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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Cheap Angels Jerseys China . -- Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win.The Royals swept a four-game series from the Twins for the first time since 1999 and have their longest winning streak since an eight-game run Aug. 3-11, 2014.Duffy (11-1), unbeaten since June 6, improved to 5-0 with a 1.18 ERA in August. His 2.66 ERA ranks second in the American League, while his .917 winning percent tops the majors.Duffy left after 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and a season-high eight hits while walking two and striking out four.He outpitched Twins right-hander Ervin Santana (6-10), who allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one over seven innings.Duffy worked out a no-out bases loaded jam in the second inning with the help of a couple of fielding gems. After Eddie Rosario struck out, Alex Gordon made a sliding catch of Kurt Suzukis fly to shallow left. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert snagged Danny Santanas hard hit grounder and threw out Eduardo Escobar at second base.Hosmers two-out double in the sixth over the head of center fielder Rosario scored Lorenzo Cain, who had an infield single.Hosmer singled in the second, moved to third on Kendrys Morales double and scored on Alcides Escobars ground out for the first Kansas City run.Santana has a 1.91 ERA in his past 11 starts after beginning the season 1-7 with a 5.10 ERA.Robbie Grossman and Trevor Plouffe doubled in the third to produce the only run off Duffy.Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth to log his seventh save in nine chances.MOLITORS BIRTHDAYTwins manager Paul Molitor turns 60 Monday. Theres some plans being made for me, Molitor said. Ill be a willing participant. Itll be nice to have an off day and do some things with the family. But not celebrate, Im past that point.NO MAUER1B Joe Mauer, who is a career .326 hitter with 14 home runs and 111 RBI against the Royals, went 0 for 12 in the series and was not in the lineup Sunday. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.SEEING THE LIGHTThe Twins recalled RHP Pat Light, who was acquired from Boston on Aug. 1, from Triple-A Rochester, where he had a 2.57 ERA in six outings. He appeared in two games for the Red Sox this season, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: RHP Kris Medlen (rotator cuff inflammation) made a Saturday rehab start for Triple-A Omaha, allowing three runs and two hits, including a home run, and a walk in 1 2/3 innings against Nashville. He threw 22 strikes in 34 pitches.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson starts the series opener against Detroit on Tuesday. Gibson threw a complete-game Wednesday at Atlanta.Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura starts the series opener at Miami on Tuesday. Ventura is 0-2 in two interleague starts, yielding 11 runs over eight innings. Cheap Angels Jerseys Authentic . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. Cheap Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jerseys . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Miserly rain rolled in off the Quantocks and slid down into Taunton. The June air was cold and the County Ground was draped in a thick blanket of low-hanging cloud. It rained throughout the match. The outfield was slippery, the ball skipping off it, spraying water as it did so. The pitch quickly churned up. Hampshires innings was interrupted for half an hour by rain before they were bowled out for 133 - what they might have considered a defendable score in previous years. Now the game had changed. Somerset chased it down in 15.4 overs. Chris Gayle, World Boss and power-hitting trailblazer, muscled 52 from 39 balls. With one win from seven matches in 2016, Hampshires hopes of reaching a seventh successive finals day were in tatters. Their season was over before it had begun; an era had ended.Between 2010 and 2015, Hampshire emerged as one of T20s great sides. For six seasons, in the worlds longest and largest T20 tournament - with 18 teams and often over 100 matches across a five-month season - Hampshire lifted the trophy twice and reached the semi-finals every year. Within this period their win-loss ratio of 2.18 was comfortably the best in England and over such a span (91 matches) has only been surpassed by one team anywhere: Nottinghamshire, who never sealed their dominance with a trophy.Hampshires success was characterised by a consistent but familiar strategy. Arriving before mega-hitters and hybrid allrounders ushered in an evolutionary leap, Hampshires approach represented the vertex of a specialised strand of tactics adapted, in essence, from 1990s ODI cricket. This is their story.Do teams start winning because they keep picking the same players or do they pick the same players because they keep winning? For us it was the former, Hampshires director of cricket Giles White recalls of their winning side from 2010. We asked ourselves: what have we got? How are we best going to play with what weve got? And we stuck to it.What they had were players who spanned formats. As a county club, you dont have the budget to have white- and red-ball players. You are looking for players that play all formats. In that era we were lucky to have players who did.What they also had was a potent blend of youth and experience. That season Hampshires squad contained eight players over 30, six between 27 and 29, and five 20 or younger. This range allowed a method to embed itself and pass on from one side to the next. Over six seasons the method was only reinforced and improved, not changed.Despite a slow start in 2010, they only made 12 changes to their team across 19 matches, the majority enforced by injury, and just three in their last eight games: so settled was the side, they chose not to select Kevin Pietersen for finals day despite his availability.Their success was built on a core of players, supported by specialists, overseas signings and fringe squad players. Across the six seasons a spine of seven players appeared in more than half the matches. Three were top-order batsmen: Jimmy Adams (85 matches), James Vince (86) and Michael Carberry (59). Two were middle-order batsmen: Sean Ervine (81) and Neil McKenzie (55). One, Chris Wood (78), was a seam bowler, and one, Danny Briggs (88), a spinner.Around them were critical contributors: Michael Lumb (19 matches), Owais Shah (22), Dimitri Mascarenhas (40), Shahid Afridi (10), Abdul Razzaq (10), Dan Christian (12), Liam Dawson (41), Glenn Maxwell (20), Will Smith (32), Nic Pothas (26), Michael Bates (29), Adam Wheater (38), Dominic Cork (39), Imran Tahir (16), Yasir Arafat (16), Matt Coles (15).We built a pattern of play, explains White. If we won the toss we were more likely to do X unless conditions told us we must do Y. We had a set structure of how we played and we didnt swap around too much, didnt mess around with orders too much.There was role clarity throughout the team. We knew what we were doing and we became very good at it.Powerplayers Jimmy Adams is not your normal T20 opener. Having made his first-class debut in 2002 alongside Robin Smith, a year before the inaugural Twenty20 Cup, Adams was a red-ball player first and white-ball second.I was very wary of being the bloke that was 15 not out off 20 balls after the first six, recalls Adams. I was more scared of letting the team down and not doing the right thing than I was of getting out.The nice thing about T20 is, almost all the time the right thing to do for the team is to go for the positive option and to take a gamble. I was probably the most non-gambling person in our changing room but I had to think: what does the team need from me at this moment?In 2010, David Warner was opening for Middlesex and Brendon McCullum for Sussex, yet Adams still finished as the leading T20 run scorer in the country. He was an unlikely batting leader of a T20 dynasty, but broadly representative of Hampshires approach to top-order batting, which prioritised classical technique and rarely felt the need to turn to a white-ball renegade. The occasional, sometimes successful, flirtation with Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq aside, Hampshires top three would usually comprise three of Adams, Michael Lumb, James Vince and Michael Carberry.Lumb, Vince and Carberry are more natural ball-strikers than Adams, but with games ultimately grounded in orthodoxy. With a strong base technique you can make the most of bad balls but when you are on good wickets - and Vincey is a classic example of this - you can hit good balls for four as well, says Adams.When we got onto wickets that were a bit trickier or when someone was bowling well, we were able to find ways to get through and still post a score that was defendable or put us in a winnable position. Adams nearly won a low-scoring match on a pitch that Hampshire were docked points for. He made 61 when no other team-mate reached double figures, and he ranks it as one of his best.The quartet was a product of the county system. Their techniques were strong and hand-eye coordination and muscle memory acutely attuned to picking up line and length early. The liberation afforded by T20 intensified all that they already knew. The demands of the format meant it would take just the slightest hint of width, or the faintest scent of an overpitched delivery for them to get quickly into position and, crack, the ball was gone.Hampshires advantage was that they had four players who could attack with minimal risk. Vince, for example, hit 4.93 fours per six, which is an unusually high ratio for contemporary T20 batsmen (in T20Is, Gayle hits 1.32 fours per six, and in all T20s, Warner hits 2.40). This risk management meant that the method was important, rather than personnel - there was no disproportionately important player around whom an innings was built or burnt.I think as an opener youve got freedom, explained Vince in 2014. Youve got to try and score 45 runs plus in the first six. Losing one wicket in the Powerplay is all right, I think you can accept that. But you dont want to lose more than two.Across the six seasons the quartet contributed half of all Hampshires runs. Once Lumb left after 2011, Vince, Carberry and Adams entrenched themselves further. The partnerships between the three were the most prolific during the six years, and each of them top-scored for the county at least one season apiece. Vince still holds the record for the most runs in a season, with Adams not far behind.Their strike rates over this period hover around 130 - less out of kilter in 2010 than 2015 - but each of them boasted season strike rates north of 140 at least once and all were capable of going around and above 200. Three of Hampshires five 200-plus scores in the six seasons were scored for three or fewer wickets lost.They did not possess the raw and visceral power of a Gayle, Warner or McCullum, but Hampshires top order became the most feared in county cricket. And for the majority of six seasons, across 242 innings and 6364 runs, they were brilliantly, beautifully brutal.Middle-over managers On some days we didnt even have to call, yes or no, or wait. We just knew. We had an understanding. I dunno, maybe it was a Southern African thing.Ervine is talking about batting with McKenzie, and it was this understanding, not just between them but all of the batsmen, that White believes was the foundation of Hampshires success in the middle overs.I think there are a lot of sides where when you are batting and times are tough, they can lose patience in you and it affects you, explains McKenzie. At Hampshire I felt the guys and the coach trusted me. Even though they might be thinking, hey hes a little slow, or I think hes gone too early or whatever, there was that trust and belief.Hampshires primary middle-overs batsmen were Ervine and McKenzie, the two highest scorers after Vince, Adams and Carberry. Their partnership average of 45.68 was higher than any other. Ervine played all six seasons, while McKenzie left the club after the 2013 season, but his loss was covered by Shah, who averaged less but at a higher strike rate. Together these three and the top-order trio faced 73% of all deliveries bowled at Hampshire between 2010 and 2016.Much like the top order, Ervine, McKenzie and Shah brought strong red-ball techniques and their methods and strengths worked well together. Ervine, a barrel-chested, powerful left-hander, was typically strong down the ground, while McKenzie and Shah were cuter, subtler players: McKenzie was strong over cover, Shah between mid-on and square leg. Both were adept against spin and swept neatly.McKenzie was, in the eyes of many, a defining factor in Hampshires success, bringing a Zen-like calm to Hampshires middle; critical in elevating them to defendable totals and excellent at marshalling chases. His finest innings, a match-winning, unbeaten 79 from 49 balls, came in the 2012 quarter-final against Nottinghamshire; he also scored a match-winning 52 in the 2010 final, which included just four boundaries. [A] classical middle-innings player, according to Tony Middleton, Hampshires long-term batting coach. McKenzie averaged 40, 37, 23 and 100 in his four seasons, finishing unbeaten on 18 occasions.It was the kind of role that a lesser character might have started to worry. What happens if I lose this game? Adams points out. But we all started to realise what Macs strengths were, and if Mac was a run a ball for the first part, everyone had the belief that he was going to get us to the score we needed or get us over the line.In this part of the innings, Hampshire were defined by the running between the wickets and exploiting big boundaries at the Rose Bowl. But in different ways, Ervine, McKenzie and Shah could still find the boundary when it mattered. Notably there was a difference between Ervine and Shah, who both faced, on average, 23 balls per six hit, and McKenzie who faced 62.Im not the tallest, biggest guy, so sixes didnt come that naturally, McKenzie explains. Batting in T20 was enjoyable because it highlighted my skill. I had to be smart. I had to be going at a run a ball. I had to go over extra cover, midwicket, the 45 lap. I was always looking to go over the inner ring. Instead of standing there and hitting sixes, it forced my hand to be skilful.In some ways McKenzies game was a precursor to the likes of Joe Root and Virat Kohli, minus the power. His use of angles and ability to play 360 degrees was, in the words of White, ahead of his time.The work of McKenzie and others was all the more impressive because very often there wasnt much lower-order firepower to come. Razzaq, Afridi, Daniel Christian and Glenn Maxwell played a handful of matches between them, and Cork was capable of big hits. [We lacked] that someone to come in and win the game that youd almost lost, says Middleton. Dimi [Mascarhenas] would do it now and again but not consistently. Across the six seasons Hampshires Nos. 6, 7 and 8 averaged 16 at a strike rate of 121 - sturdy but unspectacular.Instead Hampshires middle-order trio went deep regularly. McKenzie was unbeaten or batted beyond the 17th over in 54% of his innings, Ervine in 50% and Shah in 40% - high proportions for players at four and five.When batting first, the compulsion to attack recklessly was minimised by this crescendo approach, and a wealth of experience and intelligence that fostered accurate assessments of conditions and par scores. Batting second, drawing on the same attributes, like potters spinning clay, the required rate was expertly handled. Hampshires batting rarely wreaked havoc but havoc rarely needed to be wreaked; their bats were scalpels not swords.New-ball metronome Hampshire believed the best form of attack with the ball was defence. Slow the scoring enough and wickets will fall. When we talk about taking wickets, explains Mascarenhas, it is not about trying to bowl miracle balls or unbelievable yorkers or balls pitching on leg and hitting the top of off.Mascarenhas was a revolutionary figure in the English game. In 2008 he became the first English player in the IPL - playing for the inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals, who he says bore similarities to Hampshire - before carving out a successful career as a globetrotting T20 freelancer. History is unlikely to remember it as such, but Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and generations of England cricketers to come will be treading a path Mascarenhas mapped.Mascarenhas became something of a godfather in this Hampshire era. Captain in 20009 when Hampshire reached the quarter-finals for the first time, he was supposed to lead in 2010 before an injury ended his season. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. He returned in 2011 and 2012 under Cork, and his influence on a young team was enormous. He opened the bowling in 37 of his 38 bowling innings until his retirement in 2013, and would usually bowl his four overs straight through. His overall economy was 6.80 - superb, considering he bowled in the Powerplay, where he took 39 of his 49 wickets. His name is strewn through the list of the countys most economical performances.There was a beautiful simplicity to it. With deep square-leg and deep point or third man outside the ring and the wicketkeeper up, Mascarenhas scurried towards the crease and with a small skip, arms and legs whirring, fizzed the ball down, barely following through, aiming to hit the top of off at around 75mph. Again and again and again.Everyone who was playing against me knew where I was going to bowl. They knew. And it was up to them whether they could hit it or not. I didnt really change my style. I bowled very few slower balls, very few bumpers, very few yorkers.With Mascarenhas injured in 2010, new-ball duties were shared between Cork, Wood and Razzaq. None of them bowled at great pace or looked to take wickets, instead squeezing them out through pressure. That injury accelerated the emergence of Wood, who became a vital player (82 wickets across six years). As a left-armer the angle was different but his method was similar. Unlike Mascarenhas, however, Wood was utilised not just at the beginning but also at the death.In the first six overs you are looking to cramp them so you dont give them any width, Wood says. He would keep a third man and deep square leg and if a batsmen got on top, he would bring third man up and put an extra man back on the leg side and bowl an even tighter line into the batsman.Hampshires other influential Powerplay bowler was Will Smith, who signed as a first-class batsman in 2013 but whose offspin became integral to T20 plans. He bowled 109 overs across two seasons, 26 of which were the first over of an innings. The tactic was part of a global trend and few came as close to perfecting it as Smith - his economy rate in that first over was just 5.69. His strategy was uncomplicated and predictable but difficult to counter. Bowl flat, on a length where they couldnt get underneath it and had to check their swing, while the line was tight, cramping the batsman. He bowled fast, never varying the pace because he did not have the protection to bowl slower.Hampshires bowling strategy, by definition, took time to pay dividends. There were occasions when they won matches in their bowling Powerplay but generally they were pressure-building phases. It was more likely that they could lose the match in the Powerplay than win it, but that rarely happened.Batsman-specific plans were largely formulated with the assistance of Hampshires analyst, Joe Maiden, who used a software called Feedback Cricket to produce data sheets ahead of matches. The software is fairly basic by modern standards and without Hawk-Eye requires human input of line and length using fixed-camera footage. Counties share data with one another and it is better than nothing, but it also illustrates how far behind the big leagues county cricket is in terms of resources.Spinners to winners On spin-friendly home surfaces, with big boundaries, Hampshire deployed various spinners in the middle overs, the phase of the game that truly made them the great team they were.Across six seasons spinners bowled 40% of Hampshires overs at an average of 20.94 and economy of 6.97 runs (compared to 27.49 and 8.00 for seamers). The left-arm spin of Briggs - who played more matches than any Hampshire player in this period - was the core, partnered at different times by the legspin of Afridi and Tahir, and left-arm spin of Dawson and Smith. Between them the quintet took 207 wickets.In 2011, with Afridi and Tahir partnering Briggs, Hampshire were arguably at their strongest. They eventually lost in the semi-finals in a Super Over but they only lost two games during the 16-match group stage. It was probably the biggest belief in a squad that Ive ever been involved in, Briggs remembers. Whatever score our batters could get, and 130 or 140 would often be enough, our bowlers knew their role, had such clear plans that we believed we would defend [it].The good thing was, we were all different. Tahir was a huge spinner and Afridi was very quick and skidded off the pitch. I was more conventional. We all spun the ball different amounts. Tahir was more of a wicket-taker than Afridi and I, but that suited the way we bowled.Watching Hampshire during these years, but particularly in 2011, there was an unmistakable sense that whatever the match situation they would end the middle overs in charge. All it would take was a string of dot balls, a couple of mistimed shots or a wicket. When a new batsman arrived Hampshire would squeeze him.We would take a gamble and bring five fielders in, says Ervine. If two people were still going and the partnership was building, we would still have fielders in… a lot of people would have the fielders on the ring trying to stop boundaries but we would create the pressure by denying them singles.It was a brave tactic, requiring plenty of confidence, and one that was hugely successful; in 2010 and 2011 in particular, it induced a glut of collapses: 6 for 67, 7 for 38, 6 for 13, 7 for 64, 8 for 40, 6 for 54 and 7 for 75 in 2010; 7 for 64, 8 for 53, 5 for 39, 8 for 55 and 8 for 39 in 2011, as well as 7 for 66, 6 for 54, 7 for 60, 8 for 66, 6 for 44, 6 for 52 and 5 for 35 in later seasons.We were a very well-drilled machine, says Adams. You knew exactly where you were going, you knew exactly what field people wanted, and if there was a change you pretty much knew who had moved and where.Afridi and Tahir brought international quality in 2011. But Briggs was Hampshires leading wicket-taker, with 23 wickets, and alongside McKenzie, he was the countys most important player.I tried to keep it really simple, says Briggs. Most of the time I would probably only bowl one or two different balls in four overs. And then it is just changing when you are going to bowl them.I just tried to bowl straight. Anything that wasnt hitting the stumps I counted as width, so I wanted to hit the stumps every ball and bowl a length that would hit the top of the stumps. That is probably the most difficult ball to hit. From there all I had was a decent yorker and then it was about just mixing those two balls together.Briggs bowled almost entirely from round the wicket, especially to left-handers to cramp them. His standard field was a deep square leg, deep midwicket, long-on, long-off and deep cover. Fielders would be up at fine leg, backward point, extra cover and midwicket, but if the batsman liked to cut and reverse-sweep or if the pitch was turning, he would move midwicket to a second point. Briggs influence extended into the death overs, where he, like Smith, helped redefine the expectations on spinners bowling in a tough phase.My yorker was the biggest thing, explains Briggs. I would bowl flatter and quicker and the yorker was very hard to get away. I knew if I got it right, I shouldnt be getting hit for that many.Briggs did get it right, and he did so often, finishing as Hampshires leading wicket-taker in five of their six semi-final seasons. His 31 wickets in 2010 and his 119 overall are both club records.Such was Hampshires brilliance during the middle overs that the difficulty of death bowling was somewhat mitigated. White actually believes that death bowling was Hampshires weakest facet, but that their shortcomings were masked by the strength of the preceding overs. If you have two players on 20 it is so difficult to bowl at the death… fortunately for us we often had two new batsmen. Teams didnt recognise that taking innings deep and having players in at the death was the way to beat us.Going over and round the wicket, changing angles on the crease, slower balls, yorkers and slower bouncers are all things Wood and Hampshires other bowlers would turn to. The intelligence required at the death was perhaps best illustrated by the success of Cork, who despite his age and decreasing pace remained frugal in the closing overs until his retirement in 2011. In later seasons Hampshire were left with more to do, and although they got by with the likes of Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Kyle Abbott, Matt Coles and Fidel Edwards, they were not nearly as successful. By 2015 their economy rate in the last five overs was 10.28.Much like their batting, if Hampshires bowling appeared to lack depth thats because it did. Ervine was Hampshires sixth, and sometimes fifth, bowler, and Vince a very occasional seventh. They got by with five bowlers in 42 matches, six bowlers in 42 and seven in just four. Far from being a weakness, however, Hampshires scarcity of options revealed a settled set of primary bowlers.Time catches up with everyone. In 2016, Hampshires dominance finally ended as they finished second from bottom in the South Group. In their final match, at home to Somerset, seven of the starting XI had not been part of their first-choice XI at the start of the season. It had taken 14 matches for a dynasty to crumble.Management and players pointed to injuries and international call-ups as the primary reason, but it is possible, if you look closely, to see a wider-reaching reason. In 2016 there was an overwhelming sense that the format was leaving Hampshire behind.We have to adapt our method because the game has changed, Middleton said, following Hampshires exit. White admitted as much before the season had even begun: The game is moving on, he said in May. We are beginning to see the middle-over phase contract, and teams are treating 12 overs onwards as the death overs. Last year we identified that we didnt have a lot of depth in terms of hitters.In response to this perceived shortcoming, Hampshire signed Afridi and Darren Sammy (after missing out on Andre Russell) and decided to initiate attacks earlier than before. This was Hampshires most significant strategic shift in six years. In 2016 their power-hitters were being asked to do too much after the top order had either subsided, not scored enough runs fast enough, or both. Hampshire players made just one appearance in the highest strike rates in an innings for the season - a list otherwise well populated by lower-order hitters.There was fragility and confusion at the top; Vinces England call-up and Carberrys injuries and illness upset the balance and with them consistency. Perhaps more significantly, even when they and Adams played, they looked like batsmen from another era. Strike rates hovering around 120 were fine in 2010 but not good enough in 2016. Middleton now believes Hampshire are in danger of being left behind in the Powerplay too as power-hitting - hitting over rather than through the ring - continues to take hold. Briggs, who joined Sussex after 2015, admits their bowling strategy was coming under pressure even before he left. [Bowling a consistent line and length] worked for a long time but as the game evolved, it has got harder, he says. Even in the last couple of years T20 has got so much better, you would not be able to get away with that nowadays. Youve got to have more variations and more mix-ups.It could be argued more broadly that Hampshires struggles shed light on the divergence between red-ball and white-ball cricket. In 2010, White felt having players who spanned formats was critical to their success; by 2016 it could be argued it was critical to their failure (eventual champions Northamptonshire said they prioritised T20).There is something symbolically appropriate about Hampshires demise. The disjointed, cross-format domestic schedule, with T20 games fit in between first-class matches, means that focused periods of training are rare if not impossible. Until 2014 the T20 tournament was staged in one single block in the calendar, largely or entirely separate from other formats. But in a move to increase attendances by spreading matches more thinly, the block was scrapped for a season-long competition.So in 2016, Hampshire were able to have just three T20-specific training sessions, one of which was forced indoors by rain, and a handful of one-on-one sessions. It hardly felt like the front line of a revolution. Batsmen and bowlers were split into scenario groups. There was some range-hitting, ramping and scooping from the batsmen; some cone-targeting, drills and variations from the bowlers; and as impressive as the skills were, there was an air of casual experimentation about it, a far cry from the breeding grounds of innovation that training sessions in the IPL, BBL and CPL are.But it is an apposite time for eras to end because T20 in England are potentially on the cusp of seminal change. By 2018, there could be a city-based, BBL-style T20 tournament, played in one block in the calendar. Although the plan has had its opponents among counties, Hampshire, led by their ambitious chairman Rod Bransgrove, were one of the earliest proponents. Whatever comes now, however, it should not obscure the legacy of Hampshire as one of T20s first great sides. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '
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Running back Justin Forsett; wide receivers Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman; and linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil were also held out of the game.The Panthers launched their preseason with a crisp 14-play march overseen by Newton, who opted not to employ the running aspect of his game.Working out of the no-huddle offense, Newton completed his first five passes before overthrowing an open Ted Ginn Jr. in the back of the end zone. That forced Carolina to settle for a field goal.He did not, however, spend the rest of the night on the sideline.Newton was flagged for going on the field while linebacker A.J. Klein was taking an interception back 95 yards for a touchdown. The score was nullified, but the Panthers ultimately got into the end zone anyway.I just got too excited, Newton said sheepishly. I was hoping they would give a warning. Its no big deal.Anderson threw a TD pass to Devin Funchess for a 10-0 lead before the Ravens answered with touchdowns by Terrance West and Javorius Allen.Ryan Mallett, who started the final two games for Baltimore last year, got the call in this one, too. He played the entire first half, going 11 for 15 for 91 yards and a score.PHELPS ON THE BIG SCREENDuring a break in the fourth quarter, footage of Olympic star Michael Phelps winning a gold medal in the 200-meter IM was shown on the scoreboard. The crowd cheered as Phelps, a Baltimore native, reached the finish line.HOT STUFFTemperature at game time was 94 degrees, with a heat index of 102 degrees.ROOKIE WATCHPanthers: First-round selection Vernon Butler, a defensive lineman out of Louisiana Tech, was credited with two tackles.Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, the sixth overall pick in the draft, played left tackle with the first-team offense.POSITION BATTLESPanthers: Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whitaker and Brandon Wegher did little to separate themselves in the battle for the backup running back spot. Artis-Payne gained 10 yards on five carries, Wegher rushed for 13 yards on 10 attempts and Whittaker had no yardage on three carries.Ravens: RBs West (25 yards, 2 TDs), Allen (6 yards rushing, 19-yard TD catch) and Ken Dixon (44 yards rushing) all looked impressive in their bid to earn a backup job.INJURY UPDATEPanthers: WR Brenton Berson left with a rib injury. It looks like a bruise, coach Ron Rivera said. 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Shortly after 5.30 p.m. local time, in broad daylight and with fans drifting into a mostly empty stadium, Joshua won in 83 seconds for his sixth straight win since turning pro.There were much bigger fights to come that night but it didnt stop Joshuas promoter, Eddie Hearn, sending a reminder to the sparse Wembley crowd: In two or three years time, Anthony could be headlining here himself.Turns out Hearn was spot on.On April 29 next year, Joshua will be at the other end of a card at Englands national stadium, fighting Wladimir Klitschko for three world titles in front of an anticipated 90,000 spectators.I was a bit raw then, Joshua says, looking back at the Legg fight with a smile. I took a few, covered up a few. The reason I was happy to be out first was that I wanted to watch Froch and Groves. That was the first time I could sit back and watch a fight, because nowadays Im on last.Fighting in front of about 3,000 at about 5.30 p.m. It doesnt matter. Its a fight, well come together, and boom. 90,000 or nine people. Its the same rules and regulations, and the same attitude to win.Its that attitude thats turned Joshua from an Olympic champion in 2012 to possibly the most feared heavyweight boxer around. Hes the IBF champion -- a belt he retained by stopping Eric Molina inside three rounds in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning local time -- and has won all of his 18 professional fights by knockout, without being extended beyond seven rounds.The fight against Klitschko will be a defining one, though. Either confirmation of a changing of the guard in the heavyweight division, or a reminder by the 40-year-old Klitschko that the old champ is still alive and well.I dont think he needss the dough, but theres no cap on what you can make, Joshua said in the bowels of Manchester Arena, two hours after dismantling Molina with the minimum of fuss. Cheap Chiefs Jerseys. But to own the division again? How long is he going to be around for? Maybe this is to stamp his mark, his last hurrah.The WBA had already sanctioned a super fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the spring of 2017 but the date and location was confirmed minutes after Joshuas win over Molina. Hearn entered the ring, to be followed soon enough by Klitschko, and the April 29 fight was announced.It will be the biggest payday of Joshuas career, potentially earning the 27-year-old Briton more than 10 million pounds ($12.5 million).Of what will be a 14-year age gap between him and Klitschko, Joshua said: Its mad, isnt it? But I think it does play a big role, for sure. But I cant let that be the reason I think Im going to win.Joshua also said he wont let his respect for Klitschko stop him attempting to end the Ukrainians career. They have been sparring partners in the past, and there appears to be a genuine bond between them.I love you, you are awesome, Klitschko said after embracing Joshua in the ring after the Molina fight.I think there are different breeds of animal in this sport but at the end of the day, were all predators, all lions, Joshua said. I think we come together as one and represent the sport of boxing. Thats whats important and we both have that mutual respect.Its more about what hes done. Vitali (Wladimirs older brother and a former heavyweight champion), whats he, the mayor of Kiev? I think they use that platform and thats how I want to present myself. 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It was not the best performance of his ruthless career by Sergey Kovalev in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on Monday night, but it was good enough to beat Isaac Chilemba on points.Kovalev retained his IBF, WBO and WBA light-heavyweight belts and added a cautionary note to the assessments of all those who believe his power could flatten anything from a small elephant down.Chilemba was dropped in the seventh, rocked and hurt in the last but stayed on his feet to join a tiny club of fighters that have heard the final bell against Kovalev.There is no disputing that the Malawian is tough, but he is not as slick as he often looked against Kovalev.The brutal and harsh truth is that Kovalev, back in his beloved Russia after four years and 13 fights, looked like he had not prepared properly and was breathing heavily from round eight, looked short of ideas from the start and lacked zip in his punches.I suspect that his triumphant homecoming for his eighth world-title fight was accompanied by too many distractions and commitments. Krusher looked tired.Now Kovalev will rest, go hunt wild boar with his friend Nikolai Valuev, the former world heavyweight champion who was known as the Beast from the East, before returning to Florida and the most serious boxing camp of his life in preparation for his November showdown with unbeaten, brilliant and often untouchable Andre Ward.A minute before the first bell in Russia, the thinking on Ward vs. Kovalev was simple: Ward has the skills, Kovalev has the power and the brain.The thinking after a few rounds of Kovalev vs. Chilemba had shifted slightly: Ward will be too clever, Kovalev does not have much of a boxing brain.There is no doubt that it will be an easy night for Ward if the same distracted, drained and predictabble Kovalev gets in the ring. France World Cup Jerseys. ?Kovalevs lack of speed against Chilemba was, hopefully, only a temporary failing, perhaps due to a lack of preparation. 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He also connected in Friday nights 11-8 loss in the series opener.I feel stronger, I feel more relaxed, a little quicker swing, Frazier said. For me, its hitting good pitches. I say this all the time, if Im swinging outside the zone Im going to have some trouble. I feel really good at the plate right now.Teheran (3-8) allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings. The All-Star, who missed his last start with an infection in his right thigh, enjoyed facing Quintana.Were pretty close, Teheran said. Sometimes in the offseason we get to work together. It was exciting to be able to pitch against him.Quintana (7-8) won his second straight start despite giving up home runs to Gordon Beckham, Jeff Francoeur and Freddie Freeman in six innings.Chicago had scored 13 runs in Quintanas last 10 starts. With a strong wind aiding fly balls, the left-hander allowed four runs and five hits, but he got the support he needed this time around.Atlanta had chances in the last two innings.Zach Duke replaced Quintana and got four straight outs. Chase dArnaud then doubled off Matt Albers. After a groundout, the White Sox walked Freeman intentionally.Nate Jones then struck out Nick Markakis, who had hit three homers in two games.With closer David Robertson (upper left leg strain) unavailable, Jones came out for the ninth and allowed one-out singles to Adonis Garcia and A.J. Pierzynski.A wild pitch put runners at second and third. Jones struck out Erick Aybar before walking ninth-place hitter Ender Inciarte intentionally.If you have bases loaded, youve got every base to be able to get a force out, manager Robin Ventura said.Jones got his third save by retiring dArnaud on a grounder to third on the first pitch. Fans in yellow Colombia shirts above their flag cheered.I think we have better baseball now, Quintana said. Its good for us and Im proud.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: C Tyler Flowers left with a left hand injury in the second inning and wont play Sunday. I had a checked swing my first at-bat and felt something not good, he said. Pierzynski, a member of Chicagos 2005 World Series-winning team, replaced him and was greeted with a standing ovation.White Sox: Robertson said he wont be able to pitch Sunday, either. Im thinking right after the All-Star break Ill be ready to roll, he said. ... LHP Carlos Rodon wore a brace and was sheepish after spraining his left wrist when he slipped on the dugout steps before Friday nights game. 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"Games like that are going to happen every now and then but its really magnified now. We had a nice little lead, nine outs to go and we were in the drivers seat. "Our bullpen has been very good but they kept coming after us, they have a pretty good lineup. We made a run late, but by then it was too late." Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. also homered as the Dodgers (52-47) won a ninth straight road game to match their longest streak since July 2004. Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs for Los Angeles. Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to centre off Darren Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th. One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time. The Blue Jays (45-54) continue to disappoint after opening the season with great expectations. "Its definitely not how we drew it up, but thats why you have to play the game on the field," Oliver said. "We definitely have to turn it around so we can enjoy the last two and a half months." Jose Reyes had a two-run home run and three RBIs for the Blue Jays, while Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa hit solo shots. Brett Lawrie and Bautista each had two RBIs. "You have to tip your hat when a team comes out swinging like that and can score some runs with some home runs, " Bautista said. "Theres nothing that we can do about it at times. We scored nine runs and thats normally enough and our pitchers are not going to give up home runs but some days are like that." Bautista declined to discuss details of the meeting. "Sometimes teams just have to get together and kind of air some things out," he said. "Teammates have to know what everybody is thinking whats in everybodys head. Today was a good day to do it. "After the (all-star) break we were hoping to come out of the gate strong and we didnt. So it was a good time to do it. It went well, we aired some things out. I like to keep it private. I certainly wont discuss the details of what we talked about." Former Toronto reliever Brandon League (4-3) pitched two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 12th save despite allowing a run. Down 10-8 in the ninth, the Blue Jays made a push when J.P. Arencibia singled home Adam Lind, but Lawrie ended the game with a fly to the warning track in left. "Were fighters," Bautista said. "We showed it today. We scored a lot of runs and theey went ahead and we still tried to battle back. Cheap Miami Marlins Jerseys. Unfortunately we came up a little short. We have a lot of great capable baseball players in this room. "Were not getting the results right now." Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond held the Dodgers to three runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings, while Dodgers counterpart Chris Capuano allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. "I thought (Redmond) did a great job, he gave us what we needed, " Gibbons said. "Its not an easy lineup to face and he held them in check." The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a single by Lawrie, a double by Reyes and a single by Bautista. The Dodgers tied the game 2-2 in the fourth on infield hits to third by Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, a double by Ethier that scored one run and a single by Ellis that plated another. The Blue Jays regained their two-run edge in the bottom of the inning on DeRosas fifth homer of the season, a double by Rajai Davis, an infield single by Arencibia and a sacrifice fly by Lawrie. Bautista then hit his 23rd homer of the season in the fifth to put the Blue Jays up 5-2 and chase Capuano in favour of Carlos Marmol. Hairston made it 5-3 with his solo homer in the sixth and Brett Cecil came out of the Toronto bullpen to replace Redmond after Tim Federowicz doubled. The Blue Jays added three runs in the sixth against Marmol and looked to be cruising. Lawrie singled home Arencibia and he came around on Reyes fifth homer of the season. "You dont feel great when youre down 8-3 there but you also know youve got three innings." Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Weve been throwing up some big innings lately." Down by five, the Dodgers didnt quit. They scored three in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-6 on singles by Puig, Gonzalez and walks to Ramirez and Ethier that forced in a run. After Dustin McGowan replaced Cecil, Ellis greeted him with a two-run single before Hairston was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. McGowan struck out Federowicz and then got the force at home on a close play to end the inning and keep Toronto up by two before Gonzalaz gave L.A. the lead. "That ball was crushed," Mattingly said. "For me, Adrians been our guy all year. I know Hanley (Ramirez) has been really hot but Adrian has just been there the whole season for us. He doesnt get the same attention because hes kind of been consistent." 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Dalton was sacked three times, lost two fumbles and had numerous balls batted down at the line of scrimmage.I dont know how many they tipped at the end. It can be frustrating, Dalton said. My guess is they werent rushing as much, just putting their hands up. . Its just the nature of having to throw the ball.With Green out, Dalton completed passes to nine different players. Only one of those throws went for a score.I thought we moved the ball really well, he said. We were close. Very close. It felt like a typical game against Baltimore, coming down to the end where we had a chance to win or tie it up.It turned out to be just another loss in an injury-marred, disappointing season. The Bengals have won only once since Sept. 29 and are 0-3-1 in their last four. And that is why they now stand on the brink of elimination.We got to find a way to turn it around, try and find a way to win one game at this point, Dalton said. One game, then it can carry over to two. We got to change it.To their credit, the Bengals made a run after falling behind 19-9 with 12:16 remaining. A field goal cut the gap to a touchdown, and Dalton took the offense to the Baltimore 16 before a third-down fumble ended the comeback bid.Thanks to a safety from Baltimore on the final play of the game, the Bengals scored five points in the fourth quarter -- one more than their average. Thats another thing that has to change if Cincinnati is to make a run at the postseason.We had something going there in the final drive in the fourth quarter but we didnt finish it off, running back Rex Burkhead said. Were disappointed, but were going to keep fighting. Thats what this team is made of -- high-character guys who are going to keep fighting.Whether or not Green returns from a hamstring injury next week to face Philadelphia, the Bengals wont feel sorry for themselves.Thats why each and every one of us is in the NFL, said receiver James Wright, who had three catches for 23 yards. 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Two weeks into the NCAA volleyball season, heres whats happening in the world of digs, kills and blocks.Strong start for BruinsFive years ago UCLA reached the pinnacle of the sport but hasnt been close since, missing the postseason in 2013 and losing in the the regional semifinals the last two years.Perhaps 2016 is the year the Bruins, picked to finish second to Stanford in the Pac-12, return to elite status. UCLA is ranked seventh in this weeks American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.Behind seniors Jordan Anderson, Claire Felix and Taylor Formico, UCLA is 6-0, off to its best start since winning the national championship. The Bruins won three matches last week to take the Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu.The Bruins defeated Pacific and Missouri State before punctuating the weekend with a sweep of the host, No. 14 Hawaii. Andersons 39 kills were a tournament high with junior Reily Buechler right behind her with 36.A note on the Rainbow Wahine: senior Nikki Taylor, a second-team All-American a year ago, returned to the lineup after missing Hawaiis first two matches after dislocating her elbow in preseason. Starting middle blocker Annie Mitchem remains sidelined after breaking her left pinkie on Aug. 9.Despite Hawaiis loss, Taylor was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. UCLAs Jennie Frager, with 27 kills and 16 assisted blocks in the three games, and Anderson also earned all-tournament honors.Tar Heels keep rollingOn the heels of a banner opening weekend, ACC preseason favorite North Carolina downed Duke and TCU to stay perfect.North Carolina (5-0) opened the season with a rare upset of Penn State in the Nittany Lions home gym in a five-set thriller. It was only the 15th time ever that a nonconference opponent left Rec Hall a winner.Freshmen continue to play in integral role in North Carolinas success.Playing across town in Durham, the Tar Heels posted their first 20-block outing in a decade behind freshman Sydnye Fields with 15 block assists, a school single-match record.As a team, the Tar Heels recorded 21 stuffs and 38 block assists, also a school record.Outside hitter Julia Scoles, MVP of the Penn State Classic and ACC freshman of the week after opening weekend, amassed 31 kills against Duke and TCU, which continues to receives votes in the national poll.[This freshman class is] learning a lot so early in their careers, coach Joe Sagula said. To get this experience and know how to fight through it is going to pay off later in the season. For Sydnye, as a freshman, to do what she did, its fantastic. It just means a lot for their future. The future for Carolina volleyball over the next few years looks good, because theyll all be back.For good measure, the sweep of TCU was the 1,000th win in Tar Heels history.No. 11 North Carolina will test its mettle this weekend, facing No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 5 Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.Meanwhile, Penn State is still strugglingThe skid continues for Penn State (22-3), which has seemingly gone from bad to worse after falling to North Carolina on opening weekend in State College. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. The Nittany Lions dropped a pair over the weekend, falling to Colorado and No. 9 Stanford in the Big 10/Pac-12 Challenge in Boulder, Colorado. Penn State dropped four spots to No. 17 in the latest poll, and the victory lifted the Buffaloes (4-1) into the poll at No. 18.Through five games, Penn State is still struggling to replace the offense generated by graduated stars Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney.Penn State extended the Buffaloes to five but was outdone 15-3 in the final set, the lowest output for the Nittany Lions in a set since rally scoring began in 2001. It was Colorados first victory over Penn State since 1989, and the Buffaloes capped the weekend with a win over Illinois.No. 9 Stanford swept Penn State the next night in a matchup featuring two of the most storied teams in the sport with 13 national titles between them. It was the first sweep for the Cardinals over the Nittany Lions since 2010, and it came behind eight aces, including four from sophomore Hayley Hodson. Penn State was without an ace and committed nine service errors.Penn State has not had more than one loss through the first five games of the season since 1993, when the Nittany Lions were 3-2 following back-to-back losses to Nebraska and UCLA. Penn State finished 1993 at 31-5 and reached the final four that year. Penn State has not been 2-3 since 1980, when the Nittany Lions finished 34-11.USC revival; Santa Clara arrivalNot only was it a good weekend for UCLA and Stanford, No. 24 USC is back on track, rebounding from an 0-3 start to even its record. The Women of Troy swept then-No. 23 Kentucky, beat Northern Iowa in four and survived Creighton in five to win the USC Radisson Classic.But flying under the radar in the west is Santa Clara, off to its best start at 6-0 since 2005, the most successful year in school history when the team reached the final four. The Broncos, already with a victory over USC, upset Louisville on its home court and finished off Auburn and Stony Brook in the Active Ankle Challenge over the weekend.Santa Clara limited the defending ACC champs to .153 hitting. Meanwhile, Jensen Cunningham hit .440 for the match and .486 for the weekend to be named tournament MVP.The Broncos debuted in the poll this week at No. 19.Joining good companyTampa coach Chris Catanach notched his 1,000th career win when the Division II Spartans swept Franklin Pierce on Friday.Catanach is the third Division II coach to reach that milestone and eighth among coaches in all divisions. Navys Larry Bock is the sports winningest coach with 1,308 victories and Peggy Martin (Central Missouri/Spring Hill) is second with 1,255.Penn States Russ Rose is third overall (1,191), and Hawaiis Dave Shoji is fourth (1,182). 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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade got the ball in the corner, took a dribble to his left and stepped back for the dagger 3-pointer. Cheap Seattle Mariners Jerseys .He made a throat slashing gesture with his right hand after the ball swished through the net and started jumping around as the crowd roared.Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.Wade hit the clinching 3 with 26.3 seconds left. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.To be able to make a shot like that and helps us get this win, its like the perfect storm, Wade said.Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.We lost the game in a fashion we didnt want to lose, Crowder said. I feel like we got punked all night.The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat. Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just 7 of 44 all of last season.Rajon Rondo, signed by Chicago after a resurgent season with Sacramento, added nine assists. Butler had seven rebounds, and the Bulls pounded the Celtics on the glass 55-36.They showed a scrappiness and edge that was missing last season. They were unselfish, passing the ball around, and hit 11 of 25 3-pointers.I think everybodys having fun out there, Butler said.HANGING ONThe Bulls were leading 95-81 midway through the fourth quarter after newcomer Michael Carter-Williams buried a 3 and a floater and Butler hit a floater of his own.The Celtics scored 11 straight to get back into it, a driving layup by Thomas cutting it to 95-92.It was 101-99 when Bostons Jaylen Brown got called for a travel. Wade then nailed that 3 over Bradley to make it a five-point game with 26.3 seconds left, sealing the win for Chicago.Were learning each other, Wade said. Were learning what we have in those types of moments at the end of ballgames and those types of moments.TEMPERS FLAREButler had some heated words with college teammate Crowder late in the first half.Crowder rebounded a miss by Wade -- another Marquette product -- and charged into Butler, leading to a heated exchange.Rondo also got into it with Isaiah Thomas, and all four players got called for technicals.Jaes my guy, Butler said. Its the heat of the moment. Thats whats supposed to happen.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston coach Brad Stevens said Rondo made a good impression on him during their time together in Boston. I thought he was very bright obviously, he understood the game, he can make passes in small areas that I have never seen before, Stevens said. And I tried to coach him like I would coach anybody else. The only thing I would say that you have to be yourself so I coached him like I would coach anybody else.Rondo was working his way back from a torn ACL in his right knee and played in 30 games during Stevens first season -- 2013-14. He started 22 games the following year for Boston before being dealt to Dallas.Bulls: The Bulls signed former Celtics first-round draft pick R.J. Hunter. The guard from Georgia State was let go by Boston this week in what Stevens called a numbers crunch. We had more than 15 NBA players so it was just a matter of time who he was going to get picked up by, Stevens said. I think the way that he plays fits with how they like to play.UP NEXTCeltics: At Charlotte on Saturday.Bulls: Host Indiana on Saturday. Cheap Mariners Jerseys . After Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-5, 6-3, Tsonga followed up with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 win against sixth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin in an all-French match. Wholesale Mariners Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12. SEATTLE -- Wade LeBlanc, Seattles latest entry in its beleaguered rotation, may not be racking up the victories in rapid fashion but the Mariners appreciate anything he can provide.LeBlanc, acquired in a trade with Toronto on June 22, was critical in the Mariners 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, earning his first victory since Sept. 23, 2014.Kyle Seager and Dae-Ho Lee hit two-run homers to power the second straight victory over the American League East-leading Orioles.LeBlanc (1-0) worked six innings, giving up three hits and two runs while walking one and striking out five. He went 646 days between victories.Anytime you get a win, its fun, the 31-year-old left-hander said, whether its five days or 563 days, or however long it is. I dont take anything for granted.His last win was with the Los Angeles Angels against Oakland at the end of his 2014 season. He then played for the Seibu Lions last season and signed a minor-league deal this year with the Blue Jays. He was in the minors when the Mariners acquired him.Thats not an easy lineup to navigate through with all the power they have, but he kind of took some sting out of their bats and kept them off balance, Mariners manager Scott Servais said.The Mariners have had injuries and inconsistencies in the rotation. Ace Felix Hernandez (strain calf) is on the disabled list, Wade Miley (shoulder) just returned from the DL, Taijuan Walker missed his previous start with a sore foot and Nathan Karns has been dispatched to the bullpen.In LeBlancs debut with the Mariners on June 24, he went six innings against St. Louis, allowing three hits without a run. He had a 23 2/3 innings scoreless streak -- dating to 2014 -- entering Fridays game.Hes been phenomenal in both his starts, Seager said. The tempo he throws at, the amount of strikes he throws, the way he goes right after people. He doesnt shy away. Thats a really good offense over there. Hes giving us a chance in these games.Another newcomer, hard-throwing Edwin Diaz, promoted from Double-A Jackson June 6, is also making an impact. In the eighth, he struck out Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Chris Davis. He has 26 strikeouts in first 13 relief appearances.Youve got to tip your hat to him (LeBlanc), and their relievers. I think thats five out of seven for Diaz, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. You know why they like him so much. Hes doing a great job for them. Hes got a great young arm.Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 20th save in 24 opportunities.Kevin Gausman (1-6) took the loss. He went six innings and allowed three runs and eiight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Cheap MLB Jerseys. .He just made a couple of mistakes, Showalter said. When were not scoring runs it gets magnified.The teams traded early home runs. Seattles Seth Smith hit one in the first inning -- his eighth -- and Baltimores Davis went deep in the second -- his 20th. It was Davis 181st as an Oriole, one behind Ken Singleton for eighth place on the clubs all-time list.The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third on Jonathan Schoops two-out single, scoring Joey Richard from second.Nelson Cruz started the sixth with a double off the wall in right-center field. He has played 50 games against his former team and has reached base safely in 47, including 45 with at least one hit.Seager, protecting an 0-2 count, caught a high 96-mph fastball from Gausman and ripped it 15 seats into the bleachers in right. It was his 16th.In the eighth, with Cruz on first, Lee hit his 11th home run, to left field off Chaz Roe.GOING DEEP RESEARCHIn one of the more quirky and esoteric baseball stats, deep research by the Elias Sports Bureau has shown that Baltimores Hyun-Soo Kims home run Thursday meant more than just the record 56, most in major league history for June. It was the 23rd straight year the Orioles have hit at least one home run on June 30. Thats the longest home run streak by any team on any date in history.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: Showalter said RHP Darren ODay (right hamstring strain), who has been on the DL since June 3, felt pretty good today. Thats a good sign. Hes not going backwards, just not going forward.Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (strained calf) threw a 23-pitch bullpen session three hours before Fridays game and was watched by more than a few club personnel. He appeared uninhibited. The plan is for him to throw a simulated game during the series in Houston followed by two rehab starts in the minors then will start after the All-Star break. Hes pretty important, Servais said. We need to get him going in the second half.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Tyler Wilson (4-5, 4.50) has won his last two decisions, although in his previous start he allowed 10 hits and five runs in five innings of a 12-5 victory over Tampa Bay. In two career appearances against Seattle, Wilson is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA.Mariners: LHP James Paxton (1-3, 4.15) is one of the pitchers Servais is counting on in the second half despite just one win this season. He has had one career start against Baltimore, a 4 1/3-inning no-decision. 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AUSTIN, Texas -- The sexual assault scandal that took down Baylor Universitys president and revered football coach also found a problem with a bedrock of the schools faith-based education: a student conduct code banning alcohol, drugs and premarital sex that may have driven some victims into silence. Cheap Mariners Jerseys Authentic .Investigators with the Pepper Hamilton law firm who dug into Baylors response to sexual assault claims determined the schools rigid approach to drugs, alcohol and sex and perceived judgmental responses to victims who reported being raped created barriers to reporting assaults. Some women faced the prospect of their family being notified.A number of victims were told that if they made a report of rape, their parents would be informed of the details of where they were and what they were doing, said Chad Dunn, a Houston attorney who represents six women who have sued Baylor under the anonymous identification of Jane Doe.The nations largest Baptist university is a notably conservative place in one of the most conservative states in the country. Dancing on campus was banned until 1996. Fornication, adultery and homosexual acts were included in an official list of misconduct until May 2015, and the current policy stresses that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity.Students can still be expelled for using drugs or alcohol, though late last year it included amnesty for minor offenses. Pepper Hamilton investigators urged the school to expand amnesty to sexual conduct code violations; the federal government told all U.S. universities in 2011 that conduct policies may have a chilling effect on reporting sexual assault.Amnesty is a no-brainer, said Shan Wu, a former federal sex crimes prosecutor who is now a criminal defense attorney specializing in student legal issues. Unfortunately, these codes force students to engage in life-or-death calculations, added Wu, who isnt involved in the Baylor case.Baylor officials say they are already making changes. Interim President David Garland, who took over in late May for ousted president and chancellor Ken Starr, said the university considered all of the firms recommendations as mandates.Expectations for our students are outlined in university conduct policies and are a reflection of our faith-based mission, school spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said, noting that the amnesty provisions for drug and alcohol use should assure sexual assault victims that Baylor will focus on their allegations. Baylor has repeatedly declined to comment specific cases.Student safety and support for survivors of all types of interpersonal violence are paramount to the mission of Baylor University, Lewis said.But such offers of amnesty are too late for women who previously reported assaults and told Pepper Hamilton investigators about hurdles they faced in dealing with Baylor officials. Eight former Baylor students have brought three federal lawsuits against the school, outlining rape allegations as far back as 2005 that they say were either ignored or discouraged from reporting.Dunn would not allow his clients to be interviewed by the AP to protect their identity, but relayed questions to them.Two women said they were pushed to accept alcohol conduct violations when they reported their assaults, or feared sexual conduct violations if they did.One woman said her case began when she called police to report a physical assault on another woman at an off-campus party. Police demanded to know if she was underage and had been drinking, then arrested and reported her to the school office that investigates conduct code violations, she said. She told Baylor officials her drinking was a result of being raped a month earlier and detailed what happened in person and in a letter.She received an alcohol code violation and told to do 25 hours community service, and when she tried to appeal, the woman said Baylor officials urged her to drop it. The school never pursued her rape claim.I was told by many Baylor staff that they couldnt do anything for me because my assault was off campus, yet they had no problem punishing me for my off-campus drinking, the woman said. Schools are bound by federal law to investigate on- and off-campus sex assault allegations.The threat of a sexual conduct violation was a common issue that Baylor did nothing to dispel, another woman said.Even when the code of conduct wasnt an overt issue, some women who reported sexual assault said they were grilled about their behavior.Stephanie Mundhenk, a former Baylor student who The Associated Press is identifying because she has publicly blogged about Baylors investigation into her 2015 rape allegations, told the AP that she was never threatened by conduct code violations but was repeatedly questioned about her sexual history.I was alarmed, said Mundhenk, who is not among those suing Baylor. It was biased and it was unfair. They were trying to gauge if I was a loose woman. They were looking to attack my reputation. Wholesale Mariners Jerseys . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. 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Ohio State has caught up to Alabama in the odds to win the national championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.The SuperBook moved the Buckeyes into the role of co-favorites early last week, after taking a five-figure wager on Ohio State at 4-1, according to Ed Salmons.Alabama remains the consensus favorite in Las Vegas, but the gap between the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes has narrowed. Alabama opened at 6-1 to win the national championship, with Ohio State opening at 10-1.The Crimson Tide and Buckeyes are now each 5-2 at the SuperBook. Clemson and Washington are next at 6-1, followed by Michigan at 7-1 and Louisville at 8-1. Those six contenders are the only teams with single-digit odds at the SuperBook.Salmons projected Alabama would be around a 3.5-point favorite over Ohio State, if they were to play this week on a neutral field. It definitely would make for a great game, Salmons said. Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading at William Hills U.S. sportsbook, said the line may even be smaller.Under a field goal, I think, he added.Washington attracts big betsThe Washington Huskies inflicted some serious damage on Las Vegas sportsbooks over the weekend.More than twice as much money was bet on Washington-Oregon than any other game at William Hills Nevada sportsbook, with 84 percent of the money on the favored Huskies. Five of the nine largest bets the sportsbook took on Saturday were on Washington, the largest being a $44,000 pop on the Huskies.Washington closed as a 10.5-point road favorite and easily won 70-21, handing multiple sportsbooks their worst defeat on Saturday. Only the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots cost Caesars Palace more money than the Huskies. A Caesars representative said the books loss on Washington was four times greater than any other single-game loss Saturday.The Huskies opened as high as 75-1 to win the national championship at MGMs sportsbook, which took 50 small bets on Washington at those odds. The 6-0 Huskies are now 6-1 to win the title.Washington is kind of the new Oregon, Westgate SuperBook assistant manager Salmons said.The Ducks are 0-5-1 against the spread this season.NFL book reportSunday got off to a good start for bettors, who sided heavily with Brady and the Patriots against the Cleveland Browns. The morning was a little ugly, MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. With Brady coming back, [producing] the normal results, it was the worst game of the morning.The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings also delivered early blows to the sportsbooks, with the Detroit Lions win over the Philadelphia Eagles producing the houses biggest win of the morning.The Lions saved the morning, said Jason MccCormick, a sportsbook director for Station Casinos. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. Outright wins by underdogs Dallas and Atlanta helped the books recover in the afternoon. The Cowboys opened as 1-point favorites, but closed as 2.5-point home underdogs to the Bengals.We had some strong play on Cincinnati, said Rood, who added that Dallas victory would erase all the books losses from the morning.Football vs. baseball bettingMore money is being bet on sports in Nevada than ever before, with the states regulated books handling a record $4.23 billion in 2015. It was the sixth straight year Nevada sportsbooks set record for the amount wagered, with all-time highs being bet on basketball ($1.25 billion) and baseball ($897.31 million), according to gaming control. The amount bet on football, however, saw a slight drop from $1.74 billion to $1.69 billion in 2015, the first year-over-year decrease since 2008-2009, during the recession.Football remains king at the window, though. Three times as much money was bet on the primetime game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers than was bet on Sundays three MLB playoff games combined at William Hills Nevada sportsbook. (That includes wagers on Game 3 of the ALDS between Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, which was postponed by inclement weather).Overall, on Sunday, 11 of the 12 NFL games attracted more betting handle than any of the three baseball games at William Hill. The Washington Redskins-Baltimore Ravens game was the least bet NFL game Sunday. It had comparable handle to each of the baseball games on Sunday.Game 1 between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs on Friday was the most-heavily bet baseball game in the divisional round. It attracted only 5 percent of the handle that Giants-Packers did at William Hill.Presidential oddsHillary Clinton is a 2-9 favorite to win the U.S. presidential election, with Donald Trump listed as a 10-3 underdog at English sportsbook giant William Hill.Graham Sharpe, media relations director for William Hill U.K., told ESPN on Monday morning that 2 million pounds had already been wagered on the presidential election. Sharpe said the book took its largest wager ever placed on any U.S. election last week, when a 46-year-old woman staked 550,000 euros on Clinton at 4-11. The bet would net 200,000 euros. 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OAKLAND, Calif. Nike NFL Jerseys Black Friday . -- Fresh from a much-needed off day after playing a grueling stretch with 30 games in 31 days, the Oakland Athletics jumped on Bronson Arroyo early and kept pushing the Cincinnati pitcher at every chance. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, newly promoted Stephen Vogt hit a sacrifice fly for his first major league RBI, and the As beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Tuesday night. "Its always nice to get those big leads," Donaldson said. "Its kind of been one of those things here lately where we get the opportunities and havent cashed in right away. Tonight, we didnt have a ton of opportunities late in the game but the opportunities we had early in the game we were able to take advantage of and got a lot of good two-out hits." Josh Reddick had an RBI double, Yoenis Cespedes added a run-scoring single, and Brandon Moss also hit a sacrifice fly as the As returned from the road to a cleaned-up Coliseum for an eight-game homestand. There was fresh carpeting and other upgrades nine days after a sewage problem and flooding in the clubhouses and umpire room that sent the As and Mariners scrambling for the locker room of the NFLs Oakland Raiders. Pat Neshek (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, his 14th scoreless appearance in his last 15. Joey Votto hit his 14th homer, and Cincinnatis Derrick Robinson had a career-high four hits. Oakland knocked out Arroyo (6-6) after a season-low four innings -- his shortest start since three innings last July 16 against Arizona at home. The As won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Arroyo surrendered seven runs for the first time since allowing eight against the Indians on July 1, 2011, in Cincinnati. He gave up seven hits. Votto homered leading off the fourth but the Reds missed too many other chances to back Arroyo. Cincinnati left 11 men on base. The Reds hit three straight deep flyballs to centre in the first -- each of which might have cleared the fences in Great American Ball Park. As starter Tommy Milone had his winless stretch reach four starts since a win at Milwaukee on June 3. The lefty walked the final three batters he faced, including Jay Bruces bases-loaded free pass. Manager Bob Melvin then turned to Neshek, who struck out Chris Heisey to end the fifth. While Melvin called it "difficult" removing Milone when he was so close to the five innings he needed for a win, the pitcher knew he was labouring. "You could see it," Milone said. "I walked three guys in a row and walked a guy in. I dont blame him for taking me out right there. It makes it easier when youve got the bullpen we do." The Reds left the bases loaded in the fifth and again an inning later when Votto flied out to end the sixth, then wasted chances again in the eighth. Arroyo lost for only the second time in five June starts, having his two-start winning streak end. He had beaten the As in his last three decisions over five starts since losing his first career appearance against Oakland 15-2 on May 27, 2004. Arroyo also had gone at least six innings with two or fewer earned runs in four straight starts -- but missed doing so in five in a row for the first time since Aug. 24 to Sept. 14, 2009. "I wasnt surprised they swung early. I was surprised at some of the pitches they swung early on," Arroyo said. "They flipped the tables on me. I usually pitch off the beaten path and they came at me with an approach that was a bit awkward." Reds manager Dusty Baker, the former Giants manager who departed after his club fell just short in the 2002 World Series to the wild-card Angels, got back to his Sacramento-area home Monday and brought freshly picked fruit to the clubhouse. He planned to sleep at his other home in San Bruno on Tuesday night. He will be ready for a fresh start Wednesday afternoon. "Tough game today," Baker said. "We out-hit them and we left a lot of men on base."Vogt, who is from Visalia and was acquired in an April 5 trade from Tampa Bay, hit a sacrifice fly in the second for his first career RBI as the As took a 2-0 lead against Arroyo. The As called up the catcher from Triple-A Sacramento and he started and batted eighth. His parents, grandparents, wife and toddler daughter were set to be in the stands for his Oakland debut. He is still searching for his first major league hit, going 0 for 3 to drop to 0 for 28 overall. Vogt was 0 for 25 with two walks in 18 games last season. Since 1990, the only longer hitless streak to open a career was 33 games by Chris Carter with the As in 2010. The Reds placed second baseman Brandon Phillips on the paternity list, and he will miss the teams two-game series in Oakland before rejoining the club Friday at Texas. 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Wisconsin is the only West team with a first-year starting quarterback.Heres a look:MICHIGAN STATEThe defending Big Ten champion Spartans are going with fifth-year senior Tyler OConnor, who succeeds the programs all-time wins leader in Connor Cook.OConnor, who started in a win at Ohio State in the absence of an injured Cook, won the job over junior Damion Terry. OConnor has appeared in 14 games, completing 34 of 54 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions.Hes got the ability to move and he understands our offense very, very well. Scale of one to 10, probably 10, coach Mark Dantonio said. Hes a competitor and hes prepared himself for this moment and hes got a great supporting cast around him.MICHIGANWilton Speight or John OKorn? Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has kept the choice secret to people outside the team. Everyone will know Saturday when No. 7 Michigan hosts Hawaii.Speight, a 6-6, 243-pound junior, is best known for taking over for an injured Jake Rudock at Minnesota last year and leading the game-winning touchdown drive. OKorn, a 6-4, 215-pound senior, was a record-setter at Houston before transferring and sitting out last season.Senior Shane Morris also was in the competition, but signs point to it being Speight or OKorn.All three of us could start at 120 colleges across the country, OKorn said.PENN STATETrace McSorley beat out redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens mostly because of his experience as Christian Hackenbergs top backup. Dont expect the Nittany Lions offense to look the same.First-year offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has installed a spread system, and the mobile McSorrley looks the part. Nike NFL Jerseys Online. The 6-foot, 205-pound sophomore appeared in seven games last year. He took over for an injured Hackenberg in the second quarter of the 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl and was named team MVP for the game.INDIANAJunior-college transfer Richard Lagow emerged as the starter early in preseason practice and will be surrounded by one of the most experienced supporting casts in the Big Ten.Coach Kevin Wilson said the 6-6, 237-pound Lagow actually moves better than his predecessor, the prolific Nate Sudfeld, and has an arm that could be just as good. Lagow threw for 2,285 yards and 21 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions, for Cisco (Texas) Community College and was, according to ESPN, the top-ranked pocket-passing junior-college QB.The Hoosiers have experience behind Lagow with Zander Diamont, who backed up Sudfeld and started six games two years ago.WISCONSINBart Houston was one of the nations top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school, and hell finally make his first start as a 23-year-old, fifth-year senior.The 6-4, 235-pound Houston appeared in 15 games as Joel Staves backup the last three years. He played in seven games last season, taking over in the Illinois game after Stave sustained a head injury. Houston was 22 for 33 for 232 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, against the Illini.Houston is fairly mobile for his size, which should help a Badgers team that is young on the offensive line.Interesting fact: his parents named him after Packers great Bart Starr. Houstons first start comes Thursday against No. 5 LSU in Starrs old stomping grounds, Lambeau Field in Green Bay.---Online: AP college football website: Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '
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