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Nigeria's persistence in their final Group D clash against China on Monday sealed their spot in Women's Under-20 World Cup in France. The Falconets, trailing their Chinese opponents, were seconds from being eliminated from the tournament, but thanks to a huge slice of luck -- an own-goal from Jiaxing Dou -- set up a last eight clash against Spain.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike While the Nigerians struggled in their three group fixtures, scoring just two goals, Spain had no such problems, finishing top of a strong Group D ahead of Japan and the United States. But despite the struggles in securing a seventh quarter-final spot in nine tournaments, the players are optimistic of causing an upset against the Europeans. "The quarter-finals won't be easy, but we will fight to…
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Ten secrets to the success of playoff contenders

Ten secrets to the success of playoff contenders

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Look at the top of the standings and you find the better teams. Look at the top of the leaderboards and you find simple explanations for why the better teams have been successful. The Boston Red Sox have been successful in part because Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez rank first and third in baseball in wRC+. The New York Yankees have been successful in part because they lead the majors in home runs. The Houston Astros have been successful in part because their pitching staff leads the majors in strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs have been successful in part because they lead the majors in OBP.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping You usually don't have to dig very deep to find positive statistics for baseball's contending teams. We're all familiar with…
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Derek Carr getting wake-up call (literally) from Jon Gruden

Derek Carr getting wake-up call (literally) from Jon Gruden

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It was early in training camp when the famously early-rising Jon Gruden told Derek Carr he would come wake him up if an idea, or a play, popped into his head. At any hour. Sure, Carr was game. So long as Gruden knocked on the quarterback's hotel room door first, and Carr was not rousted awake by the Oakland Raiders coach looming over him in bed. “He always makes it uncomfortable for us,” Carr said of Gruden this offseason. “And now, playing a lot of football, it’s so uncomfortable in practice that when we get to the games, it’s going to be nice. ... He is trying to take it to another level of just making you uncomfortable, giving you the toughest looks. He wants you to throw the ball…
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Jarvis Landry: Rant on ‘Hard Knocks’ was meant for whole team

Jarvis Landry: Rant on ‘Hard Knocks’ was meant for whole team

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"It was directed to and throughout our whole team," Landry said. "I know that I said it in the receiver room, but it was directed to the whole team. I think that it is going to allow us to create a mindset and a culture. If we are going to change the culture, that is where it has to begin. We can’t be having favors or taking days off or stuff like that. We have to practice and put in the work to be great." Browns coach Hue Jackson said Sunday that he believed Landry's message was intended more for his fellow wide receivers rather than the entire team.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "With Jarvis, I think he is coming at it from a different angle, in my opinion, with…
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U.S.’s Antonee Robinson signs new Everton deal, joins Wigan on loan

U.S.’s Antonee Robinson signs new Everton deal, joins Wigan on loan

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United States international Antonee Robinson signed a new three-year contract with Everton on Friday but will spend the upcoming season on loan at Wigan. Robinson, 20, came up through Everton's academy but has yet to play for the Toffees' first team. The left-back spent last season on loan with Bolton Wanderers, starting 26 games, and will return to the Championship with the Latics in 2018-19. His new Everton contract signifies the club sees him as a player for the future, but their recent signing of Lucas Digne from Barcelona meant Robinson's playing time would have been limited at Goodison Park this season.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china "It feels great to know that Everton have faith in me with this contract," Robinson told U.S. Soccer's website. "Even though at the…
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Inside the discovery of Mike Trout

Inside the discovery of Mike Trout

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Greg Morhardt was the Los Angeles Angels' scout assigned to oversee the Northeast corridor a dozen years ago, and on a beautiful, late-summer day, he watched over a flock of high school age ballplayers in New Jersey. When somebody mentioned that the last name of the muscular kid with the football-player build standing out at shortstop was Trout, Morhardt immediately wondered whether he had a connection with the teenager. More than two decades before, Morhardt had played minor league baseball with a Trout, Jeff Trout. He was fast, Morhardt recalled, and a really good hitter, someone who might have had a little time in the big leagues if he had hung around pro ball a few more years. But Morhardt had been present when Jeff met Debbie Busonick, and Jeff…
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Scenes from Cooperstown, where the game is always good

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Abner Doubleday, the game's mythical inventor, did not in fact invent it. Baseball had been played in nascent forms long before 1839, the year in which Doubleday supposedly but not really invented the game. Baseball's story did not begin in a cow pasture in Cooperstown. The myth is a false tune written by tycoons like Al Spalding. They still play footsie with the myth in Cooperstown. There is a cafe on Main Street named after Doubleday. There is of course the ballpark there -- Doubleday Field -- two blocks from the Hall of Fame, on the spot that used to be Elihu Phinney's farm. There's still a barn there -- it's used to house maintenance equipment. But the Hall doesn't try to pull the wool over people's eyes about baseball's…
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Trade talk we’re hearing: Will the Rays deal Chris Archer?

Trade talk we’re hearing: Will the Rays deal Chris Archer?

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The Tampa Bay Rays jumped into the trade deadline fray Wednesday and sent Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox for prospect Jalen Beeks. Eovaldi is a pending free agent with overpowering stuff and a medical history that makes him the quintessential boom-or-bust deadline acquisition. Now the question remains: Are the Rays bold enough to trade Chris Archer to a contender between now and July 31?cheap nike nfl jerseys from china The Rays approached the deadline with a focus on moving Eovaldi and fellow short-timers Wilson Ramos, Sergio Romo, Carlos Gomez and Adeiny Hechavarria. Ramos was the clear headline piece until he suffered a pulled hamstring and went on the disabled list right after the All-Star break. But his recovery has progressed ahead of schedule, and he's at the point…
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Dak Prescott hopes a change in mechanics yields results

Dak Prescott hopes a change in mechanics yields results

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On Thursday, Dak Prescott will jog onto the field for the Dallas Cowboys' first training camp practice of 2018 with optimism for what could happen over next five months. But it is the work Prescott put in nearly five months ago that has him excited.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap Before the official start of the Cowboys' offseason program in April, Prescott worked out with 3DQB a few hours south of Oxnard, California, training with former NFL quarterback John Beck under the program designed by Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. Prescott's journey to 3DQB started out of necessity. In his first two NFL seasons, he worked with Tom Shaw, a noted trainer, but Shaw took a job with the Oakland Raiders and was no longer available. Prescott did some research and…
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Even worse news could be coming for Yoenis Cespedes

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes spoke with reporters at his locker Friday night after appearing in his first major league game in nine weeks. Cespedes had been on the disabled list recovering from a hip flexor strain, the latest episode in what has become a chronic, recurrent soft-tissue injury pattern for him. During the session with the media, Cespedes referenced -- through an interpreter -- an ongoing condition involving calcifications in both heels. The news naturally left fans curious about what exactly is plaguing Cespedes' heels and what the realistic expectations can be for him moving forward. In the absence of a distinct diagnosis, the interpretation of Cespedes' brief interview warrants some caution. That said, his words in conjunction with the comments Sunday from Mets assistant general manager John Ricco offer…
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