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first_imgSlade Power returned lame behind after finishing down the field on his final competitive appearance in the Darley Classic at Flemington. The five-year-old travelled strongly for the first half of the race in the hands of Wayne Lordan and looked set to deliver his challenge on the far side of the track, but the response was limited when he came under pressure. Lordan eventually accepted defeat and let Slade Power coast home in the closing stages, after which the injury was discovered. Lynam told Press Association Sport: “He finished down the field and unfortunately he’s come back injured behind. The vets are taking a look at him, but it looks as though he’s pulled a muscle. “It’s a hard day, but these things happen and we’ve been well looked after since we arrived here. “We gave it a go – nothing ventured, nothing gained. “He went into the stalls third last. We were happy with that and there were no problems on that score, but unfortunately he’s come back lame. “It’s his last run and he’ll be going to Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland. “I hope he recovers quickly and has a great career as a stallion.” Press Association Slade Power passed the post 11th of 13 runners, with victory going to the Joe Pride-trained Terravista, ridden by Hugh Bowman. Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee were close up in second and third respectively. “I think he’s got as much improvement in him as any horse in this race. I know how good this horse is and, today, I’m glad he showed everybody else,” Pride told The Age. “All I’ve known all along is that he’s the best horse I’ve ever trained. “I’ve been pretty bullish about him – that’s the way I play the game – but it’s just lovely to see him pull it off today. “He’s a fantastic sprinter and is ready to take on the world.” Asked whether Terravista could be campaigned abroad next year, with Royal Ascot an obvious target, Pride said: “It’s a consideration (to travel), but the prize-money has got to be there as well, because he’s a gelding, so we are not running over there to stand at stud. “We’ll possibly be back here for a race like the Newmarket, but the Sydney autumn holds some nice riches for him as well.” Bowman said: ” I think he can do better, without sounding ridiculous. “He is such a relaxed horse. I can’t tell you the feeling he gives you.” The Diamond Jubilee and July Cup hero has not had a straightforward preparation since his arrival in the southern hemisphere, with his renowned truculence entering the stalls a significant bone of contention for trainer Eddie Lynam. Australian racing protocol requires horses to enter the stalls in barrier order, but Flemington stewards assured the County Meath handler Slade Power’s safety would not be compromised and, in the end, he was one of the last to load ahead of the prestigious Group One contest. last_img read more

first_imgFormer Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes his Anfield legacy should be gauged on the burgeoning career of Jordan Henderson rather than the scars left by the Andy Carroll saga. Comolli was instrumental in buying Carroll for £35million in the January transfer window of 2011 – still the highest fee ever paid for an Englishman – only to see the striker score just 11 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions before being offloaded on loan initially and then permanently to West Ham for £15million. However, Comolli was also responsible for taking Henderson from Sunderland to Anfield for around £20million and the England midfielder and Liverpool vice-captain is tipped to take the armband full-time when Steven Gerrard leaves for the United States at the end of the season. A defiant Comolli believes the Carroll episode should be consigned to history, saying: “The decision was made in a conference call between the owners, myself, Kenny Dalglish (the manager at the time) and the commercial director at the time who is now chief executive, Ian Ayre. “We made the decision collectively, knowing exactly the money we would lose if it did not work out, and they said they were happy to go ahead with the transfer. “I will stick to what I have always said about Andy Carroll. When he is fit, he is unplayable. When he has been fit at West Ham, he has shown what he can do, scoring goals, making assists, being a constant threat. “When people say we made a mistake, I’m still not convinced we made a mistake. It’s just we haven’t seen the best of Andy Carroll because of all the injuries.” Comolli insists the success of Henderson at Anfield, plus the development of winger Raheem Sterling and full-back Jon Flanagan, only highlights the need for the continuity and stability he believes is provided by a director of football. The 42-year-old, who was also director of football at Tottenham and who was passing on his experience this week to future sporting directors in a lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “Nothing is guaranteed. “What we do is try to lower the risk in the decision-making process. But we are dealing with human beings. It is not as though we are buying shares or property. “Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes life gets in the way of talent, sometimes there are injuries, sometimes the player doesn’t adapt to one place. Press Association “I don’t think I have to justify whether Carroll was a good decision or a bad decision. Look at it as a whole. When people talk to me nowadays about Liverpool, they say what a fantastic job you did in bringing players like Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson to the club. “The issue I have got is when a group of owners approach somebody like me and say we want to invest for the long term, we want you to sign young players, we want you to put together a squad which has a future for the next three to five years, we want you to work with the academy and we start to do all this and after a few months or a few years they say: ‘Sorry, it’s not working out’. “You cannot say you have to focus on the future and at the same time say the young players are not ready to compete at the top level. “When I left Liverpool, the owners told me Henderson was a massive mistake. Now he’s turned out to be the next Liverpool captain and he’s a regular in every game.” :: The two-year Masters in Sporting Directorship course was launched in 2014 at Manchester Metropolitan University and prepares candidates from across sport for a strategic role at a club or in a league. The inaugural Global Summit of Sporting Directors will be held in Manchester on April 29. last_img read more

first_imgWill Hanley is a junior majoring in political science and communication. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Sports Willustrated,” runs Thursdays. No one can deny that USC has earned its reputation as a running back factory. “Tailback U,” as our school is historically known, has produced five Heisman trophy winners at the position — four, if NCAA president Mark Emmert is reading this over your shoulder — along with many other NFL backs. Marcus Allen and O.J. Simpson, whose trophies still rest in Heritage Hall, went on to become two of the greatest NFL running backs of all-time. As recently as 2005, when R—-e B–h and his backfield mate LenDale White terrorized the college football world, this tradition was alive and well. Since then, however, things have changed.The last decade of Trojan football has by no means been free of capable tailbacks. This year’s main ground threat, redshirt junior Javorius “Buck” Allen, certainly looks like he could join former Trojan and current Washington Redskin Silas Redd in the NFL soon. But even Allen and Redd have been exceptions to the norm in the post-B–h era, the top two names among a laundry list of highly touted, injury-prone, scandal-ridden and ultimately disappointing tailbacks.Stafon Johnson and Emmanuel Moody were the all-world recruits expected to replace the two-headed monster of B–h and White, realistically an impossible job. A year later Moody had transferred and Johnson had been replaced by yet another freshman, C.J. Gable. Gable struggled before eventually being replaced by Marc Tyler, who was replaced by Curtis McNeal, and on the story goes.Why Allen and Redd — along with McNeal at times — have been the only memorable starting tailbacks over the last 10 years of Trojan football is an interesting question. Clearly the sanctions stemming from the misdeeds of the last truly great USC back (curse anyone?) have not helped. Fewer scholarships create a smaller squad, shrinking the pool of capable players and multiplying practice and game reps for starters and backups. At a punishing position like running back, this can be a major problem. Redd and current redshirt junior Tre Madden, who both logged significant injury time during their careers, can attest to that. Still, another trend intrigues me even more. As USC has failed to live up to its historical title of “Tailback U” in the last decade, it has arguably gained another one: “Wide Receiver U.”Along with a truly remarkable stable of running backs, Trojan fans have always been able to look back at a memorable group of wideouts. Lynn Swann and Keyshawn Johnson both went on to All-Pro and Super Bowl-winning NFL careers. Often regarded as the best USC receiver of all-time, Dwayne Jarrett set just about every school and conference record that existed before his own pro career was cut short by off-the-field issues. But, at least until the last decade, these guys were few and far between. After Swann’s departure, twenty years came and went before Johnson stepped on the scene. Yet another decade separated Johnson and Jarrett. Now, however, it seems that Trojan fans can’t even go a single year without witnessing a potential NFL great suiting up at receiver.It all started with Robert Woods. The current Buffalo Bills standout teamed up with Matt Barkley to make 2011 one of the most exciting seasons in USC history, recording nearly 1,300 yards and setting a school record with 15 touchdowns.Playing second fiddle to Woods that season was a freshman named Marqise Lee, who followed up a 1,143-yard debut campaign with the greatest season by a wideout in school history. Lee led the nation with 118 receptions in 2012, racking up a preposterous 1,721 yards and setting USC records in both categories. In a road loss to Arizona, Lee did his best to keep the Trojans’ national title hopes alive by himself with a positively insane 345 receiving yards. That number is, you guessed it, a school record. The only record Lee couldn’t break that season, it seemed, was the touchdown mark set by his teammate Woods the year before. Lee would struggle with a knee injury in 2013, a loss that would force most programs to completely revamp their offense. Not USC, however, as the team had yet another spectacular pass-catcher waiting in the wings.Though he suffered through Lane Kiffin’s disturbingly conservative play-calling and the growing pains of a first-year quarterback last year, junior Nelson Agholor has been one of “Wide Receiver U’s” better students. Agholor picked up 918 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns in 2013, numbers made more impressive when you realize Lee was still on the team. This year, Agholor officially takes the mantle as the Trojans’ No. 1 receiver, and is primed for a breakout year with seasoned redshirt junior Cody Kessler at quarterback.Even the question of Agholor’s eventual replacement, a scary one through the spring and summer, has seemingly been answered. True freshmen Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith looked every bit the college-ready two-way players they had been advertised to be in Saturday’s pantsing of Fresno State. If the pair continues to impress, their offensive reps will only go up.As the transition from “Tailback U” to “Wide Receiver U” has become more apparent, the question of what exactly started the trend should be considered. College football teams are passing more across the board, to be sure, but until this season USC had resisted the up-tempo, pass-happy offense that has inspired that change. As much as we all hate to say it, the transition from Pete Carroll to Lane Kiffin at head coach could be part of the answer; all of these players reached their primes under Kiffin. You could even say blind luck played a role: Jackson, Lee and Woods all happened to attend the same high school, just down the street at USC-pipeline Junipero Serra in Gardena, California.Whatever the real reason, I’m not too concerned. All I know is that I’ll be watching this bunch catch passes on Saturdays — and Sundays — for a very long time.last_img read more

first_imgShare Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Fitzdares to launch Mayfair private members’ club August 11, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Private bookmaker Fitzdares will ‘buck the trend’ by launching a new national ‘luxury brand advertising campaign’ ahead of next week’s Royal Ascot (16-20 June).Its ‘Upgrade Your Bookmaker’ campaign will appear in UK news magazines The Spectator, The Week, national daily newspapers and the Racing Post as well as on social media and aims to focus on Fitzdares’ bespoke service rather than betting promotion.The adverts will be running across digital and print until Royal Ascot week, starting Tuesday 16 June.Fitzdares emphasised that it wanted to shift away from the ‘disposable offer-driven adverts that are ubiquitous across the UK media landscape’ and instead take a different approach.Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams said: “We looked to the beautiful copy and simplicity of the David Ogilvy era, as we felt that our target audience still enjoyed longer form copy in magazines and newspapers.“TV & digital is far too crowded with our huge spending competitors, so we looked for new places to find our audience. After some market research we discovered they were in the old places.”Alongside the campaign, Fitzdares has also celebrated this year’s Royal Ascot with the roll out of a Virtual Royal Enclosure, which aims to elevate the viewing experience for those watching at home.In a statement, Fitzdares encouraged punters to ‘settle in at home’ and watch the racing via the bookmaker’s app or website. Members will be provided with a Royal Enclosure zoom background, in which five friends can also be involved in the action.While the bookmaker recommended not to try to replicate the train journey home from Ascot, the virtual event would include a ‘best dressed’ competition as well as discounts for cocktail and food delivery during the event. Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgAs reported by Dexerto’s Spanish arm, San Miguel has entered into a partnership with Team Heretics. This is huge news for Team Heretics and big news for esports generally as another major brand enters the space. Understandably San Miguel has chosen to partner with a native club, and it’s something of a coup for Heretics who are one of Spain’s newer orgs. They currently have teams across League of Legends, CS:GO, Clash Royale and Call of Duty. Other sponsors include betting operator PVP.ME, KontrolFreek, GFUEL, Burn Controllers and sunglasses brand After. With respect to the agreement, San Miguel Marketing Director Miguel Cabrero stated: “In our eagerness to explore, San Miguel is introduced in this new territory as a pioneer beer brand to capitalise on esports and to spread, in this way, the enjoyment of exploration and sharing.”Team Heretics Co-Owner David “The Grefg” Cánovas noted: “Today, Heretics open a new chapter in their brief but intense history. Getting support of such a high calibre firm as San Miguel is a huge boost for our project and we have no doubt that this will be a determining factor in the future that lies ahead.”Esports Insider says: To our knowledge this is the first major beer brand sponsoring an esports team. We’ve seen Bud Light make moves in the space via their All-Stars program but it’s pleasing to see San Miguel support a team, and we expect more to follow suit. If Man City are partnered with both Heineken and Carlsberg and Arsenal with both Singha and Star Beer, then why not Fnatic and OpTic too? Best of luck to Team Heretics moving forward!last_img read more

first_imgDR Congo have showed great focus to put pressure on the Elephants despite being two goals down. Referee whistles for the end of the game. A pulsating game. Ivory Coast are in their second finals in three years. They have lived up to the tag as contenders.90′ Manhester City new signing Winfried Bony is off for Lacina Traore88′ DR Congo throwning in the kitchen sink after some sustained attacks. Ivory Coast comfortable and confident in their own half to run down the clock87′ Gervinho pulls out a save from Kidiaba after his typical run into the box.85′ Poor defending by Serge Aurier goes unpunished after a back header meant for Sylvain almost fell to two DR Congo attackers80′ Great chance for DR Congo leveller as a header misses the near post from a corner on the left. 78′ Mubele comes on in a DR Congo substitution. Cedric Makiadi is off.75′ Aurier gets a yellow card for time-wasting?Great curl of a shot from some 18 yards but the DR Congo attempt is a little too high.70′ Ivory Coast is depending on the right flank for most of the attacks. And Yaya Toure is getting very involved in most of them.68′ Goal!!!!!!! Kanon knocks off the ball with his knee and into the goal after Kidiaba punched out a header. Yaya Toure cross panicked the defence. It was connected by Serge Aurier and canonned in by Kanon. Ivory Coast will feel safe. 66′ Kiritcho Kasusula picks up a yellow after leaving Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony62′ Substitution: Gradel comes off for Salomon Kalou. after DR Congo’s goal scorer Mbokani comes off for Junior Kabananga. Strange substitution you would think and he is not happy with it.59′ Yaya Toure cannot be faulted today. The captain is peaking just when Ivory Coast need him. Beautiful shot inside the 18-yard box after darting in from the right. But Kidiaba punches it out at the near post.55′ End to end stuff here. DR Congo will make Ivory Coast today. They are so all over the pitch. 54′ Ivory Coast dish out an attack in return. But inside the box, Yaya Toure falls off the box just when he could pull the trigger. An early shot had flied across the goal minutes earlier.53′ Great save by Ivory Coast keeper after an attacker DR Congo’s Yannick Bolasie runs across the 18-yard box and despite the effort by four defenders lined up to discourage him, he fires a shot which needed the outstreched leg of the keeper, Slyvain to keep  it out.47′ Gervinho is wasteful!!! Too much time on the ball as he outruns his marker and runs on the edge of the corner line and right into Robert Kidiaba’s arms.46′ Sergio Aurier is now trudging onto the pitch a minute after the game has started. Nobody noticed his absence.45’  Ivory Coast trade an attack after A DR Congo shot inside the box is parried off . DR Congo have resumed their ambition with a visible determination.HT:44′ AS Roma attacker wastes too much time on the ball after cutting into the penalty box. His shot is blocked before it could breath a threat.40′ Gervinho goal!!!!!!!!!! Lovely finish from a nice curl on the ball to beat the keeper on a oneo-on-one situation!!!! The three-pronged attack works to perfection as Gervinho, Bony and Serey arched around the box after a counter-attack. He could pass, he could shot. He took the latter and wow what a finish!! 39′ Gervinho header inside the box is goal bound but it is headed out daringly by a defender to cannon off  the inside of the cross bar and out. DR Congo live to fight on. The ball is cleared from the panic area. Great chance to push for a lead!! Gervinho is on fire!!38′ Gervinho is brought down legally at the edge of the box, the referee allows play to continue. Seconds earlier, Bolassie was blocked off a shot.36′ Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo streches to push out a shot by goalscorer Mbokani after Bolassie teed him up nicely from the left.33′ Boubacar Barry warming-up. Is the keeper coming out so soon? No the treatment on the field is enough for him. He will continue.33′ Yaya Toure to take a freekick from a distance. His scorcher is still fresh in DR Congo’s mind. Anything can happen with CAF plyaer of the year behind the ball. Good low shot as it cuts past the near post. Both teams have sized up each other enough and after drawing blood from each other, they have settled down.30′ What a fluid situation!!!! DR Congo are fighting with everything.The game has been fired up. Yaya Toure is in the book after criticising referee Cameroon referee Neant Alioum in front of his face22′ Penalty for DR Congo get a penalty!!!! Eric Bailly handled the ball from a cross into the box. Dieumerci Mbokani converts with a low shot to the right. Mbokani has three goals to his name.19′ Goaaal!!!!!!! A thunderbolt by Yaya Toure from almost nothing after Bony pushes the ball into Toure’s path for the on-rushing Man City player to connect power with precision through the center of the goal. Beautiful!!!!! 14′ Yaya Toure freekick into the box from the right is punched out. The follow-up shot is low,aggessive but off target.9′ An attacker runs down the left but he backtracks after running into two Ivorian defenders. He looks for support with a pass across the edge of the box. A Nice tee-up but the shot is poor.DR Congo showing great ambition running at the Ivorians.6′ Bokila and Mbokani good chance to score inside the Ivorian penalty. Bokila snap shot at a cross into the box is pushed out by the keeper. The rebound against a defender is squandered by Mbokani after a volley wide over the bar.The first semi-final clash at AFCON 2015 between DR Congo and Ivory Coast is on.The odds are heavily in favour of Ivory Coast in this semi-final clash with surprise contenders DR Congo in this semi-final clash at AFCON 2015BBC PreviewDR Congo’s Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani recovers from a sprained ankle to make the first XI. Crystal Palace’s lively winger Yannick Bolasie is also selected. Ivory Coast’s Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is fit again having missed the last two matches with an ankle problem – he starts on the bench. Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony is up front in a starting XI that includes City midfielder Yaya Toure, his brother and Liverpool defender Kolo and Roma winger Gervinho.So what of DR Congo?They’ve sneaked through to this stage, in all fairness.Coach Florent Ibenge’s side drew all three matches and reached the quarters because they scored more goals than Cape Verde.But then came their performance in arguably the best match – OK, best second half – of the tournament so far, against neighbours Congo.Two goals conceded in the second half with 28 minutes remaining, DR Congo looked set for the exit. But, oh no.Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani inspired the fight back, as the Leopards recorded an astonishing 4-2 win.Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie didn’t even score. His team are peaking at the right time.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — Dylan Bundy’s campaign for the Cy Young Award took a hit Tuesday.Bundy, who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in baseball this season, gave up four runs in four innings in the Angels’ 8-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.“Nothing was working from the very beginning and you saw it,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “He didn’t have his typical command of everything like he has had. Fastball was getting hit. He tried to elevate a couple times and got it whacked.”PreviousAngels pitcher Dylan Bundy delivers during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Jo Adell #59 catches a fly ball hit by Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels swings for a strike at bat during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated at the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Trevor Cahill delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to fouling out during the fourth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels ducks a high pitch by Shaun Anderson #64 of the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria throws to first off a bunt by Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Bemboom during the second inning of a baseball game as Trevor Cahill avoids the play in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Jo Adell #59 fields a single hit by Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants as Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on during the inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon, bottom, congratulates Tommy La Stella after La Stella hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski dives to catch a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)lex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants fields a double hit by Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels during the seccond inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo throws to second base off an infield ground ball by San Francisco Giants’ Alex Dickerson to make a force out at second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dylan Bundy #37 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Donovan Solano #7, Brandon Crawford #35 and Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-2 in a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels’ Jo Adell on a steal attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants tags out Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels trying to steal second base during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants designated hitter Pablo Sandoval, right, celebrates with Evan Longoria after a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Alex Dickerson, right, congratulates Mike Yastrzemski after a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Caleb Baragar #73 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels pitcher Dylan Bundy delivers during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Jo Adell #59 catches a fly ball hit by Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 21Jo Adell #59 catches a fly ball hit by Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandIt robbed the Angels of any momentum they hoped to carry from Monday’s come-from-behind victory. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Coming into the game, Bundy had a 1.57 ERA though his first four starts with the Angels, after posting a 4.67 mark with the Baltimore Orioles.He had been by far the Angels’ best starting pitcher, including a complete game and a seven-inning performance to beat the Oakland A’s in his previous start. After working more than 100 pitches in each of those games, the Angels opted him to give him a couple extra days off before starting on six days’ rest Tuesday. Bundy said it was the team’s decision to give the extra day, not his, but it didn’t matter.Bundy gave up a homer to Mike Yastrzemski, the first batter of the game. Bundy said the location was so bad that he “expected him to hit that one out.”In the second inning, he issued a leadoff walk to Evan Longoria and then threw a chin-high 0-and-2 pitch that Pablo Sandoval somehow managed to hit over the right-field fence.“That one kind of confused me,” Bundy said. “That’s kind of where I wanted to throw it, way up there, because I know he can hit certain pitches. That was where I wanted to throw it, so you just gotta tip your cap to him for hitting that one out. Not much I can do on that.”center_img “That’s just a young man that’s not ready to be here, that’s all that is,” said Maddon, who added, “There was no intent. This kid has had command issues. Like a lot of young pitchers, they don’t know where their fastball is going.”The most positive development of the day for the Angels was that Jaime Barria gave up two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief. Barria, who had looked like a promising young starter in 2018, had been recalled earlier in the day to provide some bullpen coverage. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros In the third, Bundy allowed another run on a two-out RBI single by Brandon Belt. Bundy escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth thanks to a diving stop by second baseman Luis Rengifo.Offensively, the Angels had some early chances but then not much later against a Giants bullpen that has been one of the worst in baseball.Tommy La Stella, who won Monday’s game with a walk-off homer, hit a homer in the first to tie the game.In the second, David Fletcher’s two-out liner was snagged by Yastrzemski with a dive, saving two runs. It also ended up being Fletcher’s best chance to extend his hitting streak, which died at 16 games.The Angels didn’t have another threat until the seventh, when the first two hitters of the inning reached, but Jo Adell hit into a double play.They added a run in the ninth when Shohei Ohtani drove in Mike Trout on a groundout, but not before Trout had to dodge a couple fastballs in the direction of his head from Shaun Anderson. Trout briefly appeared annoyed and the umpires met to determine if there was any intent, but ultimately they allowed Anderson to continue and he walked Trout.Maddon didn’t think there was a problem.Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgDENVER >> Blake Griffin will almost certainly play in one of the Clippers’ next two games.Sound too good to be true? An unbelievable turn of events? Something doesn’t seem quite real?This isn’t fake news; it’s Blake news.The Clippers’ star forward spoke to reporters for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 20, and he said he’s ready to play as soon as the Clippers decide. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I would play tonight if they let me,” Griffin said before the Clippers’ pregame shootaround.Following the team’s game on Dec. 18, Griffin’s last appearance, the decision was made to operate on his right knee, to remove loose pieces of bone and cartilage. Griffin wasn’t exactly sure when the pain began, but he said it limited his ability to move laterally, which hurt his ability to defend and attack the basket.“I needed to take care of it, needed to get it done,” Griffin said. “Being back out there, I feel so much better than the last three or four weeks before. It’s January. You hate missing games. You hate leaving your teammates out there. But I think the long-term health is more important.”Griffin missed his 17th straight game Saturday. Prior to the injury, he scored 21.2 points, grabbed 8.8 rebounds and dished out 4.7 assists per game.He’s been cleared for contact and has been playing 1-on-1 with his teammates.center_img “He feels great,” Doc Rivers said. “He told me he feels normal, which is good. We just want him to keep doing it, go through a couple more before we play him.”Rivers said he’s not made a decision whether to play Griffin Monday in Atlanta or Tuesday in Philadelphia.“We’ll wait and see,” he said.Griffin is done waiting. He’s ready for the seeing.“(There’s) not a game that I’m targeting,” he said. “ But this trip, this is it.”Minutes watchDoc Rivers wanted to try and keep from running his guards into the ground by keeping them on the court for 40 minutes or more, something even more important while playing at altitude.But before the Clippers’ took on the Nuggets, Rivers admitted that probably wasn’t possible, and it turned out that he was right.“We don’t want that number to keep (showing up),” he said. “It’s going to happen right now every once in awhile with one of them. It’ll be between those two usually. It is what it is. Tonight, a game like this with the air, 40 is tough. It’s going to be hard to do.”Foul trouble to Austin Rivers in the first half, though, made it a necessity. With Rivers sitting with three fouls in just six minutes, Felton played a team-high 21 minutes in the first half.Quick shotsRivers took a friendly jab at President Donald Trump at the start of his media session before Saturday’s game. Talking to a group of roughly a dozen reporters, Rivers joked it was OK to inflate the attendance figures. “The largest media crowd in NBA history came to see me today, and I really appreciate it,” he said with a laugh. … First-round pick Brice Johnson practiced with the Clippers last week and could be back on the court on a full-time basis shortly. “He’s coming along. He’s improved. He actually practiced with us two days ago when we had the practice. He didn’t do a lot, but he was pretty good, actually,” Rivers said. “He’s getting very close to possibly playing a D-League game or something like that.”last_img read more

first_imgThat’s made the recent trend of current and former athletes calling out coaches for prior remarks a significant shift in the NCAA sports dynamic. Players are discovering their voices and, at least in this moment of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, being heard.On Monday, former Penn State basketball guard Rasir Bolton, now a member of Iowa State, outlined conduct from coach Pat Chambers he said pushed him to transfer from the Nittany Lions. Bolton specifically said Chambers used the word “noose” as a metaphor for the pressure he thought Bolton was feeling. Bolton said Chambers did not apologize even after telling Chambers and school administrators about how the allusion to a symbol rooted in racism made him uncomfortable.Why I chose to leave Penn State. pic.twitter.com/uszEPPJZPM— 🥳 (@rasir_9) July 6, 2020Bolton’s story comes soon after current and former Oklahoma State football players blasted coach Mike Gundy for a range of confirmed and alleged actions, from wearing a T-shirt of an anti-Black Lives Matter media organization to accusations of calling former athletes “thugs” and other racially insensitive names. Clemson football players have lodged similar complaints about the program run by coach Dabo Swinney.MORE: Best college football games for 2020Like Gundy a couple of weeks ago, Chambers on Monday apologized for his conduct and pledged to learn from the experience. Whether or not he actually changes remains to be seen, but the fact he released a statement within two hours of Bolton’s comments demonstrates the growing power college athletes are realizing to prompt public acknowledgement of their complaints. When they speak, they are able to cause the administrations to scramble. Because the only form of substantial compensation student-athletes receive is a revocable scholarship, criticizing coaches and administrators has long been a risky avenue.Historically, few players in college athletics have spoken out about problems within their program, even when those issues include racially insensitive behavior from coaches. Bolton ended his Twitter post about Chambers by assessing the status quo power structure in college sports. “In most cases it is the coach who is protected, while the player is left to deal with it or leave,” Bolton wrote.As more players call attention to the misdeeds of coaches — and realize the problem is widespread — that attitude will perhaps begin to shift. Maybe one day it will be the NCAA coach who has to change his ways or exit, like what happens in the pros.last_img read more

first_imgAs Ernesto Valverde already admitted, Marc André Ter Stegen has practically impossible to reach the Spanish Super Cup. At least, to the semifinal. Five days after the match against Atlético de Madrid, the German, who draws a tendinopathy on his right knee, also did not train in the open session held by Barcelona in the Estadi Johan Cruyff. It was the great absent next to Arthur, who continues with his pubic problems, and Dembélé, who continues with the recovery of his fracture in the biceps femoris of the right thigh. Ter Stegen could travel to Arabia with the rest of the squad and continue his recovery there to, perhaps, wait for the final if he could not play against Atlético. It is more logical to think, however, that the German international will finish his treatment and reappear against Granada on January 19. Thus, it would have been almost a month since his last appearance against Alavés. A time really prudential for the conservative treatment on his left knee to take effect.last_img read more