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It was a good week for England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and New Zealand, while the Springboks, Italy, France, Australia and Argentina fell to defeat. Dave Concepcion Jersey . We take a look at the big question surrounding each of the top teams in international rugby.Argentina Argentina rack up the air miles, but also travel wearinessArgentina coach Daniel Hourcade says his top players will have made close to 50 trips this year and been to 18 different cities as they cope with the rigours of Super Rugby, the Rugby Championship and the end-of-year tours.This schedule is not sustainable for high performance athletes and they were short of their best when they faced England in a match which brought down the curtain on their 2016. Hourcade said post-match that they were travel weary but did not use that as an excuse for their inability to see off 14-man England.In part it is down to the tough season that we have had after many trips and games. For the players it was a new season, Hourcade said. On the other hand the team had chances in the last 20 minutes and werent able to score, but not because they were tired. -- Tom HamiltonAustralia Indiscipline, execution cost Wallabies dearlyThe Wallabies grand slam drought will continue for at least another few years after their three-match winning run came to an end in Dublin. Michael Cheikas side were forced to defend for much of the first half, a situation that saw them give up a 17-0 lead, but when they did finally secure some possession the improvements in their attack from the last month were there for all to see.Still, this will certainly feel like a lost opportunity for Australia. While the improved shape of their attack was obvious, the execution of the final touches was not. The Wallabies butchered several excellent attacking opportunities with poor- or pushed final passes while their breakdown work was also, at times, ineffective.And then there was a 13-3 penalty count they found themselves on the wrong side of. Cheika may have some cause to moan about the referee, but his side were their own worst enemy and they now must regroup ahead of next weeks final clash with England. -- Sam BruceWeek 5 vs. England, Twickenham, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. GMTEngland Rokoduguni and Yarde state their claim in front of Eddie JonesWith Elliot Daly expected to be handed a suspension on Monday following his red card against the Pumas, Jones now has to decide who will start on the wing against Australia on Saturday. It looks to be a straight shootout between Baths Semesa Rokoduguni and Harlequins Marland Yarde.As chance had it, they faced each other on Sunday in the Aviva Premiership with Jones watching on from the stand. Both played well with Rokoduguni making one outstanding break while Yarde made more runs with ball in hand than his Bath counterpart.Jones usually wants one speedster -- Jonny May -- and one more physical winger, an attribute both Yarde and Rokoduguni possess. It will be fascinating to see whether Jones backs Yarde, a winger he knows well, or gives the more unpredictable Rokoduguni a shot against the Wallabies. -- THWeek 5 vs. Australia, Twickenham, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. GMTFrance Les Bleus on the verge of a return to running rugby glory days? Guy Noves will have plenty of time to digest Frances narrow defeat to New Zealand as he prepares for the Six Nations. He will most probably do so with a feeling that Les Bleus could and really should have secured their first victory against the All Blacks at the Stade de France.The amount of try-scoring opportunities that were created by the hosts should be seen in a positive light, but by the same token that the majority were not taken is a concern. Simple errors cost them at crucial times, and with a little more composure in vital areas France would have been celebrating on Sunday morning. It is the job of the head coach to acknowledge such shortcomings and come up with a solution.Noves has 68 days to do exactly that before France visit England in February. It would have been galling for some French fans to witness exactly how a nation once famed for its flair in attack floundered in Paris. But those supporters who headed towards the Gare du Nord on Saturday night did so in fairly good spirit.They have plumbed some fairly low depths since New Zealand beat them in the 2011 World Cup final. The performance on the weekend at least hinted at a return to the days of free-flowing rugby. Noves side might not have possessed the skillset to get over the line here, but in having a go they gave their fans reason to cheer. Now they must back it up in what promises to be one of the most keenly contested Six Nations of recent memory. -- Martyn ThomasIreland Ireland choke Wallabies to ice sweet?NovemberIt was the catalyst for their famous victory over Australia at 2011 World Cup, and the choke tackle again proved invaluable for Ireland against the Wallabies in Dublin. Joe Schmidt had clearly done his homework, as was the case with the victory over New Zealand in Chicago, with his forward pack able to force a turnover time, and time again by holding the Wallabies up and earning the maul call form referee Jerome Garces.Schmidt will surely be just as pleased with the performance of the youngsters he was forced to throw into the Test cauldron following the injuries to Jonny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and the late withdrawal of Sean OBrien.Paddy Jackson has experience at running the side from 10 at the top level, but he still could have been forgiven for a shaky outing given the opposition. He was ably supported by Garry Ringrose and young flanker, and man of the match, Josh van der Flier. The openside was superb stepping in for Sean OBrien just hours before kick-off. -- SBItalyOne huge step forward, two steps backHow big of a presence does Sergio Parisse have? Perhaps the defeat to Tonga showed that an Italy without Parisse, is an Italy in dire need of some leaders on the field. Parisse was the only change from the side that defeated the Springboks a week earlier, and in his absence Italy faltered.While Carlo Canna,?Tommaso Allan and Edoardo Padovani were all on target with kicks at the weekend, they still lack a fly-half to control the game.?Italy led 7-0 and should have taken advantage when Valentino Mapapalangi was sin-binned 25 minutes in. But Canna should have controlled the game between their first try 13 minutes in and the second to put them back in front at 14-13 before the hour mark. They lack leaders.Leaders like Parisse to galvanise the team, leaders at fly-half to control games and leaders around the field to prevent stupid sin-binnings. But this defeat could be better for Conor OShea, as he looks to build towards the Six Nations. They wont go into the competition with the heightened expectations which came after defeating the Spingboks. OShea has a lot of work on his hands before February. -- Killian OConnorNew Zealand All Blacks will learn from November experience Character has been a watchword for the All Blacks this month, and as they head home to recuperate from a bruising end of year campaign they will do so knowing they produced the goods when they needed to. New Zealands last two wins, against Ireland and France, were not necessarily pretty but on both occasions they found a way to win, and when the dust settles that is all that matters.Steve Hansen will have learned a huge amount about some of the more inexperienced players in what is still a fairly new team. TJ Perenara is someone who has brought into the All Blacks ethos, and the scrum-half could not have chosen a better time to put his hand up with Aaron Smiths off-field problems creeping onto the pitch.Other success stories include the centres Malakai Fekitoa and Anton Lienert-Brown, while Scott Barretts emergence will please Hansen given his sides reliance on superstar locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. Kieran Reads captaincy will also only benefit from his experience in the Northern Hemisphere this month.It might not have been the scintillating rugby we have come to expect, but this All Blacks side will only get better as the British and Irish Lions visit to New Zealand edges closer. The rest of the world has been warned. -- MTScotlandBright future as Cotter enters last six months?Last year Greig Laidlaw spoke about how Vern Cotter gave the team belief to back up one-off performances and become a more consistent team. The November series was testament to that; that the stuttering pretenders are no more. They showed they can compete with teams at the top of World Rugby.While they disposed of Georgia, it was the victory over Argentina and heartbreaking defeat to Australia which showed their character and grit. Their back-line excites once more with the addition of Huw Jones, and one wonders how much more progress this team might have made if Scotland had paid Clermont to get the coach the year before he arrived at Murrayfield.With Cotters departure in June, he will be hopeful of a few more big performances come February. Scotland may just have cast their perennial underachievers tag aside under Cotter and will be confident of causing a few problems comes the 6 Nations. -- KOCSouth Africa How to stop the rotWhen a Union releases a statement planning a review and governance overhaul, you know its been a pretty poor series from the Boks. Its now eight defeats in 12 games under Allister Coetzee and the positives get ever more difficult to find. Although he has been plagued by injuries, in short, there arent any.The writing was on the wall for Coetzees team in the summer, when Ireland beat them in the first of three Tests, yet somehow manage to leave the series victory behind them. If it was a fresh start they were after, he shouldnt have waited until defeat to Italy to drop players. He might have been forgiven eight defeats had he gone for inexperience from the outset. He looked to them out of desperation at the weekend and it didnt pay off.They will have the likes of Jan Serfontein, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Eben Etzebeth back from injury next year, but they need to give a coach free reign to get the best out of them and some up and coming Boks talent. -- KOCWales Glimmer of hope at Novembers end?For the most part, it wasnt pretty, but Wales equaled their best autumn series after defeating a below-par Springboks. The mistaken-riddled performances against Argentina and Japan are now a distant memory. Ahead of the Six Nations they needed some optimism and it was supplied, in part, by the man of the match performance by Justin Tipuric.?He was everywhere. Having blocked down a clearance from Elton Jantjies, he provided some superb carries, a steal in the first-half. He rounded off his display with a great try, stepping inside Johan Goosen to score, after bursting onto a Faletau pass.But their back-line didnt provide the excitement which we had grown accustomed to from the Wales sides of old. Jonathan Davies, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams et al showed glimpses, but will need a huge improvement if they stand a chance at wrestling back a Six Nations trophy they last won in 2012 when they claimed a Grand Slam. -- KOC Scooter Gennett Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Jose Peraza Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. . The defending champion beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (6), 6-3, while second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain dispatched Edouard Roger-Vasselin, also of France, 6-3, 6-3. Making his first appearance since injuring his wrist a month ago, Del Potro had difficulty with his service games in the first set. OXNARD, Calif. -- Chris Maragos cant imagine an NFL without kickoffs.The Philadelphia special teams ace admits to sounding like a lobbyist when he said he never feels safer during a play that the league keeps altering in an effort to reduce high-speed collisions, backed by statistics that show most injuries occur on kickoffs.With competition committee member Stephen Jones of the Dallas Cowboys suggesting that safety is more important than players making a living covering kickoffs and punts, Maragos is quick on the counterpoint.Yeah, things are moving fast and youre running down the field. But I never feel like my safetys compromised, at all, said Maragos, who is going into his seventh year as mostly a special teams player. From what people look on the outside in, it looks like a chaotic play. But the guys who are really mastering it know what theyre doing. Its pretty under control.Five years after moving the kickoff to the 35-yard line from the 30 to reduce the number of returns, the NFL is trying something else to encourage more touchbacks by putting the ball on the 25 instead of the 20 on a one-year trial.There is still plenty of dialogue, too.Senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino held a conference call with special teams coaches during the offseason.Among other ideas being discussed are eliminating the running start for the coverage team and pulling players on the receiving team closer to the kickoff line so that theyre moving more in the same direction as the kicking team, making it more like blocking for a punt return.Blandino said he doesnt think the kickoff will be eliminated.Its a big part of the game, he said. Its an exciting play.But the league increasingly sees it as a dangerous play, particularly with so much attention on concussions. And thats where Jones isnt swayed by the idea that it might mean fewer opportunities for players who arent good enough to be stars on offense or defense.At the end of the day the players health and safety is the No. 1 priority in this league, said Jones, the executive vice president of personnel for the Cowboys. If that comes at the expense of something else thats not as high a priority, then we certainly have to accept that.One of the most noteworthy plays of 2015 was actually a punt return, when Dallas safety Jeff Heath blocked Ricardo Lockette when the Seattle coverage man was in full stride and didnt see him. It was a legal play, but the resulting neck injury ended Lockettes career. Reggie Sanders Jersey. While Heath has twice as many tackles on defense as Maragos in half the number of years, he still fits the special teams profile: part-time defensive player, full-time chaser of opposing kick returners. And he believes there will always be a need for that.Youre covering a lot of ground and youve got to be fast, said Heath, who is going into his fourth season. Theres a lot of skill that comes into it as well. Those type of guys tend to do well wherever they play. Defense, offense or special teams.Maragos would argue that kickoffs and punts are gateways to stardom, too. Among his peers, he points to Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker, his teammate in San Francisco when Maragos was a rookie. He says special teams helped keep Walker on the roster, and now Walker is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Tennessee.Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen was undrafted out of Division II Minnesota State Mankato and spent a year on the practice squad before becoming a key special teams contributor for the Vikings. He blocked a punt for a touchdown in 2014 and last season ran a fake punt 41 yards in the NFC North-clinching season finale at Green Bay.Thielen said the key to safety in kick coverage comes on the practice field.Every day, its technique, technique, technique, he said. I really dont think its more dangerous than an offensive play. You could get hit on a crossing route over the middle a lot harder than on a kickoff.Maragos grew up in Wisconsin rooting for the Green Bay Packers, who beat New England 35-21 in the 1997 Super Bowl. The thing Maragos remembers most is the anticipation of the opening kickoff. And by the way, Desmond Howard had a 99-yard kickoff return and was the games MVP.You talk about speed down the field, athleticism to avoid blocks. You talk about a heart, a grit, a determination, an inner desire, Maragos said. To me, it embodies everything that an NFL football player should be. 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PESARO, Italy -- Federico Delbonis won the first point for Argentina against Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday then the second singles was postponed because of bad light and weather. Albert Pujols Jersey .Fabio Fognini and Argentinas Juan Monaco are down to play their opening singles on Saturday, followed by the doubles.Rain overnight and through the morning delayed the start of the tie for 2 1/2 hours, then Delbonis took more than 3 1/2 hours to beat Andreas Seppi 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).Delbonis, a lefty playing only his sixth tie, led 3-0 but had to win the first set in a tiebreaker.Seppi served much better in winning the second set, but his unforced errors gave away the third.In the fourth, Seppi took a timeout for a back complaint, and Delbonis had break points in the seventh game, and broke in the 11th to serve for the match. He failed, but in another tiebreaker Delbonis was dominant.Monaco leads the head-to-head 3-1 but Fognini won their last match, also in Davis Cup in 2014 in Argentina, in straight sets.Italy is trying to reach the semifinals for only the second time in 18 years, while Argentina is trying to get there for the 11th time in 14 years. St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Ozzie Smith Jersey . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. Opener Priyank Panchal became the first batsman from Gujarat to aggregate 1000 runs or more in a Ranji season en route to his century against Tamil Nadu at the KSCA Stadium in Belagavi. Panchal reached the mark in his 11th innings, the fewest taken by a player since the 2000-01 season. It was Panchals third hundred in as many matches, coming on the back of a double-century against Mumbai and a triple-century against Punjab.Panchal held Gujarats innings together until his dismissal as they put on 267 for 7 in 86 overs on the opening day. Panchal built small partnerships throughout his innings, but with none of his partners making a big score, he had scored 113 out of Gujarats 216. After Panchals dismissal, Gujarat captain Axar Patel stayed not out on 28 and had Chintan Gaja for company.An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 153 between No. 9 Saurabh Kumar (85*) and No. 7 Kuldeep Yadav (77*) lifted Uttar Pradesh from 207 for 7 to 360 for 7 against Baroda in Nasik. Several UP batsmen got off to starts, but none could convert them into big scores after they were put in by Baroda. Kuldeep and Saurabh pinged 19 fours between them and frustrated Barodas bowlers for close to 36 overs as UP ended the day with a run rate of four. The duo are 51 short of equalling UPs record stand for the eighth wicket - 204 between AAnand Shukla and Sagir Ahmed against Rajasthan in 1961-62. Tim McCarver Jersey. Barodas pacers shared the wickets with Babashafi Pathan taking 3 for 84, and Sagar Mangalorkar and Rishi Arothe taking two wickets each.Half-centuries from Uday Kaul and Mandeep Singh highlighted a slow day at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot as Punjab crawled to 216 for 4 against Mumbai. The duo got together with Punjab on 63 for 2, after Shardul Thakur dismissed the openers, and added 138 for the third wicket. Suryakumar Yadav, however, upset Punjabs plans by sending back both batsmen in the 82nd over of the day. Mandeep was caught for 78 that included 10 fours and two sixes, before Kaul was trapped lbw for 86 three balls later.A 60-over day at the Palam Grounds in Delhi ended with Bengal on 185 for 4 after electing to bat against Madhya Pradesh. Bengal lost four wickets to MPs seamers with just 88 on the board, before Abhimanyu Easwaran and Shreevats Goswami struck fifties in an unbroken 97-run fifth-wicket stand. Easwaran was not out on 68 and Goswami on 52 at stumps. Chandrakant Sakure took two wickets, while the new-ball duo of Ishwar Pandey and Puneet Datey took a wicket apiece. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
Just weeks after racing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Australian Olympic 3000m steeplechase runner Victoria Mitchell is aiming to secure her third straight victory in the 9km Blackmores Bridge Run, one of Sydneys most popular running events. Derek Holland Jersey . She divulged to espnW some of her best racing tips ahead of the event that takes in some of the Harbour Citys most amazing sights; and they all come back to preparation.Its all about self-belief and mental gamesMentally preparing for a race like this, you just have to have good focus. The main key is the belief; thats what I learned from the Olympics, that you just have to have belief no matter what your preparation has been like and no matter what the odds are.I face any race or challenge pretty much the same. There will be a point in any race when youll find it hard and youll have these little voices of self-doubt kick in, but youve got to squash them out as fast as they start and just think nope, and put positive thoughts in there like no, I feel strong. Break the race down, see how far youve come. Theres all different tricks to racing; all the mental games you play.You can distract yourself, or go the other way and go with the feeling and actually focus on your technique and your strengths: how you fit with other runners, the course ahead, or thoughts of just get over this hill, its downhill from there; those types of things keep you focused. There are plenty of different ways to distract yourself or just keep your head in the game, but its about what works for you.Plan your pre-raceIn the lead up to the race youll need to start tapering off in your training. So youll start to decrease the volume and intensity of your training sessions about one to two weeks ahead of your race. Everything starts to wind down, but you do still keep some short, high-intensity sessions in there. You can do it simply; its really individual. Some people dont need to back off too much -- theyll have a short taper of about five days -- while others will need a few more days to taper; youve got to kind of experiment with what works best for you.Youll also have to be aware that different race times definitely affect your preparations. At the Olympics, I got up and was completing my training runs around the same time I was running. For people who are really targeting this event, they could get up and start practising that, get their routine prepared. That includes getting up at the time they need to so their body is prepared, and finding out the best things to eat before -- and when to eat in the lead up.I like to eat my last meal about four hours before [a race]; so if I want breakfast Ill get up at least four hours before.Plan your raceThe first stage of the race takes care of itself. You get out there, you get your start, you get going, and you dont go out too hard before you settle in. Then theres always a part in the middle when it will get tough, so youve just got to have little things to focus on there; even if it is just little mental cues. Know the course if you can; if the course is hilly or has different turns, I will keep track of where I am and whats coming next.Dont underestimate the short distance runThis is what I tell everyone; with a nine-kilometre race you have to run a lot faster. You cant run at your marathon pace, you have to step it up. The challenge is do it as fast as you can but not to exhaust yourself too early. You can exhaust yourself in two minutes or one minute if you race out in the first 400 metres, so the challenge is getting the pace right; going fast enough not to blow up, and going fast and finishing well. So the challenge there is to pace yourself.Beware if you havent trained for that distance, youre going to hurt afterwards.Like youve always heard, sleep and nutrition are keyYou want to be getting the right nutrition, you want to be fuelling your body right, you want to be sleeping right; its all those little things. You dont want to overtrain; get excited for the race and do too much. Or think that you need to keep doing a lot beforehand. Some people dont taper because theyre scared theyll lose their fitness, but its OK to taper and really back off if you need to.Dont negate sleep to practise your early runs. Dont start your early runs a few days before because youll get to the event tired. Two nights before the event is a really important sleep; you should aim to get a really good sleep in that night because the night before the event youre always going to have a terrible sleep but it doesnt seem to impact you as much; youve got adrenaline and excitement that morning to get you energised. But if you have a bad sleep two nights before the race, it will affect you later. So make sure your training doesnt interrupt your rest.Make sure youre doing the right thing to recover. Its almost become human nature to use my IsoWhey post workout; theres always another race, and youre always preparing for something, so to get your optimal nutrition you should be using something like that. It should be part of your lifestyle, in how to recover and your nutrition.Its not something special for race day. If youre training then you should use things to help to recover. So even an everyday person can benefit from recovery drinks; if youre training hard you need to replace everything that you lost.Always be patientWhen youre just starting or coming back from an injury it can be hard. You have to be patient and do little by little, know that youre getting somewhere with every session you do. You cant expect everything to happen at once; its a process, but youll see every day how far youve come. Ive had all different injuries -- bones, stress fractures, plantar surgery and a facia relief - and its really frustrating when youre used to moving. With goals, you have to be so patient, and its not in an athletes mindset to be patient. Thats the biggest hurdle to overcome. You have to do all the little things and gradually get fit again.Victoria Mitchell is an ambassador for IsoWhey Sports Alen Hanson Jersey . 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There will be over 360 hopefuls aiming for the crown and a qualifying spot at the Capcom Cup.The Wests elite ... and underdogsThe largest presence at the tournament will come from the players out of the Western hemisphere. North America will provide plenty of strength in the shape of Evil Geniuses Justin Wong, Kenneth KBrad Bradley, Eduardo PRRog Perez-Frangie and Ricki Ortiz. In addition to arguably the best North American fighting game team, Team Liquids Du NuckleDu Dang, Flipsid3s Antwan Alucard Ortiz, Evil Bizz Chris Tatarian, Echo Fox Julio Fuentes, and Circa eSports Long LPN Nguyen. Each of these players have top eight experience at major tournaments and should be the favorites for long tournament runs.Because the majority of the tournament competitors will be from North America, there will be plenty of dark horses within its ranks. Some of the surprise players that could do very well this weekend will be Jesse CommanderJesse Espinoza, Antonio Kusanagi Medrano, Jason Jaycetheace Nghe, and Kenneth Pope.The dark horses may even do better than the proposed top contenders, since there is a lot of parity within the ranks of the Wests best players. Outside of the likes of NuckleDu and Justin Wong, my picks to shake up the tournament foundation will be Pope, Kusanagi, and Jaycetheace.The international powerhousesIt goes without saying that the front-runners to take down SoCal Regionals are not from Southern California. There will be representation from China, Japan, South Korea and even Taiwan and all the players should be massive favorites regardless of the opposition. Custom San Francisco Giants Jerseys. From Japan, the leader of the pack is Evil Geniuses Yusuke Momochi Momochi. Hes been the king of the region outside of Hajime Tokido Taniguchi and will come with plenty of momentum. Hes the clear-cut number one player, potentially, in the world for Street Fighter V and will want to wipe away his back-to-back second place finishes from memory with a victory in Southern California. After Momochi, Kenryo Mago Hayashi and Hail Marys finest Hiroyuki Eita Nagata and Goichi Go1 Kishida represent the best of the group.Outside of Japan, the list of killers and challengers does not end. First, the two best players that could contend with Momochi are Zowies Bruce Gamerbee Hsiang of Taiwan and Qanbas Zhuojun Xiao Hai Zeng. Gamerbee was one of the hottest players before taking a small break and could continue his ridiculous roll at the expense of tournament field. As for Xiao Hai, the best player from China, he could shut down all of his critics with a towering victory in SoCal Regionals and truly compete for the title of the worlds best. 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He has converted two of those into hundreds.1 Number of times David Warner had been run out in 100 Test innings before the start of this series; in this series he has been dismissed in this manner twice - in the second innings in Perth and in Adelaide. His only previous run out in Tests was against Sri Lanka in Hobart in 2012. . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. . 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.TORONTO - A week ago Masai Ujiri stood in front of local media, while addressing the highly anticipated trade of Andrea Bargnani, and promised a change in culture. No longer would the Raptors be called "soft" or "pushovers" he proclaimed. The addition of high-energy forward Tyler Hansbrough, made official on Monday, figures to go a long way in delivering on that promise. "I think I can bring a lot of toughness to the team, a lot of hard work and effort," said Hansbrough, who was introduced at the Air Canada Centre after signing a multi-year deal to join the Raptors. "I bring some leadership, just [in] the way I approach the game and hopefully itll rub off." At 27, Hansbrough is a young veteran in the NBA -- having spent his first four seasons with the Pacers -- but is slated to become one of the elder statesmen on a Toronto team that featured eight players under 26-years-old last season. Hansbrough, drafted 13th overall out of North Carolina in 2009, describes himself as a quiet leader, more of the lead by example type, but thats exactly the sort of influence Ujiri is hoping the former Pacer has on his new teammates. "He plays under control but hes tough," said Ujiri. "Hes going to knock you down. I think we need a little bit of that and were excited to have him." Hansbrough comes to Toronto with the reputation of a hard-nosed defender and a workhorse on the boards. The type of player who takes pride in getting under the opponents skin, whether hes willing to admit to it or not. A soldier everyone wants to go to war with but no one wants to battle against. Among other things, the former Tar Heel specializes in keeping the ball alive and fighting for extra possessions, something the Raptors could have used more of in 2012-13. Hansbrough was 17th in offensive rebounds per 36 minutes (minimum 800 total minutes played) last year, a category the Raptors struggled in, finishing seventh from the bottom. "Its something Ive done my whole life," Hansbrough said. "Its part of my game. Obviously I am gritty, I bring a lot of toughness but I can do more than just bring that." Certain areas of his offensive game have developed, as Ujiri pointed out on Monday, but in many ways hes still limited with the ball in his hands. Hansbrough averaged a career-low 7.0 points in fewer than 17 minutes per contest with the Pacers last year. One area in which he excels is getting to the free-throw line. He was fifth in attempts per 36 minutes last season, ranking just below the likes of James Harden, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love. In terms of the culture change, Hansbrough wont have to go at it alone, joining a frontcourt rotation that already consists of the similarly energetic Amir Johnson in addition to sophomores Jonas Valanciunas and Quincy Acy. Although Johnson and Valanciunas have both proven capable of stepping out and knocking down the mid-range jumper, spacing the floor may be a challenge with any combination of that group on the floor together (Note: Dwane Casey could opt for a smaller lineup on occasion, moving Rudy Gay, Landry Fields or the newly aacquired Steve Novak to the four). One thing is for certain, this group -- paced by a young and enthusiastic frontcourt -- will not be lacking in effort or competitive spirit, a refreshingly positive problem for Casey to have when hes eventually tasked with divvying up playing time. "I think Coach [Casey] was very excited about Tyler," Ujiri said confidently. "Thats how coaches are. You bring [in] players that play the way they want to play and theyre excited." Meanwhile, Hansbrough defused the idea of a pre-existing rivalry with Valanciunas after he committed a hard foul that sent the Raptors rookie to the floor, landing on his previously injured hand back in February. "I dont really remember that play until everyone started mentioning it to me," he explained. "It wasnt a big deal its just sometimes the way I play. Im sure well talk about it and probably laugh, hopefully. It just happened." Both Hansbrough and Valanciunas were in attendance, with nine other Raptors players, when the team went out for dinner last week in Las Vegas. Most of the team has been in Vegas, with Valanciunas, Acy and Terrence Ross competing in the Summer League while several others are training together in player-organized workouts, getting a head start before training camp opens in a couple months. "Im big on that and I think Coach Casey is big on that too," Ujiri said of his teams offseason bonding. "Bringing guys together and you start building a bond and understanding each other a little bit. I think last week was good for us." "[It] was very good for the team and for [the] guys to just be around each other and have a feel and have a sense of excitement even. You can get pumped up." Point guard situation still in flux Although the club is expected to add some depth in the backcourt with the addition of point guard Dwight Buycks, as reported last week, the deal has yet to be finalized. Buycks is with the Raptors Summer League team in Vegas and is hoping to play in this coming weeks game and playoffs once the signing is made official. The signing of Julyan Stone has been put on hold, at least for now, as the former Nuggets guard continues to rehab a couple of nagging injuries. Stone underwent hip surgery last year and battled a knee injury upon returning to the Nuggets lineup in January. He appeared in just four regular season games and two playoff contests with Denver in 2012-13. Ujiri did not rule out adding the 24-year-old when and if hes healthy enough to pass his physical but said hell have to go through at least a month of additional rehab before a possible signing will be revisited. Amnesty decision on the way The Raptors have not yet decided whether or not to use their lone amnesty clause, according to Ujiri. Toronto is currently projected to be over the NBAs salary cap in 2013-14 but could avoid the luxury tax penalty by using the amnesty provision on the final year of Linas Kleizas contract. Kleiza played just 20 games last year and will make $4.6 million next season. Ujiri will continue to weigh his options and make a decision closer to Tuesdays amnesty deadline. 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CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes completed a comeback even he doubted was possible. .Given little chance to play in the postseason after breaking his right hand last month, Clevelands catcher made the clubs postseason roster and will play in the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.Its an amazing recovery for Gomes, who was days away from returning to the lineup after missing two months with a separated right shoulder when he was hit was a pitch and broke his hand.Its been a roller coaster of emotions, man, Gomes said Wednesday. I went from sitting in a hospital room with my hand broken, not going to lie, crying my eyes out because Im not going to be part of the team. But then once I got my stuff together, I was like, `Ya know what, I can try to make a comeback, got to play a couple games and to be put on the roster is pretty rewarding for me and Im just going to try to do my best to help our team any way I can.Gomes hand isnt completely healed, but thats not going to stop him now, not with a chance to play in the postseason for the second time in his career.Im just going to tape it as tight as we can and hopefully it stays together, he said. But I can tell you, Im going to give 100 percent every time.When Gomes broke his hand on Sept. 14 while playing for Double-A Akron, it appeared his season was over.Doctors told him it could take up to two months to heal, but after picking up a ball and throwing it, Gomes dedicated himself to doing everything he could to get back on the field.Once I first started throwing the ball around, Im like, if I can flick it without noticing, it doesnt hurt as bad, he said. The only thing was starting to hit. The first time I hit, it didnt feel very good. The second time, I saw some progress. This was three days after. The hand is still broken, theres still going to be some pain, but they told me, `Look, if you can tolerate it, its not going to get any worse.He returned to the lineup in the seasons final week, but only played a few innings in the field.But then, with an at-bat that seemed pulled from the script of a feel-good movie, Gomes connected for a home run on the first pitch he faced Sunday in Kansas City. The shot electrified his teammates, who have been pulling hard for him to get back.Im really happy for him as an individual, Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer said. Obviously hes going to help our team. Theres no question about that. But just on a personal side, to have him be able to come back and be a part of something that he was a big part of all year and over the past couple of years that hes been here, its really great to see for him.Indians manager Terry Francona, who is carrying three catchers on his ALDS roster, isnt sure how much Gomes will play.I dont think its probably fair to ask him to be a starting catcher and catch nine innings, he said. I think what wed usually try to do during the season, and try to do now, is take what the players do well, try to maximize that, which is certainly catching and throwing, knowledge of the staff, so we can use that. Hes not limited there. And we can use that.If it grows into more, that would be good. . Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd. .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. LOWELL, Mass. -- Isaac White made all 10 of his free-throw attempts and scored 20 points, Matt Harris hit 13 of 13 from the line and scored 18 points as UMass Lowell beat Wagner 87-76 on Monday night.Harris sank two of his free throws with 1:37 remaining to give UMass Lowell a 76-69 lead and the duo combined to make 10 straight the rest of the way.Jahad Thomas had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for UMass Lowell (1-1). The River Hawks went 32 for 36 at the line and made 50 perccent of their 18 3-pointers. White hit a corner 3-pointer to give the River Hawks a 26-15 lead early in the first half and Thomas made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 37-26.Corey Henson led Wagner (1-1) with 19 points. JoJo Cooper had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Michael Carey added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
Lexi Thompson has been added to the field at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, the first woman to compete in the unofficial PGA Tour team event since Annika Sorenstam in 2006. .Thompson is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including a major.Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker are the defending champions in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play event, which will be held Dec. 8-10 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.Among the newcomers to what used to be known as the Shark Shootout are Justin Thomas, Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Smylie Kaufman and Bryson DeChambeau.The pairings for the 12 teams will be announced in early November.The Associated Press contributed to this report. . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. So, its just before midnight on Tuesday as I write this. I just got off the air of the #FantasyMarathon, 28 straight hours of fantasy football broadcasting across ESPN, ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app. I actually woke up at 8 a.m. on Monday to do the podcast at 10 a.m. After a day of production meetings and rehearsals, we were ready to broadcast at 7 p.m. We had decided before the show that NFL Insider Adam Schefter and I would go for all 28 hours, so by the end of it, I would have been awake for 40 straight hours. And here we are.I have to tell you, it was one of the hardest things Ive done. It was exhausting, it was intense, it was demanding and it was, quite simply, the most fun Ive ever had on TV.My plan, before starting the marathon, was to keep a running diary of sorts during the broadcast. But, in all honesty, I forgot about that task for chunks of time throughout. ESPN is a big place, and we broadcast out of several studios and buildings, so I was often just getting off the air and running to another place or trying to grab a quick bite to eat or go to the bathroom. I even changed clothes once.If I had been smart, I would have made notes by my entries, writing things like Hour 1 and so on. But of course I did no such thing. So this is really disjointed, even for me. Like I said, I am writing this up while its still somewhat fresh in my mind, but I am also going on no sleep for 40 hours. So I am loopy.Below are some random thoughts I managed to jot down during the course of the fantasy marathon, stream-of-consciousness style and in somewhat chronological order:* Louis Riddick, for whom I have tremendous respect, keeps talking up Jaguars receiver?Allen Robinson. He says he thinks A-Rob will lead the NFL in yards per catch this season and discusses what he sees in Robinsons connection with quarterback?Blake Bortles.?Hes nervous about often-sidelined Bears receiver?Alshon Jeffery for same reason ESPNs injury analyst Stephania Bell is. Jeffrey is starting to give me the heebie-jeebies. Or is that the energy drink I just pounded?Other observations from Lou: He feels Martellus Bennett will help fellow tight end?Rob Gronkowski, as the Patriots want to control the middle of the field. Hes also really impressed by Seahawks running back?Christine Michael and says its finally kicked in for him. And he thinks theres some truth to Seattles 1-2 punch stuff weve heard about Thomas Rawls and Michael.* We go to Fantasy Island! Weve locked Stugotz from The Dan Le Batard Show and Mike Golic Jr. from First and Last in a room where they are forced to watch the entire marathon. They mention sleeper QBs they like, Tampa Bays?Jameis Winston and Tennessees?Marcus Mariota. I prefer Winston.We have 28 hours to kill, so we are trying a bunch of things to keep the marathon fantasy-focused in some places and goofy and entertaining in others -- because the whole thing is preposterous. Fantasy Island is one of these ideas. So is the fact that I now find myself at a table talking to a puppet. We are already off the rails.* I manage to get in two Hit em with the Hein! references, a shoutout and private joke of The Howard Stern Show.* We are now four hours or so into this thing and there are a million moving pieces -- and I cant help but marvel at Trey Wingo and Michelle Beadle. You have no idea how hard it is to do what they do and make it look effortless. And they do. Theyre among the very best anchors we have at ESPN -- rock stars.* Dr. Michael Kaplan comes on late at night. We do a bit on sleep deprivation. I chug my second Red Bull.* We talk top-10 running backs. There are quite a few differences on my list compared with those of ESPN staff ranks. I am higher on the Chiefs?Jamaal Charles and the Bills?LeSean McCoy than our consensus ranks.* Were in the middle of Fantasy Football Now (the midnight to 3 a.m. version) and my good friend Mike Clay makes his national TV debut. Well done, Mike. Eric Karabell, who is doing yeomans work on the radio broadcast of the marathon, also pops by -- good stuff from both. Clay talks about rookies and brings up Titans receiver?Tajae Sharpe, currently running with the first string, in a positive manner. The next day the Titans would trade receiver?Dorial Green-Beckham.Sara Walsh is hosting this segment with Mike, and her IFB (the earpiece through which the control room communicates with the host to coordinate everything) cuts out. Sara is literally flying blind on national TV after midnight, but she gets through it. Shes seriously awesome.Its fun to be back with Sara, Field Yates, Tim Hasselbeck and Stephania: my Sunday crew. I cant wait for the season.Meanwhile, Reese Waters is on Broadway. All I can say is, Reese is a trouper.* Its now the 3-6 a.m. shift and I am on Jalen & Jacoby. We found a league loser who had to get a tattoo, so hes getting it done live on the air. Hilarious.@MatthewBerryTMR the finished product of @matt_gold25 tat . Thanks for everything #httr Corey (@C_Herrington24) August 16, 2016Matt, the loser, is a Bills fan and, yeah, thats Tom Brady riding a buffalo.* Theres a lot of?Sterling Shepard talk on Jalen & Jacoby with me and Anita Marks, who also covers the Giants. She ggoes to the practices and echoes what we have heard about the receiver. Im going to have to raise him in my ranks. We all love Sterling Shepard.Jalen is in a fantasy football league with LeBron James and talks about that. Its $10,000 to enter -- because of course it is. Love Jalen. Jacoby, too. Those are goofy, funny dudes. Its a great vibe they have.* During the 5 a.m. hour,?Adam is talking deep sleepers. His is?Tyreek Hill, the talented rookie receiver for Kansas City, who has worlds of talent but also some baggage. Hill has gotten some nice run with the starters in camp and is getting a long look by Andy Reid and staff.* Its 6 a.m. and its Mike and Mike time. They are discussing their upcoming draft that night and who should control the team. Its an analytics (Greeny) versus film study/former player (Golic) debate, cleverly disguised as friendly ribbing between the two hosts. Its an interesting topic and Im too tired to go into it here. But I will say that after staying on that show in its entirety and doing segments in all four hours, I have a new appreciation for what pros those two guys are.* Up next is First Take from 10 a.m. to noon. Whats great about this marathon is that each show brings a unique perspective to discussing fantasy. Im not on very long, but Max Kellerman does say he believes Carolinas?Greg Olsen is the No. 1 tight end in fantasy, not Gronk. Stephen A. Smith is shocked and disagrees. Anyone surprised by that?* I run over to do a quick hit on SportsCenter with Josh Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman. Hes in a 12-team PPR league and wants advice. Schefty and I give it to him. He wants to know our outlook on Steelers receiver?Sammie Coates: late-round flyer right now but not without issues.I almost fall asleep before this hit while sitting on the set. I do that nod off and catch myself thing. Luckily I am not on camera. Ive had four Red Bulls at this point. Fatigue is really starting to set in.* Things start to become a blur. I start drinking water to hydrate more. We do a segment on Fantasy Football Kickoff in which I bungle all sorts of words. Ruh-roh.I recover a bit and the rest of the show is uneventful. We do a what caught your eye in preseason Week 1 segment. Both running back?Derrick Henry of the Titans and wide receiver?Tyler Boyd of the Bengals get love. I point out that 153 targets are up for grabs for Boyd in Cincy with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone.Comedian Frank Caliendo is doing impressions throughout the day. He does a Donald Trump bit that kills me.* ... and on to NFL Live, where we do the first round of a draft with 10 NFL analysts and fantasy folks. Heres how it goes:1. Antonio Brown 2. Odell Beckham Jr. 3. DeAndre Hopkins (Riddick takes him over Julio Jones. Louis is very bullish on Hopkins this year.) 4. Julio Jones 5. Dez Bryant (Picked by Hall of Fame NFL running back Jerome Bettis, who says the Cowboys run game will be very successful, which will open things up for Dez. 6. Adrian Peterson 7. David Johnson?(Selected by Field Yates.) 8. A.J. Green 9. Todd Gurley?(My pick -- how did Gurley fall to No. 9?) 10. Ezekiel Elliott. (Allen Robinson would have been pick 11.)* I then head to SportsNation with Beadle and Marcellus Wiley, and were all punch-drunk at this point. Podcast listeners know this, but Beadle is among my favorite people on the planet, let alone at ESPN. Its always fun when we get to work together. Its all laughter and nonsense for a few hours.* Suddenly -- OK, not suddenly at all -- Ive been at this for an entire day now. Its 7 p.m and were entering the final stretch. I have my sixth Red Bull. My back is killing me, but I am actually good. I can see the finish line. I can do this.Theres a celebrity draft and its all sorts of hilariousness and awesomeness. Weve been checking in with Stugotz and Golic Jr. on Fantasy Island throughout this. Now, in an indescribable scene that had to be seen to be believed, with some TV magic, they are running with the bulls in Pamplona. Its flat-out hysterical. I didnt really know either guy before this, so it was a lot of fun getting to know them a bit.I dont know how to describe the celeb draft, except that everyone was sort of punch-drunk. The mood was loose and fun, and I dont think I have ever laughed as hard or had as much fun on TV as I did during it. (Editors note: So, you do know how to describe the celeb draft, despite your state while typing this.) Michael Smith and Jemele Hill were talking trash to Mike and Mike, and they were giving it right back. Stugotz and Golic Jr. continued to roll, and Kenny Mayne was, as always, very funny. Trey was on fire and everyone else got into the spirit of it, including guests Bobby Flay, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, along with Adam and Louis.* And then its a wrap. More than 1.75 million teams drafted during the marathon. Not everything was perfect, but I wouldnt have changed a thing. I am exhausted, but damn am I proud. Everyone worked so hard and it all somehow came together.Just awesome. When do we get to do it again? Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
England 103 for 5 (Stokes 12*, Bairstow 12*) trail India 455 (Kohli 167, Pujara 119, Ashwin 58, Moeen 3-98) by 352 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsAt every critical juncture of this typically subcontinental Test match, Englands cricketers have inadvertently been telegraphing their sense of impending doom. . It was visible in Alastair Cooks body language after losing a vital toss; it resurfaced on the first afternoon when Virat Kohli was dropped at fine leg by Adil Rashid, and there were tremors again this morning, when Moeen Alis offbreaks began to find the purchase necessary to check Indias innings before it could run away.But it wasnt until the second afternoon at Visakhapatnam that their deep-seated pessimism began gushing to the surface like an Andhra Pradesh oil strike. By the close of a gripping and debilitating third session, with Indias trio of spinners tormenting both sides of a succession of stick-or-twist blades, the destiny of this contest was all but pre-ordained.England limped to the close on 103 for 5, in reply to Indias 455, having contributed massively to their own downfall with a succession of hare-brained departures, but equally, having had their minds and techniques scrambled by the dripping-tap accuracy of, in particular, the offspinners R Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav.Ravindra Jadejas left-arm spin played its part as well, darting the ball in flat and fast to challenge the front pad and leave Englands batsmen no time to gather their thoughts between deliveries. But it was Ashwin who applied the surgical strikes, his 12 overs yielding 15 runs and two wickets, including the crowning scalp of Joe Root for 53 and the hapless Ben Duckett for 5.Meanwhile Jayant, shrewdly handed a debut in response to Englands selection of a record seven left-handers, showcased a tall and tidy technique, and accounted of one of that number as his maiden Test wicket. Moeen Ali, one of Englands four centurions at Rajkot, was struck on the shin as he pressed forward to another wicket-to-wicket delivery, and sent on his way lbw for 1 after Virat Kohli made a correct call for the DRS.Soon afterwards, Jayant should have had a second when he bounced an offbreak off the top of Ben Stokes off stump and into the keepers gloves without dislodging it. It was a memorably bizarre footnote to a fine first day of Test action from the new boy, that had earlier included a key role - once again in tandem with Ashwin - in a 64-run stand for Indias eighth wicket, but was perhaps most notable for the athletic slide and throw from deep square leg that ran out Haseeb Hameed for 13 and wrecked what little poise Englands innings had managed to generate.It hadnt looked too promising in the early moments of Englands innings either, and Cook in particular had lived dangerously in his 11-ball stay. He all but popped a leading edge back to the bowler in Mohammad Shamis opening over, but could do nothing about the beauty that bowled him in his second. After being lined up by two deliveries that curled away to the slips, Cook was beaten by a sensational nipbacker that smashed the off stump in two as it nipped back through the gate. But despite such a seismic shock to Englands system, there had been a glimmer of hope, in the form of a 47-run stand for the second wicket between Hameed and Root, that England might somehow extract enough runs from a still serviceable wicket to haul themselves close to first-innings parity. Root, in particular, had been responding impressively to the challenge of a skiddy low surface, and at one stage during a probing new-ball spell from Indias seamers had advanced on Shami to clip him aggressively through midwicket for four.But he was entirely culpable in the moment of madness that sold his younger partner down the river. Chivvying for the second run as he clipped Jadeja off the pads, he hurtled halfway down the track only to turn abruptly on his heels as Jayants throw fizzed in from the deep. Wriddhiman Saha did brilliantly in front of the stumps to gather and flick backwards in one moment, clipping the bails as Hameed tumbled for the crease in vain.At 51 for 2, the door was ajar and Indias spinners did not require a second invitation to bring out the battering ram. Duckett, whose stroke-laden technique had been an asset when counterattacking against Bangladesh, proved as a leaky as a fishermans net when facing the best spin bowler in the world, and having consistently exposed his stumps in a bid to attack Ashwin out of the rough, it was to nobodys great surprise when they duly were splattered for 5.Two overs later, and Ashwin had the big one. Root had been playing a blinder in the circumstances, galvanised by his own supreme form and the knowledge of his role in Hameeds demise. But, against Ashwin, even his free-scoring methods had been tempered, until Kohli tempted him fatally by removing his long-on and inviting a hoick over the top. He took the bait but failed to get to the pitch, and Umesh was on hand at long-off to cue Indias delirium.The familiar failings with the bat made Englands determined efforts with the ball earlier in the day somewhat redundant. Moeen, who had been underused on the opening day of the match, claimed three quick wickets in the second hour of the morning before Rashid and Stokes mopped up the resistance after lunch.Ashwin, Indias main source of runs on the day, was lucky to benefit from a drop at slip by Stokes when he had made 17, but the unlikely let-off had a spin-off benefit for England. India ran a single as the ball ricocheted off Stokes knee at slip, and one ball later, Stokes made amends by snaffling a faster, lower edge to his right to see off Indias main man, Kohli, for 167 instead.Kohlis early dismissal enabled England to keep Indias innings closer to 450 than 550, but by the close, in spite of a spirited 15-overs of resistance from Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, it was looking like more than enough. .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. CLEVELAND -- Mark Shapiros love for Cleveland and its people runs deep, personally and professionally.Its where the Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO began his career, raised his family and helped orchestrate a baseball renaissance in the 1990s thats enjoying a 21st-century revival. In many ways, it will always be home for Shapiro.Over the past few months, Shapiro has enjoyed from afar seeing Cleveland celebrate this summer as the Cavaliers won an NBA title, ending a half-century drought for the city, and hes watched with pride as Indians fans rallied around a team that has been overlooked -- even in October.Its been some ride.I just feel bad that were going to have to put an end to it, he said with a chuckle over the phone on Wednesday.Shapiro finds himself the man in the middle of the AL Championship Series as his new team, the Blue Jays, will face with the Indians, the franchise that gave him his start, for a spot in the World Series.And it wont just be an emotional reunion for Shapiro. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins also came up in Clevelands organization, working alongside Indians president Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and many others.Shapiro was flying to Cleveland on Wednesday and planned to have dinner with his sister, Julie, who lives in the area. On Thursday, hell arrive at Progressive Field as he did for more than two decades, and although he knows the direction to the visitors clubhouse, Shapiros first stop will be the Indians executive offices, where he plans to visit colleagues who are as close as family.Ive got not just friendships, but deep friendships both in the community there and throughout the Indians organization, up and down it, he said. Its not just walking in to play the team, its walking in to play a group of people where you have a deep history and a profound respect. But I can tell you, because weve played them seven times already, when the first pitch gets thrown, the only emotion I feel is a competitive desire to win.Shapiro spent 24 seasons with the Indians, breaking in as an unpaid intern in the early `90s. But it didnt take long for the Princeton-educated son of respected sports agent Ron Shapiro to advance through the ranks and become one of baseballs top executives. Shapiro has always done it the right way, displaying class and humility while molding the Indians into a model organization and helping them navigate through difficult years when the turnstiles slowed and the club had to re-invent itself to stay competitive.However, Shapiros impact with the Indians goes way beyond statistical data. His personal skills might be what set him apart.I didnt like Mark when he was here. Howss that? Francona joked before turning serious about both Shapiro and Atkins. Im so close to both of them that itll be fun to say hello, said Francona, who used to take diligent notes whenever Shapiro spoke. Im sure they feel the same way we do -- they want to beat our brains out. But then when its over, thats never going to affect a friendship. Next time I probably see them will be at the winter meetings and well be laughing and Im sure something will happen during this (series) well be laughing about.It could be a year, it could be a month, it could be two years. When youre friends like that, it kind of goes beyond time or uniform or anything like that.During his time with the Indians, Shapiro was approached by numerous organizations, turning down an offer from the Cleveland Browns. He was content, but maybe needing a new challenge, Shapiro accepted a position with the Blue Jays and decided to leave the only team he had ever known.Shapiro spent much of the past year commuting between Cleveland and Toronto, where he was rudely welcomed after popular GM Alex Anthopoulos was pushed aside to make room for him. Shapiros transition was beyond tumultuous, as he was lambasted on sports talk radio and in columns across Canada. Some of the attacks were personal and vicious.Shapiro accepted the criticism, put his head down and went to work.Antonetti never worried that Shapiro would change peoples opinions of him.I talked to Mark frequently, especially at the outset, Antonetti said as the Indians took batting practice in anticipation of Fridays Game 1. I never had any doubt that once the city, the organization and the country got to know Mark Shapiro the person and the executive that they would embrace him. Hes a transformational leader and a phenomenal human being, and those are two pretty good attributes that will end up endearing you to people.When the Indians wrapped up their Division Series victory against Boston, completing a three-game sweep at Fenway Park, Shapiro watched on TV along with his son, Caden, who used to shag flies during batting practice in an Indians uniform.While the Shapiros have changed colors, their affection for Cleveland remains.We were both happy, not just for the chance to come back, but happy for the staff and the organization and the players, Shapiro said. But as he grows up he learns about the game and hes 100 percent a Toronto Blue Jay now, just like me, but with the Cleveland Indians running through our veins. They will always be an important part of our lives and history. 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Roger Federer will continue his preparation for the French Open by taking part in the Mutua Madrid Open next week, live on Sky Sports from Monday. Joey Gallo Jersey . The world No 3 had initially planned to skip the fourth Masters series event of the season to conserve his energy for the three remaining Grand Slams and Rio Olympics later in the year.However, his plans have changed having missed nearly three months of the season due to knee surgery, including the Masters series events in Indian Wells and Miami. The 34-year-old returned to action in Monte Carlo a fortnight ago but suffered defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals, but will now continue his comeback in the Spanish capital. Andy Murray is the defending champion in Madrid Federer is a three-time winner in Madrid having claimed the title in 2006, 2009 and 2012 and tournament director Manolo Santana said: Federer is one of the best players in history and Madrid is a special place for him.We are delighted to have him back in the Caja Magica. In addition, he is one of the fans favourites because of everything he has achieved in his career. We will be welcoming him with open arms.Federer will be joined in Madrid by defending champion Andy Murray, world No 1 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal fresh from his wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.Watch the Mutua Madrid Open from Monday, May 2 on Sky Sports 3 HD.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. Also See: Murray targets Olympic success Wimbledons new No 1 court Wimbledon champs to win £2m Konta confirmed for Nottingham Jason Grilli Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. Adrian Beltre Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Its another day and here we are looking at another dubious hit to the head. In this case Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky elbowed Saku Koivu in the head about a second after he dished off the puck to a teammate, knocking him unconscious. . -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. Sachin Tendulkar believes the Indian team has a reservoir of experience to tap into in the form of Anil Kumble, the new head coach, during a busy season in which they play 17 Tests starting with the four in the West Indies. Kumble, Tendulkar said, will train the team to show fight in all situations.Its about being a tough character and being able to stand on your feet in tough moments. Thats what I feel Anil will teach them, Tendulkar told ESPNcricinfo at the launch of Spartan International in London. There are crunch moments in any match, so approaching those moments is important. He will be out there to win each and every moment.While Tendulkar, who was a member of the BCCI committee that played a key role in selecting the coach, didnt go into the details of the selection process, he was effusive in his praise for Kumble. He termed him a hard competitor who will not compromise on work ethic.My experience with Anil has been fantastic, Tendulkar said. He has been a match-winner, and the guys have got a lot to learn from him. Anil is ready to share everything he has learnt from this wonderful sport. He played for close to 20 years, so there is plenty to share. Jon Niese Jersey. Ill just tell the players to grasp as much information from Anil as possible, and enjoy the game above everything else.On the topic of bat size, something that has been in the news regularly of late, Tendulkar said he reflected Australia batsman David Warners sentiments: flat pitches are a bigger threat to the game than any other perceived imbalance between bat and ball.The wickets need to change; they need to be more helpful for bowlers, Tendulkar said. In T20s, the greatest of bowlers are being reverse-swept. Three-hundred is no longer competitive in ODIs.So there should be at least one format where bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and making it more interesting for spectators. Its difficult for someone to sit for five days, so you have to look at changing surfaces. I dont think its got much to do with bats, but Im sure people on the [relevant] panel will be able to look into it. Thats what David Warner has spoken about too. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
As you may have noticed during the early rounds of the MLB postseason, MLB game caps are now featuring the logo of their manufacturer, New Era. Jon Gray Jersey . Thats part of a new arrangement that will carry over to next season, when the New Era mark becomes a permanent fixture on MLB headwear.The New Era makers mark is the latest development in the relentless proliferation of manufacturers logos on pro sports uniforms over the past 35 years or so. That trend has been driven by several interrelated factors:? Its hard to remember this, but retail jersey sales barely existed a generation ago. Uniforms were worn only by the players in those days. But with fans now purchasing huge numbers of jerseys and caps, manufacturers want their logos to be showcased on all that merchandise.? For many decades, teams in the various pro sports leagues negotiated their own deals with the uniform outfitters of their choice. More recently, league-wide contracts with a single outfitter for the entire sport have become the norm. This has been done in large part to streamline the merchandising process (its much easier for retailers to order everything from one supplier instead of a hodgepodge of different outlets), but it has also led to a stronger brand presence for the league-affiliated outfitters.? The legacy sportswear companies that used to dominate the uniform market -- firms such as Rawlings, Wilson and Spalding -- were strictly in the sporting goods business. Their products were sold at sporting goods outlets, period. But todays uniform giants -- Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and the like -- are lifestyle brands that compete in the larger world of fashion and apparel retailing. Branding is a serious part of how they mark their territory. (Interestingly, New Era is a good example of both approaches. The company can trace it roots back to the 1920s and for many decades was simply in the business of making caps for sports teams. It has more recently repositioned itself as a lifestyle and fashion brand that caters to a wide range of consumers, many of whom arent even interested in sports.)? Branding and logos have generally assumed a much higher profile throughout the consumer landscape over the past several decades. When viewed in that perspective, the increase of makers marks on sports uniforms is really just part of a larger trend.But how did that trend develop on MLB uniforms? The basic protocol for many years was that makers marks didnt appear on team-issued uniform components (caps, jerseys, pants, stirrups) but usually appeared on player-selected equipment (gloves, cleats, catchers gear, wristbands). Batting helmets, which occupied a middle ground between uniforms and equipment, carried the ABC logo during this period.Things began changing in 1987, when Rawlings became MLBs preferred uniform supplier. If a team was contracted with Rawlings for on-field uniforms, then the Rawlings script appeared at the base of the right sleeve, says Bill Henderson, author of the authoritative Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys. According to Henderson, at least five teams -- the Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Tigers and Yankees -- were not working with Rawlings at that time, plus some Rawlings-affiliated teams were reusing older non-Rawlings uniforms from previous seasons. So while the Rawlings script was the first makers mark to appear on MLB uniforms, it wasnt universal.The Rawlings logo had pride of place on MLB sleeves until 1992, when Russell Athletic took over as MLBs preferred uniform supplier. Teams were still cutting their own uniform deals and were not required to use Russell, but Russell-affiliated teams wore the companys logo.Russells exclusive arrangement lasted until 2000, which marked the beginning of a five-year transitional period. From 2000 through 2004, three different companies had their logos appearing on MLB sleeves: Russell, Rawlings (now using a stylized R, rather than the full script), and, for the first time, Majestic Athletic. Majestic took over as MLBs first exclusive uniform outfitter 2005, and all uniforms have worn the Majestic logo -- not just on sleeves but also above the back-left pants pocket -- since then.(One exception to all of this: The Yankees have never worn any makers mark on their uniforms. Why? Because they believe -- correctly, in the opinion of a certain uniform columnist -- that a teams uniform should just represent the team, period.)Meanwhile, makers marks have spread to other parts of the uniform. Nike became MLBs base-layer supplier in 2010, and the companys familiar logo has become a fixture on MLB undershirt collars over the past seven seasons, peeking out from behind the top of the jersey. For better or worse, its a devastatingly effective piece of logo positioning. In fact, many fans mistakenly think Nike makes MLB uniforms, because the undershirt logo is so much more visible than the Majestic mark on the sleeves. The only drawback for Nike has been that some players who have shoe deals or other endorsement contracts with rival companies have taken a pair of scissors and removed the Nike mark from their undershirt collars.And then there are socks. Of course, most of todays players still wear their pants down to their shoetops, so their socks arent even visible. But about 15 to 20 percent of players currently go high-cuffed (that figure is the result of an admittedly unscientific Uni Watch research project), and most of them are now wearing socks made by Stance, which became MLBs first official sock provider earlier this year. Teams have been using a mix of old sock inventory and new Stance hosiery over the past few months, but the Stance socks are easy to spot -- they have the Stance logo, as well as the MLB logo, although both marks just look like little dots or splotches from a distance.So with the New Era mark having now been added to the caps, a given MLB player may be wearing four different corporate logos on his uniform -- New Era, Majestic, Nike, Stance -- in addition to the various manufacturers marks on his shoes, batting gloves, wristbands and other accessories. The last outliers: batting helmets, which are made by Rawlings but dont carry a makers mark -- yet.And what about the other major pro sports? Heres a quick league-by-league summary:NFL: All NFL jerseys and pants currently feature the Nike logo, but it hasnt always been that way. NFL clubs cut their own deals with uniform manufacturers for years. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the definitive guide to pro football uniform history, the first NFL team to wear a makers mark was the 1985 Jets, who wore the Champion logo on their sleeves.Other companies took notice and decided to showcase their logos as well. By 2000, the marks of at least a dozen brands -- Adidas, Apex, Champion, Logo Athletic, MacGregor, Nike, Puma, Reebok, Russell Athletic, Starter, Wilson and Wilson Staff (yes, the golf brand) -- had appeared on NFL sleeves.The NFL put an end to that free-for-all by signing an exclusive deal with Reebok, whose logo was featured on the leagues uniforms from 2002 through 2011. Nike took over in 2012 and will remain as the leagues supplier through at least 2019.Makers marks have disappeared, however, from NFL helmets. At one point various brands used to put their logos on the helmets nose bumper (thats the little white panel at the base of the helmets forehead area), and then the NFL inked a deal that allowed only the Riddell logo to appear there. But after the 2013 season, the league announced that helmet manufacturers marks would no longer be permitted. Most clubs now put a team logo on the nose bumper, while Kansas City and Washington leave them blank.NBA: The history of makers marks on NBA game uniforms is simple: Theyve never had any. Former commissioner David Stern believed in the primacy of the team brands and didnt want anything competing with them, so no uniform outfitter has ever had its logo on an NBA uniform -- well, at least in games that count. The Adidas logo has appeared on NBA All-Star Game uniforms since 2009.Things will change next fall, when Nike takes over the leagues uniform contract for the 2017-18 season. The Nike logo will appear on game jerseys (and so will advertising patches, but thats another topic for another day).NHL: The NHL was ahead of the curve here, with the logos of assorted jersey manufacturers and lettering shops appearing on jersey hemlines as far back as the late 1970s.Lots of other companies and shops were represented on NHL jersey hemlines in the early 1980s, including Eastside Sports, CCM, Gerry Cosby, Gunzos, Steichens, Nike and others.When Nike was outfitting the Oilers, the makers mark on Wayne Gretzkys jersey was famously moved from the right-side hemline to the left, so that it would still be visible despite the Great Ones habit of tucking in the right side of his jersey. Manufacturers simply but the logos on both sides of his hemline when he later played for the Kings, Blues and Rangers.NHL makers marks moved from the shirttail to the rear neckline in 2000, with a league-wide protocol of CCM appearing on white jerseys (which were still being worn at home at that point) and the Koho logo displayed on dark or colored jerseys:Reebok took over the leagues uniform contract beginning in 2005, and its branding has appeared on the rear neckline since then -- first as a logo (2005-06 through 2010-11) and then as a wordmark (2011-12 through the current season).Reeboks NHL deal will expire at the end of this season, with Adidas poised to take over as the leagues outfitter beginning in the 2017-18, so well be seeing a new makers mark one year from now.(Special thanks to Trevor Alexander, Mike Engle, Chris Creamer, Andrew Greenstein, Bill Henderson, and Bill Schaefer for their research assistance.)Would you like to nominate a uniform or uni element to be showcased in a future Friday Flashback installment? 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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Dalvin Cook wasnt about to accept all the accolades for his latest achievement.Cook ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns to become Florida States career rushing leader, and the 17th-ranked Seminoles beat Syracuse 45-14 on Saturday.Cook entered the game needing 19 yards to break Warrick Dunns 20-year old school record for rushing (3,959) and did so with a 41-yarder in the first quarter. He finished the first half with 104 yards to become just the sixth player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to reach 4,000 yards and the first to do it in three years.Im blessed to be where Im at, said Cook, who departed early in the fourth quarter after a tough hit knocked the wind out of him. Im really proud of my guys. I give all the credit to those guys (offensive line) and coaches for putting me in the position. They did a great job of giving me the opportunity to be at the top of this list, so Im just thankful.Florida State (8-3, 5-3, No. 17 CFP) won for the fifth time in six games despite four turnovers. Syracuse (4-7, 2-5) suffered its third straight loss.Syracuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey again warmed up before the opening kickoff but did not play for the second straight game. The sophomore has been out since suffering a vicious hit to the shoulder-head area in the first quarter against Clemson two weeks ago.Backup Zack Mahoney had trouble generating any consistency on offense against the Seminoles defense. Florida State intercepted two passes, registered eight sacks, and forced 10 punts in limiting the Orange to 3.2 yards per play. FSU averaged 8.6 yards per play, outgained Syracuse 654-233, and only had four more plays than the Orange.Offensively, it was just very difficult to move the ball, Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. They pressured our quarterback, overpowered our offensive line. A lot of old guys against a lot of young guys. We didnt play very well.Mahoney finished 16 of 36 for 196 yards, but he did have one lucky strike. He hit Amba Etta-Tawo with a 46-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the first half. Etta-Tawo caught the ball in double coverage at the right corner of the end zone.If Syracuse had hopes the big play would provide a spark, Cook dashed those hopes with three touchdowns in the third.After tight end Ryan Izzos 39-yard reception on the first possession of the third quarter, Cook scored on an 11-yard run and added two morre scores in the period, from 17 and 8 yards. David Dahl Jersey. . That matched his career high for TDs in a game and boosted his season total to 18.Cook also had 47 yards on Florida States third scoring drive, capping it with a 25-yard TD run for a 21-0 lead in the second.I think it is a privilege and an honor to not only have a teammate like him, but just a person like him, FSU offensive lineman Roderick Johnson said. Hes not selfish at all. My hats off to Dal.The Seminoles scored on their first two possessions. Deondre Francois hit Nyqwan Murray with a 16-yard TD and followed with a 15-yard scoring toss to Travis Rudolph.On the road, good win, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. I loved the way we started the game. We came out fast.Florida State sacked Mahoney four times in the first quarter alone, and even when Brisly Estime gave the Orange tremendous field position with a 42-yard punt return into Florida State territory, the offense sputtered with a three-and-out.THE TAKEAWAYFlorida State: The Seminoles kept their momentum going to reach an upper-tier bowl game, and if Cook keeps up his strong season and that opportunistic defense continues its stellar play, the Seminoles will be difficult to beat.Syracuse: The Orange has had a difficult time without Dungey. Winning for the fifth time this season next week on the road at Pittsburgh is necessary to even be considered for a bowl game, but if Dungey is through for the year that will be a tall task. Pitt drilled Duke 56-14 on Saturday.BIG NUMBERS: Cook has seven 100-yard games this season and boosted his career rushing total to 4,166 yards.RECEIVERS GALORE: Francois was 18 of 28 for 315 yards and completed passes to six different receivers, led by Auden Tate (five catches, 77 yards) and Rudolph (five catches, 64 yards).POLL IMPLICATIONS: With LSUs loss to Florida, Florida State will move up at least a little bit in the rankings for both the AP Top 25 and College Football Playoffs.UP NEXTFlorida State: Finishes its regular season at home next Saturday against in-state rival Florida.Syracuse: Closes its regular season on the road next Saturday against Pittsburgh.---More AP college football: and Kekis on Twitter: Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
PITTSBURGH -- Fred Couples watched Kenny Perry relentlessly sprint up the leaderboard Saturday in the Senior Players Championship and figured it was time for his putter to start co-operating. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys . Three birdies over the final five holes restored some order as Couples took a step closer to his first victory of the season. The Hall of Famer finished with a 3-under 67 and was at 15-under 195 at rain-soaked and toothless Fox Chapel, two strokes clear of the hard-charging Perry. Couples already has three runner-up finishes this season. He has no plans to make it four. "If I go out and play well, I have a great shot at winning," Couples said. "Im certainly not going to be thinking about second place." It appeared thats all the rest of the field was playing for after Couples ripped off seven birdies in 11 holes of the second round Friday before a midafternoon downpour halted play for the day. The deluge cooled off Couples a bit. He two-putted from 60 feet on the par-3 third when he returned to the course Saturday morning, then made five straight pars before finishing his round off with a birdie on the par-4 ninth for an 8-under 62. Tying the record for the lowest score ever in a major on the Champions Tour should have provided Couples with some breathing room. Instead, Perry made it close. Perry began the day as speck in Couples rearview mirror before the Kentucky player made three birdies and an eagle over the final six holes of the second round for a 7-under 63. He backed it up six hours later with another flawless 63, using his length off the tee and a new putter to chase down the frontrunning Couples. After a lethargic 71 in the first round left him frustrated, Perry switched putters to one with more loft hoping it would help keep the ball online on the soggy and cleat-marked greens. The decision paid off handsomely as Perry set a tournament record for the lowest score in consecutive rounds. The combined 14-under 126 Perry posted in the second and third rounds is two better than the 128 Jack Nicklaus shot in 1990 when the tournament was held in Dearborn, Mich. Perry joked he was inspired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He watched from the second row on Friday night as Pittsburgh crushed the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3 to move to 49-30 on the season, the best record in baseball. "It was pretty awesome," Perry said. So were most of the scores at the rolling course about 10 miles up the Allegheny River from PNC Park. The rain during the week forced officials to allow players to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways. The quick, treacherous test the players endured during their last visit to Fox Chapel a year ago instead looked like a pitch and putt for longer players like Perry and Couples. "We played ball-in-hand for three days," Perry said. "You know, you just see the scores go way down when you let the guys get ball in hand." Duffy Waldorf birdied his final two holes for a 66 to remain in striking distance at 11 under. First-round leader John Huston briefly tied Couples for the lead but faltered on the back nine, bogeying the last two holes to shoot 68 and finish five shots back of Couples. Mike Goodes had a 65 to match Huston at 10 under. Perry didnt falter, briefly creating a three-way logjam with Couples and Huston when Perry birdied the 12th and Couples three-putted the 10th green for bogey. The missed opportunity seemed to wake Couples up. Frustrated he wasnt taking advantage of the soft conditions that led to Perrys assault on the par-70 layout, Couples birdied Nos. 14 and 15, then capped his round with a splendid pitch from in front of the left bunker on the par-5 18th, allowing him to roll in a birdie. Not bad for a guy who insists he was "outplayed" by Huston for most of the day by Huston before the final five holes. Now Couples heads into Sunday searching for his third major title since joining the Champions Tour in 2010. He won the Senior Players in 2011 at Westchester Country Club in New York and the Senior British Open last year. He was in position to capture the Regions Tradition earlier this month but fell one shot short in a showdown with points leader David Frost. This time it appears the duel will be with Perry, who is pain-free after dealing with knee problems earlier in the season. Perry, who has undergone surgery on both knees during his career and takes medicine to deal with arthritis in the joints, called his recovery over the last two weeks "a miracle." He took a cortisone shot in his left knee recently and has had fluid drained out of the joint, freeing him up to walk the course with relative ease. "If you have had a need this long stuck in your knee with a big syringe sucking all that junk out of you, thats not very pleasant," Perry said. "But once they do it, immediately it gives you relief. The pressures off and you can actually bend your knee, you can actually walk." Perry will walk alongside Couples on Sunday as Perry looks for the first major title of his 31-year professional career. "Youre going to see still a lot of good scores tomorrow," Perry said. "So the guys that are near the lead, at the lead are going to have to play a good round of golf. Somebodys going to have to shoot a good round tomorrow." Cheap Florida Panthers Jerseys . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. Cheap Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will issue refunds to ticket buyers who went home from the NFLs annual preseason kickoff without having watched any football.The competitors for roster spots with the Colts and the Packers wont get the game back, though.I can tell you this: Every one of those young players are upset, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said.After Brett Favre stole the show with a humorous, insightful and moving speech during the induction ceremony for his class on Saturday, the talk of league turned the next night to the field. Thats because part of it was congealed, rendering the Indianapolis-Green Bay game unplayable.The traditional exhibition in Canton, Ohio, an extra preseason contest for each team and source of local pride, was canceled when NFL and team officials deemed the turf unsafe due to hardened paint and loosened rubber pellets.Neither the Colts nor the Packers were available for comment on Monday, but both coaches expressed disappointment on Sunday night about the lost opportunity to evaluate, even though four more games remain before the regular season.These exhibitions often become yawners for fans, with most starters standing on the sideline, but theyre serious business for the undrafted and unproven guys trying to make an impression.Nothing is guaranteed in this league. Those types of games, you dont want to miss reps, especially in game-type situations, New York Giants safety Cooper Taylor, himself a roster-bubble player.You dont go live in practice any more. You just cant do that with the way the NFL has been set up.He was referring to the attempt to protect the health of the players in a dangerous sport, which is exactly why the game was called off.As frustrated as the second, third and fourth-stringers must have been by the cancellation, nobody would have wanted to put bones, joints or muscles at greater risk.If something happens to somebody, then its like `Oh, they shouldnt have played the game, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said.Something did happen on that same field last year, to Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham. He tore the ACL in his left knee in the Hall of Fame game against the Minnesota Vikings, and his career could be over.The NFL Players Association has made field conditions a priority of its members.There is a standard, said Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, the teams union rep. People havent held everything to that standard. So I think that is what the foccus is, and the NFL is saying we are committed to this, too, the safety of our players. Cheap Custom Washington Capitals Jerseys. . I think that is why it happened.Baltimore and Philadelphia had a preseason game called off in 2001 when a new artificial turf at Veterans Stadium, the former home of the Eagles, was deemed unsafe for playing on. Ryan was the defensive line coach for the Ravens that year, so the news on Sunday night resonated with him.I get it. Everybody involved in the NFL wants to have that game played, Ryan said. I know everybody was excited about it, and you get a chance to see two teams play when nobody else is playing.Certainly, as a fan, everybody was excited about it. But the NFL, to their credit, did the right thing. If the fields not suitable to play, then you dont play.The Hall of Fame announced Monday the refund procedure for fans who had tickets, though no extras were offered for the inconvenience. The league offered little insight beyond what was announced about the conditions the night before.We are working with the Hall and the field supplier to determine what caused this issue, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.This is a detail-oriented league that, for example, fines players for uniform violations. So the condition of the playing surface is a serious matter.The NFL now has a separate website solely for information about its football operations , which includes a detailed page describing procedures and standards for preparing and certifying playing fields around the league.Surfaces are tested for hardness up to 72 hours before each game. The depth and evenness of the infill is measured. Even the color of the tarp is prescribed.Few things play a more important role in the quality, integrity and safety of an NFL game than the playing field, the leagues mission statement reads. All playing surfaces must be in the best possible condition to showcase the players skills and talents.---AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in Canton, Ohio, and AP Sports Writers Tom Canavan in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Charles Odum in Flowery Branch, Georgia, Andrew Seligman in Bourbounnais, Illinois, John Wawrow in Pittsford, New York, and Dennis Waszak in Florham Park, New Jersey, contributed to this report.---Online:AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' ' 
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