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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Sonny Gray (12-7, 2.36 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (59-79) take on Scott Kazmir (7-9, 2.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (75-63) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 10-9 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.

Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Angels. Kazmir went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Carlos Correa (.281, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.

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Oakland is a slim -110 favorite at home against Houston. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -2,876 and a record as the favorite of 32-36. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 16-17 and 26-32 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. Oakland’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.

In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 30-28 record and an overall money line of +573. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 5-5 SU record over the same span. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 188 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 103 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston’s pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.29 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.

The Athletics have a bad 12-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 49-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

 

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Ohio State Buckeyes at Virginia Tech Hokies

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Who: No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)
When: Monday, 8 p.m.
Where: Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, Va.)
Last Meeting:

Virginia Tech went on the road last season and defeated Ohio State 35-21. J.T. Barrett threw three interceptions.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he meant no disrespect to Virginia Tech when he blamed the Buckeyes’ stunning home loss to the Hokies last season on his team’s “lack of preparation.”

That doesn’t figure to be a problem Monday night.

The Buckeyes, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in college football, get a chance to exact revenge in what promises to be a raucous Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Ohio State won 13 in a row, and the national championship, after that 35-21 loss a year ago. While Meyer and most of his players downplay revenge as a motivator, quarterback J.T. Barrett has a photo of Lane Stadium as the background on his phone to remind him of what happened in 2014.

Barrett threw three interceptions in the loss, including one that Donovan Riley returned 63 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds to go, making the Hokies the first nonconference opponent in 65 games to win at Ohio Stadium.

Barrett is not alone in admitting the loss still stings.

“They came into our house and embarrassed us,” said senior tight end Nick Vannett, who figures to loom large in the Buckeyes’ passing game because of suspensions and injuries to four receivers. “We’re out for revenge and we’re going to do the same thing to them.”

The Hokies have played the No. 1 team eight times in their history, and have lost all eight, seven by double figures. “I don’t know that there’s every been a No. 1 team in the country that’s as far No. 1 as this crowd is,” coach Frank Beamer said this week. “Real challenge to the program. Real challenge to what we’re all about here at Virginia Tech. I think our players look forward to the challenge, but what an undertaking this is.”

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Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

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Detroit Tigers (62-74, 5th in AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (67-69, 3rd in AL East)

When: 1:08 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit

STARTING PITCHERS
Detroit Tigers
LH Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11 ERA)
Lifetime vs. Tampa Bay: 2-2, 4.95 ERA

Tampa Bay Rays
LH Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA)
Lifetime vs. Tigers: Never faced Detroit

Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11 ERA) and Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (62-74) and the Tampa Bay Rays (67-69) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 7

Wolf pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking three in a 12-1 defeat to the Royals. Smyly went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 10 and walking one in an 11-2 win over the Orioles in his most recent start. Logan Forsythe (.290, 60 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.

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Tampa Bay takes on Detroit as a -132 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of -1,038 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 28-45. Detroit has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.4 runs per game. Detroit’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.0.

In games where it is the favorite, Tampa Bay has a 32-29 record and an overall money line of -312.

The Rays lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have an 18-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Smyly takes the mound. Wolf (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a very good 24-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.

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Rhode Island Rams at Syracuse Orange

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(foxsports.com )- RACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Year three of the Scott Shafer era at Syracuse is at hand, and there’s nowhere for the Orange to go but up.

In the rearview mirror is a 3-9 record after a 2-0 start, only one win in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and five straight losses to end 2014.

Time to flip the switch.

”I don’t even think about last year. I don’t speak about it,” said senior quarterback Terrel Hunt, who was ejected in the 2014 season opener and missed the last seven games with a broken calf bone. ”We’re just playing. We don’t think we have to put on a show for anybody. Some people are going to like what we do. Some people won’t like what we do.”

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The new season begins Friday night in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island, and Shafer is prepared for a difficult game, even if the Rams do play at Division I’s second tier.

”Going into the game, they are fired-up and ready to go,” said Shafer, an assistant at Rhode Island for three years in the mid-1990s who was Syracuse’s defensive coordinator four years ago when the Rams visited the Carrier Dome and lost by only a touchdown. ”Playing in the Dome will be a great experience for those kids. We have to have our Ps and Qs together and be ready to roll.”

Syracuse began last season against Villanova, a solid team from the Football Championship Subdivision, and won by one point – in double overtime – on a touchdown pass from punter Riley Dixon.

Hunt watched it all unfold after his ejection in the second quarter and is anxious to begin making amends.

”It’s my first game back, so I just want to slaughter,” he said. ”You can’t say that, but I want to have a really good game because everybody is so stuck on last year. We’re ready to move forward and see what we have this year.”

Some things to know when Syracuse hosts Rhode Island on Friday night:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Syracuse returns only two defensive linemen with significant playing experience at the position, and end Ron Thompson and tackle John Raymon have been hurting. Although both missed a lot of preseason camp, they’ll be available against Rhode Island. ”We’ll have to be careful with the reps because they’re obviously not in football shape,” DC Chuck Bullough said. ”So we’ll have to pick and choose when to play them. They can’t play the whole game.” Bullough expects four freshman defensive linemen to see lots of action, but Thompson and Raymon will be in there if the Orange are behind or it’s close.

TWO DEEP: Syracuse’s lineup includes 11 players who started at least six games in 2014 and 24 who have made at least one career start. It also includes six freshmen, including quarterback Eric Dungey, who will share backup duties with sophomore Austin Wilson. The lone member of Syracuse’s front five without starting experience is right guard Seamus Shanley.

ORANGE CAPTAINS: Hunt, C Rob Trudo, DE Luke Arciniega and LB Zaire Franklin are the new Syracuse captains, elected by a team vote. Hunt is in his third year as the starter and ranks 10th in school history with 2,621 passing yards. He’s also second among active ACC players in total career offense (3,413). Franklin is the Orange’s first sophomore captain in 70 years. ”That’s a long time. That’s heavy,” he said.

RAM POWER: Rhode Island, which finished 1-11 last year, starts junior college transfer QB Paul Mroz, who last year led Victor Valley College in southern California to a 10-0 record, passing for 2,434 yards and 26 touchdowns. Safety Tim Wienclaw recovered four fumbles last season, most in the nation, and also led all Colonial Athletic Association defensive backs by averaging nearly nine tackles per game.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Syracuse has not lost to an FCS team since a 14-13 setback at Holy Cross in 1958, a span of 31 games. The Orange are 13-0 in the Carrier Dome against FCS teams.

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

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Texas Rangers (70-62) at Los Angeles Angels (67-66)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

M Perez (2-3) (5.15) vs. G Richards (12-10) (3.80)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -140 / Texas Rangers +130

Over/Under: 8

Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA) and Martin Perez (2-3, 5.15 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (67-66) and the Texas Rangers (70-62) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4.

Richards pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out nine in an 8-3 defeat to the Indians. Mike Trout (.297, 84 Rs, 33 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Perez went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out four in a 4-3 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Rougned Odor (.278, 39 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday.

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The Texas Rangers are second in the American League West but are playing well and have first in their sights. The Rangers have won six of seven following    a 4-3 decision at San Diego on Wednesday. Cole Hamels gave up all three runs on eight hits and whiffed eight through seven frames in a no decision effort. Texas totaled nine hits and walked six times with Chis Gimenez going solo while Adrian Beltre doubled in Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder. Martin Perez draws the game one start against Los Angeles on Friday night.  Perez is coming off of a 4-3 victory versus visiting Baltimore where he gave up all three runs on seven hits over 6.1 frames.
The Los Angeles Angels are in need of a prolonged hot streak if they expect to pass Texas for second in the American League West. The Angels have won consecutive contests after knocking off Oakland 9-4 on the road Wednesday. Starter Andrew Heaney improved to 6-2 with three runs allowed on seven hits over seven innings which was easily enough for the offense that launched a 13 hit attack. Albert Pujols went 2-5 with a homer, three RBI’s and two runs while CJ Cron and David Freese knocked in two runs apiece. Garrett Richards toes the rubber against the Rangers for the third time this season. Richards threw the ball well in an 8-3 loss (ND) to Cleveland with three runs scored on seven hits in seven innings.

The under is 6-1-1 in Texas last 8 Friday games and is 11-4-2 in their last 17 overall while going  11-4-2 in their last 17 on grass. Los Angeles are 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win and  are 4-9 in their last 13 overall while going  4-9 in their last 13 games on grass. The Rangers are 7-21 in the last 21 meetings.

The Angels lead the season series, 8-4. The Angels have a 19-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Perez takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 47-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Utah State Aggies

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College Football: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Romney Stadium)

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will look to upset the Utah State Aggies this Thursday night at Merlin Olsen Field

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds who made an appearance in the FCS playoffs in 2013 didn’t repeat the their success last year as they were able to go only 3-9 on the season and 3-5 in conference (Big Sky) play. If Southern Utah is going show improvement this year it will need to come from their defense who struggled last year giving up 35+ points in over half their games played. The good news for the Thunderbirds is that they do have Big Sky Preseason Defensive MVP in DE James Cowser.

The Thunderbirds will also be hoping that defensive backs LeShaun Sims and Miles Killebrew will be able to help Cowser and prevent some of the big plays that hurt them last year. On the offensive side of the ball, Southern Utah is hoping the former BYU transfer Ammon Olsen (241-381, 3049 yds and 21 TDs) can continue the strong showing he put together last season. Southern Utah has some talent on this team and if they can find some additional weapons on offensive, this team could be a threat to some of the top teams of the Big Sky conference.

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The Utah State Aggies finished last season with a 10-4 record and 6-2 conference and earned a trip to the New Mexico Bowl in which they beat UTEP 21-6. The Aggies were able to overcome injuries to their top two quarterbacks last season (Chuckie Keeton and Darrell Garretson) and with Chuckie Keeton ( 1st team WAC in 2012) can return to form and avoid injury, the Aggies will be a threat to Boise State in the Mountain West this season.

Utah State has a strong and experienced offensive line that should help provide Garretson some protection and have a great wide receiver in Hunter Sharp who finished last season with 66 receptions, 939 yds, and 7 TD’s. On the defensive side of the ball Utah State is returning 6 starters that led the Mountain West conference in 2014 in conference ppg (18.4). The Aggies are stacked at the LB and DB position and are led by LB’s Nick Vigil and Kyler Fackrell.

The Thunderbirds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MWC and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September. The Aggies are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games in September.

The line has yet to be posted for this one and although Southern Utah does have a few playmakers on each side of the ball, they don’t have overall talent to stay close with Utah State. The Aggies defeated the Thunderbirds in their last matchup in 2012, 34-3

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Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

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in their final matches in the preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals meet the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in the National Football League.

The match is on September 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM ET.

The matchup will mark the 24th all-time meeting between the teams in the preseason, with the Bengals holding a 15-8 advantage. It will mark the 15th consecutive season that the two teams have squared off in the preseason.

Because this is Week 4 of the preseason, we rarely see teams play their starters in this game, so don’t expect to see guys like Andy DaltonAndrew LuckA.J. GreenT.Y. HiltonGeno Atkins, or Vontae Davis play. Losing any of the aforementioned guys to a silly injury this week would be devastating with the regular season opening next week.

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That doesn’t mean, however, that this game is of no important. Every NFL team must have their final 53-man rosters set by 4 p.m. EST on Saturday. Because this game is played Thursday night, that gives coaches and front-office personnel a full day to evaluate this game and use it to help determine which guys should make up those final 10-12 spots on each roster.

Cincinnati had a fairly decent preseason and even if they lose their final game against the Colts, they will end up with a .500 record. However, already at 2-1, expect them to try and end their exhibition games on a high.

Meanwhile, the Colts are 1-2 and are also trying to get a big win at home to give the crowd a lot to cheer for heading into the regular season.

The Bengals were victorious in the previous game week as they faced the Chicago Bears. AJ McCarron had an excellent game as he went for 12-17 for 149 yards and completed one touchdown.

Meanwhile, the Colts picked up their first win of the preseason when they beat the St. Louis Rams 24-14. Prior to the win, the Colts lost to the Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Colts went on an early lead, going up 10-0 after the first quarter but found themselves behind 14-13 at the end of three periods.

They were able to recollect themselves and score 11 points in the final frame, with their defence holding up and preventing the Rams to score as they went on to win.

Tyler Varga had six rushes for 16 yards and also converted one touchdown.

 

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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(espn.go.com)- As they look to keep fighting in the AL East chase, the visiting Yankees are hoping Masahiro Tanaka can continue to pitch well Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

After missing three games at Atlanta and Monday’s 4-3 loss at Fenway Park, Teixeira was sent back to New York for further tests on his injured shin. The results weren’t positive as the first baseman will miss at least two weeks with a significant bone bruise.

Rick Porcello pitched great, which is what mattered most to the Boston Red Sox.

The New York Yankees won, which is what mattered most to the New York American League Baseball Club.

Porcello struck out a career-high 13 batters and walked just one in eight innings, but a two-run double by Stephen Drew in the fifth and a home run by Brett Gardner that wrapped around the Pesky Pole in the eighth was enough to give the Yankees a 3-1 win over the Red Sox before 35,077 in Fenway Park.

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Drew’s two-out double followed an error by rookie first baseman Travis Shaw, who allowed Didi Gregorius’ grounder to skip under his glove with Alex Rodriguez on first with a single. Drew hit a 2-and-0 pitch from Porcello, his first 2-and-0 count of the night.

Gardner’s home run also came with two out.

The Sox scored their only run on a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a two-out, opposite-field single by Pablo Sandoval in the third off Yankees starter Michael Pineda. Pineda gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven in six innings.

The Sox threatened in the eighth against Yankees setup man Dellin Betances on singles by Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, but with David Ortiz at the plate and two out, Betts was called out for oversliding third base on an attempted double steal.

The call was reviewed by replay officials in New York, who issued the following ruling:

“After viewing all relevant angles, the Replay Official definitively determined that the runner lost contact with third base while the fielder was applying the tag. Additionally, the umpires on the field determined that the fielder did not push the runner off the base, a decision that is not reviewable. The call is CONFIRMED. The runner is out.”

Ortiz struck out on the next pitch to end the inning, and former Sox left-hander Andrew Miller struck out three batters in the ninth to register his 29th save. Miller has 73 strikeouts in just 47 1/3 innings.

The most recent Red Sox pitcher to whiff 13 or more or more while walking one or fewer was Jon Lester, on July 24, 2010, when he K’d 13 and walked one in a 5-1 loss. The last Sox pitcher to do so at Fenway: Curt Schilling, when he walked one and struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings in a 3-2 Red Sox win.

Nine of Porcello’s 13 strikeouts came on a called third strike.

What it means: The Toronto Blue Jays were up 1.5 games on the Yankees coming into Tuesday in the American League East and were tied with the Cleveland Indians as of this writing. If Toronto wins, the two teams will stay dead-locked in the division. A loss brings the Yankees to within a half-game.

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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

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(espn.go.com)- The Chicago Cubs lost 13-6 to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Here’s a quick look at the game. Justin Grimm gave up a pair of two-run home runs in the sixth inning, not long after the Cubs scored four in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Addison Russell’s two-run double tied the game 3-3, then Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit infield singles to drive in two more. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Dexter Fowler hit a ball into the basket in left field for his 15th home run. But the Reds tied it and then went ahead 3-1 in the fifth. Joe Maddon walked Joey Votto intentionally with men on first and second. This strategy backfired, as Brandon Phillips singled home two runs. It looked like the Cubs took command the next inning, but Eugenio Suarez andAdam Duvall took Grimm deep in the sixth, and the Reds never looked back. The winning hit was Duvall’s first home run of the season. The Cubs blew up in the ninth, as Starlin Castro made two errors and James Russell got hit hard, which allowed the Reds to score six runs. Addison Russell homered in the bottom of the inning to finish the scoring. 

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The Cubs played like they partied all night and took a red-eye home from Los Angeles. It got worse as the game progressed. You have to chalk it up to remnants of the previous 24 hours, as there isn’t a better explanation right now.

It’s easier to come down on starter Kyle Hendricks than on Grimm, considering the latter has been good more often than not. Hendricks is a different story. He looked OK for several innings Monday before starting to get hit hard. He simply needs to last longer; five innings is about his max these days. His ERA is 4.15 as we head into the final full month of the season. That’s not good enough in a National League pennant race. James Russell is becoming a question mark, though he didn’t give up any earned runs. Still, the hard hit balls count, and he has had several appearances with similar outcomes.

Maddon made a few decisions worth second-guessing. His walk of Votto with first and second base occupied was unorthodox, but Votto has been the best hitter in the league in the second half. More puzzling was a double steal attempt with two outs and the tying run on base in the eighth. Bryant was thrown out at second base, which ended the threat before Castro had a chance at the plate.

The Cubs will have some new faces come Tuesday, when rosters can expand to up to 40 players for the rest of the season. Expect Javier Baez to join the team along with newcomer Austin Jackson. David Ross is expected back from family medical leave, and the Cubs should call up some arms as well. CJ Edwards will probably be one of them, but he has been on paternity leave.

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Robin Deakin is Back in the Win Column

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“Rockin” Robin Deakin, cruelly branded ‘Britain’s worst boxer’ by the national press in the UK – before using the tag for his own promotional ends – has taken the first crucial step to regaining his British licence by getting a much needed win on Saturday, defeating Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs by 4 round points decision at London’s famous York Hall, winning every round.

Having won on his debut in 2006, the 26-year-old proceeded to lose his next 51 fights, and was relieved of his British boxing licence as a result.

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But Robin, 29, from Tilbury, Essex, proved all his critics wrong by beating Latvian Deniss Kornilovs on points on Saturday night after four gruelling rounds.

After 17 months out of the ring, Deakin outpointed Latvia’s Deniss Kornilovs over four rounds at London’s York Hall on a show licensed by the Malta Boxing Commission.

Now Robin, whose speech is slurred because of too many blows to the head, said: “I’m a fighter. I’m going to fight my way back to the top – you’ll see.

“All those people that called me Britain’s worst boxer can eat their words – they just made me punch harder.

“People saying I’m the worst made me stronger.

“I did everything different this time and worked my hardest – and it showed.”

The lightweight, who was boxing under a licence from Malta because he wasn’t good enough to keep a British Boxing Board of Control licence.

He fought and won at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, the venue where he emerged victorious in his debut – and lost 13 other bouts.

Robin said: “I’m over the moon. My trainers Mike and Dave Jennings of Jennings’ Gym got me in the best shape of my life.

“They taught me a lot – and they knew I had the ability to turn my career around.

“I’ve been really unlucky in some of my fights – ones I deserved to win but didn’t.

“Saturday night was tough, don’t get me wrong. I got the chance to finally show what I can do.”

Journeyman Robin won on points at the end of the four, three-minute rounds, 46 to 43.

 

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