Ice finally get to taste home cooking after horrendous start to BCMMHL season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.“We’ve got some home stretches coming but we’ve got to try to get some wins in those home games.”The Ice took a point from the Valley West Hawks in BCMMHL action this past weekend in Surrey.A goal by Shawn Campbell of Castlegar in the final minute of Saturday’s contest lifted the Ice to a 4-4 tie.Sunday, Valley West skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Ice.Kootenay, playing with a short bench after a few players were held out of the game for internal reasons, held a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Kobe Nishida of Nakusp and Nelson’s Keaton Roch. However, Valley West outscored the ice 3-1 during an eight-minute span to take a 4-3 lead.That set the stage for Campbell to score the tying marking on the power play to give Kootenay the tie.Evan Gorman of Trail scored the final goal for Kootenay.“We can play 40 to 50 minutes but we’ve got to learn to play 60 minutes to have success in this league,” Wright said.“When we’ve got teams down we’ve got to finish them.”Sunday, Valley West held period lead of 2-0 and 4-0 before Kootenay scored twice in the third period.Ellis Junker of Castlegar and Campbell scored for Kootenay.Kootenay, 3-16-3, is back home for a pair of games against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.The Chiefs are tied for fourth in BCMMHL standings with Valley West Hawks.Saturday, the NDCC Arena in Nelson is the site of the 3:30 p.m. puck drop game.Sunday, the teams play at 7:30 a.m. at the Cominco Arena in Trail.last_img read more

Wallabies believe in both sides of Bledisloe coin

first_imgKurtley Beale and Samu Kerevi add some X-Factor, while the inclusion of debutant Curtis Rona on the wing with Henry Speight brings more finishing ability, but it’s the other side of the coin that has hurt the Wallabies in the past.The Wallabies missed 38 tackles in last year’s Bledisloe opener, conceding 42 points in the process.Since then, defence coach Nathan Grey has become a full-time Wallabies assistant and Cheika was adamant those issues had been sorted out.“We’ve been working hard on that area,” he said.“Last year, when I look at that game, I still believe that I over-trained them in the lead-up.“I think that, because I was stressed about their fitness, that’s a mistake we haven’t made this year.“We’ve worked really hard on the D because we know it’s got to be a very important part of the game because of how potent they are in attack and we’ll take a few risks sometimes to get the outcome we want but I believe we’re well-prepared in that area.”The All Blacks reshuffled backline will test their defence, with Cheika acutely aware of the threat new fullback Damian McKenzie poses in his first start.“I think we’ve seen in Super Rugby the threat Damian McKenzie poses – You leave him a metre either side to run and he’ll kill you,” he said.“I think for us, considering our situation, all our focus has been on ourselves and getting our team travelling at the right speed and also prepared with everyone clear in their role to go out there and do the job on Saturday night.”The British and Irish Lions showed a defensive blueprint that proved successful against the All Blacks, rushing out of the line and cruelling the All Blacks’ space.While Cheika took note of that, he said they wouldn’t be cutting and pasting the Lions’ tactics, two months on from that series.“You’ve got to look at what we’ve got, how our players play and what they can do and what they can’t do and go to our strengths and play to that,” he said.“I wouldn’t be looking to copy what they did.“Obviously, you watch the games like you do any and try to make some analysis out of it of what you might be able to pick up from there in the opponent but I wouldn’t be looking to copy anything from them straight up.”The final quarter of the game could prove crucial and the Wallabies have a bench with plenty of experience, in the likes of Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu and Rob Simmons, an element that hasn’t been so common in a year of transition.Cheika has felt the full spectrum of Bledisloe results at ANZ Stadium and says the side certainly understands the gravity of the task ahead of them.“2015 we were able to have a win and we felt the high and how important that was to the game and how good it felt and then in 2’16 we suffered the reverser result and felt the other end of that, of how important the game is,” he said.“There’s absolutely no doubt that it’s a huge match, huge match for our fans and we’ll certainly want to go out there and make them proud on Saturday night.”last_img read more

‘Harbour View need to beat top teams’

first_imgCoach Ludlow Bernard said Harbour View must start earning wins against the big clubs in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in order to challenge, for the title this season.The east Kingston-based club, currently in fifth place on 33 points, just two below fourth-place Humble Lion, slammed sixth place UWI FC 5-0 on Monday night at the Compound. In their previous encounter, they blanked Cavalier 3-0, also at home, but Bernard is not totally satisfied.”I’m satisfied that the goals are coming from more than one player. We need to maintain that sort of performance,” Bernard said at the weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. “The opposition we played against in the last two games were, however, not top teams. We need to maintain our dominance and do it against teams above us,” he told The Gleaner. “I wasn’t surprised that we scored five against UWI, as in the previous fixture against them we created many chances and the game ended 2-2,” Bernard reasoned.Harbour View will next play against 10th-place Tivoli Gardens on Sunday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex starting at 3 p.m. and Bernard hopes his team will continue scoring goals and win the game. “Well, for us, the aim is to get into the last four. It is a motivator for the team, and although Tivoli are down at the moment, we know that every team has high hopes,” Bernard stated.last_img read more

‘We Are Proud of You’, VP Boakai Tells AFL Contingent

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumai Boakai, Sr. has described the conduct of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as “professional,” which depicts the various levels of training they have received over the years.According to V.P. Boakai, the comportment of the soldiers indicates that Liberia has transformed from a pariah state to join in the restoration of peace and stability in other brotherly West African nations.He recalled how the process of restructuring the AFL began in 2006, and was followed by a subsequent deployment of a platoon to the troubled West African State of Mali. There, he said, the soldiers maintained a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their assigned duties, thus making post-conflict Liberia proud of them. “We believe that you are truly a “Force for Good, members of the citizens’ army,”. Boakai said.The Vice President was speaking early Thursday, June 26, at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) where the Ministry of National Defense (MOD), in collaboration with the leadership of the AFL, held a joint ceremony commemorating the departure and arrival of the Liberian Peacekeeping Contingent to Mali.Thursday’s ceremony featured the reading of the terms of the mission by Brigade Commander, Colonel Prince C. Johnson, III, following which VP Boakai along with Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., briefly inspected the departing troops, before the AFL Chaplain, Dessaline Allison, prayed for the contingent.Army Chief of Staff (COS) Brigadier Daniel Dee Ziahnkan, Jr. was also Present at the ceremony along with family members of the departing soldiers.The new Infantry Platoon, headed by Captain Ernest A. Appleton, departed the country for Mali after completing three months of pre-deployment training at the Armed Forces Training Command in Careysburg.The pre-deployment training covered all aspects of tasks expected to be conducted during the tour of duty in Mali. It covered medical screening, and physical training, as well as courses in the Geo-Politics of Mali, International Humanitarian Law, Introduction to Patrol, Individual Soldier Task, Map Reading/Land Navigation, First Aid, Road Block, Cordon and Search, Ambush, VIP Escort, Control of IDPs, Urban Operations, Desert Warfare, Battle Drills, Offensive Operations and Combat/Operational Stress Control.Shortly after the formal farewell ceremony at the RIA Terminal ‘B,’ the AFL platoon-size contingent boarded the waiting United Nations VQ-Bid 152 Boeing-737-400 aircraft.Meanwhile, the Platoon-size of the AFL that departed the country last year for a peacekeeping mission in the West African State of Mali returned to Liberia Thursday to a rousing welcome ceremony at the RIA.The return of the first Platoon of Liberian peacekeepers does not marke the end AFL peacekeeping missions, but brings to an end a year of peacekeeping duty for the first platoon, Minister Samukai said.The returning soldiers, 46 in all, were the first post-war peacekeepers, and have served in the international peacekeeping mission in Mali with distinction, bringing pride to Liberia.Therefore, the MOD has saluted those soldiers for a “job well done, and we want Liberians to know that they have flown the Liberian Flag very high on the international scene,” the Defense Minister added.“We are very proud of their performance as they have demonstrated to the rest of the world that after years of civil conflict, something good can once again come from Liberia.”Since its deployment to Mali on June 23, 2013, the AFL Platoon has over the past 12 months conducted several missions in and out of its assigned area of operations.  Some of their accomplished missions included escort, vehicle and foot patrols, reconnaissance and other special assignments.The most critical task undertaken by the AFL in its Peacekeeping duties was to provide security protection for a wide kilometer of areas far beyond its capacity for a period of 42 days after the pull out of Nigerian forces.In line with the administrative mandate governing personnel serving in peacekeeping missions, the United Nations (UN), through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), held a Medal Day Parade on June 6, 2014 in honor of the Liberian Platoon serving in Mali.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New UN Women’s Country Director Accredited

first_imgForeign Minister Kamara (right) receivesLetters of Credence from the new United Nations Women Country Director, Ms. Marie Goreth NizigamaThe Minister of Foreign Affairs has received the Letters of Accreditation from the new United Nations Women Country Director, Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. The UN Women is an agency created by the United Nations General Assembly to enhance gender equality and promote the empowerment of women across the globe.According to the release, the brief ceremony was held in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, July 14.Minister Kamara welcomed the new country director and stressed that Liberia remains committed to improving the status of women, protecting their rights and encouraging their participation in all spheres of national endeavor.She assured Ms. Nizigama of the ministry’s commitment and support in ensuring that her tour of duty in Liberia is productive and rewarding. Minister Kamara encouraged her to partner with relevant government ministries and agencies particularly, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to enhance the agency’s operations here.She noted that although government is making efforts to address the plight of women in Liberia, there are still challenges at the national, regional and global levels in dealing with gender related matters. “Regional and global efforts have registered some tremendous progress in addressing gender issues, but there were still challenges which are determined by cultural and traditional barriers,” Minister Kamara stated.She highlighted some of the issues which are impediments to dealing with rape cases, adding, “The difficulty in gathering evidence by the police and the courts due to cultural and traditional beliefs and implications, are some of the causes that leave perpetrators of rape and other violent crimes to go with impunity.”She noted that irrespective of the numerous challenges, government is still making strides in addressing acts of violence affecting women under the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.Madam Nizigama lauded the Liberian government and people for the many positive initiatives to promote the rights and welfare of women in the country.She also hailed government for passing legislation that would provide support to and protect the rights of women and enhance gender equality, and thanked Liberia for the tangible programs government is implementing in the interest of women’s rights in all 15 counties.While applauding Liberia’s efforts in eliminating the Ebola virus disease, she thanked the government for making strides in addressing other women’s rights issues, including maternal mortality, rape and acts of violence affecting women, especially challenges in addressing gender equality.Ms. Nizigama assured Minister Kamara that her organization is here to enhance government’s efforts in addressing those critical issues that affect the plight of women, adding: “We will continue on the good platform of our predecessor to help government in implementing joint programs especially in identifying critical priority areas of support initiatives.”She noted that as Liberia goes to the polls in October, she will work closely with the government and its partners to give support to women in advancing to leadership positions in the country and advocate for the implementation of policies that give more opportunities for women to advance in society, adding: “We are very committed to gender issues.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grizzlies Junior and Senior teams on the road this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School Grizzlies Junior and Senior basketball teams are on the road this weekend for some tournaments.On January 25 and 26, both the boys’ and the girls’ junior basketball teams will be playing in Dawson Creek.Last weekend, both teams played impressive games with the girls playing in the Bert Bowes New Years Classic and the boys in Prince George at the DP Todd Junior Basketball tournament.- Advertisement -Also taking place on January 25 and the 26, both the boys’ and the girls’ senior basketball teams will be playing in Prince George.The Senior teams had last weekend off but had a great start to the new year with a tournament in Grande Prairie on January 11 and 12.For updates on the Grizzlies, you can visit the NPSS Athletics website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Slo-Pitch Canceled Wednesday

first_imgSlo-Pitch has been canceled for Wednesday evening.  The games have been canceled because of the bad weather.- Advertisement –last_img

Watford stun Spurs to extend perfect start

first_imgIt remains to be seen how long Javi Gracia’s third-placed side can remain among the upper echelon, but this win confirmed they are currently there on merit.They have won their first four league games for the first time since 1988 and remarkably sit level on points with leaders Liverpool and second-placed Chelsea heading into the international break.Having beaten Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace in their opening three games, this was Watford’s first test against a top six side.Tottenham arrived with an unbeaten record of their own to protect, having won 3-0 at Manchester United in their previous league game.But Watford rose to the challenge to secure a first league win against Tottenham since 1987 — underlining their status as the league’s surprise package.For Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, this was a concerning defeat.The result means his side have lost early ground to their main rivals and the way his side was overpowered during the final half hour was alarming.Had Harry Kane not sent a late headed chance over the bar, Pochettino would have considered a draw to be reasonable reward against obstinate opponents.Defeat, though, highlighted Tottenham’s lack of cutting edge, with Lucas Moura the only player to consistently threaten, while the manner in which they conceded was cause for concern.Pochettino made three changes to the side that won so convincingly at Old Trafford.– Laboured Spurs –Michel Vorm deputised for Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper and captain who was ruled out with a thigh problem, while defenders Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez came in for Danny Rose and Eric Dier.Initially, though, Spurs’ problems appeared to lie further up the pitch during a laboured first half — not that Watford displayed much attacking threat of their own in the first half.There was a much greater sense of urgency after the break — initially from Tottenham — with Moura and Christian Eriksen at the forefront of Tottenham’s improved efforts.Christian Kasabele’s poor clearing header allowed Moura the opportunity to collect the ball on the right hand side of the box and drill in a cross that deflected off the backtracking Doucoure and past keeper Ben Foster.At that point there seemed little chance that Watford’s dismal record against Spurs was about to change.Gracia’s side, though, have already demonstrated commendable resilience this season and the way they responded confirmed their growing stature.For the first time in the game they applied sustained pressure and were unfortunate not to equalise when Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld headed Deeney’s cross against bar and post.Spurs were rattled and confirmation the balance of the game had shifted came in the 69th minute when Deeney headed home from Jose Holebas’ free-kick.Then seven minutes later, Pochettino’s side were unable to deal with another set-piece when Cathcart met Will Hughes’ corner to head past Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Watford duo Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney celebrate as Tottenham suffer a surprise defeat © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODWATFORD, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Watford’s stunning start to the season hit a new high as they made it four successive Premier League wins with a shock 2-1 success against Tottenham on Sunday.Having fallen behind to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s 54th minute own goal, Watford responded impressively, recovering to claim the points through headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart.last_img read more


first_imgMilford GAA News: *Registration – FINAL CHANCE*Final chance for registrations, both adult & juvenile, will take place this Friday, 27th February, in Ray Community Centre from 6-7pm. You will be unable to play for any team unless registered, and Donegal tickets will only be sourced for fully paid up members.*Easter Draw*The Club launched our annual Easter Draw at the Health & Wellbeing Day on Saturday week with Fr Adrian Gavigan doing the honour of buying the first ticket. The draw will take place on Easter Sunday, 5th April. Tickets cost €10 or 3 for €20. First prize is a whopping €2,000. Full list of prizes are below: 1st – €2,0002nd – 500 Litres of Home Heating Oil (Sponsored by Donegal Oil)3rd – 2 All Ireland Final Tickets (Hurling or Football)4th – 32″ Television5th – 6 Month Membership @ Evolution Fitness6th – €100 Travellers Inn Voucher 7th – €100 Arena 7 Voucher8th – Digital Camera (Sponsored by Magees Chemist)9th – Coffee Machine (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford)10th – CD Player (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford) 11th – Digital Camera12th – Donegal GAA Jacket*Minors*CLG BnaG v St MichaelsMoyle Park, Saturday @ 11amThe Minors had another productive preseason friendly victory over Burt on Sunday which was good preparation for their league opener v St Michaels on Saturday Morning. They defeated the Inishowen side 0-8 to 0-5 in horrible wet cold conditions. A lot of positives have been taken from training in the build up to the league campaign as well as the two friendlies over Cloughaneely and Burt. Manager Aodh McCormack will no doubt be pleased with the progress evident today as the lads have been putting in great work in the past few weeks and signs bode well for the season as this team is full of potential. Squad: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Kieran Sheridan, Andreas Afxentiou, Kyle Macauley, Gavin Grier, Conor McHugh, Patrick McCarron, Luke Trearty, Ryan McMahon, Connor Gormley, Odhran Coll (0-2), Marty Doyle, Kane Barrett (0-6, 2f), Cormac Toland, Peter Curran, James McCallum, Jamie-Lee Blaney, Hayden Curran, Shane McBride, Dermot Friel*Donegal Senior Ladies*Well done to the Donegal Senior Ladies who made it 3 league wins from 3 after a 5-13 to 1-3 win away to Clare today. Our won Amber Barrett hit the net for the third game running and ended up with a fine personal tally of 1-4. Donegal’s next league game is home to Kildare on 1st March.*Freshers B All Ireland Championship*Hard luck to Sean Black and his UUJ colleagues who were defeated 3-3 to 1-2 by UCD in the All Ireland Freshers B Championship Semi Final on Monday.*Sympathies*The Club would like to extend its sympathies to the O’Donnells of lower Mt Marion, Milford, and extended family on the death of Paddy at the weekend. Paddy was grandfather of Senior players Joey Cullen and Adam Serrinha. Funeral took place on Tuesday in St Peters church, Milford. May he rest in peace.*Congratulations*The Club would like to extend congratulations to club man Paul Fisher on his wedding to Grainne at the weekend. All at the Club wish them both many years of happiness together.*Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme*Club ID: 10187For any of our members or supporters who clock up a lot of miles Topaz have a ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme. Collect a card at your local Topaz and each time you top up by €40 get it stamped. When you have your card completed hold on to them and hand them to Barry McNulty to be entered into the draw.*Allianz League Prediction Competition*A huge 353 points in week 2 propels Dean Boyce from 21st place all the way to the top of the leaderboard! Nicky Boucher also had a great week jumping from 15th to 2nd, where he finished overall last year. Pat Barrett had a better week than his brother, last weeks leader Donall, to sit level in second with Donall slipping all the way down to 14th after a week to forget. Richard Evesson’s mouthing off last week obviously stirred the hornets nest as TJ overtook the elder brother in the heated sibling rivalry!1. Dean Boyce – 5332=. Nicky Boucher – 5132=. Pat Barrett – 5134. David Curley – 5105. Barry McNulty – 5086. Paddy Peoples – 4927. Cathal Mc Gettigan – 4908. Aodh McCormack – 4859. Patrick Curley – 48010. Cormac Friel – 478*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*With 1 and a half months to go we currently have 160 codes, enough for some equipment but a long way short of some of the better stuff so we need more collectors! If you see a Lucozade Sports bottle lying around keep it and enter the code as we have a prize for the top collector, currently Richard Evesson is leading the collector list. To enter any codes you may have follow the instructions below:1. Log on to Login or create an account using Facebook, Google (Gmail) or your email details3. To find your team search for ‘CLG Baile na nGalloglach’4. Enter the code that is printed on the bottle, it is underneath the wrapperSo far we have enough for 3 sets of cones, however the next target is water bottles (185 codes)*2015 Membership*The 2015 membership rates were decided at Decembers AGM and are as follows:€200 – Database members (3 panels on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€100 – Database members (1 panel on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€70 – Family Membership. Entitled to 2 full adult membership and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€50 – Senior Ladies (Players). Entitled to one full adult membership.€40 – Adult membership. Entitled to one full adult membership.€30 – Juvenile membership.As well as full family membership database members are:– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– Receive 11 weeks free entry to lotto drawMembership must be paid by St Patricks Day, 17th March 2015. The Club will only be able to source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members. Membership can be paid to any team manager or member of the Executive Committee, or very easily through our Team App on your mobile phone. This extremely useful app (Team App) can be downloaded from the app store. Complete your registration on download and search for CLG BnaG. Membership can be paid via the ‘Shop/Play Lotto’ option.*Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5pm (Pitch).*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 1-4-5-6. No jackpot winner, 2 entries drawn, win €35 each. John O’Connor & Mark Farren. Next weeks Jackpot is €920. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MILFORD MINORS FACE TRICKY HOME MATCH AGAINST ST MICHAELS was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

Tigers waste no time, hire Leyland

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In an interview with The Associated Press earlier Tuesday, Trammell said he thought Leyland was a good choice to replace him. “He has ties with the Tigers. He was there when I signed,’ Trammell said. “Whether I’m there or not, I’ll always be a Tiger, and I’ll always root for the Tigers, because I’m a part of their history, and I’m proud of that.’ As a three-sport prep star in Perrysburg, Ohio, Leyland grew up in the middle of Detroit-Cleveland territory. His first 18 years in professional baseball were in the Tigers’ farm system six as a player, one as a coach and 11 as a manager. “I was a Tigers fan growing up because I was a little closer, 90 miles west of Cleveland and 50 or 60 south of Detroit,’ Leyland said in 1997. He was beaten out for Philadelphia’s managerial job by Charlie Manuel last winter. He has said he wanted to manage again close to his Pittsburgh home, which is about a five-hour drive from Detroit. The 60-year-old Leyland started his baseball career as a catcher in the low minors for the Tigers. He guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship, but has not managed since 1999 with Colorado. “That passion that Jim Leyland has had throughout his career is back within him to manage,’ Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “The decision to name one of the top managers in the game of baseball in recent time, to bring him back to this organization, is a very big day for our franchise.’ DETROIT — Jim Leyland’s baseball career has come full circle. The Detroit Tigers hired Leyland on Tuesday as their manager to replace Alan Trammell, fired a day earlier after three seasons. center_img Leyland was a two-time NL Manager of the Year with Pittsburgh, where he won three division titles on teams that featured Barry Bonds. @Dateline/justified: ARLINGTON, Texas @Body copy/justified: John Hart stepped down Tuesday as general manager of the Texas Rangers, clearing the way for 28-year-old Jon Daniels to become the youngest GM in major league history. Hart’s resignation came two days after the Rangers finished 79-83, their third losing season in four years under Hart and their fifth since winning their last AL West title in 1999. Hart, whose teams won six division titles in his last seven years in Cleveland ending in 2001, will be replaced by Daniels, who at 28 years, 41 days, is about 10 months younger than Theo Epstein was when he became Boston’s GM on Nov. 25, 2002. Daniels was promoted from assistant GM and Hart will remain a team consultant, the team said. @Dateline/justified: NEW YORK @Body copy/justified: Injured reliever Carlos Almanzar of the Texas Rangers was suspended for the first 10 days of next season for violating baseball’s steroids policy. The announcement came Tuesday, shortly after the 2005 playoffs began. Almanzar is the 10th major league player banned 10 days this year under the sport’s new policy, and the second Texas pitcher. Right- hander Agustin Montero was suspended on April 20. Almanzar had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in May and missed the remainder of the season. He reported to Texas’ spring training headquarters in Surprise, Ariz., in July to continue his rehabilitation. @Dateline/justified: CLEVELAND @Body copy/justified: General manager Mark Shapiro has promised the Indians will make their best moneyball pitch to right- hander Kevin Millwood. They can only hope it’s high enough. Still stinging from the club’s collapse in the final week of the regular season, Shapiro said Tuesday the Indians will offer a multiyear contract to Millwood, the AL’s ERA champion who is eligible for free agency following the World Series. Millwood signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal last winter, then shrugged off a lack of run support and provided invaluable leadership to the Indians, who finished with 93 wins but missed the playoffs by going 1-6 down the stretch. Shapiro’s pledge was a bit surprising since Cleveland’s track record for re-signing its own high-profile free agents is abysmal, and because the mid-market club has been operating under a tight budget. In recent years, the Indians have been outbid by other teams for sluggers Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. 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