Matic wants to take back control

first_img Chelsea can expect contact from the Football Association on Tuesday over Ramires’ apparent elbow in the face of Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson that went unpunished, and assistant coach Rui Faria’s sending off for confronting fourth official Phil Dowd. Matic said Chelsea can ill afford to bemoan their Black Cats defeat if they want to salvage their silverware dreams. “I can say that we gave our best, I saw after the game that every player was sad because of the result,” the 25-year-old told Chelsea TV. “We tried, we fought until the end for the result, until the last minute, and we were unlucky not to win. “Everybody knew how important it was for us, this game, but that’s football. “Now we can’t do anything, we have to look forward, get focused on the Champions League, because as you know the Premier League title is going to be difficult to win.” Jose Mourinho suffered his first home Premier League defeat in 78 games on Saturday, and Chelsea are yet to face leaders Liverpool at Anfield on April 27. Chelsea will hope goalkeeper Petr Cech will recover from the virus that ruled him out of the Sunderland defeat in time for Tuesday’s Atletico trip. The Blues will also sweat on the fitness of midfielder Eden Hazard, who will need to train on Monday to have any chance of making Mourinho’s match squad for the Madrid battle. Brazilian midfielder Ramires could well have played his last Chelsea game this season too, after appearing to strike Sunderland’s Larsson in the face. Ramires’ strike was missed by referee Mike Dean, and the fact the official took no action leaves the door open for the FA to impose a charge. With his two prior red cards for the season, Ramires could be facing a five-match ban, and that would end his campaign prematurely. Chelsea assistant coach Faria can also expect FA censure after being sent off for overzealous criticism of fourth official Dowd. Blues manager Mourinho had to restrain Faria as he lost his cool, even grabbing his assistant by the hair. Chelsea must wrestle back control of their season in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid, according to Nemanja Matic. Midfielder Matic admitted Chelsea surrendered all the power in the Barclays Premier League title race with Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland. Loan star Fabio Borini’s penalty sealed Sunderland’s Stamford Bridge victory on Saturday, handing the striker’s parent club Liverpool the upper hand in the title battle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth cheer team claims Big East crown

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth competition cheer team earned a first-place finish Friday at the Big East championships in Caribou.The competition, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, was instead held at 6 p.m. Friday. That time change came after a rapid temperature drop resulted in bad road conditions throughout the eastern and northern portions of the state.Among the teams the Eagles beat for their first-place finish were defending Class B state state champion and perennial powerhouse Hermon, Caribou, Presque Isle and 2016 Class B state champion Old Town. Local rival Mount Desert Island also competed in the event, finishing third.The Eagles will return to the floor this weekend for the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. That compeition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

ON GUARD: Jardine, Triche lead SU to second-half romp over Canisius

first_img Published on November 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments It was a bounce back game for Syracuse’s guards. Bounce back halves for Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. Jardine’s half was the first, scoring 10 points after not scoring at all in the season opener. Triche’s was the second, drilling four 3-pointers on seven attempts. The two guards combined for five points Friday in SU’s win over Northern Iowa. And their paired performances from the first and second halves saved Syracuse from a dreadful offensive first half. Syracuse (2-0) defeated Canisius (1-1) 86-67 in front of 20,454 in the Carrier Dome Sunday. Triche finished the game with 16 points, while Jardine added 13 points and eight assists. The guards were the reason the Orange came back from the horrid offensive first half, exemplified by one play in the second. After a stretch in the half where Triche was knocking down 3s left and right, Jardine recorded his eighth assist of the game. He found Triche streaking down the sideline for his team-leading 16th point of the game, via a pretty full-speed drive-and-kick at the basket. The field goal gave SU a 56-45 lead with 10:55 remaining, and was as easy of a point as the second half was easy for SU. But the first half was anything but easy. Jardine was the one offensive bright spot for Syracuse. However, he, like everyone else, hit an offensive dry spell during the middle of the first half. But with SU down 26-25, and SU starting center Fab Melo just out of the game because of two quick fouls, Baye Moussa Keita cleaned up a Rick Jackson miss with a layup. Seconds later, he deflected an errant Canisius pass from Gaby Belardo. He hit Jardine, who passed to Kris Joseph for a 3-point play to give SU a 30-26 lead – his fourth assist of the half. Next time down, Jardine connected for his 10th point of the game, giving SU its biggest lead of the night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text From there, the Orange had enough wiggle room on a day where the dreadful shooting kept Canisius in the game. SU wouldn’t relinquish the lead or tie the game from there on out.  Syracuse shot just 31 percent in the first half, at its lowest point connecting on 4-of-18 two-point field goals. And the Golden Griffins were still in the game, down 32-29 at the half. Right before Triche was about to break out, with the aid of the shining Jardine. The Golden Griffins sat back in a 2-3 zone, mirroring the Orange’s trademark defense, for most of the first half, keeping them in the game. And thanks to SU’s failure to convert offensively, Canisius point guard Gaby Belardo and the other Golden Griffins guards broke into transition opportunities throughout. The pace sent the more athletic Orange into an identical pace, sitting back in the zone, then attacking full-court. Syracuse had 12 fast break points at the half as a result, but those 12 were mere highlights as the Orange hurried many easy shots. For the second game in a row, the Orange played that cliché tale of two halves. But the stories of the poor first halves from Friday’s 68-46 win over Northern Iowa to Sunday were in stark contrast. Friday, the two freshmen centers in Moussa Keita and Melo put themselves in foul trouble right at the start of the game. And, of course, Jardine also went 0-7 in the game and didn’t score a single point in the first and second half. In the second half, SU did SU against the inferior opponent. Brandon Triche hit three 3s in the first 10 minutes. Rick Jackson used his size to dominate on the glass with dunk after dunk, and rebound after rebound. But for the first time all season, shot after shot and assist after assist from SU’s starting guards was the reason SU ran away with the game. Canisius tried to instill its pace, Triche and Jardine proved to be the ultimate pacers. On that breakaway drive-and-kick, and on seemingly every other second half play as well. aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Professor develops way to build structures in space

first_imgBehrokh Khoshnevis, a professor in industrial and systems engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is changing the way that scientists look at building on the moon and beyond.Khoshnevis is the developer of a process called Selective Separation Sintering, which enables the construction of structures in space from the materials available in space. The invention recently won first place in the NASA In-Situ Materials Challenge for creating structures in space from lunar and Martian materials.The invention will benefit space agencies by saving the time and cost involved with sending the materials to space.SSS, which took Khoshnevis seven years to develop, follows Khoshnevis’ previous invention, Contour Crafting, which is a 3-D printing process that also won the NASA Prize in 2014. Contour Crafting is an extrusion-based process more suitable for building large structures while SSS is a powder-based method suitable for building small-scale objects such as metallic parts, tiles and bricks.SSS is the first process which will be able to work in zero gravity. Khoshnevis said it provides more speed, accuracy and independence from expensive technologies like lasers, is less complex and has high potential for space and planetary use.Graduate students Jing Zhang, Behnam Zahiri and Xiao Yuan worked under Khoshnevis for his research. Along with his team, Khoshnevis has used this process to successfully develop tiles that can withstand the high pressure and temperature of landing spacecrafts.“Every idea takes a lot of things and many manufacturing processes to form,” Khoshnevis said.The NASA competition involved inventing ways to utilize the materials found on the moon and Mars to construct objects needed for future space missions. Khoshnevis and his team used SSS to construct objects using synthetic materials developed by the Johnson Space Center, which are the same as the materials found on Mars and the moon.Khoshnevis received his B.S. in industrial engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University. He is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Astronautics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) at USC.Khoshnevis believes that this technique will make future space endeavors more cost-effective and efficient. Khoshnevis said that the space industry is rapidly evolving and that he’s excited to be a part of it.“People think that these ideas are far-off and kind of fanciful and are not going to happen soon, but the reality is different,” Khoshnevis said. “Space industry is moving very fast and the future is going to be even more exciting.”Khoshnevis and his team plan to further test the technique in vacuum conditions using the facilities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and USC’s Astronautics Rocket Lab.last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse set to begin 2015 campaign

first_imgOn Saturday, the USC women’s lacrosse team will kick off its 2015 season in style at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Looking to build upon a 2014 campaign in which they finished 6-3 in MPSF conference play and 9-9 overall, the Women of Troy are hoping to find and maintain a high level of consistency throughout their performances this season, an objective that has understandably been tough at times for a program entering just its third year of existence.“Last season we had some really exciting games, like when we upset No. 13 Stanford, but also some games where we were disappointed with the outcome,” senior captain and midfielder Kaila Sommi said. “We weren’t as consistent as we would have liked to be, and so this year, we hope to improve that.”A main factor in the team’s  up-and-down play over the past two seasons can probably be attributed to the plethora of young players that filled the roster, as there were only two total recruiting classes in team history. As the inaugural 2013 recruiting class progresses into their third season donning the cardinal and gold, however, the team finds itself in an unfamiliar position: For the first time, the Women of Troy will have more upperclassmen than underclassmen. Twenty-one of the 36 listed members on the team’s online roster hold junior or senior class standings. The leadership, maturity and experience provided by these older members is already paying dividends so far this year.“Being in our third season, we finally feel like we have been together as a team for a while,” junior captain and defender Courtney Tarleton said. “The first two seasons we had huge freshman classes, but this year we only have four new freshmen, so there haven’t been nearly as many new faces that we have to get used to playing with.”This heightened familiarity should prove to be  a positive factor in the team’s success this year, and if the preseason is any indication, the Women of Troy are headed for an exciting third season under accomplished head coach Lindsey Munday.“Year three has been great so far,” Munday said. “It is not only on the field, it is also off the field. It’s been awesome to watch, and we are really excited about the direction this team is heading.”Munday emphasized that there has been a noticeable leadership presence among the now-majority upperclassmen, something that has accelerated the team’s cohesion and confidence so far this year.“Our junior and senior classes have really stepped up so far,” she said. “I’m beyond proud of them in terms of how they are taking ownership of this program and living out the ideas and philosophies that we preach as a coaching staff.”Among those upperclassmen is standout junior attacker Caroline de Lyra, who led the team in points scored last season with 49, as well as junior midfielder Amanda Johansen and junior defender Tarleton, both of whom started all 18 games for the Women of Troy last season. The senior class features midfielder/defender Kaitlyn Couture, midfielder Sommi and defender Elizabeth Eddy. The underclassmen feature potential impact freshmen in 2014 Under Armour All-American goalie Gussie Johns and midfielder Lydia Sutton, who played for the 2013 Canadian national lacrosse team. The returning sophomore class for the Women of Troy features great talent as well, led by a duo of attackers in Annie Ruland, who was third on the team in points (36) last season, and Michaela Michael, who finished fourth in points with 31, and defender Nina Kelty, who was named to the MPSF All-Conference Second Team as a freshman last year. The standout sophomore class lost a key member from last year’s team in attacker Alex Moore, who led the team with 35 goals and was second on the team with 46 total points as a freshman. She transferred to North Carolina this past summer.With the upperclassmen leading the way, the Women of Troy have been working tirelessly during the preseason in preparation. While the copious hours of training and practice that the team has put in so far have been mentally and physically taxing at times, both the players and coaches alike are already seeing some payoffs.“Every day in practice is such a battle going back and forth with our offense and defense,” Tarleton said. “I’m already seeing improvement from last season.”Munday, along with assistant coaches Devon Wills, the defensive coordinator, and Alyssa Leonard, the offensive coordinator, heads what comprises one of the more idiosyncratic coaching staffs in the country: All three coaches are still active as players, and at the highest level too, representing the United States on the women’s national team. Having an opportunity to learn from three coaches with such rich playing experiences — and particularly, three coaches who are still playing — provides a distinctive and unique experience for the players.“It’s awesome having coaches who play for Team USA,” Tarleton said. “Sometimes they will just jump into practice and start chasing us around the field. It is great to both have them coach us and play against us, because they are so talented and help us get better.”“You know they know what they are talking about,” Sommi said. “You trust them because you know they are the best in the world at the moment, which really brings a lot of weight to what they say.”With the rigorous last month of workouts wrapping up, the team will have its first opportunity to evaluate its preseason progress this Saturday against perennial powerhouse Northwestern. The Wildcats, who are ranked No. 5 in the IWLCA preseason poll, have made 10 straight trips to the NCAA semifinals, winning championships in seven of those trips and losing to the eventual national champion in the other three.The game is sure to be exciting for the entire USC team. It will be especially meaningful for Munday and Leonard, however, who are both Northwestern graduates and contributed to the Wildcats’ remarkable run of success over the last decade. Munday (class of 2006) was a two-time first-team All-American who helped lead Northwestern to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 and left the school as the Wildcats’ all-time assist leader (128), third-best points scorer (268) and fifth-best goal scorer (140). Leonard, who just graduated last year, exited Northwestern as the all-time NCAA Division I career draw control leader, a two-time national champion (2011, 2012) and a 2014 IWLCA            All-American.When asked about her excitement level for Saturday’s game, Munday acknowledged that she and Leonard are looking forward to it, but that the best thing about the weekend matchup is that it will be a great opportunity for the Women of Troy to see how they measure up against premier competition.“This first game against Northwestern is definitely special for both Alyssa and me,” Munday said. “It’s a special game for us, being alumni, but more importantly this is a big game for our girls, getting to play against a top team.”The tilt between the Women of Troy and Wildcats will launch into action at 3 p.m.last_img read more

ADM reveals horror show March for Italian betting

first_img StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry Q1 2020 figures published by Italy’s customs and monopolies agency (ADM) have depicted the grim reality of COVID-19 damages on Italian betting incumbents.Recording just 10 days of wagering activity during March, Italian betting recorded a near collapse across its retail and betting channels.ADM figures reveal that March online betting revenues (GGR) decreased to circa €49 million, representing a 43% decline against February month-on-month comparatives.Yet, online betting declines seem mild when compared to retail damages, as Italian betting shops recorded a total GGR of just €26 million (-73%) during March trading.With Italy enforcing Europe’s harshest lockdown measures, retail stakeholders will be braced for further horror shows as incumbents absorb a likely two-month period with no active revenues.Retail incumbents have been issued a slight reprieve, as the Italian government will allow tobacconists to switch-on betting terminals on 11 May, adhering to in-store social distancing measures.Meanwhile, despite online operators adjusting their sportsbook offerings during lockdown, Italian consumers failed to engage with the ‘alternative markets’ of Russian table tennis, Belarus and Nicaraguan football and esports.Market turnover for esports was recorded at an average of €5,000 per match, whilst the Belarus Premier League recorded around €300,000 turnover per game.The dire circumstances leave Italian bookmakers hoping that the government maintains its promise to allow Serie A football to return on 18 May.March ADM figures would show a marked increase in online gambling spend (casino and poker), which grew by 33% to €120 million (February 2020: €90m).A breakdown of segments branded online casino games as the ‘industry’s lifeline‘, recording €94 million of all online gambling revenues.Tracking its licensed incumbents,  the ADM maintained its previous impact assessment for the industry, in which it anticipates a combined loss of €750m – split at €450m for the Italian state and €300 for its incumbents.last_img read more

“Massive support is what C.K. Akonnor needs to succeed”- Augustine Arhinful

first_imgFormer Black Stars forward, Augustine Arhinful, says that support will determine whether or not C.K. Akonnor succeeds as new Black Stars head coach.Akonnor’s new role was confirmed by the Ghana FA on Wednesday weeks the technical teams of the various national teams were dissolved.Akonnor replaces Kwesi Appiah and even though, the length of his tenure was not stated by the Ghana FA, it is very likely that he will be given 2 years to handle the team. The speculated period covers qualifying for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.For Arhinful, who was Akonnor’s team mates in the Black Stars in the late 90s, support and backing of the former Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko and AshGold coach is the only way the nation’s footballing fortunes will get better.“Since I am not God, I cannot tell if Akonnor will succeed in winning us a trophy and so, we will only have to hope that he will be able to do it for us,” he said on Citi FM’s EyeWitness News on Wednesday.He continued:“However, I need to say that I do not understand why some people think we are not capable of handling the Black Stars and so, we need an expatriate. Some of us played football outside the country and played for the Black Stars too and so, we saw the work of foreign coaches.”All our state institutions are managed by Ghanaians and so, I find it difficult to understand why we question our own ability to run the Black Stars. What is the duty of the national team coach? He is to scout and bring the best players and at most, there will be 23 of those players. His job to put those players together to make a good side.Akonnor can succeed but he needs a little fortune and a lot of support. Once that support comes, he will be able to succeed.”Akonnor will be assisted by David Duncan while Najawu Issah will be the goalkeeper’s trainer. In terms of management support, George Amoako will head the Black Stars management committee with Akwasi Agyemang, Jones Abu Alhassan, Samuel Osei Kuffour and Fred Pappoe as the other members.last_img read more

GFA appoints five-member Review Committee for national teams

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has named a five-member Review Committee for the national teams.The Committee, which will be chaired by the FA’s Vice President Mark Addo, has been directed to prepare and present a report on the structure, membership and functions of the technical teams of all the national teams in three months.It is made up of Kudjo Fianoo, who will serve as the Vice Chairman, Habiba Atta Forson, Prof Joseph Mintah and Linford AsamoahThe committee is also mandated to provide the GFA with advice on payments and bonuses for players in the National teams as well as the members of the technical teams.A third function of the Committee will be to prepare a Code of Conduct document for players, technical teams and management committee members for all national teams.Kudjo Fianoo is the vice Chairman of the Committee with Habiba Atta Forson, Prof Joseph Mintah, Linford Asamoah as members.last_img

Herve Renard open to coaching Black Stars in future

first_imgFormer Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire head coach, Herve Renard, may have won the AFCON two times in his career but he still has plans of coaching Ghana and succeeding with the Black Stars.Renard is familiar with the Black Stars after he was part of the team’s set up in 2008 and beat them in 2012 with Zambia and in 2015 with Cote d’Ivoire.On those occasions, going past the Black Stars led to AFCON titles and Renard told TV3’s Juliet Bawuah in the latest “In Conversations With” episode on Saturday that he would love to be in charge of the Black Stars at a point in the future.“I have a new challenge with Saudi Arabia now and that is my focus but of course, I will come back to Africa ome day to win something with a country that has not won the AFCON for a very long time.Of course, coming back to coach Ghana will be a fantastic challenge but no one knows tomorrow.Ghana was on top but now a little bit down. The potential is still the same. One day, it will be your management or government that decides that was want  to bring this man or maybe we do not want him because we do not like him.How can you refuse to  to be interested in a team that always gets close and not win? So, this will be a fantastic challenge.”The Black Stars are seeking to win their first AFCON title since 1982 and have failed in their attempts in 1992, 2010 and 2015.last_img read more

Hundreds pay tribute to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in memorial

first_imgPreviousMourners including Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons attend a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Debbie Hetman, mother of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, embraces a girl during a memorial service for Skaggs on Monday at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDebbie Hetman, second from left, mother of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs enters a memorial service for Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Mourners enter a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Members of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ family, including his mother Debbie Hetman, second from right, and stepfather Danny Hetman, attend a memorial service for Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)A wreath honoring Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ #45 is brought into a memorial service at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Mourners embrace outside a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Mourners embrace outside a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)A poster honoring Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs is placed outside a memorial service for at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)Debbie Hetman, right, mother of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs enters a memorial service for Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani arrives for a memorial for former teammate Tyler Skaggs on Monday at the St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Carli Skaggs, center in burgundy dress, walks into St. Monica Catholic Church for a memorial for her husband, former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on Monday in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Debbie Hetman, left, mother of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, stands in front of images of Skaggs during a memorial in his honor at the St. Monica Catholic Church Monday, July 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A floral arrangement with the jersey number for former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs is shown outside of the St. Monica Catholic Church during a memorial in his honor on Monday in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Family members of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, including his mother Debbie Hetman, second from right, and stepfather Danny Hetman, far left, enter the St. Monica Catholic Church for a memorial in Skaggs’ honor on Monday in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Debbie Hetman, left, facing camera, is hugged by a well-wisher during a memorial for her son, former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, at the St. Monica Catholic Church Monday, July 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A woman wearing Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ number gets a hug during a memorial in Skaggs’ honor at the St. Monica Catholic Church Monday, July 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Members of the family of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs hold hands as they walk into the St. Monica Catholic Church for a memorial service in his honor on Monday in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels players and other attendees, including shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right facing camera, arrive for a memorial for former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on Monday at the St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Mourners embrace during a memorial for former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at the St. Monica Catholic Church Monday, July 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Mourners including Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons attend a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 20Mourners including Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons attend a memorial service for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, July 22, 2019. Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandSANTA MONICA — Tyler Skaggs’ family and friends came together for a Celebration of Life on Monday in the city he loved, packing a church to laugh and cry together.One by one, those touched by Skaggs from his birth to his last days stood up and painted portions of the same picture.They described a young man overflowing with confidence, never afraid to be himself, even if it meant unabashedly singing an Elton John song at the top of his lungs.They described someone everyone seemed to feel was his best friend. Whether he was Ty or Tyler or Skaggsy or Swaggy didn’t matter.“Whatever you called him, he was the exact same guy to everyone here and anyone who was lucky enough to be near him,” Andrew Heaney said in a tearful tribute to his former Angels teammate. “He was a genuine and caring person. He was intense about being a great friend and great teammate.”Skaggs was less than two weeks shy of his 28th birthday when he was found unresponsive in a Texas hotel room on July 1, news that rocked the Angels, Major League Baseball and his hometown of Santa Monica.The Angels had spent the past three weeks pressing on in his memory, including an awe-inspiring combined no-hitter with the entire team wearing his No. 45 on July 12.On Monday, though, with a break in the relentless baseball schedule, hundreds of people filled St. Monica Church for a memorial service, looking up at photos of Skaggs and his No. 45 in red and white flowers, Just about the entire Angels family – from owner Arte Moreno on down – was there, including longtime Manager Mike Scioscia and Angels greats Chuck Finley and Tim Salmon.The current players, coaches, trainers, clubhouse staff and media relations people arrived in busloads. Many players who had been sent to Triple-A or even released, such as Matt Harvey, were nonetheless there to pay their respects.Former teammates Jered Weaver, Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Bud Norris, David Freese, Collin Cowgill, C.J. Wilson and Jett Bandy were there. Former big leaguer Trevor Plouffe, a Santa Monica native who had been friends with Skaggs since they were kids, was one of 14 people who gave personal reflections on Skaggs during the ceremony.Tim Mead, the longtime Angels vice president in charge of communications and recently appointed president of the baseball Hall of Fame, came and spoke. It was less than 24 hours after he’d overseen the induction ceremony in Cooperstown.Outside the church, a truck from In-n-Out – one of Skaggs’ favorites – was waiting for the reception.Among Skaggs’ family members, the speakers included two of his aunts, his step-brother, his brother-in-law, his wife’s grandmother and, the final speaker, his wife, Carli.Their stories ranged from Skaggs as an adorable ring bearer at his aunt’s wedding to being a cheerleader with his cousin in the backyard.Ryan Hamill, who was Skaggs’ agent, described the beginnings of Skaggs’ development into a major league pitcher. Hamill said he and partner Nez Balelo had heard a story of a lanky left-hander from Santa Monica High.“When we showed up to the field I swear we saw what looked like a broomstick with a hat on the mound,” Hamill said. “He was all of 6-4, 160 pounds soaking wet. I swear a strong wind would have blown him to the 10 freeway.“As we watched him throw, we saw a true athlete throwing 84 with a repeatable delivery. And then we saw it. We saw the famous curveball for a strikeout, followed by his little Swaggy walk back to the dugout. It was beautiful.”That confidence helped Skaggs become the 40th overall pick in the 2009 draft, shortly before he met Garrett Richards, who the Angels selected out of Oklahoma in the same draft.“Tall and skinny with a pair of (Jordans), basketball shorts and a tank top with diamond earrings, he instantaneously stood out to me,” said Richards, who took time from rehabbing from Tommy John surgery with the San Diego Padres to speak at the ceremony.Richards and Skaggs were teammates in the Angels’ rotation for most of five years.“We spent a lot of time on the starters bench (in the dugout) when we weren’t pitching,” Richards said. “This is where we had some of our best conversations. Anything from going over the team’s lineup to talking about NBA basketball. We’d go back and forth about the Thunder and the Lakers. Tyler would always end the conversation with one word: banners.”Richards called Skaggs a “brother” and several others referred to him as a best friend.Jeff Fishman, Skaggs’ friend and financial advisor, made the point when he asked all of those who considered Skaggs one of their closest friends to stand.Dozens of people throughout the church stood.“We all felt like we had a special relationship with him every day, even if we were only communicating through a brief text,” Fishman said. “What more needs to be said about Tyler? All of you bear witness to the incredible impact he had on so many, and that qualifies Tyler as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in the most important game of all: the game of life.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more