Talking Points: Timbers tumble in ranking



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Major League Soccer pundits were not so impressed with the Timbers’ 2-2 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Portland fell from No. 3 in most MLS power rankings to No. 5 this week. The Timbers lead the league in ties, which speaks to one of soccer’s many problems getting a grip in America.

The good news is Portland plays No. 19 (last) D.C. United on Saturday. D.C. got its first point in 65 days last weekend. Zooming up the power rankings are the Seattle Sounders, who are at No. 6 — up from No. 11 — after dominating No. 1 Dallas last weekend.


Missouri may be a relative newcomer to the SEC, but it leads the conference in players arrested, according to

The Tigers have had 18 arrests in the past three years, one ahead of Florida and three ahead of Georgia. Arkansas has had 12 arrests, Alabama has had seven, and LSU has had six. Vanderbilt trails with only one arrest during that time.

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M made the list on June 29, 2012, with an arrest for possessing a fake driver’s license, failure to identify himself, and disorderly conduct by fighting.


Remember Michael Pineda, traded from Seattle to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi? Pineda then missed the entire 2012 season after a spring training arm injury and shoulder surgery. He continues to rehabilitate at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla.

But not everything has gone well this spring.

Two weeks ago, after a workout, Pineda discovered his SUV had a smashed passenger-side window from a batting-practice home run.

“The ball was still in the car,” he said.

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