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KPK seek 10 years’ imprisonment for former sports minister in graft case

first_imgCorruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded that 10 years’ imprisonment be handed down to former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi for his alleged involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant for the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).Prosecutors claim Imam accepted Rp 11.5 billion (US$840,280) and an additional Rp 8.64 billion from several ministry and KONI officials.The KPK has also demanded that the bench order Imam to pay a Rp 500 million fine and Rp 19.1 billion in restitution.  “Among the incriminating factors is that the defendant’s actions have made it harder for Indonesian athletes to develop and achieve more. They are expected to lift the nation’s reputation in sports,” prosecutors said, adding that Imam had been uncooperative and dishonest during the trial.Imam denied his involvement in the case, telling the bench he would file a defense plea during the next hearing, slated for June 19.Apart from Imam and Miftahul, the KPK also named five other suspects in the case: former KONI secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy, KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy and ministry officials Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. The court has convicted them in the case.Separately, the Attorney General’s Office is opening an investigation into alleged corruption at KONI. Retired badminton gold medalist Taufik Hidayat was also implicated in the case, in which he admitted to playing a role as an intermediary by delivering the illicit funds to Miftahul in 2018. He further claimed that corrupt practices were prevalent in the ministry.Topics : “[We also demand] the judge revoke [Imam’s] right to run for public office for five years after serving his sentence,” prosecutor Ronald Worotikan read the demand during a hearing on Friday.During his term as sports minister from 2014 to 2019, Imam allegedly accepted bribes to speed up the approval of a grant proposed by KONI for supervising several athletic events in 2018, including the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games.Read also: KPK detains former PT DI director over graft case involving fictitious projectsThe bribe was reportedly given through Imam’s personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, who is standing trial in a separate case. Prosecutors demanded nine years’ imprisonment for Miftahul during a hearing on June 4.last_img read more

Sumatran orangutan released into wild after testing negative for COVID-19

first_imgThe North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) recently released a 13-year-old Sumatran Orangutan into Mount Leuser National Park in Langkat regency, North Sumatra. The animal was the first orangutan released into the wild during the COVID-19 pandemic.Agency head Hotmauli Sianturi said the orangutan, named Maria, was released on Saturday under the strict health protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.”All the officers who were directly involved in the release had tested negative for COVID-19. Before she was released, officials from the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Primate Research Center tested Maria for coronavirus using a PCR test, and the result came back negative,” Hotmauli told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.On June 18, the critically endangered animal was rescued by officers from the BKSDA and the Orangutan Sumatera Lestari Foundation’s Information Center after she was found wandering in Bukit Mas Village, Besitang District, Langkat regency.The officers discovered that Maria was ill and took her to Orangutan Sumatera’s quarantine and rehabilitation center in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang Regency, North Sumatra.Maria was released on Saturday after intensive treatment at the rehabilitation center.Hotmauli said it was the fifth time Maria had been released back into the wild because she kept entering residential areas in Langkat regency. This time Maria would be released deeper in the woods in the hope that she would not return to residential areas.North Sumatera BKSDA spokesperson Andoko Hidayat said Maria was a peculiar wild orangutan since she used to live near human residential areas.”Even though we had released her four different times at Mount Leuser National Park, she kept coming back to residential areas, especially near farms owned by locals,” Andoko said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Netherlands’ Belgian enclave juggles tricky virus rules

first_imgBut then the coronavirus pandemic came along — with Belgium following one set of guidelines and the Netherlands another — and confusion reigned. “People don’t understand whether or not they should wear a mask when they come to my shop,” said Sylvia Reijbroek, a local resident whose art gallery is split by the border, marked by simple white crosses on the floor. The Dutch woman used to be amused by the national boundary splitting the site, but since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic “it’s not so nice any more”.Customers entering from the gallery’s Belgian side have to put on a mask, before a few meters further, inside the gallery, they are allowed to take it off because they’ve “crossed the border”. Before the coronavirus, “there was no problem with borders. Now, we see it’s different,” Reijbroek, who is an artist, told AFP.  Mask or no mask? In Baarle-Hertog, as in Antwerp, wearing a mask in a public space is obligatory. Not so in Baarle-Nassau, because Dutch rules require masks only on public transport. Tale of two towns Despite the obvious white crosses demarcating the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, the two villages used to work well together, said Frans De Bont, Baarle-Hertog’s mayor.”With corona everything has changed. Nobody knows what to do,” he told AFP. “Now it’s: ‘you’re Dutch and you have your rules’ and we have Belgian rules which are stricter. And that’s strange,” said De Bont, whose 7.5 square kilometer village has recorded 14 coronavirus cases so far. During the recent lockdown, Reijbroek had to close her art gallery under Belgian law, while an adjoining shop on the Dutch side could remain open.Calling it an “intelligent lockdown”, the Netherlands was one of the few countries in Europe not to order a full quarantine during the height of the pandemic. “We have two governments which have different ways of dealing with the coronavirus. It’s not very pleasant,” Reijbroek said.To help the two towns’ population of some 9,600 residents navigate a tricky situation, some businesses now display storefront signs that read: “No mask required here.” To add to the absurdity of the situation, Antwerp’s authorities recently tightened COVID-19 restrictions by introducing a nightly curfew. There is a small Belgian enclave in the southern Netherlands where respecting two sets of rules to fight coronavirus has become a daily challenge, with international borders crisscrossing streets and even running through shops and homes.The tiny town of Baarle-Hertog stands cheek by jowl with its Dutch neighbor Baarle-Nassau in southern Netherlands, but its 22 enclaves are Belgian territory and part of the Antwerp municipality which lies about 50 kilometers (31 miles) away.Before, nobody worried too much about the fact that Belgian Baarle-Hertog was completely surrounded by the Netherlands, with the border running like a patchwork through the two towns and where the position of one’s front door determined which country one lived in. Unique situation The history of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog dates back to the Middle Ages, and the geographical anomaly has attracted tourists from all over the world.In 1198, the territory was carved up when Henry I, Duke of Brabant, gave Godfried of Schoten, Lord of Breda, some land.By 1830, when Belgium became independent and separated from the Netherlands, the question about precise borders once again came to the fore.The border was finally settled in 1995, some 165 years later. This is a “unique” case in the world, said Willem van Gool, director of the Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog tourist office. “You could say that we are the world capital of enclaves. We are used to it,” he said.”But of course, with the coronavirus, we have new problems to solve,” explained Van Gool. “It’s difficult for people here,” Mayor De Bont conceded.But for De Bont it’s not a competition to see which country has implemented the most effective measures against coronavirus, so clearly seen in the way the two towns deal with pandemic.”We are working on something bigger. We are busy with a war [against coronavirus] now,” he said. Both countries “are doing their best”. Topics :last_img read more

Port of Rotterdam’s Container Volumes Continue to Grow

first_imgPort of Rotterdam saw its total throughput drop by 0.4% in the first three quarters of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.Container volumes continued to grow at a markedly higher pace than the first nine months of 2017, even recording a new all-time high in August. Wet and dry bulk, however, showed a decline in volume, although LNG and biomass were two positive outliers within these product segments.A total of 350 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, representing a decrease of 1.5 million tonnes compared to last year. The port said it expects to make up some of the difference in the fourth quarter, so that the throughput recorded for 2018 in its entirety “will be more or less equal to that of 2017.”“The underlying shift in throughput figures that was observed in preceding quarters is continuing as expected. I am happy to see that the healthy growth in the Containers segment – one of the Port Authority’s spearheads – shows no signs of slowing down,” Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said.In 2018, container throughput increased by 5.7%, resulting in a total volume of 10,780,204 TEU. The strongest increase was recorded in the first seven months, with August 2018 setting a new record with 136,500 tonnes.Additionally, the volume of LNG handled in Rotterdam continued to grow “at an impressive pace.” September 2018 was a record month, with a total throughput of close to 0.8 million tonnes.The rise was mainly the outcome of the on-going intake of LNG transported by small carrier vessels to Rotterdam from the Yamal peninsula in Russia.Total dry bulk throughput fell by 7.3% compared to the first three quarters of 2017. The strongest decrease could be observed in the agribulk and iron ore segments, the port informed.last_img read more

Women of Troy sweep through weekend series

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team earned a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after upending both of their competitors this weekend.Doubled up · Junior Maria Sanchez captured solid victories in both singles and doubles events during the National Team Indoor qualifier. – Amaresh Sunduran Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan No. 9 USC demolished the No. 35 Auburn Tigers 4-0 in a second-round matchup of the ITA Kick-off qualifiers at Marks Stadium on Saturday night. This triumph came after another 4-0 blowout by the Women of Troy on Friday against the No. 60 San Diego Toreros.The Women of Troy improved to 4-0 on the year with the two wins.It was relatively smooth sailing for USC as it polished off its opponents this weekend. First on Friday against San Diego, USC snagged its doubles point with two fairly quick wins and thereafter clobbered the Toreros in singles play.The Women of Troy pocketed easy singles wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots to claim the match. USC’s top-three seeded singles players were also in the lead when the match was clinched.The next day, USC took on Auburn (which beat No. 28 LSU 4-0 on Friday) in the title match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.The Women of Troy were able to secure the early edge by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 spot, freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos of USC teamed up to tally in the first doubles win at 8-4.Meanwhile at the No. 3 doubles, Auburn’s Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers defeated USC’s junior Cristala Andrews and freshman Valeria Pulido 8-4. But it was only tied up for a moment, as USC’s No. 1 duo, juniors Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez, pulled out an 8-3 win.In singles, the Women of Troy displayed multiple occasions of stellar performances as they put the match away. Four Women of Troy opened up their singles matches with shutouts in the first set.“It’s rare to jump out to such big leads in all of the [singles] matches,” USC coach Richard Gallien said.To start the Women of Troy with their first singles win was nationally ranked No. 39 Ramos, who powered through her match 6-0, 6-1. USC junior Leyla Entekhabi beat her opponent in a similar fashion, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot.Up 3-0, the Women of Troy only needed one more singles victory to seal the deal.In both singles matches, USC’s No. 8 Sanchez and No. 37 Pulido were neck and neck in closing out their respective opponents, as No. 18 Lao and Andrews were also nearing victory.But it was Pulido who claimed the clincher point first, disposing of her opponent 6-0, 6-4, after coming back from trailing 1-4 in the second set to Auburn’s Daniela Vukadinovic. This left the remaining matches suspended with the remaining Trojans near victory.This was the only scheduled match for the Women of Troy that was against an East Coast team.“We played extremely well against such a tough Southeastern conference opponent, especially in singles,” Gallien added.The Auburn matchup also began over an hour late because the LSU vs. San Diego consolation match ran long. The Women of Troy, used to playing in the daytime, had to play in unusual circumstances, 40-degree weather from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.“We’re not used to playing so late in the evening so I liked the way the girls handled the adversity,” Gallien said.But in the end, whether it be nighttime or daytime, the Women of Troy proved they can handle any kind of condition.These two weekend wins secured a place for USC in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships set for Feb. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. Before making that trip, however, USC will stay at Marks Stadium to host Pepperdine on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse’s tightened defense leads to 4-1 victory over Vermont

first_imgEven as SU tightened up defensively, van der Velde was tested again. Twenty four minutes into the second half, she took two quick steps to her near post, kicking the ball wide of her cage to prevent UVM from cutting into the Orange lead. She then made another block just 20 seconds later, mopping up the area in front of goal. After those two saves, van der Velde didn’t face another shot on goal in the last 10 minutes. Those shots were the only two UVM placed on the cage in the second half. Even as the Catamounts pressed higher and higher up the field, they attempted wayward shots that ended well wide of the cage. Lagerweij may be gone, but SU has had multiple players play lots of minutes in her absence. Freshman Laura Graziosi, sophomore Steph Harris, and junior Claire Webb all helped defensively to maintain SU’s lead in the second half. “With her spot open, other people have stepped up,” Weers said. “Obviously we miss her, we miss everyone who leaves.” In the opening 20 minutes of the game, Vermont drew three penalty corners, a penalty shot, and posted three shots on goal. As Weers and Syracuse’s young lineup settled into its first game of the season, the Orange began to suffocate the Catamount attack in the middle third of the game. Syracuse scored two late goals in the first half, then stifled the Vermont attack by holding the Catamounts without a shot on goal for almost 30 minutes. Vermont’s lone goal came on a penalty shot after a foul was committed on the SU goal line. “We had a little bit more control in the second half,” Weers said. “Obviously we were a little nervous in the first game of the season, you work so hard in the preseason.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 12 minutes left in the first half, Vermont tested sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, who made a critical kick save with her feet. At that point, both teams had posted four shots on goal, and Vermont appeared the more likely to net a second. Three open field giveaways in Syracuse’s defensive half nearly cost the Orange on the scoreboard, as SU needed van der Velde to make three first-half saves.Early in the second half, SU head coach Ange Bradley began snapping her fingers in a circling motion, urging her team forward, to press higher up the field, and win the ball back, she said.“We’re slow right now, we’ve got to get faster, we’ve got to get more pressure on the ball, and we’ve got to make reads quicker,” Bradley said. “From the sidelines, you can help tempo that a bit, and get them to identify that we need more aggression.”Weers and van der Velde worked together to help communicate with the underclassmen without Lies Lagerweij’s presence anymore. Both voices could be heard all the way from the bleachers at J.S. Coyne Stadium, calling out commands to push further up the field to press, or drop deeper to prevent a counterattack. Weers is forced to be more of a communicator this year on the field, Bradley said. Throughout spring practices and scrimmages and summer pre-season, Bradley has been impressed. “She’s doing great,” Bradley said. “Roos had a really good preseason and stepped up and (has) taken on additional responsibilities, and we don’t want to overstretch her that she loses who she is.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Moments after Vermont’s third penalty corner of the first half, Roos Weers made a crucial block right in front of goal with her stick. Then, while ripping off her facemask and throwing it into the grass behind the goal, she raced to her right, stealing the ball from the attacking Catamount, and playing a long pass up the field.That transition and ensuing attack led to a penalty corner. Syracuse converted that corner into a 2-1 lead as Laura Graziosi netted a backhand top shelf. The Orange scored a quick third, a penalty corner goal from Weers, and a fourth early in the second half, as Syracuse defeated Vermont 4-1 to open its 2018 season Friday.last_img read more

Angels use team-wide effort to beat Rangers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister throws to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols follows through on a foul ball to left in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gestures to the dugout after hitting a single off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor reaches to field a ground ball by Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Cozart was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols attempts to tag out Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor who got back to first safely after Elvis Andrus lined out to right in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Odor suffered and unknown injury on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols helps Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor who suffered a left hamstring injury getting back to first in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Rangers first base coach Anthony Iapoce, and Elvis Andrus, right, watch. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers head athletic trainer Kevin Harmon assist second baseman Rougned Odor off the field after Odor suffered an unknown injury on a play at first in the first inning of baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is greeted in the dugout at the start of the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun connects for a run-scoring single off a pitch from Texas Rangers’ Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. The Angels’ Zack Cozart scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, and Albert Pujols, right, celebrates Pujol’s solo home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches play from the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, left, reaches out to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena (18) who was caught advancing home on a fielder’s choice by Zack Cozart in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards adjust his cap as he works against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) slides into home as Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) attempts to make the tag in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, left, attempts to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, front right, who touches the bag with his hand as he dives into home in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez, back right, watches the play. Hernandez ruled Maldonado out but after a video replay the call was reversed to say Maldonado was safe at the plate. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) yells to the dugout that he was safe as Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alex Claudio, rear, watches following a close call at the plate in which Maldonado was ruled out in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. The call was reversed after a video review. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Martin Maldonado yells to the dugout that he was safe as Rangers relief pitcher Alex Claudio, rear, watches following a close call at the plate in which Maldonado was ruled out during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in Arlington, Texas. The call was reversed after a video review. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 09: Jim Johnson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 25Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels won a game without a hero.The Angels’ 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday was cobbled together by 10 position players and six pitchers, with just about all of them providing something for the winning recipe.And Shohei Ohtani wasn’t even among them, with the day off after pitching seven innings on Sunday.Ohtani’s absence provided the opportunity for someone else to shine, but instead the Angels simply collaborated on a rather routine victory, one that pushed their record to 8-3. It equals the best 11-game start in franchise history, last accomplished in 1987. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I didn’t know whether to slide head first or feet first,” he said. “I didn’t know which one I was going to do, but it worked out.”Relievers Noé Ramírez, Jim Johnson, Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian finished the game. Parker, who had been struggling, tossed a perfect inning.About the only negative on the night was Richards, who in three starts has not yet finished six innings. He’s walked 12 in 15 innings.“It’s still early in the season, so this stuff I’m going to figure out before my next start,” he said. “I’ll get with (pitching coach Charlie) Nagy and watch some film and do some drills in my next bullpen. Hopefully I’ll get my timing and tempo and everything down to where I can fill up the zone.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Albert Pujols hit the only homer among the Angels’ 13 hits. Martín Maldonado had two hits, each driving in runs, and one acrobatic slide to score a run. Andrelton Simmons, Zack Cozart, Kole Calhoun and Pujols had two hits apiece. Nine of the 10 players who came to bat reached base at least once or drove in a run, with only Justin Upton coming up empty.The Angels have now scored 68 runs, the most in the American League, even though projected leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler has played only one game.“I think (the lineup) is deeper and we’re getting contributions from a lot of spots in our lineup,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Some guys aren’t locked in like we hope they will be, but we are doing a good job of pressuring teams with some really clutch hitting.”The hitters and the relievers – one in particular – bailed out Garrett Richards on a night that he walked five, including three to load the bases before he was pulled with one out in the fifth.José Álvarez then came in to face two of the Rangers’ most powerful hitters: lefties Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maldonado acknowledged afterward that the play was more accident than design.Related Articles Álvarez said his mindset was to “just make pitches and stay out of the cookie spot.”Álvarez succeeding in avoiding the middle of the plate, and he got both hitters on routine popups, preserving the 3-1 lead.“That’s a key spot in the game,” Scioscia said. “For him to come in and get two really good left-handed hitters – either one of them can hit the ball out of the ballpark – is huge.”They padded the lead to 5-1 in the sixth, mostly thanks to Maldonado’s bat and – believe it or not – his base running.Maldonado’s two-out single drove in Simmons. He then came all the way around from first on Chris Young’s double down the left field line. Maldonado appeared to be out easily at the plate, but he contorted his body to avoid Robinson Chirinos’ tag, slapping his  hand on the plate. He was initially called out, but ruled safe upon review.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA CHROME TO WORK SIX FURLONGS AT 11:45 A.M., PST, SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; 2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR READIES FOR GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES ON JAN. 9

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2016)–California Chrome, 2014’s Horse of the Year, will come onto Santa Anita’s main track to work six furlongs prior to Saturday’s first race at 11:45 a.m., track officials announced Friday. A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Derby, the 5-year-old California-bred colt by Lucky Pulpit will enter the track via the quarter mile chute with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Idle since picking up a $2 million check for running second in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 28, “Chrome” will make his 19th career start for trainer Art Sherman in the San Pasqual. With nine overall wins to his credit, he has career earnings of $6,322,650.last_img

Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto Awarded Women’s Golf Player of the Year

first_imgNameSchoolClassHometown Jenna PhillipsSam Houston StateJr.Austin, Texas Kaity Cummings3*Houston BaptistJr.Waco, Texas Emma Svensson3Central ArkansasJr.Halmstad, Sweden FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday with the all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Alberto, a two-time selection to the first team, was voted for the top player honor after a season in which she won three tournaments in her sophomore campaign. The native of Kingwood, Texas, led the conference in average score at 72.73. Her 1.21 score vs. par was the best in the league. At the Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship, Alberto placed second and two strokes off the lead, carding a 71 in her last round. Her low round of the season was 67.Central Arkansas’ Geraldine Wong was voted to the second team and garnered the Freshman of the Year distinction. She ended the season ranked sixth for scoring average at 75.07. Lamar’s Eva Martinez, a sophomore from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, is the Newcomer of the Year. She carded a 76.08 average for the year.Leading his Houston Baptist squad to its second consecutive Southland title, David Shuster is the Coach of the Year. He picks up the accolade for the second consecutive season. The Huskies are set to compete at the NCAA Austin Regional from May 7-9.UCA leads the first team with junior Emma Svensson and senior Fernanda Lira each claiming their third all-conference selection. The two earned individual selections to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, the first time in program history the Bears have accomplished that feat. They will tee off Monday, May 7.The 2018 Southland Championship top finisher, HBU’s Kaity Cummings, also earns her third selection to an all-conference team. The junior from Waco, Texas, shot one-under in the championship round to win the title after heading into the day eight-over par. This is Cummings’ first nod to the conference’s first team.Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet secured her second consecutive selection to the first team, finishing the year ranked fourth in the conference for scoring average at 74.08.Lexi Brooks of HBU was voted to the second team to receive her third selection in as many years. Sam Houston’s Jenna Phillips and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Autumn Bynum round out the all-conference picks.All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school’s head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted.2017-18 Southland Women’s Golf All-Conference TeamsPlayer of the Year: Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Geraldine Wong, Central ArkansasNewcomer of the Year: Eva Martinez, LamarCoach of the Year: David Shuster, Houston BaptistFirst Team Honorable Mention: Sara Zrnikova, Houston Baptist; Madison Frerking, UIW.2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection* 2018 Southland Championship top finisher Elodie Chapelet2LamarSo.Souraide, France Second Team Autumn BynumTexas A&M-Corpus ChristiSo.Montgomery, Texas Fernanda Lira3Central ArkansasSr.Mexico City, Mexico NameSchoolClassHometown Geraldine WongCentral ArkansasFr.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hanna Alberto2Sam Houston StateSo.Kingwood, Texas Eva MartinezLamarSo.Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Lexi Brooks3Houston BaptistJr.Kingwood, Texaslast_img read more