Calls for changes to sort fixture log jam

first_imgPlayers currently are playing in multiple competitions in schools or colleges along with minor and under 21 club competitions after an already packed season to date.Due to a huge volume of games at all levels the Minor and Under 21 competitions have to wait until the winter months to take centre stage. Tipp County Vice Chair John Devane feels the current situation isn’t ideallast_img

Is Angels prospect Jo Adell making progress in spring training?

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — About halfway through the exhibition schedule, top prospect Jo Adell has shown both his promise and the need to clean up a few parts of his game.Adell, 20, is hitting .318 (7 for 22) in big league exhibitions with the Angels.“He’s been on time with his swing,” Manager Joe Maddon said Monday. “He’s catching up to heavy velocity right now. He uses the (opposite field) gap well. You know, there’s a couple little technique things in the outfield, which I’ve already talked to (outfield coach Jesus) Feliciano about that and I think he’s gonna get better.”Offensively, Adell has had trouble making contact, striking out 11 times already. He has not drawn a walk. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield VERSATILE FLETCHERDavid Fletcher was scheduled to finish Monday’s game in center field, which he said would be the first time he’d played center field in a game at any level. The Angels had expanded his role to include the corner outfield spots a couple of years ago.“He’s a great athlete,” Maddon said. “I think he can do anything. I think he could catch. … I think if you give him a challenge, he’ll figure it out.”Related Articles ALSOOutfielder Brandon Marsh took live batting practice on Monday morning. Marsh, who has been out for a couple weeks with a sore non-throwing elbow, could get into an exhibition game later this week. …Relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian is going to be sidelined for a few days with back stiffness. Bedrosian is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and pitch in a game on Friday. …The Angels are expected to start making their first cuts of the spring on Tuesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “He’s 20,” Maddon said. “He’s probably going to cut down on that as he gets more experience. … If Jo’s strikeouts to walks are disproportionate, it’s probably because he might be chasing a little bit more than anything. That’s not technique, in a sense, but that is a mental approach that might need to be clarified. And that happens from time to time. Everybody wants these guys in the big leagues right now. Sometimes you have to earn it. Always you should have to earn it.”Adell came into a camp with an outside shot of making the Opening Day roster. Adell spent just about a month at Triple-A at the end of last season, so it was likely that he’d open this season at Triple-A and be up in the majors later in the season.CUTTING FOR A CAUSEMaddon hosted “Balding All Angels” before Monday’s game. Maddon, several coaches and players and General Manager Billy Eppler had their heads shaved in a show of support for the cause. The event benefited Miller Children’s and Woman’s Hospital in Long Beach.Maddon has hosted similar events, although with different names, each spring since 2012, as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. His charitable foundation, Respect 90, has raised about $350,000 since its inception.Among the coaching staff, bench coach Mike Gallego, pitching coach Mickey Callaway, catching coach Jose Molina, bullpen coach Matt Wise and special assistant Marcel Lachemann had their heads shaved. Players Cam Bedrosian, Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher, Luke Bard, Parker Markel and Mike Mayers participated. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

LeapFrog patent suit against Mattel fails

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Toy maker Mattel Inc. on Friday said a federal court in Delaware dismissed a patent lawsuit brought against the company and its Fisher-Price subsidiary by rival LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. The lawsuit was originally filed by LeapFrog in October 2003 and revolved around Fisher-Price’s PowerTouch toy, which is an interactive book that helps children learn reading and other skills. On Thursday, a U.S. District judge found that El Segundo-based Mattel and Fisher-Price did not infringe on the LeapFrog patent. In response to the decision, Neil Friedman, president of Mattel Brands, said in a statement, “As a company that invests significantly in the development of innovative products and intellectual property, we respect the intellectual property rights of others and conduct our business with the utmost integrity.” Tom Kalinske, chief executive of Emeryville, Calif.-based Leapfrog, responded: “Technology-based patent litigation is very complex and challenging. Nonetheless, we will continue to defend our intellectual property rights in the future.”last_img read more