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British Open 2018: Highlights & Score Updates from Carnoustie

British Open 2018: Highlights & Score Updates from Carnoustie

The start of The Open Championship was once again a thrill, which means we should be in for even more fireworks as Round 2 commences on Friday from Carnoustie in Scotland. Rory McIlroy gets it cranking early as he looks to maintain his spot near the top of the leaderboard, while Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth all hope to make major moves later in the morning.

Carnoustie is the northernmost venue on the Open rota, which is full of courses with ample daylight in mid-July. This course has the most, with some 17 hours or so during the summer. That means there is ample room to maneuver 156 players through 18 holes in a day. They almost never call things for weather here, unless the winds make the greens unplayable. There just aren’t electrical thunderstorms like we often get during a U.S. Open or PGA back in the States. So it’s relatively easy, even with the field so large, to consistently stay on schedule.

The weather this week does not look like it will be disruptive, although there is some rain in the forecast overnight and early tomorrow. That may slow things down slightly but the die is cast at Carnoustie after almost no precipitation over the last eight weeks. A sprinkle or one-day storm is not going to change the browned-out, concrete nature of this glorious iteration of the Open.

Besides those four, we will see all manner of players and shot-shapers try to slay the toughest course in the Open rota. Kevin Kisner enters Friday with the lead, and Tony Finau follows just one shot back. Expectations for this tournament remain high given the recent winners we’ve received but also because everyone is curious to see how different style players attack a bizarre course.

The first group will go at 1:35 a.m. and the last group will not tee off until 11:16 a.m. ET. Only at the Open can they have the full field going off one tee over almost 10 hours. Here’s the full tee sheet for Friday’s second round at the British Open:

  • 1:35 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

  • 1:46 a.m.: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

  • 1:57 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

  • 2:08 a.m.: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

  • 2:19 a.m.: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

  • 2:30 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

  • 2:41 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

  • 2:52 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

  • 3:03 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

  • 3:14 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

  • 3:25 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

  • 3:46 a.m.: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

  • 3:47 a.m.: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

  • 4:03 a.m.: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

  • 4:14 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

  • 4:25 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

  • 4:36 a.m.: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

  • 4:47 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

  • 4:58 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

  • 5:09 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

  • 5:20 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

  • 5:31 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

  • 5:42 a.m.: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ancer, Masahiro Kawamura

  • 5:53 a.m.: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

  • 6:04 a.m.: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

  • 6:15 a.m.: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

  • 6:36 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sullivan

  • 6:47 a.m.: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

  • 6:58 a.m.: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

  • 7:09 a.m.: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Norris

  • 7:20 a.m.: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

  • 7:31 a.m.: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

  • 7:42 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

  • 7:53 a.m.: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

  • 8:04 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

  • 8:15 a.m.: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

  • 8:26 a.m.: Si-Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

  • 8:37 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

  • 8:48 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

  • 9:04 a.m.: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

  • 9:15 a.m.: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

  • 9:26 a.m.: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

  • 9:37 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

  • 9:48 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

  • 9:59 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

  • 10:10 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

  • 10:21 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

  • 10:32 a.m.: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

  • 10:43 a.m.: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

  • 10:54 a.m.: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

  • 11:05 a.m.: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

  • 11:16 a.m.: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

Rory McIlroy is grouped with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen for Rounds 1-2 of The Open Championship 2018 this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Tiger Woods is with Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

Among other featured groupings: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, and Chris Wood; Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat; and Phil Mickelson, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Satoshi Kodaira.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Brandon Stone, Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington and Ryan Armour are among numerous other notables in the field.

Johnson is ranked No. 1 in the world. He won U.S. Open 2016.

Thomas, 25, is ranked No. 2. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour, including PGA Championship 2017.

The fiery Reed, 27, won The Masters 2018 — his first major title.

European Tour legend Sergio’s first major victory came at the 2017 Masters; a yearlong celebration ensued. Garcia, from Spain, seeks redemption for a playoff loss to Harrington the previous time The Open was held at Carnoustie (2007).

Woods, 42, is on the short list of greatest golfers ever. He has been stuck on 14 major victories since prevailing at the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff against Rocco Mediate. He has played well in fits and starts in the latest iteration of his comebacks.

Mickelson, 48, owns five major titles, including the 2013 Open Championship in a shocker. Lefty’s performances have been all over the map this season, and his recent disdain for the rules of golf figure to make him chum for the notoriously aggressive European media.

Koepka, 28, is the quietest outstanding player the golf world has seen in a long time. In June, he won his second straight U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he consistently has been a factor in other majors, too. He is ranked No. 4 (shhhhh).

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy owns four major titles, including The Open 2014. Even though it seems like he has been around forever, he only is 29.

England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged just one major — the 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on the front page of plenty of major leaderboards at some point over the four days. He is ranked No. 3.

South Africa’s Stone won Scottish Open 2018 last week. He shot 20-under, including 10-under 60 on Sunday.

Lefty Watson is the only player with three PGA Tour titles in 2018. He has won two majors (Masters 2012, 2014).

Ireland’s Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2008. He also won the 2008 PGA Championship.

British Open 2018: Highlights & Score Updates from Carnoustie

ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
BRITISH OPEN
Site: Carnoustie, Scotland.
Course: Carnoustie Golf Links. Yardage: 7,402. Par: 71.
Purse: $10.5 million. Winner’s share: $1,890,000.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 1:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 4:30-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 4:30-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Jordan Spieth.
Notes: This is the eighth time the British Open goes to Carnoustie. … For the last three champions at Carnoustie — Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, and Tom Watson — it was their first major championship. … Tiger Woods returns to the British Open for the first time since he missed the cut at St. Andrews in 2015. … Michael Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie by winning the John Deere Classic. … Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 in the world this week. … Americans in their 20s have won the last five major championships, two of those by Koepka at the U.S. Open. … Ben Hogan in 1953 is the only Open champion at Carnoustie to have the 54-hole lead. … The Open has been decided by a playoff the last three times at Carnoustie. … Harrington in 2007 and 2008 is the last player to successfully defend in the British Open. … Spieth has not won a tournament since his British Open title last year at Royal Birkdale.
Next year: Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

SPOTLIGHT ON THEM: Here are 10 players whom DMan will be watching, regardless whether they are among favorites to win (World Golf Ranking in parentheses):

Sergio Garcia (No. 19)

Spaniard Sergio’s first major victory came at the 2017 Masters; a year-long celebration ensued. The European Tour legend, 38, owns three Top-10’s this season and loves to compete in The Open (10 career Top-10’s). And Carnoustie owes him one. In 2007, the previous time The Open unfolded here, Sergio missed a short putt for the win — how it didn’t go down is beyond me — on the 72nd hole. He lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff.

Tiger Woods (No. 71)

Woods, given his status as one of the greatest golfers ever, is must-see-TV every time he plays. Woods, 42, has been stuck on 14 major titles since prevailing at the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff against Rocco Mediate. He has performed well in spurts during his latest comeback iteration; I really liked the ball-striking and course management en route to T-4 at Quicken Loans National three weeks ago.

Phil Mickelson (No. 20)

Lefty, 48, owns five major titles, including The Open 2013 in a stunner. At The Open 2016, he was sensational in a duel with Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon, only to lose. Lefty’s performances have been all over the map this season, and his recent disdain for the rules of golf figure to make him chum for the notoriously aggressive European media. He won’t win, and easily could miss the cut, but the exit won’t be quiet.

Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10)

England’s Fleetwood, 27, is much more than flowing locks. He owns one overseas victory and three PGA Tour Top-5’s this season, including second place at the U.S. Open. Oh, by the way: He is Carnoustie’s course record-holder.

Brooks Koepka (No. 4)

Koepka, 28, is the quietest outstanding player the golf world has seen in a long time. If it is possible that the fourth-ranked golfer can be seriously undervalued, Koepka is he. In June, he won his second straight U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he has been a factor in other majors, too.

Justin Rose (No. 3)

England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged just one major — the 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on the front page of plenty of major leaderboards at some point over the four days. He has won twice on the PGA Tour this season. In other words: Book him for contention this week.

Ryan Armour (No. 105)

Akron’s Armour, 42, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, makes his major-championship debut in the midst of a career renaissance. He has earned more than $2 million this season. This is his first-ever visit to Scotland. Here’s hoping Armour, a class act, and proud Northeast Ohioan, can shock the world the way Kent State product Ben Curtis did in winning The Open 2003.

Jordan Spieth (No. 6)

Spieth, who turns 25 on July 27, won The Open 2017 in a final-day duel with Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale. Spieth owns three major titles. It does not seem possible that, overall, he has not won since The Open 2017. Perhaps it makes him that much more dangerous.

Rickie Fowler (No. 7)

Three words: He is due. Fowler, 29, will win a major, probably multiple majors, before he is done. No reason he can’t get No. 1 this week. He is coming off a consistently solid showing at Scottish Open 2018 last week (T-6).

Russell Knox (No. 49)

I put Scotsman Knox, 33, on the list primarily because I watched on television two weeks ago as he won Irish Open 2018 in a playoff. He has the crowd support and mental makeup to deal with Carnoustie’s endless challenges. He should feed off a grouping in the first two rounds that feature Woods.

Carnoustie is known for its difficult track, which happens to be baked this year because of a scorching stretch of weather. Expect players to hit plenty of “stingers” with long irons, so as to keep the ball low and controlled while sending it skipping along the rock-hard pan.


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Kazakhstan’s Olympic medallist figure skater Denis Ten cut to death

Kazakhstan's Olympic medallist figure skater Denis Ten cut to death

Kazakhstan’s Olympic medallist figure skater Denis Ten cut to death

Kazakhstan’s figure skater Denis Ten was cut to death on Thursday at 25 years old.

Kazakhstan's Olympic medallist figure skater Denis Ten cut to death
Denis Ten secured bronze medal during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ten had anchored bronze award amid the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Police in Almaty said Ten was cut amid a battle with two men he had found attempting to take the mirrors on his auto. Police have opened a murder examination.

The International Skating Union (ISU), the game’s worldwide overseeing body, said it was “profoundly disheartened” by the passing of Ten who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ten completed eleventh at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and after four years in Sochi turned into the primary skater from Kazakhstan to win an Olympic decoration.

He was then resolute by damage, yet contended for this present year at the Pyeongchang Olympics where he was cheered by neighborhood fans as a result of his Korean roots.

He completed 27th at those Games, subsequent to having just possessed the capacity to prepare at low force in the run-up.

Kazakhstan’s Sports and Culture Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly called Ten’s passing a fundamental misfortune for the nation.

“This is horrendous and unjustifiable,” he was cited as saying by RIA news organization. “It is immense despondency for his folks, tears for everybody who knew Denis. They all cherished him so much and regarded him.”

Figure skaters around the globe grieved his passing.

Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who won bronze in Pyeongchang however completed fourth in Sochi, distributed a photo of himself and Ten on Twitter and expressed “rest in peace.”

“Mind boggling. He was so youthful and brimming with life,” previous Canadian sets skater Meagan Duhamel tweeted.

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Alisson turns into world’s most costly attendant in the wake of marking for Liverpool

Alisson turns into world's most costly attendant in the wake of marking for Liverpool

Alisson turns into world’s most costly attendant in the wake of marking for Liverpool

Brazil universal Alisson is currently the most costly goalkeeper on the planet in the wake of marking a record crushing arrangement worth up to 72.5 million euros ($84 million) with Liverpool.

Alisson turns into world's most costly attendant in the wake of marking for Liverpool
Alisson kept 17 clean sheets in 37 Serie A appearances for Roma last season

Serie A goliaths AS Roma on Thursday affirmed an announcement the charge that Liverpool had consented to pay for the 25-year-old, which overshadows the past record of 53 million euros paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

“I’m extremely cheerful, it’s a blessing from heaven to wear such an esteemed shirt for a club of this size is utilized to continually winning,” said Alisson.

“As far as my life and my vocation, it’s a tremendous advance for me being a piece of this club and this family.”

Liverpool director Juergen Klopp said the chance to sign “one of the world’s best goalkeepers” was too great to turn down.

“At a certain point over the most recent couple of weeks it came up, the chance to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it is anything but a long idea, to be completely forthright, it’s solitary that you need a little chat with the proprietors! They were very energized, so we did it.

“I believe it’s something we need to do. He has nothing to do with the value, we don’t have anything to do with the value, the market’s, the manner by which it is and we won’t ponder it.”

Roma’s wearing executive Monchi had before said it was a troublesome choice for the Italian club, who sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool a year ago, to part with another of their prized resources.

“It’s hard when you’re a wearing chief. We got a critical offer for Alisson and we assessed it,” Monchi told correspondents.

“At last, we took a choice and, talking with Liverpool, we achieved an assention. It isn’t so much that we need desire. We’ve just sold two players and we’ve marked 10, and we will keep searching for players.”

Alisson kept 17 clean sheets in 37 Serie An appearances for Roma last season and helped the club achieve the Champions League semi-finals, where they were thumped out by Liverpool.

He began every one of the five recreations for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia where they bowed out with a quarter-last thrashing by Belgium.

The goalkeeping position has been tricky for Liverpool under Klopp, with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet attempting to hold down their first-group spots last season.

Karius persevered through a bleak night in last season’s Champions League last, committing two errors that prompted objectives in a 3-1 annihilation to Real Madrid.

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All Star Game sets record with 10 homers – Eleven takeaways as AL wins

All Star Game sets record with 10 homers - Eleven takeaways as AL wins

All Star Game sets record with 10 homers – Eleven takeaways as AL wins

The 89th annual MLB All-Star Game turned into a Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Tuesday.

An All-Star Game record 10 home runs — 10 home runs! — were hit Tuesday night, and, when it was all said and done, the American League outlasted the National League in 10 innings (AL 8, NL 6). Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was named All-Star Game MVP after hitting the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning.

Here are 11 things to know about the homer-happy 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

1. Nats fans still love Ramos

Hands down, Rays catcher Wilson Ramos received the largest ovation among non-Nationals players during pregame introductions. Ramos, of course, played seven seasons with the Nationals from 2010-16 before signing with Tampa Bay as a free agent.

Athletics closer Blake Treinen also received a nice hand during pregame introductions. He played parts of four seasons in Washington before being traded away at last year’s deadline.

2. Scherzer lit up the radar gun

Think Max Scherzer was pumped to start the All-Star Game in his home ballpark? He threw his four fastest pitches of the season Tuesday night. Here are his five fastest pitches of the year:

98.5 mph in All-Star Game
98.2 mph in All-Star Game
98.0 mph in All-Star Game
97.9 mph in All-Star Game
97.3 mph on May 30 vs. Orioles
All those high-octane heaters allowed Scherzer to fan four batters in his two innings of work.

3. A Yankee homered and a Yankee caught it

The first run of the 2018 All-Star Game came courtesy of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. He turned around a a 95 mph Scherzer fastball for a solo home run in the second inning.

The cool part? Yankees teammate Luis Severino caught the home run ball between warm-up pitches in the bullpen.

Judge is the first Yankee with a hit in the All-Star Game since Derek Jeter went 2 for 2 in his final All-Star Game in 2014. He’s the first Yankee to hit a home run in the All-Star Game since Jason Giambi took Billy Wagner deep in 2003.

4. Machado took a selfie with (future teammate?) Kemp

Matt Kemp, an All-Star for the first time since 2012, doubled to left field in his first at-bat Tuesday night. And, when he got to second base, Manny Machado pulled his phone out of his pocket and took a selfie with him.

Machado has been the focus of countless trade rumors the last few days and weeks, and the most recent rumors have him possibly landing with the Dodgers before the end of the week. So I guess Machado was preparing for the move by taking a selfie with a future teammate? Not a bad idea.

5. Trout continued to crush All-Star pitching

Another All-Star Game, another hit for the amazing Mike Trout. This year’s All-Star hit was a solo home run against Mets righty Jacob deGrom.

That is Trout’s second career All-Star Game home run. I would’ve guessed he had more. In his six career All-Star Games played — Trout was selected to the game last season but did not play due to a thumb injury — Trout has gone 6 for 13 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three walks, and two strikeouts. That’s a cool .467/.556/1.133 batting line against the best pitchers in the world.

6. Votto’s error lets Segura play hero

The AL took an early 2-0 lead thanks to the Judge and Trout home runs. The NL rallied to tie the game on solo home runs from Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

In the top of the eighth, the AL regained the lead thanks to Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, who walloped a three-run home run against Brewers southpaw Josh Hader, who basically has the nastiest stuff in baseball. Hader left a fastball out over the plate and Segura banged it into the bullpen for a 5-2 lead.

It should be noted that, on the pitch immediately prior to the home run, Reds first baseman Joey Votto dropped a pop-up along the first base dugout railing. It was not a routine catch — Votto had to check to make sure he didn’t run into the railing — but it did clank in and out of his glove. The at-bat continued and Segura went deep.

7. Gennett saves the day … temporarily

Down two with two outs in the ninth? Scooter Gennett to the rescue. The Reds second baseman swatted a game-tying two-run home run against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz to knot the All-Star Game up at five apiece Tuesday night.

I hereby declare Gennett has too much power for a player to be named Scooter. He has 16 regular season home runs this year, and of course he had the four-homer game last year. A game-tying two-run shot against an all-world closer in the All-Star Game is quite the moment.

8. The ‘Stros give the AL the win

Astros hitters taking Dodgers pitchers deep in extra innings? Feels like we’re back in the World Series.

After Gennett tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back solo home runs against Ross Stripling in the top of the tenth to give the AL a 7-5 lead. The AL added another run later in the inning on a non-homer, if you can believe that. A sacrifice fly, specifically.

Bregman and Springer hit the sixth set of back-to-back home runs in All-Star Game history. Believe it or not, they are not the first set of teammates to go back-to-back in the All-Star Game. Dodgers teammates Steven Garvey and Jimmy Wynn hit back-to-back homers in the 1975 All-Star Game.

Of course, the Giants took the opportunity to burn their rivals after the back-to-back homers.

9. Happ records his first pro save

With Diaz having been used and Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel apparently unavailable, AL manager A.J. Hinch turned to Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ to close out the All-Star Game. He allowed a solo homer to Votto but otherwise slammed the door.

Happ, who is very likely to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, recorded his first professional save Tuesday night. He’d never picked up a save at any level, majors or minors. Then he got one in the All-Star Game. Pretty cool.

Perhaps the Blue Jays will try to use that to pump up his trade value at the deadline. Worth a shot!

10. Three true outcomes ruled the All Star Game

The All-Star Game perfectly encapsulated baseball in the year 2018. There were lots of homers and lots of strikeouts. Also lots of walks too. The three true outcomes ruled the game.

Some numbers:

Plate appearances (Total): 90
Homers (Total): 10 (11.1 percent of plate appearances)
Strikeouts (Total): 25 (27.8 percent)
Walks (Total): 9 (10 percent)
48.9 percent of the plate appearances in the All-Star Game ended in a walk, a strikeout, or a homer. That is the highest three true outcome rate in All-Star Game history. The three true outcome rate is 33.8 percent for the 2018 regular season.

Love it or hate it, this is baseball in 2018. Lots of dingers and lots of whiffs, which a few walks mixed in.

11. AL continues recent All-Star dominance

For the sixth straight year and the 18th time in the last 22 years, the American League won the All-Star Game. Things have been extremely lopsided the last two decades. Here are the last five All-Star Game results:

BALLPARK FINAL SCORE MVP
2014 Target Field AL 5, NL 3 Mike Trout, Angels
2015 Great American Ball Park AL 6, NL 3 Mike Trout, Angels
2016 Petco Park AL 4, NL 2 Eric Hosmer, Royals
2017 Marlins Park AL 2, NL 1 Robinson Cano, Mariners
2018 Nationals Park AL 8, NL 6 Alex Bregman, Astros

Now, that said, the all-time series is basically tied. The AL leads 44-43-2 and they’ve outscored the NL only 369-367. It is the first time the AL has led the all-time All-Star Game series since 1963. Pretty cool!


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Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s exchange to Juventus

Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo's exchange to Juventus

Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s exchange to Juventus

Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo : Manchester United director Jose Mourinho feels that Cristiano Ronaldo’s turn to Juventus will profit the Serie An and make it all the more energizing.

Jose Mourinho hails Cristiano Ronaldo's exchange to Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus for a fee of 100 million

The United director feels that with the landing of Ronaldo, individuals will watch Serie An and it come wind up engaging if groups like Napoli, Inter Milan, AS Roma and AC Milan can challenge the Old Lady, who have won the class for the last seven back to back seasons.

“The Premier League is the most aggressive alliance at this moment, yet many individuals will be viewing Serie A for Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain for (Lionel) Messi,” Jose Mourinho told TeleRadioStereo.

“Serie A has now turned out to be extraordinary compared to other associations on the planet. In football, anything can change. In the event that Inter, Napoli, Roma and AC Milan change their perspectives, as long as they don’t simply latently acknowledge that Juve are presently more grounded with Ronaldo, at that point (the group) can change as far as quality, feelings and consideration.”

“This is the reason I compliment Juventus for this marking, which is awesome for them regarding football, reputation and promoting.”

Mourinho had trained Inter Milan between 2008 to 2010 season. In the 2009-10 season, he drove the side to a notable alliance, glass and Champions League treble.

Ronaldo landed at Turin on Monday evening to finish his 100 million Euros move from Real Madrid and he was welcomed with excited fans and partners at the J Medical focus and preparing office.

The new Juventus No. 7 burned through nine seasons at Real Madrid and scored 450 objectives for the Los Blancos yet the Portuguese is prepared to proceed onward and is completely excited about the new part of his life.

“My story at Real was splendid and I thank the fans. Be that as it may, now I need to devote myself to this new period of my life. I can hardly wait to play. I am extremely persuaded and I need to demonstrate that I am a player of the largest amount. I need to leave my blemish on Juve’s history. I am exceptionally cheerful for this test.”

“Juventus is a standout amongst other clubs on the planet, it was a long-thoroughly considered move, however it was a simple choice to join the best club in Italy and an essential advance for my profession. “I’ve just met Allegri and I’ll begin preparing on the 30th. I need to play on the primary matchday of Serie A,” Ronaldo said at a question and answer session.

Ronaldo wants to return to preparing as quickly as time permits and win more trophies in his sparkling profession.

“Juventus have given me an awesome opportunity, it’s a stage forward in my profession. It’s no incident that they have won the last seven Scudetti. I feel regarded that Juve thought of me, and I need to take them to a much more elevated amount.

“The Champions League is a trophy that everybody needs to win, yet it’s exceptionally troublesome. Juventus approached us, yet the finals are dependably an obscure. For this I plan to bring good fortune, yet with peacefulness. We will battle for every one of the trophies,” Ronaldo said.

Juve fans will get the opportunity to see Ronaldo when the group plays the Intercontinental Cup at the United States. They’ll play Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ronaldo’s previous club Real Madrid in America.

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Posted by Juventus on Monday, July 16, 2018

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Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Meeting International Sotteville

Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Meeting International Sotteville

Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Meeting International Sotteville

Neeraj Chopra, India’s lance star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France late on Tuesday night. Chopra, who had won the gold award at the Commonwealth Games not long ago, tossed 85.17 meters to sack the best prize.

Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Meeting International Sotteville
Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal with a difference of 3.69 m from the silver medallist.

Neeraj is India’s best lance hurler and he demonstrated his strength by and by on the worldwide stage when he won the gold decoration with a gigantic edge.

While Neeraj Chopra tossed a separation of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who tossed a separation of 81.48 m. The bronze award went to Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania whose best was 79.31 m.

Neeraj’s execution was splendid as he didn’t vacillate in even a solitary endeavor and finished every one of his rounds. Indeed, even as his score of 85.17 m came in his fifth endeavor, he approached his possible winning imprint in his third endeavor too.

Here are all the six endeavors from Neeraj:

ATTEMPTS DISTANCE
FIRST ATTEMPT 75.55 metres
SECOND ATTEMPT 79.46 metres
THIRD ATTEMPT 85.12 metres
FOURTH ATTEMPT 81.27 metres
FIFTH ATTEMPT 85.17 metres
SIXTH ATTEMPT 82.11 metres

Indeed, even as Neeraj scooped the gold decoration with the toss, this was not in any case his best toss this season. Neeraj best toss till now came at the IAAF Diamond League where he enhanced his own national record with a toss of 87.43 meters to complete fourth in the season-opening leg.

Neeraj’s past national record remained at 86.48 m and he crossed the same in simply his second endeavor.

Prior in the year, Neeraj Chopra struck a gold decoration for India with a toss of 86.47m in Men’s Javelin Throw Final at the Commonwealth Games.

Neeraj, who is the World Junior Record holder, tossed 85.50m check in his first endeavor itself and remained over the pack all through the finals.

Neeraj struck his best of 86.47m in his fourth endeavor and fixed his Gold.

Neeraj is a piece of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018 and there are high expectations from him as he will weapon for a gold award there too.

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Eoin Morgan hails England spinners after arrangement win against India

Eoin Morgan hails England spinners after arrangement win against India

Eoin Morgan hails England spinners after arrangement win against India

Eoin Morgan hails England spinners : The choosing ODI ended up being an uneven issue as England easily beat India by 8 wickets in the last match to secure the three-coordinate arrangement 2-1 on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan hails England spinners after arrangement win against India
Eoin Morgan said that their spinners set the tone for their win against India in the third ODI.

Pursuing a less than impressive score of 257 for triumph, England rode on an unbeaten hundred from Joe Root and 88 not out from chief Eoin Morgan to achieve the objective with 33 balls to save.

Joe Root raised his twelfth ODI hundred with a limit to take England past the end goal in the 45th over.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were engaged with a 186-run solid organization for the third wicket after a flying begin gave by openers Jonny Bairstow (30) and James Vince (27).

For India, Shardul Thakur was the solitary bowler who figured out how to take a wicket.

With this misfortune India’s nine-ODI arrangement winning streak arrived at an end. It was likewise England’s first ODI respective arrangement prevail upon India since 2011.

Eoin Morgan adulated his bowlers after the match and gave them full credit for the win at Headingley.

“The tone was set with the bowlers. The ball swung a little for 4-5 overs. We know the conditions here well, and we are glad we exploited that. I didn’t figure it would be a belter, most likely a 300-320 ground, however our spinners today were splendid.

“It’s the folks to my right side, my group, that settle on my choice look great. Our folks were splendid. In Trent Bridge we were off, and India rebuffed us, and from that point forward we have done well,” Eoin Morgan said at the post-coordinate introduction service.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was pronounced man-of-the-coordinate for taking three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in one over.

The greatest positive that left this amusement for England was the manner by which they played chinaman Kuldeep Yadav after the disillusioning T20I arrangement and the primary ODI at Trent Bridge where he got six wickets.

“It’s delightful that we learnt over the arrangement and executing what we said we’d do. With the goal that assembles trust in the group. We should be getting it done before the World Cup, and expel any glitches from our amusement,” Eoin Morgan said.

David Willey was additionally exceptional with the ball in this amusement for the hosts as he likewise wound up with three wickets as England limited a solid Indian batting lineup to 256 for 8 subsequent to choosing to bowl first.

Virat Kohli (71), Shikhar Dhawan (44) and MS Dhoni (42) made helpful commitments for India yet whatever is left of the batsmen bombed as the objective sufficiently wasn’t to challenge the hosts on a level pitch.

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Hima Das Scripts History, Becomes First Indian Woman To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics

Hima Das Scripts History, Becomes First Indian Woman To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics

Hima Das Scripts History, Becomes First Indian Woman To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics

Hima Das secured to top spot in the ladies’ 400m last race on the third day of rivalries.

Hima Das Scripts History, Becomes First Indian Woman To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics
Das was a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event

Indian sprinter Hima Das on Thursday scripted history by turning into the main Indian lady to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she secured to top spot in the ladies’ 400m last race on the third day of rivalries. The 18-year-old Das, a pre-competition top choice, timed 51.46s to win the gold. She currently joins the distinguished organization of star lance hurler Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last release in 2016 of every a world record exertion. Indeed, Das is the main Indian track competitor to have won a decoration ever of rivalry. The past decoration victors at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in disk in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in plate in 2014).

Andrea Miklos of Romania took silver with an individual best time of 52.07 seconds. Taylor Manson of the US enrolled 52.28 seconds to complete third. Hima had done well in the before rounds also, winning Heat 4 with a period of 52.25 seconds. She developed on top in the semi-finals also, winning her race in 52.10 seconds. Jisna Matthew, the other Indian in the shred, additionally demonstrated early guarantee, winning Heat 5 with a period of 54.32 seconds. Yet, the Kerala young lady slammed out in the semi-finals, where she completed fifth with 53.86 seconds.

Das was a most loved to win gold as she is the U-20 season pioneer in this quarter-mile occasion. Das timed an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to complete 6th in the Commonwealth Games 400m last in Gold Coast in April. From that point forward, she has gone onto enhancing her timings. She brought down the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the ongoing National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati.

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Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India’s triumphant streak closes

Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India's triumphant streak closes

Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India’s triumphant streak closes

Virat Kohli was left to lament the loss of early wickets as India’s seven-coordinate winning streak in T20 Internationals arrived at an end in Cardiff on Friday. Britain won the second match by five wickets to attract level the three-coordinate arrangement – the decider will be played on Sunday.

Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India's triumphant streak closes
Virat Kohli top-scored for India with 47 runs but his knock went in vain as England won by 5 wickets

Britain won the hurl and place India in to bat. After the highs of Manchester, the guests bungled and made an entire chaos of their innings. Rohit Sharma was rejected inexpensively and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul took after before long.

Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina attempted to relentless the ship yet once the last was rejected, India never looked like posting a better than expected aggregate.

Actually, India had lost their main three preceding the powerplay was finished and that set them back extensively. Raina was familiar amid his short stay yet Kohli, notwithstanding two or three sweetly planned shots, couldn’t create the sort of masterclass he is known for.

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya scored some brisk keeps running towards the end yet India just completed with 148 off their 20 overs – notwithstanding some stammer, England returned home easily.

Kohli commended his bowlers for taking the amusement profound yet yielded it was hard to bob back after the early blows.

“It is constantly hard to return subsequent to losing three early wickets. Britain hit the correct territories and influenced us to play awful shots. We would’ve enjoyed 10-15 runs more. We figured 149 would be aggressive, particularly since they needed to win. Be that as it may, they inevitably won,” Kohli said after the match.

The other siginifacnt factor in England’s triumph was the means by which they played India’s wrist-spinners. Kuldeep Yadav had trapped five wickets in Manchester; in Bengaluru in 2017, Yuzvendra Chahal was their foe with a six-wicket pull. On Friday, Chahal surrendered 1/28 off his off four overs while Kuldeep went wicketless in his four overs and gave away 34 runs.

Kohli conceded England played his spinners much better.

“They played Kuldeep extremely well today, and that was the distinction in the center overs this time. They got their work done and played Kuldeep extremely well. We have to get back day after. The organization is savage: Umesh was exceptional, however the last ball limit changed things. Those easily overlooked details check. Gotta forget about it, had a decent diversion, however England were superior to us.”

India and England will play the decider in Bristol on Sunday.

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MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday celebration with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, Anushka

MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday celebration with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, Anushka

MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday celebration with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, Anushka

MS Dhoni : There was a major reason for festivity in the Indian group despite the fact that they lost the second T20 global against England in Cardiff on Friday as MS Dhoni turned 37.

MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday celebration with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, Anushka
MS Dhoni cut a cake in the Indian team hotel with Sakshi, Ziva, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and the rest of his teammates

Skipper Cool, as he is still affectionately called, commended his birthday with spouse Sakshi, little girl Ziva and every one of the individuals from the Indian group in his lodging room after the diversion.

Dhoni cut a cake with his family introduce next to him while his partners sang Happy Birthday. The festivals were driven by Captain Virat Kohli and his significant other Anushka Sharma as whatever is left of the colleagues additionally participate.

The festivals were a little repressed for the current year not at all like a year ago when Mahi got spread in cake while Yuvraj Singh held him from behind amid India’s voyage through West Indies.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India later posted a video on its site in which every one of the players , drove by chief Virat Kohli, wished him on camera.

Dhoni achieved a huge point of reference in the Cardiff T20I as turned out to be just the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 global matches when he left the field.

Tendulkar holds the record for most universal matches (664) while Dravid is eighth in the rundown with 509 matches.

Dhoni turned into the ninth batsman to accomplish the accomplishment, outperforming previous Pakistan skipper Inzaman-ul-Haq (499). He is the main wicketkeeper in the 500-coordinate club.

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Dhoni had made his worldwide presentation in 2004 when he was picked to confront Bangladesh in an ODI in Chittagong. The previous India skipper has played 90 Tests, 318 ODIs and 92 T20Is in his celebrated 14-year vocation till date.

Group India then, couldn’t give Dhoni the ideal birthday present as they lost the second T20I by 5 wickets against England.

Britain stayed unbeaten in T20I matches at Cardiff and turned into the principal group to win five diversions at a similar setting without losing. The outcome additionally finished India’s seven-coordinate winning streak.

Pursuing a humble 149 for a win, England were shaken early when Umesh Yadav expelled Jason Roy and Jos Buttler early.

They endured another blow when Joe Root was spotless rocked the bowling alley by Yuzvendra Chahal in the in the seventh over.

It resembled another crumple however Hales and skipper Eoin Morgan united and steadied the ship with a 48-run remain for the fourth wicket.

Jonny Bairstow (28) kept England in the diversion yet Bhuvneshwar Kumar had different thoughts as he returned in the eighteenth over and gave away only three runs and furthermore picked an essential wicket.

Notwithstanding, Hales held his nerves to score 12 keeps running in the last finished played by Bhuvneshwar to control England to a five-wicket triumph.

Hales scored his seventh fifty and stayed unbeaten on 58 off 41 conveyances, a thump that was bound with four fours and three sixes.

Prior, a taught England knocking down some pins assault limited India at a direct 148/5 at Sophia Gardens.

Kohli top-scored with 47 runs while Dhoni stayed unbeaten on 32 for the Men dressed in Blue. David Willey, Jake Ball, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid grabbed a wicket each for England.

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