The Hornets skipper – who netted 21 times in the club’s promotion campaign last term – opened the scoring in the 43rd minute from a flick by fellow forward Odion Ighalo, moments after each player had hit the crossbar just seconds apart. Almen Abdi wrapped things up in the 69th minute following a mistake by Marc Wilson to spoil Mark Hughes’ 100th game in charge of Stoke, who had gone into the match looking for a fourth straight Barclays Premier League victory. Troy Deeney notched his first goal of the season as Watford ended Stoke’s winning run by beating them 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The result sees Quique Sanchez Flores’ side leapfrog their hosts in the table, moving up to 13th while the Potters slip to 14th. Deeney almost found himself presented with a great chance in the opening seconds when Geoff Cameron got in a mess near the Stoke goal, but Glen Johnson was on hand to make a cool interception. Cameron, holding his right thigh, had to come off soon after for Wilson as the home side tried to get a grip on the game. They managed to boss possession for much of the first half and had several corners but were unable to really threaten, with Marko Arnautovic somewhat summing things up in the 29th minute when he shouldered a decent opportunity over the bar. Watford then suddenly sprung into life in attack in the 37th minute, hitting the bar twice in quick succession via Ighalo’s header and a shot from Deeney. They subsequently grabbed the lead when Ighalo bamboozled Wilson as he cleverly flicked Abdi’s pass to Deeney, who took advantage of a Philipp Wollscheid slip to slot in from the edge of the box. Stoke – who moments earlier had been denied an opener direct from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner by a near-post Heurelho Gomes save – then had protests that Miguel Britos had handled a cross from the Switzerland winger in front of goal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. Watford got a similar reaction from the official after the break as Ighalo and Ikechi Anya looked his way following challenges on them in the area by Wilson and Erik Pieters respectively. Hughes looked to shake up his attack on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters for Joselu and Shaqiri. But it was Watford who found the net soon after as Wilson lost possession to Ighalo and he teed up Abdi, who burst forward and smashed past Jack Butland. The England goalkeeper then made a good save to keep out an effort from substitute Juan Carlos Paredes, while Walters struck across the face of goal at the other end as Stoke’s hopes faded. TWEET OF THE MATCH “If you told me 13 points from 10 games I’d have taken it in a flash Everyone associated with the club deserves credit” – Watford fan account @watfordfcgossip on the Hornets’ season so far. https://twitter.com/watfordfcgossip/status/657955345617260548 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Stoke Jack Butland – 6 Erik Pieters – 5 Geoff Cameron – 4 Philipp Wollscheid – 5 Glen Johnson – 6 Glenn Whelan – 6 Charlie Adam – 6 Marko Arnautovic – 6 Bojan Krkic – 6 Xherdan Shaqiri – 6 Joselu – 6 Substitutes Marc Wilson – 5 Jonathan Walters – 6 Peter Crouch – 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes – 6 Nathan Ake – 6 Miguel Britos – 6 Craig Cathcart – 6 Allan Nyom – 6 Ben Watson – 6 Etienne Capoue – 6 Ikechi Anya – 6 Almen Abdi – 7 Troy Deeney – 8 Odion Ighalo – 8 Substitutes Juan Carlos Paredes – 6 Valon Behrami – 6 Adlene Guedioura – 6 STAR MAN Odion Ighalo: Created both goals, hit the crossbar and generally made a nuisance of himself. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Troy Deeney’s goal: The moment the Watford skipper had waited so long for finally arrived, and in fine style. Set up by some nifty footwork by Ighalo, Deeney took his chance with aplomb, striking confidently past Jack Butland to register his first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Boss Mark Hughes understandably selected the same team that had extended the Stoke’s winning run at Swansea, but the likes of Joselu, Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic failed to fire in attack. The manager switched things around on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters, but it made little difference. On the defensive front, Hughes will be pleased Ryan Shawcross is nearly ready to return given Geoff Cameron’s injury and the performance of his repalcement Marc Wilson. Opposite number Quique Sanchez Flores will be pleased all-round; that someone other that Ighalo – who had five of their six goals to date for the campaign prior to this match – has scored, that it was the hard-working Deeney getting off the mark, and with the general way his defensively-resolute side picked up another creditable result. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke went into this game with real momentum and it looked on paper – at home, against a newly-promoted side – like a very good opportunity to chalk up another victory. But Hughes’ players ultimately let him down in his 100th game in charge. They saw plenty of the ball, particularly in the first half, but their finishing was wasteful and mistakes at the back cost them. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Chelsea (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Watford v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday October 31) Press Association
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The contentious relationship between Major League Baseball owners and players has apparently healed to the point that there is renewed hope the sides can agree on a course for a 2020 season.Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, head of the Players’ Assn., met for several hours on Tuesday in Phoenix, and Manfred issued a statement on Wednesday characterizing the talks as productive.“We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents,” Manfred said. “I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”The offer is for a 60-game season, starting July 19, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Players would receive their full pro-rated salaries — which would be about 37 percent of their full-season salary — and there would be expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It is possible MLB would have to increase the number of games in their offer to get the players to agree.MLB’s latest proposal also includes implementing the DH in both leagues in 2020 and 2021, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.The news came just two days after Manfred said on ESPN that he was losing confidence in reaching an agreement with the players over the terms of the sport’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic.Compensation was the heart of the issue, with players insisting on receiving their full pro-rated salaries, while owners sought further pay cuts in light of the likelihood of playing games in empty stadiums.On Monday, Manfred said the players had been negotiating in “bad faith” and Clark responded that the players were “disgusted” by Manfred backtracking on his promise from last week that he was “100 percent” certain there would be a season. The two reportedly had a face-to-face meeting in Arizona on Tuesday to help bridge the gap.According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the two sides were “closing in” on an agreement on Wednesday morning. Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that a new proposal had just been sent from owners, and that there is “no agreement even in principle at this point.”Players would like to receive their full pro-rated salaries for as many games as possible. Players are already losing at least half of their full salaries because the pandemic has already wiped out at least half of the scheduled 162 games.Owners have offered reduced salaries or a shortened schedule of as little as 48 games. Owners could unilaterally impose a schedule, but they would be subject to a grievance from players that they did not make their “best efforts” to schedule as many games as possible.The bridge may have been an expansion of the playoffs. Adding an extra round of postseason play could add significant revenue from television, helping compensate for the lack of fans. The players need to approve any change to the playoff format.Even if the financial and logistical terms are agreed upon, there is still the looming threat of the coronavirus. The virus is still spreading quickly in many states, including California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, states that are home to 10 of the 30 major league teams.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will play at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 2016 tonight, beginning the three-game Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.The Dodgers have again added prepaid lanes to further expedite parking for fans who have purchased parking in advance, a team official said.The parking price remains unchanged from last year, $10 when purchased in advance at dodgers.com/parking and $20 at the gate. Tonight’s game is also the first time Dave Roberts will manage the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Roberts, a former Dodger outfielder who spent the past five years as a San Diego Padres coach, was appointed manager in November, succeeding Don Mattingly, after the team and Mattingly mutually agreed that he would not return.Roberts, who has a black father and Japanese mother, is the first minority to manage the Dodgers.Ava Dominguez, a 12-year-old singer-songwriter, will sing the national anthem. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Munoz of Highland Park is the Military Hero of the Game.Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.The Dodgers and Angels will again play at Dodger Stadium Friday. The Freeway Series is set to conclude Saturday at Angel Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers will begin the regular season Monday in San Diego and following a seven-game road trip that also includes a four-game series in San Francisco, will play their home opener April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.