Lambert hopes for shopping spree

first_imgPaul Lambert has suggested Aston Villa should abandon their ‘bargain basement’ transfer policy next season if they manage to avoid relegation in the coming weeks. Lambert denies his apparent change of stance will irk the club’s hierarchy. “I’m not breaking ranks,” said the former Colchester boss. “I’m just saying that a club this size needs to be up there (competing). “I know the situation and Randy will say what he’s got to say. I think he’s been fair with everybody about exactly what’s happened and he’ll (speak) when the time’s right.” “I think a football club of this size needs that calibre of player,” he said ahead of Saturday’s crunch Barclays Premier League visit of Hull. “I’m not just talking about those three lads because it would be wrong for me to talk about them but we need that level of player for the size of this club, wherever they come from. “This club needs big players. “It’s not acceptable for this club to keep doing this, it’s been four years of battling against relegation. It’s too big a football club to do this. That’s the reality. I think everybody knows that.” Asked how likely it is Villa could attract – or afford – that level of player, Lambert said: “The chairman will come out and say what he’s got to say in May time, I think. “I don’t know what he’s going to say and that’s me being totally honest with you. “This football club, with the tradition and history it’s got, should not be fluctuating like this. You are where you are. “The chairman will come out and be honest with everybody. It’s his football club and I don’t think anyone can ever be critical of what he’s done for this club. There’s no way anyone could do that and I’m pretty sure he’ll say what he’s got to say.” Villa have floundered for a second season under the Scot’s guidance as he leads a squad of inexperienced youngsters and cheap or free signings. Lambert has consistently toed the line and spoken in defence of the club’s frugality since arriving from Norwich nearly two years ago. But with question marks around his own future and rumours that owner Randy Lerner wants to sell up, the manager has changed tack after being linked with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Lewis Holtby and Joleon Lescott this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Black Cats stun Old Trafford

first_img Press Association Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini both struck the woodwork in the second half and Gus Poyet’s team looked comfortable in possession all afternoon. The win condemned Cardiff and Fulham to relegation, while Sunderland are now big favourites to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Providing Norwich lose at Chelsea on Sunday, the Black Cats need only to take one point from their final two matches to survive. And after recent wins over Chelsea, Cardiff and now United, few would back against the Wearsiders to do so. This was the afternoon that the feel-good bubble surrounding Giggs well and truly burst. The high-tempo, counter-attacking football he demanded from his players was absent all day. United were flat in midfield, Javier Hernandez went missing up front and even the return of Robin van Persie from the bench could not inspire the Red Devils to victory. Many United fans wanted Giggs to be the club’s next manager, but the board are wise to turn to the more experienced Louis van Gaal, who is set to be appointed as David Moyes’ successor next week. Sunderland took a huge step towards cementing their top-flight status by handing Ryan Giggs the first defeat of his reign as Manchester United manager. United’s defeat also highlighted the need for reinforcements this summer, particularly in midfield, where Nani, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick failed to impress. The number of empty seats visible at the final whistle was remarkable. The small pocket of away supporters had every reason to remain and hail their team, who are almost safe just a few weeks after looking doomed. It was all smiles for the home fans just before kick-off when Giggs received another huge welcome as he strolled down the touchline to his seat in the dugout. But just as they did in like last week’s win over Norwich, Giggs’ men started very slowly. Ashley Young, one of five changes to a starting XI that did not contain the injured Wayne Rooney, dazzled Marcos Alonso with his skill, but his final ball was poor. The only time United came close to scoring in the opening 15 minutes was when John O’Shea nearly turned the ball into his own net from Carrick’s cross. Another United old boy – Wes Brown – then put a crucial block in to deny Nani, who then picked himself up before curling over from 20 yards. Patrice Evra bundled his way through the crowd, but his weak header was easily collected by Vito Mannone. It was all a bit lacklustre from the hosts. Young and Nani used their trickery to try to get past their markers, but there was no one in the box to convert. Hernandez, making his fifth league start of the year, dropped too deep, leaving United without a focal point up front. Giggs had seen enough. With 26 minutes on the clock he came to the touchline for the first time to stand over his players. Four minutes later his mood worsened as Sunderland took the lead. Fletcher inexplicably allowed Wickham to send over a cross which Larsson expertly finished after giving Carrick the slip. If Giggs hoped that would kick his team into gear then he was wrong. United were just as flat and unimaginative until the break, with Juan Mata the only man to test Mannone courtesy of a low drive. Soon after the restart the United fans started voicing their frustration as the home team passed the ball across midfield without, seemingly devoid of any idea how to pierce the Sunderland back four. United upped the tempo briefly near the half way point of the second period. Evra crossed for Hernandez, but Brown intervened just as the Mexican was about to shoot. Nemanja Vidic appealed for a penalty when his header struck Lee Cattermole in the box, but Howard Webb waved play on. Giggs replaced Nani with Adnan Januzaj, who scored two goals in the reverse fixture. Then Van Persie entered, along with Danny Welbeck, for his first game in more than six weeks. Sunderland should have put the result beyond doubt with 17 minutes to go, but Giaccherini’s weak shot from a cross by fellow substitute Jozy Altidore hit a post and bounced out to safety. A huge amount of United fans headed for the exits 10 minutes before the end. Borini almost made it 2-0 when he struck the bar, but one goal proved enough for Poyet, who jumped for joy when the final whistle went. A large number of the United fans who remained booed their team off. The manager may have changed, but the club’s awful home form continues. Sebastian Larsson took advantage of some slack marking to fire home Connor Wickham’s cross in the first half as Sunderland recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1968. What had been billed as a tough fixture turned out to be something of a stroll for the 1-0 winners. last_img read more

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Injuries trouble Wenger

first_img Sanchez, who has only just returned from a two-week lay-off with a hamstring strain, took a knock to his knee in the first half at the Emirates Stadium and had to be replaced in the 68th minute. Ramsey came on as a substitute in the second half but lasted only nine minutes before going off with what Wenger suspected was a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left counting the cost of his side’s 2-1 victory over Leicester on Tuesday after both Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were forced off with injuries. Press Association Andrej Kramaric created a nervy finish after pulling one back for Leicester, whose second-half display suggested the team remain behind their under-fire manager Nigel Pearson. “Leicester are fighting not to go down and when you see the way they play football, you are surprised they are bottom of the league and they want to get rid of their manager,” Wenger said. “If they keep quiet, don’t panic and stick together they will get out of that. “For me they are one of the better sides we have played at the bottom of the league.” A number of reports on Sunday suggested Pearson had been sacked but Leicester later confirmed his position, insisting the rumours were “without foundation”. Pearson had been involved in what appeared to be a heated altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur on Saturday and it was believed the incident played a part in Leicester considering the manager’s future. “It was jovial, things happen quickly in games,” Pearson said. “I was scythed down and we had a little bit of banter. “I actually spoke to him last night. He texted me and I was composing a text back to him but I thought, ‘I’ll just ring him.’ “It was a friendly chat and I think the lad comes out of it with an awful lot of credit in diffusing the situation.” When it was put to him that Leicester’s owners had wanted to remove him as manager, Pearson said: “They don’t want to get rid of me. I’m here. “I’ve had lunch with the owners today and I sat behind them in the first half.” Pearson continued: “They’re in London and we stayed in London today. I’ve spoken to them a few times. “It was very friendly. I’ve always had a very good working and personal relationship (with them). “I don’t expect any favours from anyone, I work in a results business and our results haven’t been what we would like. “That brings pressure on people’s situations but then you have to find a replacement who will be better and wave a magic wand. “You have to be careful what you wish for sometimes.” While Arsenal climb back into the top four, defeat leaves Leicester bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety. “We’re getting frustrated with being talked about as unlucky,” Pearson said. “Games like today against a top side are probably a bit of a bonus game. “Our results against sides around us will be pivotal.” “Sanchez got a knock on his knee,” Wenger said. “From the moment he got this knock, he was never really comfortable. “I don’t know for how long he will be out and whether he will be out or not. I haven’t seen the doctor.” On Ramsey, Wenger continued: “It looks like it (a recurrence of a hamstring injury). I don’t know how bad it is yet. “Just visually, it didn’t look good – when a guy stops straight away and sits down, that’s not good news. “There’s a recurrence now of a few muscular injuries and it’s difficult – we haven’t found out why.” Wenger admitted he was ready to take Sanchez off at half-time but the Chilean insisted he was capable of playing on. Arsenal were able to overcome their fitness concerns as first-half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott were enough to seal a valuable three points. last_img read more

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Guyana comfortably defends IGG athletics title

first_imgBy Tamica Garnett in SurinameWITH hardly a fight from Suriname, Guyana effortlessly defended their Inter Guiana Games athletics title when the competition concluded yesterday as Toyan Raymond picked up the girls sprint double, Joanna Archer closed of the girls distance double, and Rickie Williams shone in the boys 5000m.After winning the girls’ 1500m, when the competition began on Friday, Archer delivered on her promise to collect the distance double as she scored the 800m win with a time of 2:27.40s, at the grass track of the Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo, Suriname.Kezra Murray was second with a time of 2:30.2s.She would return later to help the girls’ 4x400m team to victory in a time of 4:13.7s, for her third gold this year.After taking second behind his compatriot, Daniel Williams, yesterday, Samuel Lynch was not to be held back in his pet event–the boys’ 800m, and for the win he delivered a time of 2:03.5s. Earning another medal for Guyana was youth athlete, Daniel Melville, who took the silver with a time of 2:10.7s.Chantoba Bright had a best jump of 5.3m for the long jump win, pairing it with the triple jump victory from Friday.In the boys’ long jump, Suriname picked up one of their few gold medals as Marciano Shepper’s 6.71m leap was the best for the day. Timmeon Spencer’s 6.05m was good enough for second, while boys’ triple-jump gold medalist, Ronardo Greene, had to take a bronze in the long jump after his best jump was just 6.04m.In the sprintsToyan Raymond and Umkosie Vancooten represented well and ensured the gold medals came back to Guyana. Raymond took 26.5 seconds for her win, while Vancooten took 24.3 seconds for his.Girls’ 400m champion Deshauna Skeete was second in the 200m with a time of 27.4s.Guyana had another 1-2 win in the boys’ 5000m and girls 3000m, with Rickie Williams delivering a 17.55.8s in the 5000m, with time to spare as Murphy Nash strode in at 18.09.90s.Shaquka Tyrell also had a big win in the girls’ 3000m, clocking 11 minutes 41.8 seconds, and Leyanna Charles strolling in at 12.04.3s.Guyana took gold in both the boys and girls’ 4x400m to take a clean sweep of the relays.last_img read more

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F-M, CBA football drop season openers

first_img Tags: CBAF-Mfootball F-M countered with a mix of runs and passes, the key a fourth-down 17-yard connection from Zak Conley to Jordan Leuze. The pair combined again for a four-yard TD pass less than a minute before intermission.So it was 7-7, but only until the first drive of the second half, when the Warriors started to take over with a 62-yard scoring drive, all on the ground. The Warriors used four different backs, including quarterback Brendan Mancuso, who scrambled 17 yards deep into F-M territory before Mack went one yard for the go-ahead TD.Even more important was what happened in the last minute of the period. F-M, down 14-7, had driven inside the Warriors’ five-yard line, only to have the defense sack Conley on third down and, on fourth-and-goal, have Max Michalak intercept a pass at the goal line and return it 59 yards.More of the Warriors’ ground game followed, and from the Hornets’ six Mancuso rolled out and found the end zone with 8:34 left. Any chance of a Hornets comeback faded when Liverpool forced three more turnovers in the closing minutes, including interceptions by Mills and Christian Matthew.At least F-M got on the board, though, which was something CBA could not do against a C-NS side that won the last two sectional AA titles and showed little signs of tailing off despite the graduations of a host of key skill players.From start to finish, the C-NS defense smothered the Brothers, whose best chance to score came late in the second quarter, when it drove inside the Northstars’ 10-yard line, only to get stopped.Meanwhile, CBA’s defense showed improvement, yet still allowed quarterback J.J. Razmovski to throw a pair of TD passes – two to Matt Wentlying-Raymie, the other to Adron Pafford.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Now there’s much more urgency to Friday night’s football clash between Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy, even though it won’t count toward the league standings or eventual playoff positions.That’s because the team who doesn’t win will stare at an 0-2 start perpetuated by last Friday’s pair of season openers, F-M taken down 21-7 by Liverpool in the Kickoff Classic at the Dome and CBA shut out 22-0 by visiting Cicero-North Syracuse.F-M and Liverpool both lost in last year’s sectional Class AA semifinals. Therefore, they approached the opener with equal amounts of hunger, though the Warriors also had a revenge motive after falling 7-0 to the Hornets a season ago.center_img They played through a scoreless first quarter, but for F-M it was more troubling. Twice, it drove into Liverpool territory without scoring, tripped up by a bad snap and penalties.Yet it was still 0-0 because another penalty, an illegal block, wiped out Liverpool’s Brayden McClain returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, a break that the Hornets could not immediately turn into points.McClain’s 22-yard punt return in the second quarte r (that wasn’t called back)  set up the Warriors’ first scoring drive. Key runs by Dakari Mack and Bryce Mills set up Mills to find the end zone from two yards out.last_img read more

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Panel discusses sustainability on campus

first_imgGreen groups at USC discussed  various initiatives on campus that aim to address issues such as waste, green buildings, water and energy, at a panel Tuesday.USC’s sustainability rating was recently raised from a C+ to a B- by the Sustainability Endowments Institute, but many campus groups are still working to make the university greener.Green · Eric Johnson, director of Facilities Management Services, and Daniela Arellano, green office liason for the Office of Sustainability, spoke about different ways to recycle and how to make buildings more energy efficient. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Four of these groups — Net Impact, CalPIRG, the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management Services — talked about some of their goals and projects Tuesday as part of the Campus Conversation Series.Net Impact, a student group that lobbies for corporate responsibility and sustainability on campus, introduced a pilot program this semester that will have classrooms use reusable dry erase markers instead of Expos in classrooms.“We will be implementing the program through Marshall School of Business next fall,” said Catherine Uong, a freshman majoring in business administration and secretary of Net Impact. “You will see the markers in classrooms then.”This semester, CalPIRG, a political public interest group that has chapters at various schools, has worked on a plastic bag ban that has been adopted by unincorporated areas in Los Angeles, though not the city as a whole. The group is also working on clean car initiatives.“One of our core campaigning efforts this year was our clean car initiatives … We’ve been campaigning to put one million more energy efficient cars on the road by 2025,” said David Mittelstein, the head of CalPIRG.CalPIRG and Net Impact both have plans to raise awareness during Earth Week, which is next week. CalPIRG plans to show Chevrolet’s Volt as an exhibit and to talk about green technology. Net Impact plans to host a waste program at The Row, as well as a panel and a fashion show.The Office of Sustainability and FMS have also made major accomplishments this year, but both hope to be able to do more.“Our mission is to institutionalize sustainability by making sustainability part of the everyday work of the school by making it second nature,” said Daniela Arellano, a green office liason of the Office of Sustainability.Arellano said the Office of Sustainability has worked with office leaders in various buildings to teach them how to make the buildings more energy efficient. Many buildings, such as the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, have earned LEED — Leader in Environmental and Energy Design certification, meaning they use water and energy efficiently.Arellano also hopes USC can further decrease its emission of greenhouse gases.There is currently a server in place that collects information to determine how much energy a building uses in a single day. Arellano said she hopes the information is used by students for research, and possibly as a part of competition to see which building can cut down its energy use the most.FMS has also been working to help the environment by putting less waste in landfills.Last year USC generated more than 7,800 tons of trash. Eric Johnson, director of FMS, said 51 percent was diverted from landfills by using a Material Recovery Facility to search for recyclable goods.FMS has also bought a densifier that melts styrofoam to condense it and make it recyclable and has been working on landscaping.“When we talk about landscapse there’s a lot of things we can do to be sustainable,” Johnson said. “In the last few years, whenever we did a project we incorporated green landscaping.”In landscaping projects, organic mulch is used, which releases nitrogen for plants to use and helps them with nutrients. The group is also using dripline irrigation, a low flow irrigation system that directs more water to the plant with little running onto the sidewalk.FMS is also using natural pruning and evapotranspiration to measure how much water is in the air.FMS built a 3-million-gallon thermal energy tank under the track field in 2004. During off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper, the water is cooled down. When electricity is more expensive, the tank is used to provide electricity. Johnson said the project was expensive, but is paying for itself.last_img read more

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Bumbaca: Time to rise to challenge for Badgers, or else

first_imgThe television in the Camp Randall Stadium press box flashed a bottom-line flicker that read:“No. 9 Wisconsin avoids upset against Georgia State.“Saturday was that kind of day for the University of Wisconsin football team. Now, as they prepare to take on Michigan State University this weekend to begin Big Ten play, they will have to prove Georgia State was just a small hiccup on an otherwise impressive start to the season.But the game against MSU is only the beginning for Wisconsin. After the Spartans, the Badgers will head to the Big House to take on No. 5 University of Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State will a visit to Madison two weeks later.The reality check is coming.Saturday’s performance was disturbing for Wisconsin fans for a variety of reasons. Sure, Georgia State played admirably on both sides of ball. But there is no acceptable answer as to why, or how, the Panthers were able hang with the Badgers for a full 60 minutes.It is most definitely not what UW needed before entering the most important three-game slate the Badgers have faced in years. Those are big time opponents, and if Wisconsin plays anything close to the level they did Saturday, the Badgers will be embarrassed.“They obviously came out and hit us in the face to be honest with you,” redshirt sophomore linebacker T.J. Edwards said.If that’s the case, they better get their gloves up or the Badgers will find themselves KO’d next week.The trouble — and a common theme for UW squads lately — begins and ends on offense. Bart Houston was far from the Houston fans have seen the last two weekends. If he is indeed the starter Saturday, he needs to be his best and more.But after Saturday, I simply cannot fathom UW head coach Paul Chryst going with Houston over redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. The way Hornibrook moved the ball, igniting the urgency that overcame the offense with him under center, was palpable and the offense finally got the results it should have seen the whole game.Throughout the whole preseason, the storyline regarding the Badgers’ schedule has dominated the storylines. Wisconsin hurdled its first obstacle against Louisiana State University with impressive poise. This team sees it as an opportunity — and what an opportunity they have. For so long, Wisconsin football has been the program that always shows up to the party, but never tears it up on the dance floor.But this year’s Badger team has the ability to change that. They’ve played far from their ceiling throughout this season’s first three games, and it will take close to perfection to win any of these next three games. It’s a tall task, but there is no room for excuses anymore if they want to take advantage of this “opportunity” they’re always talking about.The point is, the Badgers’ fun is over — this is business now. Sure, the LSU game was an important win for the program, but the Tigers have disappointed thus far and the atmosphere surrounding the game benefited UW. They rolled over Akron and should have done the same last week.They can’t afford another clunker, and especially not against a top 10 team that defeated then-No. 18 Notre Dame on the road in South Bend Saturday night. The stakes are too high now.Time to find out what this Badgers team is really made of.last_img read more

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Ruth Prior departs as William Hill CFO

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share William Hill Chief Financial Officer Ruth Prior has confirmed that she will be stepping down as CFO and as a Director of the Company to return to the private equity sector, where she will join Element Materials Technology as its new CFO.Prior joined William Hill in 2017 as a member of the Board and Group Executive team. She has been lauded for her role in developing and delivering the strategy of the Company and driving several transformation initiatives, as well as having responsibility for Group Assurance and Procurement functions.Prior said: “I have enjoyed my time at William Hill and believe that the Company is in a strong position to take advantage of many opportunities ahead and deliver improved business and financial performance. I wish the business every success in the future.”Prior’s departure date will be determined in the coming months, with the Board at William Hill beginning the search for a successor.William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson commented: “I am very appreciative of Ruth’s support and professionalism since I took on the role as CEO. She has supported the business during what has been a period of unprecedented change for the sector and we would like to thank her for all she has done for William Hill.”The bookmaker has also revealed that growth in its online division has been attributed to its 2019 full year profits for William Hill exceeding predictions, with the operator stating its profits are  ‘ahead of market and management expectations’.Announced in a trading update for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2019, the bookmaker revealed that analysts have predicted its full year adjusted profits to be in the range of £143m to £148m, while its US business is expected to break even.Bengtsson added: “The Group has delivered a strong operating performance, ahead of our expectations and against a challenging regulatory backdrop. We made good progress on a number of fronts, including our Retail business, Online and in the US, enabling us to deliver on our long term strategic ambitions.“We look forward to building on these efforts in 2020 with a strong focus on customer, team and execution.”The predicted growth has largely been driven by favourable sporting results in December, supported by a growth in the operator’s online division for the third consecutive quarter.The statement added: “During the year the Group made good progress towards delivering its long term ambition to become a digitally led and internationally diversified business of scale while continuing to embed a culture of responsible gambling.”last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Barcelona win is a confidence boost

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has voiced his delight with Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over Barcelona in the second leg of their Spanish Supercopa encounter, and stressed that winning their first title of the season at the expense of their arch-rivals is a real confidence boost.Los Blancos were beaten 3-2 in the first leg, but early goals from Gonzalo Higuain and the Portuguese winger put the Santiago Bernabeu side 4-3 up on aggregate.Lionel Messi then pegged one back from a free kick, but it was not enough for Barca as Madrid came out victorious on the away-goals rule.“We started well and we scored two quick goals that gave us confidence,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.“We played well and created many chances. In the second half we slowed the tempo because we were tired, but we deserved to win.“We won an important trophy. It gives us confidence and we have to celebrate it. We cannot slip up in La Liga because we know that Barcelona are very strong.” Full-back Alvaro Arbeloa was equally pleased with Madrid’s display and urged his team-mates to show a similar attitude in La Liga.“I’m very happy, we played an amazing match. We should have won by more because we created many chances; the important thing was to win the match and give our fans something to cheer about, which they deserved.“This is the attitude everyone wants and we are the first to know it, not just against Barcelona, but every week in the Liga.”Madrid lock horns with Granada on Sunday.last_img read more

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Dodgers place Corey Seager (hamstring) on the IL

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Matt Beaty (hip flexor) was activated from the IL on Thursday. Chris Taylor is expected to become the primary shortstop in Seager’s absence.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers officially placed Corey Seager on the Injured List on Thursday with the expectation that he will miss much more than the minimum 10 days.An MRI taken Wednesday confirmed Seager suffered a left hamstring strain during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Angels. The exam pegged the injury as a Grade 1 to 2 strain, slightly less severe than the preliminary diagnosis Tuesday night.There is no timetable for Seager’s return. It will depend on his individual progress and recovery.  But a 4- to 6-week absence seems likely.The injury comes just as Seager had regained his All-Star form.  After missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, Seager started slowly this season. But he was 17 for 37 (.459) with seven doubles and a home run during a nine-game hitting streak through Tuesday. Since May 4, he was batting .331 (40 for 121) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

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