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En dédicace les 23 et 24 Juillet à La Fouillade

Les 23 et 24 Juillet, je suis en dédicace au salon de La Fouillade pour Marl le Chevrier, Rorhak du Marteau et Le Manoir Steamaker (Rodrigo Arramon).

Si vous achetez les tomes 1 et 2 je vous offre un exemplaire du Manoir Steamaker.

J’assure une  dédicace illustrée sur le Manoir Steamaker.

Nikus Tim’s, illustrateur de la couverture de la seconde édition de Marl le Chevrier sera à mes côtés pour des dédicaces illustrées sur Marl le Chevrier et Rorhak du Marteau.

Les prix :

Marl le Chevrier : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Rorhak du Marteau : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Le Manoir Steamaker (un mini-roman illustré) : 6 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et un marque-pages.

Marl le Chevrier + Rorhak du Marteau + Le Manoir Steamaker (offert) = 30 euros. Avec une dédicace illustrée sur Marl ou Rorhak et une sur Le Manoir Steamaker, plus les marque-pages.

Attention : je n’apporte que 20 exemplaires de Marl, 20 de Rorhak et 20 du Manoir. Si vous souhaitez en réserver d’avance, n’hésitez pas à me contacter !

 

Assigning blame for Yankees’ heartbreaking collapse vs. Blue Jays

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Josh Donaldson was walking to the plate. David Robertson looked into his dugout. Looking back at him: Yankees manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

One, Boone said, the Yankees determined before the game that Smoak was the better matchup for Robertson than Donaldson. Going into the afternoon, Smoak was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts and a walk vs. the righty. Donaldson He was 3-for-8 (.375 BA) with two homers, five RBI and a strikeout against Robertson.

So, the way Boone made it sound, the Yankees would have wanted to skip Donaldson for Smoak anyway. That’s even considering Smoak was 2-for-3 on the day and had two innings earlier blasted a two-run homer off Tommy Kahnle. It was also considering Donaldson was playing with what the Blue Jays were calling a dead arm — which showed on several of his throws Saturday.

His breaking ball we feel like is a good matchup for Smoak there, Boone said. To Smoak’s credit, he spoiled some tough ones…. Qe liked the matchup, as much as you can against a really good hitter.

Then there was this: The Yankees just let Robertson choose what he wanted. It seemed like neither Boone nor Rothschild were going to challenge Robertson. It was his call.

Who do we like against which guy Boone said. We communicate with our players, too. Communicate with Robbie there about the preference and simple as that. It’s not just one a whim. That’s the matchup we wanted.

He’s the one who let Robertson make the call. Sounds logical, right In that situation, go with what your veteran, All-Star reliever feels comfortable with. Put him in the most comfortable situation. At the same time, it’s worth questioning whether he should have overruled Robertson. Yes, the track record says Robertson vs. Smoak was the better matchup, but Donaldson appeared to be playing at something less than 100 percent, and Smoak had hit a long homer in his previous at-bat off another righty. Sometimes you go with the book, other times you go with the gut. The book won, and it looked like it wasn’t even close.

It was his decision to pitch to Smoak. He didn’t get the job done. He came close, but not close enough. Also didn’t help that he put on two runners before deciding to walk Donaldson. Russell Martin hit a single to start the inning and, one out later, Aledmys Diaz doubled to right field. Devon Travis grounded out for out No. 2.

Palmieri will play after leaving Saturday’s 4-3 win over the New York Islanders after taking a high stick under the right eye during the third period. Forward Marcus Johansson was activated off injured reserve on Sunday and traveled to Montreal, but he will not play.patriots_149-223x223

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Danny Shelton quickly embraces the Patriot Way

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One of the most important aspects of ing for the Patriots is sounding like a Patriot. New defensive tackle Danny Shelton already has that down cold.

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is part of the formula to winning is doing your job, Shelton told reporters during a Monday conference call introducing him as a member of the team. I see that everywhere at the facility with everyone just staying focused and having that same goal leading toward success. That’s what I want to be a part of.

When the Patriots make bargain-basement deals for failed first-round picks, however, there’s no guarantee that things will work out. But here’s one guarantee: Belichick won’t hesitate to admit failure and move on.

So it’s on Shelton to show that he can get it done. At least for now he can speak the part.

The top five of the upcoming quarterback draft class — Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson — have gotten all the attention, but there is talent to be had in the later rounds.

If you’re looking for a second- or third-round quarterback that’s intriguing to me, that would be Kyle Lauletta from Richmond, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. He would be the most intriguing second- or third-round type of guy. Followed probably by Mike White from Western Kentucky.

And a guy in the fifth, sixth, seventh round that could be interesting, if you can put him on the shelf for a couple of years, Chase Litton from Marshall. Had he gone back to Marshall and had a big year, he probably would have been a second-round pick. Now you may be able to get a guy like Litton in the fifth or sixth round.jets_055

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Here’s my story breaking down the winners and losers from this swap.

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Washington’s stunning trade for a new quarterback should reverberate around the league; a half-dozen teams that weren’t involved with the deal suddenly saw their offseason plans change or come into focus.

The deal (and Smith’s subsequent extension) obviously suggest Washington will be moving on from incumbent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will hit unrestricted free agency.

“It was then I knew that I could compete on this level,” Acuna said. “I got the taste and now I’m even more hungry. I’m here to prove myself worthy.”

He followed his 2017 spring training showing with a line of.325/.374/.522, along with 21 home runs and 44 steals over 139 games across three minor league levels. Then, before he went home to Venezuela for the winter, Acuna lit up the Arizona Fall League. In 23 games, he hit seven home runs and slashed 325/.414/.639.

“I’ve been telling people about this kid for a while now,” Jones said. “He’s got every tool and then some. Ronald is a rare talent. We are lucky to have him in the organization.”

Minnesota Vikings | Age heading into 2018 season: 30 News: Cousins plans to sign with Vikings Cronin: Cousins’ expected signing raises Super Bowl hopes Insiders: Does Cousins make Vikings the new NFC favorite? After two years under the franchise tag with combined earnings of nearly $44 million, Cousins will experience a rarity for upper-level quarterbacks: a true bidding war for his services.

Even the most casual of baseball fans have been exposed to WAR, despite it being a fairly new invention FanGraphs did not publish the first WAR leaderboards until 2008 but despite its popularity as a metric, its calculation is nowhere near as intuitive as something like batting average or ERA. So if you’ve ever wondered how WAR is calculated, what it means, and how to use it, here’s the article for you.

When the 2016 Mets lost first baseman Lucas Duda to injury, they desperately needed a player to step in and take Duda’s slot. All the big-name free agents had already signed, so the Mets traded for James Loney. At that point, Loney spent the first half of the season at Triple A El Paso.

Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, commonly considered the top prospect in Chicago’s system and one of the best in all of baseball, spent just a few weeks at Double-A at the close of the 2017 season where he hit.353 in 18 games but his sights are set on making his major league debut this year.ravens_144

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Raiders sign Jordy Nelson to reported 2-year, $15M deal

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The Oakland Raiders announced the signing of free-agent wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Thursday. Financial details weren’t disclosed, but Nelson inked a two-year contract worth $15 million with $13 million guaranteed, NFL Network analyst James Jones (also his former teammate) reports. Nelson will likely start alongside Amari Cooper following the reported release of Michael Crabtree. The 32-year-old’s streak of 1,000-yard seasons was stopped at three in 2017, as he struggled without his longtime quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

So, we know the Giants blew away the Patriots financially, because Boston has some of the best hospitals in the world and that’s where Hudson has been receiving his treatment. Houston and Cleveland were also in Solder’s final four. Houston has MD Anderson and Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic. Solder could not have chosen four better cities known for their cancer centers.

The Giants surely were able to ease any concern Solder had about his son’s future treatment with information about Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Hospital where the Giants have participated in fundraising efforts.

That’s just what hit me the hardest, when you walk into a hospital or see a sick child, I hated to see that, he said.

Ebron was released by the Detroit Lions after four seasons, having failed to live up to his lofty draft status. However, the athletic tight end is just 24 years old and has three 500-yard seasons on his resume, including a 61-catch, 711-yard campaign in 2015 in just 13 games. All three interested teams already have locked-in starters at tight end but are likely doing their due diligence on one of the more intriguing offensive names left on the market.

I hated to see a child not having just a great childhood. I thought of my childhood and it was easy. It was all fun and games and school and friends and family, there were no struggles, and they shouldn’t be struggling, stuck in a hospital for certain periods of time, where they have cancer and have to go through chemotherapy. I just hated it for the kids.

Nate was giving Hudson a bath when he felt a lump on the left side of his belly. He and his wife Lexi didn’t know what it was and were praying it would just go away. A few days later, it was still there. That began the journey that led to Hudson being diagnosed with kidney cancer. Hudson was treated with chemotherapy and the sight of a tube sticking out of his chest and needles stuck in him was overwhelming.ravens_071

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Bold Bears set up for success by following Eagles’ Super Bowl blueprint

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – or so they say. If that’s truly the case, the Eagles should be blushing over how much the Bears clearly respect the way Philadelphia transformed its once talent-poor roster into a Super Bowl winner in just a few years. Chicago started down the same path as the Eagles last offseason, and has continued to follow the blueprint this time around.

Just like the Eagles and Carson Wentz, the Bears’ plan is centered around a young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, and started with the dramatic trade up last year to snag him with the No. 2 overall pick.

The Rams gave up more to get Peters. They surrendered a 2018 4th-round pick and 2019 2nd-round pick for Peters. Talent-wise, he’s worth it, but Peters had issues with the Chiefs, which led them to part ways with him. The big question is whether the Rams can keep him in line to ensure they get a good return from him on the field. The Rams also retained cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, signed Sam Shields, and tagged safety Lamarcus Joyner.

Tyler Eifert wasn’t sure what free agency would be like.

The 27-year-old tight end is healthy, for March, but after back surgeries ended 2016 and 2017 prematurely and with additional surgeries to his knee and ankle the last two years, he knew teams might view him with a wary eye.

As other tight ends moved around the league on multi-year deals, Eifert watched. He saw the years and numbers flying around, but things heated up for him Thursday.

“But at the end of the day I knew where I wanted to be, which was with the Bengals,” he said. “From the beginning, I told everyone that it would take something pretty special for me to leave. It would have to be an obvious decision.”

He did have a decision to make, though. Multiple league sources told The Enquirer Eifert had to decide between the Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams.

But Eifert wanted to remain in Cincinnati. canucks_004

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Why would teams be interested in McCarron?

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That leaves the Bills among the few teams with a hole at quarterback. The Broncos would have made sense before it was reported that they’ll sign Case Keenum McCarron is familiar with Denver’s head coach, Vance Joseph, who was the Bengals’ defensive backs coach from 2014-15.

Being a relatively inexperienced player who spent most of his early NFL career as a backup hasn’t stopped teams in the past. Two years ago, Brock Osweiler received a four-year, $72 million deal from the Texans and last year Mike Glennon got a three-year, $45 million contract from the Bears.

McCarron is set to be the next in that group of young backup quarterbacks to get a big contract in free agency, and just like Osweiler and Glennon it probably won’t be the best idea for whichever team signs on the dotted line.

As pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine joked in that old Nike commercial: Chicks dig the long ball. YES posted its best numbers among female viewers in five years. The ratings were particularly strong among affluent women, with a household income of $150,000 or more.

The result has been a lucrative start to the new 2018 season for YES and the Yankees.

The network’s ad revenue is up double-digits from the same point last season. With fans interested in both the distance and velocity of home runs hit by Judge/Stanton/Sanchez/Bird, YES is examining ways to integrate the themes of distance and speed into sponsors’ advertising campaigns.

MORE: Lawsuit threatens to take MLB back down PED path

Along Madison Avenue, the network is selling its product against the top-rated entertainment and news programs; not just sports.

Why not? asks Levinson. With a team of charismatic young stars right out of Central Casting and a new manager in Aaron Boone replacing Joe Girardi, the soap opera known as the 2018 Yankees should be as entertaining as any primetime drama, comedy or cop show.packers_095

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Yankees’ Aaron Boone on World Series expectations: ‘The hunger is there’

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Yankees reliever Dellin Betances said this season would be a disappointment if the Yankees fail to win the World Series. It turns out new manager Aaron Boone agrees.

“Well, he’s right about the World Series would be a great year,” Boone said Tuesday in a press conference. “We understand the expectations and I think one of the things that’s exciting for me is to hear these comments and to be around these guys, as they’ve trickled in the last few days, as I’ve trickled in.

One of Boone’s first tasks will be managing Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Both play the same defensive position, meaning one will have to be designated hitter.

Judge is also coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, but Boone was just happy to have two of the most dangerous sluggers on his roster.

“He’s doing well,” Boone said of Judge. “We talk about managing individuals and getting individuals ready and we’ll certainly be as cautious as we need to be in the early days. But I think the one thing that’s exciting about both of those guys is we’ve got two — obviously an MVP, a Rookie of the Year — guys that are tremendous players.

“Both guys are really good defenders as well. And both guys, when I answer that last question, talking about quality individuals that you can tell it’s about winning for them. It’s about trying to chase down that championship for them.

Some of this might be nothing more than a product of adjusting to a new and different role, but Devenski also ditched his curveball in 2017, so he was adapting to a new pitch mix as well. He gets good whiff rates on his three other pitches a fastball, changeup, and slider but it’s his changeup that has proven to be the most difficult for batters. Devenski’s offspeed pitch generates a whiff rate of just under 51 percent, and he held hitters to a .150 average against his changeup. For comparison, Kyle Hendricks had a whiff rate of less than half that during his sterling 2016 season.

The stuff is there, and Devenski is well-suited to propel the Astros back to the postseason. And for as well as he did last year, Devenski is poised to make a pronounced mark in 2018.

Cousins’ representation could have structured the deal in such a way to virtually ensure that he saw at least four years of that money, given that top-tier quarterbacks almost always make it to the next-to-last year in their deal.

The Vikings wouldn’t have blinked. packers_008

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Steelers veteran Mike Mitchell likely to be cap casualty, source says

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Safety Mike Mitchell’s four-year run with the Steelers might be up. The Steelers are likely to release Mitchell because of his $8.1 million salary-cap charge but are interested in him returning on a new deal, according to a source.

Releasing Mitchell should save the Steelers around $5 million in cap room, which is necessary for a team that enters the weekend with $1.022 million in space.

“Just hand us all some flags. Hand us all some flags, and we’ll go out there and try to grab the flags off. Because we’re not playing football,” Mitchell said. “This is not damn football. When I was 6 years old watching Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, Sean Taylor, the hitters, Jack Tatum — that’s football. This ain’t football.”

The Steelers have restructured three contracts since February and can create more cap space by reworking veteran deals or releasing players. The Steelers have not informed 33-year-old cornerback William Gay of his status. Releasing Gay would save $1.75 million in space.

Sherman was an instrumental figure in Seattle’s historically good defense, which allowed the fewest points in the NFL every year from 2012 to 2015. During his seven seasons with the team, the Seahawks made five playoff appearances, reached two Super Bowls and delivered Seattle its first NFL championship.

Elway had said early in the offseason “for us to have a chance to get better we have to get better at that position.”

The Broncos had three quarterbacks start games this past season — Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler — but it was a bumpy ride on offense as the Broncos were among the league leaders in turnovers and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired in November.

Only the winless Cleveland Browns threw more interceptions than the Broncos’ 22, and Denver had just one receiver catch more than 50 passes and finish with more than 560 yards receiving — Demaryius Thomas with 83 catches and 949 yards.buccaneers_088

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Red Sox, J.D. Martinez contract signing delayed by language

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The Red Sox are apparently still tweaking the language in J.D. Martinez’s contract and are not worried about the slugger’s current physical condition.

Since news broke last week that the two sides had reached a five-year deal worth $110 million, rumors have swirled that Martinez’s physical uncovered a problem. Those fears heightened Friday when NBC Sports Boston reported the Red Sox and Martinez had agreed to consult “additional medical experts.”

Here’s the thing: They shouldn’t be necessary.

If pitchers and catchers could communicate with each other with actual words, with headsets or earpieces, the trips to the mound wouldn’t be necessary. Opposing teams can’t steal signs if there aren’t signs to steal. And if there are no signs to steal, there’s no need to be worried about stolen signs and far fewer reasons for time-consuming mound visits.

The complaint comes a month after the MLBPA hinted their frustrations to the league. However, MLB said, “We do not have concerns about the Pirates’ and Marlins’ compliance with the Basic Agreement provisions regarding the use of revenue sharing proceeds.”

Teams are required to use the revenue-sharing money to improve the on-field product but not necessarily on their major-league payroll, according to the collective bargaining agreement.

MLB acknowledge the grievance, which was filed Friday, in a statement to the Times adding they “believe it has no merit.”

The Pirates responded in a statement Tuesday from president Frank Coonelly calling the complaint “baseless” and a “meritless claim.”

“As previously indicated, our revenue sharing receipts have decreased for seven consecutive seasons while our Major League payroll has more than doubled over this same period. Our revenue sharing receipts are now just a fraction of what we spend our major League payroll,” the statement read.buccaneers_031

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Russell Wilson gets chance to bat in Yankees spring training game

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What happens when one of the top NFL quarterbacks of his generation pulls a Bo Jackson and plays in an MLB game?

Russell Wilson stepped to the plate in the Yankees’ spring training game against the Braves Friday afternoon, with the eyes of both MLB and the NFL upon him. While he ended up striking out, the Super Bowl champion QB certainly didn’t embarrass himself.

“I knew I faced him! That’s funny,” Shreve said. “I knew he played football and knew he was leaving to play football, but I didn’t know what he was going to turn into.”

This year, however, many of those free agents are at a MLBPA free agent camp, the union’s first of its kinds since the players’ strike in 1995, with Astros manager Bo Porter leading the workouts.

“The thought process was, if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it the way spring training is supposed to be run,” Porter said about coaching the camp, per ESPN.com.

Although there is still hope for the free agents, many have started to see the warning signs after waiting for months without a call, including free-agent infielder Chris Johnson. He’s not alone as nearly a third of those who were free agents in November are still without a team.

“After you get past New Year’s and haven’t heard anything — not even a little interest — obviously you start to worry in the offseason. You’re like, ‘Man, is this it? Am I done? Am I not gonna be able to play anymore?'” Johnson said. “[When] you don’t hear anything, and people start talking about ’20 days until pitchers and catchers [report]’ and things like that, then obviously you start to panic a little bit.”seahawks_122_81a60b72faaac6ef-180x180

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