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von chenwen121314 03.10.2018 09:54

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Mike Remmers Jersey . -- They were always close as friends. They used to be just as close as golfers.Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart grew up 30 miles apart in the Scottish Highlands and spent four years as teammates at Jacksonville University. Their careers went in wildly different directions since they last played in the same tournament at the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.That was more than nine years ago.Neither could have imagined the circumstances for such a dream reunion.Knox is No. 18 in the world, the winner of a World Golf Championship and a sympathetic figure this summer for being left off the Ryder Cup team.Stewart, who worked in a slaughterhouse and drove a delivery van to help pay the bills, took out a bank loan to give his golf career one last shot, and he made it pay off. He won a Challenge Tour event in Spain on a sponsors exemption in April, moved up nearly 1,000 spots in the world ranking to No. 315 and finally earned a European Tour card.Knox never forgot his friend.As the highest-ranked player in Scotland, Knox was allowed to pick his partner for the World Cup next week at Kingston Heath in Australia, provided his teammate was among the top 500 in the world. He picked Stewart.It was a surprising choice for some because three other Scots are ranked ahead of Stewart.It was an easy choice for Knox.Were going to talk about this forever, the rest of our lives, Knox said. Were going to have the best time. Its going to be epic.Knox first raised the prospect in May, and Stewart figured he was joking. But after Knox won his second PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship, he sent Stewart a text asking him his plans the week of the World Cup.The last thing he said was, `Lets go win this, Stewart said.Paul Lawrie was among the first to raise questions about the pick, saying on Twitter, Is Duncan Stewart the second highest-ranked Scot? The former British Open champion believes the two best players available should have represented Scotland. Then again, only Knox and Martin Laird have earned more ranking points than Stewart this year.Besides, the World Cup is as much about team as simply two players from the same country.Ever since I picked Duncan, hes only played awesome, Knox said. He was better than I was in college. Our paths have gone in slightly different directions. It could have easily been the other way around. If the roles were reversed, he would have picked me.Knox used a recruiting company to help find a college in the U.S., and while Jacksonville was not a golf powerhouse, the weather there was a wee bit better than in Inverness. His late coach, Mike Fleming, was looking to fill out Jacksonvilles roster and Knox mentioned his friend from home.Knox had a slightly better scoring average over their four years. Stewart won more tournaments and was the Atlantic Sun player of the year as a sophomore. Stewart made more birdies. Knox was more consistent. They even worked at the same country club in the cart barn to pocket spare cash for the mini-tours when they graduated.Thats when it changed.Knox has joint citizenship (his father is American) and had a stronger financial backing. Stewart said he would stay until he could no longer afford it, and the money ran out about the time the engine blew up in his $600 car. He headed home to Scotland where he could stay with his parents and pay less in entry fees to small tournaments.If he would have stayed, I know he would have made it to the tour, Knox said.Stewart took a hard road. He played the EuroPro Tour, one year missing his Challenge Tour card by 300 pounds. He tried to change his swing to get more distance and figures that cost him two years. He took whatever jobs he could find and stopped playing for eight months out of frustration.Knox, meanwhile, made his way onto the Tour as a Monday qualifier, won a tournament, graduated to the PGA Tour and steadily improved each year until he broke through in a big way by winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.It was fantastic to see on the one hand, Stewart said. And it motivated me on the other.Stewart worked harder than ever, and then decided to take out the bank loan to give himself a proper chance. He missed his Challenge Tour card by one spot on the money list but saw enough progress to keep going. He started this year with no status on the Challenge Tour and wound up with his European Tour card.If you had told me at the start of the year I would finish 10th on the Challenge Tour and play in the World Cup with Russell, I would have laughed, he said. Were both really excited. Cheap Vikings Jerseys . 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. Daniel Carlson Jersey .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months.DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline sat out practice Wednesday night, two days after appearing to sustain a minor injury in a practice drill and missing a scrimmage. Coach Joe Philbin has maintained a policy of not disclosing any information relating to injuries. Hartline worked with trainers in the early part of practiice. Dalvin Cook Jersey. Philbin declined Wednesday afternoon to explain wide receiver Mike Wallace being kept out of the scrimmage Monday, but Wallace was practicing Wednesday night. Rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor, a cornerback taken in the second round, returned to practice for the first time since July 22, but on a limited basis. 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von chenwen121314 03.10.2018 09:50

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scoring isnt an issue for Indiana. Pat Neshek Jersey . The Pacers can put up points.Its the struggles on the defensive end of the floor that cost them two losses in their first three games, and almost once more on Tuesday night. And their All-Star is very aware.I know what a good defensive team is. I know what it looks like. Were nowhere close to that, Paul George said.George scored 30 points, including Indianas final 12 of the game to rally the Pacers to a 115-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers trailed by as many as 16 points, but rallied and had their final lead at 108-107 before George put it away.We were searching for players to go to, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. Paul hit his first shot and he looked like he wanted the ball, and we milked it. All-Stars like (Paul), you expect them to make plays like that. Thats what makes them great players.George made consecutive 18-foot jumpers for a 111-108 lead, then followed through on the opposite end of the floor with the biggest defensive rebound of the game. The Lakers Jordan Clarkson missed an almost uncontested layup, and it was George who came down with the rebound, sending him to the free throw line to close out the contest.Hes really good and I mean thats what great players do, Lakers coach Luke Walton said. We did a phenomenal job of coming back in the second half and we started playing with the effort and energy that we need to play the full game with, and at the end of the game anything came happen.Monta Ellis had 17 points and CJ Miles scored 16 for the Pacers. Thaddeus Young finished with 14.The Pacers most impressive moment on defense came in the second quarter, when second-year big man Myles Turner denied Tarik Blacks attempted slam dunk with authority. For the majority of the game, though, the defense was nowhere to be found.Lou Williams scored 19 points for the Lakers and Clarkson had 15.TIP-INS:Lakers: The Lakers are 0-3 on the road this season ... The Lakers rank 30th in turnovers per game, averaging 16.3. On Tuesday night, they turned it over 19 times.Pacers: The Pacers topped 100 points for the third time this season ... The Pacers are 2-0 when George scores 25 points or more ... Indiana has won six of the last seven meetings against the Lakers.BAD TIMINGThe game was delayed three times in the first 30 seconds while scoring officials tried to fix a malfunction with the game clock. For the first 6 1/2 minutes of the game, the clock was not operable. Scorers were forced to use stop watches, and the Pacers public address announcer had to announce when there was 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock, then count down when it reached 5 seconds. The issue was resolved with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.UP NEXT:Lakers: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday to conclude a four-game trip.Pacers: Travels to Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dave Hollins Jersey . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Lenny Dykstra Jersey . "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. BERLIN -- Shinji Kagawa scored twice as Borussia Dortmund progressed from the first round of the German Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win at fourth-tier Eintracht Trier on Monday.The Japan international was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring in the eighth minute, and then again in the 33rd. Andre Schuerrle made it 3-0 before the break, thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangs second assist.Aubameyang was earlier denied by the far post after lifting the ball over Trier `keeper Chris Keilmann. He also struck the crossbar with a header in the second half, when Dortmunds intensity dropped after a disciplined first half.Keilmann made a great save to deny Adrian Ramos, while Aubameyang and new signing Emre Mor also went close.Earlier, Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic came off the bench to score on his competitive debut as Hamburger SV beat third-division FSV Zwickau 1-0.The 20-year-old Halilovic, who joined Hamburg from Barcelona in the off-season, went on as a substitute in the 62nd minute, eight minutes before winnning the ball from a defender and surging forward on the right from where he curled a brilliant strike in off the far post. Larry Bowa Jersey. Zwickau came close to an equalizer but Hamburg held out.Salif Sane secured a late victory for second-division Hannover at fourth-tier Kickers Offenbach, converting a penalty in injury time of extra time for a 3-2 win.Stefano Maier conceded the spot kick in the final minute for a foul on Hannovers Felix Klaus. Both sides finished normal time with 10 men.SV Sandhausen, from the second division, came from behind to beat third-division Paderborn 2-1.Defending champion Bayern Munich progressed on Friday, while Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Schalke and Hertha Berlin also booked their places in the second round.Werder Bremen was knocked out by third-division Sportfreunde Lotte on Sunday, the clubs 12th exit in the first round, a record for a Bundesliga side. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

von chenwen121314 03.10.2018 09:46

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Middle Tennessee defensive end and U. .S. Marine veteran Steven Rhodes has been chosen the winner of the Armed Forces Merit Award.A seven-person committee of Football Writers Association of America members and Armed Forces Bowl officials selected Rhodes from a group of 16 nominees. The announcement was made Friday.Rhodes served five years in the Marines before joining Middle Tennessees football program in 2013. He has made 27 career starts and has 29 tackles this season for the Blue Raiders.The FWAA created this award in 2012. Previous winners include Texas Nate Boyer in 2012, North Texas Brandon McCoy in 2013 and Clemsons Daniel Rodriguez in 2014 and Westminster Colleges Bret Robertson in 2015.All four were U.S. Army veterans who later played college football.---More AP college football: and . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. . 1, meaning problems for the doping controls at both major international sports events next year. The World Anti-Doping Agency provisionally suspended the Moscow Antidoping Center on Sunday, saying its operations must improve or a six-month ban on the facilitys accreditation will be imposed. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston could make his season debut this weekend against Tampa Bay.Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that the four-time Pro Bowler is heading in that direction, but he also warned that there is no hurry to get Houston onto the field.Houston had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in February.The Chiefs were without several players at practice Wednesday. Middle linebacker Derrick Johnson is dealing with spasms in his hamstring, cornerbback Marcus Peters has a hip pointer, defensive tackle Jaye Howard has a hip flexor, defensive tackle Dontari Poe has swelling in his knee and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin still has a groin strain. Reid was not sure which will be available against the Buccaneers.---For more NFL coverage: and Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

von chenwen121314 03.10.2018 09:42

AUSTIN, Texas -- Kennedy McKoy ran for two touchdowns and No. Pablo Sandoval Jersey . 16 West Virginias defense withstood a final pass attempt into the end zone to earn a tough 24-20 win over Texas on Saturday that kept alive the Mountaineers Big 12 championship hopes.Skyler Howard passed for 269 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia (8-1, 5-1, No. 11 AP), which allowed Texas running back DOnta Foreman 167 yards rushing but kept him out of the end zone.Texas last shot to win came on the final play when Longhorns (5-5, 3-4) quarterback Shane Buechele lobbed a pass high into the end zone but it floated too far and was incomplete. Game officials checked replay to see if West Virginias defense had too many players on the field but confirmed the play and the game was over.The win sets up a big game next week at home for the Mountaineers against Big 12 leader Oklahoma. The Mountaineers have not yet won a league title since joining the Big 12 in 2012.They wanted to get this win pretty bad, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. Our goal has always been to win the Big 12.Foremans 11th consecutive 100-yard game tied former Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbells Texas school record.THE TAKEAWAYWest Virginia: The Mountaineers came in with the Big 12s best defense and lived up to the billing. Most of Foremans yards came early and the Mountaineers pounded him and Buechele in the second half. The West Virginia offense had four turnovers, three by Howard, but the defense surrendered just seven points off those.They give (Foreman) the ball and ride him. We had to stop him and make others make plays. We did that, said West Virginia linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton.Texas: The pressure is back on coach Charlie Strong, who now has three consecutive five-loss seasons. Texas looked to be turning things around with big wins over Baylor and Texas Tech, but the numbers game is catching up to Strong, who is facing intense speculation that he could be fired. Texas is still trying to get bowl-eligible.I can worry about that, and I really dont worry about that, Strong said of his tenuous job status. I have a really good group of guys and I know they are going to play for me.UP NEXTWest Virginia: The Mountaineers return home next Saturday to host Big 12 leader Oklahoma in a game with huge implications for the league title.Texas: The Longhorns go on the road to Kansas next Saturday. Tony Watson Jersey .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Derek Holland Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington.Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic squad is in great shape for their clash with Aberdeen on Saturday after his much-changed Hoops side won 4-0 at Ross County. The Hoops boss made eight changes to the team which booked their place in the Betfred Cup final against the Dons with a 1-0 win over Rangers on Sunday, with skipper Scott Brown one of those left out after he became a father for the third time on Tuesday night. Celtic put four past Ross County Celtic have moved seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership Emilio Izaguirre, Cristian Gamboa, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts, Ryan Christie, Liam Henderson and Leigh Griffiths all came into the side in Dingwall and it was Roberts who scored in the third minute with a fine finish. Brendan Rodgers says there is still a long way to go in the Scottish Premiership title race, despite having the opportunity to extend their lead to 10 poin Although County had opportunities to level - defender Andrew Davies hit the post with a header after the break - midfielder Armstrong clinched the points in the 83rd minute with a driven finish before substitutes Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele both struck in added time.The result means Celtic move seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership ahead of the trip to Pittodrie for the Sky Live clash on Saturday, having played a game less than the Dons followiing a run that has seen them go unbeaten domestically in 13 games. Gregor Blanco Jersey. They will be fresh for the game at the weekend, said Rodgers. That was the whole plan for tonight.So in terms of that it could not have gone any better. The game was played at a real good tempo and intensity. Highlights from the Scottish Premiership as Celtic travel to Ross County. Every single one of them is totally fit. They are all fit. I gave Scott [Brown] a rest, he has three boys now.I thought the players who came in delivered and were outstanding. But it was a tough game, Ross County are one of the best teams we have played and we know it will be a tough one on Saturday.Meanwhile, County boss Jim McIntyre felt the scoreline did not accurately reflect their contribution to the game. Celtics Patrick Roberts (third right) scored the opening goal in Dingwall I think it is a very harsh score. For the last 15 minutes we chose to put another attacker on to try to get something out of the game, he said.Up until then we were well in it and created some good opportunities.Watch Aberdeen v Celtic on Saturday. Coverage from Pittodrie begins on Sky Sports 5 HD at 11:30am. 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von chenwen121314 03.10.2018 09:38

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today that infielder Nick Liles has been traded to the Gary SouthShore RailCats to complete a trade between the two clubs from last season. . Liles, 25, appeared in 45 games with the Goldeyes this season. He hit .280 with 13 RBI and seven stolen bases. The Goldeyes now have 20 players on their active roster, including 10 pitchers and 10 position players. . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. . LOUIS -- St. . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall will be limited at training camp after undergoing knee surgery over the summer. The team has no timetable for his return.The 26-year-old All-Star says hes feeling great and has been able to play one-on-one and three-on-three with teammates. Coach Scott Brooks doesnt know if Wall will play in any preseason games.Wall and Brooks insist theyre in no rush with the focus on the point guard gettting fully healthy. In May, Wall had a procedure on the patella tendon in his left knee and an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.The Wizards open training camp Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia. Brooks says Wall will participate in segments of each practice as he works to get back to 100 percent. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. . -- Riley LaChance gave Vanderbilt a second-half spark, which was just what Vanderbilt needed.The junior guard scored nine of the Commodores first 11 points in the seconds half as Vanderbilt pulled away for a 75-52 win over Norfolk State in the on-campus portion of Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.His surge turned a nine-point halftime lead into a 16-point advantage and the Spartans (2-2) never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.Riley played his best five minutes of the season to start that second half, Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said. He gave us a lot of energy on both ends, which kind of started on the defensive end, I thought. He really got out in transition and hit some 3s that were key for us.Matthew Fisher-Davis led Vanderbilt (2-1) with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and LaChance added 12, highlighted by three 3-pointers.I was definitely in a good rhythm and my teammates did a good job of pumping me up, and we do a good job of pumping each other up, LaChance said. I think when we made that run in the second half we had really good energy and really good togetherness.Jeff Roberson grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 11 points for the Commodores, who hit 10 of 28 from 3-point range.Norfolk State lost to a Southeastern Conference team for the second time in a week, including a 78-74 defeat at Mississippi State on Nov. 11.A lot of it was our defensive mistakes, to be honest with you, Spartans coach Robert Jones said. We left Fisher-Davis three times on rotations and he had wide-open 3s, so a lot of it was us, not them really. The overall energy wasnt how we play for whatever reason.Jonathan Wade remained hot for the Spartans with 20 points and seven rebounds. Wade scored a career-high 34 points in Tuesdays 91-55 rout of Elizabeth City State.We kind of beat ourselves tonight, Wade said. If our energy level is not there, were not the team were capable of being. We kind of have mental lapses sometimes as a team.The Spartans made only 30 percent of their shots from the floor, hitting 18 of 60.Norfolk State led by three points before Vanderbilt went on a 10-0 run to take a 32-25 lead on LaChances 3-pointer with 3:26 left in the first half.The Commodores missed their first six shots from the floor, but hit 14 of 16 foul shots in the first 20 minutes to help them go on top 37-28 at halftime.BIG PICTURENorfolk State: The Spartans werent able to contain Fisher-Davis and LaChance, and their perimeter defense couldnt stop the Commodores 3-point shooters. Vandy hit 10 treys, Norfolk State was 2 of 11.Vanderbilt: The Commodores have found a rhythm in the past two home wins under first-year coach Bryce Drew, who spent the previous five seasons at his alma mater, Valparaiso. Vanderbilt passed the ball crisply with 16 assists, compared to two for Norfolk State.GOOD WEEKFisher-Davis has looked good in both of Vanderbilts wins this week. Hes played a complete game, Drew said. We all know how well he shoots the ball, but hes been putting the ball down on the floor a little bit and hes been passing it and on the defensive end I think hes done a much better job taking pride in defending his man.UNBALANCED SCORINGWade was the only Spartan in double figures. Alex Long, Zaynah Robinson, Micah Goss and Carrington Ward went a combined 6 for 33 from the floor.UP NEXTNorfolk State visits Butler on Monday for the second game in a 10-day road trip.Vanderbilt hosts Bucknell on Monday in the final of a three-game homestand. . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. . After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. NEW DELHI -- Two Indian competitors have proclaimed their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was to represent India in the 74-kilogram category at the Olympics, said his food supplements were spiked, causing the positive test.On Tuesday, shot put medal hope Inderjeet Singh, who had won a bronze at the 22014 Asian Games, was told by Indias National Anti-Doping Agency that he had tested positive for a banned steroid. Singh has been asked to send a second sample for a test. If that also is positive for anabolic steroids, he will have to miss the Olympic Games, which begin Aug. 5. 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PARIS -- Serena and Venus Williams are teaming up at the French Open for the first time in three years. Adam Vinatieri Jersey . The sisters received a doubles wild card from the tournament on Saturday, allowing them to play in that event after skipping it in 2011 and 2012. Its only the fourth time theyll be a pair at Roland Garros. They won the French Open doubles title in 1999 -- beating Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova in the final -- and again in 2010, while losing in the third round in 2009. The Williams sisters own a total of 13 Grand Slam trophies from womens doubles, to go along with the 15 won by Serena and seven by Venus in singles. The French Open, which starts Sunday, will be only their second doubles event of the season. They lost to eventual champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January. The American siblings won the Wimbledon championship and London Olympics doubles gold medal together last year. A total of 14 doubles teams were awarded wild cards for the French Open -- seven womens duos, seven mens duos -- and the other 13 all went to French players. Matthias Farley Jersey .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Quincy Wilson Jersey .ca! Kerry, Two nights after the Scott-Eriksson incident in Buffalo, the Bruins returned home to play San Jose. In that game, Zdeno Chara put a check on Tommy Wingels that clearly targeted his head. . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. With the 2016-17 NBA season set to tip off Oct. 25, the leagues uniforms are going to be featuring a whole lot of nothing -- or at least a whole lot of zeroes.Thats because three NBA teams currently have a No. 0 and a No. 00 on their rosters (yes, thats legal in the NBA). One of those teams, the Nuggets, has had the zero and double-zero situation since last season, when Emmanuel Mudiay (0) played alongside Darrell Arthur (00). Thanks to some offseason player moves, the distinction is now shared by the Cavaliers, who have Kevin Love (0) and Chris Andersen (00), and the Pacers, who have C.J. Miles (0) and Aaron Brooks (00). That appears to set the high-water mark for the most teams featuring this uni-numerical quirk at the same time. So the season hasnt even started yet and weve already set a uni-related record -- not bad.Of course, the NBA uni-verse features lots of other developments this season. Heres our annual team-by-team look at what you can expect to see on the court this season, broken down by division.Atlantic Division? Celtics: No announced changes or news.? The Knicks are marking their 70th anniversary with a jersey patch. Heres how it looks on the home and road jerseys:The Knicks will also be wearing 1946 throwbacks for selected games. They introduced the design with this excellent video clip, which other teams could definitely learn from:? The Nets have a new alternate uniform inspired by the teams old Dr. J-era uniforms. Itll make its on-court debut for the teams home opener on Oct. 28 against the Pacers (additional info, photos and an alternate jersey schedule are all here):? The Raptors have two new uniforms this season -- a very nice Toronto Huskies throwback and a Chinese New Year alternate (additional info on both designs here):? The 76ers will mark the 50th anniversary of their 1966-67 championship team with a throwback uniform, which will be worn for six Saturday home games and will be paired with an alternate court design:Although you cant see it in that court mock-up, the center-court design will feature the signatures of all Sixers season-ticket subscribers, which according to the team will be the first time in NBA history that fan signatures will appear within the playing surface of an NBA court.In a nice additional touch, the 1966-67 team will be honored on this seasons tickets:And speaking of tickets, the Sixers were the first NBA team to ink a uniform-advertising deal for next season, selling space on their jersey to StubHub:Central Division? Bucks: No announced changes or news.? Bulls: No announced changes or news.? The Cavaliers?won their first title, and their jerseys are now carrying the little gold rear-collar tab that all past NBA champions wear. Theyll also be raising their first championship banner, which will include the names of last years season-ticket subscribers:The Cavs had also planned to roll out a new court design, but fan feedback was negative, so team owner Dan Gilbert recently announced that theyll stick with the old design for the season opener and come out with a revised version soon.And although it hasnt been announced yet, all signs point to the Cavs wearing orange World B. Free-era throwbacks at some point this season.? The Pacers are celebrating their 50th season with a variety of initiatives, beginning with a commemorative logo that will be worn as a?jersey patch and will also appear on the court:In addition, the Pacers will play a series of Decade Games -- once per month, with each honoring one of the teams previous decades -- featuring era-specific bobblehead giveaways and entertainment. Theyll also wear their Hickory throwbacks, inspired by the movie Hoosiers, for six additional games. Further info on both of those promotions, including the specific game dates, is available here.? The Pistons have made a slight change to their court design:The Pistons also appear to have a new secondary logo. Oddly, the team has denied the logos existence, but it keeps showing up on merchandise and is even on that new court design. Weird.Southeast Division? The Hawks wacky uniform set will look even wackier this season, because theyre adding a racing stripe throwback from the Pete Maravich era. It will make its on-court debut on Jan. 13 and will also be worn on Feb. 24, March 6, and April 6.? Several sources have indicated the Heat will have a new alternate uniform this season. Although nothing has been released yet, the video game NBA 2K17 may have provided a hint of how the design will look:? The Hornets arena has a new name -- the Spectrum Center -- and also has a new high-definition scoreboard (additional info here):? The Magic are adding a fairly minimalist alternate jersey to their wardrobe (additional info here):In addition, the Magic will raise a No. 49 banner as part of their Opening Night festivities on Oct. 26, in memory of the 49 victims of last summers Pulse nightclub shootings. Theyve also created a rainbow-patterned pride logo for the occasion:? The Wizards have a new alternate uniform with a stars-and-stripes design motif. The uniform will make its on-court debut for the Nov. 11 game -- Veterans Day -- against the Cavaliers. Northwest Division? The Jazz have a new uniform set this season. The four new designs include an unusual sleeved alternate thats bound to be controversial (many fans have already dubbed it the soccer jersey). Theres lots of additional info on this excellent interactive page (kudos to whoever designed that presentation), and heres a full Uni Watch assessment.The Jazz also have a new court design this season (additional photos here):? The Nuggets will retire Dikembe Mutombos No. 55 as part of the festivities for their home opener agaiinst the Trail Blazers on Oct. Pierre Desir Jersey. 29, and theyll?wear rainbow-striped throwbacks for the occasion.? Thunder: No announced changes or news.? Timberwolves: No announced changes or news.? Nothing new this year for the Trail Blazers, but team president Chris McGowan recently said the club will have new uniforms and a new logo next season.Pacific Division? No announced changes for the Clippers, but its worth noting they seem to be referring to their location as L.A., not Los Angeles. A subtle way of distinguishing themselves from the Lakers, perhaps.? Major upgrade for the Kings, whose new uniforms are a serious improvement over their previous set. Theres a?lot of additional info on this interactive page, and you can also check out this photo gallery and this Uni Watch assessment of the new threads.The new uniform set is being paired with a new logo, which is actually an updated version of the teams old crowned ball logo, the original version of which dates to the franchises previous incarnation as the Cincinnati Royals.That old Royals logo was designed by a guy named Robert Grove. Heres an exclusive Uni Watch interview with him, and a good article on how the new logo set was developed.The Kings also have a new court design (heres some additional info and photos of the floor being installed):? Although it hasnt been officially announced yet, multiple sources indicate the Lakers to be wearing Magic Johnson-era throwbacks at some point this season.Its also worth noting that Metta World Peace wanted to change his uniform number to No. 60, to honor Kobe Bryants 60-point NBA finale from last season. But the deadline for new numbers had already passed, so hes stuck with No. 37, at least for now.? The Suns have a new court design, featuring a revival of the old purple border (additional info here):? Two patches this season for the Warriors -- a 70th-season logo (dating to the franchises 1946 inception in Philadelphia) and a 42 memorial band for the late Nate Thurmond.Golden State will also wear early-90s Run TMC-era throwbacks for six Sunday home games (additional info and throwback dates here):Southwest Division? The Grizzlies have partnered with the National Civil Rights Museum, which is based in Memphis, to create a thoughtfully designed alternate uniform honoring Martin Luther King. It will debut on Jan. 15, when the Grizzlies play the Bulls, and will then be worn for various games during Black History Month in February. Too bad about the sleeves, but every other aspect of this one is a winner. Nicely done (additional info and photos here).? Mavericks: No announced changes or news.? The Pelicans are hosting this seasons NBA All-Star Game. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Charlotte (it was moved due to North Carolinas law that limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people), which may explain why the Pelicans patch seems like an underwhelming rush job:The Rockets are celebrating their 50th season with a jersey patch:Also: In September of 2015, the Rockets took the unusual step of unveiling three alternate uniforms and announcing that one of them wouldnt be worn until the 2016-17 season. A year later, its finally time for that uniform -- a straightforward black design -- to join the teams wardrobe.And in one last development, the Rockets will retire Yao Mings No. 11 on Feb. 2.Spurs: No announced changes or news.Additional Notes? Expect to see lots of striped socks on the court this season.Additional sock designs will be released soon, probably next week. A spokesman for Stance, the leagues sock provider, said eight teams will have new uniform-specific sock designs (the Knicks, Lakers, Kings, Wizards, Bucks, Magic, Mavericks, and Warriors), plus there will be new sock designs for throwbacks, alternate uniforms, military appreciation, Black History Month, and more.? This years Christmas uniforms havent officially been released yet, but the design leaked back in June. Theyve very similar to last years designs, which were generally well received.? The Celtics and Bulls are both scheduled to play on March 17, which means their St. Patricks Day uniforms will be making their annual appearance:? We can also expect to see the usual assortment of Spanish-language jerseys as part of the leagues Noche Latina program.? The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 19. It was originally slated to take place in Charlotte, but the league moved it to New Orleans due to North Carolinas law that limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The games original logo was scrapped, and a new one, with a New Orleans theme, has been issued in its place. No word yet on the uniforms.? All NBA arenas have been equipped with new shot clocks and timing systems (additional info here):Thats it. Did we miss anything? If so, you know what to do.For better or worse, the league will likely look very different next season. Nike will be taking over for Adidas as the leagues uniform outfitter, and teams will be permitted to wear corporate advertising patches for the first time. All of which should make for a lively rundown of information when we reconvene here for the 2017-18 season preview.Paul Lukas agrees that Utahs new sleeved alternate looks soccer-ish, but he really likes it anyway. If you like this column, youll probably like his Uni Watch Blog, plus you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Want to learn about his Uni Watch Membership Program, be added to his mailing list so youll always know when a new column has been posted or just ask him a question? Contact him here. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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Phil Clarke brings you his the best tries from the first 13 rounds of this years Super League season. . We thought this week that we would step back in time and remind you of the great tries that we have seen so far in Super League. After 13 rounds we have certainly been spoilt with excellent scores and Clarke looks back at the top five that have caught his eye. Jodie Broughton, Kevin Penny, Ben Currie, Tom Johnstone and Corey Thompson have all made the short list. Play the video above to see the tries. After a weekend of Challenge Cup action, we are back with the Super league and have three games live on Sky Sports this weekend.We kick-off on Thursday when Leeds Rhinos take on Castleford. Leeds are certainly in the doldrums and desperately need a win to build their confidence in order start climbing up the Super League table. However, Cas have their tails up after a good win against Salford in the Challenge Cup and will want to pile more misery onto Leeds. On Friday, Hull travel to Wigan in what should be a superb game - Hull are buoyed after their winning Challenge Cup performance against St Helens while Sam Tomkins could be making a return for Wigan.Saturday sees Huddersfield travel to Catalans, where the high-flying Dragons wont want to give an inch to Paul Andersons side, who are still languishing near the bottom of the table. The Giants beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup over the weekend, while the Perpignan side saw off a spirited Batley side with Bulldogs coach Jon Kear on the microphone on the sidelines. Catch all this weeks Super League action, starting with Leeds v Castleford on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30pm. Also See: Rugby League on Sky Fixtures and results Follow @SkySportsRL Pundits . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. LOS ANGELES -- Ross Stripling wasnt blowing away the Arizona hitters, so when his velocity dipped the rookie gave way to the bullpen.The Dodgers relief corps combined with Stripling on a four-hitter and he helped himself with a go-ahead single in the second inning, leading Los Angeles to a 5-2 victory Tuesday night, the teams fourth straight.I heard my velocity was down. Maybe just one of those days, Stripling said. Maybe a weird day. I was happy to get through five. Im approaching an innings limit.Stripling and fellow rookie Julio Urias are on unspecified innings limits.The NL West leaders remained a season-high four games ahead of San Francisco, which beat Colorado 3-2.Were playing great baseball, right fielder Josh Reddick said. If we keep doing that the rest of the year we wont have to worry about them.Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.I didnt want him pushing it, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. I saw his velocity dip down in the fourth. It was more the crispness of the pitches.Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 42nd save in 48 chances in his 400th career appearance. He is two from tying his career high saves set two years ago.The Dodgers produced most of their runs on singles a night after hitting five home runs off former teammate Zack Greinke in a 10-2 victory in the series opener. They had 11 hits.This month and month and a half for them has been pretty amazing how they have been swinging the bat, Arizona starter Shelby Miller said. They were pretty aggressive out of the first inning.Miller (2-11) extended his losing streak to five games after giving up five runs and a career-high-tying 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start since May 1 against Colorado. The right-hander struck out two and walked none in his second start since returning from the minors on Aug. 31. He has lost 11 of 13 decisions since being acquired in a five-player trade from Atlanta last offseason.Im struggling with the loss a little bit, Miller said, just kind of tired of losing.Striplings first career RBI single down the first-base line with two outs in the second gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 2-1. Justiin Turner tied the game with a RBI single in the bottom of the first. Stripling, who attended Texas A&M, has known Miller for a while. Miller committed to the Aggies to play baseball, but instead signed with St. Louis after being drafted in 2009.Thats pretty funny, Stripling said. I squeaked it right by that bag. Im certainly no expert with the bat. I didnt hit in college or even high school, so were learning on the run.The Dodgers produced three runs on five hits in the third. Yasmani Grandals RBI groundout made it 3-1 before Reddick and Andrew Toles came up with RBI singles with two outs for a 5-1 lead.A.J. Pollocks two-out homer in the first and Jake Lambs sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for Arizonas runs. The D-backs have lost four of six.SERIES WINThe Dodgers extended their home unbeaten streak against the D-backs to 10 straight series (9-0-1). They last lost to Arizona in Los Angeles from June 10-12, 2013. The Dodgers are 23-7 at home against the D-backs in that span.TRAINERS ROOMD-backs: Recalled LHP Steve Hathaway, RHP Dominic Leone, RHP Matt Koch, OF Mitch Haniger and INF-OF Peter OBrien from Triple-A Reno. Also reinstated LHP Andrew Chafin (left shoulder tendinitis) and C Chris Herrmann (strained right hamstring) from the DL, and added Reno manager Phil Nevin and special assistant Orlando Hudson to the coaching staff .Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez was recalled from Double-A Tulsa, where he didnt appear in a game after being optioned. He is 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 62 appearances with the big league club, having last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 29 at Colorado.UP NEXTD-backs: LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.36 ERA) is averaging 11.03 strikeouts per nine innings, fourth-best in the NL. He didnt factor in the decision in his last outing on Sept. 2 at Colorado, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.Dodgers: RHP Brock Stewart (0-2, 7.94) last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 28 against the Cubs, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while not factoring in the 1-0 victory. He struck out a career-high eight and walked two. 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The PCB has decided to extend the contracts of batting coach Grant Flower and fitness trainer Grant Luden, on the advice of head coach Mickey Arthur. George Bell Jersey . Both Flower and Luden had signed two-year contracts, starting July 2014, and are on three-month extended contracts already. The PCB told ESPNcricinfo that the contracts will be further extended for one more year.There was a possibility of Arthur suggesting a new coaching staff but he endorsed the duo and also brought in a new fielding coach in Steve Rixon from Australia. The entire coaching staff now has one-year contracts other than Azhar Mehmood who will join the Pakistan team as bowling coach only for the limited-overs leg of the England tour. Arthurs own contract is for one year with a one-year extension subject to performances.Pakistans batting had been one of their major weaknesses earlier and the PCB had turned to former captains Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas to bring about improvements. With Flowers appointment, Pakistan witnessed considerable improvements in their batsmen. Pakistans average runs per wicket was just 28.89 between January 2012 and February 2014. Since Flowers appointment in July 2014, it rose to 43.82. Under him, Pakistan batsmen have converted 48.43% of half-centuries into centuries - 31 hundreds out of 64 50-plus scores - which is the most among all teams by a distance. South Africa and Australia are next with under 41% conversions.Pakistan had their highest successful Test chase last year in Pallekele when they scored 382 - the sixth-highest successful chase in Tests. Pakistans No. 6 have averaged 61 in Tests since July 2014, which is way higher than any other teams No. 6. Under Flower, Pakistans fourth innings average is also the highest among all teams.With Luden in the staff, Pakistan developed an imposing fitness criteria that helped players raise their fitness levels. However, he has been stripped off from his additional responsibility of being the fielding coach with Rixon coming in. Mushtaq Ahmed is travelling with the team as a makeshift bowling coach only for the Tests in England. Toronto Blue Jays Jerseys . -- Jonathan Drouin gave Halifax the boost it needed to edge host Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Roy Halladay Jersey . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12. Chris Froome is set to win the 2016 Tour de France after safely negotiating a treacherous penultimate stage to Morzine which was won by Spaniard Jon Izaguirre.A day after crashing in similar conditions, Froome remained upright on the long, wet descent off the Col de Joux Plane alongside his rivals, and will go into Sundays largely processional stage into Paris leading by four minutes and five seconds from Frenchman Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale.Much of the penultimate 146.5km stage from Megeve was played out in heavy rain but Froome was able to avoid late drama after dominating this Tour.The 31-year-old will become only the eighth man, not including the disgraced Lance Armstrong, to win three or more Tours after his victories in 2013 and 2015, and is the first to defend the Tour title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.He will join Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond on three titles, and will now have his eyes set on five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Indurain.I still need to get the yellow jersey to Paris tomorrow but certainly the racing side is done and dusted, Froome said. Its an amazing feeling of relief, just coming over the last line today. Thank you to all my teammates, theyve really been there for me every step of the way and I couldnt ask for more.Izaguirre was the last survivor of what had been a 37-man breakaway earlier in the day, racing clear of Vincenzo Nibali and Jarlinson Pantano on the sodden descent to take his first Tour de France stage win.Behind, there was little drama with none of Froomes main rivals prepared to risk crashing in the slippery conditions.Froome was content to cross the line four minutes and 18 seconds after Movistars Izaguirre, allowing himself half a smile as he thanked his team-mates on the approach to the line. His primary emotion was of relief as the foul weather had set a potential trap in the Alps.The Briton has looked a cut above all of his rivals since early in the second week of this Tour, but Fridays crash had been a reminder that nothing was won yet.He began the day sporting bandages on his knee and elbow from that spill, and would not have relaxed for a moment knowing he had to fface the technical descent into Morzine before any celebrations could begin. Randal Grichuk Jersey. The descent has a nasty reputation in any conditions but the rain perhaps helped Froome in discouraging those around him from even attempting an attack.All nine Sky riders finished the stage, with the strength of Froomes team key to his victory.Tour director Christian Prudhomme said watching Team Sky was like watching Paris St Germain, they are so powerful, they always win the championship.Chris Froome was very, very good, he added. The others were less good.There has not been a home winner of the Tour since Hinault in 1985, and Bardets second place is only the third for a French rider in 20 years.Nairo Quintana, seen as Froomes main pre-Tour rival, is set for third place, four minutes and 21 seconds behind Froome. It will be the Colombians third podium finish in the Tour after the Movistar rider finished second to Froome in 2013 and 2015.Adam Yates, the 23-year-old Briton, is fourth, four minutes 42 seconds down and safe in the white jersey as the best young rider -- the first Briton to wear it in to Paris.This is only my second Tour de France and only my third Grand Tour, the Orica-BikeExchange rider said. For a lot of people its a dream to ride in the Tour, for me to come in the top 10 or top five, Im super happy.Ive learned a lot of things, gained a lot of experience and Im sure Ill be back in the future to go one step further.Irishman Dan Martin of Etixx-QuickStep sits ninth, seven minutes and four seconds behind Froome.Froomes win is the fourth by a British rider in the past five editions, following on from Sir Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Brit to win the Tour in 2012, when Froome finished second to his team-mate.British riders have won seven of the 20 stages so far in this Tour -- with Froome taking two -- to match the record set in that 2012 Tour.With Mark Cavendish enjoying a day in the yellow jersey after his opening stage win, and Yates claiming the white jersey, this may well rank as the most successful Tour de France in British history. 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BATON ROUGE, La. . -- Willie Quinn accounted for 320 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns as Southern trounced Alabama State 64-6 on Saturday night.Southern led 34-0 at the break.In the first half alone, Quinn had three receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns, returned two punts for 72 yards, had a kickoff return for 22 yards, threw a 30-yard touchdown pass and carried the ball once for 18 yards.Quinn added a 78-yard touchdown reception in the second half.David Whitlow put the Hornets on the board with an 8-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds to play.Austin Howard was 14 for 27 with 304 yards passing and three touchdowns for Southern (1-2, 1-0 Southwestern Athletic).Quinterris Toppings was 24 for 41 for 248 yards and had three interceptions for Alabama State (0-3, 0-2). . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods.New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo announced on Tuesday he is retiring after eight seasons in the NFL. Mayo, who turns 30 next week, spent his entire career in New England but was not expected to be retained by the team due to his large contract and a signing bonus due next month. Mayo, writing on his Instagram account, said he and his wife were grateful for their time with the Patriots.After a lot of thought Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life changing event ... that of becoming a New England Patriot for the past eight years, wrote Mayo.Be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts. Mayo has struggled with injuries in recent seasons New England drafted Mayo in 2008 and he won the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award that season. He made two Pro Bowls but battled injuries the last few seasons and was sidelined when the Patriots captured the Super Bowl in 2015. Mayo has been surpassed on the depth chart for the Patriots by Jamie Collins and Donta Hightower.With Mayo due to have a cap number of $11.4m next season - the second highest on the team behind Tom Brady - he was likely to have been cut by New England, who otherwise would have had to pay him a $4m roster bonus on March 9.The Patriots clear $7m in cap space with Mayo off the books. Also See: NFL Video Rookies guide NFL on Sky Sports Pundits Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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Editors note: This story contains explicit language. Daniele Rugani Jersey .Billy Kennedy doesnt look up from his scotch when hes presented with the microphone.Its after midnight on a Friday in July at IronWorks, a restaurant and lounge that doubles as a clubhouse for a modest executive golf course in an older section of Glendale, Arizona, just blocks from Kennedys home.When Kennedy, a regular, checked in a few minutes ago, he inconspicuously slipped the karaoke wrangler $20 to jump the line. Now his song is up -- the intro led by a few sharp trumpet statements and hot brass chords. And as the horns give way to the piano and cool metal brushes against the drum, Kennedy begins to croon.A foggy day / In London town / Had me low / Had me down ... From the opening stanza, its clear: This is not your typical late-night, booze-soaked aria. The man has pitch control, steady intonation, the kind of playful interpretation of an old standard popularized by Michael Buble that only a karaoke superstar can deliver. Several of the other 25 or so people left in the joint are straining to find the voices owner. Their heads are on swivels. But Kennedy still hasnt lifted his eyes. His back is to the room, with its brass, wood paneling, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banners, a whiteboard highlighting tonights fish fry special and a video monitor for the lyrics -- something else he doesnt need.I viewed the morning with such alarm / The British Museum had lost its charm ... Those who accompany Kennedy around Phoenix, or on the road when hes officiating in the NBAs other 27 metro areas, say his karaoke camouflage routine isnt unusual. Sometimes hell hide behind a pillar or stroll down a corridor away from the main singing area. Hes on a big stage often enough and doesnt need karaoke claps to make him happy, says Marc Davis, who dated Kennedy for two years after they met in 1999, before the two settled into a close 15-year friendship. But throw a hot guy into the mix and then, yeah, he can be onstage in a heartbeat.Twenty minutes later, as if on cue, an attractive young rodeo cowboy out of central casting is crushing Tom Pettys I Wont Back Down. This is Dustin, and when he finishes, he ambles over to Kennedy. Theyve crossed paths on the Phoenix karaoke circuit before, but only recently did a friend tell him Kennedys name and what he does for a living.Like most referees at the big league level, Kennedy doesnt seek the spotlight, but it found him last December, when he publicly declared his sexual identity as a gay man a few days after the league suspended Rajon Rondo for calling Kennedy a motherfucking faggot. Though NBA staff, fellow officials and numerous players and coaches have known for years that Kennedy is gay, the announcement instantly made him a public figure. Kennedy issued a brief statement on Dec. 13, telling Yahoo Sports, I am proud to be an NBA referee, and I am proud to be a gay man. I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are.For the next half an hour, Dustin and Kennedy get acquainted. And this kid with a thick drawl, a straw hat, a Western double-pocketed shirt, light tan boots and a belay with keys hanging from a jeans belt loop who just rode an actual bull at an actual rodeo for a solid 7.772 seconds before falling off? He tells Kennedy he was the best man at his gay cousins wedding. And that statement of Kennedys? It blew Dustin away.Im so happy that you were proud of who you are, Dustin says. So many people are hiding.When Kennedys next song is up -- T-R-O-U-B-L-E, by Travis Tritt -- hes radiating light and seducing the crowd as Dustin cheers him on. Kennedy loves the attention from Dustin, this improbable ally. After the song is over, Dustin tells Kennedy he couldnt believe Rondos one-game suspension was so short. He asks Kennedy how he got into officiating. He wants to know what Kobe is really like.The karaoke wrangler brings Kennedy the microphone for his next and final number, New York, New York. His chest voice, deep and rich, owns the room. And a crowd whose energy was waning before the microphone found its way to Kennedy has been drawn to the man who, just an hour ago, was invisible to them.FOR A MOMENT that stands as a watershed event in Kennedys life -- and arguably in the history of gay people in professional sports -- the incident at the Palace of Auburn Hills is shrouded in mystery. Kennedys recollection of dates is foggy, as are the impressions of others who were privy to the situation.Hed been called up during the referee lockout of 1995-96 before landing a permanent position with the NBA in 1999. And during that time came an outing, of sorts, in the unlikeliest of ways. Kennedy remembers jogging through the tunnel as the final horn sounded after a Pistons game he had officiated. To protect the visiting team from any foreign objects hurled by fans overhead, a corps of ushers lined the tight passage. Kennedy saw a boy leaning over the rail for a handshake. He reached up to shake the kids hand, bumping an usher as he did, then beelined to the officials locker room.As he arrived in Atlanta the following day for his next assignment, Kennedy remembers receiving a call from Rod Thorn, the NBAs executive vice president of basketball operations. The usher in question had charged that Kennedy inappropriately touched her. Kennedy says Thorn told him he was off the schedule until further notice. I thought, Im done, Kennedy says. I had to buy my own ticket to get to Phoenix from Atlanta. Im crying the whole flight home.The NBA says Thorn doesnt have any memory of the incident, the investigation or any associated conversations. But a week later, having already missed six games, Kennedy says he was summoned to New York with the National Basketball Referees Associations general counsel, Howard Pearl, at his side.Since his ascension to the NBA referee ranks, Kennedy had had a primary goal: to reach the five-year threshold, after which it would be more difficult for a referee to be fired. He knew that an internet rumor -- or even a news story -- on a gay NBA referee might not be a fireable offense, but the accompanying chatter was exactly the kind of attention he wanted to avoid. Now he was left with no other choice. Before we talked, I said to Howard, Look. I just got to let you know: This is probably not possible between her and me, Kennedy says. I said, Its just not compatible. Were just not compatible. Kennedy gave a telling nod. [Pearl] looked at me and he went, Oh ... youre kidding. And then he assured me I wasnt going to lose my job.Pearl had Kennedy wait outside the conference room while he went in to brief the powers that be on his new finding: Billy Kennedy was not interested in inappropriately touching the female usher; Kennedy was a gay man.Though the NBA could find no report on the Kennedy investigation in its offices or outside files, the league says the matter was put to rest. Kennedy says that nothing more was said about the situation. He had come out, had ostensibly broken through a barrier, and the NBA had shrugged.I was instructed, Kennedy says, to get back on the floor and keep doing what I was doing before this happened.WHAT KENNEDY WAS doing was all he ever wanted to do. Billy was unlike a lot of us, NBA referee Monty McCutchen says. He knew when he was 10, 12 and 14 years old that he wanted to be an NBA ref.In his early teen years in Phoenix, Kennedy would flip on the Suns pregame radio broadcasts in the one-bedroom apartment he shared with his mother in the central city. If play-by-play man Al McCoy announced Tommy Nunez Sr. as one of the officials working the game, Kennedy would jump on his bicycle and zoom down to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in 15 minutes. There, a security guard named Mary Lou, charmed by a young Kennedy, would let him through the back gate.Nunez, who refers to Kennedy as my son, was a strong presence at the two most influential institutions in Kennedys youth: the Boys & Girls Club and St. Marys Catholic High School. With Kennedys mother working multiple jobs to scrape together the money to send him to St. Marys and Kennedys father often absent from his life, the Boys & Girls Club was where Kennedy spent his time after school. And when, on a Saturday in 1978, the 8- and 9-year-olds at the club needed a referee, the 12-year-old Kennedy stepped in -- and a referee was born.Kennedy quickly piled up assignments, and officiating soon became far more than a chance to earn five bucks; it was a compulsion. When he wasnt officiating games, he attached himself to Nunez. After Suns home games when Nunez was officiating, Kennedy would tag along with him and his officiating partner to the China Doll restaurant on 7th Avenue, where the crew would debrief its performance, talking shop until the place closed down after midnight. He had an Afro and these big glasses and teeth, said Nunezs son Tommy Jr., a former NBA ref who often joined his father for dinner and is seven years older than Kennedy. Hed come right over and hed be sitting right there, this little kid, right in the middle of everything.By the time he reached high school, Kennedy was a fixture in Phoenixs tight-knit referee community. By 17, Kennedy, after reffing a slate of high school basketball and football games on Friday nights, would wake early on Saturday mornings for a busy dance card of Pop Warner games. By 20, he was working the junior college circuit, signing up for virtually every officiating clinic in the western U.S. hosted by a big-name NBA referee and establishing himself as one of the best young officiating prospects in the Southwest. He was a kid in a hurry. He was confident, he was brash, he was cocky, Nunez Jr. says. Coaches didnt like him. He looked like a million dollars. He ran faster than anybody on the court, and he was very serious about what he did.When the eagerly awaited call came from the Continental Basketball Association in 1992, it wasnt without complication. The league, Kennedy says, played on Wednesdays and Saturdays in cities that were rarely nonstops from Phoenix. To make it work, Kennedy landed a day job managing a local roller rink run by a benefactor in his circle of junior college officials, Bob Seitsema, who had a certain appreciation for the demands of getting to La Crosse, Wisconsin, from Phoenix. And though Kennedy had already worked as a customer service rep for America West Airlines, a microfiche filer and a bank teller, none of them tapped his inner referee like Great Skate.He just had this instinct about him where he was able to go and move around the building, as the manager, and spot trouble, Seitsema says of Kennedy, who would scan the roller rink for the girl who takes her drink out onto the floor, the guy hitting on someone elses girlfriend, the bully trying to hustle a smaller boy by the skate counter. Billy would go into the DJ booth, and you had a little bit of an elevated look, and after about 10 or 15 minutes hed say, See that guy over there in the red shirt? Keep an eye on him. Sure enough, the red shirt, half an hour, 45 minutes later, the guy in the red shirt would be doing something.Kennedy was still living with his mother in the familys two-bedroom apartment -- one he didnt move out of until he was 30 -- when she found a letter from a male friend of his that included some lurid sexual details. The Letter led to The Talk, Kennedy says, adding that hes certain his mother knew he was gay before he did. After The Talk, he began to venture into gay spaces in his early 20s -- including Charlies, a gay country bar a few blocks from where he went to grade school.It had the dark windows, Kennedy says. We didnt officially know what it was, but I kind of knew what it was.Like many gay men, Kennedy existed somewhere between the closet and daylight during his early adult years. People suspected it because hes a good-looking dude, and you just didnt see him bringing girls to games, Nunez Jr. says. You didnt hear him talking about a date, Mary Jane or whoever it might be. Around the time he joined the CBA, Kennedy started seeing men romantically. Though he wasnt out in Ref World, there was a tacit dont ask, dont tell policy between Kennedy and his friends, who operated under the assumption that he is gay. Getting to the NBA was difficult enough without walking any further than that into the light.A 5-POUND BAG of Gold Medal flour (expires June 2006), Old El Paso hard taco shells (expires Dec. 28, 2004), multiple pouches of Kroger Rice & Sauce, date and origin unknown. This is a sample of the inventory of the pantry inside Kennedys four-bedroom, three-bath model home in the suburban Glendale subdivision that he moved into during the 1999-2000 season. All of it is left over from the staging of the house, as are the place settings glued to place mats, framed stock photos of white families, a sign over the rec room that reads KIDS ZONE (Kennedy is childless), flower arrangements and potted plants. That ficus hasnt moved in 15 years, says NBA referee Scott Twardoski, a close friend.The decor is such a source of amusement between Kennedy and his friends that maintaining the integrity of the model has become a badge of honor for him. Besides, an NBA referees home is on the road. And so Kennedy, forced to disclose his sexual identity to the league office in New York to save his career, proceeded to spend the next 15 years going about the business of the bifurcated life of a gay referee.Being a professional official is kind of the perfect profession for avoiding, says Dale Scott, an MLB umpire who came out during the 2014 offseason and is one of Kennedys close friends. It is very conducive to it because you are constantly on the move. Its a built-in excuse you can use, which I did.With his pedigree, Kennedy was the consummate insider, as at home in a referees locker room or at a late postgame dinner as anyone on the league roster. Yet that comfort was predicated on a certain distance from co-workers, even those he counted as personal friends. You say the right thing, and at the end of the day, as soon as we broke from dinner, I would go over there and they would go over there, Kennedy says. You played the game -- its learning how to survive.In Kennedys mind, it was no real deprivation to stay in the closet on the court -- for a while, at least. He might not have declared himself openly gay, but when did referees publicly declare anything about themselves? They are the most visible, least known people in sports -- always present, never heard.Then there was Mom, who died in 2011. My mother didnt want me to come out, Kennedy says. Thats probably 75 percent of why I didnt come out earlier. I didnt want to disappoint her or upset her. I didnt want her to get phone calls from people or feel like she had to explain. And I didnt want any harm to come to me.In 2002, Kennedy met a 25-year-old man in Washington, D.C., named Craig Glover who would move to Phoenix and date Kennedy for four years. When the NBA assigned Kennedy to officiate a regular-season game in Tokyo in the fall of 2003, he brought along Glover. Thats who he chose to bring, and even though it wasnt definitively stated, I think its pretty neat, says McCutchen, who was also assigned to Tokyo and was traveling with his wife. It shows a real confidence in Billy internally that even though he maybe wasnt ready to be out to the world, there was enough trust to share that with his co-workers. Its no small thing.Back in Phoenix, Kennedy was a member of an extended circle of young, gay male professionals who socialized, played sports and traveled on weekend getaways together. Though he was on the road more than half the year, Kennedy very much resided at the center of the group. His home was frequently used as temporary housing for anyone in need. Dinner checks that never appeared at the table were often the result of Kennedys quiet generosity. Yet as central as Kennedys gay friends were to his life and he to theirs, he often went missing.Billy was the original ghoster, says Mike Fornelli, a close friend of Kennedys who owns BS West, a popular gay club in Scottsdale, Arizona, that Kennedy has frequented and sung karaoke at for years. Any time a camera would be around, Billys gone. If there was somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody, Billy was gone. You always expect it. If youre going out with Billy, he might disappear.In a collection of photos in Kennedys home office sits a group shot of a softball team posing for the camera after winning a tournament. A dozen men joyously pose for a gay newspaper in Houston that was covering the event, but one of the subjects is obscured. He almost seems to be intentionally ducking out of view.Friends from his officiating life unanimously say they either knew or suspected Kennedy is gay -- and didnt care. All the while, gay friends found his attempt to manage his persona entertaining, given that pegging Kennedy as gay might seem obvious to anyone with even a marginally tuned gaydar. Billy, you dont want people to know youre gay, Fornelli would quip, but your hands are on your hips all the fucking time.When disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy effectively outed Kennedy in 2010 by telling a radio host in Boston, Its no secret on [the NBA officiating] staff that Bill Kennedy is a homosexual, Kennedy simultaneously became more relaxed about his sexual identity around people he knew yet more skittish about the possibility of it becoming public at a time when social media was exploding. I was really concerned with if this got legs and took off, there could be some repercussions, whether it be player-wise, whether it be coaching-wise, whether it be public-wise, Kennedy says. I had no idea, and so what I did was I just didnt do anything. I was like, Lets just be silent and see if this gains any traction. And it never did.Still, Kennedy embraced life as an openly gay man in the digital age. Off nights in NBA cities were spent at gay karaoke or country bars, maybe a steam house or flirting on Grindr. (Kennedys profile photo is whats known in gay parlance as a headless torso, from the waist to the neck.) He met his current on-again, off-again partner, Scott Fordham, at a karaoke bar in Toronto, where Fordham still lives. The two travel regularly on the road, where many NBA referees have spent time with the couple.I think he became more comfortable with it over time and he could hide in plain sight, Davis says. It just wasnt as big a deal as it used to be. Once he realized that, he became gradually aware that the world wasnt going to stop spinning and he wasnt going to lose his job if he was completely out.ON DEC. 3, moments after the final horn in Mexico City, Kennedy wasnt half as annoyed at Rajon Rondo for calling him a motherfucking faggot in the third quarter as he was at the damn Wi-Fi in the referees locker room at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.An incident like the one involving Rondo and Kennedy triggers an atypical report from each of the game officials, a detailed account of what transpired from their individual perspectives, in addition to the regular game report, both of which needed to be emailed off to New York. With the Wi-Fi not cooperating at the arena, Kennedy, Bennie Adams and Ben Taylor worked on an outline of both reports that theyd finish back at the St. Regis hotel. As the crew chief, Kennedy was responsible for pulling them together, and with a flight before dawn, he needed to hustle.As the group sat in the locker room enumerating every detail from the incident that warranted inclusion in their account, Adams noticed Kennedys brain was churning. Though he was measured and as committed to process as ever, Kennedy was beginning to consider the enormity of what had happened on the court. After Kennedy had whistled Rondos Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins for a foul on Jae Crowder, Rondo had badgered Kennedy. Thats not a fucking foul, hed barked at Kennedy twice. When Rondo persisted, Kennedy assessed him a second technical and an ejection, after which Rondo stalked Kennedy, yelling after him, Youre a motherfucking faggot. Youre a faggot, Billy, according to the leagues report.Billy was stunned that those were words that were used in 2015, Adams says. As the night wore on, you could see him reflecting and thinking. As hes writing the report, hes like, Its time that I come out and stand up.The next several hours -- at the arena, then later at the hotel -- passed in fits and starts. The referees recounted details, wrote copy, waited for Wi-Fi (the hotel rooms were experiencing intermittent outages, so the crew congregated down in the lobby), all the while listening to Kennedy weigh the potential magnitude of coming out publicly should he choose to. Over the course of the night between the locker room, the hotel lobby as we were writing our report, you could see the process, the conversation he was having, Adams says. This is it for me. ... Its not OK for this to happen to people in the workplace or anywhere else. ... And Im going to say something about it.By the time the crew finished its paperwork, it was 3 a.m. Kennedy headed to the airport as the league immediately went to work, setting up phone interviews with the officials and players involved.When he arrived in Miami, Kennedy received a call from Mike Bantom, the leagues executive vice president of referee operations, and Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president of basketball operations, both of whom had read the report and were horrified. The National Basketball Referees Associations general counsel, Lee Seham, also got in touch to discuss with Kennedy a more nuanced point: Players who have yelled anti-gay epithets at officials, as Kobe Bryant did at Adams in 2011, were typically hit with a fine ($100,000 in Bryants case) but no suspension. Adams isnt gay, therefore the faggot hurled in his direction is regarded as offensive and inexcusable, but not hate speech. And for a league that relies on precedent when rendering verdicts, this complicated the process. Using faggot as a general schoolyard taunt against a heterosexual official isnt the same offense as attacking a gay official with faggot, but treating Rondos behavior as hate speech would essentially out Kennedy.Asked this summer whether they were aware Kennedy is gay, a number of players and coaches characterized Kennedys sexual identity as an open secret. But did Rondo know? A source close to the leagues investigation says that Rondo was asked by Elizabeth Maringer, the NBAs vice president and assistant general counsel who led the investigation, whether he knew Kennedy was gay when the incident occurred. Rondo replied that he didnt.The onus, then, was on Kennedy to disclose his true identity, lest the incident be treated as just another case of an NBA player hurling anti-gay language as a proxy for asshole. I had to take it to the next level in order for this issue to be taken up in a different court of appeal, in a different area to where people can say, This is not right, he says. I knew that this was going to happen when he said it on the floor. I knew.HOURS AFTER THEY worked the Heat game together, Kennedy and Twardoski sat at dinner, discussing the ramifications of Kennedys decision, then, naturally, moved on to a karaoke bar. Kennedy had mentored Twardoski, spending hours on the phone breaking down Twardoskis game film for areas of improvement. Years earlier, before Twardoski entered the NBA, hed spent a summer at Kennedys home in Phoenix. Every day, theyd follow a similar regimen -- the gym, lunch at Panda Express, an afternoon nap, talk shop, dinner, karaoke, then come home at 2 a.m. to break down film for four hours before going to bed at dawn.One night in 2002, a group of referees was hanging out in a hotel suite in Mesa during a referees camp when Kennedy told Twardoski he needed to discuss something with him. Twardoski followed him out to the elevator bank, where Kennedy pointedly asked him whether there was anything specific he wanted to talk about.I said, Not really. I dont know what youre talking about, Twardoski says. Billy goes, Well, right now is there anything you ever wanted to ask me? Heres the time to ask me. I said, You know what, Billy, I dont have anything to ask. Theres nothing I need to know unless you want to tell me something. Billy basically said, I want to come out. He was in tears, and he kept looking at me, and I said, And ...? He said, What do you mean, and ... ? I said, Billy, that doesnt change anything.Now, 13 years later, Kennedy wanted to vent. The situation was frustrating, largely because it was being adjudicated outside of his control. Kennedy speculated about potential fallout and wondered whether hed have to go in front of the media to make an announcement. He asked Twardoski whether hed be at the news conference if that were the case. (Kennedy ultimately didnt do so.)As the investigation moved into the next week, Kennedy grew both more frustrated and defiant. The process was taking longer than anticipated because Rondo wasnt forthcoming about what he said and, as is often the case in NBA disciplinary investigations, teammates in close proximity pleaded ignorance. In addition, the league didnt have the full broadcast complement it typically has because the game was played in Mexico City. The league hired an audiologist to confirm the officials account of what was said.Six nights after the game, Kennedy and his friend Davis went to see A Christmas Carol: The Musical at a dinner theater in Phoenix.When we first sat down, he goes, This Mexico City thing isnt going away, Davis says. I could tell there was some hesitancy, some insecurity just because of the volume that I knew he was going to generate in conversation, but there was also a comfort level that I had not experienced with him prior. On one hand, yeah, he might have felt like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. But at the same time, he knew now was the time, and now was a more comfortable world to live in. I think he identified that but still felt like it was a big deal.Scott, who officially came out in Outsports during baseballs offseason in December 2014, was an important sounding board for Kennedy, who liked that template for his own announcement. Kennedy says that, left to his own devices, he suspects he wouldve come out in a similar fashion in the near future. In past years, the two used to joke that theyd make a joint announcement on Ellen.It bothered him because it was so incredibly disrespectful and wrong, Scott says. I think thats what really spurred him to say, Screw this. This is not right, and Im going to do something about it. Im going to make a statement. Im going to say, You know what? This was not only wrong in the context of official-player relationship, as far as getting ejected or getting Td up or whatever. This was wrong on a personal level. This is wrong, and in this day and age, its not going to be tolerated.??Finally on Friday, Dec. 11, eight days after the Mexico City incident, the NBA issued its verdict -- Rondo would be suspended one game. The totality of all those issues -- trying to take into account Bills privacy, due process for Rondo, a potential appeal and the fact that wed never had a disciplinary issue where what was said wasnt definitively picked up by a microphone -- thats how we got to a one-game suspension in this case, NBA commissioner Adam Silver says now.The referees union felt the sentence was too lenient and took issue with the notion that Silver had an imperative to protect Kennedys privacy at the expense of a more severe sentence. We had every step of the way during the investigation said, Billy is gay. It is generally known that he is gay, and we are asking that this case not be treated in the context of the prior incidents involving the use of comparable language. It must be treated differently because he is gay, Lee Seham says.Kennedy received a call from Silver the weekend after the Friday verdict. Silver explained the leagues rationale in issuing a one-game suspension; he knew of Kennedys sexual identity, although the two men had never had a previous conversation about it. As such, Silver wanted to balance that knowledge with discretion.Kennedy thanked Silver for his judiciousness, adding that as someone who makes judgment calls for a living, he understood how painstaking the process could be. Though he didnt mention it to Silver in that phone call, Kennedy was preparing to go public with his announcement in short order. I didnt think it was fair that this individual was going to say what he said and only get suspended one game, Kennedy says. I didnt think the character of him, or his character at that moment, was worth just the one-game suspension, and it had to be brought out. The only other way to bring it out was if I went public to bring attention to what actually happened. I wanted everyone to know the facts.Kennedy coordinated a statement through Seham. Three days after the NBAs verdict, the statement was published on Yahoo Sports.Kennedy was assigned to one additional Kings game after the incident, but Rondo wasnt in attendance. Three days after the incident, Rondo tweeted, My actions during the game were out of frustration and emotion, period! They absolutely do not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community. I did not mean to offend or disrespect anyone. He has not, to this day, reached out to Kennedy directly. He declined to comment for this story.THE NIGHT IN 2002 that Kennedy came out to Twardoski, he told Twardoski that were anything ever to happen to him -- a fatal accident or unnatural death -- he wanted Twardoski to tell everyone in attendance at the funeral the true Billy Kennedy story, one featuring a gay man who made it to the NBA as a referee. When the Rondo situation happened, Billy said jokingly, Well, youre off the hook, but I still need you to speak at my funeral, Twardoski says. Thats how important it was for him to be able to tell the story when it needed to be.No more than eight hours after Kennedy began to share that story to the world, he suited up for a Spurs home game against the Jazz. The day had been a whirlwind. His statement had been released that morning, and immediately his phone had begun to convulse with calls and texts. I put it on silent because I couldnt keep up, Kennedy says. There were too many text messages, too many things going on, and I have to work that day.The morning meeting provided a little distraction, but the story was now being broadcast nationally, and it was gaining traction. For good measure, the league dispatched a security specialist and a public relations staffer to San Antonio. Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked whether he was surprised by Rondos slurs.Why would I be surprised? Popovich told the pregame media scrum. You see it all the time. Its unfortunate. Its disgusting. Bill is a great guy. Hes been a class act on and off the court. And as far as anybodys sexual orientation, its nobodys business. It just shows ignorance to act in a derogatory way toward anybody in the LGBT community. Just doesnt make sense.Popovichs comments came out of Kennedys earshot, and Kennedy found himself in an unusual state -- terrified of taking the court. He told the public relations staffer he didnt want to take any questions from reporters. He merely wanted to work the game, then return to the hotel.With 16 minutes remaining before player introductions, Kennedy left the officials locker room and marched down the dank concrete corridor in the bowels of the AT&T Center. On his way to the floor, he spotted Spurs general manager R.C. Buford walking the other way.[R.C.] looked at me and he goes, You OK? Kennedy says. I gave him a hug for like 30 seconds. I was late to the floor because of it. I almost started to cry. I was emotional, and I didnt know what the hell was going to happen. We didnt say a word to each other. Other than I looked at him and I said, Thank you.Theres little in the universe more familiar to Kennedy than the final 15 minutes of warm-ups in an NBA arena before the horn sounds -- the thumping music, players running through their shooting and stretching rituals, the crowd growing more anticipatory. But for Kennedy that night, the scene was a blur. He faintly remembers chatting with Sean Wright, who was also working the game. Jazz forward Trevor Booker approached to say, Much respect to you, but the rest of it was all fog and nerves.As the lights went down for player introductions, Popovich sidled up beside him -- telling Kennedy that he chose to walk over in the dark because he didnt want to make a scene that everyone could witness. He said, quote, unquote, You have more guts, you have more balls than anybody I know, Kennedy says. You have more courage than anybody I know. Now, go out there and kick ass. Then he walked away. He didnt say a word to me for the rest of the game.ON A SUNDAY in late June, Kennedys eyes take a long tracking shot of a procession of drag queens in tiaras as they strut down Fifth Avenue in the LGBT Pride March in New York. I couldnt do that, he says to Fordham, who has joined him for the weekends festivities. Oh, lord. Look at that one, he says about a 6-foot-4 queen with a long, flowing blue dress, a bare chest and black platform pumps.For all the rites of passage Kennedy practiced as a semi-out gay man over the past two decades, marching in a gay pride parade had always presented a degree of difficulty too high.I was always concerned about who might see me, how being seen in a situation like this would affect me and affect my job, Kennedy says as he makes his way toward Fifth Avenue to check out the festivities. I was always concerned about not doing anything to jeopardize the NBA or myself or put anybody in that kind of jeopardy.For gay men like Kennedy, even in 2016, the fear of consequence is real. Whatever signals one might glean from polling numbers, prestige television or a popular Facebook post circulating among his peers, Kennedy has grown up in a world where a gay man doesnt know how people are going to react when they learn he sleeps with men. Now, unless another player or official makes a similar announcement sometime soon, Kennedy will be the only openly gay man to appear on an NBA court this October when the league tips off its season.He is a man who fears the unknown. He takes his dinner at the same casual-dining chain restaurant every single night near his home in Glendale, rotating among three dishes. He bought a model home because I knew what I was getting. Ask what frightened him the most pregame that night in San Antonio, and he tersely answers, the unknown.But its June 2016, and that anxiety is waning. One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court sanctioned gay marriage nationally. Now virtually every NBA team performs at least token outreach to lesbians and gays in its market, and the league has made pro-gay messaging a point of emphasis. Pride parades used to be headlined by Dykes on Bikes. On this day, the NBA is preparing its float on 37th Street opposite a thumping T-Mobile float.The NBAs float is the first for a pro sports league in a gay pride parade, and Silver, in accompanying it, will set another first. For Kennedy, these facts seem to hold profound meaning. Hes a company man at heart, and for as long as he can remember, NBA official has been the most important identity marker in his life. The several dozen NBA employees and family members, the referees who wished him good luck before his trip to New York -- these are every bit as much his people as the boys back in Phoenix. The league is Kennedys lifeblood, and on this day, goddamn, the league is sending Jerry Wests silhouette cruising down Fifth Avenue through a canyon of dancing shirtless twinks, PFLAG moms, queer college kids and an army of nice, cosmopolitan straight New Yorkers who will cheer and wave at Kennedy as he dances atop the float.If you would have told me when I first started out that the NBA would have a float in the frickin Gay Pride parade, in New York, I would have laughed at you, says Scott, the gay major league umpire. And so would Billy. He didnt see this happening 10 years ago. Let alone five years ago.Though multiple league sources confirm Silver was a full-throated supporter of the league being a strong presence at Pride, it didnt come without some apprehension. If you had asked me going in, I wouldve said, I think its going to be 70 percent positive, Silver would later say. We werent looking for PR, and we didnt alert the media. But it was 100 percent positive, and thats setting aside the public relations aspect. I didnt understand how important symbolically the event was for my co-workers until that afternoon.Now, as the NBA float turns the corner left onto Fifth Avenue, Empire State of Mind booming from the speakers, Kennedy breaks out in dance. Then he spots Silver among the large NBA contingent thats on foot surrounding the float. Kennedy jumps off the moving float, runs to Silver and captures him with a fierce, tight hug.When hes done with Silver, Kennedy sprints over to the throngs of onlookers lining the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue and works the crowd like a candidate working a rope line. He slaps hands, then runs a couple of laps around the float before jumping back onto the float -- a sequence that will be repeated several times over the next two hours.A few minutes later, Kennedy is dancing with Silver, whos joined the staff on the float. Silver, wearing baggy cargo pants and an #OrlandoUnited shirt to commemorate the massacre at the Orlando gay club, pulses to the music as best he can. He waves a small rainbow flag. Its important that he be here, Kennedy says above the din. It makes an employee feel comfortable. It makes an employee feel that it is safe, to know that youve got our back. If we want to be who we are, youve got our back.Later, as the float crosses Bleecker Street, Kennedy grinds with Fordham with little inhibition. The commissioner of his league is standing 10 feet away with his own dance stylings -- one part head bob, one part shallow squat. Nobody is self-conscious, and Kennedys appetite for the scene is insatiable. 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Sean ORegans dream of running his own womens college basketball program finally tips off when James Madison opens its season against No. Custom Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys . 13 Tennessee on Friday night.After nine years as a Dukes assistant, the game will be his first as their head coach.Its a pretty big change for me, moving a chair over, ORegan said of replacing Kenny Brooks, now the head man at Virginia Tech.The visit from the Lady Vols, the winningest womens team in NCAA history, was ORegans idea.I didnt feel like wading into the water. I felt like jumping in, he said.ORegan is one of 56 new head coaches in Division I basketball this year. Other notable changes include Stephanie White taking over at Vanderbilt, Jen Rizzotti at George Washington and Jim Crowley at Providence.There is an historical component to the game in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While the Lady Vols 1,299 victories are by far the most among all womens programs, the Dukes are a surprising fourth on the list with 1,045. The matchup is a good way to try to get the season off to a fast start, Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said.I dont care what level it is, JMUs been proven to be a solid team, she said. Theyve gone to the tournament. They went to the tournament last year. I continue to say our schedule needs to get us ready for the tournament. I think this does just that. It will be a huge crowd. ... It will be a difficult game.ORegan expects Dukes fans to be out in force to kick off the season.Theres an exceptional buzz around the game and I think it will be fun for everyone involved, he said. The community here, they support football and they support mens basketball, but I really believe its a little bit of a womens basketball school here with the support we get. It helps us in so many ways. It helps us with winning games. It helps us with our players feeling relevant, and I think thats a big thing in womens basketball.More than crowd support, ORegan has returning talent. The Dukes went 27-6 last year, including 17-1 in the mid-major Colonial Athletic Association, and went to their fifth NCAA Tournament in the past nine years. And they did it despite not having redshirt senior Precious Hall all season because of injury.Hall, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 20.8 points as a junior, and is back at full strength, helping to minimize the losses of top scorers Jazmon Gwathmey (20.7 ppg), Ashley Perez (14.4 ppg), and point guard Angela Mickens.Year after year with what Kenny did here, it seems like you lose irreplaceable players every year, and you keep finding a way to replace them, ORegan said. The Precious piece is huge. ... You dont find players like that very often, and when you do, you rarely walk into a program where they have one there waiting for you.The Dukes also have ample size led by 6-2 2016 CAA Rookie of the Year and all-defensive selection Kayla Cooper-Williams (5.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 70 blocks) and 6-2 senior forward DaLishia Griffin (6.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg).ORegan would love a marquee victory to start his head coaching career, and Friday nights matchup with the Lady Vols not only affords the Dukes that opportunity, but a chance to quickly gain some national recognition.---AP sports writers Doug Feinberg in New York and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee contributed.---Follow Hank on Twitter: Taijuan Walker Jersey . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. Curt Schilling Jersey .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. The Denver Broncos secondary took another hit Saturday as cornerback Kayvon Webster was ruled out against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night, joining Pro Bowler Aqib Talib on the sideline.Webster suffered a pulled hamstring last week against San Diego. Talib had a cortisone injection in his lower back this week and will miss his second straight game.To help with depth, the Broncos promoted cornerback Taurean Nixon froom their practice squad and released veteran tight end John Phillips. 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ATLANTA -- Andrew Bailey cant explain why hes pitching so poorly. Ivan Rodriguez Jersey . He just knows the Philadelphia Phillies might not give him many more chances.Clearly Im struggling. Its frustrating to go through this, he said Sunday after allowing Jeff Francoeurs tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.Bailey (3-1) has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings.Mauricio Cabrera (2-0), the fourth of six Atlanta pitchers, pitched a one-hit seventh.Jimmy Paredes entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh and homered against Chris Withrow in the eighth.Jim Johnson pitched a hitless ninth for his sixth save in nine chances. After Tommy Josephs leadoff walk, Aaron Altherr grounded into a double play and Carlos Ruiz struck out.Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff faced one over the minimum and struck out one in five innings, throwing 34 of 51 pitches for strikes. Jace Peterson reached on an infield single in the fourth, but Eickhoff got Freddie Freeman to ground into a double play.Eickhoff was replaced by David Hernandez to begin the sixth following a 24-minute rain delay.Not taking any chances when you sit for a half hour, manager Pete Mackanin said.Bailey allowed four batters to reach that were down two strikes in the count. He elevated a fastball on the outside corner against Franceour but didnt expect him to swing and go to the opposite field.Yeah, it surprised me, Bailey said, but thats kind of the way things are going for me.Philadelphias offense missed on a couple of chances through the first five innings. Altherr ran through third-base coach Juan Samuels sign and was thrown out at third.The Phillies went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and have hit .151 in those situations over the last 10 games.Francoeurs homer was his first at Turner Field as a Brave since June 24, 2009, against the Yankees.When I was 22 or 23, it was like, `Oh, Ill do it again tomorrow, he said. It was a good opportunity to get in there today and contribute.Braves starter Joel De La Cruz gave up three hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in his third big league start. The 27-year-old made his first start and eighth appearance since July 4, when he gave up seven runs -- four earned -- in the second inning of an 8-2 loss at Philadelphia.HELP ON THE WAYWith the majors least productive offense, Atlanta is eager to have slugger Matt Kemp in the lineup after Saturday nights trade with San Diego. The 31-year-old outfielder is to make his Braves debut Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Kemp was acquired for troubled outfielder Hector Olivera and $10.5 million.SLUMPING FRANCOMaikel Franco is hitless in 17 at-bats, dropping his batting average to .297.BEEN A WHILEWhen the Phillies scored four runs in the eighth of Saturdays 9-5 win, it marked the first time since 1992 that they sent nine straight batters to the plate in an inning without getting a hit. Atlanta walked four, committed two fielding errors and hit a batter.TRAINERS ROOMAtlanta LHP Matt Marksberry was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rotator cuff inflammation. INF Daniel Castro was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.UP NEXT:Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (3-4) is to start Tuesday against San Francisco. He allowed five hits and no earned runs in six innings of a no-decision June 24 at the Giants.Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-4) is slated to pitch Tuesday against Pittsburgh. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponents hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a severe reprimand for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away and shook his head, injecting Middle Eastern politics into the Rio Olympics. The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged to him to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.Judo opponents typically bow or shake hands at the beginning and end of a match as a sign of respect.El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt before the Rio Games to withdraw, but competed anyway.The IOC, which set up a disciplinary commission to investigate the incident, said the Egyptians conduct was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in thhe Olympic values. Edinson Volquez Jersey. The Egyptian Olympic Committee also strongly condemned El Shehabys actions and has sent him home, the IOC said.The IOC also asked the Egyptian committee to make sure that all its athletes receive proper education on the Olympic values before coming to the Olympic Games.Immediately after the bout, the Egyptian Olympic committee had called it a personal action by El Shehaby, adding that he had been alerted before the match to abide by all the rules and to have sporting spirit during his match with the Israeli player.Sasson, who lost in the semifinals but later won a bronze medal, had said he was not surprised by El Shehabys actions because his coaches had warned him he might be refused a handshake. This was his decision, he said.Similar incidents have happened before at judo competitions between Israelis and Arabs.Egypt was the first country in the Arab world to sign a peace treaty and normalize relations with Israel after decades of war. 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The top four go head-to-head on Super Sunday this weekend - but who will come out on top? Premier League leaders Leicester travel to Arsenal before Manchester City host Tottenham. Uchenna Nwosu Jersey .Here, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp analyses the tactical battles at the Emirates and the Etihad and predicts the results… Arsenal v Leicester How will Arsenal deal with Jamie Vardys pace? Leicester will allow Arsenal plenty of possession on Sunday. Very rarely do you see a team win the title without dominating the ball but Leicester average about 40 per cent possession in every game and theyre so comfortable doing that.They soak up pressure and let the ball go into wide areas because they know theyve got Robert Huth and Wes Morgan who can head clear any cross that isnt inch-perfect. On top of that, those centre-backs have got great protection in front of them with NGolo Kante and Danny Drinkwater. Leicester arent interested in having the ball. Every time they havent got it, theyll get back into shape, wait for their moment, wait for the gaps - like they did against Man City - and theyll exploit it. Then theyve got the explosive pace of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton and Shinji Okazaki. Arsene Wenger always trusts Per Mertesacker but he must be having a few sleepless nights worrying about what hes going to do defensively. Jamie Redknapp Team news is going to be really important in this game. Arsene Wenger always trusts Per Mertesacker, hes never really left him out in big games. But he must be having a few sleepless nights worrying about what hes going to do defensively.Does he go with Mertesacker against the pace of Vardy and Albrighton down that side? Or does he play Gabriel Paulista alongside Laurent Koscielny? Unheralded stars We look at some of Leicesters less heralded players The latter pair would be the quicker options but you still need height in the team and Mertesacker has vast amounts of experience. Its a difficult one, and one of the biggest decisions Wenger will have to make for this game. But if Mertesacker does play, expect Vardy to go and stand right by him, and look to get the better of the high line he likes to play.Arsenal are favourites in my opinion, because of what they did earlier in the season. They won 5-2 at Leicester thanks to some great pace on the break and a hat-trick from Alexis Sanchez, who was dynamite that day. Aaron Ramsey and the Arsenal midfield must move the ball quickly, says Redknapp However, theyll have to start quickly on Sunday. Man City were shocking against Leicester last week but, crucially, they didnt get going. City couldnt get out of their box in the first few minutes and then conceded the all-important first goal.If Arsenal concede the first goal, Leicester will sit back and wait for them and then pounce. The Sanchez factor We examine Alexis Sanchezs importance to Arsenal To break Leicester down, Arsenal will need to move the ball quickly. Theyll have an extra man in midfield, so should have passing options, but whenever Mesut Ozil picks the ball up hell be aware Kante and Drinkwater will be breathing down his neck. Theyll need to move it rapidly and precisely.Im predicting a narrow Arsenal win - but it will be a really good game with plenty of goals.Man City v Tottenham Man Citys Raheem Sterling must step up and deliver against Spurs, says Redknapp Manchester City were very poor against Leicester last weekend - but theyve been poor against all the top six teams this season.Its so frustrating watching Man City because theyre so good at times. But if their opponent has any defensive organisation and can stop them playing, theyll lose. Thats an ominous sign for them this weekend with Tottenham, the team with the best defensive record in the Premier League, in town. Can Spurs stop Aguero? Sergio Aguero is the third-highest scorer against Spurs It will be interesting to see how Spurs cope with Citys attacking threats, though. Since Jan Vertonghens injury, Kevin Wimmer has come in and done well, helping the team keep clean sheets against Norwich and Watford. But this is a completely different test.Sergio Aguero is a great player and will run Wimmer into areas he doesnt want to go. The City striker is so sharp that if he faces you up in the box, youre in big trouble. The question is, who will support him? David Silva was better against Leicester and seems to be on his way back to his best but City are missing Kevin De Bruyne. With the Belgian out injured, this is the type of game where Raheem Sterling - who has done OK this year - needs to step up and show what he can do. Harry Kane scored as Tottenham beat Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane I dont see Tottenham getting beaten here, though. Theyve got themselves into a great position in the league and Ive not seen them this confident since they qualified for the Champions League.Vincent Kompany has returned to training but Im not sure whether hell be ready to start - and thats good news for Harry Kane. If youre a centre-forward youd love to play against Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis right now. Nicolas Otamendi is such a talented player but Ive never seen a player dive in as much as him. Jamie Redknapp Otamendi is such a talented player but Ive never seen a player dive in as much as him. The poor kit man at Man City must have his work cut out cleaning his shorts! Top defenders dont play like that - but he goes lunging in.As for Demichelis, he looks OK with Kompany alongside him. But without his skipper he looks uncomfortable, like a midfielder playing centre-back.So there will be opportunities for Spurs. However, I think this one will end up as a score draw. Watch Arsenal v Leicester from 11.30am and Man City v Tottenham from 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday. Or watch all day for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV Also See: Title race: Fear and cheer Key battle: Koscielny v Vardy Who has the best manager? Rise of Pochettino Derwin James Jersey . -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. Jason Verrett Jersey . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. . Despite the cost, effort and an improved steroid test, its possible that very few -- if any -- positives will be detected, Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press in an interview. "We just dont know what the results from Torino will be," Budgett said.Hector Bellerin has become a key player for Arsenal but he is an injury doubt ahead of Saturdays trip to Manchester United. Nick Wright explains why a spell on the sidelines would be such a big blow... If there was ever a game to epitomise the rise of Hector Bellerin, it was Arsenals clash with Pep Guardiolas Bayern Munich in October last year. The Spaniard was twisted inside-out by Douglas Costa in a punishing first half at the Emirates Stadium, but rather than crumbling in the face of relentless pressure, the youngest player on the pitch held his nerve. Man Utd vs Arsenal November 19, 2016, 11:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Bellerin gradually got on top of Costa, and Arsenal began to turn the tide. Olivier Giroud bundled home the opening goal from a free kick, and then there was Bellerin, pouncing on a loose pass from David Alaba and racing into Bayerns box to cross for Mesut Ozil to seal the win. The Emirates erupted. Bellerins redemption was complete. The young right-back has made a habit of coming through tough moments. He was dropped during a loan spell at Watford in 2014 and struggled badly on his Arsenal debut against Borussia Dortmund a few months later, but every setback has only added to his determination. Every challenge has become another leap forward. Bellerin has played every minute of Arsenals Premier League season so far A year on from that night against Costa, Bellerin is close to signing a new contract which is expected to place him among Arsenals highest earners. The 21-year-old is the only outfield player to have played every minute of their Premier League campaign, and it is testament to his importance that news of the ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from Spain U21 duty last week prompted such anxiety among supporters. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price It is rare for a young player to reach such lofty heights in such a short space of time, but Bellerin has always been different. In fact, to Andres Carrasco, the man who signed him for Barcelona when he eight years old and coached him right up until he was 15, it is no surprise at all.Its always difficult to know which players will make it, but if Id had to bet on one, it would have been him, Carrasco told Sky Sports. Mentally, he was very strong. That is a very important aspect for a young player. The psychological aspect is crucial. Hector was a boy who seemed 20 when he was 15. Bellerin has formed an effective partnership with Theo Walcott on Arsenals right Carrasco is not the only coach to have been struck by Bellerins maturity. He has been absolutely fantastic, said Arsene Wenger last month. His first game was a nightmare. The season before he was at Watford where he didnt play. His progress has been brilliant because he has absolutely top mental strength.Bellerin can often be seen geeing up team-mates and offering instructions on the pitch. He is an old head on young shoulders and Wenger trusts him implicitly. I think he loves being here and he has responsibilities already in the dressing room for such a young age, added the Frenchman. Its something remarkable. I think he is a real Arsenal player.His emergence has already seen the £16m Calum Chambers sent away on loan and France international Mathieu Debuchy frozen out altogether, and his status as the Premier Leagues outstanding right-back was confirmed when he was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season. Arsenals average positions in their 4-1 win over Hull City in September Its little wonder supporters are nervous about facing Manchester United without him this weekend. Bellerin keeps getting better, and this season he has become increasingly important to how Arsenal play. With left-back Nacho Monreal providing defensive balance on one side, Bellerin essentially operates as an auxiliary winger on the other.Bellerins average position has been in the opposition half in 10 games out of 11, according to Opta. His overlapping runs on the right flank have allowed Theo Walcott to rediscover his scoring touch in central areeas, and it is also revealing that Bellerin has had 32 touches in the opposition box himself. Michael Schofield Jersey. Its more than any other Premier League defender, and nearly twice as many as any other full-back. Touches by defenders in opposition box - Premier League 2016/17 Player Team Touches Hector Bellerin Arsenal 32 Scott Dann Crystal Palace 21 Ryan Shawcross Stoke City 20 Gary Cahill Chelsea 18 Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea 18 It highlights the unique nature of his role. No other full-back plays with such attacking adventure because they cant match his electrifying pace. He showed his extraordinary recovery speed with his last-ditch tackle on Pedro in Arsenals win over Chelsea, and there was a similar intervention to deny Tottenhams Heung-Min Son last weekend. Bellerin can venture high up the pitch without exposing vulnerability at the other end. Bellerin tackles Chelseas Pedro during Arsenals 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium He is also accomplished when defending with his back to goal. The statistics show a pattern of constant improvement in one-on-one situations over the last four seasons, and this year he looks more assured than ever having struck up a strong understanding with Shkodran Mustafi on the right-hand side of Arsenals defence. Hector Bellerins one-on-ones (league games only) Season Team Dribbled past per game 2013/14 Watford 1.3 2014/15 Arsenal 0.8 2015/16 Arsenal 0.6 2016/17 Arsenal 0.5 It remains to be seen exactly how long Bellerin will be missing, but whats certain is that Arsenal will have to change the way they play without him. Carl Jenkinson is the obvious choice to deputise, but he has only recently returned from injury, and he cant match his team-mates rare combination of speed, attacking threat and defensive awareness.Few players can. Bellerin has always been different. He showed it with Carrasco in Barcelonas academy and he showed it that night at the Emirates Stadium against Douglas Costa. Wenger deserves great credit for fast-tracking the youngster into his starting line-up. The upshot, however, is that it wont be easy adapting to his absence. Also See: Mourinho v Wenger in quotes Ozil to sign, Sanchez may not Cheap Authentic Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Evan Longoria Jersey . -- For Iowa, the trend of playing its finest football when on the road continues. For Purdue, the unpleasant trend of failing to win back-to-back games at any point in fourth-year coach Darrell Hazells time with the Boilermakers also continues.?Iowa scored touchdowns on five of its six opening-half possessions and defeated Purdue 49-35 on Saturday, winning its school-record ninth consecutive road game.The Hawkeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) broke the former school record of eight consecutive road victories set from 1920-23. Of the nine consecutive road triumphs, eight have been against Big Ten opponents.Purdue, now 9-33 in Hazells tenure -- including 3-24 in Big Ten play -- has lost the week following each of its three victories this season by an average margin of 25 points.For Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, the road winning streak is a special accomplishment.Our guys do a good job when they get on the bus, Ferentz said. They really are focused on what were trying to get done. It is a business-like atmosphere when we come to different environments, but the game is still played on the field. A key is that we have had good leadership and good maturity.Iowa, 3-0 this season in Big Ten road games, completely dominated the first two quarters, running 41 plays for 397 yards, successfully converting 7 of 8 third-down opportunities.Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard ran 16 yards for one touchdown and passed 42 yards to wide receiver Riley McCarron for another first-half TD.Running back LeShun Daniels ran 1 and 4 yards for Iowa touchdowns, and Akrum Wadley added a 75-yard TD run with?1:18 ?remaining in the second quarter, giving the Hawkeyes a 35-7 lead through 30 minutes.We wanted to get off to a fast start offensively, Beathard said. Going back to last weeks game against Minnesota, we didnt play well offensively. We came out and scored on our first couple of drives and then did all right today.Wadley said the Hawkeyes were eager to improve their overall rushing attack and do so at Purdues expense.We had some big runs out of the shotgun, which we worked on in practice this week and then had the right calls at the right time in the game today, Wadley said. At the beginning of the season, Daniels and I talked about having a game when we both rushed for over 100 yards. Today, that was the first game it happened.Wadley averaged 12.1 yards per carry with a long run of 75, and Daniels added a 67-yard run.Beathard said that made his job easy.When you can get both of those guys touches, and with the offensive line working the way they were working today opening up holes, they turn 8-yard runs into the long ones you saw today, Beathard said.Purdues David Blough threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brycen Hopkins and a 53-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cole Herdman, trimming the Iowa lead to 35-14, but Beathard countered with a 5-yard TD pass to Noah Fant, giving the Hawkeyes a 42-14 advantage.Bloughs 7-yard touchdown pass to Bilal Marshall with?8:40 ?remaining pulled the Boilermakers (3-3, 1-2) to within 42-21, and his 54-yard TD pass to DeAngelo Yancey with?5:36 ?left cut the deficit to 42-28.Iowa cornerback Desmond Kings 41-yard interception return for a touchdown with?1:44 ?remaining capped the Iowa scoring before Blough threw his fifth TD pass -- a 37-yarder to Hopkins -- with 17 seconds on the clock.Blough finished 30 of 60 for 458 yards.We didnt do a good job with getting off to a good start, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. Every time we felt we were flipping momentum, they hit a big (play) on us. Something we have to get settled right now is stopping the long run. Thats killing us right now.Iowa rushed 53 times for 365 yards and added 155 passing yards.While Bloughs final numbers were impressive, he said his performance was not good enough.We have to do it from the start, not against reserves or second-stringers, Blough said.TAKEAWAYS:IOWA: The Hawkeyes had two backs each rush for more than 100 yards in the same game for the first time since 2008 (Wadley, 170 yards; Daniels, 156). Although the Hawkeyes stumbled at home against North Dakota State and Northwestern, they have been excellent away from Iowa City, winning at Rutgers, at Minnesota and now at Purdue.PURDUE: While the Boilermakers played without three injured defensive starters -- tackle Jake Replogle, linebacker JaWhaun Bentley and cornerback Myles Norwood -- Purdue was flat after winning last week at Illinois. The Boilermakers now are 0-9 in the next game following a victory during Hazells four seasons at Purdue. The Boilermakers also played without defensive backs Brandon Roberts and David Rose, who were suspended for what Hazell called personal conduct issues.KEY STAT:Purdue entered the game ranked last in opponents third-down conversion success at 50.6 percent (40 of 79), and Iowa took advantage, converting 9 of 16. Before playing the Boilermakers, the Hawkeyes ranked 10th in Big Ten third-down conversion success at 36.7 percent (22 of 60).UGLY NUMBERS:Purdue now is 0-4 in homecoming games during Hazells four seasons with the Boilermakers and has been outscored 176-83 in those four defeats.QUOTE TO NOTE:Theres no question we are moving forward and are doing a lot of good things, Hazell said when asked if he is the right man to lead the Purdue program despite a 9-33 record.UP NEXT:IOWA: The Hawkeyes return home to face Wisconsin.PURDUE: The Boilermakers travel to Nebraska. 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