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  • Penn volleyball drops pair of five-set contests to Cornell, Columbia


    Within 24 hours, Penn volleyball played 10 grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.

    “We played both matches really tough,” coach Kerry Carr said. “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”

    The Quakers’ campaign began at Newman Arena against the Big Red (6-8, 1-4 Ivy). The start seemed promising for Penn (7-10, 2-3); after holding a 12-point lead, a strong kill from junior Kendall Covington helped close out the first set, 25-17.

    In the second set, Cornell upped their game and the two teams exchanged the lead eight times. But Cornell was stronger in the closing moments, recording three successive kills to close out the set, 25-23. They continued their good play into the fourth set, overcoming a seven-point deficit to win, 25-21.

    Entering the fourth set, the Red and Blue faced a must-win situation. And, in a test of resiliency, Penn responded.

    “It never felt like we were losing even though we were behind,” sophomore outside hitter Courtney Quinn said. “We were like don’t even look at the score, let’s just play volleyball.”

    Jumping out to another seven-point lead, the Quakers controlled the fourth set. Sophomore Taylor Cooper slid the fourteenth kill of the set past the defensive line to close out a 25-17 set. The teams would play five.

    But Penn’s comeback fell short. Trudy Vande Berg’s squad quickly opened up a 6-1 lead in front of the home crowd. A 0.500 hitting percentage in the final set helped Cornell cement a 15-9 finish.

    Still, some of Carr’s players had a banner day. Quinn recorded a career high 22 kills and 19 digs, while junior Sydney Morton posted her own double-double, with 45 assists and 12 digs.

    “When you lose a five-set match, it’s all about staying positive,” Carr said. “That match can go either way.”

    Penn’s chance at redemption came the next day against a strong Columbia squad. From the outset it was another tight contest, as the two teams split the first two sets.

    In the third set, both teams had their opportunities. After trailing by six points early, Sydney Morton used creative dumps to help the Quakers draw even. As the closing moments arrived, Caroline Furrer recorded an ace to give her team a set point. And Penn converted, capping off a three-point run to win the third set, 25-23.

    Quinn commented on how common tight sets have become in the Ivy League.

    “It’s just what has become typical Ivy League play,” the Texas nepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona's first team and there are rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October."Right now, we don't have any plans for Ansu Fati becausative said. “All the teams are so even Neco Williams for his performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.Critchley says the right-back was one of the most "dangerous" players on the pitch during the 1-0 victory. "It was a brilliant bit of play [for the goal] but that's Neco," Critchthat it could really go either way each time.”

    Middle blockers Cooper and Covington did well to keep Columbia (9-6, 4-1) out of system, posting 11 and nine kills respectively.

    Unfortunately, this match wouldn’t go Penn’s way. The freshman pairing of Chichi Ikwuazom and Grace Campbell led a stronger middle attack for the Lions. After a comprehensive fourth set, Columbia pulled away in the decisive set, 15-11, committing only two errors.

    When asked, Carr praised her team’s versatility.

    “We can change our hitters around, we can change our passers around,” the 19th-year coach said. “That’s something that a young team has to get used to and I think we’re inches away from being able to do it consistently.”

    The Quakers will take two intense matches under their belt as they prepare fInter Milan whiz Sebastiano Esposito is happy with his progress this season.The 17-year-old has already made his Serie A debut and is happy where he is."I live for football and I have already achieved a lot of my dreams," Esposito told Gazzetta dello Sport. “(Antonio) Conte is impressive, he's an extraordinary coach.“Inter is a school for me, but also a family. You grow as a player, but also as a human being.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in."or a home series against Yale and Brown. Friday and Saturday’s matches at the Palestra highlight Penn volleyball’s Dig Pink Weekend. Fan donations will help raise proceeds to benefit breast cancer research.

    In Ivy League volleyball, the margins have become so small. Carr and her team will look for those extra inches to help things fall their way.

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  • Penn men's hoops heads to Midwest to take on undefeated Hawkeyes


    The distance between Sudan and Des Moines, Iowa, is over 7,000 miles.

    It’s impossible to know how many basketball courts one can find between those two places.

    But for Dau and Peter Jok and the rest of their family, for one night, only one game matters.

    While Friday’s matchup with Iowa (4-0) marks the Quakers’ (1-2) seconds international was stripped of the captaincy after an incident with the crowd in the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace last month.But Merson wants the fans to get behind Xhaka, instead of getting on his back.He told Sky Sports: "I haven't been his b consecutive contest with a Big Ten opponent, very few nonconference matchups are this unique.

    With senior guard Dau Jok serving as a veteran leader for Penn and freshman guard Peter Jok already impacting a talented Hawkeyes squad, Friday’s game is a family affair for an incredibly resilient group.

    “I think it’s pretty cool and it’s going to be fun,” Dau said. “Obviously, for me, my focus is to get the guys ready to win and focused on working together as a team, especially after a disappointing game against Penn State.

    “It’s cool because this is a testament to how far our family has come.”

    The story behind the Jok family isn’t an everyday tale. If anything, everything the Joks have been through makes Friday’s matchup even more special.

    Born in Sudan, Dau, Peter and their two siblings dealt with the effects of a brutal civil war for the early part of their lives. At a young age, the children lost their father and were forced to flee the country. They eventually settled in Iowa almost a decade ago.

    Once the Joks arrived in the United States, both Dau and Peter utilized the game of basketball to pave a new life for themselves.

    “Basketball has been invaluable for my family,” Dau said. “It has kept us busy, and it has transformed me quite a bit.

    “I used to be very angry, and I never knew how to handle that, so I had to learn how to channel that anger, and basketball really taught me how to do that effectively.”

    With Dau entering his final season at the college level and Peter ough to handle.Sessegnon arrived at Spurs as a big-money signing last summer but was injured until November and has so far made just six Premier League appearances and 11 in all competitions.He is grateful to his parents for the level-headed approachkicking off his career, the two understand just how special Friday night’s game is.

    “I found out this summer,” Peter said. “[Dau] was the first one to tell me we were playing and at first I didn’t believe him.

    “I never thought I would get to play him, but it is just a great opportunity at the end of the day, so I’m just looking to take advantage of that.”

    Aside from the fraternal matchup, Friday’s game provides an important test for both squads.

    After pulling off a victory over Monmouth, the Quakers took a step back in their loss to Penn State on Saturday.

    For Iowa, the early part of this season has been defined by easy victories. The Hawkeyes are 10th in the nation in scoring and have notched over 100 points in their last two games.

    “Clearly, Penn is the best team we’ve faced thus far for a variety of reasons,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Not only does Penn have great size, but they have a talented, deep and dynamic backcourt.”

    Regardless of the outcome, Friday represents much more than a gamereiro.MLS outfit Cincinnati FC have a deal in place for Pereiro, however he has revealed Villa are now in contact."PSV told me they have reached an agreement with Cincinnati," confirmed Pereiro on Uruguayan radio station Sport890.“My agent (Paco Ce for the Jok family.

    “We wouldn’t be in this position without a lot of people,” Dau said. “And I’m hoping we can go out tomorrow night and show them how thankful we are of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

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  • Brighton manager Graham Potter has given a positiv


    The will turn to to close games likely for the entire first month of the season at least with Ryan Madson beginning the year on the disabled list. Madson is recovering from Tommy John surgery and manager Mike Scioscia will give save chanceournemouth striker Callum Wilson is delighted to be off the mark.Leicester beat Eddie Howe's men 3-1 last Saturday, but the big positivver Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer.The chances of Kane leaving Spurs are increasing as the North London club's struggles continue.Jose Mourinho's side have recently been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League.They also sit 9th on the from the contest was seeing striker Wilson score for the first time in eight competitive fixtures for club and cos to Frieri says he's prepared to add to his squad in January.While Smith has dismissed rumours linking Villa with Rangers' red-hot striker Alfredo Morelos, the boss discussed the upcoming transfer window."At the moment, we've got two players for each position,in his absence.

    Frieri, who gave up seven runs over 10 innings this spring with five strikeouts, has experience closing games. The 27-year-old saved 23 of them last year with the Angels. 

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  • r Exequiel Palacios says a move to Real Madrid cou


    Now th Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after their penalty cock-up at Wolves.The Sun says Paul Pogba won the 68th-minute spot-kick after being fouled in the box. Both he and Marcus Rashford wanted to take it, before the French World Cup winner got hingel Haro says they're yet to hear from Barcelona about a deal for Loren Moron.The striker has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou after the injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez, with Barcelona set to request permission from the Spanish Fos way.Butat we have the news the are moving forward with and at shortstop, it doesn't exactly stir up a lot of intrigue for Fantasy owners. It would have been better if Tyler Greene ran away with the job because at least he had some untapped offensive pot of praise for Jamie Vardy.Rodgers likens the ex-England forward's game to the role Luis Suarez had in his days as Liverpool manger."People sometimes ask me: 'Why don't you play with two strikers?'," said Rodgers. "Jamie's playing consistently at a hential, but now he's not even going to be on the Astros' roster. 

    Gonzalez's and Cedeno's strength is defense, so there's not much here for Fantasy owners to see. Neither have great offensive upside and could end up splitting playing time. Both players are desperation AL-only Fantasy options, so continue to look toward better alternatives on Draft Day.

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  • Just because: Lefty Grove’s throwing motion


    The superlative Lefty Grove stands as one of the most underrated pitchers of all-time. Sure, he'ley beyond January.The 29-year-old has only featured once for the Clarets since signing on a short-term loan from Chelsea this past summer."We haven't really seen him," said the Burnley boss. "Of course we know him, we know what he does in training ws a Hall of Famer (class of '47), but you don't often hear his name mentioned as being on the short-short-short list of best pitchers in history. In part, that's because the bulk of his career fell during one of the most hitter-friendly eras ever (the 1930s).

    Still, Grove won an astounding nine ERA titles during his career, and his lifetime ERA+ of 148 ranks fourth on the all-time list. When you think of the best of the best, Grove should come to mind.

    Competitive? That was Grove. Ted Williams once called him a "careful tantrum thrower" because Grove made a point of punching lockers with his demonstrably less valuable right hand.

    Grove made hay with a terrific fastball -- "the fastest ball in existence," according to former major-league catcher Cy Perkins, and an offering that helped him once strike out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzerri on a total of 10 pitches. After an arm injury in 1934, however, Grove relied more on his curveball, which caused him less pain. Because of his ability to evolve, Grove pitched in the majors until age 41. Of that evolution, Grove once said (source: ):

    "I actually was too fast to curve the ball while with Baltimore and Philadelphia. The ball didn’t have enough time to break because I threw what passed tus.The former Ajax captain turned down Barcelona and PSG to sign for Juve. However, the defender has struggled for minutes so far this season.But De Ligt says: "I'm really happy with the choice made this summer to sign for Juventus. "Many changes hafor a curve as fast as I threw my fastball. I couldn’t get enough twist on it. … Now that I’m not so fast I can really break one off and my fastball looks faster than it is because it’s faster than the other stuff I throw. A pitcher has time enough to get smarter after he loses his speed."

    "Too fast to curve the ball"!

    Anyhow, this up-close footage of Grove's delivery reveals part of what made him so special -- that zipper-quick arm action. Dig it:

    It's impressive how quickly Grove's left elbow gets out in front of his ball hand as he strides toward the plate. That's a good start toward throwing "the fastest ball in existence."

    And here's a GIF ad rotation.Sarri admits he needs to juggle his players for today's game with Roma.He said, “It depends on the characteristics of the players. Paulo Dybala starts his runs a little deeper and Cristiano Ronaldo off centre. Higuain therefore resolvesthat takes another angle and shows Grove in understated warm-up mode ...

    I'm no scout, but you see a couple of things here. First, notice how close and tight to the body Grove keeps his glove hand after separation. And note that he's got a pretty long stride toward the plate and good "spine tilt" (i.e., posture). Overall, his mechanics seem like a middle ground between the "drop and drive" delivery (Tom Seaver, for instance, would often hit the mound with his drive knee) and the "tall and fall" approach favored by, say, Nolan Ryan in his day. Grove didn't get as low as Seaver, but he's a bit more horizontal on the "backswing" than Ryan was.

    The lesson? The art of pitching has always been an art, as demonstrated by the great Lefty Grove.

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  • m at the table? Do Manchester United push through


    After reprromotion to the Super League next season.He played the full game on Saturday as they beat Shanghai Shenxin 2-0 to secure their place in the top flight for the first time."Today we made history. Promotion!" Toure wrote on Twitter.The win means Qingdaoesenting Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Rockies pitcher rejoined the team and complready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp's team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker - but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Premeted a simulated game Tuesday, reports .com. Chacin threw five innings of work, didn't give up a run, had three strikeouts and gave up three hits. "Good results make you feel better, but I'm just building my arm -- like today, my fastball and everything went well, and that's what I'm looking for,"e remains a Barcelona player.Turan had his loan with İstanbul Basaksehir terminated in January. He said: "Now I am a Barcelona player per the contract. It was a mutual decision. I wanted to continue my contract with Barça. "I will probably continue Chacin said. "In the season is when it counts. Down here I'm just getting my arm ready."

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  • wly promoted Brescia are eyeing Japanese icon Keis


    Dodgers outfielder will be able to resume hitting off a tee Thursday, according to .com. Crawford was shut down for a week last Friday, after another setback in his surgically repaired elbow. It is not clear when he will be able to resume throwing or taking live batting practice, but this is a step in the right direction. The team wants to isolate his throwing and batting activities, so they can determine if any ton Wanderers.The Sun says the crisis club is wanted by super-rich Chinese group Shandong Luneng - with a return for fota has called it a day in football.The Brazilian striker has decided to retire at the age of 37.Baptista started his career in Sao Paolo, made his name at Sevilla and then joined Arsenal for a semi-successful stint in the Premier League.He even playermer otelli at his best to stay up.Brescia are currently seven points from Serie A safety."They always ask me if it's how it seems," Lopez told La Voz de Galicia of Balotelli. “He's a 'barbarian uncle', completely different to how it might seem.“He trEverton boss Allardyce on the agenda.Top officials from the company have been shown round the ground and are weighing up an ofsetbacks are caused by a specific action. "If something flares up, we want to know what's causing it," manager Don Mattingly said. "So it will be cautious at first. The biggest thing is we don't want this thing flaring up because we're doing too much too fast, because it can be a longer setback."

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  • Sabathia feels ‘a relief,’ answering one of many Yankees questions



    TAMPA, Fla. -- The questions are a distraction.

    The and Mariano Rivera questions? Much more relevant.

    The questions? The really need to hope that there aren't many CC Sabathia questions.

    There were last year, even as Sabathia won 15 games. There were, even as Sabathia pitched brillild has no problem embracing the responsibility of being a role model.He admit he finds it hard to believe that kids look up to him now but he accepts that that is a responsibility he has to face."I want to be the person who, when a young player goes antly in his first two postseason games, then faltered (along with the rest of his team) when called on against the .

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    There were, even as Sabathia kept insisting (even through two trips to the disabled list and plenty of other evidence) that his elbow wasn't an issue.

    He admits now that "it was always there." He admits now that his extension and range of motion were affected.

    And he says offseason surgery to clean up the elbow has made everything better.

    "I definitely feel a relief," Sabathia said Tuesday, the day before the Yankees' first workout of the spring. "Having the range of motion back. Not having the achy feeling at the end of my extension. Definitident they'll keep hold of Jack Clarke.The Mirror says Leeds are confident they can give Clarke enough game time to avoid him being recalled by Tottenham in January.The £10million winger has only made two appearances for Leeds in the EFL Cup and hasely, compared to last year, to what I went through in the second half, I feel a lot better.

    "Hopefully all that's gone."

    We won't know for sure about Sabathia until he starts pitching in games, just as we won't know about Jeter and Rivera. The Yankees story for several years has been that they're getting old, but the story now is that they're old and trying to come back from injuries.

    The company line on Jeter has been that his rehabilitation from ankle surgery has been just fine, that he'll be ready to play on opening day and that he'll be ready to be the player he always has been.

    Maybe that's the way it really will play out. But even Yankees manager Joe Girardi admits that none of us (including Jeter) can really know that for certain yet.

    "You want to see him," Girardi said Tuesday. "And you want to get over the 'I'm done worrying about him' stage.

    "Same with Mo."

    Yes, Rivera is coming off knee sur around holding the Europa League final in Baku.Smertin is hoping his old club to beat Arsenal tonight, but is upset with the way the English press has portrayed the city and the Azerbaijan football community.He scoffed to Sputnik: "Criticism for thegery that cost him the final four months of the 2012 season. He's also 43 years old, and no closer in baseball history has had even a 20-save season at that age.

    But if we've learned anything about Rivera over two decades of watching his brilliance, it's that we should never underestimate him. The same goes for Jeter, whose age (39 in June) would be a concern even if he wasn't coming off a serious ankle injury.

    We shouldn't underestimate the Yankees, even if they had a different kind of winter and enter spring training with far more questions than usual. There are plenty of ways this season could go bad for them, but as Girardi reminded us about a dozen times in a half-hour media session Tuesday, they did win 95 games last season, and that was the most in the American League.

    They enter spring training without an established catcher. They enter spring training having given up some power.

    General manager Brian Cashman insisted when last season ended that his Yankees would always base their offense around home runs.

    "We're not going to be running Carl Lewis out there," Cashman said then.

    "I think our offense is going to be different," Girardi said Tuesday. "There's going to be more speed."

    Perhaps those questions could derail the Yankees, particularly in an American League East that seems more balanced top to bottom than ever before. But if this teams fails, it's much more likely to happen because the health concerns aren't answered than because they don't have enough talent.

    "I think we already had the pieces in place to compete and win a championship," Sabathia said. "We'll go with what we have. . . . If we can stay healthy, we can put up a season like last year and win the division.

    "I mean, we won 95, with pretty much the same team."

    They won 95 games, even with Sabathia battling (and denying) his elbow problems.

    He says it's much better now, but the questions will continue, about him and about his team.

    That's more than just a distraction.

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  • in Spain on Saturday on a scouting mission.The Mir


    The Red Sox and relief pitcher agreed to a one-year dennes have set their price for flying winger Ismaili Sarrnd Jamie Carragher says Sir Alex Ferguson was the first person to get him excited about Jurgen Klopp's arrival at the club.The former Manchester United boss told Carragher at a testimonial that Klopp possessed plenty of confidence, which made him the.Linked with Arsenal and Everton this past season, Rennes are prepared to sell Sarr for €35m this summer.And France Football says Watford have now come forward for the attacker.Indeed it is teal Thursday. Battling a back issue for much of last year, Uehara posted a 1.75 ig influence within the squad.Alvarez features in a world-class coaching set-up at United and he is an incredibly popular figure among the squad; the Spaniard's expertise is also helping Pereira and his team-mates to improve.“Emilio is an amazing pERA, 0.64 WHIP and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 37 appearances for the Rangers.

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  • ventus captain Giorgio Chiellini admits growing up


    Veteran outfielder signed a mimiration and love for his old club Liverpool.Ings completed a transfer to Soelona are making a late move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The France international, 33, has long been expected to leave Chelsea this month, with Inter Milan regarded as favourites for his signature.Indeed, both Inter directors Piero Ausilio anduthampton, after having joined the club on loan for the second half of last seasBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been scheduled to undergo groin surgery.Alzate was to have a small operation on a groin problem, according to his father.The operation is set to sideline the Colombia international from training for three weeks.Alzate's father Hector told Gol Caracol TV in Colombia: “It's a good time to do it."Albion players have been given a break from full-time training to be with their families during the coronavirus suspension.on.The attacker struggled at Liverpool since moving there three years ago, but he has nothing nor league contract with the Royals on Friday, also snagging an invitation to spring training. In 59 games between the Nationals and Giants last year, Nady hit .184 with four home runs. He has a career average of .270.

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  • Buster Posey: Quiet difference-maker in Game 4


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    DETROIT -- The late innings of Game 4 made it easy to forget Buster Posey's role in helping things along. After Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead, roused-from-sleep blast and Jeremy Affeldt's shutdown dominance hailed the training facilities of Club Brugge.Mignolet, who spent six years at Anfield, moved to the Belgian club in a €7million move (£6.25m) this summer. He told HLN: "This is better than Melwood, the training ground of Liverpool, better than thand Ryan Theriot's table-setting and Marco Scutaro's latest example of defied expectations and Sergio Romo's authoritative last page, what else could there have been?

    There was Posey's sixth-inning, two-run spank that turned a 2-1 Giants deficit into a 3-2 Giants lead, of course. Posey timed a second-pitch changeup from Max Scherzer and wrapped it deep around the left-field foul pole ... 

    In cold, mathematical terms, Posey's clout raised San Fran's chances of winning the game (and, by extension, the series) from 34.2% to 63.7%. In other words, he made, with one swing, a determinative difference. 

    It's been that way all year, of course. Posey, with good cause, is considered the favorite to win NL MVP honors. He's a catcher who hits like a middle-of-the-order first baseman, and players who put up "corner" numbers while manning an up-the-middle position are indeed valuable commodities. Of course, Posey is as much at the mere age of 25. His precociousness -- and his excellence -- isn't lost on his manager. "This guy's an incredible talent," said Bruce Bochy after Game 4. "His makeup is off the chart. He's, to me, the MVP, no question and we know how he carried us all year with the bat, but I think as important as the bat is what he did behind the plate in the postseason."

    What's also impresspromoted back to Spain's second tieventus are eyeing moves for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic' next summer. The Turin-based side have history of targeting Premier League players near the end of their contracts having picked up Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free this summer last season and will look to compete for back-to-back promotions in 2019/20.As a result, Zidane won't travel with his father and the rest of the Real Madrid squad to Canada for pre-season.The possible eventuality ive is that Posey's clutch blast came despite recent struggles. In the NLCS triumph over the Cardinals, he authored an OPS of just .424. When he strode to the plate in the sixth inning of Game 4, he was hitting .214/.286/.214. That's the function of a small sample size, to be sure, but it adds to the story. 

    For Bochy, Posey's resilience is hardly surprising."He's special. For him to come back off that injury, it shows you how tough he is and what a special talent this guy is."

    It's tempting to say that his one swing in Game 4 proved all of that. In reality, though, it merely reaffirmed it. We already knew Buster Posey was something special.  

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  • Braves minor-leaguer taunts Cardinals on Twitter


    minor-leaguer Alex Wood likes his team's chances with on the mound. Mr. Wood, a 21-year-old pitcher for Class A Rome, is also not shy about saying as much to thspoken out for the first time since his controversial substitution against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Swiss international was booed off the ground in the 2-2 draw, respondpp says Liverpool veteran James Milner has a few more years in him.The 33-year-old was an integral part of the Reds dressing room last season, helping his side win a Champions League trophy.And Klopp added that he could see Milner cutting his teeth aing by swearing and cupping his ear at supporters.The incident has sparked fie Twitterverse ... 

    I just want to go ahead and formally apologize to the cardinals org for hav looks set to stay at Liverpool.The goalkeeper had been tipped to move on after dropping to substitute goalkeeper at Anfield behind first Loris Karius and then Allison.But Jurgen Klopp is said to value his attitude and approach to being back-up despiing to face kris medlen today.

    — Alex Wood (@Awood45)

    #Shotsfired is what the kids would say about this. 

    To be fair, though, it's not inaccurate to say Medlen has a changeup from hell. Horns, tail, forked tongue and everything. 

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  • Welcome to the 2012 postseason: St. Louis Cardinals


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    The 2011 didn't clinch a playoff berth until the final day of the season, which ended up paving the way for a World Series championship. The 2012 Cardinals didn't wait until Game 162. Instead, they clinched their wild-card berth after 161 games -- in backdoor fashion, due to losing and then having the Dodgers lose late Tuesday night. Still, getting in is all that counts.

    Let us take a look at the Redbirds' trip to this postseason.

    As mentioned above, the Cardinals won the World Series last year. In fact, the Cardinals boast the second-most prolific history in baseball, after the , obviously. St. Louis has 11 Worlenko is facing a spell on the sidelines after having knee surgery.The 22-year-old Ukraine left-back, who has played seven times for City this season, has had treatment in Spain.It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric d Series titles, 18 National League pennants, 10 division titles and now three wild-card berths. Two of their last three trips to the postseason ended with championships.

    It ended in a festive parade.

    ciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will "outgrow" the club and revealed he is wary of "over-coaching" him."The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I thinIt's a very similar roster to last season, so the Cardinals bring plenty of playoff experience. is new to this roster, but he has 22 playoff games under his belt. There are some newbies like , , and , but most of the locker room will have a familiar feel with the playoff atmosphere.

    One gigantic item of note, however, is that manager Mike Matheny is a night-and-day contrast to 2011 manager Tony La Russa in the playoff experience department. This is Matheny's first year as a manager while La Russa won six pennants and three World Series in his career.

    The Cardinals head to for the wild-card game Friday against the Braves.

    Considering the Cardinals enter the playoffs as the worst NL team and will square off against (and a devastatingly dominant back-end of the bullpen), the odds say the Cardinals are one game and done. Then again, the odds said laeek.Mundo Deportivo says Barca are anxiously seeking to offload players from their overloaded midfield, with England the best route.Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Rafinha are all up for sale, as is Philippe Coutinho, though his agent Kia Joorabchian st year the Cardinals would lose in the first round to the 102-win, multiple-aced . Anything can happen in October, especially in just one game. 

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  • Must-not-see TV: The Astros


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    It scarcely needs to be pointed out that the are not good this season. Not at all. Toe-deep in what figures be a long and grueling, top-down organizational makeover, this year's Astros model is on pace for 111 losses, outscored by more than 200 runs, and 11-43 since the break. Again: Not good.

    It's little surprise, then, that the Astros' TV ratings aren't particularly impressive. Perhaps, though, "unimaginably dismahave no problem motivating his players if they were forced to play behind closed doors.On Friday, it was announced that the season will be put on hold indefinitely dependant on the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in three weeks' time. Asked if hl" is a better way to characterize Sunday's Nielsen output. :

    The Astros’ win over the Reds generated the lowest rating, as far as can be determined, in the history of the team’s presence on Fox Sports Houston and its predecessor networks.

    It generated – if that’s the word – a 0.05 rating, which means it was viewed by an average audience of 1,092 households. It only generated a measurable rating in four quarter-hour periods, ned Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria SC on a season-long loan.The striker is yet to feature for Wolves' first-team this season, having last appeared for Nuno Espirito Santo's side in November 2018.A loan move at Nottingham Forest followed last wand it was never viewed during any 15-minute period by more than 0.18 percent of the area’s 2.1 million TV households.

    There are all sorts of reasons television ratings can't be compared to, say, ratings on an apples-to-apples basis. are largely confined to the weekend and generally played during "let us please go indoors" kind of weather, and they play roughly 10 percent of the games that MLB does. Still, context provides no way to explaihampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was pleased with Che Adams' goalscoring performance for their draw against SCR Altach.The striker, who joined this month from Birmingham, netted just 116 seconds into the opening pre-season friendly of the summer, as Sain away what the Astros' telecast wrought on Sunday. 

    If you like, think of it as the television-ratings equivalent of Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler ... 

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  • Video: Ryan Dempster, Derek Holland go full ‘Harry Caray’


    While conventional wisdom has it that the traded for at the deadline in nemouth.The Canaries were thumped 5-1 by Aston Villa before the international break and soundly beaten by Burnley and Crystal Palace prior to that."We changed our approach slightly to play with three central midfielders; in order to be solid it was iorder to bolster the rotation, horse-sense has it that they traded for Ryan Dempster at the deadline so that they could boast the greatest one-two punch of Harry Caray impersonators in all of baseball.

    Bear witness ... 

    While each has a polished rendition, I give it to Dempster by a nose -- a nose set to a Rudolphian glow by alco says former Arsenal teammate Edu can excel as the club's technical director.The former Gunners midfon this month.The Norway attacker has been made available by Saints with the European transfer deadline to fall on September 2.VG says Besiktas, along with LaLiga duo Seville and Celta Vigo, are all in contact.And Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmielder currently serves as the co-ordinator for the Brazil national team.The two parties in talks over a move and Lauren has thrown his support behindhol in the broadcast booth -- over young . 

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