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malf as a club hero.The Belgian was rewarded with a brand new long-term contract on Wednesday after scoring for key goals in the Champions League, including the finala chose to leave Barcelona for Real Betis last week without consulting management.The midfielder moved to Betis on-loan to the end of the season – much to the disappointment of coach Ernesto Valverde.However, Sport says Barca directors were powerless win over Tottenham.Asked if Origi was a club hero, Klopp said: “Oh yeah, absolutely.”nager Charlie Manuel said Sunday third baseman , who has missed five games while on the bereavement list, against the Marlins, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Young was mired in a 1-for-26 slump prior to landing on the bereavement list.

More News enal striker Alexandre Lacazette.Mundo Deportivo says Atletico are keeping a keen eye on Lacazette’s situation as Diego Simeone plans a shake-up at the Wanda Metropolitano. Lacazette was high on their wish-list in January, but the club instead focuse 01/30/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/29/2014 • by R.J. White 01/27/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/26/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/17/2014 • by Chris Cwik 01/14/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb

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Can Indians be this year’s Orioles? Mark Reynolds sees similarities

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NEW YORK — The best team ever at winning one-run games was last year’s . The best this year is the .

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“I a Matic has agreed a new deal to stay at Manchester United.Matic, out of contract this summer, had been in talks with the club but it looked as if he would leave.But United boss Solskjaer confirmed Matic will remain at United saying: “He will stay see the similarities,” Reynolds said.

He’s one of the similarities. Reynolds played for the 2012 Orioles. He plays for the 2013 Indians.

Then again, he also played for the 2009 Diamondbacks, whose 20-27 one-run record was one of baseball’s worst.

The more significant similarities, noted by Reynolds: home run hitters, a few speed guys in the lineup, a deep bullpen and a rotation that at least gives you a chance. One more similarity: a veteran manager, who brought belief to the clubhouse.

“I think that’s one thing that may have been missing here before, that expectation of winning,” Reynolds said.

That may be, but the Indians had baseball’s second-best one-run record last year (24-12), behind only the Orioles, who were 29-9. And the Indians still collapsed in August, when their pitching was so bad that their 5-24 record included just two one-run losses.

They strongly believe this year will be different, although that belief could be tested by a schedule that had them open June with consecutive series against the Rays, Yankees, Tigers, Rangers and Nationals.

For now, the Indians are just a game behind the Tigers in the American League Central, and just two games out in the AL wild-card race. They’re also two games behind the pace the Orioles set last year, at a point in the season where we were still trying to decide if it was time to take the O’s seriously.

“Hopefully, we can ride it out here, the way we did last year,” Reynolds said.

Luck obviously plays some part in a team’s one-run record, which is why many expected the Orioles to fall off this season. Their one-run record has fallen off (11-5 at this point last year, 8-7 so far this year), but the O’s have the same overall record (32-25) they did through 57 games a year ago.

Tough stretch aheadDatesUpcoming opponentW-LWinning percentageJune 4-5Yankees32-25.561June 7-9Tigers30-25.545June 10-12Rangers35-21.625W-L and Winning % as of 6/3/13

The Indians are basically where they were a year ago, too. Not only that, but they got off to a great start in one-run games last year (12-2 through June 20).

It turned out then it didn’t mean anything. It turned out that the Orioles’ early success did mean something.

Can rtmund star Jadon Sancho, according to German media reps.Former Middlesbrough striker and Bundesliga pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, who interviewed Sancho on the weekend, spoke to two top journalists about the 19-year-old’s future.He revealed: “I arrivethis year’s Indians become last year’s Orioles?

Aeager to return to Premier League management.Hughton was sacked by the Seagulls at the end of last season.“I do want to get back in at the highest level that I can,” he told the Mirror, “but I’m using my time out well and very much making the most least there’s one similarity. Both teams had Mark Reynolds.

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The are starter  on Tuesday to take Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the rotation , .com reports Saturday.

McCarthy hit the disabled list Saturday with shoulder problems. Randall DAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barceloio Graziani is backing Bologna’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Bologna sports chief Marco di Vaio has held talks with the off contract LA Galaxy striker about a return to Italy.Bologna are battling Ibra’s former club AC Milan for the Swede and Grazianina keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”elgado was called up to give the bullpen an extra arm, but the club is planning to use Skaggs as McCarthy’s replacement. Skaggs pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts Monday against Texas in his only start of 2013.

More News 07/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ourinho has heaped praise on Jorginho.While criticised by some pundits, Mourinho isn’t having it after seeing the midfielder help Chelsea defeat Watford yesterday.He told Bein Sport: “For me Jorginho is the best midfielder in Europe. “The world in 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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The dropped shortstop from first to third in the lineup during Monday’s contest against the Red Sox.Rollins responded well, as he reby the prospect of emulating his agent Mino Raiola.Former Ajax captain De Ligt was interviewed by France Football after he won the Kopa Trophy for Milito insists Lionel Messi hasn’t peaked.Messi’s future is again being questioned after Argentina’s disappointing Copa America campaign.However, Milito has scoffed at claims his friend is past his best.He told Marca: “Noooo. There’ll be Leo for a w best under-21 player in Europe of 2018-19.“If I hadn’t become a footballer, I would’ve become an agenached base three times. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk in a 9-3 defeat. He is hitting .261/.307/.392 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 199 at-bats.

More News st weekend.The Mirror says Reds scouts were in attendance for Lyon’s 3-0 win over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.OL claimed a convincing victory, via goals from Maxine Cornet (2) and Moussa Dembele.According to reports in France, a number 01/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 12/19/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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The are expected to with , who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. According to .com, the Marlins will need another starter Friday against the Mets, and Eovaldi should take the ball.

Eovaldi threw his first rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Jupiter, after sitting out the entire season due to right shoulder inflammation. 

More News 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Sew season.According to the Daily Mail, moves involving Antonee Robinson and Josh Bowler are moving ever closer.Robinson, a 21-year-old left back, is in talks over a £2million move to Wigan while winger Josh Bowler is set to join Hull City on a seasotaff night’s clash with Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says United are hopeful McTominay will be fit for the visit of Tottenham on Wednesday but are set to be without Paul Pogba again.McTominay has sat out the last three games against Sheffield Un 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 nemouth saw two goals chalked off that could have changed the course of the result; both awarded for hand balls at crucial moments in the game.And after Matej Vydra’s second goal in as many games put the Clarets in front after the break, VAR’s doomsd • by RotoWire Staff 09/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Coming into the season, the ‘ ranked high on my list of setup men who could become closers midseason. Now, with Chris Perez sidelined by right shoulder soreness, his time has come.

So why am I not rushing to pick him up? He’s not altogether himself. Having just returned from a DL stint for a sore right elbow, his fastball is reacmo.The Spaniard was one of the shining lights for his nation at the Under-21 European Championships this summer.The former Barcelona academy player is currently with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.He managed 12 goals and nine assists for the club last seashing only the high 80s, about 4-5 mph lower than usual. And considering he allowed four earned runs over an inning of work last time out, he’s missing that velocity.

Of course, two of his first three appearances off the DL were scoreless, so perhaps other factors contributed to his struggles Saturday. But a pitcher still working up to midseason form might not find himself fastGary Neville says he would “run a mile” to become Manchester United manager.Neville spent four months in charge of Valencia in his one and only managerial role.In a Twitter Q&A on Sunday night he was asked by one fan: “If the opportunity ever arose would you take the United managerial role?”Neville replied: “That call isn’t coming and if it did I would run a mile.” enough to take advantage of whaut Ozil say he’s always being made the scapegoat for the team’s failures.The midfielder, who is on a contract worth £350,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium, has been frozen out by manager Unai Emery and has made just two appearances this season. “t could end up being a minimal DL stay.

The only way I pick up Pestano is if he’s the only option for saves on the wire.

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starting pitcher turned in another stellar performance as he struck out seven and secured his fifth win of the season Tuesday night against the Astros.Fister (5-1), who made his eighth start, surrendered two runs in a 35-pitc reason for wanting to return to the club.The English winger, 22, joined the Gers permanently from Liverpool on Monday after spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox.And Kent says the presence of former Reds coaches Steven Gerard and Michael Bealh second inning, including a run-scoring double to J.D. Martinez. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work in a 6-2 victory.Fister has not allowed more than three runs in four starts at home. He has also struck out 15 over his last two starts at home. The right-hander improved his ERA to 3.06 after his seven-strikeout performance Tuesday.

He is scheduled to take the hill Sunday night at Texas. He is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts away from Comerica Park but was shelled for nine runs — eight earned — in 4 1/3 innings in his last start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last season.

More News 02/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff an Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they want 06/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staffielder Moussa Sissoko has returned to training this week.Sissoko required knee surgery after a collision with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse on New Year’s Day. He has since made a return to the training pitch and said that he is feeling “fine” as hf 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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The placed infielder on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday . McDonald, who is hitless in six May games (0 for 12), is batting .065 through 16 games.

More News 01/07/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 04/18/2014 • by Marty Gitlin 03/25/2014 • by Chris Cwik o Pereira.This week, the Portugal international has talked up the prospect of moving to PSG, where he is being considered as a replacement for unsettled fullback Thomas Meunier.However, Le 10 Sport says PSG won’t get a clear run at Pereira.United bos tan Kroenke during yesterday’s opening preseason friendly at Boreham Wood.The Gunners visited National League side Boreham Wood in their traditional friendly.While the match, featuring plenty of Arsenal youngsters, finished 3-3 there was also plenty 01/16/2014 • by Chris Cwik 11/06/2013 • plans for a European Super League.Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was said to be behind a bid last year to form a new competition made up of just the biggest sides in Europe.Guardiola told Ara: “I do not agree much with the idea. Someonby Scott White 09/01/2013 • by Jeff Lippman

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reliever has scrapped his cut fastball this year.

Gregg has been a huge surprise with the Cubs. Through 9 1/3 innings, Gregg has yet to allow a run and already has six saves. The cutter hasn’t been a great pitch for him in the past, but he used it close to 25 percent of the time the last three seasons. Gregg is throwing his fastball more often as a result. Over his career, Gregg’s fastball has a according to FanGraphs.com, making it his best offerinorukhan Tokoz is attracting big Premier League interest.Fotomac says Liverpool have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Tokoz.The Reds are interested in acquiring the Besiktas midfielder.A host of Serie A sides are also being tipg. 

Gregg has been able to pitch effectively this year, and has played his way into the Cubs’ closer role. Given the state of the team’s bullpen, he could have somewhat of a long leash if he begins to struggle. 

arcelona would suit him.The France attacker has found himself pushed to the flank to make room for skipper Leo Messi.He explained, “It is certain that playing in the centre is better for me. I have my bearings. I’ve been managing this position for ye More News 06/15/2015 • by Shawn Krest 05/20/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/11/2015 • by Elliot Smith 04/08/2015 • by Dave Peters 04/07/2015 • by Brandon Wise of Malta announced a multi-year partnership which will see United promote Malta as a tourist destination to its global fan base, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThe Club has deep and enduring ties with Malta, with the Maltese Supporters Club, one of the 04/02/2015 • by R.J. White

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The have released outfielder , the cnho is in line for a new contract.The Sun says the Brazilian veteran is in tho leave.Marca reports Zidane has already begun having private chats with his squad to inform them whether they will be staying at the club next season.Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos were the first three players to be told their fate.Ie final year of his contract and many expected next season to be his last at Manchester City after the club-record arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.Yet Citisk losing Ryan Sessegnon for £500,000 next summer.The Sun says the 19-year-old is a long-term target for Tottenham but the London clubs have not yet been able to agree on a price.Sessegnon would likely cost Spurs around £35million if they pluck hiy sources inslub announced.

Parraz, 28, has played 833 minor-league games without a major-league appearance. He was hitting .141/.230/.321 in 29 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Whether it’s Willie Blair or J.A. Happ, you’ll never forget that sound

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Doug Brocail knew why I was calling.

“Willie Blair,” he said.

Yes. Willie Blair.

Sixteen years later, gets hit by a line drive and leaves the ballpark in an ambulance. Sixteen years later, Brocail was thinking what I was thinking.

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If you’ve ever been there, and you’ve ever heard that sound, that awful sound, you don’t forget it.

It doesn’t have to be Willie Blair, who had his jaw broken by a Julio Franco line drive in 1997 in Cleveland. It could be Bryce Florie. It could be Brandon McCarthy. It could be Chris Young.

If you’ve been there, if you’ve heard it, if you’ve felt it, it stays with you.

“I thought Willie was dead,” Brocail said Wednesday.

Fortunately, Willie wasn’t dead. Doctors told him that had the ball hit a fractid-leave-Burnley-free.html”>Daily MailLille-told-leave-Burnley-free.html”> says Hart is on the shortlist at French Champions League club Lille should they sell current No 1 Mike Maignan.Hart, 32, has been told by Burnley he can leave on a free in ordeon of an inch from where it did, he could have died, but fortunately it didn’t.

Amazingly, he was back on a major-league mound less than a month later. He spent four more years in the big leagues and ishley admits they face a “challenge” to stay up this season.The Toon are currently just a point and a place outside the bottom three, with just two wins from their first ten games.Ashley has spelt out his biggest fear in the published financial acco now the bullpen coach with the Padres.

Fortunately,s they can finish in the European places.The Blues have been in impressive form since Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva in December, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. “We’re looking to Happ survived when he was hit by a Desmond Jennings line drive Tuesday night in a game at Tampa Bay. Fortunately, Happ was released from the hospital by midday Wednesday.

Brocail, who pitched in the big leagues for 15 years and is now the Astros pitching coach, was Blair’s teammate with the 1997 Tigers. He knows Happ from Happ’s time with the Astros.

He and Blair were as close as brothers, but the one subject they never discussed was that Julio Franco line drive. He cares very much about Happ, but the one thing he did Tuesday night was avoid any sports shows.

“I just did not want to see it,” Brocail said.

To pitch, and especially to pitch in the big leagues, you have to know that it’s possible you’ll be hit, but you have to convince yourself it’s so rare that you can put it out of your mind.

Brocail knows he wasn’t always able to. Late in his career, knowing that most comebackers are hit on pitches on the outside part of the plate, he concentrated even more on keeping the ball inside.

He’s heard the talk about how baseball wants to better protect pitchers, to possibly put Kevlar liners inside caps. He’s not opposed, but he also knows it won’t take away the risk. It wouldn’t have saved Blair’s jaw, and may not have helped Happ, either.

“I just don’t know how you would [protect against any head injuries to pitchers],” Brocail said.

He knows he’ll never forget that afternoon in Cleveland, when Blair was lying on the mound. He knows he’ll never forget that sound, which he and others have described as ball hitting bat — and then hitting a bat again.

He won’t forget watching Franco squatting down at first base, looking away, not able to watch as Blair was being attended to. He won’t forget the looks on the faces of his teammates, on the faces of the Indians players, on the faces of everyone who was in the ballpark that day.

Watching on television Tuesday night, I saw those faces again, saw them on the and the Rays, on the fans at Tropicana Field.

They won’t forget. They’ll remember the sound. They’ll remember the feeling.

Sixteen years from now, it still won’t go away.

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outfielder was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Braves in the fifth inning when his hamstring tightened up. , Werth is day to day with the injury, and will likely have to miss a few days of action, though it is not expected to require a disabled-list trip.

Werth missed his previous two games due to the hamstring injury, but he tried to play through it and appeared to re-aggravate it. 

More News 06/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/23/2018 Toni Kroos expects a huge improvement at Real Madrid this season.The German has made clear that Los Blancos will compete for all the major trophies next season.”We play to fight for everyVaart has dismissed claims Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is among the world’s best.Van Dijk, along with Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), is nominated for Fifa’s “The Best” award.However, Dutch compatriot Van der Vaart d title, as always,” he told Real Madrid TV.”The important thing • by RotoWire Staff 04/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now owner Real Valladolid, while Berlusconi controls Monza.”Why did you never make a goal from the corner? It’s so easy,” Ronaldo claimed Berlusconi said.“Put everybody outside the area and when he kicks i 03/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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pitcher (1-3) permitted just one run despite walking six batters over six innings during a 5-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday. He also allowed just two hits — a single and a double — in his 111-pitced he could’ve returned to Barcelona this summer.The veteran signed for Fla after coming off contract last season.He told the Players’ Tribune: “I had the possibility of returning to Juventus. “I had another possibility, because I wanted to, that it h performance (62 strikes) to secure his first win in six starts this season.

After walking just three batters over his past two outings, Hamels matched a career high with his six walks against the Mets but escaped trouble to lower his ERA to a season-low 4.78. He also finished with eight strikeouts.

The left-hander is projected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against Miami, the second time he’s faced the division opponent this year. In his previous outing, he limited the Marlins to just one run over six innings.

n.Brighton have signed Crofts for a third spell at the club.But he won’t play for the first-team. Instead, he’s joining as an U23 player-coach.“This is an innovative step, and we are delighted to have Andrew on board,” Seagulls chief Dan Ashworth s More News 04/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02ign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague.Boss David Moyes confirmed the 24 year old is undergoing a medical at the Hammers’ Rush Green training ground.”He fits the profile of the player I want,” Moyes said of Soucek, who has 25 c/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder was thrown out trying to steal second base in the second inning of Sunday’s game against Houston. He was gunned down by Jason Castna risk losing Alejandro Marqués to Italian giants Juventus.Juve are pushing to sign the Venezuelan striker this month and would be willing to include young midfielder Matheus Pereira in their offer.New contract talks between Marques and Barca have ro. 

Ellsbury was caught for the first time this year as he started the season 11 for 11 on steals. Ellsbury entered Sunday’s game batting .283 on the year with hits in four straight contests. 

More News 11/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff lder Saul Niguez.The Daily Mail says United owners the Glazers are ready to show their faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by backing him in moves for Saul and RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.Saul’s deal with Atletico keeps him at the club until 2026, b 10/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff mance against Brighton on Thursday.The Gunners were outclassed by Albion at the Emirates, eventually losing 2-1 in what was caretaker Freddie Ljungberg’s second game in charge.Dixon told Amazon Prime: “If he’s under any illusions about the size of th 06/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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first basean international call-up.The defender has represented France at U21 level but is determined to catch the eye of Didier Deschamps.”It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus,” Dioman feels like a different player now that he , WEEI.com reports. “One-hundred percent,” said Napoli when asked if the benefits of not catching have made a difference. “I’m not saying that’s why I’m doing good, hitting and defensively. But my body definitely feels a lot better. Mentally there’s less that I have to do in a day. I would have to come in for meetings and that extra 30 minutes talking to a pitcher about a game-plan, I don’t have to do that anymore. You go out there tackle baseball and try to hit homers. I have a good feeling coming to the park. I like where I’m at right now.”Napoli is batting .409 over his last six games with six doubles, two homers and nine RBI. For the sew Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta about his role.Ljungberg has been acting as caretaker manager and will be in charge for this weekend’s clash with Everton.During hiout to play their 4,000th official game with an academy graduate in the team.Academy chief Nick Cox, who succeeded Nicky Butt as academy head in the summer when the former United midfielder took up a new role as head of first-team development, said ts debut press conference on Friday evening, Arteta revealed that he held talks with Ljunason he’s batting .283 with four homers and is leading the league with 27 RBI. He is the first major league player to reach 27 RBI and 17 extra-base hits over the first 23 games of a season since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

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