Month: October 2023 (Page 1 of 9)

‘6 innings, 12 Ks’ Pedi’s perfect game! NC defeats KT ‘9-5’…78.1% chance of going to KS

With four days off, the Dinosaurs’ playoff momentum hasn’t waned. The NC Dinos responded to the support of their away fans by winning the first game of the series behind a strong pitching performance from ace Eric Peddie.

NC won the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Playoffs against KT Wiz 9-5 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 30 to sweep the series.

In the history of the KBO playoffs (best-of-five series, excluding the 1999-2000 Yangdae League-1995-2008-2021), the team that wins Game 1 has a 78.1% (25/32) chance of advancing to the Korean Series. This is why NC’s heart is lighter after taking the first game.

On the other hand, KT, who dropped Game 1 despite coming out well-rested, had a lethargic performance that put a lot of pressure on them. Even with reliable starters Wes Benjamin and Ko Young-pyo in the second and third games, KT cannot guarantee victory. The batting lineup’s slump was painful.

NC, which survived the third-place race with a steep rise since September, is also showing off its majesty in fall baseball. In the wild-card deciding game against the Doosan Bears on April 19, the team used its offense to end the series with a 14-9 victory, and continued its rise with three straight wins in the semifinals against the ‘defending champion’ SSG Landers. Not many expected the semi-finals to end in three games, much less three straight wins for NC.

To minimize their exhaustion, NC took four days off after the semi-finals and trained at their home stadium, Changwon NC Park, to get in shape. Although they had fewer days off than KT, it wasn’t a bad thing for NC since the series wasn’t as long.

After finishing the regular season in second place, KT wrapped up the regular season with a final game against Doosan on the 10th. After that, the players had three weeks to rest, train, and catch their breath. 굿모닝토토

In addition, the team was able to field a three-man front line of William Cuevas-Benjamin-Young-pyo, as Ko and Benjamin recovered from injuries and poor form at the end of the season. In addition, Uhm Sang-baek is back from injury and ready to go. As for Uhm, KT’s plan was to use him in the bullpen.

However, he was ruled out of the playoffs after he felt a pain in his side while pitching against Cheong Wa Dae on April 26 and was diagnosed with a right adductor muscle injury. The players on the roster had to fill the void.

Everything points to the ‘God of Soccer’. Messi on course to win eighth Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi, 36, Inter Miami, is set to win his eighth Ballon d’Or.

“Messi will be announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or, as expected,” European soccer expert Fabrizio Romano said on social media on Tuesday (June 30). As expected, it will be Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or,” he said, adding that “preparations for the ceremony in Paris are complete.”

At the same time, Romano posted a composite photo of Messi seated on a throne, his left foot resting on the Ballon d’Or trophy. Messi has his FIFA World Cup trophy at his left side. He also has a stack of Ballon d’Or trophies next to his chair.

The Ballon d’Or, which will be awarded on Nov. 31, is organized by France Football and voted on by soccer experts from around the world. Recognizing the world’s best players, the Ballon d’Or reflects performance from year to year and season to season, starting last year. The period between August 2022 and July of this year will be evaluated.

Among the 30 finalists for this year’s Ballon d’Or is South Korean Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich). He helped Napoli win the Serie A title and was named the league’s best player. While it’s hard to win the award, the mere fact that he was nominated was highly regarded.

All signs point to Messi winning the Ballon d’Or. Messi was at the top of his game at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which concluded in December, leading Argentina to the title and winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s MVP. He was expected to win the Ballon d’Or, as he was the only player to finish on top of the World Cup.

The only player who can match Messi is Elling Holland (23, Manchester City). Holland made his presence felt in City’s triple treble (league, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League), finishing as the league’s top scorer, but the weight of the World Cup doesn’t compare. 토스카지노

“I understand the desire to announce the winner in advance, but you shouldn’t always believe the rumors,” Vincent Garcia, editor-in-chief of France Football, told Germany’s Tass, when asked about Messi’s chances of winning the award.

However, most European media outlets, including Romano, are reporting that Messi has won the award. “If the predictions are correct, Messi will win the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time,” according to Spain’s Sport.

Meanwhile, Messi’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr) is not on the shortlist for the first time since 2004.

How did Holland’s biggest grassroots team… Ajax relegated to the second tier? John Fantzijn appointed coach

Ajax have appointed John Fantzip as head coach.

The club announced on its website on Tuesday (ET): “Former Ajax player Fantzip has signed a contract with the club as head coach from October 30, 2023 to June 30, 2025. Fantzijn and Ajax have agreed that Fantzijn will take on the role of technical director from July 1, 2024.”

Fantzip played for Ajax from 1981 to 1992 before leaving for Genoa in Italy. After his playing career, he served as a youth and assistant coach at Ajax from 1997 to 2001.

He later coached the Dutch national soccer team under Marco van Basten. He continued his coaching career with stints in Australia, Mexico, and the Netherlands before taking over as head coach of the Greek national soccer team in July 2019, succeeding Angelos Anastasiadis.

However, he resigned in November 2021, a month before his contract expired, following a third-place finish in the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ajax were thrashed 5-2 by rivals PSV Eindhoven in the 10th round of the 2023/24 Eredivisie at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Sept. 29 (local time).

With the loss, Ajax now have one win, two draws, and five points from eight games, dropping them to 18th place in the league and a whopping 25 points behind first-place Eindhoven.

After winning 36 Dutch Eredivisie titles, reaching the last four of the Champions League, and going 16-0 in the group stage, the Dutch league’s top team has had a busy season.

They’ve spent a whopping €100 million on transfers. However, coach Söderre was fired for poor performance and legendary Daryl Blind was let go as a free agent.

To make matters worse, the club failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, losing out to rivals PSV and Feyenoord due to poor form.

Also, after parting ways with Heynckes, they hired Sparta Rotterdam coach Maurice Stein. However, his incomprehensible personnel and tactics have resulted in only one win this season. Even in a rebuilding season, a 15th place finish in the league was unacceptable. 짱구카지노

Ajax also hired Sven Mischlintat as director of football, but the club opened an investigation into a potential conflict of interest related to recent player signings by a German agency that holds a stake in Mischlintat’s personal company. Ajax eventually parted ways with Mischlintat on September 25 (KST).

Byun emphasizes ‘growth’ over ‘performance’…”Our football at the World Cup”

“I take responsibility for the results. I will maintain the current style of soccer for the players’ growth.”

Byun Sung-hwan, head coach of the South Korea U-17 men’s national team, has vowed to stick to the aggressive, build-up football he has been playing at the World Cup.

On the 30th, 21 of Byun’s “Little Taeguk Warriors” gathered at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) in Gyeonggi.

The purpose was to give the team a final warm-up before the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia from Nov. 10 to Dec. 2.

In Korean soccer, where the stakes are so high for the national team, it’s common to judge the performance of age-group teams based on a “win-now” mentality.

This is why the Korean national team usually focuses on ‘practical soccer’ even in age-group international competitions, which are also a ‘learning experience’.

However, Byun Sung-hwan seems to be trying something different.

Byun prefers to play the kind of soccer that former A team coach Paulo Bento used to play: attacking from the back.

He wants to play an aggressive, no-holds-barred style of soccer to take on some of the world’s biggest teams at the World Cup.

“I’m definitely going to play my football,” Byun told reporters before the first training session of the day, “I think the direction we want to go and our style of play has been fully recognized at the Asian Cup. In the World Cup, we will play our style no matter who we face,” he said.

“Whether it’s against the United States or France, we’re going to play to the best of our abilities, while maintaining our own style.”

Byun continued to play attacking football at the U-17 Four Nations Friendly in Marbella, Spain, from Nov. 11-17, where the team earned one draw and two losses against powerhouses like England, Morocco, and Belgium.

We scored in every game, and even scored multiple goals against Morocco (2-3 loss) and Belgium (3-3 draw), but we didn’t win. They often lost the ball in the buildup. 스포츠토토

This hasn’t changed Byun’s soccer philosophy.

“Through the process of making mistakes, kids definitely grow. I want our players to grow up and have the ability to compete with their 19-year-old brothers. They should be selected for the Olympic and Asian Games. It’s more important to see how many of them can be selected for the A team.”

‘Debut goal’ Arsenal’s Tomiyasu “dedicates goal to my mother who died last year”

Takehiro Tomiyasu, 24, remembers his mother, who passed away a year ago.

Arsenal FC won 5-0 against Sheffield United in the 10th round of the 2023/24 English Premier League (EPL) at the Emirates Stadium in Islington, Greater London, England, on Sunday (Aug. 28). Arsenal won for the second time in two league games, while Sheffield failed to win in 10 league games.

On the day, Thomiyas scored his first goal for Arsenal. In stoppage time, he calmly slotted the ball home in a chaotic situation in front of goal. After being congratulated by his teammates, Tomiyasu took to social media that same day to celebrate. 스포츠토토

“I finally managed to score my first goal for Arsenal! Thank you teammates! I also dedicate this goal to my mom who passed away last year,” he wrote.

‘2-0 to 2-2’ Suwon acting coach Yeom Ki-hoon: “A draw like a defeat… the players are exhausted”

After failing to hold on to a 2-0 lead and conceding a draw, Suwon Samsung’s acting head coach Yeom Ki-hoon expressed his disappointment in a press conference.

Suwon Samsung conceded goals from Kim Joo-chan and Acosti to draw 2-2 at home against Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 35th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, at 2:00 p.m. on September 29, conceding an equalizer in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Suwon, who are 1-4-1 in their last five matches, were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Gangwon FC the previous day (28) (27 points from 35 matches, 25 points from 34 matches for Suwon), and a win on Sunday would have given them their first top-four finish since becoming the bottom side on September 16.

Suwon took the lead in the 20th minute through Kim Joo-chan. A pass from the right into the center of the box found Kazuki open on the left and he delivered an exquisite open through ball for Kim, who found himself open on the left side of the box, to slot a low right-footed shot into the far post corner beyond the reach of Daejeon goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun.

Suwon added a second goal in the 29th minute. Kim Tae-hwan sent a long throw-in from the left side of the box that Daejeon defender Cho Yoo-min cleared off the line, only to find the back of Acosti’s head. Acosti made it 2-0 with a quick header in the box.

In the 35th minute, Daejeon pulled one back after a 2-on-1 pass between Kim In-gyun and Kang Yoon-sung on the right side of the Suwon box, and Kang Yoon-sung sent a low pass into the box, where Thiago finished with his right foot. With this goal, Thiago surpassed Lee In-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai) to become the league’s top scorer with his 16th goal.

However, the match ended in a draw after seven minutes of second-half stoppage time and an equalizer in the fourth minute of extra time. Thiago’s header from a long ball forward from the back was flicked on by Masa, who rushed into the box and shot home for a dramatic 2-2 tie.

In the end, Suwon failed to hold on in stoppage time for the first time in 43 days since Sept. 16, and remained at the bottom of the table with just 26 points, unable to move above Gangwon FC, which has 27 points. Only three games remain.

After the game, Daejeon head coach Lee Min-sung said in a press conference, “I’m satisfied with a point after being down 0-2,” while Suwon acting head coach Yi Ki-hoon said, “It’s a very disappointing game. I’m disappointed, but I’m sure the fans and players who supported us are also disappointed. The players tried their best, but the result was disappointing. We gave everything we could, and although the result was disappointing, we did our best,” he said, expressing his disappointment and that of the players. 온라인카지노

Acting Director Yi Ki-Hoon bitter over ‘Through’s draw’ “It’s too bad, everyone was just sitting in the locker room”

Suwon Samseong acting head coach Yi Ki-hoon was left disappointed after his side fell just short of victory.

Suwon took the lead through Kim Joo-chan’s 21st-minute goal and Acosti’s 30th-minute strike in the 35th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 against Daejeon Hana Citizen at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Monday, but were struck by Thiago and Masa in the second half to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Suwon’s future star, born in 2004, opened the scoring with a brilliant goal before Acosti scored a header to give the hosts the lead for good. If it had ended in a win for Suwon, they would have been able to achieve their goal of escaping the bottom of the table.

However, Suwon conceded in the 36th minute through K League 1 top scorer Thiago, and then conceded a dramatic equalizer through Masa in stoppage time with about three minutes left to play to secure a draw for Thru.

The draw was a heartbreaking result for Suwon, who are still in the race to stay up. After missing the chance to take three points, Suwon fell to 26 points (6W8D21L) and failed to overtake Gangwon FC (27W4L15D16L) for 11th place. After dropping to 12th place with a 0-1 home loss to Daegu FC in the 30th round of the league on March 17, Suwon’s bid to escape the bottom of the table for the first time in 42 days came to naught due to a lack of backbone.

Ahead of the home game against Daejeon, Suwon showed a determination to win at all costs after the news that Gangwon had drawn 1-1 with Jeju United in the 35th round of the league on April 28, and the determination and desire of Suwon’s players was evident on the pitch as they came close to victory, but came up short when they conceded a late equalizer in stoppage time.

At the post-match press conference, acting head coach Yeom said, “It was a very disappointing game. I was disappointed, but I think the fans and the players were disappointed as well,” he said, “The players really tried their best. It ended in a draw, but we gave everything we could give,” he said.

On the factors that led to the two goals in the second half, he said, “The players’ desire to play was strong, but I think we let the ball get to the goal too easily, which made it difficult for us in the second half.” 온라인카지노

“I saw the guys in the locker room right now, sitting there, not doing anything. “I think it will be medicine for us, and I don’t think it’s time to give up because we still have three games left, including the final game against Gangwon,” he said, adding that they will not give up until the end of the season.

“A draw is like a loss, but it is the role of the coaching staff to counsel the players so that they can move forward again,” he added.

‘No. 8 hitter’ Longoria gets his first sacrifice bunt in nine years: “It’s all about team wins”

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Evan Longoria (38), who laid down a sacrifice bunt for the first time in nine years since 2014, put his team’s victory first.

Longoria reflected on the day after his team’s 9-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Monday.

Longoria, who started at third base for the eighth time on the day, reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and a sacrifice bunt. With one out in the third inning, he laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second base.

It was the first time he had laid down a sacrifice bunt since Aug. 3, 2014, at home against the Los Angeles Angels while a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the second sacrifice bunt of his 16-year career.
“It was a bunt, trying to get a hit. I wanted to get a spark in that situation,” he said of the bunt. “I thought it was my best chance in that situation,” he continued.

It turned out to be a sacrifice bunt, leaving the runners on base, but the team’s bats exploded from there. Longoria also had an RBI single to left in the seventh.

The win “reflects what we’ve been doing all season,” he said. “Rather than relying on long balls, we’re making good contact at the plate and hitting to the whole field. We’re capitalizing on their mistakes and consistently putting pressure on their pitchers. The entire lineup, from the top of the order to the bottom of the order, is executing the game plan,” he said of the team’s offense.

The former No. 4 hitter in the World Series 15 years ago is now batting eighth. “I’m batting eighth for a reason,” he said. “The role of the bottom of the order is to connect offensive opportunities to the top of the order. This postseason, Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte have been outstanding. Getting runners in scoring position in front of them and creating scoring opportunities is the goal of a bottom of the order hitter like myself.”

Has he found it difficult to embrace his new role? “I came to this team to win. The games we are playing now are probably the most important games of our lives. Everyone is embracing the role.”

“Whether it’s a bunt in that situation in the third inning, whether it’s a pinch-hitter late in the game, I think it’s all part of what Tori (Lovello) is doing to help the team win. That’s all I’m thinking about right now. It’s about putting the players in the best position to help the team win. It’s not a hard mentality for me to get into.”

The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year, 메이저놀이터 three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove, and one-time Silver Slugger added, “When I was younger, I didn’t understand how difficult it was to be in this position. The World Series is a completely different experience. You have to enjoy every moment. The best thing I can say to younger players is probably, ‘Don’t take anything for granted because this opportunity doesn’t come easy,'” he said.

“I don’t have long-hitting power”…Kim Tae-hyung’s worry, giving up Goodrum → Foreign long-hitters → ‘Resignation Monster’ also removed?

“I don’t see any players who can hit long balls.”

Lotte Giants manager Kim Tae-hyung is conducting a final training session upon his appointment. After signing a three-year, 2.4 billion won contract (600 million won in down payment and 600 million won in annual salary) on the morning of the 20th, he held an inauguration ceremony on the 24th and a meeting on the 25th.

His overall impression of the squad was, “The players are very passionate when I see them outside. “It’s unfortunate that our performance dropped because we couldn’t get over the hump at one point, but I think we can do it,” he said, adding that he was confident that he could improve the team’s potential.

During his tenure as manager of Doosan, Kim Tae-hyung played relatively straightforward baseball. To this, he added the detail of relentlessly digging into the opponent’s gaps when he saw them. At Lotte, he has also made it a point to play aggressive, pushing baseball.

However, looking at the current roster composition, Kim saw what was needed. “I don’t think there are any big players in the outfield,” he said. “We have players who move fast, but they don’t hit long balls. We have some fast guys, but we don’t have a lot of power hitters who can hit long balls. I don’t think there are any big players.”

Kim Tae-hyung was faced with the problem of Lotte’s long ball power upon his arrival. The overall power of the Lotte lineup is at the bottom of the league. In 2023, the team’s 69 home runs ranked ninth in the league. Their on-base percentage is eighth at .362 and their OPS is eighth at .700. The most experienced player on the team, Jeon Jun-woo, leads the team in home runs with 17, followed by Yoo Kang-nam with 10. No other players have hit double-digit home runs.

Foreign hitters were supposed to solve the long ball woes, but Jack Rex, who hit eight home runs in the second half of last year, hit just four before going down with an injury late in the first half. His replacement, Nico Goodrum, was expected to be an athletic utility player, but he ended the season with zero home runs.

Manager Kim Tae-hyung asked the club for a foreign player with a long bat. Goodrum was out. Kim Tae-hyung said, “I’m not worried about foreign hitters. I’m going to change Goodrum. First of all, his utilization value drops a lot because he can’t play defense.” He added, “Foreign batters should have long batting power. We are prioritizing long balls,” he said, sharing his plans for foreign batters.

He continued, “It’s true that I don’t have long batting power. The hitters who can hit big and pose a threat to the opponent are the ones who have the power to hit home runs, but I feel that the overall power is lacking,” he continued, expressing his disappointment with the current roster. 굿모닝토토

Artificially changing the current roster is not something that Kim Tae-hyung can do on his own. Instead, the selection of foreign batters, the overall improvement of batting coaching, and changes in the external environment are areas that can be discussed with the club. A prime example is the “resignation monster,” a barrier that has been raised ahead of the 2022 season.

Enjoy it while you can…”Tottenham, you’re not going to win the championship”

Gary Neville is skeptical about Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of winning the title.

Every season, there are surprise teams everywhere. This season, there are teams across continents that are making unexpected gains. In the French league, OGC Nice is in first place, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Monaco, and in the German Bundesliga, Leverkusen, not Bayern Munich, is in first place. Jung’s team, Stuttgart, is also on a roll, sitting in second place in the league. In Spain’s La Liga, Girona, not Real Madrid or Barcelona, is at the top of the league.

But there’s another team that’s garnering the most attention. It’s Tottenham. After finishing eighth in the league last season, Spurs are currently on a 10-match unbeaten streak that has them firmly in first place.

It’s all coming together in parts. Enze Postecoglou’s attacking football is falling into place perfectly and producing meaningful results every game. Even without Harry Kane, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Son Heung-min, who has been transformed into ‘Top’, is in peak goal-scoring form with eight league goals. ‘Freshman’ Maddison has formed a fantastic partnership with Son and has become a key part of Spurs’ attack.

He has also stabilized the defense. Tottenham’s defense has long been one of their weaknesses, but this season it has become one of their strengths. Guglielmo Vicario has been a stalwart in goal, pulling off saves every game, while the center-back duo of Mickey van der Vaart and Christian Romero has been one of the best defenses in the league.

Even ‘rival’ Manchester United legend Gary Neville has taken note of their performances. According to the Daily Mail, he said, “Tottenham fans should be enjoying this moment. Because they are off to a fantastic start, which was unexpected. We never thought Tottenham would be in this position after Kane’s departure. Tottenham fans have been through a lot of heartache over the past few years. Now they are getting more interesting results.” 온라인카지노

However, he was negative about their chances of winning the league: “I don’t think they will win the league or be competitive enough to do so. I don’t think they’re a good enough team to win the league. Of course, what they are doing at the moment is exceeding all expectations. Coach Postecoglou is doing a really good job for them.”

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