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Fenerbahce hatch plan to sign Mesut Ozil on loan from Arsenal

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first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jul 2019 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal are looking to move Mesut Ozil on this summer (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Fenerbahce are hoping to convince Arsenal to let them take Mesut Ozil on loan for the forthcoming season, paying a portion of his wages and offering no upfront fee.Gunners boss Unai Emery is hoping to move Ozil on during the summer transfer window as he became a fringe figure for much of last season and is the highest earner at the club, pocketing £350,000-a-week.The Germany international made 35 appearances for Arsenal last season, but only 24 of those came in the Premier League, and his six goals for the season represents half the amount he managed two years ago.The Turkish side are very interested in his signature but cannot afford the huge salary the 30-year-old earns in north London, so have constructed an ambitious plan to bring him to Istanbul.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Fanatik, Fener want Ozil on a year-long loan, during which they will pay £8m of his £13.5m salary, with Arsenal picking up the remaining £5.5m tab. Fenerbahce hatch plan to sign Mesut Ozil on loan from Arsenal Advertisement Fenerbahce fans would love to see Ozil move to Istanbul (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)No loan fee is likely to be included in the deal (unless Fener can find additional sponsorship) so there would be no boost to Arsenal’s meagre transfer budget, but it would free up a significant chunk of their wage bill.It appears that this is the only way that Fenerbahce could finance any kind of deal for the World Cup winner, but whether Arsenal are interested in it is yet to be seen.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil, who has Turkish family, grew up as a Fenerbahce fan, so could be tempted to push through the short-term move, although he is also thought to be happy with life in London, despite the lack of playing time under Unai Emery.Arsenal are pursuing a number of transfer targets, including Wilfried Zaha, Lucas Vazquez, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba and Ryan Fraser, but are operating with a transfer budget of just £45m, making deals extremely difficult to get over the line.MORE: Mario Lemina prefers Manchester United transfer over Arsenal moveMORE: Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in bargain deal Commentlast_img read more

Dutch regulator criticises investment policy at Hoogovens pension fund

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first_imgHoogovens has hired an external expert to improve the execution of its strategic investment policy and risk management after Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) criticised the €7.6bn scheme.According to Hoogovens’s 2014 annual report, the regulator ordered the pension fund to pay greater heed to the prudent person principle and take steps to comply with updated legislation.Hans van de Velde, director at Hoogovens, said the regulator’s comments had not been aimed at the scheme’s approach to cashflow-matching, designed to balance investments with liabilities through cashflows with low credit risk.According to Van de Velde, the regulator said it wanted processes at Hoogovens to be more formalised, and that the scheme keep more up-to-date policy documents. “It is the new spirit of the times, which requires improved accountability,” he said. “As a consequence, we are screening our entire investment policy.”In Hoogovens’s annual report, the supervisory committee said the board was “dealing seriously” with the regulator’s conclusions, while Van de Velde said the scheme expected to implement all recommendations by year-end.The Pensioenfonds Hoogovens reported an investment return of 14.9%.The 57% matching portfolio, comprising AAA government bonds, interest and inflation swaps, returned 15.9%, while the 43% return portfolio returned 8.3%.However, because liabilities rose by 19.8% on the back of dropping interest rates, the pension fund saw its funding fall by 6.5 percentage points to 116.2%.As its coverage ratio initially exceeded the required level of 119.6%, Hoogovens granted a 1% indexation in arrears during the summer.Last year, the board terminated a 40% interest hedge on liabilities in real terms, while maintaining a 60% hedge of the interest risk on its nominal liabilities.It explained its decision by arguing that the risk of a “Japan scenario”, with falling inflation and rising interest rates, had become too big.The Hoogovens scheme said it had nearly completed its withdrawal from funds of hedge funds last year, citing “the low net returns as a consequence of high performance fees, as well as the lack of transparency and liquidity”.last_img read more

Stena Bulk Extends Four Charter Deals with Top Ships

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first_imgSwedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has decided to extend four time charter agreements with Greece-based shipowner Top Ships.Under the deals, Top Ships’ tankers M/T Stenaweco Energy and M/T Stenaweco Elegance will continue working for Stena Bulk for a period of 12 months, while M/T Stenaweco Evolution and M/T Stenaweco Excellence were hired for 18 more months.Top Ships informed that it expects a total gross revenue backlog associated with these time charter extensions of USD 27.4 million.“The total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of all of the company’s operating fleet stands at about USD 131 million and when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels it increases to about USD 147 million, with cashflow visibility reaching into 2021,” Evangelos Pistiolis, President and CEO of Top Ships, said.“Our business strategy continues to be focused on further expanding our fleet as it is important that we achieve a certain critical mass in terms of fleet size with an aim to maximize our operational efficiencies and synergies,” Pistiolis added.last_img read more

Eriksen backs attacking approach

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first_img Press Association Tim Sherwood has put paid to the often slow, turgid days of Andre Villas-Boas by installing a new impetus on attacking football since he became manager. The move has paid off to a large extent so far. Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Stoke took Sherwood’s tally to seven points out of a possible nine, but the north London club have not faced a team of United’s calibre since the change in manager. The midfielder learned a lot that night – most notably that the way to win at Old Trafford is to take to the field without fear of the occasion. “If you go there the only thing you should be afraid of is the players. The crowd and everything, just forget them,” he said. “It was a good night for us. We were young players, it was a big stadium to play in but it was a good game. “We had the feeling that we were not afraid. We just played our own game. “I think if (Spurs) play our own game we can make every team have a difficult evening.” Fear is something that Sherwood has tried to eradicate since he took Villas-Boas’ position in the dugout. Although doubts remain about Tottenham’s defensive vulnerabilities, the fact that Spurs have scored three times on two occasions has, at least, brought back some cheer after what has been a tumultuous couple of months for the club. “The coach has told us to play more free,” Eriksen added. “We have seen that in the games (Sherwood has taken charge of). He said it looked like we were a little bit afraid (before). “He said we shouldn’t be afraid. He said we should just play and see that we are good. If we dare we have a really good team and really good chances. “I think what you see now is how we should play.” The 3-0 win against Stoke, which came courtesy of goals from Roberto Soldado, Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon, lifted Spurs to within three points of the top four. Many have questioned whether Spurs can bridge the gap in the final half of the season, but Eriksen remains confident. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” the 21-year-old said. “Our rivals have quality but we do as well. I think it is equal.” Christian Eriksen sees no reason why Tottenham should abandon their attacking philosophy when they head to Manchester United on New Year’s Day. The Red Devils are full of confidence after a six-match winning streak. Their attack will be bolstered by Wayne Rooney, who is expected to return for the game at Old Trafford. Some have suggested that approaching the game in a more conservative fashion would be a wise move, but Eriksen does not want to see a change. “I think we should go to United and just play like we did against Stoke,” Eriksen said. “We should just play free. We will still get space and we just have to take our chances. “Of course United are a better team than Stoke and we have full respect for them, but I think we can get something from the game.” Eriksen missed Tottenham’s historic victory at Old Trafford last season as he only joined the club in the summer, but he does know what it feels like to win at United. The Dane was part of the Ajax team that won 2-1 at United in February 2012. Although the win was not enough to see Ajax through to the last 16 of the Europa League, it was a significant milestone in Eriksen’s career. last_img read more

Video: Syracuse fans in Atlanta prepare for Orange’s big game, reflect on Final Four experience

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Who earns the most at USC?

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first_imgPrivate universities often pay big bucks to keep top administrators; in 2008, 30 presidents at private colleges earned more than $1 million, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Typically, decisions about compensation at private universities aren’t announced to the public, but all private, non-profit universities are required to file forms with the IRS to maintain their tax-exempt statuses. Those forms, the Form 990, contain information about all aspects of a university’s finances, including the salaries of the highest paid executives.Below is a list of the top 10 earners at USC in fiscal year 2009, the most recent year for which data is available. (Because of filing deadlines and extensions, 990 forms are typically not publicly accessible until a year or two after the reporting year.) The amounts listed describe total compensation, which is the sum of base salary, bonuses and incentives, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits. Administrators’ positions are listed according the job they held in 2009.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 1 seed Virginia

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first_imgMORE COVERAGEDougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses3 things Jim Boeheim said: Timeouts, Tyler Roberson and Tony BennettTrevor Cooney is driving into the paint more by designDougherty: The ACC, with half the Elite 8, was an especially important proving ground for SyracuseTyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA TournamentSyracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginia Published on March 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Here’s everything you need to know about Virginia.AdvertisementAll-time Series: Syracuse and Virginia have only met seven times previously, with the Cavaliers having won the past three. Overall, the Orange is 3-4 against Virginia and haven’t won since 2008, before Tony Bennett was the coach.Last Time They Played: Amid a massive snowstorm in the Virginia area on Jan. 24, the Orange lost a 73-65 decision that was delayed by a day as SU was forced to change up its travel plans. Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije combined for 47 points, and made 11 of Syracuse’s 13 3-pointers.But SU head coach Jim Boeheim said that the interior defense was really bad, and was a consistent problem all season. The Orange was outscored 40-12 in the paint, and couldn’t get anything going from the inside in the second half.“We’ve struggled all year in there,” Boeheim said after the game. “We’re giving centers All-American years. We cannot play defense inside. I think that’s pretty painfully obvious right now. Guys that average five points a game, average 18, 19, 20 against us.”The Virginia Report: The Cavaliers are Kenpom.com’s top-rated team, and are in the Top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency ratings. They play the slowest basketball in all of Division I, but are extremely effective in getting opposing offenses to do the same. They make their free throws (75.1 percent) and 3-pointers (40.3 percent) and have done it all while playing the toughest schedule in college basketball this season. They’re led by Malcolm Brogdon, who hasn’t scored fewer than 10 points since the first game of the season. UVA also has Anthony Gill and London Perrantes averaging in double-figures. The Cavaliers are pretty much better than at everything than their opponents this season, so it will be tough for Syracuse to reverse that trend for one game.They’ve beaten the likes of Villanova, West Virginia, California, Notre Dame, Miami (twice), Louisville and North Carolina. Their worst losses were all on the road, to George Washington, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.How Syracuse beats Virginia: It needs to dictate the tempo, because tempo is how Virginia wins games. The Cavaliers tore apart Iowa State’s zone on Friday night in its blowout win. UVA might be associated with defense, but its offense is extremely effective when it needs to be. So if the Orange can speed things up, while not letting Virginia also score in bunches, that would be a really good result for SU. Richardson and Gbinije will need to be the same types of players that they were against UVA in January.Stat To Know: Virginia will dominate opposing teams in pretty much every category, except for one. It only gets offensive rebounds on 30.1 percent of its possessions. But Syracuse gives up offensive boards at a prolific rate and rank as the 337th defensive rebounding team in the country out of 351. Teams get offensive rebounds 35.1 percent of the game, per Kenpom. So if Virginia is able to do well in the one area it typically doesn’t, then that might spell trouble for the Orange.Player to Watch: Mike Tobey dominated Iowa State on Friday, scoring 18 points in just 20 minutes. He’s the second center behind Gill, but his big body will provide similar troubles that Domantas Sabonis did to the Orange on Friday night. He’s not a standout player by any means, but he’s the type of player that SU might struggle against. Comments Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will continue its magical NCAA Tournament run on Sunday evening at 6:09 p.m. when it face ACC rival Virginia (29-7, 13-5) in the Elite Eight. The Orange has defeated Dayton, Middle Tennesse and Gonzaga to make this spot in the Tournament. And the Cavaliers have defeated Hampton, Butler and Iowa State to set up the matchup with the Orange.There are still four ACC teams left in the ACC tournament, and winner of this game will play the winner of North Carolina and Notre Dame.last_img read more

Chiara Gutsche’s goal-scoring continues in Syracuse’s win over California

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first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.educenter_img It wasn’t even two minutes into the second half when Chiara Gutsche backhand hit the ball at the top of the arc. California’s goalie Natalie Dalton dove to her left as the ball flew inches over her hip and into the back of the net.The goal was SU’s second of the day. The two-goal lead was the Orange’s largest since it beat Bucknell 3-0 on Sept. 16.Gutsche scored on both her shot attempts against California (3-8, 0-1 America East) to help Syracuse (8-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) win, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at J. S. Coyne Stadium. It was SU’s first home game since Bucknell that didn’t go into overtime, in part because of Gutsche’s second-half efforts. “I love scoring, hearing the sound of the ball hitting the board and we need to score to win,” Gutsche said. When Gutsche came back to campus for her sophomore year, she showed that she had improved enough to earn a starting spot. Now, she is SU’s leading scorer this season with eight goals and has a 34.5 percent success rate on shots — second on the team behind Peyton Kemp, who is 1-for-2 this season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGutsche’s goal-scoring has been the difference for Syracuse multiple times this season. Against Stanford, she scored two goals to lead SU to an overtime win against the Cardinal. Against Pacific, her goal while SU was down 2-0 sparked the Orange to score two more in another overtime victory. Against Cal, her goals were sandwiched between the Orange’s first and last goals, but helped Syracuse to win by a two-score margin. Her second goal came later in the second half, after back-to-back goals from Cal tied the game at two. There was a possibility that for the fourth time in four home games SU would be playing extra minutes. Immediately after Cal’s second goal, head coach Ange Bradley called for a timeout. It took less than two minutes for that timeout to pay off when SU was awarded its third penalty corner of the day. “I thought (the timeout) was a good call,” senior Roos Weers said. “I mean we had to focus in, we lost focus a little bit. ”Carolin Hoffmann inserted the penalty corner. Weers was lined up to shoot the ball. Similar to the goal she scored at the end of the first half, Weers fired the ball toward the cage. Dalton dove to the ground, ricocheting the ball off her chest. Gutsche got the rebound and tapped the ball in. As soon as the ball crossed into the goal, Gutsche thrusted her fist into the air in celebration. She regained the lead for the Orange. Gutsche said she’s always near the goal after penalty corners for situations like her second goal. It’s something the Orange practice often. After her second goal when Syracuse was up one, Cal had the ball in the circle. Midfielder Maddie Cleat was in front of the goal. The ball was coming toward her to set her up for the game-tying point when Gutsche ran to where Cleat was. She stole the ball and ran left, clearing the ball upfield, away from SU’s goal. Gutsche made sure her goals would secure an SU win. “In the end it doesn’t matter who scores,” Gutsche said, “but I’m happy when it’s me.”last_img read more

Feature: Drama, excitement and thrills as GPL returns

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first_imgThe resumption of this year’s Glo Premier League was perhaps welcomed with heightened anticipation, not least because a few local players had been given the chance to represent Ghana at the 2013 African Nations Cup tournament in South Africa.The general expectation was that every player in the local league would do his best to attract the attention of Black Stars head coach Kwasi Appiah. Well, over the weekend, match day 16 of the Glo Premier League took place and this piece will attempt to do an analysis of all that happened.The Black Satellites factorClubs demanded the release of their players in the Black Satellites camp for the weekend’s matches; a demand that was agreed to by the team’s handlers despite the fact that the team is preparing for next month’s African Youth Championships in Algeria.The decision to release the players ultimately benefited the club’s concerned with some of them exhibiting superlative performances that could earn Black Stars call ups; never mind Black Satellites. I will begin with Tema Youth’s demolition job on league leaders Medeama SC.Moses Odjer, who is indeed a live-wire in the Satellites’ midfield, put in an excellent performance whilst Jeremiah Arkorful and Joshua Oninku were also majestic at the back, but Satellites head coach Sellas Tetteh will be heartened by a man-of-the-match performance by striker Francis Narh. The young forward did everything right on the day; scoring twice and giving two assists as Tema Youth won 4-0. In the six goal thriller in Kumasi, one of the best players on the field was another Satellites forward Ebenezer Assafuah Inkoom, who tormented the Asante Kotoko defence time and again and was a major reason why Kennedy Ashia got two goals and nearly won three points for Liberty Professionals.Again, Satellites midfielder Michael Anaba was brought down for Kotoko to secure the much needed equalizer through a penalty.Emmanuel Gyamfi played a pivotal role as Wa All Stars defeated Heart of Lions 1-0 and Black Satellites captain Lawrence Lartey was at the heart of superb rear guard action as Ashanti Gold, under new head coach Bashir Hayford secured a valuable point at Berekum against Chelsea.Have Hearts of Oak rejected gems?You would recall that Hearts of Oak head coach David Duncan performed major surgery on his squad ahead of the second round and indeed to some, some of his decisions bordered on the extreme, with talented players like Prince Attakora Gyimah and Isaac Ofori shown the door. Interestingly enough, Ofori scored on his first start for Amidaus Professionals whilst Attakora Gyimah scored the winning goal for Wa All Stars.Hearts scraped past King Faisal with a Robin Gnagne penalty, but only time will tell if the ‘stones’ Hearts of Oak rejected will become the cornerstone of other clubs.Should Medeama SC have given Bashir Hayford more money?Bashir Hayford led Medeama SC to top spot at the end of the first round, but he has long endured a difficult relationship with his bosses. Indeed, there were reports that the Medeama SC hierarchy was contemplating giving him the sack last season, but he was eventually retained.With just a few months to the expiration of his contract, he was poached by Ashanti Gold and Medeama SC quickly promoted assistant Shaibu Tanko into the hot seat, at least until the end of the season. Tanko has since experienced an unpleasant baptism of fire as he saw his side comprehensively thrashed by Tema Youth on Sunday afternoon. Hayford was seen by some top dogs within Medeama SC as being stroppy and rude, but with the kind of track record he has, one wonders whether he couldn’t have been better man-managed.Well, time will tell whether Medeama SC should have broken the bank to keep him, but Tanko could prove himself too in the remaining 14 matches.RTU’s lack of motivation; one way ticket to division oneEarlier in the week players of Real Tamale United threatened to boycott the rest of the matches because they had not been paid some allowances due them.The fact that they played against Amidaus Professionals would seem to suggest that the club’s management was able to sweet-talk them into taking part in the match, but there is a saying that you can drag a donkey to the river, but you can’t force it to drink water. Perhaps, players of Real Tamale United have mentally prepared themselves for a quick return to division one and that could have accounted for the limp performance in the 1-3 loss to Amidaus.Let’s face it; 5 points from 16 matches is hardly an inspiration for an escape from relegation ‘Sobibor’. So the Pride of the North seems to have decided to book a one way ticket to division one, unless the unexpected happens.Attending nature’s call in the line of dutySpeaking of the Kumasi game on Saturday, there was general laughter when Amidaus goalkeeper, Eric Antwi Ofori had to leave the match after 30 minutes to attend to nature’s call.He was away for 4 minutes, during which time the game was brought to a temporary halt. Apparently the laws of the game state that the game cannot go on in the absence of a goalkeeper from any one of the two teams competing. I am told he had a running stomach. In as much as I would love to join in the merriment, I would rather empathise with Ofori because, believe it or not, it also happened to me over ten years ago.It was during TV3’s live coverage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and I was one of the anchors for the matches. One match had ended and I was expecting my producers to call for a commercial break but nothing happened, Here I was chatting with my guests and I suddenly felt the urge.Eventually, on air I must have said something like ‘control room help’ because I was desperate. At long last the commercial break was called and the speed with which I rushed to the toilets would probably have matched UsainBolt’s 100m world record. It was clearly not my finest hour, putting it mildly.On a more serious note, I can only hope that other goalkeepers in the Premier League do not use Ofori’s predicament as an excuse to create an artificial time out for teams.All in all, it has been an exciting return to GPL action and we can only hope that more and more talents prove themselves by the time the season is over.last_img read more

X-rays on Hanley Ramirez’s hand negative after Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to San Francisco Giants

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ramirez will report to the ballpark early for treatment before Thursday afternoon’s game against the Giants. He said he doesn’t expect to undergo any further medical tests.The outlook for Ramirez is good, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s one of these areas that’s going to be a little sore, but once he’s starts to be able to squeeze the bat he’s going to be fine,” Mattingly said.Ramirez said he could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday.“Now I have to see how I feel (Thursday) morning,” he said. SAN FRANCISCO — As tough as their second straight dispiriting loss was, the Dodgers were still breathing a collective sigh of relief Wednesday night.Just before Giants closer Sergio Romo struck out Matt Kemp for the final out of a 2-1 loss at AT&T Park, news had come in that X-rays on oft-injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez’s left hand were negative.That was less than an hour after Ramirez left the field in pain after being struck by a Ryan Vogelsong fastball.“It’s good news,” a relieved Ramirez said.center_img Ramirez wanted to stay in the game but was admonished by trainer Stan Conte.“He told me that it’s a long season and he wanted to take a look and take the X-rays and go from there,” Ramirez said. “It was good, but at the same time this is a tough loss and I wanted to stay in there.”The Dodgers got a solid outing from left-hander Paul Maholm, who was making just his second start since signing a one-year contract with worth $1.5 million plus incentives during the offseason.Maholm allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He threw 92 pitches.Maholm, who’s in his 10th year in the majors, signed for $1.5 million plus incentives during the offseason. He pitched for Pittsburgh, which drafted him in 2003, for seven years. The Dodgers are his fourth team. “Amazing,” Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell said of Maholm’s performance. “He’s a guy who’s had different roles change and that’s really tough. You don’t know if you’re starting or relieving and he’s handled it exceptionally well. His attitude has been great. He’s been nothing but positive for this clubhouse.”The Giants scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh off Howell (1-1).Pablo Sandoval’s two-out single to left scored Joaquin Arias, who drew a leadoff walk and took second on pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza’s sacrifice bunt.Maholm was making his second start as a Dodger. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to the Giants on April 5.Vogelsong left the game after plunking Ramirez.In six-plus innings, Vogelsong allowed one run on four hits and two walks.The Dodgers failed to score after loading the bases with one out in the seventh. Adrian Gonzalez followed the hit-by-pitch with a single that extended his hitting streak to 11 games.Gonzalez and pinch-runner Justin Turner advanced on Andre Ethier’s infield hit, but reliever Jean Machi got Juan Uribe to hit into a 1-2-3 double play.The Dodgers couldn’t get much going against Vogelsong until the top of the sixth, when they broke through for their first run on Dee Gordon’s scoring triple to the deepest part of the ballpark in right center.Gordon’s hit, which sailed over the head of right fielder Hunter Pence, followed Maholm drawing a two-out walk off Vogelsong.“My main goal was hoping Dee wasn’t going to be tapping me on the back by the time I got to third,” Maholm said. “I think that’s a first for my career.”Gordon was 3 for 4, boosting his batting average to .404. Gordon led off the game with a bunt single down the third-base line. He singled to center with two outs in the eighth and took second on reliever Javier Lopez’s errant pickoff throw. But the Dodgers stranded Gordon, as Lopez got Carl Crawford to gound out to first.The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Buster Posey singled in Pence, who reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second on a Sandoval single.Matt Kemp was picked off after drawing a one-out walk in the second inning during Ethier’s at-bat. Mattingly challenged first-base umpire Mike Muchlinski’s call, but it was upheld after a four-minute, 25-second delay.last_img read more