NAPA — The Raiders will be without starting right guard Gabe Jackson for approximately two months after he sustained a right knee injury Thursday during a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams.Coach Jon Gruden said following practice the Raiders were “really concerned” and although their worst fears weren’t realized — Jackson is not out for the season and will not need surgery — the five-year veteran doesn’t figure to return until October.A source said Jackson would be out eight weeks …
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.No, not just with his colossal contract — Harper and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year deal that is the largest contract in baseball history.But as an attraction.Harper zipped to the top of the list as the city’s most popular athlete, adding a dash of star power while raising payroll, projections and prices to a franchise that has lagged in popularity in the shared sports complex behind Super Bowl champions, a Process and a mascot.“One of the best players in baseball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.With Harper set to take his cuts in Philly, the question is raised: Are the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East?That’s a clown question, bro.The betting odds shifted faster than the Astros’ infield once Harper landed in Philly. The Phillies’ odds at winning the division went from 2-1 to 5-4; the pennant from 7-1 to 4-1 and the World Series from 12-1 to 8-1.FILE – In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, in Washington. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)After leading their division in early August, the Phillies went 16-33 over the final 49 games of last season and at 80-82 finished with a losing record for the sixth straight season.The Phillies haven’t been a playoff threat since the 2007-11 heyday when Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley anchored five postseason teams, back-to-back NL pennants and the 2008 World Series championship. The Phillies ballpark was a hotter summer attraction than the Jersey shore and the franchise set an NL record with 257 straight sellouts from 2009-2012.Last year? Tickets could be had on the secondary market for the price of a ballpark hot dog at first pitch and all the bells and whistles of added fan-friendly attractions couldn’t generate enthusiasm. Ticket prices on StubHub skyrocketed faster than a Harper homer on Thursday once tweets of his impending arrival hit the city — the cheap seats start at $100 for opening day. Phillies fans went old school and left work early to hit ticket windows and score face value tickets on the cheap (if not resell at a tidy profit) for his debut.Just wait until his jersey goes on sale.Harper wore No. 34 in Washington but that number hasn’t been worn by a Phillies player since Hall of Famer Roy Halladay died piloting a plane in 2017.Harper, who makes the short list with Pete Rose, Jim Thome and Cliff Lee as biggest free-agent signings in franchise history, is one of the few pay-to-watch players in baseball. And Phillies fans — who cheered fellow free-agent Manny Machado during the team’s public flirtation with the San Diego Padres star — will pay stupid money for their seats. But he’s not the only new face in Philly worth watching.“I certainly think that the city of Philadelphia would embrace Bryce Harper,” Kapler said. “I think he would be very happy in this city because our fans care deeply about winning. Their care about winning was evidenced throughout this entire offseason, obviously paying close attention to every move that (general manager) Matt (Klentak) made, and we made a lot of moves to get ready for this spring training.”A 26-year-old All-Star who had spent his entire big league career with the Washington Nationals, Harper topped the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins.Harper isn’t even the only MVP and All-Star added to the lineup this season. The Phillies were trending toward a playoff team before Harper signed as the fattened the roster with the additions of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen for $50 million over three years and 2011 All-Star reliever David Robertson for $23 million over two years, and acquiring 2018 NL All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura.Harper, Realmuto and Segura were All-Stars last season.“We thought we were a complete team. Now, we’re even more of a complete team,” McCutchen said. “It’s going to be fun.”There’s tons of fun on the Philly sports scene these days and Harper was added to a city roster brimming with stars; Carson Wentz, Gritty, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and even Flyers rookie sensation Carter Hart have the most pessimistic of fans pumped for the decade ahead.Or maybe the next 13 years.Phillies kids club members will start paying off student loans by the time Harper’s contract is finished — one the franchise can only hope pays off with a few more World Series banners added to their meager total.Aaron Nola, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young voting, and a healthy Jake Arrieta should form a stout 1-2 top of the rotation and Zach Efflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez all need to take a step forward this season for the Phillies to contend. Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez return to give the Phillies one of the best top-to-bottom lineups in the National League.Kapler said Harper would likely hit third or fourth in the lineup, and the analytics say he should thrive in hitter-friendly Philly. Harper has batted .268 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs, a .365 on-base percentage, a .564 slugging percentage, a .930 OPS and 48 hits in 50 career games at Citizens Bank Park.Washington took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and called him up to the majors less than two years later at age 19. He would go on to become the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year for a Nationals club that won its first division title and made its postseason debut. Last year, he hit 34 homers and produced a career-high 100 RBIs while walking 130 times, although his batting average dipped to .249. He started more than a third of his games in center field instead of his usual spot in right because of injuries to teammates.Before Harper gets too comfy in Philly, a visit with an old friend. Harper and the Phillies play April 2-3 against Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park.It’s a chance to wave goodbye to the only baseball city he’s called home — before the brash Harper gets set to mash in Philly.___By DAN GELSTON , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Share on Pinterest Pep Guardiola admits to regret over pitch exchange with Nathan Redmond Share on LinkedIn ETHICS WORLD CUP DRAWFifa’s Fiver-baiting with a deadline-ruining 3pm GMT kick-off for its Russia 2018 draw means that, at the time of sending, nothing has happened. For all the latest news from Moscow, join Simon Burnton’s plastic-ball-by-plastic-ball coverage.PEP TALKThe Fiver likes to cultivate an arresting organic fragrance that, if we were to bottle it, would best be marketed under the brandname Eau Good Grief. But we know that other people prefer factory-made aromas, the sort you see promoted in TV ads in which one spray of the whiffy concoction turns a seemingly ordinary man into such a desirable hunk that women are instantly liberated of their senses and clothes and go running through barbed-wire fences just to rub themselves against the sweet-smelling Apollo. Eau Give Over, and things like that.The Fiver has never been persuaded to fork out for such a product. But that’s only because Nathan Redmond has never made one. If Eau de Redz ever became available, you’d see The Fiver pegging down to the shops faster than a post-op Benny Mendy in search of a photo op. Because something about Redmond gives off a heck of a pull, causing normally lucid people to do and say the strangest things. For instance, no sooner had Claude Puel, Monsieur Murmur himself, got a nostril-full of Redmond than he started raving loudly about the young Englishman being the second coming of Thierry Henry; and then, on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola was so overwhelmed by admiration for Redmond that he could not keep his hands off the player following Manchester City’s victory over Southampton, simultaneously brushing against him and bawling at the 23-year-old for being so irresistibly dashing. Twitter Russia’s systematic doping at Sochi 2014 has taken the gloss off the draw, writes Martha Kelner.Barney Ronay on Gary Lineker and said tombola.Working out what to do with all 997 of Everton’s No10s and the problem of having former Liverpool player Sammy Lee as his assistant are just two of five key things for Sam Allardyce to address at Everton, writes Paul Wilson. Nemanja Matic’s simple but effective work at Manchester United reminds us that all great teams need a midfield water carrier, writes Liam Rosenior. A few alleged dinosaur managers may be back in town but the Premier League is not Jurassic Park – it’s open and progressive, cheers Sachin Nakrani. Arsenal have found their groove but, remember, they’re still Arsenal and could fall apart like a clown’s car at anytime, is the general gist of this Jonathan Wilson piece. Luke Shaw to Newcastle? A “magician” to Manchester United? It’s the Rumour Mill. Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!ONE MORE STADIUM TALE FOR THE ROAD. BEST OF LUCK, OWEN Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content The Fiver Twitter Share via Email Shocked. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters Topics Facebook Gordon Banks has revealed his disgust at the absolute states of people who reported fake news of his death. “It was a disgrace. I just could not believe anybody would think of doing something like that,” he said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. My great grandson saw it at school. One of the children told him and he couldn’t stop crying. What a thing to happen. It was disgusting. Nobody has apologised.” Stoke boss Ailsa from Home and Away reckons referee Martin Atkinson’s failure to send off Simon Mignolet means he should be stripped of his whistle this weekend. “I don’t see why he should be refereeing,” he fumed. “It was a pretty straightforward decision in my view and it wasn’t made.”Oxford City boss Mark Jones hopes barber Godfrey Poku and his fellow part-timers can prove to be … wait for it … a cut above in Saturday’s FA Cup second-round game at Notts County. “Godfrey, our central midfielder, has done great for us over the past couple of seasons,” tooted Jones. “He is a barber in south London – although judging by his own barnet I am not sure how many clients he gets.”And EhJohnEhBarnes says the reason he nailed his World in Motion rap was because he’d been on the Tin. “I was p!ssed … we were all drunk and just did it. It’s not a hard thing to do, is it?”STILL WANT MORE?Ten things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend, including Mauricio Pochettino attaching some jump leads to his spluttering Spurs side. How do you like these apples, roars our 32-team Ethics World Cup guide. Read more Here you go. Photograph: Getty Images Pinterest features Share on Facebook Some new bones, earlier. Photograph: Pixar/AP Guardiola made quite the spectacle of himself, suggesting that he is integrating well into England, a country where even cricketers greet each other with headbutts. But apparently one national organ was not convinced by the manager’s account of events, so The S*n commissioned a lip-reader to give the real skinny on what Guardiola had said. And The S*n then went and published the lipreader’s version even though it claimed that the Catalan: a) insulted the winger by calling him something that sounds like winger but contains an ‘a’ and a ‘k’; and b) accused him of trying “to make a mug of me”. Perhaps, given the lingo he was apparently speaking, the Catalan concluded by saying “c’mon geezer, I can ‘ardly Adam and Eve it, innit”.“I want to make it absolutely clear Pep Guardiola did not say what The [S*n] is falsely claiming,” piped up Redmond on social media atrocity Twitter. “Yes, he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only complimentary and positive to me … He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game, in a similar way to last season.” All of which might not be considered to be complimentary or positive to Southampton’s manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, who was effectively publicly reprimanded by Guardiola for misusing his £10m player. On the other hand, perhaps it was a complement to Pellegrino, whose job was, after all, to drive Guardiola potty. The FA has asked City’s manager to explain his action in more detail. All Guardiola has to do is invite testimonies from Southampton fans, who can all vouch for the enraging power of the Redz effect.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Obviously I’ve never done anything like this before. But it got better the more I did it. I think there are a lot of very funny moments. I love the Jungle Book and I’m delighted that Disney asked me to play a role in Coco. What I like about the film is that it’s very funny, but also very emotional. In particular, the skeletons in the land of the dead are really funny” – Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, 78, takes a break from warming the Cologne bench to voice a skeleton who really wants to watch a football match in the German language version of the upcoming cartoon. 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On top of that, and worst of all, clubs regularly change their ground name due to sponsorship. Now that’s tough. Hats off to the young folk who manage to keep up with that. I would have offered a ‘shout out’ but you have to draw the line of sympathy somewhere” – Jack Mignall.“Now that Sadiq Khan has taken over Taxpayers FC’s home, surely it should be called ‘the Mayorcanã’?” – Jim Hearson.“Based on recent form, surely West Ham’s ground should be referred to as ‘Estadio de Lose’” – Lucas Telfer.“Plastic bottles, paper, gold watches, Diego Maradona … OK, Fifa knows how to throw a recycling party (yesterday’s Fiver), but does it reuse those draw-balls? If not, could they send them my way so I can use them for my upcoming draw for the 1994 World Cup finals? That’s the point in football history I have reached since deciding to recreate the English and Scottish league seasons plus European club championships, European Championships and World Cups since the 1983-84 season by dice throw. Who would have thought England would defeat Belgium on penalties in the final of the 1986 World Cup? The dice do not lie” – Kevin McKee.“Re: yesterday’s Fiver and its assertion that no footballing legend wants to see an arena strewn with empty crisp packets; can I be one of the 1,057 to point out that this scenario would probably please the co-hosting Gary Lineker hugely – providing the empty packets were his brand of choice” – Ben Williams (and 1,056 others).“Re: rubbish ‘derby titles’ (yesterday’s Fiver letters). Before anyone dare suggest it, the Pompey v Saints derby is not known as ‘El Coastico’ and don’t even get me started on the media-invented ‘Dockyard Derby’. Birmingham is closer to us than Plymouth” – Ben North.Send your letters to [email protected] And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Jack Mignall, who wins a copy of Football Manager 2018, thanks to the good people at Football Manager Towers. 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Yes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Auburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?
A seafarer was electrocuted on board the bulk carrier Efficiency OL while the ship was at berth in the port of Bunbury, Western Australia.The incident occurred in the evening hours on Saturday, September 29, a spokesperson for Southern Ports told World Maritime News.The ship’s Chinese crew discovered the man and called an ambulance. He was transported to Bunbury Health Campus, but he tragically died, according to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).At the time, the Panama-flagged Efficiency OL was unloading timber at the port’s Berth 5.Western Australian police subsequently advised the incident resulted in the suspected electrocution of a 22-year-old Chinese national.AMSA is also investigating to determine whether a failure of the 37,000 dwt ship’s procedures or maintenance program may have contributed to the incident.The vessel was released to the stevedore to recommend labour from 7 pm on October 2.Southern Ports’ spokesperson added that the incident did not affect any other operations at the port.
We all want to witness history, so it can be tempting to baselessly hype up current stars as all-time legends. But that can make it more difficult to appreciate true greatness in the moment. What’s the truth and what’s the narrative? In Trout’s case, the hype is justified and then some.After hitting the cover off the ball in the minors, Trout had a mediocre call-up year in which he hit 11 percent worse than the league average, judging by OPS+ (adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage).1Although even then, he was ahead of the curve; the average 19-year-old non-pitcher since 1901 had an OPS+ of 78. But he retained his rookie status for 2012 after missing the cutoff for eligibility in 2011 by seven at-bats.Since then, it’s been nothing but sustained greatness for Trout. Playing a full schedule for the first time in 2012, the 20-year-old Trout dominated, posting the 22nd-best season by a position player in MLB history according to WAR. While he may have peaked with 10.8 WAR that year — only four players (Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) have had two seasons with that many WAR in their careers — his 37.3 WAR between 2012 and 2015 ranks as the 31st-best four-year stretch in major league history. And he’s the only player to put up such a run between the ages of 20 and 23; the next-youngest were Mantle and Ty Cobb, each of whom did it from age 22 to 25.What remains to be seen, though, is whether Trout being the best young player ever means Trout is tracking to be the best ever, period, full stop. Among the WAR leaders through age 23, some were like Cobb, producing good years into their late 30s and beyond; others, such as Andruw Jones, saw their performance fall off considerably after turning 30. Trout already has more career WAR than 96.9 percent of all players in major league history, but can he pass the other 3.1 percent?A quick-and-dirty way to estimate Trout’s end-of-career WAR pace is to use Baseball-Reference.com’s similarity scores in the spirit of projection systems like PECOTA or CARMELO. Through age 23, the most similar players to Trout include Mantle, Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr.,2Miguel Cabrera is a fun inclusion at No. 5 — he beat Trout for MVP in both 2012 and 2013. although Trout’s WAR has been about 47 percent higher than his cohort of comparables. From age 24 onward, that group of similar players3Excluding still-active players. produced an average of 68.2 WAR. So if we think Trout will continue to be 47 percent better than them over the rest of his career, we would expect Trout’s future to hold 100.6 more WAR before he retires. Adding 100.6 WAR to his current total of 37.9, we arrive at a career forecast of 138.5 WAR.That’s a heckuva lot of WAR, but it’s not No. 1: That total would rank sixth among position players since 1901. If he plays until age 40, Trout will have to average 7.4 WAR per season4Essentially top-5-in-MLB production by 2015’s standard. to catch Ruth as the best position player. (And that’s not even considering the 20.6 wins of value Ruth added as a pitcher.) Being the best ever through age 23 is no guarantee of what will happen over the next decade and a half.Even so, Trout’s career has started off unlike anyone else’s in MLB history. Although he has only one MVP to show for it (for now), it’s a remarkable achievement to be the G.O.A.T. through any age — much less every season you’ve played. The MVP snubs keep piling up for Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. On Thursday, Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays bested Trout for Most Valuable honors in the American League. It’s the third time that he’s lost in a year when he led the league in wins above replacement (WAR). (The guy’s only been in the league for four official years, mind you.) Aside from his win over a not-so-crowded field a year ago, voters seem determined to find reasons that Trout shouldn’t be MVP.But Trout can take solace in this: He might be on pace to become the greatest player of all time. Each year that Trout has played a full season, he has ended the season as the all-time MLB leader in career WAR for his age.
Ohio State women’s soccer’s Friday game proved to be a milestone occasion. The Buckeyes used two goals from junior forward Lauren Granberg to defeat the Fighting Illini, 2-1, on a chilly Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 200th victory in the program history. “I actually wasn’t even aware of that,” coach Lori Walker said. “200, that’s great.” Walker, who has been a part of 164 of the 200 Buckeye wins, said she was especially happy that this milestone occurred on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” Walker said. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner denied seven Fighting Illini shots, six in the second half with OSU protecting a one-goal lead. “I was just trying to get a hand on everything and anything,” Baumgardner said. “[Baumgardner] was tremendous,” Walker said. “Goalkeepers … you need them when you need them and she came up big tonight. She was player of the game.” OSU held Illinois well below its average of 3.33 goals per game. The Buckeyes (6-3-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten), broke a 1-1 tie in the 56th minute when senior forward Paige Maxwell played a cross that found the head of Granberg, who leaped between two Illinois defenders to finish her second goal of the game. The assist was somewhat of a redemption for Maxwell, who minutes earlier had hit the post with a header off a corner kick. Granberg’s first goal opened the scoring in the 25th minute. OSU defender Megan Fuller sent a long pass that was flicked by Maxwell and found Granberg in the center of the box. With her back to the goal, she was effective in shielding her defender from the ball while turning to fire a shot from just outside the six-yard box to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. “Without [Maxwell], I wouldn’t have been able to make those goals,” Granberg said. “She had two great assists.” The Fighting Illini (6-3-1, 0-1-1 Big Ten), leveled the game in the 37th minute when an attempted clear was deflected back into the box to a wide open Jannelle Flaws. The Illinois forward put a ground shot to the right of a diving Baumgardner for the equalizer. The Buckeyes continue conference play Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as they take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 12 p.m.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that the squad can win any game with or without Lionel MessiThe Blaugrana will not be able to call on the services of their Argentine superstar for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan in Group B or in Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.This comes in light of Messi sustaining a fractured arm in Barcelona’s 4-2 La Liga win over Sevilla at the weekend.But Bartomeu is adamant that they will be fine regardless of whether a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in leading the frontline.“Messi will be out for however long he needs to be,” Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Without Leo, we are still competitive, but the important thing is to move forward.“We have to win, of course, and prepare ourselves. The players are conscious of where they are.”Messi has provided 12 goals and six assists in 12 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona this season.Bartomeu also dismissed reports linking Barcelona with a return for former star forward Neymar.