Ramsay proves worth after long dry spell with Azkals

first_imgMALE—From the edge of the penalty box, the Philippines’ Iain Ramsay controlled the ball excellently with his left foot and kept a level head as the goalkeeper reduced his angle for a shot at the near post.In one fluid motion, he emphatically sent the ball to the roof of the net, then poured out his emotion in celebration.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “First of all, Iain is a consummate professional,” said Cooper, whose squad finished the first round of matches in qualifying with seven points from a possible 12.“Anybody who is playing can display a good character. But players who have been in and out of the squad, those are the type of players who display character.” View comments LATEST STORIES “In football, nothing is every rosy, nothing is ever on a straight line,” Ramsay said after scoring the opener in the 52nd minute of the Azkals’ gutsy 2-1 win over the Maldives in World Cup Qualifying here.“There were some bumps along the way and it takes some resilience to survive. When I’m on the bench, I tried to stay positive as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThat Ramsay turned out to be the goal scorer when the Azkals struggled to find their bearings early was a testament to the character of coach Scott Cooper’s current squad.The left winger has not scored in more than two years for the Azkals and has seen his minutes dwindle over the last year. In fact, Ramsay wasn’t even called up for the camp in China in June. Rice industry paralysis Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletics, 2 others set gold targets for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Going, Going, Gomes: 3-Run Homer in 9th Lifts Indians

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth.Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Tuesday night.After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field to touch off a wild celebration in Progressive Field.Gomes flung his helmet and skipped around the bases as the Indians players danced out of their dugout at the improbable walk-off win.“That was unbelievable, man,” Gomes said. “It was some battle at-bats, too. Austin found the hole out there, but he battled his tail off. That’s the best closer in the NL, and maybe in the major leagues right now. We’ve seen him plenty of times. We all know a little about him. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey.”Kluber (10-3) deserved it. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out 11, threw his second straight complete game and continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 1.But if not for Jackson’s heroics against Holland, the majors’ saves leader, and Gomes’ eighth homer, Kluber would have taken a tough loss. Until the Indians’ late rally, Charlie Blackmon’s homer on Kluber’s second pitch looked like it might stand up as the game’s only run.“First couple hitters of the game, home run, single and then nothing,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber’s latest gem. “It’s fun to watch. It’d be nice to score some runs so he could really enjoy it. He spent two and a half hours being grumpy, then you win.”Holland walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out and struck out Carlos Santana before getting ahead of Jackson. In a two-strike hole, Jackson barely nicked a pitch before fouling off two more and dropping his game-tying RBI single into right-center, the flair just eluding a diving Blackmon.“They all suck anytime you lose especially when it’s your fault,” Holland said. “Walking the tying run and the winning run was the key to the inning. Edwin had a good at-bat. The walk to Zimmer was more on me. I don’t think he ever swung. Jackson had a good at-bat. I thought it was a fly ball off the bat. He just hit it in a perfect spot.”The Rockies honored late manager Don Baylor by hanging his No. 25 jersey in their dugout. Baylor, who died Monday at 68 after a long battle with cancer, led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995 — the expansion franchise’s third season.Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sprained his right ankle in the fifth, going down after taking a few steps toward a fly ball. Brantley, who played in just 11 games last season following right shoulder surgery, started running after a fly to center when he pulled up. The 30-year-old dropped to the grass and had a concerned look on his face while being checked by a trainer.Brantley, who was on the disabled list in June with a sprain to the same ankle, limped slowly off the field to an ovation and was helped down the dugout steps.Francona said Brantley will undergo an MRI and the team should know more on Wednesday.KLUBER WITH A CAPITAL KKluber is just the third pitcher to strike out at least eight in 13 consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Johnson did it three times, and Martinez twice.LEADOFF, LIFT0FFBlackmon’s homer was the 100th of his career — and 27th leading off a game. He’s the 12th player in team history to reach the century plateau. He’s hit a major league-leading 21 leadoff homers since the start of 2015.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) took batting practice on the field before Tuesday’s game. There’s no timetable for his return. He’s been on the 10-day disabled list since July 16.Indians: Francona said All-Star LHP Andrew Miller may need a few days beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list to recover from right knee tendinitis. Miller was placed on the DL last week and is eligible to be activated on Aug. 12. Asked when the indispensable Miller will pitch once he’s activated, Francona quipped: “Five minutes after he’s off the disabled list.”UP NEXTTrevor Bauer, who held the Yankees to one run in seven innings last week, starts the series finale for the Indians. Bauer lasted just 3 1/3 innings against Colorado earlier this season. Rookie Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies. He gave up two homers in a start against Cleveland in June but got the win.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more