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Rory McIlroy believes he needs to improve his mental approach despite a strong finish to a frustrating week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Sokratis Papastathopoulos Arsenal Jersey . The four-time major champion went in to the final round 16 shots adrift of Jason Day after a disappointing week at Bay Hill, but carded two eagles and five birdies to close with an encouraging seven-under 65.McIlroy was never in contention for a first win of the season after Fridays second-round 67 was sandwiched between two 75s, while a double-bogey at the 14th during the final round was his sixth of the week and his most ever in a PGA Tour event.  The world No 3 has carded more double-bogeys this week than any other tournament in his PGA Tour career I cant keep beating myself up mentally, McIlroy told Sky Sports. Thats something that Ive done this week for hitting bad shots and making mistakes. If I can be just a bit better mentally then hopefully thatll be the key for me.Even today I threw in a double-bogey, which has been the story of not just my week, but my season so far. I just need to eradicate the mistakes.If I can get rid of those mistakes and play some of the golf that I have been playing, then theres no reason why I cant go on and content a lot of weeks this year.McIlroy followed a long-range birdie at the second with back-to-back gains from the fourth, before chipping in to eagle the sixth and picking up another stroke at the ninth. McIlroy carded two eagles during his final round After reaching the turn in 30, McIlroy struggled to make further movement up the leaderboard and ran up a double-bogey at the short 14th.However, the world No 3 recovered well to post a second eagle at the par-5 sixth before finishing his week by draining a long-range birdie from almost 60 feet.Bryson [DeChambeau] and myself both got off to a great start, McIlroy said. I think we fed off one another early on and we were just trying to keep it going.I hit a little bit of a lull at the start of the back nine when I was really trying to push on and make a few more birdies but made up for that with my finish on the last three holes. Rory McIlroy sinks a monster birdie putt to end his final round at Bay Hill on 65 Its a nice way to round off the week. I was really disappointed coming off the course yesterday after feeling like my game was in really good shape coming here.Weve seen glimpses of that this week with a 67 which could have been a lot better on Friday and then a 65 today.McIlroy is back in action next week when he attempts to defend his WGC Dell Match Play title, in what will be his final appearance before next months Masters.Its all about Augusta, the 26-year-old added. Next week is a bit of a weird week for my final competitive week going into Augusta, but it will be great to get some matches under my belt.Match play is like being in contention on a weekend from the very first hole so I think thats going to be a great thing for me to see if I can play this sort of golf under pressure when I need to.I am excited for next week but obviously looking ahead, Im very excited for Augusta. Also See: WATCH: McIlroys big birdie Third round highlights Bay Hill leaderboard Golf live on Sky Sports 4 Ainsley Maitland-Niles Arsenal Jersey . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. Mohamed Elneny Arsenal Jersey . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. . "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. On the team plane late Sunday after a dismal loss to the Pacers -- the second of three straight -- Chris Paul strode to Blake Griffins seat for a chat about what had befallen the mighty Clippers.The talk was brief, and happy. Well be fine, Griffin told Paul, the two men recalled to They had to play harder, and trust in their system. Paul agreed, and the two chuckled about how uncomfortable the same conversation might have been even just a year ago.It used to be, if we lost, everyone might be, Its his fault! We need to change this and that! Paul said.Theres no finger pointing now, Griffin added.There is some disagreement as to how ugly things got in the Clippers locker room during low points in this half-decade of unfulfilled contention. But there were bad times, especially when Griffin and Jordan were younger -- and in Pauls eyes, perhaps not ready to win. We won 17 straight in [2012-13], Paul said, but the spirit wasnt right.We had rifts, Griffin recalled of that team.Paul is always yapping at teammates; a basket microphone caught him telling DeAndre Jordan to wake the ---- up! early in that Pacers loss. Eight-plus months of that can grate on anyone. Some with the team miss Matt Barnes, because Barnes was the only player crazy enough to tell Paul -- in profane terms -- to stop talking.Thats me, Paul said. I gotta be who I am. I try hard to say stuff in different ways to different people.Griffins rise to superstardom muddled the teams hierarchy, since he needed to siphon some ball-handling duties from Paul. When you have multiple alphas, multiple guys in a lot of TV commercials, there is always going to be some tension and clashing,?J.J. Redick told not completely gone. Griffin smashing his hand in an after-hours fight last season jolted the team. But everyone swears the vibe is the best its been since Pauls arrival five long years ago. I never had a problem with Chris, Griffin said. Sometimes it was better than others. Our spirit as a team is great now.It had better be. This may be the last, best chance for the cursed L.A. stepchild to bust through the second round and chase the sort of success theyve never experienced. More than a year ago, Doc Rivers, the teams coach and team president,?told me that teams who fall short over and over grow stale?-- and that the Clippers were on the borderline of needing a shakeup.Three of their core four players -- Paul, Griffin, and Redick -- enter free agency this summer, assuming Paul and Griffin exercise early termination options. Paul and Redick are on the wrong side of the aging curve; Jordan and Griffin, bouncy types who rely to varying degrees on their athleticism, arent that far behind.Rivers the president has left the cupboard nearly barren of young players and draft picks. If Paul or Griffin leaves, it is unclear how the Clippers can maintain a 55-win team. The Clippers present perhaps the best human drama of the 2016-17 season: can a great team heal its fractures, and find the best version of itself, before its too late?Divided teams rarely survive the playoffs. The Clippers showed real mettle in outlasting San Antonio during their epic seven-game series two seasons ago, but they have quaked in other pressurized situations-- including in their inexplicable collapse against a plainly inferior Houston team one round later. In frantic moments, great teams find calm -- a collective trust, and a desire to win for each other.With us, Paul said, it will all be about how we respond to adversity.The true Clippers are much closer to the juggernaut that started the season 14-2 than the tired patsy of the past week. Theyve already played 19 games, second-most in the league, and they rested Griffin during their bizarro loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Even after this dip, the Clips rank fifth in points per possession and second in points allowed per possession -- markers of an elite team.Zoom out, and it looks like this nucleus is approaching the apex of what it can be. Their core can put up 110 blindfolded despite intractable spacing issues. Griffin and Jordan clutter the paint, and no one guards Luc Richard Mbah a Moute -- the name upon which Rivers Wheel-O-Random-Small-Forwards apparently landed.Talent can trump fit. Griffin and Paul are so good, and so smart, they dont need much space to destroy you. They think one step ahead of defenses, and acting early allows them to thread pinpoint passes through narrow corridors before those gaps close. Theyve been zig-zagging the ball through overcrowded lanes for years:Their four key starters have run through north of 10,000 offensive possessions together, and the shared knowledge allows them to make those wink-wink improv reads that only come with time. Look how Paul and Griffin abort a scripted handoff and zoom into an unconventional pick-and-roll:Were as familiar with each other as you can be, Paul said.Marreese Speights provides a workable backup -- and a nice fit with Griffin -- when teams hack Jordan. (The Clippers have explored virtual reality technology to remedy Jordans horrid foul shooting, per league sources.)Their offense has hummed right along in the postseason, even with that gaping hole at small forward. Opposing defenses ignored Barnes, but the problem will be more severe with Mbah a Moute; Barnes is a zippy cutter who slashes across the floor in unpredictable diagonals. Mbah a Moute is slower, and chills in the corner.In the playoffs, defenses will force the other Clippers to pass to him. They are already doing it.My job is pretty simple, Mbah a Moute told Stand in the corner and make plays. Hes doing just enough so far; Mbah a Moute has canned 42 percent of his corner 3s, and he looks more comfortable pumping-and-driving.The Clippers appear ready to ride or die with Mbah a Moute. Wesley Johnson, who started nine games last season, has logged zero seconds alongside L.A.s other four starters; the team prefers him as a small-ball power forward on its revamped bench mob. Paul Pierce is on a retirement tour, and for reasons no one can explain, Alan Anderson cant even get in during garbage time.The Clippers are almost out of trade assets after their predictably disastrous Hail Mary for Jeff Green. They could package Crawford and a first-round pick in search of an upgrade on the wing, but that offering wont net much, and the team loves Crawford. Wings dont come cheap; the Bucks surrendered a former Rookie of the Year to snag Tony freaking Snell, and Jerami Grant fetched Philly a protected first-round pick. It is almost impossible to find a gettable wing who moves the needle.(As an aside, the Clippers can indeed trade a 2021 or 2022 first-round pick despite owing a lottery-protected 2017 pick to Toronto and a first-round pick that goes to Boston two years after they flip the initial pick to the Raptors. The league quietly tweaked trade rules over the summer so that teams could simultaneously owe two picks with that two years after language attached. In the past, a team could owe only one such pick.)The Clips will need Mbah a Moutes stout, switchy defense against Kawhi Leonard and Golden States army of wings. For us to win, hes got to be on the floor, Redick said.Even with Mbah a Moute entrenched, every measure of scoring punch has nudged in a healthy direction, anyway. The Clips are shooting enough 3s, and theyre working their way to about four more shots per game in the restricted area after generating the second-fewest such attempts last season, per NBA.comGriffin hhas been hunting tin again. Alex Iwobi Jersey. A full 41 percent of his shots have come within three feet of the rim, a huge jump from last season, and hes traded out a bunch of long 2s. Griffin expanded his range to accommodate Jordan, and its easier on his body to drift for jumpers. Sometimes its the right choice. But if theres enough time on the shot clock, the Clips often find something better if Griffin presses the case.The Clippers unleash Griffins coast-to-coast game in transition, and when he doesnt have the ball, he sprints into deep post position before the defense can get set. The Clippers are fourth in fast-break points, a big number given Pauls slow-poke tendencies. They should probably run more.Their interior scoring numbers will look even better when Griffins post game picks up. The Clips are going to him on the block a bit less this season, and Griffin is shooting 37 percent on post-ups -- while drawing way fewer shooting fouls than usual, per Synergy Sports. (Griffin is plainly frustrated by the lack of calls; he might have taken the league lead from Dion Waiters in most AND-ONE! shouts. I yell it now even when Im not getting fouled, just to remind them for next time, Griffin said, laughing.)But a lot of bunnies are just rimming out, and the Clippers know this is a weapon theyll need in May.One way to unlock it: switch pick-and-rolls on defense, slide Griffin onto a guard, get a stop, and rush to the other end so that little guy is stuck jostling with Griffin. They switch more late in the shot clock, and against big men who cant hurt their guards in the post.I love switching, Griffin said. It creates so much chaos.The big-picture signs are good, too. The Clippers are coaxing opponents away from the most profitable spots. Only 28 percent of opponent shots have come from 3-point range, the fifth-lowest rate in the league -- the best L.A. has ranked in that category over the Paul-Griffin era. Only four teams have allowed fewer shots within the restricted area, per after years of hacking the hell out of everyone, the Clips are a middle-of-the-pack foul team.These are all fringe changes -- the redistribution of a half-dozen enemy shots, and fewer freebies. One or two would mean nothing. But if a bunch of tiny trends point the same way, it adds up. You take a little bit here, and a little bit there, Crawford said, and it makes a difference.Theyve had issues during this downturn, and against pick-and-pop bigs who feast when Jordan drops into the paint to corral a pick-and-roll; Myles Turner, Marc Gasol, and Brook Lopez have all rained fire from deep.They might be due some good luck here; opponents have hit 40 percent of wide-open 3s against them, one of the beefiest marks in the league.Regardless, theyll adjust in the playoffs. The Clippers transitioned last season from a hyper-aggressive trapping scheme into their current drop-back system, but they can still bust out the frenzy against opponents who require it. They blitzed Damian Lillard 30 feet from the rim in the first round last season. If LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol start swishing midrange pick-and-pops, the Clippers will stick closer to them.The switching scheme will be a necessity against the Warriors. Switching is good practice for them, Griffin said. To get where you want to go, you have to get by them.Theyll switch off-ball screens all over the floor, and Griffin is fast enough to hang with both Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Switching Jordan onto a guard is dicier, but sometimes its the lesser-of-all-evils.If Paul stays attached to Currys hip on the dread Curry-Draymond Green pick-and-roll and chases him into 2-point range, Jordan can hang back -- and then recover before Green rumbles for a dunk:Jordan may not guard Green at all when Golden State goes to its Death Lineup; the Clips slot him onto Andre Iguodala, so either Griffin or Mbah a Moute can take Green -- and switch onto Curry.In theory, the Clippers have the tools to be a problem for the Warriors. Griffin will go at Durant in the post when the Warriors downsize, and he and Jordan can crash the hell out of the offensive glass. Their approach to offense -- low turnovers, selective fast-breaking, careful floor balance for transition defense -- mirrors what Cleveland did in the Finals.It just hasnt worked. Golden State has shredded L.A.s defense in every recent matchup. The Clippers will negotiate the first two switches fine, and then break down on the third or fourth action. Someone will back-cut Crawford. Currys shoulder-shaking has juked Paul. Klay Thompson is cool shooting right over Redick. Two Clippers will chase one Warrior, leaving another naked. Griffin isnt quite long enough to bother Curry on those step-back 3s. Jordan is too slow to pivot into emergency response mode when Curry has daylight:Expecting perfection against the Warriors gauntlet is unfair. Every team messes up a dozen or so possessions each night. But to have any chance, you have to minimize that number, and the Clippers havent shown they can do that. When you defend them, Redick said, its almost like every play has the intensity of the last minute in a close game. You have to defend so many actions. Fall asleep for a second, and its over.Mbah a Moute might help. The Clippers have discussed pairing Paul with Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers in quicker lineups that might skitter through the Golden State labyrinth. It is hard to play Crawford against Golden States core groups, though he is adamant he can manage. Thats always the question with me, Crawford said. I can look you dead in the eye and say I can do it.Even if he cant, its unfathomable -- without fathom! -- that the solution to upsetting the Warriors involves extra heapings of Felton and the junior Rivers.The Clippers should at least get a crack at Golden State in the West finals. They are better, and deeper, than the Spurs, though home-court could decide that potential second-round matchup. If the Clippers are healthy, anything less than a conference finals appearance counts as a failure. Id take Golden State over the Clippers in a theoretical final four showdown, but theres no shame in losing a competitive series to these Warriors.And then, the eternal question: Run it back again? There isnt much of an alternative; they wont have cap flexibility unless a big fish leaves. They are not positioned well for a rebuild, and Rivers has no interest in one. The Clippers are awesome, and there is no guarantee the Warriors rampage through the next three-plus seasons. Hell, a year ago, some NBA team executives -- actual humans -- talked about keeping their powder dry to wait out the Golden State dynasty. Hows that look now?Steve Ballmer, L.A.s moneybags owner, has already said hell pay the cost. Maxing out Griffin is a no-brainer, and the team expects Paul to demand the full five-year max (or whatever the longest possible deal ends up being in the revised collective bargaining agreement) to stick around, per several league sources. That would take him well past age 35. Gulp. Suitors will line up for Redick.Rivers was right last fall: teams grow stale. People decide to move on. If the ending is unhappy again, Id bet on at least one big change in Clipperland. For now, the team is trying to enjoy the journey -- and the clean locker-room air.The spirit is right, Paul said. You cant take that for granted. ' ' ' 
The?Michigan Wolverines?lost a commitment from ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon on Monday because of a mailing gaffe. Quinnen Williams Jets Jersey .Solomon, a senior at Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia, told that he was mailed a letter thanking him for attending Michigans BBQ recruiting event. The only problem was that Solomon did not attend the event, which made him feel that he wasnt as big of a priority to the Michigan coaches as he thought.A day or two ago, they sent my mom a card thanking us for going to the Michigan BBQ, but we never went, Solomon told I do not know which recruit they were talking to, but it was not me. It was just a little heartbreaking, for me to supposedly be so high on their list, for them to confuse me with someone else.Plus they spelled both of my names wrong after I told them, but that was not the main issue. I guess they do not have tabs on me.The No. 61-ranked prospect tweeted out his decision to decommit and said that sometimes its easy to get lost in the moment and excitement.Solomon also mentioned in the tweet that his mother will be in the drivers seat when it comes to his recruitment, which is an important piece to his decommitment. She was not in attendance when Solomon committed to Michigan during his visit.At the time, his mother said she was surprised by her sons decision to commit so quickly.Even some of Solomons high school coaches were shocked when the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman committed to Michigan. Many believed he would stay in-state and choose Georgia or stay closer to home in the SEC.Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio says he hasnt discussed the decommitment with Solomon, but he doesnt believe the botched letter is the main reason.I dont think that was a major role, Fabrizio said. I think it was his family taking the time to think about things and make sure they explore all their opportunities. Im sure that he and his family have been thinking about this, but I dont think it was a rash decision.The Wolverines have been hit by three decommitments in the past two days. Offensive lineman Jalil Irvin and Leonard Taylor, both members of the Class of 2018, also have decommitted from the Wolverines. Chuma Edoga Jersey . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Sam Darnold Youth Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. LOS ANGELES -- Southern California has granted quarterback Max Browne permission to speak with other programs about a possible transfer, though the redshirt junior remains with the team.Trojans coach Clay Helton said Tuesday that Browne can speak to any FBS program, including other schools in the Pac-12. Browne would be immediately eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer from USC (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12).He has graduated from this university and has done everything right, so he deserves the opportunity to find his perfect fit, whether that is here or someplace else, said Helton, who took the starting job away from Browne after three games this season. The biggest thing is just to get the word out.After three years in the tumultuous USC program as a redshirt and Cody Kesslers backup, Browne passed for 481 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but USC went 1-2 while scoring just one touchhdown in its losses to top-ranked Alabama and defending conference champion Stanford. Keyshawn Johnson Jets Jersey. rowne then lost his position to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, who has led USC on a four-game winning streak after losing his debut at Utah. Darnold has been excellent while passing for 1,565 yards with 18 touchdown passes.Darnold has thrown 16 TD passes with just two interceptions during the Trojans four-game winning streak. USC hosts Oregon on Saturday.Browne was regarded as the top pro-style quarterback in the 2013 recruiting cycle after a record-setting career at Skyline in Sammamish, Washington. Long-departed coach Lane Kiffin recruited him, but Browne stuck with the Trojans through several coaching changes, including last seasons switch to Helton, his former position coach. ' ' ' 
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool Jersey . -- Glover Quin says he stays away from alcohol during the season, drinks more than 200 ounces of water daily and some weeks, hell allow himself to splurge and have one dessert.The Detroit Lions safety lifts weights four times between games and participates in every practice, passing on the option of taking a day off here and there as eight-year veterans are able to in the NFL. Quins regimen seems to be working very well.He has started 105 straight games, the longest active streak by an NFL safety and the longest among his teammates.Its something that I do take pride in, especially now that the number has gotten pretty high, Quin said Wednesday.Its definitely something that I think about in the offseason, during the week and week to week. It pushes you. I want to play in all the games. More importantly, I would like to play in every play of every game. And to do that, you got to practice.Detroit (2-3) will play the Los Angeles Rams (3-2) on Sunday.The Lions have made a lot of moves over the years that simply havent panned out, leading to just two winning seasons since 2001.Signing Quin as a free agent three years ago has been an exception. He has one interception this season, raising his total with the Lions to 15 to trail only Seattles Richard Sherman since 2013.He had an NFL-high seven interceptions in 2014, becoming the first Lion to lead the league in that category since 1967 when Lem Barney began his Hall of Fame career with 10 interceptions.Hes impressive to watch, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. Ive got great respect for him. Week in and week out, hes just there.The last time Quin was not out there on the field was Dec. 6, 2009, when Houston was at Jacksonville. That was Week 13 of that season, a fact recalled correctly Wednesday by Quin as if the Texans decision to leave him inactive in that game still bothers him.They said I had a concussion, Quin said. I didnt feel like I did, but they wouldnt let me play.Since then, Quin has started every game.The 30-year-old Quin is in his fourth season with the Lions. He played for the Texans for four seasons, the last two at a new position. Houston drafted the Mississippi native out of New Mexico in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. After Quin made three interceptions in his second season at cornerback, he was moved to strong safety.We got a new D-coordinator, Wade Philips, and he liked more cover safeties, Quin said. I was always the guy who knew what was going on and was a communicative type guy.He still is.Quin talked with reporters at his locker for more than 20 minutes Wednesday and that was not an unusually long conversation. On the field, he is often seen speaking to teammates to show and tell them what to do and where to be.Hes been a great person to watch and learn from because of all of the experience he has, said 21-year-old cornerback Alex Carter, who is on Detroits practice squad.As a young guy like me, its amazing to see someone who has been in the league as long as he has and to see how hard he works every day. He understands what the offense is trying to do and how the defense works. He lets us see what his mind sees. In the film room, he may say, `When this is the formation, and the front is doing this and the back is doing that, and the end is crashing, you want to be here. His football IQ is immensely high.And, Quin seems to think it is simply intelligent to choose not to drink during the season.If you drink on a Tuesday night and you come into work a little hungover, your workout in the weight room probably wont be as tough as my workout, Quin said, explaining his reasoning. 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The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net.Sky Sports presenter Alex Hammond looks ahead to Saturdays racing highlight, the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. A cracking renewal of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is in store at Newbury on Saturday, who wins? It really is, but the rain has thrown a real spanner in the works. Newbury have been unlucky with the weather so far this Flat season, as you may recall they had to switch the Greenham card to Chelmsford.Protagonists that will enjoy softer conditions are Toormore, Kodi Bear and Belardo. Toormore is a class act and he won the Sandown Mile on his reappearance when expected to need the run. That will have brought him on and its interesting his trainer, Richard Hannon, has taken a different approach with him this season. Last term he went straight to this race after his winter break and was touched off by his stable mate Night Of Thunder. He looked burly that day so on the back of a pipe-opener this time he goes to Newbury with outstanding claims.Kodi Bear shouldnt be inconvenienced by the fact this is his first run since October as hes another horse that goes well fresh. He has still only been to the racetrack nine times in his life due to a serious infection that ruled him out of the early part of his three-year-old season and as a result ruling out a Classic campaign. He can be difficult in his races but has struck up a good partnership with Gerald Mosse.Lets not forget Belardo, who won the Dewhurst as a juvenile (Kodi Bear runner-up) and he looked a bit unlucky when sent off favourite at Sandoown, finishing fourth behind Toormore when the race wasnt run to suit. Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool Jersey. He could go a lot better here if things pan out for him.Dutch Connection was ahead of Belardo there, as he ran a promising second to Toormore, but the ground is likely to blunt his speed and he may have to settle for seeing the backside of Toormore once again. That said, Godolphin clearly liked what they saw at the Esher track as they have since purchased the Charlie Hills-trained colt.In fact, Godolphin seem keen to get an early Group One on their CV with Home Of The Brave another they have added to their string this week. I really like this horse, but the unseasonable weather must have been a real disappointment to trainer Hugo Palmer as he is more effective on fast ground and hasnt been declared.Sadly, Limato doesnt enjoy soft ground, either, so its disappointing to see the rain has hit Newbury. Henry Candys sprint star has yet to run over a mile and the prospect of seeing a horse with his ability over the trip is exciting. If a warm, drying gale (minus the rain) doesnt hit the course he just wont line up.So, the odds on the boys in blue winning the race yet again look strong with Toormore, Belardo and Dutch Connection all leading contenders. Do I give Toormore one more chance? I think so, he has plenty going for him and continues to be well supported. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports ' ' ' 
Football fans around the world will be disgusted with the claims that Sepp Blatter and other top FIFA officials paid themselves gargantuan bonuses, Damian Collins has told Sky Sports News HQ. Derrick Henry Jersey . The Conservative MP and member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee believes claims that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner wrongly profited by £55m from the organisation poses serious questions of both FIFA and its auditors KPMG.Banned former FIFA president Blatter, former secretary general Valcke and former deputy secretary general Kattner enriched themselves, according to investigators, with a series of salary increases, bonuses and incentives in the past five years, some of which broke the law. Damian Collins is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee And Collins said: Its incredibly serious and there are a couple of very important points from it.Do we seriously believe that it is only these three that knew what was going on? It poses a lot of very challenging questions of FIFA, particular of people who at on compensation committees of FIFA and saw payments being made to executives.I think it also poses difficult questions for KPMG, whove been FIFAs auditors for a long time as well. Were these payments being noted in any way? We are talking tens of millions of pounds, not small change. Change FIFA co-founder David Larkin says that sport is getting out of control I think football fans around the world will react with disgust at the way in which it appears senior FIFA executives have seen to enrich themselves with these gargantuan bonuses.Change FIFA co-founder David Larkin also told Sky Sports News HQ that the revelations were stunning and that sport in general is getting out of control.The thing that is stunning is that this is an organisation thats had no transparency or accountability to the public, when in essence its the public that funds it, he said. Sepp Blatter and two others wrongly profited by £55m from FIFA It must be held accountable and transparent, and we still dont have that with Mr Infantino. We have enrichment beyond our wildest dreams, and its stunning that this would be revealed on the day when current FIFA president is under massive pressure with regards to what he did with some recordings.The first thing that I would say is that FIFA always says no, no, no - its our money. No its not. When FIFA holds a World Cup, they socialise the costs and privatise the profits. The profits come from the people.So this organisation now suggesting it can write itself cheques in secret is one more demonstration that it cannot be trusted, and its leaders cannot be trusted, and that sport is out of control. Its time to renegotiate the relationship between sport and the public. Also See: FIFA lawyers latest Blatter claims FIFA respond to Infantino claims Jeffery Simmons Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Amani Hooker Youth Jersey . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what Ive achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedEx Cup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," he said. . The home side created most of the chances but struggled to break down Braunschweigs resilient defence, resulting in the Bundesligas 1,000th scoreless draw. A hat trick of stunning headers from Salomon Rondon earned West Bromwich Albion a 3-1 win over Swansea City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.The Venezuelan frontman nodded in three times in less than 15 minutes at the start of the second half to put Tony Pulis men in control after a dismal first period.Wayne Routledge pulled one back for the visitors late, but it wasnt enough to stop all three points from staying in the Midlands.Both teams struggled to settle into the match early on and it took over half an hour for there to be any real goalmouth action. Nacer Chadli, on his return to the Baggies side, slid in Rondon after 37 minutes, but the frontmans effort was met by a spread-eagle Lukasz Fabianski.The hosts nearly fell behind just before the interval when Chris Brunt reacted too slowly to a Neil Taylor cross and nearly directed the ball into the back of his own net.Pulis must have given his team a rocket at the break because they immediately came out firing at the interval -- particularly Rondon.His firrst came on 50 minutes when he lost his marker to bullet a header past Fabianski from eight yards after getting onto the end of a Matt Phillips free-kick. Curley Culp Youth Jersey. Twelve minutes later he doubled his account; Brunt swept in a delightful cross from the left and Rondon met it at the back post, heading back across goal to put West Brom two up.And he completed his hat trick only two minutes afterwards in a carbon copy of his second, Brunt caressing a delivery in from the touchline and the ex-Zenit man powering a header into the top right-hand corner.Swansea reduced the deficit to two with 10 minutes to go as Routledge scruffily bundled in after Borja Bastons shot had been stopped by Ben Foster.But, despite a late opportunity for Baston and a point-blank save from Foster to stop a possible Gareth McAuley own goal, West Brom deservedly held on to go seventh in the Premier League. ' ' ' 
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the paddock after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Fake Shoes Free Shipping .MercedesLewis Hamilton (1st): I loved that lap, it felt fantastic. It was poetry in motion - the adrenaline was crazy. Ive felt good all weekend and it all started with the initial setup from Friday. Ive been working closely with my engineers and mechanics, taking small steps forward with the balance of the car, and I knew if it all came together then I could do that kind of lap time. Its a really tough circuit and you have to get everything right, especially the braking zones. The team has done another fantastic job today and Im looking forward to the race tomorrow.Nico Rosberg (2nd): Ive had a good weekend so far, but Lewis produced some really good laps. I couldnt match him today. But my race pace was really good in practice on Friday, so Im very positive for tomorrow. Its a long race and you never know what can happen, I will give it everything. Its clear our car is the quickest around the Monza track and I anticipate a great duel with Lewis again. The atmosphere is great and it would mean a lot to me if I were to win here.Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: That was a very impressive and dominant performance for the team - and especially from Lewis as well. He has had a little advantage throughout most of the weekend and he could make really good use of it this afternoon. It was important to get both cars through Q2 on the soft tyres, so we have that strategic advantage for the first stint and then more options in the race, and both boys did that quite comfortably.We have seen some good gaps this afternoon and during practice - the car has been in a good sweet spot ever since we hit the track on Friday morning. But, like always, we only score the points on Sunday afternoon. So lets do our properly homework tonight and everything we can to make sure the picture looks just as good tomorrow evening.Paddy Lowe, executve director (technical): Congratulations to Lewis on an absolutely stunning lap in Q3 for pole position and a great job by Nico to complete the front row. The car ran really well today and its testament to the hard work and dedication of the team back at Brackley and Brixworth, as well as the team here in the garage to get the right setup in place for the drivers.We elected to run the soft tyre in Q2, considering that the better tyre to start the race on, with the knowledge it had the pace to get us safely through to Q3. Both drivers were also keen to get more practice on the soft tyre. Congratulations once again to the team on a fantastic result at this amazing historic venue.FerrariSebastian Vettel (3rd): Overall it has been a good weekend so far, putting both cars in the second row. Im sure we can have a good race from there tomorrow. Hopefully we can take the advantage at the start but we have to wait and see. Once the lights go out we hope we can find a good traction which the tyres should give us. Its a long way down to Turn 1 and even if we can try something the race is not one stretch, its 53 laps around here.To be honest, after I saw the times already in Q1 and in Q2 on a different compound, I knew it would be difficult, but you never know...I was pushing as hard as I could, probably too hard in the first run in Q3 and it wasnt a good lap; fortunately in the end I got it back again. I think overall Im pretty happy, not so much with the beginning of the lap but I think our race pace is better than the gap in qualifying indicates, so well see. We dont mind whos behind us, the important thing is whoever is in front and we still have two cars.The gap is a bit bigger than we would like, but equally the last two races things are coming down a little bit more and things are heading the right way also back in the factory. Even if we dont like it, we need to be a bit patient, Im sure it will come.Kimi Raikkonen (4th): Today we did the best we could and got the most out of the car. For sure we would have been more satisfied with the first row, but this is the maximum we could achieve. We have to be happy with what we did knowing our limits, but obviously our aim is to be higher up. Tomorrow is a different day and if we can make a very strong start we can build our race.Certain teams will start with different tires, time will tell what will happen in the long run, but we felt that starting with the Supersoft compound was the best choice for us. Its going to be a long race, tricky for the tires, and a lot of things can happen; we have to put ourselves up there and if something happens we have to try to maximize our result. Well try to make the good choice when it comes to pit stops and see how it pans out. Our rivals have been very strong today, but well try our best tomorrow and hopefully we have the chance to challenge them.WilliamsValtteri Bottas (5th): I felt it was a very good qualifying today. Fifth is a good position to start in and Ill be on the clean side of the track, so we definitely maximised the potential of the car. I felt I did one of my best qualifyings ever. I think we have a good chance to score some good points and I hope Felipe can also come back from P11 with a free choice of tyres to get some strong points for the team.Felipe Massa (11th): P11 is not where we expected to be today - we thought we would get into Q3 quite easily, so its a bit disappointing. I had to go very slow on my outlap before my second run in Q2, and as a result the tyres lacked the grip I needed to improve my time and everyone else was going quicker. The benefit is that I get a free choice of tyres tomorrow for the race which will help us with the strategy, so hopefully we can make the most of that.Rob Smedley, head of performance engineering: Overall I think its been a positive session for us, and a good weekend so far. I was fairly confident going into qualifying that we could get a result like this. Valtteri has absolutely maximised everything he could, and managed to get us ahead of the two Red Bulls as well which will be great for the race tomorrow. Felipe wasnt able to quite get his lap together in Q2 unfortunately, but starting P11 gives us a free choice of tyres and he showed great pace on Friday, so we can still get a lot from starting in that position.Red BullDaniel Ricciardo (6th): We expected to be floating around the top five and we were one thousandth of a second off fifth. Its a little frustrating but at least there were no major surprises. Qualifying on the soft tyres would have been ideal but the pace was really high and our lap time was close to the cut off. We were forced to use the super-soft instead to be on the safe side getting into Q3.If we had qualified on the soft tyre we could have had a good fight with Ferrari but that will be a little harder now we are on the super-softs. We knew Williams would be quick around here but with DRS and being strong on the brakes we can still pull off some moves. I think we can have good race pace and it would be nice if we can find an edge overnight but either way we can have some fun and challenge for top five.Max Verstappen: (7th): Im actually pretty happy with qualifying today. I thought we would be more behind but actually everything was very tight. We lost radio communications in the end so I didnt know where I was and when I came back and saw that I was seventh I thought thats not too bad. Were within three hundredths to P5 so I think we cant complain, especially with the compromises we have to make with the downforce levels.You never know what will happen tomorrow, normally were a bit stronger in the race than in qualifying, so lets hope for a good race. Of course you always want to be further ahead but we have to be realistic and this track is a challenge for us.Christian Horner, team principal: Mercedes were obviously in a class of their own today. At a circuit we knew would pose the biggest challenge to us on the calendar; sixth and seventh is about where we realistically expected to be. We are very close to the Williams of Bottas and hopefully at the grand prix tomorrow we can show a stronger race pace.Force IndiaSergio Perez (8th): I think we can be satisfied about todays result. We have been struggling all weekend, but we worked really hard last night to improve the car balance and made a step forward for qualifying. Some of our rivals seem to have very strong pace, but I think we maximised our qualifying effort with both cars in the top ten. In Q1, it was crucial to put together the perfect lap on my first run; that gave me a bit more freedom in Q2, with an extra set of new tyres available.All in all, it was an exciting session and I had a very intense battle with Nico. The strategy options for the race are quite limited and will depend on what happens during our first stint on the supersoft tyres, and how things go on lap one. Our long run pace looked better than our one lap speed, so hopefully we can match the cars ahead of us and get a good result.Nico Hulkenberg (9th): Im as happy as I can be with ninth on the grid. For some reason weve struggled to find the harmony and balance with the car this weekend, so its a good result to see both cars through to Q3. Weve tried a lot of things with the set-up and made some small improvements, but Im still not entirely happy with the balance.Tomorrow is another day - tyres will play a big role and its going to be interesting to see how things play out. When the middle of the grid is so close we need to make sure we make the correct strategy calls because the final results will be decided by some very small gaps.Bob Fernley, deputy team principal: Getting both cars through to Q3 was the goal today and we are pleased to achieve that objective. Eighth and ninth is a good effort and probably a fair reflection of our pace this weekend. We should have a good race car tomorrow, but getting a strong start will be the priority because we know how tough overtaking is around this circuit. The calls from the pit wall will also play a pivotal role in our final result. At the very least we need to hold position and put pressure on the cars ahead to come away with some points.RenaultKevin Magnussen (21st): We expected both Belgian and Italian qualifying to be tough and whilst we qualified better than expected in Spa we didnt achieve that today in Monza. I hoped that with a really, really fantastic lap, we might just have a shot at Q2. I gave everything I had on the first run, I then tried to get a tow from Lewis on the second one but it didnt work. For the third run, I just tried really to give it everything but I went off. Were always aiming higher and I really went for it this afternoon.Jolyon Palmer (20th): We knew it was going to be pretty challenging here and so it was proved to be. On the positive side, I had a nice race simulation yesterday and the car does feel well balanced so better things should be possible on Sunday. Ill be hoping for a bit of spice in the race to help us on our way!Toro RossoCarlos Sainz: P16 is not such a disappointing result if you look at where we were yesterday, so we can be a bit happy because yesterday we couldnt go further than P19, so weve done some good work and made some progress. We battled our way through to Q2 and this was our target, so Im satisfied to have got the most out of the car today.The only thing is that this isnt where wed like to be, when weve been fighting for Q3s and P8s all year long up until now... Id like to be fighting for the top ten, but this is where we are right now, unfortunately. Lets see what we can do tomorrow: it will certainly be a tough race but anything can happen!Daniil Kvyat: During todays qualifying session I felt quite comfortable in the car for the first time this weekend and Id like to thank my mechanics and engineers for this. I was completing a good lap in Q1 but I unfortunately lost some time in the last corner during my final timed lap because of Grosjean - my team would have deserved him to look into his mirror!This cost me about two tenths, which is very annoying... I couldve got into Q2. Its a pity, but lets see what we can do tomorrow - I dont expect any miracles and for sure it will be a tricky race, but I will give it my best to finish as high up as possible.Phil Charles, cheif race engineer: A disappointing qualifying for us today. Our recent trend for lowly speed trap rankings was always going to be a potential source of grumpiness here in Monza and that proved to be the case today. The poor straight-line performance was compounded by both drivers not getting the rub of the green. In more detail, Daniil had some car issues up until qualifying and was making a decent improvement in Q1 until he caught Grosjean going slowly in the last corner. Unfortunately, this cost him around 0.15s and a place in Q2.In fairness, some issues with our transponder system may have contributed to showing an out lap instead of a flying lap, making it difficult for other teams to see what our drivers were doing. We are working hard to rectify this issue. As for Carlos, he did a decent job in Q1 but did not manage to put together his best lap in Q2, where a small mistake in the first chicane cost him quite dearly on his last run. A couple of places higher on the grid could have been possible.We have also had some gremlins on the chassis side recently and this makes todays result even more painful. As engineers, drivers and mechanics, we have all worked hard this weekend to complete a programme of tests to try to understand this further. On the positive side, we are starting to make some progress with our issues and so we will come back motivated tomorrow to try to achieve the best result we can.McLarenFernando Alonso (13th): This was probably about where we expected to qualify. We went very well in practice yesterday, so I think we were brought back to reality this afternoon. Q1 was hard for us, and we went for a single new-tyre lap in Q2 and pushed to the maximum, so we have to be happy with ourselves.We always expected Monza to be hard for our package, but its still a bit disappointing to be fighting against a Manor. Well study the strategy overnight, but weve got the choice of starting tyre, so will try and take full advantage of everything tomorrow.Jenson Button (15th): This was always going to be a tough weekend for us, but I thought today might have been a little bit better. It didnt go quite as well as we might have hoped: I didnt do a perfect lap - I drove some better laps through practice - and Fernando pulled out a little bit on me in Q2But well make it good tomorrow. I still think we can race better than we qualified - thats been a strength of ours for the past few races - and our starts have been good recently, so hopefully well push forwards during the race.Erc Boullier, racing director: We always knew that qualifying at Formula Ones fastest circuit would be difficult for us, but it nonetheless feels disappointing not to have been able to mount a stronger challenge to move into Q3.Still, we know that were more than capable of mounting a stronger challenge in the race - and, with freedom of choice over our starting tyre, well be looking to make progress both on track and in the pit-lane. Were hopeful of a better result tomorrow.Yusuke Hasegawa, Hondas head of F1 & executive chief engineer: We knew coming into Monza that this would be a difficult race weekend for us, but finishing in P13 for Fernando and P15 for Jenson in qualifying is still a little disappointing.Both McLaren-Honda drivers drove well today, both in FP3 and qualifying. However, the gruelling fast circuit did not help, and we were out-paced on the straights, which led to a larger than usual gap to the frontrunners.As with most tracks, the long-run stability of our cars should help us to do better in the race than in qualifying, and we also have the option to choose the best tyres to start the race, so we will strategise tonight with the team to aim for points in tomorrows race.SauberFelipe Nasr (18th): It is unfortunate that we could not make it into Q2 today, as I think it would have been possible. I had a decent first stint in Q1, and knew that I could improve on the second set of tyres. It was a good lap, but unfortunately I lost engine power at the exit of Lesmo on the second and last try in Q1, which compromised my lap time. On the other hand, it is positive that we have definitely made a step forward with our aero package.Marcus Ericsson (19th): It was a disappointing qualifying. Q2 was our objective, which could have been possible today. For me the balance of the car has shifted a bit from FP3 to qualifying. I was struggling with more oversteer, which made it more difficult to put a lap together. That cost me some lap time, which was enough to miss out in Q1. For the race it will be important to look after the tyres.ManorPascal Wehrlein(14th): Really happy with qualifying, especially when you take into account how things were for us this morning. We were struggling, I couldnt get a clear lap; it was frustrating as it wasnt quite coming together then. But it did in qualifying, when it mattered, and definitely the pace was right there, perhaps more than we expected.Im very pleased that weve qualified ahead of those guys. (below It shows just how much weve achieved and although I got the most from the package today, theres still more to find in the car that I hope we can tap into in the race. It will be difficult tomorrow; everyone has a Monza package for Monza! But weve put ourselves in the mix and from here we can have a very good race, maybe making the most of some opportunities. As for the start, Spa was disappointing - it was racing - but we start again tomorrow. The first two corners are very tight, so we have to watch out, but Im excited and confident and I want to do a really great job.Esteban Ocon (22nd): The car just died. The dash went, the engine cut - I had no information. It looks like a repeat of yesterdays electrical problem, but were taking a good look and exploring everything to make sure that doesnt happen again tomorrow. Thats what makes qualifying so frustrating, I guess. We know the pace is in the car; Ive been strong here all weekend, particularly this morning, which is why we expected great things from qualifying. Pascal showed how strong the car is, so congrats to him. These problems happen though and now I have to channel that frustration and energy into the race. We need to be focused because anything can happen here, especially with the opening lap and the tight corners at the end of long straights. I think well see a great race tomorrow generally and I hope for me and the team too.Dave Ryan, racing director: Well, first off, apologies to Esteban. We let him down today with a repeat of yesterdays electrical problem and that just isnt good enough. Hopefully we can sort things out tonight and provide him with a reliable car with which he can again demonstrate his immense talent in tomorrows race.Pascal, on the other hand, suffered no such reliability problems and put in a superb performance this afternoon to easily make Q2 for the second race in a row to qualify 14th overall, splitting the two McLarens on the grid in the process. A great result for the team, but coming into this event, thats about where we thought we would end up, so on plan really.Obviously qualifying is one thing, but the race is what its all about and thats where our focus is now. Its going to be a long night for our strategy guys, but thats what they thrive on, so lets see what they come up with tomorrow morning and well take it from there.HaasRomain Grosjean (12th, drops to 17th for gearbox change penalty): It was obviously disappointing to go into qualifying knowing I had the five-place grid penalty. We paid the price there that we didnt have any running time this morning. Im not very happy with qualifying. Its great for Esteban to be out there in Q3. Its great for the team.For me, I really struggled in qualifying to get the best from the car. With the tire pressures so high, it means you cannot push very hard. Its a bit of a shame. Well see what we can achieve tomorrow in the race, but starting 17th is not ideal.Esteban Gutierrez (10th): First of all, I have to say thank you to the team. Im very grateful and proud of them because everybody has done a great job in achieving the consistency that has allowed us to work on the details that make the difference. In qualifying, for the first time we broke the top-10 barrier by getting into Q3.It was an amazing effort from everyone involved in setting up the car throughout the weekend and having the communication and level of understanding to make it work. The laps were fantastic. I really enjoyed them and I loved pushing the car. Today we have extracted the maximum from our opportunities and we have to make sure we do the same tomorrow.Guenther Steiner, team principal: A great effort from the team again. Unfortunately, Romain had a transmission problem in FP3, which took him out pretty early. We couldnt get him as prepared as we wanted to for qualifying. We came back, though. He qualified 12th, which is now 17th with the grid penalty.Esteban did a fantastic job today. Hes been on it the whole weekend. We ended up 10th in Q3. We always said we wanted to get into Q3, and weve done that now. We need to try to do it again and again, and get better at it.PirelliPaul Hembery, motorsport director: Track temperatures were about the same than we saw yesterday for free practice, with strategy already at the forefront from the start of qualifying. In Q2 the Mercedes drivers were the only ones to get through on the soft tyres only. Both saved a set of supersoft, while the Mercedes drivers will be the only ones in the top 10 to be starting the race tomorrow on the more durable soft tyre - from the first two places on the grid. So it remains to be seen whether or not this will affect their thinking on strategy tomorrow. With both one or two stops possible, the tactics for the grand prix will be extremely interesting. 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STUTTGART, Germany - Fabio Fognini of Italy beat top-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup. Anthony Beauvillier Islanders Jersey . Second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany avoided a similar upset by beating Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 to advance. Haas saved four match points before sending a backhand wide to send Fognini into his third semifinal of the year. He lost the previous two, in Acapulco and Monte Carlo. "Its my second semifinal in Stuttgart, maybe I can go all the way," Fognini said. "I just played my tennis and it worked for me." Fognini will next play Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who advanced when German opponent Michael Berrer retired with a left elbow injury. Agut was leading 6-2, 0-1 when Berrer quit. Haas, at 35 the oldest player in the top 100, said Fognini played better on the key points. "I had five break points in the second set and if you dont use them you cant win," Haas said. 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DETROIT -- Alex Rios hitting prowess on Tuesday night impressed his teammate Adam Dunn. Rios tied an American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4. "That takes people like me, two, maybe three weeks, to get six," Dunn said. Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth and he hit an RBI single in his second at-bat of the seven-run inning in which the White Sox broke open a 1-1 game. The last-place White Sox, who had lost four straight, finished with a season-high 23 hits and a season high in runs. "Its a good feeling to get a win -- those have been few and far between -- but just kind of the way we did it," Dunn said. Rios became the 32nd AL player to have six hits in a nine-inning game and the first in franchise history since Lance Johnson pulled off the feat in 1995 at Minnesota. "Its been the most fun weve had in a quite a while," Rios said. "Weve had some tough times, but it shows we havent quit." Dayan Viciedos second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth inning, and they scored three more runs in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring. Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer, an impressive blast to left-centre, in the eighth inning to give him a major league high 92 RBIs and .363 batting average. He broke the franchise record for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season. In the top of the eighth, Cabrera appeared to hurt his back by leaping for a high throw. "Hes not 100 per cent and thats why hes not going to take part in the home run contest," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I talked to him and we talked to the trainers, and on the trainers advice, hes not going to do it. It would be pretty ridiculous to risk that." Verlander (9-6) gave up a season-high 12 hits, five runs and struck out three to match a season low in seven-plus innings. "Just one of those days that happens at this level, at this time of the year," he said. "Felt good, but just wasnt able to execute there in the eighth." Rios singled in the first, tripled in the third and also singled twice in the eighth inning. He also singled in the fifth and ninth innings. "Hes as good as anybody in this league," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Tonight is indicative of that. Hes hitting and runnning the bases great. Ryan Pulock Jersey. " Rios hit his first single in the eighth inning and stole second and scored on Dunns 24th homer that put the White Sox ahead 3-1. The White Sox followed with two straight singles to end Verlanders night after 112 pitches. The All-Star won his previous start, pitching seven scoreless innings in a win over Toronto, after giving up 12 runs in his previous three outings. Jose Quintana (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits over eight innings, winning for the first time since May 21. "Im really happy for Q," Dunn said. "Hes pitched so good for us, and we just havent been able to score runs. Obviously, we havent scored runs for all our pitchers, but him and (Chris) Sale for sure." Viciedo had the first multihomer game of his four-year career. His second home run, a three-run shot, came on the second pitch Al Alburquerque threw in an outing that didnt last an inning. Alburquerque retired just two batters and gave up three runs and four hits. Phil Coke replaced Alburquerque with two outs, and gave up another hit. Quintana didnt have much trouble keeping the AL Central-leading Tigers quiet at the plate. Detroit didnt make the most of an opportunity with two runners in scoring position and one out in the second. Quintana got out of the jam by striking out Matt Tuiasosopo and Hernan Perez. Verlander stranded runners at second and third by striking out Dunn in the fifth. In the home half, Tuiasosopo sent a 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Viciedo hit a two-out, game-tying homer in the sixth. The White Sox had a runner on in the seventh, and wasted a chance to score a go-ahead run because Alejando De Aza ran toward second when Alexei Ramirez popped up in foul territory to Prince Fielder, who threw the ball to Verlander at first base for a double play. Detroits Don Kelly hit a solo homer in the ninth. NOTES: Detroit put 2B Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list and Perez, recalled from Double-A Erie, started in his place. Infante hasnt played since last Wednesday, when he was hit hard by Torontos Colby Rasmus, who was sliding into second base. He is expected to be OK after the All-Star break. ... White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, on the DL since June 6 with a broken left rib, pitched in a simulated game on Tuesday. ... Detroit DH Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The game started after a 38-minute rain delay. ' ' ' 
Coming off of a solid win at WTFox 2, Cloud9s Joseph Mango Marquez has his eyes set on one thing: the 3v0, or his coveted third Evolution Championship Series (Evo) trophy. Ed Oliver Youth Jersey .Evo welcomed back Super Smash Brothers Melee in 2013 after its community won a donation drive. The annual tournament presents the largest stage that fighting games have to offer, and Mango seized the opportunity to win his first Evo trophy. A year later, he repeated his championship run by winning another trophy.2015 started slowly for Mango, who had several questionable performances until Mothers Day, when he went on a massive losers bracket run to win Press Start. Flash-forward to Evo 2015, where Mango yet again had an early start in losers after losing to Justin Plup McGrath. He made it to the final day after a nail-biting set against Sami Druggedfox Muhanna. Despite the close calls, the story felt familiar. He ran through losers at Evo 2013 and had made several long losers runs in the past. Victory was not out of reach for him.The final day progressed as expected; Mango made quick work of Daniel ChuDat Rodriguez and his next opponent would be none other than Juan Hungrybox Debiedma. Things looked smooth as Mango took game one and had the lead in game two, but Hungrybox persevered to snatch the game away from Mango. Even with the loss, Mango still had a coveted counter-pick stage in Yoshis Story, ideal for killing Hungryboxs Jigglypuff at low percentages.With an early grab, Mango looked to convert into an up-air, but instead fell off the edge for an early self-destruct. This early deficit exploded into a larger one as Mango fell to another self-inflicted death. The lead had become too large to overcome and the storybook ending that Mango was looking for came to a screeching halt in the form of a painful fifth place finish.After the awards ceremony, he quickly faded into the background in Vegas, disguised in a pair of jeans, a button-up shirt, and sunglasses, a far cry from his usual beanie, Cloud9 shirt, and shorts. No one recognized him for hours as he grieved for his failure.A lot has happened since then. Hes had his low points, like when he finished 17th at HTC Throwdown, but hes begun to find his groove and also regain his competitive drive to be the best.Last year [in 2015], I didnt see the fire in him. He was complacent. But this year I see it. Hes angry and wants to win. I havent seen this Mango in over two years, said Monica Noriega, Mangos mother.On the other side of the console, his rivals have improved significantly from 2014 and Mango recognizes the respect that he now owes them. He stated that hes inviting several of southern Californias top players to his house for extended practice. Along with the usual Norwalk partners such as Joey Lucky Aldama and Johnny s2j Kim, Mango is inviting other top players such as Weston Westballz Dennis and Hugo HugS Gonzalez.Even with a fantastic victory at WTFox 2, Mango knows that he needs to do everything possible to win, even if it means adjusting his lifestyle habits. To prepare physically, he has reduced his consumption of alcohol and started maintaining a better sleeping schedule. The regrets of Evo 2015 still linger in the back of his mind. On a family outing, his mother reminisced over Mangos younger years.Even when he was a little kid, he only wanted to win. Hed get angry if he didnt, even if he placed second, she said.To Mango, its either win or bust. Second place is a failure. Sure, that amount of pressure could be self-destructive, but its that same mindset that pushed Mango into winning his first two Evo trophies.A year ago, he felt lost in a meta that seemed to surpass him with constant optimization in gameplay from the Swedes and Hungrybox. Now, he believes that he has figured out the meta through fine-tuning his pacing of aggressive and passive play. If he can find the right frame of mind to reach top eight, he believes that he can take the whole thing. Its up to him to maximize those chances.During Evo weekend on July 15-17, youre not going to see Mango partying late at night in a hotel room. Youre not going to see him eating hamburgers and fries like a normal gamer would. Instead, hell be in bed at a reasonable hour and hell be eating a balanced breakfast comprised of yogurt and fruits. Its all business from here until Sunday night, when he hopefully wins his third Evo trophy in front of the huge audience at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Jordan Poyer Youth Jersey .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. Jordan Poyer 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. .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. 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Two days after Harvards mens soccer team was suspended for the rest of its season for creating lewd scouting reports about members of the womens soccer team, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper has reported that another mens athletic program at the university made lewd comments about its female counterparts. Mats Hummels Germany Jersey .According to The Crimson, the mens cross country team created yearly spreadsheets ahead of an annual dance with the womens team. In the spreadsheets, the men guessed which women would invite certain men to the dance, the report said, and some of the spreadsheets included comments, some sexually explicit, about the womens physical appearance.The Crimson report cited a spreadsheet from 2012 that contained specific comments about girls weight or appearance.Brandon E. Price, the mens cross country captain, told The Crimson he emailed members of the team Saturday afternoon asking the team to come clean with anything that we have typed down in the past. In the email, Price said he had shared a document that contains sexually explicit content about the girls team with the teams coach, Jason S. Saretsky.We dont want the school to find this, without us first bringing it to them, Price wrote in the email. The problem with the Mens Soccer team was they tried to hide their stuff.Price told The Crimson that the team was particularly ashamed of the 2014 spreadsheet, but he noted that the teams culture is now different.We have really changed the team culture since then, and now the spreadsheet is clean and we try to refrain from making comments like that, Price said.In a statement about The Crimsons report on the cross country team Saturday evening, Harvard athletic director Robert L. Scalise said, Harvard Athletics does not tolerate this sort of demeaning and derogatory behavior, and we will address any credible information we receive.Rakesh Khurana, the dean of Harvard, said in a prepared statement that he did not know the details of the cross country spreadsheets.We must strive toward a culture and context of respect, dignity, and compassion -- and all of us have a role to play in that work, Khurana said.The Crimson report comes just days after the Harvard mens soccer team received a season-ending suspension after an investigation found the team created scouting reports in which members of the womens soccer team were rated on their perceived sexual appeal and physical appearance. Marvin Plattenhardt Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. 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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuses vaunted 2/3 zone was way too much for Monmouth to handle.The Orange (3-0) limited Monmouth (1-2) to 21 second-half points and broke open a tight game en route to a 71-50 rout Friday night.The zone forced the Hawks to 31 percent shooting from the field and 14 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-29) for the game. They were 1 for 18 from the 3-point line in the second half.Andrew White scored all of his 18 points in the first half and freshman forward Taurean Thompson added 12 for Syracuse. Tyus Battle had nine points, and Frank Howard chipped in with eight points and six assists for Syracuse. Tyler Lydon had four blocks.Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 11 points, and Collin Stewart had eight.I thought our defense in the second half was really good, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. They (Monmouth) got some looks that they missed but our defense was pretty good, we pushed them off spots and made them take tough shots.White said the Hawks played into Syracuses hands in the second half.The zone really forces you to take deep 3s, said White, a fifth-year transfer playing zone for the first time. They took the bait and took some really deep shots. If you can make a 25-footer you deserve everything you get but they played into our hands and we did a good job keeping the ball out of the post. It was a pretty good defensive night.Point guard Frank Howard thought Syracuses effort on the defensive end was the best of the young season.Im not saying theyre not a great team but I think the zone made them work harder than they normally do. We just played good defense today, and it was definitely the zone. We stepped it up a notch when it came to that.Anytime you can hold a team to 21 points and with the way they usually shoot its a great confidence builder for this team, Lydon said.The Orange led 37-29 at the half, but established control by going on a 17-6 run, led by Howards six points.Theyve had great teams for a long, long time, said Monmouth coach King Rice, a Binghamton, NY native who grew up watching Syracuse in the Carrier Dome and labelled Fridays experience as his biggest thrill as a coach. This one right here has potential to be one of their best ones, but right at this moment its still early.BIG PICTUREMonmouth: The Hawks followed up a heartbreaking loss at South Carolina with a poor performance Friday but should be able to right the ship against Cornell. Thomas Muller Germany Jersey. Syracuse: This was the biggest test for the Orange so far and Syracuse passed with flying colors.MISSING AT THE START:MAAC Rookie of the Year Micah Seaborn found a seat at the start of the game but entered at 16:22 of the first half.THE KING RETURNS: Monmouth coach King Rice, a native of Binghamton, NY, was a highly coveted SU recruit but opted for North Carolina. When Monmouth played SU in Syracuse Dec. 8, 2012, Rice was suspended for one game for his criticism of game officials so this was his first time coaching in the Carrier Dome.A SYRACUSE CONNECTION: Monmouth assistant coach Rick Callahan was an assistant under Jim Boeheim.REMEMBERING THE PEARL:Syracuse University is honoring the legacy of Dwayne Pearl Washington by establishing the Pearl Washington Endowed Fund for Continuing Education. The school has set a goal to raise $1 million to endow the fund.TIP INS:Monmouth: Chris Brady has played in every game since he arrived on the Monmouth campus. Fridays matchup was his 104th..Brady was averaging 15.5 points a game but scored just four on 2-of-6 shooting. .Justin Robinson was just 4-of-16 and 1-of-10 from the 3.Micah Seaborn was 3-of-13.For the first time in program history the Hawks received preseason votes in the Top 25. The Hawks returned 88.7 percent of its scoring from a year ago.Syracuse: Tyler Lydon, who appeared to be out of slump in Syracuses last game against Holy Cross, reverted to his early-season shooting woes. He was just 2-of-9. But he had seven rebounds and four blocks.DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson had several good-looking outside shots.BIG PICTUREMonmouth: The Hawks followed up a heartbreaking loss at South Carolina with a poor performance Friday but should be able to right the ship against Cornell.Syracuse: This was the biggest test for the Orange so far and Syracuse passed with flying colors.UP NEXTMonmouth returns home to face Cornell on Tuesday night.Syracuse continues its homestand Tuesday night against South Carolina State.---More AP college basketball: and ' ' ' 
When Scott Boras cellphone buzzed at 4:30 a. Oleksandr Zinchenko Manchester City Jersey .m. Pacific Time on Sunday, 31 years of professional experience and a sports agents intuition told him the news was probably grim. His instincts were validated when the phone flashed the name of Alex Morin, a Boras Corporation associate who was calling with the news that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two companions had been killed in a boating accident off the South Florida coast.In the darkness of the the early morning, Boras instantly thought of another promising pitcher and client who met a tragic ending.He thought of Nick Adenhart.At 4:30 a.m. on April 9, 2009, Los Angeles Angels vice president Tim Mead reached Boras with an eerily similar call: Adenhart, a 22-year-old righty rated the organizations top prospect, was a few hours removed from throwing six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics when he and two friends were killed by a drunken driver in Fullerton, California. One minute, Boras was watching Adenhart and his father embrace outside the clubhouse. Several hours later, he was rushing to the hospital to grieve with the family.Boras experience with Adenhart would guide his actions moving forward. Macabre as this sounds, Boras maintains in case of death files for each client. Amid minuscule odds that the unthinkable might occur, he understands the importance of being prepared.After receiving the call from Morin, Boras roused his staff, began exchanging texts and emails and booked a flight to Miami. He went through an exhaustive checklist on the plane and spent Monday in the company of Fernandezs mother, Maritza, and grandmother Olga.I learned through Nick that there are no stop signs in caring for families, Boras said. After you get through the emotion of watching a grieving mother lose her son, you can sit down with her and say, Heres the file. Here are your choices. Heres the list of everything you have. The family has a comfort level in knowing this is all taken care of.Most everything was taken care of for Jose Fernandez. Boras conducted an annual review with the pitcher over the summer, and the documents were in place to ensure that if anything happened to him, his entire estate would go to his mother, including a $1.05 million accidental death payment. His designation of what he wanted to have done in the event of his death was clearly executed, Boras said. Fernandez had begun taking care of many of the details before learning several months ago that he was about to become a first-time father.Yet even as he fulfilled his professional obligations, Boras was hard-pressed to find comfort. He endured several nights of fitful sleep before honoring Fernandez with a powerful eulogy on Thursday.His two most passionate places were on the water and on the mound, Boras told mourners at Fernandezs funeral. Both represented his rights and the freedom he most coveted. Ironically the waters that brought Jose to us are the same waters that took him to a new freedom -- the high heavens.FERNANDEZS BOUNDLESS TALENT leaves baseball historians wondering what he could have been. He won a Rookie of the Year award, made two All-Star teams and averaged 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and he was laying the foundation for a Hall of Fame career at age 24.The scores of fans who left flowers and handwritten notes for Fernandez at Marlins Park this week were a testament to his impact on South Floridas collective psyche. Fernandez naturally gravitated to children, and he was an icon among Cuban fans, who could relate to his escape from the island at age 15.When people came to watch him pitch, its like they came to find freedom, said Marlins third baseman Martin Prado. I know people in this country are free and have an opportunity to do whatever they want. But Jose performed and expressed himself in a different way than Ive ever seen from a pitcher. To the Cuban and the Spanish communities, he represented all those people who wanted to come to this country and have the American dream.Sundays boat crash came during an eventful time in Fernandezs personal life. When Fernandez shared a recent Instagram post confirming that he would soon become a father, initial reports identified the woman in the photo as his fiancée, Carla Mendoza. It subsequently came to light that Fernandez and Mendoza broke up in April, and the mother-to-be is Maria Arias, a former college psychology major who reportedly became pregnant weeks after she and Fernandez began dating.Numerous people in Fernandezs orbit had reservations about whether he was ready to settle down and get married or handle the responsibility of a long-term relationship. But Fernandez was all-in on fatherhood. He peppered veteran teammates for parental insights.We talked about it for the longest time down in the bar in Philly, said Marlins outfielder Jeff Francoeur. He wanted to have a boy, and he found out he was having a girl, and he was in a panic. I have a 3?-year-old, and I told him, Having a girl is the greatest thing. Shell love you like no other. Jose joked and said, What about when she turns 13? And I told him, Well, then you might want to run as far as you can from it.Anybody who knew Jose knows that he lived life hard -- not just baseball but everything else. Thats why I so wanted him to meet his little girl. I really think it would have changed him a lot. When you have a kid, a lot of the selfish things go away. I think he was starting to understand that.While Fernandez was rich in friends and ability, he had barely tapped the surface of his earnings potential. He made $2.8 million this season, and based on industry precedent, his salary would have increased to $11 million or thereabouts in 2017. If he had continued to stay healthy, he would have been a candidate for a $200 million-plus contract upon reaching free agency in late 2018.With $6.5 million in career earnings, Fernandez was affluent by everyday standards, but he was still two years and 60 starts away from attaining Jay Gatsby -- or Clayton Kershaw -- caliber wealth.Although Fernandez lived life at warp speed, he was relatively conservative with his spending habits. He bought his mother a house in Miami and a home for himself in Tampa but drove a loaner car and was not over the top with his clothing budget. His one extravagance was Kaught Looking, the 32-foot SeaVee boat that Fernandez, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivera were riding when it struck a jetty off Miami Beach early Sunday morning, killing all three upon impact.As authorities investigate the accident and await the results of toxicology tests, Fernandezs estate is in line to receive a $1.05 million accidental death payment and $450,000 in life insurance through Major League Baseballs benefits package. Typically, players designate beneficiaries for these policies in conjunction with being placed on 40-man rosters. Boras said he was not at liberty to divulge the identity of Fernandezs beneficiary.Teams routinely take out massive life insurance policies for players with nine-figure contracts, but insurance companies dont make gargantuan outlays based on projected future earnings. Fernandez received some ancillary money through marketing deals, Boras said, but he did not have a significant life insurance policy.NOW THAT FERNANDEZ has been laid to rest, Boras and his firm have begun the process of setting up an unborn trust for the pitchers daughter. Money generally cannot be bequeathed directly to an unborn child. Once the girl is born, the money in the trust would be administered by a trustee who is designated to ensure the funds are used for the benefit of the child.Since Arias, the mother, is not a legal relative to Fernandez, she has no legal claim to assets. Boras said Fernandez s personal savings, his house and other material possessions had been placed in a separate trust shared by him and his mother. Everything now belongs to Maritza Fernandez.Its a virtual certainty the Marlins will be involved in contributing toward the trust for Fernandezs daughter. CEO Jeffrey Loria is often pilloried in the media for his baseball-related decisions, but several people who have worked for him describe him as extraordinarily generous behind the scenes. Club president David Samson said the Marlins have about 613 steps they need to take to honor Fernandez. Finding a way to help support the pitchers child is likely to rank near the top of the list.Marlins players have already shared their desire to contribute to the trust.You dont want that baby to be left behind, Francoeur said. At the end of the day, that little girl is going to be his one piece of blood and his legacy. If Jose could say one thing to us, it would probably be, Make sure my little girl is taken care of.Prado, who had become close enough to Fernandez that the family chose him to do a reading at Thursdays funeral, is convinced Fernandez would have taken the lead if any of his teammates ever needed help.Im 100 percent sure that Jose would have done the same thing for us, Prado said.As the Miami players move forward a day at a time, they continue to vent their emotions through laughter and tears. During an idle moment this week, Boras recalled how Fernandez, Dominican outfielder Marcell Ozuna and Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen -- his three big Marlins clients -- had formed an improbable friendship.We would go to lunch, and they would be speaking Mandarin, Spanish and whatever the three of them made up, Boras said. They knew what each other was talking about. They taught each other all the cuss words in their respective languages. It was such a wonderful union.When Fernandezs teammates kneeled at the mound and wrote messages to him in the dirt Monday night, it was among the most poignant moments of this or any other season. Several years from now, Fernandezs daughter will be able to look back and watch the video of Dee Gordons home run, Giancarlo Stantons tearful pregame speech and countless other displays of affection.The Marlins did a great job so we can build a memory for that child, Boras said. When shes old enough to understand, we can tell her, This is your father. This is who he was. This is how he was revered.The day after Fernandez learned he would become a father, Boras said, the pitcher ordered a baseball glove and wrote the name Penelope on it to his unborn daughter. Years from now, his Marlins teammates will continue to tell stories of his big heart and loving nature. Those memories will be the ultimate gift to the child Jose Fernandez never knew. John Stones Manchester City Jersey . 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We all do it. Mark Messier Jersey . We sit on the field, in the stands, in the gym. We watch our young kids compete, improve, show promise, and we fantasize about that day when our talented little goalkeeper/point guard/running back will be a college athlete. At that point, we just hope someday they want it, too.And when they express an interest, we pour resources into that fantasy. By resources, of course, we mean time and money: private trainers, travel teams, club fees, recruiting showcases, recruiting services. There is nothing wrong with the fantasy, by the way. Its a good one. Collegiate athletics often provides young people extraordinary, character-building, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But it comes with some realities that only begin with the process of getting there.The statistics are not hard to find.* According to the NCAA, 8 million kids are participating in high school sports.* Only 480,000 of them (6 percent) will eventually compete in collegiate athletics at an NCAA program.* Only 56 percent of those athletes will receive some level of scholarship assistance, and that amount averages less than $11,000 per student athlete.The myths, meanwhile, are not hard to bust.* Its all about the scholarship. Full-ride scholarships are not the norm in college athletics. Only six NCAA Division I sports offer full scholarships for athletes who make the team: football, mens and womens basketball, womens gymnastics, volleyball and tennis. The rest of the NCAA sports are called equivalency sports, in which each team has a set number of scholarships (11.7 in Division I college baseball, for example), and those scholarships are divided up among the players on the roster at increments determined by the head coach. That means some kids might get half of their tuition paid for. Others might only get their books covered. Some get nothing but a spot on the roster.* College programs will come looking for you. In reality, even the strongest, hardest-working, most talented kids on your high school team likely arent going to catch the eye of big-time college programs without a lot of legwork on your part.* If youre good enough, youll get your pick of schools. Often, kids who are being recruited are not choosing among the colleges they are most interested in attending, but among those who are most interested in them. And equally often, those choices are limited.And if you are a parent of a kid who truly, honestly wants to be a college athlete, one who has already demonstrated he or she is willing to put in the work and the effort to achieve that goal, keeping it real is the best thing you can do.I think as parents, we have to be realistic about where our kids fit in, said my friend Shari, whose three kids have been recruited by colleges in the past five years. It was a very different story for each of them.Indeed. In our house, our experience was shepherding a hard-working kid who was a successful high school athlete to the best opportunity he would have to play baseball for another four years. Because lets face it, considering the minuscule number of college athletes who end up playing professionally in their given sports, that is what we are talking about here. A chance to play for four more years.As a family, we put in a lot of labor, setting him up for exposure by signing him up for showcases and individual recruiting events at specific schools. He joined summer teams that might maximize his chance to get seen.He emailed coaches, sent videos. We created a spreadsheet to keep track, along with a nice one-page reference to his stats, academic achievements and goals. We suggested to him that if he was interested in a school, he should check their roster on the website and see how many of the guys on the team were his size. (A reality check for our 5-foot-9 right-handed pitcher.) We reminded him to follow up. We encouraged him through the frustration of not getting a response from a school he really liked, or the coach who said he didnt get a chance to come out and see him throw after all.?And on the odd day that he didnt throw particularly well, we tried (really hard, in my case) not to say much at all.We watched him for signs that maybe this wasnt what he really wanted. But he kept working. And he kept wanting. So we kept going.Thats not to say we did everything right. But we did it with a sense of reality and appropriate expectation that this was going to be hard, and it wasnt just going to happen because it was what he wanted.My son ended up at a Division III school, where he has indeed gotten his opportunity to play -- an opportunity initiated by a contact from his high school coach and barely any of the stuff we did. And sometimes, that is just how it goes.Sharis oldest son, a football player, used a recruiting service that matched him up with a Division I-AA school that was a fit for his academic profile. Her middle son is a Division I swimmer at a school in the Midwest after getting a late start in the recruiting process. And her youngest daughter, a swimmer and high school senior, began making lists and sending out letters to coaches in her sophomore year.You cant sit back and wait to be discovered at a meet or a tournament, Shari said. In a lot of instances, like 99.9 percent of the time, unless you are a star athlete who gets a lot of press coverage, you have to be very proactive, get your face in front of these coaches. And once you do that, its follow-through, follow-through, follow-through.And still, theres no guarantee how things will turn out. The week after my son decided where he would be going to school, the coach stepped down. My son went anyway. Sharis oldest son went across the country for his opportunity to play football, but his college career was limited by injury. He still loved his college experience.It is a tenuous thing, the opportunity to be a college athlete. Shari was right when she called it a gamble. Shes also right about this:I think kids end up where they were meant to be, even if its maybe not where they thought, she said. But I think thats true whether they are an athlete or not.A reality that trumps fantasy every time. Paul Coffey Oilers Jersey . Gather a group of friends, or find a league to join online, draft your team, set your lineup and compete in a number of different formats. Matt Benning Jersey . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. In a year that already has proved to be massive for the UFC, with one major card after another, UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York looks to be the biggest and most important of them all.Headlined by UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarezs first title defense against 145-pound champion Conor McGregor, the card marks the UFCs first visit to New York City and comes just eight months after the state passed a bill lifting a ban on mixed martial arts that dated back to 1997.In honor of such a marquee event, is providing dedicated previews to all 13 bouts on the card, breaking down whats at stake and projecting who will win, along with quotes and statistics for each fighter.To help get you ready for every fight, well be putting out cheat sheets often until fight night:Jim Miller versus Thiago AlvesRafael Natal versus Tim BoetschLiz Carmouche versus Katlyn ChookagainVicente Luque versus Belal MuhammadKhabib Nurmagomedov versus Michael Johnson Frankie Edgar versus Jeremy Stephens?Miesha Tate versus Raquel Pennington?Kelvin Gastelum versus Donald Cerrone? (Note: Gastelum missed weight, fight removed from card)Chris Weidman versus Yoel RomeroJoanna Jedrzejczyk versus Karolina KowalkiewiczTyron Woodley versus Stephen ThompsonConor McGregor versus Eddie Alvarez ' ' ' 
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