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“The 50 at-bat mark,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just the way he handled some early struggles and didn’t panic and kept getting opportunities. Some were starts, some off the bench, but the at-bat quality remained consistent.“ … I think that early on he was swinging at balls down below the zone. Then there was some hard contact for outs. Then (a few) weeks in, some hits started falling for him and he started to gain some confidence. For me, it turned when I saw him against left-handed pitching. A couple of times when I didn’t hit for him, he stuck his nose in there and had some really good at-bats and (earned) some more opportunities. At that point in time, I felt he was going to be a guy that could really help us.”And when did Roberts get the idea he could be All-Star quality?“The last couple of weeks he has really shown that he’s worthy of an All-Star selection,” the manager said.Since Roberts is the National League manager and will have some say in replacements for players who withdraw with injuries, Muncy probably shouldn’t be making any unbreakable plans for July [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco ANAHEIM — Max Muncy, All-Star.Who would have imagined that even a month ago?There’s no certainty, of course, that the Dodgers’ latest out-of-nowhere sensation will be in Washington D.C. a week from Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The rosters will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. in a made-for-ESPN special. Muncy, called up by the Dodgers on April 17, was not listed in the top five at any position in the fan balloting, partly because he wasn’t on the ballot and partly because fans who might be inclined to vote for him probably would have trouble figuring out his position.He started at first base Friday night against the Angels. He has played second, third and the outfield, and he had five different fielder’s gloves in his locker in the Big A visitor’s clubhouse. “Short step, quick hands: That’s the thing he always preached,” Muncy said Friday. “Stay through the middle of the field, that was the other biggest thing he preached, and those have always stuck with me to this day.”The tweaks, he said, were “15 or 20 mechanical changes that ended up being one big change,” enabling him to get in better position to get to the pitch he wanted to attack. It took him about halfway through last season in the PCL to get comfortable to the point where that new approach became second nature.The other adjustment was mental.“I kind of lost confidence in myself as a player in 2015-16,” he said. “I didn’t think I was as good as I should have been. You start (experiencing) failure and you don’t know if you’re as good as you thought you were. … Last year was kind of a chance for me to just regroup and recover, to focus on myself and not worry about getting called up or anything. I just focused on baseball, remembering how much I love the game and how much I like playing it.”Having it possibly taken away can be a reality check. When the A’s released him, and before the Dodgers called, he was ready to go back to Baylor and work toward a business degree.Even when he was called up this April, swapping places with infielder Breyvic Valera, it seemed a minor transaction, given his .195 career average in 96 big league games.When did it become apparent this was sustainable?Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire That’s his Sunday bag, so to speak. “In my locker at home I’ve got 12 or 13, probably,” he said. “Got ’em for four positions, and then the backups. And there’s certain gloves you like more than others.”But why are we talking about his gloves? If he is to be a first-time All-Star – which would have to be either as a reserve, by a vote of the players, or in next week’s fan vote for the final spot on the roster – it will be because of his bat, and the damage he has done with it.He entered Friday 38 plate appearances short of the 3.1-per-game required to qualify for the official stats. But the numbers are eye-popping: A 1.060 OPS, thanks to a .419 on-base percentage and .640 slugging percentage; 20 home runs, 38 RBIs, eight doubles and 39 runs scored in his 64 games. His home run rate of one per 9.45 at-bats is the best in baseball for players with a minimum 200 at-bats, according to Stats LLC, while his walk rate (one per 5.24 plate appearances) is second only to Mike Trout.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.Remember, this is a player who was invited to spring training this year as a non-roster player. He was without a job in baseball last April, released by Oakland just before opening day. The Dodgers signed him to a Triple-A contract April 25, with General Manager Farhan Zaidi – an A’s employee when Muncy was drafted – having seen enough to figure he warranted a look.Muncy, 27, showed signs of this breakout last year at Oklahoma City, with 12 homers, 44 RBIs, a .306 average and .905 OPS in 109 games in the Pacific Coast League. He’d retooled his swing under the guidance of his father, Lee, a geologist who now might be tempted to offer his services as a hitting instructor, too. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
In the 2019 calendar year, the United States men’s national team has played six games, winning half. Those might not be bad results in a World Cup, but for a series of friendlies played entirely on home soil, they are less than ideal.So it seems fair to ask whether the “interim year” the USMNT experienced subsequent to its failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup — with Dave Sarachan spending 13 months as a temporary coach until Gregg Berhalter was hired — amounted to wasted time. Despite the fact the Gold Cup has often been derided because its every-two-years format encourages top powers Mexico and the U.S. to field “B teams” in some tournaments, Meola told SN the current iteration of the USMNT must attack the tournament because of its current circumstance.“It’s an international competition, and I’ve said literally since Oct. 10, 2017, when we didn’t qualify, that we have to take international competitions serious,” Meola said. “We don’t have the luxury anymore of saying, ‘Ah, it’s the Gold Cup, it’s not a great competition.’ I don’t know that we ever looked at it that way when we were on the field, but certainly there have been some instances. … We’ve lost that with not qualifying.“I don’t think Gregg would look at it any differently. It’s his first international competition for him to sort of get his group playing the way he wants them over an extended period of time and try and win what is the biggest competition in our region.” MORE: Full Women’s World Cup schedule“I look at it as an odd year,” Tony Meola, one of the leading voices in American soccer, told Sporting News. “The positives are that there were a lot of players that got international games. The negatives are: We handed out international caps to anyone, it seemed like, that could play. I think it’s important that you always earn the national team. I think it’s important you learn something all the time from the national team. If you weren’t going to follow up with all of those players and keep them coming in, was it really worth it in the end?“Anytime you don’t have your first-team coach in place, it always seems like it’s a little bit rudderless. That’s not a knock on Dave Sarachan. I thought Dave Sarachan did a great job with that group. With that said, when we knew Dave wasn’t going to be the guy, I think there’s a lot of wasted time.”As he did when hired in 2013 to be the Columbus Crew head coach, Berhalter is bringing a possession-based style to the USMNT. The challenges inherent in building a new system with a team that assembles only periodically are significant. They might have been more comfortably conquered with more time, but the U.S. instead proceeded deliberately as a new federation president was elected (Carlos Cordeiro), a national-team general manager was hired for the first time (Earnie Stewart) and the position of head coach was not filled until December 2018.As the U.S. approached its first international competition under Berhalter — the CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting Tuesday against Guyana and continuing with group matches Saturday against Trinidad and Tobago and next week against Panama — it was beaten soundly in a friendly by Venezuela and dully in another against Jamaica.“I keep hearing, ‘We don’t have a lot of time with this group to implement ideas,’” Meola told SN. “Well, we had time for a year against some pretty healthy competition. We lost all of that, and those are years we’re never going to get back.”MORE: Berhalter’s experimental lineup falls flat in tune-upMeola earned 100 caps with the USMNT, made three World Cup rosters and played 11 seasons in Major League Soccer. Now, Meola has a daily radio show on SiriusXM called Counter Attack, which he co-hosts along with Brian Dunseth.Meola shared several thoughts on key elements of the men’s national team program with SN.On how Christian Pulisic best fits into Berhalter’s system:“I believe he’s a wide player, and I think a lot of people think he’s a wide player. … It allows Christian to get to a position where he feels most comfortable. It allows him to get wide and be 1v1 vs. players. It doesn’t mean he can’t play that interior role. But he’s so exciting playing wide and cutting inside and doing those things we see him do on the weekends in Europe.”On whether leaving young forward Josh Sargent off the Gold Cup roster was the right move:“There’s a couple of layers to that. At face value, you think: ‘How can you exclude Josh Sargent?’ You said that he is the future of your program. And then he doesn’t go with the U20s, and now isn’t called into the U23s. Now I’m starting to ask questions. There’s something there. Could it be form? It could be form; he doesn’t play at the highest level every single week at his club. And maybe the idea is: Let this kid get his break right now, because this next season for him is vitally important in his development. He needs to play at the highest level, he needs to play with the first team. If we take him here, are we tiring him out’”On where World Cup veteran Michael Bradley fits into this team:“I think Michael Bradley has to be with this group. I think he’s better off with somebody alongside him (in midfield). He was at his best when he was cover and balance for Jermaine Jones. Those, for me, were his best years with the national team. Michael and Jozy (Altidore), those guys are always going to be blamed for not getting to the World Cup. They know it. They’ve felt it. It’s unfair to look at it like that, but that’s what fans do. That’s how they look at things. But if it’s a yes/no answer, does he belong or does he not belong, it’s yes, seven days a week right now.”MORE: Berhalter’s USMNT faces first adversity in draw with ChileMeola was the first regular national team goalkeeper of what can be termed US Soccer’s modern era. He was in goal keeping a shutout intact as defender Paul Caliguiri scored the goal that changed American soccer by qualifying the U.S. for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.Meola also works with Allstate and will conduct a series of “Day for Play” outings in Gold Cup cities as the tournament progresses, which includes the opportunity to shoot one past Meola and to exchange worn-out soccer balls for new ones.
Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has told MK News he is enjoying his football on loan at Milton Keynes Dons after a season of mixed fortunes.The 19-year-old was described as ‘outstanding’ by Dons boss Karl Robinson in the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, which maintained their push for promotion from League One.Baker, who has played just three minutes for the Chelsea first team, began the campaign on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s squad, making the bench against Manchester United in October.He went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in January but struggled to make an impression during four appearances in the Championship before finding his feet with the Dons.Baker said: “It’s been an up and down experience for me this season.“I thought the first six months being around the Chelsea first team was a good experience and then I didn’t have the best of experiences at Sheffield Wednesday but now that I’m here at MK Dons it’s been great so far.“All the lads and the fans have been right behind me and I’m doing alright on the pitch so I’m happy.”He won praise from Robinson for his display against Scunthorpe.Speaking to the club’s official website, the MK Dons boss said: “I thought Lewis was outstanding.“I thought he showed his real quality and he could have scored another worldy – the keeper’s pulled off one of the best saves I’ve seen in a long time.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA — Five years ago, the 49ers traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, a familiar pasture that also welcomed ex-49ers quarterbacks such as Joe Montana, Steve DeBerg, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac.These days, the Chiefs are increasingly thankful to Smith, not only for what the quarterback did in his tenure there (four playoff berths in five seasons) but in how he mentored Patrick Mahomes, who’s taking the NFL by storm with 10 touchdown passes in the first two games of the season, an …
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It seems that everything that is older than the internet is outdated, has outlived its time, and is the root cause of all the challenges one might have in sales. For the last few years, commission structures and things like quotas and goals have come under attack by pseudo-experts. Money is now, as the saying goes, the root of all evil. This is evidence of something more than a misunderstanding of money, it is a misunderstanding of human motivation and human development.Bernie Madoff lied to people to deceive them of their wealth in order to increase his own. His actions hurt people, and he is paying the penalty for his misdeeds. Warren Buffet would tell you that the most important lesson he learned from his father is that is takes 20 years to build a reputation and 20 minutes to lose it. He is one of the wealthiest people on Earth, and he spends a good bit of his time and energy in pursuit of money.What is the difference between these two starkly opposed men? They both care deeply about money, one of them is willing to do things that are both illegal and immoral, and the other wouldn’t do anything that hinted of impropriety (and surrounds himself only with people who share those values).The difference is moral intelligence. Morality and values is a line of human development, just like IQ and EQ and kinesthetic intelligence. Some people have underdeveloped mortal intelligence, lacking a value system that prevents them from doing “whatever it takes” to have what they want—even if it is immoral and illegal. Those who believe that commission structures and bonuses are to blame mistakenly look to money as the motivating factor—when it is the individual’s lack of moral intelligence and values that the root cause. Were it money alone, the behaviors that one might condemn would be more widespread(in many cases, those who complain accuse the salesperson of high crime of trying to schedule a meeting or sell something).Most salespeople, like people in most other human endeavors, are not devoid of a level or moral intelligence or a value system that prevents them from working on behalf of their clients. More still, the very behaviors that one might find abhorrent, like high pressure, and hard sell tactics work against the goal of making more money.Outside of the few people with a low moral intelligence, money doesn’t drive bad sales behaviors.
AFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Dehradun: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was posing for cameras at the Corbett National Park for a documentary when CRPF jawans were being killed in Pulwama.At a rally here, in which BJP veteran and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joined the Congress, Gandhi also said his party would introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor if elected to power. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Immediately after the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, the Congress had said it was with the government and the country. I had cancelled all my programmes. “Everyone knows what Narendra Modi was doing when our jawans were being killed in Pulwama. He was posing for the cameras to shoot for a National Geographic documentary,” Gandhi said to loud cheers from a large gathering at the Parade Ground. “Modi shoots for three-and-a-half hours on a day something like Pulwama happens and he still talks about patriotism,” the Congress president added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had rejected the charges when they were first levelled by the Congress. On the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Gandhi reiterated his charge of Modi backing industrialist Anil Ambani in getting a related offset contract, a charge repeatedly denied by the government. “All of you must have heard of Anil Ambani. Can he make an aeroplane? He cannot even make a paper aeroplane as children do,” he said, holding up a piece of paper. “Still, Modi took him along with him as part of his delegation to France to ensure that he got the deal worth Rs 30,000 crore,” he added. Gandhi asked why the defence deal, negotiated by the previous UPA regime at Rs 526 crore per aircraft, was finalised by the Modi government for Rs 1,600 crore apiece. Reiterating the “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) barb, the Congress president said he had posed four questions to the prime minister in Parliament on the Rafale deal. “The prime minister delivered a long speech lasting one-and-a-half hours in Parliament, but failed to answer even one of my questions. All he did was keep looking up, down and sideways. Why? Because he is guilty,” he said and asked the youth of the state to pose the same questions to Modi when he comes to Uttarakhand for campaigning.
OSU junior forward Christian Soldat (13) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAfter garnering the No. 9 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and having a first-round bye, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will finally get back out on the pitch against Dayton on Sunday in the second round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes claimed their fourth regular-season Big Ten title in program history in the final game of the regular season against Michigan. They could not add a Big Ten tournament title to their trophy case however, as the Scarlet and Gray fell to Maryland in the championship game.“Maryland gave us a really physical game that we weren’t really expecting from them after we played them the first time,” junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell said.Despite OSU’s loss, the Buckeyes will be returning to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row to try and beat Dayton for the second time this season.The Scarlet and Gray defeated the Flyers on Sept. 25 in a 2-0 game. Although the Buckeyes have already topped Dayton, OSU knows it cannot take its one win lightly.“We have a psychological advantage having beaten them already this season, but we can’t take anything for granted,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “It’s going to be tough because it’s tournament time. Anything could happen.”Coach John Bluem said it could be difficult to beat a team the second time around because the opposing team is coming in with a greater motivation to be better than the first time.“This is the NCAA tournament. It’s almost like a new season in a different season,” Bluem said. “I think you throw that first game out. Our guys are just looking forward to playing in the NCAA tournament again. They’re excited about it and they are ready to go.”The Buckeyes are expecting the Flyers to come out with intensity and physicality because Dayton will be seeking revenge.The Scarlet and Gray plan to focus mentally and work on their physicality heading into Sunday’s match.“NCAA tournament games are always more physical than the rest because it’s win or go home,” Kidwell said.Senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason echoed his teammate, but he said the team the Flyers faced in September is completely different from the one that will be stepping inside the lines on Sunday. “The season is on the line for both of us, so we’re going to come in ready to fight and win the game,” Mason said. “We did well earlier this year against them, so we’re going to know what to do. We’ve really grown since our first game, so we’re excited about our opportunity.”Dayton’s first-round victoryThe Flyers hosted Oakland in the first round of the NCAA tournament, where they defeated the Grizzlies 4-3 in penalty kicks after the game ended as a 2-2 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.Oakland scored in both the 8th and 23rd minutes of the game, giving it a 2-0 lead. However, the Flyers managed to score within the final 10 seconds of the first half, leaving the team down only one point.Dayton leveled the match in the 72nd minute, forcing the game to go into the overtimes. Neither team could convert in either overtime period, therefore moving the game to a penalty-kick shootout.Dayton came out on top in penalty kicks when Oakland could not manage to convert its final try.With the penalty-kick win, the Flyers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.Postseason reunionOSU goalkeeper Chris Froschauer has fortified the Buckeyes’ defense all season long, capturing the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year award. When the senior takes the field on Sunday, he will have a little extra motivation, as his opponent is very familiar.Froschauer spent three seasons in Dayton as the starting goalie for the Flyers before transferring to Columbus for his final collegiate campaign.“I figured if I wanted to take a chance somewhere else and do something, why not do it now,” Froschauer told The Lantern earlier in the season about the decision to transfer. “I get to play college soccer one time, so I went for it.”For the Buckeyes, Froschauer has started every game and currently leads the Big Ten in save percentage with .809, while having nine clean sheets to his credit. What’s nextThe winner between OSU and Dayton will move on to face the winner of Santa Clara and Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The game is scheduled to be played on either Nov. 28 or 29.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) hurdles a defender during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorSince becoming the coach of Bowling Green in 2001, current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has never had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in a season.In that same time frame, OSU has had seven seasons where a running back reached the milestone, with Chris “Beanie” Wells and Antonio Pittman each doing so twice in back-to-back seasons.Now, as the end of the 2013 season rapidly approaches, senior running back Carlos Hyde is on pace to break Meyer’s streak, and exceed the 1,000 yard plateau. Hyde sits at 701 yards on the season, having reached that mark in only in six games after he was suspended by Meyer after his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July.After the Buckeyes’ 56-0 victory against Purdue on Saturday, Hyde said his goal to reach 1,000 yards isn’t just about personal achievement.“I really want to get that 1,000 yards,” Hyde told cleveland.com. “Not just for me, but for the offensive line, just to have a 1,000 yard back and for coach Meyer.”Hyde came close in 2012, finishing the season with 970 yards despite missing two games with a sprained MCL.Upon his return from the suspension this season, Hyde was limited in his first game back against Florida A&M Sept. 21, only rushing five times for 41 yards.Since that point though, Hyde has averaged 132 yards per game on the ground. If he keeps it up, this pace will have him at 1,000 yards by the end of the regular season.After the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern, when Hyde led the Buckeyes to a 40-30 comeback victory, Hyde said his play since the suspension has been all about atoning for his mistake.“I missed out on those three games, you know, I can’t get those games back,” Hyde said. “I go out every game with a mindset that I have to make up for those three games … I’m running with a whole different demeanor than what I would have had in the beginning if I didn’t get suspended. I have a different hunger for the game basically.”Against the Wildcats, Hyde ran for a career high 168 yards and three touchdowns, all three of which came with OSU trailing.In the win against Purdue last weekend, Hyde only carried the ball eight times, his lowest total since playing Florida A&M. Despite the lack of touches, the Naples, Fla., native still ran for 111 yards, averaging almost 14 yards per carry.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said after the game against the Boilermakers, having explosive players helps open up the field for the rest of the OSU offense.“Like I’ve said before, having a running back like Carlos Hyde and a quarterback like (junior quarterback) Braxton Miller … having all those guys being so productive, it puts me in a position where I can make my block easier sometimes,” Heuerman said.Miller said after the game against Penn State Oct. 26, Hyde has grown up as a player and a leader from last season, with the suspension motivating him to play even harder.“Leadership from where he grew from last year and that little incident he had,” Miller said. “Just felt like he’s got to prove himself even more.”Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, despite not playing for a majority of the second half.“Carlos didn’t play but two and a half quarters if I remember right. That’s a lot of yards against a team we have a lot of respect for,” Meyer said.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner agreed with Meyer, adding that Hyde’s ability helps to motivate the offensive line to play well.“They feed each other. Carlos runs over people and finishes runs and that gets the offensive line fired up and they work even that much harder to create holes, and it’s a highly motivated group,” Warinner said after the Penn State game.With the potential to break the 1,000-yard mark getting closer, Hyde faces a favorable schedule in the coming weeks. The Buckeyes’ next two opponents following the bye week are Illinois and Indiana, currently ranked No. 114 and No. 115, respectively, in the country in rush yards allowed per game.The game against Illinois is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Champaign, Ill., with the Buckeyes returning home the following week for their final home game of the year against Indiana Nov. 23.