Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neymar’s quarantineSergio RamosThe Real Madrid captain is training in his private gym and is locked up with his family.In addition, videos posted by Ramos on social media show a garden set up for a number of sports. Cristiano RonaldoSurrounded by his extended family, Cristiano Ronaldo has been spending quarantine in his native Madeira since March 9. Paul PogbaThe Manchester United midfielder has been playing football in his very own ‘Paul Pogba Arena’ inside his house with his son.Toni KroosThe Real Madrid star has been setting challenges to his followers and training both inside the house and in his garden. Arturo VidalThe Barcelona midfielder is spending the coronavirus lockdown in his back yard, where he has been seen dancing and playing sports.Lautaro MartinezThe Barcelona target is locked up in his Milan apartment.The Argentine has been having barbecues, playing sport and enjoying the view from his rooftop terrace. While the majority of the planet is on lockdown as a result of the coronavirus, not everyone is spending it in quite the same way. We take a look at how and where footballers are passing their time. Neymar The Paris Saint-Germain forward is spending the coronavirus lockdown period in his mansion in his native Brazil along with his group of friends.Advertisement Read Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workoutsLuis SuarezThe Uruguayan striker has been seen giving dance lessons to his daughter. Leo Messi The Argentine has been training from home, with the help of his young sons. MarceloThe Real Madrid left-back uploaded a photo of his dog, with a Teqball table appearing in the background. According to L’Equipe, his house has a tennis court, football pitch and restaurants. Alvaro MorataMorata showed off his garden on social media, which looks more like a private park.He even had to answer a follower who accused him of having left home.“It is my house,” the Atletico Madrid striker insisted. Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread Masterpieces10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?
From November 22, the FA will be able to charge players even if match officials have seen part of the incident. Torres escaped punishment for scratching Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen because the incident had been “partially seen” by an official even if the full seriousness of the actions had been missed – a case that prompted FA chairman Greg Dyke to take action to close the loophole. The Football Association has closed the disciplinary loophole that saw Chelsea’s Fernando Torres escape action despite being caught on video scratching a rival player. Press Association The new rules will now cover: :: acts of violent conduct that occur secondarily to a challenge for the ball. :: off-the-ball incidents where one or more match official did see the players coming together, but the match officials’ view was such that none of them had the opportunity to make a decision on an act of misconduct that took place within that coming together. The FA’s move to ban Fulham’s Sascha Riether for stamping on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj was not taken under the latest rules, however, as they only come into effect after the international break. Riether’s case was dealt with via a three-man panel of former elite referees which was brought in during the summer to look at video evidence and in that incident no officials saw the stamp. FA director of governance Darren Bailey said: “This enables the FA to consider acts of violent conduct, like an elbow or a stamp, which have occurred after a challenge for the ball or coming together of players. “It is sometimes difficult for officials to see such incidents, as they are often concentrating solely on the challenge for possession of the ball, and we are mindful of this. “Also, where off-the-ball incidents are concerned, the policy adjustment will allow action to be taken where an act of misconduct could not have been seen by the match officials, even though they may have seen some part of the players coming together. “This is an important step forward for the game and provides an appropriate level of discretion for the FA to consider action. However, we remain of the view that the best outcome for all is that referees are able to make correct judgements on the day to benefit the teams involved.”
During a news release Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he will make an announcement regarding the reopening of gyms and fitness centers on Friday.DeSantis said “I think it’s really important that people have access to gyms and to different exercise,”… “You had certain guidelines that the CDC put out, and they think that gyms were a problem, so that’s why they were closed.”DeSantis also said it’s important for people to get exercise.GOVERNOR ON GYM REOPENINGS: Currently, under Phase One of Florida’s reopening plan, gyms and fitness centers throughout the state are closed except for gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 people or less, gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of residential buildings, gyms inside fire or police stations, and gyms inside any single-occupant office building.
The USC baseball team is officially on the schneid.Following a 3-1 start to begin the year, USC has now dropped seven straight games, including all three games of its weekend series against No. 7 Cal State Fullerton.Including Sunday’s showing against the Titans, five of the losses have come by three runs or less, and four have been by one run.“I don’t think anyone who’s watching us play can say we aren’t competing,” said USC coach Frank Cruz.Sunday’s game was a pitchers’ duel with both starters lasting into the eigth. USC senior starter Logan Odom threw 104 pitches over seven and two-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits, while walking just one and striking out three.Odom was overshadowed by Titan starter Colin O’Connell, who threw eight shutout innings, allowing one unearned run on just three hits, all without walking a Trojan batter.Both pitchers were so dominant the game finished in one hour and 52 minutes — USC’s first sub-two hour game since March 4, 2007.“I felt good,” Odom said. “But it’s hard to feel good about a whole lot right now.”Both teams went down in order in the first two innings until a two-out hit, a steal and an error led to the first run of the game and a 1-0 Titan lead.Fullerton scored once more in the fourth with a leadoff triple and a sacrifice-fly, but that would be it for the scoring until the bottom of the eighth.With two down, junior first baseman Matt Foat singled to center and advanced to third when the ball got by the center fielder. Junior left fielder Brandon Garcia followed up with an RBI-groundout to short, and the Trojans were on the board.USC did threaten in the ninth, but at that point, it was too late.Junior preseason All-American first baseman Ricky Oropesa was up with two down and speedy freshman pinch-runner Omar Cotto Lozada on first as the tying run, but the Fullerton closer got Oropesa swinging on a full count to end the game.The first two games of the series were played on Friday and Saturday in Orange County, and the results there were no better for USC.USC was down 2-1 in the fourth when its took its only lead of the series.Oropesa doubled with one down and advanced to third on senior second baseman Joe De Pinto’s single. A passed ball allowed Oropesa to score and De Pinto to move up to second. A wild pitch moved De Pinto to third, and he gave the Trojans the lead on a Foat RBI grounder.But Fullerton put up a four-spot for the second straight game. In the fifth, junior starting pitcher Austin Wood allowed a leadoff walk and then balked, advancing the runner to second. From there, it all fell apart. After a double and an error, Wood was lifted following four-plus innings and four runs (three earned).Junior Ben Mount was brought in to minimize the damage, but it was not his day. He walked the first hitter, allowed a two-RBI single to the next and then allowed a run on a wild pitch before finally getting out of the inning with four on the board and the Trojans down 6-3.The Trojans went down in order in three of their final five innings, only once managing to put a runner in scoring position. Fullerton scored once more in the eighth to make the final 7-3.The opening game in Fullerton on Friday was even worse, as the Titans dominated in every way.Preseason All-American pitcher Noe Ramirez threw eight innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out eight. USC went down in order in six of its nine turns at bat, getting just four men on base the entire game.“Friday we played really, really bad,” Cruz said. “That was our worst game of the season so far.”The Titans jumped out in front early, plating four in the third against junior starter Andrew Triggs, all with two outs.USC didn’t even get its first hit until the fifth, leading to its only run of the game.But the Titans got the run right back in their half of the fifth, and put two more across in the sixth. Following USC’s second error of the game, Triggs was pulled after tossing five and one-third innings and seven runs, but only four earned.Fullerton got three more in the eighth behind a pair of wild pitches and allowing the Trojans’ third error of the game to make the 10-1 final USC’s worst loss of the season.“It’s tough right now,” De Pinto said. “But we gotta focus on ourselves and things will turn around.”The Trojans finally face some unranked competition this week when they travel up the coast to Santa Barbara to take on the Gouchos at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Duro IkhazuagbeFour years after Rangers International were disqualified at the quarter final playoff round of the CAF Confederation Cup for fielding an ineligible player in the first leg against eventual winners, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, the Nigerian league champions are back in the hunt for a continental diadem.Today in Bechar, Algeria, the Flying Antelopes will be looking to gain advantage against hosts JS Saoura in the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League. The match will kick off from 5pm Nigerian time.The only time Rangers won a continental trophy was in the defunct CAF Winners’ Cup in 1977 after a 5-2 aggregate win over Cameroonian side, Canon. And the man who led the Pride of the Old Eastern Region to lift the trophy as captain, Christian Chukwu, is the one that led the Enugu team on the trip to Algeria. Imama Amapakabo who led Rangers to end their 32-year wait for a Nigerian trophy is surely banking on the sharp reflexes of Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu with the defensive experiences of Senegalese import, Pape Ousmane Sane, Orji Kalu, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Mathew Etim, Chidiebere Okolie and Chizoba Amaefule to curtail the host.Of course, Christian Madu, Godwin Aguda, Obinna Nwobodo, Charles Henlong and Chiamaka Madu will be saddled with the task of screening the middle of the pack as Bobby Clement, Osas Okoro and Ocheme Edoh probes the rear guard of the Algerians for the needed goals to stay safe in the competition.Although tiff over the paltry allowance of $190 (about N95,000) handed out to each of the players before leaving Lagos has been resolved, the Flying Antelopes appear determined to make bold statement of returning to the summit of the game in the continent.Team Captain, Matthew Etim, revealed before leaving Lagos for Algeria that the entire squad is upbeat and ready for the task against JS Saoura, who are not regular campaigners in the continental club championship.“We are indeed very glad to be selected to defend the colours of Rangers on the continent and hopefully we shall not disappoint. Victory is what we are targeting and I believe that we have all it takes to achieve our target in Algeria.“We know that they are a good side but we are better”, stated the defender who only had his first game in the 1-0 loss to neighbours, F.C Ifeanyiubah in a Match-day six encounter of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL).Team Manager, Amobi Ezeaku, said, “Rangers is physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for this encounter and victory is our target in Algeria. We are fully motivated for this battle.“We are in Algeria with the bulk of players that helped us broke a 32-year trophy jinx last season and that will work in our favour. Also the quartet of Uwadiegwu Ugwu, Daniel Etor, Chizoba Amaefule and Charles Henlong, all seasoned continental campaigners will bring their experience to the table,” stressed the team manager.Saoura, runner-up to USM Alger in last season’ campaign are not also in the best of shapes. They are placed seventh on the standings after managing seven wins, six draws and six losses from 19 games.The second leg will take place on 19 February 2017 with winner facing Egyptian giants, Zamalek at the 1/16th round.Meanwhile, Nigeria’s other representatives in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United arrived Mali yesterday ahead of their first leg preliminary round CAF Champions League clash with Real Bamako on Saturday.Media Officer of the team, Sammy Wejinya, confirmed that the contingent which comprised of 20 players and 13 officials left the country via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at exactly 9.40am and arrived at Houphouet Boigny International Airport, Abidjan at 10.20am Nigerian time.FIXTURES*CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEFRIDAY, 10 February 2017JS Saoura (Algeria) vs Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)SATURDAY, 11 February 2017AS Real (Mali) vs Rivers United (Nigeria)*CAF CONFEDERATION CUP (Sunday)FC IfeanyiUbah (Nigeria) Vs Al Masry (Egypt)Royal Armed Forces (S’Leone) Vs Wikki Tourists (Nigeria)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“I think I have the capabilities to score goals, which I am used to,” Udoh told NPFL website yesterday and added, “I will score in the playoff by God grace but it is not like I am under any pressure to do so.“If at all there should be any pressure, it should be to win the playoff and become champions of NPFL with Akwa United, knowing fully well my team is yet to win the league before. So, this is an opportunity to do that in grand style”, he declared to www.npfl.ng.Interestingly, it is not only Mfon’s Akwa United that is targeting to be champions of the 2018/19 season.Captain of Enyimba FC of Aba, Ifeanyi Anaemena, is also looking forward to winning a second league title with the club after they qualified for the playoff.Anaemena said it had been a fruitful season for him having scored six goals in the league.The centre back expressed delight at being a part of the squad that qualified the former champions for another opportunity to enrich their trophy cabinet.“We are looking forward to the first match of the Championship Playoff against Rangers International. It is going to be a tough game considering the pedigree of the two teams in the NPFL and an oriental derby is always a match where the two teams want to win for pride,” observed Anaemena.The former Giwa FC of Jos defender concluded by saying that his utmost desire would be to win the league with Enyimba at the end of the Playoff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mfon Udoh Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) all time highest goal scorer with record 23 goals, Mfon Udoh, finished top on the scorers’ chart this season with ten goals but dismissed suggestions that he maybe under increased pressure to score more during the Super Six Playoffs.The playoffs is scheduled to kick off June 4 in Lagos with Udoh’s Akwa United competing with five others to determine the 2019 champions after teams played in two groups of 12 teams each. The top three in each group qualified for the playoff.The others are FC IfeanyiUbah, Enyimba International, Rangers International, Kano Pillars and Lobi Stars.
Those are just the tips on the iceberg as the upcoming book, “Super Eagles@70; Soaring on the Wings” unveils the hidden treasure of information on Nigeria’s national team.Written by Kunle Solaja, the book is easily a major Nigerian contribution to global football literature. Some intriguing revelation are made. For instance, while it may be known that Nigeria’s first national team was composed in 1949, the actual date may not have been known before now.The latest work of football historian, Kunle Solaja has revealed the fact. The book reveals the first player to score a hat trick for the national team.Some other issues that got answered include Nigeria’s first scorer in a World Cup qualifying match; the first scorer in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series; the first match in which the offside rule was first applied in Nigeria among others.There are more. The book offers the information on the first time the Nigeria national team wa involved in a tie-breaker, penalty shootout and the first Nigerian player to be expelled at an international match.The own-goal scored by Godwin Odiye in 1977 is always evergreen. But the new book on the Super Eagles has revealed that Odiye was not the first culprit.Probably, many may not have known that the creator of the red and yellow card in football had refereed in Nigeria. The new book that will be available to the public later this December makes the revelation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Nigeria has undoubtedly made major marks in global football with Nigerian teams hitting notable milestone as first side outside Europe to win the Olympic Games gold medal in 68 years following the exploits of Kanu Nwankwo-led Dream Team exploits of 1996.That is not all, the Nigerian U23 football team also became the first in the world to win gold, silver and bronze medal of the Olympic Games three years ago before Brazil later on the same day equalled the mark.Those and more are the marks of the Nigerian football on the global scene that most football followers may not have noticed.
POWER RANKINGS: Defense pushes Mavs into top 15There is obviously a lot of noise with numbers around the 20-game mark, but the quick turnaround from finishing as one of the worst teams in the league to battling for a playoff spot is incredible to see. Can the Mavericks sustain this level of success?Let’s examine the four big reasons why the Mavs are rolling and determine what they could mean for the rest of the season…Luka Doncic isn’t just the future — he’s the present.The Slovenian wunderkind is blowing away expectations and looking like the Rookie of the Year favorite. He is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game to go with 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range. He has displayed a variety of moves, fakes and shots, silencing any skeptics who anticipated his lack of speed and athleticism could limit his effectiveness. (As SB Nation’s Mike Prada notes, that might say more about evaluation methods than Doncic’s game.)Doncic scored 20 points in a highlight-filled win against the Rockets on Wednesday, draining contested 3-pointers and creatively attacking the rim. He may not possess the straight-line speed of a Russell Westbrook or John Wall, but he deftly uses hesitations and long finishing steps to work his way to the basket.Standing at 6-7, Doncic’s size not only allows him to get off shots smaller guards can’t attempt, but also creates better passing angles. This is a tough skip pass across the court, and Doncic puts it right on the money.There will always be struggles for rookies. Doncic is turning the ball over almost four times per game, and he is far from an All-NBA defender. It’s certainly possible his shooting percentages drop as he grinds through his first NBA season and opposing coaches throw new defensive challenges at him.But the Mavs found a true franchise cornerstone in Doncic. He is already the team’s top offensive option, and he will only improve with more experience.The Mavericks’ bench unit is a monster.Sure, Doncic deserves credit, but the bench mob has put it serious work to start the year.The starting unit has a plus-minus of minus-1.9, which ranks 23rd in the NBA. The bench, though, is at plus-3.8, No. 1 in the entire league by a considerable margin.Just check out what some of the reserves do on a per-100-possession basis:Mavericks BenchOff RatingDef RatingNet RatingMaxi Kleber112.897.415.4Dwight Powell113.3102.011.3J.J. Barea111.8102.79.1Devin Harris111.4103.08.4Barea in particular has been terrific, averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 5.9 assists in 20 minutes per game. He should receive a boost from playing with Dirk Nowitzki, his favorite pick-and-pop partner, once Nowitzki returns from injury. (Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon he could see Nowitzki back “within the next few weeks.”)The bench explosions are nice now, but relying on them to win games doesn’t seem like a sound long-term strategy. Rick Carlisle will have to push his starters to make more of an impact as the season progresses. They might not dominate on a nightly basis, but the first five guys can’t assume the bench will consistently dig them out of holes.Defense and rebounding matters.Dallas landed in the middle of the pack last season in terms of defensive rating, but the Mavs have jumped into the top 12 through their first 21 games.”We’ve gained an identity as a defensive team and that’s a really important thing for us,” Carlisle said Monday (via Mavs.com). “We are a defensive team first and we play off of our defense. The last two weeks we’ve picked up our defense to a very high level and the challenge is going to be to continue to keep it there.”The Mavericks are pushing opponents out of the paint, allowing the sixth-fewest restricted area attempts in the NBA. When a player does approach the basket, DeAndre Jordan is typically waiting to either block or alter the shot.However, the best rim protector on the team has been Kleber, who is keeping opponents around 50 percent at the rim, per NBA.com tracking data. That’s a number in line with bruisers like JaVale McGee, Hassan Whiteside, Aron Baynes and Joel Embiid.If a shot does reach the basket, the Mavs are corralling the rebound. Jordan is third in the league in rebounds (13.7 per game) and seventh in box outs (9.1 per game), but the team’s rebounding percentage doesn’t drop when he leaves the floor. Dallas is top three in defensive rebounding percentage (75.1) and top six in overall rebounding percentage (51.9). Though they likely won’t finish as one of the NBA’s elite defenses, the Mavericks can control how much effort they bring to that end of the floor each game. Simply maintaining energy and communication can make a huge difference. That defensive identity Carlisle mentioned will be key to a potential playoff berth. Through the first quarter of the 2018-19 NBA season, the best team in Texas is not the Rockets (11-11), the only contender that truly challenged the Warriors during their most recent title run. It is not the Spurs (11-12), a winning machine that has reached the playoffs for 21 straight seasons. No, the best team in the Lone Star State is the Mavericks (11-10), one of the biggest early surprises as the calendar flips into December. Dallas is nearly halfway to last season’s win total (24-58 overall in 2017-18) and currently sitting at No. 8 in a highly competitive Western Conference. A little luck doesn’t hurt.The Mavs have taken advantage of injury troubles to top teams in adding to their win total. They missed star matchups with the Rockets’ Chris Paul, Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. They also caught the Celtics on a back-to-back. That’s four of their 11 wins right there.Dallas has enjoyed the fifth-easiest strength of schedule so far, but that will be changing soon. The Mavericks hold the second-toughest remaining strength of schedule in the league, according to Tankathon, with multiple matchups left against the Warriors, Bucks and Clippers.The play as of late is undoubtedly encouraging. However, the Mavericks’ biggest tests lie ahead and will determine whether this team is the real deal or an early-season anomaly.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets the tag down on Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics trying to steal second base for the out during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout greets teammate Shohei Ohtani with a celebratory slap on the hand after Ohtani scored during the second inning of Friday’s game against the A’s. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun during the second inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, right, hits a two-run home run while Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, right, heads to first as he hits a two-run home run while Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy, center, and home plate umpire Doug Eddings watch during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Lou Trivino throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, smiles at first base umpire Joe West after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels reliever Taylor Cole throws watches a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run home run during the third inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates teammate Mike Trout #27 at home plate after Trout hit a two-run homerun as catcher Jonathan Lucroy #21 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the third inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a sacrifice fly to left field during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly to left field during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Pitcher Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets the tag down on Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics trying to steal second base for the out during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 16The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — While the Angels’ final weekend of games have little bearing on the present, they opened the series with all sorts of storylines relating to the past and the future.The Angels’ 8-5 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday night included big offensive contributions from rookies Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward and the scoreless pitching of rookies Jaime Barría and Taylor Cole.It all came against a backdrop of what is likely to be the final weekend for Mike Scioscia after 19 years managing the team.On Saturday, the Angels will honor Scioscia with a bobblehead, and on Friday the ballpark concourse included at least one ad for the promotion that included a list of the manager’s accomplishments. Trout singled and hit a two-run homer, his 39th of the season. Trout, however, might only be cementing his place as the MVP runner-up – for the fourth time. Mookie Betts is having a season that, by most measures, is equal to Trout’s, but he’s doing so on a 107-win team going to the playoffs.The Angels, meanwhile, are going nowhere, but at least feeling good about a four-game winning streak in the final week and the performances of a few players who could be part of the solution in 2019.Barría, a 22-year-old who began last season at Class-A Inland Empire, has risen quickly to become a reliable member of the rotation. In his 26th start of the season, Barría did not allow a hit or a run. He was knocked out after 4-2/3 innings because he walked six, though.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In between all that, the most significant developments relating to 2018 came from Mike Trout and Ohtani, who are making their final statements in the bid for individual awards.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani, who had two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly, seems like a good bet to win the AL Rookie of the Year award. Ohtani also stole his 10th base of the year.As you’d expect, Ohtani is also the first player in major league history to steal 10 bases, hit 10 homers and start 10 games as a pitcher in the same season.The only other Angels rookies to combine the 10 steals and 20 homers – Ohtani has 22 – were Devon White (1987) and Trout (2012).Trout was the unanimous Rookie of the Year then, and now he’s trying to win his third MVP award. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Barría finished his season with a 3.41 ERA in 129-1/3 innings.His shot to pitch part of a combined no-hitter ended when Cole gave up a single to Jed Lowrie leading off the sixth. Around that, Cole pitched 2-1/3 innings, striking out five of the eight batters he faced. Signed as a minor league free agent right before spring training, Cole has a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings.The Angels got the lead with three runs in the second, including two on a homer by Ward, his fifth of the season and second in as many games.Ward had a rough defensive game. Still learning third base after being a catcher until this year, Ward made an error and had an infield single deflect off his glove in the A’s five-run eighth inning.More to come on this story.
“We were bad, honestly,” Rivers said. “We didn’t play very good defense tonight.”The Clippers did play Wednesday, the eighth and final day of the five-game trip. The legs may not quite have been there, Rivers said. “I didn’t think anybody played super, to me, on our team,” said Rivers, whose team will next play the Lakers on Sunday. “I thought we wanted to. I thought a lot of our shots were short. … We ran out of miracles.”The Clippers shot a respectable 42.9 percent from the field, but just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from 3-point range.Rivers was asked about an hour-and-a-half before tip-off if his players appear to have a magical playoff run in them based on what they have done since Feb. 23, when they beat Oklahoma City to begin the 17 of 19 run. He seemed to not want to really go there because this is the regular season and the post-season is another animal.“Oh, I don’t know, I’ll let you talk about that stuff,” he said. “I have no clue. I just think we’re a good team and we have to be a better team in the playoffs. I don’t buy into that fate stuff.”It’s not fate if the team is doing what it’s doing, Rivers was reminded.“Just because we did it last night, that doesn’t impress Dallas tonight,” he said. “Whoever we play in the first round (of the playoffs), they’re not going to be talking about it. But what it does for us, I guess, is we believe when you’re down that you can still win a game.“That’s the way you should be anyway. But I think you’ve got to have it a couple of times and we’ve done that a couple of times, and I think that does help our psyche.” Dirk Nowitzki made two free throws with 17.9 seconds left and then Shawn Marion followed that with two of his own to seal the Clippers’ fate.Blake Griffin led L.A. (54-23) with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Collison scored 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 17 points and doled out nine assists. Redick had 12 points off the bench in his first game in two months.Nowitzki scored 26 points for Dallas, Jose Calderon had 19 and Vince Carter 16. Dallas (45-31) entered the game in a three-way tie with Phoenix and Memphis for seventh place in the Western Conference standings with time winding down in the regular season. What really stuck out to Rivers was the defense, or lack of, by his team. Dallas shot 50 percent from the field and 48.3 (14 of 29) from 3-point range. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers are having an extraordinary season. Ahead of Thursday’s game against the visiting Dallas Mavericks, they had won 17 of 19 and four of five on their just-concluded road trip.Clippers coach Doc Rivers tried to downplay all that success just a bit before the game began, basically saying it may not mean much once the playoffs arrive. His team then went out and showed it is human when it could not make another comeback like the one it made in Wednesday’s victory at Phoenix.The game was tied 89-89 with 8:44 to play, but the Mavericks — a team hungry to secure a playoff berth — went on a 10-0 run and defeated the Clippers 113-107 before a sellout crowd of 19,222.The Clippers (54-23) almost had another amazing comeback, however. Trailing 109-97 with about three minutes to play, they outscored the Mavericks (45-31) 10-0 to pull within 109-107. The crowd was going wild. That was as close as they would get, though, as both J.J. Redick and Darren Collison missed shots that would have either tied the game or put the Clippers ahead.