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
InSri Lanka, India continues their tour with their 3rd Test at
PallekeleInternational Cricket Stadium, also known as Muttiah Muralitharan
InternationalCricket Stadium (Sinhala: පල්ලෙකැලේ
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.
Posted By Rex to SR at 8/12/2017 12:17:00 AM
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