How to make MLB picks on 2020 win totalsThe model also generated huge disparities on other teams, including the Astros. They finished with an MLB-high 107 wins last year before their sign-stealing operation came to light. Oddsmakers set the Astros' 2020 win total at 94.5, and the projection model has a strong opinion on the beleaguered franchise's fortunes. … [Read more...] about 2020 MLB win totals, odds, predictions: Advanced computer model picks over 84.5 for Red Sox
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"This is my third T20I World Cup… and yes, every World Cup has been bigger than the previous one," Mandhana said of the hype around the build-up to tournament, especially to Friday's opener. "Expectations work both ways. For me as a player, if people expect something from me, I feel good about it and I take it as a responsibility. We have to look at the main departments we need to focus in, not the expectations. I don't think anyone is nervous about it." … [Read more...] about Four years on from a famous win, India return to Australia to take the next big step
Videos from the early part of Taylor's international career show a rather different batsman to the one you see now. The cover drive is the biggest barometer of that change. Where he once drove with an extravagant flourish, trusting his eyes and whirling hands and often meeting the ball well away from his body, he's now almost self-consciously compact while playing the shot. His head is right over the ball, his bat traces a small, precise arc as it punches it into a gap, and his weight-transfer onto the front foot segues seamlessly into a sprint to the other end. … [Read more...] about Safer, sounder, all-weather Ross Taylor set for special hundred
The veteran added, "We used to travel to different places all over the world to play but barely got any time to acclimatise. "There was no travel or daily allowance, nor a physio or strength and conditioning trainer to look out for a fitness. We travelled to matches with just our head coach and manager and just didn't have any form of cushioning." … [Read more...] about ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Australia favourites but India no pushovers: Mithali Raj
When South Africa blanked New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series in New Zealand, it seemed they were peaking at the right time for the T20 World Cup. That, however, turned out to be a false dawn as they slipped in the T20Is series to a 1-3 defeat. Since the last T20 World Cup, they've won eight and lost eight games. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been among the runs while injury has plagued their captain Dane van Niekerk. As many as eight players were part of Women's Big Bash League and that'll help the side as they aim to upset the likes of England and West Indies. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?