Tweet Share NewsRegional Cuba claims US legislator trying to sabotage access to oil reserves by: – June 17, 2011 9 Views no discussions US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, is promoting a bill that seeks to impose sanctions on individuals or entities assisting Cuba in the development of its oil industry.This claim was made during the Round Table Cuban radio and television program on Tuesday, when panelists said that, with the pretext of protecting the coral reefs of the Caribbean, the US legislator is trying to block the drilling of oil wells in the area and the Cuban socio-economic development in general.The bill (HR 2047) is called the Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act and it would deny US entry visas to any foreign officer, principal or controlling shareholder of a company that invests $1 million in Cuba’s oil industry.The sanction would apply to any investments made on or after January 10, 2005. It would also direct the president of the United States to impose sanctions on people who invest in Cuba’s petroleum sector, and make it illegal for any US national to help Cuba develop its offshore oil resources.Cuba’s area in the Gulf of Mexico is divided in 59 blocks. Several of them have been contracted for exploration by companies such as Repsol, PDVSA, and PetroVietnam.Caribbean News Now Share Share Sharing is caring!
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Spring is in the air. The brutal Wisconsin winter hassubsided, the ice on Lake Mendota has begun to melt, March Madness has come toan end, and outdoor football season is now underway.Yup, I said football. That wasn’t a typo.America’s pastime is now just over two weeks old as well,but here in Madison — where we have no baseball team to get excited about —it’s the gridiron gang that dominates the spring, post-basketball season.Saturday, the Badgers practiced on the Camp Randall field forthe first time since the 2007 campaign. It was loud, and the players wereexcited to be back in their holy place; there was energy in the stadium despitethe thousands of empty seats. And as I lay back on an empty bench behind me inthe stands, sunglasses on in 60-plus degrees of pure paradise, my mind began towander, and I began to ponder: What needs to happen for this football team tosucceed next season?Here’s what I came up with (in no particular order):?Evridge must minimize mistakesIt goes without saying that to win football games, allquarterbacks must take care of the ball and limit turnovers. But because theWisconsin offense has a run-first mentality (and rightfully so), a lack ofturnovers becomes even more crucial.In back-to-back road losses against Illinois and Penn Statelast season, quarterback Tyler Donovan threw for a combined four interceptions(two and two). That was no coincidence. Turnovers, especially on the road inthe Big Ten, will be lethal for this team because they don’t have enoughfirepower on offense to overcome such blunders.Evridge must take care of the football.?New kickers must step upThe kicking game is often an overlooked aspect of football.But a good punter (like Ken DeBauche) and a clutch kicker (like TaylorMehlhaff) are essential to success on the football field. Field position canprovide a huge advantage throughout the course of a game; a poor punter puts aton of pressure on a team’s defense. Kickoffs — Mehlhaff’s specialty — are alsopivotal in the field position game, and obviously late-game field goals canmake or break a season.After the loss of both Mehlhaff and DeBauche, the sense ofnostalgia can be subdued if the newcomers successfully fill their shoes. Eitherincoming freshman Bradley Nortman or Ken’s little brother Brad should take overthe punting duties. Freshman Phillip Welch, who is listed as a kicker, can alsodo some punting, which was evident Saturday when he booted a gorgeous55-yarder. Welch is also the top candidate to succeed Mehlhaff with the kickingduties.?Linebackers need to improveThe biggest disappointment on the defensive side of the balllast season may have been UW’s linebackers. Elijah Hodge and DeAndre Levylooked lost at times, especially against Illinois’ spread offense. As those twostruggled, Jonathan Casillas looked like he was trying to do too much, whichonly made matters worse. With Michigan implementing the spread this seasonunder new coach Rich Rodriguez, the Badgers will be forced to contain thetriple option, or they will be in serious trouble.Good thing they practice it on a regular basis now.?Secondary also must improveAt times, the UW secondary got torched for big plays andsome serious yard totals (i.e., Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota). WithEvridge at the helm, the Badgers do not want to get involved in Pac-10,shootout-type games, meaning they must be able to stop the pass.The loss of Jack Ikegwuonu to the NFL will hurt, but it maynot be fatal for Wisconsin, assuming corners Aaron Henry and Allen Langfordfully recover from their respective ACL tears from last season.Jay Valai is making a case to take over for Aubrey Pleasant— who looked like a deer in the headlights more often than not last season — atstrong safety and Shane Carter provides some experience at the free safetyspot.If this corps can force some turnovers and reduce opponents’big plays, it will take a ton of pressure off Evridge, and the Badgers will beable to compete with anyone in Big Ten play.?Paul Chryst needs to be consistentAt times last season, Paul Chryst’s playcalling seemedsuspect (a third-and-short end-around to Travis Beckum in Columbus and afourth-and-two Donovan bootleg in the Outback Bowl come to mind). With fourweapons in the backfield (P.J. Hill, Lance Smith, Zach Brown and John Clay),Wisconsin needs to run, run, and run some more. Cute, gimmicky plays areunnecessary when a team’s run game — thanks in large part to a massive,talented, experienced offensive line — is so strong.That said, a solid running attack will open up the playaction for Evridge to players like Beckum, Kyle Jefferson and David Gilreath(watch out for Gilreath in the fall; I saw a little of the Panthers’ SteveSmith in him Saturday).Chryst needs to utilize Beckum — UW’s best overall player onoffense — more, unlike in Tampa on New Year’s Day, when the Badger tight endwas MIA for the better part of four quarters. Also, Chryst needs to find waysto get Smith the ball (via screen passes, perhaps?) because he showed glimpsesof greatness last season and can only improve by playing in every game asopposed to just home games last fall.Also, don’t be surprised if you see a little spread offensefrom Evridge and Co. He has experience running it at Kansas State, and when Iasked him about it last week, he smiled and said, “We’ll see.”?The injury bug cannot hit too hardIn football, injuries are inevitable. Should Wisconsin beplagued with injuries (like they are currently) come fall, it will be tough forthem to compete for a conference title. Evridge must stay healthy, becauseafter him, there’s zero experience at the quarterback position.?Let-down games cannot happenFortunately, the Badgers’ schedule is a favorable one nextseason. They have Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois at home, and Michigan inSeptember — remember Michigan last September? Now imagine them with a newcoach.That said, if they want to compete for the Big Ten crown,they can’t lose the easy ones. If they take care of business against theMinnesotas and Akrons of the world, things could fall into placeever-so-nicely.?Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. Have any keysto the Badgers’ upcoming season of your own? 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Zetlin:For years, debates have surrounded the true meaning of the MVP award in all sports. Should it be given to the best player statistically? Should numbers be thrown out the window entirely? Should it belong to the best player on the best team? Is a player deserving of the honor even if his team fails to make the playoffs?Of course Albert Pujols’ new hardware raised similar questions Monday, since his Cardinals failed to make the postseason last month.See, the term “valuable” is far too vague. It truly is impossible to measure one’s “value” to his team, seeing that most of the candidates’ teams would be far worse without them. In basketball, the Lakers would be nothing without Kobe, the Cavs would be a joke without LeBron, and the Hornets would be helpless without Chris Paul, making each of them equally “valuable” to his team.But baseball is a much more individualized sport. It’s much more difficult for Pujols to make his teammates better than it is for Paul or Peyton Manning to do so. That said, the baseball MVP awards should be given to the player who has the best all-around individual season, regardless of his team’s standings (Notice I left out statistics because I think defense, clutch performances and leadership matter, too).Alex Rodriguez won the AL MVP on a last-place Rangers team in 2003, and deservedly so. Why should he be punished because John Hart didn’t realize that in order to win baseball games, you need pitching to complement good hitting? He shouldn’t.Pujols had the better season than Ryan Howard with less talent around him; therefore, he deserves to be MVP.So stop whining, Phillies fans; you got your World Series. Playoff-less Pujols is plenty worthy.Mason:So you don’t think a player’s team needs to make the postseason for him to garner a postseason award, huh Zet?Do you really think your homeboy Dustin Pedroia would have claimed this year’s MVP if he put on the same numbers on the lowly Baltimore Orioles, who finished 68-93?I don’t think so.Obviously, a good player on a good team is going to get more recognition than a good player on a mediocre or bad one. And for Pedroia, it helps that he plays in Boston, the city ESPN has a strange obsession with — even more publicity for the 5-foot-9-inch second baseman.Pedroia beat out my boy Justin Morneau — a former MVP himself — by a decent margin. When you compare their stats, however, it probably should have been closer than it was: 23 home runs and 129 runs batted in for Morneau compared to 17 and 83 for Pedroia. But the little guy had the big Canadian beat in hits (213 to 187) and average (.326 to .300).Oh, and he came on top in one more category: playoff appearances — 1-0. Morneau and the Twins just barely missed out on the postseason, while Pedroia and the Sox comfortably won the AL Wild Card.When you’re looking at two guys with pretty comparable stats, it’s tough to cast your vote for the one player who’s sitting at home, watching the other one play in the playoffs.True, Albert Pujols had a monster year: 37 homers, 116 RBIs and, most impressively, a .357 average. But if he was truly the most valuable player, shouldn’t the Cards have been playing in October?Albert was very good, but the Cardinals weren’t quite good enough. Sorry Al, you’re not that valuable.
Published on August 29, 2019 at 4:15 am Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 22 Syracuse kicks off its season at Liberty on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Daily Orange polled its three beat writers on the most pressing questions surrounding the program before the Orange begins its quest to repeat last year’s success.1. How big of a concern is the turn over and injuries on the offensive line? Eric Black: It’s SU’s top concern heading into the start of the season. Not only do the Orange have as talented a running back group as they’ve had in recent memory, but their brand new, shiny quarterback of the future is finally here and is less mobile than the previous. Tommy DeVito has the ability to scramble, but how he takes over the reins of the offense this year is largely dependent on the success of his offensive line. Having Airon Servais protecting his blind sight at left tackle is huge, but it’s the right side of the offensive line that poses somewhat of a concern. Right guard Dakota Davis has never started in college. Right tackle Carlos Vettorello has only played 25 college snaps. This unit has the potential to be great, but if the newcomers are slow to adjust or the injury bug bites them again, it’ll be a problem. Andrew Graham: The biggest. They maybe never got the credit they deserved, but SU’s offensive line was great last year. The Orange rushed for nearly 3,000 yards as a team, averaged more than 40 points a game and won 10 games in large part because the offensive line was so good. The Orange’s sack total didn’t go down in 2018, though, and it’s curious to see if that number can feasibly climb higher than the 37 surrendered last year, even if the line regresses. Right now, it’s a work in progress. Dino Babers said on Monday the five starters listed likely won’t be the ones to play the entire game, namely Carlos Vettorello getting subbed for Ryan Alexander. Whatever ends up happening, getting the offensive line sorted out should be priority No. 1 for the Orange. Josh Schafer: If you can’t block you can’t win, plain and simple. Now, Syracuse still returns three starters from last year, who when healthy, are very good. Add in Dakota Davis at guard and a combination of Carlos Vettorello and graduate transfer Ryan Alexander, and the offensive line could be more than fine. It’s really like any position group with turnover, we’ll have to wait and see. Two weeks into the season we should have a better idea of how new faces are fitting into the mix and if injuries from the offseason are still lingering. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Transfers Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson had impactful games in the Camping World Bowl. What can we expect from those two playmakers? E.B.: I think Syracuse fans can expect significant production from both Adams and Jackson this season. DeVito and Jackson have already shown they have a strong connection in training camp and scrimmages, and the former will need Jackson to assume the No. 1 wide receiver role that SU players have thrived in of late. Adams, on the other hand, is more of a wild card. The Oklahoma transfer may be the most skilled running back on the team, but he’s never really had the opportunity to showcase that talent. For now, he’ll likely start the game on the bench and split carries with starter Moe Neal. But I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the year, Adams is taking the majority of carries for the Orange. A.G.: It’s hard to say how much Adams and/or Jackson impact the offense early on. So much of what they do is dependent others — Adams needs good blocks, Jackson needs targets — and the chance of another player at their respective positions getting hot is always there. I think Jackson has a better chance to make a splash. DeVito and Jackson were together all summer and have developed a good bond. SU’s staff is high on Jackson and he might finally emerge as the Orange’s top guy. Adams biggest challenge is senior running back Moe Neal, who has been entrenched as the starter since Dontae Strickland graduated. Adams will definitely get his looks, but for right now he’s squarely behind Neal on the depth chart.J.S.: All signs point to Jackson being this year’s Amba Etta-Tawo or Steve Ishmael. At 6-foot-1, 191 pounds, he has some size and flaunts rare athletic ability, which he’s shown throughout training camp with numerous jump-ball catches. As long as he isn’t wrapped in double team situations, Jackson should be a break out player this season. In the backfield, Adams ran for 542 yards in Oklahoma for 9.2 yards per carry. If he can run like that in the Big 12 there’s no reason to think he can’t do it for Syracuse as well. The backfield is pretty loaded this year with senior Moe Neal and sophomore Jarveon Howard already having established themselves in the offense, but Syracuse used three running backs last year and there’s no reason not to expect the same season. 3. SU caused the second-most turnovers in the country last year (31). Is it fair to expect a regression in that category? E.B.: When asked about all the takeaways his defense was able to produce last year, SU head coach Dino Babers said, “Those numbers aren’t supposed to happen again. But we’ve got a chance.” Indeed, the talent is there for the Orange to put up a total close to the 31 they had last year. Andre Cisco is a ballhawk in the defensive backfield and quite possibly one of the best defensive backs in the country, and up front SU brings back the only pair of 10-plus sack returners in the country in Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman. Thirty-one turnovers is a lot, though. I wouldn’t be completely shocked if the takeaways come in bunches again this year, but I definitely expect a regression.A.G.: I would say so. And an important distinction: More important than total turnovers, SU finished fifth in the nation in turnover margin in 2018 — plus-13. That’s an extra possession every game. While it’s likely SU’s total turnovers go down, it’s margin could be even better. But that’s only if interceptions and fumbles are limited. The Orange coughed up six fumbles and threw twice as many interceptions last year. Cutting down on those totals could be just as important for maintaining the edge in turnovers as generating them in the first place — especially when the latter requires a little bit of luck. J.S.: It’s hard to expect any defense to finish second in the country in turnovers in consecutive years simply because of how much of those plays are predicated on luck and mishaps by the opposition. But Syracuse did emphasize turnovers more in the offseason leading into 2018, and players thought that directly led to the uptick. Last year, Syracuse had two players with 10 sacks, as Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson finished tied for 12th in the nation. Freshman safety Andre Cisco tied for first across the league with seven interceptions. Those are related. Quarterback pressure does lead to interceptions and Syracuse should have plenty of hits on the opposing signal caller this year. Will the Orange steal the ball back 31 times? Probably not. But will they have enough turnovers to warrant their own chain? Probably. 4. Who’s one player to watch for that’s flown under the radar through the summer?E.B.: I’ll take Taj Harris. With seemingly all the hype this offseason surrounding DeVito, Jackson and the running backs, Harris is quietly one of the most important players on offense for the Orange. Last season, Harris set the Syracuse rookie records for catches (40) and receiving yards (565) and started seven games. Despite only being a sophomore, he’s already one of the most experienced players on the offense, and has just as much ability to break off a big play as any other player on the team. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Harris, not Jackson, who leads SU in receiving this year. A.G.: I’m not a betting man, but put me down for Kenneth Ruff Jr. having a strong start in the middle of SU’s defensive line. The Orange are tasked with the unenviable job of replacing current NFL nose tackle Chris Slayton in the middle, and are likely to do so by rotating pieces like Ruff, Brandon Berry and Josh Black. Ruff is among SU’s more athletic players, using his wide frame to fill holes in the middle and quickness off the line to be effective in the pass rush. He finished with two sacks and 2.5 more tackles for loss in limited action last year. A bigger share of the minutes and Ruff could become a force in the middle for Syracuse.J.S.: Antwan Cordy is back for a sixth season and assuming he’s healthy, can be a contributor for the Orange on defense as well as in special teams. Cordy returns this year after being granted a medical hardship year for the 2016-17 season. He wasn’t around in the spring and hasn’t spoken to the media this summer. Currently listed as a backup free safety behind Andre Cisco, Cordy’s been around for so many years it’s hard to believe the redshirt can’t find a place to contribute. In 36 games played, he’s amassed 114 tackles and three interceptions. Last year, he averaged more than 10 yards per carry on punt returns. After spending time at slot receiver in spring 2018, it’s clear Cordy’s the type of athlete Dino Babers wants to use. It’s just a matter of when and where. Comments
PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is high-fived at the dugout by Kole Calhoun (56) after Ohtani scored on a single by Albert Pujols during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics’ Matt Olson runs the bases after his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson (28), celebrates his two-run home run with Jurickson Profar, center, during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 28: Noe Ramirez #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun (56) jokes in the dugout with teammate Brian Goodwin before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson follows through on a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson watches his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels relief pitcher Felix Peña walks off the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Oakland’s Matt Olson, background right, during the third inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson (28) is congratulated in the dugout for his three-run home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics second baseman Jurickson Profar makes a leaping catch on a line drive from Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 28: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on as Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses the plate after being driven in by Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 28: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is out at second base, but Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics is not able to make the throw to first in time for a double play in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha (20) celebrates his two-run home run with Matt Olson during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 28: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was not able to handle a single hit by Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Athletics won 7-2. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 28: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides over home plate behind Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Athletics won 7-2. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, and Mike Trout listen to the national anthem before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout smiles in the dugout before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is high-fived at the dugout by Kole Calhoun (56) after Ohtani scored on a single by Albert Pujols during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 21Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandANAHEIM — The black leather swivel chair in front of pitcher Felix Peña’s locker is different from that of his Angels teammates. The chair’s seat and backrest are covered by an extra layer of cushioning, a black padded attachment designed to pamper the spine.Peña’s last two appearances, both on the road, weren’t very good. He allowed 10 hits and six runs across 10 innings in Toronto and St. Louis. Speaking through an interpreter Friday, Peña said he didn’t bring his detachable chair pad with him.Peña had no excuses for his performance in the Angels’ 7-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. The only cushion he had was sitting in front of his locker. By the time he entered the game in the second inning, Matt Olson’s two-run homer against Noe Ramirez had put the Angels in a 2-0 hole. Olson added a three-run blast against Peña in the third inning.“Sometimes I try to be too perfect,” Peña said, “especially when the results aren’t going my way.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The A’s hit three home runs before an announced crowd of 41,913 at Angel Stadium, accounting for all of their runs. Mark Canha delivered the final blow, a two-run blast in the seventh inning against Angels pitcher Luke Bard.The Angels (42-41) saw their four-game winning streak end, and their chances to catch the A’s (44-39) in the standings reduced to winning the final two games of their four-game series.The Angels out-hit their opponents 8 to 6. They played a clean game in the field. Yet none of their hits were big or timely. Seven singles and a double, almost by definition, can only go so far. The Angels went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.“They jumped on us early,” Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “Olson pretty much single-handedly beat us tonight. When he’s hot, he can really do some damage when he’s hot. And he’s hot right now. I give credit to him.”All of the Oakland hits felt timely. Olson’s first-inning blast followed a one-out walk. That ended Ramirez’s streak of 16⅓ scoreless innings spanning his previous 10 appearances. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Peña retired the first five batters he faced. He was one strike away from striking out the side in the third inning. But Peña hung an 0-and-2 slider to Canha, who drove a single up the middle. Matt Chapman walked. On a full count to Olson, Peña threw another slider, this one knee-high.Olson, a left-handed hitting first baseman, hit the ball seven feet farther than his first home run and a little to the left. The three-run homer, Olson’s 16th of the season, put the A’s ahead 5-0.“Olson is a good down-ball hitter but it seems like he’s seeing the ball really well right now,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “He also hit a split-finger off (Luis) Garcia that almost hit the dirt. He’s good on the ball down. I think coupled with the fact that he’s seeing the ball very well that’s why we saw some hard-hit balls from him tonight.”Peña did not allow another hit in his five innings of work. But he walked a total of four and saw his ERA rise to 4.73. It was 3.42 when the month of June began.“I haven’t had the consistency that I’ve wanted,” he said of his five June starts. “But I’ve tried to stay strong mentally, keep that tough mindset and work hard. I can’t change how I go about things.”Bard continued the established pattern: He got two outs, allowed a single to Marcus Semien, then allowed a home run to Canha that landed in the left-field corner.That was more than enough support for A’s starter Mike Fiers (8-3). The veteran right-hander allowed six hits and one run in 6⅔ innings, walking only one batter and striking out four. He allowed his only run in the sixth inning, when Shohei Ohtani reached on an infield single, took second base on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Albert Pujols.Pujols has 3,141 hits in his career, one shy of tying Tony Gwynn for 19th all-time.Related Articles David Fletcher drew a leadoff walk against Lou Trivino in the ninth inning and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy for the Angels’ only other run.In three starts against the Angels this season, Fiers has a 1.93 ERA (18⅔ innings, four earned runs).“He pitched in a lot tonight,” said Lucroy, who was Fiers’ batterymate in Oakland last season. “He pitched me inside more than he ever has. I know he’s been really good the last five or six starts he’s had. He’s just on a hot streak right now.”Ohtani (3 for 4) and Tommy La Stella (2 for 5) accounted for five of the Angels’ eight hits.For Peña, predictability seemed to be an issue. He mostly succeeded in his stated goal of getting ahead of the A’s hitters. But on this night they seemed to anticipate the slider, prompting the right-hander to contemplate relying more on his changeup.“I’ve been working on it in the bullpen,” he said. “I think that’s going to help me a lot as the season goes on because then hitters won’t think I’ll just throw either a slider or a fastball. I can change their view a bit.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
MLB hot stove: Yankees could still add starter to bolster rotation depth, report says Yankees look very solid on paper but are considering adding a starter for depth. Gio, Ervin, maybe Miley among possibilities.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 31, 2019New York was also expected to pursue Wade Miley, but he reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Astros on Thursday. The Yankees reportedly are considering adding a starter to help the back end of their rotation and there are two pitchers who are likely in the running.Gio Gonzalez and Ervin Santana will possibly get consideration from New York, according to a report from Fancred Sports that cites unidentified league sources. As it stands, the Yankees’ rotation would feature Luis Severino, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. They also have other options in Chance Adams, Luis Cessa, Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga. Related News However, German has had his struggles, Adams, Cessa and Loaisiga lack experience and Paxton, Tanaka and Sabathia have past injuries to worry about, so adding depth might not be a bad idea.New York ultimately could stand pat and be fine, but it appears it is exploring adding a starter to help out with rotation depth.
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On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on the FIU bridge collapse that left six people dead and ten others injured in Miami on March 15, 2018.NTSB officials held a hearing about the results Tuesday, where its staff of engineers and investigators presented evidence that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a flawed design with “significant errors.”NTSB officials not only blamed design errors for the tragedy but also faulted “Florida International University, the Florida Department of Transportation and the project’s engineers and contractors for failing to exercise independent judgment, or even common sense, in leaving the busy road underneath the bridge open while a construction crew performed emergency work.”An NTSB official reiterated the findings of the investigation that FDOT engineers failed to listen to warnings about cracks in the bridge before the collapse.The cracks were “screaming that there was something definitely wrong with this bridge, and yet no one was listening,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt.The investigation has officially come to an end, but the case may be far from over.According to The Miami Herald, the NTSB’s ruling may influence whether Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle plans to file criminal negligence charges against the project team for its decision to treat the cracks the bridge as minor.Click here to learn more.Related content:NTSB report reveals shocking new details in deadly FIU bridge collapse
A Kansas man was sitting in his house when he noticed a 6-foot boa constrictor in his living room couch.Butler County District #3 responded to a call on Monday from a man who reported finding the snake. Fire rescue crews arrived to the mans home in Rose Hill, and were able to safely remove the snake.Officials say the homeowner has no clue where the snake came from or who it belongs to.Law enforcement is urging anyone who may know who the snake belongs to, to call officials at 316-776-0401.