t described the pitfalls as ‘nightclubs, alcohol a


center fielder posted a rare hitless performance Thursday against the Astros, going 0 for 3 and failing to record a hit for just the second time in his past 16 Grapeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: “Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the tiain the best team in the country.Juve n their battle with Inter Milan for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Mirror says United could be set for a boost in their hopes of signing Eriksen, as Inter Milan consider pulling out of a deal.The Italian club are interested in signing Totare top of the table after defeating Inter Milan in the last game before the coronavirus suspension.“Juventus are still the best of all, and they don’t fail in these kinds of matches,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetme. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aefruit League games. The goose egg drops Upton’s spring line to .347/.342/.507, and a fourth-inning strikeout gives him a 14:0 K:BB ratio this spring.

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I think the Fantasy owners who are willing to gamble on first baseman  on Draft Day will be rewarded in 2013.

He homered for the second time in as many games Sunday, running his spring total to three in 13 games. He also has 11 RBI and is batting .282 (11 for 39). And let’s not forget what he did in his limited time with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Morneau hit .636 (7 for 11) with three doubles, three RBI and four runs in three games.

Durability issues have been a problem for Morneau since 2009 and have hurt his Fantasy appeal. Though, you have to be encouraged with the way Morneau is playing this spring after his strong finish to the 2012 season. Morneau hit .296 with a .356 OBP and .800 OPS in his last 78 games. The only thing lacking was his power numbers (nine home runs and 14 doublg world-class talent, says the Football Association’s Kelly Simmons, reports BBC Sport.English top-flight sides are currently permitted to spend 40% of their turnover on wages, under FA rules.The USA’s NWSL has upped its salary cap by nearly 20% to $es in that span), which is obviously a key category for FantasBury, it has been revealed.Kenwright offered £1million of his own money to help save the doomed League One club.The out-of-the-blue offer from the 74-year-old was made over a phone call between Kenwright and English Football League boss Debbie Jevany f has denied suggestions the winter break has affected their form after a scratchy win over West Ham.With a narrow victory over rock-bottom Norwich City and defeat to Atletico Madrid having preceded last night’s result, Liverpool have struggled to reairst basemen. 

It’s tough to put Morneau up there with the elite Fantasy options because of his health concerns and the numbers of burgeoning options at first base, but I think Fantasy owners will be happy with Morneau’s production in 2013, if he can stay healthy.

Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims on opening day


On April 1 at Yankee Stadium, the and will team up to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Wall Street Journal :

Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a momentnce Leroy Sane about a move.Bayern powerbrokers have confirmed plans to sign the Germany international from Manchester City.And Rummenigge said, “I cannot answer that seriously today. But one must not forget that he has a two-year contract and Manche of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-fnandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesield scoreboard.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

The Yankees will also host “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” on July 7.

This is obviously a commendable gesture on the part of these two long-time rivals.

For mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tmore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Marlins second baseman went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Friday, upping his spring batting average to .526. Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.Aas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier LeaD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close termhe again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we ns for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.He also has three RBI and five runs scored in seven games.

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A’s infielder played his second game of the spring on Sunday against the Angels. He went 0 for 1 with a walk and an RBI, making him 1 for 3 with two walks thus far. After missing last season due to a touthampton.The midfielder is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal this week.”The best thing for me would be to stay here, but I don’t close the door on any club, or any country. I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see worn ACL, Sizemore, who is competing for the starting job at second base, told .com that he glad to be playing in games again. “I’d say I’m still more comfortable at second than anywhere else,” Sizemore said. “It felt real good to get out there to just run around different situations, be in differ City striker Gabriel Jesus has cooled talk of a move to Bayern Munich.BILD reports Bayern turned down the chance to sign the Brazilian over the summer.The report states City were unwilling to part with Leroy Sane, offering Gabriel instead in a dealrent places, have different st Brom whizkid Louie Barry is finally set to make his debut for Barcelona’s Juvenil A (U19s).The team this weekend will meet San Francisco after receiving international clearance from FIFA. Sport says Barcelona confirmed the signing of Barry from Weresponsibilities, all the stuff that you don’t really practice until you’re in a game. It felt good to be out in a game for the first time in awhile. It’s nice to have your body do what it’s used to doing.”

Rockies, Dexter Fowler avoid arbitration with two-year contract


The and outfielder have agreed to a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the club announced Monday. The contract will pay Fowler $11.6 million, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

Fowler, 26, had a career year in 2012. The switch-hitter had a .300/.389/.474 (117 OPS+) line wdgers was delighted with their 2-1 win at West Ham.Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for the Foxes and, while Pablo Fornals levelled before the break, Demarai Gray recovered from an early penalty miss to win it in the second half.”It”s a really gith 13 home runs and 11 tmpton failed with a bid for Wolfsburg defender Felix Uduokhai earlier this month, it has been revealed.Saints landed Kevin Danso from Augsburg in the final hours of the Premier League transfer window – but not before an attempt was made for Uduokhai.riples in his fourth full season as a major leaguer. 

Fowler was arbitration-elirweireld has denied any unrest in the dressing room.Spurs have endured a disappointing start to the season, culminating in a humiliating 7-2 home loss to Bayern Munich.The Champions League group stage defeat has prompted much soul searching among thegible as a Super 2 player last season and earned a $2.35 million contract. When his new contract expires following the 2014 season, Fowler will be arbitration-eligible for one final season.

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MLB.com reports Cardinals outfielder said Sunday the shoulder strain that plagtegui is eager to work in England next season.Currently a free agent, Lopetegui has had his agents circulate his name around the Premier League and major clubs in the Championship.The former Porto coach lost his job at Real before Christmas after beiued him in 2012 is no longer an issue and he declared himself “100 percent.” Jay said he was able to perform a normal workout program this offseason after team doctors c plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United wer’s loving the relegation battle.Villa travel to Watford today for the third of their crucial Christmas fixtures. Smith said: “I, perversely, quite enjoy it. I’d rather be fourth in the league and have that pressure but, being third bottom, let’s go ae languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpoleared him before heading home for the winter.

Cashman: Yankees ‘have more work to do’


The are still looking to make moves, to George A. King III of the New York Post. 

General manager Brian Cashman admitted the team is looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder and another player who can fill the DH role. He doesn’t feel as if he has to move quickly, though, saying a number of impact players have signed in January in recent seasons. 

The team had contacted outfielder earlier in the offseason, but the 32-year-old outfielder is likely seeking a two-year deal. The Yankees are not likely to give him that type of deal, according to King. King also mentioned that if the team wants outfielder back, they probably can’t wait until January. Ibanez has drawn interest from the Rangers and could make a decision soon about where he will play. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Watford have sent summer signing Filip Stuparevic to the Czech Republic.The striker was signed from Vozdovac at the end of last season.And the Hornets have sent him on-loan to the top flight in thetough to handle.Matic was coached by his father as a junior player.He recalled to Blic: “Mum and Dad took me to training and matches. My dad was a coach for three years and I hated it! It was a nightmare. It was very difficult with him, because even Czech Republic. His transfer to Pribrabeyond the Bundesliga outfit.Nagelsmann has been linked with Barcelona as an eventual successor to Ernesto Valverde.And he told ZDF: “I have said many times, Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. “But this is not the only club that is attrm is now official.Stuparevic, 19, is a Serbia U21 international.Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

ver Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit


hton have received a huge boost after the initial take up of new season ticket holders.More than 92% of supporters have already opted to renew, compared with a final figure of 93% at the end of last season.In recent years, the renewal rate peaked fol

MLB.com reports that the Cubs re-signed reliever to a one-year deal Monday. Camp will earn $1.35 million plus up to another $200,000 in incentives. The 37-year-old pitched in a career-high 80 games in 2012, going 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA and tstle United midfielder Matt Ritchie says Miguel Almiron and Joelinton’s attacking partnership will excite Too on-loan with Killie this season.“The person who deals with players on loan from Liverpool came up to watch me when we played Hearts away,” he told the Kilmarnock Standard.“He said I was good, he said I was defensively decent and going forward I n fans.Ritchie believes the signs are there that Joelinton and Almiron’s combination will be a success.”I thought Miguel and Joe were a real wo saves.

Will Mariano Rivera have to take a pay cut?


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Two years ago, Derek Jeter was the legend involved in a contentious negotiation with the team, while Mariano Rivera quickly and quietly signed a two-year deal. Things might be different this time around.

, the Yankees himself an important player at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this season.The Colombian was expected to leave all summer, but he’s still at the club.”I hope this is my season at Real Madrid,” he told the El Chiringuito programme when discussing his swill ask the all-time saves leader to take a pay cut for 2013. Rivera made $15 million in 2012, but one Yankees official tells Klapisch “there’s just no way,” the Yankees would give him another guaranteed $15 million coming off of a major knee surgery that cost him most of the season. The team would likely add performance clauses to his contract that could pay him at least $15 million.

Rivera will turn 43 next month and has . There’s little to no chance Rivera pitches anywhere else in 2013, but it will still be entertaining to watch the negotiations between the Yankees and tus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, ptheir iconic closer.

The rre-Emerick Aubameyang.It emerged earlier this week that preparations are already underway for the Gabon international to move to BarcelonaSome of his relatives have relocated and been living in a coastal town near Barcelona for several months, so fuYankees made a qualifying offer to right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano, who declined a $14-million option for 2013. Soriano served as the team’s closer in Rivera’s absence in 2012, recording 42 saves. Soriano led the American League with 45 saves with the Rays in 2010 before signing with the Yankees as Rivera’s setup man before the 2011 season.

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R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young season among best knuckleball seasons ever


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became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Dickey, 38, may have had the best season of any pitcher in the National League, but was it the best season ever by a knuckleballer? It was maybe the most unique, as few knuckleballers struck out batters at the rate Dickey did in 2012. Dickey recorded a l understand they can’t turn things around overnight.Solskjaer says he’s made it plain to the United top brass that putting a club now on its fourth permanent manager since last winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2012-13 retirement season back oeague-best 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings, while walking just 54 — good for a strikeout-to-walk ration of 4.26. That strikeout ability combined with the low number of walks (54), put Dickey in a unique class of controlling the game’s most unpredictable pitch.

But Dickey’s not the first player to dominate the big leagues with the knuckleball; he’s just the latest. In 1919, White Sox right-hander Eddie Cicotte, credited by many as inventing the pitch, was 29-7, throwing al eague-leading 306 2/3 innings, 30 complete games and putting up an ERA of 1.82 and 0.995 WHIP. That was two years after leading the league with a 1.53 ERA and a 28-12 record. Of course, Cicotte is better remembered for his 1919 postseason than his 1919 regular season.

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro twice finished in the top three of Cy Young voting, finishing second in 1969 when he went 23-12 with a 2.56 and third in 1974 when he went 20-13 with a 2.38 ERA.

Left-handed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood finished in the top three in Cy Young votingo play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everything from 1971-73. His best season among those may have been 1971, when he went 24-17 with a 2.51 ERA, finishing third in Cy Young voting and nine in the MVP.

Here are some of the other best seasons by knuckleballers, sorted by ERA+, which adjusts the ERA according to the rest of the league and a pitchers’ ballpark (with the average set at 100):

Best seasons by knuckleball pitchersSorted by ERA+Player, YearW-LERAWHIPSO/9SO/BBWilbur Wood, 197122-131.911.0005.73.39Phil Niekro, 196711-91.871.0585.62.35Eddie Cicotte, 191929-71.820.9953.22.24Eddie Cicotte, 191728-121.530ow with the news that Ciaran Clark is out for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old is also going to miss his country Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia.He suffered a serious injury against Arsenal, hurting his ankle.Now it has.9123.92.14Hoyt Wilhelm, 195915-112.191.1285.51.81Ted Lyons, 194214-62.101.0702.51.92Tim Wakefield, 199516-82.951.1835.51.75Phil Niekro, 197420-132.381.1155.82.22Tom Candiotti, 199113-132.651.1556.32.29Jesse Haines, 192724-102.721.1642.71.16Dutch Leonard, 194517-72.131.1254.02.74Roger Wolff, 194520-102.121.0123.92.04Bob Purkey, 196223-52.811.1244.42.20Phil Niekro, 196923-132.561.0276.13.39R.A. Dickey, 201220-62.731.0538.94.26Joe Niekro, 198217-122.471.0674.32.03

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The Giant at-bat that changed Game 1


SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval did much of the damage for the Giants as they roared off to a rousing start in this World Series, but hitting coach Hensley Meulens called Marco Scutaro’s third-inning at-bat the biggest of the game.It came during a tough sequence for Tigers ace Justin Verlander in which, with two out, Angel Pagan battled Verlander for eight pitches before poking a double off of the third-base bag, and Scutaro battled Verlander for another eight pitches before rapping an RBI single to make it 2-0.Had Verlander been able to beat either Pagan or Scutaro, the inning would have ended before Sandoval cracked his second homer.

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Verlander had Pagan in a 1 and 2 hole, but the pesky Pagan fouled off five pitches during the at-bat.Then, S Ronaldo to be at the top of his game for Juventus in their Champions League clash.Ronaldo is set to appear for Juve for the first time since being hooked in victory over AC Milan a fortnight ago.Simeone said, “Cristiano is a champion, he is number ocutaro.”I was battling,” the Giants’ unlikely October star said. “I was just telling myself to see the ball.”He’s a guy who is a power pitcher, knows how to pitch and can throw any pitch at any time. He was throwing me two-seamers hard, sliders, curves. Fortunately, he threw me a slider at 3 and 2 that he hung over the plate.”With Pagan on second and two out, Verlander started Scutaro with a blazing 96 mph four-seamer for a ball, then followed that with another that Scutaro fouled off.Then came a slow curve, 82, for another ball, followed by another curve, this one at 83, for a called strike.Next, Verlander threw a big curve in the dirt for a ball to fall beh-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more expind 3 and 2.That, Scutaro said, was the key pitch of the entire at-batdan in the coming days.The Dutch teen will quit Chelsea for a €2.5m fee, says Kicker.Redan will move to Hertha initially as an U19 player, though is expected to be fast-tracked through the U23s to the first team this season.In 51 matches for Hollan.”He threw that big curve, and it was like, boom, boom … it was a 12 to 6, and it was sharp,” Scutaro said. “It was so nasty, I couldn’t even swing at it. It was down. It was a great pitch.”Had it stayed in the strike zone, it would have been an even greater pitch for Verlander, because it would have been strike three and he would have been out of the inning with the score still 1-0 in San Francisco’s favor.Instead, it was ball three.Now, Scutaro was thinking one thing.”Just see the ball and make contact,” he said.Here is where he fought off consecutive 98 mph fastballs, fouling both of them away.Then came a slider that Scutaro could handle. He scorched it up the middle, sending Pagan home and bringing Sandoval to the plate.The game had changed. Verlander now was living on borrowed time.He’s tough to hit,” Scutaro said. “I guess his command was not good tonight, but his stuff was unbelievable.”

Baseball’s new playoff format gets rude welcome with infield fly chaos in Atlanta


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ATLANTA – The questionable call came out of left field, as the clutch-as-can-be remained alive while the great Braves star ‘ magical Hall-of-Fame career ended in a defeat. The game featured three Braves errors (one by Chipper), a debris delay courtesy of an unruly crowd, a quickly denied protest and a whole lot more controversy than hoped or bargained for.

The game surely lived up to its name as the first ever one-game, do-or-die wild-card playoff.

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The new format was intended to trigger excitement. But what baseball got instead was unwanted controversy.

A surprise infield fly call curtailed a late Braves rally, upsetting the Braves and especially their fans, some of whom put down their foam tomahawks long enough to hurl beer cans and half-filled airplane-style bottles onto left field to protest the call that aided the World Champion Cardinals, who reached the Division Series with their 6-3 victory.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez argued vehemently after the unexpected call came just as Cardinals rookie shortstop backed away from the ball after presumably thinking left fielder was about to catch it, letting it fall. Gonzalez immediately protested the call, but MLB VP Joe Torre quickly denUnited.The Daily Star says United are set to give on-loan forward Sanchez another chance to prove himself at the club.Sanchez joined Serie A club Inter Milan on a season-long loan during the summer after a nightmare 18 months at Old Trafford.Althoughied the protest, explaining that judgment calls can’t be overturned.

Gonzalez suggested afterward he doubted the call was correct, saying, “I thought the shortstop went a long, long, long way out.” Gonzalez also wondered how routine the play was considering the conditions, including crowd noise (and Kozma did indeed miss the ball).

The call was a killer, as it removed the batter, rookie , from first base, and instead of the bases being loaded with one out in the eighth inning, the Braves were left with runners at second and third and two out. The rally later died completely when Cardinals closer struck out with the bases loaded.

The call was crucial, but the Braves handled defeat professionally. They mostly focused on errors by three of their sure-handed infielders and their own missed opportunities, not the umpire’s possible error.

“Ultimately, when we look back at the loss,” a melancholy Jones said, “we need to look in the mirror.”

Left field umpire Sam Holbrook maintained that the other five umpires all agreed that his call was correct, and he felt reassured after watching the replay. Maybe so, but the infield fly rule was installed to protect the baserunners, and it’s a bit difficult to imagine Kozma was about to let that ball that was halfway between him and Holliday purposely drop to fool either of the two baserunners. He did appear to be camping under it before he inexplicably pulled away.

The call seemed pretty iffy here. So credit goes to the Braves for handling the difficult defeat as well as they did. When that observation was made to the Braves’ Michael Bourn, he pointed out that reporters missed the “cooling off period” when Braves players weren’t nearly so cool.

Jones, as honest as could be right ’til the very end, called the play a “gray area,” appearing to give the umpires significant rope when everyone in the stands was sure they were wrong (no surprise there). There was a 19-minute debris delay to clear the field of garbage while the Cards filede announced plans for a new stadium.The Milan giants want to demolish the San Siro and build a new ground next to the site.”We’ll have a new San Siro next to the old one, in the same area as the concession,” Diavolo patron Paolo Scaroni told ANSA.“ toward the dugout in their own “cooling off” time (for the fans).

The Braves’ talk, at least by the time the reporters got into the clubhouse, was mostly about how their own mistakes killed them.

“The one call isn’t the thing that determined the whole thing,” Bourn said.

Like Jones, Bourn opted for the mirror. “That wasn’t us out there tonight,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing the game right. Tonight, we just didn’t have it going.”

Even starting pitcher , unbeatable as a starter going back to last year, wasn’t quite himself. The Braves had won 23 straight starts of his, but he took the loss, allowing five runs, two of them earned. He had allowed only 11 runs in 12 starts this year.

Medlen wasn’t as perfect as usual, but he wasn’t to blame, either. Jones made a throwing error that led to two unearned runs in a three-run fourth inning. Second baseman and Simmons both made errors, a shock considering the Braves led the National League in defense for 162 games. The Cardinals, a team of capitalizers, didn’t miss their chance to take advantage.

The Cardinals are making a habit of winning the close ones. Last year they survived four elimination games in the playoffs after reaching the postseason by one game with a late run, before finally winning the World Series in seven games. This year, they won the second wild-card spot, finishing six games behind tNelson Oliveira has cut ties with Norwich City.Norwich have announced the departure of striker Oliveira.He has joined Greek side AEK Athens on a permanent deal.The 27-year-old netted 20 goals in 70 appearances for the Canaries.he Braves while losing five of six to in the regular season.

Matt Holliday — who homered, singled, and was on base four times including once on the Jones error that could have been a double-play ball — chalked up their success to extended experience in “high intensity, winner-take-all” type games.

Of course, Holliday concluded, “I think it’s taking years off my life.”

To say nothing about how the Braves feel.

Jones felt responsible. “Unfortunately, the three errors cost us the ballgame, mine probably being the biggest.”

There was a lot of lamenting in Atlanta’s clubhouse. Some fans and observers may cry that it isn’t fair that the Braves, six games better than the Cardinals during the regular season, are out after one game. And Gonzalez wondered if the system might be “tweaked” next year. The answer is no, by the way.

Many of the Braves seemed a bit stunned that it was truly the end.

“It hasn’t even sunk in that our season’s over and Chipper’s career is over,” said , the surprise starter at catcher whose two-run home run gave the Braves a brief 2-0 lead.

“I don’t know if I’m sad or pissed,” Ross also said. “I don’t even know what emotion I have.”

The Braves fans weren’t nearly so conflicted. They figured the garbage they threw reflected the call that ended a very nice season.


Perpetually unheralded Ben Zobrist still getting it done for Rays


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The are surging toward the playoffs once again, having won eight straight games. It’s gonna be tough to make the postseason, as they Orlando City, could sell the club in 2022 when he turns 50 in order to focus on philanthropic efforts, reports, /.The Brazilian businessman, 47, has told Estadão, a São Paulo daily newspaper, that he intends to sell on his stake in the soccer franctrail the last wild-card spot by two games with only six remaining in the season. Still, they have a shot, and the seemingly always-unheralded is a huge reason why.

It’s true is the Rays’ superstar position player and the most important member of the lineup. It’s also true the Rays’ lifeblood is their pitching serre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to look elsewhere.Wright has admitted star striker Aubameyang deserves to be at a better team than Arsenal.”If you can imagine him in a better team, he would be winning Premier Leagues and vying for places in Champions Ltaff, led by Cy Young frontrunner and dominant closer . But they wouldn’t be where they are without Zobrist’s usual, under-the-radar production.

Offensively, Zobrist fills up the stat sheet. If you only look at the triple-crown stats, he’s not overly impressive — .270 average, 18 homers, 71 RBI — but we’re all evolved enough by now to look deeper, right? Zobrist has 38 doubles, seven triples and 14 stolen bases. He also has drawn a whopping 91 walks, helping to give him an impressive .375 on-base percentage.

Defensively, Zobrist remains one of the most valuable players in the league based upon his versatility. Entering the season, he hadn’t played shortstop since 2009, but he’s now the Rays’ everyday shorstop. He’s also gone through spells of being a regular second baseman and right fielder this season, and he’s more than adequate at all three spots.

Simply, the Rays can plug Zobrist in almost anywhere and they’ll get quality work both offensively and defensively. And as they have gotten real hot in this late surge, Zobrist has been as integral as anyone.

During the Rays’ eight-game winning streak entering Friday night, Zobrist is hitting .346/.455/.577 with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and five runsgo Sacchi is excited by the prospect of Maurizio Sarri taking charge of Juventus.After leading Chelsea to the Europa League title last night, Sarri is now the subject of talks with Juve over a compensation fee.“Sarri winning with Chelsea gave me gr. But he has been hot for almost two months. Since Aug. 3, Zobrist is hitting .322/.395/.522 while taking over a defensive position that he hadn’t played in three years (his first action at shortstop this season was Aug. 9).

So while Price, Rodney and Longoria rightfully get their due, don’t forget about how much value the unheralded Zobrist brings to this team. He’s every bit as important to their postseason chances.

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Just because: Cool Mets magazine cover from 1969


Courtesy of Alex Belth and comes this classic rendering of the 1969 Miracle …

The ’69 Mets, of course, barged to 100 wins aChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has enjoyed winding up teammate Kurt Zouma.Tomori had his team-mates in stitches at the Chelsea training ground on Thursday morning as he mimicked his team-mate Kurt Zouma, says the— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) ChelseaFC/status/1192402164997640192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 7, 2019nd the title despite the season before finishing Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he’ll be holding season debriefs with his players.The Clarets recovered from a poor start to the season to finish comfortably away from the dropzone.Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “I think you first want to ninth in the 10-team National League. A fitting tribute, that.

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