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The 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup begins today

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The 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup begins today
The 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup begins today

The 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup begins: The MLB postseason is still more than a month away, but don’t worry: if you need some intense, elimination-based baseball in your life, the Women’s Baseball World Cup is here. It begins on Wednesday, August 22, and will culminate in a championship game on August 31.

There are six games today, with a pair at 10 a.m. ET (Japan vs. the Dominican Republic and Venezuela vs. Chinese Tapei), another pair at 2 p.m. (Canada vs. Hong Kong and Australia vs. Cuba), then two more at 6 p.m. (Netherlands vs. South Korea, United States vs. Puerto Rico). The games will be streamed online at USSSA, and we’ve got the full schedule for the tournament ready for your perusal as well. That also explains just how the format for this World Cup works, so get clicking and reading and learning.

Japan is the favorite, as this Baseball America story explains. The tournament is being held in America for the first time ever, with Team USA ranked third in the pre-Cup rankings: there’s a real chance they can win it all, even if Japan hasn’t let anyone else win these tournaments for quite some time.

Not everyone loves the way baseball is played today, and this isn’t meant in some “back in my day” effort-level argument. It’s more about the nature of the game in 2018, and worth reading even if you might disagree.

The O’s rebuild should begin in their outfield, writes Camden Chat.

The O’s rebuild should begin in their outfield, writes Camden Chat.

Let’s Go Tribe wonders why Cleveland has been so good after the All-Star break in recent seasons.

Here’s a look at how the new extra-innings rules have worked in the minors, and if we could see them in the majors someday.

Here’s Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs on Justin Verlander and the 200-win club.

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ICC ODI Rankings: Kohli, Rohit Maintain Hold Over Top-Two Batting Slots as England And Ireland Players Move Upwards

Kohli has 871 points while Rohit has 855. The India duo is followed at the top-two by Pakistan’s Babar Azam who has 829 points.

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Virat Kohli continues as the top-ranked ODI batsmen while Rohit Sharma maintained his hold over the second spot in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday following the conclusion of a three-match series between England and Ireland.

Kohli has 871 points while Rohit has 855. The India duo is followed at the top-two by Pakistan’s Babar Azam who has 829 points.

Ross Taylor (818)  and Faf du Plessis (790) complete the top-five rated ODI batsmen.

England captain Eoin Morgan, who had scored a century in the third ODI, has moved up one spot to be at 22.

Jonny Bairstow has also moved up a rung to 13th position.

The two heroes of Ireland’s stunning win over England in the third ODI on Tuesday – Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie – have moved upwards in the batting charts.

Stirling, who scored 142, has moved one rung to be ranked 26th while Balbirnie, who scored 113 in the successful chase of 329, has jumped four spot to be ranked 42.

Curtis Campher, who scored half-centuries in the first two ODIs, is the latest entrant in the batting charts, debuting at 191st spot.

Among the bowlers, Craig Young, who took six wickets during the series has climbed up a massive 40 places to reach career-best 89th position. His compatriots Mark Adair (138) and Joshua Little (146) have also gained places.

New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult continues to be at the top followed by Jasprit Bumrah of India.

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman is at the third spot followed by Australian Pat Cummins at fourth and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa at fifth spot.

England legspinner Adil Rashid has advanced from 29th to 25th after clinching five wickets during the series, while left-arm pacer David Willey’s eight wickets have lifted him six places to 51st position.

 

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Arsenal’s Willian transfer bid could mean bad news for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future

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“You don’t want to be in a situation where you have Aubameyang tied down to a long-term contract, Lacazette – whose contract expires in 2022 – tied down to a long-term contract, and Willian too. 

“Not when you’ve got Martinelli and Saka and Pepe and all these guys you’re trying to push. It’s not a good situation to be in. 

“So, I wonder if Arsenal are trying to push this along almost as a plan B alternative if they don’t reach a deal with Aubameyang. 

“Otherwise, adding a guy like Willian, with his age on a three-year-deal, makes almost zero sense.”

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Liverpool receive transfer boost with Jurgen Klopp target ‘desperate’ to join Reds

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Liverpool are yet to make a move to sign Norwich, and haven’t made any calls to the Canaries yet.  

They are, however, expected to take the plunge at some point, with Klopp keen to get cover for Robertson as soon as possible. 

James Milner has been used in the left-back position this season, but club chiefs want a more natural defender to play a role in their Premier League title defence.  

Norwich are also expected to field offers for Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Emiliano Buendia this summer.  

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