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FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

In this photo taken on Sunday, July 13, 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts, after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

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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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Commonwealth Games: day three live!

Cycling: The second sprint semi-final race one now, and it's a tactical tussle between Anna Meares and Jess Varnish. A cracking race but Meares just - just - nicks it at the last.

Hockey: Over on the astroturf, Scotland's men's pool game against India has just kicked off. Or pushed off. Yeah, actually, it's 'pushed off', isn't it. Isn't it?

Cycling: Australia's Stephanie Morton is up first against Fatehah Mustapa from Malaysia, and Morton judges it perfectly to take the first of the best of three series by about half a wheel.

Cycling: Attention turning to the Chris Foy Velodrome now, where it will be the women's sprint semi-finals, featuring Jess Varnish and Anna Meares, followed by the men's B2 tandem final, in which Scotland's Ben Fachie will be going for gold against Kieran Modra from Australia. The women's 10km scratch race is a bit later, too.

Shooting: Another gold has been decided, and it's in the women's 10m air rifles, with a one-two for India. Apurvi Chandela takes gold, Ayonika Paul silver and Malaysia's Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi the bronze.

Boxing: In the second stage of the men's light-welterweight (64kg), Sam Maxwell has handed out a very literal pounding to Tonga's Ikani Falekaono, the referee calling a merciful halt to proceedings around halfway through the second round.

Hockey: Australia saunter to a rather spicy win over Wales, winning by the rather convincing margin of 7-1.

Squash: Peter Barker completes a rather routine victory over Cameron Pilley, winning 3-0. Defending champ Nick Matthew is up next.

Want to read a bit more about that Australia v England thriller in the netball earlier? Well you're in luck, because Andy Bull was there and so was his laptop:

Early Saturday morning, and the netball arena is already full. First on court is the latest instalment in one of the rivalries that will shape these Games, with England playing Australia in the group stages. An Ashes encounter, one of many which will unfold over the next eight days. At the start of the day England are top of the table, in front of Australia by a single gold medal.

Truth is this has been a one-sided contest for the best part of a generation. England have not finished ahead since 1986, when the Games were last held in Scotland, and 32 teams did not turn up because they were staging a boycott. This year things may be a little different, if only because, as Ian Thorpe says, the British teams are still enjoying the fruits of the extra investment made in the run-up to London 2012.

Oh, come on...

Usain Bolt's reaction when asked about Scottish Referendum at today's Press Conference #soclose #greatguy #worklyf

Hockey: Wales have just done a goal! Well done Wales! Unfortunately, Australia have five, with 20 minutes to go. I'm no expert, but I'd say the chances are they won't pull this one back.

Oh lord. Who asked Usain Bolt about Gaza? What possible connection could he have and what possible contribution could he make to a debate that is so complicated that even people who understand it, don't really understand it?

Bolt is asked for his thoughts on Gaza "For me, I hear about it but I don't follow up on these things so I can't comment on them. "

Lawn bowls: A rare jaunt over to the green now, where Scotland's Robert Conway and Irene Edgar took silver in the mixed B2/B3 pairs events for bowlers with visual impairments, losing to South Africa's Gwen Nel and Herman Scholtz.

Shooting: More medals for Brits on the old guns. England's Rory Warlow - whose picture on the Games site looks like a mugshot - takes bronze in the men's skeet, while Scot Drew Christie makes off with the silver. Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus won gold.

Squash: More from the People Falling Over Files, and Pilley, all 6ft 4 of him, has just stacked it in amusing fashion in his match against Peter Barker. Currently 6-4 to the Englishman in the first set.

Looking ahead, from our Lazy National Stereotypes dept:

Usain Bolt confirms he will run heats of 4x100m relay. "I am expecting a lot of rain and seeing a lot of kilts."

Squash: Sartorial note: Cameron Pilley is wearing odd-coloured socks. Not on, that. Not, on.

Squash: Gold medalist from 2010 and seven-time world champion Nicol David, of Malaysia, is through to the women's semi-final, beating England's Jenny Duncalf 3-1. Next up is the men's quarters, where England's Peter Barker faces Australia's Cameron Pilley. After that world No.2 and favourite for the title Nick Matthew will play Chris Simpson from Gurnsey.

Here are some details on that proposal at the rugby sevens, featuring the standard tortured sporting references:

IT worker James Collette, 32, dropped to one knee on the Govan turf to pop the question to 27-year-old girlfriend Lucy Sargison.
Thankfully for James, his army captain girlfriend did not kick his proposal into touch as Lucy, from Bath, said yes.
Her answer prompted a huge cheer which even managed to drown out the roar which met Sri Lanka's lone score in their 62-7 humping by Australia earlier on Saturday.
James said: "We've been together for the past two years but I've only been planning this for the last two or three months.
"The Games organisers have been great and helped a lot. I'm just delighted she said yes."

Boxing: One I missed from earlier - Joseph Cordina of Wales beat England's Pat McCormack in the men's lightweight round of 32. Still a bit weird that they don't wear headgear these days.

Hockey: Australia are already 2-0 up over Wales in the men's pool game. As the Aussies are ranked one in the world and Wales down in 31st, this could get ugly.

Rugby sevens: Gah. The All Blacks held on to win. They also appear to have a player named Kaka.

Rugby sevens: Oooh, lively at Ibrox. Scotland have come back from 17-0 down to trail just 17-14 with a minute to go. New Zealand are down to five men...

Hockey: Getting underway in the men's tournament is Australia v Wales. Earlier games saw New Zealand give Trinidad & Tobago an 8-0 hosing, while Malaysia beat Canada 2-0,

Rugby sevens: In my excitement earlier I shot early, it seems - England actually beat Sri Lanka 57-0, not 52-0, spoiling their symmetrical score. They can't do anything right in this sport.

Here's something that would make rugby more entertaining: people falling over in slapstick fashion. Not being knocked over, you understand - we're looking for a genuine pratfall. From the Press Association:

Gavin Hastings was one of the rugby union world's great goal-kickers, but the Scot was left red-faced and sore after attempting to rekindle old glories.
In a kicking challenge with BBC Radio Five's Nicky Campbell and George Riley, amid a forest of tents on the Carther Park Rugby Club pitch, Hastings, now 52, took a nasty fall.
He suffered a badly grazed arm after taking his tumble on the crucial kick, and Riley, who often covers rugby league, took the honours.
Campbell wrote on Twitter: "Glory for georgeyboy in the kicking competition as disaster strikes for Hastings in the crucial kick. A over T."
Brian Moore, the former England hooker, was unimpressed by Hastings' fall, replying: "4.9 - a lack of symmetry and toes not fully extended."
Victorious Riley added: "A huge victory for league over union & England over Scotland. A sporting highlight to beat Gavin Hastings in bbc5live goal kicking comp!"

Rugby sevens: John Inverdale describes rugby sevens as a 'non-stop party'. Hmmm. He then compares it to Twenty20 cricket, which must sting a little for those wrong-headed types who prefer rugby to cricket, given that it predates T20 by over a century. England have just pounded Sri Lanka 52-0, by the way, with a pleasingly symmetrical 26 points in each half. Scotland v New Zealand next up.

Triathlon: Alistair describes the triathlon as 'fun'. Some people's idea of a good time is...different.

Triathlon: Richard Murray takes it home for South Africa for silver, while Ryan Bailey gets bronze for Australia.

And there it is. Brownlee quite literally walks over the finish line to claim his second gold of the Games, and indeed Jodie Stimpson's as well. Vicky Holland and Jonathan Brownlee share the glory.

Triathlon: Brownlee should really bogle for the last few metres of this. Or do the worm. He'd still win.

Triathlon: Brownlee reaches the end of the bike and the rest are dots in the distance, so basically as long as he stays upright he'll take a second gold of the games. The gap between he and the chasing pack is over a minute, and crucially he seems not to have been penalised for being marginally outside the box at the last relay changeover. Murray of South Africa is starting to pull away from the others in second place.

Triathlon: Sissons seems to have given up trying to catch Brownlee on the bike, and has now dropped into the chasing pack along with Australia, Canada and South Africa, the latter of which represented by Richard Murray, the best runner of the lot, apparently.

Triathlon: Brownlee has added another few seconds to the gap at the end of the swim, now leading New Zealand's Ryan Sissons by about 12 seconds now.

Triathlon: Stimpson has opened up an impressive gap on the run (around nine seconds), but England could have some mither after Alistair Brownlee was very, very close to being outside the changeover box as they tagged. We wait to see if the judges take a dim view of that one.

Cycling: Did we tell you Jess Varnish was in the sprint semi-finals? Well, she is, along with Anna Meares. Obviously.

Triathlon: Samuel and Stimpson end the cycling leg more or less neck and neck, but the Englishwoman powers ahead as the run starts. A pack of Australia, Canada and Seth Efrica are together scrapping for third spot.

Triathlon: Nicky Samuels of New Zealand has very impressively closed the gap on Jodie Stimpson, and the pair are currently duking it out for the lead on the bike leg.

Netball: New Zealand 71 Scotland 14. Ouch.

Triathlon: Brownlee has pulverised the field as he hands over to Jodie Stimpson, very nearly lapping Liam Lloyd of Wales on the run. England are a full 16 seconds of New Zealand as Stimpson flings herself into the water. Northern Ireland are third, Canada fourth.

Pride of Wales: emotional Frankie Jones top of the podium in last ever competition #Glasgow2014 @bbc5live

Triathlon: Brownlee makes his move. Jonny B breaks from the leading pack at the end of the cycling leg, moving a few metres ahead of the pack, and despite making a minor fudge of the changeover, is still ahead of Canada, Northern Ireland and New Zealand as the run starts. Scotland's Grant Sheldon very nearly does himself a mischief with a bike dismount snafu, but just about stays on his feet.

Judo: Quick update from the mats, where in the men's -90kg semi-final Matthew Purssey of Scotland has beaten Australia's Mark Anthony to reach the gold medal match. Dame Edna, Shane Warne, Bouncer from Neighbours, Steve Irwin, Roy and HG: your boy took etc and so on and so forth.

At the rugby sevens? Seriously mate?

These two England fans just got engaged at Ibrox. Tears and kisses and a shimmering engagement ring. #bless

Shooting: Bronze for England! And not just any bronze, as 60-year-old Mick Gault wins his 18th (eighteenth) Games medal, which equals the medal record.

He came third in the men's 10m air pistol, with Australian Daniel Repacholi taking gold and and India's Prakash Nanjappa silver.

Triathlon: Canada are in the lead at the first changeover, with Sweetland coming in ahead and handing over to Matt Sharpe, while Connor Murphy of Northern Ireland is second and Jonny Brownlee currently third, but there's no more than a few metres between them in the water.

Table tennis: Bit of a ding-dong over in the ping pong, where England and Malaysia just fought a fine tussle in the women's team quarter-final, taking it to the very final game, but in the end Ng Sock Khim just edged out England's Tin-Tin Ho.

Brief non-Games interlude...

Rickie Lambert and Lucas pay a special visit to Dunkin' Donuts in Boston #LFCTour

Triathlon: As the first group of women are about halfway through the bike leg, Canada's Kirsteen Sweetland is marginally ahead of England's Vicky Holland, who just very nearly stacked it after almost clipping a fence. Could've been nasty, but those two are a decent way ahead of Northern Ireland's Aileen Reid.

Greg Rutherford doesn't mind people having fun, as long as they do it in orderly and quiet fashion.

Being in an athletes village is great until the ignorant athletes make more noise than a herd of elephants startled in a china shop.

The English athlete added, after team-mate Bianca Williams sympathised: "It bloody kills me. I have the noisiest people above me with some serious big feet banging around.
"I think some people are determined to annoy every other athlete around them. Strong words will be said soon."
Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said no complaints had been received.
At a daily media briefing, Hooper said: "It's a great environment within the village. We've had absolutely no complaints whatsoever. It's news to me the tweet that he's made."
The athletes' village is located in Glasgow's East End, and is housing around 6,500 competitors and officials during the Games.

Rugby sevens: More joy for the Welsh, who have just smacked Malaysia's bottom to the tune of 42-0 at Ibrox.

Rhythmic gymnastics: GOLD! Gold for Wales, as Frankie Jones picks up the shiniest medal in the ribbon event, despite a protest from Canada who scweamed and scweamed until they were sick/protested against an apparently iffy score given to Patricia Bezzoubenko, who had already picked up gold with the clubs and the ball earlier. Seems greedy.

Triathlon: It's the mixed team relay final in the triathlon shortly, and the BBC chap has sold it to us by saying Blur, Oasis and Pulp have played at the venue in which it's taking place.

In case you were wondering, the format of the relay is four athletes (two women, two men) doing a shortened triathlon of a 250m swim, a 6kg bike ride and 1mile run, in a weird mix of the imperial and metric. England have the Brownlee brothers and women's gold medallist Jodie Stimpson and bronze winner Vicky Holland, so you'd think unless someone develops rickets halfway round, they will win gold.

A quick round-up of some stuff that's been going on this morning:

Swimming: Fran Halsall set a new Games record of 25.64 in the 50m butterfly heat, qualifying with ease for the semis later on tonight. Hannah Miley, who won gold in the 400m individual medley on Thursday, set a personal best of 2:28.22 seconds in the 200m breaststroke final, qualifying for the final later, Chris Walker-Hebburn qualified for the semis of the men's 50m backstroke, while Australia's Daniel Fox set a world record of 1:57.16 in the heats of the men's 200m freestyle.

Hello, and welcome to another day of red hot sport, sport, sport! The Commonwealth Games - and indeed most international multi-sport events - is of course a rather curious thing in that we are asked to emotionally invest in athletes for a very short period of time, often when we didn't know a single thing about them before, and will not give a couple of hoots about after. Until the next time. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, of course. Indeed, it's nice to care about something briefly, without the unending pain of that football or cricket team that never wins. Anyway, stand by, updates to come.

Nick will be here shortly. As it's the first big weekend, why don't you listen to The First Big Weekend by Glaswegian post-folk indie band Arab Strap while you peruse what's going on at the Games today.

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last updated: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:45:37 GMT

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Rockies 8, Pirates 1
Not a great start to the road trip against the NL-worst Rockies. This wasn’t a blowout most of the way – it was a nice pitcher’s duel between Charlie Morton and Brett Anderson, much like their matchup last Saturday. Morton eventually faltered in the seventh, though, and then things got really messy after Ernesto Frieri […]

Not a great start to the road trip against the NL-worst Rockies.

This wasn’t a blowout most of the way – it was a nice pitcher’s duel between Charlie Morton and Brett Anderson, much like their matchup last Saturday. Morton eventually faltered in the seventh, though, and then things got really messy after Ernesto Frieri took over. Frieri had looked better recently and had been on a streak of scoreless outings – so I can’t fault Hurdle for putting him into the game down 2-0 – but this was a big setback for “Big Ern.” After inheriting two baserunners with no one out, he was unlucky when a ground ball bounced over Pedro Alvarez‘s head for a base hit, but after that he was hammered and it was 8-0 in a matter of pitches. Not good.

Really, though, the game could have been different if the Pirates had hit in the early innings, which you’d expect them to at Coors Field. Morton was pitching well and it seemed like it was just a matter of time until the Bucs would take control, but they never did…they had just three hits until a mini/meaningless ninth inning rally finally got them on the board. Anderson has now pitched two very nice games against them, and it seems like the lineup is a lot weaker against lefties right now, especially with Starling Marte on the 7-day DL. The highlight of the game was Jordy Mercer nearly bouncing into a triple play (it would’ve been the first one against the Pirates since 1992), which pretty much sums up the evening.

The good news is that the rest of the NL Central lost (except the Cubs), so the Pirates stay 3 back and in 2nd place, and just a half game out of the wild card.

Source: FanGraphs

Original article: Rockies 8, Pirates 1

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