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TORONTO -- Bob Nicholson is looking to a familiar face to restore Canadas world junior hockey supremacy. Raiders Jerseys . The president of Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the return of Brent Sutter as the head coach of the Canadian national junior team. The Red Deer Rebels coach, GM and owner will be joined by assistants Benoit Groulx and Ryan McGill at the 2014 world championship in Malmo, Sweden. Canada has dominated the world junior event winning 28 medals overall, including 15 gold. But Canada last won it all in 2009 in Ottawa -- the final of five straight gold medals -- and last year in Russia finished fourth and out of the medals for the first time since 98. "Weve done a lot of work analyzing what the other countries are doing," Nicholson said during a news conference at the MasterCard Centre. "Its a step-by-step process and Brent Sutter is going to come back and coach this junior team and it will be about first day of camp, second day of camp, third day of camp . . . "It wont be about getting to world junior championship, it will be about a process to make sure everyone buys into that. If we do that in the proper way with all the new people there to help that it will put us in a good position." Sutter, 51, from Viking, Alta., has coached Canada in international competition on four previous occasions, most recently at last years world hockey championship. He guided Canada to world junior gold in 2005 and 2006 and said Canadians must understand other world junior countries have improved. "Its not like Canadian hockey has totally dropped off the map," Sutter said. "Canadian hockey is still very elite but its just other countries have closed the gap on us. "Every game you play now is a highly competitive game at this level. Theres no certain thing that you can sit there and say, We have to drastically change this or that. Thats not the case at all. Its how do you get above the line, how do you stay above the line, how do you stay at where you want to get to and get to your ultimate goal and how to you accomplish that?" Sutter also knows what it takes to succeed on the international stage as a player. The former Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils head coach played for Canada on four occasions, including the 1986 world championship and 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups. "Its exciting, its a new challenge and one Im looking forward to," Sutter said. "We all know what our ultimate goal is but its a process to be able to get to that point and that process will start in August. "Well get after it then." Canadas national junior team will gather in Brossard, Que., for practices on Aug. 4 and 5, before playing exhibition games in Lake Placid, N.Y., against Finland (Aug. 7), Sweden (Aug. 8) and the U.S. (Aug. 10). The 2014 world junior tournament begins Dec. 26. Groulx is the head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Gatineau Olympiques and McGill is the head coach of the Western Hockey Leagues Kootenay Ice. Also on Wednesday, Dale Hunter was named head coach of Canadas national summer under-18 squad. The 52-year-old from Petrolia, Ont., will be joined by assistants Dominique Ducharme and D.J. Smith at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Hunter is the head coach, owner and president of the Ontario Hockey Leagues London Knights. Ducharme is head coach of the QMJHLs Halifax Mooseheads and Smith is head coach of the OHLs Oshawa Generals. The U18 team will gather in Toronto for a selection camp late next month before travelling to Europe for the Aug. 5-10 tournament. Canada has won the annual summer event five straight years and 15 of the last 17 years. "You see how much work goes into winning and thats why Canada wins," said Hunter, who also coached the NHLs Washington Capitals before returning to London. "If it was easy, it wouldnt be as much fun. "In the playoffs you have seven games. You might lose the first two and you can redeem yourself. In a tournament like this youve got to be ready right off the hop and have them firing on all cylinders." Hockey Canada also announced several changes to its Program of Excellence. A new management group will oversee hockey operations for the program. Group members include Blainville-Boisbriand Armada GM Joel Bouchard, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender coach Sean Burke, Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton and London Knights GM Mark Hunter. The group will work directly with Brad Pascall and Scott Salmond to oversee operations of the under-17, under-18 and under-20 programs. Pascall is Hockey Canadas vice-president of hockey operations and national teams while Salmond is the senior director of hockey operations and national teams. In addition, Ryan Jankowski has replaced Kevin Prendergast as the head scout of the mens Program of Excellence. Jankowski, 38, has spent the last three seasons as an amateur scout with the Montreal Canadiens after working five seasons as the assistant GM with the New York Islanders. The Calgary native previously worked for Hockey Canada from 1996 to 2003 in a variety of roles. He will be responsible for all player evaluation and recruitment for Canadas national junior team and national mens U18 team development and selection camps, as well as evaluations with the U17 program. The Program of Excellence policy committee remains in place to oversee direction of the program. The committee includes Nicholson, chief operating officer Scott Smith, OHL commissioner and CHL president David Branch, QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau, WHL commissioner Ron Robison and Hockey Canada officers Joe Drago and Michael Brindamour. "We reached out to our best resources and thats people," Nicholson said. "I guess the buzzword today is retooling and were really doing that. "With the management group we have a component there where we have general managers from the CHL now involved and having Sean Burke, a player who had worn the (Canadian) jersey so many times and knows the international game, its really a group that can work with Ryan to make sure we get the right players and build the right atmosphere as we go forward." 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Indianapolis Colts believe they got the confidence boost so desperately needed after blowing a late lead a week ago.The Tennessee Titans are still searching for answers, angry that they just cant beat their AFC South rival.Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, even missing a trio of starters on offense, and the Colts scored the final 14 points Sunday in beating the Titans 34-26.This is big, Colts running back Frank Gore said. Its a division win. I take my hat off to Tennessee. They are a good team, and they play hard. We knew coming in that it was going to be tough, but we had to win. Now we are 3-4, and we are going to move onto Kansas City and try to get a win again next week.Stringing together consecutive wins is something the Colts (3-4) have yet to do this season.The Titans (3-4) thought they had figured out how to do just that themselves with this loss snapping a two-game winning streak.Worse, the Titans now have never beaten Luck in eight games with the Colts winning their 10th straight and 16th in 16 games in this series. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was very upset after the latest loss and eager for Thursday nights game with Jacksonville.Me personally, Ive been losing to this guy since college, Casey said of Luck. It hurts me deeply. Ive just got to find a way, and my team just has to find ways to win these close games.Here are some things to know about the Colts latest win over Tennessee:PROTECTING LUCKLuck had been sacked 23 times coming into this game, and the Colts started rookie Joe Haeg at left guard with Jack Mewhort out injured. They allowed only two sacks to a defense that came in fifth in the NFL after piling up six in each of the past two games. That gave Luck time to pick apart the Titans, who had been allowing only 235.5 yards passing per game good for 11th in the league.MARIOTAS BOBBLESMarcus Mariota now is just 2-8 at home with 19 turnovers in those games since being drafted by the Titans. He escaped a pair of would-be turnovers on a game-tying drive. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Josh McNary wiped out an interception by Patrick Robinson late in the third quarter, and then Mariota simply dropped the ball as he turned to hand off before falling on it for a 9-yard loss. Howie Long Raiders Jersey. With the Titans trailing 27-23, Mariota was sacked and stripped by T.Y. McGill with Robert Mathis picking the ball up and running 14 yards for the clinching TD. Again, one of those things we have to stop doing, Mularkey said.STREAKING VINATIERIAdam Vinatieri, the 43-year-old kicker, set an NFL record with 43 consecutive made field goals. He came in two shy of the mark of 42 set by former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt between 2002 and 2004, and Vinatieri kicked field goals of 28 and 33 yards, the second coming with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Vinatieri said he never concerns himself with personal goals and records, preferring a victory. Im sure Ill sit back some day down the road and enjoy it, Vinatieri said.NEXT MAN UPThe Colts played without starting wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who was replaced by rookie Chester Rogers, and tight end Dwayne Allen. Erik Swoope replaced Allen, but Luck leaned heavily on T.Y. Hilton who caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 37-yard TD. 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England have made four changes for Saturdays match against Argentina with Tom Wood, George Kruis, Jonny May and Mike Brown returning to the starting 15. Eddie George Titans Jersey .Wood is preferred in the back-row to Teimana Harrison, who drops to the bench, while Kruis returns in the second-row to replace the suspended Joe Launchbury.May and Brown form a back three with Elliot Daly, who keeps his place in the squad after impressing against Fiji, with Semesa Rokoduguni and Alex Goode dropping out of the matchday 23.Tom is a lively, committed player and that is what we are going to need against a big Argentinian pack, said England coach Eddie Jones.George has worked really hard after his injury, he has been a fine player for us centre of the lineout, and with Joe Launchburys unfortunate but justified it is a great opportunity for George to find his feet again in the Red Rose.Jones continued: This week we feel those two guys [May and Brown] are best against Argentina.Brown is a strong player in the air, he is strong defensively, carries the ball back hard and we are anticipating it is going to be a tough contest. Jonny May has got great finishing skills and we believe that is going to be important against Argentina.Kruis is back in the matchday squad having missed the first two matches of the Old Mutual Wealth Series due to ankle surgery while May returns having scored against South Africa but was left out against Fiji last weekend. The same goes for Brown and Wood who started against the Boks but sat out the 58-15 win over Fiji.England are currently on a 12-match winning run, 11 coming under Jones, and are wary of the threat Argentina pose.This game against Argentina is a big step up for us as they were probably the second best team in the Rugby Championship and played some exceptional rugby, Jones added. They are a quality team, have power in the forwards, speed and guile in the backs as well as great experience.We appreciate they have threats across the field and they have always been a physical, tough side. They still have their set-piece armoury in the scrum and lineouts so were looking forward to a great game of rugby against them.The set-piece is going to be important. We have worked hard on our scrum and maul this week so they are areas we feel we can get a slight dominance in. We are looking forward to that physical challenge because when you play against the Argentinians it is a challenge.It is forwards against forwards, backs against backs. It is a bit of an old fashioned game.England:Mike Brown, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (captain), Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, Tom Wood, Billy VunipolaReplacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Teimana Harrison, Danny Care, Ben Teo, Henry Slade Marcus Mariota Womens Jersey .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. DeMarco Murray Titans Jersey .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. BOSTON -- One streak will end when the slumping Colorado Avalanche visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.The Avalanche are 0-5-1 in their past six games, but the franchise last lost in Boston in 1988 when it was still the Quebec Nordiques. That is a 10-game streak that would end if the Avalanches current troubles continue.Colorado, dead last in the NHL with only 19 points, spent the day in Boston on Wednesday, getting in a practice while the Bruins were playing in Washington.The workout took place, but four players were back at the team hotel because of illness, including captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was supposed to return from a nine-game absence caused by a lower body injury but was suddenly deemed doubtful for the second game of a four-game trip.The Avalanche, who fell to 9-14-1 with a 4-3 loss in Nashville on Tuesday night, will get defenseman Fedor Tyutin back from a two-game absence caused by a lower body injury. If Landeskog doesnt play Thursday, he should return in Montreal on Saturday.I dont know what that (illness) does for Landeskog, coach Jared Bednar said. Im assuming now after feeling sick and not getting that contact practice in (Wednesday) that hell be another game, and well have to feel that situation out (Thursday) morning.Colorado defenseman Francois Beauchemin also missed the practice, nursing a sore hand.Bednar thought his team played better in Nashville, but the result was the same despite two goals by Matt Duchene, his eighth and ninth of the season, all on the road.While the Avalanche come into the game on a losing streak, the Bruins are 3-0-1 in their past four. They came all the way back from three goals down before losing in Washington on Wednesday as goaltender Tuukka Rask fell to 0-5-4 against the Caps. Eddie George Authentic Jersey. After digging the huge hole, the Bruins dominated the game, at one point holding Washington without a shot on goal for some 26 minutes. However, a faulty line change in the OT led to Nicklas Backstroms winner.Just goes to show that youve got to trust the system, stick with it, and good things will happen, Rask said after the game.Said coach Claude Julien: I think it was a real good effort by our hockey team tonight. Probably at the end you think you deserve better, but against a team like that, you take the point and move on because weve got a game (Thursday) night and I think its important for us to get out of here and start focusing on (Thursday).With Rask playing Wednesday -- and keeping his team in the game when the Caps took a 2-0 lead -- it is likely backup Anton Khudobin will be in goal Thursday night. Khudobin won his last start, Dec. 1 against the Carolina Panthers in overtime -- the first win of the season for a Boston goalie other than Rask.Khudobin is 1/3 on the season, and he is 1-1 in two career starts against the Avalanche.Calvin Pickard, who has never faced the Bruins, will bring a 7-4-2 record, a 2.44 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage into the game, shining numbers next to Semyon Varlamovs 5-12-0 with a 3.08 GAA.The Avalanche tied the game at Nashville three times before losing on a five-on-three, power-play goal.For me, that was the hardest we played -- that was the best game we played in a couple weeks, Bednar said. We had some chances to square that game up, and it was a tough way to fall behind on the five-on-three. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . -- Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak called a locker room shouting match between left tackle Russell Okung and cornerback Aqib Talib a product of frustration, but Kubiak said theres no division between the teams offense and defense.After Sundays 16-3 loss to the New England Patriots, Kubiak had to intervene in an argument between Okung and Talib. According to, an unnamed player called it a classic division between offense and defense.Defensively, they should feel really good about themselves and how they played, Kubiak said Monday. Offensively, we should look at it and say, Damn, we did some good things, [but] we should have scored some points.The offense went without a touchdown, was 2-of-12 on third down and had five consecutive three-and-outs in the second half.Thats a great team we were playing, Kubiak said. We played good enough on defense to give ourselves a chance to beat them, but we didnt play good enough offensively to do that. Thats football.Asked if he believed there was a division on the team, Kubiak said: I would never let something be divisive, I would never let that happen. If I didnt see guys in there bleeding and working and battling each other, those type of things, it wouldnt be football. That doesnt bother me.Thats part of the game. Theres nobody feeling good today, Kubiak added. Did some people play better than others? Yeah, thats the case every week in football. Weve got to regroup. Weve got to get better. Weve got to go on the road for a big game. Theres no time to feel sorry for yourself, but theres always time to be honest with yourself.Okung said he and Talib have spoken.Its where you have two guys that are very emotional, very competitive, that really want whats best for this team, Okung said. Its not a big issue. At the end of the day we all want the same thing, we all want to win games.Weve spoken, we definitely made amends, we had a discussion and its pretty much over, Okung said. ... Its over with, its settled and were ready to move forward.Kubiak referenced his 32 years as a player and coach in the NFL when saying that the two didnt have to resolve anything.They didnt need to. It was not a big deal, Kubiak said. Ive been in NFL locker rooms 400-plus times. It was nothing. That was frustration that we just lost a game.Denvers defense held Tom Brady to 188 yards passing and without a touchdown pass. Brady also completed just 50 percent of his passes.The Broncos offense struggled much of the day, save for an 11-play drive that ended with a?Trevor Siemian?interception on the first play of the second quarter. The ?offensive line has struggled much of the season, leading to low output in the run game and Siemian being sacked 20 times in his past five starts.Everybodys frustrated, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said after the game. We feel like we played almost good enough defense to win that game. I dont know if [we] ever kept Brady under 16 points, and we did that today. Thats what makes you sick, when we come out and play stout like we did today [and still lose].A smattering of Broncos defensive players called their time spent on the field in recent games our quota. The group has played at least 76 snaps in four of the past seven games -- including 81 plays in Jacksonville -- a high number for any defense.On Sunday, the Patriots had the ball for 73 plays.Thats really not going to take us nowhere, though, just being frustrated, Talib said after the game. And beefing with the offense not going to get us nowhere. Were going to ride, were going to stick together. Cheap NFL Jerseys Online . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. 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Oh so short on experience.What comes next is anyones guess.While Tony Azevedo and Merrill Moses highlight the 13-player roster for Rio de Janeiro announced on Thursday, there are only four holdovers from the United States disappointing eighth-place finish in London. The average age of the nine newcomers just makes the cut for happy hour at 21.1 years old.When the players stepping up, I heard so many times repeating, first Olympics, first Olympics, said Udovicic, who coached Serbia to a bronze medal in 2012. Maybe its scary, scary thought, scary thing, but Im proud of what they did. Im proud of these guys, Im proud to stand in front of them.There are signs the youthful team is coming together nicely. The U.S., ranked sixth in the world, is coming off a second-place finish in the FINA World League Super Final last month in China. It posted shootout victories over Australia and Greece before losing 10-6 to Serbia in the final.It was the first medal for the U.S. in a major FINA competition since winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.I think it helped our confidence a llot. Cheap NFL Jerseys. ... It was good for us to get that game experience, said Bret Bonanni, an attacker from Huntington Beach, California.Next up is an exhibition against Montenegro in Houston on July 30 before the U.S. faces reigning Olympic champion Croatia in its Rio opener on Aug. 6.Azevedo is heading to his fifth Olympics, a record for USA Water Polo. The 34-year-old captain was born in Rio and plays professionally for Sesi in Sao Paulo.Weve gotten better every month, its exciting to see, he said. I think were going to be a team that everyones afraid of. I know theyre already afraid of us and be ready. In Rio, were going to be one of the best teams in the world and Im really excited and proud to play with these guys.Azevedo made his Olympic debut in 2000 in Sydney. Thomas Dunstan and Ben Hallock, two of Azevedos teammates for Brazil, turned 3 that year.Its the fourth Olympics for Jesse Smith and No. 3 for Moses, who turns 39 on Aug. 13 and is the probable starter in goal. John Mann is going back to the Olympics for the second time.---Jay Cohen can be reached at Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
SAINT-LO, France -- A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Saturdays opening stage of the Tour de France:Region: Normandy, La Manche (a green, leafy and hilly region alongside the English Channel)Baguette and butter: Mark Cavendish claimed his first yellow jersey after winning a sprint in the crash-marred 188-kilometer opening stage that finished on Utah Beach, where Allied troops landed on D-Day in 1944. Adrian Peterson Youth Jersey . It was Cavendishs 27th stage win in the race. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador crashed midway through the stage and several riders were involved in an ugly high-speed crash on the final straight.Plat du jour: Andouille de Vire, a pork intestines sausage from the town of Vire that is seasoned with Guerande sea salt.Culture: Mont-Saint-Michel is a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the coast.Vin du jour: Forget about the wine and have a sip of the famous local apple cider instead. Its tasty, refreshing and matches very well with food. Farmers in the area have been making cider since the 13th century. Cider alcohol content in Normandy varies from 3 to 7 percent.History: Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was one of the beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day in 1944.Stat of the Day: 15. The number of years without a French victory on the first day of the race. The last Frenchman to win on the opening day was Christophe Moreau, in Dunkerque in 2001.Quote of the Day: This was not the best way to start. In theory it was a quiet day. Alberto Contador, reflecting on his crash.Digestif: Calvados. This highly alcoholic apple brandy (40 to 45 percent) has the finesse of the finest Armagnac with a lighter touch.Next order: Another day in Normandy. Stage 2 takes the peloton from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin on a 183-kilometer ride through the west coast. 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Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Steve Pearce homered and the Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-0. Chen pitched five strong innings before leaving with a right oblique strain, and the Orioles won for the sixth time in eight games. "In the fifth inning after the last batter, after two strikes, I just had a weird feeling and I just tried to be strong and finish out the inning," Chen said through a translator. Chen (3-3) was breezing through the Twins lineup, allowing no runs and five hits while striking out three in five innings. He has allowed no more than three runs in seven of his eight starts this year. Manager Buck Showalter indicated the left-hander would be re-evaluated Monday. "It could be a cramp, it could be something else. Well take a look and see where were at," he said. "Im going to think good things." Tommy Hunter, Darren ODay, Brian Matusz and Pedro Strop combined for four innings of three-hit relief for Baltimore. "Weve been swinging the bats well the last few days, and it feels good to win a game by a pretty good margin," Davis said. "It takes a little bit of pressure off the bullpen and really lets us enjoy the win." Looking for his fifth straight quality start, Scott Diamond (3-3) struggled all day. In 5 2-3 innings, he allowed nine hits and tied a career high by giving up six earned runs. He walked three after allowing that many free passes in his previous five starts combined. "I definitely left a lot of balls up in the zone today and paid for it," he said. "I was struggling to get a grip on the ball a little bit and it seemed like I was pushing a lot of pitches rather than trying to stay on top of them. I tried to make an adjustment as the game went on and really just continued to struggle." Nick Markakis and Manny Machado began the game with singles. After Jones grounded into a double play, Davis unloaded a 442-foot shot to straightaway centre field. His 11th homer made it 2-0. Chris Snyder had an RBI single in the second, but ended the inning when he was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a double by Markakis. Adrian Peterson Vikings Jersey. Markakis went 2 for 4 and is hitting .519 (27 for 52) against Minnesota since the start of last season. It is the highest average by any major league hitter with at least 40 plate appearances against any opponent in that span. Markakis also had an outfield assist in the second, throwing out Justin Morneau, who tried to stretch a single into right into a double. Jones lined a solo home run to left in the third, with the ball ricocheting off a railing just over the wall and up into the second deck. "Right away (catcher Matt) Wieters wanted to know if he gets credit for where it landed, up top or down below," Showalter said. Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but could only push across one run -- on Davis groundout -- to make it 5-0. Pearce hit a solo homer in the sixth. 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TORONTO -- In a season with very little to get excited about, Jonathan Osorio has been one of the bright spots for Toronto FC. Bobby Hebert Authentic Jersey . The 21-year-old, who was signed out of the teams academy in prior to the season, scored Torontos only goal Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Osorios effort seconds into the second half gave Toronto life but wasnt enough after Seattle (10-7-4) went up 2-0 in the first 45 minutes thanks to a Mauro Rosales strike and an own goal by Toronto defender Doneil Henry. "Its a really big surprise but at the same time its not because I knew if I worked hard good things would happen," said Osorio, whos also picked up his first four caps for the Canadian national team this year. "I have talent to play in this league so if I work hard I will improve the weaknesses that I have and make them better. I know Ill be a good player in this league." Much of the talk prior to the game surrounded star American forward Clint Dempsey, who was making his debut for the Sounders. Dempsey came off the bench in the first half but failed to score. Osorio was stirring the drink early for Toronto (4-11-8) and could have given the hosts the lead just two minutes into the game when he collected a pass from Matias Laba on the left side, cut towards the middle and unleashed a curling right-footed shot that just went wide. Seattles opening goal came in the 16th minute thanks to some slack Toronto marking. Eddie Johnson ran onto a cross from the left side and headed the ball across goal where there were three green Seattle shirts waiting with no Toronto players in sight. Rosales had ample time to chase the ball, get his left foot on it and angle a shot past Joe Bendik. "It was just two silly goals, two silly errors. Im very disappointed in the first goal," said Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen. "The second goal was a bit unlucky and unfortunate but the lead-up wasnt good. Besides that, they played very well. I just think they didnt get that last pass right and it just didnt bounce their way." Dempsey was called in with 11 minutes remaining in the first half after starting forward Obafemi Martins was taken off following a thunderous tackle by Henry. Dempsey, a former Fulham and Tottenham player, got his first touch a few minutes later in front of the Toronto goal, but defender Ashtone Morgan took him off the ball. Seattle doubled its advantage with five minutes remaining in the half when Lamar Neagle fed a cross in from the left side. Henry took a stab at the ball with his left foot but could only redirect the ball towards his own goal. With Bendik wrong-footed, the ball rolled slowly into the goal. "It was pretty unlucky," said Henry. "Not much I thought I could do but I thought we played a really good game. It was really unlucky on my part but Ill just keep my head up and keep playing my game." Toronto roared out of the gates to open the second half and Osorio got TFC back in it when he converted a quick passing play seconds after the opening in front of 18,776 at BMO Field. The hosts pressed for a tie but were unable to get another goal. "Im really proud of the guys. I thought they played really well. They kept position really well. I thought they were creative going forward," said Nelsen. "They came out and they were determined and they showed the character and they showed belief and Im just devastated for them that they didnt get what they deserved and that was something from that game." Chasing the equalizer, Toronto continued to push and controlled much of the latter period of the game but the closest they would come was in the 60th minute when substitute Robert Earnshaw had a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area come back off the post. Torontos Jeremy Brockie was played in alone in the dying seconds but he had his back to the goal and couldnt turn to convert the opportunity. It was likely Brockies last game in Toronto as his loan deal from the Wellington Phoenix of the Australian A-League is about to end. Drew Brees Saints Jersey .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. Nick Fairley Saints Jersey . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. LOS ANGELES -- Sweet home Chicago.Although the Cubs have captured the season series, they would enjoy even more ending their nine-game road trip by winning the rubber match of their three-game set Sunday with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Cubs have posted a 5-3 mark so far against Colorado (1-2), San Diego (3-0) and Los Angeles (1-1). They have beaten the Dodgers in four of their six meetings this season.Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and the Dodgers, who won Saturdays contest 3-2, are itching to hand the Cubs a second straight loss. The Dodgers rookie made it a point to keep his enthusiasm in check though, refusing to add any fuel to the Cubs fire.We came out on top (Saturday) and hopefully well come out on top (Sunday) and win the series, Seager said.Its a good bet Seager will play a role again in the outcome. Seager homered in Saturdays win and broke the franchise record for long balls in a season by a shortstop.In addition, Seager has been one of the Dodgers hottest hitters. He is batting .452 with four home runs, six doubles and 10 RBI since Aug. 8. Seager has hit safely in 17 of the last 18 games.Los Angeles will rely on starter Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25) to deliver in his third career major league start (fourth appearance) after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. Stewart will be facing the Cubs for the first time.Manager Dave Roberts said one of the keys to beating the Cubs is keeping them off the board early.The Cubs are very good in the first inning, Roberts said. Their gguys get on you early and they just keep swarming and adding on. Michael Thomas Jersey. Stewart last pitched on Aug. 19 with Oklahoma City against Albuquerque, allowing four hits in five scoreless innings.Stewart will oppose Chicagos Jon Lester, who will make his 26th start of the season. In his last start on Aug. 22 at San Diego, Lester allowed a run on five hits in six innings in a 5-1 Chicago romp. It was the fifth straight quality start for Lester, who is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA during that stretch.The Cubs are 7-0 in his last seven starts (tied for the longest team winning streak of his career).Lester has gone 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers. He threw a complete game on June 1 at Wrigley Field, limiting Los Angeles to a run on four hits in the Cubs 2-1 triumph. Lester is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium.Much has been made of this series possibly being a preview of clash in the playoffs. Maddon downplayed the significance of this series because it doesnt compare to the playoffs.Its such a different animal and people get hot or people get cold and actually the weather gets cold and everything does change, Maddon said. 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SAN DIEGO -- Brandon Finnegan and two Cincinnati Reds relievers Friday night ruined what could have been an epic showdown Saturday night at Petco Park. Steve Atwater Jersey .Or, they beat Anthony DeSclafini to the punch.Finnegan, Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood shut out the Padres on six hits Friday night at Petco Park -- meaning the Padres didnt get a home run , ending San Diegos National League record-tying streak of games with at least one homer at 25 straight.The effort of the Reds trio ruined a showdown rematch between the Padres hitters and another right-handed Reds starter -- DeSclafini.Back on June 26, DeSclafini and left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani combined to shut out the Padres on five hits. In their very next game, the Padres launched their streak of homering in 25 straight games.The win over the Padres was the second in the DeSclafinis run of six straight wins.DeSclafini will be making his 10th start of the season Saturday night. He is the first Cincinnati pitcher to produce at least six wins without a loss over his first nine starts since Paul Wilson went 6-0 in his first nine starts in 2004.DeSclafini has a 3.09 earned run average since starting his 2016 season 10 weeks late due to a strained left oblique muscle suffered in his last spring training start.Anthony is just hitting his stride, Reds manager Bryan Price said of the 26-year-old, who was 9-for-13 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts for the Reds last season.DeSclafini will be matched against Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich Saturday night, who overnight became the dean of the Padres rotation when right-handed starters Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea were both traded to Miami Thursday morning in a seven-player trade.Saturday will be Friedrichs 14th start, which is the most among the Padres current rotation of -- from top to bottom -- Luis Perdomo, Friedrich, Edwin Jackson (who gave up six runs to the Reds on Friday night on 10 hits in five innings), Paul Clemens and Jarred Cosart, who was one of four players acquired by the Padres from the Marlins.Clemens replaces Rea in the Padres rotation Sunday in the series finale against the Reds. Cosart moves into the rotation Monday when the Brewers come to Petco Park.The 28-year-old Friedrich has a 5.00 ERA and his performance has been slipping.His most recent start last Sunday in Washington was his shortest of the season, lasting only three innings during which he allowed five runs on six hits and a walk with no strikeouts.Christian is fine when he hits his spots, said Padres manager Andy Green. But he has to hit his spots to be in command.Friedrich is 0-4 over his last five starts with a 7.72 ERA. He is 1-5 over his last seven starts with a 7.86 ERA.His ERA has climbed in each of his last seven starts, ballooning from 2.12 to 5.00. Still, the Padres are 6-7 in his 13 starts.One of the things you like about Friedrich is that he is competitive, said Green. Hes going to give you everything he has. With a few exceptions, hes given us a chance to win. 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He logs onto Facebook only occasionally, joking he likes something every couple of months so people know hes still alive. Twitter is pretty much out. Consider it an act of self-preservation to avoid the all-too-convenient puns that pop up whenever one of his kicks sails wide of the mark.Funny how all those puns vanished when Blewitt drilled a last-second 48-yard field goal that lifted the Panthers over then second-ranked Clemson 43-42 and sent shockwaves throughout the College Football Playoff picture.Its always fun to be able to shut people up, Blewitt said.Something Blewitt and the Panthers (6-4, 3-3 ACC) did with one frantic fourth-down fourth-quarter stop and one final sweep of Blewitts right leg in what by any stretch is the programs biggest victory in nearly a decade, Septembers thriller over Penn State included.Based on my phone blowing up, it was bigger than the Penn State win, coach Pat Narduzzi said.Now comes the hard part: backing it up. As cathartic as holding off the Nittany Lions felt in the renewal of a rivalry that was dormant for 15 years, the momentum didnt last. Pitt went on the road and dropped its next two games, narrow losses to Oklahoma State and North Carolina.Doing the same while wrapping up the regular season at home against Duke (4-6, 1-5) and Syracuse (4-6, 2-4) and all the joy will fade quickly. And the Panthers know it.At 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, nobody cares what you did last week, coach Pat Narduzzi said.True, though if theres one hallmark Narduzzi has tried to imprint on the Panthers during his two seasons on the job its this: be resilient. Its why he gave Blewitt a kiss (literally) after an early extra point attempt was blocked. Yes, really.Id say it definitely was a first, Bleewitt said. Peyton Manning Authentic Jersey. 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Yet it was one step in the process.I wouldnt say, `I did it, Blewitt said. Id say our team definitely came through.It also allowed the Panthers to head home without the pressure of trying to become bowl eligible. Pitt, however, is quick to avoid the notion that it has finally arrived. Celebrating on the field in Death Valley was a sweet moment to be sure, but also a fleeting one if it doesnt turn into something more.Its great to knock off the No. 2 team in the country, Narduzzi said. If were capable of coming to Heinz Field and getting it done, its just as big. Other people might not think it but (we do). ... We still have got a long way to go.---More AP college football: and Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
LONDON -- Just a year ago Coventry was hosting Olympic football and being lauded by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Dennis Smith Authentic Jersey . For world footballs most powerful executive, seeing top-level matches there again was "a source of great joy and pride." Now the Ricoh Arena, just eight years old and with a 32,000 capacity, is a football stadium facing a future without football. And the financially troubled team that had been based at the stadium is fighting for its future after 130 years in existence, predating the league it plays in. "Its a dreadful thing and it ought not to be allowed for a city to have its football club to be taken away," Labour Party legislator Bob Ainsworth, who represents part of Coventry in the House of Commons, told The Associated Press on Friday. "I want an investigation to expose everything that has gone on over the last few years." In the topflight for 34 years until 2001, the 1987 FA Cup winners have plunged into the third tier as a bitter dispute between the hedge fund that owns the club and the Ricoh Arena landlords escalated. As they rowed over an annual rent of 1.3 million pounds ($2 million) to play in the stadium, the team entered bankruptcy protection and gained permission from the Football League to play home matches about 30 miles away in Northampton, much to the annoyance of fans. Arena Coventry Limited holds the keys to the Ricoh -- and the football teams future. At a creditors meeting on Friday, the stadiums operators blocked a bid by the club to exit administration. As a result, Coventrys parent company will be put into liquidation. The immediate implication was a 10-point penalty handed to Coventry on Friday, which still allows it compete in League One in the Football Leagues 125th season, starting Saturday at Crawley. "We now have certainty and the clubs future is secured," Coventry chief executive Tim Fisher said. "We can now get on and put our future plans into action which means building and owning our own stadium in the Coventry area." Stadium operator ACL is co-owned by a charity and Coventry City Council whose offices are adorned by a FIFA pennant honouring the "lasting legacy of the Olympics" to Coventry. Football League chairman Greg Clarke said his board is "dismayed at the level of intransigence being shown" by the stadium owners and the clubs administrators. "It is a source of immense frustration to everyone involved that the two parties in this dispute have failed to reach any agreement," said Clarke, who is in charge of running the three divisions below the Premier League. The league has backed Otium Entertainment Group -- named as the administrators preferred bidder -- to take control of the club from the hedge fund SISU, which has owned Coventry since 2007. That, though, has been opposed by fans, the stadium owners and the tax authority, who are owed money. ACL lawyer James Powell said Otiums proposals do "not give stability to Coventry," and the Sky Blue Trust urged authorities against making a "bad situation any worse" by handing over control of the club to them. ACL, whose offer of annual rent of 150,000 pounds ($230,000) has been rejected, has concerns that Otium is connected with the existing owners following a "catastrophic insolvency," Powell said. "It is does not seem a fair and equitable outcome," he added. Ainsworth, the legislator who is a former defence secretary, has called on independent auditors to launch an investigation into Coventrys downfall. At the heart of his concerns is how a hedge fund apparently "with no previous connections to Coventry at all" was able to buy the citys one professional team. And that encapsulates wider concerns about football ownership in England and the financial management of clubs. "The game is in a parlous state," Ainsworth said. "If you look at the history of football over the last 20 years there have been countless liquidations and administration events showing that there are serious issues that ought to be addressed. "And Im afraid if the Football League are not prepared to follow their rules and own policy with regard to Coventry (being allowed to leave Coventry) it has to be an indication that they are not bringing about the reform that in my view is absolutely necessary." Ainsworth is demanding that the league listens to fans and allows them to take control of the club, as happened at Portsmouth recently. "Football is the nations most important sport, there are millions of people who are passionate about their own clubs and the game in general," Ainsworth said. "And they deserve to be well served." 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Life is sometimes difficult as a West Bromwich Albion fan. Markus Golden Jersey . The club rarely battles for cup success, almost never challenges for the Premier League title, and routinely found themselves fighting to stave off relegation over the past few seasons.But the Baggies faithful were treated to a nice opening weekend win over Crystal Palace, and hope to continue that success at home against Everton on Saturday.The Baggies failed to earn three points until their fourth contest of the season last term, and ended that campaign on a nine-match winless run after knocking off Manchester United, 1-0, on March 25. Needless to say, Salomon Rondons 74th-minute winner against Palace was a welcome relief for both West Brom fans and manager Tony Pulis, who has yet to truly dip into the transfer market as the club settles into the ownership of Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai.West Brom captain Darren Fletcher hailed Rondons performance against Palace.Salo was fantastic, Fletcher said. He ran the line, held the ball up and battled really well against their two centre-backs. He looks fit and strong and is definitely in better condition than he was last season which is good to see.I think Salomon would tell you that too. I thought he was a great player for us last season but this season he looks even better. He came from the Russian league and didnt speak the language but he is now mixing with the squad a lot more and hes a lot more confident.The club heads into this fixture a bit lighter after defender James Chester was sold to Aston Villa. He made nine appearances for the Baggies since joining for 8 million pounds last summer from Hull City.Ronald Koemans first Premier League contest as Everton boss did not go as planned as the blue half of Liverpool was held to a 1-1 stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. Koemans boys got off to a dream start when Ross Barkley found the back of the net for the hosts in the fifth minute. However, Erik Lamela fired home an equaliser just before the hour mark to force a share of the spoils.Despite the draw, Koeman was largely pleased with his clubs effort and of newcomers Maarten Steckelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Mason Holgate.We lost a bit of control of the game in the last part of the second half, but overall I am very happy with the performance, he explained. The first 45 minutes was really excellent -- the energy we put in the game and the reaction of the fans supporting the team. We had the best chances. Before halftime we had a big opportunity to score the second goal which would have made it a totally different second half.(Steckelenburgs) saves were very important in that stage of the second half, the manager continued. Tottenham created the best chances in the final stages and you need to have a good goalkeeper to make saves in key moments and he has that quality.Having already made an addition to their forward corps in signing Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace, Koeman reiterated that he would not hesitate to continue to add to the squad should the right deal present itself.We always look at players (that will make us) have a stronger squad. Thats one of our jobs to do -- to improve the team, Koeman remarked. If we dont think we have that type of player in the squad, then we will sign that player.Maybe why we are doing our business a little bit late is because I took the time in the preseason to know what we need. We also have young players in the academy and we dont like to stop the improvement of young players. 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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Green Bay got physical with top-ranked Notre Dame and gave the Fighting Irish about all they could take.The Phoenix (2-1) rallied from 17 points down midway through the third quarter and narrowed the lead to five points three times in the final 4 minutes before finally falling 71-67 in a Preseason WNIT semifinal Thursday night.The Irish (3-0) shot just 33 percent in the second half and 36 percent for the game. Arike Ogunbowale led the Irish with 18 points but didnt hit another basket after making a 15-foot jumper to extend Notre Dames lead to 17 points.Jessica Lindstrom led the Phoenix with 20 points and 16 rebounds, hitting a 3-pointer to cut Notre Dames lead to 69-64 with 19 seconds left. But Marina Mabrey, who finished with 13 points, hit two free throws to give the Irish a seven-point lead with 16 seconds left.Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw was disappointed with the Irish, saying they were ragged on offense and struggled defensively against Green Bays screens.Theyre so experienced. Theyre poised. Theyre well coached. Theyre disciplined. Offensively they were really hard to guard and defensively they made it really difficult to get the ball in the post, she said.The Irish, who normally dominate inside, had only a 28-24 advantage inside against the Phoenix and Green Bays reserves outscored Notre Dames bench 22-8.The Phoenix shot 64 percent in the second half and 45 percent for the game.We changed a little bit of the schematic and tried to put it so we could drive it and spread them out a little more, which helped us, Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth said. But we hit some shots, some big shots.Players on both sides described the game as physical.But I feel like thats just part of the game nowadays, Lindstrom said.McGraw believes having such a tough challenge will help the Irish.Hopeffully we learned a lot from it. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Jersey. I thought we made some big plays in the end when we had to. But overall, just really disappointing, she said. We looked like the younger team on the floor, and I think we were. 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BALTIMORE -- Dave Wallace is retiring as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach. Golden Tate Jersey .Wallace, 69, spent three years at the position and has been in coaching for 36 years.Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the announcement Thursday. Showalter says Wallace hopes to work as a part-time pitching instructor in the big leagues.Baltimore went 89-73 this season, reaching the playoffs for the third time in five years before being eliminated by Toronto on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game.The Orioles posted a 4.22 ERA, 19th among the 30 major league teams.Showalter says the search for Wallaces successor will begin shortly. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti, who worked closely with Wallace, is a candidate.Wallace came to Baltimore after spending four seasons as the Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator. Anquan Boldin Youth Jersey . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. Detroit Lions T-shirts . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team is threatening to boycott one of the nations top second-tier bowl games over the suspension of 10 players accused of participating in a sexual assault.Prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges, and the players thought the matter was behind them. But a separate school investigation concluded Wednesday that the athletes violated a policy adopted last year that defines sexual assault as anything without a clear and unambiguous expression of consent.Now, less than two weeks before the Golden Gophers scheduled Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl appearance against Washington State, the walkout threatens to upend the San Diego game.On Thursday, the entire team gathered to tell reporters they will not practice or play unless the suspensions are revoked. Several players also are facing possible expulsion.All these kids reputations are destroyed, senior quarterback Mitch Leidner said. Their names are destroyed. Its extremely difficult to get back, and its very unfair for them, and thats why were sticking together through this thing.In a joint statement issued Friday, university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle called the suspensions a values-based decision, not a legal judgment.But we can tell you that certain behavior is simply unacceptable and antithetical to our institutional values. We support Gopher Athletics decision because this is much bigger than football, the statement said.Kaler and Coyle met with a group of football players Friday night, the university said, as they tried to find common ground. But there were no decisions immediately announced when the meeting concluded.Sexual misconduct already has been a sensitive subject for the university and for its athletics department. Former athletic director Norwood Teague resigned in August 2015 amid allegations of sexual harassment. His replacement, Coyle, was brought in with orders not to tolerate such behavior and played a key role in the decision to suspend the players.University officials have declined to say why the players were suspended or provide any details of the internal investigation, citing student privacy rules. But an attorney for several of the suspended players and the father of one of them confirmed the action was taken in connection with an alleged sexual assault in an apartment near campus in the early hours of Sept. 2, after the Gophers won their season-opener.According to police reports, the woman who made the complaint attended a few parties before ending up in the off-campus apartment of players Carlton Djam and Tamarion Johnson. The reports said she accompanied Djam and a male whose name was redacted to Djams room, where she had sex with both of them at the same time.After the unnamed male left, she said Tamarion Johnson entered the room and that she had sex with him, too. She said she remembered seeing several people watching.She described it as a line of people, like they were waiting for their turn ... She recalls yelling for them to stop sending people in the room because she couldnt handle it, one of the reports said.The woman said she recalled at least three other men forcing themselves on her, including players Dior JJohnson and Ray Buford Jr. Anquan Boldin Jersey. She told police the sexual contact between her and Djam and the unnamed man may have been consensual, but that it was not consensual with the others.She was not sure if she had had sex with player KiAnte Hardin, though he told police they did and that she agreed to it.The men all told police their sexual contacts with her were consensual.The schools policy says consent may be initially given, but can be withdrawn at any time and that sexual activity must stop at that point or even if there is confusion over consent.Djam recorded video of part of his encounter with the woman and turned it over to police. According to one investigators description of it:She appears lucid, alert, somewhat playful, and fully conscious; she does not appear to be objecting to anything at this time. ... (She) sounds as though she is somewhat intoxicated, but is not slurring her words and is certainly conscious and aware of what is going on. She does not appear to be upset by the sexual activity and does not indicate that she wants it to stop ... and the sexual contact appears entirely consensual.The woman acknowledged to police that she drank five to six shots of vodka that night and that there were gaps in her memory, the reports said.The roles of most of the other suspended players were not clear in 22 pages of redacted police reports released Tuesday.The Hennepin County Attorneys Office said it had insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either force was used or that the victim was physically helpless as defined by law. That statement cited the high standard of proof needed to secure a conviction in criminal cases.But the university uses a lower bar in student discipline cases -- the preponderance of the evidence. That standard, used by courts in most civil cases, requires proof only that its more likely than not that the student code of conduct was violated.A redacted copy of the universitys 82-page investigation report obtained by Minneapolis television station KSTP goes into greater detail than the police report, with the woman saying she believed 10 to 20 men had sex with her, though she was not certain because of her limited memory.University investigators wrote that they generally found her account more credible than those of the accused students. The investigators concluded that several students had failed to provide full and truthful information.The schools Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against students, according to university websites. The office then prepares a report and shares its findings with the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, which determines the sanctions and informs the accuser and accused.Either side can request a formal hearing before a special committee, and either party can appeal that panels decision. Its not clear if that has happened. Neither attorney Lee Hutton, who represents several of the players, nor the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office returned calls seeking comment from The Associated Press. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys' ' '
England have received further recognition for a glory-laden 2016 after Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje were included on World Rugbys six-strong shortlist for player of the year. Ryan Boatright Uconn Jersey .The winner will be announced in London on Sunday night amid an unprecedented level of English interest in the prestigious awards that could see Itoje also crowned breakthrough player of the year, an achievement that would complete a unique double for the 22-year-old lock.Eddie Jones had already been announced as a contender for coach of the year, while Englands Grand Slam triumph and 3-0 series whitewash of Australia see them compete for team of the year.Completing the list of nominees for player of the year published on Monday afternoon are Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip, who started Saturdays historic 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago, and All Blacks Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett.Itoje, Vunipola and Farrell have played starring roles in England amassing a 10-Test winning run, nine of them falling under the guidance of Jones, and all three were also involved in Saracens march to a European and Aviva Premiership double last season.The last and only time an Englishman won the award was Jonny Wilkinson in 2003.It is testament to the current strength of the mens and womens 15s game that there was so much competition for these prestigious awards, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.There is class in abundance with New Zealands Barrett and Coles, Englands Vunipola, Itoje and Farrell and Irelands Heaslip. There is also a great mix of experienced, proven campaigners and exciting young talent.England received more pleasing news on Monday in the form of a positive update on Courtney Lawes knee injury.Lawes was a late withdrawal from two Northampton matches last month due to bruising on the joint and had been given until Tuesday to prove his fitness for Saturdays clash with South Africa at Twickenham.But the 27-year-olds recovery has progressed well and he is set to resume his World Cup second partnership alongside Joe Launchbury in the injury-enforced absence of Maro Itoje and George Kruis.Courtney has taken part in training this morning (Monday) and will take part in training this afternoon so we expect him to be fit, defence coach Paul Gustard said.Mako Vunipola arrived at last weeks training camp in Portugal with a hip problem but that has also been resolved and England have a fully-fit 34-man squad to select from for the Springboks.Mako has been training too. Were in a good state of health and ready to continue our preparations for South Africa, Vunipola said.England will name their matchday 23 to face the Springboks on Tuesday night when those members of the 34-strong squad not required for Twickenham will be sent back to their clubs.The biggest area of uncertainty is at openside where Nathan Hughes, Teimana Harrison and Tom Wood are competing to start, while on the wings Semesa Rokoduguni and Jonny May are favourites to line up in the Old Mutual Wealth series opener. Matt Leinart USC Jersey . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. Cheap Jerseys . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. SAN FRANCISCO -- Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers to help Anthony DeSclafani remain unbeaten, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Monday night.Eugenio Suarez also homered and Joey Votto doubled and scored twice for the Reds, who began their road trip with a win following a 6-3 homestand.Bruce homered for the third consecutive game as part of a four-run fourth inning. He added his second of the night in the sixth to put the Reds up 6-5 and chase Giants starter Jake Peavy (5-9).It was the third multihomer game this season for the Cincinnati slugger and 20th of his career.DeSclafani (6-0) pitched in and out of trouble and gave up two home runs but continued his strong run since missing the first two months of the season with a strained left oblique. The right-hander allowed five runs over five innings, struck out six and walked two.Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan homered for San Francisco. The Giants went into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball but lost for the eighth time in nine games.It was a big night for Cincinnati all around.Homer Bailey, who hasnt pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season, made his final rehab start and is expected to rejoin the Reds on Tuesday.While Baileys arrival could provide a jolt for the pitching staff, Cincinnatis offense looked just fine against the Giants.Bruces first home run was reviewed when a fan in the right-field stands appeared to reach into the field of play to catch the ball, but no change was made. Three batters later, Suarez hit another two-run shot.Affter Belt homered in the fourth and Pagan added a two-run shot in the fifth, Bruce put the Reds back in front for good with his 23rd home run of the season. Ronnie Lott USC Jersey. Suarez doubled and scored on a suicide squeeze by Billy Hamilton in the ninth.Three Cincinnati relievers combined to retire the final 12 batters. Tony Cingrani pitched the ninth for his 11th save.Peavy allowed six runs over five-plus innings.STREAKING AT HOMEThe Giants announced a crowd of 42,147, marking the 455th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park and tying the Cleveland Indians for the second-longest streak in major league history. The Boston Red Sox, with a sellout streak of 794, hold the longest run in the majors.TRAINERS ROOMReds: Bailey threw 98 pitches over 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville. He last pitched in the majors on April 23, 2015. ... RHP Tim Adelman (strained left oblique) will make another rehab start with Louisville on Tuesday.Giants: 2B Joe Panik (concussion) will resume his rehab stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Panik could potentially rejoin the big league club during its current homestand. ... OF Hunter Pence (strained right hamstring) is also rehabbing with Sacramento.UP NEXTReds: Cody Reed (0-4) faces the Giants for the first time in his career Tuesday.Giants: RHP Matt Cain (1-6) tries to snap out of his biggest slump of the season. Cain hasnt made it past the fourth inning since he last won on May 21. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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