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Two Arrested from Oil-Spill Cleanup Ship in Greece

first_imgThe captain and 1st engineer of a vessel involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in Greece have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, Greek Merchant Ministry said.Namely, the Lassea vessel has been contracted to help clean the oil that spilled following the sinking of the oil tanker Agia Zoni II off the Port of Piraeus on September 10. The vessel had 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil on board.The duo was arrested after significant quantities of fuel were found and seized from the vessel without proper documentation.The Piraeus Port Authority, which is in charge of the preliminary investigation, seized the vessel while the arrested are to be brought before the Prosecutor of Piraeus, the ministry said.The oil spill recovery efforts have been vehemently criticized as inadequate and delayed, with opposition parties asking for a resignation from the country’s Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.The minister refuted the allegations, saying that immediate mobilization of relevant assets was made to curb the spill.With regard to safety threats posed by the 1972-built Agia Zoni II, the minister said that the ship, according to the owner, passed all security checks before the incident.It is estimated that the oil recovery efforts might last for another month.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

For new Angels coach Keith Johnson, surprise call-up was a major role reversal

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter For Johnson, it was his second assignment to the Angels’ major league staff. He became the team’s player information coach in the wake of Jerry Dipoto’s resignation midway through the 2015 season. Johnson began that year as a roving infield instructor.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.With the exception of 2015, Johnson had been the manager at Triple-A Salt Lake every season since 2011. Johnson knew his last major league assignment was temporary.“This time has a pretty good feel to it,” he said. “Half my team’s up here. A lot of guys, it’s their first major league call-up, where in the past we had a club full of minor league free agents, up and down and whatnot. Definitely has a different feeling to it.”The elephant in the room, of course, is what the switcheroo means for Chavez and Johnson beyond this season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has spent part of the last three days downplaying reports that he plans to retire once his contract expires at the end of this season.Chavez has been rumored as a potential successor, along with special assistant Brad Ausmus and bench coach Josh Paul. Perhaps now the Angels can also take a closer look at Johnson, 47, the epitome of an “organizational soldier” since his first coaching assignment in 2004. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Keith Johnson looked at his phone. Billy Eppler was calling. Johnson, the manager of the Angels’ top farm team in Salt Lake, knew that could only mean one thing: someone was getting called up to the majors.Johnson wasn’t wrong.“Little did I know it was going to be me this time,” he said. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”On Sunday, the Angels made a surprising switch by adding Johnson to their major-league staff and replacing him with Eric Chavez, an assistant to Eppler. It was the first long-term managerial assignment for Chavez. That year, Johnson was the hitting coach of the Angels’ affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League. The team featured a 17-year-old Martin Maldonado at catcher and future Angels reliever Jose Arredondo at shortstop. A 20-year-old Howie Kendrick passed through. Led by Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis and Ervin Santana, the Angels’ system was ranked third overall by Baseball America at the time.After moving up twice as a minor league hitting coach, Johnson took his first managerial assignment in 2008 with Class-A Cedar Rapids. He has witnessed an entire franchise’s talent pool rise, shrink, then rise again since his last season as a player in Salt Lake in 2003.“Down there it’s not necessarily about wins and losses,” Johnson said, “but when guys come up here and you see them, all the work that you put in to see them flourish and show up here, it’s just a great feeling.”While minor-league managing is no longer the prerequisite it once was, Johnson’s ease working with young players and his reputation as a player-friendly mentor fit the mold of a modern field general.When rookie catcher Jose Briceño snuffed out a double-steal attempt by the Seattle Mariners in July, Scioscia was quick to credit Johnson and his staff for reinforcing those details long before Briceño arrived in the big leagues.“When you’re the manager in Triple-A, a hitting coach or pitching coach, you’re an extension of the major league staff,” Scioscia said.For Johnson, that feels more real than ever.JEREZ UP, TROPEANO LANDS ON DLLeft-handed reliever Williams Jerez got his first major league call-up, and right-hander Nick Tropeano was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.For Tropeano, it’s his second trip to the DL for the injury this season. He allowed one run over five innings Monday before leaving the game, having thrown just 62 pitches.Jerez was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 30 along with right-hander Ty Buttrey in the Ian Kinsler trade. In 36 Triple-A games this year (34 with Pawtucket and two with Salt Lake) he was 2-1 with six saves, a 4.62 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 54-2/3 innings.Jerez will become the 30th different pitcher the Angels have used in 2018. The club record is 31, set in 2014 and 2017.OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will begin throwing off a mound on Saturday, Scioscia said.The decision was announced one day after the Angels’ pitcher/designated hitter made his first dry throws off a mound since receiving a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection in June. Ohtani continues making progress in his long-toss program as well.Though Ohtani will throw to a catcher in a crouch, Scioscia said his bullpen session “will not be full gorilla.”ALSOPitcher Matt Shoemaker will throw another bullpen on Wednesday, his second this week. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April. … In his first minor league rehab game with Class-A Inland Empire, Rene Rivera served as the 66ers’ designated hitter and singled in his first at-bat. He also grounded into a couple outs and struck out. Scioscia said that Rivera’s rehab stint is expected to last seven or eight days. … Four Angels were included on Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 prospects list: Double-A outfielder Jo Adell (11), Triple-A pitcher Griffin Canning (48), Class-A outfielder Brandon Marsh (89) and Triple-A pitcher Jose Suarez (90).ON DECKAngels (RHP Jaime Barria, 6-7, 3.84 ERA) vs. Tigers (LHP Blaine Hardy, 4-3, 3.25 ERA), Wednesday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ nightmarish season culminates with 122-99 loss to Sacramento

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers just felt a brutal knockout punch, punctuating the end to a nightmarish 2014-15 season that will not become forgiving in the history books.The Lakers officially became the worst team in the franchise’s otherwise rich 67-year history, a 122-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center concluding a year that seemed as uncomfortable as the lineup they produced in their season finale. The Lakers (21-61) finished with a .256 winning percentage, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis team that won only 26.4 percent of its games, with barely recognizable names. Vander Blue, who posted 15 points on only 6-of-23 shooting, joined the team only two days ago after playing with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. But he started at point guard. Jabari Brown, whose career-high 32 points came on a 9-of-19 clip, signed with the Lakers last month after also starring with the D-Fenders. But he started at shooting guard. It seemed fitting Brown and Blue started with the purple and gold amid sprained left ankles to rookie Jordan Clarkson and swingman Wesley Johnson. It concluded a season in which the Lakers’ players missed an NBA record 339 games due to injuries. That partly explains why Scott downplayed coaching the worst team of Lakers history after once winning three NBA championships as a player during the Showtime Era. “It obviously doesn’t sit with me well,” Scott said. “I don’t like the sound of it. But it makes for a very remarkable story when we turn this around as well.”How do the Lakers turn it around?The first part might start with staying healthy. The Lakers’ 2014-15 season started with veteran guard Steve Nash having a season-ending back injury during training camp. It continued with rookie Julius Randle breaking his right leg in the season opener and Kobe Bryant tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder after 35 games. center_img Plenty of players sat on the team bench dressed as if they belonged in a board meeting, including Randle (right leg), Wayne Ellington (right shoulder), Nick Young (left knee), Jeremy Lin (left knee) and Ronnie Price (right elbow). Nash has since announced his retirement. Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon) and Dwight Buycks (fractured right hand) are no longer under contract. Bryant was presumably in the trainer’s room receiving treatment. “I’m smiling and shaking my head and just going, ‘Wow,’ Scott said. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it.”The Lakers do not consider Clarkson’s injury serious and Scott suggested he could have appeared in a playoff game. But the Lakers erred cautiously because of Clarkson’s limitations with his lateral movement. That left the Lakers with an eight-man rotation featuring three frontcourt players off the bench (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre). The Lakers also lacked any players with past point guard experience. But Scott offered a clear solution on how Blue and Brown would handle that position.“Whoever gets the ball,” Scott said. “Whoever gets it on the rebound or on the outlet, they’re going to be point guard.”To minimize foul trouble, Scott urged Blue and Brown to play cautiously while the Lakers played mostly zone defense. That helped the Lakers avoid duplicating an awkward win last season in Cleveland. Sacre stayed on the floor after collecting six fouls because the Lakers had too many injured players. “As a young guy, we want the minutes. Even though we get tired like the older guys, we relish these opportunities,” Brown said. “Not all rookies are getting to play 30 to 40 minutes.”Yet , that wasn’t enough, leading Scott to question his team’s effort yet again.“My biggest thing after the game going in there with our coaches that you’re only as good as your last game,” Scott said. “That’s what we used to tell ourselves as players. If those guys had that same thought, it wasn’t very good. IT doesn’t leave a very good impression, which is what I’m saying.”So how does the Lakers handle things moving forward?“I don’t know want to tell you,” Scott said. “I really don’t. I’m at the point right now where I will go home and decompress, get my thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow. I don’t want to put a damper on an already not very good night.”Scott said that feeling may not fade away until draft workouts in June, leading to what might mark a long offseason before the rebuilding actually begins. “We’re not proud of that,” Brown said. “It’s tough. But I feel like guys played hard. We weren’t laying down,” Brown said. “We got young pieces, good old vets and Kobe will be back. Byron is a great coach. He knows what hes doing.”But that wasn’t enough for the Lakers to avoid appearing in the record books for all the wrong reasons.“If we had everybody healthy, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Scott said. “Hopefully we got them all out the way this year and we’ll be healthy next year.”last_img read more