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South Sydney have leapt to the defence of coach Michael Maguire as they prepare to miss the NRL finals for the first time under his stewardship. Vans Old Skool Rosas .Pressure is mounting on Maguire with the Rabbitohs losing their past six games and sitting six points outside the top eight in 13th with seven rounds remaining.The Rabbitohs equation is simple - win seven from seven or perish before the finals and standing in their way is a tough draw that includes five top-eight sides including Cronulla, Melbourne, Canterbury and Canberra.Despite being one of the big underperformers this season, the likes of George Burgess and Alex Johnston praised Maguires leadership and dismissed criticisms of his coaching style.Asked if Maguire was the man to lead them out of their lull, Burgess said: Weve got a lot of belief in Michael Maguire.Hes taken us to some great times. Theres highs and low in sport so youve just got to ride through them.The Rabbitohs have this year looked shades of the side that won the premiership two years ago under Maguire.Their 30-10 defeat to Brisbane on Saturday night was the 11th straight match in which they have conceded 20-plus points.During their premiership breakthrough season, they let in an average of just 15.1 points during the regular rounds, the lowest in the competition, and Burgess was at a loss to explain why their defensive resolve had abandoned them.Souths built their title win on the back of their dominance through the middle, but they are ranked 15th in the competition for metres made in 2016, only behind last-placed Newcastle.Maguire has at various stages of his career been accused of pushing his players too hard but Johnston said he had no concerns about burn out.He said it was up to the players to step up.It comes down to the boys. 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HOUSTON -- Carlos Beltran has been trying to find a way to get back to Houston for years after spending a remarkable few months with the Astros more than a decade ago.On Monday he finally got his wish when he and the Astros finalized a one-year, $16 million contract.It only took 12 years to come back, he said with a smile. Im happy to be where I am and looking forward to working with the younger guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, (Alex) Bregman -- the young core thats going to be here for a long time.Beltran is a nine-time All-Star and has hit .323 with 16 homers and 41 RBI in 55 postseason games. He spent the last half of the 2004 season with the Astros and hit a postseason record-tying eight home runs. It was his first trip to the playoffs, and he still revels in the short time he had a chance to play with Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.He wanted to stay with the Astros after that, but the team wouldnt offer him a no-trade clause. Hes heard plenty of boos in the trips hes made to Houston since then, and had a message for the fans that were unhappy with him.They have to blame previous ownership for not making it work, he said. In my heart I wanted to be here. Coming from Kansas City and being able to get the opportunity to play with so many good players, this is the place I wanted to be, and unfortunately it didnt work out.Now he has another chance as the latest piece the Astros added to boost their lineup since missing the playoffs. They traded for catcher Brian McCann and added free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick before bringing Beltran back. And Houston might not be done yet.What weve tried to do is improve this team ... were going to continue to try and find ways big and small to improve this team, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI last season for the New York Yankees and Texas. The switch-hitter split his time as a designated hitter and right fielder, playing 151 games.Hes loooking forward to playing with Correa, a fellow Puerto Rican, and said the two of them and Altuve planned to meet for dinner on Monday night to get better acquainted. Nike Presto Verdes. Beltran and Correa have chatted since he agreed to the deal and Beltran said Correa told him hes eager to learn from him.I said: `Im willing to work with you honestly and pass to you everything I know, Beltran said. Thats what its all about. This game is not about what you can do for yourself ... but for me its about what I can do for my team, for the guy next to me and how I can impact that person in a positive way.Luhnow has been a fan of Beltrans for quite some time and said Houston tried to trade for him last summer before he was dealt from the Yankees to Texas. Hes thrilled to finally get him back to Houston.Hes just a great fit for our club where we are right now, Luhnow said.In 19 seasons, Beltran is a career .281 hitter with 421 home runs and 1,536 RBI with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers. Beltran was able to get the No. 15 jersey he wore when he was last with the Astros after longtime catcher Jason Castro, who had worn the number for years, recently signed with the Twins.I felt that Houston was going to be the place where I was going to spend a lot of time, unfortunately it didnt work out that way, he said. Now Im back and the good thing is you guys got to see the young Carlos play and now you get to see the old Carlos play. So its good.Beltran isnt sure how much longer hell play, but as he enters his 20th major league season he knows the window is getting smaller for him to get that elusive ring and believes the Astros give him a good chance to do that.The opportunity of winning, the opportunity to get to the playoffs and hopefully win a championship, thats what its all about, he said. When I look at the whole lineup -- the whole team I really like our chances. Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins big win might have come with a price. Nike Uptempo Shoes For Sale .Newly acquired Colin Rea left early with an elbow injury in his Miami debut in the Marlins 11-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.We obviously needed the win, but its not at that cost, Marlins reliever David Phelps said. Hopefully, its nothing, but you never like to see a starter come out of the game when youre strapped for starters to begin with.Rea, acquired in a trade with San Diego, pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.I kind of felt something in my elbow and it gradually got worse throughout the game, Rea said. I dont know if I could have thrown another pitch, but well see. We dont know anything yet.Rea initially felt a pain in his arm during warm-ups before the game, but tried to pitch through it.This definitely isnt at a good time getting to a new team and you kind of feel like you let your teammates down a little bit, Rea said. Its tough, but I guess its just part of it.Phelps (5-5) relieved Rea and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four, to earn the victory.I knew what kind of shape we were in the bullpen and I didnt want to have guys throw that didnt need to throw so I was going to try to eat up as much as I could, Phelps said.Christian Yelich and Jeff Mathis each had three hits and drove in two runs to help lead the Marlins offensive attack.Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run and Martin Prado had a two-run double for the Marlins. They drew even with the Cardinals at 56-48 for the second NL wild-card spot.`O puts us up by four early and then we were able to add on, which is nice because they have a dangerous club that can put some runs on the board quick, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Weve seen that over the last couple of days.Miami outfielder Ichiro Suzuki remained at 2,998 hits, going 0 for 2 after entering as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. Hes 2 for 16 on the homestand that concludes Sunday.Mattingly was not sure if Suzuki would be in the starting lineup on Sunday or if he would go with his regular starting outfield.I havent put a lineup out and havent really thought it too much, but our (regular) guys are swinging the bat good, Mattingly said.Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the fourth inning. Molina is hitting .385 (20 for 52) with two home runs and four RBI during the span.St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia (7-8) also only lasted 3 1/3 innings in his first career start on only three days rest. He allowed six runs and seven hits.I really didnt spend time thinking about (the short rest), Garcia said. No excuse. I didnt execute pitches the way I wanted to. I made mistakes in the middle of the plate against a really good lineup and paid the consequences.The Marlins scored four runs in the first, sparked by Ozunas two-run homer -- his 19th.Were down four runs in the first, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. I dont think overall ugliness is the proper description.Miami also plated four in the fourth keyed by a two-run double by Prado to push its lead to 8-0. Prado is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with two home runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games.Miami added three runs in the sixth.It didnt go the way we wanted from the beginning and then it was just a matter of trying to survive, Matheny said.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: 3B Jhonny Peralta (thumb) took batting practice with hopes of being reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday when the Cardinals begin a series at Cincinnati. ... IF Matt Carpenter (oblique) and 1B Brandon Moss (ankle) are also close to returning to a crowded infield. Well figure out how it all comes together and how we plug them in when we get there, Matheny said.Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (sprained elbow) is in the process of returning, but will not make the road trip when the team heads out Aug. 1-7. Chen is starting the process-not throwing, but with strengthening exercises, Mattingly said. He seems to be OK. ... RHP Tom Koehler dealt with a minor pectoral injury in his last start and was moved from his scheduled start on Sunday to Wednesday in Chicago to make way for Andrew Cashner and give him more rest. Hes fine, Mattingly said.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (10-6, 2.87 ERA) will start Sundays series finale against the Marlins. Martinez has only allowed three extra-base hits to right-handed batters this season.Marlins: RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.76) will make his Marlins debut after being acquired in a trade with San Diego on Friday. Cashner is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 23 strikeouts to just three walks over his last three starts. 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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The verdict in Maria Sharapovas appeal against a two-year ban for doping has been delayed for a second time.Sharapova should now find out the decision in her case against the International Tennis Federation early next month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.The Russian tennis star had initially hoped to get a fast-track verdict in July before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics began. After both sides lawyers said they needed more time to prepare their case, the target was then set for Sept. 19.Now CAS plans to issue its verdict during the first week of October.Sharapova was suspended in June by the ITF after she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open.She acknowledged taking meldonium before each matcch in Melbourne, claiming she was not aware that the drug, also known as mildronate, had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as of Jan. 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Kevin Streelman fired a nine-under 63 to open up a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where Ian Poulter lies seven strokes off the pace. Jordan Retro 11 Mens Shoes . Latest leaderboard Sanderson Farms Championship Streelman took advantage of low scoring conditions to mix 10 birdies with a sole blemish in Mississippi, moving ahead of a three-way tie for second which includes Irelands Seamus Power.Beginning on the back nine, Streelman birdied three of his first four holes before picking up strokes at the 15th and 17th to reach the turn in 31. Streelman is without a PGA Tour victory since 2014 A hat-trick of gains from the first came to an end with a three-putt bogey at the fourth, only for the American to roll in a nine-footer at the sixth and hole a birdie from a similar distance at his final hole.It was just a ton of fun for me, its what we do this for, Streelman said. There are certain days when things click. Im hoping that feeling can continue for the rest of the week. Power and Trey Mullinax both posted bogey-free 65s to share second with Carl Pettersson - who holed out for a 162-yard eagle late in his round - with Lucas Glover part of the group a further shot adrift.World No 74 Chris Kirk is the highest ranked player at The Country Club of Jackson and opened with a five-under 67, as Poulter continued his return from injury by mixing four birdies with two bogeys. Poulter opened with a two-under 70 The Englishman, who missed four months of the year with a foot injury, reached the turn level-par before opening his second nine with back-to-back gains.Defending champion Peter Malnati shot a one-under 71, with 100 of the 132-man field shooting even par or better during the opening day. Live PGA Tour Golf October 29, 2016, 7:30pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Watch the Sanderson Farms Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports 4 - your home of golf. Live coverage begins on Friday from 7.30pm. Also See: Latest leaderboard 2015 recap: Malnatis win First round highlights Golf live on Sky Sports Jordan 11 Concord 2018 . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. Jordan 31 Westbrook Why Not . -- Jimmy Walkers first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside. . That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Johanna Konta has confirmed she is working with Kim Clijsters former coach,?Wim Fissette, as she looks to build on her breakthrough 2016.Konta rose to No. 10 in the world this year -- becoming the first British woman to do so since 1984 -- before she split with her coach,?Esteban Carril.That news quickly followed the death of her personal adviser, Juan Coto, last month at the age of just 47.It has therefore been a stressful time for Konta, but she has wasted little time in finding a new coach.Fissette, who has worked with Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka as well as Clijsters and others, has been by her side during preseason training, and is expected to continue in an official capacity on the road to Januarys Australian Open.No. 1 consideration is always availability, Konta told British media about working with Fissette.Then its about -- for me and I guess for every player -- the connection with the coach, like with any relationship how you work ttogether, the chemistry on court. Concord 11 Release Date 2018. So it was about finding that and he was the first coach I trialled. Things are going well.I wanted to go where theres a bunch of players congregating and that was the place to be, so Im jumping on the bandwagon.Konta was speaking for the first time since Cotos sudden death, and she underlined the Spaniards importance in her recent rise.I know that Juan would be supportive of me continuously improving [her personal and emotional side] because its more than just tennis, its about my life, she said.Hes still very much a part of everything that I do, everything that I will continue to do in this sport and this career, and most likely beyond that as well.He has gifted me with an incredible amount of tools and habits that I still to this day am looking to improve, every single day. Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
Catalans Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous insists climbing to second place in Super League will not affect the team’s “humble” approach to matches. . The Dragons recorded their fifth win in succession and fourth on the road this season by thrashing Hull Kingston Rovers 40-0 at the KC Lightstream Stadium on Thursday.They are now just two points adrift of league leaders Warrington Wolves, having won seven of their 10 fixtures so far this year. Frayssinous told Sky Sports: We have looked good since the pre-season, but we dont want to see too far. We want to keep on building, keep on staying humble.We all know the Super League season is very hard and long, so we dont want to be worried about that [the league table] and we want to keep on performing on the field.Catalans ran in seven tries against Hull KR, but Frayssinous was particularly pleased with the shutout. Catalans Dragons Glenn Stewart talks through his performance against Hull KR at the touchscreen He added: At the moment, what is good for us and what we can be proud of is our defence the last few weeks.Maybe today we come at the point of a very good defence. In the past, Catalans Dragons have been playing good footy but not consistent enough in defence, so we will keep on working hard on that. Highlights of Catalans Dragons away win at Hull KR in Super League Catalans flew back to France immediately after the win, but they will be back in England to face St Helens next Thursday.Frayssinous said: We just played out fifth game in 18 days and three travels. We have got a good squad and depth in our squad, and we know what type of team we will face next Thursday. It will be a tough trip and we want to do our best next week. Hull KR head coach James Webster reflects on the defeat to Catalans Dragons Hull KR head coach James Webster lavished praise on Catalans but felt injuries and a congested fixture schedule had taken their toll on his team.He said: That was as good a performance as Ive seen this year in Super League from Catalans. Take the first 10 minutes out of the game, when we couldnt get a foothold on it, and we struggled from thereon in.We have had a tough month - Easter can do that to you - and we werent able to rotate our squad. We were well and truly past our best this week and we need to regroup. Also See: Catalans run riot over Rovers Catalans fixtures Wolves v Saints battles Rugby league set of six . PAUL, Minn. . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety. ST. LOUIS -- The New York Mets have put pitcher Jonathan Niese on the 15-day disabled list and say the left-hander will have knee surgery.The Mets announced Wednesday that Niese will have arthroscopic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus.He got only one out in his start Tuesday at St. Louis before being forced to leave the game.Right-hander Erik Goeddel wass recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Niese is 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 29 games, 20 of them starts. He began the season with Pittsburgh and rejoined the Mets earlier this month in a deal at the trade deadline.Goeddel was 1-0 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 relief appearances. Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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Freshman Bradrick Shaw could be the lead back of the future, and even sophomore Taiwan Deal, who figures to get more snaps next season, got a few carries last week against Illinois.Win their last two regular season games -- Saturday against Purdue and next week against Minnesota -- and the Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) will be heading to the league championship game. Chryst said the Badgers depth bodes well for the stretch run.I think they all bring a little something different which is good, he said. There arent many positions we have on this team where weve got depth so any time you have it youre very thankful for it.Wisconsin recorded another stellar defensive effort in its 48-3 victory over Illinois. The Badgers are tied for third in the FBS in scoring defense (12.7 points per game).Ogunbowale said working against the Badgers dominant defense in practice also has aided the improvement of their running game.Those guys have been making us better. 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When they beat the Blue Jays 8-5 on the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre on April 22, they increased their winning streak to six games to go to 10-7 and they were 7-0 on the road.The Blue Jays dropped to 8-10 as they were slow out of the gate in defense of their American League East title.Sonny Gray was the winning pitcher that night. He has not won since, and emerges from the All-Star break at 3-8. The losing pitcher was Aaron Sanchez, who has not lost since and his 9-1 record earned him an appearance in the All-Star Game.The Blue Jays won the next two games of the series in April and hold a 2-1 edge on the season series when they visit the As for a three-game series on Friday.Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-4, 4.89 ERA) will oppose Oakland right-hander Daniel Mengden (1-4, 4.54 ERA).The Athletics left Toronto and lost 12 of their next 16 games. They lost seven of their final 10 games before the All-Star break and sit at 38-51 and are 15 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the American League West.I feel that the best of this team is yet to come, As third baseman Danny Valencia said. We havent played our best baseball yet.The Blue Jays still stalled around the .500 mark before entering the All-Star break on an 18-7 roll and were 51-40 at the break, third in the AL East and only two games out of first place. They currently occupy a wild-card spot and are 24-20 on the road,Our goal is still to win the division, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson said. We feel very comfortable. I think we were seven back at the break last year and now we are just two back. We feel like we are just now starting to play our type of baseball and feel very comfortable with the position we are in and moving forward.Donaldson is in his second season with the Blue Jays. The Athletics traded him to Toronto before the 2015 season and watched from afar as he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.In 36 games since June 1, Donaldson has hit .376/.506/.722 with 10 homers and 34 RBI.This will be his second visitt to his former home ballpark. Nike Special Field Air Force 1 France. Last year when the Blue Jays visited Oakland, he was 5-for-13 with a home run, two doubles and five RBI.As first baseman Yonder Alonso has batted .307/.367/.439 with three homers and 12 RBI in 36 games since June 1.Im very optimistic and I definitely feel were not that far away, Alonso said. With that being said, weve got a lot of work to do.I think we have a chance to be a lot better in the second half, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. We have guys back now as far as health goes. If we can stay healthy, we have the potential to have a lot better half than we had in the first half.While the As may be talking a good game of optimism, the Blue Jays have genuine hopes that they will continue their surge because they have accomplished what they have so far while Stroman has often struggled. They also have been without right fielder Jose Bautista, who has been out with turf toe since June 17 and is expected to return in late-July,Stroman has shown signs of regaining the form that made him the Opening Day starter. He is 5-4 with a 5.04 ERA in his past 15 starts but has made some adjustments and the results have been encouraging. He held the Kansas City Royals to three hits, one walk and two runs in eight innings in winning on July 6.That was as good as youre ever going to see him, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. He had everything working, really sharp. A really good breaking ball, you name it. He had starts in which he struggled, but the last two or three have been really good. I know he feels good about that, thats what weve been looking for.Stroman has faced the As once in his career, in 2014 at Oakland when he allowed three hits, three walks and no runs over seven innings. He struck out seven in the no decision and Oakland won 1-0 in 12 innings.Mengden, a 23-year-old who was called up on June 11, will get the start in the opener, replacing Rich Hill who was scratched because of a blister.Mengden will be making his seventh start. He allowed six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings last Friday in a no-decision at Houston. Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
The Kevin Durant aftershocks are quieting, so its time to take an early look at winners and losers from another NBA free-agency whirlwind -- with a focus on teams we havent covered since the shenanigans started July 1. Under Armour Stephen Curry Shoes .WINNER: Golden State WarriorsDuh. The potential lack of rim protection and bulk is troubling, but concerns over depth are overblown. Golden State held on to its two bench mainstays, and you dont need a ton of quality backups if you can keep two stars on the floor at all times.Bench units typically struggle because they dont have an offensive fulcrum to create shots, draw help and bend defenses away from teammates. Against the best playoff opponents, Steve Kerr can stagger minutes so that either Stephen Curry or Durant is on court. They revive dead possessions with one dribble and gift anonymous bench dudes open jumpers.The NBA has never seen a ready-made super team this dangerous.LOSERS: ?The NBA, players union and fansThe Warriors will not be bad for basketball. They will be sublime to watch, and people will watch them in record numbers. Adversity will test them at some point, and though its likely they pass any such test, it will be fascinating to see how they problem solve. Sports media job-hoppers are the last people who should begrudge Durant choosing to work with new colleagues in a new city.But its OK to be sad Durant left Oklahoma City, and worried he created an unbeatable juggernaut in doing so. He strengthened a 73-win team and gutted possibly the only long-term threat to its hegemony in the Western Conference. Rivalries and suspense make sports. The NBA has rarely felt so low on both.The NBA locked out the players in 2011 mostly to seize money. They cloaked the cash grab under a soft halo of competitive balance, though some on the leagues side, including now-commissioner Adam Silver, truly believed it was possible to engineer greater parity. They settled on a number of measures, including a punitive luxury tax, that would make it harder for teams to cluster stars.They never imagined tripling their national TV revenue, and how the new flood of money would create a one-time-only $24 million spike in the salary cap that left a championship-level team with an easy path to add talent. Once the league spied the threat, it proposed having the cap hop in smaller increments over several seasons. The union rejected the idea. When fans and owners complain of a new super team, the NBA has a convenient scapegoat: Blame the union. We tried.Perhaps the union should have thought harder. The cap leap distorted salaries and favored players who hit free agency over the past two summers. Guys who signed long-term deals in the summer and fall of 2014 will have to wait years to reap the fruit of the cap jump. Whatever you think of the Morris twins, its preposterous that Marcus and Markieff barely make as much combined as Solomon Hill. Anthony Davis five-year max extension is worth $30 million more than Kyrie Irvings deal only because Davis happened to be drafted one year later.But the league bears some responsibility, too. It submitted one smoothing proposal and essentially told the union to take it or leave it, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The league appears to have resisted any attempts to swap cap smoothing in exchange for something else -- such as an increase in rookie scale contracts or the mid-level exception.?(For its part, the league would contend the union snuffed talks before they could get that far).It may not have mattered. Player agents liked the idea of one or two chaotic summers, and the union in 2014 was still scarred from the lockout. It viewed every proposal from Silvers office with suspicion. Its not clear that the single megaspike was worse for the league than a series of minispikes that might have benefited other teams and other players.It just feels like everyone rushed headlong into the unknown without studying it adequately, and the unknown has produced a super team poised to rule the league.WINNERS: Fans of restricted-free-agency dramaThe Blazers played the big-man market perfectly. They sniffed around Dwight Howard, recoiled at the price and waited out the spending spree. The market was overcrowded with big men, and Portland knew a few good ones would be left when the rush subsided. The Blazers nabbed Festus Ezeli on a two-year, $15 million deal with a team option in Year 2, and re-signed Meyers Leonard to almost the same contract Leonard turned down in the fall. Portland probably could have squeezed Leonard, but general manager Neil Olshey understands the value of sowing goodwill.Still waiting for theirs: Tyler Zeller, Donatas Motiejunas, Miles Plumlee and, among wings, the once and future imperator of Waiters Island. The teams with eight figures of remaining cap room have no urgent need for big men. The Rockets and Bucks want Motiejunas and Plumlee back, respectively, and they have some incentive to preserve friendly vibes with those guys -- especially since Houston already tried to deal Motiejunas. The Celtics tired of Jared Sullingers poor conditioning, and a guy who once sought a max deal settled for the Drakes mid-level exception.Even with Sullinger and Leonard gone, we could get some Eric Bledsoe/Nikola Pekovic-level drama that lingers into August. Drama is fun!LOSERS: Los Angeles LakersThey, umm, did not read the big man market correctly. Timofey Mozgov is about to turn 30, coming off knee surgery that ruined his season, and the Lakers rushed out of the gates drooling with an offer that nearly equaled or trumped deals for Ian Mahinmi, Ezeli, Bismack Biyombo and any number of big men who fit their timetable better than Mozgov.Meanwhile, Durant ignored them. Everyone knew the Lakers, in this ragged state, would have a hard time convincing stars to join. No one envisioned a day when stars would cold-shoulder requests for a courtesy meeting in the leagues offseason capital.With A-listers blowing you off, you cant worry about hoarding cap space for two max contracts in 2017 -- especially when any team can magic up cap space in a pinch. The Lakers need to rebuild their culture and find veteran mentors. Luol Deng checks both boxes. Mozgov might, too, but the Lakers could have found a younger and more intriguing center at the same price.LOSERS: San Antonio SpursSan Antonio countering the Durant event by signing a loping, ground-bound Pau Gasol might end up the perfect final symbol for the transition of power in the Western Conference. Remember: Golden State never feared the Spurs. Even after losing in San Antonio in March, Golden States players chatted in the locker room about how the Spurs posed no threat to them in a seven-game series, according to several team sources.San Antonio has never been able to score against these Warriors, and Gasols silky but slow post game just doesnt feel like a potent enough answer. Tony Parker is 34, and the Spurs couldnt find another off-the-bounce threat to ease his burden.The Spurs set the template for defending Golden State, but they might not be able to hold off the deluge without the thinking mans excellence of Timothy Theodore Duncan.The Spurs probably know they cant beat the Warriors without some injury luck. They tried to get Durant, after all. A nucleus of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green is a ridiculous starting point, but it feels like San Antonio needs a placeholder season to figure out what to do next. At least the Thunder are gone.WINNERS: Utah JazzIt is time for Utah to rise up into the power vacuum. The Jazz wanted to flip their first-round pick in 2015 for a George Hill type with multiple seasons left on his deal, but getting Hill now, in the final season of his contract, is a fine compromise -- especially since Utah still has cap room to offer him a contract extension. He is perfect fit. He can defend opposing point guards, spot up around Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood, run the show when called upon and bridge Utah to the Dante Exum era.You want a team young, big and confident enough to see Golden State as a proving grounds instead of some invincible boss? This is it. Utah took Golden State to the wire in their first matchup last season, and they have been itching ever since to show their shot-swatting, rebound-munching size can trouble the Warriors. We almost beat them, Rudy Gobert told me in March. Just like they made a threat of small ball, we have to make a threat of playing two big men. They have to box me out. They have guard Derrick [Favors] in the post.Joe Johnson provides a seasoned crunch-time option for a team that quaked in the clutch, and he can swing to power forward in smaller, switchier groups. Boris Diaw can work the post as Trey Lyles?insurance. The Jazz can go huge without sacrificing much shooting, and amp up their shooting without sacrificing much size.This is a versatile, mammoth team that should win 50 games next season. Seriously, predicting 50 wins for the Jazz is not bold. They are that good.They do have some money drama coming. Hayward is set to be a free agent next summer, and given the thin wing crop, he might be the most sought-after target after Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and other super-duper stars who might become available. The Jazz cannot legally extend him before next July.They could extend Favors as of October, but he has little incentive to redo his deal now unless he is petrified of a new collective bargaining deal. After this season, he will become eligible for a larger max contract reserved for players with at least seven years in the league. He could play the year out, renegotiate next July up to that higher max, and lock in more years.Gobert is up for an extension now, and his reps could hold out for something around $20 million per year. Add in Alec Burks, and the Jazz are looking at a $125 million payroll (at least) before second contracts even kick in for Hood, Exum and Lyles. That might prove untenable. (The Blazers are facing a similar dilemma, but well have more on them in the near future.)For now, this team is stacked -- and hungry.LOSER ON THE SURFACE ONLY: 2017 free agencyTeams spent more than expected, and as a result, the league lowered its projection for the 2017-18 cap from $107 million to $102 million, according to a memo obtained by The average player salary should leap from $6 million last season to about $8 million in 2016-17, per league sources.Teams and league officials anticipate much less league-wide cap space next summer for a much better free-agent class. Whoops.On the bright side, teams will have to maneuver in order to open the room they might need, and that could mean more trades. Trades are fun!DONT GIVE UP AWARD: Los Angeles ClippersOf course the Clippers brought back the same old gang that always comes up a round or two short -- minus Jeff Green, for whom they flipped a first-round pick in a desperate win-now move that predictably turned rotten. Doc Rivers now leads the league in growing tired of Jeff Green. In related news, for the millionth straight season, the Clippers have zero players with even a prayer of defending Durant.But L.A. didnt have the flexibility to do much but stand pat, and these guys generally played the pre-Durant Warriors well -- even in dispiriting losses. The Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan combination stands as one of the few front-line tandems that can put the hurt on Golden State. Imagine the version of Griffin who tore apart San Antonio in the 2015 playoffs going balls-to-the-wall on both ends against Golden State in May -- switching onto Curry, posting up every smaller Warrior (Draymond Green has mostly stone-walled him, alas), leading fast breaks and flying everywhere?The Clippers dont have enough oomph on the perimeter to topple a healthy Golden State bunch, but they could at least make it fun.WINNER: Boston CelticsAl Horford wont vault Boston to 60 wins, but the Celtics made themselves qualitatively better across the board by adding one of the leagues finest two-way big men. (A team can win about the same number of games as the season before and still be clearly better. One example: the Clippers under Rivers.) Horford is miles better than any frontcourt guy on Bostons roster -- a pick-and-pop ace who can guard both big man positions, protect the rim and work his canny passing-and-screening game in Brad Stevens motion-heavy offense.He can adapt his game to play alongside Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder in smaller groups. Hes a beloved NBA teammate; Durant has long had Horford on his short list, and Horford will make Boston a more appealing destination for the next group of stud free agents.Boston couldnt pull its dream triple of trading for Jimmy Butler, signing Horford, and attracting Durant in a Big Three Redux. But when you have never signed a huge free agent, you have to start somewhere. Boston might be the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, and it still has all its trade assets to deploy.WINNER: Charlotte HornetsThe Hornets would indisputably be in a better spot had they grabbed Bostons offer of four first-rounders, including what turned out to be the No. 3 pick in Junes draft, instead of using the No. 9 pick last year on Frank Kaminsky. They flipped the No. 22 pick for Marco Belinelli because they knew another teams offer would blow away Courtney Lee, and wanted a replacement locked into a cost-controlled deal. Id still rather have the No. 22 pick.But the Hornets did as well as they could with five important outgoing free agents, and built on their growing reputation as a place guys want to play. They prioritized the right two free agents, Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, and convinced both to take less than they could have gotten (on a per-year basis, in Batums case) elsewhere. Coaxing Williams back on his early Bird number was a coup that preserved cap room for Ramon Sessions and Roy Hibbert.Hibbert should resuscitate his career in Steve Cliffords conservative defense. A one-year deal makes sense for both parties, and if Hibbert likes Charlotte, he might come back on another team-friendly deal. Creating that sort of appealing environment matters. Not every team can chase Durant and Westbrook.Charlottes path out of the middle remains murky, but the Hornets had a nice summer. Kemba Walkers once-controversial deal looks fantastic, and they get Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back.LOSERS: Washington WizardsThe Wizards crafted every team-building decision over two years around the idea of pitching Durant, their hometown star, and they didnt even get a meeting with him. That is an embarrassment. They kept their powder dry in 2014 and 2015 to preserve cap flexibility for what turned out to be a pipe dream.(The Wiz nailed some bargain signings in those summers, including a creative deal for Jared Dudley, but the bargain bin in the NBA is hit-or-miss -- especially when you target so many guys coming off injuries.)Washington rebounded well enough by inking a bunch of skilled big men, and it will use the leftover room exception at some point to fill out the wing. Durants snub at least let the Wizards move on to Plan B quickly.?But their big free-agent prize, Mahinmi, cant realistically play alongside Marcin Gortat, and the Wiz (for now) are capped out next summer.Keep an eye on Tomas Satoransky, a heady, 6-foot-7 combo guard Washington drafted in 2012 and will finally bring over this season. He can run the second unit offense so that Trey Burke can spot up, and then defend wings on the other end.WINNERS (BUT KINDLY IGNORE THIS IF IT ALL GOES BUST): Memphis GrizzliesThe collective risk makes you queasy. It also throws into stark relief how difficult it is to transition from a good team of 30-ish guys without bottoming out. Marc Gasol is 31, coming off the sort of foot injury that can derail the careers of large men. Memphis retained Mike Conley, but it required the full five-year max -- a deal that will pay him $34.5 million at age 33.No one is sure how Chandler Parsons right knee will hold up after two surgeries and a heap of missed playoff games. The Mavs wanted no part of a Parsons max deal, despite his bro-ship with Mark Cuban. If hes healthy, Parsons is the do-it-all wing Memphis has never had around the three stars who own the middle of the floor -- a guy who can shoot 3-pointers, attack of the dribble, knife canny passes everywhere, and slide to power forward as a pseudo-successor to Zach Randolph. At full health, Parsons is the player team after team wishes Jeff Green could be.He represents the kind of risk a small-market team like Memphis has to take at some point to sustain. Even though the extra year incumbent teams can offer means less than ever, its still hard to lure away major free agents. The best young guys are restricted. The Grizzlies didnt want to wait for the Durant dilemma to go after?Harrison Barnes, and the Nets couldnt dislodge backup restricted free agents with blow-away offer sheets.?At some point, a pseudo-contender that cant afford a rebuild has to gamble on an imperfect option like Parsons.This is the sort of unknown the Spurs avoided by nailing their Kawhi Leonard bet. Leonard breathed life into a teetering contender, and laid the foundation that appealed to Aldridge.The Grizzlies played the odds right in flipping a lottery-protected Clippers pick to Boston for two early second-rounders. They used the glut in cap space to pay one of them, Deyonta Davis, more guaranteed money than half the first-rounders -- cash they leveraged into a third guaranteed season on Davis cheapo first contract.If theres such a thing as a well-built house of cards, this is it.WINNER: New Orleans PelicansAfter a spasm of deals gone bad, sometimes you just have to chill outside the frenzy, restock the draft pick cupboard and recalibrate with fringe signings that fit around a centerpiece superstar. The Pelicans executed quickie no-fault divorces with Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, two no-defense sunk costs racing for the exits. Their expert shooting fit well around Unibrows rim runs, but injuries eroded the rest of Gordons game, and Anderson gave everything back as an unhideable front-line sieve on defense.ETwaun Moore, Langston Galloway and Solomon Hill are backups on a good team, and as the Pelicans cleanse away three years worth of moves, they will have time to build that team. They also got all three at backup prices in the new money landscape, even if at least one will open the season as a starter. Both Moore and Galloway bring more two-way value than several perimeter guys who received similar money, including Wayne Ellington, Jerryd Bayless and Austin Rivers. (It remains unclear why the Sixers, still mostly sitting out free agency after making noise about taking the next step, chased Bayless over a number of other options.)If Hill improves his jumper -- he hit 44 percent on corner 3-pointers last season -- he could emerge as a spot-up option capable of defending three positions and unlocking interesting small groups around Anthony Davis. New York fans thirsting for positives probably overrated Galloway; hes a league-average 3-point shooter who has been awful inside the arc, and at 6-2 hes at a size disadvantage defending wings. His 6-8 wingspan helps, and Galloway is fearless in big moments. Hes worth a shot at this price, especially since the limited version of Bird rights the Pellies will have on Galloway might be enough to keep him if he hits free agency again next summer.Buddy Hield fills a plug-and-play need, and re-signing Tim Frazier on the cheap was a no-brainer after his strong finish last season.Zoom out, and this is still a muddled roster with $40 million invested in a sweaty, slippery-handed question mark at center in Omer Asik. They have less than a year to decide if Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, starry names once heralded as long-term cornerstones, really mesh with the long-term vision -- or want to be in New Orleans. If they dont, well, that requires another remodeling job.If the Pelicans had to make their case today to keep Davis through his early 30s, they would probably lose him. This summer marked the starting point in making a better case later.WINNERS: The Weirdo Milwaukee BucksThe Bucks entered free agency with a fascinating vision: screw traditional point guards, sign a wing capable of defending them and go super-stretchy with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing the role on offense. They went hard after Kent Bazemore as their fifth starter, and settled for a reasonable deal on a smaller version of that player in Matthew Dellavedova. The price was rich, but if Delly hits about 40 percent from deep for one of the leagues brickiest teams, the Bucks will be thrilled.Mirza Teletovic is a gunner who loves Jason Kidd, and the Bucks nabbed him for less than other teams paid for Jon Leuer, Hill and other less-proven guys. They may have dodged a bullet when Dwyane Wade chose the Bulls; Wade is still good, but the young Bucks do not need an aging non-shooter who would take the ball from Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton.Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe probably arent long for this team; the Bucks hunted deals for Monroe, but found nothing of interest.TO BE DECIDED: Indiana Pacers, Houston RocketsThe Pacers want to sprint, and the Rockets needed shooting to punish defenses that scrunch in against James Hardens undeniable drive-and-dish game. In their fealty to those guiding principles, each team might have introduced viruses that could eat away at them from within: a lack of shooting for the Pacers, and soft defense in Houston. I cant wait to see how each copes.If Harden plays passable defense, the Rockets might be better than people expect; the rest of their (possible) starting lineup includes three solid defenders in Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley and Clint Capela, and their offense should be as powerful as any unit outside Oakland.YOUR WHAT THE &$#@ TEAMS OF THE SUMMER: Chicago and OrlandoCrafting a coherent identity -- deciding This is how we play, and actually playing that way -- is almost a form of magic. Forcing it top-down doesnt work without the right players. Finding those players is hard, and contracts are so short now, teams barely have time to experiment with each brew.Sometimes a star defines your identity. You get Tim Duncan, you play a certain style. Sometimes a secondary player reveals an identity a team never envisioned. The Magic splurged on Rashard Lewis, shifted him to power forward, and uncovered a lethal spread pick-and-roll system. Draymond Green is an accident.Teams undermine the search by flinging themselves from one shiny object to another. The Magic since Dwight Howards ugly departure have stood for hard work, then defense, then pace of play, then Scott Skiles defense again. Victor Oladipo was the trumped-up tentpole for a lot of that, and now hes gone -- along with more than half the players who began last season in Orlando. The hiring of Frank Vogel makes four coaches in 18 months.Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic will battle Aaron Gordon for precious minutes up front. Jeff Green clutters up that crowd on a massive one-year deal in Tobias Harris salary slot, for some reason.There are a lot of interesting pieces here. Vogel is a great coach, and Evan Fourniers five-year, $85 million extension is a home run. But no one in the league has any idea what Orlandos vision is at this point.Chicagos plan is a little more transparent: The Bulls barfed at signing role players to three- and four-year deals under the cap spike, but felt they had too much talent around Jimmy Butler to tear down. Remember, no team has ever bragged as loudly as Chicago about a streak of playoff appearances achieved in a league in which 16 of 30 teams make the postseason.Rajon Rondo and Wade are here on short-term deals to start a new streak while Chicago figures out what in the hell it would like to do once the cap flattens. The Bulls hope their presence might check Butlers ego a bit.Never mind that the signings make no sense. When the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg, they trumpeted him as the missing piece -- an offensive genius whose pace-and-space system would nudge them one step further than grouchy ol Tom Thibodeau could. A year later, they have supplied Hoiberg with a group of ball-pounders who form the leagues worst shooting starting five outside Philly. Nikola Mirotic, the presumptive starting power forward, is going to look like Stephen Curry next to the other four.The Bulls have talent. The frontcourt is well-stocked with good players, including Cristiano Felicio, a rugged and bouncy prospect the team adores. There just doesnt appear to be a real plan beyond buying time. Butler is off the market for now, per league sources, and its tempting to read Chicagos all-in splash as an effort to maintain a winner around him.Who in the hell knows? Perhaps if Wade plays well enough to keep them in the postseason race, the Bulls might feel comfortable flipping Butler for picks, triggering a rebuild that would only start in earnest once Wade and Rondo cycle out.Thats the fun of the NBA, though: Change is constant. Most of the bad done in the frenzied haze of Julys delirium can be undone soon enough. The delirium never really stops anymore. Under Armour Speedform Slingwrap . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Under Armour Micro g Anatomix Spawn 2 . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. . -- Jonathan Drouin gave Halifax the boost it needed to edge host Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong has spurned interest from rival AFL clubs to sign a new deal with the 2016 premiers.Gold Coast and Collingwood were keen to lure the 23-year-old, but he will remain at Whitten Oval until the end of the 2018 season after signing a two-year contract extension.The move ends a tumultuous period for Jong, who made headlines in July when his clandestine meeting with the Magpies, including a tour of their facilities, was made public.Jong kept his place in the Bulldogs senior team despite the embarrassing episode but he suffered a broken collarbone in the first week of the finals.In his first game back from the injury, he won the Norm Goss Medal for best afield in Footscrays VFL grand final win, but couldnt force his way into the Bulldogs grand final side.That omission intensified speculation about his playing future before Fridays announcement.There are a number of factors I considered before signing and in the end it was quite obvious that thee things I was looking for were right in front of me, Jong said. Cheap Womens Under Armour Shoes. I have the best chance of improving my football here, but also to play with this group of players, and under this group of coaches, is everything I could ask for.Im just so proud to be a Western Bulldogs player and look forward to playing a part in its growth into the future.Jong played some of the best football of his 39-game career in a roller coaster season, with his signing a boost for Luke Beveridges imposing midfield group.Jongy has shown improvement year on year since being drafted in 2011 as a rookie, but in particular his second half to this year was outstanding, Dogs list manager Jason McCartney said.He is everything well look for in a player in terms of his character and work ethic and for Lin to sign for a further two years is just a great result for the club. Wholesale Jerseys 2019Wholesale Jerseys 2020Wholesale JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
Their football stadiums famously bound by water, perhaps its fitting that Tennessee and Washington are increasingly popular choices to rejoin college footballs high seas this season. Jakob Silfverberg Jersey .The hype is understandable when you survey the two rosters. The Vols return 18 starters from a team that won its last six games a year ago and bring back experienced playmakers at most of the key positions, including nine players earning preseason All-SEC mention. The Huskies return 16 starters from one of the youngest teams in the country a year ago, led by super sophomores Jake Browning at quarterback and Myles Gaskin at running back, and bring back most of the key pieces from the Pac-12s top scoring defense.Both schools won national championships in the 1990s and bring back long (and painful) losing streaks to divisional rivals that span a combined 23 games. Tennessee has lost 11 in a row to Florida, the Vols last win coming back in 2004 when Ron Zook was coaching the Gators and future Hall of Famer Phillip Fulmer had yet to be forced out by his alma mater. Washington has lost 12 in a row to Oregon. The Huskies havent beaten the Ducks since 2003, and most of those games havent been close. Oregons 12 straight wins have come by an average margin of 23.5 points per game.So while expectations may be skyrocketing for the Vols and Huskies, the reality is this: For either program to be whole again, skids that began before high-definition television became popular in this country need to end.The fact that Washington was picked ahead of Oregon (and No. 2 behind Stanford) in the North Division last week at Pac-12 media days caused a few ripples, to the point that Washington coach Chris Petersen was almost cringing when having to discuss his clubs place as one of the preseasons darlings.He even referenced the Pokemon Go craze to describe the hype, and then playfully chided the media.Last year, the preseason hype was that we wouldnt win four games, and they were dead wrong, said Peterson, whose Huskies went 7-6, including a win over eventual Pac-12 South champion USC and a win over Apple Cup rival Washington State. So Im really scared that you guys are dead wrong again, because you usually are.Its not that Petersen doesnt believe in his team. He would just rather not paint a preseason target on a team that still needs to learn how to win, and in truth, might still be a year away. As he pointed out last week, the Huskies were in every game they lost a year ago, with the exception of the Stanford matchup, and going from seven wins to championship contention is a monumental leap most teams dont make in a single year.Ultimately, though, the most telling gauge as to where the program is in Year No. 3 under Petersen will come on Oct. 8; Washington travels to Autzen Stadium to face Oregon, with the Ducks in the midst of an alleged downturn after having the audacity to win just nine games a year ago. Never mind that Mark Helfrich had his team in the national championship game the year before. And never mind that Washington has won nine games in a season just once (2013) since its Rose Bowl championship season in 2000.The door does appear cracked for the Huskies, who hardly need a history lesson in the Oregon-Washington rivalry, which really hasnt been much of one for more than a decade.If we go, you know, 10-1 or 13-1 or however many games we play, and that one loss is to Oregon, Washington senior defensive back Kevin King said, pausing and then sighing as if he didnt want to finish the sentence, that would be tragic.Yes, it certainly would be for those along Union Bay, where Washington last won a Pac-12 (then Pac-10) championship in 2000.We look at it like this is an opportunity that weve created for ourselves, King said. Special teams dont come around often, so weve got to seize the opportunity.As brutal as another loss to Oregon would be for Washington, another Tennessee loss to Florida might well cause a landslide on the banks of the Tennessee River.There hasnt been this much buzz, at least legitimate buzz, surrounding the Vols program since 2001. Coach Butch Jones, in his fourth season, has embraced the expectations and wisely so. Anything less than an SEC championship game appearance this season could make for a long winter on Rocky Top. The Vols won nine games a year ago, but three of their four losses came after they relinquished two-touchdown leads.And, yes, one of those collapses was at Florida, which rallied in the final minutes to stun Tennessee 28-27 on a 63-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-13 play.Floridas coach Jim McElwain reasoned afterward, I think theres a feeling deep down, you know, that we just dont lose to Tennessee, and they didnt.Its a feeling Florida players have trumpeted often this offseason as part of a Twitter spat that hopefully is just a precursor to what we will see on the field this Sept. 24 in Neyland Stadium.When the ESPN Football Power Index tabbed Tennessee as the top team in the SEC East this season, Florida defensive back Jalen Tabor took to Twitter to vent: Well make it 12 years in a row this year.Later, he went after Peyton Manning.Might as well bring the sheriff out of retirement, tweeted Tabor, who ironically enough was serving a one-game suspension last season and didnt even play against the Vols.Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd was quick to return fire with a tweet that read: 6-0, 190. Jst talkin for attention. Not gonna end well buddy.Tabor took aim at Tennessee again during the NBA Finals after Golden State routed Cleveland in Game 2. Tabor was discussing the Cavs loss on Twitter with teammate Quincy Wilson and tweeted: They aint trippin. They just cant hang, something like UT in the fourth lol.Even longtime Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley joined the fray when he compared the Vols to the Kardashians and wrote earlier this month that they had won another summer.And to Dooleys point, lost in all the hype surrounding the Vols is that Florida did win the SEC East championship a year ago in McElwains first season -- without a quarterback for much of the season and with a woefully inexperienced offensive line. The Gators are like a lot of other people around the college football world. They have to see it to believe it.Tennessee is Tennessee, and were Florida, Gators safety Marcus Maye said. So what you see out of that is what you get, and its been that way for a while.Jones message to his players has been that they need to own it, whether thats expectations, their style of play, the football program -- everything.Thats why you come to the University of Tennessee. Thats why you coach at the University of Tennessee, Jones said. You want those expectations.Tennessee and Washington are both trying to break strangleholds in their leagues. The past seven SEC championships have been won by Alabama, Auburn or LSU. The past seven Pac-12 championships have been won by either Oregon or Stanford.Shaking up those mini-monopolies will mean shaking off a pair of epic droughts.Only then will the Vols or the Huskies truly be back. Andrew Cogliano Jersey . The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. Derek Grant Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami.Gary Cahill is expected to replace Kurt Zouma when Chelsea face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Night Football. Zouma suffered a serious knee injury in last Sundays draw with Manchester United and will miss the rest of the season, with Cahill set to start for the first time in the league since Boxing Day.The Blues are on their longest unbeaten run of the campaign, but six of the nine games have ended in draws and Newcastle have often proved tricky opponents. Kurt Zouma suffered a serious knee injury against Manchester United The Magpies have taken more points off Chelsea than any other team over the last five seasons (13), and Steve McClarens side were 2-0 up in the reverse fixture in September before two late goals pegged them back.Team newsCahill is set to partner John Terry in defence, but its in attack where Chelsea could be short. Diego Costa broke his nose in a training session but Guus Hiddink confirmed he is still in contention to start.Loic Remy (calf) has been out in recent weeks along with Radamel Falcao (thigh), while Alexandre Pato is short of match fitness and unlikely to be included. Diego Costa will have to play against Newcastle with a broken nose Jack Colback (hamstring) and Emmanuel Riviere (knee) are in contention for Newcastle after both returned to training this week.After Chelsea, they have 18 days between matches, and McClaren hopes the break will allow three or four players to return from his lengthy injury list. Asprilla to blame? Faustino Asprilla wrongly blamed for Newcastles failed 1996 title bid? Opta statsIn the last 11 meetings between Chelsea and Newcastle, the Blues have failed to win if they didnt keep a clean sheet (D3 L4). Brandon Montour Jersey. Papiss Cisse has scored four goals in five top-flight appearances against Chelsea. Papiss Cisse has a good record against Chelsea, but will miss out through injury Diego Costa has scored six goals in his last seven league appearances, after netting just three in his previous 14.Hiddink has still only lost one of his 21 matches as a Premier League manager (W13 D7 L1) and is unbeaten in his last 16.Chelsea havent won any of the four league games that Zouma hasnt started this season (W0 D2 L2) and have conceded 10 goals in these matches.McClaren has collected just one win and seven points in 11 league games as a manager against Chelsea (W1 D4 L6) - this was a 3-0 home win for Middlesbrough in February 2006. Mersons predictionNewcastle played really last week against West Brom and could have won by four or five. But, in the end, it was only 1-0 and West Brom had a chance to equalise late on, so its worrying they didnt put the game to bed. Chelsea are a different side now the players want to have a go, they have really picked up under Hiddink.Ive got to take Newcastles dismal showing at Everton last week into consideration though, so Im backing Chelsea here. Newcastles away form has a greater influence than their impressive home performances.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 9/1) Costa has been in excellent form under Hiddink BettingChelsea are 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet ahead of their SNF clash with Newcastle 11/2, while the draw is trading at 10/3. This fixture has gone the way of the home side recently. In their last seven meetings there have been one draw, three wins for Newcastle (all at St James Park) and three wins for Chelsea (all at Stamford Bridge). 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GRAPEVINE, Texas -- After three months of exploring the option, the Big 12 voted Monday to remain at 10 members and not expand. Morten Andersen Jersey .According to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the vote was unanimous among the leagues presidents and chancellors, and no individual expansion schools were discussed or voted on during the meeting.Bowlsby added that Big 12 expansion would no longer be an active agenda item.I made one recommendation: that we should bring this process to closure -- that we shouldnt kick the can down the road, said Bowlsby, who added that the 90-minute presentation he gave to the presidents on the expansion candidates Monday morning was the only time they were referenced specifically.On July 20, the league announced that it would begin to explore expansion and that it had authorized Bowlsby to negotiate with interested schools. The pro-rata clauses in the existing agreements with Fox and ESPN pushed the Big 12 to consider expansion, since those clauses stipulated that the networks would have to pay the conference up to $25 million annually for each new member.Big 12 leaders held video interviews with almost 20 candidates, then interviewed officials from Air Force, BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado State, UConn, Houston, Rice, South Florida, SMU and Tulane in person in Dallas in September.After Mondays decision, Bowlsby called the leaders of each candidate to deliver the news personally.The decision really didnt have very much to do with the individual elements of those institutions, Bowlsby said. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, obviously, as all of our members do. But this was really about defense of our model.Even though the process didnt lead to action, Oklahoma president and Big 12 board chair David Boren defended the leagues investment in considering expansion, which including the hiring of consultants Navigate and BHV, both of which flew to Dallas to speak to the presidents again Monday.Was all this gathering of information a waste of time? Boren said. Gathering information is never a waste of time.Last summer, Boren propelled potential expansion into a possibility when he claimed the Big 12 was psychologically disadvantaged as the smallest Power Five conference, and the only one without a football championship game or conference network.In June, the league unanimously voted to implement a championship game in 2017. But since the title game couldnt deliver a network to the conference, Boren said expansion began to lose steam leading up to Monday.The marketplace made that decision for us, Boren said. I hoped we could find a way when we thought we could build a conference network. We needed additional material, additional schools to have additional material for the network. To do that, then, I think would have made sense.The situation now is very, very different. We dont feel a sense of urgency to expand just for expansions sake. It has to be tied to the circumstances at the time.With the expansion debate over, Bowlsby said the league could make a decision as soon as this week on whether it will form divisions to decide which teams will play in the championship game. Bowlsby added that a championship site could be determined by November: Arlington, Texas; Kansas City; and San Antonio are the sites the league is considering.Boren acknowledged that the league wont extend its TV/media rights deal, which runs through 2024-25, until the deal is closer to expiring. The deal helped stabilize the conference in 2012 after Texas A&M left for the SEC.Boren, however, added that the Big 12 schools, including Oklahoma and Texas, still remain committed to the league long term.There is not a single school in this conference looking to go elsewhere, he said. We are committed to each other. We are committed to this conference. We are committing to making the Big 12 conference as strong as possible.No ones looking to walk away. Mark Ingram Jersey . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. John Kuhn Jersey . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games.I have wanted to write an open letter to the laws committee since I saw a game in round one when a player took advantage of a rule that I think needs to change. It felt wrong however, to be complaining about rules in the first week of the season so I kept it in the back of my mind since then. Its something that has both annoyed and frustrated me for a few years and I think needs to be changed.Here is my attempt to justify why. Section 9, Law 1 of the game states that the ball is in touch when it, or a player in contact with it touches the touch line or any object on or outside the touch line……We see some brilliant tactical kicks which roll into the in-goal area and are about to stop just short of the dead ball line, but are artificially taken over the line by a defender who puts one foot out of play and then makes contact with the ball while it is still moving. Phil Clarke looks ahead to this weeks Super League matches live on Sky There are kick-offs which would naturally land in the in-goal area, but are falsely taken out of play when the catcher does the splits and touches the ball before it lands in the in-goal area. Penalty to the defending team.It seems to me that we are penalising skilful kicks by a rule that needs to be modified. I understand the history behind why it was introduced but dont believe that it benefits the sport in its current form. It just doesnt make sense to the general sports fan to reward the action of doing this. Sport should reward skilful play, surely thats the whole point. It appears as though in our attempt to speed up the game we have thrown the rule book in the recycling bin. Phil Clarke We need to re-write the rules so that a player cannot deliberately make himself/herself in touch or in goal by stepping out before touching the ball.With this article in my head, I then sat down to watch all six games of Super League action and I began to question if my articcle was really that important. Thomas Morstead Jersey. I watched eight hours of rugby league and wondered where we are heading with the rules.It appears as though in our attempt to speed up the game we have thrown the rule book in the recycling bin. Why worry about my rule amendment when so many other rules are ignored? This isnt a sudden shift in officiating, it has been going on for over 20 years, but we are getting to the stage of no return. I have a retired friend who played and coached at the highest level. Graham Starkey is an intelligent man who loves all sports, but rugby league is his No 1 game. On Monday morning he wrote to me questioning the credibility of the sport.His biggest disappointment is that we now pick and choose when to apply the rules. He was highly critical of the fact that we have almost got to the stage of anything goes.Im not sure who was responsible for the relaxing of the rules. Perhaps the referees felt under pressure to keep the penalty count as low as possible. Sky Live: Widnes v Hull FC Vikings can move two points clear at top of Super League with victory on Thursday Journalists sometimes claim that it has been a great game because we have only had six penalties in the match, so referees used this as a target. The referees with higher penalty counts were castigated in the media and as a result failed to get the bigger games. Surely the referees job is to apply the rules, not ignore them.We have now regressed to a point in which players are assisted by the referees when they dont have enough of their team in a scrum. In the old days that was a penalty, but not any longer. It looks and sounds like a junior match where some of the players dont know the rules.Some people have suggested to me that it all began when we ignored the play-the-ball rule which states that the player must touch the ball with his foot. Once we ignored one major rule, the rest quickly tumbled behind it. So, what began as a minor suggestion to the men who currently govern the laws of the game, has grown into a plan to save it.I dont have all the answers, in fact I dont even have all the questions, but I do have one question. What are you doing to save the sports credibility?Lets play to the rules. Get a Sky Sports Pass Watch Super League without a contract from £6.99 with NOW TV Do you agree with Phil Clarkes views? 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