Too rich to bribe: Diack junior denies Russian doping graft

first_img Loading… Papa Massata Diack, the son of former world athletics supremo Lamine Diack, has denied corruption linked to the Russian doping scandal, saying he is too rich to bribe. Diack has been indicted by French prosecutors for allegedly accepting millions of dollars along with his father, Lamine Diack, in return for covering up positive Russian doping tests. Papa Massata Diack, son of former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, told an investigating magistrate in Senegal that he was too rich to accept bribes Diack junior is a former marketing consultant for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed World Athletics, which was run by his father from 1999 to 2015. He was due to go on trial in Paris from mid-January along with his father but has refused to cooperate with French authorities and remains in Senegal. Despite two international arrest warrants issued by France, the Senegalese authorities have said they will not extradite Diack junior. In testimony to an investigating magistrate in Senegal in November, seen by AFP, Papa Massata Diack said he was too wealthy to need to take bribes and denied covering up positive Russian doping tests from 2011. “In all the years I worked with the IAAF and Dentsu-AMS (the IAAF marketing rights holders), I earned around 10 millions dollars (nine million euros) from sponsoring contracts and TV rights,” he testified. “So I had no need to ask athletes to pay money for doping cases.” The testimony, given on November 7, was sent by Senegal authorities to Paris along with other documents related to the case, but arrived too late to permit the trial to go ahead on the original date. The presiding magistrate in the trial said more time was needed to examine that testimony. The trial is now set to start in June. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Most Expensive Mistakes In The History Of MankindThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Is Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Diack senior, 86, acknowledged during the investigation over Russian doping that sanctions against Russian athletes had been put on hold to allow them to compete at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 world athletics championships in Moscow. Russia has been suspended from international competition since 2015 after proof emerged of a vast state-backed doping conspiracy. Read Also: NBA: Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double overtime Diack senior said that in exchange for help covering up doping, Moscow paid more for TV and sponsorship rights and also paid out 1.5 million euros to the Senegalese opposition to help defeat then-Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade when he stood for re-election in 2012. Diack junior, however, denied knowledge of the political donation. The French justice system considers that it has jurisdiction in the cases because it suspects the son, Papa Massata Diack, of laundering money Paris. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Lamine Diack was head of athletics’ global body for 16 years – Unauthorised payments – In his testimony, Diack, 54, denied all allegations against him including taking unauthorised payments to the tune of millions of dollars for TV contracts. Separately, father and son are also being investigated by French authorities in a related case concerning the allocation of major athletics events and two Olympic Games.last_img read more

Slight physical injury suspect caught

first_imgILOILO City – Police nabbed a mancharged with slight physical injury in Barangay Sooc, Arevalo district. The 18-year-old Manuel Visera wasarrested around 9:50 a.m. on March 5, a police report showed. Visera’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Meliza Joan Bercano-Rubite of theMunicipal Trial Court in Cities. The suspect was taken to the Arevalopolice station. The court recommended a P3,000 bail bondfor his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 95-91 win over No. 1 Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Stud: Tyus BattleIf there was any game Syracuse needed Tyus Battle to step up, it was against No. 1 Duke. The junior guard was the most aggressive he had been all season, constantly attacking the hoop and drawing fouls. He made an off-balanced corner 3 before the shot clock expired and added multiple breakaway slam dunks. This wasn’t the Battle that had been playing the previous three ACC matchups. By half, he made all seven free throws and had 20 points. Battle picked up right where he left off in the second half. Every time Duke scored, it seemed to be answered on the other end from Battle. He finished with 32 points on 12-of-28 shooting, providing stability in a Syracuse offense that heated up and could not miss on Monday.Dud: Marek DolezajThe game after Marek Dolezaj was constantly attacked inside the paint by Georgia Tech, he barely played against Duke. While he started for the Orange, Dolezaj quickly picked up three personal fouls. He would barely play the rest of the way, as Paschal Chukwu became the difference maker down low for Syracuse. Dolezaj finished with no points in 12 minutes and Syracuse was outscored by seven when he was on the floor.Highlight: Elijah Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3With 2.7 seconds remaining in the first half, Elijah Hughes caught the inbounds and chucked a near-half-court shot. Cameron Indoor Stadium quieted down as the ball soared through the air and landed in the hoop. Instead of his signature guitar dance, Hughes just stood there, laughing as his team ran over to him. There was no hotter shooter in the first half of Monday’s matchup with Duke than Hughes, who finished the frame with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 80 percent from 3.Lowlight: Tyus Battle misses transition alley-oopRJ Barrett’s drive to the hoop was swatted away by center Paschal Chukwu, starting a fast break for Syracuse. The Orange trailed, 75-72, and both Frank Howard and Tyus Battle raced toward the hoop, with a 2-on-1 opportunity. Howard lobbed the ball to Battle, but it was a little strong and Battle caught the ball and was blocked by the rim. SU head coach Jim Boeheim called Howard after the play, seemingly frustrated that the outcome didn’t result in a basket. It was an opportunity to shift momentum inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, and cut the Blue Devils lead to just one. But, it came up just short. DURHAM, N.C. — This wasn’t expected. Syracuse, fresh off a 14-point loss on its home floor to Georgia Tech, had to travel to No. 1 Duke and one of the hardest venues to play in, Cameron Indoor Stadium. But minutes before the game, Cam Reddish had been ruled out with an illness. Tre Jones suffered an injury eight minutes in. All of a sudden, Duke was without two of its stars, and Syracuse took full advantage. In overtime, Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) took complete control, stunning top-ranked Duke (14-2, 3-1), 95-91, on Monday night.Here are the superlatives from Syracuse’s monumental upset:The Big Moment: Frank Howard’s breakaway stealAs the clock ticked under 2 minutes, Duke struggled to get the ball inside. Resorting to 3s, the Blue Devils struggled. Alex O’Connell tried passing to RJ Barrett, but Frank Howard stuck a hand out deflecting the ball into open space. The senior point guard raced after it alone, laying the ball off the backboard to give Syracuse a three-point lead late in overtime. It shifted momentum in the Orange’s favor, as Paschal Chukwu added two free throws after a Syracuse stop on the next possession, and gave enough insurance points for SU to hold onto the upset.More Coverage AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse pulls off monumental, resume-boosting upset road win over No. 1 DukePaschal Chukwu a ‘big difference’ in Syracuse’s victory over No. 1 DukeA look at the plays that led to Syracuse’s upset Fans react to 95-91 win over No. 1 DukeGallery: Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke, 95-91last_img read more

Trishton Jackson, special teams up in season-ending stock watch

first_imgSyracuse’s (5-7, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) season ended positively on Saturday, as the Orange took down Wake Forest, 39-30, in overtime on a Trill Williams walk-off fumble return for a touchdown.As a whole, however, SU’s season was largely a disappointment in terms of its expectations heading into the year. The Orange won 10 games last season en route to finishing second in the ACC and winning the Camping World Bowl, leading many to believe the 2019 season could potentially be even better. Instead, Syracuse won half as many games and failed to defeat a Power 5 opponent until its 10th game of the season.Here’s whose stock is up or down, looking back at the Orange’s 2019 campaign.STOCK UPAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJackson gave Syracuse fans a glimpse of what he could do in the Camping World Bowl last year, making his SU debut with three catches, 27 yards and a touchdown. He built on that performance this season, quickly establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver in the Orange offense. His breakout performance came in Syracuse’s week two loss to Maryland, in which Jackson totaled seven catches for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’d go on to have four more 100-plus yard games and finished top-5 in the ACC in receptions, yards and touchdowns.Despite some early-season criticism, DeVito passed the test as Syracuse’s starting quarterback this year, throwing for 19 touchdowns and 2,360 yards, both top-10 single-season marks in SU history. The redshirt sophomore had five games with 250 yards or more and four games with three touchdown passes or more, including back-to-back contests against Western Michigan and Holy Cross in which he threw four touchdowns in each. Despite being sacked nearly 50 times, one of the worst marks in the country, DeVito fought through injuries and growing pains to carve out one of the best Syracuse passing seasons ever.As expected, SU’s special teams unit was again one of the best in the country. After kicker Andre Szmyt won the Lou Groza award for the best kicker in the nation last season and punter Sterling Hofrichter joined him on the All-ACC first team, Hofrichter is now up for the punter’s equivalent of the award, the Ray Guy award. Hofrichter led the ACC in punts inside the 20-yard line and fair catches, also ranking second in total punt yardage. Szmyt, meanwhile, earned third-team All-ACC honors this season after connecting on 17-of-20 field goals and 39-of-40 extra points.STOCK DOWNThe negatives of the Orange have to start with their offensive line, which struggled to find any consistency all year after starting center Sam Heckel was injured in the season-opener. Issues in pass protection led to 50 total sacks on the season, the third-most out of 130 FBS teams. DeVito and backup quarterback Clayton Welch were often given little-to-no time to make a play and both battled injuries throughout the year. The line’s run blocking was poor too, as Syracuse ball-carriers were tackled for a loss 98 times, seventh-worst in the nation. But the problems didn’t stop at the offensive line’s production. Ryan Alexander, who started six games at right tackle, left the program in late October, forcing true freshman Matthew Bergeron into service to finish the season.Syracuse had some standouts defensively this year, namely All-ACC honorees Cisco and Lakiem Williams, but struggled as a unit. The Orange allowed 5,569 total yards to opposing offenses, second-worst in the ACC, as well as 30.7 points per game, also near the bottom of the conference. After a 2018 season in which SU improved defensively, forcing a turnover in every game, Syracuse struggled and defensive coordinator Brian Ward was fired late in the year. Now, the Orange head into the offseason with a question mark at the coaching position as well as the graduation of more than half of its defensive starters.Syracuse stumbled in one of the most controllable areas of the game, penalties. The Orange were the fourth-most penalized team in the nation, averaging just under nine per game, their highest in over 10 years. The flags came down on both sides of the ball, ranging from offensive line penalties to mental mistakes after plays. SU was even called for a pair of targeting penalties in the same game against Holy Cross, its only such penalties this season. In an underwhelming year, staying disciplined and limiting penalties was one way the Orange could’ve increased their margin for error. They didn’t. Comments Published on December 4, 2019 at 1:12 am Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WWE Smackdown: Blockbuster show on the cards as big guns are back

first_img WATCH US LIVE FINALLY…I come back home to my @WWE universe.This FRIDAY NIGHT, I’ll return for our debut of SMACKDOWN!LIVE on @FOXTV.There’s no greater title than #thepeopleschamp.And there’s no place like home.Tequila on me after the show 😈🥃#IfYaSmell🎤 #Smackdown#RocksShow #FOX pic.twitter.com/V5i4cxqIqH— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 30, 2019 First Published: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST COMMENT LIVE TV READ | WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Team Hogan to square off against Team FlairThe big matchesApart from the blockbuster returns of various stars, the 20th anniversary of Smackdown has also got a blockbuster match card as well which consists of some nail-biting contests. The ‘Big Dog’ Roman Reigns will go one on one against Erick Rowan while the star divas Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will be up against  Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag team match. Shane McMahon faces  Kevin Owens in a ladder match where the loser must leave WWE. The most eagerly anticipated match of the night will be between Kofi Kingston and the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. The event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. READ | WWE Hell In a Cell: Will Seth Rollins slay ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt?READ | Iconic WWE Superstars who won hearts and made our childhood memorable SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Written By Karthik Nair Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST WWE Smackdown: Blockbuster Show On The Cards As Big Guns Are Back WWE Smackdown’s 20th-anniversary episode would see the likes of Stone Cold, Rock, Undertaker and Hulk Hogan under one roof on October 4; it will be held in LA Smackdown will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 4. From that day onwards Smackdown will officially drop ‘Live’ and will be known as ‘Friday Night Smackdown’. The logo was unveiled by both WWE and Fox. The video featured superstars and divas including the likes of  John Cena, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and her legendary father Ric Flair, etc. However, the blue brand will not only have some good matches but it will also witness some blockbuster returns on that all-important night as some highly popular as well as the most loved megastars will be under one roof for the occasion.READ | Brock Lesnar: The journey of the Brock from ‘Conqueror’ to ‘Beast’A blockbuster eventUnlike the Raw Reunion which was held over a couple of months ago, Smackdown will see the return of the Attitude Era stars including The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker. To make things more interesting, the legendary Hulk Hogan will also make his presence felt on Friday Night Smackdown as ‘Hulkamania’ will be running wild. Even the WCW legend ‘Scorpion Sting’ has confirmed that he will be a part of the show. Apart from these megastars, others who will be making it to the blue brand this Friday include Mick Foley, Booker T, Mark Henry, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, Trish Stratus, Lita, Kurt Angle, and Goldberg. Meanwhile, ‘The People’s Champion’ Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he is indeed coming to Smackdown to electrify his fans. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Banner relish Premier challenge

first_imgClare’s joint hurling manager Donal Moloney says taking on the current All Ireland Champions is a task they look forward to.The Premier can expect an imposing challenge from the Banner in this weekend’s All Ireland senior hurling quarter-final in the newly revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh.The sides last met in the league this year, back in March, where Tipp ran out 7 point winners. Photo © TipperaryGAA Donal Moloney says they want to challenge themselves against Tipp.The Tipperary team will be announced live on Tipp FM after the 9 o’clock news tonight.Tipp FM’s live coverage of Saturday’s game comes in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh, and Connolly Man, O’Connell Street, Clonmel.last_img

Quadri, Assar Through to Round Two

first_img2017 ITTF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSThey were considered the best in Africa and this they confirmed at the ongoing 2017 ITTF World Championships after they overcame their opponents to berth in the second round of the men’s singles.Even when their continental counterparts – Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Egypt’s trio of Ahmed Saleh, Mohammed El-Beiali and El-Sayed Lashin were shown the exit, Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar are fighting for their lives against their Chilean and Italian opponents. In order not to allow what happened to him in 2015 repeat itself again, Quadri ensured he wasted no time in dismissing Chile’s Gustavo Gomez 4-0.Unlike Quadri, Assar was made to work harder for his victory against Italy’s Rech Daldosso Marco in an entertaining encounter.From 3-0 down, Assar had to recover to edge out the Italian 4-3 to ascertain his place in the round of 64.A satisfied Assar said: “It was a very surprising and difficult match because I played against my opponent last time at Kuwait Open and I defeated him easily 4-1. With the way he played it showed that he has improved tremendously and I was really surprise with the way he played. It was very tough match for me to come back from 3-0 down to win at 4-3. I think I prepared very well for this competition and I was also in top form lately so for me when the match was 3-1, I was determined not to allow all my efforts to waste.“But I must commend my opponent for the match because in the first two games I was too soft with my receive and service and this gave him an edge but when I changed tactics, things began to work. I had made up mind to play very well in this competition and I am really determined to do that.”Also, Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike, Egypt’s duo of Dina Meshref and Yousry Helmy were shown the doors in the first round of the women’s singles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Caribbean nationals must understand meaning/benefits of the Caribbean Court of…

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established in 2005 as the original judicial institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and, most importantly, an appellate jurisdiction or the court of last resort in the Caribbean. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (which established CARICOM).In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ hear appeals in civil and criminal matters from member states replacing the British Privy Council. However, decisions for replacing the Privy Council with the CCJ has been fraught with political division in several Caribbean countries including Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, where, ironically, the CCJ is located. To date, only  Barbados, Belize, Dominica, and Guyana have replaced the Privy Council’s jurisdiction with the CCJ.Failed Referendums in Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda Last month Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda held national referendums to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ as the court of last resort, but both referendums were defeated. Last week the current president of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Sanders of St. Vincent, addressing the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Lecture at the Medgar Evers College in New York spoke on “The Role and Importance of the CCJ in advancing the Caribbean Civilization,”Justice Saunders rightfully said more needs to be done to educate the Caribbean public about the role and benefits of the CCJ. He said while he’s not worried at the outcome of the Antigua and Grenada referendums, the defeats indicates, “We need more educational work.”  He questioned who in the region would be responsible for educating the public on the role of the court, adding “If we’re going to advance, we need to know how we’re going to make our country more independent.”He offered two reason for the failed referendums in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.Environment of the CCJThe first, was the environment of the Caribbean Court compared to the British Privy council, noting that people have unhappy experiences with their local justice systems. “If trials are held in a less than adequate courthouse; if the courtroom is stiflingly hot; if the case is adjourned again and again; if a murder accused spends 10 years on remand before his case is heard; then the idea of replacing a British institution (Privy Council) with a Caribbean one is instinctively unappealing.”IgnoranceThe second reason cited was ignorance, as the majority of  Caribbean people doesn’t understand the CCJ isn’t a part of the local justice system. “The CCJ is a separate court, but we haven’t done enough to inform and educate people,” Justice Saunders said. He said a Caribbean Court, staffed with the best Caribbean judges, “is able to give greater effect to our aspirations as a people.”People of Barbados and Guyana satisfied An example of the effectiveness of the CCJ, which Justice Saunders also referred to, is for the last 13 years, the CCJ has been “dispensing justice for Barbados and Guyana to the satisfaction of the peoples of those countries.”In those countries where the CCJ is accepted as the court of last resort the population understands and appreciate the Court. One of the reasons, according to analysts,  former Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart lost the general elections earlier this year was because of his attacks on the CCJ. Justice Saunders said, Stuart “was roundly condemned by the ordinary man and woman of Barbados.”As debate over the CCJ versus the Privy Council rages in the Caribbean since 2005, several commentators have agreed for the Caribbean region to be truly independent from Britain it must have it own reliable court of last resort. Perception CCJ inferior to Privy CouncilMeanwhile, commentators also believe there’s a perception, albeit false, among some Caribbean people that the CCJ and its judges are inferior to Privy Council and its British judges.  Education is needed to remove this false perception. CCJ more than capable“The CCJ is more than capable of handling the region’s appeals. If we are to advance as a people, politics and political tussles are important for a healthy democracy. But, there are eternal core human values that are overarching – truth, compassion, cooperation, caring, courtesy, empathy, hard honest labor. These are values opposition and government alike, and, indeed, all the people, must promote.”Politics shouldn’t be the deciding factorPolitics should not be allowed to decide where the people of the Caribbean turn to receive ultimate justice. Jamaica was on the periphery of replacing the Privy Council in 2015 when the joint House of Representatives approved related bills.  Set to advance to the Senate for approval in 2016, the ruling People’s National Party lost the general elections that year. But, incoming Prime Minister Andrew Holness decided replacing the Privy Council with the CCJ requires a national referendum. As was evidenced in Grenada and Antigua, these referendums are conducted and decided along party lines. If voters do not understand the benefits of the CCJ in their lives, they’ll likely vote for the party that offers a stronger platform for voting against the court than voting for it.  If the Caribbean can govern itself, why doesn’t it adjudicate itself?last_img read more

Lionel Messi ready to leave Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his deal expires in 2021, according to reports from Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Messi is said to be angry with Barcelona’s front office about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun discussing renewing Messi’s last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but they no longer wish to advance the negotiation, according to the Cadena Ser report.The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the past year.In January, he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, whom Messi said had implied players had a hand in Valverde being sacked.In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Messi declared the team wasn’t good enough to win this season’s Champions League.Then in April Messi criticised Barca’s board of directors for implying players were not willing to accept a pay cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: ESPNlast_img read more

Adrian Gonzalez’s World Baseball Classic comments did not fall on deaf ears

first_imgMexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in pool play. Only two teams could advance to a do-or-die tiebreaker game. Because Mexico allowed the most runs per inning of the three teams, it was eliminated.Gonzalez said the general manager for Team Mexico tried seven times to get clarification from WBC officials about this rule prior to its final game, each time without success.“Those of you who work in stadiums know that sometimes, when you get close to game time, it’s not easy to get exactly the person you want at the time you want them,” Manfred said.Tony Clark, the head of the MLB Players’ Association, said he spoke with Gonzalez about his comments.“We understood the comments that Adrian made and did have dialogue with Adrian understanding where those comments came from and why they came in the fashion that they did,” Clark said, “and are confident that as the tournament moves forward and that as our game moves forward, that Adrian’s support and his place in the game are in a good place.” The WBC is a joint effort between the MLB, the MLBPA and other global administrative bodies for baseball.Excess blonde ambitionThe Associated Press reported that pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye.Players and coaches for Team Puerto Rico dyed their hair blonde at the outset of the WBC in an act of team bonding. Fans who attended Puerto Rico’s games in Mexico, San Diego and Los Angeles soon followed suit.The trend spiked on the island territory after Puerto Rico beat The Netherlands in 11 innings Monday at Dodger Stadium, according to the report.Quick hitsManfred said he could not offer “a really firm answer” as to whether another WBC will be played in 2021, one year after baseball returns to the Olympics in 2020. … Team USA manager Jim Leyland made his postgame plans early Wednesday. “I’ve got to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to catch a flight to Lakeland, Florida (to be) with the Tigers,” he said. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> It’s too early to define the full legacy of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, but a tweak to the tournament’s tiebreaker procedures might be part of it.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking prior to the WBC championship game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, wouldn’t rule out changing a confusing tiebreaker procedure that ultimately eliminated Team Mexico in the first round.“We’ll sit down and … talk about the event, talk about the way we broke ties, talk about the format, see if there’s something you can do with the format that avoids tiebreaker rules that are not often used in our game,” Manfred said, “and that will be a conversation that will take place over the next four years.”That ought to come as good news to Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The star player for Team Mexico vowed never to take part in the WBC again, and compared the WBC to the Little League World Series, after tournament officials shifted blame to the media for failing to communicate the proper tie-breaking procedure.last_img read more