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BIRMINGHAM, England -- Great Britain sailor Hannah Mills is hoping Wales remarkable run to the Euro 2016 last four is not the summers only sporting success story to have its roots in the principality. Lenny Wilkens Jersey .Wales is currently basking in the achievement of Chris Colemans side, with the 27,500 tickets sold for the Principality Stadium screening of Wednesdays semifinal against Portugal an indicator of how football has grabbed the attention of a traditionally rugby-obsessed country.It seems Cardiff native Mills -- who won a silver medal alongside Saskia Clark in the womens 470 at the London Olympics four years ago and is aiming to go one better in Rio next month -- is no exception.Its so inspirational, she told ESPN. Its such a cool story, what theyve done as a team, and I just feel really proud right now to be Welsh.Mills is quietly confident that her and Clark can add Olympic gold to their burgeoning collection of medals when they compete in what will be their final regatta as a pair.Clark is due to retire once their involvement at the Marina da Gloria is over, thus ending a five-year partnership that has yielded three World Cup gold medals and a world championship silver in the last 12 months alone.Were desperate to be on top of the podium but I dont think sailing is a sport that you can go to the Games and that be your only objective, she added. It is so tough, and the conditions can just not go your way on a day when they really need to.So, the goal is to just perform, as a team, as well as we can and we feel confident if we do that well be in with a really good shout.Given the success that Clark and Mills have enjoyed as a team it is not surprising that the latter feels uncertain about her post-Olympic future.Mills insists she will take her time before deciding whether to plough on towards Tokyo 2020 without her teammate, but says that gold in Rio would not necessarily convince her to call time on her own career in the water.I cant decide which way either [winning gold or not in Rio] would make me feel, she said. [If I] win a gold medal I might be more tempted to carry on just because there might be more opportunities sponsor-wise -- which makes it a lot easier.Mills added: Finishing with Sask will be quite tough, weve had an amazing journey together for five years and I dont know if Id want to do it with anyone else.It would be so bizarre. Also I feel quite excited about new challenges in life. I think Ill definitely spend a year exploring other things and finding out what I might do once I stop being an athlete. I think thats quite important.And who knows after that? Gary Payton Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. Walt Hazzard Jersey . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. https://www.supersonicsjerseys.com/520s-jack-sikma-jersey-supersonics.html . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No.Liverpool defender Steven Caulker has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit a local school ahead of the League Cup final. The excitement among pupils at Anfield Road Primary School was palpable as the prelude to their Physical Education class was the chance to touch one of the record eight League Cups Liverpool have won. Anfield Road Primary is just one of the schools to benefit from the LFC Foundations Premier League School Sports Programme. The LFC Foundation delivers curriculum PE lessons to different year groups throughout the school to help keep pupils fit and healthy whilst supporting a well rounded education. As an added bonus, Caulker took the opportunity to lend his support to the foundations work. Caulker was delighted to give back to community and hopes he may have inspired athletes of the future Its great to give back and if you look at all the smiles on their faces its definitely worthwhile, he told Sky Sports News HQ.Not only that it helps build their confidence, it could help them in a future career as a professional athlete. Theres a lot of young kids excited and inspired by the cup final ahead.Not shy about getting involved, Caulker took part in a reaction game where the winner was the first to snatch a ball off the top of a cone. Going out in the early rounds, he was an onlooker when it came to the final two. An experience hell be forced to repeat on Sunday as hes cup tied. Caulker pictured alongside students of the Anfield Road Primary School The build up has been different, but nonetheless, theres still great excitement around the city and Im sure there will be in the changing room in the build up to the game, he added. So, it is great to be a part of, I mean, just to see those scenes in the semi-final at Anfield was breathtaking.Caulker is in the strange position of having had his own run in the competition ended by his current club. He was part of the Southampton side thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool in their quarter-final at St Marys on December 2. Aheaad of the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet talks about his side’s route to the final Im well aware of how good the team can be, Caulker stated emphatically having felt the full force of Jurgen Klopps Liverpool and, in particular, Daniel Sturridge who scored two that night, but, who has only played four times since. Dick Snyder Jersey. Im sure there are more exciting things to come from him [Sturridge] between now and the end of the season. He scored against Villa, hes looking sharp, hes looking strong, hes always working hard. Ive known him for a long time from previous England camps and hes always got his head down working hard and its no different to how he is now battling away. Hopefully its time for a little bit of luck on his side and he can stay injury free. Caulker believes there is still more to come from Daniel Sturridge His goal ratio is fantastic. I was also on the receiving end of his partnership with [Luis] Suarez. Everyone spoke of how good Suarez was, which theres no doubt, but Sturridge played a big part in that and hes finding form again now.As for his own goals, Caulker is hoping to figure as much as possible between now and the end of the season, preferably at centre-half. Beyond that and the end of his loan spell from Queens Park Rangers, he will see what plays out in the summer. There is a hint, though, that hed like to work with Klopp for as long as possible. Simon Mignolet believes winning the League Cup this weekend could have a similar effect on Liverpool as it did on Chelsea during Jose Mourinhos first spel Hes been fantastic with all the boys and we are all wishing for him to do really well, Caulker said. Hes exactly as you see him on the telly, he doesnt change one bit. Hes great to work with and great to have around the place.You know where you stand with him. You want to work for him. You enjoy him being the manager. Also See: Win can be catalyst for Klopp Road to Wembley Caulker backs sharp Sturridge Barnes and Goater Q&A ' ' '
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Because the college basketball season is officially underway, and because we all could probably use more adorable dogs in our lives, here is a picture of UConn star Kia Nurse with Jonathan the Husky. Cheap Jerseys .Cuddle time with one of my favs. #StarStruck #KiaNurse #UConnWBBA photo posted by Jonathan the Husky (@jonathanhusky14) onNov 14, 2016 at 3:55am PSTSeriously, thats it. Thats this entire story. But, whatever, you know you liked this picture.See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. Wholesale Jerseys . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. https://www.wholesalejerseysaaa.com/ . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois needed a career-high performance from Malcolm Hill to outlast Northern Kentucky 79-64 on Sunday night.The senior scored a career-high 40 points and brought down 12 rebounds to help Illinois (2-0) fight through a first half where the Illini trailed 33-31 at halftime and struggled to hold off the Norse off until the end.It was something I was working on over the summer, Hill said. This is just one of the games that showed a lot of the hard work and dedication that Ive put into my 3-point shot.The Illini shot 44 percent from the field but were 20-30 from the free-throw line.Michael Finke also scored in double figures, adding 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini.Illinois coach John Groce credited his veteran team for the polite conversation at halftime to change the teams energy and focus.Our seniors responded big time in the second half, he said. I thought we came out with a lot more aggressiveness, a lot more attacking mentality.Lavone Holland II led Northern Kentucky (1-1) with 13 points, which kept the Norse in the game until the final eight minutes.The Norse held a 43-32 rebound advantage despite Northern Kentuckys tallest players being 6-foot-7.Northern Kentucky was sloppy with the ball for most of the game, committing 18 turnovers that leed to 21 Illinois points. Wholesale Jerseys 2022. .Our youth showed when things went bad and I thought their veteran leadership showed with their run, Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen said.BIG PICTUREIllinois: The Illini will have a lot to work on despite the win. They will have a few games to work out the kinks before tougher opponents appear on the schedule.Northern Kentucky: The Norse can hold their heads up despite the loss. Northern Kentucky competed well throughout the game against a Big Ten opponent.TURNING POINTIllinois and Northern Kentucky exchanged baskets and the lead for much of the start of the second half until Hill took over. He scored 29 points in the half and helped put the game away.HIGHLIGHT REELTracy Abrams got the State Farm Center crowd excited when he came from behind to block a Drew McDonald fast break layup.UP NEXTIllinois will play its third game in five nights when the Illini host McKendree on Tuesday night.Northern Kentucky will try to rebound after its first loss of the season on Friday when the Norse play Austin Peay in the Tarkett Sports Classic in Oxford, Ohio.---More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org ' ' '
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Brazils Daniel Dias, the Michael Phelps of the Paralympics, has claimed his 24th medal in the pool to become the most decorated male swimmer in the Games history. Fake Hurricanes Jerseys .The 28-year-old is a national hero and a thunderous roar went up from the home crowd in Rio as he secured his fourth gold of the Games in the mens S5 100m freestyle.Brazils most successful Paralympic athlete won by more than a body length to bag a hat-trick of titles, having already won in London and Beijing.Minutes later Dias backed up as part of a bronze medal-winning Brazilian 400m medley relay to take his place in the history books.The feat eclipsed Australian Matthew Cowdreys record but is still way off the astonishing 55 medals for the now retired US swimmer Trischa Zorn.Surrounded by thousands of fans chanting Brazil on Saturday (Sunday AEST), Dias said hed never heard a louder crowd.The whole place was vibrating, he said.They were the best days of my life. My family, my kids, my parents, my wife all here and this whole crowd - it was unforgettable.Born in Sao Paulo state without hands and only one foot, the poster boy of the Brazilian Paralympics has had an incredible campaign.Dias celebratory laps around the pool deck have been a carbon copy of American legend Phelps last month, down to the over-the-railing kiss of his son.The most successful athlete in Olympic history, Phelps finished his career in Rio with 23 gold medals and 28 overall.Dias said hes honoured to be compared to his hero, but isnt done writing his own name in history.He is a great athlete. But I am Daniel Dias and I want to conquer my space and more space for Paralympic sport, he said. Hurricanes Jerseys 2021 .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys . -- Ohio States Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. https://www.cheaphurricanes.com/ . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). SEATTLE -- One day after an ill-advised bunt attempt in a losing effort, Jose Altuve returned to what he does best.Altuve homered among his four hits and drove in three runs, Collin McHugh escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams to pitch six scoreless innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Sunday.Altuve, who bunted on his own with the tying run on second and none out in the ninth inning of Saturdays 1-0 loss, had a two-run homer and three singles in five at-bats to raise his American League-leading average to .346. McHugh (6-6) allowed four hits and walked four, striking out 10 to win for the first time in eight starts since his last victory on May 30.Today I went there and I wasnt thinking about bunting, Altuve said. I was thinking about hitting the ball, driving the ball. I felt really good at the plate today, I feel really happy that we won the game.Carlos Gomez added his second career grand slam in the seventh inning off Nathan Karns to put the Astros up 8-0.Kyle Seager singled home Seattles only run in the eighth off Chris Devenski.Mike Montgomery (3-4), making his second start this season after 30 relief appearances, allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out seven.Altuve had the green light on a 3-0 pitch in the third and delivered his 15th homer to follow Marwin Gonzalezs leadoff double, putting Houston up 3-0.He pretty much has a green light at life, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Stealing, hitting 3-0, hitting 0-0, hes a very gifted player, but he works at it. Hes fun to be around.The Astros made it 4-0 in the fifth when Gonzalez again doubled to open the inning, took third on a throwing error by center fielder Leonys Martin, and scored on Altuves single to left.The Astros hustled across an unearned run in the first. Gonzalez reached on a fielders choice and Altuve singled. Gonzalez stole third and continued around on an error by third baseman Seager, who misplayed the throw from catcher Jesus Sucre.The Mariners, who have lost six of their last seven against the Astros, committed four errors, walked four and left 10 runners on.Thats the worst game weve played all year, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Messed up six or seven plays in the field today. We played a terrible ball game. Theres no way you can sugarcoat that.McHugh escaped a pair of basses-loaded situations without allowing a run. Carolina Hurricanes Gear. In the first, Seagers one-out drive to right with the bases loaded barely hooked foul. Seager then struck out and Dae-Ho Lee bounced back to the mound.In the third, the Mariners loaded the bases with no outs on a walk to Leonys Martin, a pop single by Robinson Cano on an overturned call and Nelson Cruzs single to the base of the wall in right-center. McHugh struck out Seager and then enticed Lee into an inning-ending double-play bouncer to second.I started sweating a little bit more when I was out there and I saw that ball, you start to give it the whole body lean a little bit, McHugh said of Seagers long foul. That could have changed the game, could have broken the game wide open.ALTUVE MISSES FIFTH HITAltuve, who struck out in his final at-bat, has 17 four-hit games in his career, but never a five-hit game. The elusive fifth hit is hard for him, Hinch said, Its a funny thing to say, because the first four arent very easy for anybody but Altuve.UPON FURTHER REVIEWWith nobody out in the third, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa dropped Canos pop up while reaching across the foul line behind third base while looking back into the sun. The Mariners challenged and the call was overturned after a review estimated at 2:08, giving Cano a single to put runners at first and second.TRAINERS ROOM:Astros: SS Correa was hit by a pitch in the seventh. He stayed in the game but was replaced by pinch-hitter A.J Reed in the eighth. Correas fine. I took him out because I wanted Reed to get an at-bat and steal a couple innings of rest for him, Hinch said.Mariners: SS Ketel Marte and OF Nelson Cruz both returned to the lineup after missing Saturdays game. Marte injured his ankle Friday night and Cruz fouled a ball off the top of his left foot.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.35 ERA) opens the three-game series at Oakland. Fiers allowed four earned in runs in 3 1/3 innings with a no-decision in his last start prior to the All-Star break, but he has not lost in seven starts since May 27.Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52 ERA) makes his fourth start since being acquired in a trade with Toronto to open a three-game series at home against the White Sox. ' ' '
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WWE Backlash, set for Sunday at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, will be the first WWE pay-per-view event exclusive to the SmackDown Live brand since the WWE brand split on July 19. Detroit Red Wings Shirts . This will be the 12th edition of Backlash in WWE history, but the first since 2009; it was held on a yearly basis from 1999-2009. The return of Backlash marks just the fourth WWE pay-per-view event ever to be held in the state of Virginia, and the first since Armageddon in 2006 (which was also held at the Richmond Coliseum).There are some fascinating numbers tied to both the competitors set to be in action Sunday and the history of the event itself, so without further ado, lets dig in.WWE world championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. A.J. StylesBacklash will be the second one-on-one meeting between?Dean Ambrose?and?A.J. Styles. On the June 27 episode of Raw, Ambrose defeated Styles to prevent him from being added to the WWE?world?championship match at Battleground.This will be Ambroses fifth world title defense. By Sunday night, he will have been WWE world champion for 84 days, the longest reign of 2016 and longer than any of the previous six champions. That stretch includes three reigns by?Roman Reigns, as well as one reign each for?Sheamus,?Triple H?and?Seth Rollins.SummerSlam will be Ambroses 12th pay-per-view match of 2016 (including the WWE Network special Roadblock) -- the most of anyone in the WWE. He has won each of his past six pay-per-view matches, with his last loss coming to?Brock Lesnar?at?WrestleMania 32.At age 39, Styles looks to become the oldest WWE superstar to win his first WWE world championship since Batista won the title for the first time at age 40 in 2009. Styles is the fourth superstar in WWE history to have four WWE World Championship pay-per-view matches within his first year in the company; Yokozuna, Lesnar and Sheamus are the others.Styles looks to avoid becoming the fourth superstar in WWE history to lose each of his first four career WWE world championship pay-per-view matches, the most recent being Reigns.If this match closes the show, it will be Styles fourth main event match at a pay-per-view event this year, third most in the WWE. Styles lost each of his previous three main event matches.The WWE world championship has been defended nine times at Backlash, and the title changed hands at four of those events.Randy Orton vs. Bray WyattBacklash will be the first televised one-on-one meeting between?Randy Orton?and?Bray Wyatt. Orton and Wyatt have previously been in the ring together twice at WWE pay-per-view events. Both participated?in?the 2011 Royal Rumble Match, and both competed in an 8-Man Ladder Match for the WWE world championship at Money in the Bank in 2014.With a win at Backlash, Orton would become the sixth superstar in WWE history to reach 60 career pay-per-view victories.This will be Ortons fifth Backlash appearance, tying?John Cena?for second most among the current SmackDown Live roster (Kane?leads all-time with seven). This will be only Ortons second one-on-one Backlash?match. In 2004, Orton defeated Cactus Jack in a Hardcore match to retain the Intercontinental championship.Orton has lost his past two one-on-one pay-per-view matches -- to Lesnar at SummerSlam in August, and to Sheamus at SummerSlam in 2015. Orton has not lost three straight pay-per-view matches since 2009.Backlash will mark Wyatts first one-on-one pay-per-view match in nearly a year. His last one came at Hell in a Cell in October 2015, when he lost to Reigns in a Hell in a Cell match.Wyatt holds pay-per-view singles victories over the likes of Cena, Reigns and Ambrose.?Seth Rollins?is the only other WWE superstar who can make that claim.A victory over Orton might position Wyatt for a WWE world championship match. Wyatt has never competed in a televised one-on-one match for a singles title of any kind.WWE Intercontinental championship: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerThe Miz?and?Dolph Ziggler?are certainly familiar with competing for the Intercontinental title on a big stage; only?Chris Jericho?has competed in more Intercontinental championship pay-per-view matches?than?The Miz and Ziggler.Backlash will be the third time that The Miz and Ziggler have met one-on-one at a pay-per-view event for the Intercontinental championship, and each of the previous two matches saw a new champion crowned. Ziggler defeated The Miz at SummerSlam in 2014 to win his second Intercontinental title. The Miz defeated Ziggler one month later at Night of Champions to win the title for a fourth time.The Miz is a five-time Intercontinental champion, tied for fourth most in WWE history. Only Chris Jericho has held the title more times (nine) among active WWE superstars. By Sunday, The Miz will have held the Intercontinental championship for 160 days -- the longest reign since?Big E?held the title for 167 days in 2013-14.Backlash will be the site of The Mizs seventh pay-per-view title match of 2016 -- tied with Ambrose and?Charlotte?for most in the WWE.Ziggler is looking to win the Intercontinental championship for a fifth time. Two of Zigglers previous four Intercontinental championship wins came against The Miz.Ziggler has not performed well at pay-per-view events in 2016; hes 1-6 this year under the bright lights, the worst record in the WWE (minimum five matches).The WWE Intercontinental championship has changed hands just twice at Backlash. Eddie Guerrero defeated Rob Van Dam to win his second Intercontinental championship in 2002, and Van Dam defeated Shelton Benjamin for the title in 2006.SmackDown tag team championships: Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. TBDFollowing their loss to?American Alpha?in the semifinals,?The Usos?attacked?Chad Gable. With?Shane McMahon?claiming that Gable suffered a sprained MCL in that attack, American Alpha will not compete in?the?finals?at?Backlash. As a result, The Usos meet?The Hype Bros?at Backlash, with the winners facing?Rhyno?&?Heath Slater?later in the night for the SmackDown tag team championships.Slater has lost each of his past eight pay-per-view matches -- the longest active losing streak among current WWE superstars. His last win came at Survivor Series in 2012, when he and?Jinder Mahal?defeated?Zack Ryder?and Santino Marella in a tag team match.Rhyno has never won a tag team championship in WWE; he is 0-3 all-time in tag team title matches.Rhynos first-ever WWE pay-per-view match came at Backlash in 2001, when he successfully retained the WWE hardcore championship against Raven.In order for The Usos or The Hype Bros to become SmackDown tag team champions, they will have to accomplish a rare feat in winning two tag team matches at the same pay-per-view event. The only time that has happened in WWE history was at Survivor Series in 1990, when Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana won two Survivor Series matches.The Usos are the only currently active team with two WWE tag team championship reigns among the SmackDown Live roster. With two victories at Backlash, they would become the first three-time tag team champions since Slater and Justin Gabriel won those titles for the third time in 2011.The Usos are one of just four sets of brothers to win the tag team titles in the past 10 years (Dustin [Goldust]?and Cody Rhodes; Carlito and?Primo?Colon; Matt and Jeff Hardy).Backlash will be The Usos?first tag team championship match since the Royal Rumble on Jan. 24 (they lost to?The New Day). Overall, it will be the 19th WWE pay-per-view event in which The Usos have?competed for tag team titles since they debuted in 2010; Jimmy and Jey are tied for the second-most opportunities in the WWE in that category during that span (Kofi Kingston?has 21).If the Hype Bros win their first match, Ryder will have his second career opportunity to challenge for tag team titles at a pay-per-view event. At The Great American Bash in 2008, in Ryders pay-per-view debut, he and Curt Hawkins won a Fatal 4-way match to claim the WWE tag team championships. Backlash will be Mojo Rawleys first career televised title match.This will be the third different title Ryder has competed for at a pay-per-view event in 2016 (along with the Intercontinental title and United States title). He is the first WWE superstar to have pay-per-view title matches for both of those individual championships and a tag team championship in the same calendar year since both?Jack Swagger?and The Miz did so in 2014.Tag team titles have changed hands twice at Backlash. Steve Austin and Triple H defeated?The Undertaker?and Kane to win the world tag team championships in 2001, and The Hurricane and Rosey won a Tag?Team Turmoil match to win the titles in 2005.Six-Pack challenge for the SmackDown womens championshipThe SmackDown womens championship is the second new womens title that WWE has introduced in 2016. At WrestleMania 32 in April, the Divas championship was retired and Charlotte defeated?Sasha Banks?and?Becky Lynch?to win the new WWE womens championship.This will be the sixth womens title match to take place at Backlash. Only one of the previous five such matches saw a title change hands; Jazz defeated Trish Stratus for the WWE womens championship at this event in 2003.This will be the first Six-Pack Challenge match featured at a WWE pay-per-view event since Night of Champions in 2010. On that night, Orton won the WWE world championship against Jericho, Cena, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, and Edge.Nikki Bella?is the only two-time champion in this match. Bellas last Divas championship reign lasted 301 days, the longest reign in that titles history. Backlash will be Nikki Bellas first championship match since returning to the ring at SummerSlam on Aug. 21. Bella missed nearly 10 months of action after undergoing neck surgery.Lynch is still seeking her first taste of gold in WWE. She is 0-3 in televised championship matches since making her main roster debut on July 13, 2015. Lynch has also lost each of her past four pay-per-view matches. Her last such win came at Fastlane on Feb. 21, when she and Banks defeated?Naomi?and?Tamina?in a tag team match.Natalya?is the only woman in this match who has previously wrestled at Backlash. In 2008, Natalya made her pay-per-view debut at Backlash as her team won a 12-woman tag team match. Natalya has lost each of her past seven pay-per-view title matches; her last such win came at Survivor Series in 2010, when she defeated Michelle McCool and Layla to win the Divas championship.Naomi has been on the WWE main roster for more than four years, but shes still seeking her first championship. Naomi is 0-8 all-time in title matches and 0-6 when they happen at pay-per-view events. Her last such match was at Elimination Chamber on May 31, 2015, when Nikki Bella defeated Naomi and?Paige?in a triple threat match for the Divas championship.Backlash will be?Carmellas?second WWE pay-per-event since getting called up to the main roster from NXT. Her team lost a six-woman tag team match at SummerSlam on Aug. 21. Carmellas only previous?televised title match came in NXT, when she lost to?Bayley?on Jan. 22.At 5-foot-1,?Alexa Bliss?is the shortest female superstar in the WWE. Shell be at a height disadvantage in this match, as each of her five opponents is at least 5-foot-5. Fake Red Wings Jerseys . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. Red Wings Jerseys China . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. https://www.cheapredwings.com/ . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are cutting ties with expensive defensemen to save some salary-cap space for next season.According to a person with direct knowledge of the moves, the Lightning placed Matt Carle and the Bruins placed Dennis Seidenberg on buyout waivers. Nashville Predators defenseman Barret Jackman, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll and Edmonton Oilers forward Lauri Korpikoski were also placed on waivers for the purpose of buying out their contracts.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday because the teams didnt announce their decisions.The person also said Predators forward Eric Nystrom cleared buyout waivers. The Calgary Flames announced Mason Raymond cleared waivers and will be bought out.The Carolina Hurricanes also announced they bought out the final season of defenseman James Wisniewskis contract, saving $3 million. Despite playing only 47 seconds for Carolina last season before tearing the ACL in his left knee, the 32-year-old said he enjoyed his time in Raleigh and intends to be back playing for someone.No doubt my workouts and skatiing all summer is getting me ready for this upcoming season. Detroit Red Wings Gear. , Wisniewski said on Twitter. Lord knows Im well rested!Carle had two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $5.5 million. The buyout saves the Lightning $3.67 million in cap space for the next two seasons.Tampa Bay wanted to clear space after re-signing Steven Stamkos to a $68 million, eight-year deal. With restricted free agents Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Nesterov in need of new contracts, general manager Steve Yzerman said the buyout window was one avenue he could explore.Seidenberg had two years left on his contract at a cap hit of $4 million. The buyout saves the Bruins $2.83 million next season.The Predators buyouts save about $3.3 million during the same week they signed forward Filip Forsberg to a $36 million, six-year contract and acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for captain Shea Weber.The free agent market opens at noon Eastern on Friday. ' ' '
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HIGH POINT, N. Dallas Stars Pro Shop .C. -- Andre Fox scored 21 points and High Point rolled to a 79-61 victory over Division III North Carolina Wesleyan on Friday night.Fox was 6 of 11 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Anthony Lindauer added 15 points and freshman Jamal Wright had a season-high seven assists and chipped in seven points for the Panthers, who shot 51 percent from the field. Ricky Madison, who scored a career-best 16 points against Ferrum on Sunday, finished with 10 points for High Point (6-5).Justin Tankelewicz made five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead NC Wesleyan. Chris Braswell scored 11.The Battling Bishops led 26-25 with about two minutes left before halftime. The Panthers used a 20-5 spurt that spanned halftime and led 45-31 with 16:59 to go. NC Wesleyan pulled to 49-41 with 12:41 remaining but didnt get closer. Dallas Stars Shirts . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Dallas Stars Store . LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. https://www.cheapstarsonline.com/ . JOHNS, N. BALTIMORE -- Just when it appeared as if the Baltimore Orioles had righted themselves, bad news arrived in the form of an unfavorable medical report.Soon after the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night, manager Buck Showalter confirmed that ace Chris Tillman is likely to be sidelined with a sore right shoulder.I think hes going to be on the disabled list, Showalter said. They were talking about whether or not they were going to inject him. ... I think that would be a sign of where he is heading.Tillman is 15-5. No other starter on the team has more than seven wins.Were trying to be safe, get this thing in the rear-view mirror, Tillman said. That way Im not fighting it all year.If the Orioles are to stay in contention for the AL East title or a wild-card berth, theyre going to need more pitching performances like the one they got from Kevin Gausman, who scattered six hits over six shutout innings.Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for the Orioles, who won two straight over Washington to conclude a 3-5 homestand.Theyre one of the best teams in baseball and in that league, so it was tough, Showalter said.Baltimore is 34-24 against the Nationals in a rivalry that began in 2006. The series shifts 38 miles south to Nationals Park on Wednesday for the first of two games.Gausman (5-10) walked two, struck out two and permitted only one runner past second base. Hes 5-1 at home and 0-9 on the road.Ive pitched well on the road. I just dont necessarily have the wins to show for it, the right-hander said.The 25-year-old Gausman outpitched Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old making his fifth major league start. Lopez (2-2) yielded six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 2 2/3 rocky innings.The results were not what I expected, Lopez said through an interpreter. The game did not go the way I liked it to.Trea Turner had a career-high four hits for Washington. The Nationals trailed 6-0 after three innings and went quietly in their third straight loss -- their loongest skid since a seven-game run from June 18-25. Fake Stars Jerseys. .Its good to be going home. It seems like we havent been home in a while, Baker said following the conclusion of a nine-game road trip. We go home and regroup. Guys get to see their kids and their wives.Replay did the Nationals no favors. Turner was called safe on steal attempts in the first and third innings, but on both occasions the call was reversed after a replay review. Making the result more maddening for Washington: Jayson Werth followed with a walk both times.The trend continued in the bottom of the third, when replay determined that Jones beat out an infield roller after initially being called out.Mark Trumbo picked up his 93rd RBI with a first-inning single, and the Orioles made it 3-0 in the second when Matt Wieters doubled in a run and scored on a single by Jones.In the third, Jonathan Schoop hit an RBI double and two runs scored when Daniel Murphy fumbled a two-out grounder to second base.Washington got its lone run in the seventh inning when Danny Espinosa singled in a run off Vance Worley, who worked three innings for his first career save.Davis connected in the eighth against Yusmeiro Petit. He has hit at least 30 home runs in four of the last five seasons.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: RHP Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) felt good after a bullpen session Tuesday. Our head trainer came in and gave me the thumbs up, Baker said. Hopefully, were going to put him back to work here pretty soon.Orioles: With Tillman out, the Orioles announced that Ubaldo Jimenez will start in his place Thursday night in Washington.UP NEXTNationals: Tanner Roark (13-6, 2.87 ERA) starts Wednesday night. The right-hander is 4-0 in his last five starts and has lost just once since June 21.Orioles: Wade Miley (7-10, 5.58) makes his fifth start with Baltimore. The lefty is 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA since being traded from Seattle. ' ' '
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PROVO, Utah -- BYU is eager to leave independence behind and join a Power 5 conference, but it wont change its longstanding policy of not playing on Sundays, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Thursday. Vapormax 97 Metallic Cashmere For Sale .The Mormon school has a written policy against competition on Sunday because of religious reasons, which could require scheduling concessions if BYU moves to one of the big conferences.I really would love to see our football play at that level, be playing in a P5 conference, Holmoe said. I want our players ... in all of our sports to be able to play at the highest level. I dont know [if the policy is a deal-breaker]. Thats up to the P5 conferences. But I do know that its something that we hold very sacred. We have never played on a Sunday and were not going to play on a Sunday.Holmoe added the policy was not a major issue when the university was previously in different conferences.BYU is widely thought to be one of the top candidates if the Big 12 expands from its current 10-team membership, though Holmoe has declined to publicly lobby for a spot.Its in our best interest not to be pushing the envelope, Holmoe said. Theyre well aware of what weve done. The stats and the records speak for themselves. Were a very, very good football program for over 40 years. We have an excellent athletic tradition outside of football, and educationally this is one of the best schools ever. Vapormax Plus Outlet . Its sharpness matched my mind. This was no night to go to sleep. Vapormax Flyknit 3 Blue Fury .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. http://www.vapormaxcheapoutlet.com/ . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets players and bosses dont believe lack of talent was to blame for last years disappointing -- and admittedly embarrassing -- season.Thus, there were no headline-making deals for the Blue Jackets in the offseason, which probably was due partly to their expensive existing contracts. But it also signals that this team has confidence in its young talent and expects success will come soon. How soon is anybodys guess.Columbus was considered a playoff contender in the pre-season last year but started 0-7, leading to the ouster of coach Todd Richards and the hiring of John Tortorella, who couldnt quite get the train back in the tracks. The Blue Jackets had to win four out of the last five games just to finish 34-40-8.Only three teams in the NHL were worse. The Blue Jackets missed the playoffs for the 13th time in the teams 15 seasons.Were embarrassed, no question about it, team president John Davidson said. We had expectations, we didnt meet them. We really got into a rut early in the season, for whatever reason. But this is a chance for all of us to get back on the horse and prove that this is a good group of players.Things to watch for from Columbus this season:BRIGHT SPOTS: Davidson believes the Blue Jackets have built a good core of talent, starting with a pair of 23-year-old forwards, Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner. Last year Saad scored 31 goals, and Jenner netted 30 -- the first time a pair of Blue Jackets players contributed 30 goals in a season. Saad signed a six-year, $36-million contract before last season, and Jenner inked an extension that locks him up through the 2017-18 season.Veteran forwards Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson and Scott Hartnell are proven scorers. Seth Jones and Ryan Murray, a former No. 2 overall draft pick under contract through next season, are an explosive defensive duo.I think thats a good challenge for us right now, to prove ourselves again, Jenner said. Were ready. I think were a hunggry group. Vapormax Plus White Cheap. CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The Blue Jackets need a much better year from team captain Foligno, one of the highest paid players. A 28-year-old left wing, Foligno had 12 goals and 37 points, a disappointing result after posting 31 goals and 73 points the previous season.I did a lot of self-reflecting, Foligno said just before training camp. I think I didnt play to my characteristics, my attributes, and I think you can probably say that about 95 percent of our team. I think last year was a huge reflecting point for all of us, to come in this year and know what its going to take. Because nobody wants to go through what we went through last year.WHATS UP WITH BOB?: The fortunes of the Blue Jackets will turn also on the play of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was hampered by a groin injury last year that limited him to 37 games and just 15 wins. Davidson said Bobrovsky, the teams franchise player, is healthy and is moving like a cat right now. He showed hes back by playing brilliantly for Russia in the World Cup of Hockey last month. Having him fully healthy will be a huge boost.YOUNG GUNS READY?: Dont be surprised to see some new, fresh faces on the ice for Columbus. A handful of players from the deep pool of talent that helped the AHL Lake Erie Monsters win the Calder Cup are believed to be ready to contribute in the NHL -- including forwards Sonny Milano, Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, and defenseman Zach Weresnki, as well as forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, the No. 3 overall pick in Junes draft.Im going to bring up the young guys, Davidson said. Theyre going to push. Whether theyre going to get there this season or out of camp, I dont know. Well watch. Theyre going to push, and thats a good thing.---Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacyFor some of his other recent stories: http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mitch-stacy ' ' '
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Notre Dames annual Shamrock Series game will take place in San Antonio on Nov. Vapormax Flyknit Black And White . 12. The opposing team will be Army, so the Fighting Irish are going with a military uniform theme, complete with a shade of green that really puts the drab in olive drab: Meanwhile, in a development that will probably end up confusing fans and spotters alike, Irish coach Brian Kelly plans to rotate uniform Nos. 1 through 9 among his players on a weekly basis, awarding the single-digit numbers based on performance and character (additional info here).Click here for Lukas complete Uni Watch 2016 college football preview. Wholesale Nike Vapormax . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Vapormax 97 Metallic Cashmere For Sale .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. http://www.vapormaxcheapoutlet.com/ . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are plagued by severe pitching problems at every level, which places even more importance on Jose Berrios to develop into the star many think he can become.After another clunker in the big leagues, manager Paul Molitor wondered whether that desperation is putting too much pressure on the 22-year-olds shoulders.Berrios lasted just 2 2/3 innings and the Twins lost 7-1 to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Puerto Rican right-hander has been electric in the minor leagues, but erratic in his stints up with the big club to this point.You can watch the game and you can see that hes either putting too much pressure on himself or having a hard time locating, Molitor said.Berrios (2-6) gave up five runs -- three earned -- and three hits, and his ERA ballooned to 9.27. He walked four and had an errant pickoff throw, leading Molitor to say after the game that they would consider pulling him from the rotation. Berrios said through an interpreter that he would do whatever the Twins wanted, but preferred to finish the season as a starter.This whole coaching staff and my teammates have given me their support and Im the one that cant seem to pull through, Berrios said.Corey Kluber (16-9) struck out 10 in seven innings and Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer for the Indians, who padded their AL Central lead over the Tigers to seven games.Kluber (16-9) gave up an unearned run and four hits while passing the 200-strikeout mark for the third straight season. Bob Feller, Gaylord Perry and Jack McDowell are the only other Indians to accomplish that feat.Kluber reached at least 10 strikeouts in a game for the third time this season and improved to 7-1 since the All-Star break. It was his 24th 10-strikeout game, tying him with Luis Tiant for fourth on Clevelands career list.Molitor made it clear the Twins still have faith in Berrios, but he did think some time in the bullpen over the final three weeks might help him clear his head.Im not concerned about him longg term at this point, Molitor said. Vapormax Plus Black Cheap. The hype is there. The talent is there. Its just not that easy.COMEDY OF ERRORSThe Twins committed four errors, just one fewer than their hit total for the day. They entered with 110 errors, 22 more than the second-worst team in the AL, the Angels.One of those errors was charged to first baseman James Beresford when a pickoff throw went through the webbing on his glove, but overall it was another sloppy game in that department. Eduardo Escobar missed a popup near the mound and Byron Buxton let a ball get by him in center field.Those are little things that add up, Molitor said. Four errors in a game wont help your cause. We know our number of total errors this year is extremely high. Its not good baseball when youre not making more plays than that.POWER OUTAGETwins second baseman Brian Dozier has been on a historic power surge since the All-Star break, culminating in a run of homers in five straight games last week that pushed his total to 39 for the season. He has now gone four straight games without going deep. Dozier was 1 for 3 with a single and was hit by a pitch on Sunday, prompting Molitor to hit for him in the ninth inning.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: One night after delivering a game-ending hit in the 12th inning, 1B Joe Mauer was given the day off. Molitor said Mauer is dealing with soreness in both quads and he likely will need to mix in more days off over the final three weeks of the season.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-7, 3.15 ERA) starts for the Indians when they open a four-game series in Chicago against RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-6, 3.81) and the White Sox. Carrascos 2.02 ERA on the road is the best in the majors.Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.58 ERA) will start the opener of a four-game series in Detroit on Monday night. LHP Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Tigers. ' ' '
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As I typically do before a game Im calling, I hang around the batting cage and pose a few questions to players, coaches and managers. Vapormax 2019 Midnight Navy. Last week, calling Mets-Yankees, I ran into Mets manager Terry Collins in Yankee Stadium and asked him about something we often hear: Center field is the easiest outfield position.Collins has seen some of the best center fielders in the games history. Hes managed them, coached them, and he endorses some of the reasons the position appears easier. You get a better view out there, helps with your jumps and reads on balls off the bat, he said. It is easier to see what is coming.This season, the Mets are suffering a number of injuries, which has led to a major shuffle in the outfield, including a constantly changing cast in center field. Juan Lagares is out, Yoenis Cespedes is hobbled, Jay Bruce is a right fielder, Curtis Grandersons best days at the position are behind him. So whos up? Michael Conforto.Before the game, I met up with Conforto after a week in which he got his first start in center field since high school. He gave me the unfiltered truth about the challenges. Takeaway: Its a lot harder to play center than we think. Here are five reasons why, from the center fielder himself.Leadership communicationI could feel [Cespedes] in my peripheral vision, Conforto said. I need to be more assertive there, maybe a bit louder. I am the captain out there.When he had a near collision with Yoenis Cespedes, Conforto unearthed the greater significance of communication for a center fielder. Its the key to safety and for making good decisions for the unit in the outfield. As the captain, your word is final. If you call it, everyone else is supposed to get out of the way, and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. Shortstops, second baseman, third basemen, left fielders and right fielders, and with all the shifting defenses, lets throw catchers and first basemen in the mix for good measure.But when your word is final, you have to be trusted. You have to back up your word. You cant be tentative. You cant let crowd noise be a reason for communication breakdowns. If you dont use your voice assertively and responsibly, players get hurt.There are times when you must be a diplomat (a pitching change) and times when you must be a dictator (when a collision is coming). You may have to use your voice when youre not even sure youre going to make the play, just for safety. But once you do, you have to go hard and hope your message gets across.Managing seniorityAlthough I am a young guy and Cespedes is a veteran, Conforto said, I am supposed to take priority out there.A center fielder has to navigate the fact that at times youre bossing around a veteran, a player who could be your mentor. But it is necessary to do the job well.Too much respect can get someone hurt, or at the very least, turn an easy out into a triple. There may be even times when a veteran will haze you a little bit, see how you handle certain situations. I know there were moments in my early center field days in Philadelphia when veterans Ruben Amaro Jr. and Rob Ducey didnt move as quickly to my repositioning them in the outfield as I would have hoped. I had to prove myself.Today you have decision-makers in the dugout regarding positioning, which can interfere with a center fielders direct line of communication with his corner guys. Its the center fielders job to glue it all together in real time.Real estate bubbleGood thing I got there, too, Conforto said about the diving play he made in his first start in center, because that thing would have been all the way to the wall.Safety is one thing; territory is another. There is no one behind the center fielder on the riskiest plays he deals with. And if the center fielder is dealing with the wall, its on a ball that was crushed. He can only hope that the corner outfielders are backing him up, which doesnt happen as much as it should. If they dont have your back and you dont make the play, just put the hitter on third base.Center fielders have plush green behind them. Corner outfielders have walls and, of course, center fielders.It slices, hooks and knuckles, too, but it carriesDidnt have much time to think, Conforto said. I saw the ball come off the bat, took off on a good path. Actually started to tail away from me with the right handed swing, he got inside of it, I really had to lay out and reach back for it.In center field, the hooks and slices are generally more subtle, but the balls have more carry and depth. The more ground you cover, the more dramatic a mistake can become. Its like sending a wind-up toy after its fully wound. The direction you place it decides everything.The advantage of seeing the action should enhance your ability to anticipate where you are heading before you head there. Especially when you consider your pitching staff and their skill sets. We got a guy throwing hard like we have a lot of pitchers [on our staff] that we do, that is [locating] on the outside corner of the plate. Chances are [hitters] are going to go with that pitch, and its going to go the opposite direction.Conforto did not waste any time employing those elements of anticipation. He made the stellar play in his debut in center field by getting a fantastic jump on a ball that was slicing away from him to his glove side. Instinctively, he amped up his acceleration to make sure he caught through the ball to make sure he did not short-arm it. It was a full extension dive with a lot of risk involved.?Speed is a responsibilityI am not the fastest center fielder, Conforto said. With there being a lot of ground to cover, I have to make sure my jumps are as quick as possible and my routes are the best they can be.Speed is important, but precision is more important. The truest thing I came to understand is the faster you are, the farther away from the target you will be when you pick the wrong route. Its a great asset when youre precise, its a horrible liability when youre not. Misused speed turns into panicked recovery speed, which makes you catch balls in poor position to do anything next. Unless necessary, you dont want to be going full speed when you get to the ball. Managing your acceleration is the priority, which allows you to be poised. Poise allows you to have a soft glove when you get there, reducing errors. And poise allows you to set yourself in a good position to throw if necessary.Michael Conforto provided a fresh look at center field before the clichés of time take over a veterans thought. Center field has the best view of the outfield with the fewest obstructions. It gives you better jumps and a better ability to anticipate what is going to happen. Huge advantages, however, come with greater responsibility. Center field may be easier on paper, but its much harder in practice. Vapormax 97 Black Cheap .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. Vapormax Flyknit 3 Cheap . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. http://www.vapormaxcheapoutlet.com/clearance-vapormax-2019/vapormax-2019-moon-particle.html . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. SHKODRA, Albania -- Resuming a day after play was suspended by rain, Bekim Balaj scored in the 89th minute Tuesday to give Albania a 2-1 win over Macedonia in a World Cup qualifying match.Balaj scored with a header from a free kick as the teams played out the final 15 minutes of the Group G match.It was very difficult to play in two days, very difficult to bring players on the pitch with the proper intensity, Albania coach Giovanni de Biasi said. Lets enjoy the victory as we are leading the group together with Italy and Spain.The match was abandoned Monday after 75 minutes with the score 1-1. Armando Sadiku gave Albania the lead in the ninth minute and Ezdjan Alioski equalized in the 51st.Alioski is also of Albaniann origin. Vapormax Plus Sunset For Sale. o me personally, it was very important to score the first goal for Macedonia, though it was against Albania, Alioski said. I do not see against whom I am playing with. I am very happy for my first goal.The match was being played at the newly-renovated stadium in Shkodra, 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Tirana.Italy and Spain also have three points from their opening matches. Israel and Liechtenstein are also in the group.It is a very difficult group and we cant have illusions, di Biasi said. But the most difficult games are with Macedonia, Israel and Liechtenstein. ' ' '
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Adelaide are flying towards the finals after two crushing wins over cellar dwellers Essendon and Brisbane, but there is danger in enjoying a soft run into the finals. Dizzy Dean .Having unleashed their attacking arsenal against the hapless Bombers and Lions to win by 82 and 138 points respectively, the Crows sit third on the ladder, just three percentage points behind Sydney and two games behind the Hawks after their most recent win over North Melbourne.On form, they should comfortably win their final three matches - against Fremantle at Domain Stadium, and the Power and Eagles at Adelaide Oval.Should they win all three, theres every chance this attacking powerhouse can secure a top-two finish or even possibly take home the minor premiership.Adelaides clinical ball use in transition ranks them No.1 for disposals per goal (23.6) and as the most prolific side this year, they also have the best percentage of scores once inside their forward 50 (52.8 percent of the time).Of course it a positive to lock away wins and finish as high as possible with good percentage, and thats exactly what theyve been able to do. But to have too many easy games in the run into the finals may not help their premiership cause.Can you peak too early as a football team?You certainly want to be on edge heading into September. As a team, you have to be so ruthless and then bring your absolute best in both effort and execution in the finals. And thats what Don Pyke has been all about, making sure his team puts the foot on the throat of opponents - as seen by their performances against Essendon and Brisbane in the past fortnight.They also took the opportunity to rest Sam Jacobs and Scott Thompson in recent weeks, which is a good thing; but in terms of managing players, its now even more of a balancing act with the post-Round 23 bye in place this year.Theres no doubt Adelaide are playing sensational football but its the evenness in contribution across the ground which makes them so hard to contend with.Unheralded players such as Rory Atkins, Jarryd Lyons, Mitch McGovern and Jake Lever are just a couple of examples of the many Crows who have improved across the season to help their established stars. Of course theyre deadly up forward with great versatility in their mix of agile bigs and electrifying smalls, which means curbing their influence comes down to pressure and supply.One thing Pyke and his coaches must look out for is training standards. They have to be absolutely ruthless on the track and in reviewing games.When a team has won 10 of the past 11 games like the Crows have, the coaches often take the chance to jump on the little things by drilling into the training standards or any signs of selfishness bobbing up in games. They cannot afford to let their mindset and approach to their football slip in any way because that complacency wont stand up under the intensity of finals football.Itll be a fascinating run to the finals and Im really bullish about Adelaides prospects. The way in which they tackle this softer run will play a big part in what they achieve in the real stuff come September. Harrison Bader . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. Tyler ONeill . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/custom-rangel-ravelo-jersey-large-1231q.html .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. Some things to watch in the Big Ten in Week 12 of the season:GAME OF THE WEEKIndiana at No. 4 Michigan. The Wolverines have won 20 straight against Indiana, but this is no gimme. They could be smarting from the loss at Iowa last week, and they could be starting John OKorn in place of injured quarterback Wilton Speight. This will be the Hoosiers fourth top-10 opponent, and theyve won four of their last six on the road. They can draw confidence from limiting Big Ten rushing leader Saquon Barkley of Penn State to a season-low 58 yards on a career-high 33 carries last week. Up-and-down Indiana QB Richard Lagow will need to be at his best against Michigans top-ranked pass defense.BEST MATCHUPNorthwestern at Minnesota. Northwestern bounced back from losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin with a road win against Purdue, and now the Wildcats focus is on getting a sixth win to become bowl eligible. Minnesota already has locked up a fifth straight bowl trip, and another win could enhance the Gophers postseason destination. Northwestern won last years meeting 27-0, but these two teams typically play close games.INSIDE THE NUMBERSNo. 2 Ohio State visits Michigan State after having outscored Nebraska and Maryland by a combined 124-6. The Buckeyes 46.5 points a game ranks second in the FBS. ... If Nebraska beats Maryland, the Cornhuskers would have their first perfect home record since 2012 and second since 2001. ... The Terrapins are playing three straight top-20 opponents for the first time since 2004. ... Wisconsiin goes to Purdue on a 10-game win streak over the Boilermakers, the longest by either team in a series that dates to 1892. Brett Cecil. ... Purdue has had at least one touchdown pass of at least 45 yards in six straight games. ... Penn State, which visits Rutgers, has won six consecutive Big Ten games in the same season for the first time since 1994.LONG SHOTIllinois is a 9 +-point underdog at home against Iowa. The Hawkeyes must guard against a letdown after their big win over Michigan. Theyve won seven of eight in the series and beat the Illini 29-20 in Iowa City last year, but not before holding off a fourth-quarter comeback. The Illini got quarterback Wes Lunt and receiver Malik Turner back from injuries last week, and the offensive line has not given up a sack the past two games. Lunt & Co. will be going against an Iowa defense coming off a stellar performance in which it held Michigan to 201 yards.PLAYER TO WATCHMichigan QB John OKorn. Coach Jim Harbaugh is averse to saying much about injured players, and he challenged reports early in the week that Wilton Speight was done for the season because of a broken collarbone. Still, OKorn is expected to make his first start since transferring from Houston. OKorn lost a close competition to Speight in the preseason and has been mostly sharp in his eight appearances.---More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
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Pirelli is keen to have the 2017 pre-season take place in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi so it can test its new tyres in conditions representative of the opening races of the year. Martinas Rankin Super Bowl Jersey .Pirellis wider compounds are part of the radical regulation changes next year, which are aiming to produce faster cars over one lap. Those changes will make pre-season even more important as teams and F1s tyre manufacturer try to understand the new cars as best they can before the season opener.Though pre-season has taken place solely in Spain in the last two seasons in order to cut costs for teams Pirelli would like to see a return to the desert to give it the best chance of understanding the 2017 compound.Speaking about its hopes for pre-season next year, Pirellis Paul Hembery?told the F1 website: We would prefer to go somewhere like Bahrain or Abu Dhabi. The temperatures will be representative and we know the tracks very well. We definitely would want to go to representative tracks.With the exact look of the new cars still unknown as teams try to find an edge over their rivals in development, Hembery admits the final version of the 2017 compound might not be available until the season opener.If we have any surprises -- if the cars then are very different to what we had envisioned -- then we will have to react to that. Probably not for the first race, but at least when we have some really good winter testing we should know in advance how it is likely going to be -- what changes are needed.Only Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari will get to sample the 2017 compounds this year as part of Pirellis development programme. Williams Pat Symonds has suggested that offers those three teams a big advantage but Hembery does not think that is the case.?I dont believe there will be any disadvantage [to the others]. All the teams that are not testing have full data access to the results.And to make it clear, the three teams that are testing will not even know what they are testing, so we will end up mixing and matching the solutions so that even if they see something that is working well, it might not be the thing that they will get in 2017. The teams will just be testing blind - and as I just said, the data will be available to all the teams. Daniel Sorensen Super Bowl Jersey . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? Green had bounced around the NBA when he wasnt playing overseas. The Pacers gave up on Plumlee after just one season. Now Green and Plumlee are key cogs in the Suns surprising breakout season. Chad Henne Super Bowl Jersey . LUCIE, Fla. http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Emmanuel-ogbah-chiefs-jersey/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. Trainer Jason Warren says it has taken considerable time to work out imported galloper Thunder Teddington andhe believes hes now winning the battle.Bred in England, Thunder Teddington did his early racing in Hungary before making his way to Australia earlier in the year.Thunder Teddington had one autumn start before a break and on Saturday in the Skipton Handicap at Flemington will be lining up for his sixth Australian start.Warren said Thunder Teddingtons last-start eighth to Pilote Dessai in the Pakenham Cup has brought the son of Halling to peak condition for Saturdays 2500m race.I thought he ran into the race at Pakenham really well but hit a flat spot and then only ground to the line, Warren said.That runs brought him to his peak and weve taken the ear muffs off, so I think hell improve a lot off that.Warren said Thunder Teddington had taken time to adapt to Australian conditions while at the same time testing his training techniques.He says he resists taking the gelding to Mornington for trackwork and instead uses altternatives to get him fit and keep him mentally fresh. Larry Johnson Super Bowl Jersey. Hes a tricky horse in that we cant do a lot with him on the track, Warren said.We do a lot of hill work with him, work down the beach and a lot of work at our farm.Weve worked him out now and hes going super.Warren is also represented in the Scamanda Handicap with Danger Close looking to break a long run of outs and Sang Choi Bao.He said there wasnt a lot between the pair and the race being benchmark 78 class will suit Danger Close.Danger Close paid a hefty penalty for winning the Listed Barton Stakes at Sandown in December 2014, his most recent victory.Hes dropped enough in the ratings to get into a race where he can win again and hes a Flemington winner previously, Warren said.Sang Choi Bao ran really well last start at Geelong and he too has run well previously at Flemington.We go there fingers crossed that one of them can win. ' ' '
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