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New York Yankees

If This Doesn't Get You Pumped Up ...

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One of the continuing missions of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is to bring outside voices into the team help the players grow both on and off the field. This week the focus was on motivation, and trust us when we tell you there was no one better suited the Donnie Moore and his amazing Feats of Strength.

Bill Hall Talking to Yankees

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The New York Yankees are looking into adding some depth on their roster by signing Bill Hall. Hall can play multiple positions in both the infield and the outfield. Last season, he played with the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants.

In 185 at-bats last season, Hall hit only .211 with two homers and 14 RBIs.

2011 Baseball Postseason Predictions

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The 2011 baseball playoffs begin tomorrow. Yesterday was one of the most exciting days in baseball history. Can the 2011 baseball playoffs match that level of excitement? Probably not ... but you never know.

Here are our 2011 baseball postseason predictions:

American League
Texas Rangers Defeat Tampa Bay Rays (3-2)
New York Yankees Defeat Detroit Tigers (3-1)
Texas Rangers Defeat New York Yankees (4-2)

National League
Milwaukee Brewers Defeat Arizona Diamondbacks (3-2)
Philadelphia Phillies Defeat St.

Andruw Jones Signs with Yankees

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The New York Yankees signed a potential future baseball Hall of Famer. However, this one didn't cost an arm and a leg. Andruw Jones, whose best days are obviously behind him, signed with the Yankees. The contract could be worth as much as $3.2 million for one season with Jones guaranteed to make at least $2 million.

Alex Rodriguez Finally Hits Number 600

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Alex Rodriguez reached 600 in a fitting manner. After struggling to deal with the pressure and seeing 46 homerless at-bats go by, Rodriguez at long last increased his career home run total from 599 to 600. For those who have followed Rodriguez in his career, it's not a surprise that he faltered when all eyes were on him.

offseason

Is Albert Pujols a Bust?

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In the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels made the splash of all splashes by signing Albert Pujols to a deal worth $240 million. Pujols, regarded by many as the best hitter in all of baseball, was supposed to come to the Angels and make Los Angeles elite once again. So far, that hasn't happened. Not even close.

Jay Bruce Gets $51M from Reds

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Jay Bruce is regarded by many as one of the best young outfielders in the game. The Cincinnati Reds agree and have locked up Jay Bruce with a $51 million deal over six seasons. There is also a $12 million team option for a seventh season. The 23-year-old outfielder just completed his third season with the Reds.

Texas Rangers

Yu Darvish Sucks in Debut

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All eyes were on Yu Darvish as he pitched for the first time for the Texas Rangers. The rookie from Japan took on the Seattle Mariners. The results? They weren't good. Darvish already has baseball fans wondering if the expensive import is going to be a bust.

In the first inning, Darvish gave up four runs.

Matt Cain Dominates, Giants Up 2-0

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Who is the best pitcher in the World Series? It very well could be Matt Cain and not Cliff Lee or Tim Lincecum. Riding Cain's pitching arm, the Giants beat the Rangers 9-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2010 World Series. Cain has now gone three starts in these playoffs without allowing a run.

In the fifth inning, Edgar Renteria hit a solo homer to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

World Series Predictions - Rangers vs. Giants

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The 2010 World Series begins on Wednesday when the San Francisco Giants host the Texas Rangers. Although both teams were underdogs heading into the postseason, the Giants and the Rangers have peaked at the right time. Their pitching is fantastic, their bats are sizzling and their managers are pushing all the right buttons.

NL East

Matt Diaz Traded Back to the Braves

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Welcome back, Matt Diaz. The Atlanta Braves sent a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Matt Diaz. The 33-year-old played for the Braves from 2006 through 2010. He signed with Pittsburgh last offseason.

So far this season, Diaz has been a bust. He's hitting .259 with no homers and 19 RBIs.

Derrek Lee Traded to the Atlanta Braves

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After the Atlanta Braves lost Chipper Jones to an ACL injury, they needed to make a move if they hoped to stay in front of the streaking Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. By trading with the Chicago Cubs and acquiring Derrek Lee, the Braves did just that. If Lee stays healthy and continues to swing the bat well, he could more than make up for the loss of Chipper Jones.

Chipper Jones Tears ACL

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Chipper Jones was having a sub-par season by his standards. In August, he finally started to heat up. However, his season is now over. The third baseman for the Atlanta Braves tore his ACL while fielding a grounder in a game against the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer may decide to retire rather than make a comeback.

Chelsea

Marca: Valencia reject bid from Chelsea for Mata?

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Ignore Rudy and the Barca v. Madrid love-in. Check out that little nugget in the bottom left corner of the cover. That's what we need to be concerned with.


Juan on Juan

While today's front of Marca focused on this small matter of a Spanish Super Cup, rightfully so, there was some information on a potential bid from Chelsea for Valencia winger Juan Mata.

Arsenal Season Preview: We Must Stop Being Miserable Sods

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Have you ever had a live bat supersonic its way millimetres from your ear in the dead of night? I am not a boy easily prone to fear, I have sat through many-a defensive set-piece with mouth set and hand steady, but hearing a creepy chirrup and a sudden beating of wings next to my earlobe as I was peacefully taking a whizz in my college lavatory scared the bejesus out of me.

Arsenal Season Preview: We Must Stop Being Miserable Sods

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Have you ever had a live bat supersonic its way millimetres from your ear in the dead of night? I am not a boy easily prone to fear, I have sat through many-a defensive set-piece with mouth set and hand steady, but hearing a creepy chirrup and a sudden beating of wings next to my earlobe as I was peacefully taking a whizz in my college lavatory scared the bejesus out of me.

Poll: Flop of The Season

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This is a guest post from Sam of Anfield Asylum.



Once again my cheerful nature leads me to tackle a wonderful subject, this time about just which player wasted the most time and money we'll never get back. The fact that there are so many contenders for this award on Liverpool alone this season lets you know just how bad it was at times.

Opening Day Photos: Chelsea 6-0 West Brom – I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots And Your Motorcycle

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By Ollie Irish

It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead

Chelsea win 6-0 in crushing fashion, but no one bats an eyelid. Such is the machine-like power of the reigning champions. If Didier Drogba isn't top scorer in the league this campaign, as I predicted, I will season a hat generously and eat it in one sitting.

Chicago Cubs

Kosuke Fukudome Traded to Indians

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When the Chicago Cubs signed Kosuke Fukudome out of Japan, they had huge hopes for him. As it turns out, Kosuke Fukudome disappointed. However, the 34-year-old outfielder will now get a new start. On Thursday, Kosuke Fukudome was traded to the Cleveland Indians for a pair of minor leaguers.

Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .

Video: Tyler Colvin Stabbed by Broken Bat

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Thankfully, broken bats almost always land harmlessly in the field of play. On Sunday, Tyler Colvin of the Chicago Cubs wasn't so lucky. While on his way to score from third base, a broken bat stabbed Tyler Colvin in the chest. He was taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition. To see the Tyler Colvin video of him getting stabbed by a broken bat, take a look at the end of the entry.

cricket

The Kickette Guide to Summer Sports Because The World Cup Has Ended, And It’s Pre-Season, And We’re Getting Desperate: Cricket

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England's James Anderson, Stuart Broad & Alistair Cook nude it up for Cosmopolitan. There hasn't been this much skin exposed in cricket in the entire 150,000 years the game has been played. As you will soon learn. Sigh.

Here at Kickette we fully realise the pain and suffering inflicted by the off-season.

The Kickette Guide to Summer Sports Because The World Cup Has Ended, And It’s Pre-Season, And We’re Getting Desperate: Cricket

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England's James Anderson, Stuart Broad & Alistair Cook nude it up for Cosmopolitan. There hasn't been this much skin exposed in cricket in the entire 150,000 years the game has been played. As you will soon learn. Sigh.

Here at Kickette we fully realise the pain and suffering inflicted by the off-season.

The Rest

US Soccer Needs New Hunger Games

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If you don't replace the foundation, the building might fall down. This applies to the national team. The upper floors of international US soccer have been furnished over the last decade with consecutive World Cup appearances and thrilling moments. We can hang the portraits of the heroes Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard on the walls and admire their commitment to the colors.

212°

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One of my favorite videos and books is 212° The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson.

212 degrees is the extra degree of effort that often separates the good from the great. 212° The Extra Degree captures a simple, yet powerful concept.

Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal: Err…What In Holy Hell Was That? (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. What the f**k just happened? 'Men against boys' doesn't even come close to covering it in fact, try something along the lines of 'competent footballing unit against a small gaggle of spoilt children ' or thereabouts.

Luke Scott Out for the Season

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Luke Scott is having arguably the worst season of his career. And now it's over. Due to a torn labram in his right shoulder, Luke Scott of the Baltimore Orioles will miss the remainder of the 2011 baseball season.

His shoulder injury could explain why he's been so bad this year. In 209 at-bats, the outfielder is hitting .

Poll: Flop of The Season

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Today's post is courtesy of Sam from Anfield Asylum.

Once again my cheerful nature leads me to tackle a wonderful subject, this time about just which player wasted the most time and money we'll never get back. The fact that there are so many contenders for this award on Liverpool alone this season lets you know just how bad it was at times.

Shin-Soo Choo Wins Gold, Avoid Military

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Shin-Soo Choo faced a mission: win a baseball gold medal at the Asian Games. If he succeeded, everything would continue as normal for the South Korean star of the Cleveland Indians. If he didn't lead South Korea to a gold medal? Shin-Soo Choo would have been forced into a spending the next two years with the South Korean military.

Police raid four supporter groups' headquarters in Athens, Greece; Moltov cocktails, knife and gasoline found; home-made bats also present

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Athens police raided four supporter groups' headquarters in Athens last week.

An Olympiakos fan club at Argyroupoli, a Panathinaikos club at Agios Dimitros, an AEK club at Agii Anargyri and a Panionios club at Nea Smyrni were raided and arrests were made.

Home-made bats, clubs, a knife, gasoline and Moltov cocktails were all found at the various club premises.

Eric Wynalda Heads to Mexico

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Eric Wynalda has never been one to sit on his hands and do nothing. Love him or hate him, Wynalda has continually put himself in the American soccer conversation because he speaks his mind, a habit that has sometimes landed him in hot water. It's a reasonable assumption that Wynalda's loose lips policy is partly to blame for the USMNT and MLS great being unable to land a coaching job in the United States.