Defense looking for redemption

first_img“He probably should have done a little more than he did this winter to prepare for this,” said Stoneman, a former major-league pitcher. “You learn as you go and he had never thrown as many innings as he threw this past year in major-league pressure situations. I’ve lived it and understand that doing work for sixweeks leading into camp is important.” Road to recovery: Dallas McPherson, a Phoenix-area resident, was on hand as the Angels gathered as a full team for the first time this spring. Four weeks after back surgery to fuse two lower vertebra, McPherson said he is walking two miles a day. He still is eight weeks away from any strenuous rehab. “If it happens to (cost) this whole season, so be it; I don’t have any options,” McPherson said. “I’ll try to get back as soon as I can. Luckily in this day and age, there’s a lot of ball after the season. There’s instructional league, there’s fall ball, there’s winter ball, there’s a lot of things I can do to get ready for spring training and try to get my timing back and make it a little better progression.” First injury: Projected Triple-A catcher Brent Del Chiaro suffered the first injury of the spring, breaking the bone at the tip of his right middle finger during drills Monday. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the captain of the infield at shortstop, Cabrera will be in the spotlight as the team looks for redemption on defense. Make no mistake, the poor defense is considered around these parts just as much the reason for failure last season as the shaky offense. “I believe this is a team that we have to have every single aspect of our game above average to maintain a winning attitude or a winning situation,” Cabrera said. “You know, our defense last year, we threw a lot of games (away). We need to improve that. We need to get back on track and play solid defense.” While additional defensive drills won’t necessarily be added to the spring routine, there will be an emphasis on catching and throwing the ball. “After the first four weeks of the season, everyone picked up their defense, and it’s no coincidence that as we started playing better defense, we started winning games,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. A learning experience: General manager Bill Stoneman is not happy with Jered Weaver’s offseason workout schedule, but is willing to chalk up the right-hander’s slow spring start to a learning experience. Weaver (Simi Valley High) still has not thrown from a mound as he tends to his biceps tendinitis. TEMPE, Ariz. – Never one to mince words, Orlando Cabrera gave his assessment of how the Angels used – or rather failed to use – their gloves in 2006. “The defense was horrible,” Cabrera said on the first day of full-squad workouts. center_img In an assessment of himself, Cabrera said he was merely average last season, a far cry from the above-average ranking he typically gives himself. All the way around the infield, the Angels were substandard, leaving them with the worst fielding percentage in the American League. last_img read more

For the record

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Saturday incorrectly reported that LAUSD board members Marguerite LaMotte and Jon Lauritzen voted against renewing the charter petition for Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter. In fact, LaMotte and Mike Lansing cast the no votes. A graphic Wednesday omitted the API scores for two local schools. Kester Avenue Elementary scored 876 and Mulholland Middle School scored 689.last_img read more

Atletico aiming to kickstart La Liga charge against Eibar

first_img“I’m not worried,” coach Diego Simeone said. “I’m calmer than ever because it’s a wake-up call, a call for more focus.”It also means five points stand between Atletico and Spain’s two grandees, who have swept up 13 of the last 14 league titles, with Simeone’s surprise triumph in 2014 the anomaly.That was Atleti’s first in 18 years and a surprise of such gigantic proportions, that even Barca’s fans applauded when it was signed off at the Camp Nou, in their own back yard.A repeat next May would be no less impressive but certainly more believable.In the four years since, Atletico have finished third, third, third and second, won the Europa League and gone to the final of the Champions League, only to lose to Real.But it was their business in the summer, or rather lack of it, that deepened the sense this could again be their year. Antoine Griezmann felt like a new signing after he snubbed Barcelona – and announced it in a documentary – while the arrivals of Thomas Lemar from Monaco and Rodri from Villarreal bolstered two areas of weakness.But defensive errors in the Super Cup win against Madrid have continued into the league, while Diego Costa, Griezmann and Lemar have yet to catch fire.“We have lacked a little bit of precision at the end of our plays and that’s why we didn’t score against Celta,” Simeone said.“But what is clear to me is that this start is the best thing that can happen to us.”Atleti will surely react and there was cause for optimism too over the international break, when their midfielder Saul Niguez proved himself the standout performer across two excellent Spain victories.But it means they can ill-afford another slip at home to Eibar on Saturday, particularly with the city derby at the Santiago Bernabeu fast approaching at the end of the month.– Courtois or Navas? –Their rivals could hardly have made a better opening under Julen Lopetegui, with a trip to come on Saturday to Athletic Bilbao, who will have not kicked a competitive ball in three weeks after their last match against Rayo Vallecano was postponed.Gareth Bale extended his sensational start to the season with a brilliant goal for Wales last week and Karim Benzema also appears a player transformed under his new coach, boasting four goals in three.The only doubt has been at the other end. If Thibaut Courtois retains his place in goal versus Bilbao, the temptation will be to conclude Lopetegui is plumping for the Belgian as his first-choice, ahead of UEFA’s recently named keeper of the year, Keylor Navas.“It’s clear that I have two excellent solutions,” Lopetegui told Cadena SER last week. “The decision we make, it’s not a problem. We have an idea in our heads that we will not make public and we will see where it takes us.”Luka Modric should make his second league start of the season, alongside the same clutch of Spaniards who helped inflict a 6-0 thrashing over his Croatia on Tuesday.Ivan Rakitic may be in for similar taunting as he returns to Barcelona, who face Real Sociedad on Saturday at Anoeta.With PSV Eindhoven to come at the Camp Nou three days later, Ernesto Valverde will have been relieved to see the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba resting up over the international period.FixturesFridayHuesca v Rayo Vallecano (10pm)SaturdayAtletico Madrid v Eibar (2pm), Real Sociedad v Barcelona (5:15pm), Valencia v Real Betis (7:30pm), Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid (9:45pm)SundayLeganes v Villarreal (1pm), Espanyol v Levante (5:15pm), Real Valladolid v Alaves (7:30pm), Sevilla v Getafe (9:45pm)MondayGirona v Celta Vigo (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are five points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid just three games into the season © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Sep 14 – Atletico Madrid were billed as serious contenders to win La Liga this season but three games in and they are already playing catch-up.A creditable draw away to Valencia was followed by a stodgy one-goal win at home to Rayo Vallecano. By the time the whistle blew on a chaotic 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo, Barcelona and Real Madrid were readying themselves for a third win out of three.last_img read more

These 14 top class players need a club and are available for FREE

first_imgFree you say?Yes, there are some players who still don’t officially have a club to play for next season and the list includes some high profile names.The likes of Michael Carrick, John Terry and Patrice Evra were all facing uncertain summers, but each have been handed new contracts by their respective clubs. Meanwhile, West Ham have snapped up talented winger Sofiane Feghouli for free.Here, though, talkSPORT looks at 14 players still looking for new contracts and could be snapped up for nothing.Click the arrow above, right, to see them beginning with Gregory van der Wiel. 7. James Morrison’s contract at West Brom to be renewed? – Morrison has been at the club since 2007 and the talk is that he will either sign an improved deal at West Brom or head to Middlesbrough where he began his career. 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving PSG – The Sweden striker still hasn’t signed for Man United… 13 2. Steve Mandanda’s Marseille contract is up – Mandanda is currently back up to Hugo Lloris in France’s Euro 2016 squad, but after the tournament he will be looking for a new club. Chelsea are one team linked with the 31-year-old, but that would only happen if Asmir Begovic left. 13 13 8. Nicolas N’Koulou to leave Marseille – Marseille stopper N’Koulou is leaving the French club and there is rumoured interest from a number of clubs in Spain including Atletico Madrid. 4, It doesn’t look like Tom Carroll will be getting a new deal at Tottenham – Carroll, a Spurs academy graduate, could be forced out when Victor Wanyama completes his transfer from Southampton. 10. Miguel Veloso is out of contract at Dynamo Kiev – Portugal international Veloso is 30 and the midfielder, who was playing Champions League football last season, still appears to have plenty to offer. 12. Emmanuel Adebayor is out of contract – Adebayor has not been kept by Crystal Palace, but the 32-year-old is still one of the best finishers around when he fancies it. 13 13 13 9. Victor Valdes is out of contract – Man United are letting the goalkeeper leave and Valdes has been linked with a reunion with Man City manager Pep Guardiola. 14. Liverpool have released Kolo Toure – Who will sign the 35-year-old cult hero? 13 13. Arsenal release Mathieu Flamini – The 32-year-old midfielder was in his second spell at Arsenal, but after three years he must look for a new club. 1. Gregory van der Wiel is about to leave PSG – click the arrow to see other players whose contracts are about to expire – PSG and Netherlands full back Van der Wiel is leaving the club after four years and Fenerbahce is one possible destination. 13 13 13 11. Nick Powell has not been retained by Man United – Sir Alex Ferguson had high hopes for the 22-year-old when he signed him in 2012, but he spent much of the following few years out on loan. 3. Martin Caceres is leaving Juventus – Caceres has been a Juve player since 2011, but injuries have meant he has never completed a full season. Napoli and Roma have been linked with moves for the 29-year-old. 13 13 13last_img read more

F-35 investment delay urged

first_img “The GAO report implies flight-test results come as a big bang at the end of the program when, in fact, we learn as we go from each ground and flight event,” the Lockheed Martin statement said. “The cost to implement GAO’s version of incremental development and acquisition would be so prohibitive it would dwarf the alleged cost risks the GAO report asserts,” the company said. Lockheed Martin said it is incorporating lessons learned from recent aircraft programs, including the F-22A Raptor it is building for the Air Force, to further reduce technical risks. A number of technologies proved in flight and ground tests on the F-22A are being used in the F-35, the company said. Other technologies that will be used by the F-35 are being tested on the ground or in flight using other aircraft. “For F-35, flight test is based on thousands of hours of component and system level testing in labs and facilities. We will know 80 percent or more about the system before we even begin flight test,” the company said. The F-35 will have logged approximately 1,350 flights and 2,500 hours of flight testing before the military services take delivery of the first production aircraft in August 2009. The first F-35 test aircraft came off the assembly line in February in Fort Worth, Texas, and is undergoing ground testing. The airplane is expected to fly in the fall, said Lockheed Martin spokesman John Kent. The aircraft will make a few shakedown flights in Texas before flying to Edwards Air Force Base for flight testing. The F-35 is being built for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. A number of foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, are also planning to buy the jets. Although the aircraft are assembled in Texas, the Antelope Valley is a site of a great deal of work for the program. Northrop Grumman workers assemble the jets’ center fuselage in Palmdale. Parts are produced at Lockheed Martin’s Palmdale plant. Flight testing of the aircraft will be done at both Edwards and at the Navy’s flight test center in Maryland. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Among the GAO’s recommendations are delaying investments in production of the aircraft until preproduction aircraft undergo sufficient testing to validate the base airframe design, then limiting production numbers to just the aircraft needed to conduct operational testing. Operational testing examines the plane’s war-fighting capabilities. The GAO also recommends that the Pentagon use an approach similar to how the F-16’s war-fighting capabilities grew over decades rather than the planned, single-step, 12-year development adopted for the F-35. “The F-16 fighter program, the Air Force’s JSF predecessor, successfully evolved capabilities over the span of about 30 years, delivering increases of capabilities quickly and often, as technologies became available,” the report said. “Structuring the program into separate and manageable increments based on what is achievable now and in the future would allow more predictable cost and delivery estimates.” Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s prime contractor, says the GAO’s recommendations, if adopted, would delay putting needed technology into combat pilots’ hands – in some cases by as much as 10 years – and drive up costs. The company, in a formal response to the report, said testing is already under way on the ground and using other aircraft. Lockheed Martin and partner Northrop Grumman won the production contract after a fly-off in 2000 and 2001 between X-35 prototypes and Boeing aircraft. PALMDALE – Governmental auditors are recommending that Congress delay investing in the production of the F-35 joint strike fighter until flight testing proves the design and mission systems work as predicted. Put together in Texas but with parts and assembly work done in Palmdale, 424 of the jets are proposed by the Pentagon to be produced, at a cost of $49 billion, before they begin initial operational testing, the Government Accountability Office said. “Producing aircraft before testing demonstrates the design is mature, increases the likelihood of design changes that will lead to cost growth, schedule delays, and performance problems,” the GAO report said. “Confidence that investment decisions will deliver expected capability within cost and schedule goals increases as testing proves the JSF will work as expected.” last_img read more

Lee Clayton confirmed as new Head of talkSPORT after 14 years at the Mail

first_imgLee Clayton has been confirmed as the new Head of talkSPORT after joining from the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online where he is currently Head of Sport.Clayton spent 14 years at the newspaper, helping them to win several major awards during his tenure in charge. But he has agreed to make the switch to the key role within the Wireless organisation, overseeing all programming across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2.Clayton will sit across a major drive to integrate the sports content with teams across all the platforms with the News UK group – including The Times,  The Sun and the Sunday Times.Scott Taunton, CEO of the Wireless Group, said: “This is a great hire for us at a very exciting time for Wireless with our move to The News Building around the corner and a jam-packed sporting calendar kicking off alongside exclusive rights across a number of sports.“I’ve no doubt Lee will complement the superb talent we already have working across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more MONEY impact Clayton (R) helped the Mail win the Award for Newspaper of the Year in 2017 by Patrick Collins (L) during the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards highlights Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Transfer news: After 14 years I will be departing my role as Head of Sport of the Daily Mail to take on an exciting new challenge as Head of talkSPORT. I leave a brilliant team but look forward to an exciting new adventure. Start/exit date tbc @talkSPORT @MailSport— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) September 7, 2018“Lee brings with him a wealth of sporting knowledge and content and I was particularly struck by his passion for both radio and publishing – a key factor for us and our editorial colleagues at The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times.“I am simply delighted to have someone of his calibre on board.” silverware 1 smart causal Most read football stories RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Clayton added: “I am thrilled with my appointment and this opportunity to head-up the country’s leading sports radio station.“talkSPORT is the home of sports radio and my new role is the radio equivalent of being given the chance to have a daily kick-around with Ronaldo and Messi.“Having spent 30 years in national newspapers as well as a three-year stint presenting on talkSPORT this feels like the perfect storm of radio and publishing coming together.”last_img read more


first_imgJohn Curran Manager of the DVC pictured with Bernard McDyre from BloodbikesIt’s official. Volunteering is good for you and Donegal!While we in Donegal Volunteer Centre have long been proponents of the positive impact that volunteering can have on individuals and communities, the OECD has now placed volunteering at the heart of its latest research.A new report, How’s Life?, describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s wellbeing in OECD and partner countries. It includes a wide variety of statistics, including capturing a range of data on volunteering. When we think of volunteering we often think of the benefit to the service user or even charities. But what about the impact on the volunteer? According to the OECD, the impact is pretty significant.Volunteering helps people to acquire new skills, which supports their personal development and often has benefits in their professional life. Anecdotal links have always been drawn between volunteering and increased employability – and there’s no denying that volunteering is great way to develop skills. According to How’s life?, those who volunteer have higher skills and in some cases can earn up to 14% more than non-volunteers.On a more subjective level, the 2013 American Time Use survey explored the correlation between happiness and volunteering activities. Those that volunteered reported higher levels of life satisfaction and on average experienced an extra hour of happiness a day on days when they volunteered. The connection between volunteering and health and wellbeing cannot be understated.Volunteering is a unique way to give back to the community and provides many volunteers with a sense of purpose and satisfaction. It allows the volunteer to make a real difference in their local area, to meet new people and to interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Statistics like the above are great and can provide us with hard data, but what about real life. A great example of the real impact of volunteering can be seen with Bloodbikes Northwest, a group of volunteers supporting the transfer between hospitals of supplies such as blood and breast milk for new babies. These volunteers are having a direct impact on daily life in Donegal. This Volunteering has made a significant positive impact on all our lives.Many people would like to volunteer but are yet to take the first step. With such a wealth of benefits and nothing to lose, why delay? Visit www.volunteerdonegal.ieor contact John & Caroline on 074 9126740 to start your volunteering journey today.WHY VOLUNTEERING IN DONEGAL CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhealthJohn Curranvolunteeringlast_img read more

Sunderland v Chelsea line-ups: Hazard ruled out, Fabregas in, Black Cats make four changes

first_imgWillian and Cesc Fabregas both start for Chelsea against Sunderland, with Eden Hazard ruled out with a minor injury.Nemanja Matic makes way for Fabregas, who came on for the final 16 minutes of Sunday’s win over West Brom.Diego Costa, the match-winner against the Baggies, once again leads the Chelsea line, hoping to further improve on his record of 12 goals in 15 Premier League games.Sunderland make four changes, including reintroducing captain John O’Shea as part of a three-man defence.Jan Kirchoff and Adnan Januzaj also return, as does Fabio Borini, one of three former Chelsea players in the Black Cats’ line-up.Sebastian Larsson, Didier Ndong, Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe all make way, with the latter three not in the squad.Sunderland: Pickford; Kone, Djilobodji, O’Shea; Jones, Denayer, Kirchoff, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, Defoe, Borini.Subs: Mannone, Love, Asoro, Larsson, Khazri, Maja, Honeyman. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Costa, Pedro. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What we learned at Raiders practice on Friday

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders would officially hit the panic button if they lose Sunday against the Browns, who are coming off their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield will start his first career game, and the Raiders’ shoddy defense is tasked with slowing down an improved Browns (1-1-1) offense threatening to send the silver and black deeper into NFL oblivion.The Raiders (0-3) wrapped up one final day of practice before Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff at the Coliseum. Here …last_img read more

Can UK smart city projects harness $7B in private funding?

first_imgTags:#financing#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#UK Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities New research identifies nearly $7 billion in funding for U.K. smart city projects if players can tap into flows of private capital.An article by UK Authority discusses the recent smart city research paper by Siemens Financial Services. The paper modeled private sector financing opportunities to make up the shortfall in public funds for British smart city projects.After looking at private funding sources in 13 countries, the study concluded that the U.K. could rustle up $6.98 billion for such projects.“Cities around the world are increasingly engaging in smart development to improve efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability, improve the lives of their citizens and develop their competitiveness,” said Siemens Financial’s Chris Wilkinson. “Private sector asset finance allows cities to make the full range of SmartStart technology investments in a timely manner.”SmartStart is a phrase used to describe smaller-scale, early stage smart city projects. Siemens Financial estimates that the top 40% of U.K. cities could be raising private sector asset financing for these types of projects.It identified certain early stage smart city technologies that can provide dependable return on investment and have already attracted asset financing arrangements. These include: vehicle routing, parking systems, building controls, improved medical technology, low-energy streetlights, road pricing and citizen self-service online.The research paper gets to the heart of one of the key challenges to smart city project development: an overreliance on public funding.City leaders are keen to verbally support the concept of smart cities, but the timeline for return on investment for these smart technologies is relatively long compared to the lifespan of a politician’s career.This makes it difficult for cash-strapped governments to justify such delayed payback when there are always other pressing problems that could reap benefits quicker. And this predicament is common the world over, not just among U.K. municipalities.Two main avenues of UK private sector fundingUK Authority managing editor Mark Say identifies two main avenues for private sector financing.“It can work on a project-by-project basis, often extending over a matter of decades, for initiatives with a proven RoI,” he says. “This is akin to public-private partnerships that tend to be large, complex, involve a consortium of financiers and fix the rate of return for the length of the project.”He says the other potential financing source is through asset financing. This is a short term, agile option often employed by companies for buying equipment to drive growth.“In the smart places context it would apply to projects such as a smart routing system or an energy-efficient building, which require smaller investments and can show a well-proven RoI,” he says. “The projects can stretch from a few months to a few years, and generate savings that are often realised in relatively quick time.”This comes as industry pundits are urging big government to butt out of smart city development. They instead want this left to local governments and companies who can more flexibly grow these initiatives. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts last_img read more