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Korea women's tour out to prove there's no place like home

Golf - LPGA KEB Hana Bank ChampionshipBy Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - The road to U.S. LPGA Tour riches is one well traveled by South Korean golfers but the domestic KLPGA circuit is looking to stem the annual exodus by boosting prize money and world ranking points on its increasingly lucrative schedule. A host of major winners, not to mention Park In-bee's Rio Olympic triumph, have cemented Korea's status as the gold standard of women's golf, but there is no doubt the local tour loses a little sparkle when top players set off for the LPGA. The last couple of seasons have been particularly rough on the KLPGA with the loss of several top drawcards including Chun In-gee, the most popular player on the tour for years.

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There are no undefeated teams left in the NFL and that's a problem

As much as we love the idea of every team having an equal chance, the NFL is more entertaining when there are a few Goliaths out there

At this time last year there were five undefeated teams in the NFL. As of right now, there are zero. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 21-10 on Sunday, handing Sam Bradford and Co their first loss of the season and dropping their record to 5-1. There’s been a clear shift in the NFL towards parity over the last 12 months, and it may not be a great one for the immediate health of the league, especially after the onslaught of ugly games that have been bombarding viewers of late.

The Vikings-Eagles was Exhibit A (Exhibit B, the stinker between the Cardinals and Seahawks was to follow later). The two teams combined for five turnovers in the game’s first quarter alone. Philadelphia exploited Minnesota’s battered offensive line: Bradford was sacked six times by his old team, fumbled twice and threw for just one touchdown to go along with an interception. The Vikings offense managed just 93 yards rushing and couldn’t capitalize on Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s two early interceptions.

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After 108 Years of Unfulfilled Yearning, Cubs Fans Are Taking Nothing for Granted
Chicago’s long-suffering faithful look toward the possible end of a 108-year drought with unbridled joy, and a twinge of wistfulness.

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Del Potro: Argentine crowns comeback year with title
A year ago, Juan Martin Del Potro was ranked outside the top 500 of men's tennis and wondering if he would ever play again as he struggled with injury.

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First 10 players on Ballon d’Or shortlist
REAL Madrid team-mates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been confirmed on the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

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Fitzpatrick: Jets' brass stopped believing in me
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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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