A buttery dinner roll with just a hint of cider

first_imgWe all have parts of the Thanksgiving dinner that we’re willing to outsource. Canned cranberry sauce thrives for this reason.But we believe fresh dinner rolls should not be one of those items. Hot-from-the-oven rolls are just too delicious for us to be willing to settle for purchased. And they are too essential to the overall meal. After all, you need something wonderful to mop up all that gravy.This Oct. 6, 2014, photo shows cider house butter rolls in Concord, N.H. These easy-to-make dinner rolls are inspired by buttery parkerhouse rolls, but are spiced and sweetened with a bit of fresh apple cider that has been boiled down to a syrup. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)So we created these easy-to-make dinner rolls that are inspired by buttery parkerhouse rolls, but are spiced and sweetened with a bit of fresh apple cider that has been boiled down to a syrup. You won’t regret carving out a little extra time to make these rolls.CIDER HOUSE BUTTER ROLLSStart to finish: 3 hours (25 minutes active)Servings: 241 quart apple cider1 cup whole milk1 tablespoon instant yeast1/4 cup honey2 egg yolks1 whole egg4 cups all-purpose flourKosher salt10 tablespoons room temperature butter, dividedIn a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat, bring the cider to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 1/2 cup.Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium, scald the meat by heating it just until tiny bubbles form (about 180 F). Set it and the cider aside to cool until just warm.In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the milk, yeast and honey and whisk together. Add the egg yolks, whole egg, flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, the cider reduction and 4 tablespoons of the butter. Fit the mixer with the dough hook, then knead on low for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Work in additional flour if necessary to form a soft dough.Cover the bowl and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 2 pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll each piece into a snake, about 24 inches long. Using a rolling pin, flatten the snake until it is 3 inches wide. Spread 2 tablespoons of the remaining softened butter over piece of dough.Fold the dough in half so that the two long sides touch and enclose the butter. Cut each length of dough into twelve 3-inch pieces. Arrange the pieces on their sides on the prepared baking sheet. The pieces may overlap a bit. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until puffy, 30 to 40 minutes.Approaching the end of the rising time, heat the oven to 350 F.Bake the pan of rolls until golden brown and an internal temperature reads 200 F, about 20 to 25 minutes. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and brush over the tops of the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Allow to cool slightly before serving.Nutrition information per serving: 210 calories; 90 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 11 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 50 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 3 g protein; 150 mg sodium.last_img read more

Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

first_img This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows the ingredients in a togarashi-spiced salmon dish that is one of the choices available as part of Amazon’s new ready-to-cook meal packages. The meal kits come with everything you need to prepare dinner for two. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle) ORDERING THE MEALAs a competitive athlete who trains a lot, I find generous portions are almost as important as lots of protein. I usually don’t eat red meat, and the chicken dish got a few bad reviews, so I went for Togarashi-spiced salmon with soba noodles. It was $20 for two servings, plus $10 for delivery.When I tried to place my order Tuesday, Amazon said the only delivery times left that day were for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Before confirming the order, though, those slots were gone.It was only 11 a.m.I could have gone to Amazon’s pickup location in another part of town, but who has time for that, especially in Seattle traffic? Instead, I chose delivery before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. It arrived before 5:30 a.m., as I headed out for a long morning run.FROM DOOR TO KITCHENThe meal kit was the size of a loaf of bread, but it came in a heavy bag that resembled a large paper grocery bag. Inside was a silver insulated bag, nestled inside a cardboard frame, and six ice packs. That’s a lot of packaging. I chose the delivery option that allowed the driver to leave it at my door, which may explain the extra layers.Each item was individually wrapped and marked. All I needed were a few pots and pans, a knife and some vegetable oil. The recipe also called for a pinch of salt from my kitchen, but I didn’t feel the need. The ingredients you had to supply on your own were reasonable, given that most kitchens would have these. Everything else was provided, including some sesame oil in a tiny container to saute my veggies.A MEAL IN A HALF-HOURI sauteed the asparagus and oyster mushrooms and cooked the salmon. I cooked the soba noodles and edamame together in boiling water, while I warmed the soup base in a separate pot. Once done, I arranged the noodles, edamame and salmon on plates and sprinkled each with asparagus, mushrooms, scallions and sesame seeds. The meal includes a side of pickled ginger.The recipe was easy to follow. I am an OK cook and have a few special dishes, but I find recipes often take a convoluted path from stove to table. This one had seven easy steps, such as boil the water.All this took less than 30 minutes, as promised. After about 10 minutes of washing veggies, chopping and opening packets, the cook time was minimal, just 13 minutes. Setting the table and opening the wine were the only other tasks.The servings were surprisingly large and visually appealing. Add a few glasses of white wine, and the meal was the perfect end to a very full day.THE VALUEI’ve been curious about meal kits for some time, but rivals such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh require you to subscribe to ongoing deliveries and pick your meals a week in advance. I wasn’t willing to commit to $60-plus per week for a multi-meal plan without first trying out the concept.Amazon lets you buy as you go, even spontaneously, notwithstanding the limited delivery windows. And the per-serving price is comparable with rivals — with a catch .Meal kits require membership in both Amazon Prime ($99 per year) and AmazonFresh ($15 per month). Those fees along with the $10 delivery fee should be factored into the overall price of each meal, which range from $16 to $20 for two servings.Amazon offers free delivery for orders over $40, but you lose freshness if you buy multiple meals at once. Instead, you could buy other groceries to qualify. AmazonFresh also has light bulbs and laundry soap.Of course, it’s ultimately cheaper just to buy these ingredients separately and assemble the meal yourself. But if you buy a whole tray of mushrooms and throw away all but the two you eat, then it’s no longer cheaper. Nor is ordering takeout all the time, not to mention also being less healthy.As someone who’s often too busy to cook elaborate meals, I’m hooked.In fact, knowing I needed a few groceries and dinner, I went on AmazonFresh early Friday and was able to secure an evening delivery. I added milk, juice and bananas to get free delivery.I’m looking forward to roasted cod with cannellini bean ragout and pesto. This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows the ingredients in a togarashi-spiced salmon dish that is one of the choices available as part of Amazon’s new ready-to-cook meal packages. The meal kits come with everything you need to prepare dinner for two. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle) This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows the packaging of ingredients in a togarashi-spiced salmon dish that is one of the choices available as part of Amazon’s new ready-to-cook meal packages. The meal kits come with everything you need to prepare dinner for two. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle)center_img SEATTLE | Amazon’s new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn’t have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.These meal kits come with just about everything you need to prepare dinner for two. You can choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat options. For now, Amazon’s meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle.There’s no major commitment, the way rivals require you to order an entire week of meals at a time. But you pay dearly for the convenience and flexibility, and you must plan ahead, at least for now. This Wednesday, July 19, 2017, photo shows togarashi-spiced salmon, prepared from one of Amazon’s new ready-to-cook meal packages. The meal kits come with everything you need to prepare dinner for two. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle)last_img read more

Legendary biking on North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey trail

first_img This June 21, 2017 photo shows Drew Redman attempting an unassisted crossing of a deeper-than-it-looks creek with Ryan Johnson supervising. Riders of the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora, North Dakota cross numerous creeks and the Little Missouri River during the 100-plus-mile route. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams) MEDORA, N.D. | For mountain bikers, North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail is such a treasure that people come from all over to experience it.I drove with friends more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to ride 100-plus miles (160 km) of the single-track trail, which is no wider than a bike. And we weren’t the only non-Dakotans traveling long distances to do it. We met folks from Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Montana and Wyoming.The MDH is located where the Great Plains meet the Badlands. To use North Dakota’s state slogan, it’s legendary. It connects the northern and southern units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state.With elevation changes of over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), only the fiercest of athletes complete the trail in one day, usually for the annual MDH 100 race (this year, Aug. 5). We opted for a multi-day, self-supported trip. That’s the essence of bikepacking — or backpacking by bike. This June 19, 2017 photo shows Drew Redman pumping water for Ryan Johnson’s various containers. Each campsite along the Maah Daah Hey Trail in western North Dakota, located at least 18 miles apart, had hand-pumped drinking water for hikers, horseback riders or mountain bikers. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams) This June 18, 2017 photo shows Ryan Johnson leading Drew Redman on the single-track trail that makes the Maah Daah Hey Trail, in western North Dakota, a popular destination for mountain bikers. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams)center_img This June 19, 2017 photo shows a fully loaded hardtail mountain bike propped up by a trail-marking post on the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora, North Dakota. The wooden fence posts placed along the trail were within sight of each other for easy navigation. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams) Within the first hour of leaving the northern trailhead, we knew we’d be tested by the rugged landscape. The unrelenting climbs, sheer cliffs along the exposed layers of the Badlands, switchback descents and grassy plateaus with panoramic views were going to be our repeating scenery for three days.After a two-hour opening night ride due to a late start, it took us three full days of 10 to 12 hours on the bikes to complete the trail. A fourth day would have made it a more relaxing experience with various side trips to the China Wall, Ice Caves and Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch.Bikepackers carry the same gear as backpackers with the addition of tools and spare bicycle parts. Ideally, the gear (including a multi-tool, chain breaker, spare tubes, tire levers, patch kit, chain lube and pump) should be distributed equally around the bike because riding single-track trails demands your attention and balance.When the narrow track zigzags, the bike needs to follow as riders become one with the trail. The ideal bike would be a hardtail (with or without suspension) mountain bike with 27.5 or 29-inch wheels and bags for the frame, fork, handlebar and seat post.But we’re proof you don’t need top-of-the-line gear to complete the trail. Two of our three riders used panniers, meaning saddlebags on racks over rear tires, though they did face more mechanical issues on 15-year-old bikes than the gearhead of the group. Plus the width of the bikes with panniers tended to disrupt the tall western wheatgrass and dense brush along the trail, leading to stops for tick checks and broken bike parts.Resting points were key to a successful trip, especially between the hottest times of day, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cooler, north-facing slopes and pockets of wooded draws were natural pit stops — usually in a grove of leafy cottonwood trees.The drier, south-facing buttes lent themselves to purple coneflowers, prairie roses, bright yellow blooming prickly pear cactus and the easily-recognizable yucca plant with its tall stalks. The wildflowers provided a contrast to the browns and greens dominating the landscape.One note of caution for this season: The area is experiencing a drought. A wildfire recently closed part of the MDH trail along with two campgrounds, but at the end of July, all sections were open.We each carried a total of 4 to 6 liters of water in daypacks, frame cages and luggage bags. Each campsite (CCC, Bennett, Magpie, Elkhorn, Wannagan, Buffalo Gap, Sully Creek), located at least 18 miles (29 km) apart, had hand-pumped drinking water.There are also water-cache sites that can be stocked before the trip by driving on dirt roads. The campsites can be accessed on those roads, making it possible for exhausted riders to catch a ride back to town or for sag wagons — support vehicles — to greet pampered riders at the end of the day with a cold beverage.Finding the campsites was a breeze with wooden fence posts placed on the trail within sight of each one.Roosevelt first came to the area to hunt buffalo but later returned to work as a rancher while working through grief for his late mother and wife, who died the same day in 1884. “The farther one gets into the wilderness,” he said, “the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.”If You Go…MAAH DAAH HEY TRAIL: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/destination/maah-daah-hey-trail or https://mdhta.com/trail-guide or https://mdhta.com/product/trail-maps/ .GETTING THERE: The town of Medora is the jumping-off point for the Maah Daah Hey trail and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The CCC campground, the northernmost part of the MDH, is located about 70 miles (113 km) north of town along Highway 85.FIRE AND WATER: Trail conditions, including wildfires or closures: https://www.ndtourism.com/articles/maah-daah-hey-trail . To check the flow of the main river crossing, the Little Missouri River, and several smaller creeks: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nd/nwis/rt .OFF THE BIKE: The Medora Musical, a Western-style musical show, runs all summer at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The Bully Pulpit golf course, just outside Medora, was named one of America’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest in 2013.TIPS: Visitors with bikes — even walking or carrying them — are not permitted on Theodore Roosevelt Park’s non-motorized trails. There are alternative routes around the park’s north and south sections.last_img read more

Rushant’s 45 headlines high-scoring week

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Dec. 12, Mt. Shadow – StablefordAlan Thomas (6) 35ptsAlly Walker (13) 34pts Barry Wood (11) 32ptsThe week got underway with a trip over to Mountain Shadow on Monday, a popular venue for a good number at the TRGG.  Just for once the course won with nobody bettering their handicap, but only just.Neil Bramley.The metronomic Alan Thomas returned 35pts on the day which was good enough to take first place.  Just a point behind was the nearly as steady Ally Walker and the newly returned, debonair gent Barry Wood walked off with third place before heading off to woo all the ladies around town.Tuesday, Dec. 13, Burapha – Stableford1st Neil Bramley (8) 41pts2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 40pts3rd Ally Walker (13) 35ptsOn Tuesday it was off to Burapha (A and B courses) and another of our regular winners. Neil Bramley, the reverse grip genius, showed once again that there is more than one way to hold a golf club and still manage to knock off a good score.  Sailing mighty close to a bandit score Neil can be forgiven as 40+ is a common tally at Burapha.Even our perennial second placed Derek Thorogood showed he also could amass 40pts but still not win.  Derek has to be the unluckiest golfer I know – other than myself of course.  Ally Walker once again finished in the places by taking third spot.Wednesday, Dec. 14, Phoenix – StablefordDiv.1 (0-14)1st Neil Wilkinson (12) 38pts2nd Ito Akitoshi (10) 36pts3rd Tristan Gilbert (10) 36ptsDiv. 2 (15+)1st Lawrence Lee (22) 38pts2nd John O’Donoghue (18) 36pts3rd Jack Mooney (17) 32ptsThe TRGG took the best turnout of the week over to Phoenix (Lakes and Ocean courses) on Wednesday and two divisions were necessary.Neil Wilkinson.In Division 1, one of my playing partners, Neil Wilkinson, won the day with 38pts.  I must admit that I have seen Neil play better so it quite surprised me that he had finished with the score he did, which was also good enough for him to win his separate and concurrent match play competition.  It just goes to show, you don’t always have to play out of your skin to win.  Ito Akitoshi again showed some good form by taking second place and long hitting lothario Tristan Gilbert finished in third.In Division 2, Lawrence Lee walked out one midsummer morning (you need a literary bent to pick up on that little gem) and strode off with first place.  Big John O’Donoghue arrived on time to finish second and my old mate and sparring partner Jack Mooney finished third.Thursday, Dec. 15, Green Valley – Stableford1st Ally Walker (13) 43pts2nd Rusty Barfield (5) 41pts3rd Billy Allan (19) 37ptsOn Thursday, the TRGG however headed off to Green Valley and Ally Walker made it a hat-trick of mentions in dispatches by finishing first on a definite bandit score of 43pts.  Watch this man, he may just need running out of town with a tarring and a feathering.Mike Rushant.The delightfully named Rusty Barfield took second place with another dodgy score for a five-handicapper (41pts) while Billy Allan kept things respectable with his 37 in third place.Friday, Dec. 16,Silky Oak – Stableford1st Mike Rushant (12) 45pts2nd Lawrence Lee (22) 39pts3rd Ally Walker (11) 39ptsThe golfing week drew to a close at Silky Oaks on Friday and it was a day that the baddest hombre west of the Pecos hit town.  Mike Rushant (aka the Milky Bar Kid), knee high to a grasshopper but twice as mean, tore the place apart.  He proceeded to rack up a truly unbelievable 45pts, collected his winnings, mounted his trusty steed and rode off into the sunset.  The TRGG immediately put a 10,000 baht bounty on his head.In second place Lawrence Lee had another good day and went off to have a cider with Rosie (another literary reference).  In third place Ally Walker had a bounty placed on his head also and was last seen running a four minute mile out of Pattaya.last_img read more

FC Nova hit I.Play for six

first_imgThe win sets up an mouth-watering clash against second placed Scandinavian Vikings in Bangkok this coming Saturday.  A win for Nova will almost certainly give them the league title as they remain 12 points clear of their arch rivals with only 5 games of the season remaining.  They also have a far superior goal difference over their Scandinavian counterparts.  However, the game will certainly not be easy for Nova, the Scans gave them a real test earlier on in the season in Pattaya and it took a last gasp winner from Mark McKeown to seal the points.FC Nova.Saturday’s game was certainly not the stroll in the park many would have anticipated.  Nova had smashed 17 goals past I. Play earlier on in the season, so the visitors were in determined fashion not to have further embarrassment heaped upon them this time round.Conditions were certainly not favourable to Nova’s flowing passing game.  A blustery wind and an under prepared pitch made it difficult for both sides to string any series of passes together.  With the strong wind in their favour the visitors made a positive start to the game and it came as a real body blow when Nova scored with virtually their first attack of the game inside 10 minutes.  Mark Hill’s searching long ball caught the I.Play defence flat footed allowing midfielder McKeown through on goal before confidently lobbing the keeper.Undeterred the visitors continued to press forward and Captain Lee Homer and his defence had to be at their best to keep a number of their attacks at bay.  Nova were struggling to get their passing game going but they still looked dangerous on the break and they extended their lead on the half hour; inform striker Bjorn Ellingsen doing all the hard work before threading a ball through to Paul Derbyshire to confidently side foot home.However the visitors deservedly got back into the game on the stroke of half time.  Nova attempted to pass the ball out of defence but it only resulted in their centre half Dar getting robbed in possession allowing the I.Play striker a clear run on goal before he slipped the ball under Art in the Nova goal.Coach Stuart Levy resisted the temptation of laying into his team at half time, knowing that although his team had not played well, they still led and with the wind in their favour come the second half they should go on and win the game.His confidence in his team proved correct as they soon extended their lead early in the second half.  It was a case of route one, as Homer’s long punt upfield from a goal kick resulted in McKeown once again outstripping the visitors defence before confidently firing home.  They repeated they trick soon after and once again Homer was the provider from the goal kick and this time Ellingsen supplied the finishing touch.The visitors continued to battle hard and make their own chances themselves but the Nova defence of Hill, Captain Homer, Daryl Mann and Dave Booton stood firm alongside keeper Art.The game became more stretched in the closing stages as I.Play, not prepared to sit back, committed more players upfield in a valiant attempt at somehow getting back into the game.  However the tactic was bound to leave gaping holes in their defence and Nova are the sort of team that will definitely exploit them and so it proved, as first the little “Pocket Rocket” McKeown, who continues to prove a thorn in every side he comes up against this season with his bursting runs from midfield, went on another surging run that only ended when he drilled the ball low and hard into the bottom corner to complete a memorable hat-trick.Soon after Ellingsen completed the scoring for his second and Nova’s sixth, when he latched on to a Daryl Mann through ball before rounding the keeper and tapping the ball into the empty net.It was a score line that was hard to take for the Bangkok based side but they can take pride in the way they travelled down and gave a spirited performance.  The game was again played in a competitive but fair manner and was well officiated by the Thai referee and his linesman.Coach Levy will hopefully have a couple of players back for Saturday’s crucial game in Bangkok.  Young winger Ben Bryant will certainly be a welcomed addition back to the squad after missing the last couple of games through injury.After the game both sets of players and management returned to Jamesons Irish Bar to watch the Manchester derby and tuck into the mouth watering chicken curry that had been laid on, before washing it down with numerous pints of lager. MBMG Bangkok International League Division 2Following FC Nova’s convincing 4–1 win over BSL Youth and the 7-0 trouncing of the Pickled Liver, the team continued their fine league form with another convincing win last Saturday, this time against lowly I.Play.  However the scoreline in the end slightly flattered the Pattaya based side as for long periods of the game their Bangkok counterparts more than matched the runaway league leaders. last_img read more

Pete Rose still beloved in hometown despite scandals

first_imgIt’s also a reminder of something more: Even with the gambling scandal, a lifetime ban and the fact that he hasn’t lived in Cincinnati for a long time, this is still Pete’s place.Baseball’s hits king remains revered in his hometown, no matter how much evidence surfaces about how he violated the sport’s cardinal rule by betting on baseball. For a generation, he represented Reds baseball with his grit and hustle.Still does for many Cincinnatians, who will get another chance to cheer him during the All-Star Game at Great American next week.“When you play in your hometown and you’re a great player like Pete was, you’ve got to be loved,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a teammate on the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. “The people appreciate what I did for the team and the great years I had here, which is why they love me, too. But it’s different. When it’s your home and you’re doing great, they love you more.”They’ve never stopped loving him, even though he’s been banned from the sport since 1989 for betting on baseball. The Reds have moved into a new ballpark since then, and Rose’s fingerprints are all over the place.Beyond the photo that was replaced by one of many All-Star Game banners throughout the stadium last week, the ballpark is located on Pete Rose Way, which was named before before his gambling scandal.Fans in Rose jerseys dot the stands at home games. The team’s adjacent Hall of Fame includes Rose prominently in the displays. A rose garden just outside the ballpark marks the spot where his record-breaking hit landed at old Riverfront Stadium in 1985.The 74-year-old hits king visits town a few times a year and attends games, sitting in the seats like any other fan. When he’s shown on the video screen, fans cheer and chant “Pete! Pete! Pete!”Those chants will fill Pete Rose Way again next week before the All-Star Game. Rose is being honored in Major League Baseball’s Franchise Four promotion — fans got to pick four top players from each team.Rose says Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin also were chosen to represent Cincinnati’s baseball tradition.How will everyone react when he makes a rare on-field appearance with baseball’s permission?“I don’t know what kind of reception (to expect),” Rose said recently. “When you’re walking out alongside Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a pretty good reception, you would think.”Oh, he knows. It’ll be loud. And everybody knows what they’ll be yelling.Larkin is also a Cincinnati native who played for the Reds in the 1980s when Rose was the player/manager. He understands what Rose’s presence on the field will mean for the city.“It’s unfortunate the way it’s gone down over the last 25 years or whatever it’s been,” Larkin said. “I think Pete’s role can be very significant. I felt bad that some players didn’t have the opportunity that I had to just pick his brain and access all of the information that he has that he can provide.“His participation will be well-received by the players, and I know the city will be very excited as well,” Larkin said.Outside the city, it’s a different story. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said this week that he’s disappointed in how Rose’s situation gets so much attention.“I guess I’m a little tired of his story overselling, overplaying other things like the Hall of Fame weekend,” Schilling said in a conference call about the home run derby. “Every weekend at the Hall of Fame when guys are getting inducted, there’s always Pete Rose stories. I think we’re going to get the same thing at the All-Star Game. He’s going to be the story.”Fans back home loved his head-first dives, the way he went chin-to-chin against players from the big-market teams and made small-town Cincinnati a back-to-back World Series champion.They love his Charlie Hustle. Always have.“I remember 1960 my first year in Geneva, the way Pete played,” Perez said, during a recent visit to Cincinnati with the Marlins. “He wasn’t the player he was later, but he hustled. He only played half a year in Geneva, but he was the most popular player because of the way he played.”The betting scandal and lifetime ban tarnished his image around the country, but fans in his hometown have stood behind him, forgiving his transgressions.“They should just let it go and put him in the Hall of Fame,” said Curt Miller, 47, attending a recent Reds game. “Everybody deserves a second chance.”___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay,It’s also a reminder of something more: Even with the gambling scandal, a lifetime ban and the fact that he hasn’t lived in Cincinnati for a long time, this is still Pete’s place.Baseball’s hits king remains revered in his hometown, no matter how much evidence surfaces about how he violated the sport’s cardinal rule by betting on baseball. For a generation, he represented Reds baseball with his grit and hustle.Still does for many Cincinnatians, who will get another chance to cheer him during the All-Star Game at Great American next week.“When you play in your hometown and you’re a great player like Pete was, you’ve got to be loved,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a teammate on the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. “The people appreciate what I did for the team and the great years I had here, which is why they love me, too. But it’s different. When it’s your home and you’re doing great, they love you more.”They’ve never stopped loving him, even though he’s been banned from the sport since 1989 for betting on baseball. The Reds have moved into a new ballpark since then, and Rose’s fingerprints are all over the place.Beyond the photo that was replaced by one of many All-Star Game banners throughout the stadium last week, the ballpark is located on Pete Rose Way, which was named before before his gambling scandal.Fans in Rose jerseys dot the stands at home games. The team’s adjacent Hall of Fame includes Rose prominently in the displays. A rose garden just outside the ballpark marks the spot where his record-breaking hit landed at old Riverfront Stadium in 1985.The 74-year-old hits king visits town a few times a year and attends games, sitting in the seats like any other fan. When he’s shown on the video screen, fans cheer and chant “Pete! Pete! Pete!”Those chants will fill Pete Rose Way again next week before the All-Star Game. Rose is being honored in Major League Baseball’s Franchise Four promotion — fans got to pick four top players from each team.Rose says Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin also were chosen to represent Cincinnati’s baseball tradition.How will everyone react when he makes a rare on-field appearance with baseball’s permission?“I don’t know what kind of reception (to expect),” Rose said recently. “When you’re walking out alongside Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a pretty good reception, you would think.”Oh, he knows. It’ll be loud. And everybody knows what they’ll be yelling.Larkin is also a Cincinnati native who played for the Reds in the 1980s when Rose was the player/manager. He understands what Rose’s presence on the field will mean for the city.“It’s unfortunate the way it’s gone down over the last 25 years or whatever it’s been,” Larkin said. “I think Pete’s role can be very significant. I felt bad that some players didn’t have the opportunity that I had to just pick his brain and access all of the information that he has that he can provide.“His participation will be well-received by the players, and I know the city will be very excited as well,” Larkin said.Outside the city, it’s a different story. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said this week that he’s disappointed in how Rose’s situation gets so much attention.“I guess I’m a little tired of his story overselling, overplaying other things like the Hall of Fame weekend,” Schilling said in a conference call about the home run derby. “Every weekend at the Hall of Fame when guys are getting inducted, there’s always Pete Rose stories. I think we’re going to get the same thing at the All-Star Game. He’s going to be the story.”Fans back home loved his head-first dives, the way he went chin-to-chin against players from the big-market teams and made small-town Cincinnati a back-to-back World Series champion.They love his Charlie Hustle. Always have.“I remember 1960 my first year in Geneva, the way Pete played,” Perez said, during a recent visit to Cincinnati with the Marlins. “He wasn’t the player he was later, but he hustled. He only played half a year in Geneva, but he was the most popular player because of the way he played.”The betting scandal and lifetime ban tarnished his image around the country, but fans in his hometown have stood behind him, forgiving his transgressions.“They should just let it go and put him in the Hall of Fame,” said Curt Miller, 47, attending a recent Reds game. “Everybody deserves a second chance.”___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay Pete Rose pauses as he talks with the media before a Frontier League baseball game between the Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers in Washington, Pa., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)CINCINNATI (AP) — A photograph of the bat and ball from Pete Rose’s record-setting 4,192nd hit has adorned the back of the enormous video board at Great American Ball Park for a dozen years, reminding everyone of one of the city’s biggest sports moments.last_img read more

Off Da Chain Divas Kickball League starts season

first_imgHEATED ACTION—Kim Hall of the Diva Dolls forces Andrea James of the Pittsburgh Divas out at second base during an Off Da Chain Divas Kickball game. FOUNDER—Tamicka Johnson, far right, founder of Off Da Chain Divas Kickball, watches a pop fly during a game between the Diva Dolls and the Pittsburgh Divas. THE BEGINNING—Above Cydney Matthews (center, in yellow) of the Pittsburgh Divas kicks a double during an Off Da Chain Divas Kickball game at Highland Park Farmhouse against the Diva Dolls. (Photos by Connor Mulvancy)Off Da Chain Divas Kickball League has been formed by Tamicka Johnson. The kickoff game was played between the Divas and the Diva Dolls.HIGH FIVES—Members of the Pittsburgh Divas and Diva Dolls high-five after their Off Da Chain Divas Kickball game.center_img DIVA ACTION—Angela Harris-Suave of the Diva Dolls takes a kick during an Off Da Chain Divas Kickball game against the Pittsburgh Divas.last_img read more

Former NFL Pro talks Concussions, CTE and their Effects on Black America (WATCH)

first_img*Antonio Moore interviewed former NFL player Jarred Page to discuss CTE, the film “Concussion” coming to theaters Friday starring Will Smith and the release of Moore’s powerful article on Vice Sports “Football’s War on the Minds of Black Men” Watch: Excerpt from the article: It’s easy to envision football becoming even more entrenched as a … Continue reading Former NFL Pro talks Concussions, CTE and their Effects on Black America (WATCH) →last_img

Unai Emery beats Barcelona for first ever time as a manager

first_img However, in his 21st game as a manager against Barcelona, he at last came up with the goods. Unai Emery broke his duck against Barcelona as Sevilla beat the Catalan side 2-1 at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.  It was the first time Emery, who was previously in charge of Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has ever beaten Barcelona in his career as a manager.  03/10/2015 Sport EN Second half goals from Michael Krohn-Dehli and Vicente Iborra helped the home side into a two-goal lead, with Neymar’s penalty not enough to force Barça back into the game. center_img Before Saturday, he had tried on 20 occasions and come up short every time — drawing six games and losing 14.  Upd. at 18:46 CEST In the league, he had faced them 15 times and lost 10 of those meetings, with the other five ending as draws. last_img read more

Italy calling? Fabregas looks likely to leave Chelsea

first_img Other clubs interested in Cesc’s services could be Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.  Upd. at 19:45 29/12/2015 CET Ramon Calderon previously tried and failed in 2006, as did Florentino Perez in 2011. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are interested in signing him and Fabregas could be set for a change of scenery as soon as January.  The 28-year-old from Arenys de Mar would cost somewhere close to the 33 million euros Chelsea paid for him 18 months ago. center_img Inter Milan and Juventus seem the best set to sign him, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.  Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is one of the most wanted players in the winter transfer market.  Since the departure from the London club of one of his biggest admirers, Jose Mourinho, the former Barcelona player seems further away from the Premier League with each passing day. Los Blancos would study a deal for the former Barça midfielder, nearly two years after he left Camp Nou, for the third time.  Pep Costalast_img read more