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    • Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son has been given permission to play for South Korea at the Olympic Games, according to the 23-year-old. Son wants to represent his country in Rio in August as one of the three permitted over-age players, but his participation in Brazil would see him miss much of Tottenhams pre-season and the first few weeks of the season.Clubs are not required to release players over 23 for the Olympics because the tournament is not organised by FIFA, but speaking in Seoul after Sundays 2-1 win over the Czech Republic, he said: I was told that I would definitely be allowed to play in the Olympics. Whats important is when. Son scored eight goals in 41 appearances - 18 of those from the bench - in his first season at Spurs I would love to join my team-mates (in the Olympic team)... Im trying to join them as soon as possible.Son was part of the South Korea team that won bronze at London 2012 and the former Bayer Leverkusen man, who had a stuttering first season at White Hart Lane with eight goals in 41 appearances, wants to help coach Shin Tae-Yongs side again.I would like to join the Olympics team soon to help it win a medal for two Olympics in a row, he added. Also See: Pritchard set for Spurs exit Spurs agree Wembley deal Air Jordan Wholesale Uk . Mitch Holmberg added a goal and three assists. Connor Chartier also scored for the Chiefs (3-0-0). Luke Harrison spoiled Garrett Hughsons shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:17 of the third period. The Spokane goaltender finished with 28 saves, including a Brandon Fushimi penalty shot in the second period that would have tied the game 1-1. Discount Jordan Shoes Wholesale . The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. http://www.ukairjordan.com/ . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Cheap Air Jordan Uk . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Jordan Retro Shoes Uk . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. ATHENS, Ga. -- For all those who might think hes trying to turn Georgia into Alabama East, Kirby Smart would like to point out that hes not calling up Nick Saban every day for advice.Coach Saban has to get ready for his game, Smart said. Im getting ready for North Carolina.No. 18 Georgia will begin a new era Saturday when it opens the season right down the road in Atlanta, taking on the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.For the first time in 15 years, the Bulldogs are breaking in a new coach.After dumping Mark Richt, Georgia turned to Sabans longtime defensive coordinator, hoping Smart can replicate the sort of success his mentor has produced in Tuscaloosa.Smart has brought along many of things he learned at Alabama, from holding his weekly news conference on Monday instead of Tuesday to making freshmen and assistant coaches off-limits to the media.And, like Saban, the new Bulldogs coach is reticent about revealing a whole lot of information, such as who the starting quarterback will be in just a few days. Freshman Jacob Eason would appear to have the inside track, but Smart insisted that senior Greyson Lambert, last years starter, was still in the mix.No starter has been named, Smart told reporters, in a brusque tone that wouldve made Saban proud. Well let you guys know.Good luck trying to figure out the rest of the lineup, as well.On the depth chart released Monday, 16 other positions still listed two potential starters. The most common word on the list was or.When your mom and dad read the paper, they like to know their sons are on the roster, Smart said. Weve got a lot of great competition at a lot of positions. A lot of guys deserve `ors.In addition to quarterback, there will be plenty of attention directed toward the tailback position. Nick Chubb was one of the nations top runners until he went down last season with a gruesome knee injury.Now, just 10 months later, hes healed and fully cleared to play. Smart said there wont be any need to limit his carries, like one might do with a pitcher coming back from an arm injury.ddddddddddddHes scrimmaged and done a lot of things, the coach said. Hes had a lot of practices where hes carried it more than five to seven times, and we feel good about Nick. He feels great. Hes ready to go. So he wont technically be on a pitch count by any means.North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said it doesnt really matter who the Bulldogs decide to play.I dont think theres been a year that Georgia hasnt been in the top 10 in the recruiting rankings, he said. I mean, theyve got players. Theres going to be a tailback back there that can go. Theres going to be an offensive line that can go. Theres going to be a quarterback, whoever it is, he can go. Same thing on defense.Smart downplayed any attempt to turn the focus of the opener on himself, even though its clear the Bulldog faithful are counting on nothing less than an SEC East version of the powerhouse that Saban has built while winning four national titles in the last eight years at Alabama.Sure, Richt captured a pair of Southeastern Conference titles and had the second-most wins of any coach in school history, but Georgia has long been viewed as a bit of an underachieving program given the amount of talent that has gone on to play in the NFL.The 40-year-old Smart is out to change that. While hes never been a head coach, there is no lack of bravado heading into his debut.The amount of pressure that Ive put on myself as a defensive coordinator for the last 10, 11 years, I really believe theres a lot more decisions that go into that position than the head coach, he said. Not week to week, absolutely not. How we practice, who plays quarterback, all thats a whole different story. But when it comes to game day, I think the confidence in what weve done up to this point allows me to be comfortable with where we are.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ' ' '

    • This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Atlanta FalconsOverall: 54 Title track: 78 Ownership: 45 Coaching: 47 Players: 64 Fan relations: 46 Affordability: 49 Stadium experience: 73 Bang for the buck: 62 Change from last year: +6The Falcons are in the middle of the pack, and understandably so. They were riding a high just a few years ago when they made it to the NFC Championship Game, losing to the San Francisco 49ers. But now, theyve gone three consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, leaving the fan base scratching its head. Theres still hope -- this team boasts one of the leagues most dominant receivers in Julio Jones, talented running backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and a capable quarterback in Matt Ryan. But until the Falcons return to the playoffs, theyll be mired in mediocrity.Whats goodThe Falcons highest ranking came in ownership (45), and credit Arthur Blank for at least putting forth the effort to not only satisfy the fan base, but also to help the community. Blank made a strong appeal to the fans by making concession prices at the new stadium the lowest of any sports franchise. And through his foundation, he continues to contribute to building up the lower-income areas in the direct vicinity of the stadium via Westside Works. And from a team perspective, Blank has been willing to invest in hefty contracts for his top players, with $59 million guaranteed for Ryan and $47 million guaranteed for Jones.Whats badThe Falcons have never won a Super Bowl, so no surprise: A disappointing title track ranking (78) is their worst showing. Atlanta last made it to a Super Bowl during the 1998 season, when the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19. And their trek back to the Super Bowl wont be easy -- the Carolina Panthers and upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers are contenders within their own division. The Falcons other poor showing -- a 73rd-place ranking in stadium experience -- should be solved next year, when Blank has the Falcons moving from the Georgia Dome to the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2017 season -- a state-of-the-art facility which will be among the leagues best.Whats newThe jury is still out on head coach Dan Quinn, now in his second season with the franchise, but he did jump eight spots in these standings, from 53rd to 47th. The former Seahawks defensive coordinator brought energy and passion to the job after taking over for the fired Mike Smith, and his 5-0 start as a rookie coach raised expectations. That just meant his teams collapse and 8-8, playoff-less finish dampened the enthusiasm. Quinn has passion, knows how to relate to players, and has a special way of motivating. 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NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. Air Max 97 Uk Sale . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. LANDOVER, Md. -- Maybe this time, the Dallas Cowboys really are ready to win without Tony Romo. Certainly a turnover-free Dak Prescott helps in that regard.From the last game of the 2013 season through the end of last season, Dallas went 1-13 when Romo was unavailable. With fourth-round draft pick Prescott suddenly elevated to the starting QB spot when Romo hurt his back late in the preseason, the Cowboys will take a 1-1 record into next weeks game against the Chicago Bears.Prescott was 22 for 30 for 292 yards plus a 6-yard scamper for a touchdown in a 27-23 victory at the Washington Redskins on Sunday. That followed a one-point loss to the New York Giants in Week One.You see him do the right thing -- and good things -- when hes under pressure, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. Hes like a sponge. ... He has an overachiever attitude about soaking it up.The best sign for the future, according to teammates, was the way Prescott was calm during the 10-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that led to the go-ahead points on former Redskins running back Alfred Morris 4-yard TD run.He treated it like it was the first play of the game, receiver Dez Bryant said. It says a lot about him as a person. He was ready for this game. He is built for this kind of stuff.What else we learned from Cowboys-Redskins:FIXES NEEDED: Washingtons game at the New York Giants next Sunday becomes quite significant. Coach Jay Grudens Redskins are 0-2 ; the Giants are 2-0. We can hang our heads and cry all we want to, Gruden said, but the fact of the matter is, we got a game at 1 oclock next Sunday. Asked in what ways his team regressed after winning the NFC East last season, Gruden replied: I cant put my finger on them right now. I think its a combination of a lot of things. Weve got to fix them, quick. Among the problems: QB Kirk Cousins now has three interceptions and one TD this season.RECEIVING LINE: Not only is Bryant going to become more and more involved in Dallas offense -- after one catch for 8 yards in Week One, he had seven for 102 yards against Washington -- but it looks as if Cole Beasley could be Prescotts No. 2 target going forward , rather than Terrance Williams.dddddddddddd Through two games, Beasley has 13 receptions for 140 yards; Williams has three catches for 34 yards, with zero targets Sunday.NO ADJUSTMENTS: Redskins DL Ricky Jean Francois wants to see his defensive coaches make more adjustments to counter what opposing offenses do. He sees a trend going back to last season. Every team that adjusts to us, we dont adjust to them, Jean Francois said. Every team we play against, it just feels like they see something and they pounce on it and they keep doing it -- and it feels like were just not responding. Dallas ran for 102 yards on 30 carries, and Jean Francois said it looked to him as if the Redskins were stuffing inside runs, so the Cowboys started taking rushing plays outside -- and Washington never accounted for that.ZEKES BALL SECURITY: Seems a safe bet that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 overall draft pick, is going to put in extra time working on protecting the football: He fumbled twice against Washington. Morris said he told Elliott: You have to have short-term memory. At the same time, youve got to be able to take care of the ball. If you dont take care of the ball, then you cant be on the field. Thats just the way it goes.DURANT STEPS UP: For a Dallas defense missing DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory and Rolando McClain because of suspensions, a familiar face could wind up with a bigger role than expected. LB Justin Durant played last season with Atlanta, but hes back with the Cowboys, and the nine-year pro broke up a fourth-and-1 pass with just under two minutes to play Sunday. He cut in front of a ball intended for Pierre Garcon, knocked it down. No other way that I can get that feeling -- especially being in somebody elses place and feeling the air come out of the building, Durant said.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ' ' '

    • At the end of the regular season, we asked 10 writers to grade players from across the country on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best performance possible. The Michigan Wolverines?landed three players on our top-50 list:5. Jabrill Peppers, LB7. Jourdan Lewis, CB35. Jake Butt, TE#CFBRank: 1-50 Cheap Authentic Jordan 3 Nz .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. Authentic Jordans Shoes Wholesale .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. http://www.cheapairjordan3nz.com/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Jordan 3 Retro Nz . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. 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Washington then made a run, pulling to 103-100 with 1:29 to play.However, after a timeout, Holmes made a 3-pointer from just in front of the Wizards bench to extend the lead to six points with 1:10 remaining.That was big, Okafor said. I was excited. I know how hard he works every day, so for it to go in for him and for the team, it was a big win for us.Holmes added: I tried to get out there as fast as I could and get ready to shoot the ball. Weve talked about picking my spots and that was pretty good spot to pick.Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points, Nik Stauskas scored 15 points, and Gerald Henderson 14 to help the 76ers win for just the second time in 11 games this season. Dario Saric added 13 points and 12 rebounds.The 76ers were without leading-scorer Joel Embiid, the third pick overall in the 2014 NBA draft, who has been brought along slowly after missing two seasons because of two foot surgeries.Were scratching and clawing for wins, 76ers coach Brett Brown said. I think theres something to be said for being able to get a win without Joel, and (Okafor) was a major contributor.The Wizards, who were held to just one basket in their final three possessions, fell to 2-8.John Wall scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and Markieff Morris had 19 points for the Wizards, who were without second-leading scorer Bradley Beal.Otto Porter Jr. had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Marcin Gortat added 10 points and 14 boards, and Marcus Thornton also scored 10.Were too good to be losing, Morris said. No disrespect to the Sixers or any other team we lost to. The coach should never have to coach effort, especially when youre 2-7.Morris was referring to coach Scott Brooks, who said his team came ouut too slow against the team with the NBAs worst record.ddddddddddddThe Sixers opened the game with an 11-4 run, thanks in part to Ilyasovas eight points in the opening quarter. The Wizards responded by scoring the next six points, but the Sixers went on an 11-2 run to end the first quarter with a 29-15 lead.Wall, meanwhile, saw just 7:28 in the first half and managed just four points on 1-for-4 shooting.I was frustrated, basically the whole first half, only playing 7 minutes, said Wall, who is also on minutes restriction after having surgery on both knees in the offseason. The game starts getting closer and its frustrating not being out there to help my guys win the game.TIP-INSWizards: Beal sat out his third straight game with a right thigh injury and is questionable for Thursday nights game against the Knicks. Every day he is feeling a little better, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. We just want to be cautious about it. Sheldon McClellan started his second game in a row in place of Beal, while Marcus Thornton came off the bench.76ers: With the Sixers visiting Minnesota on Thursday night, Embiid, who is leading the team with 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, sat out his fourth game of the season. Embiid, who last played on Monday against Houston, is expected to be limited to 24 minutes through Christmas. I follow the instruction (of our medical staff), Sixers coach Brett Brown said. Its really that simple. Its completely designed to what is best for Joel Embiid.BACK-TO-BACKSOkafor played in his ninth game and has been cleared to play in Thursdays game against the Timbervolves, although he is likely to haveminutes restrictions.WAITING ON MAHINMIIan Mahinmi, sidelined since undergoing left knee surgery on Oct. 15, could be back on the practice court for the Wizards next week, according to Brooks. He was expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks but appears to be ahead of schedule.UP NEXTWizards: Host New York on Thursday night.76ers: At Minnesota on Thursday night as they try to end a 20-game road losing streak. ' ' '

    • ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is starting over.Again.Once an Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse and program that sent a steady stream of players to the NBA, the Yellow Jackets havent made the NCAA tournament since 2010 -- a streak that doesnt figure to end in Josh Pastners first season as coach.Even Pastner acknowledges that reality.Its going to take a couple of years, he said, but our mission goal is to get us back to a championship-level program year in and year out, so we have a chance to get back in the tournament, ACC championships and all those good things that go with it.Pastner left Memphis to take over the Yellow Jackets, who dumped coach Brian Gregory after five seasons produced just one postseason appearance (last years run to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament) and a dismal 27-61 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.With his job on the line, Gregory relied heavily on seniors and one-and-done graduate transfers in his final season. That forces Pastner to rebuild the program essentially from scratch, having lost five players who accounted for nearly all the scoring and rebounding.In the loaded ACC, which looks to have several national championship contenders and up to 12 teams that could contend for NCAA berths, Georgia Tech is expected to bring up the rear along with Boston College and Wake Forest.It definitely gives us a chip on our shoulder and some motivation, senior guard Josh Heath said.Pastner is known as a top-notch recruiter, but it wont be easy to persuade the type of prospects that Georgia Tech needs to compete in the ACC. The program has been down for so long -- first declining under Paul Hewitt, and then completely falling off the radar during Gregorys forgettable tenure -- that its going to take quite a selling job for the latest coach to turn things around.Since making it all the way to the national championship game in 2004, the Yellow Jackets have failed to post a winning record in the ACC or advance past the second round in three NCAA tournament appearances.---Some other things to watch for in Pastners debut season:HUGE LOSSES: The Yellow Jackets must replace their top four scorers from last season -- G Marcus Georges-Hunt (16.7 ppg), G Adam Smith (15.0), F Nick Jacobs (10.5) and F Charles Mitchell (10.1). Thats not all. Mitchell was the leading rebounder (9.7 rpg), followed by Jacobs (5.8) and another departed player, F James White (4.4).LOOKING FOR POINTS: Senior F Quinton Stephens, who made 14 starts, is the top returning scorer at 6.0 points per game. Hell need to do more, along with Heath (4.3) and junior G Tadric Jackson (5.4). Pastner will also be counting on players such as 6-10 center Ben Lammers to step up at the offensive end. He shot 65.5 percent from the field in limited minutes.NEWCOMERS: Kellen McCormick and Jodan Price are graduate transfers wholl get a chance to bolster Georgia Techs outside shooting. McCormick hit 42 percent from 3-point range over three seasons at Western Michigan, while Price averaged 4.2 points last season at Eastern Michigan. Pastner needs them both connecting at better than 40 percent beyond the arc.THINKING LONG TERM: Knowing that his team will likely struggle for wins, Pastners major goal this season will be installing a system that begins to win back fans and win over recruits. A fast-paced style of play would be a big step in that direction, especially after Gregorys teams often bogged down in a stilted, half-court offensive game.SCHEDULING MATTERS: After five straight home games to start the season, beginning with the Nov. 11 opener against Tennessee Tech, the Yellow Jackets go on the road to face Penn State, Tennessee and VCU. That stretch of games will give Pastner the first true indication of what hes up against before the ACC schedule kicks off Dec. 31 with a home game against North Carolina, followed by a trip to Duke four days later.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---AP College Basketball website: http://collegebasketball.ap.org Air Max Plus Ireland .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. 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    • SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is well aware of how his decision not to participate in the recent presidential election while promoting a message of change has been received.Asked Tuesday why he opted not to cast a vote for measures beyond the choice of a president, Kaepernick offered a familiar response in taking aim at the system and stating his belief that voting isnt the only way to make a difference.I thought a lot of different things about the process and what I could and couldnt do, Kaepernick said. Once again, the system of oppression is what I have an issue with.Theres more than one way to create change.The Sacramento Bee reported this week that Kaepernick, who has knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and oppression all season, has actually never been registered to vote in California or in Nevada, where he attended college.Kaepernick did not confirm that hes never been registered but again pointed to his feelings about the voting system when asked about not registering to vote now or in the past.Once again, I addressed that, I continue to address it, I dont agree with the system of oppression and thats something I will continue to not agree with, Kaepernick said.In the run-up to the 2016 election, Kaepernick repeatedly made it clear he didnt approve of either President-elect Donald Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. On Election Day, Kaepernick said he would not be voting and followed through on that promise.On Wednesday, Kaepernick told Arizona reporters on a conference call that it didnt matter who won the election because neither candidate was a good choice.On Sunday, Kaepernick said he felt it would be hypocritical for him to vote because it would be the equivalent of showing support for a system he doesnt believe in. He also said the choice of Trump should increase the urgency for everyone to work toward solutions to make the system better.I think everybody should feel urgency to make sure that were doing the right thing, building things the right way in order to be able to protect ourselves from what may come from this, Kaepernick said.When asked whether he believed the reason for so many no-shows to the voting booth were because many feel the same way as him, Kaepernick said he wasnt sure.You would have to ask them that, Kaepernick said. 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East Carolina, UNLV and New Mexico are out of the Big 12s expansion derby.Officials at each school said Wednesday that they were notified by the Big 12 that they are no longer being considered for membership.East Carolina spokesman Tom McClellan says Commissioner Bob Bowlsby notified Chancellor Cecil Staton of the decision Tuesday by phone.Athletic director Jeff Compher says its obviously not the decision we were hoping for, but expressed satisfaction that we were able to tell our story to not only the Big 12, but the entire nation.East Carolina is beginning its third season in the American Athletic Conference after winning two Conference USA championships in football in the 2000s.UNLV President Len Jessup and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement later in the day to acknowledge the Rebels were no longer being considered. UNLV has been a member of the Mountain West since 1990.As the landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to change, ensuring UNLV is properly positioned and is a member of a conference that is the best fit for our university and community remains parrt of our long-term vision, the statement said.dddddddddddd. We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibility to be a strong and successful member of the Mountain West.New Mexico President Robert told the Albuquerque Journal that the school received very positive feedback from the Big 12, but was informed it would no longer be part the conferences expansion search. The Lobos are also a member of the Mountain WestIts not yet clear if any other schools have received similar notification from the league, which announced July 19 that its presidents had authorized Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools for possible expansion of the 10-team conference by two or four members.The conference has not commented publicly on its plans nor has it committed to adding any schools.Bowlsby has put no timetable on the Big 12s decision, though he has said the conference would like to move quickly and not interfere with the football season. The presidents meet again in mid-October. ' ' '

    • Need to catch up with whats happening in the world of sports and pop culture? Dont worry, I got you.20 QUESTIONS - September Week 1Need to catch up with whats happening in the world of sports and pop culture? Dont worry, I got you.1. Well, college footballs opening weekend escalated quickly, didnt it? We were gifted with a little bit of everything -- blowouts, comebacks, and upsets. Just the way God and the college playoff committee intended.?2. Which game made you most nervous this weekend? For me, it was Notre Dame vs. Texas. But in the end...#hookem!?3. Last nights grand finale was an impressive turnaround from the Florida States Seminoles led by redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois. Should Noles fans be excited about what they witnessed last night, or should they wait until Francois acquires a bit more experience before truly assessing his talents?4. Can the story about Florida State Universitys Travis Rudolph befriending Bo Paske, a boy on the autism spectrum, at lunch, get any better? Yes, it can.?5. Can you think of a more perfect way for Nebraska to honor its late punter Sam Foltz? Three days later and Im still incredibly moved by this heartwarming gesture.?6. Is Tebowmania hitting ATL? Its been rumored that the Atlanta Braves have interest in signing the 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow. So, brace yourself for things to come.?7. Colin Kaepernicks protest is still making headlines. He gained the support of a few NFL players, USWNTs Megan Rapinoe, and President Obama. With the professional football season kicking off this week, howd you react if players across the league planned a group protest during the national anthem? The sentiment would be powerful.?8. As a result of Kaepernicks stance, were you shocked to see the significant spike in his NFL jersey sales? I was.?9. Have you checked out The Undefeated recently? 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After missing the first free practice almost entirely, I was still working a lot on the car, and finally just before the long run I made a final set-up chhange and that seemed to work pretty well.ddddddddddddVerstappen admits the rear brake fire he suffered left him on the back foot.Explaining what happened, he said: It was just a bit unfortunate. I needed to do two install laps, and that just to go out again. They told me just to keep pushing, but I think you cant push on your in lap. And all in all with this combination there was a little bit of fire.I think in the race you cannot slow down on your in lap. But it will be tough [with brakes]. This track is always challenging, like it was last year, so we have wait and see how they hold on. ' ' '

    • MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota mens hockey coach Don Lucia has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.The university announced the deal on Thursday, the day before the season opener for the Gophers at Alaska Anchorage.Lucia has begun his 18th season at Minnesota and his 30th season overall as a college head coach. Lucia guided the Gophers to NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003 and has the program record for coaching victories at 415. His 694 career wins are eighth all-time in NCAA history.Minnesota has won five straight regular-season conference titles, matching an NCAA record. That includes the last two years the Gophers played in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the first three years of the Big Ten hockey league. 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Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday.FRISCO, Texas -- Fabian Castillo scored in the 33rd minute and Raul Fernandez made six saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. With Dallas clinging to the one-goal lead, San Jose peppered Fernandez over the final 13 minutes, forcing him to make five saves, but was unable to break through. MLS-leading Dallas (8-2-3), which had its unbeaten streak snapped at nine games last weekend with a 4-2 loss at Seattle, is 7-0-1 at home this season -- outscoring opponents 13-4. "I think his performance is some of the best that Ive ever seen in this league," FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said of Fernandez. "Tonight he was very good, he took control, but we gave the ball away a little too easily that last 20 minutes and we made it a lot tougher on ourselves." San Jose (3-5-6) has only one victory in its last 10 matches and is winless in six road games this season. "We had plenty of chances, especially in the second half," said Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop. "Its just the way our seasons going right now. We played pretty well tonight against a good team at home and didnt get anything out of the game. We arent getting many breaks." Fernandez made back-to-back diving saves in the 78th minute, denying Shea Salinas 25-yard blast and then about 30 seconds later stopping Adam Jahns 15-yard attempt. Fernandez, who shook off a somewhat violent collision with Jahn in the third minute, then stopped Chris Wondolowskis 10-yard volley in the 81st. Wondolowski, who matched the MLS record for goals in a season with 27 last year, nearly tied it again early in stoppage time with a leaping header, but another diving save by Fernandez kept it out. "He made some great saves, credit him, he was in the right place to make those saves, but truthfully, I think I need to finish those, no matter whos in net," said Wondolowski, who has five goals this year.dddddddddddd All the offence FC Dallas would need came on Castillos second goal of the season and first since March 23, a span of eight games. After receiving a nice lead pass from David Ferreira, Castillo cut into the middle from the right wing and ripped a left-footed low shot from 15 yards that rolled just beyond the reach of Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch, just inside the far post. The assist was the fourth of the season for Ferreira, who had missed the previous two games with a strained left hamstring. "It was a great play by David," Castillo said through an interpreter. "On this play, David took the ball, he went at the defence and I just kept running by him. When he saw me open, he made a great pass for me and then I did what I know how to do, which is cut to the inside and I got a great shot for the goal." San Jose nearly tied it in the 41st, but Victor Bernardezs 20-yard blast bounced off the crossbar. Dallas had an opportunity to extend its lead just after halftime, but Jacksons booming shot from 20 yards out curled just wide of the right goalpost. FC Dallas had another golden opportunity to go up by two in the 53rd after Castillo and Ferreira executed a perfect give-and-go that sent Castillo in on net alone before Busch charged out and made a nice sliding save on Castillos shot from 10 yards. Dallas lost striker Kenny Cooper in the 66th minute after an apparent head injury. Cooper was shoved by Bernardez out of bounds, and as Cooper went down, Bernardezs foot appeared to hit Cooper in the back of the head. After staying down for about two minutes he seemed a bit wobbly on his feet and was immediately helped to the locker room. 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    • IRVINE, Calif. -- Todd Gurley watched most of his first NFL training camp from the sidelines. He would do a few individual drills on his healing knee while his Rams teammates worked together.Just about everything has changed in the past year for Gurley and the Rams. For starters, their training camp sideline is no longer in the Midwest, and Gurley isnt on it.It just feels good to just be able to be out here, Gurley said after the Rams opening workout of camp at UC Irvine. First day (of last years training camp), I wasnt doing anything. I probably wasnt doing anything until the end of training camp.The second-year running back is in the thick of practice this summer for Los Angeles, with no bigger physical problems than normal fatigue as he works on a worthy sequel to his sensational rookie season.Theres no need for patience with Gurley during this training camp in Orange County, yet the Rams intend to be cautious with the most important piece of their quest to improve the NFLs least productive offense last season.This is Todds first full offseason program, so thats different for him, coach Jeff Fisher said. Hes in great shape right now. (Gurley will get) a few carries here and there during the preseason games. Hes going to get his workload in practice, more so than he will in the games. That just makes sense to us.After Gurleys remarkable success last season, it was easy to forget the risk taken by the Rams when they chose him with the 10th overall pick. The speedy Georgia back tore a ligament in his knee in the previous November, and he wasnt fully recovered from surgery when the draft rolled around.The Rams were patient with Gurley, who couldnt participate much in the Rams 2015 offseason program. He practiced only without pads in the late stages of training camp, and he didnt play until the third game of the regular season.Gurley took off in October with four straight 125-yard games, and he remained a steady contributor until sitting out the season finale. He was named the NFLs offensive rookie of the year with 1,106 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 13 games.The guys were able to see what I was able to do last year, Gurley said. So just being able to take (a bigger) role on, and just being able to tell myself `OK, if you do stuff good, the team is going to roll off that. Im just trying to go out there and create as much energy for the whole offense.In camp, Gurley will work on minimizing fumbles -- he only had three on 229 carries -- and improving his pass-catching skills after making just 21 receptions last year.Although Gurley doesnt even turn 22 years old until Wednesday, the Rams already count on him to be a leader, a prolific tailback and a good influence on Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the draft. Gurley and the new quarterback have been texting since draft day, building their rapport on and off the field.The Rams clearly intend to run the ball extensively this year. Gurley might also shoulder a larger load of the carries in the absence of Tre Mason, last seasons backup, who has cut off contact with the team after an offseason filled with legal troubles.Los Angeles seems likely to sign another running back to join veteran Benny Cunningham as Gurleys backups, but Gurley is ready to take on most of the work in September if necessary.Obviously, I know were going to run the ball, Gurley said. Im a running back, so if you give me the ball, Ill be happy. Ill just come out here, work hard and whatever they call in the game, Ill be happy with it.Gurley is also settling nicely into his new West Coast home, although his new fans are still getting to know his face and dreadlocks. His national endorsement deal with Carls Jr. is changing that as well.Nobody really knows football players, Gurley said with a grin. I mean, I have gotten a lot of questions like, `Oh, youre that guy from the burger commercial? So thats my name now. 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Who wouldnt want to do that?We had a good season last year, got a great young squad a great manager - one of the best in the world - a new stadium and training ground. Kane would also like to one day become England captain The main thing for me is to start winning trophies. That would put Spurs on the map as one of the best clubs in the world.Growing up, Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham were big idols of mine. I was contemplating sticking with the No18 shirt but then I thought; I want to wear that Noo10 shirt, score goals, win trophies, and become one of the greats.ddddddddddddHopefully if I keep scoring and we start winning trophies, as we have the capability to do, Ill become a Tottenham great. WATCH: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham highlights Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Spurs v West Ham preview Poch upbeat on contract talks Spurs, Kane relaxed about future Kane ready to push on ' ' '

    • Alabama and Duke will open the 2019 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, the schools announced Monday.The game is set for Aug. 31, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The schools have met four times previously and last played in 2010, when Alabama won 62-13.This presents Duke Football with a tremendous opportunity to play in a world-class venue against Alabama, which is clearly a gold standard program in college football, Duke athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. Dukes players, coaches, staff and fans love traveling to the great city of Atlanta, and all have enjoyed many magical moments there, including the memorable 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M. We look forward to showcasing Duke University on such a national platform, and under the brightest lights of the 2019 college football season.There is a history between the two programs, as Wallace Wade won three national championships at Alabama before moving on to Duke, where he coached in two Rose Bowls. There is a statue of Wade outside Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and Dukes Wallace Wade Stadium bears his name.Current Duke coach David Cutcliffe graduated from Alabama in 1976.As for the Tide, this will be their sixth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Alabama is 4-0 in the event and will face Florida State in the 2017 season opener.We have had the opportunity to play in this game on multiple occasions and it is like a bowl game in terms of the competitive venue thats created, Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. David Cutcliffe has done an excellent job at Duke, and they will be a really good challenge for our team.The ACC will have three different teams open against Alabama over the next three seasons. In addition to Florida State in 2017 in Atlanta, Louisville will open the 2018 season against the Crimson Tide in Orlando, Florida. Nike Shox Cheap Wholesale . The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. Nike Shox Sale Canada . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. http://www.cheapnikeshoxcanada.com/ . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. Nike Shox Canada Clearance .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents. Nike Shox Clearance Wholesale .C. -- Rodney Hood connected from all over the court while freshman Jabari Parker was busy swatting shots and scoring in transition.Toni Kroos would have no problem adapting to the demands of the Premier League, according to his brother Felix. Kroos is reportedly of interest to Manchester United over a switch from Real Madrid this summer.However, it is understood that Kroos remains happy at the Bernabeu, where he is still considered a crucial member of the squad and the Spanish giants are eager to keep hold of the 26-year-old. Nevertheless, Felix Kroos, who plays for Union Berlin on loan from Werder Bremen, said: I dont think England would be a problem for Toni. The only adjustment would be misssing Christmas.ddddddddddddf you are able to play a great ball, youll fit in anywhere. There is always a lot of talk around England and Spain. You should only believe it when it is certain.Kroos - a Germany international with 64 caps - signed for Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014.He has made 63 La Liga appearances and scored three goals. Also See: Blind a joy to play with More in Schneiderlins locker Transfer Centre LIVE! Paper Talk ' ' '

    • Ben Barba and Sosaia Feki have delivered Cronulla their 14th successive NRL win, a controversial 32-20 victory over Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Monday night.Barba had a hand in three tries, while Feki scored two himself including the match-sealing four-pointer in the 79th minute to take the Sharks back to the top of the NRL ladder.But the second-last placed Roosters made them work hard for the win.Rookie playmaker Connor Watson was the Roosters best in his first run-on start, scoring a brilliant individual try in the first half and putting Dale Copley over in the second stanza.The Roosters showed touches of the side that claimed the last three minor premierships, but made numerous simple errors the Sharks were professional enough to take advantage of.That was illustrated best in the dying stages as the Roosters, trailling 26-20, pressed to tie up the scores, before a poor pass from Mitchell Pearce to Blake Ferguson was scooped up by Nu Brown who dished off to Feki to race 80m to secure the win.The Tricolours were on the wrong end of a number controversial calls from the bunker, in particular a Daniel Tupou try which was turned down to an apparent lack of downward pressure.But when it mattered most the Roosters lack of composure cost them. They led early through a try to Mitchell Aubusson in the third minute, before Valentine Holmes responded three minutes later.With the Roosters left-side defence struggling, Jack Bird scored the Sharks second try in the 19th minute, the visitors exploiting a 12-man Tricolours after Blake Ferguson was sinbinned in the 14th minute due to a professional foul.Watson stepped past Chad Townsend and sprinted away to bring the Roosters level at 10-all in the 27th minute.But it was the Sharks who finished the first half the stronger, Luke Lewis crossing untouched from a short ball from Townsend for Cronulla to lead 16-10 at the break.The visitors lead blew out to 26 points midway through the second half through Fekis first try in the 48th minute and a Chad Townsend 54th minute four-pointer.The Roosters fought back to 26-20 on the back of tries to Copley and Tupou with nine minutes to play. But as they have done consistently through their winning streak the Sharks held firm at the death.Cronulla had four players backing up from State of Origin and were missing Andrew Fifita through injury.Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wasnt impressed with his sides effort.We were off our game, he said.We made some crazy decisions defensively and some crazy decisions offensively.It wasnt us but we showed true grit to stick in there and get the points.Winning creates that culture. Im not happy with the way we defended and turned the ball over but you are going to have those days.Roosters coach Trent Robinson declined to be drawn on the decision to overturn Tupous try.I honestly dont want to go into it. I have said enough already, he said.It is no use going into it. We conceded 32 points and made some errors that cost us.I thought there was some great attack from us. There were lots of options and lots of play, Connor Watson added quite a bit .We had some really good D and some really bad D that cost us points. Jordan 11 Sale Ireland . Self was acquired from the Buffalo Bandits in a trade for Alex Hill midway through last season, and made his debut in Rochester on March 16, 2013. Wholesale Jordan Retro 11 . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. http://www.cheapairjordan11ireland.com/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. Jordan 11 Clearance Ireland . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. Jordan Retro 11 Clearance . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars.LONDON -- Fulham has signed England forward Darren Bent on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa. Fulham manager Martin Jol says he has always admired Bent. Jol adds that "he has shown in the Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal." TThe 29-year-old Bent has scored more than 100 goals in the Premier League.dddddddddddd He played under Jol at Tottenham and has also made 13 appearances for England, scoring four times. Fulham begins its Premier League season away to Sunderland on Saturday. ' ' '

    • NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira and the New York Yankees hardly needed another firsthand look to know how nasty Andrew Miller is on opposing hitters.Thats exactly what they got, though.Corey Kluber put Clevelands rotation back on track, Miller earned a save against the team that traded him last weekend and the Indians beat the Yankees 5-2 on Saturday.Hes got great stuff, theres no doubt about that. I wish him nothing but the best, Teixeira said. We were facing two of the best pitchers in baseball.Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis homered to help the AL Central leaders recover from an early two-run deficit.Kluber (11-8) fired eight innings of five-hit ball, beating CC Sabathia (6-9) in a matchup of pitchers who won the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland.Miller closed with a one-hit ninth for his first save with the Indians. And lo and behold, it came at the expense of his old pals in pinstripes.Tough seeing him in another uniform. Hes one of my all-time favorite teammates, Brett Gardner said. The fastball looks like about 105 (mph) and the slider that you think is going to hit you ends up being a strike. Hes as tough as they get.The lanky left-hander, acquired Sunday in a blockbuster deal, entered to a warm ovation at Yankee Stadium and promptly gave up Gardners leadoff single. Jacoby Ellsbury and Teixeira struck out on checked swings before Brian McCann grounded out to end it.It kind of took me back to my Boston days of facing that section of the lineup and pitching a lot here, Miller said. Im glad I got the job done.Miller said opposing the Yankees was no fun at all and just a huge distraction, honestly.Its a lot easier just to focus on executing pitches when theres no relationship or anything like that, he said, sounding relieved. This last weeks been pretty hectic and, like I said, happy I survived and found a way.Millers previous nine saves this year came with New York.Its strange to see him in a different uniform, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. He was just here.New York rookie Gary Sanchez lined an RBI double off Kluber with two outs in the second and scored on a wild pitch.Kluber settled in from there and struck out the 3-4-5-6 hitters in the third and fourth. The Yankees also ran themselves out of two chances in the middle innings -- including an embarrassing blunder by Gardner, who went tearing around second base on Ellsburys fly to medium right field and was easily doubled off first.I just thought it was going to fall, Gardner said. Obviously, it was a bad read by me. One of those things where I got a little bit greedy and paid the price for it.Clevelands talented rotation, so effective all season, came in 0-4 with a 15.58 ERA this month. The team was outscored 50-32 overall in losing four of its previous five games.Kluber struck out eight, walked one and threw 100 pitches in improving to 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his last five starts.He really knows how to pitch, Girardi said.Kipnis connected leading off the fourth for Clevelands first hit and is batting .478 (11 for 23) with four homers against the Yankees this year. Napoli broke a 2-all tie with an opposite-field solo shot in the sixth.Sabathia was charged with three runs in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 1-5 with a 6.62 ERA in his last nine starts.His command was a little off today, but he still gave us a pretty good shot to win, Girardi said.EARLY RETURNSJustus Sheffield struck out 11 of the 21 hitters he faced Friday night for Class A Tampa in his first outing since joining the Yankees organization. The left-hander pitched six innings of two-hit ball and retired his final 12 batters in a 7-1 win over Daytona. Sheffield was one of the touted prospects New York received in the trade that sent Miller to Cleveland.CATCHING ONSanchez, impressive since he was called up from the minors Wednesday, made his second straight start behind the plate and showed off his strong arm again when he pounced on a pitch in the dirt and threw out Brandon Guyer at second trying to advance. As Ive said, hes here to play, Girardi said before the game. Were treating him just like any other catcher.Girardi said he told McCann he should take grounders at first base to stay prepared and give the Yankees options. Hes done it before and hes pretty comfortable over there, the manager said, adding that McCann will probably be the DH all weekend and then catch some next week in Boston.BULLPEN SHUFFLENew York called up LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and sent down RHP Johnny Barbato. 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Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Nike Air Max 1 Wholesale .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Air Max 1 Cheap Online . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. Hey, hey, its time for everybodys favorite topic! You know what Im talking about ...Pound! For! Pound!Full disclosure: I remember sitting at a bar with another MMA reporter in Temecula, California, a few years ago and asking him something to the effect of, What is it with people and pound-for-pound lists? Everybody has got one. None are really right or wrong. Theyre basically pointless.The two of us then proceeded to argue about our pound-for-pound lists for at least 30 minutes, which is ultimately whats great about these lists. Even though I do still think they are rather pointless, they can be a lot of fun to argue about.So, lets have some fun.Lets take a look at my current pound-for-pound list and try to predict how it will change over the next 12 months. And keep an eye out for the female version coming soon.Who will still make the list?Demetrious JohnsonCurrent rank: No. 1And I think hell still be ranked No. 1. That would be quite something, since, according to the archives, I had DJ ranked No. 1 at this time last year as well. So, were talking about the UFC flyweight champion holding down the No. 1 spot two years running.I believe in the greatness of Jon Jones as much as the next guy, but Johnson has been more dominant (and active) in what Id argue is a deeper division. Hes the closet thing this sport has to a perfect fighter, and he has been for a while.Jon JonesCurrent rank: No. 2Its still strange to consider the very real possibility we havent seen him at his best yet. Jones has admitted that prior to his arrest on a hit-and-run charge in April 2015, he never reached his full potential due to issues outside the cage. In the 18 months since, he has fought just once (against Ovince Saint Preux in April) and looked rusty.Im willing to bet on Jones in the next 12 months -- but even with his talent, thats probably somewhat of a risky bet. This sport is hard enough without the self-sabotage.Dominick Cruz and TJ DillashawCurrent ranks: Nos. 3 and 4 respectivelyI think I have Dillashaw ranked higher than most. Im not sure about that since, as previously mentioned, I dont spend much time (i.e. none) looking at other pound-for-pound lists. Im very comfortable with that, though.Dillashaw is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the game, and I never thought his controversial decision loss to Raphael Assuncao in 2013 was legit. He really only has one definitive loss in his career and that was in his fifth pro fight. And considering A) How high I rank Cruz and B) How close their bantamweight title bout was in January (which Cruz won by split decision) ... how can I rank Dillashaw much lower?Who wont?Josee AldoCurrent rank: No.dddddddddddd6Sometimes MMA requires a great deal of reading between the lines. Theres plenty of misdirection when it comes to what fighters say, what promoters say and what coaches are willing to divulge. In a lot of ways, this sport is one big mind game -- and that refers to trash talk between fighters as well as negotiations between athlete and promoter.But with Aldo, at least right now, Im kind of taking his comments about not wanting to fight at face value. Do I actually believe hell never fight again? No, I dont. But do I believe theres a legitimate chance he has lost a little fire for cage fighting? I am willing to believe that. Whether due to inactivity or lack of motivation when he does step into a cage, I think Aldo could drop on this list.Stipe MiocicCurrent rank: No. 8Its the curse of being a heavyweight. It is really hard to stay on the pound-for-pound list as a heavyweight because youre always one split-second away from unconsciousness. I love Miocics mental approach and I dont really expect him to lose. Thats why hes on my list to begin with, but hes always at a higher risk of losing, simply because of the division he competes in.Who could really go either way?Conor McGregorCurrent rank: No. 5What is a pound-for-pound list? To me, its trying your best to envision every fighter competing in the same weight class. So, by default, if McGregor wins UFC titles in multiple weight classes, that would be a big reason to rank him extremely high.In other words, if McGregor, who holds the featherweight title, defeats lightweight champion?Eddie Alvarez next month and holds two UFC championships ... and then goes on to defend one of them a couple times next year, hell be in the conversation for best fighter in the world. At the same time, we still really havent seen him against a well-prepared wrestler. That wrestler question still exists. Does he have a hole there? It remains to be seen.What Im trying to say is McGregor shooting up this list or falling off it completely are both feasible options to me. So, I really have no idea where hell be come October 2017.Which new fighters will crack this list?Khabib NurmagomedovIve been riding this train for a while now, injuries and all. Might as well see it through.Luke RockholdFour months ago, you could have made a case Rockhold was Top 5 during his middleweight title reign. One Michael Bisping left hook at UFC 199 has silenced that. I think we were probably right back then and Rockhold just had a bad night. ' ' '

    • DENVER -- The Houston Rockets sure didnt look -- or play -- like a tired team.James Harden scored 20 points and the Rockets led from start to finish in beating the Denver Nuggets 128-110 on Friday night.Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson had 18 points each and Sam Dekker added 17 for Houston, which completed an impressive back-to-back road sweep that began with a 132-127 win over Golden State in double overtime Thursday.The latest victory came despite the Rockets 5 a.m. Friday arrival in Denver. Most of the players and coaches got little sleep before playing the Nuggets.Its a good win for us, Harden said. Last night, double-overtime game, getting in at 5 a.m. and not really sleeping. ... We got off to a really good start, guys knocked down shots and just rode that wave the entire game.Rockets coach Mike DAntoni said the win was especially gratifying because of the circumstances and the way his team played.A lot of positives, he said. They found the energy to go ahead and finish up the game. It wasnt always pretty. Its a special group that can conjure that kind of energy in altitude after getting in at 5 oclock in the morning.Wilson Chandler had 24 points to lead the Nuggets, who had won three straight against the Rockets. The Nuggets have lost four of five overall and fell to 3-7 this season at home, the high-altitude venue where they once routinely dominated.Moreover, coach Michael Malone lit into his squad after the game over its lackluster performance.Its one thing to lose games but when youre outworked on your home floor -- Miami did it, Houston did it -- I have no explanation, Malone said. All I know is that it is unacceptable and thats why I do apologize to our fans because they deserve better.Were a bad team right now and I have to start doing a much better job because the direction were headed right now is in a bad, bad place.Up by 10 points at halftime, the Rockets took a 99-84 lead into the fourth quarter and kept the pressure on the rest of the way as part of a sharpshooting display that included converting 17 of 37 3-point attempts against a listless Nuggets defense. Denver went 9 of 30 from beyond the arc.The Rockets took a 73-63 halftime lead over the Nuggets, who allowed a season high in points by an opponent over the first two quarters.Houston led by as many as 15 in the first half, hitting nine 3-pointers, including four by Anderson, to gain early separation with its highest-scoring output over the first two quarters this season.The lack of defensive urgency by Denver was epitomized by Gordons fast-break layup at the halftime buzzer as he drove the length of the court virtually uncontested in the final 3 seconds of the period.TIP-INSRockets: F Trevor Ariza left the game in the final minutes with back spasms, DAntoni said, apparently after coming down awkwardly while going for a rebound. ... Houston has made at least 10 3-pointers in 19 consecutive games, the longest streak of its kind in NBA history. ... Houstons previous high for first-half points was 71 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 26. ... The Rockets are 7-2 on the road since beginning the season 2-3.Nuggets: C Nikola Jokic missed the game because of a sore left wrist. ... G Gary Harris remains sidelined with a right foot injury. ... G Will Barton returned from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the previous two games.QUOTABLEThey played harder than us. They wanted the game more than us. It was a bad loss on our home court. They came back very, very late (to Denver). We should have jumped on them since the beginning and it was the opposite. -- Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari.UP NEXTRockets: Completed a five-game trip and return home to host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.Nuggets: Play at Utah on Saturday night in the first stop of a six-game trip. Cheap Air Max Plus Tn Ultra . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. 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CARMEL, Ind. -- The journey started in Rio de Janeiro, where Rickie Fowler played for the United States in the mens Olympic golf tournament. From there, he went to Greensboro, New York, Boston and Indianapolis in search of FedEx points and brownie points.He didnt earn enough of the former to secure a place in Atlanta in two weeks for the PGA Tours season-ending, 30-man field at the Tour Championship.Whether he got enough of the latter will be determined Monday -- or perhaps not until Sept. 25 -- when captain Davis Love III makes his at-large selections for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.Playing in his fifth straight week, Fowler admitted he was running out of energy. The result was a lackluster performance at the BMW Championship, in which he tied for 59th and was forced to watch the wildly fluctuating projections that had him in and out of the top 30 all afternoon.As it turned out, when J.B. Holmes parred the final hole to shoot 2-over-par 74 -- making a testy 3-footer -- he secured the 28th position. Fowler was bumped to 31st, just behind Charl Schwartzel,?who shot a final-round 64 to move into a tie for fourth and jump up from 43rd in FedEx Cup points.Theres nothing I can do, Fowler said after finishing with an even-par 72; he was long gone when those on the golf course determined his fate. Im not going to go heckle the ones that I need to miss or anything like that. I want to see guys play well, and theyre all my buddies. You never root against anyone.And like I said, all I can do is go play golf today and Im done. So whatever happens, happens.Fowler can point to a nine-tournament stretch that began at the Players Championship that led to his inability to qualify for the Tour Championship.Starting at the PGA Tours flagship tournament, Fowler missed three straight cuts and had just one finish inside the top 10. While competing at the mens Olympic golf tournament, in which he finished tied for 37th, Fowler decided to add the Wyndham Championship to his schedule in an effort to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team on points.The following weeks Barclays was the last qualifying event, and Fowler was in good shape to make the team, only to falter on the lasst day and tie for seventh after holding the 54-hole lead.dddddddddddd That tournament ultimately cost him his spot at East Lake; had he finished one place higher, he would have easily advanced.Now he may or may not have put his place on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in jeopardy.There are arguments for and against Fowler, to be sure. He is ranked ninth in the world and has played in two Ryder Cups with a 0-3-5 record; but he did little over the past six months in which he could have easily wrapped up a spot.Ive done basically everything I can do as far as schedule and playing, and obviously it would have been nice to play better to make the pick a lot easier on him, but whether he has his mind made up or is still thinking, thats up to him, Fowler said. Im just looking forward to having an off week at home this coming week.Hell have the week of the Tour Championship off as well, but Fowler can take solace in knowing that others being considered for a pick didnt exactly distinguish themselves, either.Holmes tied for fourth, but it came after a five-tournament stretch in which he missed three cuts; Bubba Watson tied for 20th and has just two worldwide top-10s going back to March; Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic last month, then had two top-10s in the playoffs, only to tie for 64th at Crooked Stick this week.There are arguments for and against just about every player who is in the running for one of the four picks.As for the Tour Championship, it will play on without Open champion Henrik Stenson, who was bumped out of the top 30 because he took this week off to rest his ailing knee. Sergio Garcia didnt make it to East Lake, either, leaving Rory McIlroy as the only European Ryder Cup team member to play in Atlanta.BMW championship winner Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Phil Mickelson are the U.S. team members who will be in Atlanta, as will several of the potential at-large picks in the field, including Justin Thomas, Moore, Matt Kuchar, Watson, Daniel Berger and Holmes. ' ' '

    • PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Gerrit Cole from the disabled list in advance of his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. Cole had been on the DL since Aug. 25 with right posterior elbow inflammation.Cole, 26, went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA last season to make the All-Star team and finish fourth in National League Cy Young Award balloting. This year, Cole has been bothered by triceps and elbow injuries and gone a disappointing 7-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 starts. He recently received clearance to resume pitching after a visit to Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.The Pirates also announced that infielder Josh Harrison will miss the rest of the rest of the regular season with a right groin strain. Harrison suffered the injury while legging out a double in an 8-7 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.The estimated recovery time is four to six weeks, so Harrison would return to play this season only if Pittsburgh rallies to earn a playoff spot. At 69-72, the Pirates are six games out of a wild-card berth with 21 games left to play.Harrison finishes the regular season with a .283 batting average, four home runs, 59 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 131 games. Air Max Pas Cher Livraison Gratuite . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Air Max Soldes .Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. http://www.airmaxpascher.info/ . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. Chaussure Air Max Pas Cher Chine . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. Chaussure Air Max Pas Cher . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Sunday echoed optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association would be reached soon.Silver said he thought a deal could be done in time to avoid a work stoppage after this season.Im not going to put any more specific timetable on it than that, but that we continue to meet, said Silver, who spoke in Shanghai ahead of the 10th Global Games in China. In fact, the head of the players association, Michele Roberts, was in Spain, where I just came from, where she was accompanying the Oklahoma City Thunder. We had an opportunity to speak there as well. So we continue to be engaged on a regular basis. I remain optimistic that were going to get something done relatively soon.The NBA and players association have recently expressed optimism over reaching a new agreement in the coming weeks.The current 10-year deal, signed in 2011, has a Dec. 15 opt-out clause, but both sides want to get a deal in place before then. Negotiations on the last CBA lasted until December 2011, which reduced the 2011-12 season by 16 games.dddddddddddd.Silver spoke at a news conference to announce an NBA partnership with BesTV to broadcast 1,300 games in China.In terms of our present bargaining discussions with the players, Id say theyre going very well and theres been a great sense and spirit of cooperation across the table and desire to move forward, Silver said. Theres a sense from both the owners and the union management that there is a lot at stake here, and I think everyones feeling the pressure from all the constituents involved in this league for all the jobs that we provide that its incumbent upon us to work something out and to get a deal done.An update on the negotiations is likely to come in two weeks, when Silver makes his annual October address after a board of governors session. ' ' '

    • BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ed Orgeron held both arms in the air as he emerged from the Tiger Stadium tunnel for his first game as LSUs interim coach. Derrius Guices long, crowd-thrilling touchdown runs ensured Orgeron would leave Death Valley in an even better mood.In LSUs first game since the firing of coach Les Miles, and with star running back Leonard Fournette sidelined with ankle soreness, Guice rushed for a career-high 163 yards and three touchdowns, leading LSU to a 42-7 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.You could feel the electricity in the stadium, said Orgeron, a Louisiana native, who walked off the field beaming after his players gave him a celebratory drenching with a bucket of sports drink and handed him a game ball. This is Tiger Stadium. This is what its supposed to be.Guice scored the games first touchdown on a zig-zagging, 42-yard run in which he left several would-be tacklers grasping at air before using his speed to race away for the final yards. He added TDs from 4 and 37 yards before the first half ended.Orgeron has got everybody flying around the field, Guice said.We did everything faster tonight, Guice added. That allowed us to make big plays in the running game, including some that the offensive line broke open.Darrel Williams added a career-high 130 yards and three short touchdowns for LSU (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which finished with 418 yards on the ground.Im glad they won and glad they performed well because now they can believe in what were doing, Orgeron said.Missouri (2-3, 0-2) struggled to sustain drives and didnt score until executing a reverse pass from receiver Eric Laurent to quarterback Drew Lock with 6:11 left in the game. LSU dominated time of possession, 42:33 to 17:27 and ran 82 plays to Missouris 60. LSU also finished with 634 yards -- the school record for an SEC game- to Missouris 265.They handed it to us in every area. I feel like I got my tail kicked tonight and we did as a program, first-year Mizzou coach Barry Odom said. I have great belief with all my soul that were a much better football team than that and we will be going forward.Lock limited LSUs formidable pass rush to two sacks by throwing quickly. But LSUs secondary didnt allow many easy throws. Lock, who came in averaging 377 yards passing, finished 17 of 37 for 167 yards and was intercepted once by TreDavious White on a long, over-thrown pass.Miles, arguably the most successful coach in LSU history after winning 77 percent of his games -- including the 2007 national title -- in 11-plus seasons, was fired last Sunday, the day after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. That game marked the second time this season LSUs offense looked stagnant in a loss to an underdog that was not ranked at the time of the game.Orgeron promised stylistic changes under new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and delivered early with four receiver sets and enough passes to keep Missouris defense honest. But statistically, LSU looked a lot like some of Miles most dominant teams, with more yards and scoring on the ground than through the air.LSU QB Danny Etling completed 19 of 30 passes for 216 yards and did not turn the ball over.We spread them out a little bit, Orgeron said. We started throwing the football, loosened them up on the run.THE TAKEAWAYMISSOURI: Stats can be deceiving. Mizzous offense, which came into the game leading the SEC, has looked far less prolific against teams from Power 5 conferences than the overmatched Eastern Michigan and Delaware State of the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision.LSU: Miles is out as coach but theres no questioning the talent he brought in. Its clear LSU was ready to play under Orgeron and could be a tough out for its remaining opponents.EJECTEDEach team had a player ejected for targeting and each team had another player thrown out under a new rule in college football that sends players to the locker room for two personal fouls in a game. LSUs Xavier Lewis and Missouris Brandon Lee were ejected for targeting. LSU offensive lineman Andy Dodd and Missouri defensive lineman Charles Harris were ejected in the second half for unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Those fouls counted as their second personal fouls because every player on both teams had been assessed unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for a brief scuffle near midfield at the end of the first half.POLL IMPLICATIONSAfter falling out of the AP Poll last week, LSU could very well jump right back into the ranking with its emphatic rebound from its last-second lost at Auburn.UP NEXTMISSOURI: After a bye next weekend, Missouri will visit Florida on Oct. 15.LSU: A clash with historical rival Florida in the Swamp next weekend is on tap for LSU, marking the first road game of the Orgeron era.---AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Cheap Jerseys China . 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His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months.GENEVA -- UEFA disqualified Metalist Kharkiv from the Champions League on Wednesday for links to match-fixing in Ukraine and reinstated its previous opponent, PAOK Thessaloniki. World footballs most prized club competition has further legal issues with another team, Fenerbahce, also fighting expulsion over a years-old domestic match-fixing case as it prepares to play Arsenal in the playoffs next week. Metalist will challenge UEFAs verdict with an urgent appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and can ask for the sanctions to be frozen while the case is processed. "We regret that such a sanction was applied, and we do not agree with it," Metalist first vice-president Konstantin Pivovarov said in a statement. The Ukrainian club had been scheduled to travel to play Schalke next Wednesday in the first leg of the playoff round, after eliminating PAOK 3-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last week. UEFA President Michel Platini led an emergency meeting Wednesday which decided that the Greek club will now go to Germany instead. The return match is on Aug. 27, with the winner advancing to the groups draw in Monaco two days later. Metalist appears to have ended its debut Champions League campaign unbeaten but in disgrace. It finished as runner-up last season to title winner Shakhtar Donetsk, breaking Dynamo Kyivs lock on the second entry allocated to Ukraine in the elite competition. "Metalist has won the right to participate in the 2013-14 Champions League in a fair fight," Pivovarov said. UEFA charged Metalist last week after CAS upheld sports director Yevhen Krasnikovs five-year ban, imposed by the Ukrainian Football Federation. Krasnikov allegedly helped fix a 2008 Ukrainian league match against Karpaty Lviv. UEFAs Champions League rules require clubs not to have been involved in fixing national or international matches since April 2007, when its legal statutes were updated. Fenerbahce officials were convicted in a Turkish criminal trial of helping fix matches during the teams successful rrun to the national league title in 2011.dddddddddddd They deny wrongdoing and have appealed. UEFA banned Fenerbahce in June from two seasons of European club competitions, but the sanction was frozen pending an appeal at CAS. Fenerbahce eliminated Salzburg in the third qualifying round to earn a playoff against Arsenal. The first leg is in Istanbul next Wednesday. CAS is preparing to set a hearing date for Fenerbahces appeal and aims to give a verdict before the draw in Monaco. Metalist, which was bought last December by new owners reportedly connected to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, also is seeking a legal fixture at Switzerlands highest court. The club has asked the Swiss Federal Tribunal to examine the 250-page CAS ruling which upheld Krasnikovs ban, in a case which saw several former Karpaty players banned from three to five years. Judges can overturn the sports courts ruling if legal process was abused. "I want to assure fans that we will fight for the rights of the club," Pivovarov said. Metalist had hoped UEFA would reach a similar verdict to one it pronounced in June on a third Champions League playoff club whose officials were implicated in corruption. Steaua Bucharest president Gigi Becali had a criminal conviction upheld by a Romanian appeal court in June. Among the charges, he was accused of attempting to pay bribes in 2008 to another club to play well against one of Steauas rivals for the league title. However, UEFAs disciplinary panel deferred Steauas one-year competition ban for a five-year probationary period after "taking into account certain mitigating circumstances." Cleared to enter the Champions League, the 1986 European Cup winner will host Legia Warsaw in the first leg next Wednesday. PAOKs return to the tournament affects the Europa League playoffs, which it had dropped into after losing to Metalist. PAOK wont be replaced in the playoffs and its scheduled opponent, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, will qualify directly for the Europa League group stage, UEFA said. ' ' '

    • SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame couldnt pass, couldnt hang on to the ball, couldnt hold on to a 15-point lead and just about couldnt miss from the free-throw line.The Fighting Irish were 30 of 33 in foul shooting with Bonzie Colson making all 12 of his attempts, Steve Vasturia made all seven of his and Notre Dame beat Iowa 92-78 Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.The foul line is an unbelievable weapon for us, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. We get there and then we capitalize when we get there.Colson finished with a season-high 24 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and Vasturia tied a career high with 22 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to pace the Irish (7-0). Colson said he focused on rebounding.I just try to play the game and just play like its my last game and just continue to battle with the bigs and continue to rebound and if I see the scoring opportunity just go to work in that department, he said.Iowa (3-4) had its largest lead of the second half at 52-50 when Notre Dame hit four straight shots and Iowa missed four straight during a 10-0 run capped by Vasturia driving through the lane for a layup to give Notre Dame a 60-52 lead.The Irish extended the lead to 79-63 on a jumper by Farrell.Freshman Jordan Bohanon, whose previous season-high was six points, finished with a team-high 23 points in his first start. Jok, coming off a career-high 42 points against Memphis, struggled throughout, making 4 of 20 shots for 15 points.They were really locked into him, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. Those ones he missed tonight were the same ones he made against Memphis. I give Notre Dame credit for that.Jok blamed himself, saying he didnt do his part.Theres no way I should go 4-20 on a given night against anybody. But like I said it was one of those games. Ive still got to find a way to make shots, and I didnt do it tonight.BIG PICTUREIowa: The Hawkeyes were without freshman forward Tyler Cook, their second-leading scorer at 13.7 points game, who underwent surgery earlier Tuesday because of a fractured his right index finger and is expected to be out about three weeks. After two straight losses the Hawkeyes tried to shake things up with three new starters but continued to struggle against Power Five opponents.Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish, who entered the game averaging 7.5 turnovers and 18.5 assists, had four turnovers in less than six minutes, 11 in the first half. The Irish finished with 14 turnovers and just 11 assists, but won comfortably to improve to 7-0 for the third time in 17 seasons under Mike Brey. The Irish also won their first seven in 2001 and got off to their best start at 8-0 in 2010.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Irish, who were two spots outside the poll on Monday, should have a chance of becoming ranked after their third win against a Power Five opponent.TIP-INSThe Hawkeyes, who had 18 turnovers in each of its past two games against No. 6 Virginia and Memphis, had only six against the Irish. ... Iowa fell to 5-11 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. Notre Dame is 3-1. ... The Irish improved to 8-1 vs. Big Ten opponents the past three seasons.REMEMBERING RIVERSNotre Dame will induct former standout guard David Rivers, who led the Irish to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1984-88, into its Ring of Honor on Jan. 21 at halftime of its game against Syracuse. Rivers is the sixth-leading all-time scorer at Notre Dame with 2,058 points. He was a first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a three-time captain for the Irish.UP NEXTIowa: The Hawkeyes return home to play Omaha and Stetson before facing rival Iowa State, which is ranked No. 19.Notre Dame: The Irish play North Carolina A&T and Fort Wayne at home before neutral-site games against No. 2 Villanova in Newark, New Jersey, and No. 15 Purdue in Indianapolis.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Nike Shox Nz . Third-seeded Murray had the easiest path to victory on New Years Eve, barely breaking a sweat during his 6-0, 6-0 win over 2,129th-ranked Qatari wildcard recipient Mousa Shanan Zayed. Nike Shox Clearance Sale . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. http://www.shoxoutletshoesstore.com/ . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. Nike Shox Clearance . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. Nike Shox Shoes Outlet . Defenceman Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Canucks breathed a sigh of relief with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe says Lewis Hamiltons decision to seek clarity on Nico Rosbergs Hungary pole lap from the FIA and not his own team was regrettable.Rosberg pipped his Mercedes teammate to pole in Budapest despite going purple through a middle sector at a time when there were double-waved yellows in effect. Hamilton and other drivers, including Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, had been ahead of Rosberg on the road and had slowed dramatically in accordance with the cautions.Afterwards, Hamilton went to FIA race director Charlie Whiting to seek clarification of what is and is not allowed under yellow flags, which was then followed by the stewards investigating Rosbergs lap. Lowe does not think Hamiltons approach had any influence on the stewards deciding to look into the lap but wishes the world champion had simply asked for advice ffrom the Mercedes team.ddddddddddddIts my understanding that Lewis did go and see Charlie, but it wasnt in any way to seek a review of Nicos lap, Lowe said. It was for his own understanding of what should be done in the future, how that should work for him in the future.I think that was regrettable, personally, he should have kept to advice from the team and we can obtain that from Charlie as necessary. But I dont think there was any harm done, it was just a misjudgement from that point of view.Following the double yellow controversy in Hungary, Whiting has enforced new rules for this weekends German Grand Prix. A double yellow situation will instead be replaced by a red flag, something Hamilton does not believe is necessary. ' ' '

    • When the 2016 tennis season unfurled Down Under, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were the unchallenged champions of their elite orbits.By the end of the year, the No. 1 players had been unseated in shocking fashion by two exceptionally late bloomers, Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray.Williams was the WTAs top-ranked player for 186 consecutive weeks, equaling Steffi Grafs Open era record. Djokovic occupied the ATP World Tour throne for 122 consecutive weeks. Collectively, thats nearly six straight years of dominance.The year-end obituaries of the fallen No. 2-ranked players, however, sounded a bit shrill.As 2017 rapidly approaches, we can report that Williams -- now a doddering 35 -- and the 29-year-old Djokovic are still breathing. In fact, it wouldnt be a stretch to imagine them winning multiple Slams and reclaiming their No. 1 rankings.Amid all the hype and talk of change, its easy to forget that Djokovic won the first two majors of the season and made the final of the fourth; Williams lost to Kerber in the final of the Australian Open and beat her in the Wimbledon final.In retrospect, its now clear Serena spoiled us with a late-career surge that has no historic parallel. After turning 30, following the 2011 US Open, she won nine of the next 20 Grand Slam singles titles -- dominating womens tennis over a five-year span in spectacular fashion.She and Djokovic still have their supporters.Its Jan. 30, the Monday after the Australian Open ends, said Brad Gilbert, who coached Andy Murray, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. And you tell me that [Serena/Djokovic] double happened. No, I wouldnt be surprised -- at all.Djoker has won six of those titles. Serenas like a stock -- how do you predict it? The fact shes played as little as she has -- shes 35, and shes probably the betting favorite. Sort of like Tom Brady and the Patriots. Dont focus on the age; look at the history.Both Djokovic and Williams struggled with injuries, which led to diminished confidence -- their signature weapon in recent years.Heading into this years US Open, Williams was still a favorite, and with a title, would have strung together another excellent year. Instead she got beaten by ascendant Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals.I wasnt able to move the way I wanted to move, Williams told the media afterward. When youre injured, youre thinking of other things when you should be just playing and thinking of your shots. My mind was just a little bit everywhere.So was her season. There were surprisingly early losses in the Rio Olympics in singles and, with sister Venus, doubles. Serena finished with two titles (Wimbledon and Rome) and played only 44 matches, her lowest totals in five years. And, for the second consecutive year, she shut her season down after the US Open.Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was moved to call it a very bad season.Williams, who was dogged by shoulder and knee issues, literally limped away from the year.Djokovic nursed a nagging arm injury and, after winning the French Open to complete his career Grand Slam, tailed off drastically. After losing to Murray in the final of the ATP year-end event, Djokovic looked and sounded weary.Right now, he said to the media, the goal is just to rest a little bit. Its been a long season, a very nice year, a lot to reflect on, a lot to take in. Its time to leave the racket aside for a little bit, just recover.There will be no recovery for six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, the coach who was the most notable collateral damage after Djokovics second-half swoon. After three years with Djokovic, Becker was terminated at the end of the season.Because theyre getting a bit older, both Djokovic and Williams will be playing in 2017 with an enormous sense of urgency. Its suddenly a shrinking universe, with all kinds of younger players -- Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, Simona Halep, Pliskova and Madison Keys -- all looking for their first Slam win.Nearing 30, Djokovic has crossed that line of demarcation for male tennis players. Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal, who have won a total of 45 majors, collected only two among them after their 29th birthdays.Djokovic, with 12 Grand Slam singles titles, needs two to equal Sampras and Nadal and five to catch Federer. Williams is tied with Graf with 22 major titles, two behind all-time leader Margaret Smith Court.What must Serena and Djokovic do to successfully hit the reset button?Pam Shriver, and ESPN analyst who won 21 Grand Slam doubles titles, said they need to make an immediate impression.I think they have to play well in Australia -- maybe not win it but go deep in the draw, she said. For their own confidence and also sending a message to rest of the field. I think its going to be easier for Djokovic than Serena. I dont have lot of confidence in this mid-30s-take-four-months-off thing. I hope she can prove me wrong. Until then, I am skeptical.I think theyll both win majors; one of them will win more than one. The current No. 1s, Kerber and Murray, are in it to win it for the year. On the mens side, I think it will be the most unpredictable year since 2003 going back to Federers first Slam. Swell Wood Bottle Canada . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Swell Canada Sale . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. http://www.swellbottlesaleclearance.com/swell-water-bottle-black-wholesale.html .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Swell Water Bottle Clearance . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Swell Bottle Black Canada . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. TOKYO -- Tokyos first female governor said Monday she will use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics and push a womens rights agenda that she hopes will be a model for Japans central government.Yuriko Koike, elected in a sweeping victory last month, said in an interview that reduce, reuse and recycle of waste and temporary facilities will be her slogan for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. The estimated cost of hosting the Olympics has spiraled.Because Japan is prone to earthquakes, buildings and even temporary facilities have to be quake-resistant, contributing to the bulging Olympic costs, she said.We should focus more on sustainability and credibility in planning the Olympics, Koike told The Associated Press, adding that she will use her expertise as a former environment minister. The triple-R of reduce, reuse and recycle perfectly fits global sustainability and waste management.She noted there is a Japanese word that expresses the idea -- mottainai, meaning what a waste. For instance, Koike said, the idea is demonstrated in the Japanese Shinto tradition of rebuilding the holiest shrine of Ise every 20 years, in which some old materials are reused.Preparations are under way for the 2020 Olympics, but they have been plagued with problems. An initial main stadium design by an Iraqi-born architect, the late Zaha Hadid, was scrapped because of soaring costs. The official Olympic logo was delayed until this year after an earlier pick was scrapped over plagiarism allegations. Then there was a questionable payment to a Singaporean firm in relation to Tokyos winning bid.Construction of the main stadium based on a new design is finally set to start toward the end of this year in Tokyo, which also hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964.Koike has pledged to examine the swelling costs to avoidd saddling taxpayers with debt.dddddddddddd. She has said the problems resulted from a lack of leadership and transparency.She is also reviewing a planned relocation of Tokyos Tsukiji fish market to a site where soil is allegedly contaminated with chemicals. With the relocation linked to the construction of a main road, a delay could affect the Olympics.A veteran national lawmaker who has held top Cabinet posts including defense minister, Koike said she aims to achieve womens advancement and diversity beyond what the central government has done. She doesnt have a reputation as a feminist activist, however.The 64-year-old conservative faces challenges from the male-dominated ruling party that she defied to run for governor. Koike had been kept out of the loop under Prime Minister Shinzo Abes leadership.The percentage of female employees in the Tokyo metropolitan government is already larger than in the national government, Koike said, adding that she will further push for womens advancement as she encourages diversity overall. She said Japanese tolerance of overtime should also be corrected, so that overtime is considered a lack of efficiency.Koike studied at American University in Cairo and speaks Arabic.Being Tokyos governor ahead of the Olympics, she said she can make good use of her unique background, understanding of Islamic culture and her female point of view.She said she is currently developing a special fabric for female Muslim athletes to use during the Olympics.Ive always wanted to be someone that people would say, `you are the only one, Koike said.---Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at twitter.com/mariyamaguchiHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi ' ' '

    • RIO DE JANEIRO -- With fireworks forming the word Rio in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of The Girl From Ipanema, Rio de Janiero jubilantly welcomed the world Friday to the first Olympic Games in South America.After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to Games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding poverty and sun-kissed wealth opened the two-week Games of the 31st Olympiad with a high-energy gala celebration of Brazils can-do spirit, biodiversity and melting pot history.The low-tech, cut-price opening ceremony, a moment of levity for a nation beset by economic and political woes, featured performers as slaves, gravity-defying climbers hanging from buildings in Brazils teeming megacities and -- of course -- dancers, all hips and wobble, grooving to thumping funk and sultry samba.Brazil also packaged its party with solemnity, lacing the fun and frivolous show with sobering messages about global warming and conservation. Images of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, swirling in the Earths atmosphere were followed by projections of world cities and regions -- Amsterdam, Florida, Shanghai, Dubai -- being swamped by rising seas.The peace symbol, tweaked into the shape of a tree, was projected onto the floor of the Maracana Stadium that filled with thousands of athletes from 207 teams.The heat is melting the ice cap, a voice intoned. Its disappearing very quickly.The crowd roared when Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel?and wife of?New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady,?sashayed from one side of the 78,000-seat Maracana Stadium to the other as Tom Jobims grandson, Daniel, played his?grandfathers famous song about the Ipanema girl tall and tan and young and lovely.In a video preceding the show, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Games celebrate the best of humanity and appealed for an Olympic truce, calling on all warring parties to lay down their weapons during the two weeks of sporting achievement.There were times after the International Olympic Committee selected Rio ahead of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid in 2009 when it seemed that the city of 6.5 million people might not get its act together for the worlds greatest sporting mega-event. The spreading health crisis of the mosquito-born Zika virus kept some athletes away.Promises to clean Rios filthy waters remained unfulfilled. The heavy bill for the Games, at least $12 billion, made them unpopular with many. Heavily armed security stopped a small group of protesters from getting close to the stadium ahead of the ceremony.But with more than a dash of gambiarra, the Brazilian art of quick-fixes and making do, Rio is ready.Our admiration is even greater because you managed this at a very difficult time in Brazilian history. We have always believed in you, IOC president Thomas Bach said.The honor of officially declaring the Games open fell to Michel Temer, Brazils unpopular interim president, who was loudly jeered and faced shouts of out with Temer. He was standing in for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. Her ouster less than four months before the Games for alleged budget violations was one of many obstacles in the works of Brazils Olympic preparations, and it impacted the opening ceremony itself.?Fewer than 25 foreign heads of state were expected, with others seemingly staying away to avoid giving the impression of taking sides amid Brazils leadership uncertainty. As Brazilian officials took their seats in the stadium, there were shouts of out with Temer from sections of the crowd.Jamaicas Usain Bolt, the two-time defending champion in the Olympic 100- and 200-meter races, skipped the ceremony, as expected. Bolt announced his decision earlier in the day. Friday was the fourth anniversary of Bolts winning the gold in the 100 at the London Games.Also missing was 75-year-old Brazilian soccer great Pele, who announced earlier Friday that he was not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics. He had previously said this week that he had been invited to light the cauldron, although that was not confirmed by Rio organizers.Instead, the cannonball-shaped cauldron was lit by Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima. At the 2004 Games, an Irish spectator wearing a kilt, knee-socks and a beret tackled de Lima while he was leading the Olympic marathon. Rather than gold, he fell back to take bronze.Greece, the historic and spiritual home of the Games, led the march by athletes into the stadium. They were joined by the first Refugee Olympic Team of 10 athletes displaced from Syria, South Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia. Their flag-bearer, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, fled war in South Sudan and ran her first race in a refugee camp in northern Kenya. Only Brazils team, which marched last, drew a louder roar from the crowd than the refugees.The athletes were given tree seeds, plus cartridges of soil. When the trees sprout, they will be planted in a Rio park.With USA emblazoned on the back of his jacket, Michael Phelps carried the flag for the U.S. team, the largest with 549 competitors. At his fifth Olympics, it was the first time the record-holder of 22 medals had marched in an opening ceremony, having skipped previous ones to save energy for competition.On behalf of all 11,288 competitors (6,182 men and 5,106 women), Brazilian two-time Olympic champion sailor Robert Scheidt pledged not to take banned drugs -- an oath likely to ring false to fans after the scandal of government-orchestrated cheating in Russia. As a consequence, Russias team was whittled down from a hoped-for 389 athletes to around 270.Iran picked a woman, archer Zahra Nemati, as flag-bearer for its team made up overwhelmingly of men. Another woman pushed Nematis wheelchair. The archer was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager.Shoals of samba dancers flowed in a rainbow of colors, but many showed less flesh than normal for Brazil, seemingly mindful of their global TV audience.After the grandeur of Beijings opening ceremony in 2008 and the high-tech, cheeky inventiveness of Londons in 2012, Rios was earthier and less swish but more sobering with its gloomy environmental look at the future and deliberate penny-pinching. Creative director Fernando Meirelles said the budget, slashed by half as Brazils economic recession bit ever harder, is 12 times less than London, 20 times less than Beijing.It is pretty tacky to be overspending, he said. It is not a good message for the world. When 40 percent of the homes in Brazil have no sanitation, you cant really be spending a billion reals for a show. In the end, I feel good that I am not spending money that Brazil hasnt got.In the U.S., NBC faced social media criticism for its decision to delay the broadcast of the ceremony so it could be shown in prime time in all time zones. Frequent commercial breaks, including eight in the first 65 minutes, also proved frustrating for time-shifting viewers accustomed to fast-forwarding through ads.NBC began its telecasting of the festivities an hour after they begin in Rio on Friday. On the U.S. West Coast, the telecast of the opening ceremony wasnt set to start for another hour. NBC didnt start streaming the event through its app or Olympics website until the television coverage began, and streamers had to authenticate their account with a cable or satellite service.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Nike Shox Clearance . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Nike Shox Cheap . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. http://www.shoxoutletshoesstore.com/ . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. Nike Shox Clearance Sale . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. Nike Shox Mens Clearance . Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day. For more than a decade, every weekday during the college football season I have written 3-Point Stance, three short notes to entertain, make you think or maybe even both. This season, as Kickoff Week begins Thursday night, we move to seven notes, twice a week. The mathematically inclined will note that means one fewer note per week. You are getting slightly less for the same price. Which, by the way, is nothing. And have you taken a look at your half-gallon of ice cream lately? Its not a half-gallon.But I digress. Lets get on with the season: It is here, by god. It is here.Tide will overwhelm the Trojans on the line Its always dangerous to assess this years team by how it did last year. But when I look at No. 20 USCs chances against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday (ABC, 8 p.m. ET), I think of how Stanford dominated the line of scrimmage last season, held the ball for 35:42 and rushed for 262 yards against the Trojans in the Pac-12 championship game last December. The Trojans have a young defensive front. The Tide have three returning starters on the offensive line, including Cam Robinson, who might be the best left tackle in the country, not to mention a veteran defensive front.Fun fact from the Group of 5 San Diego State, which won its last 10 games a year ago, has the second-longest active winning streak in the FBS behind Alabamas 12-game streak. In the first six years of this decade, Northern Illinois four home losses are tied for the fewest in the FBS, with Alabama, Boise State, Clemson, Florida State, LSU and Stanford. And really, the Huskies lost only two at home. The other two home games were at Soldier Field. If you need to prove your Power 5 knowledge, mention that Florida State has won 21 straight home games dating to 2012.Tar Heels forced to backtrack after fumbling with appointment of Beckman North Carolina chancellor Carol L. Folt, on the short tenure of Tim Beckman as a Tar Heels volunteer coach: Moving forward I dont expect this situation to recur. I dont know Folt, but I know that a lot of university presidents are academics who couldnt find the football stadium with a campus map. Folt is a scientist who came to Chapel Hill after spending 30 years on the Dartmouth faculty. Between the ongoing NCAA investigation and the tone-deaf hiring of Beckman by head coach Larry Fedora, Folt has gotten a crash course on the dark side of the football team being the universitys front porch.Babers spread will thrive in Carrier Dome Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert spent three seasons (2012-14) on the staff of Dino Babers at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green.dddddddddddd. Babers plucked Gilbert out of Temple (Texas) High to help install Baylors spread offense. Now Babers is at Syracuse, and Gilbert believes he will turn around the Orange because the Baylor spread is made for the Carrier Dome. To be able to play probably half or more than half their games in a controlled climate? Especially up there? It will be huge to run this offense in that kind of conditions, Gilbert said.K-State will try and catch McCaffrey if it can Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, asked about the task of slowing down Stanford back Christian McCaffrey, last years Heisman runner-up, gave a tutorial on defensive preparation. Being able to identify where he is and why hes there becomes important, Snyder said. He can line up in a lot of different positions, and [we must] not get baited out of position because of where his linemen are. They have to understand what he can, but also equally important, what he cant do from certain positions. Of course, everyone is waiting to find out what McCaffrey cant do.Beamer ball alive and well at Virginia Tech?Virginia Tech will award its special teams player of the week with the honor of wearing the No. 25 jersey, the retired number worn by former Hokies head coach Frank Beamer, in the next game. Another cool special teams honor: Because Duke quarterback and team co-captain Thomas Sirk has re-injured his Achilles tendon, he will be replaced at the coin toss in each game by a special teams captain of the week. Four-year long snapper Thomas Hennessy gets the honor when the Blue Devils open Saturday against North Carolina Central.Looking for signs of life from the Buffaloes Yes, Colorado has won two Pac-12 games in head coach Mike MacIntyres three seasons. But here are some things to think about as the Buffs try to snap their streak of consecutive seasons with a losing record at 10. Four of Colorados five losses to Pac-12 South teams last year came by seven points or fewer. Eighteen starters return. Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau has started 29 games, thrown for nearly 7,400 yards and 49 touchdowns. It might be too much to ask against a schedule with road trips to Michigan, Oregon, USC and Stanford in the first eight games. But the Buffs just might show some life. ' ' '

    • Kurtis Patterson, 23 (NSW) It has taken some years for Patterson to build on the potential shown in 2011, when at 18 he became the youngest batsman in Sheffield Shield history to score a century. But since the start of last summer, only George Bailey has more Shield runs than Pattersons 959 at 53.27. Ed Cowan calls him the best young top-order batsman in the country by miles. Importantly, Patterson has worked on his patience, learning to bat for long periods: on a very slow and challenging pitch in Mackay last December he hunkered down for 261 balls for 55. And he can bat a side out of a hole: in March, the top order collapsed around him to be 4 for 26, but his 100 led the recovery and New South Wales won the match. He also has recent form, having made three half-centuries from four innings against South Africa A in July-August, and 111 and 60 in the first two Shield rounds of the season. Patterson is certainly one of the leading candidates for a call-up to Adelaide.Peter Handscomb, 25 (Vic) On the list of Shield run scorers since the start of last summer, Patterson is closely followed by Handscomb, who in that time has 932 runs at 44.38. A versatile batsman who has moved up and down the order and now settled at No.4, Handscomb importantly has stepped up when given opportunities for Australia A. This winter he made a first-class 137 against South Africa A and 87 against India A, and on a tour of India last year impressed with 91 in Chennai. In that match he used his feet well against the spinners, and his state captain Matthew Wade this week described him as arguably one of the best players of spin weve got in Australia. Adding to his big-match credentials, he was Man of the Match in last summers Shield final win over South Australia for his 112 and 61*. He has started this Shield season with 78 and 60 in the first two rounds, and with 60 first-class games behind him, should be ready for Test cricket.Cameron Bancroft, 23 (WA) If Australias selectors want a young batsman who can bat long - really long - then Bancroft should be the first name on their list. In March 2015, he batted for 13 hours and 567 balls in compiling 211 against New South Wales, comfortably the longest first-class innings by any Australian in the past decade. In fact, since his first-class debut, three of the 12 longest Shield innings have belonged to Bancroft. He found a way to handle spin against India A, sweeping to great effect on his way to 150 in Chennai last year, and is a likely candidate for next years Test tour of India. All of this makes it incomprehensible that Australias selectors picked him for a T20 earlier this year. Perhaps it was fortunate that he didnt get to face a ball. Test cricket is Bancrofts future. However, it is questionable whether now is the best time to choose him, for he hasnt made a hundred in his past 23 first-class innings.Travis Head, 22 (SA) Highly rated for several years already, Head for a long while had one great failing as a first-class batsman: he couldnt seem to crack triple figures. Early last summer he finally - in his 64th first-class innings - made a century, and went on to score three for the Shield season, including 192 against Tasmania, a remarkable innings in a low-scoring match. It was a fine way to step up in his first full season as South Australias captain. Whether he has a Test-match temperament perhaps remains to be seen - two of his three first-class tons have come at near or better than a run a ball - but equally there have been times when he has played in a more grinding style. Either way, his talent is not in question. At 22, he has already played for Australia in ODIs and T20s and captained his state to a Shield final. If his time is not now, it may not be far away.Nic Maddinson, 24 (NSW) Ever since he scored a century on first-class debut at age 18, Maddinson has been watched closely as a future international prospect. His talent is not in doubt, but it has taken him some time settle into something resembling a Test-match temperament. Take his first-class 181 for Australia A against Gloucestershire in 2013 for example - it was a big innings but one that was smashed off 143 balls and fraught with danger. Although Maddinson had a modest 2015-16 Shield season, with 488 runs at 30.50, he scored 81 against India A in Brisbane this winter and has started this summer well, with 116 against Western Australia in his only game so far. Notably, it was a more patient knock, and one that took New South Wales from 3 for 57 to nearly 300.Jake Lehmann, 24 (SA) On numbers alone, it is hard to argue with Lehmanns credentials: he averages 48.96 in first-class cricket, with five centuries from his 18 appearances. He has also started this summer well, with 129* against Tasmania in the most recent Shield round, and he showed he could adapt to foreign conditions by scoring 116 for Yorkshire against Somerset during one of only two county first-class games that he played this year. Notably, that Yorkshire hundred was a rescue effort - he came in at 37 for 3, though was dropped at slip before he had scored. Lehmann is also well-rounded as a person away from cricket, having studied human movement and health science, and he is completing a masters in primary school teaching.Matt Renshaw, 20 (Qld) Though perhaps not a candidate for right now, Renshaw is undoubtedly a batsman the selectors will watch over the next couple of years. An opener with a good old-fashioned Test match temperament, Renshaw describes his scoring style as nurdling and identifies Alastair Cook as a similar style of batsman. Last summer, in his first full Shield season, he scored 738 runs at 43.41, including two centuries. His patience was on display in Mackay, where on a very slow and challenging pitch he occupied the crease for 395 balls to make 170, which made him Queenslands youngest first-class centurion of all time. This year, he played Matador Cup for the first time, and is yet to make his T20 debut. Id like to expand, he said in July. But Ive got my opportunity with longer form cricket, so I dont want to try and make something in the short form and then lose that longer form. Renshaw made 94 against South Africa A this winter and has missed the first two Shield rounds due to a knee injury but is back this week.Marcus Stoinis, 27 (Vic) He may not grab the headlines like some of the others, but Stoinis just keeps piling up runs. In fact, in the past three years he has made 1772 Shield runs at 43.21, and has more scores of 50-plus than anyone but Adam Voges during that period. Add to that a score of 120 against South Africa A in Brisbane during the winter, and 77 against India A in Chennai last year - having come in at 75 for 4 - and it becomes apparent that Stoinis has plenty of credits in the bank. He also adds an extra bowling option with his medium pace and has already played ODI and T20 cricket for Australia. On the downside, he hasnt had a particularly productive start to the summer, but dont be surprised if Stoinis finds himself in a Test squad at some point down the track.Matthew Wade, 28 (Vic) Now we come to some older options, with Test experience. Wade is a combative type of cricketer and has two Test centuries to his name already - a good tally for a wicketkeeper from only 12 Tests - and both were scored from challenging situations. He has captaincy experience and nous, and could serve as a valuable lieutenant to Steven Smith. Wade started this season with 78 in the pink-ball Shield round and averages 39.40 from nearly 100 first-class games. But as a wicketkeeper, is he good enough to oust Peter Nevill? In any case, Nevill was one of the few Australians who showed patience and resolve in the Perth Test, where he ran out of partners trying to save the match and batted nearly four hours for 60*. It is hard to accept that replacing Nevill is the answer to Australias issues. Glenn Maxwell, 28 (Vic) Nobody doubts Maxwells talent, and it is true that his first-class record - an average of 41.64 and five centuries - is impressive for a man often viewed as a short-form specialist. But is Maxwell the type of batsman Australia want coming in to rebuild after a collapse? With a strike-rate of nearly 80 in first-class cricket, Maxwell might need to show a more measured batting side to convince the selectors that he is the man for a crisis. His three Test appearances so far have not augured particularly well. Still, after being dropped for the first round of the Shield season, he bounced back with 81 from 138 balls against Queensland, and will no doubt be talked about at the selection table.Cameron White, 33 (Vic) Bizarrely picked as a legspinner for four Tests in India in 2008 despite hardly bowling domestically, Whites Test career will probably remain limited to that one tour, especially if the selectors now decide to look long-term and blood young batsmen. However, if they decide they want experience, fight and recent runs, then he might come under consideration. One especially notable innings came in Alice Springs in March, when Victoria collapsed to be 5 for 56 in their second innings. It left White and the lower order needing to bat out 74.2 overs against New South Wales to salvage a draw and a place in the Shield final. It is a scenario that should sound familiar after the Perth Test. Well, Victoria did it, and White remained at the end unbeaten on 97 from 253 balls. He also has a century and a fifty from the first two Shield rounds this season, and was the leading scorer in the Matador Cup.George Bailey, 34 (Tas) As with White, age is the main factor against Bailey, whose only five Test appearances came during Australias Ashes whitewash in 2013-14. But since the start of last summer, nobody has made more Shield runs than Baileys 1020 at 53.68, and he believes he is a much better red-ball cricketer now than during that Ashes campaign, when much of his lead-up focus had been on the short forms. It is possible that Baileys strong one-day record in India could help him gain selection for the Test tour there early next year, although the pitches offered up will likely be far tougher to bat on than those he is used to from his limited-overs tours. He is in form, though, and started this Shield summer with 64 in the first round and 142* in the second.Michael Klinger, 36 (WA) If an uncapped 36-year-old is the answer, then surely Australia have spent too long asking the wrong question. In the later stages of his career, Klinger has made mountains of runs, and his overall first-class average of 40.28 is weighed down by a few leaner seasons early in his career. A journeyman now at his third state, Klinger appears destined to end his career without gaining an international cap, for it is hard to imagine the selectors now wanting to do anything but rebuild for the future. It is a shame for Klinger is clearly the kind of batsman who loves batting time, and puts a high price on his wicket. In the past decade, five of the ten longest Sheffield Shield innings by balls faced have belonged to Klinger. Air Max Plus Canada Wholesale . 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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With Carson Palmer sidelined by a concussion, the one-win Arizona Cardinals turned to Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and an opportunistic defense for a much-needed victory.Drew Stanton threw two touchdown passes to Fitzgerald in the quarterbacks first start in two years, Johnson ran for two scores and the Cardinals capitalized on San Francisco mistakes to beat the 49ers 33-21 on Thursday night.We were a hungry team, a team that knows that we dug a hole for ourselves and we had to win this game, coach Bruce Arians said.The Cardinals (2-3) got 17 points off three turnovers by the 49ers (1-4) -- two interceptions by Blaine Gabbert and a fumbled kickoff return by Chris Davis -- and also had one drive extended by a running-into-the-kicker penalty.Those three scoring drives totaled just 41 yards, but proved to be enough to beat the sloppy 49ers as the Cardinals survived a week with without Palmer out with a concussion.I dont think anybody played well on offense. Nobody, Niners coach Chip Kelly said. I dont think we protected well enough, I dont think we threw it well enough and we had too many drops and two interceptions.Stanton didnt produce much, going 11 for 27 for 124 yards. But Arizona didnt turn the ball over and got 157 yards rushing from Johnson to get the win. Johnson added 28 yards receiving, and Fitzgerald caught six passes for 81 yards as that duo combined to gain 266 of the teams 288 yards from scrimmage.The defense did the rest with the two interceptions and seven sacks.Weve been saying all week it just starts with one. Just get one win and try to stack them, defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. Weve been a team in the past that can rip off a bunch of them. ... Now we have to figure out what we can do to keep that ball rolling.QUICK TURNAROUND: The game changed in a span of less than 4 minutes starting late in the second quarter. 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Gabbert responded by leading an 82-yard TD drive fueled in part by his 24-yard run .The chants started again after Gabbert threw his second interception .Gabbert finished 18 for 31 for 162 yards and Kelly would not address whether it was time to make a quarterback change.Were 1-4. Were going to look at everything, he said. We have to make sure were giving our team the best chance to go out and win.FAVORITE TARGET: Jeremy Kerley, acquired two weeks before the start of the season in a trade with Detroit, has quickly established himself as Gabberts most trusted receiver. After nine straight punts to open the game, Gabbert completed four passes for 63 yards on one drive in the second quarter, capped by a 9-yard TD pass to Kerley .PUNT PARTY: The first quarter featured six drives, six punts, zero points and only five completed passes as both offenses struggled mightily. 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    • PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson kept his mindset simple.Hellickson pitched a three-hitter and A.J. Ellis backed him with a three-run double to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the fading Miami Marlins 8-0 Saturday night.Keep the ball down, get ahead and let the defense work, Hellickson said.Sounds easy. Hellickson certainly made it look that way.That was fun. Hes been outstanding all year, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. Hes a great guy, a good worker and very focused.Miami, which fell six games back for the NLs second wild card, trailed by seven runs in the second inning and lost for the 14th time in 20 games.Hellickson (12-9) struck out five, walked none and hit two batters in his second big league shutout and third complete game. He threw 75 of 106 pitches for strikes.It wasnt something I was thinking about, he said of the shutout. It was nice to go out there and get a chance to finish it.The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay, Hellickson pitched a four-hit shutout against Baltimore that May 13 and another four-hitter against the Orioles that Sept. 4.Its been a long time, he said.Miamis only hits were singles by Dee Gordon leading off the game and Martin Prado in the fourth, and Derek Dietrichs double in the seventh.Tommy Joseph also homered in a game that took 2 hours, 42 minutes, nearly half the 4:43 of the Philadelphias 4-3, 13-inning win Friday night.Jose Urena (4-7) lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits in his worst outing since moving to the starting rotation on July 19. Urena pitched 8 2/3 innings in last Sundays 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.He had trouble keeping the ball down, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. They were waiting for his fastball.Philadelphia took a 5-0 lead in the first on Ellis two-out, bases-clearing double just inside the bag at third and RBI doubles by Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco.That was a giant hit, Mackanin said of Ellis double.Joseph hit a two-run homer in the second off Urena, giving the rookie first baseman 20 for the season.You have to make the right pitches and learn from games like this, Urena said. This kind of game, it happens.STREAKING PITCHERSPhillies pitchers have four complete games and have allowed three runs or fewer in 14 consecutive games, the teams longest stretch since going 17 in a row in 2000.JOSEPHS TURNAROUNDJoseph became the third Phillies rookie since 1972 to hit at least 20 homers, joining Ryan Howard (22 homers in 2005) and Scott Rolen (21 in 1997).Its been quite a turnaround for Joseph, a converted catcher who struggled with concussions in the minor leagues. He was left off the Phillies 40-man roster following last season and his goal entering spring training was to get a September call-up.At this time last year, a lot of people were giving up on my future, he said. Now with 20 homers in The Show, its pretty special. It means a lot to me.PRADO HITS PHILLIESPrado went 1 for 1 and is batting .306 in his career against the Phillies, ranking third among active players hitting against Philadelphia. Miguel Cabrera (.337) and Daniel Murphy (.312) have higher averages.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: OF Giancarlo Stanton was out of the starting lineup after making his first start in the field on Friday night following a three-week stint on the disabled list (left groin strain) that ended Sept. 5. 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All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. NEW YORK -- Detroit pitcher Drake Britton has been banned for 50 games following a positive test for amphetamine under baseballs minor league program and St. Louis second baseman Luke Doyle has been suspended for 100 games for refusing to take a test.Britton, a 27-year-old left-hander, made 25 relief appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and 14, going 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA. He is 0-3 with a 4.57 ERA this year in 37 relief appearances for Triple-A Toledo.The 21-yyear-old Doyle, a 20th-round draft pick last year, is hitting .dddddddddddd207 with three homers and 25 RBI for Johnson City of the rookie level Appalachian League.The commissioners office announced the discipline Tuesday. There have been 63 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and 13 under the major league program. ' ' '

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