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Theyre already brought Melbourne City down a notch, and coach Kenny Lowe says the key to Perths A-League success is how well they outsmart their better-resourced rivals. http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Kurt-Warner-Jersey/ .Glory were roundly written off before Friday nights clash, given no chance at AAMI Park against a star-studded outfit that had so ruthlessly disposed of Melbourne Victory 4-1 the weekend prior.But Lowes men shattered Citys derby delight in a famous 3-2 win that reminded the league why they too are very much in title contention.Andy Keoghs match-winning hat-trick aside, Perths tactics shut down John van t Schips vaunted attack, their compact set-up disrupting their opponents rhythm and providing a raft of opportunities on the counter.The well-drilled display was a lesson on how to outfox the leagues big guns.The whole league has gone up a level and the two Melbourne clubs and Sydney clubs are at the forefront of that, Lowe told AAP.Theyre in front of everybody with resources and recruitment ... so weve got to be smarter in the way we do things.If we dont have all that weve got to find other ways to maximise our edge.The fiery win gave unbeaten Perth seven points from three games and lifted them top of the table leading into Sundays matches between Wellington and Sydney FC and Western Sydney and Newcastle.The stars will further align with key trio Adam Taggart (calf), Shane Lowry (hip) and Rhys Williams a chance to return for next weeks trip to Brisbane.But Lowe himself could miss the game if the match review panel decide to punish the coach after he was sent to the stands for his heated halftime altercation with referee Alan Milliner.City will look to reinstate some spark in time for Tuesday nights blockbuster FFA Cup semi-final with Victory, when Kevin Muscats troop seek revenge buoyed by Saturdays 2-1 defeat of the Reds.The defending champions attempted twice as many shots as Victory yet slumped to a second-straight defeat after Marco Rojas ended the frantic meeting with a stoppage-time goal.The better team definitely lost that one, said Adelaides goalscorer Tarek Elrich.We created all those chances and hit the post. Sometimes football is unfair.Brisbane claimed their first victory of the campaign with a 1-0 win over strugglers Central Coast.The display was an improvement on last weeks humiliating 4-0 loss to the Jets but the Roar will need to step up their game further to challenge Glory and City at Suncorp Stadium over the next two rounds. http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Orlando-Pace-Jersey/ .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Jamon-Brown-Jersey/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Cory-Littleton-Jersey/ . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Can an NBA player be a superstar without being an elite scorer? Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys ' ' '
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We got to the semi-final last year and we want to go one further again.I think we play exciting stuff in Europe and it was a massive buzz after the Gloucester game, and thats what you play rugby for, you cant beat days like that. Its brilliant to be involved in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup and a lot of people will be watching. The better standard of rugby you play, the better player you become. Highlights of the Dragons victory at Kingsholm The Dragons have kept faith with the team that recorded the 23-21 victory at Kingsholm. Dorian Jones continues at fly-half, partnering scrum-half Sarel Pretorious, with Wales international Taulupe Faletau at No 8.Charlie Davies, who came off the bench to score the Dragons crucial late try against Gloucester, is again named among the replacements. Bismarck du Plessis is one of seven South Africans in Montpelliers starting XV Montpellier are appearing in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time and head coach Jake White makes five changes to the team that won at Stade Francais last Sunday.Benoit Paillaugue, who came off the bench to score a late try at Stade Jean-Bouin, is promoted to the starting line-up and partners Demetri Catrakilis at half-back.Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis and brother Jannie return to the front row, two of seven South Africans named in the starting XV.Montpellier: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Marvin OConnor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benoit Paillaugue; 1 Mikheil Nariashvili, 2 Bismarck Du Plessis, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 4 Robins Tchale Watchou, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (c), 7 Akapusi Qera, 8 Pierre Spies.Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Davit Kubriashvili, 19 Thibaut Privat, 20 Wiaan Liebenberg, 21 Nic White, 22 Benjamin Lucas, 23 Anthony Tuitavake.Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Sarel Pretorius; 1 Phil Price, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Brok Harris, 4 Rynard Landman, 5 Nick Crosswell, 6 Lewis Evans (c), 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Taulupe Faletau.Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ed Jackson, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Angus OBrien, 23 Jack Dixon.Watch Montpellier v Dragons live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Saturday from 5.25pm. 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Its special teams had problematic moments, too, including a missed field-goal attempt and a botched kickoff return that resulted in a drive starting at Green Bays own 2.Add it all up, and Green Bay flailed its way to a fourth consecutive loss, this one by a 42-24 score against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.We see ourselves as a much better football team than this. Its just not panning out, Packers safety Micah Hyde said. We have way too much talent in this locker room to be performing like that. But week in, week out, were doing it. Im speechless.In each game of Green Bays current losing skid, the team has allowed at least 30 points.Coming in here, we knew we needed this game, coach Mike McCarthy said. Our backs up against it.His Packers beat the Redskins in the playoffs last season and are perennially seen as a title contender, but are now 4-6 and in third place in the NFC North, two games behind both the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.Theyre probably not playing like we normally see the Packers play, said Robert Kelley, the rookie running back who carried 24 times for 137 yards and scores from 1, 4 and 10 yards out.The Packers secondary never seemed to be in the right place at the right time Sunday, allowing Washingtons Kirk Cousins to go 21 of 30 for 375 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions.We didnt stop `em. Our pass defense, we didnt get off the field. It was touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal in thee second half, McCarthy said. http://www.bearsrookiestore.com/Bears-Charles-Leno-Jersey/. . That tells the story.The Packers actually led 10-7 late in the second quarter and, after falling behind 29-17 early in the fourth quarter on Cousins 70-yard TD to Pierre Garcon, pulled to 29-24 on Rodgers 6-yard connection with Cook. Anyones game at that point, right? Nope. The Redskins converted a risky fourth-and-1 at their own 41 on a sneak by Cousins and were on their way.Green Bays next drive ended with Cooks turnover.We put ourselves in a tough spot, said Rodgers, who was 26 of 41 for 351 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions. So weve got find a way to get a win next week and approach it one week at a time. Thats all weve got right now.He was hardly at his best on a wind-whipped evening, putting throws at receivers feet or over their heads, even from short range.But the porous defense is Green Bays biggest issue at the moment -- as it has been while dropping five of their past six games.You cant win ballgames giving up that many points, Hyde said, no matter whos on offense.Now comes another prime-time game next week, this time on a Monday at the Philadelphia Eagles.McCarthy was asked whether he has the right players to succeed on defense.This is not the time for personnel evaluations, coaching evaluations and those type of things, he replied. 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Now we have to continue to build on how we got here because one game does not make a season.Texas (1-0) won because the two quarterback system adopted by the Longhorns at the 11th hour worked almost flawlessly against Notre Dame.Freshman Shane Buechele (16 of 26, 280 yards, two touchdowns) did just about everything right, save for a third quarter interception that almost cost Texas the game. Senior Tyrone Swoopes, a player who would rather not be in the spotlight but whos had little choice, exceled in the power running package, rushing for three touchdowns including the game winner.Texas running back DOnta Foreman had 131 rushing yards and wide receiver John Burt caught six passes for 111 yards, 72 of which came on a touchdown pass from Buechele on the second play of the third quarter.The Longhorns have already matched the number of 100-yard receiving games they had during the 2015 season.Hey, were 1-0, Strong said. We wanted make a statement and we did. 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HOUSTON — It was yet another example of what the Houston Astros look like when their lineup depth flashes Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey , their fourth win in their final at-bat this season offering a glimpse of potential even when everything didn’t quite fall into place.
As the Astros (51-27) near the halfway point of the schedule on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals, they recognize fully that they will require more wins like the one they recorded on Saturday to keep pace in the chase for the best record in the American League.
They were handcuffed by a scuffling pitcher for seven innings before the bottom third of their order helped complete a game-tying rally in the ninth.
And, while Houston failed to walk it off in the 11th, the bottom third of its order generated just enough traffic for the heavy hitters to come to bat in the 12th and secure the 4-3 victory.
Designated hitter Evan Gattis, batting seventh, produced the game-tying RBI with his sacrifice fly in the ninth inning following an 0-for-3 start to his evening. Marwin Gonzalez, batting eighth, walked in both of his final two plate appearances after recording three strikeouts against Royals starter Ian Kennedy. By churning out quality plate appearances, the job was easier up top.
“We’re at our best when those guys are doing something at the bottom,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That takes a lot of pressure off the top of the order or the middle of the order to have to do it every time. That’s why we think we have a complete team.”
Right-hander Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.59 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros in the rubber match. Cole did not factor into the decision in his last start, a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, after allowing four runs on three hits and five walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
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Right-hander Jason Hammel (2-8, 4.88 ERA) gets the starting nod for the Royals. Hammel is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA over nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Astros, including a 1.74 ERA over his last three starts. He hasn’t pitched at Minute Maid Park since 2014.
Hammel, who issued a season-high four walks in his previous outing, has issued two or fewer walks in 11 of 15 appearances this season and is tied for fifth in the American League with 37 starts with two or fewer walks since the start of 2017. His four walks against the Texas Rangers snapped a 37-start streak of walking three or few batters dating back to May 29, 2017.
After delivering at the plate and in the field for the Royals (23-53) in the opener, right fielder Rosell Herrera had a quiet night on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with a walk. Claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on June 2, Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last Sunday and has worked to show the defensive range and offensive versatility that could make him an asset as the Royals take extended looks at some of the younger players on their major league roster.
“He’s athletic, he’s fast,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Herrera. “He seems to swing the bat OK from both sides. It’s only been a week. There’s a lot to like looking at him on a short look.”
DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought.
The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was signed to a $33.5 million contract in free agency.
Jackson, 31 Womens Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , established himself as one of the league's top deep threats over nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
He averaged a career-worst 13.4 yards per reception and scored just three touchdowns in his first year with Tampa Bay, which lost 10 of 13 following a 2-1 start to miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season.
The Cleveland Browns, who haven't earned a playoff berth since 2002, are the only team with a longer playoff drought.
"Any time I get an opportunity to make good plays and spark this offense with explosive plays ... or scoring touchdowns 鈥?whatever it is, I'm here to do (it)," Jackson said.
"Obviously last year was a disappointing year for myself and the team," the receiver added. "I just want to be able to ... give them high energy, good plays, and explosive plays."
Jackson, who spent extra time in the offseason with Jameis Winston in hopes of improving chemistry between him and the quarterback on deep throws, enters his 11th season with 548 receptions for 9,487 yards and 49 TDs.
He's also scored three touchdowns rushing and four more on punt returns.
"D-Jack is about 40 years old, but he's still the fastest dude on our team John Hayden Jersey ," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy joked. "It's hard for guys to run with him."
Nevertheless, the Bucs couldn't get the ball to him consistently in 2017.
While Winston's favorite target, Mike Evans, continued to prosper with his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 yards receiving, Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards 鈥?both lows for him in a year when he's played at least 12 games.
And, for the first time since his rookie year with the Eagles in 2008, Jackson didn't have a reception of at least 60 yards.
While he's not making any bold predictions, the receiver is confident the offense will be better this fall.
"We have a lot of weapons and a lot of options for the quarterback to drop back and throw the ball to. I'm excited about that," said Jackson, who has three receptions for 91 yards through two preseason games.
The veteran receiver thinks Tampa Bay has one of the best groups of targets in the league with himself, Evans, Chris Godwin Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , Adam Humphries and tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.
He also likes offseason moves that included bolstering the offensive and defensive lines, as well as drafting running back Ronald Jones.
"We have a lot more competitive players now. A lot of new additions coming from winning mentalities. They're able to push the drive and push other guys on this team to the highest of their potential," Jackson said.
"Obviously last year was a frustrating year for everyone that's a part of the Buccaneers. But there's one common goal: to go out there, put the work in, and hopefully the results show on Sundays."
Coach Dirk Koetter said Jackson is having an outstanding training camp.
"I think DeSean has really asserted himself not only as a veteran, but as a leader," the coach said.
"DeSean has instant street cred because of his career. ... It's a big difference if you see a guy that you respect out there doing what he's supposed to do versus a guy that's out there moping around," Koetter added. "Hats off to him, he's doing a good job."
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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon announced that he would not be with the Browns for the start of training camp in a Twitter post on Monday due to what he called “a part of my overall health and treatment plan.”
Gordon Ryan Kesler Jersey , who has been suspended several times for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, said that he’s been able to “utilize the resources available to me that will ensure my well-being on and off the field” with help from the Browns. General Manager John Dorsey released a statement a short time later affirming the team’s support for Gordon and announcing the roster move the team made to reflect his absence.
“We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress,” Dorsey said. “We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he is ready to return.”
Gordon is eligible to be activated from the NFI list at any point and indicated that he expects to be back with the team in time for the regular season.
Mike Sullivan knows his team is ”wired” for offense, as tends to happen when you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and – increasingly – Jake Guentzel on your roster.
Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins have proven during their two-year run atop the NHL they know what they’re doing at the other end of the ice, too, playing with a discipline that’s more grit than glamour.
Their hopes for a historic three-peat remain alive because of it.
Guentzel scored twice and the Penguins held Washington star Alex Ovechkin without a shot on goal for just the third time in 107 career playoff games to grind out a 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday night to even their typically taut Eastern Conference semifinal.
Pittsburgh held Washington to three shots total in the third period.
”It’s like we played Game 7 tonight Mathew Barzal Jersey ,” said Malkin, who scored from his belly late in the second period to put Pittsburgh in front to stay. ”Unbelievable.”
Well. Not exactly.
This is what tends to happen when the two longtime rivals meet in the postseason. Washington edges ahead and the Penguins respond immediately, one of the main reasons Pittsburgh is 9-1 all-time against the Capitals in the playoffs.
Plenty of work remains to be done for Washington to shrug off the weight of its ignominious history and for the Penguins to push their bid for a three-peat to the next round. Yet Pittsburgh laid down the blueprint over three periods that were decidedly tamer than the Game 3 chaos caused in large part by Washington forward Tom Wilson’s illegal high hit that left rookie Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and led the league to suspend Wilson for three games.
While Sullivan downplayed the impact of Wilson’s absence, the pushing and shoving was largely kept to a minimum save for a scrap between Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Washington’s T.J. Oshie as Guentzel skated down the ice to flip in an empty-net goal with 58 seconds to go.
For the Penguins, the stakes – as they so often have during Sullivan’s tenure – far outweighed any search for retribution.
”We understood it’s a huge game for us,” Malkin said.
Instead the teams head to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday night all tied up, the ninth time in 11 postseason meetings the series will go at least six games. Same as it ever was.
Oshie scored Washington’s lone goal – a shot from the slot on the power play 12:55 into the second that knotted the score at 1 – and Braden Holtby finished with 21 saves but the Capitals couldn’t sneak anything else by Murray Womens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , who stopped 20 shots just two days after putting together an admittedly ”shaky” performance in Game 3.
The guys in front of Murray made his job relatively easy. The Penguins blocked 13 shots and rarely let Washington put together any sustained pressure.
Devante Smith-Pelly replaced Wilson on the top line with Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, but Pittsburgh kept the clamps on. Ovechkin failed to put a single puck on net, though Washington coach Barry Trotz downplayed Ovechkin’s ineffectiveness.
”Trust me, Ovie will get his shots,” Trotz said.
He’s going to have to if he wants to keep pace with Guentzel. A year after scoring a playoff-high 13 goals while helping the Penguins to a second consecutive Cup, the slender 23-year-old is once again thriving in May.
Guentzel gave the Penguins the lead 9:21 into the second period when he stood on the doorstep and banged home a rebound of Dominik Simon’s shot for his ninth of the playoffs and his 20th point of the postseason. Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in 1988 are the last two players to reach 20 points in 10 or fewer postseason games.
”I just kind of feel like the (pucks) are going in right now,” Guentzel said.
Guentzel has a league-leading 10 playoff goals Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids , joining Mario Lemieux as the only NHL players to reach double digits in their first two career postseasons.
The 23-year-old, however, is still learning. He committed a slashing penalty after putting the Penguins in front, and Oshie’s shot from the slot 12:55 into the second tied it.
Malkin went to his belly to put Pittsburgh back in front with 2:33 to go in the second. The Russian star flung himself at the puck during a scrum in the crease, the puck just flitting over the goal line following a scramble. There was no initial goal call on the play, reminiscent of a sequence in Game 2 in which the red goal light remained unlit after Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist jabbed at it from in front.
Replays in Game 2 proved inconclusive and the Capitals held on. This time, the review was kinder to the Penguins. Video clearly showed the puck inching across the line Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey , and it stood after the Capitals challenged claiming goalie interference.
”It’s a good goal, we’re happy,” Malkin said. ”Sometimes it’s a bad call against us. Sometimes it’s a good call. But we’re looking at the next game. We understand it’s not over.”
NOTES: Crosby also failed to get a shot on goal but had two assists. … Pittsburgh F Carl Hagelin played 16:11 while wearing a full face shield in his return from an upper-body injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the series. … The Capitals have scored a playoff goal in nine of 10 playoff games. … The loss was Washington’s first on the road in the playoffs (4-1). … The Capitals were 1 for 3 on the power play. The Penguins were 2 for 4.
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ANAHEIM Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks will retire the numbers of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer during the upcoming season.
Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli announced the honors for the two Hockey Hall of Famers on Monday. Teemu Selanne’s No. 8 is the only number previously retired by the Ducks, who are heading into their 25th NHL season.
Kariya’s No. 9 will go into the Honda Center rafters on Oct. 21, and Niedermayer’s No. 27 will be raised Feb. 17.
Kariya spent his first nine NHL seasons with the then-Mighty Ducks, including seven seasons as Anaheim’s captain and six seasons alongside Selanne in a prolific scoring duo. Kariya, the first draft pick in franchise history, also helped the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup Final in 2003.
Kariya is still Anaheim’s fourth-leading career scorer with 669 points. Although he left the Ducks in a contract dispute shortly after that Western Conference championship run in 2003, Anaheim’s fans have long since re-embraced him.
”I am extremely honored and very thankful to Henry and Susan Samueli and the entire Ducks organization for this incredible recognition,” Kariya said in a statement. ”This is not something I ever dreamed would happen. I am very grateful to the community for their support.”
Kariya still lives and surfs in Orange County Youth Evgeni Malkin Jersey , but he rarely made public appearances associated with hockey or the Ducks for several years after he played his last NHL game in 2010. He began to reconnect publicly with the game and the franchise recently, lending his public support to the Ducks’ playoff appearances.
After Kariya and Selanne were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame together last year, Henry Samueli broadly hinted the Ducks would retire Kariya’s number soon.
Niedermayer spent his final five NHL seasons with the Ducks, scoring 264 points while providing sturdy defense and leadership during a stellar stretch of franchise history. He was the Ducks’ captain for four years, and he set the single-season franchise scoring record for defensemen while leading Anaheim to its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Niedermayer’s number was retired in 2011 by the New Jersey Devils, where he spent his first 13 seasons and won three Stanley Cup championships. He remained with the Ducks as an executive and coach after his retirement as a player with Anaheim in 2010.
”What an incredible honor,” Niedermayer said in a statement. ”I’m very grateful to have played for such an incredible organization in front of amazing Ducks fans. I’m also grateful for the amazing teammates, coaches and training staff I was able to work with in Anaheim. Together we achieved great things.”
Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
The 11-year pro with four franchises posted a message on Instagram saying "after 27 years of playing football Womens Todd Gurley Jersey , today I say farewell."
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Cromartie, 33, spent his first four seasons with the Chargers, making the playoffs each year. He then joined the Jets and made the AFC championship game with them in 2010 Youth Jordan Weal Jersey , his first of four straight seasons as a starter in Rex Ryan's defense.
He spent 2014 with Arizona, returned to the Jets in 2015, and finished his career in 2016 with Indianapolis.
Cromartie's ball skills, size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and speed made him a desirable commodity even though he was an inconsistent tackler and often gambled in coverage. The Chargers selected him 19th overall in the 2006 draft.
"To The San Diego Chargers and the Spanos Family, thank you for believing in me," Cromartie wrote. "Thank you for taking a chance on a young kid from Tallahassee, Florida who did not play much in college. You believed in my ability and my potential to play at a professional level Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , and I will forever be grateful."
With the Jets in 2010, he combined with Darrelle Revis to form one of football's best cornerback tandems.
"I grew as a player, a man, and as a leader," he wrote of his time in New York. "The brotherhood I built here was undeniable. My heart will forever embrace the feeling of running through the tunnel and out onto the field with my brothers. My family and I will forever Bleed Green."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Western Conference Final in their inaugural season after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Game 6 of their second-round series Sunday.
Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring Ryan Dzingel Jersey , Nate Schmidt added an insurance goal that was only detectable by replay and Cody Eakin sealed it with an empty-netter to help Vegas become just the third team in NHL history to win multiple series in its first season.
The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history in 1918 and St. Louis won two rounds to win the all-expansion West Division in 1968.
Next up for Fleury and Vegas will be the Western Conference Final against either Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday night.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Brayden Point and J.T. Miller scored second-period goals, helping Tampa Bay advance to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots – 14 in the final period – for the Lightning, who rebounded from losing the series opener at home to eliminate the Bruins in five games.
David Krejci scored in the final minute of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead that Point erased with his unassisted goal at 10:43 of the second.
Miller’s power-play goal broke the tie less than four minutes later, and Anton Stralman added an empty-netter with 1:29 remaining to end any chance for a Boston comeback.
One day after being put ”on notice” by the NHL for licking Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during Friday night’s overtime loss in Game 4 Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , there were no more such incidents involving Bruins winger Brad Marchand, who also made headlines after appearing to lick Toronto’s Leo Komarov in the first round.
Just three days after trading away quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills front office got busy again. On Monday afternoon, they traded star offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, which included swapping of draft picks.Peter Schrager of Fox Sports announced the trade and shared the details:Compensation for Cordy Glenn trade:Bills and Bengals swap 1st Round picks. Bills go to 12. Bengals go to 21. Teams also swap 5th and 6th round picks. @nflnetwork @NFL @gmfb— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 12, 2018This is a major trade that could be huge for both sides Sonny Milano Jersey , as Glenn beefs up a leaky Bengals' offensive line. For the Bills, they move up significantly in the draft and have a chance to draft one of the top quarterback prospects. Buffalo also owns the 22nd pick, courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs - who traded up to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes last year.Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen are the three most highly-touted quarterback prospects in this year's draft. There's a good chance the Bills look to trade up and select one of those, and the Indianapolis Colts (who pick at three) Kyle Brodziak Jersey , look like an ideal trade candidate. With Andrew Luck locked in as their franchise quarterback, Indy certainly won't be drafting another signal-caller.As for the Bengals, adding Glenn certainly helps an offensive line that ranked 20th in pass-blocking efficiency last season, per Pro Football Focus. The Bengals also finished 2017 with the second-worst rushing offense, picking up just 85.4 yards on the ground per game. Without a doubt, Glenn makes this o-line that much better.The Bengals were also linked to New England Patriots free agent offensive tackle Nate Solder Authentic Oscar Lindberg Jersey , one of the best linemen in the league. But the acquisition of Glenn takes them completely off the market now.It'll be interesting to see how both teams head into free agency now. Should the Bills decide to draft a quarterback, it certainly takes them out of the running for the likes of Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, amont other quarterbacks.As for the Bengals, the weak link of their offense has been addressed. They can now use free agency and the draft to focus on other holes. Youth Chicago Bears Jerseys
The New Orleans Saints have added four undrafted rookie free agents Jake Allen Jersey , including former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
The roster moves have been posted on Thursday's NFL transactions list. They include the signings of 6-foot-4, 309-pound South Carolina guard Cory Helms; 6-foot Cincinnati defensive back Linden Stephens; and 6-4, 309-pound Minnesota tight end Nate Wozniak.
Barrett played in 14 games for Ohio State last season, completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,053 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 798 yards and 12 TDs.
Stephens broke up a team-high eight passes and intercepted a pass as a Cincinnati senior last season.
Wozniak, a fifth-year Golden Gophers senior, had seven receptions for 104 yards in 2017.
Helms, a fifth-year Gamecocks senior, played guard and center last season.
The Saints have now signed six rookie free agents since Saturday evening's conclusion of this year's NFL draft.
In a perfect world, Brian Orakpo would like to play 25 snaps a game for the Tennessee Titans.
That would mean the Titans have enough talented linebackers on the roster to keep the 10-year veteran fresh rotating between the field and the sideline. Fresher legs all around also would mean more sacks and pressure on quarterbacks for a dominant combination.
”That’s how you stay fresh Calvin de Haan Jersey Kids ,” Orakpo said. ”Philly did it, New York back in the day with Osi (Umenyiora) and (Michael) Strahan and all of them did it. That’s what it’s all about. I don’t want to be playing 90 snaps a game, who does? If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. But at the same time it’s all about depth, and we need those guys to step up and I know they will.”
Orakpo wants Tennessee to take a cue from the champion Philadelphia Eagles by building enough depth to survive when injuries hit and still be able to make a run at a championship. The Eagles had five key players miss the Super Bowl last February, including quarterback Carson Wentz.
The Titans are working to further strengthen the roster for a deeper playoff run this season with only two real holes to fill in their starting lineup after last year when they went 9-7 .
– Running back Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, showed he can replace DeMarco Murray by running for 156 yards in a playoff win at Kansas City in January.
– Inside linebacker Avery Williamson left for the Jets as a free agent , and the Titans have a handful of options there.
Tennessee signed inside veteran Will Compton, who started 33 of his 57 games over five seasons with Washington Youth Kevin Labanc Jersey , and also traded up to draft Rashaan Evans of Alabama at No. 22 overall. The Titans also have Jayon Brown, who played extensively in passing downs as a rookie last season.
The Titans also drafted linebacker Harold Landry III at No. 41 overall, and he has gotten plenty of work with the first-team defense with Orakpo nursing a sore shoulder in camp.
Compton, who has been working with the first-team offense so far in camp, played only nine games last season before a Lisfranc injury ended his season. He said the Titans’ depth, chemistry and leadership helped convince him to join the Titans.
”Coming into this locker room, it’s definitely a player-led team, and those are the teams that can become great,” Compton said. ”We’re not there yet. We have a long way to go, but the chemistry and the leadership is all there. And that’s what you need: a lot of experienced Authentic Artturi Lehkonen Jersey , veteran guys and everybody plays a role and everybody wants the same thing.”
The Titans also signed defensive lineman Bennie Logan to join three-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones and Austin Johnson in the middle. Logan, who has started 63 of 74 career games with Philadelphia and Kansas City, was impressed by seeing the Titans in the AFC wild-card game Tennessee won last January against the Chiefs.
Even with Henry at running back, Titans general manager signed Dion Lewis away from New England as another option in the backfield. Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker says he loves looking around the offensive huddle in camp.
”It’s beautiful,” Walker said. ”You’re going to have to focus on a lot of other people other than just No 82, so I’m excited about it.”
With all five starters back on the offensive line, general manager Jon Robinson still signed linemen with starting experience in Kevin Pamphile and Xavier Su’a-Filo . Robinson’s best work came in the secondary, signing cornerback Malcolm Butler after adding Logan Ryan as a free agent in 2017. Adoree Jackson, the 18th pick overall in 2017 Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey , started every game last year.
”We have depth no doubt,” Ryan said. ”I think everybody who is not starting right now wants to start, and I think the guys that won’t make this team will make other teams.”
NOTES: WR Rishard Matthews, recovering from an unspecified injury, was added to the physically unable to perform list. Orakpo (shoulder), Evans, TE Jonnu Smith, DL Claude Pelon (right knee) and TE Luke Stocker did not practice.
Jon Gruden is bringing the Over The Hill Gang back together.
Gruden has assembled the oldest 53-man roster in the NFL in years.
Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com Authentic Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , who has been calculating the average age of every opening-day NFL roster since 2012, reports that the Raiders’ average age of 27.4 years is the oldest roster as far back as his records go.
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A person familiar with the situation says Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry’s contract option for next season has been exercised by the club.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club has not announced the move. The person says Gentry was informed of the decision before the Pelicans swept their first-round playoff series against third-seeded Portland.
ESPN first reported the club’s move.
Gentry is in his third season with the Pelicans and has gone 116-134, including four victories in this season’s playoffs.
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Freed from the weight of the world of being Stanley Cup favorites Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , the Washington Capitals are playing like a team eager to prove something.
Prove doubters wrong, prove their championship window hasn’t closed and, most notably, prove they can get over the playoff hump that has vexed them over the past decade. Led by top NHL goal scorer Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals go into their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets having won 12 of their final 15 games and feeling confident about this spring despite a series of early playoff exits.
”I hope best hockey is going to be in the playoffs,” Ovechkin said Saturday night. ”I think the balance on our team right now is pretty good and pretty high. That’s very good thing to go into the playoffs because in playoffs you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe one shift can change the whole series. I think we’re ready for it.”
Few expected the Capitals to win the Metropolitan Division again after losing Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, Nate Schmidt, Karl Alzner Zdeno Chara Jersey , Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik from last year’s team that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second consecutive season. Coach Barry Trotz and players miss no opportunity to bring up all the preseason predictions about them being a playoff bubble team.
Of course, when they sat at 11-10-1 just before Thanksgiving, those lower expectations looked accurate. General manager Brian MacLellan insists he was never worried – and his team’s 38-16-6 record the rest of the way was the fourth best in the NHL in that time behind only Boston, Nashville and Winnipeg.
The Capitals don’t have the playoff buzz of the Bruins, Predators, Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning or the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but they have as good a chance as anyone of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in the Ovechkin era.
”We have a chance to go the distance,” MacLellan said. ”I don’t know that we’re as deep or as experienced as we were last year Thomas Vanek Jersey , but I think the whole league is a little less of that. There’s probably a couple teams that are a little deeper that might have a chance, theoretically, of going farther, but I think we’re in the mix with the high-end teams.”
Everyone thought the Capitals were the highest of high-end teams in 2016 and 2017, and they lost to the eventual Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round each time. Williams has implied that favorite status didn’t suit the Capitals well, and Trotz said ”the crown is quite heavy” for a team expected to win.
”I think there was some external pressure that creeped in the room,” veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik said. ”I think maybe as a veteran group, we probably don’t want to admit that it affected us. I think at times it definitely did.”
Finishing in first place puts some pressure on the Capitals, but it’s nothing like in years past. More than anything Jason Zucker Jersey , there’s urgency to win with Ovechkin 32 and having three years remaining on his contract.
”We all know what we’re playing for is to win a championship and I’m hoping we do it this year,” owner Ted Leonsis said. ”I’m hoping we do it within his contract time.”
Columbus is a tough first-round matchup for the Capitals, but their play down the stretch makes a long playoff run possible if they get strong goaltending from Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer. From the net out, Washington looks like a contender thanks to the trade-deadline additions of defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek and the play of centers Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom.
”We’re playing the right way a lot of the time,” Holtby said. ”It’s more where you’re at as a team and I think we’re continuing to build and push forward in the right direction. We have a lot of guys contributing right now. It’s a good sign.”
Washington’s road to the elusive Cup could go through Pittsburgh and then Boston, Tampa Bay or Toronto. Perhaps the expectations being on those teams instead of the Capitals isn’t such a bad thing.
”I think it’s a good thing because I think last two years we were on top of the league and we win Presidents’ Trophy,” Ovechkin said. ”Everybody thought we were going to be unstoppable in playoffs and we didn’t. … We’re going to do our thing and we’re going to have success.”
Two-time Olympic super-G medalist Andrew Weibrecht is stepping away from ski racing after a lengthy career with the U.S. team.
Weibrecht announced his retirement Tuesday in a Facebook post. He earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games and captured silver four years later in Sochi.
The 32-year-old Weibrecht started his first World Cup race on Nov. 30, 2006, in Beaver Creek Christopher Tanev Jersey , Colorado. His best World Cup finish was second during the super-G in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 22, 2016.
Nicknamed War Horse, Weibrecht came up with teammates such as Steven Nyman and Ted Ligety. Weibrecht said in his post: ”Man were we dorks … But hey, we were young and having a great time.”
Weibrecht dealt with ankle, shoulder and knee injuries over his career.
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The NFL Players Association has created a medical guide for players Womens Joe Mixon Jersey , a 107-page reference book written by scientific professionals with extensive material on concussion detection, treatment and the league’s game-day protocol for head injuries.
The union’s inaugural ”health playbook” was distributed electronically to NFLPA members this week.
Speaking at a head, neck and spine committee meeting during the league’s scouting combine, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills revealed a 16 percent rise in diagnosed concussions, from 250 in 2016 to 291 in 2017. Sills said the data was a ”call to action” to the NFL for greater prevention.
The NFLPA health playbook also includes information on joint injuries and wear and tear, high blood pressure and cholesterol, plus performance-related topics such as sleep, nutrition and mental health.
Fantasy busts aren't necessarily terrible players by any standard measure. They're just disappointing at the end of the season compared with what owners expected at the beginning of it.
It's all about expectations.
Here are the most overdrafted, biggest potential busts of the upcoming fantasy football season with their average draft positions included in point-per-reception leagues.
DEVONTA FREEMAN, RB Atlanta Falcons
ADP: 17 overall 鈥?RB11
Freeman's rushing attempts Duncan Keith Jersey , receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns have all declined in three consecutive seasons, while Tevin Coleman's rushing attempts and rushing yards have all increased over that same period.
Freeman is being drafted as a top 20 RB even though he could fail to produce 1,000 yards from scrimmage or 10 touchdowns. Consistent decline in both production and opportunity is how a top player becomes a bust.
DAVANTE ADAMS, WR Green Bay Packers
ADP: 18, WR7
Adams never had a 1,000 yard or 80-reception season and he has only six 100-plus yard receiving games in his career. Adams lives and dies by the touchdown in a fantasy sport that relies on touches and yards.
Adams must have a double-digit touchdown season to avoid being a bust, because the yards and receptions aren't going to save him.
TYREEK HILL, WR Kansas City Chiefs
ADP: 28, WR10
In 2017 Justin Williams Jersey , Hill caught 53 of his 82 receptions, 998 of 1,198 receiving yards and five of his seven touchdowns on the Chiefs side of the 50-yard line, while being targeted only once in the red zone. He had eight plays of 40 yards or more and 25 plays of 20 yards or more.
Travis Kelce is the Chiefs' top passing target while Kareem Hunt will get the most touches. A first-year starting quarterback (Patrick Mahomes), the addition of Sammy Watkins and the history make it difficult for Hill.
JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER, WR Pittsburgh Steelers
ADP: 41, WR16
It's difficult to produce when Antonio Brown (162 targets) and Le'Veon Bell (321 rushing attempts and 107 targets) monopolize 590 of a team's 1,051 plays from scrimmage and 186 of 360 completions.
Smith-Schuster was the 20th highest scoring fantasy wide receiver in PPR leagues in spite of only 80 targets and 58 receptions. No other WR ranked in the top 30 had fewer targets.
Smith-Schuster is being drafted as a WR2 in spite of big concerns about his touches, targets and efficiency.
DERRICK HENRY, RB Tennessee Titans
ADP: 35 Youth Luke Kuechly Jersey , RB17
Henry never had 200 rushing attempts or rushed for 800 yards in a season and his career high in receptions is 13. Henry is a two-down running back whose touches will be challenged by a better, more versatile alternative (Dion Lewis). The only way Henry isn't a bust is if he becomes a red zone monster and finishes 2018 with 13-15 touchdowns.
EVAN ENGRAM, TE New York Giants
ADP: 64, TE6
The Giants want to get back to running the football and they backed it up with the offseason addition of offensive lineman Nate Solder and the drafting of star Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
They have reduced Eli Manning's attempts and he has completed fewer passes in three straight seasons. Engram also led the team with 11 drops in 2017.
JIMMY GAROPPOLO, QB San Francisco 49ers
ADP: 90, QB10
The reality of Garoppolo in San Francisco has been a bit less pristine than his fantasy narrative.
He's being drafted as a QB1 in spite of having only two 300-plus yard passing games and throwing five interceptions to only seven touchdowns in 2017. Prior to last year, he completed only 67 passes in 94 attempts. A lack of weapons and track record makes Garoppolo a potential bust at that draft price.
BRANDIN COOKS, WR Los Angeles Rams
ADP: 42, WR17
Leaving Drew Brees and Tom Brady for Jared Goff along with competition for touches and targets from all-world running back Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp and a skill set comparable to a player like Robert Woods across the formation makes Cooks a potential bust.
It's easy to see a season that looks a lot like 55-65 receptions http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-brad-marchand-jersey , 850-900 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Cooks needs more than the 65 receptions he had in 2017 to avoid being a bust in 2018.
鈥?JOSH GORDON, WR Cleveland Browns (ADP: 49, WR22): He has more weapons to compete with for targets and still no established quarterback. A lot of hype.
鈥?JAY AJAYI, RB Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: 40, RB20): A lot of competition for touches, especially on third down, for an RB2 pick that scored two touchdowns in 2017.
鈥?SAMMY WATKINS, WR Kansas City Chiefs (ADP: 72, WR29): A player that has struggled to stay on the field who is the fourth option for a first-year starting quarterback.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An off-the-air racial slur prompted the immediate retirement of longtime Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey last weekend Braydon Coburn Jersey , team officials and Lamey’s attorney confirmed Wednesday.
Local attorney James Voyles issued a statement acknowledging the 80-year-old Lamey used “inappropriate” language during a conversation with a friend at a local radio station and apologized immediately.
“Bob does want to acknowledge that while repeating a story while off-the-air last week to a friend at a local radio station, he used an inappropriate word that had been used in the story,” Voyles’ statement read. “Bob immediately apologized to the people involved for the comment and would hope that this error in judgment would not tarnish his long-held reputation in the sports community where he has been known as an accurate and passionate reporter.”
A report on a local television’s station website, WTHR.com, claimed an employee at Emmis Communications heard the comment and reported it to the radio station’s human resources department, which then contacted the Colts.
It’s not the first time Lamey’s words have caused controversy. But what happened last week the Colts found intolerable. The announcement of Lamey’s retirement after 31 years with the Colts came Sunday.
He was replaced on Monday night’s radio broadcast by Matt Taylor.
Initially, the Colts attempted to paint his departure as the celebration of a Hall of Fame broadcasting career that spanned five decades. But after word leaked about the conversation and Voyles issued his public statement Wednesday morning, the Colts immediately took a different tack.
“In regards to Bob Lamey … first and foremost, the Colts deplore and do not tolerate the use of any racial slur — in any context,” Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward wrote in an email. “Bob has had a long and storied history in our community Youth Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , but he made a serious mistake. The Colts are deeply disappointed the incident took place and offer our sincerest regrets to all who were impacted by Bob’s lapse in judgment.”
Ward went on to say that the Colts only decided to comment after Lamey made his account.
Previously, there had been praise for Lamey as his retirement was announced on the weekend.
“Bob Lamey is a legend and icon,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in Sunday’s release. “(His) name is synonymous with Indianapolis Colts football.”
Former players weighed in, too, as Lamey said simply “it’s time” to retire.
Players such as former punter Pat McAfee and right tackle Ryan Diem immediately weighed in on Twitter to praise Lamey. Reggie Wayne, the Colts’ second-leading receiver all-time, told local news station Fox 59 that Lamey was “the absolute best.”
Lamey’s previous outbursts included use of an expletive during a broadcast at the end of a Colts loss to the San Diego Chargers in September 2016. The next day he apologized to fans on the air and asked for their forgiveness.
He came close to uttering the same word during Indy’s come-from-behind win over New England in the 2006 AFC championship game after running back Dominic Rhodes lost the ball near the goal line.
“He fumbled the freakin’ football,” Lamey said before realizing teammate Jeff Saturday recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
There was another off-the-air outburst in December 2010 when Peyton Manning threw four interceptions in a loss to Dallas. Lamey privately questioned whether the NFL had “figured out” Manning and contemplated whether he should be benched in favor of backup Curtis Painter.
But his most recent comments were too much for the Colts.
“Bob publicly acknowledged that last week he repeated an inappropriate word when telling a story,” Ward wrote. “He immediately apologized to the people who heard him use the word, and then promptly retired as the Colts play-by-play announcer.”
Lamey served in that capacity for 31 seasons Womens Eli Manning Jersey , from 1984-91 and again from 1995-2017 and was a fixture on local airwaves since the mid-1970s.
He broadcast games for the city’s hockey team, the WHA’s Racers, from 1974-77 — finishing those duties just before Wayne Gretzky joined the team. He served as the play-by-play man for the Indiana Pacers from 1977-84, and he also was part of the Indianapolis 500’s radio broadcast team for years.
For 23 years, Lamey served as the sports director for WIBC radio, and in 2008, Lamey was inducted into the Indiana Sports Broadcasters and Writers Hall of Fame in 2008.
Taylor, who has done sideline and studio work for the team, had taken over as the Colts’ play-by-play voice on the preseason broadcasts. Greg Rakestraw, another local radio announcer Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , will replace Taylor in the television booth.
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