Gower leaves Swans

first_img “I’m sad to be leaving, but it is in the best interests of both myself and the club,” he said. The 34-year-old had made 145 appearances for the Swans since joining on a free transfer from Southend in 2008, and helped them win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs in 2011. But Gower has found opportunities limited since Michael Laudrup succeeded Brendan Rodgers and, having spent the latter part of the season on loan at Charlton, has decided to end his spell in south Wales. Mark Gower and Swansea have agreed to terminate the midfielder’s contract a month early.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman Served Notice For Conflict of Interest

first_imgNew Delhi: Mumbai Indians (MI) mentor Sachin Tendulkar and his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) counterpart V.V.S. Laxman have been issued notices by BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain for alleged ‘conflict of interest’ in their involvement with the Indian Premier League teams as well as being a part of the still existing Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI.Jain has asked both Tendulkar and Laxman to send their responses by April 28. It also asked the BCCI to file its response in the matter.In the notice, Jain wrote: “A complaint has been received by the Ethics Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under Article 39 of the Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, regarding certain acts, allegedly constituting as ‘conflict of interest’ on your part.“You may file your written response to the accompanying complaint, supported by duly executed affidavit, on or before 28th April 2019, with the office of the Ethics Officer, BCCI, Mumbai, for further proceedings in the matter.”Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly had earlier been asked to submit his role in the IPL outfit by Jain for the same reason as he is the third member of the CAC. The CAC had last picked Ravi Shastri as the coach of the national team. Tendulkar and Laxman have been served the notices after Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, filed a complaint alleging that like Ganguly, the other two members of the CAC were also violating the BCCI’s conflict of interest rules. In his email to Jain, Gupta had alleged that Tendulkar and Laxman breached Rule 38 of the BCCI Constitution.“Nobody can evade by blatantly violating the Lodha reforms/Honorable Supreme Court verdict and the BCCI Constitution Rule 38 on the plea of being ‘advisor’ and ‘honorary’. In Rule 38 (4), there are many posts which are honorary [but] that does not mean that those post holders can hold more than one post at a time on the plea of being ‘honorary’,” Gupta had written. (IANS)Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in second ODI in Karachi

first_imgPAKISTAN beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second day-night international on Monday as Karachi staged its first ODI for 10 years.Pakistan hit 305-7 in their 50 overs with Babar Azam notching a brilliant 105-ball 115 and Fakhar Zaman scoring 54.Sri Lanka were bundled out for 238 in 46.5 overs with Usman Shinwari taking 5-51, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The Green Shirts had won the toss and opted to bat first against the visitors.After starting strong, Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 15th over, when Imam-ul-Haq (31 off 41) was trapped leg before wicket by Wanindu Hasaranga.Fakhar Zaman (54 from 65) was next to go, getting caught by Isuru Udana off Hasaranga in the 21st over.Haris Sohail (40 off 48) became the casualty of a run out off Nuwan Pradeep’s bowling in the 40th over.Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out after scoring eight runs and Babar Azam, who smashed a 105-ball 115, was caught off Lahiru Kumara in the 46th over.Imad Wasim was caught out after contributing 12 runs and Wahab Riaz (2) was run out at the non-striker’s end on the last ball of the innings. Pakistan thus finished their batting with 305-7 at the end of the 50 overs.The long-awaited first ODI between the two sides was called off due to heavy rain in the metropolis on Friday. The second ODI, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was rescheduled for today and the third match will be played on Wednesday.Monday’s match was the first ODI played in Karachi after a yawning gap of exactly 3,901 days, equivalent to 10 years, eight months and six days.The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month.(AFP)last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.Crimes against a personAt 8:27 A.M. on March 21, a staff member reported a suspect grabbed her waist while she was exiting a Metro bus at Exposition Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. She pushed the suspect away and subsequently fled on foot. Because the staff member did not report the incident at the time, DPS could not search for the suspect.At 8:39 A.M. on March 21, a staff member reported an unprovoked suspect punched him twice outside the Jefferson Street Metro station. The suspect fled the scene after a second staff member intervened. The incident was not reported at the time of occurrence, so DPS could not search for the suspect.Miscellaneous incidentsat 9:01 a.m. on March 21,a staff member doing landscaping work outside the Hoffman Contracts Research Building discovered 22 butane canisters and a bag of marijuana. The property was given to DPS and took it to the Metropolitan Detention Center as evidence.last_img read more

NBA in India:Indian national anthem to play before game for first time

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST NBA In India:Indian National Anthem To Play Before Game For First Time Bhuvan Bam will sing the Indian National Anthem before the NBA game begins which will be the first time that the national anthem is played at an NBA game LIVE TV Jitesh Vachhatani Tomorrow’s a big day for me. I’ll be singing the National Anthem at the first ever NBA games happening in Mumbai. This will be the first time the Indian national anthem is being sung at the games. Excited and filled with joyJai Hind 🇮🇳🥰@NBAIndia #NBAIndiaGames— Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) October 3, 2019 READ | US Ambassador Welcomes NBA To India, Shows Off Jaw-dropping MovesNBA Games in IndiaAfter Donald Trump’s iconic announcement about NBA India’s event at ‘Howdy Modi’, Indian basketball fans are extremely thrilled to experience the first-ever NBA match to be held at Mumbai.  Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers will play two pre-season games against each other on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium.  The event marks the first games played by teams from any North American sports league on Indian soil. Once fans register, they will have a 3D layout out of the venue. VIP tickets will include opportunities to click photos and shoot free throws on the court. Tickets are available ranging from ₹4,500 to ₹85,000 each. READ | NBA In India Buildup Sees Floating Court & Preview Of What Is To ComeREAD | NBA India: Young Fans Learn Techniques And Drills As Countdown Begins Written Bycenter_img COMMENT First Published: 3rd October, 2019 23:17 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE As India gears up to witness its first-ever NBA match in Mumbai, the Indian National Anthem for the first time will be played at an NBA game on Friday. Youtube sensation Bhuvan Bam will be singing the national anthem right before the game begins. The NBA games in India will kickstart from Friday and the first game will be played between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. READ | NBA In India: Priyanka Chopra Returns To Mumbai For The Game”Excited and filled with joy,” says Bhuvan BamThe Youtube sensation who is popular for his vines tweeted about it and said that he was honoured to receive the opportunity to sing the Indian national anthem at the NBA games. Bam also said that he was excited and filled with joy and that it is a really big day for him tomorrow. last_img read more

Dikko Hails Enyimba’s Never-Say-Die Attitude

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) has lauded Enyimba’s qualification for the CAF Champions’ League group stage after beating Etoile du Sahel to the ticket on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse.Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko in a social media post congratulated Enyimba for their show of bravery throughout the encounter while urging Nigerians to take a cue from the People’s Elephant who showed the Nigerian spirits even when many had written them off after the 90 minutes.“Enyimba have shown the Nigerian spirit today after they qualified at the expense of Etoile du Sahel. Even though they were three goals down but they never collapsed or gave up,” writes Dikko. “They could have scored the away goal at the 86th minute to win the match but they couldn’t convert the chance that came their way. Even though they were two goals down from the first two penalties in the penalty shootout still they never gave up and they clawed their way back.“They were presented with the opportunity to close up the tie with a penalty conversion in their sixth penalty to win and they lost it but they never surrendered and they got the result by the seventh penalty to win the match.“There is no better way to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit and this is how we use to know Nigerian teams. Enyimba have been able to revive our zeal and commitment to our fatherland. I want to congratulate Enyimba and to all lovers of Nigerian football. May this be the beginning of the turnaround to our international football performances.Enyimba have thus become the first Nigerian club after Sunshine Stars in 2012 to qualify for the CAF Champions’ League group stage and they are joined in the last eight by Entete Setif (Algeria), AS Vita Club (D R Congo), Al Ahly (Egypt), Zamalek (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’ Ivoire), Zesco United (Zambia) and Wydad Club (Morocco).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Daniel Grabher: Global Bet – Strong prospects for virtuals post-FOBT reduction

first_img Related Articles Parimatch secures ‘premium VS’ content with Global Bet July 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Share BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 As all betting incumbents make tough adjustments to their operating frameworks post the FOBT stake reduction, Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive of Global Bet – details that bookmaker virtual inventories are more important than ever at driving much needed retail engagements.  ______________SBC: Can you tell us more about what sets Global Bet’s virtual offering ahead of other virtual suppliers?Daniel Grabher (Global Bet Founder & Chief Executive): We have seen over the course of the recent years that the betting sector has never been more competitive. With marketing budgets stretched as operators fight fierce pricing and bonusing wars, the product is once again emerging as a genuine way to stand out from the crowd. This is why we decided years ago to make the product perfect for the next generation of players.Advanced 3D visualisations and a complex AI take the gap between real life sports and virtual sports to a new level. This is what keeps players glued to the screen on your website, in your retail channels or on mobile devices. When people see our latest games, they instantly realize what brings Global Bet´s virtual offering one step ahead of the competition.Our mission is to attract and deliver to millennials, as they are already familiarised with high-quality graphics and video games. Both Generation Y and Generation Z can be called “Millennials”, with the primary difference between the two being technology. Generation Y grew-up on personal computers, cell phones, and video game systems, while Generation Z has grown up on tablets, smartphones, and apps. Yet, the common ground between both generations is that both have been transforming and altering the way we place bets online, not just in the UK, but globally.SBC: How big a role do you think virtual sports betting could play in replacing fobts in the UK?DG: The fact that the latest UKGC report includes virtual betting for the first time, outlines the importance of this niche product. Next month’s reduction of the maximum wager on fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2, will hit the profitability of the majority of shops operated by big chains and independents alike. Operators are already looking for new revenue sources.Lost FOBT revenue will be made up by increased sports betting facilitated by the introduction of self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) which allow punters to gamble on new betting products. The role of virtual sports within these terminals is to fill the void, particularly on days with less sports events. Integrating the benefits of virtual sports into their operations is a logical step for UK operators for maximizing revenues and minimizing expenses. Data published by the UK Gambling Commission shows that virtual sports revenue totaled £170 million pounds, which was £40 million pounds more than real tennis brought in and represents roughly 8.5% of overall online betting revenue. I personally think that this numbers will be increasing massively after 1st of April.SBC: In terms of social responsibility, why are virtuals a better option than fobts were for UK retail betting operators?DG: Take a walk down any busy street in London and pop your head into one of the many betting shops. You are likely to see several fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) complete with addicted punters feeding them with money.In terms of social responsibility virtuals allow a person to play a couple of games only to be excited by the adrenaline rush. Whether he or she wins or loses does not matter. The thrill of the game leads them to play again in the future more for entertainment without them eventually losing all their money.SBC: How significant can virtual sports be for betting operators in the summer with the absence of a major football tournament?DG: Many see virtual sports as the perfect ‘gap-filler’ in the absence of a major football tournament. This is because the presence of virtual sports offerings in physical and online locations had the sole function of retaining punters’ interest before the next live sports event begun.This is no longer the case; virtuals are fast becoming a critical part of any modern sportsbook offering. The main reason for the rise of virtuals beyond the instant gratification that these games offer is the fact that punters are blown away by the sheer amount of entertainment virtuals offer them on a daily basis.SBC: How crucial do you think virtuals will be in the newly regulated US market?DG: Virtual sports are big business in European markets, accounting for 25 percent of all sports betting handle in Italy for instance. That’s a number that surprises many people who are unfamiliar with the product. In many states, virtual sports will act as filler content during seasonal and time lulls and stand out as an appealing gambling product. But in New Jersey for instance, instead of gaining a foothold and piggybacking as “filler” content during lulls in live sports, virtuals will probably act as a substitute for them. That being said, in newly opened markets lacking legal sports betting industry like the US, many things might work in virtual sports’ favour. Instead of piggybacking on sports betting, virtuals can be an alternative.Sports and entertainment are two very important parts of culture in the United States so products like our Virtual Basketball that already have massive success in Europe, are a perfect fit for the vast U.S. market. ___________________Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive – Global Betlast_img read more

More hurdles for AFCON hero, Mba

first_imgThere seems to be no end in sight for the club future of AFCON hero Sunday Mba. Just when it appeared that his travails would soon be resolved amicably, a new twist has appeared in the tussle between Rangers International of Enugu and Warri Wolves over who owns the player.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through an ad-hoc committee have ruled that Mba still has a contract with Warri Wolves and as such his preferred club Enugu Rangers will have to cough out a transfer fee agreed by both players for the star player.Wolves are demanding for 12 million Naira (about $75,000) and Rangers have since reacted by saying they are “studying” the offer.While this impasse continues it is the promising career of Mba that has been put on hold. Mba was a complete shadow of himself during the 2014 FIFA WorldCup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar last month. As it is now, Mba has yet to play club football in Nigeria several weeks after his goal won Nigeria a third AFCON title in Johannesburg, South Africa.And reports have also suggested that overseas clubs who have shown interest in the player are gradually pulling out of negotiations because they do not know which club they should actually be doing business with. What is even more worrisome is that both Rangers and Warri Wolves do not appear to be willing to shift grounds as the large-sized egos of their top officials have now got in the way.Nigeria goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu told MTN.com that the row over Mba has been detrimental to the player’s career.”I am urging and pleading with both clubs (Rangers and Warri Wolves) to settle the case and allow Sunday (Mba) concentrate on his career,” said Shorunmu, himself a former international star.“What is happening is not good for his career. I don’t really know what transpired between the clubs on Sunday’s transfer, they know. I want them to consider the boys career and settle it in time. It is taking its toll on him already.”last_img read more

Yes, again: Dodgers blow lead in eighth, lose in ninth on homer off Kenley Jansen

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Wednesday was another one of those nights.“Over the past couple weeks, there’s been a few signs of us coming out of it. But it’s been a few players,” Roberts said. “Collectively, we just haven’t done it. So it’s all of us. But again, we have no other alternative but to move forward. That’s our only option.”Cardinals rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty held the Dodgers hitless into the sixth inning when Joc Pederson launched a solo home run.That was half of the Dodgers’ hit total for the night. But it was enough to give the Dodgers the lead thanks to seven scoreless innings from their rookie starter Walker Buehler.That has been a precarious situation for the Dodgers recently.Scott Alexander gave it up this time, serving up a game-tying solo home run to pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill in the top of the eighth. It was the first home run allowed by Alexander since June and only the third all season.But in the nightmare swirl of walk-off balks and blown leads the past two weeks, it almost felt predictable.So too was the wasted opportunity in the bottom of the eighth. The Dodgers loaded the bases on a single, an error and a walk, bringing Machado to the plate with yet another chance to put a gold star on his time with the Dodgers. He got ahead in the count 2-and-0 against Cardinals reliever Dakota Hudson but wound up taking a weak swing on a 2-and-2 pitch and grounding out.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Jansen was at the hospital early Wednesday morning with his wife as she gave birth to a son, Kyrian Jeremiah. It was his turn to labor in the ninth.Jedd Gyorko got on with a broken-bat single. But Jansen got ahead 0-and-2 on DeJong. That’s when he left a 94-mph fastball up over the heart of the plate and DeJong sent it into the left-field pavilion for the decisive swing.“The pitch was up to DeJong,” Jansen said. “I tried to get it up and away but it was more up and middle and he got me.”For 10 days while Jansen was treated for atrial fibrillation, the Dodgers played rope-a-dope, absorbing the nightly blows and counting on things being right when Jansen returned. But twice in the three-game series Jansen entered a tie game in the ninth and took the loss. He gave up back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning Monday night.Dodgers relievers have now given up 62 home runs this season. Only the New York Mets have allowed more among NL teams.“For me, it’s not rust. I think it’s just execution,” Roberts said. “Kenley’s going out there and giving us everything he has. Right now, it’s just not working out.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousDodgers Chase Utley, #26, gets a hug from his boys before the start of the game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (It was Case Utley bobblehead night at the stadium) (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Walker Buehler, #21, pitches against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals Jack Flaherty, #32, and former Harvard Westlake player pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers Walker Buehler, #21, pitches against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, gets the ball late as Cardinals Harrison Bader, #48, gets safely to 3rd base during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals Jack Flaherty, #32, and former Harvard Westlake player pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals Jack Flaherty, #32, and former Harvard Westlake player pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, tries to scrape a low slider from Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Joc Pederson, #31, strikes out against Cardinals Jack Flaherty during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, walks off with a broken bat after striking out against Cardinals Jack Flaherty at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Walker Buehler, #21, celebrates a final out in the 6th inning at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, tosses his bat after swinging on a bad pitch during the 8th at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor can only watch as this shot to left center field by Cardinals Paul DeJong gives the final blow to the Dodgers in the 9th at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals Paul DeJong, #12, is swarmed by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the 9th at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals Paul DeJong, #12, is greeted at home plate after hitting a home run in the 9th at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tags out Yairo Munoz #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals attempting to stretch a single into a double during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier, left, gets ready to tag out St. Louis Cardinals’ Yairo Munoz at second as Munoz tried to stretch a single into a double during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal at first during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a throw to first for an out of Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a throw to first for an out of Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, left, breaks his bat over his leg as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina walks away after Puig struck out to end the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier, left, puts a second tag on St. Louis Cardinals’ Yairo Munoz after initially tagging him out at second as Munoz tried to stretch a single into a double during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, foreground, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, foreground, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun in front of Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 1-0 lead during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches the solo homerun of Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a 1-0 lead during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts, center, and coach Bob Green after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cardinals Jack Flaherty, #32, and former Harvard Westlake player pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty tosses a ball after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill hits a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander, foreground, as catcher Yasmani Grandal and home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski watch during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill and Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander, foreground, watch O’Neill home during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill watches his solo home run next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Tyler O’Neill #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his solo homerun with Yadier Molina #4 to tie the game 1-1 with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Scott Alexander #75 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to the solo homerun of Tyler O’Neill #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals to tie the game 1-1 during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his bases loaded groundball out to end the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, watches along with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong watches his two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen shows his frustration after giving up a go-ahead two-run home run to the Cardinals’ Paul DeJong during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. It was the second tiebreaking home run the All-Star closer allowed in three days since coming off the disabled list. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his two run homerun with Jedd Gyorko #3 to take a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 22: Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his two run homerun with Matt Carpenter #13, Jose Martinez #38 and Yadier Molina #4 to take a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Dodgers watch the game slip away in the final out of the 9th inning at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-1, sweeping the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley kneels with his sons Ben, left, and Max, second from right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez sits on Utley’s knee prior to the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers Chase Utley, #26, gets a hug from his boys before the start of the game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (It was Case Utley bobblehead night at the stadium) (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Walker Buehler, #21, pitches against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 48Dodgers Walker Buehler, #21, pitches against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It is a truism in baseball that nothing can undermine a team more effectively than an unreliable bullpen.The Dodgers seem intent on proving it on a nightly basis.No-hit through 5-1/3 innings, the Dodgers fumbled away a lead and lost in the ninth inning when Kenley Jansen surrendered a two-run home run to Paul DeJong on Wednesday night. The 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals is the 10th time in the past 13 games the Dodgers surrendered a lead or lost a tie game in the seventh inning or later and the seventh time in that stretch they lost in the opposing team’s last at-bat.“It sucks losing,” Jansen said. “It sucks going 4½ back. It sucks being in third place. But you’ve just got to be a man and deal with it. Step up Friday. We all need to step up.” The loss completed a three-game sweep for the surging Cardinals and did indeed drop the Dodgers 4½ games out in the National League West, their largest deficit since late May – what the Dodgers thought would be their darkest hour this season.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“We’ve put ourselves in a tough spot, for sure,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, his relentlessly positive attitude having taken a beating over the past two weeks. “Whatever it takes. Keep grinding. Put some runs on the board. Prevent runs.“Pressure – however you want to frame it – it really doesn’t matter. Who we play, where we play – we’ve put ourselves in a position where our margin is getting smaller. It’s not about blaming anybody. It’s about coming together as a team and winning a baseball game and then another one and another one.”Blame-worthy as the Dodgers’ bullpen has been, they have co-conspirators in the balky offense.Despite the decision to bolster the lineup at the trade deadline (adding Manny Machado and Brian Dozier) rather than addressing the bullpen’s deficiencies, the offense has run hot and cold, disappearing for long stretches and putting the team’s relievers on a tightrope every night. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Dallas Keuchel reportedly open to one-year deal after market seemingly goes dry

first_imgDallas Keuchel is believed open to the right 1-year deal, then resetting. One under the radar team: maybe Milwaukee, which has been linked to Kimbrel and has been willing to give up draft choice at times (ie Grandal, Lohse). Phillies, Padres, Astros are among other possibilities.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 18, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIf he were to sign that type of deal, he would do so planning to hit the open market again in 2020. Teams that may have interest include the Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Astros.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, notes with the Brewers, the team would have to give up a third draft pick this season if it were to sign Keuchel to any kind of deal, which could eliminate them from the running.For #Brewers, it would be surrendering a third draft choice in 2019. Traded Competitive Balance Round A pick for Alex Claudio and forfeited third-rounder for signing Yasmani Grandal. https://t.co/Wez4D3ZjCT— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 18, 2019It should also be noted that Brewers general manager David Stears was the assistant general manager with the Astros in 2012 when Keuchel made his MLB debut, so he has a history with the lefty.Keuchel reportedly turned down a five-year, $90 million deal with the Astros in 2016 and changed agents in 2017 to Scott Boras.Boras is famous for having his clients go to the free-agent market to start a bidding war for his players. He did that with Bryce Harper this year and also with Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez in 2018.For Keuchel, it hasn’t worked out as he remains a free agent three weeks into the season.Keuchel told Houston Station Fox26 in February he wasn’t hitting the panic button and was just focused on getting himself ready for the season. Dallas Keuchel went into this offseason looking for a long-term deal, but that contract appears not to be in the cards for the Cy Young winner.The former Astros starting pitcher is now open to one-year deals at the right price, according to Fancred Sports. “I’m calm and collected outside the field,” Keuchel said. “I don’t really hit the panic button at all. I’m worried about getting myself ready and up to speed. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule compared to the last few years.”At the same time, I’d like to get out there and meet new teammates or meet old teammates. When that time comes, it’ll be nice.”last_img read more