Six Rafters chosen for Major League Dreams Showcase

first_imgFor the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will be well-represented at the 2019 Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison, with six players headed to the event hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park on Aug. 6.The Dreams Showcase features 100 of the top prospects from around the Northwoods League, selected by major-league scouts. The participants form four teams of prospects to work out and play a doubleheader, giving the selected Rafters a unique opportunity to perform in front of professional scouts.Right-handed pitchers Jimmy Borzone, Brayden Bonner, and Zack Hunsicker will represent a Rafters pitching staff that holds the second-lowest ERA in the league. Infielder Edarian Williams and outfielder Davion Downey were also selected. CJ Willis earned a spot in the prestigious event, but will not be participating due to injury.Borzone, a sophomore from Dixie State, boasts a 1.42 ERA and has 28 strikeouts with five saves this summer. Brayden Bonner, also a Dixie State product, leads the team with six saves and holds a 1.71 ERA with a 3-1 record out of the bullpen. Central Florida’s Zack Hunsicker has 16 strikeouts in eight appearances.After a stellar freshman season at UNLV, Williams is hitting .241 with 14 RBIs and 20 walks. Downey has driven in 18 runs while hitting .356 for Rapids. The Baylor sophomore has a .477 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases.last_img read more

SA vs England in Champs Trophy semis

first_img“He handled the pressure well and the way he gave his best for the team was very inspiring.” Amla struck 81 off 97 deliveries against Pakistan, weighed in 23 off 27 against the West Indies and 22 off 15 against India, but will no doubt be looking for more in the Proteas’ remaining matches. After a string of disappointments in major tournaments over the years, cricket’s fortunes favoured the Proteas as they advanced to a semi-finals showdown with England after a wicket off of what turned out to be the last ball of the match pulled them level with the West Indians. De Villiers has looked in excellent form, but would surely like to push on from the good results he so far produced: 68 off 72 balls against India, 31 off 31 versus Pakistan, and 37 off 26 against the West Indies. Colin Ingram and David Miller, who have in the past been more on the fringes of than in the team, have both so far played their part in helping South Africa reach the semi-finals. Ingram was man of the match in the win over the West Indies, with 73 off only 63 balls at the top of the innings, while Miller weighed in with 38 off 29 deliveries. His innings included three sixes. On that occasion Gary Kirsten was a member of the winning side and it would be a fitting way to see him off in his last duty as a very successful coach of the Proteas. Established starsHowever, for South Africa to progress to the final and win the title, established stars Hashim Amla and captain De Villiers will need to shine. India, the winners of Group B, will face Sri Lanka in the other final four match. Bottom lineThe bottom line, though, is that cricket is a team game and it will take a team effort to win. South Africa, though, are without Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel and they deserve praise for their fortitude in performing well without the three world class players. It is doubtful any other team, if they had three players of such proven quality, would have performed as well as the Proteas have. South Africa secured a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy after a tie with the West Indies on Friday in Cardiff on the Duckworth/Lewis Method. The Proteas’ better net run rate saw them finish second ahead of the islanders in Group B. In the absence of Smith and Kallis, De Villiers has been more than happy with his team’s batting. “I don’t think our batting can get much better than it is now,” he told the media in Cardiff.center_img Up against a team that includes some of the most devastating strikers in the shorter forms of the game, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, De Villiers turned to fast bowler Dale Steyn, back in the team after missing their first two matches with injury, to blunt the West Indians’ big hitting. Steyn responded well and played a major role in denying the islanders victory. “What makes me more happy is that I thought we played really good cricket most of the game today.” Just two victories stand between the Proteas and their first major ICC trophy victory in 15 years. The last (and only) one happened in 1998 in the very first Champions Trophy. The premier fast bowler of his generationHaving Steyn back is a huge plus for the Proteas ahead of their showdown with England on Wednesday at The Oval. The cricketing world is pretty much united in its belief that he is the premier fast bowler of his generation. 18 June 2013 “He is definitely an X-factor for us,” De Villiers reckoned. “I called on him a few times today, especially the last spell into the wind and he picked up a wicket. In the absence of Kallis, Ryan McLaren has done a fine job as an all-rounder. His outputs include an unbeaten 71 against India and a haul of 4 for 19 against Pakistan. JP Duminy has also delivered in the all-rounder’s role, mostly by keeping the opposition’s run rate down with his off-spin bowling. ‘A lot of strength in our batting’“We know there is a lot of strength in our batting line-up and I am looking forward to seeing that come through in the next knockout games.” ‘It feels great’It was more a case of relief than triumph for the Proteas in Cardiff. “It feels great. We’ve been on the wrong side of these kinds of matches in the past quite a few times and I have been part of a few teams that’ve been on the wrong side,” South African captain AB de Villiers said at the post-match press conference. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Another Facebook Success Story: TravBuddy Hits 1 Million Users

first_imgjosh catone 1 Anecdotal evidence suggests that the largest apps on Facebook are starting to make money from advertising, and TravBuddy is already operating on a mostly advertising supported business model. There is no reason they can’t try to monetize their Facebook users on Facebook in a similar way. Further, the barrier for entry is so low for Facebook applications that even if they aren’t capturing a ton of users from their app, it is likely still worth it.Further, the site is very active. Every time I visited TravBuddy today, there was new content that had been submitted from users within the past 10 minutes, and it seems like a very loyal user base has grown up around the site over the past two years.TravBuddy’s Facebook app is in direct competition with the Where I’ve Been application that last week made the jump to MySpace. Where I’ve Been is much more popular on Facebook than TravBuddy (with about 5 times as many users), but on MySpace it is TravBuddy that has the head start. Their MySpace widget has been around since last December. Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Today TravBuddy, a social network built around travel, announced that it has hit the one million user mark. The network was launched in 2005, but over the past six months has seen its membership grow 100 fold. Why the big increase? One reason is clear: Facebook.In May, TravBuddy launched an a Facebook app called the Countries Visited Map, which lets users put a flash map on their profiles displaying which countries they’ve visited. The app has just under 500,000 users, all of which have signed up for an account on TravBuddy as well.TravBuddy’s Facebook app ranks 4th for most active users among applications in the travel section with nearly 10,000 users logging in daily. But does that activity on Facebook translate to activity on the TravBuddy web site? Or does it even matter?It’s hard to tell if TravBuddy’s Facebook users are making the jump to the site itself, but my money is that most of them aren’t. Of the site’s 1 million users, just 13,000 travel blogs have been posted, and just 1 photo has been uploaded to the site for every 3 users. To me, that suggests that most of those Facebook users are staying strictly users of the Facebook widget. But that may not matter.last_img read more

Usain Bolt not in shape to set world records at london Olympics: Maurice Greene

first_imgFormer Olympic sprint champion Maurice Greene has dismissed the notion that Jamaican Usain Bolt can rescale the lofty heights of 2008 when he established two mind-boggling World records in the 100 and 200 metres. Greene said he expected the marquee 100m at the upcoming London Olympics to be a very competitive affair as Bolt is no longer in the shape he was four years ago, reports Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).Bolt won the 100m in 9.69 seconds before returning to win the 200m in 19.30 seconds, to headline the Beijing Olympics.”The race in London is going to be a lot closer than a lot of people think. It’s going to be a really exciting race,” said Greene, who won 100m gold in Sydney 12 years ago.”I’m going to tell you right now, he can’t do that (set a new world record).””I look at people. I analyze their races. He hasn’t shown to me to be in that type of shape that he was in 2008,” Greene said.He added: “If he is in that kind of shape, he’s going to win. I don’t think he’s in that kind of shape. He’s having problems from zero to 65 (metres). From there to the finish, that’s just him. You have to be with him at 70.”Following the Beijing Olympics, Bolt further lowered both records to 9.58m and 19.19m respectively, at the World Championships in Berlin a year later.His attempt to defend both titles at last year’s showpiece in Daegu was met with disappointment, however, as he false started in the 100m to suffer disqualification.He eventually won the 200 metres in a time of 19.40 seconds. Greene warned, however, that following Bolt’s disqualification, the 25-year-old would be anxious to prove his quality.”He has done it before, so you have to prepare accordingly. If you want the gold, you have to be prepared to go to that area,” the American said.”Usain is talking about his legacy. He wants to prove he should have won when he was knocked out. I don’t think he would have won. I know when someone has something to prove, he is dangerous.”advertisementlast_img read more