Osei Palmer: Duncan’s appointment was a mistake right from the start

first_imgExecutive Committee member of the Ghana FA Winfred Osei Palmer has noted that Asante Kotoko made a big mistake in appointing David Duncan.The former Ghana Premier League Champions began life without coach Duncan on a good note last Sunday by defeating Liberty Professionals 3-1 at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi.Winfred Osei,who is also the owner of Tema Youth football Club, in an interview with Asempa FM’s Sports Morning Show noted that the union between Duncan and Kotoko was never meant to be fruitful.“Duncan was not the right coach for Kotoko, he had it all wrong from the very start,” said Osei Palmer“The timing of Duncan when he assumed the position at Kotoko was wrong, especially looking at the circumstances Kotoko parted ways with Didi Dramani.”“Duncan has never been accepted by Kotoko as one of their kind so it is a marriage of suspicion, his loyalty to the club has always been questionable. “Most of the Kotoko guys have never liked that idea of bringing him to Kotoko so i think that marriage shouldn’t have happened at all.”  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Jerry West talks Presidential Medal of Freedom, Clippers’ tampering fine

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 West also weighed in on the tampering fine that the Clippers received from the NBA for comments Coach Doc Rivers made about Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, who will be a free agent this offseason.“Well, I have to say, there’s a lot of players I greatly admire, I really do,” West said. “But it’s a slippery slope out there. And I think, Dan, there’s two sets of rules. You know when you’re in college and people want you to go to school, you get recruited? Well, heck, the players can do anything they want to today. And that’s acceptable. You say, ‘I’m gonna recruit this guy, I’m gonna recruit that guy.’“Well, I don’t think any player could ever recruit me. Never. I would want to play where I thought the situation was better for me, that maybe it’s someplace where I always wanted to consider. But free agency is difficult, and I think it’s really terrible when some of these great players are mentioned while the playoffs are going on, particularly by players.“Coaches – how do you promote the game? There are so many players I’d like to say nice things about, that I greatly admire and I really appreciate how they play, you just – you’re almost afraid to promote the game that you love.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters West, 81, was a 14-time NBA All-Star and 10-time All-NBA selection between 1961-1974 with the Lakers before he moved on to the front office roles, helping build eight title-winning teams with the Lakers and Warriors and twice earning recognition as NBA Executive of the Year.He’s also worked in the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office and currently is a consultant with the Clippers, whom he’s helped stay competitive while positioning themselves for a run at high-profile free agents this summer.No date was announced for when the award will be given to West, who said he learned he was to receive it from an email.“My wife said, ‘I gotta show you something funny,’ ” West said. “And here it was on an email she’d received. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ ” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles Hall of Famer Jerry West reacted Monday to the news that he was to receive the President Medal of Freedom, telling Dan Patrick he found it “frankly shocking.”President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that West is to receive the accolade: “The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court.”During a nearly 14-minute segment as a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, West spoke about what the award meant to him as well as discussing, carefully, the tampering fine the Clippers were assessed last week.On the award, he added: “It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about, but I’ve looked at some of the people on the award who’ve been there and done some extraordinary things in sports, but more importantly, they made a difference in the way we look at minorities in this world. And some of them are my great friends and people I’ve admired for years. To be in that class, I’m really thrilled.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

2020 Hall of Fame vote: Larry Walker will benefit most from recent ballot-clearing

first_imgRIVERA: What I learned sitting in a car with Joe TorreBut the truth is this: That 10.2 percent number is incredibly misleading. It’s not that only 10.2 percent of the voters thought Walker’s resume was Cooperstown-worthy in 2014. It’s that only 10.2 percent of the voters checked the box next to Walker’s name. And even though it seems, on the surface, that’s the same thing, it’s really, really not. And while I can’t definitively tell you what every single BBWAA Hall of Fame voter was thinking in 2014, I can speak from my perspective as a voter. The 2020 ballot will be the fourth I’ve had the honor and privilege to submit to the Hall of Fame. The first three years, I’ve placed an X in the box next to the names of 10 players, the maximum number of votes allowed by the rules set up by the Hall of Fame. All three years, I have felt there were more than 10 players on the ballot who belonged in Cooperstown, or at least deserved to stay in the Hall of Fame conversation based on how their outstanding careers stacked up with the players already enshrined in the Hall. My first year, I ranked the players and voted for the 10 I felt had the resumes most worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame. I did not vote for Walker that year, even though my research convinced me he belongs in Cooperstown; my final spot was a choice between Walker and Vladimir Guerrero, and I went with Guerrero. Walker, who was at 15.5 percent in 2016, finished with 21.9 percent in the class of 2017 voting. After that first experience, though, I realized my priority shouldn’t be strictly ranking and voting, but finding the best way possible to use my 10 votes. I won’t wade deep into the details here — check out my full explanations in my 2018 and 2019 ballot columns — but Walker easily made the cut both years. Essentially, I felt a vote for Walker was important to build momentum toward his eventual election. In 2018, Walker jumped up to 34.1 percent, and he leaped to 54.6 percent in last year’s voting. My individual votes, of course, weren’t responsible for the big gains in Walker’s percentages. The ballot, most importantly, is finally clearing up. In the past three years, 11 players — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in 2017, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman in 2018 and Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina in 2019 — have been voted in by the BBWAA. That represents the most ever for a three-year stretch, ahead of the nine from 2014 to 2016, nine from 1954 to 1956 and nine from 1936 (the first election!) to 1938.  The logjam, which was caused by a frustrating combination of an abundance of qualified candidates, the arbitrary 10-vote limit and a steroid era that made it tough to figure out which players did and did not meet the vague “character clause” on the voting guidelines, wrecked havoc on the ballot. The ballot was already full, but reached a breaking point in 2013, when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, along with controversial-for-other-reasons Curt Schilling, all became eligible for the first time (five years after their last game). The question wasn’t “is this player a Hall of Famer, yes or no?” The task given to the voters was “pick only 10 of the however many players you feel are Cooperstown-worthy and vote for those players.” It’s hard enough to get opinionated baseball writers to agree even on simple things, so getting any worthy-but-not-no-doubt player to the 75 percent needed for election was damn near impossible. MORE: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 Hall of Fame ballotIn the first year of Bonds/Clemens/Schilling, 11 players received at least 33.6 percent of the vote, and not one single player was elected. In 2016, when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza went in, 11 players were named on at least 40 percent of the ballots, which is crazy. In 2014, when Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were elected in their first years of eligibility, 15 players were picked on at least 20 percent of the ballots. Of those, 12 have already been enshrined in Cooperstown, with Bonds/Clemens/Schilling as the three outliers. Oh, and that year four other players received at least 10 percent of the votes — Jeff Kent, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and, yep, Larry Walker. This does a great job showing the crowded ballot Walker has faced. Hall of Famers on the ballot with Larry Walker.2011: 102012: 72013: 8+Clemens/Bonds/Schilling2014: 12+CBS2015: 11+CBS2016: 9+CBS2017: 8+CBS2018: 6+CBS2019: 4+CBSDon’t hold Walker’s early low totals against him. The ballots were insanely crowded.— Craig Edwards (@craigjedwards) November 19, 2019There’s another reason Walker was steadily in the above-10-percent-below 25-percent club. His Cooperstown candidacy isn’t an open-and-shut case. He’s not a first-ballot, no-doubt candidate like others who have been elected on their first try during Walker’s nine years on the ballot, players such as Griffey, Maddux, Thomas, Jones and Rivera. And there are some voters who want the Hall of Fame to be only the elite-of-the-elite. They’re the small-Hall proponents, and I understand their thinking. In my perfect world, the Hall probably would be only super-duper stars like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Stan Musial. Walker doesn’t make that cut, and not even his most ardent defenders would claim he does.But the actual Hall of Fame isn’t just the elite-of-the-elite. The actual Hall has 329 members — 132 elected by the BBWAA and 197 elected by various other committees. The goal, of course, isn’t to cast a vote for every single player who surpasses the totals of the “worst” player already in Cooperstown. But supporting the candidacies of the players who meet or exceed the statistics for the average Hall of Famer at a position seems like a reasonable standard, right? And Walker easily hits that bar. Walker’s bWAR (72.7), peak WAR (44.7) and JAWS (58.7) all exceed the numbers for the average Hall of Fame right fielder — 71.4, 42.1 and 56.8. Again, not to belabor the point here, but if you’d like to read my full Larry Walker thoughts (including the Colorado factor), you can read my 2019 ballot explanation column. Walker won’t be the only beneficiary of the breaking up of the logjam, of course. Chances are, the totals for Clemens (59.5 percent in 2019) and Bonds (59.1 percent) will stay relatively similar — both have undeniable historic numbers, but strong PED connections that have cemented voting opinions regardless of how many votes are available — but it will be interesting to see what happens to Schilling (60.9 percent), considering his “character clause” voting pauses aren’t related to on-field issues.  The decade-long Hall of Fame ballot logjam has almost fully cleared up, and no player will benefit more than Larry Walker, the Canadian-born star who is in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the BBWAA ballot. Don’t be surprised if Walker hears his name called when the results are announced live on MLB Network on Jan. 21. I’m expecting it, quite honestly, which seems like a strange thing to say for a guy who received as little as 10.2 percent of the vote in 2014, his fourth year on the ballot, and still fell more than 20 percentage points short of the 75 percent necessary for induction last year (he was at 54.6).   Do Omar Vizquel (42.8 percent) and Jeff Kent (18.1 percent) get nice bumps up? Scott Rolen (17.2 percent) has a case similar to Walker’s, in that he was a brilliant player who had his counting stats curtailed by injuries. And what about Billy Wagner (16.7 percent), not only because the ballot is a little clearer, but because closers Mariano Rivera (BBWAA) AND Lee Smith (committee) were inducted last summer? If Walker gets more support toward election, does that help the case for his longtime Rockies teammate, Todd Helton (16.5 percent)?Manny Ramirez (22.8 percent) and Gary Sheffield (13.6 percent) are in the PED boat along with Bonds and Clemens. And do Andy Pettitte (9.9 percent), Sammy Sosa (8.8 percent) and Andruw Jones (7.5 percent) get a little more breathing room away from the 5 percent drop-off point? But those aren’t the vote totals we’ll be watching develop, during our annual obsession with Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker. They all take a backseat to Larry Walker.last_img read more

Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score ever at Players

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Woods shot a 7-under 65 in the third round Saturday, besting his previous low score on the Stadium Course by a stroke. He honed in his iron shots, fine-tuned his putter and was so hot through 12 holes that it looked as if he might challenge the Stadium Course record at TPC Sawgrass.“I wish I could repeat it more often, but honestly it was just a better start,” Woods said. “I got off to a much better-quality start.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWoods took advantage of warm temperatures, soft greens and little wind by making birdies at three of the first four holes . He drained putts of 15, 5, 10 and 17 feet, regaining a scoring touch that eluded him last week at the Wells Fargo Championship and in the opening two rounds in Ponte Vedra Beach.“Eventually I was going to put all the pieces together and today, for the most part, I did that,” he said. “I hit a lot of good, quality shots. I hit some shots in the correct spots, which was nice. I hit probably three of the best long irons I’ve hit all week.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Woods will be paired with Jordan Spieth for the final round Sunday and will start the day 11 shots behind Webb Simpson.No one has ever overcome such a deficit to win on the PGA Tour.Nonetheless, Woods likes how his game is coming together.He pointed to his tee shot at the 242-yard, par-3 eighth, which landed a little more than 30 feet from the hole; his second shot at the par-5 ninth, which stopped on the fringe from nearly 270 yards out; and his towering approach shot at the par-5 11th, which carried two bunkers and part of a pond before landing on the putting surface and leaving him a lengthy eagle putt.His only complaint was not keeping it rolling. He cooled off down the stretch, making five pars and a bogey over the final six holes.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations He pushed his drive into thick rough at the difficult par-4 14th and ended up with his lone bogey of the day. He had a chance to get it back two holes later, but lipped out a 10-footer following a stellar bunker shot.“To be 8-under there through 12, realistically I probably could have got a couple more out of it and got to 10 (under) for the day,” he said. “But I’ll take it.”He hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.But the biggest different was his putting. He needed just 27 putts, his fewest of the week. A day after making just one putt longer than 6 feet, he missed only one inside 13 feet in the third round.“It was nice. I made some putts today. That was basically the difference,” he said. “I’ve hit quality irons before and I was able to convert today and got rolling early. This golf course, as humid as it is right now, these greens are going to be holding all day and I knew that going in and I knew I had to be a little bit more aggressive in there and put the ball in these sections, and I was able to do that.”Woods started the day tied for 68th, but moved into fifth after getting to 9 under at No. 12. His jump was the talk of the course, and the already huge gallery following his every move really started growing at the turn. By the time Woods and playing partner Mackenzie Hughes got to 16, the frenzied crowd was dozens deep and craning for a glimpse of golf’s biggest star.Spieth matched Woods for the best score in the third round. They were at 8-under 208.Woods figured his stay near the top of the leaderboard would be a short one, but the wind picked up in the afternoon and no one matched the low score of the day.“It’s nice to kind of somewhat be up there,” he said. LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tiger Woods hits a shot from the 11th tee during the third round of the The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods turned in his best round of the season and his lowest score ever at The Players Championship.It sky-rocketed him up the leaderboard, and he stayed there.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more