Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

Some years ago, it was thought that someone like Nancy Lieberman or Ann Meyers would be the first woman to be an NBA head coach. Didn't happen. However, that ground is about to be broken.

It was reported late Friday that the Milwaukee Bucks are planning to speak to former WNBA star Becky Hammon, who's currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, and, of course, the first woman to accomplish that feat. Hey, it's better than reaching into the recycling bin for a more familiar journeyman coach whose resume has more stops than a concert tour.
Call this "The Dark Knight Falls".

After being demoted to the bullpen two weeks ago, Matt Harvey may have intentionally pitched his way out of a Mets uniform. The Mets designated Harvey for assignment today after he refused to accept a demotion to the minors. Reports of Harvey partying in Los Angeles before a game in San Diego last week surfaced after the former ace was lit up by the Padres last Sunday, but the final straw came when Harvey was hammered for five earned runs in relief in a 11-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. In this writer's opinion, Harvey hasn't really come all the way back from Tommy John surgery five years ago, contrary to what he, his pet parasite, Scott Boras, and the team might think to the contrary. Boras, proving once again how clueless he is about his clients' career trajectories, still thinks Harvey can be a starting pitcher. Well, maybe, but considering that he wasn't a front-line starter when the season began, dropped to being the #4 man in the rotation, a spot now held by the equally dreadful Jason Vargas (on his second tour with the Mets), I think Boras is, as usual, over-estimating his client's actual worth. Remember, this is one agent who puts his profit margin ahead of his clients' professional health.

As for Vargas? After getting shelled by the Padres & Braves, I don't think his second stint in Flushing will last very long. Unless he turns things around in a hurry, he's gone before the All-Star break.
It may still be a lost spring at Troy High, but things are suddenly looking up for the softball & lacrosse teams.

On Friday, the lacrosse team snapped its losing streak by beating Scotia, 7-2, in a game that was originally scheduled to be played 2 weeks ago, but was postponed due to rain. Meanwhile, the softball team added another notch on their belts, winning their 3rd straight, 17-1, over Schenectady. Weather permitting, the girls will try to keep the good roll going Monday at Guilderland. The lacrosse team will be visiting the Dutchmen on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, as of press time, the result of the baseball game between Troy & Schenectady had not been reported, and might not have finished because of late afternoon rains.

Speaking of which, Friday's Niskayuna-Bethlehem game was suspended in the 5th inning with the defending Class AA champs leading, 4-1. They'll try to pick it up tomorrow afternoon. Weather permitting, of course. As of press time, the Green Tech-Cairo-Durham game had not been reported.

Meanwhile, Albany Academy, after escaping with wins over Catholic Central & LaSalle earlier this week, saw their 11 game Colonial Council winning streak end with a 8-2 loss to Ichabod Crane on Friday. There was, however, no time to reflect on the defeat, as the Cadets are back on the field today at home vs. Cohoes, with a division title still in reach.

Unfortunately, for anyone scoping the Colonial Council website, their standings pages are not up to date, and the Albany Times-Union hasn't bothered with their baseball & softball pages this season. Their loss.

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