Sunderland complete signing of defender Lamine Kone

first_img The France-born Ivory Coast international has signed a deal which commits him to the Wearside club until the end of the 2019-20 season. Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce told his club’s official website: “Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve seen him play.” Allardyce continued: “He is big and strong, attributes you need to play in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position.” The news ends a protracted pursuit of Kone for the Barclays Premier League’s 19th-placed team. Allardyce had twice ended his interest in the 26-year-old this month, with the Black Cats initially cooling on a £5million swoop before a proposed loan move broke down. Allardyce has signalled his intention to bring in another defender and an attacking player before the end of the transfer window having already signed Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N’Doye and Steve Harper. Sunderland are also monitoring full-back Mathieu Debuchy’s situation at Arsenal as he looks for regular club football ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals, although they face a battle with fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa if they are to strike a loan deal. A successful swoop for Kone could see Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates leave Wearside with the former Liverpool player understood to be the subject of talks with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. Meanwhile, Greek midfielder Charis Mavrias has joined Bundesliga 2 Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Panathinaikos during the summer of 2013, has made just seven senior appearances and scored a single goal. Sunderland have completed the signing of Lorient central defender Lamine Kone for an undisclosed fee. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sponsors hail Sharapova’s reduced ban

first_imgBy Ian Ransom(REUTERS)-Maria Sharapova’s reduced suspension for a doping violation is set to provide a healthy boost to her bank balance with corporate sponsors reaffirming their commitment to the Russian player.The 29-year-old can return to the court next April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year ban by nine months on Tuesday.Sharapova’s stunning admission in March that she had tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open, and her subsequent ban by the International Tennis Federation, saw a number of sponsors distance themselves from her.Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer cut ties with the former world number one while Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen AG, was among those to suspend its relationship with the Russian.However, in the wake of Tuesday’s verdict the German luxury carmaker confirmed it would discuss its tie-ups with Sharapova.“We welcome the CAS verdict and are delighted for Maria,” Porsche said in a statement published by Russian news agency TASS.“No contracts have been terminated. We will be discussing a future collaboration over the next days and weeks.”Nike Inc, the world’s biggest sportswear brand, initially suspended its partnership with Sharapova after her admission in March but said it would continue to work with the player after her two-year ban was announced in June.“We are pleased that Maria will be back playing the sport she loves in April and look forward to partnering with her and enjoying her continued success on and off the court,” Nike said in a statement published by ESPN.Mineral water brand Evian and racket maker Head, long-time backers, also released statements hailing the reduction.Head chairman and CEO Johan Eliasch, a robust supporter of Sharapova throughout the scandal, said “justice” had been served.“We are very proud to have stood by Maria for the right reasons throughout these difficult and testing times,” he said in a statement posted on the company’s social media accounts.Five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world’s highest-paid sportswoman, earned $29.7 million last year, according to Forbes magazine, most of it from endorsements, appearances and royalties rather than victories on court.Sponsors’ moves to rekindle their relationships with Sharapova were viewed dimly by some sports fans on social media.“So boss of Head reckons drug taking is fine. Tennis is a mess with sponsors like this!” tweeted David Cooke (@hirsty9).last_img read more

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Cricket News There are shades of Sehwag in Prithvi’s batting: Brian Lara

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Prithvi Shaw’s phenomenal talent has been much talked-about and the latest to join the bandwagon is none other than Brian Lara, who has found shades of “Virender Sehwag” in Mumbai youngster’s batting style. Just like Sehwag, Prithvi is also a fierce cutter of the ball and his short-arm pull at times is a carbon copy of the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’.One of the greatest batsman to have ever graced the game, Lara was all praise for young Shaw’s approach.             “I see more of Virender Sehwag in Prithvi Shaw’s style of batting and think his maturity is amazing,” Lara told Star Sports Select Dugout.Lara was impressed watching Prithvi score a hundred on his Test debut in Rajkot last year.“I saw him play against the West Indies last October and he scored a lot of runs.  It’s wonderful to see a young player on Indian soil doing so well. He travelled to Australia but unfortunately could not play, because of an injury,” he said.He is only 19 years but with two seasons of IPL, he is already a “senior player”, reckons Lara. “I think he has been in the IPL for a couple of years and is a senior player already. A lot is expected of him, he is in a big man’s game now and has got to do what is necessary.”  last_img read more

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The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaders

first_imgThe UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials.UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___ April 14, 2020 It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.”Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October. The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaderscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled. Associated Press last_img read more

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Team Nigeria in Morocco to Win 12th All Africa Games, Says…

first_imgHe reiterated that Nigeria was in Morocco to win the Games and win it clean.“We are here to win the Games as you can see Morocco is our home. Definitely, we will win but our athletes must stay away from what can tarnish the image of the country,” Gumel, the International Olympic Committee member concluded.The Nigeria contingent was admitted into the Games Village in a colourful ceremony yesterday in Rabat, Morocco.The contingent of about 300 athletes was welcomed into the Games Village, by it’s Mayor, Youssef Oliewzar.He thanked the Nigerian government for releasing the athletes to participate in the Games and welcomed everyone as the country’s green-white-green flag was hoisted along with those of other countries that have arrived earlier.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Mayor welcomes Team Nigeria contingent into Games VillagePresident of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, has expressed confidence in the ability of Team Nigeria topping the overall medals table at the end of the 12th All Africa Games officially starting today in Rabat, Morocco.Speaking during the welcome ceremony of the Nigerian contingent to the Games Village, Gumel charged the athletes to be good ambassadors of the country, while thanking the government of Morocco for welcoming the team.last_img read more

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PL on Citi: Late drama as Sheffield United draw 3-3 with Man Utd

first_imgSubstitute Oli McBurnie secured Sheffield United a deserved share of the spoils as a thrilling, helter-skelter clash with Manchester United ended in a 3-3 draw.Chris Wilder’s promoted side has been so impressive this season that few eyebrows were raised at the fact they headed into this encounter ahead of the 20-time league champions in the standings. Source: Talk Sports ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Marcus Rashford looked to have won it for United Tags: English Premier LeagueManchester UnitedSheffield United The Blades put on another stirring show of organization and creativity on Sunday and were on course for their first win against Manchester United since 1993 thanks to John Fleck’s bundled effort and a fine Lys Mousset strike.The visitors were outthought and outfought for long periods at a bouncing Bramall Lane, but, with the shadow of the newly out-of-work Mauricio Pochettino looming large over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his side went on the most unlikely of seven-minute scoring sprees.Nineteen-year-old Brandon Williams’ first senior goal in the 72nd minute was the catalyst, with 18-year-old Mason Greenwood netting his maiden Premier League goal before Marcus Rashford swept home to send the visiting hordes wild.Yet Wilder’s men are made of stern stuff and dug deep, with McBurnie coming off the bench to secure a draw in the 90th minute as a crazy game came to a fitting conclusion.last_img read more

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Black Princesses trounce Liberia 7-0

first_imgGhana’s female Olympic team, the Black Princesses have made it to the final round of qualifiers to the 10th All Africa Games to be staged in Maputo, Mozambique in September this year.The Princesses put up a great performance to beat their Liberian counterparts 7 goals to nil at the El Wak sports Stadium.The score puts the Princesses 11 goals to nil on aggregate. They will now face Nigeria in the final round of qualifiers.Ghana’s best achievement at the All Africa Games in the female category was a bronze medal won by the Black Princesses in Algeria in 2007.Captain Mercy Mylles, Cynthia Adobea, Alice Danso were all on the score sheet for the Princesses.Story By: Natogmah Sugri Mohammedlast_img

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This week’s Afcon 2017 draw: Can Ghana win bid to host again?

first_imgIt’s a crucial next few days for three countries, including Ghana, who will find out if they will get the right to host the 2017 Afcon. Joy Sports looks at the main items as leading African officials gather at a hotel near the Nile river this week.2017 AFCON HOSTINGWhile Guinea were selected 2023 Cup of Nations hosts last year, a decision on who stages the edition two years from now will be made only this week.Spiralling post-Muammar Gaddafi-era violence forced 2017 hosts Libya to withdraw last year and Algeria, Gabon, Ghana are bidding to replace them.Recurring crowd trouble could count against Algeria and location might rule out Gabon as another central African state, Equatorial Guinea, were the 2015 hosts.Ghana held a successful, goal-packed 2008 tournament, have the required four international-standard stadiums, and appear to tick all the boxes. African football bosses are in Cairo all week to deliberate on this and other important issues.CAIRO CALLINGThe African football spotlight falls on the Egyptian capital with Fifa presidential hopefuls electioneering while a proposed rule change could extend the reign of CAF strongman Issa Hayatou.Other CAF business also includes making the qualifying draw for the 2017 Afcon. There will also be a vote to select two African representatives for the Fifa executive committee.FIFA PRESIDENCY HOPEFULS Fifa president Sepp Blatter is sure to receive an emotional welcome on a continent where he enjoys massive support.His three rivals for the top world football job – Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michel van Praag and former Portugal star Luis Figo – are also expected to seek support.It would be a shock, though, if Blatter failed to garner virtually all 54 African votes in the May presidential election.The Swiss brought the World Cup to Africa for the first time in 2010 and Fifa financial support helps keep afloat many national football federations.SENIOR AGE LIMIT CAF want to change a rule that prevents officials serving beyond 70, which would force Hayatou to step down as president in August next year.There is little doubt that the proposal will be passed, allowing the tall Cameroonian to continue a reign that began in 1988.He is the longest serving CAF boss, surpassing the 16 years of Ethiopian Ydnekatchew Tessema, who died in 1987.Hayatou considers helping bring the 2010 World Cup to South Africa his greatest achievement and dreams of a World Cup-winning African team.CUP OF NATIONS DRAW Morocco and Tunisia will be among the entrants for the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifying draw scheduled to take place after the hosts are named Wednesday.Having refused to host the 2015 tournament on the agreed dates because they feared visitors could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country, Morocco were barred from the 2017 and 2019 Cup of Nations.But a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed Morocco back into a competition they won for the only time 39 years ago.Tunisia escaped a ban after apologising for accusing CAF of bias in a controversial 2015 Cup of Nations quarterfinal defeat by Equatorial Guinea.FIFA EXECUTIVE Tunisian Tarek Bouchamaoui and Constant Selemani from the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to win a race with Ivorian Jacques Anouma to fill two places on the Fifa executive committee.Anouma wanted to challenge Hayatou for the CAF presidency two years ago, but a rule change disqualified him.Algerian Mohamed Raouraoua was expected to stand for re-election, but withdrew after reportedly losing the support of Hayatou.The successful candidates will join Hayatou and Egyptian Hany Abo Rida as CAF representatives at Fifa House in Zurich. Burundian female Lydia Nsekera is a non-CAF member of the global body executive.–last_img read more

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Dodgers bullpen lets another one slip through its fingers in loss to Reds

first_imgTrailing by two with one out in the ninth inning, Cody Bellinger (who had homered for the Dodgers’ first run in the game) got ahead in the count 3-and-0 against Reds reliever Jared Hughes. Dave Roberts sent the take sign to third base coach Chris Woodward who relayed it to Bellinger.And Bellinger bunted.“In that situation, you want to make that guy throw strikes,” Roberts said later. “A 3-and-0 situation — I was surprised.”Hughes handled the bunt easily, threw Bellinger out and then got Chris Taylor to line out to shortstop to end the game.Just a few days after Roberts bemoaned the fact that his hitters needed to “have different clubs in your bag,” Bellinger had pulled the wrong club for the situation.“I was trying to get the tying run to the plate there. Just didn’t execute,” Bellinger said.“I mean, I had the take sign. Knew the fastball was coming. I’ve done it so many times before I thought it was going to be an easy bunt. …At that moment, I thought it was a good play. I knew a heater was coming and those are the easiest pitches to bunt.”Given the current state of the team and the fact that Roberts pulled him from a game for a perceived lack of hustle just two weeks ago, Bellinger’s misguided attempt to jumpstart a rally plays as willful defiance as well.Roberts and Bellinger had not spoken about it immediately after the game but Roberts indicated there would be a conversation.“It’s one of those where if you get it down, it’s a great play. If you don’t, it’s a bad play,” Bellinger said. “If I could do it again I wouldn’t. At the time, I thought it was a good idea.”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.Letting Stripling bat for himself with two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth seemed like a good idea to Roberts at the time too. He was more focused on “run prevention” with Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett coming up in the sixth than using a pinch-hitter to try and push across another run, Roberts said.His two lefty relievers, Adam Liberatore and Scott Alexander, were unavailable so Roberts sent Stripling out to face the two lefties – the right-handed Stripling actually fares better against lefties. Stripling had already thrown 71 pitches – the most he had thrown in a game since August 2016.He got Votto looking at a curveball for a called third strike, Stripling’s career-high seventh strikeout of the game. But he gave up a single to Gennett (who is 10 for 14 in this series). Roberts went to Chargois — and another Dodgers’ lead disappeared through the hole in their pockets.“It’s kind of what’s been going on,” Roberts said. “He came in. I loved the matchup and he got a ground ball. It popped out of his glove and ends up being an infield hit. If he misses it completely, we get a double play. We had guys there (up the middle). If he catches it cleanly, it’s a double play.”The Reds piled on with doubles by Tucker Barnhart and Alex Blandino.During their past 19 games, the Dodgers’ bullpen has been the infected tooth that every bite seems to find. Relievers have given up 11 home runs and taken five losses during the freefall, posting a collective 5.25 ERA and unsightly 1.58 WHIP. Of course, the next batter, Scott Schebler, hit a three-run home run just over the wall in left field and the Cincinnati Reds went on to hand the Dodgers another defeat, 5-3.The Dodgers have lost three in a row to the team with the worst record in the National League and 13 of their past 19 overall.“Yeah, man – can’t get out of our own way a little bit,” said Dodgers starter Ross Stripling who handed a 3-1 lead to Chagrois in the sixth. “One bounce and it could have been different. This is definitely a tough one. None of them have been easy to swallow.“If he catches it, turns and makes a throw, maybe we’re having a more pleasant conversation right now. That one stinks. That’s just the way it’s going for us right now.”Indeed. Not only can’t the Dodgers seem to catch a break, when they try to make one for themselves they get that wrong too. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after lining into a double play during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey, top, reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes scored on single by Joc Pederson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Los Angeles Dodgers players Steve Yeager, left, Steve Garvey, center, and Ron Cey talk before an Old Timers game that was held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Fernando Valenzuela, left, and Sandy Koufax talk before an Old Timers game held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, center, puts his hands on the shoulders of Fernando Valenzuela, second from right, as Don Newcombe stands by before an Old Timers game that was held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, center, talks to Kirk Gibson, right, as Don Newcombe stands nearby before an Old Timers game held before a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers player Kirk Gibson signs autographs before an Old Timers game held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela winds up during an Old Timers game held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Sandy Koufax, left, and Don Newcombe talk before an Old Timers game held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers player and current manager Dave Roberts laughs after being thrown out at first during an Old Timers game held prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, left, dives for a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy as Chris Taylor runs to second during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. Muncy was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts, center, and coach Bob Geren after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, right, scores on single by Joc Pederson as Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart waits for the throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey, left, reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes scored on single by Joc Pederson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler hits a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher JT Chargois, front, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler, right, scores on his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher JT Chargois, left, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson can’t reach a three-run home run by Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda looks at a bat belonging to Kirk Gibson, right, during an Old Timer’s game that was held prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez makes a catch on a ball hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jared Hughes throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Reds won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez gestures before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after lining into a double play during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — You know the pie in the face is coming. You sense it. You just don’t know exactly when it will be delivered.It came in the sixth inning Saturday night.When J.T. Chargois stabbed at Eugenio Suarez’s hard comebacker to the mound, the ball hit right inside his glove. An inning-ending double play that would have preserved a two-run Dodger lead at the time was within reach. But not grasped.The ball didn’t stick. It bounced out. Chargois lost sight of it and spun around in confusion, looking for it. By the time he and the ball were reunited, everyone was safe.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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