Sexual assault prompts prayer service

first_imgAbout 100 members of the University community gathered at the Grotto on Monday afternoon for a student-led “Prayer service for healing,” sponsored by Notre Dame’s student government. The prayer service was organized following an e-mail alert sent by Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on Friday afternoon informing students, faculty and staff that a sexual assault had been reported in a women’s dorm on the northeastern area of campus.Annmarie Soller| The Observer The alert, the first one the community has received this school year, sparked the prayer service, which kept with a tradition started by student body president emeritus Alex Coccia and student body vice president emeritus Nancy Joyce last fall.Senior Francis Vu opened the service with a prayer.“We gather in the peace of the sacred Grotto, joined together, united in Christ to support and pray,” he said.Vu asked those in attendance to pray not only for the healing of the victims, but for the perpetrators as well.Senior Alison Leddy, a resident assistant in Cavanaugh, delivered a call to action focusing on the responsibility of the community in ending sexual violence on campus.“On Friday, the day we all received the first email report of the year, the White House launched a national campaign called ‘It’s On Us’ to end sexual assault,” Leddy said. “This movement seeks to bring awareness to and support survivors of sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. While this ambitious and worthy campaign took life in Washington, our community in South Bend feels the impact of this problem closer to home and to our hearts.“We are not any college; we are not any community. We are ND. … When we chose to attend this University, which seeks to educate the mind and the heart, we chose to be more,” Leddy said.“One is too many. What affects one of us affects all of us.”In 2013, the White House launched a sexual assault prevention campaign with the tagline “One is Too Many.” On campus, Coccia and Joyce adopted the mantra and began Notre Dame’s own “One is Too Many” campaign, which involved pledge cards signed and placed outside dorm rooms, an online petition and videos put together by student government.This year, student body vice president Matt Devine told The Observer that sexual assault prevention may take off in a different direction.“We had a lot of great visibility with ‘One is Too Many’ last year. Perhaps this is an opportunity to move in some way; we’re looking at more action words … if there’s something we can do to incorporate the idea of an active bystander into the title, then we’d like to,” Devine said.“The prayer service today is very important, because it’s the first one. It’s the first-year students’ first introduction to something like this, and it’s important for them to understand that this is our response,” Devine said.Senior Grace Carroll ended the prayer service with an invitation for all to light a candle at the Grotto and to continue praying for an end to sexual violence.“When the light shines in the darkness, the darkness cannot overcome it,” she said.Tags: Campus Ministry, Prayer service, sexual assault, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAOC, climate change case deserve respectIn response to Ray Weidman’s June 12 letter, “Don’t believe Dems’ climate change scam,” climate change has been occurring for “thousands” of years. However, to call it a “scam” by Democrats is an ignorant conspiracy theory not backed by fact.Climate change is substantiated by scientific data, although its impact is debatable amongst the experts in the field.Mr. Weidman’s insult of “AOC” is unfounded, also. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a remarkable individual who has numerous accomplishments. She should not be identified as just “a bartender.”According to her biography, in high school, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez came in second in the microbiology research project at MIT. In honor of her efforts, MIT named a small asteroid after her.In both high school and college, she received honors, fellowships and positions of distinction.During college, she was also an intern for Sen.  Kennedy working with immigration/foreign affairs issues.She graduated cum laude from Boston University majoring in international relations and economics.After college, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez held many professional positions. She started a publishing company. In addition, she worked 18-hour shifts as a bartender/waitress to save the family home from foreclosure after her father died.There are more reasons why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was elected to the position she now holds. She, along with the topic of climate change, deserve respect.We should not “catch the Trump plague” of name calling, degradation and conspiracies before the facts.Karen A. ZimmersNiskayunaNisky must address political attacksI moved to Niskayuna with my family in 2001 and have fallen in love with our beloved community. Unfortunately, the political attacks during the last two local school board elections have made me sick.In 2015, some bad actors launched a vicious attack on three school board candidates, through an anonymous website and mailer. In 2019, a very similar anonymous mailer attacked another school board candidate. And most recently, we learned about fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.I’m not disputing the outcomes of any election. But I’m very concerned about these events.Anonymous political attacks are dishonest and wrong. They undermine healthy political discourse and violate the intent of the New York State Fair Campaign Law. They are toxic to our community and our faith in fair and transparent elections.Our town is under attack by what is probably a very small group of dishonest and cowardly bad actors. I ask our elected local officials to consider the following:1. Revise the Town of Niskayuna Code of Ethics to make it clear that these types of anonymous and vile political attacks are not acceptable. And empower the Niskayuna Ethics Panel to investigate and enforced this rule;2. Pass a new town law to make anonymous political attacks in all local elections (including school board elections) illegal and punishable by the criminal code;3. File a claim with local law enforcement to investigate the fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.Jon LemelinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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“We thought we’d do it for a bit of fun”

first_img232 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach is set to go to auction later this month.ON one of the Gold Coast’s most renowned streets that doubles as Palm Beach’s millionaire’s row, sits a brand new modern beach house.And the block it sits on is on the market for the first time in 25 years. The two-level coastal property features a stone benchtop in the kitchen. The famed vista from Jefferson Lane.“My wife bought the land in her early twenties,” said vendor David Schwarz. “There was no set plan with what to do with it, we always intended to sell. There was a little beach house there before.”“Then I retired and we thought we’d do it for a bit of fun.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe couple worked with a company with Mrs Schwarz “changing the design a bunch of times”, before settling on an immaculate, two-level beach house with features including a stone benchtop in the kitchen, optional fourth bedroom or media room, high ceilings, white interiors and quality finishes. The interior is contemporary and coastal.The property boasts filtered ocean views and is just steps from the beach, while the main living areas on the upper level open to an undercover alfresco setting that welcomes the coastal breezes and sound of nearby surf. Dual street frontage at the provides enough space to accommodate five cars, or store the boat or caravan. There is also enough space for a pool to go in.The Schwarzs, who live on the central coast of New South Wales, spent three months living at the property after it was built.center_img Ocean glimpses are on offer. The luxurious property could be used as a holiday rental.“It was lovely, it’s a very nice house,” Mr Schwarz said.The listing details the potential return on the property, estimating it could attract up to $1100 per week as a permanent rental investment, up to $3500 per week during school holidays and more than $6000 per week during the upcoming Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

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Ireland running out of time on IORP II, trade body warns

first_imgPeter Fahy, chairperson of the IAPF, said: “The government is way behind schedule when it comes to the IORP II directive.“They have left it extremely late to act and have not granted pension trustees and employers any opportunity to consult on how the directive, which provides for proportionate implementation, should be implemented in Ireland.“Assuming the government meets the implementation deadline at this late stage, it will still not allow trustees any realistic opportunity of complying with the new requirements by the 13 January deadline.”He added that, without an exemption or alternative arrangements, employers with small schemes could discontinue pension provision completely.“This is clearly not in the interests of the members of those schemes,” Fahy said.Consultants and regulator The Pensions Authority have previously warned that IORP II placed an onerous compliance burden on pension scheme trustee boards, given Ireland’s relatively small pensions sector.The new rules include ‘fit and proper’ tests for trustees, written policies on key areas of risk management and outsourced services, and minimum standards for communication with members.The Pensions Authority published guidance for trustees regarding what to expect from the IORP II directive at the start of October, but it must be transposed into Irish law by January. The Irish government has yet to legislate for the introduction of IORP II, meaning trustees do not have enough time to comply with its requirements, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has warned.“The government has not granted pension trustees and employers any opportunity to consult on how the directive should be implemented”Peter Fahy, IAPFAt the association’s annual governance conference this week, the IAPF said the government had been focusing too much on other aspects of pension reform, leaving just six weeks to legislate for and implement governance rules stemming from the EU directive.It called for a temporary exemption from new IORP II rules for schemes with 100 members or fewer, until they were able to access master trusts or auto-enrolment structures.last_img read more

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England set South Africa improbable target of 466 to win

first_imgBy Mark GleesonJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Captain Joe Root top scored as England took a huge 465-run lead over South Africa on the third day of the fourth Test and were bowled out for 248 just before stumps in their second innings at The Wanderers on Sunday.The score left them with two days to dismiss their hosts, who will have to chase an improbable fourth-innings target if they are to win the Test and level the series at 2-2.Fourteen wickets fell on a busy Sunday that saw South Africa dismissed for 183 at lunch, 217 runs behind England’s first-innings score of 400.Root did not enforce the follow on but instead rammed home his team’s advantage as England batted briskly in their second innings before the captain was the last man out, superbly caught by South African counterpart Faf du Plessis to give debutant Beuran Hendricks a maiden Test five-wicket haul.Root scored 58, Dom Sibley made 44, Sam Curran an entertaining 35 and Ben Stokes 28 with Hendricks finishing on 5-64 off 15.3 overs.Openers Zak Crawley and Sibley put on a 56-run opening-wicket partnership in a positive second-innings start before Crawley was out for 24.WORLD-RECORD TARGET Stokes was in belligerent mood, having been fined for verbally abusing a spectator after going cheaply in the first innings, and sought to get retribution as he raced to 28 off 24 balls, with six boundaries, before Hendricks had him caught in the slips.Curran also made up for a first baller in the first innings as he accelerated the run rate in the last hour before being caught in the deep off Hendricks.All the while Root kept the scoreboard ticking over to ensure South Africa will have to chase a world-record fourth innings target on a pitch where the bounce was becoming increasingly more uneven.South Africa bowled a man light when veteran Vernon Philander pulled up with a hamstring injury after nine balls, further weakening a home attack already sorely missing the suspended Kagiso Rabada.Philander was sent to hospital for a scan, said Cricket South Africa, threatening an inglorious end to his Test career as he is retiring from the international arena.Mark Wood completed a five-wicket haul earlier as South Africa were dismissed in the morning session, adding 95 runs to their overnight score.“I’m over the moon — a very special day,” said Wood, who credited a shorter run-up for his success.“Since I have (done that), it’s been a lot better. I’ve got a little bit more momentum; it’s taken pressure off my body. It’s been nice to take a load off.”ENGLAND 1st innings (400 all out)South Africa 1st inningsDean Elgar c Chris Woakes b Ben Stokes 26Pieter Malan c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 15Rassie van der Dussen c Ben Stokes b Sam Curran 0Faf du Plessis lbw Chris Woakes 3Quinton de Kock b Mark Wood 76Temba Bavuma c Ben Stokes b Mark Wood 6Anrich Nortje c Joe Denly b Mark Wood 6Vernon Philander c Stuart Broad b Chris Woakes 4Dwaine Pretorius c Zak Crawley b Ben Stokes 37Beuran Hendricks Not Out 5Dane Paterson c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 4Extras 0b 0lb 0nb 0pen 1w 1Total (68.3 overs) 183 all outFall of Wickets : 1-29 Malan, 2-37 van der Dussen, 3-43 Elgar, 4-60 du Plessis, 5-74 Bavuma, 6-88 Nortje, 7-93 Philander, 8-172 Pretorius, 9-174 de Kock, 10-183 PatersonBowling : Stuart Broad 14 – 3 – 27 – 0, Sam Curran 12 – 4 – 25 – 1,Chris Woakes 17 – 7 – 38 – 2, Mark Wood 14.3 – 2 – 46 – 5,Ben Stokes 11 – 1 – 47 – 2 (1w).ENGLAND 2nd inningsZak Crawley c Quinton de Kock b Dwaine Pretorius 24Dominic Sibley c Pieter Malan b Beuran Hendricks 44Joe Denly b Dane Paterson 8Joe Root c Faf du Plessis b Beuran Hendricks 58Ben Stokes c Rassie van der Dussen b Beuran Hendricks 28Ollie Pope c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 11Jos Buttler c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 8Sam Curran c Dane Paterson b Beuran Hendricks 35Chris Woakes c Quinton de Kock b Beuran Hendricks 0Mark Wood b Dwaine Pretorius 18Stuart Broad Not Out 1Extras 4b 8lb 0nb 0pen 1w 13Total (61.3 overs) 248 all outFall of Wickets : 1-56 Crawley, 2-75 Denly, 3-92 Sibley, 4-136 Stokes, 5-150 Pope, 6-160 Buttler, 7-206 Curran, 8-206 Woakes, 9-240 Wood, 10-248 RootBowling: Vernon Philander 1.3 – 1 – 1 – 0, Anrich Nortje 11 – 1 – 61 – 2,Dane Paterson 13.3 – 5 – 18 – 1, Beuran Hendricks 15.3 – 2 – 64 – 5,Dwaine Pretorius 18 – 2 – 87 – 2 (1w).last_img read more

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Angels’ woes continue against Rays with 8-3 loss

first_imgBy then Tampa Bay had already forced Scioscia to tap into his bullpen.Tropeano allowed a solo home run to Upland High product Daniel Robertson in the second inning of a scoreless game. In the third inning, Tropeano pitched to four batters after recording the second out. Ramos homered, and the next three batters singled. The Angels trailed 4-0 and Noe Ramirez was forced to put out the fire.Tropeano allowed six hits, walked three batters and was charged with four runs, all earned. His earned-run average swelled from 3.64 to 4.45.Ramirez didn’t allow a run in the fourth inning, passing the torch to Cam Bedrosian to begin the fifth. Ramos greeted Bedrosian with a home run, his second of the game. A walk and two singles later, Bedrosian was headed for the showers and the Rays led 6-0.The Angels answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Both came on a single by Andrelton Simmons, who batted second for the first time on a day off for Ian Kinsler.Up 6-2, Tampa Bay used a squeeze bunt to score another run in the seventh inning. Trout’s home run in the eighth inning made it 7-3, but Field knocked in a run against Eduardo Paredes in the ninth inning to provide the final score.The Rays were planning to throw a bullpen game on Saturday, beginning with veteran relief pitcher Sergio Romo. They probably needed a long outing from Snell and they got one. The left-hander allowed two runs in 6-2/3 innings, while Chaz Roe and Jonny Venters recorded the final seven outs.The Angels were not planning to throw a bullpen game Friday, and Scioscia didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing up a relief pitcher from the minor leagues to bolster their coverage.Andrew Heaney will start Saturday. He was the last Angels pitcher to win a game, and he needed a brilliant eight-inning, one-run effort to beat Houston. The left-hander said it was probably the best start of his career.The Angels would have needed a similarly sterling start from Tropeano to win Friday. Outfielder Justin Upton, who was still nursing a sore left hand after being hit by a pitch Thursday, joined Kinsler on the bench. The Angels batted 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.Hermosillo followed his historic first hit with three strikeouts, finishing 1 for 4. What did he think of big league pitching?“Oh man,” Hermosillo said, leaning back in a chair at his locker. “Obviously, definitely, impressive. But I’m here to compete against them, so I’ll try to do my best.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) gives autographs prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doubles in the second inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: A wild pitch by Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays allows Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to take third as he beats the throw to Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, talks with Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle as he stands on second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, talks with Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle as he stands on second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field looks at his glove after catching a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Michael Hermosillo makes a catch on a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Michael Hermosillo #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch in foul territory off a ball hit by C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays on the first inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doubles in the fifth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano #35 gets a pat from Martin Maldonado #12 as he is pulled from the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a double as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he hits a double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson gestures before scoring after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Wilson Ramos, right, is congratulated by Daniel Robertson after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson is congratulated after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Joey Wendle, left, is tagged out at second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Zack Cozart while trying to stretch a single into a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, swings and misses during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A fan holds up a sign for Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, as he comes up to bat during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) gives autographs prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 34The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — Martin Maldonado sat next to a portable plastic basketball hoop with an undersized rim, counting.Mike Trout kept shooting a small rubber basketball, and he kept missing – one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. According to the ad hoc rules of clubhouse basketball, Trout had one shot left. He sank it, ending the pregame tomfoolery version of a long national nightmare.Back on the main stage, the Angels lost 8-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Trout extended the longest hitless streak of his career to 21 at-bats before hitting a solo home run in his final at-bat of the game.Trout also leaped in pursuit of a Wilson Ramos home run in the third inning, only to watch the ball glance off the webbing of his glove, off the top of the center-field wall, and into a green thicket for a home run. Another shot taken, another missed. “I’m not sure if it was the farthest ball I’ve hit, but I guess that kind of proves that I am improving all aspects of my hitting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.In BP, he added, “I try to hit a home run every pitch, whether it’s right, center or left field – all fields.”Later, in his first plate appearance, Ohtani doubled against Snell to begin the second inning. But he was stranded at third base when Rays right fielder Johnny Field dove to catch a sinking line drive, ending the inning. Michael Hermosillo began the third inning by pounding a double to left field in his first major league at-bat. The rookie outfielder drew a round of applause from the announced crowd of 40,067, which he figured included at least a dozen friends or family. But Hermosillo was stranded at second base when Trout watched a two-strike fastball whiz over the inside corner of Manny Gonzalez’s strike zone, ending the inning.center_img Between a lineup that mustered only six hits against Blake Snell and two relievers, and a disastrous 2-2/3-inning start by Nick Tropeano, the Angels did not have the threads to piece together a win.Their fourth straight loss left the Angels with a 25-20 record, 3-1/2 games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West. The Angels were in a virtual tie for first after beating the Astros on Monday. Now they’re in third place, a half-game behind the Seattle Mariners.“I think there’s a lot of things happening right now,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve faced some good arms, but these guys are talented enough we should be able to do a little bit better than we’ve been doing these last 10 days. And they know that.”Friday’s disjointed effort included brief glimpses of greatness.During batting practice, Shohei Ohtani hit a baseball against the right-field scoreboard, whose base sits approximately 500 feet from home plate. The Angels had never attempted to calculate the distance from home plate to the facade of the 49-foot tall display because no player had ever hit a baseball against it. An official distance is expected Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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