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NEW YORK -- Amile Jefferson set career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. Cheap Air Max 720 Canada . 5 Duke to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.Luke Kennard scored 29 points and freshman Jayson Tatum added 22 for the Blue Devils (9-1), whose only loss was to Kansas on this same court in the Champions Classic in November.Twice in the final 8 minutes the Gators (7-2) got within seven points but both times Kennard scored to hold off Florida, once with a 3-pointer and again with a long layup off a steal.The 6-foot-9 Jefferson, who also blocked four shots, was 11 for 14 from the field. Kennard went 11 of 16, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range.Kevaughn Allen led Florida with 21 points, and John Egbunu had nine points and 12 rebounds.They were a better team tonight, Florida coach Mike White said. I thought our guys were really jacked up for the opportunity. I thought Amile Jefferson was amazing, just absolutely amazing.Duke closed the first half with an 8-2 run -- Jefferson and Tatum had four points each -- for a 41-31 lead.Allen, Dukes preseason All-America, had an off night shooting (2 for 10, including 1 for 5 on 3s) but he had eight assists to go with his six points.BIG PICTUREFlorida: In the first eight games of the season, six different players led the Gators in scoring. ... White was 3 years old when Krzyzewski started coaching at Duke. ... Because of renovations at the OConnell Center on the Florida campus, the Gators wont play their first home game until Dec. 21 against Arkansas-Little Rock. All their games are either on the road or at neutral sites until then.Duke: Krzyzewski is 29-10 at Madison Square Garden as Duke coach. ... The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with Florida 13-4. ... Jefferson was coming off a career-high 20 points against Maine. He had 14 rebounds four times. ... Duke had five double-figure scorers in seven of its nine games coming in. The Blue Devils had three against Florida, all over 20 points.JIMMY VThroughout both games, videos were shown during timeouts featuring cancer survivors or those whose life has been affected by the disease. The Garden also showed Jim Valvanos speech at the ESPYs when he announced the formation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The crowd of 15,294 broke into a prolonged round of applause when it ended with Valvanos now famous Dont give up. Dont ever give up.I miss him, Krzyzewski said of Valvano. Im glad he had the vision to get this thing started.GOOD DBoth teams played solid man-to-man defense and it was such a halfcourt game that there were only 18 fast-break points, 10 for Florida.FAMILY TIESKevin White, the athletic director at Duke, is the father of Florida coach Mike White.UP NEXTFlorida: The Gators head for a real rivalry game, Sunday at Florida State.Duke: On Saturday the Blue Devils travel to Las Vegas to meet UNLV. Clearance Air Max 720 Canada Shoes . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. Air Max 720 Canada Shoes . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. LOS ANGELES -- Ryan Lochte has found a friend to lean on in Dancing with the Stars cast mate Vanilla Ice.The rapper tells USA Today that he calmed Lochte by telling him at the outset of the reality competition, Yesterdays history and tomorrows a mystery. Lochte says Vanilla Ice encouraged him to stay on the show after two men rushed the stage to protest the swimmer for lying about a drunken encounter during the Rio Ollympics. Cheap Air Max 720 Canada On Sale. Lochte also says hes ready to propose to his girlfriend, former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid. He says they met in January and his family thinks it may be too soon for a proposal. But Lochte says he realized she was the one after she stuck by him during the controversies. ' ' ' 
PITTSBURGH -- James Conner has big plans for this weekend, and it has nothing to do with saying goodbye. Nike SB Ireland Shoes .Thanksgiving marks the 1-year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis that threatened the Pittsburgh running backs career, one that kickstarted his remarkable comeback and turned Conner into an inspirational figure for others in the same fight.Conner -- fully healthy and showing extended flashes of the raw brilliance that made him the ACC Player of the Year in 2014 -- will celebrate the milestone with a massive family meal sometime after the Panthers wrap up the regular season against Syracuse on Saturday at Heinz Field.Its going to be a good holiday this year, Conner said Tuesday.Whether its his last as a college player, Conner isnt saying. Any decision on whether to return for a redshirt senior season next fall wont come until after Pitts bowl game. Conner stressed he wants to make the smartest choice. He also doesnt want to be a distraction to the 19 teammates who will run through tunnel at home for the final time, most of whom arrived at Pitt alongside Conner in 2013.Im just going to sit back and enjoy their special moment, Conner said.Conner anticipated being in this situation a year ago. Then he tore the MCL in his right knee in the 2015 season opener against Youngstown State. A hastily arranged press conference the first week of December -- which most expected to be Conner announcing he was heading to the NFL -- instead turned into the disclosure that he was battling Hodgkin Lymphoma.Months of chemotherapy followed. Conner put his challenge out there for all to see, joining his teammates for workouts and doing outreach to other cancer patients looking for someone to lean on. Yes, its not something he ever imagined hed be doing around his 21st birthday. It hardly seems to bother him.Its all positive energy, he said. If you see a young kid in a sad situation, you feel for him and me personally because I can relate to it.And overcome it, too. After a sluggish start this fall in which he seemed intent on trying to turn every touch into something spectacular instead of just doing what hes always done -- namely, keeping his legs and arms churning with a ferocity few in the country can match -- Conner has relaxed in recent weeks. Hes gone over 100 yards in three of Pitts last four games, and his two 1-yard scoring runs in last weeks 56-14 thrashing of Duke made him the all-time leading touchdown maker (53) in Atlantic Coast Conference history.Heady territory for a kid who attended a football camp at Pitt as a defensive end prospect before getting recruited as a running back. His 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame seems tailor-made for the NFL. Yet his winding journey has also altered his perspective. Hes no longer in such a hurry to get to the next thing.You cant look too far ahead, Conner said. I dont even look a week ahead because, especially me, you dont know whats going to pop up.Asked how he would benefit from another year in college, Conner smiled.Probably some more records, he said. I dont know if I came back, just add to the legacy. I hope they retire No. 24 one day. Thats a goal of mine.One thats probably already secure either way. While offensive coordinator Matt Canada hopes to have Conner around next fall, he understands if Conner moves on. One look at the way Conner is playing, including a stiff-arm during a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter two weeks ago against Clemson that helped Pitt rally for a 43-42 upset, he certainly looks pro-ready.Why should people want to tackle James? Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. Theres not many people that want to tackle James Conner.Its why even with a running back draft class that could include LSUs Leonard Fournette, Georgias Nick Chubb and Florida States Dalvin Cook, Conner likes his chances if he opts to move on to the next phase of his life sooner rather than later.I like to think Im pretty talented, too, he said. I just focus on me and do what I can and hope I get the opportunity.---More AP college football at and Wholesale Nike Shoes Ireland . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Nike SB Ireland Online . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. As we do each Sunday, we recap the weeks winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the weeks best and worst.WinnersLeVeon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With 47 fantasy points, Bell easily captured the Week 14 scoring lead (at least through Sundays games, and presumably the week in its entirety), with what was the first game of 2016 by any individual player or team defense/special teams worth at least 40. In fact, its the highest individual score since Jamaal Charles managed 51 in 2013 Week 15, which coincidentally was another fantasy playoff week.Only 24 skill-position players since 1950 have scored more in a single game than Bell, who was started in 99.7 percent of ESPN leagues, did on Sunday. Of those 24, only 17 were running backs, and three of those 17 did so in AFL games in the 1960s. Only 10 running backs have had a greater score than Bell in the past half-century.The performance thrust Bell into the top five at his position for the season in fantasy points (194), behind only David Johnson (259), Ezekiel Elliott (226, plus his upcoming Sunday Night Football score), DeMarco Murray (209) and Melvin Gordon (199). All of the other four have played 13 games -- Elliott will have played 13 once he appears in Sunday nights game -- while Bell has done it in a mere 10 contests.Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Just as he did in 2015, Eifert continued to dominate in the red zone, scoring both of his two touchdowns on Sunday in those situations, giving him five in his seven games played (he had 11 scores on red zone plays in his 13 games in 2015). The result was a 16-point fantasy day, matching his best output thus far in 2016. Many fantasy owners reaped the benefit, as Eiferts 79.9 start percentage in ESPN leagues was fourth-highest among tight ends in Week 14.Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: For the third time this season and sixth in his three-year NFL career, Hill managed at least 20 fantasy points; he scored exactly 20 on Sunday to finish a distant second to Bell at the position during the 1 p.m. ET block. A key difference between this effort and the other five, however, was that a greater percentage of ESPN owners capitalized, as Hill was started in 89.6 percent of leagues, easily his highest in any of his 20-plus-point performances. In fact, it was Hills highest start percentage since 2015 Week 2 (98.8), and his third-highest start percentage in his career (also 98.7 percent, 2015 Week 1).J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals: All it took was two touches -- one run and one catch -- for Nelson to manage 17 fantasy points, tied for the lead among wide receivers during the 1 p.m. ET block. It was his third double-digit fantasy point total in his past six games, though in each of his previous two, he got there on no more than two touches (he had one in Week 13). Nelsons limited usage provides an easy explanation for why he was started in only 0.43 percent of ESPN leagues.Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins?and Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos: In a most unusual development, Tannehill and Siemian tied for the highest fantasy point total among quarterbacks during the 1 p.m. ET games, with 17 apiece, marking the first time since 2014 Week 12 that no quarterback reached the 20-point fantasy plateau during that time block (in fact, at least two quarterbacks did it during the 1 p.m. ET block in every previous week). Were you one of the few owners who started Tannehill (17.9 percent of ESPN leagues) or Siemian (1.3 percent)?DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: For the third time in his past four games, Jackson managed double-digit fantasy points, his 16 finishing one shy of the lead during the 1 p.m. ET block. But dont whip out the revenge argument as to why he found success so simple against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson has had three double-digit fantasy point totals in five games against his former team, but he has also averaged 10.8 in those five, which is hardly enough to call a clear trend.Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles: Though his 11 fantasy points hardly set any records, nor even pushed for the positional lead in Week 14, that Ertz managed 10 receptions in the game, tops at the position (through Sundays games), was significant. It resulted in 21 fantasy points using PPR scoring, giving him back-to-back games with at least 20 in that format. He joined Greg Olsen (Weeks 4-5) as the only tight ends to accomplish that feat this season.Atlanta Falcons defense/special teams: No defense enjoyed a better day than the Falcons, whose 26 fantasy points not only topped the position in Week 14 (through Sundays games), but were the second-best performance by any D/ST in 2016 (Kansas City Chiefs, 32, Week 3). Their owners were ready for this one, though, starting the Falcons in 48.3 percent of ESPN leagues, eighth-most at the position. It was the defenses highest start percentage of 2016 by far; their next-best percentage was 13.5 in Week 4 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: A Jets running back did capitalize upon the favorable matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but it was Powell, not Forte (knee), who was forced from the game in the first quarter due to injury. Powell, started in only 7.4 percent of ESPN leagues, scored a career-high 29 fantasy points, most of any player during the 4 p.m. ET block. It was the eighth time this season that a running back managed at least 20 fantasy points against the 49ers.Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers: Powell wasnt the only star running back in the Jets-49ers game, as Hyde scored 25 fantasy points of his own, second-most at the position during the 4 p.m. ET block. It was Hydes second-most fantasy points in a game in his career (29, 2015 Week 1), and it was also only the second-best individual score by any running back against the Jets this season (David Johnson, 31, Week 6).Taylor Gabriel, WR, Falcons: With Julio Jones (toe) inactive, Gabriel took on a larger role on Sunday, and those fantasy owners who were attentive enough to start him when the news broke shortly after 2 p.m. ET were rewarded with a 14-point effort. Gabriel was started in only 31.8 percent of ESPN leagues, but that rose by more than eight percent between 1 and 4 p.m. ET, and it increased by more than 20 percent between Thursday and Sunday. For Gabriel, it was his fifth double-digit performance in his past six games, and his 77 fantasy points during that time span (since Week 8) are sixth-best among wide receivers.Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: It was Gabriels 64-yard reception in the third quarter that helped Ryan push past the 20-point fantasy threshold, his 21 tying for the position lead (through Sundays games). That gave Ryan seven games with at least 20 fantasy points, and it put him on pace for a career-high 329 fantasy points.LosersBen Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: Remarkably, while Roethlisbergers teammate Bell dominated the fantasy scoreboard, Roethlisberger himself could muster only two fantasy points in a game played in the snow. It was extremely inopportune timing; he was started in 69.1 percent of ESPN leaggues, fourth-most among quarterbacks, making it every bit as likely that Roethlisberger cost his owners a fantasy playoff matchup, while Bell helped his owners win theirs. Wholesale Nike SB Ireland From China. For Roethlisberger, it was his worst fantasy point total since 2008 Week 17 (also 2).Fantasy owners of key players lost early to injury: Melvin Gordon (hip), third among running backs in fantasy points entering Week 14 (199), Matt Forte (knee), facing a San Francisco 49ers defense that entered the week allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs (25.5) and Donte Moncrief (hamstring), who had 48 fantasy points in his previous five games entering the week, were all lost for significant chunks of Sundays games, resulting in zero fantasy points apiece.Gordons 97.5 start percentage in ESPN leagues was fifth-highest among running backs, while Fortes 94.8 percent was seventh-highest.Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: He scored just one fantasy point on his nine targets, though much of the blame can be placed upon his quarterback, Carson Palmer, who actually had a negative fantasy point total until late in the game. Unfortunately, it was a costly stinker for the veteran wide receiver, whose 92.1 start percentage in ESPN leagues was eighth-highest at the position.Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Most fantasy owners saw a mediocre performance coming -- he was started in just 12.9 percent of ESPN leagues, ranking 19th among quarterbacks -- but those owners who rode Mariota into their leagues playoffs and relied on him nevertheless (remember: two-quarterback leagues!) absorbed his fourth-worst fantasy point total (6) in his 25 career games to date. It snapped a streak of four consecutive 20-point performances, and might well drop him in the seasonal scoring at his position from fourth to as low as seventh.Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins: His five fantasy points were his fewest in any of his nine starts since taking over the starting role entering Week 5, giving him a fourth single-digit performance in his past five games. Most discouraging was the fact that Ajayis 21 touches, hinting that the Dolphins arent necessarily lightening his workload, were his most since Week 9, but he managed just 63 total yards with them.Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Cleveland Browns: Until Sunday, Pryor hadnt been shut out on the fantasy scorecard all season, but he dropped a doughnut in the box scores of his owners, who started him in 55.9 percent of ESPN leagues. Strangely, Robert Griffin III and the Browns scarcely passed, attempting only 28 throws, despite playing the near-entirety of the game from behind. Most disconcerting was the fact that Pryor managed just three targets to Corey Colemans 11.Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: For the first time all season, Rivers was held to single-digit fantasy points, his seven points representing his worst score since 2015 Week 13 (6). He was the 12th-most-started quarterback in ESPN leagues (44.0 percent). Incidentally, it represented the sixth consecutive game in which the Carolina Panthers limited an opposing quarterback to 17 fantasy points or fewer. Theyre giving up an average of just 12.8 during that time, after they had allowed four games of 20-plus fantasy points to an opposing quarterback in their first seven contests.Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins: His production was understandably down due to a shoulder injury that had him questionable for Sundays game, but Reeds one fantasy point on as many targets was especially disappointing because hes typically known for volume. It resulted in a one-point score in PPR formats, matching the worst output of his four-year, 44-game NFL career (2014 Week 1, a game he exited early due to a hamstring injury). Some of Reeds fantasy owners took a conservative approach with him and benched him knowing hed be limited, but unfortunately he still resided in active lineups in 68.3 percent of ESPN leagues.Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos: Though Booker wasnt started in a significant number of leagues -- his 33.3 start percentage in ESPN leagues ranked outside the top 20 running backs -- his one-point fantasy score cast some serious doubt on his utility in the final three weeks of the season. He managed just five touches, trailing Justin Forsetts nine (which he accrued despite losing a fumble early in the game), and per Pro Football Focus Nathan Jahnke played only three more snaps (29) than Forsett (26).DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: For the ninth time in his 13 games this season, Hopkins was held to single-digit fantasy points, his three representing his worst score since he had the same amount in Week 7 (facing a much, much tougher matchup in the Denver Broncos). Hopkins now has 37 fantasy points in his past seven games combined.Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: In Week 14, no quarterback was more heavily started than Brees, who was active in 92.3 percent of ESPN leagues. It was a huge vote of confidence in a quarterback who disappointed with seven fantasy points in Week 13, facing a favorable matchup on paper, but he followed it up with another stinker. Brees four fantasy points were his fewest in a game since 2012 Week 13 (3), and they gave him consecutive single-digit scores for the first time since 2009 Weeks 3-4 (4 and 7).Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: He set a new career high with five interceptions on Sunday, resulting in a four-point fantasy score that was his worst since 2012 Week 7 (3), during his rookie season. It was only the fourth time in his 45 games played since the beginning of the 2014 season that he was held to single-digits, and it came at an extremely poor time, considering he was active in 53.0 percent of ESPN leagues, ninth-most among quarterbacks.Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks: With Wilson struggling, Graham predictably underperformed as well, scoring only one fantasy point on his four targets. Graham was the most-started tight end in ESPN leagues in Week 14, active in 91.0 percent, but he matched his season low for fantasy points (Week 1, his first game back following surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon).Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: There are few things more frustrating to fantasy owners than seeing your players team scoring 42 points, only to open the box score and discover that your player, one started in 95.2 percent of ESPN leagues (sixth-most among running backs), managed just one fantasy point. That was Freemans output on Sunday, and while he wasnt necessarily needed for much of the contest, as the Falcons took an insurmountable lead early, it still represented his worst performance in 26 games since he took over as the teams starter in 2015 Week 3. Worse yet: Tevin Coleman, Freemans partner in the backfield, managed 16 fantasy points of his own.Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: The fifth most-started wide receiver of Week 14 (96.3 percent of ESPN leagues), Bryant scored minus-1 fantasy points on Sunday night, his worst single-game score in 94 career NFL contests. He managed nine targets in this one, so in two games against the rival New York Giants this season he totaled minus-1 fantasy points on 14 targets.4 ' ' ' 
NEW YORK -- With limited salary cap space, the New York Rangers added two forwards and a defenceman to bolster their overall depth. Cheap Basketball Shoes NZ From China . On a busy free agent Friday, the Rangers signed forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, and defenceman Aaron Johnson. The 32-year-old Moore, now in his second stint with the Rangers, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million. He sat out last season following the death of his wife in January. In 530 NHL games with the Rangers, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and San Jose, Moore has 67 goals and 118 assists. While with the Rangers during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons, Moore played in 87 games and scored nine goals and added 12 assists. He was chosen by the Rangers in the third round of the 2000 draft. Pouliot, 26, left the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one-year, $1.3 million deal with New York. He had eight goals and 12 assists in 34 games last season with Tampa Bay, and led the club with a plus-8 rating. Overall, in 291 games with Minnesota, Montreal, Boston and Tampa Bay, Pouliot has 61 goals and 63 assists with 201 penalty minutes. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2005 draft by Minnesota. The 30-year-old Johnson, who got a one-year, $600,000 contract from the Rangers, split last season between the Eastern Conference-champion Boston Bruins and Providence of the AHL. He had 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with Boston. Johnson has played in 291 NHL games, netting 17 goals and 45 assists, while racking up 222 penalty minutes. Authentic Basketball Shoes NZ .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Basketball Shoes NZ For Sale . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style.Elise Christie added a 1,000m silver to her 1,500m bronze at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul on Sunday. The Sky Academy Sports Scholar, who was narrowly beaten in the final of the 1500m on Saturday, maintained her fine form to stay in the top two throughout the race before being beaten to line by South Koreas Minjeong Choi. The 25-year-old Scot later qualified for the 3,000m Super Final, finishing third  to secure an overall world ranking of third. Great Britains overall performance means they will now qualify for three ladies positions at the World Championships in 2017.It didnt all go to plan at this championships but I am walking away with a silver and a bronze medal in the individuals and third place ranking overall, said Christie.Its brought a tough year to a close and now we will head back home, review the season and look for the elements to improve on next year.The only disappointment of the weekend was a quarter-final exit in the 500m, but overall it was another fine show from the rising star on the ice. Discount Basketball Shoes NZ. It rounded up an incredible couple of months for Christie who has won three golds at four World Cup events and bagged four European golds in Sochi in January.Elsewhere, Jack Whelbourne failed to qualify from the 1,000m quarter-finals, but finished ninth overall after a fifth-place finish in the 500m and sixth in the 1500m on Saturday. Charlotte Gilmartin also failed to qualify for the 1,000m and finished 10th overall.Nicky Gooch, Christies coach and head coach of GB Short Track, said: Im really proud of the way the athletes performed.Charlotte Gilmartin has made big progress throughout the season and Jack Whelbourne has shown great resilience to overcome injury and perform with so little preparation.Although perhaps missing some opportunities to walk away with gold, Elise has still had the best World Championships of her career to date. Also See: Reinvented Christie set for Worlds Gold for Whitlock in GWC ' ' ' 
NAPA, Calif. Jordans UK Clearance . -- Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by pouring in putts and setting the course record at Silverado, a 10-under 62 for a two-shot lead Thursday in the Safeway Open.Conditions were practically perfect in the morning, and Piercy took advantage. He made 12 birdies, only three of them from inside 10 feet, and he even missed a pair of birdie chances from inside 8 feet.He wasnt alone in attacking Silverado.Paul Casey, coming off a pair of runner-up finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs that signaled a return to form, birdied his last three holes for a 64. Patton Kizzire also shot a 64.Jon Rahm of Spain, who earned his PGA Tour card from sponsor exemptions last season after wrapping up his college career at Arizona State, began his PGA Tour career as a member in fine fashion. He made a hole-in-one -- the first one of his life -- on his second hole, the par-3 11th. His 7-iron from 173 yards flew straight into the cup.Phil Mickelson, playing a domestic PGA Tour event in the fall for the first time in a decade, overcame a bogey-bogey start to post a 69, along with playing partner and defending champion Emiliano Grillo. Bill Haas was added to that group when Tiger Woods withdrew and showed no vulnerability in his game by posting a 66, the best score of the afternoon.LPGA KEB HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIPINCHEON, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak ended her Hall of Fame career in tears in front of her adoring home fans in the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.Overcome at the end of the sunny afternoon at Sky 72, Pak cried nearly throughout a retirement ceremony on the 18th hole. The Little Angels childrens choir sang, players wore SE RI hats and farewell messages were played in a video montage.It mattered little to the fans and players, many of them drawn to golf by Pak, that she shot an 8-over 80 and was tied for last -- 15 strokes behind leader Alison Lee -- before withdrawing.Hampered by left shoulder problems, the 39-year-old Pak said in March that this season would be her last and she stepped away as planned after the first round of the tours lone South Korean event.Pak won 25 LPGA Tour titles -- the last in 2010 -- and five majors, two of them during a rookie season in 1998 that gave womens golf its biggest boost since Nancy Lopez. She was the youngest player to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame when she was enshrined in 2007 at age 30.Playing alongside defending champion Lexi Thompson and Chinese star Shanshan Feng in the final group, Pak bogeyed the first hole and four of the first six. She bogeyed the first five holes on the back nine, birdied the par-4 15th and closed with three straight pars.Lee shot a 65 to take a three-stroke lead. The 21-year-old American birdied the final two holes and four of the last six on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course.BRITISH MASTERSWATFORD, England -- Lee Westwood returned to form with a 4-under 67 in the first round at the British Masters, leaving the Englishman a shot out of the lead.Westwood failed to win any of his three matches in Europes loss to the United States in the Ryder Cup and missed the cut last week in the Dunhill Links Championship.Westwood birdied five of his first eight holes at The Grove.Finlands Mikko Ilonen, Scotlands Marc Warren, Englands Tommy Fleetwood and South Africas Richard Sterne shared the lead at 66.MACAU OPENMACAU -- Ian Poulter shot a 7-under 64 in his return from a four-month layoff because of a foot ailment for a share of the Macau Open lead.The Englishman didnt play competitively for 14 weeks because of an arthritic joint in his right foot that made it difficult to walk and now requires him to wear a special insole.Spains Carlos Pigem also shot 64. Thailands Chapchai Nirat opened with a 65. Discount Air Jordan 1 UK . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Air Jordan 1 UK Online . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. MEXICO CITY -- Sarah Jane Smith shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational.The Australian birdied four of the first seven holes, dropped a stroke on the par-4 eighth and birdied the par-3 14th. Winless on the LPGA Tour, she had a 9-under 135 total at Club de Golf Mexico.I feel a little bit nervous to be honest. I have never been in this position before, Smith said. So, even a couple times today, I was a little nervous, but I was happy with the way that I handled it. Hopefully, I can just keep doing what I have been doing and see what happens.Mexicos Gaby Lopez had a 65 on her home course to match South Koreas Mi Jung Hur (66) and Colombias Mariajo Uribe (67) at 7 under in the 30-player event. Lopez eagled the par-5 second hole, hitting to 2 feet from 195 yards.It is one of those numbers when you know you have the number perfect, is just a matter of the swing, adjussting your swing, Lopez said. Air Jordan 1 UK Sale. .South Koreas Chella Choi and Frances Karine Icher each shot their second straight 69 to get to 6 under.Spains Carlota Ciganda, tied for the lead with Smith after a first-round 67, had a 72 to drop into a tie for seventh with 2008 winner Angela Stanford (68), Austin Ernst (67) and Jing Yan (67).Michelle Wie was tied for 13th at 3 under after a 71. The 2009 winner in Guadalajara, shes playing on a sponsor invite after failing to qualify.Mexican amateur Maria Fassi, tied for third after an opening 69, had a 76 to fall into a tie for 22nd at 1 over. Shes a freshman at the University of Arkansas.Brooke Henderson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7 in the world, also was 1 over. The Canadian shot 71. No. 14 Anna Nordqvist was 3 over after a 72. ' ' ' 
(Sports Network) - The top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will try to get off to a strong start in the Eastern Conference semifinals, as they host the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 at CONSOL Energy Center this evening. New Balance Shoes NZ . Get interactive with our Game Night Blog in the Game Tracker at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Although the Penguins cruised to the top spot in the East with a 36-12-0 record in the regular season, the Senators enter this best-of-seven series as an extremely dangerous seventh seed. Ottawa is coming off beating second- seeded Montreal in five games during the opening round and Paul MacLeans squad is eyeing another upset in Round 2. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, received a tougher than expected test from the eighth- seeded New York Islanders in the conference quarterfinals. The Penguins posted two shutouts against the Isles, but also surrendered 17 goals over the remaining four games. After outlasting the Isles in six games, the Pens find themselves in the second round for the first time since 2010, the year after Pittsburgh claimed its third Stanley Cup title. The club may have suffered a third straight first-round exit if it wasnt for a goaltender change during the conference quarters. The Pens were tied at two games apiece with the pesky Isles when head coach Dan Bylsma decided to replace Marc-Andre Fleury with veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun. After posting a shutout in Game 1, Fleury struggled mightily and allowed 14 goals over the next three games. Vokoun, who hadnt seen action in the playoffs since 2007 before this spring, recorded a shutout victory in Game 5 and then kept Pittsburgh in the game long enough to win the series in overtime of Game 6. All told, the 36-year-old stopped 66-of-69 shots in two outings for a .957 save percentage and 1.41 goals against average. Although Fleury was the No. 1 goaltender when Pittsburgh made consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 09, the 28-year-old has not fared well in recent postseasons. In his first three playoffs, a run that culminated with the 2009 Stanley Cup crown, Fleury was 31-18 with a 2.45 GAA and .915 save percentage. In four playoff years since then, he is just 14-16 with a 3.15 GAA and .881 save percentage. Not surprisingly, Bylsma is sticking with Vokoun, who is 5-8 with a 2.30 GAA in 13 career playoff games. The Czech will start Game 1, while Fleury begins the second round on the bench. "Whatever happens, its all about the team," said Fleury. "Ive been a part of this team for a long time and I want this team to do good. This organization has been great. So if Im in the net or on the bench, I want this team to win. Thats the bottom line." Scoring is never a problem for the Penguins, who led all teams with 25 goals in the opening round. However, Pittsburgh has surrendered a whopping 47 goals over 12 playoffs games in the last two seasons, an average of 3.92 goals per contest. Evgeni Malkin led all Pittsburgh players with 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in six games against the Isles, while Pascal Dupuis paced the club with five goals. Captain Sidney Crosby missed the first game of the playoffs due to a fractured jaw that caused him to sit out all of April, but he still managed to finish second on the Pens with nine points (3G, 6A) in five games against New York. All told, the Pens had seven players register two goals or more in the opening round. That is, of course, a testament to Pittsburghs tremendous scoring depth up front, but defensemen Kris Letang and Douglas Murray also managed to chip in two goals apiece. Jarome Iginla, one of a handful of marquee names acquired by Pittsburgh at this years trade deadline, recorded two goals and seven assists in the opening round. Brenden Morrow, the former Dallas captain, was another player added during this season, but he managed just one assist against the Isles and was a minus-3 in six games. Pittsburghs power play is extremely dangerous and the Pens managed to score on one-third (7-of-21) of their chances in the opening round. They also finished the regular season with the second-best power-play numbers in the NHL, but Ottawa had the leagues top PK in 2013. Ottawa finished fourth in the Northeast Division this season -- seven points behind the Canadiens -- but there was no question who was the better team in the conference quarterfinals. The Sens outscored the Habs by a combined score of 20-9, posting a pair of 6-1 victories to help make quick work of the division champions. The Senators may have been seeded higher if not for losing over 200 man-games to injury this season, including absences by some big names. At this stage, however, all the key names are back healthy except top centerman Jason Spezza, and even he could be back sometime in the second round. Ottawas most important player, defenseman Erik Karlsson, sat out 31 games during the regular season due to a torn Achilles tendon suffered when Pittsburghs Matt Cooke stepped on his leg during a Feb. 13 meeting. The injury was originally expected to end Karlssons season, but last years Norris Trophy winner came back in late April and he tied for the team lead with six points in the opening round. Karlsson had one goal and five assists against Montreal, tying him with captain and fellow Swede Daniel Alfredsson, who had two goals and four assists. Playing behind Karlsson and the D-men is goaltender Craig Anderson. The 31- year-old was a leading Vezina candidate in the early going this season before missing over a month of the season from Feb. 23-April 2 due to an ankle injury. Anderson went 12-9-2 with a 1.69 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 games during the regular season and his first-round numbers were stingy as well. The American netminder stopped 171-of-180 shots in five games against the Canadiens, posting a 1.80 GAA and .950 save percentage. For his career, Anderson is 9-9 with a 2.16 GAA and .938 save percentage in 18 playoff games. Ottawas scoring depth could get a big boost if Spezza is able to return in this series. He recently participated in a full practice for the first time since undergoing back surgery. Spezza hasnt played since the fifth game of the season, but he is a proven playoff performer and could be ready to go as early as Game 3. The 29-year-old center has 51 points (17G, 34A) over 53 career postseason games. Ottawa scored on 24 percent of its power-play opportunities (6-of-25) in the first round after tying for 20th in the league on the man advantage during the regular season. After finishing first in the NHL during the regular season with an 88-percent penalty kill rate, Ottawa stopped Montreal from scoring on 16-of-19 chances (84.2 percent) in the first round. This series pits the leagues best offense against the second-ranked defense, as Pittsburgh led the NHL with 3.38 goals per game in 2013 and Ottawa was second in defense with an average of 2.08 goals surrendered each tilt. The Penguins won all three meetings with Ottawa during the regular season. Fleury was 2-0 in those games and Vokoun also posted a victory for Pittsburgh. Anderson started all three tilts for Ottawa and was 0-2-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage. Ottawa was able to slow down the Penguins power play, however, as Pittsburgh scored once on 15 chances with the man advantage over the three meetings. This will be the fourth all-time playoff series between the clubs. 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Everyone seems to think that England havent got a chance but I dont think you should underestimate this team, he said.The toss is massive and I think if England can win a few of them then theres every chance they can nick a Test match.India will have watched the Bangladesh series and think they need to produce turning pitches as well, but in a way that gives England a chance. Stuart Broad says hes excited at potentially earning his 100th England Test cap in the first match against India I know Englands spinners didnt produce in the two-match series but if you get on a surface which is ragging from ball one, then theres a chance they make it hard work for Indias batsmen, if they bowl better. New Balance Shoes NZ For Sale. I cant see there being many draws with the nature of Test cricket right now. India are right to be favourites but I think that it will be a bit closer than people are suggesting and Id be looking at 3-2 for the home side.The former England batsman is also taking on the favourites in the top batsman market, tipping Moeen Ali to be the tourists top scorer. Sky Bet odds Agree with Key? India to win the series 3-2 is 16/1 with Sky Bet He added: Joe Root is absolutely Englands best player but the bet I would look at is Moeen Ali at 12/1.If you want a favourite then Root is well worthy, but if you want some real value then look at Ali.Theres every chance Ali bats four or five. He batted well at five against Bangladesh and hes going to get plenty of opportunities.Hes a fine batsman and before he played for England he was one of the top batsmen in country cricket. He was a proper top-order batsman and I think hes going to be important for England.England take on India in the first Test of their five-match tour, in Rajkot, from 3.30am this Wednesday on Sky Sports 2.  Watch the complete Test for £10.99 with no contract, with a Week Pass from NOW TV. Also See: Inside track on India Stuart Broad 100th Test quiz India v England: Ways to watch England XI for the first Test? ' ' ' 
NEWARK, N. Wholesale Nike Shoes Ireland .J. -- The Devils finally have a legitimate goal scorer, and this one is coming to New Jersey with a chip on his shoulder after a surprising trade.The Devils on Wednesday acquired a `slighted Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers in a straight-up deal for defenseman Adam Larsson.The surprising move two days before the start of free agency gives the goal-starved Devils an exciting young left wing who was the No. 1 pick overall in 2010, while the Oilers get a solid defenseman who was the No. 4 overall selection in 2011.An emotional Hall admitted the move caught him off guard after dealing with six losing seasons in Edmonton.Its tough, the 24-year-old Hall said on a conference call. I have a pretty deep connection to the city of Edmonton. I felt I did everything I could there so its pretty hard not to feel slighted, not to feel a little disappointed with the way everything shook out. Thats hockey.What seemed to bother Hall most was that he felt that the trade focused the blame on him for the teams losing seasons.Hall said he expressed his disappointment to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli after being informed of the trade.I dont want to sound like I am not excited to join New Jersey, Hall said. Thats not the case. Im a proud person and I take this as an indictment of me as a hockey player. I dont think there is any other way to treat it. I think its safe to say I am a very motivated player right now.At a news conference in Edmonton, Chiarelli said the Oilers have been looking for a top-notch defenseman for months and getting the 23-year-old Larsson required paying a price.He moves the puck, he defends well, he can log a lot of minutes -- he can play 25, 27, 28 minutes, Chiarelli said. He can match up against all of the other top forwards, he has more skill to show also.Its unfortunate in these deals, this is what you have to do, but I felt it was a player that Ive watched very closely this year and I can see his game trending up and it was time to act on it.The trade also gives the Oilers salary-cap space to possibly sign free agent Milan Lucic. Hall was making an average of $6 million annually.The Devils, who have missed the playoffs the past four seasons, have not had a top-notch goal scorer Zach Parise was lost to free agency in 2012 and Ilya Kovalchuk retired and returned to Russia the following season.Hall spent his entire six-year career with the Oilers, getting 132 goals and 196 assists in 381 games.He has led Edmonton in scoring for three of the past four seasons, and has finished in the top three on the squad in each of his six seasons. This past season, he had 26 goals and 39 assists. He represented the Oilers at the All-Star Game.Im an offensive-minded player, Hall said. There is no doubt. I love having the puck on my stick and having the puck in the offensive zone.Hall believes his best years are ahead of him, and that playing with a team that demands responsibility on both ends of the ice will help his game.He plays the game fast, Devils general manager Ray Shero said. He adds a lot to our group. He really changes the dynamic of our team and how we are going to play.Larsson had three goals and 15 assists, playing in all 82 games on the Devils top defensive pairing. The Swede has nine goals and 60 assists in 274 games.Shero said that trading Larsson leaves a hole in the Devils defense. 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YPSILANTI, Mich. Wholesale Nike Shoes NZ . -- James Thompson IV and Willie Mangum IV scored 23 points apiece and Eastern Michigan cruised past NAIA Siena Heights 117-55 on Sunday for its fourth straight victory.The Eagles scored 64 points in the first half -- one point shy of a Convocation Center record for points in a half. The Eagles also set a single-game program record with 26 assists.Ty Toney added 14 points for Eastern Michigan (6-3), which played for the first time since Nov. 30. Tim Bond had 12 points, a career-high 10 assists and seven steals.Thompson and Mangum each scored 17 points in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting. The Eagles only missed 13 of their 40 field-goal attempts for 67.5 percent.Kevin Smith II made three 3-pointers and scored nine points for Siena Heights. The Saints were held to 5 of 26 from the field (19.2 percent) in the opening 20 minutes and finished at 31.5 percent. Discount Basketball Shoes NZ . With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. Cheap Shoes NZ Online .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tianna Bartoletta kicked off her countrys whirlwind run of medals on the night. So, by all rights, she should get to name it.Fittingly, the newly crowned Olympic long jump champion went with Awesome Hour.In a span of about 60 minutes Wednesday night, U.S. athletes hauled in a bevy of medals: Bartoletta and Brittney Reese went 1-2 in the long jump, Tori Bowie captured a bronze in the 200 and Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles -- a feat thats never been accomplished in that event.A banner evening, for sure. The nation entered the night with 13 medals and left the track with a total of 19 -- five gold, seven silver, seven bronze.It was an awesome hour, Bartoletta said.She started things off by unseating Reese, the defending Olympic champion, in the long jump. Moments later, Bowie won her second medal in Rio by taking bronze in the 200 meters. Not long after that, the hurdlers made history. This was the seventh medals sweep by the U.S. track team in the Olympics and the 23rd for U.S. women in the history of the Summer Games.And yes, they realized what their fellow Americans were up to. Ali watched Bowie, her suitemate in Rio, bring home another medal as the hurdler waited to take the track.That fired Ali up. And then her hurdles teammates did the same thing.They smiled at me and were like, `Its time. Do your part, Ali said. I need to go out there and do my part. For Team USA, I knew it would be a great thing. Authentic Basketball Shoes NZ. .How about this for an early birthday present: About an hour after the race Rollins turned 25.I tried to feed off all the positive energy from Team USA, Rollins said. We were able to come out here and fulfill our dreams. It was an amazing opportunity. I was trying to enjoy each and every moment. Im just happy to share the moment with Kristi and Nia.And to think, the evening got off on the wrong foot when Justin Gatlin surprisingly went out in the semifinals of the 200.There went a good shot at an Olympic medal. There went another showdown with Usain Bolt.An ankle injury hampered the 34-year-old Gatlin, who won a silver medal Sunday in the 100.For me, it has been an honor to be able to come out here, Gatlin said. At the end of the day, seeing all of these young guys and young ladies out here doing a great job, its an honor to be able to be a part of the team and run for my country.Earlier in the day, Evan Jager earned silver in the 3,000-meter steeplechase -- Americas first medal in that event since 1984. A hint of things to come.Every single time I saw someone on the (medal) stand, I tried not to get emotional, Castlin said. I was like, `I could get on the stand. It always feels good to see your teammates doing well.Were from all different states and universities. It feels good to come out and do a great job. ' ' ' 
Ron Dennis has experienced extremely difficult times during more than 30 years as boss of the McLaren F1 team but none will be more personally taxing than the months ahead. Wholesale Shoes NZ .For a man whose passion is Formula 1 (and always will be, to quote a recent interview), the public hurt inflicted by the boardroom coup will be nothing compared to removal from the helm of a team he nurtured and shaped into one of the greatest in the history of the sport.Pain is a favourite word of Ron when expressing the trials and tribulations of competing. He is going to feel a lot of that -- but without the compensation provided by the totally irreplaceable buzz of going racing and being involved at the highest level. Ron Dennis will miss that. Whether or not racing will miss him is typical of the many contradictions created by this managerial powerhouse.The simple figures behind the Dennis hegemony tell of expanding McLaren from 50 to 3,250 employees and winning more than 20 F1 world championships along the way. The details are more complex -- as befits the man himself -- but intriguing because of it.The story of Ron Dennis and McLaren is a lengthy one in terms of time and achievement; so colourful and varied, in fact, that it leaves those of us who knew him with a series of landmark moments that created an indelible impression -- for reasons good and bad.In March 1981, we were called to a former electronics factory on Boundary Road in Woking to visit not only McLarens new workshop but also to see F1s first carbon fibre chassis. All of this was an outward sign of the new regime driven by Dennis as his company, Project Four, merged with a McLaren team that had been dying on its feet. The event was low-key but the aims were clearly very high, as evidenced by John Barnards revolutionary and lightweight chassis being prepared in these small but unfashionably immaculate premises.Dennis had convinced the talented and occasionally irascible Barnard that they could work together. Ron would use the same powers of persuasion to encourage Niki Lauda to not only make a comeback, but to do it with McLaren. Lauda won the third race of his return in 1982, while John Watson would take victory for the team in Detroit two months later.Thinking, as always, of the future, Dennis confided during a press dinner that weekend that he had approached Ayrton Senna with a view to funding the young Brazilians F3 programme for 1983 in return for an option for F1. Dennis may have been non-plussed when Senna, clearly a rising star, turned him down but that merely doubled Rons determination to eventually have Ayrton on board.By the time that mission had been accomplished for 1988, Dennis had already gone through the quite remarkable phase of convincing Porsche to build what would be the dominant TAG-Turbo. With the Senna/Prost/McLaren/Honda package then winning all but one race in 1988, it really did seem that nothing could stop Dennis. It was no surprise when he was named Businessman of the Year by an esteemed commercial publication that had nothing to do with sport.How long could this go on? The handful of F1 reporters ushered into McLarens charcoal-coloured premises in Wokings Albert Drive in 2002 couldnt help but feel that Dennis had finally over-reached himself when he discussed the latest plans for his company. With the boyish enthusiasm of a youngster showing off his new train set, Dennis revealed a scale model of what would eventually be known as the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC).Perhaps reading our collective doubts, Ron assured the assembled company that the bill (eventually £270 million) would be financed over three years by surplus cash flow. And it was. Inbetween, we would don hard hats, boots and high-vis jackets to inspect work in progress, that same excitement still palpable as Ron marched ahead, explaining detail and, at the same time, noting snags. While no longer doubting this project would reach fruition, we couldnt help but feel sympathy for the hapless site foreman as Dennis made requests for cleanliness and perfection that redefined fastidious to the point of damaging obsession.That, of course, would always be the problem. You cannot achieve such phenomenal success without causing upset along the way. While Dennis may have accepted that unfortunate necessity, his arrogance occasionally seemed to blank off its true effect. The chickens, which were bound to come home to roost, crash-landed in the middle of 2007.In January of that year, Ron had held a press lunch in one of the boardrooms at MTC. The purpose was to tell the F1 media how we would deal with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton. This, in not so many words, was the subtext: These are the ground rules. Youll talk to Lewis only when we say so.So intent was Dennis on micro-managing his exciting new charge and instructing so-called Fleet Street to get its house in order, he did not know about damaging events taking place under his own roof. Six months later, the devastating effect of Spygate would explode across the Silverstone paddock, taking with it Rons proudly and earnestly espoused policy of clarity and honesty in all things.At a time when friends are to be valued, Ron found he had an enemy exactly where he didnt need one. The relationship between Dennis, a successful but opinionated working class man, and Max Mosley, an intellectual patrician, was bound to cause friction at some point. These two had previously rubbed along as professionally as possible but McLarens transgression and, in the eyes of FIA President Mosley, Rons denial of key failings would lead to the team paying a price. One hundred million dollars, to be precise. But as Rons detractors knew only too well, it was the bosss personal pride that would be damaged more than the companys bank account.His close family and friends were quick to rally round; something deeply appreciated by a man with a profound belief in the value of loyalty. In yet another contradiction, workers on the shop floor would tell you they rarely saw their boss, never mind exchange a word or two. And yet McLaren to this day is staffed by employees who would not dream of going anywhere else. And those of long-standing known to be considering a move would be the subject of a passionate entreaty from Dennis not to leave the family; a personal plea doubtless prompted by the thought of a rival not only being perceived as superior but also poking Dennis in the eye by winning the tug-of-war.Rons caring attitude often spread beyond the team, as F1 journalists in medical and financial difficulties will attest even though Dennis would not be in favour of broadcasting his unprompted generosity. Such genuine and spontaneous kindness sums up the contradiction behind the methods needed to become the most successful team boss in the sports history.It is the conundrum of a colossus. So very Ron Dennis. Vapormax NZ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. Cheap Vapormax Shoes NZ . 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Vapormax NZ Outlet. Bradley answered with two straight jumpers, then stole the ball and drove for a layup to give the Golden Eagles a 66-60 lead with 8:45 left.ORU led throughout but the Hillcats stayed close.Oral Roberts won the rebound battled 43 to 32.Hester led Rogers State with 20 points, making 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. ' ' ' 
OMAHA, Neb. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping . -- Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offence to defeat North Carolina State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night. UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next weeks best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday, the fifth meeting of the teams this season. UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. Two innings before, Vander Tuig tagged out a runner at the plate to keep the Wolfpack from adding to a 1-0 lead. Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save. NC State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss. UCLA opened the CWS with a 2-1 victory over LSU and now is 17-2 in one-run games. The Bruins four runs in two CWS games are the fewest by a team that won its first two games in Omaha in the metal-bat era. The previous record was six, by Eastern Michigan in 1976 and South Carolina in 1977. Arizona State scored three runs while winning its first two games in 1972, but that was in the wood-bat era. Metal bats were introduced in 1974. The Bruins reputation is as a pitching and defence team that grinds out runs any way it can. They lived up to it Sunday and did again Tuesday. Jernigan allowed two hits through four innings, but couldnt get out of the fifth. Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent called on lefty Grant Sasser after Jernigan gave up a single and two walks to load the bases. Kevin Kramer delivered the tying single. With the bases still loaded, Sassers changeup bounced away from catcher Brent Austin, and Brenton Allen scored from third to put UCLA up 2-1. Vander Tuig set down the first six batters, but the Wolfpack had runners at second and third with one out in third after he hit Adametz and Jake Armstrong singled. Trea Turner singled to drive in Adametz. Armstrong tried to come around from second when Allens high throw from left sailed to the backstop. Catcher Shane Zeile ran down the ball and flung it back to the plate, where the covering Vander Tuig tagged out Armstrong. The Wolfpack threatened against Berg in the eighth. He hit the first batter he faced to put two runners on base. But No. 9 hitter Logan Ratledge couldnt get a good sacrifice bunt down to move them over, and Berg threw to third to get an out. That brought up Turner, who launched a deep fly that left fielder Christoph Bono, who entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh, had to go to the warning track to catch over his right shoulder. Berg struck out Jake Fincher on three pitches, then struck out the last two batters in the ninth to end the game. 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CLEVELAND -- Robert Griffin III gave the Cleveland Browns some hope with a strong home debut.Griffin threw two touchdown passes in the first half in the Browns 24-13 exhibition loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Clevelands second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike. Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.Those were two great plays, Griffin said. TP running by a guy and making a play and Gary making an amazing catch. We were able to get things clicking a little bit working the long ballGriffin signed with the Browns (0-2) after being released by Washington. He was 6 of 8 for 96 yards in four series, and ran for 36 yards on three carries -- including a 22-yarder.Devonta Freeman scored on a 19-yard run to cap Atlantas first drive. Matt Ryan played three series and completed 6 of 11 passes for 78 yards.Atlanta (2-0) trailed 13-10 at halftime, but went ahead on Brandon Wilds 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Falcons gained 498 yards, including 224 on the ground.The real story was the line of scrimmage, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. For us to have the ability to run the ball like we did, thats a real plus.ROOKIE WATCHFalcons: LBs Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell were in the starting lineup. Jones, a second-round draft pick, played in the middle while Campbell, taken in the fourth round, played on the weak side.POSITION BATTLESFalcons: QB Matt Simms, who is competing with Sean Renfree for the No. 3 spot, directed a 15-play, 98-yard drive for a fourth-quarter touchdown.Browns: K Patrick Murray, who is competing with Travis Coon, made an extra point after Clevelands first touchdown.INJURY UPDATEFalcons: PK Nick Rose handled all of the teams kicking duties because of injuries. PK Matt Bryant didnt play beacuse of tightness, according to the team. P Matt Bosher left the game witth a chest injury after taking a big hit from LB Tank Carder covering a kick. Cheap Jerseys From China. DE/LB Vic Beasley (shoulder), RB Terron Ward (ankle) and S Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) were also out.Browns: WR Corey Coleman, the teams No. 1 draft pick, has yet to play in the preseason because of a left hamstring injury. RT Joe Thomas (back), CB Joe Haden (ankle) and WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring) were also out. S Rahim Moore was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.NOT READY YETWR Josh Gordon (quad) returned to practice Tuesday but didnt play. He is suspended for the first four games of the regular season after missing the entire 2015 season for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy.QUOTABLEFalcons: I thought we were sharper than we were in the first week. We made some plays in the passing game and we ran the ball well. -- Ryan on the offense.Browns: As a receiver, if the ball is anywhere in your area you try and make the catch. It was a good ball, great protection. -- Pryor on his touchdown catch.OOPSC Cam Erving fired a shotgun snap over Griffins head in the second quarter, sending the quarterback racing for the ball. Griffin recovered for what would have been a 24-yard loss, but had his facemask grabbed by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.I dont want to have to coach that, but its something we have to fix, Browns coach Hue Jackson said. That was disappointing to have the ball go over the quarterbacks head.FALCONS DEBUTVeteran DE Dwight Freeney, signed last week, played his first game with Atlanta after signing last week.Its hard to get the rust off, he said. I got about six to eight plays. I felt a little rusty, but thats what preseason is for.FAMILIAR FACEFalcons C Alex Mack, who played his first seven seasons with the Browns, visited with several of his former teammates on the field before the game. ' ' ' 
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