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FLORHAM PARK, N. Fernandinho Manchester City Jersey .J. -- Muhammad Wilkerson wants to act more like the team leader that he and Jets coach Todd Bowles believe he is.The defensive end owned up to the mistakes he has made that led to his benching, along with Sheldon Richardson, for one quarter last Sunday. And, Wilkerson insists hell be better.This is a distraction, clearly, Wilkerson said Wednesday. I dont want to be a distraction. Thats not me. Its not my character. Thats not me as a teammate. Moving forward, it wont be an issue for me.Both Wilkerson and Richardson sat on the sideline for the first quarter of the Jets 27-23 loss at Miami . After the game, Bowles said it was simply a coachs decision, and refused to go into details. Neither player spoke to reporters in the locker room after the game.Reports emerged Monday that Wilkerson had either missed or been late to more than one team meeting, and was absent for a walkthrough the day before the Jets game against Baltimore on Oct. 23. Wilkerson didnt play in that game because of a sore foot. He was also late for a meeting before the Jets preseason game against the Giants and was benched for a quarter and fined.I have been late to meetings, Wilkerson said. I did miss the walkthrough prior to the Ravens game. Those actions are unacceptable. I definitely feel that, as a leader on this team, I definitely need to do better. I respect the coaches and everybody in this building. I take responsibility for my actions.Moving forward, it wont be an issue. As a leader on this team, I have to show better and do better. Thats something I will do.Wilkerson declined to divulge what he and Bowles spoke about when they met to discuss the situation. Despite the missteps by Wilkerson, Bowles still thinks the defensive end exhibits leadership qualities.His work ethic on the field, as far as getting guys going, Bowles said. Hes one of the guys on the field that people rally around and he can make big plays and make things happen. He can rally guys up in the locker room and out on the field and get going. Thats how I view him from a leadership standpoint.Wilkerson has struggled to match his production from last season, when he had a career-best 12 sacks. He spent the offseason recovering from a broken leg suffered in the season finale, but received a five-year, $86 million contract extension. He has 2 1/2 sacks this season, but insisted his lack of production isnt a result of his tardiness issues.That has nothing to do with my play, Wilkerson said. Whenever Im out there, Im going to do the best that I can.Richardson admitted to oversleeping by 20 minutes and missing the team meeting last Friday, which led to his benching.Im not a regular at missing meetings, Richardson said. Coach Bowles is a disciplinarian. That was my sentencing right there.Richardson said it was the only non-excused absence he had for a team meeting this season.It has been blown way out of proportion, he said. I know me missing the first quarter is not blown out of proportion, but it was one meeting. Its all it is.The benching of two star players has contributed to an increasing opinion that the Jets are dysfunctional , which is a direct reflection on Bowles as the coach. Wilkerson insists Bowles has not lost control of his locker room, not even close.I dont think coaches lose control, Wilkerson said. Its not coach who was late. I was late and Im taking responsibility.---For more NFL coverage: and David Silva Jersey . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Oleksandr Zinchenko Manchester City Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija finally got to make a playoff start at Wrigley Field, and it worked out really well for his former team.Samardzija lasted just two innings in the shortest start of his career and San Francisco was shut down by Chicagos bullpen in a 5-2 loss to the Cubs on Saturday night, putting the Giants on the brink of elimination two games into their best-of-five NL Division Series.Just cant put your team in that much of a hole early in the game, especially against a good staff like they have over there, Samardzija said. Like to have that one back, for sure, that ones on me.Gregor Blanco hit an RBI double and Brandon Belt added a sacrifice fly in San Franciscos two-run third, but that was it for the Giants in another sluggish performance at the plate. They have scored in just two of their 27 innings in this years postseason, winning 3-0 on Conor Gillaspies ninth-inning homer in the wild-card game against the Mets and losing 1-0 in the NLDS opener Friday night.San Francisco won the World Series in 2010, `12 and `14, and its playoff win against New York on Wednesday was reminiscent of its even-year magic during those title runs. But the Giants lackluster stay in Chicago put them in a big hole against the loaded Cubs, who led the majors with 103 wins this year.You know you never want to get down 0-2 but at this point we just have to win three in a row, second baseman Joe Panik said. Weve done it before and just got to do it again.The biggest positive for the Giants: Madison Bumgarner is lined up for Game 3 on Monday night in San Francisco. The big left-hander tossed a four-hitter in the wild-card win and is 6-1 with a microscopic 0.79 ERA in his last nine playoff appearances.San Francisco also can draw from its 2012 title run, when it dropped the first two games of the division series against Cincinnati and won three in a row to advance. The Giants then fell behind 3-1 in the NLCS against St. Louis and stayed alive again.It gives you a lot of confidence, the fact that youve been in this position before, manager Bruce Bochy said.Bochys club was looking to rebound in Game 2 against the Cubs after it managed just six hits against Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman in the series opener. But the Giantss trailed from the very beginning in Samardzijas second career start at Wrigley as a visitor. Kyle Walker Manchester City Jersey. amardzija was drafted by the Cubs in 2006 and spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the team before he was traded to Oakland in the 2014 deal that brought shortstop Addison Russell to the Cubs. His only previous playoff appearance was a relief outing for Chicago against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2008 Division Series.The right-hander, a native of nearby Merrillville, Indiana, who played baseball and football at Notre Dame, fell behind in the first when Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff double and scored on Ben Zobrists two-out RBI single.The Cubs added three more in the second. The big blow was pitcher Kyle Hendricks two-run single on a flare to center.Samardzija made some mistakes and the broken-bat hit to the pitcher, that one hurt a little bit, catcher Buster Posey said.Bochy hit for Samardzija in the third. The righty allowed six hits and walked one, throwing 33 of his 47 pitches for strikes.Obviously, theres some pitches you like to have back, he said. I dont think the location was necessarily all that bad. It was just, for me, it was falling behind in the count and then not being able to put guys away.Hendricks departed in the fourth with a bruised right forearm after he was struck by Angel Pagans line drive with two out. But the Giants managed just two hits against five Cubs relievers.Travis Wood, who replaced Hendricks, got four outs and homered against George Kontos in the fourth. Chapman pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.The Giants finished with six hits. Bochy even tried Bumgarner as a pinch hitter in the fifth -- third baseman Kris Bryant bobbled Bumgarners grounder for an error, then threw the ball away to let Bumgarner reach second base with one out. He was stranded there.Playoff baseball, very rarely do you play 10-8 games. Its all low-scoring, Panik said. Obviously theres things we can do better as an offense, but this is the type of scoring that you expect in a postseason game.---Jay Cohen can be reached at ' ' ' t 28, Kerber is the oldest woman to reach the No. 1 ranking and is in the best form of her life, winning the Australian Open and US Open titles this year. A perennial underachiever for most of her career, the German is now a model of calmness and efficiency.Before this week, Kerber had managed just one win in three trips to the WTA Finals. This time shes 3-0, safely through to the semifinals and the favorite to win the title.For Keys, rather than feeling deflated after being beaten up by another older opponent, she was actually grateful for the schooling.It just makes you realize it doesnt all have to happen right now, she said. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break. I think it just shows that tennis is evolving a little bit. People arent winning Slams at 21 anymore. Its later.Angelique made No. 1 in the world at 28; that wasnt happening before. So that just gives me a little bit of relief. It feels like I dont have to figure it all out tomorrow. ' ' ' 

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