Four-home run night leads A's to fifth-straight win
OAKLAND, Calif. — Austin Allen took 78 big league at bats until he could connect for his first big league home run. In his 79th, despite riding an 0-for-11 streak, Allen’s plan remained the same: just hit the ball hard.Finally, his swing on a 2-0 95 mph fastball from Texas Rangers reliever Ian Gibaut slipped over the right field fence. He hit it hard, all right: 104 mph off the bat.“I didn’t even feel it hit the bat,” Allen said. “I heard it.”Relief spilled off him as the 26-year-old rounded the bases, a feeling that turned quickly to elation as he returned to the dugout to greet his teammates...
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Dwayne Johnson buying XFL American football league
The league was set to go to a bankruptcy auction this week (end09Aug20) but Johnson, his ex-wife and current manager Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital have closed a deal to acquire the XFL's parent company, Alpha Entertainment, for $15 million (£11.5 million).In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, XFL president Tom Pollock called the deal "a Hollywood ending" for the troubled league, which originally ran for one season in 2001. An attempt to relaunch the competition was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.Johnson added: "The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dan...
Jim Souhan: Props to the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman for saving its season
MINNEAPOLIS — The Wild will resume play on Sunday night.Unlike the Vikings, their trainer in charge of coronavirus testing has not tested positive for the coronavirus.Unlike the Vikings, the Wild have not had a slew of players placed in COVID protocol for either testing positive or being exposed to someone who has tested positive.Unlike Minnesota United or members of the NWSL, the Wild are not part of a league that has had entire teams withdraw because of COVID.Unlike the Twins, they are not part of a league that has seen 17 games postponed in the first 10 days of play because of the virus.Unl...
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Man Utd, Liverpool target Nuno Mendes: I like the English league
Sporting CP defender Nuno Mendes admits he's a fan of the Premier League.The 18-year-old has been linked with Liverpool, who are keen to strengthen the left-back position.Andrew Robertson is the clear first-choice but Jurgen Klopp could look to Mendes to provide support for the Scotland defender in the long run.Manchester United have also been urged to move for Mendes by former Sporting star Nani.The player's agent Miguel Pinho, who also represents Bruno Fernandes, has a good relationship with the Red Devils.And that special relationship could help United sign Mendes, who said today: "I like t...
Chelsea signing Werner: I'm perfect for Premier League
Chelsea signing Timo Werner thinks his style will fit perfectly with the Premier League.The Blues paid RB Leipzig £47.5m to sign the speedy goal-machine, who was unveiled at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Speaking about his arrival in England, Werner thinks his pace will be key to his success.He said: "The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here."It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea."I'...
Saudi professional football league kicks off next week
RIYADH: The Beautiful Game returns in Saudi Arabia after over four months of absence with the Saudi Pro League kicking off next week, and the league launching its campaign #OurLeagueIsBack.“Fans are encouraged to show their support once again with the #OurLeagueIsBack promotion encouraging supporters to show their passion for their team while staying at home, a statement from the league said.All 64 matches, to be played in just 36 days would take place behind closed doors in line with government health and safety protocols.The first round of fixtures includes the highly anticipated Riyadh derb...
Baseball: Tazawa welcomes offer to play in Japan's independent league
Former major league pitcher Junichi Tazawa said Monday he plans to give all he can to the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears in the independent Route Inn Baseball Challenge League this season, his first in Japan after nine years of playing in the United States."I had a lot of doubts, but in the end I decided to play for this team," Tazawa said at a press conference. "I'll do my best to contribute as much as possible."The right-handed reliever was released from his minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds in March and was forced to look for offers elsewhere after the MiLB season was canceled due ...
Call of Duty League Playoffs go online for 2020
The 2020 'Call of Duty League' Playoffs will be online for 2020. The annual tournaments will be virtual due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19. The league confirmed over the weekend that it will not be possible to have gamers together. What's more, they have announced they are ramping up the technology they use to make sure the live games are a success. A tweet on the official 'Call of Duty League' Twitter page reads: "In light of continued COVID-19 health risks, the CDL postseason will be held online. The League and teams are collaborating on additional competitive integrity measures to be tak...
Quadri wins fifth Portuguese title
Aruna Quadri at the weekend won his fifth consecutive Portuguese league title after leading Sporting Lisbon to beat his former club, GD Toledos 3-0.The two-leg final of the Portuguese national league final was held at the High Performance Center of Vila Nova de Gaia and this 37th title for Sporting was secured by Aruna alongside compatriot Bode Abiodun and Portuguese international, Diogo Carvalho.It was an emotional game for Quadri being his farewell match for the club he joined in 2016 and earlier claimed the Portuguese league, cup and super cup titles.Following their 3-0 first leg win, Quadr...
Run at hitting .400 seems possible in 60-game major league season
MINNEAPOLIS — There was a 10-year period in which Joe Mauer was one of the elite hitters in baseball. But even with a line-drive swing, the willingness to hit the ball the other way, a keen eye at the plate and a proven two-strike approach, Mauer never got close to batting .400 or better in a season.Reaching .400 isn’t easy. No one in the major leagues has done it since Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941. Rod Carew hit .388 in 1977. George Brett hit .390 in 1980. Tony Gwynn was batting .394 when the players strike ended the 1994 season in mid-August. Those have been the best runs at the hallowed...
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