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LAKE FOREST, Ill. Cody Parkey Jersey . - All Ndamukong Suh wanted to do was live in the moment and not focus on the big goals that are in reach for the Lions.Detroit is one win from a playoff berth heading into Sundays game against the Chicago Bears, and a division title and first-round bye are also a possibility.I think you just have to understand that when you take care of the small things, the big things come, Suh said. Ive always been about a person that is focused on what I need to get done, the process and understanding that and knowing that everything else should come.When the opportunities are presented to you, you just take them with open arms and run with them. So, as long as you take care of the process and understand what you need to get done, usually everything falls in order for you.Everything has been falling into place for the Lions (10-4), with three straight wins, and theyre about to face a team thats reeling.Things are so bad for the Bears (5-9) that they announced a quarterback change, with Jay Cutler benched in favour of Jimmy Clausen.Detroit, on the other hand, has a chance to lock up a playoff spot for just the second time in 15 years.Even if the Lions dont win Sundays game, they could reach the playoffs with some help. A tie coupled with Philadelphia losing to or tying Washington on Saturday or an Eagles loss would do the trick.The NFC North title, the Lions first division crown since 1993, would happen if they beat the Bears and Green Bay loses to Tampa Bay.And a victory combined with losses by Green Bay and Dallas would lock up a first-round bye for Detroit.These are big steps even if nine of the Lions 10 wins are against teams that are currently .500 or below.Detroit had posted back-to-back losing records after making the playoffs in 2011 and has an 0-16 season (2008) in its not-too-distant past.We dont talk about it, just like Im not answering that question, coach Jim Caldwell said. We keep our focus and move on.For the Bears it has been a bitter season. And it will end with them out of the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.It wasnt what I expected, said defensive end Jared Allen, who signed with Chicago before the season. You know, I didnt see it coming at all. But thats why the NFL is so great. Youve got to play the games.Here are some things to look for in this game:CUT OUT: The Bears added some intrigue, at least from the Chicago perspective, with the decision to switch quarterbacks.It comes on the heels of what might have been Cutlers worst performance of the season. He was 17 of 31 for 194 yards with three interceptions and was sacked a season-high seven times in a 31-15 loss to New Orleans on Monday night.He leads the league in interceptions (18) and turnovers (24), yet the timing of the move was curious at best. It only underscored the idea that Halas Hall is one dysfunctional place at the moment and fueled more speculation about the futures of general manager Phil Emery, Marc Trestman, his assistants, Cutler and everyone else.FEEDING FRENZY: If Clausen feels as if hes being thrown to the Lions, well, who could blame him?After all, he is 1-9 in 10 career starts, and all of them came as a rookie with Carolina in 2010. He has attempted just nine passes this season, completing three, and he will be facing one of the leagues stingiest defences on Sunday.The Lions have allowed the fewest points in the NFL, and they have at least one interception in 11 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.CLOSE CALLS: Considering they are giving up the fewest points and Chicago is allowing more than any other team, the Lions might not have to sweat this one out.Five of their 10 wins are by seven points or fewer.The Lions have wiped out some early deficits, rallying from down 21-0 against Atlanta and posting 14-point comebacks in wins over New Orleans and Minnesota last week. Detroit also rallied for a 34-17 victory over Chicago on Thanksgiving after falling behind 14-3 in the first quarter and finished with a season-high 474 yards in that game.MEGA PROBLEM: The Bears had no answer last month for Calvin Johnson, who had 146 yards and two touchdowns. That gave him 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games against Chicago.He comes into Sundays game poised to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth straight year with 935 yards.STOPPING STAFFORD: Johnson isnt the only Lion on the verge of a milestone. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is about to hit the 4,000-yard passing mark for the fourth straight year.He is 203 yards shy with 3,797 on the season. He also threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns and had a 116 rating for the game last month against Chicago.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Larry Csonka Jersey . Thats exactly what happened. And they enjoyed every moment. Durant remained sizzling with 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Thunder roared back from an abysmal start -- they trailed 22-4 early -- to embarrass the Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night, erasing that big deficit out of the gate by outscoring the two-time defending champions by 43 points over a 33-minute span. Julius Thomas Jersey .A caravan greeted the former Boston Red Sox pitcher at the airport and took him to a public park in Santo Domingo, where a crowd lined a 19-mile stretch of highway to catch a glimpse of him.Once at the park, Martinez went on stage accompanied by players David Ortiz and Robinson Cano as merengue music played and fireworks lit up the sky.The Boston Bruins finished with a league-high 117 points, their most since 1971-1972, but after losing in their second-round series to Montreal, changes are expected. Off-Season Game Plan looks at Bruins team that has reached two of the last four Stanley Cup Final series, winning in 2011, yet wants more while their Stanley Cup window remains open. The core is in place, with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask among the best at what they do, and the Bruins even built a solid supporting cast around them last season, but they didnt make up for the loss of Dennis Seidenberg due to injury, which weakened them enough on the blueline that they were vulnerable. A top-four possession team in back-to-back seasons, the Bruins are the best bet to come of the Eastern Conference next season, but not without some work this summer by GM Peter Chiarelli. Because the Bruins took advantage of Jarome Iginlas age and signed him to a bonus-laden contract, they are likely to be facing a more restrictive salary cap situation next season as bonus overages come due. If that means losing Iginla, or trading a defenceman, there will be some shuffling of the deck in Boston. Whats good for the Bruins is that they have the organizational depth from which to pull a prospect or two in order to refresh their forward ranks and go into next season nearly as strong as the team that on the Presidents Trophy. Additionally, the playoff disappointment might also facilitate more change with the Bruins, as they could add more speed and skill to their lineup. Nothing wrong with making a few changes to this team, but theyre plenty good enough that minor tweaks would be enough for the Bruins to go into next season as Cup contenders once again. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable www.capgeek.com. CF% = Corsi percentage (ie. percentage of 5-on-5 shot attempts), via www.extraskater.com. GM/COACHPeter Chiarelli/Claude Julien Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Patrice Bergeron 79.71 80 30 32 62 61.2% $6.5M David Krejci 73.69 80 19 50 69 52.6% $5.25M Milan Lucic 72.82 80 24 35 59 53.6% $6.0M Brad Marchand 72.55 82 25 28 53 59.8% $4.5M Carl Soderberg 69.11 73 16 42 48 52.6% $1.008M Loui Eriksson 68.25 61 10 27 37 58.4% $4.25M Chris Kelly 63.24 57 9 9 18 51.5% $3.0M Daniel Paille 60.04 72 9 9 18 48.0% $1.3M Gregory Campbell 58.86 82 8 13 21 45.6% $1.6M Marc Savard             $4.027M Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Jarome Iginla 75.50 78 30 31 61 53.6% UFA $6.0M Reilly Smith 70.15 82 20 31 51 58.5% RFA $900K Shawn Thornton 56.72 64 5 3 8 47.7% UFA $1.1M Jordan Caron 56.49 35 1 2 3 48.7% RFA $640K There may not be a better puck possession player in the game than Patrice Bergeron, the brilliant two-way centre who has been on the ice for more than 60% of shot attempts at 5-on-5 over the past three seasons and hes done it with a heavy dose of defensive zone starts -- because hes the best in the business in the face-off circle (winning 58.9% over the past five seasons) -- against a high calibre of opposition. Because Bergeron takes on more difficult minutes, David Krejci gets turned loose in an offensive role and hes a creative playmaker that thrives with shooters on his wings. He may not be an elite offensive player, but Krejcis 351 points over the past six seasons ranks 28th, which is really good. Over the past four seasons, there are two players to score at least 80 goals while recording at least 400 penalty minutes, Scott Hartell and Milan Lucic, yet Lucic is unique as a physical presence; skilled enough to score, but also intimidating like few others. According to hockeyfights.com voters, Lucic has lost three of 25 fights over the past four seasons. He got criticized for his handshake-line threats to Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin after the playoff loss to Montreal, but its that intensity that can set Lucic apart and, polite or not, every team wants his combination of talent and toughness. Brad Marchand puts up elite possession numbers, though there is a reasonable argument to be made that those numbers are driven by Bergeron, and the agitating winger is one of the most efficient shooters in the league. Hes been a good complement to Bergeron, but his per-game shot and point production dipped last season and it wouldnt come as a total shock if the Bruins considered moving him. A late arrival in the NHL, Carl Soderberg had a strong season in his first NHL campaign, with point production similar to Bostons top six forwards, while he anchored an improved third line. He was also a first-rate point producer on the power play. Expectations were higher for Loui Eriksson after he came over from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin trade, but even though his point production wasnt great, Eriksson had strong possession stats, as should be expected from a two-way player of his ilk. True as that may be, the Bruins would likely prefer to see more of the 25-plus goal-scorer that Eriksson had been for four years prior to the past couple seasons. A broken leg and back injury cut into Chris Kellys playing time last season, and the 33-year-old was not as effective as hes been in the past, but wth two years left on his contract, which includes a no-trade clause, he figures to have some role with the Bruins next season. Spending much of his time on the Bruins fourth line, Daniel Paille gets obliterated in puck possession, but has some upward mobility in the lineup because of his speed and has scored nine or more goals in seven of the past eight seasons. No one questions the toughness of Gregory Campbell, who has missed six regular season games, and scrapped 31 times, in four seasons with the Bruins, battling his way in a fourth-line role, but he frequently ends up at the wrong end of the possession game and that could make him expendable. Practically an afterthought in the Tyler Seguin trade, Reilly Smith delivered a surprising 20 goals and 51 points in his second NHL season. While playing with Bergeron and Marchand certainly aided his production, Smith had been a strong possession player as a rookie in Dallas, so perhaps that scoring outburst shouldnt have been such a shock. A 23-year-old winger, Smith faded somewhat down the stretch, with 19 points in his last 40 games, but overall it was a very productive year. The last couple seasons have dimmed the star of Jordan Caron, a prospect who had shown prosmise, but now has two goals and six points in 52 games over the past two years. Given his poor possession stats, it would be easy to see Caron supplanted in the lineup by younger prospects on the way up. Jarome Iginla was productive for the Bruins, with yet another 30-goal season, but it could be more difficult for the Bruins to retain Iginla since the bonuses he earned for his production will on next years cap. If the Bruins need to seek out other-- and perhaps less expensive -- scoring options via free agency, they could look to Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata or perhaps try Nikolai Kulemin as one of three balanced right wingers. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Zdeno Chara 74.66 77 17 23 40 55.2% $6.917M Dougie Hamilton 70.40 64 7 18 25 56.3% $894K Johnny Boychuk 69.76 75 5 18 23 55.0% $3.367M Dennis Seidenberg 65.13 34 1 9 10 49.7% $4.0M Adam McQuaid 61.57 30 1 5 6 50.4% $1.567M Kevan Miller 61. Jordan Phillips Jersey. 9 47 1 5 6 51.1% $800K Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Torey Krug 72.87 79 14 26 40 55.4% RFA $1.704M Andrej Meszaros 68.50 52 7 15 22 48.2% UFA $4.0M Matt Bartkowski 64.04 64 0 18 18 53.2% RFA $650K Corey Potter 60.91 19 0 5 5 42.3% UFA $775K Even at 37-years-old, Zdeno Chara is a dominant force on the Bruins blueline, but there are some allowances being made for age at this stage of his career. He spent a lot of power play time with his 6-foot-9 frame parked in front of the oppositions net and his 24:39 average time on ice was his lowest since 2003-2004. In the past seven seasons, hes in an elite class when it comes to goals-for percentage. There were ups and downs in Dougie Hamiltons second NHL season, but he finished strong, with 18 points in 34 (regular season plus playoff) games to end the year, showing the kind of offensive game that helped make him the ninth pick in the 2011 Draft. He also delivered strong possession stats while facing tougher matchups in his second season, so the 20-year-olds career is on a nice upward trajectory. Hard-rock defenceman Johnny Boychuk played a career-high 21:12 per game for the Bruins last season, finishing with a career-high 23 points. He doesnt do anything fancy, but has a hard shot and plays a steady physical defensive game that has led to consistently effective puck possession stats. A knee injury ended Dennis Seidenbergs season after 34 games, creating a void on the Bruins blueline that was never quite adequately filled. Seidenberg wasnt as effective last season as he had been previously, but the 32-year-old has made his bones as a physical defensive defenceman and has played at least 21:50 per game for six seasons running. Adam McQuaid has his season shortened by quad and ankle injuries, though he did play a career-high 16:03 per game before he was sidelined. McQuaid has limited puck skills, but is 6-foot-5 and plays a physical game that can fit on a third pairing. A 26-year-old who was a rookie NHLer in his third pro season as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Vermont, Kevan Miller had his usage sheltered and his on-ice save percentage of 96.6% was highest among those to play at least 21 games last season, an indication that his plus-20 rating was fueled by good fortune. The top-scoring rookie defenceman last season, Torey Krug is on the small side, but the Bruins utilize him in a way to emphasize his offensive strengths, with more offensive zone starts against weaker opposition, but the question is whether or not Krug is destined to be a third pair defenceman who quarterbacks the power play, or will his skating and puck skills be enough to climb higher on the chart? Scratched a bunch early in the year, then thrust into a bigger role once Seidenberg was injured, Matt Bartkowski played 20:33 per game from January on, and hes posted solid possession stats over the past couple seasons. A strong skater who is improving his defensive reads, Bartkowski gives the Bruins really nice blueline depth. Returning Goaltenders Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Tuukka Rask 79.90 58 36 15 6 2.04 .930 $7.0M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Chad Johnson 72.87 27 17 4 3 2.10 .925 UFA $600K Over the course of his five NHL seasons, Tuukka Rask has the best save percentage among goaltenders with at least 175 games played. The 27-year-old has finished with a save percentage under .929 once during those five seasons and after playing a career-high 58 games last season, every indication suggests that Rask will be among the games top netminders for the forseeable future. Chad Johnson went from career minor-leager to an effective backup for the Bruins last year, but if he manages to cash in as a free agent, it would be easy enough for the Bruins to find a backup with a similar pedigree for an inexpensive one-year deal. Their own prospect, Niklas Svedberg, could be the first choice. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Malcolm Subban G Providence (AHL) 2.31 GAA, .920 SV%, 33 GP Ryan Spooner C Providence (AHL) 11-35-46, +13, 49 GP Alexander Khokhlachev C Providence (AHL) 21-36-57, +11, 65 GP Niklas Svedberg G Providence (AHL) 2.63 GAA, .910 SV%, 45 GP Joe Morrow D Providence (AHL) 6-23-29, -1, 56 GP David Warsofsky D Providence (AHL) 6-26-32, +8, 56 GP Brian Ferlin RW Cornell (ECAC) 13-14-27, +3, 32 GP Matt Fraser LW Providence (AHL) 20-10-30, even, 44 GP Seth Griffith C Providence (AHL) 20-30-50, even, 69 GP Anthony Camara LW Providence (AHL) 9-13-22, +2, 58 GP Ryan Fitzgerald C Boston College (HE) 13-16-29, +8, 40 GP At some point in the future, Malcolm Subban may force a goaltending decision on the Bruins, but they have to be pleased with the 20-year-olds first pro season. As he proves he can handle more work in the minors, the 2012 first-rounder will start closing the gap from Providence to Boston. A skilled forward who has yet to score in 27 career NHL games, Ryan Spooner has tallied 103 points in 108 AHL games over two pro seasons and had respectable possession stats to go along with 11 points in 22 games for the Bruins last season. If the Bruins need to inject offence into their forward group, Spooner, a second-round pick in 2010, is the natural one to get a shot. Alexander Khokhlachev, a second-round pick in 2011, played a full year in North America after some back-and-forth with Russia the year before, and Khokhlachev had a terrific year, scoring 30 goals and 71 points in 77 (regular season plus playoff) games. That puts him in prime position to challenge for a job in Boston. 24-year-old Niklas Svedberg, an undrafted free agent from Sweden, wasnt as strong in his second AHL season as he had been in 2012-2013, but is a viable candidate to hold down a backup role in Boston as soon as next season, particularly if that opens up more playing time for Subban in Providence. Part of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow was Pittsburghs first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2011, and while he still needs to refine his defensive game, thats a work-in-progress for a 21-year-old that has puck skills and can run a power play. Acquired from the Blues for Vladimir Sobotka in 2010, David Warsofsky is a small defenceman that has made steady progress through three AHL seasons. He saw action in six games with Boston last season, putting up a couple of points, and may be on the cusp of being NHL calibre, but the Bruins are currently rather deep on the blueline. A power forward who scored 72 points in 92 games in three seasons at Cornell, Brian Ferlin was a fourth-round pick of the Bruins in 2011 and is set to embark on his pro career. The 22-year-old Florida native could use some time to get used to grind that is pro hockey. Yet another piece of the Seguin deal, Matt Fraser is a physical winger who got into 18 (regular season plus playoff) games for Boston last season. Hes been a decent possession player in his 27 NHL games, too, so he could challenge for a depth role. Drafted in the fifth round in 2012, Seth Griffith made a smooth transititon to pro hockey, injecting himself into the discussion of forwards that are due consideration when a call-up is required. A third-round pick in 2011, Anthony Camara doesnt have the highest ceiling as a scoring winger, but he plays a physical game and, with time to develop, could earn a bottom six spot. Picked in the fourth round last summer, Ryan Fitzgerald is the son of former NHLer Tom Fitzgerald, and coming off a strong freshman year at Boston College. Fitzgerald is undersized, but has time to fill out and get stronger before he is considered for pro hockey. Bruins advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT25th - Roland McKeown, Julius Honka, Connor Bleackley. FREE AGENCYAccording to www.capgeek.com, the Bruins have approximately $58.0M committed to the 2014-2015 salary cap for 16 players. 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CALGARY -- Hockey Canada gave Scott Salmond a promotion Friday, naming him vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. Jeremy Hellickson Jersey . The native of Creston, B.C., previously served as manager of high performance, director of mens national teams and most recently as senior director of hockey operations and mens national teams. Salmond takes over from Brad Pascall, who stepped down this month to take a position as assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames. "Hockey Canada is very fortunate to have Scott Salmond in place to take over as vice-president of hockey operations and mens national teams," Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith said in a statement. "In his role as senior director, he played a key role in supporting the vice-president in growing our high performance department and our teams through great success." Salmond originally joined Hockey Canada in 2001 after five years at BC Hockey. In his most recent role, Salmond assisted the vice-president in overseeing hockey operations for Canadas mens teams, the national junior team, under-18 and under-17 programs and the sledge team. "I would like to thank Hockey Canadas leadership group and the board of directors for entrusting me with this great opportunity and responsibility," said Salmond. "I look forward to working with everyone at Hockey Canada, our staff, branches and partners, in continuing to grow our high performance area and leading our teams to continued success on the international stage." Hockey Canada has yet to name a replacement for president Bob Nicholson, who stepped down May 31. Nicholson was recently named vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group. Dylan Bundy Jersey . The 26-year-old Redditch, England, native played three of his past four seasons under Rennie with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. Chris Tillman Jersey . His head snapped back from the impact and hit the floor. The All-Star power forward was all right afterward, a relief for the Minnesota Timberwolves.NEW YORK, N.Y. - LeBron James said Sunday he is looking for an I Cant Breathe shirt, and he could wear it before a game like Derrick Rose did.Rose warmed up in the shirt Saturday before Chicago played Golden State. It refers to a New York man who died July 17 after a police officer placed him in a chokehold when he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.A recording of the arrest showed Eric Garner gasping, I cant breathe during the fatal encounter, and thousands have protested a grand jury decision not to indict the officer since the announcement on Wednesday. Cal Ripken Jersey. .It was spectacular, James said of the shirt. I loved it. Im looking for one.Asked if he would wear one Monday when Cleveland visited the Brooklyn Nets, James said: Its possible.Britains Prince William and Princess Kate are scheduled to attend the game.Its a huge honour, James said at the Cavaliers practice. The stuff you read about, people like them only in books growing up, and to hear that theyre coming in town to see me play and they want to see me do what I do best, its a huge honour. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA banned a Belgium player for 10 matches on Tuesday for making the "quenelle" gesture at a futsal European Championship match. Alex Sandro Jersey . Omar Rahou made the discriminatory gesture several times while celebrating scoring a goal against Romania at Antwerp in January, UEFA said. The sanction was double the five-match ban Nicolas Anelka received from an English Football Association independent tribunal last week for the same act. The FA is considering appealing to seek a tougher sanction against Anelka, who performed the quenelle after scoring for West Bromwich Albion in a Premier League match in December. The quenelle has been described as an "inverted Nazi salute." It involves pointing one straightened arm downward while touching the shoulder with the opposite hand. UEFA said the 21-year-old Rahou can appeal the sanction. UEFA requires a minimum 10-match sanction for racist abuse at matches it organizes after toughening its disciplinary rules last May. The following week, FIFA updated its sanctioning powers and called for minimum five-match suspensions. In the Rahou case, UEFA said one of its disciplinary inspectors "concluded that the gesture has discriminatory connotations." It was popularized by French comedian Dieudonne MBala MBala, who has been convicted multiple times for inciting racial hatred or anti-Semitism. Anelka said his gesture showed support for "anti-system" views and was not discriminatory. Danilo Jersey . Dane Dobbie had four goals and two assists, Karsen Leung had two goals and two assists, and Matthew Dinsdale scored two and helped on another for Calgary (6-3). Shawn Evans and Jeff Shattler had eight-point games with a goal and seven assists apiece, and Jon Harnett and Geoff Snider also scored. Custom Brazil Jerseys . This is the final meeting of the season between these teams.? The Capitals were 5-4 winners in a shootout Oct.SAN FRANCISCO -- Zack Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single and the surging Cincinnati Reds scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Saturday night. Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half. San Francisco had a great chance to win, with runners at second and third and nobody out. Chapman, however, pitched out of the jam by getting two grounders with the infield in and a strikeout. The NL West-leading Giants have dropped three in a row and 14 of 18. After a tight pitching duel between Alfredo Simon and Matt Cain, the Reds trailed 1-0 going into the ninth. Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk from Sergio Romo, and Phillips homered to left field on a 2-2 delivery. It was Romos fifth blown save in 27 opportunities. Opponents had nine hits in their last 18 at-bats against him entering the game. Pitching for the fourth straight day, Chapman couldnt hold the lead. He was handed his second blown save in 18 chances. Cincinnati loaded the bases in the 11th on Vottos double off Javier Lopez (1-1), a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks. Cozart lined a single off Jean Machi with two outs. Jonathan Broxton (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Simon allowed one run and three hits in seven innings for the Reds. He walked one and struck out four. Cain gave up six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.. Miranda Jersey. After giving up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, Simon retired 10 straight and 12 of 13 before Brandon Crawfords single in the fifth. Crawford went to third on Adam Duvalls double and scored when Joe Paniks sharp grounder squirted away from Simon. Cozart still made the play at first. Cain snagged a hard line drive off the bat of Ryan Ludwick to end the second, stranding a runner in scoring position. Cain also escaped trouble when he caught Hamilton, who had three hits, in a rundown between second and third to end the first. The right-hander gave up 17 earned runs over his previous 17 1-3 innings (8.83 ERA) and has won at home once in his last 12 starts. Jay Bruce singled twice and had a sacrifice bunt in the 11th for Cincinnati. Todd Frazier hit into a double play with two on to end the third. He went hitless in six at-bats, snapping a 14-game hitting streak against the Giants. NOTES: Thanks to an official scoring change, Phillips had an error taken away from Friday nights game. His errorless streak remains intact at 69 games. Sandoval was credited with an infield hit on the play. . Chapman had pitched four days in a row once before. . Giants 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) was transferred to Triple-A Fresno from Class-A San Jose two days early on his rehab assignment. . Giants OF Angel Pagan (back tightness) took a turn on the treadmill and hit off a tee. Theres a chance hell take batting practice Sunday. . RHP Tim Hudson (7-4, 2.62 ERA) pitches for the Giants in Sundays series finale. Hes lost each of his last two starts. RHP Homer Bailey (7-4, 4.80) goes for the Reds. Hes 3-0 in seven games against the Giants. . Reds RHP Sam LeCure worked a scoreless eighth in his 200th career appearance. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
PORTLAND, Ore. Javier Aquino Jersey . -- Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has agreed to pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless in exchange for having a misdemeanour harassment charge dismissed. The 6-foot-9 Jones was arrested outside a Portland, Ore., nightclub last summer after a police sergeant saw him walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before stomping on one mans leg. The civil compromise first reported by The Oregonian newspaper (http://is.gd/OBY41n ) was completed Monday. Jones graduated from Portlands Jefferson High School before attending the University of Kentucky. The Rockets selected Jones in the 2012 draft, and he averaged 12 points this season. He returns to his hometown Friday when the Rockets play the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their playoff series. Carlos Salcido Jersey . This week they discuss the Philadelphia 76ers, Gregg Popovich, Royal and Ancient Golf Club and Bill Belichick. Juan Carlos Medina Jersey .Tatjana Haenni, FIFAs head of womens competitions, told a FIFA Live Your Goals Tour news conference Friday that the artificial turf is being tested to make sure it meets standards. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph has been one of the few constants for a Memphis Grizzlies team thats been rocked by a steady string of injuries to key players. And the big man was at it again on Monday night, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and even dishing a season-high seven assists in the Grizzlies 104-94 victory over the Utah Jazz. "We go as our leader goes," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "He carried us today." But he also had plenty of help from a bench that scored 51 points. Jerryd Bayless scored all 17 of his points in the second half while Mike Miller added 15 and Jon Leuer 11. The Jazz were so worried about Randolphs ability down low that they strayed from the Grizzlies 3-point shooters. That proved to be a costly mistake. Memphis shot 11 of 20 (55 per cent) from 3-point range, using timely shots to brush back all of Utahs rallies. Bayless, Miller and Leuer were a combined 8 of 10 from long range. "Im impressed," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "We just kept coming harder for longer stretches of time. We kept the turnovers down, which gives us some shots. We got some offensive rebounds. I think our mistakes are glaring at this point. The reason that they are glaring is because there are fewer and fewer of them." Memphis (12-15) has won two in the row after losing a season-high five straight. Bayless hit two 3-pointers in a row, one at the end of the third quarter and the other at the beginning of the fourth, to help the Grizzlies push out to an 80-71 lead. Utah (8-23) was led by Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson, who each scored 18 points. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Favours also scored 16. Utah made several runs to keep the game close, but never led after late in the first quarter, when the Grizzlies went on an 11-0 to turn a 21-18 deficit into a 229-21 advantage. Guillermo Ochoa Jersey. "I thought the effort was there. Were trying," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We had some lulls in there, but the guys are fighting, and, as a result, we had chances in the ballgame. We just couldnt get over the hump." The Grizzlies pushed out to a 41-29 lead by midway through the second quarter, but nearly lost it before recovering for a 53-48 halftime lead. Randolph led all scorers with 12 first-half points while Burke had 11 for the Jazz. James Johnson -- a 6-foot-9 forward who the Grizzlies signed last week from the D-League -- once again received extensive playing time. He started his second straight game and played 33 minutes, contributing nine points, five rebounds, four blocks and a constant stream of energy. He swatted Haywards 3-point attempt into the seats just before the end of the first quarter and jammed Jeffersons layup attempt back in his face in the third quarter. Both blocks received huge cheers from the bench. The Grizzlies need all the energy they can get these days while trying to weather a steady stream of injuries. Tayshaun Prince sat out a third straight game because of a sore left knee. Randolphs seven assists were one short of a career high. It proved too much for Utah to overcome. The game signalled the end of a long road trip for the Jazz, which spanned 4,684 miles and five games over eight days. "Their bench played extremely well, and we just didnt match that energy they had especially in the second half," Jefferson said. NOTES: Memphis F Jon Leuer made 1 of 2 3-point attempts, which actually dropped his season mark to 14 of 26 (53.8 per cent). Leuer has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games ... Tony Allen was called a technical foul in the third quarter after shoving Utahs John Lucas III. ... The Grizzlies improved to 6-10 at FedExForum. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
MILWAUKEE -- Jean Segura smiled in his first game at Miller Park since returning to the Milwaukee Brewers following the death of his 9-month-old son. John Sullivan Jersey . The shortstop still grieves, but it will be nights like the one Segura had in a 5-2 victory Monday over the Cincinnati Reds that will provide some distraction. Segura went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored two runs, and Milwaukee took advantage of two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey to hand Cincinnati its fourth straight loss. "It was a tough week for me, and for my family, too," Segura said. "I (came) here, worked, trying to do the best I can to help the team." The 24-year-old Segura took bereavement leave after learning of son Janniels death following a 7-6 loss on July 11 to the St. Louis Cardinals. He went home to the Dominican Republic before returning to the club after the All-Star break for the weekend series in Washington. Segura said he wasnt nervous coming back to play before his hometown fans. Manager Ron Roenicke said he thought Segura was back mentally into the game. "Hes still going to have those times when he thinks about it, but I liked when he first came back," Roenicke said. "I thought it was really important for him to know that the team was behind him." Wily Peralta (11-6) allowed three hits, including Billy Hamiltons solo homer, in seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save. Cincinnatis Mat Latos (2-2) gave up four earned runs and eight hits in seven innings. It could have been a much closer game had Heisey made those two plays in left. The lights were on at Miller Park for an evening game that started under overcast skies, though Heisey seemed to be most bothered by the conditions. "Tonight was just one of those nights where I didnt have a very good day," Heisey said. Three runs scored on the two plays. In the third, Ryan Braun hit a two-run double that Heisey took a couple of steps in on before retreating as the high liner went over his head. The four-year veteran with 134 career starts in left field lost Carlos Gomezs high fly ball to the warning track in the fourth inning that turned into an RBI ground-rule double that made it 4-0. Arms turned upward near his waist, Heisey looked lost as the ball bounced a couple of feet away. Heisey tried to reach for the ball as it caromed over the wall, and Segura scored from second on a play that could have gotten Latos out of the inning. "I ended up running to a perfect spot, just couldnt pick the ball back up when I turned my head," Heisey said. "It just disappeared into the bluish-white sky. I couldnt find the ball." Gomez then scored on an error by Donald Lutz, subbing for the injured Joey Votto at first base. An errant relay throw by second baseman Ramon Santiago in the third inning allowed Segura, who had tripled, to score. Segura, who has been struggling all season at the plate, has his average back up to .236. He has been driving the ball more of late. "Ive been working at it all year long. Its going to come," he said. The Reds lost again after resuming the season with a three-game sweep by the New York Yankees. Manager Bryan Price was ejected Monday in the sixth inning by home plate umpire David Rackley after Devin Mesoraco got into a heated argument over a called third strike on a checked swing. NOTES: Reds OF Jay Bruce, in an 0-for-15 slump, got the night off. ... The last four homers hit by Hamilton have come against the Brewers. ... A kitchen fire at a Miller Park restaurant early Monday morning left the restaurant, escalators, elevators and a few other areas in left field unusable because of water damage. ... Cincinnatis Homer Bailey (8-5) opposes Milwaukees Jimmy Nelson (1-1) on Tuesday night. Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey . Today, their baseball playing sons were reportedly traded for each other. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Cubs dealt minor league outfield Trevor Gretzky to the Angels for catcher Matt Scioscia. Mark Barron Jersey . "Im proud of him," Jones said in an interview from Sacramento, site of the UFCs weekend televised card. "I think hes listening to his body and hes doing what makes him happy and thats what life is about ultimately.MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal judge in Minnesota gave final approval Friday to a $50 million settlement in the complicated court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players, calling it a "one-of-a-kind, and a remarkable victory for the class as a whole." The NFL and the retired players reached the agreement in March, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19 players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments wont be made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly distributed. In his order Friday, Magnuson said those who objected because they were lured by the prospect of a lucrative personal payout have strayed from the initial goal of the lawsuit -- to help those players with dire physical, mental and financial needs. He said the majority of the class -- more than 25,000 players -- recognized the settlement would help thousands of former players because a large financial payout would go to a fund organized for their benefit. "Nearly all of the objections boil down to what is, in the courts view, the objectors very mistaken belief that they could reap significant financial benefits from continuing this case," Magnuson said. He said those who believe a settlement that doesnt directly benefit players is impermissible "are wrong." More than 2,000 players opted out of the settlement, and will have the opportunity to pursue their own claims against the NFL. Those cases will be allowed to immediately go forward. Bob Stein, an attorney for some of the plaintiffs who opposed the settlement, said he will appeal. He said there was no discovery that revealed the value of NFL Films, so theres no way to know if the settlement is fair. He also said the settlement doesnt provide direct payments to those who have given up publicity rights. Dan Gustafson, an attorney representing those who agreed to the settlement, said hes pleased with the judges ruling and hopes those opposed will "put this behind them now and join us in trying to implement the settlement for the benefit of the players." Under the agreement, some $42 million will be distributed to a "common good" trust over eight years to help retired players with issues like medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement will alsso establish a licensing agency for retirees to ensure compensation for the use of their identities. Nolan Cromwell Jersey. The league will pay another $8 million in associated costs, including startup money for the licensing agency. The trust will be administered by a group of retired players approved by the court. The licensing agency will for the first time market retiree publicity rights in conjunction with the NFL, thereby making it easier for retired players to work with potential sponsors and advertisers. The settlement only covers those players who are currently retired, but players who retire in the future will have the chance to utilize the newly formed licensing agency. Magnuson wrote that while the objections were "especially vociferous," only one-tenth of 1 per cent of the class objected and less than 10 per cent requested to opt out. He said the objections were without merit. "This fund will provide substantial benefits to the class as a whole," the judge wrote. The lawsuit was filed in 2009, with NFL Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, Fred Dryer, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser, Ed White and Jim Marshall accusing the NFL of exploiting retired players identities in films, highlight reels and memorabilia to market the leagues "glory days" without compensating the players. That same year, a group of more than 2,000 retirees won a $26.25 million settlement with the NFL Players Association over the use of their likenesses in video games, trading cards and other sports products. Pastorini, Marshall, and Senser ended up objecting to the settlement and will be part of an appeal. The other three original plaintiffs opted out and will be included in other litigation, Stein said. Gordon Rudd, another attorney for the plaintiffs in favour of the settlement, said the settlement gives retired players a chance to monetize the value of their images through the licensing agency. "It is a historic settlement," he said. "Its very creative and its very exciting to see this opportunity being provided to retired players for the first time." The lawsuit against the league was similar to a still-pending lawsuit filed against the NCAA by Ed OBannon and other former college athletes seeking damages for the use of former players likenesses in video games and other material. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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MONTREAL -- The young guns are hot for the Montreal Canadiens to start the NHL season. Jerrell Freeman Jersey . Centre Lars Eller had a goal and an assist as his line with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk clicked twice in the Canadiens 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The 24-year-old Eller has five points in Montreals opening two games of the campaign, while Gallagher has two goals and Galchenyuk has four assists. "I got off on the right foot," said Eller. "The whole line has been playing great. Were creating space for each other. If you create chances, the goals are going to come." Gallagher picked up his second goal of the season and veteran Brian Gionta and his linemate Rene Bourque added goals for Montreal (1-1-0). The Eller line produced all three goals in a season-opening 4-3 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. Vincent Lecavalier, the Montreal native who was booed each time he touched the puck, scored for Philadelphia (0-2-0), which plays again Sunday night at Carolina. Many in the Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 were on Lecavaliers case because he passed up Montreal to sign as a free agent with the Flyers this summer. The booing didnt seem to faze him. "I just wanted to help my team win the game," he said. "Its always special playing in Montreal and it was the same thing tonight." Gallagher and Galchenyuk are each coming off impressive rookie seasons and have picked a good time to get hot. The teams top line is struggling with winger Max Pacioretty out with a wrist injury. Now the youngsters are getting more ice time, especially on the power play, than they got last season. "Thats our strength -- the depth of our scoring," said Gionta, who added that Eller is "a young kid who has grown. You can see how hes matured as a player." Special teams were the big factor in a game dotted with minor penalties. Montreal went 2-for-9 with the man advantage and the Flyers were 1-for-5. "Its tough to score when youre in the box," said Flyers forward Max Talbot. "You have to look at discipline. Wed start getting momentum and then wed have to kill two minutes, so we have to clean that up." Montreal had a 34-23 shot advantage. Philadelphia, which was beaten 3-1 by Toronto in its season opener on Wednesday night, has not scored an even-strength goal in its first two games. Tomas Plekanec won a faceoff in the Flyers zone and Bourque slipped a pass across the crease for Gionta to bang past Ray Emery for the opening goal 8:10 into the game. The Flyers were victims of a quick whistle when Price lost a puck at his feet and Matt Read knocked it in, but it was ruled no goal. Coach Peter Laviolette said it was not a major factor in the game because the score was still only 1-0 going into the third period and the Flyers still had a chance to win. "After they scored at the start of the third, we lost our composure a bit," he said. "Were not going to win a lot of hockey games if we go to the box as much as we did tonight." Eller backhanded in the rebound of a Gallagher shot that missed the net only 12 seconds into the third frame. A P.K. Subban shot looked to have gone in during a third-period 5-on-3 but video review found it went in the side netting. Only 18 seconds after play resumed, Subban faked a shot and passed to Galchenyuk, who slipped it to Gallagher for a 3-0 lead at the 5:00 mark. Lecavalier was at the side of the net to lift the rebound of Mark Streits point shot past Carey Price on a power play 9:13 into the third. Bourque added a power-play goal in the final minute. It was Daniel Brieres first game against Philadelphia since the Flyers bought him out, but it was a quiet night for the veteran forward, other than taking two minor penalties. Next up for the Canadiens is a western road trip to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg beginning Wednesday. Notes: Pacioretty, who jammed a wrist in the season opener, did not dress. Brandon Prust started in his spot on the top line and Michael Bournival made his NHL debut on the fourth unit. With George Parros out (concussion), Ryan White dressed. . . Plekanec played his 600th NHL game and defenceman Josh Gorges played his 400th, while the Flyers Zac Rinaldo played his 100th. . . Nathan Beaulieu, called up Friday, did not dress. . . The Flyers scratched Erik Gustafsson, Kris Newbury and Hal Gill. Eddie Jackson Jersey . Johns, N.L., to Thunder Bay, Ont., after a deal was announced to build a new $106-million "event centre" in the Lake Superior community. Danny Trevathan Jersey . Gomes drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied for a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - PNC Arena hasnt been kind to Duke since 2010. The Blue Devils were 1-3 in their past four games at North Carolina States home court entering Sundays ACC clash, including two losses to the Wolfpack and an untimely defeat in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against Mercer. Trevor Lacey scored 21 points and NC State upset No. 2 Duke 87-75, continuing its streak of strong play at home against the Blue Devils. Ralston Turner added 16 points on nine shots and BeeJay Anya gave 14 with four blocks off the bench for the Wolfpack (12-5, 3-1 ACC), who picked up a crucial win in their most grueling stretch of the season. They either play on the road or against a ranked team, or both, for six straight games. Duke won its first true road game of the season by 10 points against Wisconsin on Dec. 3, but couldnt duplicate that success in its second more than a month later. The Blue Devils (14-1, 2-1) got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Jahlil Okafor and 18 points from Quinn Cook in their first loss of the season. Final Score: Rutgers 67, (4) Wisconsin 62 Piscataway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Myles Mack had 21 points, Kadeem Jack scored 20 and Rutgers shocked No. 4 Wisconsin 67-62 on Sunday. It was the first win over a top-five team in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) outscored the short-handed Badgers (15-2, 3-1) by a 44-27 margin in the second half for the programs first win over a ranked team in more than two years. Wisconsin played without leading scorer Frank Kaminsky becausse of a concussion and finished the game without point guard Traevon Jackson, who appeared to suffer an injury when he landed on Macks foot while trying to block a 3-point shot in the second half. Gale Sayers Jersey. In their absence, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker scored 15 points each to lead the Badgers and Bronson Keonig had 12. Final Score: Oregon State 58, (7) Arizona 56 Corvallis, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Langston Morris-Walker drove in for a layup with 26 seconds remaining to lift Oregon State to a 58-56 upset win over No. 7 Arizona on Sunday night. The Wildcats looked to force overtime, but T.J. McConnell missed a runner. Morris-Walker finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers (11-4, 2-1 Pac-12), who posted their first win over a top-10 team since beating these same Wildcats -- then ranked No. 3 -- in overtime on March 2, 2000. Gary Payton II scored 10 points with nine rebounds, helping Oregon State end a seven-game slide to Arizona and improve to 10-0 at home this season. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and McConnell added 13 with six assists for Arizona (14-2, 2-1). Final Score: (15) Wichita State 67, Loyola-Chicago 53 Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Fred VanVleet had 14 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as No. 15 Wichita State defeated Loyola-Chicago 67-53 on Sunday. Tekele Cotton netted 16 points and Ron Baker added 15 for the Shockers (14-2, 4-0 MVC), who have won four straight games. Earl Peterson posted 13 points to lead Loyola-Chicago (12-4, 2-2), which has dropped two of its last three contests. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBIs, Michael Brantley also homered and the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 9-4 Thursday for their first three-game winning streak this season.Jack: Rooneys suspension hands van Gaal real opportunity It was Marilyn Monroe who once said for a lasting union, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Wayne Rooney celebrated 10 years as a Manchester United player this weekend and, as a he closes the book on a decade at Old Trafford, it appears both sides are back to genuinely liking each other. For now. In an interview with The Times newspaper to mark his anniversary with the club, the England skipper said: I still believe I can get better as a footballer. In the next three to five years, you will see me as a different player. The next two or three, I feel, could be the best of my career. Im at a stage, especially after playing at this club for 10 years, where Ive picked up a lot about the game - Ive learnt. It is not difficult to agree with Rooneys assessment that he can be better as a player. Whether or not that happens as a United player, however, remains to be seen. Great players do not tend to present the amount of challenges that Rooney has given all three of his managers at United and, even more particular, those who have been in charge of England, where his best performances still came as an Everton player 10 years ago at Euro 2004. There is no doubting Rooneys goalscoring record for both club and country but this is not baseball or cricket where numbers alone can tell us just how good a player was. At 28, Rooney remains a complicated player and far from the complete package. Van Gaal The latest man given the task at solving this issue is Louis Van Gaal. Three full months have yet to pass since he took over at Old Trafford but his media appearances, much like Uniteds performances on the field, have been pure box office with the main characters involved delivering inconsistent performances. Confident Van Gaal is not a man who talks in clich??s, naturally taking pre-planned pauses in between words to ensure he says the right English word and delivers his thoughts in the correct tone. Yet rarely in life does anything get you in more trouble than your own mouth. Speak so often to an audience who marks down every single word and eventually you will back yourself into a corner. It is no coincidence that the Dutchmans first major hurdle he has faced in this department is around the role of Rooney. It was only six weeks ago that Van Gaal picked the 28-year-old as his skipper. At the time, he said: For me its always very important the choice of captain. Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy. He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role. Van Gaals carefully chosen 63-word statement could not be challenged. No one outside of the club could question anything he had said about Rooney. However, not one word was said about Rooney the player. Thankfully, as outsiders, we had many other opportunities to listen to Van Gaal since that day and eventually the subject about Rooney the player did come up. Prior to the 5-3 defeat at Leicester, Van Gaal, after handing Radamel Falcao his first start, told Sky Sports: We have played well but can improve and I was not so satisfied with Rooney as a striker and [Juan] Mata as midfielder and thats why Im changing. The comments came just a week after he had guaranteed Rooney a spot in his team every week. I dont think any player is fixed, said the United boss when asked how he was going to fit all of the star players into the team following the signings of Angel Di Maria and Falcao. Only the captain has more privileges but no other player has privileges, I think. Every player knows that because you see how I manage my teams a€“ my captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper. Number Ten Van Gaal has experimented with a 3-4-3 to start the season and has now moved to a 44-3-1-2, a 4-4-2 diamond hybrid, so far this season and in both systems, he has the opportunity to play three of Mata, Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Falcao in the same team. Brian Propp Jersey. Against QPR, it was Falcao who missed out, while against Leicester and, most recently in Saturdays 2-1 win over West Ham, it was Mata who started on the bench with Rooney placed in behind the front two as the number ten. Van Gaal has complimented Rooney this season on his versatility, calling him a multi-functional player but it should come as no surprise that he doesnt believe he is as good as is other two attacking options to play up top. Both Falcao and Van Persie possess all of the qualities a modern day striker needs. Much like Diego Costa at Chelsea, they are very powerful and clever in their movement, predators in the six-yard box, who run with purpose and intelligence and often only need one touch to score. Rooney is more of an all-around forward, comfortable dropping deep with his back to goal to bring others into play as a link-man. On the surface, it seems ideal to play him behind the dynamic duo in front of him but issues arise when United do not have the ball. When not in possession, no matter in a 3-4-3 or a 4-3-1-2, Van Gaals preferred position for Rooney requires defensive responsibilities. Such responsibilities have found him out in recent years. Liability At Euro 2012, his lack of tactical discipline allowed Andrea Pirlo to completely control the quarterfinal as the forward simply played far too high up the pitch. Any astute observers came away from that match thinking Rooney could not be trusted in such a role against top class opposition. One of those was Sir Alex Ferguson. In what proved to be his final Champions League tie, against Real Madrid in 2013, Ferguson put Shinji Kagawa in the number ten role at the Bernabeu, placing Rooney on the right where he was a liability against Fabio Coentrao. In the home leg, Rooney was left out completely with Danny Welbeck asked to play centrally and sit on Xabi Alonso. He understood the reasons for not playing him and that was completely tactical. And I think I was right. Danny Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating in a double role. We had to choke Xabi Alonsos ability to control the game, which Danny did, Ferguson remarked after the game. It was an indictment on Rooney as a number ten. In the World Cup this year even Roy Hodgson, not known to be a master tactician, decided he couldnt play Rooney in the number ten role and, instead, he spent his time in Brazil either as a winger or as the main man up front. Now 28, having spent a decade at one of the finest clubs in the game, the jury remains out as to what position Rooney is best suited in. It is possible he is a player, as he says, who can mature in that central role and learn from Van Gaal, a manager he has publicly praised. Yet it is worth noting Van Gaal has yet to see Rooney play in that position against a top team. His red card, for a rash kick out at West Hams Stewart Downing on Saturday, now means he will miss the next three games, meaning Van Gaal wont see Rooney in that role against Everton and Chelsea. This presents him with an opportunity. Having said he isnt good enough to play as a striker, Van Gaal is no longer forced to play Rooney behind the front two against two good teams and he can bring back Mata in that role or even play Di Maria in such a role and add more steel with a Darren Fletcher, for example, coming in alongside Daley Blind and Ander Herrera. Rooney will be back soon enough but the next few weeks will allow Van Gaal to examine evidence on how United operate without their captain. He may have promised him a spot every week but if the club improves without Rooney on the field, like England did against Norway recently, the genuine liking for each other may start to be tested if Van Gaal discovers Rooney is more of a problem than a solution. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
HAMILTON, Ont. Tennessee Titans Jerseys . -- The Hamilton Bulldogs were determined to tilt the scales in their direction on Sunday after losing a close game and a lengthy winning streak a night earlier. Nathan Beaulieu provided that push with two points, including the game-winning goal in the second period, as the Bulldogs outlasted the Iowa Wild 3-1 in the American Hockey League. Gabriel Dumont and Nick Tarnasky also scored for the Bulldogs (19-15-4), who returned to the win column after seeing a six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves. "Yesterday, we let the game slip away from us," said Beaulieu. "So today, we were on a mission. It was disappointing to have our streak snapped, but now we can build another." Marc Hagel had the lone goal for the Wild (15-16-4), who completed a six-game road trip 2-2-2. Johan Gustafsson stopped 31 shots in a losing effort. Marc Hagels hooking penalty just 31 seconds into the game gave life to Hamiltons offence, and the Bulldogs nearly opened the scoring twice on the power play. Moments after Sven Andrighetto was denied, Martin St. Pierre chipped an effort over Gustafsson and just outside the near post. The Bulldogs continued to probe for the games first goal, and Andrighetto showcased his speed with five minutes to play in the first period, sliding the puck past Wild defender Brian Connelly and rushing in alone on Gustafsson, who held firm to smother his shot. After a strong effort on their first power play of the afternoon, the Bulldogs found the opening goal on their second, after Corbin Baldwin was whistled for hooking at 17:54 of the first period. Dumont put his stickhandling on display, receiving a pass from St. Pierre well wide of the net but quickly whipping the puck to his forehand side before chipping a shot over the far shoulder of Gustafsson at 18:44. Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre was encouraged by his teams strong first period, particularly coming as it did on the heels of a streak-ending loss. "The guys regrouped and refocused today, and had a really good start," he said. "I was concerned with how we would start, given the finish yesterday. But the guys showed some maturity, and it seems like were gaining that as a group." A great opportunity to double the lead passed the Bulldogs by four minutes into the second period, when Louis Leblanc failed to corral a centring pass and could only manage a weak attempt on goal. Maxime Macenauer was penalized for a trip on the play, and the Wild punished the Bulldogs inability to finish on the ensuing power play. Hagel, Justin Mercier and Warren Peters worked a combined rush to perfection, as Peters found Hagel with the final, cross-ice pass. He easily fired the one-time shot past the downed Tokarski at 6:13 of the second period. Another impressive individual play paved the way for Hamiltons go-ahead goal at 12:26. Andrighetto took control of the puck behind the Wild net, weaved through defenders to the blue-line and unleashed a low slap shot that rebounded to Beaulieu on the right. The defenceman made no mistake in firing the second effort high and past Gustafsson. Hamilton suffered a scare when Dumont took a slap shot directly off the foot, and hobbled to the bench midway through the third. He returned to the bench minutes later, but did not play another shift. Tarnasky added the insurance goal into the empty net with just six seconds to play. Lefebvre saw some of the ingredients for a playoff team in his groups performance on Sunday. "You have to be able to play the tight games," he said. "In the playoffs, thats what you face. After a loss in the playoffs, too, you have to be able to regroup. 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The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller started 42 of 50 games at Virginia Tech and had 129 solo tackles along with six interceptions, 21 pass break ups and four forced fumbles in his career. He had 24 tackles, broke up 10 passes and picked off two in nine games last season. The Bears have a pair of two-time Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, but Fuller is expected to play on Chicagos nickel defence and special tteams at the start of his pro career. DeMarco Murray Jersey. He could eventually wind up replacing the 33-year-old Tillman, whos on a one-year contract. Both starting safety spots are open for the Bears, but general manager Phil Emery made two things clear last week -- Fuller will play cornerback and Tillman isnt moving to safety. Fuller grew up in a family with four Virginia Tech players, including former NFL defensive back Vincent Fuller, who played from 2005-2011 with Tennessee and Detroit. Corey, a wide receiver, was on the Lions practice squad last year. The Bears have been moving quickly to sign their draft picks. They agreed to contracts with safety Brock Vereen and quarterback David Fales on Monday and defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, running back KaDeem Carey, punter Patrick ODonnell and offensive tackle Charles Leno, Jr. on Tuesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
OWINGS MILLS, Md. Matteo Gabbia Jersey . -- The Baltimore Ravens have put middle linebacker Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. McClain retired last year, but recently announced his intent to return to the NFL. After being reinstated by the Ravens last week, McClain abruptly said he was retiring for good. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound McClain signed a one-year contract with Baltimore last year but never played a down with the Ravens, retiring after his arrest for disorderly conduct in Alabama. By putting McClain on the reserve-retired list, the Ravens retain his rights if he should again change his mind. McClain was the Oakland Raiders first-round pick in 2010 after starring at Alabama. In three seasons with Oakland, McClain had 246 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks. Alessandro Plizzari Jersey .com) - Ryan Johansens creative moves and hometown appeal highlighted Team Folignos successful night at the NHL All- Star Skills Competition. Giacomo Bonaventura Jersey . Dwyane Wade followed a few days later.TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.cas soccer editors. 1. Chelsea  (Last Week -1) Samuel Etoo fired home a hat-trick to help Chelsea keep pace with the other title contenders as they scored a 3-1 victory over Manchester United.  This triumph is the sixth victory in seven Barclays Premier League games for Chelsea. 2. Manchester City (LW-2) Manchester blew past the 100 goal mark for the season in a 4-2 victory over Cardiff City.  Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero were all on target for City, who once again dominated on their home field. 3. Arsenal (LW-3) Santi Cazorla scored twice in five minutes in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory for top of the table Arsenal over Fulham.  The Gunners sprung to live in the second half after a quiet first, to collect all three points. 4. Tottenham (LW-6) Emmanuel Adebayor scored a goal in each half as Tottenham earned a 3-1 victory over Swansea.  Spurs are now level on points with fourth place but behind on goal differential. 5. Liverpool (LW-4) Steven Gerrards second half penalty rescued a point for Liverpool as they drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield.  Daniel Sturridge scored their other goal in first half injury time and Luis Suarez drew the foul that earned the crucial penalty. 6. Everton (LW-5) Kevin Mirallas first half goal was not able to stand up as Everton had to settle for a 1-1 draw with West Brom.  Everton slipped out of the European places and now sit sixth in the table. 7. Newcastle United (LW-8) Yohan Cabaye scored a brace and Loic Remy added the goal that turned out to be the winner as Newcastle bested West Ham 3-1.  8. Manchester United (LW-7) Substitute Javier Hernandez scored the only goal for Manchester United as they fell 3-1 to Chelsea.  The loss leaves the champions 14 points off the top of the table. 9. Southampton (LW-9) After goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren, Southampton were not able to hold on for the victory as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.  The Saints controlled the play but were not aable to find the third goal to put the game away. Alessandro Guarnone Jersey. 10. Aston Villa (LW-13) Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke scored first half goals as Aston Villa earned a road point in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.  11. West Bromwich Albion (LW-12) Diego Lugano scored in the 75th minute to steal a point for West Brom from Everton in a 1-1 draw.  It was Luganos first Premier League goal and it helped his side avoid a loss. 12. Hull City (LW-10) Hull were hanging on in a game they were out played in, until a goal and a red card in the final three minutes doomed them to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Norwich.  Tom Huddlestone was the man sent off after fouling Leroy Fer. 13. Norwich City (LW-15) Defender Ryan Bennetts 87th minute header was the difference as Norwich bested Hull City 1-0.  This was Norwichs first victory at Carrow Road since November. 14. Swansea City (LW-11) Swansea continued their trend towards the bottom of the table as they fell 3-1 at the hands of Tottenham.  Wilfried Bonys 78th minute marker was their only goal and came after the game had already been decided. 15. 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