GB let lead slip against Ireland

first_img But from that point GB lost the initiative and after Jackson’s penalty corner flick rebounded off the post, Kyle Good diverted in a cross from Mitch Darling. Ireland’s physicality threw their opponents off their stride and Jackson deservedly equalised in the 36th minute after continuing his run to the byline to volley home a loose ball. GB goalkeeper George Pinner was by far the busiest in the final two quarters, producing one brilliant save to tip a penalty corner onto the post before blocking the rebound and also palming over Conor Harte’s shot in the last minute. “It’s frustrating because in both games we’ve been ahead and they’ve come back and got draws,” said Middleton in his post-match interview. “We have a lot of games left to achieve what we want to do here. “We started well and when we went 2-0 up we just had to do a few more things a bit better. We weren’t quite as good as we can be.” GB face the tournament’s lowest-ranked side China on Thursday, while Ireland take on Malaysia in their second fixture. “Overall we’re happy with the result,” said Ireland coach Craig Fulton. “We were a bit nervous in the first quarter but settled in the second quarter and got on the scoreboard. “The second half was pleasing, we created some good phases of play which was more like us.” As in their opener against the host nation, GB let an advantage slip to leave them with two points from as many games in Antwerp, where the tournament is doubling as an Olympic qualifier. Captain Barry Middleton opened the scoring after just five minutes when his cross was deflected in by Ireland’s John Jackson before a cross-shot from Mark Gleghorn, facing brother Paul in the Irish team, was expertly deflected in by Chris Griffiths. Great Britain squandered an early two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Ireland at the World League Semi-final in Belgium. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Maddon: Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again for Angels this year

first_img COMMENT Written By FOLLOW US Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again this season for the Los Angeles Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon says.Ohtani likely will return to the Angels’ lineup as their designated hitter this week, Maddon said Tuesday night before the club opened a road series against the Seattle Mariners.The Angels’ stance on Ohtani is unsurprising after the club announced he had strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow of his pitching arm. The two-way star’s recovery from the strain requires him to abstain from throwing for four to six weeks, which covers most of the shortened 2020 season.“I’m not anticipating him pitching at all this year,” Maddon said. “Any kind of throwing program is going to be very conservative.”Ohtani was injured Sunday in the second inning of his second start since returning to the mound following Tommy John surgery in late 2018. Ohtani issued five walks during the 42-pitch inning against the Houston Astros, with his velocity dropping later in the frame.The arm injury is another obstacle in Ohtani’s path to becoming the majors’ first true two-way player in decades. He made 10 mound starts as a rookie in 2018 before injuring his elbow, but he served as the Angels’ regular designated hitter last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.Ohtani has pitched in only three games since June 2018, but the Angels still believe in Ohtani’s ability to be a two-way player, Maddon said.“I’m seeing that he can,” Maddon said. “We’ve just got to get past the arm maladies and figure that out. But I’ve seen it. He’s just such a high-end arm, and we’ve seen what he can do in the batter’s box. Now maybe it might get to the point where he may choose to do one thing over the other and express that to us. I know he likes to hit. In my mind’s eye, he’s still going to be able to do this.”The veteran manager believes Ohtani will benefit from a full spring training and a normal season. Ohtani wasn’t throwing at full strength for a starter when the coronavirus pandemic shut down spring training in March because he wasn’t expected to pitch until May as he returned from surgery.“Going into a regular season with a normal number of starts and all the things that permit guys to be ready for a year, that’s what we need to see is some normalcy before you make that kind of determination,” Maddon said.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 5th August, 2020 06:14 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 06:14 IST Maddon: Shohei Ohtani Won’t Pitch Again For Angels This Year Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again this season for the Los Angeles Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon says LIVE TVlast_img read more