Jackson returns to Irish camp

first_imgPaddy Jackson returns to the Ireland fold today, as attention switches from the All Blacks to Canada. The Ulster out-half missed the trip to Chicago.Four potential debutants were among the six players drafted into the squad by coach Joe Schmidt yesterday.last_img

MLB trade rumors: Yankees unwilling to pay exorbitant price for Madison Bumgarner

first_imgHowever, according to The Athletic, they will not settle on a deal for the lefty. They are going to go for what they believe to be his proper value on the trade market.And that value apparently is more than the Yankees are willing to pay. Related News The Yankees need starting pitching, but apparently they don’t think they need it that much.San Francisco ace and postseason whiz Madison Bumgarner is the best available starting pitcher on the trade market at this moment. And the Giants are indeed willing to move him. MLB trade rumors: Nationals could consider moving Max Scherzer New York likes Bumgarner, but is not “enamored” with him enough to pay an exorbitant price to get him, according to MLB.com.Now, this doesn’t mean the Yankees aren’t on the lookout for rotation help, nor does it mean New York won’t still make a deal for Bumgarner.It simply means the team will not abandon its long-term plan to get him.That’s reportedly exactly what happened with Dallas Keuchel as the Yankees would not exceed the prorated amount on the qualifying offer the lefty received from the Astros this offseason.As a result the Braves signed him.But again, the Yankees still went after Keuchel so they are looking for some help in some way.Now what will that help be? That remains to be seen. But there is some value out on the market as Blue Jays starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez could become available, and maybe even a starter like Jason Vargas of the Mets is an option. There is help out there to be had, it’s just a matter of what price the Yankees will have to pay to get it.And if — and at this point this might be a huge “if” — Luis Severino comes back in the second half of the season and is the stud righty the team remembers from years past, New York might not need all that much help. That remains to be seen, though.Odds are the Yankees won’t stand pat and wait for Severino. They’ll go get help, but they’re not going to do what the Cubs did in 2016, sending Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney away for three months with one pitcher, Aroldis Chapman. They’ll give up what they believe is proper value to get equal worth in their return.last_img read more

Ponga overlooked for Cowboys’ final trial

first_imgGreen named an 18-man squad to travel to Sydney with the same backline that was present for most of 2016, including Kyle Feldt, Antonio Winterstein, Justin O’Neill and Kane Linnett to go with incumbent halves Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston.Handed his NRL debut in the pressure-cooker of an elimination final against the Brisbane Broncos in front of a sold-out home crowd last September, Ponga delivered an electrifying performance that gave Newcastle the confidence to sign him to a multi-million dollar deal starting in 2018.The 18-year-old further emphasised his immense talent with a sparkling debut at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines a fortnight ago but it appears as though Green is unwilling to squeeze him into the 17 for the season opener against the Raiders.Green knows Friday’s trial will be the last opportunity for the Cowboys to work on fine-tuning their attack after a low-scoring game against the Roosters in Mackay last Saturday. “What I’m most looking forward to out of this trial is probably just a few combinations, just getting those a little bit sharper, especially with the new guys coming into the team,” Green said.New recruit Ben Hampton will fill the utility role and Green wants the former Storm player ready to go. “Ben Hampton in that utility role… we want him to feel comfortable in the team,” Green said. The match will also be the last chance for forwards Sam Hoare, Patrick Kaufusi and Coen Hess to prove they are ready to go in Round 1. Asiata seems likely to retain his bench position from 2016, with Scott Bolton moving into a starting spot alongside co-captain Matt Scott in the front row.That leaves three players fighting it out for only two positions on the bench in Round 1. Hess played eight NRL games in 2016 and Kaufusi 12 whilst Hoare missed all of last season with a knee injury after playing 14 games across the previous two seasons.Friday night’s hit-out may go some way to solving Green’s headache but the decision is far from final. “Out of the young guys I think they all actually stood up. Everyone played well, the areas that I wanted to see those guys be good in they were,” he said of their performances against the Roosters.The trial match against the Tigers kicks off at 7pm AEDT and is the last for the Cowboys before they open their campaign against the Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday, March 4.last_img read more