Kendrick looking familiar

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Angels manager Mike Scioscia sometimes watches Howie Kendrick swing a bat and run the bases, and all of a sudden it’s 1983 again. That’s how much Kendrick, the Angels’ young second-base prospect, reminds Scioscia of former Dodgers teammate Steve Sax. “There’s definitely some comparisons,” he said. “Both guys worked hard to become good second basemen, both have plus speed, although Saxy might have had more pure speed in terms of stealing a base. And both can hit.” That last part is the reason the Angels are so high on the 23-year old Kendrick and why they let Adam Kennedy leave as a free agent after last season. Kendrick is expected to take over for Kennedy at second, but it’s his ability to produce with the bat that could make him a mainstay in the Angels lineup for years to come. He’ll start the year batting lower in the lineup, but Scioscia envisions him settling in anywhere from second to fifth in the order as his career progresses. “I know the opportunity is there and I want to make good on that,” Kendrick said. “But I just want to work hard and not make them regret any decisions they made. I know I want to play at this level and I know I can play at this level.” Jered Weaver passed his first test of the spring Friday before the Angels played the San Diego Padres. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, completed a pain-free, 30-pitch bullpen session and reported no problems later. Kendrick, much like Sax, has the ability to hurt opponents with his bat and legs. And, also like Sax, Kendrick is developing into an adept second baseman. Sax played 14 years in the big leagues and finished with a career batting average of .281. Scioscia sees plenty of similarities between him and Kendrick. center_img “I’m hopeful of being ready by the season opener,” he said. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then I’ll miss a couple of starts and I’m not too worried about it. I’d rather be there toward the end of the season rather than blow it up at the beginning of the year.” vincent.bonsignore (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Happy to swap gas bill for few days with MTA

first_imgOr, I can opt for the 6:39 a.m. Santa Monica 12 to Westwood, the Express 573 to Van Nuys, then the Orange Line 901 straight on in. That’s roughly analogous to the route I’d drive, except it costs $2.10 instead of the roughly $5 I’d spend in gas and wear on the car one way. And it takes an hour and 17 minutes. So to save the dollars better spent on things like food and rent, I put in four hours of transit time. I kiss my wife goodbye as she’s barely out of bed in the morning, then trudge home close to 8 p.m., hungry and worn out. Judging from the look of the people all around me on the bus, I’ve got it pretty easy, but I still can’t figure out whether it’s worth it. On a good day, the bus opens up all sorts of things that I wouldn’t see belted into my car as my gas tank drains. I watch the Los Angeles my mother grew up in back in the ’50s, the bustle of downtown, the camaraderie of urban life. When a kid new in town asks where Hamilton High is, the back of the 333 comes alive, an African-American lady telling him to head east, a Latino gentleman pointing the way, a guy from Thailand nodding and me recommending an alternate route. When you’re riding the bus and aren’t in a hurry, traffic becomes almost a guilty pleasure. You weren’t planning on getting there early, anyhow, so you pull out a book, turn up your headphones, or snooze against the vibrating windowpane. Let those other suckers suffer it out – they shouldn’t be clogging up the streets with all those cars, anyhow. And when I think about my commuting counterparts, bitterly fighting for a lane on the 101 as I roar down the busway on that sleek, silver Orange Line bus, I close my eyes and smile. For massive vehicles, those babies pick up like sports cars thundering off the line. Hey, it ain’t my fuel, driver, step on it. But self-righteousness isn’t that precious a commodity. A few weeks ago, the 422 transporting me from Woodland Hills to downtown went off shift for no apparent reason. The driver pulled up to the stop alongside the 101, thanked me for riding and asked me to wait for the next bus, which he figured would be along soon enough. Forty-five minutes later, I was ready to run into the freeway traffic to get the evening over with, when the next one came by to take me the rest of the way downtown. The last time I opted for that route, the driver forgot the route and had to be directed through downtown by some veteran commuters. As she rushed to keep up with a schedule it became increasingly clear she wouldn’t make, she explained to us, “I’m just really tired today.” Not comforting words from someone behind the wheel of something larger than my apartment. And if the MTA wants to draw in more people like me, who ride because they want to rather than out of necessity, things like that have got to stop. When you buy that ticket, they’re making a contract to get you there pretty close to on time and in one piece. Each time a bus lets you off unplanned or a driver shuts his doors because someone didn’t have their money out fast enough, they’re torpedoing the fine job the entire rest of the agency does daily. For the most part, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority handles the task of shuttling thousands and thousands of people around every day in an admirable fashion. In spite of the hassles involved, it’s refreshing to be able to grab a nap on my way to work and I like the newfound sense of connection I feel with my city. So I’m going to keep up my trial for now, swapping convenience for a little peace of mind at the gas pump. I hope that even when prices eventually drift below the $3 mark that I’ll be able to still call myself a public transit guy. And that I’m not still stuck on the side of the freeway. (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2I’ve taken the bus to East Los Angeles from West L.A. I’ve ridden the subway to cover a protest, the train to interview sources in Canyon Country. I want to believe in public transit, that it’ll save me money and time and somehow make me a better person in the process. But as much as I want it to work out, reality finds an unpleasant way of messing things up. To make the journey from Palms, where I live near the intersection of the 405 and 10 freeways, to Warner Center, I have a multitude of options, none of them great. If I want to save a little time, I can take the 7 a.m. Metro Bus 333 east on Venice Boulevard to downtown, then hop the 422 Commuter Express from the corner of Figueroa. That’ll snake down the 101 through the Valley and let me off a block from the Daily News, a little less than two hours later, costing $2.10 each way. WESTBOUND ON ORANGE LINE 901 – When I was 17, I dreamed of driving a Mustang. Instead, I carried a backpack and rode the bus, cursing it with every mile. Today, I’m 27, and again carrying a backpack. And I drive a Mustang, but dream of riding the bus, cursing my car with every mile. With the price of gasoline up more than $1 since the beginning of the year, I’m paying $50 a week to fuel up my inefficient, wasteful dream ride. So, twice a week, I trade my keys for a $3 Metro day pass, meeting what appears to be a surprising number of fellow Angelenos who find themselves in the same predicament. Not long ago, I sat a few seats away from a chef in his checked pants and jacket, his knives wrapped and tucked under his arm. last_img read more

NBA 3-point contest: Stephen Curry finishes in second place

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -– If only the third shot on the last rack did not rim in and out. Then, Stephen Curry could have the storybook-ending he craved.He could have won his second 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend. He could have done it in his hometown. He could have had bragging rights against his brother, Seth, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers. “A 3-point competition with that kind of …last_img read more

Meyer names 36-man Springbok squad

first_img2 June 2014 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer called seven uncapped players up for national duty as he named a 36-man squad for next month’s Castle Lager Incoming Series following the conclusion of the first stage of the Super Rugby competition on Saturday. Newcomers Damian de Allende, Lood de Jager, Cornal Hendricks, Teboho Mohoje, S’bura Sithole, Marcel van der Merwe and Callie Visagie were joined in the squad by experienced World Cup winners Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield, while Schalk Brits, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Lwazi Mvovo and Frans Steyn, all of whom last played test rugby in 2012, also cracked the nod. The national selectors also opted for continuity, with 12 players who started the final test of 2013, in which the Springboks beat France in Paris for the first time in 16 years, being retained in the squad. Notable omissions Notable omissions include Springbok captain and Saru’s Player of the Year in 2013, Jean de Villiers, who is out with a knee injury, and the Young Player of the Year for the last two seasons and IRB Player of the Year nominee last year, Eben Etzebeth, who has been given more time to fully recover from a foot injury, which has kept him out of action this season. The Springboks will also be without one of their vice-captains, Adriaan Strauss, who has been suspended for three matches, while Jaque Fourie, who started all three tests last November, has been ruled out with an ankle injury, as has Pat Lambie, a regular member of the squad for the last two years.‘There are no excuses’ “It’s never easy starting the international season without a number of key players, but it’s the same for our opponents as well and there are no excuses. We simply have to hit the ground running this week and make sure we start the season as well as possible,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement. Meyer will name his interim captain later this week. “Injuries also provide opportunities for new players and from what I’ve seen at the training camp in Durban earlier this week, they are also raring to go,” he added. “Oupa Mohoje got an opportunity at the Cheetahs following injuries to Lappies Labuschagne, Philip van der Walt and Jean Cook, and he took his chance. At the Sharks, Stephan Lewies came in for the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit and he came very close to inclusion in this squad. “It was also wonderful to see the excitement in the more experienced players, who have tasted what test rugby is about. Everyone knows we’re at the start of a challenging season but everyone is raring to get going.”Deserving Meyer said that all of the uncapped players deserved their opportunity. “Damian, Cornal, Oupa, S’bura, Marcel and Callie have all been in great form recently for their various Vodacom Super Rugby franchises, while Lood was very impressive before his injury and he underlined that with a great attitude and work ethic at the Durban camp. “Some of them have been on the national selectors’ radar for a bit longer, while others have been very impressive at our training camp in Durban. They all deserve their selection and now it’s up to them to make the most of it,” he continued. “Damian and S’bura both bring utility value to the team, as they can play in more than one position in the backline. “Cornal, who was the SA Sevens Player of the Year in 2013, is very fast and has a couple of very special attributes, so we’re very excited to work with him and hopefully improve him as a player.Forwards Assessing the forwards, Meyer said: “Up front, we’ve been very impressed with Lood and Oupa recently. Lood is a no-nonsense lock who will learn a lot from Victor [Matfield] and Bakkies [Botha], while Oupa is a superb line-out option, very fast and good with the ball in hand. “Marcel and Callie have been part of a resurgent Bulls pack recently and their play in the set-pieces is very good. “Marcel can play on both sides of the scrum, which makes him a valuable option in the squad, while he also carries the ball well and has shown he can steal ball at the breakdown. Callie brings superb line-out throwing and great scrumming power, while he is never shy to do the dirty work on the field.”The return of veterans Meyer added that he is looking forward to welcoming Matfield and Burger back into the Bok fold. “Last year we saw what it meant to Bakkies, Fourie [du Preez] and Jaque [Fourie] when they returned and they showed that age should not be any measure when it comes to test rugby. If you have the goods and can perform at world-class level, you deserve to be selected,” Meyer said. “Victor and Schalk have both been out of the game for some time and for different reasons. A year ago, Schalk’s playing future was in doubt, so it’s great to have him back in the Bok fold and I’m looking forward to working with him for the first time. “Their excitement at the Durban camp was palpable, but also contagious. The younger players fed off that and I know they will add a lot of value to the squad.”‘One of the best’ On the inclusion of Brits, who plays for English club Saranens, he said: “Schalk was part of our plans from the beginning. He is one of the best hookers in the world, is one of the nominees for Heineken Cup Player of the Year and brings heaps of experience with him.” Strauss, who has been suspended for three weeks for an illegal tackle last weekend, will rejoin in the squad for the final week of the Castle Lager Incoming Series, when his suspension has ended.Not available Injured players who were not available for selection after featuring in 2013, are De Villiers, Etzebeth, Fourie (ankle), Lambie (bicep), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand) and Gio Aplon (elbow). Juan Smith, of French club Toulon, was also in the selection frame, but as he has been struggling with an injury in recent weeks, he requested the national selectors not to be considered.SPRINGBOK SQUAD Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Marcell Coetzee, Damian De Allende, Lood de Jager, Juan de Jongh, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Fourie du Preez, JJ Engelbrecht, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Siya Kolisi, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Coenie Oosthuizen, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, S’bura Sithole, Gurthro Steenkamp, Frans Steyn, Morne Steyn, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen, Callie Visagie SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jaundice scare grips Cuttack city again

first_imgSupply of contaminated drinking water in most parts of the city through broken pipes has once again brought the city under the grip of jaundice. Tulasipur area covering at least three municipal wards of the civic body is the worst affected as over 75 persons here have been hospitalised for jaundice in last few days.District Collector N. C. Mishra on Friday visited the affected areas and ordered for random sample collection of all water sources to ascertain the cause and source of jaundice. Most households here entirely depend upon PHD pipelines for potable water and the pipelines have broken at many places.last_img read more