Toua wins first gold medal for PNG in Pacific Games

first_imgLong time champion PNG weightlifter Dika Loa Toua has won PNG’s first gold medal at the 16th Pacific games by taking out the snatch in the 49kg division at Apia, Samoa. Toua also won gold in the clean and jerk and registered three Pacific Games gold medals for PNG. The Oceania and Commonwealth weighting lifting championship titles is also being held in Samoa and Dika also won the Oceania category but finished third in the commonwealth category, behind a Canadian and the winner Chanu Mirabal Saikhom from India. Her sister Konio won PNG’s first medals, a silver each in the snatch, clean and jerk.last_img read more

2017 Orioles preview: Caleb Joseph

first_imgWith Opening Day less than a month away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.March 1 – Manny Machado March 2 – Kevin Gausman March 3 – Adam Jones March 4 – Darren O’Day March 5 – Seth Smith March 6 – Mike WrightC Caleb JosephOpening Day age: 30Contract status: Under club control through the 2020 season2016 stats: .174/.216/.197, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB, 141 PAWhy to be impressed: His extreme struggles at the plate aside, Joseph remained an above-average defensive catcher as he was worth two defensive runs saved and threw out 31 percent of runners attempting to steal. He also remained an asset as a pitch framer and was valued at 2.7 runs above average in that department, according to Stat Corner.Why to be concerned: Joseph set a major league record for most plate appearances without an RBI in a season, an alarming development hastened by a testicular injury that required surgery and sidelined him for more than a month. His career 7.3 percent extra-base hit rate entering 2016 plummeted to 2.1 percent in 2016 and his contact rate dropped by more than two percent from his first two seasons.2017 outlook: It’s easy to bury Joseph after a historically-inept season, but his .660 on-base plus slugging percentage over his first 630 major league plate appearances is a reasonable sample suggesting that he can be a solid backup. With a healthy spring and improved luck from his .221 batting average on balls in play in 2016, Joseph should return to being an acceptable reserve with above-average defensive skills. Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .222/.280/.360, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 19 R, 0 SB, 191 PAlast_img read more