TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani had to be reminded about one of the hazards of pitching in Arizona.
During his first live batting practice session with the Angels on Saturday, Ohtani at first appeared frustrated that he was having trouble locating his curveball.
Between the “innings” of Ohtani’s 30-pitch workout, catcher Martin Maldonado told him why that was happening.
“He’s going to experience that all of spring training because of the weather here,” Maldonado said. “You see a lot of guys with really good command of the curveball and they can’t command it here. The same with sinker ballers because the weather
TEMPE, Ariz. — Justin Upton sat on the verge of entering the free agent market before opting to stay with the Angels.
The decision looks pretty good now.
Upton, who agreed to a five-year, $106 million extension days before he could have opted out in November, remembered that it took him until late January to get a deal with the Detroit Tigers two winters ago.
“I kind of got a little taste of it two years ago when I was a free agent,” he said shortly after arriving at camp on Saturday. “I kind of understood the way the trend was going.
As the fans started to chant “We want Paul!” during his interview, former UCLA basketball player and current Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook shared his reaction in the middle of answering another question.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — The new Albert Pujols arrived at Angels spring training on Friday.
Pujols checked in having lost 13 to 15 pounds, he said, and looking noticeably trimmer than he had in recent years. Offseason surgeries the last two years deprived him on the type of workout routine he preferred.
“I feel great,” Pujols said. “It was something I needed. It was tough to come into spring training in great shape because of the injuries.”
The story of a player arriving at spring training “in the best shape of my life,” has become a cliche. In Pujols’ case, his conditioning is
Bennie Boatwright, USC’s second-leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury suffered in its last-second win over Oregon on Thursday night, the school announced.
Boatwright was scheduled to undergo an MRI earlier Friday. In a press release, USC said Boatwright injured the patella in his left knee. He will not undergo surgery, but is expected to be sidelined for several months.
It is the same left knee that the 6-foot-10 forward hurt last season, spraining the medial collateral ligament, an injury that caused him to miss two months. He had previously missed four games
GLENDALE, Ariz. – An organization that likes to keep a tight lid on information failed miserably at this.
The locker nearest the door, around the hall from the coaches’ meeting room, in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch had no nameplate on it Tuesday morning. But cleats with the No. 26 on them and gloves with his name were in it and boxes addressed to “Chase Utley” were stacked in front of it.
“Yeah, they’re not hiding it very well,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said.
The Dodgers are indeed expected to announce the re-signing of Utley to a one-year contract in the next
Dana Hills’ reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion boys swimming team has found its coach.
Carrie Pierce, the Dolphins’ girls water polo coach in the winter, will guide boys swimming squad in the spring, she said Tuesday.
Pierce replaces Matt Rosa, The Register’s coach of the year last season who resigned last spring after 14 seasons to spend more time with his family.
Rosa guided Dana Hills to its first section title in 2017 with a narrow victory against Loyola of Los Angeles. The Dolphins were Division 1 runner-ups in 2015-16.
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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/13/boys-swim-dana-hills-carrie-pierce-takes-reigns-of-cif-ss-division-1-champion/
These Orange County teams qualified for the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs as at-large teams (teams that do not finish high enough in their final standings for a guaranteed playoff berth can qualify as at-large teams if they have an overall record of .500 or better):
Division 1 – Esperanza; JSerra.
Division 2AA – San Clemente, Sonora.
Division 2A – Tesoro.
Division 3AA – University.
Division 3A – Marina.
Division 4AA – Dana Hills.
Division 5AAA – Orange.
Division 5A – Acaciawood Academy.
Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/11/cif-ss-playoffs-boys-basketball-at-large-teams/
OCVarsity breaks down the Open Division of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs:
Top seeded teams: 1. Bishop Montgomery (25-0); 2. Etiwanda (27-1); 3. Mater Dei (20-6); 4. Rancho Christian (26-2).
O.C. teams in this division: Mater Dei (20-6); Santa Margarita (20-6).
Analysis: Reducing the number of teams in this division from 16 in previous years to eight this year truly makes this an elite division. It’s almost an all-private school division. Etiwanda is the only public school team in the bracket. Mater Dei and Santa Margarita might not have enough athleticism to keep up in this bracket. The Monarchs and Eagles will
OCVarsity breaks down Division 1 of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs:
Top seeded teams: 1. Chaminade, 2. Brea Olinda, 3. Long Beach Poly, 4. Canyon of Canyon Country,
O.C. teams in this division: Brea Olinda, Troy, Sonora, Rosary, Los Alamitos, Fairmont Prep, Orangewood Academy, Esperanza, Huntington Beach, Orange Lutheran (at-large)
Analysis: Rosary at Troy is the county’s top first-round game Thursday. Rosary won a competitive tournament game in San Diego between the teams earlier in the season. Esperanza at Fairmont Prep and Orange Lutheran at Brea Olinda are other interesting county matchups. St. Anthony at Canyon of Canyon Country might be the