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Wayne Rooney will lead England out into a half-full Wembley stadium for Wednesday evenings friendly against Norway wearing the armband for the first time as permanent captain and intent upon convincing a sceptical public that the national side can thrive following their traumatic World Cup campaign in Brazil.

The Manchester United striker, by 68 caps the most experienced outfield player in Roy Hodgsons team, remains convinced he can still fulfil an ambition to claim silverware with England and will attempt to start the process of re-engaging with a support left disaffected by the sides worst performance at a World Cup. The home team will seek to demonstrate evidence of promise and progress against Norway before travelling to Switzerland for Mondays awkward Euro 2016 qualifier, with Rooney eager to take on the added responsibility demanded by the captaincy.

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Mercurial Monfils Continues His Run at the U.S. Open
Gaël Monfils, still playing without a coach, reached the quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory over No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov.

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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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Is the final frontier about to be broken?
COULD the star studded Indian Super League be the turbo charge neededto break into football’s final frontier and wake an estimated 40 million fans.

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NFL: Lifetime ban possible for domestic abuse
The NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative that calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.

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September Call-Ups
Now that the Indianapolis season is complete, the Pirates finished expanding their roster with the following additions: Gregory Polanco - Obviously he was going to be called back up. His stint back in Indy didn’t get him out of his recent funk, though – he went 4 for 26. Still, I’ll gladly take his bat off […]

Now that the Indianapolis season is complete, the Pirates finished expanding their roster with the following additions:

  • Gregory PolancoObviously he was going to be called back up. His stint back in Indy didn’t get him out of his recent funk, though – he went 4 for 26. Still, I’ll gladly take his bat off the bench (or possibly starting if/when Snider/Lambo cool off) and even if he’s not hitting he can be useful on the bases and on defense late in a game.
  • Chase d’ArnaudIf you’re wondering why d’Arnaud wasn’t up instead of part of the “terrible trio” last month…well…I’m wondering that too. Michael Martinez was DFA’d to make room on the roster – a move that should’ve happened a while ago. d’Arnaud still hasn’t hit much but has speed, a decent glove, and more ability to get hot for a short stretch than Martinez/Morel/Nix.
  • John Holdzkom – An unfamiliar name and a very interesting story. The freakishly tall righty throws very hard and has pitched well in Indy. The Pirates plucked him out of an independent league earlier this year and so far he looks like a good find. He was added to the 40-man on Sunday night, meaning he would be eligible for the postseason roster should the Bucs make it. That indicates to me that they actually plan on trying him out in some semi-important situations.
  • Bobby Lafromboise – Lefty reliever that the Pirates claimed a week ago. Doesn’t appear to be anything special but there’s no reason not to add another left arm to the pen at this point.
  • Casey SadlerWe’ve already seem him a few times this year – just another long reliever that is unlikely to see any action outside of low leverage situations.
  • Tony Sanchez (added Monday) – A third catcher, meaning he or Chris Stewart will be able to pinch hit. I doubt he’ll get any starts over Stewart on Martin’s days off.
  • Stolmy Pimentel (added Monday) - Same thing as Sadler – more upside for the future, but for now he shouldn’t sniff a high leverage inning.
  • Brent Morel (added Saturday) – Another body off the bench, I guess. Can’t think of another real reason why he’s back.
  • Andrew Lambo (added Friday) – Has taken over the starting RF job temporarily and has a key hit in each game since getting the call. He was red-hot in Indy before the callup and arguably should have been up earlier.
  • Jeff Locke, Gerrit ColeTechnically they were call-ups since they were briefly optioned to the minors last week to free up roster spots, but obviously they are regular big-leaguers.

This is about what we expected. Neal Huntington made a strange comment about an omission that would leave people scratching their heads, but I don’t really know who that would be. I guess it’s Vin Mazzaro, but his absence has been a mystery all season. (Not only have the Pirates refused to bring him up despite being a useful player last year and decent numbers in Indy, but he also went unclaimed by all of baseball on waivers–twice.) Ernesto Frieri could have also come back up, but I’m not exactly shocked that he isn’t. (Like Mazzaro, he also isn’t on the 40-man.) The only Indy Indian on the 40-man that wasn’t called up was Jaff Decker, and that’s hardly a glaring omission.

September call ups are all about taking advantage of the expanded rosters to add depth and cover every possible base for a long game or something like that (pinch runners, defensive replacements, long relievers, etc). That’s pretty much what looks to be the case here for the Pirates, although Lambo or Polanco could easily be the regular RF in a few weeks, and you may see Holdzkom and Lafromboise in medium leverage bullpen situations occasionally.

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