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CLEVELAND -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has already done a lot of damage in the first half of his rookie season. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/89-Jersey . He kept on going Saturday in Chicagos 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th homer, a two-run shot that helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak. "Hes good," his manager Robin Ventura said. "Im glad hes on our side." Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a drive off Zach McAllister (3-5). The homer cleared the fence in right field and landed in the White Sox bullpen for Chicagos first hit. After White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, another member of the All-Star team, left the game with a stiff back following a leadoff walk in the fourth. Abreu homered on the next pitch. Ramirez said he doesnt think his back will prevent him from playing in Tuesdays game in Minnesota. Abreu is batting .287 with 73 RBIs, good for second in the league. "I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far in the first half," he said through a translator. "Im very happy to participate in the All-Star game. Its definitely an honour." Abreu is 7 for 35 with five homers and 15 strikeouts against the Indians. "Abreu is obviously a very dangerous hitter," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Thats probably the understatement of the year." All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the eighth for Cleveland. Scott Carroll (4-5) held the Indians to two hits in five shutout innings before being pulled because of a stiff lower back. "I felt it a couple of innings before that," he said. "It really kind of hit me in the fifth. I tried to stay out there as long as I could." The rookie right-hander has won two straight starts, in which he hasnt allowed a run over 11 2-3 innings. Carroll allowed one hit over 6 2-3 innings in Mondays 4-0 victory at Boston. He was 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous six starts. Gordon Beckham broke a 1-for-32 skid with a two-run double during a three-run ninth. Indians reliever Austin Adams made his major league debut and gave up all three runs. He got only one out. Adam Dunn had an RBI single in the Chicago sixth. White Sox relievers Zach Putnam, Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp and Jake Petricka combined to allow two runs over the final four innings. Carroll hasnt given up an earned run in 14 innings over three appearances against Cleveland. His first career loss was to the Indians on May 3 when he allowed two unearned runs in six innings of a 2-0 defeat. Carroll retired the first eight hitters before Mike Aviles two-out single in the third. McAllister, recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the start, gave up three runs in seven innings. His only major mistake came to Abreu. "I wasnt thinking about a home run," Abreu said. "I was trying to hit the ball the other way. I hit a line drive, and I was lucky it went out of the park." Jason Kipnis drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh for the Indians. Earlier in the inning, Yan Gomes hit a line drive that was originally called a catch, but was overturned after Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the ruling. The Indians moved designated hitter Jason Giambi (sore left knee) to the 60-day disabled list following the game. Giambi, batting .128 with two homers and five RBIs in 15 games, had been on the 15-day DL since June 12. Before the game, Francona said Giambi will "definitely" play again this season. The move was made after Cleveland acquired LHP Nick Maronde in a minor league trade with the Angels and added him to the 40-man roster. NOTES: The White Sox optioned RHP Andre Rienzo to Triple-A Charlotte and will add a position player before Sundays game. Rienzo was 4-5 with a 5.87 ERA in 14 games. ... McAllister began the season in Clevelands rotation and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back on May 22. ... Indians OF Chris Dickerson was scratched from the lineup with a tight left hamstring. Aviles started in left field. ... White Sox OF Adam Eaton (jammed left wrist) wasnt in the lineup and is likely to sit out Sunday. ... White Sox LHP Jose Quintana will start the first game after the All-Star break on Friday. ... The Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Columbus. ... Browns QB Brian Hoyer, a Cleveland native, threw out the first pitch. ... LHP John Danks will start for the White Sox on Sunday against RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4). https://www.lacfootballshop.com/32-Jersey . His stated reason for abruptly resigning as head coach of Canadas Olympic womens hockey team was he felt there were doubts about his ability to coach the team to Olympic gold in February. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/86-Jersey . Tyrell appeared in seven games with the Lightning this year, he had no points in those appearances. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 17 assists in 132 career NHL games, all coming with the Lightning. He was selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2007 draft.NEW YORK -- California Chrome became the 3-5 early favourite on Wednesday to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racings 12th Triple Crown champion. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994. You can watch the drama unfold on TSN and TSN2 with pre-race coverage beginning Saturday at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt. California Chrome will be listed No. 2 in the betting program, the same number as 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths while setting a track record for the 1 1/2-mile race that still stands. Wicked Strong was the 6-1 second choice and drew post No. 9. The colt finished fourth after an unlucky trip in the Derby, sat out the Preakness and comes into the Bellmont off a five-week rest. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/30-Jersey. Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post. The colt has experienced on the track, having won the Peter Pan Stakes, although he is new to the Triple Crown trail. Ride On Curlin, the 12-1 fourth choice, and 20-1 shot General a Rod are the only other horses besides California Chrome who will have run in all three legs of the Triple Crown. Eleven horses were entered to take on California Chrome in his bid to win the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978. Commanding Curve, second in the Derby, was listed at 15-1. Four horses were at 20-1: Commissioner, General a Rod, Medal Count (eighth in the Derby) and Samraat (fifth in the Derby). Matterhorn and Matuszak, both new to the Triple Crown series, were listed at 30-1. ' ' '
RENTON, Wash. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/97-Jersey . -- The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions, and given restricted free agent wide receiver Doug Baldwin a second-round tender. Terms of the deals for Jeanpierre and Johnson were not announced on Friday. Both were restricted free agents. The two signed deals are secondary to the situation with Baldwin. The second-round tender means Baldwin would be paid about $2.1 million for the 2014 season if he signs it. He could also reach a long-term deal with the Seahawks or sign with another team. If he were to sign with another club, Seattle would be compensated with a second-round pick. Baldwin has been one of Seattles top receivers in two of his three NFL seasons. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Baldwin caught 51 passes as a rookie and had another 50 grabs last season along with a career-high five touchdowns in the regular season. Baldwin had 13 catches in the post-season and a touchdown catch in the Super Bowl. Jeanpierre has proved a vital backup for the Seahawks with the flexibility to play both centre and guard on the offensive line. Jeanpierre made three starts at centre last season when Max Unger was out with injuries. He played in all 16 games during the regular season. Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State who found a role as a backup with the Seahawks. He has played mostly on special teams in his time with the Seahawks while backing up starting strong safety Kam Chancellor. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/62-Jersey . James Harden wasnt worried and told his coach as much. "He was fired up but I told him: Its OK. Were going to be all right," Harden said. And they were. Houston scored 17 straight points after that timeout, led by 10 from Harden, to take the lead and roll to an easy 129-106 win. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/18-Jersey . Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Tuesday night.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca. Hey, Kerry! Always enjoy your column. Im wondering if you can give some clarification to the Colorado goal by Dennis Everberg that was waved off in the game in Boston on Monday. Would be interested to hear your perspective. Sure looked like a good goal to me and many other people, apparently. And the video looks pretty conclusive. Thanks! Bill Bayne Bill: You probably didnt realize it when you dropped this one into the CMon Ref mail bag, but your question today has exposed an apparent glaring contradiction in the playing rules. Unless cleaned up immediately, the contradiction found in the language of rule 80.3 (high-sticking the puck) and 78.4 (scoring a goal) could very well impact how a legal goal can be scored once a puck has been struck by an attacking player above the height of the crossbar. First, let me review the play in question. Referee Rob Martell, in good position, made the initial determination that a legal goal had been scored when Ryan OReilly, standing at the top of goal crease, deflected a point shot by Tyson Barrie which subsequently caromed off the shin pad and left skate blade of Dennis Everberg into the Bruins net. From game footage and the Situation Room blog we learned that the officials group huddled in the referee crease and a consensus declared that OReilly deflected the puck into the net with a high stick. Martells call was reversed to no goal on the ice as per rule 60.5 pending confirmation from video review. In fairness, it is often difficult to find a camera angle that definitively demonstrates if a puck has been struck above/below the height of the crossbar. The overhead camera is usually of little value in this situation since it does not provide the necessary depth perception relative to the cross-bar. For this reason I would largely discount the overhead camera had I been in the Situation Room making the call. The farther out from this reference point (goal frame) only compounds the difficulty video review has in making a conclusive determination. Although the front and side angle footage offers more than reasonable evidence to me that OReillys descending blow made contact with the puuck at or below the cross-bar, I will give the benefit of the doubt to the Situation Room personnel that it was too close for them to call. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/66-Jersey. The inconclusive review kicked the decision back to the officials on the ice. Assuming the on-ice officials determined OReilly contacted the puck above the crossbar but below his shoulders the puck is eligible to be played by any player. We know that the puck did not enter the net directly off the stick of Ryan OReilly but instead glanced off Bruins goalie, Niklas Svedberg and then deflected into the net off the leg and skate of Dennis Everberg. Since there was no distinct kicking motion by Everberg, logic and common sense would indicate that this should be a good hockey goal. Bill, this is where your question has exposed the contradiction! Rule 80.3: When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponents goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed (This translates that the subsequent deflection of the puck off the leg and/or skate of Everberg should still result in no goal). Only to be contradicted by Rule 78.4: If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal (In this rule, Dennis Everberg should have been credited with his first NHL goal when the puck deflected into the net off his body and skate. If the puck were to deflect into the net off the stick of an attacking player there isnt a referee in the business that would disallow a goal in this situation. A legal deflection, as this rule states, should likewise result in a goal in the opinion of most active referees). It is now time for an amendment to correct these two conflicting rules before another potential good hockey goal is nullified. Additionally, rule 38 was revised this season to empower Hockey Operations with broader discretion to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g., to ensure they are good hockey goals). This just might have been an opportunity to exercise their expanded authority even if the review of the potential high-stick by OReilly was found to be inconclusive. ' ' '
NEW YORK, N. https://www.washingtonfootballshop.com/26-Jersey .Y. - The NBA fined Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $25,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officiating in Los Angeles 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. Rivers was livid after the game, saying the Clippers were "robbed." The Clippers believed the Thunders Reggie Jackson had knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds remaining, but officials ruled it Oklahoma City ball. After going to replay, the call stood, and the Thunder rallied to win the game. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Wednesday in a statement that: "In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be clear and conclusive evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession." https://www.washingtonfootballshop.com/28-Jersey .  Almost 40 years to the day, the two teams will meet again, this time at BC Place, to celebrate the past and try to earn important points for the present. https://www.washingtonfootballshop.com/15-Jersey . - After three days of light, make that very light, workouts, Team Irvin and Team Carter are ready for tonights Pro Bowl.A late goal by Carlyle Mitchell wasnt enough for Vancouver Whitecaps FC to avoid their second straight 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday morning at the Kino Sports Complex. Down 2-0, the Trinidadian defender brought the Caps to within one goal after heading in a Nicolas Mezquida corner in the 78th minute. Vancouver nearly equalized moments later, when Uruguayan midfielder Sebastien Fernandez released Darren Mattocks into the Sounders 18-yard-box, but the Jamaicans left-footed effort trickled just wide of the post as Whitecaps FCs comeback bid fell just short. "Winning and losing is a fine line," said head coach Carl Robinson. "You saw today that it was pretty even game. They took their two chances, we ended up scoring and missing a penalty and getting a chance in the last minute and we lose the game. Its preseason … Im not really focused on results at the moment. Im focused on fitness and also on combinations." Unlike Vancouvers first two preseason matches in Casa Grande, Sundays contest in Tucson was made up of three 30-minute periods rather than two halves. The Caps went with an experienced squad again on Sunday, with players like David Ousted, Jay DeMerit, and Nigel Reo-Coker making their second straight starts. Right back Steven Beitashour also made his first start as a member of Whitecaps FC and midfielder Russell Teibert made his first appearance of the preseason. The 21-year-old Canadian, who played in a holding midfielder position alongside Reo-Coker, was lively throughout the opening 45 minutes in defending and attacking positions. https://www.washingtonfootballshop.com/93-Jersey. After a fairly uneventful opening 20 minutes, in which Whitecaps FC looked comfortable in possession, Seattle broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute on the strength of a Kevin Parsemain volley from the top of the box. Teibert had Vancouvers best chance to even the match in the 38th, as he took to the penalty spot after Hurtado was hauled down, only to see his attempt sail over the goal. Despite the miss, the Caps manager said he liked what he saw from the young Canadian. "I thought he was great," said Robinson. "He wanted the ball all the time, he was dropping deep to get on the ball, and he was spraying passes. I thought it was a very positive performance from Russell." Andy Rose scored the eventual winner for Sounders FC in the 50th minute. In the build-up, Sean Okoli headed a Chad Barrett cross across goal to the near post, where Rose headed it in past a sprawling Marco Carducci.   The Caps will return to Casa Grande on Sunday, where a number of Vancouvers trialists and recent draft picks will play a scrimmage against Indy Eleven on Monday, before flying back to Vancouver on Wednesday. Their next preseason match is set for Sunday, February 16 against the University of Victoria Vikes at Centennial Stadium. ' ' '
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/40-Jersey .com) - Kyle Wiltjer had 15 points and six rebounds in the seventh-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs 60-48 victory over the San Diego Toreros on Monday night. Byron Wesley added 12 points, five boards and two blocks for the Bulldogs (13-1, 2-0 WCC), who have won six in a row. Kevin Pangos tallied 10 points and six rebounds. Johnny Dee ended with 20 points and eight boards for the Toreros (7-7, 0-2), who have dropped two straight since a three-game winning streak. Gonzaga started the game on a 15-5 run and never looked back. The Bulldogs then used a 10-0 spurt late in the first half to grab a 35-17 lead. Brett Bailey stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer to make it 35-20 at the break. The Bulldogs led by 22, 52-30, with 10:01 to play, but San Diego responded with a 15-2 run. Dee tallied 12 points during the surge, including a layup with 1:56 remaining to make it 54-45. But Wesley scored the next four points to put the game away. Game Notes Gonzaga avenged last seasons three-point loss at San Diego ... The Toreros shot just 26.8 percent from the field, while the Bulldogs made 42.3 percent of their shots. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/69-Jersey .com) - Bradley Beals 22 points and seven rebounds helped the Washington Wizards erase a halftime deficit and top the Utah Jazz, 93-84, on Sunday. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/83-Jersey . -- Nelson Cruz has only two hits in 15 at-bats against the Kansas City Royals this season.Canadas womens soccer team will open its 2014 schedule with a friendly against the United States on Jan. 31. The game will take place in the U.S., although the location has yet to be determined. The teams last met on June 2 in front of a record-setting crowd at BMO Field in Toronto, with the Americans winning 3-0. That game -- billed as "The Rematch" -- marked both the first meeting between the rivals since Canadas heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the U.S. in the 2012 Olympic semifinals, and the Canadians first game back home since they won bronze in London. The Olympic semifinal -- whichh will go down as one of the most memorable in Canadian soccer history -- turned on a controversial free kick, awarded when Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen determined Canadas keeper Erin McLeod took longer than the allowable six seconds to put the ball back into play. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/65-Jersey. The Canadian women have an all-time record of three wins, five draws and 45 losses in 53 international matches against the Americans, and have never won at home, tying them once and losing six times in seven home matches dating back to 1990. Canada last beat the U.S. 3-0 at the 2001 Algarve Cup. ' ' '
TORONTO – There may come a time in the next few years when the Houston Astros are a good baseball team. https://www.losangelesfootballshop.com/86-Jersey . That time, however, is not now and with apologies to the "Its Early" crowd, with whom we typically should all agree hardly removed from opening day, this three-game home set with the Houston Astros is important to the Blue Jays. Nobody is suggesting that, say, if Toronto gets swept its season is over. But a check of the math tells you it doesnt help. The Blue Jays, by virtue of their perch in the American League East, have the unenviable task of playing 76 of their 162 games against their four divisional opponents. They get the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles 19 times each, a veritable meat grinder that can chew up and spit out the hope for a successful season all by itself. Lets say, for the sake of argument, the Blue Jays go 38-38 against their own division. That leaves 86 games against non-divisional opponents. To get to 90 wins, which likely wont be enough to win the division and may or may not be enough to capture one of the two wild card spots, Toronto would have to go 52-34. So far, after splitting a four-game series in Tampa Bay and disappointingly dropping two of three at home to the Yankees, the Jays are 3-4 within the AL East. Houston marks the first non-divisional opponent and due to the make up of the schedule, this is the only time the Astros will visit Toronto all year. It doesnt matter whether its April, June, or the intensity filled months of August and September, Houstons only here once and when they visit the Jays need to make hay. More than anything, manager John Gibbons wants his club to better protect home soil. "Ive always said you cant bury yourself early," said Gibbons. "Especially in this division, its an uphill battle and its real tough to come back. Were trying to get off to a good start and with more games at home itd be nice to finish up good at home. Youve got to play good at home, its no secret. Hold your own on the road and play good baseball at home." JEKYLL AND HYDE ROTATION The biggest question facing the Blue Jays (3-4) heading into the season centred on the starting rotation. Could it hold up in the toughest division in baseball? In the wins, Dr. Jekyll rules the day. When Torontos lost, Mr. Hyde rears his ugly face. Heres a look at the numbers through the first seven games: In the three wins, no runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings pitched. April 1: Drew Hutchison, 5.1 innings pitched.April 2: Mark Buehrle, 8.2 IP.April 5: R.A. Dickey, 6.2 IP. In the four losses, the starts have allowed a staggering 20 earned runs in just 16 innings pitched (11.25 ERA, averaging four innings pitched per start): March 31: R.A. Dickey, 6 earned runs in 5 innings pitched.April 3: Brandon Morrow, 4 ER in 5 IP.April 4: Dustin McGowan, 4 ER in 2.2 IP.April 6: Drew Hutchison, 6 ER in 3.1 IP. ROTATION JUGGLING Mondays off day has afforded manager John Gibbons the opportunity to flip R.A. Dickey and Dustin McGowan, meaning Dickey will start Thursdays series finale against the Astros and McGowan will open a three-game set in Baltimore on Friday night. "Thatll split up Morrow and McGowan," said Gibbons. "The two guys were watching a little bit. Put Dickey in the middle and he can eat some innings, anyway." Dickey has repeatedly said he prefers pitching under a roof, although Gibbons denied the forecasted cool conditions outdoors in Baltimore factored in to the decision. REYES UPDATE Jose Reyes, eligible to come off the disabled list from a strained left hamstring on April 16, ran the treadmill and took ground balls during batting practice on Tuesday afternoon. "Ill know better when I start running and see how Im feeling," said Reyes. "For now, Ill just take it day by day and see what happens." Reyes has been hitting to maintain his batting stroke but still has yet to run at full speed. When Reyes is ready to play, he expects to appear in at least a couple of minor league rehab games before returning to the Blue Jays. JANSSEN UPDATE Casey Janssen, out with an abdominal/back strain, doesnt think hell be ready to come off the disabled list when hes eligible on Sunday. "Probably not," said Janssen. "I dont know the exact date but Ive got to get on a rehab somewhere; hopefully shortly thereafter." Janssen expects only to need one or two minor league rehab games before hes back with the Blue Jays. If he continues to progress, its not unreasonable to expect Janssen to return mid-to-late next week. https://www.losangelesfootballshop.com/28-Jersey . The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last months tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March. https://www.losangelesfootballshop.com/82-Jersey . Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the Knicks 106-101 on Wednesday night.NEW ORLEANS -- Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game skid by shocking the playoff-bound Thunder 101-89 on Monday night. Evans made 14 of 26 shots while scoring mostly on quick, powerful bursts to the hoop. He also scored 12 points at the foul line and made a 3 that put the Pelicans ahead 90-82 with 4:21 left. Kevin Durant scored 25 for the Thunder, who have lost two straight and wont lock up the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs without at least one more win or a Los Angeles Clippers loss. With Oklahoma City having played in Indiana on Sunday, coach Scott Brooks chose to rest point guard Russell Westbrook, starting Reggie Jackson in his place. Jackson, however, was not a factor on offence for much of the game, finishing with four points and three assists. Oklahoma could hardly complain about being short-handed, though. With all five early season starters and its best scorer off the bench out for the season, New Orleans one regular point guard was among 10 players in uniform. That was Austin Rivers, who was ejected, along with the Thunders Nick Collison, after the pair got into a scuffle with 7:56 left in the second quarter. Evans, normally a shooting guard, took over at point guard after that and went on to score 37 of his points. Luke Babbit scored 12 points, hitting a late 3 to help seal New Orleans first victory over the Thunder in 11 meetings, dating to Jan. 24, 2011. Darius Miller andd Alexis Ajinca each had 10 points Serge Ibaka had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Oklahoma City. https://www.losangelesfootballshop.com/34-Jersey. Caron Butler added 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting, but after making six of his first seven shots, he did not score in the fourth quarter and his turnover led to Evans driving layup, which put New Orleans ahead by 10 with 2:16 to go. Durant was somewhat below his usual standard, missing 14 of his 23 shots and not reaching double figures in scoring until his driving floater with 4:35 left in the third quarter. Three nights earlier in Oklahoma City, the Thunder opened up a double-digit lead on reeling New Orleans in the first half and was up 25 after three quarters en route to a 116-94 victory. Back in the Big Easy, where the Pelicans are 21-19, the matchup was far more competitive. New Orleans held a slim lead most of the first quarter and the game got testy in the second, Rivers was angered by a prolonged screen Collison set on him. Rivers pushed his way out of the screen and soon after the two were shouting at each other as they followed the action to the Pelicans offensive end, where Rivers lunged at Collison. Minutes later, Oklahoma City led by as many as six on Butlers 3, but New Orleans closed the half with Morrows short jumper and Evans layup after hed intercepted Thabo Sefoloshas pass, cutting Oklahomas lead to 46-45 at halftime. Notes: The loss prevented Oklahoma City from becoming the only NBA team with 60 wins in each of the past two seasons. ... The Thunder had won both previous meetings this season. ' ' '
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury thats expected to sideline him for about six weeks. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/19-Jersey . The Reds entered a weekend series against Pittsburgh with their infield depleted by injuries. First baseman Joey Votto was out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Skip Schumaker, who was expected to help fill in at second base, went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Schumaker ran into the outfield wall as he tried to make a catch during a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He was sore when he showed up at the ballpark on Friday, and he was later diagnosed with a concussion. The Reds called up infielder Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville to take Schumakers spot. Lutz was one of only three bench players left for the game against Pittsburgh, along with catcher Brayan Pena and infielder Kristopher Negron. Phillips hurt the thumb when his glove bent awkwardly as he tried to make a sliding catch on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago started at second base on Friday. Manager Bryan Price had intended to use Santiago and Schumaker there while Phillips is gone. Now, theyre just trying to make it to the All-Star break. "I like what we have here," Price said before Schumaker went on the DL. "I just want to make sure that, coming out of the All-Star break, the guys that we have here are as healthy as possible. That will be the biggest challenge." Centre fielder Billy Hamilton was back on Friday after being out of the lineup for one game because of a sore hamstring. Pena has several nagging injuries. The Reds decided to bolster their worn-down bullpen before the game, adding two relievers. Right-handers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch were called up from Louisville. Catcher Tucker Barnhart was optioned to open a spot. Starter Homer Bailey had to leave in the fifth inning on Thursday after slightly straining his right knee on a pitch. Price expects him to be able to make his next start. "It seems like every game weve played lately, something has happened," Price said. "The good news on Homer is he feels better today and were encouraged that he should be ready to go once we get through the All-Star break." https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/Customized . Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, the bandleader of the beard brigade during Bostons run to the 2013 World Series title, said he will be shaving his off before spring training so that he can file it "in the archive" with his memories of the teams improbable championship. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/94-Jersey . -- The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in 33 seconds of the second period en route to defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.One day after their 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and still without top defenceman Dion Phaneuf as he serves the second of his two-game suspension, the Toronto Maple Leafs will head to St. Louis to take on Alexander Steen and the Blues Thursday night. Cody Franson scored and Jonathan Bernier made 20 stops for the Leafs, but they still stumbled to their seventh loss in nine outings Wednesday against LA. "That was much closer to what we need," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "Hey, were third in the Eastern Conference in goals scored. Its on the defensive side where our work ethic and commitment hasnt been there." Phaneuf was out of the lineup, serving the first game of his two-game suspension however, winger Joffrey Lupul returned after missing seven games in a row due to a groin strain. He has eight goals and 15 points in 22 contests before the injury. Carlyle could give James Reimer his first career start versus the Blues tonight. Bernier is 2-1-0 with a 2.99 GAA in four starts against them. The Blues meanwhile, look to secure a second straight victory on Thursday night against the struggling Leafs. The Blues had lost three of four ahead of Tuesdays 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Alexander Steen had a second-period goal and Kevin Shattenkirk put home the deciding goal while on the power play with 3:02 remaining in the game. Shattenkirks third goal of the season changed direction on the way to the net after he took a feed from Derek Roy. "Sometimes you gett rewarded with a couple lucky ones and it was a great game by both teams," said Shattenkirk. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/27-Jersey. Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for the Blues, who reached the 20-win plateau by claiming their seventh victory in the last 10 outings. "Our goalie made some great saves and I think we were getting nervous when we didnt score on some opportunities, but I really like the way we fought," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. Steen, a former first-round pick by Toronto in 2002, scored his first goal in five games and his 21st of the season. That is tied for second most in the NHL and three off his career high of 24 scored with the Blues in 2009-10. That season was Steens first full one in St. Louis after getting dealt by Toronto along with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008. The 29-year-old Steen has two goals in three career games versus Toronto. Steen will look to give Elliott some more support tonight with the netminder set to get the call again. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.04 goals against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games this season, including seven starts. Elliott has allowed two goals or fewer in five of those starts. The goaltender is 3-5-1 with a 3.07 GAA in 10 previous meetings with the Leafs, who were in action last night and lost a 3-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings. The Maple Leafs have won two straight versus the Blues, both in a shootout, following a three-game series losing streak. They notched a 3-2 win in their last trip to St. Louis on Nov. 10, 2011. ' ' '
Rust had this to say about the prank, “I looked up and knew it was mine because Im pretty sure Im the only one with those shoes on the team,” laughed Rust, in his first professional season after four years at Notre Dame. https://www.kansascityfootballshop.com/8-Jersey . “I was kind of just skating around laughing. Its just one of those things where youre a rookie, so things are going to happen. Its all in good fun.” “Im going to start interviewing guys 1-on-1,” Rust joked. “Im probably going to get out the black light and fingerprint it to see what all went down.” - Penguins.com This isnt the first time the Pens have done this. Heres the same prank pulled on Simon Despres when he was a rookie three years ago. Are these guys the most underratedly fun team in the league? (Info courtesy Penguins.com) https://www.kansascityfootballshop.com/70-Jersey . -- Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que. https://www.kansascityfootballshop.com/62-Jersey .The Canadian teenage golf sensation announced Thursday shell join the LPGA Tour in 2015 instead of attending the University of Florida. SEATTLE -- Justin Smoak doubled in a pair of runs off Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Rays on Friday night. The Rays lead was cut to two games over the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles in the race for the second wild-card berth in the American League. After tying the game in the top of the eighth, the Rays couldnt keep the Mariners from going ahead. Kyle Seager hit a fly ball off Peralta (2-6) deep into the gap in left-centre. Though centre fielder Desmond Jennings got in position for the play, the ball caromed off the heel of his glove and fell to the turf allowing Seager to reach second base on the error. Kendrys Morales walked before Smoaks fly down the right field line just missed the glove of a diving Wil Myers. Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte scored to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead. Carter Capps (3-3) picked up the victory in relief. Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save. Brad Miller doubled to lead off the game for Seattle and scored on a sacrifice fly by Seager to the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Rays tied it in the second inning. Delmon Young crushed a solo home run off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to left-centre field. Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria each singled with two outs in the third inning and Matt Joyce drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Zobrist to score from third to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead. Iwakuma managed to work out of the jam by getting Young to ground out to second to end the inning. Seattle retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Franklin reached on a fielders choice and stole second base. Franklin Gutierrez singled up the middle past the outstretcched gloves of Alex Cobb to drive in Franklin and tie it. https://www.kansascityfootballshop.com/43-Jersey. Gutierrez added a stolen base to get into scoring position for Seager, who delivered an RBI single to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Raul Ibanez hit his 27th home run off Cobb to lead off the fourth inning and extend the Mariners lead. Cobb allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for Tampa Bay. He struck out five and walked one. The Rays closed the gap in the sixth inning. Young doubled and the Mariners elected to walk Myers to bring Jose Molina to the plate. Molina answered with a single that scored Young and chased Iwakuma from the game. Iwakuma allowed three runs and eight hits with five strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings for Seattle. A base running mistake cost the Rays a chance to take the lead in the eighth inning. James Loney drew a leadoff walk and Myers followed with a single. Sean Rodriguez came on to pinch run for Loney, but was picked off by Capps at second. The mistake cost Tampa Bay a run as Luke Scott doubled to left-centre field to score Myers from first. Capps walked Jennings and Zobrist to load the bases, but induced a ground out from Longoria to get out of the jam and keep the game tied at 4-4. Notes: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the Rays rotation for their upcoming series with the Boston Red Sox will consist of David Price, Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson. Both Hellickson and Chris Archer will get an extra day of rest before their next start. Archer will start against Minnesota. ... Raul Ibanez is just the third player in major league history to hit at least 27 home runs in a season at 41 years of age or older. Only Ted Williams (29 home runs, 41 years old) and Barry Bonds (28 home runs, 42 years old) have hit more. ' ' '
HOUSTON -- Ricardo Clark and Omar Cummings scored in the second half to lead Houston back from a two-goal halftime deficit, lifting the Dynamo into a 2-2 tie against the top-seeded New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/70-Jersey . The second part is Wednesday at New York. "Judging by the feel right now, it feels like a loss because we were winning 2-0," New York goalkeeper Luis Robles said. "Now, we have to go home and we have to win. Its as simple as that." Cummings, a second-half substitute, tied it in the 92nd minute when he tapped the ball in from just outside the net. Bobby Boswells header was stopped by Robles, but Cummings sent the rebound inside the near post. Cummings said the goal was a "will-goal." "You will that one in," Cummings said. "You need a push, you need a point. You need to go to New York at least level if not better. Thats the kind of goal you just will in." Clark scored in the 51st minute when New York was unable to clear the ball away and he sent it through traffic and inside the near post. "We didnt script it this way," said Houston assistant Wade Barrett, who helped run the team after Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear was suspended for running out of his box and onto the field late in the teams first-round game against Montreal. "The first half didnt go as we had planned," Barrett said. "We gave up two goals and dug a hole, but it is 135 minutes from halftime and the guys came back with a fantastic attitude and got a goal back right away. . It was a fantastic performance in the second half. The way everything turned out, you feel real positive going into Wednesday." The Dynamo played the final 25 minutes with a man advantage after New Yorks Jamison Olave was given a straight red card for a reckless tackle from behind on Cummings in the 65th minute. Tim Cahill put the Red Bulls in front in the 22nd minute, taking Thierry Henrys cross from the left side and heading it inside the near post from just outside the upper goalkeepers box. Eric Alexander made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, faking to his right, turning and hitting a shot from 14 yards out on the right box inside the near post. "I thought it was tremendous to go up 2-0 on the road in the first half," New York coach Mike Petke said. "I thought we gave them confidence with the deflection goal. The red card killed us. At the end of the day, those goals were our fault. It wasnt something created out of spectacular stuff. It was self-inflicted." https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/62-Jersey . Team officials travelled to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with the free agent, a person with knowledge of the plans said. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/81-Jersey . "Canada," Bolland said with a smile. "Is that a question?" One day earlier, though, fellow Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri wasnt so sure his home and native land could pull off the win against the United States in the semi-finals of the Olympic hockey tournament.BUFFALO, N.Y. - New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano had no choice but to have faith in younger players after star forward John Tavares was lost to a season-ending knee injury. Brock Nelson and fellow rookies delivered down the stretch and provided a glimpse at a brighter future for the Islanders, who head into the off-season after missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Nelson scored with 3:44 remaining to force overtime, and then netted the lone shootout goal in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night in a season-ending matchup of non-playoff teams. The Islanders (34-37-11) won by rallying from a 2-0 deficit and closed the season by winning three straight and eight of 12 (8-2-2). "These kids have played extremely hard, and Im proud of what theyve done not only in the last month and a half, but these last three games," Capuano said. "They really stuck together." The future looks even better after Capuano reiterated that Tavares is on track in his recovery from a left knee injury and should be ready to begin training in the summer. There is much more work to do in Buffalo. Torrey Mitchell, Jamie McBain and Matt Ellis scored for the Sabres (21-51-10), who had already clinched the NHLs worst record. The Sabres went 0-6-1 in their final seven games. With 150 goals scored, Buffalo set the NHL-low in the leagues post-expansion era that began in 1967. The previous low was 151 by Tampa Bay in 1997-98. "The standard has to be set a little bit higher than it was," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "Well address that starting with the meetings (Monday)." Nelson, an Islanders first-round pick in the 2010 draft, was eager to show what potential the teams youngsters possess. "We knew we had a young group and a lot of rookies," said Nelson, who topped the Islanders rookie class with 14 goals and 26 points. "We wanted to go out there and give it everything we had every night. I think we were able to do that." Nelson scored the lone shootout goal on the Islanders second shot. He snapped a shot that rookie Connor Knapp got a piece of with his stick. But there was enough backspin ffor the puck to dribble in. https://www.clevelandfootballshop.com/64-Jersey. . Anders Nilsson stopped 36 shots through overtime and all three he faced in the shootout. Nilsson clinched the victory by using his glove to sweep away a puck that got away from Ville Leino as he drove to the net. Anders Lee, a recent call up, scored twice in a game the Islanders never led until the final score. The Sabres bookended their season with long droughts. Buffalo got off to a 2-13-1 start, and ended with a 2-16-2 skid. "This is our job and we failed. So its definitely salt in the wound," forward Marcus Foligno said. "I guess when it rains it pours, and you really just got to keep putting your head down and moving forward." Though both teams rosters were depleted by injuries, the Islanders fill-ins proved to be better. Down 2-0, Lee scored both his goals in a span of 3:40, bridging the second intermission, to tie it 17 seconds into the third period. Mitchell put the Sabres ahead by deflecting in Rasmus Ristolainens shot 10:09 into the third, before Nelson scored the equalizer. Using Ristolainen as a screen, Nelson snapped in 40-foot shot over Knapps left shoulder. The only thing on the line for the Islanders was where they would finish in the overall standings. The win pushed them into 26th place, two points ahead of Calgary. There is a Sabres tie-in for the Islanders connected to a trade in which Buffalo sent Thomas Vanek to New York for Matt Moulson and a first-round draft pick in one of the next two drafts. The Islanders have until June 1 to determine whether to give up their selection this year or hold off. NOTES: The Sabres 21 wins are the fewest in an 80-plus-game season, and rank second fewest behind Buffalos 16-43-19 finish in 1971-72. Buffalo matched the 21 wins it had in the lockout-shortened season last year. Their 51 regulation losses are the most ever. ... The Islanders went 21-18-2 on the road for their best finish since going 21-15-3-2 in 2001-02. ... The Sabres were forced to call up G Andrey Makarov, D Mark Pysyk and LW Nicolas Deslauriers from AHL Rochester after the team lost five players to injuries at Boston on Saturday. ' ' '
CALGARY -- Bad luck for the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime continued against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/28-Jersey . T.J. Brodie scored at 2:26 of the extra session to lead Flames to a 5-4 win over the slumping Blackhawks, whose overtime record fell to 0-6 this season. "Overtimes been a sore spot," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, whos baffled by his teams inability to play well in OT. "I think weve got enough assets in there. In overtime, weve got to find a way to make it happen." Brodie picked up a rebound in front of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford before scoring a wraparound goal to emerge as the hero in front of an announced crowd of 19,289 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "Its always nice winning, especially against a team like that," Brodie said. The third-year defenceman gave credit to Flames forward Lee Stempniak and Sean Monahan for setting up his goal. "There was a battle on the red-line and Stempy won the battle and gave a pass to Mony," Brodie explained. "Mony made a good play cutting to the middle and got a shot off. Crawford sort of slid out of the net from the shot. I just tried to wrap it around back out front and it ended up going in." Mikael Backlund scored twice for the Flames (19-27-7), who won three straight games for the first time this season. "There was a lot of emotions out there, a lot of chances back and forth," Backlund said. "These are fun games to play. Im sure the coaches didnt think that, but I enjoyed the game." Matt Stajan had a goal and an assist for Calgary, Lance Bouma also scored and Stempniak set up three goals. Marian Hossa scored twice for the Blackhawks (32-10-13), who have gone 0-2-2 in their previous four games. Patrick Kane and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago. "Theyre a hard-working team so we expected them to work hard," Kane said. "They always seem to give us a tough game in this building. We had to be ready for it. I thought we did a good job fighting back. It was just a few too many mistakes." Neither of the starting goalies played particularly well and both were replaced in net by their respective head coaches. Reto Berra stopped 20-of-24 shots he faced through two periods before Karri Ramo took over in the Calgary net for the final frame and overtime. Ramo made nine saves to pick up the win. Antti Raanta drew the start in net for Chicago, but was pulled after he stopped just 11-of-15 shots he faced through 1 1/2 periods of play. Crawford came on in relief and stopped 13 consecutive shots before giving up Brodies OT goal. The Flames held a pair of one-goal leads in the first period before the Blackhawks responded both times to tie up the game 2-2 after 20 minutes of play. Calgary jumped out to a quick start as captain Mark Giordano rang a shot off the post 37 seconds into the game before Backlund scored his 10th goal of the season at 1:13 of the first. Backlund took a pass Stempniak and shook off a check from Chicago defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson before backhanding a shot that snuck through Raantas legs. The Blackhawks evened the score at 5:53 when Kane converted a nice backhand pass from Kris Versteeg from behind the Calgary net. The Flames regained their one-goal lead at 11:34 when Boumas weak wrist shot hit Raanta in the shoulder before bouncing up and over the Chicago goalie and into the net. Once again, the Hawks drew even on a goal by Hossa with 3:25 remaining in the opening frame. Patrick Sharp appeared to score the goal, but his stick hit Hossas, which actually directed the puck into the net behind Berra, who made a great pad save to stop the initial shot taken by Jonathan Toews. David Jones made a nice play to set up Stajan for his ninth goal of the season at 3:21 of the second before Backlund converted a feed from Stempniak for a short-handed marker at 10:25 to put the Flames up 4-2. The Hawks pulled back to within one when Smiths long wrist shot bounced off of Berras catching glove and into the net. Hossa then tied the game at 4-4 when he swatted a rebound past Berra at 17:33 of the second while Chicago was killing off a penalty. The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 9-7 in the third period, in which neither Ramo nor Crawford surrendered any goals. Notes: The Flames are in the midst of a five-game homestand, which equals their season high. They also played five straight games at home from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 when they went 1-4. a The Flames will also host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. a It was Backlunds first multi-goal game since Oct. 21, 2010 when he scored both times for Calgary during a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit. a With an assist on Backlunds second goal, Giordano extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, a career high. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/84-Jersey . - Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis said Wednesday hes "nodded off" during meetings, but he said its something every player does. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/13-Jersey . So it was understandable if he was a little shaky early in his return to the Texas Rangers rotation. He spent most of the outing searching for his best stuff, but still managed to shut down the struggling Minnesota Twins offence.New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mississippi State and Florida State remained the top teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll, but big wins for Baylor, Arizona State and Ohio State allowed those three teams to move up in the rankings. Mississippi State had no trouble in its rout of UT Martin on Saturday in advance of next weeks mammoth showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa, while Florida State rebounded from a tough first quarter to pull away from Virginia. The Bulldogs received 48 first-place votes -- three more than last week -- and a total of 1,488 points from a nationwide media panel to keep the top spot, while the Seminoles lost three No. votes and now have 12. Oregon jumped past Alabama into third after a win over Utah, while the Crimson Tide gutted out a victory at LSU and stayed fourth. TCU also moved up one spot into fifth after a blowout of Kansas State in Fort Worth. Baylors surprisingly easy win at Oklahoma moved the Bears four places from 10th to sixth and Arizona States victory over Notre Dame pushed the Sun Devils four spots from 11th to seventh. Ohio State vaulted five places from 13th to eighth after outscoring Michigan State in East Lansing. Auburn tumbled six spots from third to ninth after a 41-38 home loss to Texas A&M, a setback that will likely cost the Tigers thheir spot among the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings when they are announced Tuesday. https://www.lacfootballshop.com/88-Jersey. Ole Miss rounds out this weeks top 10, while Nebraska starts the second 10 and is followed by Michigan State, Kansas State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Georgia, Arizona, Clemson, Duke and LSU. Michigan State dipped five places from seventh after its home loss and K-State dropped four spots from ninth after losing at TCU, while the Fighting Irish had the biggest drop within the poll, falling seven spots from eighth after its loss in Tempe. LSU tumbled six places from 14th after the overtime loss to Alabama. The last five teams ranked this week are Marshall, Wisconsin, Colorado State, Georgia Tech and Utah. The Utes dropped five spots after losing to Oregon. Colorado State and Georgia Tech are this weeks newcomers. The Rams are 9-1 with eight straight wins, while the Yellow Jackets are 8-2. Oklahoma and West Virginia dropped out of this weeks rankings. The Sooners were 16th and the Mountaineers were 24th. In addition to this weeks battle between Mississippi State and Alabama, three other ranked matchups are on the docket. Auburn will visit Georgia in the SEC, while first place in the Big Ten West is up for grabs when Nebraska travels to Wisconsin. Also, Georgia Tech hosts Clemson in the ACC. ' ' '
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers have signed first-round draft pick Jason Verrett to a four-year contract. https://www.pittsburghfootballshop.com/4-Jersey . With Thursdays announcement, all six draft picks are under contract. Verrett, a cornerback from TCU, was taken with the 25th pick. Last year, he had 39 tackles, 14 pass deflections, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. https://www.pittsburghfootballshop.com/93-Jersey . Neither side would publicly confirm or deny any discussions were taking place, until the near unexpected happened. On Saturday night sources confirmed to TSN, the league and players agreed to terms on a new, tentative CBA, pending ratification by the unions players. A league source confirmed the CFLs board of governors must also ratify any potential agreement. https://www.pittsburghfootballshop.com/28-Jersey . -- Washingtons Bradley Beal seemed to make every shot he took in setting a career high with 37 points.Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns rookie Connor Shaw will get the start at quarterback on Sunday against Baltimore, his coach said Friday. The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina will take his first NFL snaps against a Ravens team chasing a playoff berth. Hes the third quarterback to start a game this season for Cleveland, joining Brian Hoyer and fellow rookie Johnny Manziel, who are both injured. Its a challenge, but at the same time we look forward to it, Browns coach Mike Pettine said. If we go out and perform at all the other positions well, thatts going to minimized the impact. https://www.pittsburghfootballshop.com/43-Jersey. . Shaw, a three-year starter at South Carolina, got the nod over veteran Tyler Thigpen, who was signed this week. The Browns placed Manziel on injured reserve Wednesday with a hamstring injury the former Heisman Trophy winner suffered last week against Carolina. Hoyer also was hurt during the game and is unlikely to be ready for Sunday. The Ravens can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Browns plus a loss or tie by San Diego against Kansas City. They also make the playoffs with a tie and a Chargers loss. ' ' '
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