Peter Pawlett saw a shot come back off the crossbar, while Adam Rooney had a penalty claim waved away, but ultimately the Dons did enough by preventing Shkendija from scoring at the other end following the 1-1 draw in the first leg. But what worked for Aberdeen worked against St Johnstone, who went out on the away goals rule as they could only manage a 2-1 win over the 10 men of Alashkert. Press Association Newtown booked their place in the second qualifying round as they won 2-1 away to Maltese side Valletta, completing a 4-2 aggregate win. Jason Oswell and Matty Owen scored either side of Thierry Fidjeu’s goal for the hosts. Newtown go forward as the last remaining Welsh side in the competition as Airbus UK and Bala took their leave. A 2-2 draw away to Lokomotiva Zagreb was not enough for Airbus UK as they went out 5-3 on aggregate in Croatia, while a late goal for Differdange saw Bala lose 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 win on the night. Conall Murtagh opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Ian Sheridan’s goal seven minutes from time levelled the tie on aggregate, only for Omar Er Rafik to score five minutes into stoppage time to snatch victory. UCD are through to the second qualifying round after advancing on away goals, having lost 2-1 away to Dudelange to make it 2-2 on aggregate. Ryan Swan fired the Irish side ahead after 17 minutes, and although the hosts scored twice in the space of five minutes immediately before half-time through Joel Pedro and Kevin Nakache, UCD hung on to advance. The Dublin club, who play in the Airtricity League first division after being relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2014 season, were only handed a place in the competition when the Republic of Ireland was granted an extra berth for its third place in UEFA’s Fair Play League. Home advantage did nothing to help St Patrick’s as they lost 2-0 to Skonto in Dublin, completing a 4-1 aggregate loss. Cork’s hopes came to an end in extra time as they lost 2-1 to the 10 men of KR Reykjavik in Iceland, going out 3-2 on aggregate. Mark O’Sullivan’s 13th minute goal put Cork on course for the second qualifying round, but – although the hosts had Skuli Jon Fridgeirsson sent off a minute before half-time – Reykjavik levelled through Palmi Palmason 15 minutes from time. That sent the match to extra time, and Jacob Schoop’s 99th-minute goal did for Cork. Aberdeen needed the away goals rule to advance to the second qualifying round of the Europa League as they were held to a scoreless draw by Shkendija on Thursday night. Michael O’Halloran levelled the tie on aggregate in the 34th minute and St Johnstone’s chances appeared to improve considerably with the 65th-minute dismissal of Karen Muradyan. But Norayr Gyozalyan struck in the 74th minute and, although Brad McKay scored a late goal for the Scots, it was not enough. Linfield lost 4-3 to NSI Runavik in a wild match in the Faroe Islands, but that was enough for the Northern Irish side to go through 5-4. Reece Glendinning put Linfield ahead in the 13th minute, but they trailed six minutes later as Klaemint Olsen and Pol Johannus Justinussen hit back. Guy Bates levelled, Jens Joensen put NSI back in front before Andy Waterworth levelled again, and although Justinussen had the final word on the night, Linfield had done enough. However, there were heavy defeats for Northern Ireland’s other two sides in the competition. Glenavon lost 3-0 away to Belarusian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk to complete a 5-1 aggregate defeat. Aleksandr Yurevich, Nikolai Yanush and Dmitri Komarovski got the goals for the hosts. Cup winners Glentorna lost 3-0 to MSK Zilnia in Slovakia to go down 7-1 on aggregate as Matej Jelic bagged a hat-trick for the hosts.
Quique Sanchez Flores believes Watford failed to be “competitive” in their 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Southampton, but he refused to criticise his players after insisting it was a first for the season. The hosts convincingly outplayed and outworked his team, and had the Saints even been slightly more clinical in the final third they would have won by a far greater margin than that provided by goals from Shane Long and Dusan Tadic. Watford were sluggish throughout and occasionally erratic, but having inspired his team to an impressive first half of the season, in which they have often appeared capable of challenging for European football, their manager was reluctant to be negative. Press Association The Dutchman said: “I was not so nervous because from the start we dominated the game, controlled the game. We were dangerous, we created chances. “I prefer to play with three at the back against two strikers. That gives more ball possession. Defensive-wise it’s a little bit more sureness, because one of our qualities is our left and right-backs are very offensive players. “We had very good pressing. Oriol (Romeu) and (Jordy) Clasie were very good in the midfield. “We can (start to) look up (the Premier League), but we also have to look under us, because it’s close. “(Watford) are doing a great season. They are difficult to beat. Maybe Southampton is one of the teams who created a lot of opportunities, because normally it’s not so easy to create opportunities to score against Watford.” “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed, but not angry,” Flores said. “We have the feeling we didn’t play in the right way. We made mistakes, we made Southampton’s play very easy. They played much better than us. “But it’s the first time during the season we’ve had this feeling, so more than ever supporting the players, transmitting to the players it’s possible to make mistakes… it’s the first time, we need to understand sometimes it’s possible. “It’s the first time we feel that we were not competitive. It’s the first time the opponent is much better than us. I apologise to the fans. My feeling is to give more support than ever to the players, it’s the first time in six months we’ve had this feeling. We can learn for the future. “It’s football, sometimes it happens. It’s not our idea when we’re training, it’s not our idea when we are playing the match, it’s not the spirit of the team. “Our spirit is very high, it’s very positive, it’s very energetic, but we didn’t find this spirit, and Southampton played really well.” Southampton’s impressive performance was a welcome return to form for Ronald Koeman’s men after they had lost eight of their previous 10 games. The Saints convinced by maintaining an intense work-rate throughout but were profligate with their finishing, though Koeman insisted he was always confident his side would win.
Police arrested him on felony charges of battery and official misconduct, and a misdemeanor charge of writing a false report to a law enforcement officer of an alleged crime, according to jail records.He posted bond on Thursday night.“I want the public to understand that we addressed this immediately. We took immediate action because we want them to know that everyone will be treated with dignity and respect,” Hobley-Burney said.In addition, 27-year-old Officer Monica Frederic faces a charge of filing a false report of the commission of a crime. She has been on unpaid leave since March and is also facing a termination hearing.Both officers turned themselves in on Thursday, the FDLE said. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.Eckrode was named Fort Pierce Police officer of the month in July of 2016, the year he joined the department.Frederic has been with the police department for a year.A third officer who was at the hospital during the incident did not take part in the battery or contribute to the falsified police report. He will not face criminal charges, but may face disciplinary action. Courtesy: City of Fort Pierce/WPEC A police officer resigned from the Fort Pierce Police Department late last week, after being caught on camera punching and slapping a suspect at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.The incident took place on February 20.“It is a sad state of affairs that I am before you today,” Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney said.Chief Hobley-Burney added that police officers and crews with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue found the 38-year-old man unconscious and intoxicated on Okeechobee Road.Officers took him to the hospital for an evaluation, where the man apparently continued to be combative and made threats, as well as using racial slurs, to Officer Monica Frederic, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).Hobley-Burney explained that 31-year-old Officer Albert Eckrode punched and slapped the suspect, who was not in handcuffs, at that point.The suspect ended up with an injury to his upper lip that required stitches.“Things that you saw on the video is not tolerated and we will not allow anyone that wears the badge of this department to do such actions to any citizen,” the police chief said.Eckrode, who is a K9 handler with the department, was placed on leave the day of the incident and faced termination. However, he decided to resign instead.“This was a criminal act. This type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Hobley-Burney explained.She added that the FDLE determined Eckrode broke the law.
SMALL forward Harold Adams rewrote the local basketball record books when he poured in an unbelievable 111 points, to help the Victory Valley Royals to a record-setting 206-46 win over Bankers Trust Falcons in the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Open League basketball championship.Adams, before this unmatched scoring feat, had a 46-point game in this very tournament but this scoring binge erases score of his teammate Chris Williams, who had previously netted 76 points a couple seasons ago.Orlando Glasgow, from the scoring triumvirate of this rampaging Royals unit, was the next best scorer with 31 points. Williams managed 22 points.The signs were early on the scoreboard as Royals had a 40-13 lead when the first half ended, but by halftime they had outscored their opponents 43-6 to be ahead 83-19. The pivotal third quarter saw the writing on the wall for a historic final score as they raced to a 149-27 advantage, on a 63-8 run against their hapless opponents.In the other match of the double-header, Retrieve Raiders held on to a 57-55 win against Amelia’s Ward Jets behind 16 points from Neil Marks. Duel Montrose contributed 10. Parrish Cadogan was the top scorer for Jets with 20.(Joe Chapman)
The University of Wisconsin softball team doesn’t like to make excuses.The Badgers didn’t let the wind take all the blame in losing to Notre Dame two weeks ago. They also admitted they could have done more in the games against Illinois and Ohio State where bad officiating was a factor in the losses.But a series in which rain created swamps on the warning track and delayed the games three times? UW head coach Chandelle Schulte is willing to point some fingers at the weather in the Badgers’ losses to Michigan Saturday.“We spent more time raking and drying off the field than playing softball,” Schulte said. “So that prevented us from gaining any momentum and Michigan took advantage of that to win game one.”The series was originally scheduled to be played Saturday and Sunday but Sunday’s forecast of rain pushed the games to a Saturday doubleheader. The second game was delayed by lightning in the sixth inning and though scheduled to be finished Sunday, was eventually called through 5 1/2 innings.Since the Badgers finished the minimum of five innings in that game, it goes in the books as an official completed game. Not playing Sunday meant Schulte and the grounds crew spent the afternoon cleaning up the mess Saturday’s storms left at Goodman Diamond while trying to forget the mess the softball team made during play.Rain delays seemed to do nothing but hurt the Badgers. Wisconsin had just given up the first run of the game in the fifth inning in the early match when a delay was called. Fifteen minutes later the second Michigan run scored on a Leah Vanevenhoven wild pitch, and the rest of the game tumbled from there, even after Letty Olivarez entered the game in relief.The second game lasted all of four pitches before another half hour rain delay was called. The field suffered as a result of the downpour and the rest of the game was played in varying degrees of rainfall.Vanevenhoven doesn’t have the best control, a fact that was exacerbated by the rain. The southpaw constantly struggled to find the strike zone, as evidenced by eight wild pitches and eight walks.Even pitches at the beginning of at bats were all over the place. A number of Vanevenhoven’s pitches went over the head of or behind the batter.The ball was seemingly replaced after every pitch as the rain made it difficult for the pitchers to find a grip.Fatigue may also have been a factor, as Vanevenhoven started four consecutive games going into the series, where she started both of those games as well. Since April 18, Vanevenhoven has logged 34.1 innings in the circle, in addition to playing outfield when not pitching.“Leah pitched well, but a combination of her pitching so many innings in the last two weeks and the weather conditions caused her to lose some of her control,” Schulte said. “And it showed late in game one as Michigan rallied off some keys hits and scored on some wild pitches and passed balls.”Olivarez struggled in relief as well, with 41 of her 89 pitches being balls. The junior is also not known for her control and was battling flu-like symptoms which left her out of the starting lineup.While it didn’t affect the Michigan pitchers as severely, the rain may have been part of the reason UM’s Jordan Taylor walked two batters. Taylor averages only about one batter walked per game. Taylor also had a slightly inflated 50-33 strike-to-ball ratio and often requested a dry ball after throwing a pitch.The weather seemed to be just one more example of the Badgers being unable to catch a break. While the wet infield dirt deadened the ball on a couple of Wisconsin’s bunt hits, it also played a part in errors by shortstop Katie Soderberg and second baseman Livi Abney. Often the ball took a bad skip off of a dry patch of ground or got stuck in the sloppy parts, making it difficult to field the ball.In facing a Michigan team that doesn’t make errors or walk batters, Wisconsin needed to play nearly perfect to compete. The weather only made UW’s slim chances of accomplishing the feat that much worse.
Mayo host Fermanagh, while the losers of Donegal and Monaghan face Longford and Kildare take on Offaly.Limerick were due to host Cork, however as the Shannonsiders owe Cork a home game they will travel to Pairc Ui Rinn.Those matches are due to take place the weekend after next.
Since then, he has become a swingman, shuttling between the Dodgers rotation and bullpen. In parts of four big-league seasons, he’s posted a 3.51 ERA over 387 innings, with 52 starts and 84 relief appearances.In 212 innings over the past two seasons, Stripling has struck out 9.7 batters per nine innings. He’s also been better than average at inducing ground balls, something the Angels value.Stripling has been on the injured list three times in the past two seasons, with right toe inflammation and lower back inflammation in 2018 and right biceps tendinitis last year. Stripling was out for about five weeks with the biceps issue last year.He returned to pitch 14 innings in September, striking out 17 and walking one in that span. He allowed four earned runs. He pitched just one inning in the Dodgers’ five-game division series loss to the Washington Nationals.Stripling is under control for three more seasons before free agency. He’ll make $2.1 million through an arbitration settlement in 2020. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A day after news broke that Angels were on the verge of acquiring another hitter for their stacked lineup, they are apparently also going to pick up a pitcher to bolster their rotation.Former All-Star Ross Stripling will come to the Angels, along with outfielder Joc Pederson, in exchange for infielder Luís Rengifo, according to multiple reports. There are expected to be other prospects on both sides of the deal, reportedly including Dodgers outfielder prospect Andy Pages.As of Wednesday night, neither team had confirmed any details of the trade, just as the Dodgers’ three-team deal with Boston and Minnesota that would bring All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers has yet to become official.According to a report by the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers-Red Sox-Twins trade was being held up by a question over the medical report on Twins prospect Brusdar Graterol. The report indicated the deal is still likely to get done, although perhaps with some tweaking of the original players. No matter the final composition of the deal, as long as it involves the Dodgers getting Betts and Price, presumably they’ll still be willing to send Pederson and Stripling to the Angels.Once the deal is done, Stripling would join an Angels rotation depth chart that includes Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Julio Teheran, Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning. They also have Patrick Sandoval, José Suarez, Jaime Barría, Dillon Peters and Félix Peña, all of whom made starts for them in 2018. The Angels are also bringing Matt Andriese to camp as a starter, although he’s pitched in relief the past two seasons and could be shifted back to the bullpen.Many of those pitchers, including Stripling, have had recent injury issues, which is no doubt why the Angels are trying to build the most depth they can. Ohtani, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, will be on an innings limit and might not even open the season in the rotation.If the Angels are to get Stripling, they will add a pitcher who has been solid throughout parts of four big-league seasons.Stripling, 30, posted a 3.02 ERA over 122 innings in 2018, when he made the All-Star team.
DENVER >> It seemed the good times would last forever for Kobe Bryant as winning NBA championships and ascending among the league’s elite instantly became customary.Brian Shaw then offered perspective. “He always felt invincible,” said Shaw, who played with Bryant when he won three of his NBA titles from 2000-2002 and served as an assistant coach when he won two more championships in 2009 and 2010. “I would always say to him, ‘Father Time will catch up with you at some point and ice will be your best friend.’”Shaw, who is in the beginning of his first year as the Denver Nuggets coach, offered that early conversation to foreshadow the obstacle Bryant currently faces with his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. “Even when he was pushing to try to be back at the beginning of the season, that particular injury is a tough one,” said Shaw, a Bryant confidant who speaks with him monthly. “It’s made him take a step back, take a deep breath and say, ‘This is one I actually have to allow to fall in place and take care of itself.’”Bryant traveled with the Lakers for their game Wednesday against Denver at Pepsi Center, but the team hasn’t offered a timetable on when he will play, let alone practice. Bryant focused this week on running drills, including sprints. Shaw has spent the last two seasons as Indiana’s associate coach and his first head-coaching gig in Denver telling his players about Bryant’s work ethic. Shaw believes Bryant will prevail again because of that trait. “My money would be on him to come back,” Shaw said of Bryant. “He’ll do everything in his power to strengthen up the area that’s injured and give himself a chance to come back and play at the level he’s accustomed to playing.”Quick study After spending part of his summer working toward completing his sports marketing degree at the University of Kentucky, Lakers guard Jodie Meeks has embarked on another crash course. The top item on the syllabus — help the Lakers overcome the long-term absences to Bryant and Steve Nash (nerve issues in back). Meeks has passed so far, averaging a team-leading 13 points on 52.6 percent shooting and 47.6 percent mark from three-point range. “He’s shooting exceptionally well because he’s playing hard as can be,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s always in the right spots.” That goes beyond hoisting outside shots, something Meeks struggled with last season with only a 38.7 percent mark from beyond the arc. Meeks has also driven to the basket more. “I have to find other ways to be successful and score,” Meeks said. “It’ll open up my offensive game and areas for everyone else on the court.”Low turnoutThe Lakers’ sellout streak for regular-season homes ended at 270 when they drew 18,426 people at Staples Center for the team’s win Tuesday over the New Orleans Pelicans, falling just shy of the capacity of 18,997.When accounting for playoff games, the Lakers had sold out for 320 consecutive contests. The last time the Lakers failed to sell out at Staples Center was December 2006 against New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
For his first two-fight weeks of 2019, Andrew Cancio continued to work his full-time job at a gas company in Oxnard, Calif. But as he heads into his WBA (Regular) junior lightweight title bout vs. Rene Alvarado in a rematch on DAZN, Cancio is doing things a bit differently.”This is the first time that I’m actually taking the whole fight week off,” Cancio told Sporting News. “Usually, I try to plan my days off and save my vacation time. But I don’t have any more vacation time left, so all of this is without pay. I’m fine with it. Every time I go through a big fight week, I’m like, ‘Man, I should have taken the entire week off.’ I know I should relax and get my rest. “Then, when I beat him, the talk didn’t need to happen anymore. Here’s Leo Santa Cruz, a champion in another weight division, and he gets to fight for the Super championship. I don’t know why it wasn’t ordered then for him to fight me or elevate me up and make him fight for my current belt, and then we could meet up in the future. But you know how this game is. It’s politics and money. If Leo Santa Cruz fights Flores for that and calls himself a four-division world champion, then that’s on him. He knows damn well he should have faced me. I’m the real 130-pound world champion. He didn’t want to fight me because he knows that I’m a very tough fight for him.”Cancio (21-4, 16 KOs) is brushing off the apparent disrespect by the WBA, knowing that another highlight-reel victory would cap a year for the ages and give him momentum into 2020. “It would mean the world to me,” Cancio said. “To end this year as a world champion and hopefully with a good victory, it would mean a lot to me because I have goals, and one of them is to go into the holidays and ending the year as a world champion, because then I secure myself another big fight, which means another good payday.” “The more I’m fighting now, the bigger the stakes are getting. There’s no need to juggle two things right now, especially when I’m going to be making pretty decent money for this fight. Now, I have to get this job done on Saturday, and I want to be well-rested and have my body prepared for it.”When the calendar flipped to January 2019, Cancio was a virtual unknown in the sport of boxing. Prior to his February bout with Alberto Machado, the sentiment was that it would a walk in the park for the heralded Machado. Join DAZN to watch Cancio vs. Alvarado 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearBut in boxing, anything can happen. After a shaky first round, Cancio blasted through Machado in four rounds to win the title. Then, in June, the 31-year-old proved he was for real when he stopped Machado one round earlier. Cancio felt proud that he could quiet those naysayers, finally get the respect from the boxing community, and prove he’s one of the best in the world at 130 pounds.”I’m glad that Alberto Machado exercised his rematch clause and fought me right away,” Cancio told Sporting News. “It was a chance for me to showcase my skills. Even though the first fight went four rounds, I had plenty of nerves in the back, and with the electric atmosphere in the arena, I was able to harness all of that and learn from it and settle down in the second fight and just go out and execute in a much better fashion. It showcased everything about me and what I have. I’m here to stay. Now, I got to continue to showcase my skills every time I fight and show people why I’m a world champion.”From the outside, the respect appeared to dwindle when the WBA mandated a title bout Saturday between Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores for the Super title instead of bumping up Cancio to that status.”I wasn’t even given a reason,” Cancio said of the sanctioning body not notifying him about not being elevated. “I know Alberto Machado was a Super champion until they took it away from him and demoted him to Regular champion and made ‘Tank’ the Super champion. I know he was supposed to have a meeting with the WBA, but the WBA never gave him the opportunity.
FAGAN: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 ballotThere are a number of sneaky-underrated players on this year’s ballot as well, including Bobby Abreu, Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee.The ballot, voting and eligibility rules are all available below.2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballotThe 2020 Hall of Fame ballot features 32 players, including 19 first-year players.All WAR numbers courtesy of Fangraphs.PlayerPositionYear on ballotTeam(s)Career WARDerek JeterSS1NYY73.0Bobby AbreuOF1HOU, PHI, NYY, LAA, LAD, NYM59.8Josh BeckettSP1FLA, BOS, LAD36.3Heath BellRP1NYM, SDP, MIA, ARI, TBR9.9Adam Dunn1B/OF1CIN, WSH, ARI, CWS, OAK25.6Chone FigginsIF1ANA/LAA, SEA, LAD22.2Raul IbanezOF1SEA, KCR, PHI, NYY19.3Jose ValverdeRP1ARI, HOU, DET, NYM8.5Carlos Pena1B1TEX, OAK, DET, BOS, TBD/TBR, CHC, KCR18.9Brad PennySP1FLA/MIA, LAD, BOS, SFG, STL, DET26.7J.J. PutzRP1SEA, NYM, CWS, ARI10.2Brian Roberts2B1BAL, NYY29.7Eric Chavez3B1OAK, NYY, ARI37.2Jason Giambi1B/DH1OAK, NYY, COL, CLE49.8Rafael FurcalIF1ATL, LAD, STL, MIA33.1Paul Konerko1B1LAD, CWS24.0Cliff LeeSP1CLE, PHI, SEA48.2Alfonso Soriano2B1NYY, TEX, WSH, CHC38.9Todd Helton1B2COL54.9Andy PettitteSP2NYY, HOU68.2Andruw JonesOF3ATL, LAD, TEX CWS, NYY67.0Scott Rolen3B3PHI, STL, TOR, CIN69.9Omar VizquelSS3SEA, CLE, SFG, TEX, CWS, TOR42.5Manny RamirezOF4CLE, BOS, LAD66.3Billy WagnerRP5HOU, PHI, NYW, ATL24.0Gary SheffieldOF6MIL, FLA, LAD, ATL, NYY, DET, NYM62.1Jeff Kent2B7NYM, SFG, HOU, LAD56.0Roger ClemensSP8BOS, TOR, NYY, HOU133.7Barry BondsOF8PIT, SF164.4Curt SchillingSP8BAL, HOU, PHI, ARI, BOS79.8Sammy SosaOF8CWS, CHC, BAL, TEX60.1Larry WalkerOF10MON, COL, STL68.7When will Baseball Hall of Fame results be released?Voting results for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Jan. 21. Hall of Fame voting season is upon us.This year features 32 players, including 19 first-timers. It’s headlined by a few interesting stories, as usual: How many votes will Derek Jeter get? Will Larry Walker finally make it in? What will come of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules, eligibilityActive Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) members of 10 years or longer receive a ballot, including Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan. Writers can vote for up to 10 players on the ballot. Writers may also submit a blank ballot, which counts against players on the ballot. Writers can also abstain from voting by not submitting a ballot.Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot five years after their retirement, as long as they played at least 10 seasons in the majors. If a player unretires during the five years, then the clock for Hall of Fame eligibility is restarted.Players are removed from the ballot if they do not receive at least 5 percent of the vote while on the ballot. Players are voted in if they receive 75 percent or more of the vote.