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John Ogu; Striving for  Super Eagles Regular Shirt

first_imgI am very happy,” he said. On what it is like playing in that league, he said, “football is not so much about the league you play. It is a team sport. It is a function of the quality of the players available to any team. The difference between this and the other top five leagues I can say is about the experience of the players in those top leagues. “Another factor affecting top players coming to Israel is fear of safety. Many players are worried about the situation in the country. The league is probably on the same level financially as Turkey but a lot of players probably feel safer going to Turkey.” On how he feels that at Hapoel he is one of the first names on the team sheet but for the Super Eagles, despite his experience, he is not a guaranteed starter, he explained, “I am one of those who will always respect the decisions of the coach. It is a dream to be called up to represent Nigeria and so it is an honour to be in the squad. So when I come to the Super Eagles camp I do not feel I am coming to replace anyone. I just feel I am coming to help my country win matches and qualify for tournaments.” Ogu’s main target is to see Nigeria book a place to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “My main target now though is that Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup. Cameroon will have received a big boost with their AFCON win but we have to be determined and keep our heads and we will make it and make Nigerians happy,” he said.Speaking with THISDAY, former Nigerian international, Tajudeen Disu, said the list was fair in every ramification and thinks the coaching crew had done a good job of it especially on the invitation of some home-based players and some upcoming players like John Ogu. “I think Rohr is starting to trust Ogu after his performance against Senegal in London. Though, it was far away from a vintage performance but the coach saw in him a bright future and a room for improvement. It is now left for the player to grab the opportunity at his disposal. “If he does well against South Africa he can eventually commandeer the Eagles midfield shirt. He has the potentials no doubt, but he needs to compose himself more and prove to the coach that he’s the best option for that position. “Without trying to undermine his Israeli club-Hapoel Be’er Sheva, a regular shirt for the national team could also earn him bigger clubs in Europe and of cause, better pay. Those are some of the advantages that come along with enjoying regular shirt for the national team,” Disu stated. It therefore remains to be seen how Ogu would grab the opportunity thrown at him now.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Ogu’s first stint with the Super Eagles was in a World Cup qualifier against Kenya in 2013. He was also part of Nigeria’s team to the Confederation Cup in Brazil same year, though he appeared not convincing. Another opportunity came his way in March, when he replaced injured Ogenyi Onazi in an international friendly against Senegal in London. Thereafter the German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr decided to give the Israeli-based player another chance, inviting him ahead of thezÌ„ AFCON qualifier match against South Africa later this year.Kunle Adewale writes on Ogu’s chances at grabbing a regular shirt in the team In John Ogu’s two notable games for the national team, he came in as substitute. In his first game against Kenya in 2013, he came in for injured Victor Moses, while in his last game – a friendly against Senegal in London – he replaced injured Ogenyi Onazi. He has however been handed another opportunity to make the Super Eagles team ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifying match with South Africa. Ogu has been invited alongside 24 others for the training camp in Corsica and Paris under the watch of Gernot Rohr and has expressed his excitement. Recalling his last experience with the Super Eagles against Senegal in London after being ignored for long, Ogu said: “I had a great time in the Super Eagles camp in London to be honest, 10 days out with the coaching crew and staff was a great experience. I met all the players and I was super happy at the talents I was in camp with. We have the talents now; we have a president who has big plans for our football, we have the coaches who care about our local league as well.” Ogu’s first stint with the Super Eagles was in 2013 under Coach Stephen Keshi while he was still playing for Portuguese club-Academica FC. He had said then, “I feel great and I am happy for the invitation that was extended to me by Stephen Keshi, it’s a great privilege.I expect to give my best to the nation; they should believe in me since I have been invited to camp and I promise to do my best. I was called upon because of my performance and hard work and I’m excited about it.” His excitement quickly faded as his best was not good enough for the team to the Confederation Cup in Brazil, and had been ignored since then until the arrival of the new Eagles German tactician. He, however, attributed his absence from the national team to the decision he took while in Portugal. “It started with a friendly in South Africa when the coach asked me to feign injury but I refused. We were African champions and I wanted to be part of the squad, playing for my country is too important for me,” Ogu told Supersport. “When I returned to Portugal everything changed and he stopped playing me. I didn’t get much attention. I continued working on my game but he never played me. It was only after the team list came out for the World Cup that he (the coach tried to be nice to me) but it was too late. “Now, I am in Israel and playing regularly, enjoying my football, winning league titles and back in the national team.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua Trains on World’s Highest Boxing Ring

first_imgThe Challenge saw almost 800,000 participants commit to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days and take part in a packed calendar of sporting events with over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations across the city.Launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the initiative was designed to encourage Dubai’s citizens and residents to embrace a more active lifestyle and take advantage of the huge range of sporting facilities across the city.The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world, standing at a height of 210 metres (689 ft.) above ground. The iconic edifice is to Dubai, what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ring is located 689ft above sea level atop Dubai’s Burj Al ArabNigerian-born British world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has put his weight behind Dubai’s drive to become the most active city in the world, as he took part in a vigorous training session on the iconic helipad of the Burj Al Arab.The stunt saw Joshua follow in the footsteps of other sporting greats, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi as he entered the world’s highest boxing ring.Dubai is putting physical activity firmly on its national agenda following the launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge earlier this month.last_img read more

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I Will Deliver Nigeria’s First Gold, Kehinde Pledges

first_imgOut here though, Kehinde is facing difficulties because of the logging of so many weights together to fight for the weight.  ‘’I’m ready and focussed but I want to lose weight so as not to be knocked out by those whose body  weights are smaller than mine. I promise to deliver Nigeria with a gold and also a world record’’, he pledged as his competition begins on Wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Nigerians look anxiously to the day the country’s national anthem would be played at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast as a sign that a gold medal has been won, one Paralympic athlete, Paul Kehinde has anointed himself as the one to end the anxious wait.Kehinde competes in the Powerlifting 65 kg but has to contend with body weights from 49 to 72 who are equally eyeing the gold in that category.The secret to a podium performance is not only dependent on what you lift but mostly determined  by the athletes body weight. The lower you weigh, the better chances you have in overtaking those you tie with in the weights lifted.‘’I’m focused. There is no problem here in the Village. The only problem that I have is focusing on the gold medal. And for me to strike gold, I have to lose weight not to be surprised by those weighing less than me’’, Kehinde said after a strenuous exercise that spanned hours aimed at keeping in shape for the D’ Day.Kehinde may look harmless but his credentials and the number of World Records he has crashed speaks for him.“Every competition he attends, he breaks World Records’’ national Paralympic Coach, Are Feyisetan said, concurring that his athlete  was  a gold material.Kehinde smashed the World records in Rio Brazil for the Olympics where his amazing lift of 220kg could not be attempted by other athletes. In Mexico at the World Championships, Kehinde shattered his own World record with 221kg lift. He did not stop there. At the World Cup and Olympic qualifiers in Dubai in February, Kehinde went for 222kg lift. The World looked in amazement and he powered the lift to the sky and held it up until the mandatory counts to make history again.last_img read more

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NPFL: Rangers Aiming for All Three Points against Wikki

first_imgAs the 2018/2019 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) abridged season continues mid-week today, Rangers International F.C will hope to take all Match-day 10 three points at stake against Bauchi’s Wikki Tourists inside the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.The Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote tutored side still basking in the euphoria of earning a well deserved 1-1 draw against Tunisian C.S. Sfaxien in a CAF Confederation Cup encounter, will be relying on its attacking prowess to wrestle the maximum points at stake.With six points from three matches played in the ten-week old league, Rangers’ defence line anchored on the quartet of Tope Olusesi, Isaac Loute, Pape Ousmane Sane and Semiu Liadi will be alert to snuff out any threat from the visitors coached by Aliyu Zubairu. Wikki is currently placed sixth in Group A on nine points from seven matches winning three and losing four while having five goals and conceding six goals.Bright Silas who has been firing from all cylinders since the start of the season said ahead of today’s game: “We know that Wikki is a good team but we are better placed to pick all three points at stake.“No doubt, it will be a difficult match but we are prepared for all they will bring and at the end, we collect our three points,” Silas stressed.Newly acquired midfield maestro, Tony Msonter said, “Anyday, Wikki is a good side but we are united as a team to get the maximum points at stake. We respect them but I don’t see them as a threat to our target of been amongst teams for the super six contest at the end of the regular season. Our fans should come out and cheer us to another sweet victory.”Rangers have been having an edge over the Bauchi side in the last two season earning a 3-2 win in a Match-day 13 fixture in Enugu and securing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture on Match-day 33 while last season, it was a 3-0 spanking received by the ‘Elephants’ from Bauchi in their first meeting on a Match-day 19 fixture on April 29, 2018 inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.This dominance is expected to continue in this Match-day 10 fixture inside ‘The Cathedral.’MATCH-DAY 10GROUP AKwara Utd v TornadoesInsurance v Rivers UtdEnyimba v Katsina UtdMFM FC v SunshineRangers v WikkiLobi v Remo StarsGROUP BGombe v Go RoundNasarawa v Yobe StarsPlateau v Kada CityPillars v Abia WarriorsAkwa Utd v IfeanyiUbahElkanemi v HeartlandShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Edo Dep Gov Threatens to Withdraw Insurance from NPFL

first_imgMFM FC wins South-west Derby to extend leadDuro IkhazuagbeMFM FC extended its advantage at the top of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to four points Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat of Sunshine Stars in a Match-day 10 South-west derby played at the Agege Stadium.However, the highlight of the Match-day 10 fixtures was the threat by Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu to pull out Bendel Insurance from the NPFL if the League Management Company (LMC) fails to correct the injustice meted to the Edo Arsenal in three league matches. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (right) and his Deputy, Phillip Shaibu watching the Bendel Insurance versus Rivers United Match-day 10 clash at the University of Insurance was held 1-1 by visiting Rivers United but the Deputy Governor who is a registered player for the Edo team insisted a clean goal scored by his team was disallowed.“When Kwara United came here we scored a clean goal but the referee disallowed it on the ground it was an offside goal. Just last weekend, the same scenario occurred against us in Akure when we played Sunshine Stars but the goal was allowed to stand. Today, again, we have scored another beautiful goal and it has been ruled offside.“I think we are going to discontinue with the league than continue to allow this type of officiating to mar our games. We got a clean goal against Kwara. When the video was reviewed it was adjudged a clean goal but we were not awarded the points.“If they defeat us we don’t care but cannot continue like this. If the LMC refuse to probe the Kwara United match, the Sunshine Stars match and this one against Rivers United, we are going to discontinue playing in the league,” Shaibu warned after the match yesterday.Mike Ugwu scored the curtain raiser for Insurance in the 13th minute while Ossy Martins grabbed the equaliser for the visitors from Port Harcourt four minutes after the break.Now, Insurance with eight points from eight matches are 8th on the 12-team Group A log, with a return to the lower league starring the Edo Arsenal in the face. Only three matches are left before the half-way mark of the abridged 2018/2019 NPFL season.At the Agege Stadium, Adeniji Kabir and Michael Ohanu scored the two goals for the Olukoya Boys in the thrilling encounter to extend their hold at the top to 18 points from eight matches.The defeat however sent the Akure Gunners on 12 points tumbling from the second spot to third following Enyimba’s 2-0 defeat of Katsina United in Aba to step up. The People’s Elephant is on 14 points from nine games.The trip to Aba turned nightmare for the visitors from Katsina United as the duo of Chinedu Ajanah and Dominic Abba were sent off for bookable offences.Kwara United who similarly handed out 2-0 defeat to Niger Tornadoes are on same points as Sunshine but fourth due to inferior goal difference. Nosiru Afeez and Lukman Binuyo provided the goals for the Harmony Boys.Elsewhere in Group A, defending champions Lobi Stars moved one step up from the bottom of the table to 11th spot following the 2-1 defeat of Remo Stars. They are replaced at the bottom of the log by Tornadoes.In Group B, FC IfeanyiUbah remains on top 18 points despite the defeat in Uyo, while El-Kanemi Warriors on same points as the Nnewi team is second due to inferior goal difference.Akwa United’s victory over the log leaders place them in third on 15 points from nine matches while Go Round move up two places to 4th on same points as the Promise Keepers.Heartland drops from third to seventh on the log while Kada City is 10th on 10 points from eight games.MATCH-DAY 10Group ARangers 2-1 WikkiInsurance 1-1 Rivers UtdLobi 2-1 Remo StarsKwara Ut 2-0 TornadoesEnyimba 2-0 Katsina UtdMFM 2-0 Sunshine StarsGroup BNasarawa 1-0 Yobe StarsGombe Utd 0-1 Go RoundPlateau Utd 0-1 Kada CityKano Pillars 2-0 Abia WarriorsAkwa Utd 1-0 FC Ifeanyi UbahEl-Kanemi 2-0 HeartlandShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Italian TV Station Bans Pundit for Racists Comment on Lukaku

first_imgProgramme director Fabio Ravezzani said, despite Passirani’s “immediate apologies” that “he could no longer participate in our broadcasts”.Lukaku, who moved from Manchester United to Inter in the summer, helped his side to a 1-0 win against Udinese on Saturday.“Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist,” added Ravezzani.“I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity.“I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary.”Lukaku was recently subjected to monkey chants by Cagliari fans when he scored a penalty for his side in a 2-1 victory.Afterwards, the Belgium international said the abuse showed the game was “going backwards”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram An Italian television station announced yesterday that it will not use one of its pundits again after he made a racist comment about Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.Speaking on TopCalcio24, Luciano Passirani said: “If you go one-on-one with him he will murder you.“The only way to come up against him is maybe give him 10 bananas to eat…”last_img read more

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Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers: Source

first_imgLast Updated: 14th August, 2020 10:17 IST Kittle Agrees To 5-year Extension With 49ers: Source All-Pro tight end George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position All-Pro tight end George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position.A person familiar with the deal said the sides agreed Thursday on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn’t been announced by the team.NFL Network first reported the terms and says the deal includes an $18 million signing bonus.“Kittle is Kittle. He’s a beast,” teammate Dee Ford said. “He’s the best blocking tight end, best catching tight end, best tight end in the league. So it’s always good competition going against him. I’m proud of him and he really deserves every penny.”Locking up Kittle was a high priority this offseason for the Niners and they were able to get it done two days before the first full team practice at training camp.Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017 and now he gets the biggest contract ever at the position. The previous high for annual value on a multiyear contract for a tight end, according to overthecap.com, was the $42 million, four-year deal Austin Hooper signed this offseason in Cleveland.Hunter Henry is playing this season for the Chargers on a $10.6 million franchise tag.The Niners could have used the tag on Kittle the next two offseasons, but instead managed to work out a long-term deal that satisfied both sides.“He’s earned it,” coach Kyle Shanahan told flagship radio station KNBR. “He does everything the right way. It starts with how talented and good you play on Sunday, which he does better than any tight end in the league. But after that, the way the guy takes care of himself. The way he works year-round to put his body in a position to stay healthy with the way he plays. It makes you believe in the guy.“It makes you believe in not what he has done, but what he’s going to do. When you have a guy like that, it makes it a lot easier for the owner to commit to him like that. We were just pumped to get it done because it’s something we all were dying to get something like that done with a player like George, and thankfully we did.”Kittle has been the most productive tight end in NFL history through his first three seasons with 197 catches for 2,664 yards. But he is almost equally as skilled as a blocker in the run game where he is a key piece in coach Kyle Shanahan’s dynamic offense.The Niners averaged 5.0 yards per carry last season with Kittle on the field, compared to 3.5 yards per carry without him, according to NFL NextGen stats.After a solid rookie season, Kittle broke through in 2018 when he set an NFL record for yards receiving in a season for tight ends when he had 88 catches for 1,377 yards and was named a second-team All-Pro.He was almost as productive last season despite missing two games with injuries when he had 85 catches for 1,053 yards and was a first—team All-Pro. He also was a major reason the Niners went 13-3 on the way to a Super Bowl appearance.It has been quite a start to a career for a player who caught only 48 passes in 25 college games at Iowa, leading him to fall to the fifth round of the draft.The Niners believed in his athleticism and potential and were surprised he lasted beyond the third round. But they were very fortunate he was there at 146th overall as the ninth tight end selected in that draft.NOTES: The 49ers also signed OL Spencer Long to a one-year deal. … The team waived DL Alex Barrett to make room on the roster.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US First Published: 14th August, 2020 10:16 ISTcenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumb

first_img American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees on Sunday because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines.LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later.He broke a small bone in the thumb in 2018 while with Colorado, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu told him the thumb felt similar Saturday night. LeMahieu did not play between May 13 to June 1 that year.“It’s just a sprain that’s not broken,” Boone said “In some ways, I think a little bit relieved of kind of fearing for the worst last night, but we won’t really have anything definitive probably ’till tomorrow.”LeMahieu was sent for an MRI and CT scan on Saturday night, and those scans were being forward to the hand specialist he used two years ago. Slowed by COVID-19 when training resumed in July, LeMahieu returned for opening day and is hitting .411 with two homers and eight RBIs.A 32-year-old second baseman, LeMahieu hits leadoff atop a powerful Yankees lineup. New York began Sunday averaging a big league-best 5.75 runs per game and topped the AL East with a 14-6 record, New York’s best start since 2003.“That’s the catalyst of this offense,” Judge said. “Doesn’t matter the situation, the time of the game, what’s going on, how he’s feeling.”Tyler Wade figures to get most of the time at second in LeMahieu’s absence. He had an RBI double after replacing LaMahieu on Saturday night.“I’ve always had confidence in my game. It just comes with reps,” said Wade, who began Sunday with a .286 average in 14 at-bats.Closer Aroldis Chapman is to be activated from the injured list Monday after recovering from COVID-19, which had sidelined him since training resumed last month.Miguel Andújar was recalled from New York’s alternate training site at Scranton, where he was optioned after play on Aug. 5. Andújar hurt a shoulder last year and lost the third-base job to Gio Urshela, then returned from surgery this year and hit .071 (1 for 14) with no RBIs in five games. Boone said Andújar likely will start Monday’s series finale against left-hander Martín Pérez.Judge plans to resume batting on Monday and to be activated on Saturday. He got sore from playing on artificial turf at Tampa Bay and tried to talk the Yankees into not putting him on the IL.“Going there usually beats up your legs playing on that turf. I just felt a little tight,” he said.Judge plans to wear tennis sneakers while playing the outfield at Tropicana Field in the future, then switch to baseball cleats while batting. He tried to lobby manager Aaron Boone, doctors and athletics trainers to not put him on the IL.“I feel 100% now,” he said. “I was trying to beg them to give me a couple of days so I’d be ready tomorrow. But it is what it is. I think they’re just kind of looking out for me, so it doesn’t get worse.”Stanton has not played since Aug. 8 because of a strained left hamstring and Judge hasn’t played since Tuesday because of strained right calf. Stanton has been on the DL/IL in six of nine seasons and Judge in three straight seasons and four of five. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 10:56 IST Yankees’ LeMahieu On Injured List With Sprained Left Thumb American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees on Sunday because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines. First Published: 17th August, 2020 10:56 IST Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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LEADING OFF: Cole goes for 21st in row, Tigers’ Mize debuts

first_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US A look at what’s happening around the majors on WednesdayACE SEEKS BLACKJACKYankees ace Gerrit Cole can set an AL record by winning his 21st consecutive regular season start when New York hosts the AL East rival Rays. Cole’s 20-game run matches Roger Clemens for the best in AL history, and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell holds the major league record at 24. Cole hasn’t lost a decision in the regular season since May 22, 2019, against the White Sox while with Houston.FRESH STRIPESThe Tigers will debut another prized pitching prospect when Casey Mize starts against the White Sox. A night after left-hander Tarik Skubal allowed four runs in two innings in his first big league appearance, Mize will try to do better. The right-hander was the first overall pick in the 2018 draft and helped form a dominant rotation at Double-A Erie with Skubal last year.NEW TEAM, NEW STARTMatt Harvey is set to make his debut for the Kansas City Royals, trying to resurrect a career that’s been filled with starts and stops for the former All-Star.The 31-year-old Harvey is scheduled to start the second game of a seven-inning doubleheader against Cincinnati at Kauffman Stadium. Once dominant with the Mets, Harvey did well enough for the Reds in 2018, but was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA for the Angels last year.Harvey pitched in the minors for Oakland late last season and signed with the Royals last month.“It’s not strange. It’s more exciting than anything,” said Harvey, who pitched against the Royals for the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.The Reds have been out of action since a player returned a positive test Friday night. They had home games against Pittsburgh called off Saturday and Sunday, then had Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City postponed and rescheduled as part of this doubleheader.STREAKINGCorey Seager and the Dodgers have won seven in a row and own the best record in the majors at 18-7. They sent the Mariners to their seventh straight loss, 2-1 Tuesday. The teams went straight from Dodger Stadium, where it was 102 degrees for the first pitch, to the airport for the two-hour flight to Seattle, where Los Angeles sends Julio Urías (2-0, 2.53) against Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA). … Alex Bregman and the Astros have won a season-high six straight after beating Colorado 2-1 at Muinute Maid Park. The clubs now open a series at Coors Field when Houston’s Framber Valdez (1-2, 1.90) opposes Ryan Castellani (0-0, 1.04).Image credits: AP center_img FOLLOW US First Published: 19th August, 2020 08:12 IST Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 08:12 IST LEADING OFF: Cole Goes For 21st In Row, Tigers’ Mize Debuts Yankees ace Gerrit Cole can set an AL record by winning his 21st consecutive regular season start when New York hosts the AL East rival Rays Written Bylast_img read more

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