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Agbonlahor fears for Aston Villa if season resumes without fans

first_img Loading… “Villa played Chelsea away with a stadium full of Chelsea fans. Now they have to play Chelsea at home without 42,000 Villa fans who might be the key to getting a result. “I went to the Watford game back in January and the fans got Villa the win. They stuck with them when they were 1-0 down and got them over the line. read also:Agbonlahor retires from football at 32 “Fingers cross they can continue the season with fans in the stadium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gabby Agbonlahor fears for Aston Villa if the season resumes without fans. The most likely scenario for a resumption of the current campaign is for matches to take place without fans in the stadium. Agbonlahor believes that would hurt Villa’s hopes of avoiding the drop. He said: “The only thing which scares me is the season being finished behind closed doors. To me, that is not fair.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withlast_img read more

Formula 1 World Championship could finish in January: Ferrari boss

first_imgLondon: As Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season affected severely by the coronavirus pandemic, the world championship could be extended into January next year, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.”We’re assessing various ideas — races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice,” he said as quoted by BBC.Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Binotto said: “I have felt, along with the other team principals, that these are decisive moments.”We’ve decided to give complete freedom to (Formula 1 chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to put together as soon as possible a timetable for us to get racing again, we are willing on our side.”Carey said in a statement last week that he “fully expected the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races”.So far, the first eight races have been called off and the British Grand Prix in July is also under threat.The final race of this season is slated to be the Abu Dhabi GP on November 29.Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey had said earlier in the week that they are expecting to run a shortened season of 15-18 races once racing starts after the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought entire sporting calendar to a grinding halt.The original 2020 calendar had 22 races but the season is yet to start with the first eight postponed or cancelled and more likely to be called off amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The campaign was supposed to begin March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix, but that race was called off hours before the scheduled start of free practice, followed in rapid succession by the postponement of the next six races on the schedule: Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco. On Monday, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, set for June 7 in Baku, was also postponed. IANSAlso read: MotoGP 2020 World Championship postponed indefinitelyAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measureslast_img read more

Tennis News ‘Not easy to dominate’ – Federer feels for younger generation

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Germany: Roger Federer expressed sympathy for the younger generation of tennis players on Sunday, saying that their successes outside of the Grand Slams were being overlooked. Federer, 37, won the ATP tournament in Halle for a record-stretching 10th time on Sunday, notching up his 102nd career singles title.He was one of two 37-year-olds to be playing in an ATP final on the same day, with veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez also in the singles final at Queen’s.ALSO READ | Federer survives scare from Tsonga, enters last eightFederer admitted that the continuing success of older players such as himself, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had left little elbow room for the younger generation.“As long as me, Rafa and Novak are around it is not going to be easy for a young guy to come up and dominate,” he said.“Maybe it would be good for the sport if they did, I don’t know. People seem to like it as it is.”Yet Federer insisted that the success of players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov should not be overlooked.Coric, 22, beat Federer in the Halle final last year, while 23-year-old Khachanov broke into the top 10 this year after beating Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Paris Masters last November.Federer argued that such triumphs were not being given enough recognition, and were being drowned out by the overwhelming focus on the four majors.“I think there is too much focus on the Grand Slams these days which isn’t fair,” said Federer.ALSO READ | Haris’ 89 off 59, Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 help Pakistan crash South Africa’s semis hopes“In my day, it was a huge success to win your first Masters 1000 tournament and break into the top 10.”“Khachanov beat Djokovic in the Paris final as well. It’s not like he beat any old tourist.”  last_img read more

Wisconsin runs wild in win over Indiana

first_imgThe misty air soaking the 77,849 that filled Camp Randall wasn’t enough to suppress the early-game fireworks in the Wisconsin football team’s 51-3 rout of Indiana Saturday afternoon.Indiana (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) came in boasting the country’s ninth-best scoring offense averaging 43 points a game, but was quickly grounded when Wisconsin freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton  intercepted Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld on the Hoosiers’ fifth play from scrimmage.“I knew they were going to be a team that threw the ball deep,” Shelton said. “He threw it up. I saw it and at that point I just wanted to turn into the receiver.”Wisconsin’s (8-2, 5-1) game-opening turnover set the stage on the seven-yard line for senior running back James White who burst through the first level and was loose, bringing Camp Randall to its feet on a record-setting 93-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a lead that they would never give back.“He broke it and away he went. It would be a great way to start the football game every week, so if we can continue that it would be good,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said with a chuckle after the game.White’s explosive play on Wisconsin’s first drive was conceived on an adjustment made by the offensive-linemen and coaches in the tunnel before the game even started.“That first play, we actually made an adjustment as we were running out of the tunnel,” redshirt freshman Dan Voltz said. “My coach came over to me and we kind of switched up the ideas a little bit. It was just a zone play to the right, so nothing special but we just executed and it was a touchdown.”The 93-yard run by White broke the record for the longest run in Wisconsin history – previously held by Tom Brigham for a 91-yard run in 1963 – and put the senior over the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career.“It feels good,” White said of reaching 1,000 yards rushing this season. “It’s probably every running backs goal to get 1,000 yards … I mean, it’s a good accomplishment but we still have a lot of things to do out here the next two weeks.”The defense put Wisconsin in a position to put Indiana in a deep hole early after Sudfeld turned the ball over on consecutive plays on a fumbled snap that was recovered by senior outside linebacker Brendan Kelly on the Hoosiers’ own 14-yard line.“It started well,” Kelly said. “Two turnovers in the first quarter is always going to take the wind out of the sails of an offense.”This time it was redshirt sophomore running back Melvin Gordon’s turn to take a trip to the end zone for the first time in three weeks, putting Wisconsin up 14-0 less than three minutes into the game.Sophomore kicker Jack Russell kept the scoring party going for the Badgers making two-consecutive field goals to put Wisconsin up 20-0 and nailing three field goals to surpass his career total of two field goals made coming into the game.After the Hoosiers held the Badgers without a touchdown for nearly 23 minutes, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig decided to get creative with a jet-sweep hand off to senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis who took it to the end zone on a 32-yard run for his first rushing touchdown of his career, putting Wisconsin up 27-0.“It’s always fun to getting the ball on reverses, bubbles things like that,” Abbrederis said. “Whenever you get the ball in space you have to make something happen with it, so it’s fun doing it.”Abbrederis would get his chance to run the ball again on a similar play call that saw two players sweeping in different directions for the Badgers. This time the senior receiver would run for a 49-yard touchdown to give Wisconsin 37 points.While the offense was taking care of business moving the ball, the Wisconsin defense was taming Indiana’s usually wild offense.The Hoosiers’ best chance to find the end zone came midway through the third quarter with the ball on Wisconsin’s one-yard line, but Indiana’s second quarterback Tre Roberson was unable to get the play off in time over the noise of the crowd giving Indiana a delay of game penalty that would doom the drive to just a field goal.“It was a big stand there. It was important for them to get the stop at that point,” Andersen said. “They take great pride in the three points that they gave up today against this offense is a tremendous accomplishment. That was a big time defensive stop.”Three points would be all Indiana could muster as the Wisconsin defense continued to smother its opponent, snapping the Hoosiers’ record-streak of 10 games with at least 28 points.With the game well in hand entering the fourth quarter, Andersen began to clear his bench, but that didn’t slow down the offensive attack with freshman running back Corey Clement taking the reins and rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns.Clement’s 100-yard effort in the fourth quarter pushed Wisconsin to 554 yards on the ground in 50 carries, which is good for an 11.1 average per rush.Moving forward, Wisconsin gets ready for the border battle with Minnesota, giving Andersen his first taste of the battle for Paul Bunyan’s ax.“It’s rivalry week,” Andersen said. “Here we go.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s struggle for consistency culminates in season-ending 3-1 loss to Akron

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2018 at 11:40 a.m.HAMILTON, N.Y. — Sondre Norheim stuck his arms up and shrugged his shoulders. Just a few minutes ago the Orange had been thrown into desperation mode. They had a season to save, down a goal, and little time to do it. Now, the dagger had been stabbed in its chest.An Akron offensive player trailed behind his teammates and pumped his fist as he started toward the Syracuse goal, the keeping place of the last ball to touch an Akron forward’s foot. Syracuse stalled. Then, its season flashed before them. The Orange (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) lost, 3-1, to Akron (11-6-2, 1-2-1 Mid American) in the second round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. The Orange’s season ended at the hands of a team it had already beaten. In a game with the same amount of goals. Head coach Ian McIntyre said Akron didn’t do anything different, either. SU’s season-long struggles to find consistency between games finally fell on its head. By nature of the same end of game struggles that plagued it in each of the past two seasons, the Orange dropped another game. Many held their hands over their faces to shield the harsh reality: it was over.“There’s a finality in every college game. That’s the emotionally challenging part of college athletics, what makes it so special.” McIntyre said. “You rent your jersey for four years. And then it’s time to graduate.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse forward Severin Soerlie consoles Jonathan Hagman after the game. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerFollowing a loss to Virginia Tech earlier in the season, Syracuse retreated to their hotel. The early season woes had reached their breaking point. It wasn’t the loss, it was the way it lost. Syracuse took Virginia Tech to double overtime scoreless. In the final two minutes, the Hokies’ Nico Quashie broke through the Syracuse defense for a doorstep goal. “The worst way to lose,” Jonathan Hagman said.Players threw their belongings on the sideline. Some dug their faces into their jersey and dropped to the ground. Others cried. The Orange returned to its hotel with the frustration flowing. It needed a night to cool down, to figure things out, but Hagman couldn’t sleep. The season started to form an eerie similarity to a year prior. Syracuse had talent, but ends of games it faltered. Early-season losses dragged. SU tried to find the positives in its draws. Syracuse hadn’t won a conference game in almost two years, and nothing — physical play or a personnel change — provided any immediate answer.As Syracuse learned about itself, its record felt the burden. The Orange had piled up four losses to that point, and were on its way to its second straight losing season.But the next day was different. Enough was enough, Hagman said.“I’m tired of saying that we are doing a good job but we’re not getting the result,” Hagman said to goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. And Hilpert sought to find a solution. He scoured many members of the team and asked for what the Orange can change. A different mindset? A new approach? He caught people at the hotel, and walked up the rows of the bus on the way back to Syracuse.Hilpert reported his findings back to McIntyre: SU is too good to be playing this poorly, they said. Syracuse didn’t need to change, it just needed to realize.“It wasn’t like any tactical thing,” Hagman said. “We just decided: we’re not losing.”Hugo Delhommelle stood alone on the field after the Orange left the field. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAgainst Akron in October, the mood shifted. Norheim felt the difference. Many others did too. The early part of the game seemed tense, Norheim said, but then Hagman got the first goal to cross the line. Then another. And another. In the “turning point” of the season, Syracuse was dominant. And for the first time all season, it followed through.It ripped three-straight wins. It knocked off then-No. 1 Wake Forest at home. Then it dominated Ohio State a similar way. There was a different sense among the SU players. The Orange didn’t squander big moments, it rose above them. Many players looked back at the season-shifting run. Against Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament, many players shrugged off the similarities. Hilpert, when prompted of the possibility of matching up with Akron again at Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament selection watch party, grinned.“It just makes you more confident,” Hilpert said. With Wake Forest on the other side of their own bracket, just one win by both teams away from a rematch, the prophecy seemed real.The Orange started off on the offensive. John-Austin Ricks picked off multiple passes early on in the game. One led to a chance by Ryan Raposo in front of the goal. The freshman received the ball off the right-center of the goal and fired a shot off the head of an Akron defender. The ensuing cross deflected wide and SU worked the ball in to Raposo for another. Hugo Delhommelle, who hasn’t scored a goal all season, shot more times than he had in any game all year. When the ball finally found its way near the Syracuse goal, Kamal Miller’s foot kept it away.After an early Akron goal, Djimon Johnson placed his arm around Hagman’s shoulder, who struggled to keep his head out of his jersey. Johnson yelled and Hagman jumped. The next play, Syracuse took it upfield. It took its chances: Massimo Ferrin’s shot was saved by Akron goalkeeper Ben Lundt. Hagman tacked on another. Then, Ferrin led a one-man break up the field, faked right, faked left and, with the swift move of his left foot, gave the Orange life. “With 25 minutes left,” McIntyre said. “I felt good about the game.”Jonathan Hagman trailed behind his Syracuse teammates. Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerBut the script flipped. A step over move that works frequently for Ferrin, in which he kicks the ball behind a defender then jumps laterally the the other side, was halted multiple times. Akron was crisp with their passes and powerful with their delivery. Delhommelle wanted to score Sunday. He wanted to keep Syracuse in it. He wanted to provide the opening push of a run of which the Orange had already some familiarity. After Akron’s second goal, Syracuse pushed its players forward. All season SU had searched for one play to shift the momentum. But again and again, it came up empty.“I really thought that we had them,” Delhommelle said.Hagman fell to the ground and put his hands over his face to shield the tears. The senior, who was not made available after the game, went into the locker room as Delhommelle stood at center field with his hands over his face. Inside the locker room, some sat in the corner and didn’t move. Hagman walked out with his face red. Miller and Hilpert, who were also not made available, walked out with their eyes still watery. An SU athletics employee asked Hilpert to keep his head up. He nodded and walked off the field, never to return in a Syracuse uniform.The entire SU contingent watched in disbelief. The Orange ended its season, like it had so many games earlier in the year, without an answer.After the game, McIntyre stood adjacent to the SU locker room. The snow picked up and formed a pile on top of his head. He looked back at the game, and at the careers of some of his seniors. All season long, he had preached to them what it’d taken them so long to realize. As it settled in players’ minds at the start of Syracuse’s mid-season win-streak, losses became easier to gloss over. The Orange can beat any team in the country, they thought. They’d proved it, and a loss is just a setback. There was always another game to look forward to.“That second goal was important, wasn’t it?” McIntyre asked. He didn’t pause and wait for an answer. He already knew it. Syracuse won’t have a chance to correct this. It’s done.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Hendrik Hilpert was misquoted. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Published on November 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Teisha Hyman emerges as key bench player with conference play ahead

first_imgWhen Teisha Hyman checked into Nov. 24’s game against then-No. 1 Oregon, she wasn’t worried about facing reigning Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu or making a mistake that could get her removed from the game by SU head coach Quentin Hillsman. As the second quarter progressed, Hyman said she wasn’t even nervous in her first regular season appearance. “My mindset was don’t get scored on,” Hyman said. “Play good defense.”In five minutes against Ducks, Hyman looked assertive — she played point guard, pushed the ball up the court, took two shots and didn’t get scored on. She fit into Syracuse’s (5-4) fast-paced system perfectly. In her four games since, Hyman has emerged as a key player off the bench, averaging 9.8 points in 19.3 minutes and shooting 6-for-12 from behind the arc, showing flashes of what her game could become. Despite Hyman’s lack of Division I experience, the freshman’s decision-making on the court has been swift. She isn’t afraid to pull the trigger — she’s taken 32 shots, including 13 3-point attempts — and always looks to initiate transition opportunities herself or with outlet passes. Of SU’s non-centers, Hyman has the best field goal percentage (46.9%). “She’s very versatile,” Hillsman said. “She can score from all three levels. She can score in the midrange and she can finish at the rim. That’s what you want your guards to be complete players, and she’s a very complete guard.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHyman’s breakout performance came in the Orange’s 82-48 win over UMBC on Sunday, when she dropped 16 points, three rebounds and three assists with no turnovers in just 15 minutes. Her plus-25 plus-minus was more than double any other Syracuse substitute.Casey Darnell | Digital EditorHyman’s highlight play came in the final seconds of the third quarter when she quickly dribbled the ball up, feigned like she was driving, then nailed a stepback 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give SU a 25-point lead.She continued to show her complete skills in the fourth quarter when she grabbed a defensive rebound and went straight to the rim, euro-stepping around UMBC’s O’lesheya Braxton and scooping in a reverse layup. After the game, she didn’t want to talk about her career-best statline or highlight plays. Instead, she said she was disappointed by her two airballs. Hillsman, though, praised the freshman.“Any time she gets in space, she can get by most people in the country that’s guarding her,” Hillsman said after Sunday’s win.Hyman missed the first three games of the season due to a medial meniscus tear suffered over the summer, forcing Hillsman to use a combination of Alisha Lewis and Elemy Colomé at backup point guard. Her first full practice with the Orange came two days prior to the Oregon game. SU guard Gabrielle Cooper said Hyman pays extreme attention to detail in practice and constantly asks questions about plays and defensive schemes so she won’t be confused in games. Hyman said Syracuse’s “system” has been the hardest thing to learn.“We have a lot of plays, we have a lot of defenses,” Cooper said. “We switch up defenses mid-possession. That can be kind of confusing. (Hyman’s) always trying to make sure she knows so she’s able to translate that into the game.”Casey Darnell | Digital EditorFollowing Oregon, Hyman played 24 minutes in back-to-back nights against Houston and then-No. 3 Stanford in the Greater Victoria Invitational. “She was a little sore,” Hillsman said, and they agreed to keep her out against Green Bay the following night as a precautionary measure. In that game, three SU players, including starting point guard Kiara Lewis, fouled out in a 79-73 overtime loss. Hillsman said “it would have been nice” to have Hyman available, as she would have been Lewis’ replacement in overtime.Five days later, Hyman was deemed fit to play against then-No. 24 Michigan and proceeded to go 3-for-3 from behind the arc with an assist in the first quarter. She played just seven minutes after that as Lewis primarily ran the point in the second half and overtime.Even if Hyman continues her efficient play, she likely won’t be nudging veteran guards Lewis and Cooper out of the starting lineup anytime soon. The White Plains, New York native has proved she can be an important piece off the bench as the Orange try to claw back into the top 25, and, for now, she’s content with that. “The more comfortable she gets and the more minutes she gets, she’s going to be really good for us,” Hillsman said. Comments Published on December 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rlg to sponsor live telecast of Nations Cup

first_imgGhanaian-owned telephony and computer Assembly Company, Rlg Communications Limited has offered to be the platinum sponsor of the live telecast of the upcoming 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013) from January 19 to February 10, 2013 on Ghana Television.Rlg has reached a deal with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to support the state broadcaster to telecast the games live to Ghanaians on GTV, GTV Sports Plus and any other television station which takes the live feed from GBC and also for commentary on all ten regional GBC radio stations during the three week tournament.Prosper Harrison Addo, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Rlg explained in a statement issued in Accra that the decision to sponsor the live telecast of the Nations Cup to Ghanaians is as a result of the company’s appreciation that football is the passion of the nation.“Football unites us all and we at Rlg believe that anything that unites the whole nation is worth investing it. We hope the live telecast of the Nations cup would bring smiles to the homes of the millions of Ghanaians whose prayers are needed by the national team to win Africa’s biggest football tournament,” the statement said.The latest move is another giant step and consolidates the company’s impressive in-road in the area of sports sponsorship in Ghana. It would be recalled that Rlg provided funds for the refurbishment of the Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium now renamed Rlg DG Harthramani Sports Hall. Rlg for the past two years has been the only major supporter of athletics through its huge sponsorship of the Annual Rlg Grand Prix. The company was the lead sponsor of the 2012 ECOWAS Games hosted by Ghana as well as the annual SWAG Awards and the CANAF. Over the years, Rlg has evolved to become a key player in the ICT industry and is on its way to becoming a global ICT player.Rlg is optimistic that this nationalistic move to sponsor the live telecast of the 2013 Nations Cup would once again provide a basis to rally around the national flag and patronize made-in-Ghana products and Ghana soccer. Rlg has also wish the senior national team the best of luck at the tournament. Ghana is drawn in Group B of the competition alongside Niger, Mali and DR Congo.last_img read more

Clippers (and Lou Williams) count on free throws

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In something of a plot twist, Lou Williams was ejected for the first time in 878 career games Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. He was banished during a timeout for protesting foul calls – or lack thereof – with 34 seconds left in the Clippers’ 125-118 loss, a stunning fall-from-ahead result that snapped a five-game winning streak.Before being tossed, the smooth-operating guard, who was deemed the “coolest player in the NBA” earlier this year by GQ magazine, grew so frustrated that he picked up just the 15th technical foul of his 14-year career (and the second of the three-game trip).Williams is averaging 5.9 free throws per contest (and making an average of 5.5 of them), but he shot (and made) only two free-throw attempts Tuesday – both in the second quarter.Lou Williams ejected after a double technical late in the 4th quarter pic.twitter.com/G2ViAnGuG9 TWO STITCHES, BUT HE’S OKSecond-year guard Tyrone Wallace needed two stitches to close the gash following a head-to-head collision with Bradley Beal on Tuesday.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After the game, Rivers told reporters Wallace did not suffer a concussion.“I don’t know how, he clearly has a hard head,” Rivers said. “I thought both were out, but Bradley makes a 3 right after and Ty comes in and tells me he can play.”Sindarius Thornwell entered the game in Wallace’s place and made two free throws while Wallace was getting stitched up. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 And they’re capitalizing, making a league-best 24.2 per game while shooting 82.2 percent from the line, which is third in the NBA.“Free throws are the key to this game, just to knock them down,” forward Tobias Harris (who’s shooting 81 percent from the line) said before his team upset the Golden State Warriors last week, when the Clippers made 30 of 34 free-throw attempts.“Luckily,” Harris added, “we’ve been in some spots where we’ve made these free throws. We have good shooters, so we’re supposed to make them.”Certainly, Danilo Gallinari and Williams have been. They’re shooting 95.5 and 94 percent, respectively, and are third and fourth in the NBA among players on pace to make at least 125 free throws, according to ESPN.com. Together, they’ve accounted for 178 points from the charity stripe.But against Washington, Gallinari had only three looks from the line, making all three. The Wizards, conversely, shot 32 of 39 from the line, with 26 of those attempts coming in the second half (see: a frustrated Williams).Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The thing is, Washington’s free-throw production against the Clippers wasn’t much of a plot twist. The Clippers are allowing opponents to attempt more free throws – 27.8 per game – than any other team in the league, according to NBA.com/stats. (Opponents are helping out by making only 77.8 percent of their free throws against the Clippers, which ranks 17th in the NBA.)The surprising Memphis Grizzlies (11-5), who will visit for Friday’s 12:30 p.m. matinee at Staples Center, are ninth in the NBA at getting to the line (24.8 attempts per game) while allowing 23.2 free-throw attempts – and playing the league’s best defense, giving up a league-low 100 points per game.So, ball movement aside, when Rivers mentions that his often overly charitable Clippers must “score the way we score,” that includes free throws. — The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 21, 2018As a team, the Clippers attempted only 18 free throws, 11 of them in the first half. It marked the second-fewest free throws they’ve shot all season, trailing only their previous game against Washington, when they went 8 for 13 from the line but won anyway.So when Coach Doc Rivers talked to reporters postgame Tuesday about the fact that his 11-6 Clippers “got away from what we do” in the second half, that included getting to the free-throw line.The Clippers – who set a franchise record Oct. 26 for most free throws made without a miss in a single game by going 26 for 26 in a victory over the Houston Rockets – are shooting 29.4 free throws per game, which ranks second in the league. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ record scoreless-inning streak denied in loss to San Francisco Giants

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Wood threw five innings. He allowed eight hits and five runs, all earned. He also walked two batters, one more than starters Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir and Clayton Kershaw combined in the San Diego series.That Wood’s command was a little off might explain why the Giants were able to wear him down in his 2016 debut. Encouragingly, the left-hander actually threw his fastball faster Thursday — 91-92 mph — compared to the typical 89-90 during his two months as a Dodger last season. And the Dodgers still held a narrow 4-3 lead when Wood gave the ball to Garcia. By then, however, the Giants had momentum on their side, so maybe it didn’t matter that Roberts left Wood in the game too long.Even with Justin Turner and others available on the bench, the pitcher batted for himself with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Wood struck out to end the inning. Garcia had been warming up, but Wood went back to the mound to face two right-handed hitters to start the sixth inning. Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford both singled. Garcia took over at that point, but the Giants’ go-ahead rally had begun.In the fifth inning, Roberts said, Wood “gave up a couple doubles, then there was still some weak contact. I felt his velocity was still there. He had 74 pitches after the fifth inning. As far as stamina, I didn’t see him missing arm-side. I didn’t see him losing velocity. His stuff held.”Wood isn’t the only pitcher who got shelled the third time through the batting order last season, but his numbers with the Dodgers weren’t flattering: a .508 slugging percentage the third time through the order, compared to .364 before that point. “They just did a good job executing” in the fifth inning, Wood said. “The leadoff walk, the bunt for a hit that stayed fair. First and second, they do a good job moving guys over and getting guys in.”Joc Pederson hit his first home run of the season for the Dodgers, a two-run blast to the deepest part of right-center field in the eighth inning. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and Chase Utley, Yasiel Puig and Pederson had two hits each.Pitcher Ross Stripling will make his major league debut for the Dodgers in the second game of the series. He will be opposed by veteran Giants right-hander Matt Cain.It’s a matchup of two No. 5 starters for two 3-1 teams, remarkably even ground for a Dodgers team that began the day chasing history. SAN FRANCISCO >> Unpacking a 12-6 loss is a messy task, maybe more so when it involves the Dodgers and the Giants. There’s a rivalry there, and the sold-out crowd on hand for the home opener at AT&T Park was feeling it Thursday.Played out in reverse, it was a nightmare for the Dodgers. Hunter Pence hit a grand slam on Pedro Baez’s sixth pitch of the eighth inning, which prompted the crowd of 41,940 to reprise its chants of “Beat L.A.”The man who preceded Baez to the mound, J.P. Howell, allowed singles to all four batters he faced. One of them traveled no more than 60 feet.Yimi Garcia’s perfect earned-run average was besmirched by three singles and two sacrifice bunts, and starting pitcher Alex Wood struggled the third time through the batting order.center_img Somewhere in a tangle of seeing-eye singles and small ball, the Dodgers lost their shutout streak after 31 innings, one shy of the major league record to start a season. They lost the game, too, as well as the aura of invincibility they gained by outscoring the San Diego Padres 25-0 in three straight wins.Reducing the mess to a tangible explanation might go something like this: The Giants are a better team than the Padres. The formula they used to win Thursday – long at-bats, lots of contact, clutch hits and solid relief pitching – looked a lot like the formula they used to win three of five World Series from 2010 to 2014.The Dodgers’ defense seemed to be in perfect position every time the Padres put the ball in play in San Diego, almost never so in the late innings in San Francisco. The Giants have done this before, and they have three more cracks at the Dodgers this weekend.“When you put the ball in play, good things are going to happen,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You give yourself a chance of something to happen. Those guys are as good as anybody at doing that. That’s the great thing about this game. Sometimes you’re in the right place. Sometimes you’re not. You just never know. I know our guys are prepared. “Hopefully (Friday) they’ll be hit at our guys.”last_img read more

An emotional Mike Trout addresses Angels teammates, fans for first time since signing extension

first_img Angels sign Mike Trout to 12-year extension Trout, 27, was originally taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft.He has slashed .307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs. The ink is only a few days dry on Mike Trout’s colossal contract, but he’s already eager to bring a championship back to Los Angeles.Trout gave an emotional address in front of his teammates and Angels fans Sunday. It was the first press conference since the center fielder’s 12-year, $426.5 million extension made him the highest-paid player in MLB history.   “I want to bring a championship back to Anaheim. Let’s go, baby!” he said.Mike Trout is an Angel for life pic.twitter.com/S0DX0404oo— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 24, 2019Trout has earned two MVP awards and made seven All-Star teams with the Angels and was in the second-to-last year of a six-year, $144 million deal he signed with Los Angeles in 2014.​ “I know there was a lot of talk about going back East, but I enjoy every minute being here,” Trout said. “This is my home. I love it. I think the direction of the franchise, if it was going the other way, I would have had to consider going. But it never crossed my mind. I was going to be an Angel for life, sure.”Trout thanked everyone from his agent to fans that have endured a four-year playoff drought. Related Newslast_img read more