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The hosts of The College Football Podcast debate who deserves an invite to the BCS National Championship should OSU and Auburn win their conference championship games on Saturday. Ryan Bolta (@TSNBolta) and the case for Ohio State: If in fact Ohio State completes an undefeated season and wins the Big 10 title on Saturday, they deserve to play for the BCS National Championship. An undefeated team in a power conference has never been passed over in favor of a team with a blemish on their record, and that should remain the case.  Naysayers will point to a below-average strength of schedule, close victories or to the SEC right to have a team in the championship because their conference is the deepest.  Those naysayers couldnt be more wrong. It is incredibly hard to go an entire NCAA football season without a loss.  There is a reason only one team, also Ohio State, accomplished the feat last year.  No matter the level of competition, winning every single game is incredibly difficult.  Many teams would be part of the conversation if not for slip ups against lesser opponents.  Oklahoma State lost to West Virginia, Michigan State lost to Notre Dame, and Stanford beat two top 10 teams but lost to unranked Utah and USC.  There have been hundreds of examples this year that just because you enter the game as a favorite, it doesnt mean youll head home with a victory. Also, on the topic of strength of schedule there is one key fact that continues to be overlooked.  If playing tough opponents is of such high importance, it would be Florida State being replaced in the national championship.  According to Jeff Sagarins formula Ohio State has played the 61st toughest schedule while Florida States ranks 66th.  Thats before OSU plays No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday, while FSU gets No. 20 Duke.  Ohio State has played the tougher schedule, and that gap will grow on Saturday.  Another popular argument is the big 10 being “down” this year.  The depth in the Big 10 isnt what it was years ago, but the fact is it produced a power matchup in the title game.  Ohio State will play a top 10 team with a vaunted defense and only one loss on its resume.  Florida State gets a two-loss traditional basketball school in Duke that for the first time in history won 10 football games this season.  The Seminoles are 29-point favorites over the Blue Devils.  None of this dismisses Auburn from the conversation, just points to the fact if you were to have them leapfrog an undefeated team you are looking at the wrong one in the Buckeyes. As for Auburn, the case against them is simple, they are not perfect.  I believe that any loss eliminates your should there be two power conference undefeated teams, but well dig deeper.  Auburn not only lost a football game, but they lost by two touchdowns to an LSU program that sits No. 15 in the BCS rankings.  As impressive as their win was against Alabama, we cannot just look at what theyve done lately.  College football requires you to look at the whole resume, and the Tigers have a glaring two-touchdown defeat on theirs.  No. 21 Wisconsin would surely be higher if not for their very questionable loss to Arizona State on a game where the referees decided the outcome by not spotting the ball for a game-winning field goal try.  Northwestern was 16th in the rankings when Ohio State beat them by 10 points with ESPN College Gameday in attendance.  The Buckeyes won a dog fight in their rivalry week game and would need a victory over a top 10 opponent in Michigan State to make the BCS Championship.  OSU also beat 8-win Iowa by double-dights and 7-win San Diego state by 26.  When comparing wins, was Auburns last-second win against Texas A&M really more impressive than Ohio State over the Hawkeyes?  Id argue that is wasnt. Admittedly OSU didnt play the strongest schedule, but there is some proof that Ohio State is in fact a powerhouse worthy of their No. 2 ranking.   This was still the schedule of a team in a power conference, and one that cannot be ignored. All of the SEC backers need not look any further than Alabama coach Nick Saban.  After losing to Auburn Saban mentioned coaching his team to treat the entire season as if it were March Madness, as in you need to win your games to advance.  The most decorated coach in the SEC admitted that a loss eliminates your team, unless of course there arent two undefeated teams to play for the championship.  If not for sanctions against Ohio State last season, Alabama would have missed out on the title game under those same conditions. One other popular point is Urban Meyer successfully lobbying for Florida back in 2006.  The difference then was only one team (ironically Ohio State) was undefeated heading into the bowl season.  So any quotes from the former Gator and current Buckeye are taken out of context if they are being used to show who he believes should be in the title game.  Whether it be Auburn, Alabama or potentially Missouri, the fact remains that no matter what conference you come from one-loss is too many if there are two teams remaining from power conferences that are chasing perfection. Mike Marshall (@marshallmike) and the case for Auburn: When No. 3 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri meet at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, they will be playing for the Southeastern Conference championship. Despite their not-quite-perfect records, they should also be playing for a berth in the BCS National Championship. Sure the Ohio State has won a school record 24 straight games and is 12-and-0.  But youre “going to tell a group of young men, who just went 12-1 in a most difficult schedule, that they dont have a chance to play for a national championship? Im going to need help with that one.”  Thats a quote from Urban Meyer back in 2006. At the time, Meyers Florida Gators were 12-and-1, ranked fourth in the BCS standings, and outside of the national title picture. Meyer was lobbying for the Gators to jump USC and Michigan and earn a berth in the BCS Championship. In the end, both the Trojans and Wolverines lost, and Florida got its shot, beating Ohio State by 27 points, and beginning an unprecedented run of 7-straight national titles for the SEC.  Ironically, this year Meyer is on the other side of the debate, lobbying for the unbeaten Buckeyes to get a bid over a 1-loss SEC champ. But if anything, his argument from 2006 rings more true now than ever before.  Forget the fact that both Auburn and Missouri went from 3-and-9 and 5-and-7 a year ago, to 11-and-1 this season. Gus Malzahn and Gary Pinkel have already both been nominated for Coach of the Year. Forget that Auburns season culminated with a historic Iron Bowl win, their second miracle in as many games, knocking off the program that was gunning for an unprecedented third straight national title. Forget that Mizzou closed their season with a win over Johnny Manziel and then No. 21 Texas A&M, holding the reigning Heisman trophy winner to just 216 total yards, statistically the worst game of his career.The strength of schedule of an SEC champ should trump an unbeaten season of a team in a has-been conference. And the strength of schedules arent even close.  Both Auburn and Missouri beat four top-25 teams this season. Ohio State beat two.  The Buckeyes rang up wins against five teams with losing records. Auburn played just two. Auburns FBS opponents were a combined 20 games above .500 this season, Missouris 10. Ohio States? Eight games under. Sure both Auburn and Missouri lost a game. But Auburns loss came against then No. 6 LSU. They lost 35-21 at Death Valley, the place that LSU coach Les Miles says is “where dreams go to die.” They lost in the rain, at night, in a stadium in which the home team is 34-and-2 since 2009. Missouri lost to No. 8 South Carolina. In double overtime, when kicker Andrew Baggett banged a 24-yard field goal off the uprights. Hardly a blemish to throw away a season on.  The Buckeyes played five road games en route to their 12-and-0 season. Those road opponents? A combined 5-and-36 in conference play. Ohio State won “the game” last week beating archrival Michigan – a team that had lost three of their last four - on a failed 2-point conversion. The Wolverines scored 41 points in the loss, despite scoring 49 total points in regulation in all of November. The Buckeyes two wins against ranked teams came against No. 21 Wisconsin, the same team that as a 24-point favourite lost to Penn State this past weekend, the largest FBS vs FBS upset this season. The following week OSU beat then No. 16 Northwestern, the beginning of the Wildcats seven game losing streak, and a 1-and-7 finish in conference play.  When the Buckeyes meet Michigan State in Indianapolis, it will be their first regular season game against a top-10 team since 2009. Auburn has played three. This season. This week, Meyer has understandably changed his tone. Hes lobbying for the Buckeyes, and a chance for the Big Ten to win a national title for the first time since 2002. But, like he said in 2006, “its called winning and losing, and playing a difficult schedule.” And there is no schedule more difficult than that of the SEC. 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The 20-year-old overager has appeared in 35 games for the Ontario Hockey Leagues Erie Otters this season, scoring 41 goals and adding 27 assists with a plus-28 rating.METAIRIE, La. - The Saints defence has made takeaways its top priority after forcing an NFC-low 19 turnovers in 2013. Near the start of a workout in late May, New Orleans rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste stripped wide receiver Andy Tanner after he made a short reception. That play set the tone. Defenders have continued to punch and slap at the ball in the first two practices of minicamp. Although New Orleans finished fourth in the NFL in yards allowed under new co-ordinator Rob Ryan last season — a dramatic improvement after yielding the most yards in NFL history a year earlier — Ryan wont be happy until he sees more turnovers. Seven fumble recoveries and 12 interceptions were not enough. "That was a glaring weakness last year," he says. "We did pretty decent as a unit, but we want to be great, and to be great, you have to take the ball away." They did more than just talk about it. They signed free agent Jairus Byrd, whose 22 interceptions since his rookie season in 2009 are the most for any NFL safety, and also picked up veteran Champ Bailey, whose 52 career interceptions are the most for any active cornerback. In film sessions, Ryan has repeatedly shown cutups of Chicago safety Charles Tillman punching out the ball. In 2012, Tillman forced 10 fumbles, which is three more than the Saints managed as a whole in 2013. "Great players can be imitated, and were trying to do that here," Ryan said. "Imitation is the biggest form of flattery. We know we have to improve on that." Linebacker Curtis Loftons statistics were a perfect illustration of the Saints strengths and weaknesses last year. He made a team-high 125 tackles for the resurgent defence but had a hand in only turnover, forcing a fumble against Miami. He did not recover a fumble or pick off a pass all season. "We didnt create enough turnovers, so thats definitely an emphasis for us," he said. "Weve been working on it, and its showing up in practice. Then we are going to take what we do in practice and do it in games.ddddddddddddquot; After winning the Super Bowl in 2009, New Orleans has returned to the playoffs in three of the last four years but has come up short of the NFC Championship Game each time. Seattle was the roadblock last year, hammering the Saints 34-7 in the regular season and beating them again 23-15 in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Saints werent that far behind the Seahawks in yards allowed per game (273.6 to 305.7) and registered 49 sacks to the Seahawks 44, but Seattle had more than twice as many takeaways with 39. "If you look at all the past great defences, they forced a lot of turnovers," Bailey said. "Theres a reason Seattle won the Super Bowl. They forced a lot of turnovers. If we dont get them, we wont go very far." Ryan expects the presence of Byrd and Bailey to help close that gap. Bailey deflected a pass that turned into an interception in the Saints first open practice of the summer. Byrd is out for the summer after undergoing back surgery, but coach Sean Payton said he was on schedule to return for the beginning of training camp. In addition to his interceptions, he forced 11 fumbles in his five years with Buffalo. Thats not Tillman territory, but it beats what the Saints did last year. "You can see guys attempting to punch through the ball, almost over-exaggerating it," said linebacker Junior Galette, who had 12 sacks last year but forced only one fumble. "Charles Tillman is a beast at it, and we are motivated to make the extra effort to knock it out." NOTES: During one 11-on-11 session in Wednesdays practice, a machine on the side of the field cranked up crowd noise as the offence approached the line of scrimmage on each play. Coach Sean Payton said it was the first time he has piped in noise during minicamp. The Saints went 3-5 on the road in the regular season last year — their first losing record away from home under Payton since 2008. .Minicamp ends with another practice on Thursday. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '


  after fantastic progress was made on the unfinished
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Australia hope to move into the Olympic Village in Rio on Wednesday after fantastic progress was made on the unfinished accommodation. The Australian delegation said on Sunday it would not move into the Olympic Village because of shoddy plumbing and wiring that made their rooms uninhabitable, also complaining about poor security and water dripping down the walls.Chef de mission of the Australian Olympic team Kitty Chiller said they had found 200 problems at the weekend but that figure had come down to a dozen by Monday evening. There was fantastic progress made today, said Chiller. Its looking like, according to our plan, we will be able to move everybody in on Wednesday.The mayor and I have a date on Wednesday and I believe there will be a ceremonial handing over of the keys. I have arranged a little present for the mayor as well.For the past two years I have been saying that this is one of the best of the villages of the six that I have ever been in and I still say that it will be the best village that I have ever been in once these issues are complete.The Games start on August 5, but a number of competitors have already arrived including the first tranche from Australia. One of the rooms Olympic athletes will stay in Rios outspoken Mayor Eduardo Paes pledged to fix the problems but had appeared to make light of the Australians complaints by saying he would place a kangaroo in front of their accommodation to make them feel at home - he said on Monday his comments were meant to lighten the mood.Paes said: The situation is way better today, but the Australian building is the one with the worst conditions. Works are now at an advanced stage.I have been receiving reports from the Organising Committee, who are responsible for the (Olympic) Village, that things are going well. We also have people of our own from City Hall helping there. Also See: Pavey: IOC sending wrong message Froome confident for Olympics Stepanova to fight Rio ban Seven Russia swimmers banned Alan Page Youth Jersey . He also had some help Monday night.Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86 Monday night, ending the Pacers six-game losing streak. Brett Favre Youth Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Yout...gs-Jersey/ . Striker Dario Mandzukic scored the opener in the 22nd minute but was given a red card nine minutes later for a reckless tackle and left Croatia with 10 men for the remainder of the match. Dru Samia Womens Jersey . (AP) -- The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseballs plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve. Cris Carter Womens Jersey . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil.The Montreal Canadiens are looking to turn their recent fortunes around and may get some help this weekend with a possible return of two injured players. Defenceman Alexei Emelin, who is recovering from knee surgery, says he plans to make his return to the lineup on Saturday at home against the New York Rangers. Emelin said he will also travel with the team to Columbus for Montreals game on Friday night. It would be Emelins first action since Apr. 6 when he tore knee ligaments in a game against the Boston Bruins. Brandonn Prust, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, will also travel to Columbus to get checked by team doctors on Friday and hopes for a green light to return Saturday.dddddddddddd The Canadiens said that Peter Budaj will start in goal against Columbus, while Carey Price will get the call against the Rangers. Montreal has lost five of six games, including a 2-1 shootout loss on Tuesday at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning. At 9-8-2, the Habs have 20 points and sit fifth in the Eastern Conference. ' ' '


  The Williams sisters are through to the fo
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Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - The Williams sisters are through to the fourth round at the Australian Open, but both top seed Serena and No. 18 seed Venus had to rally from a set down Saturday. Serena, a five-time Aussie champion, came back to down 26th-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, topped talented Italian Camila Giorgi, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitovas struggles continued at the years first major championship. American Madison Keys pulled off a 6-4, 7-5 upset, sending the fourth-seeded Kvitova to an early exit for the fifth time in her seven visits to Melbourne. It was a rough start for Serena, who fell behind 5-2 in the first set, but then won the next two games. Svitolina came back to hold at love the next game to take the set. The final two sets were completely different, as the 18-time Grand Slam champion and reigning U.S. Open queen won the first four games of the second and throttled her opponent in the third. My next match Im just going to have a longer warmup, more intense warmup. But as long as I was able to come through today, I can always have an opportunity for tomorrow, Serena said. There was a brief opening for Svitolina in the third game of the final set, but she blew a pair of break point chances. Revenge could be a factor in Serenas next match. She was the defending champion headed into the 2014 French Open, but lost in the second round to Spains Garbine Muguruza. Muguruza, the 24th seed here, set up her match with Serena with a win over Switzerlands Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. It was a good loss, Serena said of her loss to Muguruza. As angry as I was, it was the best loss I had the whole year last year. Had a lot of them. But that one in particular made me realize what I needed to work on. It opened my eyes towards a lot of things. Venus was two points away from losing the match to Giorgi, but then rallied. Giorgi double-faulted 16 times. This will be the first time Venus has reached the round of 16 at a major since Wimbledon 2011. Its definitely been a lot of work and a lot of learning and a lot of perseverance, Venus said. It will continue to be that for me. Just have to come to terms with it. Next up for Venus is sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. The Wimbledon runner-up surged past American Varvara Lepchenko, the 30th seed, 6-0, 7-5. Four Americans are alive in the top half of the draw, as Keys and Madison Brengle will join the Williams sisters in the fourth round. Keys, coached by three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, came up with the biggest victory of her young career with the stunner against Kvitova. She broke serve twice in the first set and three times in the second, the last for a 6-5 lead before holding to finish the match in an hour and 24 minutes. I think my hands are still shaking, said the 19-year-old Keys after the match. Im really happy that I served that (last) game out so well. Keys will next play Brengle, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over fellow American Coco Vandeweghe. Kvitova has been past the third round just twice at this event, reaching the quarterfinals in 2011 and the semifinals in 2012. She exited in the first round last year after a second-round setback the year before. In the end of the day I did better than the last year and the year before, so I need to be happy, but Im not, said Kvitova. I expect little bit more from this tournament unfortunately. Two-time Australian Open champion and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka defeated 25th-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-4, 6-4. 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This is an exercise I have undertaken a few times, starting in 2009, and hope that Ive refined my approach a little bit in that time to help paint a better picture.SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Earthquakes defender Andreas Gorlitz will undergo season-ending right knee surgery Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team made the announcement Thursday, a day after the right back and MLS newcomer was injured just before halftime in a 0-0 draw at home aggainst the Colorado Rapids.dddddddddddd The 32-year-old German, formerly with Bayern Munich, made three appearances in his first season with San Jose. He signed on March 4 following a 12-year professional career in Germany. Dr. Zack Vaughn will perform the procedure at Stanford Hospital. ' ' '


  ose a sportswriter because Id want a brain
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If I ever needed a brain transplant, Id choose a sportswriter because Id want a brain that had never been used.- Norm Van Brocklin When I was 13, I transferred to a new school for the first time. I had spent ten years from junior kindergarten through Grade 8 at the northwest corner of Bathurst Street and Viewmount Avenue in midtown Toronto. It was my home court advantage. I knew the roll of the rims and the carom of the walls and which teachers were lax at taking attendance. It couldnt last forever. At some point a promotion was coming, and my record setting minor league career wouldnt matter once new maths and makeup-laden girls challenged all that I had honed. I was heading to St. Andrews Junior High. Grade 9. The Show. Embarking on my first day in the wilds of the public school system, I knew I had to make my mark early. Mr. Pelech, my clever English teacher, noticed my t-shirt just minutes into the first class. It was a tattered, ink-drenched Grateful Dead concert tee. He remarked that "Grateful Dead" was an example of a contradiction. Contra what now? Coach tapped my shoulder and I hopped the boards. I proceeded to argue with a shellshocked Mr. Pelech for several minutes. My arguments were lithe, varied and completely illogical, but I had been trained to stand my ground no matter how ridiculous my position. Eventually, a hapless Mr. Pelech scanned the class and sputtered, "Just who is this guy?" Each one of my classmates shook their heads sheepishly as if to say uh, dont look at me. Mark made. Within two weeks I owned that school. They didnt realize the repressed explosiveness that ten years of private school Yiddish lessons would unleash. It is in this brazen spirit I introduce myself to you now, Dear Reader, as your new weekly columnist for Bardown. Why was I chosen as The One to guide you through the international sports landscape, particularly with so many scribes vying for your sports-saturated eyeballs? Commence the elucidation (AKA bring da noize): Basketball. This is my wheelhouse. I know all the lyrics to Kurtis Blows Basketball and I have for decades. I own a Sweet Georgia Brown-humming Harlem Globetrotters pinball machine from 1979. I still play pickup every week at a local high school against stiff competition in their very extremely late twenties. Also, I was an associate producer for the Toronto Towers of the NBA for nearly 500 games, post-games, pre-games and exactly five playoff games. Ooh, another thing, I call the Toronto Raptors the Toronto Towers because I have some self-respect. Baseball. I spent five teenage summers selling peanuts outside the Dome under the alias Mike Simmons. Despite a promising career as a sidearm Eephus pitch-throwing specialist, the leagues advanced scouts were never able to unravel the mysteries of my potential, because apparently throwing over the plate was a "prerequisite for success". Racists. 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Neymar Jersey . -- One shot came out of bottom of a cactus, the other from the base of a desert bush with rocks scattered around it.BOSTON -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik was expected to travel home with the team after being taken off the ice on a stretcher after being pulled down and punched by Bostons Shawn Thornton in the opening period of Saturdays 3-2 loss. The club said on its Twitter site that he "returned from the hospital and will be travelling with the team back to Pittsburgh." During the game, the Penguins said on their site that he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where "he is alert and conscious." It happened in a wild sequence of events. Bostons Brad Marchand was injured on the other end when Thornton came skating up quickly from centre ice and grabbed Orpik from behind, knocking him down backward before punching him. Thornton, dressed in a suit and speaking very quietly in front of his locker after the game, said he was "sorry" for what happened. "Its hard for me to talk about right now. I cant say Im sorry enough. Im sure Ill be criticized, but its true," he said. "I felt awful. It wasnt my intention. I know Brooksie. Ive gotten to know him the last seven years here. I skated with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. Its not what I wanted to see or anyone to see." In TV replays, it appeared that Orpik didnt move after taking the punch. He also appeared hit his head on the ice when he fell. Thornton was given a match penalty. Thornton has a hearing with the NHL. "I hope hes doing all right," Thornton. "I heard hes conscious and talking and Im happy about that." Penguins coach Dan&nnbsp;Bylsma said Orpik has a concussion.dddddddddddd "I think he was out on the ice for a period of time," Bylsma said. "So I think that means hes got a concussion, for sure." Players immediately called for medical assistance for Orpik. He was surrounded by members of both teams medical staffs before he was taken off on a stretcher after about a 10-minute delay. Pittsburghs James Neal was assessed a kneeing penalty for his hit on Marchand. "I mean, what do you want me to say? That I was trying to hit him?" Neal said. "No, Im going by him. I dont get out of the way, like I said. I need to be more careful and I guess get my knee out of the way, but Im not trying to hit him in the head or injure him or anything like that." In the games opening minute, Orpik hit Bostons Loui Eriksson with his shoulder near the wingers head as he turned to move up the ice. "I think thats a big reason why," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said when asked why Thornton may have reacted like he did. Eriksson was stunned and went to the bench dazed before heading to the dressing room with a trainer taking one arm to help his balance as he got up from the bench. Eriksson didnt return to the game. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Eriksson left with a concussion and will not travel to Toronto for Sundays game. A few seconds after Orpiks hit on Eriksson, Boston captain Zdeno Chara charged at the defenceman and drew a cross-checking penalty. Boston forward Milan Lucic also fought the Penguins Deryk Engelland midway into the period. ' ' '


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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and hes still not sure how it happened. He was nine shots behind Masters champion Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bay Hill. He was still four back of the Australian he referred to as a "stud" going into the final round Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Every figured even par over the last three holes would do the trick. He made two bogeys. Even after a hearty handshake from the tournament host and a shiny trophy an arms length away from, Every summed up this wild day with just the right words. "I ... I ... I cant believe I won," he said. "I just ... I really cant." The tee shot that he feared might be out-of-bounds on No. 9 somehow bounced along a cart path and led to an unlikely birdie. He surged to a three-shot lead when Scotts touch with the putter vanished. Even with two bogeys on the last three holes -- he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th -- Every still closed with a 2-under 70. The last bogey made him sweat out the finish. Keegan Bradley, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes, had a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. It was similar to the putt Tiger Woods has made so often to win at Bay Hill. Bradleys putt stayed left of the hole, and he finished one shot behind. Every finished at 13-under 275, one shot ahead of Bradley, who needed two late birdies for a 72. Scott was third. David Hearn (74) of Brantford, Ont., finished in a tie for 52nd at 1-over par. In his 92nd start as a pro on the PGA Tour, Every finally won at just the right time and just the right place. The 30-year-old who grew up 90 minutes away in Daytona Beach used to come to Bay Hill as a kid to watch the tournament. And he beat the Masters champion to earn his own spot in the Masters next month. "Being close to winning out here, it can be kind of discouraging because if you dont win, you just wonder if its ever going to happen," Every said. "And sometimes you tell yourself, Well, maybe its meant to be somewhere else, somewhere better. I dont see how it could get much better than this -- being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome." It was a nightmare for Scott. He shattered the Bay Hill record by taking a seven-shot lead after 36 holes and still led by three shots over Bradley going into Sunday. His putting stroke betrayed him. Scott made only five bogeys over 54 holes. He made five on Sunday alone. And he didnt make a birdie over the last 14 holes for a 76. "Im annoyed that I didnt do better today," Scott said. "Sometimes youve got to be hard on yourself. Sometimes you dont. And I think I was getting into a really good spot, and an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. Im taking confidence anyway, from just some good play. But some opportunities youve got to take." Cocky by nature, Every choked back tears when he realized he had won. "Its hard," he said, stopping to compose himself. "Its tough, man. You just never know if its going to happen. You get there so many times. Its nice to get it done." He made it hard on himself. Every had a three-shot lead on the par-5 16th hole -- the easiest at Bay Hill -- when he drove into the woods, hit a tree trying to pitch out, laid up short of the water to play it safe and had to grind out a bogey. Scott, playing in the final group behind him, drilled 6-iron to 20 feet for an eagle putt that would have tied him for the lead. He three-putted for par. It was the second time in six tournaments that Scott lost a big lead on the last day. He had a four-shot advantage in the Australian Open and lost on the final hole to Rory McIlroy. This time, he didnt even have a realistic chance playing the 18th. "I really think the putting has let me down on both of those occasions," Scott said. "Today was a bit shaky. But this course was asking a lot of everyone today, and my short game just wasnt there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure." Scott finished alone in third. He had to win Bay Hill to reach No. 1 in the world ranking when he arrived at Augusta National. Now, the No. 1 spot that Woods has held for the last year will be up for grabs at the Masters among Woods, Scott and Henrik Stenson, who tied for fifth at Bay Hill. Until Sunday, about the only time Every made news on the PGA Tour was when he was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanour drug possession charge at the 2010 John Deere Classic after agents were called to a casino hotel because of a strong odour of marijuana coming from the room he was in. Every paid the price with a three-month suspension that kept him from retaining his PGA Tour card. He once said earning his card back was his greatest achievement, though that sure takes a seat back to his win at Bay Hill. "Its just cool that I can say that I won on the PGA Tour," Every said. "But I always felt like my game was plenty good enough to win out here." Stan Smith Korting .com) - Nicolas Colsaerts fired an 11-under 60 on Thursday and grabbed a 3-stroke lead with the opening round of the Portugal Masters suspended by rain. Yeezy Boost 350 Belgie . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (3) - Early goal against was on the power play. http://www.yeezybelgie.com/belgie-yeezy-boost-350.html . Its the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule. Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Kopen Belgie . MacIntyre stopped 49 shots and the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars 5-1 in Game 1 of the American Hockey Leagues Western Conference final. "I felt in control, so that was nice," MacIntyre said. Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Goedkoop . -- Jane Kish stopped all 25 shots she faced as the Weyburn Gold Wings blanked the Sudbury Lady Wolves 3-0 on Friday to advance to the gold-medal game at the Esso Cup.Piscataway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers take aim at their ninth straight win, as they visit one of the two new members of the Big Ten Conference, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sunday evening. Save for an 80-70 home loss to Duke in early December, Wisconsin has been perfect this season, the team going 15-1, which includes a 3-0 mark in Big Ten play. The Badgers claimed a 62-55 win over visiting Purdue last Wednesday to improve to 8-1 at home. They are 4-0 in true road games, and 7-0 outside of Madison all told when you factor in their 3-0 mark in neutral-site affairs. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan recorded his school-record 159th Big Ten victory in the win over Purdue. Rutgers has had an up and down season to this point, winning nine of its first 16 games, and only one of three Big Ten bouts. The Scarlet Knights suffered a 65-49 setback at Nebraska on Thursday, that coming five days after they logged their first-ever Big Ten victory at home against Penn State (50-46). RUs last win over a ranked opponent was a 67-62 verdict over No. 24 Pittsburgh at the RAC on Jan. 5, 2013. The highest ranked team that Rutgers has ever defeated was a 74-64 final versus No. 6 West Virginia at the RAC on Feb. 27, 1982. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings with Rutgers, the most recent being a 70-62 decision on the road back on Dec. 4, 2004. Despite being outshot and outrebounded, Wisconsin still found a way to knock off visiting Purdue earlier in the week. The Badgers got 21 points from Frank Kaminsky, 15 from Josh Gasser and 13 from Traevon Jackson. Sam Dekker tallied just six points, but earned his 1,000th career point in the process. The Badgers missed 11 of their 14 3-point attempts, but used a massive 25-3 edge in points at the foul line to earn the hard-fought victory.dddddddddddd Kaminsky continues to live up his billing as the Big Tens Preseason Player of the Year, as he averages 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Dekker (12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Nigel Hayes (12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg) are the other double-digit scorers for the Badgers, who put up 74.2 ppg in hitting 49.2 percent of their field goal attempts, and 74.8 percent of their free throws. Conversely, foes are generating just 54.1 ppg, as UW puts the clamps down on defense in permitting success on only 39.9 percent of the oppositions field goal chances. Wisconsin is tops in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.5). Poor shooting and carelessness with the basketball proved to be Rutgers undoing in its first Big Ten road clash, as the team knocked down only 34.7 percent of its field goal attempts, which included a mere 2-of-13 effort from 3-point range. The Scarlet Knights converted just 13-of-23 free throws as well, while committing an unsightly 19 turnovers. Bishop Daniels paced RU with a dozen points off the bench, while the only starter to reach double figures was Kadeem Jack with 11. Jack was guilty of five miscues. Myles Mack and Jack rank one-two on the teams scoring list for the season, but they net only 13.3 and 12.1 ppg, respectively. As a result of the rather anemic attack, the Scarlet Knights are generating just 58.2 ppg, which ranks as the worst figure in the Big Ten, and has the team ranked as one of the worst in the country. Fortunately, Rutgers is giving up only 60.5 ppg, or its record would likely be well below .500, rather than two games over at the moment. ' ' '


  there are no creative boundaries. There ar
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Whats great about these promotions is that there are no creative boundaries. There are practical ideas, like this Chewbaca inspired Star Wars jerseys. Star Wars themed jerseys for the Toledo Mud Hens. Will be worn this weekend #themodernuni pic.twitter.com/c88duHdL9e — Modern Uni (@TheModernUni) April 30, 2013And than you can do something completely random/out of left field like these hot dog jerseys, that are bizarre and awesome. If you think erstwhile Tigers closer Jose Valverde is a bit of a hot dog, see him in special Toledo Mud Hens jersey: http://t.co/I02lpxrynz — Dan Sewell (@dansewell) July 9, 2013Frankly, I cant wait to see what promotion the Mud Hens will throw out next. Will we have a Doctor Who jersey day? The Simpsons? Shrek? Well have to wait and see, but whatever they decide to do next, the Mud Hens have discovered the right way to promote their team. Is it cheesy? Yes? But is that a bad thing? 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Adrien Rabiot Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . They know how difficult it is to beat the San Antonio Spurs. George scored 28 points and Indiana defeated San Antonio 111-100 on Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.The Day in 100 Words or Less It was a day for football fans to try and set aside their consciences and allow what happens on the field to distract them away from the happenings in Brazil. It was a day where the host nation were asked to open the tournament and show us what they were made of: A day that the history books will show as a win for Brazil but ultimately the bigger story was much more than that. Observations - Croatia deserved a chance to show us what they were made of. For 70 minutes they were rightfully level with the World Cup favourites. It could have been an acid test for Niko Kovacs side to see what they could accomplish. Unfortunately, they were robbed of that opportunity. - It was a very unfortunate moment. Many eyes were on this game that rarely glance at a soccer match and when referee Yuichi Nishimura pointed to the spot in the 70th minute the world asked: "Why?" The Japanese official adjudged that Dejan Lovren had fouled Fred but the truth was he placed his hand on his shoulders and the Fluminense man went down. - With the world watching it was hard not to feel sadness. In the opening act of the games greatest carnival, one mans massive error in judgment had turned the spectacle into a farce. - It then became Neymars day. For a 22-year-old making his World Cup debut in Brazil, wearing the famous number 10 shirt, he showed a remarkable amount of poise. He had already scored one, gliding into space provided by Oscar, before unleashing a shot passed Stipe Pletikosa and then, at 1-1, he had the nations hopes placed on his right foot. - The referee handed the ball to Neymar at 69:30 and he placed it on the spot at 69:38. He then waited and waited and waited some more before placing the ball into the net 50 seconds after he put it down on the ground. I am not sure what was going through Neymars mind during those 50 seconds but he showed no sign of pressure in one of the most intense moments in recent Brazilian football history. - Croatia, led by the intelligence of Luka Modric, didnt go down easily and the game remained remarkably open until the final stages when Oscar finished it off. - We may never see another game at this World Cup that was this stretched. Brazil worked the flanks the entire game and two of Croatias most dangerous attacks (one on which was their goal) came from crosses wide in the opening 10 minutes. - Remarkably, less than 18 per cent of Brazils attacks came through the middle. Man of the Day Nominees: Neymar – a brace from Mr. Box Office in the biggest game of his young life put his face in newspapers acrross the globe.dddddddddddd. Oscar – The Chelsea playmaker had a brilliant game and showed just why Luiz Felipe Scolari cared little for his poor form at Chelsea in the last few months of the Premier League season. Luka Modric – Brazils two central midfielders had a very difficult time against the Real Madrid man, who was very intelligent with his passing and feasted on space when countering. Ivan Perisic – the Croatian winger had a very good game and it will be interesting to see if other players, asked to play against Brazils left side attacker, can be influential because Hulk - used a lot on the left - showed little appetite to track back. Yuichi Nishimura – the referee made a monumental mistake. Some on social media jumped to an assumption of match-fixing. Everyone needs to be very careful when drawing a line between incompetence and intentional error. The winner... Oscar was sensational. Many expected him to play centrally but he occupied a wide right position, tracking back and winning all four tackles he attempted. Brazil clearly had a plan to attack down the right but it was the 22-year-olds exceptional play certainly helped emphasize that method. Oscar has the potential to be the best player at this World Cup. He is so versatile, he can be three players in one. He is capable of coming deep and helping out the two central midfielders, can move wide and pull defenders with him to open up space centrally (which is what happened on Neymars first goal) and he can advance and run beyond all, pulling opposing back lines deeper. Brazil may need to change their style against a top team later in the tournament, potentially bringing in a Ramires or Fernandinho for Hulk, for example, and Scolari was given food for thought on day one for this because of the brilliance of Oscar out wide. Dani Alves was the biggest beneficiary of Oscars positioning. The Barcelona right back was culpable on the opening goal, pressing higher than anyone on Pletikosa as Croatia started an attack, but as the game settled down so did the 30-year-old. Between them they created a dynamic duo with overlaps and easily led the game in total pass completions between team-mates. What Comes Next? Day 2 sees Mexico vs Cameroon (Noon et/9am pt), Spain vs Netherlands (3pm et/Noon pt) and Chile vs Australia (6pm et/3pm pt). Catch all the game live on the TSN radio networks. Burning Question for Tomorrow Will a young Dutch team be brave enough to play a back three and counter a potentially vulnerable Spanish team? All stats and diagrams were powered by Opta ' ' '


  and assisted on another to lift the undefeated
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MARKHAM, Ont. -- Hilary Knight scored four goals and assisted on another to lift the undefeated Boston Blades to a 6-2 win over the Calgary Inferno in the Clarkson Cup preliminary-round finale on Friday. Boston (4-0-0), the defending champions, will play the Toronto Furies in Saturdays final. Kelli Stack scored a power-play goal and added four assists and Kate Buesser had a goal and three assists for Boston, who went 2 for 5 with the man advantage. Taryn Peacock had a goal and an assist for fourth-place Calgary (0-4-0), while Julie Paetsch added the other Inferno goal. Blades goaltender Brittany Ott made 15 saves for the win. Calgarys Kathy Desjardins shouldered the loss after stopping 14-of-20 shots. Earlier, Natalie Spooner scored the only goal in a shootout as Toronto advanced to the final of the womens hockey tournament with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Stars. Jenelle Kohanckuk opened the scoring for Toronto (2-1-0) with a goal 26 seconds into the second period. Emmanuelle Blais tied the game for Montreal (1-1-1) less than two minutes later, and that was it for the scoring in regulation and overtime in what became a goaltenders duel between the Furies Christina Kessler and the Stars Catherine Herron. Kessler finished the game with 34 saves, while Herron made 30. Diogo Dalot Jersey .com) - Damian Lillard poured in 40 points on 11-of-21 shooting to go along with 11 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-111, in overtime on Tuesday. Marcos Rojo Jersey . Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist each as the Sea Dogs extended the longest streak in the Canadian Hockey League this season. http://www.jerseymanchesterunitedsoccer....ed-jersey/ . -- Having already fallen behind because of the NFL lockout, Blaine Gabbert couldnt afford a lengthy holdout. Eric Bailly Manchester United Jersey . It all would have been for naught, however, had it not been for some clutch shooting in the fourth quarter by Kobe Bryant and a couple of equally critical hustle plays by Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol in the final minutes. Marcos Rojo Manchester United Jersey . The 30-year-old Texas native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Duke spent six years in Pittsburgh and also had stints with Arizona, Washington and Cincinnati.BRUSSELS - Belgian authorities and the countrys football federation on Monday sought action against Standard Liege fans who displayed a massive banner showing a drawing of a beheaded Anderlecht player ahead of their weekend match.Sundays banner reading Red or Dead referred to the Standard colours and also showed a drawing of a masked man with a huge knife and the head of Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour, who used to play for Standard before moving to arch rival Anderlecht.Condemnation was near-universal and Ann Cossement of the interior ministry said that authorities were looking at punishment to go as high as a five-year stadium ban and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,000) because of incitement to hatred against one person.Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, a Standard Liege fan, already called the banner tasteless, stupid and unacceptable.Defour has often said negative pressure from fans only spurs him on to perform well, but, on Sunday, it did not work out that way.He was sent off in tthe match, that Standard won 2-0, for a second yellow card when he hit a powerful shot into the stands after the referee had blown his whistle.dddddddddddd. Defour said he had not heard the whistle and shot the ball out to allow a Standard player be treated for an injury. Many interpreted it as an act of anger and frustration at the fans.Standard said it had been misled by its fans. They deceived the club and its fans from the stand who were told that another image would be on the banner, which had nothing to do with Sundays, Standard said in a statement.The image came from a Friday the 13th movie, but it also raised chilling comparisons with the recent beheadings of the extremist Islamic State group.Standard versus Anderlecht is possibly the fiercest rivalry in Belgian football. One huge banner last year had a scene based on the mafia movie Scarface with the Standard coach holding an automatic rifle and shooting, making a huge purple blot, the colours of Anderlecht. ' ' '


  ees have raided the Boston Red Sox for a
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Its not the first time that the New York Yankees have raided the Boston Red Sox for a free agent outfielder -- Johnny Damon comes to mind -- and the Bronx Bombers werent shy about offering big money for an outfielder that is a premier base stealer, when healthy. Numbers Game looks at the Yankees addition of Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yankees Get: CF Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury, 30, has been a productive player when healthy, a career .297 hitter who has led the American League in steals three times. However, hes missed a lot of time -- 264 games to be precise -- over the last four seasons, which makes a long-term investment risky, particularly for a player on the north side of 30 years of age. While Ellsbury had a 32-home-run season in 2011, thats the only season of his career in which hes finished with more than 10 home runs so, even in new Yankee Stadium, which plays well to lefthanded hitters, its not likely that Ellsbury will be a significant power threat. He could hit double figures in home runs, but its a long way from 10 or 12 to 30-plus. But, a little power to go with tremendous base-stealing ability makes Ellsbury an asset offensively. Over the course of his career, he has stolen 241 bases in 287 attempts (83.9%), including a ridiculous 52 in 56 attempts (92.9%) last season. The question, on top of whether Ellsbury can stay healthy, is for how much longer can he be that top-of-the-order base-stealing threat? Is it three years? Five? Given Ellsburys speed on the bases, it should come as little surprise that he covers a lot of ground in centre field. Over the last four seasons, he ranks among the Top 10 centre fielders with 25 Defensive Runs Saved, while ranking sixth in Ultimate Zone Rating. Putting Ellsbury in centre field, moving Brett Gardner back to left field and Ichiro Suzuki in right will give the Yankees exceptional range in the outfield and ought to help their pitching staff to some degree. Despite his injuries, Ellsbury has accumulated a fWAR of 22.4 since 2008, which ranks fourth among centre fielders. The odds are that, over the course of the deal, there will be years that the Yankees regret because injury and/or age prevent Ellsbury from contributing like he has to this point in his career, but if there are five really good years in there, then that might be enough for the Yankees. A healthy Ellsbury improves their chances of returning to the postseason. The Red Sox are likely to move Shane Victorino to centre field to make up for the loss of Ellsbury and they could still be active in the free agent market looking for a corner outfielder. Additionally, prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. could be ready for another chance to stick as an every day player in the majors. Signed for seven years and $153-million, with an option for an eighth year that would run the contract to $169-million, Ellsbury is the latest in a long line of lucrative Yankees free agent signings, many of which have not panned out, but its only money and the Yankees generate enough of it that they can afford to swing and miss every so often, particularly with the chance to hit a proverbial home run. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Adidas Neo Norge .com) - The Chicago White Sox have officially announced that the club has agreed to terms with utilityman Emilio Bonifacio on a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a team option for the 2016 season. Yeezy Norge Fake .S. routed Sweden 7-0 Sunday to win its fourth straight title and seventh overall under-18 world championship. 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He missed a day of practice to tend to matters related to the house fire. He was listed as probable on the final injury report Friday, with no mention of an illness.ddddddddddddMcClain missed two games with knee and groin injuries. The former top-10 pick by Oakland came out of retirement when Dallas acquired him from Baltimore in July after a season-ending knee injury to linebacker Sean Lee.Fire officials havent ruled on a cause for the blaze Monday at the home north of Tuscaloosa.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '


  is Suarezs four-month ban for biting an o
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Luis Suarezs four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup, but cleared him Thursday to train with Barcelona. CAS said FIFAs sanctions against Suarez are "generally proportionate to the offence committed." Suarez can next play for Barcelona on Oct. 26, which could be the day the team faces Real Madrid in the Spanish league. He remains banned for Uruguays next eight competitive matches and will miss next years Copa America and some World Cup qualifying matches. Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellinis shoulder during Uruguays 1-0 win at the World Cup on June 24. He denied it at first, but later admitted it and apologized within days. "The sanctions imposed on the player by FIFA have been generally confirmed," the court said in a statement. The court described the ban imposed by FIFA on Suarez from taking part in any football activity as "excessive." "However, the 4-month suspension will apply to official matches only and no longer to other football-related activities (such as training, promotional activities and administrative matters)," the court said. Banning Suarez from training would have meant the ban "would still have an impact on his activity after the end of the suspension," the panel ruled. Suarez, who left Liverpool for Barcelona after the World Cup, appeared at the courts fast-track hearing last Friday in an effort to reduce his ban. FIFA had also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000). CAS will publish its reasons for the verdict in the coming weeks. Suarez, who was supported in his appeal by Barcelona and the Uruguay football federation, could challenge the ruling at the Swiss Federal Tribunal. That is a much longer process, and the court only intervenes if legal process was abused. Suarez is also set to miss three of Barcelonas six Champions League group matches. After being sent home from the World Cup before Uruguays second-round loss to Colombia, Suarez has eight matches of his competitive internationals ban still to serve. He would be allowed to play in non-competition friendly matches. Suarez has bitten opponents on other occasions as well, when playing for Ajax in 2010 and Liverpool last year. "I deeply regret what occurred," Suarez wrote in a Twitter message shortly after his ban at the World Cup was announced. "(The) truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me." Matt Dumba Wild Jersey . But luckily for the Canadian squad, one goal was all it needed. Winnipegs Sophie Schmidt scored the winner off a Diana Matheson corner kick to seal Canadas third-place spot in the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brazil on Sunday. Greg Pateryn Wild Jersey . Beckham finished 2 for 4, adding a double in the first inning. 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"Whatever he wants," Debbie Phelps shouted from the stands. Phelps replied, "Good mother." Phelps wasnt smiling as he walked on deck for the final, unlike in the prelims. He kept his ear buds in until he was introduced as an 18-time Olymppic gold medallist .dddddddddddd With his long hair sticking out from the back of his cap, he dived in next to Lochte, who beat him down to the first turn. Earlier Thursday, retired speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, tweeted good luck to Phelps, saying, "Excited to see you back brother." The three-day meet sold out every session the day his comeback was announced last week, with a capacity of 1,200 at Skyline Aquatic Center. A pair of $40 all-session tickets was being advertised online for $250. USA Swimming issued 100 media credentials -- five times more than usual. The possible future of American swimming with the same first name as Phelps was in the 100 fly heats. Michael Andrew, a 15-year-old from Lawrence, Kan., qualified for the C final in 55.23. He has broken more than 30 national age-group records and last June became the youngest U.S. male swimmer to turn pro. He was excited to meet his idol Phelps on Wednesday. "Swimming needs you!" he tweeted after they traded handshakes. "You rock!" Both of Phelps times were easily good enough to surpass the qualifying standard of 54.79 for the U.S. national championships in August. That meet will decide the team for next years world championships. "One step at a time," he said in the morning. ' ' '


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LONDON -- Englands Football Association says coach Roy Hodgson will name his World Cup squad on May 12, the day after the Premier League season ends. The squad is expected to be divided into 23 players with seven back-ups, although FIFA regulations require only a 30-man provisional squad to be named by May 13. The deadline for the final 23-man squad is June 2. Englands first World Cup warm-up match is against Peru on May 30, before further games against Ecuador and Honduras. England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stage. y3 Sale Uk . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Cheap Adidas Gazelle Trainers Womens . Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., were third with 210.84 points. Teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto were fourth. Duhamel and Radford, who were seventh at the Sochi Olympics, also won bronze at last years world championships in London, Ont. http://www.yeezytrainersuk.com/ . So much so that even a simple foul pop up to the first baseman turned into a run. Houstons four-run rally in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night was capped by a bizarre play that started as Crowe fouled out to first baseman Justin Smoak with runners on second and third. Yeezy Shoes Uk Sale . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun the international tournament will likely return in September 2016 rather than 2015. Cheap Adidas Shoes Wholesale . - The infectious smile was missing from Nam Nguyen last week.MOSCOW - Thomas Mueller fired Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win away over CSKA Moscow in an empty stadium on Tuesday in the Champions League.Mueller put Bayern ahead from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute, after Mario Goetze was fouled by CSKAs Mario Fernandes as he dribbled into the box.The Germany striker slipped while taking the penalty, but still managed to hit it straight and avoid injury.The spotkick earned Bayern a second consecutive 1-0 victory in Group E after beating Manchester City earlier this month.Group rival Roma, which opened with a 5-1 victory over CSKA, played City later Tuesday. The Russian champions are bottom after two defeats.The match was played behind closed doors at Arena Khimki near Moscow as CSKAs punishment for racist behaviour by its fans during a match against Viktoria Plzen last season.Bayern dominated the first 25 minutes and could have scored more in the early stages, notably on 11 minutes when CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was forced to turn a shot by Arjen Robben round the post.After Mueller put the visiting team ahead, CSKA responded well, taking advantage of Bayerns high defensive line to threaten the German champions on the counterattack.Finnish midfielder Roman Eremenko came closest for CSKA, hitting the post with one curling shot from the edge of the box and also sending a similar effort just over the bar.ddddddddddddAhmed Musas pace caused Bayern problems as the Nigerian forward charged in behind the German teams defence and hit a shot that Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer parried. With Neuer out of position, Zoran Tosic missed the target with his follow-up.Bayern nearly went into half-time 2-0 up after Akinfeev stopped a shot from Goetze and Robert Lewandowskis follow-up effort was blocked.Bayern coped better with Musas pace in the second half and succeeded in starving CSKA of possession for long periods, while using possession to slow the game down.Late on, Mueller could have scored his second, but lost the ball as he tried to round goalkeeper Akinfeev.CSKA management has said it expects the Russian champions other two group stage home games to be played without fans as punishment for pending UEFA charges of fan racism and violence during the defeat to Roma earlier this month.Last years match between Bayern and CSKA in Russia was also played under a partial stadium ban after UEFA ruled that CSKA fans had racially abused Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.Bayerns next Champions League match is a trip to Roma on October 21, when CSKA hosts Man City. ' ' '


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