(Dover AFB, DE) — President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence paid their respects last night to two soldiers from Eglin Air Force Base in Destin, Florida who were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Trump saluted and Pence put his hand over his heart as the flag-draped transfer cases were carried off the plane and loaded into a vehicle. Twenty-eight-year old Sergeant Javier Gutierrez of San Antonio and 28-year-old Sergeant Antonio Rodriguez of Las Cruces, New Mexico were killed Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire with a machine gun. Gutierrez and Rodriguez were stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in the panhandle.
___The San Francisco 49ers and Giants are teaming with a health care company to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth masks throughout the Bay Area to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.The two teams announced the plan Thursday to work with Dignity Health and their flagship radio station KNBR on the initiative to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign advocating wearing masks in public.The teams will each produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed at no charge to fans, workers on the front lines of the pandemic and community organizations. The Giants masks are currently being distributed with the baseball season scheduled to start next week. The 49ers masks are set to be distributed starting next month.The initiative will start with 200,000 masks and could reach 500,000 if there is demand. The league said Thursday that the affected sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball. The decision doesn’t apply to sports which aren’t sponsored by the league, including BYU and University of San Diego football.Training and practices can be conducted at the discretion of each school.Sports that are played in the spring won’t participate in any fall competition before Sept. 24, which includes baseball, beach volleyball, golf, rowing, softball and tennis.Men’s and women’s basketball, which are scheduled to start Nov. 10, aren’t affected.___ ___Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule.“We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The West Coast Conference will delay the start of fall competition in all sports until Sept. 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It is critical that the local public health status of COVID-19 be considered when determining if professional sporting events should take place in the jurisdiction, with or without spectators,” Juliano wrote. “We all want to see our teams back on their respective fields, but, frankly, this should not come at the expense of the health and safety of the people in their organizations and our community.”The coalition includes the top health officials from 30 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including virtually every major league city. It noted that testing should not replace the quarantine of those diagnosed with COVID-19, and recommended that players and staff cooperate with contact tracing. Teams should report clusters of three or more positive cases that occur within a two-week period.___Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he’s reluctant to allow UConn’s football team to travel to states with high coronavirus infection rates this fall.UConn, which is scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference has road games scheduled at Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and San Jose State. Lamont said should the team travel to a state where infection rates remain high, Husky players would be subject to Connecticut’s 14-day quarantine rule upon their return to Storrs. Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, one of the NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19, says he has been wearing a mask at practice for two reasons: To help get in shape and to make his teammates comfortable he won’t spread the disease.Brogdon was a late arrival in Orlando, Florida, after announcing June 24 that he had a positive test. He returned to practice for the first time Wednesday and intends to wear the mask until games start.“I feel really good,” Brogdon said. “My conditioning is not where I want it to be, of course. It’s not NBA shape. But I’ve heard people say I look more in shape than they thought I would. I will definitely be in shape by the time games start.”Coach Nate McMillan said the decision is entirely up to Brogdon.“He doesn’t have to do that,” McMillan said. “But we haven’t really thought about it (spreading) because of all the testing we have go through.” Brogdon also is coming back from a torn quad muscle in his thigh he suffered March 4. The Pacers had listed Brogdon as week to week when the season was suspended in mid-March.He also says he intends to carry a message on the back of his jersey though he declined to say what it will say.___A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities cautioned Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week.In statement issued by Executive Director Chrissie Juliano, the Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights. Associated Press Final details about hotels, travel packages, teams and schedules have not been finalized, organizers say, and fans are being asked to wait to book trips until more details are available.___The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season.Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021. Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point.___The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all.The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies. July 16, 2020 ___The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season.The changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday.Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.” The Latest: West Coast Conference delays fall competition “Gov. Lamont has done a tremendous job leading our state through this difficult time,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with his team and follow the guidance of state and public health officials to find the best path forward.”___Michigan State University is temporarily reducing salaries for athletic department employees under contract who make at least $100,000 to cope with the loss of revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The move announced Thursday will cost Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo just under $250,000 and football coach Mel Tucker a little more than a quarter million dollars based on a 7% cut in pay for employees making at least $500,000.Michigan State athletic Bill Beekman will reduce his $750,000 salary by 10%. Athletic department employees who make $100,000 to $149,999 will have their salaries reduced by 2%. The pay cuts will begin Sept. 1 and will end Aug. 31, 2021. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “If we want to get back to the ballpark and get life back to life as normal this is a simple step,” 49ers CEO Jed York said about wearing masks.___Organizers of the Cancun Challenge are moving this fall’s Thanksgiving week college basketball tournament to the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.They’re hoping the new venue will help keep athletes, coaches, staff members and fans safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The arena is located six miles from Kennedy Space Center and seats approximately 1,500 fans.Last fall organizers announced the field would feature men’s teams from Clemson, Illinois State, Mississippi State and Purdue on Nov. 24-25 and women’s teams from Florida State, Houston, Iowa, Northeastern, Purdue, Toledo, Southern California and VCU on Nov. 26-28. Tennessee was added to the women’s field later. The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.___The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___ ___The Mid-American Conference will delay the start of its fall Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, to Sept. 3. The conference football season is also scheduled to begin that day. The conference said the decision will provide more time to provide for a safe return to competition.___The Cancun Challenge basketball tournament for men and women has been moved from Mexico to Melbourne, Florida, because of the coronavirus.The games will be played at Eastern Florida State College. Details on the fields and schedule will be released later. Last year’s event was held in late November.
Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With no true point guard and all eyes fixated on Tyus Battle, two defenders swarmed the Syracuse star. There was no room to move. Battle played all of regulation and all but 24.6 seconds of both overtimes, pouring every ounce he had into a game- and career-high 37 points to pace the Orange.A 10-second rule was called because Syracuse could not get the ball across mid-court. The Seminoles drilled their 11th 3-pointer of the game on their next possession, paving the path for a late surge to separate themselves from the Orange in the second overtime on Saturday afternoon.In Syracuse’s first multi-OT game since the Connecticut six-OT game in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Florida State launched from deep and brought an offensive attack Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) has not seen this season. Sagging to protect the rim comes with a risk — an open perimeter — and the Seminoles converted on 11 3-pointers. When the Orange stretched out to defend 3s, the Seminoles (13-4, 2-3) worked inside with their considerable size, winning 101-90 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and handing SU its fourth straight loss.“That was a good effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, noting that SU overcame a 10-point deficit out of the break. “Tremendous effort … we played well and we’re playing better on offense.”The SU defense was strong early, but the offense was inflammable. They swapped in the second half and much of overtime, as Battle exploded for drives, 3-pointers and an array of versatility to make it a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of regulation, Battle drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left. It sent the game into overtime, the score even at 74, and silenced a previously raucous home crowd. He scored 22 points in the second half and added 10 more in the overtime periods. Battle is SU’s leading scorer, who lifted SU to a win at Georgetown a month ago with two late 3-pointers in an overtime thriller. Saturday, with starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out and no other consistent scoring option, Battle put SU on his back.“I was playing too fast, they were speeding me up,” Battle said. “In the second half, I just slowed down, saw the floor, stayed aggressive.“Just little mistakes that lost us the game. Defensive errors, defensive breakdowns. I let their guys get wide open corner 3s.”What followed many of Battle’s scoring plays was an FSU answer. The high-scoring Seminoles knew how they would beat Syracuse, even without their leading scorer in junior Terance Mann.Shoot the 3.The Seminoles take more 3s per game than any team in the conference and they entered Saturday with the 29th-best scoring offense in the country, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They were held to only 31 points in the first half. But the goal was to beat SU via the 3, and they stuck to their gameplan. FSU shot 11-for-32 from deep.Despite Battle’s outing and the fact that four SU players reached double figures, the Syracuse offense could not keep pace. It was a close game, but Syracuse is stuck in neutral, held back by few scoring options, lethargy and a bevy of turnovers. The Orange committed 19, and FSU turned those into 31 points.At point guard, Howard scored 13 points and dished out five assists before fouling out late in regulation. He was subdued post-game, but he extracted the positive from Syracuse’s 90-point offensive outburst.“We played well, moved the ball a lot better in the second half,” Howard said. “We got some driving lanes. I think we’re starting to find our niche on the offensive end.”It may have come at a convenient time. The Orange’s near upset win could provide Syracuse a momentum boost at a needed time. For one, it was a near a road win against a ranked opponent, something that eluded the program last season. It would have snapped a three-game skid, as well, and the victory represents how formidable the Syracuse defense can be.The Orange will return home Tuesday for Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5), the worst team in the ACC. Boston College follows, and the Orange is predicted to win each of its next four games, according to Kenpom.com.It may not be time to panic just yet, considering Syracuse started conference play 0-4 two years ago, when the Orange went dancing all of the way to the Final Four. But SU’s fourth straight loss is significant and it will take a strong next month and a half of play to dig itself out of this hole and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.“It’s five games. Who cares?” Boeheim said. “You got a whole season, 14 games left. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. We had a tough start, three tough road games. If we lost them by 10 or 12, I’d be really worried. We had a really good chance to win two of the three.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21
UW AthleticsAfter a Wednesday practice that was dominated by the defense, it was the offense of the Wisconsin football team that showed its teeth Saturday afternoon in the team’s scrimmage at Camp Randall.The scrimmage, which was attended by 850 fans, saw impressive performances from senior running back James White and sophomore quarterback Joel Stave.“This is important, it matters to the kids,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said. “It gets them even more invested to the public and to Badger nation. It matters to them, it matters to us, people take a Saturday morning to come out and want to support the kids and see them out and the new offense and defense; it’s just great for us to be part of it, really.”The scrimmage was short and crisp, mainly because the Badgers are in rough shape when it comes to health. Andersen said with only “seven or eight” healthy players on the offensive line, Wisconsin sent out a starting line of redshirt senior Ryan Groy, redshirt junior Dallas Lewallen, redshirt freshman Dan Voltz, redshirt senior Zac Matthias and redshirt junior Rob Havenstein.Groy, traditionally a guard, started two games last season as a left tackle when starter Ricky Wagner went down with an injury. Although not his natural position, Groy’s mix of athleticism and experience at both tackle and guard make him an adaptable peg for the injury-depleted group.“These are good learning reps for him regardless of where he plays in the fall and further along in his future,” Andersen said. “Does this solidify him at left tackle? Absolutely not. We’ve got to get healthy again and see where it goes.”The offensive line is just one of several positional groups that is struggling with health issues. The linebacking core, which is already missing starter Ethan Armstrong as he recovers from an off-season surgery, took another blow this past week when it was announced redshirt senior David Gilbert, a projected starter at outside linebacker in the team’s new 3-4 defensive scheme, would not play his senior season due to an ongoing foot injury.“Anytime a young man is injured or can’t play anymore, our whole focus goes to David and making sure he’s set and moving along in life,” Andersen said. “We’ve lost a very good player and we all know that. It’s going to be fun spending some time with him and watching him get his degree and move along with his life over the next year and see what happens.”Multiple injuries also prompted a response from Andersen after practice that the Badgers’ upcoming spring game on April 20, a popular annual event that caps off the spring season, will look considerably different compared to years past.“We’ll have a good scrimmage and we’ll get after it and it’ll be fairly short,” Andersen said. “We’ll be on and off quick, which is good for spring games. That’s kind of what everybody wants when you’re on that last 15th practice. We’ll still use it as a work day. It will not be a traditional spring game.”But even with players like redshirt senior linebacker Chris Borland and No. 1 redshirt senior wide receiver James White being held out for some reps as a precaution, the Badgers’ head coach has still been impressed with the attention players have shown while on the sidelines.“We will be cautious and get them into the fall, especially if they’re a proven player,” Andersen said of limiting star players’ repetitions. “And those young men are doing a nice job of taking mental reps. It’s been impressive the way they go through practice and have their scripts and understand what’s going on.”Some highlights of the practice included a deep touchdown pass from Stave to Abbrederis, a reverse handoff taken by junior wide receiver Kenzel Doe for a touchdown and aggressive short-yardage rushes by White. The Badgers also used a handful of formations that included three tight ends on the field. With the team trying to find a suitable second and third wide receiver next to Abbrederis, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig has found strength and depth in the tight ends to help conceal, at least for now, a lack of proven production at wide out.“Our tight ends are skilled,” Andersen said. “They run well, they’re athletic and cause some mismatches in space, as well as they can on or off the line of scrimmage. It can slow down an aggressive defense in their sub packages and not allow them to get as much skill on the field because they don’t know what’s coming their way.“It may be power football, it may be spread football, and coach Ludwig will do a great job mixing that and I think the kids are excited about the opportunity and every tight end wants to play wide receiver too, right? They always do, so it’s good for them,” he said.With only a handful of practices left and plenty of spots open for grabs, Andersen is still looking for players to prove their worth. Citing the need, at least defensively, to have “two starters” at each position to be competitive, the head coach wants to play as many people as possible come game time.“I’ll always be in favor of playing as many young men that are prepared to get out on the field,” Andersen said. “If they’re ready, we want to give them an opportunity to play.”
Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and the battered Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night.Werenski and the Blue Jackets served up a rude homecoming for Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was making his first appearance in Columbus since leaving as a free agent last summer. Bobrovsky, who played in Columbus for seven seasons and won two Vezina Trophies, had 24 saves.Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are missing 10 players to injuries and may have lost another, forward Alexander Texier, on Tuesday. Texier left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn’t return.Columbus won for the first time in three games, but extended its points streak to 11 games (7-0-4). Florida had a two-game win streak snapped.The game was a triumph and a relief for Merzlikins, who had played in 10 games this season, including four starts, and had yet to record a win. He got the start after regular goalie Joonas Korpisalo suffered a knee injury in the first round of a shootout on Sunday night.Colton Scevior had the lone goal for Florida, which outplayed Columbus for most of the night.Werenski got to Bobrovsky first at 4:54 of the first period, scoring off the draw with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that zoomed over the goalie’s glove.Scevior tied it for the Panthers when he deflected a shot from the blue line by Anton Stralman 3:39 into the second.Jenner got his eighth goal of the season on a power play later in the second period, a shot from a crowded slot that got between Bobrovsky’s pads. That made it 2-1 Columbus.Weresnski got his second of the night at 4:13 of the third period with a shot from the left circle that caught Bobrovsky out in front of the crease. Florida unsuccessfully challenged it, claiming goalie interference because Nick Foligno had contact with Bobrovsky. Werenski made it 4-1 with his third tally, another from the left circle.NOTES: Bobrovsky got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena during a first-period scoreboard tribute. … Columbus F Nathan Gerbe played in his 400th NHL game.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: At Boston on Thursday night.Panthers: At Ottawa on Thursday night. Written By WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:40 IST Werenski’s Hat Trick Lifts Blue Jackets Over Panthers 4-1 Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and the battered Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night. First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:40 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW US
Photo: © pixabay.com The six-race card is dominated by chases as Sligo get two-day August meeting underway this evening.Seven horses have been declared for the feature BoyleSports Handicap Chase at 6.25 where Round Tower will carry top-weight.The action gets underway at 5.25.
OpTic Gaming is reportedly the latest team to be accepted into the upcoming split of the North American League of Legends Championship Series.Meanwhile, it’s rough news for fans of Pheonix1 and Team Envy as both teams have failed to secure entry into the 2018 NA LCS, according to a report by ESPN.The NA LCS is undergoing significant changes next split, including a much-discussed switch to a revenue-sharing model based on franchising. As a result of the shift, teams have had to apply to rejoin the league, in order to secure spots – which appear to be hotly contested.So tough is the competition that longstanding League of Legends brand Team Dignitas – who participated in the first season of the NA LCS in 2013 – were denied application, and Pheonix1 and Team Envy will now join them in retiring from the league. Sources said that they were notified of Riot Games’ decision sometime last week.OpTic Gaming make the cut after a process which reportedly saw over 100 applications from a diverse array of potential teams and investors. Their buy-in will include $5 million (£3.77m) up front, with a further $5 million in later payments. As a new team, they will also be required to pay a $3m (£2.26m) fee, which will enter a pool used to compensate existing teams (such as Pheonix1 and Envy) which don’t make it in. This latest news means that at least three new teams will be joining the next season of Riot’s showpiece North American league.Alongside OpTic, reports earlier this week suggested that Joe Lacob, majority owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, was accepted as one of the ten franchise spot holders.The changes to the North American League of Legends Championship Series continue with no further news from Riot regarding the future of the European LCS, a cause of some concern that the region may struggle to remain competitive.Esports Insider says: Team Envy and Pheonix1 have only participated in the NA LCS for three splits, so their loss in favour of new blood is not altogether unexpected. We look forward to seeing OpTic and their infamous Green Wall enter the League of Legends scene.
Former Black Stars captain has attributed the chaotic situation between the Sports Ministry and the Football Association to miscommunication.Akunnor made these comments after captain Asamoah Gyan expressed discontent about the possible slashing of winning bonus of the Black Stars from $10,000 to $ 5,000.”It is not about the reduction of the money but the manner in which the massage is conveyed to the players. This should be sorted indoors.”But he was sure this current situation will not affect the Black Star team against comoros on their match on Friday”These are professional players who have served the country and will continue to serve, so they know how to deal with such situations.””Honestly it is not a good sign for us as a team. We will be ridiculed if we continue to behave like this,” he added. Akunnor is currently preparing newly promoted Dreams FC for their first ever campaign in the First Capital Plus Premier League.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Pedro Baez, Adam Liberatore and Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth innings for the Dodgers. Oliver Perez, Randall Delgado and Andrew Chafin did the same for Arizona.Both teams had chances to score late.In the ninth inning, Howie Kendrick hit a line drive that dribbled to the wall in right-center field, only to be thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. Leadoff doubles by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the 10th, and the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier in the bottom of the 10th, both went to waste.The Diamondbacks used two-out singles by Jordan Pacheco and Aaron Hill to put runners on first and third in the 13th inning against J.P. Howell. Pacheco attempted to score on a wild pitch that skipped a few feet away from Grandal, but the catcher underhanded the ball to Howell, who reached blindly behind his back to tag out Pacheco.Grandal — who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning — led off the bottom of the 13th and came through, belting the third pitch he saw from Marshall for his second home run of the season. “You don’t expect to go 13 innings, but our pitching staff did a great job today,” Grandal said. “A.J. (Ellis) called a great game. … You don’t expect to get into the game.”The Dodgers used all 12 of their position players and seven of their eight relievers. It was their first scoreless extra-innings game since July 28, 2013 against the Cincinnati Reds, a game that ended on a solo home run by Yasiel Puig.Juan Uribe extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth inning.The Dodgers (16-8) swept the three-game series and lead the second-place San Diego Padres (14-12) by three games in the NL West. They are 13-2 at home this season. Up next: A seven-game road trip through Milwaukee and Denver.While Anderson leaves with a start he can be proud of, the Dodgers have a stat they can be proud of as a team: They’ve won three games in their final at-bat this season, and a different player has scored and driven in the winning run each time.“The new guys, they’re really setting the tone,” Howell said. “They’re really bringing their character. It really, genuinely is each guy is pulling on the rope here. It’s not easy to do. We’ve seen it in L.A. here for years … it’s tough to do. When you get that, you just want to keep moving forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before Sunday, the most important thing Brett Anderson had done for the Dodgers this season was stay healthy. In the long term, a clean MRI means more to the chronically injured pitcher than one clean inning.On a day the Dodgers needed him to be nearly perfect, Anderson pitched six innings without allowing a run Sunday in a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His fifth start in a Dodgers uniform was undoubtedly his best.Neither team scored until the 13th inning, when Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run to left-center field off Evan Marshall to end the game.“You throw six innings, you don’t expect to participate in less than half the game,” Anderson said. “It was kind of a war of attrition. … You play however long as long as we win.” The Diamondbacks mustered just five singles and no runs in six innings against Anderson. Six balls left the infield against him in total. The left-hander lowered his ERA from 5.49 to 4.21.“I got in a better rhythm than I had the previous handful of starts,” he said. “I was able to make some pitches with runners on, limit the damage with runners on. … It was definitely a step in the right direction.”Yet Anderson wasn’t the most difficult pitcher to hit Sunday. He wasn’t even the most difficult Anderson to hit.Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson — no relation — took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and allowed only one other single to match his namesake zero for zero for six innings.The net result: A good game for the announced crowd of 48,136 at Dodger Stadium — so long as they were fans of pitching.
“I still haven’t given up hope on that,” Scott said. “I would still like for him to come around. If for nothing else, to talk to Jordan Clarkson and help him and tutor him a little bit. But as we’ve been talking all season long, (Nash) has to feel OK about that.”The Lakers have granted Nash space out of respect for his Hall-of-Fame credentials, injury and any frustration he has felt from his 19-year NBA career ending unceremoniously. Nash has occasionally lunched with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and greeted the team on Christmas Eve prior to its flight to Chicago. Nash also has posted updates on his Instagram page detailing a recent trip to Argentina. But with the Lakers completing just over half of the 2014-15 season, has the organization felt frustrated about Nash’s persistent absence while he remains under contract for $9.8 million?“None at all,” Scott said. “From myself and Mitch and guys that have played in this league that had to retire, you know what you go through when you retire. I don’t think any of us feel there is any type of pressure to try to bring him back anytime soon.” After all, Clarkson reported that Nash has texted him periodically and provided him feedback on adapting to the NBA’s faster pace and various unspecified nuances about running an offense. “I wish he was around to learn from and to watch as well even though I watched him play when I was young,” said Clarkson, whom the Washington Wizards drafted 46th overall after the Lakers paid them $1.4 million to secure his rights. “I definitely would’ve been better if he was here.” And yet…“I can understand why,” Clarkson said about Nash’s absence. “It’s a two-way street.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOENIX >> Images of Steve Nash have stayed plastered on the walls here at US Airways Center, providing a visual reminder of the legacy he brought to the Phoenix Suns as a two-time NBA MVP. That sharlply contrasts to the lasting legacy Nash will have through three seasons with the Lakers. After the Lakers acquired him in a sign-and-trade from Phoenix in the 2012 offseason, Nash fractured his left leg in his second game with the team. That injury soon caused never-ending nerve damage to his hamstring and back, ailments that kept him out for a combined 65 games through two seasons. The Lakers even ruled Nash out for the 2014-15 campaign for the same reasons. On top of that, the Lakers have a top-five protected first-round pick they will owe Phoenix this year as part of the Nash trade. “I was looking forward to having Steve,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I watched him play so many years and had a tremendous amount of respect for him as a basketball player and human being.”Since then, Nash has mostly stayed distant with the Lakers. But Scott still expressed optimism Nash will mentor the team’s guards, namely rookie Jordan Clarkson.