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Emerging cross-border trends ‘break with traditional IORP image’

first_imgThere has been an increase in the number of multi-employer pension funds, and multi-country cross-border pension funds have been expanding, according to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). This was despite aggregate growth in the number of cross-border pension funds having stalled since 2010.At the end of 2016 there were 73 active cross-border Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs), the supervisory authority said in a market development update. Fourteen of these were active in multiple countries.Assets under management in cross-border funds amounted to €63bn, equal to 1.65% of total IORP assets. Number of cross-border IORPs – growth has stalledEIOPA flagged potential concerns from a supervisory point of view.“It should also be monitored whether, from a supervisory perspective, it affects the triangular relationship between the employee, the employer and the IORP and if so, how it could particularly impact on the governance and management of IORPs,” it said.According to EIOPA’s figures, at the end of 2016 there were 14 multi-country cross-border IORPs operating in 13 countries.More IORPs were expanding, or seeking to expand, their cross-border activities to additional countries.The revised European pension fund directive – IORP II – includes an amended notification process for cross-border funds. EIOPA said this might lead to a further increase in multi-employer and multi-country cross-border IORPs.EIOPA is also reviewing the process of cooperation and exchange of information between national supervisory authorities, with a view to ensuring alignment with the IORP II Directive and to improve procedural transparency and efficiency.Ireland has the most cross-border IORPs, followed by the UK and Belgium. Belgium is the EU member state with the widest geographical spread of cross-border activities, covering eight countries. “Sponsors, cross-border practitioners, social partners and academia pointed out that an increase in the number of cross-border IORPs should not be expected further,” said EIOPA.However, the number of cross-border IORPs established by service providers to attract multiple unconnected employers was rising, it said.This emerging trend “breaks with the traditional image of IORPs established by a sponsor or a group of sponsors (for example for industry-wide schemes) to manage the defined benefit [DB] pension schemes of employees in these countries,” said EIOPA.Chemicals giant Dow recently announced it was to place its European defined contribution plans in UnitedPensions, the cross-border vehicle run by Aon Hewitt. The vehicle also runs the consultancy’s own Irish legacy DB schemes to the Belgium-based vehicle and implements the DB schemes of several other multinationals, including European pensions plans of US pharmaceutical company AbbVie.last_img read more

PFA doubles alternatives in 2017 to DKK26bn

first_img“We have great expectations for all the investments as they also establish PFA as an attractive business partner on the international stage,” he said.In 2017, PFA said it invested DKK13.5bn in alternatives — a grouping which includes private equity and debt and infrastructure.In its annual report, PFA’s said its alternatives portfolio ended the year with a value of DKK26bn.These investments included leading the consortium that bought 16.9% of shares in Danish bank Nykredit in a private equity deal.Other alternatives investments were PFA’s acquisition of 25% of major UK offshore wind farm Walney Extension, and its takeover — as part of a small group of international investors — of US infrastructure company Interpark.Increasing its exposure to alternative investments is part of the company’s aims in its Strategy2020 long-term business plan, PFA said.PFA’s 2017 investment return overall was primarily attributable to solid returns on equities, and quoted shares in particular, the company said. Alternative investments and real estate had also contributed, it added. Alternatives returned 7.1% after currency hedging, while real estate generated 8.0%.The pensions provider said its customers would receive DKK2.2bn through its CustomerCapital model of passing profits back to customers, with this amount made possible because the company ended 2017 in a stronger position.“When we consider the intensified competition and added government regulation, economies of scale become increasingly more important for us as market leader to maintain our position as the commercial company with the lowest costs and best long-term return,” Polack said.In 2017, PFA generated returns to its customers of between 5.3% and 13.5% including CustomerCapital, depending on investment profile, compared with a range of 6.5% and 8.2% the previous year.The return on average-rate pension plans fell to 1.5% from 2.2%.PFA’s total customer funds grew to DKK472bn at the end of December from DKK439bn. Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund said it increased its exposure to alternatives significantly in 2017, making large private equity and infrastructure deals as part of consortia and doubling its assets in its sub-portfolio to DKK26bn (€3.5bn).Releasing its 2017 financial results, the pension fund reported a profit of DKK247m after tax, up from DKK219m in 2016, and a total investment return of DKK26.3m, which was little changed from the previous year.Allan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive, said: “We aim to generate the best long-term returns, and, in order to ensure high stable returns, we increased our exposure to alternative investments significantly in 2017.”The pensions provider did this by using its position in the market to make “a number of historical and attractive investments”, he said.last_img read more

Negros militants seek Du30 ouster

first_imgThe spokesperson said based on recordsmade by Karapatan-Negros, there are already 87 victims of extrajudicialkillings against political activists in the region, while 95 are imprisoned. Bayan-Negros spokesperson EreneoLonginos said the President had been using the premise of the so-called “war ondrugs” by launching a bloody campaign which undermines the due process andresulted to the killings of thousands especially those living in poverty. Longinos also criticized theadministration’s moves to shut down ABS-CBN by posturing himself to hateoligarchs, yet maneuvers to install his own controlled oligarchs and cronies. BACOLOD City – Militant groups inNegros Occidental convened yesterday at the Old City Hall Fountain ofJustice to mark the EDSA People Power Revolution’s 34th anniversarytoday. “These are the gross human rightsviolations of his administration, while the real criminals are freed,” Longinossaid. He also accused the Duterteadministration of incarcerating political dissenters without due process of lawor worst being killed. “The message of EDSA uprising isclear. The Duterte regime’s Marcosian methods are unacceptable to thepeople,” he said. Members of various progressive groupsled by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan demanded the resignation of President RodrigoDuterte, whom they accused carrying out a “large-scale murdering enterprise.” “The widespread human rightsviolations and abuse of power we see today are reminiscent of Marcos’ rule,” hefurther added./PNlast_img read more

Argument leads to stabbing; 1 hurt

first_imgAlbert Tirol was accused of stabbingPacifico Duga Jr. on Wednesday. According to the police, theknife-wielding Tirol attacked Duga after a heated argument ensued between them.It as however not immediate established what triggered the altercation. ILOILO City – An argument between two friendsresulted in one stabbing the other in Barangay 9 Poblacion, Tigbauan, Iloilo. Duga, who bore stab wounds on the leftelbow, received treatment at the Rep. Pedro Trono Hospital in Guimbal Tirol, meanwhile, was arrested and nowdetained in the lockup cell of the Tigbaun police station. Charges forfrustrated homicide will be filed against him./PNlast_img

Warriors finish impressively

first_img Connacht controlled much of the first half but trailed 19-6 by its end, Niko Matawalu bagging a brace and Stuart Hogg also dotting down as the Warriors profited from the Irish province’s errors. Aly Muldowney’s fifth try of the league campaign brought the hosts closer either side of yellow cards for Glasgow duo Tommy Seymour and Chris Fusaro. However, Adam Ashe’s 67th-minute effort sealed the bonus point and Seymour added a flattering fifth before the end. It was Henshaw and Carty who combined to prevent Russell from opening the second period with another intercept score, and the penalties finally caught up with Glasgow when winger Seymour saw yellow for a ruck offence. Connacht’s passing let them down, though, as they failed to put an unmarked Matt Healy over out wide and a poor Carty pass led to a turnover from a five-metre scrum. However, the hosts’ persistence paid off in the 53rd minute as Muldowney reached over from close range after Henshaw and Denis Buckley had both gone close. Carty added the conversion but he blotted his copybook with a frustrating penalty miss as the gap remained at six points (19-13) despite some incisive play from Healy and Henshaw. That was as close as it got as Townsend’s charges found their rhythm in attack again. While flanker Fusaro was in the bin for a high tackle, replacement Josh Strauss broke through to tee up a simple run-in for fellow back rower Ashe. Russell converted and quick hands put Seymour over in the right corner for a closing five-pointer. Results this weekend have seen Connacht relinquish their grip on sixth place in that battle for European Champions Cup qualification. Pat Lam’s men are now four points behind Edinburgh with the Scarlets also pushing hard. In the build-up to this round 20 clash, Gregor Townsend dubbed Connacht’s scrum the best in the league, and the hosts duly won the first scrum against the head with a dominant shove. Jack Carty curled over the opening penalty soon after, rewarding half-breaks from Tiernan O’Halloran and Muldowney, and Glasgow had a let-off when Rodney Ah You was pinged for an early push just five metres out. Carty did make it 6-0 with a terrific strike from distance after hands in the ruck from Euan Murray, but a couple of loose Connacht line-outs gave the Warriors a foothold and they quickly took full advantage. Man-of-the-match Henry Pyrgos pinched scrum ball under Kieran Marmion’s nose, launching a dangerous spell inside the Connacht 22 which ended with Fraser Brown’s brilliant one-handed offload putting Matawalu over in the right corner. Finn Russell’s conversion fell wide. Glasgow’s first-time captain Jonny Gray was warned by referee Marius Mitrea about his side’s indiscipline, however Carty missed to the right and left with two difficult place-kicks. Connacht’s failure to put more points on the board was emphasised when the Scots stung them with two opportunist tries before the interval. A series of missed tackles allowed Seymour to sail through midfield and his pass put Hogg over to the right of the posts. Russell converted and also added the extras to Glasgow’s third touchdown which saw Fijian Matawalu intercept a Robbie Henshaw pass as Connacht tried to counter from deep. Glasgow Warriors’ clinical finishing proved too much for Connacht as the Guinness PRO12 leaders ran out 31-13 bonus point winners at the Sportsground. Press Associationlast_img read more

Granada on Michu trail

first_img Swansea are keen to sell the Spain international, who has one year left on his contract, and t he 29-year-old has been linked with a return to La Liga. “We like Michu a lot,” Granada sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. “W e have spoken to him and with his agent, but there is no agreement nor have we begun negotiations. “He would be a very important player for Granada but he has a contract with his club. “We have players in that position and we also have a budget that we must respect.” Michu enjoyed an impressive first season in England when he scored 22 goals in 2012-13 for Swansea following his £2million move from Rayo Vallecano. His strong performances saw him capped by Spain and helped Swansea qualify for Europe by winning the Capital One Cup. Michu’s second season was disrupted by injury and he scored only six times in 25 games. The Spaniard was sent out on loan to Napoli last season but an injury-plagued campaign saw him make just five appearances for the Serie A club. Should Michu join Granada he would work again under manager Jose Ramon Sandoval, who coached him at Rayo. “He has a very good relationship with Sandoval,” Cordero said. “He was the one that gave him the opportunity to play in the Primera Division and he had a great season at Rayo working with Sandoval.” Granada narrowly avoided relegation and finished 17th in La Liga in the 2014-15 campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Primera Division side Granada have confirmed their interest in signing Spanish forward Michu from Swansea. last_img read more

Coaches discuss tough looming Big Ten games

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Big Ten head football coaches are still exhaling from an exhausting weekend of conference matchups.No. 3 Penn State, the lone BCS-title hopeful from the Big Ten, marched into Ohio Stadium Saturday night and reasserted its claim as the top team in the conference by beating the Buckeyes 13-6. It was the first victory for Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions in Ohio Stadium in the last 30 years.Minnesota continued its storybook season by beating Purdue 17-6. In beating the Boilermakers, the Golden Gophers seized four turnovers, improving on a defense that leads the country in turnover margin.The Indiana Hoosiers brought the previously ranked No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats back down to earth by forcing five turnovers in their 22-19 victory. It was the Hoosiers’ first victory in the conference.Finally, the Spartans dethroned their big brother, Ann Anbor, in a resounding 35-21 win that marked the first victory for Michigan State in the Big House since 1990.After this past weekend’s marquee matchup between Penn State and Ohio State, both teams have upcoming bye weeks, leaving time for rest and evaluation.“Whenever you put your heart and soul into something and you come up a little short, it’s tough,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. “You probably learn less in victory, I think, than in defeats.”Paterno certainly isn’t dwelling on the victory; the legendary coach said it’s too soon for him to reflect on the season. “[The players] can appreciate the season when it’s over,” Paterno said. “I’m not even thinking about retiring — I’m thinking about Iowa.”Surprising Northwestern will undoubtedly have its hands full once the Buckeyes resume play the week of Nov. 8.Northwestern itself will need to regroup after this weekend’s upset loss to Indiana (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten). This weekend Northwestern travels north to face No. 17 Minnesota. Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald was adamant about the Wildcats’ necessity to play at the top of their game.“We’re going to have to play our best football game of the year to compete,” Fitzgerald said. “[If you win] the turnover ratio, you win the game; it’s a pretty simple equation around here in Evanston.”Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said he was “relentlessly optimistic” coming into this season despite a 1-11 record last year.One reason for Minnesota’s quick turnaround has been the outstanding play of its defense. The Golden Gophers’ “Takeaway Tuesday” practices, as they have been deemed, revolve around creating turnovers.“It’s a tremendous testimony to the investment and commitment our players have made to this team,” he said.Wisconsin faces a tough test at East Lansing this weekend, especially without the availability of senior tight end Travis Beckum, who was lost for the year when he suffered a broken fibula in the Badgers’ recent victory over Illinois.“Travis’s senior year hasn’t panned out anything close to what I’m sure he envisioned or what we envisioned as coaches,” Bielema said. “You know he really only got about four or five practices into fall camp before he hurt his hamstring.”Despite the injuries, the team remains positive after its first Big Ten victory.“We’re excited about the opportunity this week to go to East Lansing and play a ranked opponent,” Bielema said.Seemingly the only common ground that many coaches spoke upon was the stellar play of Big Ten running backs.Bielema thinks that because the traditional bruising style of the conference is conducive to a strong running game, many of the top backs in the country choose to attend Big Ten schools.“It’s a position because of this league; that helps us get some of the best running backs in the country,” Bielema said.Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio feels strongly about the supremacy of the Big Ten backs — with good reason too — as his own Javon Ringer leads the nation in rushing yards with 1,373.“The running backs in this conference are excellent. They can break tackles, they catch the ball effectively, and they are certainly some of the premier running backs in the country,” Dantonio said. “The one thing that you can see is that they all have a great work ethic and toughness, and they are all extremely competitive.”With another hectic schedule of conference games, watch for these halfbacks to lead another wild weekend in the Big Ten.last_img read more

Despite improvement, Syracuse’s passing game still a work in progress

first_img Published on September 11, 2019 at 10:30 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Tommy DeVito wants to be a passer. His arm is what made him a coveted four-star quarterback recruit out of high school. He wants it to be why he’s successful in college. But his line through two games as Syracuse’s full-time starter — 506 yards on 60.8 percent completions, three touchdowns, as many interceptions and fumbles — leaves a lot to be desired. “We moved the ball a little bit better on offense,” DeVito said after SU’s drubbing at the hands of Maryland, “but we need to be able to execute more in the red zone and I’ll take the blame for that.”Syracuse’s (1-1) passing offense has been a shell of previous iterations two games into the 2019 season. DeVito is a stylistic departure from what Eric Dungey brought to the position, and while DeVito and his wideouts adjust to each other, SU’s passing attack has stalled at times. DeVito and his wide receivers are confident they’re inching closer to the second-nature comfort level they seek with their schemes, but slight improvements might not be enough to match up with No. 1 Clemson (2-0) on Saturday night. “The passing game was definitely better from Week 1 to Week 2,” DeVito said. “And it’s going to be better moving forward.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s passing game is delicate. It’s carefully orchestrated, made to get at least one person open in space and prompt chaos defensively. Developing route-running consistency takes time and constant repetition. And if any aspect is off — a route run to the wrong depth, a receiver breaking at the wrong time, or the offensive line lapsing — it can blow up a whole play. In the first three years of Dino Babers’ tenure at SU, the Orange eclipsed 3,000 yards passing with ease every season, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. Against Liberty, DeVito looked completely out of sync with his receivers. On one play, he tried throwing a corner fade to Taj Harris in the end zone, requiring a lofted ball deep into Harris’ hands. Instead, DeVito threw it short and shallow, and all Harris could do was spin wildly, deflecting the ball incomplete with a jutted-out hand. DeVito also pitched two interceptions against the Flames — the first an underthrown deep route to Nykeim Johnson in the end zone and then a ball he tried muscling in to Harris while scrambling. On both, communication broke down between DeVito and receivers during a scramble drill. When the quarterback is flushed from the pocket, receivers should work back to the ball as the quarterback weighs passing, scrambling or throwing it away. In SU’s first two games, DeVito and his receivers weren’t in lockstep about where he wanted them to go and how long they should expect to keep fighting to get open. “We watched film on it and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Johnson, DeVito’s intended target at Maryland, said. “Wherever he wants me to go, that’s where I’ve got to go.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBesides bolstering the connection between DeVito and his receivers, the Orange’s offensive line can help improve the passing game. DeVito’s been sacked six times in two games. Even when he’s not been sacked, he’s had to leave the pocket while under duress, often disrupting the looks he expects to get.Through the spring, summer and fall camp, the Orange spend days repping its passing schemes, creating a blueprint. But that blueprint’s been bent, broken and sometimes thrown out entirely this season. DeVito and his wide receivers struggle to overcome the disruption of timing and spacing is at the crux of Syracuse’s problems. “It’s different when a live defense is out there because the pictures change, defense reacts different ways,” DeVito said. “So it’s better to go against a live defense that doesn’t know what’s coming, as opposed to our defense that’s kind of used to seeing the stuff all camp.”Some of it is solved through film, identifying situational preferences for DeVito and the pass catchers so they know what to do in the future. The rest is rapport. DeVito and his wideouts don’t have the same connection Dungey developed with his at the end of his senior season. Some targets like Harris, Johnson and Trishton Jackson are still relative newcomers. Senior Sean Riley has only played with DeVito sparingly in his two starts this season and spot action in 2018. They all say it’s a matter of repetition and time to start clicking. Johnson, who is close friends with DeVito, noted that their connection is beginning to manifest. He and DeVito can communicate checks by looking each other in the eyes at the line of scrimmage, he said. “Tommy gives us signals that you can’t see on TV,” Johnson said. “He directs traffic with his eyes. With his feet. Sometimes we just connect in the game. That’s all it’s about.” The Orange looked better connected against Maryland, but a one-game sample is nothing certain. SU’s offense may keep improving on its current arc, but it’ll need a massive leap to have a chance at beating Clemson. Commentslast_img read more

Svenska Spel welcomes proposed betting ban on selected markets

first_img LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share President and CEO of Svenska Spel, Patrik Hofbauer, has backed proposals to issue a further crack down on selected sports betting markets as suggested by the Swedish Government. The proposed ban follows on from a meeting held between Sweden’s social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association which discussed the potential for manipulation across certain betting markets. The regulator has since called for a ban on bets that can be influenced by individual players, including yellow cards, corners and dismissals.Hofbauer said: “Svenska Spel welcomes the minister’s message. It is common sense not to offer this kind of market. Match fixing is a problem for the sports and gaming industry already as it is and there is no reason for the gaming companies to make it easy for the match fixers. This type of event is very easy to manipulate, because they do not depend on the entire team effort, but can be controlled by a single player.“As a fresh example of this, we have the all-Swedish match between Kalmar and Elfsborg earlier this year, where a player is suspected of having drawn on a yellow card while his relatives bet that this would happen.“Svenska Spel has always been behind the sport on this issue. It is a matter of course for us to work together against cheating and crime. Our customers should be able to feel confident that the matches they have played on are free from manipulation.“The message from the minister shows that our politicians and legislators are also serious about match fixing. If a ban is now proposed and introduced, it will be a historic victory for the sport and the gaming companies that want to offer games on the terms of the sport. If you want the Swedish gaming market to be healthy and secure, then you welcome this message.”The news comes after a recent crackdown by Swedish operators and the regulator to prevent any possibilities of match fixing in Swedish sport.Earlier this year, the SvFF revealed that it had received reports of match-fixing within Division 2 Södra Svealand, and had advised Spelinspektionen to implement a complete ban on operators taking bets on the competition. Submit Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Alexander: The power of positive thinking – OK, among other things – has Dodgers rolling

first_imgWe may have panicked. They didn’t.“Every team is different to some extent, but I think at the same time there is a calm because we’ve done it before around here,” Clayton Kershaw said Sunday afternoon. “We didn’t panic. Everybody uses that word, but we kind of knew that we were just playing bad, and it wasn’t an indicator of how good our team can be.”History is a guide. The 2017 Dodgers kicked it into gear in June, going 56-11 in the heat of the summer. The 2016 Dodgers were 21-23 on May 21, 71-55 on August 24. The 2014 team was 32-31 on June 7 and 82-62 on Sept. 8, and in 2013 they were 30-42 on June 21 and 83-55 on Sept. 3.This past May 16 they were 16-26 after losing the first two games against the tanking Miami Marlins. It was at that point that Manager Dave Roberts threw a little Winston Churchill at them, repeating the Churchillian quote: “When you’re going through hell, keep going.”The next day, before the final game of the series, he had a team meeting that was a little more extensive, with a simple message: “Expect good things to happen.” Photos: Clippers blow out Mavericks in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Positive thinking works! They won the final game of that series and are 38-17 since that point.“I think that when you’re mired in things not going well you start to expect and see bad things happen,” Roberts explained. “So I always start thinking positively and seeing good things happen, and I think conversely good things happen.”It’s what Roberts preached to Kenley Jansen early in the season when the big reliever was struggling.“You gotta shut out the noise and visualize,” Jansen said. “That’s why he talked to me a lot when I was going through that rough April and you know I was worried about mechanics and this and that. Doc was like, ‘You know, the one thing that I don’t see you do is visualize. Visualize you’re getting out of the inning.’“Once you just visualize, put positive thoughts in your mind, the next thing you know things are going to go your way and you know you don’t even think about mechanics and all that stuff. You’re throwing the ball where you want to.”Jansen gave up home runs in three of his first seven outings and had an 8.10 ERA on April 17 when he blew a save against the Padres in San Diego. Since then he has an 0.73 ERA, notched his 27th save with a perfect inning Sunday, and is headed for the All-Star Game.Related Articles Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings Paul George leads the way as Clippers rout Dallas, take 3-2 lead in series center_img LOS ANGELES — This seems to be the 21st century model of The Dodger Way To Play Baseball: No matter how dire things may seem, no matter how many of the faithful are breaking ankles jumping off the bandwagon early in a season, things will get better.Just be positive.Yeah, we know, the Dodgers were positively ugly in the first month and a half of the season, losing series to the game’s bottom feeders and creating panic throughout their fan base while dipping 10 games under the break-even point.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Now they’re positively gorgeous. A 5-3 victory over the Angels on Sunday gave them two of three this weekend and a split of this year’s six-game Freeway Series. And, at 53-43, the Dodgers are back in first place, by a half-game over Arizona, heading into the All-Star break. “It’s a long season,” Jansen said. “You’re gonna run through struggles, and I learned from that. And I feel like it (positivity) makes you successful because once you keep failing it keeps motivating you to get better and better and better to be who you are.”And it is easier to be positive when you’ve been through this before and come out of it successfully.Of course, it’s also easier to be positive when Matt Kemp is having an All-Star season, when your team leads the National League in home runs, slugging percentage, team ERA, saves and strikeouts, when you’re getting stellar performances from unexpected sources, and when your ace continues his forward momentum, as Kershaw did Sunday in a 6-2/3 inning, 108-pitch stint in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list.But stability at the helm helps.“Doc is a calming presence throughout the season, and super-positive obviously,” Kershaw said. “We look athim and he’s not worried, and that kind of calms everybody else down.“Now we’re playing like we should be.”How to follow that act in the season’s final 66 games after the break?“Just to continue to do we’ve done in the last couple months,” Roberts said. “Obviously you can’t control health, but with the depth that we do have, just continue to win baseball games … (If) we play the right way with the group that we have, we’ll be at the top of the division, as we’ve talked about from spring training. And from then you know we’ll deal with whatever happens.”Of that, he’s positive. Video: Clippers’ Doc Rivers delivers emotional message on Jacob Blake shooting Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more