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SAN FRANCISCO -- The only thing that stopped Tim Lincecum from throwing his second complete game this season was a tiny blister forming on his middle finger. Custom Ravens Jerseys . Nearly a month after his first career no-hitter, Lincecum pitched another gem. The right-hander allowed only one hit over eight scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Thursday. "I think Im just trying to stay within myself," Lincecum said, adding that he relied on his overhand curve more than he had in any start this year. "I know Im not going to throw a 95 mph fastball anymore, so why try to throw it? I guess I got to use what I got and get outs." Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Donovan Hand (0-4). And Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford added three hits apiece to give Lincecum more than enough support. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner had been 0-2 in three starts since throwing 148 pitches in his no-hitter at San Diego on July 13. Lincecum (6-11) permitted just a double to Juan Francisco leading off the third inning. He struck out eight and walked one before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter. The former ace gave the defending World Series champions another rare reprieve from a frustrating season for the second time in a month by following up a pregame meeting called by manager Bruce Bochy with a vintage performance. "I think we just kind of knew whats needed to happen," Lincecum said. "I think we just kind of need to wake up every day and come to the field knowing theres a purpose. Even if where were sitting in the standings might affect our mentality, we cant show that on the field. Weve got to go out there and play every game with passion." Khris Davis doubled off reliever Sandy Rosario in the ninth and scored on Jean Seguras single against Sergio Romo, who recorded the final two outs. San Francisco had lost four of its previous five games in the latest skid during a summer-long slide from champions to cellar-dwellers in the NL West. With a postcard-like day along the bay, the Giants showed some heart and hustle from the start. And Lincecum provided the rest to give the club a brief break from a frustration season. "It kind of reminded us what were capable of," Belt said. Scutaro singled on the 11th pitch leading off the first and Crawford followed by diving head-first into second for a double. After Pablo Sandoval flied out, Belt hit his 12th home run of the season. The Giants hadnt hit a home run at AT&T Park since Buster Poseys long ball on July 20. And in the second, Scutaro scored on Crawfords two-out single. "Overall, well-played game. Just crisp," Bochy said. "I thought they just had a different look today." Hand, who allowed seven hits and four walks in five innings, had not given up more than three runs in any of his previous six starts this season. With Lincecum in complete command, Brewers batters kept him winless. "Hes a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Hes got it in him and he showed that today," Hand said. "It stinks it had to be against me." About the only highlights from the Brewers came from a pair of sensational catches by Carlos Gomez in centre field. He ran to his right, made a dive and tumbled twice on the ground afterward on Belts looping liner in the fourth. Gomez also ran down Sandovals fly near the 421-foot marker in right-centre to end the second. But one big swing from Belt was all Lincecum needed. The lanky right-hander, who walked four in his no-hitter against the Padres, only walked one and tossed 108 pitches before getting lifted for pinch-hitter Andres Torres -- who popped out -- in the bottom of the eighth. Lincecum said all the breaking balls helped the blister form, and Bochy didnt want to risk it getting worse. Lincecum said the blister is not an issue moving forward, and it certainly didnt seem to effect his stuff. He faced just three hitters in six of his eight innings. Franciscos liner skipped to the wall in right for a double in the third. Lincecum later got Gomez to lose his helmet striking out on a breaking ball in the seventh, and he received a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,219 when he walked off the mound in the eighth. "You could see it from the first pitch," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He was free with his delivery. We hit one ball hard against him." NOTES: Hector Sanchez, who hadnt played for the Giants since injuring his right shoulder July 8, started behind the plate. He was 0 for 4. ... Giants RF Hunter Pence was caught stealing in the first inning. He had been 17 for 17 this season. ... Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who missed his turn in the rotation Wednesday because of a sore elbow, will make his next start Saturday at Seattle. ... The Giants open a three-game series against Baltimore on Friday, while the Brewers begin a three-game set at Seattle. Chuck Clark Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Marcus Robinson Jersey . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. http://www.customravensjersey.com/custom-justin-ellis-jersey-large-1293d.html .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers still have the best record in the American League and are the only defending division champion in the majors going into the All-Star break on top this season.But the Rangers definitely need this extended midsummer break.Max Keplers grand slam was one of four homers by the Minnesota Twins as the team with the ALs worst record beat Texas 15-5 on Sunday. It was the Rangers ninth loss in 12 games.There are points in the season where they dont look so well, dont feel so well. Today capped all that off. Hopefully, thats the bottom, manager Jeff Banister said. Theres some times when youre not playing well, you kind of hope for a rainout. We get a four-day rainout.The Rangers (54-36) have a 5 1/2-game lead over Houston in the AL West, their largest ever at the break -- but they led the division by 10 games less than two weeks ago.These four days come at a perfect time for us, shortstop Elvis Andrus said.Keplers slam came with two outs in the fifth off A.J. Griffin (3-1), putting the Twins up 6-0.Griffin gave up nine hits with three strikeouts and a walk in his five innings. That came a day after 37-year-old Kyle Lohse went five innings in his Rangers debut, ending an unwanted club-record streak of seven consecutive games when their starting pitchers didnt even make it at least five innings.Minnesota (32-56) won three of four at Texas after taking the last two games of its home series against the Rangers the previous weekend.Kennys Vargas hit a towering shot to center in the fourth for the games first run. Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier added back-to-back homers in a seven-run seventh for the Twins, who have won seven of their last nine games -- their best stretch of the season.We always talk about trusting the process, but when you get good results and win games, you understand how enjoyable it is to go out there and compete and come out and win games, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Id like to think that these guys are hungry to win as many games going forward.Minnesota has 299 homers the last 15 games, and the Twins 140 runs since June 18 are the most in the majors. Brandon Carr Jersey. Tommy Milone (2-2) struck out three and walked three. The left-hander was out of the game after walking Adrian Beltre to start the sixth, and Ryan Rua promptly grounded into a double play against reliever Taylor Rogers.Banister told his players to clear their heads, clear their minds and let their bodies heal up for a few days. He also had a message about what he expects when they are together again after the break.Get back to what we do best, 27 hard outs, both sides of the baseball, the manager said. Focus on defense, run the bases hard, knock some people off the plate if we need to, take the plate back as a pitching staff. Put together a professional at-bat.OFF THE BASE -- BARELYEddie Rosario, coming off a four-hit game for the Twins on Saturday night, clearly slid into second base ahead of the tag in his first at-bat in the second inning Sunday. Banister asked for a replay review, which showed Rosarios foot just briefly lost contact with the bag while 2B Rougned Odor was still applying a tag. The safe call was overturned for the second out, and Suzuki then had what was an inning-ending flyball instead of a likely sac fly to leave Robbie Grossman stranded at third base.SHORT HOPSThe Twins matched their season high with 18 hits, first set in the series opener Thursday. ... Texas allowed at least 10 runs for the fifth time its last nine games. ... Vargas had his third homer in six games since being called up July 4. ... Odor had two errors in the eighth.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: RHP Keone Kela (right elbow) was scheduled to pitch in relief at Double-A Frisco for the second consecutive game Sunday night. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rangers after the All-Star break.UP NEXTRangers: The Rangers open a 10-day, nine-game trip Friday with an interleague series at the Chicago Cubs. ' ' ' 
SAN FRANCISCO -- The only thing that stopped Tim Lincecum from throwing his second complete game this season was a tiny blister forming on his middle finger. Custom Ravens Jerseys . Nearly a month after his first career no-hitter, Lincecum pitched another gem. The right-hander allowed only one hit over eight scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Thursday. "I think Im just trying to stay within myself," Lincecum said, adding that he relied on his overhand curve more than he had in any start this year. "I know Im not going to throw a 95 mph fastball anymore, so why try to throw it? I guess I got to use what I got and get outs." Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Donovan Hand (0-4). And Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford added three hits apiece to give Lincecum more than enough support. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner had been 0-2 in three starts since throwing 148 pitches in his no-hitter at San Diego on July 13. Lincecum (6-11) permitted just a double to Juan Francisco leading off the third inning. He struck out eight and walked one before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter. The former ace gave the defending World Series champions another rare reprieve from a frustrating season for the second time in a month by following up a pregame meeting called by manager Bruce Bochy with a vintage performance. "I think we just kind of knew whats needed to happen," Lincecum said. "I think we just kind of need to wake up every day and come to the field knowing theres a purpose. Even if where were sitting in the standings might affect our mentality, we cant show that on the field. Weve got to go out there and play every game with passion." Khris Davis doubled off reliever Sandy Rosario in the ninth and scored on Jean Seguras single against Sergio Romo, who recorded the final two outs. San Francisco had lost four of its previous five games in the latest skid during a summer-long slide from champions to cellar-dwellers in the NL West. With a postcard-like day along the bay, the Giants showed some heart and hustle from the start. And Lincecum provided the rest to give the club a brief break from a frustration season. "It kind of reminded us what were capable of," Belt said. Scutaro singled on the 11th pitch leading off the first and Crawford followed by diving head-first into second for a double. After Pablo Sandoval flied out, Belt hit his 12th home run of the season. The Giants hadnt hit a home run at AT&T Park since Buster Poseys long ball on July 20. And in the second, Scutaro scored on Crawfords two-out single. "Overall, well-played game. Just crisp," Bochy said. "I thought they just had a different look today." Hand, who allowed seven hits and four walks in five innings, had not given up more than three runs in any of his previous six starts this season. With Lincecum in complete command, Brewers batters kept him winless. "Hes a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Hes got it in him and he showed that today," Hand said. "It stinks it had to be against me." About the only highlights from the Brewers came from a pair of sensational catches by Carlos Gomez in centre field. He ran to his right, made a dive and tumbled twice on the ground afterward on Belts looping liner in the fourth. Gomez also ran down Sandovals fly near the 421-foot marker in right-centre to end the second. But one big swing from Belt was all Lincecum needed. The lanky right-hander, who walked four in his no-hitter against the Padres, only walked one and tossed 108 pitches before getting lifted for pinch-hitter Andres Torres -- who popped out -- in the bottom of the eighth. Lincecum said all the breaking balls helped the blister form, and Bochy didnt want to risk it getting worse. Lincecum said the blister is not an issue moving forward, and it certainly didnt seem to effect his stuff. He faced just three hitters in six of his eight innings. Franciscos liner skipped to the wall in right for a double in the third. Lincecum later got Gomez to lose his helmet striking out on a breaking ball in the seventh, and he received a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,219 when he walked off the mound in the eighth. "You could see it from the first pitch," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He was free with his delivery. We hit one ball hard against him." NOTES: Hector Sanchez, who hadnt played for the Giants since injuring his right shoulder July 8, started behind the plate. He was 0 for 4. ... Giants RF Hunter Pence was caught stealing in the first inning. He had been 17 for 17 this season. ... Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who missed his turn in the rotation Wednesday because of a sore elbow, will make his next start Saturday at Seattle. ... The Giants open a three-game series against Baltimore on Friday, while the Brewers begin a three-game set at Seattle. Chuck Clark Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Marcus Robinson Jersey . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. http://www.customravensjersey.com/custom-justin-ellis-jersey-large-1293d.html .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers still have the best record in the American League and are the only defending division champion in the majors going into the All-Star break on top this season.But the Rangers definitely need this extended midsummer break.Max Keplers grand slam was one of four homers by the Minnesota Twins as the team with the ALs worst record beat Texas 15-5 on Sunday. It was the Rangers ninth loss in 12 games.There are points in the season where they dont look so well, dont feel so well. Today capped all that off. Hopefully, thats the bottom, manager Jeff Banister said. Theres some times when youre not playing well, you kind of hope for a rainout. We get a four-day rainout.The Rangers (54-36) have a 5 1/2-game lead over Houston in the AL West, their largest ever at the break -- but they led the division by 10 games less than two weeks ago.These four days come at a perfect time for us, shortstop Elvis Andrus said.Keplers slam came with two outs in the fifth off A.J. Griffin (3-1), putting the Twins up 6-0.Griffin gave up nine hits with three strikeouts and a walk in his five innings. That came a day after 37-year-old Kyle Lohse went five innings in his Rangers debut, ending an unwanted club-record streak of seven consecutive games when their starting pitchers didnt even make it at least five innings.Minnesota (32-56) won three of four at Texas after taking the last two games of its home series against the Rangers the previous weekend.Kennys Vargas hit a towering shot to center in the fourth for the games first run. Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier added back-to-back homers in a seven-run seventh for the Twins, who have won seven of their last nine games -- their best stretch of the season.We always talk about trusting the process, but when you get good results and win games, you understand how enjoyable it is to go out there and compete and come out and win games, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Id like to think that these guys are hungry to win as many games going forward.Minnesota has 299 homers the last 15 games, and the Twins 140 runs since June 18 are the most in the majors. Brandon Carr Jersey. Tommy Milone (2-2) struck out three and walked three. The left-hander was out of the game after walking Adrian Beltre to start the sixth, and Ryan Rua promptly grounded into a double play against reliever Taylor Rogers.Banister told his players to clear their heads, clear their minds and let their bodies heal up for a few days. He also had a message about what he expects when they are together again after the break.Get back to what we do best, 27 hard outs, both sides of the baseball, the manager said. Focus on defense, run the bases hard, knock some people off the plate if we need to, take the plate back as a pitching staff. Put together a professional at-bat.OFF THE BASE -- BARELYEddie Rosario, coming off a four-hit game for the Twins on Saturday night, clearly slid into second base ahead of the tag in his first at-bat in the second inning Sunday. Banister asked for a replay review, which showed Rosarios foot just briefly lost contact with the bag while 2B Rougned Odor was still applying a tag. The safe call was overturned for the second out, and Suzuki then had what was an inning-ending flyball instead of a likely sac fly to leave Robbie Grossman stranded at third base.SHORT HOPSThe Twins matched their season high with 18 hits, first set in the series opener Thursday. ... Texas allowed at least 10 runs for the fifth time its last nine games. ... Vargas had his third homer in six games since being called up July 4. ... Odor had two errors in the eighth.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: RHP Keone Kela (right elbow) was scheduled to pitch in relief at Double-A Frisco for the second consecutive game Sunday night. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rangers after the All-Star break.UP NEXTRangers: The Rangers open a 10-day, nine-game trip Friday with an interleague series at the Chicago Cubs. ' ' ' 
Alastair Clarksons premiership-laden reign at Hawthorn is set to produce another AFL senior coach, with Brisbane to announce the appointment of Chris Fagan. Hurricanes Jerseys 2021 .The Lions are expected to present Fagan as Justin Leppitschs successor at a press conference on Tuesday.He will join Western Bulldogs premiership coach Luke Beveridge, Richmonds Damien Hardwick, Greater Western Sydneys Leon Cameron, West Coasts Adam Simpson and Carltons Brendon Bolton as current AFL coaches to have worked with Clarkson.Fagan, 55, has been the frontrunner to replace Leppitsch since he was sacked following the clubs disastrous three-win season.Blues assistant John Barker was also believed to have come under strong consideration.Fagan has been with the Hawks since 2008, where he experienced premiership success on four occasions and worked alongside Mark Evans, who will have had some input into the Lions decision as the AFLs football operations manager.AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in August this year that the league, which has already invested heavily in the cash-strapped Lions, would work with the struggling club to get the right people in key positions.The AFL was instrumental in luring respected football operations manager David Noble from Adelaide to oversee Brisbanes overhauled football department.Fagan will take on a senior coaching role in the AFL for the first time and never played at the elite level, but is a well-respected figure in the industry who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.He was an assistant coach to Neale Daniher at Melbourne, where he also took on the role of football operations manager and has a strong coaching and playing background in his native Tasmania.The five-person selection panel that oversaw the search for a new coach was led by Lions chief executive Greg Swann and included club great Simon Black, list manager Peter Schwab, psychology firm executive Matti Clements and Noble. Wholesale Hurricanes Jerseys . Fernandez, coached in Toronto by former two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser, scored 267.11 points and is the first champion to successfully defend since Russias Evgeny Plushenko in 2005 and 2006. Carolina Hurricanes Pro Shop . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. https://www.cheaphurricanes.com/ . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. Florida State starting defensive end Josh Sweat is in danger of missing Saturdays showdown with Louisville due to a left knee injury suffered in practice on Thursday.Sweat, a sophomore, didnt fly with the team to Louisville on Thursday night, according to published reports. It remains possible he could travel at some point on Friday if he is ruled fit to play.Sweats father, William Washington, told 247Sports that he was unsure if coach Jimbo Fisher and team trainers would clear his son to play.Its wait and see, Washington told 247Sports. Coach Fisher always errs on the side of caution. ... If theres any doubt, he wont play. But if he can, he will.Not having Sweat would rank as a second big blow for the second-ranked Seminoles, as they try to slow down the powerful offense of the No. Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys. 10 Cardinals.Florida State lost standout sophomore safety Derwin James for at least five weeks and possibly as many as 10 after he underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.Louisville quarterback Lamar Jacksons strong early-season play has catapulted him into a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. Jackson totaled 610 yards (411 passing, 199 rushing) in last weeks trouncing of Syracuse. ' ' ' 
Perhaps no coach understands the difficulty of impressing the College Football Playoff committee as well as Florida States Jimbo Fisher. Garrison Hearst Jersey . Not once did his undefeated 2014 Seminoles ever reach the top spot in the committees ranking.Instead, Florida State sank to No. 4 in Week 15. The defending national champs were 12-0, had just beaten rival Florida 24-19 in the regular-season finale and were headed to the ACC championship game.Didnt matter. It wasnt always pretty.I dont think that should matter, I really dont, Fisher said Wednesday. I think thats people who have never coached, never understood whats on the sideline.Many coaches bristle at the phrase style points, but this week, there are ample opportunities for top-25 teams to leave no doubt theyre the better team, especially for programs like LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, which are trying to rebound from opening-week losses.The question is, do they have to win convincingly? Or is a win a win in the eye of the committee?Style points is not terminology used by the committee, said Texas Tech athletic director and committee chair Kirby Hocutt, without referencing specific teams. We talk an awful lot about ranking and evaluating football teams being an art and not a science, and weve got 12 committee members who look at that art a little different. I think thats why the selection committee has worked -- because of the human element -- but at the same time, were just one week into the greatest regular season in all of sports.For all of the flavor of Kickoff Week, though, Week 2 is like licking an envelope.Not one Associated Press Top 25 team is playing a ranked opponent. Only five ranked teams are playing opponents from another Power 5 conference. And ESPNs Football Power Index projects that every single ranked team playing this week will win, and 19 of the 23 ranked teams playing have a 90 percent chance or better of winning. (Stanford and Michigan State are off.)The selection committees first ranking doesnt come out until Nov. 1, but style points apparently matter to the Associated Press poll voters. Florida dropped out of the top 25 this week, Tennessee sank eight spots and TCU fell two places, despite of them all winning.Im obviously not a pretty guy anyway, so I never win pretty, Gators coach Jim McElwain said, but at the end of the day its about figuring out how to win a ball game and the schedule you play. All you can do is control your own team. I know a lot of people probably think theyve got to run points up and all of that kind of stuff, but its just not a way we were made.Hes not the only one.Dont expect LSU coach Les Miles to run up the score against Jacksonville State just to make a statement to the committee. To him, style points would have to be seen with a game in question.That didnt happen against Wisconsin.After losing to the Badgers, the Tigers chances of winning the SEC dropped from a league-best 31 percent to 18 percent, according to FPI. Miles said their only priority this week is rebounding with a win.Well have an opportunity to impress the committee later, he said. What we need to do is just execute the play thats called and do so in a manner that were used to and well like the score. I dont know that theres any pressure on us to win by any number.Hocutt said the committee doesnt talk specifically about margin of victory. Thats good news for Clemson fans, whose team got a scare Saturday from Auburn before winning 19-13. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said anyone who refers to style points doesnt have a real understanding of how hard it is to win.I dont know about other people, but I think that with our schedule, if we win every game by one point and were 13-0 I think well be just fine, he said. Thats what its all about.Florida State was just fine in 2014. The Noles were never in serious jeopardy of falling out of the top four; they just werent perceived by some committee members as winning convincingly enough to be deserving of No. 1.While margin of victory might not be mentioned in the room, it could still be a factor for some of the committee members:Ive voiced before, there are some that really believe Florida States ability to overcome the deficits and rally and win and keep winning is a strong statement, and theres others that looked at the way those games have progressed, the fact that theyve at times struggled against three unranked opponents the last three weeks, former committee chair Jeff Long said on Dec. 2, 2014, when the Noles were ranked No. 4. That debate goes on in the room.Its something Fisher continues to believe should not be up for debate.If people on the committee think like that, then I dont think they need to be on the committee, he said. I think thats a very bad way to look at the thing and people dont understand football.With college kids, there are going to be ups and downs, he said. Theyre 18-22 years old and thats part of it. ... We want to dominate, heck I want to dominate from the first play to the last -- theres no doubt about that, but I think its people who really dont understand if thats their criteria theyre going by.Week 2 superlativesRoad trip bucket list: Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and college football collide. The Battle at Bristol is expecting more than 150,000 fans to watch Virginia Tech-Tennessee, and ESPN College GameDay will be on hand starting at 9 a.m. ET.Most intriguing mascot battle:?Miamis Sebastian the Ibis vs. Florida Atlantics Owlsley the Owl. Cant you see the feathers flying already?Can-miss game: No. 9 Georgia vs. Nicholls. ESPNs FPI gives the Bulldogs a 99.9 percent chance of winning Kirby Smarts home opener, and Nicholls hasnt defeated an FBS team since 2013 against Western Michigan.Upset watch: Arkansas at No. 15 TCU. TCU gave up 41 points in Saturdays win against South Dakota State, more than it had given up in its previous four meetings against FCS teams combined.Player in the spotlight: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. He entered the Heisman conversation after scoring a school-record eight touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in a 70-14 win over Charlotte. He tied a school record with six touchdown passes, and is now looking for an Atlantic Division win against Syracuse.Dont forget about: Texas QB Shane Buechele. If he starts Saturday against UTEP, Buechele would become the first true freshman quarterback to start the first two games of a season in school history.Matchup to watch: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford vs. Tennessee DBs. Ford has recorded a school-record four straight 100-yard receiving games dating to last season, the longest active streak in the FBS.Forgotten storyline: The Penn State-Pitt rivalry. Its not the same as it used to be -- and probably never will be again -- but its a renewed meeting between two programs that were among the greatest rivals in the sport. It remains the most-played rivalry in Penn State history, and the second-most for Pitt, behind WVU.Dubious distinction: Kentucky is 1-21 in road games since 2011, and heads to Florida this week in a series that has seen the Gators win 29 straight.Under-the-radar game: Washington State at Boise State. The Broncos have won 14 straight home openers, with their last loss coming in 2001 to Washington State. Washington State is eager to move past last weeks home loss to FCS Eastern Washington. Roger Craig Jersey .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. 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She had won a Grade Two mares novice chase at Limerick on her previous start.Shes fine and seems OK, said Meade.Sean (Flanagan) just thought the ground was a tad quick for her, but she travelled well and jumped well as far as she went.He pulled heer up, a bit early perhaps, but he felt there was no point going on. John Taylor Jersey. She wasnt going to be in the first six.I would imagine shed go to Punchestown. There are plenty of races for her still and shes a novice, so Ill say well probably take our chance somewhere else again. Sky Tickets Fast, secure racing tickets: Exclusive racing offers near you Also See: Full racecards £10 free bet Get Sky Sports ' ' ' 
Perhaps no coach understands the difficulty of impressing the College Football Playoff committee as well as Florida States Jimbo Fisher. Garrison Hearst Jersey . Not once did his undefeated 2014 Seminoles ever reach the top spot in the committees ranking.Instead, Florida State sank to No. 4 in Week 15. The defending national champs were 12-0, had just beaten rival Florida 24-19 in the regular-season finale and were headed to the ACC championship game.Didnt matter. It wasnt always pretty.I dont think that should matter, I really dont, Fisher said Wednesday. I think thats people who have never coached, never understood whats on the sideline.Many coaches bristle at the phrase style points, but this week, there are ample opportunities for top-25 teams to leave no doubt theyre the better team, especially for programs like LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, which are trying to rebound from opening-week losses.The question is, do they have to win convincingly? Or is a win a win in the eye of the committee?Style points is not terminology used by the committee, said Texas Tech athletic director and committee chair Kirby Hocutt, without referencing specific teams. We talk an awful lot about ranking and evaluating football teams being an art and not a science, and weve got 12 committee members who look at that art a little different. I think thats why the selection committee has worked -- because of the human element -- but at the same time, were just one week into the greatest regular season in all of sports.For all of the flavor of Kickoff Week, though, Week 2 is like licking an envelope.Not one Associated Press Top 25 team is playing a ranked opponent. Only five ranked teams are playing opponents from another Power 5 conference. And ESPNs Football Power Index projects that every single ranked team playing this week will win, and 19 of the 23 ranked teams playing have a 90 percent chance or better of winning. (Stanford and Michigan State are off.)The selection committees first ranking doesnt come out until Nov. 1, but style points apparently matter to the Associated Press poll voters. Florida dropped out of the top 25 this week, Tennessee sank eight spots and TCU fell two places, despite of them all winning.Im obviously not a pretty guy anyway, so I never win pretty, Gators coach Jim McElwain said, but at the end of the day its about figuring out how to win a ball game and the schedule you play. All you can do is control your own team. I know a lot of people probably think theyve got to run points up and all of that kind of stuff, but its just not a way we were made.Hes not the only one.Dont expect LSU coach Les Miles to run up the score against Jacksonville State just to make a statement to the committee. To him, style points would have to be seen with a game in question.That didnt happen against Wisconsin.After losing to the Badgers, the Tigers chances of winning the SEC dropped from a league-best 31 percent to 18 percent, according to FPI. Miles said their only priority this week is rebounding with a win.Well have an opportunity to impress the committee later, he said. What we need to do is just execute the play thats called and do so in a manner that were used to and well like the score. I dont know that theres any pressure on us to win by any number.Hocutt said the committee doesnt talk specifically about margin of victory. Thats good news for Clemson fans, whose team got a scare Saturday from Auburn before winning 19-13. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said anyone who refers to style points doesnt have a real understanding of how hard it is to win.I dont know about other people, but I think that with our schedule, if we win every game by one point and were 13-0 I think well be just fine, he said. Thats what its all about.Florida State was just fine in 2014. The Noles were never in serious jeopardy of falling out of the top four; they just werent perceived by some committee members as winning convincingly enough to be deserving of No. 1.While margin of victory might not be mentioned in the room, it could still be a factor for some of the committee members:Ive voiced before, there are some that really believe Florida States ability to overcome the deficits and rally and win and keep winning is a strong statement, and theres others that looked at the way those games have progressed, the fact that theyve at times struggled against three unranked opponents the last three weeks, former committee chair Jeff Long said on Dec. 2, 2014, when the Noles were ranked No. 4. That debate goes on in the room.Its something Fisher continues to believe should not be up for debate.If people on the committee think like that, then I dont think they need to be on the committee, he said. I think thats a very bad way to look at the thing and people dont understand football.With college kids, there are going to be ups and downs, he said. Theyre 18-22 years old and thats part of it. ... We want to dominate, heck I want to dominate from the first play to the last -- theres no doubt about that, but I think its people who really dont understand if thats their criteria theyre going by.Week 2 superlativesRoad trip bucket list: Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and college football collide. The Battle at Bristol is expecting more than 150,000 fans to watch Virginia Tech-Tennessee, and ESPN College GameDay will be on hand starting at 9 a.m. ET.Most intriguing mascot battle:?Miamis Sebastian the Ibis vs. Florida Atlantics Owlsley the Owl. Cant you see the feathers flying already?Can-miss game: No. 9 Georgia vs. Nicholls. ESPNs FPI gives the Bulldogs a 99.9 percent chance of winning Kirby Smarts home opener, and Nicholls hasnt defeated an FBS team since 2013 against Western Michigan.Upset watch: Arkansas at No. 15 TCU. TCU gave up 41 points in Saturdays win against South Dakota State, more than it had given up in its previous four meetings against FCS teams combined.Player in the spotlight: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. He entered the Heisman conversation after scoring a school-record eight touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in a 70-14 win over Charlotte. He tied a school record with six touchdown passes, and is now looking for an Atlantic Division win against Syracuse.Dont forget about: Texas QB Shane Buechele. If he starts Saturday against UTEP, Buechele would become the first true freshman quarterback to start the first two games of a season in school history.Matchup to watch: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford vs. Tennessee DBs. 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Red Bulls canopy-style concept has split the opinion of the F1 paddock, with some leading figures arguing a balance must be struck between safety and the traditional risk of racing. Darryl Tapp . Red Bull gave a public debut to their cockpit protection aeroscreen on Daniel Ricciardos car for one exploratory lap in Russian GP practice.The Red Bull idea is the second potential solution tried in recent months after Ferrari briefly ran with a halo on their car in winter testing. With the FIA determined to introduce some form of driver head protection to lessen the chance of head injuries, it seems likely that one of the two ideas will be adopted for 2017.However, the test of the aeroscreen in Sochi has provoked a more fundamental debate among drivers old and new about whether F1 should compromise its traditional open-cockpit formula. Weve got a cool, elegant futuristic Formula 1 car and youre going to have a riot shield sitting on top of it. Lewis Hamilton World champion Lewis Hamilton, who made his opposition to the halo clear earlier this year, is not a fan of the Red Bull idea either and believes an element of jeopardy should be retained in the sport.When I get in my car I know that there is a danger - thats been the same since I started when I was eight years old, he told reporters at the Russian GP.Thats the risk that Im willing to take and that is the risk that every single driver thats ever got in a car is willing to take. It [safety] has come along so far over the years, which is amazing and we have rarely seen deaths.If youre going to do it, close the cockpit like a fighter jet, dont half a** it. Do it one way or another. It looks like a riot shield. Weve got a cool, elegant futuristic Formula 1 car and youre going to have a riot shield sitting on top of it. Daniel Ricciardo completes a single installation lap with Red Bulls new aeroscreen canopy. Hamilton made clear he was not against safety advances, but believes they should not detract from the sports appeal.It is a good thing to see that the FIA do take safety seriously, he added. It is a constant thing that always needs to be worked on, but as long as it doesnt affect the aesthetics, the style and the coolness of Formula 1.When is the Russian GP on Sky?Former drivers turned Sky Sports F1 pundits Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert were also unconvinced by the canopy.Thats something Id have expected the great Douglas Bader to have climbed out from, to be honest, said Brundle, referring to the famous RAF wartime pilot. What next? The logical conclusion to all this for me is a driver-less racing car. If youre not prepared to take a risk then dont get inside a racing car. Herbert said that while he did not think drivers would have issues with visibility in normal conditions, he admitted: Im still not sure about the concept. Aesthetically I dont think it looked that bad, its better looking than the halo, for sure.Its all going to be about angles and how lucky you are. Where does that wheel go if it hits? Its going to go high up in the air.Theres a purpose and a reason why everyone is concerned about objects coming towards the drivers head. I think its what F1 and single seater racing is about, its about that bit of risk.And although the idea has been devised by his own Red Bull team, Daniil Kvyat cautioned: We have to see what the fans think. If it takes too much away of the old fashioned look then we shouldnt do it. But if they can accept it... Kimi Raikkonen tests out his Ferrari with the new safety halo during pre-season testing in Barcelona. However, other drivers remain wholly behind the impending arrival of cockpit protection - with Jenson Button, the grids most experienced driver, even suggesting the Red Bull looked better with the partial canopy in place.I prefer the look of it, I think it looks better than a normal Formula 1 car, Button told Sky F1.But I think we have to look at the safety and what one is better for safety. I think in a couple of years time if we did go for the design that was on the Red Bull today we will look back and think the cars look weird without it.I used to watch the F1 powerboats in Bristol with the family with open cockpit for many years and then they had the closed cockpit and it looked so much cooler. That is not a reason to have that option, it is for safety and we have to have the right option for safety. Daniel Ricciardo likes Red Bulls new Aeroscreen following a test run in Practice 1 of the Russian GP Team-mate Fernando Alonso concurred: I think it is a must for safety. We dont need heroes in the sport right now.We saw many incidents and many occasions in the last couple of years and probably all the deaths we had in Formula 1 and junior categories came from head injuries so I think we dont want anyone getting hurt in the future. If there is a solution in place, and it seems it can be a solution, lets introduce it.Watch the whole Russian GP weekend - LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1. The race begins at 1pm on Sunday, with build-up from 11.30am. Or watch the race without a contract for £6.99 on NOW TV.  Also See: Hamilton: Halo worst looking mod ever WATCH: Red Bull test canopy Anthony Simmons . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. 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We couldnt be more proud to come here and present you and your family with this award.Officials with the collegiate sports organization arranged the personal delivery after saying that Frates would be unable to accept the award at the NCAAs January awards celebration in Nashville, Tennessee, because his neurodegenerative disease was progressing.Frates was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. Its also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The ice bucket challenge raised more than $220 million when it took off worldwide on social media in 2014.In the videos, scores of people dumped buckets of ice water over their heads and then nominated others to do the same -- or else donate money to ALS research. Many did both. According to the ALS Association, the videos led to $115 million in donations in 2014 alone. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Discount. The challenge has been revived every summer since.At the ceremony Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. 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TROY, Ala. Mark Anderson Jersey . -- Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown tosses in the fourth quarter as Troy held off Georgia State 31-21 in Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday.Georgia State scored to close within 10 and was driving midway through the final quarter when Junior Gnonkonde sacked Conner Manning, causing a fumble. Troys Baron Poole fell on the loose ball to stop the Panthers.Silvers threw for 235 yards with one interception. Deondre Douglas grabbed six passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and Jordan Chunn rushed for 91 yards and a score.Troy (5-1 3-0 Sun Belt), which opened conference play 3-0 for the first time since 2010, was trailing 14-6 midway in the third quarter. The Trojans pulled away to a 31-14 lead with 9:14 left in the
Now that the College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken, at least for the first time this season, let the debating, bickering and second-guessing begin. Tai Streets Jersey .Perhaps the most surprising development from the initial rankings was that one-loss Texas A&M?earned the No. 4 spot and unbeaten Washington?the No. 5 spot. The Aggies have played a more difficult schedule, but its also hard not to be impressed with how well the Huskies have played this season.The good news for the Huskies is that they dont need any help. If they win out, including winning the Pac-12 championship, theyre going to be in the top 4 of the final rankings. So take a deep breath, Washington fans. Its still all out there in front of you.Alabama?checking in at No. 1 was no surprise, and the Crimson Tide are joined by three other SEC West Division mates in the top 13. In addition to Texas A&M at No. 4, Auburn?was No. 9 and LSU?No. 13. One other thought: For what is supposedly a weaker SEC this season, the league still placed five teams in the top 13 --?Florida?was No. 11.Even though Auburn and LSU each have two losses overall and are ranked below Texas A&M, the two sets of Tigers might be in a better position than the Aggies to move into the final top four. Thats because Auburn and LSU both still have shots at No. 1 Alabama, whereas Texas A&M has already lost to the Tide.The committee got it right with Clemson?at No. 2, even though No. 3 Michigan?has been more consistently impressive in everybodys favorite category -- the old eye test. If its truly about who you beat and where you beat them, then the Tigers could even make a case for the No. 1 spot. Theyre No. 1 in FPIs strength of record metric and own true road wins over No. 9 Auburn and No. 22?Florida State, not to mention a home win over No. 7 Louisville.As dominant as the Wolverines have looked for much of the season, theyve only had to leave the state of Michigan once to this point, and that was to face 2-6 Rutgers. Now, if Michigan goes on to win out -- beating No. 6?Ohio State?and winning the Big Ten championship -- the Wolverines could surpass the Tigers, who really dont have any more big-stage games remaining. Whats more, Michigan has beaten three of the committees top 15 teams, same as Clemson.Louisvilles only loss was on the road at Clemson, and not many teams want to have to deal with Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson at quarterback. But the Cardinals probably need as much help as anybody among the one-loss teams. They dont have any marquee games remaining and havent played their best football the past two games.If youre rooting for chaos, the easiest way for that to happen would be for one of the top teams, say Alabama or Clemson, to lose in their conference championship games. That could open the door for Louisville or maybe even two teams from the same conference.Before any of the debating gets too heated, keep in mind that the initial rankings can be fools gold. LSU and Ohio State (at Nos. 2 and 3) were in the top four of the initial rankings a year ago, and neither team made the playoff. By contrast, Oklahoma was No. 15 in those initial rankings and climbed 11 spots in the final five weeks to make it.In 2014, three of the top four teams in the initial rankings -- No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss?-- didnt make the playoff, and Ohio State (No. 16 in those initial rankings) came out of nowhere to make the field.Who might be that team this year?Well, Oklahoma?is No. 14, and though the Sooners need some help, theyre in good shape to win the Big 12. At this point, it appears that Oklahoma would probably be the Big 12s best chance to make the playoff, but the Sooners are still a long shot.Well have plenty to debate with these rankings, but the one lesson to be learned from past seasons is that there is still a lot of football to be played and anything can -- and probably will -- happen.? Jeff Wilson Jersey . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the two-time defending gold medallist. 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Three NFL underdogs pulled off outright upsets in Sundays late games, turning another ho-hum winning day into a monster day for Las Vegas sportsbooks.The Atlanta Falcons beating the Oakland Raiders 35-28 and the St. Louis Rams upending the Seattle Seahawks locked up a winning day for several sportsbooks. The Minnesota Vikings added to the books haul with a 17-14 upset of the Green Bay Packers in the prime-time game.Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports for CG Technology, said the Falcons win over the Raiders produced his books biggest win, heading into the night game. CG Technology took a mid-to-high five-figure money-line bet on the Raiders to beat the Falcons straight-up and another five-figure bet in the same range on Oakland -4.Were looking at a winning day no matter what, Simbal said right before kickoff of the prime-time game. But itll be a huge day if the Vikings get there.Caesars Palace, MGM Resorts, Stations Casino and the Westgate SuperBook also said their days hinged on the late game. And they all needed the Vikings.MGM reported taking a six-figure money-line bet on the Packers. Caesars Palace had six times as many bets on Green Bay as Minnesota leading up to kickoff. And at the Westgate, nearly four times as much money had been bet on the Packers than the Vikings.Saturday was good, not great, William Hill director of trader Nick Bogdanovich told ESPN. Sunday was very good, close to great. All in all, a very good start for the books. Knock on wood.Patriots home underdogsThe New England Patriots, the consensus Super Bowl LI favorites, are underdogs for the second time in three weeks.The Patriots opened as 2.5-point home underdogs against the Houston Texans on Thursday in a battle of 2-0 teams at Gillette Stadium. Its the third time New England been a home underdog since 2006.With quarterback Tom Brady suspended and backup Jimmy Garoppolo injured, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett could start against the Texans. New England had been listed as a 3.5-point favorites over Houston prior to Garoppolos injury, but now begin the week as underdogs.Dating back to Bradys first start in 2001, the Patriots have won seven of their past nine games outright as home underdogs. They are 8-1 against the spread in those games.Garoppolo injured his right throwing shoulder in the second quarter of Sundays home win over the Miami Dolphins. According to ESPN sources and multiple media reports, Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and will be assessed on Monday. ?Brissett replaced Garoppolo against Miami and completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards in the Patriots 31-24 victory.Garoppolo has been impressive in his two starts tthis season. Patrick Willis Jersey. He threw three touchdown passes without an interception in two and half quarters against the Dolphins, before being injured.Westgate SuperBook football oddsmaker Ed Salmons said the difference between Brady and Garroppolo to the point spread could be as low as 3-4 points.Canelo delivers blow to MGMCanelo Alvarez won his WBO light-middleweight title fight Saturday with a ninth-round TKO of the United Kingdoms Liam Smith at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.Alvarez also delivered a couple of body shots to MGMs sportsbook along the way.Alvarez closed as high as a -1,600 favorite and attracted some large bets. Rood said his book took a loss on Alvarezs victory and saw lighter-than-normal handle overall on what has historically been a busy holiday weekend featuring a big fight.It was Mexican Independence Day, and if [Alvarez] would have been here, that would have been a huge weekend for us, Rood said. The fight being held in Texas instead of in Las Vegas reduced the handle on the bout at MGM sportsbooks by as much as 20 times, Rood said.It also limited the amount of money bet on the underdog.We lost, because anytime you have that scenario where you have a really strong favorite, youll have a couple of guys who bet the favorite big, Rood explained. And you dont have any offsetting square money on the dog. Thats the bad part of it. You get a lot of that dog money that walks up to the gate.$179,940 parlay hitsA bettor won $179,940 Saturday, when his three identical $20, 12-leg parlays hit. The bets -- each featuring the same dozen college football teams -- were placed at the Buffalo Bills Resort and Casino, in Primm, Nevada, near the California state line.The bettor took Western Michigan -3.5 (vs. Illinois), Colorado +20.5 (vs. Michigan), Toledo -20.5 (vs. Fresno State), Virginia Tech -5.5 (vs. Boston College), South Florida -14.5 (vs. Syracuse), San Diego State -10.5 (vs. Northern Illinois), Oklahoma State -5.5 (vs. Pittsburgh), Ohio State -1.5 (vs. Oklahoma), Navy -5.5 (vs. Tulane), California +7.5 (vs. Texas), Nevada -10.5 (vs. Buffalo) and Utah -13.5 (vs. San Jose State).The bettor asked to remain anonymous, but did tell the William Hill marketing department that he plays a 12-leg parlay every week during football season and had never hit one before Saturday. William Hill operates the sportsbook at Buffalo Bills. William Hill director of marketing Michael Grodsky said around a dozen 12-team parlays hit last football season at the companys 108 Nevada sportsbooks. 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