26 Aug

Dodgers hit three homers, beat Giants in Cactus League opener

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies UP NEXT: Cubs (RHP Tyler Chatwood) at Dodgers (LHP Alex Wood), Sunday 12 p.m. PT, Camelback Ranch, SportsNet LA , AM 570Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire THE GAME: Kike’ Hernandez, Max Muncy and Chris Taylor each hit home runs as the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-4 Saturday afternoon. The start of the Cactus League opener was delayed more than two hours by rain.PITCHING REPORT: Tony Gonsolin retired all three batters he faced in the first inning. … The only Giants hit through the first four innings was a home run by Mauricio Dubon off Josh Sborz.HITTING REPORT: Muncy hit the first of the Dodgers’ three home runs in the third inning off right-hander Melvin Adon. Muncy’s drive cleared the berm beyond the right-center field wall but he said he couldn’t tell if it was even going to go out. “Hey, we haven’t played a baseball game in 4 1/2 months,” he joked. Muncy also had a single (taking third on an error) and a walk in his three plate appearances. … Hernandez’s homer was a two-run shot. … Taylor had a walk and an opposite-field solo home run in his three plate appearances. … Rocky Gale drove in two runs with an eighth-inning double. … Zach Reks drove in one with a double in the ninth.FIELD CONDITIONS: Cody Bellinger said he was “shocked” how well the field played after a day of rain. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was going to switch Bellinger from center field to first base to protect him from possibly soggy field conditions in the outfield “but he didn’t have a (first baseman’s) glove. So we were going to have (Giants first baseman) Brandon Belt leave his there — old school.” Roberts decided it wasn’t necessary when saw how well the field had drained.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

16 Aug

How Pjanic commented His Transfer to Juventus?

first_imgMiralem Pjanic is definitely new football player of Juventus, as reported by Italian Corriere dello Sport.In recent days, it was written a lot about Pjanic’s transfer to Juventus, who apparently activated the purchase clause for Pjanic.The Italian Corriere dello Sport reported that Pjanic told a friend over WhatsApp that Roma sold him in only 15 minutes, because they needed money.“Yes, it’s true. Roma sold me in 15 minutes. They needed money and contacted Juventus. It is like that in life,” wrote Pjanic.The same source stated that the transfer should be completed very quickly.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img read more

13 Aug

VAR confusion reigns in Premier League

first_imgVARLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Three months into the Premier League’s first season using VAR, confusion and anger abounds, from managers, players and fans, at the inconsistent use of the technology.England’s top flight was the last of Europe’s big five leagues to implement VAR, with the objective of observing and learning from mistakes made elsewhere.However, the desire not to re-referee games or overly disrupt the flow of matches by encouraging referees to come to the side of the pitch to review incidents on monitors has led to an inconsistent application of the rules.Offside decisions do not fall into the category of needing to be a “clear and obvious” error and have therefore been regularly overturned.But for penalties, red cards and fouls in the build up to goals, the high bar for changing the initial decision by the referee means few have been overturned.Ninety games into the season, not a single penalty has been awarded by VAR, nor has a referee come to the sideline to review his initial decision.“The Premier League needs to bite the bullet and make sure the video referee intervenes,” said former referee Peter Walton in The Times.“Such interventions wouldn’t belittle the referee,” he added. “They don’t always have the best view, and I would have welcomed that help as a referee.”Last Saturday Aston Villa, Burnley and Wolves had goals ruled out by VAR, the most contentious of which saw Burnley denied a late draw at Leicester for the slightest of touches by Chris Wood on the ankle of Foxes’ defender Jonny Evans.A day later, a similar challenge from Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof on Liverpool forward Divock Origi went unpunished before Marcus Rashford opened the scoring at Old Trafford.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned whether the on-field official would have made a different decision without VAR to back him up. “The ref let the game run because he has VAR, but VAR says then it was not clear so we could say it is not a foul so I don’t overrule it. It doesn’t make too much sense.”– VAR rethink? –Burnley boss Sean Dyche reiterated his support for VAR, but believes the bar to overturn penalty decisions in particular is too high.“I think we all agree there’s been a few that should have been turned over. They should be turned over if they genuinely think they’re wrong.”Worryingly for the league and referee body the PGMOL, players and managers are already losing faith in the Premier League’s implementation of the system.“We are in the Premier League. It should be perfect and if it’s not perfect then we shouldn’t be using it,” said Liverpool defender Andy Robertson.Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said the use of VAR was “very subjective” and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola sarcastically said his players must be “diving” after a host of strong penalty appeals went unanswered.Speaking ahead of the season, the Premier League’s chief of referees Mike Riley said: “We don’t want VAR to come in and try to re-referee the game.“We actually want it to protect the referees from making serious errors, the ones everybody’s goes: ‘Well, actually, that’s wrong.’”.In practice, that application has seen many wrong calls that were not overturned leading to cries to lower the bar for VAR.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more