Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his players are low on confidence but need to improve – and quickly.Last season’s runners-up are now 12th in the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.Tottenham capitalised on the sending off of Gaston Ramirez, to come from behind to beat Hull 2-1 at the K-C stadium. Christian Eriksen struck a last minute winner for the North London side.Tonight, second placed Southampton try and cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with a win at Aston Villa.
The seven home runs – two each by Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, one each by Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Turner – is the second-most the Dodgers have hit in a game and the most since another seven-homer game on August 22, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The franchise record is eight, set in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002 (Shawn Green hit half of them).The Dodgers have now hit a MLB-leading 46 home runs in the month of June. In the history of the franchise, they have hit more home runs in a month only three times, topped by 53 home runs last June when they were in the process of setting the franchise record for home runs in a season (221).“To a man, guys were taking good swings all day. … Good at-bats all throughout,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think as we’re going well right now, we’re not trying to hit homers. We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball. When you do that with our guys, the path of the bat, it’s elevated. That’s just the way our guys swing the bats.”The Mets — who have now lost their past 12 games against the Dodgers by a combined score of 91-30 – did their part.The scheduled starter, left-hander Jason Vargas, was bothered by a strained calf muscle since earlier in the week. But the Mets waited until after Saturday’s game to scratch him and put him on the DL, calling up reliever Chris Flexen instead of a fill-in starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins made his first career start and kicked it off by giving up back-to-back home runs to Hernandez and Muncy. The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Five of them gave up at least one home run.The Dodgers starter wasn’t terribly effective either.Coming off six scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the DL, Rich Hill hit four batters with pitches – Brandon Nimmo three times. The first of those was dismissed by plate umpire Jerry Meals who ruled Nimmo had stuck his arm out to chase the HBP.The three batters who did reach first by virtue of an errant pitch from Hill (including Nimmo twice) came around to score for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run in the fifth inning drove in the last of them and gave the Mets a brief 4-3 lead.“It was pretty sloppy,” Hill said of his five-inning outing. “Probably half the time, the ball didn’t come out of my hand the way I wanted it to. Obviously I’m really disappointed about it, just the execution of the pitches. That’s really about it. That really is going to bother me for a couple days.”Still, by the time Bellinger hit his second home run of the game (and the Dodgers’ sixth), they took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.That wasn’t enough, though. Reliever Erik Goeddel gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Plawecki in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 7-7.It stayed that way until Turner connected off Flexen in the 11th.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel. It’s been awhile,” said Turner, who was 2 for 17 on the trip before the homer and didn’t start Sunday. “It’s been a road trip of getting beat inside, getting jammed. So I was just trying to get on time and put a good swing on it.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel for the first time all weekend.”Pitchers have been attacking Turner inside, knowing the left wrist injury he suffered in spring training is inhibiting his ability to turn on a ball aggressively. Turner is hitting just .241 with three home runs in 108 at-bats since returning from the fractured wrist in mid-May.“If you look, since he’s come back – moreso in the past week – just being able to release the barrel on balls out front, everything is right there but that last click,” Roberts said. “In talking to him, talking to the trainers, the wrist feels strong. But that ability to release the barrel — which he did on that last swing – just hasn’t been there.“But JT’s a guy, he’s going to figure it out and you just gotta keep running him out there.” NEW YORK – What do you do when six home runs isn’t enough to win a game?Hold my beer, say the Dodgers.Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh home run of the game with two outs in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, finally giving them an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.“That’s what we do – we hit home runs,” bragged Kiké Hernandez who started the game with a home run then hit another five innings later.
Highest international expenditure for NoosaHighest international expenditure for NoosaThe latest international visitor survey (IVS) data for the year ending September 2016 continues Noosa’s positive tourism growth with visitation and spend both at unprecedented highs.Tourism Noosa CEO Damien Massingham said that the international results revealed not only a record number of visitors but more importantly, a continued significant increase in international visitor expenditure.“Noosa’s international visitor spend was up 73% to reach $105.9 million, with annual increases in spend across all of Noosa’s major inbound markets”.“New Zealand spend increased by 104.6% to $31.5 million, the USA up 31% to $4.3 million, the UK up 13.1% to $16.2million and Germany up 7.2% to $5.5miion”.“This is the 3rd quarter of spend growth from our international markets this year with the March quarter up 27.8% and the June quarter up 13.4%”.“We also saw a record number of overseas visitors choosing Noosa, with total visitation up 7% to 147,000, the USA up 33% to a record of almost 10,000, while New Zealand increased 39.5% to 255, 000 visitors”.“This continued international growth is testament to the work that Tourism Noosa has been doing with our international partners for some years and highlights Noosa’s strengthening appeal to the international market.”“It’s also a clear indication that the Noosa Global Market Strategy, which we launched just over a year ago, is delivering outcomes. While Noosa is benefitting like many other destinations from a national lift in inbound visitation, the increases that have been achieved for Noosa across key markets are exceeding many comparative results at the regional and state levels and that’s a great accolade for our local tourism businesses” Mr Massingham said. Source = Tourism Noosa