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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Air Max 270 React Pas Cher . -- The preseason Ohio Valley Conference player of the year and All-OVC preseason team for 2016-17 mens basketball as voted by coaches and sports information directors and released Wednesday:---Preseason OVC Player of the YearEvan Bradds, Belmont---Preseason All-OVC TeamG Taylor Barnette, BelmontF Evan Bradds, BelmontG Antonius Cleveland, SE MissouriG Cornell Johnston, E. IllinoisG Bryce Jones, Murray St.G Aleksa Jugovic, Tennessee TechF Wayne Martin, Tennessee St.F Nick Mayo, E. KentuckyG Tahjere McCall, Tennessee St.G Xavier Moon, Morehead St.G Josh Robinson, Austin Peay---Online:More AP College Basketball: Balenciaga Pas Cher Chine . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. Fausse Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Pas Cher . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dusty Hannahs scored 17 points as Arkansas held off a formidable challenge from North Florida for a 91-76 win on Saturday.The win is the fifth straight for the Razorbacks (8-1), who trailed in the second half and had to overcome a 34-point effort by Osprey guard Dallas Moore.Moore finished 12-of-20 shooting from the floor, also hitting four 3-pointers, and nearly matched his career high of 37 points -- set against Edward Waters earlier this season.North Florida (3-8) led 63-62 in the second half before Arkansas used an 11-0 run to pull away for good.Moses Kingsley finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks, while Jaylen Barford had 14 points and Daryl Macon 13 in the win.Aaron Bodager had 14 points for the Ospreys, while Garrett Sams finished with 10.Moore entered the game averaging 21.4 points per game this season, but the guard had been particularly effective in his last three games -- averaging 30 points while shooting 57.1 percent (32 of 56) from the field.The senior continued his stellar play in the first half on Satturday, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting as North Florida managed a 44-44 tie with the Razorbacks. Vapormax Flyknit Soldes. BIG PICTURENorth Florida: The Ospreys have experience this season against teams from the Southeastern Conference, having not faced -- and lost to -- four of them. However, they entered Saturday averaging 19.1 turnovers per game, and those struggles continued against the Razorbacks -- with North Florida committing 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for Arkansas.Arkansas: Hannahs came off the bench for a third straight game for the Razorbacks, whose bench outscored North Florida 36-6. With Hannahs coming off the bench, Arkansas has now outscored its opponents 125-32 in bench points over the last three games.UP NEXTNorth Florida stays on the road, traveling to face Texas Rio Grande Valley on Monday.After five straight games at home, Arkansas takes to the road to face Texas in the Lone Star Shootout in Houston on Dec. 17. ' ' ' 
This is an edited version of a speech given by Ashley Mallett during a celebration dinner to honour the memory of Victor Trumper, on June 26 in Sydney. Kobe Shoes China Wholesale . Trumper died on June 28, 1915, and the New South Wales branch of the Australia Cricket Society implemented three days of celebration - a dinner, a seminar at the SCG, and a guided tour of Trumpers various residences in and about Sydney town - to mark the anniversary.As kids growing up in Chatswood in the 1950s, my older brother Nick and I would play backyard Test matches, as most boys did in those days. However, there was a catch. Nick wasnt interested in tossing for innings. We both wanted to be Australia, but again my brother held sway. Nick always batted and inevitably he opened Australias innings with the legendary Arthur Morris and Les Favell.No Victor Trumper?Sacrilege.I decided to go to bat on Vics behalf.Cant Trumper open my England with Jack Hobbs? I asked in hope.Nick eyed me quizzically. Victor Trumper? Dont know him. Hes yours.****Since reading Johnny Moyes A Century of Cricketers, Trumper has been a hero to me; that immortal image of Vic leaping out to drive is ever etched on my memory.When Trumper strode onto the green sward of his beloved SCG, the crowd rose in a standing ovation. Even the blades of grass seemed to bow respectfully in the wake of the great man, and in a gentle breeze the grass became a rolling sea of green: natures own version of a Mexican Wave.By all accounts he was born on November 2, 1877, although I could find no evidence of his birth date, either in Sydney or in Auckland, where his father once lived. Sydney has long claimed this handsome, self-effacing champion, the greatest batsman of crickets Golden Age - 1894-1914.Vics father, Charles Trumper, was born in New Zealand. His mother, Louise (Louey) Trumper (née Coglan), a jolly, robust woman, met Charles when he migrated from New Zealand to settle in Sydney. The Trumpers had nine children, but sadly only six survived into adulthood. After Victor came Alice (known as Nancy), Una, Jackie (a little girl who was born blind and died aged three), Sidney, May Louise and Charles.Charles Trumper (senior) was a thin man of medium height with short cropped hair, beard and moustache. This gentle soul suffered from asthma and in the summer months often slept under a mosquito net in a tent in the family backyard.A boot clicker by trade, Charles worked for Wards Slipper Factory until he had saved enough money to open his own business in Paddington, manufacturing Cats Head velvet slippers. In 1907 the Trumpers moved from Paddington to Help Street, Chatswood.Vic grew up in and about Paddington. He attended Crown Street Superior Public School in Darlinghurst, where his batting prowess was soon evident. Those who saw him at the crease marvelled at his poise and power. Long before Vic began playing for Paddington, people would ask, Have you seen Trumper from Crown Street bat?As with most Australian boys, Victor loved playing cricket in the family backyard with his father (and the ever-present, albeit unwitting, hindrance of their St Bernard dog and pet magpie). Charles Trumper also introduced Vic to cricket at Moore Park, the vast tract of playing fields a Steven Smith cover drive from the SCG.There are so many stories about Trumper, as there have been about Bradman, both true and apocryphal, that it is difficult to know which is which.We do know Vic was generous to a fault. That he loved his mothers cooking and his favourite food was toad-in-the-hole. He was said never to have smoked or touched alcohol, nor did he bet. He learnt to play euchre and he became an accomplished pianist. At the Paddington club he became friendly with James Kelly, the Test wicketkeeper.His friendship with Kelly took him to his greatest partnership, for Kelly was courting the sister of the girl who was destined to become Mrs Victor Trumper. Kelly introduced Victor to Sarah Anne Briggs at Melbourne Station on March 9, 1899. They did not meet again until December 22, 1899, when New South Wales played Victoria in Melbourne, but Victor was hooked. He made many a journey to Melbourne right up until the day he married the girl he always called Annie at St Patricks Cathedral in the city, on June 7, 1904. Victor was by then the worlds best and most charismatic batsman. He and Annie returned to Sydney, where they lived with Victors parents, first in Paddington then in Chatswood. In 1907, Victor contracted scarlet fever - the beginning of years of ill-health which beleaguered the champion.Victor began his working life in the New South Wales Government Stores Department. Later he worked in the Probate Office, under the wing of ex-Test cricketer, Tom Garrett, who played in Vics first State game, for New South Wales versus South Australia.In 1899, Vic went into partnership with Hanson Sammy Carter, the New South Wales and Australia wicketkeeper who doubled as an undertaker, in a sports business. The Trumper and Carter Sports Depot was situated at 108 Market Street, Sydney. By all accounts Victor was a hopeless businessman. He once grabbed a bat off the 7/6d rack after a hectic Saturday morning trading, hit a glorious century for Paddington that afternoon, and on the Monday returned the bat to the rack with the note: Used bat. Special 3/9d.Former New South Wales governor Sir William McKell, who once sent me a fading photograph of Trumper, told me that as a boy he once went into Trumpers shop with a few mates. He asked Vic for a real ball, a six-stitcher, but Vic talked the boys out of buying it, saying it would quickly scuff on the asphalt pitches. He advised them to buy the cheaper composition ball. Sir William said over the phone: Eventually Victor gave us a few balls, a bat, and a pair of pads, a set of stumps and a pair of batting gloves… all this for the cost of the compo ball. No wonder the kids loved him.Soon Victor lost Carter as a business partner. Sammy - who often used to turn up to Paddington club cricket matches in a horse-drawn hearse - returned to his fathers undertaking business. Maybe he was sick of Vic giving away all the profits. But he remained firm friends with Vic.Victor then teamed with James Giltinan in a cricket depot and mercery business. The pair also figured prominently in the formation of the New South Wales Rugby League. Vic played a few seasons for South Sydney as full back. He twice broke his collarbone, and every time he kicked the ball he had to remove his boot and sock on his right foot and put his double-jointed toe back into place.Vic was concerned about how rugby union had no practical insurance scheme in place for injured players. When Sydney player Alec Burdon broke his arm in 1907, he spent weeks off work during his rehabilitation, but he received not a penny in compensation from the New South Wales Rugby Union administration.At that time the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket (formed in 1905) too was riding roughshod over the players. No longer were the players in charge of profits. Trumper found himself fighting a battle on two fronts - cricket and rugby union - and he was in the frame of mind to fight back on behalf of all sportsmen. His fight to help form a breakaway rugby league succeeded, but his clash with cricket officials five years later didnt go quite so well.Trumper was one of six men (the others were Warwick Armstrong, Vernon Ransford, Hanson Carter, Tibby Cotter and Clem Hill) who refused to tour England in 1912 because the board refused their request to have Frank Laver manage the tour. Before the board was formed in 1905, the players organised tours themselves. They arranged the itinerary, they picked the team and they shared the profits. The board came along and gradually began to loosen the players hold on purse strings, until eventually the players came to be treated like schoolboys.Had he lived in another era, Trumper almost certainly would have joined the Chappells and Dennis Lillee in playing World Series cricket. Had he not died so young, he might well have been a successful shop steward before going to bat for the nation as a politician.****Trumper had a bizarre superstition. While bowlers held no fear for him, the sight of a clergyman wearing a dog collar worried the life out of him. Once, the great SF Barnes got Trumper early in his innings and Vic said: I knew I would not score with all those clergymen in the crowd… Clem Hill always maintained that Trumper was only ever really troubled by Barnes, who took a record 49 wickets in a five-Test match series against South Africa in 1913-14. In the latter stages of his career, Trumper was greatly worried by Barnes. Time and again Trumper left the dressing room saying that he would have a go to try and knock Barnes off. He was determined at last to do or die. But instead there was our champion driven further and further back on to his wicket, and made to play a defensive game. I have seen Barnes bowl to Trumper without an outfield, Hill said.Despite the presence of more than a few men of the cloth among the spectators at Lords in June 1899, Trumper and Clem Hill flayed an England attack that included such luminaries as Wilfred Rhodes, Gilbert Jessop and FS Jackson. Hill made 135 and Trumper remained unconquered on 135, his first century, in his second Test match, as Australia amassed a match-winning total of 421.Watching Trumpers artistry from the non-strikers end, Hill was fascinated as Trumper used his feet time and again to dance down the track and hoist Rhodes left-arm spin effortlessly over mid-off.Hill would tell emerging first-class players that all the bowling came alike to [Vic], and he was just as likely to get a couple of fours off the first two balls of the day as he was off the last two. But he could not relax at the batting crease if he saw a clergyman, either on the way to the wicket or in the crowd while he was out in the middle.Trumpers first Test match was at Nottingham a few weeks before the Lords Test of 1899. It was also WG Graces last Test match appearance. But WG didnt miss Trumpers brilliant 135 at Lords. Soon after Vics triumphant return to the Australian dressing room there was an urgent knock on the door. An attendant rushed back to Vic and blurted, Theres a huge, bearded chap at the door demanding to see you, sir. When Vic arrived at the door, there stood the incomparable Grace.He was holding a bat, the very piece of willow he used in his last Test match at Nottingham a few days before. WG handed Vic his bat bearing the inscription: From the past champion to the future champion. As far as I am aware that bat remains in the Trumper family.The genius of Trumpers batting was never better illustrated than by his century before lunch at Old Trafford in 1902. The wicket was rain-affected and the England captain, Archie MacLaren, was delighted when Australian captain Joe Darling won the toss and decided to bat.MacLaren rushed back to the England dressing room, Its all right boys, theyre batting. The suns coming out; we only have to keep them quiet to lunch. In the crowd was 12-year-old Neville Cardus, later universally acclaimed the greatest of cricket writers.As the boy Cardus watched Victor Trumper and Reg Duff walk confidently to the wicket, he said quietly to himself, Please god, let Victor Trumper score a century today for Australia against England - out of a total of 137 all out!Trumper flayed the England attack, which included the wily left-arm spinner Rhodes, Fred Tate, Jackson and William Lockwood. MacLaren did not call upon his fastest bowler, Lockwood, until the score had rushed to 129.Despite his years as a tearaway fast bowler being behind him, Lockwood was genuinely quick. He was also tough, physically and mentally, having survived being mauled by a shark, the ravages of alcohol, and the tragic and accidental death of his wife and one of his two children. Trumper hooked Lockwood to bring up his century, compiled in 108 minutes. It was the first time any batsman had scored a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match.When researching my book Trumper: The Illustrated Biography I found brief notes in Vics personal 1902 diary. On the night of Thursday, July 24, the self-effacing Trumper wrote: Wet wicket. Fourth Test. Won toss, made 299. Self 104. RAD [Reg Duff] 50. Ist w 135. England 5 for 70. Tate first Test. Fire G Peak and Co. All he wrote about his amazing century before lunch on the first day of the Test was Self 104.In the third Test, at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Vic scored 1 and 62 in Australias crushing 143-run victory. For a teetotaller, Vics diary note of July 5, 1902, the last day of that Test, might raise the odd eyebrow: Hurras. Won match. Glorious. All drunk. Left for Birmingham. Arrived 12pm.In the wake of Australias narrow victory in the fourth Test, at Manchester, Vic wrote these words (Saturday, July 26): Won by three runs. Australia 86, England 120. MacL [MacLaren] 35. Theatre Knowles… glorious time.As Trumper and Monty Noble stepped out of the theatre that night, there stood a small boy selling sheets of music, shivering in the fog. Light rain began to fall as the Australians hansom cab arrived at Nobles beckoning. Vic strolled over to the boy, put out his hand and gave the boy enough money to purchase all the sheets of music. He then casually got into the cab without uttering a word to his skipper. The lad shrieked in delight as he skipped down the cobbled alleyway.****Cardus wrote of Vic: Trumper will always remain the greatest batsman that ever lived… Trumpers winged batsmanship was seen in the Golden Age of cricket; he was, at his finest, master of some of the greatest bowlers the game has known…We make an artists immortality by thinking upon and loving his work, Trumper was an artist-cricketer; let him live again in the mouths of men whenever Test matches are in action.Some 13 years after Trumpers death, Australias new batting phenomenon, Don Bradman, first strode on to the Test match stage. Unlike Trumper, who often threw away his wicket after he completed his century, Bradman upon reaching his first ton would narrow his eyes and set his sights on the next milestone. In contrast to Trumper, whose batting soared majestically like an eagle, Bradmans batting was ruthless, relentless, ever pressing with the efficiency of a giant A380 airliner.At the start of his Test career Bradman heard a great deal about Trumpers batsmanship from the players who had played with and against Vic. These men included Alan Kippax, Johnny Moyes, Herbie Collins, Clarrie Grimmett, Charlie Macartney, Hill and Arthur Mailey. Their glowing reports were said to have infuriated crickets newest batting wonder. Kippax often said within earshot of Bradman that Trumper was undoubtedly the greatest batsman of all time.Of course, the fact is undeniable that Bradmans Test average of 99.94 makes Trumpers Test average of 39.04 pale into relative insignificance. However, statistics, as Cardus points out, do not tell the whole story of a cricketers worth: You no more get an idea of the quality of Trumpers batsmanship by adding up his runs than you will get an idea of the quality of Shelleys poetry by adding up the number of lines written by Shelley.There seems little doubt that Trumper was a greater batsman than Bradman on a wicket ravaged by rain, wind and sun. Bad pitches were a challenge and a joy to Trumper. In January, 1904, he scored 74 out of Australias total of 122 against the wiles of Wilfred Rhodes and George Hirst on what was called in those days a sticky dog. Rhodes took a match haul of 15 for 124, but it was Trumpers mastery on that treacherous wicket that enthralled good judges.****Anyone who has seen the famous 1905 George Beldam photograph of Trumper jumping out to drive is immediately taken by the power of the movement. It is a strikingly brilliant image for a photograph taken more than a hundred years ago. To many cricket enthusiasts, it is the greatest of all cricket photographs ever taken.In Arthur Maileys famous piece about the day he first got the chance to bowl to Trumper, he wrote: I sat on my bed and looked at Trumpers picture still pinned on the canvas wall. It seemed to be breathing with the movement of the draught between the skirting. I glanced at his bat standing in a corner of the room, then back at the slowly moving picture.I just couldnt believe that this to me ethereal and godlike figure could step off a wall, pick up a bat and say quietly, Two legs, please, umpire, in my presence. My family, usually undemonstrative and self-possessed, found it difficult to maintain that reserve which, strange as it may seem, was characteristic of my fathers Northern Irish heritage.Hm, said father, Playing against Trumper on Saturday. By Jove youll cop old Harry if youre put on to bowl at him.Why shouldnt he, protested mother, Youll never know what you can do till you try.Maileys first ball was hard-spun and dipping, but Trumper effortlessly moved down the track and like a cat nailing a mouse he pounced, driving it majestically through the covers to the fence.His next ball, a wrongun, defeated the great man, and after the wicketkeeper took off the bails to effect the stumping, Mailey watched his hero depart and his heart sank: I felt like the boy who had killed a dove.Trumpers grace and timing were disarming, for the sheer beauty of his movement at the crease disguised the great power in his strokeplay. He had all the shots you can find in the best batting techniques, and some of his own invention. Anyone who marvelled at the way Viv Richards smacked the fastest of full deliveries, aimed at off or outside off stump, past mid-on in a flash, would have loved watching Trumper. The manner in which he drove off his pads in the area from square leg to wide mid-on remains an essential part of the repertoire of all good batsmen to this day. How Trumper would have loved the switch-hitting of David Warner or Glenn Maxwell, and the ramp shot - for it was Trumpers dog shot, which confounded every fast bowler who faced him in the heat of battle.In this modern time of reverse swing, even the late inswing at the breakneck pace of Test crickets Waqar Younis would have held no fear for Trumper, who developed the dog shot to dispatch a fast yorker to the square-leg boundary. To execute this shot, he had to judge the speed and the length perfectly. His consistency in playing the dog shot exasperated many a fast bowler of his time and he would have loved to have faced Waqar, for late inswing at furious pace was the sort of challenge Vic loved.Former Victorian and South Australian batsman Johnnie Moyes was selected for the intended Australian tour of South Africa in 1914, but the trip was called off due to the outbreak of the Great War. Moyes was a good judge of the game and the players. He became a prominent writer and broadcaster on cricket and he played in the Victor Trumper Testimonial match. Apparently Vic once believed the umpire had given him a let-off, so, as Moyes told it, he decided to give us a chance. I saw him, with a flick of the wrists, lift a fast-rising ball from Jack Crawford on to the cycle track, which, in those days, used to encircle the playing area. I saw him vary it by cutting a similar ball for four. In the same over, he jammed down on a fast yorker and turned it away past square leg to the fence.While the old England batsman CB Fry attempted to define Vics batting by saying that Trumper played his strokes with a swing from the wrists which was not a flick but rather, as it were, a stroking effect, others thought differently. Some likened his drives as being similar to a master golfer in that he had fast hands, a high backlift, fluent arc and immaculate follow-through.It appears Trumper had a computer-like ability to detect the trajectory, length and pace of the ball quicker than anyone else. Does this explain his unrivalled skill on uneven, bumpy, sticky and wet wickets?Trumpers extraordinary 1902 England summer, where he scored 11 centuries in 2570 runs in 53 innings at an average of 48.49, was all the greater for he batted mostly on soft and sodden pitches where the ball lifted and shot and seamed.****When Trumper died, Hanson and his father Walter Carter made all the necessary arrangements. Even today bringing the cortege from Chatswood on the North Shore of Sydney Harbour would not be easy. But in 1915 there was no Harbour Bridge, no tunnel. The coffin had to be ferried across the harbour and lifted into another horse-drawn hearse at Circular Quay. Special trams for the hundreds of mourners had to be arranged. An illustrated weekly, the Sydney Mail, was full of the news from Gallipoli, from the epic landing and subsequent operations in the Dardanelles. A single-column photograph and 19 lines was all that Trumper could be given, but it was a feeling tribute. Australia had lost its greatest sporting hero:Victor Trumper was the greatest batsman Australia had produced and its most accomplished in the history of the game in any country. The solid qualities of Tyldesley and Hobbs, the magnificent skill of Hill and Darling, even the wizardry of Ranjitsinhji, paled before a wonderful grace and orthodox poetry of motion that lifted batting to a standard that had not entered into the dream of those who imagined they had seen all that cricket had to offer when Grace and Shewsbury or those already mentioned had been at the wicket. He was a modest, good-living young man. His courage in his illness was the natural revelation of the Christian character.Trumpers funeral took place on Wednesday June 30, 1915. It was one of the largest and most impressive ever afforded a sportsman in Australia. Hundreds of cricketers past and present marched four abreast with his body to Fort Macquarie, where it was met by hundreds more. Vic was interred in the Church of England section of the Waverley Cemetery. Neither his wife, Annie, or his mother, Louey, attended the funeral. They were far too distraught. Thousands of people stood in silence as the cortege passed and hundreds of others, men, women and children wept openly.A veteran cricketer of Goulburn, William Walsh, was at Trumpers funeral, and recalled it later: The waters were calm, glorious sunshine overhead and the blue sky flecked by fleecy clouds. The coffin was borne from the hearse to the grave by Monty Noble, Tibby Cotter, Hanson Carter, Syd Gregory and another.I was subsequently informed it was Warwick Armstrong, although I failed to recognise him. [The Warwick Armstrong of pre-Great War Australia weighed round 10 stone; not yet the 21 stone giant of 1921.] They were all his worthy allies in the contests on the various cricket fields of the world and it was fitting that the final post of honour should be allotted to them.Victor died of nephritis, a kidney disease that in 1915 was labelled Brights Disease. While war news took precedence over almost every other happening, news of Trumpers death was emblazoned on the newspaper placards in front of newsstands throughout Australia and in London: Great Cricketer Dead.Among the 20,000 mourners lining the funeral route was my grandfather Alexander West, the man who introduced me to cricket. My last big game was against England at Lords, the Centenary Test of 1980. Kim Hughes hit a sublime century, playing all the strokes imaginable, but for Vics famous dog shot. Surely this Hughes knock was the very reincarnation of Victor Trumper?One hundred years after he left the mortal batting crease for the last time Victor Trumper remains an Australian hero, as a cricketer and as a man of strength, humility and never-ending charm. Air Max Plus Clearance . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. Clearance Air Max 270 . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. . Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No one on Florida States roster knows more about bouncing back after getting knocked down more than Matthew Thomas.For the first time in four years, the junior linebacker is living up to the potential many saw when he was recruited in 2013. Thomas leads the 13th-ranked Seminoles in tackles going into Saturdays game at South Florida.Florida State (2-1) is trying to bounce back after a 43-point loss last Saturday at Louisville. Considering that during the past three-plus seasons Thomas has dealt with shoulder injuries, the death of a parent and being academically ineligible, the blowout win by the Cardinals is just a small roadblock.Last year at this time Thomas was on the sidelines watching his teammates and wondering if he would ever play football or even remain at Florida State.I know I put myself in a lot of bad situations, bad predicaments. I dug myself in a hole, so I just had to get myself out of them he said. I may take some hits, but I get back up.Coach Jimbo Fisher said earlier this week that Thomas finally started maturing and understanding the importance of trying to revive his career.Hes really turned into a really good player for us, but more importantly becoming a very good leader, Fisher added.Thomas credits running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end DeMarcus Walker for their emotional support last year. Cook and Thomas are both Miami natives while Walker first met Thomas at a high school all-star game in 2013.Besides dealing with injuries and academics, Thomas was also struggling with the loss of his mother, Mariska Nyon, in January of 2015. As a five-star prospect at Booker T. Washington, Thomas wanted to attend Southern Cal but it was his mom who wanted him to go to Florida State.Thomas oldest brother has moved up to Tallahassee and has also provided emotional support.Thomas also said he owes Fishher a lot for standing by him and keeping his word to his mother that Fisher would support him. Cheap Air Max 97 Wholesale. Besides maturity, another thing players and coaches have noticed is that Thomas is having more fun. He is the first to acknowledge that the game wasnt fun due to the repeated shoulder injuries. Thomas had shoulder surgery last spring and this is the one the healthiest stretches he has had at FSU.When asked how he would assess the first three games, Thomas said he still feels as if he is rusty. He remains a physical tackler that some have compared to former FSU standout Telvin Smith, who is in his third season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Thomas has 20 tackles, including two for loss. He is one of the quickest players on the defense but has been tentative at times by thinking too much on the field. Thomas and the Seminoles defense has struggled against option teams and face another test on Saturday against South Floridas high-scoring offense.The 3-0 Bulls have rushed for over 200 yards in eight straight games and have scored 45 points or more in their last three.I still feel like Im getting right a little bit with different situations and different atmospheres, he said. I dont want to mess up. I just want to make my teammates proud, make my couches proud. So Ive been trying stay on point.Right now, Thomas teammates are just happy that he is on the field and making plays.As time went by he saw the door closing. At the last minute, he grabbed it and opened it, Walker said. Im glad hes my teammate and hes bought in.---Online: The APs college football page: Joe on Twitter: and his work can be found at ' ' ' 
A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Chicago (9:15 p. Nick Collison Jersey .m., FS1); Game 2, Saturday, at Chicago (8:08 p.m., MLB Network); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 10, at San Francisco (TBA, FS1 or MLB Network); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 11, at San Francisco (TBA, FS1); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 13, at Chicago (TBA, FS1).x-if necessary.---Season Series: Cubs won 4-3.---Projected Lineups:Giants: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HRs, 52 RBI, 12 SBs), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17, 82, 41 2Bs, 104 BBs), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80, 33 2Bs), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), LF Angel Pagan (.277, 12, 55, 15 SBs), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), 3B Conor Gillaspie (.262, 6, 25) or Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins).Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13, 48), 3B or LF Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102, 121 runs, 176 hits), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109, 170 hits), 2B or LF Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), C Miguel Montero (.216, 8, 33) or Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35 in 76 games) or David Ross (.229, 10, 32), 2B or 3B or SS Javier Baez (.273, 14, 59).---Starting Pitchers:Giants: RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Rays and Giants), LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74, 251 Ks), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81).Cubs: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44, 197 Ks), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, MLB-best 2.13), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35).---Relievers:Giants: RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64, 4/4 saves), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13, 1 save), LH Javier Lopez (1-3, 4.05, 1 save, .211 BA vs LH hitters), LH Will Smith (2-4, 3.35 with Giants and Brewers), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10, 3 saves), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57, 31/40 saves), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21 in 16 games).Cubs: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 saves, 90 Ks, 58 IP for Yankees and Cubs), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 saves), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Trevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75, 2 saves), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52, 7 starts, 49 games for Mariners and Cubs), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95).---Matchups:This is the second postseason meeting between the teams. San Francisco beat Chicago 4-1 to win the 1989 NLCS. ... The Cubs won 103 games in the regular season, 16 more than San Francisco. ... The Giants took two of three meetings at home in May, then the Cubs won three of four at Wrigley Field in September. The final five games were all decided by one run. ... The Cubs have power arms on their staff and their 1,441 strikeouts in the regular season were the third-most in baseball. The Giants thrive on contact, striking out the second-fewest times but hitting the third-fewest homers. ... Bumgarner is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA against the Cubs, including 7 2/3 innings to outduel Hendricks for a 1-0 win May 22. ... Cueto allowed one run in seven innings on Sept. 4 only to have Casilla blow a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Chicago won in 13 innings. ... Rizzo is 3 for 25 with 8 Ks against Cueto. ... Chapman is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and four saves with 27 Ks in 16 1/3 innings against the Giants. Posey is 5 for 10 with two doubles off Chapman, the most hits for any player against the Cubs closer. ... The top five hitters in San Franciscos lineup are a combined 9 for 71 with 21 Ks and only one extra-base hit off Arrieta. ... Lopez has held Heyward to one hit in 11 ABs with 5 Ks. ... Fowler is 0 for 10 with 6 Ks in his career against Romo. ... Samardzija pitched six-plus seasons for the Cubs before getting traded in 2014 to Oakland in a deal that brought Russell to Chicago.---Big Picture:Giants: After leading the majors with a 57-33 record at the All-Star break, San Francisco (87-75) stumbled to the finish and nearly missed out entirely on the postseason. The Giants ended the regular season with their first four-game winning streak of the second half to beat out St. Louis by one game for the second NL wild card. Now that San Francisco is in, manager Bruce Bochys team hopes to extend the even-year karma that led to World Series titles in 2010, `12 and `14. ... The Giants started these playoffs the same way they did two years ago, with a road shutout by Bumgarner in the wild-card win. The 3-0 victory over the Mets was San Franciscos ninth straight when facing postseason elimination. The Giants outscored the opposition 50-11 in those games. ... The Giants have won all 11 postseason rounds under Bochy, matching manager Joe Torre and the 1998-2001 New York Yankees for the longest streak in major league history. ... The bullpen was the biggest issue in the second half, with the team setting a franchise record by losing nine games it led after eight innings, including five in September. ... Posey hit just 3 HRs in his last 63 games but picked up his performance late with 12 RBI in the final nine games of the regular season. ... Pence, who missed 48 games with a hamstring injury, had a strong finish, batting .340 over his final 24 games. ... San Francisco committed a major league-low 72 errors, with Crawford playing mistake-free defense in his final 43 games at shortstop. ... Nunez has been out since Sept. 25 with a hamstring injury, so Gillaspie could get the nod again at third base. He hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning of the wild-card game in New York after a strong final week during the regular season that helped carry San Francisco into the playoffs.Cubs: Is this the year the Cubs at long last win the World Series? Chicago (103-58) comes into the playoffs with the best record in the majors and a large, excited fan base waiting anxiously and hoping against hope that the first championship since 1908 is finally on the way. The Cubs began the year with soaring expectations coming off a run to the NL Championship Series and proceeded to dominate like no other team this year, jumping out to a 25-6 start on the way to a runaway title in the NL Central under second-year manager Joe Maddon. ... After winning NL Rookie of the Year last season, Bryant is a favorite for MVP along with Rizzo. Bryant joined Rogers Hornsby (1929), Hack Wilson (1930) and Derrek Lee (2005) as the only players in franchise history with at least 120 runs, 35 doubles, 39 homers and 100 RBI. ... Hendricks and Lester became the first teammates to run 1-2 in the majors in ERA since Houston pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte in 2005. Both figure to get strong consideration for the NL Cy Young Award, which Arrieta won last year. ... Lester matched his career high for wins. ... Cubs pitchers led the majors with a 3.15 ERA. They gave up the fewest runs (556) and hits (1,125). ... On offense, Chicago was third in runs (808) and second in on-base percentage (.343).---Watch For:- MadBum. The Giants have baseballs biggest October star on their side in Bumgarner. He has thrown 23 straight scoreless innings in the postseason and is 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and three shutouts in his last nine postseason outings. Hell be on regular rest in Game 3 and could be used in relief if the series goes five games as he was when he pitched five scoreless innings to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series in Kansas City.- The Target. The Cubs won 97 games in a breakout season last year and eliminated Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the playoffs before getting swept by the Mets. Back then, the Cubs were the plucky upstart. Not this time. They showed up for spring training bolstered by the additions of Heyward, Zobrist and Lackey, and with a neat new slogan coined by Maddon: Embrace the Target. The phrase went on a T-shirt, and the Cubs could not have worn it any better during the regular season. They won the division by 17 1/2 games and finished with eight more wins than any other team. They had the depth and versatility to withstand injuries and the poise to pull out 14 wins in their final at-bat. But how well will they wear that target under immense pressure this postseason?- Closing Time. The bullpen that played such a key role in San Franciscos recent World Series championships melted down in the second half. Casilla tied for the most blown saves in the majors with nine and lost his job. After struggling to find a replacement, Bochy went to Romo, the closer during the 2012 title run. He successfully converted all four save opportunities in the final two weeks. Patrick Ewing Jersey . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. Mike Muscala Jersey . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. . LUCIE, Fla. PHILADELPHIA -- Two off-duty Philadelphia police officers injured in a February bar fight involving Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning against the former NFL rushing leader in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.The civil lawsuit marks the latest step in a legal battle that had previously gone all the way to the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals office but had failed to result in any criminal charges against McCoy or anyone else.Our investigation has confirmed that [officers] Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler were viciously attacked and beaten by LeSean McCoy and the additional defendants. As a result of the violent assault, both men have suffered serious and permanent injuries, said Fortunato N. Perri Jr., the attorney for the police officers involved in the fight.McCoys attorney, Dennis Cogan, was not available Tuesday morning when contacted for a comment.The lawsuit, obtained by Outside the Lines, names McCoy and three other members of his party: Curtis Brinkley, Tamarcus Porter and Christopher Henderson, all of whom were inside the Recess Lounge, a Philadelphia after-hours club, on Feb. 7.The Recess Lounge also is named as a defendant. Officers Jessie and Butler allege the club was negligent in failing to provide adequate security and for continuing to serve alcohol to McCoy, Brinkley, Porter and Henderson, who were already visibly intoxicated.In April, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams ssaid McCoy wouldnt be criminally charged in the incident, concluding that he couldnt prove who initiated the fight. Danilo Gallinari Jersey. Williams said at the time that its legal to act in self-defense or the defense of others.The Pennsylvania Attorney Generals office subsequently decided to review Williams decision not to charge McCoy, at the request of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.In a July letter to the FOP, Bruce Castor, then the solicitor general of Pennsylvania in charge of the McCoy probe, wrote: I would have to not only disagree with the decision of DA Williams, but would have to conclude that his decision was so far off the mark as to be abusing the authority given him by the voters of Philadelphia. Applying that standard, I cannot say that I find DA Williams abused his discretion.Cogan told ESPN in July that McCoy was only trying to break up a fight between the officers and his friends, who had started arguing over a $350 bottle of champagne.Frankly, McCoy did nothing wrong. He was put through hell for no reason, Cogan said at the time.Police also have said the fight broke out over a misunderstanding about who had purchased the bottle of champagne.McCoy, 28, is in his second season with the Bills after playing six years with the Philadelphia Eagles.John Barr is a reporter in ESPNs Enterprise Unit. ' ' ' 
Each week, Ill write about the sport I love: college basketball:Congratulations to Kansas coach Bill Self, who became the winningest head coach inside Allen Fieldhouse as Kansas basketball opened its home schedule with a 86-65 win over Siena. Vans Shoes Sale . Self improved his record in Allen Fieldhouse to 207-6 (.972) after passing Ted Owens on the list.The basketball court dimensions have not changed for many years. Players have become faster, bigger and stronger. There are a lot of big bodies on the court, and it is time to change the college basketball rules. I believe we need to have six fouls for disqualification instead of five. There are so many games where players pick up two fouls in the first half and have to sit down. I think the quality of play would be even better if these kids got the chance to stay in.Life is easy when you make good decisions. It is a nightmare when you make bad decisions. Ask Austin Nichols, who was dismissed by Virginia after transferring from Memphis.Dayton suffered a blow when Josh Cunningham was hurt late in the win over Alabama. Cunninghams slam on a fast break with five seconds to play was the last basket. He was fouled but left the game in the arms of two trainers. He landed awkwardly after the dunk. He will be out three months. That definitely hurts the team.Everybody in the SEC is playing for second place. Kentucky is that good!The Gavitt Games, pitting the Big East against the Big Ten, provided some excitement. Games like Villanova over Purdue, Creighton over Wisconsin, Seton Hall over Iowa and Maryland over Georgetown were good early contests for the sport. The conferences finished tied as Minnesota beat St. Johns to even the score. Vans Shoes Wholesale Store . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. Vans Sk8 Low Sale . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady had a smooth regular-season home debut.Playing his first game in Foxborough since the end of his Deflategate suspension, Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career , and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17 on Sunday.Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.I think I know how to get to that place where I need to be, Brady said. You only have so much energy, and at some point you gotta cut it loose when the moments right.Cincinnati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 4-12 -- its worst season under coach Marvin Lewis.The Bengals had their moments offensively, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and 5-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Dalton finished 21 of 31 for 254 yards.But New England (5-1) bounced back from some sluggish drives early with several big plays in the third quarter.The Bengals scored on their first drive after halftime to briefly take a 14-10 lead. The Patriots swiftly responded with a safety and a pair of touchdown passes by Brady -first to Gronkowski, then to James White -- to put the Patriots back in front.Cincinnati has lost in its past six trips to New England. It hasnt won in Foxborough since 1986.QUOTABLE: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on his teams recent struggles: Its disappointing. Were doing a lot of things right, and doing things good, and correct. But were not finishing things. We continue to be our own Achilles heel, way too often. Whether its a penalty on defense, which sets us back, or a key third down conversion. It turns out to be the key to the football game.TE Martellus Bennett on a late-game shoving match between several players on both sides following LeGarrette Blounts 1-yard touchdown run: Thats just what it is. We dont back down. Were not looking for trouble, but we dont walk away from trouble either.MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Bengals had a chance to score in the first half, but couldnt convert on three straight plays from the 1-yard line.New England led 3-0 early in the second quarter when Dalton hit Giovani Bernard for 32 yards to the 6-yard line. Bernard ran for 5 more on first down to put it inside the 1. On second down, though, Bernard waas stopped for no gain. Vans Old Skool Discount. Daltons pass to A.J. Green in the left corner of the end zone on third down was well covered by Malcolm Butler, setting up a fourth-and-goal from a foot.Bernard took the handoff and drove into the line, but the Patriots pushed him back and took over on downs.The Bengals forced the Patriots to punt and then brought it back to the goal line on their next possession before Dalton ran it in himself from the 2 to make it 7-3.TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Brady was efficient in the Patriots final drive of the first half. After throwing an incompletion and taking an 8-yard sack to begin the drive, he ended it with five straight completions, including a 39-yard pass to Chris Hogan to set up the 15-yard touchdown pass to White. The drive took just 2:09 off the clock.GOING DEEP: Including the 39-yard reception in the second quarter, Hogan has five catches of at least 20 yards on the season. That is more than any other Patriots receiver.SAFETIES SQUARED: Patriots LB Donta Hightower delivered his second safety in two weeks. He dragged down Dalton in the end zone in the third quarter to cut Cincinnatis lead to 14-12. Hightower also forced a safety against Cleveland last week when he pressured Browns quarterback Cody Kessler into a backward pass that went out of the end zone.GRONK GETS ON THE BOARD: After going three games this season without reaching the end zone, Gronkowski got his first touchdown reception of the season in the third quarter. Gronk got free over the middle and hauled in a 4-yard catch that put the Patriots up 19-14 after Stephen Gostkowskis extra point. It was the first time that Brady and Gronk have connected for a TD this season. Gronk celebrated with his usual spike of the football.INJURIES: Patriots LB Elandon Roberts left early in the second quarter with a head injury. Cincinnati center Russell Bodine limped off with a right leg injury in the third quarter. Patriots defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.UP NEXT: Cincinnati: Bengals host Browns on Sunday.New England: Patriots travel to Steelers on Sunday.---AP NFL websites: and ' ' ' 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish had a demonstrative show of emotion, pumping his fist and letting out a shout after ending the seventh inning with another strikeout and two runners on base. Heather OReilly Jersey .A day after his 30th birthday, the Texas Rangers right-hander finally ended his long personal losing streak to the AL West-rival Oakland Athletics -- a team that until Wednesday night he had beaten only in his first start against them more than four years ago in his eighth major league game.Darvish struck out nine and walked only one as the Rangers won 6-2. He was 0-8 in his previous 10 starts against the only MLB opponent with more than three wins against him.Its a different lineup. But like me, I change, too, Darvish said through his interpreter. I feel just fortunate that I got a win.All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond and recently acquired Jonathan Lucroy each had three RBI as the AL-best Rangers completed a three-game series sweep.Darvish (4-3) bounced off the mound after striking out Coco Crisp to end the seventh.Hes a very tough out. He doesnt strike out. He battles, Darvish said. Mentally, I wanted on top of it and make sure I could strike him out.Crisp struck out three times after homering on the second pitch of the game. Jake Smolinski went deep leading off the fifth for the only other Oakland run.The whole body of work for the night was special, manager Jeff Banister said. To have Darvish utilize the slider ... the front to back, up to down with the fastball, and he was able to regulate the velocity of the fastball tonight from 91 to 97.Darvish came back for the eighth, but was pulled after Danny Valencias leadoff double.The only win for Darvish against the As was on May 16, 2012, early in his MLB career after the previous seven seasons in Japan. He had a no-decision against them three weeks ago in a season when he didnt make his first start for the Rangers until May 28 after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery.We want him to be healthy, because anytime hes healthy, we know what he can do, said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had three hits and scored twice.Lucroys homer in the fourth was his seventh in 15 games since being traded to Texas from Milwaukee on Aug. 1, and his career-high 20th overall for the season. He was behind the plate catching Darvish.He was definitely fired up. Hes usually pretty reserved emotionally, Lucroy said. Look, it was a big game. You want to finish it off. You want to finish off the sweep there, obviously, against a division rival.Desmond had a two-run single in the fifth for a 3-2 lead against rookie lefty Sean Manaea (4-8), who is 1-4 in nine starts since the end of June. He gave up four runs and struck out five without a walk in six innings.It just wasnt there today I guess. It just wasnt there. Just make better pitches, Manaea said. Its pretty frustrating but theres nothing I can do about it now. I just have to move on.SHORT HOPSThe Rangers scored three times in the seventh, on an RBI single by Desmond before Lucroys two-run double. ... Darvish is 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his six starts at home this season. ... The As lost their fifth straight game, and are a season-high 17 games under .500 (52-69). ... Desmond had his most RBI since four against Toronto on May 15, when he had the go-ahead homer the half-inning before teammate Rougned Odor punched Jose Bautista.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: INF Tyler Ladendorf was put on the 15-day DL with a sprained left wrist. He is the 26th Oakland player to go on the DL this season, a franchise record. ... RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) threw 75 pitches in a rehab start and could start for the As on Sunday, a day after he is eligible to come off the DL.Rangers: RHP Lucas Harrell went on the 15-day DL a day after facing only 12 batters and leaving his start after two innings because of a right groin strain. ... LHP Derek Holland is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on Sunday, but Martin Perez is listed as the Rangers probable starter at Tampa Bay that day.UP NEXTThe Athletics and Rangers have the day off Thursday, the first for both since Aug. 1. Oakland opens a three-game series Friday at the Chicago White Sox, and Texas plays at Tampa Bay. Kristen Hamilton Jersey . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Ashley Sanchez Jersey . Siddikur, whose previous win on the circuit came in Brunei three years ago, finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the 18th for a total of 17-under 199. Indias Shiv Chowrasia, who has finished runner-up in this tournament twice, was in second place after a 66. BC Lions QBs # Name Status Ht Wt D.O.B.  College 14 Travis Lulay Import 62 216 1983-09-27 Montana State 16 Thomas DeMarco Import 511 200 1989-01-16 Old Dominion 11 Joey Elliott Import 63 209 1986-08-02 Purdue 1 Chris Hart Import 62 220 1988-03-10 Webber Int. The B.C. Lions are celebrating their 60th year in the CFL in 2013 and without question their franchise player is QB Travis Lulay. The Lions know a winner when they see one and made sure Lulay is going to be a part of their next 60 years with a brand new contract extension. Hes exactly what you look for in a leader and professional athlete as a whole. Hes tough, durable, mobile, intelligent, talented, hhumble, and hard working. Shannon Boxx Jersey. . Hes engaging off the field and gets the importance of giving back and paying it forward. So with all that said, you would think all is well in the BC quarterbacking world. Nope, not really. Why? Because they are one play away from inexperience and paring down the offensive playbook if Lulay goes down. Thomas DeMarco (alias, Little Dunigan) has shown dynamite does come in small packages and has the edge to be the guy one play away from leading the offence. But the apprehension and anxiety kicks in when you look at his body of work which consists of just 13 passing attempts in his CFL career. Now I have said it before: you have to play the game in order to learn the game. DeMarco is poised to be the next guy to get that opportunity.  The acquisition of Joey Elliott, a recent castoff from the Bombers organization, was an extremely intelligent and prudent hire. Joeys resume boasts 371 attempts in his time on the CFL grid iron. Hes confident and provides a bit of an insurance policy for the Lions offense. A change of scenery for Joey could be exactly what the doctor ordered! Time will tell. A diamond in the rough maybe amongst us and this his name is Chris Hart; a phenomenal athlete thats in the process of earning his stripes and the CFL game. ' ' ' 
GREEN BAY, Wis. Tom Owen Jersey . -- Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers are awaiting direction from the NFL Players Association before they talk to anyone from the league office about the Al Jazeera America report that linked the Green Bay Packers defensive stars to performance-enhancing drugs.Both linebackers said Tuesday theyre looking forward to being cleared just as Peyton Manning was on Monday, when the NFL released a statement announcing it found no credible evidence against the former Denver Broncos quarterback.Its bogus, but its kind of annoying that I have to continue to deal with this, Matthews said after the Packers first training camp practice of the year. But the truth will come out, and everything I said when the allegations came out I still stand by, so I just try to kind of put that in the rearview mirror and focus on the season.Peppers would only stand by his original denial from when the report surfaced in December.Im just trying to focus on camp and getting ready to play games, Peppers said. Not nonsense.Matthews said that it was good to see Manning cleared and that he hoped the rest of the players named in the report would receive the same treatment.Im just kind of waiting for the NFL to conduct its investigation, in which case the truth will come out, and itll just be another thing Ive had to deal with in my career, but theres nothing I can really do now, Matthews said. Its kind of ridiculous. Its good to see Peyton, at least, cleared in some regards, and I hope the names will go down the list.But, in the meantime, Im just obviously focusing on the start of the season, and well take it from that. Im going to let the NFL and NFLPA kind of figure it out and be advised on what kind of the next step is. Its been a long, drawn-out process, but well see once that time comes. Like I said in the past, I have nothing to hide, so its not an issue for me one way or the other. Frank Gore Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Scott Bull Jersey . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars.Following Bayern Munichs Champions League semi-final elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid, Pep Guardiola will end his three-year stay in Bavaria without winning the trophy. Heres where it went wrong for the Catalan coach... Guardiola arrived in Bavaria having won the Champions League twice as a coach with Barcelona and with Bayern having just won the competition in 2013, he was expected to add to that tally. Draw sends Atletico through Atletico Madrids 2-1 reverse away to Bayern Munich was enough to take them through on away goals. However, while overseeing a period of domestic dominance in Germany and developing one of the most free-flowing teams on the continent, Guardiola fell short at the semi-final stage in all three of his seasons in charge… 2013/14 - Lost to Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregateGuardiola enjoyed success against Real Madrid during his reign at Barcelona, but his Bayern side were picked off by Carlo Ancelottis men over two legs. It was a surprise result that ultimately set the tone for Guardiolas Champions League experience with the club. Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate in the 2014 semi-final Bayern had retained the Bundesliga title as early as March, having won 25 of their first 27 league games and drawn the other two. But the dip came at the wrong time and they went into the semi-final in less fluent form. It proved costly.Guardiolas side were unable to raise themselves to their earlier levels and Real punished them ruthlessly from a variety of set-pieces and counter-attacks. Lax in defence and sterile in attack, the 5-0 aggregate scoreline was an emphatic reflection of Reals superior cutting edge.2014/15 - Lost to Barcelona 5-3 on aggregateTwelve months on against former club Barcelona, things werent much better. Jupp Heynckes Bayern had demolished Barca 7-0 on aggregate at this stage in 2013 but Guardiolas attempts to be dominate in the Nou Camp were disastrous. Afterr the home team wasted a number of good chances, Bayern were eventually beaten 3-0 in the first leg. Marcell Harris Jersey. Neymar and the rest were too strong for Bayern Munich in last years semi-final To go three versus three at the back, we were saying brave but it was madness to go up against that front three, Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. Barca could have had the game wrapped up so early. Jamie Redknapp added: I thought it was footballing suicide.Bayern did win the second leg 3-2 in front of their own fans but that merely glossed over the gulf between the teams given that Barcelona scored twice early to leave their opponents needing six on the night to progress. For a second year in a row, Guardiolas only consolation was to lose to the eventual winner.2015/16 - Lost to Atletico Madrid 2-2 on away goalsDespite these semi-final defeats, Bayern started as favourites for the tie and the tournament in the last four in 2016 but were beaten once again - this time on away goals by yet another Spanish side in Atletico Madrid. Saul Niguez scored the winner in the Calderon and his goal proved significant Unable to find a way past Atletico in the Vicente Calderon, with a stunning goal by Saul Niguez the difference between sides, the failure to score away from home proved costly. We didnt win even one battle, bemoaned Guardiola afterwards.In Munich, the comeback looked on when Xabi Alonso scored in the first half, but Thomas Mullers penalty was saved and Bayern were later caught out by Antoine Griezmanns second-half breakaway.Ultimately, there was no way back and it confirmed that Guardiolas three seasons with Bayern have yielded three semi-final exits in the Champions League. Also See: Atletico oust Peps Bayern Pep: Ive given my life to Bayern Bundesliga: Bayern must wait Pep: I still have one more bullet ' ' ' 
AKRON, Ohio -- Steve Stricker stopped playing the British Open in 2013 to spend more time with his family. Scott Young Jersey . Now hes going over to Scotland for two weeks.Stricker earned a spot in the British Open three weeks ago when he tied for second in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where four spots in the Open were available. Sunday at Royal Troon is his wedding anniversary, and he wasnt sure he would go.The 49-year-old American not only is going, he planned to leave on Saturday to play the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.Stricker says he wanted to play The Greenbrier Classic until it was canceled because of the West Virginia flooding. He says he wont get a chance to play many more majors at his age and doesnt want to miss it. Barry Gibbs Jersey . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. Ivan Barbashev Jersey . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. Australias 4x100m freestyle relay team claimed Rio Olympic gold on Saturday in world-record time.The team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and sister Cate Campbell ensured that Australia defended its Olympic title. They clocked three minutes 30.65 seconds, bettering Australias previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.McKeon had earlier been the second-fastest qualifier for Sunday nights 100m butterfly final. She finished second in her fly semifinal and backed that up with a solid leg that left the Australians in second place as Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil put the United States ahead at the midway point.But Bronte and Cate Campbell were simply too strong on the final two legs. Bronte swam the third leg and took a lead in her last 50m before world record-holder Cate iced the gold medal win with a sterling last leg as she pulled away from U.S. anchor Katie Ledecky.?It was amazing. I jumped out of the water. I barely had any breath left, just enough to cheer Cate home, Bronte Campbell told Channel Seven.?Not that she needed it. She was just fantastic.Its an absolute honour to swim against Katie Ledecky, but to be honest, I knew she had no chance, Cate Campbell said.?The U.S. had to settle for silver in an American-record time of 3:31.89. That extended a gold medal drought in the event that goes back to the 1996 Atlanta Games.It made it so much more fun to have a relay as the first event, Ledecky said. We couldnt be happier with our silver medal and American record.Canada took the bronze in 3:32.89.The relay victory came on the heels of Mack Hortons victory in the mens 400 freestyle and capped an impressive first night for an Australian team that captured only one swimming gold medal in London four years ago.Hortons victory came at the expense of Sun Yang, the defending Olympic champion. The Aussie grabbed the lead for good on the next-to-last lap and held off the hard-charging Chinese star, who won both the 400 and 1,500 free at the 2012 London Games.What happened after the race was even more dramatic. The bad blood between the two was on display for all to see as Horton celebrated without even acknowledging the runner-up. Sun made a move as though he wanted to congratulate Horton, but the winner looked the other way. They got out of the pool together but acted as if the other didnt exist.After the morning prelims, Horton described Sun as a drug cheat when discussing an incident between the two in the practice pool. The Aussie didnt back down with a gold around his neck, referring to a three-month suspension that Sun served in 2014 for using a banned stimulant.I used the words drug cheat because he tested positive, Horton said. I just have a problem with athletes who have tested positive and are still competing.Hortons winning time was 3:41.55, just 13-hundredths of a second ahead of Sun. Italys Gabriele Detti rallied past American Conor Dwyer, the top qualifier in the prelims, for the bronze.I am clean, Sun insisted. Ive done whatever it taakes to prove Im a clean athlete. Rik Wilson Jersey. Horton and Sun finally gave each other a begrudging handshake on the medal stand, but that was about it.Hortons compatriot, Jake Packard, missed out on qualifying for the final of the 100m breaststroke by 0.04 seconds. He was ninth through Saturday nights semifinals.Meanwhile, Thomas Fraser-Holmes (sixth) and Travis Mahoney (seventh) were well out of medal contention in the final of the mens 400m individual medley. Japans Kosuke Hagino took gold in that event by holding off Chase Kalisz of the United States and becoming the first non-American since 1992 to win the grueling event.Hagino and Japanese teammate Daiya Seto raced away from the field on the butterfly and backstroke legs before Kalisz began to close the gap. The American surged past Seto on the breaststroke and set his sights on Hagino.But the Japanese swimmer, who settled for bronze in this event at the 2012 London Games, held on to win in 4:06.05. Kalisz settled for the silver in 4:06.75, while Seto finished much farther back to get bronze.I thought about a lot of stuff this afternoon but decided to just stop over-thinking and go for it, Hagino said. I knew Daiya and Chase would come for me but I just had to leave it all out there, which is what I did.Ryan Lochte was the defending Olympic champion, but he finished third at the U.S. trials and didnt qualify. Michael Phelps was the champion in 2004 and 2008, but he has dropped the 400 IM from his program. Tom Dolan was back-to-back champion in 1996 and 2000. Tamas Darnyi of Hungary won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games.After repeated frustration on the sports biggest stage, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary crushed the world record in the womens 400m individual medley Saturday night to make the first Olympic medal of her career gold.?She defiantly pumped her chest before breaking into a huge smile.Ive been chasing that world record for quite some time. Its been over seven years Ive been thinking about it, she said. I knew I could go faster, but I didnt think I can go this much faster.Hosszu, known as the Iron Lady for her grueling schedule, led all the way and touched in 4 minutes, 26.36 seconds, easily eclipsing the record of 4:28.43 held by Chinas Ye Shiwen.Hosszu had time to turn toward the scoreboard and savor her triumph before Maya DiRado of the United States touched in 4:31.15 to take the silver medal. Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain claimed the bronze in 4:32.39.I honestly didnt even see her, she was so far ahead, DiRado said of Hosszu.This triumph was especially sweet for Hosszu, who had captured nine medals -- including five golds -- at the world championships but never won an Olympic medal. She defiantly pumped her chest before breaking into a huge smile.Elizabeth Beisel of the U.S., the silver medalist at the 2012 London Games, finished sixth.Information from AAP and The Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' ' 
The Southeastern Conference was well represented today at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Randy Moss Jersey . for the NCAAs National Womens Basketball Media Day.South Carolinas head coach Dawn Staley and junior Aja Wilson as well as Tennessee redshirt junior Diamond DeShields took part in the event.The NCAA Media Day serves as a tipoff to the season, with select student-athletes and head coaches taking part in interviews across the many ESPN platforms. In addition to Wilson and DeShields, participants at ESPN included student-athletes Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Kelsey Plum (Washington), Leticia Romero (Florida State), and Brianna Turner (Notre Dame).Additional head coaches attending the event included Karen Aston (Texas), Geno Auriemma (UConn), Cori Close (UCLA), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), and Jeff Walz (Louisville).The interview sessions included a studio session with Rebecca Lobo, sessions with womens basketball writer Mechelle Voepel a taping for the Around the Rim podcast with LaChina Robinson, stops with SportsCenter and the SEC Network, as well as several social media interviews.In addition to the numerous ESPN platforms, additional breakout interviews with the participants were conducted by regional and national media agencies in attendance. The 2017 season officially tips on Friday, Nov. 11. R. C. Owens Jersey . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Lawyer Milloy Jersey . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon.Its that time of the week when we test how much attention you paid to the latest round of Premier League fixtures with our Top of the Stats quiz. After a weekend which saw Tottenham keep pace with Leicester at the top of the Premier League and Newcastle draw with Sunderland in a key match-up at the other end off the table, we pick out some of the more obscure stats to see how closely you were watching. Aaron Hernandez Jersey. #160;Play the quiz below and see how you do...    Also See: Rashford the derby hero Leicesters remarkable stats ' ' ' 
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan tried not to dwell on it. You know: Out of sight, out of mind.By chance, the dreadful memories of a 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Championship Game resurfaced for the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. Ryan hadnt watched the game in its entirety since before training camp of 2014. But in October, a Showtime documentary about former teammate Tony Gonzalez incorporated clips from the gut-wrenching defeat.I saw a little bit of it, Ryan said. Obviously, yeah, theres disappointment that goes along with that.Ryan no doubt wondered what might have been had he found an open Gonzalez on a fourth-and-4 from San Franciscos 10-yard line late in regulation, or what might have been had the Falcons sustained the momentum of a 17-0 start.Its like any game, right? Its not just one thing, Ryan said. There are a handful of opportunities that come up throughout a game. Certainly, we had our chances when we were in the tight red zone. I think we had four opportunities from inside the [20]. Youd like to have any one of those back where you could make that play. But thats the nature of the game when you fall short, right? You wish you did some things differently.Critics might have viewed Ryan differently had he guided the Falcons to the Super Bowl that year. Instead, the skeptics see a player with a 1-4 playoff record and no Super Bowl appearances?entering a crucial ninth year. The talk of Matty Ice being among the elite quarterbacks has cooled, at least outside of the Falcons organization.A recent ESPN survey conducted with 42 league insiders?placed Ryan?in the bottom half of 13?second-tier of quarterbacks behind first-tier quarterbacks Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.I believe Matt is an elite quarterback, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. Matt was the third pick in the draft [in 2008]. Hes played a lot of good football. But being an elite quarterback also has to do with the people around you. Nobody is elite on their own.Ryan, 31, isnt consumed with outside perception. Its been his motto to block out the noise. However, hes not totally immune to it. It annoys him, to a degree.I think a lot of times, maybe it affects some of the people around you more than it affects you, and that part of it isnt fun, the typically reserved Ryan said. Obviously, when your wife is pissed off about something, that part of it isnt fun.Criticism has mounted, in large part, as a result of Ryans financial status. He enters the 2016 season as one of 11 quarterbacks averaging $20 million-plus per season.?Eight of the?11 -- Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, Brady,?Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Rodgers and Roethlisberger?-- have made it to the Super Bowl, with the latter seven winning titles. And two of the others?--?Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck --?have four and three playoffs wins, respectively, so more than Ryan.When a quarterback is set to make more than $100 million over a five-year period and eats up more than $20 million in cap space each of the next three seasons, the standards are raised.Its kind of the going rate, Ryan said of the $100 million plateau. Thats not to be funny or anything. As you see now, we play our position and we go out and compete, and this is what Ive done since 13 -- played quarterback. Its never been about [money]. Im not complaining. [Money] is just one of the things that come along with it. With that comes added criticism, and theres a certain expectation.What I need to do is do my job as best I can and not worry about what everyone else thinks about what youre getting paid. This is something that comes up for every quarterback. It doesnt matter. It doesnt affect the outcome of games. For me, the things that are important are the things that affect the outcome of games. Thats what I focus on.Ryan signed his contract in July 2013, well before the Falcons experienced a dramatic freefall. Theyve missed the playoffs the past three seasons while compiling an 18-30 mark. Ryan surpassing 4,500 passing yards in each of those seasons didnt really matter in the grand scheme.Ryan points the finger at himself often, and the team admires his candor. Regardless, its hard to fathom how the Falcons imploded so suddenly.There are a lot of reasons you dont win, Ryan said. Theres been a lot of turnover; theres been a lot of change. Three years ago, it was a four-win season. The year after, it was not a very good season [6-10]. Last season was a little bit improved from those two. We just need to keep improving, keep getting better. And I like the team that we have now.Only four NFC title game starters remain -- Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who just returned after a one-year stop in Arizona. The franchises all-time leading receiver, Roddy White,,?was released. Air Force 1 Promo. .?There is a new coach in second-year man Dan Quinn, who replaced Mike Smith. Shanahan is Ryans third offensive coordinator since 2011.The relationship between Ryan and Shanahan is, undoubtedly, the key component for the offense moving forward and arguably the most crucial element for the teams success.?Ryan freely admitted the offense was overwhelming at times last season after playing in similar-style offenses under coordinators Mike Mularkey and Dirk Koetter.For seven years, youre on autopilot out there, Ryan said. Youre not thinking about all those things. And then it takes time away during the offseason of trying to get things down pat so when you get out on the field, you can teach and help from that capacity. That change is difficult.Ryan continues to emphasize how much more comfortable he feels in Year 2 of Shanahans scheme. The Falcons aided his cause by adding a three-time Pro Bowl center in Alex Mack, complementary receivers to Jones in Mohamed Sanu and rookie tight end Austin Hooper, and a new voice to bounce ideas off of in veteran quarterback Matt Schaub. None of those enhancements will matter if Ryan and Shanahan dont remain on the same page.Much has been made about the rollouts and bootlegs expected of Ryan in Shanahans offense. The general consensus is such plays neglect Ryans primary strength as an accurate pocket passer.When you look at our outside-the-pocket stuff last year, we were really, really efficient, Ryan said. I know that was a question I had to answer a lot about, Do you like this? Do you not like this? It helped us. And at the end of the day, if it helps us, I love it. And its actually something I do pretty well. I throw it really well on the run.Ive also learned a lot about myself too, as Ive gotten older in my career, morphing some of the things that I like into his scheme. I thought Kyle did a great job of adjusting to that and taking some of what I did, taking some of what he did, and making it our offense moving forward.Ryan took it upon himself this offseason to fine-tune aspects totally under his control, such as footwork and improving deep-ball accuracy. Both have been noticeable throughout training camp.Just the way hes improved, his arm has gotten a lot stronger, Jones said of Ryan. Hes more aggressive now. Last year, I think he wasnt as aggressive. But this year, hes just so much more aggressive. Sometimes youve got to do that while making sure everybodys on the same page with the communication.Now, Ryan has to elevate his play once the action goes live. The?coaches want him to show the same composure?through four quarters that hes displayed in 27 career game-winning drives.Reflecting on last season takes?Ryan back to his 21 total turnovers, including four red-zone interceptions. He strongly denied suffering any type of injury that affected his accuracy. He freely admitted he simply made some poor decisions, ones he vows to correct.?And he refused to call out his receivers although they contributed to the downfall by combining for 30 drops, second-most in the league.I think quarterback play comes down to third-down conversions and youve got to score points, Ryan said. You dont want to turn the football over, but you have to play aggressive. ... I think where we need to improve the most is the red zone. We have to be more efficient in the red zone. We have to score more touchdowns.Obviously Ryans ultimate goal is the Super Bowl. Hes talked to a number of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks about their process in winning a title, although Ryan wouldnt reveal which ones he spoke to or the specifics of those conversations.Winning a Super Bowl might not happen immediately, with the roster still going through a transformation, the defense?still trying to find its footing,?and Carolina still the team to catch in the NFC South. But those factors wont deter Ryans aspirations.He wants someday to reflect on highlights from a Super Bowl victory, not a near miss.I think [the Super Bowl] is the reason that you prepare and do all the things that you need to do in order to get ready to play, Ryan said. You want to pull your weight within the team, and you want to give your team an opportunity to win one. I think thats everybodys motivation.Were not going after one team. Were not trying to be [Carolina] or be better than them or any of that. Weve been in that position, too, where weve won the division. Its not about that. Its being the best we can be. Its controlling how hard we compete at this time of the year and making sure that, Who cares about everybody else? Lets make sure that were the best team we can be at the end of this training camp so were ready to compete for 16 weeks. ' ' ' tle to Robbie Lawler in December 2014. And he has lost three of his past four fighhts overall. Curry 3 Shoes Wholesale. Hendricks latest appearance resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200.Magny (18-5) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202 in August. The Denver-based fighter had won three in a row prior to the defeat.A female bantamweight championship fight between Amanda Nunes (13-4) and Ronda Rousey (12-1) is scheduled to headline UFC 207. ' ' ' 
Hull City could not have asked for a more triumphant return to the Premier League. Curry 1 Outlet Store . Now, they must find a way to build on their monumental season-opening victory.The Tigers look to generate more momentum on the road Saturday against Swansea City, who also are trying to open with consecutive victories.Saddled with injuries, an interim manager and a disgruntled fan base bitter with ownership, Hull didnt seem like a side ripe to take down the reigning league champions. However, the club that earned promotion through the Championship playoff showed no signs of intimidation en route to a stunning 2-1 home victory over Leicester City last Saturday.It was the first time in Premier League history the defending champion lost to open the season.I thought the players had it in them to produce something, caretaker manager Mike Phelan told Sky Sports. Obviously characters a big issue when a lot of things are not going your way in preseason.The Tigers displayed plenty of character as Adama Diomande opened the scoring during extra time of the first half. They showed even more after keeping their composure following Riyad Mahrezs equaliser on a penalty kick, then taking the advantage on Robert Snodgrass goal in the 57th minute.Though Leicester recorded 18 shots, only five were on target. That lack of finishing production weighed on the champs, and enough frustration settled in to allow Hull to stick around and ultimately prevail.All credit to the football players, said Phelan, who took over following last months departure of Steve Bruce. They showed a lot of the determination... At this level, you have to master the ball, you have to take the ball and play with confidence, character and courage.The big challenge for Hull is to sustain all that and prove their opening stunner was not a fluke.Winning on Saturday gives us a big lift and we need to keep going and giving 100 percent, Diomande said. Well stick together no matter what happens and we were delighted to get the win against the champions.The Tigers are 1-1-2 in league play against Swansea, most recently falling 3-1 at Liberty Stadium on April 4, 2015 -- their previous season in the top flight.Swansea will try to take down a second straight promoted side after winning 1-0 at Burnley last Saturday. Leroy Fer scored in the 82nd minute as the Swans finally made good on one of their 21 shots on the fixture.It was a good test for us and a great game to take three points from, defender Stephen Kingsley told Swanseas official website. We dealt with their threats pretty well and can take a lot of encouragement from that.Its vital to get off to a good start, and now we will look to continue that against Hull.The Swans won their first three top-division matches two years ago, and appear poised to pick up where they left off from beating Liverpool and West Ham United and tying Manchester City in the final three weeks last season.We needed to get a result to get some confidence building, captain Jack Cork said. We defended very well all game and our wingers caused a lot of problems for them.Everyone can be proud of their performance.Swansea could get more of a boost if talented Welsh defender Neil Taylor is ready to return. He sat out the opener while regaining his match fitness from some downtime following his role in the Euros.Hulls Sam Clucas should have a little more jump in his step after signing a new three-year deal this week. The versatile midfielder had six goals in Championship play last season. Fake Curry 4 . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. Ua Commit Shoes Outlet .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim for their third three-game winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Sundays battle at the United Center. . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. The UFC has added a pair of welterweight fights to UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.Former champion Johny Hendricks will face rising contender Neil Magny, and Matt Brown will square off opposite Tarec Saffiedine. The pay-per-view event takes place at T-Mobile Arena.Hendricks (17-5) is looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats. Since winning the UFC championship in March 2014, Hendricks has been in somewhat of a free fall. He surrendered the title to Robbie Lawler in December 2014. And he has lost three of his past four fighhts overall. Curry 3 Shoes Wholesale. Hendricks latest appearance resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200.Magny (18-5) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202 in August. The Denver-based fighter had won three in a row prior to the defeat.A female bantamweight championship fight between Amanda Nunes (13-4) and Ronda Rousey (12-1) is scheduled to headline UFC 207. ' ' ' 
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