Teenagers still wedded to idea of marriage

first_imgThe Times 27 January 2018Family First Comment: And why not? Even young people aspire to the ‘gold standard’ (not perfect, but still miles ahead of the alternatives)….. “Cohabiting parents are also far more likely to split up than those who walk down the aisle. Only a quarter of parents who were married when their first child was born had separated by the time the child turned 15. This compared with 56 per cent of parents who were unmarried when their first child was born and married later and 69 per cent of those who had never married.” www.protectmarriage.nzThe vast majority of teenagers want to get married when they grow up, despite the growing trend for cohabitation, a study has found.More than three out of four youngsters aged 14 to 17 said it was one of their key aspirations and that marriage was not the same as living together, according to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).The right-wing think tank is calling for teaching on marriage and commitment to be part of the revised sex education curriculum. The guidance will be updated for the first time in 20 years in the spring, with sex education lessons becoming compulsory, and campaigners fear that the emphasis on life-long commitment will be lost.While the desire for marriage remains strong, statistics suggest many teenagers will never realise their ambition. The last census found that more than a third of people are not or have never been married, an increase of three percentage points on ten years ago. The number of weddings taking place each year is at a historic low. The Marriage Foundation predicts that on current trends half of today’s 20-year-olds will ever marry.Marriage has also become a perk of being rich. Among the highest earners, 87 per cent get married, compared with only 24 per cent of low earners.Cohabiting parents are also far more likely to split up than those who walk down the aisle. Only a quarter of parents who were married when their first child was born had separated by the time the child turned 15. This compared with 56 per cent of parents who were unmarried when their first child was born and married later and 69 per cent of those who had never married.Frank Young, head of family policy at the CSJ, said: “Despite growing up with no better than a 50/50 chance of their own parents separating, young people still have strong relationship ambitions. Not only do young people want a lasting relationship in adult life, they aspire to marriage. Updated guidance on relationships education shouldn’t ignore the word marriage.”READ MORE: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cba0b654-02dd-11e8-9de1-e6776d524215Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Dearborn County represented at LEADS Awards Day

first_imgLt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is the keynote speaker today.NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The 3rd annual Leadership & Entrepreneurial Awards Day of Southern Indiana (LEADS) will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kye’s located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.The event recognizes entrepreneurs and service providers in Southern Indiana. The keynote speaker is Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.As Lt. Governor, Ellspermann manages six state agencies including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.Dearborn County is well represented today with three LEADS awards winners:FranNet Franchisee of the Year – Linda Goepper, Liberty Tax Service (Dearborn County)Family Owned Business of the Year – Batesville Products (Dearborn County)Entrepreneurial Community Award  – City of Lawrenceburg (Dearborn County)last_img read more

INDOT plans ADA meeting in Seymour

first_imgSeymour, In. — The advisory group and the public will have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and provide input to INDOT on how to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The current document (being revised and updated for 2018) is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under “Accessibility & Non-Discrimination” at http://www.in.gov/indot/3583.htm.In accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act”, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to the accessibility to project documents and participation at the public hearing venue, are encouraged to contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601 rclark@indot.in.gov.  Persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring accommodation with regard to accessing project information and/or participation at the public hearing are also encouraged to contact the INDOT Office of Public Involvement for additional assistance.  An ASL interpreter will be present to provide in-person ASL interpretation.  Requests for additional auxiliary aides and services are requested to be submitted not later than 10 days prior to the meeting, though INDOT will make every effort to accommodate late requests.Meeting Agenda:Welcome and introduction of the CAWG group and membersVoting to nominate Chairperson of the CAWGDiscussion of a CAWG Board Members Training Session – Summer 2018Discussion of ADA Projects completed 2015-2018Public comments on INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan & Accessibility programs2018 CAWG meeting schedulelast_img read more

Decatur County REMC recognizes grant recipients

first_imgBread of Life accepting grant from REMCGreensburg, IN—Decatur County REMC (DCREMC) recognized twelve local organizations Wednesday morning upon receiving Operation Roundup grant funds from the DCREMC Community Trust. DCREMC CEO, Brett Abplanalp, thanked each organization for their contributions and efforts throughout the community. “DCREMC is proud to support our communities. One of our cooperative principles is Concern for the Community, and our members demonstrate their commitment to giving back and making an impact through this program,” said Abplanalp.Each organization shared information about their purpose and the project or program in which the Operation Roundup funds will support. Organizations receiving funding this cycle include Delaware Community Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department, Decatur County Fireman’s Association, New Directions of Decatur County, FLASH (Free Lunch All Summer, Hooray!), Greensburg Bread of Life, Greensburg High School, Decatur County Parks and Recreation Department, Decatur County 4 Kids, Inc. – Prevent Child Abuse, Girls Inc., Speranza House and Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department.Operation Roundup is a member-funded trust established to support local charitable organizations serving DCREMC members and communities.Delaware Community Volunteer Fire accepting grant from REMCWhen DCREMC members round up their bill to the next whole dollar each month, they are making a direct impact in their community. With DCREMC’s Operation Roundup, a little change can do a lot. Since the program was established in 1999, DCREMC has awarded 260 grants totaling over $489,000. Operation Roundup information and grant applications can be found on the DCREMC website. Non-profit organizations can apply for the next grant cycle by July 31.last_img read more

MLB Announces 2021 Regular Season Schedule-Reds Opening Day Will Be April 1st

first_imgOpening Day will feature 10 divisional match-ups among the 15 games in addition to three Interleague contests, featuring the Tampa Bay Rays at the Miami Marlins, the Minnesota Twins visiting the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants at the Seattle Mariners.  Six games are scheduled for Friday, April 2nd, a full slate of 15 games will be played on Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th will include 13 contests. Interleague Play throughout the season will feature the AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.  The New York Mets will host the New York Yankees at Citi Field from September 10th-12th, marking the first time the New York franchises will play each other on September 11th as MLB observes its 20th anniversary.  The two teams will also square off earlier in the season at Yankee Stadium during the Fourth of July weekend. ·         The Atlanta Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals for four games across Father’s Day weekend from June 17th-20th, a rematch of their five-game National League Division Series in 2019. Please see the accompanying files or visit MLB.com for the complete 2021 American League and National League regular season schedules. ·         The 91st All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13th at Truist Park in Atlanta, the ballpark’s first Midsummer Classic and the first to be played in Atlanta since 2000 at Turner Field.center_img In addition, other highlights of the 2021 schedule include:·         The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their home schedule with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals from April 9th-11th, a rematch of their five-game National League Division Series in 2019. Major League Baseball today announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1st.  The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional Opening Day (including 2020’s original regular season schedule), and Opening Day of the 2021 campaign could also become the first season since 1968 in which every team across the Majors plays their first game of the season on the same day.The Reds Opening Day for 2021 will be against their NL Central Rivals, The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, April 1st at Great American Ballpark.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info ·         The final day of the 2021 regular season on Sunday, October 3rd, featuring 12 divisional games. last_img read more

Hogan defends Leinster head coach.

first_imgFormer Munster , Leinster and Ireland forward Tipperary’s Trevor Hogan has defended Leinster Head coach Matt O’Connors position.The Blues supremo has been scrutinised for his sides mixed form in the Guinness Pro 12 and their style of play in their last two Champions cup games including Sundays narrow extra time defeat to Toulon.Hogan says calls for O’Connors departure despite having one season left on his contract are unfounded.last_img

Elavenil Valarivan wins gold in women’s 10m air rifle at ISSF World Cup 2019

first_img WATCH US LIVE Team India continue their medal-winning run at the ISSF World Cup Finals in China on Thursday as Elavenil Valarivan and Manu Bhaker won gold medals in their respective events at the event. Elavenil claimed the top honours in the women’s 10m air rifle competition shooting 250.8 to edge past Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin (250.7). Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman finished third with a score of 229. Elavenil had qualified second for the finals with a score of 631.1 behind Ying-Shin (632.3). 10 months ago MyGov highlights Heena Sidhu’s achievements in #BharatKiLaxmi campaign 1 year ago Shooting World Cup: Abhishek Verma wins Gold, Chaudhary bags Bronze COMMENT ISSF World Cup 2019: Elavenil Valarivan careerThis is Elavenil’s second senior World Cup medal in her career after winning the first medal this year in Brazil. She had compatriot Anjum Moudgil to win the gold. Elavenil had scored 251.7 in the tournament to earn the top spot. The shooter is currently ranked third in the world in her category.Also Read: World Cup Shooting: Manu Bhaker Misses Final Round By A PointISSF World Cup 2019: Manu Bhaker GoldManu Bhaker won the gold and also created a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event. The 17-year-old shot 244.7 to win the top prize in the prestigious competition. Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver with 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8. In the same event, Manu Bhaker’s compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final.Also Read:  UFC: Francis Ngannou Says That ‘Big News’ Is Coming Soon For HimISSF World Cup 2019 results In the men’s 10m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final but couldn’t claim medals.Also Read:  UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father Is Planning His Second Marriage At The Age Of 56Verma topped the qualifications with 588 but ended fifth in the final with a score of 179.4, while Chaudhary was seventh in the qualification with 581 before signing off sixth in the last-eight stage with 159.8. First Published: 21st November, 2019 14:17 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 21st November, 2019 14:17 IST Elavenil Valarivan Wins Gold In Women’s 10m Air Rifle At ISSF World Cup 2019 Elavenil Valarivan claimed the top honours in the women’s 10m air rifle competition shooting 250.8 to edge past Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin who shot 250.7.center_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US 1 year ago Shooting: India’s Elavenil claims her maiden World Cup gold medal 9 months ago Biggest-ever Indian squad look to end on high in World Cup Finals 10 months ago Deepak Kumar earns 10th Olympic quota; India bag five medals WE RECOMMEND Also Read: Manu Wins Gold In World Cup Finals Suraj Alva last_img read more

30 Fans to Get Free Decoders at GOtv Boxing Night 17

first_imgA total of 30 GOtv decoders will be given out at GOtv Boxing Night 17, holding on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. This was announced yesterday by Flykite Productions, organisers of the event.According to Managing Director, Flykite Productions, Jenkins Alumona, this will be the highest number of decoders given out since the event began in 2014.In previous editions, he recalled, the number of decoders given out ranged between 10 and 20. He explained that the number has been increased by the sponsors in appreciation of the support fans have given to the event and as a way of celebrating the festive season.The 30 decoders will be won through lucky dips to be held in between fights.“This is the highest number of decoders the sponsors have given out. That the number has gone up is a sign that the sponsors appreciate the support the fans have given to the sport and to make the festive season more exciting. Don’t also forget that this is the biggest ever edition of the event. It will combine boxing and music, with the latter provided by live performances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni Da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey. This will be a cracking show; a well-rounded entertainment package exclusively for the festive season,” he said.He added that boxing fans will have the opportunity to watch the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Super Featherweight title bout between Nigeria’s Seun “The Machine” Wahab and Tanzania’s Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche, the biggest of the eight fights lined up.Alumona explained that with the winner of the fight being eligible for the world title, it is the most high-profile bout staged in Nigeria in a long while. The show will witness another international duel between Victor Kemavor of Ghana and US-based Nigerian, Oluwafemi “The Eagle” Oyeleye. Also scheduled to be in action are domestic stars such as Olaide ‘Fijaborn” Fijabi, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, the African Boxing Union lightweight champion; Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, national lightweight champion; Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, former national lightweight champion; and Opeyemi ‘Sense” Elijah, best boxer at GOtv Boxing NextGen 4.The best boxer of the event will go home with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1.5million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete

first_img Source: BBC Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking.Juventus’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m).Last year’s highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list.Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m).Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are the highest earning British athletes, sitting at 13th on $55m (£43.2m).The American business magazine calculated the athletes’ earnings by adding up their prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019.The top 100 includes athletes from 25 countries and their $4bn (£3,1bn) combined earnings are up 5% from the previous year, when Mayweather was first with $285m (£224m).The American boxer’s only fight since August 2017 was an exhibition boxing bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.Athletes had to earn a minimum of $25m (£19.6m) to make this year’s list.Messi is only the second footballer to top the rankings after Ronaldo, and only the eighth different athlete to take the number one spot since the rankings began in 1990.It is also the first time that footballers have ranked as the top three earners in sports.Messi is one of 38 non-American athletes on the list, with 62 US stars in the top 100.The NBA accounted for the most athletes with 35, with LA Lakers’ LeBron James the sport’s highest paid athlete in eighth on $89m ahead of Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry (9th on $79.8m) and Kevin Durant (10th on $65.4m).Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is the highest earning Premier League player in 44th place with $33m (£25.9m).Top 101. Lionel Messi $127m (£99.8m)2. Cristiano Ronaldo $109m (£85.6m)3. Neymar $105m (£82.5m)4. Canelo Alvarez $94m (£73.8m)5. Roger Federer $93.4m (£73.3)6. Russell Wilson $89.5m (£70.3m)7. Aaron Rodgers $89.3m £70.1m)8. LeBron James $89m (£69.9m)9. Stephen Curry $79.8m (£62.7m)10, Kevin Durant $65.4m (£51.3m)last_img read more

Late HRs from Kike’ Hernandez and Justin Turner lift Dodgers past Diamondbacks

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Greinke bunted the runner over. Nothing came of it. And he went out to pitch the eighth, facing the heart of the Dodgers’ lineup for the fourth time in the game. Greinke had faced a batter four times in a game just four times previously all season.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.“I thought it was interesting when he went back out there to sacrifice bunt instead of pinch-hitting for him to try and get some more (runs),” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “But who knows why stuff happens? You just roll with it.”Stuff happened on the first pitch of the eighth inning when Turner crushed a hanging slider from Greinke into the left-field pavilion for the decisive run in a 3-2 Dodgers victory over the Diamondbacks.The turnaround took the Dodgers from a potential two-game losing streak that would have left them three games behind the Diamondbacks in the division, facing an uphill battle just to salvage a split of this four-game series.Instead, the Dodgers could find themselves in first place Monday with wins the next two days. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger #35 and Yasiel Puig #66 celebrate a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodger players celebrate Justin Turner’s #10 solo home run in the bottom of the eight inning to make the score 3-2 against the Diamondbacks during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig #66 makes a leaping catch for the out on Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock #11 fly ball in right field during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 drops his bat after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the eight inning to make the score 3-2 against the Diamondbacks during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar #14 slides into second base as the Dodgers’ Brian Dozier #6 throws to first for a double play in the in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, watches with catcher Yasmani Grandal, second from left, and home plate umpire Tom Hallion during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 walks back to the mound as the Diamondbacks’ Steven Souza Jr. #28 heads for home on a Paul Goldschmidt #44 first inning home run during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, left, is congratulated by Steven Souza Jr. after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt #44 is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run homer in the first inning during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig #66 scores on a Joc Pederson #31 single in the third inning during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 and Cody Bellinger #35 celebrate Turner’s a solo home run in the bottom of the eight inning to make the score 3-2 against the Diamondbacks during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado #8 catches a Diamondbacks’ David Peralta #6 fly ball for the out during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado #8 throws to first base but the Diamondbacks’ Steven Souza Jr. #28 is safe in the first inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado #8 throws to first base but the Diamondbacks’ Steven Souza Jr. #28 is safe in the first inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits a solo home run as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis, left, watches along with home plate umpire Tom Hallion during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez runs to first after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Steven Souza Jr. #28 can not get this home run ball hit by Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Enrique Hernandez #14 on his solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, is congratulated by Justin Turner after hitting a game-tying solo home run during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Turner added the go-ahead home run in the eighth and the Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Yasiel Puig #66 for his eighth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen gestures after the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to earning the save in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 31: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger #35 and Yasiel Puig #66 celebrate a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 29Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — For the first time since 2012, September arrived with a team other than the Dodgers occupying first place in the National League West.If the Dodgers are going to reclaim the top spot and win a sixth consecutive division title, a sacrifice bunt by an opposing pitcher might figure prominently.Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke gave up a game-tying home run to Kike’ Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday, “one of the biggest hits of the year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said later.In the top of the eighth, Greinke’s spot in the batting order came up with one out and a man on first. And Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo let him hit. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “It’s easy to sit right now and say, knowing what the results are, that we would do it differently. Of course, I would have done it differently had I known what the outcome was. I just felt like I was doing the best thing for the matchups the next inning against the two guys. Zack has done that time and time again as indicated by his track record, so I felt like he was going to get through it.”The go-ahead homer set up another critical turnaround for the Dodgers. Jansen came on in the ninth to close it out and pitched a scoreless inning for the first time since being treated for atrial fibrillation.It wasn’t easy. Jansen gave up a bloop double to Goldschmidt with one out then struck out David Peralta and got Eduardo Escobar to ground out, stranding the tying run in scoring position.Jansen had vowed to “figure it out” after a rough outing in Texas earlier this week and he said he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt did just that. Honeycutt had Jansen watch video from his past two seasons, showing Jansen a difference in his stride toward the plate this year.“They got a pissed-off Kenley today,” Jansen said. “I was throwing with my lower body. I focused on my lower body and let it carry me to home plate.” “With Kersh and Buehler,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers the next two days, “I like our chances.”Those chances did not look good through six innings Friday.At that point, the Dodgers had scored just two runs in the first 15 innings of this crucial series and trailed 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was impressive after that. But, like Rich Hill in Thursday’s game, it looked like one mistake would cost him.Hernandez changed that with his seventh-inning home run, the major-league high seventh home run by a Dodgers pinch-hitter this season.“I think I was more excited for Kike’s home run,” Turner said, comparing it to his own heroics. “Pinch-hitting against him (Greinke) and hitting a two-strike, opposite-field homer is pretty impressive. That got everybody pretty fired up.”The Diamondbacks put the go-ahead run on in the eighth when reliever Dylan Floro flubbed a ground ball near the mound. Lovullo opted not to pinch-hit for light-hitting catcher Jeff Mathis, who struck out. And he didn’t pinch-hit for Greinke either.“I felt like he was throwing the ball extremely well and he deserved that opportunity to go out there and face those two right-handed hitters,” Lovullo said, referring to Turner and Manny Machado. “I liked those matchups. He had handled them well. It seemed like he was strong and feeling good and I was comfortable with what the pitches looked like.”Greinke had actually retired Turner just once – on a hard line drive to the third baseman. Turner singled his next time up and Greinke hit him with a pitch in their third meeting of the night.The fourth decided the game.“He’s our guy,” Lovullo said. “He’s been our catalyst on the mound. We rely on him. He hasn’t let us down. The last two years he’s been fantastic. He’s having a tremendous year.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more