Teenage pregnancies decline as funding for sex education is cut

first_imgThe Times 30 May 2017Family First Comment: “(The) evidence suggests that when the government involves itself in teenagers’ sex lives it often winds up achieving the opposite of what was intended.”Yep. That’s what our “R18” report said also https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/r18-sex-ed/Teenage pregnancy rates have been reduced because of government cuts to spending on sex education and birth control for young women, according to a study that challenges conventional wisdom says the Times. The state’s efforts to teach adolescents about sex and make access to contraceptives easier may have encouraged risky behaviour rather than curbed it, the research suggests.In 1999, faced with some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, ministers paid councils tens of millions of pounds a year to tackle the problem. Some local authorities made the morning-after pill freely available through pharmacies, while most hired teenage pregnancy “co-ordinators”, opened sexual health clinics in schools, and funded sex and relationship education (SRE) classes. The number of pregnancies, however, has fallen at a significantly faster rate since the grants were scrapped in 2010, in spite of critics’ dire prophecies to the contrary.David Paton, of the Nottingham University Business School, and Liam Wright, of the University of Sheffield, found that the decline was steepest in areas where councils slashed their teenage pregnancy budgets most aggressively. “There are arguments to suggest that the impact [of the cuts] on teenage pregnancy may be not as bad as feared and, indeed, that spending on projects relating to teenage pregnancy may even be counterproductive,” they wrote in the Journal of Health Economics.Mr Wright said that the effect was fairly small but had remained robust after all of the pair’s adjustments to the data. “It’s quite a surprising result, so we’ve tried to do a lot of different tests to see whether we could explain it away effectively,” he said.Analysis of 149 local authorities from 2009 to 2014 adds to a body of evidence that suggests that when the government involves itself in teenagers’ sex lives it often winds up achieving the opposite of what was intended.A study in 2009 looking at a typical Teenage Pregnancy Unit campaign, which included SRE and access to family planning in schools, found that it resulted in significantly higher pregnancy rates. Meanwhile a gold-standard Cochrane review of SRE published last year found that the measure had “no apparent effect on the number of young women who were pregnant”.Several other groups have found that making it easier for adolescents to get hold of contraceptives has, at best, an ambiguous impact on their sex lives. “Put simply, birth control will reduce the risk of pregnancy for sex acts which would have occurred anyway, but may increase the risk among teenagers who are induced by easier access to birth control either to start having sex or to have sex more frequently,” Professor Paton and Mr Wright wrote.After the financial crisis in 2008, Whitehall cut its grants for teenage pregnancy projects and then abolished them. Most councils cut these services too. Over the next five years, pregnancy rates fell 42.6 per cent to their lowest level since 1969. In 2014, 4,160 girls under 16 were recorded as being pregnant, down 10 per cent in a year.The researchers said that much of this is likely to be down to teenagers drinking less alcohol and getting better GCSEs rather than targeted programmes. Adolescents may also simply be more risk-averse than their parents were. “There’s less long-term risk-taking behaviour, so these trends might all be of a piece,” Mr Wright said.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/sex-education-funding-cuts-drive-decline-in-teenage-pregnancies-n67v6mnzrlast_img read more

Pope recalls joy and ‘choppy waters’

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope recalls joy and ‘choppy waters’ by: – February 27, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Pope Benedict XVI: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I’m really moved”Pope Benedict XVI has admitted he faced “choppy waters” during his eight years at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church, but says he was guided by God and felt his presence every day. The Pope, 85, will retire on Thursday – the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XII in 1415.Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican for Pope Benedict’s final general audience. His successor will be chosen in a conclave to take place in March. Pope Benedict told the crowd his papacy had been “a heavy burden” but he accepted it because he was sure that God would guide him. At times he “felt like St Peter with his apostles on the Lake of Galilee”, he said, making reference to the Biblical story when the disciples were battling against heavy waves and Jesus Christ appeared to them.The Church has been beset by scandals over sexual abuse by priests and leaked confidential documents revealing corruption and infighting in the Vatican. ‘Serenity of spirit’The Pope thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire and said he was standing down for the good of the Church. “I took this step [resignation] in full awareness of its gravity and novelty but with profound serenity of spirit,” he said in his address. As a result of his surprise announcement, the Church has now amended its laws to bring forward the election of a successor. A conclave beginning in mid-March would have left little time to have a new pope installed for one of the most important periods in the Catholic calendar, Holy Week, leading up to Easter, which begins on 24 March.The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says that on Thursday the Pope will travel by helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles (24km) south-east of Rome. He will cease to be Pope at 20:00 local time.After Benedict XVI steps down, he will become known as “pope emeritus”.He will retain the honorific “His Holiness” after his abdication and will continue to be known by his papal title of Benedict XVI, rather than reverting to Joseph Ratzinger.He will wear his distinctive white cassock without any cape or trimmings, but will surrender his gold ring of office and his personal seal will be destroyed. He will also give up wearing his red shoes. “On the one hand I felt that since the decision that he would leave office and resign became public, Pope Benedict is relieved,” said the head of the German bishops’ conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. “But he also now feels the sympathy of the people for him, and therefore he will have a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, a bit of sadness.” FarewellThe title “emeritus” is used when a person of status, such as a professor or bishop, hands over their position, so their former rank can be retained in their title.The Pope is to spend his final hours at his Vatican residence saying farewell to the cardinals who have been his closest aides during his eight-year pontificate, says the BBC’s David Willey at the Vatican. His personal archive of documents will be packed up and, at 20:00 (19:00 GMT) on Thursday, the Swiss Guard on duty at his Castel Gandolfo residence will be dismissed, to be replaced by Vatican police.This will mark the formal end of his papacy and the beginning of the period of transition to his successor, due to be chosen next month. From 4 March, the College of Cardinals will meet in general congregations to discuss the problems facing the Church and set a date for the start of the secret election, or conclave, to elect Pope Benedict’s successor.That successor will be chosen by 115 cardinal-electors (those younger than 80 years old) through ballots held in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.A two-thirds-plus-one vote majority is required. Sixty-seven of the electors were appointed by Benedict XVI, and the remainder by his predecessor John Paul II.About half the cardinal-electors (60) are European – 21 of them Italian – and many have worked for the administrative body of the Church, the Curia, in Rome. BBC Newscenter_img Share Share 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Luck changes for Savage at Quincy

first_imgBy Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (Aug. 9) – Brandon Savage shook off the bad luck he has endured this season Sunday at Quincy Raceway, leading every lap for the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car feature win.Michael Larsen scored second points.Patrick Phillips looked to be well on his way to his second feature win of the season in the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod main event but it wasn’t to be as a last-lap charge by Tony Dunker sent him under the checkered flag first.Trent Orwig dominated the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature event by leading every lap.last_img read more

Youngsters will find it tougher to get back into groove: Simon Katich

first_imgDUBAI: Younger cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will find it tough and the coaching staff will have more work to do with them as they return after a long break from the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Simon Katich.The squad and support staff have reached the UAE ahead of the 13th season of the IPL, starting September 19. “You can go on what players have done in the past and those with experience are able to draw on that to get back into the groove,” Katich said in a virtual press conference from Dubai on Wednesday. “The younger guys will be the tougher challenge considering they are still learning their game. I think overall we have got a number of players who have had strong domestic and international seasons but they have been on a six month break. So they can take that previous experience and confidence into this season once they take the time to prepare and that is something that we the coaches will be making sure of,” he said. Katich, a former Australia player, felt players would be hungry to perform well. “This is a different situation where they are not coming on the back of an international summer which is what normally happens with the IPL. But I think the players are hungry as well having gone through the big break. So, there are positives from that point of view. The big thing will be how the players will adjust mentally to playing again and deal with the anxiety that comes with that,” he said. Conversely, however, Katich said that it will be the older players who are used to playing in front of big crowds who will need to get used to the empty stands that would be prevailing throughout the tournament. The IPL this year will be played in bio-secure three venues across the UAE and that means that they would be without the crowds that the glitzy T20 league is synonymous with. “The players are so used to playing in front of big crowds. Conversely for some of the younger players it can be off putting and even quite daunting so early in their career to deal with that pressure,” said Katich. “But this will be a situation where they will actually get to go out there with a little bit less pressure because they won’t be thinking about all the eyeballs on TV. But it will be difficult for some of the older guys who are used to playing in front of big crowds and enjoy that buzz and adrenaline rush. But every team will have to go through this and adjust. It will no doubt be something that we will be discussing and make sure we deal with as well as possible.” Katich said that the players are desperate to get out and play after the lengthy breaks. The cricket calendar has been disrupted since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, he expects players to be mindful of the rules that they have to follow to maintain the bio-bubble. “There is no doubt that it is a different scenario. We, obviously, have to abide by the rules and make sure there are no issues throughout the tournament. We have seen the devastation (the pandemic) has wreaked so we are all very mindful of that,” he said. “From a coach and captain’s point of view we are going to be very diligent in our responsibilities. The rules and regulations have been made very clear to the players and as leaders of the group we are certainly going to make sure they respect that,” he emphasised.” (IANS) Also Watch: Working for 15 Years, Not a Single Penny Paidlast_img read more

Smith, rain cool down Melbourne

first_img(REUTERS) – A MORNING that brought two wickets for England and a sniff of a drought-breaking Ashes win gave way to a bleak afternoon for the tourists as rain washed out most of day four yesterday and left Australia well-placed to save the fourth Test.The home side were 103 for two in their second innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when rain interrupted play before tea and the showers lingered long enough for umpires to abandon the day without another ball bowled.David Warner was 40 not out, with captain Steve Smith on 25 and Australia still needing another 61 runs to make England bat again.But even with the promise of reverse swing, Joe Root’s bowlers face a big task on an unresponsive pitch to prevent Australia from batting them out of the game.“Any time there’s a bit of rain and you’re on top in the game it’s a bit frustrating but we’ve got an opportunity tomorrow to win and that’s the attitude we’ve got to take into tomorrow,” England coach Trevor Bayliss told reporters.”We’ve got to be very disciplined’ there’s not a lot you can do on that type of wicket.“If we can get rid of those two guys early on tomorrow and put some pressure on the opposition late order batters, as I said, anything’s possible.”His counterpart Darren Lehmann said the pitch was “tough work” for a new batter.” (The pitch) is getting slower,“ the coach told host broadcaster Channel Nine. ” So once you’re in, you’ve got to stay in.“Our boys are fighting really hard. A couple of good (England) balls to get the wickets and Smith and the vice-captain (Warner) went about their work.”With little cricket played, former Australia players and media pundits directed allegations of ball-tampering at England, with commentator Shane Warne suggesting seamer James Anderson had used his thumbnail to work on the ball.Umpires warned both teams not to “scuff” the ball during the match but no reports were made to the match referee.“It’s a beat-up,” said Bayliss.“As soon as I saw the headlines I raced into the umpires and that was their words.”Australia regained the Ashes after the third Test in Perth and hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series but England had hopes of cracking a first win after Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244 propelled them to a first-innings lead of 164.They had resumed on 491-9 in the morning but were unable to extend their total, with tail-ender Anderson dismissed first ball by paceman Pat Cummins, fending a catch straight to Cameron Bancroft at short leg.That left former captain Cook unbeaten on his overnight score, a record total among openers who have carried their bat through an innings.Australia’s second innings began brightly on a cloudy but dry morning, with England losing a review for a caught-behind decision when opener Bancroft played at a Tom Curran ball in the seventh over.However, the tourists’ seamers struck twice to leave Australia wobbling at 65-2 before Warner and Smith showed patience and poise in their unbroken stand of 38.All-rounder Chris Woakes made the early breakthrough, bowling Bancroft for 27, with Anderson having number three Usman Khawaja caught behind for 11.last_img read more

Athletics Legend Splits From His Coach

first_imgLong distance specialist Mo Farah has announced his split from coach Alberto Salazar.The 5,000m and 10,000m gold winner at London 2012 and Rio 2016 also revealed that his decision was based on a desire to move back to London rather than drug use allegations that Salazar is being investigated for by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).The 34-year old Athletics legend said: “I’m moving back to London. I really miss home.”He will now team up with Gary Lough, who formerly coached and is married to Paula Radcliffe, women marathon record holder.In an interview with the Sun, Mo Farah explained the reason behind his decision.  He said:“I am a firm believer in clean sport and I strongly believe that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished.”“I’m not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations.“This situation has been going on for over two years, if I was going to leave because of that I would have done.“If Alberto had crossed the line I would be out the door, but Usada has not charged him with anything. If I had ever had any reason to doubt Alberto, I would not have stood by him all this time.”Speaking further, Mo Farah said:“I’m leaving simply because my family and I are moving back to London. We all loved spending our summer here and [Farah’s wife] Tania and I realised how much we have missed spending time with our friends and family – and the kids are so happy here, too.“We want the kids to grow up in the UK. It’s the right thing to do for my family. But both Nike Oregon Project and Alberto are based in the USA, so it just would not be possible to continue our relationship from London.” he concluded.RelatedBritish Athlete Mo Farah Accuses Media Of Racism Over Banned Former Coach SalazarOctober 12, 2019In “Athletics”Top Athletics Coach Salazar Hit With 4-year Ban For Doping ViolationsOctober 2, 2019In “Athletics”Sir Mo Farah! Athletics Legend Officially KnightedNovember 14, 2017In “Athletics”last_img read more

NC Special Week 12: AshGold smash Aduana, Hearts and Kotoko grab slim wins

first_imgIt was a day for Shafiu Mumuni as his goals powered AshGold to a 4-1 win over Aduana Stars at the Len Clay Stadium.Mumuni grabbed a hat-trick in the 4th, 28th, 42nd minutes and even scored own goal in Aduana Stars’ favour in the 21st minute. On 84 minutes, Amos Nkrumah added the fourth for AshGold whose head coach, Kjetil Zachariassen, had demanded 100 percent performances from his players after they beat Kotoko 1-0 in Week 11.Hearts of Oak kept their winning run going with a 1-0 victory over Karela United at the Accra Sports Stadium. The exciting tie was settled by a Christopher Bonney penalty in the 74th minute after Daniel Kordie was fouled in the area.The same score was produced at the Baba Yara Stadium when Kotoko hosted Techiman Eleven Wonders. Abdul Ganiu scored the only goal from the penalty spot.The round also produced some very good away wins for Liberty Professionals, Bechem United and Elmina Sharks.Liberty found a 2-0 result at Inter Allies with the goals coming from George Ansong and Francis Owusu while Kojo Owusu, Charles Mensah and Hope Ayayevu were the scorers for Bechem United at Berekum Chelse Berekum Chelsea a in a 3-1 victory. Francis Twene found the consolation for the home side.Elmina Sharks beat WAFA 1-0 in Sogakope thanks to a goal from George Amonoo.On Thursday, Dreams FC beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 in their rescheduled encounter. The game was suspended in the 50th minute on Wednesday due to rain with Dreams FC leading 1-0 through Samuel Larbi Borquaye.Kinglsey Nteng levelled for Dwarfs with a wonderful long range free kick but Richard Addae won the match for Dreams FC.Week 12 results:Berekum Chelsea 1-3 Bechem UnitedKotoko 1-0 Eleven WondersAshGold 4-1 Aduana StarsInter Allies 0-2 LibertyWAFA 0-1 Elmina SharksHearts 1-0 KarelaDwarfs 1-2 Dreams FClast_img read more

Keshi dedicates victory to African coaches

first_imgSuper Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, who led Nigeria to its third victory in the African Nations Cup Sunday in Johannesburg, has dedicated Nigeria’s victory to African coaches.Keshi, who has been a strong advocate of African coaches handling the continent’s national teams, was of the opinion that his team’s win would compel other countries to give their nationals the opportunity to train their sides.“I have said it before that only an indigenous coach can do the job without acting like a mercenary. It is not as if the whites cannot do the job, but most times the foreign coaches we see here any not more qualified than the indigenous coaches. They just get the jobs because of their colour and not due to their ability.“It is a shame that when an African is coaching the national team nobody wants to give him the time, but when it is a foreigner they allow him the opportunity to work on his team. I hope that will change because I need time to finish this job and make the Eagles super again.”The coach described his team as a young side that still has some growing up to do, adding that he would continue to work on it until it becomes ready to challenge every opposition in world football.Nigeria’s victory has qualified the Super Eagles for the Confederation Cup slated for Brazil later this year, and Keshi says it would be an honour to represent the country and indeed Africa at the tourney. He expressed optimism that the Confederation Cup would contribute its quota to improving the fortunes of the team, adding, “there is a lot of potential and quality in this team. What they have done is that they have just given 80 per cent of what they have.”Keshi stressed that the lessons that he has learnt from the tourney would come in handy because as an optimist, he rarely thinks about the negative side of things, but draws lessons from whatever bad situation he finds himself.last_img read more

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says ‘it’s possible’ season could be canceled

first_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series “Even if we’re out for a month, even if we’re out for six weeks, we can still restart the season,” he said. “It might mean that then the Finals take place in July or late July. Just my feeling was that it was way premature to suggest that we had lost the season. And again, it may seem odd at the same moment that we’re saying for health reasons, we need to take a break to talk about restarting it. The notion of at least 30 days was just to try to give people some guidance.”Throughout Silver’s 15-minute appearance on “Inside the NBA”, the threat of the coronavirus was uncomfortably close: Panelist and Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley called into the studio after experiencing flu-like symptoms, awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.In the meantime, the NBA hopes it can do some public good aside from slowing the spread of the virus by closing its events. Silver said Gobert, who was the first player to be officially diagnosed before his teammate Donovan Mitchell turned up with a positive test, was deeply regretful of not taking the mounting threat of the outbreak more seriously. The league had approached him about recording a public service announcement so others don’t make the same mistake.“We know the public follows what these players do,” he said. “We want to make sure people understand how important the protocol is of washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, not touching your face after you’ve washed your hands, about maintaining social distance in certain situations. So we actually think we can use this hiatus to use this platform we have on social media to help people deal with this disease.” The clock was ticking, but Adam Silver did not know how little time he had.The NBA commissioner had spent hours on Wednesday in meetings discussing the league’s handling of the coronavirus. Would they play games without fans? Would they put the league on hiatus? What was the latest from health experts? How did team owners see it? These discussions were to be continued on Thursday, when the league expected to make a decision.Silver was on his way home from fielding those calls all day when he got another: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA’s time was up.The decision, Silver told “Inside the NBA” a day later, was a swift one guided by public health experts in Oklahoma City: A scheduled game between the Thunder and the Jazz was quickly canceled. That was followed within the hour by a suspension of the season, which Silver acknowledged will last probably “at least 30 days.” But the uncertainty facing the league was never better illustrated than when Ernie Johnson asked Silver if the season could be canceled. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant “Of course it’s possible,” he said. “I mean, I just don’t know more at this point.”Even for a commissioner who has faced several unique challenges, from the Donald Sterling affair to the death of Kobe Bryant, Silver and the league are tasked with a monumental problem: determining whether NBA basketball can resume a season halted in its tracks, and if so, how it can be done safely.The situation has been described as “fluid,” but the term applies to the coronavirus like it applies to a tsunami: The NBA, like many sports leagues, has been overwhelmed by both information and logistical problems that come with the suspension of a season: health education and treatment, revised work practice guidelines, how to pay workers and much more. Silver admitted that his understanding of the virus itself has changed “hour-by-hour.”While the loss of games means the league is expected to take a bath on revenues, Silver said team owners have only discussed the crisis in terms of its effects on public health.“Not one team raised (the issue of) money,” he said. “The entire discussion was about the safety and health of the players, the community around the NBA and our fans.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In addition to the suspension of games, Silver said the NBA has asked players to remain in their home markets and try to resist unnecessary travel and contact. Players are being permitted to work out one-on-one, but not in group settings. ESPN reported that the Lakers would schedule workout slots to avoid person-to-person contact between teammates.At the moment, the most effective preventative measure is social distancing. Silver said the league’s return timeline could be influenced by developments in COVID-19 treatment – if it’s possible to medicate players without risking exposure to others, that could fast-track getting games back. But if the pandemic worsens, that could also push the league closer to cancellation.The month-long timeline, frankly, is an estimate, Silver said as he continues to work with owners and the players’ association to determine the criteria to return to play. As of Wednesday, Silver said, it felt too soon to say the NBA couldn’t come back.Related Articles The NBA has consulted with experts, including Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general of the United States. Ultimately, Silver realized with the amount of traveling teams do between major population zones and the amount of contact they have with fans and other people, they pose not just a risk to themselves, but could potentially increase the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and world.“If you take one of those maps of the country where planes go, that’s what players do: They move from city to city,” said Silver, who released an open letter to NBA fans later Thursday. “That’s where from a public health standpoint they’re particularly focused on them. If there are clusters of this ailment, and there’s a cluster in one part of the country and then they get up and travel to another part as you know when you’re in those communities they’re in contact with people in arenas, they’re in contact with people in restaurants and other places. That’s how a virus can spread.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Andre Ethier comes off the bench to spark Dodgers victory over Brewers

first_imgDodgers manager Don Mattingly tried to buy Andre Ethier a day off.After all, Ethier’s legs had been sore and Friday was the perfect opportunity to sneak in an off-day with the All-Star break rapidly approaching.“I mean he was fine. He could have played tonight if I absolutely had to have him, but it was one of those situations where if you keep pushing him and pushing him, you have a chance of something happening to him,” Mattingly said.Then came a tailor-made situation for Ethier, one that Mattingly could not pass up. Joc Pederson, mired in a 2-for-32 drought to open July, rocketed a single to right field with one out in the sixth inning to thwart the no-hit bid.The Dodgers seemed to come to life in the seventh after Brewers third baseman Hernan Perez — who entered the game as a defensive replacement to start the inning — made a two-out error on Alex Guerrero’s grounder.Jimmy Rollins followed with a single to center to put runners and first and third for Ethier.Rollins stole second, then Ethier continued his resurgent season by shooting a single to left field to tie the score at 2-2.With momentum still on the Dodgers’ side, Pederson launched a double off the base of the left-field wall to score Ethier for a 3-2 lead.“He had one good run in him. We knew exactly how much he had,” Mattingly said jokingly of Ethier. “He’s got a good swing, especially coming off the bench. He keeps it simple.”The late outburst made for a feel-good story for Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao, who earned the victory in his first major league game since 2007.Tsao threw a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Mike Bolsinger, allowing two hits with one strikeout.“I was very happy to win the win,” Tsao said through a translator. “I want to thank God and the team for giving me a chance to return here.”Tsao has found himself mired in controversy since his last major league game in 2007 — also with the Dodgers.After missing the cut with the Kansas City Royals in 2008, Tsao joined the Brother Elephants in his native Taiwan and played one year in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He was accused of fixing games, but charges could not be brought against him due to a lack of evidence.Tsao seemed haunted by the match-fixing allegations and failed to catch on with other international leagues.But Tsao — who said he opened his own restaurant — said he kept training almost every day and soon found himself with a second chance with the Dodgers.And a major league victory.“I wasn’t sure if I would make it back or not. Fortunately I made it,” Tsao said.Bolsinger kept the Dodgers close, pitching six innings for the first time since July 8.Bolsinger allowed just two runs and four hits with six strikeouts and one walk, but was haunted by two wild pitches that proved costly in a two-run fifth inning for Milwaukee.“I tried to do too much with it and spiked them into the ground. Nothing you can do about that,” Bolsinger said. “But baseball is funny. You have the no-hitter going, and as soon as they gave up one hit, things kind of roll. With a lineup like ours, we’re not going to quit or give up either. For the guys to come back, that was awesome.”J.P. Howell pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Dodgers.Kenley Jansen closed it out with a perfect ninth, striking out two batters for his 15th save in 16 chances. Jansen has thrown scoreless outings in 16 of 20 games this season. With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh inning, Ethier came up as a pinch-hitter and delivered as he had done so many times earlier in his career.Ethier produced a tying two-run single and scored on Joc Pederson’s tiebreaking RBI double to rally the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory Friday night over the Milwaukee Brewers before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 44,200 that had grown anxious as opposing starter Jimmy Nelson took a no-hitter into the sixth.“I just go up there and try to slow things down,” Ethier said. “All those years ago, when I had those opportunities to drive in runs, I had a tendency to see the ball real slow. I felt it in that situation. It was more simplified. There were two outcomes: I either get a hit or the inning is over. I tried to get a pitch to hit and square it up.“Tonight I was the hero. There have been plenty of times I was the goat. It was just the right situation tonight.”The Dodgers began to shake their doldrums the third time through the order against Nelson.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more