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Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) is defended by Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

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Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Hull City v Arsenal live! | Nick Miller

28 mins: Isn't this quite a weird time to announce something like that?

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26 mins: Boyd is in some bother after going up for a header with Mertesacker and Koscielny, ending up sandwiched between the two of them, and appears to have blood wazzing out of his nose. He goes off, his face obscured by a towel that will soon be red.

25 mins: Thus far, Hull have looked a much more threatening side. And that this isn't a massive surprise more or less sums up the problem.

23 mins: Livermore puts Long away with a nice pass into the right channel, but he has little support and is forced to try a shot from a tightish angle, and blazes it well over.

22 mins: Jelavic almost makes some room after harassing a couple of Arsenal defenders, but Long's reverse pass to him is too long.

20 mins: Another cross from deep on the Hull right, which looks to be one of these 'tactic' things, and again Szczesny catches the ball. Which, tactically, seems like the smart thing to do.

18 mins: Arsenal break quickly, which isn't something you see written very often, and Ramsey's pass to Podolski is a little behind him, which causes him to cut inside but still gets the right-footed shot away, which Harper saves high to his right.

16 mins: Meyler now gets a booking for a pretty heavy and late foul on Monreal. Incidentally, to all the people writing in letting me know about the existence of Gaelic football - yes, I know that's a thing, but they were very specifically talking about hurling.

15 mins: Oooh, close. Jelavic makes some space on the left side of the box and shoots across goal, but Szczesny gets down to tip it wide. From the corner, Chester gets up amid a sea of bodies and heads over.

14 mins: Bodies strewn all over the place. Mertesacker goes into the book for a foul on Jelavic, but Arteta isn't happy after a challenge and possibly errant arm relieves him of a tooth. Ouch.

13 mins: Ramsey falls over with Boyd vaguely near him, and a free kick is given. These two updates show how daft refereeing decisions are sometimes - one was very clearly more of a foul, but it was inside the box and the other on the halfway line.

11 mins: Ozil goes down in the box, a few Arsenal fans claim a penalty but the man himself just looks a bit baffled. No penalty, although Elmohamady did get his legs entangled a little with the German's.

10 mins: Szczesny does well that time after a through-ball almost finds Long running beyond the Arsenal defence, but the keeper comes out to boot it clear.

7 mins: Elmohamady whips over a dangerous looking cross from the right, and there's a certain amount of panic in the Arsenal defence, with Szczesny claiming the ball in just about the least-convincing manner possible without actually dropping the thing.

5 mins: Advertising is ruining the game. In this case, quite literally, as a very strong gust of wind blows a bunch of pitchside ad boards onto the pitch, very nearly wiping out the linesman. There's a small break while they're all cleared away.

4 mins: Alan Parry has just referred to Shane Long and David Meyler playing a "rather rougher form of football back in Ireland."

The sport he was talking about is hurling. This is hurling.

2 mins: Nacho Monreal starts in the traditional manner by skewing a clearance out for a corner. Szczesny does pretty well to claim the cross under some pretty heavy pressure from Curtis Davies.

1 min: And they're off. We're off. No, actually, definitely 'they're'.

"Wenger should have signed Berbatov," writes Ahmed Jamadar, but not for the reasons you're thinking. "He would look much better in the coat as compared to to Ozil. And they could have shared a cigarette or two post match as well."

The Hull PA chap has just managed the rather awkward transition from actually shouting the teams to announcing a minute's silence for former Hull player Andy Davidson with some aplomb.

Alistair G. Bayliss is cross:

"What's with this 2.05 start time? We all know how fragile Arsenal's state of mind is - will this deviation from the usual 15 minute designations tip them over the edge? I think the normal 15 designations of the clock face have been doing a super job, by the way. Can I sign a petition?"

Steve Bruce, picking up the baton tragically left behind by Owen Coyle, talks about wanting to stay in the 'Barclays Premier League'. Company man.

And David Pick is back, sending another recommendation of ways to kill the hours in East Riding.

"Implying there's nowt to do in hull eh?" says David Pick.

"Hull Pie - best pies you can get! Writing this from Perth, Australia. Lot's to do in in Hull then..."

Have a look at Anna Kessel's interview with Hull's Sone Aluko and his sister Eni, both aiming for their respective World Cups with Nigeria and England.

Articulate and academic, alongside a career in football Eniola is also a lawyer. When England's women were embroiled in a pay dispute with the Football Association last year, the Chelsea player worked behind the scenes alongside the PFA, using her knowledge of contractual law.

But a quick scroll through Sone's Twitter account suggests that his sister is not the only bright spark in the family. There's the reference to the Sundance film festival documentary The Square, about the Egyptian revolution, a critique of Chinua Achebe's seminal work Things Fall Apart, proverbs, book recommendations, observations on democracy, the cult of celebrity, and sports science. "Everyone thinks I'm the brainbox," laughs Eniola, "but Sone reads a lot. I think he's actually more intellectual than me."

Incidentally, the Norwich v Liverpool game is reaching a non-rude climax. Follow it with Simon Burnton here.

If you were worried about the absence of Thomas Vermaelen, don't fret - he hasn't fallen down a well, or been involved in a nasty yachting accident, or suffered from waffle poisoning, he's got a minor hamstring twang.

Just look at the state of this from Dimi Berbatov. Just look at it. Outrageous.

So Mesut Ozil is back for the Arsenal. Here's a picture of him wearing a very nice coat.

Quick shouts to Mesut's coat game.

Harper; Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd; Jelavic, Long. Subs: Figueroa, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Jakupovic, Sagbo, Quinn.

So, Arsenal. What do you do with Arsenal? Even thinking about them makes you feel like a relentlessly positive teacher in an inspirational film, sent to deal with a talented but errant pupil who isn't fulfilling their potential.

They're a side ridden with doubt, with insecurity, with the sense that daddy just isn't guiding them in the right direction anymore. And yet they're still one of the best four teams in the country. Perhaps that should say more about the rest of the Premier League than it does about Arsenal, who are doing just enough, rather than what they could be doing.

Nick will be here from around 1pm.

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Red Bull appeal rejected
Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at last month's Australian Grand Prix has been rejected by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

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Judd injury won’t leave Blues hamstrung
CARLTON will have to resurrect its finals hopes without superstar Chris Judd after hurting his hamstring in the Blues’ first win of the season.

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Bubba wins second Masters in three years
Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.

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Brewers 8, Pirates 7
Crushing loss. The Pirates dug out of an early hole and looked to be on their way to a nice, much-needed victory, but arguably the most hated man in baseball changed all that. Ryan Braun is a terrible person. Yes, he cheated, but this is what really makes him hate-able. And this. And this. Etc. […]

Crushing loss. The Pirates dug out of an early hole and looked to be on their way to a nice, much-needed victory, but arguably the most hated man in baseball changed all that.

Ryan Braun is a terrible person. Yes, he cheated, but this is what really makes him hate-able. And this. And this. Etc. Obviously the boos don’t bother him, but they are well-deserved. Watching a guy like that single-handedly beat your favorite team is a pretty awful feeling.

Unfortunately, he’s still really good at hitting baseballs. Braun hit a laser-beam homer off Tony Watson to cut the Pirates’ lead to one in the seventh, and then delivered the kill-shot with a huge two run bomb off Jason Grilli in the ninth.

That ruined what had shaped up as a really nice comeback for the Pirates after Wandy Rodriguez was awful again. I’m entering full panic mode on Wandy – he continues to get bombed and it’s looking like he’s just not the same pitcher after the injury that ended his season last year. He made it through just four innings and his ERA is up to 7.65. A foolish play (where Pedro Alvarez opted for a rundown–instead of a routine throw to first–during which Neil Walker whiffed on the tag) was to blame for a couple of runs, but the Brewers still hit him hard.

The bats woke up, though, which was wonderful to see. It was especially nice to see Ike Davis make a very good Pirates debut – two line drive hits to the opposite field and a walk. A five run fourth, keyed by big hits from Clint Barmes and PH Travis Snider, gave the Bucs the lead, but they weren’t able to hang on to it.

It’s hard to get on Morris and Watson for allowing a run apiece, but Grilli’s crucial pitch to Braun was just horrible. He hadn’t pitched in a while and it was a tough assignment to get the one-run save against the top of the order, but it is very clear at this point that the dominant Grilli is gone now. He’s probably about an average closer now. The pitching – bullpen and starter – let the Bucs down in this one, and both need to improve for the team to get back on track.


Source: FanGraphs

The Pirates will now turn to Gerrit Cole in hopes of getting a split on Easter Sunday.

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