Share NewsSports Queensland’s Gold Coast chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games by: – November 15, 2011 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Map of Queensland Gold Coast. Image via: lonelyplanet.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Australia was celebrating on Saturday after Queensland’s Gold Coast was chosen to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota.“Queensland we did it!!” state Premier Anna Bligh tweeted from St Kitts on Friday evening. “We got back up again & we won the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”Speaking after the vote, an emotional Bligh said she knew many delegates had been torn about which city to choose.“I think the vote reflected that this was a very close contest,” she said in comments quoted by Australian news agency AAP.“Twenty-seven countries in the Commonwealth believed Hambantota was the best bid and I think that’s a great credit to them.“It also means if there were eight or nine delegates who changed their mind from the Gold Coast then the Games would be in Sri Lanka – that’s very close,” said Bligh, who hours earlier had paid a courtesy call on St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomed the news which she said would present a huge economic opportunity for Queensland’s second largest city.“All Australia will be looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Games,” she told reporters at the APEC summit in Hawaii.Thousands of people gathered at Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands erupted in jubilation as the announcement was shown live from the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis.“My sincere congratulations to Gold Coast — theirs was a fantastic bid and they are a very, very worthy winner,” federation president Michael Fennell said after the 70 nations and territories in attendance voted 43 to 27 for the city.“Hambantota was also a very strong bid, and we have a duty to take the Games to new places, but the bid needs to be the right thing for the Commonwealth Games movement at the right time,” Fennell said.Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse congratulated Australia and said his nation would aim to do well at the games despite the failed bid.“This should serve as an added encouragement for them to go to Gold Coast and do very well,” Rajapakse said.Gold Coast, a sub-tropical tourist hotspot that is home to more than 500,000 people, promised to provide a stark contrast to last year’s host and its “low-risk” message won over delegates.Australia said hosting the Commonwealth Games for the fifth time, becoming the only nation ever to do so, would allow it to showcase its ability to host major international sporting events and be a shot in the arm for tourism.Gold Coast is in the southeast of Queensland, a state which is coming back from devastating floods almost a year ago, which swamped tens of thousands of homes and briefly shut down the state capital Brisbane.Australia has a long association with the Commonwealth Games, hosting the event four times — in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne (2006).The country’s biggest city Sydney held the 2000 Olympics and the nation hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2003.Gold Coast is known for its fine weather and long beaches and tourism operators said the Games would help revive the flagging sector hurt by last summer’s floods and the soaring Australian dollar.The Games bring together athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries and the 2014 event is to be held in Glasgow in Scotland. Caribbean News Now
Logan Allen, SP SD – Allen hasn’t pitched since July 16 and there is no word on when he will pitch next, but based on what he has done recently, that is probably a good thing for those of you who own him in fantasy. He has a 17.18 ERA (yes, you read that correctly) over his last three outings, giving up 14 earned runs across 7.1 innings pitched. The recent struggles bring his ERA up to 7.08 for the year to go along with a 1.77 WHIP and lousy 5.8 K/9. No part of those numbers is enticing for fantasy. His fastball velocity isn’t great at 92.3 mph, and his fastball spin rate ranks in the 4th percentile (that’s terrible, if you weren’t sure). He has given up hard contact at a very high rate of 50.0 percent, while only inducing soft contact 15.7 percent of the time. He can be left on the wire or cut if you own him.Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: Potential waiver wire pickupsJ.D. Davis, 3B NYM – Davis has played very well this year when he has been on the field; he has produced a .289 batting average and nine home runs across 228 at-bats. That .289 batting average is actually lower than his xBA of .301, which ranks in the 96th percentile. He has a 91.5 mph exit velocity (88th percentile) and his hard contact rate is solid at 40.7 percent. He also has a low soft contact rate of 10.7 percent. He is striking out less often than ever at a 20.5-percent rate. That’s a lot of positives in his hitting profile, and he would be fantasy relevant if he was seeing regular at-bats. With the Mets expected to trade Todd Frazier for anything they can get, Davis would likely be looking at a near everyday role as the Mets starting third baseman. Deep leaguers may want to bank on that trade taking place and go ahead and add Davis.Jakob Junis, SP KC – Junis has been on fire. Over his last three starts, he has a 1.35 ERA over 20.0 innings pitched while striking out 23. So that raises the question: Is he improving or has it just been a lucky stretch? Over that span he has a 13-percent swinging strike rate, which is a three percent increase from his 10-percent mark for the year, but he also has a .200 BABIP against in that span. That’s obviously not sustainable, and it’s a big factor in how he’s only given up 12 hits over those 20 innings. Junis has a nice slider, but he doesn’t do anything particularly well. His 42.2-percent hard contact rate against is very high (fourth highest in baseball, in fact) and the highest mark of his career, while he is inducing soft contact at the lowest rate of his career at 13.1-percent. His recent stretch makes him worth keeping an eye on, but I wouldn’t add him. Welcome back to another edition of the Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch. We have some interesting names to look at this week, including a few rookies. There’s a couple players who had rough starts to the year but have been playing well recently and are now stock risers. One of our fallers is a player that got off to a blazing hot start. That’s the great thing about fantasy: Things change all the time, and we constantly have to stay on top of everything. Without further ado, let’s dive in!MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO tools Fantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock risingJosé Leclerc, RP TEX – With Shawn Kelley landing on the IL, Leclerc is expected to return to a closing role for Texas, at least for the time being. Leclerc got off to a rough start to begin the year, which led to his removal from the closing role, but he has been pitching much better since. His high strikeout rates make him a strong fantasy option. Since the beginning of May, Leclerc has made 32 appearances and pitched 34.1 innings while posting a 2.88 ERA, a .156 batting average against, and 54 strikeouts. His 4.20 ERA for the year still doesn’t look great, but his 3.44 FIP, 3.71 xFIP, and 3.30 SIERA are all rock solid, and he has an impressive 13.60 K/9. His 17.9-percent infield fly ball rate is the ninth highest among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched, getting contact that almost always turns into outs. His .166 xBA against and .275 xSLG both land in the 99th percentile as does his fastball spin rate. He needs to be added in any league that he’s available in.A.J. Pollock, OF LAD – Since returning from the IL on July 12, Pollock is hitting .406 with four home runs, 12 RBI, and a pair of steals across nine games. Pollock has always been a very talented player when healthy, so seeing him play well is far from surprising. The health is an issue though, but if he is available on the wire, he is worth adding to your roster and hanging onto until the inevitable (unfortunate) injury occurs. His hard contact rate for the year is currently above 40 percent, and his 90.5 mph exit velocity is the highest of his career. He bats fifth in the potent Dodgers lineup and that should allow him plenty of RBI opportunities while he continues to produce a nice blend of power and speed. He should be owned in all leagues.Ramón Laureano, OF OAK – I will be honest, I was pretty low on Laureano coming into the year. When he was hitting .216 with three home runs, 12 RBI, and three steals through 36 games I was feeling pretty good about that assessment. But he’s obviously turned it around and is putting up very impressive numbers. Laureano is hitting .316 with 17 home runs, 41 RBI, and nine steals over his last 65 games, bringing his totals for the year up to a .282 batting average with 20 home runs, 53 RBI, and 12 steals. There are some things in his profile that do point to slight regression, though, including a league average hard contact rate of 39.5-percent, a .340 BABIP (not extremely high, but likely above where it will finish), a .263 xBA, and .450 xSLG. His profile points to an above-average player, not the elite level numbers that he currently is producing.Fantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock fallingDylan Cease, SP CWS – Cease has been a disaster since getting called up, pitching to a 6.19 ERA across three starts. He has great stuff and it shows with a strong 9.56 K/9, but he is the furthest thing from refined, and he has no idea where the ball is going. He currently has a 5.06 BB/9, which would be the second worst mark in baseball if he had enough innings to qualify. It’s not just the fact that he’s throwing balls, but also the fact that a lot of them aren’t even close. He is getting behind in the count or letting betters back into counts by throwing an 0-2 or 1-2 pitch above the batter’s head or bounced in front of the plate. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets sent back down if his struggles persist.Austin Riley, OF ATL – Riley set the fantasy baseball world on fire by hitting .298 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI through his first 30 games. He cooled off, though, and hit just .198 over his next 18 games, but still managed to smack five home runs and pick up nine RBI. However, the wheels are really coming off now, as he is hitting .171 with zero home runs and three RBI over his last 10 games, giving him a putrid .186 average over his last 28 games. That’s a pretty big sample of struggles and it’s time to be worried. Not only is he not hitting, but he’s not even making contact; over that 28 game span he has struck out 40 times in 97 at-bats, and over the last 10 games, he has struck out 14 times in 35 at-bats. His strikeout rate for the year is up to 34.3 percent. Yikes. With Ender Inciarte now back off IL for the Braves, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Riley on the bench a few days per week, especially against righties (.227/.271/.432 slash line – compared to .333/.417/.857 against lefties).