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10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Newcastle United v Liverpool: Premier League live! | Ian McCourt

Some half-time entertainment for yall:

Well that was utterly forgettable.

45 mins ... no. Cisse hammers it miles over the bar. What. A. Waste. There are two more minutes to play before half -time.

43 mins Sissoko does a lovely dribble on the counter, driving at the Liverpool defence. Skrtel stops him on the edge of the D and Newcastle get a free-kick. (Skrtel gets a yellow as does Taylor for some unsportsmanlike behaviour he stood in front of Mignolet trying to distract him ). Can they do something with this? ...

41 mins Not to be too pedantic, pedants Don Topaz, but theyre SURTITLES when the scrawly bits are at the top, subtitles when at the bottom.

40 mins A rare Liverpool attack is cut out by Coloccini, who concedes a corner. Gerrard takes and he finds Skrtels run from the edge of the area. The defender nips in front of his marker and misses the goal by this much. Krul didnt even move.

38 mins Another corner. This time Mignolet does his job properly and plucks the ball from the air, thus averting any danger.

36 mins A corner to Newcastle. It is swung over and Mignolet goes MIA. Cisse swings a boot at it from the corner of the six-yard box but Johnson clears it off the line.

34 mins Aarons picks the ball up a fair distance from the goal. He gets going and glides past Gerrard before the Liverpool captain catches up and helps to make the young man the meat in sandwich with Allen acting as the other piece of bread. A free-kick is awarded about 25 yards from goal. Abeid takes but the wall does its job. A corner it is but its a poor one that Gerrard clears. However, that clearance is even worse and it lands at the feet of Sissoko. His effort clears the bar and lands in Scotland.

31 mins A long ball from Gerrard finds Balotelli down the left. He tries a trick or treat but is immediately dealt with by Janmaat. Other than the foul, that is all he has done in this game. Ho hum.

28 mins More on subtitles. Click the link. It will make you laugh.

@ianmccourt If nobody watched football with subtitles, we never would have seen this attempt at 'Januzaj' - http://t.co/hacXEdipLG

26 mins That is indeed it for Obertan and it is Aarons who replaces him.

25 mins Mac Millings has been in touch: Fun Shed Seven Fact: the band was named after one of Kurt Vonneguts Unpleasant Structures series, also featuring the classic Slaughterhouse Five and the best-forgotten Outdoor Toilet Six.

23 mins Obertan is down. This does not look good. Looks like he pulled his thigh muscles while running. The subs get going. Is it time for Aarons?

21 mins This time Newcastle attack down the left via Ameobi. He gets his sprint on beating Johnson with ease and then his cross on. The latter is decent but Srktel clears. Newcastle attack again and this time Skrtel has to give away a corner. That is fired to the back post but Lovren does enough to ease the pressure on his side.

19 mins A long throw from Krul sends Obertan scurrying down the right. He cuts inside and plays a one-two with Colback before continuing his run down the right. He looks to cross into the box but his effort is weak and Liverpool deal with the danger.

18 mins Who watches a game with subtitles?

17 mins Liverpool are stodgy here. They look slow and pedestrian and a bit short on ideas. And just as that sentence is typed, Balotelli gives away a needless foul on the edge of the Newcastle box to bring an end to a Liverpool attack.

15 mins Just seen a reply of the alleged penalty. Marriner didnt have the best view but think he made the right decision. Sissoko went down a bit too easily.

13 mins Is he watching the game with subtitles?

12 mins Wondering what Jose Enrique is up to? Wonder no more:

Watching the game pic.twitter.com/WcOooaLtfB

10 mins The Newcastle fans want a penalty and they might have a point. Obertan put on funky shoes and danced his way down the right with some speed. Near the end line, he pulled the ball back for Sissoko who was ready to shoot for glory only for Allen to nick his ankles. The referee says no but youve seen them given.

8 mins I heard those birds as well, says JR in Illinois. What is wrong with them? That was very rude. Theyve already sorted the horses in Newcastle; looks like the birds need to be taught a lesson as well.

6 mins Liverpool press high and force Krul to kick long. Newcastle win the header and work the ball down the right, before coming back inside and then back outside. Newcastle keep on passing and the ball comes back to Krul once more. Long it goes and eventually to Cisse. He takes a shot that goes out for a throw.

4 mins Newcastle get a throw near the corner flag of the left. Liverpool clear that but Newcastle win another. The exact same process happens again. After this one, the home side fire a cross into the box, Obertan gets in front of his man and tees it up for Cisse but his shot is blocked over the bar. Newcastle get a corner. Skrtel clears that with his head.

2 mins Early indication are that Balotelli has lined up on the right and Coutinho has lined up in the middle. It also looks like he is starting with a back three. How very odd. Is Brendan doing some of that over-thinking stuff? Nothing interesting, in terms of action, to report from the pitch so far.

1 min After a perfectly-observed minute silence to commemorate those who died in conflict (you could hear the birds squawking above the stadium) Liverpool, playing left to right, get us going.

The players are on the pitch, the fans are in the stands, the pie-sellers are in place and we are almost ready to get busy. Newcastle are in their traditional black and white number while Liverpool are in their home red. Call me old fashioned but there is something particularly nice about seeing two sides tog out in their home jerseys. Down with this new-fangled 3rd strip business. In the stands one of the Newcastle fans holds a banner reading: Pardew back from the dead

Wins at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have changed the mood in Newcastle and around Alan Pardew and his side, reckons Louise Taylor. Here is her preview of todays game:

Alan Pardew likens the task of reconstructing Newcastle United to assembling a piece of flat-pack furniture. It takes time, he says, with feeling. My wifes Swedish so Ive done a few of those Ikea furniture packs and I know youve got to do lots of little bits to get to the end. If you get the first little bit wrong, the second bit doesnt work. If you get the second bit wrong, the third bit definitely aint working and the table top is wobbling.

As a largely dreadful 2014 for Newcastle draws to a close, Pardews patient fusion of imports such as Rémy Cabella and homegrown youngsters including Rolando Aarons promises to result in a formidably pacy, unexpectedly exciting, team.

I remember shed seven, says Ben Young. Back in the day Changegiver and Definitely Maybe were released a week apart. My pocket money conveniently was £3.99, enough for one cassette album from Our Price. I went for the Sheffield lads and still dont regret it. The years of training from opting to support Grimsby Town allow you to make these choices without regret.

Shed Seven is always my brothers choice for our drunkenly discussed dream mid-90s festival line up, as well as Mansun, states Kieran Walsh. Im more partial to Suede or Dinosaur Jnr, death to Britpop!

Here then are the men who are going to make or break your day. For the home side, Cisse is back from his dose of knee knack and ready to frighten the bejaysus out of the Liverpool defence, while Abeid makes his Barclays Premier League. The midfielder has made eight appearances for the club since rocking up in the north east 2011 but they have all come in cup competitions, be they domestic or European. Krul, Taylor Sissoko and Ameobi also return to the starting 11 after the midweek win Manchester City. As for Liverpool, he starts, but then we always knew he would after his goal against Swansea. There are three changes from the from the side that drew with Hull last weekend with Johnson, Henderson and Coutinho coming in for Manquillo, Can and Lallana. Those teams in full are:

Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, S. Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Abeid, Colback; Obertan, Cisse, Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, R.Taylor, Aarons, Cabella, Gouffran, Perez

The sun shines at St James' Park before @NUFC v @LFC. Kick-off is 45 minutes away... #NEWLIV pic.twitter.com/SehPDkL8eM

The mid 90s yeah? Remember them, yeah? Oasis or Blur? (Or Cast? Or Shed Seven? Or Jamiroquai? Nobody ever choses Shed Seven.) Footballs coming home. Do you know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? Dolly the sheep. Take That doing one. Wannabe. The launch of the second generation Nissan Primera. Trevor Jordaches body under the patio. Cynical realism. Milly, Egg, Warren, Anna and that ending. Half 6 on a Thursday watching the GamesMaster with Graeme Le Saux and Phil Babb. Half 6 on a Thursday watching the GamesMaster with Dean Holdsworth and Phil Babb. Phil Babb and that post. Liverpool beating Newcastle 4-3 on a Wednesday night. Liverpool beating Newcastle 4-3 on a Monday night. Sigh. Those were the days. But maybe today will be throw-back and Newcastle and Liverpool will serve up a tasty dish and we can all toddle off and feed the pigeons, and maybe the sparrows too, and have a sense of enormous well being for the rest of the day.

Ever since Brendan Rodgers took over, the post-match enormous sense of well being has generally been with the Liverpool players and their manager. Four games Rodgers has had and not one he has lost. Two draws and two wins, one of which, the 6-0 shellacking at St James Park, was his biggest victory in charge of the Merseysiders. So hell be heading into this encounter with those white-washed teeth cocked and ready for some hard smiling, even if he has chewed threw a couple of pencils over the last few weeks fretting over his side. And fret he should. The problems he is having up front have, of late, been poured over more times than Seattle in winter, so lets leave that aside for now and instead have a quick chat about some back problems and Simon Mignolet.

There are probably more than a few Liverpool fans out there who for a number of weeks now have been going to their respective mass/mosque/church/temple/synagogue/meeting house, have been getting down on their knees, have been uttering the usual platitudes and then adding in at the end: ... I know I shouldnt ask for this, but is there any chance you could fix so that Víctor Valdés joins us?. Theyd have a point. Mignolet is not to blame for all of Liverpools defensive woes last season and this one Rodgers could certainly do more work on the training ground with the likes of Martin Skrtel on defending set pieces but he is to blame for a few. Rule No1 for keepers is put on gloves. Rule No2 is command your area. And that is something that Mignolet consistently fails to do. He is also too often indecisive. Watch how often he hesitates when coming off his line for crosses, leaving his defenders in a state of limbo. Defenders are like kids, they crave regularity and eschew disorder; limbo is not where they want to be. (Even his own captain has stuck the boot in saying he is not aggressive enough in his keeping.) He also looks sluggish on his toes, which is part of the reason that those long-range goals keep going in. A keeper of Valdés quality and sweeper-keeper characteristics would fit Liverpools style of play like a finger in a nose and it will be surprising if those aforementioned utterances are not heeded, if not by a deity, then certainly by Rodgers.

Mignolets poor form should go down well in Newcastle, where, these days, the nasty banners have been replaced by unicorn babies, Jolly Ranchers and smiles the length of Railway street. Ever since that cracking comeback against Swansea, Newcastle are a side reborn. They have won three on the trot in a 12-day run that includes another cracking comeback (this time at Spurs) and a fairly comprehensive defeat of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, despite Alan Pardew fielding a side featuring six serious changes from the win at White Hart Lane. Tis a shame that the aftermath of a very decent, very intelligent, very organised performance by Newcastle and the cracking Ryan Taylor comeback (he cried coming off the pitch and was greeted with a standing ovation by his team-mates) was clouded over by concerns for Citys downfall.

Anyhoo. Those wins have taken the pressure of Pardew and put a temporary halt to the abuse from the fans but its not like Newcastle can kick back and be cool since they still stand a mere two points above the dreaded drop zone. A win today would take them above the likes of Tottenham and Everton and sit them in 9th spot. Can they do it? Of course they can. Will they do it? Well youll have to stayed tuned to find out. Team news and 90 minutes of red-hot footballling action and maybe some chat about Ghostbusters are on their way.

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last updated: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:44:35 GMT

N.B.A. Roundup: LeBron James’s 36 Points Lead Cavs Past Bulls
James was at his best after struggling the previous night, scoring 8 points in the extra period, and the Cavaliers picked up the win after opening with a loss at home to the Knicks.






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last updated: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:38:02 EDT

The best places to ski on Earth?
It's that time of the year when winter sports enthusiasts dust off their skis and snowboards and get ready to hit the slopes in search of perfect powder and fresh adventures.

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The four disciplines of alpine skiing
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Freak injury rules out Svindal
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Fans' refund for 8-0 loss
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$500M venue's beauty 'skin deep'?
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Was it wrong to ban Luis Suarez?
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Serena - 'Comments sexist, racist'
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Thomas Muster's tour stories
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'The Dominator' - Austria's new star
Pat Cash squares off against the youngest men's player in the ATP Tour's top 40. Meet Austria's rising star Dominic Thiem.

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How golf took over White House
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Feelgood sports story of 2014?
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Ski star Miller plans new 'voodoo'
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Giants celebrate World Series win
Back at the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse, players celebrate their World Series win in classic fashion.

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Dutch vet helps Germany
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Cyclist who defied the Nazis
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The harmonious U.S. ski team
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The F1 team that needs YOU!
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Racing through awesome Austin
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Swiss ski team's secret hideaway
Alpine Edge visits the Swiss team's secret glacier hideaway to find out how they prepare for a fast start this season.

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The billionaire & the super yacht
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Pistorius starts jail term
Reeva Steenkamp's parents said Tuesday they are "satisfied" with the sentence handed down to their daughter's killer, as Oscar Pistorius started his first full day in a South African prison.

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Motorsport: Alonso running out of time
Fernando Alonso declared he has reached the "Last Chance Saloon" as Formula One rolls into the Wild West for Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix.

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'Magic' behind new MLS franchise
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Will royal baby go to Olympics?
Less than nine months after giving birth to the latest member of Britain's royal family, Zara Phillips was back in the saddle -- and her performances at the World Equestrian Games have boosted her hopes of another Olympic appearance at Rio 2016.

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'Rumble in the Jungle' relived
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MLB: Giants win World Series
The Kansas City Royals seemingly had karma on their side, but the baseball gods and the San Francisco Giants had a different plan in the deciding game of the World Series.

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Football: Blatter told to 'shut up'
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Football: World record for wins
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Football: World mourns Meyiwa
The world of football is mourning the loss of Senzo Meyiwa after the South Africa captain was shot and killed Sunday during a botched robbery, according to authorities.

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Tennis: Sweet revenge for Serena
Four days after suffering a humbling defeat to Simona Halep, Serena Williams turns the tables on the Romanian to win a fifth WTA Finals title with a crushing straights sets 6-3 6-0 victory in Singapore Sunday.

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Tennis: Federer steps up No. 1 bid
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Football: Van Persie leaves it late
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Serena: Standing with giants
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Revolutionizing the sound of sport
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The princess and the fairytale
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Dujardin's historic feat
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Airbus unveils super yacht dream
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Mini Maxi - and Mega Rich
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Horse whisperer tames zebras
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last updated: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Batting woes leave Aussies on brink
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last updated: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:18:13 PDT

Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
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News and notes
Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks: Royals and Giants in the World Series: As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new […]

Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks:

Royals and Giants in the World Series:

As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new level with the Bucs in the mix but falling short of advancing deep, but the games are almost always compelling and enjoyable to watch anyway. Still, there’s bitterness involved. I mean, Travis Ishikawa with the pennant winning walkoff? REALLY? The baseball gods love to troll Pirate fans, although at least that knocked the hated Cardinals out. (Then again, the Giants are starting to become the “new Cardinals” – the team that just doesn’t seem to die in the postseason.) And while of course everyone is rooting for the Royals – an awesome story – you can’t help but be a little jealous as their Cinderella run carries all the way to the Series.  (That said, I certainly wasn’t jealous of the familiar treatment Madison Bumgarner gave them in Game 1.)

Side note: While it’s easy to be disappointed with the Pirates’ very short postseason “run”, and while it’s fair to be disappointed that they couldn’t win the division, consider that no 90+ win teams made the World Series, and the Nats, Dodgers, A’s, Tigers, and Angels combined to win a total of two playoff games. Get in to the postseason and anything can happen.

Jeff Banister hired as Texas Rangers manager:

The Pirates’ bench coach from the past four seasons is headed to Texas to be a big league manager. “Banny” remarkably spent 29 years in the Pirates organization and was clearly a truly beloved figure – if that wasn’t known before, it’s common knowledge now. He will be missed quite a bit, but as far as I can tell, you won’t be able to find a single person that’s ever known Banister that isn’t happy for him to get such a great opportunity, especially in his home state.

In terms of on-the-field impact, Banister was known to be a key piece of the organization’s bridge between the front office’s analytics team (a new-age unit that has earned a lot of praise in recent years) and the dugout. It will be interesting to see how the Pirates try to replace that. So far the word seems to be that it will be a internal replacement, possibly “major league coach” Dave Jauss.

Pirates will give Russell Martin a qualifying offer:

This shouldn’t really be news, as it should be a plainly obvious decision for the Pirates, but it is good to know that the Pirates will at least take the first step in attempting to retain their catcher. For those not familiar with the situation, the Pirates will offer Martin a one year, $15.3 million contract after the World Series ends. Martin will almost certainly decline that, as he should be able to get roughly $15M/yr for multiple years. If another team signs him after the QO is extended and denied, that team loses its top draft pick (unless it is a top ten pick, then they lose their second pick), and the Pirates would gain a draft pick after the end of the first round.

That’s why it’s a no brainer to give him the offer…they’ll get an extra pick if they lose Martin, it’s a slight deterrent to any other team trying to sign him (so it gives the Pirates a very slight advantage as they compete for him on the open market), and it’s highly unlikely that the offer would be accepted (and it it somehow was, they should be thrilled to get him for one year/$15M). The real question is whether or not Francisco Liriano will get one. We’ll get into that discussion soon – I say he absolutely should, but I’m not so sure the Pirates will agree.

Ticket prices going up:

The Pirates are raising season ticket prices. As a partial STH myself, I scratched my head at the comment about prices on the secondary market constantly being higher than the face value prices (that was RARELY the case in my own experience this season), but all the other stuff the Pirates cite is more than fair. PNC Park has the smallest capacity in baseball, the prices are still among the lowest, the demand is up, and the team is finally competitive. The part about the small capacity and low prices is often overlooked somewhat (even with great attendance, the Pirates’ ticket revenue would still be in the bottom half of the league)…bust still, it is also more than fair to expect some more money to go into the payroll this year after record attendance without much of a payroll bump in 2014.

The new season ticket prices can be found here. Individual game prices haven’t been released yet, but they’ll be slightly higher than the season ticket per-game prices.

Clint Hurdle has hip surgery:

The only good thing about the Pirates getting knocked out quickly was that it enabled Clint to get this taken care of. It was painful for us all to watch him limp out of the dugout in the later part of the season, and he showed great courage and toughness holding off on the surgery until the season ended. He had the procedure on the Monday after the Wild Card game and seems to be doing fine – he even showed up a Pens game on Saturday night.

Arizona Fall League:

Some of the Pirates’ better known prospects are in action in the desert. Tyler Glasnow headlines the list and after a bad first outing he has been impressive since. Catcher Elias Diaz and Josh Bell are also playing and have had some ups and downs. This is a short season so the stats probably aren’t too meaningful, but it’s another chance for some to get a look at some of the best prospects and for them to get some additional experience.

AFL stats can be found here. 

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