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Kirk Cousins is going to be rich. Nike Shox Mens Clearance .All right. Lets amend that. Because unless youre, say, Joe Flacco or Eli Manning, you read that first sentence and said to yourself, Kirk Cousins is already rich. And youre right. Cousins is playing this season on a one-year franchise contract thats paying him $19.953 million. But this much is also true: As long as he finishes the season healthy, Cousins is going to get a monster raise -- and likely a monster long-term contract -- in the offseason.The Washington Redskins franchised Cousins because they wanted to see more. They didnt want to turn over a hefty franchise-quarterback deal to a guy who had an 11-14 career record, even if he had just led them to a 2015 NFC East title. They basically told Cousins, Do it again.And he has. After a rough 0-2 start to the season, Cousins team has gone 6-1-1 to stay not all that far behind the surprising Dallas Cowboys and the surprising New York Giants in the division race. Cousins threw an interception on 2 percent of his attempts last year, and hes at 1.8 this season. His yards per attempt last season were 7.7, and this year theyre 8.0. If Cousins mission was to show Washington that last year wasnt a fluke, hes doing just that. And Sunday nights 375-yard, three-touchdown eye-opener, in which he was the best quarterback in a game that featured Aaron Rodgers, was the latest negotiating point in his favor.Washington could franchise Cousins again for next year, but it will cost them at least $23.94 million to do that. The more likely outcome is that he does get that long-term deal this time, and that it at least challenges -- if not surpasses -- the $24.594 million average annual salary of?Andrew Lucks new deal with the Colts.Cousins isnt the only quarterback playing himself into unheard-of money this season. Detroits Matthew Stafford, signed through 2017, could get a contract extension next summer that pushes him well past that $25 million average. Atlantas Matt Ryan has two years left on his deal. But based on the way this season has gone so far, when those guys try to set benchmarks in their next contracts, it could be Kirk Cousins whose deal theyre trying to beat.Some other stuff we learned in Week 11:The Buccaneers might want to think about movingOr becoming one of those full-time rover teams that plays only road games. Tampa Bay is 1-4 at home this year and 4-1 on the road, including wins at Atlanta, Carolina and, most recently, Kansas City. Jameis Winston said after the game that the Chiefs fans in-game chant fired him up because it was the same one he used to hear at home games at Florida State. Bit of a research failure by the Chiefs fans, that.In all seriousness, though, Winston had eight interceptions in his first four games this year but has only two (to go with 12 touchdown passes) in his past six. His passer rating over that time is 102.2 -- eighth-best in the league. The Bucs are only a game out of first place, but even if they dont have enough to make a serious run this year, theres a lot to feel good about in Tampa. The only hitch is that the fans may have to get on a plane to see the team win.?The Vikings cant win when their offense has to provide all of the offenseSix of Minnesotas 22 touchdowns this year have come on defense or special teams. The Vikings are 4-0 when they get a defensive or special-teams touchdown, and 2-4 when they dont. They needed a 100-yard Xavier Rhodes interception return and a 104-yard Cordarrelle Patterson kick return to beat the Cardinals by six points at home on Sunday.Only the Browns, Bears and Rams have a lower average of offensive points scored per game than Minnesotas 16.3. No team averages fewer yards per offensive play than the Vikings 4.67. This is not a sustainable formula. But at least you know, if youre watching the early game Thursday and the Vikings score a non-offensive touchdown, that theyre probably going to end the day in first place.The new extra point rule is totally in the kickers headsNFL kickers have missed on just 10 out of 251 field goal attempts 33 yards or shorter this season. However, on Sunday alone, NFL kickers missed TWELVE extra-point attempts. The extra point, as of the start of the 2015 season, is the distance equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.Obviously, its not equivalent in a lot of other ways, because otherwise these professional kickers wouldnt be turning to pudding when they line up for a one-point kick. In Week 11, NFL kickers were a perfect 23-for-23 on field goal attempts of 33 yards or shorter -- and 41-for-47 on field goals of any distance. But 52-for-64 on extra points.Potential solace: Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo, who only last week succeeded in officially having the word beleaguered removed from in front of his name on all documentation, was 4-for-4 on field goals and hit his only extra point attempt Sunday. So it can get better, kickers. It can get better.Jared Goff is a project ... and thats OKThe Rams have made it clear theyre determined to take things slowly with the No. 1 overall pick, who made his debut Sunday against a tough Dolphins defense and looked like a young player with a lot of work still to do. Chris Weinke, the Rams quarterbacks coach, told me last week that Goff was mentally ready after a half-season-plus of working on his cadence, his huddle presence and his fluency in the Rams offensive terminology. But its clear that the Rams viewed Sunday as simply the latest step in Goffs development. They drafted him to be the answer for the long term, and if hes not the answer for 2016, they all have to live with that.And its not fair to laugh because Dak Prescott was taken 134 picks later and has led the Cowboys to a 9-1 record. Prescott has a monster offensive line, a true No. 1 wide receiver and a star running back. Goff has, at best, one of those things. We all want to see what it looks like when someone gets open down the field and Goff airs it out. But we have to wait, and so does he, and so do the Rams. That doesnt mean he wasnt worth taking No. 1 overall. We wont know for years whether he was. It just means that not every recipe takes the same amount of time to cook. If theres a concern about Goff, it should be about whether this Rams coaching staff is the right group of chefs to help him become great -- and about how long theyll get to prove it.The NFC playoffs could look a lot different this seasonOf last years six NFC playoff teams, only Seattle and Washington would make it if the playoffs started today -- and Washington would be the No. 6 seed. The Packers, Vikings and Cardinals are a combined 3-10-1 over the past five weeks, showing no sign of turning things around. Defending conference champ Carolina has won three of its past four to improve to 4-6, but two of those wins were three-point squeakers wrapped around a crushing collapse against Kansas City. With road games in Oakland and Seattle the next two weeks, things look bleak for Carolina, and 2015 disappointments such as the Cowboys, Giants, Lions and Falcons see opportunity. Nike Shox Avenue Womens . PETERSBURG, Fla. Nike Shox Gravity . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Spains chances of upsetting Team USA at the forthcoming Olympics have taken an unmistakable hit with the news that All-Star big man Marc Gasol will be unable to play in the Summer Games in Rio.Sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday that Gasol, as feared, is not yet fully healed from the broken right foot that limited him to 52 games last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.Two Spanish outlets -- Libertad and ABC -- reported earlier Tuesday that Gasol, despite his inclusion on Spains preliminary Olympic roster, will not be joining older brother Pau Gasol on the Spanish front line.Team USA has beaten Spain in the past two Olympic gold-medal showdowns in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, but both games were close in the fourth qquarter until the Americans secured narrower-than-expected victories. Womens Nike Shox Clearance. The latter of those two matchups was particularly frustrating for Marc Gasol, who was hit with four first-half fouls in the title game at London 2012 and wound up logging just 17 minutes of floor time in a 109-100 defeat.In a hugely disappointing performance as hosts of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Spain failed to reach even the medal round on home soil. But the Spaniards recovered to win the 2015 Eurobasket title and remain widely regarded as the closest thing to a worthy challenger to Team USA in Rio alongside France. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China ' ' '

MINNEAPOLIS -- Charlotte coach Steve Cliffords fiery halftime speech got his team going in the right direction. Nike Shox R4 White .Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau saved his hollering for after the game because his team is headed in the wrong one.Kemba Walker scored 30 points and the Hornets blitzed the Timberwolves in the third quarter on their way to a 115-108 victory on Tuesday night.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets (7-3), who snapped a two-game skid. Nicolas Batum had 16 points and seven assists, and Charlotte outscored Minnesota 36-17 in the third quarter to wipe out a 12-point halftime deficit.It was perfect timing, and we needed it, Walker said of Cliffords speech. We just (werent) ourselves, and he got into us a little bit. It worked out for us, because we needed to pick our energy up.Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who fell to 1-2 on their four-game homestand. Minnesota turned the ball over 18 times, which led to 20 points for Charlotte.The teams entered the game on opposite ends of the spectrum in the third quarter this season. Charlotte leads the league in scoring differential coming out of the break, while Minnesota is dead last.The Timberwolves have built double-digit leads in the first half in eight of their first 10 games, but have lost six of them thanks to the failings in the third. That trend continued on Tuesday, with Charlotte opening the third with a 15-2 run and closing it with a 21-4 surge.Very concerned, Thibodeau said. It tells you were not learning. That bothers me.Wiggins rallied the Wolves in the fourth, giving them a 92-91 lead with a 3-pointer. But Kaminsky responded with a 3 and a three-point play, and Clifford got the best of his longtime friend.Weve got guys who have been in the league for a while now, Thibodeau said. Were making mistakes that never should be made.WALKERS BACKA scary moment happened at the end of the first quarter when Walker, who scored 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the period, went to the locker room. The team said his back tightened up and he went back to get stretched out.Walker was able to return to the game midway through the second quarter and played the rest of the game with no visible issues.My training staff, theyre the best, Walker said. They did a great job at looking out for me when I came out the game with the heat pack, good massages, things like that. But Im feeling good though.BADGERING TOWNSKaminsky was on the Wisconsin team that stunned Towns and previously undefeated Kentucky in the Final Four two years ago. After ruining Towns shot at history in college, Kaminsky helped spoil the reigning Rookie of the Years 21st birthday on Tuesday.I dont have anything against him. Hes a great player, Kaminsky said. I just want to go out there and compete.LAVINE RETURNSTimberwolves shooting guard Zach LaVine missed the win over the Lakers on Sunday with a sore right knee, something he said hes been dealing with for more than a week. He looked just fine on Tuesday, hitting his first four 3s and finishing with 19 points in 33 minutes.TIP-INSHornets: They shot 53.8 percent from the field and made 11 of 24 3s, including eight of their last 14. ... Clifford said G Jeremy Lamb, who has missed the last seven games with a strained left hamstring, practiced on Monday and will work out on Wednesday and Thursday back in Charlotte with the possibility of playing on Friday night against Atlanta.Timberwolves: F Shabazz Muhammad (right knee) and G/F Brandon Rush (right big toe) both were out. 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CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura has decided the success-starved South Siders need a new leader. Tarik Cohen Jersey .Ventura announced Sunday that he will not return as the?Chicago White Sox manager next season. He insisted it was his decision and he wasnt pushed out because of a fourth consecutive losing season. Ventura was in the last year of his contract.I enjoy this place. I love this place, a stoic Ventura said after Chicagos season-ending 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. At the end, it probably needs a new voice.The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that bench coach and former?Cubs?manager Rick Renteria will likely take over, but the team did not immediately announce a replacement. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is scheduled to address reporters Monday.Ventura said he initiated the departure.You just realize right now is the right time to do it, and you need somebody else, Ventura said.Ventura went 375-435 in five seasons with the White Sox. After an 85-77 debut in 2012 that wasnt good enough for the playoffs, Venturas teams regressed.The White Sox finished 78-84 this year, despite a 23-10 start that gave them a six-game lead in the AL Central on May 9. Thanks to injuries, a slumping offense and a shaky bullpen, the White Sox stumbled to a 55-74 mark the rest of the way and a fourth-place finish amid a couple bizarre off-field incidents.Executive vice president Ken Williams, whose future is also uncertain, banned DH Adam LaRoches son from the clubhouse in spring training. LaRoche responded by abruptly retiring, and ace Chris Sale ripped Williams.In July, Sale was suspended five days for cutting up collared throwback jerseys he didnt want to wear for a start. Sale later criticized Ventura for not sticking up for him in his dispute with the marketing staff.You have moments -- I dont know if theyre disagreements -- but there are some terse conversations that you have, Ventura said. Thats just part of being together and part of a lot of competitive people being in a room. That just happens. But at the end of the day, I know they went out and competed. And thats the biggest thing.Sale allowed an inside-the-park home run to the speedy Byron Buxton on the first pitch Sunday. Miguel Sano added a three-run shot in the third as Sale was denied his career-best 18th win after allowing five runs and six hits in five innings.Sale, who finished with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts, denied that there was any trouble with his manager.What did we have, a couple things that made it in the news? Sale said. That doesnt mean I dont like him or he didnt like me. We always had the same goal, the same vision, the same passion.You get a bunch of guys in the same room, and the testosterone is pumping. This is a competitive game. Sports are competitive. Things happen, but that doesnt change what I think of him personally. Hes as good as they get.The easygoing, friendly Ventura had fans in the clubhouse. Right-hander James Shields called him one of the better managers Ive been around. Third baseman Todd Frazier said I love him to death, and outfielder Adam Eaton praised the 49-year-olds demeanor and communication skills.He hasnt had an easy road while hes been here, Ill tell you that much, Eaton said. For me, in the three years Ive been here, you put it on the players. Players havent played up to expectations. Its our fault.Ventura was a fan favorite as a slick-fielding third baseman on Chicagos South Side. The 10th overall pick of the 1988 draft won six Gold Gloves and was a two-time All-Star over a 16-year career spent mostly with the White Sox and Mets.Ventura had no managerial experience and was a surprise hire of then-GM Williams after the 2011 season, following Ozzie Guillens messy exit.The White Sox have tried to contend in recent seasons by bringing in high-profile players such as Adam Dunn, Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Eaton, Frazier and LaRoche. But the White Sox didnt improve under Ventura, and the teams recent struggles have coincided with the resurgence of the crosstown Cubs, who have the majors best record and have drawn more than 3 million fans. The White Sox drew fewer than 1.75 million this season.You look throughout sports, not only baseball, when teams that are supposed to do well dont do well, changes are made, catcher Alex Avila said. Not only with coaching staffs and personnel off the field but on the field as well.The White Sox might be turning to a former manager of their rivals. Renteria went 73-89 with the Cubs in 2014, only to be let go after one season, when Joe Maddon became available. The 54-year-old Renteria just finished his first season as bench coach with the White Sox.I think hes got a lot of qualities that Robin has. Maybe a little more vocal, Eaton said. He definitely will get his point across a little more, vocally. Not that he has more passion than Robin or anything like that, but hes a little more upbeat, a little more bouncy. Hes kind of a bundle of baseball joy.Renterias bilingual skills and history of working well with younger players would be strengths for a team potentially heading for a rebuild with many Spanish-speaking players.It would be a little bit more comfortable or make communication easier, but I was good with Robin, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. I didnt have any kind of trouble with Robin to communicate.Hahn earlier this season called the team mired in mediocrity and hinted at tearing down the roster, something 80-year-old chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has resisted in the past. Since they won the World Series in 2005, the White Sox have just one playoff appearance, in 2008.Sale, who has a team-friendly contract, could bring in a large haul of prospects. So could fellow lefty Jose Quintana.This is sports. Anything can happen, Sale said. I dont anticipate that happening or necessarily really want that to happen, but it could. Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. Kyle Fuller Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. . PETERSBURG, Fla. HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Richard Petty sat in his motorhome Saturday afternoon, admitting he had not talked to Jimmie Johnson about the potential of Johnson tying him and Dale Earnhardt for a seventh Sprint Cup title Sunday in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Petty said he wasnt avoiding Johnson and doesnt have any animosity in seeing another driver tie his record. They just arent all that close and havent had time to connect.I havent talked to Jimmie, Petty said. Ive been too busy answering questions about Jimmie so I havent got a chance to talk to him.Johnson probably wouldnt have much to ask the 79-year-old Petty about winning seven titles; their paths couldnt be more different. Petty won his seven championships during a stretch of 16 years from 1964 to 1979 but all with a season-long points system.Dale Earnhardt also won his through a single-season points system from 1980 to 1994.Johnson, however, won his in the Chase era, capturing five consecutive crowns from 2006-2010 and another in 2013 when the Chase created a 10-race miniseason to finish the year.You set a record and stuff and can say, You hope nobody ever gets to it, Petty said. You did it under your circumstances. When somebody else does it, they do it under different circumstances. Theres no way to compare what Ive done or what Earnhardt done or what Jimmies doing against each other.After Johnson won his sixth, NASCAR changed the format again, creating a 16-driver system where four drivers get eliiminated after the third, sixth and ninth events, setting up a four-driver, top-finisher-takes-all scenario for the championship race. Cheap Bears Jerseys. Johnson failed to make the final round in his first two tries, but gets his chance Sunday as he, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards vie for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Hes doing his thing in his time, Petty said. Hes beaten all the guys thats out there that hes got to run against. Earnhardt did that with his crowd. And I did that [racing] with the Pearsons and the Allisons and the Yarboroughs and all that.With his two cars not making NASCARs version of the playoffs, Petty seemed ambivalent toward whether Johnson actually pulls off the feat in what would be a record 11-year span.I aint got a dog in this fight, so it dont make [a difference], Petty said. Probably from a PR standpoint, it would be great if he could win it because then every time they say something about him, they will say something about me and Earnhardt.What Petty can claim is that no driver had won more than three titles until he accomplished his fourth and then added three more titles to that record. So would it matter if Johnson wins eight titles? Nine titles?Not really, Petty said. I was the first one to climb the mountain from that standpoint. ... The most anybody had ever won was three. We doubled up on everybody.Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China ' ' '

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Such is the positivity around the England set-up at the moment that you can imagine, if confronted by the lemons currently queuing up to make a mess of the UKs political system, they would happily get down to the business of serving up lemonade - and without delay.Much of Englands fizz over the last 18 months has been provided by the batting of Joe Root and he will be exercising his transferable skills this week when he returns as a permanent member of the Test top three for the first time since the 2013-14 Ashes. The argument against moving Root up the order has been along the lines of not weakening one of the sides strengths but, after the failure of Nick Compton to make the No. 3 spot his own, England have decided to once again take the plunge.An Australian-style system of putting your best batsman at first drop should be slightly more straightforward to implement than an Australian-style points system on immigration (as favoured by the Brexit camp in last months EU referendum) and Root - currently No. 4 on the ICCs Test batting rankings - made the sort of calming noises that English politicians have become incapable of when referring to the challenge ahead.Never mind that his combined average at opener or No. 3 is 33.75, compared to 63.07 in the two spots lower down. Never mind that he ended up out of the side by the time of the fifth Test in Sydney after being hastily promoted to fill in for the departed Jonathan Trott three winters ago. Never mind that he was bowled by a shooter at Lords - where Englands Test against Pakistan will begin on Thursday - in his most recent Test innings, batting at No. 3 after an injury sustained by Alastair Cook.To slip into business speak, Root sees the doughnut where everyone else sees the hole. He said that Cook had teased him for having weaselled his way down the order, after they briefly opened together in the 2013 Ashes (Root again replacing Compton), and suggested he was confident he had the game to thrive in a position that was so secure in Trotts possession between 2010 and 2013.Ive matured quite a lot as a player and my game has developed a lot, he said. It will be interesting to see how it goes. It would be wrong to compare it to batting anywhere else. Ive batted at No. 3 before but as a kid I always opened so Im used to batting against the new ball. Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey. Its only since Ive been playing for England that I moved further down anyway. I have experience of opening, batting at No. 3 and Im just looking forward to getting on with it.It certainly will be interesting to see how it goes against a Pakistan attack expected to be adept at asking questions with the new ball. Roots eagerness to please may, of course, see him come unstuck again, but bobbing back up the order had begun to look inevitable, in part because of Trevor Bayliss preference for the Australian way of doing things. It has not taken long for Bayliss and Cook to wear him down.There have been a few conversations over the last six months about looking more long-term, not in one series in particular, but that it was something that could happen down the line, Root said. That was in their thoughts and gave me an opportunity to think about it. I was asked leading up to the selection that it could be a possibility, and I said: Yeah, I think that could be the right thing to do. All parties were pretty happy on where it stands.Trevor mentioned it to me, so from that point its been in my thoughts and I started trying to get my head round it being a big change, but there is not a lot of difference there. You could be in second ball but how Id line up and look to play would probably not change a huge amount. Look to play the situation as it is and take the game from there. Any opportunities to score, Ill still try to do that.It is less than a year since Root was shunted up a place from No. 5 - where he has made more than half of his Test runs, at an average of 73.12 - but his contribution of 63, 38 not out and 130 in consecutive innings at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge immediately vindicated the move. 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West Indies coach Phil Simmons has been sacked due to differences in culture and strategic approach the WICB has confirmed. Atlanta Falcons Jerseys 2018 .Simmons, who move into the role after last years World Cup following a spell with Ireland, was informed about the termination of his contract on Tuesday by WICB CEO Michael Muirhead shortly before the T20 squad was due to fly to the UAE and just six months after West Indies won the World T20.Despite the sudden nature of the announcement, in a statement confirming the news shortly after it was revealed by ESPNcricinfo the WICB said the decision to drop Simmons was taken at the board of directors meeting last weekend. Effectively immediately, the WICB today announced it has separated from the Head Coach Phil Simmons. In a meeting of the Board of Directors, on Saturday, September 10, this decision was taken.As for the reason behind the sacking the WICB statement did not go into specifics. In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach. The WICB would therefore like to thank the coach for his contribution and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.However, the lack of common ground between the parties had been clear for some time. Simmons journey as West Indies coach was never smooth once he made his thoughts public soon after not being allowed to pick what he felt was the best squad for the ODI series in Sri Lanka last year. Consequently the WICB suspended him briefly before allowing him back to his role once both parties resolved to sort out matters amicably.In September last year when the issue of selection reared its head again Simmons said: The disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad and its disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life ... [people would use] their position to get people into a squad; or in this case, get people left out of a squad. It is wrong and I dont like it and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.His reinstatement, the WICB said in a statement, was conditioned upon two criteria: issuance to him of a letter of reprimand for his inappropriate public comments, and his making a public apology to the WICB and persons whom he may have offended.The recent Test series against India finished in a 2-0 defeat and under Simmons, West Indies played 14 Tests which brought only one victory although that was enough to secure a shared series against England last year. They showed glimpses of promise against India but ultimately fell to two heavy defeats - three of the nine losses while Summons has been coach were by an innings, two more by nine wickets and two by more than 150 runs.It has been suggested that former West Indies captain and current Kent coach Jimmy Adams is the replacement the WICB wants, but sources close to Adams told ESPNcricinfo he is not interested.For the Pakistan series, the WICB said the team would be under the supervision of former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner, who is the team manager. He will work alongside the pair of assistant coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick. Matt Bryant Jersey . Hey!" The lower tier of the School End of Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road was packed solid with a very festive-sounding Chelsea choral section in this particular part of South Africa Road London, W12. Dontari Poe Jersey . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. FLINT, Mich. -- A judge in Michigan has signed an arrest warrant for former NFL player Andre Rison, who is accused of violating his probation in a child support case.The warrant signed Tuesday by federal Judge Linda Parker says Rison recently tested positive for marijuana and has failed to keep up with minimum support payments.In 2013, Rison was ordered to pay at least $1,000 a month to whittle away at a past balance of more thhan $300,000. Matt Bosher Jersey. No attorney is listed in the court file.Rison, a Flint native, was a star receiver at Michigan State. He played for seven NFL teams from 1989 to 2000, including a season with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.Hes lately been a high school coach in Flint and Ann Arbor. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China ' ' '

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Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer proved his manager right Saturday night.Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game that Bauer would relish the idea of facing Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.Bauer then overcame a shaky first inning and pitched into the ninth in Clevelands 8-3 win over Miami.He looked like he had another gear after the first inning, Francona said. Boy, that was impressive.Bauer (10-6) shut down the Marlins after giving up three runs and three hits in the first. The right-hander didnt allow another hit until Ichiro Suzuki led off the ninth with a single. He gave up three runs and four hits in 8 1/3 innings.I thought I threw the ball really well in the first, Bauer said. The offense came back and put up two real quick, which is great for the team psyche, especially facing a guy thats really good.Francisco Lindor was 4 for 4, Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer and Coco Crisp -- playing his first game since being acquired from Oakland -- had three hits, helping the AL Central leaders to their fifth straight win.Lindor doubled in the first and third, singled in the fourth and added an RBI single in the sixth.Kipnis hit his 22nd homer in the first off Fernandez (13-8), who gave up a career-high 12 hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.Crisp began his career with the Indians and was traded following the 2005 season. He doubled in the first and singled in the fourth and sixth, but admitted he had a tough sleeping Friday night.You dont want to come in and strike out four or five times, he said. You want to do something special.Miami, which committed three errors, has lost seven of eight and fell to .500 for the first time since May 1.Christian Yelichs two-run double and a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich gave Miami the early lead, but Kipnis home run ccut the lead to 3-2. Joe Staley Jersey. Roberto Perez tied the score in the second with an RBI double.Lindor doubled to lead off the third and scored on Carlos Santanas single, giving Cleveland the lead. Abraham Almontes sacrifice fly added another run.Fernandezs night ended in the sixth. Lindors RBI single gave Cleveland a 6-3 lead. A throwing error by Suzuki from right field on the hit led to another run.Fernandez, who also allowed a career-high six extra base hits, fell to 3-6 on the road.I was thinking about rolling the ball to the plate and seeing maybe who they were going to hit it to, he said. I got hit. I got hit really hard, but you learn from it.THE DAY AFTERThe Marlins were unhappy with the umpires during Fridays 6-2 loss. Manager Don Mattingly thought Kipnis struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning, but it was ruled he checked his swing and Cleveland scored three runs. First base coach Perry Hill was ejected in the ninth and Mattingly was still upset following the game.Mattingly took a much calmer approach Saturday.Ive talked to the league and thats just pretty much where Id like to leave it, he said. No reason to keep going. Youre mad about it last night. It doesnt help it today. Its time to move forward.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: OF Marcell Ozuna (sore left wrist) missed his third straight game.Indians: C Yan Gomes (separated shoulder) was 2 for 3 as the DH for Double-A Akron on Friday.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Tim Koehler will start the series finale Sunday. 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And Jason Myers, who failed on seven extra points last season -- yep, seven -- and still kept his job with the Jaguars.It just drives me crazy to have a poor performance that contributes to a loss, said Nugent, whose Bengals fell 16-12 to Buffalo. Had he made both extra points, a field goal late in the game could have won it for Cincinnati.Thats the second time thats happened this year, that Ive contributed enormously to a loss. If I did what I was brought here to do, wed have two less losses, in my opinion.Several kickers noted they were compensating for the wind, particularly the Giants Gould and the Bears Barth, who coincidentally replaced the veteran Gould in Chicago this season. Kicking in the Meadowlands has never been a picnic, and conditions figure to get worse there and in many other NFL cities as the schedule moves along.But one of the main reasons for bringing in veteran kickers -- Myers is in his second pro season, Hopkins and Parkey their third, but the rest are pretty seasoned NFLers -- is their ability to handle such challenges, mentally and physically.They failed in record numbers Sunday.The first one I hit was where I was hitting them in pregame, Gould said. I thought I made it and it went outside the left upright. The second one I just didnt hit a good ball. Today was tough, but I have to make them.His coach, Ben McAdoo, was giving Gould the benefit of the doubt.It was a tough day to kick the football, McAdoo admitted, also knowing it was his decision to bring in Gould after the Giants waived Josh Brown in October following revelations about his abusive behavior toward his former wife.Well go back, well look at it, well talk about everything. The wind obviouslly was a factor every time you had a play in the kicking game today. Nike Air Max Typha Mens Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White/Metallic Gold. That was not the case in Detroit. Ford Field is indoors, yet Prater and Myers had misses.So whats going on when a two-time All-Pro such as Gostkowski misses three PATs in the last five games? Or Hauschka has an extra-point kick blocked in successive games?Not to mention perhaps the play of the year last weekend, when Denver ran back a blocked extra point against New Orleans for a defensive 2-point conversion that won the game?A 33-yard kick should be automatic for virtually every NFL kicker, yet we know, 12 times over on Sunday, that is not true.Among the factors contributing are pressure, over-analysis, poor mechanics, weak blocking and, well, bad luck.Before last year, when the new rule placed the ball at the 15 for extra-point kicks, little thought or preparation was needed for such chip shots. Now, kickers -- and holders, snappers and blockers -- do need to think about the kicks. But they dont get a whole bunch of extra practices on them.Kickers traditionally are a quirky bunch. That isnt necessarily a bad thing; just look at how successful Sebastian Janikowski has been for the Raiders.But they also are prone to thinking too hard about kicks. Why else would opposing coaches try to ice them?Bad weather, particularly slippery surfaces and wind, have a huge effect. A wet ball is much harder to boot accurately, as well as more difficult to snap and hold. Uncertain footing plagues kickers legs and psyches.As for the wind, thats the enemy of everyone but defenders on a football team.So those excuses sometimes work, though, again, not in the friendly kicking confines of a dome.The biggest issue for kickers comes when they get in a rut. Unlike other positions that require deep knowledge of a playbook, kickers and punters are much more on their own. 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CHARLESTON, S. Laken Tomlinson Jersey .C. -- Quinndary Weatherspoon knew Mississippi State needed a lift and was glad to provide it. He was also happy when his teammates chipped in.Weatherspoon scored 19 of his career-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Bulldogs to an 80-68 victory over Boise State at the Charleston Classic on Friday night. It was a welcome result after Mississippi State lost to UCF -- it trailed 47-19 in the first half -- on Thursday night in their opening game at TD Arena.I was just looking for openings and finding others out there, Weatherspoon said. I was trying to create for others.The result was a satisfying win for the Bulldogs (2-1), who will face UTEP for fifth place in the eight-team tournament.We did a really good job bouncing back, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said.Weatherspoon was a main reason why.After Boise State tied the game at 18-all , Weatherspoon scored 11 straight points to help the Bulldogs build a six-point lead, 29-23.In the second half, all the Bulldogs got involved and grew the lead to 19 points on Weatherspoons steal and breakaway dunk.Boise State (1-2) could not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.Tyson Carter added 15 points for Mississippi State, who had all five starters go for double figures.Weatherspoon topped his old scoring mark of 24 points set against Vanderbilt last February.Boise State coach Leon Rice said his team struggled with its shooting touch and played a long stretch of the first half without starting forward Nick Duncan, who took an elbow to the head and needed seven stitches to close up a bloody gash.We hung in there, but with Nick going out and the foul trouble, it was difficult, he said.Weatherspoon, a quick, 6-foot-4 sophomore, made nine of 12 shots and added four steals and four rebounds.Chandler Hutchison and Paris Austin had 13 points each to top Boise State.BIG PICTUREMississippi State recovered from an awful effort against UCF -- the Bulldogs trailed by 28 points in the first half -- to defeat Boise State. 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ANAHEIM, Calif. Air Max 97 Baratas . -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the season, but played through the pain in arguably the strongest year of his half-decade with the Angels.Eppler said the surgery typically prevents players from participating in baseball activities for three months, along with another month before theyre ready to resume playing in games. Opening day for Los Angeles is April 3, and the Angels hope Pujols can be ready.Hes at that point in his career where hes keenly aware of whats happening with his body, Eppler said in a phone interview. I dont put the timetable on Albert like you would with your younger players. Well just see in Alberts case, as he progresses, what his timetable is.Pujols, who turns 37 next month, batted .268 last year with 31 homers and 119 RBI, the fourth-most in the majors -- although his .780 OPS was among the worst of his career. He largely served as a designated hitter instead of playing first base due to problems with his hamstrings and feet.Pujols heads into 2017 with 591 career homers, ranking him ninth in major league history. He is 18 homers behind Sammy Sosa for eighth place.After playing in pain until the final week of the Angels disappointing season, Pujols began shock wave therapy on his foot early in the offseason, believing he wouldnt need surgery.But Pujols foot became more painful in recent weeks despite the therapy, and he huddled with the Angels top brass to decide on surgery after his most recent trip to see Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. Continuing with conservative care would have required 10 more weeks, forcing Pujols to miss the first half of the 2017 season if he still required surgery.He just felt that the pain had gotten to a point where he was comfortable having surgery, Eppler said. If we did delay it, youre just looking at 2 1/2 more months into the season.Pujols had a different type of surgery on his right foot last winter, but recovered in time for opening day. He also had plantar fasciitis in his left foot during the 2013 season, eventually forcing him out for the year when his fascia snapped.Pujols has five years and $140 million remaining on the 10-year, $240 million free-agent contract that pried him out of St. Louis, where he won two World Series and became a nine-time NL All-Star.The Angels havent won a playoff game since Pujols arrival and Mike Trouts concurrent emergence as one of baseballs best players. 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Heres our handy-dandy Viewers Guide to September:THE CUBS CHASE HISTORYThree things we already know:1. The Cubs are going to win their division.2. The Cubs are going to play baseball in October.3. The Cubs are (wait, are we really saying this?) the surest bet in the whole sport right now to do both of the above.But if they clinch with two weeks to go and are looking for reasons not to coast to the finish line, here are a few:The Cubs last won 100 games during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. As in 1935. This years team is on pace to win 104. So theres that.The Cubs last won more than 100 games during the William Howard Taft administration. As in 1910. The Civil War had only been over for 45 years back then. Our Dan Szymborski projects this years team will win 103. I bet William Howard Taft wished hed lived to see that.The Cubs run differential heading into September is plus-222. The last time they had a run differential that good in any full season was in 1935 (plus-250). The last time any National League team had a run differential that good in any season was in the previous millennium (1999 Diamondbacks, plus-232). So the Cubs could do some stuff this month that people talk about for like the next 100 years. I recommend tuning in for that.THE AL EAST RACEIf there were no such thing as a wild card, let alone two wild cards, the AL East would be the kind of race people write books about. Three teams within four games of each other going into September? Four teams within 6.5 games if you count the Yankees? And three teams that would be in at least a tie for a spot in the playoffs if they started today? Cool. The last time that happened in any division was ...Oh. How about last year, when the NL Central sent the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates off to the great Octoberfest. Well, it obviously could happen again. But will it? These teams all have killer schedules, in part because they have to fight so many heavyweight championship bouts with each other.The Blue Jays and Orioles play 19 of their final 29 games against teams over .500, plus two series apiece against those pesky Rays. The Yankees play 23 of their last 30 against teams over .500, with the other seven all coming against Tampa Bay. And the Red Sox have the most brutal schedule of them all, with two three-city trips remaining and all of their final 23 games against their sparring partners in the division.It wont be fun for any of these juggernauts to try to survive those games. But if youre just a fan with a remote and a 60-inch flat screen, it will be tremendous fun to watch. And if the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles all get through that grind, the last week should be fabulous: Orioles at Toronto for three, Sept. 27-29. Then Blue Jays at Red Sox for three to finish the season. Wow.THE NL WEST RACEThe universe is just a more interesting place when the Dodgers and Giants are duking it out for first place in September. But I bet you didnt know that has happened less over the last couple of decades than Marlins World Series parades.The rivalry has been epic. Yet theyve found themselves within three games of each other entering September only once in the past 18 seasons, twice in the past 37 seasons and four times in the entire division-play era. Seriously. So considering the crazy way these two teams got here, with the Giants making an eight-game lead disappear and the Dodgers mysteriously catching fire after losing their most important player, a fellow named Clayton Kershaw, lets be grateful for what this September is about to give us.They play each other six more times in the last two weeks, including the final three games of the season in San Francisco. Who out there would love to see somebodys season riding on those three games? Yeah, me, too.THE AL WILD-CARD RACEJust to make this section simpler, lets assume the AL Central and AL West races are history. But its impossible to handicap the AL wild-card derby without factoring in the scramble in the AL East. So what does that leave us? With eight teams slugging it out for three spots in the tournament.? Team in the best shape: the Blue Jays. They own the best record in baseball (57-34) over their past 91 games.? Team to worry about most: the Orioles. They look like the marathoner who is cruising until Heartbreak Hill, then just tries to teeter to the finish line. Ominous tidbit No. 1: The Orioles have a sub-.500 record (36-38) over their past 74 games. Ominous tidbit No. 2: Their starting pitchers had a 5.33 ERA last month.? Most dangerous team outside the AL East: the Tigers. Just a .500 team (38-38) in the last week of June, theyve gone 34-23 since, while allowing the second-fewest runs in the league in that span. Schedule perk: 10 games left against the Twins and Braves!? Dont count out the: Royals -- The Team You Just Cant Kill. Seven games under .500 as recently as Aug. 5. Five over and a mere three games out in the wild-card brouhaha now. But if it takes 88 wins to grab that second wild card, as Szymborski projects, that means they still have to go 19-10 the rest of the way, after going 15-4 just to get in this position. Dont bet against them. But they still have zero margin for error.THE NL WILD-CARD RACELets frame this race the same way we broke down the AL wild card. Were bequeathing the Cubs and Nationals first place in the Central and East. So that leaves six teams wrestling for the last three places on Dancing With The NL Postseason Stars.? Team in the best shape: the Dodgers. Im still not sure how theyve gone 33-23 since Kershaw disappeared from the rotation, even though its taken 10 starters to pitch those 56 games. But thats the third-best record in the NL since then. They can dream now about Kershaw making it back at some point. And theyre in such a secure spot that if you insert them into the wild-card race, theyd be ffive games up on the Mets with 29 to go. Vans Old Skool Negras. ? Team in the most trouble: the Marlins. They held it together for four months, but went 10-18 in August, averaging just 3.5 runs a game. And Giancarlo Stanton isnt walking back into that cleanup hole any time soon.? Most dangerous team: the Mets. An executive from a club ahead of them told me he was worried about them two weeks ago, even with their rotation issues. Then Yoenis Cespedes came off the DL. Theyre 9-2?since. And a schedule that includes 20 September games against the Braves, Twins, Phillies and Reds gives them a chance.THE BATTLE FOR AL MVPMookie Betts: Tremendous. Jose Altuve: Incredible. Josh Donaldson: What MVP winners are all about. And Michael N. Trout: Still the best player alive. So we have to pick one winner out of that foursome? Thats not fair.Now lets give you an idea why this is one of the great MVP free-for-alls in the history of MVP trophies: Trout, Betts, Altuve and Donaldson are all on pace to finish the season as eight-win players or better, if we use baseball-reference.coms Wins Above Replacement formula as our guide. Want to guess the last time the American League produced four eight-win position players in the same season? How about 1912? Which was two decades before there was any such thing as an MVP award.I think Altuve feels like the sentimental favorite if we had to vote today. But MVPs are often decided by September freeze frames, story lines and perceptions. And in this race, thats just waiting to happen.THE BATTLE FOR NL MVP, CY YOUNG AWARDSThere are excellent cases to be made for Daniel Murphy, Nolan Arenado and Corey Seager. But the NL MVP award feels like its Kris Bryants to lose. The Cubs mad masher is on pace for 44 homers, 39 doubles, 136 runs scored, 188 hits, 81 walks and very close to a .300/.400/.600 slash line. For the best team in baseball. The only men since 1900 with a season like that were Babe Ruth and? Lou Gehrig. Whoa.But the NL Cy Young Award? Still totally within the grasp of Madison Bumgarner, Max Scherzer, Noah Syndergaard, Jose Fernandez, three-fifths of the Cubs rotation (Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks) and maybe even Kershaw if he makes it back in September.And the AL Cy Young? Maybe the most confusing race of them all. Id throw Corey Kluber, Cole Hamels, Jose Quintana, Chris Sale, Danny Duffy, Justin Verlander and even Zach Britton into the debate. And if you want to add J.A. Happ, Michael Fulmer, Aaron Sanchez and Rick Porcello, Id say the more candidates, the more September matters. For every one of them.THE RETURN OF KERSHAWThe best pitcher in baseball threw a simulated game the other day. Assuming he doesnt wind up in traction, he hopes to sneak in a minor league rehab start Sunday or Monday. And what happens after that is fabulous September theater. Dont you think?Who the heck knows how this goes? In the best-case world, Kershaw makes five September starts, goes 5-0 with a 1.16 ERA, leads the Dodgers to the top of the NL West and grabs that Cy Young Award he was getting ready to win unanimously two months ago.But the worst-case world? That one is practically dark enough for Game of Thrones. In the worst-case world, Kershaws bulging disk flares up even more intensely than it did the last time he tried to push his way back, jabbing into his nerves so painfully that he needs surgery. Would the Dodgers still win the West if that happens? Possibly. But is there any scenario where they win the World Series if Kershaw throws zero pitches in October? All I can advise is, watch this story very closely, especially over the next couple of weeks.BIG PAPIS GRAND FINALEPerhaps youve gotten wind of this tale. It has come up once or twice. Its the final September of the final season of David Ortizs career. It has a chance to be one for the ages.Can this man really lead the American League in slugging, OPS and doubles in his last season in the big leagues? At age 40? Unprecedented.He could also zoom past Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list. He could pass Lou Gehrig on the all-time extra-base hit list. And if the Red Sox win the World Series, the list of players with 500 homers, four World Series titles and zero seasons as a Yankee would consist of David Ortiz. Period. Is this the Greatest Final Season Ever? Get back to me in a month.THE RACE FOR HOME FIELDIn the NL, the Cubs have an eight-game lead?in the loss column over the Nationals for the No. 1 seed and hold the tiebreaker even if the Nationals catch them. So that race is over. But not in the AL.Texas leads Cleveland by two games in the loss column and leads Toronto by three. And if you dont think that matters, um, just envision the fall climate in Cleveland versus the fall climate in Texas. Or in a dome. But beyond that, those three teams are a combined 55 games over .500 at home, versus 10 over on the road. And if the Red Sox were to catch Toronto, theyre 41-30 at Fenway, only 33-29 elsewhere. So home isnt just where the heart is. Its where the wins are.THE RACE FOR THE NO. 1 PICKThe last time the Atlanta Braves held the No. 1 draft pick in baseball, they took a kid named Larry Wayne Jones. Some folks called him Chipper. The last time the Minnesota Twins had that No. 1 pick, they bypassed Mark Prior to grab a local hero named Joe Mauer. Fifteen years and 1,800 hits later, hes still on the payroll. Neither ever spent one day on another team.Now the Braves and Twins are mixed up in one of the most dramatic races of 2016 -- for the right to make that No. 1 draft pick again. And boy, is this tight. The Twins are at 49-84. The Braves are at 50-83. And no one else is with 5.5 games of them. So this duel has a chance to be as riveting as the AL East. The Braves led by five games as recently as Aug. 20. So what happened? The Twins havent won since Aug. 17. Thats what.So who knows where this is headed. The Twins have already had losing streaks of eight games, nine games and 13. The Braves have ripped off streaks of seven, eight and nine. Those streaks are what it takes to put races like this away. Which means our sage advice for this September is: If youre hunting for drama and intrigue, it sure isnt all in the penthouse. 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