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GENEVA -- European Championship finalists Portugal and France came down from their summer highs with tame starts to World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Discount Nets Jerseys .Without Cristiano Ronaldo again, still recovering from his Euro 2016 final injury, newly crowned Portugal slumped to a 2-0 loss away to Switzerland.France failed to score in 120 minutes against Portugal in Paris, and two months later got only a 0-0 draw at unheralded Belarus.Also in Frances group, the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era began for Sweden with a 1-1 draw at home to the Netherlands.Heavily favored to win Group H, No. 2-ranked Belgium began with a routine 3-0 win at Cyprus as it seeks to repair a recent reputation as tournament underachievers.After Icelands popular run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, the search for the next Cinderella story could lead to Luxembourg.The tiny principality team lost 4-3 at Bulgaria after leading in the second half and levelling in stoppage time. Bulgaria, the 1994 World Cup semifinalist, scored the decisive goal in the second minute of time added on.---GROUP AWhile European Championship runner-up France was held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Belarus, the Netherlands and Sweden did find the target as they began their rebuilding process with a 1-1 draw.As little-known Belarus goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov caught the eye with some fine second-half saves, the goals flew in elsewhere in a thrilling match that saw Bulgaria squeeze past Luxembourg 4-3.Gorbunov denied Euro 2016 top scorer Antoine Griezmann three times and made another key save from left back Layvin Kurzawa. France forward Olivier Giroud dragged a shot wide when sent through by Griezmanns backheel and also headed against the crossbar.Swedens 62-goal record scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no longer around, having retired after a dismal Euro 2016 campaign.Still, Marcus Berg scored a Zlatan-esque goal with a chip from just inside the penalty area shortly before halftime. Veteran Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder leveled midway through the second half for a once-proud team side that is low on confidence after failing to qualify for Euro 2016.Bulgaria led 1-0 early on, trailed 2-1 just after the hour mark and led 3-2 before a dramatic finale saw defender Florian Bohnert level for Luxembourg in the first minute of injury time.Cruelly for the visitors, midfielder Aleksandar Tonevs goal a minute later sent Bulgaria top of the group ahead of its trip to Paris next month.---GROUP BEuropean champion Portugal had to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of its squad to face Switzerland and was deservedly beaten 2-0 in Basel.A Swiss team which mostly lacked spark in France fired into life with two goals in the first half hour.Breel Embolo reacted fastest in the 23rd minute to head low past Rui Patricios dive after the goalkeeper parried a Ricardo Rodriguez free kick. Admir Mehmedi finished a fast break in the 30th with a curling shot into the top-right corner of the Portugal goal.Portugal struck a post in the 82nd from Nanis slow, bouncing header.Switzerland will have Granit Xhaka suspended for the trip to Hungary next month after the midfielder was sent off in stoppage time. His second yellow card was for a reckless tackle through the back of Joao Marios legs.Hungary was lucky to get a 0-0 draw with the Faeroe Islands on a windswept evening in the north Atlantic, and Latvia won 1-0 at Andorra.---GROUP HWatched by Thierry Henry, Belgiums new strikers coach, Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in each half in a 3-0 win at Cyprus.Lukaku headed home the opener in the 13th minute after Cyprus goalkeeper Konstantinos Panagi had parried a low shot from Thomas Meunier, and struck again in the 61st.Yannick Carrasco rounded off the scoring for coach Roberto Martinezs team in the 81st, before substitute Michy Batshuayi had a penalty kick saved by Panagi.Bosnia-Herzegovina routed Estonia 5-0 as it seeks to qualify for a second consecutive World Cup.Veteran defender Emir Spahic scored with an early close-range header, and captain Edin Dzeko converted from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan.Bosnia added late goals from Haris Medunjanin, Vedad Ibisevic and Spahic again.Gibraltar scored on its World Cup debut though lost 4-1 to Greece, the 2004 European champion which has dropped in the rankings.Playing the `home game in Faro, Portugal, while its own stadium is being built, Gibraltar leveled Greeces 10th-minute opener with a curling shot by Liam Walker in the 26th.Greece then added three more goals between the 44th minute and the halftime whistle. Youth Nets Jerseys . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Wholesale Nets Jerseys . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. http://www.cheapnetsjerseyschina.com/ .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano improved Seattles playoff chances with one mighty swing on Monday night.Cano hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-3.Houston scored two runs in the ninth, but then Cano sent a slider from Luke Gregerson (4-3) into the second deck in right field to win.This is the time youve got to give everything youve got, Cano said. After this you can go home and rest. So you dont want to rest yet.The victory moves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card and drops Houston, which has lost four of five, to 3 1/2 games back in the race.Weve got a chance, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Thats what weve been playing for and the guys, you can feel it, they really believe.Drew Storen (4-3) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Nick Vincent allowed consecutive singles to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before retiring the next two batters in the 11th for his third save.Were doing the best that we can to salvage what we can and fight through this and get as many wins as we can, manager A.J. Hinch said. Were just having a hard time getting those wins in the last four or five games.Cano doubled in the first inning and his home run in the third made it 2-0. Hes been great against the Astros this season with eight homers, four doubles and 22 RBI in 17 games. His big night gives him a career-high 35 homers this season, which matches the number he hit in his first two seasons with Seattle combined.Huge game by Mr. Cano tonight, Servais said. Cant say enough. Hes got his timing, rhythm back and hes swinging at good pitches and his swing has come back and we certainly needed it.The Astros trailed 3-1 entering the ninth when George Springer singled off Edwin Diaz with no outs before advancing to third on a single by Marwin Gonzalez. Altuve grounded into a force out that left Gonzalez out at second and scored Springer to get Houston within 3-2.Altuve stole second base before the Astros tied it on an RBI single by Correa.Evan Gattis followed with a single to leave Correa at third, but Diaz retired the next two batters to send it to the 10th.Mariners went up 1-0 when Seth Smith scored on a groundout by Nelson Cruz in the first. Authentic Nets Jerseys. Cano made it 2-0 when he homered into the bullpen in right-center field with one out in the third.The Astros hadnt had a baserunner since the second inning when Jake Marisnick drew a walk with one out in the sixth inning. The Astros cut the lead to 2-1 on an RBI double by Gonzalez with two outs. Altuve singled after that, but Gonzalez was thrown out at home on the play to end the inning.The Mariners added a run in the ninth inning when Ben Gamel bunted and reliever James Hoyt badly overthrew first base for an error that allowed Ketel Marte to score from first. The play elicited a smattering of boos from the sparse crowd.Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits and one run in six innings to bounce back after allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start.Houston starter Collin McHugh yielded six hits, two runs and struck out six in seven innings.TRAINERS ROOMMariners: Cruz was in the lineup despite dealing with a sore left wrist. He was lifted in the eighth inning on Sunday with the injury and scaled back his pre-game work on Monday to limit his discomfort.Astros: OF Colby Rasmus is done for the season because of a hip and groin injury. Rasmus, who hasnt played since Sept. 18, will seek a second opinion on his injury. ... Houston RHP Lance McCullers, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with an elbow strain, has left Houston and will continue his rehabilitation at the teams spring training facility in Florida. Hinch said McCullers will throw live batting practice there before they decide his next step.UP NEXTMariners: Felix Hernandez (11-6, 3.61) will start for Seattle on Tuesday. Hernandez will pitch in Houston for the first time since June 12, 2015 when he allowed five hits and eight runs in 1/3 inning of a 10-0 loss, tying the shortest start of his career.Astros: Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.50) is scheduled to start for the Astros on Tuesday. 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