first_imgThe outcome of the mock version was revealed by English football legend Lineker via his official Twitter handle.He also revealed that his beloved nation England was drawn alongside Belgium during the mock draw. 2018 FIFA World Cup draw host, Gary Lineker, has stated that the Super Eagles of Nigeria was drawn alongside former world champions France and Argentina in what is the group of death when a mock draw took place on Thursday.The mock version of the World Cup draw was done as a dress rehearsal ahead of the main draw slated for the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia on Friday, December 1. Related7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 DrawNovember 21, 2017In “FIFA”Eagles Have A 50-50 Chance – NFF President Amaju Pinnick on World Cup Draw (Audio)December 4, 2017In “Africa”Lineker To Conduct World Cup Final DrawNovember 18, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

first_imgThe Dodgers got left-handed relievers Tony Wilson and Tony Cingrani along with Darvish. Houston was reported to be vying for Darvish and Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton, but ultimately stood pat at the deadline. Washington has a new trio of options at closer – Brandon Kintzler, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson – to complete a rapidly rebuilt bullpen.Most of the hard work was done without the new acquisitions, however. The players who put each team in such a dominant position will be the same ones doing the heavy lifting in October. The coming months figure to be less a referendum on who “won” or “lost” the trade deadline than on the importance of the deadline itself.To some Dodger players, a big trade equaled a front-office endorsement that this was, in fact, their year.“We got our Ferrari,” closer Kenley Jansen said Tuesday in Atlanta.Certainly some Astros and Nationals personnel — not to mention each team’s fan base — were hoping for an exotic sports car, too. Now, because three teams were entrenched as favorites, and because each team took a different tack at the deadline, a loosely testable hypothesis has emerged. Does “winning the July 31 deadline” mean anything?This isn’t the only question at stake. For the Nationals, the one dominant team with a gaping roster hole, did the front office correctly assess its need and target the right relievers?For the Dodgers, did Darvish’s upside (top-of-the-rotation depth, lefty/righty balance) really outweigh the risks (an up-and-down season, the cost in prospects for a rental player) while adding him to a historically great roster?For the Astros, a franchise that’s never won a World Series, was standing pat the correct move?Yet unless Darvish or the Washington bullpen emerges as an October hero, the path to this year’s deadline mattering much at all seems narrow. That’s what happens when the best teams have declared themselves so clearly, so soon.Some other deadline deals were born of necessity. The Arizona Diamondbacks, in command of the National League’s top wild-card berth, recently placed shortstop Chris Owings on the disabled list. Another shortstop, Ketel Marte, went on the bereavement list Monday. That they were able to pry veteran shortstop Adam Rosales from the Oakland A’s before the deadline was convenient, not shrewd.Garcia went from Minnesota to New York soon after the Yankees lost pitcher Michael Pineda to a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Rockies, whose catchers have framed poorly this season and hit even less, acquired veteran backstop Jonathan Lucroy from Texas. If a champion emerges from among the second-tier contenders, maybe these moves will be magnified come October.But these trades were in the minority. The general manager (or president of baseball operations) of the team that wins the World Series will probably be quick to credit his front office’s drafting, development, and year-round strategy of acquiring players opportunistically – buzzwords that don’t fit conveniently into headlines. And he won’t be wrong. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Thirty-five trades were completed over eight days leading into Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Eighty-seven players were involved, not including those who will be named later. Pitcher Jaime Garcia was traded twice. It was easy to get lost in the shuffle. If regular-season wins and losses mean anything, the shuffle might not matter. Three teams — the Dodgers, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals — lead their respective divisions by 14 games or more. Every other first-place team leads its division by less than three games. The landscape baseball fans awoke to Tuesday was just as lopsided as it was on Monday. For a league that hasn’t produced back-to-back champions since 1999-2000, it’s an unusually large gap between the haves and have-nots. center_img The website fivethirtyeight.com uses an algorithm to generate odds for every regular-season game. The Dodgers and Astros are favored to win all their remaining games. Half of the division races are over, the favorites established, and not because of any trades that were made Monday.The Dodgers’ deal for four-time All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish was dramatic, maybe the closest thing in baseball to a summer blockbuster. It became official at 12:53 p.m. Pacific Time – seven minutes before the deadline and three minutes after Darvish tweeted a selfie from his locker in the Rangers’ clubhouse. Texas once paid a record $51.7 million merely to negotiate with Darvish; the Dodgers got him for three prospects and a few phone calls.The unifying point of praise among rival scouts and executives, regardless of their opinion of Darvish, was this: the Dodgers didn’t give up much. Gone are Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis. But most of the Dodgers’ high-ceiling talents remain: pitchers Walker Buehler, Yadier Alvarez, Mitch White, Dennis Santana, and outfielder Alex Verdugo. Some of these prospects have a chance to make an impact this year, others next year, others in 2019.This year, the Dodgers did not need Darvish to enter the postseason as massive favorites. The team with baseball’s highest payroll went 20-3 in July and hasn’t lost since Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list more than a week ago. Getting Darvish without sacrificing the top prospects in the system was a case of baseball’s 1 percent getting improbably richer.Besides a massive advantage in the standings, the Dodgers, Astros and Nationals have something else in common. With a couple exceptions, their most important roles were filled long before the deadline.last_img read more

first_imgThe Baylor women’s basketball team would welcome an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House after winning the national championship Sunday.Coach Kim Mulkey revealed at the WNBA draft Wednesday night that she would make the trip, if invited. There hasn’t been a women’s college basketball champion invited to the White House under Trump. “We were honored when President Bush was in the office. We were honored when Barack Obama was in the office. We’d be honored if Donald Trump invited us. With politics aside, we should go to say we went to the White House.”After the Lady Bears’ 82-81 victory over Notre Dame, Trump tweeted out his congratulations to Baylor.He wrote: “Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their amazing win last night against Notre Dame to become the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions!” March Madness 2019: Baylor holds off Notre Dame to win NCAA Women’s Tournament Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their amazing win last night against Notre Dame to become the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions! https://t.co/cogqxFgnRn— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2019White House visits for championship winning teams have been the subject of controversy ever since President Trump took office in 2017. Last year, Warriors star Stephen Curry publicly said he would turn down an offer to go to the White House after his team won the NBA Championship, leading Trump to withdraw his offer via Twitter.And in January, the President came under fire after he catered fast food from McDonald’s for the Clemson Tigers football team. “I’ve been every time for every president,” she told the Associated Press . “It’s not a political issue for me. It’s an honor to go to the White House. I want everyone to say they went to the White House. Not many people can say that. I hope [the] Virginia men go and I can meet [coach] Tony Bennett.”Mulkey has been to the White House twice before. She visited in 2005 when the Lady Bears defeated Michigan State and again in 2012 when Baylor topped Notre Dame. She indicated the visit wouldn’t be a political decision.  Related Newslast_img read more