UW’s defense keys successes

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAll year Wisconsin did it on defense.In getting the job done on the defensive end, the Badgersfinished the regular season leading the nation in scoring average and holdingopponents to just 54.3 points per game en route to a 26-4 record, a No. 8national ranking and a regular season conference title.?We just took care of business,? Badger head coach Bo Ryansaid in his Monday press conference.?There?s a lot of reasons [for success of the defense], andit just doesn?t start with one person,? Ryan said. ?I don?t think enough creditis given to what say a Greg Stiemsma gives us off the bench. Sometimes peoplelook at minutes to judge a person?s play.?Stiemsma led the team in blocked shots with 33 during theseason.?I think some of the other guys, the way they cover for oneanother is the key to how this group has played defensively,? Ryan said. ?It?sjust been mainly guys picking up for one another.?Wisconsin forced 14.1 turnovers per game from its opponentsand held its foes to just 38 percent shooting from the field for the season.??Well, thisgroup didn?t create as many turnovers as some of the other teams that we?vehad, but shooting percentage-wise, I would have to think this would be thelowest,? Ryan said.?I think shooting percentage-wise our team has done a goodjob of maybe getting teams to not have as many good looks as they would like tohave. Yet I look at film and see guys wide open, ? but there haven?t been a lotof wide-open shots that the other teams have had.?As for what the basis of the defense is, Ryan citedprinciples he learned from Bob Knight more than 30 years ago.?Everything that I?ve done defensively has been off of thatclinic in ?72,? Ryan said. ?There?s a lot of zone principles in the man-to-manthat we play, and I?ve always liked that concept.??Badgers receive awardsThe Big Ten?s annual awards were released Monday afternoon,and several Badgers were among the recipients.Leading the way was Brian Butch, who was named to the conference?sfirst-team by both the media and the coaches. Butch lead the Badgers in bothscoring and rebounding this season.Michael Flowers was an all second-team selection by themedia and an all third-team selection by the coaches, while Marcus Landry was thecoaches? all second-teamer and a media all-third team pick.Both Flowers and junior Joe Krabbenhoft were named to theall-defensive team, and sophomore Jason Bohannon was named the conference?sSixth Man of the Year.Ryan, while believing the honors were well-deserved, doesn?tthink they were the ultimate goals of his players.?I think our players would tell you they got their award andtheir reward, and that was a Big Ten Championship,? Ryan said. ?I think thefirst thing that they wanted was what they accomplished.?As for naming the team?s most valuable player this season,Ryan felt it was just too difficult to decide.?There?s no way this year. There?s no way,? Ryan said. ?Youwould say defensively Michael Flowers, but you know what, Krabbenhoft, Landry ?what they?ve added defensively, Trevon?s gotten better defensively. Offensivelythen who is the MVP? Can?t do that either. I don?t know where to start on thatone.??Badgers start Big Ten preparationsWisconsin won?t play again until Friday, but when theyreturn to action the Badgers face the possibility of playing three games in asmany days. As such, UW will try to catch up on some rest early this season.?Well, one of the keys is that we have remained in prettygood physical condition and shape, but you want that to continue,? Ryansaid.??Our guys when theypractice, they practice hard. ? There?s a lot of contact out there, so on a daylike today it?s going to be more skill work, shooting free-throws, lifting andconditioning.?UW faces the winner of Thursday?s game between Iowa andMichigan, but the team will prepare for both to be on the safe side.?Tomorrow we?ll start preparing,? Ryan said. ?Tuesday willbe one team for the scout-team, Wednesday will be the other team, and thenThursday we?ll know.?last_img read more

Trojans hold their first spring practice of 2012

first_imgAs the Trojans entered Howard Jones Field for the first time in nearly three months, a lot of things looked different than when they left it last December.Tee Martin is now a member of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s staff, coaching the wide receivers.Gone are tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry.Great expectations · Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee is one of several Trojans expected to lead the Trojans to their first bowl game since 2009. USC finished 2011 with a 10-2 record, including a win over Oregon. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanBut there were three constants that remained on the field Tuesday afternoon from last season that give Trojans everywhere a reason to be hopeful for the 2012 season: the return of senior quarterback Matt Barkley and his wide receivers, junior Robert Woods and sophomore Marqise Lee.Many thought that Barkley had played his last game in cardinal and gold in the 50-0 victory over UCLA. But Barkley, who threw 39 touchdowns last season against just seven interceptions, decided to come back for his senior season, citing “unfinished business” as his reason for returning.“It’s amazing. I’m glad he came back,” said Lee, who recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in his first season on campus. “We’re gonna enjoy him while we [can].”With the return of Barkley, however, comes raised expectations. USC is being widely hailed as a preseason  top-five team, with some analysts saying the Trojans are the best team in the country.The Trojans are not concerned with that, however, if Tuesday is any indication.“We don’t really think about [the expectations],” Lee said. “We just know we’re supposed to come out here and work hard. That’s the main mindset for us. And that’s what we focus on.”Though Barkley, Woods and Lee all return, Kalil will no longer be manning Barkley’s blindside. In his place is redshirt junior Kevin Graf, who started at right tackle last season.Kalil is expected to be a top-five pick in the coming NFL draft and was an All-American selection last season. Though many eyes are on Graf this spring, he said he does not feel pressure replacing a marquee player like Kalil.“He’s a great player. I’m really happy for him, that he’s going so high,” Graf said. “But I’m trying to be a great player here too.”The high expectations are not getting the best of Graf, either.“That’s where we want to be. That’s where we want to be focused at,” Graf explained. “We always want to be at the top, and we’re happy about that.”The Trojans will practice again on Thursday and Saturday and will then have a week off for spring break.last_img read more

Syracuse’s seniors hope to forget recent losses entering the CHA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After potentially her final collegiate practice at Tennity Ice Arena on Feb. 27, senior forward Stephanie Grossi stayed on the ice for an extra 30 minutes, practicing her craft.She picked up the puck from the blue line, surged toward the net and fired a shot while skating sideways. Over and over, she repeated this process. Always trying to improve, she has at least one game left in her Syracuse career.Losing three straight years in the conference title game, Grossi and the seniors are willing to do whatever it takes to win the first College Hockey America title in program history.“This is not about us,” senior forward Alysha Burriss said. “It’s about doing this for everyone in that locker room and everyone who’s ever been in that locker room.”Entering the CHA tournament, Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 CHA) has lost three of its last four games, including a scoreless home series against No. 9 Robert Morris last weekend. Each of the last six years, Syracuse has ended its season in the conference title game. But the Orange are not looking back at recent failures or the previous half-decade’s results as the team enters the conference tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We haven’t had the best season in general, so coach is putting a big emphasis on it’s a new season,” senior goaltender Abbey Miller said. “We get to start fresh this weekend and play our hearts out.”This weekend marks the seniors’ last chance to finally win the CHA after losing in the conference title game each of the past three years. As freshmen, they lost to RIT in double overtime. As sophomores, they fell to Mercyhurst in overtime. Then, as juniors, they were shut out against Robert Morris.The seniors’ final chance at a conference title is different, though. This is the first time that the Syracuse seniors will play in the first round of the conference tournament. SU received a bye each of the past three years.If the Orange makes the championship game, it will play three games in as many days starting Thursday. It’s a seemingly daunting challenge, which Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan is embracing.“I’m not at all worried about three games in three days,” he said. “I think we’ve struggled a bit lately so maybe we can clear our heads, play some good hockey, and get some things going.”On Thursday, SU faces Rochester Institute of Technology, a team it outscored 22-3 in four matchups this season. While the Orange swept and dominated RIT, SU is not overlooking the “hardworking” Tigers, Burriss said.But SU has struggled recently, losing three of its last four games, including a shutout last weekend against Robert Morris. In the two games against the Colonials, SU was outscored 9-0. The Orange will have to make the final in order to play RMU again. For that to happen, SU needs to improve on both ends of the ice, Burriss said.Still, before SU can even consider a rematch with the Colonials, it’ll need to down RIT and Mercyhurst first. With all eyes on Thursday’s game, SU is entering the playoffs with no regrets.“Season’s over, clean slate. It’s playoffs,” Flanagan said. Comments Published on March 1, 2018 at 12:30 am Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

Fidelity Bank Emerges Champions of 2016 Nigerian Bankers’ Games

first_imgTeam Fidelity defeateed the Elephants of First Bank Plc in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.The final match was not short of talking points as loud roars of hundreds of Fidelity fans were punctuated by bizarre match officiating.It was indeed a frenetic start to the contest with both teams looking to get on the front foot when in possession. In the second minute of the first half, First Bank stormed into an early lead through a calmly dispatched penalty kick. The goal came after a First Bank forward latched on to a hopeful long ball but was impeded in Team Fidelity’s 18-yard box. The goal knocked the wind out of our sail as Team Fidelity struggled to find any kind of rhythm to their game after the goal. Even when the momentum was on our side, contentious decisions by the referee deflated our players. In a surprising move, Fidelity Bank’s MD took matters into his own hands by giving the players a pep talk.Okonkwo also promised to reward the players financially if they upturned the goal deficit. The second half was a different ball game – a celebration of hardwork and the indomitable human spirit.The chants of supporters spurred the Fidelity boys on as they continued to play with aggression and real intensity. For the most part, the Elephants were pegged back deep in their own half as Team Fidelity pushed forward in numbers in search of a goal. Their performance was laden with deft touches, long-bursting runs as well as sublime dribbles.The equaliser finally arrived in 76th minute after the First Bank goalie failed to deal with a swerving free kick. Dimeji Oyefeso was on hand for a simple tap in after the rebound.The entire stadium erupted in wild celebrations.In the 3rd place match, the UBA Lions scored a lone goal against the Jets of Sterling Bank, becoming third place winners of the NBGs 2016.First Bank and UBA received silver and bronze medals respectively. Winners in the chess, scrabble, tennis and table-tennis events were also awarded with gifts and medals. In the chess game, Fidelity bagged a silver and bronze medal.In the other games, Fidelity’s Judith Achonye and Afolabi Jane bagged gold and bronze medal respectively while Jerry Asuzu won the 100 metres and 200 metres events in the track and field. Okeowo Adebayo, also of Fidelity Bank Plc won a bronze in the 200m event.It was indeed a grand closing to this year’s NBGs which featured a novelty match between the Corporate Nigeria Games (CNG) hall of famers and Diamond Bank Plc.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After weeks of exciting sporting action, Fidelity Bank Plc has emerged overall winners in the 2016 Nigerian Bankers’ Games (NBGs).In athletics and indoor games, Fidelity Bank bagged 21 medals – 10 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze. In a keenly contested football game between defending champions, Fidelity Bank Plc and 2015 finalist, First Bank Plc, Team Fidelity defended their title, emerging football and overall champions for the second consecutive year.Top officials, including the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo and Barbara Harper, Head, Human Capital Development of First Bank Plc, were present to cheer their teams to victory.last_img read more

Team Offikwu Upset Team Civil Defence to Reach Finals

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUEA brave, heartfelt performance from Sylvester Emmanuel and Aanu Aiyegbusi in the decisive mixed doubles match of the second semifinals of the NCC Tennis League Cup, gave debutant Team Offikwu a dream upset win Sunday in Abuja against a star studded Civil Defence team – runners-up of the maiden edition last year.When Abdulmumuni Babalola beat Sylvester Emmanuel 6-3, 7-6 in the first singles and Shehu Lawal followed with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Emmanuel Idoko to pick the first two points for the Civil Defence team on the opening day, many tennis fans assumed the tie was won and lost. It turned out , however, that Team Offikwu had other ideas and picked the next two points that they were least expected to win.Aiyegbusi put up a virtuoso performance to beat national champion Christie Agugbom, who has never lost a match in the league, 7-5, 6-0 and the pair of Albert Bicom and Emmanuel recovered from a set down to upset current national doubles champions, Lawal and Babalola 4-6, 6-3, 10 -6 in the men’s doubles to even scores on Saturday.With scores at 2 -2 going into Sunday, both teams split the reverse singles.Babalola beat Idoko 7-6, 6-4 while Emmanuel beat Shehu Lawal 6-1, 6-3 to level 3-3 to have the mixed doubles as the decisive match.That was where Emmanuel, the highest ranked Nigerian on the ATP Tour and petite Aiyegbusi, ranked in the top five in Nigeria, played their hearts out to beat national doubles champion Lawal and Nigerian ladies’ champion Agugbom 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 to secure team Offikwu’s place in the finals scheduled for Lagos this weekend.“This was the most tension packed, most exciting match I have seen in Nigeria and the second worldwide in my whole life. The other was the Australian Open quarterfinal between Younis Aynaoui of Morocco and Andy Roddick of the USA many years ago which lasted over five hours with the final set ending 16-14 or so. All of us in the press box threw professionalism to the winds and joined the crowd shouting and screaming as break points and match points changed hands several times before Roddick finally won the match. This was a similar experience,” recalled Godwin Kienka, director of the International Tennis Academy which coordinates the tennis league.“We had pin-dropped silence before every point in the final set tie breaker before supporters of the team that won the point erupted in uncontrollable celebration. It was simply unbelievable!”Emmanuel who was the main architect of the victory – bravely intercepting and hitting winners all over the place – rolled over and shed tears of joy for over five minutes on the court while Aiyegbusi ran all over the court thanking God for the victory.“We knew it was going to be a very difficult match but we prepared very well starting the day after we qualified for the semifinals and God rewarded our hardwork.” Said Emmanuel who contributed to all four points won by Team Offikwu.“Team Offikwu deserved to win” conceded Sunday Jonah, the team captain of Team Civil Defence. “We took our opponents for granted and did not approach the match as seriously as we should have and we paid the price.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New committee established to deal with marijuana testing in St. Lucia

first_imgCASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – The St. Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) says it has established a National Ad Hoc Mirror Committee of the American Society for Testing and Materials International on Cannabis, (Committee D37).SLBS director, Verne Emmanuel, said that the committee brings together representatives of educational and research institutions, state and non-state actors, with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will guide the participation in the ASTM committee and adoption of the appropriate standards.The SLBS said it has an established memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ASTM International which is responsible for the development of American standards for testing and metrology.Under the terms of the MOU, St. Lucia can join technical committees of the ASTM and contribute to the development of these standards.“In light of the growing regional interest in the use of Cannabis, the SLBS Ad Hoc Mirror Committee will review and follow the work being done by ASTM,” the SLBS said.St. Lucia is among a number of Caribbean countries considering the introduction of legislation to allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. So far Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have enacted such legislation, while others, including Dominica, have been staging consultations on the matter.Randall Bain, a representative of the Cannabis Movement of St. Lucia, has welcomed the move for closer collaboration with ASTM International, saying it provides comfort that there will be structure when St. Lucia is ready to get on board the cannabis train.The committee is expected to meet four times annually to review the standards for development that are under the work plan.last_img read more

Albert Pujols gets his 2,999th hit and Angels sweep Orioles

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Related Articles Pujols moved within one hit of 3,000 by scorching a double into the left-field corner off Orioles reliever Miguel Castro in the second inning. He grounded out sharply to second base in his first at-bat, against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (1-5), who lasted only one inning. PreviousPonch-clad fans watch as the Angels’ Albert Pujols waits for a pitch that could yield his 3,000th career hit during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Pujols finished the game with 2,999 hits but will go for the milestone again Friday night in Seattle. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Angels’ Jaime Barria in the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases after an RBI triple in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani rounds the bases as he scores on a double by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani scores on a double by Andrelton Simmons past Orioles’ catcher Chance Sisco and pitcher Chris Tillman during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is welcomed into the dugout after scoring on a double by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols hits his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols heads for second after hitting his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani wait at home as Justin Upton scores on Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit, a double, against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Stadium workers change the center field sign to 2999 after represent Albert Pujols hit a two-run double for his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adjusts his helmet after a strike against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols heads to third against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angel fans try and set a world record wearing ponchos during the the Angels’ game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria walks to the dugout after the top of the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols is hit by a pitch in front of Orioles’ catcher Chance Sisco in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Manny Machado scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria bites his glove after giving up a run during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols stretches as he heads to the dugout after fouling out during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads back to first after hitting a single in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Manny Machado scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria bites his glove after giving up a run during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols stretches as he heads to the dugout after fouling out during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads back to first after hitting a single in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, celebrates with Adam Jones after scoring past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Ian Kinsler laughs with Andrelton Simmons after turning a double play in the eighth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols looks to the sky after flying out to right for his last at bat during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Darren O’day throws to the plate during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A fan cheers on Albert Pujols before his last at bat of the night during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Ponch-clad fans watch as the Angels’ Albert Pujols waits for a pitch that could yield his 3,000th career hit during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Pujols finished the game with 2,999 hits but will go for the milestone again Friday night in Seattle. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 36The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — At one point Thursday, it seemed the Angels had an embarrassment of riches within their grasp. Albert Pujols was one hit away from 3,000 for his Hall of Fame career, Mike Trout was halfway to hitting for the cycle and Jaime Barria flirted with a no-hitter.None of the three came to pass, though.Pujols delivered a two-run double for the 2,999th hit of his career, sparking the Angels to a 12-3 victory and a three-game sweep of the hapless Baltimore Orioles. Trout tripled, singled and scored two runs as the Angels continued their assault on Orioles pitching.Barria worked 5-1/3 no-hit innings before faltering in the sixth. He gave up two runs and four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in only his third major league start, after an April 11 victory over the Texas Rangers and a loss to the San Francisco Giants on April 22. Castro hit Pujols with a pitch in the fourth inning. Pujols then fouled out in the sixth and sent a lazy fly to right to end the eighth and send most of the fans streaming toward the exits.Angels fans stood and roared during each of Pujols’ at-bats after his second-inning double, booing when he was hit and groaning when he fouled out and flied out. Mostly, they sat and cheered as the Angels completed their demolition of the Orioles, who are 8-23, last in the American League East.“Pretty special,” Pujols said of the fans’ reaction. “We have great fans here. They support every player, not just myself. They’re aware of the history that’s about to happen. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen tonight. I had an opportunity to make it happen here. … It wasn’t meant to be this week.“One of these days we’re all going to celebrate it.”This one was over early.Tillman didn’t miss many bats during a first inning in which nine Angels came to bat and he threw 33 pitches. The Angels scored five runs as six of their first seven hitters reached base. Pujols was the lone out before Tillman retired Kole Calhoun and Martin Maldonado on flyouts.The Angels added three more runs in the second.Barria took an 8-0 lead after two innings and ran with it. The 21-year-old right-hander had given up only two walks entering the sixth inning. A third batter, Pedro Alvarez, reached on Pujols’ fielding error with two outs in the fifth. But that was it. The evening promised history, but a crowd of 35,879 witnessed just another Angels victory.It was hardly routine, however.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.How could it be with Pujols on the verge of becoming only the fourth player in major league history to record 3,000 hits and 600 homers? When it happens, perhaps as soon as Friday night against the Mariners in Seattle, he’ll join an elite club of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez.“It’s going to happen one day,” Pujols said. “The most important thing was that we won the game here today. It would have been awesome for it to happen, but we played great, we swung the bats great. It’s going to happen one of these days. It’s not about me, it’s about our team.“It’s great. Don’t get me wrong.”center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Barria then ran out of gas in the sixth. He gave up a one-out single to Trey Mancini that ended his no-hit bid before giving up run-scoring singles to Manny Machado and Chris Davis as the Orioles trimmed the Angels’ lead to 12-2. Blake Parker relieved Barria to start the seventh.“He has a lot of poise for a young pitcher and a young person,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Barria. “He still has a lot of growth. He’s seeing what the beast is, major-league ballparks, major-league hitters, and he’s making adjustments.”Justin Upton had three hits and Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons had two apiece as the Angels hammered out 15 hits. The Angels scored 27 runs in 12 games before the Orioles’ arrival at the Big A, but had 25 during their three-game sweep of Baltimore.Next: Seattle and the start of a three-game series Friday against the Mariners.“We’re all waiting for that one hit and, hopefully, we’re going to get it tomorrow,” Scioscia said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL playoff picture: How Raiders can get final AFC wild-card berth in Week 17

first_imgThe Raiders (7-8) somehow staved off elimination from the AFC playoffs in Week 16. They stayed alive with their 24-17 victory over the Chargers in Los Angeles.Oakland also got the help it needed with Pittsburgh (8-7) and Tennessee (8-7) losing, plus Indianapolis (7-8) winning earlier Sunday. That opens a simple path for the Raiders to make the playoffs as a .500 team in 2019. Fourth, the Raiders need the Colts to win again. Indianapolis needs to go on the road, too, against the reeling Jaguars, who have gone into the tank. That seems to be the easiest part of the equation for Oakland.The Raiders might be representing Oakland for the last time in Week 17 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020, but don’t bet the house against them sneaking into the playoffs.Crazier things have happened to end a season. First, the Raiders need a win in Week 17 to get to 8-8. They play at the Broncos; that’s a winnable road game.NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 16Second, the Raiders need the Steelers to lose again. Pittsburgh also needs to go on the road, against the Ravens, but the AFC North champs might help the Steelers’ cause by resting key players with their No. 1 seeding in the AFC playoffs already clinched.Third, the Raiders need the Titans to lose again. Tennesee also needs to go on the road, against Houston, but the AFC South-champion Texans have little for which to play, with a top-two seed and a first-round bye out of reach.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED S Y SKY RALLIES TO TAKE $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE

first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED S Y SKY RALLIES TO TAKE $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON DIRT IN 57.54.  ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–Versatile on both turf and dirt, California-bred S Y Sky accepted a switch to the main track and rallied resolutely to deny favored Belvoir Bay a repeat victory in Sunday’s $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita.  A 5-year-old Nick Alexander homebred daughter of Grazen, trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, S Y Sky got five furlongs in 57.54.Although she broke like a shot and had the early lead, S Y Sky eased back off the dueling twosome of Belvoir Bay and Lady Suebee heading to the far turn.  Leaving the quarter pole, Van Dyke angled off the rail, took dead aim on Belvoir Bay turning for home and blew by her approaching the sixteenth pole in a huge effort.“Phil told me she’s fast, but she can be tactical too,” said Van Dyke.  “We broke sharp, but I was able to take her back and she finished really well.”A rousing 3 ½ length winner in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 27, S Y Sky was off as the second choice at 2-1 in a field reduced to seven fillies and mares by four program scratches and paid $6.20, $2.60 and $2.10.“I thought she was doing well, but I’ve got to give the credit today to Drayden Van Dyke,” said D’Amato.  “She popped on top and she was in control, but Drayden realized the top two were really smoking so he eased her back and that was the winning move.  We’re looking forward to campaigning her the rest of the year.”Out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, S Y Sky notched her fifth stakes win and improved her overall mark to 13-7-5-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $662,320.“I knew if she caught Belvoir Bay at the top of the lane she would out-finish her, I was sure of that,” said Alexander.  “Her last race at Golden Gate, Flavien rode her and he made a huge move in the turn going for home and he said, ‘This filly has a huge turn of foot.’  The secret after that was just keep her busy.  She’s made over a half a million bucks in just Cal-bred races.“She’s out of a mare that I claimed from A.C. Avila at Del Mar about seven years ago for $16,000 bucks.  Everyone in her family has been a winner, we just get lucky sometimes.”Idle since running a close second in a Group I stakes going six furlongs on turf in Dubai on March 30, Belvoir Bay, who never threw in the towel, was off as the 4-5 favorite and paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Lady Suebee.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lady Suebee was off at 7-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.76 and 45.19.Originally scheduled for turf, today’s Monrovia was moved to the main track at five furlongs earlier in the day due to the prospect of significant rain.  The American Graded Stakes Committee will confer in the coming days as to whether today’s running will retain its graded status.last_img read more

Eliab: It’s an awesome feeling to be back

first_imgEliab was one of six former Hunters players named in the final 29-man squad for the 2017 campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition.The 26-year-old left the Hunters in 2015 to play with the London Broncos in the Kingstone Press Championship, United Kingdom, but has since returned.“I’ve been away for one year. I think I’ve brought back some experience from playing rugby league outside of PNG and I’m happy to bring something back to the team and support the team to go all the way this year.“The little things like playing around the ruck area, how to run the ball, passing skills and all that are part of the experience I got which I can use to help the younger players through this season,” said Eliab.Eliab said he followed the progress of the Hunters in the 2016 season up until the end saying it was a good experience for the younger players.“I missed the Hunters very much, missed playing alongside my brothers.“I’m now looking forward to going another step this year with them. It’s an awesome feeling to be back,” said Eliab.last_img read more