2013 Weather Recap

first_imgWith 65 inches of rain observed statewide, conditions in Georgia were much wetter than usual in 2013. The state as a whole received its third largest annual total precipitation since state records began in 1895. Rainfall in 2013 was almost 15 inches above the annual average calculated between 1901-2000. The heavy precipitation helped Georgia continue a two decade record of years with highly variable rainfall and ended the third major drought Georgia has experienced since 1998. While Georgia’s farmers usually welcome the rain, this year was so cloudy that the lack of sunshine delayed the development of some key crops. The wet conditions also delayed spring planting and other fieldwork due to the persistently wet soils around the state. Conversely, the wet and cool spring and summer helped consumers enjoy lower utility bills. Rainy from the beginningThis year’s wet weather began in January and February, when a strong and persistent band of rain moved into the state from north to south. This rain event helped smash the old state record for February precipitation. February 2013 saw a state average of 9.92 inches, surpassing the old record of 8.73 inches set in 1939 by more than ten percent. The wet pattern seen in February continued into the spring and summer, contributing to cool and cloudy conditions through most of the growing season. During the year, Macon set a new record for annual rainfall with the National Weather Service station recording 72.91 inches at that location, 27.23 inches above normal. This was more than double the amount of rain they received in 2013 at 32.41 inches.While other cities didn’t set records, they were still much wetter than normal. Atlanta received 66.02 inches (16.31 inches above normal); Athens received 59.89 inches (13.56 above normal); Columbus received 62.65 inches (15.90 above normal); Savannah received 54.07 inches (6.11 above normal); Augusta received 55.52 inches (11.95 above normal); Alma received 52.47 inches (5.82 above normal); and Brunswick received 52.05 inches (7.05 above normal). Surprisingly, all of this near-record rainfall occurred in a year with very little tropical storm activity. Normally tropical storms that pass through or near Georgia can contribute up to 25 percent of our rainfall during the tropical season, between June and the end of November. This year, Georgia was only brushed by two tropical storms, Tropical Storm Andrea in early June and Tropical Storm Karen in early October. In spite of forecasts for an active hurricane season, the number of tropical systems was much lower than expected due to a strong outflow of Saharan dust from the west coast of Africa, which stifled the development of tropical storms this year in spite of favorable non-El Nino conditions. Unseasonably cool but then unseasonably warmSpring of 2013 was the sixth coldest spring since 1895 and the coldest since 2005. It was especially noticeable after the record-setting spring of 2012, which was 7 degrees warmer than 2013. Cooler than normal conditions continued through the summer of 2013, but this pattern reversed in the fall, when warm and dry conditions covered most of the state. The year as a whole ended up slightly cooler than the long-term average in temperature. The end of the year was marked by the lack of strong El Nino or La Nina conditions in the eastern Pacific Ocean. These neutral conditions helped set up wide swings in weather conditions in early winter and are continuing on into 2014. January 2013 saw unusual weather patterns with a prolonged period of warmer than normal conditions in the middle of the month. The state average temperature was the warmest it has been since 1974. It was only the second time since 1960 that the state average temperature for January surpassed 52 F. Other notable weather patterns in 2013 were the absence of heat waves during the summer and the unusual cold snap in mid-August that brought October-like temperatures to much of the state for several days. A cold snap also occurred near Thanksgiving across northern Georgia, leading to temperatures as low as 13 degrees near Elberton. Some snow was reported near Atlanta and in northern counties on November 27. This is only the third time since records began that Atlanta received measurable snow in November. Daily low temperature records were set at many locations on the mornings of November 14, 27 and 28. Those record lows were followed by a December marked by a warm flow moving in from the south, which brought record-setting high day and nighttime temperatures to many areas of the state. Some of the warmest temperatures occurred overnight ahead of a vigorous cold front. Savannah tied their all-time maximum temperature of 83F on two days in December and many other cities set daily records. Georgia as a whole experienced less severe weather than usual due to the cool conditions during the peak spring severe weather season. However, a tornado outbreak on March 18 — which began in eastern Louisiana and moved into Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia — included two tornadoes that hit central Georgia as well as numerous hail and strong wind reports. The entire storm system caused about $7 billion worth of damage across the U.S. in 2013, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Another year of variable weather?In 2014 Georgians can expect more highly variable weather conditions through the rest of the winter and into the spring, due to the lack of an El Nino or La Nina. This means that Georgia is likely to go through periods of relative warmth as well as significant cold spells for the next few months. This increases the likelihood of a snow or ice storm in the next two to three months, particularly in north Georgia. It also increases the likelihood of a late frost, which could damage crops and flowers that are planted early. Early forecasts for the coming year indicate that El Nino is likely to develop in mid- to late summer in the eastern Pacific Ocean and could affect fall and winter conditions next year. Statistically, in an El Nino winter, Georgia is likely to experience wetter and cooler conditions than normal due to the presence of a strong jet of air from the tropics, which brings active weather — including clouds and rain — to the southeastern U.S. Tropical storm activity is likely to be reduced in El Nino summers.last_img read more

Loosening the old school ties

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Dutch roundup: Getronics, KPN, Stap, Hunter Douglas, PME

first_imgAccrued DB rights, as well as pension benefits for 8,000 pensioners and deferred members, will be moved to the general pension fund Stap, managed by insurer Aegon and its subsidiary TKP.The Getronics scheme is the second to join Stap after E-Way, the Dutch pension fund of Eastman Chemicals, which outsourced €155m of assets for 500 active participants.In other news, the €323m company scheme of Hunter Douglas will also be liquidated, transferring its assets to the €45bn metal scheme PME.The manufacturer of window-dressing products said finding board members had become increasingly difficult.It said hiring an external board member, as well as an external chair for its investment committee, had increased costs per participant from €368 to €498.As of the end of October 2016, funding at the Hunter Douglas scheme and PME stood at 97.9% and 92.1%, respectively.Clemens van Slingerland, vice-chair at the Hunter Douglas scheme, said a liquidation surplus was likely and would be added to participants’ pension rights.The pension fund, which has 665 active participants and more than 1,200 pensioners, will move administration from AZL to MN, PME’s provider.The Dutch regulator issued the liquidating scheme with fines of €20,000 in total, for failures in its investment policy and operational management in recent years.The regulator also cited the lack of a clear policy for derivatives and active management. The €1.2bn pension fund Getronics is to be liquidated and its assets divided between the €10bn scheme of telecommunications company KPN and the new general pension fund (APF) Stap.The Getronics scheme was affiliated with the IT company of same name, which KPN acquired in 2007.The pension fund, which closed to new entrants in 2015, said its closure had made it more difficult to ensure continuity.It has transferred €520m of pension rights, accrued in defined contribution arrangements for 11,500 participants, to the pension fund of its parent company.last_img read more

Reggie Wayne #87

first_imgMost of you know that Reggie Wayne was recently released by the Indianapolis Colts.  He has been a Colt for 14 years and a very good one.  After his release, he had nothing but praise for the Colts organization.  Wayne has been a class act during his career with the Colts and remains so after his release.In his letter to the fans he thanked all his coaches, especially his present coach–Pagano.  Reggie said he was a Louisiana kid and became an Indianapolis adult.  He was especially thankful to his legion of fans.  His teammates talked about how they could trust him, his loyalty to the team, and the respect they had for him.Even though Indianapolis was only his professional home, the city made him feel like he had lived there all of his life.  We need more pros like Reggie Wayne.last_img read more

Police: Security Guard Killed Man at Fort Lauderdale Condo Complex

first_imgA security guard shot and killed a man who allegedly assaulted another guard at a Fort Lauderdale condo high-rise this week, police say.The shooting occurred just before 4 a.m. Wednesday at Playa Del Mar, which is at 3900 Galt Ocean Drive, according to Detective Tracy Figone.Broward Medical Examiner Craig Mallak identified the dead man as 65-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident Lawrence Ascione.Pio Ieraci, president of the Galt Mile Community Association, explains the suspect had attacked a female guard at a security station in the condo’s garage.That is when another guard, who was on a roving patrol, appeared and shot him.Ieraci is unsure whether the guard who shot Ascione heard the assault taking place, or if had been on his regular rounds.The guards are employees of a security company called Elite Guard.Ascione was arrested on October 15 for an incident in Lauderdale Lakes, in which police say that he fired a BB gun six times at a woman but missed.He was also arrested last August on a charge of breaking into the back door of a store on Las Olas Boulevard, and a month later in Lauderdale Lakes, on a charge of unlawful consumption of an alcoholic beverage.Court records show that he had been wearing an ankle monitor since December 24.Figone says the investigation remains open.last_img read more

Severe Weather Risk Thursday Night into Friday for South Florida

first_imgMuch of our area could see rough weather conditions overnight Thursday into Friday morning.According to meteorologists with our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, a “fine line of storms” will arrive in Vero Beach around 1 to 2 a.m. Friday, and then move south into Palm Beach County between 3 and 4 a.m.A wind advisory will remain in effect all night, and a small craft advisory will last until Friday afternoon.Our area is under a “Level 1 marginal threat” for severe weather Thursday night, according to the Storm Prediction Center.Specifically, the storms can be expected along the Treasure Coast between 1 to 4 a.m. Friday, western Palm Beach County and Lake Okeechobee from 3 to 4 a.m., and eastern Palm Beach County from 4 to 7 a.m.Feb 6 12:30 PM : Strong to severe storms are possible tonight across all of South Florida ahead of an approaching cold front. Damaging winds are the primary threat, though an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. Stay weather aware today! #flwx pic.twitter.com/ViofBtJz9N— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) February 6, 2020 The main impacts could include gusty and damaging winds, a slight tornado risk, and some brief flooding from downpours.For the most part, the line of storms will move through the area quickly, with some showers remaining through noon before conditions clear up by Friday evening.Temperatures on Friday will stay in the low 70s, with lows in the 40s and 50s overnight and into Saturday.The rest of Saturday will bring highs in the low to mid 70s.On Sunday, temperatures will increase a bit to the upper 70s, while onshore winds could make for difficult boating conditions and the possibility of strong rip currents.last_img read more

Tulane meets UConn in AAC tourney

first_img March 10, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Tulane meets UConn in AAC tourneycenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 12 seed Tulane (12-18, 4-14) vs. No. 5 seed UConn (19-12, 10-8)American Athletic Conference Tournament First Round, Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas; Thursday, 2 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Tulane and UConn are prepared to match up in the opening round of the AAC tournament. UConn swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last played each other on March 8, when the Huskies shot 43.3 percent from the field en route to the 80-76 victory. SENIOR STUDS: Tulane’s Christion Thompson, K.J. Lawson and Nic Thomas have combined to account for 50 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 57 percent of all Green Wave points over the last five games.TERRIFIC THOMPSON: Thompson has connected on 27.2 percent of the 92 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 12 over his last five games. He’s also converted 68.9 percent of his foul shots this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: UConn is 0-5 when its offense scores 60 points or fewer. Tulane is a perfect 6-0 when it holds opponents to 61 or fewer points.UNBEATEN WHEN: Tulane is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Green Wave are 6-18 when opponents score more than 61.DID YOU KNOW: UConn has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 34.1 percent this year. That figure is the 26th-highest in the nation. The offensive rebound percentage for Tulane stands at just 22.3 percent (ranked 330th).___last_img read more

States Battle for YSFON Chief of Naval Staff Cup

first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe 15th edition of Youth Sports Federation (YSFON) Chief of Naval Staff football tournament kicked off yesterday at the Old parade Groud Abuja. The event will feature many states in the federation vying for honours in the boys U-14 and girls U-17 categories.Sixteen states; Kogi, FCT,  Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nigeria Navy  Secondary School,  Calabar, Bauchi and Ekiti will compete in the boys tournament, while four states, including Delta, Benue, FCT and Lagos will feature in the female event. The final will be played on April 23.YSFON President, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, expressed gratitude to the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ekwe Ibas for facilitating the return of the grassroots football tournament since the last edition was held in 2012.Gawuna said no price money will be attached to the tournament as YSFON is using very minimum recourses to organise the tournament. He appealed to people with means to aid of the association.He also revealed that teams would be screened to ensure that only players within the age limit will compete, while YSFON also boasts of the record of all the teams including the players’ pictures, declaration of age and record from their local government of origin which are documented.According to him, the state from where the winning team emerges will be written by YSFON, which will in addition, encourage them to take the youths to many international competitions for further exposure.He clamoured for corporate bodies to aid YSFON in financing its activities so that the federation, a Non Government Organisation (NGO) can develop programmes that can help in returning Nigeria to the  glorious past when virtually all the country’s national youth players were products of the federation.“It is imperative to pursue grassroots oriented programme if we aim to sustain Nigeria’s domination of youth football, which is the underlying philosophy behind the creation of YSFON. We are already in partnership with West Ham United for talent exposure, while we also held a coaching seminar in Abuja for talent hunt. We want to explore avenues for our teeming youths, Gawuna said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers batter Rockies bullpen for 8 runs in 7th inning of a 12-4 win

first_imgThe Rockies pinned their hopes on a heavy offseason investment in their bullpen. They committed $106 million to relievers last winter and will pay more in salary to their bullpen than their starting rotation this season.You don’t always get what you pay for. The Rockies’ bullpen is one of the worst in the majors and the Dodgers have done their part to cement that standing over the past two days. They have scored 23 runs in the first two games of this series, 14 in seven innings against Rockies relievers.Saturday’s bullpen bashing began quietly. With the game tied 4-4, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner singled to start the seventh. Yasmani Grandal hustled to beat out a double play, allowing the go-ahead run to score.“If he doesn’t beat that out, we don’t have that big inning. I think we kind of fed off that,” Kemp said. “I think Grandal knows he’s not the fastest guy out there. But he busted down the line, trying to make something happen. He got a ribbie out of it and we just went from there.”Instead of coming up with two outs and the bases empty, Kemp followed with a two-run home run and the floodgates opened.The Dodgers sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh inning and collected six hits and three walks against three Rockies relievers. When the order came around to him again, Taylor had a two-run triple. Breyvic Valera had a two-run single. Another run scored on a wild pitch.Joc Pederson had a single in the seventh-inning gluttony, one of four hits in the game for him including two home runs.Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor singles off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig tosses his bat as he breaks from the batter’s box after hitting a ground ball that drove in a run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. Puig was out at first. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler delivers a pitch to Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, advances to third base on a double hit by Joc Pederson as Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado covers the bag in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, loses control of the ball as he tries to tag out Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story (27) who scores on a single by Tony Wolters in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu (9) follows the flight of his double to drive in two runs off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu, right, claps after pulling into second base with a two-run double, as as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Breyvic Valera stands near the base during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler reacts after giving up an RBI-single to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler, left, confers with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and catcher Yasmani Grandal after Buehler gave up an RBI single to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson circles he bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, left, congratulates Joc Pederson as he heads back to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black gestures to starter German Marquez who struggles while pitching to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson follows through with his swing after connecting for a solo home urn off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson gestures after crossing home plate following his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, follows the flight of his two-run home run with Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, celebrates with Cody Bellinger while passing the on-deck circle after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Breyvic Valera watches his two-run single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Mike Dunn during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor follows the flight of his triple to drive in two runs off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond, left, waits with relief pitcher Mike Dunn as Dunn is about to be removed after giving up a two-run single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Breyvic Valera during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Hudson delivers a pitch to a Colorado Rockies batter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies is tagged out at home by Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to end the first inning of a game at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after scoring a second inning run against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a fourth inning solo homerun against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides safely into second base under a tag attempt by DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies for a steal in the fifth inning of a game at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches the flight of a seventh inning 2-run homerun against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates in the dugout after scoring a second-inning run during Saturday’s game against the Rockies in Denver. Pederson had four hits in the game, including two home runs and a double. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Breyvic Valera #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a 2-RBI single against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – JUNE 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a seventh inning two-run homerun against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor singles off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 33Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor singles off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER — The sky isn’t falling any more, if it ever was.Now, it’s the rest of the division falling, coming right back to a Dodgers team that survived being painfully mortal for the season’s first 40 games.The Dodgers scored eight runs in the seventh inning Saturday, thoroughly breaking open a tie game and handing the Colorado Rockies a 12-4 defeat. The eight-run inning was the Dodgers’ biggest scoring burst since another eight-run inning on August 16, 2016 in Philadelphia.And the win was the Dodgers’ 12th in their past 16 games. Depending on the outcome of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ game Saturday night, the Dodgers will finish the night 2 or 2 ½ games out of first place in the National League West. It is the closest the Dodgers have been to first place in the division since April 2. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It means we’re playing good baseball right now and we made up for a month and a half of not so good baseball,” said Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp who had a two-run home run in Saturday’s big inning. “But we’ve got a long ways to go. I’m sure as we get healthier and healthier we’re going to get better.”At times over the past two months, it seemed like the Dodgers would never get healthy. It still seems that way. But Kemp is an optimist.“I hope so. That’s the plan,” Kemp said. “I think at some point we will be healthy. I pray to God.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts defended the NL West before Saturday’s game. Only two teams in the division (the Rockies and Diamondbacks) have winning records and those two have been sinking towards .500 at a fast rate over the past few weeks. But Roberts said it’s too early to judge how tough the competition is when so many of the teams have been robbed of top players due to injuries.He might have a point. But a third of the way into the season, it’s starting to look like the Dodgers might eventually claim their sixth consecutive division title — even if Kemp’s prayers aren’t answered. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

College coach blames MLB Draft for distracting players in key game, suggests change

first_imgA few innings later, Bruins second baseman Chase Strumpf’s father informed him he’d been picked by the Cubs in the second round. Strumpf promptly made an error on a routine play.“I was trying so hard to not think about [getting drafted] that I was starting to think about it a little bit and got distracted,” Strumpf told the Times.UCLA went on to win the game and advances to host Michigan in a best-of-three super regional beginning Friday. The winner heads to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha later this month.While Savage certainly appreciates the rewards the draft can bring his players, he thinks having it on game day is a distraction. On Monday, when the No. 1 Bruins faced Loyola Marymount in an NCAA regional final, first baseman Michael Toglia made two errors in the first inning, about an hour after learning the Rockies had picked him in the first round.“Wow, Mike’s drafted, then he makes two errors and we’re thinking, ‘What the hell’s going on here?’” Savage said (via the Los Angeles Times). “Was that the reason? It’s hard to say, but it happened.” Related News “(The draft) can change the culture and environment in our clubhouse,” Savage said. “Some guys are thrilled, some are disappointed, some wonder why somebody else was drafted higher than they were.”Savage suggested that MLB could move the draft to midweek, after the super regionals, so it would not fall on game day. For now, Savage will just have to live with the distraction. It’s not the first time he’s faced the issue.“It’s really a tough time for college coaches,” Savage told the Times. “But we’ve dealt with it before and we’ll deal with it now.” UCLA baseball coach John Savage understands what the MLB Draft can mean for his players. In his 15 seasons there, he’s had 105 players drafted — including a UCLA-record 13 in the most recent draft. And 17 of his former players, including pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, have gone on to play in the majors.But Savage saw this week how distracting the draft can be to his team — especially when the draft occurs on game day.center_img What Didi Gregorius’ 2019 debut means for the Yankees Craig Kimbrel focused on being ‘best that I can’ with Cubslast_img read more