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Chuck Foreman Jersey . — The Minnesota Vikings released reserve cornerback A. Brian ONeill Jersey . The two teams will play through the completion of the game starting at 5pm ct on Wednesday. The regularly scheduled Wednesday night matchup will follow that and will now be seven innings.MINNEAPOLIS – In the throes of a sometimes-contentious negotiation on a contract extension with the Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio sat down at a table and started to recount the reasons he wanted to stay in Minnesota. Anthony Barr Jersey .His first three seasons were filled with disappointment, injuries and losses, and the Wolves had recently traded the only established star they have had since Kevin Garnett. Kevin Love, who turned so many of Rubios nifty passes into assists, was gone to Cleveland, leaving the point guard behind with a roster in flux.But there was something about the crown jewel of the three-player package the Wolves got in return for Love; something about the way 19-year-old Andrew Wiggins carried himself under a spotlight that has blinded so many others; something in the way he moved in practice that told Rubio everything eventually was going to be OK.He always looks like hes going in slow motion while everyone around him is moving 100 miles per hour, Rubio said on that October night before the season began. Hes going to be great.Wiggins isnt there yet and everything is not OK in Minnesota. But three months into his rookie season, and a month before he turns 20, the No. 1 overall draft pick is starting to give the Timberwolves and their beleaguered fans hope that all these losses, all these growing pains, will eventually be worth it.Wiggins leads all rookies in minutes, scoring and free throw attempts and has won Western Conference rookie of the month honours in each of the first two months of the season, with a third likely on the way.I would say theres been a lot of growing pains, a lot of stuff were learning to get better at, Wiggins said. I feel like all the young people, were getting better every game, every situation we have.After an underwhelming start to his career that renewed concerns about his willingness to consistently play hard, Wiggins has flourished while injuries to Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic thrust him into a featured role. He has scored in double figures in 19 straight games — averaging 19.4 points on 47.4 per cent shooting in 37.6 minutes in that span — and completely separated himself from the rest of the rookie class through the first half of the season.Hes above where we thought he would be, coach Flip Saunders said. Jalyn Holmes Jersey. There have not been very many rookies that have gone through a 15-game stretch where theyre averaging 21 a game and been in a situation where theyre taking the other teams best defensive player and playing both ends of the floor.The Timberwolves are on track to miss the playoffs for an 11th straight season, the longest active streak in the league. All the injuries have contributed to an 8-37 record, the worst mark in the league. But it has also forced Wiggins hand to a positive degree.A player who was called passive at times in his one season at Kansas and whose quiet demeanour in interviews has led to questions about his motor has brushed all of that aside and embraced the role of a go-to guy — on both ends of the floor. Wiggins is nightly asked to guard the opponents best perimeter player, and hes had success against the likes of Russell Westbrook (7 for 22), James Harden (8 for 23) and Eric Bledsoe (7 for 17).Wiggins really started to kick things into gear when the Wolves visited the Cavaliers for the first time on Dec. 23. He scored 27 points and played with the aggressiveness his coaches and teammates were demanding of him.I did have a little hop in my step because it was the team that traded him, Wiggins said.Truth be told, Wiggins welcomed the move to Minnesota. He knows that in Cleveland he would have been the third or fourth option on most nights, deferring to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on a team with championship aspirations that didnt have time for a teenager to learn on the job.He never would have had the opportunity to carry an offence this soon, and his development should only hasten when Rubio returns from his ankle injury.I know its frustrating for fans and coaches and everyone, the losses and what weve done, Saunders said. But were going to reap the benefits. It might not be until next year when you really reap the benefits.The young Wolves get the Cavs on their home floor on Saturday night, and the crowd is expected to give Love plenty of grief for orchestrating his exit last summer. But if Wiggins can be the dynamic player many think he can be and help pull the Wolves out of the NBA abyss, maybe the crowd should offer a more pragmatic response: Thank you. Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes JerseysCheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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MIAMI — Defensive replacement Ed Lucas provided a boost with his bat, transforming the Miami Marlins extra-inning frustration into an 11th-inning celebration. Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey . Lucas single drove home the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th Tuesday night, and Miami beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. The Marlins had lost their past three extra-inning games, each lasting at least 13 innings. They had been shut out for 15 consecutive extra-inning innings before Lucas hit, according to STATS. “After that kind of a streak, it starts to build and grate on you as a team, so it was nice to be able to finish one off,” Lucas said. “Weve been so close in the past. We just havent been able to get the big hit when we needed to. So its good to be able to dump one in there and get us out of here for once.” Miami broke a four-game losing streak, while the Phillies lost their fifth game in a row and dropped a season-worst 9 1/2 games out of the NL East lead. “It just seems like the games were close to, we just dont win them,” said the Phils A.J. Burnett, who pitched six innings. “Weve been in spots to win a lot of ballgames.” The Marlins extended another streak, winning their ninth consecutive game when Henderson Alvarez starts. That matched the longest such streak with a pitcher in franchise history. “We need to get him to pitch every day,” manager Mike Redmond said. Alvarez allowed two runs in seven innings. Pinch hitter Jeff Baker singled to start the 11th against Justin De Fratus (2-1), then advanced on a sacrifice. He scored without a play on an opposite-field hit by Lucas, who was sent into the game in the eighth because of his defence. “Weve had several opportunities to get that big hit,” Redmond said. “It has been a little bit elusive late in the game, and tonight Eddie got one. That was big.” The Phillies overcame a 4-2 deficit in the eighth with back-to-back two-out homers by Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche off Kevin Gregg. Byrd clanked his 16th homer off the home-run sculpture, and two pitches later Asche pulled his fifth homer just inside the foul pole. After the homers, Miamis bullpen retired the final 10 Phillies batters. Bryan Morris (6-0) pitched two innings. “The offence has been inconsistent, sporadic, and it has made it tough on the starting pitcher that day trying to be perfect,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “The bullpen has stepped up and done its job putting zeroes late in the game, only to come short on the offensive side of things a lot of the times.” The Marlins Giancarlo Stanton singled home a run to increase his RBI total to 61, which leads the NL. Casey McGehee singled and scored and has reached base in 25 consecutive games. Miami also scored on a strikeout against Burnett, who struck out 10 but allowed four runs, three earned. Alvarez was better, and even when he was on his backside, the Phillies had trouble reaching base. When Burnett broke his bat on a dribbler, Alvarez leaped to avoid the barrel and then crumpled in a heap on the mound. He watched from a supine position as third baseman McGehee threw Burnett out. Alvarez again fell fielding Cameron Rupps one-hopper in the seventh, and while sitting on the mound tossed to first for the out. “I was happy he didnt throw it from his back,” Redmond said. “Im glad he at least sat up.” The Marlins Steve Cishek also had a highlight-reel moment, reaching behind his back to snare another one-hopper by Rupp for an out in the ninth. NOTES: After the game, the Marlins placed RHP A.J. Ramos on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. … Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (elbow) threw 60 pitches in three innings in a simulated game Tuesday and said he felt good. Hes expected to make one or two rehabilitation starts before rejoining the rotation, likely after the All-Star break. … Phils C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) has yet to show much improvement. … Three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore, who signed a minor league deal last week, might join the Phillies during their trip, Sandberg said. … Marlins fan Jonathan Esponda, 8, whose gyrations in the stands became an Internet video sensation, threw out the first pitch and then danced with team mascot Billy the Marlin. … LHP Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.84) is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Phillies against RHP Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.70). Duke Dawson Jersey .Y. – Terry and Kim Pegula have no immediate plans to tinker with their new NFL team. Matthew Slater Jersey . The Incheon-based tea, of the Korea Baseball Organization said the deal for the 35-year-old Scott included a $50,000 signing bonus. Scott reached the major leagues with Houston in 2005 and hit 23 homers or more for Baltimore each year from 2008-10. TORONTO — Toronto FC has signed Canadian international midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran. The 29-year-old began his career with Albirex Nigata of Japans J-League in 2003. He has also played in Singapore, Denmark, Australia and Cyprus. “We are very excited to get this deal finalized and bring Issey on as an official member of Toronto FC,” general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release. “Issey has been training with the club on and off for a number of weeks and is quite familiar with the coaches and players. We needed to add another wide player to our roster and we are confident he will be able to fit in nicely heere at TFC. Patrick Chung Jersey. ” Nakajima-Farran has earned 30 caps for Canada, starting his international career in a friendly match against Hungary in Nov. 2006. He scored against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match. He has represented Canada at three CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments (2007, 2009, 2013). His most recent cap came on Nov. 19, 2013 in a friendly against Slovenia. Nakajima-Farran spent time on trial with Toronto FC during the first leg of pre-season in Bradenton, Florida this past January and has recently been training with the club over the past three weeks. Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers JerseysCheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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TORONTO – Randy Carlyle entered the dressing room of the Maple Leafs practice facility Monday morning to an unusual and almost eerie silence. Antonio Senzatela Jersey . There was no music pumping from the stereo system, nothing but the uncomfortable quiet of a team in midst of another memorable late season collapse. “Thats a sure tell-tale sign,” he said of a group in shock, down in the dumps from a losing streak numbering eight games, one that has the clubs playoff hopes dangling from the thinnest of threads. Carlyle took the day to inject a little life into what remains of those hopes. He also did a fair bit of teaching, directing, and informing, tweaks to “things that we think that are very easily correctable”. He implored his forwards to “turn your [butt]” to protect the puck and adjusted the positioning of Jay McClement and Tim Gleason during one particular defensive zone drill. Carlyle may be coaching for his job in these final six games of the regular season, but beyond the uncertain question of the head coach and his status for next season is the roster retooling that seems likely to take place under the direction of GM Dave Nonis and his management team this summer. With 10 players up for free agency – including half the forward group and two top-four defenders – and the core deserving of some scrutiny after another collapse, plenty of change could and probably will be coming to the Leafs. Forwards James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri Nikolai Kulemin** Mason Raymond** Dave Bolland** David Clarkson Troy Bodie** Jay McClement** Jerry DAmigo* Colton Orr     Defencemen Carl Gunnarsson Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner* Cody Franson* Tim Gleason Morgan Rielly Paul Ranger**   Goaltenders Jonathan Bernier James Reimer* Note: *Restricted Free Agent | **Unrestricted Free Agent Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf, David Clarkson, Joffrey Lupul, and Tyler Bozak are all locked up until the summer of 2017 and in some cases beyond. They constitute the Toronto core along with Morgan Rielly and Jonathan Bernier and the far less secure but high upside duo of Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner. Considering their place in three straight collapses – all of varying degree – and ongoing struggles to defend, adjustment to the group has to be considered with only Kessel, van Riemsdyk, Bernier and Rielly seemingly off the table this offseason. Luke Schenn, once a cornerstone of that group, was jettisoned after the meltdown in 2012. Mikhail Grabovski faced the same fate via compliance buyout after Game 7 last spring. Will the summer ahead bring with it more change to the building blocks of the organization? Is a 1-2 centre punch of Bozak and Kadri strong enough to be a force in the East or are upgrades needed down the middle? Is there enough two-way stability to the current top-six (all signed long-term, save for Kadri) with little in the way of youth on the way? Can Clarkson be redeemed in year two of a whopping seven-year contract? Might the organization buy him out? Is a trade even possible? Can Lupul be a part of the solution at age 30 and beyond that?  Is the core, generally speaking, good enough to win as constructed or is a major or perhaps minor tinkering required? Beyond that core is the looming free agent bunch, of which Bolland figures to be the most intriguing. The 27-year-old began his Leaf career with a bang, posting six goals and 10 points in October. But a serious ankle injury kept him out nearly five months and muddled his status in the process. Theres value there, but at what price and what term? Can he stabilize the club at centre ice or is there a better fit elsewhere, perhaps 28-year-old Paul Statsny, also entering unrestricted free agency for the first time? Then there are the likes of Mason Raymond, Nik Kulemin, Jay McClement, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger, all also unrestricted. McClement is useful if employed in a fourth line role, and Bodie has certainly earned himself another contract with an energetic presence. The others all have question marks with price point and fit among the concerns. Thats the entire group of bottom-six forwards, all in question to return next season. None of the three restricted free agents are certain or maybe even likely to come back next year with Jake Gardiner the likeliest of a bunch – by a good margin – that includes Cody Franson and the all-but-gone James Reimer. Torontos defence should be the top priority for upgrade followed by a forward complement that has plenty of holes in the bottom ranks (size, strength, defensive commitment among the issues) with question marks up top and down the middle as well. Nonis would be hard-pressed to bring back Carlyle if the Leafs do definitively fumble away their once certain playoff chances, but hell also have to give a long, hard look to a roster thats proven (in conjunction with that coaching staff) to be flawed and in need of improvement. Gerardo Parra Jersey . Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th shot in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7 on Saturday night. Bryan Shaw Jersey . The biggest shock of this seasons competition was on when Watford took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-led comeback by City in the final half-hour. The Argentina striker produced clinical finishes in the 60th and 79th minutes to level the score before Aleksandar Kolarov put City in front in the 87th. SEOUL, South Korea — Arsenal striker Park Chu-young is going to his third World Cup for South Korea despite concerns about his lack of game time in the Premier League. Hong Myung-bo picked Park among nine Europe-based players in the 23-man South Korea squad he announced Thursday. The South Korea coach unveiled a youthful and predictable squad — with just one player, Kwak Tae-hwi, older than 30. The selection of Park has been a point of serious national debate in recent, weeks simply because the 28 year-old forward has played so little for Arsenal since his move to London in August 2011. A fine goal in his first national team appearance in a year against Greece in March helped him make the cut. “Among Korean forwards, I couldnt find another attacker to replace Park,” Hong said. “I have thought long and hard about this selection and decided on the final list just last night.” Other English Premier League players Ki Sung-yeung and Kim Bo-kyong were also selected. Park is likely to be the lone striker in Brazil with German-based Son Heung-min expected to appear on the left side of midfield. There are five survivors from the squad that reached the second round in South Africa 2010, a second ever appearance in the knockout stage in South Koreas eight World Cup appearances to date. Goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryung, Ki, Kim, Park and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Lee Chung-yong are hoping to at least repeat that feat in June. South Koreas best-ever World Cup performance was in 2002, when it cost-hosted the tournament with Japan and reached the semifinals under with Hong as captain. The 45-year-old Hong also coached South Koreas Under-23 team, containing many of the players in his current squad, to the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics “Brazil is going to be the biggest challenge,” said Hong, who took over as coach last July after Choi Kang-hee guided the team through an unimpressive qualification campaign. “But we go as one team to give the best performance that we can. We have a team with a lot of international experiennce and we have the players who can show what they can do at the highest level. Greg Holland Jersey. ” Hong admitted that the position that gave him most problems was at left-back. Park Joo-ho of FC Mainz in Germany returned to South Korea early to try and recover from injury but ran out of time and has been replaced by QPRs Yun Suk-young. As Hong promised, there were few surprises in the squad. Pohang Steelers attacking midfielder Lee Myung-joo, perhaps the standout player of the 2014 K-League season, has been overlooked. Of the 20 outfield players in the squad, just three play in the domestic league. Hong said “Lee has been excellent for Pohang this season,” but explained that he wanted more cover for defensive midfielders and took Park Jung-woo and Han Kook-young. The captain will be announced after the squad has gathered. After a training camp in Paju, the South Korea squad plays a friendly against Tunisia at home on May 28 before travelling to Miami for a pre-World Cup training camp that includes a warm-up game with Ghana on June 10. South Korea starts its Group H campaign against Russia on June 17 before taking on Algeria and Belgium. —— Squad: Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryeong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Horang-i), Lee Bom-young (Busan IPark) Defenders: Kim Jin-soo (Albirex Niigata, Japan), Yun Suk-young (QPR, England), Kim Young-kwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japan), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg, Germany), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Lee Yong (Ulsan Horang-i), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan). Midfielders: Ki Seung-yeung (Sunderland, England), Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan, China), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Park Jung-woo (Guangzhou R&F, China), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Kim Bo-kyoung (Cardiff City, Wales), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers, England), Ji Dong-won (Augusburg, Germany). 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GENEVA – The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday. Jerome Baker Jersey .In a surprise entry to the FIFA presidential contest, Portuguese great Luis Figo — the 2001 world player of the year — claimed the required support of five national federations by the entry deadline Thursday.I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I dont like it. Football deserves better, the former Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker said in a statement without giving detailed campaign plans.Meanwhile, Dutch federation president Michael van Praag launched his campaign in Amsterdam, promising to modernize FIFA, expand the World Cup with more places for non-European countries and give Blatter an advisory role.FIFA is doing badly and has lost all credibility, said Van Praag, who famously told Blatter last year in Brazil that people no longer took him seriously. FIFA is constantly under suspicion. Of conflicts of interest, of nepotism, of corruption.Van Praag said he had no animosity toward Blatter and spoke with him to offer a position running a foundation helping less privileged children.In fact, I like him a lot as a person, the 67-year-old Dutch official said. However, someone who has led an organization for so many years and who has become the personification of its poor image, can no longer be the face of a modernization operation or of a new FIFA.Blatters opponents also include FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.Two more possible candidates from France, former FIFA official and longtime Blatter ally Jerome Champagne and former player David Ginola, seek to file nominations by Thursday evenings deadline.Still, Blatter is strongly favoured to win a May 29 vote by the 209 FIFA member federations, despite bribery and financial scandals which implicated several of his executive committee colleagues.Soccer leaders worldwide have shown little desire for change during Blatters 17-year reign overseeing spectacular commercial success for the World Cup. FIFA has cash reserves of $1.5 billion and distributes increasing bonuses to members.Figo has little experience of sports administration, but said a mood for change exists.I have seen the image of FIFA deteriorate, and as I speak to many people in football — to players, managers and association presidents — so many of those people have told me that something has to be done, the 42-year-old Portuguese said.Figos entry into the race complicates Europes strategy, potentially splitting support for him and Van Praag among the 53 UEFA voters, including some traditional Blatter loyalists. UEFA is the only one of FIFAs six continental bodies actively opposing Blatter.Figo was UEFAs ambassador for the Champions League final in Lisbon last year, and Van Praag is an elected member of UEFAs executive board which met on Monday.Thats when Van Praag announced his bid, saying he was running because no credible challenger had emerged. On Wednesday he further distanced himself from UEFA when saying his campaign was my initiative.The former president of four-time European champion Ajax is the first contender to reveal his nominees: Belgium, Faeroe Islands, Romania, Sweden and Scotland, plus his native Netherlands.The need for a European candidate was created last August when UEFA president Michel Platini opted not to stand against Blatter, while encouraging rivals for his 78-year-old former mentor.Platinis spokesman Pedro Pinto welcomed Figos entry.Credible candidates with new ideas will hopefully add to an open debate in the campaign, Pinto said in a statement. It is good for FIFA, and it is good for football to have valid candidates with extensive experience in the sport, and from different parts of the world.Platini has also supported Prince Alis candidacy.Ginolas bid is taken less seriously as hes being paid by a bookmaker to run. FIFAs ethics rules forbid officials having links to betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches.Figos paid contract with Asian gambling operator Dafabet, including as an ambassador for its 2014 World Cup promotion, has now ended, the firm said.Now that Luis has decided to stand for FIFA presidency it has been mutually agreed to end the ambassador contract, so he can concentrate his time fully on his campaign, Dafabets head of sports marketing and sponsorship, John Cruces, wrote in an email reply.The winning candidate needs two-thirds of the votes for victory in a first round of secret voting in Zurich, or a simple majority in subsequent rounds.___Associated Press writer Mike Corder in Amsterdam and AP Sports Writer John Leicester in Paris contributed to this report Kalen Ballage Jersey . Last years runner-up, Sara Errani, also reached the last eight in straight sets. Flipkens converted all four of her break points against Meusburger, and the third-seeded Errani broke Karin Knapps serve five times to win their all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3. A.J. Derby Dolphins Jersey .com) – Coming off a pair of tough losses last week, the Syracuse Orange will try to put an end to their first losing skid of the season when they pay a visit to the Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center on Monday night in Atlantic Coast Conference action.DURBAN, South Africa — Joost Luiten holed out for an albatross on the way to a 5-under 67 Friday and a share of the second-round lead with Louis Oosthuizen and Tommy Fleetwood at the Volvo Golf Champions. The Dutchman holed his 7-iron from 248 yards for a two on the par-5 No. 10 at Durban Country Club. His shot pitched near the front fringe, took a couple of bounces across the green and rolled home. “The ball just pitched exactly where I wanted it to, in front of the green and rolled right up to the flag and disappeared in the hole,” said Luiten, who turned 28 on Tuesday. “So, yeah, it was a good feeling. Ive never had an albatross before and now at 7 under par I am in a great position for the weekend.” Luiten is at 7-under 137 total alongside defending champion Oosthuizen (69) and Fleetwood (67). There was only one albatross — or double eagle — on the European Tour all of last season. Chris Doak got it at the Madeira Islands Open in May. Oosthuizen made four birdies and a bogey, while Fleetwood had six birdies and a single dropped shot. Victor Dubuisson (69) was alone in fourth at 6 under. Luiten, who qualiified for the elite 36-player field in Durban by capturing the KLM Open, was 3 under when he made his albatross and immediately jumped into a share of the lead at 6 under. A.J. Derby Jersey. He also birdied the last. Oosthuizen is looking to successfully defend a European Tour title for the second time in his career after winning the Africa Open in 2011 and 2012. “Im delighted with my position and luckily its the type of golf course where you can get away with it by not hitting a lot of drivers or 3-woods,” the 2010 British Open winner said. “So I just need to keep it together for the weekend.” Fleetwood earned his place in the field by winning the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in September and he matched Luitens 67 to move into contention for a second tour title. First round leader Raphael Jacquelin (73) remains in contention despite a slip into a share of sixth place with former British Open winner Darren Clarke (71). Padraig Harrington shot a 71 after his caddie collapsed mid-round and was treated for dehydration. 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Greg Rutherford continued his fine start to the Olympic year with a Great CityGames record 8. Brice Butler Jersey .20 metre leap to win the long jump competition in Manchester on Friday. Rutherford pronounced himself satisfied with his performance, having only flown in from his training camp in Arizona three days ago, and believes it bodes well for the defence of his Olympic title in Rio. Rutherford said: Ive never opened a season like this before, even an Olympic year. Ive started well but nothing like this – I feel good and consistency is key to winning medals.Ultimately I want to be setting myself up for a good Olympics – not many people have managed to retain their title and Im hoping I can go and do that.Ive always loved the big stage and since 2012, Ive had this confidence and ability that I can go out there. I will walk into the Olympic Stadium full of determination to do it again.But British sprint pair CJ Ujah and Richard Kilty were left trailing by 40-year-old Kim Collins, who won the 100m title in a field which also included 2016 world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell.Ujah and Kilty will now head straight to the Loughborough International meeting this weekend, where they will take part in trials for the 4x100m relay team in Rio.Ujah needs no reminding about Great Britains parlous recent history in the event, having messed up the final change-over at last years World Championships after being controversially parachuted into the team.The decision drew scathing criticism from Ujahs team-mates, including Kilty, but Ujah insisted the relay demons had been exorcised ahead of the competitive bid to seal a place in the team for the build-up to Rio.Ujah said: We sat down and spoke in January and weve come back in May and were all settled, its all sweet.When we come up against each other, we put the relay stuff aside, and even if were all in each others faces, its nothing personal. We wont take it personally and well move on from there.I wouldnt say I want them (100m rivals) to fail, I want everyone to perform and hopefully Ill be at my best to perform, to know that Ive been the better man on the day.Another relay prospect, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, stormed to victory in the rarely-contested 150m with a wind-assisted time of 15.1 seconds, while Tiffany Porter triumphed in the womens 100m hurdles in 12.89secs. Also See: Bolt wins in Ostrava Marshall boosts hopes Andre Smith Cardinals Jersey . Four years after winning gold on home ice in Vancouver, the Canadians will get a chance to make it two in a row Sunday against Sweden after beating the United States 1-0 in the Olympic semifinals Friday at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Arizona Cardinals Jerseys . Her return engagement begins tonight as TSN presents Day 1 coverage of the 2015 event from Melbourne. Watch Eugenie Bouchards opening round match at the Australian Open live tonight on TSN5 at 3am et/Midnight pt.SOCHI, Russia – If not quite the underdog, Drew Doughty believes, at the very least, that the Canadians are being overlooked, doubted and probably even overly dissected heading into Fridays semifinal matchup with the Americans. “I think a lot of people are counting us out,” said Doughty. “If everyone wants to count us out, were going to use that as motivation.” Doughty wouldnt go quite so far as to label Team Canada as the underdog, but its clear that the overwhelming degree of scrutiny has some members of the squad feeling as though theyve been doubted just a little too much. “We dont see ourselves as the underdog,” Doughty said, the defender leading the Canadians with four goals. “I think both teams are really evenly matched. I dont know who Id give the upper hand to at this point. Im obviously more confident in my team than I am in theirs…” Like the Americans, Canada has yet to lose in these Olympics, but unlike their rivals to the south, they failed to exactly dominate in victory, scratching out close wins over the Norwegians (3-1), Finns (2-1 overtime) and Latvians (2-1), the last of which saw the two teams tied for most of the first 53 minutes of regulation.  Head coach Mike Babcock has stressed that his team simply improves each and every day of the two-week tournament, pointing to Wednesdays struggle with the Latvians as a needed bit of adversity. Its evident, however, that the best of this Canadian team has yet to emerge. Whether it will in time for the 2010 gold medal game rematch remains in question. “Yeah were close,” said Jonathan Toews after the quarterfinal win over Latvia, “not quite there yet though. Next game.” Scoring concerns up front remain the most pressing issue. The Canadian forward contingent has combined for just six goals – or one more than Phil Kessel has all by himself here in Sochi – despite an overwhelming level of offensive talent. Wednesdays quarterfinal could be construed as a step in the right direction. Though they snuck just two by Kristers Gudlevskis, they managed nearly 60 shots and had numerous opportunities. Sidney Crosby, who had a breakaway in the opening minute, remains the most notable Canadian forward yet to score, but hes joined by Jonathan Toews, Corey Perry, Rick Nash, Patrick Marleau, Chris Kunitz, Martin St. Louis, Matt Duchene, and Patrice Bergeron – essentially everyone but Jeff Carter, Jamie Benn, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Sharp. Symmetry appears to finally be forming though.  Unlike the previous four games, which saw thhe lines differ just about every night, Babcock will keep his forward combinations intact for the tilt against the Americans – save for the injured John Tavares (leg) – hopeful that theyll translate into actual production with elimination on the line. Justin Pugh Cardinals Jersey. “You can talk scoring chances till youre blue in the face, who cares? The score is on the board, and so weve just got to find a way to keep doing what were doing,” said Babcock. “I think we like the fact that were getting a lot of chances in and around the net,” said Crosby, who remains alongside Kunitz and Bergeron. “We trust theyre going to go in a little bit more if we keep getting those. I think we just try to stay the course and make sure that we focus on burying those.” Theyll have to do so against the seemingly unflappable Jonathan Quick. A rock for the L.A. Kings in the postseason – he has a .940 save percentage combined in the past two springs – Quick has stopped 72 of 77 shots in three starts for Team USA, fronted by an offence thats managed 20 goals in four games. “When he gets hot, when he makes some big saves early, he seems to become unbeatable, said Doughty, who captured the Cup with Quick in 2012. “And thats why weve got to get one early on him. The only way were going to score on him is weve got to get pucks up high and weve got to get screens in front and tips.” Countering Quick will be Carey Price – who has stopped 48 of 51 shots – and a stiff defensive Canadian unit thats yielded just two even-strength goals all tournament and average of fewer than 19 shots against. If theres been an obvious strength to Canadas game on the bigger Olympic ice, its been the ability to defend and defend by controlling the possession of the puck. Continuing that against an American attack fronted by Kessel, who leads the tournament with eight points, will be a new and far more difficult challenge. Crosby was among the group of Canadian players who took in the Americans classic tilt with Russia in the preliminary round and was struck, above all else, with just how fast they were as a group. He and his teammates believe theyre ready for such a fight though even if others arent quite so sure. “At this point whether we beat three favourites or zero, nobodys going to really think about that or talk about that if we get the result we want [Friday] and win the game,” he said. “Our groups real confident,” Babcock added. “We like what weve done. We like how our team is. We think were set up good right now. 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Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork. DaRon Payne Jersey .com) – Kyle Palmieris tally with 53 seconds elapsed in overtime lifted Anaheim over Winnipeg by a 4-3 count at MTS Centre. Rene Bourque, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler also scored with Ryan Getzlaf adding three assists for the Ducks, who have won four in a row and seven of their last nine. Frederik Andersen stopped 27-of-30 shots for the victory. Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba lit the lamp for the Jets, whose last two defeats have come beyond regulation. Ondrej Pavelec suffered the loss by stopping only 21 shots. Although he closed off the near post, Pavelec was powerless to stop Palmieris sharp-angle shot from the left wing, which was lifted under the crossbar and upped Anaheims record in one-goal games to 14-0-5. Our group has kind of showed that all year that we have been able to play through things and keep playing. Good or bad, the one thing we have done is play a lot of overtime games this year, noted Getzlaf. We know the situation we are in and you never want to let a team get back in the last three minutes like that. We have got to learn to close those out a little better. Less than a minute into a Byfuglien holding call, the Ducks picked up the games first goal as Bourque scored from the slot — his first goal with Anaheim — at the 11:02 mark. Just over 30 seconds into a Josh Manson tripping infraction, Byfuglien beat Andersen with a quick shot from the slot off a give-and-go with Mathieu Perreault to tie the game at 14:28. Ladd banged home a Blake Wheeler rebound on the advantage to give the hosts a 2-1 lead 93 seconds into the second period. Silfverbergs marker at 4:35 tied the game, and the Ducks had 1:37 of a 5-on-3 to exploit after minors to Ben Chiarot and Trouba 23 seconds apart. Kesler gave the visitors a 3-2 lead at 8:53 by one-timing a Getzlaf pass home from the left circle, but the Ducks were unable to convert a major power play beginning with 11 seconds remaining in the second period when Jets forward Evander Kane was given five minutes and a game misconduct for a check from behind on Clayton Stoner. Trouba flipped home his own rebound and the game was tied, 3-3, with 4:45 to play. The effort was there, compete, our pace was good. We were aggressive in the offensive zone, created a lot off some turnovers down low. It was a good, solid game, just a disappointing result, said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. Game Notes Bourques last goal was March 22 for Montreal … Byfuglien has scored in four consecutive games, tying a career-high set from Nov. 15-21, 2013 … Anaheim begins a home-and-home set with the Oilers on Wednesday, while Winnipeg travels to Dallas on Tuesday. Troy Apke Jersey . – Mark Sanchez found out the New York Jets had acquired Tim Tebow on a conference call with team management. Alex Smith Jersey . 28 with a Vancouver entry for the first time in 10 years and a novel new collective bargaining agreement.Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is joining the Chicago Bears in the same role, the team announced Tuesday. Fangio, the architect of one of the NFLs premier defenses during a four-year run in San Francisco, bolted the 49ers after being passed over in favor of defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to become Jim Harbaughs successor as the teams head coach. The longtime NFL assistant instead joins the staff of newly named Bears head coach John Fox, where Fangio will be in charge of rebuilding a defense that was one of the leagues most porous units Chicago has ranked 30th overall in total defense in each of the past two seasons, while the 442 points the Bears allowed in 2014 were surpassed only by Oakland for the most in the league. Chicago finished 30th in scoring defense the previous year. In contrast, tthe 49ers ranked in the top five in total defense in each of Fangios four years at the helm, and were one of only three teams to record 25 or more takeaways in each of the last three seasons. Washington Redskins Jerseys. . San Francisco also finished second, second and third in scoring defense from 2011-13 before ending 10th in that category this past year. Those numbers helped the Niners reach the NFC Championship Game in three straight seasons from 2011-13, as well as an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. The 56-year-old Fangio also served as the defensive coordinator for Indianapolis (1999-2001) and Houston (2002-05) and will entering his 29th season as an NFL assistant. Additionally, he was the defensive coordinator under Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010, helping the Cardinal to a 12-1 record and a final ranking of fourth in the Associated Press Top 25. Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic did enough to beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka in a semifinal match that lacked the intensity of their recent five-setters, setting up an Australian Open final against long-time friend and rival Andy Murray. Ryan Goins Jersey .The top-ranked Djokovic beat Wawrinka in a peculiarly seesawing 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 match Friday night to ensure two members of the so-called Big Four will meet the season-opening Grand Slam final.Djokovic has a 100 per cent winning record in finals at Melbourne Park, claiming his first Grand Slam title here in 2008 and winning three straight years from 2011 before his streak was ended in the quarterfinals last year by Wawrinka.The previous three Grand Slam meetings between Djokovic and Wawrinka had gone five sets, including two at the Australian Open that lasted a combined nine hours. Unlike those, though, the Friday night encounter was relatively muted and Wawrinka even described it as Strange. Not the best, for sure.There were parts of the match where I stepped in and played a game I needed to play, but parts of the match where I played too defensive and allowed him to dictate, Djokovic said. So, yeah, it was very emotional, very tense, as it always is against a top player in semifinals of a Grand Slam.So the battle was great … in terms of fighting from both sides .. but the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be.Djokovic improved his record to 17 wins in 20 matches against Wawrinka, who will drop to No. 9 in the rankings next week.Djokovic has beaten Murray in seven of their last eight matches and is 15-8 overall, but theyre level in Grand Slam finals with two wins apiece — Djokovic in Australia in 2011 and 13 and Murray at the 2012 U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 2013.Wawrinka made his career breakthrough here last year, when he beat Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title, but he hadnt been past the quarterfinals at a major since his return to Melbourne Park.Theres no pressure for that. Im surprised we went five sets again, he said. But, no, for sure we had some great battle here last two years. Today was strange match. He was there playing good enough to win and he deserve to win and play the final.At times Wawrinka got on top of Djokovic, who looked lethargic at times and didnt realize after winning the third set that hed taken a 2-1 lead. But Djokovic kept his composure in the 3-hour, 30-minute match as Wawrinka blasted 42 winners but offset that with 69 unforced errors. Djokovic hit 27 winners — none in the fourth set — and finished with 49 unforced errors.The momentum shifted suddenly in three of the five sets, with both players struggling to turn service breaks into big leads. Djokovic was broken once in each of the first three sets and twice in the fourth. He broke Wawrinka seven times in the match, including three in the last set.Sixth-seeded Murray, who has lost three Australian Open finals, moved into the championship match with a fiery four-set win over No. 7 Tomas Berdych on Thursday night.Djokovic said hes going to have to improve considerably to maintain his perfect record in Australian Open finals.I think I have much more positive things to reflect on in my game and then all the matches that I played so far in the tournament than the negative, he said. Im in the finals. In the end of the day, thats why Im here. Getting to the finals in any way possible is a great achievement. Im going to try to use that to build up of the confidence for finals. Kelvin Herrera Jersey . The defending champions sent their preliminary list to FIFA on Tuesday, with coach Vicente del Bosque to announce the final 23-man squad on May 25. Costa is set to lead the attack in his native Brazil, with Atletico Madrid teammate David Villa and Chelseas Fernando Torres also included, while David de Gea replaces injured goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Brandon Moss Jersey .Y. — The “for sale” sign is up at the Buffalo Bills with the hiring of financial and legal advisers who may begin talking with prospective buyers within the next month.Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Tomas Berdych picked a good time to end his lengthy losing streak to Rafael Nadal, while Andy Murray continued his run toward another Australian Open final. Tuesdays first mens quarterfinal was never close and the second wasnt much more competitive. Berdych became the first player to stamp his ticket into the semifinals following a shocking 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) win over the second-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal at the years first Grand Slam event. Murray, a three-time Aussie Open runner-up, then dispatched 19-year-old Aussie crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. The third-seeded Nadal was able to fend off a pair of match points in his final service game of the third set, but was unable to overcome a 2-5 deficit in the tiebreak. With the No. 7 seed Berdych up 6-5, Nadal sent the backhand of Berdychs serve into the net and the Czech officially put his straight-set triumph into the books. Berdych had dropped 17 consecutive matches to last years Aussie Open finalist Nadal, a streak that dated back to 2007. He also reached his second straight Aussie semi. The big-hitting Berdych had been 3-18 lifetime against Nadal, including a loss in the 2010 Wimbledon final. Nadal owns 14 major titles, including a lone Aussie championship in 2009. Hes also a two-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, including last year against Stan Wawrinka. It just was not my day, said Nadal. I didnt play with the right intensity, with the right rhythm, and the opponent played better than me. You have to play well to win against a player like Tomas. I didnt play my best today. He played better than me and thats it. Thats sport. Sometimes, almost every time, it is simple: the player who plays better, the player who is able to maintain the better rhythm, the better concentration, play with less mistakes, is thee player who has more success. Jorge Soler Jersey. And today this player has been Tomas. Meanwhile, Murray was in command throughout against Kyrgios and didnt face a break point against his serve until the seventh game of the third set. He advanced to the semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years, bouncing back from a quarterfinal loss to Roger Federer last year. The sixth-seeded Scot broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set and won a tight tiebreak in the second before breaking serve for another 4-2 lead in the third. Kyrgios finally answered with a break, but Murray responded with one of his own for a 5-3 advantage and held serve to finish the match in just over two hours. Im happy. Its nice to be in the latter stages of a slam again, said Murray. Im happy with that. Obviously we want to do the best possible, but all you can do is prepare as best you can, which I certainly did over the past few weeks and months, and have given myself an opportunity. Maybe I wont play well in a couple of days; maybe I play great. I dont know. But Ive given myself a good opportunity again, and hopefully I can use it to my advantage. The two-time Grand Slam champion Murray will meet Berdych in the semis. Mens quarterfinal play will continue Wednesday. The fourth-seeded defending Melbourne champion Wawrinka will face fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori and the evening match will feature four-time Aussie winner Novak Djokovic against eighth-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic. Djokovic is a perfect 4-0 versus Raonic, while Wawrinka is 2-1 lifetime against Nishikori, although the Japanese star captured their last meeting in the U.S. Open quarterfinals back in September. The world No. 1 Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon champion who is seeking an eighth Grand Slam title. He captured three straight Aussie crowns from 2011-13. Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Felix Magath arrived with strong reputations for their first shot at management in English football last season. Haloti Ngata Eagles Jersey .Neither of them lasted nine months.On Thursday, Solskjaer quit as Cardiff manager citing a difference in philosophy with the teams owners, and Magath was fired by Fulham hours later to leave the London club searching for its fourth coach since December.Both clubs were relegated from the Premier League last season and have been unable to stop their slide in the unforgiving 24-team League Championship. Fulham is in last place on one point from seven matches and Cardiff is 17th on eight points.In January, Solskjaer swapped job security at Molde, where he won three trophies in three years, and a settled family life in his native Norway, to try to keep Cardiff in Englands top division.But he failed to have the same impact he managed in his playing career at Manchester United, which reached its peak when he diverted home an injury-time winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999.Solskjaer, who spent 11 years at United and was known for his lethal finishing as a super-sub, decided to step down after holding talks with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman.Our difference in philosophy on how to manage the club made me decide to step aside and allow the club to move forward in the direction Vincent wants, Solskjaer said.Tan said Cardiffs recent results do not justify Oles continued role as manager at Cardiff.Magath arrived at Fulham a month after Solskjaer, on an 18-month contract and with a reputation for brutal training and fitness methods that earned him the nickname Torturer. He won Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg in Germany.Fulham was bottom of the Premier League with 12 matches remaining, but Magath couldnt keep the team up.In 20 matches under Magath, Fulham won only four.This is an unfortunate but necessary change, Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said. I am doing what I feel is right and needed for Fulham … for today as well as tomorrow.I thank our supporters for standing by us during these most difficult of times on the pitch, and promise better days ahead. Josh Sweat Eagles Jersey .S. – Nova Scotias Mary Fay guaranteed at least one more match and a shot at the Canadian junior curling championships final on home ice. Michael Bennett Jersey . has left the San Jose Sharks to become the Boston Bruins director of player personnel.CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are proving to be one difficult assignment for contending teams hoping to improve their playoff position. Jake Arrieta pitched six solid innings and Chicago beat Milwaukee 7-1 on Tuesday night, handing the Brewers their seventh consecutive loss. The last-place Cubs will try for a series sweep of the Brewers on Wednesday night. They are 18-14 since Aug. 1, including a sweep of AL East-leading Baltimore and two of three in a series at NL West-leading Los Angeles. “Were figuring out ways to put all the facets of the game together at the same time,” Arrieta said. “Thats what really good teams do.” Arrieta (8-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out four and walked two. He has allowed one or no runs in 13 of his 22 starts this season. Shortstop Elian Herrera made two errors that helped the Cubs score four runs in the first inning, and Milwaukee stranded a runner in scoring position in five of the nine innings. Since owning a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central on Aug. 19, the Brewers have lost 10 of 12. “We have to get back to the way we played the majority of the first five months,” slugger Ryan Braun said. “Every team has a bad week. Its not an ideal time for it to happen to us. But we have to go out there and continue to compete every day, and it will turn around at some point.” Milwaukees Yovani Gallardo (8-8) allowed a season-high seven runs and eight hits in five innings. Jorge Soler and Luis Valbuena each singled in a run in the first and came around to score on Herreras errors. Braun singled home Scooter Gennett in the third, but the Cubs pulled away again in the fifth. Welington Castillo had an RBI double and Arismendy Alcantara connected for a two-run homer, extending the Cubs lead to 7-1. “Everybody chipped away, mmade some things happen,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. Haloti Ngata Jersey. “We took advantage of their mistakes.” Alcantara, who made his big league debut earlier this season, now has eight home runs through 50 games. Valbuena got two hits and scored twice. Over his past 17 games, he has hit six homers, driven in 10 runs and scored 12. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro sprained his left ankle on an awkward slide home in the first inning, and left the game. Initial tests revealed no fracture for the three-time All-Star. TRAINERS ROOM Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez was diagnosed with a sprained left wrist and will not swing a bat for at least one week, manager Ron Roenicke said. The injury could potentially sideline the two-time All-Star for a few weeks, but Roenicke said Gomez will remain available as a pinch runner and defensive substitute. Cubs: All-Star 1B Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with a back strain and will miss an extended period of time. Cubs executive Theo Epstein said the injury could be season-ending. UP NEXT The Brewers and Cubs finish their three-game set Wednesday night. RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.91 ERA) starts for the Cubs, aiming to win his fifth consecutive decision. He will face RHP Matt Garza (7-7, 3.58 ERA), who makes his first start since being put on the 15-day disabled list with strained left oblique on Aug. 5. PRIZED PROSPECT Although the Cubs front office did not call 3B Kris Bryant up to the majors when rosters expanded this month, Epstein still had plenty of praise for the prize prospect. “Hes as advanced and mature and professional as a prospect weve had,” Epstein said, before directing his focus at next season and adding, “If anyone can jump into the big league picture in the middle of the season and not miss a beat, its Kris Bryant.” Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys Cheap Hurricanes JerseysCheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Cheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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TORONTO – As Rudy Gay took to the Air Canada Centre court for the first time since being traded, moments after being introduced to a chorus of tepid boos, he approached each Raptors starter, slapping hands with his former teammates. Josh Jackson Packers Jersey . They reciprocated, but none of them initiated the round of pre-game pleasantries. On the teams bench sat a quartet of former Sacramento Kings, but you wouldnt know it. Their focus mirrored that of the starters. They meant business. “We all have friends on that team,” acknowledged Patrick Patterson, one of the former Kings that came to Toronto in the seven-player trade completed on December 9. “Going into this game, we have to treat it as if theyre the enemy. We have to treat them like theyre the villain and were the superhero, pretty much. We cant be friendly with them. As soon as the game starts, you have to put your hard hat on.” The Raptors learnt that lesson the hard way. A month earlier, the two teams faced off in Sacramento, their first meeting since the early-season swap. “I thought the way that we approached the game last time was too friendly, too cool, too lackadaisical, too laid-back,” Patterson said, looking back at his return to California. Emotions were high, on both sides, as players embraced their friends and old teammates prior to tip-off, laughing and joking around, having also shared a meal the night before. Only the Kings were laughing 48 minutes later. Embarrassed, the Raptors – a post-trade feel-good story – left with their tail in-between their legs. Dwane Casey questioned his teams disposition and professionalism, Chuck Hayes called it their worst performance since the trade and John Salmons conducted his entire post-game interview head down after a 109-101 loss. Round two would be different, Casey promised leading up to the rematch in Toronto on Friday. From the moment his club took the floor, coming face-to-face with Gay and the Kings, it was clear that message had been received. “I thought the roles were reversed this time,” Patterson after his new team closed out their 99-87 win. “I thought we came out the right way, with the right intensity.” “Guys were professional, very professional, workman-like, not disrespecting their friends on the other team, but yet still knowing we had a job to do when you walk out between those lines,” Casey echoed. “After the game is over you can shake hands, hug, kiss, whatever you want to do, but once the game starts those guys have a different colour jersey and weve got to have that razor-like focus every time we walk on the floor.” Like the Kings had done in Sacramento, the Raptors jumped on the visitors right out of the gate, taking a 29-19 lead into the second quarter. Although the Kings dominated the paint and lived at the free throw line once again, Toronto neutralized their best player early. DeMarcus Cousins, who has owned the Raptors over his career, played just eight first-half minutes, saddled with foul trouble. After losing some ground in the second frame, the Raptors came out in the third quarter and – like they did in the first – outscored Sacramento 29-19, effectively repaying their old friends for last months debacle. “I think we let go of the personal stuff,” said Salmons, who has been preaching forgiveness over the last couple days. “We thought we were doing that the first game, clearly we didnt. This time we just let it go and played basketball.” Returning from an ankle injury, Terrence Ross scored half of his team-leading 18 points, hitting half of his six threes in the third. Patterson also added seven of his 15 points in the quarter. “Ill tell you what, hes been a godsend for us, as far as stretching the floor,” Casey said of Patterson, who hit three of his four attempts from long range Friday. “Not only that, just his intensity, his work ethic, how hard how plays. Hes got a reputation around the league of playing hard. Hes one of our best pick-and-roll defenders because he uses his quickness and then he can go down and stretch the floor out. Its a big plus, not a lot of guys can do that and he does an excellent job of doing it. The boos for Gay were faint, mostly, but consistent every time he touched the ball. The former Raptors forward scored 15 points on 5-of-13 from the field, a shooting percentage reminiscent of his time spent in Toronto. Gay has shot 50 per cent or better in 23 of 38 games as a King after doing so just once in 18 contests with the Raptors this season. Again, the Raptors won as a team. They got double-digit scoring from five players and although DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry struggled from the field – shooting a combined 6-for-24 – the Raptors backcourt duo totalled 13 assists, one fewer than the entire Kings team. Salmons added eight points off the bench, Greivis Vasquez chipped in with four and, although Hayes was scoreless in 10 minutes, his defence on Cousins changed the game in the third quarter. “He has that old man stretch,” Casey said of Hayes. “Youve got to be strong to hold your ground against Cousins. Hes a beast in there and now they bring Reggie Evans in, two of the strongest guys in the league. So I thought his brute strength helped him hold his position.” With their 34th victory, the Raptors matched last seasons win total in just 60 games. Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey . The start of the seasons fifth and final major was delayed two hours due to heavy rain in the area. The tournament eventually began, but with water on the greens and the rain persisting, players were called back to the clubhouse less than an hour after the first group teed off. DeShone Kizer Jersey . – Whether its because of her improved play or the reason for it, Michelle Wie appears as comfortable on and off the golf course as at any time in her career.OTTAWA – It was a hollow victory at best. The Ottawa Senators were more than happy to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 Saturday night on home ice to extend their win streak to four games. But in the big picture it meant little. “It was important for us to try and win this hockey game and send the fans home happy in the last home game,” said Spezza. “(The streak) shows that we can be a more consistent club, but it still doesnt matter because we didnt make the playoffs and that was our ultimate goal and we didnt get there. Obviously weve done some better things of late, but we would have liked to do that earlier in the season.” Spezza scored the lone goal, and Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Senators played their final home game of the regular season. Ottawa wraps up the season Sunday against Pittsburgh. With the victory, the Senators (36-31-14) tied their season-high winning streak of four games and finished the year above .500 on home ice with an 18-17-6 record. It was also their first win against Toronto this season. Senators coach Paul MacLean tried to focus on the positive of winning the last four games despite the disappointment of falling short this season. “Were playing games that dont mean much in the standings as far as getting us into the Stanley Cup playoffs which is what its all about,” said MacLean. “But at the same time finishing our home schedule like we are is way better.” The Leafs (38-36-8) capped off their season with 12 losses in their last 15 games, leaving them below the Senators in the standings. “Its terribly disappointing and emotional,” said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. “Its like you almost get in a state of depression because its such a negative in your life. Were embarrassed about the way things unraveled for our hockey club.” James Reimer faced 37 shots, making a number of big saves to keep Toronto in the game. Reimer finished the season with a 12-16-1 record. With his future unknown Reimer, who will be a restricted free agent, was visibly emotional following the game. “There definitely were some thoughts like that (that this could be my last game with Toronto,” said Reimer. “I was just trying to come in here and have a last memorable game. Thinking about all the memories, its just been an interesting time.” Despite the difficulties he and the Leafs had down the stretch Reimer admitted to feeling somewhat positive about his game of late. “Ive been feeling really good the last couple of games and really getting back to the way I can play,” said Reimer. “Its good to have a night (Saturday) statiistically to show where I was back to, but obviously it would have been nice to get the win. JK Scott Packers Jersey. Personally its good to end on a high note.” Milan Michalek had a chance to put Ottawa up 2-0 on a breakaway in the third period, but Reimer was able to get over and make the save along the post. “I think we created a lot of scoring chances and just couldnt put one in the net,” said Ottawas Erik Karlsson. “Luckily for us Anderson was standing on his head and made some unbelievable saves when we needed it and we only needed to score the one.” Anderson was pleased with his and the teams overall performance, but admitted he wished they could have played like this earlier in the season. “I think its bittersweet,” said Anderson. “Theres also some frustration that we couldnt have done this sooner throughout the year, but thats just part of the growing pains and some of the adversity we had.” The Leafs had a two-man advantage for 23 seconds midway through the third period, but were unable to capitalize. Torontos inability to produce on the power play had been a huge problem down the stretch. In their last ten games the Leafs were 4-for-30 with the man advantage. “Its disappointing to not be playing next week,” said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. “This is our job. Its a business and were in the business of results and we didnt get results. We were in a very good spot and we let it slip away and thats the extremely disappointing part of everything.” Spezza opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the second with a power-play goal. Karlsson found Spezza alone in the faceoff circle and the Senators captain caught the inside of the post for his 23rd of the season. Spezza now has 56 points in 56 career games against the Leafs. Both teams had goals called off in a scoreless first period. At the eight-minute mark of the first, Torontos Tyler Bozak had a goal called off immediately due to a high stick, and on the ensuing play the Senators had a goal of their own waived off after incidental contact with the goaltender was called on the play. Notes: The Senators were without C Mika Zibanejad, who is undergoing tests for an undisclosed condition, D Jared Cowen (lower body, day-to-day) and RW Bobby Ryan (sports hernia, out for season). LW Matt Kassian was a healthy scratch. The Leafs were without G Jonathan Bernier (left MCL, two weeks), RW Joffrey Lupul (knee surgery, 3-4 weeks), Dave Bolland (lacerated ankle, unknown) and Carter Ashton (knee, unknown). D Carl Gunnarsson was a healthy scratch. D Petter Granberg made his NHL debut. Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Blue Jackets JerseysCheap Hurricanes Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Red Wings JerseysCheap Sabres Jerseys Cheap Bruins Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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Murray State, an Ohio Valley Conference member, finished 3-9 this season. Trey Burton Jersey .com) – Novak Djokovic captured a mens Open Era-record fifth Australian Open title on Sunday by defeating rival Andy Murray in the final in Melbourne. James Daniels Bears Jersey . Seager had another triple, a home run and a double in a rare feat not seen in more than 40 years, leading Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-2. “It was a weird play,” Seager said of the triple in the fourth inning.On Wednesday, Wild forward Matt Cooke had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL after his knee-on-knee hit on Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie. As a result of the hit, Colorado has lost its top offensive defenseman for 4 to 6 weeks with an MCL injury. The CBA sets out the procedure for supplementary discipline. Its found at Article 18 of the CBA and is called “Supplementary Discipline For On-Ice Conduct”. Article 18.2 of the CBA provides a list of the factors the league will consider when determining supplementary discipline. They are as follows: (a) The type of conduct involved: conduct outside of NHL rules; excessive force in contact otherwise permitted by NHL rules; and careless or accidental conduct. Players are responsible for the consequences of their actions. (b) Injury to the opposing Player(s) involved in the incident. (c) The status of the offender and, specifically, whether the Player has a history of being subject to Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice Conduct. Players who repeatedly violate League Playing Rules will be more severely punished for each new violation.  (d) The situation of the game in which the incident occurred: late in the game, lopsided score, prior events in the game. (e) Such other factors as may be appropriate in the circumstances. So the league will look at all these factors when determining the length of Cookes suspension. One factor that will be the focus will be Article 18.2(c) – Cookes history of violating league rules. To say the least, Cooke has quite the NHL rap sheet. Since 2009, hes been suspended a total of 25 games for hits on Scott Walker, Artem Anisimov, Fedor Tyutin and Ryan McDonagh. Hes also injured other guys with reckless hits, like Sam Gagner, Valeri Niichushkin, Adam McQuaid, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Montador, Evander Kane, Keith Yandle, Erik Karlsson and Rick DiPietro. Cody Parkey Jersey. And of course he ended Marc Savards career. By the way, the bolded language at 18.(c) is not my doing; the NHL CBA has it bolded so you know its important. The talk about being a repeat offender doesnt apply to the length of the suspension. A repeat offender refers to someone that commits a violation of the league rules within 18 months of another violation. A player that was a repeat offender could get a tougher punishment. Under the old 2005 CBA, repeat offenders were treated more harshly as far as length of a suspension goes. However, the new CBA has some changes in it, including doing away with the repeat offender consideration when assessing length of a suspension (its still around when dealing with suspension compensation – see Article 18.5). Presumably, the NHLPA and NHL were in agreement that the “repeat offender” provision did not capture players who spaced out their transgressions by more than 18 months but were still a threat to player health and safety. On that basis, they agreed to amend the CBA. You have to wonder if this change should be dedicated to Raffi Torres and Matt Cooke as they were likely part of the inspiration for the amendment. As far as length of Cookes suspension, its tough to know since past suspensions have not always been predictable. That being said, given Cookes history of violence, a suspension of at least 15 games would not be a surprise. 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