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first_imgArsenal and Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti favours Chelsea transfer as Barcelona prepare to sell £45m star Advertisement Comment Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti reportedly favours a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti’s representatives have told Chelsea they are his preferred destination if he is forced out of Barcelona this summer, according to reports.French defender Umtiti has endured a mixed spell at the Nou Camp since joining Barca from Lyon in the summer of 2016.While he has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey cups, Umtiti has failed to cement a place in the first-team, starting just 12 matches so far this season.Reports in Spain say Barcelona are ready to sell the 26-year-old to raise funds for their own spending spree, with Umtiti already offered to Premier League rivals Arsenal and United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Chelsea are also interested in securing his signature and, according to the Daily Star, have been told that Umtiti would favour a move to Stamford Bridge if he was sold by Barcelona.Barca may have to lower their valuation to tempt Chelsea to launch a bid, however, as it is claimed they are being put off by his £45m price-tag.Instead, Chelsea are reportedly currently working on a deal for Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, who would cost around £22m. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Apr 2020 3:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Lampard was promised around £150m to spend on new signings before the coronavirus outbreak forced the 2019-20 season to be suspended.The Chelsea legend wants to sign a forward, a defender and potentially a new goalkeeper, with current No. 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga flattering to deceive following his record-breaking move to west London.The Blues, currently fourth in the Premier League, have also been linked with a move for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.But Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has advised his former club against signing the Brazilian, telling ESPN: ‘I don’t think so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.‘I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what? We have young players, very talented, who are very promising.‘We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game. I don’t know where his place would be.‘If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’MORE: Lautaro Martinez’s agent responds to Chelsea and Barcelona transfer linksMORE: Kevin De Bruyne hails Manchester United and Chelsea transfer targetlast_img read more


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first_imgThe 28-year-old Portland Trail Blazers guard made the announcement in a tweet on Saturday.“I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice,” the six-foot-three (1.9 metre), 190-pound (86kg) American said.He also posted tips on preventing the spread of the virus such as frequent hand-washing.Oregon state has recorded one presumptive case of coronavirus, but health officials are declining to release specific details such as the name of the person.A man in his 50s who passed away Saturday in Washington state is the first person to die from the illness in the United States. A second man, in his 70s, also died on Saturday near Seattle.Sporting events in Asia and Europe recently have been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. People in more than 60 countries are now infected, with the virus reaching every continent except Antarctica.Portland Trail Blazers CJ McCollum announced on Twitter that he is no longer signing autographs amid fears over the coronavirusRead Also: NBA: Cavaliers sink 76ers as Embiid hurts shoulderThe NBA, NHL and MLB have all said they are monitoring developments and consulting with health officials.The World Health Organization said Sunday that the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illnesses.In China, the number of reported new cases has gradually been declining, especially outside Hubei province in central China, where the virus emerged late last year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 National Basketball Association star CJ McCollum is refusing to sign autographs for fans due to fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldcenter_img Loading… last_img read more


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first_imgColumbus, IN—If you planned to visit the Kohl’s in Columbus for some 24-hour shopping, you might want to hold that thought.  The Columbus Fire Department was dispatched to Kohl’s on Saturday after a fire alarm manual pull lever was activated. Firefighters arrived on the scene and found an activated sprinkler head discharging water near the front of the store.A large volume of water was released from a single sprinkler head above a drop ceiling causing portions of the ceiling to collapse onto the floor, drenching merchandise racks near the cashier area. The entrance floor was flooded with about one-half inch of water.Firefighters turned off the water system, as well as the electric service to the building for safety purposes. CFD advised the store to remain closed until damages can be fully assessed and repairs can be completed. Kohl’s said it may not open again for a few days.Investigators say that the incident likely occurred as a result of a faulty sprinkler head.last_img read more


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first_imgJames P. “Spot” Doll, age 83 of Batesville, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Heritage House in Greensburg. Born March 17, 1937 in Batesville, he is the son of Magdalene (Nee: Hirt) and Marcellus Doll. He served in the army from 1955-1958. Following the service, he married Martha (Marty) Werner September 9, 1967 at St. Catherine of Siena in St. Maurice and would spend 30 years working for Cummins Engines before retiring in 1999. A member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1461, where he was very active and the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183, Spot enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid golfer, I.U. and Reds fan, a coin collector, card player who preferred Solo and 7 up in addition to raising a vegetable garden each year. Spot had a sense of humor and according to his family, never knew a stranger. Apparently he could lay it on pretty thick too!He is survived by his wife Marty; daughter Sarah McKinny of Apex, North Carolina; sons Rob Doll of Fishers, Indiana, Ron Doll of Westfield, Indiana, Randy Doll of Westport, Indiana; sisters Rosemary Adams of Speedway, Indiana, Joan Enneking of Oldenburg; brother Charles Doll of Lexington, Kentucky and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.Due to the Governor’s current mandate of gatherings being limited to 25 people, a private service will be held Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Spot’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more


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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-BUGELFormer Redskins assistant, “Hogs” creator Joe Bugel dies at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel (BYOO’-gul) has died. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEPrecautionary quarantine at Belmont Park barn is liftedNEW YORK (AP) — Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative.The New York Racing Association said Sunday all horses in Barn 37 were found to not have fever and were asymptomatic. As a result, they can enter races and train among the general population.The precautionary quarantine had been put in place a day earlier after a 4-year-old colt exhibited fever and neurological symptoms. Freudnme is being monitored by a private veterinarian. The colt last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019. EHV-1 can cause an upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSItaly’s women’s ski team reports 3 positivesUNDATED (AP) — The Italian Winter Sports federation says three members of the women’s ski team — two coaches and one athlete — have tested positive for the coronavirus while training.The federation says that one of the coaches has been hospitalized with a mild fever. The others have no symptoms but are being quarantined. The federation did not name those who tested positive. While other sections of the national team will continue training, the World Cup team will return home. Italy’s team features reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay), whose mother recovered after being hospitalized with the virus, and Olympic downhill gold medalist Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah). Update on the latest sports LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones took home a trophy and sent a car to the scrap heap in about an hour at Pocono Raceway. Jones won the first of three races Sunday at the Pennsylvania track with a two-lap sprint to the finish in a wreck-filled Truck Series race. He followed that by wrecking on the first lap of the Xfinity Series race.Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chastain in overtime to win the crash-filled Xfinity race. Briscoe won his fourth Xfinity race of the season. Chastain won $100,000 in a prize awarded to the highest finisher among four eligible drivers. The day’s third event is a Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for his second Cup victory in two days.Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck, Xfinity and Cup race on the same day. center_img Bugel was the architect of “The Hogs,” the dominant offensive lines that helped lead the team to three Super Bowls under Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs. He was regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history. In addition to his two stints as an assistant with Washington, he was also a head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals and Oakland Raiders and an assistant with the Chargers. The Redskins announced that Bugel died Sunday at age 80. No cause of death was given.NASCAR-POCONOJones, Briscoe win first two Sunday races June 28, 2020 Associated Press RACIAL INJUSTICE-KANSAS STATE TWEETK-State players announce boycott after student’s Floyd tweetMANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State football players say they will boycott all team activities until administrators create a policy that would allow a student to be expelled for “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions.” The move that most players announced Saturday on social media follows a tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd that prompted outrage on campus. Jaden McNeil mocked Floyd’s death in a tweet Thursday, one month after the Black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes. McNeil is the founder of a conservative group called America First Students and has been criticized for his past comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. University officials have said they are exploring their options for action.last_img read more


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first_imgLEAH BELLACK/Herald photoFollowing a thrilling 71-69 double-overtime victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the UW women’s basketball team squares off Thursday against Virginia Tech at the Kohl Center as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.The Badgers (6-1) struggled in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers, but after escaping with the win and a six-game winning streak intact, they are happy to have come away with a positive result against in-state rival UWM.“It was huge; it’s a tough game to play, because it was almost like a trap game,” head coach Lisa Stone said of the win. “It was huge because we won in a way that was different from the Baylor game, and different from the Villanova game. We found a way in the end to slug it out and get the job done and get the result on our side.”Virginia Tech (5-1) enters Thursday’s contest having lost 72-43 in its last game against then-No. 17 Vanderbilt. Prior to the loss, the Hokies had opened the season with a five-game winning streak, including a thrilling 66-63 victory over St. Joseph’s in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament.The Hokies average 66 points per game, and junior guard Lindsay Biggs leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Junior forward Utahya Drye also averages double figures for the Hokies, scoring 12.5 points per game while leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.“It starts off with just making sure that we play defense like we do every single game and coming out right away and setting the tone for the game,” junior forward Mariah Dunham said. “Honestly, I think if we play the defense we know how to play, it really doesn’t matter who the competition is because every player in our defense helps out one another.”Through six games, Virginia Tech has averaged 17.67 turnovers per game against 17.5 per game for its opponents. The Hokies’ -0.17 turnover margin ranks just behind Boston College for last in the ACC.The Badgers, on the other hand, have turned the ball over much less than their opponents. Wisconsin averages 15.14 turnovers per game compared to 18.28 turnovers per game by its opponents. With a +3.14 turnover margin, Wisconsin ranks second in the Big Ten.“It’s important, especially for our team,” junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said of taking care of the ball. “We need to do that to win along with playing good defense, so it’s really good.”Wisconsin got the majority of its points Tuesday from its bench, including 16 from junior forward Mariah Dunham and 10 from freshman guard Jade Davis. Throughout their current six-game winning streak, a variety of stars have emerged for the Badgers, with any player capable of leading the team on any given night.The backcourt starters for Wisconsin struggled Tuesday, shooting just a combined 5-for-25 from the field, including 1-for-10 beyond the arc. Seeing Dunham and Davis take charge in the game is encouraging for the Badgers, especially for D’Alie and fellow guard Alyssa Karel to know they don’t need to carry the team night-in and night-out.“What Jade Davis did certainly was huge, and Mariah gave us some scoring, some great passing and great overall play inside,” Stone said. “When you’re getting that type of production off your bench, it shows that no matter who you throw out there, you can hopefully stay at that level or take it another step higher.”With Thursday’s game being part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, it marks another opportunity for Wisconsin to prove their worth. Certainly, with a win against a top-10 team already on their record, a non-conference victory over Virginia Tech would go a long way toward improving not only the Badgers’ reputation, but also the reputation of the Big Ten as a whole.“It’s very important because I think a lot of people kind of doubt the whole Big Ten/ACC Challenge thing,” Dunham said. “They always think that the ACC — men and women — is automatically going to win, but the [UW] men kind of proved it, and we just need to follow along in their footsteps and prove that we can beat them as well.”last_img read more


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first_img Source: Talk Sports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner for a second game running as Arsenal claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners forward, who scored the decisive goal against Newcastle last weekend, fired the ball beyond Nick Pope from the edge of the box after Dani Ceballos won the ball back well.Aubameyang scored the decisive goal as Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1Earlier, Alexandre Lacazette’s well-crafted finish put Arsenal 1-0 up but Ashley Barnes replied for the visitors just before half-time.It was Unai Emery’s men who would claim the win though in a game which also saw new signings Dani Ceballos and David Luiz make their full debuts, while Sead Kolasinac returned to action for the first time since being the victim of an attempted carjacking with team-mate Mesut Ozil.The Gunners now have six points out of a possible six but were made to work for their victory over a Burnley side who caused them plenty of problems.Lacazette opened the scoring with a goal from nothing on twelve minutes – the Frenchman controlling a corner from the right before turning Erik Pieters expertly and slipping the ball through Pope’s legs.Lacazette scored on his return to Arsenal’s starting XIThey could have doubled their lead shortly after but Matteo Guendouzi drove a shot straight at the Clarets keeper.Burnley had a few half-chances but got level just before the break when Dwight McNeil’s shot deflected straight to Barnes and the striker put the ball past Bernd Leno. This was Barnes’ third league goal of the season.Barnes made no mistake with his chance just before half-timeArsenal came out strongly after the break and went close with efforts from Aubameyang as well as Ceballos, who was the best player on the pitch.But the Gunners did regain their lead when Real Madrid loanee Ceballos dispossessed Johann Berg Gudmundsson before feeding the ball to Aubameyang, who cut inside before striking the ball past Pope at the near post.Sean Dyche’s men almost got an equalizer when McNeil headed over the bar but the three points went to Arsenal.Ceballos was particularly impressive for Arsenallast_img read more


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first_imgPORTLAND >> It’s a routine that Paul Pierce is getting used to. And, it’s a habit he’d love to break.At the end of the season, after getting eliminated from the playoffs, Pierce walks away from the team. He heads to the comforts of home and faces the most important decision of his career.“Is this it?”With his 18th season now over, Pierce is set to go through the steps once again, and he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. And, to be clear, this was a heartbreak.The corner of Pierce’s eyes were red and filling with tears as he talked about the Clippers’ Game 6 effort, one that came up a little short.“You saw it in everybody’s eyes – this group didn’t have no quit in them no matter what the circumstances are,” he said. “ … It didn’t take away from the guys’ effort. … I’m proud of everybody. It was great being able to play with a good group of guys like this.”Pierce, like everyone in the Clippers locker room, believed the Clippers had a chance to win. And, Pierce probably didn’t think he’d struggle as much as he did to make that happen.Pierce had career lows in virtually every category, and that, certainly, will be a factor in his decision.“There’s some evaluation that needs to be done,” Pierce said, “so I’m going to take my time and figure that out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Each and every year for the last couple years, I’ve thought long and hard about walking away from the game,” Pierce said after the Clippers were eliminated Friday. “The process is going to continue this summer, as I think long and hard, step closer to getting older in age. (It’s) seeing how my body feels, talk to my family. I just don’t want to make an emotional decision right now. I’ll just take some time off, sit down with my family and think long and hard.”Pierce has two years and $7 million left on his contract with the Clippers.If he made a decision today, he might be back because of the pain that comes along with losing.“Every year when you lose that game, when you say it’s time to go home and no more basketball for the year, and you’re not holding up that trophy, it’s a tough pill to swallow,” Pierce said. “If you’re any type of competitor, if you have any type of dream, you’re always thinking about winning that championship.“ … I don’t want to make an emotional decision. Every heartbreak makes you want to come back.”last_img read more


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first_img1. When (and where) will Matt Kemp be playing every day?Hold the cliche machine: Kemp is not in the best shape of his life. With Opening Day six weeks away, he still isn’t running on a left ankle that was surgically repaired in October. Kemp recently vowed not to come back prematurely, but didn’t offer a specific timetable for his recovery. The center fielder did offer a specific job description — “I’m an everyday player” — but so are outfielders Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when healthy.2. Who will play second base?Cuban import Alex Guerrero began taking reps at second base in recent months after sitting out the previous year altogether. Guerrero believes he can make the transition from shortstop smoothly, but how long will it take? The Dodgers have Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon and veteran non-roster invitees Justin Turner, Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris as fallback options in case Guerrero isn’t ready by Opening Day.3. Who will be the first players off the bench?Ned Colletti wanted a younger team, so he gutted his aging bench. Nick Punto (A’s), Skip Schumaker (Reds), Jerry Hairston Jr. and Michael Young (both retired) are gone. So is 36-year-old Mark Ellis, who would have been an ideal mentor to Guerrero. Gordon’s speed and Scott Van Slyke’s power are valuable assets; beyond them and catcher Tim Federowicz, there are no favorites to land the important bench jobs.4. How much is Jansen worth?The arbitration-eligible right-hander recently filed at $5.05 million, the Dodgers at $3.5 million. If the two sides can’t find a number somewhere in the middle, an arbitration panel will have to pick one number or the other. Jansen was 28 for 32 in save situations last year and posted an otherwordly 6.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The converted catcher has never entered a season as the undisputed closer.5. Will the kids be all right?Highly touted outfield prospect Joc Pederson, along with pitchers Zach Lee, Ross Stripling and Chris Reed, received their first invitations to major-league spring training. More than an opportunity to earn Opening Day jobs, it’s their chance to showcase the state of the Dodgers’ farm system and possibly earn mid-season call-ups. How they perform will determine how soon the Dodgers can lean on their farm system for quality major-league depth.IF YOU GOCamelback Ranch—Glendale is located at 10710 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. The facility includes six practice fields as well as the stadium. There is no charge to watch practice.Pitchers and catchers report today. Position players report Feb. 13. The first full team workout is Feb. 14.Cactus League play begins Feb. 26 with a road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. All spring games begin at noon PST until March 8, when the Dodgers host the Seattle Mariners at 6 p.m. Starting March 9, all games begin at 1 p.m. PST. The Dodgers’ final Cactus League game is March 16. After that, the Dodgers travel to Sydney, Australia, to begin the regular season with a two-game series against the Diamondbacks.Tickets are available at www.dodgers.com/spring or by calling (623) 302-5000. Single-game ticket prices begin at $8 and fans can save by purchasing tickets in advance (tickets sold on game days are subject to a $3 increase per ticket). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As busy and expensive as it was, the Dodgers’ off-season mostly held true to expectations. Clayton Kershaw got a seven-year contract worth $215 million. Don Mattingly got his coveted extension in the form of a new three-year deal. The Yankees threw a ton of money at Masahiro Tanaka, so the Dodgers enter camp with only five healthy starting pitchers. How cliche.Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti spent the winter listening to trade offers for his well-paid outfielders, but didn’t pull the trigger on any blockbusters. So the Dodgers’ roster looks mostly familiar with a few notable tweaks as pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. Essentially, Colletti must be counting on those tweaks and some healthy superstars to help the Dodgers improve on a 2013 season that ended with a loss in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers handed out $78.35 million in guaranteed contracts to free agents this winter. What did that buy?center_img Third baseman Juan Uribe, and relievers Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell, all signed on to reprise their 2013 roles. Dan Haren signed a one-year, $10 million contract to replace Ricky Nolasco as the fourth starter. Former Indians closer Chris Perez signed on to set up Kenley Jansen. Former Dodgers (and Rays, Rockies, Rangers, Mariners, Brewers, Royals, Indians, Giants and Cardinals) pitcher Jamey Wright becomes the long reliever again.The cost of building the bullpen alone was staggering. Together, Dodger relievers will earn roughly $26 million in actual salary in 2014. That doesn’t include deferred signing bonus payments, salaries for players with 0-3 years’ service time (such as Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez), or the actual closer — Jansen has yet to re-sign. That’s an eye-popping number.Maybe the biggest individual surprise is Wilson, who drew interest from the Yankees and Tigers, two teams that expect to contend in 2014, to be their closer. Instead, Wilson chose to be baseball’s highest-paid eighth-inning man in Los Angeles for $10 million and a player option for 2015.For a team that fell two games short of a pennant in 2013, no major changes were needed. We got none.5 QUESTIONS last_img read more


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first_img“It’s a good time to get hot.”The Dodgers pulled four games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s not too soon to keep an eye on the best record in the National League; currently that belongs to the Washington Nationals, who are playing a half-game better (86-63) than the Dodgers (86-64).Going from an intense series in San Francisco with first place on the line to playing a last-place team in a mostly empty park concerned Don Mattingly enough that the Dodgers manager said he addressed it with a few individual players before the game.Instead of a red flag, the game became a testament to the Dodgers’ focus.Eight of the Dodgers’ 15 hits went for extra bases. A home run by Kemp, his 21st of the season and his second in as many days, gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Carl Crawford tripled and seven different players hit doubles. Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run single in the big sixth inning gave him a major-league leading 106 runs batted in. He finished 2 for 5 with three runs batted in.The game was tied 2-2 when Mattingly pulled Hernandez in the fourth inning, 59 pitches into his start — in part because the veteran was struggling, in part because he could. Hernandez left the bases loaded and increased his ERA over his past five starts to 6.14.“I know there’s something going on with my mechanics,” Hernandez said through a translator, “but I’ll continue to move forward.”Fortunately for Hernandez, the Dodgers’ bullpen was mostly rested from Sunday’s game, when Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings in the series-clinching win over the Giants. So the final innings became an important tuneup for several relievers contending for a possible place on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.Paco Rodriguez retired the only batter he faced on a ground ball. It was his first appearance since Aug. 3, when he strained a muscle in his back.Jamey Wright (5-4), Pedro Baez, Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez limited the Rockies to five hits and one run over the final five innings.There were two reasons to damper the celebration.One came from a mind-numbing sideshow of hit batters in the late innings. Brandon League plunked the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning. Crawford then absorbed a Christian Friedrich pitch square in the right hamstring in the top of the eighth inning; it was the second time Crawford was hit by a pitch in the game. He said after the game that he didn’t think Friedrich’s pitch was intentional.“It was a curveball,” he said.But it was a curveball square in his right hamstring. Crawford had to be removed for a pinch runner and after the game said he felt “real tight and sore.”“It locked up real fast,” Crawford said. “We’ll see how I feel (today).”The other was a kerfuffle in the dugout between Kemp and Yasiel Puig during the sixth inning. After Puig scored on a double by Hanley Ramirez, a camera for the Rockies’ broadcast crew caught Mattingly pulling Puig aside and speaking to him through an interpreter.Kemp was then seen yelling at Puig, loud enough that Mattingly came between the two players. Mattingly declined to say what happened, calling it “family business.”When Kemp was asked about the incident, he responded with a question of his own.“Good game we played, huh?” DENVER >> The Dodgers never trailed Monday at Coors Field, but neither did they look like the National League’s best team until the sixth inning. Then, an eight-run outburst at the expense of three Colorado Rockies pitchers broke open what became an eventual 11-3 win. It was the most runs the Dodgers have scored in a single inning this season.That helped overcome another short start by Roberto Hernandez and avoided any possible letdown against the Rockies, the last-place team in the National League West. “It’s in and out,” Matt Kemp said. “One guy will get hot, one guy might fall into a slump. That’s what’s so good about our offense, is that if one guy’s not swinging the bat well, you’ve got two or three other guys that can really do some damage.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more