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LOS ANGELES -- Bruce Bochy isnt pushing the panic button yet.With 37 games remaining for the San Francisco Giants and the club trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by only two games despite its recent performances, it is too early for that.However, Bochy, the Giants manager, knows his team needs to turn things around soon.Theres a lot of baseball left, Bochy said. As I said, this series is not going to determine it all, but at the same time, and how its been going, we know we need to start rolling here and get back to who we are.That didnt happen Tuesday night. Bochy and the Giants performed much like the same team that has played more poorly than any since the All-Star break. San Francisco dropped a 9-5 decision to the rival Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.Right-hander Johnny Cueto (14-3, 2.90 ERA) will try to help Bochy and the Giants right the ship Wednesday when he faces Dodgers lefty Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25 ERA).Cueto earned his first win of the second half in his last start by beating the New York Mets on Friday. Cueto allowed a run and scattered eight hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none in an 8-1 victory.Against the Dodgers, Cueto is 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA this season.Hill, acquired by Los Angeles along with right fielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline, will be making his Los Angeles debut. He spent the past month on the disabled list with blisters on his middle pitching finger.Were excited about that, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Hills first start.Hill last faced the Giants as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 22, 2007. Although he didnt factor into the decision, Hill fanned 10 and gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings of a 4-2 Cubs win.San Francisco (68-57) has lost three in a row and seven of its past nine games. The Giants had the best record in the majors at the All-Star break at 57-33 but have stumbled to the worst mark since then, 11-24.Despite it all, the Giants have remained within sniffing distance of the Dodgers (70-55). Los Angeles is riding a three-game winning streak.I think its going to be important we get cracking. Its been a struggle since the break for us, Bochy said. The record shows it, and you look at some of the numbers and some things are hard to explain, but it is what it is. Thats behind us. Hopefully, something will spur us to get back to where we were in the first half.Roberts is as surprised as anyone regarding the Giants struggles, but his club is benefitting.Its a very good team over there, Roberts said. 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Wholesale Fake NBA Jerseys . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim.Each week, writer and MMA Live Extra analyst Brett Okamoto provides his take on the hottest topics in the world of mixed martial arts.This week, Okamoto squares off with UFC analyst and former two-time title contender Kenny Florian?to debate the latest news, including the possible doping violations surrounding two of the UFCs biggest names and a preview of Saturdays UFC Fight Night card in Chicago.1.?Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests, and sources tell ESPN it was for the same anti-estrogenic substance as Jon Jones. How does this affect the UFC and the WWE?Florian: Weve got to do something about getting these tests back in a more timely manner. For someone like Mark Hunt [Lesnars opponent at UFC 200], a clean fighter, going out and fighting somebody whos maybe not clean -- its a concern. Especially when youre talking about a massive man like Brock Lesnar. Theres a danger there for Mark Hunt. And its unfortunate for the WWE, who supposedly has testing regulations in place. Youve got to wonder what exactly theyre testing for over there, what kind of tests are in place for them, because Brock tested positive immediately in the UFC.I see this as a big blow to the sport, but its good in that it gets the fighters to see the USADA is doing its job. The testing [is] working, and its going to scare a lot of athletes away from cheating.Okamoto: Long term, Im not sure it does all that much. People are in an uproar about it at the moment because you have two of the biggest stars in the sport facing sanctions for the same substance. Both were involved with UFC 200, a landmark event. Its not good for the sports image -- again, at the moment.Going back to the long term, I guess Ive just come to the conclusion that fans (consumers) dont care about PED use. At least, they dont care when it comes to speaking with what really matters, their wallets. Lesnar testing positive for a banned substance wont stop fans from purchasing UFC 202 if they already planned on doing so.As far as the WWE, you have to ask someone else. I know very little about the WWE and I dont mind keeping it that way. For the UFC, however, Lesnars tests wont have a massive effect on its bottom line.2.?What do you make of Hunts demand for Lesnars $2.5 million UFC 200 purse?Florian:?Well, I mean, a contract is a contract. Despite that, yes, wed love to live in that world where we can go back and say, Yeah, because of this, Hunt deserves more. But he agreed to the fight, unfortunately, and I dont think that should happen at this point. There are no rules set in place where a fighter gets an opponents purse.I do think, though, there should be something where if a fighter gets penalized for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, it should be like missing weight. A certain percentage of Lesnars purse should go to Hunt. I think Lesnar should have to pay Hunt, not the UFC. After all, its Brock Lesnars fault. I would like to see some kind of rule change: If a fighter tests positive, fights and gets paid -- some of that should go to his opponent.Okamoto:?Im in favor of Kennys proposal. If a fighter misses weight, he owes money to his opponent. I dont see any logical reason why this couldnt apply to PED use. That being said, it takes a rule change to implement this, and rule changes take time. So, I wouldnt expect to see this change adopted any time soon.Hunt did sign up for this fight. He was well aware of the fact the UFC waived a mandatory four-month testing window for Lesnar. Hunt was willing to accept those circumstances. Does he deserve more money after Lesnars tests came back positive? I think all fighters deserve more money, quite frankly. Do I see him touching that $2.5 million purse? Probably not.3.?The banned substance Jon Jones tested positive for on June 16 has been confirmed as an estrogen blocker. What is your reaction to this revelation?Florian: It doesnt come at a good time for him. It seemed like he was turning his life around and then we hear this. And the fact these are estrogen blockers, something people use when they are coming off a performance-enhancing cycle -- its tough.Now, can legal supplements be tainted? Absolutely. Hopefully that was the case, but its hard because I feel like thats the kind of the excuse youre taught to use. Its an excuse weve been hearing a lot and its easy to go out and say that. How many times do we hear that excuse and go,, Oh well, all supplements are tainted.dddddddddddd With the USADA overseeing this sports testing, you have to know whats being put in your body. Fighters are losing out on huge paydays, millions of dollars. In the end, they have to make sure theyre on top of it.Okamoto:?Its not good. It was never going to be good. Anything thats banned year-round, its for a reason. This is a substance, as Kenny just mentioned, that is taken after a PED cycle.Im not sure why Jones didnt just come out and confirm this substance to begin with. Waiting for it to come out during a Nevada commission meeting means its in headlines again. I think Jones missed an opportunity to break this news himself. Either way, the tainted supplement defense, if thats what Jones uses, has basically become the standard defense. The difference with Jones is that he comes with so much history and baggage attached. The public is quick to assume hes guilty and Jones has himself to blame for that.Even in the event this was a tainted supplement, how does Jones, after all he has been through, allow that to happen? Its just bad for Jones, any way you look at it.4.?Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm fights Valentina Shevchenko this weekend in Chicago. Will Holm ever hold the 135-pound title again?Florian:?Im not so sure. I think this is going to be a good indicator of how far Holly has come, as she has a big disadvantage in her grappling skills. I think Miesha Tate really exposed her on the ground, and learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes time. I think striking can be learned a little quicker than grappling because of the nature of the skill involved. It really is going to be tough for her to make up that time in the next couple years.Holm has a tough fight against Shevchenko, and I could see Shevchenko winning. I think Amanda Nunes is also too much for her right now. Miesha was a tough matchup. If Ronda Rousey comes back, Holly matches up very well against her, but its going to be tough to win the belt back. She definitely has work to do.Okamoto:?Ill say that she will. I see Kennys points and I agree with them. I think if Holm does recapture the belt, it needs to happen relatively soon. Because her ground game is still such a work in progress, I think shed have a hard time putting together one title run after another. Shes 34, which isnt necessarily old but its not young, either. If shes going to win back the title, I think it needs to happen within the next 24 months.I like her chances, though. I think she matches up well with Shevchenko this weekend, and even though a potential fight against Nunes would be tough, you do still have Rousey in the mix. The UFC is going to want that rematch at some point. Whether Rousey would ever want it again is hard to say. Its a tough thing to predict but Ill say yeah, Holm wins the belt again before her career is over.5.?Is Bellator MMA welterweight knockout artist Michael Page legit?Florian:?Hes a savage -- awesome striking and hes showing he also has submission skills. Were looking at a new style of striking, which has devastating effects. His movement, his length -- were seeing a lot of karate-style fighters have a lot of success. You just dont see a lot of training partners move in that manner. [UFC welterweight] Stephen Thompson and Page, they are very unique and extremely dangerous.I think MVP has the reach of Jon Jones or something crazy like that. Ive been wanting to see him in the UFC for a while. I dont think hes experienced the same kind of wrestling in Bellator that is in the UFC, so it wouldnt be the smoothest transition for him. But I think he could crack the top 10 right now and give any of those guys a run for their money, for sure.Okamoto:?I dont know because Bellator wont give him a legitimate fight! Thats not entirely Bellators fault. Twice, Page has been booked to a fight against cagey veteran Fernando Gonzalez, and twice the fight has fallen through. Thats bad luck, but at the same time, Page has now been with Bellator for more than two full years. He came in an unproven, exciting prospect with a lot of hype. What is he today? Kind of the same thing. After more than two years!Lets go already. Book him a real fight. Bellator has some very fun welterweight options for Page. Exercise them. ' ' '

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