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Source: Charlie Brenneman Replaces Jason High at UFC Fight Night 35 in Georgia


JasonHigh

has been compelled out of a planned

UFC Combat Night 35

clash with

BeneilDariush

due to a ruptured appendix.

Excessive announced his ailment through Twitter on Thursday morning, postinga image of himself in a hospital restoration room. Sherdog.com thenconfirmed with a source close to the bout that CharlieBrenneman will return to the UFC to switch Excessive on the Jan. 15event. MMAJunkie.com first reported Brenneman’s UFC return, thoughpromotion officers haven’t but introduced the reserving. UFC FightNight 35 takes place at The Enviornment at Gwinnett Middle in Duluth,Ga., and is headlined by a middleweight showdown pitting formerStrikeforce champion LukeRockhold towards CostasPhilippou.

Brenneman has received four straight fights since receiving his UFCrelease final year on the heels of back-to-again defeats. “TheSpaniard” finished three of his four victims in that span, mostrecently tapping Bellator alum Kyle Bakerwith an arm-triangle choke this past October.

High, 32, posted again-to-back Octagon victories after stumbling inhis UFC debut, scoring a quick submission of James Headthis past August earlier than outpointing AnthonyLapsley on Nov. 16 at UFC 167. “The Kansas Metropolis Bandit” has wonnine of his final 10 bouts, 4 of which he ended inside thedistance.

AdlanAmagov was initially expected to face High on the occasion beforebeing changed by Dariush last week for undisclosed causes. The24-yr-outdated Dariush has been good to date in his pro profession andwill make his Octagon debut on the power of six consecutivevictories.

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Fantasy Basketball: Top Performers from 12/02/13

Dec 2, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small ahead Luol Deng (9) passes away from New Orleans Pelicans heart Jason Smith (14) through the first half of their recreation at the United Heart. Mandatory Credit score: Matt Marton-USA AT PRESENT Sports activities

As we start to transition from fantasy soccer season and start to ramp up our fantasy basketball coverage, we’ll be profiling the top performers who single-handedly power their homeowners to wins with their gigantic performances. Whether or not you are enjoying in a one-evening day by day league or a ultra-deep, tremendous-competetive season-long league, these are the players who made the largest distinction last night with big performances.

Luol Deng-Chicago Bulls

You’ll discover a theme in at present’s submit because the Bulls and Pelicans performed a triple-overtime basic with plenty of points and scoring to make every fantasy owner blissful except the guy who drafted Derrick Rose. Deng finished with 37 factors and 8 rebounds whereas adding 7 assists and shooting 56 %. In the end the Bulls fell by a rating of 131-128, however Deng homeowners received a nice stuffed stat line from the small ahead.

James Harden-Houston Rockets

Harden has returned with a bang after a tricky first game back scoring 30+ in again-to-back video games. Last night time in a losing effort in Utah he completed with 37 points with a steal, eight assists, three three-pointers, and three rebounds. He’s back and returning to elite form so play him with confidence going ahead. It’s additionally worth noting that Patrick Beverly is picking up minutes in Houston for Jeremy Lin but not contributing much of fantasy worth.

Ryan Anderson-New Orleans Pelicans

Dec 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power ahead Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over New York Knicks small ahead Carmelo Anthony (7) throughout the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. New Orleans Pelicans won 103-ninety nine. Mandatory Credit score: Anthony Gruppuso-USA IN THE PRESENT DAY Sports

Anderson is able to put up loopy numbers for the next few weeks while Anthony Davis is sidelined. Final evening he dropped 36 factors against the Bulls on seven three-pointers whereas adding six rebounds and a block.

 

Tim Duncan-San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan had his biggest night of the younger season and has been delivering stable numbers over the previous three video games. He took it to a different stage last evening against the Hawks scoring 23 factors while grabbing 21 rebounds and including a pair of assists, a pair of blocks, and a steal. He hit the game-winner too and remains a must-begin in all fantasy codecs.

Gordon Heyward-Utah Jazz

Though the Jazz have stumbled out of the gate, Heyward helped them get an enormous win in opposition to visiting Houston final night time. He scored 29 points on an environment friendly 12-18 shooting while including 5 boards and three assists. Heyward has the potential for giant video games like this, however he’s higher used as an throughout-the-board stat stuffer as he racks up big minutes for the Jazz.

Taj Gibson-Chicago Bulls

Gibson contributed a monster line for his owners and has come on strong the previous few video games making him an intriguing pickup possibility within the 90+ % of leagues the place he’s nonetheless obtainable. He completed final night time with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Trevor Ariza-Washington Wizards

Dec 2, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) makes an attempt a shot as Orlando Magic level guard Ronnie Value (10) defends through the first half at the Verizon Heart. Obligatory Credit score: Brad Mills-USA AT THE MOMENT Sports activities

Ariza turned in his second large game in a row matching his 24 points from Saturday with 24 extra while adding six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Since coming back from his hamstring injury, he’s scored in double-figures in five straight games and contributes in steals and assists as effectively.

Jason Smith-New Orelans Pelicans

In our sleeper line of the night time, Smith turned in a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds against Chicago and may see a boost in his manufacturing as he helps absorb the minutes left behind in the wake of Anthony Davis’s damage. Smith is owned in solely 7.2% of ESPN leagues.

 

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Kidd: ‘Probably shouldn’t have’ spilled drink

HOUSTON – Jason Kidd said he was just “trying to win” when he intentionally spilled a drink on the court, a stunt that cost him $50,000.

The Brooklyn Nets coach was fined Thursday, with the NBA saying he intentionally spilled his drink as a stall tactic.

He tried to avoid talking about it Friday, but when pressed, he relented.

” Paul [Pierce] got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” he said. “We’ll move on.”

Kidd bumped into Brooklyn reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, causing his drink to spill. A video of the play showed Kidd seeming to ask Taylor to “hit me” as the guard walked toward the bench.

The Nets had time to draw up a play while the floor was being cleaned after the spill but still lost 99-94.

Kidd was asked whether he regretted the unusual move and why he decided to go with it.

“It’s about trying to win and those guys in that locker room, and I tried to put those guys in a position to get a basket, a good look and we did,” he said.

He also was questioned on where he came up with the ploy.

[+] EnlargeJason KiddAP Photo/John MinchilloNets coach Jason Kidd said he “probably shouldn’t have” spilled a drink on the court in the final seconds of Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.

“Um, just listening to other coaches or other owners talk about coaches and what they’ve done,” he said.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni got a little hot under the collar when asked Friday about the incident.

“I knew he was going to get caught,” D’Antoni said. “You can’t do that. That’s crazy. He can’t do that. It’s cute for a lot of people, but you can’t do that.”

D’Antoni said he did not notice how the spill happened, but his players picked up on it immediately. Both Steve Blake and Xavier Henry hovered around the Nets’ impromptu huddle to spy on the play being drawn up.

“I’m glad they did,” D’Antoni said of Blake and Henry’s bit of gamesmanship in response to Kidd’s move. “They should have.”

D’Antoni said “you can’t do that” or “he can’t do that” no less than seven times in the two minutes he discussed Kidd’s decision, adding that it was “nuts” to try such a stunt.

“That’s against the rules,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t think that’s very savvy or cool. I love Jason to death, he’s going to be a great coach, but no, you don’t do that.”

D’Antoni, the NBA’s coach of the year in 2004-05 with the Phoenix Suns, admitted there are tricks a coach can use to try to affect the outcome of a game outside of simply drawing up plays, making substitutions, working the referees and calling timeouts, but he said Kidd crossed the boundary of fair game.

“You can catch somebody’s eye on the baseline on foul shots and stuff, as long as you stay off the court and in the rules,” D’Antoni said. “You can do those things, but you shouldn’t get on the court. You shouldn’t run into people on the court. You shouldn’t drop things on the court, especially when they’re not warranted [from an accident]. You can’t do that.”

Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale offered a one word answer when he was asked for his opinion on the move before Friday night’s game against the Nets.

“Expensive,” he said with a smile.

When Kidd was told of the comment, he, too, smiled.

“Yes, it was,” he said and shook his head.

Kidd, who is in his first year as a coach, was suspended for the first two games of the season after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case.

The Nets are off to a 4-11 start entering Friday’s game.

ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FA Tracker

CURRENT INFORMATION:
• (11/23/13 – 9:forty five p.m. ET) Angels sign reliever Joe Smith to a 3 year, $16MM contract. Full Story
• (eleven/23/thirteen – 6:15 p.m. ET) Yankees signal catcher Brian McCann to a 5 12 months, $85MM contract. Full Story
• (eleven/22/13 – 8:00 a.m. ET) Mets signal outfielder Chris Young to a one yr, $7.25MM contract. Full Story
• (eleven/21/thirteen – 4:30 p.m. ET) Giants sign reliever Javier Lopez to 3 yr, $13MM contract. Full Story
• (11/21/thirteen – four:15 p.m. ET) Royals sign starter Jason Vargas to 4 12 months, $32MM contract. Full Story

 


Robinson
Cano, 2B
Total Rank 1
Position Rank 1
AVG .314
HR 27

Jacoby
Ellsbury, OF
Total Rank 2
Position Rank 1
AVG .289
HR 9

Shin-Soo
Choo, OF
General Rank 4
Place Rank 2
AVG .285
HR 21

Place . Pitchers

2014 MLB Free Brokers – Position Players
Rank Participant Final Team Pos Age AB HR AVG RBI STATUS
1 Robinson Cano Yankees 2B 30 605 27 .314 107
2 Jacoby Ellsbury Crimson Sox OF 30 577 9 .298 53
3 Brian McCann Braves C 30 356 20 .256 fifty seven Signed by Yankees – 5 years, $85MM (eleven/23/thirteen)
four Shin-Soo Choo Reds OF 31 569 21 .285 fifty four
5 Ben Zobrist Rays 2B 33 612 12 .275 seventy one Signed by Rays – $7MM membership choice (11/2/13)
6 Carlos Beltran Cardinals OF 37 554 24 .296 eighty four
7 Nelson Cruz Rangers OF 33 413 27 .266 76
eight Mike Napoli Red Sox 1B 32 498 23 .259 ninety two
9 Coco Crisp A’s OF 34 513 22 .261 sixty six Signed by A’s – $7.5MM club option
10 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox C 29 425 14 .273 sixty five
11 Curtis Granderson Yankees OF 33 214 7 .229 15
12 Stephen Drew Purple Sox SS 31 442 thirteen .253 67
thirteen Yunel Escobar Rays SS 31 508 9 .256 56 Signed by Rays – $5MM club possibility (eleven/2/thirteen)
14 Corey Hart Brewers 1B 32 562 30 .270 83
15 Jhonny Peralta Tigers SS 32 409 11 .303 55
sixteen David DeJesus Rays OF 34 391 eight .251 38 Signed by Rays – 2 years, $10.5MM extension (eleven/2/13)
17 Kendrys Morales Mariners 1B 30 602 23 .277 eighty
18 Juan Uribe Dodgers 3B 34 388 12 .278 50
19 A.J. Pierzynski Rangers C 37 503 17 .272 70
20 Carlos Ruiz Phillies C 35 310 5 .268 37 Signed by Phillies – three years, $26MM (eleven/18/thirteen)
21 Omar Infante Tigers 2B 32 453 10 .318 fifty one
22 Dioner Navarro Cubs C 30 240 13 .300 34
23 James Loney Rays 1B 30 549 13 .299 75
24 Marlon Byrd Pirates OF 36 532 24 .291 88 Signed by Phillies – 2 years (eleven/12/thirteen)
25 Mike Morse Orioles 1B 32 312 13 .215 27
26 Derek Jeter Yankees SS 40 63 1 .190 7 Signed by Yankees – 1 12 months, $12MM (11/1/13)
27 Kelly Johnson Rays OF 32 366 sixteen .235 fifty two
28 Nate McLouth Orioles OF 32 531 12 .258 36
29 Eric Chavez Diamondbacks 3B 36 228 9 .281 44
30 Raul Ibanez Mariners OF 42 454 29 .242 sixty five
31 Jose Molina Rays C 38 283 2 .233 18
32 David Murphy Rangers OF 32 436 13 220 forty five Signed by Indians – 2 years, $12MM (eleven/19/thirteen)
33 Franklin Gutierrez Mariners OF 31 one hundred forty five 10 .248 24
34 John Buck Pirates C 33 392 15 .222 62
35 Brendan Ryan Yankees SS 32 319 four .197 22 Signed by Yankees (11/18/13)
36 Justin Morneau Pirates 1B 33 572 17 .259 77
37 Adam Lind Blue Jays 1B 30 465 23 .288 67 Signed by Blue Jays – $7MM membership choice (10/31/thirteen)
38 Kevin Youkilis Yankees 3B 35 one hundred and five 2 .219 8
39 Paul Konerko White Sox 1B 38 467 12 .244 54
forty Chris Young A’s OF 30 335 12 .200 40 Signed by Mets – 1 year, $7.25MM (11/22/thirteen)
41 Mark Reynolds Yankees 1B 30 445 21 .220 sixty seven
forty two Mark Ellis Dodgers 2B 37 433 6 .270 forty eight Dodgers decline $5.75MM possibility (10/31/thirteen)
43 Rajai Davis Blue Jays OF 33 331 6 .260 24
forty four Michael Younger Dodgers 3B 37 519 eight .279 forty six
forty five Jeff Baker Rangers 1B 33 154 11 .279 21
forty six Kurt Suzuki A’s C 30 285 5 .232 32 A’s decline $8.5MM club possibility
forty seven Delmon Young Rays DH 28 334 eleven .260 38
48 Andres Torres Giants OF 36 272 2 .250 21
49 Brian Roberts Orioles 2B 36 265 8 .249 39
50 Nick Punto Dodgers SS 36 294 2 .255 21 Signed by A’s – 1 yr, $2.75MM
fifty one Jerry Hairston Dodgers 3B 38 204 2 .211 22
52 Jason Kubel Indians OF 32 259 5 .216 32 Indians decline $7.5MM membership choice
fifty three Rafael Furcal** Cardinals SS 36 477 5 .264 49
fifty four Wilson Betemit Orioles 3B 32 10 0 .000 0
fifty five Grady Sizemore Indians OF 31 268 10 .224 32
fifty six Mark DeRosa Blue Jays 2B 39 204 7 .235 36 Retired (eleven/12/thirteen)
fifty seven Skip Schumaker Dodgers 2B 34 319 2 .263 30 Signed by Reds – 2 years, $5MM (11/18/13)
58 Geovany Soto Rangers C 31 163 9 .245 22 Signed by Rangers – 1 yr, $3.05MM (eleven/5/thirteen)
59 Carlos Pena Astros 1B 36 280 8 .207 25
60 Clint Barmes Pirates SS 35 304 5 .211 23
61 Kelly Shoppach Indians C 34 109 3 .193 9
62 Casey McGehee** Yankees 1B 31 318 9 .217 forty one
sixty three Cesar Izturis Reds SS 34 129 0 .209 eleven
64 Reed Johnson Braves OF 37 123 1 .244 eleven Braves decline $1.6MM club possibility
65 Brayan Pena Tigers C 32 229 4 .297 19 Signed by Reds – 2 years, $2.275MM (11/eight/13)
sixty six Yorvit Torrealba Rockies C 35 179 zero .240 sixteen
67 Placido Polanco Marlins 3B 38 377 1 .260 23
68 Ramon Santiago Tigers 2B 34 205 1 .224 14
69 Jason Giambi Indians DH 43 186 9 .183 31 Signed by Indians – Minor league deal (10/31/13)
70 Lance Berkman Rangers DH 37 256 6 .242 27 Rangers decline $12MM membership possibility
seventy one Juan Pierre Marlins OF 36 308 1 .247 8
seventy two Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 2B 36 139 zero .317 14
73 Luke Scott Rays DH 36 253 9 .241 forty
74 Will Nieves Diamondbacks C 36 195 1 .297 22
seventy five Alex Gonzalez Brewers SS 36 113 1 .177 eight
seventy six Ramon Hernandez Dodgers C 38 48 three .208 6
77 Travis Hafner Yankees DH 37 262 12 .202 37
78 Alexi Casilla Orioles 2B 29 112 1 .214 10
seventy nine John McDonald Red Sox SS 39 69 1 .116 4
eighty Rick Ankiel Mets OF 34 128 7 .188 18
eighty one Jeff Francoeur Giants OF 30 245 3 .204 17
82 Jason Bay Mariners OF 35 206 11 .204 20
eighty three Henry Blanco Mariners C forty two 134 three .142 14
84 Lyle Overbay Yankees 1B 37 445 14 .240 fifty nine
85 Laynce Nix Phillies OF 33 128 2 .a hundred and eighty 7
86 Jamey Carroll Royals 2B 40 227 0 .211 eleven Royals decline $2MM membership possibility
87 Humberto Quintero Mariners C 34 131 four .237 13
88 Miguel Olivo Marlins C 35 74 4 .203 9
89 Brandon Inge Pirates 2B 37 a hundred and five 1 .181 7
ninety Austin Kearns Marlins OF 34 27 0 .185 zero
91 Casey Kotchman Marlins 1B 31 20 zero .000 1
92 Yunieski Betancourt Brewers 1B 32 391 thirteen .212 forty six

General rankings determined by the typical position as voted on by the EOB employees.

* Participant has no MLB stats. Stats taken from most recent overseas skilled season.

** Participant has no MLB stats for 2012. Stats taken from most recent MLB season.

*** Participant has stats for each an expert international league and MLB. Stats taken from most recent skilled season.

 

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Jason Pierre-Paul says Giants defense ready to ‘hunt’ Tony Romo

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates his interception return for a landing with New York Giants nook back Terrell Thomas (24) during the fourth quarter of a game against the Inexperienced Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit score: Brad Penner-USA RIGHT NOW Sports activities

The New York Giants protection, led by defensive finish Jason Pierre-Paul, is doing a lot of trash talking earlier than their coming match up against the Dallas Cowboys. This is already an NFC East rivalry recreation that doesn’t want extra hype, but Pierre-Paul is speaking a lot you’d suppose he is trying to promote pay-per-views for a boxing match.

Earlier in the week Pierre-Paul made a powerful prediction in regards to the Cowboys sport.

“We’re going to put it on them, man,” Pierre-Paul stated, by way of Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. “I’m fairly certain the offense is going to get going. The protection is going to get going much more. And the particular teams will contribute to it.

“It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be a dogfight. There’s going to be lots of blood spilled out there.”

He isn’t backing off his comments as the game approaches. He received specific relating to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“At the end of the day it don’t matter what quarterback’s in the recreation or no matter, because we going to hunt, that’s what we do up entrance,” Pierre-Paul advised NFL Community’s “NFL AM” Friday . “…No matter we going to do, we’re going to hunt. Tony Romo is an efficient quarterback however we’re going to get after him this week.”

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Andre Ellington to Jason Babin: “Hey homeboy, don’t pull my dreads out, dog”

Jason Babin ripped out some of Andre Ellington' s hair

Andre Ellington had considered one of his dreadlocks pulled out by Jason Babin of the Jaguars Sunday, and if you wish to know what it appeared like stay, right here’s video. I believed it would damage more, but I guess players take a pounding, so shedding a clump of hair is not any big deal.

After the sort out Ellington told Babin:

“Hey homeboy, don’t pull my dreads out, canine”

Associated: Jason Babin Tackled Andre Ellington and Ripped Out Some Hair
Associated: Running Again a hundred Yard Games: Endangered Species in 2013

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Trades! Jason Kubel to Indians and John Axford to Cardinals

Axford’s mustache is legendary, while Kubel’s beard is conservative. (Getty)

Two trades had been accomplished Friday morning, beating the Sept. 1 deadline for playoff eligibility. The Cleveland Indians, hoping slugger Jason Kubel regains his power stroke in the season’s ultimate month, acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The St. Louis Cardinals wager on right-hander John Axford, buying the Milwaukee Brewers’ former nearer.

The D-backs will get a minor leaguer to be named. The Brewers anticipate likewise for Axford.

Kubel, who hit 30 home runs and 30 doubles a season ago with Arizona, has struggled with leg injuries and decreased taking part in time in 2013, reviews Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Kubel, 31, batted220/.288/.324 with 5 homers in 267 plate appearances. He also had a string of above-average performances with the Twins from 2007-2011. He will put on No. 12 for the Indians, they report.

Axford saved one hundred and five video games from 2010 to 2012, however misplaced his job to Jim Henderson early this season and didn’t get it back when Henderson gave it up (for some time) to Francisco Rodriguez. Nonetheless, Axford put collectively a long streak of success in middle relief for the Brewers, compiling a 0.34 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eleven walks in 26 2/three innings from late May to late July. He has struggled since then. It’s all small sample sizes. Perhaps the Cardinals will get a nice closing push from him, like they did in earlier seasons from different late acquisitions by GM John Mozeliak. St Louis leads the NL Central by one game over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin mentioned a pleasant factor about Axford in a press release:

“John has been a big contributor to the Brewers, and we do not go to the playoffs in 2011 without his excellent efficiency. He and his spouse, Nicole, can even be missed as contributors to the Milwaukee community.”

Axford, with his award-successful Buffalo Invoice/handlebar mustache look and outgoing persona on Twitter and in person, was a fan favorite in Milwaukee. Of course, love might be fickle, and when Axford struggled, Twitter wasn’t as much enjoyable of a place to have interaction followers.

Kubel is quiet by comparison, however by all accounts a great man in the clubhouse, for what it is value. It would be price much more if he also hit some residence runs.

The Indians came into Friday 6 half of behind the Tigers in the AL Central and 4 video games back within the wild card race. But they’ve a650 OPS as a crew in August, and have lost several gamers to harm, most not too long ago Ryan Raburn. The Indians have used Jason Giambi, a participant with the same ability set to that of Kubel, as a left-handed hitting DH. However at age forty two, Giambi is batting185/.278/.383 with eight homers in 187 plate appearances. Kubel also could possibly be auditioning for a job in 2014.

In case you had been questioning, and this comes up every year, Main League Baseball groups still can make trades after Aug. 1, as long as the players concerned either go unclaimed on waivers or a deal is worked out with a team that does make a claim. And, by making these deals earlier than Sept. 1, Kubel and Axford are playoff-eligible for his or her new golf equipment.

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Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homer after 8-year-old Indians fan with cerebral palsy asks

The legend of Babe Ruth promising to hit a home run for a sick little boy really is a true story, even when it sounds too fanciful actually to have occurred. Even in today’s fashionable recreation, stories surface of children — sick or healthy — asking for the unlikely and getting it. Mo Vaughn did, as soon as upon a time. Mets slugger David Wright was requested to hit a home run earlier this season. He did it, then gave the kid a hug. Again in 2011, Willie Bloomquist (of all folks) came by for a younger man in Phoenix.

All proper, superb. However what about two dwelling runs? Double inconceivable? To not Niko Lanzarotta, an 8-12 months-outdated from Strongsville, Ohio dealing with cerebral palsy since he turned eight months outdated. In a pregame assembly with Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night time at Progressive Field, Lanzarotta asked both of them to hit a house run for him. Santana was requested with the added strain of figuring out he was Lanzarotta’s favorite participant (sensible choice, child).

And you realize what? Santana and Kipnis came through for Lanzarotta. Every hit a home run and the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2.

Willing yourself to hit a house runs seems like a troublesome task, even for the most prolific of sluggers. But when you think about that Lanzarotta is excelling in life regardless of CP, hey, it could actually’t be all that tough. Santana even appeared to point at Niko within the stands after circling the bases.

It won’t be 100 percent coincidence, either, that Santana and Kipnis hit residence runs with Niko and his dad and mom, Mike and Kasia, attending a ballgame. Via the Associated Press:

(AP, Mike Lanzarotta)

The Indians, who’re combating for a playoff spot, may wish to give Niko a ticket for the remainder of the reason. Cleveland has received all six video games he is attended.

“He must be a good luck attraction for us two,” stated Kipnis, who broke an 0-for-19 stoop earlier in the game and homered for the first time since July 21.

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Would it be too much for the Indians to ask, if they brought Niko again for every home game, to ask him to ensure victory?

Mike Lanzarotta stated his son fell in love with baseball taking part in in an space league that is open to youngsters with disabilities.

In a manner, that’s probably the most engaging points of baseball: You do not have to be an incredible athlete (or totally able-bodied) in an effort to play it. Certainly not with a purpose to adore it.

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PGA Championship, Round 4: Jason Dufner wins his first major championship

Jason Dufner — Getty Images

• There were plenty of guys with an opportunity to snag this PGA Championship on Sunday, however it was Jason Dufner that took care of enterprise on Sunday at Oak Hill. His Sunday 68 was even better than the rating contemplating he made bogeys on his last two holes, but an excellent player over the last two seasons was deserving of the Wanamaker Trophy.

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• Of all the fellows that had an opportunity on Sunday, it was a fairly lackluster push from everyone besides Dufner. Jim Furyk shot 71, Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt and Adam Scott shot 70 and names like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson could not get a giant push going.

• The PGA Championship began with hope that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might be meeting at the excellent time, but neither may get something going at Oak Hill. Mickelson shot seventy eight-seventy two on the weekend to finish T-72 whereas Woods continued his main struggles with a T-41 finish on the PGA.

Scott Piercy wasn’t in the equation heading into the final round on the PGA Championship, but his Sunday was actually, really good. Piercy shot a round of 5-beneath sixty five regardless of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 18, making eight birdies to complete T-5, his best end ever in a significant.

Tim Clark won’t have had the best week at Oak Hill, but he had the shot of the week on the PGA Championship with this hole-in-one on No. eleven.

Rickie Fowler’s final round 69 was a very good end for the young American, and this photo was the best we found all day at Oak Hill.

“I wasn’t going to play scared or mushy.” — Jason Dufner

While the major season is over, it’s the FedEx Cup playoffs that kick off subsequent week at the Wyndham Championship. With four nice weeks of playoff golf, we’re in luck with the Presidents Cup kicking off on October 6, so while the majors are completed, golf isn’t.

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Training camp roundup: Vonta Leach returns to the Ravens, Eagles lose Jason Phillips to torn ACL

Vonta Leach has re-signed with the Ravens (USA At present Sports Pictures)

We’re lower than every week away from the start of the preseason. Here’s a look at what you may have missed around NFL training camps on Monday, July 28:

• The Vonta Leach saga is formally over as the Professional Bowl fullback was re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens.

“Having Vonta back gives you a bodily presence for certain with your offense – quick yardage, goal line,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “Also, it’s a leadership presence. Obviously, we’ve been hopeful that this may occur all alongside. This isn’t one thing that we weren’t hoping for, and it labored out in our favor.”

• A couple of days after being released by the Denver Broncos, veteran linebacker Joe Mays formally signed with the Houston Texans on Monday. Mays provides depth at inside linebacker as Darryl Sharpton is on the “non-soccer damage” record to begin training camp.

• One other day, one other Philadelphia Eagles lost for the season attributable to a torn ACL. This time, it was linebacker Jason Phillips, who was scheduled to offer depth at inside linebacker this season. Phillips was signed to a two-year, $1.46 million contract on March 15 that included $one hundred fifty,000 in assured money.

Phillips, who tore the ligament in his proper knee, will be part of large receiver Jeremy Maclin on injured reserve.

• Chicago Bears defensive end Turk McBride suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon and will miss the 2013 season.

• After losing large receiver Armon Binns to a torn ACL and MCL, the Miami Dolphins are bringing in veteran vast receiver Laurent Robinson for a exercise on Tuesday, Barry Jackson reports.

• Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert left Monday’s follow with a sprained right ankle, an injury that occurred because of pleasant fireplace. Gabbert was kicked within the shin by guard Uche Nwaneri.

• Buffalo Payments defensive finish Mario Williams has left camp to have his injured foot evaluated, head coach Doug Marrone mentioned. Marrone couldn’t, or would not, say which foot is ailing Williams.

• Twitter Overreaction of the Day: The Bills official Twitter account posted the next quote from quarterback Kevin Kolb: “I’ve by no means played with a guy like @StevieJohnson13 before. He’s a particular athlete”.

Naturally, the quote was re-tweeted by those that instantly talked about Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals’ all-world receiver who performed with Kolb the earlier two seasons. Now this is the precise quote from Kolb, whose comments about enjoying with an unorthodox receiver like Johnson couldn’t be precisely conveyed in one hundred forty characters or less:

“I’m learning each day. Stevie and I had one at present, we missed it early in follow, came again and hit it within the team (interval) late within the observe. Then there’s one I threw it at his ft, the place I’ve now gone again with coach and we’ve discussed something the place now with how Stevie runs the route, let’s change some things of my footwork up for him because now I know how he’s going to run it. That stuff is ever evolving and that’s exciting since you get a feel in your man. You realize what you can expect. Y’all have seen Stevie, he’s a really special player, very talented and very particular, so we’ve got to…Me personally, I’ve never played with a guy like him earlier than, so I’ve received to alter up my footwork right here and there, my thought course of, throwing to him generally as a result of he’s such a special player.”

• Indianapolis Colts large receiver LaVon Brazill will miss the first 4 video games of the 2013 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Brazill admits the suspension was triggered by a constructive test for marijuana, which he is now lower out of his life.

“It’s either cash or marijuana,” Brazill mentioned, through Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. “I do know any considered one of you would select cash any day. That’s gone. I’ll select money any day.”

• In different news from the quarterback class of 2011, Mark Craig of the Star Tribune writes that the one factor that is consistent about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is his inconsistency. That must change for the Vikings to have any likelihood of a repeat look within the playoffs.

• NFL personnel discover roundup: A couple of beforehand reported signing turned official, as Arizona Cardinals first-round guard Jonathan Cooper put pen to paper on his 4-12 months rookie contract. The Denver Broncos formally signed center Steve Vallos, as nicely. Veteran free agent signings included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing security Troy Nolan and the Oakland Raiders adding linebacker Omar Gaither.

The Green Bay Packers signed wide receiver Omarius Hines and security Chris Banjo and positioned security Ryan McMahon on waivers. The St. Louis Rams stuffed out their 90-man roster by signing rookie offensive tackle Graham Pocic.

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Jason Grilli hurting, so we dial up Mark Melancon

Jason Grilli, closer down (USAT)

Pittsburgh’s bullpen has been a major factor in the team’s renaissance season. The Pirates have a 2.77 ERA and 1.11 WHIP from their relief corps, outstanding numbers. But the man at the end of the bullpen, the man in charge of the handshakes, might be down for a while.

Jason Grilli was working on his 31st save Monday at Washington and was just two strikes away from completing the job before injury struck. Grilli was forced out of the game with what the Pirates are terming “right forearm discomfort.” The club has a deep cast of characters ready to step into the gap if the All-Star closer is out for any length of time, but you don’t lose a dominant force like Grilli (2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 13.4 K/9, 30-for-31 on saves) and not feel it.

Let’s hear from the manager, Clint Hurdle. Here’s what he told the team’s official site.

“We’ll wait and see where it all goes, but right now, it’s right forearm discomfort,” said Hurdle, cautioning reporters. “And that’s all I’ve got, so no sense asking me anymore about it. We’re not running him out of here. We’ll see how he feels [Tuesday].”

Vin Mazzaro closed out Monday’s win, but the logical saves hedge here is Mark Melancon. The well-traveled right-hander has rediscovered his game in Pittsburgh, posting a 0.97 ERA and 0.82 WHIP over 46.1 superb innings (six walks, 47 Ks). There’s no reason he can’t handle the ninth if needed, and he’s still available in about two-thirds of Yahoo! leagues.

There’s your lead item – we’ll be back in the early AM with more stories from Monday’s sandlots.

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The NBA Coaching Carousel, Vol. 3: The Ewing family drama

Basketball Corridor of Famer and longtime Wizards, Magic and Rockets assistant coach Patrick Ewing is back in the NBA, working because the newly-minted affiliate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Ewing will run the staff alongside head coach Steve Clifford as group owner Michael Jordan continues a protracted and frustrating rebuilding venture with the long-suffering squad. The previous Knick middle, who was out of the NBA last season, has for simply as lengthy coveted a head teaching gig at this stage, however he appears to have overcome his explicit low point in this realm from final summer season, when he turned down a job with the D-League’s Erie BayHawks final season in order to not slum as a minor league coach.

All gave the impression to be going wonderful for Patrick, till information hit about Jason Kidd’s surprising candidacy and then hiring as Brooklyn Nets head coach. Kidd, who had retired from the sport just days before transferring up the Nets’ listing, has absolutely no coaching experience, and now he’ll be running a workforce that performs in the city that Ewing once routinely drove into the playoffs. Ewing, and son Patrick Ewing Jr. (a former New Orleans Pelican and NBA hopeful), had been greater than a bit greatly surprised.

[Related: Jason Kidd was the best choice for Nets]

Here’s what the younger Ewing wrote on Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday:

 

For actual though I’m mad J Kidd acquired a head teaching job a yr after retiring n my pops been teaching 10 years n barely gets a look

— Patrick Ewing Jr (@pewingjr6) June 13, 2013

That being stated I hope j Kidd does great I’m glad the nets introduced him again. I really like the Knicks but the best supply that they had was NBDL HC? — Patrick Ewing Jr (@pewingjr6) June 13, 2013

Im not mad at J Kidd or hating that he acquired the job. I’m glad for him. I like him. I simply dont get y other qualified coaches get overlooked

— Patrick Ewing Jr (@pewingjr6) June 13, 2013

Ewing Jr. isn’t putting down the D-League, as the former Georgetown product was a D-League All-Star in 2011 before taking his sport abroad. And as he states, this isn’t a slam at Jason Kidd.

It’s just a bit … sudden.

Ewing appeared on The Dan Patrick Present on Thursday to discuss the Brooklyn rent:

 

(And for those that can’t play the clip whereas at work …)

Ewing mentioned he was surprised that Jason Kidd got a head-teaching job so quickly. “I was very surprised they gave it to him so early,” Ewing mentioned. “I want him well and nothing but success. … I was very shocked.”

Stigma runs deep, here. Ex-gamers that flip to the assistant teaching ranks are typically labeled as a helper and nothing extra at this degree, which is a shame because working one’s method up the assistant ranks as a participant needs to be no completely different from working your approach up after a profession spent in the video and scouting division. And but there are scores of ex-gamers who have lengthy bounced from assistant job to assistant job that simply can’t discover their way towards major consideration for the top job with an NBA staff.

Patrick Ewing, by all accounts, did things the orthodox means in working as an assistant coach for a decade. The appropriate manner, although I still assume he ought to have attempted to show his head teaching mettle in the D-League, and but it’s taken this lengthy for him just to grab an associate head coaching spot. One which comes with the (incorrect, we should always observe, as Sacramento additionally tried to rent Ewing) taint of getting his pal in MJ hand him the gig.

Ewing hasn’t been handed something. He was properly-regarded in assistant stints in Washington, Orlando and Houston, and his work as a player was robust enough to land him within the Hall of Fame.

Time will tell, with Kidd. And you recognize Ewing, and his child, will likely be watching the rookie coach’s first 12 months with a set of furrowed brows.

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Happy Hour: Remembering Jason Leffler, plus we talk TNT and standing starts

Throughout the week you possibly can send us your greatest questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We’ll submit them right here, have an excellent time and everybody’s glad. Right? Oh who are we kidding, that is NASCAR. No one is ever joyful.

This week’s Comfortable Hour is not so happy as we kick it off on a somber be aware given the news of Jason Leffler’s fatal accident Wednesday evening. As Jay said earlier Thursday, it is a reminder how far NASCAR has come, but in addition how harmful racing could be. NASCAR and its tracks get pleasure from with the ability to spend tens of millions of dollars on analysis and growth for car security and SAFER obstacles. Exponentially more tracks don’t have that luxury.

What’s your favourite Jason Leffler reminiscence? The second that instantly pops into my thoughts is the 2004 July Nationwide Series race at Daytona (above), when he tried to do nearly something to win the race. He was second on the ultimate lap to Michael Waltrip and made contact with Waltrip’s back bumper as he went to the surface… a bump that despatched Waltrip into the inside wall. As the sphere barreled into flip three, Leffler was pursued by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Wallace. Junior went high and so did Leffler, who was not going to let him by. But by transferring up to prevent Junior from passing, Mike Wallace snuck by on the within.

Leffler crossed the line second, however was scored 13th after a NASCAR penalty. Yeah, he could not have made many new fans out of those that cheer for Waltrip and Junior that night time, but you possibly can’t discount how much he needed to win that race.

Let’s get to it.

Clearly the forty eight along with the rest of the HMS camp as an entire has found out the GEN6 car. Yet, HMS hasn’t used any of the 4 NASCAR assessments yet. They don’t seem to be bringing new updated GEN6 variations each week to the observe. Actually the 88 camp is returning the same automobile he gained with at Michigan final spring. So, are they dishonest or is it that the cars aren’t that different in spite of everything?
- Ricky Bobby

The transition from the COT to the brand new automotive was not as stark because it was from the “Gen-4″ car to the COT. Many teams, as exemplified by Junior and the No. 88 camp at Michigan this week, have taken trusted chassis and put new car bodies on them.

Stewart-Haas is a main example that what worked with the COT does not all the time work with this yr’s automobile, however Hendrick Motorsports has sufficient entry to issues like seven-rig shaker posts and the ability to assemble a ton of data with their four vehicles that it isn’t surprising at all that they are the place they are. Oh, and Chad Knaus continues to be Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson remains to be Jimmie Johnson.

On a related word, the Toyotas are going to dial again in some horsepower this week. Joe Gibbs Racing has been higher than Hendrick this 12 months — they simply have not had the outcomes to show for it. Will they be the quickest crew on the town at Michigan? And will they be probably the most dependable?

Now we get a couple of contrasting opinions. I like when that occurs.
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Hi Nick,

I’ve bought to give credit score where credit is due. I’m NOT a fan of the TNT Broadcasting group after they take over NASCAR for the summer time. Nevertheless, they did very effectively this 12 months. Good job! I hope they stick with it for the next 5 races.
- Dayna

Knowing that we would be transferring from FOX to TNT after Dover, and remembering how a lot everyone complained about TNT’s broadcasts of the races final 12 months, I figured I’d throw some gas (was I supposed to say Sunoco race fuel?) on the fire.

Fox’s broadcast of Dover from inexperienced flag to checkered flag lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes and had 116 commercials complete. This contains the side by aspect, and does not embody pre race or publish race.
TNT’s broadcast from Pocono lasted 2 hours and forty seven minutes and had one hundred and one commercials complete from green to checkered.

So sure TNT does bombard us with many extra commercials on average, but they need to be extra ashamed of the unhealthy commentary of the race. Pre race show we had been advised that the entrance straight away was 32 feet long. Announcers forgot to elucidate why the first caution was out. And worst of all, the roller on high of the display screen taking up approach to a lot space as a result of they should have an advert plastered in your face your complete time. TNT truly needs to get their act together or get out of the business of showing races.
- Tim

It was the first race of the season for the TNT gang and it at all times takes a little bit of time for an saying crew to get a really feel for one another again. Plus, TNT only has six races, so Adam Alexander, Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach solely call 1/sixth of the NASCAR schedule collectively earlier than going again to their other duties.

I did recognize Kyle Petty’s candor after the primary caution flag when he admitted that the published hadn’t advised viewers why it had been displayed. However the worst part of the printed — it isn’t even close — was the banner advertisements at the prime of the tracker.

I totally perceive that promoting pays the bills. Hell, readers see that every week on the blog. But there ought to be no means that promoting on a normal race broadcast ought to take up a lot room in the course of the broadcast itself. Ad included, it is not an exaggeration to say that the ticker took up greater than 15 % of the display screen. It crossed the line from “noticeable” to “frustrating.”

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Here’s a crazy shake-up for you: With the TV Rope falling on the observe and the 15 minute fix-it timeout got here this concept: Someday during the third quarter phase of the race a computer would spit out a random purple flag. All vehicles on the observe are required to make it to their pit stall and allowed 10 minutes to fix no matter they select; as long as it is completed in the pit stall. At 10 minutes all cars are given the signal to leave their pit stall in the same precise order when the flag was thrown. Any automobile not able to go away would lose their spot in line. However no racing to the road. And a ten minute ‘half-time’ for the TV folks to get in 15 minutes of commercials!

And to solve the restart query: All restarts should be from a standing begin, dragster type. The primary 4 cars all throughout the monitor staged at the start-finish line and so forth all the best way again. A single green mild positioned where all can see it flashes ON, they usually’re off! What enjoyable! Almost as good as the determine-8 race suggestion Tony Stewart had for Talladega.
- Robert

Bring back the Truck Series halftime! I didn’t mind halftime within the Truck Collection, however I am unable to see how commonplace discipline manipulations in points races within the Dash Cup Series might be a serious thought. There are already enough complaints about particles cautions, so imagine the primary time the arbitrary crimson flag comes out with Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr. about to be lapped? In the event you thought the Jimmie Johnson tinfoil hat stuff was big-time, you ain’t seen nothing but.

As far as the standing begins go, I’d love to see them at the All-Star Race for the beginning of the segments, if not at the very least the start of the race. (In a perfect, danger-free world I would love to see a rally begin, but yeah, that is not happening.) Let’s paint some temporary F1-type begin bins on the dogleg at CMS and make it occur!