Thompson wins London 100m in trainers

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsLONDON,(Reuters)-Olympic champion Elaine Thompson showed that she remains the woman to beat over 100 metres in the world championships next month when she scorched to victory on the same London Olympic stadium track on Sunday despite running in trainers.The star-studded Diamond League meeting gave the cream of athletics a chance to test the facilities they will experience during the Aug. 4-13 world championships and organisers ensured there was a noisy finale when local hero Mo Farah closed out proceedings with an easy win over 3,000 metres.Jamaica’s Thompson produced a late surge to get past regular rival Dafne Schippers to triumph in 10.94 seconds, impressive into a headwind of 1.4 metres and even more so as she was running in cushioned trainers to prevent injury.“The spikes I have I’m not confident with and hurt my Achilles so I’m running in flats,” Thompson said of her unusual footwear choice.“They have spikes but they are very petite. They are built especially for me and made lighter.”The wall of noise that brought Farah home for double distance gold in the stadium four years ago was a little more muted on Sunday but the half-full arena was still happy enough to watch him dominate a 3,000m lacking any real African threat.Farah duly delivered with a 55-second last lap to come home in 7:35.15, fine-tuning his build-up for his farewell appearance next month.“There’s no place like home, I enjoy racing and not the other stuff,” said Farah, who was in the headlines again this week after leaked documents showed the IAAF had marked his biological passport as “likely doping” before further tests cleared him.“I’m only in control of my legs. Never will I fail a test,” he said.TOP FORMEvergreen Allyson Felix will also look forward to defending her 400m title and showed she is easing back into top form when she won on Sunday in 49.65 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year and in her first Diamond League race of the season.At the other end of his career, compatriot Fred Kerley picked a great stage for his first outing as a professional athlete. Although he was beaten by U.S. champion Ameer Webb over 200 metres he will take heart from the performance when he returns to race in the 400m at the worlds.Kerley, who has been blazing a record-breaking one-lap trail through his college career, clocked a personal best 20.24 behind Webb’s 20.13.Another nicely-timed world lead was delivered by injury-ravaged Nijel Amos, silver medallist on this track behind world-record breaking David Rudisha in the 2012 Olympics, as the Botswanan won a high-quality 800 in 1:43.18.Kendra Harrison set the current women’s 100m hurdles world record of 12.20 at this meeting last year – a minor consolation for missing out on the Olympics – and she made it 21 wins in a row since with an impressive time of 12.39 seconds.Just as happy with her second place in 12.48, her fastest for four years, was Australian 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who has overcome a series of injuries to get back into the mix just in time.As popular as Farah’s win was, the best home performance of the day came from Tom Bosworth, who claimed an unofficial world record of five minutes 31.08 seconds, taking six seconds off the 26-year-old previous best, for the extremely rarely contested one mile race walk.“I wanted to make today special because it’s the first race walk at a Diamond League,” he said.“In an event like mine, which isn’t seen on TV too much and is quite often misunderstood a lot, I think today was a great advert for race walking.”last_img read more

Syracuse baseball team sees growth despite obstacles

first_img Published on November 7, 2012 at 1:27 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse In mid-October, the Syracuse club baseball team traveled to Penn State for the State College Classic Invitational.It was a 12-team tournament that consisted of club teams from universities with Division-I programs, so their rosters were made up of both cut and developing players. But not Syracuse — their roster has a different complexion.“At one point during the Penn State tournament I had all underclassmen on the field,” said club baseball head coach Adam Olinski. “No one picks Syracuse to play club baseball; these are guys who just came to this school and tried out.”The Syracuse club baseball team has had its fair share of troubles in years past. Its field is a 20-minute drive from campus, the cold weather makes both practice and game conditions uncomfortable, and few players want to commit with those two things in mind.This season, they had 79 players try out and took 11 of them, and thus far the team’s underclassmen have provided a boost.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team finished the tournament at Penn State with a 2-2 record, but the performance by freshman pitcher Casey Kerr showed the distinct differences between the SU club and its opponents.Against Penn State, Kerr tossed six innings, struck out five and only gave up one run on 80 pitches en route to a 7-2 Syracuse win. The victory set up a game with Pittsburgh later that day, which was ranked third in the College Baseball Association at the time.But Syracuse had one problem. It had no pitchers left.“Coach asked me to warm up,” said Kerr. “I didn’t think much of it at the time.”When Olinski recalled the day, he couldn’t do much but shake his head and smile.“He told me he wanted the ball,” Olinski said. “It was a huge lift for us, he took his rubber arm and started again against Pitt, threw somewhere around 170 pitches on the day.”Syracuse would lose to Pittsburgh 7-3, but when Kerr exited, he had his team in position to pull off the upset. He is one of 18 underclassmen on the team’s 31-man roster that have transformed the program in the last two seasons.As a group, they have done so with heart, pride and determination — three team traits that President Perry Russom, Vice President Nick Dellefave and Olinski didn’t see in years prior.“This is the year,” Olinski said. “The year that has really turned us around, and it has all come from the top. The captains have had such a good influence on these younger guys.”As upperclassmen captains, Russom and Dellefave vividly remember the program’s shortcomings of years past and have used them as groundwork this season.Russom remembers his freshman year, when the club baseball roster consisted of a group of guys who gave minimal commitment to the team.“Sometimes we’d be worried that we wouldn’t be able to field a team,” Russom said. “It would be the morning of a game and we’d be calling guys to get out of bed just to have 12 players.”Because of the inclement Syracuse weather, the club baseball season is split up between the fall and spring. Syracuse finished the fall season with a 6-7-1 record, and while that may not be eye-popping, it’s a step in the right direction.The team had a winless season in 2010-11, but with dedicated players leading the club this year, it’s working to gain recognition around campus.Olinski said this is the closest team he has been around since joining Syracuse’s club program before the 2008-09 season. The players joke together off the field and support each other on it, living up to the team’s motto of “Let’s go do some baseball things,” started by Dellefave.“Even though I don’t get to play anymore, I get just as excited as they do,” Olinski said. “Baseball’s fun, but it wasn’t fun before. It’s fun now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse searches for 1st-ever NCAA tournament victory as it faces Creighton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 am Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edu Quentin Hillsman immediately pointed out the Bluejays’ deep shooting after Monday’s Selection Show. Creighton averages more than nine made 3-pointers per game and ranks 12th in Division I in 3-point percentage.But the Bluejays’ game is familiar to Syracuse. Hillsman said they resemble Villanova, a Big East rival that made 21 3-pointers in two regular-season wins over the Orange this year.“No question,” Hillsman said. “Villanova’s one of those teams. They get up and down the court, and they run.”Syracuse (24-7) finally got the best of the Wildcats in a 61-56 win in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup March 10, and the Orange will look for a similar result in Saturday’s first-round NCAA tournament matchup with Creighton (24-7) in Knoxville, Tenn., at 11:20 a.m. After a five-year tournament drought, the No. 7-seed Orange returns to the Big Dance in the Oklahoma City region, still in search of its first NCAA tournament victory.A win would give the Orange, currently 0-4 all-time in tournament play, a Monday matchup with the winner of No. 2-seed Tennessee and No. 15-seed Oral Roberts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCreighton received an at-large berth this year after falling to Illinois State in overtime of the Missouri Valley semifinals. Last year, CU earned a No. 14 seed as the conference tournament champion and narrowly lost a first-round matchup to St. John’s on a buzzer-beater layup. This year’s Bluejays are led by Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Marissa Janning, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard who averages 13 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme, who accurately pegged SU as a No. 7 seed, agreed Creighton resembles Villanova. Creme described the Bluejays as an “inside-out team, with an emphasis on ‘out.’”“A Syracuse fan that watches Creighton play will probably be reminded of Villanova,” Creme said. “No one runs what (Villanova coach Harry) Perretta runs, but the two teams are very similar visually.”Though the teams run similar styles, Creme emphasized the inferiority of Creighton’s size compared to Villanova’s, or that of most Big East teams. Creme described the Missouri Valley as a “top-third, maybe top-quarter conference,” but not on the same level as the Big East — “by a long shot.”That adds up to what should be a big scoring and rebounding day for SU’s 6-foot-4 senior center Kayla Alexander. Sarah Nelson, Creighton’s leading rebounder at 7.9 per game, is 6 feet tall, and could have trouble guarding Alexander.Along the same lines, Syracuse’s apparent rebounding advantage could be pivotal in the outcome. If the Orange can dominate the boards, it has a good chance to pull away down the stretch.“It should be a competitive game,” Creme said. “Creighton is a disciplined team. It comes down to how well they can hold their own on the boards. If Syracuse dominates the boards, they should pull away near the end.”But Hillsman and his team want to keep preparation as simple as possible.Freshman guard Brittney Sykes jokingly admitted after the Selection Show that one of her teammates asked, “Who is Creighton?” when the bracket was released, but as her head coach stated, every team is a threat.“Creighton’s one of those teams that you know is a volume 3-point shooting team – they take a lot and they make a lot,” Hillsman said. “We just have to be able to guard them. It’s going to be one of those games where we’ve just got to get up and down the floor, play our game and make sure that we’re guarding the 3-point line.”The trip to Knoxville will be special for freshman guard Cornelia Fondren, who grew up in Memphis about 400 miles away and can expect a vocal contingent of family and friends, Hillsman said.Aside from Fondren, everyone on the team has a lot to look forward to. For every single player, including the three senior 1,000-point scorers who made the tournament in their last chance, it’s a new experience.One they plan to make the most of.“It was a huge sigh of relief,” senior guard Elashier Hall said of the feeling when SU’s name was called during the Selection Show. “A little weight off our shoulders. Now we’ve got to get in, get the other weight off and beat Creighton.” Commentslast_img read more

Set-up begins for Festival of Books at USC

first_imgAs the university prepares to host the largest book festival in the country, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, preparations are being made around campus.Sharing · Students and workmen walk through McCarthy Quad, one of the locations where the Los Angeles Festival of Books will be held. Trousdale Parkway will also be used. – Jennifer Schultz | Daily Trojan The Festival, hosted by the Times, will bring about 400 authors and several hundred exhibitions to campus between April 30 and May 1.The Festival has been held at UCLA for the last 15 years, but the event was moved to USC after University of California officials and event organizers disagreed on how to share expenses, particularly in light of the recent budget cuts to the UC system, according to an article in the Times in September.President C. L. Max Nikias expressed excitement at the opportunity to host the prestigious Festival.“Our goal is to mobilize our students, our faculty and staff, our alumni and parents to attend this event,” Nikias told USC News in February. “We want to bring 150,000 people to our campus. We want this weekend to be successful on every level.”Some students, however, are concerned the festival might disrupt campus life, and won’t necessarily benefit students.“I think that a lot of [non-student] locals are going to the Festival, but I feel that students are not going to get a lot out of it because they don’t know about it,” said Frank Park, a junior majoring in English and political science. “Having all of that ruckus on campus while people are trying to study … students aren’t going to like it.”Preparations for the Festival began Friday, with tents erected Friday on McCarthy Quad and Trousdale Parkway.Over the next few days, stages will be constructed in Founder’s Park, Argue Plaza, Alumni Park and on Trousdale.The noise that accompanies the set-up process has not been well-received by some students.“Even when you close the windows it can be loud, and it can get annoying when you have to study,” said Andres Park, a freshman majoring in biology who lives in Birnkrant Residential College, near McCarthy Quad.The festival is expected to have a significant impact on the campus this weekend.USC Transportation sent out a memo to all students last Tuesday encouraging them to prepare for heavy traffic on April 30 and May 1.Students who commute are not looking forward to dealing with the increased traffic.“[Though] the Festival is on the weekend, I still come to campus to study, so it’s going to be impossible to find parking,” said Frank Park, who commutes from his home in Torrance.Students will certainly notice more crowds at campus eateries, as the Festival annually attracts a large crowd.The agreement between the Los Angeles Times and USC to hold the annual Festival on campus is effective for the next three years.The agreement is expected to be renewed after that, according to the Times.last_img read more

Ireland squad for Scotland clash to be announced.

first_imgIreland fans are still sweating on the fitness of James McCarthy for Fridays Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow.The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury yesterday and his manager says they’ll find out today the extent of the damage or if it’s an aggravation of a previous injury.Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is due to confirm his squad today and as well as McCarthy there’s also worries over defender Marc Wilson and goalkeeper Kieran Westwood.last_img

Rahal drivers gain advantage with Indy’s qualifying draw

first_img Written By First Published: 15th August, 2020 06:23 IST COMMENT Graham Rahal took advantage of a coin flip Friday. He’s hoping it pays off all weekend.Minutes after completing Friday’s Indianapolis 500 practice, the 31-year-old IndyCar driver and his two teammates with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing all wound up picking top 10 spots in Saturday’s qualifying line.Rahal will be the first driver to make a four-lap qualifying run. Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indy winner, is second and the team’s third driver, Spencer Pigot, goes seventh.The early times could be especially critical this year after drivers got a glimpse of what the afternoon track conditions could look like with extra weight from the new aero screens and a boost of horsepower on a sun-soaked track.“If you draw toward the back, man, you really are at a disadvantage because, seriously, after the first run, I don’t think it’s going to get any quicker,” said Will Power, the 2018 race winner. “If you’re out of the top nine then, you really don’t have a good shot of getting in. The first run really counts. If you drew in the first top 10, you’re in pretty good shape I feel like.”If Power is right, he could be on the cusp of snapping an 11-year streak of starting in Indy’s first three rows. The Team Penske driver will be 10th in line.Slick asphalt may not be Power’s only problem. He uses a Chevrolet engine, and the Hondas took 13 of the top 15 spots on Friday’s speed chart.All three Rahal drivers are powered by Honda as are all six Andretti Autosport drivers, who have consistently been fast this week. Marco Andretti has finished in the top three in all three practice sessions this week and posted a 233.491 mph — the fastest lap on Fast Friday since 1996.And though Andretti will be 28th in line, he didn’t seem to mind.“We’re not going to be making changes,” he said. “Will it affect me tomorrow? We don’t know. I don’t know how hard it will be for the earlier guys, how hard it will be for me. We have the speed for the top nine, but we have to hope we’re not sliding too much.”The other big winner in the draw was Chevrolet, which took five of the top 10 qualifying spots, and could help drivers, like Power, make up ground with early runs.“Getting 10th, I was really happy about that. You go in the first 45 minutes, a little bit of rubber on the track, obviously a teammate will go before I go,” Power said. “I have a little bit of an indication. So, yeah, it’s a good spot. Good spot for us to give us the best chance to get in.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 06:23 IST Rahal Drivers Gain Advantage With Indy’s Qualifying Draw Minutes after completing Friday’s Indianapolis 500 practice, the 31-year-old IndyCar driver and his two teammates with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing all wound up picking top 10 spots in Saturday’s qualifying line Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Alpena Township residents frustrated after a new property ordinance goes on the books

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich — A lot of property owners in Alpena Township  aren’t too happy about getting the Township’s approval to sell or buy a home.At the Townships special meeting to discuss concerns regarding the ordinance, one property owner questioned the need for the Township’s interference.“What is the outcome? what is there to gain by doing all this?”A portion of the new ordinance addresses blight, calling for the correction of unsightly or unsafe properties. It’s not that part of the document  property owners have a problem with. One concerned community member made this point by asking the audience for a physical example.“[Raise your hand if]  you’re here because they want to take care of blight…not a single hand is raised.”Residents are concerned Township inspections won’t always be done in time to meet deadlines. Some feel like it’s unfair.Property owner Larry Clark says,“I think it would cause delays in the case of sellers wanting to sell their homes right away, and I think it interrupts the relationship between a seller and buyer. There’s already mechanisms in place, such as home inspectors and so–forth that handle transactions between sellers and buyers, and I don’t think the government really needs to be involved in that.”Clark says it’s important that homeowners have the freedom to do what they want with their homes. Other residents say it’s a blatant violation of their rights, and want the ordinance completely repealed.Clark states,  “We can’t as a Township be affecting people’s rights, with regards to their property and their right to sell property and so–forth.”Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe says the Board will not ignore the frustrations of property owners.“Rest assured, their voices were heard in one way or another at this afternoon’s input session, so I’m thankful for the opportunity to have this conversation that we did, and look forward to making a sound document moving forward.”The Township will hold another meeting later this month.Lauren Mixon, WBKB News.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ordinance, townshipContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, January 18Next Hospice of Michigan in need of volunteerslast_img read more

Angels’ nightmare week continues with 4th straight blowout loss

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik throws pit Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton at first during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants’ Mac Williamson, right, rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants’ Nick Hundley celebrates in the dugout after his home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles in the second inning of the gameagainst the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan, hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his single against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani dives back to first safely in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim us upended by Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants at he completes a double play in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim us upended by Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants at he completes a double play in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants hits a three run home run in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen watches his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton can’t get a glove on a three-run home run by San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen, right, celebrates past Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado after his three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants is greeted in the dugout after a three run home run in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen celebrates in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton reacts after flying out with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija smiles after Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton flied out with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can’t make the out on Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants at first base in the fifth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run home in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run home in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Mac Williamson watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a double against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his double against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, is forced out at second by San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson after Kole Calhoun hit into a double play during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik throws pit Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton at first during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)San Francisco Giants’ Mac Williamson, right, rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 28San Francisco Giants’ Mac Williamson, right, rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandANAHEIM — Regression to the mean is not supposed to be so sudden.While it was obvious that the Angels’ major-league best run-differential on their way to 13 victories in their first 16 games was not sustainable, the manner in which they’ve come back to earth has been jarring.After their 8-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, the Angels have been outscored by 31 runs in a four-game losing streak. They went from a run-differential of plus-48 to plus-17 in about 75 hours.They narrowly missed the worst four-game stretch in franchise history. In 1996 and 2015, they were outscored by 32 runs in four games. Upton nearly hit a grand slam, his drive dying at the warning track when it could have pulled the Angels within 7-4 in the fifth.After that, they never really threatened to get back in the game, instead absorbing a blowout loss.For as ugly as these games have been, the Angels take some solace in the fact that they are just four games, still just a blip in the season. They are still 13-7, and only a half game out of first place.Asked if it’s difficult to move past these, Upton said: “It aint that difficult. We have a lot of baseball left to play. We’ll be just fine.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “We haven’t done anything well,” Justin Upton said. “You can’t win a baseball game if you don’t do anything well.”Although the hitters and pitchers have both struggled, Andrew Heaney said he and his fellow starters are mostly to blame for putting the team behind.“The starting pitchers need to get going,” Heaney said. “Hopefully if we can get some sustained zeroes and give (the hitters) a chance to breathe. … We are playing from behind every game. It starts with us. I didn’t do a good job tonight.”Heaney gave up three homers, a continuing problem for the Angels. They’ve allowed 30 homers, tied for the most in the majors.For the first four innings they seemed to be getting a respite from their pitching woes. “A really poor mistake to McCutchen,” Heaney said.Manager Mike Scioscia then came to get Heaney. On the bright side, Angels relievers Cam Bedrosian, Blake Parker, Noé Ramírez and Luke Bard gave up just one run in 4-2/3 innings of work.Also, Mike Trout hit his league-leading seventh homer. Pujols collected the 2,991st hit of his career, a double that tied him with Hank Aaron for 11th on that list, with 624. Shohei Ohtani also had two singles, after going hitless in four at-bats the night before. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Heaney, making his second start since missing the first couple weeks of the season with elbow inflammation, had struck out six in the first four innings. The only run he allowed was a Nick Hundley homer.When he took the mound in the fifth, the Angels trailed just 1-0 against a Giants team that was averaging a major-league worst 2.8 runs per game.In a span of seven batters, the Giants increased their season scoring total by 10 percent, dropping six runs on Heaney.Heaney walked Hundley, then gave up a booming two-run homer to Giants prospect Mac Williamson, who was making his major league debut. When the Angels last saw Williamson, he was hitting a home run over the batter’s eye at Tempe Diablo Stadium this spring. “Tonight we had some better looks,” Scioscia said. “We got into good counts, had some good swings. But when Jeff Samardzija had to make a pitch he did. And Justin just missed that one with the bases loaded that could have gotten us back in the game.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After that blast made it 3-0, the Giants had two straight bunt singles. Gorkys Hernandez pushed one to the third base side and then Kelby Tomlinson dropped one toward Albert Pujols at first.Pujols picked it up, but neither Heaney nor Ian Kinsler could get to the bag in time to beat Tomlinson. Pujols, however, flipped the ball over toward first base anyway, perhaps in the desperate hope that one of his teammates would be able to grab it on the run and step on the bag. Instead, the ball just floated off into the foul territory, allowing the runners to take an extra 90 feet.It got worse.Austin Jackson punched a single into center field, making it 4-0. After Joe Panik it a flyout to left, Andrew McCutchen belted a three-run homer over the left field fence.last_img read more

Tyronn Lue to reunite with Doc Rivers on Clippers’ coaching staff

first_imgLue, 42, had a 128-77 record in two and a half seasons as James’ coach in Cleveland.Lue reportedly wanted a longer deal with the Lakers that extended beyond the remaining three seasons on James’ contract, which the Lakers apparently declined to offer. The Lakers instead hired former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel to succeed Luke Walton. Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins, both former Nets head coaches, joined Vogel as assistants.Lue, a guard, played his first three NBA seasons with the Lakers and was part of championship teams in 2000 and 2001.The Clippers and Lakers – who acquired Anthony Davis to pair with James this season – will face off in the regular-season opener on Oct. 22 at Staples Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The Clippers followed up with renderings for a new arena and entertainment complex in Inglewood, which they intend to open by 2024.And Tuesday, Lue came aboard, adding still more star power to the organization.Following stints as an assistant in Boston and with the Clippers, Lue was hired by the Cavaliers in June of 2014 as an associate coach to work under newcomer David Blatt. He was promoted to head coach within a season and a half when the Cavs fired Blatt in January of 2016.The Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors to win the championship that season, becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Cleveland returned to the Finals against the Warriors in each of the next two seasons before James left for the Lakers in free agency in the summer of 2018.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Cleveland fired Lue after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season – a decision that irked Rivers: “I think it’s awful,” he said last October. “What it shows you is: Go to the Finals, win it, go to the Finals three years in a row and then come back and get fired.”center_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers are hiring Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and recent Lakers head coaching candidate, as a top assistant to Coach Doc Rivers, an NBA source said, confirming a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.In May, Lue was considered the leading candidate and take the helm with the Lakers to reunite with LeBron James, before talks between him and the team reportedly collapsed over contract terms.Instead, Lue will reunite with Rivers, whose staffs he previously was on in Boston and with the Clippers. Rivers said last season that Lue is “like a son” to him.The Clippers have had a big offseason in terms of acquisitions: A blockbuster trade in July to acquire the All-Star swingman Paul George from Oklahoma City helped deliver free-agent Kawhi Leonard just weeks after he led the Toronto Raptors to their first championship. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

President Donald Trump says he would ‘have a hard time’ letting his son play football

first_img Related News When asked if he would let his son play football, Trump said: “If he wanted to [play]? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.””I just don’t like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football,” he added, “but it’s a dangerous sport and I think it’s, I, it’s really tough. “I thought the equipment would get better, and it has. The helmets have gotten far better but it hasn’t solved the problem. So, you know, I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son — well, I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So it’s not totally unique, but I would have a hard time with it.”Trump added his son is more interested in soccer now. He explained that he “thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly.” Super Bowl 53: Rams coach Sean McVay will be without his personal sideline spotter President Donald Trump expressed some concerns about the possibility of his 12-year-old son, Barron, playing football because it’s a “dangerous sport.”During an interview with CBS on “Face the Nation” prior to Super Bowl 53, Trump revealed he would “have a hard time” letting his son play professional football. Although, Trump did say he wouldn’t stand in the way if Barron was interested in the sport.last_img read more