GFI alumni returns to the field after stint in major leagues

first_imgOver the long history of Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball thousands of players from North America and beyond have displayed their talents at James Donaldson Park before thousands of fans.Hundreds of these athletes have been drafted and signed by Major League organizations. Close to forty have made it to the ‘Big Show’ but many who didn’t take that final step to fulfill their dream of playing in the Majors experienced many years of professional baseball before being released. Rarely has a GFI alumnus returned to Grand Forks to once again participate in this great tournament. We have just received word that Chris Kissock, 2007 ninth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be on the roster of the Trail Orioles at the upcoming tournament. He was officially released by the Phillies on August 3. Chris is a right-handed pitcher who was at the GFI in 2004-2006. He attended Lewis Clark State College for three years where he had an outstanding college career, registering 26 wins and only four losses.After being drafted by the Phillies he spent six seasons in the Minors; his most effective year was 2010 when he split 47 games between Clearwater, Florida and Double A in Reading, Pennsylvania. He finished the year with a combined Earned Run Average (earned runs allowed per 9 innings) of just over three.The tall right-hander, who was raised in the West Kootenays, also claims some additional successes. Last year he was selected to the roster of Canada’s national team. This team won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Panama, only the second time in 73 years they had medalled at the event. From there it was on to the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico where Canada made baseball history by winning the gold medal for the first time. With these back to back medal performances, they became the most successful team in Baseball Canada’s history.With the above successes, Chris, along with his teammates, were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June of this year. When he received the news Kissock remarked, “It is pretty awesome. It’s not all the time you get named into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.” [It should be noted that two other GFI Alumni were part of this distinguished team, Emerson Frostad and Mark Hardy.]There was yet another significant attainment in his career. He was part of the 2006 NAIA College World Series winning team – the Lewis Clark State Warriors. As a result he is in the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.The GFI looks forward to welcoming back Chris Kissock, celebrating his achievements in baseball, and once again watching him compete at James Donaldson Park.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2015)–Bobby Z Man flew from mid-pack to win Friday’s $60,000 River Special allowance by 1 ½ lengths, as the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.27. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by Barry Abrams, Bobby Z Man stepped up from a first condition allowance win over the course on April 10 to register his second consecutive win.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine older horses, Bobby Z Man paid $11.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Bred in California by Abrams and Huston Racing Stable and owned by Huston Racing Stable, Little Red Feather Racing and Bob Zieman, “Bobby Z” got his fifth win from 14 career starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, improved his earnings to $200,512.“Not bad at all,” is how Abrams summed up the winner’s effort. “He’s a nice horse. If there’s a race next week, he’ll be in it, as long as he’s okay. It wasn’t the ideal trip for him. He likes to be on the outside but he was stuck on the inside. Once he got to the outside though, he took off.”Runner-up Indexical, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, pressed the pace, entered the stretch three-wide, opened up a one length advantage inside the sixteenth pole, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Irish-bred Home School sat second down the hill and battled gamely at the rail to hold the show. Off at 4-1, he paid $3.00 to show.With longshot Rosengold showing the way to the three sixteenths pole, fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.39 and 1:07.44.Earlier in the day, the legendary Zenyatta’s first foal, Cozmic One, a 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, made a disappointing debut, running sixth and last in the second race, a maiden special weight at one mile. He was the 9-5 second choice.There was one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday and it was worth $60,030.40. The ticket was purchased for an as yet undisclosed sum through XpressBet.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– EARLIER IN THE DAY, ZENYATTA’S FIRST FOAL, COZMIC ONE, HAS DISAPPOINTING DEBUT RUN;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED XPRESSBET, PAYS $60,030.40last_img read more

Why is Son Heung-min not playing for Tottenham against RB Leipzig?

first_imgTOTTENHAM host RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie.But they’ll be a little short up front, with no Harry Kane or Son Heung-min.1 Son Heung-min is the latest absentee for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham as he misses RB Leipzig clashCredit: ReutersThe South Korean has netted six goals in his last five matches for Tottenham – but will sit out the European affair.Why is Son Heung-min not playing against RB Leipzig?Son Heung-min will miss the Champions League clash after picking up an arm injury in the victory over Aston Villa on February 16.The attacker picked up the injury in just the first minute of the match, after colliding with Ezri Konsa.Yet, he proceeded to play the entire 90 minutes, even scoring twice including a winner in injury time.Scans after the match revealed that he has broken his arm, which means he will be out for some time.That becomes a worrying sign for Spurs who are already without Kane until April.It leaves Tottenham with just 18-year-old Troy Parrott as their only recognised central striker, while Lucas Moura has played up front along with Dele Alli as a false nine.And while Barcelona have been given special permission to sign a new forward following injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez, Tottenham will not have the same luxury.For the RB Leipzig game, Mourinho has gone with Lucas Moura up front with Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn in behind.📋 #THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Gedson, Lo Celso, Dele, Bergwijn, Lucas.📲 @WilliamHill latest (18+) ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2020 Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himWhen will Son return?The injury has all-but ended the South Korean’s season, with initial projections that he would miss the next ten games.That would have seen him return for Spurs’ clash against Bournemouth on April 18.But in his pre-match press conference for their Champions League clash against RB Leipzig, Jose Mourinho revealed that estimation was too generous, declaring Son could be out for the rest of the season.The Portuguese boss said: “I am not counting on Son playing again this season, in my mind no.”We are going to miss him. The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement I would write different. We miss him.”The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available.”I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.”last_img read more

Roberto Carlos: “Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier are already demonstrating in Madrid”

first_imgRoberto Carlos, on Baptista: “He is a great friend. He still trains a lot, almost more than before. His career speaks for itself. He came to Madrid because he had a lot of quality and here he proved to be a very strong player, to have a lot of class … Also in the Brazilian team.”Baptista, about Liga 31: “It was an incredible experience. Real Madrid has always been and always will be a team that wins with suffering, with the players struggling, and against Osasuna it was no different. We were left with ten, Schuster made very offensive changes and the courage and the Our courage to save that League made that day something incredible. “Baptista, about that Madrid from 2007-08: “It had changed a bit, with younger players, but it was still competitive. It was necessary to adapt, but that in Madrid does not exist because titles are always needed. And we got the League.” It’s been 12 years of League 31 of Real Madrid and the club’s television has brought together one of its protagonists this Monday, Julio Baptista, and Roberto Carlos. The two intimate Brazilians have reviewed anecdotes from their player stages at the Bernabéu. His decisive goal in the Camp Nou Classic: “It was a very important moment because we came from behind Barcelona and beating them in their field was a blow at the table to go for the title. We were very psyched about what we could do. It was a very very good match in all aspects and I had the fortune to score the goal to win that game. The play was very fast, the ball bounced and I waited a bit because they are the most difficult balls to catch and hit as well as possible. I cannot say that I wanted to put it there because it was Impossible, but it turned out better than I wanted. It was very important, especially within Madrid, so it is a Classic, scoring, especially at the Camp Nou. It is one of the most important in my career. “Roberto Carlos, on whether Baptista is the strongest player he has agreed with: “I think so. He is a different player, look at the power he has. It took him a long time to find his position in Europe, but in Sevilla, having the freedom to play, he scored many goals. And in Madrid, with great players, the same People were very happy with him. He dribbled well, he jumped well … “.Baptista, on the power of Roberto Carlos: “I never saw and we will never see the ball hit as hard as Roberto Carlos.”Roberto Carlos, on the Galacticos: “There were 60,000 people in the stadium to watch our warm-up. It wasn’t just because of the warm-up, we went out to make people believe that Madrid could not lose at the Bernabéu. The most important thing is that we were friends on and off the field” .Roberto Carlos, on the new generation of Brazilians: “They are still young, but they are already proving to be great players. Vinicius has shown in Madrid and has gone with the Absolute. Rodrygo, with his calmness, has shown Zidane that he is available to help the team with his joy when he needs it. Reinier, in his first matches with Castilla, has shown what the Brazilian player is like, making a difference and showing Zidane that he is ready for when he needs him. Also with Brazil. “last_img read more

Guyanese charged with falsifying US passport application

first_imgA federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Joseph Fedrick, 42, of Guyana, with falsifying an application for a United States passport, US Attorney William J Ihlenfeld II, announced.Fedrick executed an application for a United States passport in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Within the application, Fedrick attempted to use a false social security number with the intent to secure the passport fraudulently.Fedrick is charged with one count of “False Statement in Application for Passport.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 0,000 in fines. Under the Federal Sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offences and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.Assistant US Attorney Shawn M Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government. The Department of the State Diplomatic Security Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security are investigating.An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. (US Department of Justice)last_img read more

‘Wolves feast on Lakers

first_imgAll Lakers coach Phil Jackson asked with Lamar Odom and Luke Walton out was for his players to give themselves a chance to win. But the Lakers couldn’t close out the game or outlast a Minnesota team that lost in two overtimes Sunday to Boston. The ‘Wolves led exactly once in regulation and once in the first overtime, yet wound up winning for only the second time in eight games since the All-Star break, improving to 7-13 since Randy Wittman replaced Dwane Casey as coach. Bryant finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 53 minutes, but the Lakers could point to Smush Parker’s four missed free throws at the end of regulation and the first overtime as the reason they lost. “It’s frustrating because it’s the little things that beat you,” Bryant said. “You’ve got to step to the line and knock down the free throws, make sure you don’t give guys open looks at the basket and things of that nature. “It’s just the little things that we’ve got to figure out how to close games out with. That being said, we played a good game. All the way up until the end, we played a good game. We did the things defensively we wanted to do. We just didn’t close it out.” • Photo Gallery: 03/06: Lakers vs. T’Wolves MINNEAPOLIS – No two players in today’s NBA have worn the jersey of the same team longer than Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, who might as well have been kindred spirits Tuesday night at Target Center. It is the duty of Bryant and Garnett to find a way to overcome the shortcomings of their respective teams from game to game, a job description neither player probably envisioned for the second half of their careers. When the final horn sounded on a marathon game, Garnett and the direction-less Minnesota Timberwolves had a 117-107 double-overtime triumph over Bryant and the injury-ravaged Lakers, who dropped to 0-2 on this four-game road trip. center_img Though he didn’t mention Parker by name, Jackson was blunt in saying: “The reality is we missed free throws at the end of regulation and overtime that cost us the game.” The Lakers also lost forward/center Ronny Turiaf to back spasms in the second quarter. Turiaf did not return and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s game at Milwaukee, possibly leaving the Lakers with only 10 available players. Parker, who got off to a blazing start in scoring 11 first-quarter points, was left with a miserable end to his night. He was in position to be the hero for the Lakers when he stole Marko Jaric’s inbounds pass with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. But Parker missed the first of two free throws, leaving an opening for Minnesota to send the game to overtime when Ricky Davis drove and was fouled by Kwame Brown. Davis sank both free throws to tie the score at 98. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mourinho refuses to rule out more Chelsea signings

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he feels “very good” about his squad this season but is refusing to rule out the option of making more signings before the end of August.The west London club have already added five new players to their squad this summer and while Mourinho doesn’t think there will be any further acquisitions, he did reveal the future is impossible to predict.Mourinho said: “We can never say what is going to happen, as players will have different feelings, different reactions,” Mourinho revealed in his press conference ahead of their Premier League opener away to Burnley on Monday night.“The reality is that I am happy with my squad. Very happy with my club, the structure that supports me. I feel very good.“I was very good with the explanation of my needs. My squad is good. Not a perfect one, because there is no perfect squad.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Slade confirmed as new Cardiff manager

first_imgCardiff City have announced the appointment of Russell Slade as the Bluebirds’ new manager.Slade, who left League One side Leyton Orient last month, has been touted for the job ever since the exit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in September, and the Championship club finally confirmed the news on Monday night.The 53-year-old takes over with the Welsh outfit languishing in 15th position following their relegation from the Premier League, after just one win in eight league games.“I’m grateful to Vincent [Tan] for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic football club,” said Slade.In a statement on the club’s website, Cardiff owner Tan said Slade’s reputation within the game convinced him he was the right man for the job, with the Malaysian businessman also aiming a bizarre dig at former Bluebirds boss, Malky Mackay.“I’m delighted to appoint Russell Slade as the manager of Cardiff City,” he said.“I have personally offered Russell this opportunity after giving much thought to the needs of the club at this point in time and firmly believe that he is the right person for the job.“I have spoken to many knowledgeable people in the game about Russell, and the feedback has been extremely positive. He is clearly well liked and respected, particularly by his former [Leyton Orient] chairman, Mr Barry Hearn, who could not speak more highly of him, both as a person and as a manager.“I ask that our supporters offer him a chance to prove his long term value to our club, giving him and his players their full support as we try to earn our place in the Premier League under his guidance.“Look at Russell’s track record.  He certainly deserves to be given a chance. After all, Cardiff gave a chance to a mediocre manager from Watford and he took the club to the Premier League.  I did however give him a lot of money to spend for that – in fact, too much money.“This is an important appointment for me because Russell has the right values for the Club and our supporters. I hope he will be able to bring the best out of our squad, and also help to unite everyone associated with the Club. So, let’s all give Russell a chance.” 1 New Cardiff manager Russell Slade last_img read more

Khedira out of Atletico tie by heart problem

first_imgThe condition causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate and can lead to issues including dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness.Khedira, 31, has only played 15 times this season because of injuries.“Sami Khedira remained in Turin for medical examinations, from which emerged the opportunity to perform an electrophysiological study and eventual treatment of an atrial arrhythmia which appeared today [Tuesday],” Juve said in a statement.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ midfielder Sami Khedira celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Italian Serie A football match against Udinese at the Friuli stadium in Udine on October 22, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and will be sidelined while he undergoes treatment.He will miss Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Atletico Madrid to be treated for atrial arrhythmia.last_img read more


first_imgThis bunch certainly are ‘United’ in their support for Donegal.Your pictures are coming in thick and fast in support of Jim McGuinness and the boys ahead of next Sunday’s game. We’re not sure if all these folk at United Health Group in Letterkenny are from Donegal but I suppose they are supporting the winning team!!Many members of staff donned their Donegal colours to show that ‘united’ we stand.And if you look very closely you will see a certain Christy Toye who is an employee at the plant.And no – there’s no truth to the rumour that they have been given next Monday off if we crush Dublin at croker!! EndsUNITED WE STAND FOR DONEGAL AND CHRISTY!! was last modified: August 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christy ToyedonegalletterkennyUnited Health Grouplast_img read more