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After prevailing in a variety of ways during their recent surge, the Washington Nationals will try to extend Mat Latos’ longest winless streak in four years.

Washington seeks a seventh victory in eight games Tuesday night against Latos and the visiting Miami Marlins.

The Nationals (13-14) seemed to hit rock bottom during a six-game losing streak from April 22-27, but have been virtually impossible to keep down over the past week. They blew Atlanta away with back-to-back 13-run performances in two wins last week, then stymied the New York Mets, holding them to six runs in taking three of four, including consecutive shutouts over the weekend.

Monday called for a late rally, as they scored four runs in the eighth inning of a 6-4 win over Miami. Yunel Escobar had a career-high five hits including the go-ahead single, and Ian Desmond is 5 for 11 over his last three games after homering. He had been 0 for 27 in his previous seven contests.

It gives them confidence that they’re not out of a game, which is a good thing, manager Matt Williams said.

Latos (0-3, 6.86 ERA) left due to a strained hamstring in the fifth inning Wednesday against the Mets, apparently injuring himself while running out a single after giving up three runs in an eventual 7-3 Marlins victory. He was cleared to start after throwing a successful bullpen session Saturday.

He threw and it went well, manager Mike Redmond told MLB’s official website. That’s good for us.

The right-hander’s seven-start winless stretch going back to last season is tied for his second-longest, trailing an 11-outing drought from Sept. 12, 2010-May 9, 2011.

Latos’ lone quality start with his new club came against the Nationals as he limited them to two runs over 6 1-3 innings in Miami’s 3-2 victory on April 24. He’s 0-2 in his last five matchups despite a 3.18 ERA, receiving four runs of support in 28 1-3 innings.

Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 4.60) underwhelmed in April, though he comes off a better outing Thursday. He retired 10 straight after giving up two runs during a 5 1-3-inning effort in an 8-2 win against the Mets.

He was mediocre in an 8-0 loss at Miami on April 25, giving up four runs in six innings. The fireballer is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in nine matchups with the Marlins at Nationals Park since dropping his first career home start against them.

Miami (12-14) has given up six runs in back-to-back losses after winning nine of 10. The bullpen threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings in sweeping a home series from Washington from April 24-26, but was unreliable Monday with Bryan Morris allowing the four late runs in a blown save.

Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 15 over his last four games after an 0-for-4 night, but he’s 12 for 30 with three homers and six doubles against Strasburg. Marcell Ozuna is 7 for 16 versus the right-hander.

Dee Gordon is 21 for 35 during a nine-game hitting streak, while Washington’s Wilson Ramos is 14 for 36 during his own nine-game run.

Two of Jayson Werth’s three multihit games have come against the Marlins, though he’s just 1 for 15 off Latos.

All three players to record a five-hit game this season played Monday: Escobar, Gordon and Denard Span.

Mayweather-Pacquiao- Bookmakers report record number of stake

Online bookmakers Sky Bet took an average of 18 bets per second ahead of the opening bell as the Fight of the Century became one of the most popular sporting events in its 13-year history.

With the Grand National traditionally the biggest staking event of the year for bookmakers, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao gave the National Hunt horse race a run for its money.

Excluding past Nationals, the Las Vegas showdown is now the highest staking event Sky Bet have ever offered odds on.

Sky Bet’s highest staking events (excluding Grand Nationals)

  • 1) Mayweather v Pacquiao
  • 2) 2015 US Masters
  • 3) 2014 World Cup final
  • 4) 2015 Gold Cup

    It attracted over double the amount of bets placed on Carl Frochs re-match with George Groves at Wembley Stadium last year, which was previously Sky Bets most popular boxing event.

    The figures also exceed the 2015 US Masters including four days of in-play odds at Augusta while the 2014 World Cup final and 2015 Gold Cup were also soundly out-performed in terms of stakes.

    With the majority of Sky Bets customers opting to back underdog Pacquiao, Mayweathers unanimous decision win was the perfect result for bookmakers.

    The support for Pacquiao was aided by Sky Bet offering the best price available on the Filipino, with punters drawn to the possibility of an upset at the MGM Grand.

    Sky Bet spokesman Dale Tempest said: This event has proved a massive success for our Price Boost policy, as we set our stalls out early on this result.

    We remained at a standout top industry price of 9/4 on a Pacquiao win for the duration of the build up to the fight and the total stakes on the boost alone were astronomical.

Marshall RB Butler charged in attack of two gay men, dismissed from team

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall running back Steward Butler was charged in the beating of two gay men Wednesday and dismissed from the team.

Butler was arraigned before a Cabell County magistrate on two misdemeanor battery counts Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond.

Huntington police Detective Chris Sperry said in criminal complaints that Butler got out of a car after seeing the men kissing on a street on April 5 in Huntington. Sperry said Butler allegedly then began shouting derogatory words about their sexual orientation and punched the men.

Sperry told media outlets that one of the men took a video of the incident on his cellphone. The detective said evidence in the case has been turned over to federal authorities for review of possible civil rights violations.

Sperry and an attorney for Butler didn’t immediately return telephone messages.

Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team earlier Wednesday, and Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said he and coach Doc Holliday agreed to the dismissal after learning more about the case.

Fairness West Virginia, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the state, praised the university’s swift actions.

There is no place for violence or intolerance in any community in West Virginia, group executive director Andrew Schneider said in a statement.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eric Hosmer can’t believe Corey Kluber is still looking for his first victory.

Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, remained winless through seven starts this season when the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Thursday.

”It’s a guy you would never anticipate being 0-5, definitely not,” said Hosmer, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning. ”He’s still got the same stuff as he did. He’s still really effective. He’s got the two-seamer, cutter and slider that he whips out the second and third time through.”

Hosmer hit a 2-0 pitch for the homer.

”When you get behind a guy 2-0 with two guys on, you can’t really be picky there,” Kluber said. ”I’m going out there trying to attack guys and he put a good swing on it.”

Kluber (0-5) matched the record for most winless starts by a pitcher after winning a Cy Young. Zack Greinke in 2010 and Frank Viola in 1989 also went seven straight without a victory.

”I think we all know that he’s our guy,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. ”When we get where we want to be, he’ll be a huge part of it. Whatever your record is, you have to live with that. That is part of the game.”

Kluber gave up five runs, seven hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings, and left with a 5.04 ERA. In his past four starts, Kluber has a 7.43 ERA, yielding 38 hits and 19 earned runs in 23 innings.

The Cleveland ace went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA last year.

Franklin Morales (3-0) won with two scoreless innings of relief.

Luke Hochevar, who just came off the disabled list following shoulder surgery, pitched a scoreless sixth, striking out two. It was his first appearance since Sept. 29, 2013.

”I had an adrenaline rush especially in a spot like that (a one-run lead),” Hochevar said. ”I didn’t feel too pumped up or too juiced up. I was just excited to be on the mound.”

Greg Holland worked a spotless ninth to collect his fifth save in as many chances.

Rain delayed the start of the game by 2 hours, 17 minutes.

Hosmer hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs in the seven-game homestand.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez lasted just three innings after walking six, including Donnie Murphy and Michael Bourn with the bases loaded in the second. He entered the game averaging 2.1 walks per nine innings. Volquez had a blister on his right thumb that popped in the third inning.

”I asked the trainers if he would miss a start and right away they said no,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Volquez said he has had the blister ”in the same spot” in previous years.

”I’ve been dealing with it the last couple of starts, but today was the worst,” Volquez said.

Carlos Santana homered in the seventh, cutting the Royals’ lead to one run. The Royals responded with Omar Infante’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning.

SUSPENSION REDUCED

Royals RHP Kelvin Herrera had his seven-game suspension for incidents, April 19 against Oakland and April 23 at Chicago, reduced to six games after his appeal.

ROYALS OBTAIN CATCHER

The Royals acquired C Drew Butera from the Angels for minor league IF Ryan Jackson. Butera hit .190 in 10 games with the Angels.

COMMISSIONER VISITS

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who is touring all MLB parks, stopped in at Kauffman Stadium. ”I think the success Kansas City had last year and the great start they’re off to this year, and the fact that they have a strategy that is sustainable in our system, it says a lot about the health of our industry,” Manfred said. ”I would be remiss if I didn’t point out it takes foresight and diligence to accomplish what (owner) David Glass, (president) Dan Glass and (general manager) Dayton (Moore) have accomplished. While I do believe we have a system within which you can draft and acquire young talent, it’s still a tall order to accomplish that in the way they have here.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: With LHP T.J. House (shoulder inflammation) on the DL, LHP Bruce Chen will start Saturday against the Twins.

Royals: SS Alcides Escobar remains on the concussion list, waiting results of Thursday tests.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer, who starts Friday against the Twins, has a 6.06 ERA in three Progressive Field starts.

Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura will make his first start Friday since April 29, after completing his seven-game suspension.

Chaussure Adidas F50 Yamamoto Michael Jordans Daughter Has These Snakeskin Jordans Earl

It turns out some more lux versions of that mid-top lifestyle shoe that Nicki Minaj unveiled during the Chaussure Adidas F50 Yamamoto Jordan Brand Classic will be releasing. This time around, its not Nicki thats doing the unveil, its the heiress to the Jordan throne otherwise known as Jasmine Jordan. MJs daughter, a Syracuse alumni, recently picked these up during a visit to the Jordan HQ Vendita Scarpe Lebron inside the Nike campus and she left with these two great snakeskin editions of the lifestyle shoe. Release info hasnt been set just yet, but well bring you the word when it is confirmed.

Air Jordan 1 BHM Shaquille O’Neal trips and falls on the ‘NBA on TNT’ halftime sho

Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Nealtook a spectacular tumble on live televisionto the delight of the internet on Thursday.

As the panel discussed the action from the first half of game twobetween the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, the 216-centimetreanalyst appeared to become tangled in studiocables, stumblingto the floor from his starting position on araisedplatform.

According to yahoo.com, on theTNT channel’sNBA broadcasts, the generously proportioned star – who was 147 kilograms during his playing days -often races fellow analyst Kenny Smith to the television screen to breakdown plays.

As the big man hitthe deck, minus one huge shoe,he laughinglyaccused Nike Kobe X Chaussure his co-stars of tying the cables around his leg.

Never one to shy away from the limelight, O’Neal later tweeted a challenge to his followers to create the best meme of the action. The example he postedis going to take some beating for the $US500 [$630] reward, however.

The tumble seems to Air Jordan 1 BHM have not even bruised the famous ego of one of the sport’s most colourful characters.

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zapatillas de Messi Colin Kaepernick defends Tom Brady- ‘Let Tom be great

Colin Kaepernick pulled off his?Chris Crocker impression and asked people to leave Tom Brady alone.?The 49ers quarterback took to Twitter in defense of the Patriots quarterback Friday afternoon.

Kaepernick’s defense of Brady won’t matter; it was reported Friday that Brady will be suspended for his role in Deflategate, with the length of the suspension to be determined.

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T��nis Para Futsal FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night- Edgar vs. Faber viewing and schedule guide

It’s a special morning edition of UFC Fight Night from the Philippines as Frankie Edgar looks to secure a title shot as he faces former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber in a super fight at 145 pounds.

Edgar has been on fire lately after retiring B.J. Penn last July before running through former No. 1 contender Cub Swanson in his most recent fight in November 2014.

Now Edgar will face one of the most iconic fighters from the lighter weight divisions as Faber goes back up to featherweight with a chance to add a huge feather to his cap by beating the fighter most consider the No. 1 contender at 145 pounds.

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This weekend will also be the final fight for former middleweight contender Mark Munoz as he officially calls it a career after his bout against Luke Barnatt on the main card from Manila.

To make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action, here’s a run down of all the events taking place in the Philippines this week leading to UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber.

Friday at 7am ET – FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber weigh-ins

Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

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Saturday at 7am ET – FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber Pre-Fight Show

Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

Before the fights kick off at the bottom of the hour, hear analysis and picks from the best crew in the sport. Will Edgar earn a title shot with a win or is this the restart of Faber’s career as a featherweight? Follow along and have breakfast as you get ready for the card from the Philippines.

Saturday at 7am ET – FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber early prelims

Where to watch: UFC Fight Pass

The first two fights of the night will kick off on UFC Fight Pass, the official digital network of the UFC. The card includes:

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    Saturday at 8am ET – FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber prelims

    Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

    The prelims feature four fights of the night will kick off on FOX Sports 1 including a huge crop of local talent from Asia. The prelims will include:

    Tae Hyun Bang vs. John Tuck

    Zhang Lipeng vs. Kajan Johnson

    Li Jingliang vs. Dhiego Lima

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    Saturday at 10am ET – FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber Main Card

    Where to watch: FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports GO

    The main card will kick off at 10am sharp with six featured bouts all leading to the five round headline bout in the featherweight division between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber.

    MAIN EVENT: Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber

    Gegard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou

    Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt

    Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Neil Magny

    Phillipe Nover vs. Yui Chul Nam

    Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili

    Saturday at 1pm ET — UFC Fight Night post fight show

    Where to watch: FOX Sports 2 or FOX Sports GO

    Following the night’s action, change the channel to FOX Sports 2 to hear a breakdown of all the events that just happened as well as exclusive post fight interviews with the biggest winners of the night, flip the channel to FOX Sports 2 after the card.

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    Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes Nike Air Max 2016 made a derogatory comment toward James Harden’s mother on Wednesday night, and he apparently apologized after the game.

    Harden’s mother, Monja Willis, told TMZ on Thursday thatshe would not repeat what Barnes said to herduring the Houston Rockets’ Game 2 win, but Nick Wright of CBS Houston heard it was pretty vulgar (a censored screenshot of Barnes’ quote can be seen here).

    It’s unclear if Willis said something to Barnes first, but it’s probably safe to assume Barnes didn’t know she was Harden’s mother. When Harden’s brother confronted Barnes after the game, Barnes apologized.

    “My older son walked over to him and told him to apologize … and he did,” Willis told TMZ. “What he told me was that he would never want to disrespect anyone’s mother because his mother passed from cancer … and that he was sorry. I accept his apology.”

    Harden scored 20 points in the second half and helped the Rockets erase a 13-point Chaussure Adidas F50 Yamamoto deficit. You’d hate to think it took Barnes saying something to his mom to motivate him, but at least the Rockets didn’t playthe way they did in Game 1.

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    Lebron Scarpe Dimarca Severe water pollution could delay 2016 Rio Olympic rowing races

    The head of rowing’s governing body says races at next year’s Olympics could be delayed because of severe water pollution at the venue.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, World Rowing Federation executive director Matt Smith said events may be suspended for a day or two if pollution spikes. But he says athletes are ”not a high risk” with no plans to abandon the small lake in central Rio, site of a massive fish die-off last month.

    ”The situation is not traumatic or dangerous from what we understand so far,” Smith said. ”But we want to get all the facts and explanations.”

    Much of the water around Rio de Janeiro is polluted.

    The Olympics have highlighted decades of neglected sanitation. Brazil is spending at least $12 billion in private and public money for sports and urban infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics, with little earmarked for sewage treatment.

    Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing, has been described as an ”open sewer.” At the separate rowing venue, 50 tons of rotting carcasses were floating in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in April.

    Smith said he hopes to issue a ”comprehensive report” next week to Olympic rowers about health risks. He said there is no plan to change the venue, but said events could be suspended if heavy rains flood the lake with untreated sewage.

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    ”If it calls for suspending for a day or two, that’s the scenario at this point,” Smith said.

    Asked if he would swim in the venue, Smith replied: ”I don’t think I would go swimming in that lagoon.”

    Government officials blamed the fish die-off on a rapid drop in water temperature. Environmentalists say it was caused by raw sewage in the lake.

    Rio officials pledged that stemming water pollution would be a major legacy when they were awarded the games in 2009. But it’s a broken promise, and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has already called it a ”lost opportunity.” He said there is no health risk, though some scientists and environmentalist disagree.

    Smith said he is relying on water-quality data gathered by Rio’s city and state governments. He said Dr. Richard Budgett, the medical and scientific director the International Olympic Committee, was helping with the analysis.

    Scientists say contact with the water around Rio can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illness, serious enough to sideline Olympic athletes who have worked years for a shot at a gold medal. Many physicians recommend a hepatitis A vaccine before entering Rio’s waters.

    Smith said any risk in the lagoon was lessened because rowers have only ”secondary contact” with the water.

    ”To row a boat on it (the lagoon), there is no life-threatening possibility,” Smith said. ”I can guarantee you that.”

    Simon Toulson, secretary general of the Switzerland-based International Canoe Federation, said the venue had been used for big events.

    ”It (water quality) is not going to affect our competitions,” he told AP in an interview. ”We won’t postpone or cancel the competition or anything because of it. We would like the lagoon to be clear, clean for the general public using it post-games. But it doesn’t affect our sport.”

    Asked about contact with the water, he replied: ”The people in the boats are supposed to stay in the boats, not in the water.”

    Toulson said there was no alternate venue for rowing or canoeing.

    ”It’s an environmental story that’s not good. It’s the same for sailing, it’s the same for rowing,” he acknowledged. ”It’s not an easy solution. We cannot fix it before the games. That’s for sure.”

    Curtis Jordan, the high performance director of USRowing – the national governing body – said the problems in Lebron Scarpe Dimarca Rio were the ”most dramatic” of any rowing venue in memory. This Nike Air Max 90 GS Chaussures is his eighth Olympics.

    ”We’re not swimming in it, but we are quite exposed to it,” he said. ”There will be plenty of water splashed on the boats, on the bodies. There’ll be enough contact with it that if there is a question about the safety of the water – I would be concerned.”

    Despite the pollution, both venues offer postcard backdrops for long-range television shots. Guanabara is framed by Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon sits under the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

    ”It a pretty spectacular venue, all thing considered,” said Adam Parfitt, national team manager for Rowing Canada. ”It’s an amazing opportunity, but it comes with a few other things.”