McGinley not swayed by Clarke rift

first_img And w hen Tom Watson was named US captain in December 2012, Clarke suggested 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie should also be considered as “whoever it is standing on that stage opposite Tom Watson needs a huge presence”. With the public backing of players such as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, McGinley subsequently won the day but admitted recently that his conversations with Clarke were now “short and sweet” and amounted to little more than passing pleasantries. However, the 47-year-old vowed to be professional when the new selection process gets under way. Since 1999, the captain was selected by the European Tour’s 15-strong tournament committee, but changes announced in August last year mean the responsibility now falls to the previous three captains (McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Montgomerie), the Tour’s chief executive and a tournament committee representative. Asked by Press Association Sport if his relationship with Clarke would be a problem, McGinley said: “Abs olutely no problem whatsoever. I’m going to be very professional in my input. “I’m going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward as to what it will be. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players, I want to get the opinion of the players. “I think we’re very fortunate in Europe, a little bit like the Liverpool soccer team and the boot room, I think a lot of us have benefited hugely from being vice-captains. Darren has been a vice-captain along with many other guys. We will see where that all evolves and I’ll make a professional decision based on the views of people that I respect.” As to whether he would be a vice-captain under Clarke, McGinley added: “I don’t think I’d be vice-captain to anybody going forward to be honest. I’m very happy to help in an unofficial capacity but I don’t think I have the personality to go back in as vice-captain. Press Association Paul McGinley insists his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. Clarke is odds-on favourite to lead the side at Hazeltine in 2016, when Europe will be looking to claim their fourth straight victory and ninth in the last 11 contests. The former Open champion sent McGinley a letter in 2011 offering his support for the latter’s bid to become captain in 2014, but later changed his mind and also put himself forward for the role. “I would like to be able to support the new captain in whatever direction he went, and if I had a belief about a different area, I’m afraid there would be a conflict.” That means McGinley’s Ryder Cup career is officially over, a career which has seen three wins as a player (2002, 2004 and 2006), two as a vice-captain (2010 and 2012) and one as captain. “That’s six I have been involved in and six wins,” he said. “L ike a heavyweight fighter, I will retire undefeated.” Undefeated but perhaps not uninvolved, McGinley raising the possibility of using his expertise in the same way he got former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to speak to the team on Tuesday. “I would certainly like to play a role, if required, a little bit like Alex Ferguson did this week for me,” he added. “I bounced ideas off him. He didn’t preach to me. He didn’t tell me what to do, but what he did was he solidified my ideas and he gave me confidence that, yeah, my hunches were right. “I certainly won’t be pushing myself forward (but) whoever the next captain may be, if he has any questions, I’ll help in any single way I can.” McGinley admitted his one regret at Gleneagles was not having enough time to coach Ian Poulter in the role of senior player for his partnership with Stephen Gallacher, the untried duo losing 5&4 on the opening morning. But he praised Poulter for accepting his somewhat limited role during the week, the top European points scorer in each of the previous three contests playing just twice before the singles. “I had to make some tough calls, really tough calls,” added McGinley, who said his decision not to pick Luke Donald as a wild card was still eating away at him; Donald sending McGinley a long text of congratulations on Sunday evening. “All along I had thought that Ian Poulter was going to play in the second afternoon, and he thought he was going to play, and at the 11th hour I decided on Martin Kaymer instead and to break up that dynamic of Poulter and (Justin) Rose which has been so successful. That was a big call. “But the way Ian accepted that decision, I mean, he came out to me on the golf course in the afternoon and he was consoling me. That means more to me than the Ian Poulter banging on his heart and what he did in Medinah.” last_img read more

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Rob Elliot’s heroics earns Newcastle a rare away win at Bournemouth

first_img Press Association Rob Elliot played through the pain of thigh trouble to secure Newcastle’s first away win in 10 months in an edgy 1-0 victory at Bournemouth. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick opened the space for Georginio Wijnaldum to play in Perez, with the Spain forward toe-poking home. Adam Federici ought to have kept out the tame effort, but Newcastle’s battling horde could hardly have cared less. The second half opened in exactly the same vein as the first, with Elliot again denying the hosts. Ritchie raced onto a dangerous cross to head goalwards, only for the Newcastle goalkeeper to tip over the bar. Gosling fluffed another effort to continue the trend and then Junior Stanislas blasted wildly over the bar in acres of space. Chancel Mbemba barged Andrew Surman off the ball in the box just past the hour, but referee Lee Mason waved away Bournemouth’s penalty calls. After so many half-chances and missed opportunities, the hosts’ heads finally dropped, leaving the tie to peter out somewhat. A curiously-high tally of six additional minutes rallied Bournemouth slightly, but still Newcastle clung on for a victory to boost their bid to ease away from the relegation zone. TWEET OF THE MATCH Alan Shearer ‏@alanshearer 14 corners to 0. 17 efforts to 2. 69% possession . 0-1 result. It’s not about stats and playing well. It’s about winning. #BOUNEW #MOTD https://twitter.com/alanshearer/status/663002725068722176 PLAYER RATINGS BOURNEMOUTH Adam Federici: 4 (out of 10) Simon Francis: 6 Dan Gosling: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Harry Arter: 5 Charlie Daniels: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Joshua King: 5 Junior Stanislas: 5 Sylvain Distin: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 SUBSTITUTES Lee Tomlin (for Stanislas, 73): 6 Yann Kermorgant (for King, 73): 6 Tokelo Rantie (for Arter, 80): 6 NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot: 9 Fabricio Coloccini: 6 Paul Dummett: 5 Georginio Wijnaldum: 5 Moussa Sissoko: 6 Vurnon Anita: 5 Ayoze Perez: 6 Chancel Mbemba: 5 Daryl Janmaat: 5 Cheick Tiote: 5 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 SUBSTITUTES Papiss Cisse (for Mitrovic, 63) 5 Florian Thauvin (for Perez, 77) 6 Kevin Mbabu (for Anita, 92) 5 STAR MAN Rob Elliot. The Newcastle goalkeeper played through the pain of hamstring trouble to produce the day’s pivotal performance. The 29-year-old somehow kept Newcastle in the match despite Bournemouth’s consistent dominance. MOMENT OF THE MATCH After somehow soaking up everything Bournemouth had to throw at them, Newcastle launched their only tangible attack of the match – and Ayoze Perez poked the winner past a stunned Adam Federici. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Junior Stanislas and Josh King started for Bournemouth with Eddie Howe fielding a starting XI that could float between 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. Newcastle remained unchanged from the line-up that drew 0-0 with Stoke at home, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot pressed into service despite carrying a thigh injury. Teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson made the trip and warmed up with Elliot and replacement Freddie Woodman, but was not needed in the end. MOAN OF THE MATCH Ayoze Perez might have poked home the winning goal, but the 22-year-old Spaniard needs to cut out the play-acting. Twice the Spain Under-21 star threw himself to the turf to indulge in a spot of needless writhing in false pain. WHO’S UP NEXT? Swansea v Bournemouth, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle v Leicester, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was honest in his assessment of the game and told BT Sport: “Sometimes football just cannot be explained. “We’ve played so well recently, great performances, great football, not got the results and not scored goals and today we couldn’t play football. It was like a hot potato. “One bit of quality, great football to get the goal, a little bit more of that and we would have been comfortable, but we just caused our own problems today. “Credit to Bournemouth they kept coming and coming. They played with intensity, created great chances and we worked hard for our luck, we’ve not had it in recent weeks, we had it today but we’ll take it.” McClaren was pleased with goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who proved his fitness as he pulled off a string of fines saves to deny the hosts. He added: “No (risk) really. We were worried after last week’s game but he had trained the last couple of days. “He was magnificent and that’s what you need, not all the time can you go away and play the good football you want to play, sometimes you have to dig in and sometimes you have defining moments and they are usually blocks, headers and saves and we had two great saves that kept us in the game and got us the win.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted his team could not have done much more to take something from the game. He said: “We were playing a good side like Newcastle and they got in our box twice in the whole game. “We penned them in and had good chances and we just haven’t taken them. “I’ve told them to keep the faith, keep doing what you’re doing because if we keep performing like that and creating as many chances as that in a game, we’ll win games – there’s no doubt about it.” Newcastle rode their luck en route to their second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign, and their first away victory since a 3-0 triumph at Hull City on January 31. Elliot pulled off at least five crucial saves to frustrate Eddie Howe’s creative but toothless Bournemouth – and that after remaining a doubt right up until kick-off. Newcastle took teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson to the south coast, and the 18-year-old even warmed up just in case Elliot’s injury worsened again. McClaren did not need to call on the youngster, however, as Elliot eased Newcastle’s goalkeeping woes with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow sidelined. Bournemouth laid consistent siege to his goal in a one-sided first-half, only to turn around trailing to the visitors’ solitary strike. Josh King and Matt Ritchie will kick themselves for weak finishes, while Adam Smith fired just over with the goal at his mercy. Elliot’s best save of the half came from Dan Gosling’s far-post header – the 29-year-old stopper cementing his inspired showing with a smart point-blank save. Bournemouth should have easily capitalised on Newcastle’s midfield misalignment and defensive disarray – instead McClaren’s men rode their luck and grabbed the lead. The United goalkeeper thwarted the dominant hosts with a string of fine saves, handing manager Steve McClaren his first win on the road. Ayoze Perez’s sucker-punch strike secured the points for Newcastle, who only produced that solitary shot on target at Dean Court. last_img read more

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Permaul’s match-haul of 15 for 77 propels Jaguars to three-day win

first_imgFLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC) – Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul wrecked Jamaica Scorpions with a career-best 15-wicket match-haul, as Guyana Jaguars pulled off a seven-wicket victory inside three days here yesterday.On a dramatic day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium when 16 wickets clattered, the 30-year-old Permaul finished with 15 for 77 to propel Jaguars to their third win in six matches in the Regional Four-Day Championship.No such finish was envisaged when rain wiped out nearly the entire morning session, allowing just two overs.After lunch, fast bowler Marquino Mindley (3-68) snatched two of the last three Jaguars wickets to fall for 17 runs as the visitors were bowled out for 304 after resuming the morning on 287 for six.However, Permaul then scythed through the Scorpions second innings to claim a career-best innings haul of eight for 18, to spectacularly topple the hosts for a meagre 111 in quick time.Again, there was no hint of the carnage to come when captain John Campbell blasted 66 off 77 deliveries in an opening stand of 75 with Alwyn Williams (18).But once Permaul bowled Williams, the floodgates opened and Scorpions stunningly lost 10 wickets for 36 runs.Set 24 for victory late in the day, off-spinner Jamie Merchant claimed three for eight to take some of the shine off Jaguars’ win before they eventually stumbled home.Left-hander Campbell, on the hunt for form following a string of low scores, dominated the Jaguars bowling with six fours as Scorpions looked to erase their first innings deficit of 88 runs.The turning point came, however, when Williams missed a swing at Permaul’s second delivery and lost his leg-stump and with 10 runs added, Jermaine Blackwood (6) holed out to long on off Permaul.Off the very next delivery, left-hander Paul Palmer missed a defensive stroke and was bowled first ball by Permaul and when Campbell edged a drive at the same bowler and was caught by captain Leon Johnson moving low to his left at first slip, Scorpions were reeling on 94 for four at tea.Permaul then continued his dismantling of the Scorpions innings after tea as the last six wickets went down for 17 runs for the home team to be all out for 111.last_img read more

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Badgers try to end losing skid

first_imgSophomore forward Jon Leuer broke out of his slump in UW\’s loss to Northwestern.[/media-credit]When the Badgers play Illinois tonight at the Kohl Center, it will have been almost a month since they won a game.Their last win occurred at home on Jan. 7 against Northwestern, but since then, the Badgers dropped six straight games and their last five have been lost by an average of just 3.8 points.“We have had mistakes at both ends of the court,” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said. “It hasn’t been anything glaring, but it’s enough to cost you a low possession, tight game. That’s what we’ve been in the last six games. They’ve been tight.”Against Northwestern last Saturday, it was the same story. With a lead midway through the second half, the Badgers were unable to hold on and eventually lost to the Wildcats 66-63.“Once again, it came down to us finishing at the end,” senior forward Marcus Landry said. “You know, maybe not scoring on a few possessions or turning the ball over. So, our main focus is we don’t want to change too much, but we want to stick to the game plan the coaches have for us and go out there and be focused.”The common thread between all of their losses has been losing a lead down the stretch, but almost coming back in the waning seconds of the game. Against Illinois in Champaign, Wisconsin was able to battle back despite being down as much as 10 points with 4:13 left to go in the game. Against the Wildcats, the Badgers only had a one-point deficit with 10 seconds left.“I thought we handled it pretty well at the end of the game,” Close said of the Northwestern game. “We got pretty good looks and we kept them having to make free throws, and that’s what you want to do and hope they miss one.”This weekend against Illinois, Wisconsin will be looking to end its losing streak at home. The Illini are coming off a 62-54 win against Iowa at Assembly Hall. The last time the Badgers played the Fighting Illini, they shot just 35.6 percent from the field while the Illini shot 50 percent.“I think we played pretty well against them,” Close said. “I think we didn’t shoot the ball well. We had some good looks, but we didn’t make them. I don’t know if there is much to change except maybe knock down some shots.”The key for the Badgers to get off their losing streak is to have all of their players firing on all cylinders. During their six straight losses, the starting five have failed to find consistency each game while their bench has failed to produce as it had in the past.Against Northwestern, Keaton Nankivil and Joe Krabbenhoft combined for just five points while Jason Bohannon and Jon Leuer both got off their cold streaks, scoring 11 and 12 points, respectively.“I just told myself to slow down a little bit,” Leuer said. “I just wanted to do anything I could to help the team. I felt like I was kind of letting my teammates down, and I wanted to do anything I could to help the team succeed.”“We need everybody,” Close added. “That has been one of the problems is it seems like in every game when have had one or tow guys not play as well as they are capable and our margin of error is not that great where we can do that.”With a 3-6 record in the Big Ten, the Badgers are just trying to get wins, regardless of post-season implications. If the Badgers do win tonight, their NCAA Tournament hopes could still be alive in a very competitive conference. If they lose their seventh straight, however, the post-season looks bleak for Wisconsin.“We are just trying to win Thursday, literally,” Close said. “The other stuff, there is no sense in worrying about because you don’t win Thursday, those are going to immediately change.”last_img read more

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Hollywood divided over “racist” street names

first_imgForrest Street BY Celina DeCastroResidents of the City of Hollywood are divided over whether to change the names of streets that have been named in honor of Confederate soldiers.The city recently announced a revision to the rules to rename streets from having two-thirds majority vote down to 50 percent of votes to allow a street name change.The controversial streets are Lee Street, Forrest Street, and Hood Street.Named after Robert E Lee and John Bell Hood who were soldiers of the Confederate Army as well as Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, who not only led massacres against union soldiers and slaves but was also one of the key founders of the infamous Ku Klux Klan immediately following the end of the Civil War.Some of the city’s residents believe that the names are a sordid reminder of the dark past which led to the American civil war, while others have no problem with the naming of the roadways as they see it as part of the city’s history.Architectural Historian and resident since the 1930’s, George Chillag, feels the names should remain not to glorify the generals but to show how far The United States has come from those dark times in history.“I can understand why someone would feel uncomfortable with the names,” Chillag said. “But this gives us a reason to walk over to the person who feels differently and talk about how far we’ve come since.”According to City of Hollywood Commissioner Richard Blattner, the three street names were not the original names, originally these and other streets were named after other minority cities within the United States like “Chicago”, “Macon”, and many others.The name change came during the 1920’s, after a decision was made to rename the streets from the beach to 56 AVE after Presidents and other military personnel.These names have come under fire after a 2015 vandalism incident resulted in all three street names being sprayed over with black paint.Since the incident, several residents including Benjamin Israel, an African-American and Orthodox Jew, has been demanding an immediate change to these street names because they are offensive.“Nobody wants to live on a street named after Charles Manson,” Israel told the Sun-Sentinel. “Yet a bunch of us are living on a street named after Nathan Bedford Forrest.’’According to Blattner, the focus of the name change is heavily concentrated on Forrest Street due to the dark deeds of Nathaniel B. Forrest.In 2005, the Commission board set up a set of rules to be put in place to change a street name in Hollywood. This includes a $2,000 applications fee, a naming committee to pick an alternative name, approval by commission in a 5/7 vote, and the new revised requirement of receiving a 50% vote of ballots entries.Mail-In ballots to homeowners within those areas have yet to be mailed out, the city staffers are in the process of creating new names to be offered on the ballot and are also considering the option of duel names to those streets.Quite like Barack Obama Blvd/SW 40th AVE in West Park, Florida that was approved by votes in July 2009.A set date of mailing out the ballots and result release have yet to be chosenlast_img read more

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Angels lose to A’s after key double error by Andrelton Simmons

first_imgTrout hit a 437-foot homer in the first inning, and the Angels got another run in the second. They could have had more, but Upton made the first out of the inning on an ill-advised attempt to go to third base on a single to left-center.After the Angels fell behind on the Chapman homer, they got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.Pujols and Upton hit solo homers, sandwiched around a bloop RBI double by Shohei Ohtani in the fifth.Upton also singled and walked in what was an encouraging night for him at the plate. He came into the game hitting .135 in his previous 11 games, although now he’s homered in back-to-back games.The Angels left two runners in the fifth and sixth, and Simmons ended the eighth by hitting into a double play. The Angels would fight back to tie the score a few innings later, but they ended up losing anyway when Noé Ramírez gave up two runs in the sixth.Barría bounced back from his misplaced pitch to Chapman, retiring six of the next seven hitters. Barría ended up lasting four innings, charged with four earned runs. It was a step back after two consecutive games in which he’d allowed two runs and pitched at least five innings.“He was just OK tonight,” Manager Brad Ausmus said of Barría. “The one thing he did the last two innings was use his changeup more frequently vs. righties which was good to see. They got ahold of a couple balls. Chapman’s was the big blow.”The Angels took him off the hook for the loss by doing some damage against Mike Fiers, who continued an impressive streak.Fiers, who left with a 5-4 lead, has now made 21 straight starts without a loss, equaling the franchise record set by Hall of Famer Lefty Grove with the Philadelphia A’s.Although the Angels didn’t end Fiers streak, they didn’t let him beat them either.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces Mike Trout after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers (50) watches Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, after giving up a home run to Trout during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Kole Calhoun after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets caught in a rundown and tagged out by Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an rbi single scoring Kole Calhoun #56 against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim breaks his bat grounding into a double play against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani holds on to his broken bat after grounding into a double play during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Seth Brown (65) celebrates between Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, and third base umpire Alex Tosi after hitting an RBI triple during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman connects for a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman, right, celebrates with Robbie Grossman (8) after hitting a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Marcus Semien #10 and Mark Canha #20 after Chapman hit a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the bottom of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces Mike Trout after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 18OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)ExpandOAKLAND — This Angels’ season has gone so far in the wrong direction that Andrelton Simmons’ defense turned out to be costly in a loss.Simmons is a four-time Gold Glove winner and generally considered to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the majors, but he was charged with two errors on one play at a key moment in the Angels’ 7-5 loss to the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night.It overshadowed homers by Mike Trout – No. 44, tying for the major league lead – and Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.The score was tied 2-2 in the third inning when the A’s had a runner at first and no outs.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Robbie Grossman hit a sharp one-hopper to Simmons, who was shifted to the right side of second base. The ball took a tough hop and bounced off Simmons’ chest and rolled away. Simmons then tried to salvage something out of the play, but he made an errant flip over the head of third baseman David Fletcher at second.“Unfortunately, Fletcher is not LeBron James, so he didn’t catch it,” Simmons said. “I know that was a big play in the game. I’ve just got to be better.”Simmons was charged with an error for failing to catch the ball, and another for the flip.Instead of turning a double play, the Angels got no outs and there were runners at second and third.Jaime Barría then hung a slider that Matt Chapman blasted over the center field fence, for a three-run homer to put the A’s ahead 5-2.last_img read more

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Lakers excited for challenge of facing draft lottery neighbor 76ers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEmbiid went for 32 points and 16 rebounds in a 109-105 victory over the host Clippers on Monday.“I saw some highlights on SportsCenter when I got home,” Walton said of Embiid. “He’s a pretty good basketball player. But the way Simmons is playing right now, J.J. (Redick) shooting the ball, they’re doing some pretty good things over there. … So it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”Redick is the 76ers’ fourth-leading scorer at 15.1 points per game, forward Robert Covington is at 16.8 and Simmons, who missed the 2016-17 season recovering from foot surgery, is averaging 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists.Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ rookie forward, is impressed with Simmons.“Pretty good young player, having a good year, does a lot for their team, so we’re going to have our hands full,” he said following practice Tuesday. EL SEGUNDO — When the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers square off Wednesday night at Staples Center, the game will feature two teams that haven’t seen the playoffs in a while and have spent recent years at or near the bottom of their respective Western and Eastern conference standings.The 76ers (7-6) last made the postseason in the strike-shortened 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers in 2012-13. Both franchises appear to be on the rise, and have acquired some promising young talent, so Lakers coach Luke Walton and his players are looking forward to the matchup.“Yeah, I think it’ll be exciting,” said Walton, whose team is 6-8. “There’s a lot of good teams out there, so it’s always exciting to get out there and play. But with young, high draft picks and teams going at each other, I think that’s always a little extra for them.”Philadelphia is built around second-year center Joel Embiid and 6-foot-10 rookie point guard Ben Simmons. Embiid missed the 2014-15 and ’15-’16 seasons because of a foot injury, then played in only 31 games last season because of a knee injury. Now healthy, he’s averaging 20.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocked shots this season. WALTON HAPPY FOR UCLA TRIOWalton was glad to hear that the three UCLA freshman basketball players – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – on Tuesday were flying back to Los Angeles after being detained in China following their arrest for allegedly shoplifting from stores there.Ball is the younger brother of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.“Yeah, I mean, I’m happy for them,” Walton said. “They’re college kids and it’s gotta be kind of a little scary for them to be in another country and not know what’s going on. So, obviously, I’m happy whether it’s them or any college kids returning home.”Of Lonzo Ball, Walton said, “Happy for him, obviously, that his brother is home and safe.”ALSOThe Lakers on Tuesday assigned rookie guard Josh Hart and second-year center Ivica Zubac to the South Bay Lakers of the G-League and recalled rookie center Thomas Bryant. Bryant averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in four games with South Bay.center_img Kuzma also likes the notion that this game will pit a pair of teams making some headway.“Yeah, they have a really young core and we have a young core, too,” said Kuzma, whose 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game rank third and second on the team, respectively. “Hopefully, each of those cores kind of grow and develop and fight for championships. We’ve got that opportunity and chance, too.” Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson also assessed Philadelphia, and it was no surprise when Embiid and Simmons were mentioned.“Like a young team trying to come together,” Clarkson said. “I haven’t really seen much. I’ve seen Ben Simmons, Joel, they’re having solid years right now.”Clarkson leads the Lakers in scoring with a 15.5 average, even though he’s averaging just 21.4 minutes.last_img read more

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A sports fan’s guide to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube & more after coronavirus cancels live games

first_imgGrab the popcorn, remote and toilet paper, ’cause you’re gonna need it.With the sports world effectively shut down for the foreseeable future amid coronavirus (COVID-19, if you’re fancy) pandemic, there’s a good chance that you’ll definitely be smart and stay indoors, away from the world and definitely not transmitting the illness to anyone. Please. Be smart. HuluContrary to popular belief, Hulu doesn’t have live sports. At least, not at the moment. So here’s what you can watch on it instead.  (Netflix) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2b/df/aaron-hernandez-documentary-ftr_1lqedqhah6p710wmvl32iimcn.png?t=-1431523073&w=500&quality=80 So while it definitely sucks that coronavirus is spreading and has postponed, suspended or delayed all the major sports, the good thing about “social distancing” is that it lends more time for you to veg out on the couch with a cold brew and really get your money’s worth out of your Netflix sub. (By the way, now is a good time to be a bro/sis and shoot off that password to a friend in need.)MORE: Ranking the top 20 sports moments of ‘The Office’Of course, streaming services are a goldmine for content in general, and spending a bit more time at home than you thought you would be this year lends itself to time for you to branch out into subjects, sports or otherwise you might not typically be interested in.So while you’re cooped up at home, rationing your TP, washing your hands and practicing safe, smart habits and procedures as recommended by the CDC, here’s some sports stuff you can watch on your streaming service of choice to kill some time while we weather this together. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/32/22/november-2-2016_1pxe9fcz2yfjh1rq8m87705rgb.jpg?t=985270992&w=500&quality=80 YouTubeWhen you’re not busy watching cat videos and hydraulic presses squashing bowling balls, YouTube offers a smorgasbord of sports stuff to watch. ‘Cobra Kai’The sequel to the original “Karate Kid” film series, Cobra Kai follows then-antagonist Johnny Lawrence in his second life as a deadbeat, wandering through the world, as he tries to revive the Cobra Kai dojo. It never dies, after all.The series actually adds an exceptional amount of depth where you think it might not be. The only catch: it requires a YouTube Premium subscription, but the first episode is free. Watch it — you won’t be disappointed.World Series Game 7, 2016It’s been a few years since the Cubs ended the curse of the billy goat, but if you want to relive their epic Game 7 win over the Indians, the full game is available on YouTube. It’s unarguably one of the best games played in the last two decades, and one of the most memorable Game 7 wins of all time. The Monday Night MiracleOn Oct. 23, 2000, the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets played one of the most memorable games in “Monday Night Football” history. Sure, Dolphins vs. Jets isn’t a particularly sexy matchup in 2020, but turn back the clock 20 years and you’ll see there was no shortage of stars on the field: Curtis Martin, Zach Thomas and … uh … did we mention Curtis Martin?Well, anyway, there’s a reason this game is hailed as one of the best MNF contests of all time, and you can see why on YouTube.Also, Jets fans need something good to look forward to, after all.Super Bowl IIIWant to know where the NFL became the NFL? Super Bowl III is on YouTube in its entirety, and you can point to this game as a reason the merger happened. The AFL was consistently clowned for being an inferior league, and the Jets were big-time underdogs to the Colts in the third AFL-NFL Championship Game. Also, for the younger folks, you get a full helping of Curt Gowdy’s dulcet tones. NWA ‘Powerrr’Yes, there are three Rs, because it’s really, really, really good. For the lapsed wrestling fan or the casual viewer, getting into pro wrestling again can be difficult. It is, after all, an investment in time and scheduling and that can be a burden in 2020. But NWA “Powerrr” offers wonderful, bite-sized clips of wrestling in an hours’ time on YouTube, totally free! It’s a throwback to ’70s and ’80s style studio wrestling, without a lot of the bells and whistles that go into wrestling today. The talent is also a great mix between old-school hosses like Trevor Murdoch and new-school studs like Ricky Starks.It’s a totally stress-free watch that you can take in at your own pace, but beware — you’ll probably get sucked in and binge it at once. I speak out of personal experience. ‘Warrior’Starring burgeoning, beefy star Tom Hardy, “Warrior” follows Tommy Riordan Conlon, a U.S. Marine turned overnight MMA sensation. Critically acclaimed, even by those who aren’t big fans of MMA, the movie was a sleeper hit in 2011 and has a pretty high rating on Rotten Tomatoes (86 percent).WWE NXTIf you’re a WWE fan constantly questioning why you’re watching the main-roster product (“RAW” and “SmackDown”), but hasn’t taken the dive on NXT yet, then what are you waiting for? NXT has been the main roster for years now, with sensical storylines, great action and a perfect blend of developmental talent and veteran stars. ‘The Game’Originally a CW series, “The Game” was picked up by BET a few years after its cancelation. I’ve not seen it, but it’s a dramady following the girlfriend of a professional football player. Reviews of the series were positive and it lasted a while, so it must be good! NetflixAh, Netflix. It’s a goldmine of content, including some really good sports content, at that. But a quick “sports” search on the app results in movies like “The Bounty Hunter” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” so lemme give you a hand on what to watch on here.’Ali’Starring Will Smith, “Ali” details the life, times, trials and tribulations of Muhammad Ali more than it does his boxing career. If you want a good, in-depth look at the fighter Ali was outside of the ring more than he was inside of the ring, then this is a great watch for you. Smith was nominated for Best Actor in the 74th Academy Awards — if that’s your sort of thing — while Jon Voight did a remarkable job as legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell.’The Battered Bastards of Baseball’This Netflix doc is a breezy 80-minute watch, chronicling actor Bing Russell’s love of baseball and his quest to bring baseball back independent baseball to Portland, Or. It’s the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team in the ’70s, where affiliated baseball was the only baseball that thrived across the country. It also features Kurt Russell, so there’s that.’Miracle’For those of us too young to have lived through the Cold War, “Miracle” is a movie about the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team who did the impossible, knocking off the Russians in the semifinal game in the 1980 Winter Olympics. It really captures the magic of the squad. Even if you’re not a hockey savant, it’s definitely worth a watch. Also, Kurt Russell is in this, too. There’s no theme developing here.’Beyond the Mat’For the uninitiated, wrestling is fake, dumb, trashy entertainment. To that, I say, what is “The Bachelor?”In any case, “Beyond the Mat” is a somewhat legendary documentary detailing the lives of pro wrestling inside and outside of the ring that was recently added to the streaming service. For wrestling fans who haven’t seen it, it’s a must-watch; for those who haven’t or don’t care for pro wrestling, it provides a peek behind the curtain of the grappling world. It features some familiar faces, too: Darren Drozdov (Droz), Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, Mick Foley, Terry Funk and others. ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’So, Formula 1 isn’t big in the U.S., which is understandable, as NASCAR is king. But the skill, the precision, the sexiness, the danger of F1 racing is all captured in this docuseries. If you’re not hooked by the first episode, you might have a heartbeat of an F1 driver.The first two seasons (10 episodes apiece) chronicle the 2018/2019 F1 seasons, but it’s much deeper than your typical recaps. The drama, stories and glamour that go into Formula 1 is conveyed. It also streams on 4K, which will give you a reason to use your tax money on that new 80-inch TV your significant other doesn’t want you to get. ‘Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez’This docuseries isn’t without its flaws. At times it feels more like a justification of Hernandez’s action than it does an examination of his life and times, and the football side of his life is actually pretty minimal. But if you’re a sucker for serial killer docs and want a better look at just what exactly was going on inside Hernandez’s brain prior to his death, this is a good enough watch.’The English Game’It’ll be released globally on Friday, March 20, but there’s already a fair amount of buzz surrounding it. “The English Game” follows the birth of English professional football and comes from the creator of the sleeper-hit show “Downton Abbey.” Early reviews seem to be very promising, praising its authenticity and camera work. 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Iowa lawmakers to hear recommendations from panel on learning disability

first_imgA dyslexia task force is submitting recommendations to Iowa lawmakers today designed to improve instruction for kids with the common learning disability and other struggling readers. Task force member Katie Greving says the group conducted a survey of Iowa teachers, parents, students and others.Greving says, “The major finding of the survey was that a lot of people who are responsible for helping to meet the needs of these kids don’t have the basic knowledge and skills that they need, and wanted more knowledge and skills.”Greving says they also found a lot of inconsistencies across different schools in how they’re handling students with dyslexia. The group recommends the state develop a dyslexia-specific teaching endorsement, and that all teachers take an online training course about dyslexia.“The task force chose this recommendation to address a systematic lack of expertise on dyslexia in Iowa,” she says, “and that’s probably the most important thing that we’re asking of the legislature.” Greving adds, these steps can help kids who are struggling with reading for many different reasons, not just those who are diagnosed with dyslexia.last_img read more

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Rebels double Leafs, exhibition home-and-home resumes in Nelson Thursday

first_imgLeaf coach Frank Maida will make a few changes to the lineup as the rookie skipper looks to finalize the roster for the upcoming season.The Leafs open the KIJHL season Friday, Sept. 16 against the same Rebels in Castlegar. Puck drops at 7:30 p.mNelson’s home opener goes Saturday, Sept. 17 at the NDCC Arena against the Rebels. sports@thenelsondaily.com The Castlegar Rebels continued its success over the Nelson Leafs, albeit in the exhibition season, doubling the Green and White 6-3 Wednesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Complex in the Sunflower City.The game was the first of the two-game, home-and-home preseason series between the two West Kootenay rivals.The back end of the series goes Thursday in the Heritage City at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

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