The Wright View | Reality check for administrators

first_imgThe administrators of sports in Jamaica seem to have a problem with any member of their organisation speaking out about any perceived problem. Whenever there is a report of a ‘problem’ the administrators complain bitterly about “a process” whereby complaints can be resolved internally. They are eerily silent when it is revealed that the ‘problem’ had been previously discussed ad nauseam internally, without any tangible move being made to resolve the problem. So, frustrated, an interview is given, a document leaked, and then wholescale wringing of the hands, as the offending individual is disciplined/sanctioned. Oh dear! What can the matter be? The answer seems to lie in the sense of entitlement that comes with the elevation of these men and women to positions of power. Every acceptance speech by an administrator who has sought the position, and won, speaks glibly about ‘communication’ with players, officials, and fans. Yet, whenever ‘problems’ surface, the frustrated complainer, being human, fails to follow point by point ‘the process’ and out he/she goes, while the ‘problem’ remains and festers. Winning in any sport tends to allow ‘problems’ to be ignored or papered over, but when the team begins losing over and over again, and the fingers of the fans begin pointing, searching for the person(s) responsible for the poor run of results, this is where our administrators hunker down, dropping players, firing coaches, daring any member of the losing team to go public. Whatever happened to the administrator who spoke at his/her inauguration? Power – power that has unmasked a character flaw which is much too painful to admit. I do believe that the four most popular sports in Jamaica are Horse racing, football, track and field and netball. We lead the world in track and field not because we have good administrators, but because we have world-class athletes. I fear the post-Bolt era of track and field because that is when the ‘problems’ cannot be papered over or ignored, and if not corrected, no longer will be comfortable with the moniker ‘sprint capital’ of the world. In football, persistent and financially embarrassing losses have caused the leader of our nation’s football to finally come to the realisation that the future of local football lies in the development of LOCAL talent. RELENTLESS FALL DOWN In netball, a relentless fall down the world ranking has finally caused the administrator of that sport to look in the direction of LOCAL coaches to guide our world-class talent to the pinnacle of world netball. Hopefully, soon, gender bias will also go the way of dependency on foreign coaches, bringing the results that the fans crave. In cricket, the Trump-like thin-skinned qualities of the leadership – who insist on foreign leadership that is obviously alienating any player whose self-belief made him a world-rated player – is not helping the team. Tony Becca, in his column on Sunday, pointed out the dual roles of President Dave Cameron and technical director of cricket Richard Pybus. Tony is so right when he articulates a question that has been dogging West Indian fans as star after star is ushered from representing us, the people of the region. “How can a non-West Indian stop a West Indian player from representing the West Indies, regardless of the circumstances.” Maybe that question is what led Mr Cameron to agree to do that interview on SportsMax, falsely hoping to give the impression that there is some West Indian input into what is going on with our stars. I do hope that the refusal of Jamaican James Adams to renew his English coaching contract means that he is considering coming back home to rescue West Indian cricket. What a wonderful director of West Indian cricket he would be!last_img read more

Knicks agree to deal with Fizdale to be new coach

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The former Memphis Grizzlies coach will replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired last month after two seasons.The Knicks then conducted a lengthy search before agreeing Thursday to a deal in principle with Fizdale, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not officially announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownESPN first reported the agreement with Fizdale.Fizdale led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season before being fired early last season following a clash with star center Marc Gasol. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hornacek went 60-104 and the Knicks fired him at the airport upon returning from Cleveland after their season finale. Team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry said at the time they wanted someone who could better communicate with today’s NBA players and said they were searching for someone who would mold the team over the next three to five years.That seemed to be the situation that was developing in Memphis, where he opened up the offense of what had long been a defensive-minded team in his first season. He then endeared himself to the city during a fiery rant after a playoff loss to San Antonio, when he was fined $30,000 for a tirade against the officials during which he said “Take that for data!” and “They’re not going to rook us!” — quotes that both ended up on T-shirts.But it abruptly ended last November when the Grizzlies fell to 7-12 after a loss in which Gasol remained on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Fizdale was fired the next day, though the Grizzlies said it was because of the team’s overall performance, not the specific incident with Gasol.Fizdale was previously an assistant in Golden State and Atlanta before moving on to Miami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dedication to UP key to another title romp for Maroon Booters Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE- In this March 11, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale calls to players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Memphis, Tenn. A person with knowledge of the details said Thursday, May 3, 2018, that the New York Knicks have agreed to hire Fizdale as their new coach. The former Grizzlies coach will replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired last month after two seasons. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)NEW YORK — David Fizdale is coming back to coaching as the latest pick of the New York Knicks to turn around their franchise.The Knicks agreed to hire Fizdale on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the details said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident That did little to diminish the respect of Fizdale, who had been an assistant to Erik Spoelstra in Miami when the Heat won two NBA championships and developed strong relationships with superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.The Knicks will hope he will have the same effect on their young team, which has missed the playoffs the past five seasons and could struggle again next season while All-Star Kristaps Porzingis recovers from a torn knee ligament.Fizdale went 43-39 and led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his lone full season in Memphis. He lasted just 19 games into the following season, when Gasol publicly objected to being left on the bench in the fourth quarter of a game.Fizdale then did some work in TV and was mentioned as a candidate for nearly every job that became available this offseason,He ends up becoming the 11th Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Training for station sergeants, subordinate officers opens

first_imgA section of the gathering at the launching of the training programmeThe Guyana Police Force Monday embarked upon a training programme for the development of Station Sergeants and newly promoted subordinate officers.These core courses are pertinent to the Guyana Police Force Paul Williams, Assistant commissioner in charge of administration said at the opening ceremony held at Officers’ Training Centre Monday.Williams explained that the programme includes Project and Strategic Management and will aid in the review of the Human and other resources available to them in an effort to bring about maximum gain. “We find that these are important at this time although the Force is doing well; ranks need to be equip with requisite knowledge and skills and it is our duty to serve this nation and we will do so to the highest standard,” Williams said. He added that the training aims at promoting capacity building and sustenance of professionalism.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James, in his feature address charged the ranks to execute their daily routines with commitment and professionalism.He pointed out that domestic security has improved and expressed thanks to the United Kingdom and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Government of Guyana for the newly introduced Strategic Plan 2019-2021 which will be reviewed annually. The Strategic plan has a monitoring and evaluation aspect and oversight will be done fortnightly by commanders and other group members on performance of ranks. He also highlighted that there will be quarterly reporting on progress being made in this regard.Commissioner James urged ranks to be confident and well informed when executing their duties. “If you’re timid, you’re in the wrong job”. “You cannot be a timid soul and doing police work. It just can’t happen,” he said.He cautioned the station managers that the Force’s administration would be taking serious actions against them for failure to comply with Standard Operating Procedures and Standing Orders. He also emphasised the need for caution when entering records in the station diary or the occurrence, saying that such documentary evidence could “have far-reaching implications” such as far as the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s final court of appeal.James pointed out the Police force’s administration would not treat lightly matters such as inaction, false imprisonment of person, and no entries.Commission James highlighted that the force is a more reformed one which will soon see the introduction of body cams other modernized crime fighting techniques being used. James stressed the need for the law enforcement agents to strive for knowledge and self-improvement by furthering their studies at tertiary institutions and making themselves more effective in executing duties. He added that this will foster better community and other stakeholders’ relationship.James added that he has instructed Office of Professional responsibility to visit divisions and engage ranks on issues of concern. This he said will aid in better relation among members of the force.last_img read more

City tax ratios to stay put

first_imgAnd so, for more on what council decides today, tune in to Moose FM news on Wednesday, or keep an eye on At City Hall on Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole Meeting unanimously decided to consider leaving Fort St. John’s 2009 tax ratios the same as last year’s. Independent review commissioner Dr. Stanley Hamilton had encouraged council to raise residential taxes, in order to take the burden off local businesses. But, council decided to ignore that advice, and keep tax rates the same. Councilor Christensen was the first to motion the option… [asset|aid=1217|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2467239a9f500c1decf4e2ee419b914f-Christensen-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -However, once the councilors voted for the option, there was some slight confusion regarding Option Two, which was the proposal to assimilate the Parcel Tax. This option would see the parcel tax incorporated into the regular tax rates, meaning it would be proportional to property values, rather than a flat fee. Councilors Irwin and Ackerman wanted further clarification on the motion, and it was then discussed if it was possible to adopt a recommendation for Option Two as well. But, Mayor Bruce Lantz eventually said Council should wait to discuss the options at the regular council meeting, which is now underway. [asset|aid=1218|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2467239a9f500c1decf4e2ee419b914f-LantzsAuthority_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Turple backstops Real McCoys to victory over South East

first_imgMidway through the third period, Rob DeCiantis gave the Real McCoys an insurance marker, and the game would end 3-1 in Dundas’ favour.  The Prairie Thunder finally got on the board in the third period, when Tim Krymusa banged a second rebound past Dan Turple, to get South East within one.  But, the Krymusa goal would be the only chink in the armour in an otherwise splendid performace from Dan Turple, who stopped 43 of 44 shots in the Dundas net.  By Jon Zacks The Dundas Real McCoys got over their bus legs quickly, as they stmyied the South East attack, and beat the Prairie Thunder 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon.- Advertisement – After a scoreless first period, the Real McCoys opened the scoring when Mike Kennedy jammed home a centring pass from Shawn Shewchuk.  It was a powerplay goal, on a man-advantage drawn by Shewchuk, who gutted-out a recurring knee injury to contribute to Dundas’ top line all game long.  Later in the second, Ryan Healy doubled the Dundas lead, when he fired a snap-shot through Justin Harris’ legs.center_img Goaltender Dan Turple was named player of the game for the Real McCoys, and admitted he was a little nervous before the game.   “I felt great – a little nervous early on, but they gave me some shots I could stop early, and I just got in a rhythm.”  Turple made several outstanding saves, had excellent rebound control all game, and was a big part of the Real McCoys penatly kill, which successfully killed all eight South East powerplays.Advertisement The Real McCoys will return to the ice on Wednesday, when they take on the (0-1) Powell River Regals.  The South East Prairie Thunder finish the round robin at 1-1, and will await the results of the remaining games to see who they play in the elimination round.last_img read more

North Peace Community Choir heads to New York City

first_imgHaving raised more than 80 per cent of a $50,000 fund raising goal, over 50 members of the North Peace Community Choir are leaving this city this week, — for New York City.They’re now less than a week away from taking part in a Carnegie Hall performance of Handel’s Messiah — first performed in Dublin, Ireland on April 13 of 1742, nearly a year before its much anticipated premiere in London, which had become the home city of the German born composer.This Sunday’s performance at the venerable concert venue in Midtown Manhattan will feature fifteen choirs from five different continents and at last report the local group had received monetary, and donations in kind, from close to one hundred corporate, business, and individual sponsors.- Advertisement -So all that’s left to do now is wish them well, and send them off with a couple of the Big Apple’s most recognizable entertainers of all time.last_img read more

Throne Speech criticized over budget concerns, unmentioned topics

first_imgHe noted the Liberal speech didn’t once mention farmers, ranchers, or agriculture, and pledged the Conservatives will strongly defend farm families.On the subject of spending taxpayer dollars, Mr. Zimmer said the Trudeau government is a month old, and the tally so far is six spending announcements totaling $2.8 billion — none to be spent in Canada.The government did get a qualified thumbs up for an initiative targeting the still unresolved Northern BC ‘Highway of Tears’ case, by pledging to move ahead with the first mandate steps for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women — leaving aboriginal leaders saying they’re hopeful the Grits can ‘close the gap’ in the quality of life between First Nations people and other Canadians. The new Trudeau government’s first throne speech sounded like a replay of its winning campaign leading up to victory in the October federal election, citing the same openness and diversity themes and promising a new spirit in Parliament.However, it did little to reveal how the Grits will achieve their objectives, and there was nothing which could be termed a major surprise, including a middle class tax break, which the Canadian Tax Payers Federation calls a speech positive.Federal Director Aaron Wudrick cautioned however, ‘a throne speech is not a budget and the devil will be in the details,’ adding, ‘it’s easy to make promises, but much harder to pay the bill for them.’- Advertisement -Paying the bills is viewed as the major speech negative by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, with Mr. Wudrick noting, “They’ve made a lot of big promises and the government will be hard pressed to find a way to pay for them all.”He also expressed concern about the government’s assertion that carbon pricing will go hand-in-hand with economic growth, noting, “We need look no further than the province of Ontario for a sobering lesson on the consequences of well-meaning but failed policies geared toward creating green jobs.”Meantime, in some weekend social media comments, Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies MP, Bob Zimmer, took the Grits to task not so much for what the speech said, but for what it didn’t say.Advertisementlast_img read more

Justice asks Internet firms to keep records

first_imgIn a speech in April, Gonzales said that investigations into child pornography had been hampered because Internet companies had not always kept records that would help prosecutors identify people who traded in illegal images. “The investigation and prosecution of child predators depends critically on the availability of evidence that is often in the hands of Internet service providers,” Gonzales said in remarks at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va. “This evidence will be available for us to use only if the providers retain the records for a reasonable amount of time,” he said.160Want 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. 2While initial proposals were vague, executives from companies that attended the meeting said they gathered that the department was interested in records that would allow them to identify which individuals visited certain Web sites and possibly conduct searches using certain terms. It also wants the Internet companies to retain records about whom their users exchange e-mail with, but not the contents of e-mail messages, the executives said. The executives spoke on the condition that they not be identified because they did not want to offend the Justice Department. The proposal and the initial meeting were first reported by CNet and USA Today. The department proposed that the records be retained for as long as two years. Most Internet companies discard such records after a few weeks or months. In its current proposal, the department appears to be trying to determine whether Internet companies will voluntarily agree to keep certain information or if it will need to seek legislation to require them to do so. The request comes as the government has been trying to extend its power to review electronic communications in several ways. The New York Times reported in December that the National Security Agency had gained access to phone and e-mail traffic with the cooperation of telecommunications companies, and USA Today reported last month that the agency had collected telephone calling records. The Justice Department has subpoenaed information on Internet search patterns – but not the searches of individuals – as it tries to defend a law meant to protect children from pornography. The Justice Department is asking Internet companies to keep records on the Web-surfing activities of their customers to aid law enforcement, and may propose legislation to force them to do so. The director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller III, and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales held a meeting in Washington last Friday where they offered a general proposal on record-keeping to a group of senior executives from Internet companies, said Brian Roehrkasse, a spokesman for the department. The meeting included representatives from America Online, Microsoft, Google, Verizon and Comcast. The attorney general has appointed a task force of department officials to explore the issue, and that group is holding another meeting with a broader group of Internet executives on Friday, Roehrkasse said. The department also met Thursday with a group of privacy experts. The Justice Department is not asking the Internet companies to give it data about users, but rather to retain information that could be subpoenaed through existing laws and procedures, Roehrkasse said. last_img read more


first_imgROSSES AC NEWS:Another great result for the Rosses and Gweedore athletes in the orange vests. The club picked up 2 Golds , 1 Sliver and 2 Bronze. A great show of strength, speed and talent by the club athletes and a word of thanks to all the parents who made the trip to support and also to the club JUMP coaches – Aidan and Derek Gillespie for their time and effort. Great performances and well done to all our athletes who competed. A word of thanks also to the parents who travelled and a nice reward for coaches Anne Green, Sean McGinley, Fergal McGee who also travelled.RESULTSU.12 Boys Shot PuttJordan Gallagher , Acres NS gave a good showing at his first throw event of the season with a Bronze medal. More good things to come from this young man.U.14 Girls Shot PuttEmilly Croke, Roshine NS showed her class yet again to take the Gold medal. Another one for the collection and it’s only February. U.14 Girls Long JumpLeah NicGhairbhigh , PSG added to her Day 1 medal with a PB 4.40m jump to take Silver. Onwards and upwards for this talented lady.Emma Brown , PSG also competed at long jump today for the very first time and gave an impressive jump of 3.69m. A decent jump to build on into the future. Watch this space!U.14 Boys High JumpPatrick Marry , RCS was on show for the second day at these Ulsters. With a jump of 1.35m he took home the Bronze medal. Keep up the good work.U.17 Girls TriplejumpFodhla McFadden, PSG added to her impressive Bronze at the All Ireland Juniors this season with a class display of jumping taking Gold with a 10.49m jump. Only a matter of time until the 11m mark is smashed by this young talented athlete.Super performances all round by all the Rosses & Gweedore athletes that took part in the Ulster Indoor Champ’s in Magherfelt . There was a total of 5 Individual Ulster medals with Two relay teams also taking the podium spots gaining a silver and bronze..Field Results: U12 Girls:Amber Gallagher took Gold in the U12 ShotMaeve Boyle picked up a bronze in the U12 Shot.Chloe McCole threw a good 3.68m, in a new event for her. U14 Boys:Patrick Marry showed fine early season form in the long jump as well as the sprint and set a marker for himself for the outdoor season.U17 Boys:Thomas Marry took Silver in the Shot.Track Results:U12 Girls:Aoife McGee taking silver in the 60m U12.U13 Girls:Amy Green ran a fantastic early season time of 2.14min in the 600m.U14 Girls:Leah McGarvey took 4th in the U14 60MU15 GirlsEmma Brown took bronze in the U15 60M.U15 Boys:Johnson Bangora was 5th in the U15 60MCianan Gallagher was 6th in the U15 60MJoe Sharkey ran a good 8.57sec in the U15 60m and had a good battle withKyle Doohan who ran 8.59sec.                                                                                       U16 Boys;John Boyle ran a good early season time in the U16 60MRelay Medals:U15 Boys Relay were 2nd. (Johnson Bangora, Cianan Gallagher, Kyle Doohan, Joe Sharkey) receiving silver.U15 Girls Relay were 3rd.( Emma Brown, Leah NicGhairbhigh, Emma Doherty, Shannon McCready)Reminder that registration is now due prices for 2016 are as follows adult 20,1st child 15 euro 2nd child 15 euro 3rd child 10 euro family 40 euro. Registration starts from the calender year ( january-December) and must be renewed each january.Sportshall continues in RCS gym , Dungloe .First group is from 5.45pm to 6.45 for athletes born 2006-2007-2008 with coaches Leanne Sharkey, Emer Mc Gee and Grace Garvie. second session is from 6.45pm-7.45pm for athletes born 2005 and older with coaches Louise Gillespie and Sean McGinley . fee is euro 2.Sporthall continues in gweedore mondays from 6pm-7pm with coaches Brendan Mc Bride Anne Harkin, Leah mc Geever ,fergal mc gee and  Noreen mc gee.Adult training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays in the estate Gweedore starting at 7pm meeting at Euroflex. All levels of athletes welcome.ATHLETICS: EMILY CROKE SHOWS HER CLASS AGAIN TO WIN U14 SHOT PUTT TITLE was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

Angels: No fuming over Paul ball

first_imgANAHEIM – It’s never over ’til it’s over, as the saying goes, and even then it isn’t necessarily over. The Angels found that out the hard way in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. What they thought was strike three, wasn’t strike three in the mind of umpire Doug Eddings. Even though Lackey is in only his third full major-league season, tonight’s game certainly won’t be his biggest. He was the first rookie in 93 years to become the winning pitcher in a Game 7, beating the Giants in 2002. “John Lackey’s evolution as a pitcher has been happening over the last three or four years,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think from pitching Game 7 in 2002 of the World Series and winning that game, his expectations were off the charts as far as what he thought he needed to do. He thought he had to go from winning that game to Cy Young Award winner next year or he wasn’t progressing the way he feels he should. “He’s a very confident pitcher. He’s had some bumps in the road. He’s made some great adjustments. This year, probably outside of his first handful of starts, he’s been arguably our best pitcher.” Lackey has been known as an emotional pitcher, and he still is. The difference now is he is better at channeling that emotion. He’s also learned how to pitch, relying heavily this season on his changeup, making his other pitches more effective. “I would just say experience,” Lackey said of his improvement. “I think more so understanding my pitches, understanding when to throw certain things and understanding game situations better. That’s what I think I’ve matured at the most, understanding that there could be one or two spots in a game that can mean a game, and you’ve really got to lock in and make pitches in those situations.” Lackey has done well against the White Sox this season, going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts. Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The inning the Angels thought was over wasn’t, and the White Sox cashed in on the controversial call to tie the best-of-seven series at one game each. While the Angels cried foul Wednesday, not a single member of the team or coaching staff went to the ballpark Thursday, preferring to rest and look ahead to Game 3 tonight at Angel Stadium instead of looking back. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While comparisons have been made to umpire Don Denkinger’s blown call at first base in the 1985 World Series, that took place in Game 6, giving the St. Louis Cardinals little time to recover. The Angels’ misfortune took place in Game 2, with most of the series still to be played. “It was a bad call, but it’s over,” said third-string catcher Josh Paul, who was thrust into the spotlight after playing in only 34 regular-season games. “We have to battle back.” The Angels are used to battling back in the playoffs. Their Game 1 win over the White Sox was their first Game 1 victory in any playoff series since they beat Boston in Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 7, 1986. Splitting in Chicago, while not under the circumstances they would have liked, leaves them in a good position with the next three games in Anaheim. And even though they are without ace Bartolo Colon, the Angels are comfortable handing the ace role – at least for this series – to John Lackey, tonight’s starter. Lackey was 14-5 with a 3.44 ERA and ranked third in the A.L. with 199 strikeouts. “Well, yeah, John is ready to take on a lead role of this team from a pitching standpoint,” Angels pitching coach Bud Black said. “He likes the responsibility that comes with being a starting pitcher. I see no (hesitation) with John when he has the ball, ever.” last_img read more