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The group stage of the International 2016 ended with a few surprises. Craig Anderson Jersey . On the winners side of the bracket there are several teams that snuck up on the competition with strong performances: last years champions Evil Geniuses, Digital Chaos, Alliance, and EHOME.EHOME dominated the wild card bracket and finished up as the top finisher, record-wise, in Group B. Alliance and Evil Geniuses were the two teams that came into the event with plenty of question marks -- questions on whether the lineups would perform well together or if they could even be contenders. Then, the dark horse of the group, Digital Chaos, was just a shock to the Dota 2 world.The main event should provide plenty of fireworks as well. These are the teams that could do some damage.Team LiquidTeam Liquid is underperforming.Thats an understatement.This juggernaut of a team is suffering from severe performance issues. The lone bright spots on the lineup continue to be the support play, especially Jesse JerAx Vainikka, but inconsistency plague and threaten the teams tournament chances.In the group stage, Team Liquid played to the tune of a 5-9 record and looked absolutely lost at times. There were certainly moments where the teams signature defense and comeback potential shown (its matches against Team Secret and Newbee), but it was mostly a lost cause. All that said, Team Liquid faces shaky NaVi first, who accrued a 6-8 record in groups. Should TL win, itll take on a beatable Fnatic or a very beatable Escape Gaming, meaning a good run and possible high finish is still achievable.MVP PhoenixThe team may be on the winners side of the bracket, but it drew one of the favorites, OG, as its first round opponent. However, not all hope is lost. If the South Korean powerhouse drops from the winners side, its placement will be forgiving in the losers bracket. The next potential matchups could be TNC Pro Team and then LGD Gaming, both very winnable situations.This is a team that moves fast and decides faster. This lineup blew up last year with a blitzkrieg-esque strategy to just plow through opponents, but this is refined MVP Phoenix. Its a lineup that could pull back and draw out mistakes, in addition to accelerating the pace. Theres plenty of potential for a top 4 finish.EHOMEThe darlings of the wildcard can run the gauntlet and leave Seattle as the champions of the International. Its all there for the Chinese. They lead the tournament in kill/death ratio at 5.04, third in average kills with 25.79, second lowest average deaths with only 16.93, and third in average assists with a robust 59.57. In other words, this team is doing it all.From top to bottom, theres been hardly a weak link and the bracket lines up perfectly for a deep tournament run. This team will be favored against Alliance and then face a winnable matchup against either Evil Geniuses or fellow countrymen, Newbee. The biggest hurdle may be OG, but EHOME looks every bit the part of championship contender.Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. Tom Pyatt Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. CINCINNATI -- Atlantas two young pitchers grew up a little bit during a ragged, extra-inning win.The Braves bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning, but Ender Inciarte hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night that evened a series between the NLs worst teams.The Braves focus was more on their young starter and their even younger reliever who handled pressure situations like they were nothing new.Tyrell Jenkins gave up Jay Bruces two-run homer but held the Reds to four hits in six innings during his second major league start -- a good sign for a rebuilding team.He never lets off the gas, interim manager Brian Snitker said. Good, bad or ugly, this kid never gives in. Thats a good trait for a young pitcher.He matured a lot tonight. It was a great learning game for him.Jenkins, who turns 24 on Wednesday, felt a lot more comfortable in his second start.I really felt good, said Jenkins, who threw 107 pitches. I didnt get my first win, but the team got the win. And (Mauricio) Cabrera got his first win.Nick Markakis started the winning rally with a single off Tony Cingrani (2-3) and took third on Jeff Francoeurs single off Blake Wood. Inciartes fly to deep center broke the tie.Cabrera (1-0) got the last five outs for his first career win. The 22-year-old reliever fanned Zack Cozart on a 102 mph fastball to end it.Hes something, Snitker said. He keeps pitching through stressful innings and it doesnt bother him a bit. His expression doesnt change.The win evened the teams season series at three games apiece. Atlanta is last in the NL at 33-61. Cincinnati is next at 35-59.Atlantas bullpen blew a late lead for the second time in four games. Jim Johnson gave up four hits and a pair of runs in the ninth. Cozart tied it with a single. Johnson, who is filling in as the closer, has blown three of his five save chances.Gordon Beckham emerged from a deep slump by hittingg a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for a 4-2 lead. Alex Burrows Jersey. Beckham broke his 0-for-16 slump with a single in the first, and then connected off reliever Michael Lorenzen for his first homer since July 9.You certainly want to go after anybody in that situation, but Lorenzen just wasnt locked in, Reds manager Bryan Price said.STATSSince returning from a left hamstring injury, Beckham is 6 for 31 in eight games. ... Bruces homer gave him a team-high 66 RBI. The Reds are looking to trade the right fielder this month -- they had a deal fall through in the offseason.SO LONGSnitker was ejected in the 10th by first base umpire Angel Hernandez. Adonis Garcia singled and was picked off by Cingrani. Snitker argue that the left-hander had balked.CROSSING SPORTSBengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones was on the field for batting practice. He talked to several players and signed autographs for fans.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: RHP Shae Simmons felt good a day after he threw nearly 30 pitches in a simulated game. Hell start a rehab assignment in a couple of days. Simmons is recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago.Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the starting lineup. He missed two games with a strained right calf, returned on Monday night and left after tweaking it in the fifth inning. ... RHP Jon Moscot had Tommy John surgery. He went 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in five starts for the Reds. He also had two stints on the disabled list.UP NEXTBraves: Lucas Harrell (1-1) makes his fourth start. Hes faced the Reds once before, allowing two runs in five innings in 2013.Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (4-0) makes his eighth start. Hes had six quality starts, the most on the staff. DeSclafani is 4-0 in his last five starts with a 2.67 ERA.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: ' ' '