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LONDON -- Andy Murray looked up and soaked it all in as he walked out into the O2 Arena. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey . This was a new feeling.He had waited a while for it -- seven years and 89 days, to be precise, since first becoming world No. 2 in August 2009.Given a standing ovation, the Scot stepped onto court as the top ranked player in the world for the first time Monday evening. Shaking off a few early nerves, he delivered a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marin Cilic.He could only smile as the crowd showed him their love.A big thank you for all of the support. I really appreciate it, the Scot said in his on-court interview. Ill keep working hard to give you moments like this on the court.His debut as No. 1 -- the first Briton to achieve the feat since the debut of the ATP rankings in 1973 -- fittingly came on home soil, and just an hours drive from his house in Surrey, where he has opted to stay during this tournament for the first time.Murray extended his win streak to 20 matches, just two shy of his career-best total. That particular run was set this summer, and was ended by none other than Cilic in the Cincinnati Masters final.When you start winning, you gain confidence, Murray added. In the important moments of break points, I was a little bit more solid. He had some chances in the first set, but I took my opportunities. Thats what winning matches does for you.The 2014 US Open winner was a dangerous opponent, having won the title in Basel last month and recorded his first win over Novak Djokovic to reach the Paris Masters semifinals.Aside from an early break back in the first set, the Croat had no answers here, despite the presence of Murrays former assistant coach Jonas Bjorkman in his players box. Cilic and his new coach were simply unable to cook up a game plan to throw Murray off.Making the final here would push Murray to a personal-best 23rd consecutive win. He may need to make it 24, though, if he wants to finish year-end No. 1.There are several permutations whereby either he or Novak Djokovic can finish the year on top, and the simplest for Murray is to win his first Tour Finals title.It was a great atmosphere here, Murray said. I played one of my best matches Ive played here over the years. Ill just try and keep going until the end of the year now.Murray, still unbeaten in London this year having won Queens Club and Wimbledon, halted a run of three consecutive breaks to take a 4-1 lead in the first set against Cilic before taking it in 46 minutes.He then broke the Croat twice in the second set and served it out in an hour and a half.Earlier Monday, Stan Wawrinka was bounced 6-2, 6-3 by Kei Nishikori in just 67 minutes.His match stats didnt make for good reading -- failing to create a single break point, Wawrinka committed 31 unforced errors and three double faults.One of those handed Nishikori a double break and a 5-2 lead in the first set, which the Japanese player closed out in less than half an hour.The Swiss was self-deprecating with his trademark sense of humour in his post-match press conference. Asked if the quicker courts were better than last year at the O2 Arena, he quipped with a smile: So far not, because I just lost the match, but I will see at the end of the tournament.Wawrinkas serve deserted him. He made just 52 percent of first serves in the opening set, and won just 38 percent of points on his second serve throughout the match.As impressive as Nishikori was, his serve has never been his strong point but still Wawrinka was unable to capitalize. The world No. 5 made just 47 percent of his first serves, yet managed to win 74 percent of points on his second serve.Nishikori closed out the win by breaking Wawrinka for a fourth time, gaining a measure of revenge for his semifinal defeat at Flushing Meadows.It was not a great match compared to what I can do, thats for sure, added Wawrinka. It wasnt a great day for myself. In general, I think he play well, put a lot of pressure from the beginning.I dont think I find anything on the court today. I was a little bit slow on everything. I was hesitating a lot with my game, my movement.Mitchell Trubisky Womens Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.chicagobearfootballauthentic.com/authentic-mitchell-trubisky-bears-jersey/ . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season.Poole have confirmed the return of skipper Hans Andersen for next seasons SGB Premiership campaign. Andersen signed a two-year deal at Wimborne Road last winter and promoter Matt Ford is now pleased to accommodate the experienced Dane on a 10.01 average.Ford said: It is great to have Hans back for another term. He is totally committed to Poole and once again he will play a vital part within the team, not just through his captaincy but because I believe he can offer us so much.ddddddddddddWe did a deal last season and I was determined to commit to bringing him back for a second year. It is not always possible in speedway because of the effect the points limit can have on team building, but the maths fit, the rider is keen and so to all intents and purposes it was a no-brainer. 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 ' ' '
LONDON -- Andy Murray looked up and soaked it all in as he walked out into the O2 Arena. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey . This was a new feeling.He had waited a while for it -- seven years and 89 days, to be precise, since first becoming world No. 2 in August 2009.Given a standing ovation, the Scot stepped onto court as the top ranked player in the world for the first time Monday evening. Shaking off a few early nerves, he delivered a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marin Cilic.He could only smile as the crowd showed him their love.A big thank you for all of the support. I really appreciate it, the Scot said in his on-court interview. Ill keep working hard to give you moments like this on the court.His debut as No. 1 -- the first Briton to achieve the feat since the debut of the ATP rankings in 1973 -- fittingly came on home soil, and just an hours drive from his house in Surrey, where he has opted to stay during this tournament for the first time.Murray extended his win streak to 20 matches, just two shy of his career-best total. That particular run was set this summer, and was ended by none other than Cilic in the Cincinnati Masters final.When you start winning, you gain confidence, Murray added. In the important moments of break points, I was a little bit more solid. He had some chances in the first set, but I took my opportunities. Thats what winning matches does for you.The 2014 US Open winner was a dangerous opponent, having won the title in Basel last month and recorded his first win over Novak Djokovic to reach the Paris Masters semifinals.Aside from an early break back in the first set, the Croat had no answers here, despite the presence of Murrays former assistant coach Jonas Bjorkman in his players box. Cilic and his new coach were simply unable to cook up a game plan to throw Murray off.Making the final here would push Murray to a personal-best 23rd consecutive win. He may need to make it 24, though, if he wants to finish year-end No. 1.There are several permutations whereby either he or Novak Djokovic can finish the year on top, and the simplest for Murray is to win his first Tour Finals title.It was a great atmosphere here, Murray said. I played one of my best matches Ive played here over the years. Ill just try and keep going until the end of the year now.Murray, still unbeaten in London this year having won Queens Club and Wimbledon, halted a run of three consecutive breaks to take a 4-1 lead in the first set against Cilic before taking it in 46 minutes.He then broke the Croat twice in the second set and served it out in an hour and a half.Earlier Monday, Stan Wawrinka was bounced 6-2, 6-3 by Kei Nishikori in just 67 minutes.His match stats didnt make for good reading -- failing to create a single break point, Wawrinka committed 31 unforced errors and three double faults.One of those handed Nishikori a double break and a 5-2 lead in the first set, which the Japanese player closed out in less than half an hour.The Swiss was self-deprecating with his trademark sense of humour in his post-match press conference. Asked if the quicker courts were better than last year at the O2 Arena, he quipped with a smile: So far not, because I just lost the match, but I will see at the end of the tournament.Wawrinkas serve deserted him. He made just 52 percent of first serves in the opening set, and won just 38 percent of points on his second serve throughout the match.As impressive as Nishikori was, his serve has never been his strong point but still Wawrinka was unable to capitalize. The world No. 5 made just 47 percent of his first serves, yet managed to win 74 percent of points on his second serve.Nishikori closed out the win by breaking Wawrinka for a fourth time, gaining a measure of revenge for his semifinal defeat at Flushing Meadows.It was not a great match compared to what I can do, thats for sure, added Wawrinka. It wasnt a great day for myself. In general, I think he play well, put a lot of pressure from the beginning.I dont think I find anything on the court today. I was a little bit slow on everything. I was hesitating a lot with my game, my movement.Mitchell Trubisky Womens Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.chicagobearfootballauthentic.com/authentic-mitchell-trubisky-bears-jersey/ . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season.Poole have confirmed the return of skipper Hans Andersen for next seasons SGB Premiership campaign. Andersen signed a two-year deal at Wimborne Road last winter and promoter Matt Ford is now pleased to accommodate the experienced Dane on a 10.01 average.Ford said: It is great to have Hans back for another term. He is totally committed to Poole and once again he will play a vital part within the team, not just through his captaincy but because I believe he can offer us so much.ddddddddddddWe did a deal last season and I was determined to commit to bringing him back for a second year. It is not always possible in speedway because of the effect the points limit can have on team building, but the maths fit, the rider is keen and so to all intents and purposes it was a no-brainer. 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 ' ' '
LONDON -- Andy Murray looked up and soaked it all in as he walked out into the O2 Arena. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey . This was a new feeling.He had waited a while for it -- seven years and 89 days, to be precise, since first becoming world No. 2 in August 2009.Given a standing ovation, the Scot stepped onto court as the top ranked player in the world for the first time Monday evening. Shaking off a few early nerves, he delivered a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marin Cilic.He could only smile as the crowd showed him their love.A big thank you for all of the support. I really appreciate it, the Scot said in his on-court interview. Ill keep working hard to give you moments like this on the court.His debut as No. 1 -- the first Briton to achieve the feat since the debut of the ATP rankings in 1973 -- fittingly came on home soil, and just an hours drive from his house in Surrey, where he has opted to stay during this tournament for the first time.Murray extended his win streak to 20 matches, just two shy of his career-best total. That particular run was set this summer, and was ended by none other than Cilic in the Cincinnati Masters final.When you start winning, you gain confidence, Murray added. In the important moments of break points, I was a little bit more solid. He had some chances in the first set, but I took my opportunities. Thats what winning matches does for you.The 2014 US Open winner was a dangerous opponent, having won the title in Basel last month and recorded his first win over Novak Djokovic to reach the Paris Masters semifinals.Aside from an early break back in the first set, the Croat had no answers here, despite the presence of Murrays former assistant coach Jonas Bjorkman in his players box. Cilic and his new coach were simply unable to cook up a game plan to throw Murray off.Making the final here would push Murray to a personal-best 23rd consecutive win. He may need to make it 24, though, if he wants to finish year-end No. 1.There are several permutations whereby either he or Novak Djokovic can finish the year on top, and the simplest for Murray is to win his first Tour Finals title.It was a great atmosphere here, Murray said. I played one of my best matches Ive played here over the years. Ill just try and keep going until the end of the year now.Murray, still unbeaten in London this year having won Queens Club and Wimbledon, halted a run of three consecutive breaks to take a 4-1 lead in the first set against Cilic before taking it in 46 minutes.He then broke the Croat twice in the second set and served it out in an hour and a half.Earlier Monday, Stan Wawrinka was bounced 6-2, 6-3 by Kei Nishikori in just 67 minutes.His match stats didnt make for good reading -- failing to create a single break point, Wawrinka committed 31 unforced errors and three double faults.One of those handed Nishikori a double break and a 5-2 lead in the first set, which the Japanese player closed out in less than half an hour.The Swiss was self-deprecating with his trademark sense of humour in his post-match press conference. Asked if the quicker courts were better than last year at the O2 Arena, he quipped with a smile: So far not, because I just lost the match, but I will see at the end of the tournament.Wawrinkas serve deserted him. He made just 52 percent of first serves in the opening set, and won just 38 percent of points on his second serve throughout the match.As impressive as Nishikori was, his serve has never been his strong point but still Wawrinka was unable to capitalize. The world No. 5 made just 47 percent of his first serves, yet managed to win 74 percent of points on his second serve.Nishikori closed out the win by breaking Wawrinka for a fourth time, gaining a measure of revenge for his semifinal defeat at Flushing Meadows.It was not a great match compared to what I can do, thats for sure, added Wawrinka. It wasnt a great day for myself. In general, I think he play well, put a lot of pressure from the beginning.I dont think I find anything on the court today. 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Andersen signed a two-year deal at Wimborne Road last winter and promoter Matt Ford is now pleased to accommodate the experienced Dane on a 10.01 average.Ford said: It is great to have Hans back for another term. He is totally committed to Poole and once again he will play a vital part within the team, not just through his captaincy but because I believe he can offer us so much.ddddddddddddWe did a deal last season and I was determined to commit to bringing him back for a second year. It is not always possible in speedway because of the effect the points limit can have on team building, but the maths fit, the rider is keen and so to all intents and purposes it was a no-brainer. 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 ' ' '
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MILWAUKEE -- After building a big third-quarter lead against the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the fourth. Dede Westbrook Jaguars Jersey .And when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled their starters, including LeBron James, midway through the final period, the young Bucks still didnt let up.We didnt let them off the hook. We were attacking, said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tied a career high with 34 points while the Bucks stunned the Cavaliers 118-101 on Tuesday night.They are the champs, but this is a great win.Bucks coach Jason Kidd had high praise for Antetokounmpo, who was often matched up against James.Hes getting better with hard work, Kidd said. He was going against the best player in the world.Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds and five assists while Milwaukee ended Clevelands four-game winning streak. Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks.It was a matter of us trusting each other, Kidd said. For a young team, sometimes it takes time. You want to put it in the microwave and instantly get it right away, but if youre patient enough for the process and the journey, it will come.James had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irving added 20 points.You cant simulate how long they are in the passing lanes, James said. But four of my seven (turnovers) were unforced and thats careless.The Bucks scored a season-high 68 points in the paint.They played harder than we did, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.The Bucks outscored Cleveland by 14 points in the third quarter and led by 22 in the fourth.Cleveland rode hot early shooting to a 14-point first quarter lead, but Milwaukee closed on a 10-0 run and trailed by only two at the end of the period.Antetokounmpo and Beasley sparked Milwaukee in the second quarter as the Bucks built an advantage of eight points before leading 58-54 at the half.FRIENDLY TO A FAULTThe Bucks exploited J.R. Smiths affable nature for an easy dunk in the second quarter.Right before an inbound play, Milwaukees Jason Terry stood up off the bench to say hello to Smith, sharing a handshake and hug along the baseline. Smith was supposed to be covering Tony Snell, but with Smith mingling, Snell cut to the basket, received the inbound pass and dunked with nobody around.Terry said it wasnt planned and he didnt realize play had restarted, and Smith at first said he just wasnt paying attention. When asked again, he said, I didnt even know I was in the game. My bad.FAMILIAR FACESMatthew Dellavedova played against his former team for the first time since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent in the offseason.He was with those guys in a lot of battles, Kidd said.Lue said he misses having Dellavedova run his teams second unit.Hes going to compete and play hard. Hes going to scrap. His teammates loved him, Lue said.LOOKING FOR ANSWERSSmith entered the game just 1 for 22 in his last two contests, including going 0 for 11 against the 76ers on Sunday. He hit his first two shots, both 3-pointers, but missed his next five shots, all 3-pointers.IN THE HOUSEMichael Redd, the fourth all-time leading scorer in Bucks history, attended the game. Redd played 11 seasons for the Bucks.IN REMEMBRANCEA moment of silence was observed for the victims of a plane crash in Columbia on Monday. A chartered airliner slammed into the Andes mountains while transporting a Brazilian soccer team traveling to the finals of one of South Americas most prestigious club tournaments. More than 70 passengers were killed.TIP-INSCavaliers: Channing Frye missed his second straight game following the death of his father on Nov. 24. He is expected to rejoin the team by Thursday. ... Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) returned to the lineup after a one-game absence. ... 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Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. http://www.authenticjaguarslockroom.com/Youth-Leonard-Fournette-Elite-Jersey/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. CHICAGO -- Had he accepted a trade last season, Alfonso Soriano might have played for a champion. This time around, he doesnt want to think about the possibility. A move might be a consideration if he keeps this up, though. Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. "I want to win here," he said. The Cubs arent doing much of that -- and havent in a few years, actually. Theyre still in the early stages of rebuilding, and with his eight-year contract expiring in 2014, Soriano might be attractive, particularly to American League teams looking for a designated hitter. Last season, the seven-time All-Star turned down a trade to San Francisco, a decision that cost him a World Series ring. "I dont want to think about it," said Soriano, who can veto any deal. "If they have something on the table, they want to let me know before they try outside. I dont want to think about it. I just want to come to the ballpark and play my game." He delivered in this one, and so did the pitchers. Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates just their third loss in 14 games. Pittsburgh came in with the best record in the majors and a seven-game road win streak, but the Pirates couldnt get much going at the plate or find a way to contain Soriano. His drive off Charlie Morton in the fourth after Pedro Alvarez homered in the top half put the Cubs ahead, and he followed that with a long drive to the bleachers in left to make it 4-1 in the fifth. That was enough for Jackson (5-10), who won his second straight start. A disappointment after signing a four-year deal with Chicago in January, the veteran right-hander had one of his better outings and improved to 6-2 in 10 starts against Pittsburgh. He held the Pirates to just one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, leaving to cheers after he walked Garrett Jones to put runners on first and second. James Russell came in and struck out Alvarez to end the threat. Matt Guerrier worked two scoreless innings, and Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances. "Every time we had a chance to maybe extend an inning or move the chains Jackson made a pitch and got out of the inning," Pirates managger Clint Hurdle said. Cam Robinson Womens Jersey. Morton (1-2) pitched six innings for Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked three, but the long balls by Soriano were the difference. Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates after collecting three the previous day and extended his streak to a career-high 11 games. He also had two steals, although he got caught trying to swipe third in the third inning. Pirates second baseman Neil Walker left the game because of discomfort on his right side and is day to day. Brandon Inge replaced him at second base in the fifth. Soriano put the Cubs ahead in the fourth after Anthony Rizzo doubled off the left-field wall, and he struck again with a shot in the fifth. The ball sailed to the last row of the left-field bleachers for his 12th homer this season. That gave him 32 multi-homer games in his career and two this season. He also tied Harold Baines for 59th on baseballs career home run list with 384 and took sole possession of 12th place on Chicagos list with his 175th and 176th homers as a Cub after beginning the day even with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. "Its fun when we have a teammate swinging the bat real well," Jackson said. "Its a lot of fun in the dugout. Its positive energy and thats what this team needs." NOTES: Hurdle was a bit amused by footage showing an usher interrupting an interview with his dad by Pittsburgh broadcaster Robby Incmikoski during Fridays game. The usher told them they were blocking fans view. Hurdle said a few of his family members were upset. "Im kind of just taking the high road and chuckling about it," Hurdle said. This weekend is the Pirates annual father/son trip, where players and coaches get to bring their dads. ... The Cubs gave top prospect Javier Baez a promotion, moving him from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. The infielder was their minor league player of the month for June. "Its time for a new challenge for Javier, and I think hell respond well to it," general manager Jed Hoyer said. He also said its "highly unlikely" Baez will reach the majors this year. ... A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.12 ERA) returns to the Pirates rotation after missing the past month with a strained right calf, and Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.45) starts for the Cubs on Sunday. 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 ' ' '
MILWAUKEE -- After building a big third-quarter lead against the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the fourth. Dede Westbrook Jaguars Jersey .And when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled their starters, including LeBron James, midway through the final period, the young Bucks still didnt let up.We didnt let them off the hook. We were attacking, said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tied a career high with 34 points while the Bucks stunned the Cavaliers 118-101 on Tuesday night.They are the champs, but this is a great win.Bucks coach Jason Kidd had high praise for Antetokounmpo, who was often matched up against James.Hes getting better with hard work, Kidd said. He was going against the best player in the world.Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds and five assists while Milwaukee ended Clevelands four-game winning streak. Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks.It was a matter of us trusting each other, Kidd said. For a young team, sometimes it takes time. You want to put it in the microwave and instantly get it right away, but if youre patient enough for the process and the journey, it will come.James had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irving added 20 points.You cant simulate how long they are in the passing lanes, James said. But four of my seven (turnovers) were unforced and thats careless.The Bucks scored a season-high 68 points in the paint.They played harder than we did, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.The Bucks outscored Cleveland by 14 points in the third quarter and led by 22 in the fourth.Cleveland rode hot early shooting to a 14-point first quarter lead, but Milwaukee closed on a 10-0 run and trailed by only two at the end of the period.Antetokounmpo and Beasley sparked Milwaukee in the second quarter as the Bucks built an advantage of eight points before leading 58-54 at the half.FRIENDLY TO A FAULTThe Bucks exploited J.R. Smiths affable nature for an easy dunk in the second quarter.Right before an inbound play, Milwaukees Jason Terry stood up off the bench to say hello to Smith, sharing a handshake and hug along the baseline. Smith was supposed to be covering Tony Snell, but with Smith mingling, Snell cut to the basket, received the inbound pass and dunked with nobody around.Terry said it wasnt planned and he didnt realize play had restarted, and Smith at first said he just wasnt paying attention. When asked again, he said, I didnt even know I was in the game. My bad.FAMILIAR FACESMatthew Dellavedova played against his former team for the first time since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent in the offseason.He was with those guys in a lot of battles, Kidd said.Lue said he misses having Dellavedova run his teams second unit.Hes going to compete and play hard. Hes going to scrap. His teammates loved him, Lue said.LOOKING FOR ANSWERSSmith entered the game just 1 for 22 in his last two contests, including going 0 for 11 against the 76ers on Sunday. He hit his first two shots, both 3-pointers, but missed his next five shots, all 3-pointers.IN THE HOUSEMichael Redd, the fourth all-time leading scorer in Bucks history, attended the game. Redd played 11 seasons for the Bucks.IN REMEMBRANCEA moment of silence was observed for the victims of a plane crash in Columbia on Monday. A chartered airliner slammed into the Andes mountains while transporting a Brazilian soccer team traveling to the finals of one of South Americas most prestigious club tournaments. More than 70 passengers were killed.TIP-INSCavaliers: Channing Frye missed his second straight game following the death of his father on Nov. 24. He is expected to rejoin the team by Thursday. ... Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) returned to the lineup after a one-game absence. ... Clevelands bench totaled just five first-half points.Bucks: Beasley, who entered averaging just more than eight points per game, scored 11 first-half points, connecting on 5 of 6 shots. ... Milwaukee shot 57 percent in the first half.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. Lue was an assistant under Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and Los Angeles.Bucks: At Brooklyn on Thursday night. Milwaukee has won 12 of its last 16 meetings with the Nets, dating to Jan. 9, 2009, including a 110-108 win in Milwaukee on Oct. 29. Dede Westbrook Youth Jersey . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Dede Westbrook Jersey .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. http://www.authenticjaguarslockroom.com/Youth-Leonard-Fournette-Elite-Jersey/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. CHICAGO -- Had he accepted a trade last season, Alfonso Soriano might have played for a champion. This time around, he doesnt want to think about the possibility. A move might be a consideration if he keeps this up, though. Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. "I want to win here," he said. The Cubs arent doing much of that -- and havent in a few years, actually. Theyre still in the early stages of rebuilding, and with his eight-year contract expiring in 2014, Soriano might be attractive, particularly to American League teams looking for a designated hitter. Last season, the seven-time All-Star turned down a trade to San Francisco, a decision that cost him a World Series ring. "I dont want to think about it," said Soriano, who can veto any deal. "If they have something on the table, they want to let me know before they try outside. I dont want to think about it. I just want to come to the ballpark and play my game." He delivered in this one, and so did the pitchers. Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates just their third loss in 14 games. Pittsburgh came in with the best record in the majors and a seven-game road win streak, but the Pirates couldnt get much going at the plate or find a way to contain Soriano. His drive off Charlie Morton in the fourth after Pedro Alvarez homered in the top half put the Cubs ahead, and he followed that with a long drive to the bleachers in left to make it 4-1 in the fifth. That was enough for Jackson (5-10), who won his second straight start. A disappointment after signing a four-year deal with Chicago in January, the veteran right-hander had one of his better outings and improved to 6-2 in 10 starts against Pittsburgh. He held the Pirates to just one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, leaving to cheers after he walked Garrett Jones to put runners on first and second. James Russell came in and struck out Alvarez to end the threat. Matt Guerrier worked two scoreless innings, and Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances. "Every time we had a chance to maybe extend an inning or move the chains Jackson made a pitch and got out of the inning," Pirates managger Clint Hurdle said. Cam Robinson Womens Jersey. Morton (1-2) pitched six innings for Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked three, but the long balls by Soriano were the difference. Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates after collecting three the previous day and extended his streak to a career-high 11 games. He also had two steals, although he got caught trying to swipe third in the third inning. Pirates second baseman Neil Walker left the game because of discomfort on his right side and is day to day. Brandon Inge replaced him at second base in the fifth. Soriano put the Cubs ahead in the fourth after Anthony Rizzo doubled off the left-field wall, and he struck again with a shot in the fifth. The ball sailed to the last row of the left-field bleachers for his 12th homer this season. That gave him 32 multi-homer games in his career and two this season. He also tied Harold Baines for 59th on baseballs career home run list with 384 and took sole possession of 12th place on Chicagos list with his 175th and 176th homers as a Cub after beginning the day even with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. "Its fun when we have a teammate swinging the bat real well," Jackson said. "Its a lot of fun in the dugout. Its positive energy and thats what this team needs." NOTES: Hurdle was a bit amused by footage showing an usher interrupting an interview with his dad by Pittsburgh broadcaster Robby Incmikoski during Fridays game. The usher told them they were blocking fans view. Hurdle said a few of his family members were upset. "Im kind of just taking the high road and chuckling about it," Hurdle said. This weekend is the Pirates annual father/son trip, where players and coaches get to bring their dads. ... The Cubs gave top prospect Javier Baez a promotion, moving him from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. The infielder was their minor league player of the month for June. "Its time for a new challenge for Javier, and I think hell respond well to it," general manager Jed Hoyer said. He also said its "highly unlikely" Baez will reach the majors this year. ... A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.12 ERA) returns to the Pirates rotation after missing the past month with a strained right calf, and Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.45) starts for the Cubs on Sunday. 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 ' ' '
STILLWATER, Okla. Chris Paul Jersey . -- Leyton Hammonds had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State rolled to a 117-72 victory over New Orleans Wednesday night.Six different players scored in double digits for Oklahoma State (3-0), which hit the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive game -- for just the second time in school history and first since the 1993-94 season.Hammonds had just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first two games combined, getting completely shut out in the Cowboys opener, and surpassed those totals in the first eight minutes against New Orleans.We had a lot of guys in double figures, we shared the ball really well today, Hammonds said. But our main thing was defense. We were just playing great on defense, everybody was. It kind of gave us some energy on offense to share the ball and get easy baskets. It made it easy for us.Erik Thomas scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while Jorge Rosa contributed 14 points, for New Orleans (1-1).We did very few things at a high level, and we have to get better on all aspects offensively, said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. We have to execute at a much higher rate. We have to be able to communicate defensively at a higher rate, which we did not do.The Cowboys led from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a big lead early and building on it the rest of the way. They led 68-36 at halftime, with their first-half offensive output setting a new school record.All in all, I thought it was a terrific first half, said first-year OSU coach Brad Underwood. I really challenged them in the second half to maintain that, I know human nature becomes a little more difficult. Six guys in double figures, 22 assists, 10 turnovers -- good numbers. I think weve improved.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: Following a 103-67 win over Division III LaGrange College last Friday in their season opener, the Privateers appeared out of their depth for much of the night. After holding LaGrange to just 36 percent (23 for 64), New Orleans allowed OSU a 53.5 shooting percentage. Starting forward Makur Puou scored 10 points and had eight rebounds against LaGrange, but was held off the score sheet while picking up four rebounds. New Orleans also turned it over just 11 times in the opener, but had 23 in this one.Oklahoma State: For a team that had already scored 102 points in each of its first two victories, the Cowboys found another offensive gear this time. With no starter playing more than 20 minutes, Oklahoma State still received 13 points and eight assists from Jawun Evans, while Phil Forte scored 13. Jeffrey Carroll scored 14 points with three steals off the bench, while freshman Lucas NGuessan scored 11 points with six rebounds, and fellow freshman Lindy Waters also scored 11. But among all the impressive statistics was that they turned the ball over just 10 times, including just twice in the first half.TURNING POINTWhen Michael Zeno drove the lane and dunked 4:38 into the contest, it cut Oklahoma States lead to 14-8, but the Cowboys erupted for a 24-4 run over the next five minutes that enabled them to take over the game. After Mitchell Solomon sank a free throw with 7:25 left in the first half, Oklahoma State had stretched its advantage to 48-16, and the outcome was never in doubt again.STAT OF THE NIGHTThe Cowboys outrebounded New Orleans 47-29, limiting the Privateers to just eight offensive rebounds. New Orleans had 47 rebounds (22 offensive) in its opener against LaGrange.A big challenge coming into this game was controlling the glass, Underwood said. The Thomas kid had nine offensive rebounds in their first game -- I dont care who you do that against, thats a big-time effort. We took that challenge on, and it was great to see.UP NEXTNew Orleans: remains in Oklahoma, visiting Tulsa on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane is 0-2 after losing to Wichita State 80-53 Wednesday night.Oklahoma State: travels to Hawaii to take part in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament on Monday, first facing UConn, who have started 0-2 so far this year. Chris Paul White Jersey .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. Chris Paul Rockets Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. http://www.authenticrocketsproshop.com/Chris-Paul-Jersey/ . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. GAP, France -- Hurtling too fast for comfort down a twisty, turning foothill of the Alps, Tour de France leader Chris Froome faced a high-speed choice between risk and reward. The Briton knew that 10 years previously almost day for day on exactly the same descent, Joseba Beloki shattered his leg, elbow and wrist bones rounding a corner too fast and Lance Armstrong plowed into a field to avoid the prone Spaniard howling in pain. So Froome wanted to go easy. Trouble is, Alberto Contador didnt. Against his better instincts, Froome chased after his Spanish rival who rode hell for leather on the treacherous downhill with asphalt made gooey and slippery by the July heat. Just like Armstrong, flirting with disaster nearly cost Froome the Tour. Contador crashed as he rounded a right-hand corner, forcing Froome to swerve around him off the road, onto the grass and to put a foot down to stay upright. Unlike Contador, who bloodied his right knee, Froome escaped with just a fright. Still, this drama on Tuesdays Stage 16 proved a point that Froome and his Sky team have made time and again: despite his big lead, Froome wont savour victory until hes on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday. "One second you could be going for the finish and about to win a race and the next youre lying in a ditch somewhere, with a broken bone," Froome said. "I knew it was the descent where Beloki crashed so I was purposefully laying off a little bit and trying to take it easy but at the same time also trying to keep touch with the Saxobank guys who were really pushing the limits." By that, Froome meant Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff teammate from the Czech Republic, Roman Kreuziger, who are third and fourth in the overall standings but more than four minutes off the lead. Opportunities for them to claw back time are fast running out. The finish line in Paris is now just 668 kilometres (415 miles) and five days away. To their credit, they arent simply accepting defeat but are harassing Froome all the way. If Froome wins, the way his rivals have repeatedly tested the British rider over the three weeks should give him the extra satisfaction of a victory hard-earned. Stage 16 wound from Provence past vineyards, lavender fields and villages clinging to hillsides to the town of Gap, a staging post for what promises to be a grand finale in the Alps for the 100th Tour. For a long while, it seemed that the 168-kilometre (104-mile) trek to Gap from Vaison-la-Romaine, a charming town with old ruins near the Mont Ventoux where Froome won on Sunday, would be one of those Tour stages that dont amount to much. Apparently keeping their powder dry for the Alps, Froome and other main protagonissts allowed 26 riders -- none of them a podium threat -- to escape far ahead. Chris Paul Authentic Jersey. The stage winner, Rui Costa, later emerged from that group, riding away on the days last climb, a 9.5-kilometre (6-mile) long ascent to Col de Manse, and then zipping down to Gap. Although the Manse climb is less arduous and less steep than the Ventoux, where Froome blasted past Contador, the Spaniard and Kreuziger used to it test the Briton and his Australian wingman, Richie Porte. Several times, Contador tried accelerating away. Kreuziger did, too. But Porte and then Froome alone wouldnt let them get away. To cool the asphalt, authorities doused the top of the climb with water. But Porte said the road down from there was sticky and slippery -- just as it was in the heat wave of 2003, when Belokis back wheel slid away from him on a bend, hurling him to the ground. Armstrong went on to win that Tour -- only to have that and all six of his other victories in cyclings premier race stripped from him last year for doping. On Tuesday, touching their brakes caused wheels to slip, Porte said. "All of us had a bit of a moment coming down there, losing the front wheel, back wheel," he said. Yet Contador was flying, with Froome in his wake. Rounding a sharp right-hander, "the bike got away from me," Contador said. "It was really difficult. In normal conditions I wouldnt have slipped like that, but it was very difficult terrain," said the 2007 and 09 champion, who was stripped of his 10 title for a failed doping test. "Sometimes you have to go for it, whether its at the start or the end of a stage." Froome said Contador "was taking too many risks." "All teams are starting to get desperate now and theyre taking uncalculated risks," he said. "In my opinion it was a bit dangerous from Alberto to ride like that, its not good." Worryingly for Froome, theres worse to come. Thursdays Stage 18 not only includes a double ascent to the ski station of Alpe dHuez, with its 21 hairpin bends, but also a harrowing descent that several riders have voiced concerns about. Having seen that Froome wasnt completely comfortable chasing after Contador on Tuesday, the risk now is that his rivals could try to unsettle him again on Thursdays downhill from Col de Sarenne. "It is a very dangerous descent. The road surface is not great," Froome said. "And there arent any barriers on the corners, so if you go over the corner then you will fall down a long way. Its a dangerous descent and I hope the riders are aware of that, that they dont take risks like they did today." ------ AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire contributed. 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 ' ' '
STILLWATER, Okla. Chris Paul Jersey . -- Leyton Hammonds had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State rolled to a 117-72 victory over New Orleans Wednesday night.Six different players scored in double digits for Oklahoma State (3-0), which hit the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive game -- for just the second time in school history and first since the 1993-94 season.Hammonds had just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first two games combined, getting completely shut out in the Cowboys opener, and surpassed those totals in the first eight minutes against New Orleans.We had a lot of guys in double figures, we shared the ball really well today, Hammonds said. But our main thing was defense. We were just playing great on defense, everybody was. It kind of gave us some energy on offense to share the ball and get easy baskets. It made it easy for us.Erik Thomas scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while Jorge Rosa contributed 14 points, for New Orleans (1-1).We did very few things at a high level, and we have to get better on all aspects offensively, said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. We have to execute at a much higher rate. We have to be able to communicate defensively at a higher rate, which we did not do.The Cowboys led from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a big lead early and building on it the rest of the way. They led 68-36 at halftime, with their first-half offensive output setting a new school record.All in all, I thought it was a terrific first half, said first-year OSU coach Brad Underwood. I really challenged them in the second half to maintain that, I know human nature becomes a little more difficult. Six guys in double figures, 22 assists, 10 turnovers -- good numbers. I think weve improved.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: Following a 103-67 win over Division III LaGrange College last Friday in their season opener, the Privateers appeared out of their depth for much of the night. After holding LaGrange to just 36 percent (23 for 64), New Orleans allowed OSU a 53.5 shooting percentage. Starting forward Makur Puou scored 10 points and had eight rebounds against LaGrange, but was held off the score sheet while picking up four rebounds. New Orleans also turned it over just 11 times in the opener, but had 23 in this one.Oklahoma State: For a team that had already scored 102 points in each of its first two victories, the Cowboys found another offensive gear this time. With no starter playing more than 20 minutes, Oklahoma State still received 13 points and eight assists from Jawun Evans, while Phil Forte scored 13. Jeffrey Carroll scored 14 points with three steals off the bench, while freshman Lucas NGuessan scored 11 points with six rebounds, and fellow freshman Lindy Waters also scored 11. But among all the impressive statistics was that they turned the ball over just 10 times, including just twice in the first half.TURNING POINTWhen Michael Zeno drove the lane and dunked 4:38 into the contest, it cut Oklahoma States lead to 14-8, but the Cowboys erupted for a 24-4 run over the next five minutes that enabled them to take over the game. After Mitchell Solomon sank a free throw with 7:25 left in the first half, Oklahoma State had stretched its advantage to 48-16, and the outcome was never in doubt again.STAT OF THE NIGHTThe Cowboys outrebounded New Orleans 47-29, limiting the Privateers to just eight offensive rebounds. New Orleans had 47 rebounds (22 offensive) in its opener against LaGrange.A big challenge coming into this game was controlling the glass, Underwood said. The Thomas kid had nine offensive rebounds in their first game -- I dont care who you do that against, thats a big-time effort. We took that challenge on, and it was great to see.UP NEXTNew Orleans: remains in Oklahoma, visiting Tulsa on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane is 0-2 after losing to Wichita State 80-53 Wednesday night.Oklahoma State: travels to Hawaii to take part in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament on Monday, first facing UConn, who have started 0-2 so far this year. Chris Paul White Jersey .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. Chris Paul Rockets Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. http://www.authenticrocketsproshop.com/Chris-Paul-Jersey/ . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. GAP, France -- Hurtling too fast for comfort down a twisty, turning foothill of the Alps, Tour de France leader Chris Froome faced a high-speed choice between risk and reward. The Briton knew that 10 years previously almost day for day on exactly the same descent, Joseba Beloki shattered his leg, elbow and wrist bones rounding a corner too fast and Lance Armstrong plowed into a field to avoid the prone Spaniard howling in pain. So Froome wanted to go easy. Trouble is, Alberto Contador didnt. Against his better instincts, Froome chased after his Spanish rival who rode hell for leather on the treacherous downhill with asphalt made gooey and slippery by the July heat. Just like Armstrong, flirting with disaster nearly cost Froome the Tour. Contador crashed as he rounded a right-hand corner, forcing Froome to swerve around him off the road, onto the grass and to put a foot down to stay upright. Unlike Contador, who bloodied his right knee, Froome escaped with just a fright. Still, this drama on Tuesdays Stage 16 proved a point that Froome and his Sky team have made time and again: despite his big lead, Froome wont savour victory until hes on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday. "One second you could be going for the finish and about to win a race and the next youre lying in a ditch somewhere, with a broken bone," Froome said. "I knew it was the descent where Beloki crashed so I was purposefully laying off a little bit and trying to take it easy but at the same time also trying to keep touch with the Saxobank guys who were really pushing the limits." By that, Froome meant Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff teammate from the Czech Republic, Roman Kreuziger, who are third and fourth in the overall standings but more than four minutes off the lead. Opportunities for them to claw back time are fast running out. The finish line in Paris is now just 668 kilometres (415 miles) and five days away. To their credit, they arent simply accepting defeat but are harassing Froome all the way. If Froome wins, the way his rivals have repeatedly tested the British rider over the three weeks should give him the extra satisfaction of a victory hard-earned. Stage 16 wound from Provence past vineyards, lavender fields and villages clinging to hillsides to the town of Gap, a staging post for what promises to be a grand finale in the Alps for the 100th Tour. For a long while, it seemed that the 168-kilometre (104-mile) trek to Gap from Vaison-la-Romaine, a charming town with old ruins near the Mont Ventoux where Froome won on Sunday, would be one of those Tour stages that dont amount to much. Apparently keeping their powder dry for the Alps, Froome and other main protagonissts allowed 26 riders -- none of them a podium threat -- to escape far ahead. Chris Paul Authentic Jersey. The stage winner, Rui Costa, later emerged from that group, riding away on the days last climb, a 9.5-kilometre (6-mile) long ascent to Col de Manse, and then zipping down to Gap. Although the Manse climb is less arduous and less steep than the Ventoux, where Froome blasted past Contador, the Spaniard and Kreuziger used to it test the Briton and his Australian wingman, Richie Porte. Several times, Contador tried accelerating away. Kreuziger did, too. But Porte and then Froome alone wouldnt let them get away. To cool the asphalt, authorities doused the top of the climb with water. But Porte said the road down from there was sticky and slippery -- just as it was in the heat wave of 2003, when Belokis back wheel slid away from him on a bend, hurling him to the ground. Armstrong went on to win that Tour -- only to have that and all six of his other victories in cyclings premier race stripped from him last year for doping. On Tuesday, touching their brakes caused wheels to slip, Porte said. "All of us had a bit of a moment coming down there, losing the front wheel, back wheel," he said. Yet Contador was flying, with Froome in his wake. Rounding a sharp right-hander, "the bike got away from me," Contador said. "It was really difficult. In normal conditions I wouldnt have slipped like that, but it was very difficult terrain," said the 2007 and 09 champion, who was stripped of his 10 title for a failed doping test. "Sometimes you have to go for it, whether its at the start or the end of a stage." Froome said Contador "was taking too many risks." "All teams are starting to get desperate now and theyre taking uncalculated risks," he said. "In my opinion it was a bit dangerous from Alberto to ride like that, its not good." Worryingly for Froome, theres worse to come. Thursdays Stage 18 not only includes a double ascent to the ski station of Alpe dHuez, with its 21 hairpin bends, but also a harrowing descent that several riders have voiced concerns about. Having seen that Froome wasnt completely comfortable chasing after Contador on Tuesday, the risk now is that his rivals could try to unsettle him again on Thursdays downhill from Col de Sarenne. "It is a very dangerous descent. The road surface is not great," Froome said. "And there arent any barriers on the corners, so if you go over the corner then you will fall down a long way. Its a dangerous descent and I hope the riders are aware of that, that they dont take risks like they did today." ------ AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire contributed. 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 ' ' '
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Sonny Gray is one of the best pitchers in the American League.Gray, an All-Star last season but with a 5.49 ERA before Tuesday night, overcame that one volatile inning and had a season-high eight strikeouts as the As beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-3.The only hits Gray (5-9) allowed came to five consecutive batters to start the Rangers fifth, including deep opposite-field homers by Joey Gallo and Mitch Moreland. Gray had retired 12 of the first 13 batters before that and struck out the last two batters he faced to finish the sixth.The first four innings and even the sixth inning, thats the pitcher that I want to be and the pitcher that Ive been my whole career, not only in the big leagues, but my whole life, Gray said. I dont know what its been this year. I cant explain just the one inning.Josh Reddick drove in three runs for the As, who won for the fourth time in five games. Reddicks two-run homer in the fourth was one of three homers by the As. Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien also went deep.Gray, who has won all six of his career starts at Texas, struck out all three batters in the first and had five Ks through two innings.In the third, he had a nifty defensive play, bouncing off the mound toward the third-base line to field a high chopper. He made a backhanded catch and then an off-balance throw falling toward the line to get Robinson Chirinos out at first.He pitched great, and he got through a tough spot, which he wasnt able to do against them the one time at home, Melvin said. Hes working through some things in a difficult year for him, and he got through it tonight. He got us through six innings, and he pitched great.Crisp led off the fourth with his eighth homer of the season, and Reddick homered after Jed Lowries single. Semiens 21st homer started the fifth off Nick Martinez (1-3) before Reddick added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.The no-hit bid for Gray ended when Rougned Odor singled on the first pitch of the fifth, thoughh he was easily thrown out trying to stretch a routine single to right into a double. Chad Kelly Broncos Jersey. .Gallo then homered, a 448-foot opposite-field blast over the As bullpen in left-center. Ryan Rua singled before Moreland also went the opposite way over that bullpen, a 423-foot homer.Martinez gave up five runs and six hits while pitching into the fifth after being recalled to start in place of Kyle Lohse, the 37-year-old right-hander designated for assignment with a 12.54 ERA after losing both of his Texas starts.Three solid innings, two challenging innings, manager Jeff Banister said. We liked what we saw the first three innings.BIG PROSPECTWith Prince Fielder expected to have season-ending neck surgery, the Rangers recalled Gallo to give them a left-hander with potential power. Gallo hit six homers in 36 games last season in his MLB debut, but had just one at-bat this year for the Rangers before Tuesday night.SHORT HOPSThe start of the game was delayed 62 minutes because of rain. ... Gray has allowed 17 homers, matching his career high set last season. The right-hander had been 1-8 with a 6.45 ERA his previous 14 starts. ... Oakland C Stephen Vogt returned after missing three games while on family medical leave.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: LHP Rich Hill, who hasnt started since July 17 because of a persistent blister, hopes to return Sunday. He threw a bullpen session with tape over the blister Tuesday after playing catch with it uncovered.Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was out of the lineup for the second time in a nine-day stretch that also included an off day for the team. Banister said Andrus was a little banged up but would play Wednesday.UP NEXTAthletics: Lefty Sean Manaea (3-5, 4.61 ERA) has allowed only two runs in 20 innings his last three starts -- and the As have scored only once while he was pitching in that span.Rangers: Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.12) is winless in his two starts since returning from the disabled list, but the Rangers have scored only two runs total for him in those games. The right-hander struck out 11 in six innings at Kansas City last Friday. 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 ' ' '
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