Sebastian Coates makes Sporting Lisbon loan switch

first_img The 25-year-old Uruguay international headed for Portugal following Sunderland’s capture of Ivory Coast international Lamine Kone on Wednesday evening and could make his Sporting debut against Academica at the weekend. Coates joined the Black Cats from Liverpool, initially on loan, in 2014 and made a permanent move to the Stadium of Light last summer. Press Association Sunderland have confirmed that defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season. center_img He made 32 appearances for the club, but has been sacrificed as manager Sam Allardyce attempts to rebuild his squad while balancing the wage bill to meet Financial Fair Play regulations. last_img read more

Tongue in Chic: New York Fashion Week proves increasingly irrelevant

first_imgIt’s no coincidence that all my picks are smaller, less established brands. That’s because I’d actually wear their clothes — they’re still luxury, with all the creative flair and fine craftsmanship that entails, but they’re also way more accessible and suited for everyday wear. Whereas the heavy-hitters who’ve been around forever, simply aren’t made for the general public. I mean, Tom Ford’s show was gorgeous — Bella Hadid strutted in slinky, body-skimming chainmail — but his line is utterly unwearable. I don’t need to watch their runway shows because, one, I’m not going to see anything I’d realistically put on my own body, and two, I already know I’ll see the dresses later in some red carpet roundup.  Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan It seems more and more people in fashion are becoming disillusioned with Fashion Week. A survey from industry news publication Fashionista that asked industry professionals their thoughts on Fashion Week garnered nearly 500 responses and revealed mixed feelings; a majority of respondents said they felt it was a waste of time and resources and that mounting big runway shows, not to mention attendees jetting around the world, exacted an environmental toll. Either way, the future of NYFW is in flux, and, in an industry infamous for its mercurial nature, there’s no telling what next season will bring.  Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” runs every other  Monday. It’s evident that NYFW is losing its luster. But let me be clear: It’s only New York that I’m feeling “meh” about. London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week are still on the calendar, and I’m extremely excited to see what they deliver. But for New York, the hype simply isn’t there — it’s moved overseas.  These are brands that are culturally relevant, that are inspiring discussion and moving the fashion conversation forward. Sandy Liang’s neon-trimmed fleeces, inspired by her childhood, were dubbed the hottest jacket in menswear by GQ; Eckhaus Latta recently mounted a full-scale solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the summer, Katie Holmes went viral when she stepped out in Khaite’s cashmere bra, which instantly sold out.  As a fashion columnist, it would be an egregious oversight for me not to mention that it is currently New York Fashion Week, where brands will showcase their autumn/winter ready-to-wear collections. The week officially kicked off this Monday, Feb. 3 and goes until this Wednesday. Some brands that are showing include Helmut Lang, The Row and Marc Jacobs. Some brands that include not showing are Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Pyer Moss. The brand that made waves by ditching New York for Los Angeles, Tom Ford, staged his runway show Friday night at Milk Studios Hollywood in front of a gaggle of celebrity attendees, including Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner and Lil Nas X. center_img And yet, I kind of … don’t care. And I’m not the only one who feels that way, as a rash of articles have popped up in the last few days declaring NYFW “irrelevant” and explaining the decision to skip the whole thing entirely.  When it comes to New York’s roster, there are only a few brands I’m interested in seeing: Sandy Liang, Eckhaus Latta, Khaite. Other buzzy emerging designers I would’ve loved to see, like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Pyer Moss, have opted out of the fracas entirely. The rest … I can take it or leave it.  Plus, there were shows that were just plain bad. Christian Siriano (who does great work advancing diversity and size inclusivity in fashion) based his collection on “Birds of Prey,” the new Harley Quinn movie. Of course not every season needs to go down in history books, but … why? I liked some looks, such as a ruffly black leather getup, but some, like a confetti-colored fringed bolero, looked like something you’d get at Party City and then toss in the trash after spilling your martini on it.  OK, great! Now that’s out of the way … Look, I know I should care. For fashion reporters, NYFW is basically awards season for entertainment writers or election time for political journalists. Fashion Week happens twice a year, once in spring and once in fall, and it’s a whirlwind of runway shows, street-style candids and cocktail parties, where everyone jostles to see and be seen. As someone who one day aspires to the position of Vanessa Friedman or Robin Givhan, wading into the thick of NYFW is non-negotiable. last_img read more

Goaltender play to blame for day-and-night performance

first_imgAndy Bohmbach scores an incredible mid-air shot against the rival Gophers.[/media-credit]Nowhere was Wisconsin’s day-and-night performance against Minnesota more evident than in goal. After UM goaltender Alex Kangas struggled to make saves Friday night, UW’s Brett Bennett had similar troubles Saturday.UW head coach Mike Eaves had relied on a Friday-Saturday rotation of juniors Bennett and Scott Gudmandson up to this point, but started Bennett on consecutive nights for the first time Saturday. Bennett responded by giving up four goals on 27 shots faced.“I think a lot of it was more mental than anything. Last night I felt in the game, a little more focused,” he said. “I felt, just different (Saturday). It was the first time playing back-to-back nights in a long time — I can’t remember the last time.”The junior goaltender had a better game Friday, making 16 saves on 18 shots. Eaves saw enough in Bennett Friday to finally give him a back-to-back start.“I thought looking at film and watching the way he played last night, there was this aura, this confidence,” he said. “And we talked about it as a staff, and felt that against this component, let him ride it, let him ride it out. And maybe he put too much pressure on himself and fought it a little bit.”Bennett looked out of sorts and jumpy much of the game, and it was especially evident on Minnesota’s third goal. Wisconsin turned the puck over at its own blue line and Bennett found himself out of position, giving Minnesota’s Patrick White an open net to shoot at from the slot.The junior also got beat on a wrist shot over his right shoulder for the first goal of the game. His defense didn’t do him any favors though, as they gave up a number of odd-man rushes and blocked just 10 shots — after blocking 30 Friday night.Eaves may have been trying to find a consistent starter by playing Bennett in consecutive games. Last season the Badgers relied on the now-graduated Shane Connelly, who started 37-of-40 games for UW. Eaves said he just felt good about Bennett’s play Friday.“It was just the way we felt about the way he played last night, indicated that this would be a good thing to do for our team right now,” he said. “So, we gave it a go — at some point during this course of the season, we’re going to have to do it again. Tonight it didn’t work out the way that we’d hoped.”“It’s going to come, it’s going to come,” Bennett added. “I felt I didn’t play well, but I felt there was things in my game that looked good, I felt good in some aspects of the game.”Coming up emptyDespite Wisconsin outshooting Minnesota 79-46 for the series, the Gophers outscored the Badgers 7-6. UW was able to come up with four goals on its 32 shots Friday, but scored on just two of its 47 shots Saturday.Last weekend, Wisconsin outshot New Hampshire 96-35 en route to 4-1 and 6-1 wins.It took the Badgers until the second period to score against UNH in the second game despite a 13-shot first period, and that tough luck was on display again Saturday night against Minnesota.UW fired 32 shots on goal in the first two periods against UM before Jake Gardiner finally got a slap shot past the Gophers’ Kangas 28 seconds into the third. The main difference between Saturdays against UNH and UM was that UW found itself in a 3-0 hole before it scored against the Gophers.“Talking after the second period, the thing that happened in the second, when it was a 2-0 game — before it became 3-0 — we started to press, as most young people will. And even pro guys do it,” Eaves said. “You’re working hard, you’re not getting rewarded for the things that you’re doing.“And then all of a sudden on the power play, we’re trying to do it ourselves, or we’re shooting the puck when we should be passing and we’re not taking what was given.”UW senior captain Ben Street didn’t think the Badgers got too worried about being down though.“We didn’t really lose composure too much I don’t think — we just kept pressing,” he said. “After a while, you’re down 2-0, you’re getting lots of chances but they’re not going in, you start to grip the stick a little tighter.”Despite consistently outshooting its opponents, UW seems to have trouble converting the large number of shots it produces into goals. Minnesota at one point had three shots on goal, with two of them scoring. Street said he lost track of how many scoring chances the Badgers had Saturday.“I don’t know. I mean, lots. We definitely created a lot, we were buzzing around their net a fair bit,” he said. “It was just one of those things; we created a lot of chances and you have to try to bury a few. And we didn’t do that tonight.”last_img read more

Strong defensive effort leads to victory

first_imgAfter going winless for 13 games, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team finally earned a victory Wednesday by shutting out UW-Milwaukee 2-0 at home in a tremendous defensive effort.Head coach John Trask noted the positive outcome that came from moving defender Paul Yonga to the defensive midfielder position and sending senior captain Aaron Nichols to the defense to play right back, where he showed great leadership and athleticism.However, it was a total team effort from Yonga, to the defensive line, to freshman goalkeeper Max Jentsch, that solidified the victory despite playing without defender Blake Succa, who has led the team in minutes this season.“When we get into the Big Ten, they’re going to have a tougher challenge because there’s better attacking players, but tonight was a good solid defensive performance,” Trask said. “I’m not big into 4-3 games; this was my type of soccer tonight.”While Trask would have liked to see the team pursue a third goal, he was proud of his young team’s maturity to maintain the lead and continue improving each game.“We keep pecking away at it,” Trask said. “We’re not going crazy on these guys; we know that it’s just one thing after another. It was a good night for the guys. I feel happy for them. They needed it. They needed it so much.”Senior forward Bryan Gerster highlighted an improvement in the team’s pride in terms of one-on-one defending Wednesday night, which had cost the team wins in last week’s games. The team was finally able to clean up its bad mistakes in the backfield that resulted in what Gerster called lucky goals for opponents.“We finally put it together and came out with a shut out,” Gerster, who recorded assists on both Badger goals in the game, said.The Badgers were a lot more aggressive and mentally prepared to play than Milwaukee, despite the strong winds throughout the game Gerster added.Nichols has been playing all over the field on the season, but it seems like he has finally found his niche in providing much needed support for UW’s young defensive unit. Trask’s only knock against the captain is he can’t play in more places on the field at a time.“Nichols helped us secure the backfield with that athleticism and that senior leadership back there,” Trask said. “I’ve said this to Aaron a few times, I wish I had three of him. I wish I had him at right at right back, right midfield and one of the two forward spots. Aaron is a tremendous competitor and we just seem to be a little more solid back there, and hopefully that can continue against Ohio State this weekend.”The game was an aggressive battle on defense, featuring 25 bookings and one yellow card, which is to be expected when facing an in-state rival.“Madison versus Milwaukee, it’s a Wisconsin battle, so it’s always a big game,” defender Kyle McCrudden said. “For both teams, it’s a big build up. I think we came out hard, I think they did too, but I just think we knew it was going to be a physical battle, and if we wanted to win and stay in it, we would have to out-do them and have more energy than them, and I think we came out well and did that.”McCrudden and the rest of the Wisconsin team could all exhale a much deserved sigh of relief after finally accomplishing the win the team has been hoping and waiting for.“It feels real good when you have a 13-game non-winning streak,” McCrudden said. “I thought we played well in the first half, which was really clutch to get two early goals. Janus and Joey both; they were two good goals and good buildups. It was also nice to hold on and get the second shutout of the year, so it’s nice to get good offense and good defense at the same time.”last_img read more

USC heads to Malibu for ITA Regionals

first_imgComing into the International Tennis Association Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif., members of the No. 1 USC men’s tennis have one goal in mind: to qualify for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships next month.The singles and doubles champions of the five-day regional competition will earn berths to the prestigious indoor tournament in Flushing, N.Y.Unstoppable · Sophomore Emilio Gomez, who won the Battle in the Bay Classic singles title, holds an 8-0 record in singles play this year. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanUSC sends sophomores No. 15 Ray Sarmiento, No. 66 Emilio Gomez, Corey Smith and freshmen Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang and Yannick Hanfmann to participate in the 128-player draw. Sarmiento, Gomez and Hanfmann are seeded No. 2, No. 8 and No. 12, respectively, and will have byes in the first round.No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen, who already earned a bid to Flushing by reaching the quarterfinals in the ITA All-Americans Championship in Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month, will not participate in the singles draw.Three doubles teams will also represent USC in a 64-team draw. Nguyen and Hanfmann, seeded No. 4, will pair up alongside Gomez and Sarmiento, seeded No. 7, and Johnson and Wang.The tournament will feature some of the top players from the Southwest region of the country, including Pepperdine’s No. 10 junior Sebastian Fanselow, who defeated Sarmiento in the quarterfinals and Nguyen in the finals of ITA Regionals last year. Because Fanselow holds the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Sarmiento will not face Fanselow unless both players advance to the finals.“If I face [Fanselow], I want to do my best and try to get revenge for Nguyen and me,” Sarmiento said.USC coach Peter Smith, on the other hand, hopes his players spend more of the tournament concentrating on victory rather than vengeance.“You don’t want to hold too much of a grudge because you got to focus on what you need to do, not on who you’re beating,” Smith said. “Having said that, I hope they kick [Fanselow’s] butt.”Gomez, fresh off a singles championship performance at the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco earlier this week, believes he will be ready for a shot at a second singles title this fall.“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Gomez said. “It gives you a lot of confidence, and I think I’m going to have a good week at Malibu. I have to be ready mentally and physically, and my game has to be at a top level.”Despite the players’ recent successes in fall tournaments, injuries have started to plague the team.Sophomore Michael Grant, who took home the consolation singles title at the ITA Regionals last year, will have wrist surgery today, instead of joining the team in Malibu.Sarmiento has also dealt with shoulder problems.Fatigue is a cause of concern amid the injuries and numerous fall tournaments, but Smith believes having such a close tournament to USC will benefit the team.“I think Malibu is a wonderful place to visit,” Smith said. “[The regionals] are just good for these guys — just good match experience to get them better.”The players agree, and they believe every member of the team has a chance at standing atop the bracket in Malibu.“It’s going to be a really tough tournament,” Hanfmann said. “But we practiced a lot, and I think we should be good.”last_img read more

Syracuse is a Sweet 16 sleeper

first_imgThe little guys of March have all been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.Thanks for the memories, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock.In many ways, this postseason fiasco is all about the little guys. Their magic against the powerhouses never fails to appease college basketball fans’ morbid fascination with seeing their brackets crumble.And while this Sweet 16 features exactly zero real underdogs, there is one particularly intriguing team still hanging around.Of course we see you, Syracuse.The Orange racked up 13 losses on the season. This meant that Jim Boeheim’s not-so-star-studded team was on the bubble to even make the field of 68. However, after its self-imposed postseason ban just a year ago, ’Cuse squeezed its way into the tourney and now has officially completed its return to primetime.Because of Northern Iowa’s historic collapse against Texas A&M, Syracuse is really the last team remaining that truly feels like an enigma.Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Duke also finished with 10 or more losses this season, but these teams were grabbing headlines with regularity. The Wisconsin hype train was fairly calm this season after the Badgers’ postseason run a year ago, but Notre Dame and Duke always seem to find the limelight.Syracuse’s season was a different story.The Orange’s four-game skid in the middle of the season certainly didn’t help this group leap to the forefront of media attention, nor did the team’s losing five of its last six games leading up to the NCAA Tournament.Many fans likely saw the perennial powerhouse casually hanging out in the bottom right corner of the bracket and didn’t think much of it. Yet although Syracuse-Dayton appeared the definition of a tossup, the Orange clobbered the Flyers.Surely Boeheim’s team didn’t have the ability to compete with Michigan State in the second game. Well, the Spartans somehow lost by nine to a sneaky good Middle Tennessee bunch. This set up nicely for ‘Cuse, who wrecked the Cinderella team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.Next up for Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson: Gonzaga. Gbinije and Richardson are Syracuse’s two leading scorers, but this team has flown so far under the radar that these names don’t really resonate like, say, Carmelo Anthony, Scoop Jardine or C.J Fair. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga cruised into the tournament as an 11-seed and simply dominated two quality teams in Seton Hall and Utah en route to the Sweet 16.While this may look like a friendly draw for the good folks from Spokane, the admonition from a completely neutral columnist at a student publication is very real. Proceed with caution. Syracuse does not have a tremendous amount of pressure heaped upon its shoulders. Its zone seemingly always gives opposing coaches headaches in March and its balanced scoring at the offensive end represents a well-rounded, versatile attack.The Carrier Dome, traditionally a cathedral of college basketball greatness, was seemingly just another gym this season. In fact, this middling ACC team was actually treated as such. ‘Cuse went .500 in conference play and looked perfectly average, yet these guys appear to be hitting stride at the perfect time.As a program, having storylines — or even a roster — begging for television exposure during December obviously gets you nowhere in March. ‘Cuse is a legitimately dangerous team that could manage to escape the Midwest region if this upward trajectory continues against a talented Gonzaga side.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Black Meteors’ semi-final match against Ivory Coast Moved To Cairo Stadium

first_img Source: Ghana FA The Organising Committee of the U23 Total Africa Cup of Nations has announced that Ghana’s semi- final match against Côte D’Ivoire will now be played at the Cairo International Stadium at 4:00pm local time (2:00pm GMT) on Tuesday 19 November.This decision was taken at the Organising Committee’s meeting held on 17 November and communicated to all stakeholders.Winner of the semi- final clash will qualify to the finals and also earn a ticket to represent Africa at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Host Nation Egypt will face South Africa in the other semi final match later on Tuesday at the Cairo International Stadium.The third placed team in the competition will join the winner and the 1st runner up to the 2020 Olympic Games automatically.last_img read more

Grant happy with Black Stars improvement on the occasion of his first anniversary

first_imgGhana coach Avram Grant says he has seen massive improvement in the team since taking charge of the team a year ago.Today – December 1 – marks exactly a year since Grant officially started work as head of the senior national team. The former Chelsea boss believes the Black Stars have been impressive in his first year in charge of the team.“We scored 20 goals in 10 officials games which I think is good. I don’t like to speak about the past but before I came we had conceded a lot of goals and it was a target for the players not to concede so many goals and  I think we have improved on this very well,” he said when he met the press on Monday at the GFA Secretariat.“Football is balanced. If you score and the difference is not good then there is a problem so I think this is a big improvement in our game but I know we need to continue with this.“I am very proud of the players I have worked with so far because they have really improved.”The Israeli was appointed on November 27, 2014. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Clippers to celebrate Ralph Lawler Night in honor of retiring broadcaster

first_imgBut the best gift of all, suggested Clippers coach Doc Rivers, was giving him more work.“I think the best gift we’ve given Ralph this year is the gift of extra games, you know?” said Rivers, whose surprising, playoff-bound team ensured that Lawler, 80, would have the opportunity to call at least a first-round series before putting down his hand-held mic for good.“I would say before the year, maybe even Ralph thought (Wednesday) would be his last game,” Rivers added. “And the fact that he’s going to be able to do more games I think is pretty cool, and I think the players have given him one hell of a gift – the gift of extra games.”Lawler’s longtime friend Bill Walton will join him on Wednesday when the Clippers attempt to regain some momentum entering the playoffs after losing three games in a row.One thing’s for certain, sideline reporter Kristina Pink said, Lawler will bring his best stuff for the Fox Sports Prime Ticket broadcast Wednesday, as he does every game. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “He’s just like this team we cover, he goes hard every single night,” she said. “And it’s not just fun for the fans, but it’s fun for the people who get to work with him.”She said Lawler and his wife, Jo, were among the first to welcome her to the Clippers broadcast team seven years ago, and the people bringing her chicken soup when she was sick on a road trip.“He’s one of the down-to-earth people, and you look at it, he’s so well respected around the league,” Pink added. “His catch phrases go far beyond L.A. Like you’ll walk around at away games and opposing coaches will walk by and be like, ‘Bingo!’ I’ve seen coaches come up to him and be like, ‘All right, Lawler’s Law.’ ”Clippers players and coaches surprised Lawler with a “Happy Retirement” cake on the flight home from their loss in Oakland on Sunday in a gesture fitting of their feelings about him, Rivers said. PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers organization will make sure Ralph Lawler is feted appropriately when he works his final regular-season game on Wednesday night, when the Clippers face the Utah Jazz.Throughout Ralph Lawler Night, the Clippers will honor the retiring broadcaster, who will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September.But first, on Wednesday, they’ll deliver the retiring broadcaster a series of tributes in honor of his 40 years calling the team’s games. There will be a logo unveiling on the court, players will warm up in shirts thanking him, and CarMax will present a check to the charity of Lawler’s choice.There will be a giant “Thank you, Ralph” card outside Staples Center available to be signed by fans, the first 10,000 of whom will receive catchphrase-reciting bobbleheads in Lawler’s likeness. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “We look at Ralph as a teammate, not a guy that covers the games,” Rivers said. “I mean, he’s been that good with us and loyal, the guys love him.“I hope we make as big of a deal of (his pending retirement) as it should be.”Related Articlescenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers can’t hold two-run lead, lose series opener to Giants

first_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus (23) after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford celebrates after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu wipes his face with his jersey after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Kyle Farmer #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth innig against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Cody Bellinger #35 after he scored on a hit by Yasiel Puig #66 in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu swings for a two-run double off San Francisco Giants’ Derek Holland during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Derek Holland #45 of the San Francisco Giants is taken out of the game by manager Bruce Bochy in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Andrew McCutchen #22 and Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants congratulate Kelby Tomlinson #37 after he scored in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants runs home to score on a balk by Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Tony Cingrani #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scratches his head after giving up a RBI double to Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Pedro Baez #52 and Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watch Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants score on a balk by Baez in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on April 27, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks up a double play as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik falls on top of him in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 27, 2018, in San Francisco. Yasiel Puig was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers should probably consider switching to Verizon. Dave Roberts definitely needed a new plan Friday night.The Dodgers took a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night – thanks primarily to Hyun-Jin Ryu – but bungled it away and lost to the San Francisco Giants 6-4.The Dodgers have now lost 23 of their last 33 games at AT&T Park, often in similarly unsettling ways. Clayton Kershaw has started seven of the 10 victories in that stretch. He is not scheduled to pitch in this four-game series.Even more recently, the Dodgers have stumbled through this week looking nothing like a 100-win team or the defending National League champions. While losing two of three to the lowly Miami Marlins and now the opener in San Francisco, the bullpen upon which they rely so heavily has given up 12 runs in 13-1/3 innings and twice committed costly balks. Toss in a three-error game during which shortstop Corey Seager suffered a slip-and-fall injury while chasing a pop-up. The trouble started in the seventh inning when Roberts went to Tony Cingrani.The left-hander started the season with a strong run, striking out 15 of the first 29 batters he faced. But a balk call ruined his night Tuesday and Cingrani was off from the start against the Giants.Brandon Belt dropped a bunt against the shift to start the inning. After a wild pitch moved him to second, Kike’ Hernandez made an excellent play cutting down the lead runner on a grounder to shortstop.By the time Cingrani walked Brandon Crawford to put two runners on he had lost 2-3 mph off his fastball (which had been averaging 93.5 mph this season). Roberts and a trainer came out to check on Cingrani who told them he was fine.But Roberts had no one warming up (in the bullpen, at least) even as right-handed Gorkys Hernandez came up against Cingrani. Hernandez singled in one run and Roberts stuck with Cingrani, preferring to have him face the switch-hitting Pablo Sandoval right-handed or the left-handed Gregor Blanco if the Giants went to their bench. Instead, pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson – another right-handed batter – tied the score with a double off Cingrani before Baez (who had been throwing in the batting cage under the stands) finally made it out to the bullpen and entered the game.“I felt really good about Tony in that spot,” Roberts said. “As the at-bats kept going on, the velocity seemed to dip a little bit and he was working from behind. … I had the trainer go out and he said he was fine. He just didn’t have it tonight. His last pitch I think was 90.“He said he had sort of a dead arm and it just wasn’t coming out tonight.”When Roberts finally went to Baez it was to face Joe Panik – a left-handed hitter who has hit much better against right-handed pitching this season than lefties (8 for 44).  The Dodgers had two left-handed relievers (Adam Liberatore and Scott Alexander) available, but neither warmed up.Roberts explained the decision by saying Alexander is “not your typical lefty” in terms of splits against left-handed batters and he was “trying to stay away” from Liberatore, who pitched in two of the three games against the Marlins and warmed up three times in the other one.“At that point in time, it’s one hitter to get out of the inning and Petey, when he’s throwing the ball right, he gets righties and lefties out,” Roberts said. “That’s just the case. He’s done it his entire career.”Related Articles The Dodgers actually needed two outs to get out of the inning at that point. It didn’t matter. Panik turned out to be the least of Baez’s problems.Instead, Baez balked the winning run in from third base when he stumbled as he planted his front foot on the mound. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day “(The mound) seemed to be a little muddy,” Baez said through an interpreter. “When I went to step, I kind of got caught up in the mud.”Two pitches later, Panik padded the Giants’ lead with a sacrifice fly.The Dodgers had no response. They packed all their scoring into the fourth inning – an inning that also saw Matt Kemp leave the game with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle – and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position as five Giants relievers combined to hold them scoreless over the final 5-2/3 innings. Friday’s pratfall highlight came during the Giants’ decisive four-run seventh inning when reliever Pedro Baez stumbled off the mound, releasing the ball into the grass of the infield. That balk brought the go-ahead run in from third.“It’s disjointed,” Roberts said of his team’s performance over the season’s first four weeks. “I think, yeah, you can talk about how hard our guys are playing. But it definitely comes down to performance and execution, absolutely. And this is enough of a sample and we’re too good of a ballclub for things like that to happen.“Tonight with the balk, that’s a freak thing, very unexpected. But – there’s a point where you’ve still got to find ways to get wins.”Ryu tried to point the way. He drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double in the fourth inning and handed a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen in the sixth. 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