Konerko is a popular choice for ALCS MVP

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Teammates chanted “Pauly! Pauly!” and doused their leader with champagne. And while Konerko might not have said it, he must’ve loved it. ‘`This means a lot to him,” said teammate Jermaine Dye. “He’s the heart and soul of this club. He’s been with this organization probably the longest of all of us. He pretty much carried us this series and he carried us all year.” Konerko, 29, will make his debut in the World Series in his seventh year with the White Sox. Dodger fans must be grumbling collectively, since he was drafted by the Dodgers in 1994 and traded in 1998 – just when he was making his way into the big leagues – for reliever Jeff Shaw. Konerko hit just four home runs for the Dodgers but doesn’t sound the least bit bitter about the trade. “I have nothing but good thoughts about the Dodgers,” Konerko said. “When I was there – I can’t speak for it now, I’m not there – the minor-league system and the way you got treated there was first class all the way. I still know that I’m a better player now because I came up through their system. ANAHEIM – The Chicago White Sox danced around in a circle in the clubhouse doing an “MVP” chant for Paul Konerko. Konerko certainly had the big bat in the ALCS as the White Sox won in five games. Konerko homered in the first inning in Games 3 and 4 and Chicago never trailed. On Sunday, he provided an insurance run with a double in the ninth. But Konerko wanted to share the award with the pitching staff, whose last four starters threw complete-game victories. “I feel like you were at an advantage because you were surrounded by all their coaches, all the managers they had were all guys that were big-league guys and you don’t get that in every organization.” Angels manager Mike Scoscia, a former Dodger player and coach, helped tutor Konerko when he was a catcher. The Dodgers turned him into a first baseman and now he’ll play on the game’s biggest stage for another organization. Konerko could be playing for another team next year since he’s a free agent. But this team – with so many no-name players who get the job done – already is lobbying for the front office to sign him. “I hope he signs with us,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “I’m not the GM. I’m not the owner. I’m not the manager. But I’m sure no one wants to see him leave. The guy he is and the player he is, I don’t want to see him leave.” Jill Painter, (818) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I won the MVP but believe me, you can split this award five ways this series,” Konerko said. “Our team feeds off our pitching and that’s how it’s been since Day One.” But MVP awards aren’t meant for sharing and Konerko didn’t have to make any excuses for winning the award. Konerko hit 40 home runs during the regular season, including No. 200 of his career. He was 6 for 21 with 7 RBI and two runs scored in the ALCS. last_img
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Bucks Βeat Suns 109-105 Ηours after Firing Jason Kidd

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 35 points and hit two long jumpers in the final minute, Malcolm Brogdon added 32 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105 on Monday night hours after firing coach Jason Kidd.Brogdon added a steal with 40 seconds left after the Bucks double-teamed guard Devin Booker in the backcourt. Brogdon lobbed a cross-court pass to Middleton, who hit a jumper from the left corner with 24 seconds left for a 105-100 lead.Middleton also hit a fade-away jumper from nearly the exact same spot with defender Isaiah Canaan in his face with 54 seconds left for a three-point edge.T.J. Warren had 23 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five.Kidd was fired hours before the game, ending a three-plus season tenure that included two playoff appearances but stretches of inconsistency on both ends of the floor. Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd as a young core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Brogdon blossomed into top-flight players.The Suns fell to 17-30, making them an ideal opponent for the Bucks to beat in their first game under Joe Prunty, the former assistant who will replace Kidd the rest of the season.Prunty was fiery at times on the sideline and jawed with an official, a contrast from Kidd’s typically mild-mannered demeanor.Middleton and Brogdon sparked the Bucks in the closing minutes by dominating in the backcourt.Eric Bledsoe added 19 points for the Bucks against his former team. He was dealt to Milwaukee earlier this season in a trade that sent Greg Monroe to Phoenix.Monroe finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Troy Daniels added 15 off the bench for PhoenixThe Bucks started slow, then used a 24-10 in the first quarter to get back in the game that was tied at 53 at halftime.TIP INSSuns: Monroe played for the first time in three games, and his 30 minutes were his most since playing 34 on Jan. 3 against Denver. Coach Jay Triano said he wanted to give a break to Tyson Chandler, the 35-year old starting center averaging about 26 minutes over his previous nine games. “He has been going hard,” Triano said. “We’ll give (Monroe) a chance to come back home where he was and see how he plays.”Bucks: Antetokounmpo missed a second straight game with right knee soreness, sticking with a plan put in place by Kidd.UP NEXTSuns: At the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.Bucks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.—GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Family of Colten Boushie feel their voices were heard during visit to

first_imgOTTAWA – The family of Colten Boushie says they have felt both welcomed and heard in their effort to press the federal government for change following the acquittal of the man charged in his death.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, says that the family felt excluded and ignored by the justice system following the fatal 2016 shooting in Saskatchewan.But Tootoosis says the family’s meetings on and around Parliament Hill this week have made them feel they are finally being heard.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded without cause from the jury that last week acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, 56, in the shooting death of Boushie, 22, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Tootoosis says the family will continue working to root out what they describe as systemic racism plaguing the Canadian criminal justice system, and that education and open dialogue will help bring about unity.The Liberals have long promised justice reforms, but Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould now says the government is reviewing the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.Later today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to use a speech in the House of Commons to lay out the government’s plans for a new legislative framework for Indigenous rights.last_img read more

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