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piano tiles 4


if you are tired of the old piano tiles, please try our new piano tiles4. there are a lot of interesting modes in the game. easy to bring you pleasure, the operation is simple, don't step on white or red bomb, now, to experience the fun together. game features: high quality game mode, beyond your imagination- interesting game play- support global ranking, looking forward to your rankings- beautiful user community and smooth control feelings- super rich color for your choice- rich patterns, rich challenge, are you ready? modes: thrilling roller coaster- constantly dodge catches chicken modes- p ion mode: accumulated bit by bit - arcade mode faster and faster- two tiles of click together- frozen mode, bullish on their feet- surprise mode: big or little surprise - the colorful colorful mod






urena and cummings introduced as newest quakes


san jose — the earthquakes’ newest acquisition is ready to challenge one of major league soccer’s greatest scorers.costa rican international marcos urena said urday he hopes to prove as capable as quakes star chris wondolowski, who needs 13 goals to move into third place on the league’s all-time scoring list.“i know they already have a striker who is really good here, but i’m coming here to have a fair competition with him,” urena said in an introductory news conference. “let’s see who is going to win.”urena and fellow newcomer harold cummings of panama spoke to reporters before the quakes opened the preseason with a 3-0 victory against their under academy team.urena, who signed a multi-year contract friday, is expected to be paired with wondolowski for the season opener march 4 against th






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine saw his first development league action urday night as the windy city bulls played the erie bayhawks at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the fact no bulls were named to rosters






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine scored 24 points in 37 minutes urday night in his first development league game as the windy city bulls beat the erie bayhawks 113-100 at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the f






no. 24 green bay women win 11th straight game


cleveland — mehryn kraker scored 21 points and no. 24 green bay beat cleveland state 65-51 on urday, the 11th straight win for the horizon league-leading phoenix.jessica lindstrom added 16 points and 15 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season with allie leclaire scoring 10 points with six ists for green bay (19-2, 10-0).ashanti abshaw scored 21 points with seven rebounds and khayla livingston had 18 points for the vikings (10-11, 5-5), who have lost three in a row.the phoenix took the lead for good midway through the first quarter on a 7-0 run. lindstrom had nine rebounds and six points and kraker and leclaire seven points each as green bay went up 34-25 at halftime.kraker scored a pair of baskets to open the second half, beginning a 12-3 run that gave green bay its largest lead






speights hoping to show off expanded range against warriors


oakland – marreese speights knows his audience, so it wasn’t too surprising to hear his response when a los angeles clippers writer asked him if he expected to be booed when he entered the game against the warriors urday night.“the fans, they ain’t never gonna boo me here,” speights said prior to his regular-season return to oracle arena as a member of the clippers. “every day, they’re hitting me up on instagram and twitter, always saying, `thanks, mo, i can’t wait to you come back,’ all that kind of stuff. it’s always good, and i really appreciate it.”the man who be e affectionately known as “mo buckets” in his three years as a warrior played at oracle in the preseason. bbut as speights admitted, that almost didn’t count and he was very nervous then. he said this counting game “will be fo






donald trump is america's ceo: the 45th president


cbsn will air “america’s ceo: the 45th president,” its first cbsn original of 2017, on monday, jan. 30, taking an in-depth look into donald trump’s life as a business leader, and how his handling of boardroom highs and lows might translate into the oval office. airing on cbsn at 8 p.m. est and again at 8 p.m. pst, “america’s ceo” looks back at trump’s business career and interviews figures who have seen the trump empire up close. among those featured: randal pinkett, who won season four of the reality television show “the apprentice,” and went on to oversee the renovation of trump’s three atlantic city casinos.michael d’antonio, a biog her, author of “the truth about trump,” and a winner of the pulitzer prize.bill cohan, a contributing editor at vanity fair who has chronicled the rise of t






donald trump is america's ceo: the 45th president


cbsn will air “america’s ceo: the 45th president,” its first cbsn original of 2017, on monday, jan. 30, taking an in-depth look into donald trump’s life as a business leader, and how his handling of boardroom highs and lows might translate into the oval office. airing on cbsn at 8 p.m. est and again at 8 p.m., “america’s ceo” looks back at trump’s business career and interviews figures who have seen the trump empire up close. among those featured: randall pinkett, who won season four of the reality television show “the apprentice,” and went on to oversee the renovation of trump’s three atlantic city casinos.michael d’antonio, a biog her, author of “the truth about trump,” and a winner of the pulitzer prize.bill cohen, a contributing editor at vanity fair who has chronicled the rise of trum






donald trump is america's ceo: the 45th president


cbsn will air “america’s ceo: the 45th president,” its first cbsn original of 2017, on monday, jan. 30, taking an in-depth look into donald trump’s life as a business leader, and how his handling of boardroom highs and lows might translate into the oval office. airing on cbsn at 8 p.m. est and again at 8 p.m. pst, “america’s ceo” looks back at trump’s business career and interviews figures who have seen the trump empire up close. among those featured: randall pinkett, who won season four of the reality television show “the apprentice,” and went on to oversee the renovation of trump’s three atlantic city casinos.michael d’antonio, a biog her, author of “the truth about trump,” and a winner of the pulitzer prize.bill cohen, a contributing editor at vanity fair who has chronicled the rise of






jermain defoe is the most valuable player in the premier league


think of all the stars in the premier league. who is coming to your mind? it’s probably the usual cast of characters. paul pogba, zlatan ibarhimovic, sergio aguero, diego costa, harry kane, alexis sanchez, kevin de bruyne and a whole slew of others. but you would probably have to list off about 50 players before you even thought to name of a player who is more valuable to his club, or perhaps in the league, than any of the players listed above.jermain defoe.you read that right. the same jermain defoe who has been around the block and then some. the same jermain defoe who has had stints at west ham, bournemouth (when they were a league two side), tottenham, portsmouth, tottenham again, toronto fc, tottenham a third time, and finally sunderland, is currently the most valuable player in the p






ask the itunes guy: better ways to view your itunes media


when your media library grows, you need better ways to view your content in itunes. in this week’s column, i answer two questions about viewing media. the first discusses a better way to view by genre. the second explains why some tv shows aren’t separated by season and how to fix this issue. with a little bit of work, you can view each of your media kinds more efficiently.a better way to view by genreq: i have a large collection that includes many genres. i’d like to be able to see all my artists and albums in a particular genre. for example: i’d like to listen to some jazz but i’m not sure which album, so i’d like to be able see at a glance which artists i have to choose from. the current choice seems to be an album cover s along with a list of songs on the album. this limits the informa






nhl still unsure it if will participate in 2018 olympics


there was nothing new on the olympics front for the nhl, commissioner gary bettman said in his state-of-the-league address urday at staples center.whether the nhl will participate in the 2018 winter olympics in pyeongchang, south korea, has been a looming question and bettman addressed it in his opening remarks and said the league’s board of governors “spent 10 seconds” on it in that morning’s meeting.asked how long the issue can remain undecided, bettman said, “we’re not the ones setting deadlines.”nhl deputy commissioner bill daly reportedly said the sentiment among the board is they don’t want to participate and something would have to change their mind.the nhl benefited from the exposure of the 2010 vancouver olympics but has the same concerns about travel, money compen ion and the con






postgame: akeem springs wasn't to blame for gophers loss to maryland


akeem springs blamed himself for the gophers’ demoralizing 85-78 loss urday against no. 22 maryland, because he felt like he didn’t do enough to lead his team down the stretch.but the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior scored a season-best 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, which included 14 of his steam’s 18 points during one stretch to answer the ter ins.“to pull out tough games like this your seniors have to step up,” said springs, who talked about mistakes defensively costing his team the game.first off, springs is the only senior who has contributing role for this team on the floor. secondly, it was valiant for springs to take responsibility for the gophers getting outplayed down the stretch, instead of throwing his teammates under the bus.but this fifth straight loss wasn’t his fault. springs i






evander kane exceeds even my expectations!


anyone who reads my posts knows how much i love evander kane for fantasy hockey.  you’re probably sick of me writing about him at this point.  well, i’m leading off with him again today because of the following: a) he had three more points on thursday night (2+1, 3 sog), b) nobody else went off because nino and i just led off with him, c) i watched the entire sabres game to see kane’s impact, and d) there is no d.  well, there is, watch dwight howard and dennis schroeder joke about it but not in regards to this point.  anyways, you guys know what to do with kane at this point.  for those who are new here, pick him up and play him!  it’s an excellent combination of goals, s s and penalty minutes at the moment.  and the best part for me is, he helped me win a trip to california in march to s






can fred hoiberg make his shift from empathy to accountability work?


at friday morning's lengthy team meeting, the young players had spoken, asking more from their veterans, including dwyane wade, who had criticized them so harshly just 36 hours before.according to taj gibson, executive vice president john paxson also spoke up, more from a former player's standpoint than "like a gm or your boss kind of perspective."and then fred hoiberg closed the show, taking the opposite route from paxson, one that will play a major part in defining whether he can overcome a rocky first 1 1/2 seasons on the job."his message was, 'i'm going to hold you guys more accountable. i give you guys a lot of leeway because i care about you and i understand how hard it is to be an nba player and to go home at night with so much on your back. i was there. i've been there. but now i h






no. 15 wisconsin beats rutgers 61-54 in ot


new york — ethan happ scored seven of his career-high 32 points in overtime and no. 15 wisconsin over e offensive struggles to beat rutgers 61-54 on urday at madison square garden.happ was the only player for the badgers (18-3, 7-1 big ten) to shoot above 50 percent (12 for 18) and the team finished at 33.3 percent for the game (20 for 60) including 3 for 23 from 3-point range.corey sanders had 15 points for the scarlet knights (12-10, 1-8), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.the badgers e into the game tied for first in the big ten with no. 22 maryland. they have won 14 of their last 15 games.wisconsin struggled with its shooting but the badgers made six of their seven s s in the overtime.they took the lead for good on a reverse by happ on which he was fouled. he missed the free thro






nba: miami heat top detroit pistons for seventh straight win


goran dragic scored 23 points urday night and the miami heat defeated the visiting detriot pistons, 116-103, to push the nba’s longest current winning streak to seven games. wayne ellington added 19 points, james johnson had 18 and dion waiters scored 17 for the heat, who tied a season high with 14 three-pointers, including three by ellington in less than two minutes in the final quarter. miami out- scored detroit 26-12 in the fourth. miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season, and hasn't lost since — although it is still only tied for 13th in the eastern conference. only golden state, san antonio and houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the heat’s recent run.the heat outscored the pistons 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding them to 30% shooting. reggie






heat extend win streak to 7, top pistons 116-103


miami — there was only one quarter in which miami figured out how to slow down detroit.that was enough for the heat.goran dragic scored 23 points, wayne ellington added 19 and the heat pushed the nba's longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the pistons 116-103 on urday night.the heat outscored detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the pistons to 30 percent shooting."our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end," heat coach erik spoelstra said. "that's what's good to see."james johnson scored 18 and dion waiters added 17 for the heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as miami pulled away.miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season — and hasn't l






greg holland officially signs with rockies; eddie butler designated for ignment


the rockies made two bold moves urday. they officially signed former kansas city royals reliever greg holland to a one-year contract.then they designated right-handed starter eddie butler to clear space on the 40-man roster. er, a former first-round draft choice, has struggled to succeed at the major-league level.holland’s contract, which includes a vesting option for a second season, includes a $7 million guarantee for the 2017 season.holland, 31, a 10th-round selection in the 2007 draft, has a career 2.42 era in six seasons that were all spent with the royals. from 2011 to 2014, he was one of the best relievers in baseball. he compiled a 1.86 era in that span while striking out 358 batters in 256⅓ innings. however, he injured an elbow late in the 2015 season, missed the royals’ world ser






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skull tattoo designs are a popular choice for many men and women. the skull tattoosrepresent a variety of different meanings. although many people would differ, the skull tattoo is one of the most sought tattoo designs in the world and they are one of the most misunderstood tattoo designs as well. skull tattoo meanings can symbolize both positive and negative attributes. skull designs come in a variety of different designs. some skull tattoos can be very realistic while others can look like a cartoon. some skull tattoos can represent evil and others represent positive things. skull tattoos are most commonly ociated with snakes, flames, cross bones, daggers, scorpions, and spiders. the overall opinion of skull tattoos range depending on who you speak to. in this article, you will learn a






islanders 'committed' to new york, not barclays center, gary bettman says


los angeles — the islanders owners are “committed” to new york but are keeping their options open with regard to barclays center, nhl commissioner gary bettman said during his news conference during the league’s all-star weekend.“they’re committed to the franchise, they’re committed to new york and the great fan base that has followed the islanders,” bettman said, referring to scott malkin and jon ledecky, who are in their first season as principal owners after having completed the sale from charles wang.latest islanders storiesbarclays center has drawn mixed reviews from long island fans, regarding the difficulty of getting to brooklyn and the presence of seats that do not offer a full view of the rink. the building also has been criticized by players because of the quality of the ice in






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation, uw sen






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation, uw sen






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s 5 p.m. pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation,






hartman: vikings must find a way to fix awful running game


last year vikings coach mike zimmer added pat shurmur as a tight ends coach and tony sparano as an offensive line coach, giving the vikings a lot of nfl head coaching experience on their staff.but the team lost a chunk of head coaching experience during the season when offensive coordinator norv turner resigned. shurmur took over the coordinator position on an interim basis and now will retain that job, while zimmer also added two new coaches in recent weeks to round out his staff.zimmer talked about what he expects from his new coaches.“well, we hired clancy barone as the tight ends coach, and clancy, he’s had a long history of coaching the offensive line and the tight ends with the denver broncos,” he said. “that’s where he e from, and he won the super bowl with them last year. he’s a ve






'this is us' is tv's surprise hit of the season – because america needs a good c


los angeles – heart-tugging drama is usually not effective in a studio screening room, where the smell of executives’ sweat is more likely to waft through the aisles than overly ered popcorn. but as the lights went up following an a nced episode of “this is us” this month, a serious case of the sniffles had spread across the vip audience, which included cast member chrissy metz.“forget crying. i was sobbing,” said metz, who plays a steelers fanatic tackling weight issues, still dabbing away tears 20 minutes later at an after-party on the universal studios lot. the show’s nearly 15 million viewers can relate. they’ve made the nbc drama the most watched new show of the season and the most unexpected rookie hit since “lost” more than a decade ago.the show, which traces a racially diverse fami






edina gymnast battles back from state-meet ending injury


edina’s megan haug lay on the landing mat behind the vaulting table before the 2016 cl 2a gymnastics state meet last march, her competition over before it began. in her first year as a high school gymnast after a lifetime of club training, haug, then a junior, had planned to unveil a new vault, a double-back tuck, for the state meet. an event championship, maybe even an all-around title, was reachable.two vaults into her warmup, the unthinkable happened.“when i hit the vaulting table i could tell something was off,” haug said. “but i just went for it and landed short. i just crunched my ankle. i got up and tried to keep going, but i could not walk on it at all. i was mad. i was so excited to compete.”she tried tape and ice and tried to walk it off, but she realized there would be no kerri






samsung is reportedly launching the galaxy s8 on march 29


just about a week or so ago, samsung confirmed that it wouldn’t be using the world’s biggest phone show as a launching pad for its new flagship – a slight surprise given the fact that the company really need a big statement soon in the wake of the galaxy note 7 debacle and, well, all of the other stuff currently plaguing the company.of course, after all of that, there’s something to be said for waiting to get things right, especially as the electronics giant has only recently finished its extensive and (one umes) pricy investigations into what happened to the device. the latest word, unearthed by venture beat, points to a march 29 launch for the samsung galaxy s8 – a full month after mobile world congress.and while the company is taking its time, lessons learned from the note fiasco have a






kings broadcaster bob miller hospitalized


longtime kings broadcaster bob miller was taken to the hospital urday afternoon after experiencing some discomfort as he prepared for a live broadcast before urday’s nhl all-star skills events at staples center, a team spokesman said.miller, 78, had quadruple byp surgery last year and e back this season to work a reduced schedule. his medical history factored into the decision to take him to the hospital, said mike altieri, the kings’ senior vice president of communications and broadcasting.altieri said miller hadn’t been feeling right and was examined on site by medical personnel. as a precaution, the decision was made to have miller undergo additional tests.altieri also said miller was in good spirits as he was transported to the [email protected] helene elliott o






‘i feel like this is my season to take off’: can everything come together for ma


the premise isn’t new.it’s something the mariners and their fans have hoped/believed each offseason over the last three years. the possibility and potential of james paxton has dangled in front of them seemingly within their grasp. there was so much that the big left-hander could be if it all e together.of course, that pitcher paxton was supposed to become has never quite e within reach for a myriad of reasons, notably a frustrating level of inconsistency due to a run of injuries.similar to years past, the mariners find themselves going into a season hoping and expecting paxton will make the push toward consistency and sustained success at the big league level.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.with three starters on staff over age 30, who’ve had heavy workloads in y






finnish freshman henrik borgstrom shines in du's comeback win


the plan is for henrik borgstrom to play at least two years for the university of denver hockey team. at this rate, however, the pioneers will understand if the phenomenal finnish freshman takes the one-and-done direct route to the nhl.borgstrom, the florida panthers’ 2016 first-round draft pick, made two elite-level plays in denver’s four-goal second period friday as the pioneers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat nebraska-omaha 5-3 at magness arena.borgstrom’s power-play goal tied it 2-2 and his ist on dylan gambrell’s goal shortly thereafter gave denver its first lead and all the momentum.“we were losing and we don’t want to make the same mistake we did last weekend (in a series split at st. cloud state,” borgstrom said after his 21st game at du. “i want to score. i want to help the t






lindsey vonn crashes out of world cup downhill


lindsey vonn is crashing more than she's winning. the most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a world cup downhill urday in cortina d’ampezzo, italy, in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session. “i'm getting a little sore. i'm too old to be hitting the fence that hard,” said the 32-year-old vonn, who was again fortunate to walk away without any serious injuries. “i'm happy to still be in one piece.” it's not like vonn to fall two days in a row — and nearly unheard of for her to fall two days in a row in the same spot. defending overall champion lara gut of switzerland won her first downhill of the season, finishing .05 seconds ahead of sofia goggia of italy and .47 in front of ilka stuhec of slovenia. 






dodgers' bullpen remains unsettled as fanfest takes off


the dodgers’ pitchers report to spring training in two weeks, but the dodgers might not yet have all their pitchers.the dodgers have addressed their most pressing needs this off-season — retaining pitchers rich hill and kenley jansen and third baseman justin turner in free agency, then trading for second baseman logan forsythe — but the bullpen remains unsettled beyond closer jansen, left-hander grant dayton and right-hander pedro baez.“i don’t think you ever get to a place with the bullpen where you feel you are done,” andrew friedman, the dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said urday. “every year, heading into the season, it scares me.”manager dave roberts said “in theory” he would like to have a “dedicated eighth-inning guy.” he said one could emerge among the in-house candidate






liangelo ball goes for 52 as chino hills wins its 57th consecutive game


there was a 10-year-old boy dressed in a ucla jersey who in the first row near the chino hills bench on friday night at laverne damien. he kept shouting to lamelo ball to “shoot from half court.” that’s what happens when there’s a youtube video of ball pointing to the half-court line in a game this season, then launching a s that goes in. even steph curry saw it and commented.soon the young fan had changed allegiances to brother liangelo ball, and for good reason. liangelo ball started throwing up threes en m e. he finished with 52 points and 10 threes as chino hills defeated damien, 124-102, to improve to 22-0 and win its 57th consecutive game.“he does what he does every night,” chino hills coach stephan gilling said of liangelo ball, the ucla-bound senior who has games of 72 and 60 point






steph curry's biggest adjustment to kevin durant is maybe realizing that the war


oakland–the warriors aren’t at their best unless stephen curry is at his best, still, continuously, even this season, right this moment.such as: tonight, when curry lit up the clippers for 43 points in three quarters, including a 25-point third-quarter explosion when he was 5 for 8 from three-point distance. again: that was just in the third quarter, when he out-scored la 25-23 by himself.by the time the quarter was over and curry was done for the night, the warriors held a 43-point lead, and they breezed to a 144-98 victory at oracle arena,the clippers didn’t have chris paul, of course; but when curry is going like this, and when his teammates are so happily to let him keep going–making a 51-footer at the half-court buzzer to close the first half, for example–this is the warriors team tha






top pittsburgh pirates prospects, 2017 fantasy baseball


oh the pirates, a team i was excited to write about due to my fondness for their high end prospects. but much like a beautiful woman with a pretty face and a giant set of sweater puppets, they top heavy. i mean top heavy af, as the kids say on the snapface. seriously, after austin meadows, tyler glasnow, mitch keller, and josh bell, the system falls off a cliff. i found myself 10 players in trying to figure out if there was anyone else to write about besides steven “freaking” brault. sorry noise, i really didn’t want to add insult to injury after that thorough stomping the pats gave the steelers, but it is what it is. razzing aside, it is razz-ball after all, the pirates have 4 prospects i’d like to own everywhere. meadows, glasnow, bell, and keller, and all offer potentially premium ceili






randolph, gasol shine in grizzlies' 102-95 win over jazz


salt lake city — zach randolph scored a season-high 28 points, marc gasol added 18 and the memphis grizzlies beat the utah jazz 102-95 on urday night.randolph bullied defenders in the post throughout the night and gasol worked the utah defense both inside and out, routinely hitting turnaround fade-away jumpers and going 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.the grizzlies took a 52-43 lead into halftime after a 13-2 run gave memphis a 10-point lead. randolph had his way with the jazz post defenders and had 10 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter.the jazz s just 26.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and never led in the second half.mike conley helped keep the jazz at bay in the fourth quarter and finished with 23.rodney hood led the jazz with 20 points.tip-insgrizzlies: chandler pars






49ers next gm still tbd after urday interviews


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new twins hitting coach rowson is inclusive in his approach


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