Last gasp Lukaku snatches draw

first_img Schlupp burst into the box moments later and it needed the combined efforts of three Everton players to stop the Ghanaian. The home fans were unhappy as Everton lacked any pace or purpose going forward. They briefly woke from their slumber when Lukaku collected and went clean through following an incisive pass by Barkley, but the striker was offside. Everton wasted the few chances they had in the first half. Barkley curled a 20-yard free-kick into the Park End and Lukaku did the same moments later. Andrej Kramaric came close at the other end when he curled his shot a foot over Howard’s goal. John Stones then put in a last-ditch block to deny Schlupp in first half injury time. The game was a far more entertaining affair in the second half. Just two minutes after the break, Howard parried Matty James’ shot, but Schlupp dragged the follow-up wide. Boos rang out around Goodison Park in the 53rd minute when Muhamed Besic, who had controlled the game from midfield was replaced by Atsu. Darron Gibson came on for Barkley, who had been far less effective. Any dissenting voices were muted four minutes later when Everton took the lead. Lukaku held the ball up brilliantly and laid the ball off to Naismith, who squeezed his shot between Wes Morgan and Robert Huth and the ball trickled past Mark Schwarzer. Pearson made a double change, bringing Nugent and Jamie Vardy on. Just over one minute later, the pair combined to equalise. Vardy pulled away down the right and drove a low shot goalwards which Howard spilled straight into the path of Everton fan Nugent, who tapped in. Lukaku should have put Everton back in front when he meandered through the Leicester defence, but he somehow contrived to clear the bar from 10 yards. The hosts were punished immediately by the Foxes. Howard was at fault again. He flapped at a cross and Vardy pulled the ball back to Cambiasso, who drilled the ball in from inside the box. The Everton fans groaned as Lukaku wasted yet another chance to score as the former Chelsea striker could only muster a weak shot after being played in by Naismith. The Belgian made a telling impact in the dying minutes, though, when his diving header hit Upson and flew in to steal a fortuitous point for Martinez’s side. Leicester were denied a vital victory in their push for survival as Everton grabbed a last-gasp equaliser at Goodison Park. Lukaku had looked a shadow of the man that bagged a hat-trick against Young Boys on Thursday. The Belgian missed several chances against the Foxes, but he was in the right place at the right time to grab a point for Roberto Martinez’s team although he will be grateful to Upson for deflecting the ball in. Lukaku was not the only poor performer for the hosts on Sunday. Everton were poor all over the pitch and can count themselves lucky to claim a point. Ross Barkley was hooked after 53 minutes following a poor display and Aaron Lennon quickly faded after a bright start. Tim Howard was also poor. The American goalkeeper gave his critics further ammunition by flapping at two crosses, which allowed the Premier League’s bottom club to score twice. Nigel Pearson will be bitterly disappointed not to take all three points from his trip to Merseyside, but he can take heart from the fact that his team are now four points closer to safety, rather than five. Everton took a while to get going in Switzerland on Thursday and it was much the same case at Goodison Park as Leicester started strongly. Jeffrey Schlupp was their most dangerous player in the opening stages, firing a low drive at Howard. Press Association Leicester looked set to register their fifth win of the season when David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso put them 2-1 up after Steven Naismith had broken the deadlock. But with less than two minutes left Christian Atsu crossed for Romelu Lukaku, whose diving header flew past Mark Schwarzer after taking a huge deflection off Matthew Upson and the match ended 2-2. last_img read more

Dwight Yorke adds to growing criticism of Louis van Gaal

first_img Press Association Yorke told “The legacy that Sir Alex has left behind after 26 years has meant we’re used to seeing a certain type of football so you can understand the reaction of certain individuals who have played for the club for a very long time who are entitled to their opinion. “Whether Van Gaal agrees with that is another story. “I can see why people are voicing their opinion because it’s not how United go about their business and it’s been very hard at times for people to bear. “You’ve got to take certain risks. It’s all well and good having a game plan where you grind teams down and have the ball so much but the game is about excitement and taking chances. “Nobody wants to see that type of football because at the end of the day we’re in the entertainment business. United in the past have been all about being exciting. “Right now is not what we’re looking for and it will take a little while to come back. “There is a transitional period we’re going through but we’ll be okay. The reality is that the excitement will come back to United whether it’s under Van Gaal or somebody else.” United are currently fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. Their two top-flight games prior to Saturday’s 2-0 home win over West Brom were both goalless draws. United were recently accused of a “lack of creativity and risk” by ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes, who suggested he would not enjoy being a part of the current side. Van Gaal responded by stressing he disagreed with and was unconcerned by Scholes’ comments, but now criticism has come his way from another member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble-winning side of 1999. center_img Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has criticised the football the club have been playing under manager Louis van Gaal. last_img read more

Bolt, Thompson lead nominees for Jamaica’s male and female Athlete-of-the-Year

first_imgUSAIN Bolt and Elaine Thompson lead the list of nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation Athlete-of-the-Year Awards announced Thursday during its launch at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston.The awards will be held at the hotel on Friday, January 13, 2017.Bolt is one of three male nominees. The 30-year-old track and field icon became the first sprinter in history to win the 100m, 200m and sprint relay at three consecutive Olympic Games at the Games in Rio in August.Also nominated is 110m hurdles OIympic champion Omar McLeod, who became the first Jamaican male to win the sprint hurdles gold at an Olympic Games. The 22-year-old student at the University of Arkansas, also won the World Indoor Championships in Oregon in February.McLeod was also the only sprinter hurdler to go below 13 seconds during the year in which he also became the first sprinter hurdler to break 13 seconds and 10 seconds in the 100m.The third and final male nominee is batsman Marlon Samuels, who was the hero of the ICC T20 World Cup Final in India. Samuels scored an unbeaten 85 off just 66 balls to help the West Indies to a four-wicket win over England as the West Indies became the first team ever to win the T20 World Cup twice.Samuels was also named West Indies One Day Player-of-the-Year.Thompson, who won both the 100m and 200m at the Olympics in Rio, leads the five female nominees that included three Olympians, one female cricketer and a swimmer.Thompson became the first woman in 28 years to win the sprint double at the Olympic Games. She was also the Diamond winner and had the fastest times in both the 100m and 200m for 2016. Her personal best of 10.70 tied the national record held by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.Also among the list of nominees is Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who also set a personal-best time of 49.83s in the semi-finals. She was also a key member of Jamaica’s team that won the silver medal in the women’s mile relay.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who overcame injury-plagued season to win bronze behind Thompson in the 100m in Rio, is also among the nominees.Fraser-Pryce who ran a season-best 10.86 in the final in Rio, also anchored the women’s sprint relay team to a silver medal.last_img read more

The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race

first_imgThe Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race France was due to host track’s European championships for the first time since 1938.The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany.___Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Count University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins among those who don’t expect the college football season to start this fall.Speaking to KVOI-AM in Tucson, Robbins said the university plans to bring back students and faculty during the fall semester, but cast a doubt on the ability to start the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic.“I’m really concerned about whether we’re going to be playing football in the fall,” he said. “My sense right now, I just don’t see that happening.”Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas made a similar comment while speaking to journalism students during a teleconference earlier this week.The pandemic wiped out the NCAA Tournament and put major sports across the world on hold. Numerous scenarios have been proposed, but no one is sure what’s going to happen with sports until there’s a better handle on the virus. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic. Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles. Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments. Associated Press Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. ___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief. Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas are starting an auction to raise money for tennis players ranked outside the top 100 and in need of financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.Mouratoglou and Tsitsipas tweeted about Beyond 100 Support on Thursday.They say the funds will go to professionals in both men’s and women’s tennis.Most tennis players only make money when they are able to enter tournaments. But all tennis events are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___ Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus through May 8 and said he would gradually open the state in three phases. Cooper says teams can go back to work under the state’s executive order and are permitted to work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines. NASCAR has been hoping to hold the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators and has made its request to Cooper. The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without spectators, and South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions. ___ ___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“ Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does. That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___ Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part, saying he and his wife, Heather, “immediately jumped on it.”“Anything we can do to continue to help,” Fleck said.Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.___Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA. The SUNY Chancellor Esports Challenge was organized by SUNY Canton, the site of SUNY’s first varsity esports program, and co-sponsored by Extreme Networks. Each college can enter two teams of students to compete in “Fortnite” by Epic Games, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” by Nintendo, or “Rocket League” by Psyonix. The top prize for each game is $2,000, to go to the winning team’s student emergency fund. A $5,000 grand prize will go to the SUNY campus with the best overall score.“Sports are a great unifier, be it on or off the field,” Extreme Networks Chief Operating Officer Norman Rice said in a statement. “In times where we aren’t able to come together in stadiums, fields, and arenas to cheer our favorite athletes, esports competition is an ideal way to keep students engaged with each other.”___ ___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online. UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. “What I’ve been hearing more of is that maybe doing something combining both basketball and football for the spring, so January-February 2021, and try to play both of them,” Robbins said. “There will be all kind of implications for television viewing and confusion. I don’t know. We just don’t have any answers right now.”___The European track and field championships in Paris this summer have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for Aug. 25-30 could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event — at the same Charléty Stadium on June 13 — was postponed with no alternative date set. The New York Jets and team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey.The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic.The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to organizations that are focused primarily on food insecurity, first responders and regional relief.“No region in the country has been affected by COVID-19 more than ours and because of that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has being a good teammate ever mattered more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.“It’s the right thing for all of us to do,” George said Thursday in a statement. “There are a lot of unknowns ahead of us, and while we don’t exactly know yet the financial impacts for the upcoming year, for them to agree and voluntarily take pay cuts is important at this time for our student-athletes and the overall direction of all our sports programs and support areas.”___New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs. 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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgClubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for Tokyo NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causesBOSTON (AP) — The Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes.A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.” Associated Press June 5, 2020 The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code.The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEO Tea Katai made the posts on her Instagram story earlier this week, and the Galaxy angrily condemned them as “racist and violent” on Wednesday. The posts included a photo with a caption written in Serbian urging police to “kill” protesters, another referring to protesters as “disgusting cattle,” and a third sharing a racist meme.Aleksandar Katai disavowed his wife’s posts late Wednesday night, saying the “views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLMore than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams will not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s officeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality. Update on the latest in sports: TOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes. The video says “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesMLS-GALAXY-KATAI’S WIFEGalaxy drop Aleksandar Katai after wife’s social media postsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Aleksandar Katai has been released by the LA Galaxy after a series of alarming social media posts by his wife, Tea.The Galaxy announced their decision to “mutually part ways” with their new Serbian winger Friday in a one-sentence news release. NCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption caseUNDATED (AP) — An NCAA infractions committee panel has ruled former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.The NCAA also announced penalties that include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.”INDYCAR-WINDSCREEN Pete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died.A family member says he died at a veterans home in Sandusky, Ohio.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout.He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth.   — The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary law change when they resume next week. There can still be only three pauses to send on substitutes. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time.Serie A is set to resume on June 20 with the Italian Cup being completed in the previous week.— Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.— The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATE SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKLiverpool could win Premier League title at home after allLONDON (AP) — Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted Liverpool’s second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by two points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— The University of Maryland will begin allowing its football players to begin voluntary, individual workouts under the supervision of the sports medial staff on June 15. Football players will be permitted to return to campus on June 8 for medical screenings. The athletes will be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis. Maryland is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 5 at home against Towson. IndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHER NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night, and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.The video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”The players then name several of the black men and women who have recently been killed, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner.In a statement, the NFL said: “This is a time of self-reflection for all – the NFL is no exception. We stand with the black community because black lives matter.” After noting league efforts to address social injustice, and pledging $20 million to such causes, the NFL added: “We know that we can and need to do more.” Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.Pete Rademacher was 91 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. Update on the latest sports July 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.— The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28. The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports outfielder Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 major league baseball season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in society. Desmond’s will be replaced by veteran Matt Kemp. The slugger has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies and could get the DH job.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018. In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in returncenter_img The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the tour this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.In other coronavirus related sports news:— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-OKLAHOMAOklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budgetUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.last_img read more

Henry’s vocal leadership second to none

first_imgAaron Henry is third on the team with 42 tackles and has two interceptions this season. The safety is a well-respected leader on and off the field, said to lead by example.[/media-credit]Last year, J.J. Watt led the Badger defense statistically, but, most importantly, vocally – on and off the field.Without a doubt, Aaron Henry is UW’s vocal leader this season.He may not be able to figuratively carry the city around in the palm of his hand like Watt, but the senior safety is easily one of Wisconsin’s most beloved players.But while his “yes, ma’ams” and “thank you, sirs” have made him one of the most notoriously polite players you may ever encounter, on the field, he is completely different.“It’s just a mentality. You have to be able to have that switch,” Henry said. “Being on the field and just walking around here talking to people are just two different things. … The reality of football is it’s a nasty, rough, tough sport. It’s in your face and it’s smash mouth. You don’t go out there to try and make friends with people.”Henry attributes his well-defined manners to his grandmother and just showing respect to people.This respect is not just for show. And his genuine personality has allowed him to be one of the most respected players and a captain, in return.“He’s an over-the-top funny guy, he’s a little vain, he’s a little bit of everything,” sophomore safety Dezmen Southward said. “We’re going to miss him next year.”“He’s obviously a great player, but I think he’s a much better individual,” junior safety Shelton Johnson said. “There’s a lot of players … that are just players, but Aaron Henry, he’s just an all-around wonderful individual player to be around, and we kind of feed off that as a team.”While he is a great leader now, Henry’s career at UW has not been the smoothest.Henry played cornerback throughout his entire life until last year and did not agree with head coach Bret Bielema’s decision to move him to safety.“I hated it,” Henry said. “I didn’t really like the decision, we kind of butted heads. He always has a player’s goodwill at heart. He’s been doing this for a long time. I didn’t understand it because I had been playing corner my whole life … but after suffering my knee injury and going through a few surgeries, he thought it would be best.”The Immokalee, Fla., native said he is now thankful for the switch and admits that if he could change things he may have started out at safety – but he will always be a corner at heart.Given his knowledge of the game and his size, the transition to safety was not all that difficult for him scheme-wise, but it did take some getting used to.“It was a process to get him to learn how to play the position,” co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said. “Actually it was more a process to get him to believe in that was his best position. Once he bought in and he started having success, it just snowballed from there.”For Henry, it was ultimately a mental transition.“It’s a whole lot more mental back there at safety,” he said. “It’s a lot more physical as far as being able to move your feet. Safety is a whole different world, a whole different ball game. … I was already a relatively smart player as far as the game of football goes, but when I went from corner to safety, it made my job that much easier.”Despite the rough change, Henry has become a force in the secondary. Henry is third on the team in tackles with 42, and has had two interceptions for 29 yards and a sack.While he is a respected player for his production on the field, the main thing that stands out to Southward about Henry is his confidence.“Just his preparation, his confidence, it really rubs off on you,” Southward said. “I feel like I’ve gotten much better just watching him play, watching him prepare and seeing how he goes about the game of football.”There is no denying that Henry’s game has rubbed off on his fellow safeties as Johnson and Southward each have 33 and 28 tackles, respectively. Johnson has also caught an interception this year with three pass breakups and four passes deflected. Southward has two forced fumbles with two pass breakups as well.The secondary has, in the past, been a source of weakness for the Badgers, but this season, Henry, Johnson, Southward and Co. have helped make UW the No. 6 defense in the nation allowing only 15.8 points per game.“We do a lot with each other,” Southward said. “We watch a lot more film this year. We’re a lot more cohesive; if I need an answer to something, I’ll go ask Shelton or Aaron and likewise, if they need anything they can always come to me. We just try to help each other with anything we can.”Essentially, Henry is a pivotal player that is not afraid to say what needs to be said but stays respectful at the same time.“He always says what needs to be said no matter if you don’t want to hear it or whether it’s something that everybody is looking to hear,” Johnson said. “He’s always a rock out there. Whenever we need somebody to make a play, we can rely on Aaron Henry. He’s just Aaron Henry; I don’t even know how to quantify that any more.”last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs’ outing spoiled by two-strike homers in Angels’ loss

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousSeattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy, left, is congratulated by Mallex Smith after hitting a two-run home run off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs that also scored Jay Bruce during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake tags out the Angels’ Luis Rengifo after Leake fielded a ground ball hit by Rengifo during the sixth inning of Friday’s game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Los Angeles Angels starter Tyler Skaggs throw during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners starter Mike Leake delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani grounds out during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore runs to first base after hitting an RBI single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Seattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring a run on a hit by Dylan Moore off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his ground out to shortstop in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his ground out to shortstop in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks back to the dugout after hitting a ground out to shortstop in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim jogs back to the dugout after hitting a fly out to right in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after giving up a two run home run to Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners high fives Chris Prieto #13 of the Seattle Mariners after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jared Walsh tosses the ball to a teammate covering first base during the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 31: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim laps the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, is congratulated by Kole Calhoun after hitting a solo home run off of Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Seattle Mariners’ Jay Bruce hits a solo home run off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. The home run was the 300th of Bruce’S career. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Seattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy, left, is congratulated by Mallex Smith after hitting a two-run home run off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs that also scored Jay Bruce during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake tags out the Angels’ Luis Rengifo after Leake fielded a ground ball hit by Rengifo during the sixth inning of Friday’s game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)NextShow Caption1 of 19Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake tags out the Angels’ Luis Rengifo after Leake fielded a ground ball hit by Rengifo during the sixth inning of Friday’s game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)ExpandSEATTLE — Two of the 102 pitches that Tyler Skaggs threw on Friday night cost the Angels the game.Skaggs gave up a pair of two-strike homers, accounting for three of the four runs he allowed in the Angels’ 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.Those pitches marred an otherwise encouraging performance, in which he went seven innings for the first time this season, with eight strikeouts and one walk.“It’s extremely frustrating,” Skaggs said. “I thought I threw my (butt) off today. I thought I was really, really good. The results didn’t show up, but at the same time, a lot of positives today. I thought that was the best I looked this year.” Trout hit all of them.About a minute after Trout stepped on the plate, Ohtani belted a first-pitch homer over the fence in left.It marked the first time this season the Angels had hit back-to-back homers. The last time they did was last September, also Trout and Ohtani.Ausmus said the rather sluggish offensive night was because of Leake, who pitched seven innings.“He was very good,” Ausmus said. “He’s just a smart pitcher. He never shows you the same look twice, uses all of his pitches, cutter, sinker, both sides of the plate, in on righties, in on lefties, changes arm slot on curve at times. He doesn’t light the radar gun up but he’s a very smart pitcher who has command of all his pitches. …“Today, we just needed to get Leake out of there quicker, and it didn’t happen.” Ironically, the game’s two critical at-bats came after Skaggs had gotten ahead, 0-and-2.In the fifth inning, he had retired the first two hitters and then issued his only walk of the night. He quickly got ahead of Tom Murphy with two strikes, but he then hung a 1-and-2 curveball and Murphy pounded it over the right field fence for a two-run homer to make it 3-0.It was the first time in Skaggs’ career that he’d allowed an opposite-field homer on a curve, according to Statcast.After the Angels had cut the deficit to 3-2 on the back-to-back homers by Trout and Ohtani, Skaggs settled down and pitched a scoreless sixth and he retired the first two hitters of the seventh.Again, he started Jay Bruce with two strikes. He then missed the strike zone with his third pitch and put the next one right over the middle, a fastball that Bruce hit over the center field fence.“I thought I could have thrown a changeup to get him off the fastball-curveball,” Skaggs said. “Hindsight is 20-20. I didn’t, and it ended up being the dagger that lost the game.”Homers had also accounted for the Angels’ only runs against Seattle starter Mike Leake.For five innings, the Angels had nothing but a pair of singles. In the sixth, Trout put the Angels on the board by smashing a 440-foot homer to left field. The ball left the bat at 114 mph, the team’s hardest-hit homer of the season. It was also the fifth homer of at least 114 mph the Angels have hit in the five seasons those numbers have been recorded.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img The Angels still had a shot to win the game. They trailed 4-2 when Skaggs left, having scored their first two runs on back-to-back homers by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the sixth.In the eighth, they scored a run on an Ohtani single and loaded the bases before Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to end the inning.They came up empty against right-hander Anthony Bass in the ninth, ending their three-game winning streak.The Angels have played better lately in part because the starters have been doing a better job of keeping them in games, even when pitching without their best stuff.Skaggs fell behind with a first-pitch ball to 13 of the 26 hitters he faced, yet he managed to battle back in the count often enough to be effective. During one stretch he got through three innings with 27 pitches. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Whicker: New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has proven nice guys can finish

first_imgBoth 2015 Managers of the Year, Jeff Banister and Joe Maddon, managed extensively in the minors. The last five managers to win a World Series had managed another major-league club first. Then comes Charlie Manuel of the Phillies in 2008, but he had run 1,198 minor-league games. Ozzie Guillen (2005, White Sox) is the last guy to jump into the fire and withstand it, at least for a while.What makes Dave Roberts different? And when the guys in the fifth-floor boxes at Dodger Stadium are perceived as the real lineup manipulators, what difference will the manager make?The answer might be in Roberts’ smile, his interpersonal reach, his active voice, and, most of all, his history. He is the most pronounced extrovert to get the Dodgers’ job since Tommy Lasorda himself.He also didn’t get his first major league at-bat until he was 27, going 3-for-5 for Cleveland against Tampa Bay, and he didn’t get his first regular gig until he was 30, as a platoon centerfielder for the Dodgers in 2002. Roberts played 10 major-league seasons.He proves that nice guys can finish. He finished off Hodgkin’s lymphona, for example. And he finished this grandiose game of musical chairs by landing in the big one, while a large auditioning parade fell out.Since 1988, the last World Series year, he is their eighth manager. Two of those managers (Davey Johnson, Joe Torre) had won world championships in New York and another (Grady Little) had gone to Game 7 of a championship series.Eventually you don’t hire a resume, you hire a presence..“He was a great basestealer,” said Dan Evans, now the Blue Jays’ international scout, then the Dodgers’ general manager who watched Roberts make the club and stick.“To be a great basestealer, you have to have energy and passion. And you can’t have any fear.”Roberts stole 45 for the Dodgers in 2002 and 243 in his career. That does not count Game 4 of the 2004 A.L. Championship Series, after Paul DePodesta had shipped Roberts to the Red Sox for an afterthought.Boston trailed the Yankees 3-0 in games and 4-3 on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth. Mariano Rivera walked Kevin Millar. Roberts ran for Millar and stole second. Bill Mueller’s ground-ball single tied it 4-4.Three innings later, David Ortiz launched a winning homer off Paul Quantrill (another ’02 Dodger) and Boston did not lose another postseason game. Roberts will never have to buy a Sam Adams in Boston again. He also proved the worth of speed to a city that had never bought it.Roberts had told his wife in ’02 that it would be a “seven-month season,” that he would have to be great in spring training to make the club and could never take a day off from the process of staying.But he had already impressed Evans in the winter, when he drove from the San Diego suburbs to L.A. at least three times a week to work with Maury Wills, the modern Godfather of the extra 90 feet.Roberts’ father Wayman was a 30-year Marine gunnery sergeant. Dave was born in Okinawa and then lived all over America, and he realized that if he didn’t reach out to his new classmates at every stop, he would always be the wallflower.He was a high school quarterback who almost played at the Air Force Academy. He was sent down from Detroit’s Class A team to a ragtag co-op squad in Visalia, and ran his way up to Double-A the next year.Experience might be a question. Experiences aren’t. If the Dodgers spent nearly a month just to hire a middleman, they wasted more time than Dave Roberts ever has. Everyone has to start somewhere. The question is whether a baseball manager should start in Dodger Stadium. Or Lynchburg or Modesto or Montgomery.Ex-major leaguers have been getting more chances to cut their teeth in dugouts where every rookie mistake is not only noticed but tweeted. They have been anointed as leaders without any time spent at Officer Candidate School.The results have not been stellar.Washington’s Matt Williams got fired last month. Detroit’s Brad Ausmus nearly did. Robin Ventura of the White Sox hasn’t distinguished himself. Mike Matheny of St. Louis has, but Matheny spent lots of sweaty days at the Cardinals’ minor-league outposts, getting a ground-up view of the organization. Same with Minnesota’s Paul Molitor.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Nick Young, Jordan Hill argue they had good intentions in postgame celebration

first_imgYoung has often crashed teammates’ interviews this season without any consequence. Scott remained unaware of this habit, though it often prompted teammates privately to express both amusement and annoyance over Young’s antics. “We’ve been doing this the whole season, but I guess it’s a problem now,” Hill said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “It is what it is.”Yet, Young and Hill walked the tight rope between respecting Scott’s criticism and defending their behavior. “He’s right about it,” Hill said about Scott. “But we’re just trying to finish this season out with our heads high.”Young acknowledged he defended himself “a little bit” to Scott. SALT LAKE CITY >> Jordan Hill sat on the bench staring at his cell phone and looking fairly downtrodden. Nick Young showed as much stoicism as he sat by his locker. Their demeanor prior to when the Lakers visited the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena starkly contrasted to how they acted following the Lakers’ overtime win on Sunday over Boston. Then Hill, Nick Young and Carlos Boozer crashed Jeremy Lin’s postgame interview and expressed elation over a rare victory.The footage soon aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kobe Bryant offered an annoyed and silent reaction. Lakers coach Byron Scott then reported scolding his team about the incident. “Kobe, in particular, made everybody look at it differently,” Young said. “If ESPN said something about it the night it happened or the next day, I understand. To me, they waited until they saw Kobe react to it.” “I see where they’re coming from, but also at the same time I still get excited when we’re doing something right,” Young said. “I can’t do anything when we lose. So when we get that one win, we have to really enjoy it.” Old-school mentalityScott often calls himself “old school” whenever he waxes nostalgic on a different era when he won NBA championships and players apparently displayed a better work ethic. That explains why Scott dismissed the idea that the NBA should scale back its 82-game schedule because of a wave of injuries, most recently to Chicago’s Derrick Rose (torn meniscus in right knee).“We did the same thing back in the day, and we did it without charter (planes),” Scott said. “That to me is a bunch of bull. I think the fact that these guys play a lot more basketball during the summer has something to do with it. They’re not allowing their bodies to rest.”Scott also conceded he thinks little of the analytics movement, despite Lakers assistants Mark Madsen, Larry Lewis, Paul Pressey and Thomas Scott delivering him weekly reports highlighting various trends.“I listen to it and take it into consideration,” Scott said. “I evaluate it and then do what I want to do as a head coach.”Has Scott ever made a decision based on any of those reports? Said Scott: “No.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more