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Seattle Mariners extending protective netting at Safeco Field

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners will extend the protective netting at Safeco Field for the upcoming season to include protection behind both dugouts. The Mariners announced the finalized plans Wednesday. The new netting, which will be in place before the home opener on March 29 against Cleveland, will extend to the outside edge of both dugouts and be 11 feet high. Seattle worked with Major League Baseball and design firm HOK to come up with the engineering and design for the new netting. Team president Kevin Mather says the new…

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‘Matar o morir,’ The ballad of Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez

6:00 PM ET Mark KriegelESPN HERMOSA BEACH — There’s a universal geometry to combat, and Gilberto Ramirez can’t help but recall the grace of the gunman that day: the way he parried with his empty hand, halting the arc of the knife, then dipping to find the exposed midsection with his muzzle. Less graceful was the manner in which, just seconds later, the killer stood over his victim, now knifeless and bleeding from the gut, to deliver the coup de grace. The deceased was a short, fat, dark-skinned man. Gilberto…

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Six Nations 2018: Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes’ family make Cardiff journey

Hadleigh Parkes joined Scarlets from Auckland in 2014 and made his Wales debut in December 2017 2018 Six Nations: Wales v Scotland Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: 3 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Listen on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and app. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app. Hadleigh Parkes will have two special supporters in Cardiff when he makes his…

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Everton 2-1 Leicester City – BBC Sport

Theo Walcott joined Everton in a deal worth more than £20m earlier in the transfer window Theo Walcott scored his first goals for Everton as they held on to beat Leicester for their first win in eight games, while Riyad Mahrez was left out of the visitors’ matchday squad. Hours before the game, Premier League leaders Manchester City decided not to pursue a deal for Mahrez, who handed in a transfer request on Tuesday. Walcott, making his second appearance for the Toffees since joining for £20m from Arsenal, opened the…

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Stephan Shaw, Oleksandr Teslenko to be part of ‘Broadway Boxing’ card in New York City

Lou DiBella, who has promoted several of Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight world title fights, has added a pair of big men, Stephan Shaw and Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko, to his lineup. DiBella announced the signings Tuesday. Shaw and Teslenko will have the first fights of their promotional deals on Feb. 7 on DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” card at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square in New York. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Shaw (9-0, 6 KOs), 25, of St. Louis, will take on Joel Caudle (7-1-1, 5 KOs), of Raleigh, North Carolina,…

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Alex Avila agrees to deal with Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with free-agent catcher Alex Avila. Avila fills a roster spot vacated by Chris Iannetta, who shared the catching duties last year and left for an $8.5 million, two-year deal with Colorado. The 31-year-old Avila, a son of Detroit general manager Al Avila, hit .264 with 14 homers and 49 RBI last year for the Tigers and Chicago Cubs, who acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. He is a .243 hitter in nine major league seasons. It’s…

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How MMA fights end – submission victories way down

2017 for the UFC was the first full year under new ownership, as the promotion implemented its new state of normal for the sport. And while plenty of interesting things happened inside the Octagon, victories from the UFC’s biggest stars were not one of them. The absence of Ronda Rousey armbar victories and of Conor McGregor entirely slowed some of the momentum the promotion had built in years prior. In fact, the plateau of event pace in 2015 and 2016 took a downward turn in 2017, leading to the fewest…

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Victoria Azarenka gets wild-card entry into BNP Paribas Open

Former world No. 1 player Victoria Azarenka has been granted a wild-card entry to play in the BNP Paribas Open, her first tournament of 2018. Azarenka’s last tournament was Wimbledon last year where she lost in the Round of 16 to Simona Halep. The 28-year-old withdrew from this year’s Australian Open and last season’s US Open due to a custody dispute with her former partner over their son Leo. The native of Belarus has won the tournament in Indian Wells, California, in 2012 and 2016. The BNP Paribas Open will…

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USA Hockey won’t name replacement for late general manager Jim Johannson

As coach Tony Granato pores over video to prepare for the Olympics, he constantly reminds himself of something. This was Jim Johannson’s team. And to Granato, it still is even after the unexpected death of the United States general manager. “From start to finish it will be and always will be,” Granato said of Johannson, a close friend. With that in mind, USA Hockey won’t name a new GM to replace Johannson for the upcoming Olympics. Instead, director of player personnel Ben Smith will take over any managerial duties Johannson…

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Six Nations: Alec Hepburn set to make England debut against Italy

With a number of loose-heads unavailable, Alec Hepburn is set to be on the bench for England Follow the 2018 Six Nations live on the BBC Dates: 3 February-17 March Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and app. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app. Exeter loose-head prop Alec Hepburn is set to make his England debut in Sunday’s Six Nations match against Italy in…

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