DARLINGTON, S. Cleveland Browns Jerseys .C. - Kevin Harvick took advantage of new tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end and win the longest race in the Darlington tracks 65-year NASCAR history on Saturday. Having been among the drivers outgunned the previous night in the Nationwide Series race by a car on fresher rubber, Harvick used the same approach in the Sprint Cup event. "I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race," Harvick said. "It was a good tool in your bag to have there at the end." Harvick started from pole and had the most dominant car, but had to make it through a restart with 10 laps left and two tries at a green-white-checkered finish for added laps. Earnhardt finished second, his best showing at the track where his late father won nine times. Jimmie Johnson was third, 2013 winner Matt Kenseth fourth and Greg Biffle fifth. "It hurts a little bit to come this close," Earnhardt said. "Running seconds great, but nobodys really going to remember that." Harvick led 239 of the 374 laps, seven more than planned, and became the first two-time winner in the first eight races of the season. It also gave a bit of relief to those winners under the new 16-team Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that they wouldnt have to jostle with 26 winners — there are 26 races before the final 10 playoff events — to try and make it in. "It feels great," Harvick said. "Its allowed us with the way the points system is to go for wins and not have to worry about the bad weeks too much." Harvick had just three top-fives and six top-10 finishes in 17 career Darlington races before this. He had nit finished better than fifth in his past 10 tries. He was cruising with 10 laps left when Joey Loganos car leaked fluids on the track. Johnson and Earnhardt took just two tires in the pits and snuck out ahead of Harvick, who had taken four tires and restarted fifth. Earnhardt quickly moved past Johnson for the lead until Denny Hamlin hit the wall for the 10th caution to set up the overtime finish. Earnhardt was still out front on that restart when Clint Bowyer got too close to Kurt Busch and spun him out — Busch made sure to walk up the track and stare down Bowyer — to force a second green-white-checkered finish. This time, Harvick and his fresher tires easily got past Earnhardt and drove on to his second win since joining Stewart-Haas Racing this off-season, adding Darlington to his win in Phoenix this year. Kyle Busch was sixth and Jeff Gordon, the points leader coming in, was seventh. Rookie Kyle Larson was eighth with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman rounding out the top 10. The teams get a break next week for the annual Easter holiday before resuming the season at Richmond International Raceway on April 26. Austin Seibert Womens Jersey .com) - John Wall supplied 24 points and 11 assists in leading the Washington Wizards to a 102-91 win over the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. Nick Chubb Womens Jersey . J.J. Hardy drove in a run for the Orioles, who bounced back from an 8-4 loss in the series opener on Friday. Fresh off the 15-day disabled list, Derrek Lee went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Jake Arrieta (7-3) gave up three runs on five hits over six innings to pick up the win. http://www.brownsauthenticproshop.com/Youth-Ozzie-Newsome-Browns-Jersey/ . 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Devils rookie Keith Kinkaid has never been a fan of the shootout, and that was long before he faced Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in his first NHL start.Toews and Kane scored on the Blackhawks first two chances, and Chicago rallied late and earned its seventh straight victory, 3-2 over the Devils on Tuesday night.They are top guys in the NHL, Kinkaid said after his outstanding 37-save performance ended in a loss. Obviously I was a little too far out on the Toews one, I wanted to get the leg out, and then Kane has a great set of hands. You never know what he is going to do.Chicago had to work to get the best of the 25-year old Kinkaid, who was called up from Albany earlier Tuesday with the Devils playing the second game of a back-to-back set.New Jersey had the better of play for almost the first 25 minutes before the Blackhawks started showing why they are one of the NHLs top teams.Early on, he was playing pretty well, Toews said of Kinkaid. We threw some shots at him and I think, if anything, we built his confidence up a little bit throughout the game. Nowadays, even backups are strong, and you have to make their job as tough as you can.Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith had goals in regulation for Chicago, whose winning streak matches the NHL high for this season. Scott Darling made 22 saves, including two stops in the shootout.Jordin Tootoo and Stephen Gionta scored for New Jersey. Steve Bernier added two assists for the Devils, who were trying for back to back wins for the first time in almost a month.Darling made a glove save on Martin Havlat to start the shootout, and Toews easily beat Kinkaid with a backhander. After Darling made a pad save on Jaromir Jagr, Kane skated in on Kinkaid, danced in front of him, and slid the puck into the net for the Blackhawks fourth win in four shootouts.You want to get the win for the team, so its a little tough, Kinkaid said. I hate the shootout anyway, so they aare big points, and we are fortunate to get one. David Njoku Jersey. Chicago had tied it with 3:13 left in regulation when defenceman Duncan Keith put the rebound of Marian Hossas shot into an open net. The play developed after the Blackhawks kept the puck in the Devils zone, and Toews found Hossa for a good shot in close.Give him some credit, Keith said of Kinkaid. He played big for his first game. We just played a patient game. I dont think it was our best game, but we hung in there until the end and we were able to do it in the shootout.It appeared that Stephen Giontas goal on a baseball swing at 2:31 of the third period was going to be the winner.Defenceman Damon Severson took a shot from the right point that Darling stopped. Blackhawks defenceman Klas Dahlbeck used his glove to swat the rebound away, but Gionta lined it right into the net.Havlat nearly gave the Devils a two-goal lead later in the period but his breakaway drive hit off the post and crossbar with 9:30 left.Kinkaid had stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway just about 30 seconds before Giontas second goal of the season.Chicago was a little off its game in the first period, but it dominated the second, outshooting New Jersey 17-7. Bickell got the only goal with a shot from the right circle after he carried the puck into the Devils zone leading a 3-on-1 break.Sharp, playing for the first time since Nov. 4 because of a lower-body injury, got the only assist on the play set up by a Devils turnover.New Jerseys goal also was the result of a turnover. Tootoo scored from the same circle as Bickell after taking a pass from Bernier.NOTES: The game was the second of a five-game trip for Chicago. ... Keith played 30:36 for Chicago. ... Devils F Dainius Zubrus missed the game after getting stitches in his leg Monday night. ... Schneider had started 27 of 28 games. ... This was the Devils 11th home game, tying them with Vancouver for fewest in the NHL this season. ' ' '
JEREZ, Spain -- Formula Ones sweeping rule changes may be contributing to defending champion Red Bulls dismal start to the preseason. Hirving Lozano Jersey . The smaller teams just dont see his troubles transferring into a major shift in the balance of power this season. F1 decided to overhaul its rulebook after the 2013 season, when Sebastian Vettel paraded his Red Bull to victory in the last nine races to win his fourth consecutive title. However, team bosses and chief engineers told The Associated Press that the move to more expensive turbo engines, as well as numerous other changes, will only reinforce the dominance of the front-runners who are better equipped to absorb the increased costs and have money left over to spend on other aspects of their vehicles. Many of those who help run the teams that rarely, if ever, reach the podium expect the gap between the top and bottom to only get bigger. Williams chief technical officer, Pat Symonds, said the best way to encourage parity was not through change, but rather by creating "stability" that would level the technological playing field. "If you stir up the rules to make it economically more difficult, absolutely no, you are not going to make the racing closer," he said. Symonds spoke to the AP in Williams hospitality tent pitched at the end of a row of the other teams luxurious motorhomes at the Jerez track, where preseason testing is being held until Friday. Symonds joined Williams this season from struggling Marussia to help in what he called a rebuilding of the team, whose ninth and last constructors title came in 1997, last grand prix victory was in 2012, and which earned just five points last year. "Changing to the 2014 power unit and then running the 2014 power unit is very significantly more expensive than it was prior," Symonds said. "Now that hits the smaller and the mid-sized teams much harder than it does the big teams." Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley said his team and others agreed. "The disparity between the teams that are lower down the grid and the ones at the front is also connected to how much you can spend on development," Fernley said. "We are all having to spend roughly 100 million euros ($135.74 million) to go racing; thats to build a car, to go to each of the 19 races. So whatever youve got above that is your development. So if youve got 10 million and Ferrari have got 100 million, theres always going to be a difference." Besides switching to a 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine from last years 2.4-litre V8 engine, the rule changes focus on boosting cars energy recovery systems, and alter their fuel limit, weight, and body. F1 also decided to award double points to the seasons last race to keep the title race alive, and fans and TV audiences interested. Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul called the double points decision an "artificial" fix to try to increase competition in appearance, while not in reality. Abiteboul said he supported the move to push innovation in F1 so that it could continue its mission of "preceding the automobile industry." But he said applying so many changes in one year instead of over two or three hurts smaller teams like Caterham, which didnt win a point in its first two seasons. For both Fernley and Abiteboul, the new regulations put more importance on the engine manufacturers: Renault (Red Bulls engine maker), Mercedes and Ferrari, who in addition to having their own factory teams, also sell engines to the other eight teams. For a smaller team "to win a race I think is a little bit extreme," Abiteboul said. "That would really only happen if one of the three engine manufacturers we have this season has a real performance advantage on the other two, firstly, and even if that happens I would expect that the factory team of that engine manufacturer would have an edge." Although Red Bull has managed just 14 laps through three days of testing due to engine problems, it should still be in fine shape come season end. The season begins with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16. Hector Herrera Jersey .Y. - Everyone expected Clayton Kershaw to pitch a shutout, and he did — a unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award. Jose de Jesus Corona Jersey . The Brazilian-born strikers brace drew him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the leagues leading scorers with 17 goals apiece through 16 rounds. "The important thing is to help the team win, not the goals," Diego Costa said. 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The Cardinals (11-3) can clinch the NFCs No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs — including the Super Bowl should they get there.Seattle loses and theres a chance, however slight, that the Seahawks dont even make the playoffs. Arizona loses and the Cardinals probably are a wild-card team.There are plenty of doubters about Arizona, even though the Cardinals have the NFCs best record. Dont count the Seahawks among them.You definitely respect a team thats won as many games as theyve won, Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. They dont just win games by luck. Theyve done a lot of good things, but we feel like were on a roll and were going to keep that roll going.With Arizonas quarterback issues, Seattle is an 8-point favourite on the road in what Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald calls the biggest regular-season game of his career.It doesnt bother me, Fitzgerald said. Its not about what people think. Its about going out there and playing football, playing fast and executing.Arizona has persevered through a litany of injuries, most recently to Drew Stanton, who took over at quarterback when Carson Palmer went down to a season-ending knee injury. With Stanton out with a sprained right knee, coach Bruce Arians has turned to Ryan Lindley, signed from the San Diego practice squad after Palmer was hurt.Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett doesnt know much about Lindley.Just that hes a quarterback, and one of my favourite meals is quarterback, Bennett said.Lindley got the nod over rookie Logan Thomas, although Arians has said he would have a package for Thomas and might use both quarterbacks.I think Bruce did a really good job of letting that out, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, because he made us have to go ahead and think about all the stuff that he (Thomas) could do as well.Lindley, in his third NFL season, was Arizonas No. 3 quarterback last season and didnt play. He lost out to Thomas for the No. 3 job in the preseason.Lindley had four inglorious starts in his rookie season, with seven interceptions and no touchdowns. Jonathan dos Santos Jersey. He holds the dubious record of most pass attempts (182) without a touchdown in NFL history.But everybody else is their starters, Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril said. They still have the same O-line ... they still have all their guys, they still have Larry, who is a heck of a wide receiver. I think anybody could throw to him and hell catch it.Some things to watch when the Seahawks meet the Cardinals:CORRALLING WILSON: When the teams met in Seattle a month ago, and the Seahawks won 19-3, Arizona held Marshawn Lynch to 39 yards rushing and sacked Russell Wilson seven times. But Wilson slipped away from the pass rush for some big plays, too. The Seattle quarterback rushed for 73 yards, 40 on one play in the drive for the Seahawks lone touchdown.Hes kind of like Houdini, Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell said. He can make people miss with the best of them. The big thing is for everybody to continue to rush him and try to swarm-tackle.SEATTLES Defence: The Seahawks defence has put up some incredible numbers during the four-game winning streak.Seattle has allowed 27 points, 752 yards (188 per game), 51 first downs (12.8 per game), 325 yards rushing (81.3 per game), 427 yards passing (106.8 per game. And Seattle has 16 sacks.After missing five games with a toe injury, Wagner has 35 tackles in the last four games.ARIZONA ON THE GROUND: The Cardinals moribund rushing game came alive the last two weeks behind the surprising play of Kerwynn Williams, who was elevated from the Arizona practice squad.The Cardinals rushed for 141 yards in their win over Kansas City and, last Thursday night, 143 in their victory at St. Louis.Williams has 175 yards in 25 carries, an average of 7 yards per attempt.HOME FIELD: Arizona is 7-0 at home this season. But there figure to be a lot of Seattle fans in the crowd as some Cardinals season-ticket holders opted to sell theirs for this game to make a handsome profit.I do remember the game here last year, Wagner said. I think there was a point where I felt like I heard Seahawks fans louder than their fans.Seattle won that game 34-22, one of only two losses at home for Arizona since Arians took over.TURNOVERS: If Arizona has a chance, it probably will need significant help from its opportunistic defence. The Cardinals have a plus-12 turnover margin, tied for second best in the NFL. Their defence has scored nine touchdowns, most in the league.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
We take you through this weeks Monday Night Raw as its contract signing time and the Ambrose Asylum is back in town. Jake Marisnick Jersey . Another busy night of Raw action and as well as our handy bitesize highlights, there was plenty more to grab the headlines. John Cena has a different deal for AJ Styles It is contract signing time in the WWE and these things are never easy and Monday night was no different. After calling out the AJ Styles last week, John Cena had a different deal for the man in question ahead of their match at Money In The Bank. The Ambrose Asylum returns to Raw and the guests are some familiar faces And there was a return to Raw for the Ambrose Asylum as things took an unexpected twist when the guests turned out to be his former Shield team members.Hit play on the video at the top of the page for a 60-second summary of the whole night! Enjoy. 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Point guards who can get in the lane at will and make others better are a must in todays NBA and Portlands got a guy thats a keeper. As Raptors Terence Ross (picked two spots after Lillard) mostly watched from the bench, Lillard was a load for his team to deal with. The luck of the draft - the Blazers got themselves a significant piece to build/turn their team around with. Hes Legit. 2. OMER ASIK (Rockets): Things are getting testy in Houston with Asik demanding a trade and hanging his head about the arrival of Dwight Howard. With this situation deteriorating by the day, it will get harder and harder for GM Daryl Morey to get significant value for him because teams will know that youre stuck and you have to move him and that lowers what you have to give them back in return. Asiks immature reaction to the events have made it more difficult for him to get moved. Get your head up and be a pro and go out on the court and play your tail off and youll get your wish. If not, Rockets are stuck taking back pennies on the dollar and will be boxed in. Not pretty. 3. LANCE STEPHENSON (Pacers): This man is going to get paid this off-season. Hes a free agent at the end of the year and his value is increasing day by day. He plays with great energy and determination and his overall skill set has improved beautifully. Averaging close to 14 points per game, as well as over five rebounds per game and five-plus assists per game. Really impressive and the fact that hes shooting the three Ball so well at 45 per cent is opening lots of eyes. I said this last year about Paul George and Ill say it now about Stephenson; the best thing that ever happened to him and the Pacers has been the injury absences of Danny Granger. Its truly allowed these guys to play through mistakes and have to carry a significant role early in their career and its paid huge dividends. Nolan Ryan Astros Jersey. . The Pacers scouting staff deserves lots of credit for coming up with this second round gem, as well as for guys like George who was a 10th pick. The most underrated aspect of winning organizations is having great scouts who have the knack for evaluating/projecting and picking players. Another diamond in the rough while other organizations cant even get out of their own way. 4. KLAY THOMPSON (Warriors): Averaging close to 21 ppg and playing lights out right now. Look at his shooting numbers: - 51 field goal percentage and 55 three-point field-goal percentage. This man has wonderful shooting mechanics and has figured out how to get his game off with the dribble and can help you in the transition game as well as in the slower half-court style. When you watch a guy polishing his skills and getting the rough edges off his game its neat to witness and were seeing it here. Becoming one of the better young two guards in the League. A talented guy, yes, but more importantly he plays the game with the proper tempo and there is a method to his approach. Im a fan. 5. ZACH RANDOLPH & MARC GASOL (Grizzlies): Memo to coach Dave Joerger: stop listening to those goofballs who are whispering in your ear about pace of play and shooting more threes. I love these guys who think theyre smarter than everybody because they come up with all these fancy mathematical formulas to explain their clueless theories. Im a huge believer that for every ounce of intelligence you have you better have a pound of common sense to go along with it. Theyll be the same ones to fire you when the win-loss mark doesnt work out. Slow it down and pound the heck out of folks. On Sunday, I watch them punish Sacramento (I know--its the Kings) in the paint for a combined 41 points and 18 rebounds. Your teams strength is power basketball; rebounding, defense and winning ugly. Play to your strengths. This isnt a beauty contest. Sure everyone wants to run up and down and shoot threes and entertain. Beauty to me is finding a way to win games and that means hiding your weaknesses and playing up your advantages. Open your eyes and trust your gut and pure instincts and realize the reality of what youre working with. Dont outsmart yourself. ' ' '
It was back in 1991 that Stephen Ames got a taste of what life in Canada would be like. Fake Nike Shoes . For a guy raised in the tropical temperatures of Trinidad, it was a rude Calgary welcome. "I think the wind chill was minus-55," he said recalling his first Canadian winter spent living in the basement of his mother-in-laws house. "I never left the house." Ames has never really grown fond of winter, but he has certainly fallen in love with Canada. On Wednesday, the country paid him back for that by naming him to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. A four-time winner on the PGA Tour including the 2006 Players, Ames is winding down his career on the regular tour and preparing to join the 50-and-over gang on the Champions circuit in April after reaching the magic age of 50. For most of this year, hell split his time between the two tours using his top 50-career money list exemption on the PGA Tour. When asked what he thought the difference between the two tours would be, Ames said it might have to do with what happens off the course. "I think its the 19th hole," he said with a chuckle. "I think its a bit more relaxed after the round." Ames would be a worthy inductee based solely on his playing record, but his contributions to Canadian golf go well beyond that. He has run the Stephen Ames Cup for the past decade, a team event that pits squads from Canada against those from Trinidad. Some of the youngsters who have participated in that event have gone on to earn U.S. college scholarships. And he was instrumental in bringing the Shaw Charity Classic to Calgary, helping line up a team of big rollers in the Western Canadian city to lay the foundation for the Champions Tour event. Ames was also the guy who gave an energetic young teacher named Sean Foley a chance to work with a PGA Tour pro. We all know where thats gone. When asked what the top mark of his career is, Ames didnt hesitate. "Its this," he stated, in reference to his induction. "I think being in the Hall of Fame is the highlight." On the course, Ames said that his Players victory was at the top of his personal list. I can say that in all the golf Ive covered and watched, that is simply the best 18 holes of golf Ive ever witnessed. Ive never seen anyone control his golf ball for every shot as Ames did that day. All he did was beat the best field in golf by six shots. I remember some of the biggest names in the game that day shaking their heads in disbelief at what he was doing to TPC Sawgrass. For some people, Ames is seen as a prickly personality but to those who get to know him, nothing could be further from the truth. Hes a guy with a huge heart who loves to laugh and loves his family. Sometimes when he speaks his mind, it can get him in trouble such as the occasion when he questioned Tiger Woods driving ahead of the 2006 Match Play. While a lot was made of that and the subsequent beating Woods laid on him, what he said wasnt wrong. Woods was hitting it all over the lot with his driver. After he won the Players, some media members took him to task for saying he might skip the Masters to go on a family vacation. They couldnt understand how someone would pass up the years first major, the one thats exceptionally difficult to get into. What many failed to realize was that his wife, Jodi, was recovering from surgery for lung cancer. Suddenly a golf tournament, even the Masters, didnt seem so important. There are also still some who, for small-minded reasons, dont even consider him a Canadian. To me, a guy who leaves his native country to willingly take up citizenship, to give back to the game here, to start businesses here, to create tournaments here and make his home full time in Canada – and even cheer for the Calgary Flames -- is about as Maple Leaf as they come. Ames is more than deserving of a spot in Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, even if hes never learned to love those nasty wind chills. China Shoes For Sale . Paul George and Darren Collison each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers (9-3), who won their third straight. Fake Shoes Free Shipping .Chanathip Songkrasin opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Kroekrit found the target twice in the 57th and four minutes from fulltime.Vietnam and Malaysia play their second leg on Thursday. Vietnam won the first leg 2-1. http://www.fakeshoesonline.com/ .Y. - Urijah Faber walked out on a Madison Square Garden stage in a Wes Welker jersey, the UFCs fun nod to that other "super" show this weekend.PHILADELPHIA -- As word spread through NBA inner circles that Kansas prospect Joel Embiid suffered a foot injury, the Philadelphia 76ers wondered if his misfortune was just the break the downtrodden franchise needed. "I sniffed opportunity," Sam Hinkie, the teams president and general manager, said Friday. "The moment he got hurt, we thought we might get him. We might be just the organization with just the set of owners, and we might be the one to do it." When the 7-foot centre was available at three, the Sixers pounced, even though he could miss up to a full season because of a broken foot. The 76ers are used to big men sitting out the season. Former All-Star centre Andrew Bynum never played a second because of bad knees in 2012-13. And rookie Nerlens Noel sat out all of last season because of a torn ACL. Noel, the No. 6 overall pick out of Kentucky, was antsy to play toward the end of a 19-63 season. The Sixers refused to rush him, not wanting to risk additional injury in what was always planned as a lost -- or, tanked -- season. Embiid recovery from a stress fracture in his right foot could take five to eight months. So will the Sixers play him in another season where the Sixers are building again toward a high lottery pick instead of a post-season berth? "Guess what our approach will be," Hinkie said, smiling. "Well focus on the long-term health of the player." Embiid wont be Philadelphias only lottery pick sitting out next season. Croatian forward Dario Saric, the 10th overall pick, signed a three-year deal last week to play in Turkey. The Sixers hold the rights to the 6-foot-10, 230-pounder for the next three years, and it could be that long until he plays for Philly. By the time hes set to join the Sixers, the organization hoped a playoff berth would be within reach. Hinkie said the Noel-Embiid frontcourt will be a "menace" at the rim. Coach Brett Brown was already drawing up plays for the duo -- Xs and Os hell have plenty of time to perfect. "I do think that Joel and Nerlens can co-exist," Brown said. "I think I can find a way to play those two guys together. Its a really good problem to have. Cheap Shoes Fake. " Hinkie credited Philly fans for their "patience and understanding" for another lean season where the best outcome would be a No. 1 draft pick and not a seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Outside of rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams and veteran forward Thaddeus Young, the Sixers have few other credible players, and will likely stack the roster again with D-League castoffs and 10-day contract stopgaps. "Its not even close to demoralizing," Brown said. Brown tried his best at an optimistic spin on the seasons ahead. Knowing the security of three more years left on his contract makes it easier to wait for a project like Embiid. The versatile 7-foot Embiid had a fantastic freshman season with the Jayhawks, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots to earn Big 12 defensive player of the year honours. Embiid, who grew up playing soccer and volleyball, only decided to pursue basketball a few years ago. He started to blossom as a senior at The Rock School and ultimately chose to attend Kansas, where he arrived with less fanfare than fellow freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden. Embiid hurt his back while landing awkwardly during a game late in the season, and missed the Jayhawks final two regular-season games and the Big 12 tournament. He also missed a victory over Eastern Kentucky and a season-ending loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament, after which he said that he would have been able to play had Kansas advanced to the second weekend. Hinkie said the Sixers consulted various doctors and felt confident there was little long-term risk to his health once the foot healed. Embiid was projected as Clevelands No. 1 overall pick before the draft. The honour went to Wiggins. "In this scenario, and only this scenario, does he fall to three," Hinkie said. "If he can remain healthy, he can have a fantastic, fantastic NBA career." Notes: 76ers G Jason Richardson exercised the $6.6 million player option for next season and will return. The 7-foot C Byron Mullens declined his $1.1 million option and will become a free agent. ' ' '
AKRON, Ohio -- Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. Jonathan Marchessault Golden Knights Jersey . In a statement Thursday from Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately. It did not indicate how long he would be out, though agent David Winkle told the PGA of America he would not be at the PGA Championship next week or the Ryder Cup at the end of September. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," Johnson said. "By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfil my potential and become a consistent champion." He asked for privacy "as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement." Johnson, who tied for fourth in the U.S. Open and tied for 12th in the British Open, was No. 5 in the Ryder Cup standings and virtually certain to earn one of nine automatic spots when qualifying ends next week at the PGA Championship. As long as he stays in the top nine, he will be replaced by the next player in the standings. "We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best," U.S. captain Tom Watson said. "As one of the longest hitters in the game with an undefeated record of 3-0 at Medinah in 2012, he has clearly been an asset for the United States team. That said, the United States is a team with an abundance of talent." Johnson was replaced in the PGA Championship by Jerry Kelly. Pat Perez is now the first alternate, and will get into the PGA provided the Bridgestone Invitational winner is already eligible. Johnson won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last October at the start of the PGA Tours wraparound season. He has seven top 10s this year on the PGA Tour and was at No. 4 in the FedEx Cup standings. He will not be replaced in the 125-man field at The Barclays when the FedEx Cup playoffs begin Aug. 21. Its the second time in two years that Johnson has missed a major under curious circumstances. He pulled out of the Masters in 2012, saying that he tweaked his back while lifting a jet ski. He wound up missing three months, and won in his second tournament back. Johnson played in the final group in the third round of the British Open with Rory McIlroy, fading with a 71-72 weekend and tying for 12th. He missed the cut the following week at the RBC Canadian Open, and then withdrew from the World Golf Championship at Firestone. The PGA Tour, which does not comment on disciplinary action, offered little in a statement. "We have nothing to add to Dustins statement, but we wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future," the tour said. Johnson is No. 16 in the world ranking with eight PGA Tour victories. He is the first player since Tiger Woods to go from college to winning in each of his first seven seasons on the PGA Tour. He lost a three-shot lead in the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, closing with an 82. Later that year, he was assessed a two-shot penalty on the final hole of the PGA Championship for grounding his club in a patch of sand, not realizing it was a bunker at Whistling Straits. Johnson last year got engaged to Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of NHL great Wayne Gretzky. Cody Eakin Jersey . Cesar said the difficulties he went through after the 2010 World Cup helped him become "a better professional" and made him "more focused" on his career. He admitted that he took things for granted before the World Cup in South Africa, when he arrived considered the worlds top goalkeeper. Reilly Smith Golden Knights Jersey . 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But the Cologne director, who has already found himself in trouble with the authorities once this season, faces further investigation.Schmadtke was fined 6,000 euros by the federations sports tribunal in January for insulting match officials at half-time during Colognes game at Werder Bremen on December 2, when he shouted: You eggheads are getting worse from week to week! Also See: Bundesliga: Gladbach go fourth Hannover sack Schaaf Gotze must prove worth ' ' '
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BATHURST, N. ETwaun Moore Pelicans Jersey .B. - Adam Erne had his scoring touch going on Friday.Erne completed his hat trick in overtime as the Quebec Remparts beat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5-4 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Olivier Garneau and Nikolas Brouillard also scored for the Remparts (9-5-0).Andrew Ryan, Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, Nicholas Blanchard and Bronson Beaton responded for the Titan (5-9-1). Acadie-Bathurst scored three times in the third period to send the game to overtime.Callum Booth picked up the win in net for Quebec stopping 36 shots.Jacob Brennan made 26 saves in the loss.The Remparts were 2 for 5 on the power play while the Titan found the scored once on three man advantages.---PHOENIX 6 WILDCATS 5SHERBROOKE, Que. — Daniel Audette picked up his second goal of the game on the power play at 19:44 of the third period as the Phoenix came back to defeat Moncton.David Storto and Tim Wieser also struck twice for Sherbrooke (11-4-0).Conor Garland, Mathieu Olivier, Stephen Johnson and Cameron Askew scored for the Wildcats (8-6-0).---ARMADA 5 FOREURS 3BOISBRIAND, Que. — Yvan Mongo had the go-ahead goal at 15:44 of the third period in Blainville-Boisbriands win over Val-dOr.Nikita Jevpalovs had a pair of goals for the Armada (7-6-2), who scored three goals in the final 20 minutes. Danick Martel and Miguel Picard rounded out the attack.Nicolas Aube-Kubel had two goals for the Foreurs (5-10-1) with Gabriel Bilodeau also chipping in. ---VOLTIGEURS 4 SAGUENEENS 1CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Charles-David Beaudoin had two goals as Drummondville skated past the Sagueneens.Michael Carcone and Dylan Montcalm also scored for the Voltigeurs (6-6-2).Jeremy Lepine spoiled the shutout bid at 4:12 of the third period with his second goal of the season for Chicoutimi (5-9-1).---MOOSEHEADS 9 OLYMPIQUES 6GATINEAU, Que. — Philippe Gadoury had two goals and three assists for Halifax in their win over the Olympiques.Danny Moynihan and Timo Meier also struck twice for the Mooseheads (5-7-2), who scored five goals in the first period. Morgan Nauss, Ryan Falkenham and Nikolaj Ehlers rounded out Halifaxs offence.Alexandre Carrier, Louick Marcotte, Alex Dostie, Phil Pietroniro, Vaclav Karabacek and Yakov Trenin each had a goal for Gatineau (7-7-3).---OCEANIC 4 HUSKIES 2RIMOUSKI, Que. — Anthony DeLuca scored his 12th goal of the season at 17:26 of the third period and it proved to be the winner for the Oceanic over Rouyn-Noranda.Simon Tremblay, Guillaume McSween and Michael Joly each scored for Rimouski (12-4-1) in the win.Allan Caron and Julien Nantel opened the games scoring for the Huskies (9-7-0). New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys . The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search, confirmed reports by several media outlets. The interview took place in Southern California on Monday. ETwaun Moore Jersey . CNN and Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Tancredi Palmeri broke the news via Twitter Tuesday afternoon. Italian Football Association President Giancarlo Abete has also resigned, according to Palmeri. http://www.shoppelicansonline.com/Authentic-Jahlil-Okafor-Pelicans-Jersey/ . -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed Jerome Simpson, the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver recently convicted on a felony drug charge.BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says only "losers" make excuses after Manchester City justified its Champions League loss to the Spanish champions through officiating error. City manager Manuel Pellegrini said referee Jonas Eriksson "decided the game" when he sent off Martin Demichelis before the hour mark of Barcelonas 2-0 first-leg away winn in the last 16. Anthony Davis Pelicans Jersey. Busquets says "referees make mistakes all the time, for and against you. But making excuses for why you lose is for losers." The Spain internationals comments may provide City with some extra spark ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 12. On Thursday, UEFA opened an investigation against Pellegrini over his outburst. ' ' '
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have replaced Prince Fielders replacement with a 32-year-old rookie playing first base in the major leagues for the first time. John Lynch Buccaneers Jersey . Mitch Moreland, who will get a second opinion before expected surgery on his left ankle later this week, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The Rangers selected Brad Snyders contract from Triple-A Round Rock and he was in the starting lineup at first base against the Miami Marlins. Snyder played in 20 games for the Chicago Cubs from 2010-11, with his only six starts came in the outfield. He also made 12 appearances as a pinch-hitter and another as a pinch-runner. In 1,246 minor league games over 12 seasons, Snyder played only two games at first base -- his past two games with Round Rock before getting called up by the Rangers. "He made the plays, he needs some work," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Were working with everybody else up here, so that will be no different with him." Snyder said he has played first base in winter ball, and for a few games in college. But he has previously taken a lot of groundballs and done other work at first. Fielder, the slugger added in an off-season trade from Detroit and signed through 2020, had a cervical fusion surgery last month. Moreland will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday to get a second opinion on the left ankle that has bothered him since spring training. He could have a procedure to remove a bone in the back of the ankle and be out three to four weeks, or reconstructive surgery that would sideline him for three months. "I dont know whats wrong in there. Im trying to figure out whats going on and figure out the best route to take to get healthy, so I can get on the field and be ready to go," Moreland said Tuesday. "I knew that surgery was going to be there at the end of the year, what I was trying to get. Obviously I didnt make that point. I tried to though. ... Ive been trying to push through it." Moreland hit .246 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games. Snyder, who went to spring training with Texas as a non-roster invitee, hit .284 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs in 61 games for Round Rock. He was second in the Pacific Coast League in homers and runs (46). To make room on the 40-man roster for Snyder, the Rangers transferred left-hander Matt Harrison from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Harrison had spinal fusion surgery June 3. Lavonte David Youth Jersey . - After three days of light, make that very light, workouts, Team Irvin and Team Carter are ready for tonights Pro Bowl. Devin White Youth Jersey .Jeff Green, playing in his second preseason game after missing the first four because of a calf strain, had 18 points. The Celtics (3-3) shot 47.2 per cent from the floor and made 15 of 37 3-point attempts. http://www.authenticbuccaneerspro.com/John-lynch-buccaneers-jersey/ . "Its embarrassing what were doing here," leading scorer Phil Kessel said Wednesday. The most recent failed season came with even more pain than the six that preceded it. There was no hint of an impending implosion when the Leafs came roaring out of the all-star break with back-to-back games against Pittsburgh -- a 5-4 shootout loss followed by a 1-0 win the next night.FRISCO, Texas -- Fabian Castillo scored in the 62nd minute and FC Dallas snapped an eight-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Dallas (6-7-3) had failed to score more than one goal in a game during its skid. "Today, the result bounced our way. I thought we deserved it," FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. "We were smarter. We knew that we were going to have some chances on the counter." Castillo took possession of the ball near midfield and dribbled around Rapids defender Drew Moor before curling a left-footed volley from 15 yards and into the right corner of the net. "Its a play we try a lot during the game, sometimes it goes in. Luckily it worked for me and it was a nice goal," Castillo said through a translator. Colorados Jose Mari tied it 2-all in the 52nd minute when he angled a header into the left corner of the net from inside of 6 yards. Dillon Powers set up the goal with a corner kick from the left side. Zach Loyd scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time to give Dallas a 2-1 lead. It was Loyds first goal since July 4, 2012 -- a span of 51 games. "Its been a long time," Loyd said. "I was following Fabian into the box, he was getting a lot of 1-on-1 matches. I was just trying to get (the ball) on frame and it went into the back of the net." Loyds shot from 19 yards grazed the right leg of Colorado deefender Chris Klute, causing Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin to misplay the shot and the ball bounced off Irwins right hand and into the left corner of the net. Anthony Nelson Youth Jersey. Dallas Andres Escobar tied the game 1-1 in the 33rd minute after Benitezs free kick bounced off of Escobars back and into the left corner of the net. Saturdays game was the first career start for Escobar, who did not realize he was credited with the goal until after the game. "The first two goals were a bit strange," Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni said. "Its frustrating, thats why you dont get caught up in results or at least I dont. You have to look at the big picture and where we were four, five months ago and where we are today. You cant get too caught up in the excitement of wins and too much into the sorrow of losses." Deshorn Brown chipped a shot from the top of the penalty box over the head of Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman to give the Rapids (6-5-4) a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Mari started the scoring sequence when he sent a cross to Drew Moor. He headed the ball and Brown redirected the shot into the net for his third goal in the past three games. "We lost momentum," Brown said. "That last goal has us a little confused." Dallas outshot Colorado 12-10. Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez finished with two saves and picked up his first win of the year in his sixth start of the season. ' ' '
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed non-import kicker Brett Cameron and non-import fullback Matthew Burke. Rafael Marquez Mexico Jersey . Financial details were not released. Cameron spent four seasons at the University of North Dakota. The Winnipeg native played 41 career collegiate games recording 7,559 yards on 182 punts for a 41.5 yard average. During his senior season, Cameron recorded 13 punts over 50 yards. The 23-year-old attended 2013 training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing one preseason game. Burke joins the Riders after spending five seasons at Bishops University. As a senior in 2013, the 24-year-old native of Nova Scotia totaled 519 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries while adding ten receptions for 76 yards. Guillermo Ochoa Mexico Jersey . -- The road to the Masters got off to a bumpy start Sunday for Tiger Woods when he withdrew from the Honda Classic with what he said was a lower back injury. Carlos Vela Mexico Jersey . Wayne and Cindy Tuck of Ilderton, Ont., closed out round-robin play earlier in the day with a 7-3 win over Finland but needed a win over Austria to reach the final eight. http://www.nationalsoccermexico.com/carlos-vela-mexico-jersey/ . A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night. No makeup date was immediately announced, although it was determined that the game will not be part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.MONTREAL - Former Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman can finally take time to enjoy the city he called home for five years.Now coach of the NFLs Chicago Bears, Trestman is briefly back in Montreal this week, where he led the Als to two consecutive Grey Cup victories in 2009 and 2010.The Alouettes (1-1) will honour Trestman at halftime of Montreals regular season home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-0) at Percival Molson Stadium on Friday.Its emotional being back, said Trestman, who went 59-31 in five winning seasons with Montreal from 2008 to 2012. Its a privilege to be back. This time, (my wife) and I will see the city and walk the city together, which we really didnt have the chance to do much of when we were here —other than the (Grey Cup) parades. Were looking forward to that.Five years went by in the blink of an eye. We were appreciative of every minute of it. It must have been a great time because it went by so fast.Trestman will take to the field at halftime on Friday, flanked by Als owner Bob Wetenhall and general manager Jim Popp, to receive a large commemorative photograph celebrating his success in Montreal.A humble Trestman said he was very surprised when Wetenhall told him about the ceremony over the phone.To single out a person that was part of a team for five years was very hard for me, said Trestman of Fridays event. There were so many people involved in having the success that we did have.Trestman joined the Alouettes in the winter of 2007 after more than two decades in various coaching and administrative roles at the U.S. collegiate level and with eight different NFL teams — including one year as the assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2004.In his first year with the Als, Trestman took the team all the way to the Grey Cup final, where they lost to the Calgary Stampeders on home soil. The following year, Trestman led the Alouettes to the teams first Grey Cup in seven years, a come-from-behind victory in the dying seconds over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Montreal lost only three games in the regular season that year.When the Als hoisted the CFLs top prize again in 2010, Trestman became the only coach in Alouettes history to win consecutive Grey Cups. For his efforts, the 58-year-old was named the CFLs coach of the year.In 2013, Trestman and the Als parted ways when the Minnesota native was offered the reins of the Chicago Bears. In his first year with the Bears, Trestman narrowly missed the playoffs, finishing second in the division with an 8-8 record.But while the game and skill level may be more demanding south of the border, Trestman says coaching in the NFL is very similar to the CFL.Football is the ultimate people business, he said, explaining that the core coaching principles dont change from one league to the next. Trying to send the messages that are the same every day, but sending them in different ways because you have a room full off guys that hear you differently, thats the challenge of coaching. Carlos Salcedo Jersey. Its still about mutual respect, holding people in high regard, and using the right words in the right language. When you play the game of football, youre really part of something bigger than yourself. When you go through adversity and success, you keep those things in mind, because those are the things that ground you.Since leaving Montreal, Trestman has tried to keep one eye on his former team. He watched with disappointment when the 2-3 Alouettes fired his replacement Dan Hawkins after only five games into the 2013 season — the first time in six years the Alouettes finished the regular season with a losing record (8-10).Trestman was also watching when his former quarterback Anthony Calvillo, professional footballs all-time passing leader, called it quits this year, retiring just five months after suffering a concussion. Trestman had nothing but praise for the 41-year-old Calvillo.What people dont see all the time with Anthony is how really smart he is, and how good he is with words, how articulate he is in his ability to communicate. When Anthony got in front of the team and had something to say, everybody listened. He was always on point, passionate, under control.In the spring, Trestman invited Calvillo down to Chicago to mentor the Bears quarterbacks for a day, including eight-year NFL veteran Jay Culter. The former Als coach even backed Calvillo should the retiree ever decide to try his hand at coaching.He certainly has the football aptitude, but he does have the ability to communicate with all different kinds of people, said Trestman. If he decides to take that route, he wont be a good coach, but a great coach.With the teams newest coach Tom Higgins leading the way from the sidelines, and Ohio native Troy Smith taking the snaps for Montreal this season, the Alouettes are looking to return to their winning ways, and possibly book a ticket to the Grey Cup final for the first time since 2010.Trestman has liked what hes seen from Montreals defence so far this season, and sees a lot of potential in the teams offence. And while Smith has big shoes to fill, Trestman believes things are looking up for his former team.It certainly looks like (Smith) has the skills to be a very good player, said Trestman. He certainly has athletic talent, theres no doubt about that. Expectations in Montreal are so high because of the quarterback play theyve had for so many years. Thats going to be a tough act to follow.I think its an exciting time for the Alouettes. I really do.Notes: Trestman will begin his second season coaching the Bears this September. … The 102nd Grey Cup will be played at Vancouvers BC Place in November. … Syracuse offensive co-ordinator George McDonald recently compared Trestman to former L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson. … Trestman played quarterback for the University of Minnesota in college. ' ' '
When football historians tell the story of the hurricane that battered England in the form of Chelsea forward Diego Costa, they might pinpoint this week as the moment when admiration started to sour into disdain. Joe Carter Jersey .By stamping on the ankle of Liverpools Emre Can, Costa took ownership of the Premier Leagues unofficial title of No. 1 Bad Boy that Luis Suarez vacated when he started afresh with Barcelona this season. As Suarez showed in three-plus years of thick and thin at Liverpool, when he was both adored and pilloried, often rightly so, a bad reputation can become a heavy load to bear, for both a player and his team.Life both on and off the pitch will change — by how much will depend partly on his behaviour going forward — for Costa when he returns in two weeks from the three-match ban handed down Friday that will keep the Premier League top scorer from one of the pivotal games this season: Chelsea against title rival Manchester City on Saturday.Having seen how the Brazil-born, street-hardened striker pulled the wool over the eyes of their colleague Michael Oliver, who missed the stamp that cameras caught, referees will be even more acutely aware that Costa needs watching.More than ever, the scrutiny will be not on the beauty of his football, but on his ugly tricks and brittle temperament, too. To try to make his self-destructive impulses boil again, opposing fans and players can be counted on to give Costa an even more torrid time. The elephant man chants directed at Costa by Liverpool fans could give way to spikier taunts. Opposing players will be encouraged and prepared to give as rough as they get from the uncompromising, crafty and physical Spain international.And rabid voices in the sports media, already calling him Dirty Diego and monster, will be ready to slobber fresh demonization and gleefully dismantle another idol they helped create the next time Costas slow-burning aggression bubbles over.As it surely will.Treading Chelseas Kings Road cant wash out the Brazilian streets that were Costas school of football to his mid-teens, shaping him into the slippery bruiser with quick feet whose combination of rough and smooth, of brutishness and skill, of instinct and intelligence, so appeals to Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager with many of the same qualities. As with some dogs and their owners, they are starting to resemble each other. Bark, bite and then deal with the consequences.There is a downside of never having a formal education, Costa said in a BT Sport television interview last year. Theres also advantages, though. You learn about the tricks of the game quicker and you become smarter by playing on the streets against older guys.Stomping on Can wasnt smart. But it was in keeping with Costas habit of making clear early in games that he is a force to be reckoned with. Can was one of Liverpools best defensive players in the 10 opening minutes of the second leg of the League Cup semifinal on Tuesday. Only coincidence, then, that it was his right ankle Costa trod on? Mourinho said this was an accident. But if it looks like a stamp, aches like a stamp, and leaves a player writhing like a stamp, then it probably is a stamp. This much is certain: Costa made no deliberate effort not to land on Can.Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed hope that the three-match ban for violent conduct might help change Costa.But not, hopefully, change him too much. Costas rough edges, the blend of bad and good, make him box office. Will he score? Start a fight? Or both? The tingle of anticipating what Costa might do next is making him the most entertaining Premier League player this season. Even as he torments them with goals and doggedness, fans and players not wearing Chelsea blue would give hind teeth to have Costa on their team.That said, the line between being edgy and a boor is a thin one. At Liverpool, a ban for racial abuse and his penchant for biting opponents made Suarez more trouble than he was worth. 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Coming off a 1-0 loss to Ghana in their tournament opener, the Canadians needed at least a draw to have any hopes of moving on, but a victory looked far from certain until Beckie, who plays college soccer at Texas Tech, finally scored the teams first goal of the tournament in the 48th minute. The 19-year-old, whose older brother is former Columbus Crew defender Drew Beckie, fired a shot off the post that curled in off a Finnish defender. "Andrew (made the substitutions) to bring a little bit more energy to the game, we were in a little bit of a slump so I just wanted to come on and bring my own kind of energy and my game," Beckie said. "I scored the goal, thank god, it was a great ball in, and we were just really excited to get in there and make a difference." Sanderson, a 19-year-old who plays for the University of Memphis, pulled Canada even in the 50th when she one-timed a low cross from Prince to beat Finnish goalkeeper Vera Varis. The 19-year-old Prince, a forward at Ohio State University, scored in the 80th minute, one-timing a cross from Beckie to the delight of the noisy fans at National Soccer Stadium -- or BMO Field to its regular inhabitants, Major League Soccers Toronto FC. "It was an amazing feeling," Prince said. "We all worked hard to get back to the 2-2 tie, and we just had to push a little bit longer and get that extra goal in. I knew we were going to get it and I was happy I could be the one to score." The game drew 16,503 fans to the lakeshore stadium. A large section of Ghana fans had stuck around from their 3-0 loss to North Korea in the early game, and spontaneously broke into "O Canada." "Thats for sure the biggest crowd Ive ever played in front of, and it was just incredible," Beckie said. "To have this World Cup at home in front of a 16,000-plus stadium is just an unbelievable feeling, and for them to be behind us the whole game, even when we were down, they really helped us get that win." 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Alfredssons new team features a couple of other future Hall of Famers in captain Henrik Zetterberg and alternate Pavel Datsyuk. When the Red Wings lost in a shootout Monday to the San Jose Sharks, Alfredsson didnt have to serve as the team spokesman like he would have for the Senators. "I dont mind media at all, but its also nice to prepare every day through the ups and downs," he said. "I dont think I wouldve played as long as I did if I felt that was a burden for me. I cant say its never been." A veteran of almost 1,200 NHL games, Alfredsson earned instant respect from his new Red Wings teammates. The 40-year-old fit seamlessly into the leadership structure that was already in place. "Its not like hes stepping on anyones toes or anything like that," goaltender Jonas Gustavsson said. "He knows when to say something and he knows when to let other people take care of that." But it was his responsibility to move his wife and four children to Michigan. He expressed some trepidation about his family settling in to their new life but didnt express regrets about leaving the old one behind in order to prove himself to a new organization. "The way I looked at it at the time and still do today is its a huge challenge for myself, personally, both on and off the ice," Alfredsson said. "Its a big challenge for our family. I think I will look back at this down the road as something that was a stepping stone for me in my life." From a pure hockey perspective, Alfredsson also has a different job with the Red Wings. Coach Mike Babcock has moved him up and down the lineup throughout the first three weeks of the season, giving him plenty of different challenges along the way. Alfredsson recorded a goal and eight assists in his first 10 games, calling his own play "so-so." And while the Red Wings lean on him for offence, the presence of Zetterberg and Datsyuk means hes not counted on to do everything. "I think my role here is more Im going to do everything I can to make it feel like they dont have everything on their shoulders, and not the other way around that they should take something off me," Alfredsson said. "I think if I can stay healthy and play to my abilities I should be able to do that. I think thats important. We know how good they are, and if we can help out behind them, I think its going to make them even better." It has been a long time since anyone considered Alfredsson a complementary player. Former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr slid into similar roles last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, with varying degrees of success. Early this season, Alfredsson is fitting in smoothly in Detroit, perhaps in part because of his unassuming nature and the core that has been around and already won the Stanley Cup. "The personalities have to fit, the position has to fit, the belief in the system has to fit, and right now it looks like the marriage there is pretty good," said San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan, an assistant on the Red Wings 2008 Cup team. McLellan pointed to Dallas Drakes role in 2008 and Jamal Mayers with the Chicago Blackhawks as prior examples of veterans integrating well and contributing to a championship. What makes Alfredsson different is that, like Iginla and Jagr, he has been a star and is used to the good and bad that comes with the spotlight. That star power isnt going to waste with the Red Wings. "Hes done excellent work for us, and we just be happy to learn more from these guys like this," Datsyuk said. In Detroit, Alfredsson has joined a team with seven fellow Swedes: Zetterberg, Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Jonathan Ericsson and Joakim Andersson. "There are so many Swedes that hes played with, whether its been at the Olympics or world championship or international stage," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "He knows those guys, fellow countrymen. I think it helps right away." Though he played with all but Andersson for Team Sweden at some point, Alfredsson said he wasnt sure how much of a factor that was in his decision. Still, Babcock wondered if Alfredsson has had some second thoughts. "Obviously any time you change environment after that long its going to be not as comfortable as the old place," Babcock said. "But I think lifes about embracing change anyway." Alfredsson has certainly done that. He called moving on with the Red Wings another stepping stone and an opportunity to "experience new adventures." Babcock hopes this team can ensure taking the leap was worth it. "Its just a matter of time, but hes been excellent," Babcock said. "In the end, depending on how good we become, I think he has a chance to be real happy here." 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Mariota was named the offensive MVP in the first national semifinal game in college football history after passing for 338 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 62 yards and another score in a little over three quarters. Backup Jeff Lockie played most of the fourth with the game well in hand for Oregon (13-1). Winston, after leading the Seminoles to a national title last season, couldnt get them a shot at another one. Riding a 29-game winning streak, Florida State (13-1) imploded in the second half, losing for the first time since Nov. 24, 2012. Winston passed for 348 yards and a touchdown but turned the ball over twice in the third quarter -- once on a fumble and once on a interception, both leading to Oregon touchdowns. Linebacker Tony Washington returned Winstons fumble 58 yards for a touchdown and was named defensive MVP of the game. He scooped the ball up and raced it to the end zone after Winston, scrambling around the pocket for nearly 10 seconds, fell backward and let it slip out of his hands. The play gave Oregon, ahead just 18-13 at halftime, a 45-20 lead with 1:36 left in the third quarter. Winston was intercepted by Erick Dargan two plays into the ensuing drive, leading to Mariotas touchdown on a 23-yard scramble. It took three more plays for the Seminoles to give it away again, on Jesus Wilsons fumble, which led to Thomas Tyners 21-yard touchdown run for the final margin. Florida State freshman running back Dalvin Cook fumbled twice in the third quarter, leading to Royce Freemans 3-yard touchdown run and Mariotas 30-yard touchdown pass to Darren Carrington. Carrington finished with 165 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Tyner carried the ball 13 times for 124 yards with two scores and Freeman also scored twice. 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Last year, after a standout junior season, he earned himself a spot on the All Pac-10 First Team. Powell averaged 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds making an NBA career a legitimate possibility. Usually a promise from a team committing to select them makes a player leave college early. In this case, Powell made a promise to his mother, who was ailing from cancer to finish school, get his degree and compete in the NCAA tournament for the first time. Jacqueline Weir passed in 2012 and while its no secret Powell led the Cardinals to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament in March, what got him there and what tools will he need to excel at the next level? Powell is a forward who can face up on the floor whether to make a move to create his own shot or facilitate for others, as hes a more than capable passer for his size/position. While he will need to bulk up for the NBA game, his length (7 wingspan) and mobility are assets. Powell posses a strong basketball IQ, and while his motor isnt in question, an on court intensity would be welcomed. He will need to develop more consistency in a number of areas, particularly with his jump shot and adding range. With more potential than project, Powell has a skill set to contribute to an NBA team and enough talent and physical gifts to build upon. While many were expecting significant jumps from his on court performance from his junior to senior years, the growth in character and leadership cannot be overlooked either. Powell competed for the national program as a key member of Canadas Mens Developmental basketball team that traveled overseas tallying a 15-2 record last summer. Powell kept his word to his mother, now he just has to show enough promise to warrant an NBA team realizing he has enough of it, to select him. Cheap New York Rangers Jerseys . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. 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Kerber, who finished as runner-up to Tamira Paszek in 2012, challenged her Danish opponent throughout the 2-hour, 39-minute semifinal of fiercely contested baseline rallies. "We had such tough battles in the past and today," Kerber said. "You know actually before you walk on court it will be a tough one. "You will run a lot, so, you know, you just prepare your mind to be there for every single point, and just try to play your best tennis against her." Wozniacki, at first, held the upper hand by being the more aggressive player as she frequently came to the net, but after holding off three break points as she served out the opening set her challenge began to lose its iintensity. Wholesale Rangers Jerseys. Kerber held a set point at 5-4 before winning the last six points of the tiebreaker to claim the second set, and in the third she finished strongly by sweeping five of the last six games. "I probably should have closed it in two sets, being up a break and then being up in the tiebreaker," Wozniacki said. "But, you know, it happens. Im looking forward to Wimbledon now." She was also in a good frame of mind after her engagement to golfer Rory McIlroy was ended. "Life throws you things that you didnt expect, but you just have to embrace it and move forward," she said. "It makes you stronger. Im in a good place right now." Keys, the youngest player in the top 50 at 19, will be contesting her first WTA final after previously being stopped in the semis three times. She fought off three break points before taking the opening set with a single break, and a further break for 2-1 set her firmly on the way to victory. 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Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson. "This is the place Ive always dreamt about," said Spieth, who was 5 under for the tournament. "I thought it was a good fit for my game. So far, so good." He has a shot at becoming the youngest major winner since Tom Creavey, just a few months younger when he won the PGA Championship in 1931. Watson had four bogeys on the front side Saturday — twice as many as he had in the first two rounds combined — and slid back to an emboldened group of challengers with a 74. Hell go out in the last group with Spieth on Sunday. "Were pretty good friends," Watson said. "Its going to be fun. It will be interesting, but be fun. Hopefully one of us wins, if not me hopefully him." Matt Kuchar (68) and Jonax Blixt (71) were one shot back at 212. Jimenez (66) and Ricky Fowler (67) were another shot behind. Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, posted two rounds in the 60s to start the tournament, giving him a three-stroke lead and the largest 36-hole edge since Chad Campbell in 2006. By the time he made the turn in front of the historic clubhouse and that big oak tree, the edge was gone. He got it back with a birdie at the 10th, but a three-putt par at the par-5 13th kept things close, another par at the par-5 15th was a disappointment, and a bogey at the 16th left him staggering to the finish. It shaped up to be a wide-open Sunday with Woods on the sideline for the first time in his career, recovering from back surgery. Lee Westwood (70), Jim Furyk (72) and Thomas BBjorn (73) were all in the mix. Drazen Petrovic Jersey. And Couples did enough to hang around, managing a 73 that kept him within five strokes of the lead. Watson bogeyed the first hole, then struck a brilliant approach shot that rolled up about 5 feet from the flag to set up an eagle 3 at the second. That would be one of his few highlights. Jimenez posted the best round of the tournament thus far and matched the lowest score ever for a senior golfer at Augusta National. Ben Hogan was 54 when he shot 66 during the third round of the 1967 tournament, and Couples matched it at age 50 during the opening round in 2010. The Spaniard known as "The Mechanic" finished up with a par at the 18th about the time Watson was teeing off at the adjacent first hole, having sliced into a 10-shot deficit by taking advantage of warm, sunny conditions. There was barely a hint of the swirling breezes that can make Augusta so treacherous. Jimenez has never won a major championship but hes been a perennial contender, capturing a new generation of fans with his unique stretching routine before each round, his red ponytail, and his fondness for wine and cigars. "Just because you are 50 does not mean you cannot play golf," said Jimenez, one of six 50-and-older golfers to make the Masters cut. "Im still flexible. I hit the ball longer than ever." His wasnt the only new entry in the Masters record book. Gary Woodland matched the lowest score ever on the front nine with a 6-under 30, and actually got his score to 7 under with another birdie at the 10th. But the 29-year-old American couldnt keep it going through Amen Corner, where a bogey at the 11th and a double bogey on 12 stifled his momentum. Woodland struggled down the stretch and settled for a 69, which left him at 216. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., also struggled to a 79 and was well back at 8-over-par 224. Defending champion Adam Scott couldnt get anything going, his chances of becoming only the fourth back-to-back winner in Masters history fading away with an ugly 40 on the front side. He faced a six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday, a daunting challenge with so many players in between him and the lead. But plenty of others were ready to seize the spotlight. 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