AJ MACLEAN/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers will head to Evanston Saturday to take on the Northwestern Wildcats in an intriguing matchup of offenses that include both strong running backs and highly capable quarterbacks.Northwestern is a team of extremes. They are dead last in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing over 505 total yards per game; yet they are ranked third in the Big Ten in total offense, netting over 470 yards per game.On offense, they are led by a fourth-year starter — quarterback Brett Basanez — and true freshman Tyrell Sutton.Basanez is a solid, reliable senior quarterback that has only thrown one interception all year along with four touchdown passes. He is third in the Big Ten with a 64 percent completion rate and has managed the offense very well.”He really has a knowledge of [the offense] and a strong arm, gets it out there, manages it all,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. “They will move the football.”Despite Basanez’s leadership, Northwestern’s main offensive punch is in true freshman running back Tyrell Sutton. Sutton is tied for third in the nation in rushing touchdowns with eight, and his rushing average of 132 yards per game also ranks third nationally.”He reminds me of an Anthony [Davis]-type back, very quick,” Alvarez said. “He’s a short guy, short and stocky, very quick [and] gets north and south.”Sutton will be facing a Wisconsin run defense that has surrendered only 77 yards per game, which ranks second to Ohio State in the Big Ten. Wisconsin has also only allowed one rushing touchdown all year. However, the Badgers have yet to face a true test in the running game, and the Wildcats should provide it.”Difficulties are, with four guys wide, you’ve got to move people out of the box,” Alvarez said. “Basically you have two running backs. You have the quarterback and one other running back. So they can scheme you. … That makes the running game that much more difficult to stop.”The Wisconsin pass defense has been more lenient this year, giving up 260 passing yards per game, which ranks eighth in the conference. Wisconsin will have to avoid giving up long passing plays, something the Badger defense couldn’t prevent against Bowling Green and Indiana, and something Basanez and wide receivers Shaun Herbert and Jonathan Fields could use to their advantage.”Brett Basanez and that offense are very dangerous. They can strike quick,” wide receiver Brandon Williams said. “So the longer we have the ball and can try to get them out of their tempo or their flow, it’s better for us. But I think we’ll be ready.”Despite Northwestern’s defensive struggles, running back Brian Calhoun expects some new looks from the Northwestern defense.”They’ve had two weeks to prepare for us now, so we’re definitely expecting to see a lot of new stuff, especially in the run game, because they’re probably going to try to stop the run.” Calhoun said. “We’re going to try to attack the back end, because the back end’s given up a few big plays over the season.”Although Calhoun hasn’t broken off a long run yet this season — his longest run is 26 yards — Alvarez believes the big plays will come soon enough.”There were a couple of [runs] … where he sees nothing but goal line in front of him and a lot of yardage, a big hit, and somebody dives and just nips his toe,” Alvarez said. “But he’ll get some of those before the year is over.”Calhoun will again be in the backfield without senior fullback Matt Bernstein due to an injury, so Chris Pressley and Bill Rentmeester will get looks at fullback Saturday.”I feel as though we have a luxury that we have two guys that we can go to that are physical players and can hold up blocking linebackers and defensive ends,” Alvarez said. “But now we have to give them a crash course on all the different looks that they’re going to get.”One interesting focus will be on special teams, as the top two punt returners in the conference will face off against each other. Northwestern defensive back Marquice Cole has returned one punt for a touchdown this season and leads the Big Ten with an average of 30 yards per punt return on seven tries.For the Badgers, Williams has returned two punts for touchdowns this year and averages 19.5 yards per return, which ranks second in the conference. He is also first in the Big Ten with 35.2 yards per kickoff return.The Badgers have certainly learned not to take the Wildcat team for granted in the past few years, especially when facing them on the road. Northwestern won the last meeting in Evanston in 2003 and Wisconsin has not won at Ryan Field since 1999.Saturday’s matchup should provide more of the same, and the Badgers will have to be sharp if they hope to leave Evanston with a 6-0 record.
Source: Footy-ghana.com Ghana’s Black Queens, on Tuesday, eliminated Gabon 5-0 on aggregate to reach the third round of the Caf Women’s qualifiers to the 2020 Olympic Games.On the back of a 3-0 first-leg advantage from Libreville, skipper Portia Boakye and midfielder Juliet Acheampong scored in either half for coach Mercy Tagoe’s side to win the second leg 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Boakye, who scored in the first leg, broke the deadlock on 16 minutes before Acheampong’s strike from distance went past the Gabon goalkeeper in the 70th minute.Though the Queens could not produce an inspiring performance, they were good enough to go past Les Panthères.Ghana advance to face Kenya who eliminated Malawi 5-3 on aggregate also in a second round qualifying tie.The Black Queens will host the East Africans first in Accra on September 30 before travelling for the second leg in Nairobi scheduled for October 4.The African qualifiers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run through to the fifth and final round later in January 2020.Africa has 1.5 slots for the women’s football tournament next summer.
Ibarguen, also 34, won both horizontal jumps at the Central American and Caribbean Games, the IAAF Continental Cup and at the IAAF Diamond League finals – winning the latter two titles in two different cities within the space of 24 hours.Sweden’s 19-year-old pole vaulter Armand Duplantis won the men’s rising star award after equalling the second best ever vault with 6.05m at the European champs in Berlin in August.“Pole vaulting’s a very strange discipline,” said Duplantis. “All the stars aligned for that one meet.”Handed the award by France’s Renaud Lavillenie, the world record holder with a best of 6.16m, Duplantis was in a playful mood.“I think I can jump higher than you,” he said when asked by Lavillenie on how high he could go.American Sydney McLaughlin won the women’s rising star award after setting a world junior indoor 400m record of 50.36sec in March.That was followed up two months later with an outdoor 400m hurdles mark of 52.75sec – a world junior record and the fastest time recorded this year.Share on: WhatsApp Monaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Kenyan marathon master Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF men and women’s 2018 awards on Tuesday.Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin in September, smashing the previous best by an incredible 78 seconds as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec. The 34-year-old Olympic champion’s effort was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.“This award means a lot to me,” said Kipchoge, crediting his children as being his “ignition key”.“It’s a tribute to the hard work that I’ve put in during my career.”Kipchoge came agonisingly close to sporting immortality by nearly running the first sub two-hour marathon last year. He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds. But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favourable — Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy — that the time was not recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).“Going under two hours is just 25 seconds away,” said Kipchoge in Monaco.
Kiffin tweeted out the photo-shopped image Saturday night and included @ConferenceUSA about 24 hours after FAU lost 36-31 to Marshall at home. Go to our website to see the hilarious photo. Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin was fined $5,000 and reprimanded by Conference USA for criticizing the officiating in the Owls’ Friday game by positing on Twitter a photo of blind officials, using canes and being led around by seeing eye dogs.
Authorities have arrested a 51-year-old South Florida man after he attempted to kill his dog.The incident occurred Sunday morning in Miami Beach.Witness say they were walking by and noticed the suspect, Louis Sepulveda, using the tailgate of his pickup truck to bash the black Labrador Retriever’s head and neck. One of the witnesses then stepped in and rescued the dog before subduing Sepulveda until authorities arrived.Sepulveda was taken into police custody where he remained as of Monday evening.He has been charged with a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.
A multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Broward County sent a street sign flying into a Corvette and a woman to the hospital earlier this week.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, as the driver of the Corvette was going north and approaching the Pembroke Road exit in Hallandale Beach.The driver, who identified himself only as Malcolm,” says, “I didn’t even see it. It just happened really fast. When I was coming onto the interstate, the sign went airborne. I guess it was already airborne. I didn’t even know.”Investigators believe the sign, which warns drivers to merge, instead ended up as debris on the highway at some point before the crash. When another car hit the sign, it flew up and sliced through the back windshield of the Corvette, before landing on the back seat.At least four vehicles were involved in the crash, officials say.The driver of an SUV involved in the incident was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for examination due to shaken nerves from the crash.
JERICHO COTCHERY :10 Listen…or should I say pay attention here. You know some of you city league grads don’t respond well if you don’t have somebody telling you what to do. (Oh re-lax, will ya. Just a little city league humor.)Anyway, a big shout out from Pittsburgh to “Hot-Lana” to my Fam-I-Lee, the Patterson side. Some would say the smarter side. Oh what the hell, let’s be honest here, we all know Fred’s smarter than both sides of the entire rest of the family by his self. (We could throw Gerome in there with him considering all the money he’s made by ya’ll know “Romes” crazy! Anyway, a great time was had with my cousin Lavern a few weeks ago at her surprise birthday party thrown for her by her fabulous children where in fact our beloved “Cousin Ida” was the life of the party. Several days later, “Cousin Ida” was called home by our Lord. Fast forward to this past Saturday and we were all brought together again under sadder circumstances to mourn “Cousin Ida’s” passing. But as is often times the case such moments allowed us to reconnect with loved ones. An opportunity to welcome home cousin Fred from Atlanta and to find out that unknown to all of us Fred’s got some crazy in him too…Well, just let me say this…don’t get it twisted and press up on cousin Fred in traffic. He’s packin’ and not afraid to use it…no matter how big you are!But the real joy comes in spending time with my now “Old Cousin Lavern” (who by the way, looks just like Aunt Snookie), her beautiful daughters Rasheeda and Tani, her husband Andre, and my now grown up cousin Akhir, who has a good woman, a great son and a job. How about that? A young Black man with his priorities inorder. Now if we can just multiply that by a “ka-zillion.” And oh yeah, my mom, who always brings great words to the table. To my cousins Gerome, Mark and Michael, job well done. God Bless you and may God continue to Bless cousin Ida!:09 I know. I know. You want some sports talk. Well, here’s some talk for ya. Pitt kicked Notre Dame’s leprechaun ass all the way back to the Golden Dome. Happy now?!?! BILL NEAL :08 Steelers will rally and win big over the Bills 24-14. Please baby, please baby, please baby, please! Take it to the bank!:07 What is wrong with you people. Richie Incognito is all that he appears to be. A fool. A bully. A bad seed and everybody around him knows it. All the blame goes to him and none goes to Jonathan Martin. And that you can take to any bank you want.:06 Shannon Sharp who usually brings a poor attempt at humor to the “NFL Today” show said it best. No man can give another man the license to call anybody a “Nigger” and I am using the word here not the “N” word” so that you feel the pain of it that our forefathers died for. And let this be a lesson to everybody on the planet. There-Is-No-Place-For-The-Word-There-Is-No-One-That-Has-The-Right-Or-Should-Use-It…Nobody. Period. End of story. Wake-up people. The rest of the world is laughing at your pants down, your ignorant rap music… (not the good stuff) your fatherless homes and your insulting yourselves by calling each other “Nigga.” Wake up People!!!:05 What about O.J.? Doesn’t anybody care about O.J.? I am just askin’!:04 The next Hall of Fame inductee has to be the guy…and you know it was a guy…that invented the black stretch pants all the ladies wear nowadays. Talk about a sport…watching them pants…now that’s a sport. But beware my lovelies, One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All! I am just saying!
Mr. President of the University of Liberia, the Vice Presidents, the Dean of AM Dogliotti College of Medicine, Other Deans and Chairpersons, Members of the Faculty, Officials of Government, the President of the Liberia Medical & Dental Association, the President of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Members of the Association and Council, the Adeo Maxima Generis Class of 2013, Members of the Press, Parents, Well wishers, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:I am humbled by the your gesture to accord me the unique privilege of giving the keynote address to a dynamic and progressing cadre of lieutenants in the vanguard of the advancement of the medical destiny of our forward-marching country. For this honor I owe you a huge debt of gratitude.But, I have to tell you, to be up here in this role in the presence of some dynamic, young Alpha Phi Alpha men in this graduating class is a joy I wouldn’t dare have dreamed up. Men who have clung to the philosophy “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All”.As a staunch Pentecostal Christian, it is impossible not to acknowledge God Almighty for his eternal blessings and graciousness that we all may have life and have it more abundantly.Today I am told that we will be witnessing the administration of the Hippocrates Oath to the largest post war graduate class in the history of the Medical School. Liberia celebrates this monumental achievement as it signifies the highlighting of a small step in reducing the Doctors-to-Patients Ratio which stands at over 1 doctor to more than 125 thousand patients. A lot more will have to be done and many additional graduating classes, some even far larger than this one, before our country can get anywhere in cutting the chase to reducing this very pathetic ratio.Some of my comments today are against the backdrop of a very unfortunate situation I experienced with great degree of pain and anguish while on an official trip to Nigeria in November. I witnessed firsthand the passing of one of our country’s best and brightest upcoming financial experts, the late Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank, Theo Bettie.Theo was a personality just entering the prime of his life. A very famous student leader of his time, the first standard bearer of the Student Integration Movement (SIM) as a student in the 80s. An intellectual par excellence. A Yale University Graduate. A Fulbright Scholar. And critically, a key architect in Liberia’s Emerging Monetary Policy Framework, affording access to finance for our working class. A man I was proud to call my friend. He passed away in Nigeria after suffering a massive stroke at age 50 while attending along with me the ECOWAS Central Banks Conference on Infrastructure Financing. Now let me recount for you my experience while in my moment of anguish. I had gone to the hospital to be at the bed side of my great friend and travel companion. My first stumbling block was “No visitors allowed”. In my usual fiery manner of getting my way done I retorted to the hospital staff, I am not a visitor. I am his next thing to family here in Nigeria. I must update the Government of Liberia, and his very concerned wife on his condition and I am also his travel companion on this trip. The answer was, “No sir we cannot allow you to see him”. I was desperate to hold his hand and pray with him, and reassure him that God was in control. Well as necessity is the mother of invention, a couple of high phone calls were made to strategic personalities at the Central Bank of Nigeria and I was ushered in to see him. But before ushering me in they did something interesting which in all honesty and patriotism to my Liberian Background I have not seen much in similar situations here. They sat me down before seeing him and spent about 5 minutes counseling me and encouraging me, I guess to build up my emotional reserve for the difficult sight I was about to see. Now when the CBL Administrative Manager arrived in Nigeria the next day, I decided to sit him down and administer the same psychological medicine to him before we once again got family – Not Friend or Next of Kin. I could not help but take note of the power and privilege that characterize our respective areas of profession. You see, today you take a big step into power. With your white coat and your Latin, with your anatomy lessons and your stethoscope, you enter today a life of new and vast privilege. You may not notice your power at first. You will not always feel powerful or privileged – not when you are filling out endless billing forms and swallowing requirements and struggling through hard days of too many tasks. But this will be true: In return for your years of learning and your dedication to a life of service and your willingness to take an oath to that duty, society will give you access and rights that it gives to no one else. Society will allow you to hear secrets from frightened human beings that they are too scared to tell anyone else. Society will permit you to use drugs and instruments that can do great harm as well as great good, and that in the hands of others would be weapons. Society will give you special titles and spaces of privilege, as if you were priests. Society will let you build walls and write rules. Your oath today writes a new chapter in your professional lives and ensures that you sign a new contract with Society. I trust that you will rise to this challenge and discharge the herculean responsibilities that will accompany the challenge. I trust that you will take the high road to nobility with morality and professionalism. Our country is already plagued with many problems. Please see yourself as a small piece of the solution. I am confident that the Medical Field like any other profession goes through its ups and downs. It highs and lows. Its celebrations of success and joy and its moments of despair and apparent hopelessness.In Liberia, the medical profession is not an avenue to riches. It is one of the ultimate calls to service. We perfectly understand the expectations that one anticipates after nine years of continuously keeping one’s head in books. It is pay-up time but here is the irony: in our country sometimes the take home pay cannot take you home considering all your expectations.Our Authorities must do much more to advance the cause of a healthy nation. I must though recognize now that a lot has been done in this area in the last seven years. Nothing should stop us from attaining the enviable position as being one of West Africa Referral Destinations for superlative medical treatment as it was in the late seventies and eighties. Yes, nothing should stop us from achieving the dream of celebrating open heart surgeries, transplants, neuro surgeries and other sophisticated applications of advances made in the medical field the world over.That is why in late 2005 and early 2006, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment took the bold initiative to sponsor the renovation of one of the medical dormitories under the bank’s Western Union marketing program. The Bank renews its pledge to you the Authorities of the Medical School and yea the University that innovative ways can be employed in meeting the expectations and obligations to our medical practitioners-in-training and the medical staffers who are already employed in the industry. Towards this end, let me throw out some food for thought and you can let me know perspectives in the days to come. Is there anything wrong with working with the health Ministry to ensure proper and adequately reflective Doctors and Nurses Residential Quarters as part of creating the enabling environment for provision of quality health services for our people? Is there anything wrong with ensuring that our Health Care Delivery Providers Benefit from Mortgage or Consumer Loans to improve their wellbeing and increase their productivity? I am not sure any of the soon-to-be doctors here relish the situation of riding pem-pems to work in the hustle and bustle of our motor vehicle traffic. I am confident that we can make the medical industry a destination for attraction and preference if we could just do some more in terms of improving the privileges of the workers in the field.Towards this end we are gratified about the news of the establishment of a post graduate medical school. I was very pleased to have attended the Ministry of Information Press Conference which was well articulated by Dr. Steve Kennedy. I wish the Liberia Medical and Dental Association well in this endeavor. I believe that the idea cannot be allowed to fail and all must be done to ensure that it kicks off with a strong start.To the University of Liberia, I cannot but add my voice to no doubt many others before me in congratulating you on the occasion of yet any graduation exercise. I must confess that I did not think it possible to be done especially with the recent difficulties which led to closure of school for a couple of weeks. It clearly signifies that you have come of age and are now fully multi dimensional in the discharge of your duties. Again let me congratulate you the new doctors for your exemplary and scholarly accomplishments; you the parents, well wishers and significant others for your prayers, support, love, and moral support which have played no small part in the accomplishment of this great achievement.My congratulations no doubt extends to the University of Liberia and the Medical School for keeping the light forever burning to extinguish the darkness of retrogression and intellectual stagnation. Lastly, I thank our Government for its support and direction in driving an agenda of progress in the health sector.Thank you everyone and congratulations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The American Chamber of Commerce in Guyana (AmCham) on Thursday evening hosted its inaugural Black Tie Recognition Gala, reflecting on their achievements throughout the year and their plans for 2020.AmCham President Zulfikar AliPresident of AmCham Guyana, Zulfikar Ali expressed that the organisation will remain committed to partnering with other agencies to ensure free and fair elections at the upcoming March 2, 2020, polls. This is indeed important, he noted, in building investors’ confidence in the local markets.Along with that, the US embassy has come on board with the Chamber to provide training and other necessities at that time.“Our organisation is committed to working with other Private Sector organisations, international partners and members of the diplomatic community to promote for free and fair elections, the maintenance of the rule of law and the respect of Guyana’s Constitution – all of which are integral and critical for the growth of business, the attraction of credible investment and investors; and the general wellbeing of all Guyanese,” Ali expressed while addressing the gathering at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.He added that he knows that “we all share our freedoms and liberty. It is what drives nation-building and entrepreneurship. These should not be taken for granted. AmCham in collaboration with the US embassy in Guyana will provide training for journalists and elections reporting, which is critical during these times.”Reflecting on 2019, he said that through the support of local and foreign companies, they were able to achieve more than the intended target.“What is unique about the support is that it came from both international as well as local companies…At AmCham Guyana, we will be using this time to plan for the year ahead since we are very pleased that we have exceeded our expectations and met our targets for 2019. 2020 promises to be an exciting year not only for AmCham but for the people of Guyana.”Meanwhile, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch in her address, indicated that business should also entail giving back to communities.“To have the name America in your title has certain advantages but it also comes with certain responsibilities. You need to represent what is best about America in both how you do business and also how you live in your community. American values, like Guyanese values, include the power of giving to make communities better,” the diplomat asserted.AmCham Guyana is a voluntary, non-profit, membership organisation committed to promoting and enhancing commercial relations between the United States and Guyana. The Chamber has grown since its establishment in 2018, with just under 100 members in such a short span of time.AmCham said its purpose is to “promote America-Guyana bilateral trade opportunities and activities; to improve market access for America-Guyana goods and services; to provide an economic, social, and policy platform for its members; to encourage networking and build business connections, among others.
But you should hear what people are saying about him. “I think this kid could be the best player on this team,” Dodgers hitting coach Eddie Murray said. “He is that strong.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Take a quick glance at the Dodgers’ projected starting lineup, and it’s a good bet the name you will find least inspiring is that of third baseman Wilson Betemit. He isn’t some celebrated new acquisition, he doesn’t appear to have middle-of-the-order power, and as switch-hitters go, he makes a good left-handed hitter. Another key for Betemit will be to cut down on his strikeouts, something that happened 102 times last year. If he had put the ball in play on half of those at-bats, some of those 51 balls might have found holes and fallen for base hits, something that would have improved Betemit’s .263 overall average for the season. Lineup update: Dodgers manager Grady Little said catcher Russell Martin probably will bat sixth this season, although he qualified that by adding, “Don’t hold me to that.” That would leave just Betemit and right fielder Andre Ethier still to be slotted in the seventh and eighth spots in whatever order Little chooses. “If (Martin) can stay on the field and play as much as we want him to play, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this kid hit 15 or 20 home runs,” Little said. Martin batted eighth in the vast majority of his 114 starts last season. It’s difficult to predict how Betemit and Ethier would fit into the next two spots. Betemit hit 18 homers to Ethier’s 11last season. Ethier’s higher average (.308) and on-base percentage (.365) might make him a better fit for the eight hole because he could create bunting situations with the pitcher batting behind him. Starting over: For the first time, Little included left- hander Greg Miller in the list of candidates for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. While Miller is the longest of long shots, the significance of Little’s statement is that Miller, the organization’s top lefty prospect before 2004 shoulder surgery derailed his career, is going back to starting. “If he continues through spring training the way he came in here, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case,” Little said. “This guy hasn’t been healthy for a couple of years, but he is healthy now. We will do the best we can to continue his progress.” Little said Miller will enter Grapefruit League play on a starter’s program, meaning he gradually will be stretched out to several innings at a time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is that potential that made Betemit attractive to the Dodgers at last season’s trading deadline. But potential is just that, and while Betemit did hit nine home runs in 174 at-bats after the Dodgers acquired him from Atlanta, megahyped prospect Andy La Roche is still being given a chance to beat him out this spring and take away what is expected to be the first everyday starting job of Betemit’s career. Even if La Roche starts the season in Triple-A, he’ll continue to challenge Betemit from afar. And Betemit’s best bet for holding off that challenge will be to even out his production from both sides of the plate. Last year, he hit just .189 from his natural right side and almost 100 points higher (.281) left-handed. “Everybody says I can’t hit right-handed,” Betemit said. “But when I was with Atlanta, I had a lot of right-handed pinch-hitting appearances. I see the ball well right-handed. But there are so many more right-handed pitchers that I don’t get many right-handed at-bats. When you’re a switch-hitter, it’s like you’re always struggling from one side or the other.” Murray, himself a switch-hitter who slugged his way into the Hall of Fame, is spending a lot of time this spring trying to correct that for Betemit. “As a switch-hitter, you’re going to go through some ups and downs,” Murray said. “We have some little things we’re trying out with him, but until you see a guy in a game situation, you don’t know how he is going to respond. The biggest thing is to keep things simple and just try to build up that confidence.”