Lackey knows what it means to be here

first_imgANAHEIM – There’s an Elvis curl to the lip, a breadth to the shoulders, an affably cocky air about big John Lackey that says this is the Angels pitcher who gets the ball with the whole season on the line. As he put it the other day, speaking of playoff distractions, “I’ve done the flyovers and all that kind of stuff.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In Game 1 of the best-of-five series, Bartolo Colon had let the night get away in the first inning on three singles and Robinson Cano’s three-run double over Garret Anderson’s extended glove. This, what Lackey gave the Angels from the outset of Game 2, was more like it. The Yankees kept putting runners on base. Lackey kept holding them there. He’d give up a walk, five times in his 5 innings. He wouldn’t give up a rally. He let in a single run in the second, another in the fifth. He wouldn’t let the Angels down. This was the Lackey of the postseason 2-0 record and 2.57 ERA. The man who’s heard the jets in October. “It’s always fun, man,” he said with a grin in the clubhouse, after the Angels had tied the series 1-1. “This is what you play 162 for.” Here’s Lackey’s idea of fun: Second inning. With one out, back-to-back doubles, Hideki Matsui to right-center and Cano to the corner in left, made it 1-0. Lackeygloved a Tino Martinez grounder to stop the rally. Third inning. With one out, careful pitching to Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi brought back-to-back walks and Gary Sheffield to the plate. Lackey gets a grounder from Sheffield, then one from Matsui, to end the threat. Fifth inning. Jason Giambi doubled Rodriguez to third with one out, jogging into second base because both Adam Kennedy and Orlando Cabrera went out for the throw and left the bag unmanned, and Sheffield’s high chopper toward third made it 2-0. Lackey got Matsui on a grounder that Chone Figgins dove to backhand to keep the game close. It was Lackey showing the cool that Mike Scioscia pictured when the manager said: “John has pitched, in his short career, in more big games than most guys in their entire lives.” Lackey was 23, with less than 100 days in the major-league life, when he dueled Minnesota’s Brad Radke in the win that put the Angels a game away from the 2002 pennant. The Anaheim elders had to compare him to something, so each reached for the most poised young pitchers he’d ever seen. Pitching coach Bud Black thought of Bret Saberhagen. Scioscia thought of Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Bob Welch. “These guys had the same ice water in their veins that Lackey does,” Scioscia said back then. It would come down to Game 7 in that World Series, Lackey against Livan Hernandez. Lackey held Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and the Giants to four singles in five innings and turned over a 4-1 lead that the bullpen kept. The young Angels of ’02 grew up, not without struggles. Lackey’s included a 10-16 season in ’03 and the frustration of watching the club’s opening-round sweep by Boston in ’04. The way last season ended, the Angels clinching the division in the 161st game, Lackey couldn’t have made a playoff start until Game 4. There was no Game 4. “(Reliever) Brendan Donnelly, in spring training this year, told me my goal was to at least get to play this year in the playoffs once we got there,” Lackey said. He’s smarter at age 26, less inclined to fire fastballs at the letters, more willing to take something off. Lackey threw his first breaking ball of the game on 3-2 to leadoff man Derek Jeter, who bounced out. “That shows you something about John,” Scioscia said. “He’s fearless out there.” It was 2-1 Yankees when Lackey was lifted, Scot Shields getting the final out of the sixth. Then Small Ball (infield hits, bunts, Yankees errors) and Round Ball (a Bengie Molina home run) won this must-win game. Angels starters are used to working with no margin for error. But doing it in the summer is one thing, and doing it in the fall is something else. But, as Lackey said, almost believably: “If you’ve been through it before, it’s not as big of a deal.” Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Lackey worked the past six months to get to Wednesday night, to have the chance to replicate his World Series heroism of 2002, to be able to pitch the game he was denied in 2004. With the Angels desperate to stay out of a two-game hole in their opening-round series, Lackey held down the New York Yankees long enough for his teammates to scrape together a 5-3 victory at Angel Stadium that brought back some of that ’02 feeling. last_img read more

Raiders’ Carr remembers teammate George Atkinson III

first_imgALAMEDA — Roster turnover being what it is, there aren’t a lot of Raiders who were teammates of George Atkinson III, who died Tuesday at age 27.George III, whose father George is a former Raiders safety, was battling depression after the death of his twin brother Josh less than a year earlier. Although no cause of death was reported when Josh passed away on Christmas Day in 2018, George III said in an open letter to “The Unsealed” his brother had taken his own life. Following that life …last_img

Mandela and the making of a woman

first_imgZelda La Grange served the global statesman for 19 years, eventually calling Mandela her grandfather, or umkhulu. He was the one individual who made her a better person and a better South African, she had said. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation/Alet van Huyssteen) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang CEO and spokesperson Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • ‘Goodness exists – greatness is possible, within a human being’ • Bikers hit the road for Mandela Day • Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • Mandela’s love of childrenMelissa Jane CookIn many of the photographs of Nelson Mandela, there is a familiar blonde woman standing to one side, a quiet but unmissable presence. The woman is Zelda La Grange, Mandela’s personal assistant, private secretary and rock.Her story is one that reflects the history of South Africa. She grew up with all the privileges of a white Afrikaner girl during the apartheid years, but underwent a personal transformation in the nineties when as a parliamentary typist, she went to work for one of the world’s most significant change-makers and the leader of a burgeoning democracy. Her relationship with Madiba, she has said, changed her profoundly.Born in 1970, La Grange was a student in the volatile eighties, the height of apartheid repression. At a time when forced removals and resettlement were creating havoc in township streets, the state of emergency further encouraged the colour divide and ferocious oppression of non-white South Africans. Suffering indignity and humiliation daily, the majority of the country was on the verge of imploding.Beating the odds of this violent, turbulent, shameful time in our history, a young white girl who initially harboured an irrational fear of black people became the black anti-apartheid stalwart’s closest confidante. Known as a Rottweiler and a general, she fiercely guarded Mandela at a time when anger ran rampant and South Africa was fearful of what this political transformation would mean.She served the global statesman for 19 years, eventually calling Mandela her grandfather, or umkhulu. He was the one individual who made her a better person and a better South African, she has said. “Nelson Mandela inspired people to forgive, to reconcile, to care, to be selfless, to be tolerant, and to maintain dignity no matter what the circumstances. I can attest to each of these because these are the ways in which he changed my life over the past 19 years. I am blessed and honoured by the privilege to have had the opportunity to serve him,” La Grange said in her memorial following Mandela’s death on 10 December 2013.GranddaughterA disciplined and dedicated individual, she who wore many hats while serving Mandela. She excelled in every department, even as she put it – and he agreed – as his “honorary granddaughter”.Yet growing up, La Grange said, she was unaware of the precarious position South Africa was in and took little notice of apartheid. “In all honesty, I just knew there was a terrorist or a communist in prison and that it would mean the end of the country if he were released,” she told the British newspaper, The Guardian. “The influence of ‘my world’ brought an ingrained hatred, subconsciously, for the man and what he stood for, even though I did not know precisely what that entailed.”Her parents, a butcher and a teacher, supported the ruling National Party and, on Sundays, they attended services at the local Dutch Reformed Church. “I was raised in a conservative environment in which black people were dangerous, a lower social class, and they were all terrorists!”When Mandela was released, she said, “my dad remarked, ‘Now we’re in trouble’, and I immediately felt an irrational fear”.Yet she has described her Calvinistic upbringing as protected and happy. Having an interest in the arts, she wanted to study drama, but her father advised her to pursue something else as acting was a difficult profession in which to survive. “He advised me to first do something that I could fall back on, and then go and study drama if I still wanted to. My father is a very realistic person and although I don’t like his advice 80% of the time, once again, he knew better,” she told The Guardian.Though not entirely pleased, she heeded this advice and received a diploma in executive secretarial work. A few years later, a typist’s post was advertised in The Presidency and La Grange jumped at the opportunity. She was a typist for Mary Mxadana, at the time the private secretary of Mandela, by then the leader of the country. He was the first democratically elected president of the country, and served one term, from 1994 to 1999.First meetingShe spoke of her first introduction to Mandela, saying she was a nervous wreck and did not know what to expect of this man whom she had learned to fear. “I was on my way to the private secretary’s office and the president was on his way out. We bumped into each other and he inevitably began to chat. I just answered the questions politely and was very afraid of the tall black man. He put me at ease with his friendly chatting and the unreserved way in which he shook my hand.”She added: “Shortly after I began working in the president’s office in 1994 I was shocked when I read the ANC’s Freedom Charter. They had already been striving in the 1950s for a non-sexist, non-racist society in which everyone could live together in freedom. I was completely confused and asked whether this was the reason that Mr Mandela went to jail. The answer, shortly, unfortunately, was ‘yes’.“It made me realise that in spite of the fact that I was white, there was a place for me in the new South Africa, if these were the principles the new governing party had fought for. From the president’s actions, I quickly realised that the values of the Freedom Charter were also his own values, and that if you showed respect to your fellow humans you could resolve any disputes.”Growing ever closer to the president, in 1996 she was promoted to assistant private secretary, and in 1999 she was again promoted to private secretary in the office of the president. Then, later that year, after Mandela left office, she was appointed executive personal assistant and spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.As Mandela’s right-hand confidante, La Grange was frequently in the company of heads of state, dignitaries and celebrities, and she had unrivalled access to world leaders. It was a demanding position, and with no social life except her commitment to Mandela, La Grange said despite this, she felt so privileged to be working where she was.Inspiring loyalty“I often battled with the relentless pressure. But then I looked to him who carried himself with such grace and energy. Nelson Mandela did not demand loyalty, but he inspired profound and unwavering loyalty from everybody whose life he touched.” She had come a long way since Mandela was “a terrorist” in her eyes.Visiting palaces and parliaments around the world Mandela would turn to La Grange as a sounding board, often speaking Afrikaans to her – her home language and one he had become accustomed to using during his years in prison. “It became a secret weapon. Whenever we were in a foreign country and he didn’t want people to know what he was saying or asking me, he would use Afrikaans.”Mandela fondly referred to La Grange as Zeldina; on a state trip to Russia in 1999 he learned that president Boris Yeltsin’s wife was called Yeltsina, and it stuck. La Grange described her relationship with Madiba as that of a grandfather with his granddaughter, “but like it used to be between them in the old days – with unconditional respect”. It was within this context that the “grandfather” had a huge influence on his “granddaughter’s” life.La Grange said that for her, Mandela’s sense of humour remained one of his most outstanding traits. Once he had retired for the second time and was more relaxed, it became even better and sharper. And her ability to laugh, also at her own foibles, was clearly something La Grange shared with Mandela – such as the time she fell out of a stationary helicopter en route to a state banquet for former US president Bill Clinton, during one of his visits to South Africa.At first, when people said they found it strange that a young white Afrikaans woman had become Mandela’s right hand, she was amused. But slowly the comment took its toll. “At first I found it amusing that it should fascinate people. Later it irritated me. If we want to move forward in this country, the first thing we must do is stop classifying people.“Madiba didn’t see people’s skin colour, and I learned from him to look for something deeper in every person. The fact that I’m white or any other colour was really irrelevant. What angers me now is the near-fascination and the fuss people still make of it, because it means that people still haven’t accepted that we’re all just South Africans, white or black, or whatever colour or faith.”A deep loveAbout work, La Grange stressed that there was no chit-chat. “It was a job with purpose and I deeply loved him.” Mandela was known for his punctual and strict work ethic, which made him “the easiest person, the best teacher and mentor”. “He was the most patient boss, an incredible person to talk with.”She believes he chose her as she was a great secretary, shared the same work ethic, and was exceptionally disciplined, punctual, committed, and put her all into her job. And she served him well. “It was a privilege to work for him and I would never want things differently. I learned respect, being respectful to people, in the way we relate to one another, and don’t allow your enemies to determine the grounds for battle.”Speaking to Talk Radio 702 host Redi Thlabi, Le Grange said that nothing could have prepared her for the loss she felt, the shock and sadness when she was told of Mandela’s death. “I saw him last a few months ago, and out of respect for the family, and for myself, I wanted to remember him like that. It was sad to see him deteriorating; he was such a proud, independent man.”Living legacyMandela was no longer here, but his legacy was. We must study and disseminate it, she stressed, saying it was now the time to be reminded that we must implement his values and morals. “We must achieve the South Africa that we dream of.”About his death, she said: “Heroes never die. As sad as it makes me that I will never walk into a room again and see his generous infectious smile or hear him say, ‘Oh Zeldina, you are here,’ I have come to terms with the fact that Madiba’s legacy is not dependent on his presence.“His legacy will not only live on in everything that has been named after him, the books, the images, the movies. It will live on in how we feel when we hear his name, the respect and love, the unity he inspired in us as a country, but particularly how we relate to one another.”She concluded: “Madiba will forever be present in my life because he made me into the human being I am today. I will cherish every smile, the pleasant but also the difficult times, and especially my barefoot moments. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you afforded me, but most of all thank you for believing in me, Khulu.”last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwood

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwoodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was happy to involve Joe Garner and Mason Greenwood in last week’s Champions League defeat at Valencia.The two teens were involved in the traveling party.Mourinho said, “I think it’s always a nice experience for them even if they don’t play, to be involved, to feel a new habitat and, I think, to even feel the pressure of being on the bench and thinking ‘maybe I have to play’. “To feel that extra adrenalin and responsibility, I think it’s always a good experience for them. But they had pre-season with us, they trained with us many, many times. Last week they were training with us almost every day, so it’s not really something new for the boys.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State softball would be crazy to not get fired up against

Michigan might be Kelly Kovach Schoenly’s alma mater, but the Ohio State softball coach isn’t pulling punches this weekend. “All I can say is I root for my team,” Schoenly said. “We will work hard as a unit to get a win for Ohio State. I worry about us.” For the first time as coach of the Buckeyes, Schoenly will face a place she once called home. While she was a star pitcher from 1991 to 1995 for Michigan under current coach Carol Hutchins, she insists her loyalties lie with the Scarlet and Gray as they stand to face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich. “If you went to Ohio State and you’re not fired up to play Michigan, then you’re crazy,” Schoenly said. “We’re fired up about it.” No. 12 Michigan has been one of the best softball programs in the Big Ten and has been a national powerhouse since Hutchins took over in 1985. The Wolverines are the five-time defending Big Ten champions. And they haven’t lost to OSU since 2011. But the Buckeyes (21-11, 3-3), despite their underdog status, aren’t backing down. Buoyed by the confidence of three victories against ranked teams already this season, Schoenly and the Buckeyes are ready for the challenges Michigan presents, both offensively and defensively. “The challenges of the preseason have helped (us) tremendously,” Schoenly said. “We’ve seen quality hitters for the last two months and I think they won’t be intimidated by that.” And OSU freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl attested to the team’s belief that it has an extra incentive to win this weekend. “It’s Michigan,” Prantl said. “You always want to beat Michigan.” The desire to compile conference wins in Big Ten play is equally important for OSU. “We haven’t won against (Michigan) for the last two years,” said senior outfielder Alyson Mott. “There’s a little bit more incentive because it’s Michigan, but we have to not pump ourselves up too much and take it like just any other regular game.” After dropping two games last weekend against Purdue, OSU is looking to get back on the winning track as Big Ten play nears the halfway point. OSU begins the three-game series with the Wolverines Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Silva Uniteds poor start hasnt helped Fred

first_imgGilberto Silva insists Manchester United’s poor start to the season hasn’t helped Fred.The Brazil international joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer but has struggled to have an impact in the Premier League so far.But Gilberto Silva insists Mourinho’s team have been worryingly inconsistent with good results quickly followed by a poor performance, and that hasn’t Fred.“The moment at the club is not the best,” the former midfielder said, according to Daily Mail. “That has been a problem. And that means there has been a lot of pressure on him and the rest of the players.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Also, Fred has been used to playing in a certain system in Ukraine and now he has to get used to another one.”“But I know him well. I know he will fight. When I speak to him he tells me he just wants to work harder. He is very determined to be a success.”“And I am sure he will be.”Silva reveals he is still in touch with Fred on a frequent basis and that the Brazilian is determined to be a success at Old Trafford.“It takes time to get used to football in England. It was hard for me when I first came to Arsenal from Brazil. Everything is different. The pace and the tempo of game. The intensity. It is so different to Brazil.”last_img read more

Levein urges Celtic and Rangers to pay for VAR

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has called for the introduction of video-assisted referees (VAR) in Scottish football and suggested Celtic and Rangers could pay for it.Levein has furiously criticized Scottish referees as his side has paid dearly for two wrongful decisions just in the past week.The latest was a controversial late penalty for St Johnstone in midweek, as Hearts had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.The Scottish Professional Football League ran an estimate for the cost of VAR, and it would cost £1m per season, and Levein believes Celtic and Rangers can pay for it as they earn money from playing in Europe this season.“I read recently that Ajax gave up their European money to take up the plastic pitches and put down grass pitches for the rest of the clubs in the league,” Levein told Sky Sports.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Maybe the Old Firm would give up their European money to put VAR in for everybody.“Unless we find somebody. Somebody bought Hampden so maybe somebody could put the money in to bring VAR in. It would certainly help referees.“VAR for me is the answer to the problem. As it is just now you just get one shot at it. It happens in rugby and it seems to be quite popular, there are less mistakes.“I think it’s a good idea, it’s just where we are going to find the money for it.”last_img read more

Cardinals Roll to Series Sweep of Alabama AM 143

first_imgStory Links Jared Poland went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in a career-high four runs for the second time in the last three games. Tyler Fitzgerald also had a pair of hits, scoring three times with two RBIs. Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Next Game: Western Kentucky 4/30/2019 | 6:00 PM Logan Wyatt turned in a three-hit day to lead the 17-hit offensive attack. The junior scored three runs and was one of five Cardinals with multiple hits in the game. Bobby Miller (3-0) gave up three runs in his six innings of work to tally his third victory of the season. The sophomore finished with a career-best 10 strikeouts with just five hits allowed. Adam Elliott, Glenn Albanese and Michael Kirian each tossed a scoreless frame to close out the win. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team finished off its sixth sweep of the season with a 14-3 victory over Alabama A&M on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium. PDF Box Score Live Stats Alabama A&M (13-33) jumped on top in the second inning on Sunday, plating all three of its runs. However, it was all Louisville from there. Video: Jared Poland Postgame ACC Network Extra Preview Jake Snider doubled with one away in the third and was immediately singled home by Fitzgerald to open up the floodgates. Danny Oriente tied the game up with a two-run single two batters later and Poland pushed the Cardinals in front for good with a double into the right field corner. Video Highlights Louisville (35-9) reached double digit runs for the fourth consecutive game and ninth time in 12 games. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Cardinals racked up 61 runs on the weekend, marking the most runs in program history in a three-game series. Louisville also set the program’s top mark for margin of victory in a series at 54. The same trio was at it again in the fourth with Fitzgerald, Oriente and Poland all picking up RBIs to stretch the lead out to four. Poland then made it an 8-3 game in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals then blew the game open with six runs in the eighth, including run-scoring hits from Trey Leonard and Cameron Masterman. Louisville wraps up a four-game homestand on Tuesday night against Western Kentucky. First pitch for Cancer Awareness Night is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Entrepreneur receives funding for tornado power generator

first_img © 2012 Michaud’s idea is to use a fan to blow some of the excess heat produced by conventional power plants, into a cylindrical hollow tower, at an angle. Doing so should create a circular air current, which he says will grow stronger as it moves higher. The higher it goes the more energy it draws due to differences in temperature. The result would be a controlled man-made tornado. To put it to good user, turbines would be installed at the base of the vortex to create electricity. The original test will be conducted at Lambton College in Ontario – the tower will be 131 feet tall with a 26 foot diameter. That should be enough to create a vortex about a foot in diameter – enough to power a small turbine. It’s just a proof of concept, Michaud notes on his site, a real-world tower would be about 25 meters in diameter, and would be capable of producing up to 200 megawatts of power using only the excess heat generated by a conventional 500 megawatt plant. Power goes up geometrically, he says, as the size of tower grows. He adds that the cost of producing electricity this way would be about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, well below the typical 4 or 5 cents for coal plants.Michaud has been investigating the idea of harnessing the power of tornado’s to provide electricity for several decades but until now has had problems being taken seriously by venture capitalists. He adds that his company built and successfully tested an AVE prototype in 2009, hinting that he has no doubts that the new tower and turbines will work as advertised.For those worried that a man-made tornado might get out of hand, escape its enclosure and wreak havoc on the nearby community, Michaud says that can’t happen because all it would take to stop the whole process would be to turn off the fan that feeds the vortex the warm air. Citation: Entrepreneur receives funding for ‘tornado’ power generator (2012, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. French company uses wind turbine to create fresh watercenter_img (—Electrical engineer and entrepreneur Louis Michaud’s AVEtec company has received funding from PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs program to build an experimental Atmosphere Vortex Engine (AVE). The $300,000 in startup funds is to go towards building a working engine to dispel or prove the viability of using such technology to produce electricity with virtually no carbon footprint. More information: … abs-includes-an.html Explore furtherlast_img read more