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I won the battle in my head today, says grinding Spieth

PGA: WGC - Bridgestone Invitational - First Round(Reuters) - Clutch putting and a final four-birdie flourish helped Jordan Spieth transform what might have been a 75 into a remarkable two-under-par 68 in Thursday's opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. The American world number two produced dismal form from tee to green, especially on his front nine where he hit just one green in regulation, but he "did a great job mentally" as he made par putt after par putt to work his way into contention. Spieth's fortunes improved markedly after the turn and he reached six of nine greens in regulation before capping a round to remember with birdies on his last four holes at Firestone Country Club in Akron.


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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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Portugal reach Euro 2016 semi-finals with win over Poland on penalties

It has become increasingly possible to imagine Portugal with their name on the Euro 2016 trophy. After three draws at the group phase and a grubby last 16 win over Croatia, following extra-time, they entered this quarter-final having not played particularly well but having played well enough.

Related: Portugal beat Poland on penalties to reach the semi-finals – as it happened!

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last updated: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:38:40 GMT

The Trio to Rio
The marathon-running Luik sisters of Estonia are believed to be the first triplets to have qualified for an Olympics.

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last updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:44:11 GMT

Wimbledon 2016: Revealing dress causes stir
Nike's flimsy attire for women's pros at Wimbledon is generating plenty of attention -- and this without arguably its highest-profile female tennis client Maria Sharapova, who is serving a two-year doping ban.

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Michael Phelps qualifies for record fifth Olympic Games
Michael Phelps qualified for a record fifth Olympic Games by claiming victory in the 200m butterfly at the U.S. Swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Body parts wash up near Olympics beach volleyball site
With just 38 days to go before the Rio Olympics kicks off, the situation in the host city just went from bad to worse.

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How Iceland's heroes inspired a nation
He's just won a presidential election -- now he's targeting the European Championship finals.

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Iceland wins, Twitter explodes!
Iceland shocked the world as it ousted England from Euro 2016 Monday and Twitter reacted in style.

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Who will replace the England boss?
At the end of the 90 minutes, England's players lay sprawled, desolate on the turf at the Stade de Nice.

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Ultimate XI: Choose your dream team
Will you choose Cristiano Ronaldo? Or will you go for Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Or maybe you want both?

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The ultimate English tradition?
What two things are quintessentially English and as inextricably linked as America and apple pie?

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Glorious Goodwood just got richer -- to $6.7M
Glorious Goodwood, which will be held next month at the "world's most beautiful racecourse," just got richer.

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Introducing the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Lord March, the man behind the Goodwood Festival of Speed, introduces one of the highlights of the motorsport calendar

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Federer ends 'Cartman' fairytale
Roger Federer sent British fan favorite Marcus Willis packing from Wimbledon, but not before everyone under the roof at centre court had a good time.

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The stats that define Federer
Novak Djokovic may currently be the alpha male of the tennis court -- but Roger Federer remains the greatest player in history.

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The rising star backed by John McEnroe
He may not have coached for over 20 years, but tennis great John McEnroe has seen enough of big-serving world No.7 Milos Raonic to believe the 25-year-old American is capable of winning Wimbledon.

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Sharapova enrolls at Harvard
She might be serving a two-year doping ban, but tennis star Maria Sharapova won't be twiddling her thumbs during that enforced sabbatical after enrolling for a course at the prestigious Harvard Business School.

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Putin's sevens hopefuls fall short
Russia's sporting reputation may have been dragged through the mud over the past year -- but could the country's image be reinvented with an unlikely Olympic showing in Rio?

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19th-century girl took on the boys
William Webb Ellis will always be known as the boy who invented rugby -- but what of the first girl to play the game, 10-year-old Emily Valentine?

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England stuns Wallabies for historic win
England's revitalized rugby union team stunned the Australian Wallabies Saturday with a 23-7 victory in Melbourne to seal a historic first series win in the southern hemisphere.

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Golf's No. 1: 'I can't take Zika risk'
He's the best golfer on the planet -- but Jason Day won't be winning Olympic gold anytime soon.

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Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed merging with Breaking News
The Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed is merging with Breaking News. Please use http://feeds.news.com.au/public/rss/2.0/fs_breaking_news_13.xml instead.

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Step aside Ronaldo! Wonderkid leaves him in wake
JUST as Cristiano Ronaldo stepped out of Luis Figo’s shadow at Euro 2004, the Real Madrid star may be about to be usurped by Portugal’s new kid on the block.

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NFL suspends free agent Manziel for 4 games
NFL suspends free agent Manziel for 4 games

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The new status quo
It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short: The Good: OBP The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good). A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the […]

It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short:

The Good: OBP

The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good).

A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the league in OBP and are scoring plenty of runs as a result. The pitching may be coming around a little bit lately, but it would still be a stretch to call it anything but shaky. And the Cubs are still looking very tough.

It’s a little weird, honestly. We’re now living in a world where the Pirate offense – not pitching – is carrying them, and the Cubs – not the Cards – are public enemy #1. Things could change, but for now, the Pirates seem to have leapfrogged St Louis – but the Cubs leapfrogged both. So we appear to be headed for another summer of trying to close a semi-healthy deficit against a division opponent while dreading falling back on a wild card matchup with an inferior team with a superior ace pitcher. There are worse fates, I keep telling myself (we lived it for 20 years), but that’s still getting a little old.

Some other notes and thoughts on where things stand, and the first two months of the season:

  • Of course the number one hot topic around the team right now is the Indianapolis pitching cavalry that should provide some much needed help to a very iffy big league rotation. I’m very, very excited to see Jameson Taillon, who has checked pretty much any box in Indianapolis anyone could hope for…now it appears to just be a waiting game for the dreaded Super Two to pass. Sigh. The only good thing about that (besides the team saving money down the road, which, well, you know) is that the Pirates can afford to be extremely conservative with Taillon’s pitch count before he comes up. Innings and workload will be limited for the year at some point with his prized arm coming off two seasons of injuries. (That’s why I’d have liked to have used more of those limited innings at the MLB level this year, but now the Pirates have gotten so close to the Super Two point – sometime in early June – that they almost have to wait it out.)
  • Tyler Glasnow is the bigger arm and more eye popping prospect then Taillon, but if you read some of the reports, I’ll buy the idea that he actually does need some more work – notably on a changeup. Maybe he’d help the bullpen, or be a Juan Nicasio equivalent as a starter, but the Pirates probably don’t want that for his development.
  • Chad Kuhl, on the other hand, probably has a much lower upside but is pitching too well in Indy to ignore. He has to be getting awfully close to getting a look in the majors as well.
  • When one or more of those three reach the majors, I’m very enthusiastic about the bullpen’s chances to be much improved when Nicasio slides from the rotation to the pen. As a two pitch guy who dominates with hard stuff and not “pitchability”, he would just fit so much better in a role where he could go all out and only have to face a set of hitters once in a game.
  • The bullpen desperately needs that help – and more. It’s probably going to be the number one point of emphasis once we creep in to trade talk time – but hey, why wait?
  • I have very few, if any, complaints about the status of pretty much all the position players – starters and bench. It’s a very good offense. Heck, the biggest disappointment to this point has been McCutchen, who I’m not going to worry about.
  • How good is that Gregory Polanco extension looking? Really, really, really freaking good.
  • The Francisco Cervelli extension is nice, too – if only because the catching situation after this year was looking very dicey. It was pretty much going to be Elias Diaz (who is unproven and hurt) or bust. Cervelli offers plenty of stability (and likability).
  • Jung Ho Kang post-injury update: Still the man. I was concerned about how he’d look  – not only coming back from the awful injury, but also adjusting in his second year in the league – but so far he has not missed a beat. And with the depth (mostly provided by Freese), it isn’t a problem that he has to sit once a series or so.
  • I think most of us were expecting an improved version of Jon Niese, compared to what he did in New York. Instead he has been worse. If he can just get back to that level – which you’d think he should eventually – just a league average pitcher – it would help quite a bit, and the value for Neil Walker would be just fine. If not, well, he (and/or Jeff Locke) might be losing a rotation spot if those Indy pitchers keep knocking on the door.

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