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Ever wondered what a Sky Sports football reporters day entails? You can find out on Super Sunday as Patrick Davison takes you behind the scenes at the Vitality Stadium. Jarrad Davis Youth Jersey . It is very much access all areas on the south coast as you can see how Pat goes about bringing you the best possible coverage of Bournemouths clash with Arsenal.Social media will be awash with opportunities for interaction. By following the @SkyFootball Twitter account, you can catch Pat live on Periscope, follow Facebook mentions, via the Sky Sports Facebook page, throughout the day, answering questions and giving viewers a guided tour.You can also follow his day on Snapchat via skysportshd, and on the @skysports Instagram account. Also See: Premier League video Fixtures Table Live on Sky Get Sky Sports Marvin Jones Jr Youth Jersey . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. 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(STATS) -- All it took was an opportunity, and redshirt freshmen Jerry Louie-McGee of Montana and Taylor Hintze of Weber State are making the most of their chances this season.Lehigh quarterback Nick Shafnisky and Central Arkansas outside linebacker George Odum were afforded similar chances early in their careers and are veteran standouts today.After enjoying career days on Saturday, Shafnisky, Odum, Hintze and Louie-McGee have been named the STATS FCS National Players of the Week for games played Sept. 24.---=OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK=Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh, QB, Sr., 6-2, 220, Whitehall, PennsylvaniaThe third-year starter has long been known for his rushing skills, but he keeps improving as a passer. He picked apart Princeton in a 42-28 victory, passing for career highs of 461 yards and four touchdowns. Shafnisky completed 29 passes (another personal best) in 36 attempts with touchdown passes of 7, 42, 14 and 56 yards. He also had a 16-yard run to set up a teammates touchdown carry. In his Patriot League teams 2-2 start, Shafnisky has completed 72.3 percent of his passes and accounted for 14 total touchdowns.Honorable Mention: Derrick Craine, RB, Chattanooga; Gage Gubrud, QB, Eastern Washington; Mike Holloway, RB, Charleston Southern; Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville State; DeShawn Jones, RB, Campbell; DeVante Kincade, QB, Grambling State; Hunter Taylor, QB, Stephen F. Austin---=DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK=George Odum, Central Arkansas, OLB, R-Jr., 6-2, 190, Millington, TennesseeWorking out of the Rover position, Odum was all over the field in Central Arkansas 28-23 triumph over Arkansas State -- the Southland Conference programs second win over an FBS opponent since moving to the Division I level in 2006. UCA limited Arkansas State to 45 rushing yards on 34 attempts and Odum had 11 total tackles, three for loss which went minus-16 yards, two sacks and two forced fumbles. The second fumble ended the Sun Belt Conference opponents next-to-last possession and helped allow UCA to hold on for thee win. Kerryon Johnson Lions Jersey. Honorable Mention: Pat Afriyie, DE, Colgate; Kevin Barry, LB, Sacred Heart; Dante Blackmon, CB, Kennesaw State; Ryan Francis, LB, VMI; Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova; Folarin Orimolade, LB, Dartmouth; DeVohn Reed, NG, Prairie View A&M; Marquis Smith, LB, Savannah State---=SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK=Taylor Hintze, Weber State, PK, R-Fr., 6-1, 195, Sandy, UtahAs if kicking the longest field goal of the FCS season to end the first half wasnt enough, Hintze kicked a 35-yarder as time expired to lift Weber State to a 38-35 victory at UC Davis in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams. The 54-yarder to end the first half was the first field goal of Hintzes career and the third-longest in program history. He then kicked a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter before delivering the Wildcats second win at the buzzer. Hintze also had six kickoffs that averaged 62.3 yards with one touchback.Honorable Mention: Juaquin Davis, KR, Alabama A&M; Alec Finney, PK/P, Sacred Heart; Harry McCollum, P, Georgetown; Kyran Moore, RS/WR, Austin Peay; Henrique Ribeiro, PK/P, Chattanooga---=FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK=Jerry Louie-McGee, Montana, WR, R-Fr., 5-9, 168, Coeur dAlenee, IdahoWith 21 receptions in Montanas 42-41 loss to Cal Poly, Louie-McGee tied the Big Sky single-game record and smashed the Grizzlies school mark by six catches. He caught 61- and 9-yard touchdowns from quarterback Brady Gustafson while totaling 155 receiving yards. His 21 receptions tied Montana States David Pandts conference record set in 1985. Louie-McGee also returned five kickoffs for 114 yards (with a long of 45 yards) and two punts for six yards.Honorable Mention: Daniel David, QB, Kennesaw State; Nick Leverett, OL, North Carolina Central; Xavier Goodall, RB, Richmond; Josh Lee, PK/P, Drake; Khalil Moore, CB, Elon; Max Roberts, LB, Fordham; Dontrell Taylor, RB, Nicholls ' ' ' 
TORONTO -- Mariners left-hander Wade Miley paid a heavy price for putting a foot wrong against Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Ryquell Armstead Jersey .J.A. Happ and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, Encarnacion hit a solo home run and Toronto Blue Jays beat Seattle 2-0 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.Miley (6-8) lost his sixth straight decision, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings.Something to build off, keep going in the right direction, Miley said. I felt like I wasnt quite as sharp as in my last outing, but I was able to make some pitches and get out of most of the jams.Miley intended to throw a pitch up and away when facing Encarnacion with two outs in the fourth, but his landing foot slipped on the mound.I didnt think I was going to be able to throw it anywhere near the plate when it happened, Miley said. Of course it went right down the middle.Miley has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of 18 starts this season.I thought Wade Miley threw the ball very well, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. He made a mistake on the home run ball. Other than that it was a well-pitched game.Happ (13-3) won his seventh straight decision and surpassed the 12 wins he had for Philadelphia in 2009.All over baseball there probably hasnt been a more consistent starter, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Hes a better pitcher than hes ever been. Hes having a tremendous season.Happ allowed Seattles lone hit, a single by Leonys Martin in the third. He matched a season-high with four walks and struck out six.I wasnt the best with strike one today, but I stayed in there, Happ said. As the game went on I got a little better getting ahead of guys, definitely.Brett Cecil worked the seventh, Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 20th save.The shutout was Torontos sixth. The Blue Jays won for the first time in 24 games when scoring two runs or fewer.Happ made 21 appearances for the Mariners last season before being traded to Pittsburgh, but familiarity with the left-hander wasnt much help to Seattles hitters.We had some good at-bats, but he did enough to keep us off the board, catcher Mike Zunino said. When hes on, hes a tough guy to get to.Seattle lost for the first time in seven meetings with AL East opponents. The Mariners are 15-7 against the East.GRIFFEY GETS COOPERSTOWN CALLMariners great Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. The first No. 1 draft pick to enshrined, Griffey played 22 big league seasons with Seattle, Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox. A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.FROM HIGH TO LOWThe Mariners matched a season high with 19 hits in Saturdays 14-5. On Sunday, they matched their season low.TRAINERS ROOMMariners: Franklin Gutierrez (sore neck) was scratched from the DH spot and replaced by Chris Iannetta.Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (left knee) sat out for the third straight game. Martin has not played since injuring his knee after he passed out in the shower following an extended spell in the sauna last Thursday.UP NEXTMariners: Seattle is off Monday before opening a two-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.23) starts for the Mariners. Hernandez allowed five runs in a July 20 game against the White Sox, his first since missing almost two months with a strained right calf. LHP Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96) starts for the Pirates.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (10-1, 2.87) starts the opener of a three-game series against San Diego on Monday. Sanchez has won nine straight decisions and is unbeaten since April 22 against Oakland. RHP Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) starts for the Padres, who are making their first visit to Toronto. Yannick Ngakoue Youth Jersey .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. Josh Allen Womens Jersey . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. Glasgow co-captain Henry Pyrgos has committed himself to Warriors until the summer of 2019 after agreeing a new contract with the club.The Scotland scrum-half -- who jointly skippers this side alongside Jonny Gray -- has played 113 times for the Scotstoun outfit since signing back in 2010.Pyrgos follows fullback Stuart Hogg in committing his future to the club and he says hes excited to be staying in Glasgow.He said: Im really happy to sign for another two years, it was an easy decision. I love everything about Glasgow Warriors and the club means a huge amount to me.Ive had a brief chat with (in-coming head coach) Dave Rennie and he told me about his vision for the club and his rugby philosophy and its exciting. What hes done in the game speaks for itself and to have someone of Daves quality coming in is brilliant for the club.This is my seventh year at the Warriors and winning the GGuinness PRO12 two years ago has been the stand-out moment. Quincy Williams II Jaguars Jersey. .Im excited for the future here and well be working extremely hard to continue to compete for trophies every season. I believe we have a squad capable of doing that and thats the main reason I wanted to stay.Current Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend -- who will take over as Scotland head coach next summer -- added: Its brilliant news for the club that Henry has signed for another two years.He is one of our leaders and has developed a huge amount in his time at the club. Now he is helping the club continue to improve and evolve on and off the pitch.There is a lot more to come from him on the playing side and we are really fortunate to have such a high-quality group of scrum halves right now. ' ' '
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Diana Taurasi and the U. Matt Milano Womens Jersey .S. womens basketball team opened their Olympics with a record rout.The Americans were not expected to be challenged on Sunday by Senegal, and the only real suspense was how many records they would set. When it ended, they had set three Olympic marks: Points scored in a game, margin of victory and assists.The players and the US coaching staff were happy with how the team set the records.With a team of WNBA MVPs and All-Stars, the Americans constantly made the extra pass on offense that led to open shots or layups in the 121-56 victory. Sue Bird had eight of the teams US record 36 assists.When we move the ball like that and the ball doesnt get stuck and the defense has to guard us at all five spots on the floor, thats just a tough task for anybody, U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. Especially in the first half we shot the lights out, we shot great. ... It was really fun.Well, maybe not for everyone.The Brazilian fans tried to spur on the African country, cheering loudly every time they scored and booing the U.S. when the Americans had the ball. The fans even shouted down a brief U.S. chant with a Senegal one. The Americans were used to that having last played in Brazil in 2006 when they lost in the semifinals of the world championship. Thats the last time the U.S. lost a game in a major tournament.We played in Sao Paolo in the world championships and we played against Russia, Bird said. And it was in Brazil again and we lost that game, and the entire place was chanting Russia. I mean every single person. Were used to that.It showed. The American reached the 100-point mark for the 15th time in Olympic history early in the fourth quarter and Breanna Stewart hit a 3-pointer with 3 minutes left to top the Olympic record 114 points the Americans had against China in 2012. They also broke the largest margin of victory in US history which had been a 60-point win over Zaire in 1996 .When you think about it, its really cool to know that history it went that far back and we were able to break it today in our first game, Stewart said. We hope to play even better in our next one.The Americans were a 57.5-point favorite coming into the contest. Taurasi swished her early 3-pointers as the U.S. raced out to a 27-5 lead. The Americans led 35-9 after the first quarter and by 43 at the half en route to a 42nd consecutive Olympic win.Both US basketball teams opened with dominated victories. The womens performance came less than 24 hours after the mens team opened with a 57-point rout of China.More than anything, regardless of the score, its beautiful basketball. Were sharing the ball, Bird said. I dont even know how many points we scored, 100 and whatever. ... We share the ball, we move the ball, we make the right plays at the right time, and that to me is a great brand of basketball.First-time Olympians Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Stewart all had their first taste of the Games. Griner had 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Stewart, who won four titles under Auriemma at UConn, scored 15 points, tied for the team lead with Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles. Stewart also had two on a nifty alley-oop layup from Bird. Delle Donne added 11.We looked around and said that the three of them played like they were Olympic veterans, Auriemma said. It didnt look at all like there was any sign of nervousness or tentativeness or deferring to the other players. I was thoroughly impressed and really, really happy the way it played out for them. The perfect way for this to start.Senegal was playing in its second Olympics. The African nation lost all six of its games in 2000. Nigeria is still the only African country to win an Olympic contest, getting a victory in 2004.
DALLAS -- The former Title IX coordinator at Baylor University said Wednesday that top campus leaders undermined her efforts to investigate sexual assault claims and were more concerned with protecting the Baylor brand than the students. Julian Edelman Womens Jersey .Patty Crawford told CBS This Morning that the university set her up to fail from the beginning. Crawford, who resigned Monday from her role enforcing the federal standards meant to prevent discrimination based on gender, said she received resistance from senior leadership but did not identify those leaders.Later Wednesday, Baylor officials announced that they had promoted Crawfords senior deputy, Kristan Tucker, as the universitys new Title IX coordinator.In her televised interview, Crawford said Baylor officials marginalized her by leaving her out of meetings, undermining her authority and making decisions that should be left to a Title IX coordinator. The treatment led her to file complaints with the university and U.S. Department of Educations office for civil rights. Charges that she was the victim of retaliation are included in those complaints.I never had the authority, the resources or the independence to do the job appropriately, she said.Baylor has received a storm of criticism over claims it mishandled sexual assault cases for several years. An outside review determined school administrators contributed to a hostile environment against assault victims. The scandal drew broad attention in large part because former football players were convicted of sexually assaulting women, and an independent review by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton determined the football program operated as it if were above the rules. Coach Art Briles was fired earlier this year, as was the athletic director. President Ken Starr was removed from his post by regents and he later resigned as chancellor.Baylor said in a statement that Crawford went public with her grievances only after the school rejected a demand for $1 million and retention of book and film rights.Baylor University was surprised by the action taken by Patty Crawford given her public comments in August about the strong support she felt from across the University, the statement said.In August, Crawford talked with the Waco Tribune-Herald about her job and the changes Baylor was implementing. In that interview, she said, I would not have stayed at Baylor through this, something from before I was here, if I didnt know and be encouraged and understand that I still have authority and opportunities to build the best.Crawfords attorney, Rogge Dunn, who appeared with her on the network, said her federal complaint led to a mediation session with the university Monday and that Baylor has broken Texas law by revealing some aspects of the session. State law requires that mediation details remain confidential, with some limited exceptions.In a desperate attempt to smear Patty, what theyve done is violated Texas law, Dunn said.In later comments to The Associated Press, Dunn cited the law in declining to discuss the hearing, but said Crawford is not seeking financial compensation from Baylor and has no plans to seek a film or book deal.Lawyers for eight women who are suing Baylor for allegedly failing to act on their claims of being assaulted seized on Crawfords resignation and her failed mediation talks as a key reason to allow them to pursue documents and interviews for their case. Baylor previously asked a federal judge to halt evidence gathering while deciding if the lawsuit can proceed.There is no telling how many persons with information have been shackled by a confidentiality agreement accompanied with a large payment, lawyers for the women wrote in a court filing Wednesday.Dunn told AP that the number of sex assault complaints that were lodged since Crawford began as the Title IX coordinator in late 2014 increased by the hundreds. Awareness campaigns helped, he said, but students also came to learn that Crawfords office would listen to their allegations and follow up. Before Baylor hired a Title IX coordinator, charges of assault were lodged with different administrators and offices, and too often not taken seriously, Dunn said.Crawfords assertion that her office received hundreds of assault complaints during her time with Baylor, which began in November 2014, contrasts with the far lower number of crimes the university reported to the U.S. Department of Education.Schools must report sex assault complaints in which the university has determined that an offense occurred. Baylor did not report a single such instance of sexual assault from 2008 to 2011. Two cases were reported in 2012, six the following year and four in 2014.Baylor officials have previously declined to discuss the numbers, and a spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.While much of the attention about assaults on campus has focused on football players, Crawford says the problem is broader, according to Dunn.She thinks the Baylor administration thought if they could make athletics the scapegoat then they could say, `OK, problem solved.He added, The problem was not solved by cleaning house with athletics.In a statement, the new Title IX coordinator said the offices priority under her management will be to educate and serve Baylor students, faculty, staff and supporters.The Title IX Offices focus is on our students and the entire Baylor community, ensuring that we provide the resources, support and assistance they need. It is vital that our systems support a fair and equitable Title IX process, Tucker said.Before joining Baylor, Tucker was the lead Title IX investigator at East Carolina University and a compliance officer with the University of Tennessee system.---Associated Press writers Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, and Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed to this report.---Follow David Warren on Twitter at Tom Brady Patriots Jersey . 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. Sony Michel Womens Jersey . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Using an advanced, metrics-driven computer algorithm as a foundation, Warren Sharp incorporates his in-depth research into game theory, efficiency, play-calling success rates and scheme utilization to uncover inefficiencies in the NFL and college football totals market.Every Thursday during the football season, he will share with Chalk?his top totals bets for the upcoming college football weekend.?Warren will offer leans or plays, with the plays divided based on strength between full recommendations and split recommendations (with split recommendations suggested at half the weight as a full recommmendation). Tedy Bruschi Patriots Jersey. his seasons record:Full recommendations: 2-1 (67 percent) Split recommendations: 2-1 (67 percent)2015 record:Full recommendations: 16-7 Split recommendations: 9-11 2015fFinal weighted record: 20.5-12.5Here are his top Week 7 college football totals bets:Western Michigan Broncos at Akron ZipsIts no secret that Western Michigan likes to run the football, but the weakest overall defense with deficiencies stopping the run is their opponent this week. ' ' '
PARIS -- Always so avant-garde, Serena Williams started this years French Open fashion of addressing the Court Philippe Chatrier spectators in their language. Abby Smith USA Jersey . Rafael Nadal followed suit after his first-round victory, as did Roger Federer, whos done it for years. And Novak Djokovic also got in on a ritual thats become de rigueur, telling fans in French at the end of a rain-disrupted Day 3 at the clay-court tournament, "The ambiance was awesome." Thats certainly one way to endear oneself to the locals. "I really wanted to finish tonight," Djokovic said after wrapping up his match shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, "although I know the crowd wanted to watch a little longer." Because of the wet weather, there was not much tennis to see -- only two of the four matches originally scheduled for Tuesday in the main stadium actually began. So Djokovic spent much of the afternoon wondering when he would wind up taking the court for what turned out to be a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 victory over David Goffin in the first round of the only Grand Slam tournament the Serb has yet to win. "It was a difficult day, because we have been waiting for hours and hours. I think I warmed up five or six times today," Djokovic said. "In these conditions ... you need to adjust your game and tactics, because its quite different than comparing to the conditions when its dry and sunny." Unlike Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Roland Garros does not have a roof at any court. Unlike the U.S. Open, though, at least there is a definitive timeline to build one. French Open officials said last weekend they would proceed with plans to put a retractable roof over centre court despite a judicial ruling in March that put the project on hold. The roof would be completed in 2018 as part of a $440 million renovation. Last years final between champion Nadal and runner-up Djokovic was halted in the fourth set Sunday because of rain, and they resumed Monday, the first time since 1973 the French Open didnt finish on time. Djokovic was pleased to learn that a cover is coming to the main court in Paris, and he also is eager for them to install artificial lights. Both of those improvements would have contributed to a more stress-free evening Tuesday for the man ranked and seeded No. 1. He and the 58th-ranked Goffin, a Belgian who was one of the revelations at Roland Garros a year ago, did not begin until after 6:30 p.m., even though theirs was the second match of the day. They finished as light was fading. "It was a long day," Djokovic said. At least he got to play. Because of showers that began in the morning, there was a delay of more than 2 1/2 hours at the start. Then, after only 1 1/2 hours of action, another stop of more than an hour came. In the end, 26 of 40 scheduled singles matches were completed, three were suspended in progress, and 11 were postponed entirely. That means players such as Victoria Azarenka, the reigning Australian Open champion, was slated for first-round action Wednesday, the fourth day of the tournament (when, by the way, the forecast called for more rain). That sets up a situation where Azarenka, for example, would need to win seven matches across 11 days to take home the trophy, while 2002 champion Williams -- who got to begin the tournament Sunday and was scheduled to play in the second round Wednesday -- would have her seven matches spread over 14 days if she goes the distance. Also among those who had yet to play a real point heading into Wednesday was 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. The Day 4 program featured second-round matches for 2009 champion Federer and 2012 runner-up Sara Errani. Tuesdays winners included 2010 French Open runner-up and 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, who beat 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan 6-0, 6-2. "It was spitting a little bit when we went out there," Stosur said. "You think, Oh, are we going to start or are we not? Lucky for me, I was able to finish the match before this last downpour came."Another Australian, Bernard Tomic -- whose father was barred from Roland Garros after being accused this month of head-butting Tomics hitting partner -- stopped because of a torn right hamstring while trailing Victor Hanescu 7-5, 7-6 (8), 2-1. Three other men retired during matches: No. 28 Florian Mayer (right thigh), Alejandro Falla (stomach problems), Simone Bolelli (right wrist). No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 12 Tommy Haas and No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber and No. 26 Grigor Dimitrov advanced, along with 20-year-old American Jack Sock in his French Open debut. If Dimitrov -- he and Maria Sharapova are an item, so he was asked Tuesday about dealing with paparazzi -- reaches the third round, he could face Djokovic. That would be an intriguing matchup, given that Dimitrov defeated Djokovic on clay at Madrid three weeks ago. "This is the kind of matches Id always want to play in," Dimitrov said. "I feel good on the big courts and playing against good players." Djokovic found Goffin in possession of that same attitude. In 2012, Goffin got into the French Open field as a "lucky loser" -- someone who loses in qualifying but is put in the main draw because another player withdrew -- and made it all the way to the fourth round. Thats when Goffin got to face Federer, his idol, and even took a set off the owner of the most career major titles before losing the match. "He has a good chance to have a good future," Djokovic said. "He likes playing here, obviously. He likes playing on a big stage." Perhaps. But Tuesdays key moment came in the first-set tiebreaker, with Goffin serving at 5-all. After he faulted once, a fan yelled, "Allez, David!" The 22-year-old Goffin then proceeded to miss his second serve, too, for a double-fault that gave Djokovic a set point. Goffin looked in the direction of the offending shout with palms up, as if to say, "What did you do that for?!" "Thats what happens sometimes. When you play in Davis Cup, you see that on every serve, basically," Goffin said. "Anyway, it was up to me to focus my mind. This is the type of thing that can happen, and can happen to anybody. So tough luck." Tierna Davidson Jersey . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. Julie Ertz Jersey . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Its taken some 22 rounds but finally the AFL has found a high-profile supporter of the pre-finals bye.The league, concerned with the trend of clubs resting players en masse in the final round, this year introduced a week off between the regular season and finals.A recent poll indicated all 18 coaches were against the post-season bye but Western Bulldogs mentor Luke Beveridge has since changed his tune.Beveridges new stance isnt a result of the leagues push for a celebration of football week but the Bulldogs injury list.The extra week off will give injured stand-in skipper Easton Wood, plus star midfielders Tom Liberatore and Jack Macrae, a fighting chance of being fit for the clubs first final.When it was initially floated, I liked the idea of continuity, Beveridge said on Tuesday.Survival of the fittest and last man standing ... (but now) out of all the teams in the top eight, it suits us a little bit better.Were really optimistic we might get him (Wood) for the first final.Jacks more of a chance than Tom but both of them are a chance.Geelong coach Chris Scott expects the experiment wont last beyond 2016.MMy suspicion is this will be a one and only, Scott told Fox Footy. Tierna Davidson USA Jersey. Wed prefer it wasnt there.The AFLs position was that they didnt want players rested en masse before the finals.I never saw the problem in that - the integrity issue.I know some of the key decision makers at the AFL love continuity in the season. This seems to be a lack of continuity at the most-important time.The fixture tweak means two sides will enter their preliminary final having played just one game in the past three weeks.Many players, pundits and coaches have speculated that the reward of finishing in the top four will be diminished as a result.Its going to be interesting to see what we do. Weve got (Adelaide high performance guru) Brett Burton and the coaches already planning, Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker told Fox Footy.Im sure most teams will probably train hard.Try to simulate a bit of game awareness ... so your contact and physical stuff are up to speed when you need to play the week after. ' ' '
Six months before the first whistle of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and much of Arena 2 is covered in plastic tarps. Gordon Hayward Celtics Jersey .The future home to Augusts Olympic judo and wrestling competitions, Arena 2 remains dimly lit even as the midsummer sun raises temperatures to 100 degrees. A dozen industrial fans try to displace the heavy air, but as wrestlers jog, drill and prep on blue mats, the fans only effect seems to be added noise.I can literally see the Zika on the mat, says Adeline Gray, the 75kg representative for the United States. The worlds top-ranked wrestler at her weight stares at mosquitoes attaching to practice mats laid on the concrete floor.Gray wipes her hand across the surface showing the resulting combination of cleaning liquid and mosquitoes to a friend. Um, this is gross.Its January in Rio, and Zika -- including coverage of the devastating birth defects caused by the virus -- is dominating the news. Women of child-bearing age are nervous. Athletes have contemplated sitting out the Games in Rio, where the virus is rampant. Not Gray. Shes concerned at a World Health Organization level, but the 25-year-old reflects on the news with a blunted affectation. Should it bother me? she says, Im not having babies right now. Im wrestling.Gray is in Rio along with female wrestlers from China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil and Japan for the Olympic test event, a tournament organized as a dry run of the wrestling procedures in use during the Rio Games. But construction delays, an ongoing bribery controversy and general lack of funding have meant that many test events arent proceeding under Olympic conditions. The wrestling event is no exception, but it has still attracted an unlikely distillation of talent at Grays weight class.Four of the five top-ranked women are entered to compete, including Grays opponents in the last two world championship finals: Brazils Aline da Silva Ferreira (2014) and Chinas Qian Zhou (2015). It was Zhou who also gave Gray the biggest scare of the past few years, opening up an eight-point lead in the first round of the 2014 world championships before Gray made an improbable comeback, using a leg-lace maneuver to earn 10 points and the win.The talent pool makes this a full-throttle Olympic tune-up, and Gray is the woman to beat. She has defeated each of the titleholders and reigns as the only three-time world champion. She also comes into Rio favored to win an Olympic gold medal, a feat no U.S. woman has accomplished. And she has no doubt that shell be the one to do it.Grays confidence, like her wrestling, is stripped-down -- this is a no-frills sort of domination shes imparting on the world. Her quick barbs are subtle, always authentic and refreshingly free of manufactured posturing. (She once responded to inquiry about her favorite male wrestler with, Why would I watch mens wrestling?)Ahead of the Rio test event, Gray pulls her ponytail tight and begins to jog around two of the mats laid down on the arena floor. She seems almost unaware of how steep her competition will be the following day, or more likely, she simply doesnt care. To Gray, the wrestling will just bring her one tournament, one step, closer to achieving her goal of becoming an Olympic champion.Raised in a sports familyGray got her start on the mats in Littleton, Colorado -- an hour drive from Colorado Springs, home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national wresting training center. Donna Gray sent her high-energy daughter to practice with an uncle who coached little league wrestling. Adeline liked it well enough, but didnt take to the sport with any more seriousness than her many other athletic pursuits. In middle school I really thought I was going to be a professional soccer player, she says. Which would have been something to see.Before her freshman year in high school, Grays family asked to her to choose a sport to focus on outside of school -- with three little sisters the family could afford the time and money to support one travel or specialty team per child. Grays choice came down to the Olympic opportunity being presented in wrestling.It was weird, but I thought I could be an Olympic champion, Gray says. I mean all of a sudden these women were on TV competing. It was real.When a boyfriend of only a few weeks broke off their courtship because she spent too much time wrestling, it made her choice even more clear.Him saying that kinda made me recognize how much I loved wrestling, says Gray. Before that I guess I thought it was fun, that the Olympics were a distant dream, but that brought my dream into sharper focus.Gray started traveling to the Olympic Training Center to learn from coach Terry Steiner and women on the team. She quit soccer and switched over to cross country in the hope of keeping herself in shape for the season, in which shed mainly compete against boys.It took a while for opponents to treat me like other guys on the team, Gray says. Finally some guy got beat and his friends were making fun of him, and he just yelled OK, fine, you go wrestle her!Gray moved from high school to high school, in part to find the right training situation for her growing competitive appetite. In 2008 she won the junior world championship, a competition for wrestlers younger than 21 years old. She was 17.That summer she moved to a high school in Northern Michigan, where she lived with USA Wrestling team member Jenna Burkert.Shes different than most of us and in so many ways, says Burkert. She can be down like nine points and really believe, like know, she is going to win. I started calling it the Adeline State of Mind. Shes just always been absolutely confident in her ability. Its good for her, but its also contagious. Hang around her long enough, and you think youre unbeatable, too.She finished her high school career with 40 pins, mostly against boys. She made the 2009 junior world team and later her first senior world team, moving back to Colorado to train full-time in Colorado Springs. She enrolled online at DeVry University so that she could devote more time to wrestling (she graduated in February).Hoping to make the 2012 Olympic team, Gray cut almost 25 pounds to wrestle at 63kg. But she was exhausted by the weight loss and failed to make the team. She still won her first world championship later that year, wrestling back up at the 67kg weight class.Heading into the 2013 season, Gray agreed to her coaches request to move up to 72kg for the 2013 World Cup, an annual team-based event, as long as she could move back down to 67kg for the world championships later.She had what it took to be an Olympic champion at 72kg, says Steiner. We knew that, and we could tell her, but she needed to feel it for herself in competition first.Steiner was certain Gray was on the path to Olympic glory, but then an unexpected political event left Gray, and the sport, out of the Games.Olympic upheavalOn February 12, 2013, the International Olympic Committee recommended that the sport of wrestling -- one of the original sports of the Ancient Olympics -- be eliminated from the Olympic Games.I was upset, but I also just thought it was crazy, says Gray. Wrestling was the first-ever sport of the Games and now its, what? Gone? The whole thing was ridiculous. This is my life.As word spread and outrage piqued, the political leadership of wrestlings international federation -- then known by the acronym FILA -- ousted president Raphael Martinetti and elected Serbian businessman Nenad Lalovic as their new head.Lalovics appointment would ultimately prove fateful for the Olympic future of women wrestlers around the world, and especially Gray.At the time of Olympic dismissal, there were seven weight categories for each of mens freestyle and Greco-Roman, but only four for women -- a total of 14 weights to four. Weeks after his election, Lalovic took the issue of gender equity to the IOC and offered to make immediate change, suggesting to redistribute two mens weight classes -- one in each freestyle and Greco-Roman -- to womens wrestling.The change would mean each discipline now had an equal number of Olympic weights (six) to be equally distributed between 48kg and a new weight of 75kg.The decision for six weight classes was fair. Our women are some of the strongest in all of sports and needed more opportunity, said Lalovic. We wanted to ensure gender equity to our athletes and be a good Olympic partner.The consideration of gender equity, along with a multimillion-dollar promotional campaign to Save Olympic Wrestling, helped wrestling earn reinstatement in the Olympic Games. The sport wasnt just back on the program -- it now offered new opportunities to women wrestlers like Gray, ever-stuck in tweener weights.I didnt want to get bigger, says Gray. Im like every woman where I wanted to have thinner hips and look awesome in a bathing suit, not put on more weight. And I was just convinced to go 72kg. Now add another seven-to-eight pounds to that? Its kinda gettin up there.For the 2013 world championships in Budapest, Team USA coaches had bargained with Gray to wrestle at 72kg. By the 2014 world championships, Steiner had convinced her that the newly instated 75kg class should be her home. That year, she breezed into the finals, where she bested Brazils da Silva 2-1.Once Adeline believes in something, shes changed. I think she gets nervous like all of us, says Burkert. But something happens when she steps on the mat. She changes. Shes basically becomes unbeatable.Gold medal in hand and her Olympic journey possible, Gray realized that she was done with yo-yoing between weights.I was the champ, and I kinda looked at 75kg like it was my weight class. And, yeah, whatever, my hips are fine. My hips win gold medals.Prize fighterIn December 2015, Gray stood center mat at the K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Stadium in central Delhi, India, moments away from the start of her fourth professional wrestling match. Fans were waving their hands in almost cartoonish ways, hoping to draw Grays attention just long enough for eye contact -- a moment of recognition from a fast-rising female wrestling celebrity.Womens wrestling in India has exploded in popularity since Geeta Phogat won the 2010 Commonwealth Games -- a quadrennial competition among former members of the British Empire -- and her sister Babita Kumari took silver. That growth has ballooned in the years since. Geeta became the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in wrestling and later took bronze at the world championships. The sisters are so popular that their familys story will be on the big screen this December in the Bollywood film Dangal.And now, there stood Gray on the mat, being applauded by 3000-plus fans, TV cameras capturing her every wink, ready to compete in wrestling as a professional. And ready to cash checks like one too, with tens of thousands of dollars already guaranteed for Gray to wrestle.It was then a week before Christmas, and in the first three matches of her Professional Wrestling League debut, Gray was undefeated and unchallenged. Gray was moving so smoothly that Coach Steiner sent her a text asking her to challenge herself a little more on the mats. Find something new. Fewer throws, more challenging techniques.Terry told me I had work on other stuff, Gray says in a false whimper. Boooo.As powerful as Gray appears, shes equally as flexible. She glided through her pre-match routine with her sister, Geneva, in tow. Wrestling requires a unique combination of strength and elasticity, so Grays preparation included banded stretching, hip-turning calisthenic movements and a cycling through of her favorite techniques.I love this move, Gray says as she began to pinch Genevas head and arm together like she was making her little sister hold a phone and change a light bulb at the same time.Gray shifted her hips and sent Geneva smacking into the mat on her back, moaning and giggling at the same time. The girls on the team wont wrestle with me if I use it, she says of the technique. They call it my Big Bitch Move.The move, put simply, is a painful version of a schoolyard headlock that requires pure brute strength to execute. Fortunately, Gray is among the strongest female wrestlers in the world -- an observation buoyed by the sight of Genevas eyes slowly welling up from a lack of oxygen.Recounting Steiners instructions, Gray repeated, I need to focus on takedowns. No throws, no leg laces -- most of these girls are smaller than me anyway.Gray was soon called to the arena floor to call the coin flip opposite Delhi-based captain Mangalayatan University Dilli Veer Vinesh Phogat, the teams female 48kg wrestler. Her arrival warranted another round of applause.Gray jogged to the edge of the mat wearing her team jacket and turned to her Geneva for some additional hair braiding. She let loose a rapturous grievance concerning a lack of payment by event organizers.I told em Ill fly home right now unless they pay, Gray says. [The organizers] tell me the money is en route, but I dont trust it until I see it in my account.Gray was showing everyone around her a photo she took of a recent receipt delivered by a team owner. She seemed unimpressed, and there was no question of her intent. The money was only about what it represented: respect.After 45 minutes warming up in the back as her team wrestled, Grays name was announced for the sixth bout of the night. She was to face a young Indian heavyweight, Nikki, who has seen limited success in world and league competition.Grays entrance was as triumphant as any at the WWEs Royal Rumbles. Fans erupted as the arena bumped to the sounds of the Mumbai teams anthem (each team has a unique song) and pyrotechnic displays distracted among a mixture of light and smoke.From the first whistle, Gray swatted and bobbed like a cat playing with her food, moving the smaller Nikki from side to side, unfurling leg attacks and snapping down her opponents head. Unable to get underneath, Gray focused on Nikkis head until the Indian wrestler straightened up, offering Gray an exposed arm and leg -- perfect opportunity to hit her big move. It was against the advice, but sometimes doing enough for the win is all thats needed.When the League wrapped up on Dec. 27, Grays Mumbai squad finished in first place, and the worlds top-ranked 75kg wrestler remained unbeaten.She wa
Eric Gordon and the Houston Rockets?have agreed to a four-year, $53 million deal, a source told ESPNs Chris Broussard. Sammy Sosa Cubs Jersey .The agreement was first reported by The Vertical.The Rockets had a busy Saturday. Before reaching the deal with Gordon, they also agreed to terms with power forward Ryan Anderson, his agent told ESPNs Marc Stein.Finding another outside shooter to complement newly hired coach Mike DAntonis up-tempo offensive system was next.Gordon has never played a full 82-game season, but he was snagged to give shooting guard James Harden another playmaker on offense, something Harden and DAntoni talked about prior to the start of free agency.Gordon, 27, arrived in New Orleans in the 2011 offseason as the prize of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.But Gordons career with the Hornets/Pelicans has been defined by his time off the court. The former seventh overall pick out of Indiana played just nine games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, and he has missed an average of 29 games per season since. In large part because of injuries, the eight-year veteran never turned into the offensive dynamo he seemed to be ready to become after averaging 22.3 points per game with an 18.56 player efficiency rating in his third and final season with the Clippers.Gordon averaged a respectable 15.3 points and 39 percent shooting on 3s in five seasons with New Orleans, but he routinely shot in the low 40s from the field and never topped a 16 player efficiency rating in a season when he played double-digit games.After rejecting a four-year extension from the then-Hornets in January 2012, Gordon signed a maximum offer sheet worth $58 million over four years with the Phoenix Suns that summer to play for then-coach Alvin Gentry. Despite Gordons declaration via a statement that Phoenix is just where my heart is now, New Orleans matched the deal for the restricted free agent.Gentry was hired as Pelicans coach last offseason, and Gordons first season under him resulted in a 56.6 true shooting percentage -- the highest of the guards New Orleans career.But Gordon finished 2015-16 ranked 27th among shooting guards in real plus-minus (minus-0.48) and missed 37 games after breaking the ring finger on his right (shooting) hand twice as the Pelicans sputtered to a 30-52 record.Information from ESPN.coms Calvin Watkins and Justin Verrier was used in this report. David Ross Cubs Jersey . Soukalova missed only one target and completed the 15-kilometre course in 40 minutes, 32.6 seconds for both victories in this seasons individual discipline. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 34. Javier Baez Cubs Jersey . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. WASHINGTON -- New York rookie Jimmy Vesey says hes getting more comfortable. The same cant be said of defenses that face the Rangers.Vesey scored the tying and go-ahead goals 3 minutes apart in the second period to lead the Rangers to their latest high-scoring victory, a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.Im still figuring out how to score goals in this league, said Vesey, who spent last season as a college hockey standout at Harvard. Its the best league in the world. So just trying to learn every day and get better. Tonight was big for me I think.Rick Nash had a late empty-net goal and an assist for New York, which has scored four or more goals in all three of its victories.Brandon Pirri also scored in a three-goal second period that began the Rangers comeback from two goals down.Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for New York, including 19 in a row after Alex Ovechkin gave Washington a 2-0 lead late in the first.We just stuck with it and made some plays that we needed to make with the puck, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of his teams comeback. And in the third period, we did everything we could to shut them down. Hank made some big saves. Well take the two points and well go home.New York has now won six of its last eight games in Washington.Lars Eller added his first goal with the Capitals, who had a three-game win streak snapped and failed to earn at least a point for the first time this season.Washington still led 2-1 when it failed to put a shot on goal during a four-minute power play, its only man advantage of the evening.We was so casual, Ovechkin said. We couldnt stay in the zone. So obviously its blame on us, and we cant play like that.After Pirris goal early in thhe second period cut the deficit in half, Veseys two goals put New York up 3-2 with 5:38 left. Kendall Graveman Jersey. On the first, Nash took a rebound off Holtbys pads in front of the crease and found Vesey on the right for a simple wrist shot. It was New Yorks first power-play goal in three attempts on the night, and third in 17 chances this season.Vesey did most of the work himself on the second, taking Mats Zuccarellos pass on the left, circling around defender Karl Alzner and then beating Holtby with a backhander from in close for his third of the season.That was a power move from a young player that everybody can see has got a lot of potential, Vigneault said.Washingtons best chance to tie came just before the midpoint of the third period, when Lundqvist denied T.J. Oshie and Ovechkin in quick succession from in close.I loved the way we win this game, Lundqvist said. The way we battled back. The way we believe in ourself and our system. . Being down two after the first, it was tough, but I think we all thought we could do it.Game notes Washington has now scored first in all five of its games this season. ... New York D Dan Girardi (groin strain) and LW Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) were scratched again Saturday and remain day-to-day. ... Eller scored his first goal since joining the Capitals from Montreal in an offseason trade. ... Referee Kelly Sutherland officiated his 1000th game.UP NEXTCapitals: At Edmonton on Wednesday night in the opener of a four-game trip against Canadian teams.Rangers: Host Arizona on Sunday to complete its first back-to-back set of the season. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Bob Nicholson is looking to a familiar face to restore Canadas world junior hockey supremacy. Rashan Gary Packers Jersey . The president of Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the return of Brent Sutter as the head coach of the Canadian national junior team. The Red Deer Rebels coach, GM and owner will be joined by assistants Benoit Groulx and Ryan McGill at the 2014 world championship in Malmo, Sweden. Canada has dominated the world junior event winning 28 medals overall, including 15 gold. But Canada last won it all in 2009 in Ottawa -- the final of five straight gold medals -- and last year in Russia finished fourth and out of the medals for the first time since 98. "Weve done a lot of work analyzing what the other countries are doing," Nicholson said during a news conference at the MasterCard Centre. "Its a step-by-step process and Brent Sutter is going to come back and coach this junior team and it will be about first day of camp, second day of camp, third day of camp . . . "It wont be about getting to world junior championship, it will be about a process to make sure everyone buys into that. If we do that in the proper way with all the new people there to help that it will put us in a good position." Sutter, 51, from Viking, Alta., has coached Canada in international competition on four previous occasions, most recently at last years world hockey championship. He guided Canada to world junior gold in 2005 and 2006 and said Canadians must understand other world junior countries have improved. "Its not like Canadian hockey has totally dropped off the map," Sutter said. "Canadian hockey is still very elite but its just other countries have closed the gap on us. "Every game you play now is a highly competitive game at this level. Theres no certain thing that you can sit there and say, We have to drastically change this or that. Thats not the case at all. Its how do you get above the line, how do you stay above the line, how do you stay at where you want to get to and get to your ultimate goal and how to you accomplish that?" Sutter also knows what it takes to succeed on the international stage as a player. The former Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils head coach played for Canada on four occasions, including the 1986 world championship and 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups. "Its exciting, its a new challenge and one Im looking forward to," Sutter said. "We all know what our ultimate goal is but its a process to be able to get to that point and that process will start in August. "Well get after it then." Canadas national junior team will gather in Brossard, Que., for practices on Aug. 4 and 5, before playing exhibition games in Lake Placid, N.Y., against Finland (Aug. 7), Sweden (Aug. 8) and the U.S. (Aug. 10). The 2014 world junior tournament begins Dec. 26. Groulx is the head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Gatineau Olympiques and McGill is the head coach of the Western Hockey Leagues Kootenay Ice. Also on Wednesday, Dale Hunter was named head coach of Canadas national summer under-18 squad. The 52-year-old from Petrolia, Ont., will be joined by assistants Dominique Ducharme and D.J. Smith at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Hunter is the head coach, owner and president of the Ontario Hockey Leagues London Knights. Ducharme is head coach of the QMJHLs Halifax Mooseheads and Smith is head coach of the OHLs Oshawa Generals. The U18 team will gather in Toronto for a selection camp late next month before travelling to Europe for the Aug. 5-10 tournament. Canada has won the annual summer event five straight years and 15 of the last 17 years. "You see how much work goes into winning and thats why Canada wins," said Hunter, who also coached the NHLs Washington Capitals before returning to London. "If it was easy, it wouldnt be as much fun. "In the playoffs you have seven games. You might lose the first two and you can redeem yourself. In a tournament like this youve got to be ready right off the hop and have them firing on all cylinders." Hockey Canada also announced several changes to its Program of Excellence. A new management group will oversee hockey operations for the program. Group members include Blainville-Boisbriand Armada GM Joel Bouchard, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender coach Sean Burke, Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton and London Knights GM Mark Hunter. The group will work directly with Brad Pascall and Scott Salmond to oversee operations of the under-17, under-18 and under-20 programs. Pascall is Hockey Canadas vice-president of hockey operations and national teams while Salmond is the senior director of hockey operations and national teams. In addition, Ryan Jankowski has replaced Kevin Prendergast as the head scout of the mens Program of Excellence. Jankowski, 38, has spent the last three seasons as an amateur scout with the Montreal Canadiens after working five seasons as the assistant GM with the New York Islanders. The Calgary native previously worked for Hockey Canada from 1996 to 2003 in a variety of roles. He will be responsible for all player evaluation and recruitment for Canadas national junior team and national mens U18 team development and selection camps, as well as evaluations with the U17 program. The Program of Excellence policy committee remains in place to oversee direction of the program. The committee includes Nicholson, chief operating officer Scott Smith, OHL commissioner and CHL president David Branch, QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau, WHL commissioner Ron Robison and Hockey Canada officers Joe Drago and Michael Brindamour. "We reached out to our best resources and thats people," Nicholson said. "I guess the buzzword today is retooling and were really doing that. "With the management group we have a component there where we have general managers from the CHL now involved and having Sean Burke, a player who had worn the (Canadian) jersey so many times and knows the international game, its really a group that can work with Ryan to make sure we get the right players and build the right atmosphere as we go forward." Jaire Alexander Youth Jersey . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Elgton Jenkins Jersey . 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Highlights of the morning session of the first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka Stokesy was the main guy, said Moeen. He was reversing it at good pace, and hitting a brilliant length as well.I actually told Cooky, if Im not bowling maidens, then take me off. I put pressure on myself to do that, and it paid off.Considering where we were at one stage after lunch, were obviously very pleased to have bowled them out. Moeen Ali of England leads his team from the field after taking five wickets during the first day of the second Test They batted really well. Reggie White Packers Jersey. They were aggressive, and Tamim, when he plays like that, is hard to stop.He scores in areas where its difficult to put fielders in. Some of his shots over extra cover are particularly good, and hes got a very solid defence actually, especially against spin.But we knew once we got a couple of wickets, we could roll them out. Stokesy and myself built the pressure on them, and then got our rewards. Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of Mahmudullah Following Englands stirring fightback with the ball, they lost three quick wickets to finish 50-3 when rain brought play to an early close. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Moeen is not out on two overnight, and says he and Joe Root (15no) are determined to play positively despite the early setbacks.To lose the three wickets before the close of play was disappointing, added Moeen. Its going to be tough for our batsmen. Were going to have to bat really well. Me and Rooty are both pretty positive against spin. We will have to play quite smart, look to score, and not just prod away.Id say things are 50/50 at the moment in the match. But were going to take the game to them, and try to build a big partnership.Watch day two of the second Test between Bangladesh and England live on Sky Sports 2 from 4.45am on Saturday. 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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper sat out after a procedure to fix an ingrown toenail. Chuma Edoga Jets Jersey . Jayson Werth has been sidelined for a week with a bad hamstring and the plan is to put him on the disabled list. So what if two of Washingtons best hitters watched from the dugout Friday night? With extra-base hits coming from lower in the order, the Nationals extended their season-high winning streak to five games. Ian Desmonds three hits included a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs with a double, helping Washington beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 for its seventh victory in the past eight games. "When your 3-hole hitters out of there," Washington manager Davey Johnson said, referring to Harper, "and you score a bunch of runs, thats big." Desmond was reminded of the manner in which the Nationals compiled a majors-best 98 wins in 2012 despite a series of injuries to everyday players. "Last year, we were missing guys throughout the whole season, pretty much," said Desmond, who singled and scored in the second, homered in the fourth and doubled in the fifth. "We just found a way." Ross Detwiler (2-3) gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings, and Craig Stammen got the last seven outs. "He wasnt real happy when I hooked him," Johnson said about Detwiler. "Thats good. I like that." Chicagos Jeff Samardzija (1-5) lost his fifth decision in a row by allowing seven runs -- five earned -- and eight hits. He threw 73 pitches in his five innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. Samardzija said he was not bothered by a cut on his right index finger from a start April 24. "Felt good. Felt about as best as I could all year," the right-hander said. "Thats the frustrating part of it, when youve got your pitches and you feel good and you get that outcome." Making his first start in the leadoff slot this season, Chicagos Starlin Castro delivered doubles in each of his first two at-bats, including to begin the game. He made it 1-0 in the first on Anthony Rizzos groundout. Suzukis two-run double off the wall in right-centre put Washington ahead 2-1 in the second. "I never complain about getting hits. My defence is my priority, but it definitely feels good," said Suzuki, a catcher. "Being in the bottom of the lineup, when guys are out there, you just want to drive them in." One of the runners who scored reached on an infield single, while the other got aboard when Samardzija failed in two attempts to start a double play by fielding the ball with his pitching hand and was charged with an error -- making both runs unearned. "That was kind of the big mess," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Weve got to field a ground ball back to us. We seem to make a mistake, and we cant make a pitch after that." Chicago tied it in the third when Samardzija and Castro hit consecutive doubles. Castro later was thrown out at home when trying to score on Rizzos single. Right fielder Roger Bernadina, starting because Harper and Werth were out, got his second assist of the season with his throw, and Suzuki dived to tag Castro. Desmond put Washington back out front with his fifth homer, driving an 0-1 pitch barely over the wall in left to make it 4-2. Soon as the bat made contact with the ball, Samardzija spun around and yelled. Didnt get much better in the fifth, when the Nationals tacked on three more runs on consecutive doubles by Desmond and Espinosa. "Theyre due," Johnson said, "to start doing their thing." NOTES: Samardzijas lone win came on opening day against Pittsburgh. ... Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Werth has a "very slight strain" of his hamstring and the move to the DL would be backdated to May 2. Rizzo expects Werth to be able to return the first day hes eligible, May 18. Johnson indicated Eury Perez will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Harper tweeted a photo of his bloody right big toe. Rizzo and Johnson both said they expect Harper to be available Saturday. ... The Cubs activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the DL and optioned RHP Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa. Fujikawa, out since April 13 with a straight right forearm, pitched a scoreless seventh inning Friday. ... On Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.45 ERA) will face Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson (0-5, 6.39). Jackson was with Washington last season, then signed a $52 million, four-year deal with the Cubs as a free agent. "Been a slow start to say the least. Not exactly how I had it envisioned," Jackson said. Mark Gastineau Jets Jersey . -- 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. Quinnen Williams Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The hockey season is finally here, and its time to bust out the crystal ball -- or spreadsheets -- and dig into what we should expect from each player and team in 2016-17.That includes projecting the standings points for each team, along with goals, assists and goals versus threshold (find more info on GVT here) for each player on thee roster, for every club. Trevon Wesco Youth Jersey. e begin with the Atlantic Division, where the projected standings are tight, with many teams battling for a bubble spot in one of the leagues most intriguing divisions. ' ' ' 
San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl will miss Saturdays game against the Arizona Coyotes with a lower-body injury he suffered in Thursdays 3-2 loss to the St. Axel Witsel Belgium Jersey . Louis Blues.Hertl, 23, flew back to San Jose on Friday and will undergo an MRI, coach Pete DeBoer said.Any time youre sending a guy back early on a trip to get looked at, theres concern, DeBoer said. But you look around the league, and everyones dealing with injuries. A lot of injuries to key guys, so we have to continue on here.Hertl appeared to be injured when he collided with Blues forward Jori Lehtera in the second period. He skated to the bench soon after and was seen limping up the tunnel. He did not return to the game.It wasnt one of those situations where it was really evident, and it didnt look really serious, DeBoer said. Hopefully, its not. Well wait and see.Hertl has dealt with serious injuries before, including a right knee injury in June that forced him to miss four games of the Stanley Cup finals as well as the World Cup of Hockey.He also had surgery during his rookie season to repair ligaments in his right knee.Hes been through a lot for a young guy, DeBoer said. He was playing great, arguably been one of our best players here through the first 20 games after a summer of rehab. So you feel for him.A fourth-year player, Hertl has nine points in 17 games. Axel Witsel Jersey . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Thomas Meunier Belgium Jersey .7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million. Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6. . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. Perhaps it was the need to push on for runs and a fourth-innings target, perhaps it was something deeper. Either way, some uncharacteristic flourishes in Chris Rogers final innings for Somerset this season tended to indicate these were the parting shots of a prolific and valuable career.For many a year, Rogers had been crease-bound against spin, leaning heavily on advice conveyed by Lance Klusener in their time together at Northamptonshire: build a solid defence against spinners and wait for the bad ball. But here he was, dancing down to Samit Patel and lofting over long-on.More recently, Rogers had been haunted by the threat of the short ball, his fears exacerbated by the death of Phillip Hughes then maintained by numerous head knocks over the course of his last few Test assignments for Australia. Yet the last scoring stroke with which he moved to a 76th first-class hundred - only eight Australians have more - was a hook shot.Proof, then, that Rogers always had these shots in his locker, and perhaps a flightier personality would have used them more frequently. Instead, these moments in innings No. 554 were the exceptions that prove the rule: by knowing his limitations and working within them, Rogers carved out a batting method that stood up to more examinations than most. He also earned the belated validation of a memorable stint in the Australian Test side, years after he had given up hope of getting there for longer than his earlier solitary appearance.To finish in England was fitting, for it was largely on those northern shores that Rogers sculpted his way of batting. When he first travelled to play there his technique was more or less classically Australian: back and across to cover bounce and be in position to play cross bat strokes on the hard and true expanses of the WACA Ground.But the means by which Rogers would become a consistent and heavy run scorer were to come later, via help from the likes of Paul Nixon and Klusener. A double hundred against the touring Australian Ashes team of 2005 was significant not only as the innings that put Rogers on the map back home, but also as the first sign his English lessons were starting to take root. In the simplest terms, he worked on playing in straight lines down the pitch, and covering off stump without letting the bat get outside hiss eyeline to adjust for lateral movement. Mousa Dembele Jersey. ombined with a flinty determination at the batting crease and an agile mind eager to make adjustments for the challenges posed by different bowlers, teams and circumstances, those fundamentals led Rogers to major run-making feats. Over the past decade only twice - once through injury and once through international commitments - did Rogers fail to top 1000 runs for the English season, sharing his runs and expertise with Northants, Derbyshire, Middlesex and Somerset.These sides, plus Australia, benefited too from Rogers the thoughtful leader, and Rogers the sociable after-hours organiser. At both Derbyshire and Middlesex he did not arrive as captain but was effectively promoted to the rank in the field. By the time he signed on to play at Taunton this year there was expectation of the battling club being given the Rogers touch, characterised by example with the bat, sound ideas in the field, dedication in training and yarn-spinning in the dressing room.An attentive brand of leadership has found its greatest 2016 exemplar in the growth of the left-arm spinner Jack Leach, proficient in his craft but also shy and reticent in a way Rogers doubtless recognised in his younger self. The following words were spoken after Leach had bowled Somerset to victory over Yorkshire at Headingley, as blunt as they were empathetic:I am still a big believer that you need more than one good season to play for England. With Jack, I think his games in order, I think emotionally he still has a bit of a way to go and I dont think hed be upset with me saying that. He is still a young guy, he has only ever been in Somerset and the challenges in international cricket are a lot more difficult. If they pick him then good luck to him but theyd better look after him.Protective of his men but honest with them also, Rogers parting gift to Somerset was to drive them to within a days good fortune of the clubs first ever County Championship. That his batting and leadership will be missed to the game is beyond dispute. But it is equally easy to conclude that the lessons learned over the past 18 years will be rare gold for Rogers in coaching ranks. ' ' ' 
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