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Tonge, Joseph rock Windward Islands Volcanoes

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – A critical half-century stand between captain Liam Sebastien and tail-ender Delorn Johnson rescued Windward Islands Volcanoes from disaster on the opening day of their fourth round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.With their side precariously poised on 48 for seven at Windsor Park, the pair came together in a 78-run, eighth-wicket partnership to ensure the hosts closed the day on 186 for eight.The left-handed Sebastien was unbeaten on 59 – his 13th first class half-century – while Johnson, also a left-hander, was on 46 not out and in sight of his second first class fifty.Volcanoes were rocked by fast bowler Gavin Tonge who claimed four for 24 and West Indies seamer Alzarri Joseph who finished with three for 52, in his first game of the season.It was the 20-year-old Joseph who stunned Volcanoes first up, snatching three of the first four wickets to fall to reduce the hosts to 22 for four in the fifth over.Sunil Ambris resisted briefly in 22 from 56 balls but Tonge ripped through the middle order to leave the innings in tatters.Sebastien then stepped up, striking eight fours off 100 balls in 137 minutes while Johnson was entertaining, belting two fours and four sixes in a 39-ball cameo.The start of play was delayed until 13.40hrs because of a wet outfield caused by overnight rain.VOLCANOES 1st inningsD. Smith c Taylor b Joseph 4T. Theophile lbw b Tonge 2J. Charles c Hughes b Joseph 6J. Robinson c wkp. Hamilton b Joseph 2S. Ambris c wkp. Hamilton b Tonge 23T. Gabriel c wkp. Hamilton b Tonge 1L. Sebastien not out 59K. Mayers c Hodge b Tonge 2S. Shillingford b Cornwall 22D. Johnson not out 46Extras: (b-6, lb-3, w-4, nb-6) 19Total: (8 wkts, 44 overs) 186Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-8, 3-11, 4-22, 5-43, 6-44, 7-48, 8-126.Bowling: Joseph 12-2-52-3 (w-4, nb-4), Tonge 8-2-24-4, Cornwall 14-5-47-1, Walsh 6-2-17-0, Taylor 2-0-28-0, Powell 2-0-9-0.last_img read more

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Jamaica Olympic Association backs Nesta Carter appeal

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, is backing Nesta Carter to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he is innocent of any wrongdoing after he tested positive for a banned substance retrospectively.Carter, who was found to have methylhexaneamine in his urine at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, lost the gold medal he had earned in the 4×100 metres.That result also affected Usain Bolt, Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater.According to Samuda, the JOA has supported Carter in his bid to clear his name from day one.“I was the one from JOA who called him (Carter) when the news was communicated to us, and from that phone call, we have been supporting him,” he said.“We have had meetings with him, [and] we have had meetings with the management of his club in Jamaica (MVP Track Club) in relation to the issues involving the case, as well as in terms of the strategy that should be employed.“We have been very close to him and giving him the support. He’s one of our national athletes and has acquitted himself very well, and we are obliged to do it as a national organisation, and that is our culture – to support our national athletes whenever anything like this occurs. It was just natural for us to do so.”Samuda also pointed out that if Carter had his case overturned, there may be more instances of persons taking instances of retrospective punishments to the CAS.last_img read more

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‘Benna Boys’ tame Golden Jaguars 2-1

first_imgANTIGUA and Barbuda edged Guyana 2-1 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium last evening, to secure their second win in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.It was a crucial three points secured by the Benna Boys, as Golden Jaguars slumped to their second consecutive defeat, following their 4-0 drubbing by the ‘Reggae Boyz’.Coach Marcio Maximo surprised everyone when he left Sheldon Holder out of the line-up, and opted to start with Trayon Bobb, who hasn’t touched a pitch locally and for the national side, since Guyana’s qualification tournament for the Gold Cup earlier this year.Nonetheless, along with Bobb, Maximo started with Akel Clarke in goal, skipper Samuel Cox, Kevin Layne, Matthew Briggs, Kadell Daniel, Elliot Bonds, Neil Danns, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Clive Nobrega, and Emery Welshman.Golden Jaguars seemed shaky in the opening minutes of their first game against Antigua and Barbuda since their November 29, 2010 1-0 defeat, as the Benna Boys pressed forward with relentless attack.Emery WelshmanThe Antiguans looked to threaten on almost every possession, and went on to score two goals in two minutes through Quinton Griffith (15th) and Junior Benjamin (17th), as the home side sat on a 2-0 cushion throughout the first half.However, Golden Jaguars came out hungry in the second stanza and five minutes into play, Danns slipped a ball through to Welshman, and the forward, who plays with Hapoel Haifa FC in the Israeli Premier League, calmly put his effort past Molvin Jones in goal.It was redemption for Welshman, who had a clear-cut chance in the second half to score, but, as they say in Guyana, he ‘bubble’ on the attempt.Sheldon Holder, who scored Guyana’s lone goal in the Nations League so far, came on late in the half, replacing Trayon Bobb, and made an immediate impact on the game.Guyana’s unyielding push for another goal didn’t materialise and Benna Boys held on for the win which puts them on six points and second place in Group C of League B behind Jamaica.The Golden Jaguars will return home tomorrow evening and will host Antigua and Barbuda on Monday at the National Track and Field Centre, in a must-win affair. … Guyana to host Antigua and Barbuda on Mondaylast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm And while the conference’s depth and success has helped all four of these teams to this point, it’s been especially important for Syracuse. The Tournament’s unlikely contender, even if the biggest surprise was that the Orange made it all. A team that came into the year with a mix of moving parts and used a gauntlet of a conference schedule to turn those parts into the only double-digit seed still standing.“There’s no question that our league has prepared us,” SU assistant Mike Hopkins, who coached in its 0-4 start to conference play, said Saturday. “It kind of gave you those bumps and bruises that you get when you learn to ride a bike. But when you learn to ride it’s a great thing and you see these guys playing with a lot of confidence and believing.”That Syracuse has been the biggest benefactor of its run through this year’s ACC — more than the Tar Heels, Cavaliers and Fighting Irish — would probably be contested by most of the players and coaches involved. Hopkins wasn’t willing to say so. UVA head coach Tony Bennett said every team, young or more experienced, needs to be tested hard to be successful. It’d be very surprising if Roy Williams and Mike Brey didn’t say the same.But if you consider the way Syracuse entered this season, it’s reasonable to say that the Orange really needed that push. Two freshmen playing starters’ minutes with a third rounding out the rotation off the bench. Michael Gbinije starting his first season as a full-time point guard. Starting center Dajuan Coleman returning from a 22-month recovery from two knee surgeries. Tyler Roberson becoming SU’s depended-upon rebounder after Rakeem Christmas thrived with that responsibility a year ago.Of the Orange’s current seven-man rotation, only Trevor Cooney’s role is about the same as it was last season. So there have expectedly been kinks to work out all season. Two games against North Carolina (both losses), three games against Pittsburgh (all losses), a road game at Louisville (loss), a road game at Duke (signature win), and so on, forced SU to grow fast or fail even faster.It’s now clear, more than ever, which path it chose. It’s also fitting that ACC play, probably the seminal reason the Orange received an at-large Tournament bid, is now what separates it from the Final Four. But Syracuse prepared for this test by taking it more than two months ago. By taking it all season, really. By having no choice but to learn on the fly and parlay that dilemma into one of its biggest strength.“I think it was a huge help for this team to be tested so much all year,” Roberson said Saturday. “We needed that. I think all teams need that, but it helped us because we may have not all been used to our roles and we just had to figure it out while playing really good teams. We’re ready, more than anything we’re just ready for anything.”Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Commentscenter_img CHICAGO — Somewhere along the line, the right side of the NCAA Tournament bracket turned into an ACC tournament encore.The only difference, really, is that the games aren’t being sponsored by New York Life.“Our league is tough. I mean you can’t … I learned a long time ago that it’s a foolish game to say one league is better than the other,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Atlantic Coast Conference, after his team beat Gonzaga on Friday night.“There’s just too many variables. I think the top conferences are very, very good, and it’s an imperfect system to say, well, they did better in the NCAA Tournament. I mean you can use that, but I don’t know. It’s very difficult.”Boeheim’s right, there are way too many factors in play to solely rank conferences based on NCAA Tournament results, so here’s what we can all agree on: The ACC can claim four teams in the Elite Eight and has fully monopolized one of the two roads to the national championship game in Houston. Tenth-seeded Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 ACC) and top-seeded Virginia (29-7, 13-5) will square off in the Midwest regional final in the United Center at 6:09 p.m. on Sunday. Sixth-seeded Notre Dame and top-seeded North Carolina will play in the East Regional final in Philadelphia at 8:49 p.m. The winner of the two games will then meet in the Final Four, and the winner of that will represent the conference in the national championship game. Just like that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGEDougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses3 things Jim Boeheim said: Timeouts, Tyler Roberson and Tony BennettTrevor Cooney is driving into the paint more by design3 things Tony Bennett said: Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and owning the zoneTyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA TournamentSyracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginialast_img read more

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Syracuse predicted to finish 4th in ACC; 3 players named to Preseason All-ACC Team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 10 Syracuse was predicted to finish fourth in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ poll announced on Wednesday. No. 2 Duke was selected first with 21 votes, followed by No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 6 Virginia, SU and No. 15 North Carolina.The Orange also had three players chosen for the Preseason All-ACC Team. Attack Stephen Rehfuss, defenseman Nick Mellen and short-stick midfielder Peter Dearth fill out the 14-player roster. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers each had four players listed.Syracuse opens the regular season on Feb. 8 against Colgate in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on January 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

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Gbenga Okunowo: Why I Left FC Barcelona

first_imgUnlike most kids of his generation denied access to football, Gbenga Okunowo enjoyed the support of his parents. He is one of few Nigerians who have played for one of the power houses of European football, when FC Barcelona signed him in 1997. He tells Kunle Adewale how a nagging knee injury stopped him from achieving his dream of becoming a Camp Nou legendGbenga Okunowo started playing football as early as his nursery school days, during inter class meetings, but little did he know that it would serve as a means of livelihood. After his primary education, Okunowo went to African Grammar School, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State, he continued to play football.Unlike most parents of his generation that would scold their wards for going out to play football, Okunowo’s parents did not discourage him from taken to his first love. “Thumbs up for my parents; they did not come into my way anytime I went out to play football. Even my mom that does not know anything about football gave me all the encouragement,” he recalled.After his secondary school, Okunowo joined Liberty Boys Club, later moved to Exide Sparkers and it was there he was spotted by coaches of the national U-17 team just before the World Youth Championship in Ecuador in 1995.After an above average performance in Ecuador where Nigeria could only manage a quarter final place, his performance caught the eye of Shooting Stars Sports Club, and he played for the Oluyole Warriors. He was later invited to the Nigeria U-20 team and then the U-23 team to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also played for the Super Eagles on a few occasions.“In 1997, I was part of the team that represented the country in the Meridian Cup in Portugal and it was from there the scouts of Barcelona Football Club spotted me. They invited me for a week trial after the tournament after which I was invited for another round of one week trial, and after four days of training with the team, I was given a contract by the club and signed to their youth team. After then, Xavi Hernandez introduced himself to me as being a member of the Spanish team that lost to Nigeria in the Meridian Cup”, he said.After just one season (1997-98 season), Loius van Gaal, who was then the coach of Barcelona saw the potential in Okunowo and drafted him to the senior team.Recalling life at the Nou Camp, Okunowo said, “Barcelona is a team that loves to give youth a chance to play and I happened to play under a very great coach (Van Gaal), who encourage me a lot and shaped my game tremendously.”One game Okunowo would not forget in a hurry was the group stage match of the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United where he was given the responsibility of marking the duo of the Red Devils strikers-Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.“Due to the numbers of injury to a number of our defenders at that period, I was drafted to the back. As a professional and playing for a big team like Barcelona, one must be ready to play in any wing. There was a lot of pressure on me in that game and considering that Yorke and Cole were the two best strikers at that time, made me so uncomfortable but I still gave my best and it was a relief we did not lose the game,” he recalled.Okunowo also takes pride in having the privilege of playing alongside such great players like former World Footballer of the Year, Rivaldo. “I developed good relationship with all my colleagues during my time at Nou Camp and I still keep in touch with a number of them. Rivaldo and I still talk on telephone and when we happen to see, which is very rare, we still relish the good days in Spain,” he said.After returning from the 1999 U-20 Championship hosted by Nigeria, Okunowo could no longer pin down a regular shirt as Van Gaal preferred his countryman, Michael Reizeger to him. He was soon sent on loan to Portuguese powerhouse, Benfica.“Barcelona wanted me to gain experience and that was why they sent me to Benfica. It was not true that I was sent on loan because of Reizeger. In fact I was the one that agreed to the loan deal because I wanted to play regularly to develop myself.“I never regretted leaving for Portugal because I was playing regularly there and moreover, Benfica is also a big club. However, the injury denied me a chance to make my name at Barcelona; but for the injury, I would have been one of the club’s legend today,” he said.Van Gaal recalled Okunowo from Benfica after he represented Nigeria at Sydney 2000, but unfortunately he suffered a knee injury and underwent surgery.“It was a very sad moment in my life as I was ready to fight for a regular first-team role when the club recalled me from loan at Benfica. I was determined and in great shape during the pre-season before I started feeling pain on my knees,” he said.After recovering from the injury, he was loaned to Badajoz in the Spanish second division, he later moved to Greek outfit Ionikos after his contract ended at Barcelona in 2001.Okunowo moved to Romanian side, Dinamo Bucharest on a free transfer in 2003. But after playing two matches for the Red dogs, he cancelled his contract and joined Albania club, Tirana. Okunowo spent a season at Ukrainian club, Metalurh Donetsk and a season-long loan at Ukrainian side, Stal Alchevsk before joining Maldivian football VB Sports in 2009. He was also at Waltham Forest before returning to Nigeria to play for Sunshine Stars of Akure.Despite playing for a top team like Barcelona, one would have thought Okunowo would have a firm grip of the Super Eagles shirt, but not so as he only managed to play for the senior national team few times. He however blamed it on an injury.“Actually, with my status then, I was supposed to play more for the national team but for the injury I picked after the Nigeria/Ghana 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. I had to go for surgery which put me out of football for almost a year and half because I did not want to force it. Had it been I forced it, I would not be able to walk now. So, after being out of football for a year and half, it was difficult making a comeback to top flight game. And who remembers you again after that long a time out of football,” he wondered.Asked whether the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, (as the federation was called then), supported him, Okunowo said: “Nigeria doesn’t support you when you are injured; it is only when you are playing that the federation is aware of your existence. When you get injured, you only pray that God should send a helper to you because the federation will never be there for you. My case was not the first and it would not be the last. But the leopard would never change its skin. Nigeria will always remain Nigeria”.Okunowo now works as a scout and supplies football clubs with players. “I helped a lot of Nigerian clubs with players and also served as advisers to some of these clubs. Like Ikorodu United, I supplied them with players when team was facing difficulties but it was too late to salvage the situation. I just hope they would be able to keep these players next season,” he said.He cited corruption, lack of sponsors and non-payment of salaries as some of the factors hindering the development of the Nigerian League.“The League lack sponsors, salaries are not paid and there is too much corruption in the country. In our days, without a solid contract, a footballer does not travel abroad. But now, with just $500, a player is ready to travel out of Nigeria to play,” he noted.The father of three takes pride that all his children (a female and two boys) took to football. The female, who is the first child, plays for Colchester United, the second plays for Colchester City while his last born plays in Ipswich FC. But Okunowo hopes they would move to Barcelona when they are grown up.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Schalke, Dortmund Ignite Revierderby on StarTimes this WeekendÂ

first_imgBrands and Marketing Director at StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede reinstates the company’s commitment on the continuous broadcast of the Bundesliga games.“The satisfaction of our subscribers is our greatest joy, we are always on our feet to sustain the good standard we have built over the years. We are currently working so hard to give our subscribers the opportunity to experience more exciting football experience with the World Cup forthcoming in the comfort of their homes,” Elegbede said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the crowning of Bayern Munich as champions last weekend in Augsburg, live Bundesliga action resumes this weekend on StarTimes Nigeria, with a mouthwatering derby clash between Schalke and Dortmund on Sunday by 5:30 PM African Time on StarTimes (Channel 254 and 245).Dortmund and Schalke treated the world to one of the greatest matches in Bundesliga history  when the Royal Blues completed one of sport’s greatest ever comebacks after being 4-0 down at half-time at the Signal Iduna Park.The arch-rivals meet for another Revierderby at the Veltins-Arena with the winner having one hand on second place.The numbers from the reverse fixtures held last November are formidable, the emotions produced among players and fans both frenzied and fraught with fear, depending on which set of colours you identified with.And the stakes are very high. They may only be playing to finish second, but you can bet both of these teams will battle to the bitter end in order to achieve that runners-up spot at each other’s expense.Schalke hold a one-point advantage, so know the significance of what a win would do for them. Indeed, a fifth consecutive draw between these sides would suffice to keep Domenico Tedesco’s charges ahead.Facing the team with the second best defensive record in this season’s Bundesliga, Dortmund can counter that by pulling out their Marco Reus card, the 28-year-old is always a threat in this fixture, having scored six times in 12 Revierderbies.Dortmund will be banking on Belgian striker; Mtchy Batshuayi to score the goals which they hope will lift them to victory against their eternal rivals.In other games holding today, and which StarTimes will show live to its customer , Leverkusen host Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin confront Cologne, Hoffenheim tackle Hamburg, Stuttgart entertain Hannover while champions , Bayern Munuich will have the opportunity to present the Bundesliga crown to the fans when they host Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Allianz Arena.last_img read more

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Murray’s magnificent run ends at hands of Djokovic in Doha

first_imgAndy Murray’s run of 28 straight wins on the ATP Tour was ended by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open after an enthralling 6-3 5-7 6-4 win for the pretender to the number one throne.Djokovic looked in firm control at a set and a break, enjoying a 5-3 lead in the second and serving for the match.But Murray dug deep and produced some stunning tennis to save three match points and break back – extending his streak of consecutive matches with at least one break of serve to 112.The momentum switched entirely. and Murray reeled off five straight games to take the second set and go 1-0 up in the third.The Serb seemed to be falling apart at one stage, ranting on the court and then losing a game after being penalised a point for smashing his racket for the second time.But as so often, Djokovic dug deep and found extra reserves of energy – just when he looked at his lowest, he broke again. Despite taking a 0-30 advantage as the Serbian served for the match a second time, Murray could not turn the tables again. Djokovic won an epic three-hour encounter, and we will be lucky to see the same again in the Australian Open final three weekends from now.He said: “It’s definitely one of the best ways to start the year.”All the way to the last shot you never know with Andy. It’s no strange occurrence for both of us to play three sets for three hours. It’s a very physical battle and we’re both going to need some time to recover from that and get ready for Melbourne.”Despite the result, Murray actually extends his lead at the top of the rankings, as he did not play a tournament this week last year while Djokovic won in Qatar.last_img read more

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Whicker: Dodgers might be saving the starting pitcher from the endangered list

first_imgATLANTA — The Braves do not need to hear that Walker Buehler has been the Dodgers’ best pitcherThey are 9 for 62 in two National League Division Series games, with no runs. Against Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, they were 5 for 50.Three of those hits were slow dribblers through the infield. Another was a comebacker that Kershaw couldn’t handle. Only one was a true rocket, off the talented bat of Ronald Acuña Jr.The Braves have struck out 15 times and are looking for their first walk, although not particularly hard. They’re zero for 6 with men in scoring position. They have suffered eleven 1-2-3 innings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Remember all those other playoff years, when the Dodgers agonized and squirmed and finally decided to use Kershaw with three days’ rest because nothing else made sense?Remember how all their shoulders fell when the Cardinals clubbed Kershaw in Game 1 of the 2014 Division Series?It’s not that way anymore, not with Ryu, Buehler and Rich Hill. In this run of division titles and postseason mishaps, this is the best rotation situation they’ve had.Disguised blessings are at work. Kershaw, Ryu and Buehler missed time in the first half of the season, back when Ross Stripling was boarding up the windows and becoming an All-Star.Now Kershaw comes in with only 161-1/3 innings, Ryu with 151-2/3 and Hill 132-2/3. Three years ago Kershaw had 301 strikeouts. This year he had 155. Maybe his stuff isn’t quite as electric, but maybe he’s just been re-engineered, as a Volt.On Friday he almost threw a complete game, until Dave Roberts realized the earth might explode and decided to bring in Kenley Jansen. They had no complete games all season, or 20 fewer than Fernando Valenzuela had in 1986.In doing all this, the Dodgers might be returning the starting pitcher to the top of the baseball marquee, where he belongs.Everyone says the game needs star power and charisma. Nobody provides it like the guy on the mound.This season saw the onset of the “opener,” the guy who pitches one inning and begins a parade of relievers. It’s the moving target theory. It’s like 12 guys fighting one round apiece against Ali. Survival, if not victory, becomes more likely.Tampa Bay was the ringleader, with Ryne Stanek starting 29 games and pitching 65 innings.It’s not a bad gimmick if you don’t have legitimate starters. Blake Snell, who won 22 games and is probably in line for the American League Cy Young, was allowed to stay in. But the “opener” concept probably can’t last throughout a season or even a playoff series. Oakland, with a shockingly good 97-win season, poignantly pushed Liam Hendriks out to face the Yankees on Wednesday. He was the ticket to a quick 2-0 deficit.Fortunately, real starters are all around us in October. Cleveland has Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, former Angel Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer, all of whom struck out 200 or more.Houston has Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and, if healthy, Charlie Morton. Boston has Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello.But Porcello and Bauer have already worked in relief. One probably wouldn’t ask Bob Gibson to do that, or tell Don Drysdale, “OK, twice through the order is enough, you’re good.”Not one pitcher in the majors came close to averaging seven innings per start in 2018. Twenty years ago, fourteen did.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The ace is the most compelling figure in the game. He is unapproachable before the first pitch, fearless thereafter. He goes in with the knowledge that injury awaits with every follow-through, the same way a jockey or a bull rider or a downhill skier knows where the ambulance is parked. It’s part of the Top Gun life.He’s the closest thing baseball has to a quarterback. Develop him, market him. There aren’t enough of him.Just don’t tell the Braves, not right now. The numbers .145, .159 and .161 are not a set of games by a mediocre bowler. They are Atlanta’s batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.Buehler has noticed this, of course, and expects to extend the trend Sunday night in Game 3. A victory would thrust the Dodgers into the next round.Kiké Hernandez recalled meeting the Vanderbilt right-hander at Camelback Ranch, shortly after Buehler’s draft.“You must be good,” Hernandez told him. “They picked you in the first round even with Tommy John surgery.”Buehler already knew that. He has thrown 137-1/3 innings with only 95 hits and 151 strikeouts. He also has the ace gene, the smoldering stare and the competitive arrogance that comes with the knowledge that you can throw baseballs past people at will.last_img read more

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