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Should we be suspicious of record homer rate? (Yahoo Sports)

Should we be suspicious of record homer rate? (Yahoo Sports)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Apparently it’s not just the long ball chicks dig. They love the strikeout, too. In response to questions about Major League Baseball’s record-setting home run pace, commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday said surveys by the league show that fans have enjoyed the uptick – and that a 10th consecutive year of record strikeout totals pleases them likewise. “The important question is: How do our fans see it?” Manfred told Yahoo Sports. “And our fan research suggests that people like home runs and they actually like lots of strikeouts. Whether that’s the definitive position we take or not, I can tell you again, being a numbers guy, our first step was to try to figure out what fans think, and our initial indications from our fan research is they like it.” If further explor
Chile considering joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Chile considering joint bid for 2026 World Cup

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The South American nation says it would be willing to join forces with other countries in order to host the footballing world's biggest event Chile has announced that the country will consider a joint a bid for the 2026 World Cup.  Arturo Salah, the president of Chile's football association, made the comments Tuesday in Russia, with Chile preparing to face Germany on Thursday in the Confederations Cup.  Osorio sorry for outburst The United States, Canada and Mexico have already announced plans to submit a joint bid for 2026, with the USA hosting the lion's share of the event. Salah seemingly wants to make a similar bid with other South American nations.  "We will consider the possibility of doing it together with other countries, it can be with two countries or three countries," Salah w
Connor McDavid beats out Crosby for MVP (Yahoo Sports)

Connor McDavid beats out Crosby for MVP (Yahoo Sports)

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In his first uninterrupted season, Connor McDavid is the NHL’s MVP. The Edmonton Oilers superstar captain won the Hart Trophy in a landslide over Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards. McDavid was also honored at the event with the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted on by members of the NHLPA. McDavid was the only player to hit the 100-point pleateau this season, scoring 30 goals and registering a league-best 70 assists to claim his first Art Ross Trophy. He was responsible for the Oilers’ revival, helping the club achieve its highest point total in 30 years and leading them back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after 11 seasons. At 20, McDavid is the third youngest MVP i
Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo ruled out of Confederations Cup due to shoulder injury

Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo ruled out of Confederations Cup due to shoulder injury

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It was a disappointing outing for El Tri, who stumbled to a 2-1 win over New Zealand and lost the defender to injury Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo will miss the remainder of the Confederations Cup due to a shoulder injury suffered against New Zealand. It was a disappointing outing for Mexico, which stumbled to a 2-1 win over lowly New Zealand and lost Salcedo to an AC joint injury on Wednesday. Osorio lucky to lead El Tri to win Salcedo was forced to leave the field on a stretcher after landing on his shoulder during the first half of the Group A clash in Sochi. Mexico are unable to call in a replacement for the injured 23-year-old, who has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Guadalajara. The injury also stirred up a bit of trouble during the match, with New Zealand and officials n
The plate collision rule needs updating (Yahoo Sports)

The plate collision rule needs updating (Yahoo Sports)

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In 2014, Major League Baseball instituted the “Buster Posey rule” aimed at decreasing both the amount and the severity of home plate collisions. That rule may need an “Anthony Rizzo Amendment” in 2017. The Chicago Cubs first baseman found himself in hot water after running into San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges during Monday’s game. The ball beat Rizzo to the plate by a few steps, and instead of sliding away from Hedges, he opted to run into him. Hedges held onto the ball for the out, but had to leave the game with a thigh injury. [Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now] The league decided to take a closer look at the play following post-game comments by Padres manager Andy Green. Green believed Rizzo’s actions were an “egregious” violation of the rule. Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball
Mock draft: Celtics not sold on Jackson? (Yahoo Sports)

Mock draft: Celtics not sold on Jackson? (Yahoo Sports)

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1. Philadelphia (from Boston via Brooklyn): PG Markelle FultzFreshmanAge: 19Ht./Wt.: 6-4/195WashingtonPhiladelphia cashed in on its stockpile of assets to fill an immediate need at point guard and acquire the player most teams consider to be the most talented prospect in the draft. The Maryland native will step into far different circumstances with the 76ers than he would have with the Celtics, joining the talented Joel Embiid and the touted but untested Ben Simmons to form one of the NBA’s most interesting young cores. 2. L.A. Lakers: PG Lonzo BallFreshmanAge: 19Ht./Wt.: 6-6/190UCLAThe Lakers were lucky to keep this pick in the lottery and have been active, trading D’Angelo Russell in a cap-clearing move with an eye toward attracting the NBA’s biggest stars in 2018. In position to se
Report: Carr, Raiders on verge of historic NFL deal (Yahoo Sports)

Report: Carr, Raiders on verge of historic NFL deal (Yahoo Sports)

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Derek Carr wasn’t even considered good enough three years ago to be a first-round pick in a quarterback-starved league. Now, he’s on the verge of signing one of the largest contracts – perhaps the largest contract – in NFL history. The Oakland Raiders and Carr are wrapping up a long-term extension that was inevitable, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Carr wanted to be with the Raiders and after years and years of losing, the Raiders weren’t going to let him hit free agency next offseason. The deal is worth about $25 million per year. Carr’s deal might set the NFL record for most money per year, a record held by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at about $24.6 million per season. Carr made sure to tell everyone nothing was official. Nothing done yet… trust me you will hear
Real NBA games being played after the season (Yahoo Sports)

Real NBA games being played after the season (Yahoo Sports)

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The NBA playoffs were dull, lopsided and predictable. The NBA crowned a champion, but with little (outside of the Bay Area) to celebrate. Even Kevin Durant spit out his post-championship beer. Then came the ever after. The league has come off its hinges in the last week, with draft picks swapped, players opting out, stars on the blocks and everyone making plans to construct super-teams that might possibly combat the Golden State Warriors. It’s wild. It may not be great for the NBA in the long term, but as a show, it’s on a run. Such a run that not even LaVar Ball can say something to break through the news clutter. Where to start? Normally, the Boston Celtics trading the No. 1 overall selection to Philadelphia for the No. 3 and a future No. 1, perhaps even a top-five pick next year, would
Newcastle United keen on Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar

Newcastle United keen on Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar

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The Indomitable Lions forward does not seem to be short of suitors as the Magpies join the race for his signature English Premier League side Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar from FC Porto. Rafael Benites is looking to create a more competitive squad environment and believes that Aboubakar will add quality to his existing attacking options. The attacker recently had a spectacular season in front of goal, scoring 19 goals across all competitions for Super Lig winners Besiktas where he was on loan from Porto. According to SunSport, the Magpies are ready to launch a £9 million bid for the 25-year-old after Aboubakar’s proposed move to Ligue 1 side Rennes collapsed over the forward's £2.5million a year wage demands. Currently, Aboub
Fulham battle Huddersfield Town for Benin international Steve Mounie

Fulham battle Huddersfield Town for Benin international Steve Mounie

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The 22-year-old's impressive campaign for La Paillade did not go unnoticed as English clubs battle each other for his signature Newly promoted English Premier League side Huddersfield Town and Championship side Fulham are battling each other for the signature of  Montpellier attacker Steve Mounie. The Benin international has become a hot property in the transfer window and is being sought by a number of clubs after an impressive season in the French top tier where he netted 14 times in 35 appearances to help keep Montpellier from relegation after the club's poor early season form.  GetWestLondon has reported that Fulham have submitted a bid, although lower than the €13 million that La Paillade are requesting for the Parakou-born forward. But a contradicting report from French publicatio
Judge: I’ll think about Home Run Derby invite (Yahoo Sports)

Judge: I’ll think about Home Run Derby invite (Yahoo Sports)

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If you don’t want to see New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge in the MLB Home Run Derby next month then you’re simply not living your best baseball life. He leads all of MLB in homers with 23, has the most All-Star votes in the AL and is the runaway breakout star of the first half. [Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now] Here’s the good news: Judge said his Derby invite has arrived. And the bad news: He’s not ready to commit. He told reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t yet sure what he’d do but even getting invited is “surreal”: “I’m going to think about it for a while,” Judge said. “Just haven’t honestly thought about. I’m more focused on what I can do for the team right now, and we’ll see what I decide to do.” “Never really dreamed that it would actually happen. It was pretty
Cubbie bares it all for ESPN’s Body Issue (Yahoo Sports)

Cubbie bares it all for ESPN’s Body Issue (Yahoo Sports)

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The Chicago Cubs have only gotten more bold since their World Series championship. Some players celebrated the franchise’s first title in 108 years by taking music lessons. Others capitalized on their new-found celebrity and nearly won “Dancing with the Stars.” [Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now] But Javier Báez took the biggest risk of all. He celebrated the Cubs’ World Series by getting nude for ESPN the Magazine’s upcoming Body Issue. This should shock no one, but Javier Báez appears to be in great shape. That’s not really a big surprise. Báez is shown exceptional reflexes while making great defensive plays. He’s put those same skills on display while applying unbelievable tags at second base. He also has immense power. You need to have a pretty aggressive workout program to ac
Francisca Ordega’s goal hands Washington Spirit away draw

Francisca Ordega’s goal hands Washington Spirit away draw

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The Super Falcons forward scored her third goal of the season as her side secured their second away draw of the season against Chicago Red Stars Francisca Ordega was on target as Washington Spirit secured a 1-1 away draw against Chicago Red Stars at the Toyota Park. Having gone a month plus without a goal since her brace against the Sky Blues in May, the Nigerian forward's strike ensured the Spirit picked a vital away point. Ordega got her side in front in the 42nd minute thanks to Cheyna Williams' well taken long ball but Christen Press leveled for the hosts eight minutes from full time. The goal is the Super Falcons forward third of the season in nine appearances and five starts for the James Gabarra's ladies this term. The draw moves Spirit to the eighth position on the log with eigh...
Makinwa laments ABS’ disappointing outing at 3SC

Makinwa laments ABS’ disappointing outing at 3SC

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The Saraki Boys handler says his side were far from impressive in their defeat to the Oluyole Warriors at the Lekan Salami Stadium ABS head coach Henry Makinwa has admitted his side had a poor outing after a 2-0 disappointing defeat against Shooting Stars in Ibadan. Goals from Ibrahim Adewale and Sunday Faleye ensured Shooting Stars returned to winning ways as they silenced the Saraki Boys at the Lekan Salami Stadium on Sunday. "We came with intentions to win but we ended up losing the game,” Makinwa told Goal. "It was a disappointing outing for us but we put it behind us. We will get back to get well prepared for our next match against Kano Pillars. "It is a very important game and a must win for us to maintain our home winning form." On some controversial calls during the match, the e
Now, more than ever, it’s time to root for Tiger (Yahoo Sports)

Now, more than ever, it’s time to root for Tiger (Yahoo Sports)

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Nine years ago almost to the day, Tiger Woods, unstoppable as the sunrise, relentless as the tide, rolled in a curling 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th at Torrey Pines to force a playoff. Woods, who would go on to win that U.S. Open, pumped his fist and exulted like he never had before … and, as it turned out, never would again. You know what happened next. An injury cost Woods the rest of 2008. Y.E. Yang dented his armor on the course, running down Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship to yank what would have been Woods’ 15th major out of his hands. Three months later, Woods’ personal life exploded all over the Internet, tales of mistresses and text messages forever shattering his carefully honed, market-tested image. And while Woods would play, and win, again on the PGA Tour, he never could
McGregor insults Floyd with massive KO mural (Yahoo Sports)

McGregor insults Floyd with massive KO mural (Yahoo Sports)

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The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout slated for Aug. 26 may be about as competitive as hurricane-vs.-daffodil, but it’s already the most-hyped bout of the new millennium. The next two months will be a nonstop barrage of promotion and trash-talk, and McGregor appears willing to stoke the flames at every turn. On Instagram, McGregor posted an artfully posed portrait of himself with the caption “I am a filthy Irish animal.” All well and good, but take a look at the mural behind McGregor: Here’s another view: Yeah, that sure looks like an artist’s rendering of McGregor knocking the teeth out of a boxer who sure looks like Mayweather (Update: it is Mayweather). The fact that McGregor has that on his wall not only suggests the kind of arrogance that’s going to sell this fight hard, but also
Bellinger fastest to 21 homers in MLB history (Yahoo Sports)

Bellinger fastest to 21 homers in MLB history (Yahoo Sports)

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That’s one way to start a career. Though it’s only been 51 games, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has already exceeded his lofty expectations. [Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now] The most impressive part of his game thus far has been Bellinger’s exceptional power. Coming into Monday’s game against the New York Mets, the 21-year-old was sitting on 19 career home runs. With one more, he would tie a record, joining Gary Sanchez and Wally Berger as the fastest players to reach 20 career long balls. Sanchez and Berger accomplished the feat in their 51st game. That wasn’t a problem. Bellinger tied the record in his first at-bat, belting an 88 mph slider from Zack Wheeler out to center for his 20th home run. He made it look easy. Turns out, Bellinger isn’t a big fan of sharing. An
Tiger Woods getting ‘professional help’ (Yahoo Sports)

Tiger Woods getting ‘professional help’ (Yahoo Sports)

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Tiger Woods said Monday he is receiving “professional help” to manage his medications and treatment for back pain and insomnia. Woods’ Twitter statement was just the second time he has commented publicly since a Memorial Day arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of a combination of sleep and pain medications. Woods’ statement in full reads: I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour. Woods’ statement comes after a gossip site reported the 14-time major winner had entered rehab for prescription medication addiction. Woods was arrested in the early hours of Memorial