LOS ANGELES -- Fourteen months later, Brandon McCarthy surprised himself by shaking off the nerves he expected to have in his first start after more than a year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.I thought thered be more, but once I started getting loose it felt very normal, he said.McCarthy settled down to throw five scoreless innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 victory Sunday over the Colorado Rockies.Weirdly, it almost felt like Id taken a week off since last year. It felt like a continuation. That was a nice surprise. In the past, Ive had that before after a rehab where Ive come out and felt like a hyped-up rookie.McCarthy (1-0) held the Rockies to a pair of singles in his first major league start since April 25, 2015. He struck out eight and walked one.The Dodgers won their ninth straight at home and their sixth game in seven overall, powered by solo homers by Trace Thompson and Yasmani Grandal.Instead of crumbling after getting the news that Clayton Kershaw was headed for the disabled list, the Dodgers have won four straight.I think Kersh will tell you everyone is the same here, Thompson said. Obviously, were not. In our eyes hes the best player in baseball. We cant replace Clayton Kershaw. Everybody just has to do a little bit more, thats all it really is.Thompson homered to right-center off Rockies starter Jon Gray (5-4) to lead off the second inning, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.Grandal led off the eighth with a home run off reliever Chad Qualls that landed over the left-center field wall, just beyond the grasp of a leaping Charlie Blackmon.Daniel Descalso provided the Rockies only run with a homer on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Casey Fein with one out in the seventh.The Rockies were unable to get a baserunner past second base in the three-game series, scoring their only runs on solo homers by Descalso and Nolan Arenado. In the series, they managed just 12 hits in the three games while striking out a combined 41 times.It was just a terrible series. Way too many strikeouts, said Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez. Not creating situations for each other. It was just bad overall.I feel like the entire series was our fault. The pitchers did a great job. (Jorge De La Rosa) gave us a chance to win and we didnt. Gray pitched great today. You just have to blame it on the offense. You cant win if you dont score.Corey Seager lined a hard single to right in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, tying him with Miamis Marcel Ozuna for the longest in the National League this season. Seager went 2 for 4 and is hitting .415 during the streak (25 for 67).Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save.Justin Turner had a one-out, RBI single in the second, his eighth hit in his last four games.The victory gave the Dodgers their fifth series sweep of the season, and their first over the Rockies since April 17-19, 2015.For McCarthy, the start was his fifth in a Dodgers uniform since signing a four-year, $48 million contract before last season. He was 3-0 in four starts before the elbow injury that required surgery.KERSHAW CLUBSince getting the news that Kershaw was going on the disabled list, Los Angeles starters (Kenta Maeda, Bud Norris, Scott Kazmir and McCarthy) over the last four games have given up one run and eight hits in 23 innings.LIGHTS OUT IN LAThe Rockies have scored just two runs in their last four games in Los Angeles, and one run or less in seven of their last 10 games, dating back to May 17, 2015. The Rockies are 5-17 in Los Angeles since June 16, 2014.RINSE, REPEATThe Dodgers came into Sundays game with a 46-37 record, the identical 83-game mark they posted in both 2014 and 2015.TRAINERS ROOMRockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (back), sidelined since June 18, will start for the Rockies against the Giants. ... SS Trevor Story was much, much better as he recovers from a finger injury, manager Walt Weiss said. Hes swinging in the cage and looks really good. Its just a matter of if he gets jammed or hits a ball off the end of the bat, how is it going to affect him. Story pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out.Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu could return to the Dodgers rotation as early as this week, said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Ryu has made eight rehab starts as he recovers from surgery to repair his left shoulder, which has sidelined him since the beginning of the 2015 season. The Dodgers are deciding if Ryu needs one more rehab start.NEXT UPRockies: LHP Tyler Anderson will make his fifth start of his career Monday against the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies are 1/3 in Andersons four starts and have scored a combined three runs while Anderson has been pitching.Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (1-2,4.09) makes the eighth start of his career Monday in the July 4 opener of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles, his first interleague start. 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Vapormax Flyknit 3 Ale . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. At a time when Australia are clearly struggling for a win in Test rugby, it is important that the solution is an Australian approach.Australia need to look at their situation through Australian eyes not what the All Blacks or anyone else have been doing because its a different beast in itself. Its just too easy to look at what New Zealand are doing and try to replicate that.Theyve got probably four reasonably strong franchises with Melbourne joining the Brumbies, Waratahs and Reds, and they need to look to build from those four key areas. I dont think ditching one of the franchises would be a bad thing for them, as I have written previously, because with five they have diluted their playing pool. I think the more they can get their best players playing in closer vicinities, and against each other, the better they are going to be.Not knowing what they are doing at the development and grassroots side of their game, it is difficult to assess that, but you can assume they have got their traditional clubs who are trying their best. But I acknowledge that in competing with other sports it makes things extremely difficult.The policy of allowing players to be included from overseas probably helped them at last years Rugby World Cup but possibly they need to look at using that rule in a World Cup year only. But if you really want to keep your players you have to dangle that World Cup carrot. Ideally, you want to have players in Australia building up to the event perhaps from two years beforehand.What you are really talking about is the value of the jersey and being part of history by playing a World Cup against the value of the dollar. Everyones got their own motivations, and there are circumstances surrounding what position they play in and what competition they have to guarantee a starting spot.For Michael Cheika, all he can do is look to have the biggest possible pool of talent to select from; but having players overseas means that talent pool is not at his fingertips and he cant have control over them. If you rely on overseas players there are no guarantees they will return better players.What we have seen recently with players who have come back from overseas is that they are not the same players who left; especially the backs. If they lose half a yard of pace and a sense of space, they start playing a different game and thats not conducive to getting the best out of the team overall.There are a number of different instances of that in New Zealand. Australia need to have a seriously hard look at that rule and whether they keep it or ditch it.At any time, you only have a specific number of aces up your sleeve; by allowing them to play overseas, you are giving one or two of your aces away - and that puts the Australian game in a weaker position long term.New Zealand have committed themselves to their ruling regarding overseas players and they are going to stay very staunch on that rule because, as we have seen, there will always be somebody to replace you no matter how good you are. And you can see that right through to the grassroots and secondary school level. The next level of players coming through in New Zealand is prretty phenomenal.dddddddddddd.I guess it comes back down to the loyalty to the jersey and the pride of playing for your country.In terms of how you play when you are down on quality it is simple, you play to what strengths you have. And you always have to have a rock solid defensive system. With that in mind, I think David Pocock and Michael Hooper are clearly part of Australian rugbys strengths and getting those pilfering, scavenging players like sevens on the ball and over the breakdown should be a focus. They really want to play an expansive game, but I think the more they can isolate the opposition the better they are going to be with the likes of those scavengers.And with whatever areas you look at and then come up with a plan, it is one thing doing that; but if you have other weak areas, like second five-eighths, where Australia have two first-fives picked to play in that area, Australia dont really have the choice of selection that New Zealand has.If you look at the midfield, the wealth of talent New Zealand has to choose from at the moment highlights the difference between the two countries. It really comes down to how Australia can fill their bucket with talented players they can develop over the next three years.Do they look at league, or at players coming through? They probably are looking at what is coming through their own talent pool and giving long-term development contracts to give those guys as much development as possible.Next year they lose Pocock to a sabbatical and that is a chance to get a player in there and develop him at the top level. They know how good Pocock is. Richie McCaw and Dan Carter took six months out, and they came back better; Pocock is likely to be the same. Australia need him for the next World Cup and he will still be a class player when he comes back.It is interesting, looking ahead to this weekend with the All Blacks vs. Argentina game that it is almost the flipside of the Australian situation. The talented players that Argentina do have are in the right environment, and what they have done with just one Super Rugby team and being able to develop players for their national side will make them stronger; we are already starting to see that with what they did against South Africa last week.Their motivation is obvious. At some point they are going to tip the All Blacks over; by playing New Zealand twice a year now, history says there will be a day when that happens. The Argentine motivation is that they want to be part of that team that finally does beat the All Blacks for the first time.Every time the All Blacks play Argentina now, they have got to be on top of their game and have an understanding that Argentina have the same sort of flair and mentality as the French. You dont know what you are going to get on any given day; they can just turn up and be absolutely sublime or sometimes they can be clumsy and let themselves down. But they always have the passion and the intent.So it is going to be physical and tough and it is going to be a Test match. ' ' '