Football News Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez And Antoine Griezmann Inspire Barcelona To Thumping Win

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona’s ‘MSG’ strike force is finally clicked into gear as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in a ruthless 3-0 victory over Eibar on Saturday. Griezmann’s place in the newly-formed attacking trident has not been secure but the Frenchman opened the scoring at Ipurua before teeing up Messi and then playing the crucial pass for Suarez to make it three. “There will be good and bad days but we are getting to know each other and bit by bit we will do even better,” said Griezmann.  An authoritative Barca display thrust them to the top of La Liga, for a few hours at least before Real Madrid play Real Mallorca. They moved three points clear of Atletico, who drew 1-1 at home to Valencia.The victory also dismissed suggestions their players might be affected by Friday’s postponement of next Saturday’s Clasico due to protests in Catalonia. Violence in Barcelona and disruptions at El Prat airport meant Ernesto Valverde’s side altered their pre-match routine and embarked on a 589-kilometre bus trip to the Basque County on Friday.  All the while, discussions continued over the Clasico against Real Madrid, which is now expected to go ahead in December. “It is fashionable not to agree on political issues but at least let’s agree on the date of the Clasico,” Valverde said afterwards. “It doesn’t seem to me that difficult.”Perhaps chaos off the pitch inspired Barca to unite on it. This was their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions, a sequence which is swiftly erasing memories of a stumbling start to the season. The resurgence has coincided with Messi’s return from injury yet it was the fluidity and cohesion of the front three, rather than the Argentinian’s familiar solo brilliance, that will have been most pleasing for Valverde. “Great players always understand each other,” Valverde said.  “With time and matches they will understand each other even more.”   Four for Griezmann  Griezmann has four goals since joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer but a series of underwhelming showings led to Ousmane Dembele starting against Sevilla before the international break. There was good news too for Barcelona in defence, where Samuel Umtiti came through 90 minutes in what was his first appearance of the season. Umtiti, who has been out with a foot injury, replaced the banned Gerard Pique.The only blot on the result was an injury to Sergi Roberto, who hurt his left knee and was replaced at half-time. He will be a doubt for the Champions League game away at Slavia Prague on Wednesday.  The visiting fans chanted in support of the nine Catalan leaders imprisoned last week for a failed independence bid in 2017. Griezmann’s finish clipped the inside of the post and found the net after 13 minutes. Messi should have made it two before half-time but was denied one-on-one by goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic. Suarez’s goal was ruled for offside. Barca made it two just before the hour as Frenkie de Jong’s incisive ball was collected by Suarez. As he lost control, Griezmann took over, flicking left to Messi, who made no mistake.  The third involved all three again. Griezmann’s superb reverse pass set Messi clear and he generously slipped the ball left for Suarez who was left with an open goal. Atletico lost ground as they were undone by a late Dani Parejo free-kick against Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano, where both sides finished the game with 10 men.Also Read | Lionel Messi Scores For First Time In La Liga Season, Barcelona Thrash SevillaDiego Costa scored a first-half penalty. In a mad final 10 minutes, Joao Felix limped off with all three of his team’s substitutes already used, Parejo struck in the 82nd minute and Valencia’s Lee Kang-In was sent off in injury-time. Felix’s fitness will be a concern ahead of Atletico’s Champions League game at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Los Angeles Clippers are getting together for workouts while the NBA season is suspended — via video conference calls. Up to 10 players at a time tune in to do workouts led by the team’s performance staff since the league shut down practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve also been using workout equipment tailored for each player and provided by the team. Coach Doc Rivers says that’s led to trash talking while watching each other work out.— Many professional athletes are doing their bit to boost public health during the coronavirus pandemic. There has been an explosion of athletes offering free online fitness classes and tips to an audience isolated at home. It helps others keep fit and it’s a way for sports like track and field to stay relevant in a year without the Olympics. The governing body of track and field has been left with an empty schedule as meets around the world have been canceled. It is filling the gap with a range of online exercise tips and educational resources.— Southampton has become the first Premier League soccer club to announce an agreement with players to defer part of their salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The English team’s players and coaches won’t be paid their full salaries during April, May or June. Southampton also says it will not be placing non-playing staff on the British government’s job retention scheme. That allows businesses to put workers on furlough and receive 80% of their salaries from the government up to a maximum of $3,000 a month.— Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28. The NRL has been suspended since March 23. The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series. Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”— The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar. The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers. The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 9, 2020 The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player Chauncey Billups; WNBA great Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The event will be pre-recorded.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation. Among the charities are the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army, and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.— Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp says that officials believe a 13-game college football schedule would be possible even if the start of the season were delayed until October because of the new coronavirus. Sharp added Wednesday that there are many unknowns about football season because of the pandemic that has killed thousands and shut down sports across the globe. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSHORSE tournament to be streamed on ESPN’s appUNDATED (AP) — Fans longing for basketball will have something to watch this weekend. The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app.center_img Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

NPFL: Mayhem in Katsina as Two Fans Feared Dead

first_imgThe Match-day 15 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between hosts Katsina United FC and neighbours Kano Pillars at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina ended in crisis thursday with two fans of the Kano club feared dead.Although details of what led to the crisis remain sketchy as at press time, Kano Pillars’ players and officials sought refuge inside the stadium dressing room to prevent them from receiving injuries from rampaging Katsina fans shortly after the one-all draw with the hosts.Outside the stadium, there was however free for all fight with all manners of weapons freely used. Several fans of the Kano team were however inflicted with several life-threatening injuries even as there were speculations that two fans were killed in the mayhem. However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, denied knowledge of any death within or outside the stadium.“No one was killed but we are aware that two fans sustained minor injuries,” stressed Gambo.He admitted that the police in Katsina got hint of plans to create crisis at the match.“We got hint that there would be violence after the last game between both sides in Kano. Katsina fans wanted a revenge for what happened during their team’s away match to the Sai Masu Gida.“So, the CP (Commissioner of Police in the state) requested for more personnel to be drafted in for effective control.“It was while were trying to safeguard the Kano Pillars players and their officials that violence broke out among the fans,” concludes the police spokesman.There was no official statement from the League Management Company (LMC) as at last night.An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were waiting for the Match Commissioner’s report about the game before any decision can be reached on the matter.Katsina United and Kano Pillars’ fans have long history of soccer hooliganism. Since 2016, both Pillars and United’s fans have been fined variius sums of cash as well as banishment from their bases.Similarly fines and likely banishment are likely to be imposed again to serve as punishment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC’s appeal of sanctions scheduled for Saturday

first_imgUSC officials, headed by athletic director Pat Haden, will appeal to the NCAA Infractions Appeal Committee on Saturday in Indianapolis.President C. L. Max Nikias, Vice President for Athletic Compliance David Roberts and the university’s lawyers will join Haden.The NCAA cited USC for “a lack of institutional control” in June, the verdict coming after a four-year investigation.Expecting the worst · Because of changes made to NCAA bylaws in 2008, athletic director Pat Haden has publicly stated on multiple occasions that USC’s chances for a successful appeal remain rather bleak. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan The ruling came after the NCAA determined that Reggie Bush, a Heisman-trophy winning running back from 2003-2005, and O.J. Mayo, a standout shooting guard who attended USC for the 2007-2008 season, received improper benefits.The NCAA put USC on probation for four years. The football program got a two-year bowl ban, a reduction of 30 scholarships over three seasons and was forced to vacate 14 victories in which Bush participated after he started receiving benefits.The USC basketball program imposed a one-year postseason ban on itself before the ruling, so the NCAA took no further action against it.USC wants Haden and company  to request that parts of the football team’s punishment be cut in half. They want the two-year bowl ban to be cut to one and the loss of 30 scholarships to be reduced to 15. The Trojans, who finished 8-5 in 2010, already served the first year of the postseason ban.USC will not dispute other parts of the NCAA punishment, which include returning Bush’s replica Heisman trophy, taking down any image of Bush or Mayo around campus and the vacation of 14 wins in football.If USC’s appeal is successful, the Trojans could be eligible for a bowl game at the end of the upcoming season and will lose only five scholarships per season over the next three years.Haden has said the University’s primary goal is to recover some of the lost scholarships, according to ESPN.USC must demonstrate that the punishment was excessive to the point that it “constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA, rather than that the punishment was wrong according to the evidence. The “abuse of discretion” requirement, which makes it much harder to win an appeal, has been in place since the NCAA changed its bylaws in 2008. Since that time, only one appeal out of 11 has been successful.Because of the controversial rulings made by the NCAA in favor of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, however, USC might still have a shot at winning the appeal.But the NCAA released statements last month emphasizing that none of the rulings have anything to do with one another, which means the Newton or Pryor rulings might not technically be taken into account in deciding USC’s appeal.It is unclear when the results of the appeal will be announced.last_img read more

Delaney wants swift replacement of Blatter

first_imgIt’s thought fresh elections might not happen until December, after Mr Blatter announced his resignation yesterday.Unconfirmed reports in the US claim he’s now being investigated by the FBI.FAI Chief Executive Tipp Town’s John Delaney would like to see UEFA President Michel Platini replace Mr Blatter, and he thinks the process should be completed more quickly.last_img

Broderick in action today

first_imgAt the same time Irish diver Oliver Dingley is in action in the semi-finals of the 3m individual springboard.His total score of 399.80 last night saw him finish in 13th position in the field of 29, with the top 18 competitors progressing. Tipperary’s Greg Broderick and his horse MHS Going Global compete in the second round of the individual jumping competition which gets underway at 2 this afternoon.The Thurles native was one of 60 to make it through from the opening round on Sunday – he’s on 8 faults.45 go through to tomorrows 3rd round with 35 to qualify for Fridays final.last_img

Riding Club Commends Multichoice for Boosting Cycling Race

first_img“‘MultiChoice through its SuperSport channel has done a fantastic job in providing broadcast coverage for the competition. Inspite of the short notice, the SuperSport crew were on ground to cover the tournament.”According to the Marketing Manager, DStv, Chioma Afe, MultiChoice’s decision to partner with the Cycology Riding Club is based on its commitment to provide quality sports content to its subscribers in Nigeria and Africa. While noting that MultiChoice gave similar support to Copa Lagos Beach Soccer championship which has become a world class recognized beach football championship, Afe, said it was a great opportunity to support the maiden edition of the cycling competition.Proof of the company’s commitment to sport development can be seen through the sponsorship of the DStv Premier Basketball League, the revival of boxing in Nigeria through the GOtvBoxing Night competitions and the continuous support of the Nigerian Football Premier League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Lagos Criterium Cycling Championship have commended MultiChoice Nigeria; Nigeria’s leading video entertainment provider, for supporting the maiden edition of the cycling competition in Nigeria.Speaking at the end of the cycling competition which attracted over 200 cyclists across the country, Ladipo Soetan, Captain of Cycology Riding Club said MultiChoice’s immense support to the competition is a clear indication that it’s an organisation committed to sports development in Nigeria.last_img read more

Yaroslav Kuznetsov – On the Kiev Major and esports in Russia

first_imgYaroslav KuznetsovYaroslav Kuznetsov is a former Dota 2 pro player who now makes a living as a caster, event host and media commentator in the scene. He does this as a member of the RuHub Studio – an esports streaming and content creation studio in the CIS. Kuznetsov is working as an analyst for the Russian speaking audience of the Dota 2 tournament – the Kiev Major. With a prize pool of $3 million (£2.3m) there’s a lot on the line for the world’s best Dota 2 players.Yaroslav discussed his predictions for the Kiev Major, whether esports can hope to compete with their traditional counterparts and gave some insight into his own role and RuHub Studio. This is a guest post by freelance writer Iain Fenton. You can follow him on Twitter here. Esports Insider: Hi Yaroslav. In regards to the Kiev Major, who do you see as the main frontrunners? Yaroslav: It’s particularly hard to predict at this time! There are so many dark horses. But in my honest opinion IG, [iG Vitality] OG, VP, [Virtus.Pro] and Team Secret stand a good chance. ESI: What is your main role in the esports world? You mainly commentate and critique on Dota 2 tournaments?Yaroslav: I actually have two jobs. The first is the commentating and analysis of big Dota 2 tournaments. The second is the creation of Dota 2’s educational content for Russian-speaking users.“Russia is generally strong in esports; we have a very good team in Dota 2 and CS:GO and have a lot of good players in Hearthstone too”At the moment, my channel on YouTube has already grown to more than 550,000 subscribers. But I perform both of these jobs as a member of the RuHub studio – the biggest CIS streaming , coverage and content creation esports studio.ESI: In general what is the perception of esports in Russia? Esports are classified as a ‘real sport’ in Russia so are the top gamers seen as athletes?Yaroslav: ‘Cybersport’ in Russia is very popular, especially Dota 2 and CS: GO. Ever since the Epicenter series began to be held here, the opinion of the public and media has also improved and is no longer so negative. “There are so many dark horses. But in my honest opinion IG, [iG Vitality] OG, VP, [Virtus.Pro] and Team Secret stand a good chance (in the Kiev Major)”Despite the fact that esports is officially recognised as a sport, this does not particularly affect the life of cyber sportsmen. These changes were not so long ago, so they have not yet had much power to influence this situation. That said since 2016 in Russia we have an official national (and annual) esports cup. This is an esports alternative to something like a nationwide championship in football or hockey.ESI: Compared to other nations, how successful are Russians in esports? You mentioned Dota and CS:GO are the most popular…how would the nation fare in a World Cup situation?Yaroslav: Russia is generally strong in esports; we have a very good team in Dota 2 and CS:GO and have a lot of good players in Hearthstone too. It depends, of course, on what games would be played on this World Cup. Because, for example, Russia doesn’t have a world-class team in LoL, HotS or Overwatch, but I think Russia, one way or another would deliver a decent result at such an event!ESI: How are Russian organisational bodies and the Russian government helping with esports in the country? One oligarch recently invested a lot of money..Yaroslav: The government does not yet take an active role, but business has become interested in esports quite seriously. The esports sphere is young, but it has a solid growth potential and this always attracts investors.Relatively recently, Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen, invested $100m into How popular are esports with Russians? More popular than football or hockey?Yaroslav: This question is really complicated. It is probably unlikely that anyone will be able to answer it unambiguously at the moment. The popularity of football or hockey is traditionally determined by television ratings. And esports, almost completely, is based on the internet. This means that in the end, it’s hard to put them side by side. I think, so far, esports has not yet reached the same popularity as football or hockey, but it seems to me that in the next five to ten years the situation will change and esports could be legitimately compared with them.ESI: Will esports ever compete against traditional sports or do you think esports can work with traditional sports in order for them both to increase in popularity? Are Russian businesses doing all they can to grow esports in both Russia and the world?Yaroslav: It seems to me that esports will simply become a common and everyday thing. Maybe it will eventually be included in the Olympic Games, why not? So I do not think these two need to be competitors. At the moment, traditional sports look at esports with caution, but that is simply because not everyone has yet understood what it is. New things are often perceived with hostility.“I see regulated gambling as having a very positive effect on the development of the sphere”That part of Russian business that has already come to esports is very interested in its popularisation both in Russia and the wider world. But we are only at the beginning of the road. I think in the coming years we will see many new investments and joint esports with sport and esports business projects.ESI: What age of people are esports advertisers aiming their advertisements towards? I guess the younger generation?Yaroslav: Yes, it is considered that the average age is about 20. But it is constantly growing, many older people are starting to learn about esports right now. In addition, the entire audience is growing along with esports. Thus, the average age of the audience every year increases a little.ESI: Do you see gambling as a problem in esport competitions?Yaroslav: No. On the contrary, I see regulated gambling as having a very positive effect on the development of the sphere. If a person makes a bet, then the game becomes much more interesting to them. Remove gambling from a big sport and it will also lose a huge part of its audience. Of course, gambling must be regulated by laws, I only support above board, legal and certified gambling.You can follow Yaroslav on Twitter here.For all the latest news and to check esports betting odds surrounding the Kiev Major as well as other esports tournaments, follow this link.last_img read more

CAFCC: Shafiu Mumuni hattrick secures Ashantigold passage to the next round

first_imgStreaming down the Len Clay right wing, arms spread out, mouth wide open; like a bird, Shafiu Mumuni was flying.The fans he’s speeding towards are agog with jubilation; one kick here, one random hug there. As Shafiu stopped, head gazing into the sky and arms wide open like the statue of Christ the Redeemer, in unison, the fans belted out “Shafiu! Shafiu! Shafiu!”.It was worship; worship of a hero, a savior, an icon. Those were the scenes that followed Shafiu’s 3rd goal, a hattrick in just 9 minutes, the fastest ever recorded by an Ashantigold player, and it was befitting that it came from Shafiu, a succulent finish at the near post.Mosibe in goal for Akonangui was dazed, hurt and “bleeding”. And you don’t even need Sarkodie fans to explain this to you. The red shirts of the befuddled Akonangui defenders was accurate metaphor.Ashantigold came into the game as favorites, having secured a 1-1 draw in the away leg a fortnight ago. But even the staunchest Aboakese, did not envisage the masterful start to the game.35 seconds after kick off, penalty to the Miners. Referee Abdoulaye Rhisa spotted a handball in the Akonangui area. Shafiu converted.Fans were still celebrating the opening goal when the second went in just 6 minutes later. Shafiu again, this time, showing great intelligence and awareness to capitalize on a defensive blunder to slot home after rounding the goalkeeper.When he completed his hattrick 3 minutes later, Shafiu’s star was shining, much brighter than the cloudy skies that brought a downpour in the second half, a half that was all about managing a result than chasing one.While many other many others deserve praise for an all round wonderfully executed game; coach Ricardo Da Rocha, Brazilian midfielder Marco Silva, Latif Anabila, the day truly belonged to Shafiu Mumuni.Shafiu Mumuni doesn’t often get talked about a lot. He doesn’t get linked to fancy moves to Asante Kotoko or Hearts of Oak, neither does he feature in the most ludicrous transfer stories every window. Not even in May, when he scored a hattrick and an own goal, in a 4-1 thrashing of Aduana Stars in the NC Special Competition, was he talked of in the transfer portals.But he will go down as one of the best goalscorers this great club has had. And this is the club that produced the likes of CK Akonnor and Augustine Arhinful.So Ashantigold match on. 3-0 winners on the day and 4-1 aggregate success over Akonangui of Equatorial Guinea has now set them up with a meeting with Moroccan side RS Berkane in the next stage of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.Arguably, that will be a much higher test for Ricardo Da Rocha’s men. But with Shafiu on fire, any team can be extinguished.last_img read more

Whicker: A tactical series becomes full frontal after the Dodgers’ 13-inning win in Game 4

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies So will the buildup of 32 strikeouts and 2-for-20 hitting with men in scoring position.So will an incident at first base, involving Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar, that cleared the benches and the bullpens and infuriated the Brewers.Then Cody Bellinger, hitting when he shouldn’t have been allowed to, cranked a single that scored Machado, won Game 4 by a 2-1 score, and tied a National League Championship Series that the Brewers thought they were controlling.This is no longer just a competition to decide who boards the train for the World Series, no longer two teams debating from podiums. Too many elements have parachuted in.Fatigue, contempt, frustration, too much time spent with each other … all of that arrived and stayed all night. The city of Milwaukee was already obsessed with this series. Los Angeles will finally take it personally, too. The Dodgers and Brewers were separated for not quite 15 hours and will re-engage at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire • Gio Gonzalez, the Brewers starter, suffered a high ankle sprain in the second inning when he tried to throw out Yasiel Puig, whose drive had ricocheted off Gonzalez. Counsell said the Brewers will probably replace him on the roster. That would give them two fresh bullpen arms in Game 5, since Brandon Woodruff did not pitch Tuesday.• Six Dodgers took called strike three.• Eight Dodger relievers pitched a total of eight innings, gave up five hits and no runs, and struck out seven. Jansen threw 34 pitches in his two innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Game 2 starter, would have relieved Urias.• Yelich and Cain, Milwaukee’s offensive drivers at the top of the order, are 7 for 36 with no RBIs in the series.All the trends are temporary now. It was baseball before Tuesday, a businesslike competition for a trophy. Now it’s conquest. Asked if the series is now tinted blue, Bellinger replied, “Definitely. We’ve got (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and we like our chances. Got to show up in a few hours and compete tomorrow. It’s going to be another fun game.”It did not resemble fun. The Dodgers somehow won a game in which they did not homer, triple or double. Bellinger’s hit was their seventh single. It followed a broken-bat single by Machado and a crucial wild pitch by Junior Guerra that catcher Erik Kratz could not handle.Thus Machado, running from second, was able to barely tag the plate before Kratz could take Christian Yelich’s throw and tag him.Several Dodgers were already out of the dugout and standing excitedly outside the third base line when Machado made the turn. Afterward, they all chased Bellinger into the outfield, including Dave Roberts, who lost all managerial detachment.Bellinger was hitless in the Atlanta series and had one hit in the first three games of the NLCS. He also kept the Dodgers from losing this game, before he won it.Lorenzo Cain (0 for 6) lined Kenley Jansen’s pitch into the right-center gap to lead off the 10th. Bellinger, who came in with only 11⅓ innings of right field play this year, closed fast and dived. He made the catch and held out his arms like a biplane landing in water. If he hadn’t, Cain would have reached second base, with nobody out.“I played a lot of right field in the minor leagues,” Bellinger said. “I hadn’t been there much lately but it’s like riding a bike. I saw it hanging up there. I knew I had a shot at it.”“I didn’t think he’d get there, but the 6-foot-4 frame, the foot speed … huge play,” Roberts said. “He gets really good jumps on the ball. I trust him anywhere.”But Counsell could have taken his bat away. He had the opportunity to walk Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal and, with two out, pitch to Julio Urias, the 22-year-old lefty who was the final true reliever. He chose not to.“We were behind 1-0 to him, then it was 1-2, then it was expand, expand, expand,” Counsell said. “We just got too much of the plate. I thought it was worth the risk of expanding the zone to Bellinger, but if we’d walked him we would have walked Grandal, too.”The teapot quit whistling and overflowed in the 10th when Machado came down on Aguilar’s foot as he finished running out a grounder, which was a rich irony considering how much flak Machado has caught (and earned) for not doing so.The Brewers were furious afterward, and Aguilar was seen talking through his glove to Machado the next time the Dodger was on first base. Now that the series is returning to Miller Park on Friday, expect some Chase-Utley-in-New-York moments.But as the siege continued, there was all this:• Bellinger and Max Muncy both got base hits off Josh Hader, who worked the eighth inning and threw 20 pitches. Left-hand hitters were 8 for 89 off Hader in the regular season.• Counsell set what must be a record by asking for three replay challenges in the eighth inning and losing them all.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Before Tuesday, this was just a baseball thing.The Dodgers and Brewers spent three games scoring their points and making their counterpoints, fighting themselves more than each other.It’s different now.Thirteen innings spread over 5:15 will do that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more