FL woman taken on police chase during first date

first_imgA first date for a Florida woman went terribly wrong after the guy she’d met online lead police on a high-speed chase and took her along for the ride.Flagler County sheriff’s deputies used stop sticks to disable a vehicle after the driver fled from a traffic stop around 2 a.m. on Thursday.Police approached the vehicle to find a woman in the passenger seat but the driver seat completely empty.The male suspect reportedly fled into woods nearby.On body cam footage, the woman could be heard telling authorities that the man said was that he didn’t have a license and didn’t want to go to jail before taking off.According to police, the pair had dined at an Orlando-area Denny’s and were headed back to her place when the chase ensued.Authorities were stopping the vehicle for a tag violation, and say the man was driving erratically and over the speed limit.The woman told officials she was scared and didn’t know his last name.This isn’t the first time in recent months the unidentified woman has been unlucky with men.Deputies say the same woman was the victim of a separate violent incident, last month.In the previous incident, the unidentified woman was knocked unconscious while attempting to get away from a man she was seeing.Police say the woman fled to her car before the man threw himself on her vehicle, shattered her windshield then attacked her when she got out.She was not injured in Thursday’s incident.The man from Thursday’s incident remains at large.last_img read more

NFF Congress to Suspend Giwa, Baribote, Johnson, Others for Misconduct

first_imgDalung ditches GiwaOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Extra Ordinary General Assembly (EOGA) of Nigeria football that sat in Abuja wednesday activated Article 37 (1) of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Statutes by mooting suspension for Ambassador Chris Giwa, and five others for bringing Nigeria football and the country to disrepute in clear contravention of NFF statutes and other extant football laws.This decision was contained in a communiqué issued after the meeting and signed by E.C Chukwuemeka.The other accused persons are Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson. They are to appear before the congress to defend themselves.Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and Olajide Fashikun were found guilty by the General Assembly of aiding and abetting the gross misconduct and are to appear and defend themselves before the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair-play. Giwa, the founder of Giwa Football Club of Jos, and others were accused of committing infractions such as illegally contracting a law firm based in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services up to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by the South Africa court.The congress determined that their action negates NFF statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the West African Football Union (WAFU).The sanctions on Giwa was the tipping point of the NFF power struggle, that climaxed with last week’s order granted by a Jos High Court, annulling the election of Giwa’s main rival, Amaju Pinnick as the validly elected president of NFF.Giwa had on Tuesday insisted that he was the winner of the disputed election of August 29, 2014 and had sensationally sacked the 36 state FA chairmen and threatened to take over the NFF Glass House yesterday.However, it turned out to be an empty threat as he did not turn up at the heavily fortified football secretariat.But the biggest surprise at yesterday’s event was the most unexpected recognition accorded the General Assembly, and by extension Pinnick, by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.Dalung denied receiving any court order from a Jos High Court in relation to the NFF unrest.The minister, who had a brush with journalists when the latter protested against Dalung’s verbal accusation of corruption against the reporters, claimed that the only court orders concerning the NFF election were issued in 2014.“As the minister of sports and a lawyer, till date, I have not received any court orders this year. The only orders served on me, were all dated 2014. I have not seen any order dated 2016,’’ Dalung insisted.The minister noted that though association football law forbade litigations, Giwa’s decision to pursue his grievances in line with Section 41 of Nigerian law, if not regulated, would open the floodgates of confusion arising from decision of aggrieved parties to approach ordinary courts to resolve football disputes.He scorned Giwa for being in a haste to execute a ‘court order’ without giving the other party the 30-day window permitted to appeal under the Nigerian law.“You can’t go to court, get judgment and upon that judgment want to deny the other party the right to appeal. Anybody that is panicky is not a sincere person. If you have subscribed to be a member of the international football family, you have to bind by their rule on football. If you are not interested, then you go out,” Dalung said.He said that the NFF crisis has effectively discouraged corporate bodies from sponsoring football in the country as no company wanted to invest in a business that thrives in confusion.Dalung also appealed to Pinnick to narrow the gap with the opposition by bringing them to a table in the interest of Nigeria football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Water polo rolls over opponents

first_imgAfter winning its first two games of the season, the No. 2 men’s water polo team defeated UC Santa Barbara on Saturday 14-3 in its first home game of the 2016 season and then beat both Whittier and LaVerne in the Inland Empire Classic on Sunday in LaVerne.Coming into the match against the No. 6 Gauchos, the Trojans averaged just 3 goals allowed per game with goalkeepers junior McQuin Baron and redshirt freshman Simon Wu sporting 16 total saves.Against the Gauchos, the Men of Troy were efficient on both sides of the ball. On offense, USC had two players with hat tricks as junior two-meter Lachlan Edwards and leading scorer junior drive Matteo Morelli scored three goals apiece.The Trojans then traveled to the Inland Empire Classic at the University of La Verne to take on Whittier College Poets and the host La Verne Leopards.USC made quick work of both opponents, beating Whittier 27-3 and LaVerne 26-1.Next up for the Trojans is a match against Stanford on the road Saturday.last_img read more

Sammy Fernandez struggles with self-doubt despite being Syracuse’s all-time hit leader

first_imgAfter Sammy Fernandez broke the Syracuse softball record for multi-hit games (65), she and her mother, Christine, discussed the upcoming summer. Mandy, Fernandez’s younger sister, had told her mom that she was excited to practice with her sister and role model, who helps out with her travel team, Team Long Island.Everyone on Mandy’s team is “starstruck” by their teammate’s sister, who plays for the same travel team Fernandez grew up on. But SU’s all-time hits leader can’t believe their excitement.“I’m just a mediocre softball player,” Fernandez said to Christine. “I don’t understand why they like me so much.”Fernandez, whose 219 career hits place her 13 ahead of second place in the all-time Syracuse record books, doesn’t like to credit herself. For the career .323 hitter — a top 10 average in program history — it’s the .677 that stays with her. The Carmel native has put together one of the most accomplished resumes in Syracuse history, but she won’t tell you that.The senior’s 12 career triples tie her for most all-time in an SU uniform, and her 72 hits in 2017 pace all Orange softball players in history, but she’ll remain caught up on a fielder’s choice leaving her out at second base.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I would get mad at myself if I went 2 for 4,” Fernandez said. “I’d get very down on myself, I struggled mentally.”After talking with teammates, a sports psychologist and her parents, Fernandez is beginning to learn that even if she goes hitless at the plate, it’s not always a bad game. She knows she’s more than a “mediocre” player, but that’s taken time.***Two years ago, Sammy Fernandez looked through some of her old school projects and found her fifth-grade final paper. It asked students what their goal in life was.Fernandez wanted to play college softball. Always the best player on her teams growing up, Fernandez wanted nothing more than to continue.“Everyone always says it’s a dream come true, but it really is,” Fernandez said. “It’s always been my dream.”In eighth grade, she made the varsity team and led the team with a .485 batting average, and started receiving attention from colleges. Recruiting camps and clinics, where she’d talk to coaches about their school and softball program, became a staple of Fernandez’s schedule. Since Fernandez was a quiet person on and off the field, her father and coach, Tim, came up with practice questions for Fernandez to ask coaches at the camps.Kai Nguyen | Photo EditorTim always told Fernandez to be the loudest player on the field. Not only because she was a shortstop and had to call out plays, but because he wanted her to be a leader.He implemented new forms of practice for Fernandez and her teammates: when one player hit, the others wouldn’t field. Instead, they cheered for their teammate at the plate.Originally uncomfortable with the practice, the Fernandez soon enough became one of the team’s top supporters and opened up to college coaches about her interest in their programs.“I pushed her out of her comfort zone,” Tim said. “There was probably three or four kids on the team that really wanted to go on to play at the higher level, and she was the one who had to always be the cheerleader in the dugout.”Fernandez switched from batting righty to slap-hitting lefty midway through her college recruiting process, throwing away her team-leading batting average, which stayed consistently north of .500, to redefine her game. It would utilize her speed more and not affect her already-limited power.But Fernandez faced failure. The switch set her back during games because she struggled to settle for weak ground balls. At one point, Tim pulled his daughter aside and told her that they weren’t going to look at her batting average anymore.Oftentimes, Fernandez lined up in the box right-handed, but 50 percent of the time, Tim estimated, she looked at her dad in the third base coach’s box and switched. She accepted the advice, but slowly.“I’m only 5’4”, I’m not gonna go to college and hit home runs,” Fernandez said. “…but speed has always been a threat for me during a game, so I would just (stay) within myself and my own game plan.”***The Fernandez family followed a “24-hour” rule after Sammy’s games growing up. After the end of a contest or tournament, they didn’t talk about softball for 24 hours. Fernandez would put her headphones in, play music, and stay silent until they got home. It’s carried on to college, too.“We’d say, ‘Hey, can we take you out to dinner?’” Christine said. “She’d say, ‘Okay, but there’s one rule. We’re not allowed to talk about softball. The game is over, it’s done, that’s it.’”But it would be rehashed in Fernandez’s head. Even if she went 2-4 or 3-4 at the plate, she’d think about the at-bats that resulted in outs instead of the ones that were productive.Kai Nguyen | Photo EditorOne of the biggest struggles in her career came when she was on the mound, however, pitching in the national championship for her 12-and-under team, the then 71-0 LunaChicks. Fernandez was on the mound during extra innings, and due to the international tiebreaker rule, a runner was placed on second once the inning started. She gave up the winning run and walked off distraught. Her teammates and coaches tried to talk to her, but she wouldn’t respond.It was the last time she ever pitched.Instead of talking to people about her mental struggle with the game, Fernandez turned to hitting in the batting cage in her basement or at the field for mental breaks. Despite her parents’ support and positive results on the field, Fernandez never felt like she did enough.Even in college, Fernandez has struggled to get past her negative thoughts about her performance. After Fernandez’s last regular season ACC series, Tim talked about his daughter with Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch.“Your daughter,” Bosch said to Tim, “it’s been a really rough four years trying to get her to focus on the positive things and not the negative things.”As an antidote to her struggles, Fernandez has turned to teammates and a sports psychologist. Bryce Holmgren, the team’s best hitter, has become Fernandez’s go-to for any negative thoughts regarding her play on the field. Holmgren stresses to Fernandez her role as a slapper isn’t always to get big-time hits or plays. Instead, things like moving the runner from first to second or second to third are what she does best, even if they don’t result in getting on base.While one bad at-bat could ruin a weekend in the past, Fernandez has learned to take it in stride. This year, her season average dipped to a career-low, but she’s remained positive and more comfortable with her performances than in the past.“It’s almost inexplicable how much stronger mentally she has been this year,” Holmgren said. “I think that part of it is being a senior and realizing that maybe softball isn’t everything. Once you kind of stay level and minimize the game a bit, you realize that you don’t need to get worked up about this stuff.”Fernandez wears two wristbands, just above her glove, during games. The first is a SpongeBob SquarePants bracelet, gifted to her by Bosch, shared by her fellow infielders, signifying her love for the cartoon. The other is more thought-provoking. Inspired by Holmgren, it offers three words of advice: “You got this.”Kai Nguyen | Photo Editor“Sometimes you just have to have that positive outlook, no matter what’s coming at you,” Holmgren said. “That’s what I try to tell her…keep it simple.”Fernandez’s struggles with mental positivity are far from simple, but she’s beginning to understand them better. As a senior, she opens up more to people and seeks more outlets to do so. She knows now that if she makes an out, it’s not the worst thing in the world.Yet there are still days when she lets her negativity creep in, like during her conversation with her mom, last week. She may not think of herself as any more than a mediocre softball player, but the people around her know better. And they’ll never stop trying to convince her otherwise.“I said to her the other day, ‘Sam, for one time in your life, I want you to say “I’m awesome” and I want you to believe it,’” Christine said. “I wish she could see herself the way other people see her, because she just doesn’t get it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Transfer News:Striker Richmond Boakye to wear No.99 jersey at Atalanta

first_imgRichmond Boakye-Yiadom will wear the ’99′ jersey for the entire duration of the 2014/15 season after Atalanta agreed to his choice of the hundred-minus-one figure.The Ghana international, who wore ’18′ at Juventus, Genoa and the Black Stars, did not request the same shirt number that he wore last season at Elche.At Elche and Sassuolo, he wore his favourite ’9′ shirt but, at last year’s World Youth Championship in Turkey, he wore the number ’20′ in the Black Satellitessquad.Ahead of next year’s African Cup of Nations in Morocco, the 21-year is already showing valuable promise after scoring four times in his debut game for theSerie A outfit last Sunday.last_img read more

Cubs edge Kershaw, Dodgers, 3-2

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If Kershaw claims the National League Cy Young award this season, it will be despite the number in the loss column, which grew one larger after the Chicago Cubs’ 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers in front of 52,326 at Dodger Stadium.“That wasn’t I guess what we’ve come to see as typical Clayton tonight,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I thought they fought him pretty good. Even some of the strikeouts he gets and outs he got, they fouled off and fouled off some balls. He wasn’t quite as sharp as he’s been.” The Dodgers have averaged less than one run per game in the last four losses for Kershaw (13-8), who remained in the game after being hit in a left ankle he said was fine after the game. As dominant as he has been this season – Kershaw’s 1.72 ERA entering Tuesday was the fourth lowest for any pitcher through 27 starts in 40 years – he has lost a surprising eight games and three times received not a single run of support from the Dodgers.But Kershaw’s worst, for example, represents another pitcher’s best. Seriously. Joe Blanton, who has struggled across town for the Angels, never gave up less than two runs in any of his 20 starts this season. Kershaw’s counterpart, Cubs 2013 All-Star Travis Wood, has a 3.09 ERA on the season but entered with a collective 5.16 ERA in first five August starts. The left-hander allowed just one unearned run on five hits with a pair of walks in seven innings to the best offense in the Major Leagues since June 22.Kershaw preferred to discuss Wood rather than his lack of run support.“Wood’s a good pitcher. He’s an All-Star for a reason,” Kershaw said. “He kept us off balance tonight, had a good cutter working all game. It’s just one of those things. You’re going to run into some good pitchers every once in a while.”Wood (8-10) aided his own cause with a leadoff single to left field in the third inning and was driven in by Dioner Navarro for an unerned run on a catcher’s interference scored an error by the Dodgers’ A.J. Ellis.A Cubs team with a .238 batting average that ranks the third worst in the Majors, had two base runners in five of the first six innings and collected seven hits off Kershaw, the most he has allowed in more than two months. He needed 108 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings.In the sixth inning, first baseman Cody Ransom’s single was followed by Kershaw’s third walk of the night. Starlin Castro followed with an RBI single, prompting visible frustration from Kershaw as the last place team in the National League Central took a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to Hanley Ramirez, who went 3 for 4 and scored both the Dodgers’ runs. Ramirez, who blooped a single in front of the right fielder in the sixth inning, advanced to second when Wood overthrew the first baseman on a pick-off attempt and scored on Juan Uribe’s single to right field.“I didn’t feel like we weren’t just up there wailing,” Mattingly said. “I think we were trying to get to (Wood) and kind of started whittling away, but just couldn’t get to him.”The Cubs promptly regained a two-run lead in the seventh. Donnie Murphy produced the second single of the night off the ankle of a Dodger pitcher which reliever Ronald Belisario followed by hitting a batter to lead the bases with no outs in the seventh. Ransom’s ensuing double-play ground ball was enough to score the eventual winning run.Ramirez pulled the Dodgers within a run on Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the eighth inning, but Skip Schumaker’s double play ended the Dodgers’ threat.After the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks prevailed in 10 innings on Tuesday, the Dodgers’ 8 ½ game in the National League West was still the second largest divisional lead in the Major Leagues next to the Atlanta Braves’ 13 game lead in the National League East.The Dodgers have the best record in the Major Leagues since June 22, but have lost five of their last 10 games. “I think we got some guys that are a little tired,” Mattingly said. “We’ve been a little bit run down. We’ll be fine.”center_img It all went wrong for Clayton Kershaw Tuesday night.Which is to say the Dodgers’ ace saw his scoreless streak end at 18 innings. On an unearned run.The line drive off his left shin in the sixth inning punctuated his shortest outing since April 23.For the Major League leader in earned-run average, giving up two runs – one earned – in 5 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts constitutes a bad night.last_img read more

Dustin May struck in head by line drive, Dodgers rally to avoid sweep in Arizona

first_img“We definitely felt adversity in this series and … it’s good to feel that every once in awhile. It was a humbling series for us. Now we can get back on track.”May felt more than adversity. He felt the impact of a Jake Lamb line drive that was measured a 91 mph off the bat. May underwent concussion testing and passed. He stood at his locker answering questions about the incident, claiming he didn’t even have a headache — an outcome that allowed teammate Ross Stripling to joke that May’s fluffy head of hair cushioned the impact.“I’m really kind of upset that I didn’t catch it because it grazed my glove,” May said. “It just pretty much grazed my glove but I think it slowed it down enough to not do too much damage. It hit off the band part of my hat so it was probably the best possibility I could look for. But it was really scary.“I saw it coming and I was, ‘Ohhhhh, get out of the way!’”The drive caught May in the side of the head behind and above his right ear. The ball caromed sharply into left field. The 21-year-old rookie dropped to the ground and lay there for a few minutes as a Dodgers trainer rushed out to check on him and May’s teammates gathered around. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies May eventually stood up, put his hat back on and walked off the field with two members of the Dodgers’ training staff flanking him.“When it hit me at first it really just frightened me,” May said. “Then when I was on the ground, it was like, ‘Well, dang, I wish that wouldn’t have happened.’“Then I was like, I don’t want to rush it to get up because I’ve seen other people do that and it’s a worse outcome. So I figured I’d just stay down and see what happens, see what they say when they come out. … It still hasn’t really set in, that it hit me. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers staring pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May, left, is comforted by Dodgers’ David Freese, second from right, as manager Dave Roberts (30) runs on the field during the fourth inning of a baseball game, after May was hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May rolls on the ground after being hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers medical staff Yosuke Nakajima, bottom left, attends to relief pitcher Dustin May, front, after May was hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. Dodgers’ David Freese, left, Justin Turner (10), Chris Taylor (3), Dave Roberts (30) and Jedd Gyorko, right, all look on. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May, middle, walks off the field as he is flanked by medical staff Neil Rampe, left, and Yosuke Nakajima, right, after May was hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb, right, runs to first base after hitting Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May, left, with a batted ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (3) forces out Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed (13) before throwing to first base to complete a double play during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin (55) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammates Ross Stripling, center, and A.J. Pollock (11) during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Tim Locastro (16) watches a fan catch a home run by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jedd Gyorko barehands a ground ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. Locastro beat out an infield single on the play. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese (25) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese (25) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, second from right, and Joc Pederson, right, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Alex Young, left, walks back on the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, right, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers staring pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May, left, is comforted by Dodgers’ David Freese, second from right, as manager Dave Roberts (30) runs on the field during the fourth inning of a baseball game, after May was hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dustin May, left, is comforted by Dodgers’ David Freese, second from right, as manager Dave Roberts (30) runs on the field during the fourth inning of a baseball game, after May was hit by a batted ball from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX — Pitching in relief has not gone well for Dustin May.Making his second relief appearance since being promoted from Triple-A a month ago, the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect took a line drive off the side of the head, knocking him from the game.The liner back to the mound was the fourth of five consecutive singles the Arizona Diamondbacks had in the fourth inning as they scored three times, erasing an early Dodgers lead for the fourth consecutive game. This time, the Dodgers rallied on home runs by Cody Bellinger in the ninth and Joc Pederson in the 11th to win 4-3 Sunday.“We definitely felt some adversity, losing three out of three to start the series,” Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. “Then we had to dig deep all the way to the end. Belly with a huge home run then Pederson coming off the bench with an absolute moon shot.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Lefty reliever Adam Kolarek replaced May and gave up the fifth consecutive single in the inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score.The Dodgers held multi-run leads early in each of the four games in Arizona – 3-0 the first three days and 2-0 on Sunday – but let them all get away.Sunday’s lead was built on solo home runs by David Freese and Martin. Freese’s homer came in his first at-bat since July 23 after being activated from the Injured List. Martin’s was the Dodgers’ 236th home run of the season, setting a new franchise record.Stripling handed that off to May in the fourth inning after pitching three scoreless innings in his return from the IL.In his first relief appearance on August 18 in Atlanta, May retired the first batter he faced then loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam.Against the Diamondbacks, he again retired the first batter and loaded the bases on three consecutive singles. That brought up Lamb who lined a 1-and-1 fastball back off May’s head. The ball ricocheted towards left field as two runs scored to tie the game. Josh Rojas singled off Kolarek to put the Diamondbacks in the lead.The Diamondbacks’ bullpen made their lead stand up into the ninth inning when manager Torey Lovullo chose to bring in lefty reliever Andrew Chafin to face Bellinger. Bellinger tied the game with his 43rd homer (tied for the major-league lead).Sixteen of those have come against left-handed pitching, the most for any batter in the majors this season. Bellinger also has the highest OPS for a left-handed batter against left-handed pitching.“He’s always hit left-handed pitching. Last year was certainly an aberration against lefties at times,” said Roberts who platooned Bellinger late last season. “He’s made the adjustments he’s needed to make. I feel very confident with him in the box against anyone.”Bellinger wore Pederson’s cleats Sunday — a superstition that has carried over for awhile now. For his part, Pederson took a bat given to him by Andre Ethier up to the plate against right-hander Taylor Clarke to lead off the 11th. The retired outfielder visited his old team Saturday.“He said it had a lot of hits in it,” Pederson said.It had one very big one. Pederson worked the count full then blasted the eighth pitch of the at-bat 454 feet into the right-field seats.Pedro Baez closed it out in the 11th for his first career save (in his 329th appearance), helping the Dodgers end a three-game losing streak and avoid a four-game sweep in Arizona.“It was as big of a hit for us as we’ve had all year considering obviously losing the first three here, where the pitching was at — you’re down to a couple arms at that point in time,” Roberts said of Pederson’s homer.“You have a four-game set and to come in here and lose four — there’s a lot of, I hate saying pressure, but it’s kind of a must-win situation as far as getting back on the winning track.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Spectacular Celebration of BiH Team Players and Fans! (video)

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’) football team played a match against Austria in the UEFA Nations League group stage with a result of 0:0. After this match, BiH won placement in League A.BiH’s players played an excellent match against the respectable team of Austria and were all 90 minutes a fairly equal opponent.After the last referee’s whistle, the Dragons immediately made their way to the place where BiH’s fans were located.Namely, there were some 20,000 BiH’s fans in Vienna last evening celebrating this great success.BiH team will in the upcoming edition of the Nations League (2020/2021), play in the elite division, namely League A. The result from the last match is important for the qualifications for Euro 2020.(Photo: zenit)last_img read more

Iowa’s busiest casino taking precautions due to coronaivrus

first_imgALTOONA — The busiest state-licensed casino is taking additional precautions to guard against the coronavirus.Prairie Meadows C-E-O Gary Palmer says many precautions were already in place in response to the flu. “We’re putting a lot of signage up and naturally, we have a lot of sanitary stations for hand washing — we always have those –but we are adding more,” according to Palmer. “All of our modern bathrooms all have the touchless sinks and soap dispensers and drying systems — so you don’t have to touch anything.”The Altoona facility sees some three million people come through every year. Palmer says they want everyone to feel safe. “We don’t know what we have coming, but we are trying to be proactive, listening to the state government, as well as the national government to try and prevent this from spreading,” Palmer says.The casino has hundreds of machines that gamblers use, and he says they have systems in place to keep them clean. “We constantly clean and disinfect the machines — and we’re probably doing it more now than we have been — because of the influenza for one thing. And now this new virus that is out, so we are kind of ahead of the game on that. We’re constantly having our people clean all our property,” Palmer says.Palmer says they will try to educate visitors as much as they can on proper hygiene. “We just have a lot of visitors and we just want to do our best and be proactive to do everything that we can to prevent as much as we can of the spreading of the flu, or this new virus,” Palmer says.He says the rules are the same for the casino as they are for work — if you are sick — stay home and prevent the spread of the flu or other sicknesses. Palmer says they tell their employees the same thing.last_img read more