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JOLIET, Ill. Vapormax Off White Fake Kaufen . -- Martin Truex Jr.s?tire became completely unraveled, and that left him a lap down, but he took the lead at the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time in his career.He can thank a late caution in what has been an emotional year for the small-team driver.Truex shot to the front after a late restart and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.Ive had a lot of practice at it, Truex said about the on-track obstacles. I think my approach really changed two years ago, when (girlfriend) Sherry got diagnosed with cancer. My approach to all those things changed and made me a better driver.NASCAR announced after the race that Truexs No. 78 Toyota failed the laser inspection, but the infraction was not at the level of negating the victory for Chase qualification purposes. Truex is expected to receive a point penalty this week.Rookie Chase Elliott appeared on his way to an easy win until Michael McDowell blew a tire and spun out to bring a caution with five laps left.Elliott and Truex came in to pit for tires, with some non-Chase drivers Ryan Blaney and Kasey Kahne and Chase contender Carl Edwards staying on the track.Truex restarted fourth and Elliott fifth, and Truex quickly got to the front and held off Joey Logano on the final lap for his third victory of the season. Truex is guaranteed to move on when the Chase field is cut from 16 to 12 in two weeks.Truex, whose team gets technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing, made the last four in the 2015 Chase. His 2016 season started with a near-miss at the Daytona 500 and a Coca-Cola 600 win, while Sherry Pollex battled ovarian cancer. Shes now in remission.You have to understand, this isnt the end of the world, Truex said of racing setbacks. We can overcome it. Thats what we did today.Elliott, a rookie, finished third, followed by Blaney and Chase driver Brad Keselowski, who sits second in points.Its not yours until its over, the 20-year-old Elliott said. Thats part of life, man. Youre not dumb. Weve all watched this stuff long enough to know these races dont go green that long.Truex led early in the race only to have his tire come completely unraveled. It led to an unscheduled stop that left him a lap down in the 400-mile race.The hard compound came off it, said Cole Pearn, Truexs crew chief. I guess [Goodyear] saw a couple other tires and came down and told us a certain sequence number had an issue.Truex had no other tire issues on the 1.5-mile oval and outraced Kevin Harvick, who also got into early trouble, to be in position for the free pass to the lead lap on the next caution.Jimmie Johnson dominated the middle of the race, leading 118 laps, until Elliott got by him on lap 176 of 267.Johnson was running second when he was caught speeding on pit road during the last green-flag stop, yelling no way! on his radio when told he had to serve a pass-through penalty. Johnson finished 12th, but his car also failed laser inspection and he could plummet in the points standings.Elliott led for 75 laps in what was a clean race with only three cautions until McDowells late wreck changed the dynamic of the race.I feel for Chase. I know what hes going through, Truex said. I wasnt going to catch him.WHOS HOT: Chase drivers Truex, Logano, Elliott, Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth all finished in the top 10. Jamie McMurray was 11th, Kurt Busch 13th and Tony Stewart 14th.WHOS NOT: Kyle Larson, who had the fastest car in Saturdays practice, had to change a transmission and start from the back. He finished 18th. ... Harvick ended up 20th amid multiple issues. ... Rookie Chris Buescher fell a lap down 41 laps in and two laps down before the 100th lap. He finished 28th.PENALTIES: Based on new rules announced last week, Johnson could receive a 10-point penalty, which would drop him into a tie for 12th in the Chase standings. Truex could be docked 15 points, but the win locks him into the second round.DILLON SUBS: Ty Dillon finished 27th filling in for Regan Smith in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Smith left the track Friday and returned to North Carolina after his wife went into labor.COWABUNGA: With Nickelodeon as the race sponsor, the winning trophy was a gold base with the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on top in various poses. Truex plans to put it in his shop so visiting kids can get a picture with it.UP NEXT: Two races remain before the Chase field is cut to 12. Next Sunday is a 300-mile race at New Hampshire, where Kenseth won in July. Vapormax Weiß Herren . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. Nike Vapormax Herren Billig . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. . PETERSBURG, Fla. Replacing Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl on short notice would be a logistical nightmare, from rounding up players who have already gone home for the holidays to figuring out how to feed them once they are in California.Minnesota players are boycotting team activities in protest over the universitys decision to suspend 10 players for its upcoming Holiday Bowl appearance against Washington State after an internal school investigation into an alleged sexual assault. No criminal charges were filed in the case.University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released a statement Friday saying that the players would remain suspended and it planned to let bowl organizers know soon if the team would be participating.If not, the Holiday Bowl committee will have to act quickly to find a replacement. The game is set to be played Dec. 27 and the teams were scheduled to arrive in San Diego on Dec. 22 for a few days of preparation and bowl-related activities.The Holiday Bowl put out a statement Thursday night saying it was monitoring the situation. Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association, said Friday bowl organizers had not reached out to any schools about filling in for Minnesota if the Gophers dont show.Northern Illinois, from the Mid-American Conference, appears likely to get the first call. The Huskies are at the top of the list of 5-7 teams that would be bowl eligible based on their Academic Progress Rating, according to NCAA rules.NIU officials are also monitoring the situation.Were proud of the academic success of our football program which puts us in this conversation, athletic director Sean Frazier said in a statement Friday.But NIU finished its season on Nov. 26 and held its last team meeting the next day. The school had fall commencement last Sunday.After NIU, next up in the APR rankings are Arizona State and California, two Pac-12 teamms that have already played and lost to Washington State. Nike Vapormax Schwarz Sale. .Even if a team commits to play, there would be a host of issues to resolve.The first and maybe biggest problem would be gathering coaches and dozens of players who have dispersed for the holiday season.Next, how to get that team to California? Charter flights can be booked on short-notice, but they are costly.Even if a team could get to San Diego, it would be way behind on the field and off.Typically, schools send a group of team officials -- including the director of football operations, equipment manager and ticket and marketing directors -- to scout a bowl site a day or two after a bid is accepted.They map out everything from the time it takes to get the team from the hotel to practice sites to where to hold events for their fans.A positive for Northern Illinois is that the school has recent experience with San Diego bowl games. The Huskies played in the Poinsettia Bowl last season and in 2013. That game is also held at Qualcomm Stadium.Hotel arrangements would not necessarily be an issue because bowl organizers book those in advance and a new team could simply slip into Minnesotas accommodations. Though teams usually plan most of their own meals, so that would be another rush job.Then there is practice.Bowl teams generally practice for a couple of weeks on campus before heading out to the site. Most of the game-planning and serious preparation is done then. Coaches are generally putting the finishing touches on their team at a bowl site.At Washington State, the Cougars are trying to go about business as usual.We are focusing on ourselves and preparing for the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, Washington State AD Bill Moos said in a statement. ' ' ' 
NEW YORK -- Federico Mussini scored 20 points and Marcus LoVett added 19 points and seven assists to lead St. Kenny Moore Womens Jersey . Johns past Bethune-Cookman 100-53 in the season opener for both squads Friday night.Brandon Tabbs 3 with 18:42 before halftime put the Wildcats up 6-2. Josue Salaam made another 3 for Bethune-Cookman to give it a 9-6 lead two minutes later.St. Johns took control of the game going on a 15-6 run, and Malik Ellisons 3 put the Red Storm ahead 21-15. St. Johns proceeded to outscore Bethune Cookman 26-16 to close out the half.Quinton Forrest led the Wildcats with 12 points and Diamante Lewis added 10.It was only the second-ever meeting between the two teams. The teams first played Dec. 14, 2008 and St. Johns won 77-59.The Red Storm has won its last 12 home openers dating back to the 2003-04 season. Ben Banogu Womens Jersey . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Johnny Unitas Womens Jersey . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. Ben Stokes was forced out of the England attack with a calf injury during the afternoon session at Old Trafford and may well have played his last Test cricket of the summer.Stokes was two deliveries into his sixth over when he pulled up sharply having delivered the ball and was unable to stop a gentle push back past him from Younis Khan. He was unable to complete his over and limped off the pitch.An ECB spokesman confirmed the injury was to Stokes right calf and said he would not bowl again on the fourth day. That means the England attack has been reduced to four men as they attempt to bowl Pakistan out and level the series. Pakistan were 66 for 2 when Stokes let the field before the man who finished his over, Moeen Ali, struck twice. Andrew Luck Jersey. It was later confirmed that Stokes will be sent for an MRI scan on Tuesday. If he has sustained a torn calf muscle, rather than a strain, he could well be out of action for six weeks. The third Investec Test starts in Birmingham on August 3; the fourth in London on August 11.Stokes, who had earlier generated impressive pace and had Younis dropped at slip by Alastair Cook, was making his return to the Test team having sustained a knee injury earlier in the summer. He was forced off the pitch in Leeds and subsequently underwent surgery. ' ' ' 
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are 2-0-0 as they begin their defense of the Stanley Cup, and perhaps that shouldnt be a surprise. Breyvic Valera Jersey .If theres anything the Penguins know how to do -- no matter the roster or the identity of the coach -- its how to follow up after winning a championship.After beating the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup in 2009, Pittsburgh started out 9-1-0 in 2009-10. When captain Mario Lemieuxs Penguins began their quest for a third straight Cup in 1992-93, they opened up with 11 wins and two ties in their first 14 games.The current-day Penguins go for their third straight win at the newly renamed PPG Paints Arena on Monday night when they face the Colorado Avalanche (1-0). The Avalanche debuted under new coach Jared Bednar by beating the Dallas Stars, 6-5, on Saturday behind Joe Colbornes three goals.Colorado knows it has to stop getting off to the poor starts it experienced under former coach Patrick Roy over the previous two seasons. The Avalanche lost six of their first eight last season and eight of their first 10 in 2014-15, which forced them to try to play catch-up the rest of both seasons -- and they never caught up.Bednar liked how his team responded to a 2-0 deficit with five consecutive goals, though he wasnt happy that the 5-2 lead later became only a 5-4 margin.I liked the way we played offensively. I thought we were skating and on our toes, creating chances. (But) I think we have to get better defensively, Bednar said. We made some mistakes defensively up ice that gave them some numbers and gave them some scoring chances early in the game, and also a bit later.Bednar is learning how to coach in the NHL on the fly -- literally. He wasnt named the head coach until Aug. 25 following Roys unexpected resignation. Bednar barely had two weeks to get ready for training camp and to learn the league.Penguins coach Mike Sullivan can relate to that. Like Bednar, who won titles in the American Hockey League and ECHL, he was coaching in the minors last season when he was hired Dec. 12 to replace Mike Johnston in Pittsburgh.Thats why Sullivan said, more than 10 months later, the Penguins still are learning his style, even after winning the Stanley Cup with a half dozen of his former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players in their room.What I like about this group is, over time, we have a better understanding of how to play in one-goal games, Sullivan said following a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Were still trying to score, still trying to play with speed, but I think our guys are making good decisions and forcing our opponents to play that 200-foot game. Were hard to play against in that regard. I think thats when our team is at its best. Our guys have bought in.Marc-Andre Fleury is proving to be hard to play against, too. After barely playing since late March, when he sustained his second concussion of the season, Fleury has stopped 73 of 77 shots and posted a 1.92 goals-against average.Its been fun, said Fleury, who lost his starting job to the currently injured Matt Murray just before the playoffs began. I wanted those games in the preseason (to get accustomed to playing again). I wasnt as sharp as Id like to be. There still are things I want to get better at, but not right now. I feel better now than I did at camp.Colborne, a former University of Denver player, is feeling better the longer he gets accustomed to being with the Avalanche, He had 19 goals while playing for Calgary last season.Colborne and Real Cloutier (1979) are the only players in franchise history to get a hat trick in their first game with the team.The three goals, (thats) probably the way Im going to score most of them, and Im just fine with that, Colborne said. Its my job and something I take pride in, going to those tough areas and making them try to drag me down, draw some penalties and hopefully bury some.The Penguins, who had the day off Sunday as they play three games in four nights, already are making some adjustments as they compete without captain Sidney Crosby (concussion).On Saturday, Sullivan moved forward Conor Sheary to right wing on Matt Cullens wing, with Chris Kunitz on the left. Right wing Patric Hornqvist shifted to center Evgeni Malkins line so Scott Wilson could play on his natural left side. Sheary responded with a goal and a number of scoring opportunities.Youre kind of hitting yourself for not burying a couple of those, Sheary said. But its a good sign when youre getting a lot of chances.Bednar will switch goalies Monday, from Semyon Varlamov to backup Calvin Pickard, who stopped 47 of 48 shots in 1-0 Avalanche overtime loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 18, 2014. Varlamov will start Tuesday against his former team, the Washington Capitals.The Penguins were 2-0 against Colorado last season, winning 4-3 on Nov. 19 in Pittsburgh and 4-2 at Colorado on Dec. 9, Johnstons last victory as coach. Stitched Yankees Jerseys . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. Gleyber Torres Jersey . -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.SASKATOON -- London goalie Anthony Stolarz wasnt sure he would get into another game this season after watching Knights counterpart Jake Patterson lead the club back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Ontario Hockey League final. But after his teammate came down with the flu this week, Stolarz jumped at his chance Friday, leading London to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the host Saskatoon Blades in the opening game of the 2013 Memorial Cup. Stolarz says despite wanting to play in the do-or-die games against the Colts, the break did him some good in the long run. "Going out there and having those days off and simplifying my game and working on things was tremendous," he said after making 27 saves against the Blades. "Having the days off got me back into it physically and mentally." The Jackson, N.J., native joined the Knights mid-season and played the majority of the games before being replaced by Patterson in Game 5 of the OHL championship series. "I just wanted to go out there when I had the time off fine-tune my game and refine a couple of things and just keep working hard," Stolarz said. "If they would have played (Patterson) tonight I would have had no problem because him coming in and winning three straight to win the OHL championship, thats a great feat." Nikita Zadorov snapped a 2-2 tie on the power play at 5:45 of the third period for the Knights against a Blades team that hadnt played a game since March 27 after being swept out of the Western Hockey League playoffs in the first round. "It was a hard-fought game out there. Saskatoon was ready to play. They did a good job preparing them and it was a tight game," Knights coach Dale Hunter said. "Back and forth and fortunately we got a goal that made the difference." Seth Griffith, with an goal and an assist, and Brett Welychka also scored for the Knights, who got off to the start they wanted in the 10-day round-robin tournament to decide the Canadian Hockey Leagues best team. Josh Nicholls scored twice for Saskatoon, while Michael Ferland picked up two assists. Andrey Makarov was strong in stopping 30 shots for the Blades. "In the effort that we showed tonight we definitely proved that were worthy of being here. Obviously the playoffs was a whole different story and we really want to prove to ourselves and the rest of the country that were a top team," said Nicholls, who added that the Blades felt some rust after the long layoff. "Weve simulated game-type situations, but nothings as fast as playing a league champion." Down 2-1 after a sluggish first period, Saskatoon started to find its legs in the second after killing off a London 54-second two-man advantage, thanks in large part to a couple of big stops from Makarov. Londons Maax Domi then had a great chance in front of Makarov midway through the period but sent a backhand just wide. Cory Gearrin Yankees Jersey. The Blades were energized by a couple of big hits and Nicholls tied it at 15:21 after taking a breakaway pass from Ferland. Stolarz made the initial save but Nicholls batted in the rebound, much to the delight of the towel-waving crowd of 10,203 at the Credit Union Centre. After dodging a couple of bullets, penalties finally caught up to the Blades in the third period as Zadorov capitalized on Londons sixth chance with the man advantage, banging home a rebound past Makarov. "I thought our guys battled extremely hard," Blades coach Lorne Molleken said. "London is a great hockey club that came at us hard here tonight. We put ourselves in a position to win a hockey game and just came up short. "Our guys should hold their heads high with the effort they put in tonight." Molleken told the media earlier in the week that his team was sick of practising and his players proved it in first period, laying two big hits early on. The hosts opened the scoring at 7:59 of the first when Nicholls banged a puck past Stolarz off a wraparound pass from Ferland. But the Knights started to find their game and carried the play until tying the score at 12:55 when Welychka swatted a shot in front past Makarov from in tight. Saskatoons long layoff might have contributed to the go-ahead goals at 18:21 when Londons Bo Horvat jumped on a turnover in the neutral zone and fed Griffith, who beat Makarov with a backhand deke. "In the early part of the hockey game we had some nerves and made some mistakes in our own zone and London had some great opportunities but our goaltender was outstanding for us tonight," Molleken said. "He gave us an opportunity to win a hockey game. Penalties caught up with us. We knew that a big big part of it would be part of it." Notes: The Blades wound up scoreless on their two chances on the power play. ... Despite the host team playing in the first game, large swaths of seats in the upper bowl were empty. ... The Halifax Mooseheads meet the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday in the first game of the tournament for both clubs. The marquee matchup of the round robin features the three highest rated North American skaters for the upcoming NHL draft -- Portland defenceman Seth Jones and Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. ... The Blades are back on the ice Sunday against the Mooseheads, while the Knights play the Winterhawks on Monday. ... The Memorial Cup was first awarded in 1919. The trophy was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in honour of the soldiers killed in the First World War. 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WIMBLEDON, London -- After Eugenie Bouchard was moved on to Centre Court to finish her first-round match on Wednesday night she said it had felt like she was playing her 2014 final there all over again.Against Johanna Konta on that same great stage a day later, she showed the type of game that had got her there then with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win, displaying the same approach that had made her the next big thing before her painful 2015 slump.Bouchard, the runner up to Petra Kvitova two years ago, was aggressive, hit low and hard, moved nimbly around the court and displayed a level of resilience only possible from someone who had slipped as far as her.The Canadians career-high ranking in the year she made the Wimbledon final was No.5 and on Thursday she was down at No.48; her last year-end ranking lower than that was in 2007.I love [playing on that stage], she told the BBC afterwards. There is no feeling like walking out on Centre Court at Wimbledon.I have learned a lot in my short career so far. There have been ups and downs but I feel strong mentally and physically.Now I have found the joy in tennis, Bouchard added in her postmatch media conference.That much was clear, and will need to be as obvious again in round 3, where she faces world No.18?Dominika Cibulkova, the experienced Slovakian who has finished the last eight seasons in the top 40.As for Konta, it will be little consolation thaat she made a full contribution to what was one of the matches of The Championships so far. Wholesale Jerseys China. It just about had it all: it was hard fought, the advantage swung like a pendulum, and there were great shots, epic rallies and some controversial line calls.The British No.1, playing only her second match on Centre Court, has invested a lot in increasing her mental strength and it has taken her a long way. Now she knows how much further she has to go.If anything in her play let her down, it was a lack of mobility around the court but both players had started determined to dictate.Bouchard gained the upper hand in the first set before Konta reset and recovered her composure in the second.The Briton, after losing her serve to start the final set, failed to convert three break points in the third game and was broken for a second time immediately afterwards.From that point on, with the home crowd hushed, Bouchard never looked back.It was a battle every single point, said Konta in her postmatch media conference. Ive got a lot of things to take away from that match as a player and a person.Shes an incredibly good player with a lot of experience. Her level of tennis has never disappeared. To have matches like these only adds to my desire to keep getting better. 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For me, the best thing from a confidence standpoint is that we continue to get better, week in and week out.Jones, whos closing in on another 1,000-yard receiving season with 970 through nine games, caught a 3-yard scoring pass in the third quarter, when Ryan led TD drives of 86 and 82 yards to break it open.Levine Toilolo, Patrick DiMarco and Austin Hooper also caught TD pass from Ryan, who leads the NFL with 2,980 yards and 23 touchdowns vs. four interceptions.Jameis Winston threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns for Tampa Bay, including scoring passes of 3 and 24 yards to Evans, who had 11 receptions.Both of Tampa Bays young stars finished the game on the sideline, with Evans being evaluated for a possible concussion and Winston limping off after being shaken up when he was tackled trying to score on a two-point conversion play with just under seven minutes remaining.Koetter didnt provide much of an update on eithers condition, other than to say Jameis told me hes fine and that Evans was in the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit along the sideline after making a catch in the fourth quarter.Winston was tackled around the ankle by Atlantas Brooks Reed and also hit by cornerback Jalen Collins. The first overall pick in last years draft said he was fine and did not leave the game because of injury.The coach took me out, said Winston, who later did a little dance move to demonstrate to reporters that he was OK.Mike Glennon finished up for the Bucs, taking his first regular season snaps since 2014. He threw a late TD pass to Cameron Brate to cut into a 23-point deficit.RING OF HONOR: The Bucs inducted former safety John Lynch into the teams Ring of Honor. Together with Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, Lynch formed the foundation of a dominating defense that helped transform Tampa Bay from the laughingstock of the NFL into a Super Bowl champion. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame last winter, Lynch played for the Bucs 1993 to 2003 and the Denver Broncos from 2004 to 2007. 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Nylander, 20, leads the way with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists), followed by Matthews, 19, with 11 points (6-5) and Marner, 19, tied with veteran James van Riemsdyk with 10 points (4-6).?If they keep it up until the end of the season, the Leafs will join the 1980-81?Edmonton Oilers?as the only teams in history with three leading scorers (Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier) all under 21.They are the future, the now, a hat trick of offensive talent, Torontos top picks in the past three NHL drafts.The intense spotlight on Matthews, taken first overall in the draft in June, has allowed Nylander and Marner to slide by with a bit less fanfare.However, its Toronto, hockeys biggest media center, so take that with a grain of salt. Cameras are everywhere.But Nylander and Marner havent flinched.Nylanders got really nice, high-end offensive skill, great hands, Hall of Famer Michel Goulet, a longtime NHL scout and former scorer himself, said Wednesday. Hes always in the right spot offensively. The games I saw him, he was excellent, just excellent. Hes got his head up and knows whats going on around him.Goulet, a four-time 50-goal scorer and one of the games true snipers in his day, compared Marner with another highly skilled player who has made his mark.Marner reminds me of Johnny Gaudreau at times, Goulet said, referring to the talented?Calgary Flames?left winger. Super talented and skilled with the puck. Those are players who are very intelligent and dont get themselves in a bad spot.Former NHLer Jody Hull, head coach of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Peterborough Petes, saw Marner pile up 242 points (83-159) in 120 games with the London Knights during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.He made things happen every time he had the puck on his stick, Hull said Thursday.Which reminds Hull of another former London Knights star.Patrick Kane, honestly, I do see that comparison, Ive seen both of them in junior, said Hull. Similar traits and all those things with the puck: Marner does some things with the puck where you wonder how he knew his linemate was there. Thats what Patrick Kane [does] when he has the puck.Hull coached Marner on Canadas gold-medal team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament, where he got an even better appreciation for the youngster.The one word I use for him is that hes a gamer, Hull said. One thing I remember in the Ivan Hlinka tournament, if he was trying to do something and lost the puck, he would just be releentless to get the puck back. Buy Shoes Ireland. He would hound and hound a player to get that puck back. Because he wanted to make it right.Nylander comes in at 6 foot, 190 pounds; Marner is listed at 6 foot, 170 pounds, but Im not convinced of the 6 foot part when seeing Marner with his equipment off.But Marner certainly has found room on the ice, despite his diminutive frame.Why has it not been a problem for Kane or [Artemi] Panarin or all these guys with great skill? Leafs coach Mike Babcock said this week, when asked why size wasnt an issue for Marner. When they get the puck, the rink gets bigger; when the rest of us get the puck, the rink gets smaller. So they must have something, whether it be their hockey sense, their vision, their speed.... He has room every time he has it.As long as he focuses on working hard and doesnt get comfortable, hes pretty good.I asked Marner what has been the most important lesson through more than a month into this NHL career, and he didnt hesitate with his answer.Youve really got to bear down and listen to your body, take care of your body, thats very important here [in the NHL], said Marner, the fourth-overall pick in 2015. Its just taking care of yourself.How do you do that?On days off, its about just staying in the house, eating the right food, making sure your body is rested, he said. Dont tire yourself out.Translation: lots of Call of Duty.I just sit there and play video games with my buddies, Marner said, chuckling.Or, theres time spent with his veteran teammate Matt Martin.Me and Marty will hang out and go to a movie once in a while, said Marner, his smile widening as Martin walks across the dressing room. Hes like my dad or my uncle. He just takes care of me.Nylanders dad, meanwhile, happened to play 16 NHL seasons. Not a bad resource to have Michael Nylander as your old man.Its good to have a father that you can talk to about things for sure that way, said William Nylander, drafted eighth overall in 2014. I dont think a lot of players have that.The Swedish product had the benefit of 75 AHL games between 2014-15 and 2015-16 (putting up 77 points), plus he played the final 22 games with the Leafs last season before making the full-time jump to the NHL this season.Finding time and space in the NHL, thats what young offensive stars try to figure out in their first season.Its just the way some teams play their systems, Nylander said. Some teams want to take away space, others play different systems, which gives you a bit more time.This is a team full of youngsters absorbing every lesson as they come.For sure, everybody is learning together, Nylander said. We win together and lose together. 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Australias under-17 womens basketball team has secured a history-making world title by beating Italy at the world championships in Spain. LeBron James Shoes For Sale .The Sapphires dominated the Italians in the decider, surging to a 62-38 victory to become the first non-U.S team to win the tournament.The Aussies entered the final in a confident mood after beating the Americans in a thrilling semifinal. Prior to that match, no U.S team - mens or womens - had ever lost an under-17 game at the world titles.The win was by far the best effort ever by the Sapphires, who had never finished better than fifth at the championships.But they took all before them in Spain, winning the tournament with an average winning margin of 23 points.Leading the way for the Sapphires was starting centre Ezi Magbegor, who was named the championships most valuable player. She averaged 12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game and shot at 54 percent from the field.Magbegor was also selected in the tournaments All-Star five alongside the teams captain Jasmine Simmons and point guard Monique Conti.I couldnt be prouder of my team, Sapphires coach Shannon Seebohm said.When we got together for our camp to select the team, we talked about?being the best defensive team in the world and really committing to that side of the ball and I could not have imagined it to go any better.Its an unbelievable feeling. I can see a lot of our girls playing for the Opals one day. Clearance LeBron James Shoes . -- Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover. Cheap LeBron James Shoes . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday.WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Andreas Seppi was upset Tuesday night in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open, leaving Spaniard Tommy Robredo as the only survivor among the top four seeds at the tournament. Second-seeded Seppi was beaten by American qualifier Steve Johnson 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5. The tournament lost two of its top three seeds Monday when No. 1 Tomas Berdych and No. 3 John Isner, the two-time defending champion, withdrew with injuries. Fourth-seeded Robredo beat Frances Guillaume Rufin 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 to advance. Eighth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated Frances Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in the hhard-court tune-up for next weeks U. LeBron James Shoes Free Shipping. S. Open. Mardy Fish retired in the third set of his match with No. 11-seeded Jarkko Nieminen, who was leading 7-5, 6-7 (3), 3-2 when his American rival quit due to heat stroke. In other second-round matches, fifth-seeded Benoit Paire of France beat American James Blake 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3; seventh-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Germany beat American Tim Symczek 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; ninth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria beat qualifier Thiemo de Bakker 7-5, 6-7 (4), 4-2; and 13th-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia defeated qualifier David Goffin of Germany 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. ' ' ' 
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Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. WACO, Texas -- Saying he felt called to serve at Baylor, Matt Rhule introduced himself as the schools new football coach Wednesday by vowing to win championships and build up players and a program that makes everybody proud.Rhule laid out his vision for what the Bears can become with the passion and enthusiasm befitting of a preachers son during an introductory ceremony at the schools Ferrell Center basketball arena. After leading Temple to back-to-back 10-win seasons and an American Athletic Conference championship, Rhule believes hes ready for a new challenge.When the call came to come here, we came, Rhule said. And we came because we have one purpose. Im here very simply for this: to develop and work with these young people. Im here to coach football, and Im here to be the best partner that I can for Baylor.The 41-year-old coach replaces former Baylor coach Art Briles, who was fired in May in the wake of the schools sexual assault scandal. While talking about his new players Wednesday, Rhule thanked Briles for bringing these young men to Baylor. He acknowledged he did not do much research on the more than year-long scandal before accepting the job, but said he trusts Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades.We dont have enough time in college football to do a ton of research, Rhule said. You have about 24 hours. But I felt really good about this university and these people.Rhule was asked specifically what disciplinary rules hell bring to running his Baylor program and replied: I think theres some non-negotiable things that you cant do. You cant hurt women. You cant hurt people that are less fortunate than you. You cant bully other people. You know, that was kind of the way I handled it at Temple. Ill handle it the same way.Rhule, who went 28-23 in four seasons at Temple, has spent most of his coaching career in the Northeast and doesnt have ties to the state of Texas. He said the opportunity to come to Texas and recruit in the epicenter of high school football was one of the many reasons he wanted the job.We want to win championships, Rhule said. We want to win the Big 12 championship. We want to win the national championship. I didnt come here for anything else. We want to win at the hiighest level because we should. Phil Simms Womens Jersey. He described the offense hell bring to Waco as dynamic and plans to pair it with a defense that ranked No. 3 in FBS at Temple this season. Of the hundreds of texts Rhule said he received from fellow coaches, one in particular from former NFL coach Jon Gruden urged him to bring some power to the Big 12.Rhoades, Baylors first-year athletic director, had known Rhule long before he began conducting the coaching search and said he contacted Rhule after Temple defeated Navy 34-10 in the AAC championship game on Saturday. Rhoades was adamant Wednesday that Rhule was the only coach he offered the job to during the process.You know, I think it was 30 minutes into the interview where my gut, in my heart, in my mind, this is our guy, Rhoades said.ESPNs Brett McMurphy reported Rhule received a seven-year deal. Rhule and Rhoades would not confirm that, but Rhule did say he appreciates being given long-term support to build the program the right way.We wanted to give us time to do it the right way and with the right kids, Rhule said. I want to recruit Texas high school football players. Get them here, develop them, watch them grow our four or five years, then see what you have. It worked at Temple, and its a different world, but there are a lot of similarities.Rhule met with his Baylor players shortly before the introductory event and said he hopes to meet with individually in the near future.He seems like a really energetic and fun guy to play for, quarterback Zach Smith said. We know hes a players coach, and hes a great coach. So, Im looking forward to what he can do here.Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe received a standing ovation from the crowd of Baylor supports who attended the event Wednesday and will remain on staff to coach the 6-6 Bears Motel 6 Cactus Bowl against Boise State on Dec. 27.Rhule has not revealed which assistant coaches hes bringing with him from Temple, but he is planning to meet with each of the Bears current assistant coaches and the possibility of some current staffers being retained has not been ruled out. ' ' ' 
PORTLAND, Ore. Cheap Vapormax Mens . -- It seems like everything is going right for the Portland Thorns heading into the National Womens Soccer League playoffs.The Thorns finished out the regular season with a four-game winning streak and claimed the NWSL Shield for the team with the best record. They also clinched home-field advantage for the first time. They face the Western New York Flash in a semifinal game Sunday.Forward Christine Sinclair credited first-year coach Mark Parsons. The Thorns (12-3-5) always had talent, she said, but that didnt always translate into wins.The difference is this year were a team from the top down, Sinclair said. I thought when Mark came on board it changed a lot. He stressed being a team -- you know, hanging out outside of soccer practice -- and I think youre starting to see that on the field. Were willing to do anything for each other.Sinclair also recognized the players who were with the team all season while their teammates were in and out in preparation for the Olympics. Sinclair won the bronze medal in Rio with the Canadian national team. The Thorns roster also includes U.S. Olympians Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long and alternate Emily Sonnett. Additionally, Amandine Henry played for France in Brazil.In a pre-match conference call Thursday, Klingenberg unexpectedly took over to sing Happy Birthday, even though it was no ones birthday, and Sinclair dissolved into giggles. Parsons deadpanned: I have no way to explain.Former Thorns coach Paul Riley took over the Flash in February. He said hard work led his young team to the playoffs.We didnt set any goals. Our goal wasnt to make the playoffs, our goal wasnt to make the final. Our goal was to win the first game of the season, Riley said. Thats really the way weve approached every game. Weve set no goals for the group, we just wanted each player to get a little bit better each game and believe in the process -- and things will happen if we do everything right to the best of our abilities.The atmosphere at Providence Park could be hostile to the visitors. The Thorns boast the best home attendance in the league with an average of 16,945 fans per game this season.While Portland is the third team in league history to allow an average of less than one goal a game over the course of the season, the Flash (9-6-5) are just the third team to average at least two goals a game. The Flash are paced by league Golden Boot winner Lynn Williams with 11 goals and five assists.The Chicago Red Stars (9-5-6) play the Washington Spirit (12-5-3) in the other semifinal match on Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Neither team has ever played for the league championship.The two teams met just last weekend with the Red Stars earning the No. 3 seed in the playoffs with a 3-1 victory. It was the Spirits second straight lost and denied the team the NWSL Shield.The goal is to win a championship, Spirit coach Jim Gabarra said. If you dont make the playoffs youre obviously not going to win the championship. If you make the playoffs and win the Shield and you dont win a championship then you still havent achieved your ultimate goal.Chicago finished the season tied with the Seattle Reign with eight total shutouts. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had six clean sheets.FC Kansas City won the 2015 NWSL title. Vapormax Wholesale . Coach Mike Munchak says Fokou stretched ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle, which could keep out up to five weeks even though the linebacker didnt need surgery. Nike Vapormax Plus China .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. BERKELEY, Calif. -- Growing up in Texas, Davis Webb knew all about the Big Game rivalry between California and Stanford.Now as he finishes up his only season as starting quarterback at Cal, Webb gets to experience it first hand when the Golden Bears (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) host the Cardinal (7-3, 5-3) on Saturday.I dont think theres anything like this game, he said. Theres so much tradition, so much pageantry and so many great players that have played in this game. Im just excited to be a part of it. From afar, living in Dallas, everybody knew what the Big Game was. Its going to be one of the greatest experiences Ive ever had in my life.While the Big Game is new to Webb, it has been part of Stanford coach David Shaws life for decades.Shaw remembers watching his first as a high school senior in 1989 when his father, Willie, was an assistant at Stanford and immediately noticed the heightened noise, energy and excitement in the stadium.That only increased the following year when Shaw was a player at Stanford and the Cardinal rallied for a 27-25 win after scoring a touchdown with 12 seconds left, missing a 2-point conversion, recovering an onside kick and capitalizing on two personal fouls to set up John Hopkins game-winning field goal.I say this every year, to the freshmen from all over the country and maybe the sophomores who didnt play last year, to not be surprised by the emotion as you walk through the stadium. Youre going to feel it, Shaw said. I feel it as a coach. Im an alum. Im a Stanford guy. And Big Game is always Big.Here are some other things to watch:BIG GAME STREAK: The rivalry has been extremely one-sided of late with Stanford winning the past six meetings -- one shy of the longest streak in series history held by the Cardinal from 1995-2001. Only one of those games was decided by fewer than 10 points annd the average margin of victory has been 23. Nike Vapormax Outlet. .2 points per game.Thatd be a pretty cool legacy to leave, to be a part of a team that was able to beat Stanford, Webb said.BOWL BID: After opening the season 4-3, Cal has lost three straight games to put the Bears hopes of returning to a bowl game in serious jeopardy. The Bears must win their final two games against Stanford and UCLA to become bowl eligible, although they could have an outside shot of making a bowl with five wins if there are not enough six-win teams to fill up all the slots.We know whats at stake, Cal receiver Bug Rivera said. Everybody knows whats at stake. Wed really like to get that bowl opportunity and think were going to get it done.CHRYSTS PROGRESS: After going just 24 for 47 for 164 yards in his first two starts, Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst showed signs of improvement last week at Oregon. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns.Hes been making incremental improvements the first two games, Shaw said. Its the execution of the offense. All the positive signs were there in practice. No one wants it more and no one is pushing himself harder than Keller. All he has to do is play his part. He doesnt have to take the game over.STOPPING McCAFFREY: After being slowed by an undisclosed injury last month, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey has been back to his dynamic self the past three weeks. He has rushed for 503 yards at an average of 7.0 yards per carry and scored seven TDs in that span. 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