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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders chose to bowl against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium and they started off poorly, losing Ajinkya Rahane cheaply. Jos Buttler and Steve Smith steadied the ship with a solid partnership but Buttler departed for 41. Smith notched up his fifty but some wonderful bowling from Piyush Chawla and Harry Gurney, who was making his IPL debut, restricted Rajasthan Royals to 139/3 against Kolkata Knight Riders. In response, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn gave Kolkata Knight Riders a fast start and they registered a brilliant eight-wicket win to go on top of the table. (SCORECARD)22:58 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have registered a brilliant eight-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals and they have moved to the top of the table.22:44 hrs IST: Lynn reaches his 7th fifty but he mistimes the slog sweep and he gets caught at deep backward square leg.22:39 hrs IST: Lynn and Uthappa are ensuring that the runs are continuing to flow for Kolkata Knight Riders and Lynn nears a fifty by slog sweeping Gopal into the stands at deep midwicket.22:32 hrs IST: Narine misses out on a fifty. The googly from Shreyas Gopal and the ball bounces a bit more, it stops on the wicket as Narine attempts the cut, the edge is taken at slip by Steve Smith.22:30 hrs IST: Two more sixes by Narine off Sudeshan Midhun, the IPL debutant and he nears a fifty. This is a splendid exhibition of hitting.22:25 hrs IST: Shreyas Gopal, who bowled brilliantly in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, is into the attack and he conedes just two runs. He is bowling the googly at will.22:19 hrs IST: Narine and Lynn continue to find the boundary and Kolkata Knight Riders have reached 65/0 in the powerplay. Rajasthan Royals need a wicket and fast.22:14 hrs IST: Chris Lynn blasts a six and the fifty run stand is up in just the fifth over. Kolkata Knight Riders are cruising and Rajasthan Royals are running out of ideas.22:07 hrs IST: Oh dear, Rahul Tripathi drops Narine and the next ball, Lynn gets beaten and the ball hits the stump, the bail is up and the light is flashing but the bail does not fall off. This is absolutely terrible for Rajasthan Royals. Lynn makes Rajasthan pay by hammering a boundary.22:04 hrs IST: 4,6,0,4,4,4. Sunil Narine absolutely mauls Krishnappa Gowtham as he leaks 22 runs in the over. Kolkata Knight Riders make a great start.21:57 hrs IST: Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine start well with a boundary and Kolkata Knight Riders have made a great start.21:40 hrs IST: Steve Smith ends on 73* but Rajasthan Royals have ended on 139/3, with Stokes hitting seven off 14 balls. This could prove to be costly21:34 hrs IST: Very lengthy 19th over as Prasidh Krishna oversteps, bowls a beamer but Rajasthan Royals cannot capitalise.21:25 hrs IST: Smith survives a review and he launches Narine into the stands at wide long on. 89 meter six and Rajasthan Royals are eyeing a big score.21:22 hrs IST: Only five runs in the 17th over bowled by Kuldeep Yadav. This has stalled Rajasthan Royals again. They need one big over.21:13 hrs IST: Steve Smith notches up a brilliant fifty off just 44 balls and Rajasthan Royals are getting some momentum.21:03 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla ends with 4-0-19-0 and Narine is also bowling brilliantly. The pitch is really assisting the spinners well.20:58 hrs IST: Six and out! Jos Buttler launches a six over deep midwicket and then holes out to a slower ball to the fielder at deep midwicket, with Shubman Gill taking the wicket.20:51 hrs IST: Smith and Buttler find a boundary each of Kuldeep Yadav but Kolkata Knight Riders are maintaining a tight hold of runs.20:38 hrs IST: Narine concedes a boundary as Buttler revives Rajasthan. However, the run-rate is still low.20:30 hrs IST: The powerplay has ended and Kolkata Knight Riders have restricted Rajasthan Royals to 28/1 after six overs.20:20 hrs IST: Buttler and Smith are trying to revive the innings and the Englishman gets going by shuffling to the off side and ramping Krishna to the fine leg fence.20:12 hrs IST: Prasidh Krishna strikes in his first ball. Good length ball and it cuts back in, Rahane moves slightly to the off side and gets hit on the pad, the umpire gives it out and Rahane decides against the review.20:09 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla opens the bowling for Kolkata Knight Riders but he gets hammered to deep midwicket for a boundary by Ajinkya Rahane but he ends up conceding just five runs.19:41 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sidesRajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sudhesan MidhunKolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna19:39 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and they will bowl. Harry Gurney replaces Lockie Ferguson while for Rajasthan Royals, Prashant Chopra replaces Stuart Binny while Sudhesan Midhun replaces Varun Aaron. last_img read more

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first_imgThe 6,000-mile round trip to Baku for the climax of the Europa League will deliver the defining verdict on their first seasons in charge for Arsenal Manager Unai Emery and his Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri this evening.According to BBC, the final will shape how their campaigns are viewed – although for Italian Sarri there is no guarantee that even victory will see him handed a second season at Stamford Bridge.A major European trophy is at stake. Sarri’s job may be at stake. And Arsenal’s future is at stake, as they know only victory will lead them to the riches of the Champions League next season. So who does this confrontation in far-flung Azerbaijan mean most to – Unai Emery or Maurizio Sarri?The final may mean little more than a successful conclusion to a complex, contradictory season for the chain-smoking Italian, who arrived at Chelsea after his work at Napoli drew glowing references from the cream of the coaching crop, including Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.It may yet rank as only something Sarri leaves for Chelsea to remember him by.Sarri’s season at Chelsea has been conducted against the backdrop of discontent among supporters who grew tired of his predictable substitutions.Those reached a low point in February when his go-to replacement of Mateo Kovacic with Ross Barkley (it was vice versa at various other points), was greeted with ironic laughter and chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” from his own fans during the FA Cup fifth-round loss to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.It came after a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth and a 6-0 mauling by Manchester City and just before goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s open challenge to Sarri’s authority when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final before a penalty shootout which Chelsea.The much-vaunted ‘Sarri ball’, which was meant to be high-paced attacking football combining pressing and short, quick passing exchanges, has turned out to be largely tedious and relatively easy to rumble by teams of higher class.He has also alienated Chelsea fans by marginalising N’Golo Kante, regarded as the world’s finest holding midfielder, on the right of a three-man midfield to accommodate his favoured son Jorginho in the Frenchman’s favoured position.The big-money buy from Serie A is simply not in Kante’s class as that sort of operator.Sarri’s use (or lack of use) of precocious teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi was also an issue, with England manager Gareth Southgate seeming to show more belief in his talents.As a result of this lack of game time, it seemed this outstanding young winger was determined to leave the club. A serious Achilles tendon injury has put a stop to that for now.Their win percentage in the Premier League was 55.3% from 38 games, with exactly the same number of wins, 21, as Emery. The overall ratio was a highly respectable 61.3% from 62 games so far.Sarri’s problems, however, have extended beyond the field of play.There has been no connection between him and Chelsea’s fans, with not even the presence of Stamford Bridge legend Gianfranco Zola helping form a bond.And yet, if he wins in Baku, Sarri may be able to present a strong case to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he has actually fulfilled his remit and deserves to build on the last 12 months.If a crystal ball of Sarri’s season in August had predicted a third-placed finish, the League Cup final only being lost on penalties to the team that completed the domestic clean sweep and an appearance in a major European final, surely this would have been deemed acceptable?If he had achieved this at other clubs there would be talk of a contract extension, not of a parting of the ways.Chelsea finished fifth under Antonio Conte last season and although the FA Cup was won, his relationship with the club’s hierarchy had fractured.Would anyone else have done any better this season? No-one marked Chelsea down as serious title contenders but they finished above Tottenham and behind two of the outstanding Premier League teams in recent memory.This Europa League final means much to Sarri – whether it means a lot for him at Chelsea or somewhere else remains to be seen.If Chelsea win, he can give Abramovich tangible evidence of his success and may even persuade the Russian that an alternative, such as Frank Lampard, is a romantic vision rather than a realistic one.If that is not enough for Chelsea, the sight of Sarri holding the Europa League trophy aloft will confirm in the eyes of Serie A giants such as Juventus, Roma or even AC Milan, that this is a coach of serious substance who should be given the appreciation in his homeland he may feel he has never been afforded in England.For Emery, the final means a return to familiar territory for the man who has made this tournament a spectacular speciality – winning it three times in succession at Sevilla, the last time when impressively outmanoeuvring Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in Basel in 2015.Emery has shown the sure touch of an expert in guiding Arsenal past Napoli and Valencia in the knockout stages and, from a personal point of view, winning in Baku would simply strengthen the confidence of the Gunners’ hierarchy that they have the right man to move the club forward after the 22-year reign of Arsene Wenger.In many respects, however, overcoming Chelsea tonight will mean more to Arsenal’s long-term future than to Emery’s, who will be given time and patience to shape the club irrespective of the outcome in Azerbaijan.Arsenal risk falling further adrift of the Premier League elite if they are out of the Champions League for another season – especially with neighbours Spurs, who lived in their shadow for so long, contesting the Champions League final with Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday.For Emery, securing his status as the man to win Arsenal’s first European trophy since the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup will increase his own confidence and that of those who employed him.To claim the trophy for the fourth time as a manager would also be a remarkable personal feat.It would, crucially, mean his first Arsenal campaign would be regarded as a success on two fronts – a trophy in the cabinet and a return to European football’s top table after the stale end to the Wenger eraShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_img Related Stories Quarterback recruit Zach Allen works to keep recruiting class together, praises new head coach Shafer Allen said while this week has been stressful and hectic for himself and his family, he is thankful for the opportunity Syracuse offered him. Allen also wished head coach Scott Shafer well as he and the Orange move to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.“I have been loyal to my commitment to Syracuse this whole time,” he said. “Ever since I committed, I’ve done everything for the program I can.”“At the end of the day, I have to make the decision that’s best for me.” Comments Published on January 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Zach Allen, a quarterback recruit from Temple, Texas, who many considered the star of Syracuse’s recruiting class, has decommitted from Syracuse and committed to Texas Christian.The uncertainty surrounding Syracuse’s vacant offensive coordinator position after former head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett took the same jobs with the Buffalo Bills changed Allen’s thought process, he said. He cited Marrone and Hackett as the reasons he originally chose Syracuse.“Syracuse changed the deal on me when Coach Marrone and Coach Hackett left to go to the NFL. That really put a damper on things,” Allen said. “It really made me second-guess everything. Not knowing the offensive coordinator is going to be a downfall for me.”Allen committed to Syracuse in May and was considered one of the Orange’s top recruits in the Class of 2013, making ESPN’s Elite 11 Finals, one of 25 high school quarterbacks invited to the competition. After Marrone and Hackett left Syracuse, Allen had been reselling the program to other SU commitments, he told The Daily Orange two days ago.Allen said he visited TCU yesterday to confirm his decision and is excited to join the Horned Frogs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI committed to TCU. I had been loyal the whole time and have done everything I could for Cuse. They changed the deal with coaches leaving.— Zach Allen (@ZachAllen_12) January 12, 2013 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Lesko, a member of the Class of 2016, is not listed on major recruiting sites, but his Hudl profile lists him as 6 feet 1 inch, 212 pounds. On the same profile, his 40-yard dash time is 4.67 seconds.His relationship with Syracuse’s current coaching staff extends back to the time that current SU head coach Dino Babers coached at Bowling Green. Lesko also played wide receiver in high school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has two other linebacker commits in the Class of 2016, Andrew Armstrong and Tim Walton, and both have signed national letters of intent. Syracuse carries 11 other linebackers on its roster. The position group is led by junior Zaire Franklin, who last season became the fourth sophomore captain in program history. Commentscenter_img Zack Lesko, an outside linebacker from Solon (Ohio) High School, announced via Twitter on Wednesday night that he has committed to Syracuse.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter coming off of a two-match sweep against Minnesota, the No. 5 Wisconsin volleyball team (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten) returns to the UW Field House Wednesday to face Iowa (9-10 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) in another Big Ten battle.This past Sunday, Iowa finally ended its eight-game losing streak by defeating Northwestern in five sets. Although the Hawkeyes have not found a way to emerge victorious from the court, it does not necessarily mean that they are a team unworthy of recognition. They just haven’t found their footing yet, according to Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield.“They’re playing the game a lot quicker,” Sheffield said. “It’s a high-energy team that’s playing the best ball they’ve played all year long, and they’re starting to figure out the new coach’s system and what he’s wanting.”The 2014-15 year is Bond Shymansky’s first as the head coach of Iowa. For the past five years from 2009-2013, Shymansky was the head coach of Marquette. He was able to transform that program and lead it down a path of many victories, including taking the team to multiple post-season appearances and the Big East regular season title, along with the Big East tournament championship title in 2013. Although he has not produced many wins this season for the Hawkeyes, it does not mean that his team is not one on the rise.“Iowa is playing well right now,” right-side hitter Courtney Thomas said. “Results aren’t necessarily showing, but they’re playing well, and they’ve got a great coach behind them.”During a news conference after Sunday’s match, Shymansky said his team was successful through mixing things up on offense by distributing the ball between multiple hitters. The top two hitters for the Hawkeyes so far this season are outside hitter Alex Lovell, averaging 3.08 kills per set, and middle blocker/outside hitter Lauren Brobst, who averages 2.71 kills per set. Brobst currently has 94 kills so far this season, 42 more kills than the second-best hitter on Iowa.“She can bring some heat,” Sheffield said of Brobst. “You try to get your hands in areas that she wants to attack, and hopefully you’re not giving her too many of her first and second preferred shots. She’s got an arm. That’s a good player.”In order for Wisconsin to have the upper hand, Sheffield said his players need to do everything that they can to prevent Iowa from getting into a groove and running the quick offense that they’ve started to get a knack for.“When they’re in system they can do a lot of good things,” Sheffield said. “You have to find ways to keep them out of system because they’re trying to run things a lot quicker than a lot of other teams in the conference are. So [we] have to serve in a way to keep them out of system.”Iowa’s record and recent losing streak aren’t truly indicative of the Hawkeyes’ of capability. After losing a close match against No. 15 Illinois in five sets, and then successfully snagging the tight victory against Northwestern, the Hawkeyes are beginning to connect on offense with a faster pace and play as a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain as they travel to Madison this Wednesday.“That underdog identity has an advantage, because they go into matches feeling like they have nothing to lose because they’re trying to prove to everyone who they are,” Wisconsin middle blocker Haleigh Nelson said. “That’s a really powerful identity to have so that’s going to be an advantage to them, because they’re going to come in with a lot of fire.”The Badgers have dropped only one set over their last seven straight victories. As Wisconsin looks toward its match against Iowa, they rely on hard work and strategy, but also appreciate and feed off of the exuberant support of their fans. The Badgers currently rank third in the nation in attendance per game, averaging 4,768 fans per match.“Our crowd is incredible. No matter who’s here or how many there are, they always make a huge difference,” Nelson said. “They carry us when we’re down, they carry us when we’re losing and when we’re winning. Just that energy can intimidate the other team and also helps keep us going.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe North Tipp club – greatly helped by a goal from John O’Meara – defeated Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun in Bansha.Tipp FM’s Stevie O’Donnell was particularly impressed with the performance of a man from a noted GAA family…John Costigan.last_img

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first_img LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE Suman Ray 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh has strongly backed the International Olympic Council and World Anti Doping Agency’s decision on Monday to ban Russia for four years for repeated doping offences committed in the last few years. FOLLOW US Last Updated: 11th December, 2019 00:08 IST Vijender Lauds IOC Decision To Ban Russia From Tokyo Olympics For Dope Offences Vijender Singh has strongly backed the International Olympic Council and World Anti Doping Agency’s decision on Monday to ban Russia for four years “Yes, I think its the correct decision. There is no place for doping in Sports and I think IOC & WADA have taken the right decision. Russia has been in the news for all the wrong reasons,” Vijender told newspersons in the national capital on Tuesday. center_img Session ID: 2020-09-09:9cf20f92d47e18bf59589e3a Player Element ID: video_player_5f57c0d8ef09b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Vijender also took a pot shot at National Anti Doping Agency for appointing its brand ambassador against doping.  “Yes Sportspersons like Sushil could have been a better choice but why the need for an ambassador I fail to understand. I have heard of IOA and Federations Ambassadors, not of NADA. But Suniel Shetty is a fit a person for the job.” Vijender also said that he would be keen to make himself available for Tokyo Games as under the new rules, professional boxers were now allowed to compete in the Olympics.READ: Mayank Agarwal likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs vs West IndiesREAD: Vijender Singh delighted with his 12-0 streak, thanks fans for support First Published: 11th December, 2019 00:08 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgNational Guard As reported by AP News, a January 25th Draft Memorandum outlines government options to deputize  troops in order to carry out the administration’s planned Immigration enforcement actions. AP News reports that White House spokesman Sean Spicer denies plans to use the National Guard for Immigration enforcement and a  DHS official noted that the memo was only a draft and deployment has not been seriously considered.In response to criticism against the Trump Administration’s recent raids by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Immigrant communities, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended the actions and issued a statement on February 13th, indicating that the raids which have lead to the arrest of 700 Immigrants are “targeted enforcement operations” aimed at criminals and individuals who violated immigration laws.According to POLITICO, top  ICE officials then met with a bipartisan group of congress members on February 16th and indicated that more similar type raids, arrest and removals of “unauthorized” Immigrants should be expected throughout the year. Concerns were further heightened last week, as a 23 year old DREAMER, Daniel Ramirez Medina,  protected under the DACA program (with no criminal record) who was brought to the U.S. at age 7, was arrested and detained.Daiel Ramirez…arrested by ICEAnd while Immigration attorneys are fighting ICE on his behalf, this may be a foreshadowing of a very troubling policy shift emerging from the Whitehouse, to make good on Trump’s campaign promises, even if it means deporting innocent Immigrants like Daniel.The big question which looms large in the minds of many Immigrants’ rights advocates,  is what now constitutes a “crime” and a “criminal” and has the definition been expanded by the new Trump administration to include any individual in the U.S. who does not currently have lawful immigration status? If this is the case, then simply being in the U.S. without legal status would be a crime, making millions of Immigrants subject to arrest and removal. Does this really mean that Trump is quietly beginning to implement a policy he promised during his campaign of the mass deportation of millions of Immigrants? It’s hard to imagine, but almost nothing is too crazy now, given recently events.In response, many Immigrants rights organizations like Americasvoice.org are gearing up to provide resources to Immigrants, including  publishing a “Raid Watch” and urging those who see Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities in a community use the hashtag #ExposeICE.You can read more about these new enforcement measures by visiting our website at: www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.last_img read more

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first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “Just replay the fifth,” Maddon said. “It looked like he had a difficult time time getting through the fifth. He leads off the sixth with a five-pitch walk. It looked like he lost his rhythm. His velocity was coming down.”Heaney’s final pitch was an 89.7 mph fastball. He had averaged 92 mph in the first two innings, then 91 in the third and 90 in the fourth, fifth and sixth.Maddon said he did not pull Heaney with any health concerns in mind, in contrast to his 67-pitch hook on Opening Night. In that game, Heaney was coming off a minor bout with back stiffness that had resulted in him being scratched from his final scheduled intrasquad start.On that night the Angels blew a seventh-inning lead and lost in 10 innings.Heaney said he felt “fine” and “I was a little surprised to see Joe making his way out.”“I understand analytically what the numbers say with third time through the lineup,” Heaney said, “but I felt like (Jason) Castro and I had done a good job of trying to sneak as many fastballs in there as we could early on in the game and given ourselves a chance to start mixing it up a little bit more the third time through, and getting a better feel for some of those pitches.”After Heaney was pulled, Mayers entered and proceeded to allow four of the next six batters to reach, including a three-run homer to Dylan Moore that put Seattle up 6-4.The Angels immediately rallied with three runs of their own, on Upton’s homer and Goodwin’s double, to retake the lead.Barnes then started the seventh and couldn’t get an out. He gave up a single and then back-to-back walks, loading the bases as Ty Buttrey was summoned to try to bail him out. Buttrey retired all three hitters he faced, but the first two outs pushed home runs.“Walking too many guys, not being assertive in the strike zone,” Maddon said. “We actually lined it (up) pretty well. I liked what we had once we got through Andrew. Mayers just had a tough game…“Mayers and Barnes we have a lot of faith in and anticipate a better result, just can’t pile on guys like that if they’ve had a bad night.”The Mariners added some insurance in the eighth, when Crawford singled to cap a 10-pitch at-bat against Ryan Buchter and drove in two runs.The Angels have now lost games when leading in the seventh inning or later twice in the first six games. It’s the difference between a 4-2 start and a 2-4 start in this sprint of a 60-game season.The bullpen meltdown spoiled a night that could have been about Ohtani’s offensive awakening.Ohtani started the season 1 for 12 before drilling a double off the right-field fence on Tuesday night. Maddon suggested that could give him confidence that would get him on a roll.Sure enough, Ohtani smoked a 107 mph line drive in his first at-bat on Wednesday, only to be robbed of a hit by diving right fielder Tim Lopes.In Ohtani’s next trip, in the fourth with two runners on, he fell behind Justin Dunn, 0 and 2. Dunn threw Ohtani a curve ball that ducked below the zone, but Ohtani golfed it over the fence in right-center.Upton’s homer in the sixth, which cut a two-run deficit in half, made him the ninth active player to reach 300 homers.“I think every milestone is special,” Upton said. “This one is right up there. It was a special night. I definitely wish we would have gotten a win, but I enjoyed that moment.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They spoiled a night in which Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer, his first of the year, and Justin Upton hit the 300th homer of his career. Brian Goodwin also homered and had a two-run double.All of that should have been enough after Andrew Heaney allowed just one run through five innings. He took a 4-1 lead to the sixth, when the game began to unravel.Heaney was in total control for the first three innings, facing the minimum and striking out five and needing just 36 pitches for nine outs.His second time through the lineup was a little more challenging. He gave up four hits, but escaped with just one run on the board, in part because Dee Gordon was thrown out trying to steal third in the fifth.Heaney walked J.P. Crawford to start the sixth, the fifth batter in the previous 10 to reach base, so Maddon pulled Heaney after 64 pitches. ANAHEIM — Mike Mayers and Jacob Barnes, a pair of relievers who had been favorites of Joe Maddon, endured a rough night to cost the Angels a victory.The Angels blew leads in the sixth and seventh innings on their way to a 10-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.PreviousSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Justin Dunn throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he pops out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) is congratulated by Anthony Rendon (6) and other teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Jason Castro, center, scores on a double by Brian Goodwin as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom, right, takes a late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore, right, runs to first as he hits a three-run home run while Los Angeles Angels catcher Jason Castro watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford, below, is forced out at second as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella attempts to throw out Evan White at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. White was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, hits a solo home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom, center, and home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso watch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella throws out Seattle Mariners’ Jose Marmolejos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore, right, is congratulated by Dee Gordon, left, after hitting a three-run home run as Tim Lopes watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore gestures toward his dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners pitcher Nick Margevicius rolls after diving for a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Margevicius left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, center, is congratulated by teammates, including Mike Trout, right, after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, hits a solo home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom, center, and home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso watch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justin Dunn throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justin Dunn throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he pops out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he pops out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandMayers and Barnes were charged with a combined six runs while recording just two outs.Maddon spoke often during spring training and summer camp about how much he admired those pitchers when they faced his Chicago Cubs, when Mayers was with the St. Louis Cardinals and Barnes with the Milwaukee Brewers. 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first_imgLeave it to Tom Izzo and Michigan State to enter the Elite Eight as the underdog and leave as the experienced favorite in the 2019 Final Four.How many schools could pull that act off? The Spartans have won 32 games, earned a share of the the Big Ten regular-season title, won the conference tournament championship and will make that trip to the Final Four for the eighth time under Izzo. No. 2 Michigan State upset No. 1 Duke 68-67 in the East Region final on Sunday, effectively knocking out freshman phenoms Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett while simultaneously setting up the grittiest Final Four possible with No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 5 Auburn and No. 1 Virginia — the lone top seed left in the tournament.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​The Red Raiders and Tigers are first-time Final Four participants, and the Cavaliers have not been there since 1984. Make no mistake: The Spartans are the favorites now. That’s why this run, more than any other Final Four run under Izzo, reflects what we should have believed all along. Izzo is going to do this his way, and that will give the Spartans a chance to break the conference-wide national championship drought that stretches back to Michigan State’s title from the 2000 NCAA Tournament.The knee-jerk reaction will circle back to the one-and-done debate, given that the veteran Spartans were able to absorb Williamson (24 points, 14 rebounds) and Barrett (21 points, six assists, six rebounds). Barrett hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining. Williamson drove for a basket and a 66-63 lead next.This looked like Duke was going to survive.But Xavier Tillman hit a layup off a feed from Winston. Fifth-year senior Kenny Goins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer for the Spartans. Barrett missed one of two free throws in the final seconds, and Michigan State took advantage of the Blue Devils’ lack of fouls.MICHIGAN STATE TAKES DOWN DUKE!pic.twitter.com/xSUr7aLgSs— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 31, 2019The symbolism here is obvious, especially for a Michigan State team that battled back from a nine-point deficit in the first half and never let the Blue Devils take total control. Izzo did this his way, not the way everybody else does it.He tried that, once. The Spartans can win 30 games with NBA Lottery picks. They did that last year with a team led by Jaren Jackson Jr. And Miles Bridges. But that team lost in the second round to 11-seed Syracuse. This year’s team is everything Izzo has thrived with in East Lansing.This Spartans team stayed under the radar, despite all those accomplishments. They weathered injuries throughout the season. They swept rival Michigan in three high-profile meetings. They deserved a No. 1 seed, and this was their own special way of proving it. Cassius Winston — a first-team Sporting News All-American — put up 20 points and 10 assists, leading an attack that committed just seven turnovers to Duke’s 17.MORE: Selection committee should be embarrassed for mishandling SpartansThis victory at least partially vindicates that Big Ten style of basketball that is not lottery pick-dependent. Consider that the Big Ten has produced just 21 such players since the 2000 NBA Draft. Kentucky (18), Duke (16) and North Carolina (10), all teams that lost in the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend, have combined for 44 in the same stretch. Those three schools also have combined for seven national championships since the Spartans won it all in 2000, a stretch that has seen Big Ten teams go 0-7 in the national championship game.Basically, the Big Ten has been good enough to send a handful of teams that can do well in the first weekend, plus a couple teams capable of getting to the Final Four. But the league hasn’t been good enough to win a national championship in a long time.It looked like that would be the case again. Michigan lost in the Sweet 16. Purdue lost an Elite Eight heartbreaker to Virginia. The Wolverines and Boilermakers were better bets to get to Minneapolis because they did have to go through Duke.Michigan State was not supposed to win this game. Izzo had a 1-11 record against Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski coming into the matchup. He was criticized in an overblown incident for yelling at Aaron Henry during the first-round victory against Bradley. Those short-term criticisms ignored the family-style give-and-take Izzo has with his players, and in turn Izzo did not back down from the criticism.Duke, meanwhile, had the most captivating college basketball player of the decade — probably the millennium — in Williamson, SN’s 2018-19 Player of the Year. The Blue Devils had survived two close calls in the previous two rounds, but it was assumed this would be the next step in another national championship run for Coach K and a group of players that will overrun the 2019 NBA Draft.MORE: 5 key stats from Michigan State’s upset of DukeIzzo changed that in a victory with a methodology that hasn’t changed since 2000. The Spartans, then, emerged as the biggest victor over the weekend for their grind-it-out-defense and timely baskets.They will have good company in the Final Four. Texas Tech — a team that, like the Spartans, dismantled Michigan in the Sweet 16 — is the next matchup. The Red Raiders have the nation’s best scoring defense and future lottery pick in Jarrett Culver. Auburn just knocked off Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in order. Virginia is 0-3 against the Spartans, but Michigan State just proved how little those historical stats mean this time of year.There are two more games to win — or those same questions will return. Michigan State can reclaim its spot on the national championship podium, or settle for yet another bronze medal banner in the Final Four.Win or lose, don’t count on Izzo to change that approach. Sunday’s win proved that act hasn’t worn thin yet.last_img read more