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Red-hot Dodgers beat Sandberg, Phillies 4-0

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — No matter who is managing in the other dugout, nothing can derail the Los Angeles Dodgers these days.Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead the streaking Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over new manager Ryne Sandberg and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The defeat capped a tumultuous and emotional day for Philadelphia. Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired earlier in the day by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who broke down when delivering the news.“It was a roller coaster of a day emotionally,” Sandberg said. “It affected me and I think it affects the players.”Sandberg, the Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman, was promoted from third base coach to interim manager. But the Phillies, who have lost 20 of 24, didn’t play any differently for Sandberg. The Dodgers didn’t play any differently, either.Ramirez’s two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense Greinke (11-3) needed to lead Los Angeles to its season-best ninth straight win and 18th victory in its last 19 road games. The Dodgers are 41-8 since June 22.Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said his club’s approach is simple: just win.“The plan is intact, just win every night,” he said. “I want to win every day.”Jokingly asked if all the winning has gotten boring, Mattingly said, “Are you kidding me? It’s been great.”Greinke won his third straight start while outpitching Cliff Lee (10-6) in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners. The right-hander struck out three and walked four.“I felt pretty good. I was just trying to make pitches,” Greinke said. “I’m just trying to do my job and the bullpen has been incredible. Lately everybody is talking about it. Nothing is going bad. The pitching, the defense, the hitting and the bullpen have been great. We’ve won a lot of close games. You expect to win. That’s how it’s been.”It’s been the opposite for the Phillies, even on days when they get a strong pitching performance.Lee, who entered 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA in his last four starts, looked more like the $120 million pitcher he is by tossing eight strong innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.Ramirez had one of those hits, a drive to left in the fourth that put Los Angeles ahead 2-0. He is 8 for 16 with three homers against Lee.“Other than that, I was pleased,” Lee said.But no one who spoke in the Phillies’ clubhouse was happy about Manuel’s departure.“I definitely enjoyed Charlie and liked playing for him,” Lee said. “I thought he did a good job. It’s definitely our fault. We weren’t getting it done.”And they couldn’t get it done against the Dodgers.Los Angeles added a run in the seventh on Mark Ellis’ double and another in the ninth on Scott Van Slyke’s single.“Everybody’s just trying to do their job, not try to do too much,” Ramirez said.The Phillies, as has been the case for most of the second half, had no answer. Sandberg questioned the team’s focus before the game, calling its play “lackadaisical” at times lately. Philadelphia’s batters appeared to be trying, but they couldn’t produce runs off Greinke or three Dodgers relievers.The Phillies finished with just three hits while being shut out for the 11th time.“Not executing and lackadaisical play are completely different but look the same,” Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.The Phillies threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs before Ronald Belisario struck out Darin Ruf.It’s been that kind of season for Philadelphia, especially lately.Manuel paid for it.The 69-year-old skipper was in the final year of his contract and wanted to manage another two or three seasons.“I never quit nothing and I didn’t resign,” Manuel said, making it clear he was pushed out the door.Phillies fans responded to the news by bringing impromptu signs to the game thanking Manuel for his tenure. One of the loudest cheers of the evening went to a young boy shown on the electronic scoreboard wearing a T-shirt that read: “Thanks Charlie. I’ll Miss You.”Sandberg managed the Phillies’ Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons. He was part of one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history when the Phillies traded him and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for shortstop Ivan DeJesus in 1982.Amaro said Sandberg takes over on an interim basis and would be evaluated after the season. Sandberg inherited a team that entered Friday 20½ games out of first place in the NL East.“These guys are professional players, they’re getting paid well,” Sandberg said. “Sometimes players have to dig deeper, play with pride, play with heart and for the name on the front of the uniform.”Manuel won his 1,000th game as a manager on Monday in Atlanta. Two days later, he sat in the dugout knowing it would be his last game after Amaro informed him of the decision not to extend his contract. The Phillies had planned to honor Manuel on Friday by presenting him with a base signed by every member of the team. Those plans were canceled.Manuel led Philadelphia to the franchise’s second World Series title in 2008 and brought the team back to the Series in 2009, when the Phillies lost to the Yankees in six games.Manuel was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-11. He also spent three years as manager of the Cleveland Indians, winning the AL Central in 2001.NOTES: It was the Dodgers’ 15th shutout of the season. … Dodgers C A.J. Ellis took a foul ball by Ruf off his left knee in the eighth. A limping Ellis remained in the game. … The Dodgers recalled Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to their top farm club. Van Slyke went 1 for 4 with an RBI. … Philadelphia placed left-hander John Lannan on the disabled list with left knee tendinosis and recalled right-handed reliever B.J. Rosenberg, who has a 12.00 ERA in three appearances this season. … Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 1.88 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.48) on Saturday night.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cubs feel ‘pretty fortunate’ to sign Jonathan Lucroy, says Joe Maddon

first_imgThe Cubs are thankful they landed Jonathan Lucroy.Chicago needed a catcher after trading away backup Martin Maldonado at the deadline shortly before Willson Contreras suffered a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out for about a month. Jon Lester calls himself ‘weakest link’ in Cubs rotation after allowing 11 runs Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation But, despite the elimination of August waiver trades this season, the Cubs managed to add Lucroy — a two-time All-Star — after he was released by the Angels and became a free agent Wednesday.”To get a player of that caliber right now with everything that’s going on for us, the misfortune, we’re pretty fortunate with the new rules,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters, via MLB.com. “If you just put everything in a box and talk about them all, it’s pretty fortunate.” Related News “We had Maldonado traded away,” Hendricks said. “So yeah, to kind of just fall into that, have a guy available of (Lucroy’s) stature, I think it’s unbelievable. To have him be able to come in, obviously, it’s going to be a pretty easy transition, I think. He’s a guy that’s been around, knows what he’s doing, and he knows some of the guys on this team.”The Cubs finished play Wednesday in first place of the National League Central with a 62-52 record. Lucroy missed about three weeks after he broke his nose and sustained a concussion in early July when he was involved in a collision at home plate with the Astros’ Jake Marisnick. Lucroy is fully healthy now and he’ll split time with fellow Chicago catcher Victor Caratini, Maddon said.”Victor’s done well. This doesn’t put Victor on the shelf,” Maddon said. “They’ll both play. I’ll just try to figure out the best way to do that. I’ve not been around Jonathan a lot. I know he’s had that pretty severe injury this year. But apparently everything is well, but I want to talk to him and see how he’s doing and keep an eye on all of that stuff. It definitely makes us deeper again.”Lucroy, 33, has struggled this season as he’s slashing just .242/.310/.371 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 74 games. But, he’ll provide tremendous value for the Cubs behind the plate, pitcher Kyle Hendricks said. Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report sayslast_img read more

Thurston County Urges Safe and Sane Fireworks

first_imgOLYMPIA –Thurston County firefighters and paramedics remind people that fireworks safety is the key to having a Fourth of July holiday to remember instead of a tragic accident you’d rather forget.Thurston County Director of Emergency Services Steve Romines said the arrival of the Independence Day holiday also brings the unfortunate arrival of fireworks-related injuries.  In 2010, Thurston County 9-1-1 Dispatch logged hundreds of fireworks related calls, some of them regarding serious injuries.“The safest bet by far is to leave it to the pros and enjoy one of the licensed public fireworks displays,” Romines said. “But if you’re going to light your own fireworks, following a few basic safety rules will save you from injury, and could even save your life.”As a reminder, the sale of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is legal from June 28 through noon on July 5. It is legal to discharge fireworks only from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4.Romines says the use of fireworks can be safer if the following precautions are observed:Use only “safe and sane” fireworks. (In Washington state that means no bottle rockets, no firecrackers, no cherry bombs and no missiles.)Do not hold or throw fireworks after they are lit and do not relight unexploded fireworks.Have an adult present at all times when fireworks are being set off, and young children should never light fireworks.Be extra careful about the area where fireworks are lit; the heat from fireworks can easily ignite grass, wood and many other flammable materials.Keep a water source handy to deal with potential fires and douse all fireworks to make sure they are out.Again, in the unincorporated areas of Thurston County, it is legal to sell fireworks from June 28 through noon on July 5.  It is legal to discharge fireworks ONLY from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4. Avoid serious injury with proper fireworks safety. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Prime Vacancies in Government

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is soon expected to make a number of crucial appointments to fill a number of high profile vacancies in government. Among them are executive positions at the Central Bank of Liberia, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning Minister (MFDP), and the Liberia Maritime Authority.On the heels of former CBL Gov. J. Mills Jones’ departure from office, it is no secret that Finance and Development Planning Minister Konneh is transitioning to a new job at the World Bank, to be based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile, Binyah C. Kesselly has also tendered his resignation from Maritime. With barely 22 months to the end of the Sirleaf administration, analysts do not believe she will install “place-holders” to fill the three positions that are so strategic to the economy. Some suggest, however, that the President, in a bid to maintain solid control of her administration and finish strong, should play it safe by appointing those she feels she can count on. While her cards are still close to her chest, the President’s selection pool could be incredibly wide or incredibly small. In the “small pool”, there are highly competent deputies in each of the three institutions who are capable of taking the helm and finishing the job. Among these, the one selected might be helped significantly by political clout. Then again, some of the administration’s ‘silent heroes’ being wooed to international organizations may well cripple the government at a crucial time when the President’s legacy is at stake and the integrity and productivity of her team matter most. While international jobs have always proved more attractive, they become especially more desirable as the political climate intensifies nearing the 2017 elections cycle. Some officials may have it in mind to steer clear of government appointments, anticipating one last rush for public resources to fund various political ambitions. Their rationale, to get out of the kitchen now before they start smelling like tainted fish. In the “wide pool”, however, there is no telling from whence the next CBL Executive Governor, for example, would come. It is random but noteworthy that neither the CBL nor the Maritime Authority has had a woman at the helm, and this might still be a shining possibility. Currently, Charles Sirleaf, the second son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, serves as Acting CBL Governor, an independent selection made by the CBL Board of Governors. The President did mention, however, that Charles would not be a candidate for the actual position.Section 10(1) of the CBL Act states, “The Executive Governor and the Deputy Governor shall be appointed by the President for a term of five (5) years each from among individuals of standing or experience in financial and economic matters, subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate, on such terms and conditions as may be specified by the Board of Governors.”Section 7 of the Act creating the Liberia Maritime Authority apportions the power of appointment and of the commissioner and deputy commissioners to the Board of Directors, which shall recommend for the President’s approval a commissioner, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and who shall have general managing direction of the Authority, superintendence of ships registered under the laws of Liberia, and responsibility for the enforcement and administration of the provisions of the Liberia Maritime Law and Regulations or any other maritime related laws. Two other critical government functionaries are on the radar for appointments, the Daily Obsever has also learned. They are the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DDTV: A SHORT FILM ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SMOKER GERRY COLLINS

first_imgDDTV: Gerry Collins, the former smoker who, along with his family, has led this year’s QUIT campaign has inspired thousands of Donegal people to stop smoking.Gerry sadly passed away in March and as part of his and his family’s final contribution to the QUIT campaign, we are publishing a new short film called Gerry’s Story – a short film about family, loss and gratitude. The film is a final summation of Gerry’s message for smokers and for everyone.It includes many of the moments and messages that we’ve seen in his three TV ads, but allows for a more detailed and deeper picture of himself, his circle of friends and family life, the thoughts of his loved ones, how it was for all of them to be part of the campaign, and their shared experience of his smoking, his illness and his final months.Please click play to watch – and please share it.  DDTV: A SHORT FILM ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SMOKER GERRY COLLINS was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:final filmGerry CollinsQUIT campaignsmokervideolast_img read more

Ning Launches Ning Apps With 90 New OpenSocial Apps

first_imgfrederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Ning, the popular online service that allows users to create their own custom social networking sites, launched Ning Apps today. Ning Apps gives users the ability to embed over 90 new apps and widgets on their social networks. Given that Ning Apps is based on the OpenSocial standard, however, developers will surely create a lot more apps in the near future. Ning added basic OpenSocial support to its service last year. At that time, however, Ning only supported about 30 applications and users could only add OpenSocial applications to their own profiles but could not publish them on their network sites so that everybody could see them. Now, Ning Network Creators – that is, users who administer their own social network on Ning – can finally embed these apps and make them available for all the users on their custom social network. Among the apps launched today are a service that allows artists to sell merchandise from Sellit, a BlogTalkRadio app for podcasters, Huddle workspaces, PollDaddy polls, as well as WordPress apps to display blog posts and a Ustream app for live video streaming. A complete list of existing apps is available here.While other social networks have obviously provided their users with access to these kinds of apps and widgets for a long time already, this is a major step forward for Ning. Ning, according to its own stats, currently hosts over 1.5 million different social networks (how many of these are active is a different question, however) and has about 33 million registered users. If Ning wants to continue to compete with Facebook and other social networks, it simply needs this kind of open development environment to provide its users with the right set of features, though it also looks like Ning actually has an Apple-like approval process for new apps in place.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Books That Taught Me How to Sell

first_imgI had brain surgery 90 days before I went back to working in my family’s business. At the time, I was not allowed to drive, a difficult obstacle to overcome when you have to book sales meetings—or if you need a few things from the grocery store. My younger brother would chauffeur me to appointments until the time I was frustrated by with the realization that my doctors would never release me to drive, even though I only ever had one seizure.While I had always been a reader, during my recovery, I started reading a book a day. I told my neurologist that I was sure my brain was making new neural pathways and that it was on fire. He listened patiently and then told me there was no evidence that my theory was accurate and that it was more likely I was compensating for losing a significant part of my brain. We didn’t yet fully understand neuroplasticity, and it turns out both of us may have been correct.At some point, I started picking up books on sales and business. The first book I stumbled upon was SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham. If you heard my story behind my book, The Lost Art of Closing, it was the three pages where Rackham described “the advance” as a key to success in sales. Once I understood I needed a commitment for another meeting, selling got quite a bit easier. I wrote a list of questions for each part of the SPIN model and started to work towards Implications (clumsily, I might add) and needed payoffs.The book was so helpful that I picked up Major Account Sales Strategy, Rackham’s second book—and in some ways, his better book. I had been winning large accounts in California, but I didn’t have a very strategic view or a process. Mostly I just called on people who spent a lot of money in my category. Major Account Sales Strategy provided me with frameworks for thinking about big deals. I eventually read everything Rackham wrote and multiple times.One book I picked up appeared to be new, but it was quite old at the time I picked it up. The book was Consultative Selling by Mack Hanan. Parts of the book were difficult for me, but what I learned that was useful was Hanan’s idea that you shift the conversation away from price to the increased profit the client will make by adopting your solution. The application of this idea made it easier for me to start sharing the soft costs my clients were not calculating in their overall costs.The Miller Heiman books were both beneficial, The New Strategic Selling and The New Conceptual Sale. The first had me looking at stakeholders differently, even though the evolution of my thought here shows up very differently in Eat Their Lunch, which you might expect since 34 years have passed since they first published Strategic Selling. I don’t remember New Conceptual as well, but I remember it caused me to take sales calls seriously enough to plan them.I read all of Stephen Covey’s work before my brain surgery, and even those books were not on sales, they caused me to recognize I had to improve who I was before I could improve my sales results. They also led me to read a lot more books on business improvement.Some books that were not sales-related on their face were valuable to me. One of those books was Tom Peter’s Circle of Innovation, a book that made me think deeply about differentiation and allowed me to put technological solutions long before my larger competitors could do so, grabbing a competitive advantage in big deals. Another was Michael Hammer’s The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade. From this work, I took the idea that my business existed to take care of its customers. I started to present how what I did for my clients helped them serve their customers. Pondering that idea for a while is an excellent way to get better at selling.One of the more useful and transformative books I read was Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play by Mahan Khalsa. The ideas and the dialogue in this book massively improved my ability to have conversations about the changes the customer would have to make to produce the results they needed.There were hundreds of other books on sales and business I read, all of which had some value, even if I didn’t recognize it right away. These few were core to my development and the ones I remember as changing my sales results.last_img read more

Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller looks to bounce back

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.” read more