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LYON, France -- Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring with a powerful header and then setting up Nanis goal soon after in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday. Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl Jersey .The goals came in the space of three minutes early in the second half in Lyon, helping end Wales unlikely run to the semifinals in only its second ever major tournament.Ronaldo equaled Michel Platinis record of nine goals in European Championship football when he timed a prodigious leap to perfection and planted home a header in the 50th.The Real Madrid star then sent in a long-range shot that a sliding Nani diverted into the net from 10 meters.Ronaldo- a serial winner in club football -- will get another chance to win his first trophy on the international stage, with Portugal playing France or Germany in Sundays final at the Stade de France.Portugal last competed in a final at Euro 2004, when the team lost on home soil to Greece. A 19-year-old Ronaldo shed tears after that match, but he has managed to lead a much weaker side to another international showpiece.Portugal had been extra-time specialists in recent knockout games in major tournaments, and hadnt previously won a match in regulation 90 minutes in France. But Ronaldo produced two telling moments to ensure there would be no late drama here.He was upstaged by Madrid teammate Gareth Bale in a cagey first half, with the Wales star impressing with surging runs and twice going close with shots.Then Ronaldo took center stage, as he invariably does on the big occasion.The owner of the best leap in world football, Ronaldo timed his jump perfectly and headed home Raphael Guerreiros cross off a short-corner routine. Wales defender James Chester had no chance as Ronaldo made contact from just outside the six-yard box for his third goal of the tournament.When Nani turned in a shot from Ronaldo that was drifting wide, the surprise run of Wales -- the rugby-mad nation of 3 million people -- was about to end. Kenny Clark Super Bowl Jersey . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Dean Lowry Super Bowl Jersey . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. CLEVELAND -- For their next three games, American League Central Division rivals Cleveland and Detroit wont have to scoreboard watch, because the team each team is most concerned with will be in the other dugout.The first-place Indians and second-place Tigers meet Friday night at Progressive Field in the first contest of a three-game series. They play a four-game series in Detroit from Sept. 26-29. So for each team, seven of their next 13 games will be against each other.The Indians go into this crucial portion of their schedule with a decided advantage over the Tigers. Cleveland has a six-game lead over the second place Tigers in the Central Division race. In the season series, Cleveland leads 11-1 and has outscored Detroit 79-36.That six-game difference in the division race could change quickly, however, should either team sweep this weekends series. Not surprisingly, then, both teams have juggled their starting rotations so their top pitchers will pitch in this series.Fridays pitching matchup is Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber for the Indians and Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Fulmer for the Tigers. Saturday pits Clevelands Carlos Carrasco versus Detroits Justin Verlander. Sunday, its the Indians Trevor Bauer against the Tigers Daniel Norris.The same pitching matchups are expected to be repeated in the four-game series in Detroit the last week of the regular season.Weve tried to set it up where we have our best pitchers going against the team were chasing in the division, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Theyre pitching against them both times (we play them).The Tigers are also very much alive in the AL wild-card race, but Ausmuss said their priority is still trying to catch Cleveland. JK Scott Super Bowl Jersey. .Were trying to do what we can to catch the Indians. Thats the goal, he said.Fulmer (10-6, 2.76 ERA) has had an outstanding rookie season, but he has faded somewhat in the second half. Hes won only one game since July 6, a span of 10 starts, and in his last four turns he is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA. That could be attributed to the career-high 143 2/3 innings hes pitched.Ausmus has tried to give Fulmer some extra days rest between starts.Even with his innings up, more than 20-25 percent, weve pitched him on long rest, a lot. Which I think the recovery is better, Ausmus said.In two starts against the Indians this year, Fulmer is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.Kluber has been on a roll in the second half. In his last 12 starts, he is 8-1 with a 2.04 ERA. Hes held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average while averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. In 29 starts overall, he is 16-9 with a 3.05 ERA. That includes a record of 2-0 and an 0.53 ERA in two starts versus Detroit.Were just trying to take the rest of this season a day at a time, Kluber said. We dont want to get ahead of ourselves because that can open the door for dangerous things to happen.The Indians had hoped to activate catcher Yan Gomes off the disabled list Friday, but that will likely not happen. In his last minor league rehab game Wednesday, Gomes was hit by a pitch on his right hand. He had an X-ray and MRI on Thursday, and the Indians are expected to announce the results of those tests Friday. ' ' ' 

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