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OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-9)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Napa, CaliforniaLAST YEAR: Raiders more than doubled win total in first year under coach Jack Del Rio, going from 3-13 to 7-9. Zdeno Chara Bruins Jersey . QB Derek Carr took major step in second year as starter with help from some talent at receiver in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. DE Khalil Mack became star opposing offenses must deal with as edge rusher with 15 sacks.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: OL Kelechi Osemele, CB Sean Smith, LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, rookie S Karl Joseph.IMPORTANT LOSSES: S Charles Woodson, DE Justin Tuck, OL JMarcus Webb, LB Curtis Lofton.CAMP NEEDS: After filling most needs with productive free-agent haul, Raiders enter camp with few glaring holes for a change. Biggest questions will be figuring out whether Austin Howard or Menelik Watson will start at right tackle, whether rookie RB DeAndre Washington can emerge as capable backup to 1,000-yard back Latavius Murray, and who will play slot cornerback and inside linebacker.EXPECTATIONS: Raiders actually have legitimate ones this year. Oakland has gone 13 straight seasons without winning record or playoff berth, and most of those seasons started with little reasonable hope of ending those droughts. This season is different. With young core led by Carr, Mack and Cooper, and offseason upgrades with the signings of proven winners such as Osemele, Smith, Irvin and Nelson, Raiders seem to have pieces needed to make run at playoff spot and division title.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Joakim Nordstrom Bruins Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. David Backes Bruins Jersey .C. -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats got off to a fast start, and the Sacramento Kings were never quite able to catch up. http://www.thebostonbruinshockey.com/terry-oreilly-hockey-jersey/ . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tejay van Garderen was third overall in the Tour de France a year ago, just a handful of stages between him and a podium place in Paris, when he pulled to the side of the road and climbed into his team car.A respiratory infection he had been fighting for days had forced him out of the race.It was a bitter disappointment for van Garderen, who has twice finished fifth in cyclings marquee race, but also for American fans waiting for someone to step into the void left by Lance Armstrong.Perhaps this is the year that finally happens.Van Garderen will join four other Americans on the start line Saturday in Mont-Saint-Michel, all of them with enough ability to stir things up. In fact, van Garderen and Richie Porte were picked as co-leaders of the BMC Racing Team, which means the 27-year-old from Tacoma, Washington, will have plenty of support.Ive already raced the Tour de France a couple of times with most of these guys, so I couldnt be happier to line up with them once again, van Garderen said. Im in great shape. Im really motivated.Van Garderen withdrew his name from consideration for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing concerns about the Zika virus, with his wife due to give birth in October. That means the Tour is his sole priority.As if there was any doubt, given the way last year shook out.Hell be joined at the Tour by teammate Brent Bookwalter, who will be part of the two-man U.S. squad in Rio. Cannondale Pro Cycling also has two Americans in Lawson Craddock and Alex Howes, despite Andrew Talansky skipping the race because of family concerns and a chronic sinus infection. Peter Stetina rounds out the American contingent for Trek-Segafredo. Stetina, who suffered career-threatening injuries in a crash at Pais-Vasco last year, may have the best feel-good story in the peloton.The five American riders are two more than a year ago, when the fewest in nearly two decades made it to the start, but still represent a modest total -- there were 10 just five years ago.For various reasons, several of Americas brightest stars are joining Talansky on the sideline.Tayllor Phinney was not part of BMCs roster, his sights set instead on the Rio Olympics, where he has a chance to medal in the time trial. Brandon Carlo Jersey. Tyler Farrar, a stage winner in 2011, was passed over by his Dimension Data team, and Ben King was skipped over by Cannondale despite his strong performance in California.Still, those on the start list for the Tour have enough ability to make good on their aspirations.Van Garderen is a legitimate podium threat, especially after his recent stage win in the Tour de Suisse. Bookwalter has a punchers chance to win from a breakaway. Stetina will focus on helping Dutch teammate Bauke Mollema in the hills but proved at the Tour of California that he can surprise on any uphill stage.Craddock, a bright-eyed Texan, and Howes, who like Stetina grew up in the cycling hotbed near Boulder, Colorado, are intriguing youngsters who believe they have something to prove.With it being my first Tour its hard to place certain expectations on myself, Craddock said. Just lining up on the start line of the Tour is a dream come true, so if I were able to wear a jersey there, then I think my mind would just explode. That being said, Im a born and bred bike racer, and I line up to every race I do with dreams of winning. Im not just going to the Tour to be pack fodder.Not just pack fodder? Sure doesnt sound like a Tour rookie.Jonathan Vaughters, who founded the U.S.-based Cannondale team, said French veteran Pierre Rolland will be the pivot-point of his squad. But he didnt dismiss the 24-year-old Craddock or the 28-year-old Howes from trying to animate the race, especially given their charmingly cavalier attitudes.The anticipation of this race is huge, Craddock said. I imagine the few days leading up to the start Ill have a few more nerves than normal, but at the end of the day, its just another bike race. The neutral flag goes down on the first stage, Im sure those nerves will be replaced with pure adrenaline. ' ' ' 
HOUSTON -- Greg Ward Jr. Adam Wainwright Jersey . threw for two touchdowns and ran another to lead Houston past Tulane for a 30-18 win Saturday.Houston (8-2, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, getting a touchdown on its opening possession when Tulanes Parry Nickerson fumbled a punt return in the end zone and it was recovered by Jeremy Winchester. Houston also got a safety in the fourth quarter.Ward finished with 189 yards passing and connected with Chance Allen and Steven Dunbar for touchdowns. His rushing TD came midway through the first quarter from the 5. Linell Bonner had 97 yards on nine catches.Tulane (3-7, 0-6) cut the gap to 14-10 on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco in the second quarter.Glen Cuiellette threw for 241 yards, including touchdown throws to Darnell Mooney and D.J. Owens, for the Green Wave. Albert Pujols Jersey . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Dexter Fowler Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. http://www.authenticcardinalspro.com/cardinals-tim-mccarver-jersey/ .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.World Wrestling Entertainment performer Darren Young announced to TMZ on Thursday that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay wrestler in the organization. WWE released a statement in support of Youngs choice to be open about his sexuality. "On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay," it read. "WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. " Fellow WWE wrestler John Cena told TMZ that he is happy for Young to be public about his lifestyle. "I know Darren personally," said Cena to TMZ.  "Darrens a great guy. Thats a very bold move for him. And congratulationss for him for actually finally doing it. Keith Hernandez Jersey. " WWEs Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, who wrestles under the name Triple H, also tweeted his support for Young on his verified twitter account. "Congratulations, @DarrenYoungWWE for living YOUR life, YOUR way.  #proud," the message read.  Young, whose real name is Frederick Rosser, currently wrestles as one half of a tag team called The Prime Time Players. His partner Titus ONeil also offered his support on Thursday. "Im VERY PROUD of @DarrenYoungWWE," he tweeted. "Hes been like Family 2Me&My Kids And that wont Change!" ONeil also tweeted a picture of the two men along with his post. ' ' ' 
Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in Major League Baseballs 2015 first-year player draft, has shown an impressive ability to collect hits and contribute to winning baseball games. Derwin James Youth Jersey . If Bregmans spring training portfolio is any indication, hes also well-versed in the art of collecting free meals.Bregman enjoyed one of the thrills of his young career after introducing himself to a clubhouse full of new teammates at Osceola County Stadium in February. As a reward for the kids poise, manager A.J. Hinch assigned him to go to dinner with the Astros double-play combination of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Shortly thereafter, the three infielders drove from Kissimmee, Florida, to nearby Orlando for an evening of camaraderie and fine dining.Jose and Carlos talked about their journeys and gave me some words of advice, Bregman said. Jose treated. I ordered the most expensive steak [on the menu] and enjoyed every single bite of it.If his .896 OPS in the minors is a guide, Bregman might soon be dining with the two stars on a more consistent basis.When baseballs top prospects assembled at Petco Park in San Diego for the Futures Game last weekend, scouts and the national media naturally speculated on which player might be closest to arrival in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi are both in the conversation, but the front-runner might be Bregman, who received a promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Fresno in late June to move within a rung of the majors.Bregmans performance in the Futures Game did nothing to quell the social media frenzy among Astros fans. After turning around a 98 mph fastball from Reyes for a triple, he added a double and a single to come within a home run of a Futures Game cycle.In the mode?Derek Jeter, his favorite player, Bregman prides himself on staying in the moment.One of the things we talked about this offseason back home was, Be where your feet are, Bregman said. If your feet are in Fresno, California, thats where your head needs to be. Thats where your mind needs to be. You dont need to be thinking about anything besides the next pitch theyre going to throw to you. Thats the mentality Ive been taking.With second base and shortstop already spoken for in Houston because of Altuve and Correa, Bregman will most likely have to shift to third base or left field upon arrival at Minute Maid Park. For the short term, hes playing shortstop in Fresno. With Colin Moran, Matt Duffy, Jon Singleton and Tyler White on the Triple-A roster, the Astros have only so many corner infield at-bats to go around. Just in case the plans change, Bregman takes plenty of ground balls at third base to stay prepared.The Astros threw an additional wrinkle into Bregmans future on Friday when they signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Gurriel is projected to play either third or second base in the majors, so the Astros are going to have to get creative or swing a trade to make all the pieces fit.Houstons front office is confident that Bregman can handle whatever comes his way because of his intelligence, athleticism and flair for making adjustments on the fly. Quinton McCracken, Houstons director of player development, exhausts his supply of old-school baseball labels in describing Bregmans competitive spirit.The kid is a baseball player, McCracken said. Hes a grinder, hes a grunt, hes a baseball rat and a competitor. He gets the best out of his tool set. Hes still young in his pro career, but hes really hit the ground running.Bregman, 22, is trying to join Cody Ross, Matt Moore, Jordan Pacheco and his good buddy?Blake Swihart, the?Boston Red Sox?outfielder, as the latest New Mexico native to reach the majors. While the Land of Enchantment has never been regarded as a baseball mecca, Bregman received more than his share of exposure as a Team USA member, Golden Spikes Award finalist and College World Series participant with a top-rated Louisiana State University program.Bregman has developed a friendly rivalry with Atlanta Braves prospect and former Vanderbilt star Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 draft, from their time as competitors in the Southeastern Conference. Bregman concedes that Swanson has better hair but wont yield any ground on the baseball diamond. During a media scrum at the Futures Game, Swanson craned his head a few lockers down and jokingly asked Bregman if he has any skill sets other than baseball.Zero, Bregman said. I used to play chess, but then I lost that [ability] too.The baseball rat in Bregman happily coexists with the self-improvement buff. Bregman batted .319 for the Lancaster JetHawks in the High-A California League last season, but he was disappointed that he hit only three home runs in 37 games. So he dedicated the offseason to weight training and better nutrition and reported to camp 20 pounds heavier in an effort to more consistently drive the ball.Bregman, a right-handed hitter, also visited what he calls the lab each morning and evening to work on his swing with his personal hitting coach, Jason Columbus. Hes taking a more strategic approach this year than he did in his first professional season. Against pitches on the outer half, he shoots for doubles to right center. When the ball is on the inner half, he tries to pull it in the air.Im not trying to hit a ground ball, he said. In professional baseball, if you hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield, youre out.Bregmans new approach has produced 19 home runs and a 1.009 OPS in 71 Double-A and Triple-A games. He also has 18 steals in 27 attempts in the minors, so he can run a little bit too.Amid speculation that Bregmans time is fast approaching, McCracken defers to Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for the final say on when the Astros will summon their hot prospect. But the folks in Houstons front office are all aware the question will be asked more frequently in the weeks to come.We dont want to get the cart before the horse here, McCracken said. But hes definitely making a statement. Theres no if, ands or buts about it. Jerry Tillery Youth Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Kellen Winslow Womens Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. http://www.prochargersteamstore.com/Youth-Doug-Flutie-Elite-Jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury.As the home of soccer in Canada, TSN and TSN2 deliver 15 games from the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, which features Europes top eight U-21 teams battling for continental bragging rights. Coverage begins Wednesday at 11:45am et on TSN2 with host Israel vs. Norway. In total, TSN and TSN2 will broadcast every round-robin game, plus the semifinals and Final, airing Tuesday, June 18 at 11:45am et on TSN. Live coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is also available on TSN Mobile TV and in French on RDS and RDS2. TSNs Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Vic Rauter lead TSNs studio coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, breaking down all the action during pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows. Analysts Nick Dasovic and Kristian Jack are also in the TSN Studio to provide in-depth analysis of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship features England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and defending champion Spain. Held every two years, the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship showcases the games next generation of stars. Previous tournaments have featured some of the biggest names in soccer, including Frances Zinédine Zidane, Portugals Luís Figo, Spains Raúl González, and Englands Frank Lampard. TSN Digital platforms – including TSN.ca and the TSN app for iPhone and iPad – will have all the latest highlights, scores, and news throughout the tournament. Philip Rivers Womens Jersey. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is part of TSNs slate of soccer programming, including EURO 2016, Barclays Premier League, MLS, and FIFA World Cup – kicking off with the highly-anticipated FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 in Canada. TSN and TSN2s broadcast schedule for the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is as follows: Wednesday, June 5• Israel vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2• England vs. Italy – 2:15pm et on TSN Thursday, June 6• Spain vs. Russia – 11:45am et on TSN2• Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15pm et on TSN Saturday, June 8• England vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2 • Italy vs. Israel – 2:15pm et on TSN Sunday, June 9• Netherlands vs. Russia – 4pm et on TSN • Germany vs. Spain – 6pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 11 • Israel vs. England – 11:45am et on TSN• Norway vs. Italy – 11:45am et on TSN2 Wednesday, June 12• Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45am et on TSN• Russia vs. Germany – 11:45am et on TSN2 Saturday, June 15• Semifinal 1 – 11:15am et on TSN2• Semifinal 2 – 2:15pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 18• Final – 11:45am et on TSN Schedule subject to change ' ' ' 
HOUSTON -- Greg Ward Jr. Adam Wainwright Jersey . threw for two touchdowns and ran another to lead Houston past Tulane for a 30-18 win Saturday.Houston (8-2, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, getting a touchdown on its opening possession when Tulanes Parry Nickerson fumbled a punt return in the end zone and it was recovered by Jeremy Winchester. Houston also got a safety in the fourth quarter.Ward finished with 189 yards passing and connected with Chance Allen and Steven Dunbar for touchdowns. His rushing TD came midway through the first quarter from the 5. Linell Bonner had 97 yards on nine catches.Tulane (3-7, 0-6) cut the gap to 14-10 on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco in the second quarter.Glen Cuiellette threw for 241 yards, including touchdown throws to Darnell Mooney and D.J. Owens, for the Green Wave. Albert Pujols Jersey . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Dexter Fowler Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. http://www.authenticcardinalspro.com/cardinals-tim-mccarver-jersey/ .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.World Wrestling Entertainment performer Darren Young announced to TMZ on Thursday that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay wrestler in the organization. WWE released a statement in support of Youngs choice to be open about his sexuality. "On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay," it read. "WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. " Fellow WWE wrestler John Cena told TMZ that he is happy for Young to be public about his lifestyle. "I know Darren personally," said Cena to TMZ.  "Darrens a great guy. Thats a very bold move for him. And congratulationss for him for actually finally doing it. Keith Hernandez Jersey. " WWEs Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, who wrestles under the name Triple H, also tweeted his support for Young on his verified twitter account. "Congratulations, @DarrenYoungWWE for living YOUR life, YOUR way.  #proud," the message read.  Young, whose real name is Frederick Rosser, currently wrestles as one half of a tag team called The Prime Time Players. His partner Titus ONeil also offered his support on Thursday. "Im VERY PROUD of @DarrenYoungWWE," he tweeted. "Hes been like Family 2Me&My Kids And that wont Change!" ONeil also tweeted a picture of the two men along with his post. ' ' ' 
Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in Major League Baseballs 2015 first-year player draft, has shown an impressive ability to collect hits and contribute to winning baseball games. Derwin James Youth Jersey . If Bregmans spring training portfolio is any indication, hes also well-versed in the art of collecting free meals.Bregman enjoyed one of the thrills of his young career after introducing himself to a clubhouse full of new teammates at Osceola County Stadium in February. As a reward for the kids poise, manager A.J. Hinch assigned him to go to dinner with the Astros double-play combination of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Shortly thereafter, the three infielders drove from Kissimmee, Florida, to nearby Orlando for an evening of camaraderie and fine dining.Jose and Carlos talked about their journeys and gave me some words of advice, Bregman said. Jose treated. I ordered the most expensive steak [on the menu] and enjoyed every single bite of it.If his .896 OPS in the minors is a guide, Bregman might soon be dining with the two stars on a more consistent basis.When baseballs top prospects assembled at Petco Park in San Diego for the Futures Game last weekend, scouts and the national media naturally speculated on which player might be closest to arrival in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi are both in the conversation, but the front-runner might be Bregman, who received a promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Fresno in late June to move within a rung of the majors.Bregmans performance in the Futures Game did nothing to quell the social media frenzy among Astros fans. After turning around a 98 mph fastball from Reyes for a triple, he added a double and a single to come within a home run of a Futures Game cycle.In the mode?Derek Jeter, his favorite player, Bregman prides himself on staying in the moment.One of the things we talked about this offseason back home was, Be where your feet are, Bregman said. If your feet are in Fresno, California, thats where your head needs to be. Thats where your mind needs to be. You dont need to be thinking about anything besides the next pitch theyre going to throw to you. Thats the mentality Ive been taking.With second base and shortstop already spoken for in Houston because of Altuve and Correa, Bregman will most likely have to shift to third base or left field upon arrival at Minute Maid Park. For the short term, hes playing shortstop in Fresno. With Colin Moran, Matt Duffy, Jon Singleton and Tyler White on the Triple-A roster, the Astros have only so many corner infield at-bats to go around. Just in case the plans change, Bregman takes plenty of ground balls at third base to stay prepared.The Astros threw an additional wrinkle into Bregmans future on Friday when they signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Gurriel is projected to play either third or second base in the majors, so the Astros are going to have to get creative or swing a trade to make all the pieces fit.Houstons front office is confident that Bregman can handle whatever comes his way because of his intelligence, athleticism and flair for making adjustments on the fly. Quinton McCracken, Houstons director of player development, exhausts his supply of old-school baseball labels in describing Bregmans competitive spirit.The kid is a baseball player, McCracken said. Hes a grinder, hes a grunt, hes a baseball rat and a competitor. He gets the best out of his tool set. Hes still young in his pro career, but hes really hit the ground running.Bregman, 22, is trying to join Cody Ross, Matt Moore, Jordan Pacheco and his good buddy?Blake Swihart, the?Boston Red Sox?outfielder, as the latest New Mexico native to reach the majors. While the Land of Enchantment has never been regarded as a baseball mecca, Bregman received more than his share of exposure as a Team USA member, Golden Spikes Award finalist and College World Series participant with a top-rated Louisiana State University program.Bregman has developed a friendly rivalry with Atlanta Braves prospect and former Vanderbilt star Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 draft, from their time as competitors in the Southeastern Conference. Bregman concedes that Swanson has better hair but wont yield any ground on the baseball diamond. During a media scrum at the Futures Game, Swanson craned his head a few lockers down and jokingly asked Bregman if he has any skill sets other than baseball.Zero, Bregman said. I used to play chess, but then I lost that [ability] too.The baseball rat in Bregman happily coexists with the self-improvement buff. Bregman batted .319 for the Lancaster JetHawks in the High-A California League last season, but he was disappointed that he hit only three home runs in 37 games. So he dedicated the offseason to weight training and better nutrition and reported to camp 20 pounds heavier in an effort to more consistently drive the ball.Bregman, a right-handed hitter, also visited what he calls the lab each morning and evening to work on his swing with his personal hitting coach, Jason Columbus. Hes taking a more strategic approach this year than he did in his first professional season. Against pitches on the outer half, he shoots for doubles to right center. When the ball is on the inner half, he tries to pull it in the air.Im not trying to hit a ground ball, he said. In professional baseball, if you hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield, youre out.Bregmans new approach has produced 19 home runs and a 1.009 OPS in 71 Double-A and Triple-A games. He also has 18 steals in 27 attempts in the minors, so he can run a little bit too.Amid speculation that Bregmans time is fast approaching, McCracken defers to Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for the final say on when the Astros will summon their hot prospect. But the folks in Houstons front office are all aware the question will be asked more frequently in the weeks to come.We dont want to get the cart before the horse here, McCracken said. But hes definitely making a statement. Theres no if, ands or buts about it. Jerry Tillery Youth Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Kellen Winslow Womens Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. http://www.prochargersteamstore.com/Youth-Doug-Flutie-Elite-Jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury.As the home of soccer in Canada, TSN and TSN2 deliver 15 games from the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, which features Europes top eight U-21 teams battling for continental bragging rights. Coverage begins Wednesday at 11:45am et on TSN2 with host Israel vs. Norway. In total, TSN and TSN2 will broadcast every round-robin game, plus the semifinals and Final, airing Tuesday, June 18 at 11:45am et on TSN. Live coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is also available on TSN Mobile TV and in French on RDS and RDS2. TSNs Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Vic Rauter lead TSNs studio coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, breaking down all the action during pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows. Analysts Nick Dasovic and Kristian Jack are also in the TSN Studio to provide in-depth analysis of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship features England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and defending champion Spain. Held every two years, the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship showcases the games next generation of stars. Previous tournaments have featured some of the biggest names in soccer, including Frances Zinédine Zidane, Portugals Luís Figo, Spains Raúl González, and Englands Frank Lampard. TSN Digital platforms – including TSN.ca and the TSN app for iPhone and iPad – will have all the latest highlights, scores, and news throughout the tournament. Philip Rivers Womens Jersey. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is part of TSNs slate of soccer programming, including EURO 2016, Barclays Premier League, MLS, and FIFA World Cup – kicking off with the highly-anticipated FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 in Canada. TSN and TSN2s broadcast schedule for the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is as follows: Wednesday, June 5• Israel vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2• England vs. Italy – 2:15pm et on TSN Thursday, June 6• Spain vs. Russia – 11:45am et on TSN2• Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15pm et on TSN Saturday, June 8• England vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2 • Italy vs. Israel – 2:15pm et on TSN Sunday, June 9• Netherlands vs. Russia – 4pm et on TSN • Germany vs. Spain – 6pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 11 • Israel vs. England – 11:45am et on TSN• Norway vs. Italy – 11:45am et on TSN2 Wednesday, June 12• Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45am et on TSN• Russia vs. Germany – 11:45am et on TSN2 Saturday, June 15• Semifinal 1 – 11:15am et on TSN2• Semifinal 2 – 2:15pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 18• Final – 11:45am et on TSN Schedule subject to change ' ' ' 
HOUSTON -- Greg Ward Jr. Adam Wainwright Jersey . threw for two touchdowns and ran another to lead Houston past Tulane for a 30-18 win Saturday.Houston (8-2, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, getting a touchdown on its opening possession when Tulanes Parry Nickerson fumbled a punt return in the end zone and it was recovered by Jeremy Winchester. Houston also got a safety in the fourth quarter.Ward finished with 189 yards passing and connected with Chance Allen and Steven Dunbar for touchdowns. His rushing TD came midway through the first quarter from the 5. Linell Bonner had 97 yards on nine catches.Tulane (3-7, 0-6) cut the gap to 14-10 on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco in the second quarter.Glen Cuiellette threw for 241 yards, including touchdown throws to Darnell Mooney and D.J. Owens, for the Green Wave. Albert Pujols Jersey . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. Dexter Fowler Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. http://www.authenticcardinalspro.com/cardinals-tim-mccarver-jersey/ .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.World Wrestling Entertainment performer Darren Young announced to TMZ on Thursday that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay wrestler in the organization. WWE released a statement in support of Youngs choice to be open about his sexuality. "On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay," it read. "WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. " Fellow WWE wrestler John Cena told TMZ that he is happy for Young to be public about his lifestyle. "I know Darren personally," said Cena to TMZ.  "Darrens a great guy. Thats a very bold move for him. And congratulationss for him for actually finally doing it. Keith Hernandez Jersey. " WWEs Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, who wrestles under the name Triple H, also tweeted his support for Young on his verified twitter account. "Congratulations, @DarrenYoungWWE for living YOUR life, YOUR way.  #proud," the message read.  Young, whose real name is Frederick Rosser, currently wrestles as one half of a tag team called The Prime Time Players. His partner Titus ONeil also offered his support on Thursday. "Im VERY PROUD of @DarrenYoungWWE," he tweeted. "Hes been like Family 2Me&My Kids And that wont Change!" ONeil also tweeted a picture of the two men along with his post. ' ' ' 
Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in Major League Baseballs 2015 first-year player draft, has shown an impressive ability to collect hits and contribute to winning baseball games. Derwin James Youth Jersey . If Bregmans spring training portfolio is any indication, hes also well-versed in the art of collecting free meals.Bregman enjoyed one of the thrills of his young career after introducing himself to a clubhouse full of new teammates at Osceola County Stadium in February. As a reward for the kids poise, manager A.J. Hinch assigned him to go to dinner with the Astros double-play combination of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Shortly thereafter, the three infielders drove from Kissimmee, Florida, to nearby Orlando for an evening of camaraderie and fine dining.Jose and Carlos talked about their journeys and gave me some words of advice, Bregman said. Jose treated. I ordered the most expensive steak [on the menu] and enjoyed every single bite of it.If his .896 OPS in the minors is a guide, Bregman might soon be dining with the two stars on a more consistent basis.When baseballs top prospects assembled at Petco Park in San Diego for the Futures Game last weekend, scouts and the national media naturally speculated on which player might be closest to arrival in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi are both in the conversation, but the front-runner might be Bregman, who received a promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Fresno in late June to move within a rung of the majors.Bregmans performance in the Futures Game did nothing to quell the social media frenzy among Astros fans. After turning around a 98 mph fastball from Reyes for a triple, he added a double and a single to come within a home run of a Futures Game cycle.In the mode?Derek Jeter, his favorite player, Bregman prides himself on staying in the moment.One of the things we talked about this offseason back home was, Be where your feet are, Bregman said. If your feet are in Fresno, California, thats where your head needs to be. Thats where your mind needs to be. You dont need to be thinking about anything besides the next pitch theyre going to throw to you. Thats the mentality Ive been taking.With second base and shortstop already spoken for in Houston because of Altuve and Correa, Bregman will most likely have to shift to third base or left field upon arrival at Minute Maid Park. For the short term, hes playing shortstop in Fresno. With Colin Moran, Matt Duffy, Jon Singleton and Tyler White on the Triple-A roster, the Astros have only so many corner infield at-bats to go around. Just in case the plans change, Bregman takes plenty of ground balls at third base to stay prepared.The Astros threw an additional wrinkle into Bregmans future on Friday when they signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Gurriel is projected to play either third or second base in the majors, so the Astros are going to have to get creative or swing a trade to make all the pieces fit.Houstons front office is confident that Bregman can handle whatever comes his way because of his intelligence, athleticism and flair for making adjustments on the fly. Quinton McCracken, Houstons director of player development, exhausts his supply of old-school baseball labels in describing Bregmans competitive spirit.The kid is a baseball player, McCracken said. Hes a grinder, hes a grunt, hes a baseball rat and a competitor. He gets the best out of his tool set. Hes still young in his pro career, but hes really hit the ground running.Bregman, 22, is trying to join Cody Ross, Matt Moore, Jordan Pacheco and his good buddy?Blake Swihart, the?Boston Red Sox?outfielder, as the latest New Mexico native to reach the majors. While the Land of Enchantment has never been regarded as a baseball mecca, Bregman received more than his share of exposure as a Team USA member, Golden Spikes Award finalist and College World Series participant with a top-rated Louisiana State University program.Bregman has developed a friendly rivalry with Atlanta Braves prospect and former Vanderbilt star Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 draft, from their time as competitors in the Southeastern Conference. Bregman concedes that Swanson has better hair but wont yield any ground on the baseball diamond. During a media scrum at the Futures Game, Swanson craned his head a few lockers down and jokingly asked Bregman if he has any skill sets other than baseball.Zero, Bregman said. I used to play chess, but then I lost that [ability] too.The baseball rat in Bregman happily coexists with the self-improvement buff. Bregman batted .319 for the Lancaster JetHawks in the High-A California League last season, but he was disappointed that he hit only three home runs in 37 games. So he dedicated the offseason to weight training and better nutrition and reported to camp 20 pounds heavier in an effort to more consistently drive the ball.Bregman, a right-handed hitter, also visited what he calls the lab each morning and evening to work on his swing with his personal hitting coach, Jason Columbus. Hes taking a more strategic approach this year than he did in his first professional season. Against pitches on the outer half, he shoots for doubles to right center. When the ball is on the inner half, he tries to pull it in the air.Im not trying to hit a ground ball, he said. In professional baseball, if you hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield, youre out.Bregmans new approach has produced 19 home runs and a 1.009 OPS in 71 Double-A and Triple-A games. He also has 18 steals in 27 attempts in the minors, so he can run a little bit too.Amid speculation that Bregmans time is fast approaching, McCracken defers to Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for the final say on when the Astros will summon their hot prospect. But the folks in Houstons front office are all aware the question will be asked more frequently in the weeks to come.We dont want to get the cart before the horse here, McCracken said. But hes definitely making a statement. Theres no if, ands or buts about it. Jerry Tillery Youth Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Kellen Winslow Womens Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. http://www.prochargersteamstore.com/Youth-Doug-Flutie-Elite-Jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury.As the home of soccer in Canada, TSN and TSN2 deliver 15 games from the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, which features Europes top eight U-21 teams battling for continental bragging rights. Coverage begins Wednesday at 11:45am et on TSN2 with host Israel vs. Norway. In total, TSN and TSN2 will broadcast every round-robin game, plus the semifinals and Final, airing Tuesday, June 18 at 11:45am et on TSN. Live coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is also available on TSN Mobile TV and in French on RDS and RDS2. TSNs Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Vic Rauter lead TSNs studio coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, breaking down all the action during pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows. Analysts Nick Dasovic and Kristian Jack are also in the TSN Studio to provide in-depth analysis of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship features England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and defending champion Spain. Held every two years, the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship showcases the games next generation of stars. Previous tournaments have featured some of the biggest names in soccer, including Frances Zinédine Zidane, Portugals Luís Figo, Spains Raúl González, and Englands Frank Lampard. TSN Digital platforms – including TSN.ca and the TSN app for iPhone and iPad – will have all the latest highlights, scores, and news throughout the tournament. Philip Rivers Womens Jersey. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is part of TSNs slate of soccer programming, including EURO 2016, Barclays Premier League, MLS, and FIFA World Cup – kicking off with the highly-anticipated FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 in Canada. TSN and TSN2s broadcast schedule for the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship is as follows: Wednesday, June 5• Israel vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2• England vs. Italy – 2:15pm et on TSN Thursday, June 6• Spain vs. Russia – 11:45am et on TSN2• Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15pm et on TSN Saturday, June 8• England vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2 • Italy vs. Israel – 2:15pm et on TSN Sunday, June 9• Netherlands vs. Russia – 4pm et on TSN • Germany vs. Spain – 6pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 11 • Israel vs. England – 11:45am et on TSN• Norway vs. Italy – 11:45am et on TSN2 Wednesday, June 12• Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45am et on TSN• Russia vs. Germany – 11:45am et on TSN2 Saturday, June 15• Semifinal 1 – 11:15am et on TSN2• Semifinal 2 – 2:15pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 18• Final – 11:45am et on TSN Schedule subject to change ' ' ' 
STARS-Dalvin Cook, Florida State, rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two TDs, helping the 13th-ranked Seminoles rout previously unbeaten South Florida 55-35. 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The Volunteers had lost to Florida by one point each of the last two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games.Florida was so confident it would continue the streak that Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson boldly said this week that nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.Tennessee silenced the Gators by reeling off 38 consecutive points.---GROUNDED WOLVERINESMichigan quarterback Wilton Speight took a beating last week against Colorado. This week, he spent most of the day standing back and watching his teammates do all the work.DeVeon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 in both teams Big Ten opener.Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) finished with 326 yards rushing and scored six of its seven touchdowns on the ground. Five different backs scored on the ground.---NUMBERS15-Straight losses to FBS teams by Western Illinois before upsetting Northern Illinois 28-23.31-Deficit by Tulsa before rallying for a 48-41 victory over Fresno State, the largest comeback in school history.37-Years since Chattanooga opened a season 4-0 before this year .47-Completions by Montanas Brady Gustafson in a 42-41 loss to Cal Poly, breaking the school record.79-Points in Missouris shutout of Delaware State, beating the school record by 10 points.100-Career victories by Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall and Wake Forests Dave Clawson .---Compiled by AP College Football Writer John Marshall. Simon Mignolet Liverpool Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Kamil Grabara Jersey . The third-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 10, served five aces and broke Wickmayer, also a former winner in 2009, five times. 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Great Clips, which has been with Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, also will be a major associate sponsor of the No. 5 team each year.Kasey has been a member of the Great Clips family for over 13 years and is a great ambassador of our brand, said Terri Miller, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Great Clips.Kahne has been with Hendrick since 2012 and has five wins and three berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He has not made the Chase the last two years, and is currently 17th in the standings. There had been speculation that Hendrick would replace him in the No. 5, but his contract and sponsorship keeps him with the organization at least through 2018.Great Clips has believed in me throughout my career, Kahne said. Theyre a big part of the No. 5 team, and we feel like members of their team, too.---SADLER BACK IN THE CHASETwelve years after participating in his first Chase for the championship, Elliott Sadler is back in the field.This time, though, its the inaugural Chase in the Xfinity Series.Sadler is one of the 12 drivers competing in the Chase for NASCARs second-tier series title. In 2004, he was among the 10-driver field that made the original Chase. He finished ninth in the standings that season.I dont know if thats good or bad, Sadler said, unsure if it gives him any sort of edge over 11 drivers who have no playoff experience.Its not like Im a seasoned quarterback that can read the defense better than a rookie quarterback coming in. I think thats when experience plays a part, he said. I think now its just about which teeams can get their cars the fastest, what driver can get the best information and not make mistakes on the track. Dominic Solanke Jersey. I feel like everybody thats a part of this Chase, all 12 guys, can do just as good a job as anybody else, no matter their age or where theyre from or how many years theyve raced.---PAGENAUD-PETIT LE MANSFresh off his IndyCar championship, Simon Pagenaud has already lined up another race.Pagenaud will join Action Express Racings points-leading No. 31 Corvette at Petit Le Mans on Oct. 1. Hell joint drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran on the team that holds a one-point lead in the standings over fellow Action Express teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa. The Fittipaldi-Barbosa lineup will be bulked for Petit Le Mans with Filipe Albuquerque.Pagenaud was a regular competitor in sports car racing from 2008 until 2010, primarily participating in the American Le Mans Series. In three years, Pagenaud had eight wins.He then transitioned to IndyCar and earned his first title on Sunday driving for Team Penske.Also getting an additional driver for Petit Le Mans will be Wayne Taylor Racing, which added Max Angelelli to the lineup of brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor. Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel on the Visit Florida Racing Corvette lineup.Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has added a pair of IndyCar stars to its two-car lineup. Four-time champion Scott Dixon will join three-time winners Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, who are second in the standings in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.Le Mans 24-Hour GTE Pro class winners Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller will co-drive with four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 66 Ford GT. ' ' ' 
TORONTO -- A balanced attack was the difference in a matchup of teams heading in opposite directions. Marvin Jones Jr Jersey .DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, and Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson each added 17 in the Toronto Raptors 128-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.It was Torontos sixth straight win, and Atlantas sixth loss in a row.Everybodys an elite scorer here, said Raptors forward Terrence Ross, who had 15 points, including three 3s, as Toronto (14-6) took the lead for good midway through the first quarter. Tonight was just one of those nights everybody had it going.Lowry also had eight assists and eight rebounds to help Toronto tie Cleveland for the Eastern Conference lead. The NBA champion Cavaliers will be in Toronto on Monday night in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch.Dennis Schroder had 15 points and six assists for the Hawks (10-11), Dwight Howard had 10 points and 17 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points. The Hawks are 1-9 in their last 10 games.Theres not a lot to say, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. They thoroughly outplayed us, credit to them. Thats it.The Raptors were up by 15 at the half and led 86-70 after three quarters before turning it into a laugher early in the fourth quarter. Both teams, playing on back-to-back nights, turned the final minutes into a game for the reserves.The 44-point win was the largest margin of victory in franchise history.I thought the first six, seven, eight, nine minutes of the third quarter was kind of back and forth competitive and then it got away from us, said Budenholzer. The fourth quarter is the fourth quarter.On the night, Toronto hit 58 percent from the field, including 13 for 24, or 54 percent, from 3.Like I always say, its clich?, but its a make or miss league, said Toronto head coach Dwane Casey. Guys are making shots, making their shots. The balls finding energy moving.They are trying to double team Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan) and theyre finding people and the ball is finding the right person.The Hawks shot 40 percent from the field, including 7 for 28, or 25 percent, from 3.We just have to stop getting frustrated with each other, said Howard. I think we got a little frustrated at times on the floor and it showed.I think we need to do a little better job holding our composure and understand that it wont like this the whole season.TIP-INS:Hawks: Forward Paul Millsap missed his third straight game due to a left hip injury. Schroder had 15 points, the 19th time in 21 starts hes scored in double figures. Forward Kris Humphries, who came in averaging 4.0 points, scored 10 off the bench for the second straight game.Raptors: Forward DeMarre Carroll had 10 points, the ninth time in the past games he has reached double figures in scoring. Toronto had 60 points in the points in the paint to 36 for the Hawks. 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Derek Mason has flipped through a few college football previews and saw his Vanderbilt Commodores slotted around 118th in the country. Its not a number he likes, and theres only one way to change it: Win more games.Its very disrespectful to me, the coach said. This football teams got a huge chip on our shoulder.He says its taken the past two years to figure out who we are.We know who we are now. Were not worried about that, he said. Theres some things weve got to iron out with us and college football to help people understand what you get here on West End is going to be good football.After three straight bowl seasons, the Commodores have struggled in Masons first two years. The coach believes his team is ready to turn things around after a 4-8 season. Vandy has 42 juniors on the roster, along with eight starters back on offense and every starter back on defense.The Commodores lost two games by a total of four points, including a 9-7 loss to Florida.I know were better, Mason said.Here are some things to know about Vanderbilt:PASSING AND CATCHING: Mason isnt playing games at quarterback, making it clear Kyle Shurmur is his starter and Wade Freebeck the backup. Shurmur started the final five games last season as a freshman. His first two starts were wins over Missouri and Kentucky. He threw for 503 yards, with three of his five touchdowns coming in the season finale at Tennessee. C.J. Duncan is back from injury to help at receiver, but Trent Sherfield is expected to be the top pass-catcher.The receivers also spent about six weeks working with Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews. Marvin Jones Jr Lions Jersey. Mix that with a handful of tight ends, and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig is hoping an offense that ranked 116th last year will be much improved.ANCHOR DOWN: Every starter is back on defense, where the Commodores improved last season with Mason acting as coordinator. Vandy ranked 28th nationally giving up 350.5 yards per game and 22nd in scoring defense allowing 21 points per game. Linebacker Zach Cunningham was All-SEC after racking up four sacks, four forced fumbles and 16 + tackles for loss. Nigel Bowden is back after an injury wiped out most of last season.SEASON OPENER: The first game has set the tone for the Commodores the past two seasons with last year featuring a 14-12 loss to Western Kentucky. Now Vanderbilt opens against SEC foe South Carolina on Sept. 1.KEY GAMES: Vanderbilt has a chance to avenge its loss to Western Kentucky on Sept. 24, a road game that follows a visit to Georgia Tech on Sept. 17. The SEC slate features road games at Kentucky (Oct. 8) and Georgia (Oct. 15). Home games include visits from Florida (Oct. 1), Mississippi (Nov. 19) and Tennessee (Nov. 26).PREDICTION: Vanderbilt should end a two-year bowl drought and could win seven games, which would match its total of the past two years combined.---Online:AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker ' ' ' 
TEMPE, Ariz. Barry Sanders Lions Jersey . -- As Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche enters the final six weeks of his rookie season, he has proved to possess the talent to play in the NFL.Its the mental fortitude that has been lacking, according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.Talent [is] not an issue, Arians said Wednesday. Maturity is. And its just maturing.This is the second straight season the Cardinals have had maturity issues with their first-round draft choice.Last season, it was with tackle D.J. Humphries, who didnt play at all as a rookie,?partially because of his lack of maturity.?On Nov. 8, Arians said the adjustments to being a professional that Nkemdiche had been experiencing were very similar to what Humphries went through last season.But on Wednesday, Arians said he cant compare Nkemdiche to Humphries anymore. No, D.J. worked harder, Arians said.One of Nkemdiches most recent incidents that magnified his immaturity came after Sundays loss to the?Minnesota Vikings?in Minneapolis.He was wearing a T-shirt under his suit, instead of a buttoned-down shirt and tie -- the standard dress code for a trip home after a road loss -- and Arians reportedly had a few choice words for the rookie about his outfit. Nkemdiche proceeded to find a tie but had to ask a teammate to tie it for him, then he wore it over a T-shirt. He reportedly later was given a dress shirt to meet the teams dress code.Nkemdiches issues this season began the week before training camp, when an ankle sprain sidelined him for most of training camp. And they have just continued.In mid-October, Arians graded Nkemdiches season as a C. He criticized Nkemdiche for being overaggressive.You dont have to be Superman just because youre a first-round pick, Arians said then. You dont have to go out there and get all crazy and get out of your gap. 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MINNEAPOLIS -- Candace Parker and the Sparks jumped with joy on the court, joined in celebration by a guy named Magic Johnson who once made basketball championships a habit in Los Angeles.Parkers old college coach, the late Pat Summitt, was there in spirit, too.Nneka Ogwumikes short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night for the franchises first title in 14 years.Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the Finals and her first WNBA title, capping a trying year marked by the death of the beloved Summitt, with whom she won two NCAA championships at Tennessee. Parker also was left off the U.S. Olympic team after helping them to a gold medal in the previous two Games.The journey to get here, I wouldnt have wanted to do it with anybody else, Parker said. Its amazing, when you surround yourself with good people, how fun it is.Sparks coach Brian Agler started his postgame news conference by playing a recording of the Tennessee fight song, Rocky Top, from a phone in front of him at the podium. Parker cried as she leaned over to hug her coach.Ive never been around somebody that has been critiqued so hard, Agler said, and Ive never been around anyone Im happy for than Candace.Said Ogwumike: Shes been through so much. Shes probably the most misunderstood person in the league. I told her I wanted her to get one.Parker said she heard Summitts voice in her head, recalling the time-worn advice to focus on defense and rebounding.You cant control if shots go in or shots dont, but what you can control is defense and rebounding, Parker said.Rebekkah Brunson made one of two free throws with 23.4 seconds left to give the Lynx a 74-73 lead. Parker answered with a layup on the other end that Maya Moore countered with a jumper. Then Ogwumike hustled her way over to the loose ball after Sylvia Fowles blocked her first attempt. She coolly swished it.Lindsay Whalens heave from just inside halfcourt bounced high off the backboard, setting off the celebration for the Sparks and silencing the sellout crowd of 19,423.Moore had 23 points and 11 assists for the Lynx, who fell short of matching the WNBA record of four championships. The Houston Comets won four straight titles from 1997-2000. The Lynx played in the finals for the fifth time in the last six years. They won three.The team that won this game deserved to win the game, Moore said, so its just hard to have it come that close.Chelsea Gray reeled off 11 consecutive points for the Sparks, capping that ruun with a smooth up-and-under layup to put them in front 60-59 early in the fourth quarter. T.J. Hockenson Jersey. Parkers putback with 3:06 left gave L.A. a 71-63 lead.But Moore seized the moment with a 3-pointer that brought Minnesota within four points, and Parker forced an off-balance 3 on the other end. Whalen stole the ball from Kristi Toliver and finished the fast break with a layup to tie the game at 71, setting up the final flurry.On the next play, Ogwumike hit a jumper that appeared to come after the shot clock expired. The officials signaled for a review but never looked at the basket. Los Angeles led 73-71 with just over a minute left. Seimone Augustus answered with a jumper, but those points proved to be critical.Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, making sure to credit the Sparks for their performance, was livid about the non-call afterward.Its not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league. Because it is not fair to these great players that we have, Reeve said.The WNBAs new postseason seeding format based on overall record regardless of conference worked well, leading to this classic matchup between the two teams that fought all summer for the top seed and featuring several of the leagues biggest stars.I hope that we gained a lot of fans from around the world and around this country, Augustus said.The game was remarkably close, with 24 lead changes, 11 ties and no team ever leading by double digits.CHAMPIONSHIP ATMOSPHEREThe sea of green T-shirts donned by almost everyone in the crowd produced a deafening soundtrack from start to finish, befitting a game for the WNBA trophy.Johnson, a part-owner of the Sparks, wore all black while sitting courtside to root for his team. The Hall of Famer gave the players a pep talk after their loss at home in Game 4 on Sunday. His presence was all the more impressive considering the Dodgers, the other pro club hes invested in, also played Thursday night in Los Angeles in Game 5 of their National League championship series.They had to believe they could do it on a tough home court. This team Minnesota is tremendous, Johnson said. We just beat the champions, so I give them a lot of credit, too.WOLF TRACKSThe Lynx had celebrity backing, too. Timberwolves players at the game included Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Cole Aldrich and Nemanja Belica.---This story has corrected spelling to Fowles in 11th paragraph. ' ' ' 
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