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CHICAGO -- A day after celebrating their NL Central title, the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta were far from championship form. .Ryan Braun went deep twice to reach 30 homers for the sixth time, Chris Carter hit a grand slam off the Wrigley Field video board and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Cubs 11-3 on Saturday.Braun had five RBI, including a pair of two-run homers. He reached 30 home runs for the first time since he had a career-high 41 in 2012, before his 65-game suspension for violations of baseballs drug agreement and labor contract.Carter hit his 35th homer, a drive off Spencer Patton that would have traveled 438 if it had landed unimpeded, according to MLBs Statcast. Domingo Santana added a solo shot and Scooter Gennett doubled twice.We missed locations on several pitches and give them credit, they did not miss the baseball, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Arrieta (17-7), the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up four runs -- three earned -- four hits and four walks in six innings. He is 3-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 21 walk in his last six starts.And in this one, the wind was blowing out on a warm day.Im a lot more excited to face Jake Arrieta than when the wind is blowing in, Braun said. This is as close as well get to a playoff atmosphere, obviously. So as a player, as a competitor, its a lot fun.Maddon and Arrieta said they believe the right-hander can polish his control in time for the postseason.Its fixable, I really believe that, Maddon said. If we can get him to get better command of his fastball over the next two starts, everything else will play off of that.Arrieta thinks his sinker is the starting point.I just need to find that comfort with the sinker in the strike zone, first pitch, he said. After that it opens up a lot of doors. ... Just have to be better early in the counts to prevent guys from taking pitches and getting into 2-1, 3-1 counts. Ive got a couple of starts before October and just to prepare for that. Thats the mindset.Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer and Kris Bryant tripled in a run in the first. Maddon used a starting lineup of mostly reserves after the Cubs celebrated winning the division, a title they clinched late on Thursday night.Youre going to see a normal lineup out there tomorrow, Maddon said.Milwaukees Zach Davies (11-7) settled down after allowing three runs in the first, giving up seven hits in five innings. Four pitchers combined for one-hit relief.BEING THE BESTThe Cubs are six games ahead of Washington with the best record in the majors. Holding on would assure Chicago of home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.Maddon pointed to last seasons NL Championship Series, when Chicago was swept by the New York Mets.We want to have the best record in baseball and we do want to have home-field advantage, Maddon said. Does it matter at the end of the day? Well find out.TRAINERS ROOMBrewers: RHP Junior Guerras season was ended because of an innings limit. . Milwaukee recalled outfielder Michael Reed from Triple-A Colorado Springs to help fill a gap created by injuries to outfielders Keon Broxton (right wrist fracture) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (abdominal strain). Broxton will miss the remainder of the season and Nieuwenhuis will be re-evaluated on Monday.UP NEXTRHP Wily Peralta (6-10, 5.42) is to start Sunday for the Brewers and NL ERA leader Kyle Hendricks (15-7, 2.03) for the Cubs. Hendricks, a right-hander who took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning Monday at St. Louis, is 11-1 with a 1.27 ERA in his last 16 outings. .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. . PETERSBURG, Fla.CLEVELAND, Ohio - With Fridays 5pm et deadline looming to sign 2013 draft picks, it seems the Blue Jays and 10th overall selection Phil Bickford wont come together on a deal. "Right now it looks as though we wont be signing him," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I guess anything can change, tomorrow is the deadline, but I would say right now we probably wont have a deal in place." Bickford, 18, is a 64", 185 pound right-hander who pitched at the prestigious Oaks Christian School in Westlake, California. Bickford has committed to Cal-State Fullerton this fall in the event he doesnt sign professionally. Major League Baseball pegged the slot value, the recommended signing bonus, for the 10th pick at slightly more than $2.9-million. Its not known what the Blue Jays offered Bickford. Per Major League Baseballs Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Players Association, if a club offers a player drafted in the top three rounds at least 40-percent of slot but the player doesnt sign, the club is guaranteed to pick in the same spot in the following years draft. All of that to say that the Blue Jays will receive the 11th overall pick in 2014 as compensation for not signing Bickford. Anthopoulos urged caution in jumping to conclusions about why the two sides couldnt reach a deal. "Out of fairness, like anything, offers are made no doubt about it," said Anthopoulos. "We definitely made an offer but it doesnt look like its going to be accepted. I wouldnt jump to conclusions (on why)." 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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. . -- John Daly birdied the final five holes Friday in the Toshiba Classic, leaving him three strokes behind fellow senior newcomer Billy Mayfair and 62-year-old Jay Haas.Making his 14th PGA Tour Champions start since turning 50 in April, Daly finished with a 4-under 67 at Newport Beach Country Club after playing the front nine in even par and dropping a stroke on 13.This course, you short-side yourself, you can make some big numbers, but its a golf course that if I keep hitting the driver straight, you can score, Daly said. A lot of wedges into a lot of the holes.Daly, a two-time major champion, has three top-20 finishes on the senior tour, the best a tie for 11th in July in New York at the Dicks Sporting Goods Open.Ive been hitting it pretty good, and just the two weeks off did me some good, Daly said. My shoulders still not good, but Im able to hit full shots. Im struggling with three-quarter shots, which might not make sense, but every time I try to pinch one, it hurts like heck. But the full shots are OK, and luckily thats what I had coming down the stretch today.Haas, the 2007 winner, birdied the final hole to match Mayfair at 64.Ive always played this course well, said Haas. I lost the next year in a playoff to?Bernhard [Langer], and then the next two years, probably playing as good as I could play in my Champions Tour career. ... Ive had some good success here, and I just like the golf course. It seems to set up nicely for me and looks good to my eye.Mayfair eagled the par-5 third and had six birdies -- four on the last five holes -- and one bogey. Hes making his sixth start on the tour after turning 50 in August.Youve got to get out on Friday and get off to a good start, said Mayfair, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour. Youre going to have to shoot this every day to have a chance to win.In his Champions debut, he tied for second behind Gene Sauers in the U.S. Senior Open.I really want to come out here and have fun and enjoy myself, but be very competitive, Mayfair said.Larry Mize, Paul Goydos and Michael Allen shot 65. Mize played the back nine in 5-under 31.Ive been trying too hard, Mize said. I tried to just relax and have fun. As crazy as it sounds, care a little less and just go out there and dont let anything bother you, and just have a good time.Goydos birdied four of the first five holes.The golf course is there to be had, but if you hit in the wrong place here, youre going to make bogeys, Goydos said. Today, I probably should have made three bogeys and I made none.Ross Cochran shot 66, and defending champion Duffy Waldorf was at 67 along with Daly, Mark Calcavecchia, Ian Woosnam, Joey Sindelar, Mark Brooks, Jay Don Blake, John Cook, Fred Funk, Billy Andrade, Jerry Smith,?Doug Garwood?and brothers Bart and Brad Bryant.Colin Montgomerie had a 68. Hes coming off a victory two weeks ago in British Columbia.Langer, the tour leader with four victories, is taking the week off. He also tops the money list and Charles Schwab Cup points standings. . Self was acquired from the Buffalo Bandits in a trade for Alex Hill midway through last season, and made his debut in Rochester on March 16, 2013. . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. . "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. CINCINNATI -- Jarron Cumberland scored 17 points off the bench and Cincinnati beat Lipscomb 91-68 on Saturday.Kyle Washington added 15 points, Jacob Evans 14 and Kevin Johnson 13 for the Bearcats (5-1), who were 31-of-59 shooting for 52.5 percent, including 8 of 17 on 3-pointers. They outscored the Bisons 21-5 at the free-throw line and turned 19 turnovers into 26 points.Garrison Mathews scored 19 points and Josh Williams 10 for Lipscomb (2-5), which lost itss fourth straight. The Bisons came in ranked eighth nationally with 58 3-pointers, averaging 9.7 a game, but they were only 7 of 27 from the arc against the Bearcats.The Bearcats raced ahead 21-4 to open the game. They led by 12 at halftime and were up by double figures the entire second half, leading by as many as 27. Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
YPSILANTI, Mich. . -- Protesters gathered near an end zone and marched on the field after Eastern Michigans 27-24 victory over Wyoming on Friday night, three days after racial graffiti was found spray painted on a campus building.The students sat peacefully and talked to EMU President James Smith late in the third quarter. They moved outside the end zone area in the closing moments before walking onto the field chanting, No justice! No peace! A Wyoming player joined them for a few moments.The national anthem was played early while the teams were off the field, with the university citing safety and security concerns.The graffiti was found Tuesday and included the letters KKK and a racial epithet. School officials say another racial slur was found Wednesday in a stairwell. Authorities also are investigating after an SUV pushed through a crowd protesting the graffiti Tuesday.Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said the protesters didnt seem aggressive but were just inching closer near the end of the game. He spoke with the referees, and they told him they trusted security to handle the crowd.Creighton and the Eagles walked onto the field linking arms Friday after meeting Thursday night to discuss the things that are going on in our country and on our campus.And it was a very positive, very deep, very meaningful, respect-filled conversation among our team, he said. I was super proud of the dialogue we had.Eastern Michigan (3-1) rallied to win, taking the lead on Ian Eriksens 15-yard run with 1:35 left.Brogan Robach, last years starting quarterback, guided the winning four-play, 47-yard drive in his first action after being suspended for the start of the season. Eriksen, who had 120 yards on 27 carries, scored untouched on a draw play .Wyoming (2-2) held the lead most of the game, opening the scoring when Marcus Epps intercepted Todd Porters pass and returned it 66 yards midway through the first quarter. The Cowboys took a 24-20 lead with 12:45 to go when Logan Wilson returned Porters interception 27 yards.The secondary is playing more explosive, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. It is very encouraging to see their play develop.After the Cowboys built a 17-3 lead, the Eagles, off to their best start since going 3-1 in 1995, tied it at 17 by the half. Breck Turner went 50 yards for his first career score, and Porter found John Niupalau for a 7-yard score 18 seconds before intermission.Jeremiah Harris blocked a Wyoming field goal attempt in the final minute of the third quarter.It was a hard fought game and we knew we were evenly matched, Bohl said, We had good things happen, but had also had some things happen that need to be corrected. . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands.Boss John Sheridan has seen two players join the casualty list ahead of Oldhams clash with Swindon. Strikers Aaron Holloway (ankle) and Timmy Thiele (shoulder) both sustained injuries in Latics last match when they defeated Chesterfield 1-0 at home.Although the pair do not need need surgery and could return before the end of the campaign, they will definitely miss out at Park. Cameron Dummigan is available again having returned from international duty while Dominic Poleon (shoulder) trained on Monday and could return oveer the next couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux could be back in the Swindon squad.Vigouroux, on loan from Liverpool, has overcome a dead leg which kept him out of the last two matches. Should he be included in the travelling party, Robins boss Luke Williams must decide whether or not he starts ahead of Tyrell Belford.Swindon, without a win in five league outings, remain without suspended captain Nathan Thompson after his red card against Wigan on Good Friday.Williams has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the north west. Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
TORONTO -- Scott Dixon said hed never been on a stranger podium. Josh Richardson Jersey . Dixon was joined by Sebastien Bourdais and Dario Franchitti but he was the only one who appeared to be celebrating after winning the Honda Indy Toronto for the first time in his career. Bourdais, who should have been overjoyed at his first podium finish since 2007, watched his second-place trophy fall off the base and smash on the ground. Franchitti, thinking he had finished third, was told moments before being doused in champagne that hed been penalized 25 seconds and was actually 13th. After the race the call was again reviewed and Franchittis third-place finish was restored. "I felt bad for Sebastien. That sucked," said Dixon, who made a pass on Bourdais with eight laps left in the 85-lap race. "Dropping that nice trophy. It bounced twice, too, so third time lucky I guess it smashed and the funniest thing though is you see it go back past Dario and he ... just watched it. So that was pretty funny." Dixon was enjoying himself all day. Saturdays victory was his second of the week and the season after capturing Pocono last Sunday, and moved him into third overall in the points standings. It came after the New Zealand native secured the pole in qualifying earlier in the day for Sundays race, the second of a doubleheader at Exhibition Place. Dixon also joined Bourdais, Franchitti and Torontos Paul Tracy for seventh on the all-time wins list with his 31st victory. "Basically for me it means a lot," said Dixon. "To think were all tied for what, seventh or something, but to think that the next group of people have names of Unser, Andretti and Foyt, you know thats pretty special to even be on the same list as those guys." Franchitti was at a loss for words when IndyCar penalized him for blocking rival Will Power on a restart on Lap 79. The three-time champion had started from the pole, but suffered from tire degradation and had to work back through the field. The same restart that saw Dixon rocket to victory featured fourth-place Power try to pass Franchitti only to shoot straight into a tire wall. After the race, Marco Andretti passed both drivers when Franchittis penalty moved him to third. Before the penalty was reversed, Franchitti said he had just been defending the inside racing line like he had through all 85 laps of the 1.75-mile street course at Exhibition Place. He said he would protest the call if he could, but it was reversed well after the race anyway. "It will be very interesting to know how they make decisions up there sometimes," said Franchitti. "I think it involves a dice and blindfold." The comment will likely anger IndyCar officials after race director Beaux Barfield missed the event with personal reasons. He was replaced by former race director Brian Barnhart, who was removed from the job at the end of the 2011 season following public spats with Power and Helio Castroneves. Andretti, the son of Michael Andretti who won the race seven times during his career, watched Franchitti and Power duel but said he didnt want to take a side. "But if it moves me up to third, that was definitely a block," he said with laughter. Bourdais meanwhile said it was right that Dixon passed him because the fastest car should always win. The 2004 winner in Toronto said he wouldnt miss the broken trophy. "Ive got plenty of trophies," said the French driver. "Its not what makes your day. What makes your day is to have a day like this ... Today we drove well, fought hard, got the result in the end." The race continued a tradition of disappointment for the Canadian drivers. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., finished eighth after starting 13th -- his best finish in Toronto in three IndyCar seasons after being knocked out of the last two races -- while Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., ran into Simon Pagenaud on Lap 82 and ended up 17th. Ryan Hunter-Reay, last years winner and the defending series champion, was bumped into a banner and out of contention by teammate E.J. Viso on Lap 79, leading to a restart on the final lap. Power, who started third, led the race after 61 laps but conceded first place to Dixon and failed to take the lead after Dixon pitted. Power dropped back to third shortly after when a quick pit stop also put Bourdais just ahead. On Lap 64, Justin Wilson brought the pack together with a full-course caution after bouncing off the wall and into Charlie Kimball and Ryan Briscoe, who injured his wrist in the accident and was later taken to a hospital. On the restart, Bourdais moved by Dixon on a pass that was reviewed but later approved by IndyCar officials. The lead lasted until Dixons strong pass in the dying moments of the race. The much-anticipated standing start to the race never happened. Drivers were set for the unusual start -- IndyCars first since 2008 -- but it was aborted when Josef Newgardens car stalled on the grid. IndyCar immediately changed to the normal rolling start, but the race didnt get a green flag until Newgardens car was taken off the track after stalling again. Race officials later opted to try the standing start again Sunday. When the race finally began, every car made it through the slippery first turn for a clean start. Dixon, who would normally be spending the night celebrating his victory with a drink, said he would instead be preparing for a Sunday race he thinks could get testy. "Thats kind of the tough part about today," said Dixon. "If people had a bad day today theyre going to take it out tomorrow. I guess if you had a good day you just hope youre not on the receiving end of that." Notes: Takuma Sato was put on probation for five races after running into Hunter-Reay in pit lane at Pocono on Sunday. ... 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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Pleased as Kentucky coach John Calipari was by last weeks performance on the national stage, he seemed more encouraged by the second-ranked Wildcats encore that figures to raise their profile even more.DeAaron Fox scored 16 points, Malik Monk added 14 and Kentucky took a step toward the nations top ranking by rolling past Duquesne 93-59 on Sunday night.Five days after beating No. 13 Michigan State in New York, the Wildcats (4-0) made their case toward supplanting Duke for No. 1 when the AP Top 25 is announced Monday. The first of several scheduled late-evening starts didnt affect Kentucky as it won by its biggest margin this season.The Wildcats controlled Duquesne (2-3) on both ends, holding the Dukes to a season-low 30 percent shooting while making 35 of 76 attempts (46 percent).One thing I was anxious to see was how would we play, would there be a letdown, Calipari said. I thought we played well and I think Isaiah (Briscoe) kind of dragged them in the first half. ... I thought we played hard. Were still learning each other.Briscoe and Mychal Mulder each had 13 points and Bam Adebayo had 12 with eight rebounds for Kentucky, which out-rebounded Duquesne 49-32 to win its second game of the Bluegrass Showcase. Mulders total was a career high and included three 3-pointers.Were coming together better as the season progresses, Adebayo said.Emile Blackmans 13 points led the Dukes, who lost their third in four games.BIG PICTUREDuquesne: Coming off a one-point loss Friday against Canisius, the Dukes were close at the start but quickly fell behind due to cold shooting. They made just 6 of 29 in the first half (21 percent) and committed 11 of their 18 turnovers as they struggled against the Wildcats disruptive defense and length. They were near even on the boards for a while but eventually beaten there as well.Nothing Kentucky did surprised Duquesne coach Jim Ferry other than its ability to sustain the efforrt. James Johnson Jersey. .Its relentless, Ferry said of the Wildcats intensity. Its just so challenging, the size and the length of the guards, how quickly they attack and they play very unselfishly.Kentucky: Seeking to pick up where they left off in an impressive defensive showing against Michigan State, the Wildcats constantly contested the Dukes passes and shots to build a 50-23 lead at the break. They controlled the paint offensively (44-20) and established a season best in rebounding differential.POLL IMPLICATIONSTop-ranked Dukes loss to No. 7 Kansas at Madison Square Garden opened the door for Kentucky to assume the top spot, and the Wildcats made it a foregone conclusion with their easy victory over the Dukes.RELOADINGEarlier Sunday, Kentucky announced the signings of 2017 recruits Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green -both guards -- along with center Nick Richards and forward P.J. Washington. All are rated as four- or five-star prospects by recruiting services, which of course is a familiar story in Lexington.RUPP MILESTONECalipari improved to 122-4 at Rupp Arena and tied Joe B. Halls record for most wins at the venue. Ferry drew a laugh when he remarked, He lost four? and Calipari said Yaaaay when told of the achievement before noting what visitors face when playing there.Its a hard place to win if youre an opponent and the fans make it that way, he said. I walked in today, 9 oclock on a Sunday night, we were missing some students but other than that, the place was packed. Are you kidding me?Attendance was 21,327.UP NEXTDuquesne: The Dukes host UT Martin on Wednesday night as they continue play in the Bluegrass Showcase.Kentucky: Hosts Cleveland State in a Wednesday matinee before Thanksgiving.---More AP college basketball: and . Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admitted his side let victory slip away as they were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at St Marys on Saturday. . Shane Long gave the hosts the lead in the 42nd minute with a cool chipped finish over Thibaut Courtois.But Chelsea controlled the game after the break and goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic saw them snatch victory. We did well but it was not good enough to the end and they punished us, Koeman told Sky Sports. We lost a bit of control in the second half and Chelsea had more possession.We were a bit unlucky because some situations were dangerous but not really clear chances to score. The first goal was not a shot, it was a cross that goes in, then they made it 2-1 from a set piece which is disappointing.Saints had seemed on course for victory after Longs goal and Fraser Forster had broken a club record for the longest time without conceding. Shane Long put Southampton ahead in the first half However, the hosts could not add to their advantage and eventually succumbed to their first defeat since January 2.To get the second goal you have to create chances and we lost the more ball in the second half, said Koeman. We didnt have that control in possession and it was different.We defended well but it wasnt good enough and they have good players, who play between lines and have good quality and control.While defeat dents Southamptons European hopes, Chelsea extend their unbeaten record under Guus Hiddink to 10 matches.They are playing at a bit of a higher level than they did at the start of the season, said Koeman. They are more confident and comfortable…but their position in the league is not normal for Chelsea. Also See: Southampton 1-2 Chelsea As it happened Southampton fixtures Get a £10 free bet! . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. . The 25-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted by his club team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter.Fiji and New Zealand came back in dramatic style to win their opening pool matches at the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday. Fiji rallied from 17-5 down with two minutes to go to pip Canada 19-17 while New Zealand overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat France 19-17.South Africas bid to win Hong Kong for the first time suffered a setback when they lost to four-time champions England 21-14 in the last match of the day, with the field worryingly cut up with still two days to go. David Hasselhoff sang Delilah at the Hong Kong Sevens Australia railroaded Argentina 28-0 while Kenya ran over Samoa 24-0.Fiji, the Sevens World Series leaders, scored first against Canada through Savenaca Rawaca but after Masivesi Dakuwaqa was yellow-carded for an illegal push, Canada immediately hit back with tries for John Moonlight and Sean White. England opened with a victory over South Africa Moonlights second pushed Canada 12 points ahead and they looked like holding on until Justin Douglas and Harry Jones were yellow-carded in the last two minutes. With seconds to go, Semi Kunatani exposed the outmanned defence to score between the posts, giving Osea Kolinisau the comfortable match-winning conversion.France crossed three times through Julien Candelon, Six Nations star Viri Vakatawa and Jonathan Laugel before New Zealand woke up and hit back with a relieving try to Tim Mikkelson on half-time, with Kurt Baker and match-winner Mikkelson crossing in the second period. Nick Cummins helped Australia to a 28-0 win over Argentina England hadnt impressed in their last three legs but answered its large expatriate support in Hong Kong with a rousing win over South Africa.Dan Norton caught a lucky bounce from the restart for his first try and then caught his own up-and-under before being held back on the line and earning a penalty try for 21-7.South Africa could puncture the England defence only once more, and fluffed a late chance when a lineout went awry.The boys were pumped for tonight, there is no place like Hong Kong for us, said Englands James Rodwell.The United States, Wales, and Scotland were also first-day winners. Watch day two of the Hong Kong Sevens live on Sky Sports, starting at 4.15am on Sky Sports 3 HD Also See: WATCH: The Hoff sings Delilah Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby Pundits Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Reggie Jackson Jersey . -- As expected, NASCARs four championship rivals were cordial, candid and comical.No one tried to swing a chair, or even take a verbal jab.UFC, this isnt.Sorry were letting you down, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson quipped Thursday.The winner-take-all championship race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway should be creating a semblance of tension between four rival drivers. But this quartet went bike riding together in one of their many stops on a seemingly sunshine-and-roses media tour. A week after Conor McGregor nearly threw a chair at Eddie Alvarez in a UFC pre-fight hype session, NASCARs ferocious four let trash-talking take a backseat on an easy afternoon full of heaping accolades for each other.NASCAR had the four pull up a chair on the stage during a cozy championship introduction Thursday -- you know, just like a late night talk show -- and the drivers delivered the yuks. They joked among each other, Kyle Busch repeatedly wise-cracked under his mic to teammate Carl Edwards and everybody grinned like it was Christmas morning.Come Sunday, theyll have to psychologically flip a switch and turn against each other. Even Busch and Edwards, teammates in a proud Toyota effort for Joe Gibbs who have shared everything in an open-book organization, must now toss aside professional courtesy to be the last man standing on the championship stage.But why do they have to be so chummy?You know that youre not going to beat up on a guy in a media session and make his car go any slower, said Busch, the reigning champion. To be honest with you, youre probably going to make (the car) go faster. Youre going to make him want it more. Theres no sense is doing any of that. Thats why with UFC fighters, they egg each other on, youre just going to get hit harder.This group is void of any conflict, and there are plenty of other storylines. Johnson is trying to tie Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with a record seventh title. Busch is trying to repeat, and beat his teammate. Logano wants a title to go with the IndyCar championship Team Penske already won this year in its 50th season of racing. And Edwards? Hes finally got another shot after losing the 2011 title on a tie-breaker.Theres a Chevrolet, a Ford and a pair of Toyotas. The group is represented by Roger Penske, Rick Hendrick and Gibbs, three of the heaviest hitters in auto racing.Yet with all that on the line, this group is like four buddies putting on a one-act play. Theyve been asked and answered the same questions so many times this week, they can almost finish each others sentences. Theyve got oft-told anecdotes for the repeated topics, everything is good-natured.Part of it is because its a genuinely likable group of drivers. Even Busch, so surly so many times, is at heart a good person.Theres really nothing bad to say to one another.Jimmie is one of those guys you want to hate but you cant because hes too nice, Logano said.On race day, it becomes driver vs. driver, the brutal length of the NASCAR schedule has turned all of the racers into a traveling community. They spend up to four nights a week inches apart in motorhomes, run into each other in the infield playgrounds and gyms.Bad blood doesnt boil very long in these parts.We do have a rapport, and we also do learn how to socialize outside of the car and then how to flip the switch, Johnson said. Its just something that I guess we grow up dealing with from a young age racing, however we did it as youngsters up until now. A fighter is somebody, they might see that guy one or twice in that moment, and oh, by the way, in the UFC they try to kill each other anyway, so its all about killing the guy.Logano doesnt think this cordial attitude is any different than any other sport. The drivers do their jobs when the green flag falls, and they co-exist when they climb from their cars.You watch a football game, after the game theyre all shaking each others hands after they just knocked the heck out of each other, Logano said. That happens. You even watch a hockey game, afterward they all shake hands, whether they want to or not. Its enforced.But I do think theres obviously a switch that everyone, maybe when they put their helmet on, things change. Were all out there as competitors, but right now were outside the car, we also get along, right? Nolan Ryan Jersey . The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Huston Street Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said he thinks his brother, former Duke guard Bobby Hurley, will root for the Rams against the No. 1 Blue Devils when the teams meet in the final of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff in Uncasville, Conn., on Sunday.Thats a tough one. I mean, blood over Dukes family, Hurleys family -- I think hes with me though, because he talks to me more than K, Dan Hurley told ESPN after his No. 21 team survived an NCAA tournament game against No. 24 Cincinnati in the semifinal nightcap Saturday.Bobby Hurley, a point guard who helped Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to back-to-back NCAA titles, is the coach at Arizona State. He wont be at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on Sunday, but the Hurley brothers dad, noted high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. is there watching Dan and his 4-0 Rams, who face Krzyzewski and his battered Blue Devils for the tournament crown.Once again, Rhode Island will have the crowd at its back -- these games being played 37 miles from its Kingston campus. The Rams face a Duke team (3-1) that came to Connecticut shorthanded and suffered more problems in Saturdays victory over Penn State.Were banged up more than any team Ive ever coached, Krzyzewski said after a hell of win over Penn State that saw Chase Jeter go down with an ankle injury while Grayson Allen hobbled around on a bad toe.Before the game and then during the game ... I mean, Amile (Jefferson) has been hurt this week, he has 15 rebounds and 16 points. Matt (Jones, 15 points) plays the last two ball games in the second half with four fouls. The veteran play of those two kids really saved us.Duke, which will likely fall out of the top spot in the poll because of a loss to Kansas on Tuesday, has three freshmen who havent even played yet because of injury.The three freshman wont play Sunday, Allen should and Jeter might as Krzyzewski tries for his 19th in-season title.Rhode Island had to overcome some adversity Saturday as well, losing point guard Jarvis Garrett to what looked like a scary injury in the first half. Justin Upton Jersey. Garrett, hustling for a rebound, fell over the end line and appeared to hit his head on the knee of a cameraman. He was down for several minutes, got up on his feet but was taken from the court, his neck in a brace on a stretcher and sent to a hospital for evaluation.Players from both teams wished Garrett well as he was wheeled away, with the Rhode Island bench emptying to wish their teammate well -- and Garrett was able to text his coach from the hospital.Hes getting tests done. He has some type of neck injury, Hurley said. No idea in terms of a timetable or as to the severity of it.I thought our guys love for him and love for each other as brothers caused them to rise to the level and want it even more.Asked about reacting to losing a key player, Hurley pointed to a pair of in-season tournament blowouts his team suffered the past two years, against Maryland and Kansas.Not this year. Were fully loaded, he said.He said he thought Saturday was a sign. That the hype about our teams was probably real; based on the way weve grown, with our young players, and the adversity of last year. Cincinnatis a heck of a team, probably underrated.Saturday, the Rams missed their first nine 3-pointers before hitting eight of their last 12 with E.C. Matthews nailing a 3 from the right corner off a late out-of-bounds play.And now they get Duke.Special for the coach?I was coaching high school games seven years ago and driving vans around ... now were nationally ranked and playing Duke (Sunday) for a championship, Hurley said, calling Duke the premier program in the country that embodies everything you want in a college program. It kind of means a lot. Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. . -- Quarterback Tom Brady has been excused from the Patriots preseason opener against the Saints to attend the memorial services of a family member.The team made the announcement prior to Thursday nights game.Brady has been suspended by the league for the first four games of the regular season for his role the Deflategate case. That suspension wont begin until Sept. 3, so Brady is eligible to participate in all of the Patriots preseason games.But coach Bill Belichick has not indicated how he will distribute the preseason snaps between Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start while Brady is suspended.---AP NFL website: and . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. ., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., took sixth spot on Saturday in pairs at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition. . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. Dwight Gooden said in a radio interview Monday that he was reevaluating his relationship with Darryl Strawberry because of his former New York Mets teammates recent comments that the former All-Star pitcher was a complete junkie-addict.The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we reestablished our relationship, Gooden told The Joe Piscopo Show.I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends.Gooden issued a statement later Monday in sharp criticism of Strawberry, calling out his former teammate for repeatedly making our differences personal, going back to our days with the Mets.I had hoped we could keep these differences between us, his statement read, while also vehemently denying Strawberrys allegations hes using cocaine. But Darryl could not manage to do that. I am sorry for his inability to show more character and strength. While I was there for him, he obviously was never there for me.Strawberry told ESPN Radio on Monday night that he is trying not to take Goodens verbal jabs personally, saying people in Goodens camp are pleased that someone finally stood up and said something about his issues and his struggles.I just felt like I needed to do this, Strawberry said in the interview. And regardless what anybody else thinks or they can call me whatever they want to call me. As long Ive known in my heart that I stepped up to do the right thing to help this man try to save his life, maybe just one day if he gets there and gets a recovery and realizes how good he is, he can come back and say thank you, you helped save my life. Strawberry said he is convinced Gooden has relapsed into the drug use that derailed his playing career.Hes very good at BSing, hes very good at blowing smoke up peoples behinds and telling them what he wants them to hear, Strawberry said. If he wants to get well hes going to have to get real. Because this is crunch time for him. This is public for him. Everyone knows that Im telling the truth.The duo, who were the subject of ESPNs 30 for 30 documentary Doc & Darryl, were recently scheduled to make a joint public appearance, but Gooden was a no-show.Hes a complete junkie-addict, Strawberry told New York Daily News about Gooden. Ive been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he wont listen.Strawberry told the newspaper that Goodens son called him to help his father before he dies.Dwight Gooden Jr.?issued a statement to the Daily News on Sunday night, saying between the death of Goodens mother last month and his fathers work schedule, he has been under an extraordinary amount of stress, pressure and above all sadness. Gooden Jr. said his father was planning on taking a break from the spotlight to rest and regroup and address his health and that will be pushed up.Gooden, after Strawberry and others expressed concern for him following his no-show at last weeks event, sent a text to the Daily News that read: I am fine, just finishing up some minor health issues.Gooden on Monday again said he was OK.Everythings good, he said in the radio interview. I am healthy. I dont have a drug problem. 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INDIANAPOLIS -- As Penn States band played and Lucas Oil Stadium rocked, thousands of fans clad in their traditional white shirts chanted We Are Penn State. .It might have been more fitting if had it been We are Penn State -- and we are back.Five years after a child sex abuse scandal tainted the reputation of the school and its football program along with the legacy of late coach Joe Paterno, quarterback Trace McSorley put the Nittany Lions squarely back in the national spotlight Saturday night with an epic 38-31 come-from-behind victory over No. 6 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. It was the largest comeback in the six-year history of the game.Before coach James Franklin left the field, he was already lobbying the playoff committee to put No. 8 Penn State in the final four.What I do know is that we just won the toughest conference in college football, he said. Weve won nine straight. They say youre allowed to overcome minor setbacks. Weve done that. Its up to you, committee.The Nittany Lions resume is impressive.Since rebounding from a 39-point thumping against Michigan on Sept. 24, Penn State (11-2, No. 7 CFP) has won every game, handed No. 2 Ohio State its only loss of the season and on Saturday rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit to end the Badgers six-game winning streak. Penn State also finished as co-champs of the Big Ten East, a division many considered the toughest in the nation, and now has its first conference crown in eight years.Many, including die-hard Penn State fans, wonder whether that will be enough to jump up three spots in the committees rankings. Some fans even held signs that read we smell roses.While McSorley, who was named the games MVP after a record-breaking performance, has even higher hopes, hes content to let his coach lobby for a playoff spot.Coach said what he needed to say, Im going to enjoy this moment with my teammates, McSorley said before leaving the stage on the field.It was certainly a moment worth savoring.McSorley finished 22 of 31 for 384 yards with four TD passes, breaking the title game records for yards and TD passes. He also broke the schools single-season records for yards passing and touchdown passes.And McSorley wasnt the only one putting on a show. Saeed Blacknall caught six passes, two for touchdowns, and finished with a championship-game record 155 yards. DaeSean Hamilton caught eight passes for 118 yards, most in the second half when the Nittany Lions repeatedly burned the nations No. 3 defense with deep throws.What was most impressive was how they won it.Penn State trailed 28-7 with 5:15 left in the first half. Thats when McSorley and the Nittany Lions offense finally got in sync by scoring touchdowns on each of their next four possessions -- the last an 18-yard TD pass to Saquon Barkley with 13:41 left in the game. The Nittany Lions never trailed again.They made some plays down the field and we didnt make enough to make McSorley feel uncomfortable, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.Wisconsin (10-3, No. 6 CFP) played without starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook but jumped to the big lead behind Corey Clement, who ran 21 times for 164 yards including a 67-yard TD run in the first quarter.But the Badgers usually stout defense allowed a season-high point total.Wisconsins final chance ended when Clement was stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-1 from the Penn State 24-yard line with 1:01 to go.THE TAKEAWAYPenn State: Consider the turnaround is complete. Five years after the Jerry Sandusky scandal tainted the program and the late Joe Paternos legacy, and the ensuing NCAA sanctions seemed to put the Nittany Lions on the fast track to nowhere, they are Big Ten champs and look like a real national championship contender.Wisconsin: After winning their first two title game appearances, the Badgers have now lost their two -- in shocking fashion. Coach Paul Chryst never could have expected this from a defense that hadnt allowed more than 30 points all season and had only allowed No. 2 Ohio State to gain more than 400 yards in a game this year.POLL IMPLICATIONSPenn State: Coach James Franklin insisted all week that his team was focused more on winning a Big Ten title. Now, the lobbying can begin -- if Franklin wants to. The argument goes like this: Co-champs of the toughest division in college football, championship game winners of the best conference in football and the only team to beat No. 2 Ohio State. Will it be enough?Wisconsin: In the first half, the Badgers looked like they would be making their case to the committee. Instead, the Badgers have no idea what will happen next.UP NEXTPenn State: Will eagerly wait to see who is next on the schedule.Wisconsin: Will wait to see who the Badgers will get in the postseason, one that could have been much more interesting had they protected their lead.---More AP college football: and . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. . 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His departure to Tottenham had left a huge hole at the base of their midfield, and a winless start to the Premier League season only added to the anxiety.As it turns out, they need not have worried. Southampton have made a habit of reinvention, and this year Oriol Romeu has been the biggest success story. The 25-year-old Spaniard started fewer than half of the Saints Premier League games in his first campaign on the south coast, but he has stepped into Wanyamas shoes and made an impressive impact this season. Southampton are looking up again. Romeu has played every minute of their five-game unbeaten run, and on Sunday in front of Pep Guardiola, the manager who gave him his debut at Barcelona back in 2010, he produced a man-of-the-match performance as Southampton claimed a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.  Romeu successfully screened Southamptons back four against Man City Romeu might have lined up for the other side had things worked out differently, but this weekend he will be eager to impress more familiar faces when Southampton face his old club Chelsea. Its another stern test for Claude Puels side, and for Romeu its another reminder of a long, frustrating journey that began on the training pitches of La Masia.He came to us from Espanyols academy when he was 13, former Barcelona youth coach Pedro Abraham tells Sky Sports. The first year was difficult for him. He found it difficult to be an important player, but gradually he became indispensable. He was very intelligent and very serious. That was important for his development. He improved every year.In a youth team that included attacking talents such as Thiago Alcantara and Cristian Tello, Romeu was the no-frills midfielder who held it all together. He did the dirty work, as Abraham calls it. El trabajo sucio. It was a very good generation, says Abraham. Oriol played as the pivote in front of Marc Bartra and Martin Montoya, with Thiago further forwards. Romeu (37) made his Barcelona debut in the Spanish Super Cup in 2010 Thiago was the rising star - He had it all, recalls Abraham - but Romeu quietly carved out a reputation of his own. He was quite slow and didnt have an explosive turn of pace, but he knew how to use his body very well, says Abraham. He knew how to anticipate the play so you didnt see his lack of pace. By the time he was 15 or 16, you could see he was going to make it at the top level.Romeu spent two years with Abraham before becoming a key player in Luis Enriques Barcelona B, and it looked like he was destined for the first-team when Guardiola thrust him into the starting lineup for a Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla. Romeu acquitted himself well, but Barcelona had signed Javier Mascherano that summer. The youngster slipped down the pecking order before accepting an offer from Chelsea in 2011.Andre Villas-Boas said Romeu had a brilliant future when he was unveiled at Stamford Bridge alongside Romelu Lukaku. He soon broke into the team, but Chelsea were in the midst of a tumultuous period. Villas-Boas was sacked in March 2012, and Romeu only made two further appearances under Roberto Di Matteo that season. Romeu made 24 appearances in his first season at Chelsea Romeus prospects looked brighter when Rafa Benitez took over from Di Matteo, but a cruciate knee ligament injury in December 2012 was the next roadblock. The midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the season, and when he returned to fitness, Benitez had been replaced by Jose Mourinho and Romeu was sent on loan to Valencia.His progress was hampered by more injuries on his return to Spain, andd there was further misfortune when he moved to Stuttgart for the 2014/15 campaign. The Bundesliga side sacked their manager Armin Veh after just three months, and Romeu spent the season battling against relegation in an unfamiliar environment. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. It was not easy. Between signing for Chelsea in 2011 and returning from his loan spell in Germany in 2015, Romeu had played under eight different managers in three different countries. It is only now, a year after making his permanent £5m switch to St Marys, that he has finally found stability. It is only now that he is finally fulfilling his potential.He needed that, says Abraham, who is now a coach for Marbella FC in the Spanish third tier. Its like when he came to Barcelona. He needed continuity and he needed to feel important. It was difficult for him at Chelsea after Villas-Boas left, but hes an intelligent boy and hes humble. He kept working and working and working and he has made the most of his opportunity. Romeu in action for Southampton in their goalless draw with Leicester Romeu has been one of the Premier Leagues best ball-winning midfielders this season. Danny Drinkwater, NGolo Kante and Jordan Henderson are the only outfield players to have recovered possession more times (76), and the Spaniard made more tackles against Manchester City (eight) than any other Southampton player has managed in a single game all season.Other areas of his game still need work, but Romeu is getting better with the ball, too. His passing accuracy has improved in each of the last three seasons, and Puel insisted he should be in contention for his first senior Spain call-up after he was named Southamptons player of the month for September. His work in every game is very important to the team, he said. Oriol Romeus passing stats Season Team Passing accuracy 2014/15 Stuttgart 83% 2015/16 Southampton 85% 2016/17 Southampton 89% Abraham has been similarly impressed. Romeu was seen as a possible heir to Sergio Busquets as a teenager, and his former coach still sees the similarities. Ok, hes not Iniesta or Xavi, he says. He is more physical than your typical Barcelona player, but for me he has a similar profile to Busquets. He is a bit stronger and not as technical, but he would have fought for that position. He gives a lot of balance to the team.Hes certainly striking the right balance for Southampton this season. Its been a long road for Romeu, but he has offset Wanyamas departure and the Saints are feeling the benefits. We are seeing that he can be a fundamental player for his team, says Abraham. Now he has many years ahead of him to keep improving. Southampton will be hoping it continues against Chelsea on Sunday.You can watch Premier League and EFL Cup football, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the Mexican Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! 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ZURICH -- Carli Lloyd will defend her FIFA womens player of the year award against a number of rivals, including three Olympic champions from Germany and five-time winner Marta. Yannick Ngakoue Jersey .Lloyd is the United States only nominee on a 10-player list announced by FIFA on Thursday after the 2015 World Cup winners lost in the Olympic quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro.Germany has forward Dzsenifer Marozsan, who scored in a 2-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal match, as well as midfielders Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz on the list. 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It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. BATON ROUGE, La. -- UConns Katie Lou Samuelson recognized early on that LSU was exhibiting little respect for her long-range shooting. So the 6-foot-3 sophomore made the Lady Tigers pay with the most prolific game yet in her very promising career.She lit us up from the 3-point line, LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. I didnt feel like we had the awareness that we needed to play somebody of her caliber as far as shooting the 3.Samuelson hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points, Kia Nurse added a season-best 15 points along with eight assists, and No. 3 UConn handed LSU its first loss of the season, 76-53 on Sunday night.I was shooting well and my teammates were getting me the ball, so I was going to keep shooting the 3s, Samuelson said. Im pleased with how I shot today and I just hope thatll carry on to the next game.Crystal Dangerfield added 10 points and Gabby Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for UConn (3-0), which extended college basketballs longest active winning streak to 78 games. Yet Huskies coach Geno Auriemma didnt sound too pleased about how his team looked in its most lopsided victory of the young season. He cringed at UConns 20 turnovers, 17 personal fouls, and six-minute stint without a field goal in the third quarter.Today was a struggle, Auriemma said. The ball was flying all over the place.Samuelson, who was widely seen as one of the nations best freshmen last season, hit seven of her eight made shots from 3-point range and also sank all five of her free throws.Nurse called it a huge luxury to know she could look for Samuelson anywhere on the offensive end and be confident she would hit open shots.Raigyne Moncrief scored 15 points for LSU (3-1), which trailed by 21 at halftime and struggled to get much closer than that for much of the second half. Alexis Hyder added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.UConn began to pull way on consecutive 3s by Nurse and Samuelson, which opened a 10-0 run that pushed the Huskies lead to 31-16.Later the period, Samuelson hit a 3 from the right wing while being fouled by Hyder, completing a four-point play which made it 40-23. Samuelson added a couple free throws to give her 14 points in the first half, and Dangerfields jumper made it 46-25 at halftime.BIG PICTUREUConn: UConnns winning streak is the third longest in college basketball history, behind only its own program record of 90 straight from 2008-10 and the UCLA mens record of 88 consecutive victories from 1971-74. Malik Jackson Jersey. ... UConn has now beaten 110 straight unranked opponents since losing by a point to then-unranked St. Johns on Feb. 18, 2012.LSU: The Lady Tigers were off to their best start since their 9-0 beginning to the 2009-10 season and their struggles against a juggernaut like UConn doesnt mean this seasons LSU squad wont be competitive in most games. I thought we did some good things defensively, Fargas said, noting that her team played UConn tight for all but the second quarter. We did some things for three quarters that really allowed us to show the potential of this team. ... Senior guard Rina Hill made her season debut after missing the first three games because of a hip injury. She played 15 minutes and had a rebound and an assist.DIFFERENT ERAThe Huskies have now won five straight against LSU and improved to 8-1 all-time in the series, with the lone loss coming in the 2007 NCAA tournament regional finals to a Lady Tigers squad led by current WNBA and U.S. national team player Sylvia Fowles. After the game, Auriemma ran into another former LSU great, Seimone Augustus, outside the UConn locker room, and they chatted about the state of the Lady Tigers compared to about a decade ago.The talent level is just completely different. Its not even night and day, Auriemma said. So from where it was, to where it is today, its not even the same program. You cant even put it in the same category from back then. I dont know all the reasons why, but when that happens it takes a while to get it back.POLL IMPLICATIONSUConn defeated second-ranked Baylor on Thursday, and by winning convincingly at LSU, the Huskies did nothing to dissuade voters from moving them up at least one spot.UP NEXTUConn: The Huskies host Dayton at the on-campus Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday night.LSU: The Lady Tigers travel to the Virgin Islands for the holiday weekend to play in the Paradise Jam, opening against UTEP on Thanksgiving Day. Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' ' 
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