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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Melbourne United have continued their NBL resurgence, cruising to a 98-74 home victory over the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday. 

Peja Stojakovic Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .New import Casper Ware showed exactly why Melbourne rated him so highly, scoring 26 points, while Chris Goulding added 14 points as United claimed their third straight win.But it was Uniteds hustle on the defensive end that will have coach Dean Demopoulos smiling, with the Breakers smashed on the glass and outplayed in transition.Shooting guard Kirk Penney started strongly for the Breakers, draining three shots from beyond the arc to finish the first quarter with 12 points.There was nothing separating the two sides at the first break but a sluggish second quarter from the Breakers handed Melbourne a 10-point halftime lead.Coach Paul Henare had criticised his sides soft defence and poor decision-making earlier in the week but the Breakers appeared not to have heeded the message, racking up 10 first-half turnovers compared to Melbournes three.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors, who managed just 13 points in the third quarter as Melbournes lead blew out.The Breakers frustration boiled over in the final term, with forward Mika Vukona pinged for an unsportsmanlike foul after grabbing Melbournes Owen Odigie in a headlock.After a lacklustre start to the season which culminated in former MVP Cedric Jacksons axing, Melbourne look a completely different team with replacement import Ware running the point.While not a classic playmaker like Jackson, Wares aggression on the offensive end has proven to be exactly what United needed.The former Philadelphia 76ers guard showed his full array of tricks against the Breakers, driving towards the basket at a blistering pace while also draining five shots from beyond the arc.Melbourne (six wins, seven losses) have won all three of their games since bringing Ware into the side.Breakers star Corey Webster, who was arrested on a minor assault charge earlier in the week, top-scored for his side but was hot and cold in his return from a one-game suspension.Webster scored 10 points on 5-5 shooting in the second term but only added another five points for the game.Melbourne forward Todd Blanchfield, who was sidelined for a month with a groin injury, played just nine minutes in his return game, scoring two points. Mitch Richmond Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. Jason Williams Kings Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "Theyve both been real good," said Babcock. "Havent changed our minds." A decision has seemingly been made - Sundays Group B-deciding tilt against Finland ahead - but it could not have been an easy one. Price opened the tournament with a sturdy 19-save performance against the Norwegians, yielding just one goal. Allen Iverson was one of the greatest players in Philadelphia 76ers history, and his accolades were validated in September via his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The Sixers celebrated that accomplishment on Friday during Allen Iverson Hall of Fame Night at Wells Fargo Center as Philadelphia hosted the Los Angeles Lakers.The four-time NBA scoring champion greeted media before the game while donning his Hall of Fame ring at the podium. In fact, Iverson admitted that the only time he ever removes the jewelry is when I get in the shower -- its a part of my outfit now.Iverson, 41, continued his night by taking the court and chatting with ESPN about a variety of topics, including todays NBA fashion and the modern culture of players sitting out games to rest. Vlade Divac Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. .Former Sixers president Pat Croce and Lou Williams, one of Iversons former Philadelphia teammates, each found time to embrace the 2001 NBA MVP during warm-ups.Nicknamed The Answer during his playing days, Iverson also received the opportunity to ring the replica Liberty Bell at midcourt prior to tipoff.During a halftime ceremony, Julius Dr. J Erving presented Iverson with a Hall of Fame jacket amid MVP chants throughout the arena.Despite standing just 6 feet tall, Iverson led the Sixers to an NBA Finals appearance in 2001 and finished his 17-year career in 2010 with averages of 26.7 PPG, 6.2 APG and 3.7 RPG.-- Nick Ostiller Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">They were saying goodbye to the past, but they also got a glimpse of the future. 

Willie Cauley-Stein Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Parramatta farewelled Pirtek Stadium in style on Monday, with a hat-trick of tries to fullback-in waiting Bevan French leading the Eels to a 30-18 win over St George Illawarra.In the final NRL fixture at the western Sydney venue before it undergoes a reconstruction at the end of the year, a hearty crowd of 13,553 departed with a special memento.French scored twice in the first half to help his team to a 12-6 lead at the break, however it was a special third that showed why coach Brad Arthur has handed him the No. 1 jumper for much of the past month.What began with a Tim Mannah offload on the 50-metre line turned into Brad Takairangi breaking free out wide, before a sharp kick in-field found a flying French to complete his hat-trick in the 62nd minute.Veteran Michael Gordon also signed off from his final home game as an Eel with a second half try and a perfect five goals from five attempts to finish with a personal haul of 14 points.By then the Eels had a commanding 30-6 lead.Dragons winger Kurt Mann nabbed two consolation tries late, but it was yet another disappointing performance from the Dragons, who slumped to their seventh loss in eight games.It was just the second time they scored more than two tries over that span.Not even the introduction of youngster Drew Hutchison could spark their flailing attack.Called into the team for axed veteran Benji Marshall, the 21-year-old took control of most of the teams kicking but played behind a badly beaten forward pack that spent most of the game in its own territory.Compounding the defeat was a second-half ankle injury to forward Tariq Sims. Tyson Frizell came from the field with a knee injury in the first half but retired with an ankle injury in the second.The match was also the final Monday night NRL game.Eels coach Brad Arthur was typically upset with the way his team slackened off late in the game but was nonetheless proud of yet another distinguished performance in what has been a scandalous year.I know I keep saying it, but there hasnt been a lot for them to want to play for, he said.But theyve still managed to keep hanging in there and playing for each other. We played some really good footy tonight. The defence was great for the majority of the game.We built pressure on the back of our defence. It was just unfortunate that it has to end like this. I think were a good enough team, we should be playing semi-final football.Dragons coach Paul McGregor confirmed Sims would miss the final game of the season after aggravating a recurring ankle injury, while scans would be needed to determine the severity of Frizells concerns.He wanted to keep playing but from my eyes he was limping around a little bit and I didnt want to put a player out there that was a passenger, he said.Hes too valuable to put out there busted so we took him off. Well have a look at him tonight and tomorrow and see how we go. Jason Williams Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. Mike Bibby Kings Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy.Sam Billings struck 54 off 34 balls on his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils, a performance which England batting coach Mark Ramprakash hailed as exceptional. Billings has struggled for regular cricket of late, kept out of a high-performing England side that reached the World T20 final, and a Delhi team with overseas talent like Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and Carlos Brathwaite keeping him on the bench. Its what made Billings performance - in place of the under-the-weather Duminy - in Delhis 27-win over the Kolkata Knight Riders all the more impressive.It was a huge ask for Sam to come in and play as fluently as he did, against a top attack, said Ramprakash ahead Delhis Tuesdays clash with Gujarat Lions. He has the ability, but when you havent played any matches for quite a period of time, it becomes very difficult.Sams great asset is that hes young, fresh, and doesnt really have any fear. He goes out there and gives it a crack - whether he gets out first ball or makes fifty, he is going to enjoy himself come what may.He didnt look rusty at all. Its really pleasing to have English players involved in the tournament, and when they play well - excelling on the world stage - youre very happy about that.There is very healthy competition in the England one-day side, there are a number of batsmen who could play for England, and bat in several different positions.Sam is a very adaptable cricketer, and his innings showed that. He came in in the fifth over, inside the powerplay, so he can play very good orthodox cricket shots, but he also has the improvisation of a Jos Buttler. He really could bat anywhere for England, hes that skilful.Billings came to the crease with Delhi in trouble at 32-3, but put on 105 for the fourth wicket with Karun Nair - who also struck fifty - with his expert play of spin standing out. Kent and England’s Sam Billings was the standout performer on his IPL debut for the Delhi Daredevils. Ben McLemore Kings Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Experienced IPL and international spinners, Sunil Narine, Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla were taken for 85 runs from the combined nine overs.Thats what makes his innings so impressive, added Ramprakash. His team were in trouble, yet he stayed true to what he is very good at.His play against spin was exceptional - he came down the wicket, attacked Narine, Hogg, but also used the depth of his crease very well and knocked the ball around nicely.Reading Sams body language at the wicket, he looked like he was having great fun, he seems to have a very nice rapport with Nair, there was a lot of smiling and laughing between the two.The Delhi franchise is one that is not particularly fancied, not one of the favourites, and therefore perhaps its allowing the team to go out and just enjoy the competition, enjoy the occasion - that certainly fits for Sam. Sam Billings has found opportunities limited for England so far Although Billings doesnt currently occupy a permanent spot in the England side, further opportunities to display his talent in the IPL could see that change - starting with Delhis game against the Gujarat on Tuesday.The Delhi selectors should be very seriously considering letting him play now, said Ramprakash. He gave some energy to the team and was very assured.Sam understands that he may not play every match, but he is the sort of character that when he does get the opportunity to play, he will back himself.He committed to his shots so well, there was no indecision - thats very important in T20, you need to be very certain in what youre trying to do.There is some very healthy competition among the Delhi overseas players, but Sam has certainly given the selectors something to think about.Watch the Delhi Daredevils take on the Gujarat Lions  from 3pm on Sky Sports 3 on Tuesday. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered a clear message to his coach as questions swirled about a calf injury that forced him to miss practice this week.

Adidas Superstar Hombre y Mujer/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Game-plan-wise, his comments were, Dont hold anything back, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.Not exactly what the Chicago Bears wanted to hear.Rodgers and the Packers (7-6) will go for their fourth win in a row on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Chicago Bears (3-10) at Soldier Field. Frigid temperatures are forecast along Lake Michigan with highs expected to be at or near 0 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff.McCarthy had his team practice outside this week to brace for the deep freeze. McCarthy knows a setback could be devastating to his teams playoff hopes as it aims to reach the postseason for the eighth consecutive year.Were fortunate we can practice in (the cold), said McCarthy, whose club trails Detroit by two games in the NFC North with three games to play. The biggest thing is the football and the fundamentals.The same principles hold true for Chicago. The Bears already have secured their third straight season with double-digit losses, but they look forward to the chance to play spoiler against their rivals to the north.Already, the Bears have knocked off division rivals Detroit and Minnesota at Soldier Field this season. Chicago is 3-3 overall on its home turf as it goes for a home sweep against the NFC North.Green Bay is 2-4 on the road but has played much better on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. During their current three-game winning streak, the Packers have outscored opponents 86-36.Rodgers has not practiced all week, and was officially listed as questionable on Friday, although he is still expected to play Sunday.If Rodgers is limited in any way, the Bears could have a better chance. He exited last weeks blowout win against the Seattle Seahawks because of a calf injury. He also has dealt with a bad hamstring this season.That said, Rodgers leads the NFL with 32 touchdown passes and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in eight consecutive games.Rodgers torched the Bears for 39 completions (a franchise record), 326 passing yards and three touchdowns on Oct. 20 as the Packers cruised to a 26-10 win. Wide receiver Davante Adams hauled in 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns as Rodgers preferred target.To avoid a sequel, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said his players would have to be ready.Hes a complete quarterback, Fangio said. Hes got a big arm. Hes very accurate. He anticipates things well. Hes got a quick release. And then, on top of all the passing talent he has, the scrambling and the improvising just makes it really a complete package.When the Bears have the ball, they will turn to inexperienced but improving signal-caller Matt Barkley. The former USC standout will make his fourth consecutive start in place of injured teammates Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer. In his past three games, Barkley has passed for four touchdowns and two interceptions.Barkley has been burned by dropped passes in recent weeks, but this time around he will have a Pro Bowl playmaker in his ranks. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is set to return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing substances.Jeffery has 40 catches for 630 yards and one touchdown in nine games this season.It was pretty tough watching, knowing that there was nothing you can do, Jeffery told reporters this week when asked about his suspension. I feel like if I was playing, some of those games, we would have had a different outcome. We probably would have won.Bears running back Jordan Howard needs 31 rushing yards to reach 1,000 as a rookie. 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BERLIN -- German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger has tied the knot with Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic.Photos of the couple in Venice, Italy, had stirred talk that they were getting married.On Wednesday, the 31-year-old Manchester United player posted a picture of himself and his bride with the words Mr. & Mrs. (heart) on Twitter.Ivvanovic, 28, a former No. Adidas Nmd r1 Mujer/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. 1, crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round last month.Schweinsteiger captained Germanys team to the semifinal of the European Championship, where it lost to host France. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">The San Antonio Spurs are retiring Tim Duncans jersey in a postgame ceremony following their matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. 

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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Englands Ryan Evans took a one-shot lead in the first round of the Czech Masters as Ryder Cup hopefuls Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan endured a day of contrasting fortunes in Prague. 

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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley is staying in those red pinstripes. 

Nike Huarache Grigie e Bianche/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Utley and the Phillies agreed to a contract that could keep the five-time All-Star second baseman in Philadelphia through at least the 2015 season, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hasnt been finalized. The deal reportedly is worth around $27 million over two seasons with multiple vesting options. Utley has battled knee injuries in the past, but that hasnt been a problem this year. He missed a month with an oblique injury. "Wed like to keep the man in our pinstripes," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. Utley declined to specifically talk about the extension following the Phillies 5-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. "I love Philadelphia," he said. "Ive always envisioned playing here. Ive never envisioned playing anywhere else." Utley, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, wouldve been a free agent after the season. Hes in the last year of an $85 million contract signed in January 2007. Utley wasnt in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, but drove in the tying run with a pinch single in the seventh inning. Utley then knocked over catcher Dioner Navarro in a violent collision trying to score from second base on a single. Navarro held onto the ball and Utley was out. Navarro was carted off the field with a left leg injury. Utley was hitting .277 with 15 homers and 43 RBIs in 84 games. He hasnt played more than 115 games in a season since 2009 because of chronic knee problems. Between 2005-09, Utley averaged .301, 29 homers and 101 RBIs. He hasnt hit more than 16 homers or driven in more than 65 runs since 2010. Still, retaining Utley was a priority for Amaro. The gritty, hard-nosed Utley is one of the all-time fan favourites in Philadelphia, revered by fans who love tough players. Hes a leader on a team that has struggled the past two years after winning five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series. Veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz and former ace Roy Halladay also are in the final years of their contracts, and Amaro has stated interest in keeping both. Nike Vapormax Pale Grey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Nike Vapormax Italia/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. SEATTLE -- Mired in a slump for the past month, the Seattle Mariners optioned first baseman Dae-Ho Lee to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.Seattle recalled Stefan Romero from Tacoma to take Lees spot on the roster and the Mariners put him in the starting lineup for Friday nights series opener with Milwaukee. Seattle also activated reliever Steve Cishek from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Joe Wieland to Tacoma.The move with Lee was not a surprise as the slugger has been unable to shake his recent slide thats seen the South Korean star hit .109 with one home run and four RBI in his last 20 games.Its been a pretty significant slide since the All-Star break and trying to get his timing going, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Confidence-wise hes down. Ive met with him a couple of times. (Hitting coach) Edgar (Martinez) has tried to get some things going, the timing with his swing, just hasnt happened.Lee was a revelation the first half of the season, earning his way into a regular platoon situation at first base as Seattles primary option when facing left-handed pitching. But he injured his hand around the All-Star break aand said for a few weeks he was unable to keep up his regular hitting routine outside of games. Roshe Run Saldi/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Servais noted that Lee has been struggling with timing and hoped the decision to send him down will allow Lee the opportunity to rediscover his swing but without the pressure of Seattle being in a playoff race.Lee said his hand is healthy now.It was on and off missing some pitches and a little bit I lost a little confidence of my batting, Lee said through an interpreter.For the season, Lee is batting .246 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI. He has just six hits since the All-Star break and is hitless in his past 14 at-bats.Cishek went on the disabled list on Aug. 4 with a labrum tear in his left hip. The injury did not require surgery and Cishek gives Seattle another right-handed option in the bullpen, but he wont go back to the closer role he had earlier in the year. Cishek was 25 of 31 in save opportunities, but took a blown save and a loss in his last two appearances before landing on the disabled list. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Titans 194 for 4 (Kuhn 83*, Viljoen 2-34) beat Lions 152 for 8 (Van der Dussen 51, Morkel 3-12) by 42 runs Scorecard A strong all-round performance from Titans captain Albie Morkel ensured the defending champions got their campaign off to a winning start. 

Orlando Cepeda Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Morkel shared in the highest partnership of the innings - 74 runs - with top-scorer Heino Kuhn for the fourth wicket, and then derailed Lions chase of 195 with 3 for 12.After being sent in, Titans slumped to 16 for 2 within three overs. Kuhn and Qaasim Adams put on 48 before Kuhn and Morkel launched a mid-innings assault. Kuhns fifty came off 34 balls and he stayed unbeaten on 83 off 52 balls, including four fours and four sixes. Allrounder Willem Mulder took the most punishment - his four overs went for 56. South Africa finisher Farhaan Behardien did the same job for his franchise and blasted 37 not out off 17 balls to take the Titans close to 200.In reply, Lions lost regular wickets and collapsed to 94 for 7. Morkel, Lungi Ngidi and Malusi Siboto combined well and carved their way through the Lions line-up. Opener Rassie van der Dussen counterattacked with 51 off 28 balls and was only supported by No. 9 Hardus Viljoen. The latters 41 off 26 balls was the only other score over 11 in the Lions innings as they failed to keep pace.Whitey Herzog Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. Mike Matheny Cardinals Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday. The fine is the fourth this season for Goldson. He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half.ATLANTA -- Bryce Harper hopes to begin running and hitting next week and come off the disabled list the first day he is eligible. But Harper acknowledged Sunday that his injured left knee had not improved yet. Harper was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, retroactive to May 27, with bursitis in his left knee. Harper said, "I feel all right," before adding: "Its still swollen and crappy. Im just trying to get treatment and see if the swelling will go down." Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Saturday the team would not have placed Harper on the disabled list if the outfielder was close to being ready to play. Harper said he would have tried to play through the injury in a more critical stage of the season. "If were in September, October, Im going to play," he said. "I wouldnt be sitting down right now. Its one of those things, youve got to be smart about what you do and just try to come in every day and get better." He is eligible to come off the disabled list June 11, when the Nationals open a series at Colorado. The knee has bothered Harper since he crashed into the wall May 13 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He confirmed Sunday he aggravvated the injury with a head-first slide into third base against the Phillies on May 25. Bob Gibson Cardinals Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. "Thats when it got very puffed up and then it got bad," he said. He said he wont let the risk of injury affect his style of play. "Thats just the way I play," he said. "I want to go out there and give 110 per cent to these fans and myself. I want to look myself in the mirror and tell myself, Hey, you gave your all today and yeah, youre 0-for-4, that happens. A good day on the field is going 110 per cent, working hard, running everything out and doing things the right way." Harper missed five straight games before being placed on the DL. Harper was asked Sunday if he is concerned his aggressive style will make it difficult for him to have a long career. "The way I work in the off-season, the way I work and get ready for my season, I think Im not prone to have a shorter career," he said. "I think Im going to play this game for 20 years, and I dont care what anyone says." The Nationals hope to have outfielder Jayson Werth come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He has been out with a right hamstring injury since May 3. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">TORONTO -- Brett Lawrie has apologized to the Blue Jays after an angry dugout exchange with manager John Gibbons. 

Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Lawrie was fired up after teammate Adam Lind was held by third base coach Luis Rivera on Lawries fly ball during the ninth inning of Sundays 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. When he returned to the dugout, Lawrie and Gibbons yelled at each other as Jose Bautista stepped in to talk down the third baseman from Langley, B.C. The argument became a moot point shortly after when Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run double to win the game for Toronto. Lawrie declined to speak to media before Mondays game against the Atlanta Braves, but he addressed his teammates privately. Gibbons said hed spoken to Lawrie and considered the matter settled. "Its over with. We dealt with it. Weve just moved on," said Gibbons. Bautista also tried to downplay the exchange, and repeated he believed Lawrie had been confused by what was happening on the field. "Everyone noticed his reaction was not the best," said Bautista. "But I talked to him and I understood that he got confused a little bit. Caught up in the moment, thats it. Its in the past. It got addressed. Shouldnt be any problem moving forward." Lind, not known for his speed, said hed already made his mind up to stop at third. "Thank God I didnt go, Id probably have been out." "I know (Lawrie) wants the RBI," added Lind. "He wants to drive in runs to help his team win ballgames. Sometimes the smart thing to do is be conservative, especially when youre behind." Lawrie, who is batting .199 with five homers and 14 RBI in 36 games, is known for his fiery temper and all-out style of play that has sometimes gotten him into trouble since making his major-league debut with the Blue Jays in 2011. "His intensity is what makes him good. So I dont think that he should not play with intensity or dial it down," said Bautista. The Blue Jays announced that Lawrie was day-to-day with a leg injury after stealing second base in the sixth inning of Mondays game against the Atlanta Braves. Mark DeRosa pinch ran for Lawrie after the third baseman advanced to third on Emilio Bonifacios ground out. It was an eventful series for Lawrie. The 23-year-old was also ejected from Fridays game following a strikeout when he dumped his helmet and tossed his batting gloves in a manner that umpire Dan Bellino took offence to. Gibbons was also ejected for coming to Lawries defence. On Monday, Gibbons reiterated he didnt think his argument with Lawrie was a big deal. "I like Brett. Im glad we have him," said Gibbons. "I think hes going to be a good player, a real good player for a lot of years. It just blew up on him yesterday but its over with as far as Im concerned." Derek Rivers Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. Derek Rivers Patriots Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. ESPN Chalks Vegas experts are here to provide analysis and best bets for all Week 3 games, including the Atlanta-New Orleans?matchup on Monday night.Note: Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Sunday morning.Home page for all Week 3 gamesMatchup: Atlanta Falcons?at New Orleans SaintsSpread:?Opened New Orleans -3.5; now?New Orleans -2.5 Total:?Opened 54; now 53.5 PickCenter public consensus pick: 61 percent picked New OrleansPuublic perception: The public is siding with the Saints. Antonio Garcia Patriots Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Why? The public likes high-scoring offenses and they get that in the Saints at home, though theyve burned a lot of bettors lately as their home-field advantage isnt what it was a few years ago. The public just doesnt trust Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">LOS ANGELES -- NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown has accepted a $600,000 offer from video game maker Electronic Arts to end a lawsuit alleging the company illegally used his likeness in its NFL Madden games. 

Tanoh Kpassagnon Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .A law firm representing Brown announced the deal on Tuesday. EA had no comment.Brown said in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County in 2013 that he declined to license his likeness to EA, but EA used it anyway. He accused the company of violating his right of publicity.Brown also sued EA in federal court, but a judge dismissed the case.Brown repeatedly led the league in rushing as a running back for the Cleveland Browns in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Patrick Mahomes II Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. Tanoh Kpassagnon Chiefs Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. Our preseason All-American team was loaded with Heisman contenders: Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, to name a few front-runners.Our midseason All-American team? Well, as further evidence that 2016 has been a wild ride, none of those three players are on the list.Heres a look at the surprising -- hello, Lamar Jackson -- and the not-so-surprising -- welcome back, Jabrill Peppers -- from the first half of 2016. ?OffenseQB: Lamar Jackson, LouisvilleLamar Jackson has emerged as the Heisman favorite after his nearly unstoppable performance this season. Jackson ranks No. 2 in the nation in total offense (2,638 yards) and has 30 touchdowns (15 rushing, 15 passing), using his combination of arm strength, speed and elusiveness to become the toughest player in the nation to defend. -- Andrea AdelsonRB: Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego StatePumphrey leads the nation with 1,111 rushing yards. Thats 169 more than the next closest (BYUs Jamaal Williams) and hes played one fewer game. Hes rushed for 11 touchdowns and averages 185.2 yards per game. -- Kevin GemmellRB: Dalvin Cook, Florida StateCook heard the criticisms after a slow start, and it fueled him to the best four-game stretch in his career. The past four weeks hes rushed for 672 yards and totaled five touchdowns. An improved receiver, he leads the country in scrimmage and all-purpose yards (1,256). -- Jared ShankerWR: Chad Hansen, CalBuried behind lots of NFL talent the past couple of years, Hansen finally got his opportunity and has flourished. Hes hauled in 59 catches for 770 yards with eight touchdowns. His 9.8 catches per game ranks third nationally. -- Kevin GemmellWR: James Washington, Oklahoma StateHe ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game and second since Week 3 after posting the highest total against a Power 5 team this season with 296 yards in the Cowboys win over Pitt. -- Mitch ShermanTE: Evan Engram, Ole MissThrough the first half of the season, Engram doesnt just lead all SEC tight ends in receiving yards. He leads all players with 590 yards on 37 receptions. Hes also tops in the league with 12 receptions of 20 or more yards. -- Greg OstendorfOT: Cam Robinson, AlabamaLike last season, the future first-round pick has started out slowly. But Alabamas production in the run game, ranking fourth in the country and leading the SEC in rushing yards, speaks for itself. -- Alex ScarboroughOG: Braden Smith, AuburnThe Tigers are second in the SEC in rushing despite losing their three top running backs from a season ago. Why? It starts up front with the offensive line, and Smith has been the best of the bunch. -- Greg OstendorfC: Ethan Pocic, LSUAlthough the senior ranks among the top centers in the country, his ability to play every line position has come in handy lately. Injuries along LSUs offensive line have forced Pocic to fill in at right tackle. -- David ChingOG: Dorian Johnson, PittJohnson has been a rock for Pitt, starting 33 straight games at left guard for the 5-2 Panthers. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior has led an offensive line that has surrendered just five sacks on the season, the fewest in the ACC (and tied for ninth-fewest nationally). Pitt is also second in the league in rushing (239.1 yards per game), good for 19th nationally. -- Matt FortunaOT: Trey Adams, WashingtonWith an average of 49.5 points per game, Washington leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense and is third nationally. Adams is the man protecting the blindside of quarterback Jake Browning and paving the way for a rushing offense that averaged 229 yards per game and has 12 touchdowns on the ground. -- Kevin GemmellDefenseDL: Myles Garrett, Texas A&MA lower leg injury slowed him recently but even with that, he has been an impact player, picking up a team-high four sacks, six tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. -- Sam KhanDL: : Montravius Adams, AuburnEverybody wants to talk up Carl Lawson on the outside, but Adams has been just as disruptive on the insiide. Patrick Mahomes II Chiefs Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. The senior has four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and recently scored his first career touchdown. -- Greg OstendorfDL:?Christian Wilkins, ClemsonWhen Austin Bryant went down with an injury this spring, Clemson was desperate for an edge rusher. Conveniently, the Tigers had a 310-pound one happy to oblige. Wilkins had blossomed into a star on the interior of the line as a true freshman in 2015, but hes proven to be the countrys most versatile big man in his sophomore season, working both inside and out for the Tigers defensive line while also playing fullback, tight end and starring on special teams. -- David M. HaleDL: Derek Barnett, TennesseeBarnett is pushing for SEC Player of the Year honors with six sacks (all in SEC play), 11.5 TFLs, five QB hurries, three passes defended, one interception and two forced fumbles. He helped force two turnovers against Alabama. -- Edward AschoffLB: Reuben Foster, AlabamaMiddle linebacker didnt drop off when Reggie Ragland left. If anything, Foster is even more athletic and covers more of the field, leading Alabama with 41 tackles. -- Alex ScarboroughLB: Jabrill Peppers, MichiganThe electric redshirt sophomore is really a linebacker in name only. Hes floated around the Wolverines top-ranked defense giving opponents a moving target to track at all times. He has 10 tackles for loss, but his biggest highlights have come while returning punts or moonlighting as a Wildcat quarterback. -- Dan MurphyLB: Raekwon McMillan, Ohio StateThe individual numbers may be down, and if Ohio State was worried about it, it could offer a couple of easy excuses for the junior captain. But when the Buckeyes arent blowing out opponents or he isnt setting up teammates for big plays, McMillan is proving once again to be one of the best tacklers in the nation and a crucial leader for a defense loaded with first-time starters around him. -- Austin WardS: Malik Hooker, Ohio StateAs quickly as the redshirt sophomore can break on a pass over the middle, Hooker has emerged as one of the most dynamic defensive backs in the country, Hooker has wasted no time making an impact with four interceptions and a touchdown in the first six starts of his career. -- Austin WardS: Budda Baker, WashingtonBaker is the quarterback of a Washington defense that ranks seventh nationally (14.2 points per game) and leads the Pac-12. Through the first half of the season hes tallied 29 stops, including 20 solo, with 2.5 for a loss and an interception. -- Kevin GemmellCB: Minkah Fitzpatrick, AlabamaHe plays a little cornerback, a little nickel back and a whole lot of defense. The true sophomore mixes instincts and training well, leading the team in interceptions and passes defended. -- Alex ScarboroughCB: Jalen Tabor, FloridaOne of the nations best cover corners, Tabor hasnt been thrown at a lot, but when he has, hes taken full advantage. He has defended five passes, but four of them have been interceptions, including one going back for a touchdown against Missouri. -- Edward AschoffSpecial teamsK: Daniel Carlson, AuburnHes no longer perfect on field goals, but 13 of 14 is still pretty good, especially when you consider his only miss came from 56 yards out. For the year, hes still 2 of 3 on kicks from 50 yards or more. -- Greg OstendorfP: Mitch Wishnowsky, UtahUtah continues to be rewarded for its faith in the Australian punter pipeline. Wishnowsky is following in the footsteps of countryman Tom Hackett, who won back-to-back Ray Guy Awards for the Utes. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Sri Lanka 288 (Mendis 69, Mathews 57, K Perera 54, Zampa 3-42, Faulkner 3-45, Starc 3-53) beat Australia 206 (Wade 76, Aponso 4-18, T Perera 3-33) by 82 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsSri Lankas openers gone cheaply. 

Dennis Smith Jr. Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . A recovery led by Kusal Mendis. A Sri Lankan attack heavy on spin options. Australias batsmen struggling to have any impact. A Sri Lankan victory. Steven Smith could be forgiven for feeling like this was a flashback to the Test series just ended. But the big difference was that Australia already have a win in this one-day series. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka merely levelled it 1-1 with three to play.It was a victory built on two big partnerships: a 125-run stand between Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal, and a 103-run effort from Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera. Chandimal was the only one of the quartet who did not reach fifty, falling instead on 48 and thus missing the chance to become the first Sri Lankan to score six consecutive ODI half-centuries. Besides those two stands, Sri Lankas wickets fell rapidly in three clumps.The last of those clumps featured a momentous event - James Faulkner became the sixth Australian to take a hat-trick in an ODI. But by that late stage in the innings the damage had been done. Sri Lanka had done enough to set Australia a target of 289. No team had ever won an ODI at this ground chasing such a hefty total and on a pitch offering plenty of turn Australia could not rewrite history, despite Matthew Wades career-best innings.One key difference from the Test series was that Sri Lanka opened with seamers from both ends - curious given that Nathan Lyon had taken the new ball for Australia earlier in the day - and the move brought immediate success. Thisara Pereras first ball drew David Warner into a drive that was edged behind, and in his next over Perera had Aaron Finch dragging one on. Australia were 16 for 2, hardly the kind of start required for this chase.Sri Lanka had recovered from a similar position, but forcing the scoring rate against Sri Lankas spin attack was never going to be easy for Australia. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso in particular proved difficult to get away, and the pressure that he applied brought him the wickets of Smith and George Bailey. On 30, Smith advanced and drove a catch to mid-on. Bailey was much less fluent, his 27 taking 46 balls, and he did not manage a single boundary before being bowled, deceived by Aponsos dip.Bailey was not the only Australian to labour at the crease. Moises Henriques took 16 balls to make 4 and was out when he lunged forward and was beaten by legspinner Seekkuge Prasannas turn and Chandimals quick stumping - a similar dismissal to the first innings in the Colombo Test, when Henriques dragged his back foot out of his ground. Supposedly a good player of spin, Henriques must find another method, for drag is proving as costly to him as it does an Olympic swimmer.Wade and Travis Head did their best to claw Australia back into the match, but clawing rarely achieves much but to delay the inevitable. Sri Lankas spinners were too hard to dominate, and the required rate ballooned. Wade reached 76, his highest ODI score, but did so with only three boundaries, and by the timed he holed out to Thisara Perera, Australia needed more than 10 an over.Head top-edged a catch off Mathews for 31 from 48, Mitchell Starc popped a return catch back to Mathews, and then Aponso finished off the game with the wickets of Adam Zampa and Faulkner, to end up with the outstanding figures of 4 for 18 off 9.2 overs. Sri Lanka had won by 82 runs.For the first few overs of the day it looked like Australias hopes of taking a 2-0 series lead were strong. After Mathews chose to bat, Sri Lanka stumbled to 12 for 2. Danushka Gunathilaka, brought in for this match at the expense of Milinda Siriwardana, was bowled by Starc for 2, and next ball Tillakarante Dilshan was bowled behind his legs by Lyon, operating around the wicket.But Mendis and Chandimal were up to the task of rebuilding, rotating the strike and putting away boundaries off bad balls. And they got a few of those. Smiths decision to use the part-time offspin of Head inside the first 10 overs backfired spectacularly when Mendis plundered 20 runs off his first over. Heads four overs cost 41 and combined with Henriques 0 for 40 off five, offset much of the good work of Zampa, Starc and Faulkner, who each took three wickets.Chandimal was the victim of a remarkable review off the bowling of Zampa. Chandimal advanced and tried to work Zampa to leg, missed, and the ball cannoned into the wicketkeeper Wades midriff. When Wade recovered, he appealed for lbw and convinced Smith to ask for a review. Replays confirmed the ball had struck Chandimals pad on the way through, in line, and would have hit the stumps.Zampa added the key wicket of Mendis to his tally in his next over. Mendis, who had scored all around the ground for his run-a-ball 69, was done by Zampas googly, trapped lbw, so plumb he did not seriously consider asking for a review. Zampas third came when Dhananjaya de Silva drove a catch to short cover, and he finished with 3 for 42 from his 10 overs.But then came the second of Sri Lankas crucial - or is that Kusal? - partnerships. Kusal Perera and Mathews came together with the score at 158 for 5 and both men combined attacking strokeplay with the ability to find the gaps for ones and twos. Mathews launched a pair of sixes off Lyon in the 40th over and his fifty came up off 55 balls; Perera struck five fours and one six, and brought up his half-century from 47 deliveries.However, they became the first two victims of Faulkners hat-trick: on 54 Perera was lbw trying a reverse sweep from the last ball of the 46th over, and first ball of the next over Mathews, on 57, drilled a catch down the ground. Completing the feat, Faulkner had Thisara Perera bowled. But by then, the damage had been done. Starc finished off the tail in the 49th over.Sri Lankas wickets had fallen in clusters - 2 for 12 at the top, 3 for 21 in the middle, 5 for 27 at the end. But those collapses were offset by two century stands, and those two partnerships were the difference in the match. Dennis Smith Jr. Authentic Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . 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They were there to eye a couple of teenagers born in Puerto Rico who would become the drafts most coveted shortstops.At 12 years old and with minimal knowledge of English, Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor left the island and moved to Florida. They excelled with sparkling play, Baez for Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville and Lindor for Montverde Academy, which hosted that hyped high school game.That was like a mini World Series, said Baez on Monday, reminiscing about the game his team won in their senior years. That was a special evening. So many scouts, so much attention.Five years later, Baez and Lindor will face each other again as rivals in the World Series, starting Tuesday.Baez is a slick second baseman with the Chicago Cubs. Lindor is a smooth shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.Breakout stars of the postseason with their exceptional play and poise, Baez and Lindor also epitomize a talented crop of players from Puerto Rico.In the 2011 draft, the Indians drafted Lindor with the eight overall pick, and the Cubs picked Baez with the next one. Theres also Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros shortstop who in 2012 became the first Puerto Rican drafted first overall and who won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2015.We spent a ton of time with both of them, said Indians scouting director Brad Grant. Javy was a really good player, too. We went back and forth with those two. And our scouts did a really a good job of getting to know them. In the end, what separated it for us, it was Franciscos ability to play short, which is very hard to coome by. Dennis Smith Jr. White Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. . And a switch-hitter on top of it, with offensive abilities as well.The 22-year-old Lindor marveled Monday about the similar path he shares with Baez ever since they were kids in Puerto Rico.We follow the same route to the majors. He left to help his family, and I did the same for mine, looking for a better future, Lindor said. We are two shortstops from Puerto Rico, drafted eight and nine, now playing each other in the World Series, still growing. This is insane. Its a blessing. I feel so proud for Puerto Rico.Both their families moved to the United States so they could polish their talents, enduring hardships along the way.In Baezs case, they also wanted his sister, Noely, to get better health care for spina bifida, a disabling birth defect. Noely died at 21 years old in April of 2015. Baez was 12 when his father, Angel Luis, died after suffering a head wound in a fall in the bathroom at home.Its just unreal that I will be playing against him, said the 23-year-old Baez. Our families are very close. His family spent Thanksgiving with us two years ago. And as players, its like were the same. We play to have fun, and do crazy things on the field.Baez won co-MVP honors in the NL Championship Series. On Saturday night, soon after he helped the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Baez was texting with Lindor.`Is this a dream? Lindor recalled texting when speaking with reporters. I said, `I think so. I havent woken up yet and I dont want to wake up. 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