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Baseball looks to return to winning reputation in 2019

first_imgReddIt Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean printTCU Baseball looks to return to the NCAA Tournament after failing to reach it last season. Photo by Jack WallaceLed by veteran pitcher Jared Janczak and outfielder Josh Watson, TCU Baseball will look to return to their winning ways after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament last season and ending their four-year streak of College World Series appearances.Janczak and Watson returned to TCU for their senior seasons after being selected in last season’s MLB Draft.Watson, a force at the plate, enters the 2019 season with a career hitting clip of .274 with 187 hits, 20 home runs and 114 runs batted in. Watson led the team last season with a .305 batting average and 64 hits.Janczak has posted 17 career victories with a 2.56 ERA in his three seasons as a Horned Frog. In 218 innings pitched, he has allowed 173 hits and 62 earned runs while forcing an opponent’s batting average of .218.“You can’t beat a place like TCU, especially for your bonus round,” said Janczak. “I’m excited.”Janczak is returning to the diamond after having his junior season cut short due season-ending surgery to repair Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.Jared Janczak returns to the diamond this season after his junior season was cut short.Photo by Jack WallaceJanczak headlines an experienced pitching core ahead of the 2019 campaign. The Horned Frogs will return pitchers Charles King, Haylen Green, Jake Eissler, James Notary and Nick Lodolo, each with many games of experience under their belt. Lodolo was named a Collegiate Baseball preseason second-team All-American in December.“It’s impressive,” said catcher Zach Humphreys. “I’ve been catching their bullpens recently and it is fun to catch. It’s an unbelievable staff, one we’re lucky to have. I don’t know how to put it into words, but they have the chance to be really good.”The team’s bullpen did take a major hit this offseason with injuries to both Caleb Sloan and Russell Smith. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said Smith underwent Tommy John surgery in the fall and Caleb Sloan suffered an elbow injury. Both players are expected to miss the entire season.Despite the losses, TCU will welcome a junior college transfer in Brandon Williamson, who Schlossnagle said could factor into the rotation.“We all have talent,” Janczak said. “Those guys last year that pitched a little bit, they all have experience now so they know what to expect and how our pitching staff operates. I think we’re going to do a lot better than last year, have a little more fun with it too. Win some more ball games.”Five players from last season’s starting lineup will return to the diamond this season: Watson, catcher Zach Humphreys, third baseman Conner Shepherd, center fielder Johnny Rizer and shortstop Adam Oviedo.#41 Jared Janczak, #21 Charles King, #24 Jake Eissler, #44 Caleb Sloan (L to R)Photo by Jack WallaceSchlossnagle said Oviedo may make a switch to third base this season because it will better suit his long-term career.Schlossnagle expects Hunter Wolfe, a junior college transfer from Walters State Community College to begin the season at shortstop because he is “a dynamic athlete, has some power and is really fun to watch.”The Horned Frogs lost first baseman Luken Baker and pitchers Durbin Feltman and Sean Wymer to the MLB Draft. Designated hitter Michael Landestoy and right fielder A.J. Balta, whose batting power carried the Horned Frogs to last season’s Big 12 Tournament championship game, graduated from TCU.Schlossnagle will welcome nine transfers to Fort Worth to replace last season’s lost talent.Schlossnagle expects junior college transfer Andrew Keefer to join Watson and Rizer in the outfield, replacing Balta in right field. Keefer will be transitioning from the infield to right field, so his coach expects some learning pains to begin but expects him to thrive in his new role.“He’s going to be a tough guy to pitch to,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s a good athlete and can really throw. The team will also add two new catchers to the rotation to join Humphreys: junior college transfer Alex Isola and freshman Nick Juaire. He expects each to play a big role this season and said this group is the “best catching situation” he’s had in his 16 years at the helm.Schlossnagle expects Alex Isola to make a major impact as Zach Humphreys’ backup this season.Photo by Jack WallaceA star-studded schedule stands between TCU Baseball and their hopeful return to the NCAA Tournament. Opening the season at No. 19 in the D1 Baseball Preseason rankings, the Horned Frogs will face six ranked opponents this season.A total of five Big 12 teams are ranked in the preseason poll: No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 15 Baylor, No. 18 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Texas were ranked alongside the Horned Frogs.TCU will play 21 games against 10 teams that played in last season’s postseason.“We’re super excited about our 2019 schedule,” Schlossnagle said in a press release. “The awesome experiences our players, staff and fans will be a part of— playing in two major league ballparks and one of the best spring training facilities in all of professional baseball as well. Add those games to what will certainly be an incredible season of baseball in the Big 12 and our team will be challenged at the highest level.”Schlossnagle’s squad will open their season in the MLB Collegiate Baseball Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. with games against No. 25 California State Fullerton, Virginia and No. 1 Vanderbilt, three of college baseball’s premier programs.The tournament is the first of what is a road-heavy slate to start the season, with the team playing 11 of their first 16 ballgames away from home. The Frogs will also participate in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park against Houston, Texas A&M and Rice from March 1-3.The Horned Frogs will open their home schedule Feb. 19 against Abilene Christian and will follow with a three-game series against Grand Canyon University.“This is as excited I’ve been since I’ve been at TCU for a season,” Schlossnagle said. “That’s mainly because of the way things ended last year, and also the effort that this club to this point has put in. This group has really worked at a super high level of excellence since they’ve been here. Hopefully, that will show on the field.” The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Twitter I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. 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Lieutenant Governor Announces Statewide Recreational Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour

first_imgLieutenant Governor Announces Statewide Recreational Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Lt. Governor John Fetterman as he announced that he will be launching a statewide listening tour to hear from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.“I’m here today to support Lt. Governor John Fetterman in his effort to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania on this issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, especially those surrounding Pennsylvania, and we should learn from their efforts, and better understand the potential fiscal impacts of this reality before taking any collective action.”Tour dates will be released in the next few weeks and Fetterman has committed to visiting every county in the commonwealth.“Starting in mid-February, I will be traveling to all 67 counties to listen to everyone’s thoughts whether they agree with this initiative or have recommendations,” Fetterman said. “We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say.”Both Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman believe it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016 and Gov. Wolf stressed that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented.“John’s efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We both want to make sure the voices of all Pennsylvanians are heard.”For those who may not be able to attend a listening session or are simply interested in providing feedback about legalizing recreational marijuana, the lieutenant governor’s office will be establishing a webpage form to be available when the listening tours begin. January 24, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks, says Ishant Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India speedster Ishant Sharma believes his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks for the upcoming edition of the event. The Delhi Capitals boast of a perfect combination of fast and spin bowlers with the likes of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada in their side, according to Ishant.     “Our team has picked up some great bowling options in the squad and with the likes of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada also in the team. I think we have one of the best bowling line-ups this time. We have some very good all-rounders along with great spinners, which shall help us in restricting teams from scoring freely,” Ishant said.Talking about his goals, the Indian pacer said he is eager to take more wickets in the IPL, starting March 23. “I feel there is a huge ambition for me this season. I am very focused on taking more wickets throughout the tournament instead of just bowling well.“Of course, taking wickets depends on how well you bowl, but the most important thing is that you use your good performance by helping the team in taking important wickets,” said the 30-year-old. Ishant, who has taken 58 wickets with an economy of 8.2 in his IPL career, believes that his team has a great blend of pacers and spinners in the squad. Speaking on his return to Delhi, Ishant said he is extremely happy to represent his home city in the IPL.“I have played for different teams in the IPL but it makes me immensely happy to be able to represent Delhi Capitals this season. Being a Delhi boy, it is a great chance for me to represent my home side and my most important target is to make the Capitals win the coveted title,” said the lanky bowler.“It will be crucial for us to start well against Mumbai Indians in their home ground. We know the crowd will be behind them, but our team has enough experience to tackle the pressure and perform against a strong line-up. We are all looking forward to playing our first match of this exciting new season,” Ishant said. last_img read more

To win, USC must learn from these three mistakes

first_imgDaniel Zhu | Daily TrojanUSC’s highly anticipated 2017 football season kicked off in a lackluster way on Saturday, as heavy underdog Western Michigan went blow-for-blow with the Trojans, who were unable to pull away until the fourth quarter. For a top-five team, the mere possibility of losing to a Mid-American Conference team in the opening weekend was disappointing.This week brings a much greater challenge; the 14th-ranked Stanford Cardinal come to the Coliseum for a rivalry game after pounding Rice 62-7 two weeks ago. Here are the key areas the Trojans will have to improve on to defeat Stanford for the first time since 2014.Stop The RunWestern Michigan ran for 263 yards on Saturday, on 5.5 yards per attempt. The Trojans were unable to get a push from their defensive line, and the result was consistent openings for Bronco running backs. USC’s lack of physicality was evidenced by the four tackles for loss and one sack during the afternoon match.The front line wasn’t the only issue. Trojan linebackers and defensive backs missed a lot of tackles in the secondary. USC struggled to track down and wrap up open-field runners.This type of play will be an issue against a Stanford team that bludgeoned Rice for 287 rushing yards on 8 yards per attempt. The Cardinal have four returning starters along the offensive line, and they looked dominant in Week 1. USC’s run defense must be tougher, not only this week, but also moving forward.Darnold needs to take the helmTo be clear, Darnold wasn’t bad on Saturday. He was 23-of-33 for 289 yards, ran for a touchdown and converted on six of his eight third down attempts. He made the plays the team needed, and did the best he could behind a slightly spotty pass-blocking offensive line.However, the type of performance that can down Western Michigan isn’t the same as the one that is necessary to defeat Stanford. Darnold’s two interceptions, while coming on tipped balls, were not placed in the right spot for receivers to make plays. He lacked chemistry with every receiver but junior Deontay Burnett, missing multiple throws downfield on miscommunications, and he didn’t throw a touchdown.Darnold was far from USC’s biggest problem Saturday. But Stanford’s defense will be much stouter than Western Michigan’s. They won’t let junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr run over, around and through them. The receivers likely won’t gain any more separation. For the Trojans to win, Darnold will need to make plays with his feet and complete tough throws. He needs to prove he is worth the hype.Cut Down On MistakesIssues of discipline plagued the team last season, especially during the 1-3 start, and it was the same story Saturday. The Broncos scored touchdowns on a double pass and a kick return, which were key in maintaining an early lead in the second half. Junio linebacker Porter Gustin was inches from intercepting the double pass and taking it to the house, but once quarterback Jon Wassink had the ball in his hands, he had a clear path to the end zone. The team committed two turnovers on Darnold’s interceptions, and it would have been three if the Broncos recovered an errant snap. The Trojans were penalized nine times, including four on the offensive line, for a total of 94 yards. The line’s communication struggles were apparent on a third down sack in which the pass rusher reached Darnold untouched. Receivers dropped no fewer than four Darnold passes, and sophomore cornerback Jack Jones set the Trojans back when he let his knee touch the ground while receiving a kick. These type of unforced errors will be deadly against an opponent of Stanford’s caliber, and the Trojans will be embarrassed at home if they don’t clean up their act.last_img read more

Kieran Bergin says he wasn’t pushed from the Senior Hurling panel

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA However speaking to Fran Curry on Tipp Today earlier Kieran said he wasn’t in any way forced from the hurling set-up. Kieran Bergin says he wasn’t pushed from the Tipp senior hurling squad.The Killenaule clubman retired from inter-county hurling earlier this year having made his senior debut in the blue and gold in 2013.He then turned his attention to the Tipp football panel.last_img

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