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Freo ties up Barlow

Michael Barlow has re-signed with the Dockers.

Michael Barlow has re-signed with the Dockers. Source: Information Limited

LATE-blooming Fremantle star Michael Barlow has capped off an excellent 2013 by re-signing with the Dockers till the top of 2016.

Despite arising quick in the grand ultimate, the 26-yr-previous midfielder enjoyed a stellar season by which he polled a career-excessive 14 Brownlow votes.

Drafted out of the VFL as a rookie in 2009, Barlow proved his star quality with a standout qualifying ultimate performance by which he netted 32 disposals and kicked three goals in Freo’s huge win over Geelong.

Barlow solely missed one recreation in 2013 having recovered from a damaged leg the season before and said he was keen to get a contract locked away earlier than the 2014 season began..

“It is a actually thrilling time and I was fairly eager to get it accomplished as quickly as potential. I have not actually been main right into a season out of contract,” Barlow mentioned.

“Having all of it sorted before Christmas means I can put together very well for 2014 and that’s my sole focus.”

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Jacksonville Jaguars could actually make the playoffs

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Precisely one month ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars had been 0-eight and had analysts legitimately wondering whether or not they’d be the second group in NFL history to complete 0-sixteen. After an surprising turnaround that features Thursday evening’s victory over the Houston Texans, Jacksonville now sits at four-9, a greater file than 2012 playoff groups just like the Falcons, Redskins and the aforementioned Texans.

Though Jacksonville’s current three-game profitable streak is more than likely just building a foundation for next season (and moving the Jags down the draft board), there’s nonetheless a not-so-loopy situation wherein the workforce may truly make the playoffs. I mean, it’s crazy, nevertheless it’s not that loopy. Here’s the way it may play out, through ESPN’s Playoff Machine:

• Jacksonville wins out …

… (vs. Buffalo, vs. Tennessee and at Indianapolis in Week 17, when the Colts will doubtless relaxation its starters earlier than internet hosting a wild card game).

• Tennessee loses …

… to Denver on Sunday and only wins one in every of two towards the Cardinals and Texans.

• Baltimore loses …

… games to the Lions, Patriots and Bengals.

• Miami beats Pittsburgh …

… on Sunday, then loses its final three to New England, Buffalo and the Jets.

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• The Steelers lose …

… two of their ultimate 4 video games (vs. Miami, vs. Cincinnati, at Inexperienced Bay, vs. Cleveland).

• Rex Ryan and the Jets …

… proceed being Rex Ryan and the Jets by beating the Dolphins in Week 17 and dropping two of three video games to the Raiders, Browns and Panthers.

And similar to that, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a road sport within the first spherical of the NFL playoffs. Simple peazy, proper?

Okay, after all there’s virtually no probability of all these items happening in tandem. None of these eventualities is that far-fetched, but all of them taking place at the similar time would take a minor miracle, and that ship sailed for Jacksonville after they failed to sign Tim Tebow.

Nonetheless, it’s Dec. 6 and the phrases “Jaguars” and “playoffs” are being used collectively and not drawing guffaws. That’s an accomplishment in itself.

(Because of @fbgchase for sharing this far-fetched, but fun, situation.)

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GM defends Peralta signing; Cards are not ‘police’

John Mozeliak has defended the Cardinals signing of Jhonny Peralta.
John Mozeliak has defended the Cardinals signing of Jhonny Peralta. (USATSI)

Peralta indicators 4-yr, $52 million take care of St. Louis | Tipping level?

The Cardinals have been met with some criticism from gamers, fans and media after inking shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a 4-yr, $fifty two million contract this past season. The problem in the minds of the dissenters is that Peralta was seemingly “rewarded” for a season in which he served a 50-sport suspension for his ties to PED through the Biogenesis clinic.

As for his facet of the story, Cardinals normal supervisor John Mozeliak replied with the following in a press convention Monday morning: “I don’t think it is the Cardinals duty essentially to be the moral police on probably future employment.”

More from Mozeliak:

“The shortstop market was one that was not deep in free brokers. For us it was actually focusing on someone who might hit from the right facet, somebody who was a steady defensive participant, someone who had expertise and could fit proper in.”

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Character and make-up are one thing we weigh into our determination-making. In his case, he admitted what he did, he took duty for it. I feel like he has paid for his errors, and obviously if he have been to make another one, then it might be a huge disappointment.

Mozeliak also stated that he actually agrees with the sentiment that apparently a 50-sport suspension for a first offense doesn’t seem to be sufficient of a deterrent, but apparently he doesn’t have a problem playing legally throughout the guidelines. That’s certainly his proper.

He does, nevertheless, believe the sport is cleaner these days than it was prior to now.

“I believe Major League Baseball has carried out an incredible job making an attempt to clean up this sport, and I really feel like they’ve taken great steps,” he stated.

The current MLB collective bargaining agreement is signed by Dec. 1, 2016, so it is doable any modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement must wait till then, but you by no means know. Modifications to the JDA could be made with out amending the CBA, as one might recall that this previous January MLB added random, in-season testing for human progress hormone (HGH).

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Jose Bautista shut down for the rest of the Blue Jays’ disappointing season

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You know when you’re excited to go to a celebration and then you get there and it’s actually, actually disappointing? And you simply wish to depart early, however you possibly can’t as a result of everyone would notice and that may be embarrassing.

Well, the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays are that disappointing get together and Jose Bautista is a lucky guy in this sense — he gets to go away early.

The Blue Jays on Wednesday shut down Bautista for the remainder of the season. It isn’t a huge surprise. He is been out since Aug. 20 with a femur bone bruise — another injury woe for the hobbled Blue Jays, who’ve limped their technique to a 64-seventy five record. This is in a season, thoughts you, the place they have been anointed preseason favorites to win the World Series. At this level, no person’s going to overlook Bautista all that much. It is higher to rest up, heal up and check out again next 12 months.

Bautista’ season ends with a 259/.358/.498 batting line and 28 homers with seventy three RBIs, which is not near his MVP-contending seasons of a few years back. It is pretty comparable, actually, to his 2012 marketing campaign, which was also lower brief due to harm. Bautista obtained the “shut down” discover on Aug. 28 last year.

On the optimistic aspect? Maybe this will encourage the Toronto police to write down us one other funny report.

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Photographic proof that Gareth Bale’s unveiling at Real Madrid actually happened

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Real Madrid were finally able to make use of their reconstructed stage and unveil freshly signed Gareth Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu on transfer deadline day. That completion of deal that took all summer and required a new world record transfer fee attracted 30,000 fans to greet Bale at the stadium (Cristiano Ronaldo’s unveiling drew 80,000 fans in 2009), but some of them were apparently there just to tell Real Madrid not to sell Mesut Ozil.

First up for Bale, it was the medical exam complete with obligatory awkward exam table photo op…

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Then, to show what he’s been up to while doing all he can to not play for Tottenham, Bale said a few words in Spanish once he took to the podium.

“Hola,” he said in his perpetually pubescent voice. “Es un sueno para mi juga para Real Madrid. Gracias por este gran acogida. Hala Madrid!” (“Hello, it’s a dream for me to play for Real Madrid. Thank you for the great welcome. Go Madrid!”)

And just to keep Cristiano Ronaldo happy, he said this (via the Guardian):

“Cristiano, for me, is the best player in the world. He’s a massive factor in why I wanted to come here. It comes no better than him and it’ll be an honour to play with him and we’ll have a great team and hopefully win a lot of things together,” he said.

“I don’t think I need to help him [Ronaldo] because he’s already proved he’s the best in the world.”

He then posed with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his new shirt beside a poster of him wearing a Real Madrid shirt as a child. You know, just to prove his Madridista street cred.

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Then it was time for his girlfriend, baby daughter and extended family to get involved for this year’s Christmas card photo…

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Next it was time to put on the full kit and hit the pitch to prove his basic proficiency with a football now that he’s the most expensive transfer in the history of Earth.

Then he did that heart thing with his fingers that he trademarked over his new badge.

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And finally, the badge kissing. So much badge kissing.

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