Royals, Raiders in final showdown

first_imgUnbeaten Victory Valley Royals will battle Retrieve Raiders in the final of the 2019 Linden Amateur Basketball Association [LABA]/Youth Basketball Guyana [YBG] Inter Club Championships tonight from 19:30hrs, following semi-final wins on Saturday at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard-court. Royals dismissed Kings 78-43 in their semi-final clash. Immanuel LaRose led the rout with 33 points while the duo of Shemar Henry and Kobe Tappin chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively. For the Kings, T. Thom top scored with eight points.In the second semi-final, Raiders bested Amelia’s Ward Jets 57-50. Kareem Roberts recorded 19 points in the win with teammates Stephan Duncan and Joshua Grannum adding 12 points each. For the Jets, Leon Benjamin tallied 19 points while Gavius George and Jennis Benjamin supported with 14 and 13 points each. The losing semi-finalists will contest the third place playoff at 18:30hrs.last_img read more

Gossai wants CWI president to stop DCB, GCB elections

first_imgAttorney-At-Law for the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Arudranauth Gossai has written the president of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerrit seeking his intervention in Guyana’s cricket administration. Gossai, who also represents the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and the Upper Demerara Cricket Association (UDCA), said his clients, who represent a majority stakeholder in the administration of cricket in Guyana, “have instructed me to write to you seeking the urgent intervention of the WICB/CWI into the grave travesty that is ongoing, unabated, in the administration of cricket in Guyana.”Gossai wrote extensively, going into detail about the many court actions that continue to plague the administration of cricket in Guyana. In some instances he sent supporting documents.Gossai said he wanted the CWI president to intervene in the plans by some cricket administrators to stage elections of the Demerara Cricket Board and the Guyana Cricket Board today and tomorrow. He noted that a notice in the classified section of a local newspaper, advertised for the staging of elections of the Demerara Cricket Board today and elections of the Guyana Cricket Board tomorrow.He described as flagrant disrespect, the decision to stage the annual general meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board even though, the  Court of Appeal is yet to rule whether the order suspending the Cricket Act should be set aside.“My clients sincerely believe that your office can and should intervene to prevent the unlawful and illegal elections which are scheduled for January 25th and 26th, 2020,” Gossai wrote adding..”My clients have successfully approached the High Court to stop the illegality.”last_img read more

Persaud savors victory

first_imgCornelia Ida Cricket Club captain, Akshaya Persaud, says he relishes his team’s success after they won the West Demerara Cricket Association tournament sponsored by Beacon Café. On Sunday, a high-intensity final at a packed Wales Community Centre ground, witnessed CI beating McGill Superstars by three wickets in a low-scoring affair.After the match, Stabroek Sport caught up with the first-class player who spoke of the victory.“First off I must thank the sponsors and the organisers for a well-run tournament and McGill for putting up such a good fight but I want to thank my team for showing their determination and coming out with the win,” he said. “Winning a final is always a team’s main goal going into a tournament and winning another title for the team and village is a great feeling,” the 22-year-old added.The top-order batsman, who leads the West Demerara Franchise in the Cricket Guy Inc., Franchise tournament, credited his teammates, particularly the top order and the spinners for their efforts.“Throughout the tournament, we had total team effort. Every player played their part when called upon and it’s good to see that we carried that some energy into the final and won it.” Persaud, who also has a younger brother, Ajita, in the side, explained that the win means a lot to him personally and reflects the growth the club has made over the last three years, having consistently groomed the younger players to come through the ranks.“For the past three years, we’ve been grooming our team. Our team is a very young one. For the past couple of years we didn’t have a ground to train and practice as a team so most of the players would just turn up and play and that would be it but we still made it to a T20 final last year, but for the past year we’ve been doing some work on the ground so most of the players now are training together in the afternoons,” the Guyana Jaguars player pointed out.“Our goal as a team is to win all the West Demerara competitions and be the number one team in the association because we have the abilities, skills, and talent to do so,” he added. Persaud, a certified level two coach says that once the ground is completed, he will be dedicating his time to serve the village and members of the club by providing the necessary training they need to continue to strive towards their goal.last_img read more

Project Restart: Premier League doctors raise concerns over resuming season

first_img(BBC) A number of Premier League club doctors have raised a range of concerns with league bosses over plans to resume the season, BBC Sport has learned. One issue that the senior medics have sought assurances over includes their own liability and insurance cover if players contract the virus.The Premier League has also been asked to provide some clarity over medical protocols, testing and player welfare.The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June resumption. The 20 club doctors have been holding their own discussions about Project Restart – the label given to plans to resume action – with a view to feeding their thoughts into the Premier League’s leadership.A Premier League source told the BBC that they viewed the move by the medics as a natural part of the process with clubs, and a means of reaching “the best possible set of protocols”.They also confirmed that the league was in talks with insurance companies over the issue of club and doctor liability, and that this would be brought up with government representatives this week. The Premier League is represented on a cross-sport working group of medical experts and public health officials which will meet for the second time in a week tomorrow.The panel is devising the health and hygiene measures that players, managers and club staff will be asked to agree to before full training and then competition can resume, but only if the government deems it safe to do so.The government is set to review its lockdown measures later this week, with the Premier League meeting to vote on the plans next Monday. A number of players and sports medics have already voiced their concerns about whether it is safe to return to action. Eamonn Salmon, the chief executive of the Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA), has told BBC Sport that opinion among doctors and physios at English football clubs regarding resumption plans was varied.Speaking last week, he said: “I guess the views of our members will be a kind of snapshot of society really.“There are those who think it can be done, there are those that are doubtful and there are those that probably suggest it is an impossible task. “We have to wait, this is a waiting game all the time, it is such a changing landscape and fluctuating on a day to day basis.“This is just the start in some respects, whatever proposals are put there it is then open to debate and for comment and opinion to feed into that.”If training is resumed before social distancing rules are relaxed, BBC Sport understands players will be tested for coronavirus twice a week and would be screened for symptoms every day.All tests would be carried out by health professionals at a drive-through NHS testing facility that each club would have access to. Training grounds will be optimised for social distancing and high hygiene levels. In addition:Players must arrive at training grounds in kit and wear masks at all times.They must not shower or eat on the premises. If clubs want to provide players with food, it must be delivered as a takeaway to players’ cars. Only essential medical treatment would be allowed, with all medical staff in full PPE.All meetings and reviews must take place virtually and off-site.In Germany, where the Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in Europe to return to competition, 10 positive results have been returned from 1,724 coronavirus tests from clubs in the top two divisions. Cubs have been training in groups and the tests are being taken before a planned return to training as teams.Measures including “the isolation of the affected person” have been taken, said the DFL.Top-flight side Cologne have had no further Covid-19 infections after three people tested positive last week. Bundesliga officials suggested resuming on 9 May but the government delayed the decision and a restart may now be on 16 or 23 May.last_img read more

Carsten Koerl – Sportradar – Brave New World: eSports’ integrity & game challenges

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Related Articles Carsten KoerlFresh from announcing his firm’s first esports centric data and integrity partnership with ESL the world’s largest eSports network, SBC catches up with Sportradar CEO & Founder Carsten Koerl.A leading figurehead in sports and wagering data, Koerl sheds insight and opinion on the growth of esports, its potential integrity challenges and the sectors development of competitive/wagering functions.____________________________________SBC: Hi Carsten good to catch up, as a betting and data industry veteran what are your initial impressions on eSports as a sports and business entity?Carsten Koerl: I think most seasoned sports and betting industry operators would recognise that in 2015, esports is a by-word for innovation, excitement, drama, youth and the future. Across all measures, it simply cannot be ignored. From a purely sporting point of view, we can look at some key performance indicators: mid-week matches regularly garner over 100,000 viewers online and recent figures claim 205 million people worldwide watched or played esports in 2014. North America and Europe now claim 28 million esports fans and that number is growing by 21 per cent a year.Then you look at the business indicators: companies such as Coke, Nissan, and Red Bull have joined recent tournament sponsor rosters while the prize pool for The International has increased by more than 580 per cent since 2012! We have been developing our expertise and team for a while now and are delighted that we have secured our partnership with ESL and can really begin to make our presence and value known in the esports ecosystem.SBC: You touch on the ESL deal, which is a pretty comprehensive collaboration. Can you outline exactly what makes up the partnership? CK: ESL is one of the most established names and the biggest player in the market with strong relationships with the big publishers. This partnership will allow us to receive valid and reliable data on an automated and exclusive basis. We will become the provider of the full pre-match life cycle of odds, statistics and live scores, in-play odds and streaming, allowing our betting operators clients the opportunity to tap into the esports market like never before.The exclusive real-time data will be provided via API, completely scout free, and will ensure the data is received as fast as possible, as accurate as possible and free of error or interference. We will also be the exclusive provider of the fastest live streams that are at least 30 seconds faster than any other stream available to online operators. As always with Sportradar, speed and accuracy that operators can rely on characterises our offering.SBC: eSports is a fast growing market with many unique player and game intricacies, how does this impact the monitoring of competitive activity?CK: I think you raise a really fundamental point here.  esports as a catch-all term is a bit of a misnomer because it bunches all the different games together.Our concern, and the concern of the people in the esports ecosystem, is that those looking to enter the market and/or service it, don’t appreciate that. Each game is separate. Each publisher is different. They are all separate sports with different gameplay mechanics, audiences, locations, rules and risks. We have taken the time to build up our internal expertise not only in ‘esports’, but in each game: Dota 2, CS:GO, League of Legends etc. That dedication and understanding of the landscape was what drew ESL to us and why they have trusted us not only to be their betting partners, but so importantly, their integrity partners across their competitions and tournaments, and across the different games those include.SBC: You have entered an integrity partnership ESL, at this early stage of partnership and industry growth how should integrity factors be defined by stakeholders?CK: ESL are truly at the vanguard of this sector. We have seen impressive figures across the industry, but ESL have their own: in the last 18 months, top team salaries have increased tenfold, while in the same timeframe, prize money purses have risen four times across their competitions. But ESL are not just about opportunity. They are also about responsibility; which is why we are delighted to be working with them. This year they were first to move on a key integrity issue: anti-doping, announcing plans to update their regulations back in July. By partnering with Sportradar, they have made a statement that they want to be the esports innovator with the most sophisticated, most engaging and more beneficial relationship with their data and the betting world. Match manipulation monitoring is at the heart of that and it should reassure all stakeholders, including betting operators, that the Fraud Detection System will be applied to all ESL’s competitions and tournaments.SBC: Sportradar has worked with a number of sporting associations and governing bodies, can cross learnings from traditional sports be passed on to a virtual play format such as eSports?CK: Yes absolutely…We already offer a full suite of betting solutions to 30 other sports and offer tailored versions of the Fraud Detection System to ten sports. So there is a great deal of overlap. We are treating esports exactly the same: we have the specialists, we understand betting and we are providing exactly the same suite of services that we would to any other, more ‘traditional’ sport. But as I mentioned above, the specificities of not only the industry at large, but also each of the games involved cannot be ignored. So all our products and services have been completely tailored to each of the game formats and competition formats. It is only with that investment of time, resources and expertise into providing bespoke solutions that are our operator clients can continue to rely on our usual reliability, accuracy and speed.SBC: In terms of integrity and player and customer protection, what advice would you give bookmakers eyeing potential eSports activityCK: I think this partnership showcases that we are the go-to betting solution provider to the betting industry. But what is truly ground-breaking with this ESL partnership is that we are engaging the revolutionary distribution concept made possible by our Managed Trading Services. Our MTS capabilities mean we will have access to each and every ticket and this is the only way to guarantee stable margins, to prevent match fixing and to offer an unmatched live betting product. Using the MTS for this purpose is new and is a clear sign that we are committed to meeting the needs of this unique sport and innovating in a way that will ensure the most reliable service to our bookmaker clients and most in-depth monitoring for stakeholder peace of mind.SBC: Finally, as the eSports market attaches wagering and further competitive elements, will this new market introduce new corporate players to the sports betting market. Will eSports blur the lines of the betting industry?CK: Unsurprisingly, esports is proving to be a real magnet for those interested in opportunities: whether profile-raising, revenue-generating etc. Like I said above: difficult to ignore. One set of interesting entrants are the fantasy sport giants. Just last month, only a day after DraftKings announced it would be offering fantasy competitions around competitive esports, rival FanDuel announced its acquisition of AlphaDraft, a site that offers fantasy contests focused on esports. That those two are joining the current incumbent Vulcun, which offer seven figure US dollar prize pools, should be seen as an indicator of growth.As for general interest, big companies are already sponsoring esports heavily, including Intel and Red Bull. Let’s be honest here. Esports offers a powerful avenue into the incredibly valuable 16-25 male demographic that corporations are so keen to get their products in front of. We fully expect more corporations and stakeholders to gravitate towards esports as they look to ride the wave of this growing phenomenon. It’s an exciting sport that we are looking forward to service and our suite of solutions will change the way bettors bet on its competitions and reassure stakeholders in equal measure.____________________Carsten Koerl – Founder & CEO Sportradarlast_img read more

William Hill to pay National Living Wage to Under-25s

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill PLC has committed to extend the Government’s National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour to all employees including those in the 18-25 bracket from April 1st 2016.James Henderson, William HillThe company currently employs over 12,500 people in its UK retail business and while the majority are currently above the national minimum wage around 4,500 will benefit from the new National Living Wage. The voluntary application to 18-25s will benefit 2,000 colleagues in that age group.William Hill Chief Executive Officer James Henderson started out working in a betting shop in 1985.He said of the company’s decision: “I am pleased to announce that William Hill will commit to paying the National Living Wage to all our employees, including under-25 year olds from April 1st. Our shop colleagues are key to providing an enjoyable, responsible environment for customers in all our 2,370 locations and therefore think it only fair to extend it.”last_img read more

Orioles eyeing more with trade deadline approaching?

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)Already more active than most contending clubs with the non-waiver trade deadline just a few days away, the Orioles reportedly may not be finished dealing.The additions of pitchers Scott Feldman and Francisco Rodriguez have helped bolster their starting rotation and bullpen respectively, but executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette could be eyeing even bigger names, according to several media reports. The Orioles are looking to add a front-end starting pitcher and are among the teams interested in White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.The 32-year-old Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 earned run average in 13 starts this season and has a $13.5 million salaries in 2013 and 2014 and has a player option of $15 million for the 2015 season.Other pitchers who are candidates to be traded include Houston’s Bud Norris — a starter the Orioles will see on Tuesday — and Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, but Heyman also discussed the possibility of Phillies starter Cliff Lee being dealt. However, Lee is making $25 million in 2013 and the two seasons that follow and a $27.5 million vesting option for the 2016 season, making it virtually impossible to think a team like the Orioles would have any real interest.Lee would provide the most dramatic upgrade to any rotation as he is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 starts this year, but it remains unclear whether the Phillies will actually trade him for the right offer.The Orioles may also be in the market for another bat as Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau has been discussed as a possible acquisition, according to The Sun. The 2006 American League MVP is 32 and will see his contract expire at the end of the season, meaning the Orioles would only be on the hook for roughly $5 million or so of his $14 million salary in 2013.Morneau is hitting .267 with eight home runs and 53 runs batted in this season.Other DH options who could be potentially available include Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, and even the currently-injured Michael Morse of Seattle. ESPN’s Buster Olney has also mentioned San Diego outfielder Carlos Quentin as a possibility, but he is owed a combined $17.5 million in 2014 and 2015 and has a long history of difficulty staying on the field due to injuries.While the Orioles could stand to upgrade the DH spot that’s been an albatross all season and add a starting pitcher as Jason Hammel once again struggled on Sunday, it’s difficult to envision Duquette gaining the clearance from owner Peter Angelos to add much more payroll to what’s already an estimated $92 million club.In addition to the money, the Orioles just traded infield prospect Nick Delmonico — not a can’t-miss talent, mind you — for Rodriguez and have given no indication that they’re willing to deal the likes of pitcher Kevin Gausman or infielder Jonathan Schoop in order to acquire premium — and expensive — talent. The commodities to acquire top talent just aren’t there unless the Orioles want to completely strip a farm system they’re trying to build through the draft and international scouting.The lineup has struggled of late, but the Orioles entered Sunday ranked third in the majors in runs scored, fourth in batting average, and first in home runs. Paying the price in both prospects and money for a decent lineup upgrade in Morneau wouldn’t seem to be the best use of resources if it’s possible to find an improvement for the starting rotation as Hammel has struggled all season after taking the ball for manager Buck Showalter on Opening Day.Of course, none of these reports mean the Orioles will pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal, but the names being tossed around certainly don’t seem to fit with the Orioles’ philosophy and payroll in recent years.last_img read more

Ovechkin, Caps Rout Predators, 5-2

first_imgIn hockey, if you play the right way, good things usually happen.On Tuesday night, Washington played the right way for the first 30 minutes against Carolina but ended up losing, primarily on goaltending. On Saturday night, the Capitals once again came out the correct way, but this time they received the expected result, racing to an early 3-0 lead and cruising to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.Troy Brouwer, Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt, and Eric Fehr all tallied in a much needed win that pushes the Caps record to 15-12-2 (32 points), good for second place in the Metropolitan Division.Going up and down the roster on Saturday night, every player contributed in this victory and Caps Coach Adam Oates has to be happy about that. His team did a nice job of getting pucks and bodies to the net and that allowed them to score more goals. Sure Nashville misses goalie Pekka Rinne, who is one of the league’s best, but Washington made it tough on backup Marek Mazanec with an increased net presence.Defensemen Patrick Wey received his first NHL game tonight replacing Tyson Strachan, who was sent back to Hershey before hitting the 10 game limit that eventually would require #23 to clear waivers to go to Chocolatetown, and he acquitted himself well playing with Dmitry Orlov. Since #81 has gotten into the lineup the Capitals puck movement out of their own zone has been on the uptick (last three games). Every defensemen played well on Saturday. Schmidt notched his 1st NHL goal, Alzner scored his first ever tally at the Verizon Center, and Mike Green and John Carlson were dominant. #74 was +3 on the night. I’m not a big +/- stat guy, but that number was reflective of Carlson’s performance against Nashville. He is playing super and Preds GM David Poile, who doubles as Team USA GM, has to be pretty happy about having Carlson on the American Olympic team roster in Sochi in February.Up front, Martin Erat (1 assist) had a productive night against his old team and he clicked as the center with Joel Ward and Jason Chimera. Both of those wingers, #’s  25 and 42, have continued to make whomever their 3rd line mate is look good this season. As I said above, up and down the lineup there were strong performances. Tom Wilson continues to impress and at some point, he will deserve more ice time. Washington has a surplus of forwards and they’ve now used 12 defensemen this season. That is number one in the NHL. The defense, after Green, Carlson, and Alzner, is extremely inexperienced. Schmidt is playing super but it’s a long season and then comes the playoffs. Once everyone is healthy up front, and Brooks Laich doesn’t appear to be close to that right now, a trade to get a more experienced and top 4 D seems necessary.Right now, what matters is playing properly and getting wins. This was a victory against a Western Conference team and in regulation. Washington played well and deserved the two points, now they go to New York on Sunday night to take on the despised New York Rangers. A victory there would be big for this team. If they play the same way they did tonight and get pucks and bodies to the net, the Caps will finally be able to dent Henrik Lundqvist, assuming he’s in net for the Blueshirts.Notes: Lundqvist took the loss for the Rags against the Devils tonight so it’s not clear if the $59.5M man will start against Washington on Sunday. One would imagine that Oates comes back with Holtby at Madison Square Garden. Braden is great in Saturday night games and once again he produced a victory. It must be the Hockey Night in Canada influence that gets #70 to raise the bar on Saturday tilts…the Caps were 1-4 on the power play and Ovechkin now has 136 career PP goals, one behind the Capitals all time leader, Peter Bondra. The Gr8 has 22 goals in 27 games, a staggering pace…Wilson beat up Rich Clune after the Predator tried to change the momentum of the game. #43 is tough and is already in the “Eats Rocks for Breakfast” club…Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom each had two assists…Washington won the faceoff battle, 34-30.last_img read more

Newly-released receiver Steve Smith firmly on Ravens’ radar

first_imgWhat’s been expected for a couple days became official Thursday morning as the Carolina Panthers released longtime wide receiver Steve Smith.And the Ravens are ready to pounce as multiple outlets immediately pointed to Baltimore as the favorite to land the 34-year-old wideout who had spent his entire 13-year career with the Panthers. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound receiver is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and has long been praised for his toughness and playmaking ability despite his slight stature.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith was to fly to Baltimore Thursday night to meet with the Ravens on Friday. However, New England, San Diego, Washington, and Seattle have also expressed interest in the veteran receiver, according to Yahoo! Sports.“He can play. It would be nice,” wide receiver Jacoby Jones said after signing his four-year contract on Thursday. “[I’d have] open arms. If you can play, and they like you, then I love you.”Smith was scheduled to carry a $7 million cap figure, but the Panthers instead elected to move on from the franchise’s all-time receiving leader after he recorded 64 catches for 745 yards in 15 games, his lowest totals since 2010. Carolina will still owe him $5 million as he will receive $3 million guaranteed and an additional $2 million in deferred bonus money.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh expressed their desire at the beginning of the offseason to acquire an impact receiver who can move the chains and gain yards after the catch. However, Smith’s 11.6 yards per catch average in 2013 was the second-lowest mark of his career (not counting the 2004 season in which he only played one game) and a sharp decline from the 16.1 yards he averaged per reception in 2012.In his career, Smith has recorded seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons and has caught 67 touchdowns, but he will turn 35 in May.last_img read more

The Fault in our star: Manny Machado

first_imgMaybe Saturday’s mini-meltdown at the plate, after being called out on strikes was due to the fact that Machado’s coping skills are late to the develop, given the fact that he’s a mere 21-years-and-11-months old.  But how to you explain the multiple smacks to A’s catcher Derek Norris’ head?.  Perhaps Friday night’s incident, when Machado felt he was improperly tagged too roughly by his third base counterpart, Josh Donaldson, was an overreaction from a young and fiery alpha male who just can’t control his own competitiveness.Let’s be honest here–what kind of upstanding human being pops another in the head with a bat and doesn’t so much as glance to see if he’s conscious, angry, happy, or dead?What kind of person actually cracks a smile at the possibility of injuring a fellow competitor?  And, if your answer to those few questions is rooted in a semblance of decency, you have to ask yourself, what kind of player–more importantly–what kind of person is Manny Machado?After nearly being hit by A’s pitcher Fernando Abad in the 8th inning on Sunday, Machado decided to retaliate on the ensuing pitch.  It’s one thing to charge the mound and posture a bit, it’s another to send a nearly three-foot piece of solid lumber dangerously and violently tomahawking through the air.Some die-hard Orioles’ fans, blinded by the brightness of Machado’s ability and value to the franchise and the city’s sports realm, will buy the “it slipped” excuse.  But to anyone with a half-shred of common sense, it only takes one review of the highlight reel to reveal that the bat-fling was certainly not a result of poorly applied pine tar.Since Friday night’s run-in with Donaldson, Machado had an agenda.  He wanted to cause problems in the name of revenge and retaliation; he had the malicious desire to inflict pain no matter what the severity of potential collateral damage.  Alas, the only damage he did was to himself.A current Google search of “Manny Machado” will feature descriptions laced with words like “punk” and “thug.”  Message boards on blogs are calling for his suspension and referring to him in terms that aren’t becoming of one of Major League Baseball’s brightest commodities.  Sports fans have lost respect for a player who barely had enough time to even earn it in the first place.Perhaps that’s just it.  In Baltimore, it’s been easy to fall in love with the idea of Manny Machado.Flashy glove, steady bat, rock-solid fundamentals and instincts to go along with a clean-cut and boyish look–Machado has it all, at least from a physical standpoint.  But the measure of a man and of Baltimore’s own newly-maligned national public enemy, is-and-always-will-be, rooted in character and the maturity to act like a man and carry on like a pro.For now Machado is still a star.  He’ll have chances to fix the faults we’ve witnessed over the past three days.  One way or the other in the coming months and years, Manny is going to be Manny–and for now, there’s no clear-cut answer to what that actually means. Please follow me at @TonyWizTweets Maybe it’s a maturity thing; or maybe it’s just a new type of Manny being Manny situation.Since making his debut in 2012, Manny Machado has been the golden child of the Baltimore sports scene.  Over the last three days, he’s made a strong bid for newly anointed prodigal son.Until this point in his young career, questions surrounding the budding superstar were centered upon whether or not he’s more gifted than Ripken or more fluid than Robinson.  In the wake of his weekend-long mental-meltdown, the questions have more to do with his level or maturity and his makeup as a young man.Certainly not the type of debate and national backlash that anyone in Baltimore–outside of perhaps, Buck Showalter–was prepared to defend.Showalter’s defense of Machado’s actions, especially his statement about Machado “handling it better than someone with experience,” is laughable at best, pitiful at worst.  But that’s a debate for another day.  Today, right now, Machado is center stage–and he will be for the next few days, as Major League Baseball is likely to suspend him for multiple games after reviewing his weekend conduct.Let’s digress, thoughlast_img read more