Ian Kinsler’s home run caps comeback victory for Angels

first_img“You can’t replace those guys,” Kinsler said of Ohtani and Simmons, “but at the same time, the games don’t stop. We’ve got to play the games. We’ve got to pitch well, we’ve got to swing the bats – continue to swing the bats.”The come-from-behind win allowed the Angels (36-28) to keep pace with the first-place Seattle Mariners (40-23) and remain 4-1/2 games out of first place in the American League West.Richards has a 2.09 ERA in his last seven starts but only one win to show for it. The right-hander settled for another no-decision Friday despite allowing only two earned runs, walking three, and striking out seven in 5-1/3 innings.“We have faith in everybody,” Richards said. “(The bullpen) picked me up. The offense picked me up. Hopefully, this is some good momentum moving forward.”Richards could scarcely be blamed for the Twins’ first run.The Angels led 1-0 when Max Kepler singled with one out in the second inning. The next batter, Miguel Sano, hit a fairly routine grounder to Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena. With a chance to turn a double play, Valbuena pulled his body toward second base as the baseball hopped over his glove and into left field.Kepler scored all the way from first base, and Sano was credit with a double.The score remained 1-1 until the sixth inning, when Robbie Grossman smoldered a hanging slider into left field for a home run. The Twins led 2-1, and Richards’ night was over after he walked the next batter, Kepler.“I made some good pitches, made a mistake to Grossman that unfortunately put us down a run,” Richards said. “I’m just glad we got the win.”Twins starter Lance Lynn limited the Angels to one run over six innings Friday. The right-hander walked two batters and struck out seven, lowering his ERA from 5.46 to 5.08.The Angels’ lone rally against Lynn came in the second inning, and they very nearly scored more than one. Zack Cozart, Jose Fernandez, and Martin Maldonado – the Angels’ 6-7-8 hitters – hit singles in consecutive at-bats. Fernandez’s single came in his first major-league at-bat, and it sent Cozart to third base. Cozart scored easily on Maldonado’s grounder back up the middle, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.Related Articles A few more moments like that can quiet doubts about the Angels’ ability to compete without Ohtani and Simmons.“Close ballgames build character,” Kinsler said. “Anytime you can win those games, it’s big.”The veteran second baseman rejected the idea that these are the kind of games – close and low scoring – that the Angels will have to win without Ohtani and Simmons. Time will tell. Simmons was using crutches to avoid putting pressure on his sprained ankle the last time he was with the team. Ohtani will miss the next three weeks, and maybe the rest of the season, after receiving a PRP and stem cell injection to treat a sprained elbow ligament.The Angels got enough clutch performances without them Friday.Garrett Richards pitched five strong innings, and part of a rocky sixth, before the Angels’ bullpen allowed only an infield single over the final 3-2/3 innings. Justin Upton’s 15th home run of the season gave the Angels an insurance run in the eighth inning. Chris Young made the second out on an infield pop-up. The next batter, Ian Kinsler, broke his bat on a weak flare toward second base that landed on the infield grass. Nobody could field the ball cleanly, Kinsler was safe with an infield single, and the bases were loaded for Trout.Trout began the game with only one hit, a single, in six career at-bats against Lynn. In the first inning, Lynn challenged Trout with a two-strike fastball and got him to swing and miss. This time Trout fared no better. He fouled off a 96-mph heater with the count full, then swung and missed at another.Trout is hitless in his last nine at-bats with five strikeouts. He saw 17 pitches against Lynn on Friday. Only the last two were curveballs. He finished the game 0 for 4 with two flyouts.The Angels were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning when Martin Maldonado doubled against Pressly, just ahead of Kinsler’s home run. Five of his seven home runs this season have come in the last two weeks, and three of his five hits during the Angels’ last homestand left the ballpark.Noe Ramirez (2-2), Jose Alvarez and Blake Parker allowed only an infield single and struck out five batters. Parker was credited with his sixth save. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousMINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler, left, tags out Minnesota Twins’ Mitch Garver at second in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Minnesota Twins’ Robbie Grossman runs the bases on a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Chris Young #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch in right field of the ball hit by Logan Morrison #99 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar celebrates his stand-up triple off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar throws out Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler after fielding a grounder in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds third base on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates teammate Ian Kinsler #3 on a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton rounds the bases on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Addison Reed during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Third base coach Dino Ebel #21 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates Justin Upton #8 as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton prepares for high-fives as he enters the dugout following his solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Addison Reed during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Angels won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on as teammate Mike Trout #27 makes a catch in center field of the ball hit by Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Blake Parker #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Blake Parker, right, and catcher Martin Maldonado celebrate after the Angels defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. Parker picked up the save. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Omarr Baker, brother of the late Prince, delivers a ceremonial pitch before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 08: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides safely into third base during the second inning of the game on June 8, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — The Angels were in a spot Friday. It’s a spot they hope doesn’t become familiar.They had four hits and only run through six innings against the Minnesota Twins. Mike Trout, their best hitter, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani, two pillars of their lineup, were on the disabled list with no defined end in sight. More urgently, the Angels were down a run against the Minnesota Twins with nine outs to waste.It was a moment that demanded a response, and Ian Kinsler responded. His two-run home run in the seventh inning against Ryan Pressly gave the Angels the go-ahead runs in a 4-2 win over the Twins.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The home run, Kinsler’s seventh, was long and loud enough to quiet the announced crowd of 28,383 at Target Field before it landed. The ball traveled an estimated 411 feet, clanging off the facade of the first deck of seats overhanging the left-field bleachers.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

49ers will attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout, league source says

first_img— NFL345 (@NFL345) November 14, 2019The Niners are in a bit of a pinch here PR-wise: They … The 49ers will see an old friend in Atlanta Saturday.A league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman that the 49ers will attend Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday workout.The Niners are one of at least 12 teams who will be watching the former Pro Bowler. They’ll be joined by the Patriots, Jets, Giants, Broncos and more, according to a release from the NFL.pic.twitter.com/jPHmbJnBSQlast_img read more

Sharks compete for 40 minutes, unravel in ‘unacceptable’ third period

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Despite being down three goals, the Sharks were not upset at the way they competed in the first two periods of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.After the Lightning scored their fourth goal early in the third period, though, that compete level took a nosedive.The Sharks allowed four goals in the final 20 minutes to the Lightning — and once again couldn’t buy a goal on the power play — in a 7-1 drubbing at Amalie Arena, San Jose’s most lopsided loss of the season. …last_img read more

Fifa inspection kicks off

first_imgTamara O’ReillyWorld football body Fifa, along with the 2010 Local Organising Committee (OC) is currently on a week-long inspection tour of South Africa to assess the country’s readiness to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.Taking place in June 2009, the cup is considered a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup as it requires the country to be able to handle an influx of tourists and media as well as travel, accommodation and security for players.Known as the Champion of Champions tournament, the Confederations Cup is contested every four year by the winners of each of six Fifa confederation championships held across the world, along with the Fifa World Cup champion and the host country.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is one project which gives hope to all of us,” said Dr Irvin Khoza, OC chair, at the launch of the inspection.“We have come a long way. Everybody’s convinced we’re doing a good job. We are only 18 months away now from the Confederations Cup and we’re happy with what we’ve achieved, which is there for the whole country to see.”This is Fifa’s fourth site inspection since South Africa was given the right to host the events, and only two more remain. Site inspections focus on space planning, or the way the stadiums and the areas around them are being prepared for the event.Of the six venues being inspected, four will be used for the Confederation Cup. These are Ellis Park in Johannesburg, host of South Africa’s victorious 1995 Rugby World Cup final, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which regularly holds Springbok and Bulls Super 14 rugby matches, Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace and the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 rugby.First stop was Ellis Park and surrounds, both of which are still being renovated.“We are very excited with what we have seen at Ellis Park,” said Ron Delmont, head of Fifa in South Africa.“We look at things like spectator flows, the movement of players and access. We are now ready to sign off on a number of usage areas in the stadium and if this progress is replicated in other stadiums then I don’t see why this World Cup won’t be a success.”Fifa has already expressed their satisfaction at South Africa’s handling of the 2010 preliminary draw in November 2007, which saw several soccer dignitaries, media and fans converge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Useful linksFifaConfederations Cup African Cup of Nations CONMEBOLUEFA CONCACAFlast_img read more

The BRICS Development Bank – How will it support African business and regional integration?

first_imgRoundtable discussion held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton, on Tuesday, 25th September 2012. Taking into account the rather unsatisfying track record of the Bretton Woods Institutions to address the needs of developing countries, and the institutions’ inability to find appropriate and effective solutions to the global financial crisis, the concept of a BRICS Development Bank – the proposal which was made at the 4th BRICS Leaders Summit in New Delhi in March 2012 – presents the opportunity for emerging economies to reshape the global financial architecture and to contribute to the reform of these institutions.Although the concept of a BRICS Development Bank is still being studied by a working group of the BRICS Finance Ministers, there are expectations, that the formation of such a bank could assist the African continent to realise much needed infrastructure projects and unlock the continent’s economic potential.Discussion document [PDF 200Kb]last_img read more

Clean up continues after massive grain spill in New Carlisle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million.“The tank gave way and the impact of the corn caused the nearby transformers to explode,” Sutherly said. “Our renters there at the elevator — there is a house on the grounds — said it sounded like a jet airplane was coming in and she looked out and all the corn was laying on the ground. The tank was built in 1968 when the government wanted to do some government storage. It was full. It was 72-feet tall to the edge and then an additional 20 feet tall to the peak of the cone.”The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light.When Sutherly arrived at the scene after that ominous late-night phone call, he was prepared but still surprised at the magnitude of the problem.“I had an idea of what I’d be walking into. I knew it would be catastrophic, but when I got here I was shocked,” Sutherly said on Jan. 23. “We were very fortunate that no one was here working. It couldn’t have happened at a better time. At 11:40 on a Sunday night there was little to no traffic on 571.“You never know when you walk into a situation like that where to start. It is like putting a puzzle together. We just brought some big square straw bales from our farm in to make a retaining wall to keep our feed mill facility cleared. We started with two dump tracks and pay loaders piling corn. We eventually brought in track-hoes and two more dump trucks. We have been trying to run them 24-7 to get the road clear. We’re trying to tuck corn anywhere on our property we can. We are pretty close to getting the road open here soon.”The family got started with the business 23 years ago when the Sutherlys bought the local elevator.“My brother Jim left his Extension job to start at Miami Valley Feed and Grain to learn grain marketing. After college I came back and started running the fertilizer business and trying to expand that. Jim handled nutrition. Then we incorporated my younger sister Molly and my younger cousin David and he runs the grain facility. Molly keeps everything straight and my mother works here part time too. It is a family business,” Sutherly said. “The growth on the grain side has been due to some local closures and co-op mergers. A lot of feed facilities have shut down and we are one of the few feed facilities that still custom mix and we have grown through word of mouth. We try to treat everyone with respect and give them the best service we can.”Sutherly said the response from Feed and Grain employees and the farm community has been incredible following the incident.“My employees are very loyal. They came out to help and one told me that he was either going to lay in bed or cry, so he might as well help. It has been phenomenal the people who have reached out to us,” Sutherly said. “It makes me feel really good. I have friends that work in the co-op system at Heritage and Sunrise, and they might be competitors, but they are great friends and they have reached out to us to offer help. They have been through some problems throughout the years and they have some experts on handling these situations. I think of that commercial with Paul Harvey about ‘When God made a farmer,’ well God made some courageous farmers who are really good people.”There is more good news from the terrible situation.“The corn is salvageable. The salvage company is in here right now. They analyzed it and they say 80% of it is salvageable. The corn in that tank was in excellent condition. It was cooled down and dried appropriately so there was no issue with the corn. That is a good thing,” Sutherly said. “We do carry insurance and have a nice policy and it looks like we will be very well covered. The grain is covered, the facilities are covered and it looks like we’ll be able to rebuild and make our place a little more user friendly. To be honest, it wasn’t a very user-friendly place for semis. There was a lot of backing and turning sharp corners. Our focus is to rebuild and continue to serve our customers. We know they’ll have to be patient to let us get to that point. Obviously it will be a long process to get there.”Sometimes, a catastrophe can be a miracle too. This “before” picture shows the grain tank that collapsed on the right. Photo provided by Laura Sutherly. At Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. Photo by Harold Brentlinger Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Calllast_img read more

Everyone Panic! Instagram Starts Rolling Out Ads

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit selena larson Tags:#Ads#Instagram Related Posts center_img Instagram, as it has long promised to do, will begin introducing advertisements into U.S. user feeds in the “next couple [of] months.” The company said it will roll out ads “for brands you don’t follow” slowly, and that it will distribute them as “high-quality photos and videos.”Only a handful of brands that are already regular Instagram users will get to show ads at first. Instagram didn’t elaborate as to which companies will initially participate. The company said the ads feature was the next step in building a sustainable business. The announcement comes as no surprise to many people who anticipated that Instagram’s video feature was the first step into in-app advertising.Users will have a little control of the photos and videos they are seeing. You’ll be able to hide an ad and send feedback to Instagram, similar to what you can do on Facebook and Pinterest.See also: Facebook Won’t Put Ads In Your Instagram Feed—YetLast month, popular image bookmarking site Pinterest launched a similar advertising feature. Both companies promise to keep the ads tasteful and stylish, an advertising tactic that might appeal to users.  “Our aim is to make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands,” the company said in a blog post. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

DAY ONE PREVIEW FOR THE 2007 SENIOR NTL

first_imgDay One action in the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament commences at 8.30am with non stop quality contests on the program.Many teams have had the complexion of their sides changed markedly due to retirements, unavailability due to the recent involvement of some key players in Australia’s successful defence of the Federation of International Touch World Cup, and the changing of the guard in several divisions.Defending champions in the Men’s 40s division, Scorpions get the action underway with an eagerly anticipated contest with traditional rivals Mets on Field One first up to whet the appetite for what promises to be a feast of fast and furious action all day.The star studded Sharks Men’s 35s team make their first appearance on the showcase field later in the day, whilst the crack Scorpions Women’s outfit will be looking to get their campaign for an unprecedented fourth title off to a winning start when they take on the Brisbane Cobras.Six fields will be operating and despite steady rain, the fans can look forward to some exciting clashes as NTL Permits battle it out for supremacy across seven divisions.8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Suns9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Mets v ACT10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Sharks v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:              ACT v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Sharks v HornetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v Eagles11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v RustlersWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CyclonesWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Cobras11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

Army reservist relieved of military duties over alleged links to neoNazis

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian military is relieving a Manitoba army reservist of his duties and speeding up his request to leave the Armed Forces following allegations he is a member of a neo-Nazi group.The Department of National Defence says Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews will no longer participate in military activities in any form or return to work and will officially leave the Forces in the coming weeks.In a statement, the department says the measures were deemed necessary considering the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale and cohesion.Mathews had applied to leave the Forces in April, but came under the spotlight last week after a Winnipeg Free Press story linked the combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg to a neo-Nazi group called the Base.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance later said Mathews had been under formal military investigation weeks earlier while the RCMP is also reportedly conducting its own probe.No arrests or charges have been laid and the Defence Department says their investigation is ongoing.last_img read more