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MELBOURNE, Australia - Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. Mike Trout Angels Jersey . Wawrinka ended a 14-match losing streak against Djokovic with a dramatic five-set, four-hour win in the quarterfinals, then followed that with a dominating performance against Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist. "I dont know what to say. Im speechless," he said. "I didnt expect to make a final in a Grand Slam — tonight its happening." Wawrinka will meet the winner of Fridays semifinal showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the 33rd installment of their rivalry and the first at a Grand Slam since Nadal knocked Federer out of the Australian Open at the same stage in 2012. Whoever he plays, Wawrinka will go into the final as an underdog. He has never won against Nadal in 12 meetings, and he has lost all but one of his 14 matches against his countryman, Federer. Wawrinka has long been in Federers shadow as Switzerlands less-heralded No. 2, but hes been slowly gaining confidence in his game since narrowly losing a heartbreaking marathon match to Djokovic in Melbourne last year. In April, he hired a new coach — Magnus Norman, a former Swedish player once ranked as high as No. 2. Since then, hes risen to a career-high No. 8 in the rankings and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open. Now hes taken the next step into the final of a major, where he could meet his good friend and sometimes doubles partner, Federer. Federer, who has reached his 11th consecutive semifinal at the Australian Open, said hed love to see an all-Swiss final at Melbourne Park. "Im worried about my match clearly, but Ill definitely watch his first," Federer said after his quarterfinal win over Andy Murray on Wednesday night. "Hopefully he can make it." Wawrinka jumped out to the early lead against Berdych, getting the only break of the match when the Czech player, looking tentative at the start, made several misses on his forehand before driving an easy overhead long. With neither player giving anything on their service games after that, Berdych was the first to crack in the crucial tiebreakers. He double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including on set point, and then again in the fourth-set breaker. Little separated the two players in the match — Wawrinka won total 143 points and Berdych 142. The Swiss player served a bit more consistently, though, facing only one break point in the match. Jered Weaver Jersey .Cameron sustained his third concussion in three seasons last week on a hit by Oakland safety Brandion Ross, who was fined $22,050 by the NFL for the helmet-to-helmet blow. Andrew Heaney Jersey . HABS HEADED TO CONFERENCE FINAL The Montreal Canadiens scored early in Game Seven, built a lead and protected it well on their way to a 3-1 series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins. While this game or series isnt necessarily a referendum on the value of fourth lines, the Canadiens certainly benefitted from production lower down their forward depth chart.FARO, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo equalized three minutes from time as Portugal salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in a friendly Wednesday. Ronaldo poked the ball in at the front post after a corner, putting some shine on a muted performance by the Real Madrid striker. Ronaldos 40th international goal cancelled out Kevin Strootmans 17th-minute opener, the midfielder driving a low left-foot shot into the corner of the net from just outside the area. The Dutch teams recent good form gave it the edge in the first half, though it needed some inspired second-half defending to keep the Portuguese out until Ronaldos late breakthrough. Ricardo van Rhijn twice intervened to deny Danny and Ronaldo from close range after the break, then goalkeeper Michel Vrom leapt acrobatically to tip Ronaldos shot wide in the 63rd. "We corrected what we were doing wrong after the interval and in the second half we were top quality," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "We had a lot of chances ... and the goal was a just reward. Nolan Ryan Jersey. " In official competition, the Dutch have won their first six World Cup qualifying games and are seven points clear in Group D, as well as unbeaten over the past year. Portugal has been a lot less impressive, recording four wins, two draws and a loss in its bid to reach the tournament in Brazil. The Portuguese lead Group F with 14 points, two more than second-place Russia, but the Russians have two games in hand. That Dutch sharpness under coach Louis van Gaal told from the outset, with Arjen Robben repeatedly unsettling the Portuguese defence. But Robin van Persie, named Oranje captain after Van Gaal dropped Wesley Sneijder, was mostly a spectator before being replaced after an hour. Injuries to three key midfielders -- Nani, Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles -- weakened the Portuguese challenge. Even so, Ruben Micael had a clear chance to level the score in the 28th when the ball reached him, unmarked, at the back post but he shot wide as two Dutch defenders slid in. Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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NEW YORK, N. Jon Singleton Astros Jersey .Y. -- Canadas Eugenie Bouchard is out of the U.S. Open. The Westmount, Que., native lost her fourth-round match 7-6 (2), 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova on a sweltering Monday afternoon after needing treatment from medical staff midway through the second set. The 17th-seeded Makarova advanced to the quarter-finals, where she will face the winner of a match between Victoria Azarenka and Aleksandra Krunic. The defeat prevented Bouchard from reaching at least the semifinals of a fourth grand slam tournament this year, but her 19 wins was the most by any player in grand slams this year. Play was stopped for about 10 minutes in the second set after Bouchard wasted two break points to fall behind 3-2. The 20-year-old, who appeared to be overheated, looked in distress as medics took her blood pressure and then rubbed her down with ice bags at her courtside chair. Makarova said she also felt the heat, but offered that it may have hit Bouchard harder because she runs more and plays a more physical game. "Actually I thought thanks because I was also tired and it really helped me also," Makarova said of the time out. "I had time to recover and use ice bags too. "It was really tough conditions. So humid. I think, because of that, the game was going up and down." Bouchard was able to resume the match, but immediately lost her serve. Remarkably, she battled back to break Makarovas service and then hold her own to tie the set at 4-4. But 26-year-old Makarova, a lefthander, broke service again to take the match, winning all four points in the final game and punctuating her win with a forehand return down the line. Bouchard, whose fan following has swelled with her grand slam success this season, was given an ovation as she walked onto court at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the events second biggest venue. Her success, which included reaching the Wimbledon final, vaulted her into the top 10 in WTA rankings. She was seeded seventh at the U.S. Open. Both players opened strong, holding service without surrendering a point, but Bouchard was broken on her next service game with two double faults. Bouchard had a break point in the next game, but Makarova dominated three straight points to take a 3-1 lead. Makarova was making shots, particularly with a tricky forehand, and held for 4-2 without allowing Bouchard to return a serve. But Bouchard got on a roll, holding serve with a pair of aces and then winning a challenge en route to a break to tie the set. It was all Makarova in the tiebreak, however. A telling stat: Bouchard converted only two of 10 break point opportunities in the match. Makarova shone at the Rogers Cup in Montreal a month ago, where she lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Agnieska Radwanska. In another match, top-seeded Serena Williams defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-3, 6-3. Colby Rasmus Jersey . The outdoor event will be played on Dec. 31 between alumni of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Scott Feldman Astros Jersey . CHAUNCEY BILLUPS (Pistons): Yes they got Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the off-season and Andre Drummond is a beast (teams are kicking themselves for passing on him - he rebounds and block shots every game - thats two more discernable and significant skills than most guys in his draft class), but dont for a second discount the impact of having a savvy veteran like Billups on your team.NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Yankees have bolstered their bullpen by acquiring David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.Carpenter went 6-4 with three saves and a 3.54 ERA in 65 games with Atlanta last year. Shreve made his major league debut in July, and the left-hander allowed one earned run in 12 1-3 innings covering 15 games.The Braves received minor league left-haander Manny Banuelos in the deal. Doug Fister Jersey. Banuelos went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 26 games over three stops last season, finishing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The trade was announced on Thursday. The YES Network was the first to report the deal.Carpenter made his major league debut with Houston in 2011. The 29-year-old righty is 11-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 188 career games. Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork. Nolan Arenado Rockies Jersey .com) - Saturdays $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita has become an important race for west coast Kentucky Derby hopefuls after California Chrome used it to begin his championship 2014 campaign. This years 1 1/16-mile edition has drawn a field of eight with Acceptance getting the nod as the 4-5 morning line favorite. Acceptance, owned by E. W. and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio, will start from post 2 with Elvis Trujillo again riding. Acceptance comes into the Cal Cup Derby off a victory in the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 14, the same stakes that California Chrome won to propel him into his 3-year-old season. The 2013 King Glorious was the final stakes ever run at Hollywood Park and is now conducted at Los Alamitos. Weve liked this horse from Day One, said former jockey Kenny Black, assistant to trainer Don Warren, but we would have never expected him to do what he did in his first couple of outs (winning his debut by 13 1/4 lengths), then taking his next start (a 1 1/4-length triumph in the Golden State Juvenile at seven furlongs in 1:21.60 at Santa Anita on Nov. 1). He followed that with a victory in the King Glorious. Hes doing well and hes worked well. He looks like a million dollars right now. He looks to be doing as good as he can be doing, I guess. Ive been helping Don in the mornings off and on for 20, 30 years. We had a champion with Acclimation, but this horse, Acceptance, is pretty close. This is a nice horse. Acceptance has banked $257,600, making him the leading money earner in the field. Breaking from the rail post will be 5-2 second pick Tough Sunday with Tyler Baze in the saddle. The 3-year-old is owned by his breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi. Tough Sunday won for the first time going seven furlongs on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita in his third career start. With a win, a second and a third he has earned $48,720. Pulmarack, second to Acceptance in the King Glorious, is the 9-2 third choice and will start from post 7 with Eclipse Award winner Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle. The colt is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams with Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer training. Pulmarack broke his maiden his third time out at Santa Anita on Oct. 17 and eight weeks later dropped a three-length decision in the King Glorious. He has earned $74,100. The complete field for the Cal Cup Derby in post position order: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Acceptance, Elvis Trujillo, 4-5; Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Neveradoubt, Joe Talamo, 30-1; Kluszewski, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Chanito, Brandon Boulanger, 50-1; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 9-2 and Avati Bello, Mike Smith, 20-1 The Cal Cup Derby has an approximate post time Saturday of 5:30 p.m. ET. Carlos Gonzalez Jersey . -- Thirty years ago, the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime, a game that remains the highest scoring in NBA history. Trevor Story Rockies Jersey . The Brazilian international goalkeeper was beaten twice in the first 12 minutes of his Reds debut in a 3-1 preseason loss to Columbus Crew in Florida earlier this week.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman. The announcement comes three days after a post on Edelmans Twitter account said, "Foxboro is home. Excited to be back." The Patriots did not disclose details of the contract, reportedly worth $17 million over four years. Edelman caught a career-high 105 passes in his fifth season withh the Patriots after totalling just 69 receptions in the first four. Jorge De La Rosa Jersey. He became Tom Bradys primary target after Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos before the season. Edelman also had another strong season as a punt returner. His average of 12.3 yards per return over the past five seasons is second best in the NFL, behind Devin Hesters 12.5. Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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TORONTO -- Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd tried to see the positives of the Nets 100-95 Game 2 loss to Toronto. Logan Forsythe Jersey . "Were right where we want to be," he said in his pithy manner. "We had the opportunity to take the lead late in the game and we came up short." "Again its basketball," he added. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they dont." They went in more for Toronto in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. The Raptors shot 75 per cent -- 12-of-16 -- in the final 12 minutes to even the NBA playoff series. After trailing 45-39 at the half, the Nets stepped it up to lead 66-64 at the end of the third quarter. Brooklyn led several times in the fourth and it was tied at 85-85 before Toronto pulled away. "We kind of took control there for a little bit," said New Jersey guard Deron Williams. "But we didnt do a good job on keeping them off the boards. And then we allow 36 points in that fourth quarter, which is way too high for us, somebody that prides themselves on defence and getting stops, especially down the stretch. We didnt do that tonight." Added veteran Paul Pierce: "We have to be better in the fourth quarter defensively." Down 79-78, the Nets sent in their shock troops of Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Williams midway through the final quarter. Johnson had done his part in the third with 12 points to drag the Nets back into it. But this time they could not pull ahead as Torontos DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry stole the late show. Pierce, who scored nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes of Brooklyns 94-87 win Saturday, went 2-for-6 in the fourth quarter and finished 2-for-11 with seven points. "It happens," said Kidd, who was in definite glass-half-full mode. "There are a lot of positive things that weve done in these first two games so now we have to go home and protect home." Expect an equally loud and proud crowd at the Barclays Center on Friday. Toronto GM Masai Ujiris Brooklyn slur prior to Game 1 is not likely to be forgotten. Garnett, for one, wondered what kind of reception such potty talk might bring back home. There will be no shortage of resolve on the court. Tuesdays game saw players from both sides throw themselves on the floor to corral a loose ball before an opponent did, as well as one in which pretty much everyone objected to the officiating. The hand-wringing and pained body language would have done Marcel Marceau proud. Given both sides seemed equally irked, the officials probably went home happy. Toronto, which had 19 turnovers in Game 1, coughed up 21 in Game 2. Coach Dwane Casey attributed it to a young team trying to do too much too quickly. On the plus side, Toronto outrebounded Brooklyn 52-30. So the series switches to Brooklyn, with the veteran Nets looking to regain the lead over a young Raptors squad that continues to overachieve. The two have now played each other six times this season, with three wins apiece. "These two teams are very similar," said Kidd. Matt Moore Jersey . -- The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a one-year contract. Chris Archer Rays Jersey . -- The Florida Gators are first yet again this season.How many April Fools Day spoofs did you fall for this year? Once again, football clubs and media outlets have been trying to pull the wool over the eyes of supporters with pranks, tricks and jokes.Lyons blue pitch and the stadium ban for the Partick mascot didnt quite make the yellow ticker on Sky Sports News HQ, but did you fall for any of these? Southampton put an emoji on their badge Southamptons new club crest... apparently Southampton announced a rather odd club crest for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign - featuring a smiling Saintly emoji. The accompanying press release featured a quote from supporter Paul Inuleg, saying it would truly reflect the values of recent times.Hartlepool to play in fancy dressHartlepool announced they have been given permission by the Football League to swap their kit for fancy dress for the final game of the season at Plymouth Argyle. Chief Executive Russ Green said: As long as the outfits are absolutely identical, have the appropriate Football League logo on the sleeves and dont pose any safety risks to other players then theyre comfortable with it. Obviously well need to make sure it doesnt clash with Plymouths home kit either.Arsenal install sunroof at the Emirates A sunroof at the Emirates could feature positive messages for the players. Arsenal released a video claiming they were to install the worlds first retractable sunroof at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Project manager William daRoufe announced they would be able to project messages and instant replays onto the roof above the heads of supporters. They even interviewed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to find out how excited they were about improving their stamina by eight per cent.Jose goes skiing with Walter SmithScottish sports photography agency SNS Pix emailed their clients on Friday morning promising them images of Neil Lennon, Walter Smith and Jose Mourinho dry slope skiing on Glasgows busy Buchanan Street. The photocall with the former Celtic, Rangers and Chelsea managers was timed for midday and the images were free to use any time on April Fools Day...Cricket ClasicosSpanish newspaper AS claimed bosses at Real Madrid and Barcelona are planning to launch professional cricket teams - and the two Spanish football giants would play cricket Clasicos - or Cricketos, as they would be marketed over the summer at the Bernabeu and the Nou Camp. Cristiano, Messi, Benzemma, Neymar and their team-mates have already been learning the ropes of the game, reports the newspaper, with an hour set aside after every football training session to play cricket. Matt Moore Rays Jersey. Zlatan signs for Bayern basketball team This is Zlatan signing for Bayern Munich. No, really... Bayern Munich sent out a Tweet claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic had signed for their official basketball team. They included an image of a not very realistic Zlatan look-a-like at his official unveiling.Villa fans charged for leaving earlyThe Sun reported that Aston Villa fans would charge their fans £5 for leaving matches early with plans to add on a £1-a-minute surcharge for those who leave in the first half. The tabloid claimed early exits were a health and safety issue because stewards were still finishing their half-time cuppas.Lyon paint their pitch blue Could Lyon play on a blue pitch for the rest of the season? Lyon tweeted their followers on Friday morning, claiming the pitch at the Parc Olympic Lyonnais would be painted blue for the remaining games of the season. The terrible attempt at Photoshop may have lessened the concerns for their supporters...Kingsley the Mascot faces stadium banPartick Thistle claimed their mascot and worldwide celebrity phenomenon Kingsley was set to be cited by the Scottish FA in relation to a tweet aimed at Scotty Cup, the Scottish Cup mascot. The tweet read: Who does Scotty Cup think he is?! A few Scottish Cup matches and he thinks hes the only mascot in town. Just wait until I see him - Ill show him! Thistle claimed he could receive a stadium ban over the incident.Chairman signs himself for Welsh Cup semi-final Mike Harris. Apparently he has a good touch for a big lad. The New Saints of Oswestry Town claimed their Chairman Mike Harris had decided he would start as the sole striker in Saturdays Welsh Cup semi-final against Connahs Quay. After a week training hard, I am sure I can help the side and I am confident I can also score a hat-trick tomorrow, having found the back of the net with ease this past week, he said. Also See: Ollies predictions Mersons predictions Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Gordon Strachan will not flood his Scotland team with debutants during tonights Hampden friendly against Denmark. Ozzie Smith Authentic Jersey . Six players could make their Scotland debuts including Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain, who stayed with the squad following the victory over Czech Republic after David Marshall pulled out through illness.The uncapped Kieran Tierney, Liam Cooper, John McGinn, Jamie Murphy and Oliver Burke also joined up with the squad while Paul Caddis and Liam Bridcutt are aiming to win their second caps. Strachan revealed the new players had energised the coaching staff but he also has a number of experienced players to choose from with Shaun Maloney and Steven Whittaker drafted in and Steven Fletcher passed fit after missing the Prague trip with illness.Strachan said: When youre making your debut, whatever level it is, its good to have experienced players around you. I dont think its that great to have a lot of inexperience around you when you make your debut.So there will be a lot of experience but whoever makes their debut or comes back in from the cold - Liam Bridcutt has been fantastic, he has looked an even better player than he did a couple of years ago - its nice to have experience around you.We pick the squad and then we look at the players and see who is ready. Its going to be hard because the intensity they have worked at has been quite phenomenal. Scotland boss Gordon Strachan Team newsCeltic left-back Tierney looks the likeliest newcomer to start, although club-mate Charlie Mulgrew is another option in his position.Strachan clearly feels 18-year-old Tierney is worth looking at after picking him ahead of the likes of Graeme Shinnie and Lee Wallace.Well, hes played European football against top sides so that has been a benefit to him, and Celtic, and to us, Strachan said. He didnt look out of place when I have seen him.He has a good way about him: determined, a bit of humility as well, thats great. Ikechi Anya celebrates putting Scotland ahead against the Czech Republic It has helped that people like Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney have been round him and are there to help him. These guys are great role models.You might think there would be enthusiasm from the young ones, and they have been fantastic, but I have had as much enthusiasm from Shaun Maloney and Gordon Greer as anybody. Celtics Kieran Tierney could make his debut Opta statsScotland have won only one of their last six games against Denmark, losing five.Robert Snodgrass is the only Scottish player to score in those six games, scoring in a 2-1 win in August 2011 (the other goal was a William Kvist own goal).Scotland are without a clean sheet in their last seven games against Denmark, their last coming in September 1975.Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen scored Denmarks goal in their 2-1 defeat at Hampden Park in August 2011.The Danes are winless in five away internationals, losing four.BettingScotland are Sky Bets 15/8 outsiders for the victory on Tuesday night with Denmark favourites for the win at 6/4, while a stalemate is priced at 9/4.  The first goalscorer market is wide open as Leigh Griffiths is rated the 9/2 favourite, while Nicolai Jorgensen and Lasse Vibe are considered the visitors main threats at 6/1 apiece. Griffiths is enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1 to score in a Scotland win in Sky Bets pre-match Price Boosts, which also includes Christian Eriksen to score from outside the area available at 10/1.Watch Scotland take on Denmark at Hampden Park live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm on Tuesday night.  Michael Wacha Jersey .com) - Mikko Korhonen carded a 5-under 67 on Thursday to claim medalist honors at the European Tours Final Qualifying Stage tournament. Enos Slaughter Jersey . The 41-year-old Northern Irishman has proved a perfect fit at Liverpool since taking over from Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2012 and steered the team to an unexpected title challenge in the Premier League last season.MONTREAL - Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. says hes to blame for Jean Pascals big mouth.Jones said Wednesday that Pascal is part of a generation of fighters who copied his style in and out of the ring, including the pre-fight trash talk.I understand that in Quebec, you like silence — people that come off a little bit lower key than how Mr. Pascal comes off, Jones said. Thats partly my fault because a lot of guys grew up watching me.I didnt have good sense, so I said everything and did everything. But I always aimed for the sky.The 44-year-old Jones will pull double duty on Saturday night when Pascal (28-2-1) takes on Lucian Bute (31-1) in a light heavyweight grudge match between former world champions from Montreal.He will work as colour commentator for the HBO broadcast of the co-feature pitting Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez (20-0) against Carlos Takam (28-1) of France, then work in Pascals corner for the main event.A full house of more than 20,000 is expected at the Bell Centre for what it billed as one of the biggest boxing events in Canadian history. The fighters will reportedly earn $2 million each.It pits former WBC light heavyweight champ Pascals speed and athleticism against the heady technique of the southpaw Bute, the former IBF super-middleweight champion.It will also establish who is best between two local fighters and two local boxing promotion companies — Pascals Groupe Yvon Michel and Butes InterBox.The Romanian-born Bute is a quiet guy, not given to trash talk, but his recent assertion that he will shut Pascals mouth was all the fodder the decidedly vocal Pascal needed.At a press conference on the covered Bell Centre ice, Pascal challenged Bute to stand up and say that to his face. He didnt, and Pascal scoffed.If someone said the same thing to me, Id come and say yes, Im going to shut you up, said Pascal. When you talk, you have to face the music.Im always ready to face the music. Im going to bring Lucian Bute to The Hood on Saturday night.Bute shrugged at Pascals taunts.I worked very hard, I feel good, strong and confident, he said of the bout. I know what I have to do.Many fans find Pascals flashy style and boastful talk distasteful, but it was music to Jones ears.The Pensacola, Fla., native who dominated boxing and won world titles in four weight classes through the 1990s and 2000s says trash talk is good. Tim McCarver Cardinals Jersey. He says it will make for a better fight, and make Pascal a better fighter.Theres always a danger — theres another guy on the other side that you might (make angry) — but thats a chance you have to be willing to take because we want to give people more than what they pay for, said Jones.We want to bring some attitude to this match and to do that we have to put ourselves under extreme pressure. If we dont talk, when we come (to the ring), we wont have anything to back up. Jean puts pressure on himself by talking, so he has to perform. You guys should embrace it.Pascal, his trainer Marc Ramsay and the rest of his entourage had Jones at his high altitude training camp at the Big Bear resort in California. It was a thrill for Pascal, who idolized Jones as a youngster.Its inspirational to him because having your idol in your corner means you dont want to let your idol down, said Jones.It was Pascal who approached Jones. That may be a sign that Pascal has finally understood he needs world class help with his fight preparation.The 31-year-old won the WBC belt in 2009 but was brought down to earth in a pair of bouts with veteran Bernard Hopkins, who dodged Pascals haymakers, let him blow himself out in the early rounds, and then took over at the end.Pascal escaped with a draw in their first meeting in 2010, but lost a clear decision to the then 46-year-old Hopkins a year later.He approached me, said Jones. He said he had to fight a southpaw and he always liked how I fought southpaws. He has no disrespect for Bute. If he did, he wouldnt have called me.When he turned pro after the 2004 Olympics Pascal would mimic Jones style in the ring, including keeping his hands at his waist and pot-shotting opponents. He has become a better defensive fighter since then, but still likes to throw bombs.Last week I was in Big Bear and I was saying wow, I was watching this guy when I was 14 on TV and now hes next to me and hes helping me for my next fight, said Pascal. This is incredible.Its a dream come true. Id watch him and I was trying to imitate him, but now I know why he was doing it and when to do it, so this is a big difference to me.And he doesnt want to let Jones down.I dont want to look like a fool in front of my idol, so whatever happens, Ill try to dig down and win this fight. Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Workers at a World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus are threatening to go on strike to demand better conditions following a third recent death at the venue. Joe Kelly Jersey . The strike could further delay the completion of the Arena da Amazonia stadium just months before footballs showcase tournament. A union leader says the stoppage will begin Monday to "guarantee the workers rights." A 55-year-old Portuguese man was killed in an accident on Friday while disassembling a crane that was used to install the stadiums roof, becoming the third worker to die at the venue in less than a year. The Arena da Amazonia is one of the five stadiums still under construction for the World Cup. Organizers say it was nearly completed when Fridays accident happened. Nomar Garciaparra Red Sox Jersey .The seventh-seeded Raonic was scheduled to play U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, but was replaced in the Group B pool by Spanish substitute David Ferrer.Raonic, who was 0-2 at the year-end event, said he suffered the injury late in the first set of Tuesdays 6-3, 7-6 loss to Murray. Hanley Ramirez Jersey . Vincent Lamar Carter is no longer the lean, athletic dynamo who dazzled Raptors fans with eye-popping dunks that posterized even the leagues best defenders.QUEBEC -- Welterweight Chad (The Disciple) Laprise won a split decision over Olivier Aubin-Mercier on Wednesday to become the first Canadian winner of the UFCs "Ultimate Fighter" reality TV show. The judges scored it 28-29, 29-28, 30-27 for Laprise, who finished strongly in what was a very close fight. "I cant describe what I am feeling right now. People are asking me what it feels like to be the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter from Canadaa and all I can say is I feel blessed," said Laprise. "Olivier was tough. I knew he would be, hes a southpaw and has a very difficult style to figure out. He is young and will come again. "Right now, I feel so happy right now, so proud. I just had Dana White hand me a TUF finale trophy. I cant describe whats going on in my head." Laprise (9-0) got on his knees in the middle of the cage after the fight. Aubin-Mercier (5-1), seemingly favouring his right foot, hung on to his cornermen. The welterweight and middleweight finals of "The Ultimate Fighter Nations," which pitted Canada against Australian, were all-Canadian affairs after the Aussies were eliminated earlier. Torontos Elias (The Spartan) Theodorou stopped Edmontons Sheldon Westcott via second-round TKO in the middleweight final. After Theodorou (10-0) came into the music of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Westcott (9-2-1) ran into the arena to Imagine Dragons, almost wiping out as he turned a corner. It was a frantic opening as Westcott looked to take the fight to the ground quickly, hoping to bring his submission game into play. The bigger Theodorou fought him off and started punishing him with knees. Theodorous size and wrestling skills took their toll. He dumped Westcott midway through the second round and hammered him. The referee eventually stepped in to stop the beating at 4:41 Canadian coach Patrick (The Predator) Cote, who fought Australian coach Kyle Noke in a welterweight bout later on the Colisee Pepsi card, was runner-up to Travis Lutter on Season 4 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which featured veteran fighters looking for a second chance. Aubin-Mercier stalked Laprise, who looked to counter from the outside, as he waited for the right moment to try a takedown. Laprise stuffed two attempts in the first round but was cut under the left eye as the crowd chanted his opponents name. Laprise was finally taken down a minute into the second round, to the delight of the crowd. But he quickly got back up. Aubin-Mercier kept coming but never got his ground game going. Laprise denied another takedown to open the third but was bundled down soon after. Again he got back up quickly. Aubin-Mercier connected with kicks as Laprise continued to fight from the counter position. Laprise finished the fight with a flourish of blows. Wednesdays card marked the UFCs first visit to Queebec City. Johnny Pesky Red Sox Jersey. In addition to being teammates on the show, Laprise and Aubin-Mercier have also trained together at Montreals Tristar Gym, home to former UFC weltwerweight champion Georges St-Pierre. "Theyre both my friends," said GSP. "Both very nice guys." St-Pierre, however, picked Aubin-Mercier to win. The former champion has closer ties to Aubin-Mercier than Laprise -- they have known each other longer, live close to each other and Aubin-Mercier was an important training partner ahead of St-Pierres last fight against Johny Hendricks. Aubin-Mercier, 25, does most of his training at Montreals H2O Gym, A former member of the Canadian judo team, he advanced to the TUF Nations final by beating a pair of Australians: Jake Matthews by decision and Richard Walsh by submission. A native of Windsor, Ont., Laprise now makes his home in London, Ont., and trains mostly out of Adrenaline MMA Training and Fitness. Laprise, 27, won a unanimous decision over Australian Chris Indich before defeating Kayan Johnsons jaw via a brutal knockout to advance to the final. "It was difficult seeing the aftermath with Kajan and his jaw breaking, obviously," said Laprise. But both knew what they had signed up for. "That could easily just as well been me," Laprise said. Johnson returns to the cage in June to face lightweight Tae Hyun Bang at UFC 174 in Vancouver. Like others on the show, which wrapped up filming in December, Laprise was unable to talk about what happened until the episodes aired. "Keeping it a secret for so long was definitely tough," he said. Both Laprise and Aubin-Mercier have spent most of their fight career at lightweight (155 pounds) but competed at welterweight (170) on the show. Laprise normally walks around at 190 pounds. "Im probably one of the biggest lightweights in the division," said the five-foot-10 Laprise. "So me fighting at 170 is actually awesome." Laprise added after the fight: "Id like to drop down to 155 pounds now, Im a little small for 170 pounds. But I will fight anyone the UFC want me to. Im here to fight." Fighting aside, Laprise is a man of faith. After weighing in Tuesday, he donned his trademark large cross to square off with Aubin-Mercier. "I truly believe that God put me here for a reason. And thats to share his light through fighting. Everybody that sees me fight, they know Im a Christian. Hopefully I represent God well." He found religion at the age of 21. "My life has changed dramatically since and Im very grateful for that." Living with 15 other fighters under the same roof with cameras everywhere for six weeks during filming of the TV show was a challenge however. "It was tough, man," he said. "Youre constantly on film, every single day." Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. Custom Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey . - Marc-Andre Fleury isnt going anywhere. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed the franchises all-time winningest goaltender to a four-year contract extension on Wednesday worth $23 million. The new deal, which begins next year, runs through the 2018-19 season. Just nice to get it over with, not think about it anymore and just go play some hockey and try to win some games, Fleury said. Just focus on hockey and not anything else. The 29-year-old Fleury was in the final season of a seven-year contract he signed in 2008. Fleury is off to a hot start for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. He is 7-2 with a 1.89 goals against and is tied for the NHL lead with three shutouts heading into Thursday nights game in Winnipeg. General manager Jim Rutherford approached Fleury a month ago to begin the process, but stressed recently he believed in Fleury despite some struggles in recent years during the playoffs. Rutherford wanted to eliminate the potential distraction while he could. When a player is in the last year of his contract, especially an important player like Marc, you wonder if when you get closer to the end of the season if its in the back of his mind, Rutherford said. So were glad we got it cleared up. The former No. 1 overall pick is 295-171-46 in 11 seasons. Fleurys 111 victories over the past four seasons are tops in the NHL. He has struggled at times in the post-season since helping the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup. Fleurys save percentage in the post-season dipped below .900 from 2010-13 and he briefly lost his job to Tomas Vokoun in the 2013 playoffs. He bounced back last spring, going 7-6 with a 2.40 goals against in 13 games as the Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The team declined to negotiate with Fleury over the summer following a massive front-office overhaul that saw Rutherford replace Ray Shero and Mike Johnston take over as head coach for Dan Bylsma. Rutherford, a former goaltender, backed Fleury recently even as Fleury downplayed his uncertain future. Hes sparkled as the Penguins have adjusted to Johnstons style of play. He posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in wins over Los Angeles and Buffalo last week to push his career total to 31. It seems like I just started and now Im like an old guy on the team, Fleury said. Its different but its good. You learn stuff about life in general and hockey-wise. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who has played with Fleury his entire career, stressed support for Fleury never wavered. Its nice, it seems fitting and happy hes got it done and can kind of move forward, Crosby said. His attitude and the way he approaches every year, hes got a ton of passion, he cares a lot and understands theres a lot of responsibility on the goalie and hes dealt with it as good as anybody. Andre Ethier Dodgers Jersey . The team made the announcement after Saturdays 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Kenny Giles will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Adams spot on the roster. Kirk Gibson Dodgers Jersey . -- Kevin Stadler might be playing in the Masters for the first time, but hes already showing his old man a thing or two.SHERBROOKE, Que. -- Six different players scored for Rimouski as the Oceanic extended their win streak to eight games by doubling up the host Sherbrooke Phoenix 6-3 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Peter Trainor, Samuel Courtemanche, Frederik Gauthier, Patrik Zdrahal, Alexis Loiseau and Michael Joly scored for the Oceanic (37-15-7) while Beau Rusk tacked on two assists. Daniel Audette, Vincent Deslauriers and Jean-Christophe Laflamme scored for the Phoenix (17-37-7), who dropped their 11th game in a row. Rimouskis Oliver Tremblay made 17 saves for the win as Sherbrookes Maxime Lagace turned away 31-of-36 shots in defeat. The Oceanic went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Phoenix scored twice on six chances with the man advantage. --- DRAKKAR 5 TIGRES 4 (SO) VICTORIAVIILE, Que. -- Maxime St-Cyr scored the shootout winner and Philippe Cadorette made 42 saves as Baie-Comeau slipped past the Tigres to maintain top spot in the QMJHL standings. Alex Jon Banville, Denis Gorbunov, Jeremy Gregoire and Nicolas Leblond scored in regulation for the Drakkar (41-15-4). Angelo Miceli scored once and set up two more for Victoriaville (30-22-7) while Yan Pavel Laplante, Antoine Marcoux and Gabrielle Gagne had the others. Francois Tremblay turned aside 39-of-43 shots for the Tigres. --- VOLTIGEURS 3 ARMADA 1 BOISBRIAND, Que. -- William Carriere scored once and set up another as Drummondville slipped past the Armada. Olivier Caouette aand Matthew Boudens also scored for the Voltigeurs (35-20-3), who halted a three-game slide. Maury Wills Authentic Jersey. Drummondvilles Louis-Philip Guindon made 19 saves for the win. Blainville-Boisbriands (37-13-9) Marc-Olivier Roy broke Guindons shutout bid at 19:44 of the third period while Etienne Marcoux turned away 27-of-29 shots. --- HUSKIES 7 TITAN 0 ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. -- Francis Beauvillier scored twice and set up one more and Marcus Power had a goal and three assists as the Huskies blanked Acadie-Bathurst. Jean-Sebastien Dea had a goal and two assists for Rouyn-Noranda (33-21-5) while Guillaume Decelles made 18 saves for his first-career shutout. Victor Baldaev, Jason Fuchs and Jack Nevins also scored for the Huskies. Titan (18-36-6) netminder Jacob Brennan gave up five goals on 19 shots before giving way to Miguel Sullivan, who stopped 17-of-19 shots in 29 minutes of relief. --- FOREURS 11 WILDCATS 2 VAL-DOR, Que. -- Samuel Henley had four goals and an assist and Timotej Sille added a pair of goals as the Foreurs crushed Moncton for their eighth win in a row. Louick Marcotte, Julien Gauthier, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Maxime Presseault and Anthony Beauregard each had a goal and an assist for Val-dOr (39-18-2) while Anthony Richard tacked on four assists. Jacob Sweeney and Mathieu Olivier scored for the Wildcats (30-28-3). Keven Bouchard made 18 saves for the Foreurs. Monctons Jason Rioux and Alex Dubeau combined to stop 42-of-53 shots. Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino has filed his own NFL concussion lawsuit. Sammy Sosa Cubs Jersey . Marino, along with 14 other players, filed the lawsuit on May 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Marino joins a little under 5,000 retired NFL players and their families that have sued the league across approximately 225 concussion lawsuits. There have been many notable players that have filed lawsuits, including Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Mark Rypien, Tony Mandarich, Art Monk, Jim McMahon and Jamal Lewis, as well as the estate of the late Junior Seau. None, however, are as well known as Marino. The key allegation raised by Marino is the NFL concealed information. He is arguing that the NFL knew of the long-term neurological impact of headshots but failed to share those findings with the players. This issue of fraudulent concealment was also alleged in the other concussion lawsuits so its not new. Its tough to know if Marino will succeed as everything turns on the evidence presented at trial. To win, he will need to show that the NFL had key and important information about the long-term and devastating impact of headshots and concealed it. The NFL, however, has certain defences available to it. First, it can argue that players were aware of the risk associated with playing football and they agreed to those risks each time they stepped onto the field. The NFL would also maintain that they didnt conceal anything. As well, the NFL could point out that no one can say for sure what caused a players dementia, and even if it was caused by repeated headshots while playing football, how much of that damage was sustained outside the NFL in places like college or high school ball. So what caused the dementia and when it was caused become key issues. The NFL can also argue that Marinos lawsuit doesnt belong in court in the first place, but rather should go to arbitration. The collective bargaining agreement provides that issues of player health and safety go to arbitration and not court. On the flip side, Marino would argue that since this case involves fraud in the form of concealment, it properly falls outside of arbitration and within the jurisdiction of the courts. Bottom line is this: both sides face challenges in this case and thats where we generally see settlement. All this is probably moot, as the league is working on finalizing a global settlement of these cases. You may recall that back in July 2013, the league announced it had settled the concussion lawsuits with the players. The negotiated settlement was for $765 million and would bind every retired NFL player, of which there are about 19,000. You should note, though, Marino is included among these players. So that means that Marino didnt need to file the lawsuit at this time. As well, while settlement was indeed announced, it was not finalized. Before the NFL can consider the case closed, the Court has to approve the terms of settlement. The problem is that on two separate occasions the Court has rejected the settlement on the basis that there is insufficient money to pay all players. As well, even if the Court were to approve the settlement, any of the 19,000 players would have the option to opt-out of the settlement agreement. If a player believes that he can do a lot better filing his own individual lawsuit, he would tell the court and the NFL thanks but no thanks, Im headed to court. The Marino lawsuit may suggest that he is tired of waiting around for a payout from the proposed settlement and wants to take matters into his own hands. Whatever Marinos motivation, these concussion lawsuits are likely to continue for years. In the event a global settlement is approved by the Court, it seems likely that a number of players will opt out and file their own lawsuits. Indeed, there is still a lot of track to cover. Addison Russell Jersey . -- Jimmie Johnson has a sixth NASCAR championship in hand and two legends within reach. Munenori Kawasaki Jersey . In Englands first game since its worst-ever World Cup showing, Roy Hodgsons side rarely looked like scoring against unambitious opposition and the breakthrough in the friendly only came when Raheem Sterling was tripped in the penalty area.INDIANAPOLIS - The Pacers biggest win so far this season came Monday — off the court. One day after breaking out of a slump by beating Oklahoma City and hours before Miami rested its star players, essentially ceding the top seed in the East, the citys Capital Improvement Board approved a new deal that would help the Pacers stay financially competitive in one of the NBAs smallest markets. In exchange for providing $164 million to pay for operating costs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse over the next 10 years, the Pacers agreed to extend a lease agreement that will keep them in Indy for up to 13 more seasons. Board members voted 8-0 in favour of the deal. "This is a major factor helping us get on solid financial ground going forward," Pacers president Jim Morris said Monday. Its not the first time the Pacers have sought public assistance. Three years ago, team owner Herb Simon contended that he was losing money and could not continue to afford paying $15 million in annual operating costs. The CIB stepped in and agreed to spend up to $33.5 million through 2013. Now the quasi-government agency that runs Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the citys NBA team and WNBAs Indiana Fever; Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the NFLs Colts, and the citys convention centre will spend in excess of $10.8 million annually over the life of the deal. The contract runs for 10 years and includes three one-year extensions with the Pacers having the option for the first of those years. The last two will be mutually agreed upon. In return, the Pacers have agreed to stay at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will give city leaders the "right of first offer" in the event the 79-year-old Simon dies and his heirs attempt to sell the team. The provision means the city could designate a new potential owner and that person would be able to make the first offer on the team or could match an offer from someone else. "With this agreement, one of our citys most important facilities will get some critical upgrades and continue to be home to some of our most amazing events," board president Ann Lathrop said after the vote. Critics argue that Simon, who is estimated to be worth moree than $1 billion according to Forbes magazine, should foot the bill and that city leaders should fix roads and find more money for its understaffed police department. Miguel Montero Cubs Jersey. Mayor Greg Ballard contended the money in this deal couldnt be spent on those services anyway, though the new deal could create more money for those purposes. "By law, this money cant go there anyway," he said. "Its Economics 101. Youre trying to create more revenue for everything else. The assumption is that the pie is one size and thats not true at all. Youre trying to expand the pie." Simon has been frugal with his payroll. Larry Bird, the president of basketball operations, has made it clear Simon will not pay the NBAs luxury tax — the penalty for going substantially over the leagues salary cap. And the CIB investment should help the Pacers bottom line. The deal calls for the board to pay: — $3.7 million annually for fieldhouse operating expenses such as liability insurance, security and utilities; — $7.1 million in reimbursements for management of the arena, a price that includes an annual 3 per cent annual escalator clause: — $26.6 million in capital improvements to "major systems" such as locker rooms, concession stands and seating; — and half of the cost from the scoreboard the Pacers installed two years ago, taking over ownership at the end of the lease. The Pacers and Fever are the primary tenants at Bankers Life, but the arena hosts up to 500 different events throughout the year — everything from Indiana state basketball championships to concerts and other shows, all of which experts say helps the city prosper. But its the Pacers who needed the most help, and Morris believes this deal will keep them more competitive for the long run. "Were doing better," he said. "Weve had 28 sellouts this year, our attendance is up 15 per cent and our sponsorship is up. But weve had a tough 10 years and weve had substantial losses. Were making progress. For 10 or 11 years, we tried to find a way for the franchise to pay for the operating expenses of the building and we just couldnt." Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Heavy rain in Bulawayo brought a premature end to the tri-series one-day international between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Jered Weaver Angels Jersey . Only 13.3 overs were possible before a thunderstorm forced the players off and left unplayable conditions in its wake, Zimbabwe having reached 55-2 in that time.Brian Chari was run out and Chamu Chibhabha fell lbw to Nuwan Kulasekara, with Craig Ervine making 23 not out before the weather intervened.As a result of the abandonment, the home side, who fought back to earn a dramatic tie against the West Indies in their last game, need to defeat the same opposition in their final round-robin match to have a chance of reaching the final.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! Huston Street Jersey . JOHNS, N. Kole Calhoun Angels Jersey . Juventus announced details of the deal Saturday, saying that Morata signed a five-year contract with the club. The deal also includes an option for Madrid to buy Morata back for up to (euro)30 million ($40.PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels had the perfect opponent for a milestone win. Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career victory, Domonic Brown had a career-best five RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak. Cody Asche snapped Philadelphias 23-inning scoreless streak with a two-run double that sparked a six-run fourth. Cesar Hernandez capped the scoring with his first career homer. Hamels (1-2) didnt need much run support. Coming off a career-high 133-pitch outing at the Mets last Sunday, the three-time All-Star left-hander was impressive. Hamels gave up one run and three hits, striking out 10 on 90 pitches. Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, was stuck on 99 wins since last Sept. 14. He improved to 9-0 against the Reds, including the post-season. The Phillies are 12-0 when Hamels starts vs. Cincinnati. "I guess its good karma," said Hamels, who earned his first career win against the Reds. "I know its supposed to feel like a big deal, but to me its just a win. In a few days when you digest it, its special to do it with one team." Homer Bailey (3-3) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. "I didnt have command with anything," Bailey said. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg used his 23rd different lineup in 40 games. Jimmy Rollins led off for the second straight game instead of Ben Revere, who has a stomach virus. Asche moved up to sixth from eighth and Brown was dropped to seventh from sixth. It worked. "Its good to get runs for Cole," Asche said. "Hes been pitching his (behind) off." Ryan Howard started the fourth with a walk and Marlon Byrd hit a double to end an 0-for-13 slump. Asche then lined a double to right on an 0-2 pitch for a 2-1 lead. "That was the hit that loosened up the bats," Sandbergg said. Nolan Ryan Jersey. Brown followed with a two-run shot into the second deck in right field. Brown got a green light on a 3-0 pitch and didnt miss it, connecting for only his second homer in 234 at-bats, dating to last season. Brown led the Phillies with 27 homers in 2013 and was an NL All-Star in his first full season in the majors. "It definitely feels good. Its just one game, though," Brown said. "Im trying to build forward, stay positive and just keep having fun. With getting my number of at-bats, Im going to do what I have to do on the field. Its just all about keeping my confidence level up and having fun, playing the game of baseball." Carlos Ruiz chased Bailey with a two-out RBI single. Chase Utley greeted reliever Logan Ondrusek with an RBI single to make it 6-1. Asche had an RBI single in the seventh, Brown followed with a three-run double and John Mayberry Jr. snapped an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double. NOTES: Rollins passed Ed Delahanty for third place on the Phillies all-time list with his 2,212th career hit. He is six hits from moving ahead of Richie Ashburn and 23 shy of replacing Mike Schmidt as the leader. ... Hamels moved into third place on the teams all-time list with his 25th double-digit strikeout game. He is the seventh pitcher to win 100 games with the Phillies. ... Phillies CF Tony Gwynn Jr. snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a fourth-inning single. ... Reds slugger Joey Votto remained in Cincinnati and the team is uncertain whether hell need a stint on the DL. Votto has a distal strain of his left quadriceps. ... Reds RHP Mat Latos threw his third bullpen session since suffering a setback in his rehab for a strained flexor. Latos is scheduled to face Reds hitters in a simulated game on Tuesday. ... LHP Tony Cingrani (2-2, 3.34) faces LHP Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.23) of the Phillies in the series finale Sunday.Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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TORONTO - Logan Couture doesnt have to look far to be reminded of the San Jose Sharks playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings. Raptors Jersey . His surgically repaired right hand still has scars from last months surgery, and the recovery has been slow. He expects the hand, injured in a fight with Kings centre Mike Richards, to be OK by training camp. And Couture works out with Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, who was set to have his day with the Stanley Cup on Friday. Doughty doesnt chirp his good friend, but that doesnt stop Couture from thinking about the painful first-round series loss. "I think every time I see hockey on TV or read about it in the paper," he said. The Sharks were in command of the series, up three games to none. But they proceeded to become the just the fourth team in NHL history to blow that lead. The Kings won the Cup, and the Sharks were left to wonder what went wrong. Couture doesnt ponder what he and his teammates couldve done differently. The thoughts are more simple than that. "I just think about how much it hurts," he said Thursday night at Dominic Moores Smashfest charity event. "The feelings arent going to go away — probably never. Its just something that sticks with you for a long time." In time, Couture thinks the collapse should serve as motivation for the Sharks who remain. For now, at least, that includes captain Joe Thornton and veteran winger Patrick Marleau, whose new contracts start next season and include full no-move clauses. San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has talked about rebuilding and going younger. In the process the Sharks traded 38-year-old defenceman Dan Boyles free-agent rights, traded 34-year-old defenceman Brad Stuart and bought out 33-year-old winger Marty Havlat. In free agency, the Sharks signed enforcer John Scott in an effort to "act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest," according to Wilson. The vast majority of the roster looks similar to the one that finished the playoffs, though San Jose hopes to have defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic back after his injury and will move Brent Burns back to the blue-line. "We knew something was going to happen. Every year changes happen," Couture said. "Well see what happens going forward. Some things may happen, some things may not, so well see." One thing that may happen in the not-too-distant future is Couture becoming the captain. The Sharks took the "C" off Marleau four years ago and he has continued to play and produce, so that concept isnt far-fetched for Thornton, as well. Couture, who served as captain of the OHLs Ottawa 67s, has had conversations with Wilson this summer but said he had not been specifically asked to increase his leadership role. "I think its just expected," the 25-year-old Guelph, Ont., native said. "I think each year you play more with an organization youre expected to take on more of that role. Those are kind of the things that dont have to be said." Couture will begin his new US$30-million, five-year contract this season and hopes that his tenure in San Jose is a long one. With that, he anticipates a larger role in the locker-room and on the ice. "I think I learned a lot from the leaders on our team in San Jose the last couple of years and taking small things from them and try to be a leader as much as I can with our team with our young guys," Couture said. "Weve got a lot of leaders on that team, a lot of veteran players, so I think well be fine." --- Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Kevin Love Team USA Jersey . The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals. Bruno Caboclo Raptors Jersey . on the 15-day disabled Monday list because of a strained right hamstring.SEATTLE -- Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles are working extra hard for their wins lately. Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Sunday. The Orioles took three of four in the series, twice winning in extra innings. Baltimore is 11-3 in extras this season, including six straight wins. Manager Buck Showalter said Machado had a "stick-your-nose-over-the-plate-and-get-it-done" at-bat. Adam Jones opened the 10th with a double into the left-field corner off Yoervis Medina (4-2). Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis walked to load the bases. After J.J. Hardy popped out, Machado hit a flyball to deep centre. "He was challenging me. His best pitch is his fastball," Machado said. "He started with a strike. Then he comes up and in. So Im down 0-2 real quick. He tried to get me out with a fastball down and in, and I got it up and put it in play." Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon didnt like what Medina threw Machado. "It wasnt a good pitch, it was a strike," McClendon said. "He was trying to get a groundout. He went at him with his best stuff. It just didnt work." Machado also singled and scored in the third inning and had an RBI single in the eighth. T.J. McFarland (4-2) worked one inning for the victory. His effort came on a day when his grandmother passed away in Chicago. He plans to leave the team beginning Monday for at least three days to attend her funeral. Zach Britton struck out the side in the 10th for his 20th save in 23 opportunities. Dustin Ackley had three hits for the Mariners and is batting .375 in 21 games this month. "They got runners on at the end and they were able to get the sac fly, which was huge," Ackley said. "We just didnt take advantage and they did." Mariners reliever Brandon Maurer had not allowed an earned run in 10 previous reliief appearances, a span of 15 innings, before Baltimore took a 2-1 lead in the eighth. Draymond Green Team USA Jersey. The Orioles loaded the bases off Maurer with two outs, then Machado bounced a one-hopper to the left side. Shortstop Chris Taylor caught the ball but threw awkwardly and high to second baseman Robinson Cano, pulling him off the bag. It was ruled a hit and Jones scored. "It was frustrating. I really thought I should have had that. It got away from me a little bit," Taylor said. "I dont think I rushed it, just made a bad throw. I dont have any explanation for it. It just happened." Orioles reliever Darren ODay, who had not allowed a run in his previous 14 appearances -- a stretch of 15 1-3 innings -- came on in the eighth to protect the lead. Mike Zunino connected with two outs for his 15th home run. The tying shot was the Mariners first home run in six games. "Darren has been pretty much perfect this year," Showalter said. "We owed him. We picked him up today." The Mariners got four hits in the second inning but managed just one run. Kyle Seager opened with a single off the wall, but was thrown out at second by right fielder Nick Markakis. Corey Hart and Zunino singled and Taylor, called up Thursday for his first big league experience, got his first RBI with a double. NOTES: Medina lost on his 26th birthday. ... Showalter will give Wei-Yin Chen a few extra days between starts. Chen will next take the mound Friday when Seattle visits Camden Yards. "Wei-Yin had his top pitch count of the year (109 Thursday) and I want to keep guys on turn," Showalter said. ... A player will be called up for Tuesday nights home game against the Angels with McFarland on the bereavement list. ... Os pitching coach Dave Wallace will leave the team this weekend to attend his daughters wedding. Scott McGregor, a minor league pitching instructor, will take over.Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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