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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A gunman lay in wait outside Oklahoma Citys Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday before shooting and killing a Southwest Airlines employee in a premeditated attack that occurred while hundreds of people waited for flights nearby, police said. Air Max 95 Nz .Michael Winchester, 52, was shot while walking between a crowded terminal and the airport employee parking area. The unidentified suspect was later found dead in a pickup truck in public parking garage overlooking the scene. Police said the suspect appeared to die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said the shooter apparently knew the victims schedule and routine.This individual went there and waited for the employee to either be coming or going to take this opportunity, Balderrama said. He wouldnt say conclusively that it was a sniper-type attack.The 1 p.m. shooting set off a scramble at the airport, with police immediately closing the sprawling complex and asking passengers inside to seek cover.They diverted incoming flights and refused to give already-loaded aircraft permission to leave. There were concerns the gunman might have entered the terminal and mingled among passengers or employees.We have a heightened level of security all the time. These people have access to aircraft so were very concerned about that, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.Winchester- whose address is listed as Washington, Oklahoma, about 35 miles south of the airport -- was a former University of Oklahoma football player whose son James is a player for the Kansas City Chiefs.It is with great sorrow that Southwest Airlines confirms that a Southwest Employee who was injured during a shooting incident today at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has died from injuries, the airline said in a statement. It canceled flights out of the city for the remainder of the day even though the rest of the terminal planned to reopen.Hundreds of people were stranded inside the terminal for more than three hours before officers began letting them leave slowly. Carney said about 300 people were held on aircraft away from the terminal after their planes landed ahead of a ground stop.Once police determined that a suspect found in a red pickup truck on the second floor of a public parking garage was dead, officers gave an all-clear.The airport handles between 7,000 and 8,000 passengers daily for Alaska, Delta, Southwest and United airlines and has a separate terminal that serves as a transfer center for federal inmates. A jet carrying inmates to the transfer site was allowed to land while the rest of the airport was shuttered.Video from a television station helicopter showed what appeared to be a pool of blood about 100 feet from the airports employee parking area -- and about 100 yards from the airports ticket counters and departure area.While airports have high security, it wasnt immediately known whether surveillance cameras might show the shooting, Balderrama said.Balderrama initially said police had received reports of a possible second victim, but no one was found.Police found the suspects truck in the garage about three hours after the shooting and determined that someone was inside. They were not sure whether he was dead or alive. After about 75 minutes, using a robot, officers determined the suspect was dead.A number of inbound flights were diverted to other airports after Will Rogers suspended operations. Southwest redirected one flight back to Dallas while a Las Vegas to Houston flight that stops in Oklahoma City went to Amarillo, Texas, instead. Two commercial flights from Chicagos OHare Airport were directed to Tulsa, about 100 miles away.Michael Winchester was a punter on the University of Oklahomas 1985 national championship team.Our hearts are truly heavy for the entire Winchester Family. Mike was a former Sooner student athlete as was his son James/daughter Carolyn, the schools athletic director, Joe Castiglione, tweeted Tuesday afternoon. He added daughter Becca was also a student athlete. Please keep this beautiful family in your prayers in a later tweet.---Associated Press reporters Ken A. Miller and Tim Talley contributed to this report. Authentic Air Max 95 . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Wholesale Air Max 95 .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. http://www.airmax95salenz.com/ . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. Less than a year after being investigated by the AFL integrity unit, defender Michael Talia is back in the headlines for the wrong reasons, with Sydney standing the defender down after he was charged with cocaine possession.Talia was traded by the Western Bulldogs to the Swans in October 2015 after he allegedly shared confidential information with his brother and Adelaide defender Daniel before their two teams met in an elimination final.While he was cleared of any wrongdoing, Talia left the Bulldogs on difficult terms to seek a fresh start at the Swans.Talia made his Sydney debut in the round one 80-point thrashing of Collingwood, but suffered a serious foot injury that has kept him on the sidelines ever since.He has resumed running but is still several weeks away from playing and now has another off-field hurdle to negotiate.Talia was arrested in the Sydney suburb of Double Bay early on Sunday morning.The 23-year-old is due to face Waverley Local Court on August 17, after which the AFL will make a decision with the club on any consequences.If the charge is proved, it will count as a strike under the leagues revised two-strikes illicit drugs policy.Swans football manager Tom Harley said the matter involving Talia was extremely disappointing.Hes given us his version of the events, but given its beforre the courts I wont go into any of that, Harley said. Cheap Air Max 95 Sale. Hes been honest as much as we can ascertain.Harley said Sydneys board and leadership group were among the parties involved in the decision to stand down Talia.It is an extremely disappointing thing to deal with and the players certainly hold that view as well, Harley said.Sydney are renowned for their strong player driven Bloods culture and standards of behaviour.Harley stressed the Swans action to stand Talia down was an interim measure and not a judgment on the player.Were certainly not pre-empting how it will play out in a legal sense, but from a clubs point of view, we take this matter extremely seriously and therefore thats been the course of action that weve taken, Harley said.Weve taken the path to stand him down as an immediate response, its not a definitive response.Well continue to ask the right questions and make sure we get all the facts before we work out exactly what we do going forward.Harley stressed the club would continue to offer support behind the scenes to Talia.The AFL will wait until the court date has passed before making a decision on what action Talia could face under league rules. 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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Don Lutzs mother didnt like the sound of his voice when he called her at home in Germany an hour before he started in left field for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Discount Puma Shoes . "Ive been sick, and she said, Whats wrong with your voice?" Lutz said. "She said, Take your vitamins." Lutz wasted no time proving to his mom, Marlen, that he was healthy. The rookie, who was born in the United States and grew up in Germany, hit his first career home run, a three-run drive off the right-field foul pole in the second inning that led Cincinnati over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 for a three-game sweep. Lutz, who made his big league debut on April 29, homered off Wily Peralta (3-3). Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul homered in the seventh, sending Milwaukee to its fourth straight loss and ninth in 10 games. Bronson Arroyo (3-4) ended a four-start winless streak, allowing five hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings with one walk and five strikeouts. He had been 0-3 since beating Philadelphia on April 15, and he snapped out of the slump despite not feeling well, manager Dusty Baker said. "Im not sure what he had," Baker said. "Sometimes, you just dont feel right. Its not something you can name. We knew about the seventh that he was about out of gas." Arroyo rarely feels well in day games, he said. "I didnt have a whole lot of stuff," he said. "I was grinding from the first inning on. I knew I was getting away with pitches that I normally wouldnt. Luckily, they were beating them into the ground." Sam LeCure struck out Jeff Bianchi looking to end the seventh, Jonathan Broxton allowed an unearned run in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth. Peralta (3-3) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and two walks in six innings. Baker got his 1,603rd win as a manager, moving past Hall of Famer Fred Clarke into sole possession of 17th place on baseballs career list, 16 behind Ralph Houk. Baker, in his 20th season as a manager, is 1,603-1,448 (.525). The Brewers have lost 10 of 12 against Cincinnati. The Reds have won the last four series against Milwaukee in Cincinnati and five of the last six overall. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce opened the second inning with singles and, one out later, Lutz lined a 1-0 pitch off the foul pole. He is 6 for 13 during a six-game hitting streak. "It was awesome," Lutz said. "My mom and grandma were watching (on television). Im sure they were pretty excited." He hadnt promised to hit a home run during his pregame Mothers Day phone call. "I didnt want to get ahead of myself," Lutz said. Peralta had no problem with the pitch. "I made a great pitch," he said. "Theres nothing I could do. If I had to put it right there again, I would. I dont think hed hit it." Cincinnati scored an unearned run in the third. After a throwing error by Peralta on a comebacker, Bruce hit a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder, but shortstop Jean Seguras relay sailed over first baseman Yuniesky Betancourt for another error. The Brewers have been their own worst enemies, according to manager Ron Roenicke. "We havent played well," he said. "We cant do the little things against good teams." Paul led off the seventh with his second homer of the season, a 404-foot drive into the right-field seats on an 0-2 pitch from Mike Fiers, recalled from the minors Saturday and making his first big league appearance since April 16. Paul has four career pinch-hit homers, including two this season. Alex Gonzalez scored on Ryan Hanigans passed ball in the eighth. NOTES: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make his second injury rehabilitation start Tuesday for Class-A Dayton. Cueto has been on the DL since April 15 with a strained muscle in his upper right arm. LHP Manny Parra, on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained left pectoral muscle, and OF Chris Heisey, out since April 29 with strained right hamstring, both are due to start rehab assignments on Monday with Double-A Pensacola. ... The Reds are off Monday before opening a nine-game trip Tuesday at Miami. ... Milwaukees 10-game trip resumes Monday with the opener of a four-game series in Pittsburgh. Puma Shoes Ireland . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Cheap Puma Ireland. Once again, DeLaet finished tied for second at a PGA Tour stop on the weekend, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The pride of Weyburn, Sask. http://www.wholesalepumaireland.com/ . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Here is some story text.And some more story text. ' ' '
With Los Angeles in the rearview mirror, Atlanta took center stage in this weeks episode of American Ninja Warrior. Womens Running Shoes Nz . No women advanced from qualifying, so none competed in last nights show.?So instead of recapping the womens performances, we talked to one of Atlantas rising stars.Erica Cook, 27, whos based in Gainesville, Florida, fell on the Spin Cycle, the fifth obstacle, in Atlanta qualifying last month. At only 5-feet tall, she misjudged the reach and her shorter wingspan didnt provide her with room to compensate, sending her into the water.I just made a rookie mistake, not a physical one, Cook said in a phone interview. I just didnt prep well enough. I should have thought out what I was going to do... It was an impulsive decision that didnt work out in my favor.Cook burst on the scene during the spin-off show Team Ninja Warrior, joining ninja greats (and roommates) Drew Drechsel and James McGrath. Each team competing on TNW was required to have a woman and Cook fell in with them.I submitted for [American Ninja Warrior] Season 7 in Orlando and didnt get selected, but I went down there for course testing. I met them through that, Cook said. When Team Ninja Warrior came around, they remembered me from course testing and they needed a girl.She proved her chops by conquering the Warped Wall that season, and joining the handful of women who have successfully beaten the towering obstacle. The ANW course and general environment, however, are different, which is a big adjustment from TNW.Being new, its not a question of if you can do it, but if you can do it on the first try, Cook said. Ive only been doing this for less than 12 months, so I know that I have to be mindful of not knowing what everything is going to feel like when I touch it. Drew [Drechsel], Jessie [Graff], and James [McGrath] have been doing this for a couple of years, so they can anticipate how things will react, which is something I dont have the experience for yet.When Cook began training for ANW, she was inspired by Kacy Catanzaro, Meagan Martin, Michelle Warnky and Jessie Graff -- all of whom have put more than a couple of cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling of ninja competition. In her rookie year, Cooks competing during one of the most compelling seasons for women since the show began airing.Whats cool about this season is that there are a lot of really impressive women, and its starting to lessen the gender gap, Cook said. Im sure watching now and how its evolving, theres so many more women and kids saying, Look at what these girls are capable of -- why cant we do that too?Cook and the other women of Atlanta may not be done yet. Being one of just eight women to ever make it up the Warped Wall, as well as making it to the fifth obstacle during qualifying, might be enough to grant her a wild card invitation to the national finals in Las Vegas.Heres the breakdown for the rest of the regional.Atlanta city finals specs:Finishers: 4Female finishers: 0Women moving on: 0New or modified obstacles on second half of course: 1 out of 4The course:Were into city finals episodes, where the first six obstacles remain the same as in each of the city qualifiers (except for a couple of tweaks). In city finals, the course builders added four obstacles on the second portion of the course (which well review below), bringing the total number of obstacles to 10.?The first obstacle on the second part of each city finals course will be the Salmon Ladder -- unless theres a huge surprise. Ninjas hang from a bar and must propel themselves upward to jump the bar up a series of rungs.The eighth obstacle is a goodie brought back from last season: the Floating Monkey Bars. Ninjas grab hold of two bars and use momentum to swing, as if on monkey bars at a playground. The trick is they must carry the bars with them, placing them a set of grips in order to move forward.This ninth obstacle is brutal. Its a new one called the Clacker. Ninjas hold on to pegs attached to bars. Using upper body strength and momentum, they push upwards to flip, or clack, them to the other side. They do that all the way down the obstacle until they are able to dismount to the next platform.The Invisible Ladder returns as the 10th obstacle. This will remain the same on each city finals course. Ninjas grab rings suspended from a hole in a platform and pull. When their movement stops, the ring catches their weight so that it looks like they are pulling themselves up a ladder, through the hole at the top of the finishing platform.Looking forward:Next week, were in Indianapolis, where Meagan Martin (and others) await! Martin had a great run in qualifying, but while shes consistently performed well at that level, shes historically struggled on the finals courses. How she performs next week will decide if she punches her own ticket to Vegas. Discount Running Shoes Nz . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Cheap Running Shoes Nz . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. http://www.runningshoesdiscountnz.com/ . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, who will make his major league debut against the?St. Louis Cardinals?on Thursday night.?Glasnow, 22, has a 1.78 ERA in 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis and runs his fastball up to 99 mph. He was a fifth-round pick in 2011 and has ranked among the Pirates top prospects since breaking out in Class A in 2013.The team announced the move Wednesday, and Glasnow was already in St. Louis. While Glasnow had been expecting the call-up, it took a while before the news sank in with his father, who will be at his debut.My dad answered [the phone], and I told him, Glasnow said. And it didnt register right away with him. He was saying, Yeah, I was just wondering when you are going up. I said, I just told you, and he was like, Oh my God!A 6-foot-8 right-hander, Glasnow will be the second Pittsburgh starter to make his debut in three days, after Steven Brault got a no-decision Tuesday after giving up two runs in four innings against the Cardinals.The rotation spots opened in part because Jameson Taillon, another prized pitching prospect who made his debut this season, went on the disabled list Sunday with right shoulder fatigue.Glasnow became a hyped prospect when his velocity jumped into the upper 90s, but the Pirates are excited by the way he has developed his entire repertoire in the minors, including a promising curveball.Its a downhill angle, manager Clint Hurdle said. Clearance Running Shoes Nz. Its firm. Its hard. The curveball plays. The changeup hell use aggressively as well. Hes shown the ability to throw those secondary pitches in offensive counts.Glasnow was particularly dominant in June. He strung together 13 consecutive hitless innings during two starts on June 17 and June 22, and he hasnt allowed more than two earned runs in a game at Triple-A since May 12. He leads the International League with 113 strikeouts and allowed few hard-hit balls, ranking fourth by allowing 0.38 home runs per nine innings.The later starts we figured out it was kind of dont go out and try to throw so many strikes, Glasnow said. I got into that and got out of my athleticism and started to try and dot up the zone. With me ... the more aggressive I am, the better I am in the strike zone.Glasnow, a California native, will have plenty of friends and family at the park Thursday, including his parents, brother and cousins.Hes put together a very good volume of work in Triple-A, Hurdle said. Hes continued to grow, understand the skill set that he has and what he needs to do to be successful.Glasnow is No. 6 on ESPNs Keith Laws list of top 50 prospects. Baseball America rated him the No. 14 prospect in baseball going into the season.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.? ' ' '
Opposites attract Let the first dismissal be … amam-ul-Haq. Discount Under Armour Canada . To us he is simply Inzi and all that it encapsulates: chubby big brother with a bit about him turned avuncular bearded wonder. Inzamam-ul-Haq sounded overbearing and underhanded (which he sometimes was) but Inzi was that friendly, bear-hugging beast of a talent (he mostly was) that we grew to love and wish to remember.The trouble with memory, though, is our wishes are rarely granted. Going back, for instance, to the 1992 World Cup, Inzis rudely prodigious entrance to the highest stage - that composure, that grace under pressure - is always checked by a counter image: the famous Superman run-out from the game against South Africa.In hindsight, the narrative symmetry is almost too good to be true. It seems inevitable that Inzi would be the scampering victim as Jonty Rhodes announced the ascendancy of modern fielding and the new reign of the gods of cover-point.Rhodes, not the most blessed of batsmen, made a career out of athleticism; Inzi, natural ability personified, seemed to treat the concept as haram. That dismissal foreshadows the rest of his cricketing life: Inzi the master old-world swordsman who refused to accept that the world now fought with machine guns.The straight man Cricket offers a fair amount of pantomime; if you like that sort of thing, Inzis run-outs are a treasure chest of mirth. However, his run-outs of team-mates are on another level altogether. A man alone can make us laugh, but it takes an ensemble at the top of their game to have us rolling in the aisles. Stranded together with the great man at the same end, Inzis partners regularly found themselves unwilling participants in a farcical double act.It probably happened to everyone Inzi played with (including, of course, the tail: for all the talk of his belly, Inzi was Pakistans spine). Mohammad Yousuf was a frequent fellow farceur in this regard; no great runner himself, theyd have called Yousuf the new Inzi if he had not been so thin.The fate of being sold down the river by crickets big blue whale, however, appears to have befallen Wasim Akram more than it did anyone else. Of these misfortunes, at least in the 1999 World Cup, against Australia at Headingley, it was Inzi himself who got sold.Its epic YouTube: facing Damien Fleming, Inzi gets rapped on the toes, suggests vaguely he might run, before returning to the crease. The manner in which he falls recalls the wonderful bar scene from Only Fools and Horses - in ultra-super-slow motion. What makes the moment extra special is the pleading from Waz as he storms towards Inzis end, increasingly cognizant that his toppled partner aint moving. The sounds seem to emerge from the deepest core of the mans very soul. If they ever make Inzi: The Opera, this run-out should be the first audio reference.Immovable object One would think that, with all that bulk, Inzi would be the safest bet in the game when it comes to not minding being hit. Two instances when this was not the case serve as refutation.In a Test against England in 2005, the bowler, Steve Harmison, fielded a shot hit back by Inzi, and then hurled the ball stumpward. Inzi was actually in, until he lifted his back foot just before the impact of ball on wicket, and so was out. What surprises is the balletic movement of his calf; the delicacy of the raised foot; the decorous way he gets himself out. Inzi pirouetting his way to evasive action - the incongruity is thrilling.Less than three months later he was out obstructing the field against India, after the ball was fielded and thrown at him by Suresh Raina, only for Inzi to strike it with his bat. The appeal wasnt India greatest moment, but then neither was the shot by Inzi the best course of action. Another man would have seen the incoming ball, turned in double time, and got back in. And this is the problem with all these dismissals: for all the funny business, one cant quite shake off the idea that if hed been a little more on the ball, the near-great Inzi would have made it over the line. He would have reached that tier - Lara, Sachin, Ponting - of which it must be said he falls tantalisingly short.Defying physics Momentum is mass multiplied by velocity. Let us apply this to Monty Panesars 2006 dismissal of Inzi, in which the big guy went for a sweep, missed, and somehow tumbled back and over the wicket, brushing off the bails with his chest in the process. Watch it again: theres something off.Well allow for plenty of mass, but the velocity variable seems to come from nowhere. Its worth deliberating on this, because Inzi often suspended the usual laws of the physical world. Despite his resistance to training, he must have been absurdly fit to play all those long innings in such heat. For all his body weight, he had the deftest of touches and wielded the bat as a poet does a Mont Blanc. And then theres the most telling detail: an Inzi in good nick would bend the very nature of time, playing the worlds top pacers as slow-medium filth.But back to the dismissal and no fancy talk can get away from the fact that its hilarious. I showed it to my lads the other day, and laughter filled the sky. At the time, England celebrated gleefully. Looking at Andrew Strauss, Matthew Hoggard, Paul Collingwood and the rest giggle their schoolboy contempt towards the big fella just compounds the moment. You feel sorry for him, but you dont feel sorry for enjoying the spectacle. (And you also remember that Inzi had spent the previous year pummelling that England side to all corners.) The last dismissal Pakistanis wont forgive the cricket world for too often reducing Inzi to a caricature. The talent seems to be acknowledged politely, before heading on to the real stuff, which, it appears from their tone, is that the man was a joke. The country has legitimate claim to calling out this injustice. Like with so much else, they know deep down in their hearts that the semblance of truth is largely self-inflicted. Inzi didnt bother with running; he didnt learn the rules on obstructing the field; he did one too many mad things, like forfeiting a Test and running into a Canadian crowd in search of a moron with a megaphone.But he was a wonderful batsman, and he deserved a great departure. Instead, in his last match, a Test against South Africa in Lahore, he was stumped second ball off - wait for it - Paul Harris.Nevertheless, this tragedy too bolsters his legend. Theres something Falstaffian about Inzi, and even his sad farewell mirrors Shakespeares pitiful banishment of his wonderful creation. Like the barrel-chested wit, Inzi was nuance, soul and heft stuffed into a human body brimming with too much life. Like Falstaff, he was harshly dismissed from the stage, not given an ounce of the fanfare that accompanied send-offs of other heroes. We might also say that Inzis young, sprightly, scheming successors had something of the tedious Prince Hal about them. Indeed, following Inzis last innings, who came to the crease to see the draw home? Inzis captain, a 25-year-old mediocrity called Shoaib Malik. Its a cruel world, and in the tragicomedy of his dismissal, it seemed altogether crueller to Inzamam-ul-Haq. Under Armour Sale Canada . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. Under Armour On Sale Canada . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. http://www.underarmoursalecanada.com/ . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Jonathan Stark scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and dished out seven assists to lead Murray State past Green Bay for a 93-77 win Saturday night.Gilbert Thomas Jr. and Jerami Grace added 12 points apiece for Murray State (2-1), Jachai Taylor had 11 points and Damarcus Croaker 10. The Racers shot 52 percent from the floor but were outrebounded 49-42.Trailing by four early in the second half, Murray State edged into the lead during an 8-0 spurt that included a bucket from Terrell Miller Jr. and bacck-to-back 3-pointers from Stark to make it 54-50 with 17:02 left. Under Armour Clearance Canada. Thomass layup five minutes later stretched Murray States advantage to 67-57 and the margin remained at double figures the rest of the way.Green Bay (1-2) got 17 points and nine rebounds from Charles Cooper. Trevor Anderson added 15 points and Turner Botz got 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting from 3-point range for the Phoenix. ' ' '
EUGENE, Ore. Nike Air Max Clearance Sale . -- Allyson Felix had the star power to change the Olympic schedule.Now, its her schedule that needs adjusting.Felixs run at the 200-400 Olympic double, made possible after Olympics officials honored her request for a chance to run both races, came to an earlier-than-expected end Sunday. She finished fourth in the 200-meter final, one spot out of the Rio mix, in a .01-second loss to a sprawling Jenna Prandini at the U.S. track and field trials.Honestly, disappointed, said Felix, who will not get a chance to defend her Olympic title in her signature event. The whole year, that has been what I was working for. When I look back and see everything that happened, I still think its quite amazing I was able to make the team.She did make the 400-meter lineup, and that is, indeed, quite an accomplishment considering the injury she suffered this spring. After landing awkwardly on an exercise ball while doing core work, she rolled her right ankle.The injury was so severe she avoided running around the track in the correct, counterclockwise direction until just before the trials, for fear shed put too much outside pressure on her injured ankle.In track lingo, a sprinter doesnt necessarily have to be fast to succeed in the 400 -- a full lap around the track in which technique is more important than pure speed. But in the 200, it takes a more aggressive lean into the curve at the opening of the race -- just the sort of practice Felix didnt get enough of during her slow comeback.I could only do what I could with the ankle, she said.And so, she started slow, never made up ground against winner Tori Bowie or second-place Deajah Stevens and could not hold off Prandini, the former University of Oregon star who had to wait about 30 seconds to see the result for third place go up on the board. Afterward, she was scraped up but smiling.I dont know what happened, Prandini said. But it got the job done.One of Felixs biggest fans made news earlier in the day: Sixteen-year-old Sydney McLaughlin became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track team since 1972 when she finished third in the 400-meter hurdles.Not bad for the junior out of Union Catholic High School in New Jersey, who tuned in to watch the Beijing Olympics eight years ago, saw Felix winning the 4x400 relay and thought, Id like to be like her, someday.Asked what she loved most about Felix, McLaughlin said: She wasnt afraid to lose.Sometimes, I get so caught up in the fact that I hadnt lost a hurdles race, and I come here, and these girls are faster than me, said McLaughlin, who admitted to being so nervous earlier in the week that she considered pulling out of the meet. Its realizing that sometimes you have to lose to get better.It happened to Felix plenty over the years, none more heartbreakingly than in Athens and Beijing, where she settled for back-to-back silvers in an event she had dominated.But she won gold in 2012.And with track and field -- and possibly NBC, as well -- desperate for some star power in a sport now headlined by Usain Bolt and a worldwide doping crisis, a scheduling change that would double the track time for one of Americas most popular runners was a no-brainer.But the U.S. trials dont guarantee anything, and on Sunday, a few more potential medal contenders -- including 400-meter hurdlers Johnny Dutch and Bershawn Jackson -- also saw some dreams end early.Felix is still going to Rio de Janeiro. But with more free time on her hands than originally planned.Im pretty sure everyone expected to see her on the [200] team, Bowie said. Im pretty sure it wont be the same without her. Nike Air Max Womens Ireland . 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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino wasnt happy with all the bad shots his 10th-ranked Cardinals hoisted up early against Old Dominion -- especially with ones by sophomore Donovan Mitchell.In the first half he was trying to win a game of H-O-R-S-E, see the most difficult shot he could take so he could win the game, Pitino quipped.Mitchell went on to score all 15 of his points after halftime to help the Cardinals hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in the final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.Mitchell went 0 for 3 from the field in that scoreless first half, but went on to hit three 3-pointers -- including the long straightaway shot on Louisvilles first possession in overtime that put the Cardinals (4-0) ahead for good.Kind of like what Coach said: just kind of forced the issue, Mitchell said of the first half. Thats not really what you want to do, especially coming out here and playing in your first real tournament like this. You just have to settle down and let the game come to you.Mitchell also hit some key free throws and came up with a couple of key plays, one being a steal in the paint with his team protecting a 59-58 lead with 1:22 left in OT.Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals on a night when they struggled to knock down much of anything, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.Louisville shot 24 percent in the first half and 30 percent for the game.Brandan Stith scored 22 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.We left a lot of points out there, ODU coach Jeff Jones said. And free throw shooting was certainly a big part of it. But I think offensively, I dont think Im going to be sleeping very well. There were a bunch of times where we had opportunities and we just kind of shot ourselves in the foot.BIG PICTURELouisviille: Pitino pointed to his teams first-half shot selection as a factor in the bad shooting percentage, but said he was happy with his team showing enough toughness to overcome it and play better as the game wore on. Buy Air Max Ireland. Thats the storyline of the game, not that we shot bad, Pitino said. Its the fact we overcame it and won the game.ODU: The Monarchs have won 52 games the past two seasons and have four returning starters, so this was a winnable game against a power conference team that simply got away. The free throw shooting, in particular, stood out along with 22 turnovers -- the kind of mistakes that proved too costly against a Top 10 opponent.You look out there and see as hard-fought as that game was, Jones said. I wish we had back some of those offensive possessions.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Cardinals have climbed from No. 13 in the preseason AP Top 25 , but theyll get a tough test to stay in their current perch when they play a high-scoring Wichita State team on Thursday.WILD FINISHStith nearly found a way to top his OT-forcing shot. He stole the ensuing inbounds pass and launched a hurried 3-pointer from the corner that missed. Louisville got the ball back with 1.4 seconds left after a review for an inbounds play, but Deng Adels final heave from beyond halfcourt wasnt close.UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals wont have much time to prepare for Wichita State in a game scheduled to tip off roughly 14 hours after this one wrapped up. The Shockers played the days first of four games.We wont make any excuses, Pitino said. Well just have to adjust on the fly and see what happens. 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He just went out and made plays.The impressive thing about Tyler is that he was still coming off a rehab for his knee at (offseason workouts) and we backed him down. He got into great shape this summer. Hes doing the things we expect him to do. A big target, big frame, makes catches. A good red zone target for us.Higbee was taken in the fourth round. Last season at Western Kentucky, he caught 38 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing most of six games because of the knee injury that required offseason surgery.His talent had many pegging him as a second-round pick, but then he was arrested April 10 after a fight outside a bar in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on suspicion of second-degree assault, evading police and public intoxication. His next court hearing is scheduled in September.The Rams vetted Higbee and took the gamble. On the field, he is looking like he could have a big payoff.Tyler has the potential to play very, very early for us and be a big time part of our offense, Fisher said.After the first week of camp, Higbee looks exceedingly comfortable and not at all like some wide-eyed rookie.Its football, Higbee said. Im comfortable on the football field. I enjoy playing. I love the game. The Rams had the NFLs worst passing game last season. They first tried to address that need by taking Goff with the first pick at quarterback. They had to trade away the rest of their early selections to move up in the draft and did not get another pick until taking Higbee in the fourth round.They later took two wide receivers and another tight end. Rookie tight ends, however, do not typically earn early playing time.The hardest adjustment from their standpoint is blocking, Fisher said. Most of them line up against the defensive end in the run game. And thats not an easy thing to do. 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They (Melbourne) always start well.You dont want to give them momentum and the boys were on from the kickoff.They kind of carried on from where they left off against Canterbury, so that was good.Bennett also praised the pressure and attitude his players applied right across the ground.Captain Corey Parker expressed pride in Brisbanes performance against the ladder-leading Storm.We had a game plan that we thought, if we could execute, wed be right in it, said Parker. Its just really satisfying to be able to do that, particularly against a good side at (their) home.They stuck it to us and it was a good game of footy going on but 1-17 turned up and we got the job done.While full of praise for the victors, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy lamented another lethargic showing from his charges after similar recent first-half performances against South Sydney and Canberra.I just thought we were really poor defensively in the first half, said Bellamy. Especially at the start of the game, they scored two tries in the first seven or eight minutes.That put us behind the eight ball, to be quite honest, added Bellamy. We didnt really improve too much defensively in the first half.Our second half was a lot better but, by then, the horse had bolted. ' ' '
Its China followed by the rest of the world in diving. Sneakers Ireland Wholesale . So dominant are the Chinese, theyll be going for the first gold-medal sweep in the sport at the Rio Olympics.China has come close before to taking home all eight Olympic golds. Four years ago in London, the Chinese won six; at home in Beijing in 2008 they won seven; and at the 2004 Athens Games they won six.At the 2011 world championships -- home again, in Shanghai -- they won all eight golds for the first time.In this years four-meet FINA Diving World Series, the Chinese won 38 of 40 golds.China won all four womens events in London, where its only misses were in mens 3-meter and 10-meter. American David Boudia upset Qui Bo in a thrilling platform final and Russias Ilya Zakharov won the springboard over Chinese teammates Qin Kai and He Chong.Boudia returns to defend his title in Rio, where 136 divers from 29 countries will compete at the 6,500-seat Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, much smaller than the 17,500-seat venue in London. The diving competition runs Aug. 7-20.Here are some things to watch in Rio:CHINAS GRANDE DAMEWu Minxia is taking aim at sole possession of the record for most career Olympic diving medals. She equaled the mark of six in London, winning the individual and synchronized 3-meter springboard titles. She isnt expected to defend her individual 3-meter title in Rio.Now 30, Wu had planned to retire after London, but shes continued on. She will try to win a fourth consecutive gold in 3-meter synchro, this time with partner Shi Tingmao, who was FINA diver of the year in 2015. They are two-time world champions in the event. Wu owns more Olympic and world medals than any other female diver.BOUDIAS BACKThe American is competing in his third Olympics, and hell try to become the first man since compatriot Greg Louganis to win back-to-back platform gold. Boudia also qualified with partner Steele Johnson for 10-meter synchro, where he won a bronze in London with Nick McCrory. It was the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in mens diving since 1996.Boudia helped lead a U.S. revival in London. The Americans won four medals overall after embarrassing shutouts at the 2004 and 2008 Games.His shocking platform gold -- Boudia barely qualified 18th after the preliminaries -- was the first in that discipline since Louganis in 1988 and the first U.S. mens diving medal since 1996. After London, Boudia got married and had a daughter.Other returning U.S. medalists are Kristian Ipsen and Abby Johnston. The other seven members of the U.S. team are first-time Olympians.CHINAS DEPTHThe country brings an experienced roster to Rio. Besides Wu, Qin, Qui and He Chong, other returning medalists include female divers Chen Ruolin and He Zi. Besides their eight golds in London, the Chinese won three silvers and a bronze. Qui is the worlds dominant platform diver and will be out to avenge his stunning loss to Boudia four years ago.TOM DALEYThe Brit returns for his third Olympics after earning bronze in 10-meter platform in his home country four years ago. Besides individual platform, hell compete with new partner Daniel Goodfellow in platform synchro. At this years FINA World Series, the duo finished second twice and third twice. Daley has been in the spotlight since winning the 10-meter title at the 2009 world championships at age 15.After the London Games, Daley revealed he is gay and is now engaged to Oscar-winning American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. 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Subscribe today!New Jersey DevilsOverall: 51 Title track:?T23 Ownership: 63 Coaching: 51 Players: 49 Fan relations: 45 Affordability: 63 Stadium experience: 50 Bang for the buck: 54 Change from last year: +23The Devils are back on track after a rough 2015 that saw them fall 27 standings spots from two years ago. New Jerseys current status remains lower than it was in 2013 and 14, and a far cry from the elite company they kept following a Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2012, when they ranked 13th overall. Still, theres no question that things are looking up in Newark.Whats goodLets start off of the ice. Under the leadership of first-year GM Ray Shero -- who replaced club icon Lou Lamoriello, now in the same capacity in Toronto, in 2015 -- the Devils made huge strides in terms of mending fences with their fans, who had been stung by the defections of Lamoriello and stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise in recent years. It worked. Fan relations soared 28 spots over 2014-15, and seeing a game at Prudential Center (aka The Rock) became more enjoyable, with stadium experience jumping 25 places. On the rink, the team missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. But the summer arrival of powerful left winger Taylor Hall, acquired from Edmonton in exchange for bluelliner Adam Larrson, has the die-hards optimistic that that streak will soon end. Sneakers Shop Ireland. Whats badTheyre not the Rangers, but its still relatively expensive to be a Devils fan, with affordability ranking in the bottom half of our standings. And New Jerseys benefactors, David Blitzer and Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris, get low marks three years after purchasing the financially troubled club from Jeff Vanderbeek, with ownership also coming in at a dismal No. 63 (along with affordability, the Devils worst rating). The struggles at the gate continue, too, with the Devils finishing in the bottom third of the league in attendance for the 13th season in a row.Whats newHall, still just 24, has the potential to be a franchise player. Jersey-bred right winger Kyle Palmieri is coming off a career year. Goaltender Cory Schneider is among the leagues best. So even with a suspect defensive corps that will miss Larsson, the players ranking leaped 30 spots. And fans love John Hynes coaching: The NHLs youngest boss -- who replaced Adam Oates and three-time Cup-winning-Devils captain Scott Stevens in June of 2015 -- is responsible for a massive 53-spot boost in that category.Next: Philadelphia Flyers?| Full rankings ' ' '
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Kangaroos heartbreaking call common senseNorth Melbournes stunning announcement on Wednesday that they would not renew the contracts of much-loved veterans Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo came after list management discussions that began eight months ago.While the players were told the bad news on Tuesday, Kangaroos director of football Geoff Walsh said their future was a topic the club had debated and discussed at length since the beginning of the year.This is what list managers and football departments do all the time; they review their list of players every week and what their requirements are likely to be for the future, Walsh told ESPN.So we make decisions about the squad that we feel will be of benefit to the club, not just next year but five years down the track.While this is undoubtedly a sad decision, because the four players have been great warriors for the club, it is rooted in common sense.Of course the players are very disappointed because they all wanted to go on but no-ones spat the dummy; no-ones scratching their heads wondering whats going on.Everyone understands that its been a decision a long time in the making and is in the best interests of the club.The Kangaroos chose to make the announcement this week, Walsh said, because there was a possibility the club could end its finals campaign in western Sydney or Perth in the coming weeks - and because the players told the club if the Round 23 match in Melbourne was going to be their farewell game, they wanted to know.Walsh, one of the most respected administrators in the game who has had successful stints at Carlton, North Melbourne (twice) and Collingwood, said he understood the decision would not go down well with many supporters, especially with regards to the 38-year-old Harvey, the AFL games record holder.His popularity and longevity and resilience, in being able to play at the top level consistently for so long, means that Boomer is one of the clubs favourite sons, Walsh said. So we knew it wouldnt be a universally popular decision.But we are charged with the responsibility of making decisions that will hold the club in good stead for the future. And unfortunately sometimes theres no room for sentimentality.Boomer bounced: Harsh but fair?Brent Harveys game against Sydney in Hobart at the weekend, when he picked up 32 touches and kicked 3.2, could not have come at a worse time for the clubs hierarchy.Because it made their decision on Wednesday to farewell the 430-game champion all the more difficult. All those in the Boomer camp pointed to that performance as evidence that the little No.29 still had what it took to compete, and shine, against the competitions best.But the truth is slightly more complicated.As some close observers of North will tell you, Harvey tends to be at his best when the Roos are winning and their opponents are not applying manic, full-on pressure. When the ball is regularly being pumped forward, and hes got some room to scamper around in, Harvey is at his most dangerous.But when the opposition is applying the clamps, and kicks are hard to come by, then it can be a different story: Boomer can go missing.His previous game against Sydney, for example, was at the SCG in Round 10 and in those tight confines against a tough, miserly defence, getting a kick can be hard work. Harvey finished the match with 13 disposals and 0.1.In the Roos two matches against Hawthorn this season, he picked up 13 and 20 possessions respectively, and the grand total of one goal. Against the Bulldogs, a similar tale: two games of 20 possessions each and just one goal.Sure, hes had some wonderful moments this season - his six-goal effort in Hobart against Melbourne being a standout - but Harveys performance against Sydney last weekend was an outlier.He was judged by his body of work over the whole season (and, of course, his 38 years) and the club felt, on balance, it was time the decorated and much-loved five-time club champion made way for the next generation of Shinboner.Tiger hunts football dream over Olympic ambitions Taylor Hunt isnt one to dwell on what might have been.?The Richmond defender was one of the countrys brightest discus prospects when he gave up athletics in late 2006 for an uncertain football career.Hunt had just won the under-17 national discus title against teenagers almost twice his size, throwing a personal best 55.5m in a masterful display that proved sound technique often trumps brute strength.However, the almighty throw was agonisingly shy of the world championships qualifier of 56m.Hunt had just three months to reach the benchmark, but fell short.I went to the national Australian coach and I asked him what I needed to do to take the next step in discus, Hunt told ESPN.I wanted to keep playing footy and he said: Nah, if you want to train with me, quit footy, put on 20kg and youve got to start going to the gym. He went on saying, If you want to play both, youll have to go play local footy, still put on 20kg, but just play in the goal square.Thats when I decided Id follow the footy path.It was a bold move, particularly after Hunt failed to make the initial under-18 squad at TAC Cup club Sandringham Dragons.Hunt scraped onto the clubs supplementary list and was given a go mid-way through the 2007 season when the teams stocks wore thin.He quickly locked down his position and played the last 10 games in a youthful team filled with underage talent.Hunts speed and dash froom defence caught the eye of Vic Metro selectors, who handed him a late invitation to try out for the team the following season. Mens Adidas Shoes Outlet. To his surprise, Hunt would do more than just earn his first Big V guernsey. He cemented his spot in an impressive defensive unit, playing four out of five carnival games that vaulted him into draft contention.Geelong snapped up the speedster with pick No. 49 in the 2008 national draft.?With the curtain coming down on another Olympics Games this week, Hunt, 25, doesnt regret his decision to give his football dream a chance, even if it meant sacrificing a burgeoning athletic career.He reflects fondly on his junior discus dominance.Hunt still retains numerous records at athletic clubs across the state, and his stretch of state crowns, winning consecutive Victorian titles from?under-9s to under-15s, is unlikely to be beaten.?Im pretty content with what I achieved, he said. I was beating blokes who were way bigger than me.I remember going to national champs where Id barely hit puberty and I was up against blokes with beards.Because I had good speed and technique, I could always match it with them.Having recently achieved a milestone he never thought possible - Hunt played 100 games a fortnight ago - he treats each additional game as a bonus.Ballantyne could be Victoria-boundDisgruntled Docker Hayden Ballantyne is more likely to find a new home on the east coast rather joining cross-town club West Coast.The contracted goalsneak nominated the Eagles as his preferred destination after announcing earlier this month he was seeking a fresh start.But Ballantynes age - 29 - and the Eagles wealth of small forwards - Mark LeCras, Josh Hill and Jamie Cripps, as well as its resting midfielders - means the Docker could be forced to leave his home state.ESPN understands the Eagles sees their forward line as their cornerstone and are preferring to bolster their list through the draftBallantyne denied his request for trade was due to a rift with Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe or divisive coach Ross Lyon.The 140-game player reportedly sought a two-year contract extension at the beginning of the year, which was knocked back by the club.The Dockers are set to embark on a radical overhaul of their tired list following a dramatic fall from grace from minor premiers to league minnows in 12 months.Crows to the rescue as Port player caught shortAdelaide put their fierce rivalry aside last week to help out cross-town rival Port Adelaide ahead of Showdown 41.Power newcomer Jesse Palmer, who made his debut a week earlier, didnt expect to hold his spot for the fiery local derby.When the 19-year-old was surprised to learn he had retained his position, Palmer frantically asked Power staff for additional tickets for family and friends.While scrambling for passes, officials realised theyd exhausted their supply, an odd predicament given the host club is granted priority ticket allotment.As it looked like Palmer would run out in his second game without loved ones watching from the stands, in swooped the Crows.In a rare gesture of goodwill between the two clubs, Crows players, led by ESPNs Josh Jenkins, gave up their allocated tickets to the Power youngster.Palmer finished the match with eight disposals and kicked his first league goal in the 15-point loss.Cats get the cream with AFL fixture this seasonAfter 22 rounds, the ludicrously lop-sided nature of the AFL fixture is now laid bare for all to see.Those three teams which played league easybeats Brisbane and Essendon twice -- Gold Coast, Geelong and Carlton -- had a clear advantage over the rest of the competition.They could virtually chalk up four wins, given how inept both the Bombers and Lions were, and in a season as even as this one that has turned out to be a significant leg-up.Geelong sit in third place on 16 wins, one ahead of Greater Western Sydney, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs - yet the Giants and Bulldogs each got to play Brisbane and Essendon just once.So you could make a strong argument to say the Giants and Dogs were disadvantaged to the tune of two wins when compared to Geelong s 2016 fixture.And in a competition which prides itself on being international code, is simply not good enough. It is compromised to the point of being unusable.Of course no-one knew quite how bad the Lions would be this season but Essendon was always going to struggle badly given their peculiar circumstances this year.And the Cats, who have benefitted enormously from the softish draw which came as a result of their 10th placing last season, have purred all the way to the finals. Just like they stole the cream.THIS WEEKS RANDOM FACTS AND FIGURES ....139 - Chris Scott coached his 100th win in game No.139 at the weekend when Geelong beat Brisbane. Only Kevin Sheedy has reached his century in fewer games (138).9,856 - The number of days since Collingwood, which drew 17,644 to Etihad Stadium last weekend, played in front of a smaller home crowd. (In other words, 27 years ago.)6,928 - The number of disposals accrued by Dane Swan after 258 career games - a record. Robert Harvey is second on the list with 6,916 and Greg Williams third.699 - Number of goals kicked by Matthew Pavlich since his debut in 2000, meaning he needs to snag one more in his final game against the Bulldogs this weekend to reach the No.700 milestone. ' ' 'er Terry Collins into it. Given a chance to go back out to the mound, Harvey faltered and the Royals rallied to win the championship.Selected seventh overall by the Mets in the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina, Harvey blossomed into one of baseballs best pitchers three years later and started the 2013 All-Star Game on his home mound at Citi Field. ' ' '
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