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BERLIN -- Defending champion Bayern Munich kicked off the new German season with a 3-1 win over visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach in Pep Guardiolas first Bundesliga game on Friday. Stan Smith Outlet Italia . Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a deft flick from Frank Riberys sublime pass in the 12th minute, Mario Mandzukic pounced to make it 2-0 four minutes later, and David Alaba sealed the result with a penalty in the 69th, after Dantes own goal had given his former teammates some hope in the 40th. Bayerns penalty was the second awarded for handball against the unfortunate Alvaro Dominguez in as many minutes. Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Thomas Muellers effort from the first spot kick, only for Tobias Welz to award another against Dominguez as he tried to clear the rebound. Alaba made no mistake. Stan Smith Scontate . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Stan Smith Scontate Uomo . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. http://www.stansmithscontate.it/ . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker.ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - J.A. Happ and Alex Cobb stood side by side on Sunday afternoon and called on Major League Baseball to provide pitchers with the option to wear protective head gear. "Whether that pitcher wants to pitch with head gear or not is up to him but I definitely think there should be an option," said Cobb. "I havent heard too much but I do know that its moving in the right direction and hopefully there will be an option by next year." The league has been studying different prototypes, including caps with enhanced padding, since last offseason. So far nothing has been approved. "I think youd be crazy not to look into it if it was available," said Happ. "I think function is the big issue. We were struck in the ear so like I said it would almost have to be a helmet situation. If it was functional and comfortable and didnt hinder the performance at all then absolutely." Both pitchers are linked by separate, equally scary, incidents at Tropicana Field this season. It was May 7 when Happ, pitching to Desmond Jennings in the second inning of an eventual 6-4 win, was struck in the side of the head by a line drive. He crumpled to the ground. Onlookers thought he was out cold even though he wasnt, and eventually he was carted off the field. Happ suffered a minor skull fracture behind his left ear. Stitches repaired a nasty gash to his ear. The worst of his injuries, however, were to his right knee. He suffered strained MCL and PCL ligaments when his leg buckled underneath him. Stan Smith Uomo Saldi. Happs return, which came exactly three months after the incident, would have been much sooner if not for the knee trouble. Almost six weeks after Happ was hurt, an Eric Hosmer line drive hit Cobb in the head in the fifth inning of the June 15 Rays-Royals game. Cobb suffered a concussion and had to work through the effects of his head trauma before returning to the majors on Thursday, exactly two months after the incident. The two men didnt know each other beforehand and since, theyve kept in touch via text messages and have struck up a friendship. While neither relied on the other for support through the recovery process, they share a bond very few can understand. "Not too many people know what youve gone through on a personal level so to know his battles, although they were different, they were almost more severe and more troublesome in some cases with his knee," said Cobb. "Its really nice to see him back out on a big league field and pitching well, too." Happ happened to be watching at the time Cobb was injured. "It was just such a surreal thing," said Happ. "Again, just to see him and be able to catch up and see that the healing has taken place, thats the biggest thing. Definitely a scare with some of the issues that he had to deal with that I didnt. "He had a little bit more to overcome in that sense and really glad to see he was able to do that." ' ' ' 
A look at whats happening all around the majors Tuesday:---THEY CAN ALMOST TASTE ITKris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs can keep closing in on the NL Central crown with a win over the rival Cardinals in St. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys . Louis. Jason Hammel (14-8) starts for Chicago against lefty Jaime Garcia (10-12).MICKEY & PAPIRed Sox slugger David Ortiz hit his 536th home run Monday night, tying Yankees great Mickey Mantle for 17th on the career list. Ortiz connected for the AL East leaders against Baltimore. The series continues at Fenway Park when Drew Pomeranz and Boston take on Dylan Bundy and the contending Orioles.READY TO RETURN?Josh Donaldson could be back at third base for Toronto, a day after he was out of the lineup. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the reigning AL MVP was banged up and needed a day to regroup. Donaldson is hitless in a career-worst seven games, going 0 for 23 with seven strikeouts in that span for the AL playoff contenders.NOAHS ARMIn a tight race with St. Louis and San Francisco for two NL wild cards, the Mets and their injury-plagued rotation could use a long outing from All-Star ace Noah Syndergaard (13-8) in Washington. Fill-in starter Rafael Montero lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the NL East leaders in the series opener Monday night. Syndergaard ranks second in the majors with a 2.48 ERA. Cheap NFL Jerseys China .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. China Jerseys . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. http://www.cheapjerseyssupplychina.com/ . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. MOSCOW -- Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayevas comments on her countrys law against gay "propaganda" seemed as unequivocal as the bar-clearing jump that won her the world championship: She supported the law and derided gays. But on Friday, Isinbayeva said that her comments, in somewhat fractured English the day before, may have been misunderstood and that she opposes any discrimination against gays. The clarification -- or U-turn -- underlined the sensitivity of the issue for Russia as international criticism of the law persists and calls continue for a boycott of next Februarys Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. The Olympics, like the world championships where Isinbayeva won gold and made her comments, are part of a series of major sports events that Russia hopes will showcase the country as sophisticated and forward-looking. The propaganda law has instead provoked criticism that Russia is retreating from the modern world. Isinbayevas comments were especially dicey for Russias image. Not only is she an internationally popular athlete both for her skills and exuberance, but she is also the "mayor" of one of Sochis two Olympic villages, an honorary but symbolic and visible role. "She is a very recognized figure around the world. And I think she should be thinking of what she is saying," said Nikolai Alexeyev, Russias most prominent gay-rights activist. "I am not surprised that the story is starting to develop and she has to find an excuse for what she said." In a news conference on Thursday, the two-time Olympic gold medallist supported the Russian law and criticized two Swedish competitors for their rainbow-colored fingernails in support of gay rights. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys," she said. But on Friday, after her comments attracted international attention, Isinbayeva said, "English is not my first language, and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday." "What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries, particularly when they are guests. I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people," she said in a statement released by local organizers of the championships. The law penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at persuading minors that "nontraditional" relationships are normal or attractive. It appears that anyone wearing a rainbow flag on the street or writing about ggay relationships on Facebook, for instance, could be accused of propagandizing. Wholesale Jerseys From China. The law has raised concern about how gay athletes might be treated in Sochi. Russian officials have made contradictory statements about whether the law would be enforced during the games, and the International Olympic Committee has asked for clarification. Foreigners found guilty of violating the law could be imprisoned for 15 days and deported. "The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes," Claudia Bokel, chair of the IOCs Athletes Commission, said on her Twitter account. "We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardize this principle." Both the law and Isinbayevas first comments appear to have placed other Russian athletes in a quandary -- support for individual rights vs. support for their country. "On the one hand, you have to respect everybodys individuality, the interests of other people. On the other hand, you have to look at the history of each country. Every country has its own traditions," Russian triple jumper Aleksey Fedorov said Friday. Steve Cram, the British runner who won the first 1,500-meter gold medal at the 1983 world championships, competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, when many other Western countries refused to go for political reasons. "I dont believe in boycotts," Cram said in Moscow. "I think situations like that should be aired, should be allowed to be aired and spoken about by anyone who wants to. People should be allowed to give their opinions. I dont agree with her opinions. I dont agree with the (Russian law), but thats my personal opinion." Usain Bolt, who won the 100 metres at the world championships and was looking for a second gold medal in the 200, said: "Im always neutral. I dont get into politics. Im all about running. This is what I come here to do, to compete and to inspire the fans, inspire athletes." But he also said: "If you have an opinion on something, if you feel comfortable in talking about it, then shouldnt be a problem." Though Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, antipathy toward gays has been widespread and longstanding in Russia. A survey by the independent Levada Center polling agency released a week after the law was passed found 76 per cent of Russians supported it and 17 per cent opposed it. Although Isinbayevas comments Thursday received wide attention in the West, Russian media gave them little or no attention. The sports newspaper Sport-Express ran a roundup of foreign comment on the issue on its website but not in its print edition. ' ' ' 
LINCOLN, Neb. Scarpe Salomon Outlet . -- Nebraska hadnt planned to run its offense through Tai Webster and Jack McVeigh Saturday. It just worked out that the pair each had career scoring nights to lead the Huskers over Louisiana Tech 65-54.Webster had 17 of his 23 points in the first half, many of them coming off drives to the basket on which he either scored or went to the free throw line where he hit 7 of 8 shots.It just kind of played out that way, Webster said of his drives. Theyre a real aggressive defensive team and they force a lot of turnovers, obviously, Im living proof of it. I was just trying to match the aggression and not let me be on the back foot from it. Just attack them, bring the game to them.McVeigh scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half after the Bulldogs sent multiple defenders at Webster.Honestly, the shots just came to me, McVeigh said. They extended the pressure and with the pressure comes rotations and with rotations theres an open man. My teammates found me. Four of the six (field goals) were assisted on. Theyre easy looks when Im getting good passes from my teammates.Nebraska (3-0) led 45-41 when McVeigh hit a 3-pointer with 11:56 left, followed that up with a layup and Evan Taylor knocked down a jumper with 9:53 remaining that put the Huskers up 52-41.Louisiana Tech (1-2) traded baskets with Nebraska over the next six minutes, with Ed Morrow Jrs dunk giving the Huskers a 60-50 lead with 3:53 left. But Nebraska didnt hit another field goal.The Bulldogs Erik McCree hit a pair of jumpers to cut the Nebraska lead to six with 57 seconds left. But McVeigh hit two of three free throws and Webster added a pair to seal the win.Theres no question, we really just couldnt get over the hump and really build some momentum, said Louisiana Tech coach Eric Konkol. It seemed like every time we got close, we missed a shot or we turned it over or theyd get a bucket on the other end. We just couldnt get over the hump tonight. Got to give them a lot of credit. I thought they played some stingy defense and made it very difficult on us.Nebraska coach Tim Miles also praised the defense of his six primary players and particularly their toughness at the end.I thought the last four minutes we were a very, very tough team, Miles said. I thought there was a stretch in there where they were out-toughing us. But I thought we finished it the way they were doing it earlier. That was really important. Were not going to win otherwise.Nebraska won the game at the free throw line, outscoring Louisiana Tech by 15 from the stripe. The Huskers hit 11 of 12 first half free throws while Louisiana Tech was just 4 of 10. Nebraska hit 10 of 12 free throws in the second half. The Bulldogs were 2 of 2.McCree led Louisiana Tech with 16 points.QUOTABLEMcVeigh and Webster are roommates and were asked who had to buy dinner since they both had career highs Saturday. Webster replied: I guess I have to, hes the older one. Ill probably cook something. Out of the two, Im the best. He hooked me up the other day with some good seafood. So well see.THE BIG PICTURENebraska: Nebraska continues to search for production from its bench. Nebraskas non-starters contributed just 2 points in the first half and six in the second half in a combined 53 minutes of time on the floor.Louisiana Tech: Louisiana Tech has one more trip to a power 5 conference school in its first six games, playing at California on Nov. 30. The Bulldogs have lost at South Carolina and Nebraska.UP NEXTNebraska travels to Fullerton, Calif. where it will meet Dayton in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament Thursday.Louisiana Tech returns home to Ruston, La. where it will host Oklahoma Baptist Wednesday. Salomon Scarpe Outlet . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. Scarpe Salomon a Poco Prezzo . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. http://www.salomonoutlet.it/ . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. Willie Taggart credits Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for putting him on the path that brought him to Oregon.Taggart was introduced as the Ducks coach Thursday following a 4-8 season and the dismissal of coach Mark Helfrich.In 1994, Taggart was recruited to play at Western Kentucky by Harbaugh, who was then an unpaid assistant under his father, longtime Hilltoppers coach Jack Harbaugh.Jim Harbaugh remained a constant in his life. He hired Taggart as his running backs coach at Stanford and was the best man at Taggarts wedding.Ever since I met Jim Harbaugh, my life has gone nowhere but up, he said.Taggarts last two head coaching jobs have been rebuilding projects. He has been coach at USF for the past four seasons, guiding the team from a 2-10 record his first year to a 10-2 mark this year and a spot in the Birmingham Bowl.Before he arrived in Tampa he spent three seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, inheriting a winless program that he turned around with back-to-back winning seasons.Taggart, 40, is the first coach Oregon has hired from outside the school since 1976. The Ducks previous three coaches -- Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Helfrich -- were assistants who were promoted.Good coaches fit just about anywhere and Willie has proven that the past couple of years, Stanford coach David Shaw said.Harbaugh said on Twitter: From the newest Duck fan, Congrats to (at)CoachTaggart & The U of Oregon! From Manatee to Eugene, Ive always been your fan! Happy for you!Taggart was 16-20 at Western Kentucky, becoming coach when it was first transitioning to FBS. He went 7-5 in his last two seasons with the Hilltoppers and then moved to USF, not far from where he grew up in Bradenton, Florida.It took two seasons and a change in offensive philosophy from more pro-style, West Coast schemes to a spread, but he now has the 25th-ranked Bulls rolling. They finished second in the American Athletic Conference East Division to Temple and will play South Carolina on Dec. 29 in the Birmingham Bowl.When asked what his offense would look like at Oregonn, Taggart said: Itll be fast. Scarpe Salomon Offerta. Itll be tough. Itll be exciting, for sure.After taking over when Kelly left in 2013, Helfrich went 37-16 in his four seasons. He signed a contract extension in early 2015, and had an $11.6 million buyout.Just two seasons ago, Oregon went to the first College Football Playoff championship game, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. But the Ducks struggled this season with a five-game losing streak -- the programs longest since 1996 -- and finished at the bottom of the Pac-12 North with just two conference wins.Taggart leaves USF with four seasons remaining on a five-year, $9 million contract. The deal he received last winter included a provision for a $1.7 million buyout.Oregon President Michael Schill introduced Taggart at the news conference Thursday. His said his only advice was to go find a great defensive coordinator.The Ducks had tried to switch their defense this season, going to a 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Brady Hoke. But Oregon finished the regular season ranked 126th out of 128 FBS-level teams for total defense, allowing opponents an average of 528.4 yards per game. Oregon allowed an average of 41.4 points per game, ranked 125th nationally.It was unclear whether Taggart would retain any of Oregons staff.For now, Taggart will need to reach out to Oregons recruits. Defensive back Deommodore Lenoir and defensive end Langi Tuifua both withdrew verbal commitments. Offensive lineman John Vaka tweeted Tuesday he was no longer committed.Taggert quoted one of Jim Harbaughs favorite sayings when he said that everyone in his program would attack with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.But Taggart also said hed be his own man.Im going to be me, he said. I dont know how to do it any way else.---AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' ' 
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott faces a welcome headache as he ponders how best to bring a host of players back from injury but admits theres no timeline for Jarrad Waites return. Discount Adidas Nmd .Scott told reporters on Wednesday it was too early to tell whether the veteran forward would play any part in the finals.Hampered by a hip injury over the past two months, Waite was scheduled for exploratory surgery this week after he was unable to play out the Kangaroos 23-point win over St Kilda on Saturday night.We tried to treat things conservatively (without surgery) - the scans looked pretty good - but clearly theres something going on that we cant see on the scans, Scott said.So hopefully minor arthroscopic surgery will reveal the extent of any problem.(But) that being said, symptomatically we still expect him to make a pretty quick recovery unless theres something we certainly didnt expect.Im not going to speculate on it because Id just be guessing. Well just wait and see how he recovers and what the surgeons report is.North take on the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium this Saturday night, with athletic forward-ruckman Majak Daw the front runner to replace Waite.The Roos have fallen from first to eighth over the past two months with injuries hitting hard.But their injury list is expected to shorten significantly over the next fortnight with Shaun Higgins (knee), Luke McDonald (hamstring), Taylor Garner (knee/hamstring), Kayne Turner (hamstring) and Sam Wright (ankle) among the players slated to return.Scott admitted it will be a tricky task to add players to his side who havent played a great deal of football so close to a finals campaign.It will be a challenge because theres every chance theyre all ready at the same time, he said.But training is the key. Well get guys back into full training and then we can make an assessment.Once we get some good evidence from training well move a few guys through the VFL and some may be ready to come straight back into the senior side.But no doubt well have to look at staggering some of that. Adidas Nmd Clearance Sale . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Cheap Wholesale Adidas Nmd .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. http://www.discountadidasnmd.com/ . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. Saturday, kick-off 14:30Rugby Park, KilmarnockScotland will be keen to end their November Test campaign with a comprehensive victory over one of rugbys minnows. Complacency hasnt been a trait of Vern Cotters team and they will look to start with the intensity they showed in defeat to Australia and in patches of their victory over Argentina last week.But there is a warning. Georgia will be buoyed having defeated Samoa 20-16 last week in Tbilisi. They are a team fighting for respect in rugby and this will be just their fourth Test against a tier one nation, outside of the World Cup, in 13 years. Scotland follow Ireland (2014), Argentina (2013) and Italy (2003) in hosting the Eastern Europeans.Georgia come into the game brimming with confidence with just one defeat since last years World Cup. They narrowly lost to Japan and during the summer they defeated Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. A big performance is expected to prove that they could belong in an expanded Six Nations.Team newsScotland have largely kept faith with the side that overcame Los Pumas last week, with Huw Jones, missing through injury, replaced by Mark Bennett at centre. Richie Gray returns at lock having missed last weeks game through concussion. The other three changes see Ross Ford come in at hooker and Rob Harley and Ryan Wilson come into the back row.Georgia make just one change with Giorgi Aptsiauri coming in on the wing to replace Giorgi Koshadze while there is one positional switches with Tamaz Mchedlidze moving from the wing to centre.Scotland: Hogg, Maitland, Bennett, Dunbar, Seymour, Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, Ford, Fagerson, R Gray, J Gray, Harley, Watson, Wilson.Replacements: Brown, Allan, Low, Gilchrist, Barclay, Price, Horne, Hughes.Georgia: Kvirikashvili, Aptsiauri, Sharikadze, Mchedllidze, Todua, Malaguradze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Bregvadze, Chilachava, Mikautadze, Nemsadze, Kolelishvili, Gorgodze, Bitsadze. Adidas Nmd Shoes On Sale. .Replacements: Alkhazashvili, Asieshvili, Kubriashvili, Lomidze, Tkhilaishvili, Begadze, Tsiklauri, Sutiashvili.Key head-to-headBoth of Georgias tries last week came courtesy of their pack, which destroyed the Samoan scrum. They will hope that can be a launchpad for another upset in Scotland. Front row Levan Chilachava was immense for Georgia last week and made a 20-metre break which should have resulted in a try.He, and the rest of the Georgia pack will be up against it against a Scottish side led by Lions candidate Jonny Gray. Their win over Argentina was what they needed as preparation for this weekend. It will be a challenge, but one which the Scottish pack should overcome.Key stats*This will be the second time the two sides have met, with Scotland beating Georgia 15-6 at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.*Georgia, who are 12th in the World Rugby rankings, have never beaten tier one opposition, playing 15 Tests and losing them all.Weather It will be cold and cloudy at Rugby Park on Saturday, but the fog should make way for sunshine by kick-off.PredictionScotland should have far too much fire power to down the Georgian minnows. While victories over the Pacific Island teams prove theyre improving, competing with a Southern Hemisphere powerhouse is still some way off. Scotland have built competition in places, and Mark Bennett is one who will be keen to make the most of his opportunity. Only a comprehensive win will be good enough for Scotland to lead into the 2017 Six Nations.Scotland by 25 ' ' ' 
You cant huck a paper airplane in Wrigley Field without hitting something the Cubs are the best at. Nike Shox Discount . They have the National Leagues best offense (by OPS+), the NLs best pitching (by ERA+), the NLs defending Manager of the Year and, since the trade deadline, arguably the NLs best bullpen. Their baserunning -- well, their baserunning is only average, which is hardly enough for the Giants to build a battle plan around.To really appreciate the Cubs, though, background all those bests and focus on their defense. This will not be easy. Most great defense is of the slow-and-steady-wins-the-race variety, a ragout of positioning, lineup decisions, first steps and fundamentals. Its body awareness, its balance, its torque, its internal clock. Its not a screaming liner, and its not 98 mph. Its the left fielder who takes two steps to his left before the pitch is thrown. Its cutting sodium from your diet. Its changing your oil on schedule. Its starting your 401(k) right out of college. It adds up.The Cubs have converted 74.5 percent of balls in play into outs this year, which is what Baseball Prospectus calls Defensive Efficiency. (Rephrased: Opponents are hitting .255 on balls put in play against the Cubs.) Thats not just the best in baseball this year. Adjusted for era, it might be the greatest defensive season ever, with the gap between the Cubs and the second-best team this year topping the spread between the next best and the 27th best.1. Cubs, .745 2. Blue Jays, .717 ... 27. Mets, .692Its been 34 years since a team converted balls in play at a higher clip than the Cubs, and that was when the league as a whole hit 15 to 20 points lower on balls in play than modern players do. No team since at least 1950 has converted a higher percentage of outs, relative to the rest of the league, than the Cubs just did:It doesnt matter how you hit it. The Cubs -- a team with only one Gold Glove winner on the roster, a team that shifts less than any in baseball -- are better than any other club at converting ground balls into outs (80.1 percent), the best at converting fly balls into outs (94.1 percent) and the best at converting line drives into outs (43.5 percent). They do this despite allowing an exit velocity that is almost exactly league average, and an exit velocity on grounders that is harder than league average. They have allowed roughly 110 fewer base hits than they would have if they had the Blue Jays defense -- if they had, in other words, merely the best defense in the American League.But, again, we run into an appreciation problem. Some of these 110 were this.But many -- most -- will look to us out here like routine baseball. To appreciate what the Cubs do, then, we must understand what well see in even the most banal highlights.Anthony Rizzos FootworkIf you know one thing about Rizzo as a ballplayer, its that hes a great slugger. If you know a second, it might be that he crowds the plate like nobody else, crowding into the territory that a pitcher would normally consider his own -- and suffering the bruises for it. If you know a third thing, it might be that he spends so much time in the stands that he should count toward paid admission, making terrifying plays like this one, or this one, or (hold me) this one. Rizzo is brilliant, but hes also fearless.Heres a fourth thing: Since 2014, no National Leaguer has handled more difficult throws than Rizzo, according to Baseball Info Solutions. He has saved his infielders 98 times, shy of only the Royals Gold Glover Eric Hosmer. We might credit it to the same fearlessness he shows toward inside fastballs and awkward landings.If youre watching the highlight embedded above -- a fairly unremarkable play (especially on his end) from last years National League Championship Series -- watch his back foot closely at the 0:37 mark:This is not how first basemen are taught to do it. Most will wedge their foot up against the flat face of the bag, peeling off just a sliver of the white canvas. The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball Manual (published in 1982) teaches first basemen to prop the back foot right up on the edge of one corner. See, for example, Joey Votto:or Eric Hosmer:Rizzo does it differently. He puts his foot all the way up on the pillow, maximizing the surface-to-surface contact.Watch him play first base for long and youll see that he considers the bag his property, just as he considers the inside corner and the first two rows of the Club Box his property. Instead of stretching for errant throws, he repositions his feet and reorients his body so that he can square the ball up, even at what sometimes seems to be incredible peril and total disrespect for the baserunner:Theres a reason first basemen dont do it this way. Believe me from experience, says Tommy Lyons, a first baseman who plays independent-league ball, a cleat to the cankle, or Achilles, is no joke. But there might also be a reason to do it: With a firm position on the bag, Rizzo has more room to move without losing contact with the base, an especially useful consideration now that replay reviews ensure the slightest disconnection will be noticed.Javier Baezs HuntingIn early September, Jesse Rogers wrote about Baezs tagging swagger, especially at second base:Baez said he learned a long time ago how to apply the quick tag. It began as simply waiting as long as possible before reacting to the ball in order to deke the runner. A quick catch and then tag was needed to complete the play. Soon enough, it became part of his DNA as a ballplayer.When I was little in Puerto Rico, they showed me how to get early to the bag and act like nothing was coming, then at the last minute, catch and tag, Baez said with a smile. It kind of forced me to be quick at the last second ... I just kept working at it and kept getting better and better at it.Theres nothing all that special about the tag in the highlight we embedded, but I love the force Baez uses. I love how he pursues the runner and almost spears him with the glove, knocking him all to pieces and having to go pick him up. Heck, Ill just say it: I love it as metaphor.Baez, more than anybody youll see this October, hunts after outs. There was a play this season where Baez was not assigned to cover second base on a stolen base attempt. The catchers throw was awful, so bad that Baez, backing the play up, couldnt get to it, and it went into center field. As the baserunner, Keon Broxton, got up and started to go to third, glancing to find the ball, Baez deked as though he had the ball. Its not uncommon to see middle infielders deke baserunners in situations like this, but Baez sales job was extraordinary: He smacked his glove, spun his whole body around, arm raised and cocked and ready to throw; he even started to run at the baserunner. It didnt work! Broxton saw the ball in center field and advanced to third. But Baez does that sort of thing all the time, cutting angles and anticipating daylight where he can steal an out.Indeed, its not even the quickness that most stands out to me about his tags. Well, maybe it is. But not exclusively that. Baez often doesnt do what you expect from the guy covering second base on a stolen base attempt -- he doesnt wait for the throw, catch it and lay it down in front of the bag where the runners fingers are stretching for safety. Rather, Baez reaches out in front of the bag to catch it and then drops the tag on the body or the head of the baserunner. He shaves a few feet off the catchers throw and he gives himself a bigger target to slam a tag onto. He puts himself in position to tag the most elevated part of the baserunners body, which is usually up the baseline -- where a foot-first sliders torso and head are, or where a headfirst-divers shoulders are elevated or his legs kicked up in the air. Like in this play, maybe my favorite Baez tag: Jonathan Villar is safe, by plenty, but you can see how Baez is 1) pulling the tag down before hes even caught it, 2) swiping it toward Villars rib cage, rather than putting it down in front of the bag and 3) taking that step forward so that his feet are now directly in front of the bag, blocking Villars hands from a direct path to second.Baez might be the most important part of the Cubs defense, moreso even than the Gold Glove-caliber shortstop Addison Russell. He is a superutility player who is not just passable but exceptional wherever he goes, which has led Cubs manager Joe Maddon to create what is essentially a defensive platoon -- a platoon based not on who is pitching for the other team, but who is pitching for the Cubs. Maddon puts Baez wherever he thinks the ball is going to be hit most often. So when Jon Lester starts Game 1 of the NLDS, theres a decent chance that Baez will be at third. Lester, the lone lefty in the Cubs rotation, faces nearly 80 percent right-handed batters, compared to 50 to 60 percent for the rest of the Cubs starters. Almost all batters tend to pull their ground balls, and thats especially true of right-handers facing Lester:Add to that Lesters trouble throwing to bases, which makes teams more likely to bunt against him, and which requires the third baseman to cover more ground. When Lester is on the mound, then, the question Maddon asks himself -- Where is Baez more likely to be hit to? -- is easy to answer.The straight-up defenseIn 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays?-- then managed by Maddon -- shifted more often than any other team, accounting for about 10 percent of all the shifts (on balls in play) in the majors, according to Baseball Info Solutions. In 2011, they led the majors again, and in 2012, and in 2013 Maddons Rays were second, just 40 shifts behind the Orioles.This year, with the Cubs, Maddon called for fewer shifts than any other manager, 50 fewer than the 29th-place Miami Marlins and almost 1,500 fewer than the Houston Astros. The Cubs accounted for just 1.4 percent of all shifts across the majors.So what changed Maddons mind about this seemingly progressive tactic? Maybe nothing. With the exception of 2014, when the Rays nearly doubled their shift frequency, Maddons teams have been fairly steady from year to year. Its the league that has changed around him:Maddon has been asked why he doesnt shift as much as he used to, and he usually doesnt say but I do. Why give away your strategies, after all. Instead, he offers answers that are not very convincing. For instance: He also said that while many lefties hit the ball in the air to right field, ground balls go to the left side, which makes shifting more dangerous. This is pretty much exactly wrong. Most hitters pull grounders and go to the opposite field on fly balls. But Maddons boss, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, offered an explanation that does make some sense: When you shift you risk turning hitters into better hitters than they otherwise would be. Youre opening up holes and encouraging good hitters to use the whole field. That is, by incentivizing hitters not to pull the ball, shifting defenses convince hitters to actually do the thing a lifetime of coaches have been telling them to do: stay back and use the whole field. (For a great case study on this, see Mike Moustakas, whose offensive breakout came when he started trying to thwart the shift -- not because he was hitting ground balls through vacated infield holes, but because he started banging hard line drives into left field.) Russell Carleton at Baseball Prospectus has found that, in aggregate, the leagues tens of thousands of shifts produce only a modest benefit, once all offensive outcomes are included in the results.So: Imagine you have 1,000 scratchers, and you know that in the aggregate they are going to win you $1,000. Does that mean each of them is going to be worth a buck? Of course not. A few will win a lot, a bunch will win a little, and the rest -- maybe most -- are going to be losers. If teams are putting on tens of thousands of shifts, and saving only a few dozen hits a year, it suggests that the most shiftable hitters -- your David Ortizes and your Ryan Howards -- really do produce fewer hits, but that the profit from the tactic tapers off. It suggests that teams might be overfitting the strategy, applying it to hitters for whom theres little point -- or worse. Teams, at least, that arent the Cubs.The Cubs do pretty well when they dont shift, which isnt surprising. They have Rizzos footwork, they have Baez hunting for outs and they have about a dozen other areas of defensive excellence, so theyre just good at making outs. While the leagues batters hit .299 against non-shifted defenses this year, they hit just .261 against the Cubs straight-up formation. While the league had a .797 OPS when there was no shift on generally, they had a .714 OPS when the Cubs didnt shift. Thirty-eight points of batting average, 83 points of OPS -- pretty good.But the Cubs do extraordinarily well when they do shift. The leagues .299 batting average against the shift drops all the way to .252 against the Cubs shift, and its .842 OPS (remember, better hitters are more likely to be shifted against) drops to .707 against the Cubs. Forty-seven points of batting average, 135 points of OPS. The Cubs defense is either extremely well-suited to shifts, or the Cubs field staff is extremely good at deciding which batters to shift, and when.In a sense, its the most banal highlight imaginable -- a ground ball fielded because the infield was lined up the same way Chance, Evers and Tinker did a century ago. But it doesnt take one of Maddons dress-up days for the Cubs to be worth watching closely. Nike Shox Clearance Sale .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. 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CANBERRA, Australia -- Nine Australians, including a government adviser, who were in a Malaysian jail for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes had now been arrested, the foreign minister said Wednesday.The nine have been in police custody since Sunday when they stripped down to Budgy Smuggler-brand swimsuits decorated with the Malaysian flag in full view of thousands of spectators at the Sepang race track Sunday after Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop dismissed reports by some in the Australian media that the mens exuberant display was just a lapse of judgment.It was clearly premeditated. They were wearing the Budgy Smugglers and had bought them in Australia, Bishop told Nine Network.Bishop said she had met Jack Walker, an adviser to Defense Industry Minister Chris Pyne, who was among the arrested men aged 25 to 29.Police say the men were being investigated for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace and public indecency.PPolice said the men face up to two years in jail, a fine or both if they are found guilty. Discount Nike Shox Shoes Online. Sydneys The Daily Telegraph newspaper dubbed the men the Budgie Nine, using a spelling variation of the abbreviated name of the budgerigar, a small Australian parrot. The name plays on nine Australians arrested in Indonesia for heroin trafficking in 2005 who became known as the Bali Nine.Dear humourless Malaysia. Free the Budgie Nine, a front page headline said.Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Tuesday that the mens decision to strip down was inappropriate and ill-advised.Youre in another nation, youve got to be careful in what you do, Joyce told reporters in Canberra. But Im sure -- well, Im hoping -- the Malaysians will understand that I dont think theres any real malice in it. Stupidity? Obviously. Malice? No.---Associated Press writer Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report. ' ' ' 
Defending champion Todd Frazier and current home run leader Mark Trumbo headline the participants in the 2016 Home Run Derby. Cheap Nike Shirts . The field was announced on Thursdays SportsCenter.The derby, which will take place Monday at San Diegos Petco Park, will follow the bracket format that began at last years event.?Matchups were seeded based on home run totals through Wednesdays games.Trumbo, the Orioles right fielder, leads the majors with 26 home runs and will be the derbys No. 1 seed. He will take on No. 8 seed Corey Seager, who has 17 homers with?the Los Angeles Dodgers?in his rookie season.Frazier, the White Soxs?third baseman, is the No. 2 seed this year and is second in the American League with 23 home runs. He will take on No. 7 seed Carlos Gonzalez, who has 18 homers this season with the Colorado Rockies.Frazier won last years derby, defeating the Dodgers Joc Pederson in the finals.In the other matchups, No. 4 seed Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners (20 homers) is paired with No. 5 seed Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins (19 homers), and No. 3 seed Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds (22 homers) matches up with No. 6 seed Wil Myers of the host?San Diego Padres (19 homers).The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. NFL Shirts Outlet . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation. Cheap Shirts For Sale . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. http://www.cheapshirtsfromchina.com/ . The showiest items on Calgarys lot were forwards Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Quayson Williams was 7 of 14 from beyond the arc to total 26 points and lead The Citadel to a dominating 119-90 win over NAIAs Truett-McConnell to give coach Duggar Baucom his 200th career win on Tuesday night.Frankie Johnson was 7 of 9 from the floor for 17 points, Warren Sledge added 15 and Brian White chipped in 13 for The Citadel (2-1). Zane Jajdawi had nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.Truett-McConnell stayed close, trailing 53-45 at the half, but the Bulldogs bbroke free in the second half, winning that period 66-45. Discount NFL Shirts. The Bears outshot the Bulldogs, hitting 47.1 percent from the floor, while The Citadel made 43.5 percent. However the Bulldogs nailed 15 of 48 from beyond the arc while limiting Truett-McConnell to 5 of 19 from long range.David Campbell Jr led the Bears with 18 points and Tylor Brown added 17. ' ' ' 
Gold Coast Titans have taken another step towards securing their first NRL finals berth in six years with a comfortable 26-6 victory over last-placed Newcastle at Hunter Stadium. Cheap Adidas Shoes Online China .The Titans consolidated eighth spot on the ladder with two games to play, against Penrith (home) and North Queensland (away), while extending the Knights club-record losing streak to 16. The Knights, now without a win in 133 days, remain anchored at the bottom of the ladder and are certain to finish last for the second successive season.The Knights were always at long odds to end their four-month losing streak but their chances were not enhanced by the late withdrawal of Jarrod Mullen (knee) and Saone Matautia (concussion).The only concern for the Titans came when Jarryd Hayne was helped off the pitch in the 65th minute after taking a head knock in a tackle involving fellow Fiji international Jacob Saifiti. Hayne, who took no further part in the match, had, however, played a mostly supporting role in his third game back in the NRL, taking a back seat to his forwards who scored all four tries for the Titans. Titans coach Neil Henry believes Hayne will be :OK to face the Panthers next week.Titans co-captain Ryan James, a controversial inclusion, crashed over twice in the first 20 minutes as the visitors raced to an 18-0 lead. He was considered fortunate to have been on the field, having been found guilty of a grade two careless high tackle that broke Wests Tigers fullback James Tedescos jaw. The fiery front-rower was cleared to play after the judiciary panel downgraded his charge to grade one.Former Queensland utility forward Chris McQueen then scored in the 16th minute as the Titans threatened to hand the Knights another thrashing on home turf, but home winger Nathan Ross responded with a 90-metre intercept try in the 28th minute, cutting the deficit to 18-6 at halftime.Titans prop Luke Douglas burrowed over from a quick tap to score in the 50th minute, extending the visitors lead to 24-6, then former Knights halfback Tyrone Roberts added a penalty goal five minutes from fulltime.After missing the past two games because of a knee injury, Roberts returned against his old club in place of regular playmaker Ash Taylor, who was rested to recover from several niggles.Titans coach Neil Henry said his side should have won more easily after building an early lead, but Knights coach Nathan Brown was pleased with his teams response after conceding three soft early tries.Weve struggled, as the scoreboard suggests, this year with getting 13-plus people on the bus at the same time, Brown said.But the fifth highest-paid player by the Knights today was Tyrone Roberts, so that sums up the situation were in at the minute, and thats why we are sitting where we are sitting. Cheap Adidas Shoes Free Shipping .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. Cheap Adidas Shoes From China . Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. http://www.cheapadidas.us/ . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn died Tuesday at his home in Akron, New York. He was 59.The Buffalo Sabres confirmed Dunns death Wednesday, though the cause of death was not immediately known.Dunn, from Boston, played 12 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Calgary and Hartford.He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977 to 1989. Dunn broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing thee 1989-90 season for the Sabres minor-league affiliate in Rochester. Cheap Adidas Shoes Online. He scored a career-best 49 points (seven goals, 42 assists) in 79 games with Buffalo in 1980-81Dunn was voted the American Hockey Leagues top defensive player in 1984-85 while playing for Hartfords farm team in Binghamton. He was a part of Rochesters Calder Cup-winning team in 1987. ' ' ' 
CHESTE, Spain -- Jorge Lorenzo of Spain won the season-ending Valencia Moto Grand Prix on Sunday, ending a 12-race winless streak in his final event before switching from Yamaha to rival Ducati. Hunter Renfroe Jersey .Lorenzo won from pole position, finishing ahead of champion Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi. The three-time champion, who hadnt won since the Italian GP in May, will be joining Ducati next year after nine seasons with Yamaha.This was my final gift to Yamaha, Lorenzo said.Marquez, who was crowned world champion two races ago, finished only a second behind Lorenzo after recovering from a poor start that dropped him from second to seventh by the first turn at the Valencia track in southern Spain.The biggest problem of the race was the start, I lost a lot of positions, Marquez said. But then it wasnt so difficult to overtake. I tried to stay calm and attack. With a couple more laps maybe I could have made the pass for the win.Lorenzo, in his 250th grand prix start, said he worried about losing the victory toward the end.I suffered those last 10 laps, he said. I knew he (Marquez) was attacking so I was pushing to the limit.Rossi, who finished second in the riders championship, ahead of Lorenzo, attracted most of the attention a few hours before the race when a video released on social media showed him using his left foot to shove a woman out of his way while he rode a non-racing motorcycle in the paddock.Dani Pedrosa fell out of contention after losing control of his bike and falling while running seventh early in the race.Johann Zarco won the Moto2 finale, while Brad Binder rallied from 22nd to secure victory in the season-ending event in Moto3. Zarco and Binder had already secured the titles in their respective series. Trevor Hoffman Jersey . 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Ben Youngs insists George Fords accelerating development means the England fly-half is pulling the strings like a veteran international.Fords vision and range of passing was imprinted all over Saturdays 58-15 victory against Fiji as the Grand Slam champions amassed nine tries to extend their winning run to 12 Tests, 11 of them secured under Eddie Jones.While the 23-year-olds goalkicking remains a concern after missing two of three conversions once Owen Farrell had left the field, the assured timing of his distribution identified him as the undisputed ringmaster at Twickenham.Jones views Saturdays man of the match as a rare talent, declaring that his alignment on phase ball was absolutely outstanding, the best I have seen for a long time, and his half-back partner Youngs was equally impressed.George plays far beyond his years in terms of his rugby knowledge and how he plays the game, Leicester scrum-half Youngs said. It was another performance in which he looks 28 or 29 and as if hes been playing for years.Hell continue to grow and the exciting thing is theres way more to come because hes still only a young guy. George puts people into space, gives them time on the ball and makes the right decisions at the line. He knows how to play flat and how to play deep.This game was another example of how he gives the ball at the right time, giving guys one-on-one collisions and then pulling it out the back to guys like Elliot Daly so that they can do their thing.Its the right thing at the right time when under the microscope. It was an incredible performance from him and hes going from strength to strength.Fiji were repeatedly opened up by Fords ability to pick the correct pass as they slipped to a record defeat in the fixture and Youngs believes the challenge now facing the Bath playmaker is to develop his own running game.For him the next thing is to be able to actually take the line on, Youngs said. Its about being confident to transfer that froom club to international level. Johnny Manziel Jersey. This game wasnt a day where he could do that, but he automatically attracts defenders which creates space for other guys.You have split seconds to make decisions and he makes those decisions look incredibly easy. And then he has to execute the pass as well. Hes patient....waiting and waiting and then boom, theres a pass over the top and Semesa Rokoduguni walks in.Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph and Joe Launchbury scored two tries each as the outclassed Fijians were put to the sword, but the performance was not without its flaws as England leaked three soft tries either side of half-time.We could probably be a bit more ruthless when we get chances because we left a few out there - it could have been 12 or 13 tries, Youngs said. The tries we conceded were annoying and we should have done better in holding them out. How to keep our intensity and foot on the throat is a lesson for us.Theres certainly more to come and thats exciting, we just need to iron out certain areas.Emphatic victories over South Africa and now Fiji have left England on course for an unblemished year that continues with Argentinas visit to Twickenham next weekend before concluding against Australia on December 3.The Pumas finished bottom of the Rugby Championship, although Jones views them as the second best team in this years competition, and Youngs is wary of their threat despite their 19-16 loss to Scotland on Saturday.Ive watched them closely in the Rugby Championship. Theyre exciting and theyve changed their style from scrum, maul and kick to becoming an adaptable side, Youngs added.They move the ball a lot and at times we got caught by Fiji so they will be looking at that and thinking they can exploit us. Theyre a physical, fast, expansive team with the ability to use a tight game if they need to. ' ' ' 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Shohei Ohtani Jersey . -- The Oakland Athletics dread facing left-handed pitchers.The As have lost 18 of their past 24 games in which the opposing club starts a left-hander. They are 15-23, a .395 winning percentage, the worst in the majors when opponents start a southpaw.The As will see one of the best left-handers in the American League Tuesday night when the Kansas City Royals will start Danny Duffy, who is 11-2 with a 3.13 ERA, while striking out a team-leading 167 in 155 1/3 innings. He has struck out 10 or more in three games, including fanning 10 Minnesota Twins with no walks in six innings in his previous start, a no-decision.Duffy is undefeated in five career outings, four of them starts, against Oakland. He is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA vs. Oakland, working one scoreless inning in relief on April 16.Plus Duffy is undefeated at Kauffman Stadium this year, 6-0 with a 3.38 ERA. His last home loss was Sept. 5, 2015. Duffys seven victories since the All-Star break are tied for the second most in the majors, despite not winning since Aug. 21.Duffy has held left-handed hitters to a .177 batting average, which is first among AL pitchers who have faced at least 100 lefty swingers.The Royals are desperate for a victory to keep in the American League playoff race. They are four games in arrears in the AL wild-card standings with 19 games remaining. Plus they must climb over five teams to get to the second wild-card rung, a formidable challenge.It means were playing meaningful games, Royals manager Ned Yost said. We still feel like were in it. It makes the season more exciting than when youre not in it and its great for the fans.It was not exciting for the Royals players or great for the fans on Monday night, as the last-place As thrashed the Royals 16-3. Six Royals pitchers combined to not only give up 17 hits, an As season high, but also walked 10. Two of the hits were a pair of three-run homers to Khris Davis and Marcus Semien.Its great to have a game like that, As manager Bob Melvin said.Yost said it is easy to forget a game like that.These games are easy to turn the page, a lot tougher than losing a one-run game or a game in extra innings, Yost said. We just got beat. We didnt play good; we didnt pitch good and we got beat.The As will start right-hander Jharel Cotton, who limited the Los Angeles Angels to one run and two hits over 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut Wednesday. He struck out three and walked two. Cotton is one of the three players the As received from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill. In six starts with Triple-A Nashville, Cotton went 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA. Overall, with Nashville and Oklahoma City, he was 11-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 28 games, 22 of them starts. He led the Pacific Coast League with a career-high 155 strikeouts. Garrett Richards Jersey .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Andrelton Simmons Jersey . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. http://www.angelsteamshop.com/Angels-Huston-Street-Kids-Jersey/ . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends.Owner Rich Ricci has admitted the death of Vautour could see Douvan take a different route this season. Douvan is unbeaten since joining Willie Mullins and has won at the last two Cheltenham Festivals.He has yet to run over further than two miles and a furlong, but has been entered in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day - a race in which Vautour finished second last year - and could now be asked to step up in trip. I would say that before any of this happened (the death of Vautour) this weekend, we would have said wed stay over two miles this year and maybe step him (Douvan) up in trip next year, Ricci told At The Races.We will have to see. He would need a run before he goes and does that. Hes onlyy a second-season novice so its a big ask. Custom Los Angeles Angels Jerseys. I think clearly hes a Champion Chase contender and well have to see how the season pans out.But I would say right now we will stick to two miles and maybe step up in trip for something like the King George, but the Cheltenham target would most likely be the Champion Chase.Start a free one month trial of Racing UK and watch EVERY RACE LIVE in stunning HD from over 40 meetings. Visit racinguk.com/freetrial to start yours now. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports £10 completely free bet! ' ' ' 
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The Pirates got a mammoth home run from Garrett Jones that travelled an estimated 463 feet and became just the second ball to land in the Allegheny River on the fly. That blast sent the game into extra innings. Then, ex-Jay Travis Snider singled home the winning run in walk-off style in the 11th. The Blue Jays bullpen and the Pirates pen were both outstanding. Six Blue Jays relievers gave up just two singles in nine scoreless innings in relief of Ortiz. Pittsburghs pen was equally good against the Reds, as five of their relievers combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings after picking up for Gomez. At the end of the day, the Pirates were still tied for second with Cincinnati in the NL Central, with each club sitting at 35-22 and each holding a Wild Card position. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are still wallowing in last place in the AL East at 24-33, and they are eight games behind Baltimore for the second Wild Card slot with over a third of the season gone. The Blue Jays have out-homered Pittsburgh 72-55 and outscored them by 40 runs - 254 to 214. In fact, the Pirates offensive numbers are just this side of abysmal. They are 22nd in the Majors in runs scored, 25th in batting average, 23rd in on base percentage and 23rd in slugging percentage. The Jays bullpen has been a strength on the team this season, but the Pirates has been even better. Jason Grilli, getting his first real chance to close in his mid-30s, has an incredible 22 saves. The set-up man, Mark Melancon, who came over from Boston in the deal for the Pirates old closer, Joel Hanrahan (whos injured and out for the season), has a 0.93 earned run average. The Pirates pitchers as a whole have a glittering 3.12 ERA and have the second most strikeouts in the Majors. Yet, the Pirates rotation doesnt blow you away with big names. While the Blue Jays added the likes of R.A Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in the offseason, the Pirates went the bargain basement route and picked up Francisco Liriano, Jeanmar Gomez and Francisco Liriano and were paid dividends with the continued devotement of lefty Jeff Locke, who came over in a June 3rd, 2009 deal with Atlanta, along with Gorkys Hernandez and Charlie Morton for outfielder Nate McLouth, whos now with Baltimore. Locke is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA. You can point to the Blue Jays starting rotation, where only Dickey and Buehrle have avoided time on the DL this season and says the club has been ravaged by injuries, for the 2nd year running. However the Pirates have problems with their rotation as well. Jonathan Sanchez, was a disaster out of the gate. He went (0-3) and was cut loose. Liriano got a late start after breaking his arm around Christmas time, while pranking his kids in a stunt that went awry. James McDonald is on the DL and rehabbing a shoulder injury and now Jeanmar Gomez has the same sort of forearm issue thats put Brandon Morrow on the disable list for the Blue Jays. There are those who suggest the Pirates are doing it with smoke and mirrors. They point to the clubs record at the mid-point of the last two seasons, 47-43 in 2011 and 48-37 in 2012, and the subsequent collapses in the second halves of both seasons as evidence it will happen again this year. The critics may be right, but the Buccos ERA at this point is about a third of a run better than it was mid-way through last season - 3.12 to 4.47 - and if anything, they should be battle-hardened by whats happened the last two seasons. The Giants, Washington and maybe even Colorado all have the talent to take a run at Pittsburgh, but there just seems to be something special about this team; a team that hasnt finished about .500 or in the postseason since 1992. The Blue Jays, sitting nine games under .500, will have to go 16-10 or 17-9 in June to have any hope of getting back into the Wild Card hunt in the American League. Ortiz is on his way to Florida to get an MRI on his elbow. If this is indeed the end of his Major League career, it ended on an unusual note. In the second inning against the Padres, he gave up a three-run homer to Padres starter Edinson Volquez. It was the first home run of Volquezs career and the first-round tripper ever given up by Ortiz to a pitcher in 3-3 career games. The Blue Jays are 5-4 in inter-league play so far, 3-1 at home and 2-3 on the road under, heading into a two-game set with the Giants starting Tuesday night at San Francisco. Josh Johnson returns from his rehab stint to make the start in the series open. Johnson is still in search of his first victory as a member of the Blue Jays. Nike Dunks For Sale Online . 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Each week, though, impacts how the 12 members of the selection committee will view each résumé to determine the first ranking on Nov. 1.Heres a look at whose stock improved in Week 7, and whose dropped:STOCK UPWest Virginia: The Mountaineers were facing some skepticism after four straight home wins against unranked opponents, but went a long way in validating their position as a contender for the Big 12 title with an impressive road win at Texas Tech. The Mountaineers improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2012 and found a way to slow the Texas Tech offense. West Virginia held the Red Raiders to just 17 points -- their fewest in a game over the past two seasons -- and Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes failed to throw multiple passing touchdowns for the first time this season.Alabama: In their second straight road win over a ranked SEC team, the Tide somehow looked even better in their win over Tennessee. It was the most complete game theyve played to date, and this time the secondary showed improvement, adding to another outstanding overall defensive performance. Alabama held Tennessee to 163 yards, returned an interception for a TD, had three sacks and 10 tackles for loss, and stifled quarterback Joshua Dobbs.Big Ten West: Wisconsin was a highlight even in defeat, pushing No. 2 Ohio State to overtime, but the Badgers now need help to win the division as Nebraska is still undefeated. The Cornhuskers escaped a tricky Indiana team, but overall it was a good day for the entire division. Minnesota won. Iowa won. Northwestern won. Even Illinois won. Every team in the division but Purdue and Wisconsin won this weekend.Group of 5: It was another good weekend for both Boise State and Western Michigan, two teams that are still undefeated and in contention for a New Years Six Bowl as the highest-ranked Group of 5 conference champion. Western Michigan, ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this week for the first time in school history, beat Akron 41-0 and is the front-runner in the MAC. Boise State beat Colorado State and remains the team to beat in the Mountain West. Houston survived a scare from Tulsa, but still needs Navy to lose twice to win the AAC West Division.STOCK DOWNACC Coastal: Now that every team in the Coastal Division has at leasst two overall losses, the ACC and its fans should hope theres NOT an upset in the title game. Discount Nike Dunk. Its one thing to have a one-loss Virginia Tech or Miami run the table and upend the Tigers in the title game, but its another to have a two-loss league champ with a weak strength of schedule as the leagues top team. One week after beating North Carolina on the road, Virginia Tech lost to Syracuse on Saturday. Meanwhile, Miami followed its one-point loss to Florida State with a home loss to North Carolina. Wait, what? The Coastal chaos is in full swing, leaving the division up for grabs and without an elite team.SEC East: Much like the ACCs Coastal Division, the SEC should hope there isnt an upset in its conference title game, because its extremely likely the winner of the East will have two losses. Florida is the only team left in the division with just one overall loss, but the Gators still have to play at Arkansas and at LSU. Tennessee already has two losses, but the Vols own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Florida. Neither team looks capable of pulling of an epic upset in the SEC title game, but the entire East has fallen over the past two weeks along with Tennessee. And thats not even mentioning Georgia, which lost to Vandy.Clemson offense: The Tigers lost three fumbles in NC State territory, and quarterback Deshaun Watson threw the first pick-six of his career in what was a too-close-for-comfort win in Death Valley. Florida State in 2014 taught us that winning convincingly matters to a point (no pun intended). An undefeated ACC champ should be in, even if it hasnt dominated lesser opponents. But dont assume a perfect record means No. 1. Clemsons offense will have to be more efficient on Oct. 29, when it travels to Florida State -- if the Tigers want to finish undefeated, theyre going to have to stop turning the ball over. But an ugly win is still a good win for Clemson, and its worth noting that even a loss in Tallahassee wont keep the Tigers out of the ACC championship game. Even a one-loss ACC champ would likely still get in the CFP.Ole Miss: The Rebels have officially been eliminated from the national spotlight. After losing to Florida State and Alabama, the Rebels were a long shot to win the SEC West, but they were clinging to hope -- until they lost to Arkansas. ' ' ' 
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