Dodgers adjusting again after losing out on Hisashi Iwakuma

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Speaking last week at the Winter Meetings, days after Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dipoto said the Dodgers “just came in and threw a bowling ball into the alley” with their three-year offer.Now the Dodgers are in the position of having to pick up the spare.• BONSIGNORE: What the Friedman are Dodgers doing?Friday, they added to their bullpen by acquiring pitcher Tyler Olson from Seattle for cash or a player to be named later. Olson, 26, saw his first big-league action with the Mariners last season, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He also appeared in 25 games (six starts) with Triple-A Tacoma, where he went 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA. To make room for Olson on the 40-man roster the Dodgers designated pitcher Danny Reynolds for assignment. Reynolds was recently claimed off waivers from the Angels. For all the progress they made with Greinke and Iwakuma — and Jeff Samardzija, who reportedly received a formal offer from the Dodgers before signing with the Giants — the Dodgers haven’t added to their starting rotation since Brett Anderson accepted his qualifying offer Nov. 13.That will certainly change by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February. Behind ace left-handers Clayton Kershaw, the rotation is full of question marks. • RELATED: Puig, Kershaw help give baseball clinic in CubaCan Anderson avoid the disabled list for two consecutive seasons for the first time in his career? Can Hyun-Jin Ryu return after missing all of 2015 with a shoulder injury? When will Brandon McCarthy be able to return from Tommy John surgery? Where do Alex Wood and Mike Bolsinger fit in?That’s a long list of questions for any team. It doesn’t help that the Dodgers’ division rivals have already loaded up on starting pitching. The Giants doubled down by signing Johnny Cueto to a six-year contract after locking up Samardzija for five years. The Diamondbacks have Greinke.The Dodgers may be short on pitching but they still have time. According to multiple reports Thursday, they have already engaged the Tampa Bay Rays in talks for right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi.Odorizzi, 25, comes with less injury risk than the 34-year-old Iwakuma, though he did miss time last season with a strained left oblique. Since joining the Rays’ rotation in 2014, Odorizzi has gone 20-22 with a 3.74 earned-run average.Odorizzi isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2017, so he’d cost less money than Iwakuma. The price in terms of prospects is unknown.The Dodgers bolstered their probable Triple-A rotation Wednesday by acquiring Frankie Montas from the Chicago White Sox — another possible trade chip in their arsenal.• RELATED: New OF Trayce Thompson learned from famous father MychalRight-hander Mike Leake, left-hander Scott Kazmir and right-hander Kenta Maeda headline the remaining free agent starters. Unlike Iwakuma, the Dodgers would not have to surrender a first-round draft pick to sign Leake, Kazmir or Maeda. The Dodgers aren’t expected to make a run at free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo. Maeda, 27, was posted by his Japanese team last week. The teams who have paid the expected $20 million posting fee to negotiate with him are expected to be revealed soon.center_img Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday night — at a company party, no less — that Hisashi Iwakuma was re-signing with the only major league team he’s ever pitched for.For the Dodgers, it was another unexpected setback in a fruitless hot stove season.Earlier this month, the Dodgers and Iwakuma agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million contract that was pending a physical. Something changed after the Dodgers reviewed the physical, however, and the Mariners wasted little time swooping in. Iwakuma’s contract with Seattle is guaranteed for one year, with vesting options for 2017 and 2018 — more contract terms for a pitcher with a history of arm troubles. last_img read more

Gary Russell Jr. and brothers striving to triple-headline card as world champions someday soon

first_imgThis weekend will mark the fourth time that “Mr.” Gary Russell, 31, will share the spotlight with his younger brothers. Gary Antonio Russell, 27, will clash with Jesus Martinez in bantamweight action and Gary Antuanne Russell, 23, will face Jose Marrufo in a junior welterweight scrap — both further down the card. The family affair also includes their patriarch and trainer, Gary Russell Sr., presiding over their corners and fellow brother Gary Allan Russell serving as mitt man and assistant trainer.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe feeling of having three Russell brothers featured on the same card never gets old.“We train hard, work hard in the gym and we feed off each other’s energy,” “Mr.” Gary Russell said.Added Gary Antonio: “It’s always a special moment to fight on the same card, but it’s also natural to me because I’m in the gym with them every single day. We run together, we swim together, everything we do is together as a unit.”While Saturday night will give the Russells a chance to etch another chapter in their collective fight legacies, they’ve already pinpointed how to make an indelible impression on the sweet science — by triple-headlining a card as world champions someday soon.”I think that would be amazing,” Gary Russell Jr., the lone world champ of the brothers, said. “There’s never been three brothers to hold a title on the same card or just three brothers as world champions. We’d be able to make history.”Jermell and Jermall Charlo were the last sibling pairs to co-headline a bout as world champs; the Russell trio doing it would be unprecedented.Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio agree wholeheartedly.”That’s the whole plan,” he said. “Everything has an expiration on it, but memories are the only things that last forever.”Added Gary Antonio: “That would be wonderful. I could see that happening as well in the future. I’m looking forward to it.”Gary Antuanne, the live wire of the Russell siblings, is even putting a tentative timetable on it.”Honestly, I could say a year, I could say a couple of months,” he said of when he and Gary Antonio could join their oldest brother in holding world titles. “It depends on how things move in the boxing world.”After being informed of the brothers’ lofty ambition and the timing put on achieving it, Gary Russell Sr. gave his two cents.”It’s conceivable,” he said. “I don’t want to rush them. But I think a year, a year and a half is a good assessment.”If the Russells fight their plan to fruition, then there will never be an argument over who’s the headliner, either.”There’s an order to which things go,” Gary Antonio affirmed. “As long as older brother, (Gary) Jr., is still in the game — which I believe he will be — he’s the head. He’s the oldest — of course he’s going to take the main event. I’ll co-main event and my younger brother right behind me.As he constantly assesses his sons, Gary Sr. believes Gary Antuanne has the most promise. The patriarch of the fighting family out of Washington, D.C., made that clear when he gave SN a snapshot of his sons’ best in-ring exploits.”Gary Jr. has the jab, he has good eyes and hand speed,” he said. “He has a real acumen for his opponents.”Antonio — he’s deceptively strong. He can really punch.”Baby Boy,” he said, referring to Gary Antuanne, “I think he’s the special one out the bunch.”He has good speed, power, good defense. He has the ability to decide which style he wants to employ in the fight to make it work.”He’s also the most outspoken of the boxers, according to Gary Antuanne himself.”‘Mr.’ Gary Russell and Gary Antonio — they talk when they have to talk,” he said. “Me, I’m more open. I’m more joyful. I like to have fun, fun.”If I have a girlfriend … my girlfriend, I don’t want her to come out with me if she’s not going to want to have the fun I’m having,” he continued. “I’d tell her, ‘Baby girl, I want to have some fun, fun.'”The Russell brother have been having fun, fun with Gary Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) rattling off six straight victories, including four straight title defenses, since his lone loss — a majority decision defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko in June 2014. Gary Antonio (16-0, 12 KOs) and Gary Antuanne (12-0, 12 KOs) keep ascending the ranks and dazzling in the process.”By the time my younger brothers get to the point that I am in my career,” Saturday’s headliner, “Mr.” Gary Russell, said, “I expect for them to be better than I am.”My definition of a dynasty is information being passed down.”Along those lines, the Russells keep gems from their father close to their minds and hearts at all times. Gary Russell Jr. will be under the bright lights of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Saturday night well before putting his WBC featherweight title on the line against mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar.”I’ll be working my younger brothers’ corners before my fight and of course I’ll be competing right after,” Russell told Sporting News. “I love being able to compete side-by-side and share it with my younger brothers.” “We got a gym credo that says. ‘Success is the ultimate revenge,'” Gary Antuanne said. “Using that credo keeps us honest and humble because it shows that we’re still on the same page.”Added Gary Antonio: “(My dad tells us), ‘There’s a short window and all good things come to an end, so take advantage of it.’ I know the sport of boxing is something I can’t do forever, so I’m looking at it and ready to start making my mark on the sport of boxing.”Until there are three Russell brothers triple-headlining as world champions.last_img read more

Australia to bid for 2021 and 2027 World Cups

first_imgThe country last hosted a men’s tournament in 2003, where Australia lost in a thrilling extra-time to England in Sydney.World Rugby recently awarded the 2023 tournament to France, making a 2027 Southern Hemisphere host more likely, though it was initially thought any Australian bid wouldn’t come until 2031.Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll backed Australia to host the tournament again when asked at the 2023 bid announcement last month as well.Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said bringing the competition to Australia would help ignite passion in young rugby fans.”As we edge closer to the 15th anniversary of the last Rugby World Cup played in Australia, regarded by many as the greatest in the tournament’s history, we are excited to confirm that Rugby Australia will bid for the hosting rights for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 and the 2027 (Men’s) Rugby World Cup,” he said. “The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle for our Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player, boy or girl, man or woman, who ever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil.”The renovation of ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium would appear crucial in any Australian World Cup bid, with ANZ the host for the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, and both renovations are slated to be well complete by 2027.The news comes off the back of the announcement earlier on Wednesday about the launch of a Super W competition. Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry said Australia would be a brilliant host for the World Cup.“I have played in three Women’s Rugby World Cups and I know that we would be amazing hosts for the tournament. Australians love putting on a sporting show when we host major tournaments and events and it would be huge to bring the pinnacle of women’s XVs rugby to our shores.”The move to bid for the women’s World Cup is believed to be part of the motivation for launching the new tournament, to show Australia’s depth of talent and ability to nurture women’s rugby.There were whispers earlier this year that Australia would consider bidding for the next women’s international tournament, with Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne open-minded about the move, when asked by RUGBY.com.au in October.It seems likely Australia would follow the strategy of Ireland in any World Cup staging, potentially using universities and smaller, boutique grounds to host matches, something that worked well in Ireland, with plenty of sold-out games.Pulver said he hoped the announcement would show a commitment to developing women’s rugby in Australia.“Bidding for the Women’s Rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making Rugby a game for all and growing female participation,” he said.”If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on women’s rugby.”“The Australian rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the women’s game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years.”last_img read more