Inclement weather postpones Modified Stampede at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Mother Nature continues her domination of Dodge City Raceway Park in 2018 with Saturday’s scheduled event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas postponed due to inclement weather.With forecasts of excessive rain and frigid temperatures, Saturday’s sixth annual Modified Stam­pede has been rescheduled for Saturday night, May 19.  The event will feature a $750 winner’s share for IMCA Modifieds with Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in action as well.With the opener nixed for a third consecutive time, Dodge City Raceway Park will now kick off the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, with a full card of championship chase action.last_img read more

Receivers provide means to Badgers’ end around

first_imgJunior wide receiver David Gilreath (85) has become Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst\’s go-to option on the end around play.[/media-credit]While a lot of talk in football today has to do with the popularity of the wildcat formation at all levels of the game, the Wisconsin football team has chosen a different means to their end.Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and the Badgers prefer the end-around to the wildcat, and the reason behind Chryst’s preference is simple.“It works,” Chryst said. “And you can run it again. Really, it’s not that complicated; if you’ve got a play that works, you run it again.”Since Chryst’s arrival in 2005 as offensive coordinator, the end-around has become a staple in the Wisconsin offense, but it was not until more recently that it took on such a prominent role for the Badgers.For the most part, Chryst uses a pair of wide receivers — juniors Isaac Anderson and David Gilreath — as his main options on the play.Through eight games, Gilreath has run the ball 13 times for 59 yards and Anderson has taken it four times on the end-around for 49 yards. Each receiver has found the end zone once on the ground this season.While the coaches’ goals may differ, Gilreath believes he can take it the distance any time the ball is handed off to him, much like he did a year ago at Indiana when he scored on a 90-yard touchdown run to break the game open early in the second half.“Coach (Chryst) usually says, ‘try to get four yards,’” Gilreath said. “But I’m actually trying to score. I figure if I try to score, I should get four yards.”Anderson noted a similar mentality.“Oh man, I’m trying to score whenever I get the ball,” Anderson said. “I’m trying to get the ball and run as fast as possible. I just read the blocks and hit the hole as soon as I see it.”As much as the two receivers have done this season running the ball, it was the addition of another player to the mix last week that really showed what the play could do for UW.Chryst called junior tight end Lance Kendricks’ number against Purdue, handing him the ball on the Badgers’ first play from scrimmage. The Milwaukee native picked up 21 yards on the play and set the tone for the Wisconsin offense for the rest of the game.Kendricks took the ball three more times in the game, finishing with 91 yards on the day, 31 more than the entire Boilermaker offense. Based on last week’s game plan, Kendricks appears to fit the criteria for the end-around.“Can they do something with it after they get the ball in their hands?” Chryst said of evaluating potential end-around options. “Lance did a heck of a job running it, but it takes everyone doing what they need to do for the play to work.”According to Kendricks, he had no idea Chryst added the play to the playbook for the game.“It was surprising,” Kendricks said. “I didn’t think he was going to put it in, but he put it in, and I just went with it; and I guess it worked so that’s pretty much it.”Of the Badgers’ three options on the end-around, the one who runs the ball most frequently is also the one who was least familiar with the play coming out of high school. Gilreath said he could recall running the play only once in high school, adding that it did not work well.Anderson, on the other hand, came in with a lot of experience running the end-around at the high school level for The Blake School in Minneapolis.“We definitely ran that play quite a bit, and got a lot of touchdowns off of it,” Anderson said. “I broke a few big runs on it, so I had a couple clips on my recruiting tape that I sent here.”Although Kendricks has moved to tight end at Wisconsin, he was a wide receiver in high school, so speed is not an issue for him. He got plenty of experience running the ball as well, occasionally lining up at running back during his time at Milwaukee Rufus King.So, when Kendricks took four handoffs Saturday against Purdue, it was nothing new.“I felt real good,” Kendricks said of running the ball again. “I used to play running back a little bit in high school, but I didn’t really know I still had [that ability], I guess.”Kendricks had what is believed to be (though it has not yet been confirmed by the UW) the best rushing performance by a tight end in Wisconsin history Saturday with his 91 yards.Although he stole the end-around spotlight from Gilreath and Anderson for the week, the Badgers’ primary running wide receiver joked that Kendricks was not quite on his level.“He has to take one 90 yards,” Gilreath said, referring to his 2008 touchdown at Indiana. “Then maybe there’s a competition between us. He’s got to take one the distance first or not get caught from behind; one of those two.”“It looks like he could be the better runner out there though,” he continued. “He stiff armed one guy, made somebody miss and he got loose up the sideline for a minute; or at least he thought he was. But right now it looks like Lance is the better runner.”All three athletes do seem to share a similar mentality about the end-around, though.While they would prefer to catch the ball in the passing game, they’re more than happy to oblige when the coaches ask them to take the ball on a handoff in the backfield.“It’s an opportunity to get the ball in your hands and make a play; I just like touching the ball,” Anderson said. “I just try to be a playmaker. Definitely, when I touch the ball I just try to do as much as I can with it.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis to play for Grand Canyon University

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis will play for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona this upcoming season following his transfer from SU, GCU head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a phone call Tuesday afternoon.Halis left Syracuse after starting 22 of 38 games in his first two years under head coach Ian McIntyre, scoring 10 goals and assisting on three. This past season, he started the Orange’s final four games of the season — two in the conference tournament and two in the NCAA tournament — and scored three goals combined in games against Duke, Louisville and Georgetown.Earlier this year, Halis declined to go into detail for the reason behind his transfer. “Whatever happened, happened,” Halis said via Twitter direct message in February. “I’m obviously not happy I left Syracuse and I’m leaving it at that.”Grand Canyon first became a Division I team in the 2013-14 school year, joining the Western Athletic Conference. In the men’s soccer team’s two years in D-I, it has compiled a 9-26-4 record. Hyndman is entering his first year as head coach, having already amassed the sixth-most wins in NCAA Division I men’s soccer history (466) and garnering a Major League Soccer Coach of the Year Honor in 2010 after guiding FC Dallas to the MLS Cup final.Hyndman said he recently saw Halis playing in Halis’ home country of Canada and was impressed, but had a thought Halis would want to play professionally in Greece. Hyndman told Halis to be wary of the financial risks of the move due to the current state of the Greek economy, he said, and for multiple reasons eventually lured him to GCU, where both will be entering their inaugural season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHyndman added that Halis was intrigued he’d be tasked with building a successful team from the ground up and not one that was already a proven national powerhouse. The head coach also said his former resume definitely came in handy when attracting the former SU forward to play for him.Grand Canyon is building a 2,800 seat stadium on campus that will be used for the 2015 season. And now, Halis goes from starting on a team in the Sweet 16 to the newest member of one still trying to build an identity in Division I. Comments Published on July 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Bricio thrives on fast track to stardom

first_imgJust two years ago in Mexico, USC sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio was a big fish in a small pond, excelling at a sport that involved hitting a ball over a net when the rest of the country was — and still is — preoccupied with kicking a ball into a net. Now, Bricio has taken over the volleyball scene at USC and across the nation with a deadly serve and a quiet intensity that intimidates opponents while inspiring her teammates.Bricio has been a force on the USC women’s volleyball team since arriving on campus. She took the conference by storm from the outset, winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor an unprecedented five times throughout the course of the season and helped the team advance to the NCAA Tournament. Her rise to volleyball stardom, however, was not always a certainty, and for a long time seemed to be even unlikely.A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Bricio never envisioned herself playing volleyball after high school. At 16 years old, she was the youngest player to ever play for Mexico’s national team and displayed enough talent to play at the next level. Despite all of her accolades in high school, her future in volleyball seemed foggy at best.“I only figured out I wanted to play in college two or maybe three years ago,” Bricio said. “My dad told me how cool it would be to play in the United States, and I thought ‘Yeah, it would be really cool,’ but I didn’t have any scholarships and I thought I wasn’t good enough to play there.”Eventually, though, her father convinced her to pursue it, and soon enough Bricio was entertaining offers from several NCAA programs. The decision for Bricio came down a choice between currently top-ranked Texas and USC. The allure of Los Angeles and the Trojan tradition was enough for Bricio to choose playing for head coach Mick Haley and the Women of Troy.Haley was a fan of Bricio from the start, and saw something in her that he rarely finds in recruits — let alone international recruits.“As an athlete, she’s tall, she’s strong, she’s quick and she’s explosive,” Haley said. “She’s got the classic arm swing, and had all of that before she came here.”Despite Bricio’s offensive prowess, Haley knew that there would be things to work on in her game during her collegiate career, but he did not expect her to be so willing to adapt or adjust so quickly to life as an NCAA volleyball player.“She wasn’t spongy and wasn’t really tuned-in defensively,” Haley said of Bricio as a high school player. “But her greatest asset is she just loves to play the game. You put her in a competitive situation, and she kicks it up four times. That’s what we picked up on.”As a freshman, Bricio immediately became a star. She started all 36 matches for the Women of Troy and played in all but one of the team’s 122 sets. Along with her five selections as Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Bricio was the first-ever freshman to win the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and was named the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association National Player of the Week on Oct. 9 of last year.By the end of the season, Bricio had proven herself on the court to be a legitimate star on an already star-studded volleyball team. She led the team in kills, service aces and points, and finished the season ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in kills per set with 4.06. These accolades were good enough to earn her a spot on the Pac-12 All-Conference team, the Pac-12 All-Freshman team and even an honorable mention on the AVCA All-America team. She was named Freshman of the Year by Volleyball Magazine and, to top it off, was named the Freshman of the Year for the Pac-12.After such an impressive freshman season, many wondered whether Bricio would suffer from a sophomore slump. So far this season, this has not happened, as she has managed to find ways to improve her game even further, especially on the defensive end.“Samantha couldn’t wait to get back here in August to join the team,” Haley said. “Which is surprising because she was a little homesick last year. She is now one of the team leaders whether she knows it or not. She’s improving her game in the backcourt, she’s already improved her passing. She was awesome in blocking, another area she’s trying to improve.”Bricio has seen her number of kills decline this season, but not for lack of effort or skill. By design, the offensive strategy has shifted to a more spread-out attack style, in part to save Bricio for the postseason and in part to utilize USC’s newest offensive weapon — freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu.As an outstanding freshman outside hitter, Nwanebu is in a way following in Bricio’s footsteps from last season. Though there might be competition between the two, Nwanebu is happy to have Bricio standing alongside her on the court.“Sam is one of my best friends,” Nwanebu said. “I remember last year when I was in high school and she was a freshman, I just wanted to be her, I thought she was so amazing. When I got here I was intimidated at first, but she welcomed the freshmen with open arms.”More than her statistics or athletic ability, Bricio’s most important skill is arguably her attitude and dedication for the team. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund has been impressed by Bricio’s demeanor from the beginning.“What she brings is such a quiet intensity,” Hagglund said. “You don’t really see her out there cheering or jumping around, but you will see her get a straight-down kill and not see her make any facial expression. Last year, she was an offensive asset for us. This year, she does everything.”With only four weeks remaining in the regular season, Bricio looks to lead USC to its first national championship in 10 years. With her improvement in all areas of her game and a talented roster of teammates around her, this just might be the year the Women of Troy break through — and Bricio will add yet another accomplishment to her resume that, only two years ago, seemed to be virtually impossible. Follow Kurt on Twitter @legen_daryKurtlast_img read more

It’s Argentina, Chile Copa America Final!

first_imgTens of thousands of spectators were ordered to take shelter inside the stadium, leaving the ground empty as torrential rain pounded the stands.For a while it looked as if play would be abandoned, with the teams forced to return to the venue on Thursday to complete the remaining 45 minutes.However a break in the weather allowed teams of ground staff to set about clearing excess water from the field, and after a delay of two hours and 25 minutes, the second half resumed at 10:25pm local time (0325 GMT).“It was hard to stay focused, for those hours,” Pizzi said. “Just sitting in the dressing room waiting for something.”When play got under way both sides produced one of the most entertaining halfs of the tournament, Colombia attacking relentlessly in an effort to get back into the match and Chile chasing a third goal to kill the game off.Colombia had appeals for a penalty waved away early in the second half when Daniel Torres tumbled over the outstretched leg of Gonzalo Jara in the penalty area.With Real Madrid star James Rodriguez doing his best to take control of the match, Colombia looked lively in attack but were unable to find the final ball to unlock Chile’s defense.The Colombians’ job became even more daunting in the 57th minute when Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez was sent off, collecting a second yellow for a clumsy challenge on Aranguiz.The closing stages of the game descended into a niggly encounter, with referee Chicas Aguilar of El Salvador eventually issuing eight yellow cards and one red.Colombia continued to chase the game relentlessly, but came up short, paying the price for a lackadaisical start which saw Chile seize control with two goals in the first 11 minutes.“It’s one of those nights where you feel a certain amount of unfairness,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. “We made mistakes and we paid for them in the beginning.”Pekerman however was seething over the penalty incident involving Torres that he felt could have swung the game in his team’s favour.“In the second half the team believed we could get a draw,” Pekerman said. “There was a clear penalty that could have changed the game. But it wasn’t given.”Fuenzalida was the architect of Chile’s opener, racing clear of the Colombian defense down the right flank before crossing to Alexis Sanchez.The Arsenal star was beaten to the ball by Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado, but the Juventus player could only succeed in heading back to the feet of Aranguiz who tapped in from close range.Four minutes later, Chile doubled their lead.A long goal kick from Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo found Sanchez, who turned Santiago Arias inside out on the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a fierce low shot which struck the bottom of the post.The ball rolled into the path of Fuenzalida who had the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0 after only 11 minutes.Sunday’s final will be the second time Argentina and Chile have met in the tournament. Argentina beat the Chileans 2-1 in their opening Group D earlier this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chile stormed into the Copa America final on Wednesday night, beating Colombia 2-0 in a weather-disrupted semi-final that took more than four hours to complete.The defending champions advanced to a repeat of last year’s final against Argentina on Sunday after a whirlwind start left Colombia chasing the game.Chile, who had destroyed Mexico 7-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday, picked up where they left off, scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes to take a grip on the contest.Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Jose Pedro Fuenzalida made it 2-0 after 11 minutes.“It’s a good feeling to be back in the final again after overcoming difficult opponents,” Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.“We got off to a good start, played aggressively and had a lot of anticipation. That helped us score the goals.”Chile’s explosive start to the contest was overshadowed by the intervention of Mother Nature at half-time, as a powerful electrical thunderstorm rolled into downtown Chicago and halted play.last_img read more

FCPPL Preview: AshGold to hold on to lead while Chelsea, Aduana chase

first_imgMatch Day 25 of the First Capital Plus Premier League will see exciting matches played in stadiums across the country. Despite all eyes being on the Super Clash this match day, the results from the seven other games will potentially have more far reaching consequences than the game in Accra.WAFA drew 0-0 with Bechem United on Friday while Inter Allies played, annd beat, Heart of Lions 2-1 at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. AshGold v LibertyAshanti Gold are hanging on to the top by their fingernails.Inconsistency has caused their lead at the top to be reduced from seven to just two. And with the likes of Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars chasing tirelessly behind, they would need to step up their performances starting with the game against Liberty.They have scored 28 goals and this is less compared to the number of goals scored by Medeama and Edubiase who are seven and eight places behind them. Liberty do not exactly have a particularly good record. Many would spin their first victory in five games over WAFA largely on their familiarity with the poor pitch when they played at home. They would be hoping to keep Dansoman happy with a victory from Obuasi.AshGold (1st) last five games: L D L W L Liberty (8th) last five games: W L D L L Berekum Chelsea v MedeamaBerekum Chelsea squandered their opportunity to take over at the top of the league on the last matchday. The curtain is however not closed for that opportunity to take over as they are just two points behind AshGold and as such would need to secure a victory to stand a chance.The odds are in their favour as despite playing at home; they are the league’s most potent attacking side having scored an impressive 33 goals and conceded 22. They face a side that also deadly in attack; Medeama are the second highest scoring team in the league with 29 goals in 24 matches.They would come into this game hungry for a victory following their 2-1 defeat to Great Olympics. A negative result will see Medeama slide further down the league log from the safe ninth position it occupies. Chelsea (2nd) last five games: L W W W DMedeama (9th) last five games: L W D D L Hasaacas v Great OlympicsBoth teams come into the game following their victories in the last games.Hasaacas beat struggling B.A United 2-0 while Olympics beat Medeama 2-1 in Accra. Both teams have been involved in seven games since 2006 and the results have been even: three wins for both sides and a draw.This game is very crucial for Olympics who are in the relegation zone. A win can potentially see them leave the dreaded last three and possibly see them stay in the league. Hosts, Hasaacas would also want to keep home fans happy and a victory for them might see them enter the top four for the first time.  Hasaacas(7th) last five games: W L D W WOlympics (15th) last five games: W D W L WB.A United v Aduana StarsBottom placed B. A United have a fairly better record at home than their abysmal record away which continued last weekend at Hasaacas.They would face a strong Aduana Stars in the Brong Ahafo regional derby on Sunday. Aduana move one place up to third and can now be considered serious title contenders as they are just three points away from the reach of the league leaders. And with AshGold famous for their inconsistent performances, Aduana’s take over at the top would not surprising.That is, if they can also deliver. BA United are on the verge of regulation and a negative result can all but cut short their stay in the elite division. B.A Utd (16th) last five games: L D L D DAduana (3rd) last five games: W L W L WWa All Stars v New Edubiase When Edubiase travel to the north west of Ghana, they will hoping to get the same score line as they did six months ago in the first round.They will also be coming into the game fresh from their 2-1 thrashing of Hearts of Oak. Wa All Stars will most certainly not want to disappoint their home fans just like they did six months ago. Unlike their opponents, All Stars don’t come into this game on the back of a victory having lost 2-0 to Heart of Lions. That defeat saw them go down yet again to the sixth position. For a club that, unlike three weeks ago, were seen as title contenders, this slump in performances is highly unappreciated by its fans and Wa Park will want to see excitement come Sunday. All Stars (6th) last five games: L W D D LEdubiase (10th) last five games: W D W LW–Look elsewhere on the site for a preview of Hearts v Kotoko. The Joy Sports team will begin coverage of the league from 2pm on the Sports Arena. Live commentary of the Super Clash.last_img read more

Mike Trout hits first Fenway homer as Angels snap 8-game losing streak

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run that also drove in Kole Calhoun (56) as Shohei Ohtani comes to bat during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox’s Rick Porcello pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) celebrates his three-run home run that also drove Shohei Ohtani (17) and Kole Calhoun, center, beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, in during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez, right, is hit by a pitch in front of Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith during the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run with Shohei Ohtani (17) beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, celebrates with Hansel Robles (57) and Kevan Smith after the Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox 12-4 during a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs on his fly out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels players, from left to right, Kevan Smith, Hansel Robles, Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run with Shohei Ohtani (17) beside Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, left, jumps for a high throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ExpandBOSTON — The Angels took more than a week of frustration out on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.After scoring just 20 runs in their eight-game losing streak, the Angels exploded for a 12-4 victory over the Red Sox, including Mike Trout’s first homer at Fenway Park.The Angels had been outscored by 43 runs during their losing streak, failing to lead a game past the fourth or come within two runs of a victory.All along, Manager Brad Ausmus and the players insisted they were working and preparing in the right way, and eventually it would show up in the results. Andrew Heaney, who returned from the injured list to make his first start since July 16, was on a pitch-limit of about 80. He needed 74 pitches to get 11 outs, but he succeeded in holding the Red Sox to just one run.“I thought he was good,” Ausmus said. “He used all his pitches. He used his changeup even. His fastball had good life. His velocity was good. We weren’t going to let him go over 80 pitches anyway. I thought he looked good for his first game back. Hopefully he feels fine tomorrow.”Taylor Cole escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth and then picked up four more outs in the fifth and sixth. Ty Buttrey allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, but he got out of the inning with a 5-2 lead.The Angels then put the game away with seven runs, including run-scoring hits for Wilfredo Tovar, Shohei Ohtani and David Fletcher. Trout came up with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch, collecting his 92nd RBI of the season.The Angels had not scored seven runs in a game since July 27, which was 12 games ago.With the comfortable lead, they were able to coast home to a badly needed victory.“It’s kind of like you forget what it feels like to win,” Heaney said. “Each day you are playing each game, and you think about each day as a one-game losing streak. You don’t think about eight straight. Guys focus on the daily task at hand. Everyone is happy to get a win today. Try to get another win tomorrow.” This one rocketed off his bat at 106.4 mph and traveled an estimated 428 feet.He has now homered in every American League ballpark. His 39th homer of the season padded the Angels’ lead to 5-1, and they blew the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.The explosion in the second half of the game followed a start that looked disturbingly familiar.Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the first, just like he did on Tuesday and Albert Pujols did on Friday. But in both of those games the offense went mostly silent after that and they lost.This time, Porcello retired 14 straight after Upton’s homer. Calhoun ended the streak with a sixth-inning single and he scored on Trout’s homer.The Angels also got better pitching than in the previous games when they blew the early lead.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Now that it has, Ausmus is hoping it takes some pressure off the players.“I hope,” he said. “You’re not carrying that 800-pound gorilla on your back anymore collectively. Just go back to playing baseball. Not putting as much pressure on yourself in the box.”Just as the Angels were overdue for a performance like this, Trout was bound to eventually hit a homer here. In his 90th career at-bat at the iconic venue, Trout got a first-pitch fastball from Rick Porcello in the sixth inning and he launched it over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark.“I hit it good,” Trout shrugged. “I was just trying to get a pitch to hit. He pitched me tough my first two at-bats (a strikeout and a tapper back to the mound). Just wanted to get a pitch over the middle and got one.”Trout said he didn’t think much about his failure to hit a homer here, except when Kole Calhoun reminded him. He said he’d hit a few other balls that would have gone out of a typical ballpark, but he hit them too low and they smacked off the 37-foot tall fence. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Blake Griffin’s strong second half powers Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was only his fifth game back from, you know, the “incident,” as it’s become known. His timing had been off, his rhythm was off and so was his shot. And all of that was evident as the Clippers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks began and Blake Griffin went 1 for 6 in the first quarter. But in his fifth game back after missing 45, Griffin recovered from his slow start and impacted the game as much as he typically did before the, ahem, incident, nearly amassing a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the Clippers’ 98-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Staples Center. “I thought he turned into this guy who just started playing with amazing force and energy defensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He got his hands on the ball. It’s funny, when your offensive game is struggling, you start doing all of these little things; he dives on the floor and keeps the ball alive, J.J. (Redick) gets the 3, that makes him have positive energy and the whole thing changes for him. You’ve got to feel that way sometimes to get yourself into the game. I thought that’s what he did.” The Clippers (52-28) won their fifth straight game and remain in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks’ winning streak was halted at six games and Dallas (41-39) continues to chase a playoff spot. The first half was close with Jamal Crawford and Redick being the difference-makers, but the second half was all Griffin. He capitalized on key possessions that helped the Clippers push the game out of reach. He did so by focusing on the defense and letting that rhythm carry over on to the offensive end. “I think at the beginning of the second half, I tried to put a little more aggressiveness in the defense and tried to let that get me going,” Griffin said. “Being aggressive offensively – like rolling to the rum instead of settling for jumpers – kind of got me going a little bit, kind of helped me to see the ball go through. That was kind of my mindset going into the second half.”The Clippers dominated the Mavericks in the third quarter. Dallas shot just 16.7 percent from the field and an even worse 1 for 9 from behind the arc in the third quarter while Los Angeles executed on both ends of the floor, bullying Dallas on the glass and exposing them in the paint.Spurred by Griffin, the Clippers used a 14-2 run in the third quarter to go up by nine points at 6:06. The Clippers wouldn’t let the Mavericks get close again, scoring 11 unanswered points to end the third quarter up 76-59.center_img Dallas’ push in the fourth quarter was met by Griffin, who scored seven points to finish the game. Redick scored 20 points going 4 for 4 from 3-point range. Crawford further bolstered his campaign for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, coming off the bench for 22 points.Griffin’s 17 points was his most since Dec. 19. But with two games left until the postseason, the question is whether or not his game is where it needs to be and how long it might take to get it back. “We need to continue to integrate Blake,” Redick said. “I think defensively, we’ve been pretty good over the last three or four games when that whole group has been together. We need to continue to win, that’s the biggest thing.” last_img read more

Padres option Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Paddack to minors

first_imgThe #Padres have optioned RHP Chris Paddack to Single-A Lake Elsinore and recalled RHP Robert Stock from Triple-A El Paso.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 12, 2019Paddack is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA this season with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.The 23-year-old has never thrown more than 90 innings in a season.San Diego is 33-34 on the season and 11 1/2 games back of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.But, the team is five games back of the second wild-card spot, so the playoffs are by no means out of reach.The Padres reportedly have interest in Indians starter Trevor Bauer, so they don’t seem to be tanking just yet.However, according to The Athletic, there are several executives who believe the team could go into sell mode and make some deals soon.If that happens, closer Kirby Yates — who is a perfect 23 for 23 in save opportunities this season — could be on the block. As for Paddack, odds are the team wants him to throw about 120 to 130 innings this season as it has increased his innings by about 45 each year since drafting him in 2015.It should also be noted Paddack has struggled of late, allowing 16 earned runs in his last five starts in 25 innings (5.76 ERA) after surrendering a total of seven in his previous seven starts over the span of 40 2/3 innings (1.55 ERA). Chris Paddack has been optioned to the minors.The Padres’ National League Rookie of the Year candidate will be sent down in an effort to limit his innings, the team announced.last_img read more

Amel Tuka: Colors of the National Flag do not deserve anything less than a Gold

first_img“I am not asking for a lot, but giving back several times more“, said the best BH athlete of all times, who won the first time in a race at 800 meters at the prestigious Diamond League in Monaco, when he charmed the audience around the world with his new personal record.The modest 24-year-old Amel Tuka is currently in Italy, preparing for the World Championship that will be held from 22nd to 30th August in Beijing. He will come to B&H for a very short time, probably on 9th August.What Tuka showed in Monaco, at the prestigious Diamond League, which gathers only the greatest world athletes, was praised by the biggest world media. With the time of 1:42.51 at 800 meters, Tuka charmed al lovers of athletics, and achieved the 10th result of all times in the world of athletics, broke his personal record, as well as the state record, which was not broken for a long time.He believes in a good result in Beijing at the end of the next month, as he believed in it during the competition in Monaco. As he said, colors of the flag of B&H, do not deserve anything than gold and he will give his best to reach it in China in around a month.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more