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Jenson Button says he is expecting a challenging race for McLaren after admitting he was a long way off in Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Patrick Mahomes II Youth Jersey .Button ended the day 16th fastest, as teammate Fernando Alonso -- who is running an upgraded engine for Hondas home race -- was eighth. The 2009 world champion says McLarens race pace is his greatest concern, while he also suspects he could have a problem on his car.The long runs are a big issue that we need to solve, Button said. Normally thats my forte, but today it wasnt, were a long way off. Were looking into the reasons, to see if there was something wrong with the car or not.Fernando had some slightly different bits on his car but even so we should have been more competitive in the long runs and not way off. I think there are some things we need to look into. I think theres something wrong rather than a set-up issue, so we have to get that right for tomorrow.Although he expected to be higher up the order, the Briton remains optimistic about McLarens pace over one-lap and reckons the Woking-based outfit could challenge for a place in the top 10 during qualifying on Saturday.Our one-lap pace wasnt too bad but I just didnt get a great lap in. its actually very close, between 7th and where I am, 16th, just 0,4s. If we get a good lap tomorrow, I think we could be popping into the top ten, which would be great.The 2011 Japanese Grand Prix winner confessed he is hoping for rain in Suzuka, believing it will provide McLaren with the teams best chance to record a strong result.Id love it to rain; its the only chance we have to get a big result here. If its dry, as long as we get everything together tomorrow, we can still get into the top ten. Then, as I said, degradation is massive, although I can get the tyres to work well over the first lap. Thats why I think theres something wrong in my car. Tanoh Kpassagnon Chiefs Jersey . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Kareem Hunt Jersey . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. http://www.authoritychiefsshop.com/kareem-hunt-chiefs-jersey-c-66/ .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. DAVIE, Fla. -- Safety Bacarri Rambo has signed with the Miami Dolphins to reinforce depth in the secondary following safety Reshad Jones season-ending shoulder injury.Rambo is entering his fourth NFL season. He started eight games last season for the Buffalo Bills, and has 11 starts.JJones, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015, was sidelined for the season in Week 6. Kareem Hunt Youth Jersey. .---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
Jenson Button says he is expecting a challenging race for McLaren after admitting he was a long way off in Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Patrick Mahomes II Youth Jersey .Button ended the day 16th fastest, as teammate Fernando Alonso -- who is running an upgraded engine for Hondas home race -- was eighth. The 2009 world champion says McLarens race pace is his greatest concern, while he also suspects he could have a problem on his car.The long runs are a big issue that we need to solve, Button said. Normally thats my forte, but today it wasnt, were a long way off. Were looking into the reasons, to see if there was something wrong with the car or not.Fernando had some slightly different bits on his car but even so we should have been more competitive in the long runs and not way off. I think there are some things we need to look into. I think theres something wrong rather than a set-up issue, so we have to get that right for tomorrow.Although he expected to be higher up the order, the Briton remains optimistic about McLarens pace over one-lap and reckons the Woking-based outfit could challenge for a place in the top 10 during qualifying on Saturday.Our one-lap pace wasnt too bad but I just didnt get a great lap in. its actually very close, between 7th and where I am, 16th, just 0,4s. If we get a good lap tomorrow, I think we could be popping into the top ten, which would be great.The 2011 Japanese Grand Prix winner confessed he is hoping for rain in Suzuka, believing it will provide McLaren with the teams best chance to record a strong result.Id love it to rain; its the only chance we have to get a big result here. If its dry, as long as we get everything together tomorrow, we can still get into the top ten. Then, as I said, degradation is massive, although I can get the tyres to work well over the first lap. Thats why I think theres something wrong in my car. Tanoh Kpassagnon Chiefs Jersey . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Kareem Hunt Jersey . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. http://www.authoritychiefsshop.com/kareem-hunt-chiefs-jersey-c-66/ .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. DAVIE, Fla. -- Safety Bacarri Rambo has signed with the Miami Dolphins to reinforce depth in the secondary following safety Reshad Jones season-ending shoulder injury.Rambo is entering his fourth NFL season. He started eight games last season for the Buffalo Bills, and has 11 starts.JJones, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015, was sidelined for the season in Week 6. Kareem Hunt Youth Jersey. .---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets would like a second chance at the final moment of a loss in Memphis. Brad Kaaya Womens Jersey .The team filed a protest Thursday night with the NBA over a disputed call with 0.7 seconds remaining two days ago. The ball appeared to go off a Grizzlies player, but the ruling on the floor and video review awarded possession to Memphis. Marc Gasol hit the game-winning shot on a tip-in for a 108-107 win for the Grizzlies.In a release, the Nuggets said the NBA released its final two-minute officiating report and acknowledged an incorrect possession call.Commissioner (Adam) Silver has done a fantastic job championing league transparency and accuracy for teams and fans alike with the addition of in-game video review and the NBAs instant replay center, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said in a statement. However, in this case, a reviewable non-judgment call regarding possession was not sufficiently reviewed, and considering the time and score, we feel as if the incorrect ruling had a direct impact on the final outcome of the game.Nuggets coach Michael Malone says the best-case scenario would be to replay the last seven-tenths. If that were to happen, the Nuggets would be leading 107-106 and have possession of the ball.The odds of that, though, are slim and none, Malone said.Denver doesnt play in Memphis again this season.A do-over is not without precedent. Atlanta and Miami replayed the final 51.9 seconds of its disputed game during the 2007-08 season. The Hawks won 117-111 at home in overtime on Dec. 19, 2007. But it was protested by the Heat after the Atlanta stat crew mistakenly ruled Shaquille ONeal had fouled out in the extra period.The final minute was made up three months later with the Hawks holding on for a 114-111 OT win. ONeal wasnt even around for the replayed contest, having been traded to Phoenix.That marked the NBAs first replay since the 1982-83 season. Brad Kaaya Lions Jersey . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. Kenny Golladay Lions Jersey . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. http://www.officialllionsproshop.com/Youth-Kenny-Golladay-Jersey/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. NEW YORK -- Gordon Hayward quickly regained his scoring touch, especially from the foul line.Hayward made all 14 of his free throws and finished with 28 points in his season debut, leading the Utah Jazz over the New York Knicks 114-109 Sunday.Hayward had been sidelined since breaking his right ring finger in training camp. He led the team in scoring last season, averaging nearly 20 points per game.I think any time you add a player of his caliber, everybody gets to do what theyre good at a little easier, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.Theres a trickle-down effect. I think he gives guys confidence. It allows us to play small with more size and more force, he said.Hayward shot 6 of 17 from the field, including 2 of 8 on 3-pointers.I think, hopefully, we can be better than we were last year, he said. Thats kind of been our mindset. We wanted to close out more games than last year. We had a big one tonight that we closed out.George Hill had 23 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who have won three of four. Rodney Hood added 18 points while Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each had 13.Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 28 for the Knicks, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose had 18.The Jazz reeled off nine straight points to begin the fourth quarter for an 87-80 and never trailed again.This is a game that I felt we kind of let slide and slip from us, Anthony said. We gave this game away. Whatever was the cause of it, we let this one slip out of our hands.Porzingis and Anthony combined for 24 points in the first quarter, shooting 10 of 12 to help the Knicks take a 30-20 lead.Hayward scored 10 in the seconnd quarter as the Jazz closed to 54-49 at halftime. Kenny Golladay Womens Jersey. Porzingis and Anthony totaled 14 points in the third period for an 80-78 lead.Hood scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, as did Rose(Hood) was aggressive, Hill said. When hes aggressive, were a different team. Like I told him going into the fourth quarter when Gordon and I were sitting down, he has to take over the game.Even though Gordons back, we need him to be aggressive and be another force on that offensive end, he said.TIP-INSJazz: Joe Johnson came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 9, 2003. He scored 10 points. ... Alec Burks (ankle) and Boris Diaw (leg) did not dress.Knicks: Coach Jeff Hornacek praised Hayward before the game, saying, If he wasnt in the West, hed probably have been an All-Star by now. The coach added: I think the game has slowed down for him. It seems very easy for him. He knows exactly what hes doing out there in pick-and-rolls, where to get his shots, when to take the big shots. ... Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee were inactive.ROSES ROLEPeople lead in different ways, Rose said. You have your leaders like Kobe (Bryant). Hes more personal, hes more intimate and in your face about it. You have leaders like myself and youve got Tim Duncan, where we lead by example by coming in every day, being consistent with our workouts and just showing people that were focused and were trying to get better. I lead by example.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Philadelphia on Monday.Knicks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets would like a second chance at the final moment of a loss in Memphis. Brad Kaaya Womens Jersey .The team filed a protest Thursday night with the NBA over a disputed call with 0.7 seconds remaining two days ago. The ball appeared to go off a Grizzlies player, but the ruling on the floor and video review awarded possession to Memphis. Marc Gasol hit the game-winning shot on a tip-in for a 108-107 win for the Grizzlies.In a release, the Nuggets said the NBA released its final two-minute officiating report and acknowledged an incorrect possession call.Commissioner (Adam) Silver has done a fantastic job championing league transparency and accuracy for teams and fans alike with the addition of in-game video review and the NBAs instant replay center, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said in a statement. However, in this case, a reviewable non-judgment call regarding possession was not sufficiently reviewed, and considering the time and score, we feel as if the incorrect ruling had a direct impact on the final outcome of the game.Nuggets coach Michael Malone says the best-case scenario would be to replay the last seven-tenths. If that were to happen, the Nuggets would be leading 107-106 and have possession of the ball.The odds of that, though, are slim and none, Malone said.Denver doesnt play in Memphis again this season.A do-over is not without precedent. Atlanta and Miami replayed the final 51.9 seconds of its disputed game during the 2007-08 season. The Hawks won 117-111 at home in overtime on Dec. 19, 2007. But it was protested by the Heat after the Atlanta stat crew mistakenly ruled Shaquille ONeal had fouled out in the extra period.The final minute was made up three months later with the Hawks holding on for a 114-111 OT win. ONeal wasnt even around for the replayed contest, having been traded to Phoenix.That marked the NBAs first replay since the 1982-83 season. Brad Kaaya Lions Jersey . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. Kenny Golladay Lions Jersey . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. http://www.officialllionsproshop.com/Youth-Kenny-Golladay-Jersey/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. NEW YORK -- Gordon Hayward quickly regained his scoring touch, especially from the foul line.Hayward made all 14 of his free throws and finished with 28 points in his season debut, leading the Utah Jazz over the New York Knicks 114-109 Sunday.Hayward had been sidelined since breaking his right ring finger in training camp. He led the team in scoring last season, averaging nearly 20 points per game.I think any time you add a player of his caliber, everybody gets to do what theyre good at a little easier, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.Theres a trickle-down effect. I think he gives guys confidence. It allows us to play small with more size and more force, he said.Hayward shot 6 of 17 from the field, including 2 of 8 on 3-pointers.I think, hopefully, we can be better than we were last year, he said. Thats kind of been our mindset. We wanted to close out more games than last year. We had a big one tonight that we closed out.George Hill had 23 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who have won three of four. Rodney Hood added 18 points while Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each had 13.Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 28 for the Knicks, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose had 18.The Jazz reeled off nine straight points to begin the fourth quarter for an 87-80 and never trailed again.This is a game that I felt we kind of let slide and slip from us, Anthony said. We gave this game away. Whatever was the cause of it, we let this one slip out of our hands.Porzingis and Anthony combined for 24 points in the first quarter, shooting 10 of 12 to help the Knicks take a 30-20 lead.Hayward scored 10 in the seconnd quarter as the Jazz closed to 54-49 at halftime. Kenny Golladay Womens Jersey. Porzingis and Anthony totaled 14 points in the third period for an 80-78 lead.Hood scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, as did Rose(Hood) was aggressive, Hill said. When hes aggressive, were a different team. Like I told him going into the fourth quarter when Gordon and I were sitting down, he has to take over the game.Even though Gordons back, we need him to be aggressive and be another force on that offensive end, he said.TIP-INSJazz: Joe Johnson came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 9, 2003. He scored 10 points. ... Alec Burks (ankle) and Boris Diaw (leg) did not dress.Knicks: Coach Jeff Hornacek praised Hayward before the game, saying, If he wasnt in the West, hed probably have been an All-Star by now. The coach added: I think the game has slowed down for him. It seems very easy for him. He knows exactly what hes doing out there in pick-and-rolls, where to get his shots, when to take the big shots. ... Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee were inactive.ROSES ROLEPeople lead in different ways, Rose said. You have your leaders like Kobe (Bryant). Hes more personal, hes more intimate and in your face about it. You have leaders like myself and youve got Tim Duncan, where we lead by example by coming in every day, being consistent with our workouts and just showing people that were focused and were trying to get better. I lead by example.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Philadelphia on Monday.Knicks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
NEW YORK -- Before the New York Mets can even think about a big run to boost themselves in the NL wild-card race, they need to set a more modest goal. Davis Webb Giants Jersey . Like, say, a two-game winning streak.Neil Walker hit his 20th homer and Steven Matz pitched well, but the Mets let a late lead get away Tuesday night and lost 5-3 to the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks.The Mets missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6-7. The defeat came as they began a stretch of nine straight games against Arizona and San Diego, teams with among the worst records in the league.Its kind of like its been one step forward and two steps back for us, Walker said. But were playing hard. This is a hard time of the year, this is a grind-it-out type of year.The teams that are kind of out of it can be dangerous teams, too. Just like these guys, theyre all kind of fighting for jobs next year, he said.Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list and Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning.Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourns two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.When they get out on that mound ... I know the one thing thats on their minds is to get the hitter out, Mets manager Terry Collins said of his pitching staff. They dont want to somewhat get away from their deliveries for fear of making a mistake. So that is one of the No. 1 things weve got to certainly clean up.Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.Greinke gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged. Matz matched his big league best by striking out nine in six innings, throwing a career-high 120 pitches.Chris Owings doubled off Robles to begin the seventh and pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin drew a one-out walk. They pulled off a double steal before Jean Segura struck out, and Bourn tripled to the right-center gap for a 4-3 lead. Goldschmidt followed with an RBI single.Goldschmidt hit his 18th homer, a solo shot in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.Walker hit a two-run homer off Greinke in the sixth, sending a drive into the Arizona bullpen in right-center field.Walker is 26 for 53 (.491) with four homers and 11 RBI in his last 13 games. His career high for homers is 23 in 2014 with Pittsburgh.ON THE MOVEThe Mets are sending OF Brandon Nimmo back to Triple-A Las Vegas. He made his major league debut in June and has been back and forth to the minors a couple of times. The Mets need a bat and a possible call-up could be T.J. Rivera, who began the day batting .347 with 11 homers and 80 RBI in 90 games at Las Vegas. The 27-year-old, who plays infield and some outfield and has never been in the majors, is a career .323 hitter during six seasons in the minors.TRAINERS ROOMMets: Switch-hitting INF Jose Reyes (oblique) is still having trouble swinging from the right side. His rehab assignment has been backed up a day or two. ... SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is progressing a bit more slowly than the team expected, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Cabrera has started to hit off a tee. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will hopefully be ready to come off the DL as soon as hes eligible, Alderson said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA) is averaging 11.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He has fanned at least nine in three straight starts.Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46) has never beaten the Diamondbacks, the only major league club he hasnt defeated. He is 0-1 in two career starts against them. Davis Webb Youth Jersey . First off, the fans ripped the Cubbies introduction of a fuzzy new kid-friendly mascot named "Clark". Dalvin Tomlinson Giants Jersey . 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. http://www.giantsapparelsshop.com/wayne-gallman-giants-jersey-c-65/ . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. PHILADELPHIA -- The Carson Wentz Era is now for the Philadelphia Eagles.The No. 2 overall draft pick will start Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns despite missing the final three preseason games after injuring his ribs in the opener.Im very confident and Im very excited to get this opportunity, Wentz said Monday.Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement two days after the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick.Everybody feels like this kid is ready to go, Pederson said. We drafted him to take on the reins. Its something now that were prepared to do. Hes such a special guy. This stage is not too big for him.The Eagles traded up twice in the draft to select Wentz second overall. They recovered some of the draft picks they lost by dealing Bradford to the desperate Vikings, who lost Teddy Bridgewater for at least the 2016 season following a severe knee injury.It was right for this football team, Pederson said of the blockbuster trade. Its something that we believe in. I believe in. This is why we drafted (Wentz). Would an ideal situation be later than sooner? Sure. But right now, where we are, weve got a good football team around him. All the pieces are here for him to be successful and us to win some games.Chase Daniel, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract in the offseason to play behind Bradford and mentor Wentz, remains the backup.If I were Chase, Id be disappointed, Pederson said. But hes the ultimate team player.Wentz said he was lying down in a cornfield hunting geese in New Jersey when Pederson called him Saturday morning to tell hes been promoted from No. 3 quarterback to starter.I feel like Ive earned respect just from how I go about my business, how I carry myself, Wentz said. Theres nothing different that Ive got to do now. Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey. Its still football. Ive got to still be the same guy and just play ball, and I think those guys believe in me and Im excited for it.Wentz started just 23 games at North Dakota State where he led the Bison to FCS national championships in both of his seasons. He was 12 of 24 for 89 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in his only preseason action against Tampa Bay on Aug. 11.Now hell be under center against the team that traded down in the draft instead of staying put and selecting him.I knew I was ready, Wentz said. I felt like Ive developed at a fast pace.Rookie quarterbacks have had success in the NFL in recent years.Robert Griffin III, who will start for the Browns against the Eagles on Sunday, led the Redskins to the NFC East title in 2012. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to 11 wins and a playoff win over RG3 that same year.Ben Roethlisberger was 13-0 as a rookie in 2004 and helped the Steelers reach the AFC championship game. Joe Flacco (2008 Ravens) and Matt Ryan (2008 Falcons) each won 11 games and went to the playoffs.Mark Sanchez guided the Jets to the AFC title game in 2009, and Andy Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs that season.It goes to the big picture, the organization and the team, Pederson said. You play great defense and great special teams, and you have all the pieces: a good offensive line, a good running game, and you can protect guys. Thats what those guys did back early in their careers with the Roethlisbergers and the Flaccos and the Ryans and quarterbacks like that.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP-RobMaaddi Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
NEW YORK -- Before the New York Mets can even think about a big run to boost themselves in the NL wild-card race, they need to set a more modest goal. Davis Webb Giants Jersey . Like, say, a two-game winning streak.Neil Walker hit his 20th homer and Steven Matz pitched well, but the Mets let a late lead get away Tuesday night and lost 5-3 to the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks.The Mets missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6-7. The defeat came as they began a stretch of nine straight games against Arizona and San Diego, teams with among the worst records in the league.Its kind of like its been one step forward and two steps back for us, Walker said. But were playing hard. This is a hard time of the year, this is a grind-it-out type of year.The teams that are kind of out of it can be dangerous teams, too. Just like these guys, theyre all kind of fighting for jobs next year, he said.Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list and Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning.Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourns two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.When they get out on that mound ... I know the one thing thats on their minds is to get the hitter out, Mets manager Terry Collins said of his pitching staff. They dont want to somewhat get away from their deliveries for fear of making a mistake. So that is one of the No. 1 things weve got to certainly clean up.Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.Greinke gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged. Matz matched his big league best by striking out nine in six innings, throwing a career-high 120 pitches.Chris Owings doubled off Robles to begin the seventh and pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin drew a one-out walk. They pulled off a double steal before Jean Segura struck out, and Bourn tripled to the right-center gap for a 4-3 lead. Goldschmidt followed with an RBI single.Goldschmidt hit his 18th homer, a solo shot in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.Walker hit a two-run homer off Greinke in the sixth, sending a drive into the Arizona bullpen in right-center field.Walker is 26 for 53 (.491) with four homers and 11 RBI in his last 13 games. His career high for homers is 23 in 2014 with Pittsburgh.ON THE MOVEThe Mets are sending OF Brandon Nimmo back to Triple-A Las Vegas. He made his major league debut in June and has been back and forth to the minors a couple of times. The Mets need a bat and a possible call-up could be T.J. Rivera, who began the day batting .347 with 11 homers and 80 RBI in 90 games at Las Vegas. The 27-year-old, who plays infield and some outfield and has never been in the majors, is a career .323 hitter during six seasons in the minors.TRAINERS ROOMMets: Switch-hitting INF Jose Reyes (oblique) is still having trouble swinging from the right side. His rehab assignment has been backed up a day or two. ... SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is progressing a bit more slowly than the team expected, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Cabrera has started to hit off a tee. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will hopefully be ready to come off the DL as soon as hes eligible, Alderson said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA) is averaging 11.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He has fanned at least nine in three straight starts.Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46) has never beaten the Diamondbacks, the only major league club he hasnt defeated. He is 0-1 in two career starts against them. Davis Webb Youth Jersey . First off, the fans ripped the Cubbies introduction of a fuzzy new kid-friendly mascot named "Clark". Dalvin Tomlinson Giants Jersey . 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. http://www.giantsapparelsshop.com/wayne-gallman-giants-jersey-c-65/ . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. PHILADELPHIA -- The Carson Wentz Era is now for the Philadelphia Eagles.The No. 2 overall draft pick will start Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns despite missing the final three preseason games after injuring his ribs in the opener.Im very confident and Im very excited to get this opportunity, Wentz said Monday.Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement two days after the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick.Everybody feels like this kid is ready to go, Pederson said. We drafted him to take on the reins. Its something now that were prepared to do. Hes such a special guy. This stage is not too big for him.The Eagles traded up twice in the draft to select Wentz second overall. They recovered some of the draft picks they lost by dealing Bradford to the desperate Vikings, who lost Teddy Bridgewater for at least the 2016 season following a severe knee injury.It was right for this football team, Pederson said of the blockbuster trade. Its something that we believe in. I believe in. This is why we drafted (Wentz). Would an ideal situation be later than sooner? Sure. But right now, where we are, weve got a good football team around him. All the pieces are here for him to be successful and us to win some games.Chase Daniel, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract in the offseason to play behind Bradford and mentor Wentz, remains the backup.If I were Chase, Id be disappointed, Pederson said. But hes the ultimate team player.Wentz said he was lying down in a cornfield hunting geese in New Jersey when Pederson called him Saturday morning to tell hes been promoted from No. 3 quarterback to starter.I feel like Ive earned respect just from how I go about my business, how I carry myself, Wentz said. Theres nothing different that Ive got to do now. Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey. Its still football. Ive got to still be the same guy and just play ball, and I think those guys believe in me and Im excited for it.Wentz started just 23 games at North Dakota State where he led the Bison to FCS national championships in both of his seasons. He was 12 of 24 for 89 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in his only preseason action against Tampa Bay on Aug. 11.Now hell be under center against the team that traded down in the draft instead of staying put and selecting him.I knew I was ready, Wentz said. I felt like Ive developed at a fast pace.Rookie quarterbacks have had success in the NFL in recent years.Robert Griffin III, who will start for the Browns against the Eagles on Sunday, led the Redskins to the NFC East title in 2012. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to 11 wins and a playoff win over RG3 that same year.Ben Roethlisberger was 13-0 as a rookie in 2004 and helped the Steelers reach the AFC championship game. Joe Flacco (2008 Ravens) and Matt Ryan (2008 Falcons) each won 11 games and went to the playoffs.Mark Sanchez guided the Jets to the AFC title game in 2009, and Andy Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs that season.It goes to the big picture, the organization and the team, Pederson said. You play great defense and great special teams, and you have all the pieces: a good offensive line, a good running game, and you can protect guys. Thats what those guys did back early in their careers with the Roethlisbergers and the Flaccos and the Ryans and quarterbacks like that.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP-RobMaaddi Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
CHARLOTTE, N. Pat Elflein Youth Jersey .C. --?Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart suffered a hamstring injury midway through the first quarter of Sundays 46-27 win in their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.With Stewart out the Panthers turned to Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert. Whittaker left in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, but returned to rush for 100 yards on 16 carries.Stewarts return initially was ruled questionable, but the 2015 Pro Bowl selection was ruled out for the remainder of the game at the start of the second half.Stewart appeared to injure the hamstring on a 3-yard loss near midfield.He had 9 yards rushing on five carries and 7 yards receiving on two catches.Stewart was questionable all week with an ankle injury that didnt appear to bother him in the first quarter. Ben Gedeon Jersey . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. Ben Gedeon Vikings Jersey . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. http://www.vikingsapparelsshop.com/ben-gedeon-vikings-jersey-c-73/ . The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says hes thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros. SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- While Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton expects to swallow a severe grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg hopes to take advantage.Hamilton won six of the past seven races to turn a 43-point deficit into a 19-point lead heading into the summer break.But, after being hampered by mechanical woes during the early part of the season, the British driver has used up his five allotted engine component parts, including the turbo charger. That means he must take on new components, either here or at the Italian GP next weekend, leading to a grid penalty and demotion to the back of the grid.As far I am aware we will be taking the penalty here. I have no engines left, Hamilton said on Thursday. We already discussed engine penalties before and that will come into play, but I will do everything I can to minimize the damage.Mercedes has yet to confirm whether the penalty will be taken in Spa, where a win for Rosberg would give him 25 points and, depending on Hamiltons result, even out the championship standings.Of course Im aware of Lewis misfortune having to get the grid penalty, and thats going to make the weekend less difficult for me because hes my biggest rival, Rosberg said. It doesnt change the pressure I would put myself under.Although starting from the back of the grid all but rules out the chance of a 50th career win for Hamilton in Spa, the nature of the track -- one of the best for overtaking -- gives him a better chance of points than he would get in Monza next week.Hamilton started from the back in China and finished seventh. Two years ago in Hungary, he started from the back and finished third. But he thinks rivals Red Bull and Ferrari are faster than they were back then.Its going to bbe harder than it was last year or the year before to climb through the field, Hamilton said. Dalvin Cook Vikings Jersey. . Honestly, I really dont know how far I can get. I started last in Hungary a couple of years ago when the gaps were much bigger. Sunday is going to be a lot harder.Chasing his first F1 title, Rosberg has appeared to wilt under pressure over the past few races, handing the initiative back to Hamilton.A third straight year as runner-up to Hamilton -- his rival since they were racing karts as teenagers -- would be unbearable for Rosberg, after winning the opening four races of the season.Last year, Hamilton won here from pole -- five years after his other win -- and Rosberg was second after recovering from a poor start.Stretching through the Ardennes forest, the Spa circuit is the longest of the year at just over seven kilometers (four-plus miles), features famed corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont, an incredibly steep hill, and moody weather that can leave one part of the track damp and another part dry.These ingredients make it arguably F1s most pure test of drivers pure skill, and is regularly cited alongside Japans Suzuka as the race they enjoy most.Unlike another iconic track in Monaco, which is twisty, sinewy, notoriously slow and tough to overtake on, Spa is incredibly fast with more than 70 percent of the race at full throttle and average speeds around 230 kph (143 mph).That will give Hamilton hope of scoring some significant points, even if he does start last.With a bit of luck and safety cars at the right moment, theres no reason why he cant come back through the grid, Rosberg said. 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Having avoided what would have been a devastating defeat with its late-game heroics at Virginia last week, Louisville takes on another team with nothing to lose when it visits Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. ArDarius Stewart Youth Jersey ., on Saturday (noon ET, ABC or ESPN2).The No. 7 Cardinals (7-1, 5-1 ACC) are expecting to get the best shot from the Eagles (4-4, 1-4), just as was the case last week at Virginia.Cavaliers fans were getting ready to charge the field after a touchdown and two-point conversion gave the home team the lead with two minutes to play. But the Cardinals drove down the field and scored on Lamar Jacksons touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith, with the accompanying two-point conversion for the 32-25 victory.At first I didnt even see them and one of my teammates pointed it out and was like, Theyre getting ready to rush the field, can you see them? Smith said. I was like, What do you mean rush the field? Where are they rushing the field?Then he pointed to the hill, and they were all packed down. I was like, Oh OK, lets see how this goes. Once we got the ball back, I feel like we had too much time not to go score a touchdown.Boston College is coming off a victory over North Carolina State that snapped a 12-game conference losing streak for the Eagles, giving them some momentum heading into the weekend.Lunch tastes a little bit better. Food was a little better on Sunday, BC coach Steve Addazio said. The victory meal was nice to have. It was just great to see the smiles on the kids faces and the coaches faces. That was a good thing.But now comes Louisville with an offense that is putting up 50 points per game.Theyve had some games that are unbelievable -- 70-14, 62-28, 63 versus Florida State, 59 versus Marshall, I mean, 54 points versus N.C. State, Addazio said. And those are all real numbers now, unbelievable.They rank first nationally in total offense, 603 yards, and in scoring offense, 50 points a game. No mystery. And they have a Heisman Trophy -- real, legitimate, Heisman Trophy contender in their quarterback in Lamar Jackson.Jackson threw four more touchdown passes last week, giving him 18 on the season. He has thrown three or more touchdown passes four times already in 2016 and if he manages two yards on the ground ag
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion. Derek Rivers Youth Jersey . The Astros also designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment in moves made on Tuesday. Corporan was struck in the head by a foul tip in the Astros 16-5 loss to Texas on Monday night. He was hit during the Rangers 11-run inning. Astros manager Bo Porter said after the game that Corporan was "nauseated, dizzy and slow to respond" in the dugout. Houston selected right-hander David Martinez from Triple-A Oklahoma City and catcher Max Stassi from Double-A Corpus Christi. Derek Rivers Womens Jersey .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. Derek Rivers Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. http://www.authoritypatriotsshop.com/antonio-garcia-patriots-jersey-c-73/ . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. ?This could be a story about redemption.Or it could be a story about time running out on a generation of hockey players looking to shoulder their way into a discussion of the greatest American players of all time.Or both.But stripped down to its very core, this is a story about the very essence of what it means to become a team.Will Team USA coalesce into that rarest of things, something that is greater than the sum of its very disparate, rugged parts and emerge in a month as not necessarily the best players in the world but the best team in the world?History tells us that such things are possible.It was so in 1980, when a bunch of no-name American players beat the Russians en route to a gold medal. And it was so in 1996, when a brash group of American NHLers beat some of the greatest players in the history of the game to win the first-ever World Cup of Hockey.But history also tells us such transformations are difficult to achieve, and many teams fall in vain while waiting for that alchemy to take place.How will history judge the U.S. entry at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which kicks off Sept. 17 in Toronto? Well, thats whats going to make the next month or so such compelling theater. Because there is something that tells us this is going to be one of two things: a face-smashing, bone-jarring success -- or a very ugly trip into chaos.Not a lot of people are going to be picking us to win many games against teams with these high-skilled players, so were going to have to really outwork and really earn every victory, New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh?said.McDonagh is one of 14 Team USA players who also went to the Sochi Olympics in 2014 with high hopes, only to crumble late, failing to score a single goal in tournament-ending losses to Canada in the semifinals and to Finland in the bronze-medal game.What was to have been a steppingstone to greatness after the Americans earned a silver in Vancouver four years earlier, after losing in overtime in the gold-medal game to host Canada, ended with more than a little finger pointing and acrimony in Russia.I think the feeling in the locker room was we were all pretty embarrassed and upset about the result, McDonagh said. I dont think Ive heard anybody talk about that [bronze-medal] game, but you bring it up, you ask me, but I can remember that feeling, and if you asked anybody else, if they can remember that feeling, we definitely dont want to repeat that.McDonagh said he doesnt think what transpired in Sochi needs to be dredged up as motivation for this version of Team USA. But what happened there, the failure of the team to rally itself, to truly forge an identity that could carry it through the crucial moments of a tournament that was theirs for the taking, is a strong backstory to this World Cup team.I dont have a ton of regrets in my career, but to not have that group take advantage of that opportunity really still stings, and you want that back, Boston Bruins center David Backes?said. Backes was part of the silver-medal effort in Vancouver and was part of the leadership core in Sochi. Losing 1-0 to Canada in one of the fastest games youll ever see wasnt necessarily the defining moment for the 14 team, but not bouncing back was especially galling.To still have a chance against Finland to win a medal and to squander that, I think that really stings as well, Backes said.And so GM Dean Lombardi and his management team went off script to build the 16 version of Team USA.In all, nine players played on the 2010 silver-medal team, including Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson and Brandon Dubinsky, who werent in Sochi. The plan was simple: Bring in players who can bond immediately and who thrive in the dirty areas of the ice, who can win a street brawl in the tighter quarters of an NHL rink like the Air Canada Centre, and who will accept their roles without hesitation, without question.Zach Parise, the captain of the American team in Sochi, acknowledged there are lots of questions about the roster of the current U.S. squad.Im sure everyones got their opinions, Parise said recently. But I think its going to be a team thats hard to play against, and playing on an NHL rink with that style of team, I think that they did a lot research into that. I think you have guys that are very hard to play against. I think its going to be a good team.Throw into the equation the uncertainty over the future of NHL participation in the Olympics, and you add another layer of urgency for much of this team. Defenseman and two-time Olympian Ryan Suter is 31. His pal and Minnesota Wild teammate Parise is 32. Backes is 32, and?Ryan Kesler will turn 32 a couplee of days before training camp starts. Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey. If the NHL does not return to the Olympics, the World Cup represents the only best-on-best tournament available to the worlds best players. And given the International Olympic Committees stance that they will no longer pay for professional athletes travel, insurance and other expenses as they have since the NHL first started playing in the Olympics in 1998, a return to the Winter Olympics seems doubtful.Given the emergence of a plethora of top-end young American talent in Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, Brandon Saad and Johnny Gaudreau, all of whom will play on Team North America in the World Cup and would seem to be locks for a U.S. team down the road, its easy to suggest this is the last, best chance for this group of American players to lay claim to being the best in the world.The World Cups not going to erase what happened in Russia by any means, but at the same time it would be a better way to go out, Parise said. Not that were all riding off into the sunset right now.The topic of urgency and taking advantage of opportunities like the World Cup was a recurring theme for Team USA players, especially those who spent the offseason in Minnesota.You only get so many opportunities like this to make a name for yourself and make yourself on top of the world, so to speak, McDonagh said. And I think our group is really trying to take that to heart and understand that its a fine line between winning. But if you can get everybody on the same page and really pushing for one another and not worrying whos in certain situations and just go out there and play hard against your opponent and play hard for your country and that jersey, I think weve got the group to do it and do whatever we want to accomplish.Backes put it more succinctly.I think the way USA Hockey is trending, theres a lot of great players that are coming up, and you never know when someones going to kick you out of your spot, he said.This last-chance mentality is something management is counting on while helping this team focus on the here and now to come together in rapid fashion.I think if you look that far in advance, youre short-sighting what you have in front of you, and thats at the forefront for me, Backes said. Make each opportunity, make the most of it, and we wont have regrets and look in the mirror and say, I wish I would have, like perhaps what were doing with Sochi and the opportunities that we had there. Thats the way Im looking at it. Im grateful and humbled by another experience to represent my country at an elite level, and I take great pride in having that opportunity.In some ways, the story of the building of this U.S. team has been the story of who wasnt asked to take part. Former Olympians Justin Faulk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Phil Kessel and Paul Martin werent invited. Neither was dynamic young Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson. Or Kyle Okposo.They may be difficult to play against, but they may be lacking some speed and finish, one scout said of the roster. In a short tournament like this, goaltending will be key.And if the team flounders, the recriminations will be swift and strong. But not everyone is pessimistic about how things might unfold in Toronto.I think its a heck of a team, said longtime NHLer and national broadcast analyst Darren Pang.He noted that GM Lombardi has built two Stanley Cup winners for the Los Angeles Kings. He knows the types of players who will rise to the occasion in big games, in difficult times, and he knows players who will shrink away from those challenges, Pang said.You ever watch Dubinsky play in hard games, big games? asked Pang, who will provide analysis for ESPN during the tournament. Hes ferocious.He noted Justin Abdelkaders hard-nosed play at the World Championships a couple of years back.Theres some meat and potatoes in this group, Pang added.Hall of Famer Brett Hull, a member of the seminal 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey team, has a different take.Hull, who also is providing analysis for ESPN during the tournament, said recently, They put people in charge, and its their team. It really doesnt matter what I think or what anybody else thinks, its what they think, and they obviously think theyve picked a real strong team.If thats what theyre looking for and thats the style theyre going to play, then they probably picked the right guys.And so the journey begins for this group of players with so much to prove. And I wonder, when it ends, will we call them a team or something else? Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion. Derek Rivers Youth Jersey . The Astros also designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment in moves made on Tuesday. Corporan was struck in the head by a foul tip in the Astros 16-5 loss to Texas on Monday night. He was hit during the Rangers 11-run inning. Astros manager Bo Porter said after the game that Corporan was "nauseated, dizzy and slow to respond" in the dugout. Houston selected right-hander David Martinez from Triple-A Oklahoma City and catcher Max Stassi from Double-A Corpus Christi. Derek Rivers Womens Jersey .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. Derek Rivers Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. http://www.authoritypatriotsshop.com/antonio-garcia-patriots-jersey-c-73/ . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. ?This could be a story about redemption.Or it could be a story about time running out on a generation of hockey players looking to shoulder their way into a discussion of the greatest American players of all time.Or both.But stripped down to its very core, this is a story about the very essence of what it means to become a team.Will Team USA coalesce into that rarest of things, something that is greater than the sum of its very disparate, rugged parts and emerge in a month as not necessarily the best players in the world but the best team in the world?History tells us that such things are possible.It was so in 1980, when a bunch of no-name American players beat the Russians en route to a gold medal. And it was so in 1996, when a brash group of American NHLers beat some of the greatest players in the history of the game to win the first-ever World Cup of Hockey.But history also tells us such transformations are difficult to achieve, and many teams fall in vain while waiting for that alchemy to take place.How will history judge the U.S. entry at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which kicks off Sept. 17 in Toronto? Well, thats whats going to make the next month or so such compelling theater. Because there is something that tells us this is going to be one of two things: a face-smashing, bone-jarring success -- or a very ugly trip into chaos.Not a lot of people are going to be picking us to win many games against teams with these high-skilled players, so were going to have to really outwork and really earn every victory, New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh?said.McDonagh is one of 14 Team USA players who also went to the Sochi Olympics in 2014 with high hopes, only to crumble late, failing to score a single goal in tournament-ending losses to Canada in the semifinals and to Finland in the bronze-medal game.What was to have been a steppingstone to greatness after the Americans earned a silver in Vancouver four years earlier, after losing in overtime in the gold-medal game to host Canada, ended with more than a little finger pointing and acrimony in Russia.I think the feeling in the locker room was we were all pretty embarrassed and upset about the result, McDonagh said. I dont think Ive heard anybody talk about that [bronze-medal] game, but you bring it up, you ask me, but I can remember that feeling, and if you asked anybody else, if they can remember that feeling, we definitely dont want to repeat that.McDonagh said he doesnt think what transpired in Sochi needs to be dredged up as motivation for this version of Team USA. But what happened there, the failure of the team to rally itself, to truly forge an identity that could carry it through the crucial moments of a tournament that was theirs for the taking, is a strong backstory to this World Cup team.I dont have a ton of regrets in my career, but to not have that group take advantage of that opportunity really still stings, and you want that back, Boston Bruins center David Backes?said. Backes was part of the silver-medal effort in Vancouver and was part of the leadership core in Sochi. Losing 1-0 to Canada in one of the fastest games youll ever see wasnt necessarily the defining moment for the 14 team, but not bouncing back was especially galling.To still have a chance against Finland to win a medal and to squander that, I think that really stings as well, Backes said.And so GM Dean Lombardi and his management team went off script to build the 16 version of Team USA.In all, nine players played on the 2010 silver-medal team, including Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson and Brandon Dubinsky, who werent in Sochi. The plan was simple: Bring in players who can bond immediately and who thrive in the dirty areas of the ice, who can win a street brawl in the tighter quarters of an NHL rink like the Air Canada Centre, and who will accept their roles without hesitation, without question.Zach Parise, the captain of the American team in Sochi, acknowledged there are lots of questions about the roster of the current U.S. squad.Im sure everyones got their opinions, Parise said recently. But I think its going to be a team thats hard to play against, and playing on an NHL rink with that style of team, I think that they did a lot research into that. I think you have guys that are very hard to play against. I think its going to be a good team.Throw into the equation the uncertainty over the future of NHL participation in the Olympics, and you add another layer of urgency for much of this team. Defenseman and two-time Olympian Ryan Suter is 31. His pal and Minnesota Wild teammate Parise is 32. Backes is 32, and?Ryan Kesler will turn 32 a couplee of days before training camp starts. Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey. If the NHL does not return to the Olympics, the World Cup represents the only best-on-best tournament available to the worlds best players. And given the International Olympic Committees stance that they will no longer pay for professional athletes travel, insurance and other expenses as they have since the NHL first started playing in the Olympics in 1998, a return to the Winter Olympics seems doubtful.Given the emergence of a plethora of top-end young American talent in Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, Brandon Saad and Johnny Gaudreau, all of whom will play on Team North America in the World Cup and would seem to be locks for a U.S. team down the road, its easy to suggest this is the last, best chance for this group of American players to lay claim to being the best in the world.The World Cups not going to erase what happened in Russia by any means, but at the same time it would be a better way to go out, Parise said. Not that were all riding off into the sunset right now.The topic of urgency and taking advantage of opportunities like the World Cup was a recurring theme for Team USA players, especially those who spent the offseason in Minnesota.You only get so many opportunities like this to make a name for yourself and make yourself on top of the world, so to speak, McDonagh said. And I think our group is really trying to take that to heart and understand that its a fine line between winning. But if you can get everybody on the same page and really pushing for one another and not worrying whos in certain situations and just go out there and play hard against your opponent and play hard for your country and that jersey, I think weve got the group to do it and do whatever we want to accomplish.Backes put it more succinctly.I think the way USA Hockey is trending, theres a lot of great players that are coming up, and you never know when someones going to kick you out of your spot, he said.This last-chance mentality is something management is counting on while helping this team focus on the here and now to come together in rapid fashion.I think if you look that far in advance, youre short-sighting what you have in front of you, and thats at the forefront for me, Backes said. Make each opportunity, make the most of it, and we wont have regrets and look in the mirror and say, I wish I would have, like perhaps what were doing with Sochi and the opportunities that we had there. Thats the way Im looking at it. Im grateful and humbled by another experience to represent my country at an elite level, and I take great pride in having that opportunity.In some ways, the story of the building of this U.S. team has been the story of who wasnt asked to take part. Former Olympians Justin Faulk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Phil Kessel and Paul Martin werent invited. Neither was dynamic young Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson. Or Kyle Okposo.They may be difficult to play against, but they may be lacking some speed and finish, one scout said of the roster. In a short tournament like this, goaltending will be key.And if the team flounders, the recriminations will be swift and strong. But not everyone is pessimistic about how things might unfold in Toronto.I think its a heck of a team, said longtime NHLer and national broadcast analyst Darren Pang.He noted that GM Lombardi has built two Stanley Cup winners for the Los Angeles Kings. He knows the types of players who will rise to the occasion in big games, in difficult times, and he knows players who will shrink away from those challenges, Pang said.You ever watch Dubinsky play in hard games, big games? asked Pang, who will provide analysis for ESPN during the tournament. Hes ferocious.He noted Justin Abdelkaders hard-nosed play at the World Championships a couple of years back.Theres some meat and potatoes in this group, Pang added.Hall of Famer Brett Hull, a member of the seminal 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey team, has a different take.Hull, who also is providing analysis for ESPN during the tournament, said recently, They put people in charge, and its their team. It really doesnt matter what I think or what anybody else thinks, its what they think, and they obviously think theyve picked a real strong team.If thats what theyre looking for and thats the style theyre going to play, then they probably picked the right guys.And so the journey begins for this group of players with so much to prove. And I wonder, when it ends, will we call them a team or something else? Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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