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20/07/2017

a season for the 30-year-old Le Monf. He won the biggest title of his career, the ATP 500 in Washingt

MILWAUKEE -- Jeremy Hefner no longer has to worry about the prospect of being sent down to the minors. Dennis Smith Jr. Blue Jersey . Hefner allowed one run on two hits over seven innings and the New York Mets turned two throwing errors by Milwaukee third baseman Juan Francisco into two unearned runs and a 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Sunday. "I was maybe one or two bad starts from being in (Triple-A) Las Vegas, "said Hefner, who lost his first five decisions and did not win until his 10th start on May 29. "Something had to change. Obviously the mechanical adjustment was key. And, Im making pitches." Josh Satin had two doubles and a single for the Mets, scoring one run and driving in the other to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Hefner (4-6), who matched his career-high with eight strikeouts, allowed two runners in the second when he hit Rickie Weeks with two outs and Sean Halton followed with a single. But Hefner struck out Logan Schafer to end the inning. Hefner has a 1.64 ERA since June 4. "I think hes proven himself," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "His stuff is good enough. Hes a legitimate guy in the rotation." Bobby Parnell, who came on with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth, finished for his 15th save. Reliever Tom Gorzelanny (1-2), pressed into his second spot start of the season to give Wily Peralta a couple extra days to rest his ailing left hamstring, allowed two unearned runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out a season-high eight. The Mets hustled across an unearned run in the fourth. With two outs, Satin doubled to centre, narrowly sliding in ahead of the throw from centre fielder Carlos Gomez. Francisco then barehanded Andrew Browns slow bouncer, but his hurried throw eluded Halton at first, allowing Brown to reach and Satin to score. On the replay, it appeared that second baseman Weeks missed the initial swipe, but tagged Satin higher on the leg before he reached the bag. "Im not saying that was an easy call," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who went out to ask the umpires about the call. "He gets to look at the first swipe that he misses him on. And, its pretty tough to stay with him and see the next part." "Its easy to see when you go back and look at the replay, but he doesnt have that," Roenicke said. "When its in fast motion, its tough to see, but it hurt us." Franciscos second throwing error on almost identical play set up the Mets second run in the sixth. With one out, he again barehanded a slow roller by Marlon Byrd and threw wildly past first, sending Byrd to second. Satin followed with an RBI double off the wall in right. "I just pretend Im playing every day," said Satin, hitting .382 since being called up from Las Vegas on June 11. "I hit in the cages a lot. Im comfortable with my role." Francisco had started 29 games this season for the Atlanta Braves before being acquired by the Brewers on June 3. He has started 21 games at first for Milwaukee, but was making only his third start at third base. When asked if Francisco should have held the ball, Roenicke said, "You dont want to eat it. If he makes the throw online, hes going to beat the runner. I think both times and if you throw it and put it online, theyre out." NOTES: Ruben Tejada returned from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and then optioned back to Las Vegas. ... Hefner has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last seven starts, the first Mets pitcher to do since Johan Santana had 13 straight in 2008-09. ... Norichika Aokis eighth-inning single was his 22nd infield hit, third-most in baseball. 19:50ET 07-07-13 Dennis Smith Jr. Swingman Jersey . Oyama had six birdies and two bogeys at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA Tour. "I have been having this neck ache thats been affecting my golf recently," Oyama said. Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. http://www.nbamavericksauthority.com/dennis-smith-jr-mavericks-jersey-c-17/ . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. Theyve been talking about a transition at the top of mens tennis -- call it a market correction, if you will -- for a few years now.When the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals unfolds beginning Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN3 in London, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer likely will watching from their European homes. Those terrific 30-something players combined for 37 year-end appearances; Berdych and Ferrer, in fact, qualified each of the past six years.Even with the first-time presence of 30-year-old Gael Monfils, this years field is exactly two years younger on average than last years, at 27.6. Dominic Thiem, the ascendant 23-year-old Austrian, is the youngest participant.Maybe we didnt see it coming, but the tectonic tennis plates have shifted this year, said Mary Carillo, the respected broadcaster for Tennis Channel and NBC. This year was the transition year. Right now; this is it.There is some great potential for drama here. For the first time since 2001, the No. 1 ranking could switch hands at the year-end event (Lleyton Hewitt overtook Gustavo Kuerten). It also happened the year before when Kuerten beat Andre Agassi in the final to take the top ranking, which had belonged to Marat Safin.Just last week, Andy Murray unseated Novak Djokovic as the No. 1 player, but the Serb could get his revenge in London.The eight players are divided into two groups and play three-round robin matches, with the best two advancing to the semifinals. Heres how it breaks down:John McEnroe GroupNo. 1 Andy Murray2016 highlights: 73-9, eight titles, including Wimbledon and Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three ATP Masters 1000s (Rome, Shanghai, Paris), $10,958,701 in prize money.This is a case of momentum versus history for the 29-year-old Scot. Hes qualified nine times for the year-end tournament, which is now played on his home field, but hes a middling 11-11. And hes drawn a brutal trio of group mates. Murray is 27-12 lifetime combined against Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Not long ago, Murray lost to Nishikori in the US Open quarterfinals and Cilic in the Cincinnati final. Murray beat Wawrinka in the French Open semifinals, ending a 3-0 run for the Swiss. Murray comes in smoking hot, with a 19-match winning streak and his first-ever No. 1 ranking.Murrays been the best player last three, four months, said former Hewitt and Agassi coach, and ESPN analyst Darren Cahill. It will be a different feeling for him to go from the hunter to the hunted with No. 1 ranking. He will have to mentally reset to face that challenge.Murray is 11-1 playing indoors in 2016. He needs to match Djokovics advancement here (and beat him in a potential final) to retain the No. 1 rankingNo. 3 Stan Wawrinka2016 highlights: 45-16, four titles (US Open, Chennai, Dubai and Geneva), $5,748,954 in prize money.Wawrinka, 31, is the oldest player in the field but has a little momentum himself, having won the seasons last Grand Slam. This is his fourth consecutive Barclays, where hes 6-6 overall. The good news? Four of those losses came to Federer and Nadal, while the other two belong to Djokovic. Wawrinkas indoor record in 2016 (6-4) isnt much better than his worst surface, grass (1-2). No matter what happens, Wawrinka will finish as the No. 1-ranked Swiss player for the first time in his career, after Federer held that position from 2001-15. If Wawrinka manages to reach the final, watch out: He has won 11 of 12 finals over the past three years.No. 5 Kei Nishikori2016 highlights: 57-18, 1 title (Memphis), four finals, including two ATP 1000s (Miami and Toronto), $3,968,748 in prize money.The 26-year-old from Japan set a personal best for match wins but was not a dominant factor at the Slams, reaching the semifinals at the US Open and the quarters in Melbourne. He did manage to reach the Olympic semifinals in Rio, losing to Murray before beating Nadal in the bronze-medal match. This is Nishikoris third consecutive appearance in London, where hes 3-4 overall. Dennis Smith Jr. Youth Jersey. In his 2014 debut, he beat Murray in straight sets. Nishikori is 4-10 versus top-10 players this year.No. 7 Marin Cilic2016 highlights: two titles (Cincinnati ATP 1000, Basel) and two finals (Marseille and Geneva), $2,729,205 in prize money.The 2014 US Open champion finished the year well, winning Cincinnati (beating Murray in the final) and dispatching a listless Djokovic a week ago in the Paris quarterfinals. Cilic is a sparkling 14-3 in his past four events, including the win in Basel and a semifinals effort in Tokyo. Cilic -- who comes in with a career-high No. 7 ranking -- has a 6-3 record against top-10 players this year. He stopped a 0-11 run earlier this season at Indian Wells with a win against Richard Gasquet. The 28-year-old from Croatia makes his second appearance in three years and looks to win his first-ever year-end match.Ivan Lendl GroupNo. 2 Novak Djokovic2016 highlights: 61-8, seven titles, including Australian Open, French Open and Masters 1000s at Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid, $11,377,824 in prize money.This is an interesting spot for the man who dominated tennis the first half of the season. By his standards, Djokovics performance has fallen off since he won the French Open, but he still has won more money than any player and has notched the fewest losses. The 29-year-old has always played well here, winning the past four titles -- something no one else has ever done. Hes taken 18 of his past 19 matches in London. Djokovic is 23-0 against the rest of the group in his career, and if he were to play Murray in the final, Djokovic can take solace in knowing hes won five of their past six times and 13 of the previous 15. A sixth title would vault him past Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras and tie him with Federer for most all time.No. 4 Milos Raonic2016 highlights: 50-15, one title (Brisbane), three finals (Wimbledon, Indian Wells ATP 1000, Queens Club), $4,121,492 in prize money.The 25-year-old Canadian is the second-youngest player in the field and reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, where he fell to Murray. Raonic is hoping achieve his first year-end win; last year, he lost to Federer and Murray in round-robin play before withdrawing from the third match with a thigh injury. After going 8-27 against top-10 players over the three previous years, Raonic was 6-7 in 2016. Hes ranked among the top four in five of six ATP serving categories.No. 6 Gael Monfils2016 highlights: 44-15, one title (Washington), two finals (Rotterdam and Monte Carlo ATP 1000), $2,823,418 in prize money.What a season for the 30-year-old Le Monf. He won the biggest title of his career, the ATP 500 in Washington and snared a career-high 44 match wins. Monfils will finish in the top 10 for the first time. Here he is in his inaugural year-end tournament. The Frenchman is still unpredictable, however, as a variety of issues (leg, groin, virus, rib, back) caused him to pull out of tournaments or matches. Hes 2-5 versus top-10 opponents.No. 9 Dominic Thiem2016 highlights: 57-22, four titles (Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice, Stuttgart), $2,522,363 in prize money.The 23-year-old is the other first-timer in London after a breakthrough season that featured four titles, a semifinal at Roland Garros and two Masters 1000 quarters. The last Austrian to qualify for the year-end event was Thomas Muster (1997). Thiems early-season success led to a stretch run that saw him get run down physically. His 79 matches played are second only to Murrays 82. Grit, though, is his calling card. Thiem led the ATP with a 21-2 record in decisive matches and came back to win an amazing 16 times after dropping the first set. This is his 27th tournament of the season and is the youngest player among the top 10. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '