23 Sep

Decatur County places 11th at ISF Band Day

first_imgIndianapolis, IN— The 2019 Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day presented by Music Travel Consultants has concluded after a hard-fought battle between the bands previously announced as the “Sweet 16.” This was the final contest of the Central Indiana Track Show Association’s (CITSA) season for these 40 high school bands. After much deliberation among the eight judges, Anderson High School was awarded the title of “Indiana’s Best Band” and takes home the trophy at this year’s Indiana State Fair Band Day.Throughout the day, the Hoosier Lottery Grandstands were filled with music fans and family members/friends of the marching bands as the “Sweet 16” and finalist were announced.The Decatur County Marching band took away 11th place.last_img read more

22 Sep

Lyon return home empty-handed with prospect of losing key players

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais’ Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi failed to find the back of the net against Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the storyline could not change.That failure in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League semifinal game’s opening 16 minutes simply summed up the story, that the competition only nearly had its first ever all-French final. Instead, Paris St-Germain will now face the German champions while Lyon return home empty-handed.And this is without the opportunity of righting those wrongs next season, after they failed to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.Ligue 1 was the only top flight league from the “Big Five” to prematurely end its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.It left Lyon in seventh place on a points-per-game basis – thereby missing out on the Europa League as well.The 3-0 scoreline flatters Bayern Munich as Lyon had their chances but playing in only their second semi-final on the big stage, their inexperience cost them dearly. On the other hand, their German opponents were clinical, thanks to a Serge Gnabry masterclass.Lyon’s players have however learned a valuable lesson.But whether they will be around next season to put those into practice for the French club remain doubtful with certain performances catching the eye of bigger European sides.Midfielder Houssem Aouar was one of the stand-out performers for Lyon in this campaign.But he may have played his last game for the club, with the French media reporting that Arsenal are interested in signing the talented 22-year-old. Lyon’s top goalscorer Moussa Dembele, who scored 24 goals this season, may move on too with Lyon sporting director Juninho not mincing his words when talking about their players’ future.“There will be departures, but I’m not worried,” Juninho said.“When you have players who play very well in a competition like this, like Moussa and Houssem… We will have to show the same spirit to be back in the Champions League next season.“The aim now is to continue working immediately with Ligue 1… We will have to work. If we continue like this, we will be back in this competition.”RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Lyon have no time to dwell on the loss with Ligue 1 restarting its season this weekend.Rudi Garcia’s side play their first match next week and the Frenchman is aware the semi-final exit may have taken a mental toll on the players.“We have some psychological work to do with the players to quickly refocus on the league, because we can’t afford a bad start,” Garcia said.He added the future of key players was not in his hands but the club president Jean-Michel Aulas.“We don’t know what’s going to happen… But when we look at the team, we didn’t have to make it to the Champions League semi-finals to know how good my players are.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Karl Toko EkambiMemphis DepayOlympique LyonUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

18 Sep

McKinnon returned as president of GSSF

first_imgRYAN McKinnon was returned as president of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF), following last Friday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Grand Coastal Inn.McKinnon delivered opening remarks and renewed his commitment to safety in the sport and affirmed the foundation’s shift to community work as well as sports. He reflected on 2019 as being another good year and congratulated GSSF and thanked all members for their continued support in promoting sport shooting and expressed the hope to continue building the sport and to focus on safety.Secretary of the Foundation and former GSSF president, Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, delivered a comprehensive report on the 2019 activities of the GSSF including affiliation to local and international bodies.She touched on key topics such as general firearm safety, increased membership growth, continuous monthly training courses, the various sport shooting disciplines currently encompassed, donations made, general outreach to supporting agencies, shooting range access, support programmes and the ongoing development of the sport of shooting in Guyana.The Report of the External Auditors, along with the Financial Statement of the GSSF, was presented by the Foundation’s treasurer, Ray Beharry, to the membership and this was duly adopted at the AGM. The External Audit of the Financial Statement was duly conducted and issued by Auditor, Mr Harryram Parmesar, from the Parmesar Audit Firm. Another significant aspect of the AGM was the two motions which were unanimously carried. The Returning Officer appointed Captain Roul Bhudu, duly declared the board and positions therein vacant and commenced elections for a new Board of Directors of the GSSF. Following the transparent electoral process, the members listed below were duly elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation for the term 2020 to 2022 as announced and ratified by the Returning Officer, Bhudu. Members of the Board of Directors for the period 2020-2022 are: President Ryan McKinnon, Vice-President David Dharry, Secretary Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, Treasurer Ray Beharry, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Andrew Phang, Chairman (Steel Challenge) Dallas Thomas, Chairman (Practical Shooting) Imam Baksh, Chairman (Trapshooting) Pravesh Harry, Internal Auditor Captain Gary Sahai.last_img read more

17 Sep

Real Madrid Football Academy Comes Alive in Rivers

first_imgThe Academy which has hostels, would also boast of a secondary school for the two to go hand in hand. According to the state government, the Academy would be tuition-free for Rivers indigenes.At the unveiling of the ultra-modern football training facility in Port Harcourt, Wike again reiterated that the project was constructed to promote professional football in the state and the country in general.Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, while inaugurating the academy alongside officials of Real Madrid Football Club, said the Academy would groom the next generation of stars.“There have always been great football talents from Rivers State. Great players like Taribo West, George Finidi and Joseph Yobo. This project will create more stars,” stressed the Oyo State Governor. This project will allow the early discovery and harnessing of football talents in Rivers. This project will create more stars,” the Oyo governor said.He described sports as one of the greatest unifying factors in Nigeria and commended the idea behind the Academy. The Oyo governor also hailed Wike for indirectly promoting national unity and for his commitment to the development of the state, adding that as a person who lived in Port Harcourt, he knows the high level of infrastructural development the state had witnessed under his administration.In his address, Wike said the unveiling of the Academy was one of the happiest events of his life, as it marked the beginning of a new football era. The governor said the state government resolved to construct a school and hostel in addition to current facilities at the academy.The governor added that the people of Rivers deserved the best, and this was why his administration was committed to initiating and executing quality projects for the people. He said that 70 per cent of the students of the academy would be from Rivers, while other Nigerians would form 30 per cent of the school’s intake.“Today is one of the happiest days of my life. Today, our dream has come to fruition by the help of God. The money used to execute this project is from Rivers. Therefore, Rivers money is for Rivers people.“Seventy per cent of the students will be indigenes of Rivers, while the remaining 30 per cent will be from other states. All Rivers indigenes to be trained in the academy will school here free of charge,’’ he said.Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and Middle East, Inigo Vallejo, assured the state government that the club would continue to support the academy’s sustained development. He said after series of engagement with Wike on the Academy, the club had keyed into it and would help drive the project.Vallejo, who thanked Wike for his commitment to football development, stated that Real Madrid Football Club would provide the necessary technical support to develop the Academy.Earlier during a courtesy visit to Wike at Government House, Vallejo described the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt as the Mother of All Football Academies in Africa. He said Real Madrid Football Club positively responded to the dream of Wike to set up an academy in Rivers State.He said: “Mr Governor, you had a dream to deliver sports programmes to the children of Rivers State.“Real Madrid has responded to your dream and today, we have the ‘Mother of All Football Academies in Africa.”He said the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt was the first by the club in Nigeria, noting that it had facilities that were of international standards.Responding, Wike, thanked President Perez of Real Madrid for approving the setting up of the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.The governor noted that the Rivers State Government had developed the best facilities to groom future international stars. He added that the final agreement for technical partnership and cooperation between Real Madrid Football Club and the Rivers State Government would be signed in the coming weeks.“I want to through you, thank President Perez for approving the development of a Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt. We have the very best facilities to groom new stars. This will be the very best. From the players that will be trained in this academy, some players of Real Madrid Football Club will emerge,” he said.The Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, also stated that the governor made outstanding contributions to sports development to merit his award “Power of Sports in Africa.’’  In a project description, Permanent Secretary, Rivers Ministry of Sports, James Enebeli, said the project marked the opening of a new chapter in football development in the state.    In order to promote professional football in the state and the country in general, the Rivers State Government last weekend unveiled the ultra-modern Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, writes Davidson Iriekpen   When Governor Nyesom Wike two years ago promised that the Rivers State Government would build a Real Madrid Football Academy in the state, most of his critics thought it would be another jamboree or a white elephant project. Even those who took him seriously, did not envisage the magnitude of what they saw at the unveiling of the sport complex last week.The Academy is simply stunning and a delight to all those who were present at the event. The complex boasts of modern equipment and all the necessary facilities needed to encourage and aid young talents. To many who spoke off the record to THISDAY at the event, it was as if they were in Madrid. Even the officials of Real Madrid Footbal Club who were at the event, could not believe what they saw – a complete replication and reproduction of their complex in Spain. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse softball tries to avoid trap game against Siena

first_img Published on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Kelly Saco and the Syracuse softball team can feel it — Siena might be the trap game lurking in the near future. With just one doubleheader against the Saints standing between the Orange and the bulk of its conference schedule, focus might be difficult to come by. ‘I think it’s hard (to key on Siena). That’s something everyone can agree with,’ first baseman Kelly Saco said. ‘But you’ve got to take it one day at a time because anyone can beat anyone on any day.’SU takes that mentality into today’s doubleheader on the road against the Saints (3-18), a team struggling mightily to find wins. On the surface, it should be easy enough for the Orange (14-13), who beat No. 22 Ohio State on March 19 by eight runs. Win, go home and prepare for rival Georgetown on Friday. Siena is just a minor barrier between the tough early schedule and Big East games.Syracuse expects to come away with two more wins, building momentum before it starts playing in conference. But it may be difficult to concentrate on a Siena team that only has wins against Morgan State (twice) and Coastal Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘From here on out, we have to worry about ourselves and playing to a certain level no matter who we’re playing,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘It’s going to be our big challenge.’After a grueling nonconference slate to start the season against some of the best teams in the country, the Orange is playing some weaker nonconference foes in the Northeast, looking to pile up wins and confidence as it gets ready for the stretch run. Syracuse seems to have found a rhythm on offense, scoring runs with more consistency than it has all season. SU swept Buffalo in its home-opening doubleheader last week and is playing its best softball of the season, with Big East play on the horizon.All of the signs of progress could disappear, though, with a loss to Siena, a team that has lost 12 of its past 13 games. Ross said that there are no excuses if the Orange leaves Loudonville, N.Y., with a loss.‘It’s absolutely not (acceptable),’ Ross said. ‘I never really talk about wins and losses, but I think that for us, if we play at the level that we can play at, there should be no reason (to lose).’The Orange has had trouble maintaining a high level of play against weaker opponents. After SU’s win against Ohio State, it lost to Florida Atlantic, showing that the young team has some growing up to do. The sweep of Buffalo last week is an encouraging sign that the team is learning.‘As long as we maintain a focus on ourselves, we can avoid overlooking them,’ said pitcher Angie Sagnelli, who will be about 15 minutes away from her home in Clifton Park, N.Y., when Syracuse is at Siena. ‘(It’s about) treating everybody like they’re just another team as opposed to putting a name on their jerseys.’Syracuse swept Siena in its meeting last season, shutting out the Saints in both games of a doubleheader. Sagnelli and Brittany Gardner combined on the shutout in game one, and Jenna Caira threw a one-hitter in game two. Caira and Gardner, SU’s No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers, are expected to start tomorrow, as Ross plans on attacking Siena with Syracuse’s best.The message from the coach is simple: In order to avoid a slipup, Syracuse cannot let up.‘I’m going with our full (starting lineup). We’re going to go hard like any other game,’ Ross said. ‘I know I’m coming with the same mentality as if we’re facing Louisville.’Ideally, the Orange arrives home Tuesday night with two wins over Siena and a four-game winning streak. Without the right amount of concentration, though, SU could lose a game it has no business losing, suffering a letdown right before Big East play begins. Saco believes that the team will be ready and focused. ‘For the rest of the season, we want to win the Big East championship,’ Saco said. ‘But it’s got to be one game at a time.’mcooperj@syr.edu  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

17 Sep

13 questions with Carly Piper

first_img13 Q’s Carly Piper1. “How much fan mail do you receive?””Not that much. Probably a couple letters every couple weeks, if I’m lucky.”2. “Anyone on your old UW team that could beat you right now in a race?””What stroke, freestyle? I could be conceited and say none of them, but that probably is not true [laughing].”3. “What’s your biggest pet peeve?””People who drive too slow.”4. “What would you call your best swimming moment?””It’s a tie between getting a gold at the Olympics and getting top-ten in the NCAA’s my junior year.”5. “Your life rests on winning this one race, name one person you don’t want racing against you.””Natalie Coughlin, because she is just an amazing swimmer and she always beats me real good.”6. “Your house is on fire. Your family, friends, pets, etc. are all safe. What are you running back in to grab?””My gold medal. And some of my pants, because they are special and they are long. It’s hard to find those. [Laughing] It’s hard for me to find long pants!”7. Word AssociationWisconsin: “Badgers.”Cats: “Dogs.”Dogs: “Cats.”Water: “Swimming.”Speedos: “Tight.”Gold Medal: “Athens.”Running: “Knees.”8. “Laps a day you swam when you were practicing at UW?””In a day? A couple miles at least. At least five grand a practice.”9. “Laps you swim a day now?””About the same; maybe more but probably the same.”10. “Most embarrassing swimming moment?””When I used to wear [a] normal cut suit, without the legs, swimming the longer races I used to get wedgies. When you are swimming a mile with your suit in the right place, you are thinking ‘Oh, my god. Everybody can see my butt!’, but I’ve asked some people and they say you can’t. It’s still pretty embarrassing.”11. “If you weren’t a swimmer what would you be?””I’d probably just be a regular student. I’d probably really be into Pilates or something like that, not a competitive sport.”12. “Best advice you’ve ever received?””Keep on trying, no matter how hard it is.”13. “The one thing, besides swimming, that you cannot be beaten at.””I have no idea. I can be beat at a lot of things, but I don’t think I can answer that one.”last_img read more

16 Sep

Syracuse wins 6 events at Big Red Invitational

first_imgUPDATED: August 8, 2017 at 7:39 p.m.Syracuse took gold in several events this weekend as the Orange traveled to Philadelphia and Ithaca to participate in a pair of meets. In total, six events were won by Syracuse athletes, all coming Sunday at Cornell in the Big Red Invitational.Freddie Crittenden was Syracuse’s lone competitor in the Penn Relays on Saturday and finished the 110-meter hurdles in 13.44 seconds, good for second place in the event. After setting the school record in the event earlier this month with a time of 13.42, the senior finished just two-hundredths of a second off his record pace on Saturday. Ronald Levy, from the University of Technology in Jamaica, took first in the event after finishing in 13.33 seconds, the second fastest run all-time at the Penn Relays.On Sunday, the men’s 4×100 meter relay team of Chevis Armstead, Kashif Miller, Pascal Bastien, and Winston Lee finished first with a time of 41.65 seconds, finishing over a second ahead of the second-place team. Armstead also took first in the 110-meter hurdles as well. Miller also fared well in his individual event, placing third in the 100-meter dash by edging out the fourth-place finisher by .006 seconds.Tia Thevenin gave Syracuse another win with her first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, a personal-best time of 13.39 seconds. The junior’s previous best in the event was 13.57 seconds, set last year at the War Eagle Invitational. Fellow junior Victoria Parker placed seventh in the 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 12.20 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange also performed well in the distance events, garnering two wins. Paul Lovell impressed in his winning 800-meter run, finishing almost four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Syracuse dominated the men’s 1500-meter run, placing five runners in the top eight finishers. Aidan Tooker led the way with a personal-best time of 3:46.72 to take first, while teammate Philo Germano finished just over a second later in second place. Simon Smith, Griff Molino, and Andy Paladino finished fourth, sixth, and eighth, respectively. The Orange also did well in the women’s iteration of the event, as three runners finished in the top six. Mary Malone paced the Orange with a third-place finish, while teammates Madeleine Davison and Chelsie Pennello finished fifth and sixth.Finally, in the field portion of the meet, Aviana Goode gave Syracuse a win in the high jump with a personal-best jump of 1.65 meters. Comments Published on April 30, 2017 at 11:11 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Sep

McCue: Purdue will define 2012 Wisconsin football season

first_imgFor just one week, for 60 minutes on the field, head coach Bret Bielema must toss aside his prized “1-0” mentality and realize the significance of this week’s matchup in West Lafayette, Ind.When asked about the importance of this game, Wisconsin’s head coach has continued the typical coachspeak – that Purdue is just another game, another conference matchup with nothing more than a ‘W’ on the line.“All the games matter,” Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “It doesn’t matter if they’re in the Leaders or in the Legends. Your overall record is of the utmost importance.”Perhaps Bielema was thinking back to the pre-expansion years, when there were no divisions in the Big Ten and each conference game carried equal importance. But it’s no longer 2010, and Wisconsin is facing a much different – and unique – situation. It is fair to say this is not exactly the typical third game of the Big Ten season, as the winner all but punches its ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. With the top two teams in the Leaders Division in Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason play and Illinois and Indiana both sitting at 0-2 in conference play, Saturday is the make-or-break moment for the 2012 Wisconsin football team.If the Badgers pull off the win over a Boilermakers team that suffered an embarrassing blowout to Michigan in its lone Big Ten game of the year, they improve to 2-1, their path to Lucas Oil Stadium all but paved. Lose, and Bielema’s squad drops to 1-2 in conference play as the Leaders race turns into a season-long waiting game.While the players and coaches will continue to push it off as nothing more than a fresh name on the schedule, there is no way they do not recognize the magnitude of their second Big Ten road game of 2012. Perhaps the “treat every game the same” mindset is what is required to stay focused, to not succumb to the pressure of such a big game.But it is a near-guarantee after Saturday’s game they will care about what this game meant, realizing it has either kept alive a potential trip to Pasadena or relegated Wisconsin to a middle-of-the-pack conference finish.And beyond the postseason implications Purdue holds, it may set the tone for the still important remainder of the Big Ten season. After what should be a quick tune-up but could turn into a pesky battle at home for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Ohio State and Michigan State await, sandwiched by a trip to Indiana.Though the Spartans have faced tribulations of their own this season, they still stand as one of the toughest opponents left on the Badgers’ schedule. As for the Buckeyes, well, that game looks terrifying either way.In his first year, Urban Meyer already looks to be turning Ohio State into a Big Ten powerhouse, the Braxton-Miller offense growing scarier by the second as the Buckeyes suffocated Nebraska with 63 points. Even so, it would certainly help to have that win over the Boilermakers in the back pocket, even if it’s nothing more than a redemptive achievement.With so much on the line in a single game, UW’s play against Purdue may be the defining moment of the season. For the Badgers, this is the chance to show that not only will they make a second consecutive trip to Indianapolis, but that they actually deserve that chance, that the team isn’t simply taking advantage of a precarious situation but has the offensive weapons and staunch defense to actually challenge whoever takes the Legends Division crown.Wisconsin has yet to win a game on the road this year, and though Ross-Ade Stadium won’t boast the screaming heads with block N’s running through their veins known as Nebraska fans that Memorial Stadium had in bunches, it’s still an unfriendly environment. And yes, I understand they consider “Boiler Up!” an intimidating cheer in West Lafayette (honestly, that’s an embarrassment to the Big Ten).An offense that continues to show flashes of what it is capable of – think Nebraska first half and the fourth quarter against Illinois – Joel Stave & Co. are still searching for the convincing four-quarter effort. The retooled offensive line and the running game looked nothing less than brilliant in that final quarter against the Fighting Illini, but against Purdue the Badgers must show up on both sides of the ball.Will Montee Ball continue to high-step his way into the end zone, drawing ever closer to the all-time NCAA record and running like he’s being chased by a pack of wolves? Will the offensive line create the gaping holes to allow the star tailback to open up the run game? Will Stave show the same composure he did in the first half in Lincoln, tossing play-action deep routes to Jared Abbrederis like it’s no more than a screen pass?We’ve seen moments this season where each of these questions could have been answered affirmatively, the times when fans get butterflies in their stomachs and feel strikingly light-footed.But at this point in the season, it’s time to put them together – an impressive drive, quarter or half is no longer sufficient. That Wisconsin even finds itself in this position six games into the year is a minor miracle, and against Purdue the most unlikely of dreams will either continue its wayward path or come down with a violent crash. But then again, maybe it’s just another game.Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. How do you expect the Badgers to do against Purdue this weekend? Share your thoughts by email (imccue@badgerherald.com) or on Twitter @imccue.last_img read more

28 Aug

Wimbledon 2013: Sharapova beats Mladenovic

first_imgDone with her pre-tournament verbal volleying with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova improved to 11-0 in first-round matches at Wimbledon by beating 37th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-6 (5), 6-3 Monday.The third-seeded Sharapova, who won her first Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2004, struggled through the opening set.But at 5-all in the tiebreaker, Sharapova hit a cross-court backhand winner to earn a set point, which she quickly converted with an over-the-shoulder backhand volley winner off Mladenovic’s lob.Sharapova drew attention over the weekend by delivering a sharp news-conference rebuke to Williams over critical comments attributed to the top-seeded American in a recent magazine article.Williams has won their past 13 head-to-head matches, including the French Open final this month.last_img read more

26 Aug

Another Clayton Kershaw gem moves Los Angeles Dodgers into share of first in NL West

first_imgOn the day their ace turned in yet another dominant performance, the Dodgers regained a share of first place in the National League West.With Clayton Kershaw striking out 13 and running his scoreless innings streak to 28, the Dodgers earned a 6-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and caught the San Francisco Giants atop the division, a team they trailed by 9 1/2 games just three weeks ago. Kershaw held the Cardinals to five hits over seven innings and improved his record to 9-2 in front of a crowd of 47,739 on a gorgeous Southern California afternoon.“As a starting pitcher, you want to keep your team in the game early,” said Kershaw, “then we can break through (offensively). … We’ve been scoring a lot of runs (lately), and that’s a sign for a good team.” The closest St. Louis came to scoring came in the second inning, when catcher Yadier Molina’s deep fly ball down the left field line short-hopped the fence and went for a leadoff double. But Kershaw struck out Peter Bourjos and Shane Robinson for the first two outs, then got former Dodger Mark Ellis to ground out to third.Matt Carpenter and Ellis also doubled in later innings, and Carpenter stole second following a single in the third, but no St. Louis runner moved beyond that point against Kershaw.Since an early-season stint on the disabled list, Kershaw has gone 8-2, including a 6-0 mark in June that included a 15-strikeout no-hitter and a 0.82 ERA.“He had one rough outing (an 18-7 loss to Arizona on May 17),” said Matt Kemp, who was 2 for 3 with an RBI Sunday, “and since then he’s been the best pitcher in the world. He’s getting better and better every year, and that’s hard to do. … It’s fun to watch.”Sunday’s victory, coupled with San Francisco’s 4-0 loss to Cincinnati, moved the Dodgers into a share of first place in the division. Los Angeles trailed the Giants by 9 1/2 games on June 8 but has gone 13-6 since then. Over the same stretch, San Francisco has gone 4-15. “Everyone in here is confident in this team’s ability,” said Kershaw. “When we were struggling, everyone knew in the back of their minds we could do it. … It goes back to being a veteran team and not getting too high or too low.”St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (7-7) retired the first eight hitters he faced and held the Dodgers hitless until the fourth. Yasiel Puig led off the fourth with a walk and Adrian Gonzalez beat the Cardinals’ defensive shift with a perfectly placed bunt up the third base line for L.A.’s first hit. That brought up Kemp, who singled over Ellis at second base. Puig scored from second and Gonzalez moved from first to third. One out later, Juan Uribe’s fly ball to deep center easily brought in Gonzalez for a 2-0 lead.Los Angeles added four more runs in the fifth, with Andre Ethier’s three-run home run to right doing most of the damage. Gordon beat out a bunt to reach first base with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal by Molina. Puig followed with a hustle double, taking second base when Matt Holliday slid toward the left field line to field the sharply hit ball.Gonzalez then singled to left-center to score Puig for a 3-0 lead, and Kemp’s bloop hit over first base fell for a double, putting runners at second and third. Ethier then homered to right on a 1-0 change-up.“I didn’t need to contribute much with the way Kersh is pitching,” said Ethier. “Miller did a good job challenging the strike zone, but after the first time through, we saw what he was doing and made adjustments.“We got it going with a walk and a bunt from our three-hole hitter.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more