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CINCINNATI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a National-League leading 26 players on the disabled list this season. Custom Wild T-shirts . Slowly but surely, they are getting healthy.Good news abounded on Friday. Right-handed starter Bud Norris and left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore were reinstated from the DL and ace Clayton Kershaw will take a significant step forward in his rehab from a herniated disk on Saturday when he throws 20-25 pitches off the mound inside Great American Ball Park.Im always cautiously optimistic, manager Dave Roberts said on Friday. With all the things weve incurred, we still find a way.The news wasnt as good on the field Friday as Norris allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in his return in a 9-2 loss to Cincinnati.The Dodgers had won nine straight against the Reds. Theyll be looking to start another streak when Brett Anderson takes the mound Saturday hoping to improve on his season debut on Sunday when he allowed five runs and five hits in one inning of an 11-3 loss to the Pirates.Anderson will make his third career start against Cincinnati. In his two prior starts against the Reds, Anderson went 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA with just three earned runs given up in 12 2/3 innings. Cincinnati batted .224 against him in those outings.The Reds will counter with left-hander Brandon Finnegan who will make his 25th appearance and start of the season on Saturday. Hell face the Dodgers for the second time in his career.Finnegans last start at Dodger Stadium was a memorable one.On May 23, Finnegan allowed one run and five hits through eight innings of a 1-0 loss. It was the first complete game by a Reds left-hander since Lance Davis beat the Tigers on July 16, 2001, at Cinergy Field.Finnegan, who was acquired last July in the trade which sent Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, has endured some hard luck this season.He was matched up against Kershaw in the aforementioned start in May. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on April 11 only to have it broken up with two outs then eventually lost the game. Finnegan also was the Reds starter on April 21 when Jake Arrieta no-hit them at Great American Ball Park.Fortunes for Cincinnati have turned around. Since the All-Star break, the Reds are 20-12 and have won eight of 10 series. They own the second-best record in the major leagues since the break.I understand that it was a tough first half and now its exciting to come to the ballpark knowing you have a chance to win, said Reds manager Bryan Price. Nobody wants to be at the bottom (off the standings). The overriding feeling in the first half, besides getting the pitching together, was were just a couple of pieces short. This is the way we envisioned the second half going. Eric Staal Jersey Large . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. Wragge hit 9-of-14 from behind the arc, matching Kyle Korvers school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 2003, as Creighton (16-3, 6-1 Big East broke a conference record with 21 treys in the rout. Cheap Wild Jerseys . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of scorecards the federation has released that chart progress over the past three years.The USOC itself is 24 percent or more behind benchmarks it set for hiring people of color on its roster of professional staff, administrative support and executive and senior-level management positions.The federations for swimming and gymnastics, two sports that brought home 45 of the countrys 121 medals from the Rio de Janeiro Games, have similar shortfalls.USA Swimming has no people of color on its board of directors and falls nearly 78 percent short of the USOC-established benchmark for hiring minorities on its professional staff. USA Gymnastics has a similar shortfall on its staff for minorities but far exceeds the benchmark goals in the number of women at key positions in the organization.USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said the organization prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive.Weve come a long way, Wielgus said, and were our own harshest critics when we recognize there is still more we can achieve to make the experience even better for our current members and those who are looking to join team swimming.By law, the USOC collects diversity data every year. The numbers from 2013-15 have been published on the USOC website due to a push by the federations CEO, Scott Blackmun, to confront the issue.If we measure it, and shine a light on it, we will get better, Blackmun said in his address to the U.S. Olympic Assembly.He said improving the numbers is a mission to undertake because its effective, not just fair. Custom Wild Jersey China. He pointed out the success Title IX has had in bringing women to the fore of American sports, especially at the Olympic level. Women accounted for 61 of Americas medals in Rio, which would have placed them fourth on the overall medals table.But the fixes Blackmun is calling for arent all easy, nor are the standards the USOC has set considered a consensus.The benchmark numbers the USOC set were based on its own math -- a combination of census figures, NCAA data and the particulars of each sport. For instance, while USA Gymnastics numbers lag in administrative positions, the sports audience and participation has likely been broadened because the past two Olympic all-around womens champions, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, are African-Americans.There are areas where we can see USA Gymnastics as having a high level of inclusiveness and diversity, said the federations president, Steve Penny. And there are areas we can focus on, such as the areas the USOC is measuring, where we need to determine what steps we can take to encourage more participation.USA Track and Field is among the organizations with a makeup of leaders that looks very much like its makeup of athletes. USATFs CEO (Max Siegel) and president (Stephanie Hightower) are African-American. Ten of its 15 board members are people of color and it has exceeded the USOC benchmarks in professional staff and coaches.We take pride in our diversity but do not take it for granted, Siegel said. We make it a priority. ' ' ' 

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