Kershaw, Dodgers force game 5, beat Mets 3-1 to even series

first_imgThe Dodgers scored all their runs in a third-inning rally that began with Kershaw’s single. Kiké Hernandez’s ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy wiped out Kershaw on a forceout, but Hernandez went to third base when Howie Kendrick ripped a single up the middle of the diamond.Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI single, a weak hit that landed in the vast expanse of grass in front of center fielder Juan Lagares. Justin Turner followed with a two-run double — Gonzalez scored all the way from first base — to put Mets starter Steven Matz in a 3-0 hole. “Steven was outstanding. He had one bad inning,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Probably if he’d want one pitch back it’s probably the hanging slider he threw Kershaw.”Matz, the rookie left-hander who threw six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in July, lasted five innings before turning the game over to the Mets’ bullpen.By then, Kershaw had his first lead of the postseason.The Mets mustered only three hits and one walk against Kershaw. He struck out eight while showing complete command of his curveball and slider, and only lost his shutout bid on Daniel Murphy’s second home run of the series in the fourth inning.Murphy has two home runs off Kershaw in the series, after Kershaw allowed only one home run to a left-handed batter the entire regular season.The seventh inning, Kershaw’s personal playoff Waterloo in three previous October starts, began with a 50-foot single by Yoenis Cespedes.“Oh, here we go,” was Mattingly’s reaction.But Kershaw remained on the mound and calmly retired the next three batters in order. He’d thrown 94 pitches when he was removed in favor of Chris Hatcher to begin the eighth inning. Hatcher got two quick outs, then walked Curtis Granderson, before Mattingly called on closer Kenley Jansen to record a four-out save for only the second time this year. “We were willing to go six outs with Hatch and Kenley right there,” Mattingly said. “We would have went Hatch (in the sixth and seventh innings) and Kenley (in the eighth and ninth).”Granderson stole second base, giving the Mets their first runner in scoring position.With the count 2-2 on Wright, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was convinced Jansen threw strike three. Wright checked his swing on a ball over the middle of the plate, but home plate umpire Chris Guccione called it a ball. Ellis spun animatedly, gesturing to show that Wright had foul-tipped the 96-mph cut fastball, but Guccione held firm. “I’m pretty sure I heard a foul tip in the dugout,” Hatcher said.Jansen then issued ball four, putting runners on first and second for Murphy.Murphy worked the count full too, then flew out to right fielder Yasiel Puig to end the inning.The ninth inning was a relatively smooth affair, as Jansen retired Cespedes, Travis d’Arnaud, and Lucas Duda in order to send the announced crowd of 44,183 racing to the subways.“All I wanted to hear was a silent moment when you play on the road,” Jansen said.Those were rare in Game 3 but they meant everything in Game 4. The buzz surrounding Chase Utley’s suspension, and Clayton Kershaw’s curse, and whether the Dodgers’ bullpen could hold a lead, died for a day. The season lived on in Los Angeles, where the silence was broken by the sound of exhaling fans. The series is tied two games apiece, with the winner set to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will oppose the Mets’ Jacob deGrom in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.• PHOTOS: Kershaw masterpiece forces game 5 in seriesDodgers manager Don Mattingly entrusted the game — and the season — to Kershaw on three days’ rest, despite the fact that Kershaw had lost five consecutive postseason starts. This time Kershaw got the run support he didn’t get at home Friday in Game 1, or in the Dodgers’ season-ending loss to the St. Louis Cardinals a year ago. Those playoff demons weren’t really Kershaw’s — they were property of the Dodgers’ lineup, though for good measure Kershaw got the first hit by any hitter Tuesday.“I didn’t end up scoring,” Kershaw said, “but I think that maybe got the guys going a little bit, which was — you know, that was the inning, so that was huge.” NEW YORK >> Citi Field was full of sore throats and sore forearms Tuesday night, having taunted the Dodgers and waved their orange towels until the building fell eerily silent. Now, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers don’t want to hear another peep about what they can’t do in the postseason.Kershaw’s seven-inning, one-run masterpiece laid the groundwork for the Dodgers’ season-saving 3-1 win over the New York Mets in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.“I really wanted to win tonight definitely — for a lot of reasons,” Kershaw said, “but obviously most important was just to give Zack a chance.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Final touches for Ellis Park Stadium

first_img17 February 2009With five months to go before the first ball in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is kicked, renovations at Ellis Park, the host stadium of the opening and final matches of the football tournament, are complete.Giving an update on the status of the venue to Fifa.com last week, Sibongile Mazibuko, the executive director in the City of Johannesburg’s 2010 unit, said great progress had been made.“The stadium itself is now complete and the sub-contractors will be handing over at the end of the month,” Mazibuko said. “The pitch and seating have also been completed … We are excited that this phase is coming to an end and we are happy with the work that has been done.”The Confederations Cup – known as the Festival of Champions as it pits the champions of the six Fifa confederations, the reigning world champions and the next Fifa World Cup hosts against each other – will take place from 14 to 28 June.South American champions Brazil, European champions Spain, African champions Egypt, Asian champions Iraq, Concacaf champions the United States, Oceania champions New Zealand, 2006 World Cup champions Italy, and 2010 hosts South Africa will compete.It will be played at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, and Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.Ellis Park will host three opening round matches:14 June – South Africa vs Iraq18 June – Italy vs Egypt20 June – Iraq vs New ZealandThe stadium will also host the opening and closing ceremony of the football festival.ChangesEllis Park has undergone major changes. The west, south and north stands have been revamped with additional seating and a new roof added. New change rooms, VIP, media and medical facilities and a new entrance façade to the north stand have been built.A new, five-level car park has also been completed and will accommodate 1 200 cars.The revamped Ellis Park Stadium seats 62 000 football fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine percent from the previous 57 000.“All the building work on the stadium is complete. We are now busy with outside paving and putting final touches to the parkade area,” says the stadium manager, Paul Appalsamy.Precinct upgradeThe completion of Ellis Park Stadium sees focus shifting towards sprucing up the area around the stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup in 2010.The regeneration falls under the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), and Nyiko Gudlhuza, the JDA project manager, says work on the Ellis Park precinct is 86 percent complete.“We expect all work around the stadium to be done by end of March 2009. We have completed paving around the stadium and built two ablution blocks,” Gudlhuza said. “A water feature between Ellis Park Stadium and Johannesburg Stadium is currently being built while landscaping and putting up artwork is complete.”The Olympic-size swimming pool in the sports precinct has also been upgraded, according to Gudlhuza. “However, installation of CCTV cameras will be done early in April.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

SA 15th on emerging markets index

first_imgThe survey also shows that businesses in emerging markets fear their growth prospects are hampered by poor access to finance and a lack of highly-skilled workers to a much larger extent than their counterparts in more mature economies. On a positive note, of the three countries on the African continent which are ranked in the emerging economies index, namely South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria, South Africa is the highest ranked. Sentiment of optimism An “optimism balance” is the proportion of businesses reporting they are optimistic less those reporting they are pessimistic. Grant Thornton’s index measures investment opportunities in 27 emerging economies, taking account of factors such as size, wealth, involvement in world trade, growth potential, and levels of human development. It forms part of the global business advisory firms’ International Business Report for 2010. “These nations also tend to recover more quickly, with growth rates over the next two years forecast to be double that of the more mature economies.” The top five emerging nations maintained the same rankings since in 2008. China leads the way, thanks to its huge consumer market, increasingly open economy and trade growth, followed by the other developing Asian powerhouse, India. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The importance of the emerging markets to the world economy has been brought into sharper focus as the world emerges from the recession,” said Brehm. “The International Business Report indicates to us that the emerging economies have been less severely hit by the recession than developed countries. Russia, thanks to its wealth of natural resources, is third, followed by the two largest economies in Latin America – Mexico and Brazil. “Indeed, these markets and their businesses are developing so rapidly and powerfully that not investing in them represents a risk to long term profitability. Emerging markets are certainly the future powerhouses of the world economy,” Brehm said. SA highest ranked in Africacenter_img The index indicates that a sentiment of optimism abounds in the emerging markets worldwide. An optimism balance of +57% of privately held businesses in 14 of the world’s leading emerging markets indicated that they were optimistic about the prospects for their country’s economy in the year ahead. South African business owners indicated an optimism balance of +60%, well in line with the emerging market sentiment. At the same time, a balance of just +2% of businesses in mature economies indicated that they were optimistic. The global average was +24%. At an individual country level, emerging economies occupy four of the top five places in terms of optimism for the year ahead – namely Chile (+85%), India (+84%), Vietnam (+72%) and Brazil (+71%). The only developed country in the top five is Australia (+79%). “South Africa’s economy is well-developed in many ways, with an abundance of natural resources and robust financial, legal, communications and transport sectors, but it remains polarised, with an unemployment rate touching 25%,” said Brehm. 28 June 2010 South Africa slipped from 13th to 15th place compared to 2008, when the survey was last conducted, with Chile and Iran overtaking it. Emerging market resilience “South African private business owners cite the lack of availability of a skilled workforce as the greatest constraint to business growth (34%),” explained Brehm. “The emerging markets average for this factor is only 25%, indicating the lack of skills in South Africa as a major concern for business.” “A big concern is the large percentage drop in South Africa’s ranking since 2008,” Grant Thornton South Africa chairman Leonard Brehm said in a statement this month. “Other than Nigeria, which recorded a 20% drop since 2008, South Africa showed the second-largest drop, with a 10% decline in the country’s 2010 score.” With emerging market optimism running high, South Africa will need to “keep its eye on the ball” if it wants to improve its ranking in the emerging markets opportunity index, says consultancy Grant Thornton, after the country slipped from 13th to 15th place – while remaining the highest-ranked African country on the index.last_img read more

Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph

first_imgSelected others22. Iran (+7), 27. Japan (+23), 38. South Korea (+15), 55. Qatar (+38)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Facing former team Blackwater not just another game for Paul Zamar Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Meanwhile, Japan’s run in the same competition has seen them shoot up to 27th, a rise of 23 positions.Belgium remains first in an unchanged top 10, just in front of world champions France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRanking, February 71. Belgium, 2. France, 3. Brazil, 4. Croatia, 5. England, 6. Portugal, 7. Uruguay, 8. Switzerland, 9. Spain, 10. Denmark (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2019 Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez is thrown in the air as his team celebrates their win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. – Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar has climbed a huge 38 places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, reaching their highest position in more than quarter of a century on the back of their victorious Asian Cup campaign.The Gulf state, who will host the World Cup in 2022, is now ranked 55th — just ahead of Cameroon and Egypt — after beating Japan 3-1 in last week’s final in the United Arab Emirates. It is their highest ranking since 1993.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.” last_img read more

Video: Houston Danced, Blasted Future’s “Commas” In Post-Game Locker Room Celebration After Beating Louisville

first_imgThe Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston knocked off Louisville on the road today, coming from behind to beat the Cardinals 34-31. Afterwards, the ecstatic Cougars celebrated with a raucous locker room celebration set to rapper Future’s hit song “Commas.”#HTownTakeover pic.twitter.com/WzWi4fhhnP— Adrian Mayes (@aqmayes) September 12, 2015That video is courtesy of Adrian Mayes, Houston’s Director of Recruiting. Notice the Texas state flag making an appearance as well.Huge win for new head coach Tom Herman and his team.last_img read more

Robertson denies a nervous Liverpool

first_imgThe Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️ https://t.co/VscalqhBul pic.twitter.com/YY7khDuqnl— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019last_img read more