McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Joe Panik homer stands alone as Giants edge Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw in opener

first_imgBut the Dodgers couldn’t summon the echoes of another era – last summer – and put together a winning rally. Instead, Joe Panik’s solo home run stood alone as the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers a 1-0 defeat.It was the Dodgers’ first Opening Day defeat since 2010 and Kershaw’s first in those eight season-opening assignments.“We didn’t get the offensive performance we wanted,” said first baseman Cody Bellinger, whose 0 for 4 was part of a collective 0 for 17 from the first five spots in the Dodgers’ batting order. “Kershaw was great again. He gave up one run. We should win when he only gives up one.”Kershaw certainly did what he could. Although he allowed eight hits – the most of any of his Opening Day starts – he stranded five baserunners in the first four innings, including leaving a runner at third in three of them. He even had two of the Dodgers’ three hits off Giants starter Ty Blach.“I was fortunate to get out of some jams there,” Kershaw said. “Panik put one good swing on me and unfortunately it cost us the game.” “That would have been epic,” he said.But the Dodgers went down in order after that, striking out five times in the final three innings.“It just didn’t happen,” Kemp said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousDodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) steals second base ahead of the tag by San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager forces out San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) at second base before completing the double play on a ground ball by San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal singles against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, second from left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, watches along with catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Mark Wegner, top right, during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, top, watches his solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) also watches during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (not pictured) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik shakes hands with teammate Andrew McCutchen (22) after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik high fives teammates after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw after giving up a base hit against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Cory Gearrin high fives teammates after getting out of the seventh inning during a Major League Baseball game against he Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez wearing Dodger socks against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) looks at home plate umpire Mark Wegner (14) after striking out agains the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants as manager Dave Roberts looks on in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the eighth Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, along with Cody Bellinger, center, and Yasiel Puig react in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ESPN announcers Alex Rodriguez, left, with Jessica Mendoza, center, and Matt Vasgersian during a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw walks off the mound during their 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig smiles after fouling off a pitch in front of Giants’ catcher Buster Posey the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw contemplates his last pitch as the Giants’ Joe Panik rounds the bases during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw looks at the scoreboard as he walks to the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger strikes out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw reacts after throwing a ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp blows a bubble as he walks to the dugout after lining out in the seventh inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Corey Seager snags a blooper during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig hauls in a fly ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger removes his gear after striking out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig stands in the dugout during the night inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig is tagged out by Giants catcher Buster Posey in the sixth inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of an opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig argues with home plate umpire Mark Wegner during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans participate in the wave during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A full moon rises over Dodger Stadium during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Giants’ Hunter Strickland shakes hands with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger great Kirk Gibson throws out the first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A Dodger fan with a painted head in the stands before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Orel Hershiser is interviewed in the tunnels of Dodger Stadium after catching Kirk Gibson’s ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers grounds crew prepares the field prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers either Sandy Koufax signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Sandy Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans make their way through the stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A empty Dodger stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Orel Hershiser, left, with Kirk Gibson the 1988 World Series heroes prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, high fives teammates prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)American idol constantan Pia Toscano sings the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers fans look on prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans look on during the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants line up prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers line up for the National Anthem before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as a flyover occurs over Dodger Stadium before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik greets his teammates during introductions before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of the season against the San Francisco Giants during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The grounds crew wets down the infield before the Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 83Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Something in the air at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon made your eyes water – and it had nothing to do with the plumbing problem that sent sewage spilling onto the field Tuesday night. The Dodgers had apparently jiggled the handle and cleared away all signs of that embarrassing flow pas.No, it was the nostalgia. The air was thick with it.As the 30th anniversary season started, the Dodgers brought out the heroes of 1988 – Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson – and kicked off Opening Day with the kind of warm embrace of history which this franchise does so well.Clayton Kershaw made his own (latest) mark on that history, taking the ball on Opening Day for a franchise-record eighth consecutive season. Baseball’s toughest entrance exam, Kershaw allowed just one run in six innings while striking out seven.center_img Dodgers choose Joc Pederson over Andrew Toles – for now That swing came unexpectedly with two outs and no one on in the fifth inning. Kershaw dropped down to a three-quarters delivery to mess with Panik. It didn’t work. Panik was on the 2-and-2 fastball and lofted a high fly ball down the right-field line.The drive was met with an odd silence many in the park assuming it had gone foul. But a look of disgusted disbelief on Kershaw’s face confirmed that Panik had tucked it just inside the foul pole for a solo home run.The Giants had just two hits after Panik’s homer. But only one of the Dodgers’ eventual six hits came from any of the first six hitters in the lineup (a ninth-inning single by Matt Kemp).“He’s thrown the ball well against us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Blach. “I should have batted Clayton third.”The Dodgers’ best chance to end their season-long scoreless streak came after Blach left the game.In the bottom of the seventh, Yasmani Grandal’s second single and a two-out pinch-hit single by Chase Utley put runners at the corners. Getting a massive jump against Giants reliever Cory Gearrin, Utley stole second, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for Chris Taylor – who took a full-count slider right down “Copperhead Road” for strike three and flipped his bat away in an act of self-loathing.“It was right down the middle. I was angry with myself,” Taylor said of his reaction. “I was thinking too much, I think. Taking a two-strike slider down the middle is inexcusable.”There was still time for the kind of heroics that characterized the 2017 season. Playing his first game as a Dodger since 2014, Kemp led off the ninth with a single. Visions of a storybook ending were dancing in his head.Related Articleslast_img read more

Andrew Bogut will return to Australian basketball after run with Warriors

first_img NBA free agency news: Warriors sign Andrew Bogut The center officially signed with Golden State on Thursday after receiving his letter of clearance from Australia and the NBA, but the Sydney Kings announced he will return to Australia after he completes a short-term contract with the Warriors that runs until the end of the NBA season. OFFICIAL: @andrewbogut will return to the @warriors on a short term contract for the remainder of the current @NBA season.This is an exciting opportunity for both Andrew and the Kings.Andrew will return to Sydney, and the purple and gold faithful, ready to go for #NBL20 👑 pic.twitter.com/sueC2BoLvu— Sydney Kings (@SydneyKings) March 6, 2019Bogut, 34, was selected by the Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick out of the 2005 draft and spent 13 years in the NBA. The big man was released by Los Angeles in January 2018 and signed with the Sydney Kings last April. He previously spent four seasons with Golden State and was part of the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship team.During his time in the NBA, Bogut averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots through 694 games (656 starts). He made 53.5 percent of his shots from the field and 55.6 percent from the free-throw line. Related Newscenter_img Andrew Bogut’s stint with the Warriors isn’t expected to last long.last_img read more

Super Smith tames the rain to open big lead

first_img27 Jun 2013 Super Smith tames the rain to open big lead Jordan Smith defied the awful conditions that prevailed over Formby for most of the day to open a clear lead at the halfway mark of the Brabazon Trophy.While most of the field were struggling in the miserable conditions of wind and rain, running up big numbers, Smith (copyright Leaderboard Photography) carded a three-under-par 69 to lead on 140, four shots ahead of Freddie Sheridan-Mills and five clear of the rest of the field.Some may have asked if the 20-year-old Wiltshire man had played all 18 holes but a glance at his card underlined how well he dealt with the conditions with six birdies. However, he showed he is human by adding three bogeys. “I just played steady, didn’t get into any trouble and holed a few crucial putts, some from around 15 feet,” he said. “I don’t mind the rain. I don’t like it but it is the same for everyone.”He was out in 34, the best front nine of the day, and was four under through the first eight holes after birdies at the third, sixth, seventh and eighth. “But I bogeyed the ninth and covered the back nine in level par. Now I just want to get out of these wet clothes,” he added.Sheridan-Mills benefited from an early start to post a second 72 for 144, level par. “I played solid and am happy with my position,” he said. “Unfortunately, I bogeyed two of the par fives, eight and 17, but you are not going to make everything on a course like this. I was fortunate that my group only had rain for the last two holes.”Nathan Kimsey lies third on 145 after a 74. “I’m happy because it was tough,” he said. “It rained all the way round, heavy at times, and this course is tough enough without adding the wind and rain. It was a case of just grinding out a score and easy to blow yourself out of the tournament.”The next best return to Smith’s came from Michael Saunders who birdied the last two holes for 70 and 148. “It was a struggle,” he said. “But I knew the scores were going to be high so I just targeted the middle of the greens and played par golf. If a birdie came along it would be a bonus so those late birdies means this will be a better evening than the last one.”Boy cap Robert Burlison also got himself back in the tournament after signing for 71 and 151. “It was tricky out there,” said the Staffordshire lad. “The front nine was into the wind but the back nine was generally downwind where you could make a score. “You have to hit fairways and greens around here. Conditions were tough but I quite like it when it is and I can handle it.”Burlison, 18, was in the same group as defending champion Neil Raymond, who posted a second 74 for 148. “It was good to play alongside Neil,” he added. “He’s a great player and I learned a bit from him over the round.”Raymond was not that happy with his form. Although he found two birdies in the first three holes but ran up four successive bogeys from the ninth. He added birdies at 13 and 17 but dropped another shot at 15.Nick Marsh, who led overnight on 70, came to grief with 78 to slip down the field. “It was a battle, especially the front nine,” he said. “I struggled a bit but I’m still here for the final two rounds.”A total of 61 players made the cut on 153, nine over par, or better. Among the casualties on 155 were international Seb Crookall-Nixon after a second round 80, British Boy champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, who shot 78, and the home club’s Paul Kinnear on 158 after an 81.last_img read more