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Faf du Plessis has encouraged fans to relax when considering South Africas transformation policy, now that the team has showed they can win with it in place. Taylor Moton Youth Jersey . Since the targets - which require the national team to field a minimum of six players of colour on an average, including two black Africans over the course of a season - were announced in early September , South Africa have played six ODIs and won all of them, while also nearly meeting their transformation requirements.Across the ODIs - one against Ireland and five against Australia - South Africas average was just under their target of six players of colour, and they fielded at least two black Africans in every game. Their XI included seven players of colour against Ireland, with four black Africans, five players of colour in three of the five ODIs against Australia, and six in the other two. They will have the opportunity to make up for the shortfall in later matches this season.People will relax now and see that its not that bad. People were expecting big changes and big defeats, but now, people can relax and see there is enough talent, no matter what colour you are, du Plessis said. Our cricket is in a healthy state. People can be confident that even with those targets, we are a force to be reckoned with.One of the concerns with implementing the targets was that it would affect the balance of the team, but JP Duminys return to form, and the unearthing of Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi have meant that South Africa had all bases covered in the series. Perhaps, reassuringly, while the players of colour proved themselves in this series, there was also enough room for white players, too, to show their worth. Phehlukwayo, in his first international series, was the leading wicket-taker, Duminy returned to form with two important half-centuries, and Shamsi is putting his hand up as a successor to Imran Tahir. Rilee Rossouw, previously on the fringes of the side, and David Miller, who had been dropped, also had stand-out showings in a series in which South Africas inclusivity did not go unnoticed.Du Plessis confirmed the team has embraced the transformation targets, especially now that the specifics are in the public domain. We try and embrace it. The positive is that it is open and there is a honest policy out there. Everyone knows what its all about and everyone can buy into it. As long as you are open and honest, you can move forward, he said.Prior to September, South Africa insisted there were no targets at the national level, although they unofficially aimed to include four players of colour in an XI. That was evident at the 2015 World Cup when Vernon Philander was brought into the team in place of Kyle Abbott despite missing large swathes of the tournament due to injury. This happened after the coach and captain met with the CEO, who reminded them to pick the best team with transformation guidelines in mind. The fall-out from that incident hung over South African cricket for many months, during which performances slipped.Last summer, South Africa tumbled from No.1 to No.6 in the Test rankings, were booted out of the World T20 in the first round, and appeared a spent force. Pressure grew on coach Russell Domingo, whose contract is in place until April next year, and it was expected he would be replaced. However, a team culture camp before this series rejuvenated the players and coaches, and du Plessis credited Domingo for his resilience at a tough time.As a squad, we made a huge transition when we went away and had a hard look at ourselves, and the coaches were part of it. They were really eager to try and improve themselves, and since that day, they have been brilliant. Russell has stepped his game up, he is challenging people and players now, and the coaching staff are demanding more from players, du Plessis said. Its important we dont take that for granted because we have an extremely tough Test tour of Australia coming up. I accept that we wont win every series, but its important for us to know what we need to do to be at our best. Russell has been really good. There was a lot of pressure on them after the West Indies tri-series and thats normal. You get that when a team doesnt perform, but full credit must go to him for how he has stepped up.South Africa will shift from limited-overs to Tests and will play six in succession - three in Australia and three at home against Sri Lanka - in a bid to climb up the rankings again. 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Hes sitting on a small orange amplifier, playing loud and fast. Its 1 in the morning in late August in the Cubs players lounge beneath Wrigley Field, and hes got a half-cocked smile and his leg kicked out, about to do one more song before heading home. Pearl Jam finished a show at Wrigley two hours ago and the beer buzzes are wearing off. His wife, Marie Whitney, rolls her eyes at his rock star pose. Shes earned a Harvard degree, and killed a scorpion with a shovel, in a rented spring training house, so she clearly doesnt take Theos shit. Nobody here does. The room holds a mix of Theos friends from Yale, San Diego and Boston, the people whove known him for 20 years, long before he became a boy wonder now slipping into middle age. Some guys take turns at Pop-a-Shot or air hockey, while a few sit in the big comfortable recliners and watch sports highlights. Theo plays the opening riff to Better Man. 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From time to time he turned around and looked at the crowd, packed in every corner of the ballpark, bathed in the lights from the stage.Eddie Vedder came out for an encore wearing a Cubs jersey. He thanked the teams management and my great, great friend Theo Epstein. Theos friends patted him on the back, and Theo raised his hand high in the air and gave devil horns as thanks. Three of Ron Santos kids walked onto the stage. Vedder said what a gift it was for him, a lifelong Cubs fan, to play Wrigley Field during this magical season. Then he began strumming the song he wrote about the team. Theo and his two friends put their arms around one another, swaying to the music, and they all sang the chorus as loud as they could: Someday well go all the way!EPSTEIN WALKED HOME from the show through the dark streets of Wrigleyville and Lakeview. He walks to work every morning too, whether its the dead of winter or Opening Day or the first playoff game. Most of the easy stroll from his house to the ballpark is through a quiet neighborhood. When its really hot, kids on his corner set up a lemonade stand, 50 cents a cup. Most people dont recognize him with his baseball hat pulled low, one of the most famous sports executives in the country, the man who embraced the culture of analytics to finally bring a title to the Red Sox. When he got that job, at 28, he was the youngest general manager in baseball history, and in the 14 years since, hes built a reputation as a kind of championship whisperer.Its seven blocks to his office.Inside there is a window separating the baseball operations world, run by Theo, and the rest of the Cubs business side. Sprawling formulas and equations fill the glass, straight-up vector-calculus-looking madness, which is exactly what everyone expects to see in Theo Epsteins office. Except its all a joke, just fake numbers dressed up with sines and cosines.Its meaningless, Theo says, laughing.Epstein knows how others see him, and hes self-aware enough to both understand his reputation and mock it. His friends are always baffled at his image as a cold exploiter of markets and inferior systems. One night this summer, the owner of the team, Tom Ricketts, held court at a charity boxing match and explained that few people are as different from their public narrative as Theo: He gets painted as a quant, while his attachment to baseball is actually deeply emotional. When the team is on the road, or playing a home night game, he sometimes brings his lunch to Wrigley just to eat in the empty bleachers. He loves how the ivy turns bright red at the end of October, which most fans dont know because the team has never played in Wrigley that late in the year. He loves the changing seasons, and quoting both Dazed and Confused and Othello, and reading the Russian writers whose dramas play out inside the psyches of their characters. He read Crime and Punishment once in high school and again in college -- and he feels that those kinds of internal struggles are authentic to his own, which isnt against his environment (upper-class Jewish) or his station (intellectual Brookline, Massachusetts) but rather against the things inside his own head, cycles of guilt, passion and redemption. The main battle he fights is against himself. If I let my brain follow its path unfettered, it would be kinda ugly, he says. I learned simple mental health things: self-talk, breathing.His public mission is simple and well-known: Break another curse. But privately, he came to the Cubs for something personal and nearly as important, which he doesnt talk about. In Boston, he lost control of his obsession, the belief that a collective of people can do one thing better than its ever been done. At the very end, he became a shell of the person who fell in love with the game, stress turning into physical symptoms, like a neck that hurt so bad he couldnt turn his head more than a few degrees. His friends saw how the job changed his face. Thats what they talk about when describing the cost Theo paid, how he looked different. There is definitely at times a hollowness to him that drives him, says one of his old Red Sox co-workers. Theres some black pockets with him that are just dark. When hes down, he goes to extremes.During the Red Soxs famous chicken-and-beer collapse, he couldnt sleep. Staff members made jokes about waiting on the sun to rise, mocking their own despair. But on a few bad nights, when things felt bleak, Theo would wander the internet, lingering on macabre things like air traffic controller recordings from plane crashes. He knew he needed to leave Boston, to start fresh, no matter how the collapse made the exit look or feel. I hated I was seen as running from the collapse, he says, but I guess on some level, I was running from something.He arrived in Chicago to rebuild a franchise -- and part of himself too.THE REBUILD IS nearly complete, and the marching order for the 2016 Cubs baseball operations staffers is written on their conference room wall in huge letters: Find Pitching. Over the past four years, theyve assembled great position players, trading for Anthony Rizzo and drafting Kris Bryant. While they were planning for the future, the actual team stunk, losing 101 games in 2012. Epstein and his brothers-in-arms Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod -- who all have tiered job titles but operate as a politburo -- sat in their suite, which has a bank of televisions and half a dozen remote controls scattered about. While the big league Cubs got killed down on the field below, they watched the Cubs of tomorrow dominate in the minor leagues on those TV screens. Some nights, giddy about the future and about to go down into a losing clubhouse, they had to remind each other: Dont act too happy.A season like 2016 is why Epstein got paid nearly $4 million a year to move from Boston, bringing up two MVP candidates through the farm system and getting seven players on the All-Star team. The Cubs have the best chance of any team to win the World Series -- even if those odds arent great. Theo had his people run statistical models on their chances, and the answer was less than 1 in 5.To make a real postseason run, the team needs to use the trading deadline to find more pitching. And so Theo takes over a small space in the ticket sales office for the last week of July, turning it into a war room. The first trade brings reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners, a needed lefty. Less than an hour later, Epstein heads to the South Loop for a party thrown by Joe Maddon, and then across town for sushi. His friend and co-worker Colin Faulkner drives. As they get into the car, a drunk Red Sox fan opens Theos door for him, ushering him into his seat while slurring out a thank-you for 2004. When Colin puts it in gear, Theo takes out his phone. Find Pitching. Its 9 p.m. on a Wednesday.I gotta call our pitching coach real quick, he says.He dials Chris Bosios number.Boz? Theo says, followed by nearly two minutes of silence as Bosio describes that nights Triple-A game. Colin drives south on Clark Street, then underneath the El tracks, past the LaSalle-Van Buren stop, where a train click-clacks overhead. They pass the Americana Submarine shop while Bosio explains the situation: Veteran reliever Joe Nathan, trying to make it back to the big leagues, is pitching what amounts to an audition in Triple-A. The Cubs want him to stay down for another outing.Just tell him one more, Theo says to Bosio. If its bad, well probably cut bait rather than waste a roster spot. I think one more is fair.Theo hangs up as Colin drives over Lower Wacker, turning to cross the Chicago River. Theyre near the restaurant when Epstein calls assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman to tell him what theyve decided about Nathan. Rehman doesnt answer, so Theo calls Scott Harris, who just turned 29, the youngest one in the inner circle. These guys talk to each other more than they talk to their families.Hey, whats up? Theo says. Hey, Im gonna conference Shiraz in ...He calls back Rehman, who picks up this time. Shiraz, he says. I got Harris on too, who I called after you didnt answer. Harris, you there?Shiraz apologizes. Theo laughs. Nah, he says, no problem.He pauses.Well, dogs need to be walked.He pauses again.Just a missed opportunity for a major league club trying to win the World Series, he says.He laughs again, then leaves a final pause.Nah, Im just kidding, he says, although people whove worked for Theo say his barbs always come with a little sharp, truthful edge. His point tonight is pretty clear.Pitching first, then the dog.ONE OF HIS friends lovingly describes Theo as a dick, which covers a multitude of behaviors. Epstein creates a movable locker room wherever he goes, where the most valuable currency is the ability to give shit, and to take it. After a game at Wrigley this summer, he walks across the street to the baseball operations office. The room is full of proprietary information, which the Cubs closely guard. The only thing that is on the record in the whole office is that picture of Jed up there, Theo says, pointing as everyone laughs. Hanging high on the wall is an enormous photograph of Jed Hoyer posing in a field, in front of a turquoise pickup truck, with another man. Their feet are kicked back, like theyre about to kiss in an Audrey Hepburn movie. Its Jed and his brother-in-law. They married twins, whod posed for the same photo moments before. Jed did it as a joke, and it hit Facebook or Instagram, which meant Theo eventually saw it. Now its blown up on the wall.Theos friends love to tell stories -- stories that define him to them as strongly as his use of data does to baseball fans. When the guy who wears the Cubs mascot costume started taking his job a little too seriously, Theo stole the head and then took a series of dirty photographs. In 2004 during spring training, he put laxatives in a bowl of hummus. The young guys knew to stay away from any appetizers Theo brought to the rental house, but an old baseball hand dug in and paid the colonic price. Nearly three years ago, he and a bunch of guys celebrated Hoyers 40th birthday at one of their favorite Chicago restaurants, called Girl and the Goat. Once the evening got the better of them, Theo climbed the tall rotating neon goat in the place, nearly falling, cutting his right shoulder in the process. He posed for pictures with his wound, laughing at the imagined headlines: Cubs President Felled by Curse of the Goat.Now, after getting his dig in on Jeds photo, he sees one of his youngest employees wearing green slacks. Theo grins, pauses and then says, Hes waiting to win the Masters to complete his suit, and everyone laughs, including the butt of the joke. The one-liners are always pointed and often baseball-nerd specific. In 2002, Adam Grossman, currently a Red Sox vice president, wanted to make a good impression on his first day of work. He wore his best college-frat-guy clothes, complete with trendy loafers, and introduced himself to Theo by the batting cage. They shook hands. Theo looked down at Adams feet.What would John McGraw say about those shoes? he deadpanned.Later that season, he stood on a desk and performed a dramatic public reading of the earnest cover letter Grossman wrote to apply for his job, leaving Grossman wanting to crawl beneath the floor. Hoyer had to come in behind Theo and make sure the kid was OK.When Theo is mad, he likes to break stuff. Back in Boston, they all remember one night after a tough loss when he waved around a driver in the office. He set up a ball with the intention of crushing it down a narrow corridor, either into an empty office door or, better yet, shattering a window. With folks crowded around, he gave it a go, and the ball hit a concrete pole, then caromed at an impossible angle ... straight into the forehead of Ben Cherington, the VP of player personnel. They heard the moans first. Blood gushed from the wound. Minutes later, Theo went outside to meet Bens irate wife, whod planned on picking her husband up that evening to move stuff to their new house. Dont be mad is how Theo opened the conversation. Later, he signed the golf ball and gave it to Ben as a joke.He cant shut off The Theo, Grossman says.NOBODY IN BOSTON took more shit than Amiel Sawdaye, who came to the Red Sox in 2002 and is now a vice president of scouting. Sawdaye gave it back harder than anyone else, sometimes literally trading punches with Epstein, wearing the boxing gloves they kept in the office to blow off steam. Around the time Epstein was moving to Chicago, Sawdaye sold his house while buying another that wasnt nearly ready for a move-in. His plan was to take his family to spring training, but a medical emergency with one of his children ruined that plan. He didnt have anywhere to live, so Theo waited to sell his and Maries place in Boston so Sawdaye and his family could room for free. Despite the pranks, Theo is often thoughtful and generous. Once, Epstein sent a banner of Kris Bryant, which had been hanging on Wrigley Field, to Bryants father. When a roving minor league consultant, Mike Roberts, lost his wife of 46 years, Epstein invited him on the road with the Cubs -- his first time ever traveling with a big league club, after a lifetime in the game -- and the players wives and girlfriends made sure to deliver food when Roberts was at home.Hes always had a deep sense of empathy, of knowing what other people are feeling. For most of his life, hes reflected the energy of the room hes in, able to shape-shift, or more accurately, not able to not shape-shift. If hes talking with Kevin Millar or John Lackey, he can be just as filthy as the crustiest big league ballplayer. With rock stars, he can talk eloquently about the challenges and risks of fame, or really get into discussions of gear. With analytics experts, he can go deep on simulation methodology. He can talk Nantucket real estate with millionaires, yachts with billionaires and reality shows with the interns. I dont think Im a chameleon, Epstein says one night. I can feel where people are coming from, what makes them tick, where they are vulnerable, what makes them feel good about themselves. I get just as much out of it as they do. I love connecting.It began in part at Fenway, he and his father and twin brother, Paul, often walking to the park for games. Theo not only remembers but still inhabits those long-ago moments: his dad holding his hand through Gate A; the sound of the creaky turnstile; the smell of the brown-mustard packets, the dirt, the grass. Leslie Epstein let each boy pick three things from concessions, either spread out or all at once. Theo would go with a Fenway Frank, a pretzel and a little carton of milk. The company that made the hot dogs was called Kirschner, which became the Epstein family code word for fans who came to games but didnt know baseball. If someone sat next to them who treated it as a social outing, Leslie would say, K-k-kirschner, boys. Kirschner, and Paul and Theo would explode in laughter. Some days, the boys would play arcade games or go candlepin bowling at Ryan Family Amusements, just down the street from the ballpark.Twenty-five years later, Theo gave away his first World Series ring to his father, because seeing his dad stare quietly at it felt much better than getting it himself. His strongest memory of the 2004 celebration is watching the other baseball operations people pouring champagne on one another, seeing the look on Johnny Peskys face. Such moments are fragile, and the state of rapture he craves is only achievable in concert with others. The morning after the Red Sox won in 2004, the team landed and made the familiar drive from Logan to Fenway. Theo gets chills even now remembering the cars pulled over on the side of the road and the Red Sox hats sitting on top of gravestones in a cemetery they passed. An entire city stopped. The living celebrated being alive, and they also remembered the dead.The next title, won three years later in part by homegrown players Theos crew found and nurtured -- Lester, Papelbon, Pedroia and Ellsbury, selected in four successive drafts -- felt deep and satisfying in its own right. He longs for that again, and a title in Chicago would combine the best of 2004 and 2007. Hes after a feeling, even if he knows better than most how quickly it goes away, and how hard it is to find once its gone.ON AN EXCEPTIONALLY hot morning in July, Epstein stands outside his office on the sidewalk near Clark Street, sheepishly explaining why his phone is shattered. He broke it in a fit of anger when the team slumped before the All-Star break and hasnt found the time to get a new one.All teams are more fragile than people want to admit to themselves.If we have a horseshit month, if we lose this lead, they will be paying attention to what time I come into the office, he says. They will be thinking we got complacent. Its a human phenomenon that there has to be a reason for everything. There almost never is. Inexplicable shit, like flipping a coin or the outcome of a baseball game, we need to tell ourselves a story: This team has great chemistry. This team is tough. You know what? That shit all matters, but its never the full answer that people want it to be. Its why we have stories about the stars in the sky, and the planets and the seas and gods and mythology. We evolve to a point where we can tell and understand the stories. Some are real and some are not, but we attach meaning to all of them.This inability to control the most important thing in his life makes him, he admits, something of a junkie, which leads to a life without balance. Attempts by other teams to replicate his analytical process are misguided, because his baseball philosophy in truth comes from a hardwired place in his psyche. More than an exploiter of undervalued markets or an expert at predicting which high school seniors might turn into All-Stars, Epstein is completely unhinged. He obsesses over details, from the draft board to the recruiting video he made while wooing Jon Lester, complete with a fake World Series call by the real Cubs announcers, to the time he spent trolling taxidermy websites to find the perfect stuffed bear for the players cafeteria. Last year, while the Cubs were building a new clubhouse, he hyperfocused on the number of inches between the couch and the ottoman. I have dozens of pictures of circular sectionals, he says.Standing on the street between his office and Wrigley Field, as a few fans hang back waiting for his intensity to fade enough to ask for an autograph -- a popular request is a baseball inscribed with Reverse the Curse -- he describes how they go about researching the backgrounds of people the team might want as players. Daeshon Hall Panthers Jersey. . For instance, in the Summer of Find Pitching, he gets a dossier on closer Aroldis Chapman, which includes the allegation of firing a pistol in his garage after an argument with his girlfriend. But the closer, according to outside simulations, raises the Cubs chance of a title to slightly less than 1 in 4. Epstein is faced with a difficult decision.Over the course of days, he collects information, weighs it, then makes a call. He sends a pitcher and three prospects to the Yankees and acquires Chapman. Giving up those players will absolutely make the Cubs weaker in the future, which Epstein knows, but the team needs a closer like Chapman to make a real October run.The trading deadline, he laments over and over, is a mindfuck. But his rationale is cold: The sign in his office still says Find Pitching.He enjoys it, however, this hunt for information. Its the part of the job most connected to the questions he asks about himself. He loves the dossiers the scouts put together, full of details about friends and enemies, with copies of incriminating photos floating around the internet for stars like Chapman, and for high school kids, descriptions of their childhood bedrooms. They write these background reports that all read like Russian novels, he says one day. Im telling you, everyones life is a fucking Russian novel if you dig deep enough. Everyone.EPSTEIN MIGHT HAVE ended up a writer or a lawyer or a juvenile delinquent, except for three things that happened around the time he turned 12. In the spring of 1985, his favorite baseball computer game on the old Apple II, Micro League Baseball, released a general manager disk that allowed him to make deals and create rosters. The game was just a year old, the first real simulator that emphasized strategy and not hand-eye coordination. Theo created a team of all Negro League players and dominated the computer game. Later that year, when he was 12, he got his first Bill James historical abstract, which came out in December of 85. Ten months after that, the 1986 Red Sox lost the World Series, and so Bill James and Micro League Baseball no longer appealed to him in a purely intellectual vacuum. They gave him a way to put his broken heart back together, combining the emotional and factual for the first time into a worldview. One night this summer, hes asked if any of his success would have happened if he hadnt been 12 in the fall of 1986. Theres a long pause.Probably not, he says finally.At Yale, he applied for baseball internships and landed in Baltimore, where he organized a celebration of many of those same Negro League players he got to know on his computer. His fantasy became real when a position in San Diego led him back to Boston as assistant general manager. When Billy Beane decided not to take the Red Sox job, the owners took a chance on the 28-year-old already working down in the basement.The morning Epstein became the GM, he walked outside his condo near Fenway and found camera crews waiting, and they followed him to work as he reminded himself not to trip, concentrating on the steps. Even now in Chicago, he often tugs at the bill of his cap, a nervous tick left over from when he became a public figure overnight. I was emotionally 16 when I was 28 and got the job, he says, then going on to describe how he acted in high school. I was so introverted. I used to follow people home. I just like being anonymous so much that I would follow people home because they didnt know who I was and I could watch them. I know how that sounds. I could not exist but observe. I could put a hat on and follow them.He nailed the news conference and then went to work. A few hours into the job, his co-worker and childhood friend Sam Kennedy called him.What are you doing? Sam asked.Im just sitting here being the GM, Theo said.Back at home, Marie bought him an ice cream cake to celebrate his new job, but he stayed so late at the office, the cake melted. That should have been a warning. Those in the baseball ops team chased a title at the exclusion of nearly everything in their lives. They rarely left, working 18-hour days. When they did finally rejoin the real world, they kept talking about baseball, at Theos apartment, or at a bar, or at one of the neighborhood places where they ate over and over again: tacos at El Pelon or chicken-fried rice at Rod-Dee II. Theo scoured the baseball rulebook for accidental loopholes to exploit, accepting nothing, even coming up with new ways to interview managers, like making Terry Francona manage a series simulation against the smartest data guy in the office. (Francona drew.) They grew up together, Theo, Jason McLeod, Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington. At the time, only Cherington was married, although hed end up divorced. The lines between work and home disappeared. Theres a real connection, Hoyer says. We were each others families in a lot of ways.Everything in Theos world centered on his office in a basement, far away from the main Red Sox office on the second floor. That basement wasnt always used by the Sox. Before, it had been Ryan Family Amusements, where Theo and Paul Epstein went bowling and played arcade games, so that every morning he went to work, Theo plugged into the constellation of memories from his childhood.Those years were the best of his life.Then they won the World Series.Theo called Patriots coach Bill Belichick for advice on how to handle success.Youre fucked, Belichick told him.THEY WON TWO titles under Epstein, but by the end of his Boston tenure, the boy whod fallen in love with the Red Sox had turned into a man who needed to get as far from the team as he could. The Boston sports media machine has written thousands of words about why this rise and fall happened, but the simplest explanation lies in Belichicks warning to Theo. The football coach laid out the conflict between winning and human weakness. Everyone would start wanting credit and feel like the underappreciated key to the entire machine. Theo saw this come true almost immediately.A cold war broke out between the baseball ops bunker and the second floor, the conflict cutting through every part of the organization. Epstein felt that some of his bosses were obsessed with optics and credit, more worried about personally winning a news cycle than helping create the culture that had developed in Theos world. Its rare you can find true togetherness, selflessness, connectedness, Epstein says. We had that in baseball ops. It was in opposition to what I saw going on in the rest of the company.Theo is an absolutist. He came to see the fight against the business side as completely black and white, good and evil -- French Revolution shit, he says -- and in the next seven years, he quit his job twice, first in 2005 for 80 days, the second time for good in 2011.In 2005, he turned down a contract, unable to work with people who would plant stories in the paper to minimize blame for trades and who worried more about public perception than the long-term health of the franchise. Theo gathered his staff members in the basement and told them he loved them, and that theyd always be family, but he couldnt do this anymore. Several people burst into tears, and he broke down too. They started drinking beer and telling stories, while reporters covering the contract dispute gathered outside the door with television cameras. Because it was Halloween, Theo put on a co-workers gorilla costume and did a full slide down the conference table in the war room. Then he sneaked past the reporters in costume. When he got home, his confused dog went crazy barking until he took off the gorilla head. After nearly three months of feeling adrift and pathetic, however, Epstein went back to work in the basement. He couldnt stay away.The second time he quit his job, he and his bosses still hadnt resolved the conflict between baseball and business. He read reports about how winning alone wouldnt stop NESNs flagging ratings; the focus group data said his office needed to chase and sign the big-name free agents, whether the team needed them or not. Epstein felt the culture jumping the shark, as he puts it today, but also says the only person to blame for his problems was himself. He chased the likes of Carl Crawford. He overreacted to the reports about television ratings. Hed once been willing to quit his job over these kinds of battles, but in the winter of 2010-11, he didnt even have the energy to fight them. Always self-critical, he felt himself slipping, showing the same weaknesses he couldnt abide in others.Then he started to hear whispers about the Chicago job. Epstein needed out of Boston, or rather, he needed to return to how Boston felt in 2002.THE YOUNGEST GUYS in the Cubs office work in the baseball operations video room, located between Theos office and the door he uses to leave the building. When he wants a little hit of youth, he sticks his head in on the way out. Sometimes, after catching them watching reality television instead of breaking down film, hell pull up a chair.He loves reflecting the energy of that room.Theres always some new toy finding its way into their lives. The new Cubs baseball operations office, currently under construction across the street, will have a USA-CCCP bubble hockey game, which Theo wanted and found online. For a while now in Chicago, theyve been jumping, just to see who can go the highest. At first, they used marks on a wall to keep score. That wasnt enough for Theo, whose instinct is to amplify everything until it is as ridiculous as possible. He tasked one of his guys with finding the exact model of equipment the NFL uses at the combine to measure vertical leap. The contraption cost $800 and is installed near the back left corner of the room.Eli, youre up, Theo says one night around 10 in the still-busy office.Eli Shayer is a rising junior at Stanford by way of Anchorage, Alaska, who has done his own research about the Frictional Cost of a Call to the Bullpen and written something called a Monte Carlo Markov model simulator in C++.Eli is a live, in-the-flesh intern, Theo says.Shayer takes his dress shirt off and stretches up to set his standing mark. Everyone gathers around. Eli starts to bend and stretch and leaps up for his first attempt. He keeps going. Theo compliments Eli when he betters that first try, loving someone digging in and improving. The young staffers are always trying to impress Theo, perpetually the most annoying on the waiver wire in their office fantasy football league.Tonight Epsteins encouraging, talking smack. I thought Marshalls was out of small white T-shirts, he says, then he asks the scorekeeper how Shayer is doing so far.Nineteen inches, Davey says.And what was my best? Twenty-one? Theo asks.Yeah.Theo turns to Eli.Now, be smart here, he says.The Cardinals radio network broadcasts a game in the background. Some guys work. Others lean in for Elis next jump.Eli gets 2 more inches.One more, Theo says. You can do it.Someone in the background pokes fun at Epsteins competitive streak.If you do this, he says, Theo will be here all night.Eli leaps up and beats Theos best mark.Twenty-two? Theo asks, and when someone nods, he starts to stretch.People are really laughing now.Am I reracking this for you? Davey asks Theo.Were going around the office while I get loose, Theo says.The other guys take turns. Theo floats around the room, disappearing into his office to work the phone. To the left of his desk hes hung the biggest thing on his wall, an enormous photograph of Ted Williams. The picture is from Teds rookie year, Williams wearing a small-town grin, closer in age to Eli than Theo. Epstein loves the joy on Williams face, how hes still happy and hopeful, not yet hardened into the angry man who wouldnt tip his hat to the crowd. It serves as a kind of visual mantra, a reminder to Theo to keep himself and his office young and ideologically pure, giving them all a chance to stay together, to keep the decay of Boston from following them to Chicago.The photo is an emotional North Star.THE MAIN DIFFERENCE between 11-year-old Theo in front of an Apple II and 42-year-old Theo across from Wrigley Field are the rewards and, of course, the risks. The older you get, the more there is to lose, and the less time there is to get it back. Hes got crows-feet and gray temples. Hes got two kids and two homes. Hes got a marriage forced to coexist with his obsession. One night this season, his baby monitor woke him up and he couldnt fall back asleep. He went down the hall to the guest room to read. Awake and alone for hours, he thought about being middle-aged, and how and why hed made the decisions that had led him here.Epstein always requests that his family be off-limits to reporters, which keeps Marie Whitney from appearing in many stories about him, an absence that perhaps prevents outsiders from fully inhabiting the deepest conflicts baseball creates in Theos life. He skipped Christmas with Maries family once to try to sign a free agent. A year later, he skipped Thanksgiving to do it again. He let an ice cream cake melt, creating an irresistible metaphor. So when he came to Chicago, he intentionally over-staffed the office, trying to build a world where he could be great at his job while also fully enjoying the life his job has allowed him to live. He talks a lot about Marie, and when theyre in a crowd, he reaches back to hold her hand.He has learned that being a husband and father is hard, but baseball is easy. Show up, do the work, be curious. Never cheat the process or rationalize laziness. When youre good at your job, the office becomes a place to hide from your actual life. You should talk to my wife, he says, which I definitely will not let happen. She tells me that too: At work, whether you admit it or not, you can snap your fingers and everybody will do whatever you want. At work, people are kissing your ass. At work, everybody is happy when youre doing your thing and youre locked in. At work, their job is to facilitate you into a good place where you can do your thing. Then you come home, and whether you recognize it or not, you bring that shit with you. And shes right, to an extent.Shes watched his emotional temperature rise and fall for more than a decade. When hes doing well, hes joking with his staff and organizing office games and pulling pranks and creating a kind of playground for overgrown kids. When hes not doing well, hes alone in his office, paranoid and adult.She sees the cost of it all.They pay it together.A CUBS WINNING streak grows to 11 games halfway through a home series against the Cardinals in August. On a Saturday, Epstein and the baseball ops guys gather in Suite 33 to watch the team try to win a third straight from St. Louis. Their world up there has its own set of rules and superstitions, and central to the canon is this: If the team needs offense, Theo makes Scott Harris, the director of baseball operations, take out a loaf of plain bread and start eating. When Harris eats carbs, the Cubs score. One game, when the White Sox were no-hitting them, Theo got an entire chocolate cake from the passing dessert cart on the suite level. Harris ate more than half of it and the Cubs won.Harris, Theo says, taking a bag of bread and throwing it to Scott, knowing that the Cubs always need hot bats against the Cardinals. Just start eating.Harris breaks a piece in half, to help choke it down.Its even more stale, he says.Good, Theo says.The game goes well for seven innings, and then the bullpen starts to collapse. Nobody wants to verbalize what each of them knows: The Cubs have a 3-in-4 chance of not winning the World Series. Any serious problems in the pen and that number starts to climb. Its such a fine line, Theo says, his hands laced behind his head.Epstein starts muttering curses. He hands Harris the bread again.All right, Harris, he says. Consume.The Cubs lose the lead and the game, and the next day, all the same people are back in the same place to watch once more. Theos still making Harris eat bread, a fresh loaf this time at least. The Cubs are leading in the top of the seventh when the game, and the mood in Suite 33, starts to turn. The speed with which the atmosphere becomes tense is astonishing. Theo is talking about one of the clubs weaknesses, which is starting pitching health. John Lackey, the starter, looks exhausted, and with one out, a Cardinals batter hits a line-drive screamer directly at the third baseman for the second out. Theo turns and makes eye contact with Shiraz: Its time for Lackey to come out. Joe Maddon keeps him in the game, though, and on the next batter, Lackey leaves with a stiff shoulder. Theo is beside himself.Told you so, he says. Fuckin A. You just asked me what our Achilles heel was.Everyone gets quiet. People avoid Theo. Shiraz and Harris move outside to the balcony, while Epstein takes an iPad and pulls up the Cubs internal website, called Ivy, where every piece of conceivable information is stored. Theo starts watching all the pitches thrown by relievers, and when hes not doing that, hes sending text messages to Hoyer, who is out of town. For a while, Theo just stares out at the field. Nobody says anything to him.Hes smoldering.Hector Rondon eventually enters the game, then allows two baserunners.The next batter hits a three-run homer, and the Cardinals are now ahead.Fuck! Epstein yells.Should have seen that coming, he says, quieter and dejected. Its more than he can watch. He leaves the suite and walks out into the concourse alone, and when he comes back, he looks up at the television, which shows a replay of an Olympic gymnast on the vault landing flat on her ass.This is what our pen is doing, he says, pointing at the screen.Epstein sprawls out on the couch against the back wall of the suite. Everyone is on a phone or computer, while Theo and Jed text back and forth. The game finally ends, a second straight loss to the Cardinals, and Theo is silent for about five seconds, looking out at the field. Five days ago, he says to his guys, we had our pen how we wanted it. Locked-down playoff pen. Now its chaos. Its unbelievable. Id never felt better five days ago.Harris has the thousand-yard stare, sitting in one of the leather chairs, his foot up on a stool. Theo sighs. The baseball ops guys gather around to talk options. In three weeks, well look up and it will all be better, Theo tells them wishfully, but its hard to navigate.IN AUGUST, TO celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, Marie wants to take a trip. Theo suggests Pearl Jam at Fenway. She suggests Greece.They compromise and go to Greece.The team flies west to Oakland, and Theo and Marie east to Santorini, where they and two other couples take a boat ride through clear blue waters. Being away leaves him feeling a little unsettled, but he would have felt more guilty telling her no. Hes trying to reach for something like balance.One of the other guys and Theo climb on some of those orange sulfur rocks where people write messages. His fellow traveler scribbles Go Buffalo Bills! Theo goes next, trying not to fall. Over about 15 minutes, he neatly carves the initials of his wife and his two boys. Days later, he returns to the grind, and Marie goes back to waiting on him to find whatever it is hes looking for, some feeling that always seems just out of reach. The days are long in a pennant race. Some nights, when hes finally home, he falls asleep and dreams of the Cubs winning the World Series. His dream always ends during the parade. It never fails. He wakes up before he discovers what might happen next, on the first day of the rest of his life.Wright ThompsonA senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, Wright Thompson is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi; he currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi. 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Pat Riley said he regrets letting Dwyane Wade leave the Miami Heat, acknowledging that he was floored by the superstars decision to join the Chicago Bulls in free agency. Adoree Jackson Jersey .Riley addressed Wades departure during a news conference Saturday, one day after the 12-time All-Star officially signed a two-year deal with his hometown Bulls.What happened with Dwyane floored me, Riley said. Im going to miss the fact of what I might have had planned for him and his future and how I saw the end and my thought process in how I could see his end here with the Heat. ... Its my responsibility to sort of make that happen. I didnt make it happen. Dwyane left, and the buck stops here.Wade said last week that a business rift with Riley played a significant role in his decision to end his 13-year career with Miami. Wade helped lead the Heat to three NBA championships and is the franchises all-time leading scorer.Riley, the Heats president, admitted that he was not as involved in the negotiation process as he needed to be in order to retain Wade, who turned down Miamis two-year, $40 million offer earlier this month in favor of Chicagos two-year, $47 million offer.Riley wasnt in New York when the Heat last met with Wade on July 6, only a few hours before he announced that he was picking Chicago. In that last meeting, which was handled by Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and CEO Nick Arison, the teams offer was raised slightly -- though not to the level of what Chicago was able to pay.I have great regret I didnt put myself in the middle of it and immerse myself in the middle of it and get in a canoe and paddle to the Mediterranean if I had to, be in New York when he arrived on the 6th and greet him at the airport, Riley said. I wasnt there in the middle of the negotiation, and thats my job. Its not going to be the same without him. We will forge ahead.Riley said he believes Wades decision wasnt fueled by money, but rather something else.That is where we both failed ... I more than he, because hes the asset, hes the star, hes the face of the franchise, Riley said. I should have done everything that I could have verbally in trying to change his mindset to mine, a big picture, a better picture, or one that I thought would help him.Whether that would have worked is unknown, and irrelevant now anyway. Wade went home to Chicago, and for the Heat its time for the aftermath that follows whenever theres a superstar-level goodbye. Riley has been through it plenty of times before in Miami, whether it was Alonzo Mourning or LeBron James or Shaquille ONeal or Brian Grant or Eddie Jones.This, Riley said, is different.Weve had a tough summer, he said.Riley said he hasnt spoken with Wade since he decided to leave the Heat. Riley has been working on an email to send Wade at some point, and he expects that when they see each other again, a warm embrace will be involved.My thoughts were always to try to make the team better and at the same time try to make sure that Dwyane, over the course of the three, four, five years that he had left in his career, that he was going to get his money, Riley said. He would get it -- but not at the expense of paralyzing our ability to win. If theres anything I could have done better, I would have done it. But right now, theres no do-overs in this thing.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Taywan Taylor Youth Jersey . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Adoree Jackson Titans Jersey . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in. http://www.nfltitansfansstore.com/taywan-taylor-jersey/ . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. England Women 149 (Wyatt 44, Dottin 3-21) beat West Indies 144 (Brunt 3-24, Hartley 3-26) by five runsScorecardEnglands bowlers produced a superb collective effort to lead a stirring fightback and secure a five-run victory in the first ODI against West Indies in Jamaica. Katherine Brunt clinched the win to finish with 3 for 24 to follow Alex Hartleys 3 for 26 and an impressive debut for Sophie Ecclestone.On a slow pitch, the preparation of which had been effected by Hurricane Matthew, scoring was hard work throughout. Danni Wyatts career-best 44 nudged England to 149, but when West Indies were 53 without loss they appeared well on course.The openers, Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne, hit more boundaries between then (eight) than England managed in total before spin changed the course of the innings. Ecclestone, the left-arm spinner, removed both openers in consecutive overs before fellow left-armer Hartley picked up three and Laura Marsh also struck.West Indies innings had also been set back when Stafanie Taylor had to retire hurt before facing a delivery. She left the field in an ambulance with a leg injury, before returning a short while later at the fall of the fourth wicket. However, she fell lbw to Hartley and was one of three wickets to fall on 100 including the key scalp of Deandra DDottin who was well caught at mid-off by Georgia Elwiss off Brunt. Jonnu Smith Youth Jersey. At for 100 for 7, England were suddenly favourites but Shemaine Campbelle and Afy Fletcher chipped together a stand of 23 before Fletcher was lbw to Marsh. Campbelle then managed to clear the ropes with just the second six of the day before losing Shamilla Connell to a dubious lbw decision against Brunt.That left Campelle with the No. 11, debutant Erva Giddings, for company and the pair whittled it down to six required when Giddings was also trapped lbw by Brunt.Earlier, Brunt was last out for England having made what would end up being a vital 17 off 49 balls. The innings was tough going throughout with openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont unable to find the tempo they did against the less challenging attack of Pakistan in the English season.Dottin claimed the first wicket in the 14th over and soon had three to her name including captain Heather Knight first ball to put her on a hat-trick.At 62 for 5, England were floundering but Wyatt and Amy Jones added 45. Wyatt was closing in on a maiden international fifty when she fell to Fletcher and the last four wickets could only muster 17. 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 ' ' '
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Wade helped lead the Heat to three NBA championships and is the franchises all-time leading scorer.Riley, the Heats president, admitted that he was not as involved in the negotiation process as he needed to be in order to retain Wade, who turned down Miamis two-year, $40 million offer earlier this month in favor of Chicagos two-year, $47 million offer.Riley wasnt in New York when the Heat last met with Wade on July 6, only a few hours before he announced that he was picking Chicago. In that last meeting, which was handled by Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and CEO Nick Arison, the teams offer was raised slightly -- though not to the level of what Chicago was able to pay.I have great regret I didnt put myself in the middle of it and immerse myself in the middle of it and get in a canoe and paddle to the Mediterranean if I had to, be in New York when he arrived on the 6th and greet him at the airport, Riley said. I wasnt there in the middle of the negotiation, and thats my job. Its not going to be the same without him. We will forge ahead.Riley said he believes Wades decision wasnt fueled by money, but rather something else.That is where we both failed ... I more than he, because hes the asset, hes the star, hes the face of the franchise, Riley said. I should have done everything that I could have verbally in trying to change his mindset to mine, a big picture, a better picture, or one that I thought would help him.Whether that would have worked is unknown, and irrelevant now anyway. Wade went home to Chicago, and for the Heat its time for the aftermath that follows whenever theres a superstar-level goodbye. Riley has been through it plenty of times before in Miami, whether it was Alonzo Mourning or LeBron James or Shaquille ONeal or Brian Grant or Eddie Jones.This, Riley said, is different.Weve had a tough summer, he said.Riley said he hasnt spoken with Wade since he decided to leave the Heat. Riley has been working on an email to send Wade at some point, and he expects that when they see each other again, a warm embrace will be involved.My thoughts were always to try to make the team better and at the same time try to make sure that Dwyane, over the course of the three, four, five years that he had left in his career, that he was going to get his money, Riley said. He would get it -- but not at the expense of paralyzing our ability to win. If theres anything I could have done better, I would have done it. But right now, theres no do-overs in this thing.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Taywan Taylor Youth Jersey . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Adoree Jackson Titans Jersey . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in. http://www.nfltitansfansstore.com/taywan-taylor-jersey/ . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. England Women 149 (Wyatt 44, Dottin 3-21) beat West Indies 144 (Brunt 3-24, Hartley 3-26) by five runsScorecardEnglands bowlers produced a superb collective effort to lead a stirring fightback and secure a five-run victory in the first ODI against West Indies in Jamaica. Katherine Brunt clinched the win to finish with 3 for 24 to follow Alex Hartleys 3 for 26 and an impressive debut for Sophie Ecclestone.On a slow pitch, the preparation of which had been effected by Hurricane Matthew, scoring was hard work throughout. Danni Wyatts career-best 44 nudged England to 149, but when West Indies were 53 without loss they appeared well on course.The openers, Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne, hit more boundaries between then (eight) than England managed in total before spin changed the course of the innings. Ecclestone, the left-arm spinner, removed both openers in consecutive overs before fellow left-armer Hartley picked up three and Laura Marsh also struck.West Indies innings had also been set back when Stafanie Taylor had to retire hurt before facing a delivery. She left the field in an ambulance with a leg injury, before returning a short while later at the fall of the fourth wicket. However, she fell lbw to Hartley and was one of three wickets to fall on 100 including the key scalp of Deandra DDottin who was well caught at mid-off by Georgia Elwiss off Brunt. Jonnu Smith Youth Jersey. At for 100 for 7, England were suddenly favourites but Shemaine Campbelle and Afy Fletcher chipped together a stand of 23 before Fletcher was lbw to Marsh. Campbelle then managed to clear the ropes with just the second six of the day before losing Shamilla Connell to a dubious lbw decision against Brunt.That left Campelle with the No. 11, debutant Erva Giddings, for company and the pair whittled it down to six required when Giddings was also trapped lbw by Brunt.Earlier, Brunt was last out for England having made what would end up being a vital 17 off 49 balls. The innings was tough going throughout with openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont unable to find the tempo they did against the less challenging attack of Pakistan in the English season.Dottin claimed the first wicket in the 14th over and soon had three to her name including captain Heather Knight first ball to put her on a hat-trick.At 62 for 5, England were floundering but Wyatt and Amy Jones added 45. Wyatt was closing in on a maiden international fifty when she fell to Fletcher and the last four wickets could only muster 17. 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 ' ' '
The Texas Rangers?placed injury-plagued outfielder Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, while leaving open the possibility of the former MVP rejoining the team on a minor league deal in 2017. Ben Gedeon Jersey .Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and he said in late July that he?expects to be fully healthy and ready in time for spring training.The 35-year-old outfielder was activated off the 60-day disabled list and then placed on waivers. The move, which was expected, affords Hamilton the opportunity to return to the Rangers for spring training on a non-roster deal. If the Rangers hadnt placed him on waivers by the end of August, Hamilton wouldnt have been able to play for them until after May 15, 2017, per Major League Baseballs contract rules.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told reporters in a conference call that he had discussed the move with Hamilton, most recently on Tuesday.Im hopeful that if hes healthy and our roster is in a spot where wed still like to have him back, we can work it out, Daniels said. But thats still a few steps down the line.Weve talked about it for a period of time, and he understands why we did it.In the series of moves, the Rangers also recalled right-hander Shawn Tolleson from the minors and put him on the 60-day DL, creating a spot for left-hander Derek Holland to return from the DL and start against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.Hamilton had surgery June 8 to reconstruct his ACL, and he also had repairs done to his meniscus and lateral cartilage in the knee.That was Hamiltons third surgery on the knee since September, along with cortisone shots and a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection during spring training that may have led to more damage.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP in his five seasons with the Rangers from 2008 to 12. He left in free agency and signed a $125 million, five-year contract with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.The Angels traded Hamilton back to Texas last year when he was coming back from shoulder surgery, and agreed to pay the Rangers for all of his $24 million salary this season and $22 million of the $24 million the outfielder is due in 2017, the last year of that contract. Hamilton played only 50 games last season, hitting .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Ben Gedeon Womens Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. Ben Gedeon Youth Jersey . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. 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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Arike Ogunbowale provided the offense and her Notre Dame teammates provided the defense as the Fighting Irish played as the No. 1 team for the first time in 15 years and looked the part in a 107-47 victory over Central Michigan in the first round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday night.Ogunbowale scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting, including making all five 3-point attempts.I think Arike was in a zone tonight -- not on defense -- but offensively it was definitely an outstanding game, especially from the 3-point line, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.Ogunbowale, who made only 18 3-pointers as a freshman last season, said she had focused on improving her shot from the outside.Freshman year they sagged off on me a lot so I knew this year they would probably start it. So now they have to play me fair, she said. They have to guard me on the 3 and guard me driving so its harder for them.Central coach Sue Guevara said she was surprised by Ogunbowales outside shooting.Shes really worked on the 3-ball. Because we know thats shes a Mack truck that can get to the basket and pull up. But boy, hitting that 3, she said.The Irish scored the first 15 points, hitting 6-of-7 shots while the Chippewas were 0-of-4 with two turnovers and no rebounds. The Irish made 76 percent of their shots in the first quarter to open a 35-9 lead. They extended the lead to 56-20 at halftime and 81-28 at the end of the third quarter.Marina Mabrey, who came off the bench because McGraw said she lacked focus before the game, added 17 points for the Irish and Lindsay Allen had 13 points and eight assists. The Irish outscored the Chippewas 46-16 inside and Notre Dames reserves outscored Centrals bench 39-17.Aleah SSwary led Central with a career-high 15 points. Dalvin Cook Womens Jersey. 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