Watch It: Marines Channel Their Inner John Travolta

first_imgThis tank could be could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic! Swedish marines stationed in Afghanistan appear to have formed their own glee club. The military men go all out in this “Greased Lightning” parody. Men in uniform dancing? Check. Fabulous lip-synching? Check. Military equipment like you’ve never imagined it being used before? Check. Boys, you are supreme, the chicks’ll cream. Watch below to see the latest viral sensation, and let’s hope they’ll be back for more. Wonder if they’ve heard of a little show called The Full Monty… View Commentslast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers edged by Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 innings

first_imgPHOENIX >> Not that it was going to last forever, but the home run streak is over for Adrian Gonzalez.Paul Goldschmidt, on the other hand, is back to clobbering the Dodgers.Some things change, some things stay the same.That, coupled with a bit of sloppy pitching from J.P. Howell, helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday. “Just (need to) get better for me, on my end. Just have to move on. It’s early. You can’t get too stuck, good or bad.”Gonzalez came into Friday having hit five home runs over the first three games of the season — he’s the only player in Major League Baseball history to do so — but went 1 for 3 with a single, two walks and two groundouts, including an inning-ending double play with the score tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning.If there is such thing as owning a team, Goldschmidt does the Dodgers and Gonzalez does the Diamondbacks.Coming into Friday, Goldschmidt had a career batting average of .321 against the Dodgers with a .386 on-base percentage a .561 slugging percentage and a .947 OPS. In the process, he had 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.Those kinds of numbers typically get the attention of the opposing dugout, and the Dodgers were obviously aware. In fact, before the game, manager Don Mattingly was asked if the organization’s new metrics philosophy under new president Andrew Friedman could be the answer to Goldschmidt that the previous one could not come up with.“I hope so,” Mattingly answered.Might be time to come up with another game plan.Goldschmidt ripped a three-run home run in the third inning off Dodgers starter Brett Anderson to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead. “It was kind of frustrating having one of the best hitters in the National League beat you in that situation. But that’s what good hitters do, they hit mistakes,” said Anderson. “I was trying to throw a sinker to get a ground ball but it stayed up in the middle of the plate, it didn’t sink too much.”Anderson, making his first start of the season, pitched well aside from the rough third inning and the bomb he served up to Goldschmidt. He left after six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, and did not figure in the decision.That’s because Grandal homered in the fourth to cut the Diamondbacks lead to 3-1 then Jimmy Rollins doubled to the gap in right-center field to drive in two runs to tie it 3-3 in the fifth.In four games, Rollins has six RBIs batting in the leadoff spot.Needless to say, Goldschmidt is still feeling it against the Dodgers.Conversely, Gonzalez brought the 20 home runs he’s hit over his career at Chase Field — the most he’s hit at any opposing park.Considering the epic start he’s had to the 2015 season, the locals all but locked their doors in fear of Gonzalez stomping back into the Valley of the Sun.“I think what happens over time is, when you swing a bat good in a (building or against a certain team) every time you walk in you feel good, to be honest with you,” Mattingly said. “Because those memories, the way you felt when you were swinging good, kind come right back on you. I think that’s part of it.”For one night, anyway, the Diamondbacks controlled their nemesis.Meanwhile, Goldschmidt was up to his old tricks again. It wasn’t the big ball that ultimately led to the Dodgers downfall, it was a lack of command by Howell, who walked two and threw a wild pitch to set up Ender Inciarte with runners at first and third with one out in the 10th.Inciarte, working against a five-man infield, tagged Howell with a grounder down the right-field line to score Cliff Pennington and win the game.The key, though, was the one-out walk to Pennington followed by the wild pitch with A.J. Pollock at bat that allowed Pennington to go first to third.On the wild pitch, Howell was trying to set up a ground-ball double play. Instead he bounced the ball ahead of home plate, and it got past catcher Yasmani Grandal enabling Pennington to move 90 feet away from home plate.“I know what I did wrong, it’s not like it was a situation where I made great pitches (and they beat me) and I tip my cap,” Howell said. “I didn’t execute, I fell behind and they took advantage. They did what they exactly should do.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more