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Toni Leistner, soccer star, leaves interview to fight fan in stands

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Toni Leistner, soccer star, leaves interview to fight fan in stands

Having fans at games isn’t a good thing all the time.

Hamburg defender Toni Leistner left a postgame interview, jumped into the stands and pushed a Dresden fan after his team’s 4-1 loss in the German Cup on Monday. The game featured 10,993 fans, the most since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world in March.

Leistner was set off after receiving what he told Sky TV were “massive insults” toward his family. After shoving the fan twice, Leitner retreated after other fans began to get involved, the shocking video footage shows.

Objects continued to rain down on him before he broke off the interview. Leistner was born in Dresden and previously played for the team.

Leistner later said on Instagram that insults were “under the belt” against his family, partner and daughter. He apologized and promised never to react the way he did, “regardless what insults are thrown at me.”

Here is another angle:

Dresden said on Twitter: “Toni Leistner is a Dresden boy whose heart is in the right place.”

— With AP

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The rules changes that will stay in effect

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The rules changes that will stay in effect

With the MLB playoffs under way Tuesday, here’s a look at the format and some of the rules changes that will stay in effect — and those that won’t:

MLB playoffs 2020 rules changes

Roster size

The rosters will remain at 28 players throughout the postseason. Initially, rosters were going to go from 30 to 28 and then to 26 for the final six weeks of the regular season, but with several teams impacted by COVID-19 cases, MLB changed course during the season and kept rosters at 28.

Three-batter minimum

The three-batter minimum for pitchers will also still be in play for the postseason. MLB planned for that rule to go into effect even before COVID in an attempt to deal with pace of play to limit pitching changes, but it’s hardly made a difference.

Designated hitter

Both leagues will also use the DH in the playoffs.

Extra innings

One rule that will not carry over to the playoffs is the runner on second base to start extra innings, which was- not surprisingly- extremely unpopular- with relief pitchers.

MLB playoffs 2020 schedule

In terms of scheduling, unlike in previous postseasons, there will be no travel days during series, which will force teams to use more of their pitching staffs.

The best-of-three Wild Card Series will be played entirely at the higher-seeded team’s home ballpark.

Following that round, teams will enter a postseason bubble in one of several locations.

The two ALDS will be played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego, while the NLDS will be split up in Texas between Globe Life Field in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston. Those series remain best-of-five and the series in Texas may have fans in attendance.

The best-of-seven ALCS is scheduled for Petco Park, while the NLCS will be at Globe Life Field.

Finally, the World Series is scheduled for Globe Life Field in Arlington, beginning on Oct. 20, with up to two off days built in.

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Week 4 Fantasy Kicker Rankings

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Week 4 Fantasy Kicker Rankings

It’s been said before, but it’s just a fact: Kicker is the most important position in fantasy football. We all know it, even if we don’t want to admit it. Nothing — nothing — is more exciting than a perfectly executed snap, hold, and kick through the uprights. It’s poetry in motion and the true essence of sport. As such, it’s no surprise that our Week 4 fantasy kicker rankings will be the most read set of rankings of the week. 

Obviously, everything we just said is a lie. No one cares about kickers or kicker rankings — unless you’re one of the unlucky losers who faced Stephen Gostkowski or Joey Slye last week. However, because most fantasy owners refuse to eliminate the kicker position out of some weird sense of tradition (or just laziness), we’re happy to provide an ordered list of the top kickers every week. 

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST

It’s more of the same at the top of the rankings, as the best kickers in the best situations haven’t drastically changed. We’re starting to learn more about which matchups seem to be beneficial for kickers, but a team’s offense and the kicking environment (i.e. indoors vs. outdoors, favorable weather conditions, etc.) are still more important — after a kicker’s accuracy and leg strength, of course. There are just four indoor games this week, so there aren’t a ton of kickers noticeably rising because of that advantage. The risers are due more to kickers on decent offenses playing against bad defenses. Sometimes, it’s that easy.

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST

We’ll continue to update our kicker rankings to throughout the week, so check back for updates.

WEEK 4 DFS CASH LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 4 Fantasy Kicker Rankings

WEEK 4 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Rank Player
1 Justin Tucker, BAL @ WAS
2 Greg Zuerlein, DAL vs. CLE
3 Wil Lutz, NO @ DET
4 Joey Slye, CAR vs. ARZ
5 Harrison Butker, KC vs. NE
6 Michael Badgley, LAC @ TB
7 Dan Bailey, MIN @ HOU
8 Zane Gonzalez, ARZ @ CAR
9 Matt Prater, DET vs. NO
10 Sam Sloman, LAR vs. NYG
11 Mason Crosby, GB vs. ATL
12 Tyler Bass, BUF @ LV
13 Daniel Carlson, LV vs. BUF
14 Robbie Gould, SF vs. PHI
15 Rodrigo Blankenship, IND @ CHI
16 Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU vs. MIN
17 Chris Boswell, PIT @ TEN
18 Randy Bullock, CIN vs. JAX
19 Stephen Gostkowski, TEN vs. PIT
20 Ryan Succop, TB vs. LAC
21 Brandon McManus, DEN @ NYJ
22 Jake Elliott, PHI @ SF
23 Nick Folk, NE @ KC
24 Cody Parkey, CLE @ DAL
25 Stephen Hauschka, JAX @ CIN
26 Jason Myers, SEA @ MIA
27 Cairo Santos, CHI vs. IND
28 Jason Sanders, MIA vs. SEA
29 Dustin Hopkins, WAS vs. BAL
30 Graham Gano NYG @ LAR
31 Sam Ficken, NYJ vs. DEN
32 TBA ATL @ GB

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Brett Rypien will start for Broncos against Jets

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Brett Rypien will start for Broncos against Jets

If the Jets can’t win this one…

The Broncos are expected to name Brett Rypien their starting quarterback for Thursday night’s game at MetLife Stadium, NFL Network reports. Rypien signed with the Broncos after not being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft and he saw his first NFL action a week ago.

Rypien completed 8-of-9 passes with an interception after replacing Jeff Driskel in the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Rypien, 24, completed his first eight passes against Tampa Bay before throwing an interception in the end zone.

“We were running a little slant play over the middle and its usually good versus man coverage, especially when you’re getting pressure,” Rypien told reporters of the pass, which was meant for rookie Jerry Jeudy.

“When you get down into the red zone obviously the safeties are going to play low and he was kind of just sitting right in the middle of the field, so I tried to look him off. Then when I came back to him, I thought I had a chance to fit it in there to Jerry and he [the DB] just made a great play.”

Brett, the nephew of former Redskins QB Mark Rypien, was thrust into this position with starter Drew Lock out with a shoulder injury. Denver signed Blake Bortles last week, but the team does not feel comfortable using him without more preparation.

Both teams enter the primetime matchup 0-3.

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