Regeneron Great Limerick Run and Bon Secours Hospital Run for Fun…

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list 06/05/2018pictured at the 9th Annual Bon Secours HospitalGreat Limerick RunPic: Don Moloney TAGSCommunityhealthNews Announcing the decision, Event Director John Cleary said that the decision was taken following consultation with the health authorities and is fully supported by all partners involved, from sponsors to regional stakeholders.“We did not take this decision lightly but have no doubt that it is the appropriate thing to do.  Public health must come first. The health of the 14,000 participants and the thousands of others who come to Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy these great events on the Saturday and Sunday is our primary concern in making this decision.“We now fix our thoughts on October 3rd and 4th next when we will be at the starting line for the 2020 Regeneron Great Limerick Run and the Bon Secours Hospital Limerick Run for Fun. The sense of anticipation and excitement from participants for the event will be heightened by the wait.  We look forward to its success and a significant final quarter economic boost for Limerick,” he said.Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head Regeneron Raheen, said “The decision to reschedule the event is fully supported by Regeneron. The safety of all spectators and participants is of the utmost importance to us. As the proud sponsor of the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, we want all involved to have the best and most memorable race experience. We look forward to hosting a great event in Limerick this October.” NewsCommunityRegeneron Great Limerick Run and Bon Secours Hospital Run for Fun rescheduledBy Cian Reinhardt – March 12, 2020 252 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Said Jason Kenny, Bon Secours Hospital Limerick Manager: “As a major healthcare provider in Ireland, we fully support the decision to reschedule this event. Public health is the single biggest priority now and must outweigh all other considerations.  We have no doubt that the Fun Run and wider weekend will have a hugely positive impact for the region on the first weekend in October.” Facebook Print The organisers of the Regeneron Great Limerick Run and the Bon Secours Hospital Limerick Run for Fun announced today that the May Bank Holiday weekend event has been rescheduled to the first weekend in October in the interest of public health. Previous articleBREAKING: Schools are closing due to Covid-19Next articleCheltenham Day 2 belongs to JP McManus with Four victories Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Student government candidates discuss diversity, inclusion initiatives

first_imgClaire Rafford | The Observer A student government election debate was held on Wednesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. The event provided candidates the opportunity to share their plans for addressing diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame.The candidates running for student body president and vice president this year are junior Noble Patidar and freshman Connor Patrick, junior Connor Whittle and sophomore Jack Rotolo; junior Zachary Mercugliano and freshman Gavriella Lund, freshmen Henry Bates and Thomas Henry, juniors Michael Dugan and Ricardo Pozas Garza and juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski.The Bates-Henry ticket was not present at the debate. (Editor’s note: Dugan is a former systems administrator and news writer for The Observer)Senior and Diversity Council chair Tiffany Rojas moderated the debate and asked the candidates how they plan to create diversity in participation in organizations like student senate.   Galbenski said that in addition to promoting multicultural events in administration, she plans to work on allocating funding to create a multicultural center at Notre Dame. “This is something a lot of our peer institutions have,” she said. “It’s really a place where people of diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate what makes them, them. And so we really want to start that dialogue.”Dugan said his ticket would focus on providing increased club funding to multicultural groups.“We plan to increase club funding by $95,000,” he said. “We want to promote organic, you know, grassroots creation of these events and initiatives and facilitate them at a higher level and bring it to the whole campus community.”Patidar said the Patidar-Patrick ticket would focus on implementing diversity training for students involved in leadership positions on campus. “It should be for student union leaders,” Patidar said. “It should be for … all Welcome Weekend ambassadors and … it should be for anybody else at a high-up position, in my opinion. Hall staff — make the RAs train with diversity.”Whittle said their campaign believes that diversity starts in the dorm communities and that his ticket is advocating for greater diversity among Resident Assistants and hall staff.“When students first come to campus, they really self-select into their own groups,” he said. “And if they feel like they are represented by hall leadership, they’re probably more likely to engage in leadership down the road in hall government, in student senate. And so we’re calling for residential life to really up their recruiting strategy.”Mercugliano said that should he be elected, his team would work to personally attend as many multicultural events as possible. “One of the things that I think we’ve all witnessed here is that a lot of clubs at Notre Dame, actually, a lot of a lot of groups in general, right, the majority voice gets heard first, it’s just the loudest,” Mercugliano said. “And you really, you really have to shout loud … just to be heard if you’re down at the bottom.”Rojas asked the candidates a question about the 2020 debate elections how their campaign plans to improve political discourse on campus and welcome opposing views.  Ingal said she would partner with BridgeND to host events to improve dissenting political discourse on campus leading up to the elections.“Before we really get into the height of the election, amplifying and elevating these types of programs and working with these clubs and people of all political ideologies and backgrounds just so we can mitigate any tensions that might arise,” Ingal said.In addition to partnering with BridgeND, Whittle said the Whittle-Rotolo ticket would implement an event called Share Your Story Week, where video booths would be placed across campus to help students share their unique life experiences.“It’s a great way for students to record themselves and then these videos [will] be shared with the student body so that we have a greater understanding of what makes each of us here unique,” he said.Patidar said that partnering with Converge — an initiative that pairs students with differing political beliefs together to have a conversation over a meal or coffee — is one of the best ways to facilitate discourse on campus. “That is actually what I believe to be the most practical way to set up organic conversations with individuals,” he said.Dugan said that working with clubs to facilitate discussions about important issues facing people, especially during elections years, is a priority for the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket.“What student government can do is raise issues of human dignity, raise issues of human rights, because at a fundamental level, what our government is going to be doing something that is supposed to be good for all of us,” he said. “These are things that I think student government can really do well, but you can’t do it alone. We have to work with the clubs.”Mercugliano said the most important tenet of creating a conversation about politics on campus is committing to civil discourse and putting people first.“I mean, the very fact of us all sitting here means we’re committed to the idea of civil discourse on all fronts,” he said. “And so that means you have to make sure, each and every one of us here at Notre Dame, to look out for the people. Every single one of us does that.”Tags: Debate, diversity council, Student Body Election Diversity Council hosted its fourth-annual student government election debate on Wednesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. The debate asked the candidates to address issues of diversity and inclusion on Notre Dame’s campus. last_img read more

U.S. miner Contura Energy looks to accelerate exit from thermal coal market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Contura Energy Inc. is speeding up the exit of its thermal coal operations to focus on metallurgical coal as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the broader coal sector.The company recorded a second-quarter net loss of $238.3 million, or a loss of $13.02 per share, down year over year from a net profit of $24.3 million, or $1.25 per share. The company also noted a noncash asset impairment charge of $162 million. Contura, which completed its exit of the Powder River Basin earlier this year, continues to streamline operations and focus on coal used by steelmakers rather than power generators.“We recognize that the world is transitioning toward an economy that relies less on fossil fuels for power generation, and we therefore have accelerated our strategic exit from thermal coal mining,” CEO David Stetson said during an Aug. 7 earnings call. “To put a finer point on our strategic direction for the next couple of years, I expect our portfolio optimization initiatives … will make us the leading pure-play met coal company by the end of 2022.”Stetson said the transition is well underway and that once the company’s portfolio is optimized, Contura expects to be able to ship up to 14 million tons of metallurgical coal annually, with less than 1 million tons of thermal coal shipments per year.Earlier in the year, the company announced it was shortening supply agreements for coal from its Cumberland mine and would not invest in a new impoundment project at the site. Contura will continue to market the Pennsylvania thermal coal mine for sale until the end of 2022, when its customer contracts expire, and will cease production if it does not find a buyer.The company also said it plans to idle its Kielty mine and the Delbarton prep plant in West Virginia due to uneconomic pricing and cost structures. The mine is expected to cease production in the next six weeks. At the same time, the company has made progress on three of its new metallurgical coal mining operations, Stetson noted.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Contura accelerates exit from thermal coal due to global pivot from fossil fuels U.S. miner Contura Energy looks to accelerate exit from thermal coal marketlast_img read more

Big market swings ‘here to stay’, warns Finland’s Veritas

first_imgFinland’s Veritas has reported a weakening in investment returns over the third quarter and said the very strong fluctuations seen in markets over the last year were indicative of a permanent shift in the way the markets behave.The pensions insurance company said it made a 2.4% total return on investments between January and September, compared with 5.6% in the same period last year, according to provisional interim figures.Equities produced 5.3% compared with 8%, and fixed income investments made a loss of 0.5%, compared with a 4.9% profit.Veritas described the overall return as “decent” despite turbulent market conditions, and said the third quarter had been challenging in investment markets, with returns declining in those three months. Investment director Nina Bergring said: “Over the past year, we have experienced several very strong fluctuations in the market, which affected many asset classes simultaneously.”She said all of these swings had been branded historically large and rapid, and predicted that strong market movements were here to stay.“The fluctuations are due to the fact the market’s microstructure has fundamentally changed with increasing digitisation,” she added.“More and more players have started to use the same kind of algorithms for risk management and investment strategies, which makes it all the more necessary to make quick changes to the risk exposure simultaneously.”She said this behaviour had created a snowball effect, and that stronger and faster market movements had presented long-term investors with new challenges.“We have to concentrate even more on following the real economy and analysing our investment targets carefully,” Bergring said.Veritas’s solvency capital fell to €580.9m at the end of September, from €609m at the same point last year, and to 27.3% of technical provisions from 30.1%.Premium income rose to €359.6m from €347.7m, while total investment assets increased to €2.67bn from €2.58bn.last_img read more

Pension funds urge Unilever to stick to long-term policy

first_imgSeveral large Dutch pension funds have urged Unilever to refrain from increasing shareholder value at the expense of its long-term policy.In an open letter, the metal schemes PMT and PME, as well as their €114bn asset manager MN, said the multinational company should keep its focus on sustainability and return for the long term.Unilever has said it would investigate how it could increase its shareholder value, after it successfully fought off a takeover bid from US conglomerate Kraft Heinz last week.Kraft Heinz had offered $143bn (€135bn). As of 28 February, Unilever’s market cap on the London Stock Exchange was £114bn (€133.6bn). In the pension funds’ letter, which also received support from the €443bn pension manager APG and insurer ASR, the metal schemes said that “creating real shareholder value meant a long-term focus”.During the past years, Unilever – headed by chief executive Paul Polman – was known for its focus on sustainability.PMT and PME emphasised that, because of this explicit philosophy, the company had been an attractive investment option “as it came with understanding of markets, defining scarcity as well as innovatively responding to changes”.In their opinion, increased annual turnovers and sustainability targets could be combined for lasting shareholder value.However, they conceded that cost reductions as well as divesting less profitable parts of the company could be part of a long-term strategy and sustainability goals.Investors had suggested dividing the company into separate firms for food and household products, the divestment of its margarine division, or a share buyback programme.A spokesman for MN said commenting on specific suggestions would be too early, “as Unilever hasn’t yet announced concrete plans”.Dutch news daily De Volkskrant quoted a spokesperson for ASR as saying: “Sticking to a sustainable course will, based on our experience, lead to equal returns as well a a better world.”An APG spokesman said that the asset manager shared the pension funds’ concerns, but also underlined the importance of a high share value, “as this would make a takeover bid more difficult”.The €199bn asset manager NN IP, which has voting rights of more than 9% in Unilever through preferential shares, declined to comment on the company’s market value.last_img read more

Dodgers clobbered 14-0 by defending champion Astros

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda wipes his face after giving up a solo home run to Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Houston Astros in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate against the Houston Astros in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick (not pictured) singles past Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Enrique Hernandez in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado elks back to the dugout after striking out against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor watches as a fan tries to catch Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez (not pictured) solo home run in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) smiles as he waits for Marwin Gonzalez (9) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor makes a catch on a drive by Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado bats during a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, speaks with relief pitcher Ross Stripling (68) and Clayton Kershaw prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, speaks with third baseman Justin Turner during a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier makes the play on ta19 (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A young Los Angeles Dodgers fan wearing the give away bandaids during a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actress Jenna Elfman during a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. leaves the game with a trainer after feeling shoulder discomfort in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez hits a two RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez hits a two RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman on a two RBI single by teammate Marwin Gonzalez (not pictured) against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman on a two RBI single by teammate Marwin Gonzalez (not pictured) against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander gives the thumbs up after they score four runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda looks toward the sky after giving up three runs against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda looks toward the scoreboard after giving up three runs against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is taking out of the game after giving up three runs against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is taking out of the game after giving up three runs against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is taking out of the game after giving up three runs against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher JT Chargois (47) tags out ta15 between home plate and first base in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Chris Taylor can’t catch a RBI double by Houston Astros’ Tyler White (not pictured) in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Chris Taylor can’t catch a RBI double by Houston Astros’ Tyler White (not pictured) in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick rounds third base after hitting a three run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick (22) high fivers teammates after hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda wipes his face after giving up a solo home run to Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 35Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda wipes his face after giving up a solo home run to Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES >> There are losses, and there are those embarrassing one-sided setbacks like the one the Dodgers absorbed Saturday at the hands of the defending World Series-champion Houston Astros, who beat the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 Fall Classic.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers couldn’t pitch. They couldn’t hit. The Astros did both well and the result was a 14-0 shellacking of the Dodgers in front of a sellout crowd of 53,119 at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers (61-51) entered tied for first place with Arizona in the NL West, but fell a game back of the Diamondbacks, 9-3 winners over the Giants.Houston (71-41) retained its five-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. To his credit, Axford answered all the questions in the aftermath.“I think it’s the worst outing of my entire career, so not the best way to start,” said Axford, who hadn’t pitched since July 28, when he was with Toronto.Marwin Gonzalez hit his ninth home run of the season off Maeda in the second inning, and Jake Marisnick hit a two-run home run off Rosscup in the top of the ninth. It was No. 9 for Marisnick.Meanwhile, the Dodgers managed three measly hits, and have scored just one run over the past two games after scoring 21 in a victory Thursday over Milwaukee.Asked to explain that, Roberts simply said, “Good pitching, good pitching.”The Dodgers struck out 16 times on Friday, 14 against Justin Verlander. They struck out 12 times Saturday.Lance McCullers Jr. made the start for Houston, but came out before the start of the fifth inning because of elbow discomfort. Brad Peacock (2-4) got the win with two perfect innings in relief, striking out four.Since this particular loss came against the team that broke the Dodgers’ hearts last October, Roberts was asked whether he is concerned it could have a lasting effect.“Well, no,” he said. “We’ve got them tomorrow and hopefully we’ll get another crack at them, or they get a crack at us, in October. So I think that after this … I don’t think that this has any … tomorrow I think that we turn the page on tonight and we have to find a way to salvage this series.“Outside of that, you don’t want to get swept. You want to win a baseball game. And that’s our only focus.”Max Muncy leads the Dodgers in home runs with 24. He didn’t start Saturday, but came on late at first base and had one at-bat. He intimated it won’t be difficult to turn the page on this one.“It’s baseball, it’s going to happen,” he said. “You just show up the next day and you forget about it and you play the next game. It happens. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you’ve still gotta show up the next day and play.“Same thing goes over there. They can’t be thinking, ‘Oh, we killed these guys, it’s going to be easy tomorrow.’ They have to show up and play the next game.”Speaking of the Astros, the happiest of that bunch might have been Reddick, who had the blast off Rosscup.“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt really, really good,” he said. “You come into a place where, one, you weren’t really appreciated and liked as a home player, and then you come here and you get booed tremendously, and you do something like that.“Not only that, when you can beat a team like that, it’s going to feel great on you, and it did. It felt really amazing to put that little good swing on it, and get a little more boos on it. Any time they’re booing me in that regard, I’m happy.”Reddick played in 47 games with the Dodgers in 2016, after being acquired from Oakland. He batted .258 with two home runs and nine RBIs.Sunday’s finale will feature Walker Buehler (4-4, 3.65 ERA) going for the Dodgers and Gerrit Cole (10-3, 2.55 ERA) for the Astros.Christopher Lopez contributed to this report  Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Even worse, recently acquired relief pitcher John Axford made his debut for the Dodgers. He entered the game in the eighth inning with the Dodgers trailing 5-0. He gave up six earned runs on three hits and two walks during a seven-run inning that included a three-run home run by former Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick off Zac Rosscup, who relieved Axford. It was No. 12 for Reddick. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That’s back-to-back losses to the Astros, who defeated the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday. The series finale is Sunday at 1:10 p.m.Afterward, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked to assess the series thus far.“They’ve beat us in every facet of the game,” he said. “You look at the pitching, you look at the hitting … so it’s pretty easy,” he said.Kenta Maeda (7-7) made the start. He went 5-1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two.Related Articleslast_img read more

Laying out Giants’ blueprint for rebuild after Odell Beckham Jr. trade

first_imgThe Giants have been cut down to size by just about everyone after their decision to trade wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. two weeks after they said they would not do so. Coming off a 5-11, last-place season in the competitive NFC East, there is little faith in general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur leading a turnaround anytime soon.New York is a worse team for the short term with Beckham, defensive end Olivier Vernon and safety Landon Collins all departing. But in return, the Giants are up to 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they have have two solid new starters in right guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers. Draft planZeitler upgrades an offensive line that will also feature Nate Solder, Will Hernandez and Spencer Pulley in 2019. But right tackle is a glaring weakness. Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, Alabama’s Jonah Williams and Washington State’s Andre Dillard must be play for either of New York’s first-round picks.With both of those picks, the Giants also can’t go wrong taking the best defensive player available. Kentucky’s Josh Allen or Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat would be the edge-rushing guys to consider most.MOCK DRAFT 2019:Giants take chance on QB earlyWith No. 17, Florida State’s Brian Burns can be considered at the position. That pick also lines up with the draft’s premier inside linebackers, LSU’s Devin White or Michigan’s Devin Bush, or a top corner such as LSU’s Greedy Williams, Georgia’s Deandre Baker or Washington’s Byron Murphy.If the Giants were to go wide receiver at No. 17 — No. 6 is too early — then Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown is an option. But considering the early strength of the draft is defense, and the wideout class is deep with sleepers, they can target their Beckham replacement later. With extra picks deeper in the draft, the Giants have the ability to trade up and get who they want on Day 2.Rest of free agency planThe Giants started big on the open market, but now comes the small ball. After moving the Beckham and Vernon contracts, they have about $26 million left under the salary cap.When Gettleman was GM of the Panthers, he won Sporting News’ NFL Executive of the Year award after he built Carolina into a Super Bowl team in 2015. He made many shrewd, lower-cost moves for aging veterans who had been on multiple teams but still had something left to contribute.The Giants’ signing of receiver Golden Tate lines up with that, much like the Panthers’ 2013 signing of Ted Ginn Jr. to offset the release of Steve Smith. Compared to Vernon, Markus Golden is a cheaper fit to help rush the edge in a defense familiar to him.The big spending on Nate Solder last offseason was an anomaly out of desperation. The Giants spent a little less on guard Patrick Omameh, and after little return, they cut him in November.MORE: OBJ’s message to NY after trade To many, Gettleman’s ways are cold, calculated and, well, cheap. But in the NFL, that has proven to be a better path to winning games as opposed to splashy, expensive signings.Even in the constant win-now nature of the league, a little patience is still required. By moving a valuable commodity like Beckham, the Giants have put pressure on themselves to hit on everything just right in the fallout. It won’t be easy, but the path to get it done is being laid.Gettleman now needs the time to try to take it.center_img MORE: Grading the Beckham trade for GiantsGettleman defended the marquee house-cleaning by showing confidence the Giants will do right by the assets they have going forward.”You can win while you build a roster,” Gettleman said in team-issued statement. “We do have a plan, and this part of it.”How might the Giants go about executing the next stages? Let’s take a look:Quarterback planOddly, the only certainty for the Giants now is that Eli Manning, 38, will remain on the roster as the starting quarterback. Emotions from ownership aside, that’s not crazy. It keeps New York from forcing itself into taking a QB early in the draft.With the No. 6 and No. 17 overall picks this year, the Giants are right to do their due diligence scouting Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock. But unless one of them blows New York away between now and April 27, they should pass on a QB in this year’s draft and wait for Manning’s successor in 2020, when Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert top a stronger class.MORE: Giants among losers of free agencyIf it’s a QB in 2019, Jones or Lock at No. 17 would make more sense. The Giants then could use No. 6 to land a can’t-miss edge rusher or offensive tackle, the kind of pick running back Saquon Barkley felt like at No. 2 overall last year.The third and best option, which gets the Giants someone to groom for the near future while hedging bets on Manning now, is trading their high second-round pick (No. 37) to the Cardinals for Josh Rosen. That’s reportedly around Arizona’s asking price for last year’s first-round QB so the Cardinals can clear a path to take Murray No. 1 this year.The Giants would still have 11 picks and plenty to use toward supporting their passing game.last_img read more