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Breeze�s Week 4 IDP Breakdown (Rotoworld)
Eric Breeze breaks down the latest IDP news, notes and injuries to help with your lineup decisions. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Backpass: Wut
... eir jobs, desperate to win, the Whitecaps attacked with gusto and pinned the Rapids deep to rescue a result. I could kinda believe that, except that the Rapids ... [...]
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Mason's Week 3 Power Rankings: Eagles soaring
Philadelphia and Minnesota rose up the charts, but are the Broncos still at No. 1? [...]
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Rockies’ Walt Weiss would sit DJ LeMahieu if batting title hangs in balance
SAN FRANCISCO — DJ LeMahieu is on the verge of winning the National League batting title, and he might get an extra boost from Rockies manager Walt Weiss. When Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau won the title in 2014, he sat out the penultimate game of the season and had just one pinch-hit at-bat in the final game. He finished with a .319 batting average, beating out Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison, who hit .315. Asked what his game plan will be for LeMahieu, Weiss answered: “We’ll play it by ear. I’ve taken a lot of heat for something like this, with Morneau, and I’ll fall on the sword, for sure, for DJ. “When it comes down to sitting out an at-bat or two, whatever it looks like, I’m willing to do that to get him the batting title.” Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2016 Nolan Arenado disappointed in Rockies’ season, proud of his historic production September 25, 2016 Rockies’ Tyler Anderson remains winless on road as Dodgers clinch NL West title with walkoff homer September 24, 2016 Clayton Kershaw pitches seven shutout innings as Dodgers roll Rockies September 25, 2016 Rockies react to “unspeakable tragedy,” death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez Weiss explained his philosophy this way: “Winning a batting title doesn’t take one day, the last game of the season, it takes six months. I don’t know how it’s all going to play out. I’d love to see DJ win that batting title.” LeMahieu entered Tuesday night’s game against the Giants batting .350, just ahead of Washington’s Daniel Murphy, who’s batting .347.  While Murphy hasn’t played since Sept. 20 because of a strained buttocks), LeMahieu has continued to play every day. His 38-game on-base streak ended Friday. LeMahieu wants to be the batting king, but he doesn’t like the idea of concentrating on an individual award. “I don’t really enjoy that,” he said. “It’s not how I got here, it’s not how I played all year. And now that we are officially out of (the playoffs), it makes it harder. It’s more difficult to concentrate on winning. We don’t have that urgency we had a couple of weeks ago.” Weiss understands that mind-set, but he doesn’t see LeMahieu falling off in the final six games of the season. “It’s always tougher to play under those conditions,” Weiss said. “But I don’t worry about DJ. He’s as motivated as anybody I’ve managed on a day-to-day basis.” Footnotes. The Giants, still chasing a wild-card berth, announced that right-hander Johnny Cueto will start Thursday night’s game against the Rockies. Cueto, 17-5 with a 2.79 ERA, missed his start Sunday at San Diego because of a Grade 1 strain of his left groin Sept. 20 at Dodger Stadium. … The Rockies’ road woes have returned with a vengeance. Since July 31, they were 5-18 way from Coors Field, entering Tuesday’s game. Looking Ahead… Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (11-9, 4.08 ERA) at Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (12-10, 3.83), 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; ROOT, 850 AM Samardzija, making $9 million this season and then $17 million annually from 2017-20, is picking a fine time to peak. With the Giants’ playoff aspirations still alive, the veteran right-hander is delivering. In a win over the Padres on Thursday, he struck out nine, walked none and surrendered only four hits over seven scoreless innings. He has pitched three quality starts in his last four outings. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has hit Samardzija relatively hard, going 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and a triple. He’ll enter the game 7-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 road starts. Chatwood has fared well at AT&T Park, going 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five career starts. Thursday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (10-9, 4.54 ERA) at Giants RHP Johnny Cueto, RHP, (17-5, 2.79) , 8:15 p.m., ROOT Friday: Brewers RHP Brent Suter (2-1, 2.16) at Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (13-8, 4.92), 6:10 p.m., ROOT Saturday: Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (7-11, 5.10) at Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (5-6, 3.54), 6:10 p.m., ROOT   [...]
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Rockies continue ugly slide toward finish with 12-3 loss to Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — Before Tuesday night’s game against the Giants, all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado talked about the state of the Rockies as their 2016 season nears its end. “I think we are limping into the finish a little bit. … I think we are a little tired,” he said. “But we know we are close to doing something special in the next few years.” Only time will reveal the truth about Arenado’s optimistic vision of the future. But “limping to the finish” is exactly what the Rockies are doing. San Francisco pounded rookie starter German Marquez en route to a 12-3 victory at raucous AT&T Park. “I felt very comfortable, but I have to give credit (to the Giants),” said Marquez, who fell to 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA. “But I battled them.” It was the Rockies’ fifth consecutive loss, one shy of their worst losing streak of the season. The road has been particularly harsh of late. They are 5-19 away from Coors Field since July 31 and have lost eight consecutive games on the road.  Rockies pitchers have allowed two or more home runs in seven of those eight losses. Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2016 Rockies’ Walt Weiss would sit DJ LeMahieu if batting title hangs in balance September 27, 2016 Nolan Arenado disappointed in Rockies’ season, proud of his historic production September 25, 2016 Rockies’ Tyler Anderson remains winless on road as Dodgers clinch NL West title with walkoff homer The victory kept the Giants in the thick of the National League’s increasingly wild wild-card race. Both the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals won Tuesday, leaving San Francisco a half-game behind the Mets for the top spot and St. Louis one game behind the Giants for the second wild-card berth. Marquez, the 21-year-old right-hander who was the 2016 pitcher of the year for the Double-A Eastern League, made his second major-league start. Before the game, manager Walt Weiss said: “I think it will be a great experience for him. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. … I expect him to go out there and do well.” Marquez fell far short of Weiss’ expectations, though he did limit the Giants to two runs over the first four innings. But he left a lot of ripe pitches hanging over the plate, and the Giants ripped him for six runs on 12 hits over 4⅓ innings. San Francisco’s four-run fifth inning included back-to-back home runs by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, as well as a double by Denard Span and a triple by Brandon Crawford. Posey’s two-run blast to left was the 1,000th hit of his career. “We didn’t see the finish to his pitches tonight,” Weiss said of Marquez. “His breaking ball wasn’t as sharp as it has been and his fastball was running back over the plate. He just didn’t have the crispness to his stuff like he did the last time out.” Meanwhile, San Francisco left-hander Matt Moore baffled Colorado hitters, striking out 11 to match his career high. He didn’t walk a batter and was charged with one run on six hits in 7 ⅓ innings. With his breaking ball moving in the cool Pacific air, Moore was a different pitcher from the one the Rockies beat up Sept. 5 at Coors Field. He didn’t make it through the third inning in that game, a 6-0 Rockies victory in which Moore was charged with six earned runs (including two home runs) and walked four batters. “Moore had a really good cutter for the righties and he had a good breaking ball to the lefties tonight,” Weiss said. “And he mixed some changeups into the righties.” Colorado’s only run came in the third on a leadoff double by Cristhian Adames, a sacrifice by Marquez and an RBI groundout by Charlie Blackmon. DJ LeMahieu struck out in his first three at-bats before singling in the eighth. His average dipped from .350 to .349, but he still holds a slim lead over Washington’s Daniel Murphy (.347) in the race for the NL batting crown.             [...]
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WATCH: Introducing Post Preps TV
Meet The Denver Post’s digital prep sports editor Kyle Newman, who discusses his background, how he plans to cover Colorado high school sports and the launch of a new prep sports show coming soon, Post Preps TV. Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2016 5A volleyball midseason update: Plenty of parity to go around September 26, 2016 Weekly Preps Primer: Games to watch for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016 September 23, 2016 Grandview tops Cherry Creek in Week 4 smashmouth showdown August 12, 2016 Colorado prep sports stats, schedules, results, standings and more [...]
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Q&A: Denver South coach Tony Lindsay breaks down the top-ranked Rebels
Over the past six years, Denver South has established itself as one of the state’s preeminent Class 4A powers. The Rebels have won at least eight games in the past four years, including a state runner-up finish in 2012. Denver South is looking strong out of the gate again, at 4-0 and ranked No. 1. Their final non-conference game is at Palmer Friday night. Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman caught up with Rebels coach Tony Lindsay to discuss how things are going. Denver Post: You guys are ranked number one, and I know there was a lot of hype surrounding this team entering the season. How do you keep your team grounded week to week? Tony Lindsay: We’ve been pretty successful here over the past four or five years, and these kids know what they need to do for us to keep on moving like that. It’s a culture that’s grown on us, so they know they have to work hard every week, no matter what. KN: You mention the culture you’ve built, who are the key guys that are helping you continue building that? TL: There’s about seven or eight of seniors who have been with us for four years, and most were with us as freshman on the varsity—guys like Amon Wright, Marcus Lindsay and Esaias Gandy. We had a junior dominated team last year… and the difference right now to me is, we have a chemistry that we haven’t had before; we have the same chemistry we had when we went to state in 2012. The kids are more mature, and they’re really fun to coach. KN: You mentioned your nephew Marcus, who has already scampered for 790 yards. What’s it like coaching him? Does it bring more of a family feel to the program because the star running back is your blood? TL: Heck no. (Laughs). That doesn’t have anything to do with it. I’ve coached all my sons, and my other two nephews—Marcus’ brother Phillip who goes to CU, and his other brother Zach who’s at UNC — so it’s no different coaching him, because this whole team is my family. That’s where it’s at — of course he’s my nephew, but when he’s out on the field, he’s like the rest of the kids, and they’re all mine. With Marcus, I know what to expect out of him and he knows what I expect out of him. What he’s doing right now is nothing I didn’t expect, because he’s put in the work. KN: It seems like Esaias Gandy is your Boobie Miles do-it-all type of player. What’s your prognosis? TL: I’ve got seven players who are my do-all type of guys. They’re very important: Gandy, Lindsay,  Derius Pinkett, Darrien Golden, Dremond Griffin, Kahseem Stevenson and Amon Wright are all two-way players. KN:  Your program’s been building for a while now but how do you get your team to take that next step and make a run at a 4A title? TL: We looked back at the stuff that we did wrong over the last three years, and why we’ve been unable to get back to the title game. We got taught lessons, and to be honest, we got a monkey off our back a couple weeks ago when we beat Monarch. When we play smashmouth teams like that — like Falcon, like Longmont in last year’s playoffs, like Monarch (in the 2012 title game) — we haven’t been able to beat one of those teams. So finally, we figured out how to do it. To get that monkey off our back is huge because we know we can play with, and beat, anybody now. Kyle Newman, The Denver PostRebels quarterback Amon Wright hands off during a game last fall; the Rebels are in action next on Friday on the road at Palmer. [...]
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Wilson Chandler returns to Nuggets after hip surgery; How Denver benefits
OMAHA, Neb. — If it was a contest about who missed who more, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is certain he knows the winner. Himself. “I think I missed them a little bit more than they missed me,” he said. It was a photo finish. The Nuggets missed Chandler, who was on the shelf for the entire 2015-16 season after having hip surgery, immensely. Coach Michael Malone had already dreamed of the lineups he could create with the versatile forward. But all of that was thrown out of the window before the regular season began. Chandler missed his team. Missed the camaraderie, missed the court, and was tired of going through yet another grueling rehabilitation. But now he’s back. “Having Wilson back is such a blessing,” Malone said. “When he went down last preseason, that was a really devastating injury.” What are the Nuggets getting with Chandler’s return? Harry How, Getty ImagesWilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets is fouled on his shot by Matt Barnes #22 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. On the surface, a number of things. Chandler and Danilo Gallinari give the Nuggets the ability to be a matchup problem for most any team by playing either one of them at power forward. Malone played Gallinari in that spot on many occasions last season. Now he can exploit that matchup even more without getting either Gallo or Chandler beat up too much because they can split the time there. The 6-foot-8 Chandler adds length to the Nuggets perimeter defense. He’ll be a key cog for a Nuggets defense that is revamping how it covers the 3-point line. If the Nuggets choose to play both he and Gallinari at the same time, they can switch everything on defense, which gives them a better chance at keeping the ballhandler in front of them and puts them in a better position to contest jump shots. Chandler’s presence will also help make up for some of the rebounding the Nuggets lost when they traded away Joffrey Lauvergne. Chandler has been a solid rebounder throughout his career, and because he can handle the ball as well, any boards he corrals can immediately be pushed up court. “He’s a guy that when you look at it, checks more boxes than anybody else with everything he brings to the table,” Malone said. Chandler will be monitored closely throughout camp, naturally, to ensure there are no setbacks. He played 78 games in 2014-15. Getting him through training camp and to the regular season is key. Chandler said his hip is “actually a lot better than it was beforehand. A lot stronger, more mobility.” And he won’t complain about being held out here and there until the season begins. “I don’t know how excited I am about two-a-days,” he said, laughing. “But I’m excited to be back on the court for sure.” [...]
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Kiszla: The little orange worm that instills fear in the hearts of Broncos’ opponents
The legend of the Broncos’ defense is a worm. The legend worms its way into the hearts and minds of NFL foes. The worm eats confidence and turns it to fear. When the Denver defense takes the field for an NFL game, there is a distinct aroma in the stadium. It smells like fear. I smelled it Sunday, when the Broncos played at Cincinnati. More important, cornerback Chris Harris smelled it on the Bengals, too. After the Broncos exposed Cincy as weak and afraid during a 29-17 victory, I sought out Harris after the media pack had shuffled elsewhere in the locker room, and asked him what he thought of the Bengals’ painfully conservative offensive game plan. Harris smiled like a cat that wants a peek at the dessert menu after a big canary dinner. Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2016 Jhabvala vs. Kiz: Broncos or Patriots most impressive NFL team so far? September 26, 2016 Trevor Siemian’s natural pocket presence, fourth-quarter magic are impressive to Broncos September 26, 2016 Broncos Insider: Denver, Trevor Siemian pass first road test in Cincinnati “Dude, they had been leading the league in passing!” said Harris, punctuating his statement with laughter. After averaging 366 passing yards through two games of the season, throwing the football on nearly 70 percent of the team’s snaps, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis let the orange worm get in his head. Lewis made like a frightened turtle and drove back to the 1970s behind the wheel of an AMC Pacer. Against the Broncos, Cincinnati was afraid to fly, running 28 times and allowing quarterback Andy Dalton to attempt only 18 passes through three quarters. “They changed their offense, because they didn’t want to throw on us. They had been going with three-receiver sets every game. But they come to play us, and they changed their whole offense,” said Harris, suggesting that’s the real way you spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the NFL. During the summer, months after dominating the Super Bowl, safety T.J. Ward was asked to envision what this defense could possibly do for an encore. “There is no ceiling,” Ward insisted. “We can be as good as we want to be. We can become the best defense of all time.” It sounded like hype. But the hype slowly has become reality in the minds of teams shaken by nightmares of Von Miller rushing off the edge or Aqib Talib returning a pick for six. The Denver defense has done more than earn respect. It has instilled fear. Denver Broncos More Broncos news NFL scoreboard NFL standings Denver Broncos schedule 2016 Denver Broncos stats and scores Denver Broncos roster Broncos Mailbag Ask mailbag questions Fear is the calling card of a truly intimidating presence in sports. At the height of his powers, when Mike Tyson stepped in the boxing ring, his opponent was already looking for a soft spot to land. When LeBron James tosses talcum powder prior to tipoff, there’s real magic in that dust, and the other team is already behind by three points before anybody starts keeping score. There’s no guarantee how long this supply of orange magic will last. But why try to save it when the Broncos are having so much fun? The Denver defense can make a coach shred his game plan and cause a quarterback to flinch before kickoff. This magic the Broncos have is real. It’s powerful. It’s the stuff from which legends are born. [...]
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Rene Fasel slightly upgrades odds NHL players will be in Olympics
By Larry Lage, AP Hockey Writer TORONTO — Rene Fasel says he feels better about the chances of having NHL players compete at the 2018 Olympics than he did earlier this year. The International Ice Hockey Federation president told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he believes the odds are 50-50 the best hockey players in the world will be in South Korea in two years. In May at the IIHF’s world championship, Fasel said there was a 60 percent chance that the NHL and NHL Players Association would pass on the opportunity to be participate in a sixth straight Olympics. Fasel, saying he is simply at fan at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, intends to “beg” for $10 million to cover travel and insurance expenses for NHL players to be at the Olympics. [...]
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Small forwards aren’t a big burden for Avalanche
Former University of North Dakota standout Rocco Grimaldi is a 5-foot-6 Avalanche prospect from Anaheim, Calif. Boston native Joe Whitney, also a 5-6 forward hoping to latch on with Colorado, played four years at Boston College. Differing backgrounds did not deter the two proud Italians and fire-hydrant forwards from becoming buddies on their professional journeys. Their diminutive height is a source of celebration at this level. “We all stick together,” said Whitney, whose mother is from Boston’s Tecce family, which ran the now-defunct Joe Tecce’s Restaurant — a North End landmark before the Big Dig. “Any time you see a smaller guy around the league, you kind of have a bond automatically. Even the strength coach here, Casey (Bond), we stick together and joke around.” From afar, it’s difficult at first to distinguish the difference between Grimaldi (180 pounds) and Whitney (170) when they’re skating. Same height and similar builds; extremely quick and gifted with the puck. But Grimaldi is a right-handed shot and Whitney is a lefty. Still, there is confusion. Related ArticlesSeptember 26, 2016 Colorado Avalanche welcomes back MacKinnon and Johnson; also trims six from preseason roster September 25, 2016 Mikhail Grigorenko’s late goal gives White victory in Avalanche’s annual Burgundy White showdown September 24, 2016 Eric Gelinas ready to write off last season and claim a spot on Avalanche defense September 23, 2016 Patrick Wiercioch’s strengths meet the Avalanche’s needs “I’m sure we’ll get mixed up a lot,” Grimaldi said. “One of the ladies at the hotel breakfast said, ‘Hey Rocco, how’s your wife doing?’ And ‘Whits’ said, ‘No, I’m not Rocco.’ ” Age separates Grimaldi and Whitney by five years. Grimaldi was born Feb. 8, 1993 and Whitney on Feb. 6, 1988. When Whitney helped lead BC to the national championship at the 2008 Frozen Four in Denver, Grimaldi hadn’t yet begun his two-year stint with the U.S. National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Whitney has fond memories of Denver. In addition to producing two points, including a goal, in the 2008 title game, he and the Eagles played multiple times in the old Denver Cup, the University of Denver-hosted tournament between Christmas and New Year’s Day. “I like this place a little bit,” Whitney said Denver. “I’ve had a lot of fun here.” “I almost went to Denver,” said Grimaldi, who considered the Pioneers before choosing the formerly named Fighting Sioux. “It’s an unbelievable city. It’s been a lot of fun the last couple weeks since I’ve been here.” Grimaldi was acquired over the summer from the Florida Panthers for goalie Reto Berra, and Whitney signed as a free agent. They both likely will begin the season with the Avs’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio and hope for a call-up to Colorado. “It’s nice to come in with new players, new coaches, new management and try to fit in and find a role,” Grimaldi said. “I’m sure ‘Whits’ feels the same way.” Grimaldi has played in 27 career NHL games, including 20 last season with the Panthers. He was Florida’s second-round selection (33rd overall) in the 2011 draft. Whitney went undrafted but has signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. He has put up big numbers in the AHL but only played five career NHL games, each with the Devils. New Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, who was hired after the team picked up Grimaldi and Whitney, said he enjoys coaching the undersized forwards. “Those guys have been playing at their size their whole life. They may have a different technique defending, but the end game is still the same: they have to use their quickness to their advantage and sometimes be smarter than a bigger guy,” Bednar said. “I think both those guys have good quickness, real good instincts. Those guys wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t got the job done their whole career.”       [...]
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Download My GABF and Get Ready!
With nearly 800 breweries, several thousand beers and hundreds of thousands of square feet of hall space at GABF, it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for, or even decide where to begin. Enter the free My GABF app for Apple or Android devices! Discover new breweries, find your favs beers, track down brewers, explore the brew tours and have fun with the selfie frames! This magical, awesome and free app—which is sponsored by another magical, awesome and free app called Brew Guru™, which btw you should also get—will help you do GABF like a total PRO. Already have the app? NICE! Just make sure it’s up to date before you arrive!    Here’s why you gotta get the free My GABF app: Beer Tours let you sample beers by style and first time breweries at the festival Take a GABF selfie with our unique photo frames and save or share via social media My Beers keeps track of all the beers you rated or tasted at the festival My Brewery creates a list of your favorite breweries by section to help you plan your festival beer tour Connect with Facebook and save all your notes and favorites to the cloud Quick brewery booth locator Navigate the festival map with visual indicators that show breweries from My Breweries tab. Enjoy quick access to festival maps, onsite GABF events, exhibitors list and more in the Extra Info tab. The big reveal—the festival beer list! The festival beers will be poured into the app prior to Thursday, week of the festival. Protip: watch for the push notification. Medal-winning beers at the festival will be indicated on the app, with a simple refresh of the data shortly after the awards ceremony is completed on Saturday. You will also receive a push notification. Simply open the app and click the red “update” banner at the top of your screen to download the beers. Protip: do this before you show up to the festival. Already have the app from last year? Be sure to export your tasting notes before you update your app to the latest version! Not sure where to begin? Take one of 21 different festival tours based on the flavors and beer styles that you love. Beer tours include: Sour Puss The Im-PALE-er Session-Me Street Dark Vader Unicorn Beers Surprise Me Tips for successful tasting and tapping: Download the app (iTunes or Google Play) before you get to the festival, ideally using a strong WiFi connection. The beers will be released the week of the festival. Open the app to check for updates. Do this before you leave for the festival–a WiFi connection is ideal. Minimum system requirements: iOS 9 or later; Android 4.0.3 or later. The post Download My GABF and Get Ready! appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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NFL Power Rankings: How high can the Philadelphia Eagles fly? (Shutdown Corner)
Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have a legitimate claim as the best team in the NFL. If you thought the Eagles’ 2-0 start was a product of playing two bad opponents, and that Carson Wentz would be exposed against a real opponent, Week 3 was startling. The Eagles destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. [...]
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