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  • 30 Jan
    导出博客文章CHICAGO -- The New York Mets wanted more pop up top, and hoped Daniel Murphy
    could provide it. He delivered, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the eighth
    inning that sent the Mets over the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday for their first
    series win at Wrigley Field since 2007. The Mets won two of three on this trip
    to Chicago. Murphy batted leadoff for the first time this season and fifth time
    in his career. Hed mostly been in the second slot this season. "Its still always
    about quality at-bats," Murphy said. Murphy hit a leadoff shot against reliever
    Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1). Murphy has homered twice in three games and has an
    eight-game hitting streak, during which hes batted .469 (15 for 32) with seven
    extra-base hits. Manager Terry Collins indicated Murphy might remain in the
    leadoff spot. "I feel like Im taking better swings," Murphy said. "I feel better
    with my swing. Im also getting better pitches to hit. When your swing is going
    good, you feel comfortable at the plate. You just dont miss them. Thats kind of
    where Im at." Mets rookie Juan Lagares hit his first major league homer, a
    tying, two-run drive in the seventh against starter Travis Wood. "I wish I could
    have that pitch back," Wood said. "I went with a changeup, was trying to get it
    down and happened to leave it up. He put a good swing on it and hit it out."
    Lagares planned to keep the baseball, which a fan threw back onto the field.
    "When I came here I just tried to keep doing the same thing I was doing in
    Triple-A," Lagares said. "The key is to keep working hard." Scott Rice (2-3)
    pitched two scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell earned his sixth save. Wood hit his
    first homer of the season and fourth of his career, clearing the left-field
    bleachers with a two-run drive off Dillon Gee in the fifth to end a scoreless
    tie. "I felt like I located fairly well today, other than a couple pitches that
    really hurt me," Gee said. "Wood hitting the home run kind of surprised me
    because I was throwing so many sliders to him. It was like he was sitting on the
    fastball as soon as it left my hand." Wood made his ninth straight quality
    start, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out three
    and walked two. The last Cubs starter to begin a season with at least nine
    straight quality starts was Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown in 1908. "Wood was
    throwing the ball well today," Murphy said. "He didnt make a whole lot of
    mistakes. The one that did, Juan did a great job capitalizing on it. It was an
    awesome first home run." The Mets cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth on a walk to
    Gee, a forceout, a wild pitch and an RBI single by David Wright. The Cubs
    extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom half on Ryan Sweeneys leadoff homer. It
    was his first home run since July 27, 2011, when he played for Oakland. Gee
    allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings. He has allowed nine runs in
    his last nine innings and hasnt won since May 1. "When hes making his pitches
    with his changeup, which is his No. 1 pitch anyway, hes effective," Collins
    said. Sweeney tried to stretch a leadoff double into a triple in the fourth but
    was thrown out at third. The Cubs also had leadoff doubles in the first and
    fifth. NOTES: The Cubs announced reliever Michael Bowden will be designated for
    assignment to make room for RHP Matt Garza, who is coming off the disabled list
    on Tuesday. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo struck out in the first inning, ending 39
    straight at-bats without a strikeout. ... Cubs RHP Carlos Villanueva was
    available. He moved to the bullpen to make room for Garza, who will make his
    season debut on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Garza strained a back muscle in
    spring training. Villanueva (1-3) hasnt won since April 18. He has made 245 of
    his 309 career appearances as a reliever.
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    third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the
    Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on
    Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
    . Belfort (24-10) needed just 77 seconds to down Henderson in the headlining
    bout of Saturdays "UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson" event at Goiania
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    meeting, which Henderson won by decision.
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    and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the
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    . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the
    Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a
    shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick
    Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. Some notable injuries are forcing many fantasy
    football players into extra maneuvering to construct the right lineup this
    week.We help you cope with the additional challenge beyond the bye week for
    Carolina and Dallas.---QUARTERBACK REPLACEMENTSCam Newton has a bye, but Ben
    Roethlisberger is also out and could miss anywhere from two to six weeks with
    some knee issues. In the short term, there are certainly viable replacements.
    Andy Dalton is coming off a pair of 20-point fantasy games and faces the Browns,
    who have allowed an AFC-high 16 TD passes. Marcus Mariota has thrown three TD
    passes in each of the last two games and is up against the Colts 29h-ranked pass
    defense. If you have to search deeper, though, dont hesitate to use Colin
    Kaepernick, even for a longer stretch while Roethlisberger is out. His rushing
    ability, especially in the Chip Kelly offense, boosts his fantasy floor in any
    given week. He rushed for 66 yards on eight carries last week, and while he
    threw for just 187 yards and one TD, his rushing totals gave him a total of 19
    fantasy points last week. Its inviting to envision the kind of numbers he can
    post if he has a decent passing outing on top of the rushing stats, and he is
    always a threat to run for a score, too.SF TIMESHARESan Franciscos Carlos Hyde
    will miss this weeks game against Tampa Bay because of a shoulder injury. You
    may see a time share between Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn with Hyde out. Davis
    is the more physical type who is a better bet for a score and more suitable for
    standard league usage. Draughn is a good pass-catcher who had some good outings
    last year when pressed into service. He is worth consideration as a
    point-per-reception flex option if youre desperate for help in that
    format.WAITING FOR MARTINFantasy owners who were hoping that Doug Martin would
    be back this week will have to wait longer for his return, as he was ruled out
    after suffering a setback in his return from a hamstring injury. Super scatback
    Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 101 yards on 30 carries in his start before the bye
    and could be in line for a significant workload again. But at 5-6 and 205
    pounds, the Buccaneers have to be careful not to wear him down too quickly, and
    fantasy owners should keep their expectations in check. Dont use Rodgers as
    anything more than a flex option.EARLY LONDON GAME AGAINA reminder that the
    Giants and Rams play an early game in London at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Sunday
    morning. New York is allowing 266.8 passing yards per game and Case Keenum has
    been playing respectably lately, with two or more TD passes in three of his past
    four outings. He has found a favorite target in a resurgent Kenny Britt, who has
    totaled 75 or more receiving yards in four of his past five games and is coming
    off a 136-yard, two-TD performance. Keenum can be used as a QB starter if you
    are in a real pinch, and Britt has earned true WR3 consideration and is a
    perfect substitute for Kelvin Benjamin or Cole Beasley, who are on byes.ALEX
    SMITH INVITING, BUT MEDIOCREYou may be tempted to start Alex Smith against the
    Saints, who have the worst pass defense in the NFC.dddddddddddd But last week,
    Smith was up against the NFLs worst pass defense, the Raiders, the only team
    that has allowed more yards per game than New Orleans. The Kansas City QB did
    not throw a TD pass. He also had just one TD pass against the Jets 28th-ranked
    pass defense two games prior. Smith is a mediocre fantasy quarterback who cannot
    be used just because the matchup is friendly. But you should lock in Spencer
    Ware as an RB1 and use Jamaal Charles as a flex. New Orleans surrenders 117.8
    rushing yards per game with a league-high 11 ground TDs allowed.REVENGE
    GAME?Some fantasy analysts will cite a revenge game as an additional reason for
    speculating a player who will have a good week. This time, Sam Bradford travels
    to Philadelphia to take on the team that traded him away. Football is often an
    emotionally-driven game and its natural for a player to want to perform very
    well in such a scenario to prove an organization wrong for sending him away. But
    the Eagles have the fourth-best pass defense in the league, Bradford is playing
    solidly and does not have an interception yet, but he does not have a 300-yard
    game or more than two TD passes in any week. He lacks upside as a fantasy
    passer, and you could do better with Kaepernick or Keenum. He may not be able to
    impose his passing will in a lower-scoring game.JAGS DISAPPOINTMENTSAllen
    Robinson has been a fantasy disappointment and Blake Bortles has been a source
    of frustration. But it started to turn around for the Jaguars late in last weeks
    win for Chicago, as the no-huddle offense propelled Bortles to a thrilling win
    over the Bears. Jacksonville wiped out a 13-point deficit with 17 fourth quarter
    points, and now is rewarded with a matchup with Oakland this week. This may be a
    good time to buy low on Robinson and do not hesitate to start Bortles this
    week.STEELERS WITH BEN OUTThe loss of Roethlisberger puts an apparent hit on the
    fantasy appeal of superstar WR Antonio Brown. He has never caught a TD pass in
    his career in a game without Roethlisberger, and averaged six catches and 68
    yards per game without him last season. If you have Brown, it may be hard to
    bench or deal him. You simply have to start him in many cases and lower your
    expectations with Landry Jones at QB. You can keep him in your lineup, but look
    for WR3 type production at minimum. The Steelers face New England this week, but
    the Patriots dont have one weapon to take away on defense this week. Focusing on
    LeVeon Bell may actually be a higher priority, so dont expect Brown to get shut
    down completely even if much upside is not apparent. He may not give you
    standout numbers you usually get from him, but he wont hurt you this week,
    either.---This column was provided to The Associated Press by the Fantasy Sports
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