UK institutional investors demand return to prudent accounting

first_imgInvestor frustration with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the UK accounting establishment has reignited with demands from three major institutional investors for the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to reintroduce an explicit reference to the notion of prudence into its conceptual framework.The move follows the release of a barrister’s opinion earlier this year by the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and other major institutional investors in which George Bompas QC argued that there were substantial legal flaws with IFRS.In a letter obtained by IPE and addressed to senior officials at the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC), investors also point to the true and fair view override, as well as the concept of capital maintenance, as further areas of major concern for investors.The three signatories to the 25 November letter – the Association of British Insurers, the Investment Management Association and the National Association of Pension Funds – collectively manage some £7.2trn (€8.7trn) of assets. Addressing the topic of prudence, the ABI, IMA and NAPF write: “As applied in accounting, we consider prudence to be a fundamental qualitative notion for guiding issuers (and auditors) when exercising (or assessing) aspects of accounting that require judgement, or where adherence to [IFRS] might otherwise result in outcomes that are misleading.”The letter continues: “We believe it materially correct to err on the side of caution – i.e. be prudent – in the face of uncertainty at an individual item level and view prudence as a predisposition.”The IASB removed references to prudence, or caution, from its conceptual framework in 2010. It substituted instead the concept of neutrality.The move was intended to bring the IASB’s conceptual framework closer to the US GAAP framework, which makes no reference to prudence.In a recent speech to the Federation of European Accountants, IASB chairman Hans Hoogervorst defended the board’s decision to drop prudence from the IFRS conceptual framework, arguing that IFRS already adopt a prudent approach.In an echo of the controversy sparked by the Bompas Opinion, the investors also called for the FRC to review the status of its 2011 guidance on the requirement for accounts to present a true and fair view of a business’s financial position.The letter reads: “The true and fair override in the preparation of financial statements should not be considered a circumvention of IFRS but a legitimate statutory requirement in ensuring a true and fair view is reached.“The existence of conflicting QC opinions brings urgency to this issue and, therefore, we believe it important for the FRC to review and reissue 2011 guidance document.”Under UK law, Section 393 of the Companies Act 2006 requires company directors to approve only those accounts that present a true and fair view of a business’s assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss. Section 495(3) of the Act imposes an equivalent obligation on auditors.The FRC published a guidance document dealing with the notion of a true and fair view in June 2011.The document confirms “the true and fair requirement remains of fundamental importance in both UK GAAP and IFRS”.But in the LAPFF Opinion, George Bompas QC said it was questionable whether statutory accounts prepared in accordance with IFRS “will always give a true and fair view.”The Universities Superannuation Scheme, Threadneedle Asset Management and the UK Shareholders Association joined LAPFF in seeking the QC’s advice on the legality of the IFRS framework within the UK.The FRC hit back on 3 October with its own legal advice: “On the specific issue of its legality, the Department for Business has today confirmed that the concerns expressed by some are misconceived.”The UK regulator agreed, however, that there was scope for improvement in financial reporting and urged the IASB to acknowledge both stewardship reporting and prudence explicitly in the IFRS framework.Finally, in relation to capital maintenance, the investors suggest the FRC conduct research into possible disclosure requirements focused on both the determination of and justification for distributions by companies.The FRC told IPE: “We agree on the importance of prudence and have often urged the IASB to include a reference to it in their Conceptual Framework.”The statement added that the FRC would repeat those calls in its forthcoming response to the IASB’s conceptual framework discussion paper.The FRC statement continues: “We are undertaking a review of our paper on the ‘true and fair’ view. We also have work in hand on reviewing disclosures about a company’s capacity to pay dividends.”Well-placed sources close to the decision to send the letter reflects growing frustration among the UK institutional investor community with the IASB and the FRC.IPE has learned that the task of challenging the accounting establishment has until now proved to be a major obstacle to any lone investor group with concerns about IFRS.The source added that, despite a difference of opinion on detail between the ABI, IMA and NAPF, the investor and practitioner voice has this time been so strong that “some of the technocrats in the FRC” have had to step back and take notice.last_img read more

Zaha hailed for saving lives during coronavirus pandemic

first_img The Crystal Palace star, 27, was praised for offering free accommodation to NHS frontline staff battling the coronavirus crisis in 50 apartments across London. But back in his home country, his self-titled charity and Tomorrow Hope orphanage – both of which are funded by ten per cent of his £130,000 weekly wage – are doing laudable work too. The Wilfried Zaha Foundation normally helps the elderly in remote parts of the country, aids women who have lost their partners get back on their feet and teaches basic skills to disadvantaged youths. But during the Covid-19 outbreak, it is helping as many people as possible get by after shops and schools were closed during the country’s current lockdown. Trucks stocked with £60,000 worth of essentials including rice, tomatoes, cooking oil, soap and clothes have been distributing them for free to those in need across the country over the last month. In the last week the foundation’s seven-strong team led by older brother Carin Zaha have been going to people’s houses to inform them how to stay safe in the face of Covid-19, with advice on washing hands and covering noses when sneezing. Those sanitising techniques are also being stringently employed at the orphanage, which is currently shielding its 31 children – aged from babies to a 16-year-old – from visitors. I’m so proud of Wilfried. As soon as he started playing football, he wanted to do start a foundation. Zaha’s older sister Carine, who runs the orphanage, said: “We know it’s from the donation Wilfried is doing that all this is possible. Loading… read “Being a mother myself and having so many orphans under my care, imagine not having food? Especially when shops are closed. “It’s helping save a lot of lives and we appreciate it a lot.” Covid-19 has had relatively little impact on the Ivory Coast so far, with 480 reported infected cases and three deaths. Yet only shops such as supermarkets remain open and there is a current curfew preventing people from going out between 9pm and 5am. Carin, twin brother to Carine, added: “I’m so glad to be involved. “You go round someone’s house and they say thank you just for giving them something to eat that day – but we’re giving a month’s worth. That’s a real winner. read also:Palace star Zaha offers health staff free accommodation “I’m so proud of Wilfried. In the football industry, from what I know, most players start foundations after their career. But as soon as he started playing, he wanted to do it. “And people are so thankful. I thank God that he’s my little brother.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wilfred Zaha has been hailed for saving lives in his native Ivory Coast. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A Maplast_img read more

French transfer window will open on June 8

first_imgFrench clubs will be able to start making transfers again on Monday, the Professional Football League (FPL) has confirmed. The 2019-20 season was cancelled in France after football around the world was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the crisis, FIFA gave permission for the summer transfer period to be moved and for expiring contracts to be extended as most countries are working to conclude the campaign. The transfer window in France usually opens on July 1, but the governing body has given clubs permission to begin trading with other French clubs before the fiscal year ends on June 30.Advertisement It is still to be decided when the international window will open. “The LFP Board of Directors decided to open the period of transfers between French clubs on Monday June 8, 2020,” a statement from the LFP read. “A forthcoming Board of Directors will fix the opening of the international transfer period and the eventual closing of the market in the light of FIFA’s decisions and the discussions in progress with the other European leagues.” After the season was called off in Netherlands and Belgium, the French league took the decision to scrap the remainder of the campaign in April when Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced no sporting events will be allowed to take place until September. There were 10 rounds of fixtures to be played in Ligue 1, but the title was subsequently handed to Paris Saint-Germain while Toulouse, Amiens and Nimes will drop down to Ligue 2. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Stressful atmosphere affects Nigerian coaches – Makinwa

first_img Loading… read also:Invite players with regular playing time to Eagles, Makinwa urges Rohr ”The major problem we have is the transport,” He told brila.net. ”For example, we are leaving Katsina to Uyo to play Akwa United is a lot of work as the roads are bad, I won’t lie to you,” He said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Katsina United coach, Henry Makinwa, has revealed that there is a level of stress that accompanies the job of a coach who manages a club in the NPFL due to the terrible road network. Makinwa in a chat with brila.net stated that moving from one venue to another week in and out via bad roads is one of the most dangerous risks the NPFL clubs face. The former ABS FC of Ilorin coach also stated that the stress of playing midweek games and moving around by road transport is the biggest cause of fatigue to players.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible Beauty2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?last_img read more

Opening night and Easter Eggs at Dodge City this Saturday

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – A big night awaits at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday, April 15 as the 3/8-mile clay oval kicks off with the opening round of championship chase action.It will be a great night for the kids eight and under with an Easter Egg hunt to celebrate the weekend and it will be a great night of entertainment for kids and adults alike with the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks all battling it out in the opening leg of the chase for the championship.Saturday’s racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30.The April 15 season opener marks the first of two April events at DCRP with Lewis Automotive Night featuring all five championship chase divisions to follow on Saturday, April 29.last_img read more

Marshall hosts panel on communication

first_imgThe Marshall School of Business hosted a discussion, “What a Communication Perspective Brings to the Study of Organizations,” as part of the school’s Expert Speakers Series in Business Communication, at Ronald Tutor Hall on Thursday evening.The keynote guest speaker was Dr. Stanley Deetz, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Other panelists included Valerie Folkes, professor of marketing; Patricia Riley, director of master of arts in global communication program at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Bob Feldman, co-founder of the consulting firm PulsePoint Group and lastly, Jim Fleigner, managing partner at Impact Consultancy LLC.The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Robyn Walker, the associate professor at the Center for Management Communication.Deetz began the talk by highlighting the lack of proper communication and empathy within companies — a problem that he explained could be easily solved through a change of perspective.“I went into groups and organizations and they always have ‘problem people,’” Deetz said. “But I don’t think there are problem people. There are just a lot of really bad conversations. I do fun things in some organizations; like in small group discussions I pin little things on employees’ foreheads, which give them different kinds of personality characteristics. And I find that they rapidly reproduce those.”Deetz then explained how our communication is affected by social constructions, which limit positive results in companies.  He discussed how the way we define meaning in our lives are derived from information sponsored by other people.Deetz also argued that some of our current central issues are caused by a lack of proper communication, not a lack of knowledge.“If we did a careful analysis of much of the debate around climate change, we would see that this is not a knowledge question at all,” Deetz said. “It really is a competing set of narratives about the ‘good life’ and how life works and the fear that one’s very life form is going to be given away.”After Deetz finished his presentation, Feldman gave a different perspective on communication, one that took the reality of power structures within companies more into account. He revealed the importance of identifying company stakeholders — individuals who drive reputation, sales and business performance.Fleigner added to this response, stating that market forces affected communication in the newspaper industry more than a change in individual perspective did. He explained that communication in the newspaper business has been dysfunctional for the last hundred years, but also included that things are changing for the better.Fleigner mentioned that interdisciplinary communication is now more important than ever before, as industrial sectors are becoming more dependent due to the increase in technology use.“Information is everything in terms of making good decisions in [the newspaper business]. So if you are in IT within a newspaper, people are coming to you [who] never used to speak with you before,” Fleigner said. “Information is everything in terms of making good decisions in [the newspaper business]. So if you are in IT within a newspaper, people are coming to you that never used to speak with you before.”last_img read more

Elijah Thomas boosts Clemson with versatility in third season

first_imgElijah Thomas positioned himself atop the 3-point arc with his feet pointed toward the rim. Standing at 6-foot-9, ESPN ranked him as the eighth best center in his recruiting class. Back at Lancaster (Texas) High School, Thomas’ head coach Ferrin Douglas said no one could guard Thomas down low. But, in Lancaster’s state title game, Thomas stood behind the 3-point line and swished the jumper. “When you’re a basketball player and you don’t allow yourself under a position,” Thomas said, ”You’re able to put so many player’s aspects into your game, and that’s what makes me versatile.”Pacing Clemson (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) in rebounds per game (7.4), blocks per game (1.6) and tied for second in points per game (13.6), Thomas doesn’t like to think of himself in one position. The senior has established himself as a potent, multi-tooled force in the paint. His effective field goal percentage of 67.3 ranks 36th in the nation, and it will lead the Tigers into the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night to play Syracuse (10-4, 1-0).Thomas began his career at Texas A&M in 2015. Thomas had struggled with health in the preseason with a foot injury and concussion, according to a CBS Sports report. That December, after playing just eight games, Thomas knew he needed a change. Before the transfer, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 9.9 minutes per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Thomas looked at Clemson, he saw a rising program that could utilize his multifaceted talent. He joined the team for the 2016-17 season when he made nine starts. But by the next season, Thomas blossomed. On Nov. 16 against Ohio last season, he recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds — the first Clemson player to hit 15 and 15 in nine years. About a week later, on Nov. 24, he posted 26 points and 16 rebounds against Texas Southern. In that game Thomas made 10 field goals, showing his prowess for shooting. The once-recruited center is listed now as a forward.“It was a chance I took, and I love it here,” Thomas said.In January of last year, Thomas was thrust into a larger role when senior big man Donte Grantham suffered a season-ending knee injury. Grantham was a premier source of points (14.2), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (0.9). Thomas’ minutes per game increased two minutes to 26 per game to help cover all those areas.Thomas adapted and finished the season averaging 25 minutes per game with 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. His 2.3 blocks per game earned him ACC All-Defensive Team honors. The Tigers made a run to the Sweet 16 with Thomas in the middle.When Thomas faced off against Syracuse last March, he found success, tallying 18 points and six rebounds. He went 5-for-5 from the field. Despite being smaller than 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu and 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe, Thomas dominated the matchup. Chukwu tallied just two points (both on free throws) and Sidibe didn’t score.“He gives us a really good inside and outside balance,” Tim Bourret, Clemson’s 40-year radio broadcaster said. “He’s a guy every night that’s capable of getting a double-double if he can stay out of foul trouble.”Foul trouble has often been a problem with Thomas’ post play. In Clemson’s 14 games, the undersized big totaled four or more fouls in half of them. But Bourret said Thomas has the chance to become a top-10 Clemson big man, placed among Tree Rollins, Elden Campbell, Larry Nance Sr., and Horace Grant. Thomas has distinguished himself through his play style, the same versatility that has brought him to the ACC. Douglas, who also coached former NBA all-star Chris Bosh in high school, knew Thomas was different as a freshman in high school. Something that allows Thomas to play the way he does is his ability to shoot with both hands. Douglas remembers his surprise when he found out Thomas was a natural righty, having seen him take the majority of his shots left-handed. He could shoot just as well with the right.“Eli can play all five positions,” Douglas said. “He’s special, man.” Comments Published on January 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFL power rankings: Rams, Patriots, Chargers surge; Vikings, Panthers sink

first_imgDecember is the toughest month in the NFL. The best teams use it to pad their power for a playoff run. Those who are not worthy wilt with the weather and the late-season attrition.Only the strongest survive to advance into January, while others finish to build higher hopes for the rest of 2019. With four weeks left the season, this is how the power struggle for pre-Super Bowl supremacy looks. 6. Houston Texans 9-3 (last week: 7)The Texans keep adding to their winning streak and look more complete on offense, defense and special teams with each week. Don’t be surprised if they parlay that into a AFC playoff bye when it’s all done.7. Chicago Bears 8-4 (last week: 5)The Bears tried to win another one without Mitchell Trubisky, but the Giants didn’t let them, pulling out all the stops on offense. It’s easy to forget, even with that defense, Chicago is overachieving this season.8. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4-1 (last week: 8)The Steelers could have made a statement at Heinz Field with the Patriots game just around the corner. Instead, how they blew the game and got whipped by the Chargers in the second half looks like same old, same old.9. Seattle Seahawks 7-5 (last week: 10)A lot of running, a lot timely defense from the front seven, a whole lot of Russell Wilson at the ideal time to finish off drives and opponents. No wonder the Seahawks are this good again; it’s a throwback to an old formula that keeps improving.10. Dallas Cowboys 7-5 (last week: 12)What they did to the Saints changed the narrative from heavy favorites in the NFC East to being able to actually make some noise in the playoffs. When Dak and the defense are both on, they are hard to beat. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureNFL power rankings1. Los Angeles Rams 11-1 (last week: 2)The Rams took care of the Chiefs and didn’t have too much rust against the Lions, taking advantage of the Saints losing in shocking indoor road fashion Thursday. Todd Gurley and the defense looked great after the break.2. New Orleans Saints 10-2 (last week: 1)What was that? The Saints’ offense completely lost its rhythm and flow in Dallas for the first time all season. They need to use a shot at Week 1 vengeance against the Bucs as a get-well soon game all-around.3. New England Patriots 9-3 (last week: 4)The Patriots went back to dominating at home with Tom Brady seeing things fully loaded around him for run and pass. But how about that defense coming through so big, too?4. Kansas City Chiefs 10-2 (last week: 3)Patrick Mahomes lit it up as expected against the Raiders, but the defense suddenly sprung more leaks against rivals on the road, and there was a little power and pop missing in the running game, causing this mild slide.5. Los Angeles Chargers 9-3 (last week: 6)The Chargers have to be taken seriously in their quest to potentially take down the Chiefs after their Week 1 loss to KC. Anthony Lynn and Philip Rivers form a coach-QB combination that should be getting a lot more attention. 16. Denver Broncos 6-6 (last week: 19)The Broncos are quietly hot with three consecutive victories to get to .500. With three winnable games before the Chargers game at home in Week 17, they might save Vance Joseph and then some, yet.17. Miami Dolphins 6-6 (last week: 22)The Dolphins keep finding ways to win ugly games at their own pace, with results often looking better than they should. Adam Gase needs a little more credit for his coaching to even have them in wild-card contention.18. Tennessee Titans 6-6 (last week: 16)The Titans still don’t have the prettiest QB play, but Marcus Mariota is showing off his familiar grit and fearlessness to make their offense a little more legitimate. They still are inconsistent on both sides, perfect for .500.19. Washington Redskins 6-6 (last week: 11)So much for the Redskins going into Monday night still looking good with many big-promise NFC teams starting to fall flat. A loss to the Eagles with Mark Sanchez pretty much means they’re done in the East.20. Green Bay Packers 4-7-1 (last week: 17)The Mike McCarthy era ended with a thud against the Cardinals at home. So many little things over a long period of time added up to his firing. Now it’s on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ players to break free and finish strong for Joe Philbin. You’ve got to hand it to Kyle Shanahan’s team; their spirit isn’t broken even with a third-string QB, third- and fourth-string wide receivers and now a fourth-string running back. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that gets a complete free-pass this season.32. Oakland Raiders 2-10 (last week: 31)The Raiders are much healthier than the 49ers are in terms of actual NFL playing bodies. But they are either too old or too young at key positions, so it’s helpful they are all but guaranteed the No. 1 overall pick.center_img 26. Detroit Lions 4-8 (last week: 24)The Lions had their chances against the Rams, but their talent limitations were evident against LA. There might be some big chances in store around Matthew Stafford.27. Buffalo Bills 4-8 (last week: 25)Josh Allen is a carnival ride you can’t miss, even if it leaves you confused with your head-spinning. He has proved to be a gifted runner; just wait until he can be developed as a passer.28. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-8 (last week: 28)It was good to see the old Jaguars defense show up for one game and save some face for Doug Marrone after the debacle in Buffalo. They can play bigger spoiler in the final four.29. Arizona Cardinals 3-9 (last week: 32)With the heat on Steve Wilks and just about everyone else in the desert, the Cardinals needed that shocking victory on the frozen tundra in the worst way.30. New York Jets 3-9 (last week: 29)Todd Bowles is grasping at everything to keep his job, including avoiding the opportunity to get a now-healthy Sam Darnold a few more chances to develop. Regardless of QB, defensive breakdowns have been bigger bugaboos for Bowles.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Biggest storylines of Week 13 in the NFL31. San Francisco 49ers 2-10 (last week: 30) 21. Cleveland Browns 4-7-1 (last week: 24)The Browns went into Houston with a lot of confidence, and Baker Mayfield wasn’t scared, but that’s not enough to avoid rookie mistakes in tougher matchups. It’s too late for Cleveland to creep back into AFC North or wild-card contention now, but a good finish would make them early division favorites in 2019.22. Cincinnati Bengals 5-7 (last week: 21)A.J. Green is set to join Andy Dalton on the season-ending shelf, as the injuries continue to deplete the offense and defense during the four-game losing streak. They might have only one more win in them, and that’s probably not enough to save Marvin Lewis’ job.23. New York Giants 4-8 (last week: 27)The Giants are showing how they can finish games and put together creative offensive game plans with Pat Shurmur late in the season. Imagine what that might do early in 2019 with more reliable quarterback play.24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-8 (last week: 26)Jameis Winston and Adam Humphries are doing everything they can to earn their contracts from the team next season. The young defense also is showing more fight despite plenty of holes. That all won’t save Dirk Koetter.25. Atlanta Falcons 4-8 (last week: 23)The Falcons had some fight earlier this season when they were ravaged by injuries, but the toll of defensive decline and offensive inconsistency has caught up to them. This season clearly deserves a mulligan for Dan Quinn. 11. Baltimore Ravens 7-5 (last week: 14)Lamar Jackson has given the Ravens an incredible spark for a three-game winning streak, and they’ll go in facing the Chiefs confident they can still pass the Steelers by Week 17.12. Minnesota Vikings 6-5-1 (last week: 9)The Vikings continue to lose tough marquee road games in the Mike Zimmer era. Kirk Cousins’ inconsistency is one thing; the breakdowns in defense are another that can ultimately hold Minnesota back.13. Carolina Panthers 6-6 (last week: 11)The Panthers are in a free-fall, and Ron Rivera is taking control of the defense as the team tries to deal itself back in the wild-card race. A sixth road loss would render their two Saints matchups useless.14. Philadelphia Eagles 6-6 (last week: 18)The Eagles saved their season by taking care of the Redskins at home as expected on Monday night. They still face a tough schedule ahead to either take back the NFC East or sneak in as the last wild card.15. Indianapolis Colts 6-6 (last week: 13)What was that? The Colts’ offense had done whatever it wanted with Andrew Luck, but then it showed a limited attack just as the Jaguars’ defense showed long-awaited life. That was a weird blow to their wild-card hopes.last_img read more

Dave Roberts benches Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle in another loss to San Francisco

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, right, lowers his head after giving up a three-run home run to San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, center, follows through on his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria (10) is met at the plate after driving in Buster Posey, right, and Brandon Belt, left, with a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, rounds the bases after his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, right, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, right, smiles in front of teammate Buster Posey after Longoria’s three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 11San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – As the Dodgers have meandered through the first month of the season, losing more often than winning, Dave Roberts referred to the fact that his team was “playing hard” often enough that it felt like it would be accompanied by orange slices and juice boxes.That ended Sunday, midway through another indolent loss – 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants.Roberts benched one of his best players – and it wasn’t Yasiel Puig this time. He went on the DL Sunday. Instead, Roberts yanked Cody Bellinger after five innings, citing a lack of hustle from last year’s Rookie of the Year.“I felt there wasn’t hustle on the play — the ball that he hit 421 feet into right-center field and he cruised into second base,” Roberts said, referring to Bellinger’s leadoff double into an area of right-center field called ‘Triples Alley.’ “I got in the dugout and he said I was out of the game,” Bellinger said. “I didn’t know any reason. Just put on my jacket, went up to the railing and watched the game.”Bellinger was doubled off second on a line drive to shortstop Brandon Crawford after his double and seemed uncertain which play got him pulled from the game. “Who knows? I don’t know. I’m not inside his mind,” he said.Bellinger explained his decision to stop at second on his drive into the gap as caution with the Dodgers trailing 4-0 at the time.“I’ve always played the game hard,” he said. “I kind of took a big swing on the curveball, ended up on my knee. We’re down four runs. I’m not trying to make an out on the bases, going to third. He saw what he saw. It’s all good.“I’m never going to dog that. Obviously it’s ‘Triples Alley.’ That’s what they call it. We’re down four. … That was my reasoning. … It was his decision. I can’t say anything against it.”Bellinger offered that Roberts might be using his young star “to prove a point” to a team that looks very much like its heads are in October – either last year’s disappointment there or in anticipation of getting another chance this fall.“Yeah, it could have been,” Bellinger said. “Like I said, I’m always hustling to beat out ground balls. I feel like I’m always hustling. I don’t know – it just kind of didn’t make sense to me. But I get it as well. He’s trying to prove a point. Being the young guy I got to hustle.”There was little energy left in Sunday’s game as the Dodgers and Giants finished playing 36 innings in just about 45 hours this weekend. The Dodgers lost three of the four games. Their only win in this series came in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader when they pounded out season-highs in runs (15) and hits (20). But they finished the series with only three runs on 10 hits over the final 17 innings of the series, ending another lost weekend in San Francisco with a Blach-out.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.Giants starter Ty Blach continued to cast a spell over Dodgers hitters. In 10 career games against the Dodgers, he is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA. Against every other MLB team, he is 7-13 with a 5.14 ERA.The Dodgers managed just three baserunners against Blach as he held them scoreless over the first five innings – a two-out walk in the first inning and, ironically, two hits by Bellinger.Meanwhile, all four of the Giants runs scored in innings that started with Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda retiring the first two batters. In the first, he gave up a two-out double to Buster Posey, filled the open base by walking Brandon Belt then gave up a three-run home run to Evan Longoria. In the third inning, Maeda walked Posey with two outs and Belt drove him in with an RBI double.“Kenta just didn’t have fastball command, for me,” Roberts said. “To go six innings and give up four runs, I think was OK. But early on the three-run homer to Longoria was the difference in the game. He left a slider middle and that was the difference.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For me, I just feel he’s too talented of a player. For a team that’s competing every day and grinding it and you’ve got a right fielder out there who had chills the day prior, throwing up, and he’s diving around out there.”Roberts was referring to Kiké Hernandez who was unavailable for Saturday’s doubleheader due to illness but started Sunday and made two diving catches in right field.“He plays every day and there’s certain expectations for the way we have to play the game,” Roberts said of Bellinger. “When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there that will. It’s pretty simple.”Roberts said he had spoken with Bellinger about the issue before. Bellinger acknowledged that it came after a fly ball he thought was going foul actually dropped in during a game “two or three weeks ago.”The two apparently did not speak much on Sunday.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney scores incredible goal from inside his own half for DC United

first_imgRooney produced a moment of magic to put DC up 1-0 at Audi Field with his ninth MLS goal of the season. The former Manchester United and England star spotted Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe off his line to score from well inside his own half.The wonderful goal put DC on track to end a five-match winless run in MLS.Take a bow, @WayneRooney! You are ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/On1oDnp8dX— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 27, 2019 Wayne Rooney scored from inside his own half with an incredible strike for DC United against Orlando City on Wednesday.last_img