first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/gallon today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 86.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 83.4 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008. Source: VermontGasPrices.com Vermont, VT, April 5, 2010-last_img read more

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco It is a long way from a year ago, when Ryu was 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 25 starts and was passed over for Alex Wood when the playoff rotation was assembled.“As a starting pitcher, you definitely want to start those games,” Ryu said Sunday through an interpreter. “At the moment, I feel pretty optimistic.”He looked like an ace Sunday, although the competition must be taken into account. The Padres punted on this season before it began, and their main goal at this point is to avoid 100 losses (they’re at 94 with six to play).But every game is critical for the Dodgers, and the reputation as a big game pitcher that Ryu forged in seven seasons in the KBO League in his homeland has carried over.“He’s really focused,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He understands the magnitude of every start. I’ve said it; I’ve heard it, that he’s a big-game pitcher, and it showed today.“I think it’s (because of) the ability to execute multiple pitches. I think a certain moment doesn’t get too big for him. He’s got a very good heartbeat and doesn’t get too amped up. The adrenalin, I think he does a great job of controlling it. And so that, (plus) just the feel of his pitches, makes him very dangerous.”Those are qualities to treasure when the games become ever more important. Nor does it hurt to be able to handle the bat.We are not talking Shohei Ohtani levels of production. But Ryu is hitting .292 this season, best by far among Dodger pitchers. (And yes, that includes Kiké Hernández, with his .240 batting average and 81.00 ERA from his inning of work in Philadelphia in July. Among real Dodger pitchers, Kershaw is next at .233)Ryu singled in the second Sunday, singled and scored in the Dodgers’ six-run fourth, and singled and scored again in the fifth.“He’s always talked about how good a hitter he is,” Roberts said. “I didn’t see it the last couple of years, but we’re seeing it now.  Guys were having fun with it, but those at-bats are important to keep the line moving, turn the lineup over.”Who knows? Maybe Ryu even provided lineup protection for Austin Barnes, Sunday’s catcher, who slammed a two-run home run in the fourth hitting just ahead of Ryu. Barnes is now hitting .202.“Hopefully they don’t switch me from the eighth to the ninth hole now” when Ryu’s pitching, Barnes said with a laugh. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Sunday was Hyun-Jin Ryu’s turn on the mound for the Dodgers. It was already Monday in his native South Korea, and that also happened to be Chuseok, a Korean holiday celebrating family and ancestors.The people in his home country would have had to be awake at 5 a.m. to follow along from the first pitch. But it would have been worth it.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.Ryu provided a full-service performance in the Dodgers’ 14-0 waxing of San Diego: Six shutout innings, with four hits allowed and eight strikeouts, and a 3 for 3 day at bat with two runs scored.Even better, we got to see him run the bases (to describe him as “chugging home” from second on Max Muncy’s RBI single in the fourth does not do it justice), and he covered first with all deliberate speed on a Hunter Renfroe grounder in the sixth and still got there in time.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His earned run average dropped to an even 2.00 for the season Sunday, including a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts. The last two in particular have been gems; he preceded Sunday’s start with eight shutout innings last Monday night against Colorado, the first game of a critical series that the Dodgers ended with a sweep that put them back in first place.It is nowhere near a lock that the Dodgers will be in the postseason, mind you. They still have six games on the road against division rivals Arizona and San Francisco, both of which would relish the spoiler’s role for obvious reasons. Colorado, now 1 1/2 games behind, has seven left at home against Philadelphia and Washington, a pair of recently-eliminated NL East teams.But should the Dodgers pick their way through this minefield, either with their sixth straight division title or a wild-card spot, would you take your chances with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill and Ryu? I would. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season For a guy who’s listed as 6-foot 3 and 255 pounds, let’s call him deceptively nimble. More notably, he missed more than three months with a serious groin injury and would have every excuse to play it safe, but while he could never be described as quick, his want-to made up for it.Ryu’s desire and competitiveness have helped fashion an impressive stretch of pitching since his August 15 return from the disabled list. And if there was a dilemma or lack of clarity involving a potential Dodgers’ postseason rotation, Ryu has solved it.Related Articleslast_img read more

first_img Untitled LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP Lions win their 7th straight Judge urged to keep up action on Bonds RPV should stay course Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Hide the women and children. Now towering above the skyline of Lakerdom … it’s LaVarzilla!There’s a line at which parental involvement can go from nurturing into living through one’s child. From there, all sorts of dysfunction are possible … which the child pays for … all the dismaying way to the new heights of naked ego-tripping now being foisted on the Lakers and their fans.Of course, LaVar Ball probably went over that line before they got baby Lonzo home from the hospital.The Lakers season is six games old and LaVar has feuded with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, who promised to reduce Lonzo to ashes – and did – and with the Washington Wizards after promising his son would beat them – and did, even if Lonzo’s teammates bailed him out while John Wall was outscoring him, 18-6. TV favorites still may be lost “I’m going to give you the people’s opinion,” Cleveland’s Channing Frye said. “No matter what he does, it is going to be so easy to hate on him now. It’s going to be disgustingly easy to hate on him.”Of course, everyone is a natural adversary for LaVar, even sneaker execs who pander to stars like Lonzo.With LaVar demanding $1 billion, Lonzo wound up without a deal. Not that it kept LaVar from sneering at Beverley, “You still don’t have your own shoe” – as if Lonzo wasn’t paying to make his, as opposed to harvesting endorsement millions.Lonzo’s shoe costs a grandiose $495 or, as Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver noted, enough to buy LeBron James’ LeBron XIV ($175), Kevin Durant’s KD9 Elite ($150) and Steph Curry’s 3Zero ($119.99) with $40 left over.If Lonzo pays for LaVar’s effrontery, the Lakers are reduced to props in his reality show, as when Lonzo’s teammates vowed they had his back after LaVar promised the Lakers would beat the Wizards and Marcin Gortat said Wall would flambé Lonzo.Of course, after the Lakers won, the TV cameras alighted on LaVar celebrating in the stands as if he were a local hero for firing up the guys.This is hardly what the Lakers and their fans had in mind, but LaVar doesn’t act in their interest or even Lonzo’s.LaVar acts in the interest of the hype, and, of course, in the interest of LaVar, who never got past the scrub level as a college player but can act like an NBA star by attaching himself to Lonzo … the thing he accuses everyone else of doing.If comparing a rookie to an all-time great is laughable, Lonzo has a flat personality as opposed to the effervescence that made Magic Johnson a joy to be around.On the other hand, Jason Kidd, another all-time-great point guard, had a subdued personality. Nevertheless, who knows how much of the joy LaVar sucked out of it and what Lonzo would be like otherwise?Before this, the craziest NBA father was … actually, I can’t think of any.There was never anyone like LaVar, which is why the Lakers have no idea how to deal with this.Before the draft, LaVar said he assured Magic, “Earvin, look, I’m not following my son. I’m not going to be hanging out in L.A. I’m going to be training these young kids (his other sons) … As far as training my boy, this is as far as I can take him.”At media day, Magic said he wouldn’t monitor LaVar.“Who am I going to monitor?” Magic said. “LaVar is a grownup. …“Now, if something happens where it affects his son and it affects his son on the court, yeah, maybe I will pull him aside.”Ding!It’s time!LaVar has barely left Lonzo’s side, taking time off from training LiAngelo and LaMelo to do his scene-stealing act for anyone who asks – with ESPN making it a nightly mission – disssing a growing list, all of whom, of course, take it out on Lonzo.Coach Luke Walton says he’s not concerned but notes that it “makes Lonzo’s job tougher.”LaVar, himself, said blithley, “Lonzo’s always gonna have a bad rap. You know why? Because I’m talking about him. ‘Cuz Lonzo’s so good you can’t touch him.”As if. Lonzo got torched nightly in his first week, shooting 31 percent while opposing point guards outscored him, 90-46, proving to all but immediate family that his job is already tough enough.Nevertheless, Lonzo looks like the rare talent he was hyped to be. Three of his first four games were bad, or worse, but he averaged 12 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds. The Lakers were up from last season’s No. 26 in assists per game to No. 3.Not that we’ll hear about whatever Magic finally says to LaVar.After their chat takes place – soon, we can all hope – Magic will say something like, “Hey, all fathers want is the best for our kids. LaVar told me Lonzo comes first.”Ah, if only it were true. Unfortunately for the Lakers, you can’t put fathers on waivers. SB High to celebrate 125 years of educating Throw in De’Aaron Fox outscoring Lonzo, 39-10, in UCLA’s NCAA Tournament loss to Kentucky, and saying he was on attack mode “to shut LaVar Ball up,” and that’s three feuds in Lonzo’s last seven games.Of course, the press is a natural adversary since it acts as a check on LaVar’s flights of fantasy, as when he told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that “Lonzo did good” after he scored three points in the opener.“What game did you watch?” Smith exclaimed, incredulously.Stephen A. wound up looking away, rolling his eyes, while pointing his microphone back at LaVar to note the Lakers let Lonzo down by not running down the middle of the floor (“Don’t make me bring my shoes out and run. I can get 20 points running down the middle.”)This is hardly over. Turmoil aplenty awaits with LaVar ripping anyone who says anything bad about Lonzo – or, really, about LaVar – since their names now come up whenever NBA players meet.last_img read more

first_img NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah joined Bickley and Marotta Thursday afternoon on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Here is what he had to say about the Arizona Cardinals story lines son far in training camp. On Jonathan Cooper not living up to expectations in camp:“Jonathan Cooper is not really having a great camp, that has surprised me. I’ve heard from several people that is absolutely the case. I liked him at North Carolina, obviously he had the injury last year, but I thought he would be a big addition to this team. Maybe he’s got some rust he needs to knock off, maybe that player will eventually emerge, but to me that’s a major storyline we’re following.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network analyst Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On if the Cardinals should be concerned about John Abraham from a football standpoint:“I don’t think from a football standpoint because he’s got a skill set and he’s a master of that craft in terms of rushing the passer. He’s just got a nack for it, and those guys can do that for a long period of time. To me, the concerns are definitely what’s going on off the field and having your head right. But in terms of being on the football field, I think he’ll slide right in and be fine.” – / 11 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more