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In a recent interview, Mike Holmgren acknowledged he probably would have been better off coaching the Cleveland Browns than serving as the teams President, but then-owner Randy Lerner was against that idea. Evan Fournier Jersey . "I really just should have coached the team, but [Lerner] didnt want me to," Holmgren told TheMMQB.com. After making three Super Bowl appearances in 17 years coaching the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Holmgren failed to find any success as the Browns President in his relatively short stint with the team. Hired ahead of the 2010 season, Holmgren retained then-head coach Eric Mangini for a season before firing him and replacing him with Pat Shurmer. Holmgren went on to tell TheMMQB that at the time of Shurmers hiring, he felt he wasnt ready to coach again. Holmgren stepped down midway through the 2012 season, his third with the team, after an ownership change. Shaquille ONeal Jersey . The Cubs made the moves before Thursdays game against Arizona. They promoted left-hander Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Blake Parker to their top minor league team. Mario Hezonja Jersey . Yup, he definitely needed this one. Craig homered twice and had three RBIs Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Craig went 4 for 5 and Yadier Molina added three hits for the Cardinals, who salvaged the final game of a three-game set in hopes of staying within shouting distance of front-running Milwaukee in the NL Central.GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp. It didnt take long for the rest of his teammates to find out. Green Bays leading receiver now has a deal commensurate with his production after signing a contract extension just before taking the field Saturday morning. "So I was like the last one in the locker room and waiting on the paperwork to come down to get it done. That way, I had some security when I went out to practice," Nelson said. "That was a little bit different, and knowing no one knew (but) me the whole time Im riding down there and on the field." Soon enough, Nelson told fellow receivers and the quarterbacks. Coach Mike McCarthy found out in the middle of practice. Right about the time that Nelson was making a pretty touchdown catch on a long corner pass from Aaron Rodgers, word filtered out on social media. The Packers didnt divulge terms when announcing the signing after the end of practice, and NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus. "He said he re-signed and he was really happy," Rodgers said. "Now he can buy all the land in Kansas. Im very happy." Nelson, a Kansas native who attended Kansas State, posted career-bests of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. The 2008 second-round pick has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches. Rodgers thinks Nelson has top-notch instincts and reactions. "So its fun to see Jordy re-sign for four more. I told him that thats five (years) for him and Ive got six left, so were going to have to do one more after that and stick around a little bit longer," Rodgers said. The signing secures the teams top player at a position that had several high-profile departures in recent years. Reliable veteran James Jones left for Oakland in free agency in the off-season. After the 2012 season, Donald Driver retired and Greg Jennings departed as a free agent for division rival Minnesota. Now the Packers must also decide how to proceed with receiver Randall&nbbsp;Cobb, a 2011 second-round pick going into the final year of his rookie deal. Jonathon Simmons Jersey. "Well, every coach wants his core guys, no doubt about it," McCarthy said. "Like I said before, if I was in charge of the player checkbook, we would have been way over the budget a long time ago." Nelsons extension overshadowed what likely would have been the top story line of Day 1 with the return of pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews. He watched during off-season workouts while recovering from a second surgery in the off-season to repair a broken right thumb. Practice Saturday had the Packers lining up Matthews and defensive end-linebacker Julius Peppers — the teams big free-agent acquisition — on the field at the same time. Its the ideal pass-rushing scenario for the team going into 2014. Matthews had what looked like a flexible black wrap protecting his right hand. There were no limitations with the linebacker, other than "just being smart," McCarthy said. The recovery process appeared to be a little frustrating for the long-haired linebacker. The thumb "feels pretty strong and will continue to get stronger with the reps I take on the football field," Matthews said. "This off-season was definitely an uphill battle coming off an injury, but I think that just makes this year that much more special to me." It will likely be memorable one as well for Nelson because of the extension. Lauded for his leadership qualities, Nelson seems content to finish his career in Green Bay. Nelson realizes this is a business. He also said he never considered holding out. "I dont like the word worth," Nelson said, interrupting a reporter who used it in a question. "I dont like the word worth because to be honest with you, I dont think any of us are worth this money. But its your value and the business were a part of." Note: LBs Mike Neal (abdomen) and Nick Perry (foot/knee) were close to being ready for practice, McCarthy said. The linebackers, who should rotate with Matthews and Peppers as pass rushers, had similar injuries last year. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain and called up infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. Trevor Siemian Jersey . The move is retroactive to April 5. Middlebrooks hit .231 with one homer in Bostons first four games before being scratched from the lineup for Saturday nights 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers. Jonathan Herrera started in his place and was in the lineup again Sunday for the finale of the three-game series. Holt played 26 games for Boston last season with 17 starts, all at third base. He batted .203 with 11 RBIs. Jalyn Holmes Vikings Jersey . Vonn "reopened" the idea of competing in the season-opening World Cup event on Oct. 26-27 in Soelden, Austria after returning to the slopes last month in Portillo, Chile. Brian ONeill Jersey . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries.LAWRENCE, Kan. -- There were moments of frustration for Kansas coach Bill Self, moments where hed angrily call a timeout or attend a post-game news conference and glumly bemoan another uneven performance. There never was a moment where he lost faith in his team. Now, after enduring the nations most brutal non-conference schedule, the sixth-ranked Jayhawks are proving to be exactly what the pundits thought theyd be: The Big 12s premier team, one that already has a substantial lead in the conference as the race nears its midway point. "We have grown, but were just now to the middle of the season. Thats whats so strange," Self said. "The big thing is that were playing with more energy and were starting to understand how were going to score -- not just running an offence to run an offence. Were not a tough team by any stretch, but are playing tougher than we did earlier in the season." Thats certainly been evident in the results. After a loss to fifth-ranked San Diego State ended the Jayhawks 68-game non-conference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas has ripped off seven straight wins through arguably the toughest part of its league schedule. It began with a win at No. 23 Oklahoma, and continued with wins over four straight teams that were ranked in the Top 25 -- Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor. After a blowout win at TCU, the Jayhawks beat the No. 16 Cyclones for a second time on Wednesday night. Now, theyll head to No. 25 Texas with essentially a two-game lead in the Big 12. You catch the game on TSN2 on Saturday at 12am et/9pm pt. "Im not surprised at all," junior guard Naadir Tharpe said. "I knew it was going to be a matter of time until everybody just let water run off their back and start going out there and just playing. That is what I feel like dudes are doing right now." The most important of them may be Andrew Wiggins, the highly touted freshman. After fits and starts to begin his college career, the 6-foot-8 swingman and projected lottery pick in the Junee draft has gone on a tear. Minnesota Vikings Jerseys. Wiggins scored a career-high 27 points in the win over the Horned Frogs, and then bested it with 29 points against the Cyclones earlier this week. Hes averaging more than 24 points over his past three games. "I would say I feel more comfortable on the court," Wiggins said this week. "A lot of things are slowing down for me and my teammates are looking for me." Hes also starting to create his own shot, something that he was reticent to do early in the season, prompting Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg to say hes "oozing with confidence. "Thats scary," Hoiberg said. "With that athleticism, that length and that speed, the kids got it all. When hes knocking down shots, not too many better." There arent many teams better than the Jayhawks right now. Since the start of league play, the nine-time defending champions are putting up a Big 12-leading 84 points per game. Theyre just a half-point out of second place in scoring defence, and their scoring margin of 12 points per game is seven better than second-place Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks (16-4, 7-0 Big 12) also lead the league in field-goal and 3-point percentage, rebounding defence and margin, blocked shots, assists and, well, you get the idea. "They have a special group," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. "At every position, they have somebody who can score. They can attack you, so you really have to be on your toes." After the Jayhawks, Texas may be the next hottest team in the Big 12 heading into Saturdays game. The Longhorns (16-4, 5-2) have rattled off five straight wins, the last three coming against ranked teams in Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor. The Jayhawks will represent the first time in school history that Texas will have played four consecutive Top 25 opponents. "Theyre young. Theyre not quite as young as we are, but theyre young and fast, probably as fast as any team well play," Self said. "Theyre obviously playing their tails off." Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
BAIE-COMEAU, Qc - It was a big night for Baie-Comeaus Maxime St-Cyr. Ecco Scarpe Outlet .St-Cyr scored the shootout winner to go along with a goal and an assist in regulation as the Drakkar edged the Val-dOr Foreurs 5-4 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Alexis Vanier, Jasmin Boutet and Nicolas Meloche had goals for Baie-Comeau (17-6-3), which won its third straight.Anthony Richard had a three-point night for the Foreurs (9-12-4), scoring twice and adding an assist. Anthony Beauregard and Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant rounded out the attack.Philippe Cadorette turned aside 28 shots for the win while Etienne Montpetit made 35 saves for Val-dOr.The Drakkar went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Foreurs were scoreless on three attempts.---SEA DOGS 4 CATARACTES 2SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Samuel Dove-McFalls scored twice as the Sea Dogs doubled-up Shawinigan.Justice Dundas and Matthew Highmore also chipped in for Saint John (15-5-3), which had two quick third-period goals.Giovanni Fiore and Alexis DAoust found the back of the net for the Cataractes (12-11-2).---REMPARTS 4 PHOENIX 2SHERBROOKE, Que. — Kurt Etchegary had two goals and an assist as Quebec downed the Phoenix.Adam Chapman and Adam Erne also scored for the Remparts (16-8-0).Simon Desbiens and Tim Wieser replied for Sherbrooke (14-9-1).---OLYMPIQUES 2 ARMADA 1BOISBRIAND, Que. — Vaclav Karabacek scored at 16:16 of the third period to lead Gatineau past the Armada.Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin had the Olympiques (12-10-4) other goal. It was the teams second-straight win.Fabrizio Ricci opened the scoring for Blainville-Boisbriand (13-7-3), which suffered its first regulation loss in 13 games.---HUSKIES 5 VOLTIGEURS 3DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Mathieu Lemay scored his 17th of the season on the power play as Rouyn-Noranda got past the Voltigeurs.Quinn OBrien, Mathieu Boucher, Ryan Penny and Antoine Waked also chipped in with goals for the Huskies (12-10-2).Julien Carignan-Labbe, Christophe Lalancette and Joey Ratelle supplied the Drummondville (10-12-2) offence.---TIGRES 4 SCREAMING EAGLES 2VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Angelo Miceli had his 16th goal of the season in the second period as the Tigres beat Cape Breton.Tommy Veilleux, Filip Pyrochta and Carl Marois rounded out the attack for Victoriaville (13-9-3). The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tigres.Maxim Lazarev and Dillon Boucher responded for the Screaming Eagles (8-13-4). Ecco Scarpe Scontate . The punch happened in the fourth quarter of Milwaukees 116-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday when the two players became entangled while battling for rebounding position. Ecco Scarpe Saldi . Ghoulam has put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal, tying him to Napoli until 2018. The 22-year-old Algeria international, who played for France at Under 21 level, has made 87 league appearances in four seasons at Saint-Etienne.PITTSBURGH -- The best line on hockeys busiest team hardly looked gassed. The way Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot were furiously pouring in overtime goals, the New York Rangers didnt exactly look like a group in need of a day off. Brassard beat Marc-Andre Fleury 3:06 into overtime -- with Pouliot bizarrely doing the same seven seconds later -- and the Rangers stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference secound round Friday night. The winner officially went to Brassard, whose wrist shot from in front beat Fleury cleanly but caromed back onto the ice. Referee Steve Kozari waved it off, however, and play continued before Pouliot slammed the puck into a wide open net moments later for good measure. "I found out way later (Brassard) got the goal," Pouliot said. "Good for him. Weve been playing well against Philly and now tonight. We deserved that." Pouliot and Brad Richards gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and stuffed a late Pittsburgh breakaway in the final seconds of regulation. The line of Pouliot, Brassard and Mats Zuccarello combined for 14 points in New Yorks four regular-season meetings with the Penguins. They were the best trio on the ice on a team barely 48 hours removed from a wearying seven-game victory over Philadelphia in the opening round. "Since Christmas theyve probably been our most consistent line," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Theyve got real good chemistry. They read off one another and support one another well and ... they scored two in overtime." Lee Stempniak and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Fleury made 24 saves but was helpless on the winner. "It was just a big pile of guys and I was trying to find the puck out of it," Fleury said. Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby was held without a goal for the 12th straight playoff game as the Rangers took away much of the open ice where Crosby likes to operate. "It couldve went either way," Crosby said. "I dont think we played a full 60 (minutes)." Not exactly. The Rangers were supposed to be exhausted after outlasting the Flyers in the opening round, not advancing until a 2-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Instead, it was the well-rested Penguins who apppeared to need a nap. Ecco Scarpe Offerta. Pouliot gave New York the lead 5:04 into first period, capitalizing on a Pittsburgh turnover then splitting Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta and Matt Niskanen before firing a wrist shot that caromed off Fleurys right arm and into the net. Richards doubled the lead late in the period with his third and easiest goal of the post-season. Carl Hagelin beat Maatta to a puck in the corner and fed it to Richards, who had enough time in front to go from his backhand to his forehand and flip the puck by an overmatched Fleury. Whatever sluggishness the Penguins felt after a three-day layoff vanished in the second. Stempniak cut the lead in half by taking a nice drop pass from Beau Bennett then streaking down the middle and beating Lundqvist with a backhand 7:15 into the period. Neal tied it just over 6 minutes later thanks to a rare mistake by Lundqvist, who deflected Neals into the air then had it glance off his back and into the net. Lundqvist pleaded with officials that Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had interfered with him while trying to make the save, but replays showed Malkins high-stick swat didnt come close to touching the puck. New York gathered itself before the third and the teams traded chances over the final 20 minutes of regulation with Lundqvist stopping a slap shot from Stempniak in the final 15 seconds to send it to overtime. Whatever adrenaline the Rangers had left fueled them during the brief extra period. New York dominated play before the madcap finish to beat the Penguins in Game 1 of a post-season series for the first time. The Penguins came in 4-0 in the playoff series against New York. Now the Rangers find themselves in control with a welcome day off before Sundays rematch. "Yeah we played seven games and the seventh one was a grueling match but I think most of us have been through it," Pouliot said. "Its the NHL and you have to find a way and we did." NOTES: New York went 0 for 4 on the power play and is 0 for its last 25 with the man advantage. ... The Rangers held out F Chris Kreider once again. Kreider wore a non-contact jersey during Friday mornings skate and his return from a hand injury remains uncertain. ... Penguins D Brooks Orpik missed his third straight game with an undisclosed injury. Cheap Hoodies From ChinaDiscount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
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Lester has a 116-67 record with a 3.58 ERA over his nine-year career. He turned down a $70 million contract extension from Boston during the spring, the team which he helped win two World Series titles (2007, 2013). This signing really marks a transition of sorts for the Cubs, the start of a period where we are clearly very serious about bringing a World Series to the Cubs and the people of Chicago, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. Its a great day for our fans. Theyve been so patient with us, incredibly patient, over the last few years and they truly deserve a pitcher and a person of this caliber to call their own. Scarpe Saucony Offerta . Pistorius mindset when he stood on his stumps in a bathroom and pulled the trigger on his 9 mm pistol in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013 remains the crux of the South African trial that has captured worldwide attention and is about to start its seventh week of globally televised proceedings. 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Many NASCAR drivers, including Stewart, got their start on the short ovals. Ward, a relative unknown compared to NASCARs noted swashbuckler, was nearly hit by another passing car as he pointed with his right arm in Stewarts direction. As he confronted Stewart in his passing car, disaster struck. Ward was standing to the right of Stewarts familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to fishtail from the rear and hit him. According to video and witness accounts, Ward was sucked underneath the car and hurtled through the air before landing on his back as fans looked on in horror. Ward was killed. Stewart, considered one of the most proficient drivers in racing, dropped out of Sundays NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, hours after Saturdays crash. And the sport was left reeling from a tragedy that could have ripple effects from the biggest stock car series down to weeknight dirt track racing. "There arent words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.," Stewart said in a statement. There was no immediate decision if Stewart would drive in this weekends NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. Stewart "will have as much time as he needs to make that decision," spokesman Mike Arning said Monday. "It is still an emotional time for all involved, Tony included. He is grieving, and grief doesnt have a timetable." Arning said Stewarts extra-curricular racing plans are on hold until further notice. Plymouth Speedway in Warsaw, Indiana, said on its website that Stewart would no longer compete in Saturdays race. Canandaigua Speedway promoter Jeremie Corcoran said Monday the track has cancelled Wednesdays event to give "my family, staff, fans, and racing teams time to grieve and process all that has occurred." Authorities questioned the 43-year-old Stewart once on Saturday night and went to Watkins Glen to talk to him again Sunday. They described him as "visibly shaken" after the crash and said he was co-operative. On Sunday, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators also dont have any evidence at this point in the investigation to support criminal intent. But he also said that criminal charges have not been ruled out. Povero said on Monday there were no plans "at this time" to talk to Stewart again. There is no timetable as to when the investigation will conclude or autopsy results will be finished, he said. The crash raised several questions: Will Wards death cause drivers to think twice about on-track confrontations? Did Stewart try and send hhis own message by buzzing Ward, only to have his risky move turn fatal? Or did Ward simply take his life into his own hands by stepping into traffic in a black firesuit on a dark track? The only one who may have that answer is Stewart. Saucony Italia Scontate. David Weinsten, a former state and federal prosecutor in Miami who is now in private practice, said it would be difficult to prove criminal intent. "I think even with the video, its going to be tough to prove that this was more than just an accident and that it was even culpable negligence, which he shouldve known or shouldve believed that by getting close to this guy, that it was going to cause the accident," he said. The sheriff renewed a plea for spectators to turn over photos and videos of the crash. Investigators were reconstructing the accident and looking into everything from the dim lighting on a portion of the track to how muddy it was, as well as if Wards dark firesuit played a role in his death, given the conditions. Driver Cory Sparks, a friend of Wards, was a few cars back when Ward was killed. "The timing was unsafe," he said of Wards decision to get out of his car to confront Stewart. "When your adrenaline is going, and youre taken out of a race, your emotions flare." Its often just a part of racing. Drivers from mild-mannered Jeff Gordon to Danica Patrick have erupted in anger on the track at another driver. The confrontations are part of the sports allure: Fans love it and cheer wildly from the stands. Stewart, who has a reputation for being a hothead nicknamed "Smoke," once wound up like a pitcher and tossed his helmet like a fastball at Matt Kenseths windshield. "Ive seen it many times in NASCAR, where a driver will confront the other one, and a lot of times theyll try to speed past them. And thats what it appeared to me as if what Tony Stewart did, he tried to speed past Ward," witness Michael Messerly said. "And the next thing I could see, I didnt see Ward any more. It just seemed like he was suddenly gone." The crash also raised questions about whether Stewart will continue with his hobby of racing on small tracks on the side of the big-money NASCAR races. He has long defended his participation in racing on tracks like the one where the crash happened, even as accidents and injury have put his day job in NASCAR at risk. Saturdays crash came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season and sidelined him during the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month. The crash site is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back. "Everybody has hobbies," he said last month, adding that "there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that." Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
Jason Roys hard hitting at the top of the order has been instrumental in England reaching the World T20 Final. Cheap Nike Free With Free Shipping . The powerful right-hander got his team off to a flyer in their World T20 record run chase of 230 against South Africa in the Super 10s with a rollicking 43 from 16 balls.Roy then fired England into Sundays showpiece game against West Indies - which you can watch from 2pm on Sky Sports 2 - with a 44-ball 78 in the semi-final victory over New Zealand.Ahead of the final, the Surrey star ran Sky Sports Rob Key through the warm-up drills he likes to perform before batting, as well as how he looks to play the straight drive, a shot he has carried out to perfection throughout the World T20.Watch Roys batting demo in the video above. Jason Roy blasted 11 fours and two sixes against New Zealand Kevin Pietersen is certainly a fan of his former Surrey team-mate, saying in the Daily Telegraph: Jason epitomises this England side, he is a wonderful player.If he plays the same way as he did in the semi-final against New Zealand then he can be a match-winner again. He is a bit of a loose head occasionally but I like the fact he cares so much and how aggressive he is. Kevin Pietersen on Jason Roy I have already spoken to him and said just that. I have tried to keep him under my wing for a while because I love the way he plays and how he is a 360 degree player.I like his temperament. He is a bit of a loose head occasionally but I like the fact he cares so much and how aggressive he is.Will England win the World T20? Find out by watching their match with West Indies from 1.30pm, Sunday, Sky Sports 2. Before then see if West Indies Women can overcome Australia Women in the Womens World Twenty20 Final, live on Sky Sports 2 on Sunday from 9.30am. Also See: Englands road to the final VOTE: Player of World T20? World T20 Final: Key battles Will England win? Discount Nike Free .com) - James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late in regulation, and the Houston Rockets scored eight of their 13 points in overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 on Friday night. Wholesale Nike Free . Hes still nowhere close to throwing yet. The four-time MVP was in good spirits when he made his first public appearance on the field since having neck surgery Sept.LONDON -- At this point, the top Tour de France sprint star might be called Sir Marcel. Marcel Kittel, the German with a French first name, led a bunch sprint to win Mondays Stage 3 with a finish on the doorstep of Queen Elizabeths Buckingham Palace. Two days earlier, he courted royal attention as Prince William and Kate saw him win Stage 1 in Yorkshire in another sprint. The stage wrapped up the English debut to this 101st Tour edition, a rousing success among cycling-crazed British fans. Riders hopped on planes and bid "au revoir" to the UK before flying across the English Channel onto the races home turf. Rain in the City of London doused riders at the end of the 155-kilometre (96-mile) ride from the university town of Cambridge to a dramatic finish past landmarks Big Ben and Westminster. Italys Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leaders yellow jersey with a 2-second lead over the most likely contenders to win the three-week race in Paris on July 27. Svein Tuft was the top Canadian in 138th place, 16 minutes 13 seconds off the lead. Christian Meier, also from Langley, B.C., was 17:31 back in 154th. Kittel, led out perfectly by Giant-Shimano teammates, made it look easy as he sped down a final wide approach on The Mall with Buckingham Palace behind him. Peter Sagan of Slovakia was second and Australias Mark Renshaw was third. "Im really, really happy I could win in front of Buckingham Palace," said Kittel, who won four Tour stages last year. "It was one of the greatest finishes Ive ever seen in front of this great scenery." FIRST PARIS, NOW LONDON The hulking German made it a tale of two cities. He added London glory to his record after also winning on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, in the Tour finale last year. His job in the sprints got a lot easier after Britains Mark Cavendish pulled out of the race after injuring his shoulder in a crash in Saturdays Stage 1. "Its one big opponent that is not in the race anymore," Kittel said. "Of course, that changes things for me, but also for the team." Kittel is no threat for the yellow jersey. Like many sprinters, he struggles on climbs and fell nearly 20 minutes behind Nibali in the overall standings in an up-and-down ride on Sunday through the hills and dales of Yorkshire. Nibalis biggest challengers for the prized leaders shirt remain title-holder Chris Froome of Britain and Spains Alberto Contador, who finisheed with the same time as the Italian and Kittel in an 84-rider bunch. Cheap Nike Free Online. . On Monday, the pack cruised nervously and let two breakaway riders go free on Monday. The duo was caught with about 6 kilometres (4 miles) left. EUROPEAN UNITY AMONG FANS? Tour officials estimated fans made nearly 5 million individual visits -- some may have attended more than one stage -- to the route in the first three stages. In signs of cross-Channel comity, Tour chief Christian Prudhomme took English lessons before the race; Britons waved both French tricolours and their beloved Union Jacks. But the teeming curbs, sidewalks and roadsides again caused trouble for the riders. With about 30 kilometres (19 miles) left, 2010 Tour winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was among riders who crashed briefly, and French TV showed a fan on the ground. Schleck, who gingerly returned to the race, said he didnt hit a spectator. "I guess it was my own fault," said Schleck, who collided with another rider and hurtled over his handlebars. His Trek Factory Racing teammate Jens Voigt said: "I saw about 15 crashes today. In the end there were two guys on the ground but I dont know what happened exactly ... Thats the Tour de France. The first week is always nervous." In other spills, Ted King of Cannondale and Jan Bakelants, a Belgian rider on Cavendishs Omega Pharma QuickStep team who wore yellow jersey two days last year, each scraped up their right elbows and knees. Some fans got political. A few held up placards imploring Prime Minister David Cameron not to back a U.S.-European Union free trade pact. Three topless protesters bearing slogans condemning female genital mutilation staged a brief protest near the Houses of Parliament before police bundled them away in fluorescent vests. The course route Monday notably bypassed Trafalgar Square, whose landmark Nelsons Column commemorates a British hero of the Napoleonic Wars. Stage 4 takes riders over 163.5 kilometres (105 miles) from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole on the border with Belgium. Froomes Team Sky floated the idea that the pack might well ride under the sea rather than fly over it one day, if the Tour ever returns to the UK. The team released a glitzy video Monday saying that last month he became the first man to cycle through the Channel tunnel. In the video, Froome quipped: "This could be a really, really cool stage of a race." Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
NEW YORK -- Stephen Currys last Madison Square Garden performance was breathtaking, the most dazzling display of outside shooting ever at the famed arena. Ultra Boost Outlet Italia . It resulted in a loss, so Curry tried a different tactic Friday night -- and ended up making more MSG history. Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters, Klay Thompson added 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors sent the frustrated New York Knicks to a fifth straight loss with a 126-103 victory. Returning to the site of his sensational shooting performance of a year ago, when he scored a career-high 54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, Curry showed off his entire skill set in this one. "To get a win this year is bigger than any stats, but to play well and to impact the game the way I wanted to, it definitely felt great," Curry said. Curry joined LeBron James as the only visiting players with a 50-point game and a triple-double at the current MSG, opened in 1968. Knicks Patrick Ewing, Bernard King and Carmelo Anthony also did it. "Ive had teammates that had big nights a year ago and right away theyre thinking, Im going to have another big night scoring the basketball," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "Thats not Steph Curry. Hes an unselfish basketball player and hes all about the team." The NBAs assists leader made five 3-pointers, as did backcourt mate Thompson. The 6-foot-3 All-Star also grabbed nine defensive rebounds in his fourth career triple-double and third this season, bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had a season low-tying five points on 2-of-10 shooting Wednesday in a 103-83 loss to Chicago. Golden State easily rebounded from that defeat to win for the fifth time in six games. Anthony had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, blown out for the second straight night in a season thats starting to feel hopeless no matter what the sorry Eastern Conference standings say. They seem to know it, with an agitated Tyson Chandler thrown out in the fourth quarter after picking up two technical fouls, the first for shoving Warriors backup Marreese Speights. "Its not a mental thing, its a heart thing," Knicks forward J.R. Smith said. "You cant let people score 40, 50 points in the paint over and over again, then we aint going to win. We aint going to win games like that." New York is six games behind eighth-place Atlanta. "I keep saying weve got to figure it out, figure it out, but its time where we should have it down pat by now," Anthony said. "We shouldnt be in this position. But weve got games to play." The Knicks lost by 26 at Miami on Thursday, but they were in that game in the second half. This one was over long before halftime, when fans booed them as they trudged off to the locker room. A couple of "Fire Woodson! Fire Woodson!" chants broke out at Madison Square Garden in an atmosphere that was completely different from the Warriors visit here on Feb. 27, 2013. Even Knicks fans cheered that night every time Curry pulled up in the second half. But the Knicks managed to win the game, pulling out a 109-105 victory after Raymond Felton blocked one of Currys late jumpers. This time, Felton got a mixed reception when he was introduced during starting lineups for his first home game since his arrest on felony weapons charges. And the Knicks (21-38) never had any chance of winning, losing for the eighth time in nine games. Golden State led 38-27 after one behind 12 points from Curry. Steve Blake opened the second with a 3-pointer and Jermaine ONeal followed with a basket to make it a 16-point lead, and after the Knicks cut it to 10, the Warriors put it away by closing the half with a 15-4 spurt to open a 73-52 bulge. Playing without Iman Shumpert (sprained left knee), Andrea Bargnani (left elbow) and Kenyon Martin (left ankle), the Knicks also were without Amare Stoudemire on the second night of the back-to-back, with coach Mike Woodson saying his knee was bothering him a little bit. NOTES: Curry is one behind Indianas Lance Stephenson for the NBA lead in triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook also had a triple-double by the end of three quarters against the Knicks on Christmas Day. ... The Knicks played some Jackson highlights during a first-half stoppage in tribute to the Warriors coach, a New York native, Knicks first-round pick and Rookie of the Year who spent his first six seasons with the franchise and later returned for a second stint. Scarpe Ultra Boost Offerta . Wade is posting a short film on his website next week, with a sneak preview scheduled to come out Wednesday. Ultra Boost Outlet . He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarrett Jacks late jumper helped seal the Brooklyn Nets impressive 109-107 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday afternoon. Jack finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Alan Anderson scored 15 off the bench and Mason Plumleee had 14 points and 12 boards for the Nets, who have won three straight games. Ultra Boost Italia. Jeff Green had 22 points and five assists, Jared Sullinger contributed 19 points and eight boards and Avery Bradley netted 17 points for the Celtics, who have lost three in a row. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
ANAHEIM, Calif. Adidas Superstar Uomo Scontate . - With Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at home with the flu, the New York Islanders couldnt have asked for a better opportunity to snag two points from the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks.John Tavares made sure the Isles took advantage of the absence of his Canadian Olympic teammates in a skid-snapping win.Tavares scored his second goal on a power play 2:18 into overtime, and New York ended its three-game slump with a 3-2 victory over the injury-depleted Ducks on Wednesday night.Getzlaf and NHL goals leader Perry were sent home before the game, leaving the league-leading Ducks to open a four-game homestand without their two best skaters and their top two goalies, who have also been fighting injuries.The Islanders seized the chance with a big game from Tavares, who also scored in the opening minutes.We didnt even talk about it, to be honest, Tavares said of the Ducks absences. Its a deep team over there, and theyre a great hockey team for a number of reasons. Obviously, (Getzlaf and Perry) are a big part of it, but we just talked a lot about what we had to do, and the areas where we wanted to be more effective.Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves and Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who blew an early two-goal lead in their third stop on a five-game trip.After Sami Vatanen was sent off for elbowing in the Ducks offensive zone in overtime, Tavares long shot apparently deflected off Ryan Keslers stick for his sixth goal.It was good luck for us, Halak said. We need points, and we need to win games after being in a little slump. ... It was a big win for us, even though they didnt have their two best offensive guys.Jason LaBarbera stopped 33 shots in his second appearance for Anaheim. Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem scored second-period goals for the Ducks, who had won 10 of 12.Even with their biggest stars at home, the Ducks were dismayed by a dismal start before a strong finish.We expect too much in here to be satisfied in our home building with this result with the group that we have, defenceman Cam Fowler said. (The comeback) shows that were a resilient group, but thats going to run out at some point. Weve got to start out and get the lead and keep it. ... Those are two leaders that are very vocal in our room, so theyre always missed. But we have other guys who need to step up.Getzlaf and Perry have been staples in the Ducks lineup since the 2005-06 season. They hadnt missed the same game due to injury since March 28, 2008, a span of 471 regular-season games and 45 playoff contests, although they were healthy scratches together in last seasons finale.Theyre two of the best players in the world, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. Youre going to miss them. The biggest challenge is finding line combinations, but weve always prided ourselves on depth. This gave guys an opportunity to step up.LaBarbera filled in capably for Frederik Andersen, who was healthy enough to be a backup after missing Anaheims last game with leg tightness. Backup John Gibson will be sidelined by a groin injury for six weeks.Tavares put the Islanders ahead just 3:38 in, and Okposo scored 10 seconds into the second period on a power play.Beleskey trimmed the lead with a power-play goal set up by tic-tac-toe passing.We havent been getting a lot of bounces, Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic said. That one that we gave up on the kill, thats the way goals have been going in against us. You just try to work through it.Anaheim recording 11 consecutive shots at one point in the second period before Etem evened it with a low shot through Devante Smith-Pellys legs.NOTES: The Ducks nearly took the lead early in the third when Hamonic slid into the New York net with the puck, but a lengthy video replay determined it never crossed the line. ... New York hasnt allowed fewer than two goals in any game this season. ... Islanders forward Casey Cizikas was scratched for the first time this season after 11 scoreless games. Eric Boulton made his season debut. Defenceman Brian Strait also was scratched for the second straight game. Adidas Superstar Outlet Italia . 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NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning got a key piece back in their lineup and he proved to be the No. Jorge De La Rosa Diamondbacks Jersey . 1 star in a win over the New York Rangers. No, top forward Steven Stamkos isnt ready to play yet, but Ben Bishop was on top of his game after a brief absence. Bishop made 33 saves in his return from injury and the Lightning cooled off the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night. "We played solidly, and I felt no rust," Bishop said. "This was big for us coming into this building and playing well. Its a fun place to play. You have to be excited playing at Madison Square Garden." Bishop was back in the net for the first time since he sprained his right wrist in the first period at Edmonton on Jan. 5. He missed three games before dressing as the backup to Anders Lindback on Monday at Columbus. He didnt play in the Lightnings 3-2 loss. "He was probably our best player," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "When youre going on the road and trying to win a hockey game, it all starts with your goaltending. He gave us a chance to win." Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov supplied all the offence, scoring goals 9 seconds apart early in the second period for Tampa Bay, 5-1-1 in the second half of back-to-back games. Hedman got the Lightning even with a power-play goal, and Kucherov gave them the lead for good on a breakaway. Tampa Bay went 5-3 in a stretch in which it played seven of eight on the road. "Its been tough, and I thought weve done a pretty good job," Bishop said. Brad Richards scored for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, but took the loss for New York, which was 8-2-1 in its previous 11. "I thought we played a really strong game," Lundqvist said. "We created a lot of chances. It was a good hockey game, but we just came up a little short." The Rangers got their first power play 6:37 into the third period, but Bishop was solid -- stopping Mats Zuccarello in close. Bishop is 5-0 with a goals-against average under 1 against the Rangers. "I like playing against the best," Bishop said. "Henrik is obviously one of the best goalies ever. Its fun to play against those guys. I dont think the record means much, but for now its pretty nice." New York had another advantage in the final 5 minutes but didnt score. The Rangers had netted a power-play goal in five straight contests. The game quickly turned early in the second when Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was sent off for high-sticking Bishop in the head -- the first penalty for either team -- at 29 seconds. Hedman then fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line that beat Lundqvist at 1:10. Hedman showed no ill-effects after injuring his shoulder in the first period when he was went awkwardly into the boards on a hit by Brian Boyle. "A lot of players wouldve run Hedman into the ground, and Boyle pulled up and held up," Cooper said. "Ive got to give Boyle a lot of credit for being a hockey player in the game and not trying to hurt somebody." Before Hedmans 10th goal was announced to the crowd, the Lightning had grabbed the lead. After the ensuing faceoff, Lightning defenceman Radko Gudas sent a long pass to Kucherov, who came in alone on Lundqvist and scored his seventh of the season at 1:19. "We were very excited to play here," Hedman said. "This was a big game for our young guys." New York threatened to get even several times in the second, and had a few odd-man rushes, but Bishop was sharp and kept them at bay. He made a lunging glove grab of a drive by Callahan with 9:05 left in the period. "Its tough," Callahan said. "You dont always get the calls to go your way. They get one there, and we have a little bit of a lapse and they score another one. We had a lot of chances to get the equalizer ... we just didnt find it." The Rangers got on the board first. Carl Hagelin sent a shot in on Bishop from the left circle, and the rebound went behind the net. Callahan gathered the puck and sent a pass to Richards, who was standing where Hagelin had been, and snapped a shot that beat Bishop at 11:55 for his 12th goal -- tying him for the team lead. NOTES: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted strongly that backup G Cam Talbot will start one of the games this weekend when New York plays Ottawa and Washington on consecutive days. ... Lightning C Nate Thompson sat out because of the flu. RW B.J. Crombeen was a healthy scratch. ... Lightning D Matt Carle had a career-high, seven-game point streak snapped. ... Tampa Bay is 16-10-4 without Stamkos (broken leg). Custom Diamondbacks Jerseys . 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Bernardo Silva scored the winner, preventing Marseille from extending its lead atop the standings to four points.After losing 3-1 midweek to Barcelona in Europes top-tier competition, PSG could not recover from its first major setback of the season and looked bereft of ideas against an entertaining Guingamp side.Although PSG almost opened the scoring when Edinson Cavanis volley brushed the woodwork, Guingamp was the better team and deservedly moved ahead after David Luiz fouled Pied. PSG defenders were caught napping on the resulting free kick as Younousse Sankhare was left unmarked in the box and headed the ball for Pied, who beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with a diving header in the 11th minute.Im not satisfied with my teams showing. I was really disappointed by our first half especially after we warned the players about Guingamps quality on set pieces, PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. This loss embodies our struggles since the start of the league season. We were made to pay for the lack of aggressiveness I have been ruing for a while.PSG remained second in the standings one point behind Marseille. Guingamp, which has one of the smallest budgets in the league, climbed to 13th overall, four points away from the relegation zone.Guingamp, which reached the Europa League round-of-32 for the first time this week, had a good chance to double its lead soon after the interval when Claudio Beauvue forced Sirigu to parry the ball into the corner with a fine shot from the edge of the box after being picked out by Sankhare.With three minutes remaining, Ibrahimovic connected witth a cross from Gregory van der Wiel but the Sweden strikers shot from close range was saved by Lossl and the PSG forward could not score from the rebound. Curt Schilling Diamondbacks Jersey. In Monaco, Silva concluded a fine move in the 67th minute for his first goal for the club, slotting home from Anthony Martials cut-back after Yannick Ferreira Carrasco cleverly dummied the ball.It was Marseilles fourth league defeat this season while Monaco, last-years runner-up, climbed to sixth in the standings. After struggling with consistency and goals, Monaco has been forced to play catch-up with the leaders but is finally hitting form and qualified as group winner for the Champions League knockout phase midweek.When you look at others results, this is a big disappointment, Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda said. Monaco was well organized and imposed its rhythm on us. There is one more match to play next week, we need to finish on a high to go on holidays with peace of mind.Earlier, Saint-Etienne extended its unbeaten run in the league to nine games following a lacklustre 0-0 draw at Nice before Lille moved to 12th with a 3-0 win over Toulouse.After being knocked out from the Europa League, Saint-Etienne appeared tired and powerless against a well-organized Nice side that did not create many chances either.Saint-Etienne substitute Max-Alain Gradel had his teams best opportunity in the 90th minute with a shot onto the post from a tight angle.Christophe Galtiers side kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet and remained fourth in the standings but lost ground in the race for the Champions League places, now lagging three points behind bitter rival Lyon.Tempers frayed toward the end of the first half after Ismael Diomande deliberately stopped Carlos Eduardos run down the right flank, with the Brazilian responding by sending his foot into the midfielders head. 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NEW YORK -- Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labour lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. DeAndre Washington Jersey . He was 51. The Major League Baseball Players Association said Weiner died at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J. "We wouldnt be where we are today without his expertise," San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affleldt said in a text to The Associated Press. "We will all feel this loss of such a great man." As Weiners health deteriorated this summer, a succession plan was put in place. Former big league All-Star Tony Clark took over Thursday as acting executive director and is to be approved as Weiners successor when the unions board meets from Dec. 2-5 at La Jolla, Calif. "Words cannot describe the love and affection that the players have for Michael, nor can they describe the level of sadness we feel today," Clark said in a statement. "Not only has the game lost one of its most important and influential leaders in this generation, all involved in the game have lost a true friend." At Weiners last public speaking engagement, a 25-minute meeting with baseball writers on the day of the All-Star game in July, he was confined to a wheelchair and unable to move his right side. Yet, he wanted to respond to questions about his illness and issues in the game, and did so with the grace and humour he was known for throughout his life. "I dont know if I look at things differently. Maybe they just became more important to me and more conscious to me going forward," he said. "As corny as this sounds, I get up in the morning and I feel Im going to live each day as it comes. I dont take any day for granted. I dont take the next morning for granted. What I look for each day is beauty, meaning and joy, and if I can find beauty, meaning and joy, thats a good day." Weiner first experienced weakness and tingling on his right side in July 2012 and was diagnosed with a glioma the following month. By June 2013, he had experienced a rapid increase in symptoms. As he sat in a wheelchair in foul territory at Citi Field the following month before the All-Star game, players lined up to speak with him. His voice had gotten raspy by early August, when he responded on behalf of the union to drug suspensions handed down to Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other players. "Michael is a tremendous person. Thats why everybody loves him," New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera said Thursday before Weiners death was announced. "He can relate with every player and had time to talk with every player." Known for wearing blue jeans and Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers to work, Weiners easygoing manner with players was a change from former head Donald Fehrs more lawyerly approach. His style connected both with players and the students he taught during Sunday school at his synagogue. "Lost a great friend today," Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler tweeted. "One of the best leaders & men I knew. Prayers for his family." Weiner was hired by the union as a staff attorney in 1988 and wound up succeeding Fehr in December 2009. Weiner became just the fourth head of the organization since 1966. A longtime New Jersey resident and a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Weiner clerked for U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin in Newark before joining the players association. Once at the union, he became a key figure in the lengthy process to parse the $280 million collusion settlement among individual players. Weiner also was a junior lawyer during the 7 1/2-month players strike in 1994-95 strike and the negotiations that finally led to a new labour agreement in March 1997. "I think that helped some people on the owners side to finally accept that the union was a fixture and the union was an entity they were going to have to deal with," he said. "There was never a chance for anything to settle in until we got through collusion, and really until then we got through the bargaining in 94 and 95." Following eight work stoppages in a 23-year span, baseball has since negotiated three straight labour deals without interruption. Weiner headed talks for the last deal, in November 2011, which instituted a series of significant changes that included restraints on signing bonuses for amateur players and increased the number of free agents able to switch teams without requiring the loss of draft picks as compensation. "It took a while for the owners to appreciate that the union is not only here to stay, but that the union and its members can contribute positively to a discussion about the game -- about its economics, about the nature of the competition, about how its marketed in every way," he said. In addition to the labour contract, he headed the legal team that in 2012 convinced an arbitrator to overturn a 50-game suspension imposed on Braun, the Milwaukee outfielder who was the previous years NL MVP. The union argued his urine sample had not been handled properly. Last summer Braun agreed to accept a 65-game suspension for his activities relating to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic and his public statements. Following a line of leaders that began with Marvin Miller and went on to include the short reign of Kenneth Moffett and the long tenure of Fehr, Weiner was exceedingly conscious of the unions history and traditions of player involvement. He appeared with Fehr and the then 95-year-old Miller at a 2012 discussion at New York Universitys School of Law marking the 40th anniversary of the first baseball strike and the rise of the union. Fehr, now the head of the NHLPA, released a statement on Thursday night to lament Weiners passing. "My wife Stephanie and I are enormously saddened to learn of Mike Weiners passing today, and our thoughts go out to Diane and their three daughters," said Fehr in the statement. "Mike was an extraordinary individual in so many ways: as a loving husband and father, as an exceptional union leader and lawyer, and as a great friend to so many. He was an indispensible part of the MLBPA staff for more than two decades, and was the right man to lead the union. This is a great loss, for his family, for his friends, for the players, and for everyone who crossed his path.” His hair nearly gone from his treatment, Weiner returned to NYU in January for a memorial celebrating the life of Miller, who died two months earlier. He humbly referred to "our little sport of baseball." "He was not just too young to die. He was too good and decent, too kind and brilliant," said Gene Orza, the unions former chief operating officer. "I never knew anyone finer." Said NFL players union executive director DeMaurice Smith: "The family of Michael Weiner and the community of athletes worldwide have lost a leader. I will miss my friend." Weiner is survived by his wife, the former Diane Margolin, and daughters Margie, Grace and Sally. Seth Roberts Jersey .J. -- Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils took a lot of grief considering his scored the first of his career-best three goals just 12 seconds into a crucial game against the Florida Panthers. George Blanda Jersey . Johnson shared an update after his surgery Tuesday on Twitter. He also wrote, "now lets get on the grind." The running back told The Tennessean he was having surgery in Pensacola, Fla.The Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the NBA Western Conference semi-finals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 to claim the first-round play-off series 4-2. They will now take on the Golden State Warriors, with the series against the defending champions beginning on Sunday. Damian Lillard had 27 points for the Blazers and CJ McCollum added 20 points as they completed a successful rally from a 2-0 series deficit; becoming the first team to do so in three years.Jamal Crawford had 32 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers added 21 points and eight assists despite having 11 stitches above his left eye from a collision in the first quarter.But the Clippers could not recover from injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Game 4 of the series.Meanwhile, Paul George scored 21 points and Myles Turner added 15 as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 to force Game 7 in their series.The decider will be pplayed on Sunday in Toronto with the winner progressing to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Khalil Mack Jersey. Indiana scored 18 straight points in the second half to pull away from the second-seeded Raptors, who have not won a post-season series since 2001.DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph each had 15 points for the Raptors.The Eastern Conference series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets is also tied at 3-3 after the Heat prevailed 97-90 in Game 6.Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and hit two crucial baskets in the final minute to secure the win.Luol Deng was nine of 14 from the field and finished with 21 points, while Goran Dragic added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Heat, who will host Game 7 on Sunday.The Heat overcame a play-off career-high 37 points from Kemba Walker to hand the Hornets only their 11th home defeat of the season.Al Jefferson had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cody Zeller had 12 points off the bench for Charlotte. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
MILWAUKEE - Francisco Rodriguez wasnt supposed to be the closer for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Brandin Cooks Jersey .Pressed into duty after Jim Henderson got injured, Rodriguez had another banner year and claimed another milestone.Rodriguez moved into 10th place on baseballs career saves list in the Brewers 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.This is a big accomplishment, Rodriguez said. Coming into spring I didnt know what to expect.If my career ends tonight, definitely, I can look back and say I had a wonderful career.Rodriguez, however, wasnt implying that his career is over. The right-hander pitched a scoreless ninth for his 348th career save, and 44th this year, to move ahead of Randy Myers.Jonathan Lucroy set a major-league record for doubles in a season by a catcher, and Wily Peralta (17-11) struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings.Rodriguez, 32, who can become a free agent after the season, was signed during last off-season to set up Henderson. Henderson, bothered by inflammation in his right shoulder, was removed from the closers role on opening day and pitched only 11 1/3 innings.Rodriguez has converted all but five save opportunities in 69 games.A great season. If hes not there at the beginning of the year, were not certainly in it for that long period, manager Ron Roenicke said of the Brewers being in first place for 150 days this season.We kind of threw it at him two days before the season started, and hes done a great job, Roenicke said. Its impressive, and his age, too. Hes got more in him.Peralta allowed five hits and one walk in 109 pitches.I can see how hes chalked up all those victories, Chicago manager Rick Renteria said after Peralta used his slider to dominate hitters.Lucroys double off Tsuyoshi Wada (4-4) in the fifth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the All-Star his 46th double as a catcher, topping the 45 hit by Texas Ivan Rodriguez in 1996. Lucroy has 53 doubles this year, tying the Brewers franchise record. Seven were hit when he played first base.Honestly, Im just glad to contribute to the win tonight and wish I could have done that more often during the season, Lucroy said. Its one of those things that is kind of bittersweet, I guess.Wada allowed two runs, eight hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out four.Milwaukee (82-79), with one game left against the Cubs on Sunday, is assured of finishing the season with a winning record.Before the game, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said general manager Doug Melvin would return next season. However, Attanasio added that the status of Roenicke and the coaching staff hasnt been decided.Carlos Gomez hit his 23rd homer and doubled.The Cubs scored their only run on an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo in the third inning.Lucroys double scored Gomez from second and gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.I try not to think about hitting doubles, he said. Its like trying to hit homers. If you try to do it, its not going to happen. I try to hit the ball hard.Arismendy Alcantara tripled with one out in the seventh, but Peralta struck out Ryan Kalish and pinch-hitter Logan Watkins to end the inning.Wily was awesome, Lucroy said. He was determined. He competed his butt off. Ill tell you what, that guy is going to throw a couple of no-hitters during his career, for sure, if not a perfect game. Hes got the best nasty stuff around.LOTS OF WHIFFS:The Cubs struck out 16 times a€” the sixth time this season the team had at least that many batters fanned. We werent able to string together a while lot of offence, Renteria said.WEEKS FINALE?Rickie Weeks went 2-for-3 with a walk in what might have been his final start for the Brewers. Scooter Gennett typically starts against right-handed pitchers, and RHP Jacob Turner is starting for the Cubs in the season finale on Sunday. Weeks can become a free agent after the season and isnt expected to return.TRAINERS ROOM:Brewers: Roenicke said he didnt bring up nagging injuries by many of his key players as the team faded in the final weeks. You dont know if anybody really wants to hear that, he said.UP NEXTCubs: Jacob Turner will pitch on Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in three starts against Milwaukee this year.Brewers: Mike Fiers will wrap up the season for Milwaukee. In three career games, Fiers is 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA against Chicago. John Kelly Rams Jersey . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Habs at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at. Sam Shields Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have signed free agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn.VIENNA - The International Ski Federation is moving two womens World Cup races in Austria from Semmering to Kuehtai because of a lack of snow.FIS initially cancelled a giant slalom scheduled for Sunday and a night slalom the next day in the Seresort near Vienna, before reinstalling the events in the western provinnce of Tyrol. Marcus Peters Jersey. Mild temperatures prevented organizers in Semmering from producing sufficient artificial snow to cover the Zauberberg course, and FIS womens race director for technical events, Markus Mayr, said its been impossible to create a suitable course due to the weather conditions. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
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