#1 execute it looks bad on you and thats what it was this year. So it von miaowang123 17.04.2019 04:08

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When it comes to his 50-game drug suspension, Nelson Cruz didnt have much to say during his introduction by the Baltimore Orioles. Cruz gave short answers to any Biogenesis-related questions during a news conference Tuesday, a day after the 33-year-out outfielder finalized an $8 million, one-year contract. "Whatever happened in the past, I look to move forward and have a great year with the Baltimore Orioles," Cruz said. Cruz was suspended for 50 games last August for a violation of Major League Baseballs drug agreement related to the sports investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. He was joined at the news conference by eight of his new teammates, including Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters. Markakis said last summer that MLB needed stiffer penalties for violations of the drug rules. On Saturday, Markakis said he still favoured tougher penalties but was happy to have Cruz on the Orioles. "My opinion doesnt change toward anything. Hes part of this team now and hes going to be in this clubhouse and were going to welcome him just like anybody else. Hes going to be part of this team," Markakis said. Cruz hit .266 last year with 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 109 games. The suspension cost him $2,732,240 of his $10 million salary. He signed with Baltimore more than three months after he turned a down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Rangers. "It was a frustrating process, but Im happy for the decision that I made. Im really excited for the opportunity. I like challenges and I think its going to be a great challenge for me. Hopefully, I do my best and I look for the World Series," Cruz said. Cruz waited until training camps had opened. Hes part of a late spending burst that has seen the orioles commit $63,575,000. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez agreed to a $50 million, four-year contract and South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon received a three-year deal for $5,575,000. 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The U.S. wrestler and retired mixed martial artist says he was visiting his brothers farm in Saskatchewan and decided he wanted to hear what the premier had to say.METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is promising change in the coming months, stressing that he hates losing and will look at every element of the program in an effort to avoid another sub-.500, non-playoff season.What is important is we are looking closely at ways to fix the things that kept us from winning games, and making sure that we are not fixing something that wasnt a part of the problem, Payton said. We have to look closely at the teaching, the coaching. We have to look closely at the players.The last time Payton failed to coach the Saints into the playoffs was 2008, the season before the franchise won its only Super Bowl. Since then, the only other time New Orleans missed the playoffs was 2012, when Payton was suspended the entire season in connection with the NFLs bounty investigation.This season, New Orleans expected to be a contender, but wound up needing a second-half comeback at lowly Tampa Bay last Sunday to avoid the first 10-loss campaign since Payton arrived in 2006.Payton stressed it was too early to specify any anticipated changes to the roster or coaching staff. He bristled at a question about second-year defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryans ability to turn around a unit that ranked second-to-last in the NFL.Now is not the time for us to discuss a player or a coach or his future, Payton said.Veteran players, including quarterback Drew Brees and right tackle Zach Strief, expressed confidence that their coach and general manager Mickey Loomis would take a methodical approach to the off-season.I dont expect a lot of change, Brees said. Weve always been on the lower end of those. I think we have our core group here and we just kind of build in pieces around it.Strief, a fellow offensive captain, said he was disappointed to miss the playoffs but doesnt see the Saints as an organization sliding into dysfunction.Its not like the world has ended and Sean doesnt know how to coach and Mickey doesnt know how to pick players, Strief said. People want to hear the coaching is terrible, the players are terrible, the front office, because it gives them comfort in understanding why the season was so disappointing.Some things to know about the Saints heading into the 2015 off-season:OOFFENSIVE ACUMEN: Payton still managed to field a league-leading offence.dddddddddddd The Saints averaged an NFL-high 411.4 yards per game. The passing offence led by Brees, wholl be 36 next season, averaged 297.8 yards, ranking third in the league.The total offensive numbers were good. The turnovers were poor, Payton said, citing New Orleans 30 giveaways. It has not been about stats for us. It has been about wins and losses. ... There are some muddy hands in this (locker) room and they probably go across the board, not just on one side of the ball.DEFENDING RYAN: Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, a defensive captain, was among a chorus of players expressing hope that Ryan, whose defence ranked fourth in 2013, would not become a victim of off-season changes after his 2014 unit slid to 31st.I dont want to play for another defensive co-ordinator. I think Robs done a great job, Lofton said. As a defensive co-ordinator, you can call the perfect call day in and day out; if the players dont execute it looks bad on you and thats what it was this year. So its not Robs fault.ROOKIE REVIEWS: Before receiver Brandin Cooks went out with a forearm injury, the Saints got a lot of production out of last springs first-round pick. He had 53 catches for 550 yards and three TDs. However, second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a cornerback, was routinely scratched from the game-day lineup and hardly played.CLOSE CALLS: Four Saints losses came by three or fewer points. Brees cited those games to back his conclusion that New Orleans, which finished a half-game behind Carolina (7-8-1) for first place in the NFC South, doesnt need a major overhaul.Payton, however, had a more sobering outlook.Lets not kid ourselves. Yes, we were a play or two away from winning those games, and yet that repeated itself a handful of times, Payton said. Were not just going to patch a few holes here.TREND REVERSAL: The Saints started 3-0 at home and 0-4 on the road, only to lose their last five at home and win their last four outside the Superdome.The home and road thing really was more of a reflection of just the up-and-down inconsistencies of this team, Payton said.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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