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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Fans wearing the familiar gold-and-green-trimmed shirts of Brazils national team were still streaming up the ramp and into the Maracana Stadium when Neymar struck. George Gervin Jersey . All of 15 seconds had elapsed since the opening whistle.As it turned out, there was no need to hurry, let alone worry. Whatever terrible toll these Olympics wind up extracting from this cash-strapped, soccer-mad nation, its already clear that wont put a dent in the Selecao.Its 6-0 semifinal win Wednesday over Honduras kept Brazil in pursuit of the Olympic gold medal -- the one important international prize the only five-time World Cup champions have never won.Im happy for the goals but the most important thing is that we made it to the final, said Gabriel Jesus. It was important to win like this, playing well and with a lot of goals.The locals expect them not just to win, but to do it with style, keeping faith with a long line of stars -- beginning with Pele -- who set the bar high with their commitment to play o jogo bonito (the beautiful game). By that standard, Neymars opening tally was a comedy of errors.Honduran defender Johnny Palacios clumsy clearing attempt from the top of his goal box bounced off Neymars shins and the slim forward kept his balance and followed it toward the net. Goalkeeper Luis Lopez rushed out, went to the ground and tried to spread himself, but his clearing attempt, too, bounced off Neymar and rolled slowly forward once more, this time into the net.We can admit now -- we were all nervous when we came. The last game (against Mexico) was too close, said Rio native Marcio Salles.Salles was wearing the jersey of former Brazilian player Hulk and dancing in the concourse afterward alongside his pals as samba music filtered through the stadium.But even when it was still only 1-0, Salles added, they showed confidence and then ... they honored this place and played as they should.At least Brazils other two scores before halftime were artistic successes. Gabriel Jesus beat Lopez with the flick of his right boot after running onto a surgical cross from Luan in the 26th minute to make it 2-0; then he outraced a Honduran defender and scooped up a perfectly weighted pass from Neymar in the 35th , finishing the breakaway with a rocket into the roof of the net.Footballers like Neymar, who draws his hefty paycheck from the Spanish giant Barcelona, are the countrys most famous exports. At last count, there were more than 600 Brazilians employed in the top leagues in Europe, where the money is good and the living is much easier than back home.Neymar left Brazil in 2013 as a 21-year-old and is one of three senior players on Brazils team; Olympic rules require the remaining players to be 23 or younger. So while only four of the players on the roster currently play overseas, 10 more will likely be gone within the next two to three years. Prominent in that group are Garbiel Barbosa, known in these part as Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus, who signed Premier League powerhouse Manchester City.By comparison, all but two of Honduras 18 players ply their trade in the countrys domestic league, and nearly all of them are likely to stay there.Including Neymar wasnt simply about winning Olympic gold, but a way to let him begin forming a partnership with Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus, two youngsters who also figure prominently in Brazils 2018 World Cup plans. The nation is still keening for revenge over the way Germany humiliated them in the last World Cup -- 7-1 en route to the title -- and on their home soil no less.That much was apparent right after Brazils first tally, when fans, clearly pulling for Germany in its semifinal match against Nigeria later in the day, began chanting, Hey Germany, just wait! Your turn is coming up!---Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and Twitter.com/JimLitke. Tony Parker Jersey . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Dejounte Murray Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. http:///...n-spurs-jersey-c-19/ . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. The Klubes stands alone! Its a full slate on Tuesday, as per usual, but only the Cleveland ace stands out as a truly elite option. There are other viable pitchers, of course, but the wide-open slate might even encourage some non-Coors use.PitchingEliteCorey Kluber has had just one bad start in his past 13, and it was a five-run thrashing at Toronto. All told, he has a 2.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 90 innings of work in that stretch. The only other time he was below a 58 Game Score was a baseline quality start (6 IP/3 ER) with just three strikeouts against the Angels on Aug. 11. In this run, he has an 88 Game Score (with only 21 starts of 88 or better in MLB this season), six of 70+, nine of 60+ and 11 of at least 58. The Angels start is the only time in his past 10 in which Kluber fanned fewer than seven. The Astros arent pushovers, but their 24 percent strikeout rate is the American Leagues highest (and third in MLB behind Milwaukee and San Diego).SolidSpeaking of the Brewers and their penchant for strikeouts, Jason Hammel gets his 15th career start against them and hopes to continue his career success: 2.50 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 and a 3.4 K:BB ratio in 86.3 innings. The bulk of that work has come in the past three seasons with the Cubs (61.3 IP), so I think there is some reliability to those numbers.Im always cautious about batter vs. pitcher matchups, but even the small sample of 33 plate appearances shows that Ryan Braun has no issues facing Hammel: 9-for-27 with 3 HRs, 3 BBs, 3 HBPs and 5 Ks. Hammel threw seven shutout innings against Milwaukee on Aug. 16 and held Braun to 0-for-2 before he was replaced. If he doesnt let the Brewers slugger beat him Tuesday, he should have a second straight solid start (6 IP/1 ER his latest time out vs. PIT).Spot startersAaron Sanchez and James Paxton are both setting new career highs for innings with every out they notch, which makes them riskier on the DFS landscape, as the Jays and Mariners could be looking to limit them where possible. A big lead could spell an early end to their outing, and a short leash could keep them from being able to work out of early trouble and put together a lengthy outing. Sanchez went six innings his latest time out after a skipped turn through the rotation, but hell make this start on normal rest. Paxton has gone only five in his past two starts, but that was more because of performance than a concerted effort to limit his work.Gio Gonzalez is one out shy of three straight quality starts, with a solid 3.16 ERA in his past 11 starts since July 1. He draws the Braves too, which enhances his appeal. He has only a 7.0 K/9 in those 11 starts, but the lowly Braves offer an opportunity to spike a big strikeout game. Gonzalez has seven starts of at least eight punchouts and a high of 10 back in June. Even if he gets only five or six strikeouts, we should still get six-plus innings of good work.Matt Boyd and Tyler Anderson are a pair of young lefties who have impressed throughout the second half. Boyd has had some home run issues, but the White Sox arent equipped to exploit that. Their 35 homers against lefties slot them 23rd in the league. Anderson has a 3.11 ERA at home with 8.3 K/9 and a 3.7 K:BB ratio to support the sparkling ERA. Coors changes things, but the Giants have just a .138 ISO against lefties this year (25th in the league).Speaking of Coors, I know Jeff Samardzija has a career 2.01 ERA there, but thats in 22.3 innings scattered across his career (dating to 2009) as both a starter and reliever. The 6.0 K/9 and 1.9 K:BB ratio dont give it much juice, either, so if Im gambling on an arm there, its Anderson.Quick: Who sits third behind only Kyle Hendricks and the aforementioned Kluber in ERA since June 19? I realize thats an arbitrary cutoff point that makes answering the question virtually impossible, but even with better context, youd be unlikely to guess the answer. It isnt?Max Scherzer (fifth) or Justin Verlander (seventh). Rather, its?Ervin Santana! His 2.38 ERA in 13 starts has gone mostly unnoticed on the bottom-feeding Twins, but hes been great throughout the dog days. He has only a 7.2 K/9 rate during the run, but the Royals are striking out against righties at an average clip this year, after a few years as the toughest team to fan. Matt Bonner Spurs Jersey. His season-high 10 strikeouts came against KC back on Aug. 21.Luke Weaver has looked good through four MLB starts and has added strikeouts each time: three, six, seven and then 10 his latest time out. Im not sure hell continue that trend, but I can see another strong start of six or more innings, this time in Pittsburgh. He has had a stark platoon split so far (.593 OPS vs. righties; 1.136 vs. lefties), despite a strong changeup, but the Pirates have only three regular lefties they can throw at him: Gregory Polanco, John Jaso?and Matt Joyce.I have a hard time trusting Clay Buchholz, due in large part to the fact that I just dont see him as a very good pitcher and certainly not a very reliable one. But he got three starts in August, and the past two were great -- 6 IP/1 ER gems at Detroit and at Tampa Bay -- so Im willing to at least consider him in San Diego. The Padres have the leagues worst OPS against righties, at just .672, and as I mentioned earlier, they have the second-highest strikeout rate against righties this year at 25 percent.The strength of the Seattle offense comes from the left side, and Martin Perez just hasnt had an issue with lefties this year. His .517 OPS against them is second to only Danny Duffy (.461) in the majors this year. Perez might not be a bad SP2 punt.AvoidIve recommended Jake Odorizzi many times throughout the season, but I cant do so against Baltimore. Theyre just too dangerous to mess with, especially in DFS.HittingFor the second straight Tuesday, there is a game at Coors, but neither team is drawing a great overall hitter rating. San Franciscos is no doubt due to Andersons success at home, and Colorados could be muted by Samardzijas work at Coors over the years, though the Rockies lefties still draw an 8. Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon?and David Dahl remain my favorites to target.We have four individual 10s for Tuesday: Cubs and Phillies lefties and the Angels and Marlins righties. Lets start with the Phillies and Marlins, as theyre facing one another. Jose Urena has nearly a 200-point platoon split that favors lefty hitters with an .858 OPS. Unfortunately, Philly just doesnt offer many appealing lefties outside of Odubel Herrera, who has sputtered his way through the second half (.653 OPS). Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis are a couple of light-hitting switch-hitters you could consider as punt plays, but Id really rather look elsewhere. Adam Morgan sees Urenas platoon issues and raises him more than 50 points with a 250-point split that has resulted in a .969 OPS for righties. Ill be adding some Marcell Ozuna, Martin Prado?and J.T. Realmuto to my lineups for sure.Everyone is looking at Cubs hitters every day, and Tuesday will be no different. Their lefties draw a 10, but their righties arent exactly chopped liver, with a 7. Everyone is in play against Wily Peralta. He has allowed a .916/.906 left/right OPS split this year and has struggled since the start of last year.Anthony Rizzo is the major play; hell be my home run pick and will likely be widely used, especially in cash games. Rizzo has obliterated Peralta throughout his career, going 14-for-28 with 5 HRs, 4 BBs and 3 Ks. I know this is twice Ive cited batter vs. pitcher, but this is utter domination -- not just a handful of hits that could be filled with bloop singles. Youd probably be interested in Rizzo even before the batter vs. pitcher data. Thats usually the case and why I regularly ignore BvP as a method for player selection. This time, Im using it to highlight Rizzo -- not as the defining reason to use him.Baltimore righties, Nationals lefties and all Cardinals are also worth investigating.Most likely to go yard: Rizzo. Hes a monster.Most likely to swipe a bag: Travis Jankowski. He has been sputtering of late after a hot run (.522 OPS in the past 14 days), but he runs when he gets on, and I think he will flex that .291 average against righties against Buchholz and will get his 31st steal of the year. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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