<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sportshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.pngNBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 25 Jul 2016 15:23:05 -0700Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:23:05 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[USA Basketball Routs China 106-57]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:35:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DeAndre-Jordan-USA-Basketball-China-7-23-16.jpg

Kevin Durant led Team USA with 19 points in 18 minutes, as USA Basketball cruised to a 106-57 victory over China on a warm Sunday evening at sold out Staples Center.

"I want to thank the people of Los Angeles," Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the lopsided game. "What a great crowd: Unbelievable, staying late, full house, terrific."

Krzyzewski added, "We really played hard, and we shared the ball well to have 29 assists on 41 buckets. We should have won, but the way we won was excellent."

The crowd had stayed late, largely, due to the acrobatic and dominating play of DeAndre Jordan. Sure, Durant may have only missed two shots and hit four of his five three-point attempts to lead all scorers, but Jordan's physical size and athletic movement kept the crowd interested until the sun set in LA and on China.

In his postgame comments, Chinese coach Gong Luming admitted via a translator that the result was decided before the game even started. Sunday night offered an exhibition akin to the Harlem Globetrotters playing against the Washington Generals, but Team USA still managed to put on a show.

Krzyzewski played the right strings by contorting his lineups to fit Jordan, who regularly starts for the LA Clippers in the same arena, over the probable starter at Rio 2016, DeMarcus Cousins. Also Krzyzewski left Durant on the bench and pushed Southern California natives Paul George of Palmdale and DeMar DeRozan of Compton into the starting lineup.

DeRozan had a good night with 13 points on 6-8 shooting from the field in just under 17 minutes of floor time. Klay Thompson, who was born in LA and went to high school in Orange County, was the only player to play over 19 minutes in a comfortable performance that did not stress the home team.

Jordan, who is on his first senior national team, repeatedly stole the show with his rim rocking slam dunks and breathtaking block shots. Jordan stood out at Team USA Camp in Las Vegas, and the ferocity he showed in the desert appears to be carrying into the exhibition season.

"It's bigger than the Clippers; it's bigger than everything," Jordan spoke about the pride with which he wears the Team USA jersey. "It's a huge honor representing your country. I've dreamt about this since I was a kid."

Krzyzewski added emphatically added about Jordan, "As good as I thought he was on T.V. or tape, he's better. He's really, I think, one of the great players in the league right now—and an amazing teammate. He does dirty work willingly, and he does it at the highest level."

Strictly statistically speaking, Jordan finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals in 17 active minutes.

Next, Team USA faces the same Chinese team in Oakland on Tuesday. Durant will likely return to the starting lineup, as he plays at Oracle Arena for the first time since signing with the Golden State Warriors.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Crush Cardinals in St. Louis]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:04:08 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Adrian+Gonzalez+Grand+Slam.png

Welcome to the big leagues, kid. 

Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam home run off St. Louis rookie starter Mike Mayers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cardinals, 9-6, on Sunday night at Busch Stadium.

Mayers was making his Major League debut and needless to say it was as disastrous as could be as the 24-year-old right-hander got rocked, allowing nine runs on eight hits in just 1 and 1/3 innings. 

Most of the damage was done in the first inning as the first three batters of the game reached base for the Dodgers' butter and egg man, Adrian Gonzalez. The power-hitting first baseman slugged his 299th home run of his career, a grand slam to give LA the 4-0 lead.

The Dodgers tacked on two more runs as starting pitcher Scott Kazmir hit a two-run single up the middle as LA batted around off Mayers in the first inning. 

The six runs were all that Kazmir (9-3) would need as he cruised to his ninth victory of the season allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in five innings. 

The Cardinals mounted a comeback with two runs in the second inning and three runs in the seventh inning to cut the gap to 9-6. 

Tommy Pham hit a two-run home run in the second inning and Matt Holliday and Stephen Piscotty both hit RBI doubles in the game. 

Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run for LA to extend his hit streak to 16 games and Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Adam Liberatore allowed three runs in relief in the seventh inning, snapping his streak of 28 consecutive scoreless appearances, a franchise record. 

The victory moves the Dodgers within three games of the first place San Francisco Giants in the NL West after their rivals lost to the Yankees 5-2 on Sunday in New York.

Players of the Game:

Adrian Gonzalez: 3-for-5 with a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Howie Kendrick: 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI.
Tommy Pham: Two-run home run.

Three Takeaways:

1. End of an ERA: Adam Liberatore allowed three runs in a 1/3 inning of relief on Sunday, snapping his 28-game scoreless appearances streak, a Dodger franchise record. Liberatore's ERA jumped from 0.55 to 1.35 within a single inning.

2. Let's Go Streaking: Howie Kendrick had a home run and a double and extended his hitting-streak to a season-high 16 games. Kendrick's streak is the second longest in the National League this season behind teammate Corey Seager.

3. Hot Start: The Los Angeles Dodgers tied their record for the most runs scored in an inning (6) set on June 18th in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first time the Dodgers have scored six runs to start the game this season.

Up Next:

Dodgers (56-44): Los Angeles will have an off-day on Monday as they head back to LA for a brief two-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cardinals (52-46): St. Louis travels to New York where they will take on the Mets on Monday.

Photo Credit: Scott Kane/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Get Big Bounce Back Win over Cards]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:49:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/Kenta+Meada+Dodgers+Bounce+Back.png

When you get knocked down, get back up and go again.

Less than 24 hours after the Dodgers suffered a disappointing and devastating loss at the hands of the rival St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles bounced back with an offensive explosion in their 7-2, victory on Saturday night at Busch stadium. 

LA put up four runs in the third and three runs in the sixth as they cruised to victory over the Cards and moved two games clear of the NL Central club for the wild card lead. 

"This is exactly what we needed. We responded well," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the game. Kenta gave us six innings and the offense responded. It was good to see."

After two scoreless frames, Kenta Maeda took matters into his own hands as he scored Andrew Toles on an RBI squeeze bunt for the Dodgers first run of the game.

With runners at the corners and no outs, Maeda pushed a bunt down the first base line that both Mike Leake and Matt Adams went to field, leaving nobody covering first base. Toles scored on the play and Maeda made it safely to first. 

"It was a safety squeeze and everything was executed to pefection," Roberts said of the call. "In that situation, it gave us some breathing room and then JT [Justin Turner] gets his big hit. There was a lot of good things going on tonight."

Two batters later, Justin Turner continued his torrid hitting streak with a bases-clearing, double to the gap in right-center and the Dodgers staked a 4-0 lead on Leake. 

Friday night's hero, Matt Adams, capitalized off his game-winning home run in the 16th inning with a solo shot in the fifth inning to put the Cardinals on the board. It ws Adam's second straight game with a homer. 

"It was a 3-2 count and I threw to a place that Adams was able to go down and get it," Maeda told the media through a translator of the only home run he allowed on the night.

Leake (7-8) was unable to limit the damage further as he allowed a leadoff home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the sixth as the Dodgers got the run right back.

Gonzalez sent a 90PMH sinker from Leake over the centerfield wall and into the empty grass space behind dead-center that has made Busch Stadium so spectacularly famous. 

Four batters later, Joc Pederson knocked in two runs with an RBI single and Toles scored from second on a throwing error by Adams at first base. 

"I take a lot of pride in how I play," Toles told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA. "I'm fast and sometimes they make mistakes, what can I say?"

Leake's night ended after that as the veteran right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned), on 12 hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Redbirds. 

Toles started in right field in place of the injured Yasiel Puig and made the most of his spot start, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for his first multi-hit game of his big league career.

"I was just looking to get a good pitch and I got a couple and got some hits," added Toles. "I just want to go out there and try and win. It's been an adjustment at this level, we'll see what the future holds."

Thus far, Toles --the former grocery store employee-- has given the Dodgers a much-needed speed aspect the team did not have prior. His manager knows how vaulable that added asset can be.

"He can hit, defend and run," Roberts said of Toles. "That element of speed is definitely something we don't have so for me it's fun to see it."

Maeda (9-7) bounced back after a loss in his last start against the Diamondbacks with a strong performance on Saturday. The Japanese right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 5 and 2/3 innings. 

Ross Stripling was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to finish the game for the Dodgers. It was Stripling's first Major League action since May 22nd.

"It feels great to be back," Stripling said. "To have some success is good. It was good to see that, good to pitch to contact and have two quick innings."

Players of the Game: 

Andrew Toles: 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Adrian Gonzalez: Home run.
Justin Turner: 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 

Three Takeaways:

1. Freshly Squeezed: Kenta Maeda executed the squeeze play to perfection as he hit an RBI bunt single to put the Dodgers on the board in the first inning.

2. Turn Back the Clock: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals wore throw back uniforms on Saturday night as the Redbirds wore their 1956 uniforms and the Dodgers wore the infamous Brooklyn Dodger hats from their days at Ebbets Field.

3. The Return of the Ross: The Dodgers recalled right-hander Ross Stripling before the game and optioned left-hander Grant Dayton back to Triple-A OKC after the rookie pitched two scoreless innings in his debut on Friday night in extra innings. Stripling was the Dodgers' Opening Day fifth starter, and last pitched on May 22nd.

Up Next:

Dodgers (55-44): Scott Kazmir is expected to make the start on Sunday for Los Angeles in the rubber match of the series.    
Cardinals (52-45): Mike Mayers will make his MLB debut for the RedBirds on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

All quotes courtesy of TWC SportsNetLA.

Photo Credit: Scott Kane/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Face Frustrating 16-Inning Loss to Cards]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:51:13 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Justin+Turner+Homers+in+St.+Louis.png

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Justin Turner hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth, Jedd Gyorko tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and Matt Adams crushed a game-winning walk-off home run in the 16th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second longest game of the season on Friday night.

Dodgers' rookie Corey Seager made a triumphant return to the LA lineup, going 4-for-7 as he did not waste any time making his impact felt on the field. 

Chase Utley started the game with a leadoff double off Michael Wacha and Seager followed with an RBI single to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. 

After an 11-pitch walk to Gyorko to start the third inning, Brandon McCarthy walked Tommy Pham and allowed an RBI single to Aledmys Diaz that Joc Pederson bobbled in centerfield as the error cost the Dodgers two runs.

After the Diaz single, McCarthy retired the next 11 consecutive Cardinal batters he faced, but the lanky right-hander cramped up in the seventh inning and had to exit the game. 

In just his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery, McCarthy allowed two runs (one earned) on just one hit with four strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 innings of work. He recorded a no-decision in the process and remains undefeated as a Dodger.

Wacha also got a no-decision, allowing two runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in six innings pitched. 

Howie Kendrick tied the game with a solo home run down the right field line that extended his hitting-streak to 14 games.

Turner launched his third home run in two days and fifth in seven games as the Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie with the Redbirds in the ninth.

After missing on two straight sliders, Turner got a 93MPH fastball from Seung Hwan Oh and sent it into the open grass behind the centerfield wall.

The Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth with all the momentum and confidence as their All-Star closer Kenley Jansen was on the mound. Jansen got the first two outs of the inning but blew his second save in his last five games and fifth of the season when he served up a solo shot to Gyorko to tie the game at 3-3. It was Gyorko's sixth home run in his last six games. 

Grant Dayton made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. In his first big league appearance, Dayton pitched to slugger Matt Adams and seven-time All-Stars Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina.

Sunday's supposed starter Tyler Lyons came out of the pen for the Cards and threw 4 and 2/3 scoreless innings of relief before Matt Adams won the game for the Redbirds with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 16th

Bud Norris came out of the bullpen pitching on just two days after he took the loss on Wednesday in Washington D.C. After he escaped a leadoff double in the 15th inning, Norris surrendered the game-winning home run on a fastball over the plate to Adams.

The Dodgers will certainly be frustrated after this heartbreaking loss. It's their second blown save in the past week, and arguably the third game they should have won over that span after leading in the late innings.

To make matters worse, the San Francisco Giants lost to the Yankees and LA misses an ample opportunity to move within three games of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers outhit the Redbirds 14-to-8, going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left an astronomical 13 men on base.  

Players of the Game:
Matt Adams:
Game-winning, walk-off home run in the 16th inning.
Justin Turner: Home run in the ninth inning.
Jedd Gyorko: Game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Three Takeaways:

1. Libearatore Means Relief: Adam Liberatore pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh inning to extend his Dodger franchise record to 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. To put that into perspective, 28 scoreless appearances was the most by New York Yankees closer and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.

2. Dayton Flyer: Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Grant Dayton made his Major League debut on Friday night when he entered the game in the bottom of the 11th inning to face home run hitter Matt Adams and a pair of seven-time All-Stars in Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina.

3. What's Wrong Kenley: Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen blew his second save in a week and his fifth of the season. Jansen's trademark "cutter" has not been "cutting" as of late and the Dodgers have lost two games because of it. Even worse, it's cost the team two games in the NL West standings.

Up Next:

Dodgers (54-44): Kenta Maeda heads to the mound on Saturday in St Louis.

Cardinals (52-44): Mike Leake makes the start for the Redbirds at 4:15PM.

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chase Utley 2016 Dodgers' Heart and Hustle Award Winner]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:23:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/Chase+Utley+Heart+and+Hustle.png

Chase Utley has heart.

There's no denying that the 37-year-old baseball lifer epitomizes the toughness that comes with being a big league ballplayer, but Utley now has earned the respect of his teammates as he was named the 2016 winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Heart and Hustle Award. 

The award is presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) each year to the one player who "best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball."

Each of the 30 Major League teams nominate a winner and the final award is voted on by the fans, alumni, and current players and is announced on November 15, 2016 at the annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. 

Utley hasn't even been with the Dodgers for a full calendar year, but he has reignited his career in Dodger blue not to mention become a leader in the locker room to a bountiful flock of rookies.

"The leadership, the attention to detail he has for the game—it was a huge boost for us down the stretch and into the playoffs (in 2005) and was an important thing for us to get back," Dodgers' General Manager Farhan Zaidi told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. "He just has such a strong reputation that even if you didn't get quite that offensive production there was a lot of value to having him on your team." 

Utley's heart and hustle on the field which opponents have deemed "dirty," has been evident throughout his big league career, which started in Philadelphia. It was on full display in his first stint with the Dodgers last fall when he collided into Ruben Tejada at second base to break up a double play in Game 2 of the NLDS against the New York Mets. 

Utley was suspended for the collision after it was announced that Tejada had suffered a broken leg, but remained a constant professional throughout the ordeal and has illustrated time and time again just what a team player he is, acting as a role model for younger players as well as agreeing to move to third base last season before ultimately staying at second base this season. 

"He's unbelievable. I can't even, don't even know where to start," said rookie shortstop Corey Seager who was selected to the NL All-Star team. "He's helped me on the field, off the field, in the clubhouse. Anything you can think or imagine I've asked him and he's talked to me about." 

Utley and Seager are neighbors in the Dodgers' clubhouse and the veteran player from Los Angeles has taken the young kid from North Carolina under his wing this year and the impact has shown for both players both on and off the field. 

"For me, I don't want to always be that guy, the teammate telling someone what to do. That's not the way to go about it," Utley told the OC Register. "I think you play the game the way you think you should and hopefully some guys see how that can be beneficial and try to implement that into their game." 

Utley has been nominated for the award seven times in his illustrious career, including last year with the Philadelphia Phillies. Previous winners include: Anthony Rizzo, Josh Harrison, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Roy Halladay, Albert Pujols and Craig Biggio. 

"Chase exemplifies hard work, dedication and respect from his teammates," said Dodgers hitting coach Tim Hyners. "He's a class act on the field."

Utley is currently batting .266 with six home runs, 30 RBI and 47 runs scored as the Dodgers leadoff hitter this season.

Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[U.S. Open of Surfing Rides Heat Wave]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:36:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/High-Surf-OB-0624.jpgThe U.S. Open of Surfing kicks off during one of the warmest weekends of the year in Southern California. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Friday July 22, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Ousted for Pot in 2012 Hopes for Redemption in Rio]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:26:43 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Nicholas+Delpopolo+2.jpg

A New Jersey judoka who was expelled from the London 2012 Olympics after he tested positive for marijuana is looking for a second chance in Rio next month. 

Nick Delpopolo, 27, has trained hard at judo since his expulsion four years ago, when he tested positive for cannabis after eating a pot brownie at a celebration party.

Delpopolo says he didn't know that the dessert contained marijuana when he ate it and that "it was the worst thing I have ever done in my life," Patch reported

The Olympian says he was ridiculed and snubbed after the expulsion. 

"I would think, 'Why can't they forgive me?' They were even going so far as to attack my family," he told Patch. 

After his sponsors dropped him, Delpopolo was in a dark place. He says it was letters he received from fans, including fellow athletes, that got him back on his feet and more determined than ever to return to the Olympics as a judo player.  

“I just didn’t want me being expelled from the Olympics to define my judo career, because that is a pretty crappy way to go out," he said. 

Delpopolo worked hard so he could afford to train more. He eventually picked up a new sponsor, Alan Gebheart. 

"Without him I really wouldn't be here," Delpopolo said. 

At the Rio 2016 Olympics he hopes to get a second chance and to show others that "negative things happen but don't let it define you."

Photo Credit: NBC4]]>
<![CDATA[NBA Teams, Players React to All-Star Game Move]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:01:41 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/238*120/usa-adam-silver-nba-slideshow.jpg

The NBA announced Thursday it will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over the state's controversial law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

In the latest and most high-profile fallout since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law in March, the league said in a statement that it did not believe the NBA could "successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

An alternate city for next February's event has not been announced. The NBA has assured the Charlotte Hornets they hope to bring the 2019 event to Charlotte if issues involving HB2 are resolved.

Caving in to mounting pressure to move the annual event, the NBA joined a growing list of high-profile organizations, businesses and celebrities that have canceled events and pulled business out of North Carolina in protest.

Charles Barkley, one of the most outspoken critics of HB2, who was leading the call to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, said he would boycott the event if the league didn't move it to another city.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry learned about the league's decision to pull the game from Charlotte, his home town, during an American Century Championship golf tournament news conference.

"I'm disappointed to not be able to celebrate a game of basketball in Charlotte as the head player," Curry said, adding that he understands the NBA's decision, but was still "hoping on Charlotte."

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that it was "unfortunate."

"Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for [Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte. For him being able to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte," Anthony said. "I feel bad for him and for the NBA, too. We as players didn’t think it was going to get to this. It’s unfortunate."

After the decision was announced, NBA teams across the country, as well as current and former players, turned to social media to show support for the league's decision, and to condemn discrimination.

National leaders and celebrities also took to Twitter to praise the NBA for "standing with equality and justice."

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Dodgers Stun Unbeaten Strasburg, Nationals]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:14:52 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/Justin+Turner+2+homers+Strasburg.png

The depleted Dodgers continue to surprise us.

Justin Turner hit two home runs and knocked in five runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers stunned the undefeated Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals 6-3, on Thursday morning in Washington D.C. 

Nearly two months after the Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs on a day Jake Arrieta started, snapping a streak of 23 games, LA handed Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg his first loss of the season and Washington's only loss at Nationals Park this year with their star right-hander on the mound. 

After a two-out double for Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning, Turner greeted Strasburg with a two-run blast to left center and the Dodgers had an early 2-0 lead. 

Strasburg (13-1) tried to a sneak an 83MPH slider on a full count past Turner and the red-hot third baseman didn't miss it, connecting on his 16th home run of the season. 

"He threw me one earlier in the count and he threw me another one on 3-2," Turner told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA of the first home run. "Thankfully, I was able to put a good swing on it."

The Nationals cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning as Washington started with back-to-back singles off teenage sensation, Julio Urias. 

Bryce Harper brought home the run on a sacrifice fly to left field in a matchup of two of the youngest and most touted teenage stars of the past five years took place at the plate.

Urias settled in from there and outpitched the two-time All-Star Strasburg through four innings on Thursday. The rookie left-hander allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts in four solid innings.

"I'm happy for the team, happy for the opportunity and glad I was able to make the best of it," Urias said through a translator. "I tried to stay focused and do the best job I could."

Urias was recalled up from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game along with relief pitcher Grant Dayton. The left-hander hadn't pitched more than one inning in the last 17 days, and the team is still being cautious with his workload.

"It's a little hard to go up and down all the time," Urias said. "But, when you get the opportunity you have to make the most of it and take advantage of the situation."

The Dodgers are monitoring Urias' workload and he was removed after four innings after just 77 pitches and therefore was unable to pick up his second win of the season after not lasting the minimum five innings.

Turner tagged Strasburg again as the Dodgers scored four runs off the 2014 NL Leader in strikeouts in the top of the third inning. 

Strasburg surrendered three straight singles to veterans Chase Utley, Howie Kendrick—who extended his hit-streak to 13 games—and Gonzalez to start the inning before allowing a game-changing, three-run blast to Turner. 

"I got one up in the zone and got enough of it for it to get out of the ballpark," Turner said.

Strasburg wanted no-part of the scorching hot hitter, throwing three straight balls before leaving a 93MPH fastball up in the zone that Turner crushed to centerfield for his career-high 17th home run of the season. 

"I got to a 3-0 count and with guys in scoring position I was looking to be aggressive," Turner said of getting the green light on the 3-0 count. "I haven't done that a lot this year [swing on 3-0], just the second time I've done that this season, the first time I got a single so maybe I should that more often."

Turner's previous high in home runs was set last season, his second full season with Los Angeles.

Strasburg allowed six runs in a start for the first time since May of last season and it was the first time he served up two homers to a single player in the same game since Tyler Colvin of the Colorado Rockies did it on June 6, 2012. 

"Everyone knows the type of pitcher he is," Turner said of Strasburg. "To get some early runs off him and get an early lead for Julio [Urias] who pitched four innings on a pitch count was great."

Strasburg allowed six runs on seven hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in six innings as his 16-game winning streak was snapped. He also became just the third Nationals pitcher with 10 strikeouts and six runs allowed in the same game, joining Floyd Youmans (1986) and Scott Sanderson (1982).

Strasburg was seeking to become just the third pitcher in MLB history, joining Dave McNally (15) and Roger Clemens (14) to start the season with 14 consecutive wins, but his bid for history was stopped short less than 24 hours after his 28th birthday.

The Nats added runs in the sixth and seventh innings as eight different Dodger pitchers combined to get the victory.

Adam Liberatore (2-0) picked up the win pitching his MLB-leading 27th consecutive scoreless appearance and Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 28th save of the season.

"A lot of guys in our clubhouse were pushing for him to make the All-Star Team," Turner said of Liberatore. "Everytime he comes in the game, we know he's going to throw strikes and attack hitters."

The Dodgers win the three-game series in the Nation's capital and have won 5-of-6 in the season series against Washington overall. They move within four games of the idle San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West, the closest they've been since they were three games back on June 10th.

Players of the Game:

Justin Turner: 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI
Adrian Gonzalez: 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
Julio Urias: 1 run on 5 hits with four strikeouts in 4 IP.

Three Takeaways:

1. Red Dream: Justin Turner almost single-handedly defeated the Washington Nationals on Thursday as he provided most of the Dodgers offense with two home runs and five RBI. It was Turner's second mulit-homer game of the season (June 17 against MIL) as he set a new career-high with 17 long balls on the season thus far.

2. Two-Timing: Stephen Strasburg allowed two home runs in the same game to the same player for the first time since former Colorado Rockies outfielder Tyler Colvin did it on June 6, 2012. Strasburg's 16-game win streak was snapped on Thursday as the Nationals were 20-1 during that span.

3. Strike em' out, hit it out: Stephen Strasburg became just the third pitcher in Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos history to record 10 strikeouts but allow six earned runs or more in the same game. Strasburg joined Floyd Youmans (1986) and Scott Sanderson (1982) as the only other pitchers to do it.

Up Next:

Dodgers (54-43): Brandon McCarthy makes his fourth start since coming off the disabled list with Tommy John Surgery when LA heads to St. Louis for a three-game series with the Cardinals. First pitch is 5:15PM PST.

Nationals (57-39): Washington will host the San Diego Padres on Friday for a three-game weekend since in D.C.   

All quotes courtesy of TWC SportsNetLA.

Photo Credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[5,000 Positions Offered at LA Rams Job Fair]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:09:20 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/belltheblake.jpg

Los Angeles is hosting an NFL team for the first time in more than 20 years and employees are wanted.

The Los Angeles Rams will be holding a job fair Friday July 29 offering over 5,000 positions for guest services, ticket takers, ushers, security officers, and event staff. Those hired in previous job fairs have gone on not only to work for the Rams but various Los Angeles entertainment events.

Attendees must apply online prior to the event. 

A similar event in April drew job seekers who waited overnight to get in line. 
The LA Rams will play their first preseason game on Aug. 13 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and open the regular season on Sept. 12 at Levi's Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams will make their home regular season debut on Sept 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.


A similar event in April drew job seekers who waited overnight to get in line. 

The LA Rams will play their first preseason game on Aug. 13 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and open the regular season on Sept. 12 at Levi's Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers. 

The Rams will play at home in Los Angeles for the first time since 1994 on Sept 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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