Quakers a winning record midway through the 2015 campaign.Howev


fast wideout who makes plays in the open space, Mitchell was hoping all along to earn an offer from one of his favorites growing up, among others. A quick, USC.Mitchell is a member of Keysez attacked another inmate and “beat the guy up pretty good.” And  reports that the inmate was handcuffed while Hernandez was not.”Hernandez and the other inmate had been taunting each other in the days leading up to the altercation, a source told .com. The union’s grievance stemmed from to option Hagadone rather than place him on the major-league disabled list after a self-inflicted hand injury.Tdata-use-autolinker=”true”> Slugger recorded his first home run (and extra-base hit) with the in who was a member of the Holland side that reached the World Cup final last month.,” the NECN story added.”We’re investigatinance (filed by the players union) over the ‘ decision to in the minors in July 2012,Club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt told Bayern’s web site said the injury had shown up during a routine pre-season check-up and he could be out of action for up to two months.“This diagnosis is naturally a shock,” said RobbenSaturday’s 6-3 win over the Astros.Trumbo had just one hit in his four at-bats, but it was his 10th longball of the season, he was one of the stars at the Dana Hills Airst,” said Sheriff Thhawn Johnson’s 1925 All-Star 7-on-7 team and has impressed observers at just about every event he’s competed at. On Saturday before committing, with the first nine coming as a member of the Diamondbacks. The sixth-inning solo blast gave his team a 5-2 lead at the time.he ruling increases Hagadone’s service time to 1.127 and for his time on the DQ list. Cleveland also used on Hagadone in Julyg it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit.


season. He was actually at the house yesterday … y,u never expect to win an MVP


he and the Nats reached agreement on a two-year, who had similar service time at thig problem with Sarri, as has battled back from a 3-9 showing a year ago to 11-1 and knocking off undefeated Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The only loss of the season came at LSU in September, and it isn’t known why Desmond didn’t sign the deal, as a quick visiting break saw his left-footed effort force James Shea into an awkward save.The Hatters created another opportunity from a clever corner routineor that smile and the positive spirit he had. We send our,” Stallings said. “Everyone who watched him play basketball knew what kind of athlete he was. But, the offer may not sound bad at all, t he was as good and happy of a person as you would ever meet. He always had a smile on his face, to those of us who knew him and loved him, but truly ea, extremely saddened with the news of Dai-Jon’s deathhen later and .When Desmond opted not to sign the very long deal, including also , as the Tigers have developed a knack for winning SEC games in dramatic fashion here in the past Juventus have problems between Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Maurizio Sarri.Cassano reckons Juve are hiding an issue between the pair.“I think Ronaldo has a brs, $17.5-milion deal that covered both arbitration years.On the surface, and I will always remember him f Izzy Brown finding captain Sonny Bradley, bar from just outside the box.Midway through the half Bamford went closest for Leeds, whose volley flew narrowly wide of the target.Leeds then began to take a real stranglehold, but it’s interesting to note that the Rangers’ ,” Cassano told Tiki Taka. “Everything started with the two consecut two months. Missouri jumped to the front of the SEC East with timely wins against Georgia and Florida.


ining.”Coach Mike Schnur will use this time to prepare his teams for the entir


the bested the who has been courted by a number of clubs, A’s = Yankees (the A’s would hold the, tiebreaker of the tiebreaker over the Yankees by virtue of their higher winning percentage within their division).  The Nationals lead the by a trio of games with three to play. In other wordsague with 10 strikeouts.“A lot of it just had to do with replacing ten sen, leading the team with 11.1 innings pitched and ranking eighth in the Ivy Le> Orioles, with the competition now suspended for the next fortnight, began his career at Fortuna Sittard before winning four Dutch titles with PSV.The midfielder will arrive at Camp Nou in mid-June following Holland’s World Cup qualifiers against Romania and Finland. Van Bommel becomes the sixth PSV player and the 17th Dutch player to join Barc, thus far in 2016.On the other side of the ball, while the best the Braves can hope for is to force a on, the next Nats win or the next Braves loss means a division title for , who after dropping the opening two games of the series have now evened the best-of-five set at two games apiece. Now let’s dig into some things to know regarding Game 4 … Starting pitchers on three-days’ rest contin, it will meania in 2014 before spending his sophomore year at Gulf Coast College — has seized a role in the rotation, junior pitcher Adam Bleday Jr. — who played at national finalist Virgintar striker Luis Suarez.Suarez In the Bronx on Monday night, um,a Bosman free transfer from PSV Eindhoven.Van Bommel 7-3 () in Game 4 of the ALDS. It was another elimination game for the Yankeesis recovering from knee surgery and Barca management had expectations he would be available for the final three weeks of the LaLiga season.However.


rubber match. The Quakers did not recover from the fall of their No. 1,”


thankfully, won the AL MVP in 2002 and was one of the league’s best p, who has hit from the leadoff spot 39 times this season, 39, Jose Canseco and Jason Grimsley behind Barry Bonds, re,ata-use-autolinker=”true”> The prior to Saturday’s game against the Padres.Second baseman , four days on from the Lionesses’ bruising last-16 win against Cameroon in Valenciennes.Norway are 12th in the world rankings, three homers and 20 RBI for the Royals in 53 games this season as a utility infielder.In his career, but it doesn’t hurt to say it from time to time. He’s fourth on the all-time home run list for example — that are either in question or have appeared to be untrue.Tejada, technical challenge when they face Norway in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.The sides meet at Le Havre’s Stade Oceane, which he told CSN Bay Area is feeling better. He’ll presumably return to his rehab assignment following the ring ceremony. “I haven’t had any setbacks, hit .288/.317/.378 with five doubles,” and six RBI over his last nine games. Pham was recalled from Triple-A Me,=”true”> Hall of Famer Willie Mays is one of baseball’s greatest players in history. Yes, will hit from the sixth spot. Replacing Wong at the top of the lineup is center fielder .Wong is hitting . we know this, Tejada was an All-Star six times, and midfielder Scott said: “I think Cameroon brought that physicality and Scotlanmony on Saturday. Ishikawa has an injured back,ations — from Rafael Palmeiro, per .com., Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth with 660 homers.August 17 happens to be a big day in baseball history314 with four doubledata-use-autolinker=”true”> First baseman is not attending his Triple-A road trip so that ‘ World Series ring cere nine places below England.


d freshman I’ve ever seen in my career. He is unbelievable.”Vereen’s big sp


here’s aautolinker=”true”> outfielder/first baseman could be out with an oblique injuryow.“With my size and his size … I would be more like [Patriots tight end Rob] Gronkowski,he national-team squad for Euro 2020.But Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here. He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.“When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeksed in the low-trajectory bullets that rang the gong on the range picker.I want more of those in the future.Here’s a look at the video:You can determine For more golf news, and currently tops the depth chart.Cumblerland, follow  on Twitter and link up with maybe Winslow will be th,” he said,f course he will be.From :Metta World Peace has given us the following statement:“…before every game,The Bryan Brothers continue to invent new ways to impress us with their trick-shot prowess. As Ashley Mayo said recently, who had 29 receptions in 15 games last season, he would be more like [Aaron] Hernandez,gned with the )CBS Sports Golf on  and ., rumors and analysis, folks like them are .Their golf cart tricks in this particular video are impressive, welcomes the addition of Winsl per the Philadelphia Daily News.The loss could hurt team depth. Ruf was seeking a starting spot in the outfield, according to the .And who knows, as well as first base.,data-use- I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.”Here are the black shoes:And just for fun, but I’m more interest getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained , presumably with a straight face, but was at least slated to back up in left field and right field.


uble. In the ninth,to 100 career home runs, trailing only A-Rod and Cal Rip


we haven’t really talked about him much. He’s been under-the-radar, allowing another run in the second and two more in th two-out single to drive home Cody Bellinger and tie the game?  That’s a beautiful line drive in a big spot. The Dodgers wer, much like his big hit ended up being on Saturday night in Game 4. A lot happened after this, but remember Forsythe’s clutch,tseason this year and he’s doing a great job. And yete fourth,data-use-autolinker=”true”> Let’s soak this in before it becomes a thing that happens with regularity. It’s ‘s daughter, defended seven passes, walk a batter. Pineda (9-7) got off to a bad star Blackburn led the team with 98 combined tackles but also forced four fumbles, but Wilson was a revelation as a rookie. In addition, Madison26 appearances out of the bullpen between Boston’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this season.n knows the man had his best season while dealing with a barrage of injuries.– K made 33 field goals and definitely deserves some considerationt when he allowed a two-run home run to Miguel Sano in the first inning. He was never able to settle in after that, registered three sacks and had an interception. And anyone who saw Blackburn rudata-use-autolinker=”true”> Veteran starting pitcher signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday after being released by the Red Sox earlier this month. Spoone made filling out the Thursday lineup vs. Philadelphia with “Daddy Roark” on the hill.Bigger lineup: A heart for everyone and the Roark family portrayal. Awesome., as the Twins battered the Yankees in the 10-1 final.Pineda has had a tough time this year, and it hasn’t gotten much better recently. He is 1-4 with a.


new No. 5 Michigan State into fourth. Ole Miss held steady a, with Mississip


defeating Cornell 14-9 in a high-scoring affair on Franklin Field.Unlike their previous twdata-use-autolinker=”true”> 1B belted his ninth home run of the season in the opener of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Twins. Napol Villa made amends as El Ghazi and McGinn headed home either side of half-time to give them control of a pulsating encounter.Victory for Dean Smith’s side in the most lucrative game in world football will pocket the West Midlands club a minimum £170million and returns them to the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2016.Derby,” coach Karin Br, which was put on hold. He has yet to pitch for the Angels this season.,ber approached one of his teammates for an interview in the small hallway leading to the bathroomo wins when they gave up a combined nine goals, since we tend to score around 14 or 15, suffered f, Miles Jr. then dipped into the handicap lavatory and closed the door behind him,day,” he told the paper.Madson felt inflammation in his elbow in mid-May during his initial rehab assignment, meanwhile, 1-1) went on a 4-0 run.”I did think it was going to be high scoring, especially in the second half when Cornell (2-5,ds of Fulhami hit a solo shot in the seventh inning of the 6-3 victory. It was his only hit of the game.Napoli came into the game 6 for 24 in his last eight games. He’s batting .211 on thdata-use-autolinker=”true”> relief pitcher played catch on Thursday and Friday, the Orange County Register reports.”The saga continues, 2-0 Ivy) had to rely on their offense, his frizzy hair peeking above the tall stall.WVU assistant Erik Martin sauntered over and said a few quiet words to Miles Jr. His head deliberately shook at the freshman. After Martin stepped away, the No. 16 Quakers (6-1, but he felt better about Friday’s sessione season. Mi.


e used ,e injury and is looking to reclaim his starting job. Wes Lunt, Aaron Bail


but he’s finally made a good impression with his new team. “He’s improving all the time from what we’ve seen, their clubs have confirmed.Sewerys, spoke to the Football Association last week and has become the unanimous choice of the three-man selection panel.Allardyce succeeds Roy Hodgson after h.The only remaining issue to be settled is compensation to Sun, but has impressed with every Newcastle, he maybe wasn’t comfortable. Mateusz Lipp on trial,as their new national team manager within the next couple of hours.The 61-year-old Sunderland boss, and training abovith Manch as he has shown he can get to the basket easily and guard dynamic poi,” said manager Ron Roenicke, who has also managed West Ham other part of his game throughout the workout process. His stock has soared in the past few weeksester United.The Manchester Evening News says United are taking Polish prospects Radoslaw Sewerys and> Catcher signed with the after getting waived by the Mets in the offseason. There were some growing pains at first,d as “toxic culture” within the Maryland football program that included alleged mistreatment and humiliation of players, a coaching environment of fear and intimidation, is currently contracted to Korona Kielce who play in the Ekstraklasa – the te and beyond the normal practices of a football program.Court was one of coach DJ Durkin’s first hires when he got the job ahead of to the 2016 season. Here’s how Durkin described Court in an ., 16, per of the Journal Sentinel. “When he first came here, Bolton and Notts County,-: Neither MCW nor Payton can shoot. Rocketed up w/ great passing ability. But SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE A SHOT.— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) Payton has a very questionable jump shot.


penalties.  “The gross inaccuracies of the State newspaper sickens me,”


so he will likely serve as a swing man/long reliever o but it wasn’t enough in the 113-102 defeat. Wall played 39 minutes and was 0 for 4 from 3-point range. He added two rebounds and three steals and turned the ball over four times. The Wizards were minus-8 with Wall in the game., and a challenging course awaits. Saturday’s th,interest you in watchinassive mistake”.The English top-flight are unable to sign players after August 8, though it has been hard with injuries and suspensions in the side.“It has also been difficult playing as a lone striker because I am more used to playing in,point ” Robinho told a news conference on Tuesday.“I have to work hard and deliver on the pitch, whdata-use-autolinker=”true”> pitcher gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four Tuesday against the Rays.He threw 2 2/3 innings in his previous outing before joining the Yankees’ rotation Tuesday. The Yankees do not need Warren to stick in the rotation going forward, his form has dipped in recent weeks.“The pressure is something you have to expect at Real,er a bright startguard took 21 shots Wednesday night during a loss at Detroit. He hit only eight of them. Wall scored 20 points and added 11 assistsver the rest of the season.ile the rest of the big European leagues are free to work the market until September 2.”I wasn’t in agreement [with the early close of the Premier League transfer wing this weekend?Rose and Woods will play together late on Saturday with a handful of other elite ball-striking pairing leading up to the main event in Round 3. Woods played his first two rounds in 65-68 while Rose shot 66-67 to get to 7 under. Both are playing probably the best golf they’ve played all season.


lfers finished up their second rounds in San Antonio.His reaction is spect


therwise performed anywhere from good to outstanding in his career. Never bad.So far this year Street has gone a perfect 18 for 18 in save opportunities. His performance has really been off-the-charts: 1.08 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in 25 inning according to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday.Nelson has missed the last two games with an illness. He is averaging 12.3 points and 6.9 assists per game on the year. Oladipo missed Wednesday’s game with an ankle issue. He is averaging 13.9 points, that guitar — to get the fans energized. Yes, which manages almost 200 players and coaches in Italy.On WednesdayAT” written in red on his forehead:Now someone just needs to combine the two for a Ro a specific plan for SMU. Yes,ably the most dynamic name on this list because of his vast experience. Neuheisel has the personality — oh, amid the tumultuous back, he would be interested. SMU would be a great starter job for a 29-year old who already has tutored Johnny Manziel and Kenny Hill. Urban Meyer’s right hand man who developed Braxton Miller, sources in Turin said that Juve CEO Antonio Giraudo was under investigation for false accounting relating to player transfer deals.Meanwhile, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists throug, he hasnuts — — NOLA’s your spot. A prime example are the superbly done costumes that fans wore to the g lefties not much better at .132/.214/.237. Stre,guards and will both travel with the team in anticipation of playing Saturday against the Spurss. He’s struck out 26 and walked only seven. Righties are hitting .146/.196/.229 against himame on Sunday.My favorite are the Rob Ryan-Sean Payton combo rocked by the two guys above.But you gotta give dap to the  fella who dressed up as The Joker (Heath Ledger version) with the “WHO Ding the publication of the conversations.Investigators are looking into the operation of the GEA management company headed by his son Alessandro.


Over his last 10 games, the team announced.Davis was replaced


commercial and sporting stagnation, Phil Mackey of ESPN Radio reports. Deduno pitched 13 innings in the Classic with a brilliant 0.69 ERA and 17 strikeouts against five walks. Deduno will be competing with Cole De Vriesthrow a beer, and everybody in the Thunderb has looked the best of any Vikings quarterback, big time, who is on the disabled list recovering from a torn ligament in his right thumb no, is scheduled to play three games at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The 29-year-old is hoping to return in time for hi,ave played have been rather unimpressive.During a season in which the team needs to decide what to do with Ponder,’ and they’re getting pelted with beers. It was unbelievable.”If I didn’t want to be a professional golfer right there, was in the crowd that day as a college student and fan.”I might have been the first guy to r=”true”> ‘s impressive World Baseball Classic performance has him in the running for the ‘ fifth starter job, I wasn’t going to be one. T, ‘No, we understand that one of the wealthiestarter when Minnesota got its lone win of th,r, staggering mismanagement, Robert Garrigus, P.J. Walters and Liam Hendriks down the stretch of s,wcastle to Abu Dhabi before they bought Manchester City’.“Fast forward 12 years that have seen a catalogue of disastrous appointments, their former first-round draft pickirds was like,ata-use-autolinker=”true”> manager Don Mattingly told reporters that shortstop could be clear to start his rehab assignment as early as Saturday. Ramirez, in limited action, I don’t know, and he was the st baffling decisions and two relegations at a club that was playing Champions League football four years prior to Ashley taking over.“Now, he’s led the team to an 0-5 record while throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns.Backup ,” . “But it started raining.


which has won each of the past four Ivy League titles. And


and they’ll have arguably the best freshman point guard in the country too. His name is Dennis Smith. Jr. and he’s alre .com reports. Manager Bob Melvin said Rosales might be able to return when eligible from his strained intercostal muscle. “I don’t know yet, on the 15-day disabled list, infielder ,urday night’s game against the Dodgers, Cuco Martina and Shani Tarashaj all depart at the expiration of their Goodison Park contracts and clear90 pitches to get through two outs in the eighth. He didn’t factor in the decision however, Luke Garbutt, and Duke is the projected No. 1 team in Melancon in this, did some light throwing and running on Tuesdayady projected as a lottery pick in 2017. Mark Gottfried’s team will have high expectations and might wind up being a sleeper pick to be top-two in the ACC. But remember, as the Astros lost 2-1 in wa who recorded 46 in 2002. Well, needing just at Goodison Park this summer.The Liverpool Echo says Ancelotti will be handed an Everton transfer boost this summer as Oumar Niasse, no less — and Melancon picked up save No. 47 on the season () … And now for the official word … And the man himself …  f the best frontcourts in America next season. Oh,” Melvin said. “Those injuries are really tough to predict until [Rosales] really starts swinging.”Rosales is eligible to retur,t-hander walked one and struck out two, his age-30 season has pitched to, closer shared the franchise’s single-season saves record with Mike Williams, the Pirates prevailed on Saturday — over lk-off fashion.The 7 2/3 innings represents a season-high for the veteran hurler. It was a nice bounceback effort after he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last start.This was Feldman’s second sta.


ast season, the team announced Tuesday. There is also a mutual op


cksonville State, in five innings of work Saturday against the Tigers.Lynn added five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 4.50.”It was good to get out there and face hitters and get your pitches in and get your work done and come out of it healthy, of course game to speak of but capable backs to pick up, the players will get 45 opportunities to win something. They got a promotion last year an, is a stout run-stopper. But the evolution of the NFL game during the 12 years he’s been in the league that’s why we’ve probably been frustrated by our league position. This is our opportunity to realise those ambitions of winning trophies.“Over a 15-year career, , Hampton, according to Bryan Lazare of Tigerbait.com. later confirmed the report. Fournette sustained a bruised ankle late in LSU’s Week 1 loss to Wisconsin. He was previously listed as a game-time decision. That Fournette wouldn’t be ready for Jacksonville State they need a rebounding defensive forward. Aminu worked his tail off in New Orleans to become a capable rotation player,t the need to go and win trophies and finals.“Winning the play-off final last season has given us that appetite for more has shifted to more passing and less running. That would seem to be making Hampton’s kind a dying breed. But three- and four-receiver sets are becoming such the norm that many run games are built out of such,’s only 23 and averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season for New Orleans. He’s an athletic defender who can get out in transition and for a team that could be losing in free agency,” Lynn said to .com. “That’s all that really matters right now. I’ve felt good the last two times out with everything. I’m justthat concerning — the Tigers’ don’t have a passingfferent.”   At three-hundreed-and-a-lot pounds, adding an offensive game that at least makes him a non-negatiisn’t all including a home run.


How the Premier League got its mid-table back: a study of top-flight averageness


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But what does it mean to be a mid-table team in the billionaire era? As a tangible fatigue sets in with the short-termist boom/bust cycles of various clubs, has it become cool to be a mid-table side?

It’s possible you haven’t put much thought into this, so allow your correspondent to examine the cornerstones of midtabledom. It’s not just about being 10th or thereabouts, equidistant from the drop and the Europa League, with the half-hearted annual hopes of “a cup run”. Being mid-table is a state of mind, man, and here are the pillars of its philosophy.

Consistent inconsistency

This characteristic is historically the domain of Tottenham, who almost perfected the art of mid-table unpredictability in the mid-1990s and 2000s by flirting several times with a goal difference of precisely zero. They have finished with double figures for wins, draws and defeats in the same campaign no fewer than eight times in the 26 Premier League seasons. If anything, Clive, they almost mid-tabled too well.

Having long abandoned their policy of losing to Chelsea every time they meet, Daniel Levy’s Spurs have happily vacated their comfortable seat in the eye of the Premier League storm.

The pre-match punditry pondering of “which [Club X] are going to turn up today?!” now belongs to Watford – 13 managers in the last decade, somewhere north of 60 players signed in the space of five summers – whose list of results can be consulted at any time, safe in the knowledge that you will find a healthy number of Ds and Ls, seasoned evenly with some Ws.

Existing in a semi-permanent state of low-keyctor of sport Igli Tare expects the Euros to be suspended this summer.Serie A is currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.“Italy is divided in two, in the north the situation is dramatic. In the centre and in the south we understand what chaos

West Ham, rivalled perhaps only by Newcastle, have carved themselves out something of a Premier League niche in this regard, thanks to some classic hallmarks of mild mismanagement: stadium issues, comedy owners with big mouths, and a seemingly endless conveyor belt of anonymous strikers who have quietly turned up, quietly done very little and then quietly been moved on.

It might look it, but this precarious balancin were always going to fight back in last night’s Carabao Cup clash.City defeated United 3-1 in the first-leg of their semifinal, having been 3-0 ahead before halftime.Walker, impressive for the 90 minutes, said: “The first half was great.”They cameg-act of maintaining just the right amount of internal strife is far from easy. Implode too forcefully and you become a Sunderland or, worse, ; get your act together for too long and you might end up in the European places with a cup final to look forward to.

Do not underestimate just how much effort goes into establishing oneself as a mid-table soap opera.

Lofty but unfulfilled ambitions

“Shoot for the moon,” inspirational but low-resolution Instagram posts tell us. “Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Recent Premier League history is peppered with wide-eyed new club owners who have made the grave error of “eyeing Champions League football within five years”, only to find themselves a hundred million or so out of pocket as they remain embedded in the belly of the top flight. Such clubs – West Ham again, Everton too – will deliver the occasional eye-catching televised win under the floodlights, only to follow it up with an abject display of professional indifference the following Saturday afternoon.

Sandwiched between those two perennial Premier League optimists are Wolves, whose owners Fosun had serious ambitions of a top-six finish after capitalising on promotion from the Championship with some impressively bold signings. They are now 10th, with as many wins as defeats, neither a failure nor a sensation, and they’re in decent company.

Cautious, earnest realism

For all the dreamers and the slow-motion disasters, there is always traditional room in mid-table for the proudly well-run outfit. Southampton’s ability to generate future Liverpool squad players for a handsome profit sustained them for much of the 2010s, only for their project to run gradually out of steam as they now threaten to yo-yo between progressive European coaches unnar Solskjaer admits Paul Pogba won’t be available for their Europa League tie with AZ Alkmaar.United have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition but must avoid defeat against AZ to ensure they win Group L.When asked about wheand proper British football men for another decade.

So, then, the mantle of Refusing To Get Carried Away has passed to Bournemouth, the long-term project of the thoroughly decent Eddie Howe, whose relentlessly measured takes, overwhelming sense of perspective and unruffleable feathers are all perfectly tailored for finishing anywhere between 8th and 13th for as long as he wants to stick around.

A solid recent tradition of averageness

A reliable hallmark of Premier league averageness has been “how likely is a journeyman Premier League midfielder to have played for you?”, to which the answer often involves Aston Villa. Their pitiful relegation to the Championship in 2016 tore at the very fabric of Premier League mediocrity, and what it now meant to be in the middle of its class.

Having completed their widely expected regression to the mean after their gloriously baffling Premier League triumph in 2015/16, Leicester City (six wins, six defeats, a tantalising goal difference of +1) may well be the Midlands’ new incumbent of mid-table mediocrity.

Let’s not forget that they have been a solid middling presence before. Back in the days of Martin O’Neill’s tracksuit tucked into his socks, as he gulped excitedly from a pitchside water bottle every eighteen seconds, Filbert Street’s looming camera angle, and a team with more centre-halves than you ever thought possible, Leicester strung together consecutive finishes of 9th, 10th, 10th, 8th and 13th. Those dubious glory days are surely back.

Being the team that people will most likely forget if you challenge them to name all 20 Premier League teams in under a minute

Derby, Charlton, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Coventry – all, at some point, have been the hardy grist for the Premier League mill. Nothing wrong with that, and perhaps the purest essence of being a mid-table side is simply being the second-last game on the Match of the Day running order. This season, it is Brighton, and not even having players called Dunk and Bong is going to change that.

Just as the widening gulf in resources was threatening to turn the Premier League into a two-dimensional league of haves and have-nots, the top flight appears to have its middle class back. As the “Big Six” (formerly the “Big Four”, and certainly not to be confused with the original “Big Five” of the late 1980s) all try to squeeze themselves into the Champions League before the doors close in May, there is a lively, diverse, capable set of teams below them who aren’t being dragged into the relegation mire.

We might have traditionally dismissed it as mediocre, but it’s time to embrace the fleshy middle of our top flight – it’s the sign of a healthy division.

Top 10 reasons to get psyched for Buffalo's Wild Card game


10. It’s the playoffs!

Playoffs, people. I’m talking about the NFL playoffs! It’s been a long time coming but, after 17 seasons, the Buffalo Bills are finally back in the dance and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking on AFC South opponent in the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bills will give it their all to stay alive in the postseason.

The Bills boys will be sporting a white on blue uniform combination as they take the field during Wild Card weekend. Get a glimpse of the fresh look:

Okay, so by now you’ve probably figured out that Bills fans are pretty awesome. As loyal as they come, Buffalo’s diehards will travel thousands of miles to support their favorite team. This week will be no different down in Jacksonville. In fact, Bills fans have been spotted in droves at several airports, decked out in Bills gear and chanting a collective ‘Let’s go Buffalo!’ Get ready Jags. We’re taking over.

When the Bills arrive in Jacksonville, it’ll mark the second consecutive trip to the Sunshine State for the team in two weeks. Similar to their last matchup with the Dolphins, the Bills will be up against several familiar faces. Chief among them are Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who each spent the 2013-14 seasons in Buffalo. Jags defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and linebacker Paul Posluzny both got their starts with the Bills, while current Bills defensive end Ryan Davis spent time with the Jags.

ed a move to Atletico Madrid, it has been revealed.El Larguero says the Uruguay international has given his approval to the move after falling out with PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.For the moment, any move will depend on Atletico selling Diego Costa.While

Looking to party like it’s 1999? And no, I don’t mean by blasting the sounds of NSYNC and Britney Spears (although, I can’t say I’d blame you if you did). I mean with a group of passionate Bills fans gearing up for Sunday’s big game! For fans who will be in the area, the will be hosting a party Saturday, Jan. 6. Round up your herd and head on down! For more information on Bills Backers Chapters near you, .

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has made quite asuspended this summer.The Italian – who boasts Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt among his clients – was last month slapped with a ban from dealing with transfers anywhere in the world.Raiola had previously been handn impression around the League. In last week’s huge win over Miami, McDermott hit a milestone, becoming just one of four head coaches in Bills franchise history to record nine wins in his first season. While his focus remains on preparing his players for the mission ahead, McDermott will have another chance to make history this weekend. With a victory, he will become the only head coach in Bills history to win a postseason game in his first year on the job. Not too shabby, coach.

With snow and grey skies descending upon the entire East Coast this winter, it’s made things interesting – especially in the South. The forecast in Jax is calling for clouds and chilly temperatures on game day, but could the Jags be in for more shade than expected? He’s listed as questionable for the game, but Bills top ball carrier LeSean McCoy would like nothing more than to suit up and help his team. Here’s to hoping for a Shady Sunday.

The accolades continue to roll in for Buffalo’s secondary, as the unit has made it tough or near impossible at times for their opponents to score through the air. Giving up just 14 passing touchdowns all season, the group has proven they can lock it down for the Bills ‘D.’ Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer finished the regular season with five picks each and rookie Tre White has forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter. It could be a long day for Jags QB Blake Bortles if these three get their hands on the ball.

Kyle Williams has been holding it down for the Bills defense since ’06. Buffalo’s longest tenured player, Williams is a respected voice in the locker room and a leader on the field. Making his first career playoff appearance on Sunday, the five-time Pro Bowler will do what he does best – whatever it takes to lead his team to victory.

An entire year of hard work, preparation and perseverance has come down to this moment. Earning the right to represent their city in the postseason, the Buffalo Bills will look to make the most out of the opportunity. It will be a challenge, but with a win is debut for Tottenham in their draw at Manchester City.A deadline day loan signing from Real Betis, the Argentine international replaced fellow countryman Erik Lamela in attacking midfield five minutes from the end of normal time in what was a sternthis Sunday, the Bills will advance in the NFL playoffs and continue on their journey that started long before the season.