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  • 25 Jul
    导出博客文章Thierry Henry and Jamie Redknapp discuss the Premier League relegation battle
    and predict a fight to the finish for Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland. The two
    sides from the north east drew their respective games this weekend, with the
    Magpies coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Liverpool and the Black Cats holding
    Arsenal to a stalemate on Super Sunday.Norwich were not in action this weekend
    but did drop into the bottom three after Sunderlands result, both sides holding
    a game in hand over Newcastle. The current positions and run-in for the bottom
    three of the Premier League With just one point separating the three clubs, the
    Sky Sports pundits were unable to choose between the sides with Redknapp calling
    the relegation fight a lottery.Its very difficult. I think if youd said to Alex
    Neil at the start of the weekend that neither Newcastle nor Sunderland would
    win, I think hed have taken that, Redknapp said on Super Sunday. Jack Colback
    earned Newcastle a 2-2 draw at Liverpool Hell be looking at those fixtures and
    thinking, Watford at home, Everton away - if we can go and get four points,
    maybe weve got a good chance.Its not been too bad a weekend for Norwich. Theyve
    got Arsenal next - its not an easy game but if they defend well, you never know.
    Its a lottery, its a toss of the coin, it really is. Sunderland manager Sam
    Allardyce thought his side did enough in the second half to win their game
    against Arsenal but is happy with a vital point following Crystal Palace now
    have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Newcastle are also playing against an
    Aston Villa side that are down and have given up.Theyll also be hoping Tottenham
    have nothing to play for - it could be a bit after-the-Lord-Mayors-Show, that
    game. Newcastle have it all to do but Ive been down in that position - you try
    to predict results and the one you expect to win, you dont. Could Crystal
    Palaces FA Cup date give Newcastle an advantage? Henry identified the recent run
    of Sunderland and Newcastle as crucial for their survival, and also pointed to
    what he sees as a big advantage for Sam Allardyces men.Its a tough one. The only
    thing Id say is that momentum is with Sunderland and Newcastle with their
    results, the former Arsenal striker added. Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was
    delighted with his team after they came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with
    Liverpool You could say that Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are easier games for
    Newcastle - theyve less to play for than some of the other opponents.But you
    have to mention the goal difference of Sunderland - its minus 18 compared to the
    other two (seven better than Norwich, eight better than Newcastle). That could
    be massive.Who will stay up? Leave a comment if youre reading on
    or Tweet us @SkyFootball... Also See: Sunderland out of bottom three Newcastle
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    Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into
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    . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem,
    and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27
    shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the
    tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing
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    not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. CLEVELAND -- Jake Arietta made a
    brief run at a no-hitter and ended another 71-year pause between celebrations
    for the Chicago Cubs and their faithful fans.Not only are they back in the World
    Series, theyve won there again.One more drought quenched, one more to go.Arrieta
    carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and
    the Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the Series with their first Fall Classic
    win in more than seven decades, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on
    Wednesday night.Arrieta, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, briefly
    invoked Don Larsens name by flirting with one deep in October before the Indians
    touched him for two hits and a run. However, the right-hander helped give
    Chicago just what it needed -- a split at Progressive Field -- before the
    Cubbies return to their Wrigley Field den for the next three games starting
    Friday night.Its always crazy good, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said when asked how
    he expected things to be on the corner of Clark and Addison for Game 3. But Id
    have to imagine a little bit more than that, especially coming back at 1-1. I
    think the folks will be jacked up about the win tonight.Its the finest venue
    there is in professional sports and maybe in all of sports.The Cubs hadnt won in
    the Series since beating Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force a decisive Game 7, and
    after their latest win, hundreds of Chicago fans gathered in the pouring rain in
    the rows behind their first-base dugout, where they danced and sang. A few waved
    the familiar white and blue W flags.They hope to do it three more times.The
    big-swinging Schwarber, who made it back for Chicagos long-awaited Series return
    after missing six months with an injured left knee, hit an RBI single in the
    third off Clevelands Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs three-run fifth --
    highlighted by Ben Zobrists run-scoring triple.In Game 1, Schwarber doubled and
    walked.No, its not that easy, first off. Baseballs a crazy game, he said.Even
    the presence of star LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers, sporting their
    new rings, couldnt stop the Indians from losing for the first time in six home
    games this postseason.And Cleveland manager Terry Franconas magical touch in
    October finally fizzled as he dropped to 9-1 in Series games.We gave up nine
    hits, eight walks, two errors, and we only gave up five runs, Francona said. For
    us to win, we generally need to play a clean game, and we didnt do that.With
    rain in the forecast, Major League Baseball moved the first pitch up an hour in
    hopes of avoiding delays or a postponement.It turned out to be a good call as
    the game went on without a hitch and ended after more than four hours as light
    rain was beginning to fall.Arrieta and the Cubs provided the only storm.The
    bearded 30-year-old coasted through five innings without allowing a hit, and his
    no-hit bid was the longest in a Series game since Jerry Koosman of the New York
    Mets tossed six no-hit innings in 1969.For a brief period, Arrieta looked as if
    he might challenge Larsens gem -- a perfect game -- in 1956 before Indians
    second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, doubled with one out
    in the sixth .Arrieta has two career no-hitters, inn fact, including the only
    one in the majors this year.dddddddddddd.I knew I hadnt given up a hit all the
    way to the sixth, Arietta said. Thats really not the focus in a game like this.
    Whether they get a hit or not really doesnt affect the way you continue to
    approach that lineup, especially with a five-run lead.Kipnis was impressed.We
    didnt get much going, he said. You have to tip your hat to Arietta. He was
    awesome.Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery replaced Arrieta and worked two scoreless
    innings before Aroldis Chapman came in and unleashed his 103 mph heat while
    getting the last four outs in his Series debut.The teams will have an off day
    before the series resumes with Game 3 at Wrigley, which will host its first
    Series game since 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave with
    his pet goat, Murphy, and a curse was born.Josh Tomlin will start for the
    Indians, who will lose the designated hitter in the NL ballpark, against Kyle
    Hendricks.Schwarber might also wind up on the bench after two days as the DH.
    Maddon loves the way hes swinging but isnt sure hes ready to play in the
    outfield.Thats something Im waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical
    side, because obviously he looks good, he said. He looks good at the plate.
    Running the bases he looks pretty good so far.And the Cubs finally do, too, as
    they head home.Unlike his start in Toronto on Oct. 17, when his stitched cut
    opened up and Bauer was forced to make a bloody departure in the first inning,
    his finger held up fine.The Cubs, though, put a few nicks in him in 3 2/3
    innings.I just wasnt sharp for whatever reason, Bauer said.The drone accident
    has brought attention to the quirky Bauer, and one Chicago fan tried to rattle
    the right-hander by sending a smaller version of the remote-controlled, flying
    object that cut him.Bauer posted a photo of it on Twitter, saying I see the
    (at)Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!ODDS AND ENDSFranconas
    nine-game winning streak was the third longest in history, trailing Joe Torre
    (14) and Joe McCarthy (10). . The Cubs are 7-1 this postseason when scoring
    first. ... The teams combined for a Series record-tying three wild pitches. ...
    Indians RHP Danny Salazar made his first postseason appearance since starting
    the 2013 AL wild-card game. ... This is the 58th time the Series has been tied
    1-1. The Game 2 winner has won the title 29 times.SHORT RESTLooking ahead,
    Francona has already decided hell bring Kluber back on short rest for Game 4. It
    wasnt much of a decision, really, after the right-hander confounded the Cubs in
    Game 1, painting the corners for 6 1/3 innings.UP NEXTCubs: Hendricks is coming
    off his brilliant performance in Game 5 of the NLCS when he pitched two-hit ball
    for seven innings as the Cubs clinched their first pennant in 71 years. The
    right-hander led the majors with a 2.13 ERA.Indians: It will be an emotional
    night for Tomlin, who will pitch on 12 days rest with his ailing father, Jerry,
    in attendance. The elder Tomlin became stricken with a spinal condition in
    August, when Tomlin was struggling on the mound. ' ' '