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last updated: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:03:52 GMT2014-11-23T01:03:52Z

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United | Premier League match report

By the end, those little red and white posters were fluttering once again behind Arsène Wenger’s dugout. “Enough is enough,” was the message, and these are the moments when it feels like the mutiny is growing and it is not entirely clear how Arsenal’s manager can pacify the people who want a change. The malaise feels too deep and the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Premier League is more accurately described as a gulf, now 15 points and climbing.

It is no wonder the “Wenger Out” camp has found its voice again, no matter how unappealing it is to see the abuse a fine man has to suffer.

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last updated: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:44:59 GMT

Harvard 31, Yale 24: Far From Perfect, Harvard Ends Impeccably Against Yale
After losing a 17-point lead, the Crimson scored the winning touchdown against Yale with 55 seconds left to complete a 10-0 season, the 17th undefeated season in Harvard football history.






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last updated: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:38:02 EDT

The Sound of Music -- on skis?
The U.S. women's ski team is certainly hitting the high notes in more ways than one.

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last updated: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:18:00 GMT

Saint Nick signs on for two more
NICK Riewoldt says he is desperate to lead the St Kilda revival after signing a contract extension that keeps him at the club until the end of 2016.

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last updated: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:41:21 PST

Gruden: 'Clock's ticking' on struggling RG III
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden delivered some of his most pointed comments yet about Robert Griffin III, telling NFL.com earlier this week that it's time for the third-year quarterback to elevate his play.

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Roster moving day
Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Thursday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding […]

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster:

The list changed quite a bit on Thursday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding them to the roster. The Pirates added four: Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, Elias Diaz, and Willy Garcia – fairly obvious moves. They also claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers. They cleared space for those additions by designating Ramon Cabrera, Brent Morel, and most notably Ike Davis for assignment.

It was pretty clear that Davis wasn’t going to stick around.  If the plan is to play Pedro Alvarez at first – which it clearly is at this point – there was no point in keeping both Alvarez and Davis, who fill the same role and would both be somewhat expensive in 2015 compared to their mediocre offensive production in 2014. Now, it’s worth noting that you can make a very reasonable argument for keeping Davis over Alvarez, if you like on-base percentage more than large home run totals (which, again, is quite reasonable). That simply wasn’t going to happen, though – Pedro has the flashier upside, he is more entrenched in the organization (as the Pirates “guy”), and even though Davis was statistically passable this year (104 OPS+), I think most would agree that he felt like a disappointment and wasn’t what the Pirates were looking for as a middle-of-the-order hitter.

So I don’t really have an issue with choosing Pedro over Davis, but just taking a glance at the list above, it’s fairly depressing. There’s just a lot of “filler” there – guys that were claimed off waivers for seemingly no reason, Triple-A depth, guys that you’d really hope the Pirates aren’t planning on putting in the majors. Now, obviously the roster is going to look a little depleted with free agents departing, there is plenty of time to shore things up, and every team has to acquire guys like that. Still, you wonder about the depth of the organization a little bit, or at least about some individual decisions. For example, the Pirates left outfielder Mel Rojas unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, while they easily could have dumped a number of guys (Elmore? Guilmet? Roe? Scahill? Florimon? Decker?) on that roster without losing a wink of sleep. Rojas was eligible for the draft last year and wasn’t taken, and he isn’t a can’t miss prospect or anything like that (he projects as a 4th OF at this point), but he had a nice year in the upper minors this season and a team could easily hide him on a major league bench all season to steal him away. (Heck, if the Brewers could do it with a rookie ball pitcher, a team like the Astros can do it with a guy putting up decent AAA numbers.) What’s the point of keeping a guy like Jaff Decker instead? Or why not keep Davis around a little longer and at least try to trade him for something, as most speculated they would? I’m not really sure. This may be (and probably is) a long rant about something that ultimately won’t matter, but it seems strange to me.

Other news, notes, and thoughts from the past few days…

  • Brad Lincoln is back, on a minor league deal. I guess the Pirates win the Travis Snider trade after all. Lincoln bombed with the Jays and then the Phillies after being traded away, but he was showing more promise as a reliever and those teams seemed to be steering him back to starting. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him becoming a useful reliever again – can’t hurt to give him a shot.
  • The Cardinals traded Shelby Miller to Atlanta for Jason Heyward. Sigh. This is the sort of deal that may look fair on the surface, but you just know it’s going to turn out great for the Cards. Heyward is a beast that, while he has disappointed a bit recently, could easily turn into an elite corner OF in an instant. And he’s only under contract for one year, but I’d expect the Cards to extend him if he does well with them. Meanwhile, while Miller is a promising young arm, he was one of the Pirates’ favorite pitchers to hit against.
  • Josh Harrison won MLB’s Heart and Hustle award. No further explanation needed on that one. Good stuff.
  • If Francisco Liriano can really be signed for three years and $36 million, the Pirates need to get that done. Now.
  • This is just wrong :(
  • Giancarlo Stanton‘s new contract is just…whoa. After simply getting over the absurdity of the number (and it’s not totally absurd in the current MLB environment…just absurd when thinking about day to day money for us “normal” people), it’s natural to think about how, say, Andrew McCutchen‘s contract compares. It doesn’t – Cutch’s deal is an absolute steal for the Pirates at this point. The conversation will certainly steer to how the Pirates are getting away with being cheap and how much money Cutch will eventually make when he hits FA in 2018, but take a moment to realize how huge it was for the Pirates to get that current contract done early. Without an extension, Cutch would be about to enter his final season before FA, and if you though the Martin thing was a mess this year…woof.

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