Murphy’s raring to go


first_img The 23-year old has two appearances off the bench to his name but is in the starting line-up for the first time for the opening Test against the Pumas in Resistencia. He made his debut in the Six Nations loss away to England and picked up his second cap in the win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Leinster’s back row forward Jordi Murphy cannot wait to start his first game for Ireland when they take on Argentina on Saturday and says it will be a dream come true. The Pumas may also be under strength but Murphy said all their research indicates a massive challenge from the home side in Resistencia. He added: “They are an incredibility combative side. Really hungry, come at you from all angles really. “And you just can’t knock off at all because they are a big team. They really punch on opportunities if they think you switch off at all. “We’ve watched a lot of their game tape and a lot of their tries come from team knocking off or knock-ons and they just pounce on the ball and play quickly and get their tries. “So they are just a really combative, aggressive side and we’ll have to meet that,” he added. But now he has been given the opportunity to make a mark, named at number eight in a back row which also includes Chris Henry and debutant Robbie Diack. Murphy, who was born in Barcelona before his family moved back to Ireland when he was eight, said: “It’s my first start for Ireland so I’m really excited about that. “I’m just looking to repay the faith the coaches, Joe (Schmidt) especially, have shown in me to give me that first start. “One of the dreams you’d have growing up (is to play for your country). “I had two games off the bench for Ireland but I’ve been looking for that start and I’m really excited for now and I’m going out to make the most of it and leave a mark.” Murphy knows opportunities to impress his former Leinster coach on the international scene will be scarce between now and the World Cup, but he is starting in an Irish side full of confidence despite so many changes from the triumphant Six Nations side. He continued: “It is a building block I suppose to the World Cup. There are about 10 games to go before then, so we really have to set our stall out and, with the new faces coming in, put our name in the hat for then. “It’s exciting times. We are high in confidence and there is a good buzz through the squad so we are really looking forward to this weekend.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Brett Anderson stymies Miami Marlins in L.A. Dodgers’ 7-1 win


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI >> This is not the Brett Anderson that baseball fans in Denver and Oakland remember.Come to think of it, baseball fans in Denver and Oakland might not remember Anderson well at all. His 15 starts and 89 innings pitched are the most he’s given any team since 2010.The Dodgers only signed Anderson to an incentive-laden one-year contract on the chance he could become the pitcher he was early in his career if he stayed healthy. For the first three months of the season at least, that gamble has paid off.Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts Friday in a 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins. The 27-year-old left-hander allowed a run in the first inning on a leg-me-out infield single by Dee Gordon, who stole second and then scored after a pair of groundouts.The Marlins hardly threatened again. Anderson allowed two singles in the third inning but picked off both runners. With runners on first and second in the fourth inning, Anderson struck out Giancarlo Stanton, then got a pair of ground balls to end the inning.Anderson struck out the last four batters he faced en route to a 10-strikeout game, which matched a career high. He allowed a total of five hits, all singles, and walked one batter in evening his record at 4-4.“Early on (this season) he seemed tentative, not being out there in a couple years,” Mattingly said. “As games have gone on, he’s more vocal — ‘I still feel good. I can get these guys.’ He’s pushing to go later into games.”The Dodgers provided ample run support, taking a 2-1 lead on a home run by Scott Van Slyke in the second inning and never looking back. RBI singles by Alex Guerrero, Jimmy Rollins and even Anderson himself — the first single of his career — gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead after four innings.Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5. Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 4. Guerrero, making his second straight start in left field, finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Justin Nicolino (1-1) took the loss in his second start of the season for the Marlins.The Dodgers have now won three straight games behind the back of their starting rotation — Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias and Anderson — away from Dodger Stadium, where they’ve struggled. Even with Friday’s win, the Dodgers are only 15-20 on the road, the worst road record of any division leader in baseball.Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are scheduled to start the next two days, against Tom Koehler and Jose Urena, respectively.center_img “My stuff was probably the best overall it’s been,” he said.As if to erase any last memory of his injury-plagued past, Anderson saved his best for last. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Anderson was only assured of facing one or two batters when he sent the left-hander out for the seventh inning. Anderson struck out both Marcel Ozuna and Jeff Baker, then froze Derek Dietrich on a slider over the outside corner. It was the third time Anderson has completed seven innings this season — something he had done three times the last two years combined.“You wouldn’t have known anything (about the past), he’s been so seamless,” Mattingly said of Anderson. “He’s made every ’pen. He’s been able to do everything everyone else is doing. If you didn’t know anything about his past, you wouldn’t say a thing about it.”last_img read more