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The Vitality Netball Superleague semi-finals are coming up, so we asked England capta
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The Vitality Netball Superleague semi-finals are coming up, so we asked England captain Ama Agbeze to answer key questions about Saturdays matches. Reigning champions Surrey Storm will take on Hertfordshire Mavericks in a repeat of last years Grand Final, while Manchester Thunder will face Team Bath, with both matches being shown live on Sky Sports.Loughborough Lightnings Agbeze, who will join our Sky Sports experts, has given her verdict on both matches and makes a prediction about the eventual title winners. Who are the favourites?  Manchester Thunder finished top of the Superleague table People are billing Manchester Thunder as their favourites to win, but I dont necessarily think they will. I think the favourite tag is based on their form and the players they have in their squad. They have been building as the season has gone on and they are at the peak of their confidence. Other teams are probably thinking: we have been beaten by them, or we havent had the best games against them. They will go into the finals with a psychological edge and other teams will also have that on their minds, which could have an impact on how they perform.Who is the surprise package?  Team Bath ended the season strongly ahead of their semi-final in Manchester Team Bath again have that confidence and belief, irrespective of who is on court. Their coach Anna Stembridge has instilled that in them. I just think they will surprise a few people. On any given day, Team Bath have got the potential to beat any of the teams in the semi-finals.Can Surrey keep their title? Surrey Storm are two wins away from retaining the Superleague trophy They are the team that Im backing more. They have that good ability to analyse the opposition, even before they get to the game. Their analysis is really good and they know exactly what theyre doing. Their game plans change weekly and they know how to play as a team before they step on the court. It will be a case of whether they can perform to that game plan for a whole 60 minutes, or extra-time if it goes that way. Going on their performances this season, their consistency, I think Surrey can retain their title.Players to watchManchester Thunder: Laura Malcolm, who has been named as the vice-captain for England, is a really consistent performer. Shes so good on defence. Shes got even better this season and her driving attack is really good. Sometimes she plays centre and fits well into their system. Laura Malcolm has impressed the England selectors Hertfordshire Mavericks: Sophie Carter. She reads the game really well. Sophie is part of a strong overall team at Hertfordshire. Across the board, they all work so well together as a team, but if I had to pick out someone - it would be Sophie as he she is a key player for Mavericks. Sophie Carter (right) has proved her worth to Hertfordshire Mavericks Surrey Storm: Georgia Lees. She doesnt usually start every game, but she always makes a big impact when she comes on. She plays similarly to Tamsin Greenway. I dont know if she naturally plays like Tamsin or whether Tamsin as a coach has rubbed off on her. Surrey Storms Georgia Lees is one of the exciting young talents in the Superleague Its just subtle things that she does. She does not do everything at 100 miles per hour. She will be stood next to a defender and then suddenly will appear on the circle edge. Her subtle movement and play is key. Lees was voted Player of the Match as her side defeated Team Northumbria 45-58. Team Bath: They again are a team that have a general collection of good, solid performers. I think Mia Ritchie has had a number of good performances, but Im going for Joanna Vann. She is a good, consistent player, who makes the connection between attack and defence. Ama Agbeze on Joanna Vann She is a good, consistent player, who makes the connection between attack and defence. She is very good defensively.      Who will win the Superleague title?  Coach Dan Ryan will be hoping to mastermind a title win for Manchester Thunder Im torn between Storm and Thunder. As I said, Bath on the day could be good, but I just dont think they will reach those levels. Thunder and Storm is a battle of confidence and belief. I want the Storm to win and all my Thunder friends are going to hate me, but I do think Thunder are going to pip them to the post. Their attack is really good, Ellie Cardwell is a really strong upcoming shooter, and the shooting is pretty consistent. Generally Manchesters attack is very hard to beat. It will be a competitive game, but Thunder will be the team in front at the end.  Watch both of Saturdays Superleague semi-finals as Manchester Thunder take on Team Bath and Surrey Storm face Hertfordshire Mavericks, live on Sky Sports 5.  Or watch both for £6.99 with a Day Pass from NOW TV, no contract required. Also See: Sky Live: Superleague semi-finals Vote for Player of the Season Mavs fall to Thunder defeat WATCH: Cookey masterclass Cheap Jerseys Online . "Uuufff," was all shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could come up with after Stantons latest mammoth shot. Wholesale China Jerseys . Nat Borchers headed in the sole goal in the 54th minute, getting on the end of a Kyle Beckerman free kick. The defeat cost Sporting top spot in the Eastern Conference. Even a draw would have moved the Kansas City club above Columbus. http://www.chinawholesalejerseysnfl.com/." 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Theyre a little big and a little flashy, not exactly my style.The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Lackey from World Series champion Boston at the trade deadline for occasions just like this, knowing NL Division Series game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers wont be too big for the 35-year-old right-hander. Lackey won a game in each series last fall, including the Game 6 clincher over St. Louis.Yeah, definitely take pride in that, Lackey said. I want to pitch well this time of year, but things Ive done in the past arent going to help me tomorrow. Lackey (14-10) starts after the Cardinals split in California against Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Los Angele left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7), recovered from shoulder irritation, makes his first start since Sept. 12.Through an interpreter, Ryu thought it an almost zero per cent chance that the shoulder would be a factor.Its an honour for them to trust me with this tomorrow, Ryu said. I dont want to let them down.Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings last year to beat the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.Manager Don Mattingly described the pitcher as pretty unflappable.He seems to be that guy that nothing really bothers him, Mattingly said. Im sure hes a little, like everyone else, excited and anxious and all those things.Los Angeles was 0-3 at Busch Stadium in last years playoffs, shut out twice. The Dodgers scored two runs and totalled 16 hits in 31 innings with no homers.Five-game series, things can go anybodys way, closer Kenley Jansen said after striking out two during a perfect ninth inning that completed the Dodgers 3-2 win that evened the series. Got to go there and steal one.The Cardinals did not work out after taking an overnight flight that touched down in St. Louis about 6 a.m. A tarpaulin covered the infield later Sunday when about a dozen Dodgers players, including Clayton Kershaw, played catch and ran sprints in left field under the lights.Shelby Miller (10-9) makes his first career post-season startt in Game 4 on Tuesday.dddddddddddd Dan Haren (13-11) is the probable for the Dodgers, but Haren will also prepare as if hes starting Game 3 in case hes needed in long relief.Yeah, we have flexibility, Mattingly said. We dont know whats going to happen tomorrow for us. Anything could happen with Hyun-Jin.The Dodgers could turn to Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 if they are facing elimination. Kershaw is favoured to win his third Cy Young Award in four years after going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, but he has a 1-4 record and a 5.20 ERA in the post-season and twice straight has been pummeled by the Cardinals.Ryu threw 43 pitches in a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. He lasted just one inning in his last start of the season, but Mattingly pointed out hes also thrown two bullpen sessions.Its not like were just throwing him out there, the manager said.Still, stamina could be a factor, and the Dodgers have had middle-relief issues. Rookie Pedro Baez allowed Matt Hollidays three-run homer that put the Cardinals ahead 10-6 in the opener, and J.P. Howell gave up Matt Carpenters tying two-run homer in the seventh inning in Game 2.Unlike the Cardinals, who have All-Star setup man Pat Neshek ahead of Trevor Rosenthal, the Dodgers have had to mix and match.You just cant worry about that, Jansen said. What happened yesterday happened. That doesnt happen very often.After a mid-September break to recharge from a dead arm, Lackey allowed three earned runs in 14 1-3 innings his last two outings. Hell be making his first appearance since Sept. 24.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasnt surprised Lackey didnt take it well when he got skipped in September.Yeah, Ive had some interesting looks and conversations, Matheny said. Yeah, every time I go to take him out, I know its going to be something. Hes done a nice job of walking that fine line of making it known hed like to stay in the game, but also not crossing that line.Lackey needs 3 2-3 innings to overtake CC Sabathia (107 2-3) as the active leader in post-season innings.Im going to cut it loose. Whatever is in there is going to be in there, Lackey said. Yeah, this isnt the regular season. Were not saving anything. 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