Guerrero’s return puts smile on Angels’ faces

first_imgBASEBALL: L.A. knows its offense isn’t the same without its slugger. By Ben Villa STAFF WRITER Cleveland pitcher C.C. Sabathia tossed a masterpiece against the Angels on Saturday night, pitching a complete game. Sunday, it was 22-year old Aaron Laffey’s turn to beat them. The left-hander allowed two runs in five innings in a 6-2 Indians win. Of course, both pitchers had the luxury of not having to face Vladimir Guerrero. Victor Santos will not be as lucky. Today at 4 p.m., when the Angels kick off a six-game road trip beginning with three-games in Baltimore, Guerrero will be back in the starting lineup. The former American League MVP missed the Angels’ last four games with an inflamed right triceps, but he has been on daily medication to calm the problem and was cleared to play today. He’ll likely bat in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order, but he will be used as a designated hitter until he’s completely healed. The first pitcher he will face is Santos, whose contract was purchased from Pittsburgh Sunday. This will be Santos’ first start for the Orioles. Angels left-hander Joe Saunders (7-3, 3.78) will oppose him. “We’re eager to get Vlad back in the lineup,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We absorbed his absence short-term, but without him in the lineup, guys are batting in different slots that they’re not used to. “Our offense is certainly not built around one guy, but his presence is important to the lineup. Now that Mike Napoli is playing, our whole offense is healthy again. It’s going to be great to get our offensive continuity back.” The Angels went 2-2 without Guerrero, but in three of their four games against the Indians over the weekend, they scored three runs or fewer. Scioscia, however, could afford to be cautious with his slugger when you consider the fact that the Angels have an eight-game lead in the American League West with 19 to play. The Angels’ magic number for clinching the division title is 13. However, Guerrero’s value to the team cannot be measured in words. While he is in the top 10 in nine different AL offensive categories and the top five in batting average (.326), doubles (45) and RBIs (110), his mere presence seems to make everyone around him better. It’s no coincidence that Orlando Cabrera, who bats in front of him, is on pace for a career-high 200 hits and 106 runs scored. And one of the reasons for Garret Anderson’s recent RBI surge is the fact that Guerrero is seemingly always on base when he bats. “Any time you take away one of the best players in Major League Baseball, your offense is not quite the same,” Angels outfielder Reggie Willits said. “We try and put up the same number of runs when Vlad is missing, but sometimes we’re not quite as good without him.” Guerrero’s health is also vital to the Angels because they’ve struggled to beat left-handed pitching. The Angels are 16-18 in games when left-handers start. Of course, the last two were without Guerrero, and as a team, the Angels are hitting a more-than-respectable .283 against southpaws. The Angels will not face a left-handed starter against the Orioles. “I think we’re a good team and we have a good lineup against left-handers,” Willits said. “We can match up with anybody. It’s just with Vlad in there, we’re a little better.” ben.villa@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Carroll’s rehabilitation on track, claims West Ham boss Allardyce

first_imgSam Allardyce has confirmed that Andy Carroll’s rehabilitation is on track and that the striker should be back in time for the start of next season.Carroll was ruled out for the rest of the campaign in February after tearing a ligament in his left knee in what was the latest in a series of long-term injuries.The 26-year-old striker arrived at West Ham on a permanent deal in June 2013 but has managed just 24 Premier League starts in almost two years since.However Allardyce thinks the England international’s comeback is on schedule and he should be available at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.The manager said: “I would think he will be back for the start of next season. Only a set back in his rehabilitation that would cause any problems in that. He will spend most of the summer in rehab.” Andy Carroll in action for West Ham 1last_img read more

Heralds’ Camarillo closing on records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 3:00 p.m. If his usual pattern continues, Whittier Christian High School’s Esteban Camarillo will rewrite the Heralds’ football records book in Friday’s CIF-SS, Northeast Division second-round playoff game. Camarillo, who is averaging nearly 240 yards a game, has rushed for 2,320 yards and 35 touchdowns. The school records for single season rushing are 2,445 yards and 37 touchdowns. Camarillo also has 5,023 career rushing yards (school record is 5,213) and 64 touchdowns (record is 66). He broke the career points scored mark of 396 when he scored a school record seven touchdowns in the victory over Capistrano Valley Christian, which upped his total to 402 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Young: Solskjaer is no baby-faced assassin, he commands respect like Sir Alex

first_imgManchester United defender Ashley Young has revealed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not like what most people think.The Norwegian has a reputation for being upbeat and friendly due to his smiley outward persona, but Young insists you don’t want to get on the wrong side of the Red Devils boss.One of his predecessors, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, was known for his short fuse, and as a player, Solskjaer would’ve been no stranger to the famous ‘hairdryer treatment’. “You can laugh and joke but when it’s serious business, then you put your serious head on.“It’s exactly how Sir Alex was. That’s how Ole has commanded everyone to respect him in the way that everybody does here.“Ole’s been fantastic with us, the players respect him. He’s got great coaching staff here that want to go and succeed.“Everyone wants us to succeed and get back to winning titles again.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and we’re absolutely spoiling you with our three live commentaries this weekend.Listen to the Manchester derby LIVE on talkSPORT 2 Solskjaer is not known for his temper AFP – Getty It’s no secret that Sir Alex regularly lost his cool in the dressing room center_img According to Young, Solskjaer commands respect by inspiring fear in the same way Sir Alex did during his glorious 27-year reign.“I said it when Ole came, it was like Sir Alex walked back in the door,” Young told talkSPORT.“He might be the baby-faced assassin that people see, smiling all the time.“But when he loses it, he really loses it and lets people know. That’s how I think it should be. 2 Getty Images – Getty After Chelsea travel to Everton and Burnley head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, we’ll bring you exclusive radio commentary of the Manchester derby at 5.30pm.But Young says there is still one game which always trumps the Manchester derby.He added: “I’ve played in plenty now and the ones that stand out are the ones you win. When you win there it’s a fantastic achievement. It’s a massive derby.“But to me, the Liverpool game is a bigger game.”last_img read more

United go level at Championship summit with win over Hibernian

first_imgBefore the match there was a minute’s silence for the victims of the Colombian air disaster involving Brazilian side Chapecoense.Amid a frantic start, Blair Spittal had to go off for treatment to a face knock leaving the home side with 10 men for around eight minutes before the United midfielder came back on.The Taysiders soon got back into their rhythm and five minutes later Andreu’s effort from 35 yards just cleared the Hibs crossbar.His powerful drive from just short of that distance in the 27th minute was even closer, missing Ofir Marciano’s right-hand post by inches. However, it was far from exciting fare.The first-half finished with Andreu – who had seen Hibs defender Darren McGregor block another effort earlier – miss the target with a drive.The start to the second half was more in keeping with pre-match expectations.Hibs passed up the chance to take the lead, moments after keeper Marciano blocked a powerful shot from United midfielder Charlie Telfer.The visitors raced up the park and when defender Lewis Toshney tripped Boyle inside the box referee Bobby Madden pointed to the spot but Bell guessed right to save an unconvincing spot-kick.At last there was some drama.A melee involving players from both sides moments later ended with United midfielder Willo Flood and Hibs striker Grant Holt pick up a yellow card.The home side, growing in belief, took their chance from the spot when Murray’s mazy run into the box was ended by Fontaine, with Andreu stroking the spot-kick into the corner with some confidence.Hibs fought back but found the home side determined to keep their goal intact and their title aspirations very much alive. Tony Andreu’s second-half penalty took Dundee United level on points with Ladbrokes Championship leaders Hibernian after a 1-0 win but Tannadice keeper Cammy Bell was also a spot-kick hero.After a dull first half, home number one Bell, who made three first-half penalty saves to help the Taysiders beat Dunfermline Athletic in September, pushed away Martin Boyle’s spot-kick in the 55th minute.The save became all the more significant when Hibs defender Liam Fontaine upended substitute Simon Murray in the 73rd minute and Andreu made no mistake from 12 yards.United are now unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions and are behind the Hibees on a goal difference of six as the title race tightened up.last_img read more

Australian aircraft cleared to fly again

first_imgPhoto: Bidgee/Wikicommons Restrictions on an Australian-made plane involved in Swedish parachuting accident have been lifted.Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority said the temporary suspension of GippsAero GA8 aircraft operations was lifted midnight Thursday after five days.A spokesman said Europe’s EASA and New Zealand authorities had also lifted restrictions.The aircraft was grounded as a safety precaution after a parachuting accident in July that killed nine people in Sweden.Read:  Low-cost carriers still best at extracting ancillary revenueEASA said at the time that early reports had indicated that a wing had detached from the aircraft prior to the accident but noted the root cause of the tragedy could not be confirmed.The suspension was originally for up to 15 days from midnight July 20 and affected all GA8 aircraft operating in Australia and Australian-registered aircraft operating overseas.It affected 63 aircraft in Australia, as well as a number operating overseas, and triggered protests from operators.“The precautionary suspension was triggered by initial information from the investigation into the Swedish accident which showed the accident aircraft had broken up in flight,’’ CASA said in a statement.“CASA has now received further information that there is no evidence to indicate a potential unsafe condition associated with the aircraft and as such the GA8 aircraft type can be safely allowed to return to normal operations.“A CASA airworthiness engineer is currently observing the accident investigation in Sweden and this has proved to be very beneficial.“CASA will continue to monitor the investigation into the GA8 accident and will take appropriate action should any related safety issues become apparent in the future.”The Australian regulator also plans to conduct a safety assurance review of Australian parachute operations over the coming months.The GA8 is a single-engine utility aircraft manufactured in Australia by GippsAero, which is based in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, and flown worldwide.Australian GA8s are used in a range of operations including charter, aerial work and parachuting.last_img read more

Open Source: The ‘barometer’ points to a strong demand for choice

first_imgAlfresco is releasing ‘barometer data’ of what’s going on in the world of Open Source based on their own experience.Alfresco has seen very rapid adoption in the few years the company has been in existence, now topping 1 million downloads and used by a wide range of organizations like NASA, The Switzerland Supreme Court, Harvard, Christian Science Monitor, H&R Block, McGraw Hill, and others.Alfresco supports a variety of Operating Systems, Databases, and Application servers.Alfresco’s Ian Howells contrasted the difference in approach between an Open Source offering like Alfresco versus a commercial product like Microsoft’s SharePoint.  “SharePoint is crystallizing people’s views in choice,” he said. “SharePoint forces you to use Microsoft Windows, SQL Server, .NET and Portal.And to a certain extent, you’re not going to use OpenOffice with it. And some people like that top-to-bottom stack and some people want to have a choice.Most of the corporations we talked with — they still want to use Oracle BEA. And it’s making people think, ‘Do I want to be tied into one stack or do I want to have a choice.’ And I think that’s the big thing that’s been happening over the last 12 months, and the next 12 months.”Alfresco polled 35,000 of their community users and found some interesting trends in Open Source based on how Alfresco is being deployed.They found that 51 percent of their community is downloading the Windows version of ALfresco, compared to only 30 percent downloading the Linux version.And part of the reason for the large number of Windows version copies is that many people find it convenient to evaluate the software on their desktop or laptop.  44 percent of those responding say that they test the software on their laptops.  Only 26 percent are deploying their download to a company server.Among the flavors of Linux, the survey found that Ubuntu is becoming more popular, now accounting for 38 percent of their Linux deployments, while RHEL variants accounted for 35 percent, and only 9 percent were Novell’s SUSE Linux.60 percent of their installations were MySQL-based; 14 percent were Oracle; 13 percent were Microsoft SQL Server, 9 percent were PostgreSQL, and 2 percent were IBM’s DB2.  70 percent of the deployments used Tomcat and 18 percent were using JBoss.Formtek is an Alfresco Gold Systems Integration Partner.last_img read more

Cunningham named AP All-American

first_imgThe Associated Press has named Mizzou’s Sophie Cunningham a third team All-American.Cunningham was an honorable mention All-American in 2017 and 2018. She finished her Mizzou career as the all-time leading scorer in Tiger history, with 2,187 points.Cunningham will compete Thursday night in Minneapolis in the Women’s 3-Point Championship during the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. The WNBA Draft is Apr. 10.More from The Associated Press:Napheesa Collier has had an incredible senior year so far, leading UConn back to the Final Four for a 12th consecutive year.The senior forward averaged 20.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 61.4% during the regular season for the Huskies to earn a spot on The Associated Press women’s basketball All-America team.“There haven’t been a lot of players like her that I’ve seen, a few, but not a lot,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.She was joined on the All-America team Monday by Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, Louisville’s Asia Durr and Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan. Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament by the 28-member national media panel that votes on the AP Top 25 each week.Collier received the most votes, garnering 27 first place votes from the panel. She is third on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 2,386 points and third in shooting percentage and fourth in rebounding. The senior forward has been snubbed for many of the other major awards, not being named a finalist. She hasn’t let it bother her.“I don’t need the validation but it’s nice to be recognized,” she said.Gustafson put up eye-popping numbers at Iowa this season and got the Hawkeyes back to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. She averaged a Division I-best 28 points while also ranking second in rebounding. She had 33 double-doubles to tie the NCAA’s single season record.She’s completely taken over our record books,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Her legacy will stand for a long, long time. People will remember her for the great teammate she is and what a humble great young woman she is.”While Gustafson has been a double-double machine, Ionescu has rewritten the NCAA record book for triple-doubles and helped the Ducks reach the Final Four for the first time. She has 18 triple-doubles in her career, including one in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Indiana. She averaged 19.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists during the regular season for the Ducks. What’s impressed her coach Kelly Graves is her competiveness.“She’s defined our program since she got here. The fortunes of our program have turned since she got here,” he said. “To go to the Elite Eight and what she’s done that three years, that’s crazy. We had only won five total NCAA games in the history of the program. She doesn’t take plays off and hates to lose.”Durr has been one of the best scorers in the country the past few seasons and was an All-American for the second consecutive season. She averaged 21.3 points this season for the Cardinals.“I’m thankful to be honored as an All-American again,” Durr said. “It’s a testament to my hard work paying off. I’m always in the gym, always training, always trying to find something that I can get better at. I’m just grateful for it. To be considered one of the best five players in the country, I’m very thankful for it.”The 5-foot-10 guard would love a chance to play with the other first-teamers.“They are all great players and fun to watch and I’m a fan of all of them,” she said.McCowan has had a stellar senior season, carrying Mississippi State to the first SEC Tournament title in school history and earning most outstanding player honors in the process. She averaged 17.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and blocked 2.4 shots a game.“I can’t tell you how proud I am of her. It’s been a work in progress for her to where we are today,” Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. “She’s going to graduate in four years, she was marginally eligible when she came to us. I’m proud of that. I’ll be in front row when she walks that stage. Her development as a young lady as well as a basketball player is like something I haven’t seen. She’s deserving of being an All-American. … I love the kid to death, she’s made me a better coach, father, a husband.”The second team consisted of Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, Baylor’s Kalani Brown, California’s Kristine Anigwe, Stanford’s Alanna Smith and Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton.UConn’s Katie Lou Saumelson headlined the third team. She was joined by Notre Dame teammates Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young, Baylor’s Lauren Cox and Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham.Durr, Ionescu, Samuelson, Ogunbowale and Brown made up the preseason All-America team.___2018 WOMEN’S AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM LISTStatistics through March 11First TeamNapheesa Collier, UConn, 6-1, senior, O’Fallon, Mo., 20.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 61.4 fg pct (27 of 28 first-place votes, 138 points)Megan Gustafson, Iowa, 6-3, senior, Port Wing, Wis., 28.0 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 69.6 fg pct, 1.8 blocks (26, 136)Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon, 5-11, junior, Walnut Creek, Calif., 19.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 8.1 apg, 42.3 3-pt fg pct, (26, 136)Asia Durr, Louisville, 5-10, senior, Douglasville, Ga., 21.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 steals (25, 134)Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State, 6-7, senior, Brenham, Texas, 17.8 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 65.5 fg pct, 2.4 blocks (20, 124)Second TeamArike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame, 5-8, senior, Milwaukee, 21.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.9 steals (4, 87)Kalani Brown, Baylor, 6-7, senior, Slidell, La., 15.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 62.3 fg pct, 1.5 blocks (3, 81)Kristine Anigwe, California, 6-4, senior, Phoenix, 22.9 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 51.9 fg pct, 1.8 blocks (5, 76)Alanna Smith, Stanford, 6-3, senior, Melbourne, Australia, 19.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.4 blocks (0, 68)Bridget Carleton, Iowa State, 6-1, senior, Chatham, Ontario, 21.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 84.8 ft pct (0, 60)Third TeamKatie Lou Samuelson, UConn, 6-3, senior, Huntington Beach, Calif., 18.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 88.1 ft pct (0, 58)Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame, 6-4, senior, Fremont, Neb., 16.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 60.8 fg pct (2, 29)Lauren Cox, Baylor, 6-4, junior, Flower Mound, Texas, 12.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 50.5 fg pct, 2.5 blocks (1, 29)Sophie Cunningham, Missouri, 6-1, senior, Columbia, Mo. 18.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 apg (0, 21)Jackie Young, Notre Dame, 6-0, junior, Princeton, Ind., 14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 55.4 fg pct (1, 15)Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)Bella Alarie, Princeton; Chastadie Barrs, Lamar; Kenisha Bell, Minnesota; Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M; Kaila Charles, Maryland; Crystal Dangerfield, UConn; Cierra Dillard, Buffalo; Reyna Frost, Central Michigan; Ae’rianna Harris, Purdue; Ruthy Hebard, Oregon; Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette; Jazzmun Holmes, Mississippi State; Anriel Howard, Mississippi State; Kiara Leslie, N.C. State; Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse; Aari McDonald, Arizona; Beatrice Mompremier, Miami; Destiny Slocum, Oregon State.(This story was last updated at 7:02 a.m. Tuesday.)last_img read more

Euro 2012: Cassano and Balotelli send Italy into quarters

first_imgGoals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli gave Italy a 2-0 win over Ireland and booked their place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012.Italy qualify second from Group C behind Spain, who beat Croatia 1-0 in Monday’s other game.Ireland leave the competition with no points and a solitary goal, scored by Sean St. Ledger in their opening 3-1 defeat to Croatia.Cassano bundled the ball home to open the scoring on 35 minutes from a corner as Richard Dunne desperately attempt to clear the ball when it was already over the line.Balotelli opened his account for the tournament in the last minute, volleying the ball into the net past opposing defender and Irish goalkeeper Shay Given, despite falling in a challenge with John O’Shea.Italy created the first chance of the match as late as the 34th minute as the ball hit the shoulder of the Irish defender Sean St. Ledger from Antonio Di Natale’s shot, prompting appeals for a penalty that the referee declined to grant.Italy went into half-time 1-0 ahead after the referee was not deceived by Dunne’s attempt to clear the ball when Cassano scored.Immediately after the break, the Italians had several more opportunities to extend their lead, but St. Ledger’s last-second block denied Di Natale before Federico Balzaretti powered the ball past Shay Given’s post.The Irish responded on 54 minutes with a header from Richard Dunne, which went wide.Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland side were playing for pride and pushed for an equalizer.On 79 minutes, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was the one to save Italy, parrying a shot from Keith Andrews, although Buffon was fortunate that there were no Irish players in place to knock in the rebound.advertisementAndrews was sent off with one minute of the 90 remaining after a second booking for dissent following a fierce argument with the assistant referee.A minute later, second-half substitute Balotelli’s vollet finished Ireland off and ended their disappointing campaign.Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini (Leonardo Bonucci 57), Federico Balzaretti, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi, Thiago Motta, Antonio Cassano (Alessandro Diamanti 62), Antonio Di Natale (Mario Balotelli 75).Ireland: Shay Given, John O’Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Robbie Keane (Simon Cox 86), Kevin Doyle (Jon Walters 76), Aiden McGeady (Shane Long 66).last_img read more