Speakers connect past athletic experiences, values

first_imgChristopher Adkins and Amber Lattner spoke about how their experiences in sports taught them the keys to a high level of ethical performance during “Life Lessons from Sports: Performance and Purpose” at the Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday afternoon.Adkins, the executive director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, said questions of ethics arise frequently in athletics, and it is in these moments when people define themselves.“There are moments where you have to decide if you’re going to play dirty too,” Adkins said. “Are you going to go down to that level, or are you going to up your game? There are moments when you have to dig deep.”Adkins said a high school soccer coach taught him how to look within himself for a performance advantage. The coach emphasized the importance of visualizing a successful game beforehand, Adkins said.“I now realize this was a bit of cognitive behavioral therapy, to script ourselves,” Adkins said.Adkins said this same visualization process is necessary for maintaining a high ethical standard.“We need to figure out those moments when we were at our peak ethical performance, and then establish a trigger, much like when I need to go in the zone on the sports field to make a free throw,” Adkins said. “I need to go to all the moments when I’ve made it, not all the moments when I’ve missed. We need to do that ethically.”Lattner, founder of the Lattner Performance Group, said she first learned about the keys to peak performance as a 9-year-old, when along with playing soccer and going to school, she worked at her family’s McDonald’s franchise and helped care for her family’s cattle.“What I found was that the best of the best, regardless of what domain we’re in, whether it’s academics, athletics, livestock or business, they’ve all got similar traits,” Lattner said. “They have similar work ethics and disciplines and habits of excellence that contribute to them being the best in their respective crafts.”Later on, while playing soccer at Notre Dame, Lattner said her coach stressed the importance of maintaining excellent habits.“He said if you want to be a national champion, you have to act like a national champion, every single day, in everything you do,” Lattner said.Lattner said she soon became very interested in psychoneuromuscular theory, which relates to how our thoughts and emotions affect performance.“Our thoughts affect our emotions, our emotions affect our body’s response and ultimately that’s what’s going to dictate our behavior,” Lattner said. “What we think about is going to impact how we’re going to react and respond to things.”Lattner said the more we think about something, the more protein patterns are grown in the brain corresponding to this topic of thought. This “changes the form and function of your brain,” and consequently, Lattner said, controlling your thoughts is of the utmost importance.“If it is a good thought, keep it, use it, hold on to it, repeat it,” Lattner said. “If it’s not a good thought, guess what we should do? Chuck it.”Tags: Ethics week, Life lessons, sportslast_img read more

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Julio Urías dazzles but Joe Kelly blows another lead in Dodgers’ loss to Giants

first_imgPreviousGiants left fielder Michael Reed, left, celebrates with center fielder Steve Duggar, center, and right fielder Gerardo Parra after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock reacts after a strike during the first inning of an MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz throws to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager reacts after a strike during the first inning of an MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants throws to first base as Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out on a double play in the second inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, right, throws to first base after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) to complete a double play during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. Austin Barnes was out at first. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants throws to first base as Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out on a double play in the second inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants catches behind the plate as Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets out of the way of an inside pitch in the second inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles in the second inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants in the dugout during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pumps his fist and reacts after pitching out of a jam in the fifth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor follows through on a swing for a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz reacts after allowing a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on as Chris Taylor #3 gets a high five from Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo, right, follows through on a swing for a solo home run while San Francisco Giants center Buster Posey looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo hits a pinch hit home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo celebrates while rounding the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a pinch hit home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a pinch hit home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo, right, celebrates his solo home run while crossing home plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game as San Francisco Giants center Buster Posey looks on in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo celebrartes as he heads to the dugout after hitting a pinch hit home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Alex Verdugo #27 is greeted by Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout after hitting a pinch hit home run in the fifth inning of the game off Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt celebrates with the dugout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits an RBI-single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Yangervis Solarte celebrates with the dugout after scoring off a single hit by Pablo Sandoval during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Pablo Sandoval #48 heads to third on a double by Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Austin Barnes #15 looks on as manager Dave Roberts #30 pulls Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt looks up and drops his bat after hitting a two-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Steve Duggar, right, celebrates with Pablo Sandoval after scoring off a two-run double by Brandon Belt during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants claps his hands as he stands on second base after hitting a two RBI double in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants earns a save pitching in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Giants left fielder Michael Reed, left, celebrates with center fielder Steve Duggar, center, and right fielder Gerardo Parra after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 38Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Julio Urías’ career has followed a strange path.The Dodgers signed him as a 16-year-old in 2012. Four years later, Urías started a National League Championship Series game, among the youngest ever to do so. Monday’s start against the San Francisco Giants was his first at the major league level since 2017. Despite missing most of the past year with a shoulder injury, Urías still is just the fourth-youngest pitcher in the majors at 22.With most of his career still to come, and so much already in the past, Urías’ dominant performance Monday was both a powerful flashback and a glimpse of the future.The left-hander allowed only three hits and hit one batter over five scoreless innings, striking out seven. Shortly after Urías’ final pitch against the Giants in a scoreless game, Chris Taylor hit a solo home run to left field. Two batters later, Alex Verdugo pinch hit for Urías and hit a home run of his own. The home runs by Taylor and Verdugo – the first for each this season – highlighted an otherwise dreary performance against starter Drew Pomeranz and four relievers. Pomeranz pitched to only one batter with a runner in scoring position over five innings.Trevor Gott (1-0), Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Will Smith allowed two baserunners in four scoreless innings of relief.The Dodgers’ path to redemption is fairly straightforward. They will face Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday and Derek Holland on Wednesday – both Giants, both left-handed starting pitchers. They have yet to beat a Giant or a left-handed starter in their first five games.Urías’ path forward is not as straight. He will take his next turn in the rotation during the Dodgers’ trip to Denver, Manager Dave Roberts said. At some point, he will return to the bullpen in order to preserve his innings. Roberts said Urías might rejoin the starting rotation in August or September, but this is far from certain.“There’s no one way to forecast it,” Roberts said. “Do I trust him, can I see him in leverage? Absolutely. I can even envision him many times finishing a game. Partly you want length, and continue to have him sort of built up. If the situation, the game score – for him to take down the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, I can see that.”For now, Urías and Ross Stripling are biding their time in a rotation missing Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill. The two injured veterans are projected to return sometime in April. Urías’ first stint in the Dodgers’ rotation could be a short one.Exactly how short might not depend on Kershaw or Hill at all. Urías threw only 22 innings last year between the minors, majors and playoffs. He cannot stay in the rotation indefinitely, regardless of his teammates’ health.“I think that just giving us the option of using him in any way we see fit is important rather than putting ourselves in a box and giving us no alternative,” Roberts said.Urías’ first appearance of 2019 was ideal. Targeted for a 75-pitch, five-inning outing, he struck out Steven Duggar on his 77th pitch to end the fifth inning. Duggar might have been Urías’ last batter no matter what. Brandon Belt, author of the longest at-bat in major league history, was on deck waiting to exhaust Urías’ pitch count with another in his patented series of foul balls.Instead, Belt led off the sixth inning against Kelly – an interesting choice on Roberts’ part, if only because Kelly throws with his right hand and Belt has enjoyed facing righties more than lefties in his career. Alexander and Caleb Ferguson, both left-handed relievers, were available.“With (Kelly), it doesn’t matter lefty/righty,” Roberts said. “His stuff, he gets both out consistently. … I felt great with Joe in that spot.”Related Articles The Dodgers could not sustain their early advantage and lost 4-2 before the announced crowd of 40,477 at Dodger Stadium.“I felt really confident, really comfortable out there,” Urías said through an interpreter. “That last spring training outing really helped out and I was really confident.”Urías was a facsimile of the fully rehabilitated pitcher the Dodgers saw throughout spring training. His fastball touched 97 mph. His changeup induced frail swings from left-handed and right-handed hitters alike. This time Urías did it against a veteran lineup, before a mostly-full house, on a night when the Dodgers’ offense left little margin for error.Urías left in line for his first win as a starter since Aug. 2016. The next pitcher, Joe Kelly (0-1), allowed a 2-0 lead to become a 2-2 tie in the space of 1⅔ innings. The next pitcher, Scott Alexander, allowed a two-run double to Brandon Belt that gave the Giants a 4-2 lead.The Dodgers’ bullpen has allowed 17 runs in five games this season. Their starters have allowed only nine. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kelly’s first pitch was a 97-mph fastball over the middle of the plate. Belt blasted it 402 feet over the center-field fence. After retiring the next three batters, Kelly allowed a single to Yangervis Solarte to begin the seventh inning. Solarte reached second base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a Pablo Sandoval single, making it 2-2.Kelly bequeathed a pair of runners to Alexander. Both scored when Belt hit a double to right-center field. Kelly, the Dodgers’ only winter bullpen acquisition, has an 18.00 earned-run average through two appearances. As he walked off the mound Monday, a chorus of boos filled the night air.“That’s nothing,” Kelly said. “I’ve played in a place where it was a lot worse with the boo birds. It’s fine. It’s all part of it. It’s part of being a fan. I’m not happy with myself. I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I was a fan either, but we have a great squad. Obviously, we haven’t been throwing the best – myself and ourself as a unit down there in the bullpen – but it’s probably a little frustrating for somebody watching. It’s five games in and we’re picked to be one of the best teams in the league. I think with time everyone’s going to start clicking and we go from there. I feel strong with mechanics and pitches, now it’s just a matter of putting it all together.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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