Darvish scratched, expects to be ready for opener

Yu Darvish's scheduled opening day start does not seem to be in danger.
Yu Darvish’s scheduled opening day start doesn’t seem to be at risk. (USATSI)

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The Rangers have scratched proper-hander Yu Darvish from Friday’s begin with stiffness in his neck. MLB.com’s T. R. Sullivan says the group doesn’t imagine the harm is severe and so they count on Darvish to be prepared for his opening day start in a few week.

Here’s more from the person himself:

Darvish pitched by a nerve downside in his lower again last season, though the workforce says it’s unrelated to his present neck situation

In 32 starts and 209 2/three innings last season, Darvish went thirteen-9 with a 2.83 PERIOD (a hundred forty five PERIOD+) and led baseball in each strikeouts (277) and strikeout price (eleven.9 Okay/9). That earned him a second place finish in the AL Cy Young voting.

Darvish was scheduled to pitch in a minor league recreation Friday, basically a tune-up start as spring training winds down.

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Narduzzi, Petrino in the mix for Louisville opening

Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi (right) with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.

(USATSI)Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi (right) with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. (USATSI)
Louisville has shown interest in Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to replace Charlie Strong as head coach, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
The Cardinals have reached out to the appropriate parties to inquire about this year’s Broyles Award winner. No coordinator had a better year than Narduzzi, whose spirited defense led the Spartans’ charge through the Rose Bowl for a 13-1 season.

Another chance?

Doyel: Don’t fret if Petrino gets look from Cards

Narduzzi interviewed for the UConn job last month.

Louisville is believed to have five finalists, including holdover offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford from the staff of Strong, who is now at Texas.

reported Tuesday that WKU is talking with offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as a contingency plan in case Petrino leaves for another job.

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Seattle bites on fake whistle, surrenders blocked punt to 49ers in opening minutes of the game

The Seahawks had been completely happy here. They’d be angry a couple of minutes later. (Getty Photographs)

Live by the noise, die by- what? You possibly can’t hear? OKAY, dangle on:


The Seahawks had been about to punt on their first possession when a suspiciously referee-sounding whistle rang out. Most of the Seahawks on the road stood up, so when the ball was snapped, the punt-block staff zipped proper previous the line and hammered Jon Ryan. The 49ers recovered the ball at the Seattle 33 as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll lost his thoughts.. to no avail.

As it turned out, the block didn’t damage; Colin Kaepernick threw an interception on the goal line. Still, it was a troubling sign for the Seahawks; noise is fantastic when you can management it, but all too usually you possibly can’t.

So, with the play and its ramifications clear, it’s time to widen the net. Someone blew that whistle, however who? It may have been a fan, yes, but we now have some other suspects in mind:

The refs: It’s a make-up name for final yr’s finish zone debacle.

Kaepernick: The man’s risking an eyebrow tonight, in any case.

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers coach: Unlikely. You attempt whistling with a clenched jaw.

Richard Sherman, Seattle cornerback: Just to set himself up for heroics.

Ken Griffey Jr., former Seattle Mariner: Hey, Russell Wilson’s star is quick approaching Junior’s in Seattle.

Pearl Jam, Seattle institution: Viral advertising for their next album gone horribly mistaken.

David Stern, former NBA commissioner: As a result of he is not carried out screwing over Seattle.

We might never know the reality.


MLB releases 2014 schedule with Dodgers and Diamondbacks opening in Australia


Crikey, is this real about Major League Cricket Baseball opening the 2014 season Down Beneath in Australia? Yep, it is truthful dinkum, mate. MLB released the ’14 schedule Tuesday and, as reported in June, the Los Angeles Dodgers will play the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Floor on March 22 and 23. These would be the first regular season games ever performed within the Southern Hemisphere, which means the MLB season will open and shut within the fall.

The Ground looks like a stunning facility, based mostly on the picture above.

MLB has opened the season exterior of the U.S. and Canada six other occasions, most recently in Japan in 2012. The one difference this time: You know that Paul Hogan is going.

Other schedule tidbits:

The first Sunday night time sport of the yr will likely be March 30 (groups to be announced), with 14 different opening-day match-ups taking place a day later.

The All-Star game in Minneapolis is July 15.

Jackie Robinson Day (the primary one without Mariano Rivera) is April 15.

The season closes Sept. 28.


Andrew Luck visits teen with serious injuries suffered in season opening game

Edinburgh (Ind.) High soccer star Steven Bailey’s tough week received loads brighter when celebrity quarterback Andrew Luck paid him a surprise go to in the hospital room during which he is recovering from a sequence of drastic accidents suffered throughout his team’s first sport of the season.

Andrew Luck's visit to an injured Indiana football player made a big impact — Twitter

Andrew Luck’s visit to an injured Indiana football player made a big effect — Twitter

As reported by the Indianapolis Star and tweeted by Bailey himself, the 15-12 months-previous was visited by Luck while he was recovering on the Riley Hospital for Kids following hospitalization for dramatic accidents suffered during a recreation against Guide (Ind.) High. A running again for Edinburgh, Bailey suffered a ruptured spleen, lacerated kidney and punctured lung on a kick return in the first half of the opening game between the teams.

The teen did not immediately five a way of dire danger after the deal with which left him injured, but that modified shortly after he returned to the sideline with out his pads with what trainers believed was probably a rib damage.

Instead, he fell off the bench in pain, and as his parents drove away from the sector, meaning to return to their local hospital to have Bailey checked out, he began screaming, inspiring a fast detour to the closest emergency room so he may receive fast remedy.

“He was pale white when we received there so medical doctors should have been in a position to tell it was inside bleeding,” the sophomore’s father, Harvey Bailey, informed the Star. “As they have been pushing the blood into his physique, you might see the color coming back into his face. They stated it was good thing we acquired him there when we did. The decision to take him further down the road would have cost him his life.”

The teen spent the times after his damage beneath supervision in a hospital room, struggling to regain his energy. Yet he was depressing in the hospital by himself, tweeting about his injuries — he reportedly lost a liter of blood resulting from inside bleeding — and actually begged anybody and everybody to return visit him. That is exactly why Luck’s surprise look made such an enormous distinction.
The Colts quarterback spent loads of time speaking with the teen, then signed a soccer for him and a photo for his older brother. Within the process, he clearly lifted the spirits of a fellow football player who will have to spend six months without any contact, but who might return to the game in time for his junior season.

“It was the first time I had seen him smile since Friday,” mentioned Bailey’s father, Harvey. “I am unsure Andrew Luck has any thought what he did for my son exhibiting up there. He’s an absolute class act.”


Jhonny Gonzalez ruins Golden Boy’s best-laid plans, upsetting Abner Mares in opening round (Yahoo! Sports)

CARSON, Calif. – After Leo Santa Cruz put on a boxing clinic in a third-round destruction of Victor Terrazas on Saturday at the StubHub Center, Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer was asked about a potential Santa Cruz-Abner Mares bout.

“That would be huge at Staples [Center],” Schaefer said.

There was a lot of anticipation in Southern California for a Santa Cruz-Mares fight, which would have matched two of the fastest rising stars in the sport.

Jhonny Gonzalez heard the talk, too, and he quietly seethed.

“They were treating me like a steppingstone for Mares and were making plans for a Santa Cruz fight before [he even fought] me,” Gonzalez said.

And that turned out to be a bad decision.

Gonzalez scored the upset of the year with a crushing first-round technical knockout of the previously unbeaten Mares, dropping him twice and claiming Mares’ WBC championship.

Abner Mares’ undefeated record collapsed in the first round against Jhonny Gonzalez. (Getty) “At this moment, this is the single greatest and most glorious moment of my life,” Gonzalez said. “When I came to the U.S. for this fight, no one gave me any credit. All they talked about was Mares fighting Santa Cruz.”

The talk was for good reason, as the two were quickly rising up the ranks and were among the most skilled, and exciting, fighters in the game.

After Santa Cruz dismantled Terrazas on Saturday, it was Mares’ turn to hold up his end of the bargain.

Mares, though, never got on track and didn’t land a meaningful blow before being violently beaten up.

The first two minutes were almost completely uneventful, with neither man landing anything of significance. But with about a minute left in the round, Gonzalez landed a strong straight right hand. Mares took it well, but it was a harbinger of what was to come.

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Not long after, Gonzalez decked Mares with a textbook left hook to the jaw. Mares was in obvious trouble this time, but courageously bounced up and referee Jack Reiss allowed him to continue.

The clock was running down in the round, and Gonzalez knew he had Mares hurt. He also knew Mares would be dangerous, and he had a decision to make: To attack and go for the early finish, or to play it cautious and not get caught with a Hail Mary from a desperate Mares.

After briefly considering his options as Reiss tended to Mares, Gonzalez knew what he had to do.

“I knew I had to go in for the kill,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t want to let him survive. It was just a matter of time before he’d be knocked down again. People just didn’t give me the respect I deserved.”

Gonzalez entered the bout with 46 knockouts in 62 professional fights and a deserved reputation as a hard hitter, if not a slick boxer.

Mares found out the hard way it wasn’t all talk. The Gonzalez win clearly derailed talk of a Mares-Santa Cruz fight, and left Schaefer to consider his options.

“You just have to enjoy the fights,” Schaefer said. “We all think we know what is going to happen. I was reading a story where The Ring picked 19 experts, probably some of you [ringside media] and asked who was going to win. All 19 picked Abner Mares.

“We think we know everything, but the truth is, we don’t. And that is why boxing is so exciting.”

Santa Cruz continued his upward momentum in the opener of the Showtime-televised doubleheader. He challenged Terrazas for the WBC super bantamweight title and put on a virtuoso performance.

What will Jhonny Gonzalez’s win mean for his career? (Getty) He knocked Terrazas down twice in the third and forced referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop it to save Terrazas from a frightful beating. It was plenty bad as it was, with Terrazas’ right eye swollen shut from a series of sharp, accurate Santa Cruz blows.

Terrazas was a veteran with far more experience, but Santa Cruz took him apart with a cool, surgical precision.

“I was not expecting a knockout this early in the fight,” said Santa Cruz, who dedicated the fight to his brother, Roberto, who is battling lupus. “I thought it would have been later. Terrazas is a great fighter and I knew I had to pressure him in order to bring him down. I needed to do this in the early rounds because he’s a tough fighter. In the second round, when I saw his eye swell, I knew I had to work up to that more.”

That shifted the spotlight to Mares, who made a mistake that cost him his title.

Schaefer said he didn’t think the stunning loss would hurt Mares’ popularity, because the promoter pointed out that Mares always comes to fight and puts on exciting events.

And Mares shrugged off his first loss.

“I’m in this sport not to remain undefeated, but to fight the best,” Mares said.

Gonzalez proved he’s on his way to being one of the best with his performance, recording his 55th win and his 47th knockout.

And after enduring all the talk about a Mares-Santa Cruz fight without complaint, he finally had his moment in the sun.

“They had me wrap my hands twice in the locker room to try to break my concentration,” Gonzalez said. “But it was then that I knew I had to win at all costs.”

That he did, and it was one of the most remarkable bouts of his career.


Skydiver famous for London Olympic Opening Ceremony killed in accident

Gary Connery’s wingman Mark Sutton in the course of the last test coaching flights from Monte Brento on Might 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, skilled Hollywood stuntman will carry out..

Gary Connery’s wingman Mark Sutton during the last take a look at coaching flights from Monte Brento on Could 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd Might 2012 Gary Connery, skilled Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE soar without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard bins in his residence town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will probably be carrying a revolutionary wing swimsuit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, though he will need to land on the optimal angle to the packing containers as he’ll strategy at speeds in excess of 90mph.

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One of the central figures in probably the most beloved second of the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was tragically killed in a skydiving accident this week.

Mark Sutton was a part of the skydiving crew that parachuted into the Olympic Stadium during a hilarious skit that involved Daniel Craig as James Bond and none apart from Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Sutton was dressed as Bond for the dive, whereas one other stunt expert hurtled towards the center part of the observe clad as Her Majesty, following a sequence that confirmed the unlikely duo teaming up and traveling from Buckingham Palace via helicopter.

A spokesman for on-line extreme sports activities channel Epic TELEVISION revealed Sutton had died Wednesday during a project that involved 20 wingsuit pilots being filmed leaping from helicopters in southwestern Switzerland.

Sutton, forty two, is reported to have crashed right into a ridge close to Trient and fell to his loss of life after exiting the helicopter at 10,800 feet. Native police were investigating the incident as of Thursday afternoon.

Games ceremony organizer Danny Boyle led the tributes to Sutton and spoke how the previous British Army officer had “made the stadium gasp.”

Mark Sutton, left, preparing for a dive in May, was 42. (Getty)Mark Sutton, left, making ready for a dive in May, was forty two. (Getty)

“The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton,” Boyle said. “On behalf of everybody within the show we had been all honored to have labored with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional.”

It was Boyle who put collectively the thought for using Bond and the Queen within the ceremony, with the monarch believed to have been swayed into taking part by the fact that Boyle’s film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is certainly one of her favorites.

Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry have been all noticed on digital camera in matches of laughter at the surprising scene, which was kept as a tightly guarded secret even as particulars of other ceremony segments leaked out ahead of time.

Wingsuits, just like the one utilized by Sutton in his fatal closing soar, are a sophisticated improvement in skydiving expertise that allow users to soar long distances earlier than lastly opening their parachutes to land.


Peter Senior continues his impressive play at the 3M Championship with opening 66

Peter Senior — Getty Images BLAINE, Minn. — There’s no cheering in the press box, or within the media tent and even beside the 18th green. That’s the rule of sports reporters, however each once in a while a man comes along that it’s important to root for. It’s mentioned that familiarity breeds contempt, but not so in this case. Peter Senior is changing into quite acquainted in these components, (these elements being the media tent on the 3M Championship). Solely the leaders get the “privilege” of a seat in the interview room and over the past couple years, no person has spent extra time in that seat than Senior.

For the third consecutive 12 months, Senior started his week at 3M Championship with a stellar opening round, however he wasn’t exactly elated along with his rating. After leaving a number of photographs on the market, Senior quipped, “you always really feel like you could possibly have accomplished a little better”. That response should come as no surprise though as he’s opened with 65s the earlier two years right here, one higher than he shot on Friday. Perhaps he’s trying ahead the weekend already.

Though Senior has started effectively at the 3M Championship over the past couple years, he has yet to hoist the trophy here. Actually, he’s yet to assert a victory on the Champions Tour anyplace, and that’s one thing that doesn’t sit well with him. When asked about choosing up a win on the Champions Tour, Senior said, “that’s one factor that’s consuming me, I’d dearly like to win over right here”. Phrases will not be needed to see simply how badly he desires to win out here although. Senior’s need to win on the Champions Tour is evident by his actions. He skipped a assured payday on the WGC Bridgestone this week to chase his dream of successful in the States.

Winning above cash, how are you going to not root for this guy?

Come Sunday, I’ll be in a familiar spot, hoping that Senior might once more join us in the media tent after his last spherical and though it’s against the rules to cheer for anybody, I’d be stunned if there weren’t at the least a pair folks cheering loudly for Mr. Senior come Sunday afternoon – no less than on the inside.


Panama and Martinique surprise on opening day of Gold Cup

July 7 (Reuters) – Mexico’s bid to capture a third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup got off to a shaky start when they fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat by Panama in Los Angeles on Sunday.

‘El Tri’ entered the tournament with a young, domestic-based team and their lack of experience showed as Gabriel Torres scored twice for Panama, who completed a day of upsets after Martinique’s shock 1-0 win over Canada in the opening match of the 12-team tournament.

Panama striker Torres put the underdogs ahead in the seventh minute at the Rose Bowl when he converted a penalty kick awarded after team mate Alberto Quintero was brought down in the box.

Mexico recovered to take control of proceedings and deservedly levelled the contest just before halftime when Marco Fabian settled a pass and finished.

Torres, though, put Panama back in front in the 48th minute after combining with Quintero and they held on to complete the win against Mexico and heap more pressure on coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre.

The victory put Panama top of Group A along with Martinique, who marked their first Gold Cup appearance since 2003 with a dramatic 93rd minute winner to ditch past champions Canada 1-0.

Fabrice Reuperne was the matchwinner, the 37-year-old firing a left-footed blast from outside the box that found the upper right corner of the net and gave the Caribbean islanders, who are not FIFA members, a famous win.

Martinique next play Mexico while Panama take on Canada in Seattle on Thursday. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)