first_imgA spectacular goal by captain Wayne Rooney and a double from Ander Herrera ensured Manchester United kept up their rampant form at Old Trafford to climb up to third spot and open up an eight-point gap over Liverpool in the race for a Champions League spot.Rooney controlled substitute Angel Di Maria’s cross with his left foot before spinning 180 degrees and lashing a finish past Brad Guzan with his right for arguably the best goal seen at the Theatre of Dreams this season.The 79th-minute stunner was Rooney’s sixth goal in eight games for United since being moved back up front by Louis van Gaal and gave them a decisive 2-0 lead after Ander Herrera had opened the scoring approaching half-time.Although a David de Gea blunder allowed Christian Benteke to pull a goal back for Villa shortly after Rooney’s strike, the home side held on for a victory that 70 per cent possession deserved with Herrera securing victory with his second goal in injury-time.United have now won 13 of 16 Premier League games at their home fortress this season and collected a total tally of 40 points, the highest in the division.Earlier, Arsenal had blow Liverpool away at the Emirates with a 4-1 win to go 2nd. –last_img read more

first_imgGhana youth forward Benjamin Tetteh has arrived in Belgium to complete his Standard Liege switch.The 18-year-old lanky attacker from Ghana’s Dreams FC arrived in Liege tired on Friday afternoon after a near 20-hour journey and has had his medical scheduled for Monday, July 20.Tetteh is expected to pen down his signature to  an already agreed deal for four years after passing the mandatory tests.He will become the fourth striker in Standard Liege’s roster for the upcoming 2015/16 season after the club signed Guinea’s Mohamed Lamine Yattara from French side Lyon a few days earlier.Tetteh who scored once for Ghana at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup was also on the radar of Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach and Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson has morphed from soccer coaching legend to wise man of management—or at least that’s the plan.The 73-year-old Ferguson, who won 38 trophies in 26 years coaching Manchester United just released his third book: “Leading: Learning From Life and My Years at Manchester United,” written with Michael Moritz, the Sequoia Capital executive. The book is 400 pages of anecdotes and musings culled from Ferguson’s years as a player and manager arranged to provide lessons about everything from inspiring excellence, to developing new talent from within an organization.For instance, he writes of a 2001 match against Tottenham, when United fell behind 3-0 by halftime. In the locker room, Ferguson told the players they were in a “royal mess,” but instead of imploring them to score four times in the next 45 minutes, he said, “Score the next goal and let’s see where that takes us.” In doing so, he gave the squad a manageable goal. United scored five times and won 5-3.Last week in New York, Ferguson, who lectures at the Harvard Business School, discussed elements of his management philosophy, the reason Chelsea has struggled this season, and why he’d like to have dinner with John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.Edited excerpts below.WSJ: When did you realize you were more than a coach? Ferguson: In my early years I tried to do it all myself, but you are older and you try to understand how you can keep your energy, I delegated far better…At that point I realized my presence, my experience and my leadership were qualities that people recognized.WSJ: Was it always was your goal to become a manager with a big club?Ferguson: My main sight was just to survive…I realized I was good at developing young people. Eventually I started to believe in young people. I think when you give a young person an opportunity, he always believes who gave him his first chance. You create a loyalty that lasts a lifetime. There is more longevity to your planning when you have young people coming through all the time.WSJ: If you started today at Manchester United would you have been given the time to develop the team that you received?Ferguson: The first two and a half years, the first squad wasn’t doing great but the foundation of the club was getting better and better, and that gave me the time and the trust from the board I was doing the right thing. WSJ: Do you think there is too much short-term management in elite soccer today?Ferguson: Short term-ism doesn’t work. There is no evidence that changing your managers repeatedly leads to success, but there is evidence at Manchester United, I was managing there for 26 years I won 38 trophies. There’s evidence in Brian Clough at Nottingham Forrest. There’s evidence with Arsène Wenger at Arsenal…You see Liverpool sack the manager after eight games. If you didn’t believe in him, why not make the change during the summer. Why wait eight weeks into the season.WSJ: If you could have dinner with leaders from history, who would they be?Ferguson: JFK would have been interesting. In that period from 1960-63, you deal with the Cuban crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the Cold War, Vietnam, segregation, Medicare. I wonder if any president since then had to deal with so many issues. For a young man that is quite a task and he had a personality, a wonderful appearance, a good-looking guy, and of course he came from a celebrity-based family, so I think he was very interesting. I’ve read the great book on Lincoln’s Team of Rivals, and I thought it was fantastic that when he won the presidency, he kept his opponents in his government so he knew where they were. I don’t know anyone who would attempt to do that. I would not want them near me.WSJ: You are a Civil War buff. Did you make war references in your talks with players?Ferguson: I used to use a lot of things like geese, geese flying. They fly in two Vs. The ones in the front fly and the ones in the back rest and then they change over. They fly four and five thousand miles for warmth…I remember going to watch [Andrea] Bocelli. His orchestra, the timing, the rhythm, syncopation. I went into the gymnasium the next morning. I told them about the orchestra and I said that is exactly what I expect of you. Rhythm, timing, tempo. And they looked at me like I had three heads.WSJ: You’ve said you managed your team in four-year cycles. Why?Ferguson: Chelsea won the league last season. Twice we won it three times but we couldn’t win it a fourth time. WSJ: Why is Chelsea struggling with virtually the same team that won the league last year?Ferguson: There was a goalkeeper getting injured. John Terry has lost a little bit in his performance and he has been left out. That definitely is a difference because he is a leader. He has been captain for what, 12 years? He’s slowing down…They will come back. The manager is too good. He is a good manager, and he will be hunting right now.WSJ: Do English teams struggle in Europe because the competition is too tough at home?Ferguson: We played in Rome on a Wednesday night seven years ago, and we got a terrific result but we got a lunchtime game Saturday at Stamford Bridge. So what we did instead of flying back to Manchester and train down to London Friday, we stayed overnight in Rome. Beautiful set-up great training ground to prepare. Thought we were doing the right things, but for a good thing like that we needed 72 hours. We lost the game 2-1WSJ: Do you miss managing? Ferguson: I miss the team, I miss the players, I miss the staff, but I think I picked the right time. It was time for me to go. It was time for me to spend more time with my wife. I’m not saying I do spend more time with my wife, because she would throw me out of the house, but we have breakfast together. I never did.WSJ: Who wins a World Cup first, the U.S. or England?Ferguson: The U.S. is growing, it’s growing fast. They have started academy systems. Kansas has a good academy system. The stadiums are very good…There is an energy in the U.S., that always drives people on and I think in 12 years time you will see a big improvement.–last_img read more

first_imgBritain’s four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah says he is “relieved” he can return to his US home after it was clarified that President Donald Trump’s travel ban did not apply to him.Somali nationals are among those banned from travelling to the US under the executive order issued on Friday.That had applied to Farah, who was born in Somalia, until the announcement by the UK Foreign Office late on Sunday.Farah, 33, called Trump’s policy “divisive and discriminatory”.Trump’s executive order halted the entire US refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held conversations with the US government on Sunday. The Foreign Office then advised British travellers that dual citizens were only affected if travelling to the US from one of the seven banned countries.”We understand from the statement released this evening by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the executive order will not apply to Mo, and we are grateful to the FCO for urgently clarifying the situation,” said a spokesperson for Farah, who has lived in Oregon for six years with his family.”Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes.”The statement added that Farah “still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy”.Writing on his Facebook page earlier on Sunday, Farah had said: “On 1 January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.” Farah said he believed Trump’s policy “comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice” and that his own story was “an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation”.Farah, who moved to Britain aged eight, is at a training camp in Ethiopia as part of his preparations for August’s World Championships in London, and is not planning to return to the US for a number of weeks.last_img read more

first_imgFrance can secure their spot in the World Cup’s last 16 when they take on Peru in their second Group C game in Yekaterinburg.Les Bleus were pushed all the way by Australia in their opening Group C game on Saturday, with an 80th-minute goal from Paul Pogba securing a 2-1 victory.France can book their place in the knockout stages if they beat Peru on Thursday and Hugo Lloris wants his team-mates to go “beyond their capacity” in Russia.”There is always pressure in all matches in the World Cup. This is when you must go beyond your capacity as a competitor,” he said.”I have played in a World Cup before so the pressure is felt differently for me, but there is pressure and we are hoping to find a better way of playing. If we don’t raise our way of playing, we will have difficulties.”Peru gave a good account of themselves as they returned to World Cup action on Saturday after a 36-year absence, and were narrowly beaten by Denmark. However, manager Ricardo Gareca has admitted his side are not on the same level as their illustrious opponents but says Peru will not be overrun by France.”I do not know if we will be on the same level anywhere, to be honest,” he said. “But we are continually improving and want to adapt to this high level as soon as possible.”But something very important is that we stay true to ourselves and our style, and we believe that we can be a tough nut to crack for any team. We will not let France push us around.”Team newsWith a less than stellar performance against Australia, Didier Deschamps could make a few changes to his starting line-up on Thursday, with Olivier Giroud pushing for a start in attack. Antoine Griezmann has also been passed as fit after picking up an ankle knock in the opening game.Peru captain Paolo Guerrero – who had initially been banned from the World Cup for a doping violation – was a substitute against Denmark, but could start in Yekaterinburg. Opta statsFrance and Peru’s only previous encounter was a friendly in April 1982. The South American side won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978. Since then, France are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W3 D4), with three of the last four games ending goalless.Peru are winless in their last five World Cup encounters against European opposition (D2 L3), their last win coming against Scotland in 1978.Peru are winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2 L5).Peru mustered 17 shots in their opening game against Denmark but still failed to find the net in a 0-1 defeat. After consecutive defeats vs Mexico and South Africa in 2010, France are unbeaten in their last four group stage games in World Cup finals (W3 D1 L0).Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of France’s last 13 goals scored in major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), with seven goals and two assists.Having become France’s youngest ever player in a major tournament in their opening match, Kylian Mbappé is also looking to become their youngest ever goalscorer in a World Cup or European Championships, with David Trezeguet vs Saudi Arabia in 1998 currently holding the record (20y 246d).last_img read more

first_imgPreviousToronto Blue Jays shortstop Giovanny Urshela (3) can’t make the catch on a ball thrown by Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales (8) as Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) slides in before advancing to third on the throwing error during the second inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) scores as he slides safe past Toronto Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile (21) during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels centre fielder Mike Trout (27) breaks his bat during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (35) is congratulated by teammates Martin Maldonado, left, and Albert Pujols (5) after being pulled from the game against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates after scoring on an RBI single by Albert Pujols (5) during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) is removed from the game by manager John Gibbons during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte (26) fouls off a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) hits a double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) flies out to center field during the third inning of baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) slides back to first on a pick-off attempt by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (35) during the second inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun, right, makes a catch on a ball hit off the bat of Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson as Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales catches a ball off the bat of Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right,steals second base ahead as Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis fields the late throw during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) connects for a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (nathanDenette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) slides safely into home against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. (27) watches the flight of his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) forces out Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Josh Donaldson (20) at second base before throwing to first to complete a double play during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base ahead of the tag from Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) is forced out at third base by Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte (26) during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Wednesday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base ahead of the tag from Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Wednesday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) slides safely past Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) after hitting a double during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Giovanny Urshela (3) can’t make the catch on a ball thrown by Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales (8) as Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) slides in before advancing to third on the throwing error during the second inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 25Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Giovanny Urshela (3) can’t make the catch on a ball thrown by Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales (8) as Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) slides in before advancing to third on the throwing error during the second inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)ExpandTORONTO — Angels fans busy at work – or those unable to watch the rare Facebook-only broadcast – could at least take some solace in the fact that they didn’t miss much in Thursday’s matinee.It was a pretty boring game.Which is just the way the Angels like it.The Angels scored early and kept adding on, while also getting solid pitching and defense in a drama-free 8-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield He allowed only four hits and one walk, as the Blue Jays never had multiple runners on base against him.“Nick was terrific,” Scioscia said. “As the game went on, probably the mid-innings, his fastball really got some more life to it. He got stronger as the game went on. I thought he had a good combination with his off-speed pitches.” The only rough moment for Tropeano was in the seventh when he stumbled in his delivery and prompted a visit from trainer Eric Munson.“I took a little cartwheel spill,” Tropeano said. “My cleat got stuck. I took a little spill and tried to make it as graceful as possible.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros For the Angels, it was a welcome contrast from what happened Wednesday night, when they needed a rally in the top of the ninth and an escape in the bottom of the inning to hang on for a victory.“We pressured them all afternoon,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We left some guys on the bases, but you get 15 chances with guys in scoring position, that’s good. We did a lot of good things out there. We drove the ball well. Eight extra-base hits. We ran the bases well. We did a good job.”Winning the final two games of the series, the Angels took a series for the first time since May 4-6 in Seattle. The Angels (28-22) have not lost a series on the road this season, improving to 16-5.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Nick Tropeano pitched 7-1/3 innings, allowing one run, which was a nice bounce-back from the only game in May in which an Angels starter didn’t get through the fifth. Tropeano was knocked out after 2-2/3 innings in his last start.This time, he didn’t allow a run until Dwight Smith Jr.’s homer in the sixth. Tropeano got out of that inning with a double play and then retired all four batters he faced in the seventh and eighth, finishing with 92 pitches. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Tropeano also threw almost all of his pitches with the lead, after the Angels spotted him a 2-0 advantage on a Martín Maldonado two-run single in the second. It was the first of Maldonado’s two run-scoring hits, including an RBI double in the eighth.In the third, Justin Upton doubled and came home on an Albert Pujols single. Pujols later added a homer, snapping a 67-at-bat homer drought. Mike Trout homered off the top of the left-field fence in the fifth, putting the Angels up 4-0.Slumping Ian Kinsler doubled in the seventh and then alertly stole third when pitcher John Axford wasn’t keeping an eye on him. That led to a run when Kinsler scored on a groundout.The Angels combined for 12 hits from seven players. It was their second straight game with 12 hits after 11 straight games with nine hits or fewer.“It was just a matter of time,” Tropeano said. “When you see all the guys in our lineup, once it starts clicking it’s going to be dangerous. It’s fun to see, for sure.” Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — The Angels are going to spend some time this fall seeing if they might have one or two more two-way players coming up in the minors.Outfielders Jared Walsh and Bo Way have both been invited to the Angels’ fall instructional league as pitchers, a nod to their success in limited appearances on the mound already.“We’re going to give them more tools in their tool belt,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “It’s an opportunity to get some formal pitching instruction.”Position players pitch regularly in the minors, to save the arms of relievers in lopsided or long extra-inning games, but Eppler conceded that it’s possible either of these players could carve out a more significant pitching role. Catcher Joe Hudson, who was at Triple-A with Walsh before the Angels recalled him this month to be their third catcher, is a fan of his work on the mound.“I think he’s got a legit chance of being a two-way guy in this league, to be honest,” Hudson said. “His curveball is really good. He could be a guy that comes in late in a game and faces a power-hitting lefty, or a lefty who doesn’t hit lefties too well, and throw some power curves in there. … I think he could definitely overpower some lefties.”Hudson said Walsh could get up to 94 mph, and that was without any of the instruction he’s about to get. He said Walsh just threw about 10 pitches in a bullpen about once a week.Way, 26, was the Angels’ seventh-round pick in 2014. He hit .312 between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Also a left-handed thrower, he pitched in six games this season, allowing two earned runs in 6-1/3 innings, with five strikeouts.OHTANI’S FUTUREWhile the Angels are still waiting for an official decision from Ohtani about undergoing Tommy John surgery, Manager Mike Scioscia gave an idea of how he envisions Ohtani resuming his two-way role in 2020.“You’ll see a guy who can go out and start 20 to 24 games and get 350 plate appearances, or whatever it may be, and be a dominant force,” Scioscia said. “His first year, we got a taste of it.”Scioscia said he imagines that the training staff will still have a large say in balancing Ohtani’s two roles, specifically in determining whether he still needs the days off before and after he pitches.“That will be a discussion for another time,” Scioscia said. “I don’t know if we have enough data from this year (to determine that). I will tell you this; he wanted to hit even more when he was pitching. He felt he could, but the restrictions were from our medical staff and Billy to make sure he could rebound enough.”ALSOTyler Skaggs (groin) threw 48 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday in Arizona and had no issues, Scioscia said. Skaggs is expected to return to Anaheim and be evaluated, to determine his next step. …Second baseman Jahmai Jones, one of the Angels’ top prospects, is also on the Angels’ instructional league roster, even though he’s also playing in the Arizona Fall League. Jones will have a couple weeks to work out in instructional league before the AFL starts.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Matt Shoemaker, 2-0, 3.45) vs. Mariners (TBA), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)center_img Neither is likely to become another Shohei Ohtani, starring at both roles, but if a position player could pitch in more than just a mop-up role, that could be a valuable asset to have.“I’m open-minded to anything,” Eppler said. “Time will tell. We’re going to give them an opportunity to show us. They’ve shown us enough at this point to say ‘Let’s make a formal program and invite them and see what the next step is.’”Both Walsh and Way are closer to being major league two-way players than William English, a high schooler the Angels drafted in the fifth round as a two-way player this summer.Walsh is a 25-year-old former 39th-round pick who plays outfield and first base. A left-handed thrower, he pitched in college at Georgia. This season he rocketed through the system, from Class-A to Triple-A, by hitting .277 with 29 homers and an .895 OPS.Walsh also pitched in eight games across the three levels, allowing one earned run in 5-2/3 innings, with seven strikeouts.last_img read more

first_img“I’m just not swinging at good pitches,” Upton said. “I’m working on timing, slowing things down. It just hasn’t been clicking. One of those things where you have to keep fighting through it.”Upton, who got the day off on Sunday, had been out early for extra batting practice on Saturday, before going hitless in five at-bats. He extended that to an 0 for 9 on Monday.“He’s not swinging like he normally does,” Ausmus said. “He’s coming off the ball a little bit. I know he doesn’t feel right, and he’s working hard to correct it.”After lefty Blaine Hardy struck out Upton, he whiffed Kole Calhoun, protecting the 3-2 lead. The Angels still trailed after David Fletcher grounded out to strand two runners in the seventh.Buttrey then entered to try to keep the Angels within one, but he gave up three runs, including two walks and a wild pitch.In his last nine games, Buttrey has allowed 10 earned runs in nine innings, on 15 hits. He’s allowed seven runs in just his last three outings. Buttrey’s velocity is still around 97 mph, which would suggest he’s not fatigued, but he is out of synch.“Today was more about the command, strike-throwing,” Ausmus said. “The stuff is still there.”Ausmus conceded that it was possible the Angels would change Buttrey’s role while he’s trying to get back on track.“If we need to take a step back with a pitcher to help him return to form we can do that,” Ausmus said. “Not sure we’ll do that, but it’s a possibility.”The Angels trailed the entire night after starter Jaime Barría gave up a homer to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning.Other than that, Barría was strong for three innings, allowing just that run and striking out five of the first 10 batters.In the fourth, Barría retired the first two and then Nicholas Castellanos hit a rocket to third that Matt Thaiss snagged with a dive. Thaiss then got up and threw the ball away, allowing Castellanos to go to second. He scored on Christin Stewart’s double.Barría allowed a homer to No. 9 hitter Jordy Mercer in the fifth, putting the Angels in a 3-0 hole.Barría lasted just five innings, the 10th straight game an Angels pitcher failed to last more than five innings.The Angels, meanwhile, made Jordan Zimmermann looked like the guy who was a Cy Young candidate in 2013-14, and not the one who brought a 7.57 ERA and an 0-8 record into the game.For the first four innings, the Angels managed just a single by Mike Trout and then sent the minimum 12 hitters to the plate. Zimmermann threw just 41 pitches.In the fifth, they got a run on Calhoun’s 24th homer of the season, which moved him within two of equaling his career-high. In the sixth, a Fletcher RBI double pulled them within 3-2.They could get no closer, as they dropped their fourth game in the last five, losing all the momentum they took from that sweep of the Dodgers, just as Wednesday’s trade deadline approaches.“I don’t know if that’s on everybody’s minds or what,” Upton said “I haven’t surveyed everybody in here. Every night we step on the field, we try to win regardless of whether the trade deadline is here or not. Would we like to be in a position to possibly add? Absolutely. But at this juncture, we have to focus on winning baseball games and let people in charge of that dictate those decisions.” PreviousANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 29: John Hicks #55 and Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout gestures toward a photo of Tyler Skaggs in center field prior to a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs passed away on July 1st. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau watches during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, left, exchanges a few words with Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols as he rounds first after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, right, exchanges a few words with Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau as he scores after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs to first as he hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits into a double play during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs toward first as he flies out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers second baseman Harold Castro fields a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Fletcher was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a double by Christin Stewart during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Jordy Mercer, center, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart, right, is helped by manager Ron Gardenhire, center, and a trainer after injuring himself while trying to catch a ball hit for a solo home run by Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 29: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates his solo homerun with Albert Pujols #5, to trail 3-1, during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 29: Brandon Dixon #12 of the Detroit Tigers plays a double off the wall in front of a fallen JaCoby Jones #21, during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The double by David Fletcher #6 would score Matt Thaiss #23 to trail 3-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 29: Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates his run from a David Fletcher #6 double, to trail 3-2, during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Justin Upton strikes out with the bases loaded during the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun shows his frustration after striking out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning as Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks walks back to his dugout on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Niko Goodrum, right, scores on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau looks for the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, swings for a strike during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, strikes out as home plate umpire Ron Kulpa, left, makes the call and Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks throws the ball back to the pitcher during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 29: John Hicks #55 and Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Expand ANAHEIM — The Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers are, objectively speaking, two of the worst teams in the Major Leagues.The Angels’ 7-2 loss to the Tigers on Monday night, as well as their three losses in four games against the Orioles previously, proved one of the axioms of the sport, though.“When you play against major league ballclubs and you make mistakes and don’t play as well as you should, you’re gonna lose,” Justin Upton said. “We haven’t played as well as we should be playing. Have to do a better job.” The Tigers had lost 17 of their previous 19 games, falling to a major-league worst 30-71 as they arrived in Anaheim. Thanks to a poor performance by the Angels’ hitters and pitchers, the Tigers notched victory No. 31.The Angels have looked nothing like the team that had won four in a row, including two straight at Dodger Stadium, to get to five games over .500 before this homestand against two rebuilding teams.“The timing of us struggling against Baltimore and in the first game of this series isn’t good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We made some strides to get five games over .500, we took a few steps back, and now the goal is to win the next two games and win this series.”There was plenty of blame to go around for the latest loss, but the recent slumps of Upton and Ty Buttrey each played prominent roles.Upton, who extended his slump to 4 for 33, struck out with the bases loaded, one out, and a 3-2 deficit in the sixth. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — One of the Angels’ most impactful additions this season might end up being a pitcher they have had all along.Keynan Middleton essentially missed all of last season, coming back for just 7-2/3 innings after completing his Tommy John surgery rehab. Now he’s in camp following a healthy winter and he’s excited to return to the back of the Angels’ bullpen.“I feel like a completely different person,” Middleton said on Tuesday morning. “I’m healthy. I feel really good now.”Middleton, 26, has a 3.23 ERA in 91 big league games, including an ascent to the closer role at the start of the 2018 season. He had a 2.04 ERA through his first 16 games before suffering the elbow injury that would require Tommy John surgery. However, he still managed to allow just one run in 7-2/3 innings because he started throwing a changeup more effectively than he had before surgery.Related Articles “I learned how to pitch last year without the velo,” Middleton said. “I learned how to pitch without the slider, which I improved a lot this offseason. It’s back to how it was before the surgery. That’s what I’m most excited about.“(The changeup) saved me last year, because I couldn’t throw my slider. But now I have them both, and the velo will be there.”If the Angels can get consistent work out of Middleton along the lines of what he did in 2017 and 2018, they could have a formidable back-end trio, along with closer Hansel Robles and Ty Buttrey.“There is so much potential in this group and he’s right there,” Maddon said. “Big impact. I want to get to the point where you like so many guys and how do you fit them all in. … I have no idea of how this is going to play, but (Middleton) does have a big arm and he’s done good work in the past. Everything will be considered as we get closer to the end.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error By the time he returned in late August 2019, he wasn’t quite the same.His fastball, which had averaged 96 mph before surgery, was at 94.1 mph. There were no public velocity readings from his first outing of the spring on Tuesday. Middleton allowed a run on a home run but retired the other three hitters, including one on a high fastball.Before the game, Manager Joe Maddon said the reports on Middleton’s velocity from his workouts had been encouraging.“I know it’s been up there,” Maddon said. “I’ve been hearing 95-plus, so it sounds like everything is in order. Not rushing it, not pushing it too quickly. I don’t want him to throw to the gun right now. I just want him to throw. If everything is in order, everything is going to show up. So far so good.”Besides the diminished fastball, Middleton said he also didn’t have his usual slider when he came back last year. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

first_imgThis year, he tasted just his third playoff trip, reaching the second round with thrilling series against the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. His 12 fourth-quarter points in a Game 4 comeback against the Thunder made for his most memorable moment of the season — and perhaps helped ensure that he’d earn more than the $1.9 million he would’ve been due.“My value went up,” he said. “I understand that. But I don’t want it to affect my decision with the Clippers. I want to be with the Clippers. Hopefully, the upper management can do something, figure something out, but I just think this is a good chance to be with a team for three or four years, try to do something special. I think the organization deserves it. The fans deserve it.”Collison also sees the drama set off by Donald Sterling’s racist comments as a hopefully fading storm, even if the 80-year-old Clippers owner is still fighting the team’s $2 billion sale and has reportedly hired private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA officials and owners. From the perspective of someone who was in the locker room, that’s becoming background noise.“It’s good that it’s dying down,” Collison said. “We have a new owner in place. I’m excited. I’m excited for the Clippers and their future.”He hasn’t yet met Steve Ballmer, whose purchase of the franchise is pending NBA approval, but thinks that the former Microsoft CEO seems “enthusiastic about the challenge” of building up the Clippers in a city long dominated by the Lakers. Even Collison admits that when he was growing up, he only attended Clippers games to watch the other team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He’s also hoping to spin his experience of the Sterling controversy into a teachable moment. Collison will host his fourth annual basketball camp from June 23-25 at his alma mater Etiwanda High. Geared toward sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp’s attendance has grown from by about 100 participants each year, to what Collison hopes will be roughly 400 this summer.Asked what he planned to do differently in the camp this time, he jumped back to Sterling.“The distraction was a distraction, but it’s something to talk about as far as telling someone about your experience and how to become a better person or how to become a man,” he said. “Those are things kids can learn from.”center_img After finally playing close to home for the first time in his professional career, Darren Collison is hoping to extend his stay.True, the point guard is opting out of his two-year contract with the Clippers — testing free agency for the second summer in a row after averaging 11.4 points and 3.7 assists off the bench in his fifth NBA season. But after playing in New Orleans, Indiana and Dallas, the Inland Empire native likes being in a major market close to friends and family, and he likes being near talent that ranks among the most exciting in the NBA.Collison pointed out that the two teams in the NBA Finals, San Antonio and Miami, have both retained the same core over multiple seasons. He sees the same sort of promise in stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who have made nine combined All-NBA teams.“Last year (in free agency), it was just putting myself in a position where I could find myself again as a player mentally,” Collison said. “I’ve been through a lot. The previous season with Dallas, I still had a good season, but mentally I just felt like I needed to be a part of a team that was going to try to win it all. That was my intention, to try and be a part of a team that was going to win a championship.”last_img read more