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WASHINGTON -- Charles Williams scored 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, Dalique Mingo added 16 points and six assists, and Howard beat Division III Shenandoah 77-66 on Friday to snap a three-game skid. Vapormax Plus Scontate .Solomon Mangham scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bison (2-8). Kofi Andoh scored all 10 of his points in the second half.Leading 37-34 at halftime, Andoh sparked a 7-0 Howard run with a jumper and a free throw and the Bison led 73-58 on Marcel Boyds free throw with 3:21 left. Dalon McHugh narrowed the deficit to 10 on a fast-break layup but the Hornets got no closer.The Bison shot 7 of 24 from long distance compared with the Hornets 8 of 25 and outrebounded them 41-35.Malcolm Clark led Shenandoah with 14 points, Jonah Meredith had 13, McHugh added 12 and Kaimonne Douglas had 10. Air Max 720 Italia . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. Air Max 95 Italia . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup.Will Celtic Dragons enjoy another last-gasp winner against Loughborough Lightning on Monday? You can watch the Netball Superleague match live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 7.30pm and, if its anything like last years fixture, it will be a real thriller!Check out Chelsea Lewis last-minute winner for Celtic against Loughborough from last season. Air Max 270 Uomo Miglior Prezzo. Also See: Vitality Superleague fixtures Table Live on Sky Sportswomen ' ' '
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Bush and Tony Barnette took drastically different and quite unconventional paths to becoming 30-something rookie relievers and locker mates with the AL West champion Texas Rangers. Bo Bichette Blue Jays Jersey .When the Rangers were in the playoffs last October, former No. 1 overall pick Bush was in the final month of a 3 +-year stint in prison for a drunken driving accident that nearly killed a man.The 32-year-old Barnette was finishing a record-setting season as a closer who helped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows reach the Japan Series.Its almost like fate, the 30-year-old Bush said. Here we both are, finally getting our chance, being around the same age, and get to share our experiences and our rookie years together.The right-handers are key setup men for the Rangers, who play the AL Division Series opener at home Thursday against the winner of the American League wild-card game (Baltimore or Toronto).Bush, now a reliever whose fastball touches 100 mph, was initially drafted in 2004 out of high school by his hometown San Diego Padres as a shortstop -- just ahead of 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, also a six-time All-Star.Within weeks after receiving a $3.15 million signing bonus and before even playing his first pro game, Bush was suspended by the organization following his arrest in a bar fight. That was only the first of several alcohol-related incidents before the nearly fatal accident while in spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays in March 2012.Sober since that time, the final nine months of Bushs prison sentence in Florida last year included living in a halfway house while in a work-release program with a job as a baker at a Golden Corral in Florida.It was in the parking lot of that restaurant that Rangers officials watched Bush throw in the mid-90s. After his release Oct. 30, Bush went to Texas with his father to work out for the team for which Josh Hamilton, another former No. 1 overall pick, went from alcohol and drug issues to being a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP.Everybody in every clubhouse for the most part has a story. Some stand out a little bit more than others, like Matts. Hes handled it tremendously. He shows up, works hard and throws 100 mph. Its fun to watch, Barnette said. Isnt baseball great? It gives guys like us chances.Barnette was a 10th-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2006 from Arizona State, then started 96 games in four minor league seasons before going to Japan in 2010, a year before making the transition from starter to reliever. The Alaskan-born pitcher set a team record with 41 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 59 games for the Swallows last season before signing a two-year contract with Texas.Jonathan Lucroy, the catcher Texas acquired Aug. 1, said Bush and Barnette dont seem like MLB rookies, both having matured and learned from unique situations.While Barnette has spent the entire season with the Rangers, Bush went from spring training to Double-A Frisco after not playing any regular-season games since 2011.I really wouldnt have thought itd work out the way it is, especially with such a good team, a winning team, going to the playoffs now and being the setup guy. Its a dream come true really, Bush said. My true hopes were to finish the year without getting into any trouble, to stay sober, and to go into next year with a chance of getting placed on the 40-man roster.But things happened much faster than that, getting called up by the Rangers in mid-May after 12 relief appearances at Double-A, and converting all five save chances at the highest level he had pitched to that point. He has made 58 appearances for Texas (7-2, 2.48 ERA), and hasnt allowed a run in his last 10 appearances (11 1/3 innings).Its been fun, its been everything that I ever thought of, and being 30, Ive been able to handle myself, being more mature, Bush said. I definitely wasnt ready back then when I was a lot younger.Barnette (7-3, 2.09), who missed three weeks in September with a tight left oblique muscle, has recorded more than three outs in 19 of his last 27 appearances since mid-June, with a 0.79 ERA in that span.We know our roles and we know whats expected of us, and I think it helps being older, and the fact that were comfortable with who we are now, Barnette said. And were not worried about stepping on anybodys toes around us, because were older than everybody.On a team with 28-year-old shortstop Elvis Andrus being the longest-tenured position player in his eighth season, Bush and Barentte are certainly the old rookies. Homer Bush Jersey . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. Pat Gillick Blue Jays Jersey . Catch all the action on TSN2 at 11pm et/8pm pt. The nine-time Big 12 champion Jayhawks are positioning themselves for another title, as they have run out to a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play thus far. . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing no signs of slowing down. Clayton Kershaw lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.88 with eight innings of three-hit ball and had a two-run single, and the Dodgers increased their NL West lead to a season-best 7 1/2 games Sunday night with an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "When you rattle off a streak like the one were on right now, its probably a little more than luck," Kershaw said. "Were a pretty good team right now, and its a lot of fun coming to the yard every day and winning games. I think the guys in this clubhouse realize that weve got a pretty good opportunity here that we dont want to waste." Mark Ellis had a homer and three RBIs to help Los Angeles complete the three-game sweep. The Dodgers improved to a major league-best 37-8 since June 22, including a franchise-record 15-game road winning streak. At the lowest point, they trailed Arizona by 9 1/2 games. "Weve got 40-plus games left and we play the Diamondbacks a lot more, so it doesnt really matter what kind of lead we have now," Kershaw said. The Rays lost their season-worst fifth in a row, but remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston following the Red Soxs loss at Kansas City. "It definitely adds confidence," catcher A.J. Ellis said after the Dodgers improved to a season-best 17 games over .500. "Weve been playing two of the better teams in baseball this week, including the Cardinals -- and Tampa Bay was one of the hottest teams in the American League coming in. So this was a big stretch for us." Kershaw (11-7) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and struck out eight to help the Dodgers complete their seventh series sweep of the season. Tampa Bays only hits off the left-hander through the first seven innings came in the fifth, a leadoff single by Yunel Escobar and a two-out triple by pinch-hitter Sam Fuld. The Rays loaded the bases with none out in the eighth and rookie Wil Myers drove in their second run with a sacrifice fly. The run was unearned because of shortstop Dee Gordons fielding error. Gordon also committed throw errors in the third and sixth innings, but Kershaw erased both mistakes by retiring the next batter on a double-play grounder. The Dodgers finished their interleague schedule 11-6, their first winning record against AL clubs since going 10-8 in 2004, and the Rays completed their interleague slate 12-8. Kershaw is 6-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 career interleague starts, striking out 116 batters in 111 1-3 innings. Jeremy Hellickson (10-6) gave up four runs and seven hits through three innings in his first career start against the Dodgers, marking the sixth time in Tampa Bays last nine games that its starting pitcher didnt last five innings. The right-handers 4.93 ERA is the highest among major league pitchers withh at least 10 wins. Blue Jays Jerseys 2020. . Hellickson has surrendered 13 runs in 12 innings over his last three starts, after going 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his previous seven outings. He is 1-6 with a 7.19 ERA in 10 career interleague outings. "Im not pitching well," Hellickson said. "The last few games Ive been in spots where I need to make a big pitch with two out to get me deeper into the game, and every time I didnt get the job done. Tonight I felt good with all three of my pitches and I thought the command was there, but I lust left some balls up in that second inning and couldnt get that big out with two outs. The last two weeks have been very frustrating, but Ill be OK." Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis opened the Dodgers three-run second inning with singles, and both advanced on Juan Uribes third sacrifice bunt of the season before Kershaw drove them in with a sharp two-out single through the left side of the infield. Carl Crawford then singled and Mark Ellis doubled home Kershaw. "We watched a lot of film on Hellickson. This guys got an amazing sinker, works both sides of the plate, and when his changeup is right is really a difference maker," A.J. Ellis said. "But tonight we were just looking for balls up in the middle of the zone." A.J. Ellis made it 4-0 in the third with a sacrifice fly, and the Dodgers tacked on two more in the fourth on a two-out double by Adrian Gonzalez that raised his team-high RBI total to 74. Mark Ellis added his sixth homer in the sixth, a two-run shot against Josh Lueke. "It was a fun night all the way around," Kershaw said. "We got some big hits when we needed to and put some runs on the board early. But the important thing is that we got a win." Kershaw faced an all-right-handed lineup that included switch-hitters Ben Zobrist and Jose Lobaton. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had his starting pitcher bat eighth ahead of left fielder Jason Bourgeois. Hellickson, who came in with one hit in five big league at-bats, struck out looking his only time up. He was the fourth AL pitcher to bat higher than ninth since interleague play began in 1977, along with David Phelps for the Yankees on May 8, Zack Greinke for Kansas City in 2009, and Andy Sonnanstine for the Rays in 2009. Sonnanstine had to bat third that day because of a lineup mistake by Maddon that had Zobrist and Evan Longoria both starting at third base. As a result, the Rays were forced to lose their designated hitter -- Longoria -- for the entire game. NOTES: Kershaw is 49-0 in his career when the Dodgers score four or more runs while he is still in the game. ... 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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss a couple of weeks due to a lower-body injury. New Air Max 97 2019 .Coach Mike Sullivan announced the injury on Thursday, less than 24 hours after Letang played 26 minutes in a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins. Sullivan did not elaborate on when Letang was hurt but the five-time All Star was slow to get up after getting knocked into the boards during a sequence in the Pittsburgh zone in the second period, though he did not miss a shift.Letang has two goals and 19 assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have ripped off seven straight wins to move atop the Metropolitan Division.Pittsburgh hosts Los Angeles on Friday and will play eight over the next 17 days. Air Max 97 Womens Clearance . The 25-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted by his club team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Air Max 97 Shanghai .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jin Jongoh put a shot in the 6-ring midway through the finals, the shooting equivalent of shanking a shot into the woods during the final round of a golf major.No way would he come back from that, the South Korean thought, yet he kept his focus, hoping to find a way back at least into medal contention.Jin did more than that, putting his name up there with the greatest shooters in Olympic history.Stringing together one clutch shot after another, Jin rallied from his inexplicable miscue to overcome Vietnams Hoang Xuan Vinh in the mens 50-meter pistol finals Wednesday at the Rio Olympics, becoming the first shooter to win three straight gold medals in the same discipline.This is the most memorable medal I have won, said Jin, who has four gold medals and two silvers combined in pistol and air pistol. Compared to other Olympic Games, this was the most challenging Games and I was under the greatest pressure.Jin was the top qualifier in windy conditions and was in good shape after eight rounds of the eight-man elimination finals, which were held inside at the finals hall.Then the inexplicable happened: Jin, the world-record holder in two disciplines, shot 6.6 on his ninth shot. That set off a collective groan from the crowd dropped him to the bottoom of the standings. Air Max 97 Have a Nike Day For Sale. I missed the aiming, Jin said. I changed my position and said to myself, dont make the same mistake.He didnt.Jin survived elimination when he hit 9.6 on his 10th shot and Slovakias Pavol Kopp fired a 7.1. Jin followed with a 10.4 and started finding the 10-ring consistently to move up the standings.Still alive, but a 4.4-point deficit with 10 shots left was a lot to ask.I didnt think I could do it, Jin said.He just kept shooting -- and hitting his mark.Jin moved into a tie with eventual bronze medalist Kim Song Guk of North Korea with four shots left and assured himself of at least silver with shots of 10.4 and 10.2.Jin entered the final round just 0.2 points behind Hoang, who appeared to be unnerved by Jins charge.Jin shot 10.0 on his penultimate shot to Hoangs 8.5 to grab the lead. Jin fired a 9.3 on his final shot, but it turned out to be good enough after Hoang shot 8.2.The beauty of this sport is that you can never predict what is going to happen, said Hoang, who earned Vietnams first Olympic gold in any event on Saturday in 10-meter air pistol. I am very pleased to earn a gold and silver medal. ' ' '
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Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn. Joe Crede Jersey .ca! What an exciting start to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final series played by two highly skilled and gritty Original Six teams in Chicago Wednesday night. If you were like me, you hung in there on the edge of your favorite seat until Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks deflected the winner past Tuukka Rask with 7:52 remaining in triple overtime. I suggest you not give up that seat because I am sure there is much more where this one came from, regardless of the final outcome; or even how long it takes. Given the fan enthusiasm and questions I received through tweets (@kfraserthecall) as the game protracted into the wee hours, I am going to dispense with the typical question of the day. Instead, I want to provide some personal insight and share with you the thought process and pressure that an official feels at ice level when a Stanley Cup Final game extends into multiple overtime periods. Following that, I will provide some brief observations from Wednesday nights game and what I see on the radar screen that might need to be addressed. Lets roll the clock back to a time when the conventional thinking was to let the players decide the outcome of the game. The date was May 19, 1989 and the Montreal Canadiens, coached by Pat Burns hosted Terry Crisps Calgary Flames for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final series. The teams had split the first two games played in Calgary with some nastiness starting to boil over. My pre-game instructions from Director of Officiating John McCauley was to bring the series back under control and to lay the hammer down if necessary. It only took 34 seconds after the opening puck drop in Game 3 before Doug Gilmour (Cgy) received a hooking minor and Chris Chelios (Mtl) high-sticking. By the end of the second period, I had assessed 23 minor penalties. To provide you with a feel for the temperature of that game, included were coincidental unsportsmanlike conduct infractions at 20:00 of the first period to Al MacInnis (Cgy)and Brian Skrudland (Mtl). Then again at 19:00 of the second period to Dana Murzyn (Cgy) and Skrudland. I had set a strong standard of enforcement as requested by McCauley and players from both teams responded with hard, disciplined play that was very entertaining and exciting to watch as we moved into the third period. The game dictated that I only call offsetting minor penalties midway through the third to MacInnis (high-stick) and Shayne Corson (cross-check). The score was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. Sitting in the officials dressing room prior to the first overtime, I would have verbally expressed to linesmen Ray Scapinello and Kevin Collins that we could only hope for a clean goal to end it and if I got caught behind the play on a fast break to be sure and cover for me at the goal line. (With only one ref and no video review on goals, we needed a set of eyes on the goal line!) The other instruction would have been to get between players quickly to avoid having to call a stand-alone penalty if at all possible. I would have also hoped that the disciplined play demonstrated by both teams in the third period would carry into the overtime. No such luck! From the midway point of the first overtime, I managed a spurt in aggressive player behavior by calling four sets of coincidental minor penalties at various times. We entered the first overtime intermission wondering aloud if this game was ever going to end. I know I was exhausted (end-to-end chasing play) and was certain the players were, as well. By hydrating and refueling with fruit during the intermission, I hoped to stave off physical and mental fatigue that would become a reality the longer this game continued. The second overtime period started hard and fast on fresh ice as each team tried their best to end it early. Midway through this period, another pair of coincidental minor penalties resulted when MacInnis and Bob Gainey were guilty of high-sticking one another. Not that I was looking for one but a clear-cut, stand-alone penalty had not yet materialized for me to raise my arm. That changed with 3:52 remaining in the second overtime period. Corson receive the puck in a stationary position three feet or so from the boards inside his blue line. He looked up ice and passed the puck to a teammate in the neutral zone but remained frozen facing the boards. Mark Hunter of the Flames continued on a direct route from some distance and with speed after Corson had released the puck. I vividly remember my conscious thought process as my mind spoke the words, Hunts veer off, dont hit him, veer off, dont... oh s&*t! I defied conventional wisdom and raised my arm as Hunter struck Corson directly from behind and launched the Habs forward headfirst into the boards. The boarding call to Hunter was the first stand-alone penalty that resulted in a power play in that game since Rob Ramage (Cgy) had taken a holding penalty at 16:08 of the second period of regulation. Hunters penalty expired at 16:08 of double overtime, which is the exact time on the clock that Ryan Walter jammed the winning goal past Mike Vernon with an assist from Stephane Richer. The Flames fanned in my direction. The following day at the Stanley Cup luncheon, Director of Officiating addressed a media scrum with me by his side to answer questions concerning the shock waves resulting from a referee calling a penalty in overtime; let alone double OT. McCauley was very direct in his response and said that a call of that nature must be made at any time of the game, and if Fraser had not raised his arm, he might just as well stayed in the dressing room and watched the game on television! The Flames went on to win the Cup in six games and HHOF member Lanny McDonald scored his last NHL goal before retiring in the off-season. Doug Gilmour scored the game winner and added an insurance goal in a 4-2 Flames victory. I had defied conventional wisdom. On The Radar Screen In Game 1, I did not see a situation where a stand-alone infraction resulted in any of the overtime periods for the referees to impose their authority. While we can always point to a call here or there, the officiating was not a factor in the hard-fought, hugely entertaining game. Good on them! I saw two things on the radar screen that I would highlight as this series progresses, however. I would advise both team coaches and management that these issues are not acceptable and instruct the referees accordingly. The first is in regard to embellishment. In my judgment, both Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw overreacted/embellished on the push from behind by Nathan Horton (interference) and Zdeno Chara (high-sticking), respectively. If selling of calls is allowed to continue, the floodgates will likely be opened up by both teams and detract from this terrific level of play. The other area is in regard to Brad Marchand dragging his skate and taking down Corey Crawford from behind in a slew-foot fashion. This is not the first time I have seen this player commit the same act in this playoff season (accidentally on purpose). I would advise both teams it will not be tolerated and the attacking player must give way no differently than on a defenceman that is backing into his zone at the blue line. A tripping or interference penalty should result. The three too many men on the ice penalties were bang on and correctly called by the officials. Good hard hits were allowed by both teams and the goaltending was utterly superb at both ends. Even the goal posts got involved in this marathon. I am already getting excited for Game 2 in this finale but just disappointed we have to wait until Saturday. Given the length of Wednesday nights game, Im sure the players are happy for the rest. Jose Abreu White Sox Jersey . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. 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HOUSTON -- Carlos Beltran has been trying to find a way to get back to Houston for years after spending a remarkable few months with the Astros more than a decade ago. Kyrie Irving Shoes From China .On Monday he finally got his wish when he and the Astros finalized a one-year, $16 million contract.It only took 12 years to come back, he said with a smile. Im happy to be where I am and looking forward to working with the younger guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, (Alex) Bregman -- the young core thats going to be here for a long time.Beltran is a nine-time All-Star and has hit .323 with 16 homers and 41 RBI in 55 postseason games. He spent the last half of the 2004 season with the Astros and hit a postseason record-tying eight home runs. It was his first trip to the playoffs, and he still revels in the short time he had a chance to play with Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.He wanted to stay with the Astros after that, but the team wouldnt offer him a no-trade clause. Hes heard plenty of boos in the trips hes made to Houston since then, and had a message for the fans that were unhappy with him.They have to blame previous ownership for not making it work, he said. In my heart I wanted to be here. Coming from Kansas City and being able to get the opportunity to play with so many good players, this is the place I wanted to be, and unfortunately it didnt work out.Now he has another chance as the latest piece the Astros added to boost their lineup since missing the playoffs. They traded for catcher Brian McCann and added free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick before bringing Beltran back. And Houston might not be done yet.What weve tried to do is improve this team ... were going to continue to try and find ways big and small to improve this team, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI last season for the New York Yankees and Texas. The switch-hitter split his time as a designated hitter and right fielder, playing 151 games.Hes looking forward to playing with Correa, a fellow Puerto Rican, and said the two of them and Altuve planned to meet for dinner on Monday night to get better acquainted. Beltran and Correa have chatted since he agreed to the deal and Beltran said Correa told him hes eager to learn from him.I said: `Im willing to work with you honestly and pass to you everything I know, Beltran said. Thats what its all about. This game is not about what you can do for yourself ... but for me its about what I can do for my team, for the guy next to me and how I can impact that person in a positive way.Luhnow has been a fan of Beltrans for quite some time and said Houston tried to trade for him last summer before he was dealt from the Yankees to Texas. Hes thrilled to finally get him back to Houston.Hes just a great fit for our club where we are right now, Luhnow said.In 19 seasons, Beltran is a career .281 hitter with 421 home runs and 1,536 RBI with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers. Beltran was able to get the No. 15 jersey he wore when he was last with the Astros after longtime catcher Jason Castro, who had worn the number for years, recently signed with the Twins.I felt that Houston was going to be the place where I was going to spend a lot of time, unfortunately it didnt work out that way, he said. Now Im back and the good thing is you guys got to see the young Carlos play and now you get to see the old Carlos play. So its good.Beltran isnt sure how much longer hell play, but as he enters his 20th major league season he knows the window is getting smaller for him to get that elusive ring and believes the Astros give him a good chance to do that.The opportunity of winning, the opportunity to get to the playoffs and hopefully win a championship, thats what its all about, he said. When I look at the whole lineup -- the whole team I really like our chances. Kobe Bryant Shoes Clearance . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. Cheap Kd Shoes China . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. NEW YORK -- The WNBA season is at the midway point and Los Angeles has definitely been the surprise of the season.The Sparks are 16-1, the second-best start in league history trailing only Houston which won 20 of its first 21 games in 1998. Los Angeles, led by Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker, was a unanimous No. 1 choice Tuesday in The Associated Press WNBA power poll .The team also owns the rights to Connecticuts pick in next years draft meaning Los Angeles could win the league and get the No. 1 selection since the Sun are sitting in the lottery again.Ogwumike is having an MVP-caliber season for the Sparks. Shes averaging 18.4 points while shooting a blistering 70 percent from the field.She has been playing at an incredible level, Sparks coach Brian Agler said.---POWER POLL: The top four teams remained the same with Phoenix jumping up to fifth. A look at this weeks WNBA poll:1. Los Angeles (16-1): The Sparks close out a six-game homestand against Indiana and Washington.2. Minnesota (14-3): The Lynx ended a rare-three game slide with a blowout win over San Antonio. Minnesota has a busy week ahead with three games.3. New York (12-6): Finishing 2-1 on a difficult road trip, the Liberty play three games this week.4. Washington (9-9): Mystics continue season-long road trip with games in San Antonio, Los Angeles and Phoenix.5. Phoenix (8-10): Winners of four of their last five games, the Mercury are looking strong. Two of three games this week are on the road.6. Chicago (7-9): Ended a four-game skid, need to be more consistent on defense to stay in the playoff hunt.7. Dallas (8-10): The Wings have been playing teams close lately, but havent been able to get over the hump -- losing three of their four gamees by a combined 13 points. Air Max 97 Wholesale China. 8. Indiana (7-10): If the season was over, Tamika Catchings would find her career ending before the playoffs began. Fever looking to avoid letting their star go out missing the postseason.9. Atlanta (8-9): Michael Coopers team will try and end a six-game skid.10. Seattle (6-10): Breanna Stewart has been nearly as good as expected. She and Jewell Loyd need a little more help but Storm should be a playoff contender for years to come.11. Connecticut (4-13): Three of their four wins have come against potential lottery teams. The Sun are at home this week for two games.12. San Antonio (4-13): A tough season got worse as Kayla McBride injured her ankle in last game. She could be out awhile.---PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the second time this season, Nneka Ogwumike earned AP player of the week honors. She helped the Sparks go 3-0 this week averaging 22.3 points and 10 rebounds. Other players receiving votes were Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart of Seattle.---BLOCK PARTY: Brittney Griner had the sixth triple-double in the league history during the regular season with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks against Atlanta on Sunday. It was the first in the league since 2014 and the third of them to do it with blocks. After a slow start to the season, Griner has taken over the league-lead in blocks.---GAME OF THE WEEK: Sky at Lynx, 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night. Chicago finds itself sitting in the eighth spot overall and struggling to find any consistency. Elena Delle Donnes squad has a tough week ahead with games against Minnesota, New York and Phoenix. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr traveled to see a hyped first matchup between Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid. Dansby Swanson Braves Jersey . They got a show from Nazem Kadri instead.Kadri got his second goal of the game in overtime, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.Matthews and McDavid were scoreless in the first showdown of the last two No. 1 overall picks. McDavid, from nearby Richmond Hill, Ontario, played his first NHL game in Toronto, and the game had enough hype to bring in legends Gretzky and Orr to watch.Kadri claimed he missed all the buildup.To be honest with you I dont know what people were talking about before the game, he said. I was just focused on my matchup and my assignment and just doing whatever I can to help the team win.Kadri won it on the first shift of overtime, eluding McDavids pursuit before beating Cam Talbot. The Leafs 26-year-old top line center has five goals in 10 games. He needed 27 games and almost two months (Dec. 5) to get there last season.His line also managed to hold McDavid off the scoreboard.He can embarrass you when he gets time and space so I just tried to limit that from him and just stay on top of him as much as I could, Kadri said.Hes a good player, McDavid said of Kadri. He played me hard. Good for him.Frederik Andersen had 44 saves for Toronto and Ben Smith also scored. The Leafs have won three of four games at home this season.Edmonton has dropped two in a row for the first time this season. Anton Lander and Darnell Nurse scored and Talbot stopped 28 shots.McDavids line was burned for the first goal of the game 89 seconds into the first period, with Kadri striking for an early lead.After hitting a pair of posts, the Oilers got on the board with 31 seconds left in the first. The action was driven by 25-year-old fourth line fireplug Tyler Pitlick, who stole the puck behind the Toronto goal and found Lander open in front.McDavid had his chances, rushing down the right side at one point and then flipping a backhand attempt on Andersen. McDavid had four shots on goal in nearly 23 minutes.Leafs coach Mike Babcock was surprised at how much Oilers coach Todd McLellan, his former assistant in Detroit, used McDavid. The Leafs coach thought McDavid wore down as the night wore on.I was never expecting the guy to play that much, Babcock said. Hes a good player and all that, but so is (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins.Matthews, meanwhile, generated some opportunities after a quiet first period, including a few good looks on setups from NHL rookie of the month for October William Nylander. Matthews finished with six shots.Smith put the Leafs in front 2-1 early into the second frame. Nurse lost sight of Smith as he crashed the net.Nurse beat Anderson high glove side for a goal near the midway point of the third period that tied it 2-2.Game notes McDavid and Matthews saw the ice against one another only sparingly over two periods, though more so in the final frame. Matthews, the first overall pick one year after McDavid, described the meeting as just another game on Tuesday morning.UP NEXTOilers: Play at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.Maple Leafs: Play at the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday night. Shane Greene Braves Jersey . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. Jeremy Walker Braves Jersey .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. NEW YORK -- Most of the New York City areas professional sports teams have combined efforts with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to launch a national campaign during domestic violence awareness month.The campaign features coaches, personnel and players including Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, Knicks legend John Starks, Liberty center Kiah Stokes, Rangers Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert and Cosmos players Lucky Mkosana and Giovanni Savarese.Mark-Viverito had the idea for the campaign after the Yankees acquired pitcher Aroldis Chapman, and she wanted to give fans a way to support their teams while acknowledging the troubling issue that domestic violence poses in a sports context. In August, she started discussing the issue with local teams and asking them to be a part of a campaign that became #NotAFan.I dont want to be complicit by being silent, and thats why I feel its important to speak out about it, Mark-Viverito said. Youve got these sports figures that have incredible reach and notoriety and influence and they should be held to a high standard. They shouldnt get a pass because of who they are and the standing they have, and how we handle this sets a tone for how we handle this on a daily basis.The first of several public service announcements was set to debut on the giant screens in Times Square on Wednesday morning. Mark-Viverito will attend the Mets playoff game Wednesday night, where the team will show a PSA from the campaign at Citi Field before the game starts. All season, fans can take a picture of themselves wearing team gear and a purple anti-domestic violence ribbon and tweet it to the campaign. In the coming weeks, the ad will be seen on Clear Channel media, the YES Network and MSG Network.Mark-Viverito has spearheaded initiatives for the City Council, which has put $14 million into domestic violencce-related services for New Yorkers. Ronald Acuna Jr. Braves Jersey. In her office, shes become familiar with New Yorks team owners and front-office personnel as theyve worked with the city on stadium proposals and other issues.Im on the side of having to vote on these incentives which sometimes can be controversial, Mark-Viverito said. But there are a lot of things that the city does provide as a way of supporting these franchises. Some of them are on parks land. Theres obviously an expectation that they be good neighbors, that they contribute in the ways they can ... I think its a moral responsibility of them to be supportive of something like this.The speakers office reached out to the Jets and the Giants to participate, and both declined citing their support of other anti-violence groups in the area.We had already made a commitment to My Sisters Place, where weve had a relationship for 20 years, and the Joyful Heart Foundation, said a Giants spokesperson. The Jets noted support of Dierdres House and Jersey Battered Womens Services.There is no NFL rule preventing the Jets and Giants from participating, a league spokesperson told ESPN.The Jets and the Giants both have players on the roster who have been suspended by the NFL for domestic violence-related infractions. The Giants Josh Brown was suspended for the first game of the season, and Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was suspended for four games last season.Mark-Viverito said she would to see more teams join the campaign, which has the cooperation of teams but does not offer them oversight. The PSAs are edgy, playing with the idea of violence in a sports context that is not acceptable off the field, but Mark-Viverito doesnt shy from that connection.You can be a fan of the sport without condoning behavior, she said. You can stand up for that. ' ' '
LONDON -- The English Premier League has sold its television rights in China for $700 million in its biggest-ever overseas sale, a person familiar with the deal said on Thursday. Rick Reuschel Jersey .Online video streaming service PPTV sealed a three-year deal to broadcast all 380 matches each season across China from 2019-20, the person told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations are confidential with PPTV, a media division of Chinas Suning retail group which also owns Italian club Inter Milan.PPTVs 2019-2022 deal is worth more than 10 times the current contract with Super Sports Media Group, which is paying around $20 million a season. PPTV also has the live rights for games from Spains La Liga in China.The bumper Premier League agreement is a sign of the anticipated enduring attraction of the worlds richest soccer competition just as there has been discussion in England about declining domestic ratings for games.The Premier League has just started a new TV rights cycle, generating around 8.3 billion pounds ($10 billion) from broadcasters through 2019, with more than 5.1 billion pounds coming from English pay-tv networks.The rights through 2022 have already been sold in the United States to NBC, which signed a $1 billion, six-year deal. The windfall from PPTV eclipses NBCs contract in the latest hefty investment in soccer by China.President Xi Jinping has made improving Chinese soccer a priority, from the grassroots to the international team. Chinese businessmen have responded to the presidents call by elevating the countrys influence in global soccer.Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, and Wolverhampton Wanderers have received investment from China over the last year.In Italy, Inters rival, AC Milan, is also set to fall under Chinese ownership next month when Sino-Europe Sports completes its takeover from three-time former premier and billionaire businessman Silvio Berlusconi.China is also looking to host the World Cup for the first time after Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group signed up as a FIFA sponsor until 2030.---Rob Harris is at and Custom Chicago Cubs Jerseys . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. Keith Moreland Cubs 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. . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. RYDER CUPCHASKA, Minn. -- Even with the first opening-session sweep in four decades, the Americans were reminded anew that no lead is safe in the Ryder Cup.Not after one session. Not after one day.Europe battled back from a 4-0 deficit behind its best tandem, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, and capped off a long and rowdy day at Hazeltine when its best player, Rory McIlroy, holed a 20-foot eagle putt and then mocked the crowd by taking a bow.The American celebration turned into a consolation.They had a 5-3 lead, the margin after the first day at Medinah four years ago that ended in another European victory. They lost a chance to really put Europe in a hole.To honor Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday night, Ryder Cup officials placed on the first tee Palmers golf bag from when he was captain of the 1975 Ryder Cup team. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed then set the tone with a 3-and-2 foursomes victory over Stenson and Rose, and the Americans delivered the first sweep of the opening session since that 1975 team at Laurel Valley.BASEBALLBOSTON -- David Ortiz isnt quite finished with the late-inning heroics.The soon-to-retire Red Sox slugger opened his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer, lining a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.With his image mowed into the grass in center for the final regular-season series of his career, Ortiz was honored in a pregame ceremony and responded with an RBI single in the first. The Red Sox trailed 3-1 in the seventh when they scored two to tie it and then Brett Cecil came in to face Ortiz.The crowd, which sat through a 25-minute rain delay, rose to its feet chanting Papi! After working the count to 2-1, Ortiz lined the ball past the Pesky Pole for his 38th homer of the season -- and No. 541 of his career.SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner wants another even-year World Series championship. Thats what drives him, not the milestones and accolades he piles up along the way.Bumgarner lined a key two-run double in the sixth and emphatically pumped his arms while yelling in celebration at second base, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3.The Mets stayed one game ahead of the Giants for the top wild card, while San Francisco remained a game up on St. Louis for the second spot.ST. LOUIS -- If Matt Hollidays return on Friday night was his final appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals, he made it one to remember.Holliday connected for his first career pinch-hit homer after he was activated from the disabled list before the series opener against Pittsburgh, giving the veteran outfielder an opportunity to get back on the field with his future in St. Louis in doubt.Holliday, who broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11, asked the club to activate him to make what could be his farewell appearance in a Cardinals uniform. The Cardinals are not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.NFLLHOUSTON -- Houston Texans coach Bill OBrien confirmed that star defensive end J. Carlos Zambrano Jersey. J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year had surgery Thursday, a day after he was placed on injured reserve.On Friday, OBrien answered a simple yes when asked if Watt would miss the rest of the season.The 27-year-old Watt has started 83 straight games since he was drafted in the first round in 2011.NBAPHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers.Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays and an MRI revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal bone.The Australian forward played at LSU last season. He missed time early during his stay with the Tigers while waiting for an ankle injury to heal, and also left an NBA Summer League contest in July after suffering cramps in both legs.Simmons injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to their players. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play because of surgeries on his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor had his rookie season cut short with season-ending knee surgery on his right knee. He sat out practices this week because he still experienced soreness in the knee.MIAMI -- The relationship between Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat continued disintegrating, with the All-Star saying that the team did not tell him before going public with their belief that he will not play for them again.The Heat denied that assertion, with a team spokesman saying that calls, texts and emails to Bosh in the days before team president Pat Riley made that announcement earlier this week were not acknowledged.Bosh released another installment of his video series as well as a blog post Friday, with neither offering any specifics about his health. Boshs last two seasons ended at the All-Star break because of the discovery of blood clots. He failed a preseason physical and was not cleared by the team to resume basketball activities.CLEVELAND -- LeBron James didnt hold back in weighing in on J.R. Smiths contract impasse with the Cavaliers.James feels the Cavs owe the shooting guard, who helped them win an NBA title last season.Smith remains unsigned as his agents and the Cavs have been unable to finalize a contract. When the team opened training camp earlier this week, general manager David Griffin said the Cavs have made Smith an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer.The sides, however, remain apart on the length of a deal for Smith, who came to Cleveland in a trade with the New York Knicks midway through the 2014-15 season. ' ' '
PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid made Donovan McNabb sit behind Doug Pederson and wait nine games to get his first NFL start. Dustin Pedroia Jersey . Pederson wont let Carson Wentz wait at all.Pederson and personnel boss Howie Roseman changed up the blueprint that worked out well for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.Back then, Reid was the first-year coach. Pederson was the inexperienced starter. McNabb was the rookie No. 2 overall pick waiting for a chance to start.Now, Pederson is the new coach. Carson Wentz is the rookie No. 2 overall pick. Chase Daniel and his 77 career pass attempts is the veteran backup.But instead of waiting, Wentz will start right away.Hes such a special guy. This stage is not too big for him, Pederson said.Reid and McNabb went to five NFC championship games together and one Super Bowl, a loss to New England. So now its Wentzs turn to try to bring a city starved for a football championship its first Vince Lombardi Trophy.The Eagles accelerated the Wentz Era by trading Sam Bradford to Minnesota just eight days before the season opener. The blockbuster trade means theyd rather rebuild this season than try to contend in a weak NFC East. Then again, they could still compete in this division.As coaches, we fully expect to win right now, and its my job to instill that into the players that we have a good football team here and were very capable of winning now, Pederson said. But at the same time, youre looking down the road and youre trying to put pieces together for the future.Wentz injured his ribs in his NFL debut and missed the final three preseason games. But coaches were impressed with his workouts and progress in the film room.When you meet with (coaches) and you hear their thoughts on Carson and his readiness, mentally and physically, it makes you feel very confident in being able to do such an aggressive move a week before the season starts, Roseman said.Wentz will certainly need time to develop. But a revamped defense was impressive under new coordinator Jim Schwartz and the team went 4-0 in the preseason. The 2008 Detroit Lions also were 4-0 in exhibition games before going 0-16. But theres this: Since 1990, 28 of the 53 teams that had an undefeated preseason made the playoffs.Here are some things to know about the Eagles:RYANS RUN: Ryan Mathews is a featured running back again a year after outperforming DeMarco Murray in an odd rotation. Mathews averaged 5.1 yards per carry last season and has twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards, but he has missed 23 games in six seasons. Versatile returner Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner also will get carries.FOUND DORIAL: The Eagles acquired talented WR Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee after the Titans gave up on the 2015 second-round pick. Green-Beckham could be a steal if he lives up to his potential. Nelson Agholor, a 2015 first-round pick, has plenty to prove. So does Josh Huff. Jordan Matthews, the teams most accomplished wideout, sat out the preseason because of a knee injury.LINE PROBLEMS: RT Lane Johnson remains in limbo because he expects a 10-game suspension for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy. So theres uncertainty upfront. Pederson plans to start Johnson until hes banned. Allen Barbre waits to shift from LG to RT to replace Johnson. Brandon Brooks is the new RG. C Jason Kelce tries to rebound from a poor season. Eight-time Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters is showing signs of decline.SCHWARTZ ATTACK: After watching one of the worst defenses in the league three straight seasons under Bill Davis, fans are thrilled Schwartz is here. The defensive line led by Pro Bowl tackle Fletcher Cox is excellent, linebacker Jordan Hicks is a rising star, and the secondary is improved. The unit wreaked havoc in the preseason, forced plenty of turnovers, and was particularly impressive against Andrew Luck and the Colts.TEAM HARMONY: Now that coach Chip Kelly is gone, it seems everyone gets along. Roseman, banished from his GM job last season, has regained personnel power and has an excellent working relationship with Pederson. Owner Jeffery Lurie and Roseman hope Pederson brings the stability and success his mentor, Reid, brought to Philadelphia for more than a decade.---AP NFL website: Rob Maaddi on Twitter: Allen Craig Red Sox Jersey . Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan OReilly had a goal and scored in the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night. Mookie Betts Red Sox Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. . 24 Baylor in a Big 12 clash between teams trending in opposite directions. Andrew Wiggins made 10-of-12 from the foul line and scored 17 for Kansas (14-4, 5-0 Big 12), which capped a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents unscathed. Northamptonshire 384 (Duckett 208, Wakely 73) and 31 for 0 beat Kent 230 (Dickson 63, Coles 52, Gidman 51) and 184 (Viljoen 63, Kleinveldt 5-53) by ten wicketsScorecard Around 3am this morning, Sam Billings checked into Kents team hotel in Bromley. He had just completed the long drive down from Old Trafford, where he had been 12th man during Englands T20 defeat against Pakistan, and not released until after the game had been completed.After five hours sleep, Billings arrived at Beckenham to prepare himself for the third day of Kents Championship match with Northamptonshire. He netted for several hours, readjusting to the red ball after training for several days against the white ball - in vain as it turned out.At 10.55 this morning, Billings walked out to the crease after the dismissal of Sam Northeast, Kents batting totem all season. Kent were 22 for 5 and still trailed by 132 runs. They had to clear that deficit, and add another 200 runs or so, if they were to have a chance of gaining the victory their season depended on. It was time for a returning hero.Initially, Billings did not seem like one. He edged his very first ball, from the relentlessly probing Ben Sanderson, through the slips, and a couple of other boundaries followed from edges. Yet there were glimpses - a cut off Sanderson, an extra-cover drive off Azharullah - that Billings late night drive would be vindicated, and he would be the hero Kent needed.In the last over before lunch, Billings shaped to drive, and then pulled his bat away: as if he had thought he was playing a T20, only to remind himself at the last split-second that this was a first-class game. The indecision proved fatal: Billings did not lift his bat up in time, and the ball took an inside edge to uproot his off stump. As he trudged off, the fate of this game went with him. His efforts had been to no avail.Kent could certainly feel aggrieved. By reducing Division One to eight teams from next year, and allowing only one team to win promotion this season, the ECB had already hampered their chances of returning to the top tier for the first time since 2010, before plucking their best young batsman away from such a crucial fixture.Given that there are those who think that Billings could one day play in Test cricket too, it is debatable whether he learned as much from training with the England squad for two days than he would have done from playing a full part in the most important Championship game yet in Kents season.A few hours later, Kent had to accept that a seasons worth of fine Championship cricket would not be enough to secure promotion. A fourth successive victory would have kept up the pressure on Essex, ahead of what could have been a winner-takes-all showdown at Canterbury next week. But instead this three-day defeat effectively scuppered them. Mookie Betts Jersey. Five points from their game in hand, against Glamorgan on Monday, will put Essex out of reach come what may.Northants, meanwhile, could celebrate their win with a raucous sing-song. They had not merely beaten the second-placed side in Division Two; they had thumped them. If their first-innings total of 384 was underpinned by a brilliant double hundred from Ben Duckett, well-supported by Alex Wakely, then they showed the depth of their bowling stocks to take Kents 20 wickets for a cost of just 414 in the match.Rory Kleinveldt bowled superbly all match, swinging the ball late to claim eight wickets, but he had a coterie of fine support acts. Steven Crook took four wickets in the match, including the critical blows of Hardus Viljoen, driving once too often after a 63 that had been laced with powerful shots down the ground, and Billings in consecutive overs before lunch. Sanderson was remorseless in his line and length. And Rob Keogh, who will surely never replicate his nine-wicket haul last week, again suggested that he can be more than a serviceable offspinner.Northants sense of optimism is palpable. A year that has brought a second T20 Blast victory in four seasons, and a quarter-final spot in the Royal London One-Day Cup, has now yielded consecutive Championship victories. This was, in Wakelys belief, a complete performance. While the upturn in Northants Championship form has come far too late for a tilt at promotion, he reckoned that was no bad thing. Promotion would have been too early for us, with where we are as a squad, he said.David Ripley, the head coach, left Beckenham early to return to Wantage Road. Tonight the ground will host an Extraordinary General Meeting, where members will be asked to vote to cede control of the club to a limited company, NCCC Holdings, to generate more investment. Wakely is among those who supports the move, believing that it will enable Northants to replicate the success of Northampton Saints, who became an incorporated company in 2000 and have been able to invest more in their squad and sporting facilities since.While Northants went nowhere after winning the T20 Blast in 2013, Wakely is convinced that this time can be different.And the most obvious reason of all for optimism lies in Ben Duckett who, rather inevitably, scored the winning run: he is on the brink of signing a new contract. Wakely reckons that he can be as good as AB de Villiers, and urged England to take him to Bangladesh. He needs to be fast-tracked into the England team, as Joe Root was, he said. Who knows how good he can be? ' ' '
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