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Munster fight back to deny Zebre

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first_img The Italian side looked on course to end a disastrous season with a flourish when they went in at the interval 22-14 ahead. However, Munster, who themselves have an endured a forgettable few months, hit back in the second half and BJ Botha’s 65th-minute try, which was converted by Ian Keatley, gave the visitors the points. Munster overcame an eight-point half-time deficit to win 27-25 and ensure RaboDirect Pro12 minnows Zebre finished their campaign without a single victory. Press Associationlast_img

GFF/NAMILCO National Under-17 League

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first_imgBeavers win puts them in fourth placeBEAVERS FC jumped from fifth to fourth place in the points standings of the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) round of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/NAMILCO National Under-17 League which continued over the past weekend at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground, West Coast Demerara.According to reports, Beavers came from two goals down to edge Eagles 3-2 and have stepped up one place ahead of Wales who are in the cellar position in the five-team league.Glenroy Duncan and Mikel Small sent Eagles into the lead with a goal each within the space of five minutes. Duncan registered the opening goal of the contest in the 16th minute and Small then doubled the score in the 21st minute.But Beavers’ Shaquille Richards reduced the score line with a 28th minute goal and Selbert Baptiste levelled it with a 40th minute goal.Six minutes later Courtney Liverpool sealed the issue for Beavers.With the victory, Beavers moved to fourth place with six points from seven matches. They won two and lost five with eight goals for and 22 against.Eagles, on the other hand, remain third in the points standings with six points from two wins and two losses from their four matches to date. They have so far scored nine goals and conceded a similar amount.Den Amstel continue to lead the points table with 18 points from six wins in as many matches. Slingerz are second with seven points from six matches with two wins, one draw and three losses.Meanwhile, in the East Bank Demerara Football zone, Grove Hi-Tech edged Soesdyke Falcons 1-0 compliments of a Jamacy Benjamin’s 58th minute strike, while Yarrowkabra secured a walkover victory from Mocha Champs.last_img read more

Trophy Stall supports 7th annual UDFA year-end football tourney

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first_imgTROPHY Stall continued its support of sports and has joined forces with the Upper-Demerara Football Association (UDFA) ahead of the New Year’s Day football final, set for the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.Games kicked off on December 13 and lasted some 8 days with 10 teams duking out.The featured game the evening pits Coomacka FC versus Topp XX for the grand prize of $1M.The second-placers will receive $600 000. Winners Connection FC and Botofago FC battle for $400 000 while the fourth-placers will walk away with $200 000.last_img

Trojans make it eight with SoCal crown

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first_imgIt was a familiar situation for the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team — a tournament against top-notch competition expected to provide an inexperienced Trojan team with a stifling challenge, a slate of games against schools all ranked in the top 10, and a situation in which a loss was more than simply a possibility.Upward bound · Freshman driver Nikola Vavic scores a goal with 35 seconds left to play in the championship round to put the Trojans up 9-8 over the Bruins. The score stood, and USC went 4-0 this weekend to win the SoCal Tournament. – Courtney Sandlin | Daily TrojanYet, for the Trojans last week, all of these factors simply amounted to the title with which they have become so familiar — SoCal Tournament champions.With a weekend roadtrip away from the friendly confines of McDonald’s Swim Stadium, USC (15-0, 1-0) posted yet another solid outing, with wins over Redlands (22-5), No. 8 Long Beach State (17-5), No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (7-6) and No. 2 UCLA (9-8) to capture the program’s eighth consecutive SoCal Tournament championship, held annually at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Center.In fitting fashion, the Trojans finished their last challenge of the weekend with a win over crosstown rival UCLA, parlaying multi-goal outings from freshman two-meter Jeremy Davie and sophomore utility Mace Rapsey into a renewal of the tournament title they might as well be permanent owners of.With USC holding an unfathomable streak of eight straight titles, the SoCal Tournament could easily be mistaken by outsiders to the program as a practice meet. But with all 10 and most of the top 20 teams in the nation competing annually, this is by no means the case.And simply coasting to yet another tournament title was not an option for the top-ranked Trojans.Despite holding a 6-3 lead midway through the third period against UCLA, USC surrendered several goals to the Bruins, eventually reaching an 8-8 knot late in the fourth quarter.But seasoned junior goalie Joel Dennerley stopped two 5-meter penalty shots, giving the offense a chance to regain the lead. Freshman driver Nikola Vavic wasted no time in doing so, finding the net with 35 seconds remaining to cement the victory and USC’s third straight win over the Bruins.Against UC Santa Barbara Sunday, the Trojans faced a similar late game challenge.Despite holding a 4-1 lead after the first frame, the Gauchos crawled back with two second quarter goals to narrow the lead to just one at halftime.“We missed quite a few easy opportunities, and that’s really what happened,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “We could have been up 8-1, but if you miss opportunities, you’re going to pay the price and that’s what happened.”Things got slowly worse for USC as the defense surrendered two more Gaucho goals, placing the Trojans in a 5-4 hole before entering the fourth quarter.“We had quite a few shots that missed,” coach Vavic said. “It was just one of those games where the ball didn’t want to go in.”But fortunately for the Trojans, things changed.In the fourth quarter, USC notched three goals to cement a 7-6 win, largely because of the play of Davie — who finished with two scores — and Nikola Vavic.“They’re both really tough and have been huge for us, especially at the end of the game where it was real close,” Jovan Vavic said.In the closing seconds, Nikola Vavic found Davie on a counterattack and Davie’s game-winning shot with less than a minute to play gave the Trojans the lead and the win.“We had Davie and a couple other players make a great counterattack and we were in countering really hard,” Jovan Vavic said. “The ball went to Nikola on the wing, he found Davie and gave him a really nice pass. He drew an ejection, and then Nikola gave him the ball right back and he scored the goal.”Despite the struggle, the coach remained confident that his team performed well, considering the circumstances.“In all three games, we gave up five, five and six goals, and that’s good,” coach Vavic said. “When you give up just five to six goals, you’re going to win quite a few games.”Even in the events leading up to the Trojans’ evening showdown with their crosstown rivals, USC looked just as formidable, particularly in the team’s Saturday contests against Redlands and Long Beach State.“In both of those games, it was really a team effort,” Jovan Vavic said. “We got off to a good start and never really let up. We really stayed focused and finished our shots.”Against Redlands, 13 USC players notched at least one goal, and in the second matchup with Long Beach State, 13 players found their way onto the scoresheet as well.Scoring came early and often. In both contests, the Trojans worked their way to leads in the opening minutes, holding halftime leads of 10-1 and 9-2, in which victories were all but assured.With four victories this weekend, USC prolongs its reign atop the SoCal Tournament hierarchy, a position it has held since 2003. And if their success in this preseason tournament is any indication, the Trojans are not done winning just yet.last_img read more

Barkley, Woods a lethal combination

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first_imgIt was all about the Barkley-Woods tandem Wednesday.Standout · Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who broke a USC single-game record with 17 receptions against Minnesota on Saturday, was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanDespite several concerns surrounding a young Trojan team, most of the talk following USC’s mid-morning practice centered on junior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods. In the season opener against Minnesota, Barkley and Woods connected for 17 receptions, 177 yards and three touchdowns in a 19-17 win.“They prepare for things so well and focus on the game plan,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Those guys are really fun to coach.”The success of both has inspired the younger players, Kiffin said.“They’re two of our best guys,” Kiffin said. “The best thing about that is you want young players and all of your players to see guys succeed and play well. Guys like [cornerback] Nickell Robey prepare well every single day and it shows up on gameday.”With Utah expected to focus on stopping Woods on Saturday, Barkley noted USC’s offense also possesses other dangerous targets.“If they happen to double team [Woods], that just leaves another guy open,” Barkley said. “We have a lot of weapons.”—It was announced earlier this week that senior tailback Marc Tyler had been reinstated following a one-game suspension and will be on the field Saturday against the Utes.“We will see how the rest of the week goes,” Kiffin said. “He’s practiced really hard. We will mix him in there some and see what happens during the game.”Tyler’s reinstatement means the Trojans will have a number of tailbacks in the mix against the Utes. Kiffin, however, feels Tyler’s size will benefit the Trojans.“The rest of our ‘backs are under 200 pounds,” Kiffin said. “Those short yard situations that we came up short on [last week], a big ‘back has a tendency to make those.”Freshman tailback D.J. Morgan was named the starter following his week one performance, but with Tyler’s return, it remains possible the depth chart could change again.“I’ve been going with the ones, so I’m mentally preparing to be the starter,” Morgan said. “If not, I’m still ready to go in the game. I just have to capitalize when my number is called, when I get the ball and every time when I’m on the field blocking or running.”Barkley, who was forced to throw the ball 45 times against Minnesota, is pleased with Tyler’s return.“It’s good to have him back,” Tyler said. “He’s a great player for us. [Tyler] is a back you could tell was missing last week. He’s come a long way since that incident happened. He will be able to help us out a lot on Saturday.”—Though Utah heads west to face the Trojans, the Coliseum hasn’t provided them with a significant home field advantage as of late. Three of USC’s five losses last season were at home, and against Minnesota on Saturday, USC played in front of a crowd of under 70,000.“I don’t think it has to do with the Coliseum or the fans. It had to with us playing real well,” Kiffin said. “If you want the playing rocking and a lot of energy — play well, win games and score touchdowns.”Barkley said he hopes the home crowd Saturday will be vivacious.“Hopefully, a little more crowd noise when they are on offense,” Barkley said. “Hopefully, more seats are filled.”—Last week, rumors of further expansion of the Pac-12 conference circulated around college football, even more so on Wednesday as Texas A&M announced it would leave the Big XII for the SEC.“We just got used to this one,” Kiffin said. “Whatever happens, we’ll figure it out. We don’t spend very much time on it at all. It’s out of our control.”—Though much hype surrrounds the inaugural Pac-12 conference game, the Trojans are looking at Saturday’s match-up like another game.“I  think there will be a lot of energy around it,” Kiffin said “I’m sure it’s a huge game for them coming down to the Coliseum regardless [of it] being the conference opener. For us, first place in the division is on the line. We want to improve.”Despite all the excitement surrounding this game, Barkley sees Utah like any other opponent.“I don’t see the significance other than another regular season game that we have to win in our conference,” Barkley said. “I guess you could say it is special because we are treating every game like a bowl game. As compared to last week, no, we’re approaching it with the same mentality.”last_img read more

Inexperienced DEs could pose problems for Syracuse in defending South Florida’s zone read

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first_imgOn his way to making Louisville’s trouncing of Syracuse a personal highlight reel, quarterback Lamar Jackson exposed the Orange’s defensive line. On his first rushing touchdown against SU, defensive end Kendall Coleman crashed as Jackson sold a read option.In a split second, Jackson was around the edge and speeding to a second UofL touchdown in three minutes.At the end of the second half, his fake drew in defensive end Chris Slayton, leaving the edge open yet again. With one man to beat, Jackson made one of his most impressive plays of the game, leaping SU cornerback Cordell Hudson.“When people think of contain, and maybe you’re dealing with the younger Pop Warner kids, contain with the ends, you’re normally right,” Babers said. “When you’re talking about a college football game or an NFL football game, there’s contain with inside linebackers, there’s contain with outside linebackers, there’s contain with strong safeties, there’s contain with corners.“The defense is a lot more complicated than just simply saying that the defensive ends are the ones that lost the game on zone reads. When you talk about containment of someone on zone reads, it’s a defensive thing, it’s not just a one position type thing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers is right — ends were not the only ones with contain on those plays, but his ends were beaten consistently against UofL. Some transition was expected for that group. Coleman is a freshman, Slayton is more suited for defensive tackle and the position group is Syracuse’s least experienced.The zone read buried SU (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) against Louisville, and the Orange will see it again on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack may not be able to replicate Lamar Jackson and his backfield mates, but the Bulls (2-0) still average 7.1 yards per play. Last week, the Cardinals averaged 10.4. Last year, Mack shredded the Orange defense for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts. USF racked up 7.8 yards per play.“I think I have a lot to improve on,” Coleman said. “This was definitely not a good game on my part. The team and I expect more from myself, that’s why they have me out there.”Coleman, in particular, is still making the adjustment from how he and Cathedral (Indiana) High School guarded against the zone read. At Cathedral, defenders were assigned to particular players on zone read plays. Lineman would take the player running up the middle (usually the running back), an outside linebacker would take the first outside option (usually the quarterback) and a cornerback would typically take the second outside option (only necessary in case of the option).Slayton is more suited to bump inside, but a lack of depth at defensive end pushed him back outside. Aside from Slayton and Coleman, SU doesn’t have many other options at end. Jake Pickard is just a redshirt freshman and had as many reps as Coleman did in Division I football games (zero) entering the 2016 season. Graduate transfer De’Jon Wilson was a non-factor for Colorado last season, getting no game action.Zone read plays are often predicated on the decision of an opponent’s defensive ends. If the end conservatively stays on the outside of a play, the quarterback can hand the ball off inside. But if that end crashes (moves inside, toward the offensive line), the quarterback can take the ball outside and escape contain.Jackson was able to sell fakes easily in UofL’s matchup against Syracuse that the ends bit on, leaving the rest of the defense to cover for the line. The Heisman contender’s speed was too much to handle on the outside.So far this season, Flowers is averaging less rushes per game and has thrown more. But he hasn’t had Mack for a full game this season.Given SU’s struggle defending the run, specifically the zone read, the play should factor large into USF’s offense.“I don’t like what I’ve seen from him because he looks similar to (Jackson),” Babers said. “His ability with his legs to create offense for South Florida and then his ability to throw the deep ball on the money to keep the defense playing offense is a little eerie and it reminds me of someone I’ve been having nightmares about.” Comments Published on September 16, 2016 at 1:28 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse blown out by No. 6 Wisconsin in straight sets

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first_imgSyracuse (2-3) lost to No. 6 Wisconsin (3-0) Friday afternoon in the Kansas State tournament in Manhattan, Kansas. The Orange fell in straight sets, 9-25, 14-25, 16-25.In a sluggish day offensively for Syracuse, Jalissa Trotter was the only player on the team to earn an assist, totaling 14 on the day. Santita Ebangwese led the team with four kills, while Amber Witherspoon paced the Orange defensive effort with three blocks. Wisconsin bested Syracuse in nearly every statistical category, dominating in hit percentage (.449 to .033) and service aces (10 to 1).Coming off an undefeated weekend in the Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference challenge that saw the Badgers beat Louisville and reigning ACC champion North Carolina in two straight-set victories, Wisconsin jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first set. Syracuse played close the rest of the opening set but couldn’t overcome the early disadvantage. The Badgers used five aces and a .524 hit percentage en route to a 25-9 first-set win.The Orange began the second set with a 3-2 lead before Wisconsin immediately recovered, using a 4-0 run to retake the lead and control of the match. The stretch continued for the Badgers, who took an 18-8 lead before Syracuse called a timeout. Just like the first set, the Orange played well at the back end but the early deficit proved too much to handle. Five more aces by Wisconsin and inefficiency by Syracuse (-.051 hit percentage through the first two sets) doomed the Orange, which fell behind two sets to none.The third set was the best of the day for Syracuse, which played the Badgers shot for shot through the first 15 points. That’s when Wisconsin, holding an 8-7 lead, began a strong stretch offensively to take control of both the set and match. The Badgers closed the game with a 17-9 run in which many of the points came at the net. Wisconsin ended with 18 kills in the third set alone, more than the Orange totaled in the game (15).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will continue play in the Kansas State tournament later today with a matchup against the host team at 8:30 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers to face Wolverines, Spartans in Michigan road trip

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first_imgThis weekend calls for a road trip across Lake Michigan, into enemy territory.The University of Wisconsin volleyball team (14-4, 7-3 Big Ten) travels to Michigan this weekend for a pair of games against No. 13 Michigan (18-3, 7-3 Big Ten) and Michigan State (15-8, 3-7 Big Ten). The Badgers will first take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor Friday night at 7 p.m. To follow that up, Wisconsin will then take on the Spartans in East Lansing Saturday night at 6 p.m.Wisconsin is currently coming off a pair of wins from last weekend which featured a statement win against No. 5 Nebraska at the University of Wisconsin Field House and a revenge win for the Badgers against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes beat the Badgers earlier in the season handing them their worst loss of the season, but Wisconsin proved it was a fluke after their 3–0 victory last Sunday.Football: Badgers may be without Hornibrook this Saturday against WildcatsThe University of Wisconsin Football Team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) look to unseat the Big Ten West leader Northwestern Wildcats Read…The Michigan Wolverines are posting very similar numbers to as the Badgers, however, their strength of schedule is not very impressive. Michigan is undefeated in non-conference play — though against only unranked opponents. In those games, the Wolverines didn’t drop a single set until their final non-conference game of the season versus Notre Dame.Some may argue this is just proof of Michigan’s strength this year, but proof to the contrary is a 1-4 record against ranked Big Ten opponents this year. This could be a result of a lack of preparation during their non-conference stretch, and it is now showing as we approach the final leg of the regular season.Volleyball: Badgers take down No. 5 Nebraska, get revenge against IowaThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team squared up against No. 5 Nebraska Friday night at the UW Fieldhouse. Coming off Read…The Michigan State Spartans have yet to win a game this year against a ranked opponent, making the two Michigan schools 1-8 in games this year against the top 25. This game for the Badgers needs to be taken with caution, as they cannot fall down the same path of complacency as they did in their matchup against Iowa earlier in the season. Wisconsin outmatches the Spartans on the net, and you can surely expect a series of offensive bursts by the Badgers this weekend.The game against Michigan will be aired on the Big Ten Network starting at 7 p.m., or you can listen live with the Badger rewind, 92.1 FM. The game against Michigan State will start at 6 p.m. Saturday night on 100.9FM, The Badger Sports Network.last_img read more

Surviving breast cancer – Special Feature

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first_imgOctober is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month annually.by Garth A. RoseOnce again, the Caribbean National Weekly is highlighting awareness of the disease that so many women fear, and too often brought to the forefront of their lives in a negative way.Fortunately, there are the survivors. These are women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have overcome the agony, pain and distress, and are grateful and thankful. These women have moved on to resume their normal lives, while there are other women who are experiencing identical diagnosis and struggling not to lose the battle.Michelle McCalla-Distant’s storyOne of these survivors is Michelle McCalla-Distant, 51, currently Human Resource Manager for the Sagicor Group in Jamaica.Michelle’s life was disrupted by breast cancer, at age 43. She told CNW it was in August 2009 while packing her suitcase the night before her annual two-weeks vacation to stay with her sister and other relatives in South Florida, her hand brushed against her left breast and she felt a huge lump.Lump biopsy confirms breast cancer“I was taken a back,” she said, “as i usually conduct my breast examinations at least once per month. However, I decided I wasn’t going to panic or spoil my vacation, so I went to Florida and had a wonderful time. Upon my return home I contacted my doctor, Dr. Barbara Noel, who immediately sent me to have a biopsy done on the lump in my breast. To my dismay, the biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous.Radical mastectomyShe was immediately referred to Dr. Trevor McCartney, a surgeon in Jamaica, who recommended a radical mastectomy be done on her left breast. “I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. The cancer had reached my lymph nodes. I said a prayer, and immediately agreed to the surgery. I would have done it the next day, but it was scheduled for a date two weeks later since I had to get rid of a cold before the surgery.”Tremendous supportMichelle said she was fortunate as she had tremendous support from her  family, friends and colleagues from Pan Caribbean (now Sagicor Group Jamaica). “Also, my faith in God kept me strong throughout this ordeal.My positive personality and attitude towards life also helped – I’m usually a  very jovial person and my cancer diagnosis and mastectomy didn’t change that. Sure, I lost a breast, but the fact was that I was alive, which was most important as I had my then 9 year-old daughter, Mia, to live for.She expressed also being fortunate to having had health insurance from her job, and a critical illness policy she had “the foresight” to purchase from Sagicor. This helped her to ease the financial strain of the high-cost of the chemotherapy treatments, regular blood tests and doctor’s visits.Seven bouts of chemotherapy“I underwent seven bouts of chemotherapy treatments every three weeks. I did them on Friday afternoons so I had the weekend to recoup as chemo left me very weak and nauseous.  I recall drinking ganja (marijuana) tea to help combat the nausea. I actually cut off my hair before experiencing the shock of it falling out. But the drugs robbed me of my eyelashes and eyebrows, and my fingernails became dark in color as the treatment continued. I also lost my sense of taste in the days after chemo. This was frustrating because each time I regained taste again, it was time for another treatment again. That was a bummer!”“My hair grew back shortly after I ended the last chemotherapy treatment, my eyelashes and eyebrows are still growing; slowly but surely.”Reconstructive surgeryMichelle had reconstructive surgery approximately a year-and-a- half after having the mastectomy. The surgery was also done by Dr. McCartney who had recommended she wait at least a year before having it.“My experience with breast cancer has made me appreciate life so much more. Life is too short. We must make the most of it while you still can. I now eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce sweet intake. Exercise is a very important part of my daily routine, and I do try to live free of stress.Life after breast cancer has been good“I’m blessed as life after breast cancer has been good. I am very grateful for the professional care I received in Jamaica, and the tolerance of my employer, Sagicor. Today, I am proud to assist the company in drawing attention to breast cancer, and the importance of women having their breasts checked, especially if they feel a lump. Having breast cancer is an unfortunate experience, but it’s not the end of life. Women with this cancer can rebound and live normal lives. I did. I am pleased to share my experience and offer support.”last_img read more

Fernando Tatis Jr. makes Padres’ faith look wise with strong debut

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first_imgAn organization constantly in flux over the past decade certainly hopes so. Unlike 2015, when a flurry of short-term moves failed to generate an uptick in wins, this group was formed with the intention to last.It starts not just with Machado, signed for $300 million this offseason, but also with Tatis and a hopeful group of young players trying to make their mark for an organization with few recent positive memories.”Padres fans have been patient with us, understanding we’re trying to build something,” Preller said. “It takes some time to lay the foundation.” On Thursday, 20-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. brought a new dimension to the wall, becoming San Diego’s youngest-ever Opening Day starter. He rewarded his front office’s widely discussed decision to put him on the roster by registering two hits in a 2-0 win over the Giants.His next mission is to form a long-term partnership with third baseman Manny Machado on the left side of the Padres’ infield and make the soon-to-be installed 2019 hallway placard a symbol of a turnaround rather than another false start.”We’d been trying to manufacture the (belief) that exists in this team naturally now,” manager Andy Green said, “and (exists) because of the talent they bring to the table, and the front office’s willingness to pull some triggers early for us to give us our best team from the get-go.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSan Diego garnered attention by giving Tatis an Opening Day roster spot when it could have maintained an extra year of control over its touted prospect by holding him in the minor leagues for a few more weeks. General manager A.J. Preller bucked the leaguewide trend of organizations keeping their prized young assets away from MLB in order to maximize future savings.Preller thinks Tatis is already one of the most talented players in the organization, even if he had never appeared above Double-A entering Thursday. The Dominican Republic native hit 16 home runs and stole 16 bases in 88 minor league games in 2018 before impressing in spring training this month, so Preller said the call-up was simply the logical next step.”We talked about from Day 1, it was going to be an open competition,” Preller said. “The way he handled himself in bringing energy, fielding the position well. He worked well with our coaching staff and asked a lot of questions. … We feel like he makes our team better.”Added Green: “He’s wired in a way to handle the struggles that will inevitably come in the big leagues, and he’s going to do some electric things in the meantime.”Tatis flashed that promise on a day many pegged another newcomer, free-agent signing Machado, to be the main story. Tatis has a locker right next to Machado, whom he says he has long admired, and the duo spoke often before and during the game, with Machado providing veteran insight into what to expect from the MLB stage. Tatis also leaned on the counseling of a father who played 11 MLB seasons and attended Thursday’s game.But as the rookie welcomed the feedback, he didn’t feel nervous.”Just excitement,” Tatis said. “I’m ready to show the fans what I’m capable of.”BENDER: Reds bring new energy that can liven up NL CentralPeople within the Padres organization rave about the natural talent Tatis possesses, believing him predisposed to a successful career given his advanced plate approach. They don’t think he needs radical advice or reformation to become a fan favorite in San Diego.Outfielder Wil Myers, now a de facto experienced voice in the clubhouse, efficiently described what makes Tatis unique for his age at the plate.”He’s a young guy with not a lot of movement in his swing and a setup that leads to a lot of success,” Myers said.Tatis’ simplistic bat-through-zone game plan worked well against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who struck out nine and lasted seven innings. He recorded his first career hit with one out in the second inning, drilling a single past Evan Longoria at third after he’d taken a couple of cutters inside. He also reached on a bunt in the fourth, though he was picked off to end the inning.While Machado didn’t reach base in his own debut, he was happy to see his understudy start with a flourish.”He’s going to do a lot of special things,” Machado said. SAN DIEGO — Along a hallway just outside the home clubhouse, framed graphics display every Opening Day lineup the Padres have trotted out in their 50-year history. Since Petco Park opened in 2004, 78 different players have appeared in a season opener, serving as a reminder of the organization’s turmoil in recent years. Some were supposed to be the next big thing but never fully panned out — think Andrew Cashner, Yonder Alonso or Kyle Blanks. Others, like Tim Stauffer, Jody Gerut or Tommy Medica, were never really expected to be top-flight producers. All were part of a franchise with two postseason appearances in the past 15 years.last_img read more