Can a garden sell a property? This renovator thinks so

first_imgIt incorporates luxurious and modern finishes.At this residence, Mr Bartrum, who runs his own transport business, refurbished the property to be a “fully functioning family home”. The house features a media room, expansive entertaining areas and modern kitchen with statement island bench. The external walls are the only original feature remaining. 49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle of Capri.The rest has been transformed into an interior melting pot of luxury finishes and high-end materials, and a palette spanning warm neutrals to charcoal shades. It’s the latest in a handful of renovations by vendor David Bartrum.“I enjoy doing it, my parents renovated houses, they have probably done 40 homes in my lifetime,” said Mr Bartrum.“It’s just second nature, I look at a house and go, ‘what can we do with it?’”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago The modern kitchen features a huge island bench. The manicured garden and yard borders a large swimming pool and deck setting.Outside, a swimming pool is bordered by a manicured yard and Japanese-influenced gardens that are Mr Bartrum’s favourite feature.“I’ve got a landscape guy who does the gardens,” he said.“I think I do a reasonable job of renovating the houses … but the garden is what sets this property apart.”After a 16-month renovation. Mr Bartrum is keen to sell the property after buying another house to “do up” in Broadbeach Waters. 49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle of Capri is set to go to auction on Sunday 28 January.A GOLD Coast vendor has kept up a family tradition of renovating, with the stunning transformation of this Isle of Capri residence.The only original part of the old Isle of Capri house remaining is the outside walls. Charcoal shades take centre stage.last_img read more

Federer avenges Tsonga reversal

first_img Third-seeded Federer now faces a scintillating showdown in the last four against top seed Novak Djokovic\[Ian Winterton\] for his eighth straight U.S. Open semi-finals appearance. Rafa Nadal had earlier advanced, then led a player revolt that pressured organisers into rearranging the schedule. She and will next play unseeded German Angelique Kerber in their quarter-final. Andy Murray and Andy Roddick won their matches to set up ties with John Isner and Nadal respectively. Roddick showed glimpses of the form that saw him win at Flushing Meadows in 2003 as he ousted Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Nadal, while Isner beat Gilles Simon 7-6 3-6 7-6 7-6 to set up a showdown with Murray. The defending champion was quick to express his displeasure, in a little over two hours, after weather delays left him facing the daunting prospect of having to win four matches in as many days to retain his title. Andy Murray and Andy Roddick won their matches to set up ties with John Isner and Nadal respectively. Roddick later joined forces with Nadal and Murray to berate the tournament referee Wednesday when they were asked to play in light rain and let his feelings known again when the Louis Armstrong Stadium court started leaking water and staff tried in vain to dry the playing surface. “Find us a court,” Roddick snapped. “At a certain point that has to take precedence over what people can watch.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams progressed and faces Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6 in her semi. Australia’s Sam Stosur demolished world number two Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-3, stretching her winning streak over the Russian to eight matches, and looms as the dark horse after some impressive displays. center_img ROGER Federer avenged his surprise loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at this year’s Wimbledon by beating the Frenchman 6-4 6-3 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.last_img read more

Test batsman De Silva to lead Sri Lanka A on Caribbean tour

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Test batsman Dhananjaya De Silva will lead a 16-man Sri Lanka A squad on the tour of West Indies starting next week.The 26-year-old played the last of his 10 Tests against India last August, and averages 38 with two centuries already under his belt.Twenty-year-old Charith Asalanka, an off-spinning all-rounder who led Sri Lanka Under-19s last year, will serve as De Silva’s deputy.Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva, both of whom are part of the Test squad in the ongoing series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates, will join the A-side once that series wraps up.Neither player has played an international match for Sri Lanka.The squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of three other players with Test experience, with fast bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara, along with left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, having played 11 Tests among them.Sri Lanka A are expected to leave tomorrow for Jamaica where they play three four-day ‘Tests’ and as many one-dayers against West Indies A, from October 11 to November 5.SQUAD – Dhananjaya De Silva (captain), Charith Asalanka (vice-captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Sandun Weerakkody, Ron Chandragupta, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Amila Aponso, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Vimukthi Perera, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha.Schedule of matches:OCTOBERWednesday 11th to Saturday 14th – 1st ‘Test’ – Trelawny Multiplex, JamaicaThursday 19th to Sunday 22nd – 2nd ‘Test’ – Trelawny MultiplexThursday 26th to Sunday 29th – 3rd ‘Test’ – Sabina Park, JamaicaNOVEMBERWednesday 1st – 1st One-day Match – Sabina ParkFriday 3rd – 2nd One-day Match – Sabina ParkSunday 5th – 3rd One-day Match – Trelawnylast_img read more

S’final Feat Surprises Federer

first_imgFederer, who has not won a Grand Slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012, had been sidelined by a knee injury throughout the second half of last year and has slipped from third in the world to 17th.He played in the non-ranking Hopman Cup in Perth earlier in January, but has come through 18 sets in Melbourne.“I think winning back-to-back matches in best-of-five sets against quality, great players has surprised me most,” he said.“Really that’s been for me the big question mark, if I could do that so early in my comeback.“I felt I was always going to be dangerous on any given day in a match situation. But obviously as the tournament would progress, maybe I would fade away with energy, you know, that kind of stuff.”Federer and Wawrinka last met at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, with Federer winning 7-5 6-3Federer holds an 18-3 winning record against Wawrinka, but the 31-year-old will go into the semi-final as the world number four and looking for a second consecutive Grand Slam title after last year’s US Open success.Federer has won their past two meetings, at the ATP World Tour Finals and in the US Open in 2015, but Wawrinka holds a Grand Slam win against his Davis Cup team-mate, coming in the quarter-finals of the French Open in the same year.“Against Roger, it’s always special because he’s so good. He’s the best player of all time,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner.“He has an answer for everything. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we’ll see.“It’s great to see him back at that level. Hopefully I can manage to play a great match.”All of Wawrinka’s three Grand Slam titles have come since Federer won his last five years ago.And Wawrinka’s rise to becoming a consistent top-10 player did not come until he was aged 28, and after plenty of help from his fellow Swiss.“I remember giving Stan a lot of advice on how he should play certain guys,” said Federer.“Then the day came where he didn’t call me so much any more. He called me less and less.“I also felt like I didn’t tell him any more, because he created his knowledge, his base, had his team. Only from time to time would I give him advice if he asked me.“Otherwise I was happy that he was able to let go and go on his own path.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has said that he did not expect to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a six-month injury lay-off.The four-time champion in Melbourne is making his competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.Federer beat Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up tomorrow’s last-four match against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.“Feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that’s a huge surprise to me,” said the 35-year-old.“For Stan, yes, but not for me. I honestly didn’t even know a few days ago that he was in my section of the draw or I’m in his section.”last_img read more

Children orgs team up for first time

first_imgThe Community Health Involvement Project joined the Asian American Tutorial Project for the first time Saturday to teach elementary school students about health issues in addition to offering academic assistance.Teaching moments · About 200 USC students visit Chinatown every Saturday to tutor elementary school students in English and math. – Photo courtesy of USC Asian American Tutorial ProjectAbout 200 AATP members tutor students at Castelar Elementary School in math and English one-on-one every Saturday. CHIP runs children’s health sites to educate a wide range of students about health topics such as nutrition, exercise and the body.Jean Doh, the co-coordinator of one of CHIP’s health sites, said the collaboration started because some students are members of both organizations.“AATP and CHIP are very similar organizations and many students from each organization already knew each other,” Doh said.After the morning lessons with the AATP members, 12 students from CHIP tutored the kids on a variety of health issues, such as good eating habits and the importance of vitamins.“We tried to make it a more fun type of learning through a variety of games and drawing exercises,” Doh said. “The main point we tried to communicate to the kids was the importance of a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of different foods like meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruits.”Doh said she was surprised at the scale of the event organized by AATP and at the diversity of the AATP’s team, which included students from USC, UCLA and Occidental College.“It was a fun experience,” Doh said. “I had no idea that AATP had so many members, but it’s awesome to see volunteers from so many different schools working towards a single goal.”AATP Administrative Director Peony Khoo said AATP would definitely like to have CHIP come back to coordinate with them each semester or each year.“The event went really well and the kids learned a lot from the CHIP team,” Khoo said. “It’s important for them to learn about health and good nutrition because these are not things that they learn in school.”AATP has been traveling to Chinatown to tutoring children from Castelar for about 41 years.last_img read more

D-backs beat Padres 7-6, nail runner at plate for final out

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 09:38 IST D-backs Beat Padres 7-6, Nail Runner At Plate For Final Out Speedy Padres pinch runner Jorge Mateo was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on a single to end the game Saturday night, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off San Diego 7-6 WATCH US LIVE First Published: 16th August, 2020 09:38 IST Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV Speedy Padres pinch runner Jorge Mateo was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on a single to end the game Saturday night, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off San Diego 7-6.The Padres nearly completed a late rally after trailing 7-1. San Diego scored twice in the eighth, then scored three times in the ninth.With two outs, Mateo got a head start by trying to steal second when Jurickson Profar lined a single through the infield. Center fielder Starling Marte quickly made the relay to second baseman Ketel Marte, who made a perfect throw to catcher Carson Kelly for the tag.Mateo once stole 82 bases in a minor league season. The 25-year-old rookie has 283 career steals in the minors.The D-backs continued their recent run of good baseball, winning their third straight and for the seventh time in 10 games. Arizona got 14 hits, including three singles by both David Peralta and Kelly.Nick Ahmed hit a bases-loaded, two-run double to spark a four-run sixth.Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-out, solo homer in the first for San Diego. It was the 21-year-old rising star’s ninth homer of the season and the line drive left the park in a hurry, landing among the dozens of teddy bears seated behind the left field wall.Arizona tied the game on Kelly’s RBI single in the fourth. The jumped ahead 7-1 by the eighth inning with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Padres within 7-3. Kelly made a tremendous catch on a foul popup, leaning over the railing into the camera well next to the D-backs dugout, to secure the third out.The Padres pulled within 7-6 in the ninth after Tatis hit a two-run double and Greg Garcia added an RBI single. Arizona closer Archie Bradley got his fifth save but gave up three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.Arizona’s Alex Young and San Diego’s Cal Quantrill both made their first starts of the season and both pitched well with a limited pitch count. Young threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run while striking out five. Quantrill went 3 2/3 innings and also gave up one run while striking out five.San Diego fell to 11-11, which is the first time they’ve been at .500 since opening day. Pierce Johnson (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs in relief while getting just one out.Stefan Crichton (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LF Tommy Pham left the game in the second inning because of cramping in both calves. Peralta hit a routine single into left field and Pham jogged toward the ball before awkwardly throwing it to second base. He slowly walked off the field with trainers after the play. … RF Wil Myers left the game in the fifth inning with back tightness. … The Padres put closer Kirby Yates on the 10-day IL with an inflamed right elbow. Manager Jayce Tingler said Yates was scheduled to have an MRI Saturday afternoon. RHP David Bednar was activated to take Yates’ roster spot. Yates led the majors with 41 saves last year.Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said LHP Madison Bumgarner felt good two days after throwing a 38-pitch bullpen and he’s expected to throw a 50-pitch simulated game on Monday. Bumgarner is on the 10-day IL with a strained muscle in his back.UP NEXTPadres: San Diego will send RHP Garrett Richards (1-1, 3.74) to the mound on Sunday.Diamondbacks: Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (1-2, 10.59) will try to have better command when he takes the mound. He has 23 strikeouts in 17 innings but has also given up 14 walks and 22 hits, including seven homers.Image credits: AP COMMENTlast_img read more

Did the G6 raise the standard of the local top flight?

first_imgThe First Trust G6 tournament brought smiles on the faces of Ghanaians since there are no competitive matches in the country.The start of our league is now known, February 20. But at the time, there was an informational vacuum for football fans as well as the GFA therefore the tournament represented a good platform for supporters to see their beloved teams in action.The eagerness and readiness for the tournament was there for everyone to see. Teams like Ashgold who will be representing the nation in the upcoming CAF Champions League and Medeama Sporting Club who will also represent the nation in the CAF Confederations took it seriously.The two biggest clubs in Ghana, Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak used the tournament to assess their current crop of players for the upcoming league. For Kenichi, this will be a learning curve for him to know more about our league. Teams who participated had high hopes and wanted to use this as a stepping stone to win over their doubters.The matches were shown live on some TV stations and this reignited the good old days when the premier league was so popular in the country. Supporters who couldn’t be at the stadium to cheer their teams to victory were able to sit at the comfort of their homes to watch the games.The standard in our league is nothing to write home about and it’s sad. When a football nation like Ghana, that has produced world class players such as Odartey Lamptey, Abedi Ayew Pele, Mohammed Polo and others cannot compare its league with other nations in the sub-region. The just ended Ghalca G6 was competitive as compared with previous years. Albert Commey, Aduana Stars Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says that the standard in the competition will be replicated in the upcoming league.He said: “In terms of the standard of play, I will admit I was shocked because you can’t underrate any of the six teams that played in the tournament. They were very good and I say it is a replica of what will happen in the league when it starts.”“If someone says the matches were easy then it means that person wasn’t there and if you were present at the stadium and watching the kind of quality of football being displayed by the clubs, you will attest that the standard was very high. The kind of tactics the coaches displayed showed strength in defense midfield and attack each team and it was very good”.Kotoko won most of the awards in the tournament. Kwame Boateng was adjudged the Best Player and top scorer with two goals. Eric Ofori Antwi was named the Best Goalkeeper and new signing Bennet Ofori was awarded discovery of the tournament. Aduana Stars’ center back Yakubu Mohammed was crown Best Defender of the tournament. It was a successful tournament organized and we hope it can raise the standard in the league. –last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani homers for 3rd straight game as Angels rally past A’s 13-9

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “You gotta try really, really hard to keep this lineup quiet,” Simmons said.The teams combined for 21 runs and 27 hits and used 13 pitchers between them.The Angels improved to 6-2 with their third consecutive win.“Those guys kept playing baseball,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You’re not going to come back often in games like that.”Throughout the comeback, the attention at Angel Stadium surrounded the excitement of Ohtani. Midway through his second plate appearance in the fourth inning, fans began to chant, “OH-TA-NI! OH-TA-Ni!” before he popped up to center field for the first out in the four-run inning. Most were already standing by his third appearance in the fifth inning, when he drew a bases-loaded walk.Ohtani finished 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs.The comparisons to Ruth didn’t appear far off. Ruth was the last two-way player to also hit a home run in three consecutive games, and Ruth similarly homered three times in his first week as a position player in 1918.Asked what it was like to watch Ohtani homer in three consecutive games, Simmons laughed.“It’s getting old,” he said, smiling.Reporters laughed as well.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone It was Ohtani’s third home run in as many games at Angel Stadium, where he is batting .462 (6 for 13) with six RBIs. No other rookie in the club’s 58-season history had homered in his first three home games. Ohtani, a right-handed starting pitcher, continued to bat eighth as the designated hitter.It was also an early spark for the Angels in a game that tilted heavily in favor of the visitors early on.“Any time you’re down six and you get one of them back really quick, that deficit starts to get smaller and smaller,” left fielder Justin Upton said. “That kind of started it.”The Angels trailed 6-0 before Ohtani first stepped to the plate, and the home run precipitated an offensive onslaught that allowed them to overcome the early deficit. Their hitters ultimately banged out a season-high 14 hits against Oakland.While Ohtani might have been a starting point in the innings-long rally, another home run pushed the Angels ahead for good.Amid a five-run seventh inning, Upton hit a three-run home run the opposite way over the newly shortened right-field wall, breaking a 9-9 tie. Upton at first did not realize it had cleared the wall for a home run and stood on second base as if he had simply doubled. The Angels had evened the score earlier in the inning when Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman short-hopped a throw to first base for an error, allowing two runs to score. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Gossett winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, scores on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Stephen Piscotty as the throw goes past Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien is welcomed at the dugout after hitting solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce celebrates his two-run home with Boog Powell, left, as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado waits during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads home after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani steps on home plate after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, is welcomed at the dugout after his home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena watches his two-run single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, scores as Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy waits for the throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates his run with Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Boog Powell, left, runs away from Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons as he is caught in a rundown after being picked off first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Powell was out on the play. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Matt Olson as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani head to first with a bases-loaded walk during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson watches his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun can’t catch a solo home run by Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce, right, and Matt Olson celebrate Olson’s solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton watches his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Angels’ Justin Upton, left, is welcomed back to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, Justin Upton, and Zack Cozart, from left, celebrate Upton’s three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Keynan Middleton celebrates the Angels’ 13-9 win in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, left, tags out Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie sliding back to first base during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 13-9. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, celebrates the team’s 13-9 win over the Oakland Athletics with his teammates at the end of the baseball game, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 25The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandANAHEIM — The baseball was belted with enough power that it traveled well into the rock fountain that sits beyond the left-center field wall of Angel Stadium and splashed in the water as it landed.In the bottom of the second inning of the Angels’ 13-9 comeback win against the Oakland A’s on Friday night, Shohei Ohtani took hold of a 94 mph fastball thrown by Daniel Gossett and whacked it in the opposite direction.It continued a remarkable home debut for Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese rookie who has spent much of the past year drawing comparisons to the last prominent two-way major-leaguer.Billed as the “Babe Ruth of Japan,” Ohtani hit his third home run this week, coming in his first at-bat Friday, a solo shot traveling 449 feet to the roar of the announced crowd of 36,023. It was his furthest and hardest-hit homer, according to Statcast, reaching an exit velocity of 112 mph. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “Nah, it’s really cool to see him swing the bat that well,” Simmons said. “I’m happy for him. I think we all are.”The barrage of runs helped the Angels overcome a rough start by Parker Bridwell, who was pulled in the top of the second inning after surrendering four consecutive hits, including back-to-back home runs to Oakland lead-off hitter Matt Joyce and Marcus Semien amid a growing chorus of boos. Over 1-2/3 innings, Bridwell allowed seven hits and six runs.Bridwell was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Matt Shoemaker’s spot in the starting rotation after Shoemaker was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right forearm. Bridwell was a breakout star in 2017 when the Angels were faced with a barrage of injuries in 2017.They used six relief pitchers after Bridwell exited the game.“Our team fights,” Bridwell said, “but six runs is a lot of runs. I’ve got to do better.” “He has big power,” shortstop Andrelton Simmons said, “and he’s showing it.”last_img read more

WATCH: Angels’ Albert Pujols hit grand slam against Astros

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros It was the 15th career grand slam for Pujols. Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, claps as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols drops his bat as he hits a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, top, heads to third after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James stands at the mound during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, second from left, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, right, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, second from right, is congratulated by teammates Justin Upton, left, Brian Goodwin, center, and David Fletcher, second from left, after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands at left after walking Houston Astros’ George Springer with the bases loaded during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, right, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, is taken our of the game by manager Joe Maddon during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, and catcher Max Stassi, left, waves to teammates in the stands prior to a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts as he walks in a run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gets a pat on the back from a teammate after being taken out of the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, walks off the mound after being taken out of the baseball game during the second inning against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, winds up as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel stands at second during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands at left after walking Houston Astros’ George Springer with the bases loaded during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, throws to the plate as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel stands at second during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands on the mound before being taken out of the game after walking in his second run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, follows through as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel leads off during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gets set to pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, and Houston Astros third base coach Gary Pettis joke around prior to a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 29Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandAngels’ Albert Pujols is within range of Willie Mays for 5th all-time on baseball’s career home run list. He is three HRs shy of passing Mays (660) on the career list.Pujols’ 658th career HR was a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning against the Houston Astros. The four RBIs brought his career total to 2,080 and is now six shy of tying Alex Rodriguez for 2nd all-time. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Suspect in Aniah Blanchard kidnapping arrested in FL, Teen still missing

first_imgA 30-year-old man suspected of kidnapping Auburn college student Aniah Blanchard has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Florida.Ibraheem Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail at 2:30 a.m. on Friday.In his mugshot, the suspect’s left eye appeared to be swollen shut.Blanchard disappeared on Oct. 23 and was last seen at a gas station in Auburn.Investigators say they have surveillance video of Yazeed at the Auburn gas station around the time Blanchard was last seen.Furthermore, they say they have evidence that Yazeed took the 19-year-old against her will.Two days after her disappearance, Blanchard’s car was found damaged at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama.At the time of Blanchard’s disappearance, Yazeed was out of jail on bond for charges of kidnapping and attempted murder in Kansas.As of Saturday, Blanchard remains missing, and her condition is unknown.last_img read more