Kobe Bryant’s pep talk boosted Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs

first_img“I think it’s a great starting point for him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It looked like he just picked up where he left off.”The Angels haven’t set a target date for Skaggs’ first regular season start. At least, he isn’t aware of one yet. For now the first innings are in the books, a huge check mark in a rehab process full of them. By coincidence, this one came 24 hours after Skaggs crossed a big item off his bucket list.“I grew up idolizing the Lakers,” he said. “I’m going to tell my kids that I met Kobe.”Ethier’s rehab beginsDodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to the clubhouse two days after he was diagnosed with a fractured right tibia. Ethier is still walking in crutches and probably will be for six weeks. That’s how long he was told not to put any pressure on his broken leg.“It never felt right,” he said. “Still isn’t.”The Dodgers are preparing to be without Ethier for 10 to 14 weeks from the time he fouled a ball off his leg Friday in a Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That projects to a return sometime between late May and late June.In the meantime Ethier will have the option of doing his rehab in Arizona, where he lives and where the Dodgers hold extended spring training. Manager Dave Roberts said that Ethier will join the team in San Diego on April 4 for Opening Day, then again the following week for the Dodgers’ home opener.“If he wants to do his rehab here until he starts doing baseball-related activities, there’s really no need for him to be with us,” Roberts said. “I’d rather him be comfortable and keep his mind right on as he’s rehabbing.”Ethier said his leg will be immobilized in a removable fitted brace, not a cast, and he’ll wear a small bone-stimulating device during the process.AlsoTests on the right forearm of Yasmani Grandal showed “no significant damage,” in Roberts’ words, but the Dodgers’ catcher will refrain from hitting or throwing until Sunday. Roberts couldn’t confirm that Grandal will have enough time to be ready by Opening Day. … The news was better for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who got four at-bats in minor league games at Camelback Ranch. Seager, who’s recovering from a sprained left knee, has yet to run the bases in a competitive game. … Carlos Frias will start for the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The right-hander is vying for the fifth starter’s job along with Zach Lee.Angels 5, Chicago White Sox 4Angels starter Matt Shoemaker tossed six innings, allowing six hits and four runs — one a wind-aided solo homer by Jimmy Rollins and a longer two-run blast by Brett Lawrie. Mike Trout hit a three-run home run against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale, and Yunel Escobar had two hits for the Angels (12-8-4). “He just was explaining how it’s all about winning,” Skaggs said Thursday after his first appearance in a competitive game since July 2014. “You push your teammates to become better. You push yourself to become better. You can’t cut any corners in the rehab process. That’s exactly what he was saying to everybody.”Skaggs said he slept well Wednesday night, slept in Thursday morning, then got really nervous on the way in to Camelback Ranch to face the Chicago White Sox — something he hadn’t felt in one year, seven months and 25 days.It was the first time Skaggs had faced major league opponents since he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on July 31, 2014. The 24-year-old missed the final two months of that season and all of 2015 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.“A lot of days have felt (lousy) but you have to push through it,” Skaggs said. “Today I felt great. I feel very happy with myself that I put in the hard work, put in the time. I didn’t cut any corners.”The feeling in Skaggs’ left elbow matters more than his results. For the record, he struck out two batters, walked none, and scattered all his pitches among a rough total of 30. Skaggs allowed one hit, a line-drive single to right field, which scored an unearned run. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> You don’t have to look too far into the future to imagine Kobe Bryant as a motivational speaker, standing on an auditorium stage and speaking to rows of eager corporate folks wearing pressed khakis.For now, imagine this: Wednesday night in Phoenix, Bryant was on a trainer’s table getting treatment inside Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. The Lakers had just lost to the Suns. Bryant’s audience was a small group of baseball players.“Me, (Mike) Trout, (Garrett) Richards, Weav (Jered Weaver), James Shields and Matt Kemp,” said Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a Los Angeles native and a diehard Lakers fan.Bryant, like any good motivational speaker, made Skaggs feel like he was speaking directly to him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Which NBA players have changed their jersey numbers to honor Kobe Bryant?

first_imgView this post on Instagram A tough night full of emotions. Hit my 24th point of the night on a nice fade-away which was his “bread and butter” and of course I yelled “KOBE” as many of us have done our whole life. Funny how life works… I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to wear that number for the night. Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. I MISS YOU #ThanksBobby #KobeForeverA post shared by Joel “The Process” Embiid (@joelembiid) on Jan 28, 2020 at 7:49pm PSTCavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. wore No. 24 against the Pelicans before switching back to No. 22 for the second half. 2️⃣4️⃣ x Crazy 8️⃣ 💛💜🖤🐍A post shared by Larry Nance Jr (@larrydn7) on Jan 29, 2020 at 9:06am PSTMavericks owner Mark Cuban released a statement saying that No. 24 “will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/Ua41YrvTMZ— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020 MORE: Your version of Kobe doesn’t need to match anyone else’sHere is a list of players who have chosen to honor Kobe Bryant with a midseason jersey switch, along with those who will keep their numbers or have not yet decided.NBA players with new jersey numbers to honor Kobe BryantAlec Burks, WarriorsGolden State Warriors guard Alec Burks has worn jersey No. 8, but will switch to No. 20 to honor the tragic death of Kobe Bryant who wore No. 8 and No. 24, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 29, 2020Quinn Cook, Lakers​Lakers guard Quinn Cook is changing his number from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor Gianna Bryant, combining Gigi’s No. 2 and Kobe’s No. 8, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Spencer Dinwiddie, NetsHonor your people.Number 26, Spencer Dinwiddie. pic.twitter.com/Y3oZREw602— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 28, 2020We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons…There’s one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart.Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6Honor your ppl, love you son 🤙🏾 https://t.co/pVT630bk0F— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020Maurice Harkless, ClippersLos Angeles Clippers forward Moe Harkless has changed his No. 8 jersey to No. 11 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/taupfTlQSc— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Markieff Morris, PistonsPistons’ Markieff Morris will change from No. 8 to No. 88 in honor of Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) January 29, 2020Jahlil Okafor, PelicansMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Miye Oni, JazzSources: Utah Jazz rookie Miye Oni — a Los Angeles native — is changing his uniform number from No. 24 to No. 81 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, representing Bryant’s historic 81-point game in 2006 and LA area code 818.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020Mason Plumlee, NuggetsMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Terrence Ross, [email protected] will be changing his jersey number from 8 back to 31, beginning with Orlando’s game on Saturday, February 1 against Miami at Amway Center. pic.twitter.com/YwP2MeYu20— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 28, 2020Zhaire Smith, 76ersThe Sixers guard told ESPN he will wear the No. 5 moving forward.NBA players wearing No. 8Trevor Ariza, Trail BlazersBismack Biyombo, HornetsBogdan Bogdanovic, KingsDanilo Gallinari, ThunderRui Hachimura, Wizards — Will continue to wear No. 8.Justin Holiday, PacersFrank Kaminsky, SunsZach LaVine, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 8.Patty Mills, SpursEmmanuel Mudiay, JazzJarred Vanderbilt, NuggetsKemba Walker, Celtics — Considering changing his jersey number but has not decided.Hawks guard Trae Young wore No. 8 against the Wizards before switching back to his usual No. 11. View this post on Instagram That one was for you…Rest Easy Kobe🐍 pic.twitter.com/mXW86TKXsP— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 27, 2020NBA players wearing No. 24Khem Birch, MagicDillon Brooks, GrizzliesPat Connaughton, BucksBruno Fernando, HawksBuddy Hield, KingsAlize Johnson, Pacers — Will continue to wear No. 24 “as a tribute of the great respect I will always have for [Bryant].”Lauri Markkanen, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 24 because “now it has a deeper meaning.”Garrison Mathews, WizardsSixers center Joel Embiid wore No. 24 against the Warriors instead of his usual No. 21. In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, teams around the NBA paid tribute to the basketball legend by taking 8-second and 24-second violations to start games, a nod to Bryant’s retired Nos. 8 and 24 with the Lakers.Now some players have decided to take the gesture a step further by changing their individual jersey numbers. Others will continue to wear either No. 8 or No. 24 as a way to remember Bryant and bring his “Mamba Mentality” to the court each night.last_img read more

England’s Jordan wins St Andrews Links Trophy

first_img11 Jun 2017 England’s Jordan wins St Andrews Links Trophy England’s Matthew Jordan has been threatening all season and has now pulled off the biggest win of his career with victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland. The 21-year-old from the England Golf A Squad had four sub-par rounds and finished on 11-under, one shot ahead of Ireland’s John Ross Galbraith. The Cheshire golfer realised the magnitude of his win when he came off the Old Course at St Andrews to see his grandparents. “My grandma was just made up, it was great to see the joy in their faces, their happiness,” he said. “This is my first really big win. It’s brilliant, but hard to describe the feeling, it’s unique and I just want to try and savour it.” Jordan (Royal Liverpool) began making a name for himself last season when his performances played him into the England A Squad. This year he’s continued the form, with seventh place in the Lytham Trophy, fourth in the Irish, fifth in the Brabazon Trophy, runner-up in last week’s Scottish men’s open – and now the winner of a major amateur title. “It’s not one thing that I’ve done. I did well last year to get into squads and it’s just carried on from there,” he said. “The next step is trying to believe you can win and having confidence and belief in yourself.” Jordan was under par in every round at the St Andrews Links Trophy, opening with two-under 70 on the Jubilee Course and adding 68 69 70 on the Old Course. He was tied for the lead at the start of the final round and quickly forged ahead, playing the first 12 holes in five under par. When he reached the 17th he knew he had a four-shot lead and he chose the conservative option, deliberately avoiding disaster on the Road Hole, and playing smart golf to finish bogey, bogey. Behind him the challengers were jostling for position, but none could catch him. Jordan is England’s first winner in this championship since Hampshire’s Neil Raymond in 2013. Click here for more information Image copyright Kenny Smithlast_img read more