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    CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana has never been consumed with personal numbers, but the Chicago White Sox left-hander admits that his last victory carried a little extra meaning. cheap jerseys from china .After earning the 10th win in a season for the first time in his career on Aug. 21 against Oakland, Quintana can now focus on piling up more wins starting Saturday against the Mariners.Quintana recorded nine wins in each of his past three seasons and was often the victim of not getting much run support. While that has been an issue at times this season -- including in each of his last three losses -- Quintana feels like he can breathe a bit easier after surpassing the double-digit win milestone.(Theres) more I can do, Quintana said Friday. (Ill take) one at a time. Im going to focus on tomorrow and try to get another win for my team.Quintana has had good control of his fastball of late and is making more of an effort to record quicker outs by attacking the strike zone more. Although his results of late have been mixed, surpassing the 10-win plateau may improve his focus even more.Im sure (10 wins) was a mental hurdle for him, manager Robin Ventura said Friday. Its similar when guys are close to knocking in 100 runs, it always seems like theyre trying to force it instead of just letting it happen. Or a guy is trying to hit his last homer to get to a big number. Youll see how long it takes somebody to get there. But the good part is I know hes not changing who he is. Hes probably feeling a little freer.On Saturday, Quintana will face Ariel Miranda, who will make his fourth start for the Mariners after being acquired from Baltimore. Miranda has gained no-decisions in all three of his previous four starts while earning a victory after pitching an inning of relief on Aug. 9 against Detroit.Manager Scott Servais said he has seen Miranda make steady progress, especially with his confidence in pitching at the major league level.He hasnt been in awe of any situation, Servais said Friday. I think hes handled what weve thrown at him very well. Hes open to trying different things whether its a different grip on a slider or add another pitch. Hes very coachable.The Mariners bullpen has been taxed of late as Seattles starters have struggled to go deep into games. The Mariners used five pitchers in Thursday nights 7-6 loss before Felix Hernandez worked 7 1/3 innings in Fridays 3-1 victory that required Servais to only use closer Edwin Diaz.Hernandezs long outing proved to be huge for Seattles relievers, which should make for an easier road the rest of this weekends series against the White Sox.(The bullpen) has been used a lot and its caught up with them a bit, Servais said. But every team is a little bit tired right now and we just have to figure out how to get through it. wholesale nfl jerseys . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. wholesale nfl jerseys .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. October 22, 1997. The first meeting between the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and Australian Cricket Board (ACB) takes place in Melbourne. It lasts all of 28 seconds, long enough for the ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed to declare: Weve considered your proposal. We believe it is unacceptable. We reject it and see no further point in discussing it.December 19, 2016. Another meeting between the ACA and what is now Cricket Australia (CA). The ACAs delegation, led by its chief executive, Alistair Nicholson, arrives at CAs Jolimont headquarters for a meeting to be held in the boardroom. Upon arrival, they are told that talks have been suspended, amid accusations that the players union has failed to negotiate in good faith. There are no minutes or finish time recorded for a meeting that never even takes place.How, then, did we get to this point, the first total breakdown of talks between the board and the players since that springtime meeting 19 years ago?Certainly the issues around womens contractual conditions have been the flashpoint, leaving CAs chief executive James Sutherland and head of team performance Pat Howard to angrily assert the legality of clauses around pregnancy in particular. Claim and counterclaim, leak and counter-leak.But there is something far deeper at play here. The suspension of talks for the first time since 1997 is highly portentous, because it points to the fact that CA, as outlined by the submission relayed to the players last week, is trying to make the most sweeping changes to the board-player relationship since the ACA was formed.A long-standing partnership, based around a fixed revenue percentage for the players and an annual grant to fund the ACA, is openly being brought into question by the board. For most of the past two decades, the matter at hand between CA and the ACA has been, How do we reach a deal? This time around, CAs query is more like: Why do we need to deal with you at all?It is fair to surmise that this question first began to be raised in earnest when CAs board was overturned completely in October 2012, changing from 14 state association representatives to nine independent directors, many with strong corporate backgrounds. Two of the independent directors were David Peever, the former managing director of Rio Tinto in Australia, and Kevin Roberts, former global senior vice-president of Adidas, the corporate saviour of the outdoors brand Colorado, and latterly CEO of his own company, 2XU. Peever was by his own admission a modest club cricketer; Roberts was accomplished enough to have made two centuries for New South Wales.The current MOU between the players and the board had been struck earlier in 2012, before either Peever or Roberts arrived. It was largely a continuation of previous agreements, with added clauses around T20 and also some form of performance bonus payments, off the back of recommendations inked into the Argus review of 2011. Howard, less than six months into his job, had been a major negotiator for CA; Paul Marsh, nearly a decade into his role as ACA chief, led the way for the players.Marsh had always been known for speaking his mind in public but at the same time maintaining relationships behind the scenes that allowed negotiations to continue fruitfully - not once during his time did the two parties find themselves unable to speak to one another. Marsh was a key player alongside Howard, Sutherland and the players in deliberations over replacing Mickey Arthur with Darren Lehmann.But that sort of partnership, while familiar to Sutherland, is anathema to the likes of Peever, who, in the same year he joined the board, spoke bluntly at a mining conference about the employer-employee relationship. Direct engagement between companies and employees, flexibility and the need for improved productivity has to be at the heart of the system, he said at the time. Only then can productivity and innovation be liberated from the shop floor up, and without the competing agenda of a third party constantly seeking to extend its reach into areas best left to management. The ACA, then, is not seen as a partner but an outside meddler.Another factor in CAs thinking is the success in changing the financial model for the states. Also in 2012, the board moved away from an outmoded equal share of revenue to each state, offset by the gate receipts for larger centres, to a more strategic model that guarantees a minimum amount for each state and leaves the upside in CAs hands for strategic investments. That change was successfully pushed through six often irascible state associations; the ACA may look like small beer by comparison.There have been times in the recent past that the ACA has not helped itself, espousing views that have sounded either reactionary or just plain wrong. A proposal for the Big Bash League be played in October, outside school holidays, was never likely to get far, nor president Greg Dyers suggestion that 2016 - five years in - was the time to introduce private ownership to the BBL. nfl jerseys china. . Some of the ACAs scepticism about day-night Tests has also proved too alarmist by half. More than once, CA directors and management have styled the players union as the opposition party.Undoubtedly that is the impression CA has tried to give to the ACA. Ever since Nicholson arrived to replace Marsh in late 2014, he has been kept at arms length from the top tier of CA - spending very little time with Peever or Sutherland and having most of his conversations with either Howard or the head of cricket operations, Sean Cary. Whether this was Sutherlands idea or Peevers is not clear, but it has created a distance that, with the addition of the need for detailed and robust MOU discussions, has now become frostiness.As a counterbalance to the awkwardness created by Howards role in 2012, when the players were confused as to how the man appointed to help them perform could be playing hardball on contracts, Roberts has stepped in as CAs lead negotiator, having left the board to join management last year. Not surprisingly given his previously stated positions on industrial relations, Peever has been more involved than any CA chairman since Denis Rogers back in 1997-98. He has even retained the services of an advisor - the former Industrial Relations Commissioner Ken Bacon. Peevers involvement is yet another subplot to it all, for it means that Roberts has a chance to deliver an MOU for the chairman that would help expedite his own elevation - as is widely expected in the future - to replace Sutherland as chief executive. It should not be forgotten that Sutherland himself gained his Jolimont spurs in taking on much the same role, earning the trust of Speed by working successfully with the ACAs then-chief Tim May.Over his time working with the ACA, Sutherland can best be described as a pragmatist. In the 2007 book on the boards history, Inside Story, Sutherland described his concept of the board-player accord thusly: My view of the MOU is that there are four or five issues you cant really resolve. So what you do is trade them off. Later in the book he actually mounts quite a persuasive case for the retention of the revenue sharing model:Sometimes theres a feeling around the place that it wouldnt be a bad thing to break away from that share of revenue. Personally I think its now too difficult. I also think it has a lot of benefits. It makes it clear what the players can and cant do, and its simple to understand. CAs present reasoning behind breaking up the model seems to be based around the need to free up more cash to be spent at the grass roots of the game - an old echo of the idea that greedy elite players are robbing their counterparts down the chain. Yet there was plenty in the boards submission that did not stand up to even the most cursory scrutiny. The assertion that only the top 20 CA-contracted players, not domestic players or women, deserve to share in a fixed revenue percentage is difficult to comprehend.International men are amongst the highest-paid sportsmen in Australia and CA believes this should remain the case in the future, the board argued in its submission. CA believes the players who contribute to financial returns should continue to share in those financial returns. CA believes retainers for international men should increase significantly compared to the retainers that were agreed on in the current MOU.Yet it is undeniable that through the BBL and now the WBBL, both attracting enormous interest from commercial broadcasters, domestic and female players are contributing more to the financial value of Australian cricket than at any other time in the games history. Even before the BBL began, many of its start-up costs were bankrolled by domestic players taking part in the much-maligned Champions League T20.And this is all without mentioning the Sheffield Shield, the breeding ground in which all those players who contribute to financial returns are developed. Unless CA is keeping much of its programme at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane a closely guarded secret, it is not yet possible to grow a fully formed international cricketer out of a board-approved test tube.So it is clear that CA and the ACA are as far apart in their core positions as at any time since the players first banded together in 1997. Around the time that it was formed, one senior player retorted to a question about the strength derived through collective bargaining via the union with the words its not a f***ing union. Whether the current generation likes it or not, a bullish CA has identified the ACA as such. 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