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Major League Baseball’s Wild Card Round Winners, All Time

The Houston Astros And Chicago Cubs Win Their Respective 2015 Wild Card Games

The Houston Astros And Chicago Cubs Win Their Respective 2015 Wild Card Games

Two dominating pitching performances wrapped up both 2015 Wild Card games in tight little bows, setting the tone for a postseason which will be primarily about the men on the mound.

American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel tossed six innings of three-hit ball in the Houston Astros‘ 3-0 shutout over the New York Yankees, while National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta suffocated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 11K’s over nine, putting the ‘Stros and Cubbies into Round 2 (the Division Series).

Houston now has 19-game winner Collin McHugh set for Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals (who have the weakest staff of the remaining playoff teams). Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have another two pitchers with under-4.00 ERAs (Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks) prepped as they get ready for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards have five starters with double-digit wins – all of whom have ERAs of 3.38 or less!

But, the pitching match up of the early postseason is unquestionably that of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ staff against the New York Mets‘. The Dodgers will have the two best hurlers in all of baseball today – Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke – pittted against the Mets’ young-gun trifecta of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.

Buckle up for some nail-biters.

Let’s take a look at today’s list, then.

The one-game Wild Card Round has been around for four years now – and checking out the results, one thing stands out immediately. Home-field advantage doesn’t exist. Six of the eight games so far have been won by the away team.

No team has yet to win more than one Wild Card game and only one team has even appeared in more than one. The Pirates have made the NL’s WCG as the home team the past three seasons. Hey Bucs, it’s time to win the division.

One more very notable note: You think the Wild Card teams have no shot at winning the World Series? Not true. Just remember 2014, when both WC winners made it to the Fall Classic, and the San Francisco Giants won it all in seven.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SEASON WINNER LOSER EXTRAS FURTHEST ADVANCE
2015 Houston Astros 3 NEW YORK YANKEES 0   TBD
2014 KANSAS CITY ROYALS 9 Oakland A’s 8 12 inn. Lost World Series 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)
2013 Tampa Bay Rays 4 CLEVELAND INDIANS 0   Lost ALDS 3-1 (Boston Red Sox)
2012 Baltimore Orioles 5 TEXAS RANGERS 1   Lost ALDS 3-2 (New York Yankees)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SEASON WINNER LOSER EXTRAS FURTHEST ADVANCE
2015 Chicago Cubs 4 PITTSBURGH PIRATES 0   TBD
2014 San Francisco Giants 8 PITTSBURGH PIRATES 0   Won World Series 4-3 (Kansas City Royals)
2013 PITTSBURGH PIRATES 6 Cincinnati Reds 2   Lost NLDS 3-2 (St. Louis Cardinals)
2012 St. Louis Cardinals 6 ATLANTA BRAVES 3   Lost NLCS 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)

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Photos: usatoday.com / Justin K. Aller, Getty via bleacherreport.com

FIFA World Cup: Farthest Round Reached By Every Country

SORTED BY ROUND

COUNTRY FARTHEST ROUND IN FIFA WORLD CUP YEAR(S) # TEAMS IN WORLD CUP
Argentina World Champions 1978, 1986 16, 24
Brazil World Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 16, 16, 16, 24, 32
England World Champions 1966 16
France World Champions 1998 32
Germany / W. Germany World Champions 1954 (W.), 1974 (W.), 1990 (W.) 16, 16, 24
Italy World Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 16, 15, 24, 32
Spain World Champions 2010 32
Uruguay World Champions 1930, 1950 13, 13
Czechoslovakia Finals (Final Two) 1934, 1962 16, 16
Hungary Finals (Final Two) 1938, 1954 15, 16
Netherlands Finals (Final Two) 1974, 1978, 2010 16, 16, 32
Sweden Finals (Final Two) 1958 16
Austria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1934, 1954 16, 16
Belgium Semi-finals (Final Four) 1986 24
Bulgaria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1994 24
Chile Semi-finals (Final Four) 1962 16
Croatia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1998 32
Poland Semi-finals (Final Four) 1974, 1982 16, 24
Portugal Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966, 2006 16, 32
Russia / U.S.S.R. Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966 (U.) 16
South Korea Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
Turkey Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
USA Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930 13
Yugoslavia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930, 1962 13, 16
Cameroon Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
Colombia** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
Costa Rica** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
Cuba Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1938 15
Denmark Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1998 32
East Germany Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1974 16
Ghana Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
Mexico Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1986 16, 24
North Korea Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1966 16
Northern Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958, 1982 16, 24
Paraguay Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
Peru Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1978 16, 16
Romania Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1994 24
Senegal Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2002 32
Switzerland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1934, 1938, 1954 16, 15, 16
Ukraine Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2006 32
Wales Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958 16
Algeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
Australia Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
Ecuador Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
Greece* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
Japan Round 2 (Final 16) 2002, 2010 32, 32
Morocco Round 2 (Final 16) 1986 24
Nigeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 1994, 1998, 2014 24, 32, 32
Norway Round 2 (Final 16) 1998 32
Saudi Arabia Round 2 (Final 16) 1994 24
Slovakia Round 2 (Final 16) 2010 32
Angola Round 1 2006 32
Bolivia Round 1 1930, 1950, 1994 13, 13, 24
Bosnia & Herzegovina* Round 1 2014 32
Canada Round 1 1986 24
China Round 1 2002 32
Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) Round 1 1938 15
Egypt Round 1 1934, 1990 16, 24
El Salvador Round 1 1970, 1982 16, 24
Haiti Round 1 1974 16
Honduras* Round 1 1982, 2010, 2014 24, 32, 32
Iran* Round 1 1974, 1998, 2006, 2014 16, 32, 32, 32
Iraq Round 1 1986 24
Israel Round 1 1970 16
Ivory Coast* Round 1 2006, 2010, 2014 32
Jamaica Round 1 1998 32
Kuwait Round 1 1982 24
New Zealand Round 1 1982, 2010 24, 32
Scotland Round 1 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 16, 16, 16, 16, 24, 24, 24, 32
Slovenia Round 1 2002, 2010 32, 32
South Africa Round 1 1998, 2002, 2010 32, 32, 32
Togo Round 1 2006 32
Trinidad & Tobago Round 1 2006 32
Tunisia Round 1 1974, 1998, 2002, 2006 16, 32, 32, 32
United Arab Emirates Round 1 1990 24
Zaire Round 1 1974 16

ALPHABETICAL BY COUNTRY

COUNTRY FARTHEST ROUND IN FIFA WORLD CUP YEAR(S) # TEAMS IN WORLD CUP
1. Algeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
2. Angola Round 1 2006 32
3. Argentina World Champions 1978, 1986 16, 24
4. Australia Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
5. Austria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1934, 1954 16, 16
6. Belgium Semi-finals (Final Four) 1986 24
7. Bolivia Round 1 1930, 1950, 1994 13, 13, 24
8. Bosnia & Herzegovina* Round 1 2014 32
9. Brazil World Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 16, 16, 16, 24, 32
10. Bulgaria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1994 24
11. Cameroon Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
12. Canada Round 1 1986 24
13. Chile Semi-finals (Final Four) 1962 16
14. China Round 1 2002 32
15. Colombia** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
16. Costa Rica** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
17. Croatia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1998 32
18. Cuba Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1938 15
19. Czechoslovakia Finals (Final Two) 1934, 1962 16, 16
20. Denmark Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1998 32
21. Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) Round 1 1938 15
22. East Germany Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1974 16
23. Ecuador Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
24. Egypt Round 1 1934, 1990 16, 24
25. El Salvador Round 1 1970, 1982 16, 24
26. England World Champions 1966 16
27. France World Champions 1998 32
28. Germany / W. Germany World Champions 1954 (W.), 1974 (W.), 1990 (W.) 16, 16, 24
29. Ghana Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
30. Greece* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
31. Haiti Round 1 1974 16
32. Honduras* Round 1 1982, 2010, 2014 24, 32, 32
33. Hungary Finals (Final Two) 1938, 1954 15, 16
34. Iran* Round 1 1974, 1998, 2006, 2014 16, 32, 32, 32
35. Iraq Round 1 1986 24
36. Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
37. Israel Round 1 1970 16
38. Italy World Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 16, 15, 24, 32
39. Ivory Coast* Round 1 2006, 2010, 2014 32
40. Jamaica Round 1 1998 32
41. Japan Round 2 (Final 16) 2002, 2010 32, 32
42. Kuwait Round 1 1982 24
43. Mexico Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1986 16, 24
44. Morocco Round 2 (Final 16) 1986 24
45. Netherlands Finals (Final Two) 1974, 1978, 2010 16, 16, 32
46. New Zealand Round 1 1982, 2010 24, 32
47. Nigeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 1994, 1998, 2014 24, 32, 32
48. North Korea Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1966 16
49. Northern Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958, 1982 16, 24
50. Norway Round 2 (Final 16) 1998 32
51. Paraguay Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
52. Peru Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1978 16, 16
53. Poland Semi-finals (Final Four) 1974, 1982 16, 24
54. Portugal Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966, 2006 16, 32
55. Romania Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1994 24
56. Russia / U.S.S.R. Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966 (U.) 16
57. Saudi Arabia Round 2 (Final 16) 1994 24
58. Scotland Round 1 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 16, 16, 16, 16, 24, 24, 24, 32
59. Senegal Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2002 32
60. Slovakia Round 2 (Final 16) 2010 32
61. Slovenia Round 1 2002, 2010 32, 32
62. South Africa Round 1 1998, 2002, 2010 32, 32, 32
63. South Korea Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
64. Spain World Champions 2010 32
65. Sweden Finals (Final Two) 1958 16
66. Switzerland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1934, 1938, 1954 16, 15, 16
67. Togo Round 1 2006 32
68. Trinidad & Tobago Round 1 2006 32
69. Tunisia Round 1 1974, 1998, 2002, 2006 16, 32, 32, 32
70. Turkey Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
71 Ukraine Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2006 32
72. United Arab Emirates Round 1 1990 24
73. Uruguay World Champions 1930, 1950 13, 13
74. USA Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930 13
75. Wales Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958 16
76. Yugoslavia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930, 1962 13, 16
77. Zaire Round 1 1974 16

PGA: Jason Dufner and the Lowest Rounds (63) in Golf Majors History

Jason Dufner Scored a 63 in the First Round of the 2013 PGA Championship

Jason Dufner Scored a 63 in the Second Round of the 2013 PGA Championship

Jason Dufner shot a 63 (-7) in the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship today. That’s the lowest score ever recorded for a single round in any of the four golf majors. It’s now happened 26 times: Masters (2), U.S. Open (4), The Open (8) and PGA Championship (12).

Bad news for Dufner, in a way. Fact is, if you score a round of 63 in a major, don’t expect to win it.  It’s a nifty trick, gets you in the record books and on the back pages, earns you eternal bragging rights and is a memory that lasts forever, but more often than not, the golfer who shoots a 63, doesn’t win the major.

Only five of the 26 golfers listed wound up winning the major (19 percent).

Why?

It could be pressure, especially if you shoot 63 in the first round. It could be hole placement – that day, and with a little luck, the course was setup perfectly for the golfer’s skill set. It could be the golfer just left it all out there on that day with little left in the tank. Or maybe he did it on the last day, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the overall leader.

Then again, it could be just golf itself. It’s simply that type of game for most of us.

Greg Norman and Vijay Singh, by the way, are the only golfers to score 63 in a major round twice.

MASTERS YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Nick Price 1986 -9 (3) Augusta National -6 (5) Jack Nicklaus (-9)
Greg Norman 1996 -9 (1) Augusta National -7 (2) Nick Faldo (-12)
           
U.S. OPEN YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Johnny Miller* 1973 -8 (4) Oakmont -5 (1) Johnny Miller (-5)
Jack Nicklaus* 1980 -7 (1) Baltusrol -8 (1) Jack Nicklaus (-8)
Tom Weiskopf 1980 -7 (1) Baltusrol +9 (37) Jack Nicklaus (-8)
Vijay Singh 2003 -7 (2) Olympia Fields +3 (T20) Jim Furyk (-8)
           
THE OPEN YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Mark Hayes 1977 -7 (2) Turnberry +4 (T9) Tom Watson (-12)
Isao Aoki 1980 -8 (3) Muirfield E (T12) Tom Watson (-13)
Greg Norman* 1986 -7 (2) Turnberry E (1) Greg Norman (E)
Paul Broadhurst 1990 -9 (3) St Andrews -8 (T12) Nick Faldo (-18)
Jodie Mudd 1991 -7 (4) Birkdale -3 (T5) Ian Baker-Finch (-8)
Nick Faldo 1993 -7 (2) Royal St. George’s -11 (2) Greg Norman (-13)
Payne Stewart 1993 -7 (4) Royal St. George’s -4 (12) Greg Norman (-13)
Rory McIlroy 2010 -9 (1) St Andrews -8 (T3) Louis Oosthuizen (-16)
           
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Bruce Crampton 1975 -7 (2) Firestone -2 (2) Jack Nicklaus (-4)
Raymond Floyd* 1982 -7 (1) Southern Hills -8 (1) Raymond Floyd (-8)
Gary Player 1984 -9 (2) Shoal Creek -11 (T2) Lee Trevino (-15)
Vijay Singh 1993 -8 (2) Inverness -10 (4) Paul Azinger (-12,E)**
Michael Bradley 1995 -8 (1) Riviera -1 (T54) Steve Elkington (-17, -1)^
Brad Faxon 1995 -8 (4) Riviera -13 (5) Steve Elkington (-17, -1)^
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000 -9 (3) Valhalla -12 (T4) Tiger Woods (-18, -1)^^
Mark O’Meara 2001 -7 (2) Atlanta Athletic Club -2 (T22) David Toms (-15)
Thomas Bjorn 2005 -7 (3) Baltusrol -3 (T2) Phil Mickelson (-4)
Tiger Woods* 2007 -7 (2) Southern Hills -8 (1) Tiger Woods (-8)
Steve Stricker 2011 -7 (1) Atlanta Athletic Club -1 (T12) Keegan Bradley (-8, -1)+
Jason Dufner 2013 -7 (2) Oak Hill  TBD TBD

* Won major

** over Greg Norman by one in sudden-death playoff (two holes)

^ over Colin Montgomerie by one in sudden-death playoff (one hole)

^^ over Bob May by one in three-hole playoff

+ over Jason Dufner by one in three-hole playoff

Thanks to Brent Kelley at about.com for reference data.

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