Three players, including a former obese security guard, nominated for Breakthrough Player of the Year


first_imgFriday Oct 26, 2018 Three players, including a former obese security guard, nominated for Breakthrough Player of the Year Three countries are represented in the nominees for the prestigious World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2018 award, now in it’s fourth year. Previous winners include England’s Maro Itoje and New Zealand flyers Nehe Milner-Skudder and Rieko Ioane.ADVERTISEMENTTo be eligible for this award, players must have played less than one year of senior international rugby, with former internationals Jamie Heaslip, Felipe Contepomi and Phaidra Knight sitting alongside members of the media on the panel that selects the shortlist.The winner will be revealed at the World Rugby Awards, which take place at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.APHIWE DYANTYI (SOUTH AFRICA)The winger marked his Springbok debut with a try against England in June and hasn’t looked back, starting all nine of South Africa’s tests in 2018 and scoring six tries, including braces against Argentina and in the win over world champions New Zealand in Wellington. Blessed with pace and power, the 24-year-old was the joint top try-scorer in the Rugby Championship with five as South Africa finished as runners-up.JORDAN LARMOUR (IRELAND)Despite only making his Ireland debut against Italy in February, the 21-year-old has already played his part in a Six Nations Grand Slam winning campaign and a first series victory in Australia since 1979. The winger’s six test appearances have all come off the bench, three of them in the Six Nations and three against Australia in June, although he is yet to cross the try-line.KARL TU’INUKUAFE (NEW ZEALAND)The 25-year-old’s story is a remarkable one as in little more than six months he went from not having a Super Rugby contract to making his All Blacks debut off the bench in the first test against France in June. The loose-head prop made four further appearances off the bench before making his first start against Argentina and retaining his place for the final three matches of New Zealand’s Rugby Championship winning campaign.ADVERTISEMENT“The World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award recognises the most exciting talent to burst onto the international 15s or sevens stage during the year and highlights the ‘ones to watch’,” said World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont.“There were several outstanding candidates and the process of whittling the selection down to a shortlist was tough for the panel. We have three outstanding candidates, who would be worthy recipients of this prestigious award.”This is one of 13 categories of awards, including the World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Players of the Year, World Rugby Team of the Year, World Rugby Men’s and Women’s Sevens Players of the Year and Award for Character.Previous World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Award winners:ADVERTISEMENT2017 – Rieko Ioane (New Zealand)2016 – Maro Itoje (England)2015 – Nehe Milner-Skudder (New Zealand) Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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first_img + posts Kristen Weaver ReddIt Facebook printElection day is Tuesday, and it’ll be your last chance to make your voice heard in the choice for the next presidential candidate.This map shows all of the polling places in Fort Worth, including every spot you can vote in the 76109 zipcode.<a href=’#’><img alt=’Sheet 1 ‘ src=’https:&#47;&#47;;static&#47;images&#47;vo&#47;votingspots&#47;Sheet1&#47;1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a>The109 will have coverage throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Check back throughout the day for updates and coverage from the community.Go out and make your voice heard in the presidential race this year!More information on the candidates and what to expect when you fill out your ballot can be found on  Linkedin Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Previous articleRobotics at the Southwest Regional LibraryNext articleOPINION: TCU professor’s response to Ben Shapiro Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus Twitter Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’center_img Linkedin Kristen Weaver It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar ReddIt Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter Facebook Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaver Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Alexander: Brewers’ Game 5 starter Wade Miley has been tough for Dodgers to solve


first_img“It’s hard to get the ball in the air. I know our intent wasn’t to put the ball on the ground and create soft contact, but … he’s done a good job against us. So when we do see him, obviously, we’ve got to make an adjustment.”His cutter, which darts inside against right-handed hitters and results in broken bats and weak contact, has become a potent enough weapon that he now throws it close to 50 percent of the time. But when asked if that pitch might have saved his career, Miley wouldn’t go that far.“Throwing strikes, I think, saved my career more than cutters – just being able to throw pitches in the zone,” he said. “Obviously the cutter has been a big pitch for me, but if I didn’t locate it I don’t think it would be all that great. (It’s) just being able to command the baseball again.”Part of fixing that was mental, part mechanical. A year ago in 30 starts with Baltimore, Miley led the American League with 93 walks in 157-1/3 innings, 5.3 per nine innings. In his 16 regular-season starts with the Brewers this season, he walked 27 in 80-2/3 innings, a more manageable 3.0 ratio. He talked of having a hard time repeating his delivery last year and spending “a lot of time trying to clean my mechanics up.”There are, of course, no guarantees when you come to camp on a minor league contract. But Miley said Manager Craig Counsell and his staff assured him after he got hurt that he was in their rotation plans, and they convinced him to stick around and rehab for six weeks on a minor league contract.Even so, Counsell said, Miley has exceeded expectations.Related Articles The Dodgers, as you probably have heard by now, love home runs. Can’t live without them; counting the postseason, they’re 81-46 in games in which they’ve homered, 15-28 when they haven’t. Miley, a 31-year-old lefty, specializes in soft contact and ground-ball outs (a ratio of 1.67 ground outs to fly outs this season), just the sort of traits that can frustrate a team of big swingers.He has faced the Dodgers three times this season. The first was July 20, shortly after coming off the 60-day disabled list; Miley allowed four hits and an unearned run in six innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.The second was 11 days later in Los Angeles, and the line was similar: Seven innings, two hits, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts.The third was Saturday: two hits and three strikeouts and nothing else in 5-2/3 innings in Game 2 of the NLCS. He might have gotten away with a victory, and the Brewers with a 2-0 series lead, if not for Jeremy Jeffress’ bum luck in leaving a splitter in Justin Turner’s hitting zone in the eighth inning.“I know he’s had his way with us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Miley. “There’s (the) pitching to soft contact, keeping the ball down. He’s got a cutter that he uses a lot more than he did in years past to right-hand hitters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — The man who could be the Dodgers’ kryptonite took quite the unconventional path to get here.Wade Miley wasn’t expected to be here, preparing to pitch Wednesday’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was looking for work last winter after a frustrating 2017 season with the Baltimore Orioles. He landed with the Brewers on a minor league contract just before spring training in February, and actually started the season in Double-A on a rehab assignment, after suffering a groin injury in the spring. And after briefly returning to the majors in May and suffering an oblique strain that landed him back on the DL, his season didn’t really get going until July.There were few expectations from the outside. But Miley had reinvented himself. A cutter he hardly threw until late in the 2016 season became his out pitch, and he rediscovered the joy of throwing strikes consistently.And so Wednesday afternoon Miley will share a mound with Clayton Kershaw, a slightly more accomplished left-hander, but he’ll be armed with the knowledge that his strength matches up precisely with a Dodgers weakness.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Obviously (he’s) a player who’s been a staple in rotations for multiple years and with multiple teams,” he said. “He was coming off a difficult season.“In Wade’s case, this is a guy that’s had enough success that (it’s evident) success is in there. And talent is there. Experience is there. Wade had made some adjustments, and I think (pitching coach) Derek Johnson has done a really nice job with Wade … He’s really pitching as well as he’s ever pitched at this point, with different stuff.”This is new territory for Miley, who broke in with the Diamondbacks as a September call-up in 2011 and has made 216 regular-season starts with Arizona, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore and Milwaukee.Until Game 3 of the NLDS against Colorado, he had never pitched in a postseason game. And Wednesday will be the first time he’s pitched on three days’ rest.“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”Are the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitterlast_img read more