Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The most common cause of a player being overrated is someone coming off a career year. Another key ingredient is the hype that comes with a much-ballyhooed prospect arriving on the scene. There’s also that some owners are reluctant to take into account age, namely players who are in the latter stages of their career, and draft the biggest names and established stars.So here’s a lineup of players I’m generally avoiding because they’re going higher in drafts than I’d want to take them, comparing average draft position (ADP) in mock drafts to my rankings at each position:Jarrod Saltalamacchia, catcher, Marlins >> Salty did not fare well moving from Boston to Miami last season, seeing his OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) slip from .804 in 2013 to .682 last year. With Salty’s strikeout rate soaring to 32.9% last year and his defense in decline, it may not be long before the Marlins turn to their No. 2 prospect, J.T. Realmuto. I have Salty projected for a .222 average, 37 runs, 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 0 steals, ranking as the No. 34 catcher while his ADP (using fantasypros.com) is 20th. Don’t bother drafting Salty even in two-catcher deep-mixed leagues and instead keep an eye on Realmuto in keeper leagues.Lucas Duda, first base, Mets >> One of last year’s biggest breakouts, Duda doubled his previous career-high in homers and almost tripled his RBIs from the season before, totaling 30 homers and 92 RBIs. Part of my problem with Duda is that he can’t hit lefties as he put up a pathetic .516 OPS with just two homers in 125 plate appearances against southpaws last season. The Mets brought in noted lefty masher John Mayberry, whose stats against lefties sure look like he would make a great platoon partner with Duda – a .912 OPS with five homers in 82 PA. Between the risk of Duda’s playing time being cut into and that his power comes back to earth, my projected line of a .244 average, 66 runs, 23 homers, 75 RBIs, 2 steals almost seems generous, yet it leads to a No. 25 ranking at first base compared to his ADP of 19th. Don’t pay the premium for a career year.Brandon Phillips, second base, Reds >> The aging three-time All-Star was on our bust list last year and he indeed disappointed with a .266-44-8-51-2 line. Phillips will turn 34 in June and the sharp downward turn could continue as he just doesn’t have the plate discipline to age well – a 4.6 walk percentage last year while his strikeout rate rose for the fifth straight season to 14.8 percent. I have Phillips’ projected line at .259-52-11-55-3, making him my No. 26 second baseman while his ADP is 18th. Let someone else pay for the name. The fantasy baseball landscape is littered with the same three terms this time of year: sleepers, busts and breakouts.It’s all aimed at helping fantasy owners who are trying to figure out which players to target or avoid in their upcoming drafts or auctions.While most everyone is focused on being the owner who strikes it rich in the draft with a stream of genius picks that produce a steady supply of breakout performances, there is also the flip side. Nobody wants to be the one who drafts the stinkers, like Allen Craig (.215 average, 8 homers) or Carlos Gonzalez (.238, 11 homers) last year.The problem is that most of the worst busts are dependent on injuries, as was the case with both Craig and Gonzalez last season. Since it’s impossible to accurately guess who’s going to get injured (well, besides Troy Tulowitzki), I’m looking more for players who are overrated. Danny Santana, shortstop, Twins >> The speedy 24-year-old exploded on the scene last season, batting .319 with 7 homers and 20 steals in 101 games. Most of that breakout looks to be driven by good luck, as his .405 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was way out of line with his career .328 mark in the minors. He also had just 2 homers in 666 plate appearances in the high minors, making his 7 homers with the Twins look fluky. I have Santana projected for a .270 average, 65 runs, 4 homers, 46 RBIs and 24 steals, which makes him my No. 15 shortstop while his ADP is 10th.Yasmany Tomas, third base, Diamondbacks >> Just because the 24-year-old Cuban slugger got Jose Abreu money at $68.5 million over six years from Arizona doesn’t mean that we’re looking at another rookie of the year like the White Sox bopper. Tomas has poor plate discipline, which could lead to a low batting average and won’t allow him to make enough use of his tremendous power. He sat out all of last year, so he could benefit from starting the year in the minors. But the D-backs will likely want to start getting a return on their investment right away, so he’ll probably man third base as long as he can hold up defensively there. If he can’t, then he’ll have to find playing time in the outfield. I have Tomas projected for a line of .246 average, 58 runs, 18 homers, 70 RBIs and 3 steals, which ranks him No. 24 at third base while his ADP is 17th.Lorenzo Cain, outfield, Royals >> The Kansas City speedster finally had a breakout in his age-27 season, hitting .301 with 28 steals before dazzling in the postseason last year. There is a premium being paid for a career season and a strong postseason, rarely a good combination. I have Cain projected for 24 steals, eight homers and a .281 average, good enough for No. 64 while his ADP is 54th. Think of him as decent speed for your bench in a deep-mixed league, no more.Justin Verlander, starting pitcher, Tigers >> So another spring has come and another set of excuses for why Verlander struggled the past season and how it’s going to change this year. Don’t fall for it. Verlander has been the epitome of a workhorse for each of his nine seasons in Detroit, averaging 33 starts and 219 innings – and that’s not even including the postseason. The core surgery he had last off-season is being blamed for his struggles last year, but that ignores that his velocity declined for five straight seasons. Even if he gets back some of that velocity, Verlander has a long ways to go before becoming even a useful pitcher in mixed leagues. On the heels of a 3.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 2013, Verlander’s 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP ruined many a fantasy season last year. Concerned that he may have some shoulder issues as the root cause for the diminished stuff, I still have Verlander projected for a respectable line of 14 wins, 3.87 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 178 strikeouts, but that’s good enough for a No. 71 ranking while his ADP is 35th. Let someone else take the risk.Andrew Miller, relief pitcher, Yankees >> I love the 29-year-old lefty’s killer stuff and think the Yankees made a brilliant signing here, but I expect Dellin Betances will be given the keys to the closer role in New York. I have Miller projected to get seven saves and a 2.18 ERA, good enough to rank No. 37 on our relief pitcher list but below his ADP of 31st. Draft him in leagues where setup men have value, but don’t take him expecting many saves. If you want an actual closer to avoid, I’m staying far away from Joe Nathan and expect that Joakim Soria will be getting the saves in Detroit by May.To read about more busts, visit my blog at www.rotoace.com.
3 February 2003South Africa’s first Zulu opera, Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu, is history as spectacle, from a stage crowded with a chorus costumed in artist Andrew Verster’s bizarre versions of traditional gowns, skins and ostrich feathers, to the most authentic and exciting Zulu dancing seen outside the Valley of a Thousand Hills.At the centre is diva Sibongile Khumalo, singing the role of the much-loved princess whose songs telling of love, life, faith, and the changing fortunes of the Zulu nation live on in the memory of generations of Zulu-speaking South Africans. The opera, launched in Durban last year, arrived in Pretoria at the weekend. It combines a western form – the opera – and African music.The story in this collection of set pieces offers plenty of scope for extravagance: King Dinuzulu, father of Princess Magogo, returns from exile in St Helena and is welcomed by his ecstatic subjects; a British officer strides into the royal kraal with the head of the rebel leader Bambatha; the young King Solomon is crowned.From oppression, to love, to humourIn between the pageantry there is the divine Khumalo. In Act I she sings of oppression, of the sad state of the Zulu nation; in Act II she veers from religious songs to love songs to humour, including a wonderful song, sung in a detached and ironic tone, about her lover.Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi, son of Princess Magogo, says he is touched that Khumalo plays the role: “I remember occasions when we sat with her … at the feet of the Princess as she played ugubhu’ – a traditional stringed instrument- “and sang some of the songs that Sibongile sings in the opera’, he writes.Composer Mzilikazi Khumalo, in his programme note, explains the choral music: he used traditional African rhythms, scales and modes, with the singing style patterned on Zulu inflections. “All the songs … are in the Zulu language, which is a tone language. The gliding speech tones in the language (the rising, falling and rising-falling tones) are represented in the music by grace notes.”Best-known names in operaThe principals include some of the best-known names in opera in South Africa: in addition to mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, there is baritone Fikile Mvinjelwa as King Dinuzulu. Baritone Peter Mcebi sings two roles – Bambatha and Ndwandwe, the object of the Princess’s affections; tenor Given Mabena is Prince Solomon; and soprano Sibongile Mngoma is Queen Silomo, the Princess’s mother.The acting and singing skills – both crucial for opera – among the principals are first-rate. However, the chorus, while in splendid voice, is less at home on a stage. Producers Opera Africa, a Section 21 not-for-profit company, recruited a chorus in September, explains a board member, from among largely unemployed music inspectors, choirmasters and teachers, rehearsed them three times a week for three months, then sent them briefly for training in stagecraft.Opera clouded by lawsuitThe replacement of the original chorus, some principal singers and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, which premiered the show in Durban, has given rise to a lawsuit which has affected the opera’s immediate future. Those replaced for the Gauteng run and an expected season in Chicago applied for an urgent interdict earlier this year, claiming that contracts had been signed promising they would have the first option for roles if another production was staged within five years.The Chicago Heritage Festival, which had booked the opera for a three-night run, cancelled. The judge gave the company the go-ahead to perform in Pretoria; and Opera Africa’s lawyer has confirmed that the company has decided to hand the rights to the opera back to its authors, Mzilikazi Khumalo, librettist Themba Msimang and arranger and conductor Michael Hankinson, in an attempt to put an end to the controversy.Princess Magogo will be staged at the Spoornet State Theatre on 3, 5, 7 and 9 February 2003.
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Crystal Palace down to single senior keeper for Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are facing a goalkeeper crisis ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.With goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey both injured, manager Roy Hodgson is set to hand Julian Speroni his first appearance since December 2017.Both Guaita and Hennessey were injured in last Saturday’s loss to Watford.They are both expected to miss a month of action, leaving Speroni as the only fit senior goalkeeperat Selhurst Park. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Any time a top-ranked team in the country comes to town, it’s a big match. But when that team is a bitter conference rival, the two-time defending NCAA champion and a team that dominated you the prior year, the showdown is on an even greater level. This is the scenario facing the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes wrestling team (10-2, 4-2 Big Ten) as it prepares for its final regular season conference match against No. 1 Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) at St. John Arena in Columbus this Sunday. The contest, which follows a match against Michigan Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., could be OSU’s most daunting task of the season. And it just so happens to be Senior Night for the Buckeyes. “(The crowd’s) a ‘Scarlet-Out’ so it’s gonna be rocking,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “There’s nothing more exciting than being in front of a huge crowd … We gotta make them a factor, it’s gonna be fun.” This is an OSU outfit that seems to feeds off the intensity of the home crowd, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Impressive home victories against No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 12 Michigan and No. 2 Iowa last year, coupled with wins against then-No. 18 Pittsburgh and then-No. 19 Wisconsin this year, have made St. John Arena a difficult place for some of the nation’s best teams. In fact, since the 2011-12 season, OSU is 8-1 at home. “Having a home crowd is definitely an advantage,” said Nikko Triggas, a senior 125-pound wrestler. “Our fans are loud. You get a take-down, the place explodes. You stick a guy, the place goes even more nuts. It’s always an incentive to win in front of your home crowd.” Triggas is competing in his last home match as a Buckeye and said the emotions will be mixed come Sunday. “My parents are flying in tonight (from Moraga, Calif., Triggas’ hometown) to watch me against Penn State,” Triggas said Wednesday. “It’s always good to say ‘goodbye’ to the fans at Ohio State, and having a Senior Night is the way to do it.” Despite having the emotional edge of Senior Night and the home crowd backing them, the Buckeyes will have their hands full with Penn State. The defending national champions come into the match having spent much of the season ranked No. 1, and they dismantled OSU, 34-9, in State College, Pa., last year. “They have a couple of studs that score a lot of points,” Ryan said. “But it’s a winnable duel for us … We gotta do it now.” Such a challenge is not lost on redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber, the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion. “They’re the former No. 1 team in the country,” Stieber, who returned from injury against against Illinois last Friday, said. “So it’s a big, big match.” Ryan doesn’t think his team is letting last year’s outcome hinder their preparations for Sunday. “That duel last year, we had three or four starters out … and that’s not an excuse, we just didn’t have our entire team in there,” Ryan said. “We’re an improved team, the matchups are good against Penn State, and we can’t wait.” Stieber, a team captain, said the defeat last year is in the minds of every OSU wrestler on the team, but they aren’t going to let it influence how they compete Sunday. “Seeing all of our fans, just there’s something about being home,” Stieber said. “Hopefully we get off to a great start and just keep rolling from there.” OSU is scheduled to take on Penn State Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) attempts to get open during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternA week after going on the road to face the No. 1 team in the nation, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is traveling again, this time to Madison, Wis., to face No. 9-ranked Wisconsin.The Buckeyes (11-8-1, 1-4-1) fell in both games against top-ranked Minnesota last weekend, while the Badgers (13-6-1, 4-2-0-0), are coming off two wins against No. 14 Michigan Jan. 10 and 11.Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins, who made 26 saves in Friday night’s loss, said the way the Buckeyes competed against a team like Minnesota demonstrates just how small the gap between success and failure is in the Big Ten.“It shows how close the league is as a whole, and how close we are to being one of the top teams in the nation,” Tomkins said. “We just need to focus on the little things to put us that much higher up in the standings.”Like his teammate Tomkins, sophomore forward Anthony Greco said the key thing the Buckeyes must do in order to overcome the Badgers this weekend is look within themselves.“Our focus is really on us, and what we need to do better,” Greco said. “We’ve got to play as best we can and hopefully get two wins out of it.”The Badgers — much like the Gophers — are an elite team. They enter this weekend having lost only once at home in 14 games and averaging 3.55 goals per game, tied with the Buckeyes for second in the Big Ten.The two games against the Badgers this weekend will hold some added significance for OSU head coach and Wisconsin alumnus Steve Rohlik as he returns to the school where he won a national championship as a player. But despite Madison being “a special place” for him, Rohlik said his only focus is preparing his team to play a Badgers squad that has multiple strengths.“They’re as well coached as any team in college hockey. They stick to their systems and they’re very disciplined,” Rohlik said. “You’ve got to earn every inch on the ice against these guys.”After the disappointment of last weekend, Tomkins said getting positive results in Wisconsin would be “huge” for the Buckeyes, but he knows they’ll have to pass a demanding test to achieve that goal.“We’re expecting a hard-nosed, skilled, and fast team,” Tomkins said. “They’re ranked pretty highly for a reason, so we’ve got to come ready to play.”Puck drop for this weekend is set for 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
In its first nine games of the season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had not tallied a road victory.That changed Sunday.The Buckeyes headed east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens, and after starting fast never looked back, notching a 15-9 victory.Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who saw more playing time in place of injured junior midfielder Turner Evans, got the Buckeyes on the board first with his third goal of the season.Outshooting the Blue Hens 14-3 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes tacked on five more goals to take a 6-0 lead into the second.Matching the intensity displayed in the first 15 minutes, OSU continued to build on its lead when junior midfielder David Planning tallied his second goal of the game.Junior attackman Reegan Comeault, who finished the game with two goals and one assist, scored just over a minute later to extend the Buckeyes lead to 8-0 before Delaware finally got on the board.The Blue Hens (6-6, 0-3 CAA) registered their first goal from junior midfielder Jeff Heath with 11:07 to play in the first half, but the Buckeyes scored two of the final three goals of the half, highlighted by junior midfielder Jesse King — who notched his team-leading 22nd goal of the season with two seconds to play in half.The 10 goals scored are the most in a half this season for OSU.Continuing to pile on the goals, freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh and sophomore attackman Carter Brown scored two quick goals for the Buckeyes to extend the lead to double digits at 12-2 less than five minutes into the second half.Taking a 14-5 lead into the fourth quarter, Delaware tried to mount a comeback as they scored four straight goals to cut the lead to five, but it proved to be too little, too late.Comeault would tally his second goal of the game with 38 seconds to play to ice it for OSU (4-6, 1-0).Offensively, the Buckeyes were led by King, who had one goal and seven assists. The eight points were a career high for King, who also extended his point streak to 32 games.The Blue Hens got a strong performance out of senior attackman Danny Keane, who scored five of the nine goals on the day for Delaware.Defensively, senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who started his third straight game in place of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton, made nine saves in the contest and improved his record to 2-1 on the season.Up next for the Buckeyes is the Showdown in the Shoe this Saturday when they welcome to town the Michigan Wolverines. Game time is set for 11 a.m.
Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer, throws a pitch. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2, April 2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOhio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this week.According to the National Cancer Institute, acute myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.“I met with Zach this morning and he is in good spirits in the company of family, friends and teammates,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said in a released statement Thursday. “Zach is strong, and otherwise healthy, and is a great candidate to beat this diagnosis.”Farmer is set to begin a treatment process Monday at the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. He and his family found out about the illness earlier this week, and the rest of the team was notified Tuesday before its trip to Louisville, Ky., for a game against Louisville Wednesday.OSU lost that game, 7-3.Farmer appeared in 10 games this season for the Buckeyes and had a 6-4 record to go along with a 3.28 ERA. He was second to senior pitcher Greg Greve with nine starts this season, while Greve has made 11 starts.“The team as a whole is obviously concerned about their brother, but we will forge on in our mission,” Beals said.OSU (25-20, 6-9) is scheduled to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (25-15, 7-8) Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.
David Silva has admitted that this will likely be his final World Cup ahead of making his 122nd appearance for Spain against Iran on WednesdayThe Manchester City playmaker has represented Spain at international level since his debut in the 1–0 friendly home defeat to Romania in November 2006 and has continued to rank in the number of games after having contributed effectively over the past 11 years.Silva was a member of Spain’s “Golden Generation” that saw the likes of David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez spectacularly win three successive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.Heading into his third World Cup appearance, the 32-year-old admits that time is running out for him now and doubts that he will feature for his country at football’s biggest stage again.“Do you see me in another World Cup? I’m enjoying playing football with the team at this moment but I don’t believe I’ll play at another World Cup,” he told Marca.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Despite his age, Silva played a key role in Spain’s qualification campaign for the World Cup by scoring nine times in 12 matches under the now-departed Julen Lopetegui.And the former Valencia star feels that he is a much better all-around player nowadays due to the experience he has gained over the years.“I think I’m a better footballer now for all of my experience. You gain know-how from playing matches because every moment of a football match has its own rhythm. Knowing how to handle that is crucial, the more you play then the better you read games. I prefer the David Silva of 2018 because he’s experienced a lot of top-level football. The peace of mind that this brings is fundamental to success and I’ve played more than 120 matches with the national team.”Spain ended their first game of the World Cup with a 3-3 draw against Portugal last Friday.
Micciche says SB 12 will improve our sexual assault laws in three important ways: According to Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.” Classify unwanted contact with semen as a sexual crime, which means perpetrators can be required to register as sex offenders for this crime;Require that strangulation to the point of unconsciousness is defined as assault in the first degree, which carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years; andEliminate credit toward time served for electronic monitoring for sexual assault convictions. Senator Micciche: “If this bill were in place two years ago, Justin Schneider would be in prison today and the victim would have known that Alaskans will not tolerate free passes to violent sexual predators.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to close the “Schneider Loophole,” improving the state’s laws protecting victims of sexual assault. The Alaska House of Representatives voted on Saturday to approve similiar legislation that strengthens sex crime laws. House Bill 14 was sponsored by Representative John Lincoln of Kotzebue and was approved with broad bipartisan support on a 36-to-1 vote. The Senate converted HB 14 into SB 12. Senate Bill 12 was introduced by Senator Peter Micciche after Justin Schneider, a case that gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her.