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Machado at center of Orioles-Athletics brawl BALTIMORE: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was at the center of a bench-clearing brawl on Sunday, but insisted he didn't mean to throw a bat in a game against Oakland.Machado had swung and missed at a pitch from Athletics hurler Fernando Abad, and said the bat just slipped out of his hands and hurtled down the third base line.But the supposed slip-up came immediately after Abad had brushed him back with an inside pitch. The two exchanged heated words before the benches emptied and both were thrown out of the game."The pitcher was ejected for throwing at Machado. Machado was ejected for throwing the bat. Cut and dry," said officiating crew chief Larry Vanover."It was obvious the pitcher threw at him the second time ... And then he (Machado) threw the bat. That wasn't accidental," Vanover added.Machado, however, insisted it was."The bat slipped out of my hands," he said. ...

Hooper replaces injured Moore as Wallabies captain SYDNEY: Michael Hooper will become one of Australian rugby's youngest captains after he was named Monday to lead the Wallabies against France next weekend.Hooper, at 22, takes over the team captaincy after Stephen Moore was ruled out for the rest of the year with a cruciate knee ligament injury.Not since great Trevor Allan became a 21-year-old skipper in 1947 has an Australian Test rugby team been led by a younger player.The Australian Rugby Union said ...
Forget Leeds clash says Wolves coach Smith LONDON: Warrington head coach Tony Smith insists his side must forget about their enticing Challenge Cup semi-final with Leeds Rhinos and focus on the Super League.Smith's men earned the Leeds showdown with a 46-10 victory over Bradford Bulls in the quarter-finals at Odsal on Sunday.Former Canberra Raiders wing Joel Monaghan led a late flourish for the Wolves, crossing over twice inside the final 15 minutes.Australian-born Smith was satisfied with the display, despite a slow start ...
Self-reported penalty puts Millard out of US Open PINEHURST: Jason Millard was disqualified from the upcoming US Open Golf Championship on Saturday after self-reporting a penalty in sectional qualifying.Millard had earned berth in the qualifier, but said he hasn't rested easy because he feared he grounded his club in a bunker on his 27th hole of that event."I'm pretty sure I grounded my club in the bunker. I didn't see anything for sure, but I felt something and I saw a small indentation," ...
Silver expects smooth sailing on Clippers transfer SAN ANTONIO: NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he expects the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to be finalized in coming weeks, even though Donald Sterling's lawsuit against the NBA is lingering.Silver said there are still some issues to resolve before the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer can be finalized.The league's executive committee has to interview Ballmer before owners can cast their votes on the deal, possibly sometime next month."We ...
Benzema double helps France forget Ribery blues LILLE: Karim Benzema hit two spectacular goals as France romped to an 8-0 victory over Jamaica in a bid to ease the blow of losing star striker Franck Ribery for the World Cup.Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann also scored twice in France's final World Cup warm-up game before 49,000 fans in Lille.While Jamaica barely put up any serious opposition, the result was a welcome boost for Didier Deschamps' team two days after being rocked by ...
Brazil's crisis plan - give it to Neymar TERESõPOLIS: Brazil striker Fred says his team-mates have a simple game-plan if things don't go their way during the World Cup: get the ball to Neymar. The Brazilians got back to work at their plush Granja Comary training base in Terespolis on Sunday after a laboured 1-0 win over Serbia in Sao Paulo on Friday.The match saw Brazil booed by pockets of fans, but the players trained with the enthusiastic backing of local fans on ...


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