IMCA special events drivers vie for Tire Demon awards

first_imgKELLEY, Iowa – Tire Demon by Love Tap gives gift certificates worth a total of $30,000 to special events competitors during its first full season as an IMCA sponsor.Five hundred dollar certificates will be awarded at 30 designated specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and at 15 designated specials for both IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those certificates are good toward the purchase of a tire prep stand from the Kelley, Iowa manufacturer and will be mailed after official results are received at the IMCA home office.Tire Demon is owned by former SportMod driver Tim Love and gave its first award at the 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s to Modified champion Ricky Thornton Jr.“We are looking forward to partnering with IMCA for the 2017 racing season. The response to our machine has been incredible, to say the least,” Love commented. “We have been blown away by the feedback and excitement of both race car drivers and their crew members when they see our machine in action and they realize how much time and energy this machine will save them.”“Anyone in this sport knows that there is always a lot of work that goes into preparing for a race, so something that cuts hours of work off such an important component of racing is really exciting,” he added.More information is available by calling Love at 515 450-4909 and on Facebook at Tire Demon by Love-Tap Fabrication.“We put this program together at mid-season last year and look forward to a full season of partnership in 2017,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The Tire Demon is a great tool for our current rules package and something that can save racers a great deal of time and energy.”last_img read more

Doncaster option for Ebor hero

first_img Murtagh said: “We just felt this Saturday was going to come a bit soon. “I spoke to Andrew (Tinkler, owner) about it last night and we’ve entered him in the Doncaster Cup. That is the next option, so we’ll see how he is in the next few days and have a look at it. “Australia is still the main target. It’s just a case of working out the best way for us to get him there.” The five-year-old ran out an impressive winner of Europe’s most valuable staying handicap on the Knavesmire last month, leaving connections dreaming of a possible Melbourne Cup bid in November. Murtagh considered letting his charge head to Kempton for this weekend’s September Stakes, but has decided to wait and he could instead make the trip to Town Moor before being prepared for his journey across the globe. Johnny Murtagh’s Ebor hero Mutual Regard could return to Yorkshire for a tilt at next week’s Doncaster Cup.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli agree to plea guilty in college admission scam case

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to a plea deal in connection with their involvement in the so-called “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. The Full House actress will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and have two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service, while her husband, a fashion designer, will serve five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts. They will enter their guilty pleas on conspiracy charges on Friday, according to the office.“We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling in a press release. The couple become the 23rd and 24th suspects to plead guilty to the case, which was announced last year. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Latest: Kenny replaces McCarthy as Ireland manager

first_imgThe Latest: Kenny replaces McCarthy as Ireland manager 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 McCarthy had originally been due to stay in charge until July 31, after the Euro 2020 finals – now put back a year – were originally due to finish. Kenny had been set to take over on Aug. 1 after being in charge of the under-21 national side.Ireland faces Slovakia away in the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs, with the winner to face either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the fixture has been postponed for a second time due to the pandemic.___Tajikistan has started a new soccer season, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic.Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Khujand. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Stephen Kenny is the new Ireland soccer manager after replacing Mick McCarthy in a planned move brought forward by the coronavirus pandemic.“The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect,” the FAI said in a statement. “The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship playoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The game was played without fans and a large banner reading “stop coronavirus” in Tajik and Russian covered part of the stands.Players and staff from both teams mingled freely after the final whistle before officials hung medals around their necks and shook their hands.Professional soccer is only continuing in a few countries around the world, with Belarus, Nicaragua and Burundi among the holdouts, attracting interest from foreign fans and international gambling markets.Tajikistan has not reported any cases of the new coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.___ April 4, 2020last_img read more

Attention: Beware of Ryan’s Badgers

first_imgIt?s not always pretty. It doesn?t always make you jump out of your seat. You don?t see players limping off the court in fatigue, cramping, like you did in the Feb. 23 No. 1 Tennessee-No. 2 Memphis matchup. Fast break alley-oops are rarities, and windmill dunks are even more uncommon.Big Ten basketball isn?t run-and-gun, shootout, fast-paced hoops. Every game is a chess match. And right now, the man who crouches in front of Wisconsin?s bench, scowling at referees is getting pretty used to saying, ?checkmate.?Ten days ago I spoke with a childhood friend of mine who is currently the graduate assistant for a Big 12 basketball program ? I?ll keep his name and team undisclosed. I asked him what he thought about the Badgers, to which he replied, ?Probably the best-coached team in the country.?It?s hard to disagree.I can?t think of a current college coach who has gotten more out of his players than Bo Ryan has this season, because let?s face it; on paper, this team should not be in the Top 10.Good thing games aren?t played on paper.Ryan has got this team not only believing in him and his signature swing offense, but in themselves, evident in their performances on the court over the past few weeks.This Badger squad is now playing with a swagger that was absent earlier in the season. And as we enter the month of madness, I have one message for teams who overlook the cardinal and white as a legitimate foe: Beware of Bo?s Badgers, the Big Ten Champions.Although he hasn?t been the most consistent player on this Wisconsin team, the swagger I mentioned earlier is centered around senior forward Brian Butch. Butch has looked like an altogether new player since Ryan inserted him into the ?crunch time lineup? Feb. 13 in Bloomington. In that game, he scored nine points down the stretch against Big Ten Player of the Year frontrunner D.J. White, including the game-winning 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play. Butch is the emotional leader of the team, as evidenced by his excessive fist-pumping and frantic arm-waving ? which does get a little ridiculous at times ? after he knocks down big shots. Nonetheless, every successful team needs someone to rally the troops in big games, and for that reason, the Polar Bear is indispensable.The phrase ?It ain?t pretty, but it?s effective? comes to mind when you think of senior center Greg Stiemsma. He?s not a dominant big man ? although you wouldn?t have guessed it Wednesday night. Unless you?re my friend Sarah, who asked if he was the best player on the team and subsequently predicted his career night. By no means does he have finesse, but he can contribute with the occasional big block, rebound or hook shot. Stiemsma adds depth and size to the UW frontline, so if Butch were to get in foul trouble, there?s a more-than-sufficient backup ready for action ? or they can play together, as we saw multiple times against Penn State.This season Marcus Landry has become a serious problem for Big Ten opponents. He?s athletic around the basket and now comfortable with shooting the 3-ball. He can play the three, four or five position on the floor and really creates matchup problems for opposing teams.Sophomore guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon have shown immeasurable amounts of improvements as this season has progressed. Hughes has learned to take care of the ball and control the tempo of the game instead of playing street ball, trying to force everything. That said, he can get to the rim and create his own shot better than anyone on this Badgers team.Bohannon, in my mind, has gone from timid to confident in a matter of weeks. He now doesn?t hesitate before unloading from beyond the arc. He knows he can knock down that shot time and time again. And to think ? he has two years left in his UW career.That leaves me with my co-MVPs of the 2007-08 Wisconsin Badgers: junior Joe Krabbenhoft and senior Michael Flowers.Krabbenhoft literally does it all. He can?t jump the highest or run the fastest. Heck, his jump shot is only mediocre at best. But he?s the kind of guy who can have a line of two points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), four assists and two steals. He?s simply a winner.?[Joe?s] the kind of guy everybody wants on their team,? Ryan said Monday. ?If I?m playing pickup, I?d pick Joe.?I?d pick four Joes and Flowers.To me, not only is Flowers the team MVP, but he?s also the most improved from last season. He?s probably the best shutdown defender I?ve ever witnessed in person. Spartans? sharpshooter Drew Neitzel couldn?t shake Flowers for the life of him last week in the Kohl Center, as he finished with a mere three points on an abysmal 1-10 shooting performance.But to be honest, I already knew Flowers was a lockdown on defense; it?s been his offensive play this season that has impressed me the most. Flowers night in and night out attacks the rim, handles the point when Hughes is resting, knocks down 3-pointers and dishes out 2.7 assists per game, assets we rarely saw last season.I just mentioned seven (eight including Ryan) individuals vital to this year?s Badgers? success. But they are purely that: individuals. What makes this team really special is that it truly is a team. They don?t have a superstar. Instead, they have balance. They hedge screens, fit through picks and play team defense. They?re patient on offense and make the extra pass to an open teammate. It?s been fun to watch this team mature throughout the course of the season because they really have improved tremendously.For the record, I was at Super Bowl XXXVIII ? which ended on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal ? and Game One of the 2004 World Series at Fenway Park, and the energy and excitement present in the Kohl Center Wednesday night was comparable.Like the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, these Badgers have peaked at the right time. They?re on cruise control, and it?s now March 7.This team has the ingredients to make a significant postseason run. Are they poised to knock off one of the nation?s best?I wouldn?t bet against it.last_img read more

Syracuse on verge of program’s single-season wins record

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Two wins. That’s all Syracuse needs to match its all-time record for victories.Following a disappointing season in which the team finished 10-22-3 overall, the Orange (16-11-1, 10-3-1 College Hockey America) was determined to play better this year. But after losing its first two games of the season, it didn’t look like SU was going to improve.Last season, Syracuse ended with a 5-10-2 conference record and was knocked out of the conference tournament in the first round. This year, the Orange won its sixth conference game in January against Lindenwood, and is just seven points away from locking up the No. 2 seed in the CHA tournament.“I think our team chemistry off the ice is 10 times better than last year,” said forward Shiann Darkangelo. “Everyone gets along and everyone knows that our goal is to win CHA.”While this season has gone much better than last, SU is still chasing its best record as a program. Syracuse finished 18-17-1 overall and 8-8-0 in conference play three years ago. During the weekend the Orange set a new best mark for conference wins, sweeping Robert Morris on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut according to Darkangelo and forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe, the goal this year wasn’t to have the best regular season in program history, it was to have the most successful postseason.“To go far in that tournament would be a huge thing,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “The will to win. We all came in here knowing what we want to do, and I think we’re proving it on the ice.Since losing five of six between Dec. 7 and Jan. 15, SU has been on a tear. Syracuse is riding a six-game winning streak, with all six victories coming against conference foes.Earlier in the season, Carrie-Mattimoe talked about the team’s need to play well in regular season conference games in order to prepare for the tournament. Overall, the Orange has the second best CHA record, and only has one more loss than league-leader Mercyhurst.Head coach Paul Flanagan said part of the success is due to the rising level of competition in the conference and SU’s ability to adapt.“The league has changed, I mean we have matured as a program,” Flanagan said. “As we’ve matured, the expectation should be that we should get more wins.”Since the birth of the Syracuse program, RIT, Lindenwood, and Penn State have joined the CHA. The Orange has taken advantage of those young programs and has a 7-0-1 record against them this season. Four out of SU’s final six games are against RIT and Lindenwood.But while beating up on young teams might not be something to be proud of, Flanagan said it’s important to the team’s success as a whole.“We would expect to win, maybe not all of those games, but at least a large percentage of them,” Flanagan said. “I think the combination of the new teams and the fact that we’re a veteran program contributes to that (success).”Winning easy games against lesser teams can boost confidence, but forward Margot Scharfe said sometimes not being able to outplay some of the harder teams has helped the team focus and get better.“I think we realize that we have to be a gritty team,” Scharfe said. “We need to work as hard as we can and not let anyone slide.”Letting games get away hasn’t been a major problem for Syracuse, but it has added games to the loss column. In October, the Orange lost a game to Quinnipiac when the Bobcats scored with seven seconds remaining in overtime. Then, in December, SU lost two games in a row by one point to Clarkson.Flanagan said those two games, specifically, helped motivate the team to not only get better on the ice, but also off of it. Team chemistry has been something that Flanagan has preached this season, and it’s rubbed off on his players, as well.“I think we are a lot more cohesive and we all love each other,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “In seasons, you’re going to have lots of ups and downs. But when the team’s cohesive, there’s going to be a lot less downs and I think that adds to our winning.” Comments Published on February 6, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact David: dlauterb@syr.edulast_img read more

Professor George Sanchez mentors first-generation and local students

first_imgAs a Latino, low-income student growing up in Los Angeles County, George Sanchez merely dreamed of attending college, but in 1977, he embarked on his first airplane ride to Boston — to attend Harvard University.As a first-generation student, Sanchez struggled to carve a path toward and through college. Now a professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC, Sanchez uses his own experiences as a college student of color to aid students at the University who go through struggles similar to his own.Sanchez’ parents possessed a grade-school education when they immigrated to the United States from Mexico, which Sanchez said was difficult because he lacked the support he needed to create a clear path toward higher education.“Like a lot of first generation students, I didn’t know what to expect,” Sanchez said. “You were really worried about running out of money, [of] being a burden to your own family.”Thirteen percent of USC freshman are first-generation students, many of whom face the same challenges Sanchez faced more than 30 years ago at Harvard. Today, Sanchez closely works with the scholars from the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, who are typically low-income and first-generation.As a mentor for these students, Sanchez worked with the current director of the fund, Christina Yokohama, to build a study abroad program targeted toward first-generation students.“[We] were looking at the same reports, and the reports were that first-generation college students tended to not study abroad in comparison to other students at USC,” Sanchez said. “It tended to be an issue of not feeling comfortable and not knowing why.”Being able to visit a foreign country with other Topping scholars provided a pipeline for many of them to study abroad: an education that was previously unavailable for marginalized students who often lacked the knowledge and initiative to travel.For Felipe Hernandez, a junior majoring in civil engineering, being able to visit Japan with Sanchez made him view his own career pathway in a different light. As for his direct relationship with Sanchez, Hernandez said that he has been a mentor that “always let his voice be heard.”“Sometimes he doesn’t have to say much to guide you,” Hernandez said.Because of his one-on-one work with underrepresented students, Sanchez has been able to create connections with other students in ways that professors often do not.Along with fomenting a direct relationship with the Topping Scholars, and even writing about the history of the fund, Sanchez also worked with students and other faculty members to create a virtual pantry program to aid students who suffer from food insecurity.As the vice dean of diversity and strategic initiatives, Sanchez formalized his role to help underprivileged students who struggled to bring food to the table.“It was literally making decisions to buy a book instead of a sandwich,” Sanchez said.With a donation from a former professor, Sanchez was able to make the work official and has now helped feed many students through the Virtual Food Pantry.Sanchez is currently writing a book about the history of the Boyle Heights neighborhood. He continues to open doors for those who are often underrepresented on college campuses and create opportunities that previously were nonexistent at the University.Last semester, Sanchez kickstarted a new major — the Contemporary Latino and Latin American studies, which now has 22 students enrolled.“Students that were coming from Central America, from Guatemala and El Salvador, and undocumented students that came in contact with me really wanted to study both Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America,” Sanchez said. “There has been a lot of enthusiasm about that. We’ve had to fight for the major.”With courses offered throughout different departments, students are able to learn about different aspects of Latinos and Latin America,  through an American studies or a political science class.For Ana Barrios, an undocumented junior majoring in contemporary Latino and Latin American studies, working with Sanchez on direct research on Guatemala, the country she was born in, sparked her interest in joining the major.“I’ll be able to learn more about Latin America,” Barrios said. “As a Latina, that is important, especially in a predominately white institution such as USC.”But Sanchez’s mentorship and help goes past creating the new major, especially now during a time when many Latino and undocumented students like Barrios say they feel uncertain about their future under the Trump administration.Sanchez said that during the weeks following Trump’s election, he spent eight hours a day helping students who were worried about what the future had in store for them and for their families.“It was a pretty serious time, a lot of crying, a lot of real confusion and fear,” Sanchez said.He added that the students were worried about serious issues while trying to do all the work others have to do. So they’ve got all those things combined.“And that’s tough,” Sanchez said. “That’s not easy.”Iris Verduzco, a Topping scholar and a senior majoring in law, history and culture, said she was grateful to have had Sanchez as a mentor during these tumultuous times.“He’s just incredibly selfless,” Verduzco said. “Growing up, I’ve never been one to really talk to someone about my problems because I’ve always just been raised with that mentality that people are going through their own things and they don’t want to hear your problems on top of that, but Sanchez has always made me feel important.”Despite his quiet and calm demeanor, Sanchez’ impact on students like Verduzco and Barrios has spoken louder than words. His relationship with underprivileged students provides insight on how professors and faculty members can lead minority students to and through higher education. The only way to ensure an educative future though, Sanchez said, is through change.“We’re either going to be an engine for social mobility … or we’re just going to restamp the status quo all the time,” Sanchez said. “And for me, I’m not really into restamping the status quo.”last_img read more

Arsenal Extend Mertesacker’s Contract

first_imgArsenal have triggered an option to extend Per Mertesacker’s contract despite the centre back not playing a single game for the club so far this season due to a knee problem, manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday.The 32-year-old former German international underwent surgery after picking up the injury in a pre-season friendly in July.“He’s back in training, not with the squad, but he’s two weeks away now,” Wenger told a news conference yesterday. “He has an option that we have taken. There was no negotiation, just an option that we have taken.” Arsenal, which climbed above Manchester City into fourth place in the Premier League table after beating Swansea City 4-0 last weekend, host 10th-placed Burnley on Sunday, with Wenger’s team boosted by the return of a trio of absentees.Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and full backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs are all back training with the squad ahead of the Burnley game, although Theo Walcott is still out.Wenger also offered positive news on striker Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring against Swansea, but limped off an hour into the game.“Giroud is back in training since yesterday,” Wenger said. “With the number of games we have it’s important that we have all our experienced players back and that everybody is focused to do well.“We’re going through a moment of truth now, January until May is five months to go. You want ideally all your players with big experience back in your squad.”With striker Danny Welbeck also back in the team after a long-term injury, Wenger said he did not expect to seek reinforcements in January, and ruled out a move for unsettled West Ham United creative midfielder Dimitri Payet.Payet has been linked with a move back to his former club Olympique de Marseille, and Wenger said he was not interested in signing the France international.“I expect it to be a very quiet period,” he added. “We are very strong. We have many, many players who can come in. I rate Payet but I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players. We have many players who can play in this position.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

National Women’s League: Fabulous Ladies remain unbeaten

first_imgFabulous Ladies claimed the spoils in the Kumasi derby following victory over Ashtown Ladies in the Northern Division of the National Women’s League.Goals from Agnes Aduako and Priscilla Okyere handed Fabulous Ladies a 2-0 victory at the Wesco Park.The win leaves Fabulous at the top of the standings as they are the only unbeaten side in the league and yet to concede after six matches.Oforikrom Ladies lost 1-0 to Ampem Darkoa after Mavis Baffowaa scored the decisive goal.Grace Adams, Kasira Malik and Mercy Myles all scored to give Prisons Ladies a 3-0 win over Sharp Arrows.In the Southern Division, champions, Hasaacas kept the pressure at the top as the defeated Lady Strikers 2-0 courtesy goals from Samira Suleman and Perpetual Agyekum. After bolstering their squads and going back to the drawing board, the National Women’s League returns this weekend with the second round matches.Police Ladies managed a 1-0 victory over Soccer Intellectuals. In the other contest Rumanatu Tahiru scored to help Immigration Ladies to a 1-0 win against the division’s basement ladies, Ayola.last_img read more

Dodgers power up early then hold on to beat Cubs 7-5

first_imgPreviousDodgers closer Kenley Jansen earns a four-out save during Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the first inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras celebrates his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood wipes his face after giving up a two-run home run to Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the second inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his two-run home run, next to Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, left, and Dodgers’ Alex Wood during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the second inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Ian Happ #8 of the Chicago Cubs beats the tag by Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he scores on a infield hit by Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ, left, scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal on a single by Jason Heyward during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two RBI double in the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal watches his two-run double against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner advances to third on a single by Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is tagged out at home by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras while trying to score on a ball hit by Enrique Hernandez during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out at home by Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out at home by Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs exchange words after Turner was tagged out at home in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs exchange words after Turner was tagged out at home in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, has words with Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras after being tagged out at home during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy rounds the bases after a home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson tosses his helmut after lining out to right during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson tosses his helmet after lining out to left during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing celebrates after the last out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood fields a ball hit by Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Heyward was safe at first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward celebrates after scoring on a double by Willson Contreras during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the second inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates at the entrance to the dugout after his home run against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after the team’s 7-5 win against the Chicago Cubs during a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earns a four-out save during Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the first inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 34LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the first inning of the game off Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have had the winning power ball numbers this month.They hit three more home runs Wednesday night, two while they were scoring six times in the first two innings. They almost needed more, hanging on for a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit the first two home runs Wednesday off Kyle Hendricks, who didn’t make it through three innings (his shortest start since his rookie season in 2014). That was appropriate – Pederson (10) and Muncy (9) have combined to hit 19 of the Dodgers’ MLB-leading 51 home runs in the month of June.The 51 home runs are two short – with three games to play in the month – of the franchise record for a calendar month (set last June) and seven short of matching the major-league record for any month (shared by the Baltimore Orioles in May 1987 and the Seattle Mariners in May 1999). “That’s a lot of homers,” Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood said accurately when the total was pointed out to him. “I don’t know what the record for a month is … we just might get there.”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.The Dodgers have gone without a home run in just four of their 23 games this month – and lost all four games. They are 17-2 this month when they hit at least one home run and have hit more than one home run in a game 16 times in June.“We hit a lot of home runs,” Cody Bellinger echoed. “We have a deep, deep lineup. We have guys on the bench who can go deep too. It’s scary facing us right now.”It’s not safe turning your back on their home runs either. They’ve started to become impertinent.Muncy’s solo home run in the first inning – implausibly his 16th of the season – cleared the fence in straight-away center field then bounced back over the fence and bopped Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. on the top of his head as he walked away. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Wood called a three-start stretch in late May and early June the worst of his career, declining to cite a strained muscle in his left leg as a contributing factor. In three starts since then, Wood has a 2.89 ERA and 1.07 WHIP and the Dodgers have won all three games.“That was a tough three-start stretch, probably the toughest of my career,” Wood said. “To kind of give an answer to those three starts and get back on track is a good feeling for me.”Contreras bit Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander as well, driving in two more runs with an eighth-inning double to make it a one-run game, 6-5.Roberts called on Kenley Jansen to get the final four outs, a task made easier when Cody Bellinger hit the Dodgers’ third home run of the night, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the eighth. The Dodgers added two more runs that inning on a double by Yasmani Grandal.They roughed up Hendricks for another three runs in the second inning. Pederson hit a two-run home run and Kiké Hernandez drove in another run by an unconventional route – an RBI single.Twenty-three of the Dodgers’ past 33 runs and 74 of their 133 runs this month have scored on home runs.“You know what? I sorta do,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if he’s come to expect the nightly power display. “It’s been a large enough sample, I guess, the way the offense has been performing. We hit the ball out of the ballpark.”But a manager who made it to the big leagues by virtue of his legs, hitting just 23 homers in 10 seasons while stealing 243 bases, must have some difficulty watching everyone muscle up now.“You know – it got me a little bit a few years ago,” Roberts admitted. “But I understand our roster a lot more. They’re a lot better players and can do a lot more with the bat.“It’s something we talk about a lot – this is our roster, these are our guys and we have to give them the best chance to do what they do well. I do encourage them when they give you chances to walk we have to take that. We can always get better at that. But when there’s a mistake made in the strike zone we do a good job of hitting it hard.”The six-run burst in the first two innings allowed Dodgers starter Alex Wood to recover from his own brush with the longball – a two-run homer by Willson Contreras in the first inning. Wood allowed just one more run while going as deep into a game as he’s gone since his first start of the season back on March 30. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out six in seven innings against the Cubs.Related Articleslast_img read more