Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, the 2015 World Series Champs! The Royals used their experience of being in the World Series last year to defeat the New York Mets 4-1 in the series. The New York Mets were not able to hold leads in 3 of their 4 losses. It was very unusual because the Mets had one of the best relief pitchers in baseball this year.As I said in a previous Huddle Up, the Royals have the ability to extend at-bats by fouling off pitches until they wear a pitcher down. The Mets starting pitching was very dominant but in the case of starting pitching today they go to the bull pen and the Mets relievers were no match for their Kansas City counterparts. As in the case of many sporting events, experience won over youth again.
Gary Cahill says Jose Mourinho has every right to round on the Chelsea players following their woeful start to the season. Cahill will experience a “career high” moment on Friday when he captains England for the first time against Estonia at Wembley. With Wayne Rooney out injured, the Chelsea centre-back is also likely to lead the Three Lions out against Lithuania in their final Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday. Cahill has started all eight qualifying wins, but domestically he has only been on the winning side twice this term. That record has left the Blues fifth from bottom of the Barclays Premier League table, and manager Mourinho is understandably annoyed with a number of his players. Cahill was one of seven Chelsea players singled out for criticism by the Portuguese earlier this season. The England vice-captain did not take umbrage at Mourinho’s claim that his performances had been under-par. He admits he deserved it. “We’ve had a very disappointing start to the season,” Cahill said. “It’s something we all want to address. When I get criticised, I have a determination to try and put it right, work hard and not start sulking about. “He (Mourinho) wasn’t happy with the way I was playing, along with a few others, and he has every right to let us know that. “Through tough times, we all need to stick together and turn it round together.” Unlike Liverpool, who sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, Chelsea have stood by their manager. The club issued a statement declaring their continued faith in the Portuguese. Mourinho also has the full support of the dressing room. Press Association “Of course we all back him, of course we are all around him,” Cahill said. “Dare I say, he doesn’t even need backing. When you’ve done so much in the game, got the CV and been through everything that he has been, not just in this league or what he has done for Chelsea, but in other leagues. “I don’t even think he needs backing, but obviously it is nice to have that and he has certainly got that from the players and the club.” For now, Cahill can put the disappointment of being four points above the relegation zone to the back of his mind. His primary concern is doing a good job leading England for the first time in his 37-cap international career. “The boss told me I was going to be captain this morning,” Cahill said at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “It was a proud moment for me and my family. They’ll be down to watch, as they always are. “It’ll be a special moment for them as well. “I will approach the game like I would any game. I don’t want to change anything, but will play the same game and have the same mentality as if I was captain or not. “But it’s something I’m very proud about. It’ll be a special day and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.”
A program that many community college transfers say was vital to their USC experience is now on the chopping block, another victim of the tough economy.For four years, the SCholars Program at USC has helped bring community college transfers to the university and integrate them into USC life. But the program’s funding, which came from a $1 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, has run dry.Organizers searched extensively for a solution but found only dead ends. Now, they have announced the end of the SCholars Program.“We have tried just about every angle and unfortunately, because of the economy and other factors, we will not be able to continue as of August 2010,” said Judi Garbuio, associate dean of Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs..The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation gave USC the grant in 2006 to establish the SCholars Program. It was designed to help first-generation and low-income students transfer to a four-year university by providing programs to introduce them to the curriculum, as well as to pay for the additional academic costs of attending USC.USC began looking for another source of funding when it realized money was running out. The program needs between $200,000 and $250,000 per year to run, and the foundation could not renew the grant.“Unfortunately, nobody has an extra $250,000 to give out,” Garbuio said.For students currently in the SCholars Program, the end of the program means the end of their extra help and extra funding.“These students go through financial aid for their tuition for USC, but SCholars helps them do exceptional things,” Garbuio said.Garbuio said the SCholars Program held a number of events for its students, connecting them with faculty and aiding them with their academics.“Our big cornerstone was the immersion week where they come to school two weeks before and go through a Writing 340 boot camp and do programs to acclimate them,” Garbuio said.The SCholars Program also helped its participants by funding some of the extra expenses that might not have been covered by financial aid.“They will not have some of the exceptional funding and programs,” Garbuio said. “Books, grants, attending conferences within their discipline, as well as paying for honors societies that they get accepted to but cannot afford will not be able to be provided through the program.”Another important aspect of the SCholars Program is its work with local community colleges. The program reached out to a number of community colleges in the area to encourage students to consider attending four-year universities and to let students know what opportunities were available to them.Garbuio said the end of the SCholars Program could affect the number of transfer applications USC receives from these community colleges.“We will still have a large number of transfer applications, but we probably wont get as many of these types of students,” Garbuio said.Since its establishment, the SCholars Program has provided opportunities to more than 60 students.“Many of the students credit the program to helping them even come to USC,” said K.C. Mmeje, the SCholars Program director.Mmeje said a number of the SCholars participants are disappointed the program is coming to a close.“Obviously the students want the program to continue, but they understand what we were up against in terms of funding. It’s a tough situation for everyone involved,” Mmeje said.Garbuio said current SCholars participants are working on ways to keep the program alive in spirit.“When we had our meeting about the program ending, they said, ‘You know what, we will take care of ourselves, we are here,’” Garbuio said. “They want to start a student organization to provide the opportunities they had been given to come to USC to other students.”