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UW looks to break even in conference

first_imgAfter getting beat on home court by Wisconsin earlier in the season, the Michigan women’s basketball team will look to turn the tables on the Badgers in Madison tonight.Earlier this season in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wolverines (8-12, 1-6 Big Ten) saw Jolene Anderson and company put together a late rally to pull out a 62-59 victory.Wisconsin (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten), coming off a 74-50 thumping of Northwestern on Sunday, is looking to keep things rolling and improve to .500 in conference play.UW head coach Lisa Stone hopes to draw from the numerous positives she saw in her team’s play against the Wildcats, particularly the defense late in games.”Our second-half defense was outstanding,” Stone said. “It was the best second-half defense we’ve played since Kansas here at home.””We definitely stepped our defense up, especially defensive transitions,” freshman guard Rae Lin D’Alie added. “We’re getting back much faster. One thing is we’ve got to start communicating better.”Wisconsin hopes to do something Thursday it was unable to accomplish in its previous game against Michigan: get off to a fast start and maintain a lead. The Badgers were unable to hold a 13-point lead after starting sluggishly against the Wolverines.”Shot selection’s going to be key,” Stone said. “We’re going to have to make sure we’re patient offensively and very aggressive defensively.”Center Caitlin Gibson also stresses patience in order to start quickly and preserve the lead.”We just need to be patient and take what’s there and not look for something that we want to be there,” Gibson said. “We do that a lot. We see things that we think will happen, but they don’t.”In order for the Badgers to get going offensively, they will need to shoot the ball better than they have been as of late. Against Michigan, UW shot just 25 percent from the field in the second half and 36 percent for the game, and converted only 40 percent of its shots against Northwestern.”A lot of it has to do with shot selection,” Stone said. “We’ve been roaming around the 3-point line a little too much. We need to get the ball inside a little bit more and be a little more patient offensively, and we’ll get better shots.”Unlike other teams Wisconsin has faced so far this season, Michigan does not have a marquee name. In fact, no player on the team averages double figures in points.Freshman center Krista Phillips leads the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game. This balanced attack will mean the Badgers must focus on the Wolverine team as a whole and know what each player’s role is.”Their lineup changes so often,” Stone said. “They’ve got some great players. (Phillips) did some nice things against us, and I thought (Kalyn) McPherson played really well. It’s more about us defending Michigan versus maybe one or two standout players.”Forward Mariah Dunham hopes the post players can draw from their previous experience against Phillips.”We’ve played her before,” Dunham said. “We’re used to guarding a bigger girl inside, and we should know her tendencies of what she does and doesn’t do. It’s just important that we jump on them right away.”Back in the lineup for the Badgers will be junior forward Danielle Ward, who missed the team’s previous game against the Wolverines with an ankle injury.Ward will be coming off the bench, leaving the starting spot open for freshman Brittany Heins, whose play has earned praise from coach Stone.”Brittany is going to start for us and has earned her stripes and has done some good things. She can stretch the defense with the 3-point shot and works hard on defense,” Stone said. “She’s my Mike Wilkinson on this team. She plays just like Mike.”With perhaps the biggest home game of the year coming up Sunday against Minnesota, Wisconsin will have to make sure to focus on Michigan and not look too far ahead.”We’re taking it one game at a time,” Dunham said. “You really can’t look ahead.”last_img read more

Late free throws save Trojans

first_imgBehind two clutch free throws from sophomore guard Ariya Crook with less than a second to play, the USC women’s basketball team was able to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games with a 61-59 home win against Washington State on Sunday afternoon.The Women of Troy (7-8, 4-0) were able to overcome a poor first-half shooting performance, converting on only 31.3 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes. Ultimately however, they defeated the Cougars and stayed atop the Pac-12 standings alongside rival UCLA.The Women of Troy, who are off to their best conference start since 2005, had a 59-56 lead with 20 seconds remaining when the Cougar’s Lia Galdeira came down the court and nailed an off-balance 3-point shot with four seconds to go. After a USC timeout, the Cougar’s Ireti Amojo was called for a foul with 0.8 seconds left to send Crook to the line, where she nailed two free throws to put the game in the victory column for the Women of Troy.“I was honestly very shocked when they fouled me on that last play and was even more surprised that it was called,” Crook said. “We huddled together and my team believed in me to hit at least one free throw to win the game.”Crook had 14 points and a season-high nine rebounds in the win, while junior captain Cassie Harberts recorded her fifth double-double of the young season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The team had a strong performance on the boards, out-rebounding the Cougars 49-31. Washington State (5-10, 1-3) was led by sophomore guard Tia Presley, who had 18 points at halftime, but finished with 25 points after notching only seven points in the last 20 minutes. Galdeira added 14 points of her own to the Cougar scoring, as well.USC struggled throughout the first half, missing its first 10 shots from the field, and didn’t get its first field goal until a Crook 3-pointer at 14:30. The two teams played back and forth until the Cougars mounted a 13-2 run to take a 30-20 lead. That was countered by an 8-2 Trojan run to close out the half, down by only four at 32-28.Very much like the first half, the second half was a seesaw battle and USC was finally able to take its first lead since the nine-minute mark of the first half with a Crook free throw at 14:25.“In the second half, we played a lot more inside-out basketball with a lot of post entries and drives to the baskets which allowed us to get easier shots and get to the free throw line instead of relying on jump shots from the perimeter,” Harberts said.The Women of Troy then used their size to their advantage by pounding the ball in the paint, notably by 6-foot-4 junior Kate Oliver, who would help the team get its largest lead of the game at 55-49 with 4:27 remaining. Oliver was one of three Trojan players in double figures with 10 points.“For me to have Kate out there for most of the game, our chemistry is just going to continue to build and build,” Harberts said.USC lived from getting to the free-throw line in the second half, making 14-18 free throws and 20-24 overall. Along with getting to the line, defense played a crucial role in USC’s success in the second half, as they held the Cougars to just 22.6 percent shooting from the field — a stark contrast to 39.4 percent in the first half.After finishing off a two-game home stand with two crucial wins, the Women of Troy will now travel up to Northern California to play Cal on Thursday, followed by Stanford on Sunday.last_img read more

After losing more than 200 tackles, Syracuse is relying on its unproven linebackers for 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Syracuse coaches told Tyrell Richards he was reverting to linebacker from defensive end, there wasn’t an immediate change for the redshirt-sophomore. One of the first things Richards adjusted to was walking into a different meeting room for positional work in Manley Field House this past winter. Richards was surrounded by veteran linebackers — like Andrew Armstrong and Lakiem Williams — and learned the position he was originally recruited for. Richards said Armstrong and Williams led question-and-answer sessions, reviewed film with underclassmen and provided veteran guidance. Absent from the room was Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner, two graduated starters on last year’s squad that won 10 games. Throughout the 2019 spring season, no clear starting linebackers have emerged other than Armstrong, whom SU head coach Dino Babers said has done “the best job” so far. The senior Armstrong represents one of the answers on the roster that features question marks at linebacker. Babers billed Saturday’s spring scrimmage as a chance for rotational players like Richards, Williams, and freshmen Mikel Jones and Lee Kpogba earn a more-significant role. As a whole, the unit will need to replace 207 tackles, four-and-a-half sacks and two interceptions from 2018. The group of veterans and rookies can carry over last year’s success into one of the most anticipated seasons in recent-program history. “There’s a lot of candidates,” Babers said.  “… It’s not so much watching (Armstrong), it’s watching all those other guys and see what they’re gonna be willing to do and how they’re wanting to develop.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArmstrong, a 6-foot-2, 234-pound senior, adopted the program staples and learned from veteran linebackers for three seasons. Parris Bennett and Zaire Franklin developed into program stalwarts while Armstrong appeared in 12 games as a freshman and made 16 tackles. In 2018, he rotated in SU’s third-down package with 45 tackles and started at strong-side linebacker against Pittsburgh.His two fumble recoveries ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference as he asserted himself on special teams. Armstrong saw his future role emerge in the two extra weeks of bowl practice, when younger players were able to learn the system and Armstrong already knew select packages. During the spring, Armstrong has continued his focus on leadership while “correcting the little things,” like precise footwork and tackling form. “It’s my time to step up and be a leader,” Armstrong said. “Just communicating with the defense, making sure I know other people’s position other than myself.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorWilliams, a transfer from Butte College, has studied SU’s playbook while trying to carve out his own role on the defense. When he joined Syracuse last season, he said he looked for the “big hit.” While Williams tied for second on special teams tackles (three), he rarely saw snaps at outside linebacker. Guthrie told Williams to constantly review film, and the rest would follow. An emphasis on assignment and alignment carried the senior transfer through the spring. Not only does he know which gap he’s responsible for on specific plays, but he also understands if the defensive linemen should be in a one- or three-technique and where the secondary should be positioned.Like upperclassmen before them, Williams and Armstrong have led extra film sessions. They regularly text the position’s group chat after classes and encourage meet-ups at about 6 p.m. in Manley. They review 2018 game film as well as practice tape, but they don’t review SU’s mistakes, Richards said. Instead, they track offensive-gameplans and spy pulling guards. “The linebackers that really want it, they come up,” Williams said. Richards, a frequent attendee of the meetups, said the film has helped him adjust after injuries shifted him to last season’s defensive line. Richards’ versatility cements him as part of a younger crop of linebackers that Babers said “show up” on tape because of their explosiveness. But, their eagerness has led to rookie mistakes. The key, Babers said, is to allow Richards, Jones and Kpogba to take the first step as opposed to chasing a play down after misreading it. Standing on the turf field in Manley, the linebacker unit stood behind five trash cans representing an offensive line. SU coaches filled out the skill positions. Before each snap, they called out coverages, and the linebackers reacted as if it were in-game. Some flared toward the flats, others hook-curled in pass protection. It was months before the real games would start, in the midst of the doldrums of spring ball, but the drill was a benchmark test for a player’s IQ. It was a way to find out who was ready to stand out in Syracuse’s unproven linebacker group. “Everybody is a different style player,” Williams said. “And now it’s up to the coaches to figure out who’s gonna be where and who’s gonna do what.” Comments Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

James, Cavs spoil Rivers father-son moment with Clippers

first_imgClippers coach Doc Rivers swore he didn’t know that once his son Austin stepped on the floor for the first time as a member of the Clippers, it would be historical because no NBA head coach had ever coached his son on his team.“I didn’t find out until we actually did it,” said Doc Rivers, who doubles as president of basketball operations and brought his son to the Clippers in a three-team trade Thursday. “And I think we had a debate. I’m like, ‘No, someone has.’ I didn’t know who, I just thought it had happened before. I didn’t know that, so making history, well, great.”That history was made when Austin Rivers entered at 2:24 of the first quarter of the Clippers’ game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who spoiled the party with a 126-121 victory over L.A. at Staples Center.Blake Griffin led the Clippers (26-14) with 34 points and 10 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Matt Barnes scored 17, Chris Paul had 15 points and 13 assists and J.J. Redick scored 14. Austin Rivers shot 0 of 4 for zero points and one assist in 11 minutes. Kryrie Irving led Cleveland (21-20) with 37 points and LeBron James scored 32. Tristan Thompson had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Love (back spasms) did not play.The Rivers duo met with reporters prior to the tip-off. There were many questions to be asked and answered. One of seemingly vital importance was how the dynamic is going to work in the locker room. When told this was something on the minds of many, Doc Rivers said he doesn’t care about the concerns of others.“Well, as long as it’s not on our minds in there,” Doc Rivers said. “We don’t care about the other people outside the locker room, we really don’t. It doesn’t matter to us.“But you do think about all that stuff. But you do that with every single deal, which nobody gets. You really do. There are times when I’ve brought the right guys in the locker room and it’s worked and there’s been times that I haven’t and it hasn’t worked.”Austin Rivers intimated that the idea his father may play him more than he deserves, thus ticking off others on the team, is somewhat insulting. “My dad is too focused on his thing for that to even be an issue,” said Austin Rivers, who will come off the bench. “It’s almost like a disrespectful thing to my dad. My dad would never, ever play me over somebody because I’m his son.“If I’m not playing well, he’s going to sit me. I’m sitting on the bench, you know what I mean? He wants to win.”The younger Rivers gave an example that brought laughter.“My dad is the type of guy that when I was 5 years old, we’d play checkers and he would not let me win,” Austin Rivers, 22, said. “It’s just kind of how he is, so he’s not doing any favors for me. I’ve gotta earn everything here.”Interestingly, both men had said in the past they weren’t sure if they would be interested in this scenario. Austin Rivers admitted he still wasn’t 100 percent certain about it when the subject was first broached.“To be honest, I never thought something like this would happen and then he called me up and he asked me, ‘Is this something you might be interested in because we need you,’” Austin Rivers said. “And when I heard that, it was one of those kinds of things where I had to think, I had to take a day to myself and say, ‘Can this work?’ “He got on the horn.“First thing I did was call my mom (Kristen),” Austin Rivers said. “She’s the one that’s gotta deal with this and she was a wreck the first night (it was discussed). She was calling me, ‘Well, what if this happens?’ I was like, ‘Mom, it’s not on anybody but me and him.’”Doc Rivers also had a conversation with Kristen Rivers.“Obviously, we talked about it before we were going to do it and she was good with it, so she gave me her blessing,” Doc Rivers said, drawing more laughter.One thing’s certain, this will change the relationship of Doc and Austin Rivers. Not necessarily in a bad way.“I think the biggest difference is now that I’m his coach, he actually has to listen to me,” Doc Rivers said. “Now, I would say on his part, he’s probably thinking any kid will listen to their parent if they pay him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cody Bellinger home run gives Dodgers their 5th consecutive walk-off win at home

first_imgPreviousAustin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores on a single by teammate Joc Pederson (not pictured) against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with sports drink by teammate Matt Beaty #45 after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Matt Beaty #45 after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Matt Beaty #45 after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 03: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a walk off solo homerun in front of Carson Kelly #18 of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for a 5-4 win, during the tenth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 03: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his walk off solo homerun, for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, during the tenth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game as relieve pitcher Yoan Lopez #50 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks off the field at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers can’t reach a single by Eduardo Escobar (not pictured) of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after scoring on a single by teammate Matt Beaty (not pictured) to tie the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 03: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he has Gatorade dumped over him by Alex Verdugo #27 and Edwin Rios #43, after his walk off solo homerun for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, during the tenth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers second base after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammate Max Muncy #13 after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammate Max Muncy #13 after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing cleats with fireworks depicted on them during a MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores on a single by teammate Joc Pederson (not pictured) against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with sports drink by teammate Matt Beaty #45 after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 29Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with sports drink by teammate Matt Beaty #45 after hitting a walk off solo home run to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the tenth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Okay … so we’re doing this every night nowKenley Jansen gave up a solo home run to Carson Kelly in the top of the ninth inning of a tie game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Dodgers came back to tie it in the bottom of the ninth and win 5-4 in the 10th inning on Cody Bellinger’s second home run of the game Wednesday night.Gatorade and talcum powder are going to be in short supply if this keeps up.The win was the Dodgers’ fifth consecutive walk-off win at home, adding to their franchise record. The MLB record is believed to be six consecutive home games won by walk-off by the Kansas City Royals in April 2000. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I think it’s pretty crazy what we’re doing right now,” said Bellinger, who had the walk-off walk Tuesday night when the Dodgers, down to their last strike, rallied to win.Four of the five walk-off wins have featured game-ending home runs.“You just wonder who’s going to be the next hero. Tonight it was Cody’s night,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s why he’s the MVP.”When the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, it didn’t look like any heroics would be necessary.Bellinger started the scoring with a leadoff home run off Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly. Singles by Max Muncy and Austin Barnes put two runners on with two outs for Walker Buehler. Buehler ripped an RBI single into left field with even greater exit velocity (105 mph) than his impressive fastball velocity. Alex Verdugo bounced into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, though, sending the game into extra innings.“We just don’t feel like we’re out of it,” Roberts said. “You get to a point where you just expect to win.”After a 1-2-3 inning by Joe Kelly in the top of the 10th, Bellinger came up with one out and crushed a 1-and-0 fastball from Yoan Lopez 442 feet into the right-field seats for his 29th home run of the season – the most by any Dodger before the All-Star break.“That’s crazy, huh? What is that five in a row? Cool, huh?” Pederson said.“We grind them out to the end. I thought their pitcher (Kelly) spun it really well tonight and kept their team in the game. But we play to the last out. A lot of quality at-bats, stubborn sticking to our strike zone and (looking for) pitches we can hit hard or balls and take your walk.“It’s fun to be a part of.”center_img Joc Pederson made it back-to-back two-out RBI singles and the Dodgers seemed on their way to a comfortable night against Kelly. But the Diamondbacks right-hander gave up just one more hit in his six innings and 14 consecutive Dodgers were retired at one point. Edwin Rios’ two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Dodgers their first baserunner since the third inning.In the meantime, the Diamondbacks chipped away at the lead. Christian Walker got to Buehler for a two-run home run in the fourth inning – the seventh of Walker’s 21 career home runs to come off Dodgers pitching – but Buehler nursed a one-run lead into the seventh inning.“It just wasn’t down enough, wasn’t away enough, wasn’t in enough, wasn’t up enough,” Buehler said of the pitch to Walker. “These are major-league hitters and when they get their swing off and clip the ball they can do things like that. He’s got me two games in a row, but overall I like a lot of the pitches I threw to him. He just happened to get to that one.”The Diamondbacks got to Buehler again with a two-out rally in the seventh to tie the score and it was still 3-3 when Jansen came on in the ninth. Kelly hammered his 2-and-2 cutter over the center field wall to give Arizona a 4-3 lead.“There was nothing said. We understand that we’ve got to pick each other up,” Roberts said. “Kenley has picked us up time and time again and he’s going to have to. So we had to pick him up. That’s just a part of being a team.”A night after he walked four consecutive batters (leaving the game-ending fifth to T.J. McFarland), Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo handed the ball to Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth again. This time, Holland put the ball in the strike zone – and Kiké Hernandez lined it off the wall in the right field corner. Matt Beaty drove him in with an RBI single to tie the score.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Betis shows off in Turin

first_img“In the book of the history of Betis, Kappa’s kit has many chapters. We have traveled a beautiful path together and we are very proud of it,” says AS Emanuelle Ostini, director of Kappa and designer and creator of the Kombat. Of course, at the Kappa exhibition in Turin, where the brand is based, the Betis shirt occupies a privileged place alongside other historic shirts such as Juventus, the Italian national team, Naples and Monaco, among others.“These historical teams, so important in their countries, help us grow in places other than Italy, such as Spain, which I love, and France,” concludes Ostini. Kappa continues working on designs for Betis for the next season and even plans to take out before the end of this course another special equipment as he did against Barça. Working Women’s Day or Andalusia Day could be the dates chosen for Betis to wear that new shirt, but nothing is confirmed yet. The modern history of Kappa is not understood without Betis. LThe Italian clothing brand celebrates this week the twentieth anniversary of its most famous shirt, the Kombat, that tight and elastic design made so that the defenders’ grips can be seen with the naked eye by the referee, and the Verdiblanco team is more than present in the commemoration of the already legendary kit. Last Sunday against Barça, Betis wore a special shirt in homage to the Kombat, a design with which the Heliopolis team won what until now is their only title in the 21st century, the Copa del Rey 2005.last_img read more

Exciting boxing at Bruising gym’s anniversary show

first_imgA large crowd, which included the Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment-Brown, was on hand at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School in Stony Hill last Saturday night to participate in Bruising Gym’s seventh anniversary boxing show.There were seven bouts featuring boxers from Bruising Gym going up against boxers from the St Thomas Boxing Club, Port Antonio gym, G. C. Foster Gym, and the Stanley Couch Gym. The exciting Bruising team, coached by Carl Grant, emerged victorious, 5-2.The standard of boxing was good, and the most exciting bout was the last one on the card, between light heavyweights Omar Campbell and Yovan Panton. Eighteen-year-old Campbell from Bruising gym is a promising young boxer who has represented Jamaica overseas as a youth boxer. He has now graduated to the Elite Open Class and showed on Saturday, in his win on points, that he is a boxer who deserves special attention.Satisfied crowdPanton definitely came to fight and challenged Campbell from the opening bell. He used his jab to good advantage and mixed this with hooks to the head and body. Campbell seemed surprised at his opponent’s early aggression, but fought back with a two-fisted attack that drew cheers from the crowd. There was non-stop action, and the crowd loved it.Another exciting bout was the all – Bruising Gym bantamweight contest, between Sanjay Williams and Dwayne Creary. It was action all the way, but the more accomplished and fitter Williams was always a step ahead of his opponent and drew loud cheers when he was declared the winner.In other bouts, Kirkpatrick Heron from Port Antonio defeated Cory Clarke from Bruising Gym, who retired in the third round; James Douglas from Bruising Gym defeated Joel Wedderburn on points; Ricardo Carter from G. C. Foster outpointed Bruising’s Kenry McDermott; Damion Fuller from Bruising outpointed Seantoine Johnson from St Thomas; and Michael Gardener from Bruising Gym won a unanimous decision over Akeem Sinclair of St Thomas.last_img read more

Cavs to make qualifying offer to Rodney Hood

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 While waiting to see if they’re in LeBron James’ plans, the Cavaliers intend to extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to Rodney Hood, making him a restricted free agent and protecting the club if he receives any offers.The team will make the offer to Hood before Friday’s deadline, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the club is not publicly discussing its plans ahead of free agency starting Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCleveland.com first reported the Cavaliers’ intentions with Hood.Also, the Cavs intend to pick up center Kendrick Perkins’ $2.5 million non-guaranteed contract for next season, the person said. The move with Perkins, who signed at the end of the regular season but did not appear in any playoff games, is so the team can potentially use his salary slot in a trade. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perkins has had two stints with Cleveland.Meanwhile, James has until 11:59 p.m. Friday to pick up his $35.6 million contract option for next season or he will become a free agent. The 33-year-old is expected to decline the option, but it’s also possible he could exercise it and be traded if Cleveland works out a deal in order to acquire assets for the three-time champion.The Cavs have not yet heard from James.At this point, days away from free agency officially beginning, anything seems possible.The 25-year-old Hood had an interesting few months with Cleveland, which acquired him from Utah in that flurry of trades executed at the Feb. 8 deadline by general manager Koby Altman. Hood struggled to blend into Cleveland’s rotation, but he’s young and inexpensive and the team believes the 6-foot-8 forward can help it stay competitive — with or without James.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees FILE – In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rodney Hood (1) drives past Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have some clarity with one of their free agent forwards.No, not that one.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Hood started Cleveland’s first playoff game before losing coach Tyronn Lue’s trust and falling out of the rotation. He re-emerged in the NBA Finals and scored 15 points in the Game 3 loss to Golden State.He averaged 10.8 points in 21 regular-season games with the Cavs. View commentslast_img read more

American woman jailed for 18 months

first_imgA United States of America citizen on Monday was jailed for 18 months when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with one count of forgery and one of fraud.Stacy Hamilton, 44, originally of Texas, USA, pleaded guilty to both offences when Magistrate Fabayo Azore read the charges to her.The first charge stated that between January 1, 2015 and August 12, 2016 at Georgetown, she conspired with persons to forge one passport in favour of Tara Ashley Vaughn, reporting that same was issued by an immigration officer.The second charge read that on August 12, 2016 at Lethem, with intent to defraud, the defendant reported to Steven Williams that the passport was issued by the immigration office.The Prosecution contended that on the day in questioned, Hamilton was intercepted at Lethem as she was attempting to travel to Brazil with the forged passport.Her passport was checked and she was arrested and told of the offence after which she was charged.She told officers that she bought the passport from an unidentified person for a sum of US$1500.Her attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat in a plea of mitigation begged the Magistrate that she not be given a custodial sentenced as she have been living in Guyana for the past year and a half.However, the Magistrate said that a fine will not be given as the matter is a serious one, as such she handed down her sentence.The defendant is to be deported after serving her time in prison.last_img read more

Ford’s Taurus set to charge into world again

first_imgThe Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker made the official announcement at the Chicago Auto Show that it would place the storied moniker on the 2008 version of the Five Hundred. In addition, an upgraded version of the Freestyle crossover vehicle will be re-badged as the Taurus X, and the Mercury Montego, the Five Hundred’s cousin, will be renamed the Sable in the coming model year. The Sable was the Taurus’ nearly identical cousin, with 2 million sold under the Mercury name. Mulally, in an interview with The Associated Press, said the Taurus’ demise was one of the biggest disappointments he discovered as he started work. He still hasn’t found out why the company gave up on the name of a car purchased by 7 million buyers during its 21-year history. All he knows is the decision was wrong and needed to be fixed. “The Taurus, of course, has been an icon for Ford and its customers,” Mulally told the AP. “The customers want it back. They didn’t want it to go away. They wanted us to keep improving it.” The Five Hundred, which Mulally used for a time as his personal car, should have been named the Taurus all along rather than starting with a new name, he said. CHICAGO – On his first day at work as chief executive of Ford Motor Co., Alan Mulally had a question that no one could answer: Why get rid of the Taurus? Long before he was hired last September, the struggling company had decided to stop making what once was the most popular car in the U.S., a decision that had him perplexed. “How can it go away?” he remembered asking. “It’s the best-selling car in America.” On Wednesday, at Mulally’s insistence, the company announced that it was reviving the Taurus name. “Think of how much time and attention and money it takes to establish a brand,” Mulally said. “It’s going to take unlimited effort and time to try to build up the brand that we have with the Taurus.” The Five Hundred, built on a Volvo frame and considered a capable but dull car by industry analysts, never took hold in the marketplace. It sold moderately well in 2005, its first full year on the market, but sales nose-dived last year from almost 108,000 to about 84,000. It will get a new, more powerful engine, standard electronic stability control and some cosmetic updates for the 2008 model year, when the name change will take place. The new version will be in showrooms this summer, company officials have said. The Taurus name is one of the top three most recognized Ford nameplates, behind only the F-Series pickup trucks and the Mustang, said Cisco Codina, Ford’s vice president of North American marketing. The Taurus was among the company’s most recognizable brands in the 1980s and 1990s, but by the end of its lifetime it was almost exclusively sold to rental companies and other fleet buyers. The Taurus, redesigned in 1996, became a symbol of the company’s current ills. It was left almost unchanged for 10 years with little advertising support as the company focused on high-profit trucks and sport utility vehicles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more