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Chelsea alter transfer plan as Lampard prepares for Willian’s exit

Chelsea alter transfer plan as Lampard prepares for Willian’s exit

first_imgBlues head coach Frank Lampard has stated he is looking to reinforce his strike force during the current window.Express Sport understands Lyon star Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner are two of the strikers Chelsea have expressed an interest in.However, Castles says developments over Willian’s at the club future means Chelsea will now look at replacing the Brazilian, who could even leave this month.Willian is out of contract at the end of the season and wants longer than the one-year extension he has been offered.“It does not look like Chelsea are willing to spend that much on a centre-forward,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.“Their priorities, I’m told, are elsewhere, particularly on the wing where they envisage losing Willian at the latest in the summer.“They have offered Willian a new contract but only a one-year contract because of his age.“Willian, quite understandably, is arguing that ‘I’m better than a one-year contract, I’m a top performer in the Premier League, there are plenty of other clubs who would like to give me a longer-term deal, so I’m not going to sign that’.“So Chelsea are preparing for his exit and I’m told are focusing on wingers at present.”Willian has been a regular under Lampard this season, scoring four goals in 21 Premier League appearances and most notably starring in the win over London rivals Tottenham.Chelsea change transfer plan with Frank Lampard ‘preparing for Willian’s exit’ https://t.co/tUgjqrW7E3 pic.twitter.com/Fmq92b3dWq— CLEANSHEET (@Cleansheet) January 16, 2020Read Also: Chelsea keeper relishes Premier League challengeCastles says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia are prepared to make a “statement signing” this month.And Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho is their No 1 target.“One of those strong options for them is Jadon Sancho,” Castles added.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea look set to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club this month, leaving them short on attacking options. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIf Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien SzaniszloThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Chelsea are preparing for Willian’s exit and have made signing a winger their main transfer priority, says transfer expert Duncan Castles.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Sprint target for Ballycroy

Sprint target for Ballycroy

first_imgMichael Halford has confirmed Via Ballycroy an “intended” runner in Saturday’s 100,000 euro Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh. The four-year-old was last seen displaying a smart turn of foot to win the Texacloth Handicap over course and distance in May, when coming home under Shane Foley half a length clear of Arbitrageur. Halford said: “She’s an intended runner and has come out of her last race in good form. I’m very happy with her as she has come forward nicely.” He added: “I’m hoping for a good draw and if she gets it, she should give a good account of herself. She goes well on fast ground and six furlongs is ideal.” Halford clearly thinks a bit of his filly as she has entries in next month’s Group Three Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse and the Group Three Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. He added: “We’ll take it a day at a time but if she runs well at the weekend, that will be the way she’s going.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Martinez: Seven wins to seal fourth

Martinez: Seven wins to seal fourth

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez predicted the race for the fourth Champions League place would go down to the wire following Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham. “Being in this position gives us an understanding of what a good season we’ve had,” Martinez said. “With the points we have, we have a realistic chance to fight for that aim (Champions League). “I’m not saying we’re going to get that because we admire Arsenal because they get in the Champions League consistently. “They have developed a real understanding (of) what to do in these games, so that makes Sunday a phenomenal challenge. “It will probably go down to the last game of the season. “Look at the quality and experience of Manchester United and Tottenham, they will fight until the end. Mathematically seven teams are fighting for four positions.” Strikes from substitutes Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith and an own goal by David Stockdale consolidated fifth place for Everton, who are four points adrift of Arsenal with one game in hand. But it was Fulham who dominated the first half and they even fired an equaliser through Ashkan Dejagh, only for substitutes Aiden McGeady, Mirallas and Naismith to seize the initiative for Everton. The Toffees know that if they win all of their remaining seven matches – starting with next Sunday’s clash against Arsenal at Goodison Park – they will finish in fourth. A triumphant sequence spanning five successive Barclays Premier League games has transformed them into genuine contenders for Europe, but Martinez insisted the competition is fierce. Martinez said: “Fulham started better than us. They were very energetic and stopped us doing what we wanted to on the ball. “The second half was a bit different. The fresh legs of Naismith, Mirallas and McGeady gave us a different spark. “We were the team who finished stronger than the home side, but even then it was a really open game. “We are a team that is prepared to fight and that will give everything to get a positive result.” Martinez confirmed that Ross Barkley was substituted at half-time with a calf injury, but is expected to be fit to face Arsenal. Fulham remain rooted to the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety and with just six games to secure a 14th successive season in the top flight. Boss Felix Magath took enough positives from the performance against Everton to justify his conviction they will escape relegation. “It was a very important game and it’s very disappointing that we lost,” Magath said. “But if you see how we played, it gives you another view. It was our best game. We created a lot of chances, but we didn’t score enough goals. “I’m not planning for the Championship now, we will try again next weekend. “I know that we can still make it because Everton are one of the best teams at the moment but we didn’t play like a relegated team against them.” Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: D-Day Commemoration Event in Portsmouth

WATCH LIVE: D-Day Commemoration Event in Portsmouth

first_imgPresident Trump is attending D-Day commemoration events in Portsmouth, England this morning, alongside other world leaders from nations involved in that historic day. He addressed the crowd on hand to pay their respects, quoting the words of Franklin D Roosevelt. Later today, the President will travel to Ireland for a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.Trump will then head for France tomorrow to take part in ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.The massive allied invasion led to the end of World War Two.last_img read more

Union Square Halloween runs this Saturday

Union Square Halloween runs this Saturday

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Headless Half-Mile and Dead Run are set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Ellsworth’s Woodlawn Museum.Both runs will have costume themes and will be timed events. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for youth participants and free for children 5 years old and younger. Registration will begin at 3 p.m.Contestants will be provided with fresh treats and cider, and the first 50 registrants will also receive T-shirts. The male and female winner of each will also receive awards, as will those judged to be the best-dressed contestants.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

The Latest: Northwestern football resumes practices

The Latest: Northwestern football resumes practices

first_imgThe Latest: Northwestern football resumes practices Two more top-10 women — Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens — will miss the U.S. Open, joining No. 1 Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis tournament during the coronavirus pandemic.The fifth-ranked Svitolina, a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a year ago, said on social media she doesn’t feel comfortable traveling.No. 7 Bertens wrote on Instagram that one of her concerns is the need to be quarantined upon returning to Europe after the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.___Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. What did cricket fans do when there was no live games to watch during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic?Watched replays. Lots of replays.The International Cricket Council released figures Friday showing it had 1.65 billion video views on its Facebook channel in the first half of 2020, saying it “topped the rankings in terms of video consumption among leading sports bodies” on the social media platform.Cricket was shuttered globally from late March until last month, when host England beat West Indies 2-1 in a three-test series that was played inside bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester.The ICC, citing statistics from the CrowdTangle analytics tool, said daily video consumption on its Facebook page increased from 3 million minutes viewed to 15 million minutes per day during the lockdown. August 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Northwestern returned to the football field for the first time since a false positive for COVID-19 led to 37 players being quarantined and workouts being paused. The ANA Inspiration announced that it will not have fans Sept. 10-13 at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. The major is typically the first of the year in early spring, but was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The LPGA’s first major is in two weeks: The Women’s British Open at Royal Troon will not have spectators.The decision was not a surprise. In men’s golf, the PGA Championship this week in San Francisco and the U.S. Open next month in New York will be without spectator. The question now is which tournament will be the first with fans.___The Milwaukee Brewers have canceled their 2021 Brewers On Deck event, an annual January showcase that allows thousands of fans to meet current and former players and coaches in a convention hall. The NCAA this week announced it would not conduct championship events in sports where at least 50% percent of the participating schools do not play a fall regular season. Unless Pioneer League schools pursue a football season as independents, the number of FCS schools that have canceled fall football is 68 out of 127.The Big Sky was also expected to announce soon whether it will play in the fall.___The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season.The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.The league expects the task force to release another report by Aug. 31.___ The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.The Big Sky’s decision all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs, which are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I, being held in the fall. Earlier in the week, the NCAA announced each of its three divisions would determine whether national championship events should be held in fall sports. The NCAA said if more than 50% of schools that compete in a sport did not compete in a regular season, the championship would be canceled.With the Big Sky’s postponement and the Pioneer Football League’s decision to not have a conference season earlier in the day, more than 70 of the 127 FCS schools have said they will not play in the fall.The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.— The Brewers said that the decision was made with “the health and safety of the community in mind.”“It’s impossible to know at this time what restrictions may be in place that would require a different footprint or format for Brewers On Deck in January,” Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. “It takes many months of lead time for our staff to plan and execute the event, and with so many uncertainties we unfortunately have to make this decision now.”___The Pioneer League will not play a fall football schedule, a decision that likely means there will be no FCS playoffs this season.The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. The Pioneer League said it would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. Associated Press The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend.The NFL club said Friday season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds.Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans.The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.___ Coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the start of camp the Wildcats still are “batting a thousand” after a player who tested for the virus last week did not have it after all.“I think it showed us that our plan and our execution of our plan has been flawless,” he said.Fitzgerald was at dinner July 31 when he learned about the positive result and that contact tracing protocols were being enacted. The decision to put workouts on hold was made after team physician Jeff Mjaanes consulted with Northwestern University Health Services doctors. Fitzgerald said they learned Wednesday afternoon after more tests that no one had the virus. He also said workouts this week would have been lighter anyway. They could have resumed Thursday, but Fitzgerald opted to wait until the start of camp.“Really proud of our guys with the choices they’re making,” he said. “It’s not a four-hour problem that they’re in the building; it’s the other 20 hours that I think’s a challenge for every college football player and every college student.” Cutcliffe spoke after Friday’s first preseason practice, saying Wyatt and Rimmer “just weren’t comfortable with playing.” He said both would remain on scholarship as they work toward earning their degrees this spring.Wyatt is a fifth-year senior who appeared in all 38 games over the past three seasons for the Blue Devils. Rimmer is a redshirt junior who saw action in three career games. Senior John Taylor is set to replace Wyatt.Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. No teams had to pause workouts due to testing results.___The LPGA Tour will have another major without spectators. ____North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe announced in a video call with reporters after Friday’s practice. Ford is a redshirt senior who started seven games last year, while Terry appeared in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. Watts is a junior who sat out last year after transferring from Virginia Tech.The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons,” though it did not elaborate further.___ Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position.Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Michael Locksley said during a teleconference Friday.Jackson played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions.His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason.— “At a time when COVID-19 has severely impacted live sports, the ICC’s channels have gone from strength to strength,” the ICC said in a statement.Cricket hit some highs in terms of viewership over the 12 months to June, including the 1.1 billion views for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.Online traffic from India helped. The final between Australia and India, which attracted a crowd of more than 86,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, set a single-day record for women’s tournament with 64.9 million views on the ICC Facebook page.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Troy Camp will commemorate Watts Riots

Troy Camp will commemorate Watts Riots

first_imgTroy Camp will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the L.A. Watts Riots at their annual gala on April 25. The event’s theme is “Troy Camp Through the Ages” and will feature a video made to document Troy Camp involvement in the community during this time, as well as the impact the riots had on the organization.Troy Camp is a nonprofit student-run organization intended to provide programs for young students from local South Los Angeles schools. The main goal of the philanthropic organization is to provide the students with USC student mentors.Otis Healy established Troy Camp in 1948, with the first camp in the summer of 1949. At that time, the camp consisted of fewer than 100 campers from the East L.A. Boys Club.The Watts Riots took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles for six days in August 1965. The riots were fueled by racial tension, a part of the larger national civil rights movement. Though the riots occurred in a small area of the city, their powerful effects were felt throughout L.A. and the entire country.Margie Buckingham, the 1970-1971 director, originally contacted current Troy Camp members with the idea of making a video commemorating Troy Camp’s involvement in the community during the Watts Riots.“In 1965, the flashpoint for the Watts Riots was just right here next to campus,” Buckingham said. “Now, there is no cognizance. Young people haven’t been exposed to that information.”Co-Executive Director Patrick Mazuca, a senior studying public relations and political science, has been involved in making the commemoration video.“During that time, the university basically shut down, and nothing really happened,” Mazuca said. “But USC Troy Camp was still something that was going on, and through the outreach program they were able to at least get the kids away from the local community away the area for a while and make sure that the tradition and the Trojan Family was still continuing.”Katherine Dorosk, a junior majoring in business administration, is the director of fundraising for Troy Camp and has led the project and planned the gala. She has met with several alumni to talk to them about their experiences within Troy Camp.“They really stressed that on campus, everything seemed normal,” Dorosk said. “Besides the tanks that were in PSX, the university seemed to operate for its students, and they didn’t really notice a difference.”Troy Camp members and alumni have already started filming the video and will continue to meet with different alumni to include more camp experiences. The original meeting with Troy Camp alumni from the 1960s and 1970s, according to Buckingham, brought out stories that she had never heard before.“When you put everyone in a room, people start remembering different things, and then the energy starts flowing and then the laughter… We were there about three hours recording, and it was fabulous getting to hear all of these stories,” she said.“That was really where the idea for this video came from — not only to celebrate the changes that our organization did for the community, but also how the community changed and reacted to the riots,” Dorosk said.Since the Watts Riots, Troy Camp has changed dramatically. Now, campers come from 18 schools within a two-mile radius of campus, rather than from the Boys and Girls Club across the city. Troy Camp has expanded its programming to include hosting monthly events for elementary, middle and high school students in additions to the annual summer camp.Despite these changes, John Ingram, co-executive director of Troy Camp, said that the current Troy Campers are still able to connect with alumni.“What’s cool is really learning how similar their experiences are to ours and that on paper, our mission statement may have changed, but the whole energy and feel of Troy Camp has remained the same since the 1970s,” Ingram said.The video will include interviews with Troy Camp alumni who were involved with the organization during the 1960s and 1970s. Old photographs, personal mementos and historical facts will also be included in the video. According to Katherine Dorosk, the executive board will put together a visual history of Troy Camp.For more information about the gala or to buy tickets, email gala@troycamp.org.[Correction: A previous version of this article said Margie Buckingham was director of Troy Camp in 1977. She was director 1970-1971. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more

Bahamas Government Announces More Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Bahamas Government Announces More Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Soar

first_imgReligious services may be held virtually. Live streaming is permitted between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from a religious facility, provided that no more than 10 people participate from the facility.” “The lockdown this coming weekend begins at 7 p.m., Friday, 31 July to 5 a.m., Tuesday, 4 August 2020 for all islands of The Bahamas, excluding Grand Bahama, where a complete lockdown is currently in place,” the statement said, noting that food stores, gas stations, pharmacies and water depots will be permitted to operate on Saturday for an 11 hour period. The second lockdown will begin at 7 PM on August 7 to 5 AM on August 10. The authorities said that during the lockdown, exercise is permitted within the confines of an individual’s yard only. “The government of The Bahamas again reminds Bahamians and residents that wearing masks, physical distancing and thorough handwashing are essential measures in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The cooperation of every Bahamian and resident is vital to protect the general health and the general welfare,” the statement said. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said that 65 new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 447. “All individuals wishing to leave the country during the lockdown either by air or by boat may do so. The government said during the lockdowns, food store workers required to restock after curfew from Monday to Friday and during Saturday over a lockdown weekend, may seek permission from the Commissioner of Police to travel to and from their residence and workplace only. It said that while it is aware that a tropical weather system may affect The Bahamas over the coming weekend, it is being watched closely and the necessary authorities will update the country during the coming hours.center_img It said that there were now 211 cases in Grand Bahama, 180 in New Providence, 21 in Bimini and nine cases in Moore’s Island and Great Guana Cay. The other islands, namely Berry Islands, Cat Cay, Cat Island, Exuma, and Abaco, had between one and four cases. NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government says it will implement two additional weekend lockdowns as the country continues to record increases in the number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that with the rise in cases of COVID-19 and after consultation with local health officials and a review of the response of other jurisdictions due to the current global rise in cases, it has decided to implement two additional weekend lockdowns. CMC “A lockdown means that no individual, except an essential worker, is permitted to leave their place of residence for any purpose, other than to seek urgent medical care or as outlined above. The statement said that these measures are being implemented to protect the lives and health of Bahamians and residents and that the Hubert Minnis administration will undertake a “careful review of the health data after these two lockdown periods.last_img read more

Angels manager Joe Maddon eager to get back to work, with Shohei Ohtani in his rotation

Angels manager Joe Maddon eager to get back to work, with Shohei Ohtani in his rotation

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone As soon as the baseball season was shut down by the coronavirus, it was clear that there could be at least one silver lining for the Angels if they ended up playing a shortened season.They’ll have Shohei Ohtani as a two-way player from the start.Just about a week before the opening of camp to prepare for the 60-game sprint of a season, Joe Maddon said Ohtani has been throwing live batting practice and is expected to be good to go as a pitcher when the season starts around July 23.“It’s a difference maker for us,” Maddon said via conference call on Wednesday. “But there are a lot of other teams in the same category, with guys they anticipated not being able to play the preponderance of the season and now they are able to play.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Ohtani was set to start the season as a hitter, but not pitch until mid-May. He hadn’t pitched a full season since 2016, and he had Tommy John surgery in October 2018, so the Angels wanted to start him late to limit his innings in 2020. Now, the coronavirus took care of that for them.Although Ohtani should be available from the start, Maddon said he has no plans to use him any differently than the way he was used when he was a two-way player in 2018. That means pitching once a week, with a day off before and after he starts. He’d be available to DH the days in between. That could work out to up to 10 starts and about 150 plate appearances.“I haven’t really thought about a more aggressive stance with him,” Maddon said, adding that it would be an organizational decision, including input from general manager Billy Eppler and Ohtani.“I don’t think it’ll happen right now,” Maddon said of using Ohtani more. “But it’s something I would love to see happen at some point.”Besides Ohtani, the Angels also figure to start with a healthy Griffin Canning. Canning was shut down in March because of an elbow issue. No structural damage was discovered, so Canning got a platelet-rich plasma injection and rested. He’s now been throwing also. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Players who are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 have the right to opt-out of playing, while still receiving the salary and service time they would get from playing. Players can even opt-out if they live with someone who is high risk. Mike Trout, whose wife is pregnant, could qualify under that provision. Maddon said he has no reason to believe so far that anyone is considering opting out.“None has been brought to my attention yet,” he said. “If it were to occur, I would understand. We would all understand. If it were to happen, I’m sure it would happen in the next couple days.” Barring further injuries between now and the start of the season, the Angels figure to open with Ohtani and Canning in a rotation with Andrew Heaney, Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy. Maddon said they would use a sixth starter to fill in the gaps, with Ohtani pitching once a week. The candidates for that spot would be Matt Andriese, Dillon Peters, Felix Peña, Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez.They’ll be sorting through it all in a three-week training camp — can’t call it “spring” training — which will be held mostly at Angel Stadium. Maddon said they are exploring alternate sites in the area to supplement the work for a 60-player group. He said they’ll have intrasquad games to help prep for the season. Teams are permitted to play each other in a limited number of exhibition games. That limit is to be determined.Maddon said he and his staff have been planning for months how this would all work logistically, and he’s confident that they “have a solid plan.”Of course, the best laid plans of any baseball team are subject to change because of COVID-19. A 101-page operations manual was distributed that included all of the ways that Major League Baseball is seeking to prevent too many of its players and staff from contracting the virus. So far two Angels players have tested positive, although it’s unknown if they were major leaguers or minor leaguers. All major league players will be tested before reporting to camp.In order to reduce the chance of an outbreak, there are limits on everything from how many players can be together, who can be sitting in the dugout and how many can be in the shower. There are restrictions on spitting and handshakes and mound visits.“As of right now I don’t see anything as being too difficult,” Maddon said. “It’s inconvenient and uncomfortable. Just know that. Accept it. Wear it every day and you’ll be able to deal with it. If you come in expecting the norms, you’ll be frustrated constantly. We won’t permit that.”The virus is a particular threat to people over 65, so the 66-year-old Maddon said he has been taking precautions since the shutdown began. He has been working out regularly and eating foods to boost his immune system.“I am aware,” he said. “You can never think you are invulnerable or bulletproof. What I’ve done is tried to prepare mentally and physically. I’ve been diligent in my personal workouts. I can’t even say back when I played I was this diligent. In my mind’s eye, I am prepared from that perspective.”Maddon said he has not heard from anyone in the organization so far that there is any reluctance to get back to work amid the pandemic.Related Articleslast_img read more

LA BREA QUOTES-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019

LA BREA QUOTES-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: (On tying Jerry Bailey on career Grade I stakes wins with 216): “It’s quite a feat.It is something that is going to go up there as one of my greatest achievements. Just to equal a guy like Jerry Bailey is amazing. He’s someone I’ve looked up to for years. That was actually Jerry’s celebration out of respect.“My hat’s off to West Point Thoroughbreds, John Shirreffs and the whole barn, so many people. They work so hard with this mare. She has one eye (her right) so she gets a little bit of anxiety at times. We work hard with her and it’s great to see the hard work that we put in pay off today.(On what he loves about horse racing) “The horse. After the horse it’s the wonderful people you meet. But the horse brings us all together.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, BELLAFINA, SECOND: “The outside horse was sort of pressing me on the pace a little bit, but nevertheless she was comfortable. When we were heading for home around the eighth pole, she was still running, but then in the blink of an eye, I was like, ‘Wow, what happened?’ She ran a great race for her first race back from the Breeders’ Cup. That’s hard for any horse. She ran a good solid, second today.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “Yes, she was really a handful going to the gate. She only has the one eye (her right), and when she gets nervous, she tends to spin around to see. This was a great race to win.  For a filly to win a Grade I, that’s like a PhD, so it makes it especially fulfilling.“Mike (Smith) has really made a difference with her. When he made the decision to ride her, he put his reputation as a horseman on the line.  I think that made this even more special.”TERRY FINLEY, MANAGING PARTNER WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “I’d like to thank the partners because it all starts with them. We were all excited about the race. We felt the big favorite (Bellafina) on paper would be tough to beat but that is why they run the races and I’m just proud of the entire team.“I love the people from all over who are dedicated to our industry and our horses. If we do that every single day I think or game is going to be better. We are all focused on 2020 and we are going to make this industry better.”NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dottie Ingordo, David and Steve Mooney.last_img read more