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T. J. Watt Steelers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- No longer the NBAs surprising overachievers, Damian Lillard says the Trail Blazers need to stay true to the process.Portland went 44-38 last season despite losing four starters to free agency the previous summer. The team got the fifth seed in the Western Conference and played past the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers into the second round of the playoffs.With greater expectations, the Blazers embark on this season hoping to build on the last.Its something well have to continue to push ourselves to do, but I think we just grow on what we started last year, Lillard said. You continue to stay true to the small things that we committed to last year and get better that way. I dont think you come back and say, `Its a new year, lets go change this and change that.The Blazers fell to the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, and this season Golden State again looks to be the team to beat with the addition of Kevin Durant. The Blazers counter with a deep bench and should vie again for the Northwest Division title.We have a lot of players who can have an impact to finish games. The first three years, we were relying on the starters. Last year, the depth was versatile and helped us get through the season, and we improved on that this year, coach Terry Stotts said. We look at the season as a continuation of last season.Lillard averaged a career-high 25.1 points in the regular season, becoming the third Portland player ever to average more than 25. He also averaged 6.8 assists.Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum averaged 20.8 points in his first year as a starter, giving the Blazers their first backcourt duo with an average of 20 or more points apiece in a single season. He was named the leagues Most Improved Player.Mason Plumlee returns as the starting center, with Al-Farouq Aminu at power forward. Maurice Harkless and offseason addition Evan Turner have been competing in training camp for the other starting nod.Other things to consider as the Trail Blazers prepare to open the season:NEWCOMERS: Portland signed Turner and free agent forward Festus Ezeli, while trading for guard Shabazz Napier and rookie forward Jake Layman. Ezeli played last season for the Warriors and averaged seven points and 5.6 assists.Turner, who agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract, is adjusting to his new team in the preseason. Last year with the Celtics, the 6-foot-7 wing averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as Bostons sixth man.Lillard recently offered Turner some advice: I said to him, `Dont worry about what this person thinks or what that person is saying. We want you to play. Youre a playmaker and you score the ball. ... We need you to play off your instincts. Thats what you do well. Thats what you do well in practice. We want you to do it in a game so we can adjust to what you do and learn that way instead of you trying to get used to us all the time.ROAD TRIP!: The Trail Blazers once again embarked on a preseason team-bonding excursion to San Diego. The trip south was started by Lillard and McCollum in 2015. The team worked out at San Diego State and shared meals. I always knew they were cool guys and they had good chemistry, Ezeli said. But I didnt know the team was this tight.DEFENSE: Stotts has always emphasized defensive improvement, and this season is no different. The Blazers ranked 20th in the league for points allowed per game, 16th for opponents field-goal percentage and 17th for opponents points per shot.INJURY UPDATE: Center Meyers Leonard has returned to the court ahead of schedule following shoulder surgery. Noah Vonleh has also returned from a procedure on his thigh. But the Blazers continue to wait on Ezeli, who had a left knee procedure in August. There is no timeline for his return, and the Blazers are acting cautiously.MULTITALENTED: Lillards first rap album The Letter O was released Friday. Lillard, who musically goes by Dame D.O.L.L.A., worked with artists including Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq and Lil Wayne. His first single is the song Hero, with Saadiq. Lillard has been involved with music since coming to the Blazers: He hosts the popular freestyle challenge (hash)4BarFriday on Instagram, and the video for his song Bigger than Us premiered on TNT in January. JuJu Smith-Schuster Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies.Cameron Sutton Steelers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Mitch Holmberg added a goal and three assists. Connor Chartier also scored for the Chiefs (3-0-0). Luke Harrison spoiled Garrett Hughsons shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:17 of the third period. The Spokane goaltender finished with 28 saves, including a Brandon Fushimi penalty shot in the second period that would have tied the game 1-1.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. Throughout the college football season, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay kick off each week by settling a debate, looking at emerging NFL prospects and peeking ahead to next week.Among this weeks topics: Which sleeper teams -- including three that are currently outside the top 10 -- have the best chance to make a move in Week 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">BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, adding a third left-hander to the rotation as they push to return to the playoffs after consecutive last-place finishes. 

Samson Ebukam Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Boston sent righty Anderson Espinoza to San Diego. The 18-year-old righty was ranked the No. 15 prospect in the country by Baseball America.We think (Pomeranz) makes us better now, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a conference call with reporters. We know theres a sacrifice for the future.Pomeranz, 27, who will make his Boston debut Wednesday, is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts for San Diego this season. He pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday night in the All-Star game.Hes not an easy guy to deal, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. Any time you have a left-handed starter who performs the way he has, resulting in an All-Star berth, you have to feel very good about the return that youre getting.I think it says a lot to Espinoza as far as what our guys thought about him. From that standpoint, we looked at it that its something where were getting a premium guy.Pomeranz joins fellow lefties David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez in a Boston rotation that includes Rick Porcello and AL ERA leader Steven Wright. Except for Wright, all have been inconsistent this season, and injuries to closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Junichi Tazawa threatened to further strain the rotation.There are only a couple of pitchers we thought had a chance to be available that we thought would give us an upgrade on our pitching staff, Dombrowski said.Its the fourth trade in a week for Dombrowski, who also made a big splash in the offseason by signing Price to a seven-year, $217 million free-agent contract. The Red Sox acquired third baseman Aaron Hill from Milwaukee, second baseman Michael Martinez from Cleveland and righty Brad Ziegler over the last seven days without giving up any major leaguers.They have also managed to hang onto most of their top prospects. Espinoza was 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 starts for Single-A Greenville this season.He was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox system and the No. 4 pitching prospect in the country, according to Baseball America.Hes a youngster that we liked a great deal, Dombrowski said. He was a few years away from the major leagues. Not somebody that we wanted to give up.Preller, who traded Kimbrel to Boston over the offseason, has now traded two All-Stars in two weeks; he sent closer Fernando Rodney to Miami on June 30. Pomeranz is under Bostons control through 2018.To make room for Pomeranz on Bostons 40-man roster, infielder Josh Rutledge was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He has left knee tendinitis.---AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report. Cooper Kupp Rams Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. Josh Reynolds Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. BOSTON -- Offense hasnt been a problem for the Red Sox through 81 games, but Bostons struggles on the mound are threatening to undo all the good the team is doing at the plate.At the midway point, the Red Sox (44-37) have scored a league-leading 451 runs, a total they added to handsomely Sunday in a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.However, their mediocre pitching -- a 4.49 team ERA that ranks 11th in the AL -- might prove troublesome entering their three-game series with the Texas Rangers that starts Monday.While this is a strong offensive team, we still have areas of improvement, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. The key (to the second half of our season) without a doubt will be to stabilize our pitching, particularly in the rotation.The Rangers (52-31) own the top record in the AL, although they are in the midst of a little funk after dropping two of three games -- including a 5-4 defeat Sunday -- to the major-league-worst Minnesota Twins.Overall, the Rangers have lost four of their past five.We hit some balls hard today, Texas manager Jeff Banister said after his teams eight-hit attack Sunday. We hit them right at some people, and we hit some line drives into the outfield. Couple feet either way, and its a different ballgame.As a unit, the Rangers offense has held its own, scoring 407 runs, a total that is tied for seventh in the majors.On Monday, Texas will have to contend with one of Bostons most consistent arms, right-hander Rick Porcello (9-2, 3.78 ERA).Porcello has pitched well at home this season, going 6-0 with a 33. Gerald Everett Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. 48 ERA in seven starts at Fenway Park this year.His numbers against Texas havent been as encouraging, though. In eight career starts against the Rangers, Porcello is 4-4 with a 5.86 ERA.Shin-Soo Choo, who hit a solo home run and drove in three runs total Sunday, has hit Porcello well historically, batting .286 (10-for-35) with four RBI against him.Adrian Beltre is 8-for-21 with a solo home run off Porcello.Last time out, Porcello allowed a run on five hits and three walks while striking out eight in a six-inning, 8-2 victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.00 ERA) has the task of containing the Red Soxs high-powered offense in Mondays opener.The right-hander will be making his fourth start for the Rangers after giving up two runs on three hits and five walks with two strikeouts in a five-inning no-decision Wednesday at the New York Yankees.Martinez is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against Boston, including a June 24 start in which he allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in another no-decision.Mookie Betts is 3-for-7 against him, while Jackie Bradley Jr. is 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Hanley Ramirez has also teed off on Martinez, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.Texas took two of three games against Boston when the teams met for a weekend series in Arlington on June 24-26. The Rangers won five of seven meetings with the Red Sox last season. 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">CHICAGO -- Jon Lester recovered from a rut of bad starts, pitching six shutout innings to help the Chicago Cubs rout the Seattle Mariners 12-1 on Friday for their third straight victory. 

Nike Air Max Tavas Flyknit - Mens Black/White/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Jason Heyward and David Ross homered and the NL Central leaders improved to 10-5 since a 1-9 slump.Seattle lost in its first trip to Wrigley Field since 2007. The Mariners let infielder Luis Sardinas pitch the eighth, and he threw a perfect inning.Lester (11-4) had lasted just 16 innings over his previous four starts, going 1-1 with a 10.13 ERA. That skid came after he had gone 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in his first 16 starts. Lester gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked two. He was already done when there was a 74-minute rain delay in the seventh.Chicagos Kris Bryant reached base all five times he came up. He singled twice, doubled and walked twice. Hisashi Iwakuma (11-7) was the loser.CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 6MIAMI -- Tommy Pham homered and drove in three runs in St. Louis victory over Miami.Kolten Wong had three hits and drove in two runs and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer for St. Louis. The Cardinals have won four of five and lead the Marlins by a game in the NL wild-card standings.Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 4 to remain at 2,998 career hits.Martin Prado homered and drove in three runs, and Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins.Mike Leake (8-8) was the winner. Jose Urena (1-3) took the loss.BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 5TORONTO -- Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki hit solo home runs in the first inning, Marco Estrada snapped a four-start winless streak and Toronto beat Baltimore.Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice to help the Blue Jays win the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL East, cutting Baltimores division lead to a half-game. The Orioles have lost four straight.Estrada (6-4) allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings.Joaquin Benoit worked the seventh, Jason Grilli gave up Manny Machados solo home run in the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 22nd save.Mark Trumbos two-out double gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but the Blue Jays answered with a trio of solo shots in the bottom half against Kevin Gausman (2-8).ROCKIES 6, METS 1NEW YORK -- Tyler Chatwood kept winning on the road, Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs and Colorado beat New York for its fourth straight victory.Mark Reynolds also homered for the surging Rockies. They are 11-4 since the All-Star break and have moved within four games of Miami for the second NL wild-card spot.Chatwood (10-6) improved to 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA away from Coors Field this season. The 26-year-old is 4-6 with a 5.69 ERA at home.Gonzalez matched a season-high hitting streak of 11 games with an RBI double in the first. He hit a 448-foot, three-run drive in the ninth for his 21st homer.Steven Matz (8-7) was the loser.RANGERS 8, ROYALS 3ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor homered twice, and A.J. Griffin pitched into the sixth inning in Texas victory over Kansas City.Jurickson Profar also went deep for the Rangers, and scored three runs.Odor hit a solo homer in the first that put AL West-leading Texas up 3-0 against Edinson Volquez (8-9). That 443-foot drive into the second deck of seats in right field came a night after Odors 465-footer that is the longest in his career. He had another solo shot in the seventh, his 21st of the season barely clearing the 8-foot wall in right.Griffin (4-1) struck out one and walked two in 5 2/3 innings.Eric Hosmer homered for the defending World Series champion Royals. They dropped 10 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.BREWERS 3, PIRATES 1MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra limited Pittsburgh to four hits over 8 2/3 innings, and Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in Milwaukees victory.The Pirates managed Andrew McCutchens RBI groundout off Guerra (7-2), who departed with two on and two outs in the ninth. Jeremy Jeffress got Jung Ho Kang to ground out to third on one pitch to record his 25th save in 26 chances.Guerras scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings. He struck out five and walked one.Pirates rookie Steven Brault (0-1) gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings.INDIANS 5, ATHLETICS 3CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in Clevelands four-run seventh inning in the Indians comeback victory over Oakland.Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit after being held to four hits through six innings. Jason Kipnis bases-loaded single tied it, and Almonte scored from third on Ryan Dulls wild pitch one batter later.Carlos Santana homered in the sixth for Cleveland.Cody Anderson (2-4) pitched a scoreless seventh. Cody Allen worked out of ninth-inning trouble for 20th save. Kendall Graveman (7-7) was the loser.Josh Reddick and Khris Davis hit back-to-back homers in the sixth for Oakland.TIGERS 14, ASTROS 6DETROIT -- Tyler Collins and Justin Upton each hit a three-run homer, helping Detroit beat Houston for its fourth straight victory.James McCann added a solo shot in the eighth and Cameron Maybin had three hits and scored three times. Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnek homered for Houston. The Astros lost for the third time in four games.Matt Boyd (2-2) allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. He walked one while striking out six. Collin McHugh (7-7) didnt make it out of the second inning.RAYS 5, YANKEES 1ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh inning, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and Tampa Bay Rays cooled off New York.The Yankees had won eight of 11 to close within 3 1/2 games of Boston for the second AL wild card.Odorizzi (5-5) struck out five and allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Alex Colome entered with two on and one out in the ninth, and got two straight outs for his 23rd save.Ivan Nova (7-6) gave up five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.BRAVES 2, PHILLIES 1ATLANTA -- Tyrell Jenkins earned his first career victory, pitching six innings and helping the Atlanta beat Philadelphia.Jenkins, acquired in the November 2014 trade that sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis, began the game with a 6.43 ERA and 26 baserunners allowed in his first three career starts, a span of 14 innings.Jenkins (1-2) did a lot better against the Phillies, allowing one unearned run on four hits and four walks. He struck out four.Jim Johnson, the fourth Atlanta pitcher, earned his fifth save in eight chances. Vince Velasquez (8-3) gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five in six innings. Air Max 97 For Sale/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. Nike Vapormax Mens Australia/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "Were just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Fridays game against Columbus. The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U.DALLAS -- Free agent guard Devin Harris is headed back to the Dallas Mavericks, nine years after starting his career with them as a high draft pick. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki tweeted Tuesday that Harris was rejoining the Mavericks, who ended up with him at No. 5 overall in the 2004 draft in a deal that sent Antawn Jamison to Washington. Harris contract is reporttedly for three years and $9 million.Vapormax Australia Nike/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. The 30-year-old Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in Atlanta last season. Harris spent his first 3 1/2 seasons in Dallas and played in the 2006 NBA Finals before going to New Jersey in the trade for Jason Kidd in 2008. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">CHICAGO -- The Latest on Chicago Cubs advancing to the World Series (all times local):10:45 p. 

Jaleel Johnson Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .m.Chicago Cubs players, coaches and front office personnel thanked the fans after the team earned its first trip to the World Series since 1945.Pitcher Jon Lester said after the game Saturday that Cubs fans have been unbelievable all season. Lester says the fans have done nothing but support us from Day 1 ... Words cant really describe where Im at right now.Cubs All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant says the chants of M-V-P gave him the chills. Bryant says you never play for those awards, but for these people to chant that, its unbelievable.As for the so-called curse, Bryant doesnt seem to believe in it.Were too young. We dont care about it. We dont look into it, says Bryant. This is a new team.Team President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein previewed the World Series, saying all we have to do is win four more.The Cubs face the Indians in Cleveland in Game 1 on Tuesday.---10:20 p.m.Chicago Cubs fans have waited 71 years to celebrate a return to the World Series.Overjoyed fans streamed out of Wrigley Field on Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945. Many people were wearing Cubbie blue and holding W flags.Forty-nine-year-old Brian Dusza, who was Wrigley for Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, never thought hed see the team win the pennant. Dusza says I cant even describe what Im feeling.The Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday, with the series returning to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday. Jaleel Johnson Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. Dalvin Cook Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. Gu imp Seung-bin has renewed his contract with LGD Gaming for 2017, the organization has announced.Imp returns to the Chinese organization for the third season in a row, standing out as one of the few Korean players to stay in China. Former Samsung members Kim Deft Hyuk-kyu and Cho Mata Se-hyeong joined KT Rolster, exiting the Chinese circuit in the process.Following his departure from Samsung Galaxy White afteer winning the 2014 World Championship, the AD carry helped LGD become a contender in China, earning first place in the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs. Pat Elflein Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. . The player returned to the World Championship stage alongside Choi Acorn Cheon-ju, and the team suffered a group stage exit. 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">Kimi Raikkonen is set to receive a five-place grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix after Ferrari was forced to change his gearbox overnight. 

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SOMERSET WEST, South Africa -- A South African judge is expected to announce Oscar Pistorius new sentence on Wednesday, with the double-amputee Olympic runner facing a possible 15-year jail term after his conviction was changed to murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.The sentencing could be the final act in a legal drama that has rolled on for 3-and-a-half years and often fascinated the world with the fall from grace of a famous athlete who was once an inspiration to many.Be warned, though, it still might not be over.Both the prosecution and Pistorius defense team have the opportunity to appeal any sentence handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa.---WHAT IS PISTORIUS FACING?Fifteen years in jail is the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa, which no longer has the death penalty. However, as always with Pistorius dramatic case, nothing is certain. Judge Masipa could decide on a reduced sentence if she thinks there are compelling reasons to be lenient.At his 2014 trial, Pistorius was acquitted of murder -- by Masipa -- and instead found guilty of culpable homicide, an unintentional but still negligent killing similar to manslaughter. Then, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison. He was released to house arrest after serving one year.But following an appeal by prosecutors to South Africas Supreme Court of Appeal, Pistorius was convicted of the more serious charge of murder, leading to a new sentencing.---WHATS LIKELY TO HAPPEN?Hard to tell.At the murder trial two years ago, Judge Masipa partly believed Pistorius story that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in a bathroom in his home in the middle of the night. He claimed he shot four times through a toilet cubicle door in fear for his life, only realizing afterward that it was Steenkamp. Masipas original verdict of manslaughter was overruled by the Supreme Court last year, and Masipa must now sentence the 29-year-old Pistorius again, this time for the crime of murder.At a sentencing hearing last month, prosecutors asked Masipa to sentence Pistorius to at least 15 years in prison. The prosecution has hinted itt is unlikely to accept anything less than an eight-year sentence for the multiple Paralympic champion. Cole Hamels Rangers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Pistorius defense argued there are compelling circumstances in Pistorius case that warrant a reduced sentence, and even no jail time: Chief defense lawyer Barry Roux said that Pistorius is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from the killing and also that his disability and fame will put him in danger in jail. At last months sentencing hearing, Pistorius removed his prosthetic legs and hobbled across the courtroom floor on his stumps in an attempt by his lawyers to show how vulnerable he is. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel labelled the demonstration a desperate attempt to gain sympathy.---PISTORIUS TV INTERVIEW -- A COSTLY DECISION?Pistorius gave an interview to a British television station shortly before his sentencing hearing, giving prosecutors another opportunity to criticize him. They said his decision to talk to the media and yet decline to testify at his sentencing hearing showed disrespect to the court and Judge Masipa. Masipa, herself a former journalist, might frown on Pistorius television appearance with his case not yet completed.In the interview, Pistorius said he wanted to be given the opportunity to do charity work instead of being sent to jail, and that Steenkamp would not have wanted him to go to prison. Prosecutors contrasted Pistorius decision not to testify at the hearings with Steenkamps 73-year-old father, Barry, who battled his emotions in court as he testified how he had been devastated by the loss of his daughter. Barry Steenkamp, who wept and whose hands shook during his testimony, said Pistorius should pay for what he did.---ANOTHER APPEAL?Its possible, especially if Pistorius is given what prosecutors view as a lenient punishment.If Pistorius is given a long prison sentence, his chances of an appeal may depend on his finances. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">NEW YORK -- No matter how much Tom Thibodeau screamed, his Minnesota Timberwolves clearly arent hearing his message about defense. 

Rodolfo Pizarro Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Kenny Atkinson sure liked what he saw from his offense.Brook Lopez scored 26 points, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the Timberwolves winless on the road with a 119-110 victory Tuesday night.The Nets shot 55.3 percent from the field and had eight players with at least nine points, the kind of movement and involvement that Atkinson wanted to bring to Brooklyn from his time as an Atlanta assistant.Were sharing the wealth a little more and in the perfect Utopian motion system, thats what it should look like, where its really everybodys touching it, Atkinson said.It led to a surprisingly easy offensive performance against a young Wolves team that clearly hasnt yet grasped Thibodeaus defensive schemes.Thibodeau, whose teams in Chicago were among the NBAs strongest defensively, said 110 points is more than enough to win.Unless we correct the defensive end, its going to be a struggle, he said. That has to become a priority by everyone, otherwise nothing positive is going to happen.Trevor Booker added 15 points and Sean Kilpatrick had 14 for the Nets.Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 36 points for the Wolves, making a career-best six 3-pointers. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points, but scoring wasnt the problem for Minnesota.The Wolves are 0-4 on the road and just 1-5 overall.We keep hearing were young, thats why were playing the way we play, Towns said. Thats not the reason. Were just not executing.It was close most of the way, neither team having much luck stopping the other, and the Nets lead was just two after Wiggins jumper with 56 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic then made a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to go for a 115-110 lead, and Isaiah Whitehead and Bogdanovic closed it out with free throws.Without injured point guards Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) and Greivis Vasquez (sore right ankle), the Nets got a scare in the first quarter when starter Whitehead had to leave the game after he fell onto the court and Gorgui Dieng accidentally stepped on his face. But the second-round draft pick from Brooklyn was able to return shortly after and had six points, seven rebounds and seven assists.Thats the toughness we need and thats the definition of Brooklyn grit right there, Lopez said.The Nets shot 62 percent in the first half and led 66-65 despite 19 points from Towns.TIP-INSTimberwolves: The Timberwolves lost for just the fifth time in the last 15 meetings. ... Wiggins previous career-bests were 35 points and four 3-pointers.Nets: Randy Foye made his Nets debut after beginning the season with a strained right hamstring, scoring three points. ... Bogdanovic and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each had 13 points.EAST MEETS WESTThe Nets were playing their first Western Conference opponent in their seventh game, the longest they had gone into a season since moving to Brooklyn in 2012. The Wolves were playing their first East team.SKILLED KILPATRICKThe Timberwolves once signed Kilpatrick in part because they were so short-handed they needed another player just to meet NBA rules of having eight in uniform, and he was playing in the NBA Development League close enough to arrive on time. Now he entered the game as the NBAs highest-scoring reserve with 17 points per game.Hes still the guy that would get in a car and go to any game at any place, Atkinson said. That guy, hes just a competitor. Hes grinded through some tough times to get where he is and then he just keeps blossoming and were giving him a lot of responsibility and hes answering the bell.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit Magic on Wednesday to complete three-game trip. The Wolves have lost eight straight in Orlando.Nets: Visit Knicks on Wednesday, the first matchup this season between New Yorks teams. Its a short journey for the opener of a five-game trip. Carlos Pena Mexico Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Yasser Corona Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. Karl-Anthony Towns is struggling. Its a Saturday night in early April at Portlands Moda Center, and the 27-52 Timberwolves are facing the 43-37 Trail Blazers, the seasons most improbable success story -- and an aspirational template for the Wolves. Portland, despite having exactly one regular over the age of 26, has cultivated a veteran vibe and culture. Its what Karl-Anthony Towns seeks to build in Minneapolis. But these are things constructed over time with smaller achievements.Tonight in Portland is just another game, one more push of the boulder up the mountain. But by the time its over, it will become something more: a microcosm of Towns rookie year and an illustration of why this 20-year-old is not just the next great NBA big but a paradigm for all who will follow.Less than 30 seconds into the game comes the first glimpse. As Blazers forward Mo Harkless slices through the lane and contorts his body for a twisting left-handed layup, Towns knows his front-line collaborator, Gorgui Dieng, has it all under control. Towns is blessed with many defensive skills, among them the ability to seemingly spot a well-timed rejection before palm ever meets leather. So hes already watching the glass, balls of his feet planted, ready to absorb the load of his 7-foot frame before he bounces off the floor and snags what remains of the shot.With only a few games left in the season, Towns rebounding average has hovered around 10 per game. He set finishing the year in double digits as a personal goal, not so much to bolster his rookie of the year candidacy -- with days left in the season, thats a fait accompli -- but because thats what any self-respecting big man does.Now, with the ball in hand, Towns races his way through traffic down the floor, finds open space and pulls up in transition. Four dribbles and four seconds, thats all it takes. Hes a man in a hurry, and the sudden stop of his quick-release jumper appears rushed. The ball barely grazes the rim. Brick.About a minute later in a Minnesota half-court set, he hands off to Ricky Rubio, then sweeps around a few screens to claim his rightful place on the left block.Towns works against Portlands Al-Farouq Aminu, one of these newfangled wings masquerading as a small-ball 4, as if guarding the likes of Towns for 38 minutes a night can be outsourced to any combo forward off the street. Towns flings two hard dribbles as he thrusts his left hip into Aminu, carving out room to work, before stepping back, facing up and unleashing an old-school hook shot, which circles the cylinder ... before popping out.He spends the rest of the half grousing at himself in self-flagellation.Construct a world and it will evolve over time. We can debate the nature of that evolution -- whether its good, bad or just is. But change is irrepressible, and species that dont respond to the conditions of that change eventually die out.So it is with basketball and the evolution of the big man. From the games beginning, basketball roles were defined by edict. A team was an aggregation of individual skill sets, a division of labor, and the name for the tallest presence on the floor, center, said it all: The game would revolve around this guy. The big man was an immovable force, dominating as a defensive presence in the paint. And when one of them got the ball in close proximity to the hoop, youd better have had a defender of equal stature, or send a second body at him, or both.Jump to the 70s, when in search of competitive advantage, disrupters like Jack Ramsay began finding new functions on the floor for their big guys. Soon you could run offense through the big men in the middle. And then all bets were off. Over time came the mobile big man, then the mobile über-athletic big man, then the mobile über-athletic big man with skills, then the über-athletic big man with skills who also had range. Today, qualifying exactly what a big man does on the floor has become futile.Its positionless, says Kentucky coach John Calipari, whose program has become a veritable finishing school for NBA big men. Todays game is all pace, all space, all stretch. In each of the past two Finals, the Warriors and Cavaliers have disguised power forwards as centers at the series most crucial moments -- and often without a traditional big altogether.An open 3-pointer, once the near-exclusive purview of perimeter players, now represents a better value than a hook shot at close range. Last season 7-footers fired up more 3-pointers than in the first 13 seasons of the 3-point line combined.The league has put the big man on notice: Its not enough anymore to take up space in the middle, shoot 60 percent at the rim, rebound in the low double digits and block a couple of shots a night. Its not even enough to shoot a little from the outside. You must now combine power and finesse and make plays for teammates and have quick feet that can switch out on speedy point guards on the pick-and-roll and run the floor and be able to catch the ball on the move and attack like a perimeter slasher and still display that old-school big-man gravitas so that your four Lilliputian teammates heed your commands, hear you calling out defensive assignments from the back line or issue a decree in the huddle during a stoppage.That is the big man of today. But Towns isnt just the big man of today. He is the first big man of tomorrow.By the time the horn blows to end the first half against the Blazers, Kevin Garnett has seen enough. Garnett, whos played 1,462 regular-season games, has spent the season administering a graduate-level seminar to Towns in Big Man-ology, working with him not only on the mechanics but the business of harnessing his intensity.I remember one night he was playing OKC, and he was pouting and being a bit of a baby, Garnett says. I yanked him to the side, had some strong, comforting words for him to reassure himself and to get him to gather some confidence. I like to think that were all human and have human moments. I like to think that was his human moment.Likewise, tonight, during halftime, KG corners Towns in the locker room, and with the teams young future leader flailing under the weight of the moment, the teams elder stages an intervention.Keep your f---ing composure! Garnett screams. Slow down! Its going to be OK! Breathe! Breathe! And slow down! Everything is going to come! Just keep playing hard! Towns stoically absorbs the weight of KGs sermon.Ask Coach Calipari to describe what exactly it is that makes Towns different and hes likely to tell the story of last August, when Calipari organized a charity softball home run derby in Lexington, where Towns was the headliner. After clubbing a 380-foot moon shot on his way to the title, Towns -- who had not played organized baseball beyond the eighth grade -- received a text from an incredulous Calipari: Is there anything you cant do? Pingpong, pool, what? Towns responded: I do it all, Coach. I do it all.Indeed, despite his size -- Towns was already 6-foot-3 by the time he was 11 years old -- he spent much of his time as a young player in northern New Jersey out on the perimeter. Calipari recalls meeting coaches who had faced off against Towns in high school who described him as someone who would shoot 15 3-pointers in a game.At 15, Towns was invited to compete on the Dominican national team -- Towns mother, Jacqueline, was born in the Dominican Republic -- to play for Calipari and alongside Al Horford and Francisco Garcia. NBA lifer Del Harris assisted Calipari on the bench, and on the teams second day of practice, he watched Towns jack up a fusillade of 3-pointers. Harris strolled onto the court.Youre 6-10, but you might as well be 5-10, Harris told Towns. Get yourself down inside and learn the position.Calipari echoed Harris, and throughout Towns time with the Dominican team and later in Lexington, Calipari and his staff insisted that the 7-footer develop interior skills. Were not satisfied because he has so much more, Wildcats assistant coach Kenny Payne said after Towns logged 19 and 10 in an exhibition game against a French professional team in 2014. He has to learn that we play this game from the inside out, not outside in.Twenty-six months later, Towns is sitting in his favorite Italian restaurant in Minneapolis, repeating those words almost verbatim about the Timberwolves. We have a philosophy that we work from inside out, not outside in, he says as he works his way through a chicken Parmesan (no Parmesan), a brick chicken entree, linguine, potatoes, a platter of roasted Brussels sprouts and a nonalcoholic strawberry daiquiri. Maybe its fortunate to blend in with the new, current, modern-day NBA big, maybe its not. What I can do is be as versatile as possible, where I could have played today or years ago when the 5s were rolling around. Thats why I play. I play inside, and I also play outside. I play in both eras.Back in Portland, after intermission, Towns slows down -- and begins to heat up. Its a wide-ranging exhibition, a newsreel of how the revolution will be won. On the second Wolves possession, he pounces into the lane to catch the ball in motion from Dieng -- at which point, forget it. With one dribble, he gobbles up the paint before elevating for a face-up hook that bounces through the net to put the Wolves up four. At the 9:15 mark, Towns drains a silky 18-footer after cleverly popping out into open space when the defense averts its attention. And on the final possession of the third, with the Wolves up 75-72, the Blazers get one final shot. Damian Lillard, who owns final possessions as much as any man in the league, draws Towns on the switch with three seconds to go, crosses over and dances back, but Towns doesnt flinch. He extends his long right arm just as Lillard rises, forcing Lillard to recalibrate his shot, which is futile because theres simply no angle that can clear Towns. As the horn sounds to end the quarter, the shot falls 8 feet short.As NBA coaches survey todays landscape, they freequently come back to the most tantalizing of propositions, best articulated by Calipari: What if you can play small ball with long players? What if you can leverage the length of your frontcourt but not forfeit the skills that are traditionally lost by going big? The Thunder showed flashes of this when they nearly upended the Warriors last spring in the Western Conference finals by employing Serge Ibaka, newly stretchy but without the full refinement of a next-generation big. Jurgen Damm Mexico Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. n this regard, Towns is the ne plus ultra.He sits at the midpoint of basketballs great dialectic, a new place where all the properties that made a big man an unmatchable force on the floor for a century are matched with all the innovations that grew out of the Mike DAntoni Suns teams of the last decade. DAntoni placed an unprecedented premium on space and tempo, which he believed were the features that best facilitated a dynamic offense. But the space he valued most? The paint. And if the paint was being clogged by a hulking big man with his paw in the air on the block awaiting a post entry pass, then DAntonis entire system collapsed. For him, post-oriented power basketball was death, and players who couldnt shoot, move the ball or make quick decisions hampered the entire operation. The league caught on, and what was once a novelty has become the norm in the NBA. In this new league, theres less tolerance than ever for stagnation.Yet as with every dialectic, a new condition has emerged -- and because frontcourt players are smaller than ever, theres a greater advantage than ever to be gained by being big. Towns capacity to play big and small, inside and outside, to thrive in both one-on-one basketball and in the confines of a fluid system, make him the evolutionary realization of the big man at the moment the leagues historical trends are converging.His skill set is so unique for a 7-footer, says Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. He can shoot the 3 with ease from all over the floor -- from the corners, from above the break, from the top of the key. He can put it on the floor. He can change direction. He can Euro-step. He can play back to the basket. He can play a face-up combo game. You can pick-and-roll with him where hes the screener. You can pick-and-roll with him where hes the ball handler. He has guardlike skills. He has great vision. He has playmaking ability. Theres a defensive component and theres a drive to be great.Its Thibodeaus job to talk up his big man. But the numbers bear him out. As ESPNs Kevin Pelton noted, Towns performance last season, when measured by wins above replacement player (WARP), qualified as the 13th-best rookie season since the NBA-ABA merger and the second-best age-19 season behind only LeBron James.According to ESPN Stats & Information, 112 rookies in the shot-clock era have played more than 1,800 minutes, averaged more than 1.2 3-point attempts, averaged fewer than five personal fouls per 100 possessions and posted an assist percentage above 8. One hundred eleven are perimeter players. Towns is the only big man on the list. And he posted the highest player efficiency rating of all of them.Its common for a player in the current era to speak about versatility as a means to an end, as a way to keep defenders off balance as he looks for his shot. But when Towns discusses versatility, he regards it as a virtue unto itself, gospel, a badge of character.Everything has to be cohesive. Everything has to jell together -- thats what makes the great ones great, Towns says. Every day Im just trying to find ways to keep my versatility high but keep every single aspect of my game working in sync. Thats what I try to do on the court. I mean, why limit yourself? I dont limit myself. If my coach needs me to guard 1 through 5, I have worked tremendously hard to have the ability to do that. If I need to shoot, I can shoot. If I need to post up and be a bruiser, I can be a bruiser. I try to be great at all skills.Consider Draymond Green, Ibaka, even Anthony Davis. All have some version of these tools, but theyve largely had to develop them over their NBA careers. Towns grew up watching small ball, grew up shooting from the perimeter. And when the Kentucky staff pushed him down low, he was a born ballerina with his footwork. Now, when many big men have vacated the paint and theres ample space near the basket, Towns is moving back into the old neighborhood that big men have been asked to abandon for years.How revolutionary is he? Pick a stat, any stat. Among players who took more than 500 shots last season, only three -- J.J. Redick, Steph Curry and Kyle Korver -- outperformed Towns shot-making relative to shot difficulty. In an offensive-glass metric that measures a combination of hustle and conversion, Towns ranks fifth in the NBA and on the defensive end ranks in the 86th percentile. As a one-on-one player, hes already elite. Only Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin ranked ahead of him among big men in points per drive, and only Bosh and Green topped him in points per isolation chance.Dig into just about any specific complex shot classification -- layup off a cut, shake and rise -- and one thing stands out: Towns is often in the upper echelon in conversion, but his attempts present a far higher degree of difficulty than those of his counterparts. This phenomenon isnt completely unheard of for a rookie on a young team, but it also prompts the question: How good can this guy be?Frustration turns to fuel for Towns in the fourth quarter as the Wolves relinquish the lead after a 7-2 Portland run. He follows his third straight miss -- a galloping hook shot in the lane after bouncing off Ed Davis -- with a strong putback to tie the game at 79 with 9:33 remaining in regulation. And with that, the clinic is on. He calmly sets up for a dribble jumper at the top of the circle with eight minutes left. Then its a muscular running hook while being bodied up by a couple of defenders who converge as he rolls to the rim. Wolves by four with just over seven minutes to go.Towns has a debonair dance partner in Rubio, and the two perform pick-and-pop waltz to perfection, with Towns draining another shot from the top of the circle off a perfect pocket pass to make it 92-89 just inside of six minutes. And now, with the pop working, Rubio and Towns unfurl the roll. Rubio streaks with the ball down the right side of the lane. Towns rumbles down with him and catches the lob like a tight end. As he does, a gang of Trail Blazers descends on him. Pinned against the baseline by Portland center Mason Plumlee, Towns peers down the floor and sees :09 on the shot clock. He gathers himself, backs out of the parking spot with a few dribbles, then posts again before turning middle on a post-up and elevating for a hook over his left shoulder that falls through. Were inside of five minutes, and Minnesota has stretched the lead to seven. The stain of barbecue sauce on the carpet of Amy Moyers office serves as one of Towns many enduring contributions to St. Joseph High School.Guidance counselor Moyer, in whose office Towns frequently took his lunch, used to plead with the teenage Towns to take his lunch to the school cafeteria. She was charmed by his company but felt hed be better served by socializing for an hour. Towns, though, had trouble folding his near 7-foot body into the cafeteria benches and was wary of the lunchroom scene.Everybody gawks at me, he told Moyer. Everybodys looking at me, everybodys wanting to be my friend. I dont get that in here. I can hang out and be myself and relax and not have everybody staring at me.Asked now, Towns denies any self-consciousness in high school, but Moyer describes a kid who wanted affection to be authentic, one who never sought popularity or the mantle of Big Man on Campus.And so it was that during his second year at St. Joseph, Towns would hide out with Moyer. One day he brought a box of chicken nuggets and a tub of sauce and plopped down opposite Moyer at her desk. It was a tight fit for his oversized frame, but the smaller space of the office appealed to his desire for anonymity. Towns typically has a soft touch, but on this day he bricked the nugget dunk, sending a hard rain of barbecue sauce all over the office. For whatever reason, Moyer never had the stain removed. Every day it reminds me that Karl was here, Moyer says.Karl-Anthony Towns, as always, leaving his mark.Approaching the final stretch in Portland, Towns drains six consecutive shots -- all of them in a nip-and-tuck game against a playoff team on its home floor. And now, trailing by one, the Wolves will have a chance to win with three and a half seconds remaining in the game.Out of a timeout, the rangy Tayshaun Prince -- another of the oldster mentors who has lent Yoda-ish wisdom to the rookie -- takes the inbound on the far sideline and passes to Towns on the right block.Aminu is draped all over Towns, his right arm extending horizontally to poke the ball away and his left reaching vertically to alter any shot attempt, because undoubtedly one is coming in the next three seconds.As the ball reaches Towns hands on the right block, theres no hesitation. He catches it cleanly: 3.5 seconds left. Then its a pivot and a long, sweeping drop step toward the baseline: 2.9 seconds left. He elevates, kicking both feet behind him, but hes by no means above or even near the rim. Hes looking for space, not height, the angle that can accommodate the soft flick of his wrist. Towns releases a lurching, high-arching baseline hook: 2.5 seconds left. And as it drops through -- 1.8 seconds left -- he turns his back to the basket and clenches his fists.Says Towns, I knew it was going in before we left the huddle. Kevin ArnovitzArnovitz has been an NBA writer for since 2008. 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O. J. Howard Buccaneers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .com Tour never crossed his mind. His only stop in the minor leagues was in 2001, so long ago that it then was known as the Tour.A year after his playoff victory in the 2011 Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, however, Byrd had wrist surgery. He missed three months to start 2013, and his game and confidence slowly eroded to the point that he was trying to make cuts, make money and keep his job.You stop trying to bring your best and youre trying just to stay out here, and thats no way to play, Byrd said last month at the RSM Classic. The tighter you hang on, the farther you get away from what youre doing.With nothing but past champion status that would offer him limited starts, his best option to regain a full PGA Tour card was to spend a year on the Tour. That can be a tough pill for someone who had never come close to losing his PGA Tour card before the injury.Byrd, who turns 39 in January, brought with him an attitude that is worth emulating for anyone who winds up in that spot.It was humbling, Byrd said. To go back to the Web was difficult. Theres so many reminders every week that youre not where you want to be. But I tried to embrace it. ... I didnt want to be the grumpy old tour player talking about how great it is on tour and how bad it is out here and how good I used to be. I made friends out there. I enjoyed it. I focused on enjoying the competition.Byrd event turned down a half-dozen exemptions to PGA Tour events last year. He finished 48th on the money list (the top 25 get PGA cards) and he didnt earn one of the 25 additional spots from the four-tournament series at the end of the year.Even so, he was upbeat about his progress. Besides, being around a bunch of kids in their early 20s has helped.Youve got to play good to beat these guys, he said. But what Ive learned from being out here so long is that Ive got what it takes. Guys who have won five times on the PGA Tour, its a short list. Ive got something in there thats good enough. And I still think its good enough.---OH, BROTHER: Jordan Spieth is headed to Rhode Island this week to watch Brown host Maine in college basketball. His younger brother, Steven, is a senior who is averaging 15.4 points a game for the Bears.The former Masters and U.S. Open champion is doing everything he can to prepare, because this apparently involves more than sitting in the stands to cheer on little brother. Spieth suggested that there might be a little contest Thursday morning before the Brown game.Im not sure. He kind of set up something, Spieth said. We might be playing horse, and it might be videoed. At the moment, Im starting my grind in the gym, shooting a thousand shots a day so I dont embarrass myself.Asked if he knew where the public might see this video, Spieth said: Even if I knew, I certainly would not be announcing that. I think its through ESPN. Im not sure.However it turns out, perhaps Steven might consider coming out to Augusta National early for a putting contest.---POWER MEMORIES: Jim Furyk is used to players smashing it by him off the tee. One of the shorter hitters in golf, he still has managed to win 17 times, including the U.S. Open. But there was something about the 2009 Cadillac Championship at Doral that he still remembers clearly.I was paired with Adam Scott and Rory (McIlroy) the first two days, and I was hitting it real short, Furyk said. Im already short anyway, but I had a driver that I was hitting straight but real short. Were playing Doral. You know, Adam and Rory are hitting it 30 (yards) by me all day and Im like, `I need to get a new driver.It got worse. The next day, he was paired with a 23-year-old named Dustin Johnson, who was in his second year on tour. Furyk didnt know anything about him.Hes hitting it like 50 by me, Furyk said. I was like, `Who is this guy? We got paired later in the year at Boston, and he had a good event. Hes always been impressive.By the way, Furyk played that fourth round with a tall Spaniard in a straw hat named Alvaro Quiros, one of longest players on the European Tour.Didnt know anything about him, Furyk said. And hes trying to drive the second green.---MIGUELS MEMORIES: Miguel Tabuena sure had a memorable year for not having won a tournament.The 22-year-old Filipino shot 64-68 at Lake Merced and Olympic to win his sectional qualifier and play in his first U.S. Open. He qualified for the Rio Olympics. He made it to his first World Golf Championships events at the HSBC Champions. He contended alongside Jordan Spieth in Singapore. During back-to-back weeks in Asia, he played with Ernie Els in Malaysia and Dustin Johnson in Shanghai.This is my best year so far, he said.Tabuena was only 4 when the only other Filipino made it to a World Golf Championship -- Frankie Minoza, who lost in the opening round to Nick Price in the inaugural Match Play Championship at La Costa.Hes a living legend back home, someone I look up to, Tabuena said. Hopefully, I can have the half the success hes had in his career. I like where I am now at 22. The sky is the limit if I keep improving.Tabuena, who turned pro when he was 16, certainly got the attention of Johnson in Shanghai.Hes real young, but hes got some game, Johnson said. Hes not a real big guy but he hits it pretty far.---DIVOTS: The Walker Cup will be played in Florida for the first time. The amateur matches are coming to Seminole Golf Club in 2021. The USGA also said the 2025 Walker Cup will be held at Cypress Point Club on the Monterey Peninsula, where it last was played in 1981. Next years matches will be on the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club. ... Seventeen players were outside the top 100 in the world when they won on the PGA Tour this year. ... Patrick Reed (No. 8) and Bubba Watson (No. 10) are the only players from the top 10 in the world who did not have multiple victories this year. Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6) had the most with five victories worldwide. ... Thongchai Jaidee is playing an Asian Development Tour event this week in Thailand, needing a victory to get into the top 50 and assure a spot at the Masters next year.---STAT OF THE WEEK: Only two PGA Tour events in 2016 were won by the No. 1 player in the world -- Jordan Spieth at the Tournament of Champions and Jason Day at The Players Championship.---FINAL WORD: Thats a very, very difficult hole that he made look very, very easy. -- Jordan Spieth on Dustin Johnsons birdie on the 18th hole at Oakmont. Chris Godwin Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. Kendell Beckwith Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . 1 position. 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The future of some of Geelongs most decorated AFL veterans remains uncertain after their crushing preliminary final loss to Sydney.Triple premiership stars Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright are no certainty to play in 2017 after the Cats 37-point loss to the Swans at the MCG.Bartel was among Geelongs better performers in the preliminary final but his future has been hotly debated after some indifferent games towards the end of the season.The 2007 Brownlow medallist is understood to have triggered a clause in his contract to play on next year but theres speculation about how much time he would be forced to spend in the VFL.I dont think I would sign up for next year to be a VFL footballer, to just use in the case of emergency, Bartel told SEN radio in August.If I was playing VFL football, it would be there to go back and press for selection.Backline general Corey Enright was in tears as he left the ground on Friday night, prompting suggestions he might hang up his boots.The 35-year-old is clearly playing wwell enough to continue his career - he earned his sixth All-Australian berth this season - but would be among the oldest players in the AFL if he keeps playing. Chris Godwin Buccaneers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. .Star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield said he wasnt sure whether Enrights emotion after the game suggested he was considering retirement.You understand these opportunities dont come around all that often, he said.Footys an emotional game at different stages. I beg to argue with anyone that has a contrary view to that.Its a tough game. Its one (where) you live and die by the result and its bitter. Its disappointing.Fellow defender Tom Lonergan, 32, is also out of contract and yet to signal whether he will play on next year.After Friday nights game, Geelong coach Brad Scott refused to say whether the veterans would continue.Im not going to address any of that tonight - that would be inappropriate, he said. 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"> ' ' '

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Mens Air Max BW Premium - Grey/Red/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . threw for two touchdowns and ran another to lead Houston past Tulane for a 30-18 win Saturday.Houston (8-2, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, getting a touchdown on its opening possession when Tulanes Parry Nickerson fumbled a punt return in the end zone and it was recovered by Jeremy Winchester. Houston also got a safety in the fourth quarter.Ward finished with 189 yards passing and connected with Chance Allen and Steven Dunbar for touchdowns. His rushing TD came midway through the first quarter from the 5. Linell Bonner had 97 yards on nine catches.Tulane (3-7, 0-6) cut the gap to 14-10 on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco in the second quarter.Glen Cuiellette threw for 241 yards, including touchdown throws to Darnell Mooney and D.J. Owens, for the Green Wave. Nike Air Max Tavas Womens/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. Vapormax Australia Nike/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .  Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. Is momentum in cricket real?Captains talk about it in earnest. Commentators go one step further, looking for the actual tipping point. It becomes part of the answer to why a player is in form and can even lay out why he isnt. It impacts a sides performance no matter the format. It even supersedes arguments such as conditions being different or that not all people tend to be affected by something in the same way.Clearly, physics was never big enough to hold momentum all to itself and having transcended into the sporting arena, it has become a buzzword that nobody can escape.In Rajkot, Virat Kohli said momentum sort of defines if you have an advantage of a disadvantage as a team. By that logic, can England consider themselves as being on top going into the Visakhapatnam Test? They made more runs in Rajkot. They took more wickets. They even took the awards. Assuming momentum is as powerful as everyone says, perhaps.Only, before the series began, India had crushed New Zealand, a team that seemed well-equipped to handle spin-friendly conditions. They hadnt lost a Test in over a year and the last time they did so at home was in 2012. If momentum was such an irresistible force, Kohli and his men shouldnt have been given the scare they were. Besides, theyve insisted it wasnt a scare. That tense situations like being six down with 10 overs left on a fifth-day pitch are a learning experience. You can imagine how desperately disappointed they must have been as kids when school was out.Momentum seems to have a tendency to vary with points of view as well. Alastair Cook is buoyed by the strength of Englands performance in the opening Test of one of the toughest series of his career. Kohli believes he will get a track that is conducive to Indias strengths so he is barely bothered about the events in Rajkot. Ask them who has the momentum, both men, would likely say they do. Makes sense. Not.Look at the things that have changed. India have brought back their first-choice opener. KL Rahul comes into the second Test on the back of a first-class century which not only points to his form but importantly establishes that he has recovered well from a hamstring injury. On the other hand, England are worried over the availlability of Chris Woakes, who has been among their best performing players since the start of their home summer. Nike Tns Black/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Then there is the surface, which may start out better than hoped but would certainly deteriorate a lot quicker than the one at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have exploited such conditions in the past. All they need is one to spin big. That combined with their ability to undercut the ball and make a few go straight has led many a batsmen to confusion. It is not an easily replicable skill. A spinner hoping for as little deviation as possible has to avoid the seam hitting the deck. Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari may have made a fine start to the series, but can they match the Indians tricks? None of them is experienced enough in this format to carry a bowling attack.Finally, the batting. It is never black and white in touch conditions, which arguably, neither of these sides has had to deal with so far. Visakhapatnam - from day three onwards - appears set to remedy that. So defensive techniques need to be tight. Partnerships become crucial for any time a new batsman comes in, the likelihood of him getting out quickly may as well be a blaring red light on top of his head.Even if someone is in form, he has to be mindful of the ways in which the bowler is targeting him. Just because he made a hundred in the last innings doesnt give him the right to pass go and collect 200 the next time. Monopoly rules sadly dont apply in cricket.All these factors - the pitch, each teams plans, each individuals plans, the outcome of the toss - dispute the impact momentum can have across matches. Within a match then. Does one team pulling ahead immediately set them up in a match? Four years ago, in Ahmedabad, Cook made a resoundingly defiant 176 while following-on which forced the Indian bowlers to tire themselves out and may even have had a bearing on their potency in the next Test in Mumbai.Hard work, skill, and just that little bit of chance, make up a cricket match. Momentum - whatever it is - is a far weaker influence. 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">DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez was confident he wouldnt miss any extended time after suffering a sprained left ankle Wednesday night. 

Cam Robinson Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Sure, its painful, he says. Its nothing compared to the ache his team would feel without him, though.Gonzalez homered twice before leaving the game with what looked like a bad sprain in the Rockies 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Gonzalez had his 19th multi-homer game of his career with Nos. 22 and 23 this season. He was then forced to exit the game in the bottom of the seventh after rolling his ankle in the batters box.Gonzalezs prognosis: I wont be out.I hope that tomorrow I will feel a little bit better, he added. If I feel a little bit better, itll be good enough to play. Just tape it and go out there and have fun with my team.Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also went deep in Colorados 11th win in 13 games that moved it above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.The Rockies latest streak has them within three games of the second NL wild card, with three teams between them and St. Louis. Gonzalez missing any substantial amount of time would hamper any postseason hopes -- especially since rookie shortstop Trevor Story (thumb) was already lost for the remainder of the season.Its been fun, Gonzalez said. Its fun when you get wins. We are playing good baseball right now.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore were also placed on the DL -- giving Los Angeles an NL-record 25 players put there this season.Arenado made things worse for the Dodgers from there, hitting a three-run home run to spark a five-run first inning off starter Brock Stewart (0-2). Reynolds added a two-run blast put the Rockies ahead 5-2.Later, LeMahieu and Gonzalez homered as part of a four-run fifth. Gonzales went deep again in the sixth.I am frustrated, Stewart said. The bullpen session before the game was great. Everything was working and then everything stayed flat during the game.It was a rough night, thats for sure.Tyler Anderson (4-3), meanwhile, allowed two runs in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out six and walked two. His lone blemish came in the first inning when Justin Turner hit a two-run home run.Anderson has been outstanding, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Hes a pretty amazing story when you think about it. Not pitching at all a year ago. He showed up at the big league level hitting the ground level. Hes given us a quality start every time out.SCOREBOARD WATCHING(This is) when the fun starts, Weiss said of the wild-card race. This is time of year where you get to watch the scoreboard and youre paying attention to the other games. Theres that focus and emphasis on your game every night, to win every night. Thats fun.Its a lot easier showing up to the ballpark under those circumstances.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: Kershaw (back) wont be eligible to return until Aug. 27 at the earliest. ... LHP Rich Hill (hand) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. He looked real good and executed all his pitches, Roberts said. ... RHP Bud Norris threw a bullpen session and could make his next start this weekend.Rockies: SS Story (thumb) will undergo surgery Thursday in Denver. Story suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Saturdays win over the Mets.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) has had some early success against the Rockies this season. In two starts against Colorado, the Japanese pitcher has allowed just one run and struck out 17 in 13 innings.Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50 ERA) has allowed just one run and four hits in his previous two starts. Less impressive is the fact that he also gave up 12 walks in 12 innings during those starts. Dawuane Smoot Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. 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TAMPA, Fla. -- About 100 Atlanta Falcons fans lingered in the stands at Raymond James Stadium, chanting MVP! MVP! MYP! as Matt Ryan returned to the field for post-game interviews.The NFLs passing yardage leader was nearly flawless again Thursday night, throwing for 344 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions to help the NFC South leaders tighten their grip on first place with a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.He had a real locked-in look about him, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Matts really been on point with where to go with the ball.Julio Jones had eight receptions for 111 yards and a TD as the Falcons (6-3) avenged a 31-24 season-opening loss to the Bucs (3-5) in Atlanta. Tampa Bay has dropped two straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak that got them back in the division race.They played a little better than we did that day. I feel like we have continued to improve, Ryan said. For me, the best thing from a confidence standpoint is that we continue to get better, week in and week out.Jones, whos closing in on another 1,000-yard receiving season with 970 through nine games, caught a 3-yard scoring pass in the third quarter, when Ryan led TD drives of 86 and 82 yards to break it open.Levine Toilolo, Patrick DiMarco and Austin Hooper also caught TD pass from Ryan, who leads the NFL with 2,980 yards and 23 touchdowns vs. four interceptions.Jameis Winston threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns for Tampa Bay, including scoring passes of 3 and 24 yards to Evans, who had 11 receptions.Both of Tampa Bays young stars finished the game on the sideline, with Evans being evaluated for a possible concussion and Winston limping off after being shaken up when he was tackled trying to score on a two-point conversion play with just under seven minutes remaining.Koetter didnt provide much of an update on eithers condition, other than to say Jameis told me hes fine and that Evans was in the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit along the sideline after making a catch in the fourth quarter.Winston was tackled around the ankle by Atlantas Brooks Reed and also hit by cornerback Jalen Collins. The first overall pick in last years draft said he was fine and did not leave the game because of injury.The coach took me out, said Winston, who later did a little dance move to demonstrate to reporters that he was OK.Mike Glennon finished up for the Bucs, taaking his first regular season snaps since 2014. Dede Westbrook Jaguars Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. He threw a late TD pass to Cameron Brate to cut into a 23-point deficit.RING OF HONOR: The Bucs inducted former safety John Lynch into the teams Ring of Honor. Together with Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, Lynch formed the foundation of a dominating defense that helped transform Tampa Bay from the laughingstock of the NFL into a Super Bowl champion. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame last winter, Lynch played for the Bucs 1993 to 2003 and the Denver Broncos from 2004 to 2007. He was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Honor earlier this month.NO CONFIDENCE?: The Bucs defense yielded 626 yards , including 513 passing, during last weeks 30-24 overtime loss to Oakland. That may have contributed to the decision Thursday night to decline a 15-yard face mask against the Falcons, settling for Matt Bryant kicking a 41-yard field goal for a 13-7 Atlanta lead instead of giving Ryan a chance to convert third-and-22 from the Tampa Bay 38MATTY ICE: Ryan has thrown for 1,344 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions in his last four games against the Bucs, who had won three straight in the division rivalry. The Bucs lead the all-time series 24-23.GOTCHA: Bucs DT Gerald McCoy talked this week about his admiration for Ryan , but reiterated that good sportsmanship should never be confused with a lack of commitment to do whatever to necessary to win. He said hed shake the quarterbacks hand before and after the game, but spend the rest of the night trying to make the NFL passing yardage leader uncomfortable. McCoy sacked Ryan in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that led to Winstons second TD pass to Evans.INJURIES: With Doug Martin (hamstring) and Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) inactive, rookie Peyton Barber became the fourth different starting running back for Tampa Bay this season. Bucs C Joe Hawley left with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. 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Nike Air Max Womens Rose/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Now that hes won a career-high four straight major league games, Oakland As right--hander Kendall Graveman is in what should be unfamiliar territory, but he said it feels like old times.Its kind of what I expect out of myself, Graveman said Sunday. When you actually do it and actually command the baseball the way you want to, that feels normal. I remember when I was coming up through the system in the Blue Jays organization, this is what almost all of my starts felt like.Graveman will try to extend his winning streak on Monday night when the Oakland As open a three-game series against the Houston Astros, who beat Seattle 8-1 on Sunday and will send right-hander Mike Fiers to the mound.Gravemen went 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA over his first nine starts. In his past eight starts, hes 4-0 with a 3.40 ERA, and the As are 7-1 in that stretch.Whats changed for Graveman?I think hes relying on his best pitch and not trying to be too fine with it, As manager Bob Melvin said before a 5-3 loss to Toronto. I think there were times where he probably was trying to pick a little too much on the corners. And when you have that kind of sink and its working for you, you have that kind of sink on your fastball, just throw it down the middle and let it move a little bit and hopefully they beat it into the ground, which, when hes pitching well and doing well, thats what theyre doing.Graveman said he has learned some valuable lessons while battling through some rough stretches at the start of his first two seasons with the As. Last year he was 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA when he was sent down to Triple-A Nashville. He wound up going 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts for the As as a rookie.Not to boast, but to have success in the minor leagues the way I did, you kind of think, Hey, this might be the way it is all the time, Graveman said. But youre going to go through some bumps and some struggles. I hadnt experienced that for a couple years leading up to that moment. Even last year when I came to start the year I really hadnt experienced that.But now I think you see I experienced a little bit of that after the first month of the season. Hit a little bump in the road there, and to get over it and continue to pitch and continue to compete and to find a way to get out of it quicker than I did last year, I think that was big. I think it showed growth.Fiers is 6-3 with a 4.35 ERA, but hes coming off a rough start on July 6 against Seattle. Fiers gave up four runs on five hits, including three home runs, in just 3 1/3 innings of work and got a no-decision in Houstons 9-8 victory.Fiers gave up all three home runs in a four-run fourth inning when Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Dae-Ho Lee took him deep as the Mariners cut Houstons lead to 5-4.The few games where we scored a lot, Ive given up a lot of runs or not gone as far in the game, Fiers said after the game. Im not changing anything. Im not trying to change anything, if I am. I just need to be better.Fiers is 0-1 with a 3.28 in four career starts against the As.Graveman is 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA in four career starts against Houston. In his last start on July 9 at Houston, he gave up two runs on five hits over five innings in a 3-2 As victory. He struck out three and walked none for his fourth straight win. Hell face the Astros again after eight days of rest.Ive thrown a couple bullpens since the last (start), Graveman said. Im just trying to keep that arm slot that Ive had going and its been good. Thats the main focus right now, just keep on top of the baseball and let the sinker work and pitch off of that.It was a good break, too. Ive thrown quite a few innings the first half of the year and I want to continue to do that. Its always good to have a little bit of a break physically and also mentally to take a little bit of a break because sometimes going every five day you really have to stay locked in. Nike Air Max Womens Purple/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start. Nike Air Max Womens For Sale/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield.CHICAGO -- Max Scherzer went right back to winning. Miguel Cabrera walked off the field. Scherzer outpitched Chris Sale in a marquee matchup of All-Star starters to earn his 14th victory, and the Tigers overcame Cabreras injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Monday night. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cabrera was replaced at third base by Don Kelly. The 2012 AL MVP, who appeared to be holding his left side as he headed to the dugout, was removed with a sore hip flexor muscle and will be evaluated Tuesday. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said the Tigers are going to "wait and see" on Cabreras condition. "You know what? If hes got to miss a few games, hes got to miss a few games, and we find out how tough we are," Leyland said. Cabrera, who became baseballs first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, has played in 97 of Detroits 98 games this year. He began the day leading the AL with a .359 batting average and 96 RBIs. After scoring from second in the top of the fifth on Victor Martinezs single, Cabrera tried to loosen up his side. He wasnt able to do it, so he left the game. "It (felt) weird," Cabrera said. Without Cabrera, the Tigers still had more than enough to beat Chicago, which gave up five unearned runs. Scherzer (14-1) won his first 13 decisions before losing his last outing before he started the All-Star game for the American League last Tuesday night at Citi Field. He went eight innings Monday and allowed four hits while striking out five. The right-hander, who didnt allow a baserunner until Adam Dunns single with one out in the fifth, increased his strikeout total to 157. The only two runs Scherzer gave up came on solo homers by Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie. Scherzer also knew what kind of challenge he faced in Sale. "You know every time when Sales on the mound, hes one of the best. Youve got to bring your A game if youre going to have a chance," Scherzer said. "Tonight I thought I pitched the ball very well, but I also could have lost. At the same time, my teammates had a good idea of what they wanted to do." Martinez had four hits to raise his July average to .425 and Torii Hunter homered in the seventh for Detroit, which improved to 43-9 when scoring five or more runs. That offence, though, might not be the same if Cabrera is out for a little while. "If Miggy comes outt of a game hes definitely in pain, but Miggys one of those guys, hes tough. Nike Air Max Womens Pink/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. He wont be out long," Hunter said. "I definitely think if you need to rest him a little bit, a couple days, I guess we have to do that. We need him for the long run. If it takes a couple days for him to get where he needs to be, I think we should do it." Even with Sale pitching, the White Sox were far from where they needed to be Monday. Sale followed Scherzer to the mound in the All-Star game and worked two scoreless innings. This time, the left-hander pitched eight innings and gave up four runs -- two earned. He yielded seven hits while striking out 11. Sale (6-9) has struck out at least 10 five times this season. The Tigers scored two unearned runs in the fifth to make it 3-0 when Martinez singled with two outs, bringing in Hernan Perez and Cabrera. Perez led off the inning with a routine grounder to shortstop, but Alexei Ramirez misplayed it for the first of his two errors. After retiring Austin Jackson and Hunter, Sale walked Cabrera intentionally and then Fielder to load the bases for Martinez. Sale was visibly upset with the decision to walk Cabrera. "I like people to earn their way on base," Sale said. "Thats about it." Chicago, which was trying to win three straight games for the first time since June 8-10, fell to 11-20 against AL Central teams. The White Sox allowed five unearned runs and made three more errors to reach 64 after committing 70 last year. "Its going to happen every once in a while," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You hope this one, even in the second half, is one of those every-once-in-a-whiles." NOTES: Leyland said it "might be wishful thinking" that Detroit 2B Omar Infante (left ankle) could be back by the weekend. Infante has been on the disabled list since July 4. ... Paul Konerko, activated from the 15-day DL following a lower back strain, was the White Sox designated hitter and went 0 for 3 in his first game since July 2. ... White Sox RHP Jake Peavy said the trade speculation surrounding him "is not something that consumes any bit of my thought process." Peavy does not have trade protection in the two-year contract he signed this off-season. ... 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