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FORT MYERS, Fla. Shea Weber World Cup Jersey . - Grady Sizemores long journey back from a series of injuries that almost ended his promising career is complete: He will be the Boston Red Soxs starting centre fielder on opening day. The three-time All-Star is set to play for the World Series champions Monday at Baltimore. "Its very exciting," Sizemore said Friday. "Its been a long road for me and Im happy to keep moving forward and to be in this position for this team." Sizemore beat out highly regarded prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting job. The Red Sox said Friday that Bradley will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Sizemore has not played in the majors since September 2011 with Cleveland. He has undergone seven operations since 2009, including surgery on both knees, his back and elbow. The Red Sox lost star centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees in free agency during the off-season. Boston signed the 31-year-old Sizemore in January, hoping he could still make an impact. Sizemore hit .333 in spring training, going 13 for 39 with a home run, two doubles, three walks, and four strikeouts. He held up well in the outfield, playing 82 innings. "This is one of those situations where the game was taken away from a player and now that its back in his reach, that appreciation is only going to grow," Farrell said. "Theres a greater appreciation that I think any player goes through when theyre able to attain that level again. "He hasnt had any push back with the repetition and the volume in spring training, saying his body cant take it," Farrell added. "We have had a cautious level of optimism with each passing day." Entering spring training, the Red Sox were not sure what to expect from Sizemore. But hes passed every marker. Whats left is to see how he holds up during the rigours of a full season. "As far as the durability question, we answered it as best we could given the number of spring training games," Farrell said. "He will still be on a progression in the month of April where theres a prescribed number of games played and theres a progression to that. Its premature to give you an exact number of games per week. But were working toward an everyday status." Sizemore was a third-round pick of the Montreal Expos in 2000 before being acquired in a six-player deal by Cleveland in 2002 when Farrell was the Indians director of player development. Before his injuries, Sizemore was one of baseballs most dynamic players. A left-handed batter, he hit 20 or more home runs with 20 or more stolen bases in each of his first four full seasons, from 2005-08, the most 20-20 seasons in Indians history. The only other players ever to record three 20-20 seasons within their first four big league seasons are Darryl Strawberry (1984-86) and Bobby Bonds (1969-71). Despite his time away from the game, Sizemore never gave up on his baseball career, though. "I didnt think it was over," he said. "I just didnt know if Id ever get back to feeling healthy. It wasnt really a matter of playing baseball. It was the little things like being able to run. It was one of those things where youre just trying to find answers." The last few years have not been easy on Sizemore. After appearing in a total of 639 games from 2005-08, he has played in just 210 since. But, on Monday, expect that to change. "Its nice to have some positive news," Sizemore said. "In the last couple of years everythings been so negative. Its almost hard to realize whats going on. Hard to sink in." Jonathan Toews Canada Jersey .m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Packers by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 7-4, Green Bay 5-5-1SERIES RECORD — Tied 5-5. Mike Smith Jersey . Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half.TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Neil Wagner from the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday and optioned fellow right-hander Marcus Walden to the triple-A club. Wagner, 30, appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jays last season, posting a 2-4 record with a 3.79 earned-run average. He gives Toronto another hard-throwing right-handed option out of the bullpen. "It made sense to get a little more firepower late (in games)," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Wednesdays game against the Houston Astros. Wagner played 23 games with Buffalo in 2013 and had 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA. The six-foot 215-pound Minneapolis native has not allowed a run in two appearances with the Bisons this season, earning saves in both outings. Gibbons said Wagner impressed him last season and again this year at spring training. "He came into his own," he said of Wagners performance last year. "He started out in triple-A and put it all together, came up and did a nice job for us. Hes got that big arm. Thats what you like to see coming late in the game. The key for him was he started finding that strike zone consistently. "Thats something that had deserted him in his career until last year. Yeah, we expect him to fill a big role for us." The Toronto bullpen is missing closer Casey Janssen, whos on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back. Gibbons said pitching coach Pete Walker thought Janssen looked "really, really good" in a bullpen session earlier in the day. "Hell throw one more side (session) and then well justt see where hes at," Gibbons said of the veteran right-hander. Jake Muzzin Canada Jersey. . "He may go out on a rehab (assignment) after that. If hes not really good, then hell throw another one." "Pete said he really picked it up today compared to his last one," Gibbons added. Janssen, who went on the DL on March 30, was 4-1 last year with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes, whos on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, did some light running Wednesday and took some swings in the batting cage. His lone game appearance came in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. "Hes making progress," Gibbons said. "This next road trip well get him out there running the bases a little bit. Hes moving along pretty good." Second baseman Maicer Izturis was slotted into the second spot in the batting order against the Astros. Izturis has yet to drive in a run this season but hes batting at a .421 clip. "Hes swinging it," Gibbons said. "Hes been one of our hottest hitters. So well get him up there and see what happens." Izturis batted in the No. 8 position Tuesday when the Blue Jays opened the three-game series with a 5-2 victory at Rogers Centre. In 107 games last season, Izturis had a .236 average with five homers and 32 RBIs. "He came into camp in better shape this year, really focused, and hes done a nice job," Gibbons said. "He made a couple nice plays last night at second base and thats good to see too." Walden did not make an appearance with the Blue Jays after being called up last Saturday. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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DETROIT - The Detroit Pistons have decided to invest in Jodie Meeks future, banking on his best basketball being ahead of him. Stephon Marbury USA Jersey . Meeks has agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with Detroit, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free agents cant sign contracts until the leagues moratorium ends July 10, also said Cartier Martin had agreed to a one-year contract with the rebuilding franchise. The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The shooting guard has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career. Milwaukee drafted Meeks in the second round in 2009 and traded him during his rookie season to Philadelphia. The Lakers signed him as a free agent in 2012 and exercised a team option last year to keep him on the roster for a second season. Martin, a 6-7 small forward, has averaged 5.4 points over his six-year career. Earlier on Tuesday, when NBA free agency began, the Pistons announced assistant general manager George David was stepping down. David was a part of the previous front office that was led by president of basketball operations Joe Dumars. The Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy in May to replace Dumars and to also lead them as their coach. Van Gundys first major move appears to be adding Meeks. The Pistons, who havent earned a spot in the playoffs since 2009, are trying to reshape their roster to make the most of 20-year-old centre Andre Drummond. They probably will be relegated to keeping forward Josh Smith, who signed a $54 million, four-year deal last summer, and point guard Brandon Jennings, entering the second year of his $24 million, three-year contract. Detroit does not know if it restricted free agent Greg Monroe will be back. ___ Connect with Larry Lage at www.Twitter.com/larrylage Chris Paul USA Jersey . The No. 23 seed at the first Grand Slam event of the tennis season has worked out all the details, from his training regime right down to where hes going to eat dinner. John Stockton Team USA Jersey .com) - Semyon Varlamov more than earned his third shutout of the season as he made a career-high 54 saves to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-hander Kris Johnson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Duke Welker in a swap of minor league pitchers. Johnson went 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four appearances with the Pirates last season. He made one start for the Pirates and went 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis lasst year. Scottie Pippen USA Jersey. He is a former first-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox. Welker never played for the Twins. On Oct. 5, he was the player to be named later to complete the trade that sent Justin Morneau from Minnesota to Pittsburgh. Welker went 3-4 with a 3.57 ERA and nine saves in 48 appearances for Indianapolis last season. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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GLENDALE, Ariz. Luis Pedro Cavanda Jersey . - Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden and Dallas running back DeMarco Murray will serve as Pro Bowl captains.The NFL said Thursday that Watt and Brown will be paired and Murray and Haden will work together for the Sunday, Jan. 25 game at University of Phoenix Stadium.The captains will help determine rosters for Team Carter and Team Irvin during the Pro Bowl Draft on Jan. 21. Cris Carter and Michael Irvin will serve as alumni team captains and will have final say over draft decisions. John Randle and Darren Woodson will serve as defensive captains, with Randle assisting Carter, and Woodson working with Irvin. The first selection in the draft and the pairing of the captains will be determined in a coin toss Jan. 20. Christian Benteke Jersey . The Yankees made the moves before Tuesdays game against Baltimore. Robertson was listed retroactive to Monday. Robertson posted two saves in three games as the replacement for retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before getting hurt. Romelu Lukaku Jersey . Kyle Denbrook, a soccer player from Saint Marys University, took the CIS male athlete of the week honour. Stanley, a fourth-year business administration student from Charlottetown, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Dalhousie on Friday and tallied again in a 1-0 win over Saint Marys on Sunday.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect forward Nicholas Baptiste to a three-year, entry-level contract. Baptiste was selected in the third round (69th overall) in the NHL draft last year. He spent the past three seasons playing for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League. Baptiste set careeer bests with 45 goals, 44 assists and 89 points in 65 games last season, and tied for fourth among OHL goal-scorers. Zakaria Bakkali Jersey. Overall, he has 74 goals and 164 points in 195 career games. He also was a member of Canadas Under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 2013 world championships. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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BERLIN -- Promoted Eintracht Braunschweig earned a 0-0 draw at bitter rival Hannover in the Bundesligas first Lower Saxony derby for 37 years on Friday. Roberto Clemente Jersey . The home side created most of the chances but struggled to break down Braunschweigs resilient defence, resulting in the Bundesligas 1,000th scoreless draw. Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf was back from suspension for Hannover but lacked the precision to make more of two good chances in the first half. Then Braunschweig keeper Daniel Davari almost cost his side the lead before the break when Edgar Prib intercepted his attempted clearance, only for the Hannover midfielder to graze the outside of the post from a difficult angle. The visitors improved in the second half but lacked the punch to score without the sidelined Karim Bellarabi. Jeers rang out from disappointed Hannover supporters at the full-time whistle as their sides winless run stretched to six games. "Were incredibly disappointed," Hannover general manager Dirk Dufner said. "We expected a lot more. Our fans were looking forward to this game so much we wanted to reward them. Unfortunately we couldnt manage it." Braunschweig, which is back in the Bundesliga after 28 years, moved provisionally off the bottom ahead of the rest of the weekends games. "Im not fully satisfied because we didnt play our best football," said Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht, whose side was in the third-division four seasons ago. "But for my young players the whole build-up was a completely new dimension. Im happy the game is over." There was some trouble involving fans before the derby and a heavy police presence to prevent any more afterward. A flare also landed on the pitch during the game. Hannover had asked for the match to be moved forward from Sunday, the fourth anniversary of Germany goalkeeper Robert Enkes suicide. Jung-ho Kang Jersey . Setting United on its way to a 2-0 victory, Rooney sent the ball high from inside the halfway line over goalkeeper Adrian after just seven minutes. "Its just instinct, Ive turned and had a quick look and seen the goalkeeper off his line," Rooney said. Gregory Polanco Jersey .Y. -- AJ Allmendingers journey is almost complete.West Ham winger Michail Antonio showed off his softer side on Saturday night after driving up to Birmingham to personally deliver a signed shirt to a charity. Antonio had agreed to send a signed shirt to the founders of Libby Maes Little Angels - a charity which supports 19 neonatal units across the midlands - in order for it to be auctioned at their black tie ball.  Antonio has enjoyed a fine start to the new Premier League season, scoring five goals But having run out of time to post the shirt before Saturdays event, Antonio drove up to Birmingham after playing in West Hams 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough to ensure they received it on time.  I knew they wanted it for the auction that night, so I thought Id drop it off after the game before carrying on to see my family, the 26-year-old said. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contractt. Custom Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys. Antonio has enjoyed a sensational last 12 months at West Ham after signing from Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest, scoring 14 goals in 41 matches for the Hammers. His superb form has seen him called up to the last two England squads, but he is yet to make his international debut. Antonio was included in Gareth Southgates first squad as England interim manager Antonio, who was an unused substitute in Englands 1-0 victory over Slovakia in September, is preparing with the rest of the Three Lions squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Malta and Slovenia.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: We must follow lead of Payet Collins: Payet has been saving us Payet brilliance saves West Ham Bilic: Payet scored Messi goal Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork. Eli Manning Jersey .com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder remained hot with their main cogs back in the lineup. Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Thunder routed the Phoenix Suns 112-88 on Sunday night. Kevin Durant posted 23 points and eight boards for the Thunder, who are 6-1 since he returned from offseason foot surgery, winning the last six. Gerald Green tallied 15 points and seven boards to lead Phoenix, which has lost five straight games. After Green hit a 3-pointer to get the Suns within 12-9 early in the first quarter, the Thunder went on a 9-3 run to create some distance. Westbrook netted the final five points during the flurry, including a three- point play to cap it and stake the Thunder to a 21-12 lead midway through the first. Reggie Jacksons jumper at the first-quarter buzzer helped the Thunder take a 41-29 cushion into the second. They opened the second on a 13-4 surge to take a commanding advantage. Kendrick Perkins hook shot concluded the burst and gave the Thunder a 54-33 lead. The Thunder led 70-48 at the break, 89-64 after three and cruised to the easy triumph in the fourth. Game Notes The Thunder held a commanding 63-40 rebounding edge and a 50-40 margin on points in the paint ... Oklahoma City was 30-of-34 from the foul line ... The Thunder shot 48.8 percent from the floor and held Phoenix to 34.3 percent from the field. Phil McConkey Jersey . Moments after his Brooklyn Nets teammates ran out onto the court to congratulate him following their 100-98 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, Johnson could only shake his head at scoring only 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Wayne Gallman Jersey . "Hes over there," the first baseman said. "You dont need to talk to anybody else." Indeed, Peralta did it all as the majors top team won again.Check out where else the Cup has gone with the Kings this offseason:Anze Kopitar has a similar photo with his dog from earlier this summer:He also took it to the top of Golica his 2nd day with the Cup @AnzeKopitar @LAKings @PR_NHL @NHL @keeperofthecup pic.twitter.com/2vk1wt1bqK — AnzesEleven (@AnzesEleven) July 16, 2014Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams did a little relaxing in Atlantic City, New Jersey:Tanner Pearson and some of his friends played for the Stanley Cup in a hockey game at Westmount Arena in Kitchener, Ontario:He also brought it to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, home of the Kitchener Rangers: #behindthescenes: hello Stanley! Before @lakings Tanner Pearson hits City Hall, he stopped by our dressing room! pic.twitter.com/u889z2GIye — Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) July 20, 2014Of course, the Cup had to make one visit to a Tim Hortons this summer. Rob Blake and Nelson Emerson did the honours:Drew Doughty threw a little party at his home in London, Ontario:While in London, it took a little drive up the road to Jeff Carters house:Then it jumped on the highway and headed to Woodstock, where Jake Muzzin received the key to the city:Marian Gaborik got a warm welcoming in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia. Harry Carson Jersey. Tyler Toffolis dad, Rob, is pretty proud of his son – as he should be:Heres Tyler and the Cup with a few friends just outside of Ottawa:Jonathan Quick took advantage of his time with the Cup and used it to raise money for Hamden Youth Hockey:Slava Voynov took it car shopping with him in Chelyabinsk, Russia…he went with the silver one:Dustin Brown brought it camping with him:And who could forget how it started the summer - in Las Vegas with Steve Aoki:We cant wait to see where it ends up next. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. Hau oli Kikaha Jersey . -- Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, theres a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin. The medal -- being auctioned online -- recalls both the Nazi propaganda myths that Owens busted with his world record-setting 100-yard dash, and the American segregation that he came home to when he returned to the U.S. after the Games, which Adolf Hitler had orchestrated to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacism. "Almost singlehandedly, Owens obliterated Hitlers plans," SCP Auctions partner Dan Imler said. "Youve got an African American, son of a sharecropper, grandson of slaves who overcame these incredible circumstances and delivered a performance for the ages." Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-metres, the 400 relay and the long jump. But when he returned from the Berlin Games, he struggled to provide for his family. His job options were limited by segregation and because he decided to return home instead of going on tour with the U.S. Olympic Team, he was stripped of his amateur athletic status. "When they came back, the U.S. was just as it was when he left -- segregated. Even though he came back an Olympic hero, he wasnt offered opportunities that Olympic heroes of today are offered," said his daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin, 74, of Chicago. "We lived well, a middle class life. We didnt want for much. But like many black men of that era, he struggled to provide for his family." Owens gave one of his four Olympic gold medals to dancer and movie star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, another supremely talented African-American whose career was hemmed in by limited roles for black men, Imler said. Robinson befriended Owens after the athlete return from the Olympics. "They formed a friendship and also a professional relationship. Bojangles helped Owens get work in the entertainment field," Imler said. "Owens gave him this medal out of gratitude and as a token of their friendship." Owens worked for a short time as a band leader but eventually returned to his hometown of Cleveland where he worked for the parks department and eventually found his way into public speaking, his daughter said. "The black community revered him for what he had accomplished," she said. "Had it been an even playing field, my father and Bojangles would have been super-stars." The medal comes from the estate of Robinsons widow. The Robinson family declined to comment but Imler said they plan to use the proceeds to pay college tuition and contribute to charity. SCP Auctions confirmed that the medal is genuine. The whereabouts of the other three original gold medals is unknown. "We just hope that its purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," his daughter said. The auction closes on Dec. 7. Manti Te o Jersey . "It was a little weird looking over and seeing all the green uniforms," he said of his first game against the Boston Celtics. Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys . 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.West Ham have made a £24m bid for a top forward in France and will bid £25m for another in England this week if they are unsuccessful, co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed. Sky sources reported back in March that the Hammers had made Marseilles Michy Batshuayi, Lyons Alexandre Lacazette and Liverpool striker Christian Benteke their three priority targets this summer.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ as part of a special farewell to the Boleyn Ground on Monday, Sullivan said the club are intent on signing a top-class striker and are confident of bringing one to their new home at the Olympic Stadium. We are hopefully going to bring one or two top players in. The Olympic Stadium gives us about £12m extra revenue a year, but not £100m, he said. Michy Batshuayi is a target for a host of clubs across Europe this summer We put in a bid today for €30m (£23.7m) for a player and other bids will be going in. We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week. So whatever happeens, well bring a top striker in. Chase Daniel Jersey. Its a statement of intent. Well spend between £30m-£50m on transfers this summer. But youve got to build it up gradually. You cant compete with the likes of Manchester United overnight.We might have to put our own money in - weve done it before - but we hope were clever enough for the €30m bid. Liverpool are understood to be open to the sale of Christian Benteke Sources in France say that both West Ham and Juventus have already had one offer for 22-year-old Batshuayi rejected in recent months, while the likes of Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the Belgium striker.Several British newspapers including the Daily Telegraph have reported that West Ham also like Manchester Citys Ivory Coast international forward Wilfried Bony. Also See: Transfer Centre Latest transfer news Transfer betting Paper Talk Discount NFL JerseysChina Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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HOUSTON - The Houston Astros have declined a $3 million team option for right-hander reliever Matt Albers. Customized Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys .The team will pay $200,000 to buy out the contract of Albers, who appeared in eight games this year before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.Houston also outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and left-hander Rudy Owens off the teams 40-man roster. Guzman appeared in 69 games for Houston and hit .188 with two homers and nine RBIs. Owens, who spent most of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, made one appearance for the Astros this season.Also, right-hander Jorge De Leon was claimed off waivers by Oakland. De Leon made eight relief appearances for Houston after a September call-up. Alex Killorn Lightning Jersey Authentic .The Toronto Raptors guard, who will represent the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday, says he doesnt complain in the face of adversity "because I know this little girl is just happy for anything. Nikita Kucherov Lightning Jersey . Less than 24 hours after the Wolves lost at home to the Mavericks, 100-98, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced Tuesday that Kevin Love was fouled on his right arm by Shawn Marion in the closing seconds and should have been awarded two free throws. PARIS -- Milos Raonic hopes his recent success on clay leads to a long run at the French Open. The Canadian star won his opening match at the second Grand Slam of the year on Sunday, beating Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the second round. Raonic, the eighth seed from Thornhill, Ont., needed exactly two hours to advance against one of the games rising young stars. He also beat an Australian opponent for the first time at a Grand Slam after losing to Carsten Ball at the 2010 U.S. Open and Lleyton Hewitt at the 2012 Australian Open. He won on his third match point, sealing victory with a 27th ace. Raonic, who came to Roland Garros from a Rome semifinal last weekend, finished with 50 winners and 30 unforced errors, breaking on four of ten chances. "I felt very good, I was able to do the things I wanted to do," said Raonic, who next plays one of two Czechs, Lukas Rosol of Jiri Vesely. "In the first round you go in not knowing exactly how things are going to play out. When it mattered, I was able to put forward the right attitude and the right level of tennis. Im happy with that." Raonic has a career record of 32-23 on clay courts, compared to 100-42 on hard surfaces that dont deaden his powerful serve. But Raonic had two quarter-final appearances as well as the Rome semifinal in four clay-court tournaments leading up to the French Open. Hes trying to go beyond the third round at Roland Garros for the first time in his career. Later Sunday, sixth seed Tomas Berdych beat Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky of Thornhill 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Polansky, ranked 137th and playing in only his sixth career singles main draw at a major, last played a Grand Slam at the 2010 US Open. He was successful on only one of six break points while committing 21 unforced errors with 15 winners. Customized Lightning Jerseys. "Its good to be back in the main draw of a slam," said Polansky. "I played well and enjoyed it. I was hoping to get a better draw, there are a lot of guys I could have beaten today. "I played well, I just came up a it short. But I take a lot of positives out of the last few weeks. Maybe I have more belief in my game now that Im older." Raonic said that despite heavy conditions in wet Paris, the courts held up well compared to Rome. "Theyre quite similar, though here they can change a little bit more due to the cloud coverage and not really that much sun the last few days," he said. "The ball wasnt bouncing as much as it had actually the last days on the outside courts. The 23-year-old Raonic used his experience against the young Australian, reducing Kyrgios to racket-hurling frustration after breaking immediately after losing serve in the second set. Raonic began the third set with a break for 2-0, lost it, but again gained the lead 4-2 on his way to victory. Raonic said that he was having trouble at times on serve, but managed to fight through the problem. "I was getting it together when it mattered, and thats all I can really ask," he said. "There was some moments where I was losing a little bit of concentration on my level, and I was able to put it together when I was in the important moments." After answering on-court questions in French, Raonic then said he would tweet a message in the language later. He said he would have the tweet proofed by an expert speaker before broadcasting it to his 143,000 followers. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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CALGARY - Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored a highlight-reel goal that gave everyone plenty to talk about. Will Middlebrooks Jersey .Gaudreaus first goal and point of the pre-season stood up as the game winner as the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Tuesday.The spark from Gaudreau that the game desperately needed came at 9:05 of the second period. Bursting into the Colorado end one-on-one against defenceman Nate Guenin, the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner went outside in, then inside out before wristing a perfect shot into the top corner on Reto Berra.Theres nothing better for a goal scorer than to score a goal. Thats their fuel. Thats how they gauge their game, said Flames coach Bob Hartley. That was worth the price of admission. I dont know if you guys got excited but on the bench, guys reacted like fans.Guenin, a 31-year-old veteran, admitted it was a nice play.I had pinched in so I was coming back into the play. When I went to turn, he took it inside and then he went outside really quick, said Guenin. It was two really quick moves and then he couldnt have put that puck in a better spot.The American-born Guenin, who played at Ohio State, says he hadnt seen Gaudreau play before but knew all about him from following college hockey and all the hype around him last season when Gaudreau had 36 goals and 80 points in 40 games with Boston College.Guenin said he could tell the talented left-winger looked more comfortable on the ice after scoring his goal.After that, you could tell he started buzzing a little more, Guenin said.Gaudreau agreed that getting that first goal after being held off the scoresheet his first three pre-season games helped his confidence.Thankfully, I finally got it out of the way and I can just feel a little bit more comfortable out there and just make plays and not worry about getting that first one, said Gaudreau, who stands only five-foot-nine, 160 pounds.Gaudreaus bid to make the Flames season-opening roster is one of the most interesting training camp stories in Calgary. Depending on the injury situation, there are only one or two openings at forward and the speedy and talented left-winger is competing against several players including Michael Ferland and Sven Baertschi.I feel more comfortable every single day, said Gaudreau, who played on a line with Curtis Glencross and Joe Colborne,. Playing with some of the guys that Ive had the chance to play with only makes me a better hockey player and gives me a whole bunch of opportunities to try and make this team.Jonas Hiller was perfect in net for the Flames, stopping all 28 shots he faced.I felt pretty good, thought I saw the puck pretty well. Was able to make some key saves and its definitely a confidence booster for the regular season, which is just around the corner, said Hiller, who as a free agent signed a two-year $9-million contract in the summer.Hiller is battling with Karri Ramo for the starting job after spending the last seven seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. In three pre-season appearances, Hiller is 2-1-0 with a 0.86 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage.Former Flame Berra went the distance for Colorado. The back-up to Semyon Varlamov finished with 22 stops.Lance Bouma, into an empty net, also scored for Calgary (4-3-0).While Colorado (0-5-1) remains winless in the pre-season, one of two teams without a victory, coach Patrick Roy was pleased with his teams effort given they were without key players like Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, former-Flame Jarome Iginla and Gabriel Landeskog.Loved our game. I thought we competed hard. We played really well. It was a very good game. We were missing a lot of guys but I was very pleased with the effort, Roy said.Notes: Notable on the Flames injury front. Mikael Backlund (abdominal strain) is skating but has not yet returned to full practice. Sam Bennett is said to be nursing a minor injury but he practised Tuesday and is expected to play Thursday night... 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"He just sensed," Matheny said of Jays precocious grab of the bat. "We hadnt had any interaction at that point. Hes smart, he knows the game." And the Cardinals know a thing or two about coming through late. St. Louis scored all three runs off reliever Jared Hughes (6-4) with two outs in the seventh inning to back John Lackey and send the scuffling Pirates to their seventh loss in 10 games. Lackey (2-1) worked out of trouble early to last seven innings in his second victory for the Cardinals after arriving in a trade from Boston on July 31. He was 11-7 with the Red Sox. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen but held on to earn his 39th save. "I think guys know when we have a pitcher like Lackey on the mound, hes going to keep us in the game," Matheny said. "Weve just got to keep fighting and figure out a way to get something going." Pedro Alvarez hit his 18th homer in the second off Lackey, but the Pirates managed little after that to fall further behind St. Louis and first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central race. Pirates starter Francisco Liriano overwhelmed St. Louis for six-plus innings before leaving after Kolten Wongs infield single led off the seventh. Hughes came on and promptly picked off Wong. Things didnt work out so well for the normally dependable right-hander, however, when he went to the plate. Tony Cruz started the game-changing rally by turning an 0-2 count into a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sharply hit single by Jay. Holliday then gave St. Louis the lead with a grounder past shortstop Jordy Mercer. St. Louis has 209 RBIs this season with two outs, tops in the National League. "It was just a night where (Hughes) couldnt get the ball where he wanted to go," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. The cushion was more than enough for Lackey, who had little trouble after navigating a choppy second inning. Alvarez hit a long home run to centre with one out, annd infield hits by Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer followed. Josh Hamilton Jersey. The runners moved up on a sacrifice by Liriano, but Josh Harrisons sharply hit fly to left went right to Holliday. Lackey settled down following the reprieve, not allowing a runner past first base over his final five innings. He walked one and struck out three to improve to 3-0 against National League teams this season. "I think Tony and I made some good adjustments after the first time through the lineup," Lackey said. "The last three innings were as good as I felt." OUCH Cardinals 1B Matt Adams spent the last four innings with cotton stuffed in his nose following a nasty collision with the fence down the right-field line. St. Louis backup outfielder Shane Robinson left in the top of the ninth after injuring his left arm while trying to steal second. Matheny said Robinson was "in pretty bad shape" and might have to return to St. Louis for further examination. TRAINERS ROOM Cardinals: C Yadier Molina and RHP Michael Wacha will head to Double-A Springfield this week to begin rehab assignments. Molina has been on the disabled list since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 10 and will go through a full workout with Springfield on Tuesday. If he makes it through without a problem, Molina will likely play on Wednesday and could be back with the Cardinals before rosters expand on Sept. 1. Wacha hasnt pitched since heading to the DL in mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He is scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday and will make at least one minor league rehab start before being activated. "Its a great step forward," Matheny said about the progress of both players. 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GLASGOW -- Michelle Li captured Canadas first ever womens singles gold medal in badminton at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. Austin Jackson Jersey . Then she lay down on the court, a smile of relief stretched across her face. "I think it was just everything kind of collapsed, all the tension and everything, trying to keep focused the whole week, and finally finished the very last (match) of the tournament, and I could finally relax and I could celebrate," Li said. "It was just all so overwhelming, and I think it was just incredible. So I had to lie down." The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., dispatched Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in just 38 minutes, winning in straight sets 21-14, 21-7 on the final day of the Games. Canada hasnt won badminton gold at the Games since Claire Backhouse and Johanne Falardeau took the womens doubles title in 1982. No Canadian had ever won a womens singles title. "I set a goal for myself to definitely try to medal," Li said. "I knew there were a lot of tough opponents, and I knew it was not going to be easy, so I made myself focus on each match individually, one at a time, so I never really thought I have to get the gold medal. I tried to stay away from that pressure, so I just had to focus on my game." Li and Alex Bruce narrowly missed a womens doubles bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics after qualifying for the semifinals. Li, ranked No. 19 in the world, said her gold-medal performance on Sunday topped even that result. "The Olympics was for doubles, so it was a totally different event, and Ive never had the same results for singles, and this actually means a lot because I can do it in singles," she said. "Its nice to have been in the Olympic semifinals for doubles, but I think now Im focused on singles more, Im really happy I got a gold at Commonwealth. "Its definitely a huge stepping stone." Li, who was born in Hong Kong, won two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She said this victory sets her up nicely for the world championships in two weeks in Copenhagen. "The competition definitely will be just as intense, and maybe even more intense," Li said. "Every round is going to be tough and I just hope I can go through every round like how I went through them here." Cleveland Indians jerseys . Colorado came up big against Chicago last spring, and repeated that performance Tuesday night. Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Custom Cleveland Indians jerseys .  Bjoergen pulled away from Swedens Charlotte Kalla on the final straight to win in 38 minutes, 33.6 seconds and defend her title from the 2010 Vancouver Games. Kalla was 1.8 seconds back. Heidi Weng of Norway took bronze.MELBOURNE, Australia - Canadian Daniel Nestor and French partner Kristina Mladenovic won their Australian Open mixed doubles semifinal on Friday, defeating Chinas Zheng Jie and American Scott Lipsky 6-3, 6-1. The victory in 55 minutes puts the 41-year-old from Toronto into his third mixed final in Australia after lifting titles in 2007 and 2011. Nestor and Mladovic will take on Indias Sania Mirza and Romanian Horia Tecau in Sundays final after the sixth seeds defeated the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 2-6, 6-3, 10-2 (match tiebreak). Nestor is bidding for his fourth mixed trophy and his second with Mladovic after the pair won Wimbledon lastt summer following a runner-up showing at the French Open. Kenny Lofton Jersey. The first set lasted 25 minutes and ended with a break. Nestors side took an early lead in the second set with a break and then raced to 5-1 on the way to victory. Nestors team took victory with four breaks of serve, going through with 17 winners and just eight unforced errors in a polished performance. The win was all but trouble-free, with the Nestor side saving a break point in the final game before serving out the victory. Nestor owns two previous Melbourne mixed titles, winning with Elena Likhovtseva in 2007 and repeating three years ago with Slovenian Katerina Srebotnik. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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Best goalie mask: There were some great masks from Nordiques goaltenders. J. R. Sweezy Jersey .Ron Hextall:(Image via Pro Hockey FR)Jocelyn Thibault:(Image via Tenders Lounge)Stephane Fiset:(Image via Goalies Archive)Best moustache: Michel Goulet(Image via Jsportsblogger)(Image via The Score)Best/Worst mullet: Chris Lindberg(Image via Mile High Hockey)Did you know? Montreal Canadiens anthem singer Ginette Reno had previously performed at a Nordiques game.Do they have a goal song? Why yes they do. Its incredibly campy.Did they have a mascot? Yes, its name was Badaboum.(Image via Flickr)Biggest fight: Ah, the provincial rivalry: Montreal vs Quebec. Things often got testy, for example this bench clearing brawl.Best trade:(Image via Melt Your Faceoff)In what arguably is one of the best trades in NHL history, the Nordiques traded the rights to Eric Lindros (who didnt want to play with the team) to the Philadelphia Flyers for the rights to Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1993 1st round selection (which turned out to be Jocelyn Thibault) a 1994 1st round pick (traded to Toronto) and $15 million dollars. The trade ultimately shaped the 1996 Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche.Check out the TSN special on the deal.What would the Nordiques new logo look like if they hadnt moved? The team ran this new logo in the Canadian press they would have used had they not moved to Colorado(Images via Wikipedia)Last game: May 16, 1995. The Quebec Nordiques fell to the New York Rangers 4-2 in Game 6 of their first round series.Captain: Joe Sakic(Image via Denver Post)Whyd the move? The team faced serious financial problems, despite having a fairly stable fan base. With the weakened Canadian dollar, the team just couldnt compete against American teams. Eventually the team was sold to the same owners of Denver Nuggets, and the team became the Colorado Avalanche.What does a former player have to say?Goaltender Ron Tugnutt(Image via Goalies Archive)What was it like to be a member of the Nordiques?It was pretty cool actually. I loved the city and the culture. Theres a fortunate and an unfortunate; for me they were going through a youth movement change therefore I got to crack the lineup at a young age. At 20 I was playing in the NHL, which was nice. The downside was that we were going through that youth change and there was a lot of losing that was taking place. In general though, it was a great experience.What was it like to play in the Quebec market?It was great. I did pick up some French along the way, I took it in school, but once youre living their, you tend to improve. The old part of downtown was very French and ordering food and dinner was tough, but the culture was fantastic. It was a great place to start my career.What was the best part about playing there?I think playing my first NHL game would be the highlight, because everybodys dream is to play in the NHL, so it was cool to accomplish that. My biggest highlight was meeting a lot of good friends - they were all young guys – and getting to know each other and stuff. I think that would be a huge highlight for me in Quebec City. Its hard; I enjoyed my time there. I have no problem with being there at all.Do you think hockey could thrive in that market again?Yeah, with the cap world they might be able too. For small market teams, its always going to be hard to keep all of your players, like in Winnipeg and Ottawa, because its difficult because there is bigger money elsewhere.Was it tough being in the same market as Montreal?No not at all because that was the rivalry, to me those were some of the best games to play. We never knew what would happen on those nights. It was always a very physical match. I thought that was a great thing to be so close to Montreal and be in that same market. Believe me, there was almost as many Quebec Nordiques fans in la belle province, and it always made for great entertainment.Previous #TBTsAtlanta ThrashersHartford WhalersCalifornia Golden Seals Colorado Rockies(Stats and info via Hockeydb and Sports E-Cylcopedia) Josh Robinson Jersey . Clevelands manager had just watched his team lose 5-3 to Kansas City, which completed a 2-6 homestand and dropped the Indians 2 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey . Dallas (2-0-1) sits atop the Western Conference with an MLS-best seven points. Castillo opened the scoring in the 71st minute off a Mauro Diaz set piece, and Watson outran defender Tony Lochhead on a long ball and then juked goalkeeper Ian Kennedy for the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute.Kenyas participation at this years Olympic Games remains in doubt, despite its parliament passing a law last month to make doping a criminal offence. Although Kenya passed the act of parliament in April, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday that the country needed to make changes to ensure compliance with the code, which sets a framework for consistent rules and policies around the world. WADAs ruling means Kenya, for decades a leading power in middle and long distance running, could be in danger of missing out in Rio where the Games are being staged from August 5-21.Kenyas Sports Minister Hassan Wario said WADA had written to him pointing out the areas of the act which they want to be rewritten or rectified for us to regain full compliance as soon ass possible. Robert McClain Jersey. As soon as parliament reviews those highlighted bits of the legislation, we are fully compliant. No ban was mentioned in the body of the letter.WADA had given Kenya until May to enact the anti-doping law or be declared non-compliant. The president signed the new legislation into law on April 22.However, WADA president Craig Reedie said on Thursday that the act was not in line with the organisations requirements.He said: We have been working with Kenya for a number of years and thought we had agreed that the draft legislation and rules were entirely compliant.It would appear that during their parliamentary process changes were made that unfortunately werent code-compliant, so we will be in touch with Kenya to try and resolve that at the earliest possible moment. Discount NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '
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