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When Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran strained his left knee running out a double play ball in the first inning of game 3 of the NLCS, Giants fans were relieved  to see one of the Cards best hitters be hobbled and have to leave the game. Unfortunately little known Cardinals utility man Matt Carpenter would quickly make Bay Area fans miss the site of Beltran's face as he would hit a 2 run 421 foot blast off Matt Cain in the bottom of the third inning. "It was definitely  a surprise," said Carpenter. "I didn't even realize Carlos had hurt himself; there was really no thought process. I was in the game before I had time to think about it."

The Giants who came in 70-22 when scoring first, including the postseason, took the lead in the third on Pablo Sandoval's run-scoring groundout after leadoff hits by Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro who showed no signs of injury after leaving game two in the 5th inning because of a hard slide into second by Matt Holiday.

Giants ace Matt Cain lost for the second time this postseason allowing three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work. The biggest eye soar on the day was not just the three and a half hour rain delay in the 7th that turned players and fans alike into soggy prunes but also the fact the Giants were 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

Cardinals closer Jason Motte would record the first 2 inning save of his career on what was from most accounts a very lackluster night for Giants batters.

The Giants snapped their five-game road winning streak in the postseason but will look to bounce back tonight as Tim Lincecum will revive his roll as starter against Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. "He's a guy we want out there. He's been throwing the ball well," Bochy would say of Lincecum. "We've got to bounce back."

That's a fine looking race car!

Good luck to the Deuces Wild Race Team out of Manteca, competing today at the Madera Speedway for the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals.

The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart, will be bringing their thunder making, ground shaking, brand of open wheel intensity to the fastest one third mile in the west, the Madera Speedway, this Saturday night, July 28th.

The series' MAV TV-American Real 75 will live up to its name by treating Madera Speedway fans to a full 75 green flag laps. This series does not count yellow flag caution laps. A full field of 24 modifieds are expected to be on hand for this race.

The MAV TV-American Real 75 has a $10,000 purse with $1,500 going to the race winner.

The race winner will also receive a gift certificate for a set of high quality heads from Dart Machinery LLC.

The race winner will also collect two additional championship points from the E 3 Spark Plugs Bonus Program.

Drivers are guaranteed a minimum of $300 for just taking the initial green flag for the MAV TV-American Real 75.

During the course of the evening drivers can earn the series long standing bonus incentives which includes $100 and two bonus points for winning the Optima Batteries Hard Charger Award, $100 and two bonus points for setting the Budweiser Fast Time in qualifying, $100 for winning the GEICO Clean Pass Award and $200 for winning the MAV TV-American Real six lap trophy dash.

The Sunoco Winner's Circle Program, which normally pays $200 in tow money to drivers in points positions one through ten, will be doubled, $400, for the Madera race.

The Speedco Tow Money Program, normally $150 to drivers in points positions 11 through 20, has also been doubled, $300, for the Madera race.

Friday, 27 July 2012 10:51

American Cage Fighter: 559 Fights 3

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American Cagefighter out to Central California to capture another installment of 559 Fights. It was a stacked card of amateur mma and the ACF Cameras were there to capture it all!

American Cagefighter has been covering the world of mixed martial arts with a focus on California for the last 2 years. ACF provides dynamic video highlights and original programming from the best regional mma action around.

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Monday, 02 July 2012 09:59

Counting Down To The Olympics

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Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington has entered her final training phase as she prepares to defend her 400m and 800m freestyle titles in London next month.

The Mansfield swimmer has been in excellent form all year. She qualified for Team GB in impressive style at the British Gas Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in March, setting the fastest time in the world this year for the 800m freestyle with a mark of 8:18.54. She's also ranked second fastest in the world for 400m freestyle with a time of 4:02.35 set in March.

In the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series on 2nd June, Adlington won gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle with an assured performance and a championship record of 8:19.86.

Adlington will compete in the 200m freestyle at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield on 20th June where she is expected to set a time to put herself in contention for a 4x200m freestyle relay spot. She has already ruled herself out of competing in the individual event in London.

Though Britain's top swimmer has secured both her individual slots for London, there are still 14 places up for grabs in 11 different swimming events at the British Gas ASA National Championships.

Adlington has been chatting about her hopes and preparations ahead of this summer's challenge, the contenders in the final battle for qualification in Sheffield and who to watch London next month.

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Video and photos by Marty Bicek

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