Other Sports Hima Das Ruled Out Of Athletics World Championship Due To Back Injury

first_imgNew Delhi: World junior champion Hima Das has been ruled out of the upcoming World Championship due to a nagging back problem. “Unfortunately Hima will not be able to compete at the World Championships in Doha due to her back injury,” Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla told PTI. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had on September 9 named seven women, including Hima, for the 4x400m relay and 4x400m mixed relay races at the World Championships to be held from September 27 to October 6 in Doha. However, Hima’s participation in the relay events became a matter of intense speculation after she was left out of the initial entries of Indian women athletes for the two relay races submitted by AFI to the IAAF for the showpiece event.  Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, V K Vismaya and Ramraj Vithya were entered for the women’s 4x400m relay, while Hima’s name was missing. The 19-year-old Assamese runner was also not entered for the mixed 4x400m relay race. Jisna, Poovamma and Vismaya were named along with Jacob Amoj, Muhammed Anas and Noah Tom Nirmal.  Sprinter Dutee chand was later added in 100m after she received an invite from IAAF. Hima has been suffering from a lower back pain after competing at the Asian Games last year. She pulled out of the individual 400m heats during the Asian Championships in Doha in April midway through the race.Also Read | Did not tell my parents that I was taking part in World Championship: Hima DasAt that time, deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair had said that the injury was a lower back spasm (at L4 and L5, two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar spine).  Even during her training stint in Europe, as part of preparations for the World Championships, she ran just one 400m race as she is learnt to be in pain while running longer distances.  Between July 2 and 20, Hima won four gold medals in 200m and one yellow metal in 400m at sub-par races in Europe.Also Read | Biopic on Hima Das? Akshay Kumar is interested!In August, she won a gold in 300m. She could not qualify for the World Championships in her pet event of 400m, with her season’s best remaining at 52.09sec as compared to personal best of 50.79.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Virginia Tech, ND meet in conference play

first_imgVirginia Tech, ND meet in conference play SUPER SENIORS: Notre Dame has relied heavily on its seniors this year. John Mooney, Prentiss Hubb, T.J. Gibbs and Juwan Durham have collectively accounted for 66 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 70 percent of all Fighting Irish points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Hubb has made or assisted on 44 percent of all Notre Dame field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 27 field goals and 32 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Virginia Tech is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 16-7 when scoring at least 62.STREAK STATS: Virginia Tech has lost its last five road games, scoring 58 points, while allowing 72.8 per game.DID YOU KNOW: The Virginia Tech offense has recorded a turnover on only 15 percent of its possessions, which is the fifth-lowest rate in the nation. The Notre Dame defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.9 percent of all possessions (ranked 313th among Division I teams). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVirginia Tech (16-14, 7-12) vs. Notre Dame (18-12, 9-10)Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Notre Dame hosts Virginia Tech in an ACC matchup. Virginia Tech won 70-58 over Clemson in its last outing. Notre Dame lost 73-71 to Florida State in its most recent game. Associated Press center_img March 5, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

USC football kicks off first spring practice

first_imgFor the first time in four years, Matt Barkley wasn’t suiting up for the Trojans on the Howard Jones practice field. Nor was T.J. McDonald, Nickell Robey or Khaled Holmes.Though the faces were different on the field, practice went on as usual. USC coach Lane Kiffin insisted that the lack of current leaders will be temporary.“It’s one practice,” Kiffin said. “I don’t think you can get to that point and figure that out. It’s easy right now. It’s fun, no pads are on … This isn’t where leadership really shows up. It shows up when you get in really tough times.”Quarterback controversy· Incoming freshman quarterback Max Browne (No. 4) enters a tightly contested quarterback battle against sophomore incumbents Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. — Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanLooking to take Barkley’s spot as starting quarterback is a trio of players. Sophomore quarterback Max Wittek seems to have the leg up on sophomore Cody Kessler, having started the last two games of the season while Barkley was injured. The third member of the competing triad is freshman Max Browne, who was the Gatorade national high school player of the year in 2012.“It was a little rough, getting used to everything,” Browne said. “Every rep is like a whole ’nother mission out there.”Browne started his last three seasons at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. His debut for USC marks the first time he’s competed for a starting job in a few years. Browne insists he’s ready for the challenge.“My goal is to compete, go out here and showcase what I can do best,” Browne said. “If my best is good enough, we’ll see where the chips fall … There’s a reason I came here. I went to SC because I know the best players come here.”The other major question mark is the Trojan defense, having surrendered 26 points per game last season. Former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergrast was hired to lead the unit in place of Monte Kiffin. One of the major things the defense is working on this spring is a new playbook — the Trojans are moving from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense.Junior linebacker Hayes Pullard said there have been some challenges in getting used to the new scheme.“Just learning the different terminologies the coaches use,” Pullard said. “It’s probably all the same things, just learning new terminologies.”Though things weren’t as crisp as they will be later in the spring, Pullard liked the way the team came out.“The energy was fantastic,” Pullard said. “I thought the guys were going to be a little low because they were trying to figure things out. But we came out here, matched the intensity we had in ball practice last year.”last_img read more

Badgers add depth to secondary

first_imgA day after addressing the need for a quarterback in his inherited recruiting class with junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy, new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen reeled in another commitment from a JUCO player to address needs in the secondary.Needing to replace three starting defensive backs from last season’s team with just safety Dezmen Southward returning, Andersen took the first step toward replenishing the depleted positional group by securing a verbal commitment from safety and JUCO All-American Donnell Vercher of Fresno (Calif.) City College.Vercher, a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, will be the first player from Fresno City College to play at a Big Ten school since wide receiver Arsenio Curry signed with Purdue in 2008.The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound safety had 23 tackles and eight interceptions this past season for the Rams, helping to lead the team to a 8-3 record in 2012 and a tie for first place atop the Northern California Valley conference. In 2011 Vercher recorded three interceptions and 29 tackles.Andersen and his defensive coordinator Dave Aranda recruited Vercher during their time at Utah State. Vercher chose Wisconsin over Fresno State, where he was once a soft verbal-commit, and Syracuse.The commitment adds security to a Badgers recruiting class that is severely lacking at safety. Vercher remains the lone safety commit in the 2013 recruiting class. Wisconsin adds more depth to their secondary with two cornerback recruits in Keelon Brooking, a three-star recruit and the No. 76 cornerback in the nation and Sojourn Shelton, a four-star recruit and the No. 27 cornerback in the nation.Both Brooking and Shelton have already enrolled at Wisconsin for the spring semester.Andersen and the Badgers also continue to target Marcus Ball, the brother of Wisconsin’s offensive lineman Ray Ball and the No. 67 athlete in the nation, according to ESPN.com. Ball was initially a solid verbal-commit to the Badgers but wavered after the departure of former head coach Bret Bielema. A starting quarterback and safety for Westerville South High School in Ohio, Ball will decide between Wisconsin and Arizona State on Signing Day.last_img read more

Tyus Battle’s game-winner lifts Syracuse to win over former conference-foe Georgetown

first_img Published on December 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse had relied on Battle heavily last season. If he didn’t score 20-plus points per game, it often would result in a loss. This season, when he struggled, other players were there to pick him up.He had just eight points in the season opener against Eastern Washington. Oshae Brissett carried the Orange with 20 points and eight rebounds. He had just two points against Northeastern. Again, Brissett, carried the burden, putting up 21 points and 14 rebounds.But this time, there was nobody to help out. If Battle didn’t come alive, Syracuse was dead in the water.“I’ve been doing it since I picked up a basketball,” Battle said. “I love last-second shots, pressure situations.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWith 37 seconds left, that high-pressure opportunity came for Battle, a chance to give the Orange the lead. His jumper missed and Georgetown controlled possession.Nearly 25 seconds later, Jagan Mosely drove toward the hoop. He lowered his shoulder and trucked Marek Dolezaj. Offensive foul.Syracuse had another chance. Battle took it.Swish. Inside the Carrier Dome, it was silent. The crowd watched as Tyus Battle’s pull-up jumper made its way through the air and toward the hoop in the final seconds of the game with the Orange down one.Swish.The Carrier Dome erupted.The cheers wouldn’t subside until minutes after Georgetown’s last-second heave came up short. Somehow, Syracuse (7-2) erased a 15-point deficit to comeback and take down its former Big East rival Georgetown (7-2), winning its fifth straight, 72-71, on Saturday afternoon in front of 24,082 fans. It was a whirlwind of a game, one that saw SU shoot 7.1 percent from 3 in the first half. One that saw a 17-4 run quickly propel the Orange back into contention. One that was magically orchestrated by the hands of Battle.“He’s made a lot of big shots,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Probably as much or more than anybody we’ve ever had here in late-game situations.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt began early for Battle. In his freshman year, Battle nailed a corner 3 to upset Clemson. A year later, he tallied nine-straight points to stave off Maryland and drained the late 3 to pull SU within two in an eventual win over Georgetown in last year’s matchup between the two teams.The first half of this year’s matchup was one to forget for Syracuse. The Hoyas used a packed-in defense and forced the Orange to beat them via the long ball. It was a smart strategy, considering SU is among the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NCAA.“The first half, Georgetown was more physical,” Boeheim said. “They got up in us, we ended up shooting more difficult 3s.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse shot 7.1 percent from 3 in the first frame. Battle himself, missed a pair from beyond the arc. He had just one basket — an offensive rebound and lay-up off a missed free throw — and shot 1-for-8.Then, in the locker room during halftime, with Syracuse trailing by double digits, Boeheim “challenged” him. He told Battle that the team cannot win with the way he was playing. He had to take over the game.“I can’t repeat all the stuff,” Battle said with a smile. “It woke me up and got me going. That’s why he’s a Hall of Famer.”Walking out of the tunnel, Battle changed his mindset, he said. Focus on transition buckets. Get to the free throw line more. Attack. Once he did that, the rest of his game would follow.Right away, Battle came out firing. First, it was a corner 3. Then it was a drive to the hoop, drawing a foul. He sunk both free throws. A quick stutter-step and drive to the basket, and Battle converted an and-1. He was even triple-teamed and nailed a baseline jumper.All of a sudden, the Orange propelled themselves into the game.Anything Georgetown threw at the junior, he had an answer for. Battle was unconscious. In the second half, he shot 7-for-10, including a 50-percent clip from 3.“A lot of people might fold in the position that he was in,” said freshman point guard Jalen Carey, who made a clutch 3 late in the game. “Lot of pressure on him. He didn’t play well in the first half, but it’s how you respond to the criticism and how you respond to what coach said.”More coverage:2nd half boost, hot shooting and more takeaways from Syracuse’s win over GeorgetownJalen Carey’s impact helps Syracuse in comeback against Georgetown Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentslast_img read more

Rivers Sporting Community Endorses Wike for a Second Term

first_imgThis is as the governor urged the sporting community to defend their votes in 2019.The sportsmen and women said their endorsement of Wike was premised on the governor’s revival of sports in the state and beyond.The sporting community marched from Isaac Boro Park through the streets of the Old GRA to the Government House, Port Harcourt in a carnival-like atmosphere as they celebrated the achievements of the governor.Mr Franklin Owhor moved a motion endorsing Wike for the 2019 re-election, stating that the sporting community would support the governor to emerge victorious.Prince Kali Obi seconded the motion for Wike’s second term as Rivers State governor. He said all members of the community were wholeheartedly in support of the decision.President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo, said Wike emerged as the Power of Sports Award winner because of his outstanding credentials.He said the award received the widest international media coverage, because the international sporting press appreciates the investments of the governor in the sports sector. He said Wike needs to continue for greater development of the state.Board Member of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Christopher Green, described Wike as the Pillar of Sports in Africa .Green said: “Governor Wike has brought national and international recognition to Rivers people. We are proud to be Rivers people because of the performance of the Rivers State Governor.”Goodwill messages came from female athletes led by Matilda Otuene and Leader of Rivers Sporting Community, Sir Allwell Egorugu.Responding, Governor Nyesom Wike said it was obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government was not interested in conducting elections, hence all Nigerians must be vigilant.“The sign is there that they want to rig the elections. They want to simply write results. What happened last Friday when they invaded the State High Court is an eye-opener,” he said.While thanking the Rivers Sporting Community for their endorsement, Wike announced that five Rivers Angels players, five Rivers United Players and three Go-round Football Club players would be sponsored to the World Cup in Russia.He also disclosed that CAF President, Ahmad, would be in the state on May 28 to flag off the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *To sponsors players from Rivers Angels, Rivers Utd to Russia 2018Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtThousands of sportsmen, women and their supporters yesterday marched to The Government House in Port Harcourt where they unanimously endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for a second term.last_img read more

St Petersburg Agog for Nigeria-Argentina Blockbuster

first_imgRussia’as second largest city is agog and expectant ahead of Nigeria’s crucial game against two-time world champions Argentina on Tuesday.When the fixtures for the World Cup were released, Nigeria vs Argentina was one of the top 10 games to look out for. However, events during the previous two rounds played in Group D have contrived to make this, arguably, the most decisive of the group matches yet to be played.Tuesday’s game is certainly the biggest of the four group games to be hosted in St Petersburg following previous matches between Morocco and Iran, hosts Russia and Egypt as well as Brazil against Costa Rica. Already, fans of both teams are trooping into St Petersburg to add colour to what is generally regarded as Russia’s friendliest and most Westernised city.Fans of both teams have been taking pictures together in a convivial atmosphere. Ironically, Argentina owe their chance of qualification to Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeat of Iceland. In the fans’ estimation, a win over Nigeria will guarantee qualification for the second round.However, the advantage lies with Nigeria’s Super Eagles who currently sit in second place in Group D ahead of Argentina who, surprisingly, are bottom of the table.It is the first time Argentina will be playing catch up to Nigeria, after four previous editions of the World Cup that has seen both teams placed in the same group.In 1994, Argentina won 2-1 in the second game when they were already top of the group. They beat Greece 4-0 in their opening game while the Super Eagles blasted Bulgaria 3-0 in Nigeria’s World Cup debut. Both teams qualfied from the group alongside Bulgaria.At the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0. Both were group openers. The Argentines also triumphed 3-2 in the last group game of the 2014 World Cup.The story is different this time though, with Nigeria in the ascendancy going into the last game of the group. The Super Eagles will be filled with confidence after a scintillating second half performance against Iceland to win 2-0.It is also instructive to note that Nigeria won the most recent encounter between the two teams, winning 4-2 last November in a friendly match played in Russia. This is seen as a good omen among Nigerian fans as they look forward to finally trumping Argentina for the first time at a World Cup.Argentina will be wary of Ahmed Musa who scored both of Nigeria’s goals in 3-2 defeat to Argentina in Brazil 2014. Musa also scored twice and rocked the crossbar against Iceland.The three –time African champions must avoid defeat against the desperate South Americans in the giant arena in Krestovsky to make progress to the knockout rounds.Already qualified Croatia top Group D with six points and a plus five goals advantage, with Nigeria second on three points and on an equilibrium on goals scored and conceded, while Iceland and Argentina lie further back with a point each. Croatia tackle Iceland at the same time (9pm St Petersburg; 7pm Nigeria) in Rostov-On-Don.The city of St Petersburg awaits this decisive World Cup match that promises fireworks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Spice in the house

first_imgVH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” is taking a ‘spicey’ turn. Come March 19th, the show’s 7th season will kick-off with controversial Jamaican dancehall artist, Spice, who is set to join the cast after a cameo appearance last season. “I had always been fan of show and it’s always been my dream to become an actress and do movies and shows,” she was recently quoted in the Caribbean Life as saying. “So, when they came to Jamaica, that inspired me to become a member and when they had an open slot I went for it.”Previous guest on the showSpice is no stranger to the VH1 television series as she was a guest on the show last year when the cast visited Jamaica in 2017. She has also recorded a song with one of her cast members, reality star Tommie Lee. Branching out to AmericaSpice says she believes her move into the US music industry will redirect her musical career. “I personally think I outgrew Jamaican artists, and I don’t think I can be any bigger than I already am in my country,” she told the paper.  “I’ve always been thinking of ways to branch out in America and I came up with the grand idea to be on “Love and Hip-Hop” as a way to breakout, and I think reality television is the new thing right now.”Spice, born Grace Latoya Hamilton in Portmore, Jamaica, is known for songs like ‘Needle Eye,’ ‘So Me like It,’ ‘Conjugal Visit,’ and ‘Sheet.’Adding more hip-hop to her catalogLast year, Spice vowed that in 2018 she would shake things up by adding more hip-hop to her catalog. Her first video and single of the year, ‘Duffle Bag,’ was released in January and pointed out that if international acts can use dancehall and reggae to their advantage, Jamaican entertainers are also free to do so. Love & Hip Hop is a media franchise that consists of several reality television series that document the personal and professional lives of several hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers, and record producers residing in varying regions throughout the United States.  Criticism of series‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ has largely been overshadowed by criticism and controversy, with the franchise referred to as “ratchet TV” for its seemingly negative and stereotypical portrayal of black women and its focus on dysfunctional relationships, materialism, hyper-sexuality and violence.Other new cast members joining the Atlanta series this season include Jessica Dime’s fiancé, Shawne Williams; Grammy Award winning songwriter Sean Garrett; singer Just Brittany; rappers Tokyo Vanity and BK Brasco and music executive Keely the Boss.last_img read more

Spanish La Liga Wrap (Sunday): Girona Stun Champions Real Madrid

first_imgLowly Girona produced the biggest win of their small history after they came from behind to beat Spanish champions Real Madrid 2-1 in their Matchday 10 clash.Spanish playmaker Isco had given Zinedine Zidane’s team a 12th minute lead but their lowly opponents battled back within four second half minutes through Christian Stuani (his 5th league goal) and Portu (3rd league goal of the season) to turn the game on its head.The away side huffed and puffed for the remainder of the game but could not find a route back into the game as Girona claimed the biggest scalp of their history.The loss means Real Madrid lose further grounds in the race for the league title with the team now eight points behind leaders and arch rivals Barcelona.Malaga are off the bottom in La Liga after they secured their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo courtesy goals from Adrian Gonzalez and Recio.Results:Getafe 2-1 Real SociedadEibar 2-2 LevanteGirona 2-1 Real MadridMalaga 2-1 Celta VigoStandings (Top 6)Barcelona 30 pointsValencia 24 pointsReal Madrid 20 pointsAtletico Madrid 20 pointsSevilla 19 pointsVillareal 17 points Relatedlast_img read more

Angels’ bullpen endures rough night in loss to Rays

first_imgPreviousST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts after drawing a bases-loaded walk from Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitches to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani lines a single off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after a bases loaded walk in the second inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts as he scores on an RBI single by Cesar Puello off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated after scoring a run in the first inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Wilfredo Tovar hits a double off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Oliver Drake during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ Joey Wendle watches his single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wendle is back playing after missing more than 40 games with a fractured wrist. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Luis Garcia #40 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the sixth inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Ty Buttrey during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two run single in the sixth inning during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated after scoring a run in the sixth inning during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays’ Ji-Man Choi, of South Korea, celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ExpandST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Angels handed their bullpen a four-run lead, and they ended up with a five-run loss.Relievers were charged with eight runs in the Angels’ 9-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, ending a three-game winning streak that had been keyed by solid work from the bullpen.“The way it ended is tough, but that’s a rarity for our bullpen,” said Andrew Heaney, who left with a 4-0 lead in the sixth. “When they’ve been handed a lead they’ve been awesome. I think you chalk that up to a tough outing against a good team.”The Angels scored four early runs against reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell, knocking him out in the fourth, and Heaney had not allowed a run through five innings. Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “Obviously, this year is not turning out the way I was hoping,” said Allen, who signed an $8.5 million deal with the Angels in January. “It was not the bounce-back season I was hoping for. But there’s a lot of baseball left. The only thing I can do is just focus on the next one. Just try and get better. Either I’m going to get better, or they’re going to find someone else who does. That’s the reality of the game.”Although the bullpen took the loss, some of the blame also goes to the hitters for failing to put away the Rays when they had the chance. While they scored four runs in the first five innings, they also left eight runners on base.Fletcher’s error also caused Heaney to throw extra pitches, preventing him from getting deeper into the game.All of it cost the Angels (34-36) their chance to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8. They have failed five times in a row, although this one looked promising at 4-0.“When you have a four-run lead at that point in the middle of the game, you feel pretty good about your chances assuming you can tack on a run and hold down the Rays,” Ausmus said. “But baseball games aren’t scripted and sometimes a team comes back and that’s what they did.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Heaney, however, had needed 94 pitches to get that far, including an additional 14 in the fourth after third baseman David Fletcher misplayed a potential inning-ending double play grounder.“Not the best stuff I’ve had, but it was one of those you are trying to grind through and do what you can to keep ’em in the game,” Heaney said. “It’s nice when you score runs early like we did. It’s easier to pitch to contact, especially when you don’t have good stuff. I fell behind a lot of guys, 2-0, 3-1, 3-2 and I had to make a lot of ‘Here, hit it’ type pitches.”Heaney took the mound in the sixth to face lefty Austin Meadows, and he gave up a double, ending his night with 99 pitches.“Heaney was good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He got into a few deep counts and the pitch count got up early, but he certainly held up his end of the bargain.”The bullpen did not. In came Luís García, who gave up hard-hit ground ball singles to Yandy Diaz and pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi, cutting the lead to 4-1. Two outs later, García gave up a Kevin Kiermaier hit that cut the lead to 4-2.Ausmus then summoned Ty Buttrey, who has been the Angels’ best reliever. Ausmus had used Buttrey to face the toughest hitters, with the game on the line, throughout the season, and he’d mostly performed well.This time, he immediately hit Guillermo Heredia with a pitch, loading the bases. Buttrey then gave up back-to-back singles to Avisail García and Tommy Pham, allowing the Rays to take a 5-4 lead.Cody Allen then let the game get out of hand in the seventh. Allen gave up a two-run homer to Choi and four total runs. After an encouraging stretch in which Allen had allowed two runs in 12 innings, he has allowed six in his last two outings while getting only three outs.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more