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GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Penn State fans want answers. Pedro Martinez Jersey .We beat Ohio State and won the Big Ten. Why arent we in?The Big 12 commissioner wants clarity.We just added a conference championship game for the sake of the playoff, but Ohio State didnt even need to win its division.Athletic directors across the country want a blueprint on how to schedule.Washington got in with one of the worst nonconference lineups in the country; can we do that, too?The third season of the College Football Playoff has brought some confusion, but it has also revealed a clarity that will be difficult for many outside the committee room to understand and accept: In order to pick the four best teams, the committee will sometimes be as inconsistent as the sport itself.Fans and coaches craving step-by-step instructions for how their team can get into the playoff can forget it. There isnt any if-then promise. The criteria that have been repeated ad nauseum -- conference championships, head-to-head results, strength of schedule and common opponents -- are guidelines, not answers. The tiebreakers didnt come into play between Penn State and Ohio State because the committee never deemed their résumés comparable enough.Quite simply, they deemed the Buckeyes unequivocally better.This year was different than the previous two, but the committee did set a precedent beyond its inclusion of Ohio State -- by illustrating that there are no precedents in a subjective system determined by 12 people.Football seasons are like snowflakes; theyre all different, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. Next year well be standing here talking about some other way it fell out.There will be times when a weak nonconference schedule can be overcome, as No. 4 Washington did with wins against Stanford, Utah, Washington State and Colorado. There will be years when the eye test trumps the head-to-head result, as was the case with No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State. There will also be seasons in which two teams from the same conference get in, or a two-loss team is in, and a woeful nonconference lineup keeps a champion out.The committees protocol went out the window this year, but in came a breath of fresh air -- the reminder that finding the four best teams overrides anything else in the committee handbook.Fundamentally we kept in mind that our job is to determine who are the best teams, committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said. That is what we did.It wasnt about Penn State winning the Big Ten championship. It was about the committee thinking Washington and Ohio State were both better than the Nittany Lions. Period. It wasnt about Washingtons nonconference schedule. It was about Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, John Ross and Budda Baker.As we looked at those key statistics from an offensive standpoint, from a defensive standpoint, from starting field position differential, the edge was to Washington, Hocutt said. You look at turnover margin, Washington ranks first in the country in turnover margin compared to Penn State, ranking 50.Those on the outside have grown accustomed to the committee justifying its rankings by referring to wins against teams with records over .500, and wins against top-10 teams, but Hocutt was prepared to go beyond the schedule, and provide the numbers to back up their opinions.He told us why Washington was better.Those five former coaches in the room? They know how hard it is to win a conference title, and the value of a head-to-head win, but their voices in the room were influential in guiding the committee beyond resumes and into the talent.As we looked to our coaches to share their perspective on what they saw on the field, Hocutt said, it was determined that Washington was the more talented team.It wasnt that conference championships dont matter -- Clemsons title is a big reason it jumped Ohio State for the No. 2 spot. Washington never would have gotten in without beating a top-10 Colorado team and topping its résumé?with the Pac-12 title.It was that Penn States conference title wasnt enough to overcome its non-competitive showing in a 39-point loss to Michigan.The committee had reasons for every decision it made. It just wasnt in sync with what we heard the first two years, when so much emphasis was placed on conference title games (Ohio State, 2014) and head-to-head results (TCU-Baylor, 2014).But just when you think it overlooked its protocol, there is an example of how the committee followed it.Im not sure Ohio State would have been in the [playoff] this year, Hancock said, if it hadnt gone and played Oklahoma.So strength of schedule does matter. And it can be overcome.But I believe, I feel strongly about this, that the way to be sure you get in the playoff is to let your players show what they can do against the best competition, Hancock said. I dont envision that part of it changing.The playoff is not going to change. The protocol is not going to change. The last thing the CFP wants to do is mimic the knee-jerk reactions of the BCS.We are confident that this process, this protocol, works well, and this playoff is extremely popular, Hancock said. 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Its a feeling we havent felt in a while, just as players, senior quarterback Wes Lunt said.Part of Smiths job has been trying to repair both the reputation of Illini football and the teams morale, both damaged when Tim Beckman was fired last summer amid allegations that he mistreated players and interfered in medical decisions.Of course, Smith is at Illinois to do more than polish a tarnished brand. Under Beckman and replacement Bill Cubit, wins were scarce. Cubit was thrust into the interim role when Beckman was fired and the team finished 5-7 (2-6 Big Ten). Illinois never won more than six games in Beckmans three seasons.We were a five-win team last year, I understand that, Smith said. I know were going to be a better team.A few things to keep an eye out for as Illinois prepares to open the season:A LOAD OFF LUNTLunts history of injuries and a lack of proven pass-catchers -- another anterior cruciate ligament tear is expected to sideline Mike Dudek for a second straight season -- mean Illinois will need to be able to run the ball. That means sophomore KeShawn Vaughn, the only experienced back on the roster, will see a lot of carries.In order for us to have success at the running game Keshawn Vaughn has to have a good year. He realizes it, Smith said.Vaughn carried the ball 157 times for 723 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman.DEFENSE FIRSTSmith pointed out before preseason workouts that defense should be Illinois strength. Johnny Pesky Jersey. . But the Illini lost a half-dozen starters from a defense that was ranked eighth in the Big Ten in points given up at 23.3 per game and ninth in yards allowed at 350.8. The emergence of Dawuane Smoot at defensive end gives Illinois a strong pass rusher. He led the team with eight sacks and 15 tackles for losses in 2015. Transfer Hardy Nickersons arrival from Cal -- his father, also Hardy Nickerson, is the defensive coordinator -- should strengthen a thin group of linebackers.KEY GAMESIf the Illini can finish the nonconference schedule 2-1 with wins over Murray State and Western Michigan, the Big Ten schedule offers four games that would not require dramatic upsets to win. Illinois hosts Purdue and faces Rutgers on the road. If the Illini win those, the Oct. 29 home game against Minnesota and the Nov. 26 game at Northwestern could be make-or-break games for a bowl berth.PREDICTIONThe Illini are energized by their new coach and his NFL pedigree, but this is essentially the same team that was 5-7 last season, minus a number of key starters. Lunts ability to stay healthy will be a major factor. The home-heavy schedule and a handful of winnable Big Ten games give Illinois a path to a bowl game. But given the likelihood of injuries and first-season hiccups for a brand-new coaching staff, 5-7 and sixth in the Big Ten West seems about right.SEASON OPENERThe Lovie Smith era begins at home on Sept. 3 against Murray State. The Illini and Racers have never played. The Racers, a Football Championship Subdivision school, were 3-8 last season.---Online: AP College Football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org/---Follow David Mercer on Twitter: (at)davidmercerAP Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '  
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Roger Federers injury-plagued season took a turn for the worse Tuesday, when he announced he will take the rest of the season off to further rehab his ailing left knee. Justin Braun Jersey .At 34 years old, what does this mean for the games all-time Grand Slam winner?Our experts weigh in:How much of a surprise was the announcement that Federer is taking the rest of the year off?Pam Shriver, ESPN tennis analyst: Not an extreme one. Given what we saw at Wimbledon, the way his legs seemed to give out in the [Milos] Raonic match and how fast he came back from knee surgery earlier in the year, its not all that stunning.Greg Garber, ESPN.com: Not a ton, actually. Since the knee surgery back in February, hes been at-risk. When he passed on a few spring tournaments, the word was his back was the culprit. Now, it seems to have been the knee all along.Melissa Isaacson, ESPN.com: A surprise, but not a shock. He looked strong enough at Wimbledon but made it clear he was not 100 percent. At 34, even for Federer, this was always going to be a possibility considering his injury-plagued season.Brad Gilbert, ESPN tennis analyst: When he first injured his knee after the Aussie Open, we werent sure of the extent. But I think we are all surprised; he must have received some medical news that he had to shut down his season. As much as it is a surprise for us, hes been nearly indestructible in his career, and that has to be a shock to him.Jim Caple, ESPN.com: Not incredibly surprising given he has missed so much already, including the French Open. Even so, its a little bit surprising considering that he wanted to play in the Olympics and that the US Open still is coming up.Nic Atkin, ESPN UK: As someone who has twice had the same meniscus knee surgery as Federer, I can tell you for certain it hurts like hell to fall on it as he did at Wimbledon against Milos Raonic. It can also tear again easily, and Federer is being wise to rehab it and not rush back.Peter Bodo, ESPN.com: It was probably less of a surprise to those of us who were at Wimbledon, where there was a lot of talk about the state of Federers knee. Still, this did come somewhat out of the blue.At 34, how much does this setback have to hurt at this point in his career?Shriver: He has a special ability to be in total acceptance of his fate. He has an extreme gift when it comes to footwork and understanding the game, which will help him when he comes back. So that has to give him some solace.Garber: More than you can imagine. Federer, in his mind, is invincible. This is his first serious injury, which forced him to miss his first Grand Slam event after a record 65 straight.Isaacson: It was clear in his statement that this bothers him, but he also is smart enough to weigh the alternatives. Sacrificing the rest of his career to play the Olympics and the US Open did not make sense to him.Gilbert: Its not like hes 26 or 27 anymore and can come back with few worries. And who knows if hell need more surgery down the road on his knee. There are only so many setbacks hell be able to endure at this point in his career.Caple: This cannot have been an easy year for Fed. Hell have missed two Slams, and he not only did not win a tournament, but he didnt even make it to a final after hurting his knee after the Aussie.Atkin: Federer is trying to be as upbeat as possible about this, but his body is giving up on him. He rebounded well from his 2013 struggles and came close to an 18th Grand Slam title, reaching the Wimbledon finals in 2014 and 15 and the US Open last year.Bodo: I think his hurt was less about his age and upcoming missed opportunities than the simple disappointment of missing something he was really looking forward to. It was sort of like having to cancel a dream vacation, which is how Federer views tennis and why he is who he is.Presumably, Federer will never win an Olympic gold in singles. How does this affect his legacy?Shriver: Wont affect his legacy at all. He won gold in doubles, which was extremely important to him. And given everything else hes done in this game, this wont matter at all when looking back at his career accomplishments.Garber: Within the tennis community, I dont think it makes any difference. Hey, he does have that gold from Beijing playing doubles with Stan Wawrinka.Isaacson: Not a wit. The Olympics are a nice asterisk in a tennis players career, and Federer already has a gold in doubles and a silver in singles. If Serena had not won a single gold medal, would we think any less of her? Dont think so.Gilbert: Well, he has an Olympic gold in doubles. Aside from Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, there are no players who you can point to who have won every major event. No one will ever look back at Federers career and say, If only he had an Olympic gold medal in singles. Hes done it all aside from that.Caple: Not at all. While he certainly wanted a gold medal in his collection, most people wont know -- or care. Theyll just concentrate on his 17 Grand Slams, his many other wins and his fame.Atkin: Its the one major honor Federer has never won, but that wont keep him awake at night. As Rory McIlroy said earlier this month, golfers grow up dreaming of green jackets and Claret Jugs, not Olympic gold medals. For tennis players, it is all about Grand Slam titles.Bodo: I cant think of a single item that would impact his resume less than this Olympic shortcomings. The vagaries of the quadrennial competition, the fact that he has medaled in two of the three disciplines, all weigh in his favor and make the lack of a gold more anomaly than demerit.What do you expect from Federer next season at the age of 35?Shriver: Itll take a few tournaments, but after a couple of months, I think hell be back at a really high level, the same level he was at this year when he was playing his best tennis.Garber: More of the same, provided the knee recovers. Hes still better than 98 percent of the professional players out there. But losses to young guys like Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will be more commonplace.Isaacson: If he comes back strong, there is no reason to think he cant put together a few nice runs in Grand Slams. With a healthy knee, maybe hell even win a tour title, but I wouldnt expect a complete rebirth at 35.Gilbert: We have to remember, he looked great at Wimbledon. But you cant do anything about Father Time, especially in sports. More than anything, its going to be depend on whether he loses a step after being out so long.Caple: I dont expect much considering he hasnt won a major since 2012. Not many tennis players win at that age, especially when they need to overcome a serious knee injury. I wouldnt be surprised to see him retire by the end of the season.Atkin: It is hard to see Federer challenging for majors ever again, let alone next season. His intense drive, professionalism and will to compete mean he will try with all his might to prove that assertion wrong, but time simply isnt on his side.Bodo: I expect Federer to play a highly selective schedule, partly because of his knee. And I expect him to have highly mixed results -- great and mediocre. Joe Thornton Jersey .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Barclay Goodrow Jersey . 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Honestly I wish we could be in the playoffs right now and in a playoff race. It would be way more fun doing those type of things and being in a race, but for us to finish strong and show everybody what the offense and what this team is capable of going into the final weeks of the season is very important for next year.Freddie Freeman singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 26 games and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have won six straight for the third time this season.The whole roster is helping the pretty good week that weve had, Snitker said. Just playing with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Were down to nine games left in the season and theyre getting after it. Theyre playing like were trying to grab a wild card.Atlantas Josh Collmenter (3-0) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs.Im not going to blow it by a lot of guys, Collmenter said. Im not going to strike them out. Its using my defense to my advantage and keep them off-balanced and uncomfortable in the batters box as much as I possibly can.Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.Ender Inciarte, Wednesdays hero with the game-saving catch at the New York Mets, went 2 for 4 with a triple and scored twice.J.T. Realmuto homered for the Marlins, who cut the deficit to 6-3 on an RBI double by Martin Prado in the eighth. Justin Bour flew out with two on to end the threat.Kemps multihomer game was the 10th of his careeer and third this season. Chris Tierney Jersey. .Kemps second homer was a solo shot to left field in the sixth. It was caught on a bounce by Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow , who also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.Who comes to his first baseball game in Miami and catches a baseball? Kemp said. Thats pretty cool.Freemans streak is the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the majors. It is the fifth-longest for the Braves since moving to Atlanta in 1966. Freeman has also reached base in 42 consecutive games.Freemans two-run triple and Kemps two-run homer broke the game open in the third, giving the Braves a 5-0 lead.You get down early its tough on your club, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. To be down five after a couple innings puts you in a bind.Marlins starter Jose Urena (4-8) allowed five runs and four hits in three innings.Ive been leaving the ball a little high when Ive been down in the count, Urena said.INCIARTES CATCHInciartes impressive catch in Wednesdays 4-3 win at the New York Mets is the highlight of his potential Gold Glove-winning season.If that dont win him a Gold Glove, I dont know what will, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. Ive been saying it all along, hes unbelievable.In addition to his impressive defensive plays in center field, Inciarte is also one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the All-Star break with a major league-leading 94 hits.Hes kind of burst onto the scene here and everybody is aware of him now and rightfully so, Snitker said. Hes as good as it gets.NEXT UPBraves: RHP Matt Wisler (7-12, 4.93 ERA) will start Fridays game at Miami. Wisler has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts including an eight-inning, one-run performance at Arizona on Aug. 25.Marlins: RHP Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.27) will be looking to toss at least six innings for just the second time in his last nine starts. Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '  
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SAN FRANCISCO - Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in his third game this season after coming off the disabled list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday night to begin a four-game series between NL division leaders. Carl Hagelin Jersey . Freddie Freeman and B.J. Upton both drove in a run to help back Julio Teheran (2-0), who pitched seven efficient innings in his 10th career start after his last scheduled outing was rained out Saturday against the Mets. Craig Kimbrel earned his 100th career save, becoming the second-youngest pitcher to do so. Buster Posey hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, but the Giants were done in by the fifth inning when the Braves batted around. The Giants (20-15) fell into a first-place tie in the NL West with Arizona. Posey put the Giants ahead with a drive into the stands in left-centre on a 3-2 pitch from Teheran in the third. The reigning NL MVP and batting champion had a run-scoring single in the first. But the Braves jumped on Ryan Vogelsong (1-3) in the fifth. Jordan Schafer led off with a triple and scored the tying run on Andrelton Simmons RBI groundout moments later. Justin Upton followed with a triple of his own, and Freemans single gave Atlanta a 4-3 lead. Vogelsong walked Dan Uggla and his night was done with one out in the fifth. Jose Mijares relieved and the Braves added a run on McCanns RBI infield single. Teheran received all the run support he needed. Eric OFlaherty pitched a scoreless eighth before Kimbrel bounced back from a blown save Tuesday at Cincinnati for his 11th save in 14 chances. The Braves said at 24 years, 346 days, he became the second-youngest pitcher behind Francisco Rodriguez (24 years, 246 days) to reach 100 saves, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau. Teheran allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out three and didnt walk a batter for the second time this season. Vogelsong saw his winless stretch reach five starts since his lone victory April 11 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The right-hander struck out the side in order in the first on 14 pitches, but didnt have another clean inning. Vogelsong struck out a season-high seven but failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the second straight start. The 35-year-old pitcher has allowed 18 earned runs over his past 14 innings, raising his ERA from 5.68 to 7.78. San Franciscos starters have only one win in their last 16 games. McCann, a six-time All-Star catcher who returned from the disabled list Monday at Cincinnati for his first action since surgery on his throwing shoulder last October, finished with three hits after taking Wednesday off. His home run was Atlantas NL-leading 48th. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gerald Laird would catch Saturday afternoon to spell McCann following a night game Friday. Gonzalez will be away from the club Friday and Saturday to attend his daughter Gigis college graduation at Georgia Southern. Giants centre fielder and leadoff man Angel Pagan returned after missing three of the previous four games with a strained groin that was initially thought to be a hamstring injury. He sat out Sunday and Monday, played Tuesday, then was held out of the lineup Wednesday as a precaution. NOTES: Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, who came out in the eighth inning Wednesday against the Phillies, has a cyst in his knee that he also dealt with last season and "may need a couple of days to let it calm down," manager Bruce Bochy said. ... RHP Tim Lincecum is now riding a motorized scooter to the ballpark just like Giants teammate Hunter Pence. ... Vogelsong is tied with Friday night starter Matt Cain for the team lead with nine homers allowed. ... The clubs met for the first of seven games in 2013. ... 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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Martinez stuck his glove blindly behind his back and stabbed a hard liner out of the air, part of a spectacular double play in a big relief appearance for the Texas Rangers as they got closer to another AL West title.I dont know how he caught it, manager Jeff Banister said after the Rangers 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night cut their magic number to two.I guess it happened so quick that it happened in slow motion, Martinez said. I just kind of threw my glove up there, theres no real explanation for it, in hopes of knocking it down.That play in the fifth by Martinez (2-3) came during his 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He was the first of six Rangers relievers after A.J. Griffin, who was feeling ill, fell behind 3-1 in the second.Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot for the Rangers (90-62) in another testy game with multiple ejections.Mazaras 438-foot drive off rookie right-hander Daniel Wright (0-4) in the fourth made it 4-3. Mitch Moreland added an RBI single an inning later after two batters were hit by pitches.Houston won 2-1 in 10 innings at Oakland later Tuesday to keep the Rangers magic number at two to win their second consecutive AL West title, and seventh overall.The Astros are 9 1/2 games back and the Mariners 10 1/2 back in the AL West. Houston and Seattle both have day games Wednesday before the Rangers series finale against the last-place Angels that night.Angels left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and manager Mike Scioscia were ejected when Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch in the eighth, an inning after both benches had been warned when Rangers reliever Keona Kela threw a pitch that went behind the head of Andrelton Simmons.Andrus was the third Texas batter hit by a pitch after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch in the Angels second.There was also a short delay in the Rangers seventh when third-base coach Spike Owen walked toward the Angels dugout and had words with a clearly agitated Scioscia.I was upset, Scioscia said. He was the closest guy in an opposing uniform.Banister didnt give any insight about what happened with Owen.I think that my third-base coach got asked out to lunch, Banister said. They were trying to make plans, they interrupted the game, so I went over theere and made sure we kept the game going. 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Scioscia said Jhoulys Chacin, who had a comebacker ricochet off his lower left leg Monday, was sore but should make his next start.Rangers: Reliever Tony Barnette, who hasnt pitched since Sept. 4 because of a strained right oblique, threw a bullpen session with 25 pitches off flat ground before 10 off the mound. Barnette called it an encouraging day.BALL 14, BALL 15Martinez came in with two outs in the second after Griffins last 12 pitches were balls, a stretch when he hit Trout with a pitch to load the bases before consecutive four-pitch walks to Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron that made it 3-1. 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For giving me the opportunity to become a major leaguer." Delgado was joined on the field by family and former teammates, including Alomar, Fernandez, Candy Maldonado, Shawn Green, Alex Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. He credited his teammates for helping get him to the Level of Excellence. "Let me tell you something about teamwork. I always say you cant drive yourself in. You cant score from second if nobody drives you in," said Delgado. "I tell you, its a great honour to strap it on and take the field with you every single day. I recognize you and it was an unbelievable pleasure playing with you guys. It wasnt always pretty but we tried to make it work." The first basemans career, which also included stops with the Florida Marlins and New York Mets, ended with a hip injury that did not respond to surgery. The two-time all-star (2000, 2003) won the Hank Aaron Award and Sporting News Player of the Year Award in 2000 and the Silver Slugger Award in 1999, 2000 and 2003. 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CINCINNATI -- Tim Adleman threw one right down the middle to Yu Darvish and then had to watch the Rangers pitcher round the bases on a notable home run.Darvish connected for only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher, and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning Wednesday night for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their two-game interleague series.Darvishs solo shot to center field was one of three homers by the Rangers, who wasted a three-run lead before rallying late. Beltres double off Blake Wood (5-2) snapped a 5-5 tie.It was just a really bad pitch, something he could handle, said Adleman, who followed it by giving up another homer by Ian Desmond. Those were big blows -- two-out home runs when one pitch couldve gotten me out of it. Its definitely disappointing.Darvishs big moment came in the fifth when he ended his 0 for 12 career slump. He tipped the bill of his batting helmet as he rounded third base and raised an index finger briefly as he headed for the plate. The only other Rangers pitcher to homer was Bobby Witt in 1997 at Dodger Stadium, in only their third interleague game.Hes the fifth pitcher to homer against the Reds this season.He hit a fastball out over the plate and he hit it well, manager Bryan Price said. Its hard to know about American League pitchers, but he showed that hes capable of hitting it out of the ballpark.Nomar Mazara had a three-homer, and Desmond followed Darvishs homer with his 21st. The Reds have given up 10 homers in the last three games, including four sets of back-to-back homers.Darvish let a 5-2 lead slip away. He walked a season-high five batters and hit a batter in six innings. A passed ball and an error led to two unearned runs.Jake Diekman (4-2) went one inning and got the win. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances.The win snapped Texas three-game losing streak. The Rangers havent lost more than four straight this season. Wholesale Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys. They improved to 28-8 in one-run games, best in the majors.Carlos Beltran was hitless in four at-bats, leaving him in an 0-for-24 slump that matches his career high from 2000.Darvish helped the Reds score two runs in the second. He hit Adam Duvall and walked two to load the bases. Duvall scored when Ramon Cabrera grounded into a forceout, and another run scored on Jonathan Lucroys passed ball.Shortstop Elvis Andrus throwing error set up another unearned run in the fifth. Cabrera had an RBI double as the Reds tied it with three runs in the sixth, aided by another walk.INTERLEAGUEThe Rangers are 11-6 in interleague play, with their pitchers going 4 for 21 at the plate. The Reds are 5-12.TOP TWOThe Rangers host the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, matching the top two teams in the AL. 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ATLANTA -- The Tour Championship is a lot tougher than it needs to be for Justin Thomas. Authentic Jordan Lasley Jersey .He was among three players at Hazeltine -- site of this years Ryder Cup -- on Monday, a clear signal that Thomas, Daniel Berger and Bubba Watson were being considered by Davis Love III as the final captains pick to be announced Sunday night after the Tour Championship.So instead of thinking only about East Lake, and possibly winning the FedEx Cup, theres a distraction.Its probably the hardest thing Ive ever had to deal with when it comes to not thinking about it, Thomas said after opening with a 68 on Thursday. Its one thing to come down the stretch of a tournament and not think about winning, but Ive just had so long to think about the Ryder Cup. And for people to say they dont think about it, I think is absurd. It enters my mind every round at some point.It could be worse.He could be Kevin Chappell, who didnt get invited at all. Neither did Kevin Kisner.Not one time have I been contacted by Davis, Chappell said matter-of-factly after a 66 to tie for the lead.Chappell has never won on the PGA Tour. He has three runner-up finishes this season in which someone simply outplayed him -- Jason Day, the worlds No. 1 player, at Bay Hill and The Players Championship; and Kisner at the RSM Classic at Sea Island, where Love is the tournament host.Was he offended that he didnt get an invite?I wasnt personally offended, Chappell said. But I disagree with having non-members practicing with the team. It sets a bad precedent for the players who thought they were on the bubble, or thought they had a chance.Kisner said he was not invited to Hazeltine. When asked if he was offended by that, he replied, Probably. He doesnt know why he wasnt asked to take part, and he wasnt inclined to ask Love for a reason.I figure hell call me when he needs me, Kisner said.Waiting to make the final pick just five days before the Ryder Cup starts might be more absurd than assembling a Ryder Cup Task Force that cooked up this idea.The plan was to make sure the Americans had the hot player available to them at the last minute. But to listen to the players -- those who received invitations and those who didnt -- makes it unclear if it matters whos hot.Love said last month in New York, after eight players qualified for his team, that he would have to pay attention to dozens of players.Anybody in the top 100 has to be on our radar because a guy could get hot the next two weeks and move himself to the Tour Championship and be in the running for the FedEx Cup, Love said on Aug. 29. And I get to pick him on Sunday night.So why not invite every American to Hazeltine who qualified for the Tour Championship and was not on the team?Maybe they already have been ruled out, which certainly appears to be the case with Chappell and Kisner, along with Memorial winner William McGirt, Gary Woodland, Jason Dufner and others.Love has said one awkward part of this process was making phone calls. He might be inclined to call those who didnt make the team on the same night he shared the good news with those who did. Because there is one more pick, perhaps he needs to wait on those calls.And so everyone waits.But is anyone paying attention to what happens at East Lake? Apparently not.Theres nothing I can do now, Watson said. Davis said its all about strategies and different things. Its not about my play. Its not about anybodys play. So I cant worry about that.That suggests that its not about performance, which runs counter to what Love said a month ago before the FedEx Cup playoffs began.The only thing I know that he told me -- and hes told everybody -- is that its about who matches up well. I dont know what that means, Watson said. I dont know if its about partners, if a guy matches up better with two people or a guy matches up better with three people. I dont know that. I know the same as you, except I got to see the course. I went and played a practice round. So I know a little bit more, I guess.Thomas doesnt quite understand, either. Hes just trying to play good golf at East Lake because that wont hurt. Why the invitations to play Hazeltine?Obviously there was some, or else we wouldnt have been there, he said.None of this will matter a week from today.The grandstands that Thomas and Watson saw set up across Hazeltine will be packed with fans. 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Standing next to him, Muttiah Muralitharan is wearing a sleeveless Sri Lanka T-shirt.In conversation Nicholas is clear and concise. Murali stutters, his English sentences crossing a few bumps as they make their way from a mind working in Tamil. Murali is there to prove his worth: to Nicholas, to those operating the cameras, to bystanders who have blagged themselves onto this side of the fence, to those in the production vehicle on site, and in two weeks time, when the footage is to be broadcast during the lunch interval of the England-West Indies Test at Lords, to millions watching. He is here to prove that his 527 Test wickets so far have been achieved fair and square. That, despite what many believe, he is no chucker.With slow, measured gestures, he shows Nicholas what his arm and wrist go through when bowling the offspinner and the doosra. A brace is brought out and put on Murali but it soon comes off as he begins a control spell of two offbreaks, one topspinner and two doosras. 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The inability to use his elbow, he says, restricts the ability to bowl the delivery with an orthodox action.After a commercial break, former Middlesex medium-pacer and TV analyst Simon Hughes breaks down the slow-motion footage, looking at how much Muralis arm straightens both with and without the brace. Hughes estimates, with the aid of crude tools, that there is more than five degrees of straightening with both the offspinner and the doosra. At the time, that was the spin bowlers lot (a medium-pacer was allowed 7.5 degrees straightening and a fast bowler ten). By the letter of the law, Hughes suggests, Murali was chucking.Murali would not have been at the Nursery Ground had his action not been calle
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Ben Gamel followed with an attempted sacrifice bunt, and first baseman Ryan Goins appeared to have Heredia at third, but the ball popped out of Donaldsons glove on the tag.I thought it was a risky play, but I felt we had to do it, because it was important for us to win the ballgame, Heredia said through a translator. As soon as I was at second base, I made up my mind that if he bunted the ball on the ground, regardless of where it was going, I was going to go to third base.Cano then followed with a run-scoring fly to left, quieting the decidedly pro-Blue Jays crowd, bolstered for the third straight game by thousands of fans from western Canada.We were the benefactor of some miscues by them, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. That happens, but youve still got to finish them off. Robbie had a nice at bat. Didnt try to do too much. Just stay with the ball and take care of business.Nick Vincent (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.It was just one of those things where we made a couple mistakes and that generally happens most times in extra-inning games, Toronto manager John Gibbons said.After being blanked on two hits for eight innings, the Blue Jays tied it in the ninth on Jose Bautistas 19th home run, a one-out solo shot to left off hard-throwing rookie closer Edwin Diaz.Anytime you can contribute makes it worthwhile, Bautista said. It was a big moment. It was one of the most electric pitchers in the game. I was behind in the count. I was simply trying to put the ball in play. His ball has some run. I just managed to get the head out and I connected.Seattle shortstop Mike Freeman prevented the go-ahead run from scoring in the 10th with a diving grab of Kevin Pillars one-out liner with a runner on third.I was just trying to do everything I could to prevent that run from scoring, Freeman said. Fortunately, we got that run across in the last inning, or that play doesnt matter.Both starting pitchers were outstanding. Seattles Felix Hernandez who was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start, allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking three in a 112-pitch outing.When Hernandez came off the field after the seventh, he told nearby fans, This is my house.First of all, Ive never seen so many Blue Jays fans in Seattle. That was unbelievable, Hernandez said. I knew I had to step a little bit more.KING FELIXIn the last three seasons, Hernandez is 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 15 starts in the month of September. He is now 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 21 innings in his last three starts against Toronto. Hernandez start was the 357th of his career, tying him with Freddy Garcia for most Major League games started by a Venezuelan-born pitcher.UP NEXT:Blue Jays: After an off day Thursday, Toronto heads into the A.L East gauntlet with two series at home, four games against the Yankees, followed by three against Baltimore, that has huge wild card implications. The Blue Jays then close the season with three games at first-place Boston. Toronto has not announced a starter for the first game of the New York series.Mariners: Seattle is running out of time. The Mariners followed an eight-game winning streak by losing four out of five. Only one of their three remaining series is against a team ahead of them (Houston) in the wild card race. After a day off, the Mariners open a three-game series at Minnesota. LHP James Paxton (4-7, 3.88 ERA) starts the Friday opener. The math is not good, manager Scott Servais said. Were going to need some help and some other teams to help us along the way. 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Subscribe today!IN HINDSIGHT,?Anthony Davis adolescence was like a science experiment: What happens if you hold skills constant while increasing height??Back in the fall of 2008, Davis was a pretty good 6-foot-2 sophomore guard on a pretty bad Perspectives Charter School team in Chicago. He already towered over his mom, and was eye-to-eye with his dad, so Davis figured he was done growing. Cleveland State was the only college giving him a look.By the following spring he was 6-8, and, as his high school coach put it, He could still do everything -- pass, shoot, dribble -- he did before. He was just a lot taller. Anthony Sr. bought his son an extralong bed to accommodate his size-14 feet, which had been hanging off the end, while Junior swapped out Allen Iverson as his role model in favor of the Kevins, Durant and Garnett. After his growth spurt, he played one-half of one game in a summer tournament in Virginia and returned home to more scholarship offers than he could read. Two more inches later, he was the top pick in the NBA draft.Davis is living proof of the difference half-a-foot makes -- particularly in todays game, which, like Davis, has grown. The average height is up more than 4 inches since the NBAs inaugural season 70 years ago, even if it is down an inch from the all-time peak of nearly 6-8 in 2001. While the search for bigger and bigger ballers seems to have leveled out (for now), the history of height makes it clear: Whether its through international scouting or sci-fi-like technologies, the game will find a way to grow.?IN THE 1930s,?sportswriters, lacking even rudimentary metrics, explained the glut of Jewish basketball stars as a result of diminutive stature that made for quick feet and deft balance (along with general smart aleckness, as one journalist put it). Last years record-setting Warriors squad confirms that the value of agility -- and perhaps general smart aleckness -- has been transmitted intact to the current generation, its just that theyre a lot taller (Steph and the gang last year had the NBAs 15th-tallest starting five at 79.4 inches). Like a young adult emerging from adolescence, basketball managed to get bigger and more gainly at the same time.Pro hoops isnt alone. As most sports become more competitive, their athletes tend to grow. The rest of us have too, though not as rapidly. For much of the 20th century, the industrialized world grew about 0.4 inches per decade (the average American woman is now as tall as the average 17th-century Frenchman). The primary cause is likely nutrition. In Japans post-World War II economic miracle period, the average height of men increased by 1.7 inches in 20 years, and of women by an inch. In societies where a particular group is nutritionally disadvantaged, inequity leaves a trace in stature. Black American men gained on white American men in recent generations, but are still slightly shorter. Prosperous areas of northern Europe have grown the most; the average Dutchman is now 6 feet. Nutrition, though, hasnt been the only driver of height. A study of 94,500 Dutch citizens over 30 years showed that part of the rise in height was due to more big dudes making the All-Star Procreation Team; yes, tall men average more children than smaller men.Inevitably, sports officials have sought to turn humanitys skyward stretch into a competitive advantage. Before the 2012 London Olympics, Great Britain put generations of European growth to use with a clarion call for tall women. Their Sporting Giants program was sort of like Britains Got Talent, but for wannabe athletes. One auditioner was a rangy teacher-in-training named Helen Glover. At a tryout, she rowed for the first time in her life. That was eight years ago, and Glover is undefeated for the past five of them, including two Olympic gold medals and a world record. China has been more systematic still. Yao Ming was spawned from Chinas tallest dyad, a pair of ex-basketball players coupled by the Chinese basketball federation.Genetics can be telling: A Wall Street Journal study found that nearly half of NBA players have an elite-athlete relative, while fewer than one-fifth of players in the less height-dependent NFL and MLB do. Of the dozens of pairs of NBA brothers, there are a few guards -- like Steph and Seth Curry -- but more frequent are sky-scraping siblings, like Mason and Miles Plumlee, Marc and Pau Gasol, and Brook and Robin Lopez.Thats why a study of a New York egg-donation clinic found that the proportion of customers asking for athletic ability in their eggs increased from 1 percent in 2008 to 17 percent in 2012. Surely, they demanded height. In the dropdown menu at the California Cryobank, height iss the only physical trait you can sort sperm donors by. Luca Sbisa Jersey. Over on the sidebar, you can search for look-a-like donors. Theres just one Andrea Bargnani look-a-like, and -- given the rarity of 7-footers -- hes a mere 15 inches shorter, at 5-9. (But, ladies, he is a natural born entrepreneur.)The gift of ginormity is so terrifically precious because it is so exceedingly rare.IN 2016, THE?industrialized world seems to be past its growth spurt. Even the soaring Dutch are finally holding steady. So if weve nearly maxed out gains from nutrition, Tindering for tallness and Bargnani look-a-likes -- at least in the U.S. and Europe -- whats next? Artificial selection will continue in sports. Usain Bolt will prompt more lanky kids to realize their speed, while Kevin Durant will inspire tall teens to eschew the lane. And while rule and strategy changes friendly to 6-3 shrimps may lessen our dependence on foreign height, scouts continue to import inches -- the average height of foreign NBA players is 6-9, whereas its a bit under 6-7 for Americans. As Americans and Europeans slow in their skyward stretch, scouts will look elsewhere: to a few billion residents of China and India, who have a growth spurt coming as their economies modernize.Tim Olds, an Australian scientist who studies how sports body types change over time, says that already we certainly see a lot of tall Chinese and Indian people in Australia. In China, men are 5-6 on average, and women 5-1.5. Move the average up just a touch, and the far right tail of the Chinese height curve makes for a whole lot more bigs. Round up every American man of viable NBA age who is at least LeBron James height, and you could seat them all in Quicken Loans Arena. If China one day has the same average height as the U.S., the number of LeBron-sized men of NBA age would not fit in Quicken Loans; it would overflow the Cowboys AT&T Stadium.According to the Chinese Basketball Association, there are 300 million basketball players in China. As a group, that would be the fourth most populous country in the world, and -- despite Chinas greater success in diving and gymnastics -- basketball is the peoples sport. Even when Chairman Mao Zedong waged war on parts of Western culture, he wanted every soldier to be able to sink a free throw. Young Chinese basketball players later idolized Michael Jordan -- Qiao Dan of the Red Oxen -- and Kobe Bryant. Take that fervor and transpose it onto a first-world height distribution, and we may one day laugh at the thought of Yao Ming as a rare basketball emissary from the Far East.BUT WHAT IS the future of height at home? Are most of us doomed to get sized out of our sports? As someone who was regularly asked by a high school coach, When are you gonna grow? Im quite sure that humans will avail themselves of technological means to reach for the heavens. Reports from India describe height surgery, in which leg bones are broken and fitted with braces to elongate them. Earlier this year, an ethics committee in India convened surgeons to discuss the unregulated procedure after it was performed on a young man who was 5-7. Then theres human growth hormone. Its banned in all sports, but nobody minds that Lionel Messi used it as a child to attain normal adult height. One endocrinologist I spoke with mentioned a kid who took HGH because his parents were concerned about his size, and he became a 6-8 college basketball player. In 2008, Congress convened a hearing about increasing use of HGH, at which one of the expert witnesses told me that he regularly heard from parents wanting HGH for normal-height children. Mark Cuban recently funded a University of Michigan study on whether HGH can speed surgical recovery. If HGH goes mainstream -- its already more widely used in Canada -- would you get it for your child?If you could, would you even employ the cutting-edge gene-editing technology CRISPR, which allows scientists literally to customize genes -- a sort of unnatural selection? Perhaps fortunately, we have no clue what most genes do. Then again, maybe we dont have to. We know that a pituitary gland tumor causes overproduction of growth hormone. Gheorghe Muresan, the 7-7 former NBA player, famously had such a tumor removed after he was drafted. We also know of the GHRH (growth hormone-releasing hormone) gene, which is involved in signaling the pituitary to release growth hormone. Defects in that gene can cause dwarfism, or gigantism. So what if we could alter just that gene? Well, we can. 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Freshman Jordan Harris finished with 11 points.RED CROSSGeorgia junior Juwan Parker sat out the Morehouse game with soreness in his Achilles. Parker missed last year with an Achilles injury. Junior college transfer Pape Diatta of Dakar, Senegal, got his first career start in Parkers place.DOUBLE DUTYMorehouse Athletic Director Andre Patillo was on site doing his duties as an evaluator of officials for the Southeastern Conference.UP NEXTGeorgia: hosts Marquette Sunday afternoon. It will be Marquettes first trip to Stegeman Coliseum in Athens since the 1971 Mideast Regionals, when Al McGuires undefeated Warriors lost in the regional semifinals to Ohio State. Dean Meminger fouled out for the only time in his career.Morehouse: hosts Tuskegee Saturday in its first Southern Intercollegate Athletic Conference game. Cheap Yuli Gurriel Jersey . 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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Former Penn State?assistant football coach Mike McQueary, on the first day of his whistleblower civil trial against the university, said through his attorney Monday that he was forced to cash out his 401(k) after being unable to find a job due to being ostracized and marginalized by Penn State.He is seeking more than $4 million in compensation for defamation, misrepresentation and lost wages as a result of the university wrongly refusing to renew his contract. Since his severance ran out in 2013, McQuearys attorney said, he has earned less than $10,000.McQueary was placed on administrative leave in November 2011, shortly after it became public that he spotted retired football assistant Jerry Sandusky molesting a 10- to 12-year-old boy a decade prior and reported it to his superiors. He did not inform police.You dont put someone on administrative leave unless theyve done something wrong, McQuearys attorney, Elliot Strokoff, said during opening arguments. And this is the cloud that hangs over his head today.The university countered the first of McQuearys allegations Monday by saying he was put on leave for his own safety. Former associate athletic director for football, Fran Ganter, testified that he advised McQueary to get out of town for the safety of his family.The defense produced a number of lewd emails made at the time against McQueary, one of which threatened his life. Enjoy hell, one read. If you have children, we pray theyre are violently raped, said another. I want to kill you, you f---ing piece of s---, another read.But the first witness of the trial, former state prosecutor Jonelle Harter Eshbach, testified she did not take those threats seriously.I really was not in fear for his safety, Harter Eshbach said, adding the university never contacted her office. His emotional safety? Maybe. Not his physical safety.Both Penn State and McQueary were widely believed to be headed to a settlement prior to trial Monday, as no civil case involving a party with direct ties to Sandusky had gone to trial. The university has paid $92.3 million to 32 men who said they were sexually abused by Sandusky.An anonymous email in November 2010 first led investigators to approach McQueary. In 2001, he later testified, he saw Sandusky engaging in a sexual act with a young boy. He said nothing to Sandusky or the boy, instead calling his father who told him to come home. A day later, he contacted head coach Joe Paterno before reaching out to his superiors.Penn State attorney Nancy Conrad said any stain on McQuearys reputation is a result of him not doing more at that time.McQueaary has been under fire for not stopping the alleged rape and going to Joe Paterno instead of the police. Cheap Brian McCann Jersey. Right there, it couldve stopped, Conrad told the jury, which consisted of nine women and three men. But he walked away. McQueary failed to act like a responsible human being.McQueary remained silent during the first day of the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks. Even during the afternoon break, McQueary stood against the jurors bench and fiddled with his cell phone while his attorney scribbled notes and handled papers.He and his lawyers contend that several Penn State administrators, such as former athletic director Tim Curley, wrongly led him to believe they considered his 2001 allegations a serious matter. Because they didnt, the lawsuit claims, McQueary has been labeled and branded as being part of a cover-up.McQueary has also taken exception to a 2011 news release issued by then-university president Graham Spanier, which expressed unconditional support toward Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, despite both being criminally charged for not reporting the abuse claim. McQuearys attorneys believe Spaniers comments suggested McQueary was lying to the grand jury.Still, McQueary played an important role in the conviction of Sandusky. His testimony kicked into high gear the investigation, according to Harter Eshbach. Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 on 45 of 48 counts, including four that involved the incident McQueary witnessed.Sandusky is currently serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in Greene State Prison, where he has been largely segregated from the prisons general population out of concerns for his safety.McQueary was a Penn State graduate assistant in the early 2000s, before serving as the wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2011. He did not interview for his coaching position following the 2011 season, and first-year coach Bill OBrien opted to hire former Buffalo Bills receivers coach Stan Hixon as his replacement.OBrien initially wanted to clean house and hire all new coaches, Ganter testified, but players requested that defensive assistants Larry Johnson Sr. and Ron Vanderlinden remain on staff. Players made no such overtures regarding McQueary.Its not the action of the university, Conrad said, explaining why McQueary hasnt yet found a job. McQueary failed to develop a network.The trial resumes Tuesday morning at the Centre County Courthouse Annex Building.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '  
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