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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealands All Blacks are in South Africa preparing to play without their top halfback, who was sent home weeping after getting caught cheating on his girlfriend in an airport restroom. Nike Air Max 270 Womens Clearance .The scandal surrounding Aaron Smith, regarded as one of the best rugby scrumhalves in the world, has dominated media in New Zealand this week.Prime Minister John Key waded into the furor Thursday, saying Smith -- who led the All Blacks in their iconic pre-game haka during last years World Cup championship campaign -- clearly let himself and those that are close to him down.Smith was suspended for one match, missing the All Blacks last outing in the southern hemisphere rugby championship this Saturday in Durban against the Springboks, and faces a misconduct hearing.Before leaving South Africa, he apologized to his girlfriend, teammates, the New Zealand Rugby Union, and All Blacks fans.I made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgment, he said, in a tearful apology .His girlfriend, in a statement released by the NZRU, asked for privacy.The incident happened on Sept. 17 at the airport in Christchurch where, the day before, the All Blacks beat South Africa 41-13. Smith and a woman spent about 10 minutes in a restroom for those with disabilities.An annoyed couple with children was waiting outside the bathroom, and they taped sounds and took pictures of Smith leaving the scene. That information didnt come to light until this week, and the All Blacks took action because Smith was in team uniform on a team trip.Key believed the incident was unusual in that the All Blacks, for more than a decade, had been good role models for the most part.But Smith was benched for a test match against South Africa in 2012 after breaking a team curfew, and in 2014 he sent a naked picture of himself on a social networking app which was captured by other users.The All Blacks have won all eight of their matches this year after beating Australia in the 2015 World Cup final. But New Zealand rugby has also had several scandals regarding player behavior.The (NZRU), coming off the back of a few other pretty poor PR issues in recent times, will want to send a strong message to the All Blacks that they have a high level of expectation of their behavior, Key said. And Aaron clearly didnt meet it.Those PR issues have made New Zealanders question the pedestal on which rugby players are put in the country, whether players deserve star treatment, or should even be role models.The NZRU was slammed last month after an in-house investigation couldnt substantiate claims by a stripper that she was sexually assaulted by players from Hamilton-based team the Chiefs, at their Super Rugby postseason party in July. The investigation didnt punish any players, but formally cautioned them.After outrage from many who said the investigation lacked independence and transparency, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew admitted that in terms of educating players on respecting women, they had not got it right.Soon after, promising player Losi Filipo was discharged without conviction for a brutal assault last year on four people, two of them women. The judge reportedly said, Are the courts in the business of destroying peoples career prospects?Filipo, who was an under-19 player for Wellington, had his playing contract terminated the next day. Still many criticized apparent star treatment for rugby players.One of the men he beat up, also a rugby player, said he was still suffering headaches. His mother said Filipo should have gone to jail.Its a rugby thing. If he played hockey, basketball, or anything else, I dont think he would have got off. Nike Air Max 270 React Bauhaus For Sale . 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs hope to get at least some of their injured players back for Sunday nights showdown at Denver.But as of Wednesday, the prognosis for their return was still unsure.Five starters, including linebacker Dee Ford (hamstring), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), nose tackle Dontari Poe (knee), Jaye Howard (hip), and linebacker Derrick Johnson, all didnt practice.The Chiefs and Broncos are tied for second in the AFC West at 7-3, a game behind Oakland.Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he thought Johnsons soreness would be OK by game time.As for the other starters, a lot is left to be determined.Ford has started all 10 games for the Chiefs this season, with 32 total tackles and 10 sacks.Going into the Week 11 matchup against Tampa Bay, he led the league in sacks. He left the game against the Buccaneers without a sack and is tied with Buffalos Lorenzo Alexander and Seattles Cliff Avril.Reid isnt sure if Fords hamstring strain is an injury that puts him out for the long term, or if its something hell bounce back from quickly.Were literally taking it day to day, Reid said. You talk to him and hes upbeat about everything, so well just have to see how it goes.Ford watched practice from the sideline in street clothes.Maclin has been sidelined with a groin injury since Week 9. He left Kansas Citys game against Jacksonville in the first quarter.Reid said on Wednesday that Maclin is making progress, but didnt give a timetable for his return.Since Maclin has been out, wide receiver Albert Wilson has started in his place. Wilson caught eight passes for 44 yards in his past two games.Poe wasnt practicing because of the knee injury.Running back Charrcandrick West and defensive end Kendall Reyes didnt practice as well. Nike Air Max 270 Triple Black For Sale. West is going through the concussion protocol, while Reid said Reyes had a little bit of swelling on his knee.If West isnt cleared to play Sunday, that leaves the Chiefs with two healthy running backs in Knile Davis and Spencer Ware to take on Denvers stout defense.Reid isnt fazed.I think well be all right, Reid said. When its all said and done, I think well be OK.Ware took the majority of Kansas Citys carries against Tampa Bay, rushing 17 times for 69 yards.Through all the injury issues, comes some good news: starting cornerback Marcus Peters practiced Wednesday.After missing Sundays game because of a hip pointer, Reid said the coaching staff was going to keep a close eye on him and his reps during Wednesdays practice.Peters, a second-year corner out of Washington, leads the league in interceptions with New York Giants Landon Collins and San Diegos Casey Hayward.The defensive backs each have five picks. Peters, the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year hadnt missed a game over his career until last week.Regardless of whos on the field, its the next man-up mentality for Kansas City.The team on the field is the team, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. We dont get any breaks. ... Wed love to have them all.Three weeks ago, wed have loved to have Justin (Houston), but it is what it is. ... We cant cancel. We cant completely change our system, so we adjust.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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The bald, worn patches on the courts of the All England Club are healing. Buy Air Max 90 Essential . This means its time to move on to the next part of the tennis season.Make no mistake: The summer swing is brutal -- and hot. This year, it will be complicated by the addition of the Rio Games, which has created scheduling abnormalities and withdrawals from some of the top players in some of the top events.So what should we expect from this selection of stars as the hard-court season begins in earnest? Our writers weigh in:How will Novak Djokovics early loss at Wimbledon affect his summer swing?Nic Atkin: He looked distracted at Wimbledon, but dont be fooled: Djokovic will come back strong, and he will be ready to dominate again. A motivated Djokovic is a scary thought, given what he has already accomplished while beating all comers, and he will also have benefited from skipping Serbias Davis Cup defeat to Great Britain.Jim Caple: Depending on whether he will be fully healthy, I think it will slightly affect his summer swing -- in that it will fire him up to play even better. He is the easily the best player in the world. Look for him to win another Slam at the US Open.Greg Garber: Not at all. Wimbledon was the French Open hangover -- that delivered him to his summer vacation a week early.Melissa Isaacson: Djokovic said after the loss to Sam Querrey that he was not really 100 percent, but wouldnt elaborate, though he did say he wanted to get away from tennis and pay more attention to his family. Understandable, and it might be just what he needed to break up the long grind and recharge from the recent disappointment.What would mean more to Serena Williams at this point in her career? Olympic gold or the US Open title?Atkin: Youve got to think Serenas focus will be leaning toward the US Open. Not only can she overtake Steffi Grafs major title haul, but Serena will also be sure to equal the Germans record reign of 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1 if she goes deep at Flushing Meadows.Caple: She has already won four Olympic gold medals. She will definitely want another, but winning her 23rd Grand Slam and passing Graf will mean more, especially since Serena will turn 35 at the end of September.Garber: Some non-Americans point to the significance of the Olympics over the Slams, but I think Serena would take a US Open title in a heartbeat. That would be a record-breaking 23rd major, after all.Isaacson: Serena has never made any secret about the value with which she puts into the Olympics and her four gold medals. But a US Open title will forever distance her from the best in modern-day tennis and settle any lingering debate as to whether she is the greatest of all time.Should we expect any kind of post-Wimbledon hangover from Andy Murray?Atkin: Murray admitted to having a brutal hangover after enjoying a well-earned trip to a London nightclub following his Wimbledon win. But he wisely opted to skip Britains Davis Cup tie against Serbia and will not be at the Rogers Cup. It appears he is well-aware he needs to keep himself fresh if he wants to make it back-to-back majors.Caple: No. It should only make him feel better. Now, whether that will help him win gold in Rio or add a Slam at the US Open is up for debate. My bet would be he wont, but not because of any hangover, but because Djokovic should be back in top form.Garber: I dont think so. The last time Murray and Lendl teamed up they won a major (the 2012 US Open) and an Olympic gold in the same summer.Isaacson: Murray made a point of saying that after winning his second Wimbledon title, he wants to focus on consistent performances all year and, specifically, the No. 1 ranking. That motivation should be a quick antidote for any potential hangover.Who will have a better summer? Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal?Nic Atkin: Both men are out of the Rogers Cup with injuries -- but Nadals wrist issue must be more of a concern. As Federer showed at Wimbledon, he has been able to put his 2016 niggles behind him and should be good for another run to the last eight at the US Open at least. Historically, Nadal has taken longer to rehab.Caple: How about neither? Fed is 34, hasnt made it to a final this year and has missed multiple tournaments with injuries. Nadal is younger (30) and has won two tournaments in 2016, but he isnt at his peak anymore, either. Its time to look more to the next generation.Garber: Federer. After missing the French Open, he seems good to go. Rafa has the longer road back.Isaacson: Hmmm. Both have withdrawn from the Toronto Masters. Fed said he wants to rest, and Nadal conceded hes still not fully recovered from his wrist injury. No reason to think Fed wont bounce back stronger after a little breather. Cheap Air Max 90 2019 . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. Cheap Air Max 90 Black . 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.outletairmax90cheap.com/outlet-air-max-90-ultra-cheap.html . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Brown completed a 3-point play and grabbed the final rebound of the game to secure a 91-90 overtime victory for Loyola Marymount over Incarnate Word on Saturday.Loyola Marymounts Jeffery McClendon blocked a Tyler Singleton layup with two seconds left in the extra period. Shawn Johnson then got off a jump shot that missed and Brown grabbed the rebound.Johnson drilled a 3 with 38 seconds left in overtime to close to 91-90.Brown scored five of his 24 points in overtiime. Wholesale Air Max 90 Essential. Buay Tuach had 14 of his 16 points after halftime and Stefan Jovanovic added 15 for Loyola Marymount (5-3). Trevor Manuel chipped in 14 points.Incarnate Word was up 76-68 with 2:28 left in regulation. The Lions closed on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 80 and send it to overtime.Simi Socks scored a career-high 28 points for Incarnate Word (5-5). ' ' ' 
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ATHENS, Ga. Rowland Office Braves Jersey . -- Jacob Eason has shown flashes of his enormous potential.Then there are times when he looks very much like a freshman quarterback.Like this past Sunday, when he threw for only 29 yards in Georgias victory over South Carolina, the fewest passing yards by the Bulldogs since 1990.Coach Kirby Smart shrugged off Easons up-and-down play, saying thats to be expected when youre starting a guy right out of high school.Hes had his wow moments and hes had his bad moments, Smart said Tuesday. You know that youre going to inherently go through some of those. Youve got to encourage, youve got to teach, youve got to improve him as a player so theres progress there.The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) are definitely counting on Eason to show improvement, beginning with Saturdays game against Vanderbilt. But they also realize its not always going to be a steady progression.There are going to be some bumps along the way, and Eason could be challenged again by a Commodores defense that it tied for fourth in the SEC in passing yards allowed (215.3 per game).Smart never considered benching his quarterback in the 28-14 victory over the Gamecocks, even though he completed just 5 of 17 passes, with one touchdown and one interception.The way the Bulldogs were running the ball -- they piled up 326 yards behind Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and Brian Herrien -- allowed them to largely control the tempo of the game, which never felt as close as the score might have indicated.I dont think that decision is based on statistics, Smart said. Its based on your ability to execute and perform within the offense. Sometimes outside circumstances affect statistics, whether its dropped balls, whether its poor breakdowns in protection, whether its tipped balls. Theres a lot of things that affect that.While Smart said every starting position is up for grabs on a weekly basis, he seems intent on going with Eason through thick and thin. That means fifth-year senior Greyson Lambert, who started all but one game a season ago as well as this years opening victory over North Carolina, is likely to remain on the bench for the rest of his college career.Easons poor performance was not entirely his fault. The game, which was delayed a day by Hurricane Matthew, was played in a strong breeze that appeared to affect some of his throws. There were also several drops, which has been a problem at times for Georgias receiving corps.But Smart said there are plenty of areas where Eason can improve.Hes got to do better with his play-action fakes. Hes got to be more detailed with his drops. Hes got to be more exact in reading coverage. Hes got to be able to communicate a little better, the coach said. All of those things have been a work in progress since he got here. Its not like youre saying `Oh, this is what hes not good at. This is what hes got to improve on.Smart credited Lambert with doing his part to help Eason learn the nuances of the college game.He meets extra with Jacob each week to go through coverages he sees and helps him learn how to study film, which is really important for a freshman, Smart said. Youve got to understand, these kids didnt study high school film like they have to study in college.Easons teammates havent lost confidence in their young quarterback.After all, he did come through with a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to beat Missouri in the closing minutes, not to mention that 47-yard touchdown pass with just 10 seconds remaining against Tennessee, which would have pulled out another victory if not for the Volunteers completing a Hail Mary scoring pass on the final play.Its a learning curve, Michel said. Youve got to know what it feels like to not succeed before you succeed.Game notes Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter is expected to play for the first time this season against Vanderbilt. After two alcohol-related arrested during the offseason, Ledbetter served a six-game suspension. Hes handled everything weve asked him to do very well, Smart said. Well work him into the rotation. How much hell play will depend on how he practices this week.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Hank Aaron Braves Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. Francisco Cervelli Jersey . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. https://www.cheapbraves.com/463o-max-fried-jersey-braves.html . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. CHICAGO -- Matt Barkley had a quick chat with his old coach after picking up his first career victory.It was a sweet moment for a veteran quarterback -- and not just because it came against Chip Kelly.Were on good terms, Barkley said. Im grateful for the fact that he brought me into this league. No hard feelings at all.Barkley shook off a slow start to throw for 192 yards, Jordan Howard ran for 117 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears handed San Francisco its 11th straight loss, beating the 49ers 26-6 on a snowy Sunday.The 49ers (1-11) extended their franchise-record losing streak and set a club low with 6 yards net passing on a day when Colin Kaepernick got lifted for Blaine Gabbert.The Bears (3-9) finished with a season high in points and picked up a rare win in a matchup between two of the NFLs worst teams.Here are some things to know about the 49ers and Bears:CONFIDENT QB: Barkley has not played much in the NFL. But hes taking advantage of his opportunity with Jay Cutler out for the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury and backup Brian Hoyer on injured reserve.Barkley led a late comeback that ultimately fell short in last weeks loss to Tennessee. He got off to a rough start in this one, going nearly the entire first half without a completion. But he adjusted his arm angle because of the conditions, led a touchdown drive near the end of the second quarter and finished 11 of 18 without an interception.I thought he improved, coach John Fox said.It was a decent showing by a quarterback who was drafted by Philadelphia in 2013 when Kelly was coaching the Eagles. Barkley wasnt a great fit for Kellys offense because he lacks mobility, and he wound up getting dealt to Arizona in 2015.Now, his confidence is soaring.Probably at an all-time high in this league, Barkley said. Just knowing that I can play, that we can make plays as an offense.QUARTERBACK CHANGE: The 49ers benched Kaepernick for Gabbert early in the fourth quarter. Whether that was a temporary switch or a more long-terrm move isnt clear. Kyle Wright Jersey. The 49ers play the New York Jets next week, and Kelly wasnt about to tip his hand.Kaepernick, meanwhile, said the switch caught him off guard.Its not my place to really argue on the sideline, said Kaepernick, who found out from quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. I want to make sure I do what I can to help this team win and that was the decision that was made so I am going to support my teammates.Kaepernick completed just 1 of 5 passes for 4 yards and was sacked five times. He also ran for 20 yards on six attempts before Gabbert replaced him in the fourth quarter.Gabbert was 4 of 10 for 35 yards and sacked for a safety near the end of the game.DRAFT BOARD: If there was one positive for the 49ers, its that they gave their odds of landing the No. 2 draft pick a boost. They also remain in the running for the No. 1 spot. Only the winless Browns have a worse record.STINGY DEFENSE: Despite a long line of injuries and inconsistent play, the Bears defense has ranked among the top half in the NFL all season. And against the struggling 49ers, that group was nothing short of dominant.The Bears got six sacks -- two each from Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks -- and gave up their lowest point total since a 41-3 romp over Jacksonville on Oct. 7, 2012.RUNNING WITH IT: Howard continues to impress as a rookie.The fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana has five 100-yard games and his three rushing TDs tied for the second most by a Bears rookie in a game. Willie Galimore (1957) and Rashaan Salaam (1995) also did it. The only Bears rookie to rush for more in a game was Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.Howard, who came in with two rushing touchdowns, scored on a 1-yard run near the end of the first half. He added a 2-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the third and a 5-yard run midway through the quarter.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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The bald, worn patches on the courts of the All England Club are healing. Buy Air Max 90 Essential . This means its time to move on to the next part of the tennis season.Make no mistake: The summer swing is brutal -- and hot. This year, it will be complicated by the addition of the Rio Games, which has created scheduling abnormalities and withdrawals from some of the top players in some of the top events.So what should we expect from this selection of stars as the hard-court season begins in earnest? Our writers weigh in:How will Novak Djokovics early loss at Wimbledon affect his summer swing?Nic Atkin: He looked distracted at Wimbledon, but dont be fooled: Djokovic will come back strong, and he will be ready to dominate again. A motivated Djokovic is a scary thought, given what he has already accomplished while beating all comers, and he will also have benefited from skipping Serbias Davis Cup defeat to Great Britain.Jim Caple: Depending on whether he will be fully healthy, I think it will slightly affect his summer swing -- in that it will fire him up to play even better. He is the easily the best player in the world. Look for him to win another Slam at the US Open.Greg Garber: Not at all. Wimbledon was the French Open hangover -- that delivered him to his summer vacation a week early.Melissa Isaacson: Djokovic said after the loss to Sam Querrey that he was not really 100 percent, but wouldnt elaborate, though he did say he wanted to get away from tennis and pay more attention to his family. Understandable, and it might be just what he needed to break up the long grind and recharge from the recent disappointment.What would mean more to Serena Williams at this point in her career? Olympic gold or the US Open title?Atkin: Youve got to think Serenas focus will be leaning toward the US Open. Not only can she overtake Steffi Grafs major title haul, but Serena will also be sure to equal the Germans record reign of 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1 if she goes deep at Flushing Meadows.Caple: She has already won four Olympic gold medals. She will definitely want another, but winning her 23rd Grand Slam and passing Graf will mean more, especially since Serena will turn 35 at the end of September.Garber: Some non-Americans point to the significance of the Olympics over the Slams, but I think Serena would take a US Open title in a heartbeat. That would be a record-breaking 23rd major, after all.Isaacson: Serena has never made any secret about the value with which she puts into the Olympics and her four gold medals. But a US Open title will forever distance her from the best in modern-day tennis and settle any lingering debate as to whether she is the greatest of all time.Should we expect any kind of post-Wimbledon hangover from Andy Murray?Atkin: Murray admitted to having a brutal hangover after enjoying a well-earned trip to a London nightclub following his Wimbledon win. But he wisely opted to skip Britains Davis Cup tie against Serbia and will not be at the Rogers Cup. It appears he is well-aware he needs to keep himself fresh if he wants to make it back-to-back majors.Caple: No. It should only make him feel better. Now, whether that will help him win gold in Rio or add a Slam at the US Open is up for debate. My bet would be he wont, but not because of any hangover, but because Djokovic should be back in top form.Garber: I dont think so. The last time Murray and Lendl teamed up they won a major (the 2012 US Open) and an Olympic gold in the same summer.Isaacson: Murray made a point of saying that after winning his second Wimbledon title, he wants to focus on consistent performances all year and, specifically, the No. 1 ranking. That motivation should be a quick antidote for any potential hangover.Who will have a better summer? Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal?Nic Atkin: Both men are out of the Rogers Cup with injuries -- but Nadals wrist issue must be more of a concern. As Federer showed at Wimbledon, he has been able to put his 2016 niggles behind him and should be good for another run to the last eight at the US Open at least. Historically, Nadal has taken longer to rehab.Caple: How about neither? Fed is 34, hasnt made it to a final this year and has missed multiple tournaments with injuries. Nadal is younger (30) and has won two tournaments in 2016, but he isnt at his peak anymore, either. Its time to look more to the next generation.Garber: Federer. After missing the French Open, he seems good to go. Rafa has the longer road back.Isaacson: Hmmm. Both have withdrawn from the Toronto Masters. Fed said he wants to rest, and Nadal conceded hes still not fully recovered from his wrist injury. No reason to think Fed wont bounce back stronger after a little breather. Cheap Air Max 90 2019 . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. Cheap Air Max 90 Black . 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.outletairmax90cheap.com/outlet-air-max-90-ultra-cheap.html . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Brown completed a 3-point play and grabbed the final rebound of the game to secure a 91-90 overtime victory for Loyola Marymount over Incarnate Word on Saturday.Loyola Marymounts Jeffery McClendon blocked a Tyler Singleton layup with two seconds left in the extra period. Shawn Johnson then got off a jump shot that missed and Brown grabbed the rebound.Johnson drilled a 3 with 38 seconds left in overtime to close to 91-90.Brown scored five of his 24 points in overtiime. Wholesale Air Max 90 Essential. Buay Tuach had 14 of his 16 points after halftime and Stefan Jovanovic added 15 for Loyola Marymount (5-3). Trevor Manuel chipped in 14 points.Incarnate Word was up 76-68 with 2:28 left in regulation. The Lions closed on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 80 and send it to overtime.Simi Socks scored a career-high 28 points for Incarnate Word (5-5). ' ' ' 
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NEW YORK -- Denard Span singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth inning of Wednesday nights NL wild-card game, the first hit off the New York Mets Noah Syndergaard in a matchup tied 0-0. Mark McGwire Athletics Jersey .Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked two, fanning four straight in the second and third innings, and then four in a row before Span singled on a slider with a 1-2 count.Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed a pair of singles and a double through five innings.Rene Rivera was erased on James Loneys double-play grounder after his leadoff hit in the third, Asdrubal Cabrera was stranded after his one-out single in the fourth and the Mets failed to capitalize on rookie T.J. Riveras leadoff double in the fifth. Bumgarner threw 69 pitches in the first four innings, including seven in each of the first three.The winner opens the NL Division Series on Friday at the Chicago Cubs. Jake Diekman Jersey . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. Cheap Athletics Jerseys . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. https://www.cheapathleticsonline.com/3045m-chad-pinder-jersey-athletics.html .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. NEW YORK -- Clean. Precise. One-sided. Historic. New York saw it all from Conor McGregor.On Saturday night, McGregor (21-3) became the first fighter in mixed martial arts history to hold multiple UFC titles at the same time. Already the featherweight champion, McGregor knocked out?Eddie Alvarez?at 3:04 of the second round to become the lightweight champion at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. It was the first UFC event held in the venue.One of the most staggering achievements in the history of the sport was made even more so by how effortless McGregor made it look. Alvarez never had a chance.Theyre not on my level, McGregor said. Youve got to have size, reach, length. Youve got to have some attributes. If you dont, I will rip your head off. Thats what I say every time.The final sequence began with Alvarez (28-5), a former Bellator MMA champion with one of the most decorated résumés of all time at 155 pounds, overcommitting on a punch.McGregor, 28, slipped the punch and dropped Alvarez with a quick combination. Referee John McCarthy gave Alvarez a chance to recover, but it was clear he was finished, and it didnt take much more offense from McGregor for McCarthy to step in and stop the fight.McGregor scored three knockdowns in the first three minutes of the fight. The first came about one minute in, courtesy of his infamous left hand. Despite being dropped three times in the first round, Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, somehow bounced to his feet after each and appeared to recover his balance quickly.The onslaught from McGregor just never stopped. The only time Alvareez managed to slow things down came in the second round, when he was able to pin McGregor along the fence for a short period of time. Frankie Montas Athletics Jersey. .McGregor announced at the postfight news conference he is expecting the birth of his first child in early 2017. He intends to take a break until then, and expects the new owners of the UFC at WME-IMG to reach out to him in the meantime.Have this baby, take a little bit of time and see what way I feel after that, McGregor said. Theyve got to come talk to me now. No one has come talk to me since the sale [in July] happened -- as a businessman.Who owns the company? People have shares of the company, celebrities. Conan OBrien owns the UFC these days. Wheres my share? Wheres my equity? If Im the one bringing this, theyve got to come talk to me. Thats all I know. You want me to stick around and keep doing what Im doing? I want what I deserve. What Ive earned.UFC president Dana White seemed to agree with McGregor about his special status after Saturday nights performance.This aint hype. This is real, man, White said. Everybody said that the kink in his armor was wrestling, and when he meets a guy who can wrestle hes in big trouble -- not one takedown tonight. Defended everything.You know, Eddie Alvarez was saying Santa Claus isnt real. Santa Claus is back, you know what I mean? The guy is special. And whats next? Well let him enjoy this moment. Im gonna enjoy this moment. And well talk business later. ' ' ' 
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A month after starting his record-breaking AFL career at Geelong, all Corey Enright wanted to do was end it. Don Baylor Angels Jersey .The teenager from Kimba, the SA country town halfway between Perth and Sydney, had a bad case of homesickness.So his parents Garry and Maxine flew to Victoria in the summer of 1999-2000 and met Cats officials, including senior coach Mark Thompson.They were very, very concerned that he was homesick and wasnt going to last in Geelong, Thompson told AAP.They were prepared to take him home - and Im so glad they didnt.I was nervous and I just remember begging them to give us a bit more time.I was confident hed be okay and wed be good enough to get him through that period.Thompson credits ex-Cats player Paul Brown, then working at the club in player welfare, for helping Enright settle at Geelong.He (Brown) was the guy who got close to him, made the extra effort ... you involve them, you get him included in things to do outside of football training, Thompson said.The meeting between parents and club proved one of the AFLs great sliding-doors moments.Corey would have missed out, too. It was lucky, Thompson said.After some initial struggles with location, injury and form, Enright quickly found his feet.Thompson was stumped when asked to remember the last time he saw Enright play a bad game.Once he got going after a couple of years, it was almost like you had to teach him how to play, and give him the games to play, and then once he learned the game, you didnt have to coach him any more, Thompson saidHe just turned up.He was just easy to coach and a great bloke.You just sit back and enjoy hes a Geelong player, because he was such a good player.Thompson, who coached the Cats to the 2007 and 09 premierships, rated Enright among the best five players during his time at the club.He adds Enright is also easily among the best five people he has met during his decades in the game.Him and his best mate - (Matthew) Scarlett. Both of them are top blokes, Thompson said.Theyre wired the same way, I think. Rod Carew Angels Jersey . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. CJ Wilson Angels Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. https://www.cheapangels.com/323j-nolan-ryan-jersey-angels.html .S. hockey team after paying his dues as an NHL general manager for more than three decades and giving up a lot of his free time to help USA Hockey.KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wade Davis went from grieving to celebrating a victory. Davis came off the family emergency leave list and pitched six solid innings, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Monday night. The Royals won for the 17th time in 20 games and moved past Cleveland and into second place in the AL Central, while the Marlins are 1-8 in their past nine. Davis had not pitched since Aug. 2, returning to Florida to be with his family after the death of his stepbrother on Aug. 3. "The organization has been great," Davis said. "Were like a family in here. Its good to have support." Davis could not put into words his emotions for taking the mound against the Marlins. "Honestly, I dont know," Davis said. "I just felt like I was out there, not really (more) emotional than that. It was good to get out and compete a little bit and get back with the team and help the team try to win." Davis (6-9) allowed two runs and six hits while striking out three and walking two. "I felt OK," he said. "I got a little tired towards the end with the layoff, but overall pretty good." Davis is 2-0 in his past three starts and won for the first time at Kauffman Stadium since April 10. "Wade threw the ball great," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He got us through six innings. He gave up two in the sixth. The worst pitch he made was to (Greg) Dobbs. He just kind of pulled a two-seamer that came back over the middle of the plate. I was real impressed the way he threw the ball." Marlins starter Tom Koehler (3-8) held the Royals hitless until two out in the fourth, when they pieced together four straight hits. Justin Maxwells triple scored Mike Moustakas, who had an infield single for the first hit. Chris Getzs single up the middle brought home Maxwell. "It just looked like he was pitching behind," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He had a tough time getting ahead. They didnt hit him hard but they made the most of their hits. "It seems like thats the way were going and were not scoring enough runs to cover up any mistakes. We dont have the offence to cover up any mistakes and right now were making too many mistakes." Getz, Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson, the bottom third of the Royals order, combined for six hits, a walk, three runs, three stolen bases and three RBIs. Shohei Ohtani Angels Jersey. . Getz went 3 for 4 in his first game off the disabled list. Escobar, Dyson and David Lough stroked run-producing hits in a three-run sixth as the Royals snapped a 2-all tie. In the top of the inning, Logan Morrison and Dobbs punched RBI doubles off Davis. Butler homered to lead off the seventh against Ryan Webb to extend his hitting streak to six games. He is hitting .438 with six extra-base hits on the homestand. "I got into a good hitters count and didnt miss it," Butler said. "Ive been in hitters count before and didnt have those results. Its good to get one. "The first half was definitely a grind for me. I was kind of hit or miss. I was doing my same stuff, but wasnt getting the results. Ive been feeling good ever since the second half started. Im just taking confidence from each day and letting it build. Ive always been better in the second half throughout my career." The Marlins loaded the bases in the fourth and seventh innings, but failed to score. Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to end the fourth, while Ed Lucas flied out to left to end the seventh. "Were just not getting that big hit," Lucas said. "Its been the story of the last few months. We had a pretty good pitching performance. We just couldnt get the hits when it counted. Weve got to do a better job with runners in scoring position, myself especially." Moustakas left in the fifth with a strained left calf and will be examined further Tuesday. Newly acquired Jamey Carroll hit for him and remained in to play third. Notes: LF Alex Gordon was not in the Royals lineup. His wife, Jamie, gave birth to a son, Sam Patrick. Gordon is not going on the paternity leave list and will likely play Tuesday. . Morrison, who was born in Kansas City and went to nearby Maple Woods Juco, played his first game at Kauffman Stadium. He said he left about 60 tickets for family and friends. .The Royals made four more roster moves Monday, bringing their total to 14 since Saturday. Getz was activated from the disabled list and Carroll, who was acquired in a Sunday trade with Minnesota, arrived and put on the roster. The Royals optioned INF Irving Falu and LHP Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha. ' ' ' 
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tampa Bay right-hander Chase Whitley could maybe follow the mold of Texas left-hander Martin Perez. Cheap Adidas NMD 2019 .Perez (10-11) is proof that you can make it all the way back from Tommy John surgery, which is what Whitley (0-0) is trying to do. The two face off in the regular-season finale Sunday at Globe Life Park.Whitley makes his first big-league start since May 14, 2015, when he was a member of the New York Yankees. He left that start because of an elbow injury which led to surgery. He was limited to nine minor league starts this year as he rehabbed from the injury, but earned the right to start Sunday by allowing two runs in 10 1/3 innings with the Rays.He probably had a pretty good idea that it was going to happen, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. We felt it was important to get Chase somewhere in there. Hes worked so hard for us all year. Were really excited about the way hes come back, how hes thrown the ball this year and then the way his off-speed pitches have played up. We view him as being a really big asset for our team next year.While Whitley is excited about 2017 too, hes also happy to have a chance to start again at this level.Im very thankful that the Lord blessed me to able to come back, Whitley said. Anytime youre getting to start in the major leagues is truly a blessing. Thats something I dont think Ill take for granted.Perez (10-11, 4.37 ERA) had his Tommy John rehab year in 2015, and is making his final start before the postseason. Hell do so having established career highs in starts at 32. He can set a career high with wins if he beats the Rays Sunday, and if he pitches at least 4 1/3 innings, hell surpass the 200-inning mark in a season for the first time in his career.I want to finish strong and try to throw up a couple of more zeros, thats all, Perez said. I feel good. Im just trying to build on my 200 innings. That means I feel okay and Im ready to compete for more years in the big leagues at this level. Im trying to be ready for the playoffs too.Perez will likely have at least a week between starts as the Rangers wont turn to him until Game 3 or Game 4 of the American League Division Series. The club has also sewn up home field throughout the postseason, which would allow Perez to treat Sunday as a chance to work on things if he wanted to make sure hes sharp for the ALDS.He isnt approaching it that way though.I think Im just staying focused, not trying to change anything, Perez said. Its the same baseball, same game. Its going to be more people and more pressure, but its the same baseball. I just want to stay focused and try to throw a strike every time. Cheap NMD Online . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. Wholesale NMD . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. http://www.cheapnmdonline.com/authentic-pharrell-williams-x-adidas-nmd-human-race-eqt-yellow-unisex.html . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL.TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have placed reliever Jan Perez on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez suffered the injury in Friday nights loss to the Oakland Athletics. "Juans not a young guy," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said as the team awaited news on the extent of the 34-year-olds injury. "Hes a warrior. Hes a great competitor and hes done a good job for us. Its unfortunate. We dont know how its going to end up. You feel for anybody in this business." Perez pitched an inning and two-thirds in Torontos loss to the Oakland Athletics before feeling something go wrong. "Any time the guy calls you out there, yeah, its usually not good," Gibbons said. The Blue Jays recalled righty reliever Mickey Storey from their triple-A affiliate, the BBuffalo Bisons. Fake NMD Human Race For Sale. . Storey, 27, appeared in two games this season, pitching 3 2/3 innings with a 7.36 ERA. "He can fit that role that we need: a guy that can pitch some innings, two, three four, maybe," Gibbons said. "A strike-thrower. Hes been here before. Kind of long guy, yeah. We can use him in different roles. Hopefully we dont get to that point, but if we do, he can throw multiple innings for us." Perez made 19 appearances this season, going 1-3 with a 3.69 ERA. Spending most of his professional career in the minor leagues, Perez has also been with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers. The Blue Jays got a strong contribution early in Perezs tenure in Toronto, as he didnt allow an earned run in his first 14 appearances. ' ' ' 
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LONDON -- Dick Pound has written a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency assessing the current state of drug-testing. NHL Jerseys . It doesnt paint a pretty picture. Despite increased testing and scientific advances to detect more sophisticated substances, Pound said anti-doping programs are failing and drug cheats are getting away scot-free because of a lack of will among sports organizations, governments and athletes. In his report to WADA and in an interview with The Associated Press, Pound blamed the failings on "human and political factors" and called out sports federations, the IOC and WADA itself for not doing enough to catch serial dopers like Lance Armstrong. The whole system, he said, is undermined by bickering among different groups, political interference, conflicts of interest and lack of incentives for nabbing drug offenders. "There are clearly many systemic, organizational and human reasons why the drug-testing programs have been generally unsuccessful in detecting dopers/cheats," Pound wrote in the report submitted to the WADA executive committee and foundation board in Montreal last weekend. "There is no general appetite to undertake the effort and expense of a successful effort to deliver doping-free sport," the report adds. Pound chaired a five-person working group which produced the 26-page report entitled "Lack of Effectiveness of Testing Programs." It carries weight considering that Pound served as WADAs first chairman from 1999-2008. The Canadian is also a senior member of the International Olympic Committee. "It ought to be a wakeup call," Pound told the AP. "It ought to be a call to arms. Well see what kind of response we get from the stakeholders. It will be on their heads if they dont respond properly." The report, which includes numerous recommendations, is being sent to all the client groups and will be up for consideration at WADAs meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September -- two months before the world doping conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pound singled out the Armstrong case as a prime example of how the system isnt working. The American cyclist escaped detection for years before finally admitting that he doped while winning the Tour de France seven times. "Armstrong is tested north of 300 times while taking all this stuff and never tested positive," Pound said by telephone from Montreal. "How is that possible?" The report points out that the number of doping controls carried out around the world has increased significantly over the years and testing methods have improved -- yet, that has not resulted in more cheats being caught. The report cites statistics showing that, of 250,000 drug tests per year, less than 1 per cent produce positive findings for serious doping substances. Thats despite intelligence suggesting the rate of cheating is much higher. "If youre conservative and believe that 10 per cent are doping, four out of every five athletes who are doping are not getting picked up by these tests," Pound said in the interview. "Why is that?" "The elephant in the room is the human factor, not the science, not the system," he said. "The fact is, there is no concerted will on the part of virtually all the stakeholders to do what is necessary." Pound complained that athletes dont speak out against doping, national and international federations are weak on the issue, national agencies are under the influence of governments, and governments have no incentive to catch their own nationals. "The whole system is perpetuated that way," he said. According to the report, anti-doping organizations focus too much on the quantity of tests, rather than the quality and effectiveness. It said sports bodies, including the IOC, "take public, but false, comfort" from the large number of tests, which are predictable. "Its like the IOC suddenly announcing its going to do 5,000 tests before London," Pound said. "So nobodys under any particular element of surprise and you can miss two tests simply by not answering the door if youre on something." The report also cites a "lack of inclination on the part of WADA to name and shame" sports federations which dont comply with anti-doping rules; a lack of widespread testing for EPO, insulin and growth hormone; opposition to testing programs by players unions; different rules for team and individual sports; and doping control officers being threatened and bribed. Disputes over WADAs role are also hindering the ant-doping effort, with the agency "viewed as an irritant, surrounded by stakeholders, some of which are self-interested or conflicted organizations," the report said. "The international federations still think WADA is a service organization for their benefit," Pound said. "It was never intended to be that at all. The international federations think its WADAs responsibility to do their work, except they dont want WADA to do the work." Governments, which provide 50 per cent of WADAs funding, have shown waning interest, with many sending civil servants instead of ministers to the meetings, the report said. The report said WADA must be the "designated leader, co-ordinator and monitor" of the anti-doping movement. To do that, it should reduce its research and education programs and focus on testing and compliance. WADAs main thrust should be monitoring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, which came into force in 2004 and sets out rules for all athletes, sports and countries, the report said. "Weve got compliance standards that are completely meaningless," Pound said. "They dont measure effectiveness. They only measure quantity." The report said WADA should be able to impose interim sanctions on a sport which is found to be non-compliant with the code. If the sport remains non-compliant, "appropriate action" should be taken. Under IOC rules, compliance with the code is mandatory for sports in the Olympics. Pound said the IOC should live up to the rules and kick out any sport which falls short. "If youre not compliant, then there should be consequences," he said. "Every time somebody gets close and you say, Maybe we should take road (cycling) racing off the program for a while, out comes the IOC wringing their hands and saying, Oh dear, we cant punish innocent athletes for the failure of a few. "You need some tough love here. You need some peer pressure." The report recommends mandatory use of the biological passport program, which monitors an athletes blood profile over time to look for signs of cheating. Track and field, swimming and cycling are among sports using the system. Other recommendations include: encouraging "whistle-blowing" so athletes and others can come forward with information without fearing harsh punishments; ensuring that doping samples can be removed from a country without interference or tampering; EPO tests should be included in all testing programs; and pre-emptive target testing should be allowed in team sports. NBA Jerseys .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Nike Jerseys .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. https://www.cheapjerseysjustwholesale.com/ . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. After a gruelling loss to Melbourne and an energy sapping extra-time win over Brisbane, how much petrol is left in the tank for the Cowboys?League punters have been pondering the question all week and the conclusion they seem to have come to is not enough.Cronulla has been crunched from $2.20 to $2.05 and has all the betting momentum at the moment, said UBET spokesperson Nick Curry.North Queensland will still go into tonight as the favourite, but theyre blowing a gale out to $1.80.Canberra comprehensively outpointed Melbourne a few weeks ago, but punters must have short memories, because tthe betting trend on the second prelim suggests the Storm will be exacting revenge. Cheap Jerseys. 75% of all money held is with Melbourne, already cut to $1.40 from $1.45, and judging by what our customers have been doing to date, that price may well disappear, said Curry.As we know, the Storm is relentless in attack and defence and the Raiders relative inexperience in finals seems to be a major concern for fans.Odds for both sudden-death finals can be found here. ' ' ' 
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CHARLOTTE, N. Roberto Osuna Astros Jersey .C. -- When former race car driver Shawna Robinson completed her final radiation treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer in September 2015, she thought the dreaded disease was in her rearview mirror. After all, she was in remission.A little more than six months later, cancer again would affect her family. Her son, Tanner Clark, was diagnosed with testicular cancer just two days before his 20th birthday.I was a mess [when Tanner was diagnosed], the 51-year-old Robinson said. I didnt know what to think. But then you have to pull yourself together because you have to be strong for him and let him know well get through it.Tanners diagnosis was the continuation of a nightmare family saga that began in January 2014 when his 69-year-old grandfather, Dale Clark, lost his battle with prostate cancer. Two months later, Tanners mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Robinson faced an arduous 1?-year battle that involved surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Sue Clark, Tanners grandmother, lost her brother to lung cancer in the fall of 2015. And then in April 2016, Tanner was diagnosed.Although Sues son, Jeff Clark, and Shawna Robinson divorced in 2000, Sue Clark opened her Charlotte home to Shawna and children Tanner and Samantha (now 19) when Robinson was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The children frequently stayed with their grandparents when Shawna and Jeff traveled for their racing careers, and already had rooms there.Even though she and Jeff are divorced, she has always been a big part of our family, Sue said last year as Shawna neared the end of her treatments. It just made it easier for everybody involved.Shawna, Tanner and Tanners girlfriend, Mandy Cressman, were back in Sue Clarks home recently, reflecting on their cancer battles.When Tanner discovered a lump while visiting Cressman in Arlington, Virginia, he sent a text to his grandmother and asked her to make a doctors appointment for him -- a lesson he learned from his grandfathers experience. An ultrasound revealed a malignant tumor.[Dr. Glenn Holladay] said there were two lumps instead of one, Tanner recalled. He said when there were multiple tumors, there was no way its benign.Surgery was scheduled immediately, but chemotherapy didnt begin until two months later. Tanner, an online gamer, had a tournament to attend and didnt want to let his three teammates down. The doctor didnt recommend the two-month wait, but said he believed all of the cancer had been removed because no tumor markers existed after the surgery.They wanted to do chemo just to make sure there wasnt that small, minute chance there might be a microscopic cancer bug somewhere that could spread, Sue Clark said. That had a lot to do with the decision on one or two rounds of chemo. One round is brutal because its every day for five days. I was devastated over them doing all of this to him in one week, but that is how they treat testicular cancer.Tanners chemotherapy lasted three weeks overall. In the first week, he received chemo six hours a day for five consecutive days. The second and third weeks, he received chemo each Monday, and fluids on Wednesday and Friday.After his first chemo treatment, Tanner said he realized he couldnt continue his pursuit of Call of Duty in his normal fashion. He composed a tweet for TwitLonger while receiving his second dose of chemo, explaining why he wouldnt be involved in online gaming for numerous hours. He encouraged everyone to become aware of their bodies and their health. He noted his stream would be temporarily inactive, not dead.Ive been dealing with this, Im still going to be grinding. I do not expect sympathy or anything further to come from this, my intent is to inform, Tanner wrote in his tweet.The courage with which Tanner faced cancer impressed his father.I think I took it [his diagnosis] worse than he did. When he was diagnosed, he never once said, Why me? or This isnt fair, said Jeff Clark, the vice president of sales for Roush Yates Engines. The first thing he said was, Can you imagine really young kids that dont even understand cancer who get a terminal diagnosis? How unfair is that for young kids? Im not going to complain about my situation.That really gave me a sense of his maturity and his ownership of what he had. Im very proud of him. He always looked at it as temporary. His attitude helped us through the ordeal.Tanners parents went to his first chemotherapy treatment together, remaining with him the entire six hours. Throughout Tanners treatments, Robinson often would take him there, and his father would bring him home.I give Shawna a lot of credit, Jeff Clark said. Shawna could give true testimony to Tanner on what he was going to experience, what he was going to feel. He took that to heart. That gave Tanner a real sense of respect and appreciation for his mom. She helped him get through a lot of the unknown.Robinson noted that the chemo quickly took a toll on her 6-foot-2 sons lean body. He weighed 150 pounds when he began the treatments. After the first week, his weight had dropped to 138.Tanner said having his mother accompany him to treatments was instrumental.The best part was having her at the hospital with me because shes been in the bed I was in, Tanner said. They dont explain to you how chemo feels and how it goes.Robinson said she and her son experienced many of the same side effects of the chemo. A notable difference was when the hair loss began. Robinson said her hair came out in clumps, while her sons shed over several days.Tanner often wears a ball cap to cover his bald head. He said he still experiences dizziness and confusion.His body is still carrying it [chemo], said Robinson, one of just 16 women to compete at NASCARs highest level and one of three, along with Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick, to race in the Daytona 500. I dont know when Im going to feel the same again. I still feel weakness. He had a lot of the same reactions I did.Doctors will monitor Tanner for 18 months. Every two months, he will have blood work to check for tumor markers, and every four months he will receive a scan.Tanner and the rest of the family have altered their diet significantly because of cancer. They have switched to almond milk and have drastically reduced their sugar intake. Sugar-coated cereals are gone from Sue Clarks kitchen. Tanners daily breakfast now consists of plain Cheerios with fresh fruit. All candy in the house is sugar free. Tanner also is attempting to reduce his red meat intake.Our racer mentality makes us feel we have the ability to fix anything, Jeff Clark said. When youre faced with these real-life health issues, it resets your mind to understand how fragile we are and how fragile life is, and to make the most of family time as much as we do our racing time.Were all guilty of sometimes putting too much emphasis on racing. Things like this really bring us full circle to realize the value and importance of family.Deb Williams is a North Carolina-based writer and former editor. She has covered auto racing for United Press International, USA Today and The Charlotte Observer. - Darryl Kile Astros Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Roberto Osuna Jersey . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. https://www.cheapastros.com/1173o-brad-peacock-jersey-astros.html . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. RIO DE JANEIRO -- There may have been a time, when athletes smoked pipes, competed in everyday clothes and didnt tweet sponsored messages, a time that fewer and fewer people can remember, when sports were real, not theater.Theater requires audiences to suspend their disbelief, to pretend that the cardboard tree on stage is a forest and that the actor holding a skull is Hamlet.Today, after decades of doping, the best performances in the world of sport are almost immediately followed by whispers and social media postings with one question: What are they on? That wasnt always the case. Sports used to be seen as the most real form of entertainment, with regular humans doing amazing things.Paavo Nurmi, the first athlete to win five gold medals at a single Olympics, in Paris in 1924, was a former bakers errands boy who used his earnings from running to provide his family with electric light and running water.Bill Foulkes, who played in 688 matches for Manchester United from 1952 to 1970, kept his job in a coal mine when starting out at Old Trafford, underground five days a week and training with the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.Ethiopias Abebe Bikila retained his Olympic marathon title in 1964 just 40 days after having his appendix removed. Swedish skiing great Ingemar Stenmark strapped on his first skis at age five.Their achievements, one assumes with the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia, didnt need to be second-guessed at every turn. The Say it aint so, Joe reaction in more innocent times to suspect performances has become a jaded shoulder shrug of Dude, what did you expect? or its 140-character equivalent.The acidic drip, drip, drip of cheating by greedy individuals and insecure governments in the past half-century caused this corrosion of the Olympic experience. Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, abused East German teenagers, urine-swapping Russian agents, they all brought doubt to sports. The paradise of being able to accept sporting excellence for what it is, simply excellent, has been lost.Not completely. But enough that arched eyebrows have become as necessary as a cold drink and a comfy cushion when watching cycling, track and field, and other sports taken for too many rides by dopers. Olympic weightlifting isnt worth watching at all, given how history suggests that a sizeable proportion of medalists in Rio de Janeiro will likely be handing them back when the International Olympic Committee gets around to thawing out and retesting drug-test samples taken at these games, as it has done with those from Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Those retests have so far yielded 98 positives from multiple countries and sports, including 12 weightlifting medalists from 2012.. Jim Bouton Astros Jersey. .So, of course, Wayde van Niekerk had to be asked whether he is on drugs after he broke Michael Johnsons 17-year-old world record in the Rio Games 400-meter final. Hopefully, Van Niekerk didnt take the questions personally. They are just symptoms of the twice-bitten times; boxes self-respecting journalists must tick. The South African replied that he is clean.Armstrong, of course, used to say the same thing, evading most journalists sniff tests even more expertly than he and his teammates used to limbo under doping controls. Even now, after Armstrongs belated confessions that his Tour de France wins were a sham, the ease with which he lied remains remarkable for its assured delivery.Ive never taken performance-enhancing drugs, he said in a sworn deposition in 2005 . How many times do I have say it?Re-watching that, thinking how much of sports credibility he and other dopers have stolen, it is impossible not to feel cynical and angry. Likewise, watching any Russian athlete in Rio has been a struggle. Hard not to picture urine samples being passed at night through a hole in the wall of the drug-test lab at the 2014 Sochi Olympics for tipping down a drain.Still, it is important to have some faith.The reason to believe most of what you are seeing from Rio is not the 5,500 drug tests, which smart dopers know how to trick, or what athletes say, but because the alternative -- not believing -- is simply too depressing. Not trusting that most Olympians got here through hard work, good genes and honesty would mean that hard work, good genes, honesty count for nothing. And that is not true.Not believing in Van Niekerks time of 43.03 seconds simply because no one has run that fast before would mean also not believing that 43.03 seconds is humanly possible at all. Same goes for Michael Phelps unprecedented 28 swimming medals or Usain Bolts now seven (and counting) Olympic sprinting golds. Doubting brilliance simply because it is brilliant undermines the strongest reason for holding the games: so that humanitys fastest, springiest and strongest can get together to expand the envelope of what is physically and mentally possible.So although that voice in your head asking Is this for real? is understandable, even healthy, dont be drowned out by it.Dial down the cynicism, arch just one eyebrow, and try to enjoy the theater.---John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester . See his work at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/john-leicester ' ' ' 
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Thanksgiving is traditionally when general managers size up their rosters and begin to strategize their trade plans for the months ahead. Cheap Jerseys From China . Mind you, I would argue in todays salary-cap/crushed beer-can standings era, some teams dont know if theyre buyers or sellers until 24 hours before the deadline. Still, lets look at five players (in no particular order) who could be moved before the March 1 deadline:Evander Kane, LW, Buffalo SabresEver since he scored 30 goals as a 20-year-old with the Winnipeg Jets?in 2011-12, you figured there was more of that to come for the Vancouver native. And certainly his 17 goals in the lockout-shortened, 48-game season of 2012-13 suggested as much. But hes essentially been a 20-goal scorer ever since, and thats disappointing, probably as much to him as anyone else given the pure goal-scoring talent this guy has. No question the Sabres would be open to moving him, and a top-four defenseman is what they would covet in return. On the one hand, given some of Kanes off-ice issues, you wonder if teams will be scared away. On the other hand, hes still only 25, and you know the talent is there. Hes got one more season left on his contract at $5.25 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent in July 2018 -- which happens to be the same summer both Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart will have lucrative new contracts kick in for 2018-19. Can the Sabres move Kane for a decent return?Martin Hanzal, C, Arizona CoyotesYou cant teach 6-foot-6. The pending unrestricted free agent would be some kind of addition for a playoff contender. The postseason becomes a grind-fest and Hanzals beast-like strength would be a handy addition. The Coyotes talked contract extension with him before the season, but nothing seemed to gain traction. I figure the Coyotes are wary of giving him term; theyve got a bevy of young forwards and dont want to block their way long-term. But you cant blame Hanzal, 29, if he wants to cash in for what really will be his last chance to do so. The buyer-beware tag on the Czech is that hes hurt a lot; he hasnt played 70-plus games since 2009-10 (although he played 39 of 48 in 2012-13 lockout season). My guess is the Coyotes will try to re-sign Hanzal before March 1. But if they cant, it goes without saying the rebuilding club needs to acquire an asset or two in exchange for letting him walk. He would help any team, but boy, would he ever look good helping the Montreal Canadiens get bigger down the middle.Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh PenguinsIt was a good idea, in theory, that the Penguins would benefit from having two No. 1 goalies in this seasons compressed schedule and then wait until after the season to figure out where to send Fleury before the expansion draft while protecting Matt Murray. But I think reality is setting in. There is just not enough net to accommodate two guys who need to play a lot. So I think the Penguins would be open to moving Fleury before March 1 if a team stepped up. And Fleury certainly controls a lot of this with a full no-movement clause, but the Penguins want to do right by him because hes been such a classy guy for the community and organization. The question is whether Fleury would waive his no-movement clause for the purpose of the expansion draft and simply go to Vegas in June. Thats possible. But I have to think hed rather get this over with sooner and find a new home before March 1. If Brian Elliott (unrestricted free agent on July 1) doesnt turn around his game, would the Calgary Flames come calling? Or the Dallas Stars? Fleurys contract has two more years left after this season at a $5.75 million cap hit, which is a nice bargain for a guy with two Cup rings and who remains one of the leagues elite netminders. If youre a team needing a goalie upgrade, wake up and call Pittsburgh. Youre not only getting an elite goalie, but an even greater person in the dressing room.Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay LightningThe Flames problems run deeper than their goaltending, but its hard not to wonder how things might look for Calgary with Bishop in net if a deal with Tampa Bay at the June draft not fallen through . Bishop is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and its pretty clear the Lightning made their choice when they extended young Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer (a deal that kicks in next season). Not to mention the fact that they agreed to trade parameters with the Flames only to see the deal fall through because Bishop couldnt agree to contract terms with Calgary on a new extension. The question, however, is whether a serious Cup contender such as Tampa Bay would actually deal Bishop before March 1 or just keep him and all hands on deck for a championship run and let the chips fall where they might after the season. If Bishop walks away for nothing July 1, its not nothing: The Bolts get $6 million in cap room, which they can use on new contracts for Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin, all pending restricted free agents. Plus, perhaps, Bishop helping the Bolts win a Cup before leaving? I suppose it all comes down to what kind of offers the Lightning get for Bishop before March 1.Dennis Wideman, D, Calgary FlamesThe 33-year-old veteran is an unrestricted free agent July 1 and given all the money tied up on the Flames blue-line, it seems unlikely they re-sign Wideman unless somebody else is moved out, which is also a possibility. But if the Flames dont get back into the playoff race before March 1, they would look at recouping an asset. Hes a right-handed, top-four blue-liner who still has bite in his game, playing more than 21 minutes a night. Theres got to be a market for that among serious playoff teams, right? Offcial Jerseys . 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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Ike Smith scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, Mike Hughes had 15 of his 19 and Georgia Southern defeated Florida A&M 83-72 at the Savannah Invitational on Friday.Jake Allsmiller had six 3-pointers for 18 points, 15 in the first half, to keep the Eagles (3-3) in the game. Georgia Southern made seven 3s but was just 10 of 33 overall and trailed 33-32 at halftime.With Hughes making all five of his 3-pointers and Smith going 6 for 8 with two 3s, the Eagles shot 53 percent in the second half to pull away. Authentic Jerseys. esmond Williams had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Rattlers (2-5), who made five behind the arc compared with the Eagles 15.Thanks to Allsmiller, Georgia Southern reserves outscored Florida A&M 33-20. ' ' ' 
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