New Chelsea manager a step closer

first_imgYaya Toure is fit and available for City.In the nights other game Atletico Madrid host PSV Eindhoven with the tie balanced at nil-all.Both games kick off at 7.45Meanwhile, there are 3 games tonight in the Championship as 4th placed Brighton host Reading, 3rd placed Hull welcome Nottingham Forest and Ipswich meet Blackburn.All of those matches start at 7.45 He’s widely tipped to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge.To action on the pitch tonight, Manchester City are odds on to confirm their spot in the Champions league quarter finals tonight.They host Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16 second leg with a 3-1 lead from the first game. last_img read more

Reeling Angels stretch losing streak to eight games

first_imgDuring the eight-game losing streak, the Angels have been outscored 63-20, losing by an average of more than five runs a game. The negative-43 run differential was tied for the third worst eight-game stretch in franchise history. The two worse eight-game stretches were both part of the same 10-game span last September, in which the Angels actually won two games.The Angels haven’t had a lead past the fourth inning in any of the past eight games, and they got that far only once. Ironically, it was Friday, when they led 3-1 in the fourth.Over the past 14 games, they’ve been outscored 102-51.“It’s not fun,” Justin Upton said. “It’s not fun at all. Guys haven’t changed anything, haven’t changed their routine. Things just aren’t going our way right now. We have to weather the storm and try to keep competing. Hopefully things will change sooner than later.”General Manager Billy Eppler, speaking before the game on Friday, suggested that things were bound to turn eventually. “Regression to the mean,” he said. “Water seeks its own level. We know our true talent level and we’ll play to it. Right now it’s just been a convergence of a lot of different circumstances out of our control.”Andrelton Simmons, Griffin Canning, Andrew Heaney, Félix Peña, Noé Ramírez have all been on the injured list during this 14-game stretch.They’ve also dealt with concurrent slumps from pretty much every hitter besides Mike Trout. The Angels also lost games because of ill-timed disastrous outings from Ty Buttrey and Taylor Cole, two of the relievers who had been the most consistent throughout the season.While young starters like Jaime Barría, Dillon Peters, José Suarez and Patrick Sandoval have at times pitched well enough to keep them in games, none has pitched well enough to overcome the team’s offensive issues.And all of this started less than a month after the Angels lost Tyler Skaggs, adding a dose of real life tragedy to the on-field difficulties.“The fabric of this club in that clubhouse is strong,” Eppler said. “I’m proud of how our guys have handled everything that’s been heaped on them … I know the fight and I know how much these guys support each other and how much they have each other’s backs. We’ve been through a lot as an organization. These are moments where trust develops. These are moments that people come out of and they’re better for it. That’s what we’re going through right now. We’ll come out of it stronger, no doubt.”They came out on Friday in good shape, even getting a little good luck to get off to a quick lead.With two outs, Upton took a 3-and-2 pitch that seemed to catch the top of the strike zone, but it was called a ball by umpire Mark Ripperger. Pujols then hit a three-run homer.For the second time in three games, though, a first-inning three-run homer was not enough.Barría gave a run back in the bottom of the inning and he allowed the Red Sox to tie it on a J.D. Martinez two-run homer in the fourth, his first of two homers. Barría gave up a two-run homer to Mookie Betts in the fifth, putting the Angels behind 5-3.They were two of the five homers the Angels allowed in the game, with the other three coming after a five-run sixth made the game a blowout. They have allowed 22 homers in the eight-game losing streak.“Home runs have killed us, especially in this stretch,” Ausmus said. “We can’t walk guys. It’s pretty simple. It’s not just Barría. It’s our entire staff … It boils down to execution. If you execute the pitches, you are generally not going to give up a home run. You might give up a hit but they are generally not going to hit the ball out of the park.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates with Rafael Devers (11) as Jackie Bradley Jr. stands next to them after a 16-4 win in the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 16-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with manager Alex Cora after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 16-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels watch from the dugout in the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Justin Anderson chases a bunt single by Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, middle, celebrates with Xander Bogaerts (2) after hitting a two-run home run which scored Jackie Bradley Jr., right, during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Xander Bogaerts, next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez watches his two-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates his two-run home run with Brock Holt (12) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher fields a sharply hit grounder by Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez, who was out at first during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson, left, smiles as manager Alex Cora signals for a reliever during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after he was called out trying to steal second during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson walks to the dugout after being removed during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is out trying to steal second as Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt takes the throw during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a three-run home run, next to Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NextShow Caption1 of 21Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)ExpandBOSTON >> After the Angels’ losing streak reached eight games with an ugly 16-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, Brad Ausmus did not sugarcoat what has happened.“It’s embarrassing,” the Angels manager said. “It’s an embarrassing loss, quite frankly. We didn’t pitch. We didn’t hit, other than Albert (Pujols’) homer in the first. We really haven’t done much of either the past week. That’s what happens when you have losing streaks, when you’re not hitting or pitching. It’s not lack of effort. Guys care. They are doing their work every day. They are just not performing. Anyone who puts a uniform on is to blame, including the coaching staff and myself.”The Angels are enduring their longest losing streak since an 11-game streak in 2016.Overall they have lost 12 of their last 14 games, going from a season-high five games over .500 to five-games under .500, at 56-61.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 814 August 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 8 and 14 August 2019 were:Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall search for senior HR adviserCourt of Appeal dismisses holiday pay case in support of teacherHSBC completes pension longevity swap transaction worth £7 billionGatwick Airport to introduce bus service for 20,000 on-site employeesTPR prosecutes recruitment agency for pensions non-complianceThink tank proposes increases to wages and annual leave to boost UK’s productivityCadbury UK completes pensioner buy-in transaction worth £520 millionEXCLUSIVE: Rightio launches new benefits platform for 130 staffEXCLUSIVE: University of Lincoln to discuss saving habits at Employee Benefits LiveA third of employers predict pay increases of between 2% and 2.99% by June 2020last_img read more