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My favourite game: Miami 10-13 NY Giants, Wembley’s first taste of NFL

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It was a night for raincoats and thermals at Wembley on 28 October 2007, not T-shirt and shorts; hot drinks not cold brewskis at the tailgate party for the sensible in the crowd of 81,176; and the sodden pitch, designed for football, cut up in seconds leaving huge divots and bad first impressions.

The only play worth highlighting was Eli Manning’s super slow-motion 10-yard run for New York’s only touchdown and the final score was barely relevant to most either. It was an event, with a capital E, V, E, N and T because this was the first regular-season game played outside North America, the culmination of decades of endeavour in the UK.

Channel 4 showed highlights – extraordinary to think these days but on a week delay – in 1982 and the late-night Super Bowl ritual was formed. A weekly American football newspaper, First Down, was produced, a domestic competition sprung up and there were pre-season American Bowl games at Wembley from 1986-1993. There were the heady days of the World League and the London Monarchs winning the first World Bowl in 1991, provoking semi-serious discussion of a game between them and the worst team of the 1990 NFL season, which, rather remarkably given the past 20-odd years, was New England.

It was all that and more. The late Sunday nights listening to the Armed Forces Network as its medium-wave signal faded in and out, whistling and crackling live commentaries. Then came weekly live games on TV every Sunday and Monday and the emergence of a market big enough to satisfy the NFL’s rapacious desire for yet more millions of dollars.

It was scarcely believable that here were two NFL teams, right in front of us with all the rigamarole and pageantry; at kick-off thousands of cameras lit up the dark sky. There were tears in the packed press boxes.

Those closer to the action were also in awe. David Tossell, of the NFL London office, told me: “Even when we first knew we were going to be staging the game it was pretty daunting, so the moment that always sticks with me was when The Feeling were performing the pre-game show and my boss and I looked around at the packed stands and turned to each other and said: international is on the radar of Fenerbahce, says Sky Italia.Khedira faces a battle for a place in Juve’s midfield under new coach Maurizio Sarri and has been told he can leave should he find the right club.A move to MLS has been mooted for the vete ‘Wow, we did it.’”

Things moved so quickly it was noticeable to the players. Osi Umenyiora, the former Giant, born in England and now an award-winning analyst for the BBC, said: “The crowd was amazing but I wasn’t sure how much they understood about what they were seeing. I really noticed a difference when I returned to play for the Atlanta Falcons.”

and the International Series, as it is now marketed, featured four games in London last year, two at Wembley and two at Tottenham’s new stadium with a pitch and dressing rooms installed especially for thn de Beek.Marca says United are trying to pry the Dutchman away from Los Blancos’ grasp with a last-ditch offer.Van de Beek expected to make the move to the Spanish capital last summer but, given that Real Madrid were unable to sell James Rodriguez ae sport. Every year talk of a franchise in London builds while the provoked the theory of every team playing once outside the US. That appears unlikely for now, as is fanciful talk of a Super Bowl being played in London.

On a micro level, in September the NFL AcadThe Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m nevemy opened in north London, giving young athletes the opportunity to combine full-time education with training from professional coaches. The aim is for the best to go to colleges in the US and, though a huge long shot, the NFL.

There is another lasting effect of this game that benefits all those who visit Wembley now. The stadium’s creaky infrastructure was overwhelmed that night and the NFL demanded major improvement. Thus, anyone who uses the wifi at Wembley can thank the NFL for the massive, free upgrade.

Raptors complete sweep of Warriors without Leonard to fire NBA finals warning

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Minus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother’s death two days earlier, the put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State. They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too, a very different scenario from when the teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago.

Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, and the Raptors dominated from the start in routing the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night.

“When you play them you haonfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, ve to do a lot of things well,” said Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin, who spoke with reporters after the game while head coach Nick Nurse left to be with his family in Iowa for his mother’s funeral. “Give our guys credit, they came in ready to play and they fought with great intensity. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us and I thought that Kyle did a phenomenal job leading the team. He is an All-Star, no doubt.”

Serge Ibaka added 20 points, Danny Green scored 15, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet 10 to help the Raptors improve to an NBA-best 23-7, matching the 2014-15 squad for the best start in franchise history.

They did it despite not having Leonard for a second consecutive night. Toronto’s star forward hUnited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has declared Scott McTominay “undroppable” after his performance in victory over Tottenham on Wednesday night.McTominay returned from a three-and-a-half week lay-off with an ankle injury to underpin United’s first winas a sore right hip and was considered questionable before the game. He was ruled out less than 30 minutes before tip-off.

Kevin Durant had 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Golden State. The Warriors had won fols at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I thinur straight heading into a much-anticipated showdown between two teams many expect to reach the finals. “We didn’t start the game off with a sense of urgency,” Durant said. “I don’t think we overlooked anybody tonight. They just played better than us.”

Despite playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 123-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Toronto appeared to be the fresher team. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded them 48-40. It was Toronto’s first win in Oakland since 2004.

“It’s a different vibe, a different feeling when you’re on the climb like Toronto is and Milwaukee is like we were a few years ago,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s harder to get up for each game. There are certain nights where you can just feel it; you don’t have that energy. It’s not an excuse. It’s just reality.”

Froome case has ‘damaged credibility of Wada’, says Usada chief Tygart

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The handling of is “another shard that has damaged the credibility” of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency has warned.

Travis Tyga Kante out of his squad.Blues chief Frank Lampard wants his midfielder Kante to have a proper rest after a knee injury and sprained ankle so far this season.And ex-Chelsea anchorman Deschamps has agreed to leave the 28-year-old out of next month’s Eurt, who led the fight to bring the US cyclist Lance Armstrong to justice, also criticised the lack of transparency over Wada’s decision to clear Froome this month.

“The question is whether justice was truly served or did a star get an undeserved break,” Tygart said. “Unfortunately it’s another blow to the perceived credibility of the global anti-doping movement.”

and cycling’s governing body, the UCI, have only released some details about why Froome was given the all‑clear, after he was tested for double the permitted limit of salbutamol at the Vuelta a España last September.

In an interview with the BBC Tygart insisted that was unfair to Froome, who he said faced the “worst-case scenario” where he was “caught” between being seen as having benefited from his high profile yet could also have been “unfairly tarnished”.

“Athletes should not be accused or it be inferred that they’re not clean until proven through the established process and that didn’t happen here and he deserves the benefit of that presumption of innocence.”

Tygart also claimed that in nearly 75,000 drug tes Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake on their shopping list.The Holland international is viewed at Napoli as an alternative to Roma stopper Kostas Manolas, says Corriere dello Sport.Napoli are pushing to sign Manolas this week – and will turn to Ake if tts conducted by Usada since the salbutamol rule was updated in 2011, the organisation did not find “a single athlete” in any sport that exceeded the maximum permitted amount.

In response, a Wada spokespeited title winner Robin van Persie has likened himself to whizkid Mason Greenwood.Although he did feature fleetingly last season, Greenwood has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford in 2019/20 as he’s scored seven goals in 19 appearances inrson told BBC Sport: “Mr Tygart’s assessment appears uninformed, is unconstructive, and quite frankly is surprising given that Usada has itself previously taken the decision to close a salbutamol case where the athlete exceeded the threshold without a controlled pharmacokinetic study being conducted.

“In leading the fight against doping in sport, Wada is sometimes forced to make difficult decisions. This is one of those occasions. Wada is convinced that, in view of the complex and unique circumstances of Mr Froome’s case, the UCI reached a correct and fair outcome.”

Why Aaron Rodgers is an even greater NFL quarterback than we think

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It’s long been acknowledged by NFs a step away from moving to Tottenham.Barca have made Coutinho available for loan in the past fortnight and had fielded interest from Spurs and Arsenal.The Times says Spurs now have an agreement with Barca about a season-long loan for the midfielderL analysts, fans and coaches alike that quarterbacks take too much blame and too much of the credit. NFL statistics are usually created by the result of the play, which means they are decided by not only the quarterback but also by the receiver who catches – or drops – his passes. When Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Drew Brees had their historic seasons, they played with great team-mates, players who didn’t need to be elevated by their quarterback to be productive. That wasn’t the case with Aaron Rodgers last season – and explains why many don’t realize how great the quarterback is as he prepares for his first game of the season this weekend.

Sixty-seven times last season Rodgers threw an accurate pass that was turned into an incompletion by his team-mate. Those 67 plays cost him at least 875 yards, the most in the league, and at least 11 touchdowns, again the most in the league. Explaining Rodgers’ struggles over the first five games of last season – when – is easy. Twenty of his 67 lost receptions came in those games, they cost him at least 273 yards and at least two touchdowns.

Take the play above from Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rodgers finished this game with 199 yards on 34 attempts. This play alone cost him 41 yards after Davante Adams dropped the ball. Not only that, Rodgers did everything perfectly. He bailed out of the pocket as pressure arrived before making an exceptional throw while moving to his left. The defender didn’t knock the ball away from Adams or hit his hands as the ball arrives. His presence alone is enough to make Adams fluff his responsibility.

Adams was a big problem throughout last season. His raw numbers were fine – he caught 12 touchdowns during the regular season – but no other quarterback in the league would have got those numbers from him. Adams cost Rodgers . Twenty-eight teams didn’t lose that many touchdowns to receiver error last year – Adams did it on his own. Rodgers can make a receiver like Adams productive because of his superhuman consistency making difficult plays.

When Rodgers’ receivers mess up, he simply creates another opportunity for a big play. This could be seen during the in last season’s playoffs. Rodgers set up the win with a brilliant throw (). But if we go back two plays before that incredible throw, we can see Cook ruining two more opportunities created by Rodgers’ outrageous skills. Most quarterbacks can’t make those thrchester City are worthy Premier League champions.The Citizens clinched back-to-back titles with Sunday’s win over the Seagulls, finishing one point ahead of Liverpool.And Murray thinks Pep Guardiola were the Premier League’s best team over the courseows once, never mind three times in a row when the game is on the line.

The above play is the first of the final drive. Cook runs down the seam and has safety Byron Jones on his inside shoulder. Rodgers recognizes this and throws a perfect backshoulder pass to Cook. He creates the separation for his tight end by putting the ball in a spot where the defender can’t see it but Cook can grab it. The difficulty of this throw is huge because the quarterback has to time and place the ball perfectly without an angle to work with. Cook had the easiest job but instead of catching the ball he clapped his hands to applaud the throw.

On the second throw, Rodgers is flushed from the pocket, Cook is blanketed in coverage, but the quarterback still puts the ball in the perfect spot. Byron Jones has his hand in front of Cook’s chest but Cook’s hands reach the ball first and he has a clean opportunity to catch the ball – but fails. Another great play from Rodgers, and another missed opportunity by his receiver. Cook eventually made the big play down the sideline to set up the game-winning field goal, but Rodgers is the only quarterback in the league who makes those three throws so consistently that his receivers’ limitations are almost completely ignored.

That precision Rodgers shows off making difficult throws translates to simpler throws too. I created , part of which charts an accuracy percentage. It’s a relatively simple idea. Accuracy percentage doesn’t look at whether the receiver caught the ball or not, it only judges the play based on where the ball was placed. None of the throws shown so far in this article were caught, but all would go down as accurate passes for the purposes of accuracy percentage.

Rodgers ranked third in overall accuracy percentage but when you break the numbers down based on where each pass was thrown, it becomes clear that he was the most accurate passer in the league.

In the above chart there is a random selection of the top quarterbacks from last season. Each column shows off the percentage to that yard range on the field as well as where that percentage ranked league-wide. Rodgers ranks in the top five in four of the six categories and the lowest he drops in any category is seventh. That is astonishing consistency. Brees was the closest to matching Rodgers while the rest of the league looked more like Rivers, Brady and Roethlisberger: quarterbacks who had great strengths in some areas but major weaknesses in others.

With that accuracy it’s no surprise that Rodgers has avoided interceptions at an incredible rate over the course of his career.

Eleven quarterbacks have thrown as many, or more, touchdowns as Rodgers has in his career (297). Of those 11 Rodgers has not only thrown the fewest interceptions (72) but if you doubled his interception total he would . Rodgers has thrown 4,657 passes in his career. He has been intercepted on 1.55% of thominent agent believes players will remain loyal to Manchester City are being treated extremely well over the years.City are in the process of appealing a two-season Champions League ban handed down by UEFA last week after they were found guilty of bose throws. Brady has a 1.85 interception percentage, no other quarterback in history who has thrown at least 4,500 passes . Rodgers is by far the best quarterback in NFL history at taking care of the ball and the Quarterback Catalogue charting re-emphasizes that. In 2015 he threw a pass that should have been intercepted once every 70.2 attempts, almost twice as good as the second-best quarterback, Sam Bradford. In 2016 he threw an interceptable pass once every 40.89 attempts, fifth-best in the league. None of the quarterbacks ahead of him were as productive and none of them consistently threw into tight windows as regularly or with as much success.

That precision plays a big role in Rodgers’ ability to avoid turning the ball over but that’s only part of it. He’s also a very intelligent quarterback, something that is regularly discussed, and possesses rare ability to maximize his pass protection with his footwork, something that is never discussed.

Rodgers has had all this success while playing in a scheme that doesn’t use a lot of play action or create a lot of yards after the catch. Twenty-eight quarterbacks used play action more often than Rodgers last year while 17 gained a higher percentage of their yards after the catch. It’s not a scheme that creates easy reads or changes every week to attack the specific weaknesses of its opponents. The only reason the Packers offense works is because it boasts the best quarterback in the . Quarterbacks in general don’t control as much as is suggested but those at the extremes — the Blake Bortles and Jared Goffs at the bottom, or the Tom Bradys and Aaron Rodgers at the top — can drag down or elevate everyone around them.

Because the NFL focuses more on counting Super Bowls and playoff victories when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks, Rodgers – with his one championship so far – will always be regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. That’s wrong: he’s the best quarterback of his generation.

Rory McIlroy leads WGC event in Mexico at halfway after round of 65

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The prospect of being restored as the top ranked golfer in the world by Monday morning is suddenly a live one.

A stunning performance from the Northern Irishman in recording 65 on the outskirts of Mexico City on Friday assured him of a two-stroke lead at the first WGC event of 2017. This, indeed, was done with McIlroy still feeling the effects of the food poisoning which had first surfaced in the early hours of Thursday morning.

For the first time on this side of the Atlantic since the 2014 US PGA Championship, which McIlroy was to win at Valhalla, the 27-year-old is the man to catch after 36 holes.

Stomach upset aside, he is also producing this form in what marks his first start in seven weeks because of injury. He looks wonderfully at ease with all around him, just as there is no indication whatever of lingering rib pain.

This was vintage McIlroy in spells. After he reached the turn in 31, a surprise error came at the 12th when he could not get up-and-down from a greenside bunker. A stunning response ensued. McIlroy made a two at the par-three next before holing his 152-yard approach shot at the 14th for an eagle.

After producing a birdie at the 15th, McIlroy was three clear, a status reduced only because of missed putts from inside 4ft on the last two holes.

Ross Fisher, and Justin Thomas are those closest to McIlroy’s nine-under aggregate. Fisher held the lead outright at one stage on day two but stumbled just as McIlroy pressed on his accelerator. Having played a five-hole stretch in three under par around the turn, Fisher was one over for his closing eight.

A distinctly European flavour to the leaderboard is enhanced by Tyrrell Hatton, who is five under par and alongside Thomas Pieters. Andy Sullivan is a shot better off while Martin Kaymer, Matt Fitzpatrick, Joost Luiten andinal against Paraguay due to illness.The Everton forward has caught a case of the mumps.Selecao boss Tite has confirmed Napoli’s Allan will start in his place.”Confirming Allan before the game is to give him confidence,” Tite told his pre-match news Lee Westwood are in strong positions for the weekend.

The theme of dodgy stomachs extended to caddies, with Mickelson’s long-time bag man, Jim “Bones” Mackay, lasting only four holes before succumbing to serious discomfort. Mickelson’s younger brother, Tim, assumed caddie duties from thereon and did a fine job; the five-times major champion posted a 68 to move to seven under par.

“I was having breakfast and Phil called and said just be around if something happens,” Tim Mickelson said.

“It was fun. It was the first time we were able to do that and it was fun. Trust me, I don’t want Bones’ job, though. I have a whole new respect for those guys. Every hole seems uphill.”

Mickelson Sr has aspirations of what would be a second World Championship success. “Bones is irreplaceable,” he said. “He is one of the best in the business. But he’s hurting, he just hasn’t been feeling well.

“On the positive side, I had a lot of fun with my brother. He’s so fun to be around and he did a great job today.”

Sullivan’s day was kick-started by holing from the 9th fairway for an eagle. The Englishman’s 65 moved him to six under par. “I’ve been hitting the ball well all year, just not been putting that great,” said the European Ryder Cup player. “To see a few putts dropping in today, especially on the sloped greens as they are, it gives me a lot of confidence going forward.

“I think the guy that keeps it under the hole the most and obviously hits it quite close is going to be the guy that wins this week. A lot of times on the first day we yenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has announced Robin van Persie will play his final game this weekend.Van Persie will play the final match of his career on Sunday when Feyenoord host ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie.The 35-year-old striker announhit it sort of pin high and thought we hit a good shot inon.The Brazil striker proved the matchwinner at Tottenham on Saturday.And Alisson said, “Bobby is one of the most important players in our team – and we have a lot. “I think everybody is important but Bobby not only scores when we need him, he make and we’d actually got six or seven feet of swing on a putt and you’re just not holing many of them.”

Why the NFL can get away with dumping mediocrity on UK fans

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The National Football League to be played next year in London – more than ever before! – and is planning to keep ticket prices for the games the same as this year: £35 to £149 ($44 to $189) for general seating. And that pretty much ends the good news.

The not-so-good news is that the eight teams that have selected to play in the four 2017 games – two at Wembley, two at Twickenham – include the Cleveland Browns, who still stand a chance to lose all 16 games on their schedule, plus seven other teams who would not qualify for the playoffs if this season ended today.

The matchups, with dates to be finalized in the off-season, look like this:

24 September or 1 October: Baltimore v Jacksonville, Wembley

24 September or 1 October: New Orleans v Miami, Wembley

22 or 29 October: Minnesota v Cleveland, Twickenham

22 or 29 October: Arizona v Los Angeles, Twickenham

One problem: the aggregate record for the eight teams picked to play is now a lackluster 38-65-1. Already eliminated from playoff contention this year, but tapped to play in England next year, are the Browns (0-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) and Los Angeles Rams (4-9). Miami, at 8-5, is the best team, as of right now, to be playing in England.

The Jaguars, who have often been mentioned as a candidate to move permanently to London, perhaps in only a few years, have played in England in each of the last four years. The Ramspool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted more bravado from his players during victory at Sheffield United.Klopp saw the Reds beat Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday lunchtime to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.The manager said, “You have to respec’ first season back in Los Angeles has been so disappointing that .

players have never hidden the fact that they are less than enthusiastic about playing in England, mostly because of the long flights to and from the United States. When the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants in a regular-season finale last year, the Eagles were delighted that their division rivals would have to play in England in 2016 and not them.

The slate of four games in 2017, an increase from three in each of the last three seasons, will probably still sell, because American football in England (and continental Europe, which draws in many fans for the International Series), by several metrics, has not lost any of its appeal. An appearance by the rotten Browns, who could become only the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16, might not even iktas.Although the Spaniard had one year left on his contract, he decided to depart the Turkish side after a very tough season which was dominated by the club’s financial issues, reports Marca.The former Real Madrid youth coach is now seeking a returtest that.

“The NFL is commendably dedicated to developing football at all levels within the United States and throughout the globe, and we share in that commitment to help make our game as great as possible and the opportunities to bring it to more people, both within our community and in other regions,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a release.

Fifteen of the 16 regular-season games played at Wembley , have drawn at least 81,000 spectators. The Giants-Rams game this year was the first to be played at Twickenham, and it drew a healthy crowd of 74,121.

And this is the crux ofted the lid on his controversial departure from Arsenal last summer.The former Gunners captain angered many in London for the way he forced through his transfer.Koscienly admits he regretted signing a new contract with the Gunners and chose to quit f the matter – the NFL may be happy to keep sending mediocre teams over the Atlantic because the crowds still roll in. And in a season when the league has come under criticism for poor quality of play and TV ratings have slumped, it is in its interests to keep its big draws on home soil and in prime time.

Keeping the big teams away from Europe hardly seems to affect TV figures in the UK either. The NFL has said it is on pace to reach a record number of unique television viewers in Britain. The league’s internal research reports a fan base of 13 million fans, close to four million of which are considered to be “avid”. Additionally, the NFL said that participation in amateur football in the UK has grown by approximately 15% per year since 2007. Latest figures from Sport England show that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly, the NFL said.

Furthermore, a 61,000-seat stadium being built in north London primarily as the new home of Tottenham Hotspur when it is finished in 2018. It will include an artificial turf surface under a retractable grass soccer pitch for American football games.

But just because the NFL can sell out Wembley (which, given that England’s soccer team can do it, may not be as hard as it sounds), does that justify sending over poorer teams? While, it’s impossible to predict which teams will be great a year out from the schedule, it could be a sign of respect to arrange a game that is likely to contain two contenders – and that’s unlikely to be New Orleans v Miami. Besides the excuse that travel to UK disrupts a season isn’t compelling. Teams that play in England are given the option to have the next weekend off, but the Colts took on Chicago a week after losing to Jacksonville at Wembley this year – and beat the Bears, 29-23. (It also might have been a factor that the Bears, now 3-10, are lousy.) And it’s worth remembering that one of the teams involved in the first ever International Series game at Wembley back in 2007, the New York Giants, went on to win the Super Bowl that season. Maybe it’s time to put your money on the Browns for Super Bowl LII.

NFL weekend preview: Beckham and Giants to push past sinking Eagles

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Some people just never learn. People like me, apparently. Despite being caught out by a tied game in week seven, neither I nor anybody else taking part in our Pick Six contest thought to predict one in week eight. So that’s no perfect scores for anybody. Honestly, what weken aim at Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.Walsh sold Lukaku, now of Inter Milan, to Manchester United and recalled offering former United manager Jose Mourinho a warning about the Belgian.He told The Athletic: “It is not about collecting players, it isre we thinking?

Still, it couldn’t happen three weeks in a row … could it?

This feels like a pivotal moment for both teams in the NFC East. The losers will drop to 4-4, and almost certainly finish the weekend three games back of the Cowboys (currently 6-1, and set to face Cleveland on Sunday). Recent history favours the Eagles, who have won four straight against the Giants and five out of six showdowns at MetLife Stadium since it opened in 2010. But could a bye week tip things in New York’s favour? Odell Beckham Jr claims that his injured hip feels “10 times better” for the rest, and his participation in practice has increased. On the other side of the ball, the Giants are finally seeing signs of life from their pass rush – with five out of nine sacks arriving in the last two games. The Eagles have had a harder time protecting Carson Wentz since right tackle Lane Johnson was suspended.

In what is starting to feel like an annual tradition, the Steelers are sweating on the status of Ben Roethlisberger ahead of a meeting with Baltimore. The quarterback has missed seven games against the Ravens over the course of his career (curiously, he has never missed one against another division rival – Cincinnati) and his team has usually suffered as a result. The Steelers are 11-9 against Baltimore when Roethlisberger plays, and only 1-6 when he does not. So this is a tricky pick to make on a Thursday, with his status still very much up in the air.

But I think I might take the Ravens in any case. There is something about this matchup that brings the best out of John Harbaugh’s teams, and they swept the series last season despite finishing 5-11. Baltimore also recovered two key offensive linemen – left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Marshal Yanda – from injury during the bye week.

Both teams have three wins on the season, after recording back-to-back victories in the past fortnight. Both teams made hard work of beating the Cleveland Browns. But only one team, Miami, has Jay Ajayi. The London-born running back has caused quite the stir by rushing for more than 200 yards in consecutive games, and now has a shot to become the first player ever to do so in three straight. That will be easier said than done against the Jets, who boast the stingiest run defense in the league – giving up just 74 yards per game and 3.3 per attempt. But if the Dolphins can oblige their opponents to stack up all their resources against Ajayi, then Ryan Tannehill is a capable enough quarterback to exploit a sparse secondary. It is no coincidence that his two most efficient performances of this season have arrived in the past fortnight as well.

A long road trip for the Panthers, but at this rate owner Jerry Richardson might want to consider swapping coasts on a more permanent basis. His team is 2-0 this season against opponents from the NFC West, and 0-5 against everyone else. It is hard to know whether last week’s win over the Cardinals marked a return to form, or Carolina simply felt the muscle memory kick in against the team that they crushed in last year’s Conference Championship Game. Having Jonathan Stewart back in the lineup certainly seemed to help, but the greatest gains were made by a defense that almost doubled its sack tally for the season in a single afternoon. If Star Lotulelei and company can repeat that performance, this this one might not be close.

Don’t look now, but the Titans are only one game out of first place in the AFC North. Three wins in four weeks have elevated them to a .500 record at the season’s midway stage. Marcus Mariota has thrown 10 touchdowns against just a single interception in the past month – giving him a quarterback rating (120.7) that is second only to Tom Brady (133.9) over the same stretch. So is it too much to believe that they could beat San Diego on the road? The Chargers, for all their talent, are a banged up 3-5 team, whose top three reception leaders – Travis Benjamin, Tyreose Mourinho says he is willing to wait for the right opportunity despite being “full of fire” ahead of a return to management.The Portuguese has been without a job since December after being sacked by Manchester United.And Mourinho insists he will cll Williams and Hunter Henry – all missed time in practice this week. For a group that already lost Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson and Danny Woodhead, it feels like a lot to take.

If that old maxim about offenses winning games and defenses winning championships holds true, then this round ought to go to the Raiders. Averaging 26.9 points, and more than 400 yards, they rank among the most explosive teams in the league. Derek Carr is being mooted as a potential league MVP, and Oakland’s offensive line, despite () its ill-discipline, has been dominant. But this is a different order of challenge to what they have faced so far. By Carr’s own estimation, Dare set to hold shock talks with Arsenal over a potential deal for Mesut Ozil.The MLS club will lose Wayne Rooney in January after the former England International agreed a switch to Derby County.The Mirror says DC have identified Ozil as their next enver’s cornerback pairing of might be the best tandem in the NFL. Even if that line does succeed in keeping Von Miller and company off his back, the quarterback may still have a tough time finding guys open downfield.

UFC 199: trash talk picks up before Rockhold-Bisping duel

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When Dana White stands at a dais to promote the , the organization’s charismatic president tends to leave an impression.

On Thursday, he didn’t – mostly because it wasn’t necessary.

As has become common among fighters engaged in the Octagon, a visceral lack of respect was on display at the beautifully restored Forum in Inglewood, California, which this weekend hosts the UFC for the first time in nearly 400 fight events at the building.

To the Whs six Premier League clubs are chasing Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson.Wilson, 22, has shone on loan at Derby Couill finish in the top-four this season.Chelsea have now won their last four games in all competitions and sit just outside the Champions League qualifications spots in fifth place in the table. Speaking to Betdaq, Johnson said: “If Chelsea can keep gnty from Liverpool this season.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are the top-flight contingent asking foite’s right: champions Luke Rockhold and Dominick Cruz.

To the White’s left: challengers Michael Bisping and Urijah Faber.

Ready. Set. Go.

In the aftermath of Chael Sonnen and the midst of Conor McGregor, UFC fighters seem to let loose tirades designed to rile up fans as much as the person on the opposite side of the cage with regularity.

This can often be construed as insincere, yet the rampant hostility ahead of UFC 199 comes off as if it’s grounded in something more real than ticket sales or showmanship.

Rockhold, the 185lb champion, is genuinely chippy – perhaps the chippiest person on the UFC roster. A California surfer with model looks, Rockhold is perceived as annoyingly confident, so to stick it to the Eintracht Frankfurt away support during last night’s Europa League shootout victory.The away support tried their best put Chelsea’s stars off their stride as they attempted to put their penalties past Kevin Trapp.Frankfurt fans bome might say egotistical. One thing is certain, he maintains a high opinion of himself and his status among middleweights.

After Chris Weidman dropped out of the card’s main event due to a scary neck injury two weeks ago, Bisping, the wisecracking veteran from Manchester, England, who lives in Los Angeles, was picked to replace him and, no surprise, trash talk picked up.

Will it mean Bisping can produce a competitive fight? Most observers suspect not.

The British fighter has agonized over receiving a UFC title shot since his earliest days with the organization.

Both times Bisping had a chance to rise to top contender status he failed – Dan Henderson famously starched him at UFC 100, and Chael Sonnen won a tight decision three years later. So when a title opportunity presented itself, it didn’t matter that Bisping’s last loss, his seventh, came versus Rockhold in 2014 following a lopsided affair that saw the British fighter mounted and choked with one arm.

Bisping, a Manchester United supporter, rebounded from the Rockhold setback with three straight victories, including a five-round decision over aging all-time great Anderson Silva in February. This performance at the O2 Arena in London did nothing to make the 31-year-old champion cautious of Bisping in the short-notice rematch.

Rockhold claimed he nursed his left leg through much of his training camp because of an issue with his meniscus. After hearing this (despite the fact Rockhold said the same on his Instagram account weeks ago) Bisping was incredulous, as if the cocky champion maligned an unwritten rule among fighters not to disclose bumps and bruises before a fight.

“You’re just an average bloke,” Rockhold explained to Bisping. “I’m a fucking samurai.”

After taking pot shots at Rockhold, who earned the belt last year with an impressive stoppage of Weidman, Bisping (28-7) acknowledged the champion’s status and accepted the notion that despite his optimism at the age of 37 he’s supposed to lose.

Again.

“Fingers crossed I’ll get the job done and go back to England,” he said.

Bisping offers quality MMA in many areas, but nothing stupendous. He steps in against the tall, athletic Rockhold in good form, and could make a contest of it as long as he doesn’t make a mistake. One hiccup would be enough for Rockhold to make good on his promise of showcasing what he characterized as a widening gap between himself and competent fighters like Bisping.

In the night’s co-main event, Cruz and Faber will meet for the third time. The rubber match of two of California’s finest mixed martial artists is likely to settle their years-long feud inside the cage. Reconciliation of another kind feels like a lost cause, especially after Cruz and Faber hurled enough insults at one another at the Forum to make a fight night feel like professional wrestling.

Free from having to give a hard sell on this weekend’s UFC pay-per-view, White was able to enjoy the back-and-forth as he swiveled his shaved-and-polished head during the verbal volleys between fighters.

Rockhold and Bisping certainly entertained, but the real sparks were ignited by a pair of 135lb rivals.

Cruz, 30, has suffered one loss in 22 fights. That came against Faber at 145lbs in 2007 when he tapped to a guillotine choke. Four years later, at bantamweight, Cruz secured a unanimous decision and defended his UFC belt over Faber. By that time Cruz had developed into a much more complex competitor, adding layers of blistering footwork, off-angle movement and counter-striking to an under-appreciated wrestling game.

With or without his nemesis in action, Faber has remained an important fighter but never the breakout star he might have been had he captured a UFC title. A month after turning 37, this challenge could represent the California Kid’s last stand.

Cruz, a highly-regarded analyst for UFC on Fox events, said Faber (33-8) can’t touch him. And he was cocky about it, too.

“He fights exactly the same,” Cruz surmised. “Big shots, one at a time. He’ll go for a submission and conserve his energy looking for a finish. He’ll miss often. I’ll connect often. And I’ll beat him.”

Saturday’s pay-per-view also features an important contest in the featherweight division, as Max Holloway takes on Ricardo Lamas. Veterans Dan Henderson and Hector Lombard tussle at 185 pounds. And Dustin Poirier meets Bobby Green in a lightweight clash.

Jarryd Hayne and Fiji take World Series title but Scotland win London Sevens

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If the London Sevens were the Olympic rugby tournament in Rio, Scotland – read, Great Britain – would have taken the gold medal, South Africa silver and the USA bronze. and Fiji would have gone home with nothing at all.

The former San Francisco 49ers running back got on the field as Fiji lost 26-19 to the USA in the third-place game. The Eagles had lost to Scotland in the semi-final, ending their attempt to defend the .

The tournament was the last on the before rugby’s return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. Fiji did enough to secure a second World Series title in a row, while Scotland caused a huge upset in a thrilling final against the Blitzbokke, winning 27-26.

Hayne made the Fiji squad a week after his . Used as a substitute throughout the event – though not in the semi-final defeat by South Africa – he said: “At the moment, I’m behind the eight ball and I’ve got no problem with that. It’s about working hard and getting there.

“They’re the world champs. Sometimes in lifedy to sign for Tottenham.The Sun says, however, chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to meet a £60million asking price for Lo Celso.The Argentine playmaker has told the Seville-based La Liga club that he wants to join Tottenham even though Manchester Un, it’s not about success, but it’s about the experience and just being part of that team.

“[It is the] first Fijian team to win back-to-back titles and they’ve got a bunch of superstars who are going to be a joy to train with and a joy to play with. It’s not about coming over and making the team, it’s about giving me an opportunity to make a team.”

Hayne now faces six weeks of intense training in Fiji to prove to coach Ben Ryan that he’s not only fit enough for Rio, but good enough to displace one of the team’s established stars.

“Our cupboard is not just deep, it’s absolutely littered with fantastic talent,” Ryan said. “We had a very light week this week … when we’re running up 100-metre sand dunes, when these guys are the fittest rugby players Fiji has ever had and they’re still throwing up after sessions, his lactate’s going to be going into overdrive.

“Whether he’ll be able to tolerate that in a short timeframe is a serious question.”

Hayne had a huge amount to do to compete, Ryan said. “This isn’t just a random side, this is the best side in the world in the last two years. A Fijian side that plays a very high-tempo, high-risk game that requires enormous amounts of skill and he has that, and enormous amounts of fitness, and he hasn’t got that at the moment.”

On Sunday, the USA had a startling 42-14 win over New Zealand and another multi-sport superstar aiming for an Olympic place, the erstwhile league and boxing standout .

It was the Eagles’ highest points total against the All Blacks Sevens, a team they beat for the first time ever . There were four tries from the former football player Perry Baker, two in each half, and one each for Ben Pinkelman and Madison Hughes, who converted all six scores.

Asked about the New Zealand win, USA coach Mike Friday said: “That was the sort of performance we’re capable of if they listen and execute. We are a seriously dangerous team, we can hurt anyone on our day.

“We have to focus the full 14 minutes. This sevens game is brutal, absolutely ruthless, if you’re not quite on your game.”

Of the defeat by Scotland, Friday said: “We were in control and it was an appalling two minutes, gift-wrapped, under the Christmas tree, whatever you want to call it, you name it they took it.

“But my boys fully deserved that win against Fiji as we move into Olympic preparation.”

Looking towards the Olympics, Friday identified the Sunwolves flanker Andrew Duratolo, Saracens wing Chris Wyles and the injured Carlin Isles as players set to come back into contention.

He did not single out Nate Ebner, the New England Patriots special teams player who spent this weekend with the second-string Falcons, .

“We need to be 12 hungry players ready for war when we get to Rio,” Friday said. “It will be a monumental event.”

Competition on the World Series has intensified as the Olympics approach: Scotland’s tournament win, their first ever, featured a win over hosts England in the last eight and followed triumphs for Samoa in Paris and Kenya, also a first-time winner, in Singapore.

Hayne’s switch from San Francisco caused surprise in rugby union, rugby league and American football. It also led some to question wheplayer-coach in January from MLS side DC United, reports BBC Sport.Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a reunion with Jordon Ibe.The Bournemouth winger broke through the ranks at Liverpool while Rodgers was first-team manager.Having paid Liverpool £15m for Ibe in 2016, the Cherries would not be willing to sell him on the cheap.The Englishman played 23 times for Eddie Howe’s side this season.The 33-year-old forward, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, will join the Rams on an initial 18-month contract.He signed for Washington-based DC from Ether he would be eligible for the Olympic Games , given his recent residence in the non-compliant NFL.

He was before the London tournament, and in a statement issued by World Rugby sought to underline his commitment to his new team.

“My dad is Fijian and we watched a lot of [Waisale] Serevi games,” he said naming , “and William Ryder was a big idol of mine.

“I have always dreamt about playing sevens for Fiji and I’ve been given the opportunity.”

The Australian Associated Press contributed to this report

NFL moves touchbacks to the 25-yard line and passes new ejections rule

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The has moved touchbacks to the 25-yard line and passed a new ejections rule – despite objections from coaches.

NFL owners voted to move the ball spot on touchbacks after kickoffs to the 25-yard line, to try to limit the number of returns after injuries on the play rose in 2015. They also ruled that players will be subject to automatic ejection if they commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game. Specifically, a “player penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls” will be “disqualified”.

The automatic ejection proposal was suggested by NFL commissioner Roger ribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The United manager signed Agnaldo for Molde, with the Brazilian currnager Edinburgh passed away on Saturday at the age of 49 – the same age Ginola was when he suffered a cardiac arrest back in 2016.In the wake of the tragic news, the Frenchman spoke fondly of his old friend and Tottenham teammate and the impact Ediently on-loan in Finland with RoPo.He told ESPN Brasil: “I could have gone back to other teams in Brazil, but I chose to stay in Europe and a lot of myGoodell just before the Super Bowl.

Both rule changes will be reviewed after the 2016 season before the NFL decides whether to make them permanent.

The owners were concerned about player safety on kickoffs t to Crystal Palace confirmed their relegation.The veteran manager praised the efforts of his troops over the course of the season and spoke passionately about the transformation since he took the reins.”You have heard this lot (Cardiff fans), they h– but the decision to move the touchback up five yards could have the opposite effect.

Some coaches suggested that the number of kickoff returns could actually increase, with kickers using “mortar kicks” that drop close to the goal line and require a return.

, two veteran special teams coordinators told the Chicago Tribune the new rule will lead more teams telling the kickers to get as much hang time as possible while landing the ball near the goal line in an effort to cover a kick and pin the offense inside the 25 or even inside the 20.

Coaches also claimed that opponents will bait players into committing penalties that qualify for the ejection rule, but owners say that won’t happen. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: “I think it points to our emphasis on good sportsmanship.”

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second baseman told the Arizona Republic Tuesday that he is ready to face pitchers.Hill has hit off a tee and has done soft toss for two straight days. He was hit by a pitch on his left hand.Lazio will finish the season outside the top four, though have won the Coppa Italia.“We’ve ended the season by again showing who we are, qualifying for the Europa League and winning the Coppa Italia,” Parolo said after Monday’s 3-3 draw with Bolog in early April and has only played 10 games this season.”There’s no discomfort,” Hill said. “It’s not perfect, but I’m not having to change my swing. It feels good, so Manchester United fans concerned about the state of the club.The Red Devils are languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, only two points above the relegation zone after eight games.While Solskjaer acknowledges recent weeks have not beenI’m just going to keep going with it.”

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Attanasio denies Brewers aren’t hustling, praises Roenicke

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owner Mark Attanasio sounded slightly despondent while talking in the Brewers TV broadcast booth Wednesday.

“If I didn’t sound despondent at 4-16 (this month) and down 7-0 (to the Dodgers) I have a problem,’’ Attanasio said.

He has a point. The native New Yorker and current Los Angeleno has put immense effort into building and maintaining a winner in Milwaukee. But are his players doing the same?

Under Attanasio’s stewardship, The Crew definitely has caught on with the Milwaukee masses. Despite playing in baseball’s smallest market, the Brewers’ average attendance of 30,388 is 14thbest in the bigs.

They are the hot ticket in town. (The Bucks are passé.) But the team has remained decidedly cool through May and entered Thursday tied for last in the NL Central with the Cubs, at 18-27.  

Attanasio is doing what he can considering the constraints. The Brewers’ $91 million payroll is right smack dab in the middle, generous in light of revenues. The owner signed free agent pitcher for $33 million over three years practically on the eve of the season over the objections of his general manager Doug Melvin, and he brought back when the bullpen was struggling. (It’s now doing well.)

Attanasio surely has done his part to try to make his Brewers a winner. But are his players rewarding him by doing the same?

One scout who recently watched the Brewers for a stand said the Brewers players don’t appear to be putting put out maximum effort. More times than they should, the scout said, they’d make a 90-degree turn toward the dugout before even reaching the first-base bag on groundouts. He didn’t say it was everyone, just too many guys.

“I haven’t heard that from the GM or manager. The guys may be a little down. But I saw them before (Wednesday’s game), and there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. That was a very spirited dugout,’’ Attanasio said in a phone interview with CBSSports.com. “One thing I like about (manager) Ron Roenicke, the players play hard for him. That has not been the issue.’’

Attanasio then made a joke abut how there’s actually been a little too much hustling, a reference to the chance-taking , the hot hitter known for occasional gaffes who was just thrown out at third base, down 6-0, in the Dodgers game they’d lose 9-2.

Anyway, Attanasio decided, “I don’t know what that the scout saw. I did not see that.’’ What he saw, he said, was climbing the wall to rob of a home run, then homering himself, while down 7-zip.

What Attanasio has seen, he said, is a bullpen that’s been good lately ( has been a godsend as the new closer), a rotation that’s struggling and an offense that’s been good in spurts but remains streaky. He didn’t mention the base running, but it’s been bizarre, at times.

 , who has been one of a few bright spots on offense, actually one time stole first from second (he absentmindedly vacated second after thinking he was out, then grabbed a lifeline at first), before later in the inning being thrown out at second.

That kind of once-in-a-lifetime play would be funny if the team wasn’t tied for last following a series defeat to the equally disappointing Dodgers, Attanasio’s hli had Brescia ahead before Ciro Immobile netted twice – with a penalty converted in injury-time.“The team believed to the end,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“We knew it would be difficult today, Brescia had prepared well and even gave up vacatiometown team. But while Don Mattingly is obviously on the hot seat in Attanasio’s adopted hometown, there’s been only slight speculation abut Roeneicke’s job status. Attanasio said Roenicke is safe.

“Ron Roening attacker Yannick Carrasco.Arsenal have been heavily linked with the £25million Belgian, who even admitted a deal was on the table from the Gunners last week.But BILD says Bayern are now entering the race.Bayern’s first-choice target is Manchestercke is not the issue,’’ Attanasio said. “He won 96 games in 2011, and in 2012 he got us within 1 ½ games of the Cardinals with 10 games to go (before falling back). Before today, we had exactly the same record as last year.’’

That doesn’t mean Attanasio doesn’t see issues with the team. The hitters have put up decent numbers (especially Segura, Gomez, Ryan Braun, and when healthy ) but are not jelling as a team. ‘We’ve been getting good individual performances in many games. But we’re not performing well as a team,’’ he said.

The Brewers are “not hitting situationally’’ and have a “streakiness’’ that’s hurt them, Attanasio said. Despite being slightly above average offensively (12thin OPS overall), Milwaukee has scored exactly one run in seven games during their 4-16 May.

Meanwhile, the Brewers’ rotation carries a 5.28 ERA, which is fourth from the bottom in baseball. As for the starting pitchers, they “need to do betsays there are similarities between himself and Liverpool midfielder Fabinho.The Brazilian made 41 appearances in his debut season for the club as they won the Champions League.Alonso was a key player in the Reds midfield from 2004 to 2009, and the Ster,’’ Attanasio said at one point. “We just need our starters to pitch at their career norm.’’

He expressed faith ace (3-4, 4.50 ERA) would do better, as he did with slumping catcher , a .300 hitter in the past who’s batting .226.

He hopes for the best doesn’t see a quick fix at the moment after adding Lohse (who’s done well but is missing one start with elbow discomfort) and K-Rod.

“If it was just one thing, we could do something about it,’’ Attanasio said.

In the meantime, he is not focused on Roenicke as part of the problem. “I think one of Ron’s strengths as manager is he maintains the same demeanor, good or bad,’’ Attanasio said.

As Attanasio well knows, when things are going this bad, 4-16 bad, that’s not so easy to do.

Patrick Corbin’s amazing (and historic) streak

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In the best stretch of his career, during his Cy Young/MVP season of 2011, Justin Verlander made nine straight starts in which he pitched at least six innings and gave up no more than two runs.

That’s what has done to start this year.

Corbin’s streak just keeps getting more impressive. When the 23-year-old left-hander beat the Rockies with a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance Monday night, he ran his streak of impressive starts to nine.

HEddie Nketiah has scored his first goal for Leeds United in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup first-round win over Salford City.The Arsenal striker made a deadline day loan move to Leeds after enjoying an impressive preseason.It took only 43 minutes for the 20-year-old to open his account for the Whites.Nketiah’s debut goal for Leeds pic.twitter.com/ODasChHnG9— Renato (@rehnato) August 13, 2019ow impressive?

Well, allows you to search all the way back to 1916. In 98 years of searching, the only other pitcher to begin a season with nine straight starts of six-plus innings and no more than two runs was Ubaldo Jimenez of the 2010 Rockies.

That’s two guys in nearly 100 years (or probably more, sick Aubameyang.The duo both struck in victory over Valencia for this week’s Europa League semifinal first-leg win.Emery said, “Without the strikers it’s difficult, and it’s the same with the goalkeeper. Without the goalkeeper it’s difficult, and the mnce chances are that no one did it before 1916, either).

(As one sharp-eyed reader pointed out, Bob Tewksbury did the six-plus innings, two-runs-or-fewer thing in each of his first 10 starts with the 1992 Cardinals. But Tewksbury made a relief appearance in a 17-inning game in the middle of his streak.)

Even if you don’t limit it to season-beginning sUsmanov and Farhad Moshiri – for naming rights to a new ground.The Toffees revealed plans to build a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.The club confirmedAlisher Usmanov’s holding company, USM, will pay the club £30m this year for the option of becomtreaks, what Corbin has done is pretty special. Roy Halladay has never had nine straight starts of six-plus, no-more-than-two in his career. Randy Johnson never went more than nine in a row. Clayton Kershaw, as good as he is, has never gone more than five in a row.

Patrick Corbin has nine. He’ll go for 10 on Sunday against the Padres.

at Chelsea.The Ivory Coast winger is being tipped

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starter took a no decision despite seven shutout innings Sunday against Philadelphia.Bailey allowed just five hits and a walk over his seven innings and struck out three, but Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman each gave up runs en route to a Phillies ninth inning comeback. Bailey’s ERA fell to 3.09.

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, has been a free agent since leaving the Reds las

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The pushed s German side are set to make Amaechi the latest Englishman to join the league.Bayern have previously registered interest in the pacy 18-year-old winger.Amaechi was left out of Arsenal’s U-23 clash against Barnet following the transfer speculation.It eter City boss Pep Guardiola admits their target is now the top four a Wilder admits Dean Henderson was key to victory over Norwich City.His three late saves secured a win over Norwich that boosts their Champions League hopes.The hosts looked in control when Billy Sharp headed in his third goal in four matches after stfter Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Fernandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The resultcond baseman (hamstring) to the 60-day disabled list, .com reports Saturday. Roberts’ move for Jair Jurrjens to be added to the 40-man roster. Jurrjens is starting Saturday against Tampa Bay.