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LOS ANGELES -- Its more about reloading than rebuilding at Southern California. NGolo Kante Chelsea Jersey . The Trojans reached the NCAA Tournament last season after winning just five Pac-12 games the previous two years under coach Andy Enfield.They have some holes to fill this season after their second- and third-leading scorers left school early only to be undrafted and four other players transferred after going 21-13 and losing to Providence by one point in the opening round of the NCAAs.But the starting five should more than pick up the slack, along with some transfers and four freshmen.The Trojans were picked to finish seventh by the media in the Pac-12. They had just two league victories in Enfields first season, three in 2015 and nine last season, when they went .500 in league play.We lost a couple top players to the NBA draft early, Enfield said, but the nice thing for our program is we had some returnees that were talented and we still think we can compete.The Trojans were the second-highest scoring team (80.5 points per game) last season and could bump it up this season.USC will be seeking a return trip to the NCAA Tournament and its first victory there since 2009.They open the season against Montana on Nov. 11 at Galen Center, where they play five of their first six. Their non-conference schedule includes visiting Texas A&M on Nov. 18, hosting SMU on Nov. 25 and playing BYU at Staples Center on Dec. 3.Some things to watch for this season with USC:FRONTCOURT: It appears to be the biggest question mark, with sophomores Chimezie Metu (6-11) and Bennie Boatwright (6-10) the only returnees over 6-5. Metu averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes as a freshman last season; Boatwright averaged 11.5 points and 24.4 minutes. Boatwright tied for the team lead with 60 3-pointers. Metu added 15 pounds over the summer.ADDITIONS: The Trojans perimeter-oriented lineup adds three guards: Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron and freshmen Jonah Mathews and DeAnthony Melton. Aaron is eligible after sitting out last season and will be eager to show what he can do. Mathews can shoot from long range and drive to the basket. Melton brings a defensive mindset. Forward Charles Buggs, a graduate transfer from Minnesota, will be eligible immediately. Forwards Harrison Henderson and Nick Rakocevic are 6-10 freshmen. Henderson could be a project whose skills need developing. Rakocevic, along with Buggs, could help replace Nikola Jovanovic, who averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds before leaving early.BACKCOURT: Third-leading scorer Julian Jacobs (11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.5. assists) opted to leave early for the NBA draft. His absence turns the point guard reins over to Jordan McLaughlin, who led the Trojans in scoring with 13.4 points per game and shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season. After enduring shoulder injuries his first two seasons, the junior is healthy.REBOUNDING: Aaron figures to join junior Elijah Stewart and McLaughlin in the three-guard lineup. Stewart shot 43 percent from long-range last season and came up big with 27 points against Arizona before tailing off in five of the final six regular season games. Stewart and Aaron will be counted on heavily to rebound because of the Trojans lack of size. Our offense is kind of a run-and-gun 3-point offense, Stewart said.STAY HEALTHY: The Trojans will need to stay healthy because theyre short on depth after Darion Clark, Katin Reinhardt, Malik Martin and Malik Marquetti all transferred. Reinhard averaged 11.4 points last season. Olivier Giroud Jersey .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. Marcin Bulka Jersey . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. http://www.chelseafcproshop.com/Kids-Alvaro-Morata-Jersey/ . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers used the same word to defend Mike McCarthy that his coach used last month in response to mounting criticism of the Green Bay Packers quarterback.I think its ridiculous, Rodgers said Wednesday when asked about the scrutiny on McCarthy.At 4-5 and on a three-game losing streak, McCarthy has come under criticism for his failure to get the Packers out of their tailspin in a year when many tabbed them among the Super Bowl favorites.I think people dont understand how difficult it is to win in this league and win consistently, Rodgers said. The success that weve had here, its tough to do. Weve set the standard pretty high.But I wouldnt listen to some of those people out there. I mean, theyre not in this locker room, theyre not in the meeting rooms, theyre not in the practice environments. They dont know whats going on, they dont know the ttype of work ethic that we have here and that Mike has here. Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea Jersey. McCarthy reacted strongly on Monday, when he defended his 11-year run as the Packers coach.McCarthy, who has a 108-60-1 record, has led the Packers to the playoffs each of the last seven seasons, including one Super Bowl title. The Patriots are the only other team that also has made the playoffs each of the last seven years.Last month, when Rodgers came under fire for not playing like a two-time NFL MVP, McCarthy said the scrutinys ridiculous.Earlier on Wednesday, Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian said on SportsCenter that McCarthy was doing the best he can with a very, very short deck in terms of players.I dont see any problem with the coaching, Polian said. ' ' ' 
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HOUSTON -- Houstons struggles against Texas might cost the Astros a playoff spot. Daniel Jones Youth Jersey .Ken Giles allowed two runs in the ninth inning of the Astros 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night. Giles had converted nine consecutive save opportunities.Houston (75-70) has won just three times in 18 games against Texas this year. It is 4 1/2 games back of Toronto and Baltimore for the top spot in the wild-card standings.Ive seen and been in some tough ones, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. This ones pretty hard. We had every chance to win the game and obviously strange things happen when we play these guys.Giles trouble started when Rougned Odor reached on a wild pitch after striking out with one out. He swiped second and scored on Elvis Andrus two-out triple. Jurickson Profar followed with a tiebreaking RBI single.Things didnt go our way, go my way, Giles said. Its my responsibility to shut the guys down. I didnt do my job today. I take full responsibility for that. I didnt make the pitches when I needed to so Im just going to take the good from the bad and just bounce back for the guys next time.It was the first blown save for Giles (2-4) since June 18 against Cincinnati. Alex Claudio (4-1) pitched the eighth for the win, and Tanner Scheppers worked a perfect ninth for his first save.These guys play complete games across the way and we havent been able to solve them, Hinch said.Jose Altuve homered in the fourth and Jason Castro connected in the sixth, sending a drive to the upper deck in right field to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.Adrian Beltre led off the second with his 30th homer for AL West-leading Texas (87-59). Beltre fell to a knee after swinging, but his towering shot traveled all the way to the Crawford Boxes in left.Houston right-hander Brad Peacock allowed three hits in six innings. He retired his last 10 batters.Texas right-hander A.J. Griffin also pitched well, striking out seven in a season-long seven innings. Griffin has allowed 26 homers this season and seven over his three September starts.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: LHP Dallas Keuchel, who hasnt pitched since Aug. 27 because of inflammation in his left shoulder, probably will not throw Wednesday, Hinch said. We are going to go day to day and see if we can increase any type of activity, but his target date is a little gray area than anything else, Hinch said.WATCH YOUR STEPOn Evan Gattis towering popup in the fifth, Andrus came in from shortstop and walked up the back of the pitchers mound. As he made the catch, Andrus appeared to trip on the top of the mound and fell, but hung on to the ball.Altuve also lost his footing during the game, but his fall did not have a good result. Altuve hit an infield single off third base in the sixth that was fielded by Andrus. Altuve made a wide turn around first and slipped in the dirt about 15 feet past first. Andrus double-pumped and then fired to first as Altuve had issues getting his footing back and was tagged out.UP NEXTRangers: LHP Derek Holland (7-7) will start Wednesday instead of RHP Yu Darvish, manager Jeff Banister said following Tuesdays game. Darvish will move behind LHP Cole Hamels in the rotation and start Saturday.Astros: RP Joe Musgrove (2-4) will take the mound Wednesday night for the Astros looking to repeat the success he had in his last start Friday against the Cubs when he allowed two runs in six innings. Dexter Lawrence Youth Jersey .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Eli Manning Youth Jersey . PAUL, Minn. http://www.nygiantsfanaticshop.com/Black-Lawrence-Taylor-Giants-Jersey.html?cat=863 . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team.EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on guard Jodie Meeks and extended a qualifying offer to centre Robert Sacre. The Lakers made the moves Wednesday. Meeks will make $1.55 million next season. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 78 games primarily as Kobe Bryants bbackup last season, occasionally excelling as a 3-point shooter. Doug Kotar Womens Jersey. Sacre is a restricted free agent after the Lakers made their qualifying offer. The 7-foot Canadian from Gonzaga was the final pick in last summers draft, and he averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 32 games for Los Angeles last season. ' ' ' 
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0 Number of chinaman bowlers who have better figures on Test debut than Lakshan Sandakans 4 for 58. Marcus Mariota Womens Jersey . The only other chinaman bowler to take a four-wicket haul on Test debut was Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (4 for 64) , against South Africa in Durban in 1935. Sandakans figures are the second-best by a Sri Lanka spinner on Test debut.320 Aggregate of runs by both teams in their first innings of this Test, the second-lowest in a Test in Sri Lanka where both sides batted. The lowest is 298, which came in Kandy in 2005 after the hosts were all out for 150 and West Indies scored 148.1934 The previous instance when two left-arm spinners took four or more wickets in the same Test innings - for England against India at Chepauk. The current Pallekele Test, where Rangana Herath and Sandakan both took four wickets, is only the third such instance. The first two instances were both for England and came before World War II.3 Four-wicket hauls for Herath in Tests in Pallekele, in four innings; he took three wickets in the other innings. His bowling average of 16.13 at this venue is his second-best among the six Sri Lankan venues he has played at.7 Four-wicket hauls for Herath in nine Tests against Australia. He has taken at least one four-wicket haul in seven of the nine Tests. His strike rate of 57.5 balls per wicket against Australia is his second-best against any team.2004 The last time Australia were all out for a total lower than 203 in Tests against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka - 120 in Kandy. Their total of 203 is their fourth-lowest against Sri Lanka in the country. The first three instances were all in Kandy.1 Australias innings of 203 in Pallekele is the first time that no batsman in their side has scored a 50 or more in an innings against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Adam Voges was the top scorer in Australias first innings with 47.1983 The last time Australias Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 all scored 25 or more runs in a Test innings against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka - in Kandy in April 1983. Australia had amassed 514 in that innings, though, compared to just 203 in this Test.5 Number of consecutive 50-plus scores for Steven Smith in Tests, before this match. The streak ended with his dismissal on 30. His scores in his last five innings were: 134*, 70*, 71, 138 and 53*. Kevin Byard Womens Jersey .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. Eddie George Jersey . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. http://www.titansstoreonline.com/ . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal.  Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review?  Why was this overturned?  James Veaudry Pembroke, ON --  Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. LOS ANGELES -- The thrill is gone, J.J. Redick says. Dropping five of seven games, including a crushing 17-point loss Wednesday to Golden State, will sap the strength and exhilaration from some of the best NBA teams.I think the big takeaway for me after the game (Wednesday) was just like, weve got to play with some joy, the Los Angeles Clippers guard told the Los Angeles Times. Basketballs meant to be fun. Were serious, youve got to be prepared, youve got to follow the game plan and all that, but I just think were better when we play with joy.The Warriors certainly do that on a nightly basis. Im not going to continue to compare the two teams, but theyre sort of the standard right now, along with the Spurs and the Cavs. Those are the teams that have won the last three championships. Those teams play with joy.The Clippers will attempt to find glee again when Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visit Staples Center on Saturday night.The Clippers have enjoyed seeing the Pelicans many times, particularly at home where they have captured seven consecutive wins. Los Angeles has won 14 of the last 18 meetings between the two. In their last matchup on Dec. 2, the Clippers rolled to a 114-96 win in New Orleans behind Blake Griffins 27 points.However, Griffin is a game-time decision for Saturdays game, apparently ailing from a knee injury. Griffin endured one of his poorest outings of the season against the Warriors, managing just 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting from the floor.Despite roaring out of the gate with an NBA-best 14-2 markk, the Clippers (16-7) have struggled recently. Corey Davis Titans Jersey. Some of their troubles have resulted in a large disparity in points in the paint, where they have been been outscored by 20 or more points in the past two games.They also had some controversy stir up after the loss to Golden State with former Warriors and now Clippers forward Marreese Speights complaining about his teammates crying about officiating.First we need to really stop and leave the refs alone, Speights said.Speights backed off that assessment a day later.Its just something I should have just said it in different kind of ways, he said, according to the Times.The Pelicans (7-16) have lost four in a row but reached perhaps their lowest point on Thursday when the Philadelphia 76ers ended a 23-game road skid by beating the Pelicans 99-88. Afterward, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was asked if he feared his job might be in jeopardy.I really dont give a (expletive) about my job status, Gentry said, according to the New Orleans Advocate. Im going to work hard and coach until the day they tell me Im not the coach here anymore. It doesnt matter. I dont ever worry about that.Davis has been the lone constant for New Orleans, averaging a league-high 31.4 points per game and 2.77 blocks before Fridays games. His 11.4 rebounds per game ranked seventh.The Pelicans also have gotten a boost from guard Jrue Holiday, who is averaging 15.4 points per game. ' ' ' 
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Melbourne Victory flyer Marco Rojas has put his scintillating form down to his tough time in Europe, saying it had matured him as a player and a person. LeVeon Bell Jets Jersey .The 24-year-old rejoined Victory this season after three difficult years at German club Stuttgart and he hit the ground running.In Melbournes stunning 6-1 win over Wellington, Rojas scored two goals in a performance fitting with his status of A-League player of the year in 2012-13.Ahead of their Saturday clash with frontrunners Sydney FC, who havent conceded a goal, Rojas says he has learned from the overseas experience.What I learnt over there - Ive become a bit more direct and Im using that stuff now in these games and Im on a bit of a good run and, hopefully, that continues, he said.Going over to Europe, I had to come out of my shell a little bit.Youre on your own and you have to do what you can to succeed so I had to change quickly.Rojas also put his good form down to his blossoming combination with striker Besart Berisha, who nailed three goals in the Monday night thumping.The duo combined for 103 touches, six shots and their five goals.Hes always in the right place and, half the time, you dont even need to look - you know when youve got the ball on the wing where hes going to be and you can just play it across, Rojas said.The New Zealand winger said Victory had drawn plenty of confidence from their big win over the Phoenix after a stuttering start to the season.Melbourne looked extra sharp when playmaker James Troisi came on for the final half-hour in his first match back since last months collar-bone surgery.Rojas said they would need to be firing to take down Sydney at Allianz Stadium.Sydney have been flying but we will take confidence from the last game that we will be able to do a good job.Its going to be a very tough game because they havent conceded and have scored lots. Mark Gastineau Jets Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Jachai Polite Jets Jersey . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. http://www.authenticnyjetspro.com/Jamal-adams-jets-jersey/ . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. DENVER -- Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brock Stewart couldnt provide any relief for his ailing team.The surging Rockies made sure of that.Stewart, promoted to give Kenta Maeda an extra day of rest, allowed nine runs in four-plus innings as Los Angeles fell to the Rockies 12-2 Wednesday.Stewart (0-2) is just the latest call-up for a team that has struggled to stay healthy all year. Earlier in the day, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) were also placed on the DL -- giving Los Angeles an NL-record 25 players put there this season.Its not easy, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. These guys come up and are thrown into the fire. And theyre doing the best they can.It wasnt nearly good enough on Wednesday.Carlos Gonzalez homered twice to record his 19th multi-homer game of his career before he left the game in the bottom of the seventh with an ankle injury. Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also went deep in the win for Colorado, which has won 11 of 13 to move above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.The Rockies latest streak has them within three games of the second NL wild card, with three teams between them and St. Louis. The Dodgers are two games up on the Cardinals for the top NL wild card.Its been fun, said Gonzalez, who doesnt expect to miss any substantial time with his sprained left ankle. Its fun when you get wins. We are playing good baseball right now.Arenado hit a three-run home run to spark a five-run first inning off Stewart (0-2). Reynolds added a two-run blast put the Rockies ahead 5-2.. Robby Anderson Jets Jersey. Later, LeMahieu and Gonzalez homered as part of a four-run fifth to end Stewarts day.I am frustrated, Stewart said. The bullpen session before the game was great. Everything was working and then everything stayed flat during the game.Tyler Anderson (4-3) allowed two runs in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out six and walked two. His lone blemish came in the first inning when Justin Turner hit a two-run home run.Those guys the last couple of days threw the ball well, Roberts said. Jon Grey yesterday and this kid today threw well, kept us at bay.QUOTABLEI didnt beat myself, Stewart said firmly. They beat me.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: Kershaw (back) wont be eligible to return until Aug. 27 at the earliest. ... LHP Rich Hill (hand) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. He looked real good and executed all his pitches, Roberts said. ... RHP Bud Norris threw a bullpen session and could make his next start this weekend.Rockies: SS Trevor Story (thumb) will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday in Denver. Story suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Saturdays win over the Mets.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) has had some early success against the Rockies this season. In two starts against Colorado, the Japanese pitcher has allowed just one run and struck out 17 in 13 innings.Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50 ERA) has allowed just one run and four hits in his previous two starts. Less impressive is the fact that he also gave up 12 walks in 12 innings during those starts. ' ' ' 
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ZAGREB, Croatia -- Argentina beats Croatia 3-2 to win its 1st Davis Cup title. Joe Thomas Youth Jersey . Baker Mayfield Youth Jersey . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. Joe Thomas Browns Jersey .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. http://www.footballbrownsnflprostore.com/Youth-Sione-Takitaki-Elite-Jersey/ . 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. The main event for the IEM Oakland Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament has begun. With FaZe Clan and Astralis having claimed their spots in the semifinals by virtue of finishing first in their respective groups, four teams were left to battle it out for the remaining semifinal spots. SK Gaming prevailed in a close 2-1 series over G2 Esports, while Ninjas in Pyjamas swept Immortals in a quick series.SK Gaming builds unstoppable momentumDespite claiming the series win overall, SK certainly got off to a slow start in its quarterfinals match against G2. The teams were on Nuke for the first game, and G2 showed that it wasnt messing around one bit. The European squad got out to a 10-5 lead at halftime before winning six of the final seven rounds to claim a 16-6 Game 1 win.But that trouncing in Game 1 paled in comparison to the performance that SK put together in Game 2 versus Train. The outcome was almost never in doubt, as SK took a 10-5 lead into the half and then shut out G2 in the second half for a 16-5 win. Gabriel FalleN Toledo led the way with a stellar 22/6 kills/deaths stat line and 104.8 average damage per round (ADR).Heading into the final game of the series, it felt like SK had gotten into a bit of a rhythm and was destined to have a big game on the third map, Dust 2. And thats exactly what happened. FalleN was once again head and shoulders above the pack, putting together a brilliant start to the match. He had 14 kills before he finally died for the first time in Round 12. SK went into the half up 12-3 and then won four straight rounds in the second half to take the series. The Brazilian tteam is humming and will look to continue its high level of play in Sundays semifinal match against Astralis. Ozzie Newsome Browns Jersey. A lopsided win for Ninjas in PyjamasThe second series of the day was not nearly as exciting as the first. Before this event, Immortals had been playing extremely well of late, and were looking to make a deep run at IEM Oakland. The team was matched up against the old guard of Ninjas in Pyjamas, though, who showed the Brazilian squad whos boss. NiP proved that it doesnt matter what side or map its on, as it put together a dominant showing in a lopsided win.In each match of the series, NiP took a major lead into the half -- 11-4 during Game 1 and 12 -3 in Game 2 -- and never really let up. Game 1 was the closest, as Immortals did manage to grab nine wins in the 16-9 loss, but NiP absolutely closed the door on the series in Game 2, taking the map 16-4. Immortals will turn its attention back to the Esports Championship Series Season 2, where it is currently battling for a playoff spot. NiP will now move on to the semifinals to take on FaZe Clan.It all comes down to this. The final four teams have been set, with $125,000 of the $300,000 prize pool on the line at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Sunday. The day will start off with Astralis taking on SK before FaZe Clan will meet NiP. The winners of those matches will then head to the finals that evening to determine the victor. The action will kick off at 1:00 PM EST, and you wont want to miss this one. ' ' ' 
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MOSCOW -- Russia is returning to the top level of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2012 after beating Kazakhstan in a playoff Sunday. Devin Bush Youth Jersey .Rain on Friday and bad light Saturday meant a packed schedule Sunday, which began with Kazakhstans Mikhail Kukushkin beating Russian Evgeny Donskoy to level the match at 1-1. Russia took the lead in the doubles and sealed a 3-1 win when Andrei Kuznetsov beat Kukushin 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.Russia won the Davis Cup in 2002 and 2006 with the help of star players such as Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, but has struggled in mens tennis in recent years.Whereas Safin and Kafelnikov both held the world No. 1 ranking during their careers, the highest-ranked Russian man is currently Kuznetsov at 47th in the world. Heath Miller Youth Jersey . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. Benny Snell Jr. Jersey . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Mel-Blount-Jersey/ . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. LONDON -- Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves -- even with the lure of a cash reward -- probably wont improve your health, according to the biggest study yet done on the trendy technology.Scientists say that although the activity trackers may boost the number of steps people take, it probably isnt enough to help them drop pounds or improve overall health.These are basically measuring devices, said Eric Finkelstein, a professor at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, who led the research. Knowing how active you are doesnt translate into getting people to do more and the novelty of having that information wears off pretty quickly.Finkelstein and colleagues tested the Fitbit Zip tracker in a group of 800 adults in Singapore, by dividing them into four groups. Of those people, more than half were overweight and obese and about one third were active.A control group got information about exercise but no tracker and a second group got the Fitbit Zip; everyone in those groups also got about $2.92 a week. Participants in the last two groups got the tracker and about $11 for every week they logged between 50,000 and 70,000 steps. One of the groups had the money donated to charity while the other kept the cash.After six months, people with the Fitbit and who got the cash payment showed the biggest boost in physical activity. But after a year, 90 percent of participants had abandoned the device. The physical activity of the Fitbit wearers did not decline over the year as much as it did for those who were not given a tracker, but the higher activity level wasnt enough to produce any improvements in weight, oxygen capacity, or blood pressure.These trackers can encourage people to take more steps, but it still seems like these random extra steps arent enough to really improve your health, Finkelstein said. He said whats needed is more active steps, or what would amount to brisk walking or more rigorous exerccise. Antonio Brown Jersey. The study was paid for by Singapores ministry of health and published online Tuesday in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.The results seem to reinforce those of another study, published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In that study, conducted over two years, researchers found that adding wearable activity tracking devices to a diet and fitness program didnt result in more weight loss. Those who didnt wear devices lost about five pounds more than those who wore them, but both groups slimmed down and improved their eating habits, fitness and activity levels.Fitbit, in a statement responding to the study Tuesday, said: We are confident in the positive results our millions of users have seen from using Fitbit products. The statement went on to say that it was in the process of improving its trackers.Finkelstein said some of the newer fitness trackers have more advanced features, like prompts to exercise and ways to link to social media, but he still thinks it is unlikely people will radically change their exercise regimes without a more comprehensive approach.Some experts said the results were disappointing but not surprising.We should not be so naive to believe that simply by giving a sleek-looking gadget to someone, they will change deeply-rooted lifestyle habits, said Emmanuel Stamatakis, a physical activity expert at the University of Sydney who was not part of the research.Others said the trackers might be more useful if they were aimed specifically at unhealthy people.People who are active are already motivated so they dont need these devices, said Lars Bo Andersen of Norways Sogn and Fjordane University College.Fitbit shares have fallen by half since the beginning of the year, to just under $15 a share.---Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner contributed to this story from Chicago. 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MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez has one hand on this years trophy after winning in Germany for the seventh successive year, across all categories. Babe Herman Youth Jersey .The Honda rider surged 48 points clear at the top of the standings after his main rival, Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo, struggled badly to finish 15th.Marquez finished 9.8 seconds in front of Britains Cal Crutchlow, on an LCR Honda, with Italys Andrea Dovizioso third for Ducati.The dominant performance means Lorenzo is head and shoulders clear of the chasing pack at the halfway point of the season - after nine of 18 rounds, he has 170 points to Lorenzos 122. Italian great Valentino Rossi has 111.Marquez, 23, is chasing his third MotoGP title. Ross Stripling Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Kirk Gibson Dodgers Jersey . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. http://www.ladodgersprostore.us/Max-Muncy-dodgers-jersey/ .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents. SEATTLE -- The Boston Red Sox bolstered their bullpen ahead of Mondays trade deadline by acquiring left-hander Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for hard-throwing Triple-A reliever Pat Light.Abad, 30, figures to balance out a group of late-inning relievers composed of right-handed setup men Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler and closer Craig Kimbrel, who could be reinstated from the disabled list in time for Monday nights series opener here against the Seattle Mariners.In the days and hours leading up to the deadline, the Red Sox have also inquired about the availability of?Chris Sale,?the?Chicago White Sox ace. The White Sox scouted the Red Soxs fertile farm system last week, and it appears the teams match up well for a potential blockbuster.The White Sox are holding out for a significant return for Sale, a 27-year-old perennial Cy Young Award candidate with arguably the most club-friendly contract in baseball. His contract will pay him $12 million next year and includes team options for 2018 and 2019 that are worth $12.5 million and $13.5 million, respectively. Any deal for Sale would have to include multiple Red Sox prospects, including either Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada or center fielder Andrew Benintendi, and possibly both, according to multiple major league sources.Making a move to improve the bullpen isnt nearly aas exciting for the Red Sox as a trade for Sale would be, but it is necessary, especially with 41-year-old setup man Koji Uehara sidelined indefinitely by a strained right pectoral muscle. Sandy Koufax Jersey. The Red Sox have not put a timetable on his return, but both manager John Farrell and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski have insinuated that Uehara wont pitch until September, if he comes back at all.Abad has a 2.65 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34 innings for the Twins. But he has been lethal to left-handed hitters, holding them to a .163 average (8-for-49) with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Didi Gregorius is the only left-handed hitter to take Abad deep this season.Abad is making $1.25 million this season and is eligible for salary arbitration. He cant become a free agent until after the 2017 season.The Red Sox selected Light with the 37th pick in the 2012 draft. He was moved to the bullpen at the beginning of last season to help harness his control of his fastball. But he has struggled with his command, walking 17 batters in 31 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. In two appearances in the big leagues, Light allowed seven earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs, for a 23.63 ERA. ' ' ' 
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The Washington Capitals were obviously frustrated by their 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and perhaps no one was more vocal about it than Alexander Ovechkin. Robert Hagg Jersey . In an interview with Slava Malamud of the Russian newspaper Sport-Express after the game on Monday night, Ovechkin didnt hide his displeasure with the officiating and even took it up to another level. "I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7," he told the paper. "For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit. I dont know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized." The Capitals had 16 power play chances over the seven games compared to 28 for the Rangers, while Washington had no chances in Game 6. "The refereeing - You understand it yourself," said Ovechkin. "How can there be no penalties at all during the playoffs?" Ovechkin was held off scoreless for the final five games of the first round series and was held to a single shot on goal in Game 7. He had just one goal and one assist in the series. Samuel Morin Jersey .  Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Travis Sanheim Flyers Jersey .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. http://www.nhlflyersproauthentic.com/michael-raffl-hockey-jersey/ . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. With apologies to Bob Feller and the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians, the definitive Indians team for most fans today is the one that called Jacobs Field home in the mid-to-late 1990s. And as it happens, this years squad, at 51-32 and coming off of a recent 14-gaame win-streak, looks like the franchises best all-around incarnation since that golden era of Cleveland baseball. Eric Lindros Jersey. Read the full story ' ' ' 
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. Adrian Wilson Cardinals Jersey . -- Will Worth and No. 24 Navy played keep-away with Memphis while running the Tigers into the ground.Worth rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns, and the Midshipmen put on a dazzling display of ball control in a 42-28 victory Saturday.In addition to operating the triple option in near-flawless fashion, Worth completed three of four passes for 85 yards and two scores.We take what we can get, and today, the quarterback run game was there, Worth said. We could manage that and set up a couple of pass plays to be able to score through the air. Its just executing the game plan.The last Navy player to reach the 200-yard mark on the ground was Keenan Reynolds in 2014.Worth carried 31 times and orchestrated an attack that held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. That left high-scoring Memphis little time to counter-punch.It was kind of hard because we werent doing a great job of getting off the field defensively, Tigers coach Mike Norvell said. Offensively, its hard to be in rhythm, its hard to stay in rhythm.The Midshipmen (5-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) gained a season-high 447 yards on the ground, averaging 6 yards per carry.The victory put Navy in sole possession of first place in the AAC West and served as a suitable encore for its 46-40 upset of defending league champion Houston two weeks ago.Navys 14-game home winning streak is its longest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1959.Tony Pollard returned a kickoff 100 yards and Riley Ferguson completed 25 of 40 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns for Memphis (5-2, 2-1). But the Tigers simply couldnt score enough to offset the damage inflicted by Navys sensational running attack.They kind of got after us up front and we had a couple of assignment issues, Norvell said. But I just thought they did a great job executing.Worths second touchdown run put Navy ahead 28-14 early in the third quarter. Memphis responded with a 9-yard TD pass from Furguson to Daniel Hurd.As the clock wound down in the third quarter, Navy faced a fourth-and-4 at the Memphis 18. Norvell called a timeout, forcing the Midshipmen to deal with the possibility of a field goal try into a stiff wind. Instead, Navy sent its offense on the field and went up 35-21 on a touchdown pass from Worth to Tyler Carmona .After Memphis again got within a touchdown, a 52-yard completion by Worth led to a 32-yard field goal try by Bennett Moehring. The kick clanged off the left upright with 5:40 to go.But a fumble by Tigers wide receiver Roderick Proctor was recovered by Navy with 3:39 remaining, and Worth clinched it with a 1-yard plunge.Worth, a 6-foot-1 senior, started the season as a second-string quarterback but was elevated to starting status after Tago Smith injured his right knee in the opener.Heres a kid who was a backup, kept his mouth quiet, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. Now hes doing great things.TURNOVER EQUALITYMemphis forced 18 turnovers in its first six games, but the only one it got Saturday was when Worth hit the pylon trying to score a touchdown and lost control of the ball. The result was a touchback for the Tigers, whose lone turnover -- Proctors fumble -- was far most costly.THE TAKEAWAYMemphis: The Tigers came in as a slight favorite because their offense hadnt scored fewer than 24 points in any game. But the defense wasnt up for the challenge of Navys running attack, and now Memphis needs help to get to the AAC title game.Navy: The Midshipmen have proven they dont need Reynolds at quarterback to make the triple option sing. Navys running game is tricky, shifty and just about unstoppable for teams not accustomed to chasing the quarterback, fullback and slotback all over the field.UP NEXTMemphis: The Tigers host Tulsa next Saturday night at the Liberty Bowl.Navy: The Midshipmen face AAC East Division co-leader South Florida (6-2, 3-1) on the road Friday night.---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org Kyler Murray Youth Jersey . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. Andy Isabella Cardinals Jersey . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. http://www.thecardinalsshoponline.com/Youth-Pat-Tillman-Cardinals-Jersey/ . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed free agent safety Stevie Brown to a one-year contract.Financial terms of the deal were not released Wednesday.Brown, a veteran of five NFL seasons, is expected to backup starters Kurt Coleman and Tre Boston while top reserve Dean Marlowe continues to recover from a hamstring issue.Brown has played in 55 career games, starting 20. His best season came in 2012 with the New York Giants when he started 11 games and had 66 tackles and eeight interceptions for an NFL-leading 307 yards returned. Zach Allen Youth Jersey. He also broke up 11 passes that season and forced two fumbles.Brown was a seventh round pick by the Raiders in 2010.He previously was with Carolina for four days leading up to the 2011 regular season before being cut.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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Gloucestershire 69 for 0 trail Leicestershire 334 (Dexter 136, McKay 55, Cosgrove 54, Norwell 4-72) by 265 runsScorecard Leicestershire have decided against replacing Keith Piper on their coaching staff after the surprise announcement that the former Warwickshire wicketkeeper has left the club by mutual consent. Chuck Bednarik Eagles Jersey .Pipers responsibilities as elite development coach under the direction of elite performance director Andrew McDonald will pass to Pierre de Bruyn, who is currently 2nd XI and assistant skills coach, with academy director Nic Pothas becoming more involved with the 2nd XI.Leicester-born Piper, who was part of Warwickshires treble-winning team in 1994, worked with the county last season and impressed enough to be appointed as McDonalds number two in October but, according to the club, domestic distractions have impacted on his effectiveness this season.Chief executive Wasim Khan said: It is a blow for us to lose Keith because he had done very well but unfortunately he has had some family issues and it just wasnt working out.Leicestershire would have had no shortage of applicants had they decided to advertise for a replacement for Piper, who also broke his ankle earlier this season during warm-ups on the second day of the tour match against the Sri Lankans. Graeme Welch, who recently quit as Derbyshires elite performance director, Chris Adams and Kadeer Ali, the brother of England allrounder Moeen Ali, might have been candidates.But Khan said Leicestershire would not be approaching anyone to fill the vacancy. With the staff we have we feel we can cover for Keiths loss, he said. Pierre and Nic will each move up a level and everyone will pitch in to cover any gaps.Rain restricted play to 45.3 overs on the second day of the Championship match against Gloucestershire at Grace Road but there was long enough for Leicestershire to turn their overnight 252 for 7 to 334 all out, which they would probably feel was a reasonable outcome, given that the visitors chose to bowl first.Neil Dexter and Clint McKay, the not out batsmen overnight, extended their eighth-wicket partnership to 86 before Dexter fell on 136 to a fine catch at second slip off Liam Norwell, who then accounted for McKay when the Australian pace bowler, who had hit seven fours and two sixes in an aggressive run-a-ball 55, skied an attempt to launch another maximum.The benefits the pairs experience brought to the innings underlined Khans belief that Leicestershire can be promotion contenders this season only a year after ending a 37-match winless streak and finishing in last place three seasons in a row.We went into this match in joint third place and although the fact that only one team is promoted this season makes it more of a challenge we are ambitious, he said. We feel we have a competitive side this year with some depth in the squad.The new signings - Paul Horton, Neil Dexter and Mark Pettini - have made a difference. They were on a list of targets we identified as having experience but also plenty of cricket in them and we were delighted that they all had belief in our vision and were hungry for the challenge. They were all offered new deals by their own counties but chose to join us.The younger guys on the staff have been through the mill and the confidence among the batsmen in particular had taken some knocks.But with the older players already here we now have a core of about five or six senior members of the squad who are leaders on and off the field.Gloucestershire will resume on 69 without loss. Richard Jones, back at Grace Road for his second spell on loan from Warwickshire, shared the new ball with McKay but neither could make a breakthrough against Chris Dent and Gareth Roderick on a pitch that looked to have settled down as a good batting surface. Brian Dawkins Womens Jersey . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. Chuck Bednarik Womens Jersey . Hey!" The lower tier of the School End of Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road was packed solid with a very festive-sounding Chelsea choral section in this particular part of South Africa Road London, W12. http://www.eaglesrookiestore.com/Eagles-Jj-Arcega-Whiteside-Jersey/ .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. DAYTON, Ohio -- Grant Benzinger scored 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Steven Davis scored 16 shooting 6 for 8 and Wright State beat North Florida 75-67 on Sunday.Garrett Sams layup brought North Florida to within 69-65 with 37 seconds to play but the Raiders made all six of their free throws down the stretch to seal the game.Davis layup with 3:13 left put Wright State on top 67-55 with 3:13 to go before the Raiders went on a 10-2 run with Dallas Moore hitting a jumpper and a pair of free throws. Fletcher Cox Womens Jersey. Wright State (6-1) reeled off 10 straight just before halftime with Mike Tulip burying a pair of 3s and a jumper and a pair of free throws by Benzinger for a 37-27 lead. The Raiders led 40-31 at halftime.Moore led North Florida (3-5) with 29 points and Wajid Aminu and Aaron Bodager scoring 14 apiece. ' ' ' 
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