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SAN DIEGO– Sean Newcomb pitched six shutout innings and the Braves offense took it to Padres pitching, beating the home team 14-1 in front of 21,049 at Petco Park.

Atlanta improved to 36-25 while San Diego fell to 28-35.

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— Petco Park (@PetcoPark) June 6, 2018

Newcomb dominates

LHP Sean Newcomb entered Tuesday nights start having won six consecutive starts. He was also coming off a May in which he went 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA. He had also not allowed a home run in 36 innings.

The 24-year-old continued the good vibes against the Padres.

Although he allowed some loud contact early on, Newcomb got better as the game went on. He ended up shutting out the Padres over six innings, allowing only three hits and three walks. The southpaw struck out four and induced three double plays on the evening.

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Former England international and Manchester United defender Wes Brown spoke about his thoughts on the World Cup, UK media and reflected on the greatest night of his career in Moscow a decade ago.

Brown was in Russia to take part in a special friendly match between former Russian football stars and the FIFA Legends from around the world in Kaliningrad, the most westerly Russia 2018 host city, on Sunday.

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FIFA Legends team were made up of stars such as Pascal Zuberbuhler, Niko Kranjcar, Nuno Gomes, Brown and Cafu, who defeated their Russian counterparts 6-4 at the newly-built World Cup Football Park that was opened on the same day.

Right before the game, former United right-back defender Brown told R-Sport about playing in the 2008 Champions League final versus Chelsea at Luzhniki Stadium. That night, Brown provided the cross for Cristiano Ronaldos opening goal on the way to The Red Devils winning the trophy on penalties.

Ten years on and that same stadium, now newly-renovated, will host the Russia 2018 opening game and final. Brown shared his thoughts on the tournament, beginning from the memories of that night.

“Its my best memory, it was a great when I was playing. Against Chelsea as well. My whole family came out, has a really good time, really enjoyed it, and obviously we won as well. It was ten years ago 2 weeks ago. So my sister made sure she reminded me of that and it was a great occasion, we had a great party afterwards and we celebrated well," Brown said to RSport.

“For me that season I played really well. Gary Neville was injured, so the gaffer made me play right back. And I had a really good season, we had such a good bond, the team was so strong that year and we always knew we were going to win that cup. Thats what we focussed on from the beginning.

Although Brown, who came up through the youth ranks at his local side Manchester United, admits the best moment of his career occurred in Moscow, he conceded that he is yet to see the city properly, something he hopes to put right in the twilight of his career.

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Liverpool fans have demanded that the Champions League final against Real Madrid be replayed after it was discovered that goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion supposedly in a challenge with Sergio Ramos.

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Liverpool lost 3-1 on the night, and Karius was faulted for Reals first and third goals, passing the ball to Karim Benzema to roll the ball into an empty net and fumbling a Gareth Bale long-range shot over the line.

However, on Monday, doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital, where Karius had flown to receive scans, announced that the German goalkeeper suffered a concussion during the match, which meant “visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred.”

The doctors explained that it “could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.”

Footage from the match on May 26 showed Karius collided with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos elbow near the goal-line just before the first goal, after which the keeper appeared to hold his head and complain to the referee, but he did not require treatment.

Now, livid Liverpool fans are calling for the match to be replayed. One user directly tweeted the competition, addressed from the club. “Dear Champions League I demand a rematch. Regards LFC.”

“Come rematch us you cowards Real Madrid re: Karius concussion,” wrote another. “Rematch & red card Ramos. Who says no?”

Rematch for the final vs Madrid?

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Lichsteiner's Arsenal-Juventus comparison is exactly what fans want to hear
Stephan Lichtsteiner meets ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires at the clubs training ground (Getty Images)

Arsenals first summer signing Stephan Lichsteiner has drawn comparisons with the Gunners current position and that of Juventus when he joined them seven years ago.

The Swiss defender signed a short-term deal with the Gunners on Tuesday after his contract expired with the Serie A champions at the end of last season.

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The 34-year-old was brought in to provide cover and competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back and will add some much-needed experience to the squad Emery inherited from Arsene Wenger.

When asked about his experience of winning seven consecutive Serie A title with Juventus, the Switzerland international instead discussed how the Old Lady were in a similarly precocious position outside the Champions League when he signed for them.

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He told Arsenals official website: “Experience of seven straight Scudetti? I hope I can bring a lot of that mentality. Its a little bit of the same project that I did seven years ago with Juventus.

“Juventus also, for two times, didnt qualify for the Champions League. I hope I can bring a lot of experience, a lot of mentality and together, with my team, come back to the highest level of the Champions League.

“At the end its not too important to speak too much. The important thing is what you do on the pitch, that you are an example for the young players, for the old players, that everybody knows that this guy will help us.

“Like me also, I need to know that everybody helps me. This is the team spirit that we need to have, to have the confidence to give each other to help us.”

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Chelsea and Tottenham in transfer battle for West Brom striker
Salomon Rondon was relegated with West Brom last season (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are locked in a three-way London battle for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 32-year-old joined the Baggies for a club-record £12million from Zenit three years ago but was unable to save Darren Moores side from the drop last season.

Rondon scored 10 goals in all competitions and is available for just £16m as a result of the release clause in his current contract.

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Chelsea spent £58m on Alvaro Morata last summer but the Spain international has failed to convince and was ousted from Antonio Contes starting line-up by January recruit Olivier Giroud towards the end of last season.

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Tottenham, meanwhile, signed another Spaniard, Fernando Llorente, last summer to provide back-up for Harry Kane, but like his compatriot at Stamford Bridge, the former Juventus and Swansea striker struggled to acclimatise to his new surroundings and managed just five goals, three of which came against Rochdale in the FA Cup.

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Alvaro Morata struggled in his first season in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)
Chelsea and Tottenham in transfer battle for West Brom striker
Fernando Llorente scored just five goals for Tottenham last season (Picture: Getty)

Manuel Pellegrini, the new West Ham boss, will be looking to add fresh firepower to his squad, particularly in light of the speculation linking last seasons top scorer, Marko Arnautovic, with a move to Manchester United.

West Brom, who gave Moore the managerial reigns on a permanent basis last month, are desperate to keep hold of the majority of their squad but would be powerless to prevent Rondon from leaving should his release clause be triggered.

Leicester are said to be in talks with Jonny Evans, who had previously been of interest to Arsenal and Manchester City, while Kieran Gibbs has reportedly been identified by several Premier League clubs.

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England delivered bad news to Liverpool star 4 days before Champions League final
Jordan Henderson captained Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid (Getty Images)

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed he was told he would lose the England captains armband to Harry Kane just four days before last seasons Champions League final.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate had to choose between the Reds skipper and Tottenham striker Kane, the only two realistic candidates for the role, but could perhaps have picked a better moment to break the news to a player who was deep in preparation for the biggest match of his career.

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Henderson, however, says he was not affected by the timing of the news and if anything, he was pleased for Kane to be given the privilege.

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The manager rang me on the Tuesday in the week leading up to the final,” Henderson told The Mirror.

I wasnt thinking about it because of the final – that is where my focus was.

When the gaffer told me I was just really pleased for Harry.

Since the announcement, Kane has not been afraid to talk up Englands chances of going all the way in Russia.

Henderson reiterated the same sentiment, insisting he would have said something similarly positive if he were the un-official spokesperson for the players.

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Reece Hodge has no qualms continuing to be Australias “Mr Fix-It Man” and plugging whatever holes are required in the backline ahead of a tantalising series against the Irish.

In the backs, the No.13 and wing positions appear to be the three key spots still up for debate ahead of Saturdays first Test in Brisbane.

All-rounder: Reece Hodge says he's happy to play whatever role Michael Cheika wants him to.

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Hodge, who plays his club football for the Melbourne Rebels, has started at outside-centre five times in Super Rugby – twice in 2016 and three times this season – but it is expected that either Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani or Curtis Rona will get the nod there.

As for the wing, Hodge has been out on the edge in eight of his last nine Wallabies appearances. The one exemption was when he slotted in at No.10 against Japan when Bernard Foley was ill last November.

Interestingly, despite starting half of his 24 Tests on the wing and playing there on 18 occasions all up when you factor in the times he has come off the bench, Hodge has never worn a No.11 or No.14 jersey in Super Rugby.

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From 39 games, he has played the most at inside-centre (20), far more than at fullback (11), outside-centre (5) and five-eighth (2).

A jack of all trades, with the potential of mastering many, Hodge knows exactly where sits in Michael Cheikas plans for a red-hot Wallabies back line.

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Sweden's Lennart Samuelsson (left) tries to take the ball from the Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas, 1955.

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When Australia land in Budapest ahead of their final World Cup warm-up game in the early hours of Saturday (AEST) they will be arriving in a city that once hosted some of the greatest teams and players the world game has seen.

Players such as Ferenc Puskas – routinely mentioned when there is any conversation about the best men ever to have played the sport – Sandor Kocsis, Jozsef Bozsik and Nandor Hidegkuti gave them an air of invincibility.

Not for nothing, in their golden era of the 1950s, were the Hungarians dubbed the Mighty Magyars.
Known as the Aranycsapat (or Golden Team) they were the perfect storm of individual flair, tactical discipline and fielded players who had the intelligence to shape-shift and vary their structure at a moments notice at a time when teams set up in a much more rigid 2-3-5 formation (two full-backs, three half-backs – right, centre and left – and five in advanced areas – a centre-forward, two wingers and an inside right and inside left.

In that post-World War Two period, Hungary was annexed by the Soviet Union and became one of the Warsaw Pact countries.

While life was difficult, the one upside was that the sportsmen – ostensibly known as amateurs in the Soviet era – were allowed to train, practise and prepare as full-time professionals. Generally conscripted into the military, they were allowed all the time they needed to refine their skills and play whenever they needed to.

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The list of Hungarian success is impressive: they romped to victory in the 1952 Olympics, seeing off 1948 gold medallists Sweden 6-0 in a semi-final before beating Yugoslavia in the final.

Hungary lines up to face England at Wembley in 1953.

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The Augusta Adventure Race will take on a completely new format when it arrives in the South West town on November 3 and 4.

The new race format will see four consecutive standalone races in ocean swimming, paddling, trail running and mountain biking on Saturday that anyone can pick and choose from.

Sunday will feature the return of the traditional non-stop Augusta Adventure Race (28.8km) (formerly the MINI) with new distances and a new leg order for individuals and relay teams. Sunday will also see the return of the Junior Survivor obstacle and adventure run for kids.

The new format for the events 13th year means more participants can be part of the action, from runners who just want to do a trail run or swimmers just wanting to do a swim, through to those who want to do them all!

Each of the courses have been designed to take in the best of the natural landscapes – the 15km trail running race will start on the huge granite domes below Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the 15km ocean paddle race will go around an off-shore island, the 35km mountain bike will follow a fast and furious course through hinterland and a protected 2km ocean swim will start at picturesque Flinders Bay and swim the reefs and the beach.

Early feedback on the new-look event has been very encouraging and well-received with adventure racers looking forward to the new challenges the 2018 Augusta Adventure Fest will bring.

The return of the standard adventure race has also been met with great applause with the new 1km swim, 6.6km coastal run, 15km mountain bike and 6km inlet paddle course still providing a great challenge for any multisport athlete.

General Manager Sam Maffett from Rapid Ascent said he was excited to be bringing the 13th edition of the race to Augusta.

“We love getting outdoors and racing off-road, and now with the new standalone races even more people will get to race through the magical wilderness down south.

“Were proud to be bringing new courses and new challenges for first timers and those who are returning to race again. Its the same Augusta Adventure Fest that people know and love but with even more thrills and off-road action to be had. Look forward to seeing you all down south this November!”

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Fiery Hawks turn up the heat on Pies | Photos

The Busselton Magpies travelled south to Gloucester Park on Saturday to take on the Augusta Margaret River Hawks for round sevens Busselton Toyota Cup. The young Hawks side was keen to secure a home ground win after a painful loss to the Eaton Boomers last week, while the Magpies arrived on the back of a win over Harvey Brunswick Leschenault in round six.

The first quarter started positively for the visitors, the first to touch the scoreboard with a goal early in the term before AMRs Tim Noakes reposnded with the first of many goals for his side.

It wasnt long before the Southern rivalry bared its teeth, both teams squaring up as Jack Hick and Brody Plozza exchanged a few words.

The distraction reflected in the score as the quarter ended with just two goals apiece, despite plenty of energy being expended on both sides.

Strong appearances from Busseltons Jackson Arbon, Ben Luscombe and Ben Campbell had little effect on the likes of Mitch and Jacob Payne while Hick and Noakes stood ready to convert their efforts.

Busseltons defence did what they could as the Hawks began to pull away, throwing themselves at the ball to slow down the pace and restrict the Hawks to a handful of points amongst their two goals for the quarter.

The rest of the quarter was a stop-start affair as the two sides battled aggression and frustration, with opportunities lost at either end of the ground.

Bailey Sanford scored the Magpies only major for the term with a tidy goal to bring the margin back to seven points, before a dust up between Arbon and Hawk Danny Wolfenden brought play to a stop once again.

The rest of the quarter was a stop-start affair as the two sides battled aggression and frustration, with opportunities lost at either end of the ground. Mitch Payne continued to stamp his authority on the game with a couple of attempts early in the third before Luke Furlong carried the ball deep into the Hawks territory and into the hands of Payne, who collected the goal.

Plozza worked hard alongside fellow Magpie Jon Meadmore to run the ball out of danger but continued to run into Ben Gerrans and Beau Morgan at every turn, the visitors running out of steam as the third progressed. A few mistakes by the Hawks gave Busselton a chance or two, but AMRs four goal quarter seemed too much for the boys in black and white, only managing a single major score from a handful of attempts to see them 31 points behind.