News 8 // 30 Sep 2018, 12:24 IST SHARE It is 2011 all over again as four teams still have everything to play for with just one game remaining in the MLB regular season.By virtue of the fact the Chicago Cubs lost to the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 following a gem of a performance from starter Miles Mikolas, the former are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first in the National League Central.The Brewers defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Saturday.In the west, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-6 and have matched the Rockies game-for-game through 161 outings as Colorado fell to the Washington Nationals 12-2.It all comes down to Sunday. All of these teams have already locked up playoff spots, so they do not have to worry about that, but whoever winds up with the wildcard will have one game to determine its season.The other two teams are guaranteed five-game series in the postseason. Sunday is going to be dramatic.YELICH … [Read more...] about Bedlam in National League with wildcard spots undecided
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While the vast difference between leagues has been clear since the beginning of the season, the American League East was supposed to be the exception to the extremely rigid AL division races. The National League is much more balanced with every division as well as its wildcard spots up for grabs in tight and dramatic races. The American League has clear favorites and has had their playoff picture clear for some time now. The final wildcard spot is really the only one still up for grabs, and it’s between two teams. The race for the top spot in the AL East was supposed to last all year, however. It’s way too early to say that race is over, of course, but the Red Sox are using this weekend’s series between themselves and the Yankees and doing what they can to bury New York in the divisional standings. For the Red Sox, it’s really just been one big and consistent charge through this entire season. They’ve surely benefited from the extreme nature of the … [Read more...] about The Red Sox are pulling away in the American League East
It may have only been a friendly, but Pep Guardiola is now without a win over Liverpool in his last four attempts. Liverpool are potentially Manchester City’s biggest title rivals this season after a mammoth £170m summer spend, and this offered an intriguing snapshot of the campaign ahead, despite the obvious lack of superstars present. Leroy Sane’s superb breakaway goal gave City the lead early in the second half before Mo Salah levelled with only his second touch after coming on as a substitute. But a controversial penalty in added time, awarded for a foul on Dominic Solanke by Tosin Adarabioyo, was put away by Sadio Mane to secure Liverpool their fourth successive win over City. Yes, I know, it was only a friendly. Liverpool keeping Mo Salah is still their best summer business Jurgen Klopp has forked out big money this summer to revamp his squad, but persuading Mo Salah to sign a new deal has been hugely significant. Liverpool have been regularly raided for their … [Read more...] about Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2: Salah shows his worth while Curtis Jones could be useful wildcard for Guardiola
A few weeks back I wrote about form. My thesis was that irrespective of squad depth, the reputation or number of marquees, injuries, representative duties or what a team achieved earlier in the season, the only thing that really mattered was current results. I drew up a mock ladder of the points accumulated over the five weeks from Round 21 to twenty five. The graph showed clearly that the Victory, Roar and Glory were the hottest teams in the land. Sure, Sydney were hanging around, still battling the challenges of ACL travel commitments, but this can hardly be offered as an excuse, as the Victory’s improvement coincided with their own Champions League campaign. Perth Glory continued their run at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night against a Newcastle team that appear to be wandering in a vacuum, unsure exactly of what it is they are trying to achieve. In the unenviable position of losing touch with Sydney three rounds back, the Jets have been assured of second spot for quite … [Read more...] about Can we organise a wildcard for the Glory?
The League of Legends 2016 World Championships are in full swing in North America and there have been some surprising storylines developing. Teams from every region have fought their way through their respective regions at a chance to win the Summoner’s Cup. We’ve been through an eventful group stage, with North America and Europe’s number one seeds knocked out, while the wildcard team Albus NoX Luna from Russia shocking the world by defeating tournament favourites ROX Tigers from Korea, while prevailing over G2 (Europe’s number one seed) and Counter Logic Gaming (North America’s number 2 seed). With that being said, the remaining teams are as follows. Korea: ROX Tigers, SKT Telecom T1, Samsung Galaxy Here’re our predictions for the upcoming Quarterfinals knockout stage. Game 1: Line-ups: Cloud9 Top Impact Jung Eon-yeong Jungle Meteos William Hartman Mid Jensen Nicolaj Jensen ADC Sneaky Zachary Scuderi Support Smoothie Andy Ta Coach … [Read more...] about League of Legends World Championships: Quarter-final preview and predictions