No ISL, came to East Bengal because they are big: Jhonny Acosta

first_imgKolkata: Costa Rican World Cupper Johnny Acosta, who is East Bengal ‘s biggest signing this season, on Thursday said that he joined the I-League giants because of their reputation and not talk of them jumping ship to the more glamorous Indian Super League (ISL).”When I signed, I only knew that East Bengal are a big club with great history. I have no idea about ISL or any other tournament. I came here because East Bengal are a big club,” centre-back Acosta told reporters in a rescheduled press conference at the club tent.The 35-year-old’s initial press meet was cancelled on Wednesday after the club inexplicably forgot to arrange an interpreter.East Bengal, who recently roped in a high profile investor to end their financial woes, was keen on joining the glitzy ISL but the switch is unlikely to take place this season.According to reports, Football Sports Development Limited, the ISL promoters, does not want to increase the number of participating teams this season.Part of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Acosta featured in all three Group E matches playing against the likes of Neymar’s Brazil.Asked why he chose to move to India of all places and if he had the lucrative ISL in mind, Acosta added that his friend and former Costa Rican World Cupper Alexandre Guimaraes, who has been in charge of ISL side Mumbai City FC since 2016, spoke of East Bengal highly.”I spoke to Alexandre Guimaraes and he advised me to come to India. He spoke highly about East Bengal,” he said.Acosta, who idolises legendary Italian defender Paolo Maldini, said it was disappointing that Costa Rica, despite playing so well, finished last in Group E and crashed out early.Costa Rica lost to last-minute goals against Brazil and drew 2-2 with Switzerland, also losing their opening game 0-1 to Serbia.”It was disappointing definitely. We were playing against such a top side like Brazil and we had almost managed to get a draw against them.Unfortunately, they scored and we were left heartbroken,” Acosta said.On playing against Neymar, he added: “It was a very good experience for me. Not only I had a great experience of playing against the entire Brazil side. Overall a very good experience playing against Switzerland, Serbia and Brazil. Our entire team played very well.”Known for his intensity and strength on the pitch, Acosta has played 71 matches for Costa Rica including the 2014 World Cup. IANSlast_img read more

Star Party Rentals on board with Petra Futsal

first_imgSTAR Party Rentals has signed on to the ongoing Petra-organised Fustal championship, being played at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.During a presentation yesterday at its Campbellville office, Representative Pheona Jones handed over a cheque to cover the prizes for the Most Valuable Player, Highest Goalscorer and Best Goalkeeper.Co-director of the Petra organisation, Troy Mendonca, contended that the gesture comes at an opportune time for the tournament as they get ready to continue round-robin style play.“We would like to take this opportunity to applaud Mr Lennox Cush and his company Star Party Rentals for his continued support to the sporting fraternity and again his social responsibility. We know for sure that this contribution will go a long way,” the Petra co-Director added.Mendonca said, “We also want to take this opportunity to applaud the communities for organising themselves in such a good manner and displaying the kind of discipline that any sporting organisation would demonstrate.”He noted that the tournament has brought out the grassroots people in the communities including some of the youths, who are engaging in competition, and that’s what the organisation is about.In the Group A, Back Circle and Tiger Bay lead the table on four points each, both having played two games, winning one and drawing one with five goals for and four against, leaving them both with a +1 goal difference.Sparta Boss sit next on three points having chalked up one win and one loss with three points while Agricola are yet to score a point.Group B has West Front Road leading the charge with six points from two games while Tucville and North East have three points each. The former with a positive 1 goal difference to the latter’s 0; West Back Road are yet to score a point.Group C has Sophia on top with six points while Bent Street have four, Broad Street one and Albouystown 0Matches resume tomorrow at the same venue.last_img read more

Corporate Guyana, Government of Guyana encouragesupport for 4th AP Invitational

first_imgSOME of Guyana’s top athletes will match their strides with the rest of the world tomorrow, when the fourth annual Aliann Pompey Invitational is held at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora, from 15:00hrs.Athletes from over 20 countries will converge on the country’s lone synthetic track to compete in the country’s most lucrative track and field meet and yesterday several sponsors expressed their delight at being able to support the event, which is the brainchild of former two-time Commonwealth Games medallist and Olympian Aliann Pompey.“We have Aliyah Abrams, Travis Collins, Emmanuel Archibald, Winston George and a few others who are ranked in the top 50 in the world; so it would be remiss if I don’t mention that we have a lot of Guyanese competing this year and that’s because we are that good,” Pompey said during a press conference yesterday, which was hosted at the National Racquet Centre in Georgetown.“The Guyanese athletes have come a long way; for years I’ve been at the Olympic Games where it was just me; and that’s not the case now. We have a great group of athletes,” the 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m gold medallist explained.President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson pointed out just how important the AP Invitational is to local track and field athletes.He said, “The AAG is honoured to partner with Aliann in this venture because it speaks of the growth of track and field in Guyana and we’re going to ensure when the athletes go out on the track that day that the results are authentic, that the meet runs on time and all the other technical aspects are held to the highest possible standard because all the results from this meet are going to be honoured by the IAAF.”Meanwhile, Banks DIH, who has supported the AP Invitational from its inception, through their communications manager Troy Peters, said that the company, which has a long history of supporting sports and its development in Guyana, was more than happy to continue their unwavering sustenance for the meet.Peters, a former well-known reputable sports journalist and sports administrator, said his company “anxiously awaits tomorrow’s event, I was there last year and I can’t wait to get back there because we’ve seen an event that has grown; every year it’s getting better.We’re seeing some top athletes trying to be a part of the event and we’re quite happy that Aliann has seen it fir to return home to organise such an event.”Meanwhile, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, said the Government of Guyana recognises the importance of the AP Invitational and will continue to support the meet.“We recognise that once we continue to lend support to these events, a few years from now the Aliann Pompey Invitational will be the meet that happens in Guyana, that persons regionally and internationally will come to compete and be part of. It is part of our commitment to provide an environment in which our athletes have opportunities to compete,” Jones said.Persons are being encouraged to take advantage of the 50% discount on tickets, since at the gate tomorrow, patrons will have to pay $1 000. Tickets are available at the AAG’s Light Street office.last_img read more

MBB : After going undrafted, former SU forward Jackson looks to start pro career overseas

first_img Comments Published on June 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Inside a Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant in Philadelphia, Rick Jackson waited more than three and a half hours with family and friends to hear his name called in the 2011 NBA draft. Fifty nine picks went by and still nothing.The 60th pick was announced, and it wasn’t Jackson.After all 30 NBA teams passed on the former Syracuse forward through two rounds of the draft Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs were still interested enough to invite him to a mini-camp tryout on Sunday.But Jackson will turn that offer down, his father, Rick Jackson Sr., said in a phone interview Friday.‘(Rick) said the Spurs had the 59th pick,’ Jackson Sr. said. ‘They should have picked him then.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Rick has decided to play one year overseas before returning to the United States to test the NBA waters again. Jackson Sr. said his son has sent a highlight reel abroad and will make a decision on where to go once the offers start to come in.Jackson and his agent B.J. Armstrong from Wasserman Media Group did not return phone calls to The Daily Orange.Seventeen other power forwards were picked in the draft over Jackson, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year who averaged a double-double (13.1 points, 10.3 rebounds) in his senior season with the Orange. There were also 12 international players selected Thursday, including surprises like Ater Majok a bust at Connecticut and Adam Hanga, a swingman from Hungary whom the Spurs selected with that 59th pick.‘They go by potential,’ Jackson Sr. said. ‘They don’t go by facts. If they went by facts, they said Rick would be in the first round with his numbers.’Jackson Sr. said reality started to sink in for his son and their family when the Philadelphia 76ers took power forward Lavoy Allen out of Temple with the 50th pick. Rick told his father that he and Allen worked out together for the 76ers and that Allen got hurt during drills. The injury forced Allen out of the tryout shortly after it had started, Jackson Sr. said.Still, Philadelphia went with Allen over Jackson, and three other power forwards were selected in the final 10 picks before the draft was completed.Jackson Sr. said the Spurs and Hawks contacted Jackson after the draft and invited him to an upcoming tryout. But after weighing his options, Jackson has decided to go overseas.‘There’s a few teams that want him overseas,’ Jackson Sr. said. ‘And he’s talking to the teams with the best deal his agent gets for him. He’s going to go overseas and play ball professionally.’Jackson entered the day with high hopes despite being projected to go in the late second round in multiple mock drafts. He had shed 30 pounds off his frame entering his senior year at Syracuse to get in better shape, and it resulted in the best season of his career.He was atop the Big East in rebounds, blocked shots (2.5 per game) and field goal percentage (.588) en route to All-Big East Second Team honors. The power forward worked out for nine different NBA teams in the weeks leading up to the draft before Thursday finally came.‘You have a guy that averaged a double-double in the Big East, blocked shots, Defensive Player of the Year (in the conference), best field goal percentage (in the conference) and led (his team) in minutes,’ Jackson Sr. said. ‘And he doesn’t get drafted? He led four different things in the Big East and doesn’t get drafted?’Disappointment and disbelief shone through his words.But for his son, those feelings have subsided slightly since Jackson made the decision to go abroad, his father said.One year abroad and then off to the NBA. That’s the plan at least. And though Jackson’s future can’t be predicted with certainty, he certainly won’t be lacking any motivation in the mean time.Said Jackson Sr.: ‘His spirit is up now that he’s got a game plan and he knows what he’s going to do.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The next chapter for books at USC

first_imgTechnology is shaping the way we work, think and live. It’s also shaping the way universities operate. USC encourages students to focus on technology and the evolution of digital media.Technology is shaping the way we work, think and live. It’s also shaping the way universities operate. USC encourages students to focus on technology and the evolution of digital media.Photo courtesy of Michael KovacNevertheless, the Daily Trojan has found that books still serve as important tools on and off campus. It’s important to remember that, before Google existed, the book was the primary medium that made learning possible. Moreover, the printed word remains one of the most authoritative source of information in the modern world.As a testament to the legacy of the printed word, USC is hosting the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The acquisition of an event of this caliber represents our university’s best qualities: the free exchange of ideas, the search for knowledge, the coming together of like-minded individuals and the bettering of oneself.As such, serving as host symbolizes both the university’s past and its progress as an intellectual powerhouse.Though USC is a cutting-edge university that takes advantage of technology — including e-readers and iPads — the Daily Trojan has found that most students continue to enjoy the tangible experience of print books.In addition, the festival offers the university an opportunity to showcase its faculty members, including festival panelists Aimee Bender and T.C. Boyle.USC’s collaboration with the Los Angeles Times also brings celebrity-authors Betty White, Bethenny Frankel and Tori Spelling to campus, which in turn brings more visitors. As a result, we are able to use books to highlight the allure of USC.But the festival is about more than books as a medium, or about the university’s move up the ladder of success. The university is invested in the conversations happening beyond its immediate community.Though books aren’t exactly glamorous, they still have the ability to bring more than 140,000 people together to gain knowledge and share the ideas that inspire them. The fact that this university is able to bring so many people together is an honor — but it’s also representative of our school’s far-reaching responsibilities.last_img read more

Whicker: Those who left us in 2017

first_imgThey left us in 2017:DON BAYLOR, 68: The Angels’ first Most Valuable Player drove in 139 runs in 1979. Baylor went on to manage Colorado to its first postseason appearance in only its third season of existence. He went to World Series three consecutive years with three different teams and ended his career with 2,135 hits and 338 home runs. He held “kangaroo courts” in the clubhouse to hold teammates accountable and was known for his intense clubhouse presence. “Like no man I ever knew, he had an aura about him.” – Walt WeissDICK ENBERG, 82: Enberg entered the basketball, football and baseball Halls of Fame and won 13 Emmy Awards for his enthusiastic, reliable broadcasting. Enberg was the voice of John Wooden’s glory years, Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters and Deacon Jones’ sacks, and was also known for his Wimbledon broadcasts and for narrating the Michigan State-Indiana State NCAA title game of 1979, featuring Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. “To me Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster of all time and will never be emulated.” – Vin ScullyHAL BEDSOLE, 76: Bedsole was an All-America tight end for USC in 1962, when the Trojans won the national championship and took a thrilling 42-37 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. He caught two touchdown passes in that game and averaged more than 20 yards per catch for the Trojans. He was also known for his supreme confidence and was nicknamed “Primo,” for prima donna, by Mike Garrett and “Prince Hal” by other teammates. “If you told him to run a zip-and-out and do a flip and a handstand and catch that ball with one hand and play the trombone with the other, he could do it.” – Don Klosterman, former Rams general manager JIM BUSH, 90: Bush’s track and field teams at UCLA won five NCAA championships in a 12-year period, and he coached 30 Olympians at Westwood. In doing so he reversed the tide of the UCLA-USC rivalry, beating the Trojans every year between 1978 and 2001. Bush’s Occidental College teams beat UCLA three times. He also went to USC and coached Quincy Watts to an Olympics. “He was the drill sergeant.” – John SmithDAN ROONEY, 84: Rooney ran the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 through an era in which they won a record six Super Bowls. In that time the Steelers had only three head coaches (Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin), and all three won championships. Rooney persuaded NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for coaching and general managing jobs, which became known as the “Rooney Rule.” President Obama named him Ambassador to Ireland, but Rooney was generally unpretentious and sometimes walked to Steelers games from his house. “Tough as a boot, smart as a whip.” – Art Rooney Jr., Dan’s brother.ARA PARSEGHIAN, 94: Parseghian revived Notre Dame’s football traditions and coached the Irish to national championships in 1966 and 1973. He also went 39-6-1 at Miami of Ohio and beat Notre Dame four times while at Northwestern, and was 95-17-4 at Notre Dame. He was a longtime analyst for ABC and devoted his life to finding a cure for Niemann-Pick disease, which claimed three of his grandchildren. “A lot of people are successful, but Ara was significant. Significance is when you help others be successful.” – Lou HoltzROY HALLADAY, 40: He was a dominating right-hander who threw the second playoff no-hitter in MLB history and won Cy Young Awards with Toronto and Philadelphia. Halladay won 203 games, pitched a perfect game and made eight All-Star teams, mostly with an unhittable sinker and uncommon durability. Seven times he led his league in complete games, and four times he did so in innings pitched, with three 20-win seasons and a .659 winning percentage. Over a 10-year period he completed 30 more games than anyone else. He died in an airplane crash off the west coast of Florida. “He was just a beast. You never wanted to be matched up with him because you knew how it would end.” – Dan HarenOthers: Boxer Jake LaMotta, basketball players Connie Hawkins and Dave Stallworth, baseball players Jordano Ventura, Jim Bunning, Bobby Doerr, Jimmy Piersall and Darren Daulton, trainer Lou Duva, tennis player Jana Novotna, football players Y.A. Tittle, Tommy Nobis and Terry Glenn, hockey players Milt Schmidt, Pierre Pilote and Johnny Bower, manager Dallas Green, owner Mike Illitch, golfer John Jacobs, coaches Frank Broyles, John Kundla, Bryan Murray and Rollie Massimino, general managers Gene Michael, Jack McCloskey and Jerry Krause, sportswriters Edwin Pope and Frank Deford, skier Jean Vuarnet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

A bounceback by Garrett Richards leads Angels to victory over Mariners

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield That led to some extra work with pitching coach Charlie Nagy.“Me and Nags, in between starts the last couple weeks, have been ironing out some things and getting me back in the zone,” Richards said. “It’s rhythm and tempo and mechanical stuff. My mindset is still there. I’m trying to attack guys and fill up the zone and get ahead in counts. Nothing’s changed as far as that goes, just really kind of finding a happy medium with my tempo going toward the plate to help me be a little more consistent.”After “simplifying” his delivery, he said, and using a little less effort to improve his control, he dominated a Mariners team that had scored 44 runs in its previous seven games.Richards gave up four singles, two of which didn’t make it out of the infield. He struck out eight and walked one, after averaging more than six walks per nine innings so far this season.Richards needed only 86 pitches to get 20 outs, a performance that was far more efficient than the work he or the other Angels starters had been providing this season. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img “I thought Garrett was great,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Once he found his release point, he was in the zone the way we know he can be. … It’s a good game for Garrett and, hopefully, it gets him to be that consistent pitcher that he is. His stuff is great. Tonight he had command of it.”Justin Anderson got the final out of the seventh and three in the eighth before Jim Johnson finished off the Angels’ fourth consecutive victory.Thanks to the pitching – and three double plays – the Angels didn’t need any more than the two runs they got in the fourth inning. Andrelton Simmons drove in one with a single and another scored on a double play, as the Angels didn’t get much out of a bases-loaded, no-outs situation.In the fifth, Shohei Ohtani drove in a run with a double, his second hit of the game.The Angels also wasted a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the eighth, when Kole Calhoun struck out and René Rivera broke his bat on a dribbler that the Mariners converted into a double play. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousSEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels (middle) celebrates with teammates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Ohtani struck out on the turn. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons looks down after leaping to catch the ball and tries to tag Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon as he slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, top, looks down after leaping to catch the ball as Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards tries to field a soft ground ball as Seattle Mariners’ fielder Dee Gordon reaches first during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout doubles against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, tags Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon who is safe at second following a wild pitch in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols lines out to end the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides safely into home to score against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons singles in a run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, starts to first as Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Calhoun grounded into a double play, but drove in a run on the play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani dives safely back to first base after making a brief run toward second on his single in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, strikes out on a foul tip against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols advances to third on a throwing error by Seattle Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon on a single by Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrelton Simmons against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)A fan holds up a sign of the current number of hits by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols as he comes to the plate in the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Pujols hit a single in the fifth inning, the 3,000th hit of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols singles against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th career hit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates near first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) and Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy after Pujols gets his 3,000th career hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols waves his helmet to fans after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols acknowledges the crowd after a line-drive single for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)A scoreboard reflects the single of Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia embraces Albert Pujols (5) after Pujols hit a single off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake (8) for his 3,000th career hit, in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces first base coach Alfredo Griffin after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is the 3,000th of Pujols’ career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels walk out to congratulate Albert Pujols (5) after he hit a single against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout between the top and bottom of the fifth inning after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, second from left, hugs third base coach Dino Ebel, left, while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base, after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas, left, and starting pitcher Mike Leake talk after Leake gave up a run to the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs to third base in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners that would be his 3,000th career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels smiles on base after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels (middle) celebrates with teammates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Ohtani struck out on the turn. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NextShow Caption1 of 36Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Ohtani struck out on the turn. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ExpandSEATTLE — Garrett Richards clearly made the right mechanical adjustments in between starts.After tweaking his delivery in the wake of an ugly outing, Richards responded by tossing 6-2/3 innings in the Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.While Albert Pujols’ 3,000th hit was the most significant historical moment in the game, in the scope of the Angels season Richards’ performance can not be overlooked.Richards, the Angels’ most experienced starter, likely needs to perform to his potential if the team is going to contend. So far this season, he had been inconsistent, hitting a low point by allowing nine runs (five earned) against the New York Yankees last week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB: Rays can explore Tampa Bay-Montreal two-city plan, report says

first_imgMontreal last was home to a major-league team in 2004 before the Expos — who had played 22 homes games in Puerto Rico in 2003 — moved to Washington and became the Nationals before the 2005 season.Under the plan, described to be in its “nascent stages” and still facing significant hurdles, the Rays would play in new stadiums in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, according to ESPN’s sources. Related News Cubs’ Joe Maddon: ‘Extraterrestrial’ balls, celestial season of home runs MLB’s executive council at Wednesday and Thursday’s owners meetings gave the Rays permission to explore the dual-city possibility.“My priority remains the same, I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come. I believe this concept is worthy of exploration,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg — a member of the executive council — said in a statement from the team in reaction to ESPN’s report.By playing only its early-season games in Florida, the team could avoid the necessity — and added expense — of any new Florida stadium being a dome.The Rays’ current lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg runs through 2027. The timetable for any two-city plan likely would hinge on striking a deal in the Tampa Bay area for a new stadium and finding a site. Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers lefty (forearm) hopes to return this seasoncenter_img MLB has given the Rays permission to explore a plan in which they would continue to play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area but then play the latter part of their home schedule in Montreal, ESPN reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources familiar with the situation.The Rays have embraced the two-city solution as “the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area” after years of lagging attendance and failed attempts to build a new stadium in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region, according to the report. The Rays are averaging 14,546 fans per game, second-lowest in MLB in 2019 despite a 43-31 record. Their Opening Day payroll of approximately $65 million also was among the lowest in the majors.A variety of factors — relatively small local revenue and a comparatively bad local-TV deal among them — has prevented the Rays, who’ve needed taxpayer support, to secure a new stadium. If they can’t get a domed stadium or make work the two-city plan that would inject much-needed revenue, then the Rays likely would become more of a target for relocation by other cities seeking an MLB team, Montreal likely among them.Speculation about MLB’s return to Montreal has percolated for years and reportedly has significant support among power-brokers in the city, including wealthy private-equity investor Stephen Bronfman, whose billionaire father, Charles, was the Expos’ original owner.last_img read more

No-names controlling the NBA Finals so far

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, left, reacts with Gary Neal after scoring during the first half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Jon KrawczynskiAP Basketball WriterSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The NBA Finals opened as such a juicy matchup of A-list stars.LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the defending champion Miami Heat against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the old guard San Antonio Spurs making one last run at one more championship.Big 3 vs. Big 3. Winner take all.Once the series actually started, a group of D-listers crashed the party.Gary Neal and Danny Green combined for 51 points and 13 3-pointers in San Antonio’s Game 3 victory over Miami on Tuesday night, carrying the Spurs to a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven series that has been controlled by no-names, not big names.“We don’t expect a performance like this from those kind of guys, but they were great,” Duncan said after San Antonio routed Miami 113-77. “They did it. They found their spots and knocked them out.”Been that way all series. On both sides.Green, who was twice cut by San Antonio and spent a summer in Slovenia, may be the early leader for Finals MVP after scoring 27 points in Game 3. He also hit four big 3-pointers in the Spurs’ Game 1 victory in Miami and was a perfect 6 for 6 from long range in Game 2, outshining the four-time MVP James every step of the way.“Never thought in a million years that would happen,” Green said.Neal had to go overseas as well and even delayed his honeymoon just to get a chance to play on the Spurs’ summer league team a few Julys ago. On Tuesday night, his big 3-pointers at the end of the first half and the start of the fourth quarter buried the Heat.Those two have teamed with Kawhi Leonard — a lottery pick so soft-spoken that teammates started to wonder if he ever talked at all — to give the Spurs a Little 3 that has stepped up and taken over while their more famous teammates have been underwhelming.Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have been the identity of the Spurs for years, teaming for three championships in five years in the middle of the last decade. But they combined to shoot 10 for 33 in their Game 2 thumping in Miami. In Game 3, Duncan had a solid 12 points and 14 rebounds, but Ginobili had just seven points and a bad hamstring limited Parker to six.Leonard added 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals to pick up the slack.“It’s a dream come true,” Neal said. “Me and Danny both went through a lot of stuff together. We were guys that showed up two hours before practice started to get shots up and to prove to the coaching staff that we belong, and we’re going to do whatever we need to get minutes.”It’s been the same way for the Heat, who expect so much from James, Wade and Bosh, the celebrated threesome that united in South Beach three years ago to chase not one, not two, not three titles.But all three have posted numbers far below their career averages in these finals. James has his three lowest scoring outputs of the postseason in the first three games of the finals, including a 15-point, 7-for-21 stinker in Game 3, and is scoring just 16.7 points per game. Wade has gotten off to fast starts, only to fade as the game wears on and Bosh has posted two of the quietest double-doubles you’ll ever see in the last two games.“I think if you look at every series in the past in basketball, the role players are going to have big series, even if the best players out there, the superstars and everything, are really getting their regular numbers,” Bosh said. “You can easily have role players that are doing what they’re supposed to do.”In their place, it’s been Mario Chalmers, who scored 19 points in Game 2 and was the instigator in a game-clinching 30-5 run that evened the series. It’s also been Mike Miller, a banged-up journeyman who was barely playing when the finals began. He is 9 for 10 on 3-pointers this series, and was the only Heat player who showed up for Game 3 with 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3.“You can’t just focus on three people or on one person,” Chalmers said. “You’ve got to focus on the entire five that’s out there.”For whatever reason, the stars just haven’t been playing like stars in these finals.“It’s a difficult feel to get with the rhythm of this series,” Bosh said. “It’s been a very odd series so far. I’m sure it’s going to continue to be just as crazy as the last six days have been.”___Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APKrawczynskilast_img read more

SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $82,759 INTO THURSDAY

first_imgSANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $82,759 INTO THURSDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR 8-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.TWO CONSOLATION TICKETS WITH SIX WINNERS EACH PAY $18,116ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Thursday, creating a Jackpot carryover of $82,759 into Friday. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were two tickets with all six winners and they were each worth a hefty $18,116.With a Jackpot carryover from Sunday of $67,230 to shoot at, $67,830 in new money was wagered today, creating a total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool of $135,060.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. The Rainbow Six will commence with race three, which has an assigned post time of 2:40 p.m. PT.Average field size for Friday’s Rainbow Six stands at eight horses per race.Santa Anita offers free parking and admission on Fridays, as well as two dollar beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more