‘Substantial shift’ seen as BlackRock embraces climate risk

first_imgLarry Fink, BlackRock CEORegarding disclosures, the asset manager named the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework alongside that of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).“While no framework is perfect, BlackRock believes that the SASB provides a clear set of standards for reporting sustainability information across a wide range of issues, from labour practices to data privacy to business ethics,” said Fink.He said disclosure must be for more than “transparency’s sake”, namely ”a means to achieving a more sustainable and inclusive capitalism”.NGOs have said the asset manager must press for more than disclosure from carbon-intensive companies.The moves outlined by BlackRock in its letter were mainly related to sustainability considerations in terms of their increasing impact on investment returns, but the asset manager also said it would be expanding its range of active strategies focussed on sustainability as an investment outcome, including funds focussed on the global energy transition and impact investing funds “that seek to promote positive externalities or limit negative ones”.Thumbs up from UK pension investorsSenior investment officials at Brunel Pension Partnership, an asset pool for UK local authority pension funds with a strong responsible ownership stance, had positive words for BlackRock’s announcements.“The substantial shift and commitment to improved transparency will enable us, and clients, to hold them to account and deliver on these most welcome commitments”Mark Mansley, CIO of Brunel Pension PartnershipMark Mansley, its CIO, said: “We are strongly supportive of Larry Fink’s letter as it acknowledges the need for BlackRock to align and assist their clients in managing climate change, the most defining factor – not only for companies – but the planet.“The substantial shift and commitment to improved transparency will enable us, and clients, to hold them to account and deliver on these most welcome commitments.”Mansley’s colleague Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer, welcomed the asset manager’s backing of the TCFD and SASB disclosure frameworks. “Our investment conviction is that sustainability- and climate-integrated portfolios can provide better risk-adjusted returns to investors,” he added. “And with the impact of sustainability on investment returns increasing, we believe that sustainable investing is the strongest foundation for client portfolios going forward.”The steps outlined by BlackRock include selling holdings in its active management strategies that present high sustainability-related risk, such as thermal coal producers; working with index providers to grow and improve the universe of sustainable indices; and “enhancing engagement, voting and transparency in stewardship”.The latter included BlackRock joining Climate Action 100+, a move announced last week, but the asset manager also said it would:disclose its position promptly on key high-profile shareholder votes, along with an explanation;include in its stewardship annual report the topics it discussed during each engagement with a company; andbe “increasingly disposed” to vote against management and board directors when companies were not meeting expectations regarding sustainability-related disclosures and “the business practices and plans underlying them”. Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer, Brunel Pension Partnership“As TCFD signatories and active members of SASB’s investor advisory group, we are delighted by BlackRock’s clear unambiguous commitment to use the frameworks for their own reporting and encourage others to do likewise.“Consistent, comparable, meaningful disclosure is essential for the financial industry if it is to play its role in responding to the challenges of climate change and limiting warming in line with the Paris Agreement.”Border to Coast, another UK local authority pension fund asset pool, also welcomed BlackRock’s announcement.“True engagement on this topic is fundamental to the approach we, and our partners, take,” said Rachel Elwell, its CEO.PGGM, asset manager for €238bn Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW, declined to comment directly on BlackRock’s policy, but a spokesman said it took notice of what its peers did and that BlackRock was an important player in the investment world.“What matters most is that investors, big and small, join forces and engage with companies and governments to develop policies and initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable future.”PGGM spokesmanHe added: “What matters most is that investors, big and small, join forces and engage with companies and governments to develop policies and initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable future.“The financial sector as a whole cannot create a sustainable world, but if we can make the real economy more sustainable, the assets of institutional investors should reflect this.”center_img BlackRock today announced a suite of initiatives intended to place sustainability at the centre of its investment approach, with one large UK pension investor hailing a “substantial shift and commitment to transparency”.The commitments were set out and contextualised in a letter to clients and CEO Larry Fink’s 2020 letter to company chief executives.According to Fink, the investment risks presented by climate change are set to accelerate a significant reallocation of capital, which will in turn have a profound impact on the pricing of risk and assets around the world.“[B]ecause capital markets pull future risk forward, we will see changes in capital allocation more quickly than we see changes to the climate itself,” wrote Fink.last_img read more

Bendtner aims to leave Gunners mark

first_img Press Association Nicklas Bendtner hopes there is still time to make a telling impact at Arsenal before his almost certain summer exit. However, having looked in good form, he has fallen behind fit-again Yaya Sanogo as back-up to lead frontman Olivier Giroud since sustaining an ankle injury on New Year’s Day and looks all-but certain to leave when his contract expires this summer. Bendtner had a rare chance to impress in Denmark’s 1-0 loss to England on Wednesday and hopes the display will show Arsene Wenger he can contribute before the season is out. “Well, I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible,” the forward said. “It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more obviously. “You can train as much as you like, but there is a big difference between training a lot and playing games on a regular basis. “I could feel within myself that I have not played in a long time, but I am looking to make the change. “The goalkeeper [Kasper Schmeichel] had a fantastic game and in the end they got the goal. “It could have been a different game if we had scored our chance in the first half.” center_img The 26-year-old has become a figure of fun during his decade at the Gunners, who have previously farmed him out on loan to clubs varying from Birmingham to Juventus. Bendtner was close to leaving the Emirates Stadium for good in the summer, but when moves to Eintracht Frankfurt and Crystal Palace failed to materialise he was offered an unexpected chance to re-establish himself at Arsenal. last_img read more

Badgers’ ‘D’ name of game

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoDefense was the name of the game for the Badgers when they limited the Purdue Boilermakers — the fourth-best offense in college football entering last week — to just 286 total yards.Leading the way for the Badgers was head coach Bret Bielema’s defensive MVP for this week, Jonathan Casillas, who had seven solo tackles and one assist. Casillas also had one tackle for loss, an interception and a defended pass (along with a dropped pass from Ken DeBauche on a fake punt).Bielema’s offensive MVP of the week honor went to junior tight end Andy Crooks. This year, Crooks has 11 receptions for 111 yards and a team-high three touchdown catches. Over the year, Crooks has been a jack of all trades, playing everywhere from tight end to the offensive line and fullback. This is a big conversion for Crooks from last year, when he played linebacker for Wisconsin.”Last year in the Purdue game, he had eight tackles as a linebacker, so he has come full circle,” Bielema said. “He’s played tight end, motion tight end, fullback, played left guard on our punt team, as well as a backup on all of our other special teams units. I made a point a couple weeks ago how he has changed his body and how that’s helped him.”He’s just a great kid, and it’s great to have him around the program.”DeBauche, the punter, shared the special teams award with kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, both having career days for the Badgers. Maurice Moore was offensive scout team player of the week, and Jeff Stehle earned the defensive scout team mark.Seniors take chargeThis year, the seniors have had to take a large leadership role on the team. With the loss of so many contributors from last year, Bielema believes that his starting seniors — John Stocco, Joe Thomas, Mark Zalewski, Joe Monty, Roderick Rodgers and Joe Stellmacher — have stepped up their leadership and have made a large contribution to the success of the team.”I think that our team is what it is today because of our senior leadership,” Bielema said. “Those six guys who are our only senior starters have greatly influenced all the young players in our program and I really asked them in our next several weeks to try and instill in those young players the mentality that has gotten them to where they are right now.”With the success currently surrounding the Badgers in 2006, Bielema will be looking to his seasoned vets, who have played for winning UW teams before, to guide the younger players on the right path.”It’s not easy to be a Big Ten football player, to be a senior and to do things in the right way,” Bielema said. “I asked them to really pass that on as best they can over the next several weeks.”P.J. in the spotlightStarting for the No. 1 running team in the Big Ten and overshadowing Michigan’s Heisman hopeful Mike Hart has put redshirt freshman P.J. Hill into the national spotlight. Last week, Hill had 29 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put the nail in the coffin for Purdue.As the yards have been coming in, the spotlight has grown on Hill. This may be the cause of some concern for his coaches.”As a head coach, I can’t just bury my head in the sand and just ignore that he’s getting extra special attention; not only from the media, but walking around Madison, people are saying more and more things to him,” Bielema said. “What I’ve tried to do is have an understanding, as a coach, we have to limit the amount of time we have him available to the media.”Bielema also hinted at a potential underhanded warning to the media concerning how Hill is approached and treated for the remainder of the season.”I also understand that, at any particular point in time, if I feel that the media is taking him down a path that I really don’t want him to go, I’ll restrain that and make sure that it won’t happen.”Into the record booksIn the midst of some early-season criticism carrying over from last year, John Stocco is creeping his way into the Badger record books. Stocco is only about 1,000 yards away from surpassing Darrell Bevell to become Wisconsin’s all-time leading passer. Stocco is also second to Bevell is pass attempts, completions, and touchdowns.”Any individual accomplishments that our guys can attain are great and we are happy for them,” Bielema said. “As we have had more and more success this year as a program, certain players have been mentioned with potential awards.”Bielema said his quarterback would absolutely prefer winning to any individual award he could get.”I really believe if you ask John Stocco and you put a lie detector test on him, he wouldn’t care as long as we finished the season the way that he feels we can,” Bielema said. “The numbers and the accolades that come are just a byproduct of one thing, and that’s winning.”last_img read more

Fair’s double-double leads Syracuse past Minnesota in Maui Invitational quarterfinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As blood squirted from C.J. Fair’s right cheek, the forward came alive. Fair darted to the rim from the left elbow with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Austin Hollins swung his arm to contest the inevitable posterization. His arm found Fair’s right cheek. The ball found the bottom of the net on a thunderous tomahawk slam.To that point, Fair had just two points, but the finish lit a fire.“I cut down the lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”Fair went to the bench, but didn’t sit long. He received treatment during nearly every timeout the rest of the way and The Post-Standard reported that he would get stitches after the game. When he was on the floor, though, Fair and Syracuse (5-0) surged out in front of Minnesota (5-1) and to a 75-67 win in the quarterfinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, plus three turnovers before the dunk, but finished with 16 and 10 to keep the No. 8 Orange unbeaten. Trevor Cooney chipped in 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will face California (5-0) in the tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.“I think they’re much better than they were last year, a much better team,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Golden Bears during the postgame press conference. “I really was very impressed with how they played. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”In both frames, Cooney drilled a 3-pointer on the Orange’s first possession. He started SU with a 3 to open the game — one of four he hit during the first half as Syracuse’s most consistent offensive threat — and just 10 seconds into the second half, another long-range jumper that gave the Orange a six-point lead. “They’re big momentum shifts,” Fair said.Then it was Fair’s turn. With a bloody patch struggling to keep his cheek closed, the senior sparked SU’s best stretch of the game.He traded jumpers with Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu and then attacked the rim to draw a foul and a pair of points at the line. A DaJuan Coleman miss on the next possession led to a tip-in opportunity for the senior forward and a 10-point lead. Fellow forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a reverse dunk off a pair of missed free throws by Coleman two possessions later to give Syracuse a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.“When you get dunks like that,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference, “it just pumps you up on defense and gets you motivation to get that next stop and keep going.”But the Golden Gophers hung around. Malik Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the half to cut the Orange’s lead to 56-52. Four straight free throws by Austin and Andre Hollins sliced it to 67-65 with 2:14 remaining. That was as close as Minnesota got. Tyler Ennis bailed Fair out after a near turnover at mid-court. Then Smith bailed out an Ennis miss with an overthrow in transition.And then Fair hit a mid-range jumper with 1:45 remaining to stretch the lead back to four. A pair of Jerami Grant free throws sealed the victory for the Orange in one of its best offensive performances of the season.Said Boeheim: “This was probably as good a win as we’ve had in a tournament.” Comments Published on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Irish golfers still in play in Miami

first_imgMcIlroy’s closing-hole double-bogey took the gloss off an otherwise impressive opening round in Miami, while the highlight of Lowry’s round was an eagle on the 10th.Graeme McDowell struggled yesterday and finished on 2-over par.Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share the lead on 6-under par.last_img

Sublime STL Titan, Susplan in Impressive Start

first_imgKaduna Sublime, featuring Suleiman Bello, Muktar Adhama, Ahmadu Umar and Aliyu Umar hit the ground running with a 5-31/2 defeat of Kano Dantek which comprised Baba Dantata, Sadiq Dantata, Abba Dantata and Abdullahi Hashim in the first game of the tournament.Lagos STL comprising Titan Seyi Tinubu, Mumuni Musa, Halifa Ibrahim and Ibrahim Mohammed showed the stuff of a former champion, edging YBL-DY Farms 7-5, to join Sublime at the top of the Access Bank Cup log.Sani Umar and his Kano Susplan turned up the heat against debuting RISSA in the third and final match of the day, which was undoubtedly applauded by the crowd as the most exciting of the tournament yet.Susplan parading Sani Umar, Sadiq Rabiu, Tita Ali and Alwan Umar had looked set to carry the day until an unexpected injury forced Alwan of the match in the decisive third chukka, gifting RISSA the chance to surge forward, holding on to a 5-5 draw at Ground one pitch of the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Resort in Kaduna.Revered as the biggest polo tournament in the continent, the weeklong Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo event which was inaugurated over a decade ago is set to pick up steam as six more games are lined up in the group stage of the Access Bank Cup series.Proceeds from gate taking, sales of memorabilia and donations at this annual tournament in addition to a cash donation from Access Bank and individuals go to UNICEF in its campaigns.The Access Bank Plc, Fifth Chukker and UNICEF partnership has gone from strength to strength and many projects have benefited from the collaboration. A remodeled primary school and rural water projects funded by the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield tournament were commissioned recently.The Charity Shield began in 2003 as platform to support local charity organisations in Kaduna. Since 2006 this humanitarian effort has been geared exclusively towards intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ACCESS /UNICEF POLOThe 2017 Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament galloped off on a blistering note last Wednesday at the Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in Kaduna with three championship games in the Access Bank Cup series.Kaduna Sublime, Lagos STL Titans and Kano Susplan galloped off on impressive notes, in the opening day contests that pitted 12 ambitious and equally matched teams.last_img read more

Injured Neymar to Go for Surgery

first_imgThe club said Neymar will be operated on in Brazil at the end of the week.PSG added that after “three days of planned care” it was a joint decision by the club’s medical staff and the Brazilian national team to opt for surgery.The striker joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain forward Neymar will have surgery after suffering a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille.It means the 26-year-old Brazilian will miss Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid.PSG coach Unai Emery initially said Neymar had a “small chance” of facing Real, before Neymar’s father said he would be out for “six to eight weeks”.last_img read more

L.A. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda’s latest win puts him in a class by himself

first_imgEllis said Maeda was able to adjust after one batter. That’s easier said than done, and Ellis credited Maeda’s athleticism for the quick adjustment.“He reminds me of Hyun-Jin Ryu, his athleticism. Zack Greinke, his athleticism,” Ellis said. “Those guys have tremendous feel for pitching. They make the spin do different things. They range their velocities — somebody like (Clayton) Kershaw who’s just coming at you. That bully who just keeps coming and coming and coming. These guys are going to mix and match, and pitch off feel, and trust their athleticism on the mound.”The Rockies put one runner on base via a walk until D.J. LeMahieu stroked a clean single to center field with one out in the sixth. Two more singles loaded the bases for Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra, the Rockies’ third and fourth hitters.Suddenly, there was a game at stake.“I had a four-run lead,” Maeda said. “I trusted A.J.’s demand for certain pitches. I executed.”Arenado, who hit 43 home runs last year, popped up weakly. Parra hit a dribbler back to the mound and Maeda flipped the ball to Ellis for the third out, his shutout preserved.Maeda got a big assist from left fielder Kiké Hernandez, who made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to rob Tony Wolters of an extra-base hit in the fifth inning.The Rockies got their only run in the seventh on an RBI double by Brandon Barnes against Joe Blanton. The run was charged to Luis Avilan.The Dodgers got to Redlands native Tyler Chatwood (2-2) in the first inning, when Corey Seager singled, Yasiel Puig doubled, and Adrian Gonzalez poked a chopper over the pitcher’s mound to score Seager.In the second inning, Ellis turned on a knee-high fastball over the inside corner and crushed it to left field for a two-run home run. The home run was estimated at 445 feet, the second-longest by a Dodger player this season and Ellis’ first of the season.The Dodgers were still leading 3-0 in the sixth inning when Maeda helped his own cause. With Ellis on first base and one out, the pitcher was asked to bunt. He did, spinning out of the way of the pitch as the ball bounced back to the mound. Ellis reached second base and scored when the next hitter, Chase Utley, hit a double just beyond the reach of left fielder Ryan Raburn.Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save of the season in as many tries, and the 150th save of his career.For Maeda’s opponents, Saturday’s start added a page to his still-thin scouting report. The league still has five months and one week to adjust to Maeda’s machinations before the 2016 regular season ends.But the game also showed that Maeda can adjust quickly — in this case to the elements of elevation, and against a stout offense.“For 95 pitches you’ve got to be mentally tough to throw every pitch with conviction,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “and he did that tonight.” Then there are the other heralded Japanese pitching transplants, from Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish this decade to Kazuhisa Ishii and Hideo Nomo before them. Four starts into his career, Maeda has outperformed them all.In fact, Maeda matched a major league record (since 1900) by allowing only one run in his first four starts according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jorge Campillo, Fernando Valenzuela and George McQuillan are the only other pitchers to accomplish the feat.Among his peers, Maeda is in a category all to himself.“First time in this environment. First time pitching at Coors Field. First time against that offensive firepower they have over there,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “I can’t say enough about what Kenta was able to do tonight. It was beyond impressive.”Maeda walked only one batter and struck out eight, a new career high. Like many pitchers, his slider and curveball didn’t break as sharply out of his hand, a caveat of pitching at elevation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DENVER >> One game at a time, Kenta Maeda is forcing his way out of every category he found himself in when he signed an eight-year contract with the Dodgers in January.Pitcher Scott Kazmir has a higher guaranteed salary this year, but Maeda has overshadowed him and every other free agent the Dodgers signed.Four other pitchers made the Dodgers’ Opening Day rotation, but with a few exceptions their performances have been dwarfed by the Japanese rookie. Maeda lowered his earned-run average to 0.36 by throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.There are other talented rookies in Major League Baseball this year, too, but again Maeda is having the better first month. At 21 years old, Dodger shortstop Corey Seager might well have a long and successful career ahead of him; right now he’s the second-best rookie in his own clubhouse.last_img read more

Jackie Robinson Day: J.G. Taylor Spink pens column about TSN’s 1947 Rookie of the Year

first_imgThose big shoulders that go into his peculiar sweeping swing have power, too. He has banged nine home runs. He has learned to hit the change of pace on which pitcher were getting him out early in the season. He has been among the leaders all year in the number of hits, and figures to get close to 200 his first season. Robinson’s play is consistent. On Sunday, September 7, he missed his first game. No other Dodger had played in them all until that date. He has hit .290 on the road and .298 at home, for a collective .295. Jackie started slowly, hitting only .225 in April when a lot of people quit on him prematurely. He hit .284 in May, got hot in June when he ran up his 21-game hitting streak, getting 43 hits during the month for a .377 average. He was a cool .253 in July, but got going again during August to travel at a clip of .311. Jackie Robinson has done it all, in his first year as a major leaguer. What more could anyone ask? MORE: 42 images of Jackie Robinson from the SN archivesThere were dozens and dozens of columns written about Robinson in the TSN pages in 1946 and 1947, and unfortunately many of them touched on ugly racial biases. By the time Robinson was nearing the end of his rookie year, though, he had proven without a doubt that not only did he belong in the major leagues, but he was going to be a star. Rookie of the Year … Jackie RobinsonGains Award on Basis of All-Around AbilityBy J.G. Taylor SpinkST. LOUIS, Mo. — In selecting the outstanding rookie of 1947, The Sporting News sifted and weighed only stark baseball values. That Jack Roosevelt Robinson might have had more obstacles than his first-year competitors, and that he perhaps had a harder fight to gain even major league recognition, was no concern of this publication. The sociological experiment that Robinson represented, the trail-blazing that he did, the barriers he broke down, did not enter into the decision. He was rated and examined solely as a freshman player in the big leagues — on the basis of his hitting, his running, his defensive play, his team value. Robinson had it all, and compared to the many other fine first-year men that 1947 produced, he was spectacularly outstanding. Dixie Walker summed it up in a few words the other day when he said: “No other ball player on this club, with the possible exception of Bruce Edwards, has done more to put the Dodgers up in the race than Robinson has. He is everything that Branch Rickey said he was when he came up from Montreal.”♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦Plunks in Ribs Result in RunsRobinson has been a National League eye-popper this year because he has run the bases like an Ebony Ty Cobb. Carrying more than 100 runs around the bases to the plate on the punch of Reiser, Walker, Vaughn and Edwards, who followed him, Jackie has been unique as much because of his audacity as because of color. It should be emphasized that when Robinson sprinted to second base on a base on balls in Chicago, the score was 1 to 1 in the ninth inning. His daring turned into the run that broke up a vital game in the Dodgers’ favor.When Robinson galloped over home plate on a clean steal during Fritz Ostermueller’s windup one night in Pittsburgh, there was no showboat aspect to the feat, there was nothing superfluous about the run: it broke a 2 to 2 tie; he scored the big run. Enemy pitchers have plunked Robinson in the ribs more often than any other player in the league. Frequently this is the wedge that has started a rally. Once Paul Erickson of the Cubs opened an inning that way and the Dodgers scored seven times before it was over. When he bunts, Jackie is likely to light a fire under the best pitchers in the game. In Brooklyn recently he raced to third after bunting on Johnny Sain and Sain threw wildly. Sain ascended, lost his lead, his hold on the game and was under the showers before Brooklyn got five runs. The point here is that Robinson is not spectacular in a lone wolf manner. His hotfooting has typed the Dodger play. Teaming with another superflyer, Pete Reiser, he inspired the most descriptive line written this year about Brooklyn’s 1947 play. Bill Roeder wrote it when he typed: “The Dodgers hit short and run long.” Even such an astute baseball engineer as Branch Rickey, who visioned Robinson’s place in the Dodger picture as long as 18 months ago, doubted for a long time that Robbie would find himself in 1947 and shift into high gear this season.Naturally timid at first, more so than usual because of the pressure, the riding and the criticism to which he was subjected, the first time the Brooklyn club went to Cincinnati Robinson was hitting under .250. One of the papers ran a story that Robinson would have been benched weeks ago if he were a white man. ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦Enthralled the Mahatma Many big leaguers had taken a quick squint at the Negro boy and said, “He won’t do. Not good enough for the big leagues.” There were untrue stories that the other Dodgers shunned Jack, that he was getting spiked in the field, plunked at the plate. All this was enough to keep an ordinary youngster subdued, well within his shell. Rickey kept telling him to be venturesome. “Take every extra base every time. Make them throw after you, make them hurry their throws. You’ll get thrown out, sure, but for every time they throw you out now, you will make them hurry and throw wild later. You will reap a golden harvest of extra bases.”So Robinson began to turn it on, with spectacular success. One of the top assets in Rickey’s “book” is aptitude. If he is trying out a young pitcher, the Professor shows him a totally new pitch, just to see how quickly he can master it enough to get it over the plate. Right from the start, Robinson’s attitude enthralled the Mahatma. A fine basketball player, broad jumper, golfer, tennis player, an All-American football back at UCLA by unanimous choice, Jackie obviously had multiple skills. He has been a Negro league shortstop and when they asked him to learn the difficult pivot as second base last year in Montreal, it was bad enough. But when they brought him to the big league and started him cold last April with a first baseman’s mitt, it seems like asking too much. It wasn’t though. Now he is like a cat on the bunts, and has saved several games for the Dodgers making plays into third and second. He covers more ground than several National League first basemen. His main trouble still is deciding which balls to go for and which to cover on, but he is improving.The record shows Robinson had laid down 42 successful bunts up to September 9. Fourteen of those were beaten out for hits and 28 were sacrifices. He had failed only four times. In a day when all managers are bemoaning the failure to “get the man over,” Jackie is demonstrating perfection in the art of sacrificing. Robinson has been a demon on the bases, and seems likely to compile twice as many thefts as his closest rival in the National League. So far he has stolen second 19 times, third three times, home three times (on Ostermueller, Pollet and Beggs) and has been thrown out only nine times. He has stolen against every club in the league. Jackie’s speed often gets him extra bases. He has 29 doubles and five triples, and has hit into only five double plays.  EDITOR’S NOTE: No national publication has a richer sports history than Sporting News, which was founded in 1886 in St. Louis and quickly became known as “The Bible of Baseball” for the way it covered America’s Pastime. From time to time, we’ll dip into our archives and give you a look at the iconic stars who played the game, and the great journalists who helped grow the nation’s knowledge of our sport. Jackie Robinson changed our country forever when he broke baseball’s reprehensible color barrier in 1947. And not only did Robinson change the game by just playing on the same field as white ballplayers, but Robinson was really, really good. The Sporting News didn’t even wait for the season to end before declaring Robinson as the publication’s Rookie of the Year, with a full-page package in the Sept. 17, 1947 issue. J.G. Taylor Spink, the publisher of TSN from 1914 to 1962 — and the man for whom the BBWAA’s highest honor is named — wrote the article himself.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: CJ McCollum driven by past Blazers failures

first_img“So, when I’m in deep paint I find guys on the perimeter. My job is to make sure guys get the basketball.  “I don’t need to shoot a layup every single time. But I’m in the paint all game, and that’s how it goes sometimes.  “Shot attempts is not the only thing that I can do to make sure I’m in it for the defense and kick it out to make open shots.” “We didn’t want anything to get in the way, we didn’t want anything to interfere with that. Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone.  “If they’re not wearing a black or gray jersey, don’t talk to them. Don’t talk to the refs, don’t talk to the other team and let’s get out of here with a win “That was our mindset. Having been through what we’ve been through historically, we understand what we need to do, who we need to talk to and how we need to execute.””I take this game very seriously. I put my heart and soul into it. I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to this point, & I’m thankful that I was able to go through those struggles cause it made me a better person.” – @CJMcCollum pic.twitter.com/FFoSi3kDcx— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 22, 2019The Blazers were beaten 4-0 in the first round against the Pelicans last year, after having suffered the same fate against the Warriors in 2017 — setbacks that act as enduring motivation for McCollum. “We got swept last year. It was really embarrassing, and everybody talked about it,” he said. “It was on TV every day. They talked about us getting swept, they talked about me getting traded, talked about how we can’t win together. “We remember, and we know that feeling of going home early.” Barring a stunning turnaround, it will be the Thunder and Russell Westbrook heading home early. Westbrook, OKC’s star guard, finished Sunday’s game by missing 10 straight shots and relied heavily on his jump shot throughout, taking only three shots in the paint and missing each one. “I get deep paint any time I want, but I always make the right play,” Westbrook said, as quoted by ESPN.   Magic Johnson says he talks to Lakers every day: ‘It’s almost like I never left’ NBA playoffs 2019: Nets’ Jarrett Allen was fouled in final seconds of Game 4center_img A win Tuesday in Portland would see the Blazers advance, and McCollum is ready to stay above the fray when it comes to trash talk. “I think we’re a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum told reporters. “We can handle adversity and understand what we want to accomplish.  Related News Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum insists his teammates will retain their unwavering focus after moving to the brink of the Western Conference semifinals. McCollum scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting as the Blazers opened up a 3-1 series lead over the Thunder with an 111-98 win Sunday in Game 4. last_img read more