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COMPTON, Calif. Jahlani Tavai Lions Jersey . -- Venus and Serena Williams made a rare visit to their childhood hometown, where their half-sister was killed in 2003, to have tennis courts dedicated in their honor on Saturday.The sisters were greeted by cheers from a few hundred people when they arrived at Lueders Park, not far from their former home in the violence-plagued city of Compton located 17 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.We literally lived right down the street so we could walk there, Venus told the crowd.Banners hung in the four corners of the two newly refurbished courts proclaiming them the Venus & Serena Williams Court of Champions.We are really excited to be here, Serena said. Driving here brought back so many memories. We definitely want to see some more champions come from these courts.Venus added: Its been a surreal experience to be back in this way.To have the tennis court refurbished, to make sure that theres coaching available, to make sure that these programs go on and to make sure that this sport stays here in our community, its a big part of bringing us all up and creating positivity for young people.The sisters laughed and applauded the Compton Sounders drill team and drum squad that performed for them on court.Babies in strollers, members of a Girl Scout troop and elderly residents were among the crowd sitting in white chairs on the two courts.Thelma LeBeauf, an 84-year-old fan from Los Angeles, clutched a plastic bag filled with newspaper articles about the sisters she has clipped and saved over the years. She pulled out a photo from the late 1990s, when the sisters wore colorful beads in their hair.At that time, black people, we werent into tennis, said LeBeauf, who attended with her daughter and granddaughter. Ive learned from watching them. I like the style they play.The sisters first learned to play tennis a few miles away on courts at East Rancho Dominguez Park in an unincorporated area surrounding Compton under the tutelage of their father, Richard, who didnt attend Saturdays ceremony.They were accompanied by their mother, Oracene Price.The previously run-down and little-used courts at Lueders Park are fenced with lighting and now host three tennis camps and clinics, according to Aja Brown, the citys 34-year-old female mayor.When you consider all the challenges and all the obstacles that the Williams sisters had to overcome and they stayed focused and dedicated, so that same message is being transferred over to the young people in the city, Brown said.The sisters are helping fund the Yetunde Price Resource Center in Compton, set to open early next year. Named for their half-sister who was killed in a drive-by shooting in September 2003, the center will help connect residents affected by violence with service providers.Its definitely a healing moment. They havent been to the city of Compton since their sister passed away, said Brown, whose grandmother was fatally shot in Compton. All of us in the community in some way have been touched by violence.After the ceremony, the sisters left the park and headed to the Healthy Compton Festival at the citys transit plaza, where they were set to judge dance and food contests.The sisters primarily live in South Florida, where their father moved the family from Compton so they could further hone their games at a tennis academy. Barry Sanders Womens Jersey . Coach Mike Munchak says Fokou stretched ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle, which could keep out up to five weeks even though the linebacker didnt need surgery. Kenny Golladay Youth Jersey . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. http://www.shopdetroitlionsnfl.com/lions-barry-sanders-black-jersey/ . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The official Olympic broadcaster is contesting a Brazilian police investigation that says it was negligent when an overhead camera crashed to the ground three months ago and injured eight during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The camera, suspended by cables, was being used by the Olympic Broadcasting Service to provide aerial shots of the main Olympic Park.A Brazilian police report said five people were charged with bodily injury and had the responsibility to prevent the result that occurred.It was not clear what punishment, if any, might be forthcoming.OBS, in a statement, contested the findings and said the cables were cut by a third party, but did not say if it believed the act was intentional.Three of those charged were employed by a contractor hired by OBS, one by OBS, and one was working with the local Olympic organizing committee.Considering the height at which it was installed, as well as the weight and size, the fall could have killed one of the victims, which fortunately did not happen, the police report said.The report said the camera was originally suspended by three cables. It said one snapped, leaving the camera suspended by two cables for 45-60 minutes.OBS said the Aug. 15 incident was actually the result of the cutting -- of its sustaining cables -- by a third party. All cables were cut at the same section over the Jacarepagua Lagoon, in an area allegedly secured, exactly adjacent to the Olympic Park.OBS said its system was properly designed and installeed. Calvin Johnson Lions Jersey. .The Olympic broadcaster said it followed safety procedures set up by the local organizers, and called on Brazilian police to investigate further.OBS said the cables could have been cut by a highly abrasive line coated with powered glass, which is used in Brazil to fly so-called fighter kites often deployed by rival gangs.OBS said the presence of a kite on the day of the incident was confirmed by a security guard.The company would expect after examining the forensic reports, that investigations should be focused in finding and bringing to justice those responsible for this act and identifying those responsible for such a severe security breach in an area immediately adjacent to the Olympic Park.The Olympic broadcaster has been at odds with Brazilian officials for months.A Brazilian court impounded OBS equipment for a month after the Paralympic Games ended on Sept. 18, which it said was to ensure any compensation for possible damages to workers hired by OBS.The Olympic broadcaster denied any illegality or irregularity during the Olympics or Paralympics.Created by the International Olympic Committee, OBS is a company that produces and transmits live radio and television coverage from every venue during the Olympics.---Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/stephen-wade ' ' '
COMPTON, Calif. Jahlani Tavai Lions Jersey . -- Venus and Serena Williams made a rare visit to their childhood hometown, where their half-sister was killed in 2003, to have tennis courts dedicated in their honor on Saturday.The sisters were greeted by cheers from a few hundred people when they arrived at Lueders Park, not far from their former home in the violence-plagued city of Compton located 17 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.We literally lived right down the street so we could walk there, Venus told the crowd.Banners hung in the four corners of the two newly refurbished courts proclaiming them the Venus & Serena Williams Court of Champions.We are really excited to be here, Serena said. Driving here brought back so many memories. We definitely want to see some more champions come from these courts.Venus added: Its been a surreal experience to be back in this way.To have the tennis court refurbished, to make sure that theres coaching available, to make sure that these programs go on and to make sure that this sport stays here in our community, its a big part of bringing us all up and creating positivity for young people.The sisters laughed and applauded the Compton Sounders drill team and drum squad that performed for them on court.Babies in strollers, members of a Girl Scout troop and elderly residents were among the crowd sitting in white chairs on the two courts.Thelma LeBeauf, an 84-year-old fan from Los Angeles, clutched a plastic bag filled with newspaper articles about the sisters she has clipped and saved over the years. She pulled out a photo from the late 1990s, when the sisters wore colorful beads in their hair.At that time, black people, we werent into tennis, said LeBeauf, who attended with her daughter and granddaughter. Ive learned from watching them. I like the style they play.The sisters first learned to play tennis a few miles away on courts at East Rancho Dominguez Park in an unincorporated area surrounding Compton under the tutelage of their father, Richard, who didnt attend Saturdays ceremony.They were accompanied by their mother, Oracene Price.The previously run-down and little-used courts at Lueders Park are fenced with lighting and now host three tennis camps and clinics, according to Aja Brown, the citys 34-year-old female mayor.When you consider all the challenges and all the obstacles that the Williams sisters had to overcome and they stayed focused and dedicated, so that same message is being transferred over to the young people in the city, Brown said.The sisters are helping fund the Yetunde Price Resource Center in Compton, set to open early next year. Named for their half-sister who was killed in a drive-by shooting in September 2003, the center will help connect residents affected by violence with service providers.Its definitely a healing moment. They havent been to the city of Compton since their sister passed away, said Brown, whose grandmother was fatally shot in Compton. All of us in the community in some way have been touched by violence.After the ceremony, the sisters left the park and headed to the Healthy Compton Festival at the citys transit plaza, where they were set to judge dance and food contests.The sisters primarily live in South Florida, where their father moved the family from Compton so they could further hone their games at a tennis academy. Barry Sanders Womens Jersey . Coach Mike Munchak says Fokou stretched ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle, which could keep out up to five weeks even though the linebacker didnt need surgery. Kenny Golladay Youth Jersey . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. http://www.shopdetroitlionsnfl.com/lions-barry-sanders-black-jersey/ . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The official Olympic broadcaster is contesting a Brazilian police investigation that says it was negligent when an overhead camera crashed to the ground three months ago and injured eight during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The camera, suspended by cables, was being used by the Olympic Broadcasting Service to provide aerial shots of the main Olympic Park.A Brazilian police report said five people were charged with bodily injury and had the responsibility to prevent the result that occurred.It was not clear what punishment, if any, might be forthcoming.OBS, in a statement, contested the findings and said the cables were cut by a third party, but did not say if it believed the act was intentional.Three of those charged were employed by a contractor hired by OBS, one by OBS, and one was working with the local Olympic organizing committee.Considering the height at which it was installed, as well as the weight and size, the fall could have killed one of the victims, which fortunately did not happen, the police report said.The report said the camera was originally suspended by three cables. It said one snapped, leaving the camera suspended by two cables for 45-60 minutes.OBS said the Aug. 15 incident was actually the result of the cutting -- of its sustaining cables -- by a third party. All cables were cut at the same section over the Jacarepagua Lagoon, in an area allegedly secured, exactly adjacent to the Olympic Park.OBS said its system was properly designed and installeed. Calvin Johnson Lions Jersey. .The Olympic broadcaster said it followed safety procedures set up by the local organizers, and called on Brazilian police to investigate further.OBS said the cables could have been cut by a highly abrasive line coated with powered glass, which is used in Brazil to fly so-called fighter kites often deployed by rival gangs.OBS said the presence of a kite on the day of the incident was confirmed by a security guard.The company would expect after examining the forensic reports, that investigations should be focused in finding and bringing to justice those responsible for this act and identifying those responsible for such a severe security breach in an area immediately adjacent to the Olympic Park.The Olympic broadcaster has been at odds with Brazilian officials for months.A Brazilian court impounded OBS equipment for a month after the Paralympic Games ended on Sept. 18, which it said was to ensure any compensation for possible damages to workers hired by OBS.The Olympic broadcaster denied any illegality or irregularity during the Olympics or Paralympics.Created by the International Olympic Committee, OBS is a company that produces and transmits live radio and television coverage from every venue during the Olympics.---Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/stephen-wade ' ' '
In Monza, ESPN sat down with Daniil Kvyat to discuss the harsh lessons from his demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso in May, how hes dealt with his poor form since and why?hes not worrying about where he will be in 2017. Kostas Antetokounmpo Jersey .You were pretty downbeat before the summer break. In Belgium it seemed like the four weeks had been pretty helpful for you -- have two disappointing weekends reset your mindset?First of all, weve done our best in Spa. We have to be realistic about things. We didnt go quite where we wanted to be but it was nothing like Germany, with what happened there. Its fine. As an engineering group, technical group, we came out of the race saying wed done our best.Now its up to the engineers to understand where we can improve things because theres something quite deep inside which prevents us putting on the performance we used to. The straight-line limitation is very big and very frustrating ... but we cant do anything about that so we shouldnt even think about that.Do you still feel like youre in a better place?Im OK. Im fine -- I live with the day and nothing else, so Im fine.In the situation you were in before the summer break, it seemed like it was one bad thing after another. Is it easy to become obsessed with the finer details when youre struggling for form?That might have been the case, in the past, but Im completely fine now. I know where we are and Im realistic about things. I dont have any issues with the things youre talking about.It must be frustrating, then, that youve reached that point as Toro Rossos engine deficiency is becoming more obvious as the season wares on?Yeah, but unfortunately thats just the way things are laying at the moment. We just have to accept them and go forward. We can influence in a positive way certain things, and nothing else. It would not help me to think I cannot show [what I can do]. The right people notice things and I will have to be quite patient, but I learned this patience over the summer break.Weve seen the support given to you by Helmut Marko since your demotion. How do you feel your standing is within the team?Thats a question for them, not for me. I am doing my job, and like I admitted before the summer break, there have been some big up and downs for me. There were some big potential races that were hard to put together because I didnt know the limits of the car, the limits of the team.Now Im feeling more in line with things but I dont know what they think at the moment.Theres a lot of focus on who will be driving where in 2017...2017 is 2017. It starts in three and a half months time, so until then we just wait and see. It seems like theres no big rush.We will soon be at the stage where we approach the point where we are looking for answers about it. But at the moment I live the day of today, and nothing else, so Ill just see where it goes.Youre not thinking of life away from F1, then?No, I live with what happens today. I keep the right doors open and then we will see how this situation develops. A lot will depend on that, otherwise I dont know too much.When will we know what youre doing next year?As soon as possible, I hope. But Im not going to give any deadlines to the media. If I have them I will give them to the right people when the right time comes.There has been a lot of talk about Pierre Gasly and the fact hes leading GP2, even rumours of him replacing you as early as Singapore. Is that a distraction for you?Yeah, but it doesnt change anything for me. It doesnt have any influence on my work, or my approach, so no. I know where I stand in the team.Is it hard to stay motivated at a team lower down the grid when youve dropped from a team fighting for wins and podiums?Of course there were some issues with that at some point. It wasnt easy, I found it difficult to understand and accept things, but Ive already started forgetting these things now. Its not the biggest issue any more. I know my value. Ive probably not been the most consistent guy out there but Ive had drives on my days and last year my final position in the championship, even with by far not the best car, speaks for itself.To be honest I never had the best package on the grid... Every time we had issues with engine, with every team Ive been in. So its OK, I dont have any issues with that. Im racing for myself first of all, so I know how things stand and what I can do.You mention last year. Was there anything that could have prepared you for what was coming ahead of Spain?No, no. It was all meant to be, I guess, since I signed for Red Bull. There was quite a high chance of this kind of scenario. For one year and a half I was living without knowing what was going to happen in the next day, so its fair enough. Its a good lesson for the future though.I suppose its something you always know might happen, being in the Red Bull driver programme?You know, yes, but you dont want it to go that way! When you go up as high in your career you dont expect things to change so quickly and so dramatically. It wasnt the best thing but Ive already turned that page, this is already forgotten. Its not forgotten forgotten, but Im working with a different mindset and different thoughts in my mind, not thinking about what happened in May.Weve seen Toro Rosso slip down the pecking order since Australia. Realistically, can this team get back into the points before the end of 2016?We hope so, we would like it to be like that. Of course there are slower circuits coming up with less engine dependency which we hope are going to be more favourable for us. But of course some tracks with higher engine demands are not going to be easy. We have to understand how we can make the best out of races which should suit us.Theres a lot of excitement about next years rule changes. Red Bull or Toro Rosso seems like a good place to be if aerodynamics are going to have more of an impact....I still think engine will be important next year, the engines are staying the same. The more downforce means you will need more horsepower to push down the straights, so engines are still very important. The new rules give hope to some teams. Its always going to be interesting but I have no idea how its going to influence Red Bull or Toro Rosso. Jose Juan Barea Jersey .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Kostas Antetokounmpo Mavericks Jersey . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. http://www.mavericksteamofficial.info/steve-nash-mavericks-jersey/ . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Gabe Taylor hit four 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 24 points, Alec Wintering had 20 points and 11 assists, and Portland pulled away for a 79-66 win over San Jose State on Tuesday night.Taylor tied a career best with nine rebounds and Jazz Johnson added 16 points for Portland (2-0).San Jose State (1-1) took a five-point lead on a 3-pointer by Ryan Welage with 18:30 to play, but didnt make another field goal for nearly 7 minutes as the Pilots used a 15-2 run to open up a 48-40 lead with 12:18 left and neverr trailed again. Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks Jersey. Terrell Browns 3-pointer pulled the Spartans within three with 9 minutes remaining, but DMarques Tyson answered with a 3 and Wintering made a layup to make it 59-51 and San Jose State didnt threaten again.Brandon Clark scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Spartans.Portland shot 50 percent from the field, while SJSU made just 25 of 69 (36 percent) shots. ' ' '
Max Holden, an opening batsman from Middlesex, has been appointed to captain Englands Under-19 in two four-day matches and a Royal London One-Day Series against Sri Lanka this summer. Air Force One Schweiz .Holden is one of only a handful of players remaining from Englands squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, partly because of the progress being made at county level by several players who remain eligible. Somersets George Bartlett is the only other player in a 14-man squad for the four-day matches who was involved in the World Cup.Somersets Ben Green and the Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Moores are included in a separate 14-man squad for the three-match 50-over series which ends with a day-night match in Canterbury.Moores is one of three players in that one-day squad to have played county cricket this season - in his case during a loan spell with Lancashire in the NatWest T20 Blast. The others are Gloucestershires George Hankins - who like Moores and Bartlett attended Millfield School - and the Essex seamer Aaron Beard.Worcestershire provide most representatives, with Ben Twohig, Zen Malik, Josh Tongue and Josh Dell in both squads, and Ollie Westbury swelling their representation to five for the four-day matches.David Graveney, chairman of selectors of the England Development Programme, said: We always work closely with counties to decide what is best for the development of each player, and it has been pleasing to see that 14 players who represented England Under-19s over the last 12 months have played first-team cricket this season, including 11 of the 15 we took to the World Cup in Bangladesh - and in many cases have already made significant contributions. Clearly we took that into account in selecting this squad, and that has led to opportunities for a number of other players.We had initially planned for Jared Warner of Yorkshire to lead the team in the Royal London One-Day Series, but sadly he has a back issue which requires an indefinite break from the game, so Max will now be the captain in both formats.We have also agreed with Somerset that Ben Green, who is recovering after a foot operation, should not be considered for the four-day matches, and would be better building up his fitness in some second team games to be ready for our 50-over matches.The Under-19s, under the supervision of the head of the EDP Andy Hurry, will meet up for a two-day match against Unicorns in Loughborough on July 21-22, before facing Sri Lanka in the first of the two four-day games at Fenners.Squads:Four-day matches: Max Holden (Middlesex, captain), Josh Dell, Zen Malik, Josh Tongue, Ben Twohig, Ollie Westbury (all Worcestershire), George Hankins (Gloucestershire), George Bartlett (Somerset), Ollie Pope (wk), Amar Virdi (both Surrey), George Panayi (Warwickshire), Aaron Beard (Essex), Ed Barnes (Yorkshire), Josh Coughlin (Durham).Royal London One-Day Series: Max Holden (Middlesex, captain), Josh Dell, Zen Malik, Josh Tongue, Ben Twohig (all Worcestershire), George Hankins (Gloucestershire), George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Ben Green (all Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey, wk), Aaron Beard (Essex), Ed Barnes (Yorkshire), Tom Moores (wk), Jack Blatherwick (both Nottinghamshire).Fixtures: July 21-22 v Unicorns (Loughborough); July 26-29 v Sri Lanka Under-19s (Cambridge); August 3-6 v Sri Lanka Under-19s (Northampton); August 10 v Sri Lanka Under-19s (Royal London One-Day Series, Wormsley); August 13 v Sri Lanka Under-19s (Royal London One-Day Series, Chelmsford); August 16 v Sri Lanka Under-19s (Royal London One-Day Series, Canterbury) Nike Air Force 1 Kaufen Schweiz . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. Nike Air Presto Off White . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. http://www.airforce1justdoitschweiz.ch/ . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Sebastian Vettel swapped his Ferrari SF16-H Formula One car for an ambulance as he took part in a unique driving challenge against the clock.Ahead of the German Grand Prix, the four-time world champion switched from his usual day job to reverse roles with an ambulance driver, going head-to-head in a promotional event for Ferrari sponsor Shell.While the ambulance driver got to live out many peoples dream and get to grips with a high performance Ferrari 488 GTB, Vettel tried his hand at tackkling an unfamiliar type of horsepower in the shape of a three-tonne ambulance. Nike Air Force 1 Just Do It Schweiz. he pair each had a single lap in their respective rides to negotiate a makeshift track as quickly as possible and post a fastest lap.Perhaps unsurprisingly, 42-time grand prix winner Vettel came out on top, only by a full seven seconds...You can watch the full video here. ' ' '
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Heres a secret about table tennis. Gianluigi Buffon Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . The worlds most prestigious tournament, the Olympics, is also one of the easiest.The reason for this paradox, like much about the modern version of the sport, can be linked to a single force: China.In whats widely seen as an attempt to keep China from complete domination, table tennis officials have allowed each nation at the Olympics only two entries in mens singles and two entries in womens singles.This levels the playing field, giving other countries a chance for a medal -- because of Chinas perennial strength, its likely to be bronze this year, as in past Olympics. But it also waters down the competition, keeping hard-to-beat players out of the mix and filling what should be the sports showcase tournament with weaker players.The quality is very low, said Massimo Costantini, a former Olympian who coaches the U.S. table tennis team. I understand. It gives others chances. But its fake. Its not the reality.Table tennis officials are sensitive about the matter.They point out that other sports also restrict the number of athletes from each nation. Other countries also dominate particular sports, as China does table tennis; the Americans in certain track events, for instance. But high-level table tennis, outside Asia and parts of Europe, is less popular, and so theres worry about Chinese domination killing interest in other parts of the world.The Olympics are not only for the best players, said Thomas Weikert, president of the International Table Tennis Federation, but must work to have the whole family here.Other countries have to get a medal chance, so for the image of table tennis its not so bad, Weikert said.Of course, its not so good for the high-level players who dont make the Olympics from European and Asian powers, but it is China that feels the most pain.Making the two-person singles Olympic team for China is hard because there are so many world-class players who could compete for gold if given the chance.Perhaps the most glaring example this year is the current No. 1 for women, Liu Shiwen, who wasnt chosen for Chinese singles, though shell play in the team competition. But the mens No. 2, Fan Zhendong, and No. 3, Xu Xin, also both missed out on Chinese singles.Competition, especially in the later rounds at the Olympics, is still fierce, but the two-player-per-nation rule usually gives an easier path to the sports stronger players who manage to make their national teams.Without lots of strong players from the traditional powers, theres more easy prey; if those players can be dealt with in the middle rounds, top players can put themselves on the brink of contending for a medal.Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the No. 5-ranked German and bronze medalist in London, acknowledges that its much tougher to win the world championships, for instance, which is filled with Chinese and Japanese stars, than to be Olympic champion. But, he said, most fans dont know and dont care.If you are Olympic champion you are Olympic champion. Nobody cares how many Chinese you played, Ovtcharov said. Its about the title, and the Olympic title is more prestigious than the world championship title.---Online:AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org/---Follow Foster Klug at www.twitter/apklug Paris Saint-Germain Jerseys . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid. Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.parissaintgermainfcstore.com/Women-Christopher-Nkunku-Paris-Saint-Germain-Jersey/ . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson came within a lip-out of golf history Thursday, shooting an 8-under-par 63 at Royal Troon during the first round of The Open.Mickelson, 46, who won The Open at Muirfield three years ago, had an 18-footer for birdie at the 18th that appeared to be going in, cut the right lip and spun out. No player has ever shot 62 in a major championship.It was one of the best rounds that Ive played. I mean, nothing will match that final round at Muirfield, but it was one of the best rounds Ive ever played. I was able to take advantage of these conditions, and yet I want to shed a tear right now, Mickelson said. That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical. I knew it, and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the center. I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62, and then I had the heartbreak that I didnt and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.It really stings to have a chance. Its such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that and ... if I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. But this ball was hunting right in the center and didnt go. It was just heartbreaking.The miss was reminiscent of Mickelsons attempt to shoot 59 at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He had a similar-length putt on the final green of the first round that lipped out.This ones going to stay with me for a while because of the historical element of the major championships, he said. Theres a lot of guys that have shot 63, but nobody has shot that 62. That would have been really something special. Im just not going to have opportunities like that to ddo that. Marco Verratti Jersey. So to have that putt lip out, thats going to sting for a while.But the 59, I mean, I havent shot 59 in a tour event, but I have shot 58s and 59s before at other rounds. That 59 in Hawaii for the Grand Slam of Golf back in like 05, Ive done that, and Ill have opportunities under the right conditions. Maybe next years CareerBuilder, if we have perfect weather in Palm Springs, you could shoot 59 there.But the opportunity to shoot 62 and be the first one to do it, I just dont think thats going to come around again, and thats why I walk away so disappointed.Three-time Open champion Jack Nicklaus praised Mickelsons effort, and then recalled his own bid at 62 at the 1980 U.S. Open.?I watched some of Phils round today and every time I turned around, he holed a putt, Nicklaus Tweeted. To play Royal Troon with no bogeys is a great round of golf. Well done, Phil! I almost hate to remind myself of this, but I missed a putt of just a couple feet at Baltusrol in 1980 to miss out on 62. In your case, Phil, you made a beautiful read and putt on that last hole, but got absolutely stone-cold robbed.?Mickelsons 63 is the 28th in major championship history and the ninth at The Open. The last was by Rory McIlroy in 2010 at St. Andrews.A five-time major champion, Mickelson missed the cut at the Masters and U.S. Open this year. He leads Patrick Reed?and Martin Kaymer by 3 strokes.Americans dominated the leaderboard Thursday. Reed was second at minus-5 after a 66. Zach Johnson,?Justin Thomas, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley, Tony Finau?and Billy Horschel followed at 4 under. ' ' '
ST. Aaron Donald Jersey . ANDREWS -- Stacy Lewis felt such a spiritual connection with St. Andrews that even when she was three behind with three to play, she never lost hope she could win the Womens British Open. No way could she have scripted a finish like this. Facing the scariest shot and the hardest hole on the Old Course -- the approach to the 17th, the famous Road Hole -- Lewis pictured a low 5-iron that a right-to-left wind would knock down and allow to bounce up the slope toward the flag without going over the back of the green. "Its one of those shots you see in your head, but you dont really ever pull it off," Lewis said. "And just off the club face, it was perfect." The ball settled 3 feet away for birdie, the best shot of the tournament, maybe the best of her career. Then, she wisely used putter from 40 yards short of the 18th green, through the Valley of Sin to 25 feet. Lewis bent over and placed both hands on her knees after making the putt, a birdie-birdie finish that gave another special moment at the home of golf -- her second major title. Lewis saved her best for the final two holes of a marathon finish Sunday and closed with an even-par 72 for a two-shot victory over Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park. It ended a record drought for the Americans in the majors -- 10 straight, all won by Asian players. "Its unbelievable," Lewis said. "It all happened so fast at the end. Youre afraid for every shot, and all of a sudden you make a couple of birdies and its over." It was over early for Inbee Park and her bid to become the first pro golfer to win four straight majors in a single season. Returning to the Old Course in the morning in calm conditions to complete 14 holes of her third round, she couldnt make a putt and lost ground. Park had a 74-78 finish and wound up 14 shots behind. "Im really relieved," she said. "I really enjoyed this week, every moment I was here. But its tough to be in the centre of everything for a week, and I feel exhausted." The last time Lewis was on these hallowed grounds of golf was in 2008 for the Curtis Cup, her final event as an amateur, and she went 5-0 in her matches to lead the Americans to victory. The love affair continued this week, and her second big win at St. Andrews was even sweeter. "I love the golf course more than anything. I love the history. I almost felt like I was meant to be here," Lewis said. "I think I was happy being here all week, and I was comfortable. And I think thats a lot of the reason Im here right now." Having the silver trophy at her side also required no less than her best golf over 36 holes Sunday. The wind wasnt as bad as Saturday, when 40 mph gusts suspended play and forced 20 players go to 36 holes Sunday. But it was strong enough in the afternoon that Lewis was the only player at par or better from the last 21 groups that teed off. Choi had a three-shot lead with six holes to play until she had a pair of three-putt bogeys from 80 feet. Her hybrid was too strong on the 17th and hung up on the collar of rough at the back of the green. She missed a 6-foot par putt that ended her chances, and she closed with a 73. Choi saw that Lewis had posted at 8-under 280, she just didnt know how she got there. And she couldnt believe it when she heard. "She got birdie on 17 and 18? Thats huge, especially this golf course," Choi said. "I feel like I missed a couple putts out there, but still, shes playing well. Shes playing better than me. I think thats why she won. I think I have to accept that." Hee Young Park, one of four players who shared the lead at some point in the final round, had three straight bogeys on the back nine and shot 73. Morgan Pressel had the 54-hole lead after a 71 in the wind-delayed third round that was played Sunday morning. Pressel was one shot behind until a double bogey on No. 12, and she never caught up. Pressel shot 76 and tied for fourth with Suzann Pettersen (74). The consolation for Pressel was earning the last spot available from the world ranking to make her third straight Solheim Cup team. It was the second time the Womens British Open was played at St. Andrews, and Lewis provided another quality winner. Lorena Ochoa won in 2007. Lewis last year became the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win LPGA player of the year, which is based on a points system. Then, she won twice early this season to reach No. 1 in the world. That lasted only until Park won the first major and kept right on going. Sunday was another stage for Lewis to show her grit. She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11, so severe that she wore a back brace for 18 hours every day from age 11 until she got out of high school, and then had to have surgery when that didnt correct the curvature in her spine. She went on to win an NCAA title at Arkansas, star at St. Andrews in the Curtis Cup and then take the 54-hole lead in her first U.S. Womens Open as a pro. Lewis won the Kraft Nabisco in 2011, the last American major champion in womens golf until her remarkable performance Sunday. Nothing was more impressive than her 5-iron on the 17th, one of the toughest par 4s in golf that starts with a blind tee shot over the corner of the Old Course Hotel. Lewis drilled it in the middle of the fairway, and couldnt remember how far she had for her second shot. With the wind, it didnt matter. This is the kind of shot that must be felt, and her 5-iron was hit with the right trajectory and line to catch the slopes perfectly and feed toward the hole. "That might be one of the best of my career," Lewis said. Oddly enough, it was Lewis who said she would like to play the role of spoiler at St. Andrews to stop Inbee Parks bid for history. With the trophy at her side, Lewis marveled at what Park had accomplished this year. "I dont know if youll ever see three in a row again," Lewis said. "Thats pretty incredible." Lewis now is at one in a row, headed to the Solheim Cup in two weeks on a high, and then to France in September for the fifth and final LPGA Tour major at the Evian Championship. She didnt mind losing the No. 1 ranking because Park earned it. Lewis looked strong enough Sunday at St. Andrews to believe she can get it back one day. Cooper Kupp Womens Jersey .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Kurt Warner Womens Jersey http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Cory-Littleton-Jersey/ . 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. Wallabies flanker David Pocock says he and fellow breakdown specialist Michael Hooper will continue to work on their back-row combination as pressure mounts on the dual-fetcher setup.Both men have struggled to repeat their dynamic performances from last years Rugby World Cup in the Rugby Championship, leading to calls for the Wallabies to field a more traditional back-row that could see either Pocock or Hooper demoted to the bench for Saturdays clash with the Springboks.The Wallabies lost a number of lineouts against the All Blacks in twin Bledisloe defeats and asked few questions of the world champions defence, while Hooper and Pocock were unable to assert themselves at the breakdown -- an art they perfected when dubbed Pooper last year.But Pocock believes that lack of impact at the breakdown may in part be down to the improving tackle skills of all players, rather than those usually associated with just the back-row.Im not sure, I think most teams are still looking to have that on-the-ball presence and a lot of players across the field are starting to get a lot better at it, Pocock said when asked about the changing patterns of breakdown play.A few props, hookers, some of the outside backs; against England they had a number of guys who were getting good turnovers against us.The All Blacks have pressured the ball with their second-rowers; Sam Canes pretty handy in that area, too. So I think theres definitely a role for it, a lot of it dependss on, I dont know, the amount of space the opposition team gives in that area. Greg Gaines Rams Jersey. The Wallabies have lost their last six Tests while the South Africans are coming off a last-start loss to Argentina, the second defeat of Allister Coetzees short coaching tenure.The Springboks are without the injured No.8 Duane Vermeulen, with Warren Whiteley, Oupa Mahoje and Francois Louw starting against the Pumas two weeks ago. Both Louw and Whiteley are additional lineout options to locks Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager, giving the Springboks the chance to repeat the All Blacks set-piece dominance of the Wallabies come Saturday in Brisbane.While he wouldnt be drawn on the make-up of the Wallabies back-row - and the need to combat the Springboks lineout superiority -- Pocock had nothing but praise for teammate Hooper.I really enjoy playing alongside Hoops, I mean his work-rate is huge, Pocock said.If you look at just the metres he gets through, the ground that he covers; its pretty impressive. I certainly enjoy playing alongside him.Selections issues: youve got to talk to the people making the decisions. But as a player, you know I am really enjoying playing alongside him and well keep working hard on that combination and trying to make it better and improve it.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will name his squad on Thursday. ' ' '
The Illawarra Hawks have held their nerve to secure a tight 81-76 victory over NBL titleholders Perth on Friday at WIN Entertainment Centre. Alex Sandro Jersey .After winning in round one against Adelaide, the Hawks lost four straight before grinding out the much-needed win over the Wildcats.Illawarra import Marvelle Harris was the best player on the court with a game-high 27 points, while Perth were led by American forward Casey Prathers 20 points.The score was locked at 24-all at quarter-time before the Hawks clawed their way to a 47-45 halftime lead with American centre Mike Holyfields dunk in the final moments of the second period.Illawarra were up by five at three-quarter time and were up by as many as 10 before the Cats fought back in the final period.The Hawks made it hard on themselves by missing important free throws but did enough to seal victory.Illawarra play their fourth game in nine days when they host the Cairns Taipans on Sunday night.Perth are back on deck with next Fridays round five home game against the Adelaide 36ers.Tonight really showed that were evolving as a group, that we can grind out those kinds of wins, so theres good progression for us there, Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge said.There was enormous amount of external pressure put on the guys and we addressed certain things this week with a few home truths. The guys were great. They all stood up and showed their character.I just came out being aggressive and got back to the way I play, Hawks import Marvelle Harris said.The guys told me to play my game and had confidence in me, and that always helps.You can make all the excuses about injuries and whatever else but we had our opportunities and didnt make some open looks in the fourth quarter, Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said.We had our chances and we didnt execute in the fourth quarter,Wildcats forward Shawn Redhage said.Well learn from this and the adversity we faced this week will help us down the line. Sami Khedira Jersey . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Blaise Matuidi Juventus Jersey http://www.juventusfcpro.com/Kids-Paulo-Dybala-Jersey/ . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Miami?freshman receiver Sam Bruce is out indefinitely with a non-football-related injury, the school said in a statement Friday.The extent of the injury is unknown. The school described it as an injury related to his lower extremity.Bruce joins a growing list of Miami players who are out. Already this week, the school announced that starting defensive back Adrian Colbert and reserve defensive lineman Courtel Jenkins will miss Saturdays game against FAU, while reserve linebacker Jamie Gordinier is out for the season with a knee injury. Colbert and Jenkins each underwent knee procedures, and coach Mark Richt told reporters Thursday in South Florida that neither injury is season-ending.Bruce, one of the top-rated ESPN 300 prrospects to sign with Miami in February, was already serving a three-game suspension for a team-rule violation. Andrea Barzagli Jersey. But Richt was hopeful earlier this week that Bruce would contribute once the suspension ended, especially with depth concerns at receiver. Miami already has lost veteran receiver Lawrence Cager for the season.In addition, running back Trayone Gray, linebacker Darrion Owens and defensive lineman Scott Patchan are out with injuries. And Miami dismissed its two best defensive players, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace, for NCAA rules violations before the season started. ' ' '
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Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Forward Rickard Rakell agreed to a six-year, $22.8 million deal Friday to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.Rakell has 29 goals and 49 assists in 165 games for the Ducks, who drafted the Swede in the first round in 2011. He scored 20 goals for Anaheim last season while ranking fourth on the team with 43 points, emerging as one of the Ducks top young offensive threats.The restricted free agent didnt participate in training camp while technically holding out for a new deal, although he would have been unable to play anyway after surgery last month related to his appendectomy last spring.The surgery kept Rakell out of the World Cup of Hockey, but the 23-year-old is working out again in Sweden with hopes of returning to hockey before the end of October. He will return to Anaheim when his visa is acquired, and he is expected to play on one of the Ducks top two lines.I think its something we both agreed was common ground for the two of us, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. The injury held us up a little bit. We wanted to be totally comfortable Ricky was going to be OK going forward. Hes over 200 pounds right now and hes skating.Rakells contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, absorbs two potential seasons of unrestricted free agency.With Rakells deal complete, Murray can turn his full attention to re-signing defenseman Hampus Lindholm, Rakells fellow restricted free agent. Lindholm is still at home in Sweden, depriving the Ducks of an elite young blueliner as they begin their first season under returning coach Randy Carlyle.Murray had no progress to report on negotiations with Lindhollms representatives, but he is speaking with them frequently. Joe Ledley Jersey. heres lots of different things that could happen with Hampus, Murray said. Were trying hard to get that accomplished. Both sides are talking. We have no idea what that deal is going to be.Murray said he wouldnt necessarily need to trade another player to create room on his limited payroll for Lindholm. Defenseman Cam Fowler has been widely mentioned in trade rumors.Murray is less optimistic about the health of defenseman Simon Despres, who left their season opener at Dallas on Thursday night with an unspecified upper-body injury.Despres missed large stretches of last season following a concussion, and Murray clearly is concerned about a possible reoccurrence of symptoms. Despres didnt absorb any major hits before leaving in the second period.He was not feeling good last night, Murray said. Were trying to figure out whats going on with him. He had those problems last year. Something is wrong here, and weve got to get to the bottom of it.After losing their season opener, the Ducks play at Pittsburgh on Saturday, continuing their five-game East Coast road trip before their home opener against Vancouver on Oct. 23.Anaheim also assigned forward Joseph Cramarossa to its AHL affiliate in San Diego on Friday, a day after the Ducks claimed veteran forward Emerson Etem on waivers from Vancouver.Etem joined the Ducks on their road trip Friday, but his equipment didnt arrive with him from Canada in time for practice. ' ' '
Murt The Flirt is being readied for another crack at a rich Magic Millions race, but trainer Brendan McCarthy is yet to decide which Gold Coast race he will target. Air Force 1 Wholesale Cheap .The gelding finished fifth in the 2015 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and fourth in the Magic Millions Cup in January this year, with both races over 1400 metres.The $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) is again on the radar but with the Darren Weir-trained Group One winner Lucky Hussler slated to defend that race in January, McCarthy also has the option to run Murt The Flirt in the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1200m).Murt The Flirt won over 1400m at Caulfield two starts ago before being unplaced in the greys race at Flemington on November 3.McCarthy is looking to start the five-year-old in the Christmas Stakes at Caulfield on December 26 before heading north, but could yet bypass that race.After he ran at Flemington he jarred up a bit on the track that day, the trainer said.He had a few weeks off, came back and were very happy with him.Im not sure which way well go because I think if we go for the 1400 metre (Magic Millions Cup) were going to run into a stronger field than if we go for the 1200.So Im playing with the idea of maybe even missing the Christmas Stakes and just going up with him for the Magic Millions 1200-metre race. Cheap Nike Roshe Two .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Sundays clash at Rexall Place. Air Force 1 White Ireland . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. http://www.airforce1shoesireland.com/ . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. NEW ORLEANS -- The final defendant in the federal drug and sex assault case against disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in a deal that calls for a 17-year prison sentence.Brandon Licciardi, a former deputy in St. Bernard Parish outside New Orleans, admitted he conspired to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape. He also will plead guilty to state sex trafficking and rape charges involving the same victims, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon said.Former restaurant worker Erik Nunez pleaded guilty this week to the same federal conspiracy charge, seeking a sentence of 10 years or less, and will plead guilty to state charges of sexual battery in an agreement worked out with the New Orleans District Attorney, court documents show.All their sentences would run concurrently under the deals presented to U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo. Shes expected to rule Oct. 13 after a pre-sentence investigation.Sharper might have spent as little as nine years in prison under his multi-jurisdiction plea deal, but Milazzo rejected that as too lenient. Fake Air Force 1. He now faces a possible sentence of 15 to 20 years. It remains unclear how much his agreement to testify against his co-defendants will affect his sentencing on Aug. 18.The public image of Sharper, a popular member of the only Saints team to win a Super Bowl, has been shattered by allegations that he drugged and raped as many as 16 women in Arizona, California, Nevada and Louisiana.He had been selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times during a career that included stints with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. He played in the Super Bowl with the Packers as a rookie and again with the Saints in 2010.His 14-year career ended the next year and he was working as an NFL network analyst when women began telling police in several cities similar stories, of blacking out while drinking with him and waking up groggy to find they had been sexually abused. ' ' '
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Blake Parker Twins Jersey . Caribbean pitches now do not usually encourage the development of fast bowlers, as spinners take a lions share of the wickets.However, Ian Bishop noted on Twitter during the CPL how Michael Hilton, the head groundsman at Sabina Park had done an excellent job with the pitch. It was a point also reinforced by Barbados Tridents coach Robin Singh, who said, While the competition this year was certainly better than previously, I was particularly impressed and happy about the standard of pitches.The end result was that some upcoming West Indies fast bowlers had an encouraging tournament, on surfaces that kept them interested. They included Alzarri Joseph (who notably hit AB de Villiers on the head during the series, and went on to have an impressive debut Test versus India), Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell and Delorn Johnson. Add to this Miguel Cummins claiming a six-wicket haul in the St Lucia Test against India, and Shannon Gabriels improvement since the tri-series, and potentially the team has some solid fast-bowling options to work with.West Indies fast bowling legend Andy Roberts, who was part of the St Lucia Zouks coaching staff, wants to see the WICB take steps to harness the talent. These young fast bowlers were encouraging, but its difficult to judge from just four overs whether they are suited for Test cricket, even though they got better pitches to bowl on in the CPL than they do in the domestic season, he said. I find it funny that the WICB thinks its new Professional Cricket League is the end of all of it, when clearly the production line of international-ready talent is not there.[The bowlers] should be immediately put into a camp where they can pick the brains of those like us, if the board wishes to engage us, who have been there and done it, as well as working on their fast bowling, strength and endurance.Warriors and Patriots: one up, one down After a football season in which underdogs such as Leicester City and Portugal produced stellar team work to win the English Premier League and European Championship respectively, Guyana Amazon Warriors threatened to do the same for a while in the CPL.We kept hearing that the Warriors was not the best team, didnt have any big stars, so really no one was expecting anything from us, said Amazon Warriors captain Rayad Emrit, who previously played with Barbados Tridents. So our mantra was to use that as motivation, plus we had an owner who gave us everything we needed. It is disappointing for the franchise that after getting to another final, we couldnt bring the title to our great fans in Guyana.Similar to last season, when Tabraiz Shamsis CPL efforts led to his being called up for international service for South Africa, Australian Chris Lynn, who led the Warriors batting impressively will surely be representing Australia more in the future.At the other end were St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. I was very surprised and disappointed at the Patriots because overall we felt there were six very evenly matched teams on show, said CPL CEO Damien ODonohoe. A betting man would have certainly thought Patriots could hhave gone far in this competition. Addison Reed Twins Jersey. He went on to point out that the team management had had a stern review and said fans could be in for a surprise regarding what type of team Patriots have for the 2017 season.Two youngsters to watchAs noted before the competition, arguably the biggest young player to watch out for was wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran. His two excellent half-centuries made everyone take notice. The first time I saw him bat, I told Kieron Pollard theyve got to find a way of including him in the national side, said de Villiers at a post-game interview. Hes a special talent.He has dominated at all youth levels and I can only expect him to build on his CPL performances, commentator Daren Ganga said.Obviously he is still young and can further develop his game, especially his keeping, Tridents coach Singh said. But he is a superb talent who fits the modern trend of what most teams hope get out of keeper-batsmen.Although he didnt produce any major performances with bat or ball, Jamaican Rovman Powell displayed enough promise with a few cameo knocks that had some suggesting he could be the next Andre Russell.Powells background - he never had a father in his life, with his mom has being his main parental figure, and his overall drive to pay her back is what is pushing him as a cricketer, said Jamaica Tallawahs coach Paul Nixon.Young Powell is blessed with talent, like all upcoming West Indies players, said Ganga, though I would like to see him exposed to first-class cricket so that his talents can be seen in all formats. Club v country West Indies have struggled in the Tests against India, and former India captain Sourav Ganguly criticised the WICB for prioritising the CPL over the Test series.A combination of retirements, injuries, and Kolpak status, meant the likes of Chris Gayle, Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul and Jerome Taylor played the CPL instead of the Tests. However, even discounting these senior players, the team was unable to pick some of impressive upcoming players even, because they were not contracted by the WICB.A CPL deal is worth more than playing Test cricket for West Indies. Young Joseph was not picked until Patriots were eliminated. Sunil Narine could not be picked, nor was talented young opener Evin Lewis. Instead, the failed experiment of using Rajendra Chandrika continued.This was a notable difference to how things operate in the Big Bash and NatWest T20, where Cricket Australia and the ECB, because they own those competitions, pay their players well and get first preference on picking players when matches in those leagues clash with home Test seasons. This issue is set to return to the fore next year, when India come back to the Caribbean for five one-day internationals.We are operating in a cricket landscape where there is no black and white solution to deal with the rise and importance of T20 leagues, said Ganga. Yes there were many pros and cons to playing CPL alongside the India Tests, but for me I didnt see any real issue doing so.It was always going to be a challenge playing the two competitions together and we are going to work with WICB and will be sitting down to look at this with the board in September, said ODonohoe. ' ' '
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