Wisata “Kapal Hantu,” Lepas Pantai Christchurch di Inggris Jadi Kuburan Kapal Pesiar

first_imgTur ini akan membawa pelancong melihat semua kapal pesiar kosong yang telah berlabuh di lepas pantai selama tidak berlayar. Mudeford Ferry yang berbasis di Christchurch, Inggris menawarkan tamasya selama dua setengah jam pada hari ketika cuaca tidak terlalu berangin.Perjalanan tamasya ini dimulai dari Mudeford Quay di Christchurch yang menggunakan kapal dengan kapasitas angkut 20 orang yang biasanya digunakan untuk layanan ferry di daerah tersebut. Kapal-kapal pesiar ini sudah berlabuh di lepas pantai Christchurch dalam beberapa bulan terakhir di tempat yang dikenal sebagai Poole Bay.Ini beberapa kapal pesiar yang berlabuh, Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line, Ratu Elizabeth dan Ratu Victoria, dan P&O Cruises ‘Britannia, Aurora, Arcadia dan Ventura. Pada minggu ini, ada juga tiga kapal Marella Cruises dalam campuran dan bahkan sebuah kapal Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Valor.Bahkan Carnival Valor sendiri berada jauh dari tempat asalnya dan biasanya berlayar dari New Orleans. Carnival sendiri selama Covid-19 sudah mengirim beberapa kapalnya dalam pelayaran panjang ke seluruh dunia untuk memulangkan awak mereka ke negara asal. Sedangkan beberapa kapal lainnya berlabuh di negeri yang jauh.Dua kapal Royal Caribbean yakni Anthem of the Seas dan Allure of the Seas juga berlabuh hanya beberapa mil dari kapal lain di lepas pantai Bournemouth, Inggris. Sebuah kapal Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star pun berlabuh tidak jauh di sepanjang tepi pantai Southampton.Mudeford Ferry mengatakan penumpang dalam turnya mendapatkan pemandangan tanpa halangan dari kapal raksasa itu dari jarak yang sangat dekat. Perusahaan mengatakan diizinkan untuk mendekati dalam jarak 50 meter (sekitar 164 kaki) dari kapal. Sebuah foto yang diposting perusahaan di Facebook minggu ini menunjukkan turis kapal hantu memandangi salah satu kapal P&O Cruises hanya dari depan haluannya.Untuk biaya tur 2,5 jam ini, Anda akan mengocek 20 poundsterling atau sekitar Rp387 ribu untuk dewasa dan sepuluh poundsterling atau Rp193 ribu untuk anak-anak. Dalam tur ini tidak dilengkapi makanan atau minuman dan pelancong bisa membawa sendiri bekal mereka.Untuk diketahui, kapal-kapal pesiar yang tengah berlabuh di lepas pantai Inggris ini tak lagi berlayar sejak Maret lalu ketika seluruh industri pelayaran ditutup karena Covid-19. Meski begitu, beberapa pelayaran telah dilanjutkan di beberapa bagian Eropa, kapal-kapal yang masih belum berlayar keluar dari Inggris Cruising juga masih ditahan di pelabuhan Amerika Utara.Baca juga: Kapal Pesiar Asuka II Terbakar Saat Bersandar di Pelabuhan YokohamaKapal yang berlabuh di lepas pantai Inggris bukanlah kapal hantu yang lengkap. Meskipun tidak ada penumpang di dalamnya dan sebagian besar awak telah dipulangkan, kapal-kapal tersebut masih diawaki oleh sedikit staf yang memelihara mesin dan memantau peralatan keselamatan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Hanya Pesawat dan Kereta Api, Penumpang Kapal Pesiar Juga Punya Tipe Tersendiri09/01/2018In “Destinasi”10 Kapal Misterius Ini Ditemukan Tanpa Awak19/04/2017In “Featured”Sebaiknya Anda Tahu, Kapal Ferry Bukan Hanya Jenis Ro-Ro Saja01/10/2019In “Angkutan Ferry” Kapal-kapal pesiar berlabuh di lepas pantai Christchurch (thepointsguy.com) Bagaimana nasib kapal-kapal pesiar yang kini tak bisa berlayar karena pandemi Covid-19 dan dimanakah mereka berlabuh? Pertanyaan seperti ini hadir karena kapal pesiar saat ini belum kembali beroperasi seperti maskapai penerbangan, kereta atau moda transportasi lainnya.Baca juga: Empat Kuburan Kereta di Indonesia, Padukan Nilai Estetik Tanpa Kesampingkan Nuansa MistikTernyata kapal-kapal pesiar ini berlabuh di lepas pantai di Eropa tepatnya Christchurch yang berjarak 24 mil atau sekitar 40 km dari Southampton yang merupakan salah satu pelabuhan keberangkatan kapal pesiar di Eropa. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari thepointsguy.com (23/8/2020), berlabuhnya kapal-kapal pesiar ini kemudian membuat sebuah perusahaan ferry yang berbasis di dekat pusat pelayaran Southampon, Inggris memulai ‘tur kapal hantu’.pelancong yang ikut tur kapal pesiar (thepointsguy.com)last_img read more

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Trio tied at top

first_imgCHITOSE, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Shingo Katayama shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday to climb into a share of the third-round lead with Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Lin Keng-chi of Taiwan at the Sega Sammy Cup.Katayama, who topped the tour’s earnings list last year but has yet to win a title this season, carded five birdies against a lone bogey at North Country Golf Club on his way to a 9-under 207 total. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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Who were the top athletes of 2013-14?

first_imgRussell HedgesAs usual, Bossier Parish schools produced some of the best athletes not just in Northwest Louisiana but in the state during the 2013-14 school year.To be considered one of the best, I think you have to compete in multiple sports or perform at an extremely high level in one. The latter is why I think former Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris would have to be considered one of the best this past school year.Here’s a look at some of the others.Among boys, Haughton’s Javonte Woodard would have to be at or near the top.Woodard was an All-Parish receiver in football and a double-figure scorer in basketball. The junior also was a member of Haughton’s Class 5A state champion 4X100-meter relay team.Haughton senior P.J. Douglas was also a good one. He was a first-team All-Parish receiver and second-team in basketball.Micah Larkins deserves consideration for winning the Class 5A 100-meter dash for the second straight year — a difficult task — and for helping the Bucs win the 4X100 relay. He was also a solid football player.Parkway had several athletes who can be considered among the best.Demetrius McAtee was a key member of the Panthers’ state runner-up football team as a running back and receiver. He also was first-team All-District in baseball and ran on Parkway’s Class 5A third-place 4X200 relay team.Brodrick Jefferson was first-team All-Parish in football (receiver) and basketball. He was also a solid long and triple jumper.Cory Hamilton was the Class 5A 400-meter state champion. He was also a receiver on the football team and a basketball player.Dylan Whaley was also a three-sport standout in football, baseball and track and field. William McKnight also excelled in three sports.Airline’s Jack Wilkes was a standout in cross country and track and field. In track, he won the Class 5A 800 and set school records in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.Cameron Rice competed in only one sport — track and field — but he excelled in three events on a statewide level.Benton’s Jordan Shaffer was a second-team All-District 1-4A selection in football at quarterback and the MVP on The Press-Tribune’s All-Parish baseball team.Jordan White was a state champion wrestler and first-team All-Parish in football at defensive back.Drake Heinz won the Class 4A 3,200-meter run and was the No. 1 runner on Benton’s Class 4A state championship cross country team.Bossier’s Jalen Oliver was also a state champion wrestler and first-team All-Parish in football at defensive lineman.Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s Keldrick Carper, just a freshman, was a standout wide receiver and a second-team All-Parish selection in basketball.I don’t think I can choose just one best of the best among the boys. I would call it a tie between Woodard and McAtee.One interesting thing about those two is that both were standouts in middle school. That doesn’t always translate to success at the high school level, but this time it has.Among girls, Airline’s Jasmyn Carswell won the Class 5A state triple jump championship and was a first-team All-Parish selection in basketball.Parkway’s Alison Ringle won the Class 5A 3,200 and was the top runner on the Lady Panthers’ Class 5A cross country state championship team.Sara Funderburk was a first-team All-Parish selection in soccer as a sophomore. She also finished seventh in the Class 5A cross country meet and qualified for the 5A outdoor meet in the 800.Haughton’s Brittany Robinett was a first-team All-Parish basketball selection and a consistent field performer in track and field.Benton’s Shelby Plunkett was a first-team All-Parish soccer player and a member of the Lady Tigers’ runner-up Class 4A 4X200 relay team.Chelsea Rangel was a first-team All-Parish selection in softball and soccer.Madi Sessions was on her way to perhaps being the Parish MVP in basketball before being injured. She then made it to the state outdoor track and field meet in the discus. No doubt she has been one of the top female athletes in the parish the last three years.Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s Teauna Perry started for the Lady Lions basketball team as an eighth-grader and also finished second in the Class 1A long jump at the state meet.Carswell would be my choice for top female athlete in 2013-14.There is almost a 100 percent chance I’ve left someone deserving out. If you think I have, shoot me an e-mail and let me know who it is.Russell Hedges is the sports editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. You can contact him by e-mail at rhedges@bossierpress.comStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. 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Tough road ahead to POM AFL premiership

first_imgAFL BY SIMON KESLEP skeslep@spp.com.pg There is tough road ahead for teams to overcome if they are serious about taking out the Esiloan Port Moresby AFL premiership title. The senior grade points ladder sees Bismark Maritime West Eagles 52, Lamana Dockers 52, Concept Koboni 36, Gordon Kokofa 32, Bomana Cats 28, North Waigani Royals Tigers 12 and Gereka Bombers 8. The points ladder in the reserve grade has Lamana Dockers 48, Bismark Maritime West Eagles 44, Gordon Kokofa 36, Bomana Cats 32, Concept Koboni 28, North Waigani Royals Tigers 24 and NCDC Gerehu Magpies 4. The women’s division competition table has Lamana Dockers on 20, Gordon Kokofa 20, Concept Koboni 8 and North Waigani Royals Tigers 0. PNG AFL senior community football manager Rex Leka told the Post-Courier that West Eagles are favourites over Dockers, Koboni and Kokofa for the cup in the senior division. “Whichever team makes lesser mistakes and scores goals will win, for the reserves, it will be a tight one as well between West Eagles and Dockers,” Leka said. He said there would not be any championships for this year because most of the outside centres have just started or were half way through their season. He also noted that coaching and umpire courses were planned and they will update interested participants when it is approved and ready to roll.last_img read more

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Drazen’s brother reveals what he found in his wallet after the…

first_img27 years ago, the world lost one of the greatest basketball players in its history – Drazen Petrovich. His brother, Alexander, is now the coach of the Brazilian national basketball team and revealed to the Croatian media what he found in Drazen’s wallet after the incident.Petrovich’s career went through Sibenik, Cibona and Real Madrid, after which he shone in the NBA – for the teams of Portland and the New Jersey Nets. Weeks before Drazen’s death, it was widely rumored that he could leave the United States to return to Europe. The biggest speculation was about moving to the Greek giant Panathinaikos, which was then led by Zeljko Pavlicevic, and his great friend Stojko Vrankovic also played for the Athenians.The last point realized in the glamorous career of Drazen Petrovic / video /Another team that was clearly interested in Drazen was Houston. The “missiles” were led by Croatia’s Rudy Tomjanovic.“Drazen nailed 44 points against Houston, beating his NBA record. Then Rudy wanted to take it. “After the incident, I found a piece of paper in his wallet with the names of the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Panathinaikos,” said Drazen’s brother.Unfortunately, the world failed to understand what Mozart’s choice of Basketball would have been. “People think these seasons were the best for him, but I believe the strongest were ahead of him. However, we will never know if this would be the case, “Alexander Petrovich told Vecernji list.last_img read more

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John Ogu Reaffirms Loyalty To Arsenal Amidst Europa League Disappointment

first_imgSuper Eagles midfielder John Ogu has reaffirmed his loyalty to his beloved Arsenal despite the heartbreaking elimination the Gunners suffered at the hands of Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Europa League (UEL) semifinal tie.Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game for a 1-0 win over Arsene Wenger’s men in the second leg thus helping Atletico to the UEL final via a 2-1 aggregate win but the disappointment didn’t stop Hapoel Beersheva midfielder John Ogu from reaffirming his commitment to the cause as he also managed to throw shades at unstable football fans who move from one club to another consistently.John Ogu reacted to the UEL heartbreak via his official Twitter handle. He tweeted: “When I said keep fighting ,I meant for Next season Yo!! We no be Ashewo fans like many others . We will keep supporting @Arsenal !!”Relatedlast_img read more

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A rose may be a rose may be a rose _…

first_img This undated photo shows blossoms of Strawberry Hill rose in New Paltz, N.Y. From breeder David Austin comes Strawberry Hill rose, which is one of many modern shrub roses that captures the look and fragrance of old-fashioned roses with today’s sought-after repeat-blooming and disease resistance. (Lee Reich via AP) HYBRID TEA ROSES HAVE PEST PROBLEMSFortunately for me, my least favorite roses, hybrid teas, also tend to be those most susceptible to disease. I happen not to like those pointed buds and large, high-centered blossoms in traffic-stopping colors alone atop long stalks. They’re OK for cutting, but not in the garden. Still, if someone likes hybrid tea roses — and they are the ones most commonly planted — some, such as Friendship, Paradise, Secret and Sheer Elegance, do resist disease.For that hybrid tea shape on a more landscape-worthy plant, grandiflora or floribunda roses are the ones to grow. Both bear their blossoms in clusters, with grandifloras having fewer but larger blossoms than floribundas. Some of the better grandifloras are Gold Medal, Prima Donna, and the original, making its debut in 1954, Queen Elizabeth. Floribundas include Chinatown, Escape, Dainty Maid and many more. Grandifloras and especially floribundas are generally more cold-hardy and disease-resistant than hybrid teas.ANTIQUES AND SPECIES ROSESShrub roses are an ill-defined group that can include antique roses, species roses and even some fine new hybrids. What they all have in common is that they are full-bodied bushes — not necessarily large, but lush with leaves and blossoms.Antique roses are those cultivated before 1867, when the first hybrid tea rose, La France, entered the scene. Antique roses are grouped into families with names evocative of romantic, old gardens: Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia and Moss. Variety names such as Belle Isis, Gloire de France, Maiden’s Blush and Belle Amour complete the image.Antique roses have a blowsy, casual air about them. These are roses that aren’t offended by offering support for clematis vines, or by having delphinium spires poke up through their branches. The blossoms have distinctive fragrances and pastel petals crumpled atop stems like crepe paper in a teacup. Many antique roses are cold-hardy and disease-resistant. One of my favorites is a Damask rose named Rosa Ispahan with intensely fragrant, pink blooms.Species roses, another kind of shrub rose, are garden-worthy wild roses that have been moved over the centuries into gardens. Cold hardiness and disease resistance reflect their wild heritage. Blossoms of species roses usually have a single row of petals, bestowing a simple charm. Father Hugo’s rose is a species rose whose ferny foliage provides the show all season long, after the cheery, lemon-yellow blossoms have faded.MODERN SHRUB ROSES HAVE IT ALLMost antique and species roses flower but once a season, which is undoubtedly one reason why their popularity was eclipsed by hybrid tea roses. (Rosa Ispahan, the antique rose, makes up for this lapse by flowering over a long period.)Enter now modern shrub roses. Some have it all: full bodied-plants, disease resistance, and blooms with old-fashioned shapes and colors that appear all season. “Modern shrub rose” is a broad category, and includes what might be called English roses, David Austin roses, Romantica roses and more.Blooms within each family of rose vary widely from one variety to the next. Look through books and catalogs to sort through their characteristics. Books and catalogs also will cover some kinds of roses not mentioned here, such as climbers, ramblers and miniatures. But I don’t think those were the kinds that my sister-in-law had in mind for her garden.https://www.leereich.com/blog Seeing gardens awash in rose blossoms this time of year is undoubtedly what prompted my sister-in-law to call me for suggestions on what roses to plant. We’ll see if she can sustain her enthusiasm until early fall or spring, either of which would be better times for planting.Not that you couldn’t plant roses now — if they were purchased growing in pots and were diligently watered (1 gallon of water per plant, first on a daily schedule and then tapering off to a weekly schedule).As for what type of roses to plant, that’s a matter of taste. I cautioned her to consider, above all else, disease resistance, which varies considerably among classes and varieties of roses. After all, why plant something that you know is going to be sick unless you douse it with pesticides?last_img read more

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Bad weather, bad golf: Tiger Woods misses another major cut

first_imgNot so familiar was his score.He hasn’t had 7-over par next to his name at St. Andrews since he was a 19-year-old amateur, and that was the final round. This was only the second round, and he was headed home early for the third time in the last four majors.“It’s one of the things I was talking about with Jason (Day). We were coming up 18, I said, ‘It’s the greatest walk in golf,’” Woods said after a 75 to finish two miserable days at 151, his worst 36-hole score in the British Open.“He said, ‘Yeah, it’s nice when you have an eight-shot lead, too,” Woods added with a smile.Woods won by eight shots in 2000 to complete the career Grand Slam. He won by five shots in 2005 to establish anew his dominance in the game.Those days seem so long ago.The former No. 1 player in the world and 14-time major champion looked tired, beaten and stressed as he made his way around one of his favorite courses. He had only three birdies over 36 holes and said he has no idea why his shots didn’t penetrate in the wind and why he couldn’t get it close enough to the hole.“The golf course wasn’t playing that hard,” Woods said. “I just didn’t get much out of any of the two rounds.”That’s been the story all year. For the first time, he missed the cut in the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same season, and neither was close. In those two championships he has won a combined six times, Woods beat only four players at Chambers Bay and seven players at St. Andrews.And so the mystery continues.Woods will fall out of the top 250 when the next world ranking is published after starting the year at No. 32. He already has had three rounds in the 80s this year after having just one for his entire career. He had hope coming off The Greenbrier, where he tied for 32nd and was six shots behind.He looked lost on the Old Course.“I felt like I was playing well enough to win this event,” Woods said.He arrived on Saturday to do a junior clinic for Nike — Woods typically is all about preparations at the majors — and then after practice rounds on Sunday and Monday, he didn’t play another practice round on the Old Course until the championship started. Woods said he knew the course, practiced in both wind directions and wanted to conserve energy for what usually is a long week.Except for the weather — rain on Friday, wind on Saturday — that made the second round take 24 hours to complete, this was a short week.Woods plays in two weeks at his Quicken Loans National, and then he most likely closes his 2014-15 season at the PGA Championship. He said he still had designs on winning his tournament to become eligible for the Bridgestone Invitational.He won’t see St. Andrews again until the British Open returns, likely in 2021.“I’ll probably have less hair then,” Woods said, “and hopefully a little better game.”,Not so familiar was his score.He hasn’t had 7-over par next to his name at St. Andrews since he was a 19-year-old amateur, and that was the final round. This was only the second round, and he was headed home early for the third time in the last four majors.“It’s one of the things I was talking about with Jason (Day). We were coming up 18, I said, ‘It’s the greatest walk in golf,’” Woods said after a 75 to finish two miserable days at 151, his worst 36-hole score in the British Open.“He said, ‘Yeah, it’s nice when you have an eight-shot lead, too,” Woods added with a smile.Woods won by eight shots in 2000 to complete the career Grand Slam. He won by five shots in 2005 to establish anew his dominance in the game.Those days seem so long ago.The former No. 1 player in the world and 14-time major champion looked tired, beaten and stressed as he made his way around one of his favorite courses. He had only three birdies over 36 holes and said he has no idea why his shots didn’t penetrate in the wind and why he couldn’t get it close enough to the hole.“The golf course wasn’t playing that hard,” Woods said. “I just didn’t get much out of any of the two rounds.”That’s been the story all year. For the first time, he missed the cut in the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same season, and neither was close. In those two championships he has won a combined six times, Woods beat only four players at Chambers Bay and seven players at St. Andrews.And so the mystery continues.Woods will fall out of the top 250 when the next world ranking is published after starting the year at No. 32. He already has had three rounds in the 80s this year after having just one for his entire career. He had hope coming off The Greenbrier, where he tied for 32nd and was six shots behind.He looked lost on the Old Course.“I felt like I was playing well enough to win this event,” Woods said.He arrived on Saturday to do a junior clinic for Nike — Woods typically is all about preparations at the majors — and then after practice rounds on Sunday and Monday, he didn’t play another practice round on the Old Course until the championship started. Woods said he knew the course, practiced in both wind directions and wanted to conserve energy for what usually is a long week.Except for the weather — rain on Friday, wind on Saturday — that made the second round take 24 hours to complete, this was a short week.Woods plays in two weeks at his Quicken Loans National, and then he most likely closes his 2014-15 season at the PGA Championship. He said he still had designs on winning his tournament to become eligible for the Bridgestone Invitational.He won’t see St. Andrews again until the British Open returns, likely in 2021.“I’ll probably have less hair then,” Woods said, “and hopefully a little better game.” Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 17th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods at least enjoyed that familiar walk over the Swilcan Bridge and up the 18th fairway Saturday at St. Andrews, the gray old town in the background and a crowd six deep lining the road and watching from windows.last_img read more

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Nova happy to be back with Pirates

first_imgNova made that clear in December, when he signed a three-year, $26 million contract. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova’s face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday.It’s as plain as the whiskers on his face — something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees.“I respect the way they are in New York, (being) clean shaven,” Nova said. “I’ve got nothing against that. But, you have to make it a little bit fun. I’d never grown a beard before. Here, I can grow a beard and cut in the middle and nobody cares. You have fun sometimes with that kind of stuff.”Nova was having a ho-hum season when the Yankees traded him to the Pirates in August. Over his final 11 starts, the right-hander went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA and put himself in great position to test free agency.Although the 30-year-old pitcher said there were “a couple” other teams that wanted to sign him for more money, Nova all along wanted to return to Pittsburgh.“It’s the people you have around you,” Nova said. “I feel so comfortable, knowing I have my two catchers here, the way everybody treats me here, the pitching coach we have, the way these guys play the game. I feel this is the perfect place for me.”Nova, 30, will anchor the front end of the rotation, along with right-hander Gerrit Cole.Nova’s eagerness remain with the Pirates caught the attention of his teammates.“That’s huge, especially for what we signed him for,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “We were able to open up some money to sign other guys. What he did for us last year was amazing and we expect nothing less from him this year. To have him around for the next three years is going to be huge for us.”Stewart and Nova were teammates in New York in 2012 and 2013. Although Nova put up good numbers over his seven seasons with the Yankees — including 16 wins in 2011 and a 3.10 ERA in 2013 — he never felt secure in the rotation.Nova’s nervousness went away after he switched teams.“I was relaxed (with the Pirates), knowing that when I pitched, no matter what happened, I was going to have another start,” Nova said. “In New York, sometimes you don’t have that. Sometimes, if you pitch a bad game, you go to the bullpen or the minors. That’s they way they do it.”Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage told Nova to be more aggressive in the strike zone and to not fear pitching to contact. Nova responded by issuing just three walks in 64 2-3 innings and averaging 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“It was not thinking too much,” Nova said. “Just being aggressive.”The bigger ballparks in the National League helped, too. The vast outfield at PNC Park suits Nova fine.“It’s not easy pitching in the American League,” Nova said. “In New York, if (the batter) doesn’t hit it to (center field), if he hits it to the corner, that’s a homer. Even a broken bat will be a home run. Here, it’s a little deeper. I think the fact that I was relaxed and comfortable here helped me out. I could pitch without thinking about anything else except trying to make my pitch every time.”,Nova made that clear in December, when he signed a three-year, $26 million contract. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova’s face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday.It’s as plain as the whiskers on his face — something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees.“I respect the way they are in New York, (being) clean shaven,” Nova said. “I’ve got nothing against that. But, you have to make it a little bit fun. I’d never grown a beard before. Here, I can grow a beard and cut in the middle and nobody cares. You have fun sometimes with that kind of stuff.”Nova was having a ho-hum season when the Yankees traded him to the Pirates in August. Over his final 11 starts, the right-hander went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA and put himself in great position to test free agency.Although the 30-year-old pitcher said there were “a couple” other teams that wanted to sign him for more money, Nova all along wanted to return to Pittsburgh.“It’s the people you have around you,” Nova said. “I feel so comfortable, knowing I have my two catchers here, the way everybody treats me here, the pitching coach we have, the way these guys play the game. I feel this is the perfect place for me.”Nova, 30, will anchor the front end of the rotation, along with right-hander Gerrit Cole.Nova’s eagerness remain with the Pirates caught the attention of his teammates.“That’s huge, especially for what we signed him for,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “We were able to open up some money to sign other guys. What he did for us last year was amazing and we expect nothing less from him this year. To have him around for the next three years is going to be huge for us.”Stewart and Nova were teammates in New York in 2012 and 2013. Although Nova put up good numbers over his seven seasons with the Yankees — including 16 wins in 2011 and a 3.10 ERA in 2013 — he never felt secure in the rotation.Nova’s nervousness went away after he switched teams.“I was relaxed (with the Pirates), knowing that when I pitched, no matter what happened, I was going to have another start,” Nova said. “In New York, sometimes you don’t have that. Sometimes, if you pitch a bad game, you go to the bullpen or the minors. That’s they way they do it.”Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage told Nova to be more aggressive in the strike zone and to not fear pitching to contact. Nova responded by issuing just three walks in 64 2-3 innings and averaging 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“It was not thinking too much,” Nova said. “Just being aggressive.”The bigger ballparks in the National League helped, too. The vast outfield at PNC Park suits Nova fine.“It’s not easy pitching in the American League,” Nova said. “In New York, if (the batter) doesn’t hit it to (center field), if he hits it to the corner, that’s a homer. Even a broken bat will be a home run. Here, it’s a little deeper. I think the fact that I was relaxed and comfortable here helped me out. I could pitch without thinking about anything else except trying to make my pitch every time.”  BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ivan Nova #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on August 6, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Aug. 5, 2016 – Source: Justin K. 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Delph: “Pep helped me just as he has other City players”

first_img 16/06/2018 The Manchester City player admitted that everyone “has an idea” what starting eleven Gareth Southgate will choose for England’s World Cup debut, but he didn’t want to give away any clues. However with England having “so many good players” Delph was sure that anyone who wasn’t picked wouldn’t be upset at not being in the line up. Upd. at 18:40 “They’re a good team. They know how to move the ball, are talented and we’ve watched videos of their matches – and I’m sure we’ll watch more tomorrow. We know how they like to play and we have a game plan which we hope will work,” explained Delph at a press conference today. The Manchester City player, who appeared after a behind closed doors training session, explained that the whole squad watched the Portugal versus Spain match. “It was exciting, a great game. Obviously Ronaldo did what he always does, we all saw it. They are two huge teams and it was exciting.” Delph: “Pep me ha ayudado mucho como a otros jugadores en el City” RELATED STORIES The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy. “They’re probably one of the favourites, but we didn’t expect anything less from Spain. They’ve got fantastic players, a fantastic team and that’s what makes the World Cup exciting to watch.” “In this squad there are so many good players, when you pick one, all of the team is behind him. We’re training, playing together, we’re positive and when you’re given the chance you hope you show what you’re capable of,” added Delph, who has largely played as a left back under Pep Guardiola. “Obviously all of the City players have been influenced by him, he’s helped us develop. And you can see from the changes we’ve made this season, we’re getting better.” center_img England start their World Cup campaign on Monday night against Tunisia. They’ll then face Panama on the 24th and Belgium on the 28th to round off Group G. CEST IN SPORT.ES “I think I’ve worked very hard. Obviously, Pep has helped me a lot just as he has other players at City. My work ethic is good and Pep has worked a lot with me. This season has been fundamental in my career, I’ve grown a lot,” Delph said after winning a domestic double under Guardiola last season. Fabian Delph, England’s central midfielder, has told the media ahead of England’s debut at the World Cup that Tunisia are “a good team” but England have “a game plan” to beat them on Monday. Despite Julen Lopetegui’s exit from the Spain hot seat following the news he had agreed a deal to take over at Real Madrid, Delph believes will Spain benefit from having “a system that they’ve been using for a long time” after speaking to City teammate David Silva. “I know Silva really well and I spoke with him this week and it appeared as if everything was okay. I think they’re a great team, they’ve made the right decision and I hope they get back to the level they were at before. Although yesterday they had to face Cristiano!” concluded Delph. Griezmann: “When I felt the contact, I thought it was a penalty”last_img read more

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