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Of the 30 teams in the major leagues, 18 are either in playoff position or within 3 1/2 games of a spot. Brandon Marshall Jersey .Thats enough to give a lot of fans hope down the stretch -- but theres a catch.The more contenders there are in a postseason race, the harder it is for any one team to emerge. Take a look at the American Leagues second wild card, for example: Right now, Baltimore leads that race and Detroit is only two games back, but according to the playoff probabilities at , the Orioles have only a 43 percent chance to reach the postseason, and the Tigers are at 36 percent.Thats partly because there are so many other teams (the Astros, Mariners, Royals and even the Yankees) still within striking distance. Aside from the clear division leaders like the Cubs, Nationals and Rangers, nobody should feel all that great about their situation right now.Its easy for teams to stay optimistic if they arent that far from a playoff spot, but the games-back column can be a bit of an illusion. The New York Mets are only 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card in the National League -- hardly a daunting deficit with over a month to play. But the Marlins and Pirates are in between, meaning New York also has to worry about outperforming those other teams over these next few weeks.Fangraphs gives the Mets a 19-percent chance to make it. That 2 1/2-game margin is certainly surmountable, but a lot will have to go right for New York to return to the postseason.Here are a few other developments from around baseball:ON A TEARYankees rookie Gary Sanchez is hitting .405 with 11 homers in 22 games this season. Sanchez entered Sundays game already leading his teams position players in wins above replacement (WAR) on the year, according to half (19 of 34) of Sanchezs hits have gone for extra bases this season. After the Yankees were sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, Sanchez is just what they needed to hold New Yorks attention for at least a little while longer.ON A TEAR, PART IIBostons Dustin Pedroia had hits in 11 straight at-bats, coming within one of the major league record. He grounded into a double play in his final at-bat Saturday night.It takes a lot for a full-time player to move the needle on his batting average at this stage in the season, but Pedroias went up from .306 to .320 over his past three games. Hes hitting .398 in August, albeit with no homers.FANTASY FOCUSWith September call-ups looming, keep an eye on top prospect Yoan Moncada of Boston. If he gets a chance to play with the Red Sox, his speed could be an immediate fantasy asset.LINE OF THE WEEKMatt Moore of San Francisco came within one out of a no-hitter before giving up a single to Corey Seager of the Dodgers in the ninth inning Thursday night. He was pulled immediately after that hit, but his 133-pitch effort was still a highlight this past week.Honorable mention goes to Torontos Josh Donaldson, whose three-homer game Sunday had fans throwing hats onto the field.---Follow Noah Trister at Howie Long Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Gareon Conley Jersey . Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday. The fine is the fourth this season for Goldson. He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter.England Women will have to wait until Friday before attempting to secure a one-day series whitewash against Sri Lanka after heavy rainfall caused play to be abandoned for the day in Colombo. The tourists scored 240-9 from their 50 overs, with Natalie Sciver top-scoring with 77, while Danielle Hazell contributed a useful 45.But the rains came during the interval at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, leaving the match to be completed on the reserve day, when Sri Lanka will have their full allocation of 50 overs. England have already sealed the series victory after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead but will attempt to secure a confidence-boosting clean sweep of matches. 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Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- The third and fourth rounds were going on at the same time and with different rules. There was so much rain that there was a worker with a squeegee positioned near every green. The final putts were made in what some would call the dark. There was no re-pairing after the third round and the greens werent even rolled, let along cut. Oh yeah, on Friday they put the cup on No. 10 in the wrong place.This was the PGA Championship. This was a major. This was an odd major.Nobody will take anything away from Jimmy Walker, who closed a bogey-free 3-under 67 with a 3-footer for par to finish at 14-under 266 and beat Jason Day by one stroke Sunday. All Day did to add to the drama was make an eagle 3 on No. 18 to get within a stroke.I figured birdieing 17 was huge and that was going to cap it off, Walker said. And then Jason making eagle sure made my job a lot harder on the last hole.Really cool way to finish. Making a putt like that to win, right in the middle, was just awesome.But the circumstances around some great golf were odd to say the least.The leaders after the third round would always be paired together for the final round but not in this rain-delayed tournament. Day said he would have liked to be playing with Walker.That would have been nice, Day said. But under the circumstances, thats just how they work.Ten players didnt even hit a golf ball Saturday -- that meant Walker and Day and eight others played 36 holes Sunday -- and 37 others returned Sunday to complete the third round.Its really quite fun to see how far you can actually push yourself mentally, more so than physically, Day said. Playing 36 holes today, especially under the pump, not knowing what was going on, really, and finishing that way, was pretty special.The extra holes so the tournament would finish on time meant Matt Jones and Roberto Castro were teeing off on No. 1 in the fourth round while Walker and Robert Streb were getting to No. 6 in their third round.To add a little more confusion, the PGA of America decided that the fourth round would be played with lift, clean andd place rules in effect for balls in the fairway. Nike Air Max 1 Scontate. Thats the first time in a major tournament the preferred lie rules was put in effect. Guess thats one more oddity for the 98th PGA Championship.My playing partner (Martin Kaymer) on the last hole there had a big chunk of mud on the ball and it went straight right and led to a bogey, British Open champion Henrik Stenson said between rounds. He closed with a 71 and finished tied for seventh with Kaymer and Streb at 8 under.Phil Mickelson, who won the PGA the last time it was played at Baltusrol in 2005 and finished at 3 under this week, was asked if the PGA of Americas decision to go with the preferred lies would inspire other majors to handle the same situation in the future.I hope so. I think its such the right call, he said. Theres so much element of luck involved if you dont do that because of the amount of mud that will get on the ball as well as the inability to finish the round because of not being able to take full relief from the fairway.I think it was a great call. I know its not one that is ideal. But unfortunately thats been the case this week because on the weekend this golf course was set up to be perfect for a major championship. And unfortunately the rains came and just softened the course exponentially.Because both rounds were going on simultaneously, the grounds crew workers werent able to attend to the greens as they usually does between rounds and that meant the greens were slower than usual and there were a ton of putts left short of the hole.On Friday, the cup on No. 10 was put on the wrong side of the green but the PGA Rules Committee didnt notice it until the first group off that tee had already hit their second shots so the cup was left on the right side for the remainder of the round. The PGA of America immediately owned up to the mistake and apologized for the mistake.An organization admitting it made an error in a major sporting event. Thats odd. 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The Football League Trust are hoping to build on the success of the first ever national Kinder+Sport Futsal Cup tournament. Angelo Blackson Jersey . Thousands of children under the age of 16 from 450 schools across the country took part in the competition, which came to an exciting conclusion this week as Wolverhampton Wanderers triumphed in the girls section, while Hartlepool United took the honours for the boys. Derby Countys Marcus Olsson and England under-19 womens keeper Sophie Baggaley reflect on the success of the Kinder and Sport Football League Trust Futsa The Kinder +Sports Futsal Cup in partnership with The Football League Trust was delivered on a national scale through the 72 Football League clubs.  Mike Evans, director of operations at the Football League Trust, said: This new national futsal cup competition has been a great way to keep older children involved in sport and we grateful to Ferrero and the Kinder + Sport project for their support.  Wolverhampton Wanderers were triumphant in the girls section The programme encourages children and young people to make sport and active play part of everyday life, and we look forward to expanding the programme and reaching thousands more children in years to come.The first stage of this years new national competition saw schools compete at a local level for the right to represent their Football League club in the later stages.  The winners then went through no less than eight regional finals, playing at inspiring venues such as the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and the FAs elite training facility at St Georges Park.  This resulted in eight regional winners from both the boys and girls teams then emerged on finals day at the Derby Arena. Derby County first team players Marcus Olsson and Nick Blackman attended the event as well as Birmingham City Ladies first team goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley.  Marcus Olsson and Nick Blackman took time out of their schedule to watch the competition finals Blackman said: It was fantastic to see so many kids involved and the standard of football was incredible.  I wouldnt be surprised to see some of these player in the professional game in a few years time.     Also See: Championship video Fixtures Table Live on Sky Get Sky Sports Johnson Bademosi Jersey . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Isaac Whitney Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. . -- Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and fifth-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. The Chicago Sky will have a chance to carry a four-game winning streak into the WNBAs Olympic break when it plays host to the Connecticut Sun on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.Chicago (11-12) has won three in a row and four of its last five. The Sky is fourth in the Eastern Conference, just a half game behind the Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever, which are tied for second behind the New York Liberty.Connecticut (7-16) has won four of its last seven games. The Sun is last in the Eastern Conference, four games behind Chicago and 9 1/2 games behind New York.Chicago is coming off a dramatic 79-77 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Elena Delle Donne had 18 points and nine rebounds, Jamierra Faulkner scored 14 points and Jessica Breland made a putback with 0.2 seconds remaining to help the Sky prevail.Connecticut is coming off an 89-78 road win over the Dallas Wings. Chiney Ogwumike turned in a monster performance, finishing with 26 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Jasmine Thomas added 20 points for the Sun, which shot 49. Will Fuller V Jersey. 3 percent from the field while holding the Wings to 38.4-percent shooting.Delle Donne is leading the WNBA in scoring at 21.3 points per game. She is 10th in rebounding, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.Alex Bentley leads Connecticut in scoring at 13.5 points per contest. Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas are tied for the team lead in rebounding, averaging six rebounds per game.This is the second time Chicago and Connecticut have met this season. The Sky beat the Sun 93-70 in the season opener May 14 at Allstate Arena.Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and seven assists for Chicago. Cappie Pondexter scored 13 points. Bentley scored 14 points to lead Connecticut. Delle Donne missed that game due to illness.Chicago and Connecticut will take time off after this game for the WNBAs month-long break for the Summer Olympics. Both teams will return to action Aug. 26. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. Eric Weddle Jersey . -- The NCAA announced Tuesday that 77 percent of black mens Division I basketball players who entered college in 2009 earned a degree within six years, up five points from a year earlier and a record high.That improvement helped the overall Graduation Success Rate match last years record of 86 percent of athletes graduating within six years, the NCAA said. Of all black Division I student-athletes, 74 percent graduated within six years. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release the improved rates were hugely significant.Over the last 15 years, the overall Graduation Success Rate has dramatically improved, but the really good news is how college sports helps more and more minority students, especially those playing our highest-profile sport, earn a degree that will help them long after their athletics career is over, he said.The graduation rate for black basketball players is up 31 percentage points over the past 15 years, the NCAA said . Overall, all black male athletes have increased their GSR by 19 percentage points to 70 percent during that time. Black female athletes improved their rate 13 points to 84 percent over that same time.For all Division I athletes, the rate increased 12 percentage points during the past 15 years.B. David Ridpath, an associate professor and sports business and president of The Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog, said the GSR provides only a partial picture, pointing to reports of athletes at North Carolina taking courses aimed at boosting their GPAs in a department popular with athletes.Are we essentially practicing eligibility maintenance, potentially in a major with friendly faculty? he said. Are these kids graduating with a very meaningful, vital degree that can benefit them for the next 50 to 60 years of their life? In some cases, yes, this is happening. But all too often -- and I know this because I worked in college athletics -- were essentially pushing these kids through, keeping them eligible and in cases where they do graduate they might not be graduating with the requisite skills.Among football teams in The Associated Press Top 25 , the only teams with a GSR 65 percent or lower were No. 25 Troy at 65 percent and No. 13 Oklahoma State at 50 percent. Among Top 25 mens basketball teams , No. 4 Oregon had a GSR of 38 percent, No. 25 California 40 percent, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 18 Syracuse and No. 24 Cincinnati all had GSRs of 50 percent, and No. 13 Michigan State has a GSR of 63 percent.The University of Connecticut mens basketball team had one of the lower graduation rates at 22 percent, according to the latest results. But those 2009 numbers were actually a big improvement over previous years. The teams GSR rose from just 8 percent in 2006, 17 percent the following year and 20 percent in 2008.School spokesman Mike Enright said the poor graduation rate reflects the same time period for which UConn was sanctioned by the NCAA and missed the 2013 postseason because of an another indicator, the Academic Progress Rate, which measures whether players are in good academic standing.The school has reported perfect or near perfect APR scores since 2012-13 and is expecting similar numbers this year, Enright said. He also said all current members of the basketball team are on track to graduate.The academic achievement of our mens basketball team has been outstanding the past several years and I have a full expectation that this will continue, athletic director David Benedict said.---AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Storrs, Connecticut, contributed to this report. JoJo Natson Jersey . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sergei Bobrovsky helped the Columbus Blue Jackets hang around just long enough for Sam Gagner and Seth Jones to win it.Gagner tied it with 16 seconds left in the third period and Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime, lifting the Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night.Bobrovsky stopped 36 shots, and Nick Foligno also scored.The first period wasnt our best, and Bob really kept us in it, Gagner said. Hes been doing that a lot.Tyler Seguin scored his team-leading fifth goal for Dallas early in the third for a 2-1 lead. Columbus pulled Bobrovsky for an extra skater on a power play in the final minute, leading to Gagners slap shot from atop the left circle that beat goalie Antti Niemi.Jones then won it with a wrist shot through traffic from above the circles.Jason Spezza also scored for the Stars, and Niemi made 25 saves.We did a lot of good things in the first period, set the tone, Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. We knew theyd have a little bit of push in the second, but its a tough one to swallow because I felt that last minute we had played the type of game were going to win most nights.The Blue Jackets improved to 4-3-1 and swept the two-game season series with Dallas.After a scoreless first period, Foligno got his second goal when he snapped a wrist shot from the left circle 3:50 into the second. Zach Werenski picked up his seventh point with an assist, tying him for the team lead. Brandon Saad also assisted.The Stars tied it later in the second on Spezzas third goal, a charging shot from the top of right circle past Brobrovskys glove hand.Dallas went ahead 1:13 into the third when Seguin buried the puck from a sharp angle just to the left of the net.Both goalies were solid in the first period, especially Bobrovsky, who endureed Dallas 18-shot barrage while his teammates took half that many. Rams Jerseys Outlet. The Blue Jackets couldnt muster a shot until Gagner managed one with 11:44 left in the first period, which was highlighted by a helmetless Foligno pummeling Dallas Antoine Roussel after Roussel just missed an aggressive check on Alexander Wennberg. Both players were penalized for fighting.The Blue Jackets just returned from a four-game trip out West, and coach John Tortorella said it can be difficult to get players energized once theyre back on home ice.Our first period was just a bad period, but I thought as the game went on we got better, said Tortorella, who is above .500 for the first time in his tenure with the Blue Jackets. Bob gave us a chance to get our legs underneath us. Its a step in the right direction for the team in finding a way to win a type of game like this.Game notes Stars D Dan Hamhuis returned to the lineup Tuesday after being a healthy scratch Saturday in a 4-0 loss against the Minnesota Wild. He replaced Patrik Nemeth. ... Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after missing the past four games because of injury. He caught an elbow to the head against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 21. Dalton Prout was scratched to make room. ... D Scott Harrington also was a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets. The Stars scratched D Jamie Oleksiak, LW Curtis McKenzie, as well as Nemeth. ... After a 2-1-1 West Coast swing, the Blue Jackets began a stretch of playing eight of 11 games at home.UP NEXTDallas: Play St. Louis at home Thursday night.Columbus: Host Montreal on Friday night.---Follow Mitch Stacy at Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
NEW YORK -- For Henrik Lundqvist, the focus is not on recording shutouts. Dontrelle Inman Jersey . Instead, the emphasis is just on playing well -- individually and as a team.Shutouts, he reasoned, are satisfying byproducts of everyone perfectly executing the game plan.Every goalie, you feel good about your game when you get a shutout, Lundqvist said after making a season-high 35 saves for his 60th career shutout to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Every game youre looking for the complete game (where) you dont give up goals, obviously. Its a good feeling when you do that.Jimmy Vesey had a goal and two assists, and Dan Girardi, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York, which has won seven of its first 10 games.Chris Kreider, who missed the previous four games due to neck spasms, had two assists as 11 Rangers players recorded at least one point.Were making plays when theyre there, defenseman Marc Staal said. Its allowing us to be effective and right now were scoring on chances which helps, for sure.Jake Allen started in goal for St. Louis and allowed four goals on 19 shots until he was replaced by Carter Hutton after Zuccarello made it 4-0 with 7:05 remaining in the second. Hutton stopped eight of the nine shots he faced. The Blues lost for the third time in five games.Thats a hell of a team, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. They gave us a hell of a lesson. They are playing great team hockey and they just exposed any weakness we had. They exposed it. Theyve done it to a few teams.The Rangers led 2-0 after goals 1:34 apart midway through the first period. Giradi opened the scoring 9:37 in with a 4-on-4 goal at 9:37 as his shot ricocheted off the skate of the Blues Vladimir Tarasenko and bounced off the ice and past Allens glove side.Vesey then doubled the lead 1:34 later on the power play as he skated down the slot and snapped a pass from Derek Stepan past Allens stick for his sixth of the season.Im starting to get really confident out there and try some things I might not have tried a couple games ago, Vesey said. I think confidence is everything in this game and right now its high. ... I am riding that.Nash scored his fifth of the season 6:18 into the second to extend the advantage to 3-0. Vesey began the sequence by intercepting Kevin Shattenkirks clearing pass in the neutral zone, then carried the puck into the offensive zone where he found Nash, who banked a shot off Allen from behind the net.Zuccarellos power play tap-in 6:37 later made it 4-0, and prompted Hitchcock to replace Allen with Hutton.Hayes got one past Hutton 5:07 later as he finished a passing sequence with Vesey and J.T. Miller with his third of the season.Lundqvist, who entered the game with a .901 save percentage and 2.45 goals-against average, wasnt consistently tested by the Blues, but was strong when called upon and got his first shutout of the season. Lundqvists toughest save was a sprawling pad stop on Robby Fabbri late in the first period.Ive been feeling good the last few weeks, Lundqvist said. This was a game where I was more involved.The Rangers entered the game leading the NHL in goals per game at 3.89 and were tied with Philadelphia for the most goals scored (35). The Blues came in fourth in goals allowed per game (2.22) and tied for fifth in total goals allowed (20).New York finished the game 2 for 5 on the man advantage, while the Blues were unable to convert on their two chances.Right now the guys are finding the options and getting some real good looks on it, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of his teams power play, which is converting 23.7 percent of its chances.Game notes Blues D Jay Bouwmeester dressed in his 1,000th NHL game. He is 18th active player and the 307th in league history to reach the milestone. ... The game was the second of two regular season meetings between the teams. The Blues beat the Rangers 3-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 15. ... D Ryan McDonagh missed two shifts following a high stick from the Blues Patrik Berglund. ... According to the Rangers, New Yorks 40 goals in its first 10 games marks the first time since 1992-93 that the team reached that mark.UP NEXTBlues: At Dallas on Thursday night.Rangers: Host Western Conference-leading Edmonton on Thursday night. Andre Tippett Jersey . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. John Simon Jersey .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. . After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Cleveland Browns executive Sashi Brown said Thursday that his team is not looking to trade wide receiver Josh Gordon.The teams head of football operations, talking to a group of Cleveland-area reporters in Tampa, Florida, did not deny there were conversations with multiple clubs about Gordon but the idea the team was willing to listen to offers was probably a mischaracterization.Multiple teams have reached out to the Browns to inquire about the availability of wide receiver Josh Gordon, league sources have told ESPNs Adam Schefter.A Browns team source had told Schefter that the team was not looking to trade Gordon, but Browns comments Thursday were the first public comments from the organization on trade speculation around Gordon.I understand what the interest is in Josh. There are literally hundreds of conversations going around the league about players all the time, Brown said.Gordon will serve a four-game suspension to start the regular season and is one violation away from another indefinite suspension, per the league substance abuse program. Brown said Thursday that Gordon?is doing well.Hes working hard. Hes in with his teammates. I think he understands the position hes in and what the opportunity is here with the Browns. Hes serious about wanting to get back in the league and obviously for him getting back with his teammates here has been a great thing. We talk to him regularly and hes doing well.We see Josh as a great weaapon for our offense. Keionta Davis Jersey. Hes still working himself back into shape. Hes done a good job getting on top of the playbook. Hes kind of come back in and I think even to his surprise feels much like a veteran in the room to some of the younger receivers.Its a young room, still, a lot of young guys trying to find their way and prove themselves. So hes actually found himself quite a leadership role coming back and we see him as a guy who can be a dynamic piece in our offense.Gordon said Tuesday he didnt want to be traded after returning from his one-year suspension and finding a head coach, an offense, and an infrastructure in place to see through his career comeback.I think it works out perfectly then for me, he said. Mr. [Jimmy] Haslam, the organization, Coach [Hue] Jackson, I think the world of those guys, this city, this organization. Theyre family. Theyre showing me the love and respect back to me by allowing me to stay here up to this point.I expect to move forward with that. Im excited about it. This is where I want to be and Im happy to be with Cleveland.The Browns were in Tampa this week for joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two teams play each other in Tampa on Friday night and Gordon is expected to play in that game.ESPN Clevelands Tony Grossi contributed to this report. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
HUNTINGTON, W. Fake Nike Shoes .Va. -- No. 3 Louisville rocketed into the top 10 after pounding No. 13 Florida State and has a much-anticipated clash at No. 5 Clemson next week. Lamar Jackson is piling up more offense by himself than most FBS teams.The Cardinals (3-0) are the talk of college football and they dont want it to continue for the wrong reason if they cant keep the domination going Saturday night at Marshall (1-1).Everything is just business as usual, said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. We dont have that many games left, particularly our senior class. So weve got to go out and take advantage of every time we get to go out on the field and play.Thanks to a point-a-minute offense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Jackson, Louisville has matched its highest ranking in school history. Now theyll head east on Interstate 64 to play an underdog Marshall team that stumbled badly a week ago.Jackson has 608 passing yards, 464 rushing and has thrown or run for 18 touchdowns. His performances have been eye-opening but hes not an overnight star. He had a breakout game in the Music City Bowl in December against Texas A&M when he both threw and ran for more than 200 yards. Johnny Manziel and Vince Young were the only other quarterbacks to do that in a bowl game.Ive just really enjoyed how much hes improved, how hard he pushes himself, and how much hes grown as a leader for our football team, Petrino said.Jackson said after last weeks 63-20 win over Florida State that he tries to stay humble and not give in to the attention. He has yet to give his individual performances a perfect grade.Weve got to score every drive, Jackson said. Thats my goal. We havent done it yet.Jacksons 459 yards of total offense per game are more than 87 other FBS teams. Hell get plenty of opportunities to thrive against a Marshall secondary whose most experienced player has just five career starts.Im not sure Ive seen a quarterback like Jackson that takes over a game like he does, said Marshall coach Doc Holliday. Thats going to be a great challenge for us. Florida States got guys that can run, and hes runs away from them.Marshall gave up 65 points and 524 yards last week to an Akron team that was a double-digit underdog.---Some other things to know about the matchup between schools 190 miles apart:WEST VIRGINIA TIES: Louisville co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway had two stints as wide receivers coach at West Virginia. During Galloways first stint from 2008-10, current Marshall coach Doc Holliday was West Virginias recruiting coordinator and associate head coach before leaving for Huntington in December 2009. Galloway was hired at Louisville just before the start of spring practice this year.NOT JUST JACKSON: Louisvilles Brandon Radcliff is getting yards in chunks after a slow start in the season opener. Radcliff ran for 118 yards against Florida State and 156 yards against Syracuse, averaging more than 11 yards per carry over that stretch.YELLOW HANKIE ALERT: Marshall was penalized 17 times for 180 yards against Akron and has 250 penalty yards through two games.TALE OF TURNOVERS: Marshall scored two touchdowns on fumble returns in its opener against FCS Morgan State. Last week against Marshall , Akron returned a blocked punt, a fumble and an interception for scores.SOLID IN SACKS: Louisville has 13 sacks spread out among eight players. James Hearns leads the way with 3.5. Devonte Fields, Jonathan Greenard and Josh Harvey-Clemons have two apiece.---Follow John Raby on Twitter at AP College Football website Fake Shoes For Sale .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. 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After acquiring Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin last summer, the Hurricanes had understanably higher expectations going into 2013, but those additions, if one includes Semins contract extension, have also eaten into Carolinas salary cap room. But, the Hurricanes have invested in talent. As miserable as their finish was, the Hurricanes had good puck possession numbers as a team, so there is reason to be hopeful that they could simply be better with a healthy Cam Ward in goal. Wards last game was Carolinas 21st game of the season and the Canes won three of four before the wheels fell off, leaving them to win just four times in the remaining 23 games. If Ward is healthy, maybe thats enough to get the Hurricanes back in the playoffs. It might be asking a lot for Jiri Tlusty to duplicate his season, but the same goes for Jeff Skinner, so its fair to believe that the Hurricanes roster is worthy of playoff contention. General Manager Jim Rutherford, while acknowledging that the Hurricanes could make defensive changes, there is still reason to be positive about Carolinas future. "Unfortunately the season ended the way it did," he told the Raleigh News and Observer. "But sometimes in this league, teams take a step back and take a few steps forward. One thing Im confident in saying is were in position with the core group of guys we have and the draft pick were going to get, fifth overall." If the Hurricanes want immediate help, to capitalize on prime years for the Staal brothers, that fifth overall pick would certainly be an enticing trade chip if thats something the Hurricanes would entertain in an effort to upgrade their blueline, but thats only a move to make if Rutherford believes that the Hurricanes need to accelerate the process if they are going to take the next step. The Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- plus-minus, hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, penalty differential and faceoffs. (Stats are listed in this format: G-A-PTS, +/-, PIM, GP). Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be 70-plus, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013 regular season ratings with a 93.65. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable GM/COACHJim Rutherford/Kirk Muller Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Eric Staal 83.17 48 18 35 53 +5 $8.25M Alexander Semin 80.32 44 13 31 44 +14 $7.0M Jiri Tlusty 77.40 48 23 15 38 +15 $1.6M Jeff Skinner 68.63 42 13 11 24 -21 $5.725M Jordan Staal 68.40 48 10 21 31 -18 $6.0M Tuomo Ruutu 66.39 17 4 5 9 -6 $4.75M Patrick Dwyer 62.48 46 8 8 16 -7 $900K Drayson Bowman 57.04 37 3 2 5 -7 600K Kevin Westgarth 53.89 31 2 2 4 +1 $725K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Riley Nash 60.66 32 4 5 9 -4 RFA $875K Chad LaRose 55.18 35 2 2 4 -8 UFA $1.7M Tim Brent 52.93 30 0 3 3 -3 UFA $750K Hurricanes Forwards Usage Chart from Eric Staal is one of the most consistent scorers in the league. Since 2005-2006, his 257 goals ranks fifth in the league (behind Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley and Jarome Iginla) and 596 points ranks tenth. Staal had a successful 2013 campaign with Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin on his wings but, thanks to a knee-on-knee hit at the World Championships, the 28-year-old is going to go into this offseason with an MCL injury that will require three months of recovery time. Thats enough time to have Staal ready to go for next season, but the Hurricanes can ill-afford to lose him for any significant period of time. When the Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a one-year contract, that was a low-risk play to acquire a highly-skilled player. Semin made believers out of the Carolina brass, putting up a point per game, while playing a career-high 20:57 per game. Since 2008-2009, Semin is plus-106, which ranks fifth in the league over that span, while his 136 goals ranks ninth and 315 points ranks 15th. Despite those credentials, Carolinas decision to invest in a long-term contract extension for Semin was met with skepticism. Playing his typical tough minutes, Jordan Staal was better than his minus-18 rating suggests. He was victimized by bad goaltending (.878 on-ice SV%), but the younger Staals presence is a valuable addition to the Hurricanes, giving them a two-way centre capable of taking on the most difficult matchups. Versatile veteran forward Tuomo Ruutu missed two-thirds of the season, returning to the Hurricanes lineup as they were already on their way out of contention, but a healthy Ruutu is a valuable commodity, able to play both ends of the rink and play centre or wing. 25-year-old winger Jiri Tlusty scored a career-high 23 goals in 2013, fitting in nicely on the wing with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. That line had a lot of good fortune, that may not be repeatable, but Tlustys finish to 2011-2012 coupled with his breakout campaign should establish him as a top six forward for years to come. Though he already has three NHL seasons under his belt, 21-year-old Jeff Skinner is at a bit of a crossroads since his production has tailed off since his rookie year, with a miserable finish (4 G, 2 A, minus-22 in his last 23 GP) sending him into the offseason at a low point. Skinner is still young, very gifted offensively and had strong possession numbers. That being the case, its worth sticking with him to see if he get back on track next season. Late bloomer Patrick Dwyer has solidified his place as an NHLer, logging more than 15 minutes per game over the past two seasons, but injuries thrust him into a scoring role, with Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner, which isnt necessarily playing to his strengths. He finished with eight goals and 16 points in 46 games, the best scoring rates of his career, but Dwyer seems a better fit for a checking role, with the ability to fill in higher up the depth chart when needed. Drayson Bowman has put up respectable possession numbers while playing 106 games over four seasons, but 11 goals and 21 points in that time leaves him in a battle for a regular NHL job. Bowman did tie a career high with 37 games played in 2013, but without better production, hes replaceable. Enforcer Kevin Westgarth played a career-high 5:43 per game last season and is there to tangle with the leagues heavyweights when its necesssary. Its a limited role, but one that protects Westgarth as a hockey player while he provides the muscle. Checking centre Riley Nash showed, in his rookie season, that hes ready for regular NHL duty. He needs to get better on face-offs (44.3%) to really fill the role, but Nash displayed a decent possession game and his offensive production was improving (37 points in 51 games) in the AHL before he secured a full-time spot in Carolina. Since the Hurricanes have already invested in top-end talent up front, additions to the roster should come through internal promotion as well as some value veterans to play third and fourth-line roles. Some to consider include Ryan Jones, Craig Adams, Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks; essentially, blue collar forwards that arent easy to play against. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Justin Faulk 72.20 38 5 10 15 +1 $900K Joni Pitkanen 70.83 22 1 8 9 +2 $4.5M Jay Harrison 65.31 47 3 7 10 -10 $1.5M Tim Gleason 64.76 42 0 9 9 -3 $4. Replica Shoes 2019. 0M Jamie McBain 64.44 40 1 7 8 0 $1.8M Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Joe Corvo 70.20 40 6 11 17 -3 UFA $2.0M Marc-Andre Bergeron 66.38 25 1 8 9 -4 UFA $1.0M Bobby Sanguinetti 63.38 37 2 4 6 -6 UFA $700K Hurricanes Defence Usage Chart from Rising star defenceman Justin Faulk plays in all situations, logged 24 minutes per game last season and was a plus player on a team that gave up 32 more goals than they scored; none of which is standard fare for a kid who just turned 21. Faulk is the future and the present on the Carolina blueline. Injuries have limited Joni Pitkanen to 52 games over the past two seasons and his 2013 season was ended prematurely by a fractured heel. When healthy, hes still a capable puck-mover on the back end who can run the power play. Jay Harrison didnt stick as a full-time NHLer until he was 28-years-old, but as settled in nicely with the Hurricanes, playing 20:18 per game over the past two seasons. Harrison has good size and plays a simple game, but has shown the ability to chip in offensively on occasion. As a fourth or fifth defenceman, with a reasonable contract, he provides good value. When the Hurricanes want to match up a defenceman against the oppositions best line, Tim Gleason gets the call. Hes reliable and hard-nosed; also a tad pricey for a defenceman who has never scored more than 21 points in a season, but the Hurricanes have more puck-moving options than they do players with Gleasons skill set. When Jamie McBain broke into the league, in the spring of 2010, he played 25 minutes a night and put up 10 points in his first 14 NHL games. His production and ice time are way down; a career-low eight points (0.20 per game) while playing a career-low 18:25 per game last season. Hes not the most aggressive or physical defender, but McBains skating and puck skills could have appeal for another team if hes not going to get any better in Carolina. The Hurricanes do have a top defence prospect that could be ready to make the jump in Ryan Murphy, but they will likely need to fill in some gaps along the blueline. If they want to make a bold move, they could look to trade forwards, prospects or picks to land a physical defenceman. Good physical defencemen dont come cheaply, but if theyre willing to pay the price, could the Hurricanes get Vancouvers Kevin Bieksa or Minnesotas Clayton Stoner or they could look to the free agent market for Andrew Ference, Mark Fistric, Ben Lovejoy or Douglas Murray, all of whom could add a more physical dimension to the Hurricanes defence. Returning Goaltenders Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Cam Ward 65.65 17 9 6 1 2.84 .908 $6.3M Justin Peters 50.82 19 4 11 1 3.46 .891 $538K Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 12-13 Cap Hit Dan Ellis 61.69 19 6 8 2 3.13 .906 UFA $800K Goaltending was the primary problem for the Hurricanes in 2013. Cam Ward got hurt, which really sent matters spiralling downwards, but it wasnt like Ward was on top of his game before that either, his .908 save percentage his lowest since 2007-2008. However, Ward has been a workhorse and has a .917 save percentage since 2008-2009, which ranks ninth in the league among goaltenders that played at least 200 games. The Hurricanes still have Justin Peters under contract, but its conceivable that they would consider a veteran backup, just in case Ward is out long-term again. Peters owns an .896 save percentage in 47 career games, and thats not enough to inspire confidence should Ward get hurt again. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Ryan Murphy D Kitchener (OHL) 10-38-48, +14, 54 GP Victor Rask C Calgary (WHL) 14-27-41, +14, 37 GP Zac Dalpe RW Charlotte (AHL) 21-21-42, +16, 54 GP Jeremy Welsh C Charlotte (AHL) 14-12-26, -9, 69 GP Phil Di Giuseppe LW Michigan (CCHA) 9-19-28, -10, 40 GP Brock McGinn LW Guelph (OHL) 28-26-54, +7, 68 GP Keegan Lowe D Edmonton (WHL) 15-16-31, +38, 64 GP Chris Terry LW Charlotte (AHL) 25-35-60, +1, 70 GP Danny Biega D Harvard (ECAC) 2-9-11, -10, 2 GP Michal Jordan D Charlotte (AHL) 6-10-16, +6, 54 GP A brilliant skater and puckhandler, Ryan Murphy got into four games with the Hurricanes in 2013 as an emergency replacement. He needs to get stronger and make better decisions defensively, but Murphy is tempting, not least of all because of his ability on the power play. However, it could take some time, and perhaps some AHL seasoning, before Murphy is ready to be a difference maker at the next level. Drafted in the second round in 2011, Victor Rask is a centre with good size and skill. He got into 10 games early in the season with Charlotte of the AHL, recording five points, and will most likely start there next season. Zac Dalpe has seen spot duty in 41 games with the Hurricanes over the last three seasons and while hes managed just 10 points in minimal ice time, the possiblity that the 23-year-old could help out in a scoring role keeps him high on the Carolina prospect list. A big two-way centre, Jeremy Welsh is older than most prospects, having just turned 25, so his window to make the Hurricanes wont be open for long. At the same time, hes had a taste of the NHL, playing six games over the last couple seasons, and could be ready to challenge for a spot next season. A second-round pick last summer, Phil Di Giuseppe is a talented winger with good size, but is coming off a mediocre sophomore campaign. Going back to Michigan, where he can play a prominent role and develop consistency as an offensive leader, should set Di Giuseppe up for long-term success in Carolina. One of the hockey-playing McGinns from Fergus, Ontario, (brothers Jamie and Tye have already reached the NHL) Brock McGinn, was another second-rounder last summer and hes a battler. Not as big as his brothers, but McGinns a blue-collar winger who has a few years to round out his game before worrying about challenging for an NHL job. With four AHL seasons in the bank, Chris Terry finally saw his first NHL action last season. He may be the epitome of a tweener -- too good for the AHL and not quite up for a regular NHL job -- but Terry has been productive enough (183 points over the last three seasons) in the AHL to warrant a longer look. A steady and tough defensive defenceman, Keegan Lowe is plus-88 over the last three seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. Hell get some time to develop in the AHL and could ideally turn into a shutdown defensive performer. Taken in the third round of the 2010 draft, Danny Biega wrapped up his four-year career at Harvard with a disappointing season, at least in terms of production. He accumulated 65 points in 68 games as a sophomore and junior before managing just 11 points in 32 games as a senior. Biega got into four games with Charlotte in the AHL at the end of the season and into the playoffs. 22-year-old Michal Jordan has been a steady defence prospect and earned a five-game trial with the Hurricanes in 2013. Since he already has three years of pro development, hes likely to be more ready for work in the NHL than some of Carolinas other defence prospects. DRAFT5th - Aleksander Barkov, Elias Lindholm, Valeri Nichushkin. FREE AGENCYAccording to, the Hurricanes have approximately $56.2M committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 16 players. Check out my possible Hurricanes lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: Two top nine forwards, depth forwards, depth defencemen.What I said the Hurricanes needed last year: One top line forward, one top nine forward, one top four defenceman.They added: Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin, Tim Brent, Kevin Westgarth, Joe Corvo, Dan Ellis. TRADE MARKETJeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen, Jamie McBain. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
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This is the 15th season in a row with bowl game, and 20th in 21 seasons.Western Michigan: Eighth bowl game, but first time playing in one of the New Years Six bowls. Only bowl win was 45-31 over Middle Tennessee State in last years Bahamas Bowls. Phillip Lindsay Womens Jersey . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. Steve Atwater Jersey . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday.Chelsea winger Willian is desperate for the season to end so the club can rebuild for a title challenge under Antonio Conte. Guus Hiddinks side welcome bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge, live on Monday Night Football, with their hopes of silverware having long since evaporated.Chelsea are ninth in the table - 29 points off leaders Leicester City - after a season of turmoil which saw Hiddink replace the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. But with Conte, currently the Italy coach, set to take over as manager at the end of the season, Willian believes the club will challenge for silverware again in 2016-17.This season was difficult for us, Willian told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday. It was strange. Sometimes we played good football but we didnt have the luck. Sometimes we couldnt score. Willian (middle) says Chelsea will challenge for the league next season Last season we were champions and this season we have won nothing. This is difficult for us because now we do not have the motivation to play, to train, because we have nothing to win. We only play for our pride.When we started this season we wanted to win the title, to win the league again, to win everything. But we didnt. I think now we know what we have to do next season.We want to finish this season quickly because we want to start the next one better, and next season win some titles.Next season will be difficult as well because the other teams will buy players. Other managers will come and it will be a difficult season for everybody. Antonio Conte will take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer Willians form has beeen a rare bright spot in Chelseas wretched campaign; the Brazilian has scored 13 goals in all competitions and is a favourite among the home supporters. Terrell Davis Jersey. I want to stay at that level, I want to always show my quality on the pitch and always play better, Willian added. I want to improve so I hope next season I will play better than this season.I dont play alone. My team-mates help me show my quality, to score goals. This season for me was good, but not good for the team.If Leicester fail to win at Old Trafford on Sunday Tottenham will travel to Stamford Bridge still with a chance of winning the Premier League title. Eden Hazard has already revealed he is desperate to stop Mauricio Pochettinos side triumphing, and his team-mate Willian agreed. Willian of Chelsea battles with Son Heung-Min of Tottenham during Novembers goalless draw We dont want Spurs to win the league - of  course we want to win against them, he said. The fans of Chelsea do not want them to win the title.Of course it will be a difficult game, a massive game. We have to win for our pride, not because Spurs are fighting to win the leagueThey have a great team, a great manager and they play great football. We have to go to the game, stay focussed and play compact. We have to play like we did last season. At home we always have to win. This game is special for us.They come to win. 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Holt decided last season to retire as chairman and CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, a group he has led since 1996. But the organization replaced Holt with his wife, Julianna Hawn Holt, who will take her husbands seat on the NBAs Board of Governors and maintain the clubs winning formula. For evidence of how well the organization is run, look no further than the way San Antonio is transitioning into the post-Tim Duncan era by making shrewd moves, such as the acquisition in 2015 of LaMarcus Aldridge, while developing its own talent with an emerging star like Kawhi Leonard.Whats badThe Spurs lowest ranking is also the only category in which it sits outside the top 10 -- and its in stadium experience, where they rank ... 11th. Which also happens to be the best mark in the NBA. Lets just say bad is a relative term. But the Spurs have a fine line to stay atop these standings: Consider it the downside to sustained success, but teams around the NBA have started to poach San Antonios front office and coaching talent. This offseason, the Spurs lost three assistant general managers in Sean Marks to the Nets and Scott Layden and Brian Pauga to the Timberwolves, and an assistant coach to the Magic in Chad Forcier, who is widely credited by Popovich as one of the masterminds behind Leonards development. In all, the Spurs lost at least 10 people from the front office and coaching staffs, and while fans shouldnt temper expectations, you have to wonder how much all the change will affect the product on the court.Whats newNew is relative for the Spurs -- no category ranking moved more than five spots in either direction. And that makes sense: Consistency vaulted San Antonio atop the NBA standings for two decades and certainly plays a major role in its ranking here. But the organization lost its mainstay when Duncan retired after 19 seasons. The Spurs signed Pau Gasol in free agency to soften the blow, while also adding Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee to provide some depth. But for the first time since 1996, the Spurs will start a season without Duncan in the fold. In addition, the Spurs announced in September a total of 13 changes, through additions and promotions, to the basketball operations staff -- most notably the addition of Monty Williams as vice president of basketball operations and Brian Wright, who will serve as an assistant general manager.Next: Cleveland Cavaliers?| Full rankings Andre Dillard Jersey . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. Brandon Brooks Jersey . 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They gave up 71 points at halftime and trailed by 20 at one point, but still managed to come back and win the game.Paul George outscored the Blazers by himself in the fourth quarter, putting 15 points on the board in those final 12 minutes. He had 37 points for the game.Im supposed to be trusted in those situations, George said. Thats the guy I want to be for this team.Indiana coach Nate McMillan is hoping his team will find some consistency.When you play the game the right way, you get rewarded for that, McMillan said. Turnovers and one-on-one ball wont get it done. Weve got to bring consistency to both ends of the floor every night.Indiana may be without starting guard Monta Ellis. He left the Portland game with a sore groin and is listed as questionable.The Pacers have been around the .500 mark all season, but have been a lot better team at home (9-4) compared to the road (3-8).The Charlotte Hornets (14-10) have actually been a little better on the road (6-4) than at home (8-6) this season and theyve been a tough matchup for the Pacers in recent years. Lane Johnson Jersey. They already defeated the Pacers earlier this season, 122-100 in Charlotte. The Hornets also swept the three-game season series against Indiana last season.In their first matchup of this season, Charlotte got to the line 32 times, while the Pacers took just 15 attempts.The Hornets just had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-105. They were unable to contain LeBron James, who scored 44 points.Im just disappointed in the way we started, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. You cant let those guys get easy ones early. Thats when you have problems.Roy Hibbert will be playing his first game in Indiana against his former team. When he played with the Lakers last season, he was injured and didnt play the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Hibbert spent his first seven seasons with the Pacers.On the other side, Al Jefferson will be playing against his former team as well. He spent the last three seasons as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.Both teams are in the top half of the league in points per game, assists, and pace of play. The Hornets have shown better defense for the season, but that will be put to the test against the red-hot George.These teams wont meet again until they play twice in the month of March. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
Port Adelaide star Chad Wingards AFL season may be over after injuring his hamstring in the Powers 40-point loss to Melbourne. Kenny Clark Jersey .Wingard limped from the ground early in the second quarter on Saturday night and went straight to the rooms.He played no further part in the game as the Demons ran out to a 13.16 (94) to 8.6 (54) win at Adelaide Oval.Port never really looked to be in the contest and came off second-best for both pressure and skills throughout the game.The home side kicked the first goal through Wingard but Melbourne booted the next eight to take a 37-point lead at halftime.Port threatened a comeback in the third term, booting the first three goals through Nathan Krakouer, Aaron Young and Jared Polec.Polec had 11 of his 24 touches during the period as the home side pared back the margin to 22 points at three-quarter time.But the resurgence was short-lived, Melbourne sealing the win with goals to Jack Watts and Jeff Garlett.It was a performance that showed what a force the young Demons have the potential to become over the next few years.Speedsters Jayden Hunt and Garlett drove Melbourne forward time and again while powerful onballers Christian Petracca, Dom Tyson and Clayton Oliver were too strong out of the middle.In contrast, the Power appeared to be severely lacking in confidence, turning the ball over almost as often as they did anything constructive with it to the dismay of the 33,426 crowd.Matthew Lobbe returned from injury to help out Jackson Trengove in the ruck but they couldnt do much to stop Max Gawn, who continued his All-Australian form with 46 hitouts.Demons star Jack Viney was again kept quiet by tagger Brad Ebert, while spearhead Jesse Hogan finished with 0.2 to his name.Ports injury woes were punctuated before the game with Matt Whites comeback from a torn pectoral muscle derailed when he fractured his cheekbone in the SANFL.Coach Ken Hinkley described his players as mentally bruised, saying the side would need to make bold list management decisions during the post-season.Our skills broke down at crucial times, he said.It would suggest there are some people there who arent capable of getting it to the level we need.Demons coach Paul Roos was delighted to see his young side claim their third straight win.Weve had trouble obviously putting wins together, he said.Its a very hard venue to win at and to win it convincingly is really pleasing. Manny Wilkins Jersey . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. Darnell Savage Jersey . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. . 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. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- For the first time since his forced retirement in 2013, Ramon Dominguez has spent a large amount of time at the racetrack this summer at Saratoga.His apprehension has been replaced by the realization that the track still has the comforts of home.Honestly, I didnt know exactly how I would feel about coming this much, Dominguez said in a recent interview. But Ive been able to appreciate and enjoy the sport from a totally different perspective where when Im riding -- which is something I will always love -- its such a high demand, and I put so much pressure on myself because I need to perform, I need to win, I need to do the best I can, and that takes a little bit away of the fun of enjoying the whole sport.Now, there is no personal attachment as far as having to perform, so therefore I can come and appreciate races, looking at the beautiful horses in the paddock, even people watching, and just seeing all different characters that come to the track, he added.On Friday, many people will be watching Dominguez when he is inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Dominguez will be part of an elite class that includes Steve Asmussen, who ranks second all time among North American trainers in wins and fourth in purse money won; Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly; and Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older female.Tom Ochiltree, a horse who won 21 races, including the 1875 Preakness; and jockey Wayne D. Wright -- both elected by the Historic Review Committee -- as well Arthur B. Hancock Jr. and William Woodward also will be inducted, the latter two in the Pillars of the Turf category.Dominguez rode 4,985 winners in a 17-year career from 1996 to 2013. He was a three-time Eclipse Award winner and had become the dominant rider on the New York Racing Association circuit, winning the most races annually at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga from 2009-12. He set records for wins at a Saratoga meet (68 in 2012) and a Belmont spring/summer meet (98 in 2009).A fierce competitor on the track, Dominguez was a genteel, humble gentleman off it. His career was cut short due to head injuries suffered in a spill at Aqueduct in January 2013, and Dominguez, who can see the Belmont Park grandstand from his bedroom window, mostly stayed away from the track.But this summer, he and his family have come to Saratoga for the meet. Dominguez is interacting with the traineers and owners for whom he rode and the jockeys he competed against, some of whom still seek his counsel. Darrius Shepherd Jersey. It has been great, Dominguez said. The people I have met at the racetrack are my second family, so coming to the jocks room and seeing the guys, its like Im there [riding]; or in the mornings, seeing trainers and owners, I feel like I havent missed a beat.Dominguez, who is now a distributor for LifeVantage, a network marketing company dealing with health and wellness products, has been honored by many organizations this summer. He is an active member of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.Asmussen, 51, enters the Hall of Fame with 7,379 wins and just shy of $245 million in purse money won. In Curlin (2007-08) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), Asmussen trained the Horse of the Year for three consecutive years.In 2014, Asmussen was removed from consideration for the Hall of Fame after being accused of abuse by the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Asmussen was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The New York State Gaming Commission fined Asmussen $10,000 for the use of a synthetic hormone but dismissed more serious allegations.Asmussen helped guide Rachel Alexandra through a remarkable 2009 campaign. Wine magnate Jess Jackson purchased Rachel Alexandra a few days following her jaw-dropping Kentucky Oaks victory for trainer Hal Wiggins. Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness with Asmussen as trainer and would beat the boys in the Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Woodward at Saratoga. The latter race completed an 8-for-8 campaign that earned her Horse of the Year.Zenyatta went for 5 for 5 that year, including a victory over males in the Breeders Cup Classic, but finished second to Rachel Alexandra in Horse of the Year voting. In 2010, Zenyatta suffered her first career loss in her 20th and final start to Blame in the Breeders Cup Classic, but her previous five Grade 1 victories at four different tracks earned her the Horse of the Year title.Usually open to the public, this years Hall of Fame ceremony was open only to museum members first and has been sold out.The ceremony, which takes place at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on East Avenue, will be streamed at and on the museums website,, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
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