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Woods in contention at tragedy-hit Dubai Masters

27-year-old Cheyenne Woods has enjoyed a superb playing year though she has not won a tournamentCheyenne Woods, the niece of superstar golfer Tiger, was one shot off the lead held by England's Florentyna Parker after the first round of the tragedy-hit Dubai Ladies Masters on Thursday. Play had been suspended early Wednesday in the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour following the death of caddie Max Zechmann on the course. The 27-year-old, who is fourth in the money list and enjoying a superb year without winning a tournament, made a bogey on the eighth and then closed with a double bogey on the ninth.


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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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Why the Oakland Raiders' stunning turnaround could be bittersweet for fans

The Raiders are 10-2 and headed to the play-offs for the first time in 14 years, but a possible move to Vegas has cast a pall of uncertainty over their season

Don’t feel too bad if you’d forgotten all about the Oakland Raiders, because the once-fearsome franchise owned by the brusque Brooklynite Al Davis had pretty much fallen into, well, a black hole.

Nearly 14 years have passed since the Raiders last made the play-offs – and lost the Super Bowl, 48-21, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose coach, Jon Gruden, had been traded to Tampa Bay from Oakland 11 months earlier for four high draft picks and $8m.

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last updated: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:32:02 GMT

On Pro Basketball: LeBron James Boycotts Donald Trump’s Hotel, Then Beats Up Knicks
With Cleveland visiting the Knicks, James and a number of his teammates opted not to stay at the Trump SoHo in what amounted to a modest political protest.

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FIFA facing legal action over Qatar's migrant workers
World football governing body FIFA is facing legal action in Switzerland over allegations it has been jointly responsible for the mistreatment of migrant workers who are working on projects for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Sailing mourns loss of 'great hero'
Denmark's Paul Elvstrom -- an Olympic yachting great, sailing pioneer and an inspiration to many -- has died peacefully in his sleep aged 88.

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This change just made golf a little bit easier
Golf's rules can be mind-boggling, with draconian penalties, but a new ruling may help ease the pain experienced by players such as US Open champ Dustin Johnson.

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Boxer: How my coach brought me back after cancer
For WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, the world turned upside down in 2011. While he was visiting US troops in Iraq he began experiencing weakness in his legs. His first thought was he needed to amp-up his workouts.

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The world's largest luxury yachts
It's the world's biggest superyacht by volume, with the biggest indoor swimming pool, but the deluxe Dilbar ranks only fourth in a prestigious Top 101 list of luxury leviathans.

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Formula E: 'How clean energy can be sexy'
He is a pioneering aviator and environmentalist with two record-breaking round-the-world trips to his name -- one aboard a balloon and most recently in the solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2.

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Stars fall: A year of major surprises
Talk about an eventful year in tennis. Roger Federer fell outside the top 10, Maria Sharapova lost her ranking and there were new year-end No. 1s.

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The most spectacular racecourse in the world?
Hugh Bowman edged out Ryan Moore in a tense International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley racecourse, Hong Kong.

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German clubs lead football into future
Two German football clubs are boldly exploring sport's final frontier -- man vs. machine.

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Xabi Alonso: Meet soccer's serial winner
Xabi Alonso has played for some of Europe's top clubs: Liverpool, Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich. He is full of praise for the German Bundesliga.

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Djokovic splits with coach Becker
Another chapter was added to Novak Djokovic's tumultuous year when the Serb announced he was parting company with coach Boris Becker, ending a fruitful partnership that produced six grand slam titles in three years.

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India cash crisis delays Federer return
Roger Federer's highly anticipated return to tennis after six months off with a sore knee has been scuppered by the India cash crisis.

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Tennis bad boy 'can be world No. 1'
The enigmatic Kyrgios needs to incorporate a disciplined lifestyle and mental toughness to his game before he can reach his potential, according to Rafter.

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Faivre leads French charge
Mathieu Faivre led a spectacular home charge in the giant slalom at Val D'Isere to claim his maiden World Cup victory ahead of Austrian great Marcel Hirscher.

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Counting the costs of the 'White Circus' dream
From fighting stereotypes to securing funding, the road to the top of elite skiing is a rocky one.

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South Korea's spectacular Olympic warm up
The world's best snowboarders gathered in South Korea for the Big Air World Cup competition, with the event doubling up as a test for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Motorcycling champ races F1 great
He's more used to four wheels, but Fernando Alonso looked just as sharp on two as he took to the track with reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez in Japan.

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France announces the return of F1
The French Grand Prix, one of the seven races to feature in the inaugural Formula One season in 1950, is set to return to the 2018 calendar after a 10-year absence.

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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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LeBron James was ‘blatantly disrespectful’
THE Cleveland Cavaliers blew out New York yesterday, and LeBron James took the chance to send a message to one of the legends of the game.

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Jets center Mangold to IR, could be end in NY
Jets center Mangold to IR, could be end in NY

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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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