Orioles Acquire Outfielder Jaycob Brugman from Oakland

first_imgThe Orioles have acquired outfielder Jaycob Brugman from the A’s for a player to be named later or cash. Brugman in 143 plate appearances last season, had a .266 batting average with three home runs and twelve runs batted in.  Brugman has spent most of his career in the Athletics minor league system, but in his five seasons in the minors, he had a .344 OBP. That statistic is very attractive to a GM like Duquette, who values lefty hitters who know how to get on base, but maybe a little too much. This is obviously a very minor move for the O’s, and I cannot imagine Brugman playing a major roll in the Orioles’ 2018 campaign. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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An alternative history of the Springboks at the World Cup – Part One

first_imgDespite missing out on the first two editions, the Springboks have left an indelible mark on the Rugby World Cup, unsurprisingly highlighted by winning two titles in 1995 and 2007. Naturally, there are many great (and not so great) memories associated with all six of their campaigns to date, some of them eminently famous. However, there are also a few incidents that might’ve got stuck somewhere at the back of SA rugby fans’ minds. We’re here to bring some of that forgotten nostalgia back. Welcome to part one of an alternative history of the Springboks at the World Cup. 1995:…last_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Aztec fans riled up by Boylen

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The plays didn’t affect the outcome of the game, but a couple of sideline incidents involving Utah coach Jim Boylen got the crowd riled up at Cox Arena on Saturday afternoon.The first happened midway through the second half with San Diego State leading 47-38. Lorrenzo Wade stole the ball on Utah’s half of the court, but as he tried to corral the ball on the north sideline, he ran into Boylen — literally.Boylen appeared to have been crouched down about a foot onto the playing surface and as Wade came toward him, he stood up and backed away as the ball hit him. The officials awarded the ball to Utah and the Aztec crowd went crazy, as did SDSU coach Steve Fisher.”I was kneeling down out of bounds and the ball hit the line and I caught it,” Boylen explained afterward. “That’s what they called.”The crowd disagreed with the call and, for the rest of the game, the SDSU student section taunted the Utes’ coach, chanting, “Off the court!” whenever he stepped across the sideline.Then with 5:11 left and the Utes trailing 57-48, Boylen walked a couple of feet onto the floor to protest a call by another official, and official Larry Spaulding signaled a technical foul on the Utah coach. The crowd approved of this call.When asked why he got the T, Boylen said, “I don’t know — standing on the floor, I guess.”The Aztecs made one of two technical free throws and two free throws from the previous play to push the lead to 60-48, their largest of the game. NEVILL NEUTRALIZED: Luke Nevill had been named Mountain West Conference player of the week for two weeks running and was coming off a pair of games where he scored 29 points against Wyoming and 23 against LSU.The Aztecs did a much better defensive job on the Ute big man Saturday, though, and although Nevill ended up nearly matching his season averages for points and rebounds, it didn’t come easy.SDSU coach Steve Fisher explained the strategy against Nevill, saying, “We bumped him, got him off the block and made it hard for him to feel comfortable.”Nevill said, “They crowded me and were swarming me when I got the ball. They were kind of creating a protection around me and I wasn’t able to do anything. In the second half, I tried to play through contact because they were fouling me every time I had the ball.”After getting just three points in the first half, Nevill finished with 17 points on 4-of-6 field-goal shooting and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line.UTE NOTES: Thanks to Nevill, the Utes shot 84.6 from the free-throw line for the game, higher than their season average of 78.0, ninth-best in the nation. Only one other Ute, Lawrence Borha, had free throws, and he made 2-of-3. … Carlon Brown, who has the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team, had five turnovers after getting six in the previous game against LSU. … The Utes were credited with just seven assists for the game, with Brown getting two. … Kim Tillie had eight rebounds and no points. … The Utes and Aztecs meet in Salt Lake on Feb. 11. E-mail: [email protected] Aztecs down Utes, 72-63center_img Relatedlast_img read more

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