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Being long shots is nothing new for the Carolina Panthers. John Lynch Buccaneers Jersey . Carolina, 10.5-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, were ruled out of playoffs before December by most fans and media members. Yet, the Panthers reeled off four straight wins in December after a six-game losing skid and squeaked into the playoffs as NFC South champions. The Panthers season rarely lacked drama; a 37-37 tie against the Cincinnati Bengals proved key in their playoff berth and a car crash that forced quarterback Cam Newton to miss a crucial game in December. In a surprising turn of events, the Panthers entered their Wild Card matchup against the 11-5 - yet, heavily banged-up - Arizona Cardinals as six-point favourites. The Panthers covered the spread with a 27-16 victory and held the Cardinals to a post-season record 78 yards. However, the Panthers turned the ball over three times against the Cardinals, a stat line they will need to avoid against the much stronger Seattle Seahawks. Newton, who returned in Week 16 after missing one week with two back fractures due to the accident, threw one interception and lost a fumble against the Cardinals. Those things cant happen,” Newton said after his first career playoff win, “especially in playoff football. We cant expect to win when we have three turnovers. The 2011 first-overall pick struggled in many during the regular season, including against the Seahawks in Week 8, but has thrown seven touchdowns to two interceptions in his last four games. Newton has also rushed for 232 yards on 37 carries in that span – an average of over six yards per carry. Newton’s may need to put his legs on display once again against a Seahawks defence known for their ability to play the pass. With All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas likely to be locked on Newton’s top targets, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, Newton may be forced to make plays on his known for the Panthers to have a chance. Benjamin and Olsen tied for the Panthers lead with 1,008 receiving yards, but will face a tough test against the Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary. The entire Carolina receiving core had a quiet day against the Panthers, but nine players made a catch in the win. Little used receiver Philly Brown and second-string tight end Ed Dickson each chipped in gains of 20 yards and running back Fozzy Whittaker scored a touchdown on a 39-yard screen pass. Though Brown’s status remains unclear for Saturday due to a shoulder injury, the Panthers will again need depth players to step up against a top defence. Though the Seahawks secondary attracts most of the attention, the team’s stingy front seven make running the football also extremely difficult. Running back Jonathan Stewart has played a key role in the Panthers current win streak, and was one of the NFL’s hottest back to close the season. In their matchup earlier this season, Stewart was able to gain 79 yards against the NFL’s third-ranked run defence. He will look to better that mark in Seattle this time around. As a team, the Panthers gained 188 yards on the ground against the Cardinals in Wild Card weekend, a number unlikely to be reached this week. The Seahawks gave up more than 160 rushing yards twice this season, in losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off their historic performance, the Panthers will not have the benefit of matching up against a third string quarterback this week. Instead, the unit will take on the league’s top dual-threat quarterback this season in Russell Wilson. In their first matchup, Wilson threw for 199 yards with a touchdown and interception while rushing for 35 yards. Their success against Wilson and star running back Marshawn Lynch (14, 62 carries) will be something the improving group will hope to emulate. With their win over the Cardinals, the Panther became the sixth team to win a playoff game after finishing the regular season at .500 or worse and win a playoff game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, all five teams in that category before them have lost in the divisional round – including the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. But recent history is not on the side of the Seahawks either. Coming Super Bowl wins, no defending champion has won a playoff game since the 2005 New England Patriots. That win came in the same playoffs as the Panthers and Seahawks only other playoff meeting. The Seahawks won that game 34-14 and this week will mark the first road playoff game the Panthers have played since. In their return to road postseason action – and Seattle – the Panthers are 10.5-underdogs to the defending champions. 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HONOLULU -- Jimmy Walker, an astronomy fanatic and now a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, gazed through a glass window across the room to a television that showed his most recent photo of Orions Sword. Authentic Jon Weeks Jersey . Walker toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years and 187 tournaments without winning. Now it appears the stars have aligned for him. That certainly was the case Sunday in the Sony Open. In a wild final round, where four players were in the mix with an hour to go, Walker followed a clutch par save with three straight birdies to pull away from the pack. He closed with a 7-under 63 for a one-shot victory over Chris Kirk. Thats two wins in six starts for Walker. And while its still only the middle of January, hes No. 1 in the Ryder Cup standings. "It took me a long time to do it," Walker said. "I felt very calm and controlled. Thats what youve got to feel and do when its time to win. Its easy to say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf." This wasnt easy. Walkers big run began with a 12-foot par on the 14th hole. One shot behind Harris English, Walker rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, and took the outright lead when English -- behind him in the final group -- failed to save par from a bunker. Walker made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th, and then hit 7-iron into 6 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th. A par on the last hole made him wait just a little bit longer. Kirk had a 30-foot eagle chip from just short of the green on the par-5 18th that would have forced a playoff. It stayed right of the hole, and Kirk made the birdie putt for a 66 to finish alone in second place. "I feel like I hit the ball well enough to win this week, but it doesnt always work out that way," Kirk said. Jerry Kelly (65) was alone in third. English never recovered from his bogey. He missed birdie putts on the last three holes for a 67. Walker won the Frys.com Open in October, the first tournament of the new wraparound season. As the first multiple winner for the 2013-14 season, he is leading the FedEx Cup and closing in on cracking the top 30 in the world. Walker finished at 17-under 263 and earned $1.08 million. He already qualified for his first Masters by winning in October. Now hes piling up the wins. "Ive always felt like I belonged, and you need affirmation every now and then," he said. "The other win was like, Yeah, OK, I can do it. I did it, and I was supposed to be able to do it. Everybody told me I was supposed to do it, and I finally did it. And then its, Well, are you going to be the guy that won that you never hear from again? Its nice to get it done and do it again today." With so many players in contention, the key was to keep bogeys off the card. Walker had made at least two bogeys in each of the three previous rounds, and it looked as if he was headed for one at the wrong time on the 14th hole when he chipped from an awkward stance near the bunker to about 12 feet. Kelly missed a 15-foot par putt from the same line, and Walker poured it in. And then, he was off to the races. Masters champion Adam Scott went out in 30 and was one shot out of the lead just as the final group was starting play. Scott hit too many poor drives to keep it going, and the way the final two groups played the back nine, it wouldnt have mattered. Scott tied for eighth (seven shots behind), and after a tie for sixth last week at Kapalua, heads into a six-week hibernation before returning to golf in Florida. The three players with the best shots at winning all won last fall in the early part of the wraparound season -- Kirk at the McGladrey Classic, English in Mexico. New year, same season. "Guys get into grooves and theyve all been playing really well," Walker said. "I think its cool. Everybody makes a big deal about being No. 1 on the FedEx and stuff, and it is cool and it is a big deal. ... I know its January. Its a long way to September, and every little bit helps." Kirk, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round, made birdie on the 17th hole to stay within two shots of the lead and at least entertain the idea of eagle. His approach out of the rough needed about two more hops on the firm turf at Waialae to get on the green. English ran off two birdies around the turn, took the outright lead with an 8-foot birdie on the 14th, and that was as close as he got. "Just started hitting it better, but started putting a little worse," English said. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished in a tie for 38th, closing with a 69 for a 6-under total of 274. Authentic Jay Prosch Jersey . Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. 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The goal of the test is to improve the racing at 1.5-mile superspeedways, which has been a stated goal of NASCAR Chairman Brian France. He was scheduled to attend the test Monday, but rain postponed it until Wednesday. "Really what were attempting to do here is to get closer competition and more passing, closer competition, the cars running closer in the pack, passing more with an eye for the fans," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCARs vice-president of innovation and racing development. "Were using various metrics to look at that, like the first to fifth time differentials, the time differentials between the 10 fastest laps, those types of things." NASCAR vice-president of competition Robin Pemberton said the goal waas to use the data collected Wednesday to set 2014 rules "ASAP. Authentic Kareem Jackson Jersey. Hopefully beginning of next week." Testing for the season-opening Daytona 500 begins Jan. 9 at Daytona International Speedway. 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SOCHI – Slow and messy starts seem to be par for the course for the Canadian mens Olympic hockey team. Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey . Even though, the 2014 edition enjoyed three days of practice and four skates, in total, before the opener, Sidney Crosby and Co. were not sharp in their 3-1 win against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Palace on Thursday. There was little authority from Canada. There were some nerves. But slow starts have been the case in the past three Winter Games, when Canada usually had only a day or two of on-ice sessions before the game-action began. Norway deserves credit for its determined game and defensive zone coverage. But even though the Canadians outshot their opponents 38-20, their power play (0-for-2) was abysmal and their scoring touch around Norwegian goalie Lars Haugen was missing in action. Canadian head coach Mike Babcock revealed afterwards that his club mustered only 24 scoring chances. Canada pulled out the victory because the fourth line of Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Patrice Bergeron came to play, despite limited ice time, and the defence played an active and effective game offensively. At best-on-best tournaments like the Olympics, Canadian players remark time and time again that they want to get better as the tournament goes on. Sometimes they overcome slow starts, like in 2002 and 2010. Sometimes they dont, like in 2006. But a common theme has been a slow start in the preliminary rounds. 2002 L 5-2 SwedenW 3-2 GermanyT 3-3 Czech Republic 2006 W 7-2 ItalyW 5-1 GermanyL 2-0 Switzerland 2010 W 8-0 NorwayW 3-2 Switzerland (shootout)L 5-3 United States Canadian Olympic teams struggle to come together quickly. It doesnt matter if its the bigger international-sized ice surface or the smaller NHL rink. One of the reasons is because they are asked to take on different roles and reduced ice time. Not every one can make the adjustment seamlessly. Andy Bathgate Jersey . Burris threw for 247 yards in one half of a game -- on pace for a nearly 500-yard outing -- as the Redblacks downed the woeful Montreal Alouettes 26-10 in CFL pre-season play Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium. Ron Duguay Jersey . The incident occurred at 6:28 of the first period in Anaheims 6-3 home win over Dallas on Sunday. Garbutt left the penalty box and skated at Penner before leaving his skates to deliver a check.Although the Nets forced a game 7, theres still a chance Drake and the Raptors could have the last laugh. If the Raptors do indeed advance to the second round, Drake maay want to drop a certain line from his song,"Thank Me Later. Mats Zuccarello Jersey. ""the bandwagons full but you can try and run behind it." Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
VANCOUVER - His first name is Hunter, but he protects the hunted. Youth Jaguars Jerseys . The B.C. Lions are hoping rookie offensive lineman Hunter Steward, slated to make his first CFL start, will be up to the task Saturday as they seek revenge for a loss earlier this season against the Montreal Alouettes. Steward, a 22-year-old Victoria, B.C., native, has taken the field for only three snaps this season, but the Lions are counting on him to help shore up their rotating left tackle spot and provide key pass protection and run-blocking. The Lions (1-2) could not handle Montreals constantly stunting defence in a one-sided July 4 loss as the Alouettes (1-2) earned their only win this season. Watch the game live on TSN, tonight at 7pm et/4pm pt. "It means a lot to me (to start)," said Steward, who played collegiately at Liberty in the U.S. "Ive wanted to play professional football for a long time. It wasnt football for my whole life, because Ive played many other sports. But Ive wanted to be a professional football player for many years now. Its come to fruition now and its exciting." But the Lions hunt for a permanent replacement for retired former all-star left tackle Ben Archibald has been less than thrilling - largely due to injuries, including one suffered by Steward early in training camp. Steward, drafted sixth overall by the Lions in 2013, will become B.Cs third different starting left tackle in four games. He faces a difficult test to perform well and stay healthy, because his backup, Jemarcus Hardrick, only joined the team recently. Ryan Cave, brought in as an emergency replacement, was released earlier this week after starting the past two games. Standing six-foot-seven and weighing 320 pounds, Steward provides plenty of brawn, but his body has proved brittle at times. He has battled his way to a starting role after suffering a sprained knee ligament in training camp and undergoing surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum in the off-season. He said the shoulder, which required just one internal stitch, is fully healthy again, and his knee has almost reached that point. As a result, it wont be "a stretch" to step into the starting role after playing only in short-yardage situations in last weekends win over Saskatchewan. "It is only three (plays), but even just getting in there once gives you a sense of the speed (of the game)," he said. Steward and the rest of the offensive line will try to help quarterback Kevin Glenn get passes off quickly after he was intercepted twice and constantly pressured in the last meeting with the Als. Montreal held B.C. to 70 net yards in the first half of that contest and did not surrender a touchdown until the final minute. "They beat us last time, so thats added motivation," said Glenn. "You dont usually get a chance to play a team (again) this quick unless its like the Labour Day challenges - especially a team that actually beat you … Call it revenge." Glenn, who did not throw an interception against Saskatchewan, said the offensive line will play a critical role as the offence tries to penetrate Montreals defence. "It starts up front," he said. "Every team is built up front. Whether its defensive line or offensive line, its built in the trenches. And when you have guys that put out efforts like they did last week, the majority of the time you win. So thats something we want to sharpen - especially with this (Montreal) team, because this team was built on aggressiveness. So we want to match that. We want to fight aggression with aggression." But Montreal coach Tom Higgins, whose club is looking to rebound from a loss to Winnipeg, said the experience level of B.C.s offensive line wont make a difference to the Als defensive strategy. "Even if its the most veteran offensive line, were gonna put a lot of people in the blocks, were gonna come after you and were gonna see if we can cause confusion and put pressure on the quarterback," said Higgins. "If you dont tell them that its coming, they cant countermine. Its a matter of creating that illusion that you dont know where its coming from." There wasnt much doubt where B.C.s success originated last weekend in Regina. Running back Andrew Harris rushed for 138 yards and caught passes for 65 more against Saskatchewan. His combined 203 yards earned him CFL offensive and Canadian player of the week honours. Like Glenn, Harris is looking for the offensive linemen to work as one unit to help him continue to excel. "If theyre not doing the right thing, then Im not doing the right thing," said Harris. "I need to count on them and they need to count on me to make the right read." Lions coach Mike Benevides said he is not ready to "crown" a permanent new left offensive tackle yet. He wants the offensive line and all other parts of his team to continue to improve - and deliver a much better showing than in the first encounter with the Als this season. "It was an embarrassment," said Benevides. "It really hurt, because were a lot better football team than that." Notes — Lions defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell will miss the game due to an upper-body injury suffered against Saskatchewan. Brandon Jordan will take his roster spot while Jabar Westerman assumes his starting post. … Als running back Steven Lumbala is out with a concussion, missing a chance to play against his brother Rollies squad. 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After that, we had a couple guys who took the team by the reins and showed everybody that this is how we have to play. We are looking to do the same thing, but quicker. Daniel Dixon paced the Tribe (6-5) with 20 points, while Marcus Thornton scored 17 in the setback. We got beat by a superior team, theres no question about that, Tribe head coach Tony Shaver said. I thought in the second half we were a really tough basketball team, really competed hard and really played with a high level of confidence. North Carolina has now won eight straight games against William & Mary since the 1977-78 season. The Tar Heels were hot out of the gate as Tokoto started the scoring with a triple and made it a 12-2 game with a jumper just over five minutes into the game.. Elite Jaguars Jerseys. . Later in the first half, Paige and Thornton traded triples and Justin Jackson netted jumpers on back-to-back possessions to give UNC a 32-13 advantage. Kennedy Meeks supplied six points during a 13-2 spurt that pushed the lead to 25 points with 2:21 remaining in the first half and the Tar Heels held a 49-27 lead at the break. Less than four minutes into the second half, Dixons 3-point play and triple put the finishing touches on a 11-1 run that got the tribe within 53-38. He then scored nine straight points to make it a 68-59 contest with six minutes to go. Paige scored five in a row to restore North Carolinas 14-point lead and Britt hit consecutive treys with under four minutes remaining to put the game out of reach. Game Notes North Carolina improved to 89-4 in non-conference home games under head coach Roy Williams ... Williams was given a technical foul in the second half due to arguing after he was not granted a timeout ... It was the first time that William & Mary allowed an opponent score more than 70 points this season ... The Tar Heels now lead the all-time series, 20-13 ... 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TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is making progress from a mild hamstring strain and could return to the lineup this weekend. Turk Broda Jersey . He missed a three-game series against New York this week after suffering the injury last Sunday while trying to leg out a base hit during a game in Cincinnati. Manager John Gibbons said the plan is for Bautista to have a "light day" Thursday before really testing out the leg Friday with the teams training staff. "Hopefully by the end of the weekend, were hoping he can get out there," Gibbons said. Anthony Gose was slotted to fill in for Bautista in right field on Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. Bautista could be used as a pinch-hitter at some point in the four-game series but its doubtful that would occur before Saturday. Bautista is batting .305 this season with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 77 games. Also Thursday, Gibbons said infielder Steve Tolleson "was good to go" after seeing an eye specialist earlier in the day. Tolleson had been dealing with blurry vision over the last few days, likely due to an allergic reaction to his contact lenses. He was wearing glasses before taking batting practice at Rogers Centre. "They make him look way too smart to be out there," Gibbons joked. The Blue Jays have had a few players go down with injuries of late. Infielder Brett Lawrie was also hurt last Sunday against the Reds, breaking a finger when he was hit by a pitch. Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., will likely be out until at least the all-star break in mid-July. Left-handed reliever Brett Cecil also went on the disabled list last week due to a groin injury. The Blue Jays entered play Thursday with a 1 1/2-game lead on second-place Baltimore in the American League East division standings. 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Guys turned their head, and I took advantage.Hill finished with six points. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Luis Scola had 15 points and seven rebounds. Donald Sloan added 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Stuckey scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers.What I was proud of in a game like this, we were shooting horribly, but we found a way to do other things, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. (We) found a way to win.Indiana spoiled Stephensons first trip back to Indianapolis after he signed with Charlotte during free agency in July.Indiana was leading 17-10 in the first quarter when the Hornets went on a 28-8 run over an eight-minute span. But Indiana closed the deficit to six points at halftime, trailing 49-43.Indiana trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter. The Pacers stayed ahead of Charlotte by two or four points for most of the fourth quarter until the Hornets tied it with under a minute left.Despite injuries, Indiaana is gaining momentum. Grant Fuhr Jersey. It has won two consecutive games over Eastern Conference opponents. It was the seventh time in 12 games Hibbert finished with double digits in scoring and he had his fourth double-double of the season. He also added two blocks.Pacers fans welcomed back Stephenson with a mixture of cheers and boos when he was introduced, but every time Stephenson touched the ball he was booed. It was the fifth time in seven games Stephenson finished in double figures in scoring.It was emotional, Stephenson said. Seeing my old teammates, seeing the fans, and seeing the people I normally see when I come into the building. (My) Introduction was good, but I knew that once the game started theyd be booing me, and they did.Stephenson had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Al Jefferson added 28 points and eight rebounds. Kemba Walker was the only other Hornet in double figures with 12 points.Former Indiana Hoosier, Cody Zeller, didnt have an ideal homecoming, either. Zeller scored just seven points in 21 minutes.Indianas David West remained inactive with a right ankle sprain while George Hill was also still out with a left knee contusion.TIP-INSHornets: Al Jefferson scored in double figures for the first time since snapping a 35-game streak of scoring double figures Monday night. ... Gerald Henderson was held scoreless for the fourth time this season.Pacers: Roy Hibbert is second in blocked shots in the NBA with 37. ... The Pacers have outrebounded 10 of their 12 opponents this season . 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John Kear, who will be micd up during the game, is hoping to mastermind another Challenge Cup upset when Batley Bulldogs face Catalans Dragons in Fridays sixth-round tie, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7. Authentic Phil McConkey Jersey .45pm. Kear led Sheffield and Hull to Challenge Cup final victories but he must overcome odds of 500/1 if he is to steer the part-time Bulldogs to glory in his fifth and final season in charge.Fridays match is certainly expected to be closer than the 74-12 rout the Catalans enjoyed on their only previous visit to Batley for a quarter-final tie in 2010. Were really looking forward to it, said Kear, who will wear a microphone during Fridays contest at the Foxs Biscuits Stadium.There is no pressure on us. If we get walloped, its just what everybody expects, and if we dont, then we can come away feeling as if weve done a pretty good job. Dom Brambani and John Kear look ahead to Fridays visit of Catalans I was hoping for the rain gods to smile down on us and for the rain and wind to be blowing downhill but it looks like its going to be nice.Batley have cut admission charges to £10 for adults and £1 for children for the chance to witness the star-studded Dragons, who have State of Origin forward Dave Coal Train Taylor back from injury. Dom Brambani scores a try for Batley against Featherstone in the last round Its a great tie for the club, added Kear. Were playing the form team of Super League and theyve got a galaxy of stellar names.My players want to be able to say when theyre retired, I played against the Coal Train or I played against Willie Mason or Todd Carney.I know this from my own experience. One of the proudest games I had for Castleford was playing against Wally Lewis. Those are the games you remember and you relish the challenge. Highlights of Catalans 28-26 defeat at Hull FC in Super League Batley Bulldogs: Shaun Ainscough, Luke Blake, Dom Brambani, Alex Bretherton, Alex Brown, James Brown, Joe Chandler, James Davey, James Harrison, Keegan Hirst, Alastair Leak, Tom Lillycrop, Dave Petersen, Wayne Reittie, Alex Rowe, Dave Scott, Cain Southernwood, Shaun Squires, Chris Ulugia.Catalans Dragons: Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Thomas Bosc, Julian Bousquet, Jodie Broughton, Rémi Casty, Vincent Duport, Tony Gigot, Justin Horo, Antoni Maria, Willie Mason, Greg Mounis, Richie Myler, Eloi Pelissier, Pat Richards, Glenn Stewart, Dave Taylor, Fouad Yaha.Watch Batley v Catalans live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Friday from 7.45pm. Catch the match for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass. Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey .The McLaren MP4-30 was launched on Thursday, with chief executive Ron Dennis saying it marks the start of a lengthy journey back to winning grands prix and eventually world championships.McLaren, which hasnt won a grand prix since 2012, will be using Honda engines for the first time since 1992, and has signed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to partner Jenson Button for the upcoming season. Authentic Ereck Flowers Jersey . With just under five seconds remaining - the Raptors having clawed back from a 19-point deficit and pulled within one - DeRozan took the handoff from Chuck Hayes. CALGARY -- A tie-breaker game between the Red Deer Rebels and the Prince Albert Raiders will be played in Red Deer, Alta., on Tuesday to determine the final playoff position in the Western Hockey Leagues Eastern Conference. The Raiders and Rebels finished the regular season in a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 75 points each. The WHL used points bettween the clubs in head-to-head competition to determine the host site for the tie-breaker game. Authentic Aldrick Rosas Jersey. Red Deer won three of four games against Prince Albert this season by a margin of six points to three. The winner of the tie-breaker game will meet the first place Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the WHL playoffs in Edmonton on Saturday. Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
PARIS - Roger Federer was at the top of his game in London last week, sweeping past opponents as if his age were not an issue. Ravens Hoodies Jerseys Sale . A back injury over the weekend changed everything, casting serious doubts over his chances of winning the Davis Cup, or even playing against France in the final.The 17-time Grand Slam champion picked up the injury in a hard-fought win over Swiss teammate Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals, forcing him to retire ahead of the title match against Novak Djokovic.One statistic speaks volumes about the seriousness of the 33-year-old Federers injury: His walkover at the season finale marked only the third time in his career that he withdrew before a match, each time due to back problems.As if Federers injury concerns were not enough, the Swiss are also worried about Wawrinkas morale as the country bids for its first Davis Cup victory. After wasting four match points against Federer in London, the Australian Open champion said he can either be destroyed or bounce back from such a tough loss.Following the match, two men are also said to have been involved in a heated spat after Wawrinka complained about noise coming from Federers box in between serves toward the end of the third set. Federer defused the tensions by posting a picture on Twitter of a united Switzerland team, with Wawrinka making bunny ears behind his teammate, and both players insisted on their friendship on Tuesday.We had a conversation after the match. Everythings totally relaxed about the situation. Were old enough, Federer said. I just wanted to see if there were any hard feelings because it was probably one of the loudest moments of the match. Clearly a lot of noise. Like I said, there is no hard feeling whatsoever. Were having a good time here. We are friends, not enemies.Federer travelled to the northern French city of Lille by private jet on Monday, hoping to recover in time before the best-of-five series beginning Friday with two singles matches, followed by doubles on Saturday and reverse singles on Sunday.It was definitely not good enough to practice yesterday, Federer told reporters Tuesday. I wish progress would be faster, but were trying hard. Were heading in that direction. I feel its definitely a little bit better than it was on Saturday night and Sunday and also Monday. Baby steps, I guess. Im hopeful.Federer had been in tremendous form this season, playing a more offensive game and bagging five titles while staying injury-free after back problems damaged his 2013 campaign.Chasing the only major title still eluding him, Federer also showed his commitment to the Davis Cup this year, joining the Swiss team immediately after his loss in the U.S. Open semifinals to take part to their semifinal against Italy in September.For years, Federer did not regard the Davis Cup as a main priority. The emergence of Wawrinka as a top player changed the equation and convinced him they had a good chance of winning the event. But without Federer, the Swiss have won just one of the 10 ties they have played in the World Group since his debut in the competition in 1999.If Federer cant play, Swiss captain Severin Luthi will have to do either with the 212th-ranked Marco Chiudinelli or No. 508 Michael Lammer.For the time being, we are not thinking that Roger Federer will not play on Friday, France captain Arnaud Clement said. We have been preparing for 10 days, and we are prepared to play the Swiss team with Federer and Wawrinka. But what we are going to play is not Federers team, it is the Swiss team. They have good players.Unlike its opponents, France is at full strength with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet having travelled to Lille after a training camp in Bordeaux. 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SAN DIEGO - Kobe Bryant had 13 points and five assists while playing 21 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 98-95 in a preseason game Monday night. Dion Lewis Titans Jersey .Bryant a€” back after missing 76 games last season, including the final 57 due to a fractured left knee a€” shot 5 for 12 from the field.Steve Nash, another Lakers veteran rebounding from injuries, had 11 points and five assists in 20 minutes. Jordan Clarkson led Los Angeles with 14 points.Ty Lawson scored 14 points to lead Denver.Bryant missed two of his first three shots, including his first attempt, a 15-footer which just grazed the net. However, he moved easily and had little trouble creating separation from defenders on his shot.The Nuggets led 54-51 at halftime. Luke Stocker Jersey . Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" 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"That was a real big hit," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Sometimes you need a big hit at a big time and we got it tonight." Kipnis has become big time. After shaking off his horribly slow start last season, he made his first All-Star team, batted .284 and developed into one of the ALs top all-around players. So, when he came up in another clutch situation, it wasnt surprising to any of the Indians that Kipnis came through. Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract on opening day and hes wasted no time in living up to the deal. "I think he has less far to climb this year," Francona said. "He really dug himself a hole last year. Hes always a threat, whether its against a left-hander or right-hander. He can hit the ball all over the field or out of the ballpark. He can beat you with his legs. "I dont really look up and see what Kips batting average is, we want him hitting all the time." The Indians tacked on an important insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhalls bloop RBI single. Bryan Shaw (1-0) finished the seventh and got one out in the eighth. Cody Allen retired two, and John Axford worked the ninth for his AL-leading eighth save. Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians. Bourn, Nick Swisher and Kipnis, Clevelands 1-2-3 hitters, combined for six hits and three RBIs. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for Kansas City. Indians starter Justin Masterson remained winless through five starts. The staffs ace, who turned down a contract extension during spring training, allowed two earned runs and eight hits in 6 11-3 innings. Rashaan Evans Titans Jersey. "Ill take as many no-decisions as come as long as were winning," he said. Down 3-2, the Indians tied it in the sixth off lefty starter Jason Vargas when Michael Brantley scored from first on two Kansas City errors. Brantley singled with one out, and broke for second with two down and Yan Gomes batting. As Brantley slid safely into second, the throw from catcher Perez skipped into centre field. Brantley hustled toward third and centre fielder Jarrod Dyson took his eye off the ball, overrunning it and letting the tying run score. "I came in too hard," Dyson said. "I should have come in and played it off the hop because I probably didnt have a shot at him anyway. I have to remind myself to slow the body down. I came in crashing like that. When you have two outs and your pitcher up there doing his thing you kind of have to settle down and not make that mistake." Moustakas gave the Royals a 3-2 lead in the sixth, when an error by second baseman Kipnis helped set up Kansas Citys unearned go-ahead run. Eric Hosmer singled and was safe at second after Kipnis dropped shortstop Asdrubal Cabreras low throw. Hosmer moved to third on a fielders choice and Moustakas delivered his two-out RBI single. Bourn atoned for a baserunning blunder with a two-run triple in the second to tie it 2-2. Perez and Moustakas connected in the second off Masterson. With one out, Perez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a drive over the centre-field wall for his first homer. Four pitches later, Moustakas made it 2-0 with a liner into the Royals bullpen, the same place he hit a three-run shot on Tuesday in Kansas Citys 8-2 win. NOTES: Sloppy play has been one of Clevelands main problems. The Indians came in tied for the AL lead with 20 errors. "As a team, we have not played very good defence yet," Francona said. "I think we will be better. We need to be better. Were that type of team where when we play clean baseball, we generally give ourselves a chance to win. When you give a team extra outs or extra opportunities, it certainly makes it tougher." ... Indians 3B/DH Carlos Santana is in a 2-for-46 (.043) slide. ... 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PITTSBURGH -- Coach Dan Bylsma knows that the disappointing finish of the U. John Kelly Stitched Jersey .S. Olympic mens hockey team in Sochi will linger. But now he has shifted his focus back to the Pittsburgh Penguins and looks to get his first-place team to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "I dont think you get rid of the disappointment," Bylsma said Tuesday. "But you have to put it behind you. The task at hand is coming back here and playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and I think thats the best way to put it behind you." The U.S. nearly knocked off Team Canada in Vancouver in 2010, falling just short of a gold medal and instead settled for silver. The Americans wanted to win an elusive Olympic hockey gold for the first time since the "Miracle on Ice," in 1980, and U.S. executives felt Bylsmas team had the right blend of skill, speed, and grit to get the job done. The U.S. offence got off to a strong start through the first four games of the tournament, outscoring the opposition 20-6. Included was the exhilarating, 3-2, eight-round shootout victory against the host Russians, one of the most memorable games of the tournament. "The Russian game was as unique of a game as Ive ever coached," Bylsma said. "The stage in terms of the tournament doesnt mean a whole lot because everyones going to play a fourth game, but trying to compare it to a Stanley Cup or a Game 7 was completely different. It had a different feel." The U.S. cruised past the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, setting up a semifinal showdown with Canada. "Its a game we all wanted," Bylsma said. "Maybe the biggest disappointment is that it wasnt the gold medal game." Regardless, the U.S. had to get through Canada to win gold, and for the second straight time in Olympic competition, the Canadians topped the U.S. Canada, which went on to win its second straight gold medal, blanked the Americans in a suffocating 1-0 effort that wasnt as close as the final score. Bylsma was criticized after the loss, some drawing comparisons to the Boston Bruins four-game sweep of a punchless Penguins team, which had trouble scoring during the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. "You can draw the comparisons, but I dont know if theyre valid or applicable," Bylsma said. "The one thing we would like to go back to in that game was playing faster and playing quicker, allowing us to be on the forecheck in a better manner." Penguins GM Ray Shero, also the associate general manager for Team USA, credited Team Canada. "That might be the greatest Olympic hockey team ever," Shero said. "You can look at how we wanted to play, but sometimes the opponent doesnt let you get to your game." The Canadians, who never trailed in the tournament, flexed their defensive muscle, allowing just three goals in six games to become the first team in 30 years to go unbeaten through an Olympic tournament. "Canada was very good," Shero said. "We came in with high expectations and theres nothing wrong with setting a high goal." Both wanted to see a different outcome after a humiliating 5-0 defeat the following day against Finland in the bronze medal game. "The bronze medal game was a tough one for us to rebound and get to," Bylsma said. "Thats the biggest disappointment of the tournament." But now the attention shifts back to Bylsmas Penguins where Olympians Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz are back with gold medals from Team Canada, while Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta earned bronze with Finland. Bylsma returned empty-handed along with U.S. Olympians Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, who broke his hand in the quarterfinal round and is out four to six weeks. Russian star Evgeni Malkin is also without a medal, motivation that Bylsma hopes will further fuel a deep playoff run for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. The Penguins return to action when they host Montreal on Thursday. "We have 24 games to get back and focus on this team being the best it can be, getting to the Stanley Cup and winning it," Bylsma said. Womens Rams Jerseys . Sharper briefly appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, where his arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20 at the request of his lawyers. They issued a statement saying he would be exonerated. 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Sevilla keeper Beto denied late Valencia substitute Jonas from point-blank in the 87th to preserve the advantage, then Eduardo Vargas headed off the crossbar as Valencia nearly scored a valuable away goal. "We played a good game against a great rival," Bacca said. "Despite the result, it wont be easy in the return." Valencia must rebound in one week at its Mestalla Stadium with a place in the May 14 final at Juventus Stadium in Turin at stake. Benfica won 2-1 at home to Juventus in the other semifinal. Valencia was fortunate to only be two goals down after the first leg after it failed to produce any concrete opportunities while relying on Guaita for important stops. Valencia doesnt have to look far back for inspiration after overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Basel to reach the last four. "Im happy with the team and the effort they made," said Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, whose club is looking to return to its first final since winning in 2004. Elite Rams Jerseys. 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"Were strong at home and we can come back from this," said Valencia forward Pablo Alcacer, who will miss the return after being booked for trying to avoid contact with Beto, who stuck his leg out at the Valencia midfielder in the closing moments. "Were going to try and get the yellow rescinded. Its clear I didnt do anything." Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys ' ' '
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