Mbanjwa makes Dusi history

first_img20 January 2008History was made in South Africa’s Dusi Canoe Marathon on the weekend, when both the men’s and women’s winners in the K2 race taking victory in record times and Michael Mbanjwa became the first black winner in the 57-year history of the event.Teaming up with the “Dusi Duke”, Martin Dreyer, Mbanjwa brought huge smiles to the inhabitants of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, which was where he was born and is part of the race’s route.Development successHis win also provided validation for the development efforts of Canoeing South Africa; Mbanjwa is a product of the Nagle Dam club, formed by canoeing pioneer, the late Robert Lembethe, to bring the sport to people who live along the route of the famous event.In 1997, Mbanjwa was on his way to a game of soccer when he was stopped by Lembethe, who told him to give canoeing a try. He gave it a go, having seen paddlers in the valley before, never thinking that he might one day be crowned the winner of the famous race. On Saturday, he made history.Mbanjwa has heard the story about being the first black winner many times previously; in 2007, he and Dreyer won the Stihl Non-Stop Dusi, but, for Mbanjwa, it’s a story that he would prefer not to hear.Instead of being viewed as a successful black paddler, he would prefer to be viewed as a successful elite paddler, one whose record speaks for itself. With his victory, he has surely earned that right, but his win, as a first in the history of the race, made it an historic occasion.While it was Mbanjwa’s first victory in the Dusi, following a second place in the K1 race in 2007, it was a seventh win for Dreyer. Afterwards, the 39-year-old said it was his final competitive shot at the event; he will participate in it in the future, but simply to take part and not to win it.Record setting first stageMbanjwa and Dreyer showed they meant business on the first leg of the race, with a record time of two hours, 32 minutes and 47 seconds, to build up a lead of almost four minutes over Hank McGregor and Sven Bruss.Ant Stott and Wayne Thompson, second in the last K2 event in 2006, finished the day in third, just over six minutes behind the leaders.There was drama when McGregor and Bruss protested against a path taken by Stott and Thompson, which took the pair out of bounds. The third-placed finishers were disqualified, but were later reinstated after an appeal, but fined R1 000.On day two, Stott and Thompson responded brilliantly to their near-disqualification, setting a record for the stage of two hours, 44 minutes and 14 seconds. Mbanjwa and Dreyer held onto the lead, but saw it severely cut, with their stage time of two hours, 48 minutes and 29 seconds leaving them with an advantage of only one minute and 46 seconds.McGregor and Bruss chose an aggressive approach, but it backfired when McGregor took a spill at the Washing Machine Rapid, followed shortly afterwards by Bruss. Once they were back in their boat they charged hard for the finish, ultimately bettering Mbanjwa and Dreyer’s time by one second, but they, nonetheless, fell to third in the standings.Final day tacticsThe final day saw the Stott/Thompson and McGregor/Bruss pairings choosing to shoot a number of big rapids to try to close down Mbanjwa/Dreyer, who chose to portage at the notorious Burma Road.The leaders responded brilliantly, recording the fastest ever time on the portage to stave off the challenge of the chasing boats.By the time they reached the finish line at the Blue Lagoon in Durban, Mbanjwa and Dreyer had not only held off the chasing crews, they had increased their lead and established a new record in a time of seven hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds.Stott and Thompson took second in 7:35:05, while McGregor and Bruss ended third in 7:39:52 as the top three all bettered the previous record of 7:40:25, set by Dreyer and McGregor in 2006.Not long after their win, Mbanjwa and Dreyer were flown by helicopter to Nagle Dam, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, where a huge crowd greeted the Dusi winners, cheering and ululating, and lifting them onto their shoulders.Women’s raceThe result of the women’s race was fairly predictable, with the only thing really standing between the red hot favourites Abbey Miedema and Alexa Lombard and victory being the challenging river.They, however, had a superbly smooth run from start to finish, breaking the stage record on all three days, to capture the honours.On the opening day, Miedema and Lombard, who smashed the K2 record by a staggering 25 minutes in 2006, opened up a lead of over 10 minutes over their nearest challengers, Laura Thompson and Robyn Kime, an interesting pairing of a 20-Dusi veteran and a promising schoolgirl.Former winner Debbie Germiquet and Hilary Pitchford crossed the line in third place, nearly seven minutes behind the second place finishers and 17 minutes and three seconds behind the leaders.Increasing the leadOn day two, Miedema and Lombard increased their lead, despite a valiant effort from Thompson and Kime. The leaders were four minutes and 24 seconds faster in a stage record 3:09:55.With a massive lead in the bag, Miedema and Lombard choose a conservative approach on the final day, opting not to put the beckoning victory at risk. Once again, though, they turned in the fastest time of the day.Their overall time of 8:46:03 shattered the previous mark they had set two years ago of 9:02:12, but over 16 minutes.Thompson and Kime finished well back in second, but not far off the previous record, in a time of 9:05:06. Germiquet and Pitchford settled for third, over 25 minutes behind the runners-up. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cape ‘tjommies’ help out visitors

first_img18 April 2008Dressed in yellow bibs and only too eager to help, the “Tjommies” (Afrikaans slang for “friends”) are eight formerly unemployed youngsters turned visitor guides, giving tourists advice on attractions in and around Cape Town and helping them have a hassle-free holiday.The Tjommies Ambassador Project is the brainchild of non-profit organisation Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) in partnership with the City of Cape Town.Through this project, the city can help ensure tourist safety while providing unemployed youngsters to access employment opportunities in different segments of the tourism industry.Tjommies shift manager Anton Peterson told BuaNews this week that the concept was developed in December last year as part of developing visitor services in the city ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“They are trained to assist tourists and are provided with maps, guides and season specific information,” he said. “Training on the city’s heritage and tourist attractions and how to present themselves to tourists is also given.”Peterson said that visitors from Europe as well as from other African countries were making use of the Tjommies’ services, with plans afoot to employ 100 Tjommies around the city by 2009.Already, a further 15 youngsters started this week on their training to be Tjommies in Cape Town.Representing city and country28-year-old Nosipo Damane from the township of Gugulethu outside Cape Town was recruited as a Tjommie in December 2007, and described herself as lucky to be part of the group.“In my job I meet different people everyday. It is even better to help visitors from outside South Africa because then I have to be at my best as am not only representing Cape Town, but South Africa as my country,” she told BuaNews.However, tourists were sometimes sceptical about the Tjommies and were a little apprehensive when approached.“Sometimes visitors become defensive. Maybe they think I am a beggar or criminal but I was trained on how to deal with different situations and all in all I enjoy every minute.”Developing local tourismThe City of Town has contributed about R250 000 towards training the Tjommies, who receive a basic salary and can receive tips.“The tourism industry welcomed the implementation of the project and we want to build on its performance leading up to hosting the World Cup,” said Simon Grindrod, the city councillor in charge of economic development and tourism.Nationally, the world cup is expected to create 80 000 jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors.The city has shown a positive growth in occupancies over the festive season, according to a snap accommodation survey conducted by the Cape Town Tourism Department.“The 2007/08 festive season has been a bumper season, as predicted by the tourism industry,” said the department.Further to this, Cape Town reported no serious visitor safety incidents at any of the main tourist attractions during December.“We believe that the collaborative approach between all stakeholders, citizens and visitors contributed significantly to improving visitor safety,” Grindrod said.Aside from the Tjommies Ambassador Project, other city-supported projects include the Festive Season Visitor Welcome and Safety Campaign and the Safety Awareness Campaign.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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9 months ago​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Long

first_img​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Longby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was full of praise for Shane Long.The veteran attacker ended his goal drought, which stretches from April, to help the Saints beat Leicester.The result puts them in 16th, a point away from the drop zone. And Hasenhuttl credited the tireless display from Long for his side’s win.He said to reporters after the game: “If you try to improve your game during the week in every session on the pitch then you can earn something on the weekend.”He showed that he can be a very important part in this team because he was very hard to stop, he saved a lot of balls, was always working in the net and against the ball as long as possible.”When he was finished then I take him off and can only congratulate him for a fantastic game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a day

first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a dayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for patience as he continues the rebuilding process.A concerning start to the campaign has seen United take just six points from their first eight Premier League games, while the club haven’t won the title since 2013. Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It’s not like the situation we had last year. There’s no lack of desire there. “For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step. “Of course, we’ve hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn’t built in a day. “We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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The Latest CEO fraud charge hammers Teslas stock

first_imgDETROIT – The Latest on efforts by federal regulators to remove Elon Musk from his position as CEO and chairman of Tesla (all times local):5 p.m.Tesla’s stock plunged nearly 14 per cent Friday, wiping out $7 billion in shareholder wealth after government regulators accused Elon Musk of committing securities fraud and sought to oust him as CEO of the electric car maker.It marked the largest one-day decline in Tesla’s shares in nearly five years.The steep decline left Tesla’s stock at $264.77, a 30 per cent drop from where it stood Aug. 7 after Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to finance a buyout at $420.The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint late Thursday alleging that Musk made the bold statement even though he hadn’t lined up the estimated $25 billion to $50 billion needed to take Tesla private.The SEC contends Musk should be removed as CEO for his alleged misconduct.___9:45 a.m.According to a person knowledgeable about talks between Tesla and federal securities regulators, CEO Elon Musk rejected a settlement that would have allowed him to pay a small fine and stay on as CEO of the electric car company.The person, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were private, said Friday that Musk rejected the offer because he didn’t want a blemish on his record.On Thursday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking to oust Musk and alleging that he committed securities fraud with false statements about plans to take the company private.To stay on as CEO, the person said that Musk would have had to agree to conditions including restrictions on when he could release information publicly.The SEC said in its complaint that Musk falsely claimed in an Aug. 7 tweet that funding had been secured for Tesla Inc. to go private at $420 per share, a substantial premium over the stock price at the time.The SEC now wants a “bar prohibiting Musk from serving as an officer or director of a public company.” It also is asking for an order enjoining Musk from making false and misleading statements along with repayment of any gains as well as civil penalties.Shares tumbled 12 per cent at the opening bell Friday.____9 a.m.The bombshell announcement that federal regulators are seeking to oust Elon Musk as CEO and chairman at Tesla is pushing shares even lower before the opening bell.Tesla and Musk are perceived as inseparable by many investors, with some industry analysts putting his value baked into each Tesla share in excess of $100. That’s a third or more of the value of each share. After a 13 per cent slump before the market opened Friday, Tesla’s stock plunged 13 per cent to $307.52.last_img read more

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Canada Post reports Q3 loss of 71 million blames pay equity ruling

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Post says it recorded a loss of $71 million in its latest quarter, which it is directly blaming on costs related to a pay equity dispute with its largest union.The country’s postal service says the net loss compares with a loss of $44 million in the third quarter a year ago.In September, an arbitrator ordered Canada Post to give rural and suburban mail carriers pay increases of up to 25 per cent to settle a long-fought pay equity dispute. Not including added benefits that were part of the ruling, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the pay increase amounted to as much as $13,000 annually, retroactive to the beginning of 2016.Canada Post says the costs of the wage adjustments, increases in pension pay and other benefits will amount to $550 million by the end of the year, with $130 million already recorded by the end of 2017. It says it will continue to cost the Crown corporation $140 million going forward annually.When taking into account its other operations like Purolator, Canada Post says it had a net loss of $36 million in the 13-week period ended Sept. 29, compared with a loss of $13 million for the same period a year earlier.It says parcel revenue grew by 21 per cent in the third quarter to $106 million, as volumes climbed by 23 per cent or 14 million pieces, when compared with the same quarter in 2017. Canada Post attributed the increase to the continued growth in e-commerce.Meanwhile, it says transaction mail, which is categorized as letters, bills and statements, fell by 4.6 per cent, or 35 million pieces, in the third quarter.Revenue for transaction mail dropped 3.6 per cent, or $24 million, compared with a year ago. Canada Post blames the decrease to consumers choosing “digital alternatives” and acknowledged that declining mail volumes will remain a “significant challenge” for the corporation.The Crown agency says the impact of the pay equity and ongoing rotating strikes are “major factors” in it ending this year with a loss.On Monday, senators approved the Liberal government’s decision to bring in back-to-work legislation by giving royal assent of Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25, with four abstentions.CUPW says it is exploring all options to fight it.Its members have been on rotating strikes since Oct. 22 after nearly a year of labour negotiations.The walkouts have led to delays in mail and parcel deliveries from the Crown corporation’s sorting facilities in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, leading to concerns ahead of the busy holiday season.  The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level. By Linda Nguyen in TorontoThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BJP will get more seats than in 2014 Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the BJP will win the Lok Sabha elections with full majority, and with more votes and seats than in 2014. “BJP will win with full majority and with more votes and seats than we won earlier. Even our alliance partners will get greater number of seats and our vote share will increase in different states The country has decided to elect a strong government with full majority. The country has decided to elect BJP again,” he said in an interview with Times Now news channel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi referred to an old brainstorming meeting of the Congress and said unlike the opposition party which had said they do not need allies, the BJP is not arrogant. Answering a question on Jammu and Kashmir, he said there can only be hitting touch for terrorists. “We will have to make a clear demarcation that healing touch is for the citizens and hitting touch for the terrorists.” Replying to a query on the Citizenship bill, he said “some hyper-secular people” give communal colour to every issue. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Congress had promised National Citizenship Register (NRC) but did not fulfil the promise for 30 years. “There should be a debate over NRC. Can any country in the world be a ‘dharamshala’? Is there any country in the world which doesn’t have a register of citizens,” he asked. Answering a question on Rafale deal, he said for the Congress, “defence deals have been an ATM”. He said the CAG had rejected “lies” of the opposition and these had also been rejected by the Supreme Court rejected it. “But keeping elections in mind, they are dragging the matter.” Answering a query on jobs, Modi said record loans have been taken under Mudra scheme to boost employment and self-employment and infrastructure was being developed at fast speed “Is it happening without jobs,” he asked. Modi said more than 80 per cent of informal economy and informal employment exists. Only 15-16 per cent is formal for which new mechanism is needed to arrive at employment data. He also rejected allegations of political vendetta by the opposition. “The biggest fact is that the money that was recovered in Madhya Pradesh was meant for the care and nutrition of children, which was for poor pregnant women. They are eating off those funds. The country must debate on why even today the Congress dares to commit such sins as soon as they come to power. It’s barely been a few months since they came to power in Madhya Pradesh. And to stifle debates on these issues, they keep crying foul over the raids,” the Prime Minister said. He said that the government has brought the corrupt to the door of jails and will work to get them inside if he comes to power again. Attacking Congress, he said many of its leaders were facing cases. “Congress, which has ruled for four generations, could they have ever fathomed that today their leaders would be out on bail. The man who used to be their finance minister, every second day he goes to the court to get a date,” he said. Modi said the government had succeeded in bringing back several offenders .last_img read more

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Talk session to foster economic cultural ties between India and China

first_imgKolkata: Zha Liyou, Consul General, the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Kolkata felt that the sectors such as manufacturing, food processing, finance, technical training, sports, tourism and shooting films could play a major role in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and China.He was addressing a Special Session “India-China Economic Ties: A Sub-National Perspective” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its office on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned about cultural and educational exchanges and spoke about Kunming which could be a dream wedding destination for the people from across the country. Referring to age-old relationship of India and China, Liyou said that the relationship in both the state and provincial level should be fostered better as a part of bilateral relationships. He pointed out that there could be an exchange of more business delegations between Kunming and Kolkata and focus areas would be agro technology, mining, healthcare and hospitals tourism and hotels and solid waste management. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBoth the Centre and provincial governments may find business solutions to further promote economic, cultural and educational ties between two countries at the sub national level. He said that Kolkata – Kunming and West Bengal – Yunnan relationships could be taken to a new high even though India and China have different structure with India having collaborative federalism and China having strong Government at the Centre. On tourism he said that while in 2018, 8 lakh Indian tourists went to China, the corresponding figure for Chinese tourists to India was only 2 lakh, which needs to be addressed. He also urged the governments of both the countries to generate more business. Earlier, in his welcome address, Vishal Jhajharia, President of the Chamber spoke about India’s huge trade deficit with China, which has been an area of concern over the years.last_img read more

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Welcome To The 2018 World Series Where Even SalevsKershaw Turns Into A

BOSTON — Tuesday night was billed as one of the greatest pitching matchups in World Series history: Clayton Kershaw versus Chris Sale — two of the elite starters of their generation. On a cool night in Boston, a sold-out Fenway Park was well-aware of the pedigree of its foe and greeted the Los Angeles Dodgers ace with chants of “Ker-Shaaawww, Ker-Shaaawww,” drawing out the last syllable of his surname as he pitched. But the lyrical taunting was short-lived as Kershaw didn’t make it far into Game 1 — and neither did Sale, for that matter.We didn’t get a classic pitching duel. Instead, we received a heavy dose of 2018 baseball. And that style of play — namely bullpenning — favored the Red Sox en route to an 8-4, series-opening victory.Six Red Sox relievers combined to allow just one run over five innings, and Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez broke the game open with a three-run homer off Dodger reliever Alex Wood in the seventh inning.That both of the starting pitchers lasted only four innings is telling of how quickly the game is changing. Tuesday marked just the fourth Game 1 — the game that often features a pair of aces — in World Series history in which neither starting pitcher recorded an out in the fifth inning. In the three previous occasions — in 1923, 1966 and 2004 — all but one of the starters allowed as many or more runs as Sale or Kershaw did in fewer innings prior to departing.1And that other starter — Baltimore’s Dave McNally in 1966 — had walked the bases loaded in the third inning before getting the hook. In other words, those starters had been battered. That wasn’t the case Tuesday. Instead, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora had their aces on short leashes.Teams have become aware of how performance typically declines the deeper a starter pitches into a game, and teams are also eager to try to gain righty/lefty platoon advantages when they can find them in the later innings. Teams also monitor fatigue, and Sale was somewhat taxed in throwing 91 pitches.During the 232-minute game Tuesday, the two clubs combined to use 12 pitchers, who threw a total of 308 pitches. Through Tuesday, relievers have accounted for 50.5 percent of innings this postseason, which would be a record. That mark is up 4 percentage points from last postseason (46.5 percent) and significantly from the 2010 playoffs (32.3 percent). While bullpens have taken on more and more work in the regular season, their usage and importance in the postseason is reaching unprecedented levels.Dodger infielder Brian Dozier said “anything goes” in the World Series. But the urgent, anything-goes practices employed Tuesday were carryovers from the regular season. In fact, the Dodgers have already faced the most extreme form of pitching game strategy this postseason.While some traditionalists have bemoaned the move toward bullpens, Red Sox reliever and Game 1 winner Matt Barnes told FiveThirtyEight in a cramped postgame clubhouse that he is all for this style of play.“I’m about whatever it takes to get wins in the World Series,” Barnes said. “How you do it? It doesn’t matter to me. You just have to win 11 games before anyone else does.”Cora began the Red Sox parade of relievers in the top of the fifth when he summoned Barnes out of the right-field bullpen to replace Sale, who had walked the lead-off batter, Dozier. Barnes, who has become a trusted setup man, allowed a single to Justin Turner, and Dozier later scored on a Manny Machado groundout to tie the score at 3.Kershaw entered the game with questions about his postseason performances and left with a career ERA of 4.28 in 145 postseason innings. He also continues to suffer from declining fastball velocity, as the pitch sat between 90 and 91 mph Tuesday. He relied heavily on his breaking pitches. Only CC Sabathia owns a worse ERA among pitchers who have made at least 15 postseason starts. While Kershaw was hit hard at times on Tuesday — including a 105.9 mph single and a 109.1 mph double off the bat of J.D. Martinez — he wasn’t helped by his surrounding cast, either. L.A.’s starting first baseman, David Freese, failed to catch a foul pop-up in the first inning. It wasn’t ruled an error but was a play that could have been made — and it might have cost the Dodgers two runs.Kershaw allowed three runs through four innings. After walking Mookie Betts and allowing a single to Andrew Benintendi to begin the fifth, he was was pulled from the game. Roberts called on Ryan Madson, who allowed both inherited runners to score to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.More innings pitched by relievers requires lineups to remain flexible as offenses try to counter the platoon advantage gained by switching the handedness of pitchers. For instance, the Brewers had left-handed starter Wade Miley throw just five pitches in a start in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series before going to a right-handed-heavy cast of relievers against the platoon-heavy Dodgers. And on Tuesday, five of the six relievers that followed the lefty Sale were right-handed.In response to pitching strategies, Dozier joked Monday that the Dodgers have begun to pull hockey-style line changes in games. Los Angeles was the first club in World Series history to start nine right-handed batters with no switch-hitters. But by the seventh inning Tuesday, three L.A. lefties and a switch-hitter had joined the game, and only three Dodgers were playing positions they had occupied on the starting lineup card: Turner (third base), Machado (shortstop) and Yasiel Puig (right field).While the two managers traded chess pieces, it was Cora who seemed to win the most strategic battles, as he has done all October. He struck a decisive blow on Tuesday by pinch-hitting Nunez for left-handed hitter Rafael Devers when Roberts called the left-handed Wood into the game in the seventh.“Cora is prepared,” Barnes said. “Tonight is another example, pinch-hitting (Nunez). It’s a lot of fun playing for him. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”The Red Sox have won 116 games under Cora this season, a year in which the game seems to be changing so quickly. They are now three wins from a fourth championship this century.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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