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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gave Garrett Jones a few days off this week, freeing the first baseman to explore ways to work out of a miserable funk that threatened to banish him to the bench indefinitely. Michael Matheson Jersey . A lot of time in the batting cage and a couple of helpful hints from a new teammate provided Jones with the confidence boost he desperately needed. Jones hit his 100th career home run and drove in four runs as the Pirates beat St. Louis 5-0 on Friday night to move into a tie with the Cardinals for the lead in the NL Central. "Big game, big series," Jones said. "I made some adjustments and took it into the game and I felt good. I felt aggressive and strong and it was nice to be able to contribute to the win." A pep talk from outfielder Marlon Byrd helped. The veteran, acquired by the Pirates in a trade with the New York Mets on Tuesday, pulled Jones aside and delivered some advice culled from 12 years of bouncing through seven big league cities. "He came up to me and said youre a guy who can hit 30-40 home runs," Jones said. "He started talking to me about hitting and the few things he mentioned to me just made a lot of sense." Hard to argue with the results. Jones finished with three hits while matching his entire RBI total for the month in one night. Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season for Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years. Francisco Liriano (15-6) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time in his eight-year career. The left-hander struggled in his previous start last weekend in San Francisco but bounced back with one of his most dominant performances of the season. Liriano credited his resilience on a newfound maturity that allows him to move on quickly following a rough night. "Whatever is done is done, nothing you can do about it, just focus on the next start," Liriano said. Having an early lead to work with certainly helped. Jones came in hitting just .119 in August but broke out against St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (12-9). Jones hit a two-run double in the first inning to give Pittsburgh the lead, added a moon shot to the seats in right field off Miller in the fourth and followed it up with an RBI single in the fifth. "Garrett put in a lot of work and it paid off big time for us," Hurdle said. The Cardinals came in surging after they erased a four-game deficit earlier this month. St. Louis arrived at PNC Park with a one-game lead and a chance to create some breathing room over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati heading into September. Instead, things tightened up after Miller again struggled to get outs against the Pirates. The rookie right-hander is in the midst of a breakout season but fell to 0-4 versus Pittsburgh, though his hitters havent done him any favours. The Cardinals have produced just one run in Millers four starts against the Pirates. Miller lasted just 4 1-3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He struggled with his command, twice walking Liriano - who came in hitting just .075 - on four pitches. "I made some mistakes with some pitches and they put good swings on them," Miller said. "At the end of the day, they were better than us. I was just battling all night. It wasnt a good night." It certainly was for Liriano, who is in the midst of a mid-career revival with the Pirates. The 2006 All-Star pitched a complete game in a 5-1 win at St. Louis two weeks ago and was even sharper in front of a packed PNC Park that is still getting used to being in the thick of a pennant race. The Cardinals managed only one runner in the last six innings, and no one got past second base in the entire game. "Theyre waiting for him to make a mistake out of over the plate but hes not making many mistakes then you dont have too many options," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We hit some balls hard but not enough of them in a row then we gave him the lead and that made it even tougher for us." NOTES: Pittsburgh All-Star closer Jason Grilli will pitch one inning for Double-A Altoona on Saturday as he continues his rehab from a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Grilli has been on the 15-day disabled list since injuring the arm against Washington on July 22 ... The Cardinals bolstered their bullpen on Friday when they acquired reliever John Axford from Milwaukee. "Theres a lot of experience there, a lot of upside," Matheny said. "Its hard to forget that two years ago this guy was one of the top relievers in the game." ... Lance Lynn (13-8, 4.02 ERA) starts for the Cardinals on Saturday against A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.18). Shawn Thornton Jersey . Henry, who missed three games with a knee injury, was charged with a handball in the penalty area in the 82nd minute as he went to block a strike from Patrick Mullins. On the ensuing penalty kick, Lee Nguyen picked up his fourth goal of the season, giving the Revolution a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon. Florida Panthers Jerseys . Colorado came up big against Chicago last spring, and repeated that performance Tuesday night. Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks.VALLNORD -- Olympic-bound Dominique Maltais posted the fastest time in qualifying Friday at a snowboard cross World Cup competition. The native of Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Que., finished in one minute and 13.43 seconds in qualifying, which determines the seedings for the finals on Saturday. Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic was also fast finishing right behind Maltais in 1:13.66. Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria was third in 1:15.40. "I think Eva and I certainly sent a message today being two seconds faster than the rest of the field," said Maltais, the 2006 Olympic bronze medallist. "But tomorrow is another day and conditions and the course could be differrent. Aaron Ekblad Jersey. But still its a great way to start the second half of the season." The top-12 on the first run automatically qualified for the finals. Twelve more spots were available on a second run, which was topped by Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., in 1:15.49. Carle Brenneman of Whistler, B.C., and Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., also qualified for finals ranking eighth and 11th on the second run. Four Canadians advanced to finals on the mens side: Chris Robanske of Calgary and Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., qualified 15th and 23rd on the first run. Robert Fagan of Squamish, B.C., and Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que., qualified on the second run. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Michael Del Zotto will hit the open market on Tuesday. Breshad Perriman Jersey . The Nashville Predators were unable to trade the defenceman ahead of the deadline to qualify restricted free agents and have decided to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. The Predators acquired the 24-year-old in January from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Kevin Klein. Del Zotto scored three goals and added 13 assists in 67 games with the Predators and Rangers this season. In 317 career NHL games, the left-handed shooting blueliner has scored 27 goals and 126 points. Del Zotto was drafted in the first round - 20th overall - by the Rangers in 2008. Marlon Humphrey Jersey . Wiggins, who had been seen as a contender for a podium finish in Paris, was one of about 20 riders caught near the back of the peloton with 38 kilometres to go in the 218-km flat stage from Le Mans to Chateauroux. Maxx Williams Jersey . Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have surgery on his left shoulder this week and is expected to miss the rest of the season. SOCHI, Russia -- The ashes of Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke were spread in the Olympic halfpipe, high on a mountain above it and also near the Olympic rings in the athletes village. Burke, considered a pioneer for the introduction of halfpipe and slopestyle into the Winter Games, died following a training accident in Utah in January, 2012. Freestyle coach Trennon Paynter from Squamish, B.C., says he distributed the ashes in the halfpipe prior to the competition. "That was a little bit of a stealth mission," Paynter said Saturday. "I feel pretty good about knowing Sarah was all over these Olympics in our hearts and quite literally too." Burke was a four-time X Games champion and a driving force behind the inclusion of both halfpipe and slopestyle in the Sochi Olympics. She spent her early years in Barrie, Ont., but was living in Squamish when she died. Burke competed against men until there was a womens event. A leading contender for gold in Russia, she died at age 29 two years before her sports introduction into the Winter Games. Paynter went alone on a gondola as high as he could on the mountain above Rhosa Khutor Extreme Park to leave some of Burkes ashes there. The urn he carried was also in a freestyle team picture at the Olympic rings in the athletes village. Prior to the start of womens freestyle halfpipe Thursday at Rhosa Khutor, volunteers slid down the course in a heart-shaped formation in memory of Burke "This event really, I feel, had Sarah at the core of it in so many ways," Paynter said. Australiian snowboarder Torah Bright, who won Olympic halfpipe gold, in 2010 was incensed the International Olympic Committee would not allow her to wear the "Sarah" stickers on her helmet and snowboard that she sports in other competitions. Justin Tucker Jersey. "The sticker thing for us was really no big deal," Paynter said. "We knew the way the protocols worked here. We knew for a couple of years we wouldnt be wearing stickers here. The rest of the season, I have Sarah stickers all over my stuff." Burkes husband Rory Bushfield and Paynter are friends and the two had discussed a plan to bring her ashes to the Winter Games in Sochi. The Canadian Olympic Committee provided a glass container and Paynter carried the container in a leather holster with Burkes name on it. During a quiet moment on the first training day, Paynter was able to "poach a couple pipe laps." "I know Sarah wanted to get some hits in the pipe so she got those," he said. The freestyle skiers won seven medals in Sochi and the most by one sport on the Canadian team. Canada also won a pair of medals in ski cross and while the international governing body of skiing considers it a freestyle discipline, Alpine Canada administers it domestically as a speed sport. Although the Canadian women finished off the podium in halfpipe, Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta., took silver in the first mens event. "Shed just be thrilled with everything from Mike winning a medal to the women just performing at such a high level," Paynter said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Aljaz Bedene recorded a straight-sets victory over Czech Lukas Rosol in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters to set up a meeting with eight-time champion Rafael Nadal. Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey . The British No 2 sent down eight aces to triumph 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour and will play play fifth seed Nadal, who received a bye in the first round.Slovenian-born Bedene, who recently lost his bid to play Davis Cup tennis for Britain, required five match points to finally see off an opponent one place below him in the world rankings in 61st. Bedene had twice beaten Rosol on clay in Futures matches, but the Czech won their only previous Tour meeting on a hard court in Beijing in 2015.Now Bedene appears ready to take up his challenge against the mighty Nadal. Im playing well, at the moment Im enjoying playing tennis. Its going to be against Rafa, who I respect. Hes one of the best clay-courters.Its going to be fun, definitely if I bring my best tennis. Im not the favourite, but I stand a chance. Its never a good time to play someone like him. But if I can pick any, this is the time. Rafael Nadal received a bye in round one of the Monte Carlo Masters Andy Murray also enters the tournament at the second-round stage and will play Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert after he beat Guido Pella of Argentina 6-3 6-4.Two-time semi-finalist Murray was in mens doubles action with Davis Cup team-mate Dominic Inglot on Monday as they reached the second round with a straight sets win over Uruguays Pablo Cuevas and Spains Marcel Granollers. Andy Murray and Dominic Inglot won their doubles match The British pair won 6-3 6-4 with a controlled display which saw them dominate the first set before having to battle hard for victory in the second.They next face Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia before a potential date against Spanish wildcard pairing Nadal and Fernando Verdasco in the third round. Roger Federer will return to action following knee surgery In other results, Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez made it past Brazils Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 6-1 to next face third seed Roger Federer, who is set to play his first match in more than two months after a knee procedure.Two French seeds gave the home public what they wanted in the first round, with number nine Richard Gasquet defeating Spains Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-0 and 13th-seeded Gael Monfils recovering form 2-5 down in the opening set to defeat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 6-0.Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut advanced past compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4 7-6 (7-4). Alexander Zverev won his debut match in the principality German teenager Alexander Zverev continued to impress after holding a match point against Nadal last month at Indian Wells, with the 18-year-old winning his debut match in the principality over longtime junior rival Andrey Rublev 6-1 6-3.That quick victory in one hour lines up the 54th-ranked Zverev against former Monte Carlo finalist David Ferrer in the second round.Austrian 12th seed Dominic Thiem, Canadian tenth seed Milos Raonic and Bulgarian hot shot Grigor Dimitrov all won through. Watch the Monte Carlo Masters on Sky Sports all this week.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. Also See: Monte Carlo: Big questions Murrays Monte Carlo route Tennis on Sky Sports Federer returns in Monte Carlo Kenneth Acker Jersey . Among the teams moves was trading one of the teams two third round picks, no. 83 overall, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bollig, a six-foot-two, 223-pound left-winger who had seven goals, seven assists, and 92 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. Terrance Mitchell Jersey . LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isnt guaranteed to be the first-round leader at The Barclays. The FedEx Cup playoffs got off to a soggy start Thursday with two rain delays that lasted six hours. It was a start-again, stop-again day on the bank of the Hudson River, but that didnt stop Stadler. He ran off three birdies early, then returned from the second delay and threw in four more birdies on a soft golf course. Asked if it was difficult to stay mentally prepared, Stadler replied, "Im never really mentally prepared. Same as usual. It was all good." Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world and in this playoff series, came out of the first delay by missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 13th and then rolling in three straight birdies to get into the mix. He cooled slightly after the slightly longer second delay, and failed to make birdie on any of the par 5s in his round of 67. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., also had a 67. Woods didnt mind the long day. He was more concerned about the next long day on the horizon. Only the top half of the draw finished the round. The later starters -- Ben Crane played only two holes -- were to resume the round Friday morning and then go straight to the second round. That left the top half facing extra holes on Saturday to get the tournament caught up. "Were done," Woods said. "It was a long day, and tomorrow will be a short one. And then Saturday will be pretty much a marathon." British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott were among those who didnt finish. PGA champion Jason Dufner had a 71, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose recovered from a double bogey on the par-5 13th for a 68. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., opened with a 73. Camilo Villegas, who started the season with conditional status and is No. 110 in the FedEx Cup standings, ran off four straight birdies around the turn and was the only player to reach 8 under -- for now -- until back-to-back bogeys late in his round. He had a 65, along with Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer. "Three breakfasts, three warm-ups, two lunches and a bunch of birdies, which is good," Villegas said. Jason Day and Matt Kuchar shot 66. Day made two bogeys that kept a good round from getting away from him. His ball dropped over the rocks and into the water to the left of the fifth green, and he got up-and-down from there. On his closing hole, the par-4 ninth, his drive went deep into the bushes and forced him tto take a penalty drop. Demetrius Harris Jersey. He got onto the green and made another bogey. The rain allowed for some low scoring at Liberty National, which hosted The Barclays in 2009 and produced a winning score of 9 under. The course also went through significant changes to soften some of the landing zones and green complexes. Plus, there is virtually no rough. Nothing allows for low scoring quite like soft conditions, however. Nearly half of those who finished their rounds shot in the 60s. That group might have included Rory McIlroy, except for a few loose swings. He had three double bogeys and still managed a 71. McIlroy blasted out of a bunker and over the 15th green. His approach found the water on No. 5. And his tee shot on the ninth took a wicked kick off the cart path, over the bushes and a fence and out-of-bounds. "The rest of it was actually pretty good," he said. Stadler needed a good start. He hasnt had a top 10 since New Orleans in late April, and he started these playoffs at No. 87. Only the top 100 advance to the second tournament next week outside Boston, and the top 70 from there go on to the third event in Chicago. "Ive had a pretty lousy summer, but really started hitting the ball a lot better a couple of weeks ago and was looking forward to playing some golf again here recently," he said. "Finally got something out of it today." Stadler has not played in any of the World Golf Championship and only one of the majors -- the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut -- so this event feels like a big one. It also happens to have arguably the strongest and deepest field on the PGA Tour, particularly since everyone earned a spot based on this years play. "All those guys are here this week, so in that regard, its pretty cool," he said. "But its just another week." Stenson last year started the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 117 and was gone after one week. He is one of the hottest players in golf, having been runner-up at the British Open, the Bridgestone Invitational and he was third at the PGA Championship. He is No. 9 in the standings this year, and his 65 on a long Thursday showed why. "I came in from Europe on Monday night, so Im a bit jet-lagged and I only saw the course once," Stenson said. "Im very pleased with the way I played out there and took advantage of some good shots. And it was a little bit of a shaky finish." He missed a short par putt on the par-5 eighth hole and had to make a 6-footer for par on the last. 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The worlds fastest man Usain Bolt was among the many celebrating West Indies thrilling World T20 win over England in Kolkata. Jordan Reed Jersey . Bolt watched on as Carlos Brathwaite smashed four sixes in a row to break English hearts and secure a second World T20 crown for the West Indies.And he soon took to Instagram to share his delight with his 2.5million followers as he performed the now infamous Champion victory dance. Bashaud Breeland Jersey . Armstrong was given the rank of "Chevalier" -- or Knight -- in the "Legion dHonneur" in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. Ryan Anderson Jersey .In a statement released Friday, the Catalan club said the Brazil stars recovery would be monitored to determine when he can begin training again.DOHA, Qatar -- A chest injury prevented Darren Clarke from teeing up in his 500th European Tour event at the Qatar Masters on Wednesday. Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. Clarke, who was set to become the 25th player to compete in 500 tour events, headed back to his hotel and a flight home. "Its disappointiing Darrens had to withdraw as the tour was looking forward to honouring his 500th tournament with a presentation before he teed off this morning," tournament director David Probyn said. Russ Grimm Jersey. "We will just have to wait now until Darren next competes in a European Tour event." That will be the Masters at Augusta National from April 10, with Clarke taking up the third year of a five-year exemption in capturing the 2011 British Open. Hes next entered in the U.S. PGA Tours Northern Trust Open from Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Adam Larsson Jersey . -- The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Quincy Pondexter to a contract extension, beating a Thursday night deadline for players drafted in 2010. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms of the deal Thursday. The 6-foot-6 guard-forward led the Grizzlies with a career-high 39.5 per cent shooting from 3-point range in 59 games last season. Pondexter, who hit a combined 40 3-pointers in his first two seasons, hit 60 3s last season. He was even better during the playoffs shooting 45.3 per cent outside the arc. In the Western finals, Pondexter averaged 15.3 points shooting 53.7 per cent from the floor. Pondexter was the 26th selection overall by Oklahoma City in 2010, trading his rights to New Orleans. Memphis traded for him Dec. 24, 2011. The Commercial Appeal reported Pondexter agreed to a four-year deal. Benoit Pouliot Jersey .TV Series: Duck Dynasty. Mark Letestu Jersey . On paper, it looks a little like Andre the Giant taking on a midget wrestler. It has all the makings of a rout with the Americans adding an eighth win in nine outings of this biennial event. The Yanks have eight players in the top 15 in the world while the Internationals have just one.ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to return from the broken left foot that has kept him out of the last 14 games. The Wild said after the pre-game skate Thursday morning that Parise will play against Chicago. He last suited up Dec. 22. Parise was hurt initially Nov. 25 when he blocked a shot at SSt. Custom Edmonton Oilers Jerseys. Louis. He was held out of the next game but returned the game after and played another month, trying to push through the pain. Over those 12 games, Parise had only four goals and one assist. The Wild decided to shut him down and let him fully heal. In 37 games this season, Parise has 15 goals and 12 assists. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado stated his case Wednesday for the reduction of a five-game suspension he received for intentionally throwing his bat on the field against Oakland on June 8. Kevin Greene Jersey . Now hes got to wait for the verdict, which will probably be rendered before the end of the week. "Were hoping we made a good case and we got it down," Machado said. Machado tossed his bat in the direction of third base during a plate appearance in which Oakland reliever Fernando Abad threw successive high-and-tight pitches. After the bat went soaring, both benches emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Abad was subsequently fined but not suspended. The bat throwing was an extension of a feud that began in the series opener two days earlier. Machado yelled in the face of Oaklands Josh Donaldson after the third baseman tagged him on the chest, knocking Machado off his feet. The dugouts also emptied after that confrontation, but no one was ejected. Machado was subsequently suspended and fined an undisclosed amount. He immediately appealed the punishment and has been playing for Baltimore since that time. Machado, his agent and Orioles executive vice-president Dan Duquette spoke for about an hour Wednesday with Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice-president of standards and on-field operations at Major League Baseball. The meeting took place at the warehouse behind Camden Yards. "We got it done," Machado said. "Now its just sit back and wait and see what is going to happen." He hoped to get a reduction of the suspension, and if possible, have it wiped out entirely. "At this point, theres nothing to talk about," Machado said. "Just wait and see how many games Im going to get suspended, hopefully I dont and just get fined." Asked why he was optimistic, Machado replied, "I didnt throw the bat at anybody. And thats it. All the other cases that have gotten suspended have been when they go ahead and intentionally throw the bat at the person. I dont want to jinx anything. I just want to try and get as least games as possible." If a suspension does occur, Machado and the Orioles hoped the decision would be rendered after Fridays split doubleheader against Tampa Bay. "Hopefully, it doesnt hurt the team that Im down with those two games," Machado said. Heath Miller Jersey . It was my fifth straight year attending and, as always, there are many interesting matters discussed as it pertains to the use of statistics in sports. Bud Dupree Jersey . The 29-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., who trains out of San Diego, will fight bantamweight champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey on July 5 in the co-main event of UFC 175 in Las Vegas.With the Vancouver Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night, there may be an off-ice shakeup on the horizon. TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie all tweeted on Tuesday morning that changes for the struggling franchise could be on the way sooner than later. The Canucks have been eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 2008. Dreger and McKenzie hinted that former Canucks captain and fan favourite Trevor Linden may be part of a new regime. "Not sure exactly what will go down in Van today, but Trevor Lindens name is in the mix. Perhaps, Van using Sakic and Avs template," tweeted Dreger. "Further to @DarrenDreger, nothing official yet, but sounds like Trevor Linden expected to be new president in VAN," added McKenzie. "Hearing whispers that perhaps change is coming sooner rather than later with the Canucks, perhaps as soon as today or tomorrow..." tweeted LeBrun. "Nothing concrete as I said, but those are whispers out of Van city. Will it be the GM? or the coach? We shall see..." Linden, however, said that he has not been approached by the Canucks organization about a possible change. "I havent [spoken to the Canucks] and I think its interesting," LLinden told Global BC on Tuesday. Jordan Berry Jersey. "When teams struggle, theres lots of speculation." Linden did add that working with the Canucks once again held some appeal. "Ive always said to people, if the opportunity is right and the time was right, Id have to seriously consider it." Linden would conclude the interview by stating that an announcement on his future involvement with the Canucks was "not imminent." Down 3-0 in an eventual shutout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the lower bowl at Rogers Arena had hundreds of empty seats throughout the game, with most the fans leaving before the final buzzer went off. The fans that did remain were chanting for Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis to be fired. Gillis seemed to criticize the style of first-year head coach John Tortorella in a interview with TEAM 1040 Radio in Vancouver last week, saying that he wanted the team to get back to the type of game that got it to the 2011 final against the Boston Bruins. Tortorella, who was hired by the Canucks last summer, has four years left on his contract with the club. "VAN situation is highly volatile, and also highly unpredictable," tweeted McKenzie on Tuesday. "A LOT of money involved in making changes. Lots of moving parts." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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BEREA, Ohio - Johnny Manziel should come with a warning sticker: Watching can be hazardous to your health. Josh Norman Jersey .On Sunday, the NFL will get its first extended look at Manziel, who routinely turned broken plays into touchdowns at Texas A&M and will now try to rescue the Browns wilting playoff hopes.As he prepares Manziel for his first career start, Cleveland offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan said hes not sure what to expect from the cocksure rookie quarterback when he faces the Cincinnati Bengals.Once Shanahan sends a well-designed play in from the sideline theres no telling what Manziel might do with it after the balls snapped.Everything out here is pretty much scripted and stuff, Shanahan said following Thursdays practice. Im waiting. Im sure its going to happen pretty fast. We call a pass play, and hes going to do six spins reversing back and forth outside the pocket. Im going to hold my breath be yelling half the time, and then probably be running and jumping on top of him excited at the end of it.Who knows what will happen. I think thats why everyone enjoys watching him, and thats why Im excited to see what he does. Itll be fun.The Browns (7-6) need more than entertainment out of Manziel. They need him to take care of the ball, make good decisions and inject some energy into to Clevelands lifeless offence. Manziel may be the 21st quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999, but the team is discarding its sordid history at the position to see what the 22-year-old can do.Cleveland has tapered its offence to suit Manziel, who came off the bench for deposed starter Brian Hoyer two weeks ago at Buffalo and flashed some of his Johnny Football magic by tucking the ball away, recognizing a lane many quarterbacks wouldnt have seen and darting to the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown run.With a week to install plays to best use Manziels arm and legs, the Browns hope to keep the Bengals off balance. But the bigger issue may be getting Manziel to understand that he doesnt have to transform every play into a TV highlight.Browns coach Mike Pettine doesnt want to put a collar on Manziel, but he doesnt want him running wild.Its going to be more within the structure of our offence, but at the same time, if you have a guy that has a unique skillset, you dont want to quell that either, he said. You want to allow him to do it, but youve got to be able to pick and choose your times to do it. On every drop-back pass he cannot look to turn it into a punt return.We just dont want to turn it into, Hey, lets run his college offence and let it turn into street ball, but we also dont want to say, Hey listen, heres the playbook. We need to follow this exactly to the letter. Were not going to do that either.Shanahan said he has occasionally looks at game tapes of Manziel in college to help him put together plays.The Browns dont have any allusions that Manziel will be able to run around and do what he did while winning a Heiman Trophy. Theyre going to let Johnny be Johnny and hope that its good enough.Hes tried to develop in every facet, but when that ball snaps, I dont want him thinking about coaching points. I dont want him thinking about how the play is supposed to be. I want him reacting, and hopefully when someone is open, he reacts and lets it rip. 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Miami and San Antonio are the leagues last two teams standing for the second consecutive year, their next chapter starting on the Spurs home floor Thursday night. The Heat won a wild series last season for their second straight championship, needing a frantic rally to avoid elimination in Game 6 and then riding the strength of a 37-point, 12-rebound effort from James to top the Spurs in Game 7. "I think our guys, they actually grew from the loss last year," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I call it fortitude. I think they showed an unbelievable amount of fortitude. If I can compliment my own team humbly, to have that tough loss, especially the Game 6 and not have a pity party and come back this year and get back to the same position, I think thats fortitude." Its the leagues first Finals rematch since Chicago and Utah played in 1997 and 1998. The teams have actually played three times since last seasons classic series ended, twice in the regular season, another being a preseason meeting in Miami where the Spurs acknowledged that the pain of losing Game 7 on that floor was still real. Then again, its almost like they wanted to feel that hurt at times. Popovich showed the Spurs clips of Games 6 and 7 early in training camp this season, not so much to open old wounds but rather speed up the healing process. "We were just trying to put it away, just get over that part of it, learn from it, and move forward from there," said Duncan, a champion in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Move forward, they did. San Antonio won 62 games in the regular season, the best record in the league. One of those wins was a 24-point romp over Miami, on the same floor where this series will start on Thursday. The Heat know whaat wanting revenge feels like. Sean Taylor Jersey. They lost the 2011 NBA Finals to Dallas, then opened the following season on the Mavericks floor and simply blew them away. Heat forward Chris Bosh called it "extra motivation" for the Spurs. "Its just something that we have to deal with, and we know that theyre going to be very passionate, and theyre going to play some good basketball," Bosh said. "So whoever we play, we just have to continue to keep our approach the same and play good basketball." While the Spurs were punching their ticket by ousting Oklahoma City from the West finals on Saturday night, the Heat were getting a day off. James was taking his kids to see X-Men. James Jones went to a home-improvement store for some supplies. Bosh insisted he was going to do as little as possible, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isnt summoning his team to practice again until Monday. By then, James will be locked in on the Spurs. "It hasnt really hit us that much yet because I think were in it," James said Friday night after Miami beat Indiana and clinched its fourth consecutive East championship. "I think it will once were done and were able to look back at what we were able to accomplish as players, as a franchise. I think thats when it will really hit us. We definitely dont take it for granted to be in this position." So for the next few days, all the highlights of last years finals will be played over and over again. The shot by Tony Parker -- who missed the second half of Saturday nights game with a left ankle injury -- to win Game 1 in Miami for the Spurs. James twirl-on-the-rim dunk as the Heat pulled away in Game 2. San Antonio sharpshooter Danny Greens Finals-record 3-point display. Boshs rebound that led to Ray Allens shot that saved Miamis season in Game 6. The yellow rope, the precursor to a Spurs celebration that never happened. All made for an epic series. The encore could be even better. 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Mack Brown denied a report issued Tuesday that he will be stepping down at Texas, though the embattled head football coachs future with the Longhorns remains swirled in uncertainty. Cameron Sutton Jersey . The website Orangebloods.com reported that Brown, whose job security has been a heavy topic of speculation over the past few months, will announce his resignation by the end of the week. When contacted by website Horns247.com later in the day, Brown responded that he is currently on a recruiting trip and has not decided to leave his post. "Im in Florida recruiting," Brown said in the message. "If I had decided to step down I sure wouldnt be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down." Sources also told Horns247.com that the university is expected to make a decision on Browns job status within the next 48 hours. ESPN reported that Browns fate will likely be tied to a meeting of the universitys Board of Regents scheduled for Thursday, during which the future of Texas president Bill Powers is also to be discussed. Powers has been an ardent supporter of Brown during his eight-year tenure at the school. According to Orangebloods.com, Brown is expected to formally resign at Texas football banquet on Friday, with the event to serve as a celebration of his accomplishments during his 16 years with the Longhorns program. The site indicated that Brown will coach the team in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl, where Texas will face Oregon in San Antonio. Brown, who is under contract through 2020, will reportedly receive a $2.75 million buyout and be reassigned to an advisory role in the UT presidents office over the remainder of his pact. Taking over a floundering Texas program prior to the 1998 season, Brown restored the Longhorns back to national prominence by stringing together nine consecutive campaigns of double-digit wins from 2001-09. The highlight of that period came during the 2005 season, when the Longhorns capped a 13-0 performance with a victory over USC in the BCS Championship Game. Brown also took the Longhorns to the national title game in 2009, but the program has been in decline since. Texas has gone just 30-20 over the past four seasons and finished in the national rankings in just one of those years. Texas lost two of its first three games of this season, but rebounded to go 7-1 in Big 12 play prior to Saturdays 30-10 loss to league champion Baylor. Browns 158 wins at Texas are the second-most in school history, surpassed only by Hall of Famer Darrell Royals 167. Greg Lloyd Jersey . Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller and Tim Jitloff underlined the squads enormous potential on the Rettenbach glacier in Austria. Martavis Bryant Jersey .com) - Bradley Beals 22 points and seven rebounds helped the Washington Wizards erase a halftime deficit and top the Utah Jazz, 93-84, on Sunday.Kaetlyn Osmond and her Canadian teammates are assured of at least a silver medal in the inaugural team figure skating event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  Osmond, of Marystown, N.L., fell in the middle of her routine and placed fifth in the ladies free skate at Iceberg Skating Palace (110.73 points), but that was all the Canadians needed after a strong performance by Kevin Reynolds in the mens free earlier Sunday. Reynolds scored 167.92, after replacing Patrick Chan who was third in the mens short program Thursday. Russia is guaranteed the gold medal after a sensational skate by teenage phenom Yulia Lipnitskaya, who pleased the partisan crowd and dominated her competition with aa first-place score of 141. Cameron Heyward Jersey. 51. The Americans locked up bronze after a phenomenal performance by Gracie Gold, who was replacing Ashley Wagner (who competed in the short program). Golds score of 129.38 was good enough for second in the event. Italys Valentina Marchei (112.51) and Akiko Suzuki (112.33) of Japan, were fourth and fifth, respectively. Russias 67 points made it mathematically impossible for Canada (56 points) to take them down in the ice dance free, in which Americans Charlie White and Meryl Davis set a world record with a score of 114.34. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada placed second (107.56).       Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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DAVIE, Fla. Andrew Ladd Jersey . -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi says hes looking forward to the teams annual fishing tournament this weekend, when he hopes to end a slump. "Its a lot of fun," Misi said. "But I seem to get on a boat that doesnt catch too many fish. Hopefully this year that will change." With the season three months away, the Dolphins are casting about for ways to improve their defence, which is why Misi found himself at middle linebacker during Mondays off-season practice. He spent his first four NFL seasons mostly at strong-side linebacker, but the Miami coaching staff believes Misi might be better suited to clogging up the middle for a team that ranked 24th in rushing defence and 21st in yards allowed in 2013. The switch is an experiment instigated when the Dolphins began off-season workouts. Misi swapped spots with Dannell Ellerbe, who moved from the middle to the outside in Miamis 4-3 scheme. Philip Wheeler remains at weak-side linebacker, where second-year pro Jelani Jenkins could challenge him for playing time. Linebacker was considered a weakness last year for the Dolphins, but they didnt address the area with a major acquisition in free agency or the draft, and now coach Joe Philbin is looking at the position switch as a possible remedy. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Misi was considered the best of the three starting linebackers last season. He won praise for his sound fundamentals, sure tackling and run-stopping skills. "One of the things Ive liked about him is when we do a year-end video cutup and show examples of how to take on a block, tackle properly and pursue to the ball, he shows up on a lot of those cuts," Philbin said. "He plays the right way. And he has great leadership qualities. So we want to take a look at him in the interior. Well see how he adjusts to that position and relates to the other players and the defence in general. So far he has done a nice job." Defensive co-ordinator Kevin Coyle said the switch is a work in progress, but he likes the idea of Misi in the middle. "He has such a physical presence," Coyle said. "When Koa hits you, you stay hit for a while. I cant tell you how many times weve used Koa as the example of, This is how you compete each and every snap on defence." Misi has been used at both outside linebacker spots and played a little defensive end early in his career, so hes accustomed to position changes. "Since I got here Ive been switching positions," he said. "Im always open to try something new. If it works, it works. If not, well go back to the way things were." Ellerbe said his attitude is the same. He played four seasons at outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens before replacing an injured Ray Lewis in the middle during their Super Bowl championship season in 2012. He moved back to the middle when he joined the Dolphins last year. "Whatever will help the team, Im down for," Ellerbe said. "It doesnt matter where we play." In the middle, Misi said, he must adjust to the heavier traffic and change the way he reads keys. In addition, playing in the middle -- the mike position -- requires that the laid-back Misi assume more of a leadership role. "Mike is the leader of the defence," he said. "It forces you to be more vocal. Youve got to make all the calls, and you have to know pretty much the whole defence to get in the right spot to make a play." The experiment will likely continue the rest of this week at least, with two more practices scheduled. "I cant commit today to say that its a done deal," Coyle said, "but certainly I like what were seeing." Custom New York Islanders Jerseys . -- Ben Bishop had a milestone game against one of the NHLs greatest goalies. Travis Hamonic Jersey . The Calgary skip fell 10-8 to Swedens Oskar Eriksson in semifinal action Saturday and will face Switzerlands Peter de Cruz for the bronze medal  (Saturday at 10pm et/7pm pt on TSN2).LOS ANGELES, Calif. - While Robbie Keane was grateful to accept Major League Soccers MVP award on Wednesday, he never stopped thinking about the other trophy he intends to raise a few days later.The Irish strikers first MVP selection is another highlight in his dynamic year with the LA Galaxy, who face the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup this weekend. Keane is chasing his third MLS title in four seasons stateside, a desire that dwarfs his interest in individual awards.Its been a great season for me personally, but it would be even better if we won on Sunday, Keane said. To get this award is a great privilege. Its so nice to be recognized. It could have gone to the other two lads.New Englands Lee Nguyen and Seattles Obafemi Martins were the other finalists, but Keane beat them out with his most impressive season since arriving in Southern California in 2011.The 34-year-old Keane had 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 games while leading the Galaxys MLS-best offence, providing dangerous attacking and steady leadership for the MLS Cup finalists.With speed, skill and a daredevil flair for big moments, Keane scored or assisted on 33 of the Galaxys 69 goals this season. Only Chris Wondolowski ever managed more in MLS history, contributing to 34 goals during his 2012 MVP season with San Jose.We think Robbie is special because of his consistency, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. He sets the tone for our team each and every day. Ive watched Robbie for years, and I always (thought) this is the kind of player we want in this league, and on my team.Keane accepted the award at a posh restaurant in the downtown Los Angeles luxury apartment building where he lives with his wife, Claudine, and their son, Robert, during the Galaxys season.The Irish national team captain and longtime Tottenham Hotspur star has been a hit ever since he joined the Galaxy as their third star alongside David Beckham and Landon Donovan on the U.S. leagues glamour franchise. Keane could have treated his move to Hollywood as a break from the high-pressure European grind, but he followed Beckhams philosophy about MLS.I mentioned in my first press conference that Im not here for a holiday, Keane said. Its about winning. Its about championsships. Calvin de Haan Jersey. Were going for three of four now, so thats not too bad.The trio led the Galaxy to MLS Cup championships in 2011 and 2012. Keane then turned in an outstanding season in 2013, scoring 16 goals and 11 assists in just 23 games, despite Beckhams departure, Donovans early sabbatical from soccer and Keanes two serious Achilles injuries, which required surgery and weeks of off-season rehabilitation.Keane remained a force this season during Donovans slow start. They nearly led LA all the way back to the top of the MLS table before finishing just behind Seattle, but the Galaxy eliminated the Sounders from the playoffs last Sunday.Keane has done it all in the past four seasons while frequently travelling between continents for his duties with Ireland, including a trip last month during the playoffs. Keane became the worlds leading active goal-scorer in international play this year with the retirement of Germanys Miroslav Klose.The Galaxy re-signed Keane to a long-term deal earlier this year, and he will be their clear leader going forward with Donovans impending retirement and their possible addition of a new, high-profile designated player in the off-season.He bought into our league right away, Arena said. It wasnt a fight. He fully accepted what our league was about.The Dublin native began his pro career with Wolverhampton Wanderers at 17 years old in 1997. After stops with Coventry City, Inter Milan and Leeds, Keane moved to Spurs for the 2002-03 season, eventually scoring 93 goals in 138 appearances for the North London club.Keane had stints with Liverpool, Celtic and West Ham before deciding to head stateside with the Galaxy. 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