Sturridge goal sends AVB’s men through

first_imgEverton 1 Chelsea 2 (after extra time)Daniel Sturridge’s winner four minutes from the end of extra time settled an incident-packed tie and sent Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka missed an early penalty before his team took a 38th-minute lead through Salamon Kalou, whose shot was horribly fumbled by Jan Mucha.AdChoices广告Twelve minutes into the second half, Blues goalkeeper Ross Turnbull was sent off after bringing down Louis Saha and the resulting penalty by Leighton Baines was saved by substitute keeper Petr Cech.That looked like being enough to send Andre Villas-Boas’ side into the last eight, but Saha headed in the equaliser with seven minutes of normal time remaining.Everton were themselves reduced to 10 men in extra time, when Royston Drenthe fouled Ryan Bertrand and was sent off for a second bookable offence.And with a penalty shoot-out looming, Sturridge pounced on the loose ball to score after hapless keeper Mucha failed to hold Malouda’s shot.Anelka putting his spot-kick wide after the excellent Josh McEachran was brought down by Johnny Heitinga was not the start required by a team left cursing their luck after Sunday’s derby defeat at QPR, where Jose Boswingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off.But Villas-Boas’ men then enjoyed some good fortune when Mucha inexplicably allowed Kalou’s weakly-struck lob from the edge of the box to slip through his grasp and into the net.After the break, however, Chelsea were again hit by a controversial dismissal.Turnbull was red-carded after clattering into Saha but did not appear to be the last man back, as David Luiz was covering.Enter Cech, whose first and second touches were to save Baines’ penalty and the left-back’s attempt to blast in the rebound, with Tim Cahill heading wide with his follow-up.But Cech was beaten by a blistering Drenthe free-kick that struck the bar – and again when Saha met Seamus Coleman’s cross at the near post to level for the Merseysiders.Dutchman Drenthe, who scored a brilliant goal against Fulham on Saturday, was again impressive so the visitors were probably glad to see the back of him once he was given his marching orders.They were certainly glad when Sturridge showed his predatory instincts to net his fifth goal of the season and take them through.last_img read more

Angels 2020 spring training preview: outfield

first_imgAs the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Wednesday, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. Today, the final installment looks at the outfielders. (Previously: starting rotation| bullpen, catchers and infielders.)2019 RECAPMike Trout was Mike Trout, winning his third MVP award after hitting .291 with 45 home runs and a 1.083 OPS. Trout won the award despite playing with a sore foot for a month, an injury that eventually required surgery that cost him the final three weeks of the season. Kole Calhoun also provided solid production in right field, showing that his midseason turnaround in 2018 was legit. He hit a career-high 33 homers, with a .792 OPS. Left field was the problem spot for the Angels, with Justin Upton missing almost all of spring training with a knee injury, then spraining his toe just before Opening Day. Upton didn’t come back until June and he played 63 mostly disappointing games before getting shut down again with a knee injury. Upton’s absence allowed the Angels to give a shot to Brian Goodwin, who responded with a breakthrough season, hitting 17 homers with a .796 OPS in 136 games.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWIt looks a lot different than people expected a couple of days ago, but pretty much the same as it looked a couple of weeks ago. The reported deal that would have sent Joc Pederson from the Angels to the Dodgers has not happened, and is reportedly unlikely to happen at all, which means the Angels still have an outfield of Upton, Trout and Goodwin. That’s certainly passable, particularly with the best player in the majors in the middle, and Upton looking to bounce back to his normal production in left field. Goodwin had never played as much or as well as he did with the Angels in 2019, so it remains to be seen if he will be able to keep up that production. The Angels also might send infielder David Fletcher out to right field once in a while. The leading candidate to win the fourth outfield job is probably Michael Hermosillo.THE NEXT LAYERJo Adell is looming, having been ranked among the top five prospects in baseball by several outlets. Adell, who turns 21 in April, will get a chance to win the Opening Day right field job, but the Angels are likely expecting him to return to Triple-A initially. He spent just 27 games at Triple-A to finish last season, struggling to a .676 OPS with no homers. If he has any extended hot streak at Triple-A, or if there’s an injury in the majors, he should get the call. Brandon Marsh, the Angels’ second-best prospect, is also going to be at Triple-A. Although Marsh is not the caliber of prospect as Adell, he is a year older, so he might reach the majors first. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img MOVE THEY COULD MAKEWhen it looked like the Angels were getting Pederson, their outfield was going to be loaded. Now, there is room for improvement. They could still pick up a free agent such as Cameron Maybin or Kevin Pillar. Both are right-handed hitters, and Pillar is especially good against left-handed pitchers, so he could platoon with the left-handed hitting Goodwin. Either could also serve as a defensive replacement for the 32-year-old Upton, whose age and recent knee injuries have contributed to him losing a step or two in the outfield.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more