Justyn Knight, Jessie Peterson lead Syracuse in Virginia Challenge

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu Justyn Knight and Jessie Petersen’s top finishes highlighted Syracuse’s weekend at the Virginia Challenge.Knight made his track debut for Syracuse in the 1500-meter. He finished first with a time of 3:39.66, breaking the school record that had stood since 1972. Joel Hubbard (3:44.75) took eleventh in the event.Petersen won the 10k with a time of 34:18.63, while Kevyn Hoyos led the men with a time of 29:38.69. Max Straneva (29:45.85) finished ninth.At the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational, Shaylyn Tuite, took tenth in the 5k with a time of 16:54.73 while Rebecca Skodis (16.57.25) finished 13th.Sydney Leiher led the Orange in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, grabbing tenth with a time of 10:33.03.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will next participate in the Penn Relays, beginning on Wednesday. Commentslast_img read more

Kirk Gibson, Bob Geren among Dodgers managerial candidates

first_imgKirk Gibson could have done practically anything with his life after Oct. 15, 1988, and none of it would change how Dodger fans remember him first and foremost. Gibson’s home run off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series is number one on many lists in these parts.Ranked somewhere far behind that in Gibson’s L.A. story: he will be counted among those who interviewed to replace Don Mattingly as the Dodgers’ manager, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The Dodgers have also received permission from the New York Mets to interview bench coach Bob Geren.The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Gibson from bench coach to manager in July 2010, when then-GM (and current Dodgers executive) Josh Byrnes was fired along with manager A.J. Hinch.Dave Stewart (who coincidentally started Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the A’s) fired Gibson when he took over as the Diamondbacks’ general manager last year. Now, Gibson might be the longest of longshots in a group of candidates that includes Geren, Gabe Kapler, Tim Wallach, Ron Roenicke, Dave Roberts, Bud Black and Darin Erstad.Gibson’s career .485 winning percentage as a manager (353-375, one division title, no LCS appearances) is higher than that of Black (.477) or Geren (.470). Roenicke, who compiled a 342-331 record (.508) with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15, is the only other known candidate with major league managing experience.In April of this year, Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable disorder affecting the nervous system. A recent report on BleacherReport.com chronicled Gibson’s recovery and painted an optimistic picture. Former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is quoted in the piece as saying “I think he’d love to manage again. In the right situation, I think he’d be a bench coach.”If health is not an issue — this interview can only mean good things about Gibson’s health — his experience might be. In Arizona, he worked with one of baseball’s smallest analytics departments; in Los Angeles, he would have one of the largest. Gibson’s approach might be more open-minded this time around, though “open-minded” hasn’t characterized his approach as a player or manager to this point.The Dodgers have said they’re seeking a manager well-equipped to teach a younger roster. Gibson has never managed at the minor-league level. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Geren, 54, had some of baseball’s youngest teams when he managed the Oakland A’s from 2007-11. He was promoted from the minors to be the A’s bullpen coach from 2003-05 and their bench coach in 2006, working under current Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi. Geren was also the best man at general manager Billy Beane‘s wedding, lending further credibility to his knowledge of analytics.However, Geren never managed a winning team in Oakland and came under heavy criticism for his lack of communication skills. Former A’s (and current Angels) closer Huston Street once called Geren “my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27.”For different reasons, then, Gibson and Geren are stronger candidates to be the Dodgers’ next bench coach — particularly if the next manager doesn’t have any major league managing experience (Kapler, Roberts, Erstad, Wallach).Wallach has an invitation to be Mattingly’s bench coach in Miami — assuming he doesn’t get the manager’s job in Los Angeles. At the moment, the Dodgers don’t have any coaches under contract for next year. That might help explain the sprawling nature of the search so far.A more accurate vision of Gibson’s next appearance in a Dodger uniform might begin in the background, not as the center of attention.Dusty Baker is reportedly getting $4 million over the next two seasons to manage the Washington Nationals, plus an additional $3 million in possible incentives. Black earlier rejected a one-year offer worth less money from Washington.Though it has little bearing on the Dodgers’ search, note for the record that the Padres reportedly did not interview Roberts, who was their bench coach the past two seasons, before hiring Andy Green.last_img read more

Spurs could have signed £80million-rated Villa skipper Grealish for just £6m

first_imgDANIEL LEVY will be hoping his determination to drive a hard bargain does not come back to haunt him at Villa Park this afternoon.Tottenham chairman Levy  watches his club’s  Premier League clash against Aston Villa knowing he could have signed the hosts’ £80MILLION skipper Jack Grealish for £6M just 18 months ago.3 Tottenham could have bought Villa skipper Jack Grealish for just £6mCredit: Getty Images – GettyVilla, then cash strapped and in the Championship, were willing to sell their star man for that meagre price as they desperately needed the money.Club chiefs were in a race against time to pay off  debt and save Villa from the prospect of going into administration — or even worse. It was July  2018 and Levy and  the squad were literally at the airport waiting to head off to Los Angeles for a pre-season tour.But the Spurs supremo believed he could get Grealish for £5m, or even £4m, so he decided to make Villa sweat and boarded the plane.3 Grealish (pictured to the left) is now reported to be valued at £80millionCredit: Getty Images – GettyIt turned out to be a  big mistake because by the time he landed in LA 11 hours later, Villa  had been bought by billionaires Nassef  Sawiris and Wes Edens.And that meant they were no longer skint and in desperate need of cash . . . so their asking price for Grealish was up to £40m.Spurs considered lining up another bid of £20m, but Levy knew it would be rejected so they pulled out of the race to sign the former England Under-21 star.3Grealish was gutted as he had set his heart on a switch to the North London club.But he managed to put that disappointment behind him as he  led his boyhood idols Villa back into the Premier League via the play-offs last season.Grealish, 24, has kicked on again this term and his outstanding displays have caught the eyes of Europe’s top  clubs — including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.The Red Devils are believed to be lining up an £80m summer swoop for the playmaker.Most read in footballFOUR-TUNE TELLERSRugby league working on four potential restart dates as finals may switchIT’S AL GOODTottenham star Alderweireld buys iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victimsASHES FLICKEREngland’s Ashes series against Australia not cancelled yet despite concerns’MENTALITY MISTAKES’Jose blames Wolves defeat on mistakes and demands Spurs be ‘ruthless’NDOM-BELLYSpurs fans demand trophy after pancake world record is set at Tottenham StadiumGossipSPURS SAY ALTAYTottenham ‘to negotiate £20m transfer for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Bayindir’MIXED EMOTIONSJose delighted with Bergwijn’s Spurs debut but fumes over Sterling tackleMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLevy — widely regarded as one of the toughest negotiators in football — must be kicking himself.While Grealish, must have no regrets about it now the way his career has panned out.But you cannot help but wonder how differently things could have turned out for all parties, had Spurs snapped up Grealish for that bargain fee when they had the chance.last_img read more