Ithas been a weeks of surprises in sport, some weirdness, some upsets: 
USA:  Baseball: The St. Louis Cardinals were losing 5 to 4 to their cross state 
rivals,the Kansas City Royals, when a cat invaded the field and stopped play.  
The cat did not look feral, but certainly didnot like the attention it was 
receiving.  Originally approaching a Royals outfielder,the cat realized his 
mistake, clearly a feline of good taste, and continue toflee toward the 
outfield wall.   A Cardinals groundskeeper risked life andlimb, in short 
sleeves and short pants, to track down the feline, so that playcould continue.  
The cat did not go downeasily, biting and scratching across the entire 
outfield, and infield for thatmatter.  The unfortunate and importunate 
groundskeeperdropped the cat outside of the ball field, as he headed for first 
aid. A womaninsisted on taking the cat, but then stated she had lost it in the 
park acrossfrom the stadium.  The search continues. 
Thecat was renamed #RallyCat.  Baseball fanswill remember #Buschie the 
#RallySquirrel from a few years ago, whoseappearance during a game launched the 
suffering Cardinals into glory.  #RallyCat did not disappoint as it was histurn 
at bat.  After the distraction,Cardinal's veteran player Yadier Molina was at 
bat, and batted a GRAND SLAMHOME RUN, garnering four runs for the Cardinals, 
who held out to win thegame.  The Cardinals have renamed himYadier Meowlina, 
and he has since professed a great love for cats.  The next day the Cardinals 
hit a grand slam,the first time in their history this has happedn two games in 
a row.  Pictures of Yadier with his kittens are nowall over the internet.  In 
more weirdnews, Cardinal's pitcher, Lance Lynn, was hit in the side of the head 
by a 110mph ball, but continued the game unscathed.  
TheCardinals have reignited the National League Central Division race these 
dayswith a six game win streak.  This shouldmake their weekend games at the 
Atlanta Braves doubly interesting. DivisionLeaders Chicago Cubs have entered 
their characteristic August slump.   
Inthe USA:  Today features PGA Golf Third-roundplay in the 99th PGA 
Championship, from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NorthCarolina. This is 
golf's final major of the season, with Sergio Garcia, BrooksKoepka and Jordan 
Spieth winning the first three. The purse for this tournamentis $10.5 million 


InLondon, United Kingdom, the Track and Field Worlds continue.  As covered 
elsewhere in this space, 21 yearold Norwegian Hurdler Karsten Warholm 
apparently surprised himself most of all,when he took the Gold medal in the 400 
m hurdles.  Please read Rexswimguy's excellent coverage,but look around the net 
for pictures of the amazed athlete like the onefeatured here.  They're  better 
than a baseball player covered withkittens.    

Saturdaysaction at the Track and Field Worlds includes various events in the 
Decathlon,including the 110 m hurdles, the discuss, javelin,  and pole vault.  
The Decathlon will come to a stirringconclusion in this evening's 1500 meters 
race. Today also features finals in men's 5000 meters, javelin, and 4x100 m 
relay.   


InSri Lanka, India continues their tour with their 3rd Test at 
PallekeleInternational Cricket Stadium, also known as Muttiah Muralitharan 
InternationalCricket Stadium (Sinhala: පල්ලෙකැලේ 
ජාත්‍යන්තරක්‍රිකට්ක්‍රීඩාංගණය,Tamil: பல்லேகலைசர்வதேசகிரிக்கெட் 
விளையாட்டுமைதானம்)in Kandy.  This test begins today andlasts through the 16th.  
 Pallekele is an ultra modern facility, whichopened a few years ago and seats 
22,000. India has been dominating the series so far, and with Sri Lanka 
missingsome key players due to injuries, the hosts will have to rely on 
surprise tohold out for a win.  No national teamfrom India has ever swept a 
series of three tests or less on foreign soil, butunder the captaincy of Virat 
Kohli, this team may pull out that honor.  


InAussie Rules football:  The 2017 seasonhas been one of the most exciting and 
intriguing in recent memory, as manymatches have been close, and could have 
gone either way.  On a weekly basis at least one fan base hasbeen left 
wondering how different things could have been if that crucial setshot or 
turnover went in their team’s favor. In a season as close as 2017 - it is the 
close margins in games whichmay well decide who finishes in the top eight. This 
is especially challenging in that as of the end of Round 20 therehave been 37 
games decided by 10 points or less.  Every team apart from Adelaide have 
beeninvolved in a game which has been decided by 10 points or less thus far.  
Today will see contests between the SydneySwans vs. Fremantle at the Sydney 
Cricket Grounds, the Geelong Cats vs.Richmond, the Brisbane Lions vs. the Gold 
Coast Suns, Essendon vs. the AdelaideCrows, and the West Coast Eagles vs. 
Carlton. The Fremantle Dockers make a rare trip to Sydney for a clash with 
theSwans at the Sydney Cricket Grounds, and it looms as a tough assignment 
forRoss Lyon's team who showed some good signs in their win over the Suns 
lastweek, just their second from their past 10 games. Sydney, currently 6th in 
thestandings,  bounced back from a loss toHawthorn to smash Geelong and 
reaffirm its status as a premiership contender. TheSwans' miserly defense is 
settled and in form, so it's hard to see Fremantlekicking a big enough score to 
cause the home side any trouble.  In their last five meetings, the Swans 
havebeat the Dockers, three games to two.   


Meanwhile,back in Europe, English Premiership Soccer is ramping up again, as 
are many ofthe other Ligues, Ligas, Serie, etc. Seems like last season was just 
wrapping up.  More tomorrow.   

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