St George’s seek revenge against Excelsior to secure top spot

first_imgExcelsior High will look to avoid defeat when they face St George’s College in an unfinished ISSA/-FLOW Manning Cup Group A football game at Stadium East today. Match time is 3:30 p.m.The game is a continuation of the abandoned one, following the death of former St George’s College captain, Dominic James, on September 20. James collapsed less than five minutes into the contest and was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies.When the announcement of the player’s death came, Excelsior were leading 2-1 at the half-time break.Now, the teams will do battle for 45 minutes in a crucial encounter to decide the group winner.Excelsior lead on 19 points from seven games, while St George’s have 18 points. With one game remaining in the group, a point for Excelsior will cement their spot at the top.Both teams have already qualified for the Manning Cup second stage, but the battle is also hot for an automatic spot in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup, as well as the Walker Cup KO competition.With all that at stake it should be a gruelling second half and spectators should brace for a hot contest.Excelsior defeated St George’s 2-1 last Friday in their return match at Winchester Park and the latter is fully aware that only a win can put them in a position to defend the FLOW Super Cup, having won last year.Excelsior’s technical director, Xavier Gilbert, says that his team will be mentally ready for this battle.”We know the situation, the players are some mature young men and should be able to manage the game. It is a fresh start and teams lose games in a minute,” Gilbert told The Gleaner yesterday.”I’m sure that St George’s want some sort of revenge following the loss on Friday, in order to win the group. We have to be mentally ready to defend our slim lead,” added Gilbert, a former St George’s College cricket star.Excelsior will rely on senior players such as Thorne Buchanan, Cadine Graham and captain Christopher Thorpe.The Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached St George’s will certainly be in attack mode as only maximum points today will see them winning the group.St George’s will look to players such as new captain Alex Marshall, Hakim Williams, Ronaldo Watson and former Wolmer’s striker Akiki Jackson.CRUCIAL ENCOUNTERIn another crucial encounter, Jonathan Grant High and Haile Selassie High will meet to decide the winner of Group D.Haile Selassie are in front on 24 points, ahead of Jonathan Grant (22), St Catherine (17), Ardenne High (10), Meadowbrook (3) and Pembroke Hall, who are yet to score a point.Haile Selassie, under the guidance of veteran coach Geoffrey Maxwell, have been performing well with eight wins and only one loss. Now, they need a point to top the group.Jonathan Grant must win today’s game in order to march past Haile Selassie and win the group. In the reverse fixture, Haile Selassie edged Jonathan Grant 3-2. Another close and exciting game is expected.Also, St Jago High and Hydel will square off in a key game in Group G. Bridgeport are the group winners after finishing on 23 points from 10 games, followed by St Jago on 19 points from nine games and Hydel on 16 points from nine games.That means Hydel and St Jago are battling for second spot in the group. Hydel need to win against St Jago to move into second spot.Today’s gamesExcelsior vs St George’s College at Stadium EastNorman Manley vs St Mary’s College at Norman Manley HighJonathan Grant vs Haile Selassie at Jonathan Grant HighEdith Dalton James vs Camperdown at Duhaney ParkSt Jago vs Hydel at Spanish Town Prison Oval(All games start at 3:30 p.m.)last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

MBU blank Arnett for second time in one week

first_img REAL CHANCE Western Bureau: On Sunday, Montego Bay United tagged Arnett Gardens 2-0 at Wespow Park. The margin of victory was the same in a rescheduled game yesterday, as the defending champions went to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League table with goals from Jermaine Woozencraft and Dino Williams. But while the attackers produced the goals, it was another outstanding defensive job from former Munro College player Kevon Lambert that caught the eyes of the spectators. He was everywhere and already looked a perfect pairing alongside the more senior centre half Ladale Richie. The opening goal came from midfielder Woozencroft, who was on target in the 36th minute while Williams scored his sixth goal of the campaign in the 62nd minute to give the defending league champions a fourth straight victory. They lead the league with 25 points. UWI FC are second in the standings with 22, Humble Lion are third on 21 while Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens FC round out the top-five with 21 and 20 points, respectively. The champions dominated almost from the start, with Arnett’s only period of dominance coming within the first ten minutes of action. Woozencroft scored the opener when he latched on to a pass that was drilled across goal. Arnett managed to keep the MBU front three, Williams, Allan Ottey and Woozencroft in check, to finish the first half down a goal. MBU never let up on the resumption, but had to wait for a brilliant bit of skill from Williams. With hIS back to goal, Williams flicked the ball between two defenders and slammed past goalkeeper Damion Hyatt to double the lead. Arnett’s only real chance came in the 81st minute when Marvin Morgan forced MBU goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett into a low save. Barrett, who deputised for regular captain Dwayne Ambusley, who sat out the match with a foot injury, told The Gleaner he was happy with how the team performed. “It was a really good performance; we did the job our coach demanded of us, and to be on top of the league standings is really a good achievement going forward,” Barrett said. Arnett’s head coach, Jerome Waite, reasoned that two trips to the Second City in five days took a toll on his players. “I think the travel to Montego Bay twice has hurt us. We looked lethargic at times throughout the match and that is perhaps why,” he said.last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

Swansea the big winners as EPL relegation fight heats up

first_imgLONDON (AP): With an arm draped around one of his players, Swansea manager Paul Clement walked towards the team’s celebrating fans and held up two of his fingers. Two games to secure English Premier League (EPL) survival. And this relegation battle could go right to the wire. Swansea were the big winners yesterday as the fight to stay in the world’s richest domestic league took more twists across three back-to-back games. After witnessing losses for relegation rivals Crystal Palace and then Hull, Swansea beat Everton 1-0 to climb out of the bottom three for the first time in a month. That’s seven points won from the last three games for the Welsh club that looked in such a mess in late December when it fired American coach Bob Bradley. “It’s one of my proudest moments,” said Clement, a former assistant at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea, who is starting to look the part as a coach in his own right. Last-placed Sunderland are already down. Next-to-last Middlesbrough are set to drop, too, on Monday. It looks to be down to three teams – Palace, Swansea or Hull – for the other relegation place. Mathematically safe Palace have 38 points, Swansea 35, and Hull 34. Next week, Hull visit Palace and Swansea are away to Sunderland. Yesterday, Bournemouth and Stoke clinched another season in the Premier League. Burnley and Watford are all but mathematically safe. Swansea 1 Everton 0 The all-important goal by Fernando Llorente ended up being a stroke of luck. Jordan Ayew floated over a cross from the right and Llorente leapt highest at the far post, bundling the ball home with his left shoulder. For one of the best headers of the ball in the league, it was an ugly but decisive finish. This win for Swansea built on their victory over Stoke and a draw at Manchester United over the last two weeks. Other results: Hull 0 Sunderlands 2; Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0; Burnley 2 West Brom 2; Bournemouth 2 Stoke 2; Leicester 3 Watford 0.last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

Residents of Tucville in major clean-up exercise for 50th anniversary

first_imgThe Trades Union Congress Ville, Tucville, is celebrating its 50th year in existence, and its residents have embarked on a development project which will see several roads being upgraded and, more importantly, trenches being desilted.The various components of this project are accumulatively expected to cost $1.7 million, which will be financed by members of the community. It was explained that the community’s residents are supportive of the initiative and are excited to see it become a reality.The development project, which has already commenced, has seen erection of a welcome monument at the head of Go-Slow Avenue on Mandela Avenue, whichThe almost completed welcome structure which has been erected at the head of Go-Slow Avenue in Tucville, Georgetownwill detail the significance of the community’s name.According to Christopher Jones, a senior representative on the Community Development Board, most of the work on the welcome sign has already been completed by the villagers, and the sign is expected to be officially unveiled on June 12.Residents are currently in the process of clearing the major trench in the area, and it is envisioned that the area would have installed at least three water fountains, surrounded by fibre-tech chairs for use by the elderly persons in the area. It has been explained that overtures have been made to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) for support, and the group spearheading this initiative is anticipating that aspect of the project to commence in the coming week.Jones told Guyana Times that the planners of this Tucville celebration have been able to gain support of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and the community’s 50 households, including that of Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green.The team also hopes to clear its Canary Recreational Park to facilitate water fountains, plant palm trees along the parapets of the community, and install street lights in the community, among other projects.In regard to street lights, Jones pointed out that he has written the Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, and is anticipating this donation to the community.Jones and other members of the committee spearheading this initiative are optimistic that all of the upgrade works would be completed by next month.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Man gets life sentence for killing ex-mother-in-law, stepdaughter

first_imgForty eight-year-old Joshua Franklin was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment for hacking his former stepdaughter and mother-in-law to death almost five years ago.Joshua FranklinFranklin, a former cane cutter, was initially charged with the December 18, 2014 murders of nine-year-old Ashley Boodhoo and 55-year-old Bibi Zalima Khan at Khan’s Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo home.However, earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter in both cases before High Court Judge Justice Sandil Kissoon. A probation report was ordered and presented to the Court on Wednesday, when the Judge handed down the sentence.Franklin was given the life imprisonment sentence on each charge, which will run concurrently. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.According to reports, Franklin’s then reputed wife, Geeta Boodhoo, had left their abusive relationship and moved in with her mother, Bibi Zalima Khan, in Tuschen Housing Scheme.On the morning of December 18, 2014, Franklin broke into Khan’s home where his former reputed wife was staying along with her children, and found her in a compromising position with another male, Floyd Drakes.He took up two cutlasses and chopped the woman, who managed to escape. He then turned on the man, hacking him to death before pursuing Khan and little Ashley.The other children, after seeing what was taking place, retreated to a clump of bushes where they hid.After inflicting his mayhem, Franklin went into hiding but was caught days later in the interior.He was also charged with the murder of Drakes and that matter is expected to come up soon.Boodhoo’s wrist was chopped off during the incident. Over the years, the mother of five had received assistance from several charitable organisations and individuals.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Instant Impact

first_imgSuch praise isn’t overblown or unfounded. In a coaching career that dates back to 1967 and spans more than 35 seasons, Ball has seen nearly every tennis prospect to come out of the area in the last 40 years. “She’s quickly becoming the best player I’ve had,” Ball said. “I think the potential of where she’ll go is pretty much unlimited.” The 15-year-old is currently seeded 26th in the SCTA 16-and-under division. In the last calendar year, she’s won two USTA amateur events and reached the finals of two others. So then why play for Bay League fourth-fiddle Redondo? “I’ve lived in Redondo my whole life. I could have gone to another high school, but I wanted to play for my city,” Taylor said. “When I joined Redondo, I knew that its team had good players and that it just needed a boost. I knew Redondo could be right there with the other schools.” While Taylor has yet to lead Redondo to a team win over a top-flight opponent, she and her sister, Elle, who holds down the team’s No. 2 singles spot, have been successful in closing what used to be a daunting distance between Redondo and the Bay League’s top brass. “High school tennis is a team sport played by individuals,” Ball said. “If Della wins all of her sets, we get three points and still lose the match. The players (who) want to play at Redondo have to make the other players better. Della bought into that right away.” One way Taylor has helped elevate the squad, aside from the W’s next to her name on the score sheet, has been by taking part in two-on-one drills with the school’s doubles teams. “It really helps my doubles team to get better because just about every ball they hit comes back,” Ball said. “If my doubles players want to get better and contend with the Peninsulas and PVs, they need to get used to playing against players like Della, and she’s always willing to do that.” Her willingness to better others on the team has not come at the expense of her own ambitions to preserve her unblemished record and cement herself as the best player in the area’s best league. Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. match at Palos Verdes could go along way to doing just that as could her potential matchup Monday with USTA national No. 7 Taylor Gibbs of Mira Costa. “Going into matches like that doesn’t intimidate me,” Taylor said “I know that if I just play my game, it’ll be a good match. Everyone’s beatable.” david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A mark like that at this point in the season is hard to come by and even harder to overlook, but Redondo’s top singles player has seemingly done both. Maybe it’s because she has yet to develop a jaw-dropping power swing or that head-turning type of net play. Maybe it’s because she’s not winning matches for one of the Bay League’s Big Three. That doesn’t change the fact that she’s beaten the best Palos Verdes, Mira Costa and Peninsula have to offer. This season, Taylor doubled up Palos Verdes’ Brooke Schweyer (6-3) and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Mira Costa’s Krystal Langley. Last season, Taylor beat SCTA tournament travel partner Kathryn Webb of Palos Verdes. She even edged Daily Breeze Player of the Year Rika Tatsuno of Peninsula. “You have to play a pretty perfect match against Rika and she did,” Redondo coach Jim Ball said. “Before that, I couldn’t tell just how good she was. It was after that match when I realized that she was something special. “To beat a player of her caliber, that’s a pretty fantastic achievement for a freshman.” By David Saunders STAFF WRITER If you sat and watched five minutes of one of Della Taylor’s matches, her play might not leave an indelible impression. She doesn’t yelp or scream, boast or brag. She doesn’t possess a blistering serve or an overbearing forehand just yet. After all, she is just a sophomore. A sophomore who just happens to be 44-0. last_img

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December 30, 2019 | by

DEAL AGREED! Newcastle accept Liverpool’s £25m bid for Georginio Wijnaldum

first_img Georginio Wijnaldum in action for Newcastle 1 Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum.The Reds are understood to have had an offer worth around £25million accepted by Newcastle for the Dutch midfielder.Wijnaldum is set to arrive in Merseyside on Friday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.It is also believed his former club PSV Eindhoven are due a sell-on fee for a player, who moved to St James’ Park only last summer for £14.5million.He played in every game in the Premier League last season and scored 11 goals but was unable to prevent the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship.Rafa Benitez had been keen to keep hold of Wijnaldum but the £25m offer from Liverpool has proved too good to turn down.Should he finalise the switch to Anfield, the 30-cap Netherlands ace will become Jurgen Klopp’s fifth signing of the summer.Wijnaldum will follow Ragnar Klavan,  Lorius Karius, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip in moving to Liverpool.last_img

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December 29, 2019 | by

White becomes a fan favorite

first_img White had fewer carries this year than last, but rushed for career highs in yards (1,187), average per carry (6.7) and touchdowns (21). He ranks in a tie for second nationally for rushing touchdowns. Although he reportedly was concerned with his role in the season opener against Hawaii, when Bush got a goal-line carry and most of White’s runs came after the game was a blowout, White had his best year at USC. Late in the season, when touchdowns could have cemented Bush’s Heisman, the coaches continued to give White the ball inside the 10-yard line. He scored nine touchdowns in the final three games, including the game-winner against Fresno State. “That just shows how much class our coaching staff has,” White said. “They appreciate what we can do for the team. I just happened to be here with some winners and soon-to-be professional football players. I can’t complain with what’s going on because I feel I’ve been treated fairly.” Bush and Leinart became so popular, and their jerseys so commonplace, that fans who wanted to be different looked for someone else to be their favorite player. Many came to White, whose hard-nosed running and underrated play made him more like an everyday guy than the other-worldly Bush. Of course, it helped White-backing reach the epitome of cool when popular rapper Snoop Dogg appeared at the Washington State game wearing White’s jersey. When White scored a touchdown, he flicked the ball to Snoop in a play that received more replays than most of Bush’s jaw-dropping runs. White’s popularity extends to his teammates, especially those on the offensive line. “I think we have a little more pride when LenDale runs the ball because he can run someone over,” Winston Justice said. “He’s a great player to block for.” With Bush’s addition, USC now has five Heisman Trophy winners at running back, but White tops them all when it comes to touchdowns scored. He passed Charles White, winner of the Heisman in 1979, with an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter against UCLA. “It’s something to be proud of,” White said. “I’m definitely happy to be in that situation, to be recognized as one of the best scorers in USC history. Just think of all the top people who came through this program.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 matthew.kredell@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fans rallied around White even when each touchdown he scored could have taken statistics away from Bush’s Heisman candidacy. “Fans appreciate hard work,” White said. “Everyone appreciates hard work.” Breaking the all-time touchdown record at a school known for its running backs was only the second-most impressive accomplishment by LenDale White this season. More amazing than his 54 touchdowns in 37 games is the way White created his own spotlight among large shadows from Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart – two Heisman Trophy winners who often serve as a black hole for attention. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson A Heisman candidate himself for a short time after a three-game run early in the season against Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona – in which he had 487 yards rushing and eight touchdowns – White’s acceptance of the campaign for his running mate was a key to USC’s success this season. In recognition, Bush invited White to the Heisman ceremony. Many players who compete for carries don’t get along so well. Perhaps that is what makes them the best one-two running combination in college football. Both will be needed at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday as the Trojans try for an unprecedented third consecutive national title. It’s unfair to refer to White as the thunder and Bush as the lightning, as many do, because it makes the players out to be one-dimensional. White can make moves in the open field – as he showed in 46- and 32-yard runs against Arizona State – and Bush can run inside. It’s just that they are so good at what they do best. “I hit him in practice, giving him my shoulder, and at the same time he’s read more

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December 29, 2019 | by

CALL MADE TO RECOGNISE TOURISM POTENTIAL OF DRUMBOE WOODS

first_imgCllr Liam Doherty says Drumboe Woods has huge potential.Donegal County Council is to be asked to recognise the tourism potential of Drumboe Woods in Stranorlar.Councillor Liam Doherty said the full potential of the forest is not currently being realised and says that the site has the making of a major tourist attraction for the Finn Valley Area.“I have decided to raise a motion with the Council in which I am calling on the body to recognise Drumboe as an amenity which has huge potential with regards to tourism and leisure activities – something which would greatly add to the area’s current offering for visitors and locals alike.” “Drumboe Woods is a fantastic location and the people of the Finn Valley are very proud of it and, like me, they too see the opportunity to develop and promote the site further.”Councillor Doherty said he wants to initiate a public consultation process whereby a plan can be devised, with the assistance of the local community, for future regeneration and development of the area, something which ultimately would pave the way for a County tourism project right here in the heart of the Finn Valley.“Drumboe Woods is a real gem, and Sinn Féin has long advocated for the site to remain as a natural amenity and recreational facility – a place which enhances the charm of the local area.”“In fact, a number of years ago when the Council was considering proposals to have the forest rezoned in order to allow for residential housing on the site, Pearse Doherty who was then a Senator, strongly opposed this move, as he believed that Drumboe was a place of real beauty and serenity and needed to be kept as such.” “I too believe that the woods should not be ruined by destructive development, but rather that the location is further enhanced and developed responsibly as a natural recreational spot.”“It’s my great desire to see Drumboe remain a place for everyone to freely enjoy and one which continues to benefit the entire community both now and well into the future.”CALL MADE TO RECOGNISE TOURISM POTENTIAL OF DRUMBOE WOODS was last modified: March 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Liam DohertydonegalDrumboe Woodstourismlast_img

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December 28, 2019 | by

Angels: Yankees find a way to Game 5

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 NEW YORK – In recent years, the “mystique” in Yankee mystique has been nothing more than an eight-letter word that rhymes with bleak. That’s what happens when baseball’s most-storied franchise goes without a World Series championship in five years. Eight outs away from going on vacation a few weeks earlier than owner George Steinbrenner prefers, the Yankees found a little of that old magic and rallied to beat the Angels 3-2 in Game 4 of the American League Division Series in front of 56,226 at Yankee Stadium. The victory evened the best-of-five series at two games each with the decisive Game 5 to be played tonight at Angel Stadium. The Angels have played three win-or-go-home games in the past three years, winning two of them (Games 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series) and losing one (Game 3 of 2004 ALDS). “We didn’t go looking for it, we weren’t trying to get to this point,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “But this team has responded pretty well to adversity over the years. And if you have to play one game for all the marbles, (Bartolo Colon) is the guy I’d want on the mound.” The Angels could have saved Colon for Game 1 of the AL Championship Series had they been able to hold onto the 2-1 lead they had entering the bottom of the seventh. Starting pitcher John Lackey, pitching on three-days’ rest, was replaced by Scot Shields with two outs in the sixth, and Shields got out of the inning. Leading off the seventh, Robinson Cano, the Yankees’ Game 1 hero, hit a slow roller to shortstop and beat it out for an infield single. Shields walked Jorge Posada, and Yankees manager Joe Torre sent up Ruben Sierra to pinch hit for Bubba Crosby. Sierra lined a single to right field, driving in Cano from second despite a strong throw by Vladimir Guerrero, tying the game at 2. Posada took third on the play, then tried to score on Derek Jeter’s slow grounder to Chone Figgins at third. Figgins fielded the ball cleanly but his throw was in the dirt. Catcher Bengie Molina scooped it up but his tag on Posada was too late and the Yankees could start thinking about a cross-country flight to Southern California. Figgins said his throw home “slipped a little bit.” “It was a slow chopper, the grass was wet, and you try to get off the best throw you can,” said Figgins, who drove in the Angels’ first run of the night with an RBI double in the sixth. “It was one of those do-or-die plays.” Scioscia said he thought Figgins might have rushed his throw. “I think Figgy had a little more time than he thought,” Scioscia said. “He just pulled it up the line.” Said Torre: “To get the lead was such a bonus for us at that point in time, because this (Angels) ballclub is not easy to score against.” All that was left was for closer Mariano Rivera to get the final six outs, which he did without a hitch. So confident were the Yankees that Rivera would do the job that the stadium organist played “California Here I Come” before the top of the ninth inning. Both starting pitchers pitched well early, as neither team had a hit until Guerrero’s infield single with two outs in the fourth inning. Yankees starter Shawn Chacon had retired the first nine Angels hitters of the game before Figgins reached on an error by left fielder Hideki Matsui leading off the fourth. Lackey, pitching in place of Jarrod Washburn (throat infection), was equally effective in the early innings. He walked Jason Giambi twice and Posada once but did not allow a hit until Posada doubled with two outs in the fifth. Molina said Lackey made only one mistake all night – Gary Sheffield’s RBI single with two out in the sixth that cut the Angels’ lead to 2-1. It was one of only two hits the Yankees had against Lackey, but Scioscia removed Lackey after only 78 pitches, and Lackey wasn’t happy about it. “Nothing against (Shields), but you want to be the guy making pitches when the game is on the line,” Lackey said. “I felt like I was pitching well enough to decide that game for us.” Scioscia read more

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December 25, 2019 | by