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RENTON, Wash. Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool Jersey . -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson insists hell be ready to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Wilson was a full participant in practice each of the past two days after suffering a sprained ankle in the third quarter of last weeks game against the Miami Dolphins.Ill be ready to roll, Wilson said on Thursday. Im excited about it.Wilson limped through the remainder of Seattles 12-10 victory over the Dolphins after having the outside of his right heel stepped on by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.The impact twisted Wilsons ankle heavily and limited his ability to move throughout the remainder of the game.It definitely hurt. Thats for sure, Wilson said. My mentality was (I was) going to stay in the game and find a way for us to win this game.With his ankle limiting his ability to move in the pocket and scramble as usual, Wilson was still needed to drive 75 yards in just over four minutes to lead Seattle to victory. His 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds remaining gave Seattle the victory.I think really great performers find a way, coach Pete Carroll said. You dont have to be 100 percent all the time to operate at a really high level. Thats part of whats going on.Its the first time in Wilsons five seasons as quarterback that hes been listed on the teams injury report.Hes never missed a meaningful snap in 75 games -- postseason included -- because of an injury.While hes played through a sore non-throwing shoulder before, the ankle injury was the first issue hes had as a professional to truly bring his availability into question.Right now were expecting him to be full-go, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.I dont think he has any different thoughts than that. Hes amazing in his preparation. Hes probably not even sleeping with all the rehab that hes doing. I expect him to be ready to go.Wilson said Bevell isnt far from the truth regarding his sleep this week.I dont think Ive really slept more than six hours all week, he said. Probably slept two hours every night so far just trying to do everything I can to make sure Im at my best come Sunday.Wilson was initially in a walking boot after the game Sunday night.However, by Monday morning he was able to leave the boot behind and progress in the rehab process. Hes even brought his offseason mobility trainer, Drew Morcos, up to Seattle to help make sure hell be ready to play in Los Angeles.Thats what the doctors and trainers have all been saying is theyre kind of shocked its doing this well, Wilson said. Really not any swelling at all or anything like that because I got on it right away and have been hammering it right away.---Online:AP NFL website: and James Milner Liverpool Jersey . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. Lazar Markovic Liverpool Jersey . Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd. . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed veteran fullback Darrel Young and waived rookie Joe Sommers.The Bears announced the moves on Thursday, a week after players reported to training camp.Young has started 36 of his 90 career games, totaling 185 rushing yards on 51 attempts and seven touchdowns with the Washington Redskins from 2010-15. He also had 45 receptions for 432 yards and six touchdowns.Sommers had joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Nathaniel Clyne Jersey. The Bears also announced offensive lineman Amini Silatolu has passed his physical. Silatolu signed with the team on July 20 after four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Silatolu was declared active/PUP before training camp because of a knee injury. ' ' ' 
The BCCI has not come to a decision with regard to implementing the recommendations of the Lodha report at its special general meeting in Mumbai on Friday. Malik Hooker Womens Jersey . The board will reconvene again on Saturday to discuss the issue, effectively meaning that it has missed the deadline of September 30 set by the Lodha Committee for the implementation of the first stage of recommendations that were passed by the Supreme Court order on July 18.ESPNcricinfo learned that the SGM was adjourned because several members did not have the necessary authorisation from their state associations to attend the meeting, which came to a close within a few minutes of its commencement. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said: The authorisation letters of the representatives from various state associations have not reached, so they have been given one days time to get the letters from their respective state associations.When asked if it was a stalling tactic, a southern state association official said the BCCI was merely looking to get the technicalities right. In the wake of what has been happening, its important to get everything in order. We dont want a situation where there are complaints on technical grounds.It is unclear whether the BCCI could be found in contempt of court for missing the deadline. On Wednesday, RM Lodha, the chairman of the committee, had said the matter of contempt of court was for the Supreme Court to decide. The agenda for Fridays SGM, the BCCI had said, was to consider directions of Justice (Retd) Lodha Committee in connection with the formal adoption of the new Memorandum of Association and Rules for the BCCI.On Wednesday the Lodha Committee had submitted a status report, pertaining to the BCCI implementing the recommendations, to the Supreme Court in which it said the board was impeding the process and called for the top BCCI officials to be superseded by the court.The Lodha Committee had asked the BCCI and its state associations to adopt the new Memorandum of Association and Rules by September 30. It had also sent the BCCI two sets of timelines with various deadlines to implement the recommendations within the six-month time frame set by the court - the last of the reforms are to be implemented by December 30. In the status report RM Lodha, the chairman of the committee, said the BCCI had not yet complied with seven timelines, and that it was unlikely the board would do so before the September 30 deadline.At a hearing following the submission of the status report, the court had told the BCCI that it had one week to respond. BCCI thinks it is law unto itself, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. We know how to get our orders implemented. BCCI thinks it is the lord. You better fall in line or we will make you fall in line. The conduct of the BCCI is in poor taste.The BCCI had also filed a fresh application in the Supreme Court, pleading for the courts July 18 order to be suspended until it heard the boards review and curative petitions against the mandatory implementation of most of the Lodha Committees recommendations. The board had filed a review petition last month against the Supreme Courts order directing it to implement most of the recommendations. In the petition, the BCCI called the court order unreasoned and asked for the recusal of chief justice Thakur from its hearing. However, the petition has been lying in defect because the court raised technical objections to the petition and asked the BCCI to repair them.The Lodha Committee - comprising Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran - was formed in January 2015 to determine appropriate punishments for some of the officials involved in the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, and also to propose changes to streamline the BCCI, reform its functioning, prevent sporting fraud and conflict of interest. Margus Hunt Jersey . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Ben Banogu Jersey .S. -- Nikolaj Ehlers registered a hat trick for the third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. LOS ANGELES -- Tom Nickoloff, a receiver who played on Southern Californias 10-1 team that beat Wisconsin in the 1953 Rose Bowl, has died. He was 84.On Wednesday, the university said Nickoloff died Oct. 23 due to complications from Alzheimers disease in Woodland Hills.Nickoloff was captain of the 1953 USC football team that defeated the Badgers 7-0 in the Rose Bowl game. He had seven catches for 73 yards in the win.He led the Trojans in receiving in 1952 and 53. Nickoloff caught 25 passes and recorded three touchdowns as a junior. All of his catches that season caame in the game against Stanford. Darius Leonard Colts Jersey. As a senior, he had 15 catches and two touchdowns. He played in the 1954 Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game before being a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1954.However, he never played in the NFL because of injuries sustained in a car accident.Nickoloff went on to work as a civil defense attorney.He is survived by Betty, his wife of 59 years, and children Tim, Kevin and Laurie. ' ' '
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Miles Boykin Womens Jersey . -- Youbin Choi struck out 14 and South Korea beat Panama 7-2 Saturday to reach the championship game of the Little League World Series.The Asia-Pacific Region champs won the international bracket. They will try for their first title Sunday against the Endwell, New York, a 4-2 winner over Goodlettsville, Tennessee, later Saturday in the U.S. championship.Choi gave up six hits in six innings.I started with having confidence with the players behind me and all the defensive players and all the offensive players did really good, Choi said through a translator. So I felt very comfortable pitching because of my teammates.Seum Kwon and Jaekyeong Kim hit two-run homers and Wontae Cho also connected for South Korea (4-0).Im really satisfied with todays result, South Korea Manager Heesu Ji said through a translator. We thought the second inning was an early chance and the pitcher was out of control at that time. Our hitters really did a good job.Carlos Gonzalez had three hits for the Latin American Region champions.South Korea scored five runs in the second to take charge, starting when Minho Choi doubled and scored on Junhyeok Lees single. Kwon then homered off Joaquin Tejada, and Kim homered off Esmith Pineda.Choi had retired six of seven batters before giving up a hit to begin the fourth. Edwar Bethancourth had an RBI single in the fifth.We tried very hard to win the game, facing a great team, Panama manager Luis Gonzalez said. Justice Hill Jersey . The 15th-ranked Canadian men lost the opening two games of their European tour: 19-15 to No. 17 Georgia and 21-20 to No. Ray Lewis Youth Jersey .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. . Bradwell was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday. Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts.Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th homer of the season and knocked in three runs, Max Scherzer became the first 18-game winner in the majors and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, on Sunday at Comerica Park. Scherzer (18-1) allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four over eight innings for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who won three contests in this five-game series. The 29-year-old right-hander became the fifth pitcher since 1912 to win at least 18 of his first 19 decisions, according to STATS. Torii Hunter, Brayan Pena and Ramon Santiago each drove in a run for Detroit, which had 12 hits. Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (5-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Billy Butler hit a solo homer and Salvador Perez and Emilio Bonifacio each had an RBI. After hitting a walk-off homer Saturday night, Cabrera socked a two-run shot on the first pitch he saw Sunday. Austin Jackson, who led off with a single, scored on Cabreras blast over the wall in left. Detroit tacked on another run in the third. With two outs, Hunter hit a ground-rule double to right and raced home on Cabreras single to left-center field. The Tigers gave Scherzer some more run support in the fifth. Mark Andrews Womens Jersey. Jose Iglesias and Austin Jackson hit back-to-back doubles to put men on second and third. Hunters sacrifice fly to right made it a 4-0 contest. Scherzer allowed just one hit through five innings. The Royals finally moved a runner past first in the sixth when Jarrod Dyson singled, stole second and advanced to third on David Loughs groundout. Scherzer, though, got Eric Hosmer looking at strike three. Detroit scored two more runs in the bottom half. Andy Dirks singled and crossed the plate on Penas double to center. Louis Coleman then took over for Chen and Santiago greeted him with an RBI single to right. Kansas City got both of those runs back in the seventh. Butler singled, moved to third on Alex Gordons double and scored on Perezs groundout. Bonifacio followed with an RBI double to left-center field. Butler homered off Joaquin Benoit in the ninth to account for the final margin. Game Notes It was the 11th time in Tigers history that a player has hit 40-or-more home runs in a season. Cabrera became just the third player in franchise history to hit 40-or-more homers in back-to-back seasons. ' ' '
Rafael Nadal booked a Madrid Open semi-final against Andy Murray after coming through his last-eight tie against Joao Sousa. Air Force 1 Utility Pas Cher . The Spanish great earned a 6-0 4-6 6-3 victory against Sousa in the quarter-finals in his home country on Friday. Murray into semi-finals British No 1 edged past Tomas Berdych That result set up a clash with Murray which will be shown live on Saturday on Sky Sports 3 from 11am. It is a repeat of last years final, which Murray won. Having watched Murray edge past Tomas Berdych, Nadal joined him in the semi-finals after a three-set win.World No 35 Sousa was initially no match for the clay-court specialist, who whitewashed the first set within the blink of an eye. Sousa finally got on the scoreboard by holding his first four service games of the second set, before completing a shock break. Joao Sousa dragged Rafa Nadal into a three-set slog Sousa valiantly fought deep into the third but Nadal broke to go 5-3 ahead before sealing progression and a meeting with Murray.Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori booked a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic with a 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win against Nick Kyrgios. Nick Kyrgios executed the perfect between-the-legs shot against Kei Nishikori The highlight of the quarter-final was a remarkable hotdog shot from Kyrgios that sailed above the stretching Nishikori in the early stages, en route to an exchange of tie-break wins.But the world No 6 from Japan took command in the third set, establishing the crucial break and outlasting his Australian foe down the near-three hour stretch.Djokovic made it seven wins from seven against Milos Raonic when he eased into the last-four with a 6-3 6-4 win in Fridays final match. Watch the Madrid Open semi-finals on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 11am. Also See: ATP schedule Tennis on Sky Latest scores Get a NOW TV pass Video Nike Air More Uptempo 96 Pas Cher . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. Nike React Presto Pas Cher . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. The Jimmy V Classic has always been very special to me. As a member of the board of directors for the V Foundation, Ive had the opportunity to spread the word about the job being done by the foundation to raise money for cancer research.It was also special because, up to this point, I would be working with my buddy, the late John Saunders. He had such a love for the Jimmy V Classic. Last year he worked the game as the play-by-play announcer. He often hosted halftime and between-the-game segments.We shared stories about the game and Jimmy Valvanos life. Let me tell you how close Jimmy V and John Saunders were. John named his daughter Jenna after him, using the same initials. Jenna Tianna Vanessa named after James Thomas Valvano.John developed such a special relationship with Jimmy when they worked together in the studio at ESPN. They often talked about their families and how much they meant to each other. There was so much passion, and that is what John displayed as he worked so hard to help the V Foundation. He was dedicated and worked so diligently for his buddys cause.Every year, John Saunders served as the emcee at my gala, which raises money for the V Foundation. I saw him interact with so many youngsters who were battling cancer. John had a love for people. He was as special as it gets.Everyone knew his talent as a broadcaster, whether it was on SportsCenter, hosting The Sports Reporters, calling a game, hosting college football or basketball studio shows. He was Mr. Versatility with the ability to communicate so well with people.John was a warm, caring guy, a loving husband and father whose family meant everything to him. He lived his life in a proper way.I can think about so many things about him that were so special to me. I get really emotional when I think about the fact that John is not with us anymore. He was there for me back in 2008 when I thought I had throat cancer. I had the scare of my life.I was getting ready for surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I had to go through the presurgery rituals around 6:30 a.m. I was getting prepared when I walked in the room and sitting there was John Saunders, along with Sandy Moontag (then with IMG). Nike React Element 55 Pas Cher. I could not believe it.I was shocked beyond belief. I get emotional just thinking about what that meant to me for John to show up.He said that he couldnt let me go in without wishing me luck.John and I set up a way to communicate how the surgery went. I carried around a card with a picture of St. Jude on it. I was squeezing it, praying. I told him that if the surgery was successful, he should give me a thumbs-up. If the news was not good, do nothing.When I came out of surgery and through the anesthesia before I snapped out of it, there was John Saunders. He gave me thumbs-up and I gave him a big hug.John was always there for me.Last April, when I was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, John Saunders presented me. His words were so special, and the fact that he was there meant the world to me.John was as good as it gets. Whenever I called him for a favor, he was right there.Oh, is he missed. He will never be forgotten.If you enjoyed watching John on ESPN, saw him on SportsCenter or calling a game, you will remember him. You can help by joining us and making a donation to the John Saunders Research Grant for Cancer Research. I am proud to say to all of the supporters out there who were touched by John, we have raised more than $100,000. That figure has been increased to more than $200,000 thanks to ESPN and John Skipper. That grant will be presented at my gala this year.John would be thrilled that those dollars will go to help kids battling cancer, so please make a donation.?I will never forget Aug. 10, 2016. I got the phone call from ESPNs Josh Krulewitz. We knew that John had some health problems in the past, but I was stunned beyond belief. We had no idea that he would pass so prematurely.He seemed so excited about life the last time I talked to him.Life is so short. Enjoy every moment.Dont forget about John Saunders when you watch Purdue and Arizona State and Duke against Florida at the Jimmy V Classic. He was a prime time player in the biggest game of all, the game of life. ' ' '
SEPANG, Malaysia -- Lewis Hamilton believes a higher power is intervening in his pursuit to become a four-time world champion. Nicolas Batum Hornets Jersey .The Mercedes driver suffered his third major engine failure of the season at the Malaysian Grand Prix, albeit just the first to result in a DNF. If the positions had remained the same as they were before Hamiltons failure he was set to take five-point lead in the drivers standings, but instead left Sepang with a 23-point deficit to teammate Nico Rosberg.It feels right now that the man above, or a higher power is intervening a little bit, he said. But I feel like Ive been blessed with so many big opportunities, firstly being here with all these people around here, the opportunity in this great team winning the last two championships. Lots and lots of big trophies and records that Im breaking time and time again, so I have to be grateful for those. While this does not feel great, I feel grateful.Immediately after the race Hamilton said his poor run of reliability this season doesnt feel right, adding someone has to give me some answers. But speaking after meeting with his team, Hamilton had changed his tune, saying he had 100 percent faith in Mercedes.Honestly, youve got to understand from my point. On one side weve had the most incredible success over these last two years of which I am so grateful. These guys work so hard, we are all feeling the pain right now.When you get out of the car after the feeling you have after leading the race and the car fails, its pretty hard to say positive things but honestly I feel, as I said in the interviews, Mercedes have built 43 engines with the extra three that I have had and I happen to have had most of, if not all the failures, so that is definitely a tough thing.But I have 100 percent confidence in these guys, Ive been with them now into my fourth year with the guys in the garage, the guys back at the factory. I have one hundred per cent faith in them. Dell Curry Jersey . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. Alonzo Mourning Jersey . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama?has cleared the way for defensive back Maurice Smith to transfer within the SEC, with the school granting him a full release,?his mother confirmed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.?The Tuscaloosa News first reported the decision.Smith will have to be granted a waiver from the SEC, which has restrictions on athletes with less than two years of eligibility remaining transferring to league schools, including graduate transfers. Smith graduated earlier this month.His mother,?Samyra Smith, cautioned that Maurices battle is not over, but she told the AJC a decision from the conference is expected within the next 24 hours.Maurice Smith has been trying to follow former Alabama assistants Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker to Georgia?but was blocked from moving to another SEC school.A statement from the SEC said the league doesnt comment on such waiver requests, but they are reviewed on an individual basis.The SEC does not provide waivers of SEC rules absent circumstances that demonstrate a clear reason for granting an exception to those rules, the league stateement said. Cody Zeller Hornets Jersey. Each waiver request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.The requirements for granting of a waiver include that the athletes athletic scholarship was not renewed.After Wednesdays practice, coach Nick Saban said Alabama had done everything it could to allow the conference to make the decision about whatever they decide is in the best interest of the conference and the SEC rules relative to Maurice Smith.So that is past us now, Saban said. It is beyond us. We dont really need to talk about that anymore, and I dont have any other comments to make about it.Smith was a first-team nickelback for the Tide during the spring. He played in every game last season, making 15 tackles.Smart, now Georgias head coach, disagreed with Sabans decision to block Smiths transfer and has said that he would absolutely support a graduate transfers right to transfer to another SEC school.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' '
DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement in principle with the city of Detroit and Olympia Entertainment for the team to move from the suburbs to downtown, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Gary Jennings Jr. Womens Jersey .The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there had been no formal announcement. Pistons owner Tom Gores is set to appear at a news conference Tuesday with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.Gores acknowledged last month that the team was close to a deal to leave The Palace of Auburn Hills and start playing downtown next season. The Pistons have been in talks about playing at the new arena that is being built for the Detroit Red Wings, who are owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch. The arena site is about 30 miles from Auburn Hills.Olympia Entertainment, a division of Ilitch Holdings, handles business operations for the Red Wings, who are in their final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving to Little Caesars Arena.The new arena is in the same part of downtown where the Tigers and Lions host their games, and not far from where Gores and Dan Gilbert have been hoping to put a new stadium for a Major League Soccer team.The Pistons have played in Auburn Hills since 1988 and played at the Pontiac Silverdome for a decade prior to that. The team was downtown when it called Cobo Arena home from 1961-78.The Palace was built with private funds by William Davidson, who owned the Pistons before his death in 2009. The team won championships in its first two seasons in Auburn Hills and again in 2004. Although the atmosphere slipped in recent years as the team went through a rough stretch on the court, Detroit returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009, and the Pistons appear headed in the right direction in Stan Van Gundys third season as their coach and team president.Gores bought the Pistons from Karen Davidson in 2011. He said last month that if the team did leave the Palace, it was important to remember the success the franchise had in that area.I think we have to be really mindful of this community in Auburn Hills and their loyalty in showing up, he said. This has been a real community, and I want them to feel the same wherever were playing.---Follow Noah Trister at Cody Barton Youth Jersey . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. D.K. Metcalf Seahawks Jersey . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are fighting for the world championship this weekend. ESPN will be keeping track of both mens interactions with the press, social media and track performances to build up to Sundays grand prix showdown. (Local times displayed)-----Friday19:15 - Laurence Edmondson Toto Wolff is facing questions about Hamiltons comments regarding Mercedes decision this year to mix up its mechanics from the two sides of the garage (see below). He makes it very clear that he made the decision based on what was right for the F1 teams 1,500 employees and not what was right for Hamilton alone. Mercedes has always maintained that the switch was carried out to stop the garage splitting into two cliques behind each driver. It seems as though this is a touchy issue between Mercedes and Hamilton and we may not have heard the end of it just yet ...19:00 - Laurence Edmondson The F1 track action for the day is done and dusted. The gap between Hamilton and Rosberg in the crucial second session (the only one held in the same conditions as qualifying and the race) was just 0.079s in Hamiltons favour, suggesting were in for a close battle. Red Bull was over half a second off the pace of the Mercedes on one-lap pace, but looked very competitive over long runs. A bad start for either Rosberg or Hamilton could see them struggle in the race if they fall behind on the run down to Turn 1.14:30 - Laurence Edmondson Advantage Hamilton after FP1 ... although it must be said its a fairly irrelevant advantage at this stage. First practice in Abu Dhabi is one of the least useful practice sessions of the year. The conditions are way hotter (due to the sun being up) than qualifying or the race, which are held as the sun is setting. Hamilton set his best time on the softs, Rosberg on the ultra-softs, but again that discrepancy is not unusual for an FP1 session. FP2 should give a much better indication, but Hamilton can take some encouragement from the two Red Bulls being roughly a tenth off Rosbergs best effort. If Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo can finish between him and Rosberg on Sunday, that is Hamiltons? most obvious route to a fourth title.13:30 - Nate Saunders Hamilton becomes the first of the Mercedes drivers to spin this weekend -- swapping ends on the exit of Turn 5 after a long run on the ultra-soft tyre. An easy thing to do on Pirellis softest compound after that many laps, especially on a track still lacking grip at this stage of the weekend.?13:00 - Nate Saunders Rosberg leaves the garage ahead of the first practice session of the biggest F1 weekend of his career.?Thursday22:00 - Nate Saunders Nico Rosberg is feeling the love from local fans this weekend. The championship leader had quite a contingent of fans in the paddock today...20:00 - Nate Saunders? Lots of chatter in the paddock about the press conference, and notably a lot of difference in opinion towards Hamiltons demeanor and attitude throughout. Some thought he was in a bad mood -- especially early on -- while others claimed he was on good form, smiling and joking throughout the session. Cody Barton Seahawks Jersey. The pair did talk highly of the respect in their relationship, with Hamilton even going as far as saying he is proud of what his old karting friend has achieved in recent seasons. There were also a few moments of light-hearted humour between them, which hasnt always been the case in 2016.?18:15 - Laurence Edmondson On a Thursday the FOM camera men get a bit of practice in watching the safety car and medical car put their sighter laps in. For reasons Ive never really understood, the action of the two Mercedes road cars is beamed into the media centre for us to watch. However, this weeks edition of Thursdays track action happened to pan away to the Mercedes team garage where we saw Toto Wolff addressing a packed garage of Mercedes mechanics and engineers in what looked like a motivational speech ahead of the first practice day tomorrow. Anyway, the screens are now showing safety car driver Bernd Maylander hold an impressive slide coming out of the Turn 7 hairpin. ?17:30 - Laurence EdmondsonEveryone loves an Abu Dhabi sunset ...17:00 - Laurence Edmondson Although the pair spend a lot of time in the same engineering room, its rare that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg attend the same press conference. In many ways their answers mirrored their approaches this season. While Rosberg stuck to the same well-worn mantra of taking it one race at a time and not thinking about the title (even when just one race remains on which the title rests), Hamilton was laid back and willing to further from the script in his responses.The most obvious example followed a long but quite pointed question about Mercedes decision to swap five mechanics between the two sides of the garage at the start of the year. While Rosberg talked about team spirit and everybody pulling in the same direction, Hamilton clearly still feels there was more to the decision than reached the media as he told the press to wait for a future autobiography to learn the truth behind the decision. When it hits the shelves at the end of his career it will be an interesting read!Undoubtedly the pressure is on Rosberg, but he seems to be handling it well. A couple of Hamiltons answers resulted in raised eyebrows or a sideways glance, but other than that he is dealing with the magnitude of the event well.16:00 -Nate Saunders? Facing the media for the first time ahead of the weekend and on their own, Rosberg and Hamilton make their way in together and immediately sit on the front row. The press conference host asks if they will stand and shake hands for the photographers in attendance. Neither man proffers their hand to the other, while Rosberg verbally says he does not want to.The two men lightened up as the press conference continued...WednesdayTo be updated throughout the weekend. ' ' '
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Jay Novacek Youth Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos have decided to start rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons after watching Trevor Siemian throw with an injured left shoulder Saturday, sources confirmed to ESPN.After Fridays practice, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he wanted to see Siemian throw at the teams practice Saturday morning. Several team sources said Siemian showed some improvement in that session, but it was clearly not enough to satisfy Kubiak, so Lynch was told he will start against the Falcons.Denvers 9News first reported that Lynch would get Sundays start.As of early Saturday evening, Siemian also was expected to be among the Broncos inactives Sunday, so Austin Davis would serve as the teams No. 2 quarterback.Siemian suffered a bruise to his non-throwing shoulder just before halftime of last Sundays 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was held out of practice Wednesday, but he threw Thursday and Friday, showing improvement each day.Lynch, who was 14 of 24 for 170 yards and a touchdown in just over a half of work against the Buccaneers, will get his first career start. Lynch took most of the work with the starting offense this past week as the Broncos had tried to prepare for the possibility he would have to start against the Falcons.Lynch will face a Falcons team that is ranked 30th in the league in total defense, 31st in pass defense and tied for 31st in sacks with just four.The Broncos traded up from the 31st pick in Aprils draft to select Lynch at No. 26. He was the third quarterback taken, behind Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.On Friday, Kubiak said Siemians practice on Saturday would have a lot to say about who the Broncos would play at quarterback.Weve got 48 hours here, well see how he is [Saturday], Kubiak said Friday afternoon. ... Well probably work him [Saturday] more than we normally would a player on Saturday just to take a look. Hes made progress every day.When Kubiak was asked how he would decide whether Siemian would play, the coach said it would be determined by the eye test.Me watching him move, watching him make all the throws, Kubiak said. We moved him around some [Friday], which is something we didnt do [Thursday], so just go back and look at the big picture.Siemian suffered the injury when he was sacked by Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald just before halftime. To make the tackle, McDonald swung Siemian around and tossed him down directly on the left shoulder.The Broncos have won all four of Siemians starts, and he has thrown for 824 yards to go with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Kubiak has answered questions about Siemians future -- when hes cleared to play -- with Trevors our starter, but the Broncos have a quick turnaround after Sundays game as well.The Broncos will play in San Diego on Thursday night. Deion Sanders Jersey . 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. Daryl Johnston Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson.Ferraris Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final practice for the Monaco GP just ahead of Lewis Hamilton. After struggling on Thursday, Vettel topped the timesheets on Saturday morning with a lap of 1:14.650.In an action-packed session, the top four were covered by 0.157 seconds with Nico Rosberg third and Daniel Ricciardos Red Bull fourth. We have got a tight battle right at the front. There is not a lot in it between Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, approved Sky F1s Damon Hill.Hamilton was on course for the fastest time of the session after going quickest in the opening two sectors before encountering traffic at the penultimate corner.Spanish GP victor Max Verstappen was a relatively distant fifth after locking his rear tyres and hitting the barriers as he entered Casino Square. Red Bulls Max Verstappen locks up in P3 in Monaco and clips the wall at Massinet but escapes unscatthed. Taco Charlton Jersey. With McLaren, for whom Fernando Alonso was 12th and Jenson Button 13th, remaining on the periphery, Toro Rosso are emerging as the weekends surprise package. Once again, both of the teams cars reached the top ten with Daniil Kvyat a place ahead of Carlos Sainz in sixth.But Renaults struggles continued. After Jolyon Palmer crashed for the second time this weekend - wrecking a flying lap from Hamilton - through the Swimming Pool complex, his team-mate Kevin Magnussen then also hit the barriers. Qualifying takes place at 1pm UK Time. Practice Three timesheet1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:14.6502. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:14.6683. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:14.7724. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:14.8075. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:15.0816. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:15.2597. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:15.3248. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:15.3689. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:15.55510. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:15.66611. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:16.06812. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:16.25713. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:16.29814. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:16.34715. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:16.40716. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:16.41217. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:16.52718. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:16.86719. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:17.03720. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:17.48221. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, 1:17.59522. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:18.180Watch the Monaco GP live on Sky Sports F1. The race starts at 1pm on Sunday, with build-up underway at 11.30am. Or watch the race without a contract for £6.99 on NOW TV. Also See: When is the Monaco GP on Sky? Rank your favourite Monaco GPs! F1 stars put on a show Get a NOW TV weekend pass ' ' '
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Adidas Stan Smith Greece . -- A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left battered and facing assault charges.The pie wielder and local activist, Sean Thompson, 32, said Thursday that the mayor overreacted, sending him to the hospital for nine stitches before he went to jail. He said he was angry Johnson devoted so much political energy to an arena for the citys basketball team and not to other needs such as education and homelessness.The mayor was greeting people eating at an outdoor charity dinner Wednesday night at Sacramento Charter High School when Thompson pulled Johnson back and shoved the pie in his face, said Johnsons chief of staff, Crystal Strait.There was no throwing of the pie, said Erika Bjork, who works for a professional soccer team in Sacramento and saw the encounter up close. This was a direct assault. It just happened that he had a pie in his hand.Bjork, whose boss is a major donor to Johnson, said the mayor looked shocked and swung at Thompson multiple times, but she didnt see him land any punches.Thompson had red and blue bruises and a roughly 1-inch line of stitches under his left eye when he spoke to The Associated Press in jail.When I threw the pie at him, right at that moment, I shouted at him. I said, `You need to better represent me, Thompson said.He said the mayor turned and hit him at least twice and pretty hard. Thompson said he covered his face and started to move away but was quickly surrounded by people and kept taking hits. He couldnt tell who delivered the blows.Thompson said he expected to be tackled by police but was caught off guard when the punches came from the mayor. He said he has no regrets but was surprised to be facing a felony, assaulting a public official.He was held on $100,000 bail and was expected to be formally charged Friday.Johnsons signature achievement in office was getting a $550 million arena built for the Sacramento Kings, which Thompson said took attention away from other issues.Cres Vellucci, who organizes legal support for activists at the National Lawyers Guild in Sacramento, said people in the social justice community are concerned about Thompsons safety and Johnsons physical response.Prosecutors will review the case, including the mayors reaction, after receiving the police reports, likely on Friday, district attorney spokeswoman Shelly Orio said.Whether youre hit in the face with a pie or a fist, youve been assaulted and youre generally allowed to respond with similar force, said Rory Little, a former litigator and professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law.Johnsons response probably is not a disproportionate reaction, though it might not be the reaction we want our public officials to have, Little said.Vellucci wrote in an email that he met Thompson five years ago and described him as a nonviolent person who participated in some of the first Black Lives Matter protests in Sacramento in 2014 and in Occupy Sacramento rallies before that.Police and Johnsons chief of staff said Thompson was not previously known to the mayor and his staff. In an interview with local TV stations, Thompson said hes interacted with Johnson many times during city meetings for activists and that the mayor often appears disinterested and unengaged in community members concerns.Johnson is well-known for his efforts to revitalize Oak Park, a predominantly African-American neighborhood.Hes a graduate of the high school where the event was held Wednesday and brought it back from the brink of dissolution in the early 2000s by incorporating it in a system of charter schools he founded to help disadvantaged communities.Johnson, who had a long career as an NBA All-Star with the Phoenix Suns and a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has about two months left as mayor. He decided not to seek a third term.---Associated Press writer Jonathan J. Cooper contributed to this report.---This story has been corrected to show that the first name of Cres Vellucci was misspelled Chris and that Thompson had injuries around his left eye, not his right. Adidas Stan Smith Ελλάδα . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Παπουτσια Yeezy Ελλαδα .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. LOS ANGELES -- Southern California defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergasts biggest strength is taking away the opposing offenses biggest strength.However, there is no obvious strength to attack this week against No. 4 Washington. The Huskies offense is as balanced as it gets, averaging 268.4 yards passing per game and 231 yards rushing.You just dont know, Trojans cornerback Adoree Jackson said Wednesday. Either or, they are deadly.Pendergasts tactical prowess has been on display during USCs five-game winning streak, holding opponents under their season scoring average by 14.5 points per game and total offense average by 100.2 yards. Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon each failed to top 96 yards rushing in that span, but players offered no hints that stopping the run is the priority on Saturday.I think its 50-50, safety Chris Hawkins said. I know their pass game relies heavily on their run game. We got to be real disciplined this week.That balance extends to the composition of the Huskies passing offense, where Hawkins sees two equal threats in receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis. Ross is tied for second among FBS players with 14 touchdown receptions, but Hawkins said that production is a reflection of having another threat on the other side of the formation.I dont think Dante Pettis gets enough credit for how good he really is, Hawkins said. Its hard to just pick on one receiver and say we can double-team this guy. You cant do that when you got a dude over there who is a first-team (all-conference) caliber player. They balance each other out. This is one of the most balanced offenses I have seen in a long time.Clues as to what Pendergast might do against Washington could come from the 21-17 win over the Buffaloes, another offense that strives for balance between rush and pass. USC aimed to limit the run and allowed a stingy 3.3 yards pper carry, forcing Colorado into third-and-long on 13 of its 17 tries. Yeezy Προσφορες. The USC defense does catch a break as Washington is among the handful of Pac-12 teams not playing at a breakneck pace, breaking a streak of five consecutive opponents that used sustained tempo on offense. That could be beneficial to defensive tackle Stevie Tuikolovatu, who aggravated a knee injury against the Ducks.The redshirt senior transfer from Utah had a platelet-rich plasma injection earlier this week and coach Clay Helton is pleased with Tuikolovatus recovery, though he has not practiced yet this week. Tuikolovatu has started all but one game this season, offering a veteran presence to an inexperienced defensive front.Looks like he is showing signs of life and I wouldnt be surprised if he plays in this game, Helton said.Helton credited improvement on the defensive line as a major key to USCs winning streak, accounting for six tackles for loss with 3 1/2 sacks.They feel like they are playing in the other teams backfield and thats what you really hope for. Its a big mans game, and the offensive and defensive lines have led us the past five games.Between that progress and Pendergasts scheming, Helton is optimistic USC can stop Washingtons main strength on offense. But what that is, Helton wont say.Not to give away the game plan, I really like what he is getting ready to do in this game, Helton said. Hes identified exactly what he feels the strength is and well see how it goes.Game notes Cornerback Iman Marshall (hamstring) and running backs Justin Davis (ankle) and AcaCedric Ware (ankle) all returned to practice Wednesday. Offensive lineman Damien Mama is expected to practice Thursday after having a cyst in his knee drained. ' ' ' 
MOSCOW -- Russia will immediately appeal the decision to ban all eight of its weightlifters from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for doping. Jozy Altidore USA Jersey .Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutkov told Match TV on Saturday that the country will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this weekend.The International Weightlifting Federation issued the ban on Friday for what it called extremely shocking results that brought the sport into disrepute.Weightlifting became the second sport after track and field to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes over doping. Other sports have banned individual Russians but not all of the eligible athletes.Mutko said: CAS now works 24 hours a day, so today or tomorrow we will support our athletes and try to get them restored to the team. Paul Arriola Jersey . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. Matt Besler Jersey . 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Richard Gould, Surreys chief executive, has led calls for the ECB to remember the interests of the sports traditional fans, as the battle for the future of county cricket intensified in the wake of Wednesdays historic meeting at Lords.Surrey were one of three clubs - Kent and Sussex being the other two - who went against the majority in what has been described as an informal vote to consider plans for a new eight-team city-based league to be established from 2018 onwards.However, despite an apparently emphatic 16-3 verdict in favour of the proposals tabled by the ECB hierarchy, several clubs have since made a point of insisting that nothing has yet been agreed, emphasising that their members will be consulted before any further decisions are taken.Gould, however, believes that the yes voters have backed themselves into a corner by accepting a situation in which there are no alternatives left on the table.There is still a huge amount of detail to be unveiled, he told ESPNcricinfo. However, in deciding on the future direction of the game, we wanted more than one option to be considered at the next stage. Other counties, however, disagreed and needed to see only one option.Its not what we wanted, but it is what we got, and it is now all about making a success of the new position.Gould added that many Surrey members had already made it clear to him that they would be uncomfortable if another team, under another name were to play their home matches at The Kia Oval under the new proposals. Yorkshires fans, he suggested, would feel similarly aggrieved if Headingley were to host a non-county side.However, Gould denied comments made by Essexs chairman, John Faragher, during an impromptu members forum in Chelmsford, that Surrey would be reluctant to lease out The Oval for the planned new competition.We have to be bound by what the ECB want, Gould said. Surrey has a very large supporter base, weve been fortunate to see huge crowds for our NatWest T20 Blast home fixtures, but we started that competition from a low base. We want our club to go from strength to strength, but we are not yet sure how that will be achieved through the new proposals.Faragher, who had been taking questions from the floor during the final day of Essexs home match against Glamorgan at the ECG, insisted that the city cricket plan was not a done deal.I havent given this game away, he told the room. We have to make change that is right andd suits everybody. Nick Rimando USA Jersey. There is a lot more to be done.Some of the strongest views in the aftermath of the vote came from the chairman of one of the most traditionally vulnerable clubs. Writing in a series of posts on Twitter, Derbyshires chairman, Christopher Grant, echoed the sentiments expressed in the ECBs pitch during the Lords meeting, that the sport was failing to attract enough new fans.Cricket simply isnt reaching enough children, Grant said. Yesterdays landmark decision at Lords will go a long way to changing that. Out of 9.4 million cricket followers in this Country, only 990,000 come to games at present. Yesterday was about unlocking the 8.5 million!There was consensus around having two thriving T20 competitions, with new brands in the new T20 to unlock a new audience, he continued. Most counties struggle financially to avoid going under every single season. The proposals for a new T20 competition will change that.How does counties going bust, which they will do given their perilous financial state, benefit cricket and kids in their locality?Middlesex, whose future would be particularly precarious under the new proposals given that they lease their home ground, Lords, from MCC, were another club who let it be known that their members would be canvassed before any further decisions were taken.We made it very clear to the ECB that we could not consider voting for such a dramatic change to the domestic cricket landscape without first consulting our members, the club said in a press release.Sussex said that their strong preference was that all domestic tournaments should feature all 18 first-class counties, but added that they were open to considering change in the schedule.We recognise the current financial risks to counties, said the club, including over-dependence on international income, and the opportunities to develop interest in the game, including the changing media landscape.Somerset and Gloucestershire, two West Country rivals who might be expected to hold particularly strong views about the city-based aspects of the ECBs proposals, are set to host members forums on September 20 and 22 respectively. The need to secure a concession to allow a proportion of matches to be played at county crickets smaller grounds is likely to be high on the agenda. ' ' '
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario -- John Hunter Nemechek knocked Cole Custer from the lead to earn the win Sunday in a controversial finish in the NASCAR Truck Series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Luke Kuechly Womens Jersey .Custer twice held off Nemechek on a pair of late restarts, but Custer was bumped with two turns remaining before an aggressive door-to-door drag race through the grass to the checkered flag. It took NASCAR almost 10 minutes to declare Nemechek the winner.Custer was furious as he awaited the NASCAR ruling. Nemechek climbed from his truck in an attempt to collect the checkered flag, but Custer raced over to him and knocked Nemechek to the ground with a leaping tackle.I got taken out, Custer said. He hit me going into the second to race corner and he hit me again.Custer led 39 of the 66 laps but wound up second. A victory would have put Custer into the Truck Series version of the playoffs.Nemechek led 19 of the 66 laps for his third career victory in the Camping World Truck Series.I caught the double-zero there and we didnt wreck him for the win, Nemechek said. Rubbins racing, but if I wouldve been in the same spot, he wouldve done the same thing to me to get a win.Custer, who needed the win to make the truck series version of the playoffs, felt Nemechek was dirty.We had a really fast truck. We got taken out, Custer said. He hit me going into the second-to-last corner, and he hit me again. I dont know what else to do. But thats how it is, I guess.It was Nemecheks second series win of the season, while Custer is still seeking his first victory of the year. Custer is too far behind in points to make the playoffs without a victory. Only one race remains before the eight-driver Chase field is Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Sam Mills Panthers Jersey . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. Greg Little Youth Jersey .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. .The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was Jose Bautistas emphatic bat flip after his tiebreaking homer in the ALDS-clinching game last October, and then Rougned Odors punch in May that ignited a bench-clearing brawl the last time the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays played.Now comes the rematch in another AL Division Series between teams clearly with some bad blood between them.I dont think its fabricated, Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said Wednesday.We knew it was going to happen, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said of facing Toronto again. Thats baseball.The years best-of-five ALDS starts Thursday in Texas, where on May 15 second baseman Odor punched Bautista. The scuffle began after Bautista, on base after getting hit in the ribs by a pitch, made a late and hard slide trying to break up a double play at the end of a contentious series.Its unfortunate that it got out of hand last time, but it did, so its in the past and hopefully stays there, Bautista said. Im not looking for revenge, Im looking to win ball games. Thats entirely what my focus is on, and hopefully I get to keep it there.With all that recent history , close attention will be paid to every inside fastball, hard slide or any emotional outburst.But these are also two teams with much more on the line than retribution after falling short of their World Series goal last year, and now with another chance.Games are too important. I wouldnt expect anything, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. But nobody seems to want to let it go. ... Every time you turn on the TV, its a replay after replay after replay. But too much at stake. Two great ball clubs, two very competitive ball clubs, two emotional ball clubs. But in no way I would expect anything like that.After their 5-2 wild-card game victory over Baltimore on Tuesday night when Edwin Encarnacion hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 11th inning, the Blue Jays had a brief workout Wednesday at the Rangers ballpark. It was their first time there since that Sunday afternoon fight more than 4 1/2 months ago.There could be some edgy moments when both teams are on the field with the postseason adrenaline flowing.I think its going to bring a lot more excitement to the games, Andrus said. Its easy right now to say nothings going to happen or might happen. But when youre out there and playing, and all the emotion any inning can bring, anything can happen.Major League Baseball disciplined 14 players and sttaff over the melee in May, with Odor (seven games), Bautista (one game) and Andrus (one game) the only players suspended. Donte Jackson Womens Jersey. Odor, who was playing ping-pong when the Rangers clubhouse was first open to reporters Wednesday, repeatedly said that he was focused on helping his team win the series. He said the Rangers would play like they have all year in winning an AL-high 95 games.When asked how much what happened in May would be a distraction, Odor responded, I think thats over already. I dont worry about that.Asked if that was the best punch he had ever throw, he said, I dont worry about that.And, yes, Bautista has looked forward to being back in Texas, but not for the reasons many people would expect.In this situation, yeah, Bautista said of the playoffs. Other than that, I havent really given it much thought.FOR STARTERS: Game 1 matches a pair of All-Star pitchers, with left-hander Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32) going for the Rangers, and right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48) for the Blue Jays. Hamels, the 2008 World Series and NL Championship Series MVP with Philadelphia, didnt face Toronto during the regular season. Estrada started twice against Texas, going six innings for no-decisions in both extra-inning games (1-1).ON THE LINE: Toronto had to win its last two regular-season games against Boston just to make the playoffs, then had to beat Baltimore in the wild-card game to advance. Texas clinched the AL West title with eight games left in the regular season.CHOO COMEBACK: Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo has been on the disabled list four times this season and missed 39 games with a fractured left forearm before returning for the teams final regular-season series last weekend. He also took part in a simulated game Tuesday, and worked out again Wednesday. Choo is in a good place right now, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. I think he answered the question three games in a row, outfield, where his body is. Hes in shape. His legs are good.CLOSING TIME: Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna left the AL wild-card game with a sore shoulder. Gibbons said Osuna was feeling better Wednesday, but the manager wasnt sure about the 21-year-old right-handers availability for ALDS Game 1. We dont think its a big deal but its probably wise to be a little cautious this time of year, Gibbons said. ' ' '
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