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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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Newcastle United v Liverpool: Premier League live! | Ian McCourt

The mid 90s yeah? Remember them, yeah? Oasis or Blur? (Or Cast? Or Shed Seven? Or Jamiroquai? Nobody ever choses Shed Seven.) Footballs coming home. Do you know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? Dolly the sheep. Take That doing one. Wannabe. The launch of the second generation Nissan Primera. Trevor Jordaches body under the patio. Cynical realism. Milly, Egg, Warren, Anna and that ending. Half 6 on a Thursday watching the GamesMaster with Graeme Le Saux and Phil Babb. Half 6 on a Thursday watching the GamesMaster with Dean Holdsworth and Phil Babb. Phil Babb and that post. Liverpool beating Newcastle 4-3 on a Wednesday night. Liverpool beating Newcastle 4-3 on a Monday night. Sigh. Those were the days. But maybe today will be throw-back and Newcastle and Liverpool will serve up a tasty dish and we can all toddle off and feed the pigeons, and maybe the sparrows too, and have a sense of enormous well being for the rest of the day.

Ever since Brendan Rodgers took over, the post-match enormous sense of well being has generally been with the Liverpool players and their manager. Four games Rodgers has had and not one he has lost. Two draws and two wins, one of which, the 6-0 shellacking at St James Park, was his biggest victory in charge of the Merseysiders. So hell be heading into this encounter with those white-washed teeth cocked and ready for some hard smiling, even if he has chewed threw a couple of pencils over the last few weeks fretting over his side. And fret he should. The problems he is having up front have, of late, been poured over more times than Seattle in winter, so lets leave that aside for now and instead have a quick chat about some back problems and Simon Mignolet.

There are probably more than a few Liverpool fans out there who for a number of weeks now have been going to their respective mass/mosque/church/temple/synagogue/meeting house, have been getting down on their knees, have been uttering the usual platitudes and then adding in at the end: ... I know I shouldnt ask for this, but is there any chance you could fix so that Víctor Valdés joins us?. Theyd have a point. Mignolet is not to blame for all of Liverpools defensive woes last season and this one Rodgers could certainly do more work on the training ground with the likes of Martin Skrtel on defending set pieces but he is to blame for a few. Rule No1 for keepers is put on gloves. Rule No2 is command your area. And that is something that Mignolet consistently fails to do. He is also too often indecisive. Watch how often he hesitates when coming off his line for crosses, leaving his defenders in a state of limbo. Defenders are like kids, they crave regularity and eschew disorder; limbo is not where they want to be. (Even his own captain has stuck the boot in saying he is not aggressive enough in his keeping.) He also looks sluggish on his toes, which is part of the reason that those long-range goals keep going in. A keeper of Valdés quality and sweeper-keeper characteristics would fit Liverpools style of play like a finger in a nose and it will be surprising if those aforementioned utterances are not heeded, if not by a deity, then certainly by Rodgers.

Mignolets poor form should go down well in Newcastle, where, these days, the nasty banners have been replaced by unicorn babies, Jolly Ranchers and smiles the length of Railway street. Ever since that cracking comeback against Swansea, Newcastle are a side reborn. They have won three on the trot in a 12-day run that includes another cracking comeback (this time at Spurs) and a fairly comprehensive defeat of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, despite Alan Pardew fielding a side featuring six serious changes from the win at White Hart Lane. Tis a shame that the aftermath of a very decent, very intelligent, very organised performance by Newcastle and the cracking Ryan Taylor comeback (he cried coming off the pitch and was greeted with a standing ovation by his team-mates) was clouded over by concerns for Citys downfall.

Anyhoo. Those wins have taken the pressure of Pardew and put a temporary halt to the abuse from the fans but its not like Newcastle can kick back and be cool since they still stand a mere two points above the dreaded drop zone. A win today would take them above the likes of Tottenham and Everton and sit them in 9th spot. Can they do it? Of course they can. Will they do it? Well youll have to stayed tuned to find out. Team news and 90 minutes of red-hot footballling action and maybe some chat about Ghostbusters are on their way.

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Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
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News and notes
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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