Over 1.5 million Fan IDs issued as World Cup’s group stage ends

first_imgMoscow, June 29: More than 1.5 million Fan IDs have been issued for the spectators by the end of the FIFA World Cup Russia group stage, CEO of the 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) Alexei Sorokin said on Friday.”Even we, the organisers, are surprised by the figures. Some 1.5 million Fan IDs have been issued out of 1.627 million confirmed ones,” Sorokin said, reports Tass news agency.According to the LOC, Russian citizens received the biggest number of Fan IDs (874,000), followed by Chinese nationals (61,000) and US citizens (50,000), whose teams are not participating in the World Cup in Russia. Mexico ranks fourth (43,000), followed by Argentina (36,000), Brazil (32,000), Colombia and Germany (29,000), Peru (26,000) and Egypt (23,000).Some 428,000 Fan IDs have been delivered abroad by mail, and among the most popular destinations were Lima (12,000), Buenos Aires (10,000), London (9,000), Sao Paulo (8,000), Dubai and Beijing (7,000). IANSlast_img read more

LA Dodgers rookie Andrew Toles will start Game 1 of NLDS

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Toles conceded that the injury was affecting him at the plate, creeping into the mechanics of his swing. Roberts didn’t have Toles in the starting lineup for the final four games of the regular season and didn’t use Toles at all in the final two. Toles sat out Tuesday’s batting practice in Los Angeles, but he’s been on the field the last two days in D.C. “I am healthy,” Toles said confidently.That’s good news for the Dodgers and good news for the Toles family, who will be in the house for Game 1. Toles grew up in the Atlanta area, a two-hour flight from D.C. He said his father, mother, sister and others will make the trek.Just how many tickets will he be setting aside?“It’s going to be a lot of money out of my pocket,” he said.History in the makingRoberts and Dusty Baker are the first African-Americans to manage a playoff series from opposite dugouts. They’re also the only two African-American managers currently in the major-league ranks. “It gives us some pride in being African-American to show people that, you know, not only can we do the job, but we can do the job better than most,” said Baker, who is making his eighth trip to the postseason. “Especially this year.”Roberts’ father, Waymon, is black; his mother, Eiko, is Japanese. He is the first minority manager in the history of the Dodgers franchise, which joined the National League in 1890.“I think that when we look back it’s going to be more special,” Roberts said, “but I definitely know it’s certainly noted, and not to go unappreciated.”Added Baker, “hopefully it motivates other organizations to get some African-American managers; also to motivate other players that are playing now and former players that have managerial aspirations.”Two jobs became vacant this week when the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Chip Hale and the Colorado Rockies didn’t renew the expiring contract of Walt Weiss.AlsoCorey Seager is the Dodgers’ nominee for the Hank Aaron award, which recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since it was established in 1999. Fans can cast ballots on MLB.com and on Twitter using the hashtag #VoteCorey. Matt Kemp (2011) is the only Dodger to win the award. … Livan Hernandez was scratched from his ceremonial first pitch duties in Game 1 because of travel complications caused by Hurricane Matthew. The storm is expected to mostly miss the D.C. area, though the forecast calls for rain Saturday afternoon. Toles, 24, regularly started against right-handed pitchers down the stretch for the Dodgers, so the starting assignment wasn’t terribly surprising.“I’m pretty used to it,” Toles said.Even though he spent all of April in Single-A before earning his first major-league promotion in July, Toles’ teammates are used to it now, too. As a Dodger, he batted .314 with a .365 on-base percentage in 48 games.“Is he starting? That’s awesome,” said pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who will start Game 1 for the Dodgers. “Tolesy; he’s great. Obviously very talented. You watch him throw and you watch him take batting practice, all that stuff. But for him to put the bat on the ball as consistently as he has, hard contact for this first month and a half that he’s been up, I mean, to be honest, I didn’t even know we had a guy named Andrew Toles in the minor leagues.”Toles throws right-handed and bats left-handed. So when he injured a tendon in his left wrist during a September series at Yankee Stadium, it never affected his standout skills in the outfield. But Toles’ batting stats sank as he hit 8 for 34 (.235) with no home runs from that series onward.center_img WASHINGTON >> There was no brace on Andrew Toles’ left wrist Thursday as the Dodgers took batting practice at Nationals Park, not long after Dave Roberts said the rookie would start in left field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series Friday.“Where he hits in the order, I haven’t decided yet,” Roberts said.Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals, a tough matchup for any rookie. The right-hander went 20-7 with a league-leading 284 strikeouts in the regular season, making him perhaps the front-runner for the N.L. Cy Young award.The kid gloves, the wrist brace, they’re all off now.last_img read more