Blue Jays’ stadium in Buffalo hosts its first MLB game of 2020

first_imgThe Blue Jays finally set flight in their temporary Buffalo home on Tuesday night.The team, which can’t play in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted the Marlins at Sahlen Field. The ballpark usually serves as the home of the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate. What is the name of Buffalo’s baseball stadium?Buffalo’s baseball stadium is called Sahlen Field. It was built in 1988.Has MLB ever played in Buffalo before?MLB has played in Buffalo — more than 100 years ago. The last big league contest in the upstate New York city came in 1915, when the short-lived Federal League held Buffalo Blues games.What are the features of the Buffalo baseball stadium?Social distancing rules, combined with the limited confines of a Triple-A venue, have made things weird at Sahlen Field. Perhaps the strangest quirk is the visiting clubhouse being a tent in a parking lot behind the right field wall. Brighter lights have also been added to the ballpark, and plenty of Blue Jays logos are pasted around the makeshift MLB home. While the game did not have the appearance of a typical big league setting, it did the job during the most unsettled time for U.S. sports since World War II.The transformation is complete! Welcome to Sahlen Field. #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/37ObFtGJND— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 11, 2020MORE: MLB hammers Cintron with huge suspensionHere’s what to know about the occasion and how the Blue Jays ended up in Buffalo:Why are the Blue Jays playing in Buffalo?Canada has the COVID-19 pandemic under better control than the U.S., and balked at the idea of MLB teams streaming across its border. That left the Blue Jays scrambling for a home as Opening Day approached. Pittsburgh was floated as a possible destination, but the city nixed the proposal. Because minor league baseball was canceled this year, Buffalo emerged as the top option for the club.last_img read more

Official’s ‘oversight’ derails key Iowa gun rights amendment

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A plan to give Iowa residents expansive gun rights has been derailed after the state’s elections office forgot to notify the public of the constitutional amendment approved by lawmakers last year.Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate tells the Des Moines Register that a “bureaucratic oversight” resulted in his office’s failure to publish notice of the amendment in newspapers before last fall’s elections as required.The error means that amendment supporters likely must start over and that the earliest it could appear on ballots for a statewide referendum is 2022, instead of 2020. The amendment sponsor, Rep. Matt Windschitl, calls it a “monumental setback.”The plan would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Critics say the plan would block gun safety laws.The error was first reported by the Bleeding Heartland blog.last_img read more

World Cup in mind, Brazil obsesses over Neymar’s injury

first_imgThe father said the decision on surgery was up to PSG, not Neymar. “I’m not a doctor, so we have to wait for the club’s decision,” he said.According to the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, Neymar’s contract has a clause saying he must follow the club’s line regarding injuries. The news website UOL reported that those close to Neymar were believed to want him to have an operation in Brazil.– Words of support –As the star’s fate is being worked out, messages of support were flooding social networks.Brazilian football legend Pele — whose mantle Neymar is seen inheriting — tweeted: “Hey Neymar, all of Brazil hopes you will recover as quickly as last time! We have a World Cup to win, so get better fast!”There was also a poignant little Instagram post from his TV actress girlfriend Bruna Marquezine: “I love you and miss you.”Famous former striker Ronaldo put forth on Globo TV to draw on his experience as a player hit with injury before a World Cup.“It’s a shame that happened now. No recovery is easy. But I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to come back in form,” Ronaldo said.“It’s not a serious injury. There’s no danger of him not playing in the World Cup.”For Carlos Eduardo Mansur, commentator in the newspaper O Globo, “Neymar’s injury is not a tragedy because he’ll have the time to recover and maybe even go to the World Cup fresher, but it’s bad news for (Brazil national team manager) Tite, for whom the friendly matches in March were fundamental.”Due to the uncertainty thrown up by when Neymar and other players will be available, the Brazilian football federation has delayed naming its squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany in late March by 10 days.The last time the Selecao confronted Germany, Neymar was also injured. That was in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, when Brazil suffered its most humiliating defeat: a 7-1 loss on home ground.Share on: WhatsApp Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | In Brazil, the land where football is king, Neymar’s foot injury has unleashed sharp emotions and concern, rumors and speculation about the star player upon whom so many hopes rest for World Cup victory in Russia.“We just might have lost the World Cup last Sunday,” one radio commentator, Milton Neves of Bandnews FM, said early Wednesday.Sunday was the day when Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Marseille 3-0 — but with Neymar suffering a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle.That’s an injury that could cost dearly when talking about the world’s most expensive player, recruited by PSG for 222 million euros ($271 million) last August.Brazilians care little about the impact on the Paris club. Their attention is entirely trained on the World Cup, where they have ambitions of walking away with a sixth championship.Neymar’s father said Tuesday his son would be out for at least six weeks.If that holds, Neymar could still return to form for the World Cup, which starts mid-June. But an operation could see him miss the end of the European season with PSG.– ‘Haste to find a solution’ –In his home country, images of the fateful duel between “Ney” and Marseille player Bouna Sarr were being shown incessantly on TV, often in slo-mo, before the 26-year-old was stretchered off. Newspapers featured close-up illustrations detailing Neymar’s foot and ankle.In both Brazil and France, medical orthopedic and trauma specialists were getting considerable airplay as they weighed in on what should happen. Most recommended surgery.“I don’t think we can really talk about fears of him not being at the World Cup. But there is a noticeable haste to find a solution so that Neymar will have recovered in time,” an ESPN Brasil sports commentator, Mauro Cezar Pereira, told AFP.It was to that channel that Neymar Senior said on Tuesday: “PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2016

first_imgFINISH LINES: Trainer Peter Eurton reports San Carlos winner Kobe’s Back came out of his 1 ¼-length victory yesterday under Gary Stevens in excellent shape. “The Churchill Downs Stakes ($500,000, Grade II at seven furlongs on May 7) is one of the spots we’re thinking about (for his next race),” Eurton said. “I love the distance and I love the money.” . . . Victimized by a rough trip in the Santa Anita Handicap, Donworth, the 5-2 second choice who finished seventh, came back “in great shape,” Doug O’Neill said Sunday morning. “We’ve got to regroup. They’re not machines.” . . . Om, who finished last of six at 4-1 in the Kilroe Mile, came out of the race with a foot issue and will be sidelined until it’s resolved, trainer Dan Hendricks said . . . Agent Brian Beach has George Woolf Award winner Victor Espinoza booked to ride Toews On Ice for Bob Baffert in the San Pedro Stakes next Sunday. The race originally was to be run last Friday, but was not due to weather conditions. Toews On Ice worked four furlongs Sunday in 49.20 under Martin Garcia . . . Early probables for next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes include Penwith, Mike Smith; Tara’s Tango, Rafael Bejarano; and Taris, Gary Stevens . . . Also next Saturday, Espinoza rides Qiaona for trainer Ed Moger Jr. and Kent Desormeaux will be aboard Velvet Mesquite for Blake Heap in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for older fillies and mares in the Golden State Series at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. Desormeaux also has been named on Tesalina for Wesley Ward in Friday’s $75,000 Arboretum II Stakes for older fillies and mares down the hillside turf course . . . Agent Tom Knust reports that Mario Gutierrez rides Hopeful winner Ralis in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday and Found Money next Sunday in the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes, both for O’Neill . . . Trainer Barry Abrams was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning following out-patient surgery Thursday at Arcadia Methodist Hospital. “It only took 15 minutes,” said Abrams, a cancer survivor who has been to hell and back. “It was no big deal.” Philip D’Amato11524202121%57%$1,340,360 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Edwin Maldonado14626141518%38%$918,925 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer12018121515%38%$1,195,921 Fernando Perez14714151910%33%$765,409 Santiago Gonzalez23843303018%43%$1,723,686 ‘CANDY’ IS SWEET, ‘SPIRIT’ IS GOOD ON DERBY TRAILSANTA ANITA HANDICAP VICTORY WAS TEAM EFFORTWHAT A VIEW LOOKS GOOD AFTER KILROE TRIUMPH Flavien Prat21738383318%50%$2,308,116 Tyler Baze22123323310%40%$1,218,301 Joseph Talamo19922232511%35%$1,743,604 Drayden Van Dyke13213151910%36%$815,419center_img Mario Gutierrez16620302112%43%$1,223,654 Kent Desormeaux9816231816%58%$1,415,805 (Current Through Saturday, March 12) Peter Eurton8213211116%55%$964,977 David Lopez1352291816%36%$652,161 Martin Garcia11016111115%35%$954,099 REMATCH LOOMS IN SANTA ANITA DERBYIf all goes well, it’s on to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and a rematch between Danzing Candy and Mor Spirit, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes.Both three-year-olds came out of the race in good order and are in line for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, won by I’ll Have Another in 2012 and California Chrome in 2014. Both went on to capture the Kentucky Derby.Danzing Candy led virtually throughout the mile and a sixteenth San Felipe under Mike Smith, winning by two lengths over 8-5 favorite Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard.“I wasn’t surprised he was on the lead,” said Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of Danzing Candy, who earned 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points for his third win in a row and his first stakes.“We weren’t about to change his style. The only way he wouldn’t have been in front would have been if somebody else was sent hard. We didn’t want to experiment in that race.”Should Danzing Candy make it to the Kentucky Derby on May 7, it would mark the first starter for Sise in the Run for the Roses.“We were looking at it last year with Prospect Park, who was second (to Dortmund) in the San Felipe, but coming up to the Santa Anita Derby he had a setback and we took him off the Derby trail.”Stevens was encouraged and optimistic despite the loss.“Mor Spirit was super-fresh and that’s one reason he (Bob Baffert) decided to run him instead of wait until the Santa Anita Derby,” said Stevens, the colt’s regular pilot. “He pulled really hard going into the first turn. It took me a while to get him to settle, and after that, I really couldn’t move when I wanted to, because it was going to mess him up for his next race.“So I had to kind of sit and wait and Kent (Desormeaux on Exaggerator) made his move and I just followed him through. He got a lot of dirt yesterday, traffic, came inside of horses, then moved out, galloped on pretty good the last 16th of a mile and galloped out great.“He probably got more out of yesterday’s race than he has in all of his races combined up to that point, as far as education and fitness. I felt a lot like I did when I got beat on Silver Charm by Free House in the (1997) Santa Anita Derby.“Bob usually doesn’t come down (to the winner’s circle) unless it’s for a picture, but he came down and had a smile on his face and I said, ‘I think we’re in a real good spot right now,’ and he was pretty happy in defeat. I thought Mor Spirit would win yesterday, but then he was vulnerable, too. There were some fast horses in there going a mile and a sixteenth.“We’re focusing on more distance; I like what I felt and everything about it.” ALL’S WELL WITH TEAM MELATONIN AFTER BIG ‘CAP UPSETDespite losing an hour’s sleep with the advent of Daylight Saving Time, it was business as usual Sunday for Team Melatonin after the gelding’s front-running victory by 4 ¼ lengths at 16-1 under Joe Talamo for trainer David Hofmans in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.Melatonin, a bay son of Kodiak Kowboy owned by Glendale resident Susan Osborne who campaigns under the nom de course Tarabilla Farms, had run in only two stakes before Saturday and never raced beyond a mile and a sixteenth.He had been assigned 114 pounds for the Handicap, but carried one over at 115. It was the lowest weight carried by a Big ‘Cap winner since 1989, when Martial Law toted 113 winning at 50-1 under Martin Pedroza.Hofmans and his owners celebrated the victory at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, which presented the Big ‘Cap. Scotty McClellan, Talamo’s agent, drove home and celebrated with a grilled cheese sandwich (sharp cheddar).“The horse was training well and we rode him in a two-other-than (condition race, winning by nearly four lengths Feb. 5),” said McClellan, a youthful-looking 61 who has been an agent 44 years, representing Hall of Famers Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, among others.“But I had other commitments and kind of lost him for a race or two.“David freshened him, brought him back, we worked him, and he kept looking for another spot, wanting to go a mile on the turf. But it rained and the race didn’t go, so finally we decided on the two-other-than long on dirt and he won by nearly four lengths.“Then David said he was going to nominate to three stakes, the Kilroe, the San Carlos and the Santa Anita Handicap, and Joe kept pushing him to run in the Handicap, telling him, ‘He’ll run all day, he wasn’t tired,’ and finally convinced David.”The rest, as they say, is history.“I don’t have any thoughts about where to run next,” said Hofmans, whose signature victories heretofore have been with Alphabet Soup in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1996 and Touch Gold under McCarron in the 1997 Belmont, denying Silver Charm the Triple Crown.“We’ll play it by ear and talk with The Team, meaning Scotty and Joe, and see what they want to do. But the horse looked really good this morning.“It wasn’t a big effort for him.”McClellan, who has been plying his trade since the age of 17, now has six Big ‘Cap wins as an agent: Vigors, 1978, Darrel McHargue; Alysheba, McCarron, 1988; Free House, McCarron, 1999; Malek, Alex Solis, 1998; Tiznow, McCarron, 2001, and Melatonin, Talamo, yesterday). As for his grilled cheese sandwich?“It tasted like filet,” McClellan said. Bob Baffert8818141320%51%$1,399,060 Doug O’Neill15423212115%42%$1,210,763 Richard Baltas9315131316%44%$1,085,059 Rafael Bejarano22651412323%51%$2,186,377last_img read more

“Hazard will play for Madrid before the European Championship”

first_imgThe coach of Belgium, the Spanish Roberto Martínez, he showed himself on Tuesday confident in the recovery of Eden Hazard, the star of the ‘red devils’, which will be operated on Thursday in Dallas (United States), and said that “will play for (Real) Madrid before the Eurocup“.“At the moment we don’t have to worry“said the coach in the mixed zone after the draw of the League of Nations held in Amsterdam.”I’ve seen Eden and, as always, it was very positive“said Martinez, who is” sure “that the Real Madrid player will soon recover from his ankle injury.“I am not worried. If the operation is going well, you will return to the field quickly and you can play with Madrid before the European Championship. I can’t imagine a tournament without Eden, “said the coach. Belgium will play a friendly against Portugal and another against Switzerland at the end of this month in preparation for the 2020 Eurocup in Qatar, country in which eight cases of coronavirus have been detected so far. “We will not take any risk and we will follow the situation closely“Martinez said, although he added that the Belgian federation has had” very positive conversations “with that of Qatar regarding the matter.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img The second major competition of the Manchester Football Association will kick off today in the form of the Magnum/ Captain’s Bakery Major League at the Kirkvine Sports Complex. The first competition – the Brumalia House KO – was completed in the Christmas break with Ricam FC successfully defending their title with a 2-1 win over Hillstars. This year marks the 12th year in which the Manchester Football Association Major League competition has been sponsored by Captain’s Bakery and the second in partnership with Magnum. The day will start with a dress parade beginning at noon. The competing teams are Mile Gully FC, Porus FC, Alligator Pond SG, Comfort FC, Villa United FC, Star Zone Academy and Technical Strikers). Following the dress parade three games will be played. MRPC wishes a safe 2017 for all Federal win three in a row Brown, Renaut, top New Year’s Day road race Following the Christmas break, the South Central Confederation resumes its JB Rum-sponsored Super League for the top teams of St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth. When the competition took its break after three rounds, former National Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy held the lead, on goal difference, over the St Elizabeth duo of Black Star and St Bess FC as well as Tru Juice of St Catherine. All four are on seven points. A total of six matches will be played between today and tomorrow. The games on are as are as follows: Today – Zone 1 Blackstars FC vs Dunbeholden FC at New Town Sports Complex Tomorrow St Bess FC vs Downs FC at Lacovia Comm. Centre Rivoli United FC vs New Bowens FC at Monk Street Zone 2 Tomorrow Kempshill FC vs Hillstars FC at Kempshill High School Ricam Academy vs Tru Juice FC at Greenvale Comm. Centre Holland PYC vs Sporting Central Academy FC at Holland Comm. Centre Manchester Major league starts todaycenter_img Federal FC continued their good form in the early season of the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine Major League as they easily defeated Portsmouth 3-0 in a recent game. With the win Federal jumped to nine points from three games and atop Zone A. In other games in the zone Old Harbour edged New Raiders 1-0 to be second on six points, and Watson Grove and Royal Lakes drew 1-1. Over in Zone B Christian Pen also made it three wins in a row as they clipped Dela Vega City 1-0 while Bodles drew 1-1 with Frazsiers Whip. Kirk Brown and Melinda Renaut topped the male and female categories of the Evergrow Garden Old Harbour 5K Road Race. Brown, sponsored by Lifespan, won in 15 minutes and 26.93 seconds, considerably slower than his winning time last year. Melinda Renuart, running unattached, topped the female open category after crossing the finish line in 15th place overall. Her time of 18:41.28 was much faster than 2016 champion and second place finisher St Jago’s Chris-Ann Lewis, who completed the course back then in 19:55.40. Lewis eclipsed her best meet time, logging 19:37.38. Chris-Ann Plummer of Vere Technical was third in 20 minutes and 17 seconds. Veteran Andrew Gutzmore, sponsored by Rainforest Seafoods, lost his over-40 male title to Carlisle Russell who finished 13th overall in 18:09.68. Gutzmore came home in 18:37.90. The New Year’s Day event also saw a bigger turnout than last year, with 103 registered runners participating this time around. South Central Super League resumes today The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club has issued a release thanking all sponsors, fans, professional shooters and licensed firearm holders who supported its competitions and used its training facility during 2016. In the release signed by its president, Orville Henriques, the club which is based at the Lincoln range near Hatfield and overlooks Spur Tree, states that “MRPC has grown in stature in no small measure to the support of fans, sponsors, professional shooters and firearm holders in Jamaica and abroad”. According to Henriques: “We are a facility that believes in the total family and bases its operation on safety for all.” The release added that the facility intends to be the best for the legal training of firearm holders and an environment where “the highest standards of shooting can be accessed”. The MRPC opened its door earlier this week with a practice match dubbed New Year’s Rumble. Ten shooters took part with Henriques winning ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques and Owen Campbell taking third. The first monthly match will soon be announced. The Club states it will release its year long schedule at that match.last_img read more

Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_img“We’re still checking out with Bright because of his eligibility and it might affect his UAAP residence so we brought in Rod Ebondo,” said Reyes. Akhuetie is currently serving his residency with University of the Philippines and his inclusion in Gilas for the Fiba Asia Champions Cup might jeopardize his chance to play in the UAAP for the Fighting Maroons. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEbondo, meanwhile, is making most of the opportunity given to him to play for the Philippines in some capacity. “It’s a big honor for me and I’ll just take advantage of this opportunity and play harder and bring the best for the team,” said Ebondo. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes has tapped Centro Escolar U big man Rodrigue Ebondo as a possible addition to the team that will play in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup in case Bright Akhuetie isn’t allowed to suit up. Ebondo practiced with the nationals on Thursday along with Akhuetie, Isaiah Austin and other new faces who are helping out Gilas prapare for the upcoming club tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Austin relishes second basketball life as part of Gilas View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ The tournament will be from September 22 to 30 in Chenzhou, China.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning startlast_img read more

W/Africa at Highest Risk of Bat-to-Human Virus Spread, Study Finds

first_imgSub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead to deadly outbreaks, scientists warned Tuesday.Approximately 60 to 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are so-called “zoonotic events” — where animal diseases jump into people — and bats in particular are known to carry many zoonotic viruses.The tiny animals are the suspected origin of rabies, Ebola, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and possibly MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and could cause other as-yet-unknown epidemics in the future.Scientists at University College London (UCL), the Zoological Society of London and Edinburgh University looked to map out the highest-risk areas by using a variety of factors including large numbers of bat viruses found locally, increasing population pressure, and hunting bats for bushmeat.West Africa LeadsKate Jones, UCL’s chair of ecology and biodiversity, said her team first created risk maps for each variable and found, for example, that in mapping for potential human-bat contact, sub-Saharan Africa was a hotspot, while for diversity of bat viruses, South America was at most risk.“By combining the separate maps, we’ve created the first global picture of the overall risks of bat viruses infecting humans in different regions,” she said.The work was published in journal The American Naturalist.The research, using data published between 1900 and 2013, found that West Africa — the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak — is at highest risk for zoonotic bat viruses.The wider sub-Saharan Africa region, as well as South East Asia, was also found to be hotspots.Liam Brierley, a PhD student at Edinburgh University who worked with Jones, said the risk of bat-to-human virus transmission is being driven higher by large and increasing populations of people and livestock expanding into wild areas such as forests.“People in these areas may also hunt bats for bush meat, unaware of the risks of transmissible diseases which can occur through touching body fluids and raw meat of bats,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UCLA basketball notes: These Bruins do not care to share

first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. – UCLA climbed to the top of the Pacific-10 Conference standings and second in the national rankings by being unselfish, not to mention talented, but the Bruins do not plan on sharing this weekend. Although a share for the Pac-10 title is already clinched, UCLA has no designs on leaving the state of Washington with only a piece of the crown. Instead, the Bruins want their 29th conference title to be theirs – and only theirs – and will do so with one more win. Hollins played the best basketball of his career in his final two months, and now junior center Lorenzo Mata wants to have the same type of impact. He is averaging 10.5 points and five rebounds in his past four games. “Hopefully, I can have that type of impact,” Mata said. “I talked to Ryan Hollins (Monday) night. I just have to have confidence and believe.” Also: UCLA already secured the Pac-10’s top seed for next week’s tournament at Staples Center by virtue of a tie-breaker advantage over the Cougars. & Of UCLA’s 28conference titles, 26 were won outright. By contrast, Washington State won two conference titles, both outright, in 1917 and 1941. & Afflalo and point guard Darren Collison were selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first opportunity comes tonight when the Bruins visit No. 13 Washington State, which is in second place. “You don’t play to tie,” UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo said. “You play for the conference title, to win it by yourself.” center_img The Bruins won the title last year by defeating Stanford on the regular season’s final day. A loss to the Cougars would mean UCLA (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) would either have to win Saturday at Washington, or Washington State (23-5, 12-4) would have to lose to USC. Washington State can claim a share of the league title if UCLA loses both games and the Cougars beat the Trojans. “We don’t want to play to tie,” UCLA sophomore wing Josh Shipp said. “That’s not our goal. Our goal is to win championships, so that’s what we plan on doing.” Mata on move: Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar were the driving forces behind UCLA’s run to the Final Four last season, but the play of center Ryan Hollins was a key ingredient. last_img read more

‘We should have been smoking cigars’: Mourinho

first_imgUnited were 3-0 up before half-time at a freezing Vicarage Road thanks to Ashley Young’s double and a goal from Anthony Martial.But after the break the Hornets struck twice through substitute Troy Deeney’s penalty and Abdoulaye Doucoure before United’s Jesse Lingard finally put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time.United’s victory came after two successive away defeats and left Mourinho’s second-placed side five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who are at home to Southampton on Wednesday.But there was no hiding Mourinho’s frustration when he said: “The second half should have been five or 6-0, it was easier to score than the first.“It was an easy match to win comfortably. At 3-2 the game is in the balance then Jesse Lingard had the initiative to kill the game.“Both him and Ashley Young scored great goals. We missed 4-0 with some actions and Romelu Lukaku had an open goal, Paul Pogba had a free header too…We should be smoking cigars but then were in trouble.”Mourinho said Matic’s exit had helped turned what look like a comfortable win into a tougher battle.“We lost stability when Nemanja Matic had to come out but the important thing is the three points,” the former Chelsea manager explained. “I saw happiness from the team and played with a free mind.“Last season I learned what Ashley Young can be, he gives stability in his performances and this season he is playing more regularly.“He has the spirit and experience we need, today he also had the talent to score two beautiful goals.”Mourinho added: “For Matic to tell me he wants to be replaced, he does not do that if it is nothing important. It is muscular.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, pictured on November 25, 2017, expressed frustration that his team allowed Watford to catch up in what he says should have been “an easy match to win comfortably” © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFWATFORD, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side ought to have been “smoking cigars” after they made hard work of an eventual 4-2 win away to Watford on Tuesday.But the Portuguese boss said his side had “lost stability” when midfielder Nemanja Matic went off early in the second half with a “muscular” injury.last_img read more