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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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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United | Premier League match report

There was a touch of the old Manchester United about their ability to score late on and salvage something from a game that had looked to be slipping through their fingers but this still seemed like another unsatisfactory result for Louis van Gaal and his players.

Daley Blinds beautifully placed shot three minutes from time, after Saido Berahino had looked to have scored the winning goal against United for the second season running, earned the visitors a point but left them still searching for their first away win under Van Gaal. For the first time in 18 years United have gone six Premier League games without winning on their travels.

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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:03:37 GMT

Archie Manning Leaving College Football Playoff Committee for 2014
Manning will take a leave of absence from the committee determining college football’s inaugural postseason final four as he recovers from surgeries.






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last updated: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:47:35 EDT

Should rapist get second chance?
What are the rights of a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, being allowed to resume their old job?

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Drone invasion halts qualifier
Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and an incident involving a drone led to the abandonment of a major European international football game Tuesday.

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Roma chief looks abroad
James Pallotta has already begun a Roman revolution -- now he tells CNN he wants Italian football to take over the world with overseas Serie A matches.

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Wozniacki: I dreamed I was dead
Caroline Wozniacki is known as one of the fittest players in tennis, but even the rejuvenated Dane is feeling anxious as she prepares to take part in the New York City Marathon in early November.

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Mental strength of tennis pros
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli talks candidly to Open Court about the mental side of the game.

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Stars bid farewell to Li Na
It was the long goodbye as China bid farewell to its sporting heroine in a tearful ceremony.

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Feelgood sports story of 2014?
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally once again riding on an upward swing of his career roller coaster.

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Can golfers learn from dolphins?
What can a pod of dolphins teach golfers? Quite a lot according to Paul Azinger, the last man to captain the United States to victory in the Ryder Cup, back in 2008.

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Is this the ultimate hipster sport?
They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews modern-day love for cutting-edge technology -- welcome to the world of hickory golf.

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Anger at Bianchi crash claims
As Formula One racer Jules Bianchi continues to fight for his life, Marussia says it is "angered" by speculation into the cause of his crash.

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Marquez retains MotoGP title
It took a little longer than most people expected but MotoGP's young star Marc Marquez wraps up a second world title in Japan.

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Sorokin slates Sochi preparations
Russia 2018 will 'walk that extra mile' to ensure that it does not repeat the mistakes of Sochi.

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Which woman will be world's best?
Tennis stars gather in the 'Lion City' for WTA Finals

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Where has 'Super' Mario gone?
One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team. Mario Balotelli has lost his mojo.

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How to host a major horse race
Francesca Cumani visits the course at Ascot to meet the man who helps make sure that race day always runs smoothly.

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Milan giant seeks makeover
When will the tears stop? A leading Italian football club is pursuing a new direction -- under the guidance of its new Indonesian owner.

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Reluctant F1 star 'drove a Lada'
He's paid millions to drive one of the world's fastest cars, and he's one of F1's most colorful characters, but Kimi Raikkonen says he longs to lead "a normal life."

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'The Dominator' - Austria's rising 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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Thomas Muster's tour stories
Former world No. 1 Thomas Muster meets Open Court's Pat Cash in Vienna to discuss the challenges of traveling on tour.

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Drone invasion ends game
CNN speaks to journalist Branislav Šovljanski about what caused the cancellation of the match between Serbia and Albania.

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Tennis: Serena fury over 'sexist' remarks
Serena Williams slams Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for his "insensitive, sexist and racist" remarks in describing her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers" on a late night TV chat show.

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'Racism in Russia is not a trend'
The CEO of Russia 2018 says that racist incidents in Russian football are 'undesired tendencies,' but not a trend.'

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How golf took over the White House
American Presidents have come and gone -- but one club tends to unite them all.

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Japan's love for Formula One
Meet Japan's passionate F1 fans ahead of the Japanese GP.

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Smog alert for Beijing marathoners
If running a 42 kilometer foot race was not tough enough, Sunday's Beijing International Marathon saw thousands of competitors brave a "hazardous" smog which engulfed the Chinese capital.

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Skiing: Svindal hit by freak injury
A freak injury while playing an impromptu game of football with his teammates could sideline Norwegian skiing great Aksel Lund Svindal for the entire World Cup skiing season.

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Motorsport: Rossi tops in Australia
Valentino Rossi celebrates his 250th MotoGP with a memorable victory at the Australian Grand Prix Sunday -- taking full advantage after 2014 champion Marc Marquez crashes out.

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Tennis: Apology for Williams slur
Russian tennis chief and IOC member Shamil Tarpischev apologizes Saturday for referring to Serena and Venus Williams as the "Williams brothers" during a TV chat show. He has been banned for a year and fined $25,000.

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Football: Own goal of the season?
Santiago Vergini's 12th minute volley flashed past the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the English Premier League match at St Mary's between Southampton and Sunderland.

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Football: Albania's drone 'disgust'
It's a plot twist that even a thriller writer might have struggled to come up with during Serbia's European qualifying clash with Albania in Belgrade.

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Football: Ronaldo's 100M friends
Cristiano Ronaldo is not only recognized as the world's top footballer -- he's in a league of his very own when it comes to social media followers.

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Football: Teen makes Euro history
Norwegian 15-year-old Martin Odegaard has another first in football to his name -- becoming the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championships qualifying match after representing his country against Bulgaria.

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Motorsport: Title for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton's historic win at the first Russian Grand Prix earns Mercedes the team title, but Formula One is still focused on the plight of seriously injured Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

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Tennis: Win boosts Fed's No. 1 bid
The Fed Express rolls out of China with no signs of slowing down yet as Roger Federer moves back up to world No.2 with Shanghai win.

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Heroes' welcome for Germany
The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as tens of thousands of flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to welcome home the nation's World Cup-winning footballers.

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Serena: Standing with giants
Serena Williams opens up about her crazy year, her future plans and officially becoming one of tennis' best-ever

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LeBron: Survivor's remorse
In this excerpt of LeBron's Unguarded conversation, he discusses those who are less than happy for his success

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NFL star's tribute to daughter
Devon Still's talks about his daughter Leah, who has won the hearts of millions as she battles cancer.

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Rugby in Brazil's favelas
CNN's Christina MacFarlane meets two brothers who have introduced Rugby Sevens to the Brazilian favelas.

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Oval ball vs. round ball in Brazil
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The rise of the 'new Comaneci'
It's 25 years since the end of Communist rule in Romania, and although much may have changed in the East European nation, its production line of gymnasts continues to generate champions. Add to that list Larisa Iordache, a tiny teenager making a big impact.

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Slater: Future is frightening
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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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Treve defies Arc odds
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Cox Plate favourite Fawkner draws brilliantly
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Ishikawa walk-off HR sends Giants to Series
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What’s next?
There’s a much different feel surrounding the Pirates going in to this offseason, as opposed to last year. It was almost impossible to be disappointed with the season as a whole last year, even after missing a golden opportunity to move past the Cardinals in the NLDS. The team won 94 games and showed up pretty […]

There’s a much different feel surrounding the Pirates going in to this offseason, as opposed to last year. It was almost impossible to be disappointed with the season as a whole last year, even after missing a golden opportunity to move past the Cardinals in the NLDS. The team won 94 games and showed up pretty well in the playoffs, and more importantly heading into the winter, they looked set to compete again this year. A.J. Burnett was the only main piece of the team that wasn’t coming back (not counting the late-season trade acquisitions). While I’d like to think we weren’t naive enough to assume the Bucs would be back in the postseason, it seemed pretty plausible.

Now the situation has changed. 2014 was still a very good year. You can call it a “step back” but it wasn’t a very big step back – it would have been tough to improve on 94 wins, and even though Buctober only lasted one game, reaching the playoffs in MLB is a significant accomplishment. That said, they missed out on a very good opportunity to win the division and flopped in the WC game, so there’s a much more bitter taste in their mouth going into the winter. The free agency situation only compounds that. Why? It’s pretty simple – if the Pirates have another offseason like last year’s, they are not going to look like a contender coming into next season.

Going around the diamond…

Catcher: Hmm, have you heard that Russell Martin is entering free agency? Maybe you think the Pirates should try and re-sign him, huh? TELL ME MORE! Yes, of course the Pirates need to do all they can to bring Martin back. It’s hard to get a read on him (he’s indicated eagerness to test the market but also has talked at length about how much he liked playing here). The Pirates aren’t going to win a bidding war for Martin, but if they can at least offer something competitive – which I honestly think they will – they might have a shot.  The Pirates should be able to pay ~$15M/yr for a guy as important as Martin at this point, but it may come down to the number of years on a potential deal, not the yearly dollar amount.  My guess would be that the Pirates would prefer three years and definitely no more than four.

The worst part about the Martin saga is the fact that the Pirates have nothing behind him. Chris Stewart is a solid backup but there’s no way you want him as your starter. Tony Sanchez does not appear even close to ready to take the job. Next up in the minors is Elias Diaz, who had a nice year in Double-A but is probably at least a year away. And the free agent market is totally barren behind Martin. If he signs elsewhere, the best possible result for the Pirates would be to find something via trade, but that won’t be easy either.

3B, SS, 2B: Harrison, Mercer, and Walker are all back. Nothing to worry about here.

1B: Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez are all arb-eligible, and all likely to make more money than they deserve based on the seasons they had. My guess would be that Davis is gone and Alvarez stays. I’m no longer concerned about Pedro’s ability to play first, especially with a full offseason to work on it, and even though you could make a strong OBP-based case for Davis over him, Pedro is “their guy” and it really probably would be too soon to give up on a guy only one year removed from a HR title.

As for the other side of the platoon (assuming there is a platoon, which would be wise based on how Pedro hits LHP), Sanchez has lost his “lefty masher” status and should be gone. It shouldn’t be that hard to find a part time 1B that can do OK against LHP for less money. Andrew Lambo may also stay in this mix, but since he’s also lefty he would probably have to find his way onto the roster as a backup 1B/RF/bench bat.

LF, CF: Marte and Cutch, duh.

RF: Travis Snider is arb-eligible and you’d think he earned a tender with his strong finish to the season, right? But then there’s Gregory Polanco. Do you start next year the way this year finished, with Snider starting and Polanco basically the backup/defensive replacement/pinch runner?  But then you don’t want to have Polanco sitting out most of the time, either. Both are left handed so it isn’t really a platoon situation. This could be an awkward situation to start the year but I suppose both figure to be on the team one way or another, since they’ll need four OF’s anyway.

Starting pitching: Everything other than catcher seems fine to this point, but here’s where it gets sticky. Liriano is a free agent. Volquez is a free agent. Morton could miss the start of next season as he recovers from surgery. As it stands now, the rotation is Cole, and then, um, gulp. Worley and Locke are in there, but as your #2 and #3? And then what? Stolmy Pimentel? Nick Kingham (who started out AAA on fire but then fell off a good bit)? Jameson Taillon will certainly figure into the plans eventually but he is also recovering from surgery (and hasn’t pitched much in Indy yet).  Oh yeah, and remember how much Martin helps the pitching staff…and if he’s gone…

I am all in on the Pirates bringing Liriano back. He continued to show ace-level stuff this year after returning from his injury, and the Pirates simply aren’t going to find anything resembling an ace-level pitcher at their price on the open market. Presumably Liriano would be a little more affordable with the injury risk and some inconsistency this season. I am of the opinion that he should get a qualifying offer, even if that may be a bit of a stretch.  Volquez, not so much – as we discussed leading in to the Wild Card start, he is a huge regression candidate and some team will probably pay him too much. If the Pirates can get him for something close to the $5M he made this year, sure, bring him back, but Liriano should be the priority.

The Pirates are going to need more pitching, though, even beyond those two. We know they won’t be able to spend with the big boys for a Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, or James Shields, but they’ve had success “dumpster diving” the last two years with Liriano and Volquez. I would certainly expect another attempt at something like that. Some have already identified Justin Masterson as a potential candidate. There are plenty of mid-level guys out there that the Pirates may be able to compete for, and (especially if they don’t sign Martin or Liriano), they actually will have a good amount to spend – and this is the area where it should be spent.

Bullpen: The bullpen needs some work but certainly not a complete overhaul. No key pieces from this season are gone; Melancon and Watson are a very strong back two, Hughes will still be there, and John Holdzkom will get an extended look to see if he’s for real. Obviously more depth is needed for those middle inning roles, but the Pirates don’t like to overpay for relief pitching – a philosophy that is generally wise. Still, people probably won’t be too happy if they open the season with guys like Wilson (though I’m guessing he’ll stick around), LaFromboise, Axford, and Gomez rounding out the ‘pen.

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So there’s lots of work to do, but almost exclusively at pitcher and catcher. Unlike last year, there is a lot more pressure this offseason and Neal Huntington is going to need to go to work to keep this team in the mix. The good news is that there’s some money to play with. Don’t laugh. Regardless of what you think about Bob Nutting’s spending habits or how much he may or may not be willing to increase payroll, the payroll will significantly decrease if it’s a quiet winter, since Martin, Liriano, Volquez, Wandy, and some others’ money will be coming off the books. I don’t know how much the payroll will go up but I’m fairly confident it isn’t going to go down. The Pirates are going to have to spend some money somewhere.  And if they are going to bump the payroll up, now would be an awfully good time to do it with a lot more revenue flowing in and a few clear needs established around an otherwise strong lineup.

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