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World No 1 permutations How the No 1 ranking can change hands...again Having previously admitted that his desire and love for the game had waned, it may be that this latest development adds fuel to the Djokovic fire as he looks to win a sixth World Tour Finals and end the season on top of the standings once again. The 29-year-old has won the season-ending event the last four years and is a two-time Grand Slam champion this year, winning the Australian and French Opens to take his career tally to 14 major titles. Djokovic has endured a frustrating second half of the season and has lost his world No 1 ranking to Andy Murray He also owns a dominant 23-0 record against his three rivals in the Lendl group and first to challenge that will be the youngest man at this weeks finals - Thiem. Ivan Lendl Group Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Milos Raonic (Canada) Gael Monfils (France) Dominic Thiem (Austria) World Tour Finals: Profiles We look back on the year so far for the eight contenders Thiem too has had his struggles over the second half of the year but claimed four titles over the course of the regular season The Austrian is making his debut at the event and after a sensational start to 2016, tailed off over the second half of the year.He has never won a set against Djokovic, losing all three meetings including their most high-profile encounter at the French Open semi-final earlier this year where Djokovic won 6-2 6-1 6-4.In recent weeks the 23-year-old has suffered surprise defeats to Jack Sock, Viktor Troicki and Alexander Zverev and has not gone beyond a quarter-final since the middle of September. Introduucing the underdogs What do we know about debutants Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils However Thiem is not to be underestimated having claimed four titles this year, only Murray (eight) and Djokovic (seven) have won more although the last of those came back in June. Curtis Martin Womens Jersey. .Djokovic too has wobbled since his dominant first half of the year - he has been beaten by Marin Cilic and Roberto Bautista Agut since using the US Open final to Stan Wawrinka and he has won just one title since completing his career Grand Sam at Roland Garros and that came with victory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto in July.Whether Thiem can capitalise remains to be seen but the opening singles match of the tournament promises to be an intriguing one. World Tour Finals: The Groups We run through the contenders and their groups at The O2 As is the case for every session the doubles will kick off the action from 12pm on Sky Sports and the first match of the week will see Mike and Bob Bryan taking on Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. Edberg/Jarryd Group Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares Treat Huey & Max Mirnyi Bob and Mike Bryan are five-time winners of the season-end doubles event The American brothers are seeded third this year and are four-time champions of the event but come into the tournament on the back of two years without a major title.They face sixth-seeded pair Dodig and Melo who have won the last two Masters events they have entered in Cincinnati and Canada.All the action from the O2 between November 13-20 will be live on Sky Sports across the week and if you are out and about you can follow on our Sky Sports apps and the website via our live blogs. Full schedule here. 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PHILADELPHIA -- The Kansas City Royals won two straight American League pennants and captured the 2015 World Series behind a batting order whose motto was keep the line moving. Doug Flutie Youth Jersey .The narrative went a lot more smoothly when the line wasnt frayed in so many places. Three months into the season, the Royals rank 14th in the American League in runs, and manager Ned Yosts lineup cards are a monument to improvisation. Mike Moustakas is out for the year with a torn knee ligament. Alex Gordon just returned from the disabled list. Lorenzo Cain just went on the disabled list. Kendrys Morales looked downright somnambulant in April and May before hitting .402 in June, and Alcides Escobars penchant for swinging at everything isnt quite as endearing as it was in the 2015 postseason.Given the circumstances, Eric Hosmer picked an optimal time to raise his game to the next level. Through Fridays 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Hosmer leads Kansas City in batting average (.304), hits (93), runs (43), doubles (18), total bases (149), walks (29) and OPS. (.851), and hes tied for second on the team in home runs with 12. He even has a two-homer game against Chris Sale, a distinction that should qualify him for some kind of award.Hosmer held a lead of about 600,000 votes over Detroits Miguel Cabrera in the latest round of American League All-Star balloting, and he appears to be a lock to represent the Royals on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. Along with Salvador Perez and Cain, he has been one of the few constants for a Kansas City team thats trying to maintain contact with the magma-hot Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.Franchise icon George Brett consistently raved about Hosmers skill set years ago, so the events of this season havent come as a great surprise to the Royals. At 26, Hosmer is at the stage of his career where his accrued knowledge is catching up to his natural gifts.Hes got a better game plan, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Every time he steps up to the batters box, you see him adjusting to situations. His experience and success have allowed him to understand the art of hitting and be better prepared.Hosmer is doing lots of damage while seeing fastballs a mere 50.4 percent of the time (through Friday) -- the 11th lowest ratio of any hitter in the majors. Thats understandable given his gaudy numbers against hard stuff on both the inner and outer halves of the plate.Hosmers success is less a product of mechanical adjustments than an ability to think along with pitchers in given situations. He has made major advances through watching video, studying scouting reports and engaging in a running give-and-take with Royals hitting coach Dale Sveum.The numbers dont lie, Hosmer said. You learn if a guy likes to throw an 0-1 fastball, or if he likes to throw it as soon as he gets behind in the count. You kind of adjust to whos on the mound and have a game plan each and every day. When I was younger and I came up, it was kind of see ball, hit ball. Nowadays, especially with the bullpens that teams have, its too hard to go up there and do that.Sometimes its about taking chances and not being afraid to strike out. We played Boston, and I saw [David Ortiz] swing at a curveball that went 55 feet. When you see a guy like him do that, you realize you have to go up there with that game plan and try and take chances. You cant be afraid to look stupid on pitches.Its worth remembering that Hosmer logged only 1,016 at-bats in the minor leagues after signing with Kansas City out of high school as the No. 3 pick in the 2008 first-year player draft. Eight years later, Hosmer and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey are clearly the crown jewels of that draft.This season, Kansas Citys injury issues have created an opportunity for infielders Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert, players who werent necessarily in the mix during spring training. While Merrifield (a .315 batting average) and Cuthbert (.274 with seven homers) have responded admirably, theyve had the luxury of breaking in with a fraction of the scrutiny that Hosmer and Moustakas encountered as perceived franchise saviors a few years ago.Its a little bit tougher when guys have no track record, Yost said. Would you rather have your core group of guys? Yeah, absolutely. But sitting in this seat, its about managing change and doing your best to find players who can cover for you. Its important to keep as much stress as you can off them and have an atmosphere where they can thrive. Our players do a great job of staying loose every day.Not that the Royals are satisfied with the current state of affairs, by any means. Theyre last in the majors with 180 walks and 27th overall with 72 home runs, and their mediocre production with runners in scoring position continues to be an issue. But when the teams best player stands in the middle of the clubhouse and insists that good things are on the horizon, how can they not believe?Listen, Hosmer said. Weve been to the World Series the last two years. Were not a joke. Were confident in what we do and we know were gonna break out of it. A lot of people dont like to give us the credit, but we know how good a team we are.Every day, in the field and at the plate, Hosmer continues to do his part for the cause. With a little luck and some better health, the Royals could have a run in them yet. Junior Seau Chargers Jersey . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. 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BOISE, Idaho -- Jeremy McNichols suggested just the play to spark Boise States struggling offense, and then the 15th-ranked Broncos just had to hang on from there. Marshawn Lynch Jersey .McNichols play resulted in an 80-yard touchdown run to break open a tight game, and Boise State withstood a late rally by Colorado State in a 28-23 win Saturday night.McNichols was untouched on the play, an inside run from a shotgun formation that put the Broncos up 21-3 late in the third quarter.We called the play earlier in the game and I almost broke that one, said McNichols, who rushed for a career-high 217 yards and two touchdowns. So when coach asked me what play to call, I told him we needed to call it again. And he called it.After the Broncos (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) took a 28-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, Colorado State (3-4, 1-2) recovered two onside kicks in the final 6 minutes while scoring three straight TDs, cutting the deficit to five with 3:35 left.The Broncos recovered Colorado States third onside kick attempt and ran the clock down to 15 seconds before giving the Rams the ball at their own 27. Colorado State advanced the ball to the 40 on a play with multiple laterals, but a review ruled that a forward lateral was made, resulting in a 10-second runoff that ended the game.We came in tonight to make it a fourth quarter game, Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said. It wasnt the kind of fourth quarter game we envisioned, but we did what we had to do to have a chance at the end.The Rams became the first team to take a lead on Boise State this season when Wyatt Bryan kicked a 39-yard field goal with 7:24 remaining in the first quarter. The score snapped Boise States FBS school record of 306:36 without trailing.Colorado State, seeking its first road win of the season, struggled against a stingy defense for most of the game.However, the night belonged to McNichols, who also set career highs in 34 carries and 264 total yards.With Boise States offense sputtering, McNichols scored on runs of 5 and 80 yards to ignite the Broncos. McNichols has three runs of 80 yards or more in his career.That was a fight, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. There are certainly things to work on. Its hard to win every single week and come out prepared to win every single week. But Im fired up for our team and how they handled some adversity. Certainly at the end of the game, there are a lot of things we can learn from and coach from.Brett Rypien was 16-of-24 passing for 207 yards and one touchdown. Thomas Sperbeck led Boise States receiving corps with five catches for 72 yards and added an 11-yard touchdown pass to A.J. 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At one point, he pulls out a chalkboard and shares tactics with a Flames coaching staff coming off a Stanley Cup win.The Flames were in Moscow as part of a training camp tour, and it was there many in the organization got to meet their newest player, right winger?Sergei Makarov, for the first time.At some point at Tarasovs place, the conversation shifts to Makarov.Details are hazy, in part because of a language barrier, in part because this took place decades ago. And the pink vodka probably didnt help.?But at one point, Risebrough remembers Tarasov weighing in on Makarovs place in Russian hockey history.He told us that Sergei was the best Russian player ever, Risebrough said. A coach like that was looking purely at his ability and his ability to deliver.For years, Makarov delivered at such a high level, he was often referred to as The Russian Wayne Gretzky. He helped the Russians win two World Junior gold medals, in 1977 and 1978. He helped Russia win eight gold medals in the World Championships. And after the crushing loss to the Americans in the 1980 Olympics, Makarov and the Russians won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in Sarajevo and Calgary.And now, hes getting the recognition he probably deserved years ago, with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. He joins former?Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros, coach Pat Quinn and goalie Rogie Vachon in the class of 2016.?Makarov, 58, will make the trip to the inductions from Russia, where hes working on alumni hockey projects in Moscow. He also coached Team Russia in the World Legends Hockey League earlier this year.Is Makarov the best Russian to ever play? Thats up for debate, but just being in the conversation puts him in a lofty stratosphere.Russians have so many good players, said legendary Hall of Famer defenseman Slava Fetisov over the phone from Russia. He loved the game more than anybody. His background, where he came from, it showed how much he loved the game. I was so lucky to have a partner like Sergei throughout almost my whole career. I can only say thank you to him, his talent and his leadership.Around the same time the Flames coaching staff was meeting with Tarasov, the Flames players were getting to know Makarov. Made a 12th-round pick by the Flames in 1983, when Russian players were allowed to play in North America, Calgary was finally getting a chance to bring him to the NHL in 1989, at the age of 31.During that training camp visit to Moscow, Makarov invited a few of his new teammates, including a young Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk, over to his apartment for a home-cooked meal. The elevator to the penthouse where Makarov stayed was so small, players could only go up two at a time.Roberts estimates that the penthouse itself had two bedrooms and fewer than 1,000 square feet of living space for Makarov and his small family. One of those rooms was filled with crystal awards, trophies and medals from Makarovs years of hockey successes as a member of the legendary Green Unit with Makarov, Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov at forward and Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov on defense.I thought to myself, This guy is the Wayne Gretzky of Russia, look at where he lives, Roberts said. It was such an eye-opening experience for Nieuwendyk and myself.It was also a bit of foreshadowing of the cultural differences Makarov would have to overcome when he finally made his NHL debut. Considering what hed overcome to get this far, its no surprise it went as well as it did for Makarov in Calgary.A product of the Red Army, Makarov and his teammates endured 11 months of training that shaped them all into physical specimens. The players would report to their barracks outside of Moscow in July.We had a two-story building, a facility for hockey players. Around is a big fence, you couldnt really get out, saaid Larionov. Tyler Lockett Womens Jersey. heyd alternate running, weight training and on-ice practice sessions that began early in the morning and lasted all day. If a player got home once a week, he was lucky.What stands out to Larionov and Fetisov years later is that, in the middle of such an intense physical experience, Makarov added workouts. He was up earlier than anyone, playing tennis at 5 a.m.For one reason -- to be ahead of everybody, Fetisov said.If they had a slight break during the day, he was on the grass playing soccer.He wants to be the best there, too, Larionov said. It was in his blood to be the best guy. Thats the guy. Get up, doesnt matter what, he wants to be the best. He wants to be on top of every sport. Thats what Sergei Makarov was all about.For long stretches, Makarov absolutely was the best.His line with Larionov and Krutov -- the famous KLM line -- is one of the best ever formed. Aside from his long list of gold medals, players from his era point to the performance Makarov?turned in during the 1987 Canada Cup. Canada came out on top that year, but in a tournament that featured Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux playing together, there were stretches in which Makarov was the best player on the ice.His goal opened the scoring in Game 3 against Canada, with Gretzky, Lemieux and Paul Coffey on the ice. It was his seventh goal of the tournament.Former Flame Joel Otto played with Makarov in Calgary, and against him for Team USA in that tournament.You get a first-hand view of not being able to touch the puck, Otto said. He was a great player.Otto saw that great player up close when he joined the Flames in 1989. The players and coaching staff also got to witness just how demanding he was -- Makarov was an incredible passer, and expected the passes back to him to be just as good.He would get frustrated, Crisp said. Hed give you that look, flip the helmet back and shake his head. How do you explain to him, that Hey, everybody doesnt have your skill and can see the ice like you do?Makarov would express his frustration to Roberts.Hed say, Robs, on stick. On stick. Not on skates, Roberts said. I used to say, Hey, Sergei, youre playing with me, youre going to get pucks in the skates. Im not Larionov or Krutov. Im just a grinder.There was also a frustration with the style of play. The way the Russian Five skated circles around the ice was much different than the North American style, where teams dumped the puck in and worked to retrieve it.That style drove Makarov crazy.He hated when I dumped the puck in, Roberts said. Absolutely hated it. Hed look at me like, You go get it if you dump it in.But Roberts leaves no doubt. He and his young Flames teammates were better players because of their time with Makarov. Roberts scored 53 goals in 1991-92, and said that 39 of them came from Makarov assists.Makarov won the Calder Trophy at the age of 31 with the Flames, scoring 24 goals and registering 86 points. His dominance would later lead the NHL to setting an age limit of 25 on rookies of the year.He was so strong on the puck that his teammates noticed black tape marks all over his jersey from when he pulled away from the hooking that was so prevalent in the game then. When he took his jersey off in the dressing room, his torso was scraped and scratched from opposing sticks.He wasnt going down, Otto said.At the age of 35, he scored 30 goals for the San Jose Sharks after reuniting on a line with Larionov. His presence on that Sharks team convinced Larionov to play in San Jose, and those 1993-94 Sharks went on to upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs -- a breakthrough for the young franchise.In all, Makarov would score 134 goals and 384 points in 424 NHL games during the twilight of his career.That time
NRL referees boss Tony Archer has hit back at his predecessor Bill Harrigan, throwing his support behind his whistleblowers for their performance in State of Origin III. Cheap NFL Jerseys China .Harrigan slammed the performance of referee Gerard Sutton in Wednesday nights dead rubber at ANZ Stadium, saying he wouldnt have selected him.Sixteen penalties were blown in the match, the equal-second most in an Origin match since 1996.Twelve of those were given in favour of NSW in their 18-14 win - coincidentally the same number Queensland received when winning last years series decider by a blowout margin.The penalty count was 9-1 in the Blues favour at halftime after the Maroons copped a string of them for infringements while desperately defending their line.However Archer not only said his refs were correct in penalising the Maroons for their repeated infringements in the first half, he said they performed well across the whole series.Going into game two, I reminded the referees that if there were infringements in the ruck or on the 10 metres, my expectation is that they are penalised to ensure a flow to the game, Archer said.There was a period where NSW were in a strong attacking position, theres four penalties in about seven or eight minutes.I expected the referees to penalise those that infringe and was comfortable with what they did in that period of the game.Harrigan said Sutton didnt get a feel for Wednesdays clash and Gavin Badger - who played no part in the series - should have been one of the two referees.When you get into a State of Origin youve got to have a feel for the game and an empathy for the game, Harrigan, who refereed 21 Origins, told Triple M.And I just think that Gerry didnt have that feel last night.If youre going to blow a penalty its got to have impact and have the desired affect that youre after ... and when he gave some of the penalties that werent needed to be given.Harrigan, who publicly backed Sutton after the opening game of the series, thought he should have made way for Badger in Wednesday nights clash.I would take Gerry out, I wouldnt have had them for Game III, Harrigan said.I thought (Gavin) Badger deserves his go. 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The Atlantic Coast Conference is home to maybe the best and most important player in college football this season.Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and the leader of a team with hopes of getting back to the College Football Playoff -- and finishing the job this time around.Florida State running back Dalvin Cook could also make a run at the Heisman Trophy. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya might get into the Heisman mix as well, and North Carolina running back Elijah Hood is maybe the most unheralded member of the great class of junior ball carriers around the country.The ACC has no shortage of potential All-Americans and award winners, but these six players could play pivotal roles for their teams this season.DeAngelo Brown, NT, LouisvilleThe Cardinals defense looks loaded, despite losing its best player, defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins, to the NFL. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The first Olympics in South America. Cheap Authentic Jerseys . The first time for golf in 112 years. So imagine the deep sense of honor for Adilson da Silva when the only Brazilian in the 60-man field was chosen to hit the first tee shot.One of the most special times in my life, he said.The honor is not his alone.Joining him on the first tee Thursday at Olympic Golf Course will be Andrew Edmondson, who has been part of da Silvas unlikely golf career for the better part of 30 years. Edmondson asked to be his caddie for the week, and both men could only smile at circumstances that led to this occasion.Long ago, on a nine-hole course in Santa Cruz do Sol about a two-hour flight south of Rio, it was the other way around.Da Silva was an 11-year-old who saw golf only as a way to make a little pocket money.If we found golf balls, we would sell them for pocket money, he said. My parents didnt have much, so we had to do a bit of work. It teaches a good lesson. It was great fun. I used to go with my brother and friends. It teaches you to work a bit, to get things by working for it.The more he worked and watched, the more the game began to appeal to him, even without the proper equipment. Finding golf balls to hit was the easy part. Getting golf clubs required a little imagination. Santa Cruz was the only course in town. Spare golf clubs were in short supply.We used to cut the branch of a tree in the shape of a golf club, da Silva said. It was a proper head, you just had to shape it up nicely. I guess you had to improvise. Your timing had to be right because the shaft would be wobbly.Edmondson, a tobacco buyer from Zimbabwe, used to spend half the year working his trade in Brazil. He loved golf, which was much more prominent in Zimbabwe, a country that produced Nick Price and Mark McNulty.Edmondson would play on the weekends at Santa Cruz, and da Silva was 11 when he first hired him as a caddie.They became close enough, and da Silva was getting good enough, that they would play together when Edmondson didnt have a regular game.I caddied for him for a couple of years when he came over for tobacco season, and weve become good friends, da Silva said. And then one day he said, `Look, do you want to give it a go? Because maybe he thought there was some potential there. I was very fortunate.Edmondson knew the teen would have a hard time developing his game in Brazil.It really was a `baby steps kind of thing, Edmondson said. He didnt go from an 11-year-old caddie to the professional level. Basically, I was living out there and was transferred back to Zimbabwe. They have a very good junior golf program, and I got him into that. He got coaching from Tim Price, Nicks brother.Da Silva was 17, and Edmondson figured he played off a 5 handicap. Within a few years, da Silva was winning amateur titles in Brazil and Zimbabwe, and he was good enough to turn pro at age 22.His family still lives in Brazil, though da Silva has moved to Durban, South Africa and plays primarily on the Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour in South Africa. He has four career victories, starting with a Sunshine Tour event in 1998, his best year coming in 2013 when he won the Zambia Open and Sun City Challenge.He has qualified for the British Open three times, making the cut (a tie for 69th) at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012.The Olympics tops them all.As the host nation, Brazil was guaranteed at least one player for the Rio Games. Two Brazilians have made it to the PGA Tour -- Lucas Lee this year and Alexandre Roche in 2011 and 2012 -- and da Silva felt it was going to be close. He left nothing to chance, traveling across Asia to play seven times in eight weeks early in the year, staying away from his family in South Africa to chase world ranking points and secure his spot in Rio.Its a big deal to get here, he said. I maybe have another chance, but this one, I needed to make sure. I sacrificed a lot. There was a lot of traveling. Its hard to leave your wife and kid behind, but it was something I had to do. I couldnt wait for it to happen. I had to make sure I was traveling and playing and practicing.A tie for fourth in the Indian Open in March gave him breathing room, and a runner-up finish in the Swazi Open sealed it.To be at home in Brazil for the first golf in the Olympics in 1904 was special. He was on the course with Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson and the rest of the best. And then the greatest week in his life got even better.They came up to me and said, `Youll be the first one to tee off. I was like, `Woooo! What an honor. I feel like I dont deserve it, da Silva said. Im very lucky.Edmondson feels the same way.He has caddied for da Silva a couple of times, mostly at the Zimbabwe Open and once at the Swiss Open. He didnt want to miss this, not with their history together.When it looked like he was going to play in the Olympics, I asked him if he wouldnt mine, and fortunately, he agreed, Edmondson said. Its quite overwhelming. Just to be part of the Olympics, being involved with a close friend, its awesome. Julio Jones Alabama Jersey . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Marcell Dareus Alabama Jersey . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. http://www.cheapjerseysforwholesale.us.com/diamondbacks-to-green-chris-owings-service-16-mlb-jersey-salute-stitched.html . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Louisville coach Jeff Walz got a victory, and he hopes Middle Tennessee gave his fifth-ranked Cardinals a lesson in listening to the scouting report.Mariya Moore scored 27 points, and Louisville Cardinals never trailed beating Middle Tennessee 91-72 Wednesday night despite giving up a career-high 27 points and 11 assists to Blue Raiders guard Ty Petty.I hope our kids believe now that shes really good, Walz said. We tried to tell them that, but I think there were a few times we decided not to guard her just to see is she really good. After 27 points, Im hoping they realized that, and then Im hoping theyll believe us from now on when we tell them someone is good. She was phenomenal.This was Louisvilles first visit to Middle Tennessee since 2008, and the Cardinals had little trouble improving to 5-1 in this series despite letting Petty knock down 10 of her 17 shots.Ciera Johnson opened with a layup for the Cardinals (3-0), and Alex Johnson hit a short jumper to tie it up at 2. That was as close as Middle Tennessee (0-2) from Conference USA would get as Louisville shot 67 percent taking a 22-9 lead after the first quarter.Asia Durr also had 22 points, and Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 for Louisville.Alex Johnson had 13 for the Blue Raiders.We hope we grow up, Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell said of his young team with Petty the only senior.Petty pulled the Blue Raiders within 26-21 capping a 12-2 run with a 3 with 4:39 left. That woke the Cardinals up, and they answered with 15 straight points and led 41-24 at halftime.The Cardinals pushed their lead to as much as 24 a couple times in the fourth quarter, the first on a 3 by Hines-Allen.BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals continued their run through an easy opening portion of the schedule before playing fourth-ranked Souuth Carolina on Nov. Chris Davis Orioles Jersey. 27th. This was the Cardinals third straight game against a team from Tennessee but not against the states only ranked team, No. 13 Tennessee.Middle Tennessee: This was the highest-ranked team to visit since No. 4 Tennessee in 2013, helping the Blue Raiders bring in some star power for their home opener. They dropped to 5-1 all-time against Louisville, but its part of Insells toughening up his Blue Raiders during nonconference play for March. Arizona State and Georgia Tech also visit in December.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Cardinals did little to hurt themselves with an easy victory. This is their second road game and second against an NCAA Tournament team last March. It gives us more confidence to know were doing so well against great teams, so just lets us know where we are so far, Moore said. All teams get better throughout the season. Its good to know were starting off pretty well.HEIGHT ADVANTAGEWalz played five Cardinals who are 6-foot-2 or taller against a team with only Rebecca Reuter taller than 6 foot. The Cardinals outrebounded Middle Tennessee 44-30 and had a huge edge at the free throw line (21 of 27) compared to the Blue Raiders (3 of 6). The Cardinals even affected shots they werent around as the Blue Raiders missed some wide-open shots.We probably missed seven chip shots, Insell said. Well thats 14 points thats uncontested shots that we usually knock down that because of their size we were looking for them and we didnt follow through. 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Newcastle United are edging closer to confirming that Rafa Benitez will stay on as manager next season, Sky sources understand. Doug Flutie Jersey . Benitez signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss back in March, when he replaced Steve McClaren, but the contract is reported to include an option to cancel at the end of the season.The Spaniard was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, leading to doubts over whether he would stay, but it appears a meeting with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley on Sunday was positive. They talked for two hours after the stunning 5-1 win over Tottenham at St James Park, giving Ashley a first chance to speak to Benitez face-to-face since his arrival at the club.After the game Benitez said his heart was leading him towards staying on Tyneside to try and guide Newcastle back to the Premier League, and he admitted that fantastic support from the clubs fans was also swaying him. Jamie Carragher believes Rafael Benitez has a difficult decision to make Sources understand Ashley was impressed by Benitez during their meeting, with the Spaniard keen to find out what ambitions the owner has for their bid to get out of the Championship at the first attempt.Benitez is reported to be particularly keen to take control over the clubs transfer business before committing his future to the club. Benitez had this to say about his future after the win over Tottenham After beating Spurs, he said: I said I am quite open and I am quite pleased with everything, the staff, everything, now its just to be sure that we have to do what we have to do to be sure that we can go up if I stay here.They know, we have been talking. I have the same feeling as the fans, they want a strong team next season to be sure we go up again.The way and the ideas will not be difficult to have, to have similar ideas, but we have to sit down and make sure of everything. 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It took everybody stepping up to get this win tonight.After Millsaps late shot, Thunder center Steven Adams rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Westbrook and dunked it, but a review determined that the basket came just after time expired.Westbrook entered the game as the NBAs leading scorer with more than 30 points per game.If he gets his points -- hes going to get that regardless, Millsap said. The game plan was try to take everybody else out of it.Westbrook, who made 16 of 33 shots and had 11 rebounds and seven assists, was unimpressed with his effort.No, we dont have any moral victories around here, buddy, he said.Dennis Schroder scored 31 points and made 10 of 16 shots for the Hawks, who have won four of six after a six-game losing streak.Pretty special effort by the guys tonight, to come in here down Dwight, without him, and to find a way to compete against a great rebounding team and an individual player thats playing just lights-out basketball, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. I was very proud of our players.Jerami Grant scored a season-high 15 points, and Andre Roberson matched a season high with 14 points for the Thunder.Westbrook scored 18 points in the second quarter to help the Thunder take a 53-48 lead. The Hawks shot 50 percent in the first half, but without Howard, they were outrebounded 27-14, and the Thunder outscored them 10-0 on second-chhance points. Junior Seau Youth Jersey. Schroder scored 18 points in the first half, and Millsap added 16.The Hawks closed the third quarter well to take an 81-78 lead into the fourth, then Atlanta held on.They made some tough plays toward the end of the game, Thunder guard Semaj Christon said. We can do better on defense keeping the guys in front of us without fouling.---TIP INSHawks: F/C Mike Muscala tipped the ball into his own basket while trying to grab a rebound in the first quarter. The basket was credited to Oklahoma Citys Enes Kanter. ... F Thabo Sefolosha, a former Thunder player, scored 15 points.Thunder: Shot just 27.3 percent in the first quarter. ... Made 3 of 19 3-pointers in the first half. ... G Victor Oladipo missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right wrist. ... Adams streak of six straight games with double figures points ended. He finished with six points. ... Oklahomas Citys four starters other than Westbrook made 7 of 26 shots and scored 24 points.STAT LINESRoberson scored his 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He took five more shots than he had ever taken in a regular-season game.Im just letting it fly, to be honest with you, he said. It wasnt falling for me early, but I stuck with it, and the team needed me to keep shooting, so thats what I was doing. I just go out there and do anything I can.QUOTABLEKyle Korver, on Millsap: Hes just so tough. 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The Houston Cougars have hired offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to succeed Tom Herman as their new head coach, it was announced Friday. Joe Flacco Purple Jersey .Sources told ESPNs Sam Khan Jr. that Applewhite received a five-year contract. The university has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. ET Monday.When we set out on our search for the new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach with great integrity who believed in our mission and truly believed in our student-athlete experience, athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas.As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program.Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, former LSU coach Les Miles and Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley also were reported candidates for the job.Sources told ESPNs Brett McMurphy that Houston was down to Applewhite and Kiffin, but the tipping point was the number of players who expressed their support for Applewhite to Yurachek.Applewhite will take over immediately, coaching the Cougars against San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Orlando, who has been serving as the interim coach since Herman accepted the Texas job?on Nov. 26, will assume his usual duties as defensive coordinator.Herman commended Applewhites hire in a tweet Friday.The 38-year-old Applewhite steps into a program that has enjoyed a lot of success in the past 10 years and has become a launching pad for coaches. Art Briles went 34-28 with a Conference USA title at Houston from 2003 to 2007 before moving on to Baylor. Kevin Sumlin went 35-17 from 2008 to 2011 before leaving for Texas A&M. Herman went 22-4 with an American Athletic Conference championship in 2015.A source told ESPN on Thursday that the university wanted to require an excessive buyout so the next coach cant leave after a couple of seasons without paying a substantial penalty.My family and I are excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead such a tradition-rich program and continue our lives in one of the greatest cities is the nation, a city we love, Applewhite said. The student-athletes truly are the backbone of every great program, and as theyve demonstrated over the past few years, we have an exceptional group of young men in our program, and well continue to add men with great character and a competitive drive in our recruiting.Applewhite, who joined Houston in 2015, combined with Herman to lead one of the nations best offenses. The Cougars ranked 15th nationally in passing offense (301.9 yards per game) and 21st in scoring (38 points per game) this season. In addition, they averaged 157.3 yards rushing in 2016.Overall, Houston gained more than 500 yards in a game on 11 occasions over the past two seasons.Its no coincidence that the success UH football has achieved over the past two seasons happened with Major Applewhite running our offense, university president Renu Khator said in a statement. His energy and creativity are responsible for one of the most explosive passing games in college football and I am confident that as our head coach he will continue our upward trajectory as a nationally relevant athletics program.Before joining the Cougars, the former Texas quarterback, who was the 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, served seven years as an assistant coach for the Longhorns. He was Texas co-offensive coordinator in his last four seasons in Austin after serving as assistant head coach in his first three years on the Longhorns staff. In 2013, Applewhite admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a student during a 2009 bowl trip and said he was ordered to undergo counseling and had his pay frozen for a year at that time.He was out of coaching for one season before joining the Cougars.Applewhite was Alabamas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2007. 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Think of it as your one-stop shop for the week ahead.Here are the takeaways for this week, as the second week of August gets underway:Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (left oblique) is finally ready to be activated from the disabled list and will make his first start since June 28 on Tuesday against the Mets. His last rehab start didnt go well on the scoreboard, as the pitcher allowed five runs in five innings for Triple-A Reno last Wednesday. However, Greinke deemed the 86-pitch outing a complete success from a physical standpoint.Atlanta Braves: Dont look now, but Ender Inciarte has an 18-game hitting streak working. The left fielder has been one of the hottest outfielders in the game in the second half of the season, with a .376 batting average -- behind only Kansas Citys Paulo Orlando (minimum 50 at-bats). Yet inexplicably, hes owned in just 18 percent of ESPN standard leagues.Baltimore Orioles: Its not exactly a Colin Rea situation here, but Steve Pearce, acquired by the Os at last Mondays deadline, had to leave Sundays game with an elbow strain after making a throw from right field. Pearce said he had been dealing with the injury all year, but it hadnt been a major issue when he played in the infield for Tampa Bay. He received a cortisone shot and is hopeful hell be ready to return to action by the end of the week.Boston Red Sox: Dont be surprised to see Mookie Betts dropped down to No. 3 in the Red Sox order this week. Manager John Farrell is pondering juggling his lineup to drop Betts down to third in order to capitalize on his ridiculous .369 batting average with runners in scoring position. If Farrell makes the move, Dustin Pedroia would be elevated to the leadoff spot. Pedroia has hit into 19 double plays this season, the second-highest total in baseball.Chicago Cubs: The return of Jorge Soler to the Cubs lineup this weekend was a triumphant one, as the slugger hit two home runs and drove in runs in all three games in Oakland. However, the real question of how much Soler will play going forward has yet to be answered, as the outfielders hamstring still needs to be tested in the field. Soler was able to DH in an American League park, but Chicago wont return to that kind of environment again until Sept. 9.Chicago White Sox: August is just a week old, but James Shields is probably already sick of it. The right-hander has started two games this month, allowing 14 earned runs in just 6 1/3 innings (19.89 ERA). Since joining the White Sox on June 8, Shields has struck out just 31 batters in 12 starts, while walking 29. Shields was one of the most-dropped players in ESPN Fantasy this past week, which is actually amazing when you consider he was only owned in 37.4 percent of leagues when it started.Cincinnati Reds: This is the Billy Hamilton that fantasy owners have been waiting for since he debuted in 2013. Hamilton totally frustrated the Pirates on Sunday, stealing four bases and scoring three times while also making a terrific catch in the field. Gerrit Cole was totally flummoxed, You cant stop him. You can only hold him for a few pitches. ... We did neither today. Hamilton, whose bugaboo has been getting on base, has a .366 OBP and 21 steals in the second half.Cleveland Indians: Andrew Miller admits he hasnt been as focused as he would like this past week in the wake of being traded to the Indians. Facing his former team, the Yankees, this weekend didnt help him get settled either: None of it was fun, honestly. Its tough. Its just a huge distraction, honestly. That said, Miller has struck out five of the past eight batters he has faced, and earned his first save for his new club in Saturdays win over the pinstripes. It should only get easier for the reliever as time goes on.Colorado Rockies: Gerardo Parra (ankle) went 1-for-4 on Sunday in his return from the disabled list. Parra played right field, spelling Carlos Gonzalez in a planned day off. However, with the emergence of David Dahl, its unclear how much playing time Parra will get going forward. Manager Walt Weiss doesnt know what his plans are: Im not sure how its going to work out. Ive got four really good outfielders, and they are all major league-quality outfielders. Ive got to keep them all involved.Detroit Tigers: Nick Castellanos will miss at least a month after getting hit on the hand by a pitch on Saturday. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture. Veteran Casey McGehee started at the hot corner on Sunday, and will likely see a lot of time at the position going forward, though manager Brad Ausmus may decide to platoon McGehee with both Mike Aviles and Andrew Romine.Houston Astros: Since July 3, Colby Rasmus went just 3-for-66 at the plate. Slumps are normal in baseball, but this one? Yeesh! Not to excuse Rasmus poor play completely, but at least there does seem to be an actual reason for the decline. On Sunday, Houston placed the outfielder on the disabled list with a cyst in his right ear that had triggered bouts of vertigo and he may eventually require surgery to fix the problem. As any vertigo sufferer will tell you, the fact he was simply able to remain upright and walk to the plate 66 times is quite impressive.Kansas City Royals: Unless there are injuries to deal with, you pretty much know what the Royals lineup is going to look like on a daily basis -- and for the past 22 games, that lineup has started with Alcides Escobar. Yet in spite of a .217 batting average from the shortstop over that stretch (and his team going seven games under .500 during that stretch), manager Ned Yost has no plans on making a change. Ive thought every which way about it and until we get the middle of our order hitting, its not going to make any difference, Yost said.Los Angeles Angels: Only 110 wins and 1,736 career strikeouts and a lot of wondering what might have been had injuries not reared their ugly head for Tim Lincecum ... thats what were left with as the Angels have decided to designate the two-time Cy Young winner for assignment after nine starts yielded a 9.16 ERA and a .395 BAA. Conceivably, Lincecum could agree to go to the minors and hope for a turnaround, but we may well have seen his final pitch as a major leaguer.Los Angeles Dodgers: It remains a mystery as to whether Clayton Kershaw will return at all in 2016, but for the first time in a while, theres some reason for optimism. Yesterday, Kershaw threw a baseball for the first time since July 16. While the team wouldnt discuss details, manager Dave Roberts seems to hint that a September return for his ace is realistic: Whenever he feels hes ready to go, were going to pencil him in and get him going.Miami Marlins: Congratulations are in order for Ichiro Suzuki, who reached the 3,000-hit milestone Sunday. In terms of fantasy, with just 2.5 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, this historic feat has little impact. However, had the veteran outfielders quest for this hit gone on into September, it may have eaten into at-bats for Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Now, while Suzuki may still get a spot start every now and then, therell be no urgency to get him in the lineup, and owners of the regular trio of starters can relax.Milwaukee Brewers: Junior Guerra (7-3, 2.93 ERA) hhas been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreary 2016 campaign for the Brewers. Authentic Joe Flacco Kids Jersey. Now, his season has hit a huge roadblock. Guerra, who lasted just four innings in a 12-3 loss on Wednesday, is suffering from elbow inflammation and a disabled list stint is a very real possibility. Wily Peralta, who pitched for the Brewers on Opening Day -- believe it or not -- before getting demoted on June 11 with a 6.68 ERA, has been recalled from Triple-A to pitch in Guerras rotation spot Tuesday.Minnesota Twins: It looks as though Miguel Sano may have saved his spot on the Twins roster with three home runs over the weekend in Tampa. There had been buzz that Sano was going to be sent down to the minors Monday in conjunction with third baseman Trevor Plouffes activation from the disabled list. However, Sanos sudden vitality at the plate may have been what led to the Twins opting instead to send Byron Buxton to Triple-A Rochester.New York Mets: Since Logan Verrett joined the Mets rotation on July 9, he has posted a 5.61 ERA and the team has gone 1-5 in his six starts. He may not get a seventh. Verrett is due to pitch again at home on Friday against the Padres, but chances are a change will be made, with either Jonathon Niese or rookies Gabriel Ynoa or Robert Gsellman getting the ball from manager Terry Collins instead. Zack Wheeler, currently on an injury rehab assignment, is still several weeks away from a return.New York Yankees: It was quite the week in the Bronx. Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas on Monday. On Friday, Mark Teixeira announced he would retire at the end of the season. And Sunday, Alex Rodriguez held a news conference declaring his final game with the team would be Friday. Change may not yet be done, as catcher Brian McCann has reportedly cleared waivers, clearing the way for a potential deal over the next few weeks. Although McCann does have a full no-trade clause, with his teammates seemingly fleeing the clubhouse in droves perhaps hell be willing to follow them out the door.Oakland Athletics: Sonny Gray has given up five runs in a game on five occasions this season. All in all, 2016 has been a disaster for the pitcher who finished third in the Cy Young voting last season, and now things have gotten worse with the news he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Oaklands rotation is in a shambles, with names such as Zach Neal, Jharel Cotton and Raul Alcantara all possibly taking the mound as starters this week.Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard has two months left to showcase his skills before what is almost certainly going to be an offseason of free agency. Although there is a $23 million club option on the first baseman for 2017, it would be shocking if the Phillies chose not to opt instead for the $10 million buyout. Still, Howard has hit .371 with four home runs in his limited action since July 15, so those fantasy owners who have Howard in dynasty leagues may not want to completely give up on the veteran just yet.Pittsburgh Pirates: As a leadoff hitter this season, John Jaso has hit .262, which ranks 28th among qualified No. 1 batters in the league. That may be why manager Clint Hurdle has decided to move to Josh Harrison as his new leadoff option. Harrison hit first in all three games of the weekend series against the Reds, going 4-for-12 with three runs scored. For right now, hes given us the spark we were looking for, absolutely. Thats why we made the change, Hurdle said.St. Louis Cardinals: Crisis averted? Matt Carpenter, who returned to the Cardinals lineup on Friday after missing a month due to an oblique injury, was pulled from Saturdays game by manager Mike Matheny and then did not play on Sunday -- which certainly raised some eyebrows. However, Matheny said that all is well with Carpenter, and the decision to pull him was because he felt that his player didnt trust that he could go at 100 percent: Everybody is confident with where he is. Its just a matter of him getting into that good feel. He should be in the lineup on Monday.San Diego Padres: Innings caps are the bane of fantasy owners existence, especially when young pitchers theyve counted on for help in their rotations all season long suddenly disappear come September. San Diego is hoping to avoid a complete shutdown of Christian Friedrich and Luis Perdomo, both on short leashes this season, by going to a six-man rotation over the next few weeks. Clayton Richard, just signed by the team after being released by the Cubs on Wednesday, is expected to jump in and give the team some much-needed innings.San Francisco Giants: Bullpen arms who arent closers dont have any fantasy value per se, but having a healthy supply of relievers can definitely help starting pitchers earn a few extra victories (and lower their ERAs a bit) by not allowing inherited runners to score. San Francisco is about a week away from getting Cory Gearrin and Josh Osich back from rehab assignments. Their return may do wonders for an overtaxed pen that was nine games over .500 in May and June, but which has gone just 5-6 since.Seattle Mariners: On Sunday, James Paxton was two outs away from a complete-game victory (while wearing a?hideous throwback uniform, no less -- take that, Chris Sale!) when he was struck in the elbow by an Andrelton Simmons comebacker and had to leave the game. X-rays showed no broken bones and Seattle is currently optimistic that Paxton, who has posted a 1.59 ERA over his past four starts, wont have to miss any time. Phew!Tampa Bay Rays: Has Desmond Jennings played his last game in 2016? Thats a legitimate question after the outfielder fouled a ball off his surgically-repaired left knee last week, ultimately landing him on the disabled list over the weekend. Manager Kevin Cash said that Jennings was frustrated and and I think hes in a very similar feeling that he was before his surgery last year. Outfielder Mikie Mahtook (hand) was activated from the DL and hit fifth on Sunday.Texas Rangers: Sam Dyson blew a save?Sunday, marking only the third time he failed to convert all season long. That said, the closer has now allowed runs in three of his past six appearances and has just one strikeout in his past 40 batters faced. Newly acquired Jeremy Jeffress is 3-for-3 in holds with the Rangers but also struggled yesterday, entering the game with a 3-0 lead and leaving after one inning with the score 3-2. In general, despite Texas spot in the standings, this bullpen is best avoided altogether in fantasy.Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista, when healthy, had been batting leadoff for the Blue Jays for much of the season, but recently, manager John Gibbons has turned to Devon Travis to kickstart his offense. Although Toronto has scored just 2.4 runs per game so far in August, Travis has hit .355 with three home runs in the past seven games, six of which he was atop the order. Glass half-full?Washington Nationals: When it comes to hitting streaks, we kind of know whether or not to be impressed with a players run of good play, given we all immediately can relate it to Joe DiMaggios 56-game record. However, what do we make of Jayson Werths active 38-game streak of reaching base safely? It is the longest in the majors this season (Marcell Ozuna went 36 games in April/May), but there were five streaks of 40 or more games last season. The MLB record -- and second spot -- is owned (no surprise) by Ted Williams (84 games in 1949, and 74 in 1941). DiMaggio is tied for second at 74 (1941, naturally) and then theres -- wait for it -- former Montreal Expos infielder Orlando Cabrera (63 in 2006, though he did it while playing for the Angels). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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