Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a sixth straight win as Luis Suarez and two own goals secured a 3-0 win at Girona in a match laced with political tension yesterday.Real Madrid remain seven points behind Barca thanks to Dani Ceballosâ€™s double on his full debut to bounce back from a shock midweek defeat by Real Betis with a 2-1 win at Alaves to move up to fourth. Girona were hosting Barca in a Catalan derby for the first time in the top flight, but a one-sided game on the field was marked by persistent chants in favour of independence for Catalonia.Cataloniaâ€™s pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont was in attendance, while the pro-independence Estelada flag was waved by sections of both supports.â€œThe game had its difficulties,â€ said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde. â€œItâ€™s a derby, there was a great atmosphere, tension. It is normal, but we played well.â€On the field there was much less controversy as Barca were rarely troubled after Aday Benitez turned Jordi Albaâ€™s wayward shot into his own net after just 17 minutes. Another own goal extended their advantage three minutes after halftime when goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz was fooled by Suarezâ€™s dummy from Aleix Vidalâ€™s cross.And Suarez rounded off the scoring himself with just his second goal of the season by whipping the ball into Iraizozâ€™s near post from Sergi Robertoâ€™s pass over the top.At Mendizorroza, Madrid were once again wasteful in front of goal, but still sneaked by an Alaves side that remain without a point after six games.â€œToday we needed the three points. We are not in brilliant form, but for sure we will play better on other days,â€ said Real boss Zinedine Zidane.Ceballos was one of three changes made to the side that lost to Betis by Zidane as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were left on the bench ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund.And the Spanish under-21 international settled Madridâ€™s nerves after just 10 minutes as he caught Fernando Pacheco flat-footed.Alaves did register their first goal of the season five minutes before halftime when Manu Garcia met Munir El Haddadiâ€™s cross flush to power a header into the top corner.Madrid retook the lead just three minutes later, though, as Ceballos pounced on a poor punch from Pacheco to fire into the bottom corner.Earlier, Diego Costa was an interested spectator as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.Costa wonâ€™t be able to feature until January after completing his prolonged return to the club from Chelsea for a reported club record fee of 55 million euros ($66 million), plus 10 million euros in add-ons.â€œWe are happy that a player of his stature wants to come to Atletico Madrid,â€ Atletico boss Diego Simeone said of Costaâ€™s return.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was only fitting that the Westhill girls volleyball team’s final obstacle in the way of another undefeated regular season was its next-door neighbors – and the coach who led them to a state championship a year earlier.The Warriors met West Genesee last Wednesday night, completing a cycle of sorts. After winning that 2018 state title, Carolyn Corley left Westhill to take over the Wildcats’ varsity program.Under new head coach Carla Prince, the Warriors, no. 2 in the New York Volleyball Coaches Association’s state Class B rankings, have remained dominant and proved that again here, sweeping WG in three sets. Right before the WG match, Westhill hosted LaFayette last Monday, honoring its senior class and then outclassing a good Lancers squad that entered the night with a 12-4 record.The 25-10, 25-15, 25-14 sweep included Schwartz earning 20 assists and Militi getting 13 digs. Galante had 12 kills and nine digs, with O’Connell getting five kills and Richardson adding three aces.WG rumbled past Corcoran 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 a night before its match with Westhill. nyder had 18 assists and Margaret Clancy got 10 assists as Allen earned 10 kills, just ahead of Mia Lamanna’s nine kills and Zajac’s six kills.And after the defeat to Westhill, the Wildcats handled Henninger Thursday and topped the Black Knights 25-13, 25-15, 25-21. Snyder had 19 assists, with Zajac earning seven kills and five aces. Lamanna and Julia Quirk both got five kills.Another big local match took place last Tuesday, Skaneateles visiting Marcellus in the wake of the Mustangs going to Phoenix Oct. 19 and claiming top honors in the Onondaga High School League tournament.And it proved a classic, the Mustangs taking the opener 25-18 before the Lakers earned 25-23 and 25-17 wins in the next two sets. Yet it was Marcellus with a comeback of its own, claiming the fourth set 25-21 and then winning the final set 25-17 to claim the match.Bronte Stahl put together 20 assists, 12 kills, five blocks, eight digs and three aces in a superb all-around effort for the Mustangs as Anna Fern added 10 kills and six blocks. Jenna Mattison, with 15 assists and seven digs, helped Stahl on the back line.Evelyn Webster earned 25 digs. Emily Falge got nine digs and Elaine Grattan seven digs as they both earned four kills. McKenzie Gutchess had four blocks as she and Brook Finarty both had three kills.On the Lakers’ side, it was Maeve Canty earning 16 kills, four aces and 22 digs. Emma Keady had 16 assists and 18 digs, while Emma Miller (19 digs), Kristen Henry (16 digs, five kills), Ellie Peterson (14 digs), Alex Csemez (13 digs) and Rory Comer (eight digs) all helped on defense.Solvay locked up a sectional playoff berth in last Tuesday’s match with Central Square, improving to 7-8 as the Bearcats put together a 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 sweep of the Redhawks.Sophia Guadagnolo finished with 28 assists, plus five aces. On a well-balanced front line, Myah Platler led with eight kills, with Genea Kadlubowski adding seven kills as Alicia Grainger and Isabella Lambert had six kills apiece. Jordan Bamba had 10 digs.Then, in four sets, Solvay topped LaFayette 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 24-19 in another tight match. Platler had 15 kills, five aces and 12 digs, with Grainger getting nine kills and Anastasia LaFlair six kills as Guadagnolo amassed 32 assists and seven aces. Bamba had 15 digs.Bishop Ludden hosted Fulton on Thursday night, falling in four sets 25-22, 25-10, 17-25, 25-13 to the Red Raiders. Kate Ruddy had 15 assists and eight digs, with Jasmine Cuffee and Ally Royal also getting eight digs as Cuffee had five kills, Alexis Pietrowski six kills and Megan Virkler four kills.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 decision featured Sarah Schwartz earning 39 assists and nine digs, feeding a front line where Sara Galante got 12 kills and six digs. Kate Heinrich augmented her 12 kills with five blocks.Morgan Richardson continue to improve, earning eight kills as Grace O’Connell and Hannah Schmitz had four kills apiece. Defensively, Gianna Militi earned nine digs to match Schwartz as J Welch added eight digs.WG’s effort featured 12 kills from Isabella Allen and 27 assists from Anna Snyder. Phoebe Anderson gained five kills, with Brynn Zajac earning four kills and Mackenzie Winn picking up 14 digs. Tags: MarcellusskaneatelesvolleyballWest GeneseeWesthill
By Friday, it will have been 15 days of wall-to-wall coverage. Spanning four games, a national holiday and a trip to New York City, the dark cloud hovering over the Syracuse men’s basketball program is unrelenting.The No. 4 team in the nation, undefeated at 7-0, continues to play second fiddle to the sex abuse scandal surrounding its former associate head coach, Bernie Fine.‘The only thing we can do is just go out there and play basketball and get them to talk about us and not this,’ sophomore guard Dion Waiters said. ‘And that’s what we’re trying to do. You know it’s going to be around for a while. The only thing we can do is continue to keep winning and get back focused on the Syracuse basketball team.’On Friday, Syracuse hosts No. 10 Florida (5-1) in a matchup of top-10 teams that will be Syracuse’s biggest game of the season so far. But in the wake of Fine’s dismissal from the university following allegations of molestation by three individuals, the Orange’s on-court performance is continually overlooked. Head coach Jim Boeheim and the players insist they are not distracted by the hoopla and hysteria of the situation, but Friday’s game in Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. with the Gators will be a much more difficult test than any other Syracuse has faced this season.Boeheim ended an intense 20-minute press conference following Tuesday’s win over Eastern Michigan and former SU assistant coach Rob Murphy by addressing the idea of possible distractions going forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd much like he did following the Orange’s blowout win over Colgate on Nov. 19 — two days after the original news broke on ESPN — Boeheim continued to assert that the whirlwind going on outside the program has no bearing on his team’s preparation.‘The last thing I’d like to cover, because I’ve heard this a lot — the players will not be distracted,’ Boeheim said. ‘We may not win every game. If we lose a game, it’s not going to be because they’re distracted. They’re going to play. We’ll keep them focused.‘I think people talk about focus, whether it’s this or distractions — whatever it is. Those are excuses. We do not make excuses.’The allegations and ensuing investigation of Fine come during a season in which Boeheim has arguably one of his most talented teams ever during his 36-year tenure. He’s acknowledged that it’s definitely one of his deepest teams, with nine players averaging more than 13 minutes per game, and the team has its sights set on winning a national championship.Yet the undefeated start, NIT Season Tip-Off title and scoring margin of plus-26.1 points are overlooked. The focus has turned away from the high level of basketball played by the Orange and landed on stomach-turning allegations of sexual abuse against a man who has been a staple in the SU program since the 1970s.‘I think it’s unfortunate more than anything, to happen to a program like us,’ SU guard Brandon Triche said. ‘Just for the type of media attention we’re getting, it’s tough. But we just have to stay focused and focus on basketball.’Despite all the assurances from Boeheim and his players that concentration won’t be inhibited, it’s difficult to imagine that the swarm of media isn’t on anyone’s mind.After the game against Colgate, Triche and Scoop Jardine both talked about having to use alternate entrances to the Carrier Dome and Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center to avoid the press. And with Tuesday’s game playing host to what seemed like double the amount of media, Boeheim and the players were questioned relentlessly about the situation with Fine.For Waiters, it has become old hat.‘You could see it on TV so much now, the only thing you could say is like, ‘What’s new?” Waiters said. ‘We’re just focusing on this game by game and going out and trying to play hard and get better as a group.’Friday’s game against the Gators isn’t a contest SU can skate through. It’s not Colgate or Manhattan or Fordham. Florida is a team with legitimate talent, led by a stellar backcourt of Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.It’s a game that a lack of focus — if in fact there is one — will doom the Orange. And should SU lose, the deluge of questions about distractions will pour in once again.‘It’s been crazy, but at the end of the day, the only thing we can focus on is basketball,’ Waiters said. ‘Like coach Boeheim said, it’s about us as a team. It’s times like this that we can bring it together and have each others’ backs. That’s what we try to do.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13
Throughout the regular season, Sergio Camargo sliced his way through opposing defenses. He flashed an ability to thread passes between any crevice, anywhere on the field. He even found the back of the net once, finally, in the Orange’s 13th game of the year against Virginia Tech.But the full product never materialized, despite those inside the program raving about the potential of the Coastal Carolina transfer.The Camargo of late, though, is the one that’s been bottled up inside his 5-foot-6 frame all year, the offensive weapon that Syracuse hoped for when he chose SU in the offseason. Camargo has scored three of SU’s four goals in its last two postseason games and assisted on the other. Against ninth-seeded North Carolina (12-3-3, 5-1-2 Atlantic Coast) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on Sunday at 2 p.m., Camargo will need to be more of the same for No. 8-seed Syracuse (12-3-4, 3-2-3) against one of the three teams that held the Orange scoreless this year.“He’s playing well and you need your big players to play well in big games,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “This time of year, these are the big ones.”Camargo’s senior season has followed a path intertwined in disappointment, relief and now normalcy. He, and everyone around him, has known all along he’s capable of being the best offensive player during a given game. The results just didn’t show it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough 12 games, Camargo had one assist to his name and no goals to show for 17 shots. Granted, Syracuse’s 8-0 start softened the blow of his lacking individual production, but the Orange’s four-game winless streak that followed amped up the worry behind his own scoreless stretch. Then came his game-winner against Virginia Tech, and thus jumpstarted the upward trajectory of Camargo’s season that has reached its peak at just the right time.“I guess it is cliché to say it, but it’s good. You want your players to come out and step up in big games like these,” senior forward Chris Nanco said. “When you get an individual performance like that from him … it raises the intensity of the guys around him and that helps a lot in the game … I’ve known what he’s capable of.”Sam Ogozalek | Staff WriterWhen Syracuse trailed with less than five minutes remaining in the ACC tournament quarterfinal against Clemson, a Tigers handball gave SU a penalty kick. The Orange’s primary penalty-kick taker, Nanco, was out of the game and McIntyre didn’t immediately assign anyone to the kick. So Camargo swiftly picked up the ball, assigned himself to the kick essentially, he said, and buried it to send the game to overtime.Then against Dartmouth in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a year after the Orange conceded first to the Big Green at the same stage in the postseason, Camargo slotted home goals No. 2 and 3 to help Syracuse pull away. Now comes another test, again with Syracuse’s season and Camargo’s career on the line, against one of the best defenses the Orange has faced all year.“I try to show my teammates that I can produce for them,” Camargo said. “My stats haven’t really showed that but hopefully these last few games I can leave everything on the field like I know I can and raise my stats so everyone outside the program knows what I’ve put into this program.”What showed before Syracuse embarked on a journey to repeat as College Cup semifinalists was one goal and one assist, a relatively underwhelming regular season resume.Three postseason games later, it’s three goals, two assists and an expectation of offensive fireworks that could carry Syracuse right back to where it left off.“We know Sergio and have known him very well,” McIntyre said. “He’s playing very well. Long may that continue.” Comments Published on November 27, 2016 at 12:28 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on April 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Four days after former five-star Syracuse-bound forward Darius Bazley decommitted from SU, head coach Jim Boeheim discussed the No. 9 recruit’s decision. Bazley will become the first high school player to turn professional in the NBA G League.“I love the kid. He’s a great kid. It was a shocker,” Boeheim said Monday morning on ESPN Radio. “Whenever a kid does something or leaves us, I just wish him well. I hope that he does great. We’re going to have a good team next year. We would have liked to have him with us, but we will have a good team.”Bazley, the No. 9 recruit in ESPN’s 2018 rankings, committed to SU in July 2017 and was SU’s first commitment in its 2018 class. He was also the Orange’s first top 100 recruit since 2016. He scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes at the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday. He will play in the Jordan Brand Classic on Sunday, along with No. 37 recruit and Syracuse commit Jalen Carey.Syracuse’s class also features Buddy Boeheim, the SU coach’s son.Bazley chose the Orange as a four-star recruit over Florida, Georgetown and Louisville, among others. He had climbed to the top 10 of ESPN’s 2018 recruit rankings. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Princeton (Ohio) High School decommitted from Ohio State last April. The No. 1 recruit out of Ohio told the Columbus Dispatch he didn’t feel OSU would give him a clear path to the NBA.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a really good workout kid, he works hard,” Boeheim said Monday. “He will not play in a game or work out with an organized team until November. If he was in college, he’d work out for six weeks in the summer and the eight weeks before Nov. 1. So, he’s obviously going to be a lot further along.”“I don’t understand why everybody, everybody, doesn’t say and see college really helps,” Boeheim continued. “Even if you are only there one year, it helps you get better. If you are really good, it gives you a platform. If you are not really good, you have to think, ‘I’ve got to get better.’”Boeheim said he thinks it’s difficult to move from the G League to the NBA because there are hundreds of G League players vying for only a few open spots at the highest level. Many teenagers are not prepared to play with players in their mid-20s, he added. Syracuse holds the third-longest streak of first-round selections in the NBA Draft (six), trailing Kentucky and Duke.The minimum age to join the G League is 18, which Bazley will turn on June 12. After a year, when Bazley is not signed to an NBA team, he will be eligible for the NBA Draft, which he is projected to go inside the 2019 top 10.Bazley will not make more than $26,000 in G League earnings next season, according to ESPN.Boeheim said last month that, in general, he would be a proponent of top high school players like Bazley skipping college and going straight for the pros. Boeheim said the one-and-done rule “has to go.”Established in 2006, the rule requires U.S.-based players to be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the NBA Draft. The rule was implemented because of concern over whether players were mature enough to enter the NBA. The result has been a college basketball landscape including players who have no intention to stay at school more than one season required. Ten of the first 11 picks of last year’s draft were college freshmen.“Hopefully we’ll get guys who want to be in college,” Boeheim said on Feb. 24. “If they really want to go to the NBA (out of high school). Bill Gates didn’t want to go to college. I think he did all right. Golf, tennis players don’t have to go to college.”But on Monday, Boeheim took somewhat of an opposite stance. He said Bazley’s decision will not set a trend in years to come.“I hope he does great, but I don’t think it’s the way it will be,” Boeheim said. “I think it will be proven it’s not the way to get to the NBA.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx lay face-down in the grass as Duke players converged on teammate Marykate McGuire to congratulate her. McGuire’s shot had just beaten Proulx from seven yards out to give the Blue Devils a 4-1 lead. All 11 Orange players on the pitch huddled together, but their body language couldn’t be more different than what it was in the first half.Following senior Sydney Brackett’s goal with 13 minutes to play in the first half, Syracuse (3-11-2, 1-7-1 Atlantic Coast) was outshot 18-6 in a 4-1 loss to No. 9 Duke (8-1-7, 3-0-6). It marks the first time since 2008 that the Orange failed to win a road contest all season, and SU is eliminated from qualifying for the ACC tournament.SU stuck with Duke for a majority of the first half. They only recorded one shot, but Brackett buried it into the top right corner to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later though, the Blue Devils capitalized on their second shot of the match to even the score at one. In the second half, the ball seemed to stay exclusively in the Orange’s defensive third. Duke freshman Julia Hannon scored 10 minutes into the second half. Twelve minutes later, Tess Boade curled a shot around Proulx’s outstretched arm and into the right corner of the net. Freshman Alexandra Panaggio and junior Georgia Allen got shots on goal in the waning seconds of the match, but both were dealt with by Duke goalkeeper Mackenzie Coles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProulx finished with six saves in the loss. The Orange return to Syracuse for Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 31 against No. 1 Virginia. SU has not beaten a ranked opponent this decade. Comments Published on October 27, 2019 at 4:23 pm Contact Tim: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Share Marc Etches the Chief Executive of independent industry charity GambleAware has written an open letter to industry stakeholders regarding funding and transparency for sector problem gambling initiatives.As previously detailed, Etches states that current voluntary donation system is failing, with GambleAware set to be 60% below its funding target for its year-to-date operations.As Leader of GambleAware, Etches states that funding needs to be drastically increased in order for the charity to aid ongoing treatment and research for problem gambling, which will aid all industry stakeholders.Starting on April 2018, GambleAware will ask all industry operators to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations to GambleAware represents, and will publish details of donations on its website.The contents of Marc Etches letter is as follows;_________________Dear AllI am writing to let you know of our concerns regarding the current level of the industry’s funding of GambleAware, and actions we are taking to ensure greater transparency in the future. Specifically,The current voluntary system is not delivering the level of funding the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has determined is required to meet the demands placed on GambleAware by the National Responsible Gambling Strategy (the Strategy): Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The level of funding required in the future is likely to increase significantly: Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles From 1st April 2018, GambleAware will ask all companies to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations to GambleAware represents, and will publish details of donations on its website.Given the charity’s objectives, trustees are mindful of what is in the best interests of those who it is committed to help when it comes to advocating for the continuation of the current ‘voluntary donation’ arrangements. While some companies are relatively generous, the industry more widely has yet to demonstrate that it is sufficiently willing to meet the current target, much less that it is minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services to the extent that GambleAware and others think appropriate.On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy. Trustees have made this position clear to both the Gambling Commission and RGSB. In the meantime, we will continue to work positively and collaboratively to encourage all gambling companies to contribute a full and fair share of the relatively modest cost of funding GambleAware to deliver what it has been tasked by the Strategy.Yours sincerly,________________ The number of problem gamblers is now estimated at 430,000;Less than 2% are receiving treatment, representing a significant gap in services;With 2 million adults ‘at risk’ and nearly half a million 11 to 15-year-old children gambling every week in England and Wales (including 9,000 defined as ‘problem gamblers’), there is a need for a significant investment in education and harm-prevention activity. The industry fell 20% short last year (ending 31st March 2017)Seven months into the current year (ending 31st March 2018) the industry is 60% short;Such were our concerns about cash-flow in August, we notified the Gambling Commission. StumbleUpon Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020
Advertising company Bidstack will be hosting a Football Manager tournament at Insomnia Gaming Festival in March, with a prize pool of £25,000 as well as a unique opportunity courtesy of Norwich City Football Club.The Football Manager World Esport Championship 2018 takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Arena in Birmingham from March 30th-April 1st as part of Insomnia 62 and has been organised by Bidstack and the superb Community Sports Foundation, which supports some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk through sport.The winner of the 64-man tournament, which any Football Manager can enter to play in, will not only receive their £25,000 winnings but will also have the chance to manage a team of Norwich legends against Inter Forever, the club’s official legends team, featuring the likes of Javier Zanetti, Marco Materazzi and even more to be announced.James Draper, CEO of Bidstack, said: “We’ve created this tournament to unearth the best manager in the virtual world – and then bring that person into the real world of football management. We wanted to create a new esports tournament to prove to the market Esports skills are transferable.”The tournament will utilise Football Manager’s ‘draft’ mode, in which gamers can draft players into their team one at a time, with player and budget restrictions playing an important part in the selection process.Registrations for the tournament close on 26th February, so you still have a few weeks to get yourself accustomed to the best tactics available to you. If you play your cards right, you might just end up managing for a group of legends.Disclaimer: This is a Bidstack run tournament and is not affiliated with SEGA or Sports Interactive in any way.Esports Insider says: Football Manager isn’t the game you commonly think of when it comes to esports, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. It goes without saying the prizes are great for the early days of an esport, and the winner is in for a great few days.
LEFT OUTWith Caleb Ferguson demoted to Triple-A earlier this week, the Dodgers have just two left-handed relievers in the bullpen – Scott Alexander and Urias.Alexander has never been strictly a lefty specialist and has fared poorly against lefties this season. They are 11 for 31 (.355) with two home runs and a .956 OPS against him while right-handed hitters are 4 for 29 (.138).But Roberts said that won’t change how he uses Urias.“I think with Julio we’re going to continue to like we talked about – when we use him it’s a multiple-inning situation,” Roberts said. “I don’t see him, we don’t see him as a lefty specialist or to use him in short spurts or back-to-back, things like that.Related Articles “It’s a fair question. We thought about it but right now we’re going to stay the course with Scott and count on Scott continuing to get better.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani underwent an MRI on his left shoulder as expected. The Dodgers are waiting for the medical staff to evaluate the results. Cingrani has been shut down since Friday when pain in the shoulder returning. …Wednesday’s starting lineup featured five players 25 years old or younger and only one (34-year-old Justin Turner) older than 28. Seven of the nine starters were “homegrown” with only Max Muncy (Oakland A’s) and Turner coming from other organizations.“It’s a sign of a good team when you’ve got youth and talent,” Roberts said.UP NEXTMets (LHP Jason Vargas, 1-2, 5.22 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 7-1, 1.65 ERA), Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AM Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts is obviously a man of great faith.“I do believe it will pass,” the Dodgers manager said Wednesday of his faith that the team’s bullpen will produce better results than it has through the first 55 games of the season. “I believe in the guys that we have in the ’pen.”Roberts’ faith has continually been tested by those guys. Despite a 15-game stretch at the start of May when the bullpen had a 2.07 ERA, the Dodgers’ relief corps dragged a 4.71 May ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the month into Wednesday’s game – actually not much different than the 4.55 ERA and 1.33 WHIP the Dodgers relievers sported at the end of April.While the Dodgers’ offense leads the National League in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage and the starting rotation has the lowest ERA in the NL, the bullpen ranks 22nd in ERA, 16th in batting average against and 15th in OPS against. Of the Dodgers’ first 19 losses, 11 have been charged to relievers. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I do believe it’ll pass,” Roberts repeated. “But I do feel that it needs to get better. They understand that. They understand getting ahead (of hitters). They understand limiting damage. They understand getting the guy out, the first guy you’re called in to face, the importance of that.”Tuesday’s bullpen breakdown was a particularly poor example of that. Roberts turned to five different relievers, four in the seventh inning alone. None of the five was able to retire the first batter they faced, a mess that included three walks, a double and Michael Conforto’s grand slam.“Work ahead and be able to put guys away when given the opportunity,” Roberts said of the changes needed. “That first guy when you’re called out of the ’pen, you’re called to get that first hitter out. I think we can be better at that. The track record shows that these guys have been good for longer periods of time. That’s what I’m betting on.”Right now, it is a bet based on faith more so than any direct evidence. Only two relievers in the current bullpen have ERAs under 3.00 – Dylan Floro (who has given up nine runs in his past 4-2/3 innings) and Julio Urias (who had made just six relief appearances). One reliever or another (and often more than one) has allowed at least one run in seven of the eight games before Wednesday.“Ultimately, I think they’re all going to get better,” Roberts said. “It’s just one of those things where a few guys just need to get back on track.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire
The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a potential tropical cyclone that has developed in the Atlantic.Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 developed Tuesday morning and is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.It is expected to become a tropical storm before reaching the Leeward Islands Wednesday into Thursday.As of Tuesday morning, the system was located about 50 miles from the Leeward Islands and is moving at 23 mph with 40 mph winds.While The National Hurricane center is unsure of the long-range track of the tropical system due to it’s less defined center, officials believe the system could bring winds and rain to the Bahamas and Florida by the end of the week.