ANAHEIM – One year ago, Vladimir Guerrero lifted the Angels on his broad shoulders and almost single-handedly carried the team into the postseason. It earned the slugger the American League’s Most Valuable Player award and the reputation as a clutch performer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Chicago White Sox and their dominant pitching staff overwhelmed the Angels as a whole, but no Angel suffered more than Guerrero, who finished with just one infield hit in 20 ALCS at-bats. “My production was down,” Guerrero said through an interpreter. “I still feel like I saw the ball quite well and I’m very disappointed that at times we weren’t able to come up with a big hit.” Guerrero will never be confused with a patient hitter, but in this series his free-swinging ways resulted only in weak dribblers, rather than booming line drives. Only twice in his 20 at-bats did he even get the ball out of the infield. “It’s tough, and I’m sure for Vladdy it’s tough,” said Angels general manager Bill Stoneman. “We’re counting on our better players to play very well.” Said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen: “We stick with the scouting report and my guys went out and pitched excellent.” There will be no awards this year, and his reputation will require a bit of a repair job. In this season’s American League Championship Series, on the biggest stage of the 29-year-old’s career, Guerrero could not even carry his own weight. His prodigious swing was still present, but the ensuing blasts from his bat were nowhere to be found. Sunday’s Game 5 performance typified the struggles Guerrero faced in the series. In the first inning, with a runner on base, Guerrero hit a first-pitch, inning-ending pop-up to second base. In the third, with a runner on base, he grounded into an inning-ending fielder’s choice to shortstop. In both the fifth and eighth, he grounded out softly to second base. Final line: 0 for 4, three runners left on base, zero pitches hit with the authority the Angels have come to expect from their franchise player. “They did a good job with every one of our hitters,” Guerrero said. “Looking back, I do feel like maybe I tried to do too much with certain pitches because (their starters) were so good that I ended up swinging at a lot of their pitches.” Said Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher: “It just didn’t click for him this series. I know he’s more frustrated than anyone. You can see it on his face; he wanted it bad.” Guerrero didn’t exactly come into the ALCS, or the postseason as a whole, on any sort of hot streak. Against the New York Yankees in the Division Series, Guerrero went 6 for 18, with no extra base hits and no RBI. He also ended the regular season without much power, hitting just one home run in his final 42 at-bats. Guerrero was only 2 for 12 in last year’s playoffs, giving him a career postseason batting average of .113 (6 for 53). “I got to keep my head up,” Guerrero said. “It’s not the series I wanted to have but, you know what, I signed here because I think we have a chance to do this every year and I hope to have a better (postseason next year), not only individually but as a team so we can survive and go to the next round.” Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
South Korean automaker SsangYong is all set to introduce its new XLV concept at the upcoming 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, which is scheduled to be held in March.The XLV concept, a compact SUV measures 4,430mm in length, 1845mm in width, 1,600mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,600mm. Udner the hood, the car packs 1.6-litre diesel engine with an electric motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery and the SUV concept is arranged in an innovative 2+2+2+1 arrangement.The car will flaunt SsangYong’s new design philosophy ‘Nature born 3 motion’, which projects ‘rhythmical and dynamic exterior design and is aimed at the smart user who is active and seeks individuality and practicality’.”The XLV is a multi-role B-segment SUV concept, featuring significantly lower CO2 emissions thanks to its mild hybrid system which combines a 1.6 litre diesel engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery,” the company said in a press release.American automotive company Ford’s EcoSport has been a huge success across the globe. In India; the EcoSport received overwhelming response since its launch.Under the hood, EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.5L petrol engine is expected to give 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque. It will come in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual transmission model claims to give a mileage of 15.8 kmpl, while the automatic model is expects to deliver 15.6 kmpl. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine churns out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to Italy to join the upcoming meeting of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD president Gilbert F Houngbo.The prime minister will present the keynote paper at the meeting on 13 February, reports news agency UNB.Sheikh Hasina and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:05 am by an Emirates flight.Finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali are accompanying the prime minister.Hasina will reach Fiumicino Airport, Rome around 6:45 pm (local time) via Dubai. She will be taken to Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome where she will be staying during her visit.On Monday morning, the prime minister will go to the Vatican City where she will be given audience by Pope Francis after guard of honour there.She will also have a meeting with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and visit Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.In the evening, Hasina will join dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh ambassador in Rome.On 13 February, the prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the Governing Council of IFAD and deliver her keynote paper.Later, she will attend lunch to be hosted by IFAD president in honour of keynote speakers.In the evening, she will join a community reception arranged by the local unit of Awami League.The theme of this year’s IFAD council is ‘From fragility to long-term resilience: Investing in sustainable rural economies.’The governing Council of IFAD is the Fund’s principal governing body having full decision-making powers.It consists of all of IFAD’s member states and meets annually. It is attended by the official Member State representatives. Observers are also invited to attend sessions.IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh.The Prime Minister will leave Rome on the afternoon of 14 February and reach Dhaka on 15 February morning.
Illustration by Anthony Truong-NguyenYour Vote For Governor?Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are far ahead of their Republican primary opponents in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, but the Democrats running for those two high offices face more difficult paths to their party’s nomination.Two other statewide Republican incumbents — Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — have the support of a majority of likely primary voters, but with a caveat. When those voters had the option of saying they weren’t ready to make a choice, 44 percent listed no preference in the land race and 60 percent said the same in the agriculture race.With high numbers of undecided voters, Bush led his primary with 36 percent of the vote, and Miller led his with 27 percent. Only when they were asked how they’d vote if they had to make a choice now did the majorities appear for the incumbents.Bush got 57 percent. His predecessor at the General Land Office, Jerry Patterson, got 31 percent. The other two Republican candidates — Davey Edwards and Rick Range — each got 6 percent. “There’s not a lot of sign of hesitation here,” said Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-directs the poll. “It’s not like many Republicans are keeping their powder dry when it comes to the Abbott, Cruz and Patrick races.”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is eclipsing four opponents in his GOP primary race, with the support of 91 percent of those polled. And U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running well ahead of two opponents in the Democratic primary, with 73 percent of likely primary voters saying they would vote for him in an election held today.The Democratic primary for governor is a muddle, with two clear frontrunners and no candidate close to enough votes to win without a runoff. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez had the support of 43 percent of likely primary voters responding to the poll, while Andrew White of Houston had 24 percent. If no candidate gets a majority, the top two finishers will go to a May runoff. Grady Yarbrough and Tom Wakely each got 7 percent in that primary poll, Adrian Ocegueda and Jeffrey Payne got 5 percent, and Cedric Davis Sr., Joe Mumbach and James Jolly Clark each got 4 percent or less.The Democratic race for lieutenant governor won’t end in a runoff — there are only two candidates. But their names are similar — Mike Collier and Michael Cooper — and their numbers are close. Collier, whose name was on the statewide ballot four years ago when he ran for comptroller, got 55 percent in the latest UT/TT Poll. Cooper got 45 percent.“You have two lieutenant governor candidates whose names are very similar to one another, who have received very little public attention and who are not very well known,” Henson said.Like some of the statewide Republicans, Democrats face some soft support. In the governor’s race, 66 percent initially said they had not decided how they would vote in this year’s primary. In that round, Valdez had the support of 18 percent and White had 11 percent. In the race for lieutenant governor, 64 percent hadn’t made their final choices; Collier led Cooper 27 percent to 9 percent.“On the Democratic side, this is a pretty unformed primary,” Henson said. “Democratic candidates are still finding it difficult to operate in a vacuum of public attention. When 66 percent of Democrats don’t have an opinion in their top-of-the-ticket race, you’re not reaching your voters.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 612 Republican and 453 Democratic primary voters was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.96 percentage points for Republican trial ballots and +/-4.60 percentage points for Democratic trial ballots. Primary voters were identified based on their participation in a Texas primary election in 2012, 2014, or 2016. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Share “I don’t think people know anything about [Bush] but the name,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin.In the Democratic primary for that office, Miguel Suazo got 68 percent of the support from likely primary voters, while Tex Morgan trailed with 32 percent. Those two candidates are unfamiliar enough that 56 percent of voters, given the chance, said they haven’t yet made a choice in that contest.In his race, Miller had the support of 54 percent of voters asked whom they would choose now, followed by challengers Trey Blocker, with 26 percent, and Jim Hogan, with 20 percent.Shaw said the Republican races for land and agriculture could both end up in May runoffs — often a sign of trouble for an incumbent officeholder. “I’m dubious of anybody — an incumbent — who’s not over 60 percent at this point,” he said. “If you’re not committed to an incumbent by now, are you going to commit to them?”Republicans higher on the ballot have fewer things to worry about.Abbott has two relatively unknown opponents, and it shows in his numbers: 95 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would support the governor in an election held now. Patrick, who faces Scott Milder in the GOP primary, has the support of 88 percent of those voters. In each case, the top two state officeholders are well known enough to lower the number of undecided voters to 15 percent in Abbott’s case and 19 percent in Patrick’s.