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MLB sticky stuff: crackdown on pitch correction could cause trouble

Tim Heitman / USA TODAY SportsWelcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you'll receive an up-to-date and current column to start your day from one of the MLB writers at SI.com.The MLB press release announcing its decision to crack down on foreign substances was nine paragraphs long and packed with quotes from the commissioner's office, information on how umpires would control pitchers and details on appropriate penalties. However, he missed some important questions. Such as: Why did the league feel the need to act? now, in the middle of the season, after doing nothing for years? What answer do you have for gamers who suddenly have real security concerns? And what if the new solution ends up being just as sticky as the problem?There's a line of thought that goes something li...
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Video: Haiti’s JosuĂ© Duverger gives up an own goal against Canada

Oh no!Haiti has not qualified for the men's World Cup since 1974 and will not return there in 2022, thanks in part to one of the worst own goals it has ever seen. Haiti faced Canada on Tuesday in the second leg of a World Cup qualifying match. The Canadians won the first leg, 1-0, in Port-au-Prince, giving them a crucial away goal. It was already an uphill battle for Haiti, but things looked promising after a goalless first half. And then the game turned upside down right after the opening whistle of the second half, when disaster struck Josué Duverger. One of Duverger's defenders gave him a routine backward pass and Duverger sniffed at him not once, but twice as he watched the ball roll meekly toward the back of the net. The Canadian announcers were astonished by what they saw. "Oh ...
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US Open 2021 Wallet, Payouts: How Much Prize Money Does The Winner Win?

At the 2021 US Open, the world's best golfers will compete for glory at the Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego. While golfers may be competing for prestige above all else, they will still be quite happy with the big payday that a win could bring. At least last year, US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau took home a sum of $ 2.25 million. That ranks as the highest payout for any of the four major golf tournaments, and is sure to be an added bonus for those competing at Torrey Pines.DeChambeau will have a chance to defend his title, but the world's No. 5 player will have to avoid competition on a tough field that includes the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, the world's top three. And of course, he will face rival Brooks Koepka, who consecutively won the US Open in 2...
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Gary Neville on England: Harry Maguire must play before Euro 2020 knockouts and Declan Rice indestructible | Football news

Gary Neville insists that England defender Harry Maguire must play before the knockout phase of Euro 2020 to have a chance to participate in the tournament. The Sky Sports expert and former England defender says Maguire, who has been out with an ankle injury since early May, must have substantial minutes before the end of the group stage and cannot be thrown into a knockout game. Neville also believes Gareth Southgate will stick with two defensive-minded central midfielders for the remainder of the tournament after Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice impressed in a 1-0 win over Croatia, and says Rice is almost as inescapable as Harry Kane. .England play their second Group D game on Friday at Wembley against Scotland; start at 20:00 h.'Maguire must play before knockout...
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Euro 2021 odds: best bets for the second round of group stage matches and the Golden Boot

All Euro 2021 teams have played a match, and we now know more about the status of each team as the second round of group matches begins. There were a couple of setbacks in the first series of games. Sweden was able to keep Spain in a goalless draw. Slovakia managed to defeat Poland in a battle of neighboring countries. And of course, Finland got a win in their first Euro Cup match, defeating Denmark 1-0. That came as a result of Christian Eriksen going into cardiac arrest on the field. With those matches on the books, now is the perfect time to take advantage of any overreactions to the first set of Euro Cup matches. Every competition in the 51-game tournament is important, but the second round is often the most important, as some teams are playing for their lives in the tournamen...
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2021/22 Premier League fixtures and matches: Manchester City’s title defense begins in Tottenham, Manchester United host Leeds and Liverpool visit Norwich on opening weekend | Football news

Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their 2021/22 title defense at Tottenham Hotspur when the new season kicks off on the weekend of August 14.It's a rocky start to Pep Guardiola's quest for a fourth league title in five years, with Spurs looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2020/21 season. Meanwhile, newly promoted Norwich City host Liverpool at Carrow Road, play-off winner Brentford host Arsenal, Champions League champion Chelsea have a London derby with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge , and Manchester United face rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford in what looks like. It will become a fascinating accessory round that raises the curtain. ...
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Everton: 2021/22 Premier League fixtures and schedule | Football news

Everton will host Southampton at Goodison Park on the opening day of the new Premier League season.The Blues have not had a coach since Carlo Ancelotti's surprise departure for Real Madrid after the end of the 2020/21 campaign, but the new manager will host Ralph Hasenhuttl's team at the opening ceremony on August 14 before a trip. to Leeds in August. twenty-one. The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place at Goodison on November 30, a midweek match under the lights of the famous stadium, while the reverse match takes place at Anfield on April 23.Everton will make the short trip to face Burnley on Boxing Day in a replay of the 2018/19 season, and the Blues expect the same result as the resounding 5-1 success at Turf Moor on that occasion. Brighton visits...
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Qualifier for the CONCACAF World Cup 2022: Calendar, classification and TV for Octagonal football

The field is configured. Eight nations from the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) will compete for three automatic places to the Qatar World Cup 2022 in the final "octagonal" qualifying round. The eight countries will face off in a free-for-all format in which each team will face the other seven opponents once at home and once on the road. The 14 matches in total for each national team will begin in September 2021 and end in March 2022. The top three finishers will earn automatic spots for Qatar, while the fourth-place team will head to an intercontinental tiebreaker with a final ticket to Qatar up for grabs.The Qatar World Cup will be played from November 21 to December 18, 2022. CONCACAF World Cup Qualification - "Octagonal" Final RoundTeam Pts G...
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The Bucks’ second-half collapse against the Nets went far beyond the heroics of Kevin Durant

Even with James Harden back in the Nets' lineup for Game 5 on Tuesday, the Bucks looked as dominant as they had in the previous two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. When the first half ended, three Milwaukee players had double-digit points. Giannis Antetokounmpo was just three rebounds from a double-double. Milwaukee held a 59-43 lead over Brooklyn, and Bucks fans were salivating at the prospect of eliminating the Nets in Game 6 on Thursday. But it was a tale of two halves. Even with a clearly limping Harden struggling to make an impact, Kevin Durant left, the Nets scored 71 points in the second half and the Bucks collapsed. Now, they return to the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and need a win to avoid an embarrassing elimination.MORE: Complete List of Players for th...