Rebels pitching could take hit during MLB draft

first_imgIf he returns, Christian Trent is the likely No. 1 starter for Ole Miss in 2015. He was drafted in the 29th round in 2014 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.If he returns, Christian Trent is the likely No. 1 starter for Ole Miss in 2015. He was drafted in the 29th round in 2014 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.OXFORD – If you run your finger down the list of Ole Miss’ baseball signees, it seems like every other prospect has a “P” next to his name.There are a few reasons why the Rebels signed 13 pitching prospects in 2015, one being the onslaught of arms could potentially soften the blow this week could bring.Today, the MLB first-year player draft begins.The Rebels might not have the big-name prospects they’ve produced in year’s past, but the decisions their players make this week could have an equal impact.All of the Rebels’ draft-hopeful players are pitchers. Ole Miss’ biggest weak spot during the up-and-down 2015 season?“Pitching,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We just didn’t have enough pitching to win.”It could have even less next spring, depending on where, or if, Friday starter Christian Trent, Saturday guy Brady Bramlett and 6-foot-6 reliever Jacob Waguespack are selected.“I don’t like talking about the draft,” Bianco said.It could be because beyond those three and a few others, there was a massive drop off in pitching talent for the Rebels this season.A third of Ole Miss’ innings were pitched by guys who owned a 6.00 ERA or higher.The 13 pitchers the Rebels signed could be used to neatly fill in those holes, falling in behind the returning Bramlett and Trent. Or Bianco could be left shuffling through the newcomers, hoping a few emerge as weekend starters.“The truth is, when we sign pitchers… (they’re) guys you think can be weekend guys,” Bianco said. “Now, it becomes, who’s going to be that guy?“Right now, I don’t know who that guy is going to be.”Regardless of the toll the draft takes, the Rebels will get some help from two players returning from injury.Sean Johnson, a 6-foot-7 junior college signee, probably would have been a weekend option for the Rebels, and maybe even drafted this week, if he hadn’t torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.Brady Feigl, a 6-foot-5 freshman right-hander, also just finished his rehab.“Those would have been a few weekend guys right there,” Bianco said. “You never know which guys are going to pan out or what’s going to happen.”It’s partly why Bianco doesn’t come across overly stressed about the chunk the draft could take from his rotation.Christian Trent, who likely will be taken the earliest of the three (and was drafted in the 29th round in 2014 by the Los Angeles Dodgers), was never thought of as an ace. But he posted a 9-0 record last year and owned a 3.74 ERA this year in that role.The same goes from Bramlett.“365 days ago, we weren’t talking about Brady Bramlett,” Bianco said. “If anything, he would have been one of the 12th questions, like, ‘Oh, yeah, what about Bramlett? How’s he?’”It’s true, and also probably the reason why Bramlett is the Rebels’ best bet at returning.The Louisville All-American arrived at Ole Miss as a freshman, made four starts, then had to sit out the rest of the season and the following year after tearing his labrum.Entering this season, it was unknown where Bramlett would fit in.Sunday guy? Midweek starter? Bullpen?The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore led the team in strikeouts with 84 and went 7-4 starting on Saturdays.“I think Brady is just excited to build on this year,” Bianco said. “He’s going to get stronger. We’ll see.”Contact Riley Blevins at rblevins@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.last_img read more

Auburn faces tough elements in first road trip

first_imgAUBURN — Make sure to set your alarm clock and have coffee ready, it’s going to be a late night for Auburn basketball.Bruce Pearl is hoping to take the Tigers to the mountain top in the SEC, but before he can do that the first-year Auburn coach has to face a brutal first road test – at Colorado for a midnight CT start Tuesday as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.Agreeing to take on the challenge of taking on Colorado, which would be ranked No. 27 in the Associated Press poll this week, at such a late hour is all part of Pearl’s plan of building the Auburn program.“I want our basketball program part of ESPN’s marathon,” Pearl said in a statement. “I want our basketball program to eventually become a part of some of the better holiday tournaments. You have to start somewhere.”The challenges begin off the court, as the Tigers arrived on Sunday in order to get acclimated to the altitude in Boulder, Colorado.“Road trips do bring you together. I love to travel with the team,” Pearl said. “Part of the college experience and being a student-athlete is seeing the country and even seeing the world. That Rocky Mountain high is going to be beautiful and and it’s going to be snow-capped. For our kids to have that different experience, it’s part of the college experience.”On the court, the Buffaloes present a very difficult matchup for the undersized Tigers, who are expected to be without starting guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen (separated shoulder) and have guard Antoine Mason recovering from an ankle sprain.Colorado big man Josh Scott had 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a season-opening win over Drexel on Friday. The 6-foot-10 Scott will be a more difficult challenge for Cinmeon Bowers than the Milwaukee team he was able to perform well against inside, with 18 points and 17 rebounds en route to SEC Player of the Week honors.“I’m really proud of my basketball team for showing a great deal of character and heart in coming back and winning our first game. It was special.” Auburn has lost five straight non-conference games away from Auburn Arena, with the last win coming against the College of Charleston (55-51) on Nov. 16, 2012.Pearl said he was “really proud” of his team for coming back to win its season opener thanks to a 24-6 run in the second half.He knows getting the first road win of the season won’t be easy against a Colorado squad that’s won 19 straight non-conference games and is 32-1 in non-league play under coach Tad Boyle.“It’s going to be a great challenge playing against a top-25 program and a team that is really well coached by Tad Boyle,” Pearl said. “Colorado’s size will be a factor. We love to run, they love to run.”—WHEN: Midnight todayWHERE: Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colo.RECORDS: Auburn (1-0), Colorado (1-0)ON THE AIR: TV — ESPN2; Radio — WMSP-AM 740, WLWI-FM 92.3AUBURN LINEUP: G K.C. Ross-Miller (6-0, GS) 13 ppg.; G Antoine Mason (6-1, GS) 19.0 ppg.; G K.T. Harrell, (6-4, Sr.) 20.0 ppg.; F Jordon Granger (6-5, Jr.) 8.0 ppg.; F Cinmeon Bowers (6-7, Jr.) 18.0 ppg.; 17.0 rpg.COLORADO LINEUP: G Askia Bokker (6-2, Sr.) 7.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.; G Xavier Talton (6-2, Jr.) 8.0 ppg.; G Xavier Johnson (6-7, Jr.) 8.0 ppg.; F Wesley Gordon (6-9, So.) 9.0 ppg.; F Josh Scott (6-10, Jr.) 21.0 ppg., 11.0 rpg.NOTEWORTHY: This game is part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and the first time both Colorado and Auburn are playing in the seventh year of the event. In all, 22 games are being played over 29 straight hours on ESPN networks. … Auburn has lost five straight non-conference games away from home. … Colorado has won 19 straight non-conference games following a season-opening win over Drexel on Friday. The Buffaloes are 32-1 in non-conference play under fifth-year coach Tad Boyle. … Auburn and Colorado have met just once before, a 78-72 overtime win by Colorado, as part of the 1996 Big Island Invitational at Hilo, Hawaii.last_img read more

Tips of the trade: How to find gold in streams and…

first_img In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, Chris Hall uses a sluice box to pan for gold in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. But more are turning to machinery, and that’s causing problems. Environmentalists complain mechanized mining poses a threat to river systems. Some states are banning certain mining techniques deemed harmful. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) A growing number of people are heading to the streams and rivers in search of gold. There is plenty to be had, experts say, but probably not enough for you to quit your day job.To find the specks of gold or even a nugget or two, you will need to the right equipment and keen sense of where to find it. A few tips from the experts:WHERE TO GOThere are thousands of places across the country to go in search of gold. Along with Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire in the Northeast, North Carolina and Georgia are popular with miners in the Southeast, while California, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho are well known out West.To find a good stream, it’s probably worth joining the Gold Prospectors Association of America or searching for a mining club on Facebook in your area. Every few years, the Gold Prospectors put out a book of all the land claims that members can prospect for gold. In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, photo, Chris Hall shows off a vile of gold he’s mined from the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (AP Photo/Jim Cole) In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, photo, Chris Hall gets ready to search for gold in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. Mining for gold began in the late 1800s in New Hampshire. All the big mining operations are now gone, but recreational mining is done in certain areas of the state. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, a small audience watches men setting up a long box for gold prospecting in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A growing number of people, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest, are returning to streams in search of gold. (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP)center_img WHAT TO BRINGFor the beginner, it is advisable to dress for wet conditions with many miners wearing hip boots during the summer and waders in the fall. You should also bring a pan the size of a dinner plate, a strainer called a classifier and sucker bottles to capture the gold. More serious miners might consider investing in a suction dredge and sluice box — where legal — that allows them to process much more material.HOW TO STRIKE GOLDThe first step is finding the right spot in the river where the gold might collect, such as a crook in the bedrock, idle pools, log jams, inside corners of rivers or spaces between boulders. Then start digging, filling your pan with gravel.From there, continuously weed out the bigger rocks and pebbles. Then, place the pan underwater and saturate what remains, a process that allows the lighter material to float away.With the pan still underwater, slosh the muddy mix back and forth. After a few minutes, you should be left with black sand — hopefully speckled with flakes of gold. In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, men work beside a long box while panning for gold in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP) In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, men work beside a long box while prospecting for gold in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP)last_img read more

Carvajal adds to Madrid’s injury woes in defence

first_img Danilo, who is also a right-back, began the game at left-back due to Marcelo’s absence – the Brazilian was injured in the Clasico loss to Barcelona. He appeared to be injured in the early stages of the game, too, but he stayed on the pitch and it was Carvajal who eventually had to be taken off due to a muscle problem.  Rafa Benitez has a serious problem in defence. Since the beginning of the season there have been a number of injuries. Pepe, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Carvajal have all missed games and it’s possible the Spanish coach’s favoured back four (Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo) will all be absent against Cadiz. 29/11/2015 Both full-backs, though, were able to play for the majority of the game. In the end, Carvajal was replaced by Karim Benzema with Madrid two goals up and just five minutes left in the game against the Basque minnows.  J.A. Sanchezcenter_img Upd. at 21:11 Dani Carvajal, injured again. The Real Madrid right-back picked up another knock against Eibar and, almost certainly, will not play against Cadiz in the Copa del Rey this week – he could even miss next week’s game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.  CETlast_img read more

NBA Recap, 18/1/19 – Lakers beat the Thunder in overtime

first_imgJan 17, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY SportsAdvertisement 6cvwNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esi0l2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) gc1tWould you ever consider trying this?😱jyn481Can your students do this? 🌚f6m28Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Los Angeles Lakers claimed a 138-128 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points for the Lakers, and Lonzo Ball was impressive for them down the stretch. The Thunder let a 17-point lead slip, but at least forced overtime after Russell Westbrook nailed three free throws in the dying seconds. But the Lakers outscored them by 10 points in the extra 5 minutes, handing them the victory.Advertisement London saw NBA action today, as the Wizards and Knicks faced off at The O2. Washington claimed the 101-100 win in controversial circumstances, as they were awarded a buzzer-beating field goal due to a goaltend.Advertisement Joel Embiid stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, 8 assists, and 13 rebounds as the 76ers defeated the Pacers 120-96. Jimmy Butler scored 27 for Philadelphia, and J. J. Redick added 20.In Charlotte, the Hornets won 114-95 against the Kings following a second-quarter shooting outburst. Kemba Walker top-scored for them with 23 points.Advertisement Kawhi Leonard sat out for the Raptors, but they won nonetheless, scraping past the Suns in Phoenix 101-109. The Nuggets routed the Bulls 135-105, to bounce back from their heavy loss against the Warriors.That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same! Advertisementlast_img read more