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Dodgers deflected Shields, but will that matter? Play It Forward April 6-12

first_imgANGELS at SEATTLEDetails/TV: Monday at 1 p.m., Fox Sports WestHow much was James Shields on the Dodgers’ radar this last offseason? The former Hart High of Santa Clarita star, who has already pitched in two World Series for two different teams in his nine big-league seasons, was one of the best arms available this past free-agent window. But the Dodgers weren’t biting.Things became a bit more curious as December rolled into January, and then early February — still nothing. Finally, the bold-move San Diego Padres decided to snatch up the 33-year-old in a four-year, $75 million deal. And look where Shields will make his 2015 debut?“That was the only stadium, growing up, that I went to,” said Shields of Dodger Stadium. “It’s definitely going to be pretty surreal. But I’m sure once the game starts, I’ll lock in.” • BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL West team-by-team previewBut can he tune out all the family members he will have there? The former ace of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals makes his seventh Opening Day start, although he’s just 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA in those appearances. San Diego, for all it did in adding Shields, plus a new outfield of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, only tacked on an addition $10 million to their 2014 $90 million payroll.Compare that to the Dodgers and their record-breaking $272 million roster, where reigning NL Cy Young and MVP winner Clayton Kershaw makes his fifth straight Opening Day start. He’s got a 3-0 record in Game 1 appearances, including a win in Melbourne, Australia last season.In the AL West, the Seattle Mariners have gained a lot of attention as a playoff contender, led by former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez. He’s making his seventh straight Opening Day start and eighth overall, posing a 5-0 mark and 1.52 ERA in those games.With Jered Weaver starting for the Angels, this is a rematch of the 2014 Opening Day, when the Mariners won, 10-3, in Seattle as Hernandez struck out 11 in six innings. Weaver struck out six in his six innings but gave up four runs (three earned) and three walks. Weaver, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State star, begins his 10th big-league season, making his sixth straight Opening Day start, and seventh in his career, the most in franchise history. He’s 3-2 on Opening Day.The Dodgers-Padres series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet L.A. The Dodgers then go to Arizona for three games (Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.)• RELATED: Ways to get around Dodgers TV stalemateThe Angels-Mariners series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West. The Angels’ home opener is Friday at 7 p.m. (FWS) against defending AL champion Kansas City, with games Saturday (6 p.m., FS1) and Sunday (12:30 p.m., FSW).Also: Live MLB coverage of Monday’s Opening Day has Toronto at New York Yankees (10 a.m., ESPN), New York Mets at Washington (1 p.m., ESPN), Cleveland at Houston (4 p.m., ESPN) and San Francisco at Arizona (7 p.m., ESPN2).NO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPWISCONSIN vs. DUKEDetails/TV: At Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Monday at 6 p.m., Ch. 2Say “Cheese,” you badgering Badgers, because not many of you pictured this when the tournament started. Wisconsin’s first title appearance since the 1940s comes against a Duke program making it’s ninth finals appearance under Coach K. Then-No. 2-ranked Wisconsin didn’t defend the 3-point line very well the last time it faced then-No. 4 Duke in Madison, Wis., during a 80-70 loss on Dec. 3. The Blue Devils shot 65 percent in that one, even though Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky outscored Duke freshman Jahil Okafor, 17-13, in a battle of big men.Also: The Women’s NCAA Tournament championship at Tampa, Fla.: UConn vs. Notre Dame, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN.• RELATED: Stage is set for NCAA National Championship gameNO. 3: GOLF: THE 79th MASTERSDetails/TV: At Augusta, Ga., Thursday-Sunday, Ch. 2, ESPN, DirecTV, Golf ChannelSorry if Bubba, Phil, Rory, Charl or Sergio get overshadowed by the news that four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who just dropped in the world rankings below the No. 100 mark for the first time in decades, has decided to show here. Is he physically healthy? Is he mentally fit? Could he succeed with either of those issues not being 100 percent? Or does he really have a bad case of the yips? “You know,” said Brandel Chamblee, the Golf Channel analyst, “I’ve read where people said it wasn’t the yips. Well, you can call it whatever you want, but it’s catastrophically bad, what we saw. So to get past that on the most difficult place in the world to hit 100‑yard pitch shots, to hit 40‑yard, 30‑yard, any pitch shots … imagine the pin left on 3 and he’s off the back and he’s trying to cut it into that slope or run it up that slope. It’s the most difficult place in the world to hit pitch shots.”ESPN has the Par 3 Challenge on Wednesday at noon as well as first- and second-round coverage from noon-4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Ch. 2 has third-round coverage Saturday from 12:30-4 p.m. and final-round coverage from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. DirecTV coverage has two featured groups on channels 701 and 702, Amen Corner on 703, holes 15-16 on 704, the CBS coverage on 705 and “Masters in Depth” on 706. Golf Channel has some live coverage from 5 a.m.-noon and 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 6:30 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.NO. 4: NHL: KINGS at VANCOUVERDetails/TV: Monday at 7 p.m., Prime TicketKINGS at CALGARYDetails/TV: Thursday at 6 p.m., FSWSo if the playoffs started today, the Kings … let’s just wait this thing out one more week. Too many things can go sideways. The Kings have already defeated the Canucks twice in Vancouver this season, but they lost in their only previous trip to Calgary, 2-1, on Dec. 29. Not to say the Kings’ other two games this week aren’t of importance as well — at Edmonton (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Prime Ticket) and the regular-season finale Saturday at home against San Jose (noon, Ch. 4).NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS at CLIPPERSDetails/TV: Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNTIt’s the last time they’ll have to exchange unpleasantries until next season. The Lakers schedule the rest of the week has them at Denver (Wednesday, 6 p.m.) and home against Minnesota (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) and Dallas (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)NO. 6: NBA: CLIPPERS vs. MEMPHISDetails/TV: Staples Center, Saturday at 7 p.m., Prime TicketThe Clippers and Grizzles split a home-and-home series at the end of February, but both were grind-it-out decisions. There’s still a chance this could preview the opening-round of the Western Conference playoffs. After facing the Lakers on Monday, the Clippers have only this one to finish the week before closing out the regular season with two more next week.NO. 7: COLLEGE BASEBALLUCLA at USCDetails/TV: At Dedeaux Field, Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Pac-12 NetworksThe Trojans outlasted the Bruins 8-4 at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic before nearly 15,000 back in early March, a nonconference matchup. “I think we made the statement that we’re pretty good,” said USC coach Dan Hubbs. “We have a lot left to do.” Since then, USC has climbed from No. 25 to No. 10 in the rankings, while UCLA went from No. 6 to No. 4. These Pac-12 Conference games are the only meetings between the rivals before the NCAA regionals in late May.NO. 8: MLS: GALAXY vs. SEATTLEDetails/TV: At StubHub Center, Saturday at 4 p.m., Fox Sports 1Fans who make an appearance receive a replica championship ring, a title that came only after the Galaxy snuck past Clint Dempsey and the Supporters Shied-winning Sounders in that strange home-and-home Western Conference championship series. Remember when the Galaxy actually lost the second leg in Seattle, 2-1, but advanced … because they had better looking players?NO. 9: COLLEGE FOOTBALLUSC SPRING GAMEDetails/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 3 p.m., Pac-12 NetworksSomeone just showed us that Bovada.lv has the Trojans as the fourth favorite to win the 2016 national championship at 12-to-1 odds, behind Ohio State (4-1), Alabama (7-1) and TCU (9-1). Just give us the odds of how the Trojans come out of this game without any major injuries.NO. 10: WRESTLINGFREESTYLE WRESTLING WORLD CUPDetails/TV: At the Forum, Saturday and SundayWhen they did the first one in mid-March, 2014, the team from Iran won the gold over the Russians and Americans. This year, the field goes from 10 countries to eight, but it includes Cuba in Group A with the U.S. and Russia, while Iran is the favorite in Group B. The American team again features 2012 Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner. Pool competition runs at 3 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. More pool competition is Sunday at 11 a.m. with the first- and third-place dual meets starting at 4:15 p.m.ALSOCOLLEGE BASKETBALL: JOHN WOODEN AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTDetails/TV: At the Club Nokia at L.A. Live, Friday at 5 p.m., ESPN2A new hour-long “College Basketball Awards” show will try to do for the sport what the Heisman presentation has done for college football. The L.A. Athletic Club, which continues to manage the Wooden Award for the men’s and women’s player of the year honor, has agreed to partner with ESPN and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to give this a shot. Of the 15 names on the Wooden 2014-15 ballot, the two freshman — Jahlil Okafor of Duke and D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State — could be the top two choices. The 15-player women’s ballot includes three UConn players: Moriah Jefferson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart. Ranking top 10 sports events April 6-12 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: MLB OPENING DAY:DODGERS vs. SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Dodger Stadium, Monday at 1 p.m., SportsNet L.A.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Evan Engram, Gerald Everett, Greg Olsen affect Week 15 TE rankings

first_imgGreg Olsen concussion statusOlsen missed Week 14 after getting concussed in Week 13. Ian Thomas saw 10 targets and scored a touchdown in Olsen’s absence. A return for Olsen will depend on clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThe Panthers take on the Seahawks in Week 15, who just allowed a 100-yard game to Tyler Higbee, so whichever of Olsen or Thomas gets the start should be considered a back-end fantasy starter. If Evan Engram can make it back for Week 15, the tight end rankings will be nearly back to full strength (although Mark Andrews’ injury means that might not be totally true). We’re also looking for the latest updates on Gerald Everett and Greg Olsen, who each missed Week 14, as well. If they remain out, Tyler Higbee and Ian Thomas would once again serve as priority waiver pickups and sleepers.For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerEvan Engram injury updateAfter there was some speculation that Engram (foot) would return for Week 14, he was ruled out Saturday ahead of the Giants’ Monday night game. He’s missed four-straight contests due to a foot injury, allowing Kaden Smith to continue to start. New York takes on the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Week 15.Engram gets plugged right back into fantasy lineups if he’s active, while Smith remains a deep-league option if he gets the start against the Dolphins.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsGerald Everett injury newsEverett (knee) has missed two straight games while Tyler Higbee has topped 100 yards in both. Sean McVay told reporters Monday that Everett is progressing but will likely be held out of practice early in the week.Considering Higbee had already leapfrogged Everett before the injury, anyone who’s relying on Higbee at this point shouldn’t be worried. Higbee proved his 100-yard game against the Cardinals wasn’t a fluke by doing it again, so he’s a borderline fantasy starter for Week 15 against the Cowboys. WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endlast_img read more

Liverpool owners perform ticket pricing U-turn

first_img1 Liverpool’s owners have performed a U-turn on proposed ticket increases after apologising to fans for getting their plans wrong.Principal owner and John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner were understood to be shocked at the sight of an estimated 10,000 fans walking out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland in the 77th minute in protest at increases next season which included a new £77 match ticket and the club’s first £1,000 season ticket.It is understood they were also surprised by the level of abuse directed at them – fans chanted ‘You greedy b******s, enough is enough’ before walking out.Henry and Werner were keen to stress they believe the connection between supporters is “unique and sacred” and that is the reason they have acted so swiftly to prevent further damage to their relationship with the fanbase.Having promised an immediate review the American-based owners have listened to the concerns of fans and moved quickly to try to rectify the situation.As a result they have announced a number of changes to their initial proposals in a structure which will also remain for the 2017/18 season.Revenue generated from ticket prices will be frozen at 2015-16 levels; this means the highest match-day price for a general admission ticket will remain at £59 – the lowest will be £9 and these tickets will be offered for every match with an allocation of 10,000 across the season.The highest season ticket price will be frozen at £869 and the lowest £685.Liverpool’s owners have also announced the removal of game categorisations, so regardless of the opposition, supporters will pay the same price for match day tickets.“It has been a tumultuous week,” said an open letter jointly signed by Henry and Werner.“On behalf of everyone at Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool Football Club we would like to apologise for the distress caused by our ticket pricing plan for the 2016/17 season.“We were strongly engaged in the process to develop the ticketing plan for 2016/2017.“We met directly with representatives of LFC’s Supporters’ Committee and along with LFC management, wholeheartedly agreed with major concerns raised, notably: access for local and young supporters; engagement and access to Anfield for local children; access to Premier League matches for those in Liverpool most challenged by affordability.“We believe the plan successfully addressed these concerns and are disappointed that these elements have been either lost or, worse, characterised as cynical attempts to mask profiteering in the plan as a whole.“Rather, we prefer to look at them as the parts of the ticketing plan we got right.“On the other hand, part of the ticketing plan we got wrong.” Anfield last_img read more