SPI announces free admission at West Liberty on Aug. 13

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Keith Simmons of Simmons Promotions, operator of West Liberty Race­way, has scheduled a Saturday, Aug. 13 Driver/Fan Appreciation Night.A full night of racing is on the program that evening with free admission to the grandstand.Race fans are encouraged to contact their favorite driver to receive tickets, which will enter that driver in a contest for free pit admissions.Hot laps get underway at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow at 7 p.m.last_img

Leising: 2020 legislative session concludes

first_imgThe following is a statement from Sen. Jean Leising regarding the completion of the 2020 legislative session.Indianapolis, IN — Earlier this month, the Indiana General Assembly completed the 2020 legislative session. Below are statistics and highlights from my time in Indianapolis.  The Indiana Senate and House of Representatives, each, introduced 451 bills. Of the 902 bills introduced, 167 bills have become law – 78 from the Senate and 89 from the House.Of the 168 bills that passed the General Assembly, 97% passed the Senate with bipartisan support and 61% received unanimous support.This session, I worked to pass several measures that will improve agriculture, local government and education across our state.To end ongoing debates surrounding herbicide and pesticide regulations, I authored Senate Enrolled Act 438, which aligns state herbicide and pesticide regulations with federal regulations, removes daily fines for the misuse of herbicides and pesticides, and establishes a working group to review existing guidelines and civil penalties imposed by the state chemist.SEA 438 will ensure that our farmers have the resources they need to plant and harvest their crops effectively.Given the high costs of health care and volatile incomes, many farmers across our state don’t have health insurance. To improve farmers’ health, I authored, Senate Enrolled Act 184, which grants nonprofit agricultural organizations the ability to sell medical coverage to its members. SEA 184 will allow farmers to have access to more affordable health care options.As modern medicine and ‘best practices’ continue to advance, I sponsored House Enrolled Act 1067, which modernizes outdated requirements a dental hygienist or dental assistant must follow when administering topical, local dental anesthetics and nitrous oxide. Elections are a constitutional right, but they do have costs. To help limit burdens placed on local governments, I sponsored House Enrolled Act 1147, which authorizes the legislative body of a town or city that has a population of less than 3,500 residents to adopt an ordinance to move the election of all elected officials of the municipality to even-numbered years.Finally, as a member of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, I was proud to have voted in favor of several measures that will benefit our teachers and students.  Senate Enrolled Act 2 provides a two-year “hold harmless” policy for state accountability grades and teacher evaluations for the 2019 and 2020 ILEARN results.House Enrolled Act 1002 removes the requirement that a school corporation’s annual teacher performance evaluation plan must be based on students’ performance on ILEARN and other standardized tests.When the legislature is not in session, please contact my office with any questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding these topics or others by email at Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov.last_img read more

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini bemoans injuries after Stoke humbling

first_img “We are playing in other competitions with the same 13 or 14 players,” he noted. “For me, seeing the game, without doubt they didn’t recover from the last two games. “In this game we are playing with the same players in the last three games – maybe it’s the reason why we didn’t play with the energy that we need to win.” The Chilean’s options will not increase for Tuesday’s trip to Borussia Monchengladbach either as neither Toure or Aguero will return while Fernando was forced off with a hamstring injury in this contest. Pellegrini cited too many games, a lack of preparation time and the international breaks as possible reasons for their flat showing against Hughes’ side, but denied they are lacking figureheads in the absence of Kompany, Toure and Aguero. “I don’t think there’s a lack of leaders,” he added. “So far this season we are the only team that is involved in all of the competitions that have qualified for (the Capital One Cup) semi-final, that we are top of the table in the Premier League and we qualify in the Champions League. We play very bad because we are playing with the same 12, 13 players, and nothing much more happens.” City were able to name David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne in their starting line-up, for the first time since they scored six against Newcastle in early October. However, it was the creative flair of Shaqiri, who created both of Arnautovic’s goals, who sparkled on a blustery afternoon. “On the day we were exceptional,” said ex-City boss Hughes. “We had a game plan as we always do, We knew what we needed to do well. You can talk about tactics but the guys need to go out there and execute them and that is what we did. “We had a number of chances. In terms of clear-cut chances we were way ahead of City on the day and we could have easily made it embarrassing if I’m honest, but I’m happy with two goals.” It was a memorable day for the enigmatic Arnautovic, who would have claimed a four-goal haul in the first period had his header hit the other side of the net and his one-on-one hat-trick chance not struck the post. The Austrian has not always reached such heights during his time at Stoke, while he spent the post-match celebrations arguing with City’s players rather than basking in the glory, and Hughes challenged him to find some consistency. “He is a big personality,” Hughes admitted. “He is a great guy, someone who came to the club having been undervalued at other clubs. What he has had this year is a really good start to his season compared to other seasons when he started slowly. The test for him is he needs to keep going from now until the end of the season.” Press Association City were missing the spine of their team in Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero as Mark Hughes’ side, buoyed by the brilliance of Xherdan Shaqiri and a Marko Arnautovic brace, consigned Pellegrini’s men to defeat. Having already qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages – and progressed to the last four of the Capital One Cup in midweek – City’s schedule is hectic and Pellegrini believes his inability to shuffle his pack due to injuries is leaving his side jaded. Manuel Pellegrini admits Manchester City’s injury-hit squad has been affected by their multiple-trophy quest after they went down 2-0 to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

MLAX : NEW BALANCE: Offensive barrage leads Syracuse past Villanova in Big East tournament semifinal

first_imgVILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova midfielder Max Hart walked slowly to the sidelines with teammate C.J. Burke trudging behind, stick over his head. Through three periods, Syracuse held a four-goal lead thanks to an efficient offensive performance.And the Wildcats pair already looked defeated despite having one last quarter to play. Fifteen minutes and five unanswered Orange goals later left the entire Villanova team miserable after a disappointing end to its season.On the other sideline, Syracuse celebrated one of its most dominant performances all season in the Big East tournament semifinals.‘I thought they did a great job tonight,’ Villanova head coach Michael Corrado said. ‘They outplayed us in every facet of the game and they’re moving on, so I congratulate them. It was a tough way to end our season.’Syracuse (8-7) rode a relentless and balanced offensive attack to an impressive 15-6 victory over Villanova (8-7) in the Big East tournament semifinals in front of 3,415 at Villanova Stadium on Thursday. Nine different players scored in a game in which the No. 3 seed Orange never trailed the second-seeded Wildcats. SU controlled possession in the second half and poured it on with nine goals as Villanova took risks defensively trying to get back in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange advances to the tournament final on Saturday at noon against No. 4 seed St. John’s, who upset top-seeded Notre Dame 8-7 in the first game on Thursday. SU defeated the Red Storm by one goal when the teams met during the regular season.‘We’ve been kind of stressing trying to play 60 minutes of lacrosse and this year,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘I think either we’ve had a good first half and had to play catch up in the second half, so I thought we got pretty close to 60 minutes of lacrosse today.’Syracuse came out of the gates strong, jumping out to a 2-0 lead behind a pair of goals from senior midfielder Bobby Eilers. The Orange was cruising after Derek Maltz finished a nifty behind-the-shoulder shot along the crease to push its lead to 5-2.Villanova showed some fight, cutting SU’s advantage to 5-4 and clamping down on its attack. The Wildcats held the Orange scoreless for more than nine minutes, but Syracuse ended the drought to retake the momentum 10 seconds before the half with a goal on an extra-man opportunity from midfielder Matt Walters.Frustration started to set in for Villanova goaltender Dan Gutierrez, who slammed his stick into the turf as he sat in front of the cage. The score gave SU a cushion and jolt of confidence heading into the break.And after Tim Desko ripped a hard shot past Gutierrez just 49 seconds into the second half, Syracuse was once again in control.‘It shows you can gain that momentum and keep it going,’ said Eilers, who finished with a game-high and career-high four goals. ‘It’s important to put the first goals out there because you just get the team going and get back into it and it felt good.’Hakeem Lecky, Walters and Scott Loy followed with goals in the quarter to put the Wildcats in a four-goal hole heading into the fourth period. With SU’s role players contributing to the Orange’s brilliance on offense, Villanova entered the final 15 minutes with little hope for a comeback.Syracuse buried the Wildcats in the last quarter with five scores on five shots on goal. Villanova scrambled around the field, trying to force turnovers and leaving the Orange wide open for shots around the net.‘We were just moving the ball well and with the attack dodging hard, and us moving up top, we seemed to get open,’ Loy said.Corrado called the fourth quarter frustrating as his team was run off its home field in the inaugural conference tournament, likely ending its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.On the other side, Desko was pleased with Syracuse’s dominant performance. After an inconsistent regular season, the Orange put together a complete game to earn a victory with its season on the line.‘I thought the guys really played composed, having the lead, not forcing things too quickly, working for good shots,’ Desko said. ‘As a result, good things happened for us.’rjgery@syr.edu  Comments Published on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Daryl Gross discusses change in role, NCAA report on ESPN Radio

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Outgoing Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross was extremely positive while discussing the past and future of Syracuse Athletics in an ESPN Syracuse Radio interview on Wednesday afternoon.Earlier Wednesday, an email from Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud confirmed that Gross will no longer be the university’s director of athletics, but will stay with the university as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk School School of Sport and Human Dynamics.“Well, I tell you, first of all, I am so grateful for the opportunity Chancellor Syverud offered me to be a vice president at this great university and be a special assistant to the chancellor,” Gross began in the radio interview. “He and I have worked so well together and we’ve talked about being together for a while and I really respect him and the things that he’s done and his vision and the institution is in terrific shape.”After continuing on about his excitement and gratitude for what lies ahead, Gross was asked about the NCAA’s 94-page report released 12 days ago. He added later in the interview that hindsight is 20-20, and he wouldn’t pinpoint any specifics of what he’d change if he could go back into his 10-year tenure.Here’s Gross’ full response to the release and aftermath of the NCAA report:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the report… we are still really good about a lot of processes that we did take. Everyone had the best interest, things were discussed as groups, things were discussed in a transparent way in the institution and sometimes the perception of what’s been written is not accurate. That’s just part of the deal, they just write stuff and the truth will come out. I don’t even worry about it, I don’t even worry about comments because people just don’t have enough data to say some of the things they’re saying. It’s just not accurate and I don’t even want to get into specific areas, but there is an area where we truly were trying to do the right thing. It was even stated and folks came to miss it in the report, that certain meetings were appropriate and the right thing to do. Not to ignore, but to get expertise and those type of things. I don’t want to get into any of those kind of details but I feel good about it, about the fact that everyday we went to work, we went there in trying to do the right thing and trying to make the right decision and trying to do it with as many people in the conversation as possible. I think that’s something you should try to do in life so that’s my feeling on it.”center_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Wikki Turn Attention to League after FA Cup Exit

first_imgWikki Tourists midfielder, Harrison Madu has said his side have shifted 100 per cent attention on the top-flight after a shocking ouster in the Federation Cup.The Bauchi-based side were stunned 3-4 on penalties by the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Crown FC after full time score stood goalless in Wednesday’s Federation Cup quarterfinals clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.Madu said his side were opportune to avoid the penalties but failed to make several chances at goal count positively. “We had several chances at goal to win the clash within regulation time but could not make it count and penalties are anybody game and it proves exactly.“We never bargained to lose the Cup quarterfinals clash against lower division side, Crown FC. Of course, we did not underrate the side but approached the match like any other top-flight match.“We were aware that Crown FC caused Enugu Rangers elimination from the Cup campaign. Well the Cup dream has been dashed we are heading straight from Lokoja to Uyo for the top-flight matchday 29 clash at Akwa United on Sunday.“Our 100 per cent focus has been shifted on the league, we have to concentrate fully on winning the league shield. The Cup ouster could turn out to be a blessing in disguise now that we just have the league to hit the continent,” said the Wikki Tourists playmaker to supersport.com.Wikki Tourists lead the 19-team top-flight on 47 points same as second placed side, Enugu Rangers but on superior goalsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover

first_img 888 Holdings will deepen its sportsbook in-play and pre-match trading capacity by fully integrating Betgenius content, data and wagering solutions. Marked as a key directive, 888 will deploy Betgenius data and pricing solutions which will optimise the pre-match and in-play betting markets of flagship sportsbook property 888Sport.   The partnership will cover all 888Sport active territories, in which Betgenius will lead market pricing and data services for 300 global sports.888Sport has also selected Betgenius’ automated same-game BetBuilder product as its lead accumulator service which will provide players with greater variety on pre-match odds across all major sports.Guy Cohen, SVP Head of B2C at 888, said: “We are delighted to partner with Betgenius and believe its flexible technology solution will enhance 888sport through high quality and wide-ranging in-play and pre-match data and content. We look forward to developing our relationship in the coming months.”Throughout 2020, 888 has moved to expand its sportsbook capacities as a core corporate objective following the LSE firm’s acquisition of BetBright technologies in 2019, moving to develop its own proprietary sportsbook platform.   Jack Davison, Chief Commercial Officer at Genius Sports, added: “As 888 takes further control of its sportsbook with the move to a new platform, offering the right content and trading strategy is a huge opportunity to differentiate in every market. “It’s testament to the quality of official data and flexible technology that 888 has selected Betgenius to be part of that journey.” StumbleUpon Submit Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

A day in the life of… Jose Mourinho: Burnt toast and bitter defeat

first_img08:00: Jose Mourinho wakes up and walks downstairs for breakfast. He pops two slices of bread into the toaster while flicking through the newspapers that he gets delivered and his children put out on the table for himTh. Having been particularly interested by the falling price of gold, Mourinho fails to spot the toaster is on an unusually long setting, and after five minutes he starts to get a whiff of fully carbonised bread. Annoyed, he calls down his children, pointing out that the toast was burned because they’d put the papers in the wrong order, and had they made sure to keep the most boring papers first, he’d not have been so distracted. The children agree to work harder in future and he tells them they are learning well, and he’s hugely proud of them.08:30: Mourinho, a second, more successful round of breakfast inside him, makes the ascent to the bedroom where he trips over the mobile phone charging wire he left out last night. Instantly he swivels his neck, trying to identify someone who should have removed the wire before it caught him. Seeing that everyone has already made their way downstairs, he admonishes the wall for failing to warn him that he should have looked down to avoid an accident. The wall respectfully takes the criticism in silence, which impresses Mourinho, and he lovingly slaps it about cheek height, in a show of forgiveness and solidarity.09:28: Mourinho texts Rui Faria to ask if he has everything in order for the pre-match training routine at the Etihad, such as notes on what length stud will probably be the most use and the right equipment for the particular training drills they decided on for the last-minute preparations, especially tailored for the kind of opponent City are, full of energy and pressing.09:29 and 13 seconds: Faria texts back to explain that Mourinho decided on Thursday that he’d take care of that, and of course Faria can get something together which will suffice, but he just wants to make it clear that if anything is missing it’s because of the late notice. 09:30 and 30 seconds: Mourinho waits.09:31 and 44 seconds: Faria apologises for both his insolence and failing to properly prepare the training routine and equipment.09:32 and 16 seconds: Mourinho reminds Faria that there’s seven assistants on his team, and that he can choose only two to attend the match on the bench. He’s not saying that there won’t be a chance that, if he’s demoted, he could come back in time, but disagreements are natural in a team. Mourinho says that even he makes mistakes.09.32 and 33 seconds: Faria texts back to say there is absolutely no chance that Mourinho has ever made a mistake.12:46: John Terry arrives a full one minute late, so Mourinho makes use of the time by transcribing a few Arsene Wenger insults he recently came up with from his phone to his iPad. Noting that Terry is a little late, he chats normally with his captain about the plans for the match and any concerns the side might have, before making a mental record that Terry forgets to apologise for his tardiness. If City win, he knows what really caused the defeat – his captain’s lack of respect and slackness. 13:55: Mourinho shouts at a cloud.17:23: As the Chelsea and Manchester City teams emerge from the tunnel, Mourinho shakes hands with Manuel Pellegrini and Pellegrini is unusually warm, asking him about his family, and saying he missed Mourinho’s presence over the summer. He taps him on the arm and wishes the Chelsea manager good luck. Mourinho is so unsettled by this that he accidentally calls Pellegrini by the correct name for once, and before he even sits in the dugout, he knows. Pellegrini has won the mind games and Chelsea don’t stand a chance, all he can do now is hope his players keep the damage to a minimum.19:25: Mourinho sits down to email the team at Chelsea currently writing the match report to give them the accurate description of what actually happened, rather than what they think they saw happening. 1) Chelsea were unlucky to lose the game. 2) For much of the game Chelsea were better, and the scoreline does not represent this. 3) The doctors did a particularly outstanding job for Diego Costa’s head injury. 4) Fernandinho was lucky not to kill Costa. 5) Perhaps the online team might like to consider whether publishing the scoreline is absolutely necessary.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Mike Trout, Angels pitchers keep heading in opposite directions

first_imgPreviousHOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during batting practice before a baseball against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Astros’ Myles Straw, left, scores as Angels catcher Francisco Arcia reaches to tag him during the eighth inning of Friday’s game in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receives a handshake from Shohei Ohtani #17 after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hits a grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel watches his grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel runs toward home plate after hitting a grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel, left, celebrates with Alex Bregman (2) after both scored on Gurriel’s grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (10) is hugged by Jose Altuve after both scored on Gurriel’s grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, loses his helmet as he swings for a strike against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, loses his helmet as he swings for a strike against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, loses his helmet as he swings for a strike against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout chases a single by Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) reacts after being called out on strikes during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Myles Straw (26) scores as Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia holds up the ball in his glove during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros hits his second home run of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros celebrates in the dugout after his home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lines out to deep center in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim triples in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim triples in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros makes a running attempt on the warning track on a line drive by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning but is unable to make the catch as George Springer #4 assists on the play and throws the ball back into play at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick dives while trying to catch a triple by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick dives while trying to catch a triple by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros makes a running attempt on the warning track on a line drive by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning but is unable to make the catch as George Springer #4 assists on the play and throws the ball back into play at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, waits to stretch during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during batting practice before a baseball against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Astros’ Myles Straw, left, scores as Angels catcher Francisco Arcia reaches to tag him during the eighth inning of Friday’s game in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 32The Astros’ Myles Straw, left, scores as Angels catcher Francisco Arcia reaches to tag him during the eighth inning of Friday’s game in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ExpandHOUSTON — This week has provided evidence of why Mike Trout has figured in the MVP discussion, along with why he probably isn’t going to win.Trout homered for the fourth time in his last five games on Friday, but the Angels lost 11-3 to the Houston Astros.The Angels have lost three in a row, allowing 42 runs on seven homers in those games. They were the type of performances fitting of a fourth-place team, and many MVP voters prefer candidates on contenders.That’s why Boston Red Sox teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez have gotten much of the attention for the MVP, even though Trout is having arguably his best season. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone But the Red Sox celebrated a division title this week, while the Angels have now allowed 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since 2000.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I don’t even pay attention to (the MVP),” Trout said. “I’m trying to finish strong and not give up any at-bats because they’re running out.”On Friday night, Trout blasted his 37th home run, the second-best total of his career. His two-run shot put the Angels on the board after they fell behind by seven runs.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.For the season, Trout is now hitting .316 with a major-league leading 1.094 OPS, which would be his career-best. His OPS was 1.071 last year, and .991 when he won the MVP in 2016.Betts, however, is second to Trout with a 1.057 OPS. At the start of the day, Betts had a 9.4 to 9.3 lead over Trout in WAR, according to FanGraphs. No one else was higher than 8.0.Martinez, who might be favored by more traditional voters, has a 1.028 OPS, to go with 41 homers and 124 RBIs. Andrew Heaney gave up two homers to Yuli Gurriel, a first-inning grand slam and a two-run homer in the third. Gurriel’s brother Lourdes, a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, also hit two homers on Friday, making the first time in major league history brothers had multi-homer games on the same day.Heaney lasted three innings and gave up six runs in his 29th start of the season.“Andrew’s stuff looked good,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think he just put a couple guys on base with walks and they had some big hits from Gurriel. At the wrong time, he hung some pitches and those guys didn’t miss them.”Heaney has now pitched 179-1/3 innings this season, including one rehab start when he began the season on the disabled list. Last year, when he came back from Tommy John surgery, he threw 49-1/3 innings in the minors and majors. In 2016 he pitched six innings in one start before being diagnosed with the elbow injury.He said the increased workload has had no impact on his performance. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hoffarth on the media: 2017 holiday gifts for SoCal sports fans who don’t need anything special

first_imgWhether it’s left in the rubble from a Black Friday trampling, or waiting to be pushed out on a deep discounted Cyber Monday, sports-related merchandise disguised as art that is specific to the L.A. fan can often be more suitable for a Christmas-time White Elephant gift exchange.It’s early in the process, so there is time to be discriminating if shopping for anyone with any sort of affinity to the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Chargers, Kings, Ducks, USC or UCLA. And those in between. But upon further review, you can hopefully see why the following might come without proper manufacture warning labels.Please have an adult in the room before clicking during the holiday season – and keep in mind, these are just the team-sponsored sites, so there’s a whole other world of weird beyond what is offered here:LAKERS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers* A Sneaker BRXLZ Puzzle ($29.99, NBA.com store)When assembled, this Lego-looking thing appears to be both artistic and practicable. Something that can be displayed in a plastic case to be admired, or used as a suitable substitute in case the Big Baller Brand shoe doesn’t arrive in time from the Neptune glue factory via Milky Way UPS. It is recommended for those 12-and-older, and it goes without suggestion that the bricks can be re-used to fashion your own Lonzo Ball-looking jumpshot in the driveway or school yard.CLIPPERS* A Blake Griffin Elf Christmas Tree Ornament ($9.99, NBA.com store)A 4-inch tall, not-made-to-scale rendition of the team’s last remaining star player. Imagine him dribbling out the 24-second clock before deciding he may as well just put his head down, charge toward the rim and leap over a toy Kia to close the Clippers’ gap to 18 points. The ornament otherwise looks nothing like Griffin, but closer to Will Ferrell from the movie “Elf.” Maybe it’s just a J.J. Redick leftover from Overstock.SPARKS* 2016 Championship Banner ($10.99, WNBAStore.com)Remember what those look like? You’re probably dating yourself if you recall that the Sparks are the last pro sports team in SoCal to  hoist a piece of felt into the air signifying a title accomplishment.  Ahem. Now stop dating yourself. It looks wrong. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DODGERS* Team-logo roadside emergency kit ($54.99, MLBShop.com)As of Friday, they were out of stock. Surprised? After Dave Roberts used both the Phillips and flat-head screwdriver, ratchet set, tire pressure gauge, electric tape, dash-board fuses, jumper cables and even the ice scraper in Game 7 of the World Series, there was nothing left to do but put out the road flares (not included) and call the Auto Club. No one dodged the issue that Nov. 1 night, as Dodgers fans couldn’t even get a tow to the abandoned Union 76 station in the parking lot if they wanted it because of their dead battery.ANGELS* “The Rock Pile” Minimalists art print by Giclee ($499.99 for a 17” x 26” size or $99.99 for a 14” by 20” size, MLBShop.com)You’ve seen that center-field Disney-themed décor that seems to be an issue with traditionalists who don’t believe it adds anything aesthetically to the baseball experience. Hence, it can now me minimize with this minimalist rendition that, at best, kind of looks like something Mike Trout would try to avoid getting on his shoes were he chasing a long fly ball. Look at it another way, and the illustrators from “South Park” have created a creepy shower curtain for Mike Scioscia’s office. There’s also a rendition of the Angel Stadium giant halo that could be mistaken as a pair of needle-nosed pliers stuck in a bicycle spoke. If that speaks to you.RAMS* A Jared Goff autographed baseball ($169.99, RamsFanShop.com)Maybe this explains the slow start from a year ago. At least it’s not a Goff golf ball. And while we’re no handwriting expert, the scribble on this thing does seem to be a lot different from how he’s apparently signing footballs that are also for sale at the RamsFanShop.com for $299.99. Can we get Robert Woods to authenticate it?CHARGERS* A Chargers phone charger ($39.95, ShopChargers.com)It seems too simple. A football shaped piece of plastic that perhaps was once used by Sports Illustrated as a subscription giveaway has been repurposed with 3600mAh (we have no idea what that means) to give juice to your iPhone, assuming you’ve paid your electric bills. Not guaranteed to help if trying to call the replay booth from some dead parts of StubHub Center. The other alternative is a portable 1600mAh power bar ($12.99) that is, of course, rechargeable. Neither are useful as an AM-FM radio.KINGS* A Bailey plush mascot growler ($39.99, TeamLAStore.com)Welcome to 2017. In light of some legal matters that involve the guy inside the costume being charged with inappropriate behavior with a gentleman in an elevator a year ago, we hesitate to shoot the puck in this direction. Perhaps the disturbing part of the mascot growler is it actually does growl when appropriately squeezed. The alternative is to get a Bailey plush pillow pet ($39.99), but at this point, is this really something you want to bring into the bedroom? This can be wrapped up nicely in a penalty box.DUCKS* A team growler ($19.99, AnaheimTeamStore.com)We’ll drink to this. The kind of thing you hand to the guy behind the counter who runs his own craft beer distillery out of a warehouse, and he fills it up with some bouzy malt ale that smells like Wild Turkey. You then try to smuggle it into Honda Center under your oversized sweater, down it before the first period, and place it under your seat as an emergency “fill cup” if you can’t make it to the restroom between the third period and overtime. No growling about the long lines to Urinal City.GALAXY* 16-inch Drum Sticks ($24.99, MLSStore.com)The actual description: “Play as hard as you can all while showing off your fandom when you use these LA Galaxy drum sticks. They feature amazing LA Galaxy graphics on the shaft, so your loyalty will be on full display.” For a team drumming out coaches and players, fans can try to keep up with the beat.USC* Toddler New Era “Cozy Cutie Cuffed” Knit Hat ($17.99, ShopUSCTrojans.com)How darling to see a future Song Girl with this atop her blonde curls, with the little ears on the top and … wait a second. Doesn’t this look a lot like those caps the women wear during empowerment marches? What do they call it again? No, they aren’t pink, but … Here’s where moms need to take a stand. Should a toddler in a stroller being pushed through a picket line know what kind of fashion statement she’s making here?UCLA* Sun glasses ($4.57, ShopUCLAStore.com)At this price, it’s practically stealing. Which leads us to believe we are better than this. Amazon.com brings up two other options – a company called Society43 has what it calls “NCAA throwbacks” for $20 plus shipping, if you’re into the bright yellow frames. If those are too pretty, try “NCAA Preppy” for $19.95 plus shipping, which are the “modified Aviator” look with a “gunmetal finish” with a much classier UCLA logo on the side. Who are we fooling? The kids can’t afford these type of high-end shades. Besides, these all end up looking like cheap knockoffs. Made in China, we’ll even guess. Man, that’s so mid-November.last_img read more