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Diamondbacks earns thumping victory against Giants

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Diamondbacks earns thumping victory against Giants

Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs; in the fourth, Yasmani Tomas hits a go-ahead home run, and the Arizona Diamonbacks beats the San Francisco Giants 6-2.

Despite starting with rather ambiguous results, the D-backs has now improved to a four-game sweep. Chip Hale watches as his team wins by melding together with good-natured banter and sheer team spirit.

“It’s not easy to sweep anybody four games at the Major League level, especially a team like this in this ballpark. I’m proud of our guys,” Hale said post-game. “Guys kind of bonded.”

Letting through two hits in five relief innings of Shelby Miller for his first major league win, Tyler Wagner (1-0) helped the D-backs finish up a 7-3 road trip with a fifth straight win and first four-game sweep ever in the Giant’s 17th-year ballpark and fifth of three or more games.

The benches cleared and both teams were warned in the eighth after Josh Osich hit Arizona’s David Peralta with a pitch for the second straight day. Peralta walked towards the mound and offered Osich a few words, but there were no ejections.

Before this, Peralta said that he didn’t think Osich was trying to hit him. Naturally, he was more annoyed that it happened again.

“That’s my thought. He showed me yesterday like he can’t even throw the pitch inside because he ended up hitting me twice,” Peralta said. “The first pitch he hit me was at my face.”

“I got lucky that I threw my arm in. Today he did the same thing and got me on my elbow. That’s why I said something, like: ‘Hey, what’s going on? You’re going to hurt somebody.’ He’s not like throwing 88, he’s throwing 98.”

Osich said afterward: “I can see why he can be mad. I can see what it looks like because it’s the second day in a row. It’s part of baseball. I missed my spot.”

Upcoming matches:

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1) starts against the Pirates for the second time in his career as Arizona returns home for 10 games.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-1) makes his home debut, pitching the series opener against the Marlins.

AC Milan runs haka dance before goaless draw

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AC Milan runs haka dance before goaless draw

It was not a common sight in the Serie A as AC Milan players danced to what was a bizzare version of the haka for its sponsor Nivea, before their match against Carpi.

AC Milan orchestrated a war dance in what amounted to an advertisement as their opponents obligingly lined up, facing them. The performance was done by a host of actors dressed up to look like AC Milan players, with advertising hoardings around the stadium displaying the words ‘Men, this is your ritual’.

But the team’s lackluster performance only served to exacerbate the cringe-worthy pre-match publicity stunt, which was dubbed the pre-match Tekitanka, with the name emblazoned on advertising boards along with social media hashtags. The ruse was all designed as a marketing ploy for club sponsors Nivea.

AC Milan attempted the Haka

AC Milan attempted the Haka. See the full version here.

While attempting to be light-hearted, the attention-seeking ploy could backfire on the club, given the sanctity New Zealanders place in traditional war dances like the haka.

Naturally, the social media (especially those hailing from New Zealand) was quick to react negatively to the bizarre event, as it was another sign of pride and fame for the New Zealand’s All Blacks, who recently won the Laureus World Sports’ team of the year award.

Previously, politicians in New Zealand reacted with anger to England World Cup-winner Matt Dawson’s “Hakarena” dance advert during the autumn’s Rugby World Cup, as Maori Party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples branded Dawson’s insulting and “shameful”.

The only highlight in the uneventful game was Milan’s teenage forward Jose Mauri’s goal being ruled offside. The 19-year old substitute secured a pass from Giacomo Bonaventura to slot the ball in, but only get to see his debut Milan goal ruled out.

With the draw, Milan’s attempts to qualify for Europe is once against thwarted but Carpi will leave in high spirits. The team, struggling to stay safe in another four games, left the pitch with two points ahead of 18-point Frosinone.

Barca makes comeback with a bang

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Barca makes comeback with a bang

Barcelona makes an explosive comeback in the La Liga, as the Catalonians scores eight past Deportivo La Coruna whilst keeping their clean sheet to end a 3-game losing streak.

Luis Suarez scores four and contributes three assists for the team, earning a two-goal advantage before half time as he scores in the 11th and 24th minutes, volleying home an Ivan Rakitic cross and then adding a second with a first-time finish with the help of a stylish tee-up from Lionel Messi.

Barca then registered six more goals in the second half, as Suarez reversed roles and crossed one in for a Rakitic volley. He then scored his third thanks to another Messi assist, and tapped in his forth after his shot was denied but bounced off Deportivo keeper Manu.

The Uruguayan then set up Messi to tap in from inside the box in the 73rd minute before defender Marc Bartra scores Barca’s seventh.

The center-back, who made his fourth league start to replace a banned Gerard Pique, powered his way through Deportivo’s defence and into the area before producing a confident finish into the far corner in the 79th minute.

But there was still time for Barca to deal further damage. Junior Neymar takes the tally to eight as the Brazilian turned another pass by Suarez in at the near post to complete the demolition.

There will be no doubts that sighs of relief as Barcelona recovered from their slump, but they can ill-afford to relax as fellow Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid registered their own wins.

Fernando Torres continues his strong form by scoring his fifth goal in as many matches in Atletico’s 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid meanwhile showed that they were not under pressure as they eased into a 3-0 home win over Villareal.

But the top three will have to stay their best to keep up pressure on each other in their race for the title; they can ill afford to slip up as just one point separates them. Their next matches will be played on Saturday, as Real makes a trip to Rayo Vallecano, Atletico and Barca will host Malaga and Sporting Gijon, respectively.