Batang Pier down but not out as Anthony remains confident of playoff chances

first_imgPhilippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But its Sean Anthony isn’t throwing in the towel just yet.“We still have a good chance,” the tireless forward told reporters after their 103-90 defeat at the hands of the Hotshots at the Big Dome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut in the same breath, Anthony can’t help but rue what seems to be a trend in their losses in the all-Filipino conference.“Once again, we were OK in the first three quarters and we fell apart in the fourth,” Anthony shared with a long face and somber tone. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Pampanga edges Bulacan to enter NBTC Division II semis Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s some frustration and whatnot but I think we’re all still bonding together. There’s still three games left so we still got a shot at this,” he said.NorthPort needs nothing less of a sweep when they face streaking TNT, recovering Alaska, and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in their final stretch begins this Friday at Ynares in Antipolo.“We still have a good chance,” Anthony stressed. “We have to figure this out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think we all were forcing things and we stopped doing what we did the first three quarters, which was play as a team,” he added.But the late-game meltdown? That’s all on him. “That was on me, I got tired, forced some shots,” Anthony offered.Batang Pier led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter. They were in control in the third before finding themselves at the bad end of a 27-8 run in the payoff period.They now sit on a 2-6 record for the 11th spot in the standings.Anthony admitted that frustration is bubbling under the Batang Pier. But he remains optimistic that they are going to come around to pull themselves out of a rut.ADVERTISEMENT NorthPort’s playoff hopes have become bleaker after Magnolia handed the Batang Pier their sixth straight loss in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Samukai Speaks of Teamwork with US Military Delegation

first_imgThe Minister National Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has assured the head of the U.S. Military delegation to Liberia of his Ministry’s preparedness to collaborate with them in the discharge of their duties while in the country. The U.S Military team is expected in the country shortly to form part of the medical and other segments that are in the fight together to contain the deadly Ebola virus sweeping across the country.Minster Samukai gave the assurance at this Barclay Training Center (BTC) office in Monrovia yesterday, when a U.S. delegation, headed by Major General Darryl Williams, paid a courtesy call on him and his staff. Maj/Gen Darryl Williams was appointed by President Barrack Obama earlier this week to command the 3000- strong U.S. Army contingent to join Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in their fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD). According to Minister Samukai, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will work closely with the U.S.  Military in their efforts to ensure the success of the fight against the deadly EVD that has dealt a crippling effect in every sector of the Liberian Society.For his part, M/Gen Williams expressed the U.S. Military’s willingness to work with the Liberian people, adding, “We have not come to take over, but to work with you, for you and through you.”The renowned military U.S. officer acknowledged the toughness of the task ahead in the fight against the Ebola virus. He, however, expressed optimistic that the fight against Ebola is surmountable, noting that this is a tough enemy, but with united efforts, we can defeat this common enemy.In a related development, US Ambassador Deborah Malac, who accompanied M/Gen Williams to Minister Samukai’s office yesterday, assured the Defense authorities of the United States Government’s fullest commitment to the restoration of sanity to Liberia in the face of the Ebola fight. “We look forward to the Liberian people for a positive partnership in the battle against Ebola.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nelson embodies a Dirtbag

first_imgPresto, change. Soon after, he removed the cast earlier than doctors wanted and he continued to do the glove switch during drills, impressing coach Mike Weathers enough to upgrade his status when games began from injured and unavailable to defensive replacement and pinch-runner. Now Nelson is healthy and has regained the starting center field job he won in fall drills. He appeared in the Dirtbags’ last three games and is 3 for 7 with three runs scored, two RBI and the kind of defense that makes coaches sleep well at night. He’ll be atop the lineup for this weekend’s series against Arizona State starting tonight in Tempe. “I didn’t even know I had a hamate bone,” Nelson said with a laugh before the trip. “I fouled off a pitch and had severe pain in the hand, and when the doctors put on the cast, they said I’d be better in a couple of months.” Not soon enough for Nelson. He had a trick up his sleeve for this situation. While in high school at Temecula Valley, he suffered an elbow injury and did the same thing, albeit with one difference – that time, the injury was to his throwing arm. So he threw with his off hand for awhile until his elbow healed. Of the 21 newcomers to the Dirtbags roster in 2007, Chris Nelson may most embody the spirit of Long Beach State’s baseball nickname. But without question, he’s the only magician on the team. Maybe you’ve seen his act, maybe not. He does play center field at spacious Blair Field, located a zip code away from home plate. But those who have seen it are impressed. The junior transfer from Riverside City College broke the hamate bone in his left hand during January drills, and subsequently had surgery to remove the superfluous bone, was fitted with a cast, and told that he’d be idle for a month. The next week, Nelson showed up at practice with his glove. He went to the outfield, put his glove on his throwing hand, and began catching fly balls. He would quickly and seamlessly tuck his glove under his arm and throw the ball back in. center_img “I had some previous history with injuries and I taught myself to throw with both hands,” he said. It takes a patient coach to send a player onto the field who is juggling his glove while he plays. But once Weathers saw how effortlessly Nelson did it, he felt confident. “I knew he had done it before,” the Dirtbags coach said. “The kid has such great eye-hand coordination that he made it look easier than some guys who don’t switch their gloves. So I felt confident using him in the field (five times) before he could start swinging.” Weathers’ optimism for 2007 – and the No. 19 Dirtbags are off to a good start at 8-4 – featured Nelson becoming a key part of the team. He is a gamer in the best tradition of the Dirtbags as born under Dave Snow in 1989, the kind of kid who plays the game beyond full speed and revels in getting dirty. “He had the best average in fall drills. His skills were so good in center that I moved Robert Perry, who is a very good center field, so we’d be stronger defensively,” Weathers said. “He’s a guy like Rolando Avila, Edger Verala, Izzy Gonzalez – he just plays hard and leads by example. He works so hard that it sets a tone for everyone else. He has no agenda. He has no expectations of pro ball so he plays the game full out.” “I love playing,” the 5-11, 185-pound junior said. “When I met coach Weathers, I knew of the Dirtbag history and the kind of guys they produced and the mentality of the team, and I thought I might fit. “I go at every game as if it’s my last. I just love playing. It’s the way I learned to play the game, and it upsets me when I see guys take it for granted and don’t work as hard as they should. We get results in games but effort begins in practice.” Nelson grew up in Temecula and signed to play at Arkansas out of high school, but he was coming off elbow surgery and the transition to another state didn’t take, so he returned home and landed at Riverside City College. That’s where he says he developed most of his skills. UC Riverside and a few other schools also recruited him, but Long Beach felt like the right fit. “The hand is still sore, and everyone who’s had the surgery said that’s the way it is. But I can deal with the pain. I’ve played in pain my entire career and I know how to deal with it.” It helps to have magic. DIRTBAG NOTES: The Dirtbag team that arrived in Tempe Thursday night is admittedly anxious – not about meeting the 15th-ranked Sun Devils (12-5) but just to get back on the field and play someone. They’ve had 12 days off since their last game against Cal on Feb. 24 and, Weathers said, are “stir crazy. They’re bored playing each other. It almost feels like a new season starting. I stressed to them this week that I didn’t want us to forge what we did to get where we are and hope that they come back fighting.” … The 19th-ranked Dirtbags will throw Vance Worley (1-0, 3.16) tonight and Omar Arif (1-2, 2.41) Saturday, with Sunday’s starter still to be named. Weathers is leaning toward Andre Lamontagne, who competed for the third spot during the break against Andrew Liebel. The positive note from the break is that Manny McElroy, who started the season in the rotation before some torn rib cartilage sidelined him, is healing faster than expected and could be ready to pitch by the Fullerton series later this month … The ASU series starts another stretch of games against ranked teams. Following the Sun Devils, the Dirtbags play at 23rd-ranked UCLA, visit 14th Wichita State, and then host the annual non-conference series against No. 7 Fullerton. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mahrez guides Algeria to AFCON last eight

first_imgSubstitute Adam Ounas was on the field only five minutes when he completed the rout with eight remaining, connecting with a low cross to give goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone no chance.“I think we had a very solid match against a good team from Guinea. We did not concede a goal and scored three,” said Mahrez.“It was a very good night for us and we are happy that we won against a team that were not easy to manoeuvre.”With hosts Egypt and Herve Renard-coached Morocco suffering stunning last-16 losses, many are tipping Algeria to go all the way and add to their lone title, won in 1990.They are only nation among the 10 survivors boasting a 100 percent record having beaten Kenya, highly-rated Senegal and Tanzania in group matches to reach the knockout phase.Algeria will face the Ivory Coast or Mali in a quarter-final in Suez Thursday then, if successful, Nigeria or South Africa for a place in the July 19 final.Coach Djamel Belmadi changed nine of the team that outclassed Tanzania in the final group game, restoring a host of first choices such as Mahrez.Guinea, meanwhile, were missing Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita after he was forced to leave Egypt after a recurrence of a groin injury sustained against Barcelona in May.The referee was kept busy during physical early exchanges, booking Guinean Mady Camara and Algerian Adlene Guedioura within 14 minutes of the kick-off.– Mistaken identity –Camara was punished for a blatant foul on Mahrez, but Guedioura fired wide from the resultant free-kick close to the box.Guedioura was then booked for a foul on Jose Martinez Kante in a case of mistaken identity as big-screen replays showed the offender was Aissa Mandi.Baghdad Bounedjah wasted a great chance to put Algeria ahead on 20 minutes when he controlled a Guedioura cross with his chest, then blazed wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah (L) celebrates after Adam Ounas scores third goal in Africa Cup of Nations last-16 victory over Guinea in Cairo © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIBounedjah, who came to the Cup of Nations after scoring 39 goals for Qatari champions Al Sadd last season, atoned for his miss by helping Algeria take the lead.His backheel inside the penalty area allowed Belaili to beat Kone from the tightest of angles with a shot that went into the far corner of the net.There were more fouls than goal attempts during the remainder of a niggly opening half that finished with Algeria retaining the 1-0 advantage.Kante became the second Guinean to be yellow-carded, for fouling Djamel Benlamri, and coach Paul Put reacted by taking Kante off and sending on Fode Koita.Koita was barely on the field when Algeria doubled their lead as Mahrez collected an Ismael Bennacer cross, cut inside Issiaga Sylla and sent Kone the wrong way.The match had long ceased to be a contest when Ounas claimed his third goal of the competition, joining three other players at the top of the scoring charts.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez scored one of Algeria’s three goals against Guinea © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 8 – Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored for Algeria as they coasted into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Guinea in Cairo on Sunday.Youcef Belaili put the Desert Foxes ahead on 24 minutes and former African Footballer of the Year Mahrez added a second after 57 minutes in the last-16 match at the 30 June Stadium.last_img read more

WESTERN REGION DRUGS TASK FORCE NOTIFICATION: IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE

first_imgWestern Region Drugs Task Force NotificationRecent reports concerning Ecstasy type substances.Points of Information : 26th May 2014 In recent weeks press reports have appeared concerning a range of ‘Ecstasy type’ substances. There has been a number of hospitalisations and fatalities linked to their use. These substances may be sold as Ecstasy (MDMA) itself or as an alternative drug having similar effects.Further points of information:• Ecstasy (MDMA) may potentially be of greater strength (increased purity) than has been common over the past few years.• Ecstasy tablets now come in an even wider variety of shapes, colours and sizes than previously seen. Examples include: Green apples, Green Rolexes, Ninjas, Superman crests, Blue stars, Dominos, Crosses, Hearts and Ghosts.• Substances sold as Ecstasy may have other potentially dangerous substances added, such as PMA or PMMA.• The European early warning system (EMCDDA) has highlighted other new substances such as MDPV or 5-IT (often marketed as ‘Benzo fury’). These may also be sold as Ecstasy. They have been connected to over 100 fatalities across the European Union.• The warning system has also highlighted concerns about LSD-type substances called 25I-NBOMe (slang terms include : N-bombs); a Ketamine-type substance called Methoxetamine (Slang terms include : Mexxy, M-cat) and a synthetic opioid called AH-7921• Anecdotal reports have also been received concerning new combinations of drugs with street names such as ‘Scuzz’. This may refer to a ‘cocktail’ that has been produced with the different combined or the sale of the different elements together in one package.If someone continues to use drugs they should be offered harm reduction advice:• Only use a small amount in order to gauge the effects over several hours.• Drink water regularly and avoid mixing any drug with alcohol.• Using a combination of drugs can be unpredictable.• Make sure that a non-drug taking friend knows what you are using.• Injecting any drug increases the risks involved.• Sharing equipment increases the risks involved, especially the transmission of infection such as HIV and Hepatitis(adapted from Legal or Illegal Highs. HSE. June 2012)Advice and support is always available from :HSE Drugs service (Tel : 1800 459 459) or www.drugs.ie(WITH thanks to Alan McMenamin for the notice).WESTERN REGION DRUGS TASK FORCE NOTIFICATION: IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:drugs notificationwestern regional task forcelast_img read more

Projects prompt counsel change

first_img“We’re really excited here to be in there,” he said of South El Monte. “The way I see it, we have five individuals who are incredibly interested in getting projects off the ground.” Barrow said only that his firm offered a competitive rate. ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – With four major housing and retail projects on the drawing board, the city has fired its Community Development Commission attorney and hired a new firm – but it is paying about $75 more an hour. “I don’t know if the other council members get it, but we don’t have a bunch of money to be throwing around,” said Mayor Blanca Figueroa, who voted against hiring the new attorney. “We have had no problems with the current attorney. He’s done a good job. We’re not getting sued by anyone. He’s under budget. And he gets us the details we need.” Councilman Joseph Gonzales also voted against the change from attorney Quinn Barrow to the new attorney, James Casso. Barrow will still serve as the city attorney for matters not relating to the Community Development Commission. “They say \ is unfriendly to developers,” Gonzales said of council members Louie Aguinaga, Angelica Garcia and Hector Delgado, all of whom voted to hire Casso. “What do they want our attorney to do, just let the developers run the city?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut other members said they were afraid the city was getting a reputation for being tough on businesses. “We have big developers who work in a lot of cities telling us, `No wonder you haven’t had much development in the past, you guys are not business- friendly,”‘ Aguinaga said. “For the first time in like 20 years, we have a lot of projects all going. This is our chance for some real change, and we are really trying to make the city government more efficient.” He also said that Casso and his firm, Myers Nave, promised to stay under budget. The firm charges $250 per hour, compared to Barrow and his firm – Richards, Watson & Gershon – which charged $175 per hour. “Yeah, it’s true he’s charging a little more by the hour, but he hopefully will be more efficient,” Aguinaga said. “He promised to stay under budget. And if he goes over, he’s fired.” Casso said he has been following South El Monte’s politics and development since the 1980s. He recently joined Myers Nave after leaving the firm Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin. He said both cities where he serves as city attorney, La Puente and Pico Rivera, decided to keep him even after he changed firms. last_img

GOLF NEWS: CLUB PRESIDENT DESSIE CRERAND HOSTS CAPTAIN’S DAY THIS WEEKEND

first_imgOtway Golf NewsClub President Dessie Crerand will host his big day this Sunday 31st, with the order of play for male members listed below.If anyone has been omitted in error, or time doesn’t suit, please contact Dessie on 086 3197149. Ladies are invited to play 9 holes at 5.30pm, followed by prizegiving and the clubs big draw at approximately 9pm, with entertainment to follow.Club captain Martin Duffy invites members to an outing to Foyle GC on Sat 13th Sept, tee off at 12 noon, and any members hoping to participate should contact Martin on 087 2447703 by Sunday.And finally the club would like to congratulate Ramelton’s Kieran Murray who took home an amazing 3 gold and one bronze medals from the recent European Transplant games.GOLF NEWS: CLUB PRESIDENT DESSIE CRERAND HOSTS CAPTAIN’S DAY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

Man United release video pointing out you’ve been pronouncing Fred incorrectly

first_imgFrederico Rodrigues De Paula Santos, or Fred to his postman, has explained how to pronounce his name properly.It turns out there’s a bit more work required, as Manchester United point out in this clip on Twitter. Pronounce @Fred08Oficial’s name like a pro with a quick lesson from the man himself! pic.twitter.com/R3P2ig28bi— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 23, 2018The Brazilian, a £52m summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk does not pronounce the ‘d’ at the end of his name.Reminds talkSPORT.com of that scene in The Other Guys. smart causal Man United news IN DEMAND Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won deals boost gameday cracker possible standings REVEALED RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: HEROES’ WELCOME HOME TO LEITIR FOR RALLY CHAMPS

first_imgDONEGAL International Rally Champions Declan and Brian Boyle got a wonderful welcome home to Lettermacaward tonight.The cousins led throughout last weekend to bring their Subaru Impreza into Letterkenny the worthy winners of the three-day event, the first all local crew to take victory since 1983.  PICTURE SPECIAL: HEROES’ WELCOME HOME TO LEITIR FOR RALLY CHAMPS was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Brian BoyleDeclan Boyledonegal rallyLettermacawardlast_img read more

Remarks haunting La Russa

first_img The 37-year-old first baseman had shoulder surgery in May and has been limited to pinch-hitting duty throughout the playoffs. He was 1-for-3 heading into Monday’s game, with an RBI single against Atlanta. Bagwell still has trouble throwing, but he’s confident he could shoulder four or five at-bats per game in an extended series with Chicago. “No problem, no question about it,” Bagwell said, “but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.” Astros general manager Tim Purpura said Bagwell pushed to have his surgery as soon as possible to give himself a chance to make the postseason. “He could have put off surgery a month or two, but I think he put that carrot out there for himself,” Purpura said. “We went to him and told him he was going to be put on the postseason roster. I think he was kind of concerned. He didn’t assume anything. It just shows you what kind of guy he is, that just because he went through all of this, he wasn’t assuming his spot was solid.” Before going to the ballpark Monday, Astros manager Phil Garner spent part of his morning helping shop for a Halloween costume for his 2-year-old granddaughter: a bumble bee outfit. While his granddaughter often chants “Big-gi-o”, Garner insisted he wasn’t sure if the costume was a tribute to one of the Astros’ “Killer Bs” that include longtime fan favorites Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman. “I don’t know,” Biggio said. “It’s just cute. She’s too young to understand that.” Like last year, kids in his neighborhood cut out letters and spelled out “We Bee-Lieve” on his garage door. They also lined the street with Astros pennants. Cardinals reliever Al Reyes will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery today in St. Louis. Reyes, one of the team’s top setup men, was hurt on the final day of the regular season and this will be his second reconstruction on an elbow that was also repaired in 1995. Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Dodgers’ team physician, did the first surgery and Reyes wanted him to do it again. But Yocum was booked until Nov. 8, so Reyes opted for former Cardinals team physician Dr. George Paletta to start the clock ticking on a 9-to-10 month recovery schedule. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON — Critical remarks by Tony La Russa, directed at umpire Wally Bell, before Game 3 of the NL championship series may have come back to haunt the Cardinals manager. On Saturday, La Russa said he hoped that Roger Clemens wouldn’t get preferential treatment from Bell, who worked the plate in that game. The next day he made certain the media knew he had complimented Bell for an evenhanded effort. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “When you go against a guy like Greg Maddux or a Roger Clemens, I don’t care if it’s a regular season game, is a guy with that kind of command and if he starts getting an edge he pushes and pushes it so it’s up to whoever the umpire is,” La Russa said. “So, I wasn’t calling out Wally Bell. “That’s why sometimes you think, well, maybe you’re better off not saying anything.” Still, before Game 5 La Russa seemed to be extending an olive branch. “A lot of the emotion they fire back at players is because of the scrutiny they get, and they’re just human, too,” La Russa said. “There’s replays all over the place. But they are held accountable for everything.” Jeff Bagwell is ready to be the Astros’ designated hitter in the World Series. center_img Then came his problems with Phil Cuzzi, the plate umpire on Sunday. Cuzzi ejected La Russa in the seventh inning of Game 4 and then tossed Jim Edmonds in the eighth, both for arguing pitch calls, after several innings of acrimony. La Russa now says his focus before Game 3 was on how a pitcher like Clemens, in some cases, can establish his own strike zone. last_img read more