Community members work to keep Binghamton’s west side clean

first_imgResciniti says she makes it a point to bring her niece and as many young people as she can to help clean up the neighborhood. About a dozen community members took to the area around Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with trash bags in hand, picking up garbage and debris throughout the neighborhood. “We need to be role models. This is important to me, but not just me, it’s important to a lot of folks and I think instead of just talking about what’s important, we need to get out there and do the work, even if it means picking up garbage,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Community members led by Binghamton City Councilwoman Sophia Resciniti gathered on the city’s west side for a neighborhood cleanup Saturday morning. She said they also took the time to fill up the ‘Little Free Library’ in front of the school.last_img read more

Dusty Baker

first_imgDusty Baker is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds as we all know. The 63 year-old former major leaguer is in his 20th year as a NL Manager. He spent 10 years in San Francisco where the Giants won 840 games. As you can see, this was an 84 win average per year. He won his only pennant while managing the Giants. He then was hired by the Chicago Cubs where he stayed 4 years and won 322 games or an average of 80.5 wins per year. He then was hired by the Reds and is in his 6th season there. He continues his winning ways as he already has won 445 games. This is still an average above 80 per year. For his 19+ years he has won 1607 games (as of May 20th) for a career winning average of .526. His team has an average finish about 2.6 or some where between 2nd and third. His main detractors say that for all this winning, he has only won that one pennant. It is all about your perspective as to how well Dusty has done. On one side, he wins more than he loses, so your team is usually in the pennant race. On the other side, he doesn’t win the big ones often enough. All I know is, I think I would rather have a Dusty Baker manage for me over some one-time wonder that wins one pennant and then loses for the next 5 years.last_img read more

Bayan bags big Ascot prize

first_img At The Races presenter Gary O’Brien is part of the winning Core Syndicate. He said: “It’s not too often I’m lost for words in this job, but my heart nearly stopped in that last furlong. When he made a mistake at the second-last, I thought the game was up, but he is such a gutsy horse and you never know when you are beaten when he is on a going day. “It was a long, long last furlong, but an unbelievable result.” Fellow owner Michael Canning said: “He has been knocking on the door – you always think ‘today is the day’, but he deserves that. He was second at Galway and third in the Coral Cup – the horse really deserves to win a big one like that. We are just over the moon. “The last 100 yards felt like 100 miles. He was off the bit four furlongs out and missed the second-last, and you thought your chance had gone. It is unbelievable.” He added of Condon: “He won on the horse at Listowel last year and had a terrible injury at Cork. We didn’t think he would be back for this race. He made a real big effort to get back and fortunately his injury wasn’t as bad as first feared. “He had a couple of rides last Sunday and this was just his third ride back. It is the stuff of fairytales.” John Ferguson said of runner-up Pine Creek: “I’m thrilled with him. He’s run really well. I was delighted with his run in the Greatwood after being off for 10 months. I thought he would progress and he has. “He will probably end up getting two and a half miles and we will look at targets for the Cheltenham Festival.” Elliott was at Fairyhouse, where he said of the 14-1 winner: “This has been the plan and he had not run over hurdles since Galway. It was great, I’m delighted – he was very tough.” It was an emotional success for Condon, who has been plagued by injuries and was having just his third ride back since a heavy fall at Cork in August. The jockey suffered three fractured vertebrae in the spill and initially feared he may never ride again after suffering a rare condition called spinal concussion, which briefly left him unable to move from the neck down. Riding his second winner of the Ascot race after Cause Of Causes for Elliott in 2012, he said: “I’m a bit emotional at the moment, it’s great to be back – I didn’t think I’d make it back. It was my toughest injuury so far and I was in a lot of pain. “I was lucky I had a good group of people around me. Gordon Elliott has been so loyal to me leaving me on the horse. Even though I’m not 100 per cent fit I rushed to get back and I’m delighted he won. “He was just idling in front and was there a bit soon, but he stays well and I knew I had to press on early because he has real stamina. He was tough and responded to every call.” There was to be quite a sting in the tail for Condon, however, as the stewards took a dim view of his use of the whip from the second-last. They ruled he had used his stick above the permitted level and suspended him for 15 days, together with a fine of £3,150. Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of Pine Creek, also fell foul of the whip rules and was banned for four days. Bayan dug deep to take The Ladbroke at Ascot for trainer Gordon Elliott and rider Davy Condon. Shelford and the long-absent Balgarry set what looked a healthy gallop up front, tracked within range by Activial, who came to join issue with two to jump but made a hash of it. Galway Hurdle runner-up Bayan arrived on the scene at the last and was pushed all the way up the run-in by Pine Creek, who could never quite get there and found the line coming a neck too soon. Activial was third, with the gallant Shelford fourth. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chris Green signs longest deal in BBL history

first_imgCHRIS GREEN has signed the longest deal in BBL history after Sydney Thunder signed the offspinner for a further six seasons.Green, 26, is one of the very few Australian players who isn’t involved in the traditional domestic state pathway, instead opting to become a T20 globetrotter. But the Thunder have signed him on for six seasons not only for his value as a specialist T20 spinner with an ability bowl in the powerplay, as well as being a crafty lower-order batsman, but also for his loyalty to the Thunder and his standing as a leader and ambassador for the club.Despite not currently being involved in four-day and 50-over cricket for New South Wales – he has never played a first-class game – Green has been encouraged by feedback from the Australian selectors about his international prospects. He 1was not selected for Australia’s most recent two T20I series but was picked to play in the Prime Minister’s XI and the Cricket Australia XI T20 tour games against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and remains in contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.Green said he was grateful for the Thunder’s backing after being the first franchise to give him a chance.“Thunder was the first team that backed me when I was playing grade cricket, so to lock in my future with the club is really exciting,” Green said. “It’s not often you have security, so for me to get that with a club that I love, I’m really excited and very grateful for this opportunity to continue to represent Thunder into the future.”Green’s performances for the Thunder in the powerplay have propelled him to opportunities in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he has starred for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. He has also played in Canada’s Global T20, the T20 Blast and the PSL. He is currently playing for the Northern Warriors in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more