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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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Brendan Rodgers is planning to reprimand Mario Balotelli after another disappointing night for Liverpool in the Champions League and the latest demonstration that their manager is growing increasingly frustrated by the behaviour and form of the player he signed to take Luis Suárezs place.

Rodgers confirmed he was unhappy with Balotellis decision to swap shirts with Pepe before they had gone down the tunnel at the end of a first half in which Real Madrid had scored all their goals in a 3-0 win. Liverpool disciplined Mamadou Sakho when he did the same with Samuel Etoo in a game at Chelsea last December and Rodgers did not hide his annoyance about a player whose signing Jamie Carragher, analysing his former club in his television role, described as a panic.

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Royals 7, Giants 2: World Series 2014: Royals Beat Giants in Game 2
The Royals rebounded from their first loss of this postseason by powering past the Giants in a game that included a tense exchange in the sixth inning.






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Milan giant seeks makeover
When will the tears stop? A leading Italian football club is pursuing a new direction -- under the guidance of its new Indonesian owner.

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Angry Arnold says MRP board ‘out of touch’
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Ishikawa walk-off HR sends Giants to Series
Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

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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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