U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Samuel scores hat-trick as Flamingos thrash Guinea

first_imgRelatedPosts Flamingos trash Guinea, romp into final round Enyimba crash out CAF Confederation Cup Guinean President bags traditional title in Daura Yemisi Samuel scored a hat-trick as the Flamingos thrashed their Guinean counterparts 6-1 on Saturday in a first round first leg game of the 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Nigeria took charge of the game from start to finish in Conakry as Chinyere Kalu opened scoring three minutes into the game after benefiting from a defensive error. Samuel fired in a stunner from 35 yards to double the lead for the Nigerian national under-17 women team against the hosts eight minutes  later. Flamingos almost got the third in the 34th minute, which could have been Samuel’s second goal of the match, but her effort went off target. The visitors underlined their dominance as Rofiat Imuran profited from a goalmouth scramble to increase the tally for her side four minutes later. After 65 minutes of play, Imuran bagged her brace after being superbly teed up by Olashola Shobowale to extend Nigeria’s lead. The hosts, however, pulled one back, no thanks to a defensive mix-up in the Flamingos area in the 81st minute. Samuel went on to hit a double four minutes later as Flamingos recovered to create a five-goal lead. The striker completed her hat-trick in extra time as the game ended 6-1. NAN.Tags: Chinyere KaluFlamingoesGuineaOlashola ShobowaleRofiat ImuanYemisis Samuellast_img read more

Baines relishing top-four pressure

first_img A comprehensive 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday took them to within a point of the fourth-placed Gunners with a match in hand and significantly raised their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time. Having already beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal this season, Everton’s position in the hierarchy is moving to a place where regular victories over the Premier League’s so-called big sides are no longer classed as a surprise. “It is a big win,” said Baines. “We knew that if we hadn’t won it was going to be a tough uphill battle to finish higher in the league but we have now worked ourselves into a position where it is in our own hands with the game in hand. “You could see from the performance and effort level how much we wanted to win. “It is one of the best performances because of the commitment and desire to win, combining that with the quality we showed. “Having got the third goal we controlled periods of the game and kept a clean sheet, which against a team like Arsenal was a notable effort. “It showed we had all aspects of the game: that we could show some quality in our attacking play, get some goals, we could dig in and fight when we needed to and we showed we are capable of doing all of those things to win a game. “We are perfectly comfortable being underdogs or having the expectation – it is probably nice to have that little bit of expectation to drive us on. “We are aware of the task in hand and we have some tough games to play but they are here at Goodison where our form has been exceptional and we will have confidence going into those games. Defender Leighton Baines believes Everton will embrace the growing expectation surrounding the club and lay down a significant marker in their history. Press Association “We have done well against a lot of the big sides. We have done well against Arsenal in the league, done well at United and played well at Goodison against Chelsea and Tottenham so we have held our own in that group against what you consider the top sides. “We have a few games left to try to push on and the fact we are in this position is great for us.” Entry into Europe’s elite would be a major step for Everton both on and off the field as in addition to the financial rewards it brings it also elevates the club to a new level in terms of potential transfer targets. But the players have to remain focused as the Toffees will have to extend their club record-equalling run of six successive league wins much further to gatecrash the top four. “We have a game in hand (at home to Crystal Palace) coming up and until we get to that point where we have played the same amount of games and have worked ourselves above Arsenal then it probably still feels like we are playing catch-up,” added Baines. “It is hard because you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and start thinking about the Champions League too much but we all know what it means to any club, particularly one who hasn’t been competing in those circles for a long time. “It would mean great things but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves at this point. “You look at the top four and it changes. Liverpool have worked themselves into that bracket and United are not quite there at the moment but they will come back stronger. “We will try to work our way in among that pack if we can but it has always been difficult because we haven’t always had the funds to go and spend but if we could get into a competition like the Champions League then it would help in that aspect. “It raises the bar a little bit and makes the club more appealing to potential signings and gives the manager, the chairman and the board a little more scope financially to push themselves in the market more. “There are a lot of things that qualifying for a competition like that can do but there is still a lot of work to be done for us to get there.” last_img read more

Maarek camp want Curragh showers

first_img “I hope the ground is soft enough,” said the County Tipperary handler. “We bypassed Tipperary to come for this as we were banking on more rain than actually fell. “I must be the only person in Ireland who is disgusted when the sun shines! “The ground as it is would be fine, but I’d just like another drop of rain to freshen it up by Sunday. “He’s gone nearly three months without a run because of the ground, but I don’t think he’s actually missed a race. “We haven’t decided not to run and then it’s gone soft so there’s nothing we could have done. “He’s still as honest as the day is long and he’s shown when he has run that he’s as good as ever. “When conditions are right he’s as good as the rest of them.” Evanna McCutcheon hopes to end a frustrating spell with Maarek in the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Eddie Lynam runs three, with Anthem Alexander looking the pick of the trio. She will be joined by stablemates Balmont Mast and Fort Del Oro. Mick Halford is doubly represented by Russian Soul and Toscanini, with Tim Easterby sending Mattmu from his North Yorkshire base. Beach Belle, trained by Kevin Prendergast, completes the line-up. Press Association The soft-ground lover has been inactive due to the dry summer but it looked as if he would have his favoured conditions earlier in the week. But with the ground now drying out, McCutcheon would prefer a drop more rain to be on the safe side. last_img read more

Big Tech CEOs To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

first_img(Washington, DC) — The CEOs of four of the world’s biggest tech companies will defend their businesses in an antitrust hearing before Congress today. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai will testify remotely today at a congressional antitrust hearing.The CEOs will reportedly argue that they face fierce competition from each other and from other large tech companies. Bezos has never testified before Congress and is expected to get the most attention.Bezos will claim Amazon occupies a small share of the overall retail market and that Walmart is twice as big. Zuckerberg will defend Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp, saying the takeover helped both companies to grow. Google has already faced fines from the European Commission’s competition authority over its shopping search tool and Android mobile operating system. In the U.S.,the Department of Justice is investigating Google’s search product and digital advertising marketplace. A lawsuit may be filed if prosecutors determine Google favors its own products or suppresses competing options through its dominance in search and digital advertising.Facebook disclosed a new Federal Trade Commission probe into its business last year, just after the agency closed a privacy probe into the company with a $5 billion fine. Several state attorneys general have launched their own joint antitrust probe into the company. The company has more than 2 billion monthly users, making it the largest social media platformThe estimated wealth of the four companies is around $5 trillion.last_img read more

MMA Cruises to 3-0

first_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) Clay Tolman (25) puts the hit on Blake Edwards (15) of St. Joe’s sending the shot wide of Mariners’ goalie Daniel Redmond (18) and the net during the MMA’s 24-7 win over the Monks.—MIKE OLESCASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy lacrosse team is scoring goals as if there were no tomorrow.MMA goalie Daniel Redmond (18) and Brian Corain (2) challenge a shot by Blake Edwards (15) of the Monks. Redmond had 21 saves on 41 shots for the Mariners.—MIKE OLESIn the first three outings of the season, the high-powered Mariner offense has outscored its opponents 70-9.Freshman attacker Andrew DiSalvo has piled up 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points, and tied an MMA record on Saturday, scoring 10 goals in a 24-7 win over the Monks of Saint Joseph College.In the first of two home games last week, the Mariners cruised to a 26-1 North Atlantic Conference win over the Terriers of Thomas College in Waterville.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMMA is slated to face Husson University today (Wednesday) in Bangor and will be back home at Ritchie Field on Saturday to face Castleton State College at 1 p.m.In MMA softball action, the 0-5 Lady Mariners are slated to host the University of Maine – Presque Isle in a doubleheader today (Wednesday) and will travel to Boston for a doubleheader against Newbury College starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Trojans notch second win to start the season

first_imgComing off an 87 point offensive onslaught in a season-opening victory against Coppin State, the USC men’s basketball team turned to its defense in a matchup against the Long Beach State 49ers on Tuesday, winning by a final score of 62-44.Midseason form · Senior point guard Jio Fontan missed all of the 2011-12 season with a knee injury. He has started both games this season and scored five points in Tuesday’s game against Long Beach State. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (2-0) were without sophomore Byron Wesley for the majority of the first half after the guard was charged with two fouls within the first two minutes of the game. They quickly went to redshirt junior forward Ari Stewart to pick up the scoring load, and Stewart obliged with eight first half points. He was aided by junior guard J.T. Terrell, who also put up eight first half points.“We had a lot of good performances from a lot of guys,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “That’s what we hope this team ends up being about. We played hard.”The 49ers tied things up at 35 apiece with a little more than 15 minutes remaining in the game following a 10-4 run. But USC never relinquished the lead, instead going on a 7-0 run of its own.“We made our run in the second half with five bench guys in there,” O’Neill said. “… We’re hoping to develop some depth as this thing moves forward.”Freshman guard Chass Bryan gave USC some quality minutes in the second half after senior guard Jio Fontan picked up his third foul. Bryan scored two baskets in the span of 24 seconds to help put the Trojans up by double-digits for the first time all night.“That was exciting for me,” Bryan said. “Byron Wesley told me to just keep pushing it, and look to make plays, not be hesitant … the clock was coming down, and I just saw I had to put it up. I came right back down and did the same thing, it felt good.”From there, USC was able to keep Long Beach State at bay, holding the 49ers to just 21.7 percent shooting in the second half. For the game, Long Beach State shot just 12-42 (28 percent) and seven of those makes were three pointers. They were held scoreless for over five minutes after knocking down a pair of free throws with 9:33 remaining.“We just put more pressure on the ball, [made] them take tougher shots than in the first half,” senior forward Eric Wise said.Junior center Dewayne Dedmon helped to seal things for good after USC went up by double-digits, converting on a tip dunk and taking a charge on the next possession. He finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.“I’m especially impressed with Dewayne Dedmon’s minutes,” O’Neill said. “He’s doing a fantastic job, our inside guys are doing a great job.”USC’s depth was on full display for the second straight game, as 12 players made appearances at some point during the night. Nine of those players logged at least 10 minutes of action.“[Coach O’Neill] talks about it every day — about who he’s going to sub in. I think he’s just going to go with who is doing well that night,” Wise said. “We’re so deep we have two players at every position.”Three Trojans scored double-figures — Wise put up 10 points and 12 rebounds, Terrell added 10 points and Stewart finished with 10 points of his own. But O’Neill was especially impressed with his team’s composure against a squad that puts the pressure on defensively.“Only 11 turnovers against a team that’s really an up-tempo defensive team … a very good team,” O’Neill said. “We feel fortunate to have won like we did.”The Trojans will get a week off before traveling to Hawaii as part of the 2012 Maui Invitational. Their first opponent in the tournament will be the Illinois Fighting Illini, who are also off to a 2-0 start. Other participants include the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels, the Butler Bulldogs and the Texas Longhorns.“I’m used to watching it, so I’m happy to be there and playing in it,” Wise said of the Maui Invitational. “I never thought I would.”last_img read more

Men’s Tennis: Badgers head to Hoosier state to face Purdue and Indiana

first_imgThe No. 46 University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (11—7, 3—2 Big Ten) will travel on the road to play conference foes Purdue (8—12, 0—5 Big Ten) and Indiana (9—10, 2—3 Big Ten) Saturday and Sunday, respectively.The Badgers will look to continue proving themselves after performing well against top competition in recent weeks.  Wisconsin’s last three opponents — No. 2 The Ohio State, No. 44 Penn State and No. 44 Iowa — were all ranked at the time the Badgers played them, yet Wisconsin still won two of three decisions beating Penn State and Iowa.Wisconsin’s duo of Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge will look to lead the Badgers to victory this weekend. Individually, Carranza is 15—12 in singles while Dodridge is 11—9. But their best play has come as a team in doubles matches where they have dominated, going 24—3 and 8—0 this spring, slotting them as the No. 2 doubles team in men’s collegiate tennis.Osgar O’Hoisin and Daniel Soyfer also just broke into the top 100 for doubles at No. 89, with a 10—3 record on the season.  O’Hoisin has been hot in singles as well, winning his last six straight matches.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…On Purdue, Gergely Madarasz and Athell Bennett will lead Purdue in doubles matches as the duo is ranked No. 59 nationally at the moment, with Madarasz also impressing with a No. 92 ranking in singles competition.Once the Badgers travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana the team will have to look out for Antonio Cembellin and Raheel Manji. The two Hoosiers have performed well in singles play as the players are 15—12 and 11—10 respectively this year.While this competition is less impressive than the ranked teams they’ve played in recent weeks, wins against these two Indiana teams should reaffirm the Badgers position as a top 50 program.Opening serve will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday versus Purdue in West Lafayette and again at 11 a.m. Sunday against Indiana in Bloomington.last_img read more

Football: Well, you can’t win ’em all

first_imgI usually wake up on Saturday mornings with low expectations for our Badgers.“Maybe they win, maybe they lose,” I tell myself without a care in the world.Though, every week, as it gets closer and closer to kick off, my attitude takes a sharp turn.By 10 a.m., I was getting jittery.It’s gameday baby! May the power of Chryst compel you!— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018The mind begins to reel with possibilities for the night ahead.Gosh, just the thought of all the action punter Anthony Lotti was going to get was giving me chills.As gametime rapidly approaches, what do we think for tonight’s showdown in Ann Arbor?— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018Well, at least I was right on that one.Soon, I had my mind made up, my heart was primed to be shattered — this Badger team had a date with destiny.After all, we do have the best quarterback in the Big Ten, I thought foolishly. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been lights out all year! Did you see that game-winning drive in Iowa? Boy, has that fella turned a corner!The more pictures I see of 6 foot 8 Michigan Tight End Zach Gentry looking huge, the more I doubt this will be the one the Badger secondary finally figures it out. pic.twitter.com/Skj8Yr3Tw4— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018D’Cota Dixon was ruled out for the game.As the old expression goes, “You don’t want to start a game in Ann Arbor with two inexperienced safeties who haven’t started a game in their life.”The game began, and things looked promising. Running back Jonathan Taylor was doing his thing, finding daylight and exploding through it, carrying Wolverine defenders in tow as he shuffled for more yardage.The offensive line was doing their part.Then Hornibrook dropped back to pass — the ball was headed straight for a Michigan defender, oh no! Then, a fortuitous bounce! Wisconsin ball! Things will be fine!Things would not be fine.If those are the kinds of throws Hornibrook is going to be making it’s gonna be a long night— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018Then, the rest was history, which is my way of saying I’d rather not relive it.Please email wstern@badgerherald.com to explain why roughing the snapper is all of a sudden a thingSure, we hung on in the first half. But teams that allow an 81-yard rush to the opposing quarterback generally don’t win that football game.Waking up this morning after a Badger loss pic.twitter.com/7VC94d09LP— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 14, 2018It was a rough weekend … at least Taylor rushed for 101 yards.Though suddenly, my mood shifted.Hey! At least the red & white scrimmage is coming up!— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 14, 2018It’s almost that time of year again!Badger basketball! It’s like Badger football except for this time the heartbreak is on the hardwood.Brad Davison, year two — revenge of the collarbone.Ethan Happ’s final go-round, will he learn to shoot from 15 feet?Can Aleem Ford, Brevin Pritzel, D’Mitrick Trice and co. take that next step?So many questions, so little time.I’m ready to be hurt again.last_img read more

Angels go quietly in makeup game against Royals

first_imgPreviousKANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides into second for a steal past the tag of Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier is chased down for the out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons after getting caught in a rundown during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young is tagged out on the way to first base by Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Lucas Duda #21 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Kansas City Royals’ Lucas Duda hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after scoring on a single by Lucas Duda during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Kansas City Royals’ Rosell Herrera is caught stealing second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler to end the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)The Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi throws to first after forcing out the Angels’ Mike Trout at second to complete a double play during the fourth inning on Monday in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the date the game was originally scheduled to be played in April. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Martin Maldonado #12 catcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Kansas City Royals’ Rosell Herrera hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Rosell Herrera #7 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI single in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler throws to first for the double play hit into by Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez after forcing Rosell Herrera out at second during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Wily Peralta #43 of the Kansas City Royals warms up prior to throwing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Hansel Robles #57 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals makes his way to third on a single by Whit Merrifield in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Tim Hill #42 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides into second for a steal past the tag of Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)ExpandKANSAS CITY — When the Angels were trying to complete their series at Kauffman Stadium in April, their bats were hot but the weather was too cold.When they returned to make up that postponed series finale Monday, the weather was perfect, but the Angels’ bats were cold.The Angels lost 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon in a makeup game of a postponement from a bitter cold day in April.Back then, the Angels had won seven in a row, firing on all cylinders to get off to a club record 13-3 start. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros David Fletcher pinch-hit against lefty Tim Hill and got hit by a pitch. Fletcher then stole second and took third when Martín Maldonado grounded out.With one out at the tying run at third, Chris Young could have tied the score with a fly ball, but Kevin McCarthy struck him out. Ian Kinsler then grounded out.“A game like this, you aren’t going to hang your hat on one situation,” Scioscia said. “We didn’t do enough offensively. We were fortunate our pitching kept it close and gave us a chance, but on the offensive side, it was a tough day for us.”The Angels have had a lot of tough days this season, although there have been just enough scattered good days to keep them optimistic that they can hit their stride, with just more than half a season to go.“It is a little frustrating, because we know what we can do and we haven’t been playing up to those expectations,” Simmons said. “All we can do is keep on going, show up tomorrow and try to be prepared and try to put some runs on the board. The pitchers are doing good for the most part. We’ve got to score more runs. We’re an offense that’s capable of doing that. We’ve been lacking in that department. I feel like we’ve got to do a better job.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ever since, it’s been one long slog, marked by injuries and inconsistent performances from throughout the lineup, resulting in the Angels being seven games under .500 in the last 65 games.“The mojo will come back,” said Tyler Skaggs, who was the tough-luck losing pitcher after allowing one run in seven innings on Monday. “Don’t worry. It’s still a long season. … We’re working with half our team, if you look at the opening-day roster till now. There’s a lot of injuries going on. Once we get everybody back, we’ll start clicking on all cylinders.”Of the 25 players on the active roster when the Angels were here in April, only 15 were still there on Monday. The rest are on the disabled list – except for Luke Bard, a Rule 5 pick who was sent back to the Minnesota Twins.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The starters, relievers and hitters have each had spells of ineffectiveness, but it was mostly the hitters who were responsible for this one.Facing rookie right-hander Brad Keller, the Angels managed just two singles in seven innings, one of them was an infield single. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak “He kept the ball down pretty good,” shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. “He mixed his pitches well. He had good location. I don’t know. He pitched good. I don’t know what he did right.”A 22-year-old former eighth-round pick, Keller began the season in the Royals’ bullpen. He moved into the rotation shortly before a start at Angel Stadium earlier this month. Keller gave up one run in 4-1/3 innings in that game, which was enough to lose on a night when Andrew Heaney pitched a one-hitter.“He’s got a good arm,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He has good run on his fastball and he used both sides of the plate. He threw more breaking balls this afternoon. Obviously we didn’t get too many good looks at him. He pitched a good game.”The Angels didn’t get a runner into scoring position until the eighth when they wasted a chance to at least tie the score.Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

NLDS Game 3: Aníbal Sánchez replaces Max Scherzer as Nationals’ starter

first_imgSánchez went 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season, his first with the Nationals.He is 2-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 8 previous postseason appearances for Detroit and Atlanta. He started one game of last year’s NLDS between the Braves and Dodgers, allowing three runs in 4-2/3 innings and taking the loss for Atlanta.Ryu enters his first postseason start on seven days’ rest. In his last start, Sept. 28 in San Francisco, Ryu shut out the Giants for seven innings. He finished the regular season with a 2.32 earned-run average, the lowest in baseball. Thursday, Ryu took the unusual step (for him) of throwing a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium.NLDS GAME 3When: Sunday, 4:45 p.m.Where: Nationals Park Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TV: TBSTHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (14-5, 2.32 ERA)vs. Nationals: 2-1, 1.35 ERA (5 starts, 33-1/3 innings)at Nationals Park: 0-0, 0.79 ERA (2 starts, 11-1/3 innings)Postseason career: 2-5, 3.12 ERA (7 starts, 35 innings)Hates to face: Anthony Rendon, 3 for 11, 2 doubles, HRLoves to face: Michael Taylor, 0 for 11, 6 KsNATIONALS RHP ANIBAL SANCHEZ (11-8, 3.85 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 1-3, 3.536 ERA (9 starts, 51 innings)at Nationals Park: 8-3, 3.33 ERA (25 starts, 140-1/3 innings)Postseason career: 2-5, 3.12 ERA (7 starts, 43-1/3 innings)Hates to face: Joc Pederson, 4 for 11, 2 HRs, 2 RBIsLoves to face: A.J. Pollock, 1 for 6, 1 KTHE STARTING LINEUPS: Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Aníbal Sánchez, not Max Scherzer, will be the Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher for Sunday’s Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers.The Nationals announced the switch Sunday morning, less than nine hours before the game was scheduled to begin.Scherzer originally had been the pitcher Washington said would be on the mound Sunday in the best-of-five series, which is tied 1-1.But that plan was thrown into question after Scherzer came on in relief in Game 2 and struck out all three batters he faced in Washington’s 4-2 victory at Los Angeles on Friday night. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more