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PALO ALTO, Calif. Andrew Heaney Angels Jersey . -- On any given day here at his companys Silicon Valley headquarters, Vivek Ranadive is ready to compete against any employee who wants to challenge him to any contest. Once, the TIBCO Software chairman and new owner of the Sacramento Kings did 150 push-ups to beat out a co-worker who thought he could do more. Another time, it was two-dozen pull-ups -- holding his chin above the bar on the final repetition just to gloat. More recently, he finished a workout on a stair-stepper after breaking his left shoulder in a bicycle accident. "I dont like to lose," he said. Spend a little time around Ranadive, and that competitive spirit -- the same one that convinced the NBA to allow him to buy the Kings instead of sell to a group that wanted to move them to Seattle last May -- is impossible to ignore. Its how he built his software empire, and its how he plans to shake up Sacramentos only major professional sports franchise. "When you think about how a pearl is made, it starts with an empty shell," Ranadive said. "And an impurity, or an irritant, a grain of sand, gets into the shell. And then a pearl forms around it. And so to make something of beauty and value, you often need an irritant. My role is to be like the Chief Irritant. So Im just going around annoying people." Ranadive moves at a frenetic pace. "The Power of Now," his companys slogan reads on a wall inside the entrance of its main building. On a recent day, he was juggling calls from Sacramento to his native India between meetings and bowls of blueberries -- his favourite part of his gluten-free diet -- at TIBCO headquarters, an office park south of Stanford nestled near other technology giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook. Ranadive, now 56, is credited with digitizing information for clients around the globe -- including the Wall Street trading floors -- with software that gives instant updates and analysis. Since he founded TIBCO in 1997, it has grown into a billion-dollar-a-year enterprise with about 3,700 employees and offices in 31 countries. "We move more information in a day on our backbone than Twitter moves in a month," Ranadive said. "If TIBCO stopped working, then basically the banks would stop, the exchanges would stop, the airlines would stop, the phone companies would stop, national security would be compromised. Basically, you couldnt get out of bed." Ranadive thrives on that responsibility. He has no problem delegating -- "the best thing I ever learned to do is surround myself with people way smarter than me," he said -- but he also admits hes "not really comfortable not being the No. 1 guy. Thats who I am. I always do my own thing." That became apparent after Ranadive joined Joe Lacobs group to buy the Golden State Warriors in 2010 and he was left with little influence over the franchise. So when Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson called him to anchor the coalition to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle, Ranadive moved swiftly. He sent TIBCO vice-president and former San Francisco 49ers All-Pro running back Roger Craig -- one of his closest friends -- to find out more information. Craig, who met Ranadive about 15 years ago when he accidentally sat in Ranadives seats at a Stanford-Duke mens basketball game, knew immediately that Ranadive would mount a successful bid. "Win, win, win. Thats the bottom line with Vivek," Craig said. "That permeates over the whole company. Thats his attitude. Just win. Find a way to win." Ever since he could remember, Ranadive has dreamed big. He grew up the son of prominent parents in a beachside suburb of Mumbai, with servants to make his bed, carry his luggage and drive him around. The youngest of three children, he was always taking items such as watches and radios apart and reassembling them. And at age 11, his curiosity spread the night Neil Armstrong walked on the moon -- July 20, 1969. "My ear was plastered to the transistor radio when I heard those magical words, One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Ranadive said. "That was a pivotal moment in my life. It was like, Wow. Who are these people who could take a man, put him in a box and send him 250,000 miles away to land on a rock and do it flawlessly? That was incredible. What brilliance. What courage. What perseverance. I said, OK. Im going to study science and technology and Im going to be one of them." Ranadives urge to leave India strengthened because of the political turmoil at home. His father flew spitfires during World War II and returned home a hero. But in the 1970s, after the parliament passed the controversial Maintenance of Internal Security Act, Ranadive said his father was arrested and jailed for challenging the safety record of Indias planes. He was released after a lengthy court battle. Vivek was 17 when he left India for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He never asked for money from his parents because of the unrest at home. He said he showed up at MIT with "$50 in my pocket" and clothes that were "completely inadequate" for the harsh New England winters. Ranadive earned a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. His engineering and technology career escalated, landing jobs with major clients such as Ford Motor Co. and Fortune Systems. Ranadive relocated to Palo Alto in 1985 to start his first software company, which delivered electronic information to users in real time. Soon after, he met his former wife, Deborah Addicott, on a blind date at a Mexican restaurant in the San Diego area. The couple, who divorced 15 years ago, have three children: Aneel, 29, lives in New York and recently started a software company; Andre, 24, is an executive with TIBCO who is helping design the Kings smartphone app; and Anjali, 20, is studying marine biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also an aspiring singer. Ranadive, who smiles and laughs with almost every breath now, called the divorce one of the hardest times of his life. The shared custody left him devastated, but it also forced him to make the most of his time with his children. The first time he picked up a basketball came while coaching his daughters middle school team, which made it all the way to the national championships. Before then, his sports knowledge was limited to mostly soccer and cricket, because he played both while growing up in India. He also owns a black belt in Taekwondo. These days, Ranadive said he always wakes up with "energy and optimism." Between entertaining friends at his Atherton home and hiking trails in Northern California, Ranadive is searching for a place in Sacramento to keep a closer watch on his newest project: the Kings. There is an arena to be built and promises to be kept -- to Sacramento, to the NBA and to India, where Ranadive wants to expand the leagues presence. And he has no plans to sit around and hope it all happens. "The same thing is true in the business world. In some ways, no matter how good you are, you need to show that youre getting better," Ranadive said. "If you work hard and you do the right things, I think you can make anything a winner." Matt Harvey Angels Jersey .C. -- Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newtons Superman touchdown celebration. Reggie Jackson Jersey . Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers were left fretting over an MRI on the stars left knee. 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Before tonights Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre, when the American League East leaders host last years National League pennant winners, the St. Swell Water Bottle Marble . Louis Cardinals, the team will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the SkyDome. Jays legends Jimmy Key and Ernie Whitt, members of playoff and World Series-winning teams of the past, will be on hand for the festivities to look back at what was the beginning of the Jays halcyon years. The return of these former stars comes at an apt time. For fans of the Blue Jays, its starting to feel a lot like those glory days again. Heading into Fridays game, the Jays sit at 37-24 with a five-and-a-half-game lead on the second-place Baltimore Orioles. The last team the Blue Jays held such a lead atop the division was in 1985, the year of their first-ever AL East triumph. Its easy to see why theres excitement surrounding this Jays team, but before everybody goes and books their flights to San Francisco for the World Series in October, lets step back and take a good look at these Toronto Blue Jays. Is it time to stop saying "Well, its early" and officially deem them contenders? Is the 2014 version of the Jays just the 2013 one that was expected all along, but a year late on arrival? Or will reality catch up with a team that is currently playing above its station? Friday night marks Game 62, and an even 100 games remain in the regular season. While its not exactly the halfway mark, its as good a time as any to reflect on the interesting dichotomy of the Jays season, thus far. Obviously, there have been plenty of key performances from the top of the roster on down. Mark Buehrle leads the league in wins with 10 and has a paltry 2.10 ERA. Edwin Encarnacion launched 16 jacks in May and made every at-bat a must-see event. Jose Bautista is in the midst of an MVP-calibre season. Melky Cabrera has bounced back from offseason surgery and looks headed to another All-Star Game. Jose Reyes once again looks like the catalyst he was for the New York Mets. Picked up from the Milwaukee Brewers scrap heap, Juan Francisco is one of the five Jays with double-digit home run totals. There is a lot to like right now. But before the Jays were sweeping the likes of the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics and tearing the cover off the baseball with reckless abandon and going 17-4 over its last 21 games, this team was once a very average 20-20. Its bullpen is still second-last in the bigs with a 4.62 ERA, having surrendered a league-worst 97 earned runs. Now second in the AL with 19 home runs, Encarnacion couldnt buy a hit in April and had just two homers. Reyes, Adam Lind and Casey Janssen missed significant time. Brandon Morrow and Colby Rasmus are down again. There were red flags all over this team not that long ago, but those have been seemingly swept aside in a tidal wave of power-hitting and timely pitching. Has this changed your expectations for the rest of the year? With April and early May indicating that the team was headed for another year of mediocrity, the fact that the Jays are division-leaders with the third-best record in baseball in June is quite frankly shocking. But wasnt this the Toronto Blue Jays team that was promised last season after a winter of major trades and free agent acquisitions? Maybe this run that the Jays are on isnt the aberration. Perhaps, last season and the beginning of this year was the outlier. Regardless of why its happening and how long it will last, the Blue Jays are currently playing meaningful baseball and its a welcome change for fans starving for a winner. So with 100 games left in 2014, just who are these Toronto Blue Jays and what happens from here on out? As always, its Your Call! Swell Bottles Deals . Paul, MN (SportsNetwork. Swell Bottle Online . The Wild, playing their first game since leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5. Koivu underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at least four weeks. http://www.swellbottlesales.com/s-well-b...ction.html . Their 9-19 record remains identical to the crosstown rivals in Brooklyn and trails both Toronto and Boston in the Atlantic Division. Raymond Felton, their declining point guard, is back on the sideline nursing his third injury of the season.Kyle Walters and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers appear pleased with their 2014 CFL Draft class, but they now look to the 2013 crop to round out their rookie camp roster. TSN 1290 has learned the Blue Bombers have agreed to a contract with 2013 11th-overall draft pick Kris Robertson. Robertson, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back out of Concordia, has been working to recover from an ACL injury suffered while training soon after his selection by Winnipeg in the 2013 CFL Draft. "This past year Ive been training like a crazy man — working hard. I want to get back. I want to get on the field," said the 23-year-old while taking in this years CFL Combine as a spectator. "This is the longest Ive been off playing football since I started in Grade 10… This little break is more so a mental barrier than a physical barrier. Im just excited to get back on the field." "Im just gearing up, getting myself a lot stronger. I want to make sure Im above and beyond what I was last year." At the time, Robertson was thought of as a bit of a stretch selection when former Bombers general manager Joe Mack chose him with the second pick of the second round, but his athleticism is hard to ignore. His numbers in the 2013 Montreal regional earned him an invite to the main combine in Toronto, where he tested atop both the vertical and broad jumps, as well as recording a blazing combine-best 4.42 40-time. "Dynamite leaping ability," said Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters this past March when describing the two-time All-Canadian kick returner. "Kris is not a very big guy, but for a little guy, his athleticism and hes a competitor. Hes like a lot of undersized football players that have had success, they become a real tenacious-type character. Cheap Swell Bottle. And he has that. Obviously his speed is his number one skill set, but hes got an aggression to him for an undersized guy. And hes got a fantastic vertical jump… Hes a really phenomenal athlete and a real tough competitor." Despite being a draft pick of the former Joe Mack regime, Robertson appears to fit in well with what Walters is doing in his new-look defensive backfield. "Kris is a unique body-type and a unique skill set," added Walters. "In hindsight it ended up being a nice fit for him with us potentially moving to a Canadian field corner. Hell be able to compete at a spot where hes got a comfort level." Robertson will compete alongside fellow non-imports Donovan Alexander and Graig Newman, who were signed as free agents in February, as well as Matt Bucknor who was acquired via trade with Hamilton in January, and 2014 fourth-round pick Derek Jones. "Im always optimistic when it comes to these things. I feel Im just ready. After watching them last year — I watched every game — it was upsetting because I feel even though I wasnt a part of the team, I feel Im part of the team. You know, you dont like to lose. I know no one likes to lose. Its upsetting, but I feel with the new coaches coming in and everything, I feel this is a good turnaround. Good things are going to happen, especially with the new acquisitions they got in free agency." "I grab my lunch pail and go to work. Thats the kind of person I am. Ill do anything I can to contribute and bring success to the field, the position, the city of Winnipeg." ' ' '


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Lyle Taylors extra-time strike sent AFC Wimbledon through to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final after beating Accrington 3-2 on aggregate. Trevor Lewis Kings Jersey . Stanley had got right back into the tie after trailing 1-0 from the first leg thanks to a Josh Windass penalty in the first half, and they doubled their lead on the night thanks to a stunning effort from Piero Mingoia. But AFC Wimbledon werent to be pegged back for long, with Adebayo Akinfenwa heading home to level the aggregate score before Taylor hit home from a rebounded save to send the Dons through to Wembley.  Josh Windass of Accrington Stanley scores the opening goal from the penalty spot Neal Ardleys men will now face Plymouth in the final on May 30.AFC Wimbledon started the game stronger, with Taylor looking lively as he put three efforts past the post in the opening 10 minutes, with Andy Barcham also pressuring the home defence. Adebayo Akinfenwa was pleased to make an impact after coming off the bench But signs of life from Accrington came not long after as Shay McCartan headed on a cross from Seamus Conneely into the path of Tom Davies but he couldnt quite get a touch on the ball as it flew into the hands of Kelle Roos. Sean Rigg could have put the visitors ahead just before the half-hour mark as his shot from the edge of the area skimmed the crossbar before Adam Buxtons cross found the head of McCartan - but he could only fire into the arms of Kelle Roos. Shay McCartan is closed down by Andy Barcham and Dannie Bulman But it was Accrington who took the advantage not long before half-time after Scott Brown was fouled by Rigg in the box, and Windass stepped up to score his eighth penalty of the season.After an even start to the second half, Accrington took the lead for the first time in the tie after a stunning effort from Mingoia, who went on a solo run from the middle of the park to the top of the box and let fly, curling a fantastic effort into the top corner with Roos having little chance of saving it. AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley praised the character of his side AFC Wimbledon got themselves back into the game after a cross from Fuller on the right hand side found the leaping Akinfenwa in the box and he powered his header past Ross Etheridge to send the travelling fans behind the goal into raptures.The Dons could have added another not long after as Kennedys cross found Ade Azeez in acres of space at the near post, but his header went agonisingly wide before Etheridge was called into action to keep a scrambled Barcharm header out of the net.Akinfenwa came the closest to nabbing a winner in the closing stages of normal time, but his effort from the top of the box flew wide of the post. Accrington manager John Coleman was disappointed to see his side sacrifice a two-goal lead Azeez was the first to have a glimmer of a chance at the start of extra time as his bicycle kick was cleared off the line by Davies but AFC Wimbledon took advantage not long after. Reeve went on a great run through the middle of the park and saw his shot palmed away by Etheridge but Taylor was there to net the rebound.Acccrington didnt create many chances in extra time and after a brief stoppage due to broken floodlights, AFC Wimbledon should have added another as Azeez twice went close but they managed to see the game out to go through to the final.  Marcel Dionne Jersey .  Go to turbozone.ca to see more of his epic work and you can follow him on twitter (@Turbo_Zone). Gaurav Shastri - A tribute to the amazing fan base who stand outside during games at "Jurassic Park" and an unbelievable shot of Paul Pierce fearing a Raptor. Butch Goring Jersey . The 49ers announced the deal Tuesday. San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. http://www.kingsauthentic.com/authentic-...gs-jersey/ .com) - They didnt meet in the regular season, so Sam Houston State might be saying it won the de facto title game between the two Southland Conference co-champions Saturday. BOSTON -- Carlton Fisk cleared the Green Monster to beat the Cincinnati Reds. All Grady Sizemore had to do was hit it. The Red Sox outfielder lined one off the bottom of Fenway Parks left-field Wall to drive in the winning run on Tuesday night and Boston beat Cincinnati 4-3 in 12 innings -- the longest game between the teams since Fisks historic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. "It will never get old to walk off," said Sizemore, who had three hits in the game. "I was just glad I could come through." An All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Sizemore missed all of the last two seasons while recovering from back surgery. The Red Sox brought him in as an extra outfielder, knowing the low risk would pay off big if he returned to the form that earned him MVP votes from 2005-08. "Ive got to believe that tonight gives him even further feeling like hes contributing here rather than being someone coming back from an injury," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Nights like tonight go a long way and continue to rebuild Grady." Sizemore singled in a run in the third and had another base hit in the eighth, then came up with nobody out in the 12th after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli had already singled off Logan Ondrusek (0-2). He hit the first pitch to left-centre, and the outfielders didnt even bother picking it up as Ortiz scored easily. Craig Breslow (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the victory. Boston beat Cincinnati for the sixth time in seven games since the Reds rebounded from the Fisk homer to win Game 7 of the 75 Series to take the title. The teams also met for interleague series in 2005 and 08. Dusstin Pedroia had three hits, including two doubles, as the Red Sox won for the third time in four games. Robyn Regehr Jersey. Napoli drove in a pair of runs as the Red Sox opened a 3-1 lead only to see Junichi Tazawa give it up in the eighth. "We finally got something going a little late," Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick said. "Any time you lose a game, you think about missed opportunities." Red Sox starter Felix Doubront allowed one run on five hits, but he walked two batters in the sixth before leaving with one out and a 3-1 lead. Burke Badenhop threw one pitch to Skip Schumaker to get an inning-ending play. It was still 3-1 in the eighth when Joey Votto drew a one-out walk and Brandon Phillips doubled to put runners on second and third. Todd Frazier singled in one run, and Ryan Ludwick tied it 3-all with a sacrifice fly. NOTES: Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up three runs on five hits and five walks, striking out five in six innings. ... The Reds placed RF Jay Bruce on the 15-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and selected the contract of OF Roger Bernadina from Triple-A Louisville. Bruce had arthroscopic surgery on Monday and is expected to miss about a month. ... The game marked the 99th anniversary of Babe Ruths first of 714 career homers, on May 6, 1915. The Red Sox LHP also pitched 12 1-3 innings and took the loss in a complete game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. ... The Reds announced that their April 28 rainout against the Cubs will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 8. ... Red Sox DH David Ortiz played in his 2,000th career game. ' ' '


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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 26, the club announced Monday. Giovani dos Santos Jersey . Price joins wingers Brandon Prust and Michael Bournival on the injured list, meaning the team has one roster spot open and creates room for a potential addition. "Carey is still day-to-day," head coach Michel Therrien confirmed following Mondays practice from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. "As soon as the medical staff feels hes ready to start practicing, hes going to go on the ice, but obviously he was not today." Price traveled with the team for its four-game Western road trip that begins Monday against the Kings, where Peter Budaj will get his fourth-straight start. Budaj has already helped the team pick up five points out of a possible six since taking over starting duties with Price. Dustin Tokarski from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League will back up Budaj. Price can be returned to Montreals roster as early as Tuesday and he could play against the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday if hes ready to return. Price was hurt last week after facing just one shot at practice. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg. Price has a 26-17-5 record this season for the Canadiens, with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Jonathan dos Santos Jersey . -- A 25-year-old freelance journalist from British Columbia was formally charged on Thursday with a felony, five days after she was arrested in the United States over allegations she threatened to kill her hockey player boyfriend. Guillermo Ochoa Jersey . LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness. http://www.mexiconationalshop.us/Diego-R...ey-Soccer/ . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Chicago Bulls didnt get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Their backups made sure they didnt need one. Reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 48 points on 18-of-30 shooting as the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 for their fifth win in six games. The Bulls only led by one point going into the fourth, but Augustin and Gibson had 20 of Chicagos 34 in the fourth. "A lot of guys are stepping up on this team right now," Gibson said. "Everyone is working hard and helping in whatever way we need. The guys are just focused on the team right now." Both coaches went with seven-man rotations for most of the game, but Chicagos duo completely outmatched Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. They finished with 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting, including a 1-for-11 night from Bynum. "Will played his heart out, just like he always does," Pistons coach John Loyer said. "He gives us everything hes got every night, but there are going to be some games where the ball just rolls off the rim. Theyve got two very good players coming off the bench -- Gibson has done that all year for them and Augustin has been like that since he got to Chicago." Joakim Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the last three games and three in the last month, while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 12 rebounds. "Jos our leader, and a triple-double is nothing to him," Butler said. "We are starting to expect that from him. He does so many things well that it makes it easier for the rest of us." Greg Monroe led Detroit with 27 points, but the Pistons struggled all night to get anything going from the outside. They took 34 shots from outside the paint, and only hit nine (26.5 per cent), including 2-of-11 on 3-pointers. In contrast, the Bulls hit 46.7 per cent from outside. "They hit shots, especially in the fourth quarter, and they picked up their intensity on defence," Loyer said. "We didnt match that, and when you do that against a playoff team, you areent going to win many games. Blank Mexico Jersey. " Detroit led for most of the second quarter, but appeared to get rattled by an officials decision. Smith was driving for a layup that would have made it 43-34, but the shot was blocked by Mike Dunleavy. Smith didnt get back on defence, staying near the basket to argue the call, and Jimmy Butler got an easy alley-oop dunk at the other end. Smith was then called for a technical, and Augustin hit the free throw to make it a four-point game. Chicago scored the next four points to tie the game, and a technical called on Loyer with 3.7 seconds left in the half helped the Bulls take a 52-47 lead at the intermission. The Pistons narrowed the gap to 71-70 in the third quarter, but Augustin and Gibson kept scoring off the bench to help Chicago stay in front. Augustins three-point play early in the fourth keyed an 11-2 run to start the period, putting the Bulls up by 10. "We talk about how we want to finish games, and we were real strong coming out for the fourth," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Our defence was strong, and our ball movement was good. Hitting the open guy makes a big difference." Augustin wasnt finished, either. His 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 15-point lead with six minutes to go, and the Pistons never threatened down the stretch. "They just outplayed us in the fourth quarter," Andre Drummond said. "They are a very disciplined team that prides itself on defence. We hung with them for three quarters, but they ran their offence in the fourth quarter and outexecuted us." NOTES: Loyers technical at the end of the first was called in a highly unusual manner. Loyer was discussing a call with official Olandis Poole, who showed no indication of calling anything, but John Goble rang him up from 30 feet away. ... Gibson and Brandon Jennings picked up technicals arguing calls in the second half. Gibson left the game with 3:39 to play after rolling his right ankle, but returned moments later. ... IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was honoured during the first half as part of a promotion for the Detroit Grand Prix. ' ' '


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MASON, Ohio -- With a bothersome injury blunting his lethal serve, Canadas Milos Raonic lost his bid a second straight quarter-final appearance at a Masters 1000 event with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to American John Isner Thursday at the Western & Southern Open. DeMarcus Ware Jersey . Coming off a trip to the finals in last weeks Rogers Cup, Raonic was treated for a pinched nerve in his neck after five games of the match, which featured an opening set lasting for almost one hour. After the on-court session, Raonic managed to carry on. Raonic admitted that his usual 210-225 kilometre-per-hour serving speed has been compromised in his recent matches due to the physical problem. "It made a few situations more difficult and it also relieved pressure on his return games," he said. "But I was able to do a lot of things well to compensate for that lack of serving ability." The loss was the second against Isner for the 12th seed from Thornhill, Ont. Raonic was also beaten by his North American rival in their only other meeting last summer in Toronto. Raonic ended a frustrating afternoon with a paltry four aces and lost his serve twice. Isner rained down 13 aces in victory. The world No. 10 will likely benefit from some rest after playing for much of the past 10 days with the US Open starting a week from Monday in New York. "I should be fine once the arm gets up to speed," Raonic said. "Im very optimistic going into the Open. "Im doing a lot of things well and getting a lot of confidence. I played great last week and played well this week." He said the shoulder issues came up early in the Rogers Cup week where he made the final against Rafael Nadal and reached a top 10 ranking for the first time. "Ill get in some training and concentrate on the physical and stay away from the tennis for a few days," te 22-year-old said. "Ill then get back onto the court as much as I can." Raonic lost the opening set in the tiebreaker between the two noted big servers, with Isner nailing it down with an ace. Isner secured a break in the penultimate game of the second set on a forehand winner to the empty court and sealed victory a point later with a service winner after 96 minutes. Elsewhere, Roger Federer overcome a rough start and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon. He beat Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals. The fifth-seeded Swiss star has been struggling to get his game back in shape since he was upset at Wimbledon by a player ranked 116th in the world. Hes switched rackets and been limited by a sore back. Hes won in Cincinnati an unprecedented five times, including last year. Also Thursday, No. 1 Novak Djokovic needed only 50 minutes to beat qualifier David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0, leaving him on track for a little ATP history. Hes lost in the finals four times at Cincinnati, the only Masters series event he has yet to win. A victory would make him the first player to win all nine Masters. "I played four times finals, so its been one of the tournaments where Ive performed well," Djokovic said. "Never managed to make the final step, and hopefully this year I can do so. "I have an extra motivation and an opportunity to make history in this tournament, so Im very inspired to play well day after day." It appeared Federer wasnt long for the tournament after a stunningly bad start against Haas. The 35-year-old Haas needed only 31 minutes to win the first set and was up 4-2 in the second before Federer started to approach the net, hitting shots with confidence and taking control. He pumped his right fist after a backhand return hugged the line to set up a break point that put him up 5-3 in the final set, and again when he finished it off -- one of his few satisfying moments in months. Earlier Thursday, seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro earned a berth in the quarter-finals, holding off 27th-ranked Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov pulled off another upset, beating third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4. The 44th-ranked Tursunov never lost his serve while reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in six appearances at the event. Also reaching the quarter-finals were second-seeded Andy Murray and sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych. Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in a two-hour evening match and will play Federer in the quarter-finals Friday night. Nadal has overcome an injured left knee that wiped out the end of last season and a stomach virus that affected him early this year, taking a career-best mark of 50-3 into the quarter-finals. On the womens side, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth-seeded Li Na, 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and 14th-seeded Jelena Jankovic advanced to the quarter-finals. Azarenka withdrew from last weeks Rogers Cup in Toronto with a lower back injury. The previous week, she lost to Samantha Stosur in the finals of the Southern California Open. Azarenka reached the quarter-finals for the first time in three appearances at the event. Last year, Djokovic lost in the finals to Federer. It was a record fifth win in Cincinnati for the 32-year-old Swiss star, who is hoping to get his game straightened out on the fast, blue centre court that has always seemed to favour him. Federer was beaten in the second round at Wimbledon by Sergiy Stakhovsky, his earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since 2003. That ended Federers streak of reaching the quarter-finals in 36 straight major tournaments. The improbable upsets were just starting. Federer lost to a 114th-ranked qualifier in the semifinals at Hamburg and was beaten by a 55th-ranked player in his opening match at Gstaad, Switzerland. There were reasons that figured in the losses: He was experimenting with a larger racket and his back was bothering him. He skipped Montreal last week to get ready for Cincinnati, hoping a good showing this week would get him ready for the U.S. Open. Tony Romo Jersey . The defending champions’ roller coaster season included trading offensive star Percy Harvin in the midst of the team’s 3-3 start. That move that reportedly irked several Seahawk players, but one management saw necessary to save the team’s chemistry. Chuck Howley Jersey . -- Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseballs expanded replay system, umpires got it right. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowb...rn-Jersey/ . The Tiger-Cats announced on Friday the linebacker has signed a new contract with the team through the 2016 season.The Montreal Impact confirmed on Thursday that 15 more roster members from their 2013 team would be returning for 2014. The team announced that it exercised the options on 15 players including goalkeepers Evan Bush, Maxime Crepeau and Troy Perkins, defenders Matteo Ferrari, Karl W. Ouimette and Maxim Tissot and midfielders Patrice Bernier, Felipe, Wandrille Lefevre, Calum Mallace, Justin Mapp, Zakaria Messoudi, Sanna Nyassi, Blake Smith and Collen Warner. Already under contract for next season were defenders Jeb Brovsky, Hasssoun Camara and Adrian Lopez, midfielder Hernan Bernardello and forward Andrew Wenger. Dallas Cowboys Jerseys. The team had previously confirmed in October that star striker and leading scorer Marco Di Viao would also be returning to the club in 2014. "We are happy to announce that 21 players will be back in 2014," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis in a team release. "Its a very good core of players that will give us stability next season. The process to build a strong roster is well underway." ' ' '


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TORONTO – Three-and-a-half hours before Wednesdays series finale with the Yankees, the Blue Jays issued a surprising media release announcing the demotion of Kevin Pillar to Triple-A Buffalo. Peja Stojakovic Jersey . This is far from an earth-shattering move, Pillar was the 25th-man, but the shock lies in his return to the Bisons just 48 hours after his latest recall and in the reasons why hes Buffalo-bound. Pillar and Anthony Gose were supposed to be the right-field platoon while Jose Bautista recovers from a mild strain of his left hamstring. The contract of outfielder Brad Glenn, a 23rd-round pick in 2009, has been purchased. “Were looking for a little more sock from the right side,” said manager John Gibbons. “Weve got three left-handed pitchers coming in from the White Sox and Glenn, hes been on fire down there, as well. So this is his opportunity.” When pressed for more, Gibbons acknowledged Pillars behaviour in the eighth inning of Tuesday nights game played a part in the decision. The score was 6-6 at the time. The Jays had loaded the bases with one out. Pillar was due up but the Yankees flame-throwing set-up man, Dellin Betances, was on the mound. Gibbons pinch hit Anthony Gose. Pillar reacted. He stormed into the dugout. Footage shows him angrily tossing his helmet and ripping off his batting gloves as he walked from Gibbonss end of the dugout to the other. He then tossed his bat, underhanded, down the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. “It didnt help him at all,” said Gibbons. “This is a team game, you know. Theres no room for selfish play. But weve been thinking about Glenn for a while now, anyway.” Glenn has given the Blue Jays plenty to ponder. In 113 at-bats with Buffalo since his promotion from Double-A New Hampshire, the 27-year-old has hit .381/.421/.575 with four home runs and eight doubles among his 43 hits. To make room for Glenn on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated infielder Jonathan Diaz for assignment. THE OUTSIDE CORNER Play a baseball game and inevitably someone will have something to say about the home plate umpires strike zone. Pitchers and hitters develop reputations, to the positive or negative, which can influence the way the game is called. What goes less noticed is how one pitch called incorrectly can affect the remainder of an at-bat. Take Colby Rasmuss three-pitch, caught-looking strikeout in the second inning of Tuesday nights 7-6 win over the Yankees. The first pitch was a David Phelps cut fastball off the outside corner of the plate for a called strike. This is the pitch that changed the at-bat. Pitch two: A knuckle-curve Rasmus fouled off. Pitch three: A cut fastball on the inside corner. The pitch crossed the plate, therefore it was a strike. The correct call was made. The problem: Rasmus was forced to adjust his approach after the first pitch to account for the wide strike zone. “Colbys told me he starts getting bigger to protect and then he starts chasing balls all over the place,” said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. “I said, ‘Do not change your zone and if they call it, they call it, but you cant change your zone. Do not expand. If they throw three out there and get called, come back and sit down by me.” When pressed for comment, Rasmus politely declined. Good move on his part - he doesnt need the trouble. Adam Lind has also fallen victim to calls off the outside corner. Its common around the game, certainly not exclusive to the Blue Jays. “They both have really good eyes and they look for pitches on the plate and thats what theyre geared to do mentally and I dont want that to change with any of our hitters,” said Seitzer. “Its just a part of the way games always been. (Umpires) are human. Theyre not perfect. Theyre going to make mistakes. You cant expect them to be perfect but I dont want our hitters to change their zone ever in any way, shape or form.” Both Rasmus and Lind have laid-back personalities. Its rare to see either be demonstrative with an umpire. Seitzer appreciates their respectful approach, but he wants them to converse. If a pitch was off the plate, hes encouraged Rasmus and Lind to let the umpire know. Seitzer will accept from his hitters called third strikes on pitches out of the zone. He firmly believes Rasmus, whos prone to the swing-and-miss, having struck out in 33.5 per cent of his plate appearances this season, ends up offering at pitches he otherwise wouldnt due to frustration. Seitzers been a sounding board for his frustrated charges. “All I can do is be supportive,” said Seitzer. “Youve got a great eye. Its not a pitch you want to go on, so you cant go. And you cant even think that theyre going to go back out there because of what happens there, you get locked up on paint inside.” LINDS FOOT Adam Lind fouled a pitch off his right toe in the seventh inning of Tuesday nights game. “Ouch. Thats what I said,” said Lind. Surely he must have cussed? “It was more just deep breaths.” Lind returned to the starting lineup on Monday for the first time since fouling a pitch off the top of his right foot on June 14 in Baltimore. He had three pinch-hit appearances in the seven games in between. Linds wearing a guard on his shin, which extends to the top of his foot. In Wednesday nights series finale versus the Yankees, Lind made his first start at first base since suffering the injury. TOLLESONS EYE Blue Jays utility infielder Steve Tolleson is dealing with an eye problem that cropped up on the last road trip. Hes got dryness and blurriness, especially in his right eye.Tolleson had laser eye surgery five years ago, but its unclear if this is a factor in any way.Hell be seeing a cornea specialist on Thursday, marking a fourth-straight day that hell see an eye doctor of some description. Vlade Divac Jersey . Serves hit by her surgically repaired shoulder often missed the mark, resulting in 12 double-faults. Peja Stojakovic Kings Jersey . - The Green Bay Packers got back to work on Friday without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. http://www.nbakingsonline.com/Authentic-...gs-Jersey/ . -- Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first coming 13 seconds into the game, and the Colorado Rapids beat the undermanned Seattle Sounders 5-1 Saturday night.Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlantas All-Stars came through again. Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague had plenty of help as the Hawks pushed their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games. Millsap scored 21 points, Horford had 17 and Teague scored six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks held off LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory on Friday night. Kyle Korver added 16 points and Kent Bazemore had 12 points in 40 minutes off the bench as the Hawks won without injured forward DeMarre Carroll, who sat with a left Achilles strain. Thabo Sefolosha replaced him in the starting lineup but played just 2:21 before going out with a calf strain. Millsap, Horford and Teague were all named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday, the first time since 1980 that three Hawks made the game. Atlantas Mike Budenholzer will coach the East in the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The NBA-leading Hawks havent lost since Dec. 26 in Milwaukee. And at 39-8, they surpassed last seasons win total (38-44). They could secure a perfect 17-0 month with a win Saturday against Philadelphia, which will end a seven- game homestand. Aldridge scored 37 points for Portland a day after he was named to the Western Conference All-Star team. An incredible individual performance, said Budenholzer. We tried to make it difficult on him but he still scored 37. Wesley Matthews added 16 points and Damian Lillard scoredd 13 with 11 assists for the Blazers, who have lost seven of their last nine games. Nemanja Bjelica Jersey. While Aldridge was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game, Lillard was left off the team after making it last year and despite being seen as worthy, he didnt take the snub lightly, saying in an Instagram post that he felt disrespected by not being selected. Neither team led by more than six in the game. The Hawks took the lead for good on Horfords jumper midway through the fourth quarter. Later, Horfords rebound and Teagues long pass over the defense led to a dunk for Millsap at the other end to make it a six-point game with 1:30 remaining. The Blazers were never closer than four after that. It was a very competitive game, said Portland coach Terry Stotts. Both teams made runs but they made more plays at the end of the game than we did. Earlier, Aldridge scored 21 points in a tight first half and the Blazers shot over 55 percent from the field, but led just 51-50 at the break. Each team led by five in the third quarter as the game remained competitive. Portland built a 68-63 advantage at one point after a 15-5 run led by Aldridge and Lillard. Game Notes Hawks guard Shelvin Mack remains out with a left calf strain ... Atlanta has beaten the Blazers twice during the winning streak, also winning in Portland on Jan. 3 to snap a three-game losing streak in the series ... The Blazers will end a road trip Saturday in Milwaukee. ' ' '


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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch expects to see his driving under the influence trial in California come to an end on Friday when he pleads guilty a lesser charge of reckless driving. Tom Jackson Jersey . Lynchs attorney, Ivan Golde, told The Associated Press on Thursday of the plea deal that was reached with the Alameda County District Attorney Office. The plea will be formally entered in court in Oakland, Calif., on Friday. ESPN first reported the plea agreement. Lynch was arrested in July 2012 on investigation of driving under the influence after he was pulled over on a freeway in Oakland. Golde says he believes that Lynch had a strong enough case to win at trial, but said the Seattle running back did not want a public trial considering his high profile with the Seahawks coming off a Super Bowl victory. Golde said Lynch will plead guilty to a "wet reckless." Lynch will have to take six driving safety classes and pay a $1,080 fine. Joe Flacco Youth Jersey . On Wednesday night, they showed that stellar defence and a little small ball can get the job done too. With pinch-runner Kevin Pillar aboard after Dioner Navarro opened the bottom of the ninth with a single, Anthony Gose dropped down an excellent bunt along the first-base line. Courtland Sutton Broncos Jersey . Boston is making its first appearance in the ALCS since 2008. For Detroit, its a third straight trip to the ALCS and its fourth in eight years. http://www.thebroncosstoreonline.com/You...s-Jerseys/ . The Heat centre scored 10 of his 30 points early in the first quarter to silence the Toronto fans as Miami defeated the Raptors 113-101 on Friday night.RENTON, Wash. - Packers-Bears. Steelers-Browns. Cowboys vs. anybody in the NFC East. Those are long-standing NFL rivalries. Add to them 49ers-Seahawks, with a history of nastiness emanating from the college ranks for their coaches, and a hefty animosity built up in annual doubleheaders in their division. Now they meet for a spot in the Super Bowl. Are those hard feelings for real? "I think so, but itll always be that way when you have two good teams in the same division," 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said. "You play each other a couple times a year and if youre good enough, possibly three times a year. It was the same way when I was in Baltimore playing against Pittsburgh. You respect each other as foes, but there is really a dislike." Its a healthy thing, really, because it makes for even more uncompromising action — on the field and on the sideline. One of these teams will emerge Sunday from ear-splitting CenturyLink Field headed for New Jersey to play for the sports biggest prize. The other will carry into the off-season even more loathing for this opponent. "There is no love lost; there is no love found," said Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who will find himself lined up often against Boldin in the NFC championship game. "Its going to be intense. Its going to be physical. I dont know if there are going to be handshakes after this one." That almost goes without saying with the coaches. When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was at Stanford — where, incidentally, Sherman played after being recruited by current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll when he was at Southern California — he ran up the score in a 2009 win at Los Angeles that prompted Carroll to ask him at games end: "Whats your deal." Harbaughs deal has always revolved around being a hard-edged player and coach. His teams embody that attitude, and it certainly has worked in San Francisco. The 49ers are 41-13-1 in his three seasons in charge, are in their third straight conference title game, and back down from no one. That can make for some uncomfortable moments, whether its Harbaughs overzealous handshakes and back slaps after wins or his team playing up to (and sometimes beyond) the whistle. Carroll claims the acrimony between them is overblown. "For whatever reasons, you guys have had a field day with this," Carroll told reporters Thurrsday. Brian Dawkins Youth Jersey. "We have not been friends over the year, we just know each other through the games. We have a very confined relationship. "I have great respect for Jim. Thats it — you guys have had a blast with it." Carrolls Seahawks arent exactly wallflowers, either. Defensively, at least, these are the NFLs two most physical and intimidating units. That, in turn, can lead to ill will. "I dont hate anybody," All-Pro cornerback Sherman said. "So I dont think (theres) hate. But passion, definitely. There will be some passion, some dislike — some strong dislike. But there will be some intensity. Its playoff football. "So even if we werent two teams that are familiar with each other ... theres going to be a lot of intensity, a lot of chippiness, and a hard-fought game." Where might this antipathy show most? Try whenever Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch — his nickname, "Beast Mode," says it all about his style of play — meets up with All-Pro NaVorro Bowman and his fellow linebackers, the best group in the NFL. Or when Boldin, among the best clutch receivers in football, uses his physicality against Sherman, safety Earl Thomas, a fellow All-Pro, and the rest of the games top secondary. All of the matchups for Sunday are familiar to both sides, of course. And when division foes meet for the conference title — each team won at home this season — the results hardly are predictable. Since the 1970 merger, there have been 15 third meetings in conference championships, 10 in the AFC, including the Seahawks losing to Oakland when Seattle was an AFC franchise in 1983. The 49ers beat the Rams in such a meeting in 1989. In 10 of those games, the host won. What can be forecast for Sunday: hard feelings all around, even if 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis tones it down slightly. "Theres no question theres a lot of hostility between us," Willis said, "but at the end of the day theyre another football team. So, theres always going to be dislikes. Theyre an opponent of ours and we want to win. "If we werent in this race right now thered be no doubt that if they were playing against someone else, I would wish them well because its in our division. But its us playing, so theres not going to be any like at all there." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ' ' '


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Lou Lamoriello is back behind the bench, but not officially as head coach. Teppo Numminen Coyotes Jersey . The New Jersey Devils president and general manager announced he would be heading behind the bench after firing Peter DeBoer, in a unique situation where hell coach alongside Adam Oates, who will have autonomy with the teams forward group, and Scott Stevens, who would have autonomy with the teams defence. No official positions have been announced. Tommy Albelin will also coach the defence and Mike Foligno will also coach the forwards, both from the pressbox. Chris Terreri will remain on the staff. Alex Goligoski Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency. Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey . With newly minted president of hockey operations Trevor Linden looking on from above one day after being handed the keys to the franchise, it was more of the same on Thursday night. http://www.officialcoyotesfanstore.com/a...es-jersey/ . -- Ryan Millers debut for the St.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Thad Lewis is out and Jordan Palmer is in following the Buffalo Bills late preseason shuffle of backup quarterbacks. Palmer was signed Tuesday, two days after being cut by the Chicago Bears, where he lost the backup competition to Jimmy Clausen. In five NFL seasons, Palmer has appeared in just four games and completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions. Lewis release comes as a surprise after he went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel. Acquired in a trade with Detroit last August, Lewis went 93 of 157 for 1,092 yards passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Lewis, however, struggled during training camp and fell behind Jeff Tuel in the competition for the No. 2 job. Coach Doug Marrone said he was disappointed in Lewis play, which led the team reaching the conclusion that Palmer might provide more potential despite having less playing time. "Could Jordan be a better player than Thad? Yes, he could," Marrone said. "And were going to find that out and well make a decision." Marrone said Palmer is expected to get extensive playing time on Thursday, when Buffalo (1-3) closes its preseason hosting the Detroit Lions (2-1). And Marrone said it was premature to suggest that Lewis departure meant Tuel has secured the No. 2 spot for Buffalos season opener at Chicago on Sept. 7. In a separate move, the Bills placed starting linebacker Kiko Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury list. The second-year player is expected to miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee working out in Oregon on July 1. After spending much of the past two months rehabbing on his own, Alonso is now working out at the Bills renovated facility in Orchard Park. Palmer is the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals starterr Carson Palmer. Keith Tkachuk Jersey. He was selected by Washington in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, but failed to make the Redskins roster. Palmer then spent three seasons in Cincinnati and another in Jacksonville before signing with the Bears. Despite his lack of playing time, Palmer has developed a reputation for mentoring quarterbacks. Earlier this year, he oversaw Blake Bortles pre-draft workout during Central Floridas pro day. Bortles was selected third overall by Jacksonville. Palmer is also familiar with Manuel. Palmer was an assistant and worked with Manuel at former quarterback Trent Dilfers camp three years ago. "Its great to be reunited with him," Palmer said. "Im here to compete, and Im here to serve and help in any way I can." The backup spot in Buffalo has been unsettled since Marrone took over last year. And the latest shuffle leaves Marrone and general manager Doug Whaley open to being second-guessed as to why they failed to add an experienced veteran this off-season. Last season, injuries to Manuel (knee) and veteran backup Kevin Kolb (season-ending concussion) led to the Bills scrambling to fill the position. They signed Matt Leinart, who was cut after struggling in his lone preseason appearance, acquired Lewis and signed free agent Dennis Dixon, who spent last year on the teams practice squad. The Bills stuck with Lewis and Tuel as their backups this off-season with the expectation both can grow and develop because of their familiarity with receivers and the offensive system. Buffalos offence has lacked finish this preseason no matter whos been at quarterback. The Manuel-led starters combined for four field goals on their first 18 possessions before finally scoring touchdowns on consecutive third-quarter drives in a 27-14 loss to Tampa Bay last weekend. ' ' '


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PLYMOUTH, Mich. Clay Matthews Jersey . -- Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves and Zach Lorentz scored the eventual winner with five minutes to play as the Plymouth Whalers edged the Saginaw Spirit 3-1 in Ontario Hockey League action on Sunday. Victor Crus Rydberg and Ryan Hartman had a goal and an assist apiece for the Whalers (27-31-7). Cody Payne was the lone scorer for Saginaw (32-28-5), finding the back of the net midway through the second period for the first goal of the game. Nikita Serebryakov stopped 35 shots in the losing effort. --- FRONTENACS 5 STEELHEADS 3 KINGSTON, Ont. -- Ryan Kujawinski scored twice and added an assist as the Frontenacs downed the Steelheads. Henri Ikonen scored once and added two assists for Kingston (36-22-6), and Samuel Schutt and Darcy Greenaway also scored. Bryson Cianfrone scored two for the Steelheads (23-37-5), and Andrew Goldberg chipped in with a goal and an assist. Lucas Peressini made 33 saves for the Frontenacs, while Mississaugas Martin Spencer stopped 29 saves in the losing effort. --- ICEDOGS 5 COLTS 2 St. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Brent Moran made 46 saves and Niagara used a four-goal second period to topple the Colts. Brendan Perlini and Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist apiece for the IceDogs (22-34-8), while Billy Jenkins, Anthony DiFruscia and Eric Ming also scored. Brendan Lemieux and Cordell James replied for Barrie (34-28-3) and Andrew Mangiapane contributed with two assists. Daniel Gibl started in net for the Colts but left the game after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief. --- BATTALION 4 WOLVES 1 SUDBURY, Ont. -- Mike Amadio scored twice and Vincent Praplan had three assists to lift the Battalion over the Wolves for their third straight win. Miles Liberati and Matt MacLeod also scored for North Bay (35-24-6) and Dylan Blujus chipped in with two assists. Nicholas Baptise scored the lone goal for Sudbury (32-22-11), on a power play at 13:46 of the first period. Battalion goaltender Jake Smith stopped 22 shots in the victory. Wolves goalie Franky Palazzese shouldered the loss after making 22 saves. --- GREYHOUNDS 5 SPITFIRES 1 WINDSOR, Ont. -- Sergey Tolchinsky scored a goal and assisted on three more as Sault Ste. Marie broke open the game in the third period to seal its victory over the Spitfires. Jared McCann had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Hore, Darnell Nurse and Jean Dupuy also scored for the Greyhounds (42-17-6), who broke a 1-1 tie with four unanswered goals in the third period. Josh Ho-Sang scored his 31st goal of the season for Windsor (36-26-3), who has dropped its last four contests. Brendan Halverson picked up the win with 33 saves while Spitfires goalie Dalen Kuchmey took the loss after stopping 26 of 31 shots. --- STORM 6 STING 2 SARNIA, Ont. -- Kerby Rychel and Brock McGinn scored two goals each to lift the Storm over the Sting. Zack Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Justin Auger also scored for Guelph (50-12-3). Scott Kosmachuk chipped in with three assists. Nickolas Latta and Nikita Korostelev scored for Sarnia (16-42-7), which was outshot 49-21. Nikolay Goldobin and Anthony DeAngelo had two assists apiece. Storm goaltender Matthew Mancina stopped 19 shots, while his Sting counterpart Brodie Barrick made 43 saves in the losing effort. Joe Namath Youth Jersey . Despite 11-1 records, theyre out and Big Ten winner Ohio State is into the national semifinals. Joe Namath Rams Jersey . Price also posted the longest shutout sequence since 1960 at 164:19 minutes. He stopped a combined 55 shots in Canadas final two games and 70 of 71 shots in Canadas three elimination games, allowing only a breakaway goal to Lauris Darzins of Latvia. For his efforts, Price was named best goalkeeper by the tournament directorate. Prices outstanding play is marred only by the extremely strong defensive play of Canadas top six defencemen; Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester. http://www.laramsfootballshops.com/jared-goff-jersey/ .Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around the image including jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.TAMPA, Fla. -- Dwayne Roloson stymied the Pittsburgh Penguins again. Roloson made 33 saves, Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Penguins 4-1 on Thursday night. "Theres no way you can beat that team if the goaltender is not at his best," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "Theyve got everything, basically. Weve got to play almost perfect defensively." Brett Connolly and Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning, who have won six consecutive home games. Pittsburgh got a third-period goal from Tyler Kennedy. It was the first game between the teams since Roloson helped Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh in an Eastern Conference quarter-final series last season. "Last year is last year," Roloson said. "Were focusing on this year." There was some chippy play, but no fights took place. Roloson stopped an in-close shot by Steve Sullivan in the first period. He also made several strong saves, including a lunging pad stop on Sullivans back-hander, during a late second-period power play. "I dont think we had any quality chances," Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang said. "I think we took some shots, but I dont think he had a really difficult life back in his net." Lecavalier put the Lightning up 1-0 from just outside the crease on Tampa Bays first shot of game 8:38 into the first. He picked up a loose puck after a defensive-zone turnover by Jordan Staal and made several moves before beating goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury finished with 14 saves. He was 7-0-1 in his previous eight games. Connolly made it 2-0 when he re-directed Dominic Moores shot while positioned in the low slot during a power play at 4:08 of the second. Connolly had lost hhis stick shortly before the goal and went to the bench area, where high-scoring Steven Stamkos handed the rookie right wing his stick. Clay Matthews Youth Jersey. "Theres a lot of magic in those sticks, for sure," Connolly said. Pittsburgh had allowed just three goals in 53 previous short-handed situations this season before Connollys goal. Downie extended the lead to 3-0 on Tampa Bays second power-play goal of the game early in the third. Pittsburgh has given up power-play goals in only three games this season. Toronto had two man-advantage goals in a 4-3 win on Oct. 29, and Washington had one Oct. 13 en route to a 3-2 overtime victory. "Clearly the special teams battle ... two power-play goals for them and us not cashing in on our opportunities," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "A lot of them came late and we were pressing at that point in time, but they won the battle 2-0 and thats pretty much the difference in the game." Pittsburgh went 0 for 7 on the power play, while the Lightning converted two of their six opportunities. After Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game into an empty net at 15:49 of the third, Kennedy ruined Rolosons bid for his 30th career shutout a minute later. "Theyve got great players," Downie said. "Its always nice to beat these guys." Notes: Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby, who hasnt played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion, continues to work out with the team. ... Lightning LW Ryan Malone missed his fourth straight game due to an undisclosed upper body injury. He did take part in a morning practice. ... Downie ended his 16-game goal drought. ... Penguins LW James Neal had his seven-game point streak snapped. He had four goals and 11 points during the stretch. ' ' '


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In the end, Corey Conners just couldnt get past the last match. Rod Carew Angels Jersey . Despite a valiant effort over 35 holes, the Canadian came up just short in the final of the U.S. Amateur, losing 2 & 1 to South Koreas Gunn Yang. It was the second time in two weeks that a Canadian golfer had reached the final of an American championship. Last Sunday, Brooke Henderson lost the final of the womens championship. “It was a long day, fun match,” Conners said after accepting the runner-up medal. “Pretty tough fought. It was hard to win holes. Birdies are hard to come by out here and Gunn played fantastic golf.” Conners was never up in the match, losing the first two holes of the day. It was a bit of an uncharacteristic opening for Conners, who is generally good at hitting fairways and greens. He was in nine bunkers over the first 18, which prompted some good-natured ribbing from pal and caddie Taylor Pendrith. “He was making fun of me because he had to rake all those bunkers,” Conners chuckled. “He said his limit on the second 18 was going to be five.” After the first 18, hed managed to cut Yangs lead in half. When the duo returned for the second 18, Conners quickly put the contest to all square with a birdie on the first hole. However Yang birdied six and seven and never looked back, eventually closing Conners out on the 35th-hole. “It stings a little bit to lose the final match, but [I] played some good golf today,” said Conners, who received congratulatory messages from Graham DeLaet and Marlene Streit, among others. “Just wasnt meant to be.” Conners admitted that his game in the final wasnt as sharp as what got him through the previous five matches. He said he simply couldnt get putts to drop despite putting good rolls on the ball. “I thought I hit nice putts,” he said. “They just slipped by and that was kind of frustrating not to have any of those drop and win some holes.” After losing in the semi-final last year, there is some consolation for Conners this year. His finish earns him spots in the Masters and the U.S. Open. The only catch is that he has to remain an amateur. While never firm in his plans, Conners admitted earlier this year that he was looking at turning professional after the World Team Amateur Championships in September. “The next eight or nine months, Im not too sure whats going to happen,” said Conners, who was cheered on by a large contingent from his home club in Listowel, Ont. “I have some planning to do, but yeah, I dont know. I havent really thought about that too much.” Despite making it so far and then falling just short, Conners was still happy with his performance. “It feels great, and I know looking back on last year, how special of a week it was and Im sure it will be the same thing this week," he said. "Pretty proud and happy with my play and was an exciting week.” Kole Calhoun Jersey . "Last year we were in a ton of situations, late-game situations we couldnt pull out. Wed kind of fold under the pressure, get frustrated or let a big shot frustrate us," guard DeMar DeRozan said. Shohei Ohtani Jersey . TSN2 December 18 Knicks at Bulls 8pm et/5pm pt TSN2 December 18 Thunder at Warriors 10:30pm et/7:30pt TSN2 December 21 Pacers at Timberwolves 7pm et/4pm pt. 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Hes aggressive, Toronto head coach Greg Vanney said of the former Real Betis defender. Hes a guy who doesnt give away a lot of space to attackers, he gets tight. Hes challenging balls that are coming into forwards.Hes sort of a no-nonsense fellow, Vanney added of Perquis. Hes a guy whos definitely going to have presence when theres time to have presence on the attackers. Thats part of our strategy — we dont want to concede space this year, we want to take away space and look to get the ball back as soon as we can.The 30-year-old Perquis has flair off the pitch as well. Resembling a younger version of French actor Tcheky Karyo (The Missing) he met the media Monday looking like he had just walked off a Milan runway with am oversized scarf casually arranged around his neck.On that score, he will blend well with the 34-year-old Caldwell, a fashion plate of his own off the field. The six-foot-one 165-pound Perquis played for Troyes, Saint-Etienne and Sochaux in France before moving to Spain to sign with Real Betis ahead of the 2012-13 season.Of Polish decent through his grandmother, Perquis has won 13 caps for the Polish national team.Hes happy to be wanted after falling off the radar with his Spanish club, which was dealing with relegation and financial issues.I dont play and it was very difficult foor me there, the former Real Betis vice-captain said in English. Nolan Ryan Jersey. So I will enjoy my job and I will take pleasure doing what I love the most in my life. Now Im here to help the club to get to the playoffs at the end of the season.Perquis, who arrived in Toronto last Thursday, has not played since a Copa del Rey game in mid-December.He got a heads-up on MLS from friends like French midfielder Vincent Nogueira of the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution forward Charlie Davis.He (Davis) said Bro, you must be here because the new football is here, recalled Perquis, who speaks French, English, Spanish and a little Polish. So I said OK.Seeing Torontos well-appointed training centre sealed the deal.Toronto was thin at centre back last season and the cupboard got a little more bare in the off-season when Doneil Henry joined West Ham United. That left Toronto with just Caldwell and Nick Hagglund, a rookie last season.The addition of Perquis, Eriq Zavaleta (acquired from Seattle for a second-round draft pick) and draft choices Clement Simonin and Skylar Thomas gives Toronto the six centre backs it wants to stock its MLS and USL Pro rosters. Toronto FC II will make its debut in the USL Pro League this season.For GM Tim Bezbatchenko, bringing Perquis on board represents one of Torontos bigger off-season moves.Im over-the-moon excited about having Damien on our roster, he said. Because this league is hard and theres a lot of travel. People will get injured. You need leaders, people with experience and thats what Damien brings.___Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter ' ' '


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