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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Garrett Hampson Jersey . -- Tennessee finally ended its pattern of slow starts.The Volunteers hope that sets the tone for a fast finish.Joshua Dobbs connected with Josh Malone on two of his three touchdown passes and John Kelly scored on a 73-yard run Saturday as Tennessee snapped a three-game skid in a 55-0 blowout of Football Championship Subdivision program Tennessee Tech. The Volunteers produced six touchdowns and one field goal in their first eight possessions and posted their largest margin of victory since a 63-7 triumph over Western Kentucky in 2009.Its something weve harped on all season, Dobbs said of the slow starts. So it was good to come out and play fast at the beginning of the game and then sustain that throughout the first half and throughout the entire game, really.The lopsided victory followed a tumultuous stretch for Tennessee (6-3). The Volunteers fell 24-21 at two-touchdown underdog South Carolina last week, and Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Monday that leading rusher Jalen Hurd had left the team.Yet Jones insisted after the game that there was no drama inside our building this week even as the Vols bounced back from their lowest point of the season.Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they came in with a mental focus and mindset to get better and improve, Jones said. I thought our energy was outstanding.Dobbs completed his first 11 passes and ended up 12 of 13 for 183 yards before exiting with about five minutes left in the second quarter.The Vols had been outscored 83-24 in the opening quarter of their first eight games, but they led 21-0 after the first period. Tennessee extended the margin to 28-0 when Dobbs threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings on the opening play of the second quarter.Tennessees first two series ended with touchdown passes of 30 and 43 yards from Dobbs to Malone, who had five catches for a career-high 112 yards. Tennessee reached the end zone on each of its first four drives.They made those big plays early, Tennessee Tech coach Marcus Satterfield said. That really put us in a hole.Kelly made his first career start and ran for 104 yards on just seven carries against Tennessee Tech (3-6). His 73-yard burst through the right side of the line in the first quarter was Tennessees longest run from scrimmage since LaMarcus Cokers 87-yarder against Vanderbilt in 2006.Carlin Fils-aime added two touchdown runs and Marquez Callaway scored on a 62-yard punt return for Tennessee.Tennessee had additional reason to celebrate Saturday because No. 10 Florida lost 31-10 at Arkansas. The Vols can capture their first SEC East title since 2007 if they win out and Florida loses at least one more conference game.Thats one of the most spirited celebrations weve had in our locker room, Jones said. I think thats a by-product and thats all relative to the investment of everybody in our football program this week.THE TAKEAWAYTennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles controlled the ball for over 41 minutes but still failed to score as they rushed for just 60 yards on 38 carries.Tennessee: Kellys productivity provided evidence that Tennessees rushing attack will withstand the loss of Hurd.Tennessee also finally protected the football. After throwing 11 interceptions and losing nine fumbles in its first eight games, Tennessee didnt commit a single turnover Saturday.UNFAMILIAR NEIGHBORSThe campuses of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech are separated by only about 100 miles, but this marked the first meeting between the two teams since 1951. Tennessee has won all six matchups with Tennessee Tech and has outscored the Golden Eagles 297-20.Tennessee Tech received $475,000 for making the trip from its Cookeville campus to Knoxville for Saturdays game.KEY NUMBERSTennessee Tech has never beaten an FBS team in 31 attempts. ... This was Tennessees largest margin of victory in a shutout since a 65-0 victory over Vanderbilt in 1994.UP NEXTTennessee Tech returns to FCS competition and visits Tennessee State next Saturday.Tennessee hosts Kentucky next Saturday.---More AP college football at and Ellis Burks Jersey . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. 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ETOBICOKE, Ontario -- Amis Gizmo will look to earn his first graded stakes victory and bolster his case to be Canadas champion 3-year-old male in Saturdays Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby for 3-year-olds over 1-1/8 miles on Tapeta at Woodbine.Amis Gizmo will be looking to bounce back off a sixth-place finish in the third jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Breeders Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf. He made a bid for the lead on the far turn in that race before tiring in the final furlong under jockey Luis Contreras.A cutback to nine furlongs should suit Amis Gizmo well since he won the Plate Trial Stakes at this distance in June with an 85 Beyer Speed Figure. He also recorded a dominant victory on dirt in the Prince of Wales Stakes over 1-3/16 miles at Fort Erie on July 26 after running second in the Queens Plate over 1-1/4 miles on Tapeta at Woodbine on July 3.Amis Gizmo is competing for a Canadian divisional title with Queens Plate winner Sir Dudley Digges, who was nominated to this event but did not enter. Sir Dudley Digges was second in the Breeders Stakes, third in the Plate Trial, and sixth in the Prince of Wales.Key ContendersAmis Gizmo, by Giant Gizmo Last 3 Beyers: 74-88-86The Ontario Derby will be just the second start in open company for Amis Gizmo. Sam Hilliard Jersey. He ran fifth in the open Wando Stakes in his first start of the year in April but is a much-improved horse since that race.Dragon Bay, by Parading Last 3 Beyers: 85-85-84Hes run well but has been disqualified in his last two starts while pairing up 85 Beyers.In his two stakes starts on Tapeta, hes been beaten a neck both times, including in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes in May.Berliner, by Bernardini Last 3 Beyers: 91-82-83Hes won three straight starts on grass, including when he earned a 91 Beyer in a second-level allowance going a mile Aug. 20.He will make his first start on Tapeta after racing exclusively on turf, but he did record a quick five-furlong work in 59.80 seconds on Tapeta on Sept. 8.Thatlookonyerface, by Summer Bird Last 3 Beyers: 79-82-71He won the Marine Stakes on Tapeta in May but hasnt hit the board since. However, he has recorded good speed figures against older allowance competition and will now face 3-year-olds. ' ' ' 
A yearlong suspension from the NFL hasnt conquered?Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who says in a YouTube video that he wont be defeated. Custom Miami Dolphins Jerseys .Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Aldon Smiths NFL suspension stemming from an August 2015 arrest on charges of drunken driving, hit and run, and vandalism. It also marks the first day commissioner Roger Goodell may grant his request to be reinstated. Smith applied for reinstatement to the NFL last month.In a YouTube video posted Wednesday, the Oakland Raiders linebacker discussed how he has kept a positive attitude during his banishment. In the interview conducted by ElefitTV, Smith was asked what advice he would give others who are facing adversity.Im going to speak for myself, because Im in that situation, Smith said. I wont take no for an answer. I wont be defeated.You have to understand that its your life. You cant let anybody control it no matter what they try to do to you. Most importantly, God put you here for a reason, so make the best out of your life and your situation and be a blessing to somebody else and show the world what youre worth.Jack Del Rio said earlier this month that he wanted Smith to focus on himself first before the Raiders coach would consider how he might fit with the defense if he is reinstated.Lets [help] this young man get his life in order first, Del Rio said. And then if he can do that, then we can talk about football.Smith reportedly entered a treatment program in the summer days after a Periscope video surfaced that purportedly shows an unidentified man and woman talking about a hand-rolled cigarette. Smith has denied it was him in the video.Smith spent time in rehab in 2013 and served a nine-game suspension in 2014. He was cut by the San Francisco 49ers during training camp in 2015 after his fifth arrest since coming into the league.The Raiders re-signed Smith to a two-year contract in April. He finished with 3.5 sacks in nine games last season and has 47.5 sacks in 59 career games. Custom New York Yankees Jerseys . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. Custom Liverpool Jerseys . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. MONZA, Italy -- Ferrari has spent its three remaining engine development tokens ahead of its home race at the Italian Grand Prix.Ferrari has brought a new specification of its power unit to Monza, which customer team Haas is also set to use from first practice onwards. The upgrade means Ferrari is the first team to use all 32 of its 2016 tokens this season.The engine upgrade comes as Ferrari looks to return to the podium in front of a passionate home tifosi, at the most power-dependent circuit on the calendar.Honda is the next closest to using its full alloccation, with just three tokens remaining. Custom Juventus Jerseys. Honda introduced an upgrade at the last race in Belgium. World champions Mercedes have six tokens remaining but it is unclear whether the team will introduce another upgrade before the end of the season, while Renault has a massive 21 still to use.There is no obligation for the teams to use all their tokens in this calendar year. The token system is set to be scrapped for 2017. ' ' ' 
World No. Fake Air Force 1 For Sale . 1 Jason Day hopes a return to sunny weather -- and the scene of past glory -- can help him put his Open disappointment aside.Day failed to make an impression on the leaders at Royal Troon last week and eventually finished tied 22nd on one over par, 21 shots behind winner Henrik Stenson.The Australian hopes to get that out of his system at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey this week, an event he won last year before following up with his first major title at the US PGA Championship.Those two events come back to back this year, with the PGA taking place at Baltusrol next week, and Day is looking forward to the chance to relive past success -- away from the wind and rain of Scotland.The 28-year-old said: Ive got Canada now. Im pumped to get back to some 90-degree weather, dont have to wear three or four layers every day.The fans are fantastic. Im looking forward to playing Glen Abbey, its a beautiful golf course, really fun to play. Then obviously the PGA is the first time Ive ever defended a major championship.So Ill try to soak up the experience of what that entails with regards to the start of the week, but once Thursday comes around you have to go out there and execute and play good.Im excited about that but also excited to defend Canada as well.Dustin Johnson, the world No. 2, will also be in action in Oakville, Ontario after a quiet outing at the Open. The U.S. Open champion had been the pre-tournament favourite in South Ayrshire but finished 18 shots behind Stenson in a tie for ninth.Johnson said: It was just okay. I felt like I hung in there pretty well and hit a lot of good shots but just struggled on the greens.Im looking forward to getting back to some warm weather and playing on some fast greens. I think its a golf course where if I drive it well, Im going to play pretty well.Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Open runner-up Phil Mickelson are among the leading players sitting out the event as they focus on Baltusrol preparations. Graeme McDowell, who has ground to make up in the race for Ryder Cup places, and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among the British entrants. Replica Air Max 270 . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. Wholesale Air Max 90 .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. LONDON -- At least this time England and Ireland managed to complete their match. A scrappy, but peaceful, 1-1 draw on Wednesday left both teams at Wembley Stadium breathing a huge sigh of relief. This was the first time the rivals had faced each other on a football pitch since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game between them after 28 minutes, 18 years ago. England fans, who rioted during the 1995 game in Dublin, heeded the warning of England coach Roy Hodgson by mostly refraining from anti-Irish chanting at Wembley Stadium. "Theres so much negativity around," Hodgson said. "But both sets of fans were vocal and ... behaved well. The only thing which stops this evening being a really good evening for me is that we didnt win the game." The potential for provocation was avoided during the national anthems as the music was turned up to full volume, leaving some speakers crackling and the few "No surrender" chants by England fans inaudible to most of the ground. As England and Ireland held each other to a 1-1 draw for the third consecutive match, the only troublesome moment came when flares were set off, shrouding part of the pitch in green smoke. The game was largely uneventful. Shane Long headed Ireland in front after 13 minutes and Frank Lampard levelled 10 minutes later with his 29th England goal. In the second half, Ireland goalkeeper David Forde denied Theo Walcott twice and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. "We had sufficient dominance and sufficient goal chances to win the game," Hodgson said before stressing: "I thought that we played well enough." While England heads to Brazil for a friendly against the 2014 World Cup hosts on Sunday, Ireland -- fourth in its qualifying group -- prepares for a qualifier against the Faroe Islands on June 7. Englands sloppy play reflected its struggle to qualify for the World Cup. England is second in its group, two points behind Montenegro with five games remaining. "We do have a lot of firepower noot available for us," Hodgson said. Yeezy Outlet Online. "Ill just have to hope that firepower is available in September and October." More significant on Wednesday was the chance to show that tensions between the countries have thawed. "Everyone was a bit worried, but the two sets of fans were great," Ireland captain Robbie Keane said. After all the pre-match fears, the only scattered boos were heard when defender Ashley Cole -- who is not universally popular among England fans -- received a commemorative cap for having reached the 100 mark for his country. On his 102nd appearance, Cole captained England for the first time, and came close to his first international goal early in the second half. "He has been one of the best left-backs in the world for many, many years now," said Chelsea and England teammate Gary Cahill. It didnt start well as Coles fellow defenders were beaten too easily for the opener as Seamus Coleman floated a cross into the penalty area. Long darted through and rose above Glen Johnson before sending the header past goalkeeper Joe Hart. Irelands defending was slacker to allow England to equalize. Daniel Sturridge worked his way down the left flank and, as he whipped in a cross, Lampard started to ghost into the penalty area. As the ball came off Sean St. Leger and Glenn Whelan, Lampard exploited the confusion to stab the ball home from close range. There was a blow for England when Sturridge was carried off during the first half, adding to Hodgsons injury problems. "Its ligament damage, we think," Hodgson said. "It will definitely keep him out for the Rio game and we think it will keep him out for a few weeks." With Jermain Defoe on in Sturridges place, the attack lacked spark. Wayne Rooney, who has missed recent games for Manchester United, never came close to score in his first match in nearly a month. "Id be hard-pushed ... to say too much negative about the players in our team," Hodgson said. ' ' ' 
For 21 years South African cricket fans lived in a twilight world of implausible allegiances. Ty Law Jersey . They supported Manchester United or Spurs, Wales when they played rugby. Some went the other way, giving the traditional New Years fixture between Western Province and Transvaal at Newlands a cachet it probably didnt deserve.Some of us - count me in this group - invented traditions and affiliations on the flimsiest evidence. Embarrassing as it now sounds, I supported Mike Gattings England as they romped through Australia in 1986-87, because I was born in Hendon, a suburb in north-west London.A year later, huddling around a small black-and-white Philips television set, I watched Will Carlings England defeat Australia 28-19 at Twickenham. A South African cricketing alternative wasnt yet in sight, and so I cheered when Simon Halliday scored Englands victory-clenching try. I had to support someone. What else was there to do?At the time I lived in a post-graduate digs in Cape Town, nursing my bursary with exaggerated care. Most mornings I went out onto the balcony of our flat to look at the harbour, where nothing much was going on. Once a week a big white Safmarine container vessel from Hamburg or Southampton moored in port, but for the most part the basin was dead, save for the trawler fleet and the odd careworn freighter.Squeezed tight by the trade, cultural and sporting boycott, Cape Town was not the chichi paradise it has become. If anything, the sleep from which it suffered seemed to be getting deeper. This was no place for an adventurous young man.Three years later I was living in London, stringing for a leftie South African weekly. They asked me to cover a match at Lords between a Transvaal Invitation XI and the MCC. The visitors were a good young side, but there was something vaguely clandestine about it all. Lords was empty that chilly midweek day, the concessions closed. The contest was devoid of tradition or large meaning. Cricket on the moon.A left-arm seamer called Graham Yates had Mike Atherton caught and bowled, and a young prodigy called Victor Vermeulen - later to tragically break his neck diving into a swimming pool - caught the eye.With Gattings ill-conceived rebel tour to South Africa a thing of the past, much of the cricket-loving world was waiting to see if South Africa would be readmitted to the ICC. It was surely too much to ask that they might also sneak into the 1992 World Cup.A couple of heady months later I discovered that the problem for a homesick South African adrift in London was that there was nowhere to watch your team when they were miraculously readmitted to the world game. The lightning 1991 tour to India had come, and gone and in search of World Cup cricket from Australasia, I pounded the Kilburn High Road, finding nothing but camping shops and dingy Irish pubs. Surely one of them would show cricket? Cold and tired, eventually I found one, dragging my girlfriend inside. We nursed our beers and watched, aghast, as New Zealands Gavin Larsen and Chris Harris tied us up in knots. It was a hopeless case, an excruciating comedown after the magic of beating Australia in South Africas opening World Cup game at the SCG.The best thing about the 92 World Cup was the overwhelming sense of gratitude. People were so happy that they cried. Steve Tshwete, the minister of sport elect, cried on Kepler Wessels shoulder in the SCG dressing room, while Kepler cried himself. Ali Bacher cried. People you wouldnt have thought of as criers had a good blub.One Sunday afternoon two years later, walking on the turf at Lords after South Africa had won the first Test by 356 runs, I cried. They were vaguely embarrassed, private tears but the game had been so emotional, so memorable - Fanie de Villiers torturing Craig White, Jonty Rhodes swatting Angus Fraser into the Mound Stand for six - that I didnt know what else to do. We were back. It aroused emotions too subtle and rare to name.Later during that series I watched the best innings Ive ever seen from a South African in the post-readmission period: Daryll Cullinans 94 in a losing cause at The Oval. After Lords, the teams went to Headingley, where Peter Kirsten and Graeme Hick scored tons in a drawn Test. Back in London, de Villiers, the hero of Sydney earlier that year, was foolish enough to hit Devon Malcolm square on the helmet. You guys are going to pay for this, Malcolm is reputed to have said. You guys are history.With four ducks and six single-figure scores, Malcolm gutted the South African second innings. Riding the steep bounce with courage and delicacy, only Cullinan stood firm. Some South Africans jabbed their bat down on yorkers after they were bowled; the top order scuttled back to the pavilion like the three blind mice. Cullinan was last out to Darren Gough, England galloping home by eight wickets on the fourth day to square the series.The next time South Africa played England was in Centurion, the ground close to the Jukskei River and a magnet for rain. A debut went in that first Test to Shaun Pollock, a rangy fast bowler, who, when he batted, hit the ball with careless aplomb.A year later a South Africa cap was given to Herschelle Gibbs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. There have been more important players for South Africa in the last 25 years - Jacques Kallis grim charm, Makhaya Ntinis unflagging energy - but no two players pleased the aesthetes through the nineties and across the cusp of the fresh decade like Pollock and Gibbs.Behind this all, a darker current. On that very tour of India in 1996-97, Bacher foisted the Mohinder Armanath benefit game on a weary party at the end of the tour. The players were furious and eager to get home. Their flirtation with the possibility of throwing that game came to fruition on their next tour to India, where Hansie Cronje seduced Gibbs and others to underperform in the five-match ODI series, besmirching the sport.Until a revisionist history of the world game in the 1990s is published, well never know quite how rife match-fixing was. It is safe to say, however, that other boards handled their scandals entirely differently.On the field itself, a theme was taking shape. South Africa were losing or drawing Tests at home they might have been expected to win, while they were winning away when they might reasonably have been expected to lose. Pollock came to the fore in taking five for 37 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1997 (Pat Symcox scoring 55, 81, and taking 3 for 8 in the Pakistan second innings) as the hosts couldnt manage the 145 needed for victory. In 2000, Cronjes men won Tests in Mumbai (with a largely pace attack) and Bangalore. Tests were later won in Karachi (2007) in a victorious series, as well as in Ahmedabad and Nagpur on consecutive drawn series in India.South Africa have always been handy at winning away and the golden period was forged when Graeme Smith and Mickey Arthur managed to cocoon the side from increasingly dogged political interference to win back to back away series in England and Australia across six months in 2008. There have been big series wins (take the 5-0 drubbing of West Indies in 1998-99) but no more cherished prize sits on the mantelpiece of the South African game.For all the moments of magic - who will ever forget de Villiers, legs akimbo, tossing the Glenn McGrath lob into the air in 1994? - South African cricket is a protean, difficult-to-understand beast, with an almost perverse ability to confound. How, for example, can a side as well-rounded as the 1999 team to the World Cup in England contrive to lose it? Perhaps Winston Churchills famous quote about Russia brings us closer to understanding. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. In South Africas case that key is surely to be found in an increasingly settled country, less at odds with itself than it once was. We live in hope. Steve Nelson Jersey . 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Unfortunately we didnt get Aksel with us this time but hell for sure be back. Its always fun to ski the Saslong and the snow is always good.When Jansrud crossed the finish line and came to a stop he pointed toward Kilde in the leaders spot.Everything flows pretty well for us these days, Jansrud said.Jansrud finished 0.06 seconds ahead of Kilde, and 0.13 in front of third-place Canadian veteran Erik Guay.Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria finished fourth, 0.48 behind, as he returned to the site of a horrific crash a year ago which ended his season.Olympic combined champion Sandro Viletta was airlifted off the course by helicopter to a local hospital after crashing and sliding into the safety netting backward. Race organizers said Viletta injured his right knee.Jansrud has won all three speed races this season. He swept a super-G and downhill in Val dIsere, France, this month.Its humbling to be able to pull it off, Jansrud said. I dont know how long it can continue but Ill try as long as possible.Last year in Val Gardena, Svindal, Jansrud, and Kilde finished 1-2-3 for Norway in the super-G.Norwegians have won the Val Gardena super-G five consecutive times, with Svindal posting three victories and Jansrud two. Patrick Chung Jersey. s a team were always working good with each other and pushing each other, said Kilde, who edged older teammates Jansrud and Svindal to take the season-long super-G title last season. Having guys like Aksel and Kjetil is an advantage for me.Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Norwegian skiers have won 16 of the 27 World Cup super-Gs. No other country has more than four wins in this span.It was the 17th career World Cup victory for Jansrud, who won the super-G at the 2014 Sochi Games.The 100 points earned moved Jansrud up to second in the overall standings, 140 points behind five-time defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who does not race downhill.Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, another young Norwegian, posted his best career result in 11th, in just the fourth World Cup super-G of his career.Including his downhill victory three years ago, it was Guays fourth podium result in Val Gardena.Val Gardena has always been good to me, said Guay, who is regaining his form following his sixth knee surgery. 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Geelong coach Chris Scott wont shy away from having an uncomfortable conversation with Jimmy Bartel, an icon at the AFL club. Larry Bird Jersey .Bartel, who celebrated his 300th game with a victory over Western Bulldogs last Friday night, is yet to declare whether he wants to play on in 2017.The Cats are yet to reveal whether the 2007 Brownlow medallist will be part of their plans for next year.Scott was typically frank when asked if Bartel had been warned about the danger of playing on and of playing a lot of VFL games in 2017.We have worst-case scenario discussions with players right across the list, Scott told Fox Footy.I remember in my first year in 2011 I had a discussion with Cameron Ling in the pre-season around what would we do if this season doesnt work out well for him.Thats just prudent planning and its a good conversation to have up front.Its not to say we expect it to happen or its likely, but we need to be prepared as much as possible for that situation that might be a little bit uncomfortable.Scott added Bartel had a very, very big say on whats going to happen over the next 15 months.The Cats opted against offering new contracts to three-time premiership winners Steve Johnson and James Kelly last year.Bartel, who is 32, and 34-year-old Corey Enright are both in the final phase of their careers.But both Bartel and Enright, who broke the clubs games record in round 19, are in strong form and every chance of pulling on the boots again in 2017.Jimmy has a decision to make. Corey Enright has a decision to make, Scott said.And the club has a part to play in that as well.No matter how good youve been ... no player has the right to dictate (they will play on). Rajon Rondo Jersey . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. Fake Celtics Jerseys . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. . In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. ORONO, Maine -- Dan Collins threw for 280 yards, including three long scoring plays, and Maine defeated Albany 20-16 on Saturday.The victory gave the Black Bears (3-3, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) their third straight win and longest win streak since 2014.Albany scored its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks to get within four with 10:16 left. Neven Sussman threw 36 yards down the middle to Dione Alston to put the Great Danes (4-2, 1-2) at the Maine 37 with 3:20 remaining but SSussman was sacked for a 10-yard loss on second down and threw incomplete on fourth-and-7. Jaylen Brown Jersey. Collins completed a 49-yard pass play to Micah Wright for a touchdown that put Maine in front for good, 7-3. Collins also had a 40-yard TD pass to Earnest Edwards in the second quarter and a 51-yarder to Jordan Dunn in the third.Collins finished 11 of 23 with an interception. ' ' ' 
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the clubs decision to back down over the issue of increased ticket prices next season. Wholesale NFL Jerseys USA . The clubs owners, Fenway Sports Group, released a statement on Thursday revealing a turnaround in their decision to raise some ticket prices to £77 next season.Instead, prices will now be frozen for the next two years, with the most expensive remaining at £59. The statement, which was signed by owners John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon, also included an apology for the upheaval that caused many fans to walk out of Anfield in the 77th minute of the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. Liverpool fans protested against high ticket prices during the FA Cup Fourth Round replay against West Ham Klopp hopes the release of the statement will now defuse tensions between supporters groups and the clubs boardroom. I think that in the world of football its not too easy to be the owner of a club and to prove that you are really interested in the club, said Klopp, speaking at a press conference ahead of Liverpools Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. Klopp: Their reaction was a clear reaction, it was a sign and hopefully its proof of their real interest in this club I know it, Ive been here for four and a half months and I know our owners as people. They really care about the club and the interests of the supporters and things like that.The reaction was a clear reaction and a clear sign. Hopefully its understood as proof of their real interest in this club and all the things around the club. Im really fine with it and I think its a good thing. Get a Sky Sports Day Pass Dont miss Aston Villa v Liverpool. Watch live on NOW TV for £6.99. No contract. Also See: Redknapp: Wembley key for Liverpool Whats gone wrong for Benteke? Klopps history-making mission Anfield rebuild gathers pace Cheap Jerseys . PAUL, Minn. Cheap NBA Jerseys . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. Lance Franklin has ex-club Hawthorn on notice, but its the Hawks flexible forwards thatll keep Sydney on high alert when they duel for the AFLs top spot.The second-placed Swans will rely on their league-best defence to combat the reigning triple premiers at the SCG on Thursday night.Key in who triumphs in the latest chapter of this fierce rivalry will be how well the hosts contain flying small forwards Paul Puopolo, Luke Breust and Cyril Rioli.The Swans have conceded the fewest points against in the competition thanks to their knack for reducing scores from the turnover.But defence coach Henry Playfair said the Hawks adaptability up front presented Sydneys defensive set-up with a specific challenge.With Breust, Rioli, Puopolo, theyre dangerous anywhere up the ground and deep, and they mix it up a lot, Playfair told AAP.(Jack) Gunston as well, whos that medium-sized or taller target they kick to a fair bit.The fact that theyre so flexible makes them quite dangerous, and makes it hard for your defence to geet set. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. So well have to be on our toes and ready for anything, because they keep the ball alive as well which is the other unpredictable part.Nick Smith will spend time on Rioli, as he did when the Swans beat Hawthorn seven rounds ago.But like many battles, hell be a shared responsibility.Well have to be open because Rioli goes in the middle and gets up high up the ground, Playfair said.Hes really found some form and is back to his dangerous best which is really hard to handle.Sydney are high on confidence after last weekends away win over Geelong.Assistant coach Stuart Dew said it was crucial to maintain momentum in the business end of the season.We need to consolidate it and knock off a top team, Dew said.Theyre the best team in the comp so we expect a physical game.Jeremy Laidler wont take part after suffering a hamstring injury playing in the NEAFL last weekend. ' ' ' 
Drew Petrie returned to form and Daniel Wells made a mockery of a pre-game injury scare to help North Melbourne record a 40-point AFL win over Collingwood. Fake Soccer Jerseys .The Kangaroos shored up their place in the top eight and snapped a five-game losing streak in feisty fashion on Friday night, beating the Magpies 18.16 (124) to 12.12 (84).Norths Lindsay Thomas kicked a game-high five goals - his best haul of the year.The Kangaroos booted six goals in 14 minutes at Etihad Stadium to boast a 27-point lead at quarter-time.The Magpies, a man down after Ben Sinclair was knocked out early in an innocuous collision with Jed Anderson, rallied late.They reduced the margin to 15 points early in the final quarter but couldnt go on with it.Wells tallied 11 possessions in the opening term, busting the game open with his dash and clean disposal.The playmaker limped off the field during the warm-up with an apparent leg injury but passed a late fitness test.Petrie also starred in a spiteful contest that featured plenty of off-the-ball scraps, bruising contests and verbal spats.He responded in the best possible fashion to public criticism from club great Wayne Carey, who suggested the 33-year-olds time was up.Petrie booted two goals and clutched seven marks but far more impressive was his team-high seven tackles.The veteran forward wasnt alone.The Kangaroos pressure was fierce from the outset and there was no let off from Brad Scotts side.Collingwood conceded two goals by turning the Sherrin over from kick-ins.Marley Williams also threatened to gift a cheap goal in the third term, pushing Thomas to the ground after the small forward booted his fourth goal.Thomas earned the ire of former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy.Diving is just not part of our game ... if he wanted to stand his ground, he could have. He milked a free kick, Darcy said on Triple M.Brent Harvey, who equalled Michael Tucks games record, finished with 25 disposals and two goals.Harvey is set to play his 427th match and break Tucks mark on Saturday week, when North face St Kilda at Etihad.Majak Daw produced a spectacular mark-of-the-year contender in the third term, while Taylor Adams and Scott Pendlebury were among Collingwoods best.Sinclair was taken to hospital after suffering his third concussion of the season.It was a really good way to start the game, really combative and aggressive. Hard at the ball, Scott said.We knew it was going to be a tough battle and we certainly got that.Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley lamented his sides first quarter.Our effort was really poor early, Buckley said.We were gallant but youve got to give yourself more of a chance by starting better. Replica Soccer Jerseys . 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CINCINNATI -- So many things went right that the Pittsburgh Pirates couldnt pick just one pleasing moment.Sean Rodriguez homered in both games, and Andrew McCutchen had a bases-loaded single as the Pirates beat the Reds 7-3 on Saturday night for their first doubleheader sweep in Cincinnati since 1990.In the first game, Jameson Taillon pitched five innings and singled to drive in a big league run for the first time during a 10-4 win that officially eliminated the Reds from postseason contention.Nothing pleases me the most, manager Clint Hurdle said. Theres a bunch of things that pleased me. Our offense continued to show up in both games.The Pirates have won the first three games of the series, moving back to 74-74. They opened the day with a 5 1/2-game gap and three teams to overtake for a wild-card berth.McCutchen drove in three runs in the opener and had a bases-loaded single in the nightcap off left-hander Brandon Finnegan (9-11), who lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Rodriguez hit a solo homer, adding to his two-run shot in the first game. Pittsburgh has scored 41 runs in the last four games.The Reds helped by walking nine batters after giving up 10 walks in the opener.Its not up to standards, manager Bryan Price said. Weve given up a lot of runs in this series and most of them in large part because were not throwing the ball over the plate consistently. Walks have started rallies and continued rallies. It slows the tempo of the game. It wasnt a highlight day by any means.Cincinnatis Scott Schebler and Ramon Cabrera homered off rookie starter Trevor Williams, who failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth inning. Juan Nicasio (10-6) didnt allow a hit in two innings.Williams had made two relief appearances before getting to start again. He left after throwing 56 pitches, the result of not starting for a while.I needed a shutdown inning (in the fifth) and that didnt happen for me, he said. I was running out of gas.In the opener, Taillon (4-4) gave up Adam Duvalls three-run homer during his five innings. His RBI single to center in the fifth made it 7-3, although he didnt realize initially that it would drive in a run.Actuallyy I was so caught up in trying to get to first base and not doing anything stupid, he said. Authentic Soccer Jerseys. The first major league RBI is pretty cool. I hope Im doing with all of the career `firsts now.The Pirates skipped Taillons previous turn in the rotation, trying to limit the rookies innings. He missed the 2014 and `15 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery and an operation to repair a hernia.Pittsburgh sent nine batters to the plate in a 17-minute top of the first inning against Anthony DeSclafani (8-4), scoring four times with the help of three walks and the first of a six combined errors in the game.The first pitch was delayed 62 minutes because of rain. The doubleheader, the first between the teams since a Reds sweep on Aug. 31, 2009, made up a May 10 postponement.HOMER HISTORYThe Reds have allowed 238 homers, one shy of the NL mark (2001 Rockies) and three shy of the major league record (1996 Tigers). The bullpen already has set a major league record with 94 homers allowed, two more than the previous mark by the 1964 Kansas City Athletics.STATSPittsburghs Matt Joyce drew his 21st walk as a pinch-hitter this season, a major league record. ...Nicasio has fanned at least one batter in 29 straight appearances, a single-season record for Pirates relievers. The next-longest streak is Aroldis Chapmans 37 games in 2014.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: C Fransicso Cervelli took a foul tip off the inside of his right leg in the opener. After several painful minutes of recuperating, he stayed in the game. ... Starling Marte didnt play in either game because of a sore back.Reds: SS Zack Cozart sat out both games with a sore right knee. Hes missed the last seven.UP NEXTPirates: Ivan Nova (12-6) starts the final game of the series on Sunday. Hes 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA in eight starts since the Pirates acquired him in a trade with the Yankees.Reds: Dan Straily (12-8) will make his fifth start of the season against the Pirates. Hes 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA against Pittsburgh.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: ' ' ' 
LOWELL, Mass. Jake Daubert Jersey . -- Isaac White made all 10 of his free-throw attempts and scored 20 points, Matt Harris hit 13 of 13 from the line and scored 18 points as UMass Lowell beat Wagner 87-76 on Monday night.Harris sank two of his free throws with 1:37 remaining to give UMass Lowell a 76-69 lead and the duo combined to make 10 straight the rest of the way.Jahad Thomas had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for UMass Lowell (1-1). The River Hawks went 32 for 36 at the line and made 50 percent of their 18 3-pointers.White hit a corner 3-pointer to give the River Hawks a 26-15 lead early in the first half and Thomas made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 37-26.Corey Henson led Wagner (1-1) with 19 points. JoJo Cooper had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Michael Carey added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Scott Rolen Jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. Chick Hafey Jersey .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. There will be two Cranbourne Cups next year with a new date found for the meeting blown away by high winds.Last months Cup program was called off after one race for the safety of horses and riders.The Cranbourne Cup and the Apache Cat Classic will now be run in the evening on March 3.Racing Victoria and the Cranbourne Turf Club have agreed on a change of distance for both races.The Cup has been shortened from 2025m to 1600m while the Classic has increased from 1000m to 1200m.The two races will revert to their original distances in the spring of 2017. Michael Lorenzen Jersey. CTC chief executive, Neil Bainbridge, said the club was excited at the opportunity to run the rescheduled Cranbourne Cup on a Friday night.Whilst the club was devastated with the abandonment of the Cup in the spring, the rescheduled Cup provides the club with an opportunity to run our premier race under lights for the first time, Bainbridge said. ' ' ' 
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Yeezy Boost 350 Fake China . -- As the Los Angeles Lakers embark on the post-Kobe Bryant era, their most notable newcomer is one of his former teammates, first-year head coach Luke Walton.The 36-year-old Walton, a player on back-to-back Lakers championship teams in 2009 and 2010, is tasked with changing the culture and ultimately restoring luster to the franchise.I think he is our best free-agent signing in a few years, Lakers president Jeanie Buss said.But that isnt as impressive as it sounds, given that every marquee free agent the Lakers have pursued in recent years has spurned them.And while Buss, the teams top official, and her brother Jim, executive VP of basketball operations, apparently see eye-to-eye on Walton, the state of the siblings relationship adds Hollywood drama to the Lakers unprecedented struggles on the court.Jeanie, 55, and Jim, 56, attained their positions at the behest of their late father, Jerry, who won 10 NBA championships in 34 years as owner of the storied franchise. By the time he died in 2013 after battling cancer, the Lakers slide had begun.The club has since endured its three worst seasons ever, posting successive records of 27-55, 21-61 and 17-65.Last seasons debacle led to Jim and general manager Mitch Kupchak firing coach Byron Scott in April, a move that Jeanie says she did not know was coming. She told Outside the Lines it would probably make me more comfortable to be consulted on important basketball decisions, but I have to defer to them, because Ive empowered them to run the basketball operation.Official job titles notwithstanding, the Scott episode says that her brother is in charge of basketball operations and she has absolutely no say-so, said John Salley, who played 11 seasons in the NBA and won the last of his four NBA championships as a member of the Lakers.Former Lakers forward Matt Barnes, who now plays for the Sacramento Kings, said what many have wondered: If the front office is not on the same page, how can you expect the team to do anything?One thing the front office has done is hire and fire coaches with dizzying frequency -- three have come and gone since Phil Jackson stepped down after the 2010-11 season. Mike Brown and Mike DAntoni preceded Scott, and not one of the trio served more than two years.Five years ago, the franchises fortunes took a troubling turn. The two-time defending champions, led by Bryant and Pau Gasol, had won the Pacific Division under Jackson. In a meeting during the playoffs, Jackson, who won five of his record 11 NBA titles with the Lakers, shared a secret with his players.He was diagnosed with cancer and I think it threw everybody for a shock, Barnes told Outside the Lines. It brought tears to some peoples eyes.I saw a tear run down his face. And it was tough.When Dallas swept the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, Jackson announced he was resigning as coach. Neither he nor his team revealed the prostate cancer diagnosis. That news didnt come out until Jackson included it in a book he wrote two years later.Barnes said the Lakers decline began when Jackson, whom he calls arguably the best coach of all-time,?left the organization. And at that point, Barnes said, Jacksons relationship with Jim Buss was already very rocky.At his resignation news conference, Jackson said he hadnt spoken with Jim Buss in a year.The second Phil was gone, everything that you can imagine -- that had anything to do with Phil anywhere -- was gone, Barnes said. His sayings, the pictures with him in it ... gone. You could just tell right there that Jim obviously had some kind of problem with Phil.Brown succeeded Jackson for the 2011-12 season, which began with the Lakers and New Orleans agreeing to a momentous trade that wouldve brought All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Bryants side in a backcourt for the ages. But the league, which was running the financially struggling Hornets, nixed the deal, citing basketball reasons.I think a lot of people to this day still feel that that was something [NBA commissioner] David Stern did on purpose because he didnt want the powers of the NBA to all be in Los Angeles, said Scott, a shooting guard on three Lakers championship teams in the 1980s. He wanted more parity and thats the thing the NBA always talked about.If the Paul trade went through, we would be looking at Jim Buss and everything differently, said Roland Lazenby, a Lakers historian and biographer of Jerry West, Jackson and Bryant.Former Lakers scout Gene Tormohlen agrees.That was devastating, he said. You pay for it for four, five, six, seven years. They lost him, but it wasnt their fault.Browns Lakers won the division but again lost in the conference semis in 2011-12. Then came two ill-fated multi-team deals that became black marks on the front offices resume.First, the Lakers traded two first-round and two second-round draft picks for the aging former MVP Steve Nash -- who broke down physically. Then they acquired All-Star center Dwight Howard, whose balky back and icy rapport with Bryant doomed the hopes that hed become the second coming of another ex-Magic center, Shaquille ONeal.The Lakers, Salley said, mishandled Howards return from back surgery. Dwight felt pressured to play ... they wanted him to play the same way he did in Orlando, but he wasnt the same person.They should have said, rest your back.Howards only season in L.A. had barely begun when the Lakers abruptly fired Brown, with the team 1-4 in his second season as coach.Immediately, the buzz was that Jackson would return, 18 months after he left.Jerry Buss was in the hospital, critically ill, as Jim Buss and Kupchak met with Jackson, who had been undergoing cancer treatments of his own.He and Jeanie, who had been dating for more than a decade, were living together at that time. Jeanie, who has been engaged to Jackson since Christmas 2012, recounts the November 2012 coaching discussions:He was interested in coming back. He was open to coming back. But he needed to be cleared by his doctors.He met with his doctor, he met with his family and he also met with some of his former assistant coaches.People thought the Lakers had a really good shot to win a championship and his concern was he did not want to come back and lose in a [NBA] Final. He said, Theres nothing worse than losing in a Final, and he wanted to make sure that he would be able to beat Miami with LeBron James. And so there were things that he wanted to make sure, and he had asked for 48 hours to make that decision.In that 48 hours, the organization decided to go in another direction and hired Mike DAntoni.I was disappointed in the way it was handled, because we were asleep at midnight, and the phone rings. And he was woken up to be told that they had given the job to somebody else.He thought it was his job to say yes or no to. And so that misunderstanding, I think, kind of left some awkward feelings. But I certainly understand that it was Dr. Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak making a decision ... they felt Mike DAntoni was the right coach for the team at the time.I think that Phil has been a source of conflict for my brother and I. And certainly, that probably would be the crowning moment.I think that now my relationship with my brother is better, because that source of conflict is no longer an issue in our process with the Lakers.Late in DAntonis first season, Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon. He was still sidelined early the next season when the Lakers gave him a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid player in the NBA. But six games into his return, the 35-year-old Bryant -- the Lakers all-time leading scorer -- fractured his knee and missed the rest of the season.Beyond the issues of Bryants health and play, the contract extension given him in Nov. 2013 raised questions over whether the Lakers had financially hampered their ability to improve the team.Awesome for Kobe, is how former teammate Carlos Boozer described the extension. He deserved that contract for what he did for the Lakers. But I think it limited them financially on how they could go out and get certain players to add to the roster.Scott, who succeeded DAntoni for 2014-15 and coached Bryants final two seasons, has a different view.It didnt handcuff the organization like a lot of people think it did, Scott said. Mitch [Kupchak] and Jim [Buss] had pretty much looked at No. 1, rewarding Kobe Bryant, but also No. 2, making sure they werent strapped as far as the salary cap.I dont think Kobes contract caused any problems, Jeanie said. They had [salary] cap space and the ability to approach free agents, who decided for whatever reasons that they didnt want to come to the Lakers.Whatever the reasons, the Lakers struck out in their efforts to sign the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Love.Said Barnes: The team was terrible, Kobe was coming to an end of an amazing career, and it was just a tough sell to get big-name players there.But did the prospect of playing with Bryant deter free agents from signing with the Lakers?I think that was all rumor and speculation, and if there was any player that was afraid to play with Kobe, then I dont think theyre Laker material, Jeanie said.You hear some people say they dont want to play with Kobe, but I think thats bull----, Barnes said. [He] was probably one of my best teammates to play with. His intensity, his passion, the way he played, the way he carried himself, it was an amazing experience.Scott said something else turned off free agents. It was the fact that Dwight Howard opted out [as a free agent after one season as a Laker] and took less money somewhere else. I thought that that was a sign from players that the organization wasnt like it used to be.The departure of Jackson, who became the president of the New York Knicks in 2014, remains a game-changer, according to Barnes. I think if Phil was here they wouldve been able to get some key free agents -- I dont know if they wouldve necessarily won a title, but it wouldnt have been as bad as it was.Salley said there has been a leadership vacuum in the front office since 2000, when Jerry West left. The legendary Mr. Clutch as a Lakers guard, West was the executive who brought Bryant and ONeal to the team, leading to three straight championships from 2000-2002. When West walked away at age 62 after the first of those titles, it was called a retirement, but he went on to success in positions with the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. And he was instrumental in the Warriors July signing of Kevin Durant.You need a guy who can make things happen, and he makes things happen, Salley said, adding that he doesnt know if the Lakers have anybody in their front office right now who can do that.As theyve failed to land free agents and their record has tumbled, the Lakers most popular figure for more than a generation has been the harshest critic of Jim Buss. Magic Johnson, who was a part-owner of the team until 2010, ripped Buss in February 2015 on First Take for failing to put Kupchak in charge and trying to prove to everybody that this was the right decision that [his] dad gave [him] the reins. A year later on the same ESPN program, he said, Jim has to step aside. He really does.In May, Johnson still retained a ceremonial title as a Lakers vice president when he tweeted that Durant, DeMar DeRozan and LeBron James were potential free agents the Lakers should pursue. Outside the Lines learned this week -- and confirmed with a senior Lakers official -- that the NBA fined the team over Johnsons communiques about players under contract to other teams. In June, the Lakers granted the outspoken Hall of Famers request to remove him from the honorary VP position.Magic Johnson, Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson, Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant and several other current and former Lakers players, coaches and staffers declined interview requests for this story, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern.As the Lakers prepare to play their first regular-season game since Bryants remarkable 60-point career-closing performance in April, there is optimism that Walton can bring back a measure of stability to the franchise.I think that Luke Walton is somebody that will be with us for a long time. Were committed to seeing him be successful, Jeanie said. I believe with the leadership we have in Luke Walton, that we will get back to the kind of standard that my dad set.A Golden State assistant for its championship run two seasons ago, Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record last season as a fill-in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr.Luke was a great hire, said Barnes, his former Lakers teammate. I think hes going to bring a new excitement to the team.Jeanie says Waltons capabilities as a communicator stand out.I dont even think he understands the natural charisma that he has, Jeanie said. He has an ability to draw people to him at all different ages and backgrounds.The good feelings in Laker Nation about the new coach even extend to the man he replaced after two years and a 38-126 record. Scott, who said he thought he and Lakers management had an understanding that hed be given more time to turn things around, called Walton a fantastic guy. I think hes going to do a good job.But the team Walton will now lead, which features several touted but unproven young players, is likely to again be at the bottom of the standings, according to ESPN projections.More help could be on the way after the season, however. Barnes said one potential free agent told him of plans to give the Lakers serious consideration and Boozer said the chance to lead a team -- with Bryant now retired -- could be especially appealing to the egos of some leading free agents.Jim and Jeanie will figure it out, Boozer said. Theyll get their organization the right way, give Luke a chance to see what those young guys can do, maybe they get a top free agent next summer, maybe they make a trade during the year, but I just think it needs more time.How much time Jim Buss has left running basketball operations remains unclear. In a public statement in 2014, he said if the Lakers werent title contenders within three to four years, hed resign.What will Jim do if the teams struggles persist? And if the Lakers dont contend, what does Jeanie think should happen with Jim?I think thats a conversation that we shouldnt speculate about now, she said.When pressed about whether she would consider firing Jim and shaking up the front office, Jeanie said, We need to see progress.I will do whatever I can to ensure the success of Laker basketball. Whatever it takes.Production assistant Alex Eliasof contributed to this OTL report. Cheap Fake Jordan 1 . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. Air Max 270 Cheap China . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. LEHI, Utah -- Nicholas Lindheim won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Tour title and a likely spot next season on the PGA Tour.The 31-year-old Californian closed with a 3-under 69 at Thanksgiving Point to finish at 15-under 269 and beat playing partner J.J. Spaun by two strokes.Its amazing. Its beyond belief, Lindheim said. I dont even know. Its awesome. Im very happy, and my family will be even happier.Lindheim earned $117,000 to jump from 83rd to 14th on the money list with $153,694, with the top 25 at the end of the regular season earning PGA Tour cards. A self-taught player who took up golf at 19, he also has two career PGA Tour Latinoamerica victories.Lindheim had three birdies in a four-hole span in the middle of the round and bogeyed the par-3 15th. He took a two-stroke lead to the par-4 18th and matched Spaun with a bogey.Honestly, I just tried to focus on breathing -- that was my most important thing out there today, Lindheim said. Regardless of what anyone else did, were playing against the golf course. You cannt control anything other than what you do, and I just kept that in the back of my mind. Balenciaga Triple s Fake. Lots of deep breaths, lots of thoughts of my family and knowing that this isnt make or break. This is something I chose to do. With that in the back of my mind, it really took the pressure off.Spaun had a 70. The Canadian tour money leader last season, he earned $70,200 to jump from 15th to sixth on the money list with $213,820 -- more than enough to wrap up a PGA Tour card.Its still surreal, Spaun said. Like I knew I could do it, just taking each week as it came. But to finally to get there and to feel that Im locked up and not having to worry about being on the bubble at Portland, its just a great feeling. Its going to totally free me up the rest of the year. Its just going to be about going out and having fun now.Xander Schauffele was third at 12 under after a 65. Austin Cook was another stroke back after a 69. ' ' ' 
PHOENIX -- Bartolo Colon is having a big season at the plate. Trevor Story Jersey .First, that unforgettable home run, and now -- at last -- a walk.The 43-year-old New York Mets pitcher drew the first base on balls of his career Monday night against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. It came in Colons 282nd plate appearance over 19 major league seasons.No other player in big league history had appeared at the plate that many times without a walk, according to ESPN Stats & Info.With a full count in the fourth inning, Colon took a high fastball from Ray and strolled to first base.That surprised me as well. I dont know why that pitcher didnt strike me out. He could have. I really couldnt do much more at that point, Colon said through a translator, citing a sore left wrist.The right-hander lasted four innings and left trailing 5-2. The Mets went on to lose 10-6.Back on May 7, Colon was 17 days shy of his 43rd birthday when he connected for a stunning drive off James Shields in San Diego, becoming the oldest player to hit his first major league home run.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Ellis Burks Jersey . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . Colorado Rockies Gear . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. BEAUMONT, Texas -- Dorland Fields ran for two touchdowns in the final 6:04 to rally Incarnate Word past Lamar for a 35-28 victory on Saturday night.Fields scored on a 9-yard run to tie it at 28 and capped a four-play, 81-yard drive from 15 yards out to cap the scoring with 2:48 left. Incarnate Word held Lamar from crossing midfield to secure the win.Trent Brittain was 14 of 33 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to help Incarnate Word (2-8, 2-6 Southland) snap a seven-gamme losing streak. Carlos Gonzalez Jersey. Fields finished with 10 carries for 63 yards.Zae Giles returned the opening kickoff 98 yards to give Lamar (3-7, 3-5) the early lead and Brendan Langley returned a punt 90 yards to make it 14-7. Langley had a second punt return for a touchdown from 75 yards that made it 28-21 with 10:08 left.Giles also had 10 catches for 51 yards. ' ' '  
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