Gay marriage: Tory rebellion gathers pace (UK)

first_imgGuardian (UK) 3 Feb 2013David Cameron warned by Conservatives that gay marriage proposals will cause ‘significant damage’ at ballot box. Conservative cabinet members, junior ministers and party enforcers are among about 180 MPs poised to oppose or abstain in a vote on gay marriage, it has been claimed. The prime minister, David Cameron, has also been sent a letter, signed by 25 chairmen or former chairmen of Conservative party associations, warning  the policy would cause “significant damage” at the ballot box, according to the Sunday Telegraph. MPs will vote on the proposals, which will also allow civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage and enable married people to change their legal gender without having to end their union, for the first time when the bill has its second reading on Tuesday. Backbenchers have made no secret of their opposition to the move and were angered further when the Tory leadership made clear earlier this week it would not include marriage tax breaks in next month’s budget – something that would have been seen as a concession to disgruntled traditionalists. marriage could cost Conservatives power, poll suggestsTelegraph 1 Feb 2013Divisions over gay marriage could cost the Conservatives enough votes to force them out of power at the next election, a new poll suggests. One in five of voters who supported the party in 2010 would “definitely not” do so again if the Coalition presses ahead with the change, it found. Even though a majority of Conservative voters polled insisted they would stay with the party, the loss of a fifth of its support would be enough to force it out of power. On Friday night some Conservative MPs described the findings as a “wake up call” to David Cameron, just a few days before the Commons votes for the first time on legalsing gay marriage. read more

Argonauts Fall in Extra Innings to #13 Lady Chargers

first_img Share Argonauts Fall in Extra Innings to #13 Lady Chargers March 31, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – Sage Woodham’s pinch-hit RBI double in the top of the ninth inning helped lift 13th ranked Alabama-Huntsville to a 4-3, nine inning win over West Florida Saturday in the first of two games at the UWF Softball Complex. Alabama-Huntsville (31-9, 4-3 GSC) won despite four errors and 13 runners left on base. West Florida (22-18, 2-5 GSC) lost their second straight.With Alabama-Huntsville nursing a 3-2 lead with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) clubbed her fourth home run of the season over the left field fence to tie the game. The Argonauts put the winning run at first base later in the inning, but were unable to score.With one out in the top of the ninth, Sydney Simpson doubled to left center. Woodham, who was the starting pitcher for the Lady Chargers, re-entered the game and laced a double to left field that was just out of the outstretched reach of left fielder Melissa Chastang (Saraland, Ala./Satsuma HS). Down to their last strike in the bottom half of the inning, Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) doubled to left and advanced to third on an error. But Jenny Hess induced Julie Carroll (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) to ground out to shortstop to end the game.Alabama-Huntsville scored first in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Simpson. But West Florida immediately tied the game in the bottom half of the frame. Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a throwing error by Woodham. Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) then successfully laid down a bunt on a squeeze play to score Simpson and tie the game. West Florida took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out RBI double by Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC). Burge kept the Argonauts in the lead by getting out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the third inning.Leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Alabama-Huntsville put runners at first and second with no outs after consecutive errors by the Argonauts. After Woodham advanced the runners one base with a sacrifice, Anna Parker tied the game with an RBI single. Pinch-hitter Sarah Beth Medley followed with a successful bunt on a squeeze play to give Alabama-Huntsville a 3-2 lead. West Florida was poised to retake the lead after loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. But Hess, who entered the game in relief of Woodham, escaped a bases loaded, no out dilemma to keep the Lady Chargers in front.Hess (4-0) tossed five innings of relief to earn the victory. She limited West Florida to one run on six hits while striking out three. Emily Burge (10-10) lost her third straight decision despite striking out eight over nine innings. Heather Bell (Bradenton, Fla./Bayshore HS) led West Florida offensively with three hitsPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Aboagye:Black Stars to settle Egypt tie in Kumasi

first_imgEx-Ghana striker Felix Aboagye has urged the Black Stars to settle their 2014 World Cup play-offs tie against Egypt at home.The Ghanaians will host the North African side in the first leg on October 13 in the second largest city of Kumasi before travelling to Egypt for the return fixture at a yet to be determined venue.The Pharaohs are a strong side at their own backyard and will prove a difficult to crack.The 37-year-old, who played for Egyptian giants Zamalek, wants the tie to be settled in the garden city.“Since they are coming away first they are going to pack their midfield, play one striker and rely on a counter attack. He told Radio XYZ“It is vital that we open up the game and make sure that we split their defense and get goals as soon as the game starts. “I am very happy going into this game because if you look at the game we played previously, we scored in all of them both home and away with the exception of the one against Zambia in Ndola and that can help us mentally in a match of that magnitude”“The match must be won in Kumasi in the 1st leg so as that it will calm nerves ahead of the second leg.“They will deploy all kinds of tactics to frustrate us in these games especially in the 2nd leg in their backyard so it is important to settle the tie in Ghana when they visit.”last_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: We need to talk about the bullpen

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Aug. 14 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter from reporter J.P. Hoornstra. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The 2020 Dodgers have had their share of ups and downs. The last two days qualify as ups. The lineup has been a mixed bag. The rotation has had its hiccups. The defense hasn’t wavered, and that’s a good topic for another newsletter, but today I want to talk about the bullpen.In Wednesday’s game against the Padres, Dave Roberts did something a little ballsy in the moment but possible to miss in a box score. Here’s the box score. See if you can spot the managing-like-there’s-no-tomorrow move.With two outs in the fifth inning, and runners on first and second, Roberts removed Tony Gonsolin from a three-hit shutout. Gonsolin had thrown 82 pitches, which is a lot, but not enough to prevent him from finishing the inning. He’d thrown 17 pitches in the inning ― also not a tiny number, but he had a few to spare. The potential third out was the Padres’ leadoff hitter, Fernando Tatis Jr. Through the lens of 2020 orthodoxy, Roberts did nothing unusual by removing his starting pitcher. Tatis was batting for the third time in the game. He is the Padres’ best hitter, and one of the best hitters in the National League. Starting pitchers are much less effective when facing a batter for the third time in a game in the aggregate. The so-called “third time through the order” penalty practically explains the existence of “openers” by itself.The Dodgers don’t use openers, so this particular tete-a-tete was perhaps the highest-leverage situation you could conjure in a 0-0 game. Gonsolin has been a very good pitcher in his brief career. He was a decent choice to face Tatis, times-through-the-order penalty be damned. The Dodgers have often lacked a better choice in the bullpen. Kenley Jansen has had the ninth inning in save situations since June 11, 2013, but building the bridge to Jansen has been an annual adventure. Calling to the bullpen, and choosing who to call, were two big choices.Roberts called on Blake Treinen, who’s looked more like the 2018 stud than the 2019 dud with every appearance. (Recall that in 2018, Treinen finished sixth in AL Cy Young voting. Last year, he did not.) The Dodgers know what they have in Treinen, otherwise he wouldn’t be thrust into that scenario. What made this move remarkable is that, historically, the manager would save that caliber reliever ― call him the 1b to Jansen’s 1a ― for the eighth inning. So why was Treinen closing out the fifth inning of a 0-0 game in August? And why should we care?The last time the Dodgers had such a clear-cut 1b ― maybe the only time since I began covering the team ― was in 2017. Treinen is doing a fantastic Brandon Morrow impression. I’m not the first to raise the comparison, but let’s flesh it out a bit more. Here is Morrow’s 2017 postseason game log. Here is Treinen’s 2020 game log. There are a lot of eighth-inning appearances in there for both pitchers, but also a lot of high-leverage appearances earlier in games.The point here is not merely to draw a straight line from Morrow to Treinen, even though that’s kinda fun. The point is to highlight that Roberts has a really strong bullpen again, and he’s managing it like it’s the playoffs. He can burn Treinen in the fifth inning of a 0-0 game because, should the game still be close by the eighth inning, he’ll have some quality pre-Jansen options left. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a bad option in this group for any late-game situation right now.center_img Poll 30 managers, and I imagine all of them would choose to manage their bullpen the way Roberts did Wednesday. Thirty managers don’t have that luxury, of course. Beyond Roberts, I’m not sure who does. Maybe Mike Shildt.There’s a certain irony to this happening in 2020. Sixty feels like the number of games it takes in an average season for the Dodgers to get a feel for their bullpen ― strengths, weaknesses, ideal matchups, etc. Morrow didn’t join the 2017 club until Game 52, and wasn’t a permanent fixture until Game 73. Here we are one-third of the way through the shortest season in major league history, and the Dodgers’ bullpen looks ready for October.It takes almost no mental energy to chide your bullpen for blowing a lead. Hopefully it only takes one newsletter to appreciate a great thing when you have it.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More to readRoad to 53-7 ― Mookie Betts hit three home runs from the leadoff sopt in the Dodgers’ win over the Padres.Ripened Wood ― The Dodgers’ rotation is close to regaining an important left-hander.Game of snitches ― Joe Kelly didn’t mince words about the Houston Astros in an interview on Ross Stripling’s podcast.Bigger than baseball ― Dodger Stadium will serve as a general election voting site.last_img read more