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von chenwen121314 18.03.2019 12:17

With rival clubs readying recruiting raids, Greater Western Sydney will again be a key player in the AFL trade period. Cheap Air Max 90 Wholesale .That wont be news to the talent-laden Giants, who are already resigned to losing homesick forward Cam McCarthy to a Western Australian club - most likely Fremantle - and promising key-position player Caleb Marchbank, who has requested a trade to Carlton.With the dust still settling on the Western Bulldogs stunning grand final win, attention will quickly turn to the trade period that runs from Monday October 10 to Thursday, October 20, and the free agency signing period, that starts on Friday October 7 and runs for 10 days.GWS played hardball with McCarthy a year ago when he requested a trade to his native Perth, with the talented forward choosing to sit out the AFL season when a trade didnt materialise.Marchbank, the sixth overall pick at the 2014 draft, put in a trade request to return to Victoria, with the Blues his desired destination.The club will work closely with both Greater Western Sydney and Calebs management to come to a suitable arrangement, Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni said in a statement.That pair wont be the only Giants enquired about by other clubs, with Adam Tomlinson, Jack Steele and Will Hoskin-Elliott also likely to attract interest.GWS are also reportedly interested in dealing with Essendon to secure the No.1 pick at this years draft, which would be the fourth top overall pick in the clubs short history.The coming trade and free agency periods promise to be amongst the busiest ever seen.Jaeger OMeara and Dion Prestia both want out of Gold Coast, with Hawthorn and Richmond their respective destinations of choice.The Hawks will need to be adequately compensated by Fremantle if Brad Hill is to get his wish to cross the continent to play with his brother, Stephen.Melbourne say they are comfortable with where Jesse Hogans contract situation sits, but speculation continues that both Perth clubs will try to make the Demons an offer they cant refuse for the talented young forward.Intrigue also surrounds the futures of North Melbourne trio Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo and Drew Petrie, who were all let go by the Roos.Petrie has attracted interest from West Coast, while Harvey and Dal Santo are still considering their futures.Harvey had been linked with a move to Collingwood but coach Nathan Buckley categorically denied that was the case during grand final week.The Magpies will also be a club to watch, with Dockers forward Chris Mayne and Kangaroos veteran Daniel Wells reportedly targeted.Travis Cloke is contracted for next season but has been strongly linked to the Bulldogs after announcing his desire to start afresh elsewhere. Wholesale Air Max 90 . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. Nike Air Max 90 Sale Uk . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position.WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have shuffled their personnel again. Gary Crowton was fired as the teams offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach Sunday as the team continues to stumble on the field. Marcel Bellefeuille will take over co-ordinator duties in Winnipeg (1-6) for the rest of the year. The Blue Bombers have lost five in a row, including a 37-18 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday in Winnipeg. "No one in our organization is happy with the way we have performed so far this season," said Bombers head coach Tim Burke. "Our offence has not played up to their standards and we need to make this change in order to give us a chance at remaining in the hunt for the post-season. I wish Gary all the best in his future endeavoours. Air Max 90 Wholesale Uk. ." Bellefeuille was added to Winnipegs coaching staff on Aug. 12 after spending last season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He was Hamiltons head coach from 2009-2011 and has an extensive background in the CFL, working as a position coach and offensive co-ordinator with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Montreal Alouettes and Ticats. Crowton isnt the first casualty of Winnipegs rough start to the season. Embattled CEO and president Garth Butchko resigned from his position and was replaced by former Blue Bomber player Wade Miller on Aug. 10. Millers first act as acting CEO was to fire general manager Joe Mack and name assistant general manager Kyle Walters as the acting general manager on Aug. 13. ' ' '

von huangjian123 18.03.2019 02:12

5 questions with Arrowhead Pride: Can Mahomes maintain this level of play? We are still relatively early into the 2018 season Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , but this is arguably the biggest game of the year for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the team travels to Missouri to take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. This game could go a long way in determining home-field advantage and playoff seedings come January, as two of the AFC’s best meet for a head-to-head encounter. To help prepare us for the AFC showdown, I talked to Pete Sweeney, editor-in-chief of Arrowhead Pride — SB Nation’s essential Kansas City Chiefs website. Pete provides great insights into the 2018 Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes and the matchup itself. Check it out below: 1. Of course, the Jaguars have the No. 1 defense in terms of points allowed (total defense and passing defense as well, but who’s counting?), and the Chiefs have the No. 1 scoring offense in the league. Which side do you think has the advantage and why?Pete: I think the Chiefs have the slight advantage this season in particular because of the uptick in penalties on defensive players. The old NFL clich茅 has been “defense wins championships,” but it really seems like the NFL is trending away from that, doesn’t it? Everyone has seen the Clay Matthews penalties the league has doubled down on Cheap Leonard Fournette Jersey , and the league released this stat on Thursday: Through the first four weeks of the season, there have been 344 total touchdowns and 3,030 total points scored across the league. Both are the most in history.2. Is the Patrick Mahomes “magic” real? He threw for 300-plus yards and willed his team back last Monday night, and that was considered a bit of a “down” game for him with only one touchdown pass (plus a rushing TD). Do you expect him to keep this pace? What is his floor?Pete:I do. I think the magic we are seeing from Patrick Mahomes is real. During the offseason, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach called Mahomes one of the best players he had ever seen, and head coach Andy Reid did nothing to slow down the hype train. This was very unlike the Chiefs and Reid, so I knew that Mahomes had to have the right traits. What has shocked me is how fast he has taken the league by storm — just five games in. We’re already seeing an ability to do things very few people in the world can do, and I’m eager to see how he performs against a challenge as strong as the Jaguars defense.3. The Kansas City defense has struggled, currently ranking dead last in the NFL in total yards allowed, but looked to be at least somewhat improved last week against the Denver Broncos. On the other hand, Jacksonville’s offense is very inconsistent Youth Donte Moncrief Jersey , capable of absolutely exploding or not being able to score many points at all. Do you think the shaky Chiefs defense can stop the Jaguars’ offense?Pete: I don’t. I think the Jacksonville Jaguars will certainly have their drives. The Chiefs defense hasn’t been great against tight ends, so this could also be the game that Austin Seferian-Jenkins finally gets things going. At least so far, the Chiefs have looked to be a flat-out bad defense. It’s not going to be whether or not the Chiefs defense can stop opposing offenses this year, it’s going to be about whether they can stop opposing offensives enough to allow Mahomes to take care of the rest.4. Is there a sort of an under-the-radar Chiefs player on either side of the ball (or both) that Jaguars fans should be aware of? Pete: Offense: TE Demetrius Harris. Harris has gotten between 30 and 40 percent of offensive snaps in each game he’s played in this season, but when he’s in the game, he’s worth watching. Even with limited time, Harris has managed three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, and despite all the weapons Reid has at receiver, he’ll mix in some two-tight end sets.Defense: S Eric Murray. Murray has been improving every week, and he is coming off a Monday night game in which he made a fantastic interception. Murray should likely play next to Ron Parker with Eric Berry (heal injury) continuing to be a question mark for the Chiefs.5. Other than Mahomes’ incredible play, what else is working so well for the Chiefs that has contributed to the 4-0 start: play-calling Youth T.J. Yeldon Jersey , offensive playmakers, special teams, etc.?Pete: I think outsiders want to say the Chiefs drafted “a freak” in Mahomes and that’s why they’re winning. That’s true, but it isn’t just that. I look at Mahomes and Reid like a chicken-egg situation. Both are having the early 2018 success because they have each other. Reid has injected a bit of Air Raid (Texas Tech) into the Chiefs offense, which we have now been calling the Air Reid. Reid has been making the right calls and even despite five games of experience, Mahomes makes the right decisions more often than not. I joke about this a lot, but it seems like the Chiefs pick a different weapon to feature every week, like on a rotation. Last week was the Hunt and Kelce game, for example. It’s been a few weeks since a Hill explosion, and this could be the week.Bonus: score prediction? Pete: 24-17 Chiefs. I think the Jags do a nice job slowing the game down, but in the end Youth Ronnie Harrison Jersey , Mahomes is too much. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the game!A big thank you to Pete for taking the time to speak with me. You can follow him on Twitter, and to stay up-to-date on everything the Chiefs are doing, be sure to follow Arrowhead Pride as well.Jaguars cuts tracker: Tracking Jacksonville roster moves, trades, rumors, updates, and more Now that the preseason is officially over, the Jacksonville Jaguars will soon begin their 2018 NFL roster cuts. The Jaguars have until 4:00pm EST on Saturday, September 1 to get their roster down to the regular season 53-player limit.Stay tuned to this thread for lives updates on Jaguars cuts, trades Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , rumors, and more. The Jaguars might not officially confirm their roster moves until Saturday afternoon but some of their moves will slowly leak out through media reports before then. Hence the need for this tracker.Cuts and updates4:58 PM: Even with Marqise Lee gone for the year, UDFA wide receiver Allen Lazard doesn’t make the final 53. Roster stands at 83.4:50 PM: Brandon Wilds is released by the team, despite more rushing yards in the preseason than fellow running back Tim Cook. We’ll see if Cook makes it over Wilds. Roster stands at 84.4:23 PM: Former Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby has been waived/injured. Roster stands at 85.1:39 PM: One less tight end on the roster as David Grinnage is released. Roster is at 86.1:34 PM: Great story from UDFA Tre Herndon. He most likely beat out Jalen Myrick for the No. 5 cornerback spot.1:12 PM: Jaydon Mickens is safe!1:01 PM: Michael Dunn has been reportedly released. Roster stands at 87.11:25 AM: Carroll Phillips has been cut. Roster is at 88 — the team never replaced Marqise Lee (thanks, Mike!)10:03 AM: The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be busy on the waiver wire this weekend. Here are 22 players they should absolutely target.9:46 AM: Here’s what we think the 53-man roster will look like by weekend’s end. What about you? Alfie’s version | Ryan’s version9:30 AM: The Jaguars roster currently stands at 90 players. 37 moves to make before the deadline.

von chenwen121314 16.03.2019 12:58

LOS ANGELES -- The Red Sox put catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to Friday. William Cuevas Jersey .Hanigan was hit by a pitch on the left ankle while catching Thursday night against Seattle. He was diagnosed with peroneal tendinitis.The Red Sox claimed catcher Bryan Holaday off waivers from Texas to fill Hanigans roster spot backing up Sandy Leon. Hector Velazquez Jersey . The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. Nathan Eovaldi Jersey . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games. BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021.Barcelona announced Neymars agreement to the terms of a new deal in July.The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from 200 million euros ($217 million) in its first year, to 220 million euros in the second year, to 250 million euros in the third year.The 24-year-old Neymar joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013.He has scored 91 goals in 1550 matches, including six goals in nine matches this season. Matt Barnes Jersey. Forming a dominant attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, he has helped Barcelona win the Champions League, two Spanish leagues, two Copa del Rey trophies, and the Club World Cup.This is great news, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. Neymar has grown into one of the best players in the world. ' ' '

von chenwen121314 16.03.2019 12:53

The New York Giants have signed veteran cornerback Leon Hall. Cheap Astros Jerseys .The deal is for one year and worth up to $2 million, a source told ESPNs Adam Schefter. Hall, 31, visited the Giants for a second time Wednesday. They wanted another look at his back after his offseason surgery.Hall impressed during his workout, and was choosing between the Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals. Hall said the Bengals, who drafted him in 2007, also made an offer.You can do pros and cons to a lot of situations, but I think that, for me personally, a lot of times, I go off my guts and instincts, if you will, Hall said. That is kind of how I felt about [the Giants].The Giants play the Bengals on a Monday night at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 14.?One of my friends had texted me about a game in November, Hall said. Its definitely something Ill be looking forward to. Theres no doubt about that.Hall is expected to compete immediately as the Giants slot cornerback. Trevin Wade has been running with their first-team defense this summer at that position.But defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo may have bigger plans in mind.Hes a versatile guy, Spagnuolo said. Hes an experienced vet. I think he can bring some things to the package that we can do to make us do some multiple things that maybe we didnt have a chance to do until this point. So Im excited about it.The Bengals first-round pick in 2007, Hall has started 121 games. Hes been used primarily as a slot cornerback the past few seasons.Spagnuolo said Hall will be used inside to begin with in the Giants defense.Injuries marred much of the latter years of Halls time in Cincinnati. He tore both of his Achilles tendons in separate incidents during the 2011 and 13 seasons. Although he returned remarkably strong after the first tear, he has been a little slower getting back to form since the second one. Neither Hall nor his Bengals coaches would say whether he had lost a step after the second injury, but his role was scaled back.Hall played strictly at the slot corner position in 2015 after splitting more time there and on the boundary at earlier times in his career. He had surgery on his back in January.The back is feeling good, which is a great feeling, he said. Ive kind of just been quietly going to work and rehabbing every day, working out. So Im feeling good. I like where Im at right now.Hall believes he can step right onto the field and practice. Hes been back at full strength since April or May.In a corresponding move, the Giants waived cornerback Tramain Jacobs.ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey contributed to this report. Cheap Jose Cruz Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Cheap Brian McCann Jersey . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Jamie Caven has been inspired by the Premier League title heroics of Leicester City and wants to bring another trophy to his jubilant hometown. The Foxes secured the Premier League trophy on Monday night to complete the most remarkable title challenge in the competitions history and Leicester-born Caven watched their celebrations with pride. Leicester City have been crowned as champions of the Premier League Caven, ranked no 23 in the Order of Merit, is yet to win one of the PDCs top titles, but Leicesters unlikely success has given the 40-year-old fresh hope that he can upset the odds in a major tournament. In a whole range of sports, it has shown that anything is possible, Caven told Sky Sports.It has opened peoples eyes in any sport across the world that you can be an underdog and still do amazing things. They were 5,000 to one to win the league. For sport in general, its been an amazing, uplifting thing. Jamie Caven on Leicester Citys title win When you look at our sport of darts, youve got your favourites, but anybody on any given day within the top 30 in the world can beat anybody, and Im no different in that belief.Ive beaten all the best players before, so there is no reason why not just myself, but anyone can achieve great things. For sport in general, its been an amazing, uplifting thing.The 40-year-olds run at the World Championships was ended by James Wade in the last-16 and Caven admits he has work to do if he wants to match the exploits of Claudio Ranieris team. Gary Anderson won the PDC World Darts Championship for the second year in a row after beating Adrian Lewis Thats the pinnacle the World Championships. Cheap Gerrit Cole Jersey. Its the one that everybody wants, said Caven. At the end of the day, there is only one person that can win it each year. Its hard to do Im sure, but Ill give it everything Ive got and with Leicesters achievement this season, it gives me something to really go for. Phil Taylor has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League of darts The Premier League of Darts is heading towards an exciting finale, with only two weeks of the regular season remaining, and Caven has backed six-time winner Phil Taylor to emerge triumphant on finals night at The O2.Van Gerwen is obviously the world No 1 and hes playing phenomenally well at the moment, said Caven.All kinds of records with his averages. But Taylor is coming back into form. Hes been playing really well and I have a feeling that Phil will win it, if Im honest. Watch all of this weeks Premier League matches on Thursday night from 7pm on Sky Sports 1. Also See: Sky Live: PL Darts Adams open to Slam return Fixtures/Results Prem Table ' ' '

von chenwen121314 16.03.2019 12:49

The UConn Huskies are still the unanimous top choice in The Associated Press womens basketball poll after having a week off for exams. Justin Faulk Jersey .UConn received all 33 first place votes from a national media panel Monday for the second consecutive week. The Huskies face No. 12 Ohio State on Monday night trying to extend their 84-game winning streak.With most teams on break for exams, there wasnt much movement at the top of the poll. Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland and Mississippi State followed UConn.South Carolina, Florida State and Louisville were next with Washington moving up two spots to No. 9. UCLA fell one place to 10th after losing to the Gamecocks on Sunday.Kansas State and Oregon State entered at No. 24 and 25 while DePaul and Oregon fell out. Its the Wildcats first ranking since 2012.---The poll can be found online at: Derek Ryan Jersey .Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. Adidas Scott Darling Jersey . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Football reigns in Texas, where communities build $60 million high school stadiums and worship 16-year-old quarterbacks.In Texas, its about Friday nights in places such as Stephenville and La Grange. Its about Saturdays in Austin and College Station, and its about Sunday afternoons in Dallas and Houston.But the start of NFL training camps no longer coincides with the unofficial end of baseball interest in Dallas and Houston. These days, baseball matters in September and October.The Texas Rangers have the American Leagues best record and the second-best record in baseball. The Houston Astros have a roster filled with young players such as Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose Altuve, who each figure to play in numerous All-Star games.I dont know that both clubs have been at this level ever before at the same time, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. When it matters to both teams, thats when its really fun.The Rangers and Astros have shared the AL West the past four seasons, but last year marked the first time both clubs could be considered contenders. The Rangers rallied from an eight-game deficit in August to win the division.On Sunday, the teams will conclude a three-game series in Arlington. The Rangers have won the series first two games, increasing their division lead over the Astros to 10? games. The Astros are four games behind in the AL wild-card race.The heightened awareness that comes around September, the excitement that comes with it, the stress ... its why we play, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.Texas has beaten Houston in 13 of 15 games this season and 21 of 25 dating back to last season, when the Rangers won the division. The Rangers have won six one-run games against the Astros and three others by two runs. The Astros entered this series with 10 wins in their past 12 games to pull within 8? games. The Rangers bullied Houston in the series first two games, scoring 22 runs and leading each game by at least eight runs.In these learning lessons that are going on now, in the heat of a pennant race in September when a lot of these guys are at the end of their gas tank, its a growth opportunity for them, Hinch said. But its also important that we find a way to navigate through some of these troubles because were going to need the younger guys to adapt.This rivalry is still in its infancy -- even though the teams have played a number of interleague games over the years -- because the Astros played in the NNational League from 1962 to 2012. Adidas Justin Faulk Jersey. For now, fans give the rivalry life because the cities have a natural rivalry. Dallas brags about the Cowboys Super Bowl trophies, while Houston gloats about the Rockets basketball titles.A four-hour drive up or down I-45 or a one-hour flight is all that separates the cities, and visiting fans tend to regularly invade the home teams ballpark.The rivalrys intensity should continue to increase because each franchise should be good for years. Texas has won at least 87 games six of the past seven years, and it has been to the playoffs four of the past six seasons, making consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.Houston, which made the playoffs in 2015, doesnt have that type of pedigree. Last season was the first time the Astros finished above .500 since 2008, but all those poor seasons positioned the Astros to draft a wave of stars. Those players are finally getting to the big leagues, and it has put the Astros in a position to be among the best teams in the AL for the next several years.Its alive, Texas manager Jeff Banister said of the rivalry. It may mean a little more to me than some: Im a Texas kid. Growing up in Houston and getting to manage the Texas Rangers, for me, youre asking a guy who probably has a little more invested in this than some.The players they have are young; its an energetic, very talented group that loves to play the game. You see the similarities in their players and our players in ability and how much they love to play the game and the excitement they play with.In 2015, both teams finished above .500 for the first time as members of the American League. That July, Texas Rougned Odor and Houstons Hank Conger had a heated argument at the plate that resulted in both dugouts emptying and the managers screaming at each other.Two months ago, the Double-A affiliates for each club were involved in a bench-clearing brawl that lasted 11 minutes and resulted in three ejections.Were still developing our rivalry, said Astros third base coach Gary Pettis, a coach with the Rangers for several seasons before joining the Astros last year.Right now, its probably more about the cities than the teams, but as we continue to improve, itll get more intense. Its a great opportunity for our players. You want to play games in September that mean something. ' ' '

von chenwen121314 16.03.2019 12:45

MANCHESTER, England -- Some people will do anything to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford. Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping .Even sleep overnight in the stadiums bathroom.Two United supporters took an official tour of the English clubs iconic ground on Friday, the day before United played Arsenal there in a high-profile Premier League game.Instead of leaving with the rest of the group at the end of the tour, the two fans hid in the bathroom and were found the following morning during a security sweep before the lunchtime kickoff.Police decided not to arrest the two fans. United said they, and their belongings, had been thoroughly searched before entering the stadium, so was confident there was no risk to safety. The fans did not get to see the game despite their efforts. They were ejected from the stadium by security guards.We realize people will go to any lengths to watch a game at Old Trafford, United said, but these people went too far.United said it will look into the incident.Uniteds Premier League match against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on the final weekend of last season was canceled after what police described as an incredibly lifelike device was found taped inside a toilet cubicle, leading to an evacuation of the stadium. It turned out the device was a fake bomb inadvertently left behind during a training exercise involving sniffer dogs that was undertaken by a private company days earlier. Discount Jerseys From China . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid. China Jerseys . Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point. Ahead of a crucial fortnight that will see them play against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others.The Dallas Stars were in playoff contention for much of the year, leading up to the trade deadline, but after shedding some veterans, they stumbled late, and five straight losses to end the season made it five consecutive seasons out of the playoffs. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Stars team that has changed its General Manager, is still looking for a coach, and will be aiming for a new look going forward. By hiring Jim Nill out of the Detroit Red Wings organization, to replace Joe Nieuwendyk, the Stars are charting a new course. Nill needs to find a replacement behind the bench for Glen Gulutzan and there are many options. Lindy Ruff, Alain Vigneault, Tom Renney and perhaps Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett are all experienced choices while Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins and Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill could get consideration as well. Coming from Detroit, Nill is likely to favour a puck possession game that has been the cornerstone of Detroits success and while its not easy to duplicate when you dont have Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, the Stars have some skill up front, but can probably use more if they are going to get back into the playoff picture. Theres no rush, as the Stars have a solid group of young players and Nill is expected to build through the draft. He told the Dallas Morning News, "After studying the organization and where we have our players in the minors or juniors or Europe, I think this draft offers the opportunity to set ourselves up for a long time going forward." Nill has had several opportunities to be a GM in the past, but he was finally swayed by Dallas, an organization that, while theyve missed the postseason for five straight years, has also improved their organizational depth, with a number of promising young players ready to contribute in the next couple years. The Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- plus-minus, hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, penalty differential and faceoffs. (Stats are listed in this format: G-A-PTS, +/-, PIM, GP). Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be 70-plus, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013 regular season ratings with a 93.65. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable GM/COACHJim Nill/Vacant Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Jamie Benn 73.07 41 12 21 33 -12 $5.25M Ray Whitney 73.07 32 11 18 29 +1 $4.5M Loui Eriksson 67.24 48 12 17 29 -9 $4.25M Cody Eakin 64.52 48 7 17 24 +1 $637K Antoine Roussel 62.73 39 7 7 14 +3 $613K Vernon Fiddler 61.57 46 4 13 17 +2 $1.8M Erik Cole 60.98 47 9 4 13 -6 $4.5M Ryan Garbutt 60.32 36 3 7 10 +1 $575K Reilly Smith 57.15 37 3 6 9 0 $900K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Eric Nystrom 59.46 48 7 4 11 -3 UFA $1.4M Tom Wandell 53.54 18 1 0 1 0 RFA $893K Stars Forwards Usage Chart from A protracted contract negotiation likely hampered Jamie Benn and the result was a season slightly less productive than the level he had already established to this point in his career. The 23-year-old is a great combination of size and skill and could be a point-per-game scorer with the right linemates. Hes the cornerstone piece as this franchise builds for the future. Ray Whitney turned 41 shortly after the regular season ended and, while he missed time with a broken foot, it was the second straight season in which he scored better than 0.90 points per game (29 points in 32 games). Since 1990-1991, Adam Oates is the only other player in the league to cross that 0.90 points per game threshold twice after turning 38-years-old. Hes also had very strong possession numbers in those seasons. As such, the Stars should feel comfortable enough that Whitney can provide offence again next season. A staple on most underrated lists for several seasons, Loui Erikssons production dipped (29 points in 48 games) last year after three straight seasons with at least 70 points, so he may be more properly rated now. Nevertheless, hes a skilled forward who plays a strong defensive game as well so, even coming off a down season, the 27-year-old remains a central figure on one of Dallas scoring lines. Acquired from Washington for Mike Ribeiro, 22-year-old Cody Eakin had a solid first season with the Stars, the speedy forward providing perhaps a little more offence than expected at this stage of his career. Eakin could potentially work his way onto a scoring line and is already a reliable contributor in the Stars top nine. He didnt play a lot (9:24 per game), but agitator Antoine Roussel was more productive than expected, based on 36 points in 146 career AHL games. There was some serious luck involved, the kind of which isnt likely to be duplicated, but there can still be room in a fourth-line role for a guy who can get under the skin of opponents. Checking forward Vernon Fiddler takes a beating in the possession game, but also takes the hardest minutes, starting most of his shifts in the defensive zone and facing quality opposition. Put into a more significant role for the final month, he tallied 11 points in 13 games, which was a significant departure from his previous scoring (six points in the first 33 games), but it might suggest that, with the right linemates, Fiddler can chip in some offence from the third line. The Stars surely hoped that they would get more production out of power forward Erik Cole, who didnt record an even-strength assist in 28 games with Dallas despite playing nearly 17 minutes per game. A new regime may investigate sending Cole back to the Eastern Conference, where hes been more productive but, since hes one year removed from a 35-goal season, it would also be reasonable to give him another shot in a top six role. A hard-working energy winger, Ryan Garbutt has traveled an unlikely path to the NHL, through Brown University, the Central Hockey League, ECHL and a couple of AHL stops, but the 27-year-old played all of his games in Dallas last year. Hes on a very reasonable one-way deal, but his fate will be determined by the new regime. Its that way for all players, but especially those on the fringe of the roster. Reilly Smith scored 58 goals in his last two collegiate seasons, yet only finished with three goals in 37 games for the Stars. There is still reason to hope that he can be an offensive contributor, and despite his lack of points, had good possession stats. After 229 games with the Stars, Tom Wandells role has decreased, playing a career-low 8:27 per game in 2013, and he split last season between the AHL and NHL. With a number of forward prospects bucking for a spot, Wandell could be hard-pressed to stick around. Its certainly possible that a few Stars prospects will be pushing for jobs next season and that may be the best plan of attack, taking the top one or two from a group that includes Brett Ritchie, Alex Chiasson and Matt Fraser. Otherwise, there could be room for free agents like Nathan Horton, Ryane Clowe or Stephen Weiss, while Valtteri Filppula, who has a history with new GM Jim Nill from Detroit, could be a natural fit in a second-line centre role. Or maybe Brad Richards, if hes a compliance buyout in New York, would sign at a discount rate coming off a down season. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Alex Goligoski 72.88 47 3 24 27 +4 $4.6M Trevor Daley 67.66 44 4 9 13 +1 $3.3M Stephane Robidas 67.27 48 1 12 13 +2 $3.3M Brenden Dillon 65.85 48 3 5 8 +1 $900K Aaron Rome 62.42 27 0 5 5 -2 $1.5M Philip Larsen 61.26 32 2 3 5 -10 $1.025M Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Jordie Benn 63. Cheap Jerseys Outlet. 33 26 1 5 6 -4 UFA $525K Stars Defence Usage Chart from It may have gone largely unnoticed, but Alex Goligoski scored at a career-best rate (0.57 points per game) while playing more than 22 minutes per game. Goligoski doesnt play a physical game, but hes mobile and has strong possession skills. Steady and unspectacular, Trevor Daley has played more than 21 minutes per game for the last five seasons, averaging between 0.29 and 0.33 points per game in all five seasons while missing less than four games per season. At 36-year-old, Stephane Robidas remains a significant part of the Dallas blueline, playing more than 22 minutes for each of the last five seasons and routinely taking on the toughest defensive assignments. Robidas plays a hard-nosed game and, going into the final year of his deal, could be an interesting trade chip should the Stars want to get younger on the blueline. Brenden Dillon is coming off an impressive rookie season, one in which he started in a depth role, but quickly earned more ice time and more difficult matchups. Dillon has good size and isnt afraid to use it, ranking fifth among defencemen with 133 hits. Its taken parts of seven NHL seasons for Aaron Rome to accrue 201 career games and, after signing with the Stars as a free agent last summer, he struggled. Hes 29-years-old and has yet to emerge beyond a part-time role, so thats really the only fair expectation for him going forward. After making some progress in 2011-2012, Philip Larsen took a step back last season, playing fewer than 15 minutes per game while playing just two-thirds of the shortened schedule and yet he still had the worst plus-minus rating among Stars defencemen. Larsen is still just 23 and has mobility and puck skills that show potential, but he needs a strong season if hes going to hold off challenges from an increasingly deep pool of prospects. 6-foot-7 Jamie Oleksiak played 16 games for Dallas last season, his first as a pro, and seems like a good bet to make the jump next season, but the Stars have options from within their organization. Kevin Connauton and Cameron Gaunce were both acquired last season and have enough pro experience that either one could be called up to fill-in, while Joe Morrow, picked up from Pittsburgh in the Brenden Morrow trade, has more long-term potential. If the Stars wish to have a more immediate impact on the blueline, they could dabble in free agency, with steady vets like Ian White, Jordan Leopold, Ron Hainsey and Toni Lydman among those that would add stability and maybe give the Stars a little more time to be patient with their young defencemen. Returning Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Kari Lehtonen 71.42 36 15 14 3 2.66 .916 $5.9M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 12-13 Cap Hit Richard Bachman 50.02 13 6 5 0 3.25 .885 RFA $625K There are a dozen goalies that have played at least 150 games over the last three seasons and Kari Lehtonen ranks sixth among them with a .917 save percentage in that span. Hes a real asset for the Stars, so long as he stays healthy, and that has been less of a problem in Dallas than it was earlier in his career with Atlanta. When it comes to the backup spot, Richard Bachman has a .901 save percentage in 32 games (after a dismal .885 save percentage in 13 games in 2013), so hes okay, as a cost-effective option, but also easily replaceable if the Stars want someone more proven or someone that gives them a better chance on the nights that Lehtonen needs a break. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Brett Ritchie RW Niagara (OHL) 41-35-76, +35, 53 GP Jamie Oleksiak D Texas (AHL) 6-27-33, +19, 59 GP Alex Chiasson RW Texas (AHL) 13-22-35, +3, 57 GP Radek Faksa C Kitchener (OHL) 9-22-31, -1, 39 GP Joe Morrow D Texas (AHL) 5-14-19, -4, 66 GP Ludwig Bystrom D Modo (SEL) 3-3-6, +7, 30 GP Matej Stransky RW Saskatoon (WHL) 40-45-85, +32, 72 GP Jack Campbell G Texas (AHL) 19-13-3, 2.65 GAA, .905 SV% Patrik Nemeth D Texas (AHL) 1-11-12, +11, 47 GP Kevin Connauton D Texas (AHL) 9-22-31, -10, 69 GP A 6-foot-4 power forward prospect who really came into his own playing alongside top Islanders prospect Ryan Strome in Niagara, Brett Ritchie finished the year in the American Hockey League, scoring four points in five regular season games then adding two points in nine playoff games. As the Stars get bigger and younger, Ritchie is a big piece of their future, but might be well-served to spend some time in the AHL to establish that he can score at the pro level. While Jamie Oleksiak did get a chance to play with Dallas last season (two points, minus-5 in 16 games), he was overmatched when it came to puck possession. Thats fine, hes a monstrous 20-year-old who skates very well and he was tremendous in the AHL as a first-year pro. Maybe he needs a little more seasoning, but its entirely possible that hes a part of the Dallas blueline next season and for many years to come. 22-year-old winger Alex Chiasson had a decent first pro season (13 G, 22 A, 57 GP) in the AHL before getting a call up to Dallas, where he burst onto the scene with six goals and seven points in seven games. Scoring on 46.2% of his shots could set up preposterous expectations, because he wont do that over a larger sample of games, but he has good size and skill, enough that he could potentially find his way to a scoring line in Dallas next season. A first-round pick last summer, Radek Faksa endured an injury-plagued 2012-2013 campaign. Hes only 19, so young enough to bounce back from it and continue to develop his offensive ability to combine with an already sound defensive approach. The 23rd overall pick in 2011, Joe Morrow was moved out of the Penguins organization fairly quickly, part way through his first pro season, so there are naturally some questions raised about whether his stock has fallen, but Morrow played better upon joining Texas in the AHL. He skates and handles the puck well, so he could be challenging for a spot in Dallas soon, maybe after another year (or most of it) of development. A second-round pick in 2012, Ludwig Bystrom has played 51 games in the Swedish Elite League over the last three years, which is quite a bit of time playing against men for a player who is still 18-years-old. Since the Stars have a decent crop of young defencemen already, theres no need to rush Bystrom and he can use the time to get stronger and round out his physical game. Taken 11th overall in 2010, Jack Campbell was a very highly-touted goaltending prospect, but his play since then has been entirely uneven. He has a .907 save percentage in 52 AHL games so far, which doesnt suggest that hes ready for the NHL, but hes 21, so maybe over the next couple of seasons, hell figure it out. A big stay-at-home defenceman, 21-year-old Patrik Nemeth came over to North America last season and played well enough to remain in consideration. He doesnt have a lot of offensive upside, but could fill a strictly defensive role. Drafted in the sixth round in 2011, Matej Stransky has scored 79 goals over the last two seasons in the WHL. He has good size to go with that skill, so if he can handle the adjustment to the pros, Stransky might turn into a nice value selection. Kevin Connauton was added in the Derek Roy trade and the 23-year-old is close to challenging for an NHL job after three years in the American Hockey League. He could be more physical and better without the puck, but he moves it well and had 11 points in 18 (regular season and playoff) games after he joined Texas. When the Stars decided to clear out some veterans last season, they bolstered their prospect list, so they still have some quality options in the pipeiline oustside of the group mentioned above. Forwards Alexander Guptill and Devin Shore are still in college, Cameron Gaunce and John Klingberg add to the defence pool and winger Matt Fraser has merely scored 70 goals in two AHL seasons. DRAFT10th - Bo Horvat, Max Domi, Hunter Shinkaruk.28th - Robert Hagg, Michael McCarron, J.T. Compher FREE AGENCYAccording to, the Stars have approximately $44.6M committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 17 players. Check out my possible Stars lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: Two top six forwards, one top four defenceman.What I said the Stars needed last year: One top six forward, one top nine forward, depth forwards, one top pair defenceman.They added: Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Brenden Dillon, Aaron Rome. TRADE MARKETErik Cole, Philip Larsen, Aaron Rome. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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Both teams mascots are Bulldogs, but thats where the similarities end for No. Thomas Vanek Jersey . 14 Gonzaga and Bryant, who meet Friday night at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.While Gonzaga (2-0) showed it could be the best team on the west coast Monday night in a 69-48 spanking of San Diego State, Bryant (1-1) is merely trying to figure out what it can be as it starts a three-game swing into eastern Washington.Coming off an 88-61 beat-down of Division III foe Salve Regina Tuesday night, Bryant is meeting Gonzaga for only the second time ever. The first time was three years ago, when Gonzaga opened its season with a 100-76 thumping.Bryant coach Tim OShea said the win Tuesday night could boost his teams confidence.Any time you can get a win in the home opener, its a great thing, OShea said. Hopefully, this will put us on the right track with some really tough games coming up.No game Bryant plays for the remainder of the season will be tougher than this one. Gonzaga can beat you from almost any spot on the floor, and it appears more athletic than many of its last 17 teams, all of which reached the NCAA tournament.It has already exhibited the ability to play different styles in its first two games. After zipping through a 92-69 win in its season opener against Utah Valley, Gonzaga played and excelled at a slower tempo against San Diego State, overcoming 39.4 percent field goal shooting by committing just seven turnovers and playing terrific defense.Gonzaga can attack you in the post with 7-foot senior center Przemek Karnowski and 6-9 forward Johnathan Williams, a Missouri transfer capable of a 20-10 double-double any night. It can torment you from long range with California transfer Jordan Mathews, a graduate transfer who strafed San Diego State with five 3-pointers and 17 points Monday night.And for good measure, it can beat you with Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss, who is on the 50-man preseason watch list for the Wooden Award. Even on an off-night like Monday, where he made only 3-of-12 shots, Williams-Goss still wound up with 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals.We adapt and change every year, Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. I think we do as good a job as anybody figuring out what we got, and then we play to that.Add 7-foot freshman Zach Collins (15 points, eight rebounds in 21 minutes Monday night) and 6-10 French frosh Killian Tillie (8.5 ppg, 9.5 rebounds in two games) to this mix, and you see a team with the depth and height to challenge anyone in the lane.Its little wonder, then, that Gonzagas true measuring sticks wont be taken in December when it plays Arizona or during West Coast Conference play when it matches up twice with St. Marys and BYU. It will likely take until March to see if this team can live up to its high aspirations.We were better tonight than we were against Utah Valley, Few said after the San Diego State game. If we can keep moving it incrementally forward, thats a great sign. 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SCITUATE, R.I. -- The Latest on the investigation into Curt Schillings failed video game company finding no criminal violations (all times local):4:45 p.m.Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says authorities investigating the failed deal with his video game company were sent on a witch hunt.WPRI-TV asked the former ballplayer on Friday for his reaction to Rhode Island authorities announcing they found no provable criminal violations of state law after a yearslong investigation into Schillings 38 Studios.Schilling replied on Twitter hes disgusted that authorities were sent on a witch hunt.He says Rhode Island could have saved millions if officials realized years ago that there were no criminal violations.His lawyer couldnt immediately be reached to comment further on his behalf.Schillings company relocated to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. It later went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.---4:10 p.m.An investigation into former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schillings failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal violations.Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven G. ODonnell and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the results of the yearslong investigation Friday.They say there are no provable criminal violations of state law. Nearly 150 people were interviewed and thousands of doocuments reviewed. Sam Reinhart Jersey. ODonnell says a bad deal doesnt always equate to an indictment.The former ballplayers company relocated to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. It later went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.The states economic development agency sued Schilling and others who aided the deal to try to recoup the money.---3 p.m.Rhode Island authorities are announcing the results of the criminal investigation into Curt Schillings failed video game company, 38 Studios.State Police Col. Steven G. ODonnell and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin are scheduled to discuss the results Friday at State Police Headquarters in North Scituate, Rhode Island.They declined to release any details of the years-long investigation beforehand.The former ballplayers company relocated to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. It later went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.A criminal investigation into the deal was launched and the states economic development agency sued Schilling and others who aided the deal to try to recoup the money.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also sued, alleging that investors were defrauded. ' ' '

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have put first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left wrist. Authentic Sam Darnold Jersey .The NL East leaders recalled outfielder Brian Goodwin from Triple-A Syracuse before Saturday nights game against San Francisco.The move with Zimmerman was retroactive to Aug. 1, a day after he was hit in the wrist by a pitch from Giants closer Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning of a game in San Francisco.Zimmerman has been struggling with injuries this season. He is hitting .222 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 80 games.Its really frustrating, Zimmerman said. Well be fine, and it shouldnt be too long. I enjoy playing baseball and not being able to do it is tough.The 25-year-old Goodwin is set for his major league debut. He hit .284 with 11 homers and 62 RBI at Triple-A Syracuse. Jets Jerseys China . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. Authentic Nathan Shepherd Jersey . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. http://www.cheapnewyorkjetsjerseysauthen...ickerson-jersey . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Ravens franchise kicker Justin Tucker has grown frustrated enough with negotiations that he is vowing not to re-sign with Baltimore after this season if the two sides do not have a long-term deal in place by Fridays 4 p.m. ET deadline.Justins disillusioned with the process right now and the Ravens position with him on his contract, Tuckers agent, Rob Roche, said Thursday. If we dont get a long-term deal done by Friday, Justin will not entertain offers from [the] Ravens after the season.There was hope of progress recently. However, that hope dissipated Thursday, when the Ravens provided Tucker with an offer that actually paid him less than their prior offers and less than Mason Crosby of the Packers.The franchise tag for kickers this season is $4.5 million, which Tucker would be playing for if the two sides are unable to get a long-term deal done by Friday. But based on how events go between now and Fridays 4 p.m. ET deadline, it could turn out to be the last year Tucker is contractually tied to Baltimore. The Ravens could keep Tucker in 2017 if they sign him again. A second tag would roughly cost the Ravens $5.4 million.Tucker, the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, received the Ravens franchise tag Feb. 26 and signed it March 4.Baltimore has a history of using the tag to extend negotiations. Before Tucker, the past four pllayers (cornerback Chris McAlister in 2003, linebacker Terrell Suggs in 08, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 11, running back Ray Rice in 12) tagged by Baltimore signed long-term deals after receiving the tag. Wholesale Jets Jerseys. ucker, 26, has converted 87.8 percent of his career field goals, which ranks second to only Dallas Dan Bailey (90.6 percent) in NFL history. Tuckers 130 field goals and 529 points since entering the NFL in 2012 are second only to the Patriots Stephen Gostkowski (135 field goals, 618 points) in that span. However, Tucker is coming off the roughest season of his four-year career, converting a personal-low 82.5 percent of his field goals.He had a decisive kick in overtime or with no time remaining in regulation in three of the Ravens five wins last season. He also connected on 12 of his last 13 field goals (92.3 percent), and his touchback percentage on kickoffs (85.1 percent) was second in the NFL.Tucker, who went undrafted, never received a signing bonus as a rookie and made minimums in 2012 ($390,000), 13 ($480,000) and 14 ($570,000). He was a restricted free agent last season who got a second-round tender at $2.356 million.ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this report. ' ' '

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ARCALIS, Andorra -- Diminished by a fever and still reeling from crashes on the opening two days of the race, two-time champion Alberto Contador pulled out of the Tour de France during the toughest Pyrenean stage Sunday. Jordan Zimmermann Jersey .Slightly more than 60 miles from the end of Stage 9 from the Spanish town of Vielha to the ski resort of Arcalis in Andorra, the 33-year-old Spaniard stopped at the side of the road, hopped off his bike and got into the passenger seat of his team car.I could not keep going, Contador later said at his team hotel. This morning I had a fever. And I did not feel good since I crashed on the first day.Contador crashed in each of the opening stages -- damaging his right shoulder, elbow and hip -- and had already lost time on the other overall favorites.He was in 20th position at the end of Saturdays eighth stage, 3 minutes, 12 seconds behind leader Chris Froome, who said Contadors departure from the race was a big loss for the Tour de France.We are not going to have to chase his attacks 100 kilometers out anymore, Froome said. Its one of the less things for us to worry about, but its maybe a shame of the race.During Sundays stage, Contador dropped back to his team car four times before finally withdrawing.He had started the stage in a bright fashion, attacking alongside fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde to catch a group of early breakaway riders on the first climb.But Contador could not continue his effort and was quickly brought back by the pack before he pulled out in the Port del Canto climb. He handed his bike to a mechanic and waved to TV cameras as he exited the race that made him famous.The withdrawal occurred on Contadors home roads near the town of Vilamur in Spain.Its bad news for me, said Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov, who is planning to leave the sport. It was my last try to win the Tour de France. But who knows, maybe Ill come back in a few years.Contador, who won cyclings showpiece race in 2007 and 2009, had made the Tour de France his main goal of the season, skipping the Giro to focus on the Tour.If he recovers, Contador is still expected to compete in the road race at the Rio Olympics next month.I will undergo tests to find out what is going wrong, he said.Contador was stripped of the 2010 Tour title and suspended for two years after testing positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol in the final week of the race.He was among the three prerace favorites this year alongside defending champion Froome and Colombian climber Nairo Quintana. Wholesale Tigers Jerseys . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. Daniel Norris Jersey . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. BOSTON -- Boston College receiver Chris Garrison was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first quarter of Saturdays game against Buffalo with a fractured left tibia.Garrison, a redshirt freshman, went up high to catch a 44-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Towles at the Bulls 11-yard line when he came down awkwardly onn his left leg with 2:09 to play. Cheap Tigers Jerseys China. rainers rushed to the field and called for a stretcher before putting an air cast on his leg.At the end of the quarter, the school announced the injury. ' ' '

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Kevin Harvick will swap two pit crew members with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick after a subpar performance Sunday at Darlington Raceway.Danica Patrick front tire changer Eric Maycroft and front tire carrier Matt Holzbaur will move to Harvick starting this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, while former Harvick front tire changer Tim Sheets and front tire carrier Todd Drakulich will move to Patricks pit crew.The decision was made Wednesday by SHR officials and reflected on the Harvick team roster released to media Wednesday night.Harvick was critical of his SHR pit crews performance following a second-place finish Sunday at Darlington. He lost the lead twice thanks to slow pit stops, including one in which an air gun malfunction resulted in him going from first to 12th.This isnt the first time Harvick has had an in-season change in pit crews. In 2014, the pit crew of Tony Stewart was swapped with that of Harvick prior to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, giving Harvick the 2011 championship-winning Stewart pit crew for his 2014 title run. Drakulich was a member of that two-time Cup championship-winning crew, as are current Harvick rear tire changer Daniel Smith and rear tire carrier Mike Morneau.Im over being a cheerleader, Harvick said Sunday night. Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road, and cheerleading hasnt really been working. Youve got to get after it on pit road and do your job.Teams dont release pit-crew salaries. A pit crew member who sued Michael Waltrip Racing last year had a contract that paid him $160,000 a year -- $110,000 to work and train with the pit crew and $50,000 for other duties as a team employee. SAN FRANCISCO - Jon Lester pitched into the ninth for his first victory in four tries this month, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Monday night after flying cross-country earlier in the day. Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit RBI doubles, Shane Victorino added an RBI single and Will Middlebrooks had a sacrifice fly for Boston. The Red Sox chose to travel first thing Monday rather than late Sunday night after a 9-6 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park. Lester (11-7) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two in Bostons seventh shutout. He outpitched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (6-13) to snap a three-start winless stretch since a victory at Baltimore on July 28. Lester gave way to Brandon Workman after allowing a pair of one-out singles in the ninth. Lincecum was done after five-plus innings and lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. Two of his four walks were intentional free passes to Middlebrooks. Giants pitchers had a balk, wild pitch and hit batsman in the same home game for the first time since April 10, 2010, against Atlanta. The two clubs faced off for just their fourth series and first since Boston took two of three at AT&T Park in an injury-plagued stop. In a lengthy tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims before the game, players from both sides walked out of their dugouts and stood on their respective baselines in a show of solidarity and support. Lester retired the first nine Giants in order before Andres Torres lined a single to left leading off the fourth. The Boston left-hander tossed a complete game in his lone other start against San Francisco, a five-hitter on June 27, 2010, at AT&T Park. He nearly did it again. Boston staked Lester to an earrly lead with three runs in the second — showing no signs of being weary from a 4-hour, 12-minute game Sunday night and then the travel.dddddddddddd Will Middlebrooks hit a sacrifice fly and a balk by Lincecum forced in another run. Torres also singled in the sixth and eighth innings to finish with three of San Franciscos six hits and his first multihit game since June 29 at Colorado. The Giants were blanked for the 10th time. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. Dustin Pedroia hit a ninth-inning triple and scored on Saltalamacchias two-out double. Boston manager John Farrell reiterated he didnt think Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose a night earlier — and Farrell doesnt foresee any punishment from Major League Baseball. "I dont expect them to do anything," he said. "My view is that it was not intentional." Notes: A moment of silence and a video slideshow of still photos were held before the national anthem. The Giants wore Boston Strong patches. ... Lester is 12-5 in 24 career interleague outings. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan, recovering from left hamstring surgery, could join Triple-A Fresno for a rehab assignment in the next few days. ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt, on the DL since July 21 with a strained left groin, is slated to throw off the mound in the coming days. ... Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli missed his third straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Manager John Farrell is optimistic he will play Tuesday. "Hes responding well to treatment hes getting on his foot," Farrell said. ... Lester, Tuesday starter Jake Peavy and newly activated catcher David Ross flew out ahead of the team to the Bay Area. ... The Giants dropped to 4-11 in interleague play. ' ' '

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Saturdays Test between Australia and New Zealand, the first rugby league international in the WA capital, is shaping as the battle of the giants. Wholesale Lions Jerseys .New Kiwis coach David Kidwell has made his intentions clear by naming a massive forward pack for the nib Stadium encounter.Kangaroos mentor Mal Meninga wont name his side until Friday. but the nine-times State of Origin winning coach is set to match the Kiwis brawn up front with some of his own.Captain Jesse Bromwich will lead a monster Kiwis pack that includes Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris , Jason Taumalolo and bench forwards Martin Taupau, Manu Mau and Adam Blair.Back-rower Sam Thaiday said the Australians know what is coming at them.You expect that from the Kiwis now to pick a big, big forward pack, Thaiday told AAP.That is the way and the style of football they like to play.Off the back of their bigs like Jesse Bromwich they can get quick play the balls and offloads and bring their small and mobile halves and outside backs into the game.We need to make sure we match it early against the Kiwis.The Australians will counter the Kiwis grunt up front with go forward from the likes of Matt Scott, Shannon Boyd, David Klemmer, Trent Merrin, Tyson Frizell and Thaiday.Back-rower Matt Gillett will be asked to do plenty of tackling for the Kangaroos but he is confident they can match their Kiwis opposites with ball in hand.I am pretty happy we have Klemmer and big Boydy there to contain their big forwards, Gillett said.David is obviously a massive boy and Boydy too, those two big boys are going to be very damaging for us if they can get a roll on and give our halves and Smithy (hooker Cameron Smith) a chance to play football it will be great.The Australians held their main training session at the University of WA on Wednesday afternoon.They have Thursday off, before the captains run at nib Stadium on Friday morning, before which Meninga is expected to announce his side.Centre Greg Inglis is scheduled to arrive in Perth on Thursday after he stayed behind in Sydney for the birth of his daughter.Inglis will only have the captains run to prepare for the Test but is expected to slot into left centre alongside likely debutant Valentine Holmes on the left wing.LAND OF THE GIANTSKiwis pack heights and weightsJesse Bromwich (194cm, 114kg)Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (193cm, 116kg)Kevin Proctor (189cm, 105kg)Tohu Harris (195cm, 108kg)Jason Taumalolo (191cm, 113kg)Martin Taupau (190cm, 112kg)Manu Mau (184cm, 103kg)Adam Blair (188cm, 114kg)Kangaroos pack weightsMatt Scott (185cm, 106kg)Shannon Boyd (194cm, 122kg)David Klemmer (200cm, 120kg)Trent Merrin (184cm, 104kg)Tyson Frizell (185cm, 103kg)Sam Thaiday (182cm, 112kg)Matt Gillett (187cm, 104kg) Authentic Frank Ragnow Jersey . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. Authentic Tracy Walker Jersey . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke wants to show it once again belongs among the elite teams in womens basketball. Beating No. 3 South Carolina is a good way to prove it.Rebecca Greenwell scored seven of her 29 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes, leading the Blue Devils past the Gamecocks 74-63 on Sunday.I think it shows we can play with anyone out there, Greenwell said. We knew that from the beginning of the season, but now its just showing it to others.Oderah Chidom added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (9-1) earn their first victory over a top-three opponent since they knocked off No. 3 Ohio State in 2009.I wanted to make a statement, Chidom said, and South Carolinas a great team to do it against.Duke shot 50 percent and forced the Gamecocks (6-1) into a season-worst 19 turnovers, turning them into 28 points.Coach Dawn Staley said her team played undisciplined basketball.We wanted to stay really close to Greenwell, because we know what shes capable of, Staley said. And obviously, she made us pay.Aja Wilson scored 18 points and Kaela Davis added 14 for South Carolina, which pulled to 66-60 on Bianca Cuevas-Moores 3-pointer with 1:41 left and immediately called timeout.But the Gamecocks came out of that break and put six players on the court, earning them a technical foul. Greenwell hit two free throws with 1:40 remaining, and after Duke forced a stop, Kyra Lambert added two foul shots to push the Blue Devils lead to 70-60 with 1:05 remaining.BIG PICTURESouth Carolina: The Gamecocks have plenty to work on after this -- starting with ball security. They lead the nation with averages of 21 free throws made and 30 of them attempted, but got to the line only 14 times in this one, making nine. Staley says alll of her teams problems can be corrected by simply tightening things up at the defensive end. Cheap Authentic Lions Jerseys. The only team to score more against her Gamecocks was Ohio State in a 92-80 loss in the opener on Nov. 14.I think if we can fix our defense, Staley said, the turnovers will help themselves.Duke: This was the kind of victory the Blue Devils needed as they try to climb back into the national rankings after some stumbles last season knocked them out of the polls. The Blue Devils had lost eight straight games against Top 25 opponents since they beat No. 12 Mississippi State two years ago in the NCAA Tournament.POLL IMPLICATIONSThis loss figures to send South Carolina dropping a few spots. As for Duke, it looked like the kind of victory that could earn the Blue Devils their first national ranking since midway through last season.KEY STATDuke outscored South Carolinas celebrated front line 42-32 in the paint. Said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie: Thats a 10-point difference in our favor, and thats the game.WELCOME BACKSouth Carolinas Allisha Gray scored 11 points in her return to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Gray played for rival North Carolina for two seasons, scoring 24 points here in a win in 2014 and 20 in a loss the following year before transferring from the Tar Heels.UP NEXTSouth Carolina: The Gamecocks return home and have a week off before playing host to Minnesota on Dec. 11.Duke: The Blue Devils on Thursday night play host to an Elon team in a matchup that pits mother against daughter: Elon guard Maddie McCallie is the daughter of Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie. ' ' '

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The Houston Rockets have expanded to esports and gaming, hiring a new director of esports in the teams front office, the franchise announced Thursday. Authentic Wizards Jerseys . The new director is former Team Archon chief executive officer and Namecheap head of esports Sebastian Park. No further moves for the team have been determined, and it intends to explore all options before making a formal investment.The franchise, which has shown interest in esports before, hired Park as an experienced esports executive. He ran Archon, the esports team owned by famous Hearthstone professional player Jason Amaz Chan, from 2015 to 2016. Park, 25, is a native of Los Angeles and a Yale graduate in cognitive science.What really drew me to the Rockets was their ability to say, There are things we know, and things we dont know. We know the esports space is valuable, now lets take time and really figure it out, Park told Bloomberg Technology.Rockets general manager Daryl Morey spoke about esports on ESPNs True Hoop podcast in August, stating that if he was involved in any other sport aside from basketball as a career, it would be esports. He also compared esports growth to 1950s basketball.The Rockets are the first NBA franchise to hire an esports-focused employee internally, but not the first NBA franchise to expand into the field. In September, the Philadelphia 76ers purchased North American team Apex Gaming and European organization Team Dignitas, quickly merging the two organizations and hiring new staffers under the Dignitas banner.Additionally, Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Washington Wizards co-owner Ted Leonsis invested with a group into esports org Team Liquid in September. Memphis Grizzlies co-owner Stephen Kaplan increased his stake in Immortals around the same time. Womens Wizards Jerseys .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Wholesale Wizards Jerseys . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. . The 28-year-old from Calgary matched his career best after missing just one shot in his two rounds of shooting in the mens 10-kilometre sprint competition. Smith finished in 23 minutes 15. The Warriors, boosted by their golden-point victory over Penrith to move into the NRL top eight, have chosen an unchanged starting 13 to face Gold Coast.Tuimoala Lolohea is retained at fullback for Sundays match at Robina, meaning David Fusitua will play in the centres for the second week in a row.The starting pack includes prop Albert Vete and ex-Titans back-rower Bodene Thompson, both late inclusions in the 20-16 win over the Panthers.Coach Andrew McFadden has selected a five-man bench which features the return of rookies Nathaniel Roache and Bunty Afoa.The others on the interchange are props Ben Matulino and Sam Lisone and centre Blake Ayshford.The Warriors sit eighth on the table, one point below the Titans, after on Monday nights fighting 18-18 golden-point draw with competition frontrunners Cronulla.The Auckland club will back up from their third extra-time match in three weeks, their fourth in the past five games and fifth this year - all NRL records in a season. Cheap Wizards Jerseys China. .Despite the added workload, assistant coach Justin Morgan said the teams ability to see out matches and their improved defence was encouraging.While weve been in a lot of tough battles lately, it has been pleasing to see the way weve been able to finish strongly, he said.Our defence has also been much improved. Were not doing anything any differently there from what weve done all season, but it has taken time for the new system to bed in with the players.Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea, Ken Maumalo, David Fusitua, Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Issac Luke, Albert Vete, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman (capt), Simon Mannering. Res: Nathaniel Roache, Sam Lisone, Ben Matulino, Bunty Afoa, Blake Ayshford. ' ' '

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NEW YORK -- It is not even Christmas yet, and the New York Islanders season is already on the brink. NCAA Jerseys China . Head coach Jack Capuano is definitely out of patience with his underachieving team.The Islanders will look to begin their long-shot climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race Thursday night, when they host the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center.The Blackhawks began a three-game road trip Tuesday with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The Islanders continued skidding Tuesday, when they gave up a pair of third-period goals in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.It was the second straight game in which the Islanders were tied after two periods only to lose by multiple goals. The Columbus Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals in the third period of a 6-2 win on Saturday night.Earlier this season, the Islanders suffered five losses in which they surrendered the tying or go-ahead goal in the final three minutes of regulation.Its frustrating, because you know the abilitys there, Capuano said of the Islanders. who reached the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring for the first time since the 1992-93 season. I dont know where its gone. But Im losing my patience a little bit with some of the guys.Any personnel changes may be too late for the Islanders (11-11-5), who are in last place in the Eastern Conference.New Yorks task is made even tougher by the fact it plays in the Metropolitan Division and thus has little chance of sneaking into the playoffs as a third-place team in a mediocre division. The first-place Pittsburgh Penguins and third-place Blue Jackets are each in the midst of seven-game winning streaks. The two wild card teams -- the fourth-place Philadelphia Flyers and fifth-place Capitals -- have 10 straight and five straight, respectively. The New York Rangers were also streaking before falling to the Blackhawks on Tuesday.Things are much less dire for the Blackhawks (19-8-4), who appear primed to contend for their fourth Stanley Cup in the last eight seasons. Chicago is comfortably ahead of its nearest foe, the Minnesota Wild, in the West despite battling a litany of injuries to stars such as center Jonathan Toews, who missed nine games with a back injury before returning Tuesday, and goalie Corey Crawford, who underwent an appendectomy on Dec. 3. Crawford has yet to resume skating.In the six games since Crawford was sidelined, backup Scott Darling has allowed just eight goals while leading the Blackhawks to a 3-2-1 record.He makes huge saves in the key time, Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov said Tuesday night. Amazing right now.Darling seems likely to draw the start again Thursday night against either Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss. Halak has started five of the last six games for the Islanders but could travel ahead of his teammates to Buffalo, where New York is scheduled to face the Sabres on Friday night. Cheap NCAA Football Jerseys . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. College Jerseys Outlet . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons.Gareth Southgate is yet to open talks with the FA over the England managers job, Sky sources understand. Southgate will take his fourth game in interim charge of England on Tuesday night when Spain visit Wembley Stadium for a friendly.The former England U21 boss has been in the job since Sam Allardyce stepped down 67 days, and only one game, into his reign after undercover newspaper reporters allegedly caught him discussing how to circumvent rules on player transfers. 6 months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Southgate has since overseen a 2-0 win over Malta and a goalless draw in Slovenia, with his most recent game seeing England beat Scotland 3-0 at Wembley in a World Cup European Qualifier.According to reports which emerged on Monday night, Southgate has been offered a deal to take over until the end of Euro 2020, but Sky Sports News HQ understands talks over such a deal have not begun, with both parties comfortable waiting until after Englands game against Spain before any decision is made. Southgate confirms Jordan Henderson will captain England against Spain tomorrow England are not in action again until an away friendly with World Cup winners Germany in March next year but Southgate said previously he hoped a decision would be made fairly quickly.It will be important for me to know what Im doing after the middle of November, he said. Weve got a European U21 Championship to prepare for and the seniors have got their next round of qualifiers (in March). Southgate praises Daniel Sturridges excellent mentality, insisting he has a lot to offer Of course everybody is going to want to know, I guess, by the end of November, middle of December, where everything is heading so we can decide who is responsible for which parts of the organisations work. Cheap College Jerseys Free Shipping. Thats not my decision in the end. Ive enjoyed what Ive done so far. 17 year old Dylan Duncan trains with the England senior squad to make up the numbers for Southgate Im immensely proud to have led my country for three games, with another on Tuesday, and to be involved in an England-Scotland game, which is as high pressure as they come. Its been a brilliant experience and very, very special.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Southgate sees high potential Rooney ruled out of Spain clash England should beat Spain Busquets relishing Wembley test ' ' '

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In Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencing might have finally found an athlete whose story transcends the sport. Gary Payton Jersey .Muhammad will make history at the Rio Games by becoming the first American athlete to wear a hijab -- a Muslim head scarf -- while competing in the Olympics.Muhammads Olympic goal -- beyond winning a medal, of course -- is to be a positive role model for the Muslim-American community.Ive been in this sport for a pretty long time -- at this point I feel like Ive kind of created a name for myself. If anything, I think the wonderful thing is that now these young kids, they see Muslim women involved in sports. So its not an anomaly anymore, Muhammad said at the Team USA media summit Los Angeles in March.But Muhammad is hardly the only American poised for a breakout in Rio.The U.S. might be as strong as its ever been ahead of an Olympics -- and the fact that this years Games will be broadcast live in the Eastern time zone should only help fencings growth domestically.The Americans and Russians caught some bad luck because two of their top teams -- mens sabre and womens foil -- wont compete in Rio because the IOC only has room for 10 of the sports 12 divisions during the Olympics. But those athletes will still compete as individuals.Here are some of the key story lines to follow during this years Olympic fencing tournament.---U.S. ON THE RISEThe U.S. and Italy have three teams ranked in the top three in their weapon in the most recent FIE rankings, trailing only Russias five.The Americans havent won a gold medal in mens Olympic fencing since Albertson Van Zo Post in 1904. But Alexander Massialas, the son of former national team coach Greg Massialas, is ranked No. 1 in the world in mens foil. Gerek Meinhardt and Race Imboden -- whos also a fashion model -- also owned top-seven spots in that weapon.Daryl Homer and Eli Dershwitz are ranked 10th and 12th in mens sabre, well within striking distance of a medal.Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis is a medal favorite in womens sabre, and Muhammad (eighth, sabre) might be peaking just when she needs to. Lee Kiefer took a year off from her studies at Notre Dame to focus on Rio, and shes ranked third in foil.---RETURNING STARArianna Errigo is the new face of Italian fencing after Valentina Vezzali, a six-time Olympic champion, failed to qualify for Rio.Errigo, who lost to teammate Elisa Di Francisca 12-11 in the gold medal match in London, went on to win world championships in 2013-14 and is currently ranked No. 1 in foil. Errigos 270 points earned so far in 2016 are the most of any individual fencer.Sophia Velikaya of Russia (sabre) was also a runner-up in London who has since ascended atop the world rankings, one spot ahead of Zagunis.Top-ranked Anqi Xu of China will seek her first world championship in epee.---OLYMPIAN EFFORTRuben Limardo, Venezuelas flag bearer for Rio, will be asked to bear the weight of a continents worth of pressure as South Americas best hope for a fencing medal. But the favorite in Limardos weapon, Gauthier Grumier, has led France to five team epee world titles and is desperate to claim Olympic gold as an individual.Japans Yuki Ota and James Andrew-Davis of Great Britain are the biggest threats the U.S. will likely face in foil.Russias Alexey Yakimenko is ranked No. 1 in sabre on the strength of a strong end to 2015. But South Koreas Kim Jung-hwan recently won a Grand Prix in Moscow and looks primed for a run at gold in Rio.---RULE CHANGESThe biggest change fans will noticed from London in 2012 to Rio is the shift in the piste, or fighting strip, from parallel to angled.The venue in London only allowed fans to view from two sides of the arena. But with seats circling all of Carioca Arena 3, spectators should have a much clearer and more dimensional view of the matches. There will also be a family-friendly area just outside the venue, where passers-by will be able to grab a weapon and give fencing a try free of charge. Coaches will be on hand to provide instructions, and safety equipment will be provided. Steven Adams Jersey . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Terrance Ferguson Jersey .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday. . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. Its been a disappointing season for the Tampa Bay Rays, who will finish last in the American League East for the first time since 2007.However, there have been some bright spots for the Rays this year, including Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Jake Odorizzi. So who has been their MVP? Castt your vote in the poll below (stats entering Friday). Shawn Kemp Jersey. The Rays wrap up the regular season with a series against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park this weekend. ' ' '

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