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Den Bosch, Netherlands (Sports Network) - Second seed Dominika Cibulkova was a quarterfinal loser, while Romanian Simona Halep remained perfect on grass in 2013 at the $235,000 Topshelf Open, a final Wimbledon tune-up. Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza took down the Slovakian Cibulkova 6-4, 6-4, while Halep leveled lucky loser and fellow non-seed Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 on Day 5 at Autotron Rosmalen. The 21-year-old Halep is fresh off her first-ever WTA title in Germany last week and now 8-0 on grass this year. Also on Thursday, third-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro overcame Bulgarian grass-court specialist Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and fourth- seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens doused seventh-seeded Pole Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-4. Radwanska was last years Den Bosch runner-up to Russias Nadia Petrova. Fridays semifinals will pit Suarez Navarro against Halep and Flipkens versus Muguruza. This weeks champion will earn $43,000. David Sharpe Womens Jersey. 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Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. JACKSON, Miss. -- Cody Gribble and his caddie talked a ton during the final nine holes of his impressive run to a Sanderson Farms Championship victory. Very little was about golf.They talked about Gribbles Texas Longhorns and their big win in football over Baylor on Saturday. They talked about the Chicago Cubs and the World Series. They discussed their upcoming trip to Las Vegas.Anything to keep Gribbles mind off the incredible run he was making.I knew I was in a good spot and I knew I was playing well, Gribble said. Its hard not to sit there and look at the scoreboard, look where youre at and how youre doing.The small talk worked. Gribble finished with a 7-under 65 -- which included five birdies on a spectacular back nine -- to turn a tight fight into a four-stroke victory and his PGA Tour title.The 26-year-old rookie started the day a stroke behind playing partners Chris Kirk and Luke List.Gribble had two birdies on the front nine to stay in contention, then ran off birdies on Nos. 11, 13, 15, 16 and 17. He finished at 20-under 268.Gribble looked as if he might have trouble just making the cut at the Country Club of Jackson after an opening 73. He bounced back with a 63 in the second round to jump into contention -- one shy of the course record -- and followed it up with a 67 on Saturday.On Sunday, Gribble started slowly, but picked up steam on an unseasonably hot day in Jackson where the temperature pushed 90 degrees. He made a short birdie putt on 11 and then hit a difficult downhhill 18-foot putt for birdie on 13.ddddddddddddThen he was rolling, making three more birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to pull away.Kirk and List each shot 70 to tie for second with Englands Greg Owen (68).Cody played unbelievable, List said. He definitely deserved to win. I was happy to scramble around and get a couple under out of it.Kirk won the tournament in 2011, back when it was called the Viking Classic and played at nearby Annandale Golf Club. He was in contention again at the Country Club of Jackson after shooting a 65 in the third round, but nobody was able to keep up with Gribbles torrid pace on Sunday.It was definitely impressive watching Cody play that back nine, Kirk said. I wish that I could have given him a little better run. I was just a little bit off, I guess.Gribble played in college at Texas and is the second member of the schools 2012 national championship team to win a PGA Tour event. The other is Jordan Spieth.Gribble obviously has a way to go to match the accomplishments of Spieth, who is among the worlds best players, but the Sanderson Farms win is certainly a good start. He earned $756,000, 300 FedExCup points and exempt status on tour through the 2018-19 season.The four-stroke win was the second largest in tournament history, trailing Frank Conners five-stroke win in 1988.-----Follow David Brandt on Twitter: Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The sun went down, and so did the mood at the Copacabana Olympic beach volleyball venue.Then Alison stomped onto the sand.The 6-foot-8 Brazilian known as Mammoth waved his arms and clapped his hands to encourage the hometown fans cheering their favorites into the gold medal match with a three-set victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday.Taking the court after the top-seeded Brazilian women lost their semifinal to Germany, Alison and Bruno beat Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen 21-17, 21-23, 16-14. Alison had a beastly 12 blocks in the match -- five in the third set alone, including one to give Brazil a match point at 14-13.When it was over, he dropped face-first into the sand, then stepped over the 3-foot-high courtside boundary like it was a street curb to high-five his supporters. Bruno slapped alternately at a television camera and his own chest in celebration.The fans are the third player. They make us try our best, make us do better, Alison said. All the focus is to get the gold medal for Brazil.Alison and Bruno will play Italy, a 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 winner over Russia Tuesday night, for the Olympic championship. Russia will play the Netherlands for the bronze.Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross played in the late semifinal against Brazils other womens team, Agatha and Barbara, for a spot in the gold medal match.The day started poorly for the hometown fans, when Germany quieted the Copacabana crowd and eliminated Brazils No. 1-seeded womens team, Talita and Larissa, in straight sets. With the 21-18, 21-12 victory, Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst clinched Germanys first-ever Olympic medal in womens beach volleyball.I think it will take some time to realize what we did here, Ludwig said. We had some tough times, and now were in the final!The German men won the gold medal in London. But to match the feat in Rio, the women will have to beat the defending world champions -- or a three-time gold medalist in Walsh Jennings.Brazil still has a chance to match its 2004 Olympic haul of three medals. Despite failing to make the final, Talita said she would never forget playing in front of the hometown crowd on the iconic beach.I am so proud of my people, the Brazilian people, Talita said. Malik Hooker Womens Jersey. -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Tarell Basham Colts Jersey. However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. Zach Banner Womens Jersey. Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Marlon Mack Colts Jersey. A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian wont play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a left foot injury, but the ailment is doing nothing to diminish Siemians sense of humor.The photo is a nod to Siemians predecessor, Peyton Manning, who in 2013 was photographed nursing his injured ankle while studying tape with his helmet on.And as?Siemian points out, it did work out well for Manning. In the final thhree regular-season games after the photo was taken, Manning tossed 10 touchdowns passes and eventually guided Denver to the AFC title.ddddddddddddThe Broncos (7-4) will need a similarly strong finish to the season to make the playoffs, as they are currently on the outside looking in. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
NEW YORK -- ?? The New York Islanders have found their footing in Brooklyn once again, and the road-weary Calgary Flames dont feel too bad about Monday nights result, either. Zach Banner Youth Jersey .Thomas Hickey scored 1:53 into overtime, helping the Islanders rebound from a vexing West Coast trip with a 2-1 win over the Flames.Hickey won it after Flames forward Michael Frolik broke a stick in the defensive end, leading to an awkward line change for Calgary. Islanders captain John Tavares wheeled around the zone with the Flames momentarily short-handed before backhanding a shot that Hickey tipped off goalie Brian Elliott and in.I was glad to get a stick on it in overtime, Hickey said. This was a game we had to have.New York improved to 3-1-0 in home games following a road loss by relieving frustration from a wild swing through California. They beat Anaheim in a 14-round shootout but then lost twice on goals in the final 3 minutes of regulation against Los Angeles and San Jose.Last-place New York is just 1-6-1 on the road but remains respectable in Brooklyn, improving to 6-4-3 at Barclays Center.Tavares also scored in the first period and has six goals and 11 assists this season. The goal was his first in 10 games.I have a lot of expectations, Tavares said. I have to make plays and produce. And lead by example.Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, standing tall during a barrage late in the second period before allowing Sean Monahans tying goal 5:51 into the third. Monahan scored on a one-timer from the left circle.Elliott was mostly solid with 25 saves but still lost his seventh straight start. He was acquired from St. Louis over the summer to be Calgarys primary goalie but had sat three straight games in favor of journeyman Chad Johnson.Elliott had a few pivotal saves late, including when he stopped Shane Prince on a breakaway midway through the third.The guy works so hard and cares so much, Flames captain Mark Giordano said. So for him to have a big night for us and come and bounce back and play that well was nice to see.Monahans goal helped Calgary complete a grueling six-game, nine-day trip 3-2-1.I think anytime youre over .500 on a long one its successful, Giordano said, adding, I think we can build off of getting a point there.The Flames fought fatigue in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Sunday and didnt show much life early in this one, either. Both teams flailed at the start, with each getting one shot on goal in the first 5 minutes. Calgary finished with just four shots in the first period.Josh Bailey and Tavares teamed up for a 1-0 lead 7:28 in. Bailey rushed into the middle of the zone, turned left in the high slot, and then delivered a no-look, backhand pass for Tavares, who shot over Elliotts shoulder from the right side.The goal started a strong stretch by New York, and the Islanders had a few near misses later in the first, including a shot off the post from Cal Clutterbuck with about six minutes left.Calgary made a push in the second period but got stalled by solid goaltending. Greiss gloved Michael Ferlands shot on a rush and got his pad on a chance by Sam Bennett around the midpoint of the period. Later, he stopped Matt Stajan on a breakaway and Alex Chiasson on a heavy one-timer about 15 seconds apart.The Islanders have won five straight over the Flames and improved to 17-1-3 against Western Conference foes at Barclays Center.Game notes Islanders D Adam Pelech exited late in the second period and did not return because of an upper-body injury. ... The Flames have scored two goals or fewer in 13 of their past 16 games. ... Calgary F Johnny Gaudreau missed his eighth straight game with a broken finger. The Flames were also without Ladislav Smid (neck) and Lance Bouma (shoulder). ... The Islanders made Ryan Strome and Scott Mayfield healthy scratches and also sat Ryan Pulock (lower-body injury) and Dennis Seidenberg (upper-body injury).UP NEXTFlames: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night to begin a three-game homestand.Islanders: Host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks. Pittsburgh won the first matchup 3-2 in overtime. Tarell Basham Womens Jersey . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. Quincy Wilson Jersey . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. 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Tevez, who has had conflicts with coaches in the past, has not been called up since Sabella was named coach in 2011. Argentina boasts Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria. Last weekend was the best opening set of games I have seen in my three decades of covering the SEC. I cant promise that this Saturday will give us the same amount of drama, but here are some significant storylines to watch:Kentucky tries to break the streak The last time Kentucky beat Florida in football, Ronald Reagan was president. That would be 1986 when the Wildcats beat the Gators 10-3 in Lexington. Since then it has been 29 straight years of misery for Kentucky, which has had half a dozen very close games with Florida in that span but has not found a way to win.The last time the two teams played in Gainesville, Kentucky had a 27-20 lead in the first overtime. The Wildcats forced Florida into a fourth down and the play clock appeared to wind down to zero. But a delay of game was not called and Jeff Driskel hit Demarcus Robinson for a touchdown to tie the game. Florida went on to win in triple overtime 36-30.So Kentucky hasnt beaten the Gators for three decades. Its been even longer since the Wildcats won in The Swamp, which last happened in 1979.Kentuckys stated goal this season is to get to a bowl. Its going to be hard for the Wildcats to get to six wins if they dont get it turned around soon. They host New Mexico State on Sept. 17.Tennessee and Virginia Tech make history This game has been years in the making and finally it will happen on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ABC) when Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. It took workers 19 days to transform the quarter-mile NASCAR track into a football facility that is expected to draw 150,000 fans, which would be a record for an American football game. The current record is 115,109 which was set during the Notre Dame at Michigan game in 2013.By the way, this is not the first time the Bristol Motor Speedway has hosted a football game as the NFLs Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles played there in 1961.While everyone is getting caught up in what will be a unique event, this is an awfully important game for Tennessee. The Vols were fortunate to escape with a win over Appalachian State on Sept. 1 at home. They need to take care of business against the Hokies, who have a new head coach in Justin Fuente.Vandy-MTSU in the I-24 Backyard Brawl Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State are separated by only 34 miles on Interstate 24. And if history is any indicator it will be close when they meet on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network Alternate).A year ago the Commodores needed a 39-yard touchdown run by Ralph Webb with only 1:12 leftt to beat the Blue Raiders 17-13. Sean Harlow Falcons Jersey. . It snapped a three-game losing streak to MTSU, which posted victories in 2001, 2002, and 2005. It was Vanderbilts first trip to Murfreesboro since 1920.Vanderbilt (0-1) needs to get back on track after last weeks 13-10 conference loss to South Carolina, a game in which the Commodores led 10-0 at halftime.A few other quick storylines to watch on Saturday:Arkansas (1-0), which barely got past Louisiana Tech (21-20) will go on the road to meet TCU (1-0), its former rival in the Southwest Conference. In fact, the two teams have not met since Oct. 5, 1991, which was Arkansass last year in the SWC before joining the SEC in 1992. Arkansas won that game, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to win 22-21.A side note on this one: The starting quarterback for TCU will be Kenny Hill, who began his career at Texas A&M in 2014 before transferring to TCU. 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MIAMI -- For some reason, the lowest-scoring team in the majors adds up to big trouble for Matt Harvey. Nike Cortez Saldi . The last-place Marlins once again stalled the NLs starting pitcher in the All-Star game, and Miami beat the New York Mets 3-0 Thursday. Harvey (8-3) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings and struck out eight as the New York Mets lost 3-0 to the Marlins. "My job is to put up zeros regardless of what else is going on," Harvey said. "I only have one concentration, and thats my job at hand. Im going to say that until Im blue in the face. My job is to put up zeros, and obviously I didnt do that today. Im not happy about it." It was the first time the Mets had been shut out since May 25 against Atlanta. "He deserves a better fate than what he has had," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He has pitched great. We just dont score many runs." Harveys three shortest outings this season have come at Marlins Park. He is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season while going 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA against the rest of the majors. "Its not like I take this start or this team any different than against any other team," Harvey said. "Its just been that team this year that happens to squeeze out some runs." Tom Koehler (3-6) pitched six effective innings as he gave up five hits, walked five and struck out five. "The key is really not to think about it too much," Koehler said. "I was facing the Mets. You put up zeros against anybody whos pitching, your team tends to be in pretty good shape." Logan Morrisons two-out single broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. Donovan Solano added a two-run single later in the inning. "Hes got good stuff. Right now hes one of the best pitchers in baseball and so I think the whole team feels good because he lost today," Solano said. The Marlins have the worst record in the NL. "I dont know that I can explain it," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "For whatever reason we really lock it in against him and weve just been able to kind of rise to the occasion." Reliever A.J. Ramos pitched two innings and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances. New York went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They left a runner in scoring position in five of the first six innings and stranded 11 overall. "Theres no secret," Collins said. "If we knew what it was, wed fix it. Guys arent driving in runs. Theres nothing wrong with the approach. Were not getting good swings at the pitches we can hit and were fouling them off. Therefore were not driving them in." Ike Davis popped out with the bases loaded to end the third. Juan Lagares tripled with one out in the fourth, but the Mets could not drive him in, and Jake Marisnick made a diving catch in centre field and threw to first to double up David Wright to end the fifth. "That play Jake made in centre field is a game-changer," Koehler said. "That ball falls and get by him were talking two runs there and another guy in scoring position. That play right there really changed the game." Meanwhile, the Marlins managed just one hit through five innings, a single by Koehler in the third after Harvey struck out four in a row. "Things were fine until the sixth inning," Harvey said. Juan Pierre pinch-hit for Koehler and singled to lead off the sixth, making him 7 for 15 lifetime against Harvey. Christian Yelich followed with a single that put runners at the corners with no outs. Harvey retired the next two batters, but Morrison singled for a 1-0 lead. After Harvey hit Ed Lucas with a pitch to load the bases, Solano singled to chase Harvey. Justin Turner and Lagares each had two hits for the Mets. NOTES: Harvey is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts at Marlins Park. ... 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The only century opening partnership in Sri Lanka during this period was more than four years ago, in April 2012, when Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss added 122 in Colombo. There have been only four other 80-plus stands in this period, while 32 times out of 87 - thats 37% of the total innings - the partnership has ended before getting into double digits. That includes the dismal numbers from the ongoing Sri Lanka-Australia Test in Pallekele, when the first wicket in each of the first three innings fell for single-digit scores.The average opening stand in Sri Lanka during this period is 16% lower than in any other country (with the 30-innings cut-off). The next lowest is in South Africa, which has always been a difficult country for opening batsmen, but even there the average is more than five runs higher than the average in Sri Lanka. In the other Asian countries the averages are much higher - 40.16 in the UAE, 43.47 in India and 45.93 in Bangladesh - confirming that conditions in Asia are quite favourable for batsmen when the ball is new. Except, it would seem, when the country in question is Sri Lanka. The concept of home advantage for batsmen is a well-entrenched one, but over the last five years it hasnt held true for Sri Lankas opening pairs. In 44 partnerships at home since the beginning of 2012, they have averaged 27.59, with a highest stand of 93 not out, by Dimuth Karunaratne and Tharanga Paranavitana against New Zealand in Galle in 2012. Their numbers in the last year are especially abysmal: in 13 innings since July 2015, the openers have added more than 15 only once, and have averaged 10.15 per partnership. Their partnerships during this period read thus: 15, 12, 15, 0, 1, 8, 11, 1, 56, 1, 0, 6, 6. In 44 partnerships at home in the last four and a half years, Sri Lanka have had 24 sub-20 stands, and only seven in excess of 50.They have done much better overseas: in 35 away partnerships during this period, they have scored 248 more runs than they have in 44 home partnershhips, and averaged a healthy 40. Puma Basket Heart Denim. 20. Apart from Australia, where the average has been only 19.16 in six innings, the Sri Lankan openers have done well everywhere, averaging 64.33 in Bangladesh, 52 in the UAE, 41 in New Zealand and South Africa, and 37.70 in England. Compared to 24 sub-20 stands in 44 home innings, in 35 away innings they have had only ten such stands.That is a huge contrast to the other subcontinent teams, whose opening pairs do much better at home than away. Indias openers have averaged 51.68 at home and 25.57 away in the same period. Pakistan have averaged 41.03 in the UAE and 22.18 in other countries, and Bangladesh have averaged 43.68 at home and 27.50 away. The home and away numbers for Sri Lankas current opening pair, Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva, illustrate just how difficult it has been to play the new ball in Sri Lanka compared to other countries. In 23 overseas partnerships, they have been extremely consistent, going past 30 on 16 occasions. On the recent tour to England, they put together partnerships of 108 and 45, and on the previous tour to England in 2014, they got starts each time, with stands of 54, 25, 37 and 40 in two Tests.At home, on the other hand, they have had little success to speak of, with only three partnerships of 30 or more in 13 innings. Ten times one of them has been dismissed before the team has reached 20. Silva, especially, has struggled at home, averaging 26.39 from 23 innings, compared to an overseas average of 39.86 in away Tests since the start of 2012.That, again, is a huge contrast with other opening pairs from the subcontinent. M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, for example, average 65.44 from ten partnerships at home during this period, but outside Asia it drops to 25.14 from 21 partnerships. Both home and overseas opening pairs have struggled to string together partnerships in Sri Lanka in these last four and a half years. Sri Lankas openers have done poorly, but overseas teams have fared even worse, averaging 24.04 for the first wicket. When India toured there last year, for example, their opening partnerships aggregated 35 in six innings, an average of 5.83. Sri Lanka wasnt always so inhospitable to opening pairs. In the five years before 2012, the average stand here was a healthy 38.50, which was higher than the opening stands in South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand. Lately, though, all opening batsmen would probably wish they were elsewhere than in Sri Lanka. 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But weve got to be able to continue to build the depth out of that to be a dominant team.Maryland has won its last 17 meetings against Loyola and leads the all-time series 22-3.Bri Betz-White led Loyola (4-6) with 17 points, while Lauren Daugherty added 16. Carly Monzo and Stephanie Karcz had 10 points apiece for the Greyhounds, who were out-rebounded 44-23.Jones had eight points and Maryland led 26-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Terrapins were 11 of 14 from the field and outscored Loyola 18-6 inside the paint during that time.Maryland maintained pressure and forced turnovers on Loyolas first three possessions of the second quarter. The Terrapins got the ball inside to Jones, whose layup boosted the margin to 38-12.Loyola was 9 for 26 from the field and trailed 46-21 at the break.The Greyhounds played better in the second half, and a 3-pointer by Monzo pulled them within 56-41 with 2:28 left in the third quarter.Im just really proud of our kids, Loyola coach Joe Logan said. Tonight, Maryland punched us in the mouth a little bit, but I was really proud of how we responded, particularly in the second half. Thats going to help us during the season. Theyre really good. Theyre a top five team in the country and we hung with them the best we could in the second half.That was as close as Loyola got. A 3-pointer by Destiny Slocum provided Maryland a 70-51 lead with just over five minutes left in the game.Give credit to Loyola, they came out great in the second half, Walker-Kimbrough said. But I know (Jones) and I have to take a step back and look because its on us to make sure we lead those young guys in the second half. I thought we did a good job in the first half.SLUGGISH PLAYMaryland shot 78.6 percent from the field in the first quarter, but was then out of sync for much of the remaining game. The Terrapins made just 5 of 15 shots (33.3 percent) in the final quarter.RACKING UP THE POINTSBetz-White, a preseason All-Patriot League honoree, has scored in double figures in nine of 10 games this year.BIG PICTURELoyola: The Greyhounds outscored Maryland 24-18 in the third quarter and played fearlessly against a nationally ranked opponent. Despite the score, the game provided Loyola with a boost of confidence.Maryland: The Terrapins entered leading the country in scoring (93.8) and field goal percentage (51.9). Maryland, however, struggled in spurts on the road against the Greyhounds and committed 19 turnovers. Coach Brenda Frese will likely address those issues over the next week.UP NEXTLoyola: The Greyhounds break for exams before travelling to George Washington on Dec. 23.Maryland: The Terrapins play at Duquesne on Dec. 21 before a showdown with No. 1 Connecticut eight days later. Curtis Samuel Panthers Jersey . 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The Spaniard was appointed Newcastle boss on Friday after Steve McClaren was finally relieved of his duties and is tasked with steering the second-bottom Magpies to safety.It will be no easy initiation for Benitez, with league leaders Leicester up first in Monday Night Football, but Newcastle fans with one eye on Sundays Sky Live derby clash with bitter rivals Sunderland may take hope from their new managers previous against Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce. Benitez has claimed seven wins from 12 matches against Allardyce - giving him a win percentage of almost 60 per cent.That ratio is only marginally bettered by his record against a previous Newcastle manager in Alan Pardew - and Pardews Crystal Palace visit Tyneside at the end of April in what could be another crunch clash in Benitezs bid to keep his new club in the top flight. Benitez record against current PL managers Opp Manager Played Won Drawn Lost Win Percentage Alan Pardew 5 3 1 1 60% Arsene Wenger 13 4 4 5 30.8% Mark Hughes 11 4 6 1 36.4% Mauricio Pochettino 1 0 0 1 0% Sam Allardyce 12 7 2 3 58.3% Tony Pulis 5 2 3 0 40% Improving an already striking win ratio against Allardyce would likely give Benitez, as well as the long-suffering Toon Army, satisfaction because its fair to say the pair dont see eye-to-eye.Their feud started when the then-Liverpool boss was critical of Allardyces Bolton and their physical playing style - a sentiment that did not sit well.Rafa would be very lucky to be in a job if he hadnt got to two Champions League finals, because theyve had some very poor finishes in the Premier League, Allardyce was quoted as saying in a magazine interview in September 2007, after he had left Bolton to take the Newcastle job. Allardyce (right) and his Bolton side earned criticism from Rafa While they are a very good Champions League team, theyre not a Premier League-winning side. They dont have the mentality to win that yet.Things came to a head, after several other spats, in 2010, following another victory for Benitez - Liverpools 2-1 success over Blackburn at Anfield. 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Alan Pardew (left) hasnt had much joy against Benitez It was a good cover-up by Rafa because he knows how bad his side were, Allardyce said.Hes got personal with it for many, many years now - thats why I dont like him and the feeling is probably mutual.Allardyce later wrote in his book: Of course, he can say he won the Champions League with Liverpool, which is something I never did. But it has nowt to do with him. Watch Benitezs first game back in the Premier League live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm on Monday. Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. Also See: Redknapps title race view Do late sackings work? The relegation run-in Five challenges facing Benitez Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Ryan Switzer Womens Jersey . -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was not present for Thursdays practice, marking the second straight day he has been absent. This puts Gronkowskis status for Sundays road game against the San Francisco 49ers in question.Gronkowski was listed with a chest injury on Wednesdays injury report.?ESPNs Adam Schefter has been told the injury is not overly serious and that Gronkowski does not have a punctured lung, as has been reported.The Patriots leave for San Francisco on Friday, one day earlier than the norm.If Gronkowski doesnt make the trip, it would leave Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengel as the two available tight ends on the roster. Bennett, who has 38 catches for 504 yards and four touchdowns this season, would rise into a top role.Ive started the majority of my career, Bennett noted Thursday when asked whether it could help the Patriots to have played without Gronkowski in the first two games of the season. Its just football.The Patriots like to run a high number of two-tight-end packages, and playing without Gronkowski could affect those plans.The biggest change for Bennett would be his inclusion as the top tight end in the 3-WR/1-TE/1-RB package, a role usually taken by Gronkowski.After Sundays game, Gronkowski had relayed that he had the wind knocked out of him.Just down for about a minute of two. Its a little tough to breathe, but once it comes back, youre good, Gronkowski said of the hit by Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.He hit me fair and square. Its football. Youre going to get laid out eventually.The two players also shared their mutual respect on Twitter?on Wednesday. Taco Charlton Youth Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Xavier Woods Youth Jersey . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. Esteban Gutierrez believe it was unfair for Toto Wolff to single him out for ridicule after the Singapore Grand Prix.Gutierrezs driving under blue flags once again came under scrutiny in Singapore, with Mercedes boss Wolff saying the Mexican was cruising around and having an impact on Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardos fight for victory. Wolffs recent criticism prompted a staunch defence from Haas boss Guenther Steiner, who claimed Gutierrez has become F1s punching ball in recent weeks.Gutierrez thinks Wolff was out of line to speak to about the incident to the media before they had spoken privately.Im very disappointed at hearing those comments, Gutierrez is quoted as saying by Autosport. Making fun of me publicly is not a fair way to do things.He could very easily have come to me and spoken to me face to facce, and not behind my back [and] publicly. Chidobe Awuzie Womens Jersey. If he has something to say he can come to me and speak about it. He knows I am an open person, he knows Im very transparent.Its just disappointing to hear how he spoke in public.It is not the first time Gutierrez has been singled out for criticism; Lewis Hamilton made a rude gesture towards him after being held up during the Hungarian Grand Prix, before Ricciardo said the Haas driver is the worst at obeying blue flags after the race in Germany. The Hungary incident led to a five-second penalty, while he was also recently handed a five-place grid drop for blocking Pascal Wehrlein during final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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But its all about going to the Super Bowl here.Those unselfish words dont surprise offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who said Benjamin has a lot of blue collar in him and whose primary motivation is winning games.Benjamin stormed on the scene as a rookie in 2014, quickly establishing himself as Cam Newtons favorite option in training camp. He went on to set franchise rookie records with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.The 6-foot-5, 245-pound former Florida State star appeared set for a big season in 2015 before a torn ACL in training camp ended his season.That forced Newton to adjust and spread the ball around more. Nine different receivers had at least 10 receptions last season. Eight caught a touchdown pass from the league MVP.There has been chatter of whether Benjamins return might force Newton to re-establish a lock on him as he did two years ago.But fifth-year coach Ron Rivera doesnt see that happening. He said Newtons growth as a quarterback last season wont allow him to take a step back.I dont think were going to sit there and see him target Kelvin 20 times a game, Rivera said. I think he will keep the ball spread around like he did last year.Rivera said he expects Newton will target seven to 10 different receivers a game.Shula agrees.With Kelvin there (in 2014) and Steve (Smith) there the year before, maybe Cam felt like he had to go to either (Pro Bowl tight end) Greg (Olsen) or Kelvin, or Greg or Steve, Shula said.But with how the other guys stepped up last year, we can move guys around more. Hopefully it will help present more problems for the defense, where they are more conscious about covering multiple guys. And defenses have to worrry about the running game as well. Ryan Switzer Womens Jersey. But if training camp is any indication, Benjamin will be the top targeted receiver.Its hard to blame Newton when he has an option such as Benjamin running across the field.In most cases, Newton doesnt have to be completely accurate -- he simply needs to throw it up in the general vicinity for Benjamin to make the catch.I know hes excited, emotional, a lot of things going through his head right now, Newton said, but just to see him get the confidence and him to get back in the groove of things is good.Benjamin said it was difficult at times watching from the sideline last season as the Panthers opened the season 14-0. He wanted to be a part of the winning, but despite trying to put on a good face still felt like an outsider at times.It was even tougher when the Panthers, who finished No. 1 in the league in scoring last season, struggled offensively in a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.I just wanted to go catch a few balls, said Benjamin, who watched the game from the sideline in street clothes.Benjamin said the time away from the game helped him refocus on the importance of his football career.Hes come into the season in better shape physically than he did as a rookie, and is eager to cut down on his mistakes. 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Hopefully thats good enough for me to get on the podium, and a gold medal would be an amazing bonus, he said.Kelly got the nickname Nails for his tough playing style with his local AFL team as a teenager in Victoria.I got `Nails for attacking the footy without any fear, I played with a lot of passion and desperation, he said.When Kelly took to the pool and later debuted at the 2012 London Paralympics, that moniker became Liquid Nails.The Melbourne-based athlete came agonisingly close to a podium finish in London, with a fourth in the 50-metre breaststroke.Hes hoping to close that gap in Rio, and drastically improved his time at the April selection trials in Adelaide.Compared to what I swam in London, it was about a second and a half improvement, he said.And hes ramped up his training schedule to 11 sessions a week in the hopes of bringing home gold.Kelly is also studying for a journalism degree part-time, and says hell always be thankful to his mum Moira for giving him and his brother Emmanuel a new life.Upon arriving in Australia, Kelly underwent surgery to remove the deformed sections of his lower legs and had to learn to walk all over again with prostheses.The operation came and it was quite scary at first, but I just couldnt wait to walk like everybody else, he said.There I was getting ready to wear prosthetic legs and when I put them on, it just felt like magic.Kelly says two of his biggest fans are his adopted little sisters, Trishna and Krishna.The Bangladeshi conjoined twins made worldwide headlines in 2009 when they underwent a 32-hour operation to separate them.They wont be making the long journey (to Rio), theyre not quite ready for that just yet, Kelly said.No matter how tired they are, they better wake up and watch the race. Or at least record it!The girls are now nine, and Kelly wants to show them that anything is possible.I hope I can be the person to give them good advice to tackle some of lifes tough challenges, he said.AUSTRALIAS RIO PARALYMPIC TEAM* 169 athletes competing across 15 sports* Aiming for a top-five finish - that means at least 15 gold medals* Placed in the top five at every Games since Barcelona in 1992* Our biggest competition likely to come from Brazil* Para-triathlon and para-canoe to make Paralympic debut. Sean Harlow Falcons Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Takkarist McKinley Falcons Jersey . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. 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Pakistan, arguably the best all-conditions team on the planet, will embark on a long southern summer in which, with some luck, they will have a tilt at the top ranking. New Zealand, battered in India and South Africa, seek to re-impose themselves on the seam-friendly venues where a formidable home record had recently been composed.Having not lost a Test series since August 2014, Pakistan should enter the contest as favourites, only, such is the sway of home advantage in recent years, that New Zealand will not feel like underdogs on their soil.Tim Southee returns to the side with a fresh first-class five-for, after having sat out the India Tests with injury. Neil Wagner and James Neesham have also displayed good domestic bowling form. Todd Astle may not be in the league of Yasir Shah, but he does have a five-wicket haul at Hagley Oval in the past three weeks. None of this may matter when an experienced Pakistan middle order gets moving, but after a dispiriting stint in India, these are the mildly-pleasant tidbits of information New Zealand are repeating to themselves in the mirror.Although they had lost the Sharjah dead rubber to West Indies, there is a restrained confidence to the Pakistan side, perhaps stemming from memories of that 2-2 result in England, or even from their most-recent series in New Zealand, which they had won. Of the likely attack, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have both played in the country. Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have all done likewise.New Zealands best hope may lie in harder, faster pitches, the likes of which helped England triumph over Pakistan in Edgbaston; the complication, being of course, that their own top order, which is low on form and carrying a newbie in opener Jeet Raval, must also withstand the bowling of Amir, Wahab and the like.Form guideNew Zealand: LLLLD (last five completed matches, most recent first)? Pakistan: LWWWLIn the spotlightThis year Ross Taylor has scored 456 Test runs at an average of 57, only 364 of those runs came against Zimbabwe, who had not previously played a Test in 20 months. Against other opposition, he has not scored a half-century since the 290 at Perth, over a year ago. Though his place in the side is secure for now - he was hardly the only New Zealand batsman strugglingg in India - Kane Williamson will hope his senior batsman will take the lead in yanking the top order out of its funk. Duke Riley Womens Jersey. On the other end of the form spectrum, Azhar Ali is coming off a sublime series against West Indies, in which he hit 302 not out, 79 and 91. Following a tough 2013, Azhar has averaged over 50 in each of the past two years, and has a 2016 average of 64.08, after 14 innings. He now has the opportunity to transition from being a good player to an outstanding one. Healthy returns in New Zealand will add heft to an improving record.Teams newsKane Williamson confirmed opener Raval will debut on Thursday, while Astle also looks set for his second Test. New Zealand have three spots for four fast bowlers, and, of those, Matt Henry looks likeliest to miss out. Allrounder James Neesham may also play ahead of Colin de Grandhomme.New Zealand (possible): 1. Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 James Neesham, 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Todd Astle, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent BoultPakistan are also faced with decisions on their attack. As the pitch appears seam friendly, Sohail Khan may feature alongside Amir, Wahab and Yasir. Babar Azam may make it into the side on the strength of his half-century on debut against West Indies, failing which Mohammad Rizwan could be in store for a debut.Pakistan(possible): 1 Sami Aslam, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Babar Azam/Mohammad Rizwan, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Sohail KhanPitch and conditionsThe Hagley Oval surface has generally been spicy on the first three mornings, before flattening out towards the end of the day, and the Test. Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday, but it is expected to clear by the weekend.Stats and triviaBoth Misbah and Alastair Cook have 24 Test victories as captain, making them the most successful leaders still active in the game. Both men have the chance to edge ahead, with Englands match with India also starting on ThursdayThe Christchurch Test is Williamsons first as captain, at home. He has begun his leadership career with two victories, one draw and three lossesNew Zealand have not beaten Pakistan in a series since 1985. In 53 Tests between the teams, New Zealand have won just eight matches; Pakistan have won 24.QuotesHome advantage is a good thing, I think, but it provides opportunities for both sides, and a side like Pakistan who have toured well for a while now will know that. Theyll expect their seamers to do well.Kane WilliamsonWe need to make sure that we bat with discipline and put good scores on the board. 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BOSTON -- The Toronto Maple Leafs found a way to overcome a poor opening period. O. J. Howard Womens Jersey .Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman scored in the second period, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night.The last three games the first period kind of did us in, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. We didnt start on time. We were able to hold on. It still wasnt the first period we wanted, but we didnt give up the goals and we were able to execute a little bit.After managing only two shots on goal in the first, Toronto was happy to get to the dressing room with the game scoreless.I dont think we gave up too much even though we didnt produce anything, Andersen said. To come out 0-0 is pretty good. We came out better in the second and the third. It was a good turnaround.James van Riemsdyk scored in the third for Toronto, which was 0-2-1 in its last three games. Connor Brown added an empty-netter and Andersen improved to 6-0-0 in his career against Boston.Brad Marchand had the Bruins goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots.Former Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick had two assists.Boston lost to Colorado, then-the NHLs worst team, on Thursday night at TD Garden and followed that by losing to the team that entered as the Eastern Conferences last-place club.Boston fell behind 3-0 in its previous two games before the Maple Leafs went up 2-0 in the second.Its tough. We try to score that first goal and get the lead and the last couple of games weve been letting in like two or three goals and trying to catch up, Rask said. Today was one of those. Its not easy. It takes a lot out of you.Boston had earned points in 12 of the last 13 meetings against Toronto (9-1-3).Like a number of games this season, the Bruins have been frustrated by their inability score.Goalies are too good in this league if you dont make it hard on them, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said A lot of it is that.Toronto moved ahead on Matthews goal 1:44 into the second. The NHLs No. 1 overall draft pick last summer took a pass from William Nylander and fired a wrist shot over Rasks left shoulder.Hyman redirected defenseman Jake Gardners shot from the slot, and the puck dipped and fluttered by Rask to make it 2-0 with 4:46 remaining in the period.Marchand took advantage of a turnover behind Torontos net, slicing it to 2-1 with 1:21 left in the second. Andersen misplayed a clearing attempt, firing the puck off a player where it dropped next to the rear boards. He had a second chance to clear or cover it, but Marchand beat him to it, circled and put in his own rebound.The Bruins had the best chance in the first period when David Pastrnaks one-timer from the left point caromed off the left post early into the game.Tyler Bozaks shot was tipped in by van Riemsdyk midway into the third.Game notes The Bruins recalled forwards Noel Acciari and Danton Heinen from Providence of the AHL before the game and assigned F Anton Blidh to the AHL. ... The first game between the two clubs was just over 92 years ago: Dec. 3, 1924, when the Toronto St. Pats beat the Bruins, 5-3. ... Toronto won the only other meeting so far this season, 4-1 at home on October 15.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Colorado on Sunday in the opener of five straight at home -- four against teams from the Western Conference.Bruins: At Montreal on Monday night. Kendell Beckwith Jersey . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. Kendell Beckwith Womens Jersey .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals. . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- More than 20 people were injured when a car hit them in a parking lot after Sundays Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.?According to the Virginia State Police, no one died, and many of the 22 people who were injured were treated at the scene for minor injuries.Their ages range from 12 to 65 years old, and at least 13 of them were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.?Of the 12 patients at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, 10 were treated and released Sunday night, one was admitted, and one was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, according to spokeswoman Liz Harris of the Martinsville hospital.A Morehead Hospital spokeswoman said that hospital treated a total of five patients Sunday night; all had minor injuries and were released.There was no update on another patient, who was taken to Eden Hospital in North Carolina.Virginia State Police announced Monday morning that iit took the driver of the Chevrolet into custody at the scene without incident. 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