MORE WEDNESDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Wednesday, June 12(O) = Opener | (PLR) = Primary Long RelieverRankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Justin VerlanderAstrosvs. BrewersN/A104 (11th)$11,100$11,3002Joey LucchesiPadres@ Giants68 (30th)N/A$7,900$9,6003Jose BerriosTwinsvs. MarinersN/A110 (7th)$9,600$10,3004Mike SorokaBravesvs. PiratesN/A95 (T-14th)$10,600$10,9005Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. A’sN/A93 (18th)$6,500$10,4006Zach PlesacIndiansvs. RedsN/A79 (26th)$8,400$7,4007Lance LynnRangers@ Red SoxN/A106 (10th)$9,400$9,0008Miles MikolasCardinals@ MarlinsN/A75 (T-29th)$7,600$7,2009Zach EflinPhilliesvs. D-backsN/A89 (20th)$8,500$8,70010Brandon WoodruffBrewers@ AstrosN/A117 (3rd)$8,900$7,60011Cole HamelsCubs@ Rockies88 (T-20th)N/A$7,200$8,10012Daniel NorrisTigers@ Royals71 (28th)N/A$6,100$5,00013Rick PorcelloRed Soxvs. RangersN/A108 (T-8th)$7,000$7,00014Danny DuffyRoyalsvs. Tigers91 (18th)N/A$6,900$7,40015Anthony DeSclafaniReds@ IndiansN/A84 (T-23rd)$6,300$6,70016Brett AndersonA’s@ Rays102 (T-12th)N/A$6,600$5,60017Merrill KellyD-backs@ PhilliesN/A94 (17th)$7,700$8,00018David HessOriolesvs. Blue JaysN/A75 (T-29th)$6,000$4,10019Shaun AndersonGiantsvs. PadresN/A84 (T-23rd)$6,500$6,60020Jordan YamamotoMarlinsvs. CardinalsN/A95 (14th)N/A$7,50021Edwin JacksonBlue Jays@ OriolesN/A83 (25th)$5,700$5,30022Tommy Milone (PLR)Mariners@ Twins134 (1st)N/A$6,700$6,90023Mitch KellerPirates@ BravesN/A101 (12th)$5,500$7,00024Antonio SenzatelaRockiesvs. CubsN/A108 (T-8th)$6,200$4,50025Cory GearrinMariners@ TwinsN/A120 (1st)N/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. There are only four afternoon games on Wednesday, but three of the top seven pitchers in today’s MLB DFS pitcher rankings will start in the daytime. However, all of our top four will go under the lights, so there are still some legit studs — but not many sleepers — for FanDuel and DraftKings contests.Justin Verlander (vs. Brewers) is the no-doubt top starter, so expect him to be highly owned. The value options are more matchup-based than talent-based, as Miles Mikolas (@ Marlins) and Daniel Norris (@ Royals) stand out. David Hess (vs. Blue Jays), Shaun Anderson (vs. Padres), and Edwin Jackson (@ Orioles) have good matchups on paper, but chances are you’ll want nothing to do with those three. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNBrandon Woodruff (@ Astros) has the most boom-or-bust potential given his matchup, but if you use him in a GPP, he could pay off in a big way. The same goes for Cole Hamels (@ Rockies) pitching in Colorado. Given the lack of arm talent today, both are legit options.Rain doesn’t look like it will have any real effect on today’s games, but check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest reports.
1 Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew Crystal Palace are still in the transfer market looking for a bargain.The Eagles have enjoyed a busy summer window so far, bringing in five new players, including club-record £10million signing Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain and Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.Manager Alan Pardew has a week left to confirm any late additions to the squad and chairman Steve Parish has revealed he is standing by to wrap up the business.“We have done some great business so far in this window and invested heavily in the playing squad, but it’s in the final week or so when business really starts to pick up,” Parish said.“We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the team so there might be one or two players who come into our thoughts depending on business elsewhere.“There may also be some who move on as we aim to pull together the strongest 25-man squad that we possibly can.”
PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to athletic shoes, the home court advantage has been with Nike. Rival Adidas has been like a lightweight going into the ring against a well-conditioned heavyweight, trying from Germany to take on the swoosh without budging its bigger competitor in the critical U.S. market. But Adidas-Salomon AG has just added some marketing muscle with the acquisition of Reebok International Ltd., boosting the combined U.S. share of No. 2 Adidas and No. 3 Reebok to 21 percent – enough to be a real contender, analysts say. “This clearly, in our opinion, will lead to a much more serious competitive environment than the industry has been exposed to in probably the last five years,” said John Shanley of Susquehanna Financial Group. Shanley said Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer targeted Reebok as part of a deliberate strategy to confront Nike, based in suburban Beaverton. Runau, however, said the U.S. market was only one consideration in the overall growth plan for Adidas. “The North American business was only one of the many strategic rationales behind our decision to acquire Reebok,” Runau said. Shanley said Adidas has been surpassing Nike in both Europe and Japan, and its sales have grown in the United Kingdom, its home base in Germany, and in southern Europe, “markets where Nike is either treading water or losing position.” He noted that in Japan in 2005, “for the first time in well over a decade, Nike lost the market share leadership position to Adidas. That’s a heckuva statement, especially because Japan is an extremely important market for Nike.” The combination of Adidas and Reebok gives them about 28 percent of the international market for athletic footwear, nudging them much closer to the 31 percent share of sales Nike has outside the United States, according to figures by Sporting Goods Intelligence. But the situation in the U.S. market is much different. In 2004, Adidas had just 9 percent of the athletic shoe sales in the United States while Nike commanded 36 percent – in the market, that accounts for half of all the athletic shoes sold in the entire world. David Carter, president of the Sports Business Group, said the merger can be viewed in two ways: As a challenge to Nike, or an admission by Adidas and Reebok that they could never overtake Nike alone despite years of trying. Either way, Carter said, Nike is likely to respond with the kind of marketing skills that have made it the largest athletic shoe and clothing manufacturer in the world. “They’ve seen lot of people come and go, and seen the industry shake out many times,” Carter said of Nike. “And every time the industry shakes out, they have emerged smarter and stronger.” Nike spokesman Alan Marks declined to comment, other than to repeat what the company has said in the past. “Our comments have always been that we’re following our own game plan,” Marks said. The Nike “swoosh” logo is instantly recognized around the globe, and its stable of celebrity athlete endorsements from superstars such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have helped the company build an enduring image, Carter said. The Adidas three-stripe logo is familiar but not as closely tied to marquee names, he said. “For a generation of consumers who have known Nike for being nothing less than their brand, it’s their generation’s Coca-Cola, burned into their consciousness, burned into an entire generation,” Carter said. “The same can’t be said for Adidas.” Erich Stamminger, president and CEO of the Adidas brand, has said the German company has no plans to expand its own stable of celebrity athletes, including Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and English soccer star David Beckham. But that strategy could change as Adidas begins to compete for more of the U.S. market, said Ravi Dhar, professor of marketing and co-director of the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management. “Nike has a tremendous amount of brand awareness and brand strength,” Dhar said. “But Adidas has a very strong history, too. It’s what they call a ‘heritage brand’ – it’s to the history of soccer what Nike is to the history of running.” The acquisition of Reebok could allow Adidas to divide and conquer the two major market segments for athletic shoes and clothing – style and performance, Dhar said. Reebok could focus on the style segment while Adidas could focus more on performance shoes and equipment to expand its market share with a broader offering of products, he said. And that could be a major factor in the competition for the U.S. market, where Reebok had outsold Adidas. “Where Adidas might have trouble getting retail shelf space because they sell less in the United States, now they can ride Reebok’s coattails,” Dhar said. Associated Press Business Writer Mark Jewell in Boston contributed to this story. On the Net: Nike Inc.: nikebiz.com Adidas-Salomon AG: www.adidas-Group.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Shareholders of Canton, Mass.-based Reebok approved the $3.8 billion takeover by a 98 percent margin Wednesday, a day after Adidas won European Union regulatory approval. No antitrust objections were raised by U.S. regulators. Reebok said Wednesday that the companies now expect to close the deal by Jan. 31, a quick conclusion they hope will end the uncertainty that had hurt sales and orders to retailers. Reebok acknowledged three months ago that uncertainty about integration plans had hurt sales, which declined to $912 million in the third quarter of 2005, from $1 billion in the previous year’s quarter. Adidas spokesman Jan Runau at company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, said the Reebok headquarters would remain in Massachusetts while Adidas will maintain its separate U.S. headquarters in Portland. Adidas plans to keep the brand identities separate as well, and focus on expanding Reebok sales in Europe and Asia “where Reebok is relatively small and Adidas is very strong,” Runau said. He also said the combination should save Adidas about $25 million a year in production and supply chain costs within three years.