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Athletics vs. Rockies prediction: Take the under

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Athletics vs. Rockies prediction: Take the under

The Colorado Rockies have gone from the top of the NL to the valley after an 11-3 start, but will look to build themselves up in the Mile High City on Wednesday.

German Marquez has had a strange 2020 with a few bad outliers derailing his overall numbers. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts but had two games in which he allowed a combined 15 earned runs to balloon his ERA to 4.35 despite allowing just 0.9 home runs per nine innings.

The Rockies in general have also scuffled at home recently, scoring five runs or fewer in seven of their past nine games at Coors Field. They will look to get hot against Mike Fiers of the Oakland Athletics, who has rounded into form after a tough start to the season. He’s posted a 3.81 ERA with three runs or fewer given up in four of his past five with just two home runs allowed after giving up six in his first four starts.

Oakland has MLB’s best bullpen in terms of ERA, so it’ll be a challenge for either team to score the amount of runs typically expected in a game at elevation.

The play: Athletics-Rockies total, Under 12 runs.

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“There are Trigger Points”- Christian Horner Sheds Light on Red Bull Contract Details

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"There are Trigger Points"- Christian Horner Sheds Light on Red Bull Contract Details

Alex Albon had a tough time at Red Bull during his initial days. However, the driver has worked hard and recovered for the better. His win at Mugello is a testament to his dedication. Unlike Gasly, Albon has successfully recovered from the problems he faced with his car.

Red Bull chief clears the air over Albon’s contract

The Mugello podium has instilled a new zeal in the Anglo-Thai racer, and rightly so. He seems inspired enough to carry on with Red Bull for 2021.

There has been a fleeting rumor of Gasly being called back in the team after his win at Monza. However, the nature of that news seems like nothing more than a rumor.

Not to take anything away from the challenge that the young Frenchman mounted at Monza, the team knows that Gasly’s win was a mere coincidence in a line of bizarre incidents. Horner further clarified that they are keen to continue with Albon.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2020 Red Bull’s Alexander Albon during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

Our intention is to retain Alex, he’s doing a good job. He just needs to build on the kind of performance as he put it in Mugello and continue that development.”

As there were a lot of apprehensions regarding Albon’s contract, Horner saw it fit to clear the cloud over it.

It’ll certainly be before Christmas! All drivers under contract to Red Bull for multiple years; There are trigger points at different times in their contract but it’ll certainly be later in the autumn,” replied Horner.

READ MORE- “Alex Got in and Scored More”- Christian Horner Rejects Gasly’s Excuses for Poor Red Bull Form

Albon will have to perform to remain in the team

The team Chief also clarified that though they trust Albon, he will have to develop to keep his contract. Red Bull has informed him about the areas in the contract which could lead to a replacement, and if need be, they will not hesitate.

“Our intention is absolutely to retain our current drivers, and Alex is our preferred choice. Inevitably, you have to be aware of what the other options are out there. But our absolute preference and likelihood is to retain the existing driver line-up that we currently have.”

Red Bull has forever been a competitive team. Therefore, if they think Max Verstappen needs better competition within the team, they will provide him with that one way or the other. Therefore, Albon has his work cut out for him.

READ MORE- “F1 Shouldn’t Be Scared” – Red Bull Boss Suggests Ways to Trial ‘Reverse-Grid’ Races Amidst Mercedes Backlash

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Novak Djokovic Set to Break Another Roger Federer’s French Open Record

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Novak Djokovic Set to Break Another Roger Federer's French Open Record

The 2020 French Open’s main draw is all set to commence in a couple of days. The last grand slam of the year is bound to deliver cracking results, and we might see records being broken as well. The most significant one will be Novak Djokovic attempting to overtake Roger Federer’s success rate at Roland Garros! 

We’ve seen Federer try his luck at Roland Garros for the past decade and more, but he’s unfortunately fallen short on several occasions. The Swiss Maestro has only conquered at Paris once, but has reached the finals five times. 

Federer has a decent record at clay, and the second-best wins at Roland Garros. He is obviously behind Rafael Nadal at second, but we feel FedEx can’t hold on to his position for long.

Federer’s 70-17 record in Roland Garros is closely followed by World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is very nearby the radar and can eclipse Federer’s tally this year. Djokovic boasts a 68-14 W/L tally at the French Open and just needs three more victories to overtake Roger Federer. (Stats obtained from UTS).

Mandatory Credits: REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

We reckon Novak Djokovic will comfortably surpass Roger’s record with three wins to start off his campaign in Paris. Moreover, Federer is not a part of the tournament this year, which makes it impossible for him to defend his tally. 

Why Novak Djokovic stands out as the favorite to win the French Open this year

Amind the obvious predictions that Rafael Nadal will once again conquer in Paris, there is a different contender this year. While he’s no stranger to winning grand slam titles, Novak Djokovic has only managed to win at Roland Garros once. 

But this year can prove to be a title-winning one, if he plays his best tennis in the clay courts. There are a couple of reasons why Djokovic can win it this year:

The first being the introduction of Wilson balls to the tournament. Clay-dominant players like Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal are finding the balls heavier and slower on the surface, compared to the Babolat balls which were being used for the past eight years. 

Thiem has admitted that the results can be different this year, due to this factor. Moreover, the conditions will be different this year, as the tournament is hosted under floodlights. Above all, Rafa Nadal has to get past Dominic Thiem before he can book a ticket to the finals. 

Rafael Nadal at Italian Open 2020
Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

Thiem is looking in extraordinary form and has all the qualities to outplay Rafa this year. The Spaniard slipped at the Italian Open and he has every chance of replicating it at Roland Garros too. Can Nadal reign supreme for the 13th time in Paris? 

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Allen Iverson Recalls the Scare of Playing Against Lakers’ Duo of Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O’Neal

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Allen Iverson Recalls the Scare of Playing Against Lakers' Duo of Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O'Neal

Which game, in particular, comes to mind when you think of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson? It has to be the 2001 NBA Finals when the Philadelphia 76ers took a game 1 against the Lakers. Although the Lakers took home the trophy, it is a memory every Sixer fan will remember for decades to come. Recently, Allen Iverson reminisced on what it was like playing against the two legends.

The pressure of playing against Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal

On All The Smoke podcast by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Allen Iverson recollected what it felt like to be playing against the best players to have ever walked the court. He started off by saying, “I don’t know how you have a great series if the guy you’re guarding was averaging 30-18”. Hinting towards Shaq he explained, “Well, Shaq had his way with damn there everybody! Especially in 2001”.

Barnes reiterated that the Lakers were undefeated at that time during the Playoffs until the Sixers took Game 1 of the Finals. “They were just rolling,” responded Iverson. “And it was just too much Shaq in his prime and then you got Kobe in his prime. Damn man!” Barnes reacted with a scoff and exclaimed. “Scary!”. Allen continued, “And then all you gotta have is other guys out there playing defense. And then all you’ve got to do is make plays for Shaq. You get millions of dollars to hit at Shaq.”

Iverson narrated the different strategies the players would try, but nothing worked. “How are you going to beat them? Kobe getting all the attention, Shaq getting all the attention. You can’t double Shaq, and if you don’t double him, that’s a bucket. You gotta double Kobe because if you don’t, that’s a bucket and it might be three or two.”

The relationship between AI and Kobe

Allen Iverson, as dominating as he was during his prime, the only thing he failed to achieve was a ring. The credit for the same goes to Lakers and their then duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. AI has always held Kobe in high regard and continues to honor him in interviews, podcasts and public appearances. The two competitive players had huge respect for each other and we would have loved to see the two interacting post their retirement.

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