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first_imgSecond baseman Ian Kinsler and catcher Martín Maldonado, both traded by the Angels in late July, are also finalists at their positions. Maldonado won his first Gold Glove last year, with the Angels. Kinsler won in 2016, with the Detroit Tigers.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Mike Trout, who has never included a Gold Glove award among his accomplishments, is a finalist for the award, which will be announced next month.Gold Gloves are selected by voting of managers and coaches, along with a statistical component that comprises 25 percent of the calculation. Trout is joined by Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chicago’s Adam Engel among the finalists for the American League Gold Glove in center field.Bradley is likely the favorite, although Trout has significantly improved his defensive performance this year. Andrelton Simmons, who has won the award three times, is also a finalist at shortstop. Simmons won last year, and twice in the National League with the Atlanta Braves. Oakland’s Marcus Semien and Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, who won in 2016, are also finalists.Kole Calhoun is a finalist in right field, along with Boston’s Mookie Betts and New York’s Aaron Judge. Betts, who won last year, is likely to win again. Calhoun won the award in 2015.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgENGLISH football has never had it so easy.Wesley Sneijder and Petr Cech — spirited into the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo to pick balls out of the glitzy Champions League hat yesterday — made it all very straightforward.2The two toughest games by a distance are for Tottenham, when they face five-time winners Bayern Munich home and away in Group B.Last season’s finalists, who will also take on Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade, should make it to the last 16.Elsewhere, the champions — six-time winners Liverpool — will face Napoli (again, like last year), plus Austrian aces RB Salzburg and last season’s winner’s from Belgium, Genk.It is a nice way to ease themselves in as they aim for yet another assault on the biggest prize in European club football.Kop boss Jurgen Klopp said: “We think about the Champions League now and that’s it — from now on nobody thinks about the Champions League.“We’ve enough time to prepare the games and we’ll do that. It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant.“I’m really looking forward to it. Everybody in Liverpool enjoys Champions League football, so it will be great.“European nights at Anfield — everybody is welcome. And let’s do it as well as we can.”They did it last season, with that extraordinary comeback from 3-0 down against Barcelona sucking them towards the final in Madrid.Liverpool, like the other three clubs from England, have avoided the obvious threat from the usual suspects.Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund are all in different groups.LAMPS GETS LUCKYChelsea got lucky on their return to the Champions League with a draw that will suit new manager Frank Lampard. They play last season’s semi-finalists Ajax — one of the clubs retired Sneijder played for.But this is Ajax without Frenkie de Jong in the heartbeat of their midfield, or their titan Matthijs de Ligt in the centre of their defence.Valencia, fourth in La Liga last season, and French club Lille are in Group H alongside them.Chelsea performance director Cech, the Blues keeper when they finally landed the Champions League in 2012, claims the short travel times will help their campaign.He said: “It’s not an easy group because it’s very even — all the teams have quality. We can be satisfied with the draw because we avoided long travel which is one of the positives.“Ajax had a fantastic season and will want to repeat that. We are looking forward to the challenge.”It is a nice way to return because Lampard will need to get to grips with coaching Champions League football in his first year at Chelsea.City are old hands at this, but they have failed to reach the final after 11 years of trying under Abu Dhabi ownership.This year’s group is a gift, with Shakhtar Donetsk, Croatian champs Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta — third last campaign in Italy — with them for company.Etihad chief Pep Guardiola, who prioritises the Premier League ahead of Europe, should make it through to the last 16 with something to spare.City, semi-finalists under Manuel Pellegrini three years ago, are convinced that Champions League success is on the way.2 Manchester City were handed a hugely favourable groupCredit: Getty – Contributormost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We have to be there — one day it is going to come. We are going to see good football in this group.“We just need to keep being strong in England. We know we can get close to this trophy.“As always, it is going to be tough. We know Shakhtar well and see them for a third time. Atalanta are a strong team.“We have to keep fighting. We have to keep going in our way, with our style. I think we have shown we can win trophies. We have to be ourselves.”UEFA draws the teams to compete in the 19/20 Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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