Throne-Holst Beats Calone in East End Congressional Primary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst won the June 28 Democratic congressional primary against venture capitalist David Calone by a 319-vote margin Friday after all the absentee ballots were counted, officials said.Throne-Holst will go on to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in the November elections. That race is for New York’s First Congressional District, which includes the five East End towns and the Town of Brookhaven. Throne-Holst had a 29-vote lead that was too close to call on primary night.“I am deeply grateful to all who placed their trust and support in me,” Throne-Holst said in a statement. “I am truly humbled by the privilege it has been to get to know, share the concerns and my message with so many.”Throne-Holst congratulated Calone, a former federal prosecutor, on a “spirted race.” In a statement, Calone thanked his supporters, who he urged to vote for Throne-Holst.“We cannot continue being represented by Congressman Lee Zeldin, one of Donald Trump’s loudest advocates in Washington,” he said. “So I urge people across eastern Long Island to join me in supporting our Democratic nominee, Anna Throne-Holst, to replace him this November.”Brookhaven Town Republican Chairman Jesse Garcia issued a statement condemning Throne-Holst.“Anna Throne-Holst is a carbon copy of Nancy Pelosi, right down to her dishonest politics, ineffective liberal policies and utter lack of vision for the direction our nation should take,” Garcia said, calling Zeldin “the right leader for the job.”Throne-Holst also looked to Election Day.“ I look forward to working together with Democrats across the district to take back this important seat,” she said, referencing Zeldin unseating former U.S. Rep. Tim Biship (D-Southampton) two years ago. “Lee Zeldin has shown in every way how out of step and wrong he is not only for Long Island, but for the country.”The Throne-Holst vs. Calone race was one of three Democratic congressional primaries on June 28. Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi won a five-way race for the Democratic line in the campaign to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in the third district covering the North Shore from western Suffolk into eastern Queens. Suozzi will face New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), who might face a primary, depending upon whether his challenger, Philip Pidot, is successful in court.In the third Democratic congressional primary on Long Island last month, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) fended off challenger Ari Miraz, a publicist from Elmont. Meeks represents the fifth district, which includes part of western Nassau.last_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw throws five innings in rehab start in Rancho Cucamonga

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA >> It isn’t often a little known minor-league catcher gets multiple requests for interviews after batting practice. But this wasn’t just any other ordinary minor-league baseball game for most.Two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was on the mound, making a rehab start Friday night for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the California League affiliate of the parent Dodgers.There were more than 50 media credential requests, something unheard for a regular-season game. The last time an appearance by a big-leaguer generated this much buzz in Southern California was in 2009, when Manny Ramirez came back after a PED suspension and played some games in San Bernardino, then a Dodgers affiliate.Kershaw pitched on Opening Day in Australia but has been on the disabled list since with a strained back muscle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But he hardly looked like a pitcher who had been missing in action for a month. He went five innings, throwing 56 pitches. He gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. “It felt really good. It was good to get back out there again,” he said. “I was able to get in five innings and that’s a lot of getting up and down, which is good. I was real pleased with how it went.”The only hitter who had much luck against the Dodgers ace was shortstop Carlos Perdomo, who celebrated his 24th birthday by homering to lead off the fifth. He also had a single in the second.Kershaw had a seven-pitch inning and two six-pitch innings. He struggled a bit in the second inning, needing 20 pitches. He gave up a single and a four-pitch walk but struck out two. He didn’t seem to be worried about completely overmatching the JetHawk hitters. He never pitched at the High-A level, jumping from Low-A to Double-A.“They’re professional hitters too,” he said. “They had some guys that looked pretty comfortable in the box. It was just good to get the work in and come out of it feeling good.”center_img There had been some speculation that Kershaw would make another rehab start, but he said he wasn’t sure of his next step. He didn’t respond when asked if he was ready to rejoin the big-league team.The game at LoanMart Field was sold out even before the Dodgers announced on Wednesday that Kershaw would make the start. Chalk that up to a previously planned promotion — Brian Wilson BobbleBeard night.Kershaw had a couple tucked in his locker to give to his teammate.Quakes manager P.J. Forbes has gotten used to big-leaguers in the clubhouse. He’s already had Wilson, Chad Billinglsey and Josh Beckett this season. He is focused on his team’s play, which hasn’t been stellar of late. But he knows the value of having a highly respected professional around.Indeed, when Kershaw went to the bullpen to warm up, Quakes players stood side by side, watching intently.“I’m glad the kids are getting a chance to play behind someone of that caliber, who really is the face of the Dodgers,” Forbes said. “It’s as good as it gets without being in the big leagues. They can learn a lot by watching him.”Tyler Ogle, a ninth-round draft pick in 2011, was the player entrusted to catch for Kershaw, arguably the game’s best pitcher. He said hello to the pitcher briefly but met with him after batting practice to go over a few things.”“I’m not really nervous,” he said. “The last thing I need to do is get nervous and start making mistakes.”last_img read more

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Three takeaways from Ravens’ win over 49ers: Lamar Jackson’s run continues; San Francisco still in good shape

first_imgMORE: Highlights from Ravens’ last-second winWith their win, the Ravens reached 10-2 and strengthened their grip on the AFC North. The 49ers, whose chance to clinch a playoff spot this week was ruined by the loss in Baltimore, fell to 10-2 and into a tie with the Saints for the best record in the NFC.Even in a losing effort, though, San Francisco was impressive enough Sunday on the road for one to think this defeat means nothing for the big picture. The 49ers outplayed the Ravens based on a handful of stats, including total yards (331-283) and yards per play (6.4-4.6). Baltimore, which had the advantage in time of possession (32:26-27:34) simply held the ball long enough on its final possession to give Tucker his chance at the game-winning kick.Below are three takeaways from Sunday’s game in Baltimore.The 49ers and Ravens are equally tough to stop on offense for different reasons.Don’t take much from Sunday’s relatively low score. Considering the conditions in which the game in Baltimore was played, a total of 37 points scored was surprising, especially considering both the 49ers and the Ravens entered with top-five scoring defenses.Yes, the pure talent of Jackson allowed Baltimore to produce a handful of highlights against the league’s top defense in terms of yards allowed per game, but the play designs in coordinator Greg Roman’s scheme continue to give Baltimore easy chances at first downs and extended drives. In the end, those conversions were the reasons the Ravens could run down the clock and kick the game-winner.The Ravens are so tough to defend because every play is essentially an option, with Jackson typically handing off or faking a hand-off to the likes of Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. Lots of motion distracts defenders from the run-action in the backfield, and of course, Jackson has to be accounted for on every snap, via a QB spy or at least a semblance of zone coverage. And that zone coverage allows receivers like tight end Mark Andrews to find spots for easy, intermediate completions.This TD by @Mandrews_81 sets a new franchise record for touchdowns in a season (48). 😈 pic.twitter.com/aQtRj6xUDM— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 1, 2019Likewise, the 49ers often use motion to get defenders running in certain directions at the snap. When that motion is working and the offense is clicking, San Francisco can be just as dangerous offensively as its Week 13 opponent.Ravens entered the game with the third-best rush defense in the league allowing 87.7 yards per game, and the 49ers racked up 174 rushing yards Sunday thanks to a heavy dose of Raheem Mostert. San Francisco’s dominant run-blocking up front is supplemented by the physicality of tight end George Kittle, who owns defenders in run-blocking as much as he does in pass-catching.GOT HEEEEM! @RMos_8Ball answers with the 40-yard TD.#ProBowlVote 🌊 pic.twitter.com/5Sq5OEJv56— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2019These offenses look different due to the skill sets of their respective QBs, but a key element they have in common is versatility. The 49ers on Sunday had five different players carry the ball and seven different players catch passes. The Ravens had four different players run the ball and nine different players catch passes.Thanks in part to these dangerous offenses, 49ers vs. Ravens in Week 13 was billed as a potential Super Bowl preview. Nothing about Sunday’s result changes the championship outlook for either team.The winning team, though, does have at least one weakness that was exposed.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureMarcus Peters is a liability in the Ravens’ secondary.Peters contributed an interception (and some choice post-game words) to the Ravens’ beatdown of the Rams last week. Against the 49ers, he was the kind of liability that could hurt the Ravens in the future.The 26-year-old cornerback had a rough day against San Francisco. He was picked on in coverage and bullied in the run game; for example, his missed tackle attempt on Mostert in the second quarter let the visitors tie the game.Peters’ performance aside, the way the 49ers chose to attack him told us all we need to know about how to view the CB. On the first third-down situation of the game, San Francisco quarterback Garoppolo went right at Peters on a throw to Kendrick Bourne for a conversion.A few plays later, on a fourth-and-2 from Baltimore’s 33-yard line, Garoppolo lofted a deep ball into Peters’ coverage. Deebo Samual simply stepped in front of the corner, snagged the ball and walked into the end zone for a TD on the game’s first possession.”THAT’S MINE!” [email protected]#SFvsBAL pic.twitter.com/EpBEzJcZhr— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2019Pass defense in general is an area of concern for the Ravens, who entered Week 13 allowing 235 passing yards per game. The three interceptions Peters has recorded since he was traded from Los Angeles to Baltimore in October clearly don’t scare opposing coaches. San Francisco picked on him all day in Week 13.It Peters continues to be a weakness for Baltimore’s defense, it probably won’t hurt the team through the final four weeks of the season in matchups against the Bills, Jets, Browns and Steelers. If the Ravens draw the Patriots, Chiefs or even the Texans in the playoffs, though, those offenses will want to pick on Peters.Pass interference continues to be a guessing game in the NFL.Late in the third quarter Sunday, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh challenged the lack of a pass interference penalty on 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, who the coach thought interfered with tight end Mark Andrews as a deep ball from Jackson arrived. Watch the play below.Seems like pass interference to me. 🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/fYEXJHE7cV— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 1, 2019Upon replay review by the NFL in New York, the play stood as (non) called. Harbaugh lost his challenge and a timeout. Cold, windy and wet conditions impacted Sunday’s 49ers-Ravens game, which Baltimore won 20-17 on a last-second, 49-yard field goal by all-everything kicker Justin Tucker. Yet the Week 13 matchup still delivered as an entertaining battle between two of the NFL’s best teams.Due in part to the weather, league MVP candidate Lamar Jackson struggled with a handful of missed throws, ending the game having completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 105 yards and a touchdown. Yet Jackson also managed 101 rushing yards on 16 carries to give the NFL’s best offense just enough against its best defense in terms of yards per game. Many observers noted that Ward as the defender has an equal right to the ball, and the fact that he turned his head back to and played the ball means it was a good non-call. Others, however, noted the NFL officiates pass interference based on whether the defender “significantly hinders” the receiver’s opportunity to catch the ball. In that regard, Andrews didn’t have much of a chance.This is the latest example of nobody — coaches included — knowing what to expect this season when the NFL reviews pass interference calls or non-calls. After the first half of the season featured a shockingly low number of overturned PI calls upon review, some have suggested a poor non-call in the Ravens-Texans game a few weeks ago triggered a change in the league’s tendencies, as more calls have been overturned in the weeks since.Not on Sunday in Baltimore, though. The guessing game continues with the league’s one-year expirement on pass interference review.last_img read more

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