O’Brien admits Gleneagles ‘worry’

first_img The Ballydoyle trainer has already pulled the dual 2000 Guineas hero out of three races because of unsuitable ground, the latest being the Juddmonte International, since he won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. O’Brien is now preparing to step Gleneagles up to a mile and quarter if conditions are agreeable. Aidan O’Brien has his fingers firmly crossed the weather will be kind enough to allow Gleneagles to run in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month. “It’s a bit of a worry that we haven’t been able to run him three times now,” he said. “We’ll look at Leopardstown and hopefully they will get quick ground. We’ll have to wait and see.” O’Brien is looking to the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on September 13 for Ballyodyle after her impressive win in the Debutante Stakes on Saturday. “Joseph (son and jockey) was very happy with her, and obviously we’ll look at the Moyglare next. It looks like she will get further than seven furlongs. She is very well bred and a good mover,” he said. The trainer also has high hopes for Gleneagles’ full sister Coolmore, who showed plenty of promise despite being beaten into third place on her debut in a maiden over a mile on the same card. “I was very happy with Coolmore considering she was slowly away,” said O’Brien. “She is a lovely individual and should come on a lot from the run. Her brother (Gleneagles) got beaten first time out.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Bayern Out to Settle Spanish Score in Madrid

first_imgAfter three consecutive semifinal defeats against Spanish clubs in the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich head to Atletico Madrid for today’s group match with a point to prove.“We want to show that we can do better than in the last few semifinals. We certainly have a score to settle there,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller before the team jetted off to Madrid.After the highs of beating Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final came Bayern’s lows of semifinal exits to Real Madrid, Barcelona and then Atletico in each of the last three seasons under Pep Guardiola. Atletico has won 25 of its last 30 home European games making the Estadio Vicente Calderon something of a cauldron.Last season’s semifinal exit at the hands of Diego Simeone’s Atletico was particularly painful for Bayern, who won the return leg 2-1 in Munich after losing 1-0 in Madrid as the Spanish side reached the final on away goals.“In the last three years, we played three times against Spanish teams and always lost there,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“We saw how strong Atletico are last season and you can’t get much more of a tougher test.“Now we have the chance to show with Carlo (Ancelotti) that we can get at least a point there – or even three.”After Guardiola failed to steer Bayern to the Champions League final, his successor Ancelotti is the Bavarian giants’ not-so-secret weapon.Two years ago, Ancelotti’s Real Madrid won the 2014 Champions League final with a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico.“I really like Madrid and I’m looking forward to going back, I had two wonderful years there,” said Ancelotti.Sightseeing will be the last thing on the Italian’s programme, with Ancelotti more concerned about French forward Antoine Griezmann, whose goals knocked Bayern out of Europe last May.“He could play at any big club in Europe,” said Ancelotti.Bayern smashed Russian side Rostov 5-0 in Munich in their opening Group D match, the same night Atletico won 1-0 at PSV Eindhoven.But the German team’s players know they will be in for a much sterner challenge on Wednesday.“It will be a difficult fight in Madrid and we have to at least get a few goals,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.Bayern defender Mats Hummels, who trained on Monday after limping out of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hamburg with a knee injury, says the Bundesliga leaders have a “pretty tricky task against one of the top favourites to win the Champions League”.RESULTSMonaco 1- 1 LeverkusenLeicester 1-0 FC PortoCopenhagen 4 -0 BruggeD’Zagreb 0 –4 JuventusCSKA 0- 1 TottenhamDortmund 2–2 R’MadridS’Lisbon 2 – 0 L’ WarsawSevilla 1- 0 LyonTODAYNapoli v BenficaLudogorets v PSGFC Rostov v PSVCeltic v Man CityB’ M’gladbach v BarcaBesiktas v D’KyivAtletico v B’MunichArsenal V FC BaselShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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2018 World Cup: Tears, Regret for Lopetegui after Sack

first_img‘I’d like to leave this press conference now because it’s like we’re at a funeral, but we’re starting a World Cup tomorrow, which is a fantastic event.” That’s how Spain captain Sergio Ramos attempted to put a full stop on a turbulent week for his national team in the Black Sea city of Sochi.The remark was perfect in its delivery but perhaps suspect in its timing.Timing, as it happens, has been a key issue in the Spain camp all week, so it felt somehow appropriate that Julen Lopetegui, the manager sacked on Wednesday for negotiating with Real Madrid without the Spanish Football Federation’s knowledge, was being presented to the media by his new club just 60 minutes later.By Thursday, everyone had had a night’s sleep since Lopetegui’s dismissal, but there was still regret.The man himself was tearful as he was unveiled at the Bernabeu alongside his wife and three children and, as Ramos and new Spain interim boss Fernando Hierro also faced a packed press room 3,000 miles from Madrid, the feeling persisted that all this could have been avoided.With their opening match against Portugal just over 24 hours away, there were broad smiles as Hierro and Ramos walked in, conspiratorial whispers with the microphone nudged down and again the message was repeated: “It’s time to put it behind us.”Only three weeks ago, Hierro was smiling in a different room, again in front of the cameras as he praised Lopetegui – a manager unbeaten in his 20 matches leading one of the game’s most exciting groups of players, and who had just signed a new contract up to 2020.After the series of extraordinary events that has unfolded within the Spanish camp this week, Hierro is now the new leader of a team that says it is moving on but must be damaged by what is a mess of more than one man’s making.Who you identify as villain in this story might depend on your point of view. But the key element is Real’s announcement on Tuesday that Lopetegui would take charge of the European champions after the World Cup.That in itself would not have been a problem, but it became one when it emerged Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation, learned the news only five minutes before it was made public.When Rubiales explained his decision to fire Lopetegui on Wednesday, reportedly on three hours’ sleep after talks ran late into the night, he still looked angry, even though his words were restrained. He had flown in from Moscow, where he was attending the Fifa congress, to the team’s base in Krasnodar.In the Russian capital, he had received a phone call from Madrid. The story goes that he asked them to delay, he tried to reach Lopetegui but couldn’t, and then saw the news go live.A shock apapointment so surprising that Spanish sports newspaper Marca told its Twitter followers: “No, we’re not making this up.”The other side of the story is told by Madrid president Florentino Perez, who on Thursday claimed Rubiales had acted “out of pride” and “disrespected Real Madrid”.Having dismissed his national team’s manager on the eve of the World Cup, Rubiales praised Lopetegui’s “impeccable work” but repeated several times: “No-one is beyond the rules.”The 51-year-old was sacked because he had gone behind the back of the Spanish FA. He accepted a job he may have judged impossible to turn down and the manner in which it played out, in Rubiales’ eyes, made it impossible for him to continue.Here in Sochi, sandwiched between snow-capped mountains and the blue Black Sea, fan opinion seems to be split. Some side with Rubiales and his message: “This is the national team, this is not the way things should be done here.”Some cannot forgive Rubiales for a lack of flexibility when pragmatism might have harmed the team less.Lopetegui brought fine performances in qualification. Some argue sacking him weakens the team more than keeping him on, despite what might be considered incorrect behaviour. But none of the fans I have spoken to believe Madrid and their president Perez acted correctly.I met Manolo, the iconic Spanish football supporter who has been banging his drum at every World Cup since 1982. “The whole thing is so regrettable,” he said. “It’s clear to see who is at fault – Real Madrid and Lopetegui. Rubiales did the right thing.”Rubiales would not say whether the players agreed with his decision. Since it was made, some have tweeted messages of unity. Nonetheless, on Thursday, whispery leaks of uncertain provenance spoke of a supposed altercation between Ramos and Rubiales, with Gerard Pique the apparent peacemaker stepping in.The closest Ramos – the man who will presumably captain Real Madrid under Lopetegui next season – came to addressing those rumours was to say of the past few days: “It has been a very sensitive time, and yes it made some of us feel a bit sad. But I can promise you, problems are also opportunities to grow into and this will make us stronger, more united.”As for Lopetegui, he was already back in the Spanish capital, in another room of spectacle and scrutiny as he was presented to the media as Zinedine Zidane’s successor.He is the new manager of Spain’s most popular team, a club many among the journalists present here believe has undermined the national team at close to the worst possible time.Lopetegui was supported loudly by those present in Madrid as he posed for photos on stage.“I would have liked Rubiales to have done things differently,” he said. “Since the death of my mother, yesterday was the saddest day of my life but today is the happiest.”Applause came from what was clearly a partisan audience. But the biggest reaction came after the final exchange: Would the same thing have happened to you if it hadn’t been Real Madrid? The answer, left hanging: “That’s a good question.”His replacement then: Hierro. In Spanish his name means ‘iron’. An ex-Real Madrid centre-back, a former Spain captain with 89 caps, an icon for club and country, he ended his playing career at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton in 2005 and, now 50 years old, has just been given his second job in management.He resigned from his first in June last year, having missed out on promotion with Spanish second division side Real Oviedo. He was also Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant manager for the 2014-15 season at Madrid, and he has spent years working for the national team behind the scenes.As sporting director he has been involved with this squad since November 2017, reappointed following a previous spell between 2007 and 2011. During that time Spain won the first of their two consecutive European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.There were only a handful of questions more on the subject everybody wanted to discuss before the Spanish press officer shut things down – only on the football now please. The ranks closed.“We players like to do our talking on the pitch,” Ramos added.Not long to wait before we find out what they really think.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gallery: Top-seeded Syracuse loses to No. 4 seed North Carolina, 16-15

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — In the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, No. 1 seed Syracuse (11-2, 4-0 ACC) was unable to fully chip away from No. 4 seed North Carolina’s (7-7, 1-3) nine-goal lead, losing 16-15. This marks the first Syracuse loss since Feb. 25 and is the first time SU will not play in the conference championship since joining the ACC. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2017 at 10:48 pmlast_img

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Meet Brian Dahlstrom, the man responsible for stringing Syracuse’s rackets

first_img Comments Published on February 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Brian Dahlstrom stood next to a Wilson Baiardo tennis stringing machine tucked in the corner of Drumlins Country Club’s bigServe Pro Shop. He lined up a black and red racket in the middle of the machine, about 100 feet from the lobby where fans watched Syracuse’s match against Colorado on Feb. 15. He wove and clamped strings, tightening rackets at the proper tension.“I think people are surprised that it’s every string,” he said.As Dahlstrom strung the racket, he recalled his importance to No. 25 Syracuse’s (8-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) program. He’s why SU has intact rackets during its matches. Why the Orange players always have four rackets to carry in their equipment bags. When Syracuse players break a racket, they give it to Dahlstrom and he has it back to them within 24 hours. Before he came to Drumlins, Dahlstrom co-owned a tennis club in Illinois.Now, he’s an hidden asset for Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmy Nakamura | Senior Design EditorJunior transfer Guzal Yusupova doesn’t like to string her rackets. Gabriela Knutson wants to learn, but others claim it’s too hard. “Of course we give it to someone,” sophomore Sofya Golubovskaya said. For SU, it’s Dahlstrom.“It’s one of those things, once again, that if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s a complicated process,” Dahlstrom said.On top of a cabinet in Dahlstrom’s office, the room next to the pro shop, sit two totes. He recently pulled a clear one down, opened the lid and took out tennis racket string. It’s his bin dedicated to SU tennis and holds everything he needs for its rackets. To the right of his cabinet, a label says “TO BE STRUNG GO ORANGE,” and above another hook, “COMPLETED RACKETS GO ‘CUSE.”Sometimes, the hooks will stay empty for two weeks. Suddenly, there could be eight fixes needed in 10 days. Last Friday, the only one on either hook was freshman Sonya Treshcheva’s finished racket.Strings form a pocket that the ball is then sucked into, Dahlstrom said, and if the racket’s tension range is between 52 and 62 pounds, the lower side gives shots more spring. SU head coach Younes Limam’s racket is strung at a very low tension because he has complete control of his shots. If a player wants more control and less power behind balls, the racket is strung closer to 62.“If I was going to jump up and down in the air and try to touch the ceiling, the floor would not give me any energy at all, because it’s stiff,” Dahlstrom said. “If you put me on a trampoline, you get more bungee. But what happens on trampolines? Sometimes people break arms, it can be reckless.”Corey Henry | Staff PhotographerA similar concept applies to tennis strings. Before Dahlstrom starts stringing a racket, he pre-stretches the string right out of the package. In the Drumlins hallway, 20 feet from a side exit, he pulls it around the door handle while SU fans squeeze between Dahlstrom and the wall.Prior to Drumlins, he co-owned the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline, Illinois, and at one point strung current Women’s Tennis Association’s No. 17 Madison Keys’ childhood rackets. He first found out about the Drumlins position from SU associate head coach Shelley George, who Dahlstrom met at a meeting in Kansas City. He coordinated everything from installing a new metal roof to painting the lines in the parking lot. Now, at Drumlins, it’s just tennis.“He’s our string guy, he’s our guy,” George said.The stringing machine at Drumlins was used at a US Open, Dahlstrom said. The best one there is in pounds or kilograms, Dahlstrom slides the string through the grommets, clamps it in place, wraps it around the tension arm and simply pushes a button. When it’s time for cross-strings, he weaves it in-and-out of the main one, before repeating the same process. When finished, he knots the end.Inside a box in the back corner of Dahlstrom’s office, he collects old wooden rackets. His father worked in the military in World War II, deployed in the Philippines and learned tennis from a player ranked top-20 in the world at the time while in charge of recreation activities, he said. Every time he finds an old racket that reminds him of his roots, he buys it.Anyone can claim that they can string a racket, themselves, in 15 minutes, Dahlstrom said. The bottom line, in Dahlstrom’s mind, is that his process is more about quality.Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerWhen Dahlstrom brought his broken racket to his coach while at Illinois State University, Dahlstrom was told to do it himself. An hour-and-a-half later, Dahlstrom’s “ridiculously stringed racket,” loose in the middle and along the edges, is what he avoids today. Now, an average racket takes him about 30 minutes.“Having the opportunity to string thousands and thousands of rackets makes it go faster,” Dahlstrom said.Near the end of Syracuse’s match against Harvard on Feb. 17, Dahlstrom made his way onto the courts and moved toward Knutson’s blue bench. The senior had broken one of her Babolat Pure rackets on the previous rally, set it down and reached inside her blue bag to grab another. After Knutson returned to the court, Dahlstrom went and inspected her racket.Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, shouted: “He’s a stringer. He does special things to them.” After nearly a minute of toying with Knutson’s racket, Dahlstrom, with his hand still gripping it, disappeared into the Drumlins curtains.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sars make if three Dan Breen Cups in a row

first_imgSarsfields are champions for a 35th time and go on to represent the county in the Munster club championship later this month against whoever wins the Waterford title. They won the title after beating Kiladangan 0-27 to 1-15 in the final at Semple Stadium.Sars – for whom Ronan Maher was their standout performer and the official Man of the Match – made a flying start and, despite taking their foot off the pedals for periods of play, never looked like relinquishing the advantage they’d built up.Joe Gallagher’s goal threatened to put the North Tipp club back in contention but it proved to be a false dawn.last_img read more

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Barbados to Allow Free Education to CARICOM Nationals

first_imgBridgetown, BARBADOS – (CMC) – The Barbados government says it is moving ahead with advancing elements of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) including free access to public schools for students from CARICOM countries.The CSME allows for the free movement of capital, goods, skills, and labour across the regional integration grouping and a government spokesperson said in a statement that the latest move “means that all CARICOM nationals under the age of 16, who reside in Barbados, will be afforded access to government nursery, primary and secondary schools without being charged tuition fees.“CARICOM students will not be required to have student visas. However, they will pay all fees that are applicable to Barbadians students. This exemption, however, does not extend to post-secondary, vocational nor tertiary level education. In addition, CARICOM students will not qualify to be granted scholarships and exhibitions,” the spokesperson noted.It said that in addition, at least one parent or one legal guardian must be residing in Barbados under an approved Immigration Status in order to access the tuition-free provision now afforded to CARICOM nationals, namely the Status of Citizen, Permanent Resident, Immigrant, or Reside and Work.“The elimination of student visas for CARICOM nationals will not remove the requirement to monitor non-nationals in the school system.“It should be noted that upon their first entry into the Barbadian school system, the parent or legal guardian of the CARICOM non-national child will be required to produce to the Ministry of Education a letter from the Immigration Department confirming that the child qualifies for tuition-free treatment,” the spokesperson said.It was noted that this requirement of a letter will only apply to a first entry into the school system and not any subsequent transfer to a different school.last_img read more

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Fan up! Sky Bet launches EFL Rewards app

first_img Michael Afflick – Sky BetAs title sponsor of the English Football League (EFL), Sky Bet has launched its proprietary ‘EFL Rewards’ app driving engagement between football fans and the clubs they follow.Made available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, Sky Bet’s EFL Rewards gives loyal fans the opportunity to win a range of prizes including EFL matchday tickets and signed merchandise.The app rewards fans by recording social engagements with EFL clubs, such as ‘documenting your dedication’, ‘unlocking club achievements’ and ‘checking-in at games’.Furthermore, EFL Rewards features a real-time Match Centre detailing fixture information, matchday line-ups, results and league standings.Launching EFL Rewards, Michael Afflick, Brand, Creative & Sponsorship Director at Sky Betting and Gaming, said: “At Sky Bet, we know that EFL fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world. As title sponsors, we wanted to reward these fans, simply for being fans.“The launch of the Sky Bet EFL Rewards app allows us to do just that, rewarding real fans with real prizes for showing their support for their team.”Sky Bet details that since the start of the 2019/2020 football season, more than 200 supporters across EFL divisions have been rewarded for checking in at a Sky Bet EFL fixtures.EFL’s Chief Commercial Officer Ben Wright said: “The Sky Bet Rewards App is a fantastic opportunity for supporters of all EFL clubs to get the chance to win prizes when they go to the match.“The app is an innovative way to directly reward fans when they go through the turnstiles, by giving away 12,000 match tickets and 500 signed shirts over the course of this season.“Fans know they play a vital role in the matchday experience and this app now means they can get even closer to the action than ever before.” Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Rio 2016 stadium indefinitely closed

first_imgA stadium in Brazil that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof.The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built only six years ago.It was also being used as the main football venue in Rio, while the city’s Maracana stadium is being renovated for next year’s World Cup.It is an embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares for its two huge sporting events, say correspondents.The authorities have also acknowledged delays in work on the Maracana and a funding problem at another stadium, which is set to host the opening match at the World Cup.‘Not acceptable’ Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told a news conference on Tuesday that he had been told about the structural problems at the stadium – locally referred to as the Engenhao – earlier the same day.“I asked if this represented a risk for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature.“On that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we had more details.”He said the situation was “simply not acceptable” for a stadium which opened such a short time ago, and warned that those responsible would be held to account.The stadium opened late and over budget in 2007. It has since been leased to local football club Botafogo.last_img read more

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Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, back in blue, finds himself in a familiar place

first_imgPreviousThird base coach Dino Ebel, left, with Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, center, and Jose Vizcaino run drills during a spring training workout last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants coach Joe Amalfitano, right, is greeted by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, and third base coach Dino Ebel before Monday’s Cactus League game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)“I know Dave (Roberts), Rick Honeycutt, most of the coaches,” Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel says of returning to the Dodgers after spending 15 years in the Angels organization. “So it was really easy for me to make the adjustment. It wasn’t like I’m leaving back east or going to a team I’m unfamiliar with. It’s been easy for me to make the transition.” (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants coach Joe Amalfitano, right, is greeted by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, and third base coach Dino Ebel before Monday’s Cactus League game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel poses during photo day last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Third base coach Dino Ebel, left, with Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 7Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — Dino Ebel is already accustomed to his new threads.They’re his old threads, Dodger blues, the ones he wore coming up through the minor leagues from 1988-94. From a distance, however, it’s an odd sight considering Ebel spent the last 15 years in the Angels’ organization.The Dodgers’ new third base coach called it an easy adjustment.“I know some guys over here from playing against each other in interleague,” he said. “I know Dave (Roberts), Rick Honeycutt, most of the coaches. So it was really easy for me to make the adjustment. It wasn’t like I’m leaving back east or going to a team I’m unfamiliar with. It’s been easy for me to make the transition.” Ebel’s nine-year run managing in the Dodgers’ system ended in 2004. That year, he managed a Double-A Jacksonville Suns team that included James Loney, Shane Victorino and Chad Billingsley. Ebel already knew Manager Mike Scioscia and coaches Mickey Hatcher and Ron Roenicke from their days together in the Dodgers’ organization when he took the Angels’ third-base coach’s job in 2005.Other than one year managing the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, Ebel never left.The changes to the Dodgers’ organization in the meantime have been well-documented. The team has cycled through three general managers, five managers and two ownership regimes. The use of analytics and the size of front offices exploded, often with the Dodgers at the vanguard. To some, only the uniforms look the same.Yet the similarities struck Ebel when he returned.“Coming back and seeing Tommy (Lasorda) and Orel (Hershiser),” he said. “When I was a manager here, Dave was a player. I threw to him in batting practice. When I left here, Rick Honeycutt was the pitching coordinator in the minor leagues. Some scouts I’ve seen, some office people. Talking to (Sandy) Koufax and Joe Amalfitano, I saw the other day in a Giants uniform – it’s been great.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies While there is no target date for Kershaw to throw off a mound or face live hitters, Roberts was encouraged enough that he isn’t ruling out Kershaw starting Opening Day.“When he gets on the mound we’ll know more each day,” Roberts said. “Right now he feels good.” …Russell Martin (back) is day to day, Roberts said. He caught Walker Buehler’s bullpen on Wednesday and took swings on his own, but he might not see game action for a week. …Corey Seager was excused from camp due to an illness. He won’t play in a minor league game Thursday, as previously planned.ALSOBuehler is scheduled to pitch to the Dodgers’ minor league hitters over the weekend. The Dodgers are slow-playing Buehler’s schedule in an effort to reduce his workload. … Tony Gonsolin threw to minor league hitters. … The Dodgers and White Sox will play a “B” game at Camelback Ranch on Thursday. … Roberts said the Dodgers will make their first roster cuts within the next week. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start When he isn’t coaching third base, Ebel will be coaching and positioning the Dodgers’ infielders. That’s required a crash course in the Dodgers’ trove of analytical data, a process Ebel became accustomed to in Anaheim under general managers Jerry Dipoto and now Billy Eppler.“We’re not really doing a lot of it on the field now,” Ebel said. “We’re going to start doing it toward the end of spring training. We do have a lot of information here. Advance scouting, analytics – we do a lot of it to put the players in the best position possible on the defensive side.”From his home in the Inland Empire, Ebel said he can expect an extra 15 minutes on the road compared to the drive to Anaheim. He’s already figured out the best route.INJURY UPDATESClayton Kershaw (shoulder) played catch for the second straight day as he continues to make progress in the distance and intensity of his throwing program. Roberts said Kershaw is throwing past 70 feet.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

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