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last updated: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:11:12 GMT2014-08-27T19:11:12Z

Wayne Rooney named new England captain and Jack Colback wins call-up
Manchester United striker takes over from Steven Gerrard
Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph in squad
Gary Lineker: why not let the players choose the captain?

Wayne Rooney is the England captain after Roy Hodgson decided the 28-year-old Manchester United striker was the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup.

Rooney, who been the England captain on two occasions, will lead a new-look England squad featuring four uncapped players against Norway and Switzerland.

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last updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:30:42 GMT

Platini Rules Out Standing Against Blatter
UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, the Frenchman deciding not to oppose incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency next year.






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CNN.com - Sport
last updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:59:02 EDT

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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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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last updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:05:00 GMT

Izzy a rare clause for optimism
UPDATE: THE ARU say they now have “contracting firepower” to keep stars like Israel Folau after approving overseas sabbatical seasons.

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last updated: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:30:10 PDT

NFL upholds Gordon's one-year suspension
Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season following the NFL's announcement Wednesday that it has upheld the Cleveland Browns receiver's yearlong suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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Josh Shaw, the USC senior cornerback who claimed he sprained both of his ankles while rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from a pool Saturday, admitted to making up the entire story Wednesday afternoon. "We are extremely disappointed in Josh," said USC ...
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Pirates 3, Cardinals 1
As I said a few days ago (and will likely say again several times), the emotional swings of a playoff race can go in either direction very quickly. During the seven game losing streak, things looked disastrous and it seemed like Collapse 3.0 was upon us. Now that the Bucs have responded by winning 5 […]

As I said a few days ago (and will likely say again several times), the emotional swings of a playoff race can go in either direction very quickly. During the seven game losing streak, things looked disastrous and it seemed like Collapse 3.0 was upon us. Now that the Bucs have responded by winning 5 of 7, including two excellent series wins against their top two division contenders, it’s looking bright again.

How about Ike Davis? Shortly after essentially losing his job to Pedro Alvarez, he comes up with two of the biggest hits of the Pirates’ season. It’s impossible to say how big of a role he will play going forward, but if Pedro is going to miss some more time with his injured foot, this could be the time to see if Ike can finally get hot – and add some power to his typical on-base-focused approach. For a guy that only has a disappointing 10 homers, those two bombs were crushed. This shot off Adam Wainwright to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead was the longest homer against the St Louis ace since 2010, and was one of the longest we’ve ever seen in that direction at PNC.

Getting that early lead off Wainwright was big, and Jeff Locke was able to make it stand up with an absolutely terrific outing. For whatever reason, the Pirates seem to be able to handle Wainwright just fine at PNC Park - but he dominates them at Busch Stadium (where they’ll see him again in a few days). They probably should have scored more than three but only got one out of a bases loaded/no-out situation (Cutch sac fly) and left 9 on base. Still, Locke didn’t need much. This was an impressive, efficient performance that completed a really nice series of starting pitching for the Bucs.

One other really nice thing to see in this game was Clint Hurdle going for it. With the quick day game after the night game, usually Russell Martin sits and McCutchen seemed doubtful after leaving the game early last night. Both played, even though Cutch still looks to be in pain while swinging. Hurdle also went right to Tony Watson when the tying run came up against Locke in the eighth – a bit of a surprise since Watson had a very long outing on Tuesday night. No way this happens a month or two ago…but, with an off day on Thursday and this being a really crucial game to hold on to, Clint went with his best guys, which was great to see…and it paid off.

One bit of bad news: The injury bug bit once again, as Travis Snider had to come out with left hamstring discomfort. He has cooled off since the hot stretch that won him a constant starting job, so this isn’t a huge issue – plus he’s pretty replaceable with Polanco and Lambo in Indy – but not ideal to see another Pirate go down.

Despite that, the Pirates are back on a high note entering a much needed off day, and then the Reds come in for the weekend. They’ve been a mess lately and while it still isn’t an easy series, it’s a chance to win games at home and hopefully gain ground on either Milwaukee or San Francisco, who play each other this weekend.


Source: FanGraphs

Original article: Pirates 3, Cardinals 1

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