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Slaven Bilic brands his West Ham side’s performance at Watford as unacceptable

first_imgSlaven Bilic berated his West Ham players for an “unacceptable” performance after the high flyers crashed back to earth with a bump in a 2-0 defeat at Watford. Bilic said: “It was a collective bad day. I told the players it was unacceptable and to make sure it was a one-off. “You are going to lose games in this league but we weren’t good today, apart from in the first 10 minutes. “We gave them the win. Watford were full of respect for us – but when they smelt that we weren’t penetrating enough, and that our movement and passes were slow and backwards, they smelt the opportunity to go at us. “We learned a lesson, and I see no reason why we won’t come back and play like we did before.” The Hammers, without the injured Diafra Sakho, handed a first start since January to fit-again Andy Carroll. But unfortunately for them, the big frontman was more involved in his own penalty area than the opposition’s – with some calamitous results. Carroll was West Ham’s hero from the bench against Chelsea last week, but he got himself in an almighty mess from Ben Watson’s free-kick, allowing Nathan Ake to drill in a cross which was turned in by Ighalo and defender Aaron Cresswell. If there was any doubt about who got the final touch on that one, there was none just after the break when Ighalo collected Ikechi Anya’s square ball and crashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 15 yards. The Hammers, who kicked off in third following last week’s win over Chelsea, had beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season. But they came a cropper against the Hornets and, in particular, in-form striker Odion Ighalo as their unbeaten away record came to a sorry end. West Ham’s misery was complete when, with four minutes to go, James Collins clattered into the back of Ighalo on the halfway line and was shown a straight red card. Quique Sanchez Flores branded his side’s display their most complete of the season so far. “The boys did really well,” said the Hornets boss. “Everyone knows how important Ighalo is but a lot of players have the opportunity to score, “We are defending well and keeping he ball with confidence and a lot of players have ability to score. “Was it our best performance? Yes, probably. I like it when we play football, and we defended well and played football with confidence. We are a tough team when we play like this.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Alexander: These Dodgers have quick-strike capability

first_img“Stand in the zone and get a good pitch to hit,” hitting coach Turner Ward said. “That’s what we do damage on. … There’s a patient aggressiveness that we’re trying to maintain. And when we do that, we’re really good.“… When we’re staying in the zone so good that it produces a walk, it makes the guy behind you better. And that’s what we’re trying to focus on: How can I make my teammates better by controlling the zone?”Really, there is no magic formula, or at least not one that’s legal. The launch angle is the popular explanation for power surges these days, but as Ward reminds us, Ted Williams was preaching that 60 years ago. And if you uppercut and still hit the top of the ball, it’s not going to be launched anywhere.So exercising plate discipline and punishing mistakes is as good an explanation as any. That and a willingness to adjust, since the pitcher/hitter duel constantly evolves as each side has more information at its disposal.“That’s the cat-and-mouse game,” said Bellinger, forced to adapt after pitchers zeroed in on his weaknesses in the 2017 postseason. “You just try and stay on top of it when they’re trying to make an adjustment (on) you, try to make it right back.”Or, as Ward put it, borrowing a phrase from Clayton Kershaw:“Adjust or die, OK?”[email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Today’s Dodgers have 104 home runs in 77 games following Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the Cubs, in which Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Chris Taylor whacked solo home runs. That came a day after they hit seven solo shots against the Mets, including Justin Turner’s winner in the 11th for an 8-7 victory. They have 48 in June, with five more games to run up their total for the month.“We have a really deep roster, to where even the guys who aren’t playing are really talented, and we’re not losing any steps,” said Cody Bellinger, who smashed a pair on Sunday at Citi Field after hitting a grand slam there on Friday night.They are on pace for 219 homers in 162 games, which would be within launching distance of last year’s 221, the franchise record. That team launched 53 in June.So, if you’re so inclined, what nickname fits this bunch? The Sledgehammers? The Blue Bulldozer?How about Slug City? The manager probably would approve, since it involves extra-base hits overall, not just home runs. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “You look at our lineup, and we’re built to slug,” Dave Roberts said Monday afternoon. “That’s just the way it is. Each night we have six or seven or eight guys who can hit a homer at any point in time.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“And so when now you have a team-wide approach, where guys are taking their walks when they need to and swinging at strikes, they’ll slug. (Hitters are) taking their walks, and when they get an opportunity to capitalize on a mistake they’re hitting it for (power).”Consider:• While going 15-5 in the month before Monday night, the Dodgers led the National League in not only home runs but in extra-base hits (88), slugging percentage (.527) and OPS (.868).• Six players are in double figures in homers: Bellinger and Max Muncy with 15, Matt Kemp with 13, Hernandez with 13, Yasmani Grandal with 11 and Joc Pederson with 10. Taylor and Yasiel Puig each have nine.• The guy everybody expected to lead the charge, Turner, has just three. But he’s played just 31 games and is still playing through discomfort in the right wrist that was injured in spring training. Give him time.And consider the backstories. Muncy essentially came out of nowhere. Bellinger’s weaknesses were supposedly exposed in last year’s postseason. Kemp was the guy no one expected to break camp with the team but could be in the National League’s starting outfield at next month’s All-Star Game. Pederson got off to a great start as a rookie on 2015 (20 home runs going into the All-Star break) but had struggled to find consistency since.Hernandez, who punctuated last year’s National League Championship Series with a three-homer game in Wrigley Field, might have used that as a jumping off point for this season. He used the offseason to get stronger, and he’s also having some success using Chase Utley’s bats.“Last year I was hitting a lot of doubles,” he said. “I took the offseason pretty seriously. I wanted to get a little stronger, be in a little better shape, and those doubles have turned to homers, I guess.”Other successes have had relatively similar origins. Kemp’s has had a lot to do with strike zone discipline.“His DNA when he’s in the batter’s box is to swing and he wants to swing the bat,” Roberts said. “When he gets into trouble, like all hitters, is when they start expanding the strike zone. I think I’ve seen him do a better job of staying in the strike zone the first few months of the season.”Pederson, meanwhile, has “been the poster child of really changing who you are as a major league hitter,” the manager said. “He could always slug … but I think that now he’s as under control as I’ve ever seen.”If there is a common denominator or magic formula, it might be an instruction so simple we all heard it as kids: Swing at strikes, don’t swing at balls. It’s no accident that Bellinger and Muncy are also the team leaders in walks, with 36 and 35 respectively before Monday night.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Remember the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew?”It was 1974, the Dodgers were starting to stand up to Cincinnati’s vaunted Big Red Machine, and the folks at their new flagship radio station decided that the home nine needed a catchy nickname of their own, so voila! Hard hats.Those Dodgers won 102 games and reached the World Series. And they hit 139 home runs, led by 32 from newcomer Jim Wynn, aka the Toy Cannon.No, they don’t produce nicknames like they used to. But we digress. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Zimmer re-elected as MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in 2019 Federal Election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Conservative Incumbent Bob Zimmer has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for a third term in the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in the 2019 Canada Federal Election.On Monday night, after the polls closed, within an hour it quickly became clear that Zimmer would serve another term as MP as he held a large lead of more than 2,100 votes compared to second place Liberal Candidate Mavis Erickson of around 300.While Zimmer is proud with his re-election as MP, he is disappointed with some of the results that was seen across country, especially since his party did not form the majority they were looking for when headed into the election.- Advertisement -Even though the Liberals were able to form a minority government, Zimmer feels that the Conservatives could play a significant role when it comes to making decisions regarding natural resources.The full election results can be found on read more