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Wes Brown marked his return from injury with a goal as Sunderland defeated Tottenham 3-1 to reach Saturday’s Barclays Asia Trophy final in Hong Kong. There was no Gareth Bale, linked with a move to Real Madrid by reports in Spain, in the Spurs side because of injury, while Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio included summer signings Vito Mannone, Cabral, Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore. Conditions remained difficult, but the Londoners took the lead with 28 minutes gone when full-back Kyle Walker broke down the right and squared for Sigurdsson, whose snapshot was unwittingly deflected past keeper Mannone by John O’Shea. Sunderland levelled within six minutes when Altidore capitalised on Tom Huddlestone’s error to play in midfielder Cabral, who finished adeptly. Altidore passed up a golden opportunity to open his account two minutes after the restart and after half-time substitute Jan Vertonghen had departed on a stretcher following an awkward landing, Mannone saved well from Emmanuel Adebayor. The Italian produced a fine stop to deny replacement Jermain Defoe on the hour, but Brown headed the Black Cats in front from replacement Karlsson’s 64th-minute corner. Altidore might have made sure nine minutes from time but was denied by Brad Friedel, but the keeper could do nothing to prevent Karlsson from making it 3-1 in the final minute. Press Association The 33-year-old, who last played in pre-season a year ago, headed home David Moberg Karlsson’s 64th-minute corner after new boy Cabral had cancelled out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s opener, before Karlsson himself made sure with a third at the death. Kick-off at the Hong Kong Stadium was delayed for half an hour by torrential rain which left surface water on the pitch, and the decision was taken to restrict the match to two 40-minute halves when it did eventually get under way.
The home run in particular seemed to transfer from the bat of Grant to those of her teammates. The Orange knocked three out of the park in game two alone on the way to the victory. Published on April 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 ‘I think Hallie is in a really good place right now,’ Ross said. ‘She’s got some confidence in herself and in her bat. Hallie can miss-hit balls and still hit them out because she is that strong.’ But after a single by Rachel Helman, Veronica Grant blasted a two-run homer to right center to bring the Orange within one. Unfortunately, it was too little too late to salvage game one. ‘If I had that answer (of why they played so well), I would do that every single game,’ she said. But Gibbs was locked in all weekend. On Sunday, she blasted a ball just barely foul down the left field line. It drew a collective gasp from everyone in the stadium as it cleared the fence by about 100 feet. She responded two pitches later by ripping a double to the wall in center field. Syracuse (25-20, 9-7 Big East) went on to drop the opener to the Huskies 3-2, but Grant’s homer helped the offense snap out of its stupor for the rest of the series. The Orange exploded for 14 runs in the final two games of the series on the way to a pair of victories — 9-6 in game two Saturday and 5-1 Sunday. More than half of the offensive production came from the top four hitters in SU’s order, who seemed to find their stride against UConn (19-24, 5-9). The quartet of Grant, Daniels, Watts and Gibbs, who bat first through fourth, respectively, accounted for 70 percent of the team’s hits in game two against the Huskies. They also knocked in all eight of the Orange’s runs. Only two other Syracuse players had a hit in that game. Prior to that seventh inning, the Orange was batting a dreary .130 collectively through the first six frames. The team went on to hit .327 in the final two games of the weekend. ‘(At first) we were slow,’ Grant said. ‘We had a spark almost every inning, but we couldn’t put anything together. I felt like (my home run) was the spark that got the fire started.’ Comments Gibbs had four hits and drove in four runs in the final two games of the series. ‘We got back from Louisville at 1 in the morning (Thursday), and (we had to) go to class and do everything everyone else has to do,’ SU sophomore Kelly Saco said. ‘It is tough and sometimes it comes out like that.’ It was the bottom of the seventh inning. Syracuse had just three hits and zero runs. Down 3-0 to Connecticut, the situation was bleak. That same group went just 6-for-23 at the plate against Louisville with only one RBI. The inconsistency is something that frustrates SU head coach Leigh Ross. Sophomore Stephanie Watts hit a moon shot well beyond the left field fence in the bottom of the first in game two, and junior Hallie Gibbs belted a pair of long balls in the second game as well to tie for the team lead with four on the season. Getting the offense to stick around is Ross’ main priority. Sophomore ace Jenna Caira remains a force on the mound (15 innings pitched, 16 strikeouts, four runs allowed this weekend), but consistent support from her hitters has been lacking. The Orange needs to put those two things together if it wants to sweep teams instead of taking just two out of three games in a series. Trailing in the first game of its series with the Huskies, a team that sat ninth in the Big East, SU was experiencing a hangover effect after being swept by Louisville on national television. [email protected] ‘I think what I’ve kind of decided to do is that I need to be in their heads a little bit more then,’ Ross said. ‘I need to calm them down a little bit more. … It’s in our hands. There is no other answer but to go out there and play hard.’ ‘They were ripping the, you know, stuff out of the ball,’ SU sophomore Lisaira Daniels said of her teammates. ‘They saw a pitch, and they loved it and they went after it. ‘ Facebook Twitter Google+
MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Which moves were the best? Which ones were the worst? We have them right here.Best: Astros add Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez, Joe BiaginiIt looked like the Astros were going to stand pat at the deadline. When 4 p.m. ET rolled around, Houston had picked up a reliever in Biagini from the Blue Jays and were in the process of sending Max Stassi to the Angels. It was kind of boring.All of a sudden it was great — even if it was costly. About five minutes after the deadline officially ended news broke that the Astros had acquired Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks. It took a haul, since Houston had to give up Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, who were both top-100 prospects to start the year, Seth Beer — who currently is in the top 100 — and Josh Rojas, who has done nothing but hit in his minor league career. However, the Diamondbacks reportedly will cover $24 million of Greinke’s contract over the next two years, which makes his deal much more affordable.Houston now has a pitcher for another two years when it may lose Gerrit Cole to free agency in the offseason. In addition, the team added a flyer in Aaron Sanchez, who seems tailor-made for a reclamation project under Brent Strom. And Biagini also has good numbers and high spin rates.Best: Diamondbacks trade Greinke, acquire Zac Gallen, Mike Leake, huge prospectsThe Diamondbacks got a great return for Greinke and some salary relief, as well. But adding Zac Gallen for one upper-level prospect is a steal. He was great for Miami in limited time this year and is a very good prospect in his own right.The addition of Leake is huge, since he is a very similar pitcher to Luke Weaver and can be a good mentor alongside him while adding some value in the rotation, as well. They also held on to Robbie Ray, who they still could get a good package for in the offseason or use him to compete next year.Best: Indians acquire Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, prospect for Trevor BauerThis one came late in the evening Tuesday, but it was still a deadline deal. To get two outfielders who are talented at hitting is awesome. And to land a viable MLB starter and a prospect is great, as well. To do all that while not losing Bauer for nothing, who said he was going to leave in free agency in 2020, is simply good management.The Indians did exactly what they needed to at the deadline.Worst: Mets acquire Marcus Stroman, hold onto Noah Syndergaard, Zack WheelerAdding Marcus Stroman is great — if you’re a contender. But the Mets aren’t that. They’re 51-55, in fourth place in the National League East and five games back of the second wild-card spot. And this team’s pitching is pretty good. Why add another starter when the pitching already is high? Why not add a closer where the team is struggling? That’s why this move makes no sense at first glance.At second glance, they made the deal even worse by acquiring Stroman for such a low price. The Mets set the market low by sending off two minor league pitchers, but while they were “insistent” on dealing Syndergaard, they kept asking for high prices. Stroman has been better than Syndergaard this year and has just one year less of control. Why would a team give a massive haul for a pitcher with similar numbers and control while paying a low price? The Mets were insulting other teams’ intelligence and their potential trade partners weren’t having any of it.This probably hurt with Zack Wheeler, as well, as the Mets reportedly wanted a big return for him, despite being a mere rental. The Mets shot themselves in the foot and now have the best rotation ever for a team four games under .500. Congratulations.Worst: Yankees stand patThe Yankees absolutely had to add. Not because they had a lack of depth in starting pitching or even in the bullpen, but simply because they needed to make a statement. The Astros just passed them for the best record in the American League and are starting to look like the better team. The Yankees needed to make a statement and needed to improve to get the leg up back on Houston. MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks acquire starter Mike Leake from Mariners It looked like it was going to be a rather subdued trade deadline.As the 4 p.m. ET deadline came up Wednesday, Madison Bumgarner hadn’t moved, Edwin Diaz was staying put and the Yankees had done nothing. Then 4:05 p.m. ET arrived and all hell broke loose.The Astros made three trades, the Cubs added a big bat and the Diamondbacks came out with a big load. Related News They didn’t do that and the Astros got markedly better with their additions. Houston now is the prohibitive favorite to win the American League and it’s likely won’t be close. The Yankees did this to themselves.Worst: Padres give up Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, prospect in three-team trade to land Taylor TrammellThis has nothing to do with how Trammell is as a player. He can be good. But to give up a good hitter, pitcher and a potentially good player down the road to get one prospect who is hitting .236 at Double-A is puzzling.Many people are asking why San Diego would do this deal. Why on earth give up that much to get a guy with a similar profile to Manuel Margot? It just doesn’t make sense and if Trammell doesn’t wind up being a superstar down the line, A.J. Preller is going to be hearing about this deal for a while. MLB trade news: Dodgers acquire lefty Adam Kolarek from Rays
DES MOINES — A proposal to make it more difficult to create new public parks and recreation areas in Iowa drew a big crowd of opponents to the state Capitol Monday. It would prevent state dollars from being used to acquire land for public use.Alicia Vasto of the Iowa Environmental Council says the legislation is tone-deaf to what many Iowans – especially younger people – want. “Access to public space and recreation is important to me and my generation,” Vasto said. “It’s a quality of life issue that cannot be understated and is an ongoing part of the conversation around workforce recruitment and brain drain.”Marc Beltrame spoke on behalf of Ducks Unlimited. “This legislation doesn’t create another job,” Beltrame said. “It doesn’t make it easier to bring people to the state. It doesn’t make it easier to retain people that are already here.”The bill has the backing of the Iowa Farm Bureau. The group argues it could make it easier for beginning farmers to buy land and ensure state money is used to maintain and enhance existing public land. A three-member House subcommittee did not take a position on the bill Monday. A Senate committee MAY consider a similar bill later today