year honors and earning a pair of third-place finishes at the OSAA 6A State Tournament.

A Montana native and graduate of Montana State University Billings, Petrino started coaching at the prep level in 1993 at Flathead High School. He spent nine years working his way through the Montana high school ranks before moving to Portland.

Petrino and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Jamieson and Hayden.

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Cubs look to complete sweep of reeling Cardinals

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The streaking Chicago Cubs bid to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday night when they host the reeling St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs posted an 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Friday and a 7-2 victory the following day to improve to 23-10 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago has won five of its last six games to remain tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the National League Central.

St. Louis has lost 10 of its last 12 games to fall back to .500 for the first time since April 28.

“I’ve got to figure out a way to make it better,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s ultimately falls on my shoulders.”

Zach Davies (3-3, 4.45 ERA) will start for the Cubs in the series finale. In his previous outing, Davies blanked the San Diego Padres on one hit through six innings in a 7-1 victory.

“Best pitching performance I’ve seen him have,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He really hammered the bottom of the zone.”

Davies will try to build on that against the Cardinals.

“I’m continuing to be aggressive with the way I attack hitters,” Davies said. “I’m not trying to be too fine in locations. … (I’m) able to mix pitches, both sides of the plate.”

Davies threw five shutout innings against the Cardinals on May 23 in a game the Cubs won 2-1 in 10 innings. He is 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 career starts against them.

Matt Carpenter (12-for-25, five walks, four doubles, three homers), Nolan Arenado (6-for-19, three walks, three doubles, homer) and Paul Goldschmidt (4-for-12, two RBIs) have hit well against him.

Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (3-6, 6.21) will try to get his season back on track after allowing 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Back on May 3, Martinez threw eight scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since then, Martinez has failed to pitch deeper than the sixth inning in any start.

His ERA in his last five starts is 9.97 ERA. But earlier this season he met the quality start metric five times by allowing three or fewer runs in six or more innings.

“Look at the big body of work,” Shildt said. “Clean. Effective. Getting late into games. Getting softer contact. That’s the version we need. Not any better than that. That is really good. That gets you the sixth, seventh inning, and keeps them at bay for a couple of runs, or so. That’s the version we need. Which we’ve seen. Do we need better than that? We just need the consistency of that, and that will be enough.”

Martinez enjoyed a sharp outing against the Cubs during a 12-3 loss on May 21, holding them to two runs on four hits and one walk in six innings.

He is 4-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 37 career appearances (17 starts) against the Cubs.

Martinez has had career success against Kris Bryant (7-for-36, 16 strikeouts) and Javier Baez (4-for-29, seven strikeouts).

On the other hand, Willson Contreras (7-for-21, homer, five RBIs) and Ian Happ (6-for-18, two homers, four RBIs) have hit well against him.

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Kiara Advani clocks 7 years in film indusrty

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 13 (ANI): Actor Kiara Advani on Sunday completed seven years in the film industry and posted pictures of her journey so far on social media.

On Twitter and Instagram fans flooded her with wishes and Kiara has been personally sharing all those posts on her feed and thanking everyone for showering her with love on her special day.

“7 years of us,” she wrote in response to fan postings.

Kiara made her acting debut in 2014 Bollywood with the film ‘Fugly’, which also starred boxer Vijender Singh and actor Mohit Marwah.

With films like ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’, ‘Lust Stories’, ‘Kabir Singh’ , ‘Guilty’ and ‘Good Newwz’, Kiara proved her versatility and carved a niche for herself. She will be next seen in the biographical action drama film ‘Shershaah’, which revolves around the life of the Kargil hero Vikram Batra. Actor Sidharth Malhotra will be seen essaying the titular role.

Kiara is also paired opposite actor Kartik Aaryan in the upcoming horror-comedy film, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’.

When one of the social media users asked Kiara to do more films down south, Kiara tweeted: “Love you all. Exciting announcement soon.”Kiara was last seen in ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’ and ‘Laxmii’. (ANI)

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Sports fraternity pray for Christian Eriksen well-being

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Copenhagen [Denmark], June 13 (ANI): From Cristiano Ronaldo to former Indian cricket team captain, Sourav Ganguly – all came together last night to pray for Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch during the dying minutes of the first half against Finland in Euro 2020.

Portugal Football team captain, Ronaldo posted a photo on Instagram and wrote, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Eriksen and his family. The world of football stands together hoping for good news. I’m counting on finding you soon back on the pitch, Chris! Stay strong.”Eriksen collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in, soon Eriksen’s teammates formed a ring around him as he was being attended by doctors on the field. The midfielder was later carried off in a stretcher.

Sourav Ganguly also took to Instagram and wrote, “U will be fine Christian Erikson …we are praying for you..the game will see u back on the park.””Fight for your life eriksen we pray for you,” Didier Drogba tweeted. Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey also shared their prayers with the Eriksen family.

Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA then agreed to restart the match later in the evening with the Demark midfielder in a stable condition in hospital. Finland defeated Denmark 1-0 in their tournament opener.

According to the latest statement released by Danish Football Association on Sunday, Christian Eriksen’s condition is “stable” and the star player continues to be “hospitalised” for further examination.

“This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination,” Danish Football Association said in an official statement. (ANI)

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Team Stark for Memphis basketball kids – ft. Jonathan Stark

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Is your child interested in becoming a basketball star? Join Sydney Neely and all-star Jonathan Stark as we take a closer look at Memphis’s Stark Skill Academy!

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shortcut is your ultimate Memphis Life-hack short-form program in an entertaining, fun and informative way.

We bring you the best of what you need to fully enjoy and manage your life. No need to spend countless hours in search – We help you answer the questions: How do I? Where do I? What do I? What can I? Where can I find something to laugh about! And, who does that? 

Our audience is the center of the show… we answer your questions, share your hacks and tell your stories.

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Orioles bid to halt road woes in series finale vs. Rays

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Bright spots have been hard to come by for the Baltimore Orioles, who look to avoid a sweep of their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Baltimore set a club record with its 14th consecutive road loss on Saturday. Brandon Lowe lifted Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory with two hits and two RBIs.

The Orioles have lost 11 of their last 12 meetings against Tampa Bay, including all five this season.

One reason for optimism has been the play of catcher Austin Wynns, who hit his first career grand slam in Saturday’s loss.

The 30-year-old Wynns, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on May 31, is 6-for-15 with two homers in his career against the Rays. He could receive another start in the series finale.

“He’s only had a few starts, but the starts he’s been back there, I thought he’s caught the ball well, he’s done a nice job behind the plate and he’s going to continue getting opportunities behind the plate,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

The Orioles face another tough test against Tampa Bay, which has won 22 of its last 27 games and boast the American League’s best record at 41-24.

The Rays are planning on a bullpen game with Michael Wacha (1-1, 4.54 ERA) on the mound to start.

Wacha has pitched three or fewer innings in each of his last five appearances, including last Sunday against Texas. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts versus Baltimore.

Left-handed rookie Josh Fleming is expected to serve as the bulk reliever following Wacha.

The 25-year-old Fleming last pitched on June 4, when he allowed five runs on 10 hits over seven innings in a 5-4 loss to Texas.

Fleming, who is making his first appearance against Baltimore, owns a 2.48 ERA in six games (three starts) at home this season.

Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmermann (4-3, 4.83) won his second straight start last Tuesday, allowing two runs and two hits in five innings with seven strikeouts against the New York Mets.

The 26-year-old left-hander has surrendered a total of five runs with 20 strikeouts in his last three starts covering 15 1/3 innings.

Zimmermann made his major league debut against Tampa Bay on Sept. 17, 2020, permitting five runs over three-plus innings.

The Rays have received a spark in the last two games from Lowe, who snapped a 0-for-16 skid with a two-run homer in Friday’s 4-2 victory.

Lowe entered the series hitting .188 but has raised his average 12 points with four hits from the leadoff spot in his last two games.

“We’ve got all the confidence in the world in Brandon, and Brandon’s got a lot of confidence in himself,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s a big, big part of our team, and the last thing we’re going to do is run from him.”

Tampa Bay sits a season-high 17 games over .500 and is expected to activate first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the injured list as soon as Monday. Choi has been out since June 2 with a left groin strain.

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