September 20, 2020

Northern Ireland call-up for Lavery

first_imgSheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming matches against Qatar and Romania. The 22-year-old Under-21 international, who has impressed back at the Owls after a productive loan spell at Chesterfield earlier this season, has been included in a 28-man group by manager Michael O’Neill. Ross County forward Liam Boyce has been rewarded for his recent form with a recall and there is also a place for Cheltenham goalkeeper Trevor Carson. Bolton’s London-born winger Liam Feeney has not been included despite recent speculation that he could pledge his allegiance to the country. O’Neill’s men face Qatar in a friendly at Crewe’s Gresty Road on May 31 before they take on Group F leaders Romania in a key Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on June 13. Northern Ireland are in a strong position in the group, just a point behind Romania and four points clear of third-placed Hungary after five games. Northern Ireland squad for games against Qatar and Romania: R Carroll (Notts County), M McGovern (Hamilton), T Carson (Cheltenham), A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird, G McAuley (both West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), C Cathcart (Watford), S Ferguson (Newcastle), D Lafferty (Burnley), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L McCullough (Doncaster), P McNair (Man Utd), S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Brom), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), P McCourt (Notts Co), B Reeves (MK Dons), S Dallas (Brentford), K Lafferty (Rizespor), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), B McKay (Wigan), W Grigg (MK Dons), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), L Boyce (Ross Co), C Lavery (Sheff Wed). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Baseball Hall of Fame cancels July inductions due to coronavirus; Jeter, Walker, Sizemore, Miller to be honored in 2021

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame cancels July inductions due to coronavirus; Jeter, Walker, Sizemore, Miller to be honored in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press April 29, 2020center_img Baseball Hall of Fame cancels July inductions due to coronavirus; Jeter, Walker, Sizemore, Miller to be honored in 2021last_img read more

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WLAX : Syracuse heads to final four looking for redemption, prepares for rematch with No. 1 Florida

first_img Comments Published on May 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Michelle Tumolo sat between teammates Kailah Kempney and Katie Webster at the press conference following Syracuse’s 17-16 win over North Carolina last Saturday.The Orange had just clinched a spot in the final four.With one arm wrapped around each underclassman, Tumolo reflected upon her memories playing on that stage as a freshman in Towson, Md.‘These guys haven’t gotten to feel that, but I literally was not going to come out of that game without them having that feeling,’ Tumolo said, ‘because when I was a freshman, it was a great feeling for me to have for the next three years.’Kempney, Webster and the underclassmen will experience that feeling for the first time this Friday, while Tumolo and the upperclassmen – who fell to No. 1 seed Maryland in the 2010 national semifinals – will seek redemption. Syracuse continues its run through the NCAA tournament Friday when the fourth-seeded Orange (18-3) takes on No. 1 seed Florida (19-2) at 5:30 p.m. in Stony Brook.While SU routed Dartmouth 15-5 in the opening round, a return trip to the final four for the Orange was in doubt heading into the final minutes of its quarterfinal matchup with No. 5 seed North Carolina.SU trailed the Tar Heels by two goals with three minutes remaining, but Tumolo recorded two goals, an assist and a forced turnover in the game’s final minutes to help Syracuse earn the victory.‘We’re extremely excited to get back to the final four,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘It’s what we work for every year, to have this opportunity to play for a championship.’With victories over final four teams Florida and Maryland, and an overtime loss to Northwestern – the fourth team competing for the national title – the Orange is prepared for the big-game experience this weekend.Syracuse beat Florida 12-11 in double overtime on March 3 in Gainesville, Fla., despite playing without Kempney, an offensive cog and one of the team’s two draw specialists.Gait said Friday’s rematch with UF is a ‘new game,’ and that both teams stepping onto the field Friday are not the same ones who faced off 10 weeks ago. The majority of the Gators’ contributors are juniors who have been playing together for three years, and Gait said that experience shows on the field.‘They’re going to be very strong, very composed because of that experience and that chemistry, but hopefully we’ll execute and we’ll play well,’ Gait said.Still, he admitted his team is confident heading into a matchup with a Florida team it already defeated this year.Webster, who recorded the sudden-death score to beat the Gators in the regular-season matchup, and her teammates feel the same way.‘I guess since we won in sudden overtime and I had the winning goal, I think we can do it again, and we don’t have to go into overtime this time,’ Webster saidA win against Florida would send SU to the national championship for the first time in program history, and peg the Orange against the winner of the game between Maryland and Northwestern.But for now, SU is focused solely on defeating Florida.‘We all know that Florida is going to come out hard for revenge so we’ve got to be ready for that,’ Webster said. ‘They’re a very fast team so we’ve got to be on our best game, just stay with them and try to do our best.’The players are buzzing with a chance to compete in the final four. The underclassmen, including sophomore and leading goal scorer Alyssa Murray, couldn’t be more excited.And they will soon know the emotions Tumolo felt as a freshman.‘I’ve been to several final fours to watch when I was younger,’ Murray said. ‘You always dream about it and say ‘Wow that would be really cool,’ but now that we’re actually there it’s just amazing. It’s a dream come true.’sebail01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Veteran Berggren quells Zeller’s dominance

first_imgHeading into Thursday’s game, analysts believed Hoosier freshman star Cody Zeller would pose serious matchup issues for the Badgers’ less athletic big men. But senior forward Jared Berrgren put in one of his best defensive performances of the year, holding the 6-foot-11 forward to just seven points on a disappointing 2-of-7 shooting night.[/media-credit]If Indiana forward Cody Zeller wasn’t planted firmly in his seat along the Hoosier bench Thursday night, then you can bet he was on the floor being harassed by Wisconsin’s defenders.Namely, forward Jared Berggren and, to a lesser degree, Mike Bruesewitz. Prior to Thursday’s nights 57-50 Wisconsin (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) victory over Indiana (16-5, 4-5 Big Ten), Zeller, the top-dog in the Big Ten’s highest-scoring offense, averaged 15.1 points per game – ninth-best in the conference – and he’d typically compliment that with 6.4 rebounds as well.But in a game of one-upmanship that featured 10 lead changes, Berggren, a junior, neutralized the freshman phenom to a mere seven points and three rebounds on just 19 minutes of play due to early and often foul trouble.In fact, it took until the second half for Zeller to become a factor at all, since he entered the locker room with one missed shot, one rebound and two fouls to his name.“Jared did a great job on Zeller,” UW guard Jordan Taylor said, who finished with 10 points. “[Zeller] is obviously one of the best players in the country, and what Jared was able to do to him was impressive.”Berggren, who tallied five blocks and four points on the night, wasn’t the only Badger defender who executed Thursday. Prior to tip off, the Hoosiers featured five players averaging 10 points or more per game and only two – Verdell Jones III and Christian Watford – reached double figures against the Badgers, each scoring 12.Nevertheless, Indiana still ran a more efficient offense than Wisconsin, hitting 45.7 percent of its field goals, while UW hit 39.6 and was forced into desperate and fruitless shot clock-beating heaves several times throughout the night.So to draw fouls on Zeller early (which kept him idle for just over half the game) and for Berggren to keep him hushed in the meantime proved to be a critical component of Wisconsin’s fifth-consecutive win.“[Zeller’s] the real deal inside, and fortunately we got some fouls on him and that helped us,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “But Jared is getting better with his feet.”Berggren quickly established the upper hand over Zeller on both sides of the ball. After a missed jumper from IU guard Jordan Hulls, Zeller got flagged for a push-off on Berggren on the ensuing rebound.On the next possession, Berggren scored down low on the 6-foot-11 forward. As the ball went back down the court, Berggren blocked Zeller’s attempted layup.It ended up being Zeller’s only shot attempt of the half, and he took a seat shortly after. Later, Josh Gasser drew another foul on Zeller with 4:30 left in the half, prompting another trip to the bench.All told, Zeller played nine minutes in the first half.“When you’re able to do some things defensively, you can set a tone, I guess,” Berggren said. “I just tried to work him all night. I knew that he was a good player and I had to limit his touches and then just try to battle with him and try to make everything difficult for him, and I was able to come up with a couple blocks that helped the team.”Zeller found some room to breathe in the second period, but barely any. Zeller scored seven points in the half but did so on 1-of-6 shooting from the field.Two more of his shots were blocked by Berggren early in the period, and two more fouls prevented Zeller from getting into rhythm.And even with Berggren sitting and Zeller on the floor, the Kohl Center remained a desert of opportunity for the freshman.Forced to save his star forward for the game’s waning moments, Indiana head coach Tom Crean deployed Zeller one last time as Berggren, who had “busted a lip” according to Ryan, stayed on the sidelines.Bruesewitz, who had already taken a few turns on Zeller earlier in the game, took over and stopped the Hoosier from scoring in the post with 51 seconds left and the score reading 53-50 in UW’s favor.“It’s very tough,” Crean said, when asked how difficult it is to decide when to put a player with four fouls back into the game. “We had to bide our time as much as we could because we had no real reason to believe [Zeller] was going to get into a flow where he could play significant minutes at the end, so we played it by [ear] as much as we could.”last_img read more

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Isco Brace Helps Madrid Close Gap on La Liga Pacesetters

first_imgRelatedLa Liga Review: Real Madrid Put Pressure On Top Two With Malaga Win As Atletico Thrash Levante To Trim Barcelona LeadApril 16, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Phenomenal Barcelona Put Six Past Girona To Go Ten Points Clear As Madrid Strengthen Top Four Bid With Big VictoryFebruary 25, 2018In “Europe”Malaga CF vs Deportivo La CorunaJune 30, 2017Similar post Spanish playmaker Isco was the star of the show as he helped Real Madrid beat Catalan club Espanyol 2-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on Sunday night.Isco outshone Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as he scored a brace either side of halftime to give the Los Merengues an invaluable three points in the race for the Spanish La Liga title even if the season is still 7 weeks old.League leaders Barcelona had earlier maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas meaning Real Madrid slipped further adrift to 10 points behind their arch rivals making it compulsory that they beat their guests Espanyol and that was what they did with Isco’s goals.The win takes the European champions back to within seven points of Barcelona with the team now in 5th position with 14 points.last_img read more

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Sharon Byrne, Irish Bookmakers Association: Securing the future of Irish betting shops

first_img Share IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019 October 1, 2019 In recent years, the Irish retail betting industry has strengthened its commitment to ensuring responsible gambling, with various initiatives including its Responsible Gambling Week. However, potential tax rises from 1% to 2% could lead to a turbulent 2019 for the sector. SBC spoke to Sharon Byrne, Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) about how the future can be secured for Irish betting shops, as well as why the sector will continue to put responsibility at the heart of what it does. SBC: How can the Irish betting sector ensure that it is best prepared to deal with the tax rises of this year?Sharon Byrne: The betting sector is still hopeful that the review currently being undertaken by the Department of Finance will highlight the unintended consequences of the 100% increase in betting tax on the retail sector, because it will lead to hundreds of shop closures. When loss of taxation from job losses and shop closures is taken into account the Government will yield a lot less tax than the estimates quoted in the budget. The model proposed by the IBA will save most of those jobs and yield the Government more money than the 100% increase would have done.  Submit Share SBC: What can be done to secure the status of independent bookmakers despite this year’s tax rise?The outlook for Independent bookmakers is stark if the proposed 100% increase remains in place. Closures have already started and will no doubt escalate. Value for consumers will also decrease as operators will have to pare back on added value given to customers, just to try to survive.SBC: Do you anticipate the tax increases will have impact on responsible gambling amongst Irish bettors?I have no doubt that responsible gambling measures and processes inside licensed betting shops will be unaffected, but as shops close, business in those areas will no doubt filter to illegal operators who have zero customer monitoring or protections in place.SBC: How important is it that the Irish betting sector continues to focus on improving social responsibility? Related Articles Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Focus on Social Responsibility has been to the fore of the IBA and it’s members’ business and strategy for a long time now. However, technology is providing new ways of presenting information and trends.   This can help us to improve our core aim which is to ensure that gambling is a fun, adult leisure activity, but must accompanied by measures and supports for those people that it could or has become a problem for. Provision of the best training for staff and information and support services that are readily available for people affected is critical. Our members will continue to fund provision of professional services in this area and to develop their own codes of practice relating to customer protections in line with any improvements or recommendations made by the IBA or new regulator.SBC: How much could Irish racing be impacted by the government’s decision to increase taxes on betting shops?Irish racing will be very anxious about the number of closures looming in both Ireland and the UK. We estimate 300-400 Irish shops will close if the 100% increase remains in place. Apart from the fact that there will be much less shops promoting Irish racing as a product because they are closed, the commercial revenue for Irish racing pictures and data is dependent on shop numbers, so it will be affected once a certain level of closures is reached.last_img read more

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Two Important City Hall Figures Set to Celebrate Retirement Friday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“37 years.”That’s how long Deputy Clerk, Treasurer, and Financial Director; Julie Krajniak has worked for the city of Alpena.It’s been a long time coming but if you ask Krajniak and City Clerk Treasurer Finance Director, Karen Hebert, the two ladies will tell you their job has truly been a journey.“I actually can remember the day that I came here for my interview for the job. I have a very clear memory of that. I can’t not believe how fast 37 years have gone,” Krajniak said.Working for the City of Alpena for over 19 years, Hebert said she couldn’t wait to spend time with loved ones.“I want to do some projects that we haven’t had time to do, so I’m looking forward to that. I have a lot of nieces and nephews downstate so I hope to get down there and see some sports that they play in,” Hebert said.And if you think throwing in the towel is the end for these two ladies, think again, they both have plans to volunteer.“My heart is with the humane society, and I’m going to look at other areas too but first I’m going to take off and then look at other areas I can help,” Hebert added.As for tips for the new hires…“It takes time to learn the job, be patient, work hard and do your best everyday to move the department and the city forward in a positive direction,” Krajniak said.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘National Clean Off Your Desk Day’: Reporter Star Connor Gives Tips on How to Clean Your WorkspaceNext MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena Encourages Community Health Needs Assessment Surveylast_img read more

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FA Cup: Swansea dumped out of FA Cup, Chelsea cruise, Kane rescues Spurs

first_imgKemar Roofe was Oxford United’s two-goal hero as Swansea City found themselves on the wrong end of the only major upset of the FA Cup third round.Former West Brom youngster Roofe scored twice in the second half as the League Two Us came from behind to stun the Premier League side 3-2.Alan Curtis made 10 changes for his first match since being named Swans manager until the end of the season — then watched in horror from the touchline as the decision backfired spectacularly.Swansea took the lead, albeit against the run of play, thanks to a stylish goal by Jefferson Montero. Oxford deservedly hit back through Liam Sercombe’s penalty before half-time, and then Roofe blew the Swans away with his quickfire double after the break.Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back but the visitors could not find an equaliser. Teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first senior goal settled a niggly FA Cup third round tie as Chelsea ground past Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa’s fourth goal in three games handed Chelsea the perfect start, only for Guus Hiddink’s men to drift off and allow League One side Scunthorpe to turn the tie into a scrap.The 19-year-old Loftus-Cheek’s composed finish secured Chelsea safe passage to the fourth round, though, after Scunthorpe were denied a second-half penalty.Chelsea will hope England Under-21 star Loftus-Cheek’s tidy performance points to a coming of age, after limited past opportunities. Substitute Harry Kane scored a controversial 89th-minute penalty to save Tottenham from an FA Cup third-round defeat to Leicester City at White Hart Lane, securing a 2-2 draw.Spurs, who took an early lead through Christian Eriksen’s low finish, were rescued by substitute Kane after Nathan Dyer was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area.Leicester seemed on course for victory after half-time substitute Shinji Okazaki beat three defenders on a superb run before stabbing the ball home at the second attempt after seeing his first effort blocked by Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm.The Foxes had gone in at the break level at 1-1 thanks to Marcin Wasilewski, who powered home a header from debutant Demarai Gray’s corner.And after Kane had blasted his penalty past Schmeichel, they had to withstand some nervous moments before securing a replay at the King Power Stadium. Shaun Jeffers grabbed an injury-time equaliser to earn Yeovil Town a replay against Carlisle United at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.Twice Carlisle led, through a Danny Grainger free kick and a Mark Ellis header, but a Francois Zoko goal and Jeffers’ late effort made it 2-2.Carlisle’s home ground at Brunton Park remains out of action after damage caused by Storm Desmond and this was their third ‘home’ game to take place on the road.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Angels confident in Shohei Ohtani’s health despite report of elbow injury

first_imgBefore the report of the damage on Tuesday night, Eppler had acknowledged the PRP injection, but he said it was strictly precautionary. The damage was reportedly discovered in a report dated Nov. 28, from a physical in Japan. Ohtani was posted on Dec. 1.Eppler said Ohtani underwent another physical at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, the day before he agreed to sign with the Angels.Earlier Tuesday, Eppler expressed no concern that it would hinder Ohtani’s ability to pitch in 2018. The report indicated that Ohtani “is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.”The news broke hours after Eppler again described the team’s preference for a six-man rotation in 2018, which would help keep Ohtani and all their other pitchers healthy. The Angels’ starting rotation has been ravaged by injuries each of the past two years.Ohtani pitched once every seven days in Japan, the normal schedule for pitchers there. By having him pitch once every six or seven days in the majors, instead of the traditional once every five days, they could ease his transition. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Even if the Angels did believe Ohtani had a higher-than-normal chance of undergoing Tommy John surgery, they might still have felt he was a worthwhile investment because of his age and cost.Ohtani, 23, was subject to international spending limits, so the Angels got him for a bonus of only $2.315 million. He will make the major league minimum, $545,000, in 2018, and won’t be arbitration eligible until at least 2021.The Angels also paid a $20 million posting fee to Ohtani’s Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters.Another of the Angels’ pitchers, JC Ramirez, was diagnosed with a damaged UCL in September. Ramirez’s injury was not serious enough to warrant surgery, so he underwent stem-cell therapy – similar to a PRP injection – and was cleared to resume throwing two weeks ago.More to come on this story.center_img LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After a report that the Angels prized new two-way star Shohei Ohtani has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and is susceptible to future Tommy John surgery, the club reaffirmed confidence in his health.“Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder,” General Manager Billy Eppler said in a statement after the story broke on Tuesday night. “Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We are pleased with the results of the physical and we are very happy to have the player.”Eppler was responding to a Yahoo sports report that Ohtani, 23, had undergone a platelet-rich plasma injection in October to help repair a first-degree sprain of the UCL, and also that he had “a small body” floating in his elbow.The story was based on a medical report distributed to all clubs prior to the courting process in which Ohtani chose the Angels from 27 teams vying for his services.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu named NL Pitcher of the Month for May

first_imgThe National League electorate has had some easy decisions this season.Following up on the obvious choice of Cody Bellinger as the NL’s Player of the Month for April, Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was named the NL’s Pitcher of the Month for May.“No surprise,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s all sort of blending together, all those starts he’s made this year have been so consistent. To get the national recognition as the National League Pitcher of the Month – well-deserved.”Ryu was 5-0 in six starts last month, allowing just three runs in 45-2/3 innings over those six games (a 0.59 ERA for the month). He struck out 36 while allowing 28 hits and three walks. Opposing batters hit just .177 against him with no home runs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Be mindful that one play is not worth the risk (of causing a more severe injury),” Roberts said he told Turner.LEFT OUTCody Bellinger and Max Muncy were both out of the starting lineup against Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray on Monday. For Bellinger, it was his first time out of the lineup since May 4-5 after he injured his shoulder on a diving attempt in San Diego.“Max and Cody have gone so hard for so long,” Roberts said of the break. “We’ve leaned on them.”Related Articles Matt Beaty was also available only for pinch-hitting after injuring his hip flexor in Sunday’s game. Beaty did not take batting practice before the game, trying to avoid aggravating the injury.With that trio of lefties not in the lineup, Joc Pederson drew only his second start this season against a left-handed pitcher.“It’s going to be obviously a tough matchup for him,” Roberts said. “But we’re just looking for him to give us a couple of quality at-bats and also give those other guys an off day.”Before Monday, Pederson had faced Ray three times and struck out all three times. Muncy faced Ray once and struck out. Bellinger was 2 for 11 with seven strikeouts against Ray.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 8-1, 1.48 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Taylor Clarke, 1-1, 5.19 ERA), Tuesday, 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start He was only the fourth Dodgers pitcher to have at least five wins, 35 strikeouts and an ERA under 0.60 in a month, joining Fernando Valenzuela (April 1981), Don Drysdale (May 1968) and Nap Rucker twice (September 1910 and June 1908).For the season, Ryu leads the National League with eight wins and the majors with a 1.48 ERA. He is the first pitcher since Ubaldo Jimenez with the Colorado Rockies in 2010 to begin a season with 11 consecutive starts in which he allowed two runs or fewer.“Players are stubborn – hitters, pitchers are stubborn – so they have their tendencies,” Roberts said. “Hyun-Jin is very open to adjusting. … It may be a battle of being the least stubborn. He’s not afraid to use his whole pitch mix. There’s no real way to gameplan against him.”Ryu’s next start is scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.TURNER RETURNSThird baseman Justin Turner was back in the starting lineup Monday after missing four games with a left hamstring injury. Turner will get another day off either Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said, and the Dodgers manager wants Turner to play with “controlled effort” when he is on the field. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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