EXCLUSIVE BLOG: How to celebrate a Mosconi Cup victory by 2013 Team Europe winner Darren Appleton


When Europe strolled to an imperious 11-2 victory against fierce rivals USA in the 2013 Mosconi Cup, history had been written.

Never before had a European side cruised to such a win in the history of the competition, yet Johan Ruijsink’s men had done it – and on American turf too.

The fact that it was Europe’s fourth title in a row – and in the 20th year of the tournament – meant one thing: the players needed to celebrate.

But just how did the European squad come to terms with such a win? And how did they decide to toast their victory?

2013 winner Darren Appleton exclusively tells www.vaishalibhardwaj.com what he did – and how he felt – in the days following the team’s momentous Mosconi Cup triumph.

Jun 23

Marte’s single in 13th lifts Diamondbacks over Pirates 2-1

It was a strange sight after a big hit.

Ketel Marte’s two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. But, right after his go-ahead hit, Marte slammed his helmet down in frustration so hard that the sound could be heard all the way to the top of the ballpark. The second baseman was angry about being caught in a rundown to make the final out of the inning.

The game was scoreless until both teams scored an unearned run in the 11th following a pitcher’s duel between Arizona’s Patrick Corbin and Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova.

Corbin and Nova were nearly flawless as neither allowed a run and gave up just three hits. Nova pitched eight innings, while Corbin went seven.

Corbin’s 12 strikeouts matched his career high set April 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the left-hander had a stretch in which he set down 13 hitters in a row between the first and fifth innings. He had allowed a combined 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.

I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball, Bedrosian said (via The Orange County Register). I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.

Jim Johnson then allowed another run as the Angels lost 6-1.

Though Bedrosian attributed his struggles to humidity at Comerica Park following the rainfall, some believe a goose that hung out in right field during the second rain delay before flying headlong into a scoreboard injected life in the Tigers. Hence the legend of the Rally Goose was born.

They definitely had some uncharacteristic mistakes, he said. We had a lot of baserunners there. So, maybe keeping the pressure on them led to that. They don’t do that very often, and they probably won’t the rest of the series.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny addressed the miscues.

Jun 23

MLB wrap: Cubs take control early, cruise to win over Cardinals

The Cubs scored early and often Friday against the Cardinals.
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Chicago plated five runs in the first four innings to take control of its series opener in St. Louis. The Patrick Omameh Jersey Cubs added six more in the fifth and cruised to a 13-5 victory. They tallied 14 hits.

It is the start of Barkley’s first professional offseason, finally a respite after a training grind leading up to the NFL scouting combine, the relentless pre-draft visits, interviews and workouts and his introduction to the Giants, intertwined with his intense desire to make a positive first impression. So far, Barkley has aced every test — heck, he castigated himself for the one pass he dropped all spring — and to see him eating lunch in the team cafeteria with Odell Beckham Jr. felt like the launch of a beautiful football union.

Barkley deserves a break, but he grimaces and curls his nose as if smelling something repugnant when asked if he indeed will take time off to decompress. He has to report back to the Giants on July 22.

No, no, this six weeks is not really a time to rest, Barkley said.

Naturally, the conspiracy theories began to flow. The most popular was Harper was showing his chops to the Yankees, discreetly telling them he wants to play for New York.

The Yankees have a strict facial hair http://www.panthersfootballonlinestore.com/christian-mccaffrey-jersey-for-sale-c-56.html policy, so the baby-faced look began to ring some bells. Harper is in the last year of his contract with the Nats and has said in the past he would be interested in playing for the Yankees.

Another theory is Harper trying to break out of the slump he’s been in and that shaving Christian McCaffrey Jersey his beard will bring good mojo his way. It’s not completely far-fetched, since athletes are known to be extremely superstitious.

It’s plausible he was willing to go to the extremes and shave. http://www.nygiantsofficialonlines.com/patrick-omameh-jersey-for-sale-c-82.html Sadly, it didn’t seem to work.

It may be a mystery to why Harper shaved his beard. But it doesn’t bode well for the Nationals’ playoff chances.

Gronk said his decision to skip OTAs was so that he could train on my own.

It went good, he said. I think it was a good decision.

Jun 21

MLB officials have reportedly contacted Bryce Harper about participating in home run derby

MLB wants Bryce Harper to enter this year’s home run derby.
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League officials have reached out to Harper to discuss his participation in the event, according to a report from FanRag Sports. MLB has not pressured Harper to commit to the derby — which will take place in his home ballpark — the report says.

You’ve got to wait three years and then begin to look back. But, objectively, some http://www.officialoriolestore.com/Adam_Jones_Jersey of the things I learned were not to worry about need, to pick the best player available because you can’t predict the future in the game of baseball. No. 2 is that the most difficult position to project on is high school pitching, and we missed on three high school pitchers in Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw and Cole Hamels….

Might have been more problematic because of where we played, a little skittish based upon the venue. But also, it’s difficult to project on high school arms, in particular, and left-handers can http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Doug_Mcdermott_Jersey sometimes be a little more of an enigma, too. I mean, you’re just constantly learning. Every organization has a set of what I call separators, and I’m going to try and talk about that on air a lot on Monday night. Those are the things that guide you in the decisions you make.

Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with New York in December 2013. He has slashed.264/.330/.386 in four seasons with the Yankees.

Ellsbury’s role may be reduced when he returns to the active roster as the Yankees have sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield. Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks have both also spent significant time in New York’s outfield this season.

The Yankees currently Doug McDermott Womens Jersey hold a 46-21 record in 2018. They’ve won three of their last four games.

Larry Fitzgerald at least will provide some reliability for the new QBs. But beyond him, everything is in flux. The Cardinals said goodbye to the unrelated Browns (John and Jaron). They signed former Cowboy Adam Jones Authentic Jersey Brice Butler and drafted Christian Kirk in the second round. Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson are the returnees. Waiver pick-up Cobi Hamilton rounds out the mix.

Jun 19

Reports: Cowboys, G Martin reach six-year, $84M deal

All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension worth $84 million with $40 million Eddie George Jersey guaranteed, according to multiple reports. At $14 million per year, the deal makes Martin the second-highest-paid offensive lineman, and the highest-paid guard, in NFL history.
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The Cowboys boast the highest-paid offensive line in the NFL with center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith into their second pro contracts. Dallas drafted Connor Williams in the second round of April’s draft and La’el Collins, undrafted out of LSU, signed a two-year deal worth up to http://www.officialredsoxauthentic.com/Fred_Lynn_Jersey $15.4 million covering the next two seasons. –Field Level Media

Oh, and he hired Ben McAdoo as head coach. Enough said. Reese should have been gone after a second consecutive losing season in 2014, but he lingered until this past season. 

It’s not as though John Idzik took over a great team and made it bad, but he made so many mistakes in such a short period that he severely delayed the Jets’ attempt to rebuild following a 6-10 season.

Not only did he let head coach Rex Ryan linger for two more seasons so that owner Woody Johnson was forced to fire both of them together, but he also wasted his first draft pick (a top-10 selection) on bust cornerback Dee Milliner. In addition, he swung and missed one round later with quarterback Geno Smith, and none of his first eight Womens Fred Lynn Jersey selections in the 2014 draft panned out.

He traded Darrelle Revis in his prime and used the pick he got from Tampa Bay for the cornerback to take Sheldon Richardson, who wasn’t a bust but never quite lived up to expectations in New York. 

Most importantly, when Idzik took the job, it was clear the Jets needed to http://www.tennesseetitansauthorizedstore.com/eddie-george-jersey-elite start over at quarterback. He put all of his eggs in Smith’s basket, and that strategy failed.

Jun 16

Saints’ Mark Ingram: ‘I’m not angry with my contract’

After missing the voluntary organized team activities, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram found himself a wanted man Tuesday following the first day of mandatory minicamp practice.

Approximately 50 media members camped out at his locker anxiously waiting for his arrival. Ingram entered the locker room, saw the crowd and allowed himself a chuckle.

People make their own narrative, the media makes their own narrative, Ingram said. I’m not angry with my contact. I wasn’t holding out. Yeah, I’m in the last year of my deal of course, I’d like an extension but that’s not the reason I wasn’t here. It is voluntary, you have the option to come, I had a workout bonus.

While the Saints were conducing OTAs, Ingram elected to train on his own in Florida, where he said the focus fell on speed work, route running, catching passes, taking care of his body and getting his weight down to a trim 215 pounds.

Also, Gardner, who turns 35 in August, said he wouldn’t really want to play anywhere else, but that he’d consider it if the Yankees don’t want me here anymore and I still wanted to play a couple more years.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, he said, sitting at his locker in Yankee Stadium clubhouse.

While Loaisiga is small and skinny, he has surprising power to his three-pitch repertoire. His quick arm repeatedly generates 93-96 mph fastballs that top out at 98 with life down in the strike zone. His low-80s curveball features a high spin rate and his upper-80s changeup has nice fade, albeit with a bit too much velocity.

Loaisiga has a clean delivery that he repeats well, allowing him to work the bottom of the strike zone and issue just three walks in 32 2/3 innings last season. His stuff and control give him a ceiling of a mid-rotation starter, though his size and health history are concerns. If he winds up in the bullpen, his stuff should add even more power and he could rush through the Minors.

The Washington Nationals outfielder, who will be the most coveted free agent if and when he hits the market following the 2018 season, played on the road on Tuesday against the Yankees one of the suitors who could enter a bidding war in the offseason.

Jun 14

Yankees activate Warren, farm out Kahnle

Personally, I would love the 1 o’clock, Robertson said Monday. It worked out well. That’s why it was scheduled there and I feel like we’ve been mistreated a http://www.nfltitansofficialshop.com/YOUTH+KEVIN+BYARD+JERSEY little bit with the changing of the schedule.
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When the Yankees were rained out last Thursday in Baltimore, they were told they’d be making it up in a straight doubleheader on Monday, July 9, which is the first day of their next series there.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, an ESPN Sunday Night Broadcaster last year, expressed his displeasure with the decision over the weekend and on Monday said, I stand by that.

USA Mikko Rantanen Womens Jersey Today reported that MLB, the union and ESPN are in negotiations to reschedulethe Yankees’ July 8 game.

Fewer than 10 players were planning to attend the White House event, according to several reports.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played Kevin Byard Jersey for http://www.authenticavalanchejerseys.com/Authentic-Mikko-Rantanen-Jersey the Eagles but was traded in the offseason to the Carolina Panthers, admonished Trump for the decision.

There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views, Smith wrote in a tweet. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish

The team released a statement late Monday night that did not directly address Trump’s action:

It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship. Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.

Jun 12

Manziel’s work habits in Cleveland were weak. He won’t have it any easier in Canada.

You have to be able to assess what the defense is doing in a very short period of time, and if you’re trying to change out of the play with a pressure check, the operation has to be very, very quick. So I think everything in terms of mentally what you have to do pre-snap, it is all much more sudden.
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Reilly’s breakdown: That changes everything, too. It is an advantage to be able to have three or four receivers motioning from one side of the field to the other, and motioning toward the line of scrimmage to get a running start against the defense. That’s all great. But what you have to understand, too, is that the defense is also Kyle Emanuel Jersey going to be moving around and making adjustments based on your motion. So when you’re at the line of scrimmage and you send your receivers in motion, you’ve got about two or three seconds before you’re going to snap the ball, and what the defense was showing you before the motions versus after the motions is going to be completely different.

Adam Schefter gives the details on why Patriots WR Julian Edelman is facing a 4-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, apologized via Instagram on Friday.

He’s posted a 1.88 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 24 innings. The Pirates are around league average against righties in terms of OPS, but they are Miami Dolphins Womens Jersey among the best in limiting strikeouts against them at just 19 percent (third-lowest). His .215 BABIP and 95 percent left-on-base rate will both regress substantially, but there’s a lot of wiggle room to remain a useful arm, and this will be http://www.officiallachargersshop.com/Kyle_Emanuel_Jersey_Cheap a nice test to see where we’re at with Buchholz.

Jake Odorizzi (R), 33 percent, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers: The main requirement to use Odorizzi? Make sure he’s not facing the Indians or Yankees. Those two teams have put up 16 earned runs against him in just 13 innings while the rest of the league has also put http://www.officialnflstoreco.com/miami-dolphins-c-2375_2392.html up 16, but in 55 innings. The Tigers are 27th in wOBA, 25th in ISO and dead last in walk rate against righties.

Jun 09

Debating win total projections for all 32 NFL teams

May 29

Dan Quinn addresses Julio Jones’ absence at Falcons OTAs

Dan Quinn seems optimistic that Julio Jones will be back with the team sooner rather than later.

The Falcons receiver has been absent from voluntary organized team activities, with reports surfacing that he wants a restructured contract.”

Jones, 29, signed a five-year extension worth $71.25 million in 2015 and has three years and $34.43 million left on that deal. The five-time Pro Bowl player logged 88 catches for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Gobert, named to the team for the second year in a row, is a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert, who had 2.3 blocks per game, earned 192 of a possible 200 points, including 94 First Team votes. Gobert missed 26 games this season with a knee injury and returned in late January to lead a resurgence by the Jazz, who finished the season 30-8 and won their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oladipo led the NBA in steals and closed out the year with an active streak of 64 consecutive games with a steal. It was his first time on the All-Defensive team.

Holiday, who racked up 64 blocks, made his first appearance on the team. Covington, also a first-timer on the team, led the NBA in deflections.

76ers center Joel Embiid (90 points), the third finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, led the second team.cowboys_041

May 19

Seahawks likely to save $5.975 million on Cliff Avril release

Unlike in 2017, the Seattle Seahawks aren’t strapped for cash heading into the 2018 season. In fact, barring a major change or sudden offseason pickup, like signing a big name player to a one-year deal like Dez Bryant, the Seahawks have more than enough money to navigate the entire season comfortably and will be in the middle of the pack in terms of cap space heading into the season; they also may open up a bit more if they hand out an extension to veterans Earl Thomas, Duane Brown and/or K.J. Wright, not that they need it. They’ll open up $2 million more when they cut punter Jon Ryan following training camp in favor of fifth-round pick Michael Dickson. It hurts but it’s happening guys. Best to prepare yourselves now.

All this to say, defensive end Cliff Avril wasn’t cut for cap relief — although he does open up a significant amount of cap — and the only cap blow back the Seahawks will receive for releasing him shouldn’t have a large affect on their final cap number. Remember additional cap space carries over to the next offseason.

Of course, interviewing for a job as an engineer isn’t quite like interviewing to become the face of one of 32 NFL teams. If Patricia doesn’t understand the difference, he’s not intelligent enough to be an NFL head coach in the first place. Since that probably isn’t the case, it leaves us with the even greater sin of purposeful omission.

If the Lions never investigated Patricia’s background to an extent that would have revealed the grand jury indictment, which the Detroit News had little problem procuring, it’s bad. If they asked Patricia if there were any criminal or civil proceedings in his background and he did not disclose, that’s worse.

Barring new information or Patricia’s accuser coming forward, it’s impossible to discuss the merits of the case, which fell apart 10 months after the alleged incident when the accuser decided not to testify. Though a Texas grand jury deemed the evidence strong enough to move forward with the case, we don’t know what that means. Other details, including from the police report, have been lost over two decades.colts_018