Author: 0 Powell: A Near Perfect Opening Night at Wrigley

Naturally, as the flag fluttered above the bleachers and the Cubs ground out a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a question hung in the air along with the clouds and cold of the evening: which cog in the machinery of the Cubs is the most important? Chicago Cubs players, coaches, ownership, executives and Hall of Fame alumni were presented their 2016 World Series Championship Rings prior to Wednesday night's game vs.

Sport Inspired Garcia joins Spain's greatest generation
Author: 0 Inspired Garcia joins Spain's greatest generation

Stricker made eagle on the par-5 second and had birdies on holes 4, 12, 15 and 17. "I think the problem is, because where my head was sometimes, I did think about, 'Am I ever going to win one?' I've had so many good chances and either I lost them or someone has done something extraordinary to beat me".

Sport Seve was there for me, says Garcia
Author: 0 Seve was there for me, says Garcia

The pair exchanged the lead on numerous occasions during the final round at Augusta but after missing one putt to win in regulation play, Garcia birdied the first playoff hole after Rose could only make a bogey. This time, he capitalized on Rose's mistake, had two putts to win and dropped in the birdie for added theatrics. Rose's wayward drive opened up the door for Garcia and he took the opportunity with both hands, replicating his tee shot and approach from 20 minutes earlier before ...

Author: 0 Yankees worth big league-high $3.7 billion

He did not give up any more earned runs as NY rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4. After an off day, 24-year-old LHP Jordan Montgomery will make his major league debut for NY on Wednesday after winning the No. Indians play home opener, Posey to get checked again, Red Sox fight flu, Twins try to maintain momentum. "Two Mack Trucks collided", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

Author: 0 Bournemouth 1 Chelsea 3: Conte's men restore seven-point lead

This time past year Hazard broke a 355-day Premier League scoring duck with a brace in Chelsea's 4-1 win on the south coast as the Blues laboured towards a 10th-place finish. "It's significant now in every game to take three points, including at Old Trafford", Conte said. However the former England global hasn't played a game since his contract expired with New York City past year and said that a mid-season training regime and half a season would have been detrimental to both of them.

Author: 0 Masters 2017: Danny Willett blows up on killer 1st hole

If they go a bit flat, we're not going to be happy. "I think that will go down quite nicely". "If you read that kind of stuff, it isn't nice". If he has regrets about the past year, a reluctance to seek advice from former champions or friends on how to handle success would top the list.

Sport Dwyane Wade returns to Chicago Bulls' lineup after elbow injury
Author: 0 Dwyane Wade returns to Chicago Bulls' lineup after elbow injury

Once again the proof is in the pudding, as so far this season Chicago has gone 23-4 whenever they shoot a higher percentage than their opponents, including 10-1 when they hit 50.0% or better as a team, and 31-13 when they reach or surpass the century mark in points scored.

Sport Spurs cut Chelsea gap to four points
Author: 0 Spurs cut Chelsea gap to four points

The competition for goal of the day continued as Son got himself on the scoresheet with another effort from outside of the penalty area. After missing a simple chance and striking the woodwork, the South Korean just could not find his third to claim the match ball.

Author: 0 Moment Phillies pitcher Ramos aims a fastball at Cabrera

Lucas Duda hit two, including one that traveled 448 feet - over the batter's eye in dead center. It was Eickhoff's 10th straight start of allowing three or fewer runs. "They like to hit here", Collins said. He also needs to get over the bat flips because they are nearly as common today as balls and strikes and that's not going to change.

Author: 0 Chelsea must control emotions against Manchester United, says Conte

The Blues have played 38 games in all competitions so far, while nearest title rivals, Tottenham, have played 45 matches this season. "It was a good pressure, I prefer to call it this, but we managed the situation very well", Conte said. Meanwhile, Chelsea are seven points above them at the top of the table and a recent defeat at home to Crystal Palace suggested they can be beaten.

Sport West Ham predicted line-up: Andy Carroll to start against Sunderland
Author: 0 West Ham predicted line-up: Andy Carroll to start against Sunderland

There's also claims Fulham's Slavisa Jokanovic is the Hammer's managerial target if they replace Slaven Bilic at the end of the season. Antonio pulled up painfully chasing a long ball off the pitch just before half-time of West Ham's victory against Swansea at the London Stadium last weekend.

Author: 0 United on right track with Mourinho, says Vidic

United are now sitting fifth on the Premier League log with a game in hand and four points adrift Manchester City in fourth position. JOSE MOURINHO claims Zlatan Ibrahimovic has two extra reasons to inspire Manchester United to Europa League glory.

Sport Arrest made in Germany soccer bus bombing
Author: 0 Arrest made in Germany soccer bus bombing

Tuchel wanted to give his team more time to process what happened, take it in and be able to deal with it before having to worry about soccer again. "It gave us a powerless feeling, like we had a job to do and nothing else mattered". Following the attack, hundreds of Dortmund fans offered visiting Monaco supporters a bed for the night. The devices, which were hidden behind a bush, contained metal fragments and had a reach of 100 meters (109 yards), the prosecutor's office said.

Sport Red Sox at Tigers
Author: 0 Red Sox at Tigers

He's intentionally walked a couple of times to get to me, and I've got him a couple of times in the past", said Castellanos, whose RBI single knocked Sale out of the game, and provided the margin of victory in a 2-1 win. Part of that was because Verlander is an outstanding pitcher, even if he didn't have his best stuff. "Obviously not", he said. Hembree came through, though, inducing a flyout to right and keeping the deficit to one.

Author: 0 Jury in Aaron Hernandez trial to deliberate for 5th day

Hernandez, a native of Bristol, Conn., is accused of shooting two men in 2012 after one of them spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in a 2013 killing. Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. His lawyers say Hernandez's former friend was the triggerman. Sullivan added he thought choosing her as the forewoman prevented her from getting dismissed for an alternate.

Author: 0 Bulls, Pacers grab last 2 spots in NBA playoffs

Here are the scenarios: If the Miami Heat lose to the Wizards than the Bulls are in the playoffs no matter what and if the Pacers lose to Atlanta at home, with a Bulls win then that moves them into the 7th seed . If the Hawks don't beat the Hornets on Tuesday, and then lose to the Pacers on Wednesday, they could end up tied with IN if the Pacers beat them and the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

Sport Nuggets spoil Romo day for Mavericks, topping Dallas 109-91
Author: 0 Nuggets spoil Romo day for Mavericks, topping Dallas 109-91

Longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got a unique send-off from Dallas fans on Tuesday night, when he suited up for the Mavericks and participated in pre-game festivities before riding the bench. Romo was a former all-state basketball player in Wisconsin during his high school days, and Gathers went to Baylor on a basketball scholarship and became their all-time leading rebounder before eventually making the switch to football.

Author: 0 City get back on track with win over Hull

The hosts doubled their lead after halftime with a stunning team move, during which every City player touched the ball. "After the game he told me: 'David Silva is the player for you, for Barcelona". "Defensively it is about mentality and on many, many occasions, we are not strong enough". The continuing absence of Gabriel Jesus, who Guardiola indicated afterwards is likely to be fit at the start of next month, has not damaged City's goalscoring threat.

Sport Mourinho: We Needed Ibrahimovic To Beat Sunderland
Author: 0 Mourinho: We Needed Ibrahimovic To Beat Sunderland

Indeed, the World Cup victor hasn't featured for the Manchester club since a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough in the Premier League last month. "But we played very well to win 3-0". Mourinho did not stop there and further hailed the team's overall efforts, saying that United displayed a solid performance against a "sad" team. "We need to give the supporters and everybody else here that little bit of hope".

Author: 0 James Harden: 'I Know I've Done Enough'

The irony behind Harden's comment is that while it appeared aimed at Westbrook , it strengthens Leonard's case, with the Spurs winners of 60-plus games and above Houston in the standings. "There's no way that he can't get it". James Harden and Daryl Morey made a case for the Rockets guard to be the league MVP. Between Russell Westbrook , James Harden , LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard , there is an abundance of outings from which to choose.

Sport IPL 2017: We keep people on their toes, says Rohit Sharma
Author: 0 IPL 2017: We keep people on their toes, says Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was reprimanded by the match referee over his reaction to being given out LBW during the Indian Premier League match with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday. That, cost them the match against MI and including a good death bowler could perhaps work for them. The two teams look evenly poised and Kolkata fans would be looking for an exciting clash between the 2014 finalists.

Author: 0 Warriors rally vs. Spurs, win ninth straight

The Western Conference leaders scored 37 points in the first quarter and were never behind as they reached 60 victories for the third season running. James Harden posted his 20th triple-double of the season, with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory for the Rockets (51-23).

Author: 0 France defeat Britain to reach Davis Cup semis

In Brisbane, Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson gave Australia an unexpected 2-0 lead after the first day of their Davis Cup quarter-final against the United States in Brisbane on Friday. "It was the first time I have played at home. At that moment the Davis Cup , playing in front of 5,000 fans alongside my best mate, and in front of my whole family, was a long way away", Benneteau said.

Sport LeBron James: 'We're just in a bad spot right now'
Author: 0 LeBron James: 'We're just in a bad spot right now'

On the next play, James assisted on a three-pointer to Kevin Love , putting Cleveland back up by four points. They also have a prime James, who is still considered the best player in the National Basketball Association. "I thought they responded well tonight". "I wish we could fight for the playoff". I don't know how much we may be over the luxury tax or if we have a trade exception here or how that's going to work there or how many days we got to do this.

Sport Injured Dortmund star Bartra reassures fans on Instagram
Author: 0 Injured Dortmund star Bartra reassures fans on Instagram

With emotions still high as Sokratis and his team-mates counted their blessings, the Greece global hit out at Europe's governing body. "I am happy that all the players are alive, and all the staff are alive". "Last night, last evening, we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this". Most of the time, I don't feel like a leader. As if we had thrown a beer on our coach.

Author: 0 Conte urges Chelsea to seek win at Old Trafford

We must be pleased with the game. "I love Tottenham, they're probably my favourite team in the league to watch". "I'm very happy to face this type of situation, and to play with only four points from our opponent". However, he has been very important for the team throughout the entire season. The Blues will know there are never any easy games in the Premier League and the teams fighting relegation should be a big test.

Author: 0 Will Tony Romo actually play for Dallas Mavericks vs

So there he was, really his first somewhat public appearance since announcing he was moving from the football field into the CBS booth as the No. 1 TV analyst after the Cowboys last week granted his release. "This is an honor that I could never dream of", said Romo, who rose to fame as an undrafted player out of lower-division Eastern Illinois in 2003. With nothing at stake in a lost season that will be the worst for Dallas (32-49) since going 20-62 in 1997-98, the Mavericks followed ...

Sport US, Canada, Mexico to make joint bid
Author: 0 US, Canada, Mexico to make joint bid

If the regional effort wins out, the US would host 60 matches, including everything from the quarterfinals on, while the other two countries would stage 10 apiece. " Mexico and Canada then had to assess the same thing we did". "I'd highlight that the United States doesn't need Mexico or Canada to host a World Cup and now all three are helping out".

Sport Masters 2017 odds, predictions: Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth favored to win
Author: 0 Masters 2017 odds, predictions: Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth favored to win

But, all eyes are on 2015 champion Jordan Spieth. And most menacing, two shots back is Jordan Spieth , the 2015 victor who has never finished lower than second in three previous appearances at Augusta National. And he threw away a five-shot lead on the back nine past year for another runner-up finish. Yet once again, McIlroy could not join the leaders, his one-under 71 failing to close the deficit as Rose fired a 67 to tie Garcia in the 54-hole lead.

Author: 0 Conte: Title Race Has Become Interesting

If we were able keep this position it means we deserve this. The Sun claim Palace are set to offer Zaha a new £110,000-a-week deal in order to keep him away from Spurs' clutches, after he scored against league leaders Chelsea on the weekend.

Author: 0 West Ham defender Jose Fonte: Swansea win was vital

Bilic was given another vote of confidence by David Sullivan before the match, and he got a pat on the back from his other chairman, David Gold, afterwards. Striker Carroll went off during the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal with a groin problem and winger Antonio had to be replaced at half-time due to illness. There are games left, we are not out of it, and with a few more wins we can still be safe.

Sport Justine Rose happy to lose to Sergio
Author: 0 Justine Rose happy to lose to Sergio

More than his shotmaking, Garcia said, it was a change in attitude and determination he could win despite setbacks, like bogeys at 10 and 11 to fall two shots back, that brought him the greatest pride. "I think that everyone knows how much I love The Players Championship, how well I've done there". He said that the defeat at the Masters for the second time following his second place in 2015, would continue to hurt, but he would now turn his attention to the three majors coming up later ...

Author: 0 Day brightens even as storm hits Masters practice

There was only one way to find out, and he took care of that by qualifying. "I don't know, maybe it's a good thing". "But a 10-inch putt, I feel like, (she) could have left it alone, she's not going to miss it anyway, whether it's a millimetre right or left".

Author: 0 Dortmund angry it was forced to play; UEFA says team agreed

One of the suspects, a Muslim man, was arrested. "An Islamist background appears to be possible", she said , noting that the letter demanded that Germany withdraw its deployment of Tornado reconnaissance missions in an global coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, and close the USA airbase in the western German town of Ramstein.

Sport Russell Westbrook: king of the triple-double
Author: 0 Russell Westbrook: king of the triple-double

Westbrook has the better stats than Harden but the latter has led his team to the third-best record in the league. RUSSELL WESTBROOK , Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, feels he's fulfilled his childhood aspiration. He delivered his 10th assist of the game with 4:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. Asked about his view on the MVP debate between the former teammates who are setting and breaking records this season, Harden pointed out that only one stat comes to his mind when choosing ...

Sport Fabian Delph wants to win regular Manchester City starting role
Author: 0 Fabian Delph wants to win regular Manchester City starting role

Ahmed Elmohamady's own goal opened the scoring before half time at Etihad Stadium, as the Hull defender turned in Jesus Navas' risky low cross. Hull had looked unsafe on the break but Sergio Aguero added a second shortly after half-time, scoring from close range after fantastic work from Raheem Sterling in the build-up, and from there it was plain sailing.

Sport Mixed emotions for former world champion Ebdon after securing Crucible return
Author: 0 Mixed emotions for former world champion Ebdon after securing Crucible return

I still felt really good out there". "I've certainly found some resolve from somewhere, some determination to succeed again and get back to the Crucible". An all-Scottish clash sees Anthony McGill set a tough task against qualifier - and former semi-finalist - Stephen Maguire. Xiao Guodong, Martin Gould and Jimmy Robertson also secured places in Thursday's draw for the championship, which starts on Saturday.

Author: 0 US, Canada and Mexico announce joint bid for World Cup 2026

If the three-part bid wins approval, and there is little reason to believe any one nation or nations from Africa or even Australia, could match it - a North American World Cup would be only the second time more than one nation has hosted the event.

Author: 0 Can Cavaliers get revenge on the Hawks in Atlanta? NBA Predictions 4/9/17

Although listed as questionable before the game with knee and wrist injuries, Hardaway buried a pair of 3-pointers and delivered a vicious dunk during a 12-0 run when the Hawks put it away, shocking a sellout crowd and the Cavs who seem to have much more to worry about than their playoff seeding.

Author: 0 Cubs get World Series rings to go with historic championship

CHICAGO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the past few days watching a flag go up and the opponent get its glitzy rings in the ballpark where they lost the NL Championship Series last season. Paul Schreiber included scenes of his 86-year-old grandfather celebrating the Game 7 victory by breaking out a bottle of champagne he'd been saving since 1984.

Author: 0 Jose Mourinho: Man United can afford Champions League absence for 4 years

Spanish police used baton charges to clear part of Madrid's Plaza Mayor of Leicester fans, some chanting "Gibraltar is ours", a reference to the recent diplomatic spat between Britain and Spain over the British Overseas Territory. "The football country would kill me", he said. Rooney has struggled with injuries for much of this season, but did train at Carrington yesterday, raising hopes he might play in Belgium.

Author: 0 Neville claims Mourinho dropped De Gea for Sunderland win

Mourinho's men made the most of the man advantage in the second half and goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford secured a crucial three points for the Red Devils. "After Manchester City and Liverpool's victories yesterday [against Hull City and Stoke City respectively] it was very important for us to win this match and to stay there putting pressure on them".

Sport Defending champ Willett among notables to miss cut at Masters
Author: 0 Defending champ Willett among notables to miss cut at Masters

His length off the tee provides him with the ability to tear up course, and he should be confident with the greens at Augusta after leading the putting stats at last year's tournament. Willett trailed Spieth, victor in 2015, by three shots going into the final round and was five behind when the American reached the turn. Bjorn is at Augusta, and for a first time without his golf clubs since 2015, as part of the SKY commentary team.

Sport Bartra updates fans after successful wrist surgery
Author: 0 Bartra updates fans after successful wrist surgery

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra updated fans on his condition after suffering a wrist injury when the Borussia Dortmund coach was rocked by a series of explosions on Tuesday night. "At that time, we did not know the reasons for this attack". We did not get this time. It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.

Sport Arsenal 'forgot to celebrate' goals against Man City, claims club legend Henry
Author: 0 Arsenal 'forgot to celebrate' goals against Man City, claims club legend Henry

Earlier in the week, a prominent Arsenal supporters' club called for Wenger to leave as the majority of their members believe he is no longer the right man for the job. And Arsenal snatched a point thanks to Mustafi, who finished excellently with his head following a Mesut Ozil cross. Speaking on the captaincy matter - and who will lead the team against the Hammers - when quizzed by a journalist from Mirror Sport , Wenger responded: "I don't know".

Author: 0 Neymar handed 3 match ban, Misses Clasico

The red card will keep Neymar out of the upcoming clash with Real Sociedad, but he will be available for the match against Real Madrid unless he receives an additional suspension for his sarcastic applause after being sent off. And Malaga rounded off a famous win in the final minute when Pablo Fornals squared for Jony to fire into an unguarded net. In the same time, Real Madrid's title hopes were dented after they were held to a 1-1 Madrid derby by Atletico Madrid at the Santiago ...

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