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10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

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Its a corner from the right, taken by Brunt, from which Anichebe heads in. Speroni reckons hes been fouled, and has stayed down in protest, but in fact the referee signalled for a goal immediately and never changed his mind.

Some confusion over whether this goal has been given or not. Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday says it was disallowed, but West Broms official Twitter feed seems confident.

Arsenals Danny Welbeck is booked for diving. Seemed harsh for me he had to get out of the way of the onrushing John OShea, or risk injury to one, other or both by just ploughing right into him.

Southampton hit the bar! Pelle with the headed effort. In foreign news, Luis Suárez will start for Barcelona in El Clásico.

At Anfield, Coutinho passes to Sterling, rushing into the penalty area, but his shot is blocked, and rolls wide.

At Anfield, 21 players come onto the pitch and get ready to start. Then they hang around a while, waiting, until Mario Balotelli decides its worth leaving the dressing-room. He had fewer touches than any other outfield player in the first half, Sky inform me.

At least one Premier League half-time substitution:

SUBSTITUTION: Anichebe for Sessegnon #WBACRY

Teams are returning to pitches. Not a lot of exciting subplots and titbits around, as far as Ive seen. What have I missed?

Its half time in all four Premier League games. Theres only one goalless game, at Anfield where the home side reckon they should have had at least one penalty, possibly two (Sterling also having been fouled in the box at some point).

Crystal Palace have a penalty! Pocognolis the offender, coming across as Bolasie enters the penalty area on the right edge and taking his legs. Jedinak sends the keeper the wrong way.

Liverpools Adam Lallana is taken out in the penalty area, but doesnt get a penalty, and at the other end theres a good run down the right and a pull-back to Livermore, whose shot is weak and saved.

Neil Warnock has just blown his nose with a hankerchief. Thats proper old school that is. You dont see a lot of hankies these days.

Stokes Ryan Shawcross gets booked for changing his boots without leaving the pitch.

Penalty shout for Palace! Zaha, an absolute penalty-winning machine in his first spell at the club, goes down in the penalty area. It looks like someone did clip his ankles there, but the referee is unimpressed.

Now the Saints are in the lead! From a free-kick the balls worked into the box, an initial effort hits the post and rebounds to Mané, who sends it into the other side of the goal!

At Sunderland, Cazorla has a fine shot from 25 yards that screams across goal and not far wide.

Ooooh! Then the corner is pulled back to Schneiderlin, who shoots over when well placed!

At Southampton, Tadic cuts in from the right and lashes in a low shot towards the near post thats tipped wide.

A horror show! Wes Brown has the ball, just inside his own half, no trouble in sight. But then he tries to hook it back to his goalkeeper, totally mishits it hardly hits it at all, to be frank and Sánchez pounces, runs clear and then chips the onrushing keeper from a foot inside the penalty area.

In response to Ash Khan who would like news of a Liverpool victory, I recommend he turns off the radio, writes Duncan Smith. I can recommend a number of amateur fantasy fiction websites for him though.

At Anfield, an obviously-recovered Can launches into a strong run from the halfway line, but once he reaches the edge of the area he overhits his pass to Balotelli.



Oooooh! And at the Hawthorns Gardner tests the keeper with a long-range rocket, before Dorrans, I think, shoots over from the corner!

Everyones surrounding the referee at the Stadium of Light, and Gus Poyets looking aghast. Whats he done? Looks like Rodwell flew into a challenge two-footed, but hes still on the pitch so the referee cant have been too harsh.

Palace send in a free-kick, from which Foster tips over a headed effort. And when the corner drops to Hangeland he clips it into the net while falling over!

Thanks to all the eagle-eyed readers who spotted that Arsenal arent actually playing Southampton today. Sunderland are the glum-looking outfit, obviously.

My wifes in labour at the hospital here in Australia, where its 1am, writes Ash Khan. Shes just asked me to turn off the live audio commentary even though I said the sounds of a Liverpool victory might be the perfect way to welcome our son. So now Im stuck with you!

Turn the radio back on and tell her not to be so selfish. If that doesnt work, Ill be glad to help.

The balls cleared off the line at Anfield! Lovren with the headed effort, from a Gerrard corner, but Elmohamady is on the post and heads clear.

Sunderland have a decent shot from the edge of the area, but it fizzes a yard wide.

Arsenal are not yet beating a rather glum Sunderland, though Gibbs has had an extremely optimistic 40-yard volleyed attempt that went 20 yards wide. And also a bit high.

Liverpools Emre Can is receiving lengthy treatment, just a few minutes in, though hes able to walk of the pitch unaided so I expect hell be back in action shortly.

Aggressive caps-lock usage of the day:


And theyre off! Except Southampton v Stoke, which is about to start, a couple of minutes late.

Approximately 40 seconds until kick-off. Deep breath now.

Oi, someone wake that kid up, some chap wants to take its photo.

Its all over at Upton Park, and West Hams insanely points-profitable start to the season continues.

95: IT'S ALL OVER! WEST HAM WIN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Theyre going to have five minutes of stoppage time at West Ham. Still 2-1.

Theo Walcotts on Arsenals bench today, and could make his first appearance since January. Here he is getting off a coach.

Here are Gus Poyets pre-match thoughts. Réveillère is on the bench and thus in line for a debut at some point.

Yes, its been a long week. Its been different. Its been not the usual one. But now we want to play the game. The sooner we play the game the better for the players. Its been difficult for us in the past few years to beat Arsenal here. They know how to play against Sunderland, so we need to do things a little bit different today.

Quite the finish at Upton Park, where West Ham are 2-1 up against Manchester City with eight minutes plus stoppage time to play, and City attacking relentlessly. Scott Murray has the details here.

All the Premier League teams are right here. If you particularly want to know whos playing elsewhere, I take requests.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Gerrard, Can, Sterling, Balotelli, Lallana. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Lambert, Markovic, Johnson, Henderson, Coutinho.
Hull: Jakupovic, Bruce, Davies, Chester, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Diame, Livermore, Brady, Ben Arfa, Hernandez. Subs: Watson, Rosenior, Meyler, McShane, Aluko, Ramirez, Quinn.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Sadio Mane was the only Southampton change from the side that demolished Sunderland last weekend. The Senegal winger replaced Shane Long for the visit of Stoke, who made two alterations at St Marys. Former Southampton player Mark Hughes brought in Geoff Cameron and Jonathan Walters in place of Stephen Ireland and Mame Biram Diouf.

Theo Walcott returned to the Arsenal bench as his nine-month injury lay-off came to an end at Sunderland. The England international was a surprise inclusion in the matchday squad after recovering from a knee problem, although Arsene Wenger made only two changes to the XI which started in the Champions League at Anderlecht in midweek, with Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing the suspended Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, who was also named among the substitutes. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes after last weekends 8-0 drubbing at Southampton, with only Jordi Gomez and Connor Wickham making way for Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster returned for West Brom for Saturdays game against Crystal Palace, having missed Mondays 2-2 draw with Manchester United with a calf injury. Seven-goal Saido Berahino started up front for the in-form Baggies, with 10million record signing Brown Ideye again on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury. Palace boss Neil Warnock made three changes from last weekends 2-1 defeat to Chelsea as Wilfried Zaha, Adrian Mariappa and Marouane Chamakh replaced Jason Puncheon, James McArthur and the suspended Damien Delaney.

Hello world!

Just the four top-flight 3pm kick-offs today, but as ever a packed schedule outside the Premier League, with Middlesbrough v Watford, which pits second against third in the Championship, probably the most eye-catching of the games elsewhere.

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Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks: Royals and Giants in the World Series: As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new […]

Catching up on some Pirate-related news and such from the past few weeks:

Royals and Giants in the World Series:

As a baseball fan, the postseason always is fun to watch, no matter how much it hurts to see the Pirates out of it. These past two years have taken that “hurt” to a new level with the Bucs in the mix but falling short of advancing deep, but the games are almost always compelling and enjoyable to watch anyway. Still, there’s bitterness involved. I mean, Travis Ishikawa with the pennant winning walkoff? REALLY? The baseball gods love to troll Pirate fans, although at least that knocked the hated Cardinals out. (Then again, the Giants are starting to become the “new Cardinals” – the team that just doesn’t seem to die in the postseason.) And while of course everyone is rooting for the Royals – an awesome story – you can’t help but be a little jealous as their Cinderella run carries all the way to the Series.  (That said, I certainly wasn’t jealous of the familiar treatment Madison Bumgarner gave them in Game 1.)

Side note: While it’s easy to be disappointed with the Pirates’ very short postseason “run”, and while it’s fair to be disappointed that they couldn’t win the division, consider that no 90+ win teams made the World Series, and the Nats, Dodgers, A’s, Tigers, and Angels combined to win a total of two playoff games. Get in to the postseason and anything can happen.

Jeff Banister hired as Texas Rangers manager:

The Pirates’ bench coach from the past four seasons is headed to Texas to be a big league manager. “Banny” remarkably spent 29 years in the Pirates organization and was clearly a truly beloved figure – if that wasn’t known before, it’s common knowledge now. He will be missed quite a bit, but as far as I can tell, you won’t be able to find a single person that’s ever known Banister that isn’t happy for him to get such a great opportunity, especially in his home state.

In terms of on-the-field impact, Banister was known to be a key piece of the organization’s bridge between the front office’s analytics team (a new-age unit that has earned a lot of praise in recent years) and the dugout. It will be interesting to see how the Pirates try to replace that. So far the word seems to be that it will be a internal replacement, possibly “major league coach” Dave Jauss.

Pirates will give Russell Martin a qualifying offer:

This shouldn’t really be news, as it should be a plainly obvious decision for the Pirates, but it is good to know that the Pirates will at least take the first step in attempting to retain their catcher. For those not familiar with the situation, the Pirates will offer Martin a one year, $15.3 million contract after the World Series ends. Martin will almost certainly decline that, as he should be able to get roughly $15M/yr for multiple years. If another team signs him after the QO is extended and denied, that team loses its top draft pick (unless it is a top ten pick, then they lose their second pick), and the Pirates would gain a draft pick after the end of the first round.

That’s why it’s a no brainer to give him the offer…they’ll get an extra pick if they lose Martin, it’s a slight deterrent to any other team trying to sign him (so it gives the Pirates a very slight advantage as they compete for him on the open market), and it’s highly unlikely that the offer would be accepted (and it it somehow was, they should be thrilled to get him for one year/$15M). The real question is whether or not Francisco Liriano will get one. We’ll get into that discussion soon – I say he absolutely should, but I’m not so sure the Pirates will agree.

Ticket prices going up:

The Pirates are raising season ticket prices. As a partial STH myself, I scratched my head at the comment about prices on the secondary market constantly being higher than the face value prices (that was RARELY the case in my own experience this season), but all the other stuff the Pirates cite is more than fair. PNC Park has the smallest capacity in baseball, the prices are still among the lowest, the demand is up, and the team is finally competitive. The part about the small capacity and low prices is often overlooked somewhat (even with great attendance, the Pirates’ ticket revenue would still be in the bottom half of the league)…bust still, it is also more than fair to expect some more money to go into the payroll this year after record attendance without much of a payroll bump in 2014.

The new season ticket prices can be found here. Individual game prices haven’t been released yet, but they’ll be slightly higher than the season ticket per-game prices.

Clint Hurdle has hip surgery:

The only good thing about the Pirates getting knocked out quickly was that it enabled Clint to get this taken care of. It was painful for us all to watch him limp out of the dugout in the later part of the season, and he showed great courage and toughness holding off on the surgery until the season ended. He had the procedure on the Monday after the Wild Card game and seems to be doing fine – he even showed up a Pens game on Saturday night.

Arizona Fall League:

Some of the Pirates’ better known prospects are in action in the desert. Tyler Glasnow headlines the list and after a bad first outing he has been impressive since. Catcher Elias Diaz and Josh Bell are also playing and have had some ups and downs. This is a short season so the stats probably aren’t too meaningful, but it’s another chance for some to get a look at some of the best prospects and for them to get some additional experience.

AFL stats can be found here. 

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