VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring batting average into Thursday’s Grapefruit League game with Florida. But that meager early showing notwithstanding, the man who is expected to be the Dodgers’ opening-day third baseman apparently doesn’t need to worry about his job security. For one thing, Betemit is out of minor-league options, and Dodgers officials still believe strongly enough that he is capable of developing into a dependable power hitter they aren’t willing to risk losing on the waiver wire. Betemit, who wasn’t in the lineup Thursday, has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. “Right now, I’m feeling better from both sides,” Betemit said. “I’m trying to be more aggressive at the plate. That’s what I have to do every day, go up there and get my pitch and swing the bat. I know I can hit here, but things like this happen. You can’t go 5 for 5 every day. But you always have to make adjustments and do better.” Second base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12). “He has come a long way since last spring,” Little said. “You can see the strength he has added in one year’s time, and that has helped him a lot. He also had a very good winter ball season in the Dominican Republic. He has gained a lot of confidence and a lot of strength, and that is a good combination.” Betemit also showed signs on Wednesday night, when he had what Dodgers manager Grady Little felt were two quality at-bats in the second inning. He flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and in the fourth he flied to right batting right off Aaron Thompson. “I know he did, just from the way he stayed back and hit both balls,” Little said. “I think it’s a confidence thing with him. He just needs to get going and get untracked. I don’t have a lot of worries about him.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
92 owners of 182 properties are affected by the city’s current proposed boundary extension to the west and southwest of Fort St. John. The representatives of 121 of those properties have indicated they are opposed to the proposal, while four are in support and three would support it conditionally. One property with multiple owners was split between conditional support and opposition, and 23 properties did not respond to a survey. The 30 properties owned by B.C. Hydro are considered neutral.$150,000 is allotted in the proposed 2014 operating budget for boundary extension, which is not just for its current proposed application, but as the City continues to receive applications for inclusion, it could consider others in the near future. They include phasing in property taxes over five years, and a reduction in charges at the Rural Water Station and Sewer Transfer Station. The difference between the cost for city residents and the rural rate will be reimbursed to property owners on a semi-annual basis. In 2014, that would be the difference between $3 per cubic metre for rural residents and $1.28 in the city. The reduction will cease once the property is connected to the City’s water and sewer system. The ability to connect would be dependent on a Local Area Service Program, if residents request the service, and more than 50 per cent of landowners approve the cost. – Advertisement -The phased in property tax rate would apply, unless the land is rezoned or subdivided, has its use changed, or gets connected to municipal water and sewer services at the landowner’s request. A previous suggestion for it to no longer apply if the property title owner changes was removed.The existing land use for the properties will be grandfathered in until they are rezoned. Advertisement
Vinnie Jones has told talkSPORT Raheem Sterling’s wastefulness in front of goal is a ‘worry’ for England ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia – saying the Manchester City forward ‘would be playing for Exeter’ if he didn’t have his lightning-quick pace.Sterling has faced criticism from some quarters over his performances so far at the World Cup.He scored 23 goals for Man City last season but is yet to find the net for the Three Lions in Russia, having wasted a number of glorious chances to score, including two in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.However, many recognise his contribution to the team and their run to the last-four. The 23-year-old is always on the move and his forward runs scare the pants off defenders, while freeing up space for his England team-mates. 2 2 Harry Maguire scored England’s first goal against Sweden GETTY Sterling was one of the players whose decoy run allowed Harry Maguire space to score from a corner against Sweden Yet, there is no mistaking the Three Lions’ need to be more clinical when they face Croatia for a place in their first final since 1966, as Jones pointed out on Monday.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the FA Cup-winning footballer-turned actor said: “I know there’s been a lot of criticism for Sterling.“He is getting in all the right positions, but sometimes you look at Sterling and you think, if he didn’t have that pace he’d be playing for Exeter or someone.“It’s a bit of a worry. For me, Vardy would have scored. He would have knocked that one in over the top, he’s got a great touch. I’m a big Vardy fan, I think he would have scored a couple against Sweden.”Jones had more praise for defender Harry Maguire, who scored his first England goal in Saturday’s victory over Sweden in Samara. The Leicester City centre-back has been one of the Three Lions’ outstanding stars in Russia so far, and Vinnie believes he is good enough to have played in any of England’s best squads over the last few decades.“Maguire has been absolutely magnificent,” the former Chelsea and Wimbledon man said.“He could have played alongside Tony Adams, he could have played in any decade really. He passes it well and every set play he’s so dangerous.“And I’m so pleased for Pickford,” he added. “He’s been absolutely brilliant.“What we need now is for Dele Alli to step up. He scored the goal and got away with it [against Sweden]. Sometimes a goal covers up stuff and Dele has not played well yet.“We need a good Dele Alli to step up against Croatia, he’s going to be in there with Modric…”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia: Wednesday July 11 – Kick Off 7PM BST