Championship qualifiers continue

first_imgWales are among the sides in action as they take-on Group B rivals Israel at 5pm.The Ireland Under-19’s are also involved in a European qualifier today.After a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic earlier this week, Paul Doolin’s side will now face Germany in their second match in Group 2, which will kick-off at 11 o’clock this morning.last_img

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig loses appeal, will serve 2-game suspension against Mets

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig was ordered to pay a fine and begin serving a suspension issued by Major League Baseball on Tuesday, sidelining the Dodgers’ outfielder for the final two games of a three-game series against the New York Mets.Puig lost his appeal of the original two-game ban MLB assessed for his actions during the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Giants on Aug. 14 at Dodger Stadium.In the seventh inning of that game, Puig and Giants catcher Nick Hundley got into a verbal altercation at home plate. When Puig pushed Hundley, both benches emptied, and the brawl ended after Puig slapped Hundley in the face mask.MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre, referred to Puig as “inciting” the incident in a press release. Hundley was fined but not suspended. Torre heard Puig’s appeal argument over the phone last Tuesday. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season August was not the first time that Jansen suffered an irregular heartbeat during a trip to Denver. He could simply skip the Denver portion of the Dodgers’ upcoming 10-game trip and meet the team in Cincinnati. The Dodgers play three games against the Reds beginning Monday and four in St. Louis beginning Thursday.“Ultimately, it’s the doctor’s decision, Kenley’s comfort level, and for us as an organization just quote whatever decision they come up with,” Manager Dave Roberts said.Jansen said his cardiologist, Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, recommended he resume taking his heart medication with the dosage and frequency adjusted. Roberts said that Jansen has expressed a desire to pitch in Denver.TURNER HONOREDThird baseman Justin Turner pulled in a pair of honors Tuesday: the National League Player of the Month award for August and, for the second straight year, the Dodgers’ Roberto Clemente Award nomination.Turner batted .402 (39 for 97) with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 20 RBIs and a stolen base in 25 August games. He led all qualified NL hitters in batting average, on-base percentage (.491) and was second in slugging (.722).Turner, 33, had never won a Player of the Month award in his career. No Dodger had won the honor since Adrián González in April 2015.Turner’s eponymous charitable foundation has supported homeless veterans, children and their families since its founding in 2016. The winner of the award will be determined through online fan voting (beginning Wednesday) and a panel that includes Commissioner Rob Manfred. The winner will be announced during the World Series.Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the award in 2012.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 4-1, 2.24 ERA) vs. Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler, 9-7, 3.37 ERA), Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers have 34 players on their active roster, including seven outfielders besides Puig. Matt Kemp started in right field Tuesday against the Mets and left-hander Jason Vargas.Puig is batting .259 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 104 games. In his past 15 games, Puig is hitting just .163 without a home run.JANSEN IN LIMBOKenley Jansen met with his cardiologist Tuesday, and the Dodgers will soon decide whether or not the closer will travel to Colorado for this weekend’s three-game series against the Rockies.Jansen suffered an atrial fibrillation episode during the Dodgers’ last trip to Denver in August. Subsequently, he was prescribed blood thinners and heart medication and spent 10 days on the disabled list.But Jansen struggled upon his return, allowing four home runs in his next three appearances. He soon stopped taking the medication with his cardiologist’s permission because it was affecting his performance. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more