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NPFL: Akwa Utd Consolidates Hold at the Top, Plateau Slips in…

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first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeAkwa United FC wednesday consolidated at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a valuable Match-day 6 away point gained in the 1-1 draw with FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.Akwa United is now leading the pack on 13 points from six games.Cyril Olisema put the Promise Keepers ahead as early as the 12th minutes of the game the Anambra Warriors needed to win to return to reckoning after picking just six points from initial 15 of their first five matches of the season. However, skipper of the team, Patrick Ikeokwu, restored parity two minutes after the return from the first half break. Further efforts by the hosts to break the deadlock failed till the last whistle.At the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, champions Plateau United were handed 2-0 defeat by Kano Pillars to slip off the top of the NPFL. The defeat was Plateau’s second of the season.The Sai Masugida were handed the three valuable points through the brace scored by Junior Lokosa in the 21st and 27th minutes of the first half of the game. He’s now the leading goal poacher of the new season on six goals.Plateau remains second behind Akwa United on 12 points while Pillars has leapfrogged both Lobi Stars and Wikki to the third spot of the NPFL log.In Agege, MFM FC edged Wikki Tourists 2-1 to return to winning ways. Waheed Adebayo scored the opening goal in the sixth minute after good work by Jesse Akila.The lead lasted only 10 minutes before Nafiu Kabuga equalised for Wikki Tourists from the spot. Akila however got the winner five minutes before the break.In the Abia Derby played at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar yesterday, Enyimba defeated Abia Warriors 1-0. Winger Stanley Dimgba got the winner for the Aba Elephant. The victory was Enyimba’s second win of the season.At the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu this evening, one of the biggest fixtures of Match-day 6 will be decided this evening when Enugu Rangers and Rivers United go toe to toe for the three points at stake.Rangers go into today’s game on the back of a 1-2 defeat to Nasarawa United in Lafia on Monday and will be looking to bounce back by amassing maximum points at the expense of the Port Harcourt club.The ‘Flying Antelopes’ have won once and also lost once at home this term but they will fancy their chances against a Rivers United side that have yet to register neither points nor goals on the board, on the road this term.The other two games of the evening are the fixtures between bottom of the table landlords Kwara United versus Lobi Stars and the Niger Tornadoes versus Heartland FC.MATCH DAY 6IfeanyiUbah 1-1 Akwa UnitedYobe Stars 1 – 0 Katsina UtdEnyimba 1 – 0 Abia WarriorsSunshine 1- 0 El KanemiK’ Pillars 2 – 0 Plateau UtdMFM FC 2 – 1 WikkiGo Round FC Vs Nasarawa (PP)TODAYKwara Utd Vs LobiRangers Vs Rivers UtdTornadoes Vs HeartlandShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

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first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Your stuff sometimes comes and goes,” Kershaw said of looking rejuvenated in 2020. “But your ability to compete and your ability to manipulate your way through games and figure out different ways to get outs, ultimately that’s what wins games. I’m thankful that my stuff has ticked up this year and I’m going to pitch as long as I’m having fun. I’m having a ton of fun and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.”Thursday in Seattle must have been fun indeed.It was the 63rd time in his career that Kershaw has struck out 10 or more. The Mariners swung and missed at 19 of his season-high 96 pitches — the most empty air he has induced since a complete-game, 13-strikeout start against the Kansas City Royals on July 9, 2017.Over his past two starts, Kershaw has allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out 17 in 14 innings.“That was vintage Kershaw,” said Cody Bellinger, who was also a seventh-grader during Kershaw’s debut season. “It was cool watching from center field. I got to see how he was working and honestly just standing out there for the most part. … He was on his ‘A’ game today.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When Clayton Kershaw got Skip Schumaker to swing and miss for the first strikeout of the young left-hander’s career on May 25, 2008, Shed Long Jr. was finishing up seventh grade in Alabama.Schumaker is on the San Diego Padres’ coaching staff now and Long is a big-leaguer with the Seattle Mariners — and Kershaw is still striking guys out.Long became the 2,487th strikeout of Kershaw’s career when he swung and missed at an 0-and-2 slider in the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park on Thursday. That moved Kershaw past Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list. Only Don Sutton (2,696) struck out more batters in a Dodgers uniform.PreviousSeattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, runs past third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, drives in a run on a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores against the Seattle Mariners on a wild pitch in the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores off a passed ball by Joseph Odom #54 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners’ Braden Bishop swings and misses as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes reaches for the ball to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi wipes his face after giving up a run to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, top, throws against Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)The Los Angeles Dodgers’, from left, Julio Urias #7, Dennis Santana #77 and Victor Gonzalez #81 look on before their game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Joseph Odom #54 and Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners have a meeting on the mound after getting into a jam in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Adam Kolarek, right, and catcher Austin Barnes celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) scores from third base on a passed ball as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Braden Bishop swings and misses as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes reaches for the ball to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw catches a ball against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, runs past third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders A.J. Pollock (11), Cody Bellinger (35) and Mookie Betts (50) celebrate after the team beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ExpandLong had plenty of company Thursday as well. Kershaw struck out 11 while allowing just four hits in seven dominant innings as the Dodgers beat the Mariners 6-1. The Mariners’ only damage against Kershaw was a solo home run by Kyle Seager in the fourth inning. Kershaw has allowed just six runs in 24 innings this season. Five have come on solo home runs.“In certain situations, I’m not going to say a walk is worse than a home run, but walks can lead to big innings,” Kershaw said. “Obviously you’re not trying to give up home runs. But you fall behind guys or keep attacking guys with fastballs early in the counts, sometimes those solo home runs will get you. I feel like I’ve been doing that a lot recently.“It’s not a great thing. I’m going to try and stop. But it definitely won’t beat you and I feel that sometimes walks and stuff like that can lead to big innings and that’s what ultimately can get you.”The strikeout of Long came to start the next inning and Kershaw retired seven of the final 11 batters he faced on strikeouts, relying on his breaking pitches but also showing the livelier fastball that has characterized his starts this season.“Today it took a few innings to get my slider going,” Kershaw said. “Really after Seager hit that homer, I tried to do some different things with it, finish it better. It definitely got better as the game went on. The curveball was pretty good throughout the whole day, which I was thankful for, being able to throw strikes with it early. A lot of guys were taking it so it was kind of a free strike. Then I was able to bury a few at the end for some strikeouts. All in all, it was a good day and I feel good about it.”The Dodgers have to feel good about what they see from a 32-year-old Kershaw who appears to be throwing freer and easier than he has in recent years while also being wiser for his years.“It’s a more dynamic Clayton,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.The Dodgers backed him with ample offense but the game might have turned on a call by home plate umpire Adrian Johnson in the third inning.With two runners on to start the inning, Matt Beaty appeared to take a third strike but Johnson called it a ball to even the count, 2-and-2. The next pitch, Beaty appeared to swing and miss at a pitch in the dirt. Johnson signaled Beaty had foul tipped the pitch — which came as a surprise to Beaty who had started to walk toward the dugout.Given new life, Beaty bounced a ground-rule double over the wall in the right-field corner to drive in the game’s first run. Three more runs scored on a passed ball and RBI singles by A.J. Pollock and Bellinger.Bellinger kept creeping out of his slow start with a solo home run later in the game, giving him home runs in back-to-back games. Over the past week, Bellinger is 7 for 25 with four home runs.“It’s more sticking with the process, analyzing every at-bat but not results, just going by feel, and if the feel is off talk with the hitting coaches and discuss it,” Bellinger said. “It’s a tough game. It’s best not to get too up or too down.“In this instance, where the team is so good, it definitely makes it a little easier. Obviously I don’t want to be hitting like this. But the team is going to have your back.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

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first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, August 07, 2013•4:56 a.m. Officers investigated theft of a vehicle in the 200 block N. C, Wellington. It was recovered.•10:30 a.m. Officers investigated theft of a car stereo in the 500 block N. C, Wellington.•10:44 a.m. Officers investigated violation of protection order, criminal threat and burglary in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington.•11:04 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 300 block W. 7th, Wellington.•11:10 a.m. Officers investigated  criminal damage to property and unlawful operation of a bow and arrow in the 400 block N. B, Wellington.•11:45 a.m. On Aug. 5, 2013, April L. Grizzle, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•12:01 p.m. Patrick T D Bennett, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with violation of protection order and criminal threat.•12:49 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute of a known suspect(s) in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington.•2 p.m. Officers investigated a forgery of a known suspect in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:10 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone by unknown suspect(s) in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•5:18 p.m. Officers investigated theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•5:59 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 600 block S. Washington, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by juvenile male, 15, Wellington and two parked and unoccupied vehicles owned by William E. Crispen, Wellington and Michael L Manahan, Tacoma, Wash.•8:01 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass by a known suspect in the 800 block N. F, Wellington.•8:51 p.m. Melissa L. Stewart, 38, Wellington was arrested and bonded on a city of Wellington bench warrant for probation of revocation.•9:19 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Park, Wellington.•11:05 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance by a known subject(s) in the 800 block N. H, Wellington.last_img read more