Slumbering Dodgers cannot right the ship against Nationals in fourth consecutive loss

first_imgThe weekend was an unmitigated disaster.The Dodgers were swept by the Pirates. The already shaky bullpen had imploded in the finale and second baseman Howie Kendrick was headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.Monday did little to assuage those fears. The Dodgers looked lost in an 8-3 setback to the Washington Nationals before a relatively quiet crowd of 45,722 as they lost their fourth consecutive game for the first time this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Anderson was tagged for a season-high seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in five-plus innings. He gave up a booming two-run homer to Ian Desmond in the second inning and then failed to get an out in a five-run sixth inning. To think it could have been worse if not for two double plays.“It was a little bit of everything,” Anderson said. “I didn’t have very much life on my pitches and my command wasn’t good. I was able to make some pitches to get out some jams early, but I was really horrible on that pitch to Desmond that I probably could’ve got a hit on. It kind of snowballed in the sixth.“It’s just a crappy game. You move onto the next one. It’s why baseball is the most frustrating but also the best game in the world.”For good measure, Desmond hit another homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth inning for just the second multi-homer game in his career. His previous came in 2010 on Aug. 11, 2010 against the Marlins.The Dodgers did get seven hits off Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, but could not push across a run against him.The Dodgers did strike for three runs on a two-out, pinch-hit homer by Carl Crawford. It was his first career pinch-hit homer and the Dodgers’ sixth this season.Meanwhile the Nationals — in a mini-slide of their own entering the series — put together a near-flawless performance.There was Desmond’s two-homer game. Gonzalez threw eight shutout innings. Ryan Zimmerman doubled twice, scored twice and had an RBI. Bryce Harper extended his hit streak to 10 games and made a diving catch in right field. Yunel Escobar made two eye-opening defensive gems in the second inning.But not all was lost for the Dodgers.There was Crawford’s homer, his second this season. Rookie Jose Peraza, recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City before the game in place of the injured Kendrick, injected some life into the Dodgers in his Major League debut. Peraza dumped a ball past a diving Harper for a triple for his first major league hit with two outs in the third inning in the most electrifying Dodgers play of the night, but Yasiel Puig meekly grounded out to strand him.Peraza became just the third Los Angeles Dodger to triple for his first major league hit in his debut, joining Gary Moore (May 3, 1970 vs. Montreal) and Doug Rau (Sept. 2, 1972 vs. St. Louis) “At first, I thought he was going to get that ball, but when he didn’t, I just kept running and running and got that triple,” Peraza said in Spanish.Peraza also looked nice on a double play in the first inning, stayed with a grounder after bobbling it to nail Harper in the first inning and had three other putouts, though he hesitated on a potential double play, allowing a run to score in the sixth.Peraza was 1 for 4 with a triple and a walk.A.J. Ellis doubled in the fourth inning and took third on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Anderson. But Rollins struck out and Peraza hit a sharp grounder to second to end the threat.Puig and Joc Pederson each dazzled defensively.Puig had a fully extended diving catch to save a run to end the fifth inning. Pederson, coming in as a defensive replacement, made a stellar running catch before crashing into the wall to end the eighth inning and save Howell at least two runs.Kike Hernandez, getting the start in center field over Pederson with the left-hander on the mound, blasted a double in the sixth inning.And in standing up for the beleaguered bullpen, Pedro Baez recorded four strikeouts in two innings of work, including striking out the side in the seventh, and Kenley Jansen struck out Harper in a ninth-inning showdown of stars en route to striking out the side in the ninth.So how do the slumbering Dodgers wake up from this nightmarish week when they look to snap out of a four-game funk?“Give the ball to Zack Greinke,” Mattingly said.center_img Sure, the Dodgers still maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. They still have a potent 1-2 punch in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke atop their rotation, but there is a certain uneasiness hanging over a proud franchise that is feeling the pressure to win its first World Series title in 28 years.Yet Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was not about to send an SOS signal from what appears to everyone else to be a ship in distress, though Mattingly conceded that Monday was a rough game.“Tonight was a game we never felt we really had a chance to win it. The last three before that, we felt we could’ve won all of them,” Mattingly said. “Hopefully it’s a little blip and we can get back on track tomorrow.”Perhaps the Dodgers were feeling a little listless after their cross-country flight from Pittsburgh arrived at 5 a.m.But that did not explain left-hander Brett Anderson’s poorest performance of the season. After all, Anderson had caught a flight back to Los Angeles the day before to be fresh for the series opener.last_img read more

Talking points in European football this weekend

first_imgErling Braut Haaland made history by becoming the first substitute to score a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut as the 19-year-old inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 5-3 win at AugsburgParis, France | AFP | Barcelona won their first game under Quique Setien, Erling Braut Haaland enjoyed a dream debut with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus ominously extended their lead at the top of Serie A at the weekend.AFP Sport looks back at some of the main talking points from around Europe:– Setien’s Barca carry Guardiola hallmark –Quique Setien’s first game in charge of Barcelona ended in victory, but they needed a late Lionel Messi goal to beat 10-man Granada 1-0 at the Camp Nou and stay ahead of Real Madrid atop La Liga.Barcelona dominated possession, with nearly 83 percent of the ball — more than in any game since Pep Guardiola’s days in charge.But if that signalled a change in approach, chances were limited for a Barca side without the injured Luis Suarez.It took the sending-off of German Sanchez midway through the second half and the introduction of the 20-year-old Riqui Puig to help turn the game the home side’s way before Messi struck.“I would give us a B grade. We hope to improve, to above all become more fluid and do better with our finishing,” said Setien, who replaced the sacked Ernesto Valverde last week.– Haaland history-maker on Dortmund bow –Rising Norwegian star Erling Braut Haaland made history by becoming the first substitute to score a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut as the 19-year-old inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 5-3 win at Augsburg.Lucien Favre’s team were 3-1 down when Haaland came on in the 56th minute for his first appearance since a 20 million-euro ($22 million) move from Salzburg.He promptly scored three times from his first three shots, becoming the first Bundesliga player to grab a debut hat-trick since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2013 — his treble also came for Dortmund against Augsburg.“That was a dream debut. When I spoke to him, he just told me: ‘That’s what you bought me for’ — and it’s true,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.It was a sixth hat-trick of the season for Haaland, who had already scored 28 goals in 22 games for Salzburg.– Inter’s ‘Lu-La’ have off-day – Inter Milan attacking duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez came up short in a 1-1 draw against Lecce which could prove costly for Antonio Conte’s title-chasers.Lukaku has scored 18 goals in total in his first season in Italy, while he and Martinez together have accounted for 24 of Inter’s 41 league goals.But the pair were frustrated by the relegation-threatened side from the heel of Italy, where Conte was born and where he began his footballing career.“We needed to be more determined and ruthless,” admitted Conte. Just like Juventus were, perhaps, in beating Parma 2-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace that moved the champions four points clear of Inter at the top of Serie A.– Has France seen the next big thing? –The country that produced the likes of Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe may have witnessed the emergence of its next big thing, as the 16-year-old Rayan Cherki dazzled in a 4-3 win for Lyon at Nantes in the French Cup.Cherki scored twice and then set up two more goals, either side of winning a penalty that was missed by Moussa Dembele.It was a stunning display from the youngster, who only turned 16 in August — neither Mbappe nor former Lyon star Karim Benzema had played a first team match at his age.“We know he’s a boy who has the ability to decide a match,” said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia.– Kompany shows his class –Vincent Kompany has endured a tough time this season since returning to Anderlecht, where he is captain and manager.A 2-1 home defeat against runaway Belgian league leaders Club Brugge left Anderlecht ninth in the table, but the game was also marked by a touch of class from the ex-Manchester City man.When a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch and exploded next to Brugge’s ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Kompany came across to remonstrate with his own team’s fans.“Simon is a player for the Belgian national team. That comes before anything else. We are going through a difficult time, but we still have to show some class,” said Kompany.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgWOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED IN SANTA ANITA WINNER’S CIRCLE CEREMONY IN MARCH ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017)–Stewart Elliott, best known for his 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins aboard Smarty Jones, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.A dominant force for many years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2016 and has firmly established himself as one of the circuit’s top riders.“On behalf of our membership, I’m elated that Stewart has been selected as this year’s Woolf Award winner,” said Jockeys’ Guild National Manager, Terry Meyocks.  “Stewart is an exemplary example of what the George Woolf Award is all about.  He’s not only a top rider, he’s a top human being as well and he continues to be a solid role model for jockeys everywhere.  On behalf of the Guild, I’d like to congratulate him on what is surely a crowning achievement in his career.”One of the most highly coveted honors in all of American racing, the Woolf Award, which was named in honor of the legendary George “The Iceman” Woolf, can only be won once and was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950.  The award, which honors riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, was won last year by Victor Espinoza.              Born in Toronto, Canada, on March 11, 1965, Elliott has now won more than 4,700 races and has earned the respect of horsemen nationwide for his wide array of skills and consistent work ethic.  Regarded as a strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott currently counts local trainers Bob Baffert, Kenny Black, Mike Puype, Art Sherman, Neil Drysdale, Mike Harrington, Jeff Bonde and many others among his regular clientele.“He’s just class through and through,” said Elliott’s agent, Craig Stephen.  “He loves to work.  He’s happiest when he’s on the back of a horse.”One of five Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens to win this year’s edition.  In becoming the 68th Woolf Award winner, Elliott follows in the footsteps of most of the greatest riders of the modern era.The 2017 Woolf Award Trophy, a replica of the life sized statue of Woolf that adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area, will be presented to Elliott in a Winner’s Circle ceremony in March.last_img read more

FoundationDB’s NoSQL Breakthrough Challenges Relational Database Dominance

first_imgRelated Posts How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Y… Tags:#databases#NoSQL NoSQL databases are well-known for their speed and scalability – useful traits when dealing with the size and complexity of big data and hyper-fast transaction requirements. But one thing they have lacked has been strong data consistency: the ability to ensure that an update to data in one part of the database is immediately propagated to all other parts of the database.A startup database vendor launched this week is making claims that its database, FoundationDB, finally delivers on the promise of true data consistency for a NoSQL database, without a huge loss of speed or flexibility.Understanding why this is such a big deal in the Big Data (or any) sector requires a little background on how NoSQL, or non-relational, databases work.Solving The ACID TestWhen talking about relational databases, like PostgreSQL, MariaDB, Oracle and the like, there’s one acronym that keeps coming up: ACID. ACID stands for Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable – core aspects that must apply to all data within a relational database. Data is broken down to atomic values (name, address_1, city…) while remaining consistent across the database, isolated from other transactions until the current transaction is finished, and durable in the sense that the data should never be lost.The infrastructure of a relational database is well-suited to meet the ACID criteria for data: Data is held in tables connected by relational algebra, and transactions are performed in a way that is consistent with ACID principles.But for non-relational databases, such as Bigtable, MongoDB or Dynamo, ACID has always been sacrificed for other qualities, like speed and scalability.This tends to freak out some companies, stopping them from moving to NoSQL because they can’t give up ACID. Especially the “C,” because not having data consistency is a particularly terrifying prospect for companies dealing with financial transactions.Yet non-relational databases are being used by firms like Amazon and Google every day, with great success. Amazon, in particular, needs to track millions of sales transaction on any given day – how does it get away with inconsistent data?The short answer is, it has to. The trade-off would be a relational database that could never keep up with the speed and scaling necessary to make a company like Amazon work as it does now. Recall that non-relational databases are structured to sacrifice some aspect of ACID to gain something in return. In the case of Amazon, its non-relational DynamoDB database is willing to apply an “eventually consistent” approach to the data in order to gain speed and uptime for the system when a database server somewhere goes down (though Dynamo can also have strong consistency, an Amazon spokesperson informed us after this story went to press).Bringing Back ConsistencyIt’s not that having ACID compliance on a NoSQL database is impossible, explained David Rosenthal, one of FoundationDB’s co-founders. It’s just that most people think that applying ACID to NoSQL systems would come at a huge cost.That’s certainly what Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, thought in a 2008 paper that described the company’s Dynamo database and it’s relationship to consistency. Data inconsistency in large-scale reliable distributed systems has to be tolerated for two reasons: improving read and write performance under highly concurrent conditions; and handling partition cases where a majority model would render part of the system unavailable even though the nodes are up and running.Translation: Requiring ACID on non-relational databases would make that database too slow and inflexible.For the longest time, everyone using NoSQL systems was resigned to this eventual, or “weak,” consistency model. After all, they had money to make and data to analyze. Who cares if consistency was not at the top of the priority list?It turns out, quite a few people, including the founders of FoundationDB, Rosenthal, Nick Lavezzo and Dave Scherer.Inside FoundationDBAfter a successful start up with Visual Sciences, a technology that’s now part of Adobe as the Adobe Insight product, the trio turned to developing another successful project, and hit on the lack of ACID-capable non-relational databases as a goal.“We weren’t satisfied with any of the data guarantees on non-relational systems,” Rosenthal explained, even as they understood that the needs of many potential clients would preclude relational systems like MySQL or Oracle because of performance limitations.Non-relational systems seemed to wear their weak consistency model like a badge of honor, but in the secret origin story of FoundationDB, the team saw weak consistency as a bug, not a feature. “Not having transactional integrity is not a good thing,” Rosenthal emphasized.They’re not the only ones. Google’s up-and-coming Spanner database, a second-generation distributed database that could ultimately replace the search engine company’s Bigtable systems, is being built on the premise that transactional integrity has to be a part of that database, too.Side Effects Include…Establishing consistency in transactions within a NoSQL database is worthy news in itself, but the implications extend beyond that core news.FoundationDB uses a key-value-like storage engine core that’s surrounded by layers of whatever data model that’s needed, which will in turn enable developers to much more easily code their apps to reach into the FoundationDB. These layers, according to the founders, can’t be used on other key-value systems, because without consistent transactions, it would not work.Also, since data is going to be consistent, applications won’t have to be built to “wait” for data to catch up within a given transaction – thus making apps less complex and easier to build.The best news of all concerns the so-called performance penalty that many in the NoSQL world said will be incurred if ACID was applied to non-relational database systems. According to FoundationDB, performance is hampered by only 10%, which seems a very small price to pay for consistent transactions.The FoundationDB database, which was launched into public beta on Monday, is available for download now.Image courtesy of FoundationDB. How to Manage Remote Sales Teamscenter_img Steps to Building a Successful and Scalable Sal… Crucial Online Reputation Management Insights i… brian proffittlast_img read more

SEA Games: Don’t boo Schooling, Malaysians urged

first_imgSports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said fans shouldn’t give Schooling a rough ride at the event from August 19-30 — and told them to remember that the swimmer’s mother is Malaysian.“No booing, no jeering,” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That is not what the SEA Games is about. Tensions will run high, cheer for your team but don’t jeer others.”He added Malaysians should not “dwell on this too much, it is important to remember that Joseph Schooling’s mother is Malaysian”. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing projectcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Singapore’s bronze medallist Joseph Isaac Schooling poses on the podium of the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOVMalaysia’s sports minister has urged fans not to boo Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling at the Southeast Asian Games, after the Singaporean sparked a furor by vowing to “teach (Malaysians) a thing or two”.Schooling, who won Singapore’s first gold medal at last year’s Rio Olympics, caused controversy with his remarks last week, before insisting he meant no offence and that his comments were taken out of context.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Schooling, who stunned his idol Michael Phelps to win 100m butterfly gold in Rio last year, is likely to play a starring role in Kuala Lumpur after he swept nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I want

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I wantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen says Tottenham know what he wants from a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.The Spurs ace has less than 18 months to run on his current deal and talks over an extension have stalled.It is believed the club will hold out for £225 million for the Real Madrid target. However, Eriksen is seemingly keen to re-sign with Tottenham, but only if they meet his demands.He told TV3 Sport: “[The future is] not something I’m thinking of. I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.”Responding specifically to Madrid’s interest, he added: “It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of. If there is nothing concrete, then I just comment on rumours.”I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.” last_img read more

Voter turnout in local election advance polls more than double 2014s total

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the City of Fort St. John say that voter turnout in this year’s municipal election is more than double what it was in the previous local election four years ago.After two days of advance polling in this year’s election, the City’s Chief Election Officer Janet Prestley recorded 1,227 votes cast so far.By comparison, there were just 570 votes cast on both advance voting days in the 2014 election, when Fort St. John recorded the lowest voter turnout in all of B.C. This past Wednesday’s poll alone saw 752 votes cast – more than last year and a big increase over the turnout on October 10th of 475 voters.There are 12 candidates vying for six seats on Fort St. John City Council in this year’s election. Learn more about each by clicking the links below.Chuck FowlerLarry EvansGord KlassenBruce ChristensenJim HarrisLilia HansenBecky GrimsrudTrevor BolinGabor HarisByron StewartJustin JonesTony ZabinskyGeneral voting day in this year’s election is Saturday, October 20th at the Fort St. John Legion.last_img read more

IndianOil provides employment to 394 skilled youths under CSR

first_imgNew Delhi: IndianOil’s Refineries Headquarters had undertaken a major drive last year to train youths from Delhi-NCT region in various training courses to support the national campaign of Skill India. As part of sustainable project, 394 candidates who cleared the courses successfully were provided with job placements in trades like Sewing Machine Operator, General House Keeping, Emergency Medical Technician, Vision Technician, Customer Care Executive, and General Duty Assistance. V K Shukla, Executive Director(HR), IndianOil, while addressing the first batch of successful trainees, during the convocation ceremony, exhorted them to regularly update their skills and knowledge, to stand good in any circumstance and support their families. Anita Shrivastava, GM(CC&CSR), specifically exhorted the female participants to keep high the momentum, and maintain their financial independence. Partnering with NSDC to carry out these skill training programmes, the beneficiaries were drawn mainly from Below Poverty Line families, placing a special emphasis on skilling girl students. Similar progressive skilling schemes for youth were rolled out in all 9 refineries of IndianOil located in the states of east and north east, north and west of India, benefitting about 2500 youths.last_img read more

Really sad to know how Advaniji and Joshiji has been treated Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday criticised BJP for its “ill treatment” towards party veterans L K Adavani and Murli Manohar Moshi and said it is “really sad” to see the way the party is treating its founding members. “Today I spoke to Adavaniji in the morning. I enquired about his health. He said he felt good that I had called him. “It is really sad to see the way BJP is treating its founding members. I don’t want to say much more as it is the internal matter of their party,” Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress supremo said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Advani and Joshi have been denied ticket by BJP to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in their states. In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, Banerjee said she has immense respect for real chowkidars and not for political chowkidars who are trying to derive “political mileage” out of it. She also criticised Modi for trying to derive “political mileage” out of the achievements of scientists. “Has Modi gone to space or has he done any research? He is just trying to gain political mileage out of it,” she said on the prime minister’s announcement that the country had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite.last_img read more

Sunny morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a bright and breezy morning in the national capital on Monday with the minimum temperature recorded a notch below the season’s average at 17.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature for the day was likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. “The city may witness strong surface wind during the day,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said. At 8.30 a.m. the humidity was recorded at 58 per cent. On Sunday, the maximum temperature was recorded a notch above the season’s average at 34.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum was two notches above at 19 degrees.last_img read more