Bloglikes - Football https://www.bloglikes.com/c/football en-US Mon, 19 Apr 2021 06:03:30 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter European Super League: latest reaction to breakaway football competition – live! https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2021/apr/19/european-super-league-latest-reaction-to-breakaway-football-competition-live
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    In case you missed it (handily, the news was confirmed by the clubs just after 11pm in the UK, so you may well have), the founding – and governing – members of the European Super League are (deep breath, boo, hiss) AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. That’s six of the best from the Premier League, and three each from La Liga and Serie A. Notable omissions for now are PSG and Bayern Munich. A further three clubs are expected to join before the inaugural season, which is intended to start in August. Five more clubs can qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, is behind the plan, along with Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus.

    Related: European Super League: Premier League ‘big six’ sign up to competition

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    Football in turmoil! So reads Monday’s back page of this publication – a sentiment echoed widely elsewhere – after 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs confirmed late on Sunday they are to establish a breakaway continental super league, the existence of which would threaten the future of the Champions League and could have wide-reaching impacts on the entire structure of the club game.

    You could say the news has caused something of a stir in the football world.

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    Oscar to Fellaini: Chinese football’s foreign stars https://worldsoccertalk.com/2021/04/19/oscar-to-fellaini-chinese-footballs-foreign-stars/ Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.]]> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 00:45:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs AFP Champions’ demise haunts diminished Chinese Super League https://worldsoccertalk.com/2021/04/19/champions-demise-haunts-diminished-chinese-super-league/ Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.]]> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 00:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs AFP Clippers shoot down Timberwolves https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/clippers-shoot-down-timberwolves/
  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, left, grabs a rebound away from Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell, right, hits Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George in the mouth as George tries to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juancho Hernangomez, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann go after a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, left, grabs a rebound away from Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, passes the bar while under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Patrick Patterson watches his shot go in for three points during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    LOS ANGELES — Coming off their first loss in eight games and playing for the seventh time in 11 days, Sunday delivered just what the doctor ordered: Fans! And a heavy dose of 3-pointers.

    For the first time this season, the Clippers were permitted to play at Staples Center before people who’d paid the price of admission to be there — 1,734 of them, officially.

    And for the third time this season (and just the seventh in team history), the Clippers buried 20 or more 3-pointers, connecting on a season-high 21 Sunday.

    The hot-shot hosts gave their guests reason to applaud — which they did, standing in ovation as the final seconds ticked away after watching the Clippers light it up from long range in a dominant 124-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    The NBA’s leading 3-point shooting team, the Clippers (40-19) entered play shooting 42.0% from behind the arc. On Sunday, they bumped that up further, shooting 50% from 3-point range and running away for their 14th victory in 17 games.

    Paul George’s streak of 30-plus-point outings came to an end, largely because the Clippers spread the wealth so effectively, so efficiently that they led by as many as 38 points before the close of the third quarter. The deficit was so substantial it turned the team’s stars into spectators along with everyone else in the fourth quarter.

    George finished with a team-high 23 points — going 4 for 9 from 3-point range. He was among eight Clippers who knocked down a 3-pointer, six of them finishing with multiple treys.

    Marcus Morris (19 points) went 5 for 7 on 3-pointers with varying degrees of difficulty. Reggie Jackson — who finished with 13 points and received a relatively robust “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!” chant when he stepped to the free-throw line in the first half — went 3 for 5 from deep.

    Luke Kennard (13 points) hit three 3s, and in his first game back after missing the past four with a sore right foot, Kawhi Leonard (15 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) connected on two 3s, as did Terance Mann (eight points). Related Articles

    All that shooting prowess equated to a season-high-tying 14 3-pointers in the first half, including 10 in the second quarter — a high-water mark for any quarter all season — when the Clippers outscored Minnesota 43-27 to build a 19-point lead, setting themselves on a path to their 40th victory for the 10th consecutive season — the longest active streak in the league.

    Rookie Anthony Edwards led Minnesota (15-43) wtih 23 points. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

    More to come on this story.

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    ‘It’s war’: what the papers say about the European Super League https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/apr/19/its-war-what-the-papers-say-about-the-european-super-league Newspapers in the UK trotted out war metaphors after 12 of the continent’s top football clubs revealed controversial plans

    The rebels have made their move, and Gary Neville had barely finished his furious “imposters” tirade before the continent’s newspapers started trotting out the war metaphors.

    “Football at war” was the popular choice for editors sending Monday’s print editions to press after 12 football clubs across England, Spain and Italy announced the formation of the European Super League on Sunday night.

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    Clippers welcome home fans for the first time this season https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/clippers-welcome-home-fans-for-the-first-time-this-season/
  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell, right, hits Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George in the mouth as George tries to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, left, grabs a rebound away from Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juancho Hernangomez, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann go after a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, left, grabs a rebound away from Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, passes the bar while under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Patrick Patterson watches his shot go in for three points during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    LOS ANGELES — As much as anyone, Friday was a win for DJ Dense.

    After 30 home games of pumping music into the cavernous — and fanless, mostly empty – confines of Staples Center, the deejay spent pregame personally welcoming Clippers fans as they found their seats before the Clippers tipped off Sunday against Minnesota.

    For the first time this season, spectators were invited to a Clippers’ home game, and about 2,000 of them were expected.

    “Thank you for coming!” the deejay said over and over, addressing people via the public address system. “We missed you. Welcome back. Thank you so much.”

    William Albarran and Andy Ngamsanith — fans from Anaheim wearing matching masks adorned with Clippers’ logos — said they were thrilled to be in the building after more than a year of being “deprived” of live Clippers basketball.

    “We thought it was gonna be a lot of months from now, we thought it was going to be toward the ends of the year, so I think we’re just excited as fans,” said Ngamsanith, noting that he and Albarran were earlier than ever for Sunday’s game.  “Usually we come here right at the buzzer … but today, we thought wed get here early check everything out , be the first ones here.”

    “And I feel safe too, because of all the protocols and stuff like that,” said Albarran, who held a laminated copy of his negative coronavirus test, a necessity to enter the arena unless an attendee was able to provide proof of vaccination.

    Among the other coronavirus safety protocols: Designated drinking and eating areas outside of the bowl, hand sanitizing stations, a requirement that everyone wear masks.

    Coach Tyronn Lue said his team’s players were, like the deejay, eager to be joined by fans at home for the first time since the Clippers hosted the Lakers on March 8, 2020. Related Articles

    “They are excited, it’s great to have some of our fans back in the building,” Lue said. “That helps you think that things are slowly getting back to normal, for one, but to have our fans in the stands and cheer us on, cause we are going to need it. Coming off seven games in 10 days, a road trip, to have some juice and energy in the building from our fans will be great … giving us that energy that we need. That extra boost.

    “Just for the world, just for the NBA, to see fans back in the stands, we’re getting close to getting things to be pretty normal. We’re excited about that and we’re excited that fans are coming out.”

    For that matter, fans also were thrilled to see one another, applauding one another’s arrival in the arena.

    TAKE THE NIGHT OFF, NIC

    The fans in attendance got to see Kawhi Leonard — who had missed the past four games and was questionable on the Clippers’ injury report Saturday with a sore right foot that — play Sunday.

    They would have to wait, though, to see first-year Clipper Nicolas Batum in action before a live-and-in-person audience. Lue gave the 13th-year veteran the night off to rest.

    “He deserves it,” Lue said. “Coming here, he didn’t think he was gonna play that many minutes as he’s played, but he’s been phenomenal, and tonight, we’re giving him a rest day.”

    Batum, 32, has played a team-high 1,563 minutes, more than even Leonard’s season total of 1,559.

    The French forward — who is averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 assist and shooting 41.5% from 3-point range — concurred recently with Lue’s assessment, saying he had no inkling he’d play such a heavy role in the Clippers’ plans this season, especially not after having played not at all for 18 months beforehand.

    “I didn’t expect when I signed here to play 30 minutes a game, to be honest,” said Batum, who said he worked hard during the All-Star break to recalibrate for the stretch run. “I took no day off during the All-Star Break, just to get my rhythm back because I know this team is gonna need me.”

    First Chuck the Condor sighting this season. pic.twitter.com/Fys4tW8PUS

    — Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) April 19, 2021

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    Alexander: Dodgers-Padres weekend was draining, yet exhilarating https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/alexander-dodgers-padres-weekend-was-draining-yet-exhilarating/
  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, is greeted by third base coach Dino Ebel, left, after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer, left, reacts with teammate Jurickson Profar after scoring off a two-RBI double by Tommy Pham during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner looks on after making a catch for an out against San Diego Padres’ Jorge Mateo and tripping on third base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts makes a catch for an out against San Diego Padres’ Jurickson Profar during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Will Smith #16 congratulates Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his two-run homerun as Victor Caratini #17 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the second inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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  • Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on after allowing a solo homerun to Jake Cronenworth #9 of the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Jake Cronenworth #9 of the San Diego Padres reacts in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres squats while at bat during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, above, is greeted by teammate Will Smith (16) after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres looks on after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Eric Hosmer #30 celebrates with Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in a game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Victor Caratini #17 celebrates with Mark Melancon #33 of the San Diego Padres after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in a game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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    Everybody worn out yet?

    The Dodgers and Padres pretty much met expectations over the last three days in San Diego. Extra innings, comebacks, highlight-reel plays, bench clearings, and of course all of those “Beat L.A.” chants ringing throughout Petco Park, with a good dollop of “Let’s Go Dodgers” mixed in even as Padres management tried harder than ever to keep interlopers wearing blue from invading their park.

    The upshot? The Dodgers won two of three, the Padres salvaged Sunday’s game 5-2, the attention of baseball fans coast to coast was on Southern California baseball, and it’s just getting started. These rivals – you can’t describe them any other way now – play four more in Dodger Stadium this coming weekend, 12 regular-season meetings beyond that, and very likely another postseason series.

    These are the best teams in baseball – thus the national attention – and if the next 16-plus are as exhausting as these three were, especially Friday night’s 12-inning madness, we will all be emotionally drained by midseason.

    “I think the first game wore everybody out, honestly, and the other two games kind of followed that,” San Diego’s Eric Hosmer said after driving in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Padres Sunday. “It’s playoff atmosphere. Each game is draining, and mentally at the end of it you’re exhausted. You’re just so locked into every pitch that I think that’s why you’re drained after the day’s over.”

    Playoff atmosphere in April, in San Diego. Who would have thought? But when Hosmer signed with the Padres in 2018, a world champion and All-Star MVP with the Royals who was embarking on a new adventure, this was the vision. This past weekend’s series resembled a rite of passage for the Padres, in a sense, amplified by the live audience that had been missing in the teams’ battles in 2020.

    “To play in games like this, to be in moments like this … that’s what you dream of as a player,” said Hosmer. “It’s fun when you feel like the whole baseball world is locked into your games, and we understand why. They’re really a good team. They’re the world champions as of last year. And we were a really good team last year and got a lot better. So it just seems like a good matchup for everybody, and it certainly has created a rivalry.

    “I don’t know if I could have said that my first couple of years here, but there certainly is a rivalry now to this series and against that team.”

    It’s something to be savored, whichever side you’re on.

    “It’s something that really excites all of us as baseball fans, getting baseball interest and East Coast interest toward the National League West.” Dodger manager Dave Roberts said. “I think that’s fantastic. Those guys over there, they deserve it. They’re a real good ballclub.”

    Of course, Roberts added, his team doesn’t necessarily need the Padres trying to knock the door down in order to provide motivation. Their day-to-day focus remains resolute, and as he noted, “We’ve done pretty well the last five years when the Padres weren’t as good as they are. We’re going to keep doing the same thing we’ve been doing.”

    (And, as I’m sure Dodger fans will remind giddy Padre fans on social media, their team has rings.)

    But here’s a challenge. The Dodgers have 130 games still to play against other teams. Two of them are Monday and Tuesday in Seattle. The Padres have 129 to play against teams not named the Dodgers, including the next three nights against Milwaukee. There may be subtle reminders issued that these games count just as much in the standings.

    “You certainly pay attention to that,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “You’re aware of that in the back of your mind. At the same time, we feel we’ve been at best OK in a lot of areas, and we’re more encouraged and excited about where we’re gonna go and what we need to do to get there. Our ceiling is a lot more than what we’ve been.” Related Articles

    As for the Dodgers?

    “We keep going,” Chris Taylor said. “I don’t think we came into this series any differently than other series. We’re coming in trying to win a game each and every day, not looking forward or backward. What we’re going to do tomorrow against the Mariners is no different.”

    Taylor being a former Mariner, he might find it a little easier to get fired up. But the approach this team has carried since Roberts took over in 2016 – win a baseball game each day, and nothing else matters – has served them well.

    There is this, though: Dodgers and Padres fans alike may want to budget extra time, and stock up on extra snacks and drinks if they’re watching at home, when these teams play each other. Friday’s game was just under five hours, and while the Saturday and Sunday games were both 3:12 they seemed longer, since so much seems to ride on every pitch and every play.

    When the Red Sox and Yankees were in their heyday as rivals, they specialized in games that approached or passed the four-hour mark. Is that what we have to look forward to?

    “You know what? I would love to say no,” Roberts said. “But I can see that in the forecast.”

    Uh-oh.

    “It’s good baseball, though,” he added.

    Of that, there is no question.

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    Former USC, Loyola lineman Chris Brown dead at 24 https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/former-usc-loyola-lineman-chris-brown-dead-at-24/ Former USC and Loyola High offensive lineman Chris Brown has died at age 24, USC head coach Clay Helton announced on Twitter on Sunday.

    Brown’s cause of death was not immediately known.

    “Heartbroken to hear the news that we lost Chris Brown today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brown family,” Helton tweeted. “Chris meant so much to so many. Great person, player, teammate, and Trojan. God bless my friend. You are forever in our hearts.”

    Brown played at USC from 2014-2018, starting his final two seasons as a Trojan. As a junior, he was named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

    Following his college career, Brown went undrafted in 2018. He signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers before going to on to play in the XFL with the DC Defenders.

    Brown arrived at USC after starting three seasons at Loyola High. As a senior, he was named All-Serra League Lineman of the Year.

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    Santa Anita: Cezanne shines in Kona Gold Stakes https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/santa-anita-cezanne-shines-in-kona-gold-stakes/ A day after announcing Concert Tour will miss the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert sent out Cezanne for a scintillating victory in the $100,000 Grade III Kona Gold Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita after nearly nine months on the shelf.

    Baffert was disappointed with Concert Tour’s third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby on April 10 (“I thought he couldn’t lose”), so now he’s down to Medina Spirit for the Run for the Roses on May 1.

    “You hate to go into the Derby, when you take a little step backwards … you want to be moving forward,” Baffert said during a telephone interview. “Twenty horses, a lot of speed, we’ll give him a little extra time. He’s a good horse, but it’s a lot to ask.”

    Baffert is now shooting for the Preakness Stakes with Concert Tour on May 15.

    “He came out of the race (Arkansas Derby) well, but he needed to win that race,” he said.

    Cezanne, who cost his owners $3.65 million at a sale in March 2019, didn’t disappoint Baffert with his performance in the Kona Gold, named for the former champion sprinter trained by the late Bruce Headley.

    The 4-year-old son of Curlin, sent postward as the 9-5 second choice, tracked from third in the four-horse field, overtook 3-5 favorite Brickyard Ride turning for home and then cruised home under Flavien Prat, who won four more races Sunday to bring his meet-leading total to 89 — well clear of Juan Hernandez’s 51.

    “He looked like his purchase price in that one,” Baffert said.

    Cezanne won by 9 3/4 lengths, running the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.71 while winning for the third time in four starts. Brickyard Ride held second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Fight On.

    “He’s been training really well,” Baffert said. “These races are hard to fill. I know he’s a really good horse and I had a pretty good foundation into him. So I thought, well, I don’t know if I can … Brickyard Ride, even if I run second to him, it will give him an out and then he’ll be ready for something big.”

    Cezanne hadn’t been seen since finishing fourth in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1.

    “I freshened him up,” Baffert said. “He wasn’t training as well. We just backed off him a little bit. Nothing wrong. Just gave him a little bit of time … and here he is.”

    Baffert said they’ll stretch Cezanne out again, but he has no particular target in mind for his next race.”I haven’t thought beyond this,” he said. “I’ll just wait and see how he comes out of it. It’s going to be a stake, but it’s too early to tell. Just enjoying this.”

    Brickyard Ride, who came into the race off an impressive four-length victory in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita on March 6, set his usual scorching fractions of 21.18 and 43.60 and hung around for second, but he was no match for the winner.

    “It worked out well,” Prat said. “We had a fast pace in front of us and we were able to save ground. He gave me a good kick when I asked him. He ran really nice.” Related Articles

    With two victories Saturday, Baffert took over the lead in the trainer standings, holding a 32-31 edge over Philip D’Amato through 50 racing days.

    Toyko City Cup

    Tizamagician, who had been running against Grade I and Grade II company in his past two starts, found the Grade III marathon on the main track more to his liking.

    Fifth in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 6 after running second in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 30, Tizamagician toyed with his four rivals, running away to a nine-length victory as the 3-5 favorite.

    Coupled with Prat’s win aboard Cezanne, the French jockey now has 16 stakes victories during the meet — six more than runner-up Umberto Rispoli.

    Trained by Richard Mandella, who trained the Californian Stakes winner 24 hours earlier, Tizamagician scored the first graded-stakes victory of his 16-race career after finishing second in last year’s Tokyo City Cup.

    Final time for the 1 1/2 miles was 2:32.45.

    Multiplier, a 15-1 longshot, was injured during the race and had to be vanned off.

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    3 hurt in East L.A. bar shooting https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/18/3-hurt-in-east-l-a-bar-shooting/ EAST LOS ANGELES — A man, possibly in his mid-30s, walked into a bar in East Los Angeles early Sunday, shot three men and fled the location on foot, authorities said.

    Two of the men suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds and the third victim was listed in critical, but stable condition at an area hospital. Paramedics rushed all three men to area hospitals, according to a watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s East Los Angeles station.

    The shooting at Rudy’s LA Bar, 5226 Pomona Blvd., occurred at about 1:20 a.m., he said.

    A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

    The sheriff’s East Los Angeles station urged anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 323-264-4151.

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    We assume that when we pull into a service station its pumps will dispense fuel, that when we go to a grocery store, we will find full shelves, or that when we flip the switch on the wall the room will light up.

    We tend to forget that the goods and services we want or need involve complex supply chains that begin with basic resources, proceed to industrial processes and culminate in delivery on demand.

    Even products and services deemed to be “green” are not exempt. Solar power panels and battery-powered cars, for instance, require sophisticated industrial processes and rare minerals such as the lithium, which must be mined or extracted from brine.

    That’s why we should be skeptical of politicians who pretend that we can interrupt those supply chains, in the name of environmental protection, without negative consequences.

    That was the underlining issue last week when the state Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources and Water took up Senate Bill 467, which was aimed at shutting down much of California’s oil industry by banning fracking and other extraction processes.

    The bill’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, argued, “California cannot continue to have the image of an environmental beacon while we are actively poisoning our citizens and destroying our state.”

    Wiener introduced the bill after Gov. Gavin Newsom called for ending the sale of petroleum-fueled cars by 2035 and asked the Legislature to ban fracking. However, now facing a recall election, Newsom didn’t lift a finger to help Wiener move his bill, apparently because labor unions were adamantly opposed, citing elimination of high-paying union jobs.

    Without Newsom’s support, moderate Democrats on the committee refused to vote for the bill and it failed. “This one really does go to shut down the oil industry in California,” Sen. Susan Eggman, a Stockton Democrat, said. “We are not getting away from oil or gas in California in the next 10 years.”

    She spoke the simple truth that the vast majority of California’s 30-plus million vehicles run on petroleum-based fuels and despite Newsom’s declaration about 2035, that fact will continue indefinitely.

    California supplies about half of the petroleum it consumes, importing the remainder from oil-producing nations across the globe. Shutting down production here would make us more dependent on other suppliers, with a massive loss of jobs and exports of consumer dollars.

    The same dynamics hold true in the other commodities that a modern society needs to prosper.

    We need, for example, to double housing production, but construction requires immense amounts of lumber, concrete and steel, plus electrical fixtures and plumbing made of copper. These materials begin as raw resources, such as trees, limestone and copper and iron ores, which are then processed and transported to building sites via railroads and/or diesel-powered trucks.

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    Occasionally, we are reminded that electricity doesn’t come from the walls, gasoline doesn’t come from pumps, lumber doesn’t come from Home Depot and toilet paper doesn’t come from the supermarket.

    We got such a reminder last summer, when a severe heat wave overcame the state’s electrical supplies, with air conditioning demand peaking in the late afternoon, just as solar power arrays were beginning to fade.

    In response, the state suspended plans to phase out natural gas-fueled power plants, implicitly deciding that going green isn’t worth experiencing blackouts. We expect the juice to be there when we need it, and politicians such as Newsom will feel the heat — pun intended — if it’s not.

    CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary

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    On Sunday night 12 European football clubs announced the formation of a new competition, the Super League, to widespread criticism from governments, their own domestic leagues, football federations as well as Uefa and supporters around the world.

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner looks on after making a catch for an out against San Diego Padres’ Jorge Mateo and tripping on third base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 18, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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  • Will Smith #16 congratulates Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his two-run homerun as Victor Caratini #17 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the second inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 18, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers go to Seattle for two games now. Consider it a palate-cleansing sorbet.

    The first course was satisfying indeed, three tasty games at Petco Park culminating with a come-from behind 5-2 victory for the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon. The home crowd’s chants of “Beat LA!” finally went from hopeful to actual as the Padres snapped the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak and stopped them from sweeping the first series between the two teams this season.

    The Dodgers and Padres will reconvene for a four-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Thursday night, having nurtured the freshly-minted rivalry with three days of drama at Petco Park.

    “It felt like a playoff series,” said Chris Taylor’s whose two-run home run off Blake Snell produced the Dodgers’ only runs in the series finale. “Every game was close. High energy, fans were into it. They’re a very good team. I expect all of our series to be similar to this.”

    That would be ideal.

    After Friday’s 12-inning marathon and Saturday’s close call decided by the height of a blade of grass, Sunday had a tough act to follow. It set up as another pitcher’s duel with Trevor Bauer and Snell going.

    The Dodgers got to Snell earlier this time than his last start against them — Game 6 of the World Series when Snell held them to one hit and nine strikeouts over five scoreless innings only to be pulled by Rays manager Kevin Cash the third time through the lineup.

    This time, Taylor crushed a first-pitch fastball with one on in the second inning, sending it 443 feet into the upper deck in left field for a two-run home run.

    But that was their only offensive highlight of the day. The Dodgers collectively were 1 for 25 with 13 strikeouts after Taylor’s home run.

    “I thought they made some tough pitches. A few calls that I thought could have gone either way,” Taylor said. “But they’ve got some good arms. Snell did a good job. He started mixing in that changeup more. He really had that pitch working. Then they started bringing in some of their relievers and they were all throwing power breaking stuff. They executed well tonight. We weren’t able to string a few good at-bats together late to do what we needed to do.”

    Taylor declined to comment on one of Sunday’s standouts — the strike zone.

    Baseball has regionalized its umpires’ travel again this season for health and safety reasons and the Dodgers had the same crew for their home series against the Colorado Rockies and the weekend series in San Diego. Veteran umpires Phil Cuzzi and Tom Hallion, in particular, left a trail of unhappy players in their wake.

    Cuzzi (who ejected Rockies manager Bud Black just three innings into Wednesday’s game) was behind the plate again Sunday and once again had a wayward strike zone. He called eight third strikes — six against the Dodgers, three with Justin Turner batting. None of the the punchout pitches against Turner were in the strike zone.

    “Honestly, I just don’t really care to talk about it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think that it was consistent for both sides. However you want to take that.”

    Bauer allowed just three hits in six innings (one a solo home run by Jake Cronenworth) and struck out seven.

    Taxed by the previous two games in the series, the Dodgers had fortified their bullpen by activating Brusdar Graterol from the Injured List before the game. Roberts said he wouldn’t hesitate to put Graterol in a high-leverage situation in his season debut.

    True to his word, Roberts sent Graterol out to protect a one-run lead in the seventh with Manny Machado leading off. Graterol’s first fastball registered 101 mph but Machado led off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Eric Hosmer sliced a double off the left-field line and the game was tied.

    The Dodgers’ undoing started in the bottom of the eighth when Jurickson Profar bounced a routine grounder to shortstop Corey Seager. Seager’s nonchalant throw sailed high and pulled first baseman Edwin Rios off the base.

    After Cronenworth popped out, Roberts brought Dennis Santana in to face Fernando Tatis Jr. (who went 1 for 13 in the series, fresh off the IL). Santana would not have been Roberts’ first choice most days.

    “There’s other guys that we were gonna stay away from today,” Roberts said, acknowledging that Blake Treinen and Corey Knebel were both unavailable Sunday due to recent usage. Jimmy Nelson had also pitched in two of the previous three games and Kenley Jansen has already been asked to go more than an inning twice.

    “Obviously, every game is important. But the health of our relievers is more important.”

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    Tatis went to third on the play but was tagged by Justin Turner as he strained to remain on the bag. Called out on the field, a replay review showed Tatis’ toes were still in contact with the base when Turner tagged him.

    The inning played on and Tommy Pham drove in two more runs with a double into the left-field corner.

    “It was a good series,” Roberts said. “Every series you go into you’re trying to win the series and we did that. I liked the energy I liked the way we competed. Trevor pitched well today, got us through six. We were in position to win the game today and we got beat. That’s gonna happen.”

    But Roberts was not willing to say the Padres had done anything unexpected this weekend or given the Dodgers reason to look over their shoulder in the division.

    “I don’t know. I just don’t think that we look outward for kind of edge,” he said. “I think we’re really good about kind of focusing on how we play and the brand of baseball we play. There certainly are series or teams that are going to be more magnified. But … we’ve done pretty well in the last five years when the Padres weren’t as good as they were. So I think that we’re going to keep doing the same thing we’ve been doing.”

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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” (see below) is based on historic events, but it is more of a tale and not a historical account. Longfellow wrote the poem after taking a tour of Boston in 1860. He was a pacifist and abolitionist who wrote the poem to try and unify a divided nation on course for the Civil War. Historians have dissected the poem since 1860 and compared it to Revere’s account of the ride in his own words and other historic evidence.

    The National Park Service points out several inaccuracies including the following:

    •  Revere knew the British route before he left Boston. Though two lanterns were held aloft in the Old North Church tower, Revere was not waiting on the Charlestown shore to see them. Instead, they were a fallback plan in case he could not get out of Boston.
    •  Revere was captured by patrolling British Regulars in Lincoln, just past Lexington, and never arrived in Concord.Revere did not ride alone that night. There was William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott. Revere was one of two riders to leave Boston (with Dawes), and one of many messengers spreading the alarm.
    •  The omission of other riders was a particularly sore point for some. Henry Ware Holland, a descendant of William Dawes, self-published a history in 1878 titled William Dawes and His Ride with Paul Revere. He sent a copy to Longfellow, who wryly remarked that it was “a very handsome book… in which he convicts me of high historic crimes and misdemeanors.”

    Longfellow’s works may not have prevented the Civil War, but after the war ended and the nation was getting ready to celebrate its centennial, the poem had a renewed importance. The gratitude for Paul Revere led to the preservation of his family home, built in 1680, which is the oldest home in Boston.A statue of Revere was modeled in 1885 and is near the Old North Church.

    The regulars are coming!

    It’s unlikely the riders shouted, “The British are coming!” Many Americans living in the countryside still considered themselves British. The Regulars were known to be British soldiers.

    From Boston to Concord

    The mission: On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes were dispatched by Joseph Warren to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington (and many others along the route) that British forces were heading their way.

    Boston to Lexington is about 13 miles. Lexington to Concord is about 6.8 miles.

    After warning Adams and Hancock, they met Dr. Samuel Prescott and continued on to Concord to warn the militia and to verify that the military stores had been properly dispersed and hidden away.

    Outcome: Not all three riders made it to Concord but Prescott did, and the militia was able to prepare to meet the British in Lexington where the first shot of the Revolutionary War was fired on the morning of April 19.

    After a skirmish in Lexington the British forces faced a larger band of Minutemen in Concord. The American militia stopped the advance and forced the British to head back to Boston.

    Paul Revere’s Ride

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Jan. 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly

     

    Listen, my children, and you shall hearOf the midnight ride of Paul Revere,On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:Hardly a man is now aliveWho remembers that famous day and year.

    He said to his friend, — “If the British marchBy land or sea from the town to-night,Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-archOf the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light, —One if by land, and two if by sea;And I on the opposite shore will be,Ready to ride and spread the alarmThrough every Middlesex village and farm,For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”

    Then he said good-night, and with muffled oarSilently rowed to the Charlestown shore,Just as the moon rose over the bay,Where swinging wide at her moorings layThe Somersett, British man-of-war:A phantom ship, with each mast and sparAcross the moon, like a prison-bar,And a huge, black hulk, that was magnifiedBy its own reflection in the tide.

    Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and streetWanders and watches with eager ears,Till in the silence around him he hearsThe muster of men at the barrack-door,The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,And the measured tread of the grenadiersMarching down to their boats on the shore.

    Then he climbed to the tower of the church,Up the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,To the belfry-chamber overhead,And startled the pigeons from their perchOn the sombre rafters, that round him madeMasses and moving shapes of shade, —Up the light ladder, slender and tall,To the highest window in the wall,Where he paused to listen and look downA moment on the roofs of the town,And the moonlight flowing over all.

    Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the deadIn their night-encampment on the hill,Wrapped in silence so deep and still,That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,The watchful night-wind, as it wentCreeping along from tent to tent,And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”A moment only he feels the spellOf the place and the hour, the secret dreadOf the lonely belfry and the dead;For suddenly all his thoughts are bentOn a shadowy something far away,Where the river widens to meet the bay, —A line of black, that bends and floatsOn the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.

    Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride,On the opposite shore walked Paul RevereNow he patted his horse’s side,Now gazed on the landscape far and near,Then impetuous stamped the earth,And turned and tightened his saddle-girth;But mostly he watched with eager searchThe belfry-tower of the old North Church,As it rose above the graves on the hill,Lonely, and spectral, and sombre, and still.

    And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height,A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,But lingers and gazes, till full on his sightA second lamp in the belfry burns!

    A hurry of hoofs in a village-street,A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a sparkStruck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet:That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,The fate of a nation was riding that night;And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,Kindled the land into flame with its heat.

    It was twelve by the village-clock,When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.He heard the crowing of the cock,And the barking of the farmer’s dog,And felt the damp of the river-fog,That rises when the sun goes down.

    It was one by the village-clock,When he rode into Lexington.He saw the gilded weathercockSwim in the moonlight as he passed,And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,Gaze at him with a spectral glare,As if they already stood aghastAt the bloody work they would look upon.

    It was two by the village-clock,When he came to the bridge in Concord town.He heard the bleating of the flock,And the twitter of birds among the trees,And felt the breath of the morning-breezeBlowing over the meadows brown.And one was safe and asleep in his bedWho at the bridge would be first to fall,Who that day would be lying dead,Pierced by a British musket-ball.

    You know the rest. In the books you have readHow the British regulars fired and fled, —How the farmers gave them ball for ball,From behind each fence and farmyard-wall,Chasing the red-coats down the lane,Then crossing the fields to emerge againUnder the trees at the turn of the road,And only pausing to fire and load.

    So through the night rode Paul Revere;And so through the night went his cry of alarmTo every Middlesex village and farm, —A cry of defiance, and not of fear, —A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,And a word that shall echo forevermore!For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,Through all our history, to the last,In the hour of darkness and peril and need,The people will waken and listen to hearThe hurrying hoof-beat of that steed,And the midnight-message of Paul Revere.

     

     

    Sources: National Park Service, Smithsonian, paulreverehouse.org, The Atlantic, The National ArchivesImages from The National Archives and Wikimedia Commons

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  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez #14 of Los Angeles Galaxy and teammates celebrate after scoring a goal in the second half against the Inter Miami FC at DRV PNK Stadium on April 18, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

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  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez #14 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against the Inter Miami FC at DRV PNK Stadium on April 18, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

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    For as disappointing as the 2020 season was for Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and the Galaxy, the new season has given both a chance at redemption.

    Sunday, in the first game under Greg Vanney, both the club and Hernandez proved that they’re not ready to be counted down or out.

    The Galaxy fell behind Inter Miami twice and both times Hernandez scored the tying goals and in the 81st minute Sacha Kljestan provided the winner to give the Galaxy a 3-2 road win.

    Hernandez scored two goals all of last season.

    Kljestan, who entered the game as a substitute in the 70th minute, beat Inter Miami goalkeeper John McCarthy inside the near post after receiving a touch pass from Sebastian Lletget.

    “I work around the box and I still feel like I can improve every day, so I work on my finishing all the time,” Kljestan said. “When you get one chance and you have a chance to bury it, obviously it makes the different in the game.”

    The Galaxy had survive a pair of controversial video reviews that went against it and led to Inter Miami’s two goals.

    “The guys kept fighting and to answer back and to keep going, I was proud of them,” Vanney said. “That’s what culture is made of, when you start to get moments like that, guys start to really push forward and this is a group that is eager and they want to be great and to be great, you have to be courageous and you have to go for it and I thought we did that in the second half.”

    In his first game, Vanney made his first big tactical move, inserting Ethan Zubak at a wide midfield spot in the second half. That move opened up space for Hernandez.

    Hernandez scored his first goal in 62nd minute to make it 1-1. Zubak had the assist, sending a quick cross from the win and Hernandez’s first touch allowed him to get to shot off and in.

    After Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute, Hernandez was back with his second goal to tie the game at 2-2 in the 73rd minute.

    “The only thing that comes to mind since I’ve scored the first goal is everything that I have done so far is worth it,” Hernandez said. “Even that bad year, it helped me so much to improve. If we don’t have bad moments, where’s the improvement? Then we’re going to think that we’re always right, we’re always on point and that’s not the human being nature. Related Articles

    “We need to improve every single day and we need to be humble to accept that sometimes you can’t do it and you fail sometimes and sometimes you’re not doing the correct things and that’s what happened to me last year.”

    Inter Miami opened the scoring in the second minute of added time in the first half as Higuain fed Robbie Robinson for easy tap in. The goal was reviewed to see if Higuain might been offside, but it was ruled that he wasn’t.

    Vanney played seven seasons with the Galaxy (1996-2001, 2008). He was hired in the off-season, after a successful six-year coaching career with Toronto FC, to replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

    “It was a bit of emotional for me at the end of the game, just being back with the Galaxy and getting the first win,” Vanney said of his first win as coach. “It’s an organization that means so much to me over the years, I had a little bit of emotional because the first one is a tough one and it’s always a special one.”

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    ANAHEIM — The Ducks’ play Sunday was much improved from Friday, but the results were the same. They lost their second consecutive game to the Vegas Golden Knights, this time 5-2 in front of 1,717 socially-distanced fans at Honda Center.

    Max Pacioretty, Alex Pietrangelo, Nicolas Roy, Mark Stone (power play) and Alex Tuch (empty net) scored for Vegas, winners of six in a row. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves, giving up goals to the Ducks’ Max Comtois and Danton Heinen.

    Vegas won Friday’s game in a runaway 4-0, outshooting the Ducks by 51-16. Sunday’s rematch was much closer, with the Ducks  tying the score 1-1 on Comtois’ goal that completed a four-on-one rush 6:23 into the game.

    The Golden Knights broke the tie on Pietrangelo’s goal at 14:46 of the first period. Vegas then sandwiched goals from Roy and Stone around Heinen’s goal that cut the Ducks’ deficit to 3-2.

    More to come on this story

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    ANAHEIM — There was some snarl to the Ducks’ play Sunday at Honda Center. They showed some finesse, too, scoring two highlight reel-caliber goals. Their goaltender was sharp, making several excellent saves. They took the game to the opposition and controlled the play at times.

    “We were in the game,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “We got ornery a few times.”

    So, why did the Ducks end up losing 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights?

    If the Ducks are to escape last place in the West Division by season’s end and become a playoff contender in the years to come, they must produce on the power play. It failed them again Sunday, producing more disappointment, anger and frustration after misfiring on four chances.

    Overall, the Ducks’ power play is a head-scratching 11 for 104 (10.7 percent), last in the 31-team NHL, which helps to explain why they are 14-25-7, last in the division. They fell to 3 for 62 (4.8 percent) at home this season. They are a credible 8 for 40 (20 percent) on the road.

    “It’s a key component of any game, really,” Ducks center Adam Henrique said. “It’s the game within the game, that special teams battle. Our power play certainly isn’t where it needs to be. You need to get goals and produce and create momentum.”

    The Ducks haven’t scored a power-play goal at Honda Center in seven games (0 for 15), dating to a 3-2 overtime victory March 18 over Arizona. At first Henrique couldn’t pinpoint why the power play has been so poor on home ice, but then he did and it had everything to do with the ice.

    “I don’t really have an answer for that,” he said. “It’s hard to say why. We don’t have the greatest ice here at home. It’s been better the last couple of nights. You still have to find ways to produce whether the puck is bouncing around or not. Whether that plays into the disparity, I don’t know.”

    Recently, Eakins split his power-play groups into a veteran unit that includes Henrique and another younger one that includes Max Comtois, Jamie Drysdale and Troy Terry. Neither produced when called upon Sunday, when it could have helped to rally the Ducks against Vegas.

    “I’m not very good at doing Rubik’s Cube, and it’s like that for me,” Eakins said of trying to solve the Ducks’ power-play woes. “We’re (20 percent) on the road and our numbers at home are awful. (Sunday), we needed our power play. We didn’t need two or three goals. We just needed one.

    “Getting one gives ourselves a chance, and we weren’t good again.”

    Max Pacioretty, Alex Pietrangelo, Nicolas Roy, Mark Stone (power play) and Alex Tuch (empty net) scored for Vegas, winners of six in a row. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves, giving up goals to the Ducks’ Max Comtois and Danton Heinen.

    Vegas won Friday’s game in a runaway 4-0, outshooting the Ducks by 51-16. Sunday’s rematch was much closer, with the Ducks  tying the score 1-1 on Comtois’ goal that completed a four-on-one rush 6:23 into the game. The Ducks outshot Vegas by 35-29.

    The Golden Knights broke the tie on Pietrangelo’s goal at 14:46 of the first period. Vegas then sandwiched second-period goals from Roy and Stone around Heinen’s goal that cut the Ducks’ deficit to 3-2. Stone’s goal restored their two-goal lead.

    The Ducks had two man-advantage opportunities in the third period. Converting on either or both would have changed the game’s complexity. Neither clicked and they continued to chase the game until Tuch sealed the deal with 1:27 remaining, scoring into an empty net.

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    ANAHEIM — The quality of the ice sheet at Honda Center has been a topic of discussion since the 17,174-seat arena on Katella Avenue opened in 1993. Whether it’s been known by its present name, Anaheim Arena or the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, the ice has taken its share of hits.

    Most of the chatter over the years has been in off-the-record talks between Ducks players and coaches and reporters. No one wanted to attach their name to critical comments, at least not until Ducks center Adam Henrique talked about the ice Sunday afternoon.

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    “It plays into everything,” Henrique said. “We felt, as players, the last two games it was better. But all season I wouldn’t say great conditions. I’m sure the climate comes into it here. I would say it’s something that should be addressed here. But it has been better the last couple games.”

    It’s not something the Ducks can take advantage of the way they might if they knew there was an extra spring to the boards that could allow them to make plays off of them, as the Detroit Red Wings once did to great effect in the now-demolished Joe Louis Arena.

    “I don’t know if there’s a way to take advantage of it,” Henrique said. “You want to be creative and make the plays and run whatever we draw up and make the plays, but sometimes whether it’s the execution level or it is jumping around or not, we’re on it every day, so we know what to expect or not to expect.

    “It’s just one of those areas, I guess.”

    AROUND THE RINK

    Henrique recorded the 200th assist of his career when he set up Danton Heinen’s second-period goal during the Ducks’ 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Henrique has eight assists to go with 11 goals this season. …

    Ryan Getzlaf’s streak of leading the Ducks in assists for 13 consecutive seasons could be nearing its end. Rickard Rakell’s assist on Max Comtois’ first-period goal was his team-leading 16th. Getzlaf is fifth with 12 assists with 10 games to play. …

    Comtois has a team-leading 13 goals and 27 points. He also has two goals and two assists in his past four games and three goals and four assists in his past 10 games. He has set career highs for goals, assists, points and games (45).

     

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