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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan believes standing for the national anthem is a way for NFL players and coaches to show respect and give thanks to members of the armed forces.Youve got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country, Ryan said before practice on Sunday. And I think thats an opportunity right there just to show respect.He was asked his opinion a day after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he is refusing to stand for the anthem because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.Without specifically mentioning Kaepernick, Ryan said he can appreciate how some players have personal or religious beliefs that lead them to not stand for the anthem.Any time when I talk to our team about that, if theres personal beliefs or whatever that keeps you from doing it, then I understand, he said.However, Ryan added, he encourages his players to stand for the anthem, and to do so as a team in a straight line along the sideline.Thats kind of our way of giving thanks, Ryan said. Its an important thing for me.Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said after his teams exhibition victory against the Jets on Saturday night that the American flag deserves respect -- no matter the circumstances in the U.S. or beyond.The flag is the flag, Cruz said. Regardless of how you feel about things that are going on in America today, and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things of that nature, youve got to respect the flag, and youve got to stand up with your teammates. Its bigger than just you, in my opinion. I think you go up there, youre with a team, and you go and you know you pledge your allegiance to the flag and sing the national anthem with your team, and then you go about your business, whatever your beliefs are.Colin is his own man, he decided to sit down and that is his prerogative, but on a personal standpoint, I think you have to stand up there with your team and understand and its this game and whats going on around this country is bigger than just you.Without directly addressing Kaepernick, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio posted on Twitter his appreciation for the armed forces.I Appreciate the sacrifices of the brave who have fought for our freedom. We R Free to choose. I choose to (heart the American flag icons).---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Zion-Williamson-City-Edition-Jersey/]Zion Williamson Pelicans Jersey[/url] . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nikola-Mirotic-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nikola Mirotic Jersey[/url] . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Customized/]https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Customized/[/url] . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nickeil-Alexander-Walker-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nickeil Alexander-Walker Pelicans Jersey[/url] . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. [url=https://www.pelicanslockerroom.com/Nicolo-Melli-City-Edition-Jersey/]Nicolo Melli Pelicans Jersey[/url] . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue.GENEVA -- Roger Federer will play this month at the German championships in Hamburg, adding a second ATP tournament to his unexpected clay-court schedule in July. Federer says on his official website he has entered the tournament which starts on July 15. The following week Federer is committed to the Swiss Open in Gstaad where he last played in 2004. Federer had planned a one-month break after Wimbbledon until his stunning second-round loss last week to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.dddddddddddd Federer says he has "great memories" playing at Hamburg where he won four titles, most recently in 2007, when the event had Masters Series status. He says "I always did very well at Rothenbaum, played some fantastic matches and celebrated important victories there." ' ' ' 
Tony Pulis was delighted to have gotten revenge on Everton with West Broms 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Baggies manager could not hide his wry smile after the clash, recalling Evertons 3-2 win at the Hawthorns in September, where the Toffees scored three goals in the second half having been 2-0 down.Salomon Rondon scored the winner on Saturday from close range in the 14th minute, West Broms only shot on target, while Everton had 34 attempts on goal without success.  Salomon Rondon scored West Broms winner from close range in the 14th minute He told Sky Sports: I have to say, Ive got a wry smile on my face because of when we played Everton at the start of the season.We were 2-0 up and I think they beat us 3-2 with two goals in the last 15 minutes, and we were distraught.  Report: Everton 0-1 West Brom West Brom narrowly beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park despite having just one shot on target We didnt think we deserved to lose the game, so its nice to come here and get one back on them.I think Everton are a top-four, top-five team. The depth of quality within the club is absolutely fantastic. James McCarthy and Claudio Yacob battle for the ball in midfield The win puts West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone with 12 games remaining, but Pulis says all of the clubs within mathematical distance of the bottom three will be looking over their shoulders until they reach 40 points.The Premier League is always tough for teams like West Brom, there will be 12 clubs looking over their shoulders until they get the 40 points, were no different to the other 12. Weve had to play an FA Cup replay, went through to extra-time and penalties, and to come here and put on the performance we have done is absolutely fantastic. 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"Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. Charles Barkley said he was in shock over the results of Tuesdays election but urged Americans to give president-elect Donald Trump a chance.Never shy to state his opinions on matters other than basketball, the NBA Hall of Famer led off the discussion on TNTs Inside the NBA on Thursday night about Trumps victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.?I was in shock, Im not gonna lie. I was totally surprised at the election results, Barkley said. That being said, weve got to move on. I was disappointed because my candidate didnt win, No. 1. But like I said, its over now. [Trump] is going to be the president of the United States. Weve got to respect the office, and we have to give him a chance. 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CINCINNATI -- Yoenis Cespedes expects mixed results when he bats in pressure situations.The outfielder hit the most damaging of New Yorks four homers, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, as the Mets rallied for their 13th straight victory over the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3 on Tuesday night.Sometimes its good, sometimes its bad, Cespedes said, through a translator. When things work out, its great.Whenever the Mets play the Reds, they get the result they want. The winning streak is their longest against Cincinnati. The club record against any opponent is 15 straight wins against Pittsburgh in 1986-87. New York has won 18 of its last 20 against Cincinnati, including its division-clinching win at Great American Ball Park last Sept. 26.Overall, New York has won 13 of 17 to tighten the NL wild card race.Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes had solo shots off Brandon Finnegan. Cespedes connected off Michael Lorenzen (2-1) for his 28th homer, putting the Mets ahead to stay.Every time you see Ces go to the plate, you think hes going to do something special for this ballclub, Reyes said. You think hes going to hit it out.Reyes isnt the only one thinking it.When youre a star, thats what you do, manager Terry Collins said. Thats why theyre in the middle of the lineup. They come through when you need them.The Reds thought they were in good shape until Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out in the seventh.Then Cespedes does what he can do, manager Bryan Price said.Alejandro De Aza had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth.Rafael Montero made his second start of the season and gave up Adam Duvalls two-run homer in 4 1/3 innings. Josh Smoker (2-0) allowed one hit in one inning. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 46th save in 49 chances. The closer has allowed one earned run in 15 2/3 innings since Aug. 1.The Reds have dropped 11 of 15 overall, including the first two games of the series that concludes Wednesday.Grandersons fourth homer in his last seven games gave him 24 for the season. The Mets have hit six homers in the first two games of the series, five of them solo shots.BRUCE GETS A HITMets RF Jay Bruce singled in four at-bats. In his first series against his former team, hes gone 1 for 8 with three strikeouts.NICE PLAYReds 1B Joey Votto made a diving catch of Wilmer Flores liner to end the fifth inning, stranding two runners.NEW ADDITIONSThe Mets called up OF Brandon Nimmo, INF T.J. Rivera, INF Eric Campbell, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel and INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Reds called up INF/OF Tony Renda, OF Steve Selsky and RHP Josh Smith from Triple-A Louisville.TRAINERS ROOMMets: LHP Steven Matz is playing catch but hasnt thrown off a mound. 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But even with all those creative ways of adding teams, some prominent and talented players will be missing from the tournament.Which raises a question: How would a team made up entirely of snubs contend at the World Cup?Its not an outlandish concept, especially considering Canada could probably ice a second World Cup team with enough talent to at least compete.The first step in finding out for sure was to compile a full 23-man roster made up entirely of players not named to any of the tournaments eight teams. Which is exactly what we did:ForwardsTaylor Hall - Tyler Johnson - Corey PerryMilan Lucic - Nick Bjugstad - Wayne SimmondsJames Neal - Ryan Johansen - Phil KesselRick Nash -?Ryan OReilly?- Justin WilliamsKyle OkposoThis group was diluted recently by late roster additions. Kyle Palmieri was added to the American roster to replace the injured Ryan Callahan while Logan Couture was recently named to a Canadian team that lost Jamie Benn, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. Even with those two players removed from the talent pool, the all-snubs team features an awfully impressive group up front.It starts with a top line made up of three All-Stars in Canadians Hall and Perry, and American Johnson. All three could have -- some might say should have -- earned greater consideration for a roster spot on their respective national teams. Especially Perry, who is a Hart Trophy winner, Stanley Cup champion, three-time All-Star and all-world agitator.After them comes a bruising second line centered by American Bjugstad that would have been arguably the tournaments most terrifying trio. The group, featuring Bjugstad flanked by Canadas Lucic and Simmonds, boasts an average height of 6-foot-4 and average weight of 211 pounds. The third line should have instant chemistry with Johansen skating alongside his Nashville Predators linemate and fellow Canadian Neal.Johansen is a little young but they sure work well together. James Neal is a great player who works hard. 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Some of the games top goaltenders will likely be relegated to tournament third-string duty, including two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford of Canada. Just three months after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup win, Matt Murray finds himself battling John Gibson to be the No. 1 for Team North America.Taking all that into consideration, this team of also-rans would likely turn to some of the NHLs more experienced backstops, with one notable exception.Considering his consistent play and unflappable demeanor through the 2016 playoffs, Jones might have shown enough to shine in this international tournament. A backup before emerging with the San Jose Sharks last season, Jones already has some international experience, having won silver at the 2010 World Junior Championships and gold at the 2015 World Championships for Canada.People just waited for Martin Jones to show he could be a starter, and he did last year. He proved any doubters wrong, said McLennan, who wouldnt mind seeing one other big-name goaltender added to this group. What about Roberto Luongo? I know hes coming off hip surgery. If he wasnt injured, maybe thats a guy Id have on this list.Overall, this would likely be the thinnest position on an otherwise stacked roster. But the unit still includes a pair of All-Stars in Canadians Dubnyk and Elliott and wouldnt be considered a team flaw by any measure. ' ' ' 
Rugby league star Semi Radradra has two days to justify why he failed to show up to court for a domestic violence hearing or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.An unimpressed magistrate revoked the 24-year-olds bail and ordered an arrest warrant be issued but put on hold until Thursday, following Radradras no-show on Monday.The Eels winger was due to face a one-day hearing at the Parramatta Local Court on domestic violence-related charges, but flew to Fiji last Wednesday citing a medical emergency with his father.Magistrate Tim Keady was not convinced by a doctors letter provided by the defence that said Radradras father suffered from asthma and pulmonary tuberculosis and required further medication.Magistrate Keady said the illness appeared to be long term and nothing in the letter justified Radradras sudden departure.He said the NRL star knew how serious that matter was and the onus was on him to satisfy the court with a satisfactory reason for his absence.If some further information can be obtained which provides the basis for deciding there was a reasonable excuse then that warrant will not be issued, he said.Radradra pleaded not guilty in July to two counts of common assault and one of assault causing actual bodily harm, all related to domestic violence.The charges relate to alleged attacks on his estranged partner, Perina Ting, in December 2014 and May 2015.Prosecutors initially applied to postpone Mondays hearing because two of their witnesses were due to attend a conference in Victoria.Radradras legal team opposed the prosecution application and it was refused last Tuesday - the day before the Parramatta player left the country.The court heard his bail conditions were eased on October 11 to allow overseas travel for work and family commitments but that freedom expired on Monday.Radradras hearing was postponed until February, with the case to return to court later this week.Parramatta chief Bernie Gurr said the NRL club, which had granted Radradra compassionate leave to travel home to be with family, supported the reasonable position of the court.We continue to work with Semis manager to ensure Semi is in compliance with all future court requests, he said in a statement. [url=https://www.cheapredsox.com/]Boston Red Sox Pro Shop[/url] . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. [url=https://www.cheapredsox.com/]Red Sox Jerseys 2019[/url] . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. [url=https://www.cheapredsox.com/]https://www.cheapredsox.com/[/url] . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. [url=https://www.cheapredsox.com/]Cheap Red Sox Jerseys[/url] . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. [url=https://www.cheapredsox.com/]Boston Red Sox Shirts[/url] . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio Spurs fans Facebook post featuring side-by-side pictures of him and his son at Tim Duncans first game and the one Sunday night in which Duncan had his jersey retired is a testament to the legendary big mans longevity.David Fernandez posted a picture showing him holding his baby son that he says was taken on Nov. 1, 1997, Duncans first game. Under it, he posted one from Sundays Spurs gamee, with him now sporting gray hair and his son donning a beard and a leather jacket.ddddddddddddKENS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2hLMuBf) Fernandez is an executive and trumpet player with the San Antonio Wind Symphony.Duncan won five NBA titles and two MVPs in his 19 years with San Antonio. ' ' ' 
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are in need of something more than just encouraging performances, especially after a series of disturbing results.For the most part, the same applies to the Tampa Bay Lightning.The Hurricanes failed to win on a three-game road trip, so they return to PNC Arena for Sundays game against the Lightning in a bit of a surly mood.At this point, were sort of beyond the moral victories, Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak said. I think we need to start producing wins.Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak, but it took a shootout to do it Saturday night against the Washington Capitals.Both teams had games Saturday, so whichever side makes the quickest recovery is bound to be in the best position for this encounter.The Hurricanes played an afternoon game in New York and ended up with a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, while Tampa Bay was at home in a game that was extended to the shootout Saturday night.Carolina has a five-game home-ice winning streak, so there could be something to build on from that perspective.Tampa Bay doesnt want to waste a chance either.Theyre important points now, especially when youre going against teams in the East, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. ... Youve got to find a way to get points.The Hurricanes didnt produce strong finishes on their road trip and thats something that needs to be addressed along with the continued concerned about inconsistent offense. Carolina is the second-lowest scoring team in the Eastern Conference.You got to get hungry to score, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.dddddddddddd You cant just be content to play well. You need offensive contributions from your top six (forwards). Thats the reality, especially when you have a few injuries and you need players to step up.The Hurricanes figure to turn to goalie Cam Ward, who sat out Saturdays game. Last weekend, Carolina also split goalie duties, but Michael Leighton drew the home assignment then.So this would make this Wards first home outing since Nov. 20.The last time the Hurricanes played at home a week ago, they lost center Jordan Staal to a concussion. He hasnt played since then and its unlikely that hell be activated for Sundays game.The matchup against Tampa Bay is Carolinas only home game during a six-game stretch. The Hurricanes are headed to the West Coast next.Tampa Bay played Saturday night without right winger Ryan Callahan and defenseman Aaron Garrison, but Lightning coach Jon Cooper said theres no time to fret about the absence of injured players.Every position is getting tested, Cooper said. You have to have depth in the organization and that has helped us in the past.After the hectic weekend, the Lightning will have three days off. So the team will want to go into the break on the schedule with a positive vibe and part of that might come with how Tampa Bay begins the game in Raleigh.Its about being ready for the start, Bishop said. We can talk about it all we want, but its about going out and doing it. ' ' ' 
BERKELEY, Calif. -- His injured toe no longer a concern, Californias Ivan Rabb is proving that his decision to put off the NBA for at least one year was a good one.The Golden Bears are certainly glad he stayed.Rabb scored five of his career-high 25 points in overtime and California held on to beat Louisiana Tech 68-59 on Wednesday night.All of Rabbs points in overtime came on free throws after the Golden Bears didnt go to the line at all in the second half. Rabb shot 9 of 12 and added a season-high 13 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double after missing two games with a toe injury.Were feeding him, California center Kingsley Okoroh said. Last year we didnt look for him as much. This year we need him to score, we need him to step up. Hes doing well what needs to be done.California made only one basket in overtime -- Grant Mullins 3-pointer -- but went 8 of 12 on free throws while holding Louisiana Tech to two points.Rabb led the way in overtime but also gave the Bears a lift with 16 points in the first half. That was an emphasis after he got off to sluggish starts in the previous three games.My goal today was to put two halves together because every game it seemed like its just been one half, Rabb said. I wasnt thinking too much. I was just letting the game come to me and I think that really benefited us as a whole.Kingsley Okoroh had nine points, 12 rebounds and matched his career-high with five blocks as California (5-1) extended its winning streak at Haas Pavilion to 24 -- two shy off the school record and tied with Virginia for the sixth-longest active streak in the nation. Charlie Moore added 19 points.Erik McCree had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Louisiana Tech (3-3) after going scoreless in the first half. Derric Jean added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.We were right up there until the very end, Bulldogs coach Eric Konkol said. We need to build on this so we arent in the same situation again.California fed off Rabbs fast start and held a nine-point lead with 2:13 left in the first half before Louisiana Tech scored seven straight to pull within 31-29 at halftime.I thought it would be, I didnt think it would be that tough, Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said. They really made us work for shots. (Rabb) did a good job of staying aggressive, staying active, staying locked in.BIG PICTURELouisiana Tech: The Bulldogs showed some grit in taking the game to overtime after it looked like they were on the verge of being blown out early. Shooting 18 of 66 (27.3 percent) wont make it an easy pill to swallow, either. The good news is that the big three -- McCree, Jacobi Boykins and Jean -- continue to get to the basket fairly easily. The bad news is that redshirt senior Qiydar Davis might have suffered a season-ending knee injury.California: This is one that Martin cant be completely pleased with. The offense ran smoothly as long as Rabb was on the court but Cal went stagnant whenever he was on the bench. Rabbs performance is a good sign for the Bears because hell be spending additional time in the post now that backup center Kameron Rooks is out for at least a month following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier Wednesday. Okoroh will get extended minutes, too, until Rooks returns.DAVIS DONE AGAIN?Davis season is in doubt after the redshirt senior appeared to injure his right knee early in the second half. 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To the naked eye, I found myself watching the defensive ends and linebackers on every snap.Tirico has become more nuanced in the sport thanks to working side by side with Jon Gruden on Monday night telecasts. Hes now getting a similar education from Cris Collinsworth.Jon helped teach me football and I learned so many things about the game and how to watch the game, and we were able to share it with viewers, Tirico says. At end of the day if you as a viewer want to expand your knowledge base, I think we can make a connection. It was one of the fun parts of that experience and I feel some of the same with Cris. They just want to teach people about football. So were learning from them and letting the American public get the knowledge.One of Americas most versatile broadcasters, Tirico headed to NBC in great part because of the networks sports portfolio, particularly the Olympics, which he worked in Rio. 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USA Football will also host Heads Up Football clinics for participating teams in select markets.Through the Sports Matter campaign, DICKS Sporting Goods and its Foundation have made a $50 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs, including donations to community sports leagues.---GOING THE DISTANCE: The Eagles are the only team in the NFL to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season and theyve done it in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.Josh Huff had a 98-yard TD return in a 21-10 win over Minnesota last week. Wendell Smallwood had an 86-yard TD runback in a 27-20 loss at Washington a week earlier.Theyre really beginning to click, and great blocks, coach Doug Pederson said. (Special teams coordinator) Dave Fipp really has those guys ready every single week. You need those things. You need special teams scores. You need defensive scores. All that helps you, especially late down the stretch. 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The Clemson product has averaged 15.4 rebounding chances per game -- defined as being within 3.5 feet of an available rebound -- the most on the team and 26th in the league. As a result, Booker is averaging 8.5 boards, a 60 percent leap over his career clip, while the most impressive element is his elite steal rate, as hes eighth in the league in larceny so far this season.Even as we can expect some regression in the steals department, some team trends support Bookers overall rise as a fantasy asset. The Nets are just barely behind the Phoenix Suns for the top spot in pace this season, with 104.5 possessions per 48 minutes. Such an up-tempo scheme positions the Nets with a respectable offensive rating of 102.4 points per 100 possessions, thus Bookers steady share of minutes and rebounding opportunities appears sustainably rewarding. The best current stat for Bookers fantasy brand is the fact hes still available in nearly half of all ESPN leagues. 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I feel just fortunate that I got a win.All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond and recently acquired Jonathan Lucroy each had three RBI as the AL-best Rangers completed a three-game series sweep.Darvish (4-3) bounced off the mound after striking out Coco Crisp to end the seventh.Hes a very tough out. He doesnt strike out. He battles, Darvish said. Mentally, I wanted on top of it and make sure I could strike him out.Crisp struck out three times after homering on the second pitch of the game. Jake Smolinski went deep leading off the fifth for the only other Oakland run.The whole body of work for the night was special, manager Jeff Banister said. To have Darvish utilize the slider ... the front to back, up to down with the fastball, and he was able to regulate the velocity of the fastball tonight from 91 to 97.Darvish came back for the eighth, but was pulled after Danny Valencias leadoff double.The only win for Darvish against the As was on May 16, 2012, early in his MLB career after the previous seven seasons in Japan. He had a no-decision against them three weeks ago in a season when he didnt make his first start for the Rangers until May 28 after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery.We want him to be healthy, because anytime hes healthy, we know what he can do, said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had three hits and scored twice.Lucroys homer in the fourth was his seventh in 15 games since beingg traded to Texas from Milwaukee on Aug.dddddddddddd 1, and his career-high 20th overall for the season. He was behind the plate catching Darvish.He was definitely fired up. Hes usually pretty reserved emotionally, Lucroy said. Look, it was a big game. You want to finish it off. You want to finish off the sweep there, obviously, against a division rival.Desmond had a two-run single in the fifth for a 3-2 lead against rookie lefty Sean Manaea (4-8), who is 1-4 in nine starts since the end of June. He gave up four runs and struck out five without a walk in six innings.It just wasnt there today I guess. It just wasnt there. Just make better pitches, Manaea said. Its pretty frustrating but theres nothing I can do about it now. I just have to move on.SHORT HOPSThe Rangers scored three times in the seventh, on an RBI single by Desmond before Lucroys two-run double. ... Darvish is 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his six starts at home this season. ... The As lost their fifth straight game, and are a season-high 17 games under .500 (52-69). ... Desmond had his most RBI since four against Toronto on May 15, when he had the go-ahead homer the half-inning before teammate Rougned Odor punched Jose Bautista.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: INF Tyler Ladendorf was put on the 15-day DL with a sprained left wrist. He is the 26th Oakland player to go on the DL this season, a franchise record. ... RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) threw 75 pitches in a rehab start and could start for the As on Sunday, a day after he is eligible to come off the DL.Rangers: RHP Lucas Harrell went on the 15-day DL a day after facing only 12 batters and leaving his start after two innings because of a right groin strain. ... LHP Derek Holland is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on Sunday, but Martin Perez is listed as the Rangers probable starter at Tampa Bay that day.UP NEXTThe Athletics and Rangers have the day off Thursday, the first for both since Aug. 1. Oakland opens a three-game series Friday at the Chicago White Sox, and Texas plays at Tampa Bay. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The medal race at the Rio Olympics will likely remain close going into the final weekend.For second place, that is.The U.S. -- which has left the last five Summer Games with more medals than any other country -- is about to make it six in a row, and the Americans seem like theyll do so emphatically. Through Tuesday, the U.S. had 84 medals, 33 more than China and 34 more than Britain.Take away the games that dealt with boycotts in 1980 and 1984, and the Americans are on pace for the biggest medal-count romp since outdistancing Sweden by 40 medals at the 1948 London Games. Incidentally, the all-time medal-count-margin record is way out of reach, that being the U.S. win by 220 medals at the St. Louis Games of 1904.We are the United States. We come here with an enormous presence and a lot of advantage and privilege, swimming gold medalist Anthony Ervin said after he prevailed in Rio de Janeiro, part of a huge pool medal haul for the Americans. Our staff is unbelievable. The amount of people that help us ... I dont think the other teams are necessarily getting that. It starts there.Theres no shortage of reasons why.Russias Olympic team surely is missing some medal contenders because of the sanctions and fallout that came after a state-sponsored doping program was brought to light. China won 100 medals in Beijing eight years ago and 89 more at the 2012 London Games, though has struggled -- by its recent standards, anyway -- in Rio. Host Brazil has been a non-factor, with just 11 medals through Tuesday evening.Meanwhile, U.S. women have won 41 medals themselves, more than most full national teams. China is second on the womens medal chart with 28 through Tuesday evening.When one of us succeeds, we all try to succeed that much more, Ervin said. When your teammates are doing it, it becomes easier to believe.That sort of thinking isnt confined to swimming, though what happened in the pool certainly set the tone.I think we each feel an enormous responsibility to get things started off right, U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian said.The U.S. has 33 swimming medals from Rio, took 12 more in gymnastics and were up to 12 in track and field through Tuesday evening -- that number almost certain to rise over the coming days. Fencing delivered four medals and sailing saw Americans take medals after going 0-for-London four years ago. And some chances have slipped away, too, as evidenced by the Americans failing to win a single gold on Monday after winning at least one in every full day of the London Games.The top three medal winners so far in Rio are Americans: swimmer Michael Phelps got six, gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky took five apiece.Its very crazy, Biles said. Its been an amazing experience and I dont think I could be more proud.Theres a whole lot of her red, white and blue-clad compatriots who feel the same. [url=https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/]Yeezy Sale[/url] . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. [url=https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/]Black Friday Yeezy[/url] . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. [url=https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/]https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/[/url] .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. [url=https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/]Yeezy Outlet[/url] . LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. [url=https://www.fakeyeezywholesaleonline.com/]Cheap Yeezy[/url] . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. For the members of Team USA, basketball comes easy. Their Portuguese, well, needs some work. Ahead of their quest for Olympic gold at the Rio Games, a few players showed wwhat theyve been working on.dddddddddddd ' ' ' 
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