West Florida Volleyball Begins Conference Schedule with 3-0 Win at Valdosta State Share Sept. 21, 2007 Box Score VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Argos started the conference portion of their schedule on the road Friday night with a victory over the blazers of Valdosta State 30-20, 30-26, 30-22. The match marked the 14th time in 15 wins this year, that West Florida has won in straight sets. Senior Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) led the Argo attack with 9 kills and 4 blocks, while Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) added 10 kills in only 16 attempts.The Argos started a little slowly, as Valdosta State took a 3-0 lead, resulting in a timeout by West Florida. Coach Melissa Wolter regrouped her team and they scored eight of the next 11 points to regain the lead, which they would hold throughout game one, to win without much resistance. Valdosta State managed a slight lead midway through game two; however, West Florida was in control most of the evening. West Florida had an attack percentage of .245, while Valdosta State hit only .057 for the match. That was really the story of the match, as the Argos were more efficient with their attacks then the Blazers.The Argos kept the Blazers off balance by spreading the attacks around among several players, as setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico)tallied 41 assists in the three game sweep. Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) added a strong performance with 8 kills and 14 digs. Defensive specialist Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) also had 14 digs for the Argos. Valdosta State was led by Irene Hannan and Stephanie Kirrstetter, with 9 kills apiece. The Blazers really only challenged the Argos in game two, but three service errors late in the game ruined their chances, and the Argos put the game away when given the opportunity.West Florida is now 15-2 overall, and 1-0 in the Gulf South Conference, and is set to play at West Georgia Saturday afternoon in Carrollton, Georgia. The Wolves of West Georgia are also 1-0 in the conference and 17-2 on the season, setting up what appears to be a showdown of two hot teams. West Georgia has won 17 in a row, and also defeated Valdosta State, just a few days ago. The match will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right side. Print Friendly Version
Gary Neville does not believe Juan Mata fits in with the “typical philosophy” of Manchester United – but feels the Chelsea star would bring plenty of positives if he did make the move to Old Trafford. In the wake of stories suggesting an approach for the Spain international was imminent, United have denied making a bid. However, with almost two weeks left before the transfer window closes there is still time for United to possibly try and make the kind of addition many fans have been crying out for. Press Association During his commentary of the Red Devils’ 3-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday, Neville outlined a view that his old club needed at least three players to lift flagging morale, but in the difficult January window, getting them would be virtually impossible. Mata’s desire to cement a place in Spain’s World Cup squad, having failed to secure a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, may make the situation far easier in his case, even if Chelsea, rebuffed twice in their attempts to sign Wayne Rooney last summer, may wonder why they should do business with the Old Trafford club. It has been suggested Neville does not believe it is a good idea either. However, in a series of Tweets this morning, England’s assistant coach has clarified his view. “Does he fit in with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no,” said Neville. “Positives of signing a player like him are obvious-lift everyone (spark) creativity, knows PL, 4th place chances go up – fantastic player.” On Sky’s Monday Night Football show, Neville outlined why he felt Mata’s arrival would not immediately fit with the manner in which United generally approach their transfer business. He said: “The first question, I think, is where are you going to play? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right? “Maybe they have to change the philosophy and maybe that’s what David Moyes is thinking. Maybe he wants to play narrow wide players and maybe a three in midfield. “They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play. They normally play with wide players. “He’s obviously a fantastic football player, there’s no doubt about that, but one thing it does do, I suppose, is that David Moyes, Manchester United and Ed Woodward need to sign a big player. “They need to make a noise and if they get him in it will attract potentially other players – and they need three or four players. “What it could be is the start of something to lead to other things, but typically I wouldn’t say he fits.” With a blank weekend following Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg with Sunderland, Moyes is expected to embark on a scouting mission in an effort to bolster a squad languishing in seventh spot, and in danger of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Jermain Defoe picked Scott Dann’s pocket for a poacher’s finish to seal Sunderland’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Crystal Palace. The former England striker nipped in between Dann and the onrushing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to secure the Black Cats’ first away win of the league campaign. Shortly after slotting home the winner, however, 33-year-old Defoe hobbled off with a suspected leg injury. Alan Pardew’s toothless Eagles were unable to build on their fine 2-1 win at Liverpool, slipping to their fourth home defeat in seven league games this term. The hosts created precious few real scoring chances, the industry and application of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie lacking a killer final ball. That profligacy from the hosts allowed Sam Allardyce’s side to steal the points – their first league win on the road since the 2-0 triumph at Everton in May. Sunderland had the only two tangible chances of a dire first half. Allardyce’s wing-back formation twice allowed Patrick van Aanholt in behind the Palace defence, and the first time the left-sided defender ought to have scored. Defoe blasted wide from all of 12 yards midway through a half punctuated with dross. The Black Cats opened the second half the stronger but were thwarted from another fine chance when Yohan Cabaye cleared Sebastian Coates’ header off the line. Substitute Bakary Sako’s curling effort veered wide as Palace attempted to raise the tempo, before Damien Delaney pulled off a full-stretch interception to deny Sunderland an opportunity on the break. Sako’s night lasted less than 20 minutes, the former Wolves midfielder trudging off to be replaced by Patrick Bamford as Pardew threw two up front. The clash had cried out for the home team to alter their formation and double their strike force almost from the off, yet Pardew still waited until after the hour mark to make the switch. While Zaha and Bolasie huffed and puffed in their effort to deliver a telling final ball, Sunderland continued to offer a reasonable counter-attacking threat. Allardyce’s men again wasted a fine opening, however, when replacement Jeremain Lens tapped a tame effort straight at Wayne Hennessey. Pardew pitched Marouane Chamakh into the front line in place of the anonymous Connor Wickham, but still the hosts struggled for fluency. Sunderland finally took advantage via the anticipated direct counter, Dann misreading Billy Jones’ hopeful ball to allow Defoe a clean run on goal. The former Tottenham hitman ghosted in and round Hennessey in one touch, before passing into the empty net. Hennessey had little choice but to leave his area in a bid to cover Dann’s misread, but only succeeded in allowing Defoe to tee up his tap-in. Palace continued to press even through five minutes’ added time, but to no avail, with Cabaye curling a free-kick wide to close out a frustrating night for the hosts. TWEET OF THE MATCH Gary Lineker @GaryLineker Well that was a giant cock-up but decent strikers always expect such errors. Defoe did exactly that. https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/668906833659064320 PLAYER RATINGS CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey 4 Joel Ward 5 Scott Dann 4 Pape Souare 5 Damien Delaney 6 Yohan Cabaye 6 James McArthur 5 Yannick Bolasie 5 Wilfried Zaha 5 Jason Puncheon 4 Connor Wickham 4 Substitutes: Bakary Sako 5 Patrick Bamford 5 Marouane Chamakh 5 SUNDERLAND Costel Pantilimon 6 Younes Kaboul 6 Sebastien Coates 5 John O’Shea 6 Billy Jones 6 Patrick van Aanholt 6 Lee Cattermole 6 Yann M’Vila 5 Sebastian Larsson 5 Jermain Defoe 7 Steven Fletcher 4 Substitutes: Jeremain Lens 6 Duncan Watmore 7 Danny Graham 6 MAN OF THE MATCH Jermain Defoe: A woeful night for both sides lit up only by Defoe’s opportunist finish that settled the contest. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce caught everyone by surprise with his 3-5-2 formation, but his side were unable to profit despite several good incisions in the first period. Alan Pardew kept Palace’s changes to a minimum but hauled off the ineffective Jason Puncheon at half-time, but Bakary Sako could not fare any better. Pardew finally threw two strikers into the mix just past the hour but Palace remained toothless and paid the price. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Defoe ghosted in between Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann to poke into space and then tap into the empty net. On a night severely lacking in quality, this moment of natural instinct deserved to seal the deal. MOAN OF THE MATCH Only referee Martin Atkinson will know why Jermain Defoe was booked for kicking the ball back towards Scott Dann ahead of a free-kick. Dann attempted to steal a few yards on the halfway line, Defoe took exception and nudged the ball backwards, and was duly booked. A fastidious, pointless decision. WHO’S UP NEXT Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday, November 28) Sunderland v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday, November 28) Sunderland boss Allardyce hailed his side’s defensive work after their first away win of the campaign. He told Sky Sports 1: “Keeping the crowd quiet is very difficult because (Crystal Palace) have a lot of players that get in wide areas and get the ball in the box, but we dealt with it extremely well with five at the back. “We frustrated the crowd, we frustrated Crystal Palace and we came out with a fantastic three points and a great victory for us. “In away terms we had to frustrate the opposition, people might say we parked the bus. “In this moment in time we’re trying to build our confidence and the only way to do that is to get points on the board and win football matches.” Goalscorer Defoe added: “The lads worked hard, especially during the international week. It’s paid off. “(The goal) happened so quick. The manager said to keep making runs in behind and I did that. People say if you work hard you get rewarded and I think that happened.” The only downside for Sunderland was Defoe limping off with an injury late on. The former Tottenham striker added: “The only positive is I can put weight on it. I just hope it’s not a ligament.” Palace boss Pardew bemoaned his side’s inability to break down the visitors. He said: “We should have been a bit more clinical in the final third. We just couldn’t find a way to unlock what was a deep defence and a deep midfield. “Sunderland set their stall out, there was no mystery to what they did. Five at the back, three in front, didn’t really move much. Jermain’s also going to be a threat and that threat got them the win today when Scotty Dann just miscalculated.” Press Association
“Of course Barcelona have the quality to be at their best in a game,” he was quoted in Marca yesterday.“But I think Bayern would have to make a lot of mistakes and do a lot of things badly to lose to this Barcelona.”Barcelona have won only two of their 10 games against Bayern and manager Quique Setien would inevitably come under scrutiny if they fall to the Bundesliga giants on Friday.While Bayern do look favourites, Matthaus believes the fact that the tie is over one leg, rather than the usual two because of the re-organisation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, means that the form book could go out of the window.“In a one-off game, things can happen. You do something bad and you’re out. You can correct these things in two-legged ties,” he said.Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto suggested the pressure will be off the Catalans, having reached their objective of arriving in Lisbon for the climax of the tournament.“We don’t know what we’ll need against Bayern,” he said. “But we’re going to prepare for the game and see their weaknesses. Our goal was to be in Lisbon and now we are.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern Munich would have to drastically under-perform to lose to Barcelona in their next UEFA Champions League quarterfinal game in Lisbon, according to their former midfielder Lothar Matthaus.The Bavarians strolled into the last eight by thrashing Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate while Barcelona were 4-2 aggregate winners against Napoli.The clash of the clubs with five titles each in the competition is the standout tie of the four one-legged quarterfinals, but Matthaus sees only one likely outcome.
Individually, Vivian Holden-Betts got to 29th place in 16:47.4 and McKenzie Schmidt finished 30th in 16:57.9. Sarah Fawwaz was 51st in 17:39.6, with Margaret Solomon 54th in 17:42.6 as Anna Conklin was 61st in 17:50.5, ahead of Sage Springsteen in 73rd place (18:08.6) as Annabelle Horan posted 18:54 flat.In B’ville alumni news, 2017 graduate Elizabeth Fawwaz was named Athlete of the Week at Clarkson University, winning the 6,000-meter race at the Kangaroo Invitational in Canton with a time of 24:22.7 to beat 33 other runners.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Michaels needed 12 minutes, 57 seconds on the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt course to finish third behind Riverdale’s Jacob Ireland (12:52.7) and Skaneateles’ Caleb Bender (12:54.4), while Delaney got eighth place in 13:27.9.Solomon Holden-Betts finished 52nd in 14:20.1, leading the next pack of Bees that included James Cary, who was 78th in 14:33.5. Nate Hludzenski, in 14:48.1, was just ahead of Justin Chimento (14:52.8) and Erik Smith (14:57.8).The B’ville girls would take part in the Varsity B race, where it made its way to sixth place out of 21 sides, picking up 110 points as Cicero-North Syracuse (32 points) won here. After some well-deserved rest, it was time for both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams to hit the trails again for two important events in a span of less than a week.Before hosting Wednesday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships, the Bees would first venture to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for last Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational.Competing in the Varsity A race, the B’ville boys finished eighth in a 29-team field with 240 points, largely on the strength of a pair of top-10 efforts from Jack Michaels and Colin Delaney. Tags: Baldwinsvillecross country
The USC women’s basketball team used a balanced scoring effort to take down Long Beach State 82-60 on Sunday at the Galen Center.Nine 3-pointers in the second half didn’t hurt, either.The Women of Troy bullied an undersized 49ers team down low in the first half, then got hot from outside to secure their second win of the season. Four players scored in double figures for USC, led by freshman forward Cassie Harberts and senior guard Jacki Gemelos with 14 points apiece. Junior guard Ashley Corral (13) and sophomore forward Christina Marinacci (11) rounded out the scoring for the Women of Troy.“That’s one of the things that we’re stressing in our offense,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “When you share the basketball everyone’s having fun and working hard for one another. This was a good game for us to bounce back from Duke.”As a team, the Women of Troy finished with a season-high 20 assists.USC didn’t play its best basketball in the first half but staked a 16-point halftime lead by dominating its own backboard. The Women of Troy grabbed 12 of the 23 shots they missed in the half and converted those offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points.“We started a big lineup because we wanted to rebound well,” Cooper said. “We got beat up pretty bad at Duke but we learned our lesson and understand we have to do our work when the ball is in the air.”The Women of Troy jumped out to an 8-0 lead minutes into the game before turnovers and missed layups allowed Long Beach State to crawl back in to the game. After 49ers guard Jazmyne Porter banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, the score stood at 10-9. From there, USC closed the half on a 26-11 run to take a 36-20 lead into the locker room.In the second half, the Women of Troy did most of their damage from the outside. USC knocked down seven of its first nine 3-pointers in the second half and stretched the lead to as many as 32 points before a late run by Long Beach State.“Sometimes you get a little complacent when you have a big lead,” Cooper said. “We have to understand that you can’t afford to do that.”Gemelos started the game slowly but knocked down 5-of-6 shots after the break to pace her team in scoring.“I came out in the second half with the mentality to keep shooting the ball,” Gemelos said.Her biggest contributions came when she wasn’t shooting the ball. Gemelos handed out six assists in the game, several of the spectacular variety. In the first half, she found junior guard Briana Gilbreath under the basket with a no-look pass. Later in the game Gemelos threaded an up-and-under pass through traffic to a streaking Harberts.It’s really nice playing with her because I like to cut backdoor,” Harberts said. “Ashley and Jacki are both great passers.”Harberts also chipped in eight rebounds — five offensive — for USC.One of the only negatives for the Women of Troy was the play of 49ers freshman guard Brandi Henton, who scored 23 of her 30 points after halftime. Still, Cooper didn’t seem overly concerned with his team’s defensive play.“She got loose a lot but we did a good job overall,” he said. “She scored 30 but nobody else got more than eight. One player is not going to beat us by scoring 40 or 50.”Next up for the Women of Troy is a home date Tuesday against Georgia.“It’s going to be similar to the Duke game,” Gemelos said. “Big, strong girls that we’re going to need to be tough against.”
Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 22:25 IST Stars Captain Benn Finally Past 2nd Round Into West Final Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round. First Published: 5th September, 2020 22:25 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round.“Obviously we were in the exact same situation last year and came out on the wrong end of it,” Benn said. “It’s nice to get that win and move on.”On to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2008, which was two years before Benn’s NHL debut.General manager Jim Nill signed playoff veterans Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in free agency last summer, putting them on a roster with Benn and Tyler Seguin. But the Stars had an unlikely hero in their 5-4 overtime win over Colorado in Game 7 on Friday.Rookie forward Joel Kiviranta, in his only game against the Avalanche, completed a hat trick with his series-clinching goal 7:24 into overtime of what was Benn’s 48th career playoff game over four different postseasons. Kiviranta’s second goal tied the game at 4 with 3:30 left in regulation, only 10 seconds after Colorado had gone ahead for the third time.”I’m not the smartest guy in the world. But there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be in our lineup in the next game,” interim head coach Rick Bowness said of Kiviranta, who had one goal in 11 games during the regular season. “I’ll talk to him … and let him know that, yeah, you’re playing next game.”That will be Sunday night in the conference final opener against top-seeded Vegas, which like Dallas had a 3-1 series lead before getting pushed to seven games in the second round. The Golden Knights beat Vancouver 3-0 on Friday night, on the same ice in Edmonton where the Stars had advanced only a few hours earlier.A year after losing Game 7 of their semifinal series in double overtime to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis, the Stars got their first Game 7 overtime winner since moving to Dallas more than a quarter-century ago.“We learned from last year in that double-overtime loss to St. Louis,” Bowness said. “You just hang in there. You battle moment to moment, shift to shift, and you see what happens.”The Stars and Knights split their two games during the regular season, both in Dallas. Vegas won 5-3 a month ago in round-robin play among the top four seeds when Western Conference teams resumed play in Edmonton.Vegas is already in the Western final for the second time in the franchise’s three-season history. This is only the second time the Stars have gotten this far since their back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1999 and 2000 — they won their only title in 1999.“Unreal feeling,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said after Game 7 against the Avs. “We’ve seen a lot of goals scored. It’s been a weird series for us. It’s been up and down throughout the whole series. That’s what it is in playoffs. You’ve got to keep your emotions intact, not get too high, not get too low. … We’re going to feel good about ourselves here.”The Stars, who had at least five goals only five times in 69 regular-season games, scored exactly five goals in each of their four wins over Colorado. They also had at least five goals in three of their first-round wins against Calgary.That was after they had only four total goals and were held scoreless for 179 of 185 minutes during the round-robin games, when all three goals in the loss to Vegas came in a five-minute span of the second period. They were shut out by the Avs before a shootout win over St. Louis after Pavelski’s goal in the final minute of regulation tied the game at 1.Before the season had been paused more than 4 1/2 months prior to that because of the coronavirus pandemic, Dallas had lost six games in a row.“I’m just happy for the guys. This isn’t about me whatsoever. I’m an old guy just enjoying the ride,” said Bowness, who this year became only the third NHL coach to be on the bench in parts of five decades. “It’s a great moment for the organization. And keeping in mind that we’re halfway home. We came here to win the Stanley Cup.”(Image Credit: AP) FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News
Even as the nation recently commemorated the 186th anniversary of emancipation from slavery on Emancipation Day, August 1, and celebrates its 58th independence anniversary on August 6, its people persist in displaying “mixed up moods and attitudes” symptomatic of a people still searching for their inherent identity. There’s rampant hypocrisy running through the Jamaican society that is clouding the real identity of its people. Many appear to support Africanism and the attributes of their African heritage, while simultaneously trying to distance themselves from the physical identifiers—foregoing their natural hair for relaxers, wigs and weaves and taking great effort to “bleach” or lighten or their skin tones. Interestingly, it’s reggae music, Rasta culture and the Jamaican dialect that have made Jamaica a cultural powerhouse around the world. It’s a pity that there are Jamaicans, still content with their colonial lot, who continue to oppose the things that make the island and its people unique. The school, like any other entity in Jamaica, has the right to set policies related to code of dress and conduct, but it’s alarming when these codes run counter to what seems like the current norms of the country. Increasingly, influenced by the Rastafari religion and movement, Jamaicans, whether believing in the religion or not, have worn their hair uncut, grown into long locks, commonly referred to as dreadlocks. The hairstyle is extremely popular among Jamaican entertainers. Late entertainers like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, and Dennis Brown were famous for flashing their locks as they performed on stage. Jamaican dialect or patois is assumed to be commonly associated with the Jamaican identity, but there are Jamaicans who strongly frown upon speaking patois, or having it spoken in their home. But the Court ruled otherwise. It is certainly hoped that the Jamaican government, as expressed by the prime minister, take immediate steps to avoid Jamaican students being marginalized for their hairstyle or any other cultural norms. But, in the meantime, it’s necessary to identify, acknowledge and embrace the Jamaican identity. Dreadlocks are not uncommon with Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans alike—in Jamaica and overseas, including here in the U.S. However, there is still a stigma attached to the hairstyle.It’s no secret there is a history of discrimination against practitioners of Rastafari and one of their identifiers—dreadlocks—entwined in the nation’s unfortunate class system. Dreadlocks are found to be more associated with the lower socio-economic class than the upper class. The few upper-class Jamaicans wearing dreadlocks do so basically as a fashion statement. Unfortunately, there are remnants of this sentiment today. Many upper-class Jamaicans are still vehemently opposed to having their sons or daughters date or marry a person with dreadlocks—a sentiment described so eloquently in reggae artist Proteje’s song “Rasta Love” which features Kymani Marley. This is compounded, especially if they come from an economically depressed community or a rural town. Despite the phenomenal popularity of Bob Marley since his death in 1981, when he was performing in Jamaica in the 70s, he was described by the monied class as a “dutty Rasta bwoi.” People wearing dreadlocks were looked at scornfully and suspiciously and were not generally accepted. There is no singular, easy answer to that question. Jamaica is a nation of very diverse people, even though demographically, it’s predominantly people of African descent. As have been displayed repeatedly since the nation gained independence in 1962, it’s not only that Jamaicans are diverse in skin color and original ethnicity, but in attitude. So much so, no one could be blamed for changing the national motto from “Out of Many One People” to “Out of Many One Mixed-Up People.” This seeming lack of real identity came to fore ironically on Emancipation Day when it was reported that the Jamaican Supreme court handed down a ruling supporting a rural primary school banning a young girl from attending that school because she wears dreadlocks. Ironically, people follow and cheer entertainers and athletes who wear dreadlocks but will block people who wear them from attending some schools and workplaces. They sometimes even harshly criticize or try to deny them advancement in their professions, regardless of merit. The matter started from some two years ago when the school claimed dreadlocks were against the school’s policies. When the child’s parents resisted the ruling, local human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), rallied to their support and obtained an order prohibiting the school’s board from blocking the girl’s admission. The JFJ claimed the school’s decision violated the girl’s constitutional rights. To underscore this point, there’s currently in Jamaica, a politician representing the opposition party, a very bright and eloquent man, who is often described as the “Rasta bwoi.” There is little doubt that this moniker related to his hairstyle has cost him political advancement.
As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. (We’ve done the rotation and bullpen so far.) This week, the infield:2017 RECAPCody Bellinger energized the Dodgers with his arrival from Triple-A in late April last season. Bellinger went on to hit a National League rookie record 39 home runs, win (unanimously) the NL Rookie of the Year Award – and hasten the end of Adrian Gonzalez’s time in Los Angeles. He is the first rookie to lead a 100-win team in both home runs and RBIs (97). His predecessor as unanimous NL Rookie of the Year, shortstop Corey Seager, avoided any “sophomore slump” and established himself as the NL’s best shortstop last season. To his right, third baseman Justin Turner made his first All-Star team after a robust response by Dodgers fans.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Dodgers’ infield should be in good hands for years to come with 23-year-old Seager and 22-year-old Bellinger as its anchors. Turner isn’t going anywhere either and his importance to the team’s chemistry and clubhouse culture cannot be overstated. A slow start fueled in part by injuries kept Logan Forsythe from being the answer at second base the Dodgers hoped to find when they acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays last winter. Or did it? Forsythe hit .290 with a .418 on-base percentage and .870 OPS against left-handed pitching (numbers that he essentially matched during the Dodgers’ postseason run).THE NEXT LAYERThe Dodgers’ well-stocked farm system is not so well-stocked with middle infielders. Jake Peter was acquired from the Kansas City Royals as part of the Dodgers’ January trade for reliever Scott Alexander and immediately became the best infield prospect closest to big-league ready in the system – and he profiles as more of a utilityman in the Charlie Culberson mold. Peter does bat left-handed, which makes him a possible platoon partner for Forsythe at second base. MOVE THEY COULD MAKEForsythe’s lopsided splits – he hit .190 with a .576 OPS against right-handed pitchers last season – screams out for a platoon partner. Chase Utley remains unsigned but is not ready to hang it up at age 39. He and any other left-handed hitter who can play second base has to be under consideration by the Dodgers’ front office. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error