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SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left Achilles tendon and might not return this season. Custom San Diego Padres Jerseys . Torres said the injury has lingered since the start of 2011 after he helped the Giants win a World Series championship the previous fall. He is scheduled to get a second opinion and be examined by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson next week in North Carolina and hopes to avoid surgery -- though an MRI exam showed bone spurs in the area. "I need to be 100 per cent," Torres said. "After we won the World Series and they gave us the rings (April 9, 2011), I hurt this foot and Ive never been the same. Playing like this is not going to be good for me and its not going to be good for the organization. I respect them a lot. This is something I have to work to get better." Rehabilitation hasnt worked for the speedy Torres, who said the left foot bothers him most when hitting from the left side and is limiting him to running at about 80 per cent. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres called about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to tell him he couldnt play in the opener of a four-game series against the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates. "Its bothering him to the point he needs a break," Bochy said. "I cant say its over yet until he gets evaluated. I think that will determine what ends up happening with Andres. Is there a possibility of surgery? Sure. Thats why hes getting checked out." Bochy said he only learned of Torres condition a few days ago but the outfielder hadnt spoken of it, saying "its one of those injuries thats flared up again on him." The 35-year-old Torres, who signed a $2 million, one-year contract last winter to return to the Giants after spending 2012 with the New York Mets, is batting .250 with two home runs and 21 RBIS with just four stolen bases in 103 games this season. He said when hitting from the left side his injured front foot lifts and he loses his power and strength. "I want to make sure this is right and I can drive the ball from both sides," he said. Bochy didnt rule out Torres season ending, especially with the reigning World Series champions out of the playoff race and planning to try out many young players over the final month. Bochy said Torres role, if he is able to play again this year, would be primarily as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or late defensive replacement. "Theres no rush to get Andres back," Bochy said. "We want him to get healthy. Hes got his future to think of." In other moves, lefty Mike Kickham was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, and infielder Nick Noonan and outfielder Francisco Peguero were recalled from Fresno to provide some depth. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval returned to the lineup after missing the final two games against Boston with a sore back. Dave Winfield Jersey . As the schedule flipped from November to December, they would go on to drop five straight, falling six games below the .500 mark before a franchise-altering trade turned them into an unrecognizable team. Rollie Fingers Jersey . The 27-year-old hit .209 in 86 at-bats last year after missing the 2010 season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.HOUSTON - The Philadelphia Eagles have done a good job of protecting Nick Foles despite having to piece together an offensive line hit hard by injuries.This week, the makeshift group has perhaps its biggest challenge to date: stopping J.J. Watt.Watt has scored two defensive touchdowns, leads the league with 24 quarterback hits, has seven sacks and has swatted down seven passes this season for the Houston Texans.He does things that defensive linemen dont do, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. His contacts with the ball, its the most weve seen and weve faced. And then the ability to just disrupt things if he doesnt get to the quarterback by batting balls down is really a unique set of skills that he has ... Youve got to know where he is on every play.The Eagles were without two starters on the line last week and have employed five different starting configurations in six games. All-Pro guard Evan Mathis remains out, but centre Jason Kelce returned to practice this week after missing the last four games following sports hernia surgery and could play Sunday.I think theyve done a good job of filling in those spots, Watt said. Theyve had injuries along the way and theyve done a good job of putting guys in places and they know what theyre doing and they fit in well.The Eagles have allowed only two sacks in the last six games; Watt has piled up five in his last three.Houstons pass rush could get a boost with the return of top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. The outside linebacker had one tackle in limited action last week after missing six games following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.Coach Bill OBrien expects Clowney to play more on Sunday, but thinks it will be a while before hes on the field for most every play with Watt. OBrien said Clowney still has to improve his conditioning to be able to play 80 snaps a game.Even though Clowney isnt back to full strength, the Eagles are concerned about dealing with him and Watt at the same time.Now you add what can be two game wreckers to the front, Philadelphia offensive co-ordinator Pat Shurmur said. Those are two dynamic players. They can rush the passer, theyre hard to blockk when youre running the football, and if you throw the ball in and around them, theyve got a lot of reach and range, where they just dont tip it down, sometimes they pick it off. Yangervis Solarte Jersey. ome things to know about the Eagles-Texans game:OLD FRIENDS: The Eagles have seven players who were once Texans, led by linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin. Ryans played his first six seasons in Houston and is the teams all-time leading tackler with 636 stops. The Texans also drafted Barwin and he played in Houston from 2009-12, leading the team with 11 1/2 sacks in 2011.Four wonderful years for me, Barwin said. Obviously its a big game for both teams, though. Im excited to see a lot of those people, but once we start playing it will be back to business.MACLINS BACK: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has starred for the Eagles in his return from a second ACL surgery that cost him all of last season. He leads the team with 39 catches for 632 yards and six touchdowns and is coming off a career-high 187 yards receiving.Coming back from injury is hard enough, and playing a skill position like he plays is even harder, Shurmur said. Hes done a tremendous job. Hes really battled through it.FOSTER RETURNS TO FORM: Houston running back Arian Foster is off to a great start in his return from back surgery that caused him to miss the last eight games of 2013. He is second in the NFL with 766 yards rushing despite missing one game with a hamstring injury.He is one game shy of setting the NFL record for most 100-yard games by an undrafted player with 32.RETURN TOUCHDOWNS: The Eagles need one return touchdown to tie the franchise record of eight set in 1952. Theyve scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, two blocked punts, two fumble returns and an interception return.MR. 300: Foles has four 300-yard passing games and needs one more to tie Sonny Jurgensen (1961) and Donovan McNabb (2004) for the most 300-yard passing games in franchise history during one season. He set a team record with 36 completions and had his third career 400-yard passing game last week.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
ALAMEDA, Calif. Matt Duchene Jersey . - Theres not much Derek Carr hasnt seen in his first season with the Oakland Raiders, from Rex Ryans exotic blitz packages in New York to the dominant defensive fronts of Arizona and Kansas City.The rookie quarterback kept the Raiders going as they suffered through 10 consecutive losses to begin the season, then led them on a coming-of-age game-winning drive on national television to end the skid.Its all been a part of the growing process for Carr, who has a growing legion of fans around the league.St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher is among them.You can tell they have a franchise quarterback now, said Fisher, whose team plays the Raiders on Sunday in St. Louis. Hes developing. It looks like each week hes getting better, making good decisions (and) obviously has a strong arm.Carr was the fourth quarterback selected in the draft when the Raiders took him in the second round out of Fresno State, but he long ago began to stand out from the other three — Minnesotas Teddy Bridgewater, Jacksonvilles Blake Bortles and Clevelands Johnny Manziel.He became only the 12th rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in his teams first 10 games. Carr did it despite getting little support from Oaklands running game most of the year.The first rookie quarterback to ever start a season opener for the Raiders, Carr also owns the franchise rookie record for passing yards (2,249) and touchdowns (14) — with five games still left to play.None of it seemed to matter much, however, until Carr guided Oakland on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock and culminated with a touchdown pass to wide receiver James Jones with 1:42 left to play against the Chiefs on Nov. 20.I will say it was a relief that it ended up in a win, Carr said. I was tired of coming in the next day and having to watch the film on a loss. Everything is better when you win.It was the sixth time this season that Carr engineered a touchdown in the final two minutes of a game. That it gave the Raiders their first win of the year and ended the franchises 16-game losing streak made it that much sweeter.Experience is one of the best teachers there is, Oakland offensive co-ordinator Greg Olson said Friday. Hes never a guy thats looking at the scoreboard and wondering whether this touchdown matters or not. Hes trying to go out there and score.Several of his Oakland teammates have praised Carr, not only for the poise he showed in the huddle on the winning drive against the Chiefs but for how hes handled himself all season.Left guard Khalif Barnes has repeatedly credited Carr for being mature beyond his years, while running back Darren McFadden said earlier this season that Carr long ago quit being looked at by his peers as a normal rookie.None of it is surprising to Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald.McDonald grew up in Fresno, and his father, former NFL star Tim McDonald, was an assistant coach with the Bulldogs for one season while Carr was there.One thing about him thats always stood out is his leadership ability and the intangibles at quarterback, T.J. McDonald said. Hes a guy that guys just seem to gravitate toward and always has a positive attitude.Notes: RB Latavius Murray was limited and still has yet to be fully cleared after suffering a concussion last week against the Chiefs. ... LG Gabe Jackson (knee), S Larry Asante (shoulder), CB TJ Carrie (ankle) and S Jonathan Dowling (back) were also limited. Joe Sakic Jersey . The 48th-ranked Williams made her first appearance in Dubai since she won her second straight title here in 2010. Shed missed the last three years either because of injury or Sjogrens Syndrome. Mikko Rantanen Jersey . Atletico Madrid made it three wins from three thanks to a double from in-form striker Diego Costa in a 3-0 victory at Austria Vienna, leaving the Spanish side on the brink of the last 16 already to continue its brilliant start to the season.BROOKLYN - With just over four minutes to go in the third quarter, Amir Johnson sat on the bench, wincing in pain as he watched the game and, in effect, his teams season slip away. That seemed like an appropriate time to get a head start on the Raptors playoff obituary. Their first-half onslaught had evaporated, the 17-point lead was no more and Johnson, like Kyle Lowry, was battling foul trouble and a myriad of ailments. At that point the momentum, if you believe in such things, belonged to the hosting Brooklyn Nets. This upstart Raptors team had been in similar situations throughout the season - fighting for their lives, backs up against the wall - but, tied going into the fourth quarter of a critical Game 4, this would be their biggest and most revealing test yet. They had a new audience, a brighter spotlight, a bigger stage and 12 minutes to prove something that they themselves already knew. "Everybody has something on their body that definitely hurts," said Johnson, who injured his knee in a failed attempt to draw a charge on the Nets Paul Pierce, "but we keep playing, we keep fighting. Its not the time to hold back now. Weve got to keep going." The Raptors held Brooklyn without a field goal for the final six minutes, without a point for the last five and in doing so they showed more character than they had at any point in this series. "Thats just us, man," DeMar DeRozan said after scoring a team-high 24 points in the Raptors scrappy 87-79 win on Sunday, tying their best-of-seven opening round series up at 2-2. "Were definitely resilient, were not going to give up until the games over. Were going to fight through." Just as things were at their most bleak - Lowry had picked up his fifth foul and Johnson, still on the bench, was also saddled with five - the Raptors got serious. Slightly out of character, DeRozan drew a charge, then he took another. Was that a first? "Nah, I dont think so," the all-star guard said with a smirk on his face as Lowry, sitting next to him, chuckled. "I hope its not." Then Lowry, throwing caution to the wind, reached in and poked the ball away from Pierce. Johnson followed suit and in a familiar scene - one that earned him his fifth foul and a sore knee earlier - stepped in to take the charge. Both Lowry and Johnson were one foul away from spending the rest of the game watching from the sidelines, one hit to the knee away from spending the rest of the night on the trainers table. Neither player seemed willing to allow his team to lose. "Theyre fighters," said Jonas Valanciunas. "Theyre soldiers. They go on the court anyway. So its good when you have those types of guys on your team." Everyone is dealing with bumps aand bruises to some degree at this point in the season. John Wensink Jersey. Who wasnt limping out there tonight, Valanciunas was asked. "Julyan Stone," the young centre said with a smile. But there was Lowry, limping up and down the court between possessions, lying next to the bench to stay loose when he wasnt in the game. He had tweaked his reoccurring right knee injury early in Game 3, on top of all the nicks hes accumulated over a long season, but he gutted it out again. Where would his team be without him? "We would have probably got in a fight if I tried to take him out of the game," coach Dwane Casey joked. "Hes dealing with a lot right now and he came through with flying colours. He fought through foul trouble, a little bit of adversity throughout the game and still came through.” Lowry scored 12 of his 22 points in the second half and once again, with the game on the line, his team resembled their point guard, their leader, their best player. "I am not surprised at all that Kyle was limping around, hes a warrior, hes everything to this team," said Chuck Hayes. "The guy gives it his all, we just feed off of him. Then we tease him about it after, hes going to have probably every ice bag in here on his body." "We dont give up man, were some fighters," Hayes continued. "We play like the underdog, we were the underdog probably all year, including this series. I dont know, we just go out there and play for each other." Go ahead, underestimate them, disrespect them and count them out. They feed off it. If respect is earned in the postseason, perhaps the Raptors are starting to turn heads. "We understand that this is a group thats not going to back down, thats not going to give up," Pierce said after the game. "Theyve earned a lot of peoples respect around the league. Just because you dont have a lot of playoff experience doesnt mean youre not a good team. You can learn on the fly." Theyve done just that, now its a whole new ball game. The Raptors will return to Toronto and their raucous crowd at the Air Canada Centre after reclaiming home-court advantage for what has become a best-of-three set, beginning with Wednesdays Game 5. Have they played their best basketball? "No," Lowry and DeRozan answered in unison, but there is a growing sense of belief in the room coinciding with an ambiance of nervousness that spread throughout Barclays Center as Toronto hit back on Sunday. The Raptors may not be in over their heads after all. "Were on a mission," Casey said. "Were not just here trying to win a game. We want to make sure we stay poised, stay focused on our business. Thats what weve been about all year."   Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
MADRID, Spain -- With only two weeks to go before the Champions League final, Real Madrid says centre back Pepe has injured his left leg. Cody Zeller Jersey . Madrid says the 31-year-old Pepe was hurt in Wednesdays 1-1 draw at Valladolid, but did not reveal how long the Portugal international would be sidelined. Madrid will be playing for a 10th European Cup title when it faces city rival Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24. Pepe is likely to miss Sundays Spanish league match at Celta Vigo. Madrid is four points behind Atletico with two games to play. Pepes injury puts pressure on Madrids defence with Raphael Varanes availability uncertain because of a knee problem. Nicolas Batum Jersey . Others describe it as taking the parrot for a walk. Kemba Walker Jersey . The actual winners on transfer deadline day are those clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City who were well prepared and managed to get their main incoming business done well ahead of the transfer window closing. Tottenham were able to add seven players by spending over 100 million pounds and also ensured maximum return for the Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid by managing the move superbly.Taipei, Taiwan (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park shot 3-under 69 on Saturday and that helped her extend her lead to four strokes after three rounds of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Park finished 54 holes at 21-under-par 195. After setting a new 36-hole hole scoring record, Park also smashed the tournaments 54-hole record. She had set the old mark of 198 in 2012. Overall, it was quite a good day. It was quite a different situation with the wind. It was playing a lot tougher, Park stated. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green. We have quite a few tough holes out there, but I think I managed myself quite good. Last Monday, Park displaced Stacy Lewis as the No. 1 player in the world rankings. Lewis started the day nine shots off the lead, but fired an 8-under 64 at Miramar Golf Country Club to trim her deficit to four strokes. Lewis shares second place with Shanshan Feng (70) at minus-17. Azahara Munoz carded a 3-under 69 and is alone in fourth place at 13-under-par 203. So Yeon Ryu (68) is one stroke back at minus-12. World No. 3 Lydia Ko (71) was joined in sixth place at 11-under-par 205 by Mariajo Uribe (67) and Brittany Lang (68). Park and Feng were in the final group together, while Lewis was two groups ahead of the leaders in round three. Park and Feng parred their first three holes before matching birdies at the fourth. After a par on No. 5, Park birdied the par-5 sixth to move to 20-under, where she was four clear of Feng and seven ahead of Lewis and Ko. Park stumbled to back-to-back bogeys at seven and eight to trim her lead to two. She bounced right back with a birdie on the nninth. Alonzo Mourning Jersey. Park made eagle at the par-5 12th to move four clear of Feng and eight ahead of Lewis. I think I played quite consistently with my ball-striking today. But I missed a couple of short putts today on Nos. 7 and 8, Park said. I missed those two. I also made some long putts, I holed some 20-, 25-foot putts. Feng, who had parred seven in a row from the fifth, birdied the 12th to move to minus-17. Park tripped to another bogey at 14, but she erased that mistake with a birdie at the 17th. She closed with a par at the last to lead by four. Feng traded a bogey for a birdie from the 17th to end four behind. Lewis did her scoring in bunches on Saturday. She opened with birdies at the first and second. After four straight pars, Lewis birdied the seventh and made it two in a row with a birdie on No. 8. After five more pars, Lewis caught fire down the stretch. She birdied four of the last five holes to soar into a share of second place. I kind of got things together there. Played really good. The wind started blowing on No. 7, and my caddie made a comment about it and I said good, that was my response, said Lewis. So I knew I needed some help with the weather to get a little bit closer and played some great golf there coming in. NOTES: Park owns the 54-hole lead for the 10th time in her LPGA Tour career ... She has won four of the previous nine, but lost the last two times she was in this position ... If Park or Lewis wins on Sunday, that player will be No. 1 in the world on Monday ... Two-time defending champion Suzann Pettersen stumbled to a 2-over 74 and dipped into a tie for 33rd at 5-under 211. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts are expected to learn Tuesday if receiver Chad Owens will be able to play this week. Kevin Byard Jersey . Owens had an MRI on his foot Monday after being injured in the clubs 34-15 home loss to Calgary on Saturday. Owens did not practise when the club reconvened Monday as his foot was in a walking boot. Argos head coach Scott Milanovich told reporters hell await the results of the MRI before deciding on Owens status. The Argos (1-2) are in Ottawa (0-2) on Friday night in the expansion Redblacks home opener. Derrick Henry Jersey . He left in the 4th inning of Saturdays game against the Tigers after experiencing tightness. Reyes and the team still hope that he will be ready for Opening Day in Tampa Bay in one week. Da Norris Searcy Jersey .Y. - Everyone expected Clayton Kershaw to pitch a shutout, and he did — a unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award.Phil Taylor won twice to remain top of the Premier League but what did we learn in Sheffield? REPORT: Taylor stays top All the details from PL Darts in Sheffield Judgement Night is behind us and the Premier League has been trimmed to eight players and they all have the play-offs in their sights. But is that a realistic goal for everyone?Heres five talking points... Powering into play-offs Phil Taylor describes his win against Gary Anderson Phil Taylor is virtually assured of returning to the O2 Arenas play-offs after surprisingly missing the cut last year. Playing twice in one evening has caused chaos for some players this season, most notably for Michael Smith whose campaign looked doomed after a pair of opening-night defeats, but Taylor took full advantage.Where his rivals had the chance to earn a maximum two points, Taylor took home four to extend his advantage at the top of the Premier League. He said: A step closer to getting into the Play-Offs - I think another one or two wins will put me through and thats what Im after.Is Taylor being overly cautious? Before Thursday he claimed he only needed two wins, and achieved them instantly, so its difficult to foresee the play-offs occurring without the six-time Premier League winner.Barneys hopes ended James Wade is still in the play-off hunt after beating Barney Raymond van Barneveld sensationally roared back from a poor start last season, qualifying for the play-offs then finally ending as a semi-final loser to Michael van Gerwen. This year, he requires an even bigger miracle as he sits second-bottom in the eight-man table.Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle said: Mathematically [he] can still do it I think but [he has] to rely on so many other results that it is not going to happen.Defeat to James Wade after a 10th leg break of throw means Barrney will only be going through the motions for the remainder of the season with almost no chance of adding to his 2014 title. Adoree Jackson Jersey. But one special occasion will act as a light at the end of the tunnel. In May Barney will be the star of the show when the Premier League heads to Rotterdam for the first time. He has openly confessed his main desire was to avoid elimination before the tournament heading to his home country, so he has achieved that, at least. MVG back to winning ways Michael van Gerwen reacts to beating Robert Thornton After a three-win winless run, Michael van Gerwen was perhaps happy to be pitted against bottom-of-the-table Robert Thornton. He ended his unsuccessful streak with a 7-5 win that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.Van Gerwen averaged 117.95 and was leading 6-2 until a brave Thornton fightback, but the Dutchman did enough to maintain the chase of Taylor at the top of the league. He is three points behind Taylor - but also just two points ahead of fifth-placed Wade so Van Gerwen must string some results together to avoid a shock exit.The battle for fourth intensifies Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis drew 6-6 Much like our football cousins, there is always a Premier League subplot with a host of players chasing the No 4 berth that results in a play-off visit. From there, anything is possible - or so they say.Gary Anderson, on 13 points, currently holds the position despite losing to Taylor in Sheffield. Wade has played one game more but sits on the same points. The third likeliest contender seems to Peter Wright who has 11 points after mustering a draw against third-placed Adrian Lewis last Thursday. All to play for…Thornton scrapping off the bottom Robert Thornton is bottom but is improving Three weeks ago Robert Thornton appeared doomed for elimination but an unlikely fightback, coupled with favours from Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall, has resulted in the Scot living to throw another dart.But Thornton, albeit in defeat to Van Gerwen, showed the spirit to indicate that he wont settle for eighth-place in the Premier League. Should Van Barneveld be looking over his shoulder nervously?Watch Premier League Darts from Belfast next Thursday at 7pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. Also See: Taylor extends PL advantage Mardle: Barney hopes over Fixtures/Results On Sky TV Darts betting Get Sky Sports Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
It is two years now since Arsene Wenger told the world that qualifying for a top four spot was like winning a trophy. Evan Boehm Jersey . For me, there are five trophies – the first is to win the Premier League, the second is to win the Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is to win the FA Cup and the fifth is to win the League Cup, said Wenger at the 2012 AGM. It is a quote that Arsenals fans have repeated time and time again. The French manager has built up a great deal of collateral with the fan base, thats what happens when you win three league trophies and four FA Cups in your first decade at the club, and Wenger has used this to his advantage time and time again by carefully placing words in the public and knowing many of his backers will use them on his behalf. Fully aware of the order in which he laid those trophies out, Wenger then felt compelled to continue his point: I say that because if you want to attract the best players, they do not ask did you win the League Cup? They ask you do you play in the Champions League? There is, no question, some truth to what Wenger said. Players want to be in the Champions League and play at the highest level but ultimately they know their careers are not defined by the amount of Champions League group games they play in. It is not difficult to understand what footballers want from the game. They are not much different to any sports athlete. Money and trophies. Despite not prioritizing domestic cup competitions, Wengers Arsenal had the FA Cup fall in their laps last season, with many top teams knocked out early, although they still almost dropped it by struggling in the semi final against Wigan and in the final against Hull City. It was the best feeling I had had on a football pitch, said midfielder Aaron Ramsey about the FA Cup victory. We definitely want that feeling again, and as quickly as possible. We want to win things this year and we have a great possibility to do that. Win things. Not Champions League spots. Great footballers used to love playing for Wenger. 1995 World Player of the Year George Weah was so thankful for the Frenchmans influence at his past club, Monaco, that he gave him the award. French World Cup winner Lilian Thuram once said of him: Its always he who guides me, who inspires me. Yet much has changed in the last few years at Wengers Arsenal. There is some irony about Wengers focus that he believes helps to attract the best players because far more of the games best players have left Arsenal in recent years than joined. To the boardroom and club ownership, Wenger is the perfect manager for Arsenal. His apprehension in the transfer market suits their style (and bank balance) and he knows his team will still win one of his trophies by qualifying for the Champions League season after season. After all, it is not difficult for a team of Arsenals stature (and location) to finish in the top four and it shouldnt be considered a success just because they were able to be above the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and Everton. Wenger wants people to praise the club for regularly reaching the top four but this is a club that should be judged on who it beats not just on who it doesnt beat and he certainly doesnt deserve a trophy for finishing above such a mediocre bunch of teams that have flittered in and out of the top half of the last few Premier League campaigns. The 65-year-old may have done a great job of convincing a lot of the fans, who pay the highest ticket prices in the league, that this is enough for a club of Arsenals stature but it is the players who have rightfully demanded more. Ramseys feeling on the Wembley grass after the FA Cup feeling said it all. Players want to achieve greatness and Wengers players have suffered far too much in big games over recent years. One of the most defining images of the 2011/12 season was Robin Van Persies shell-shocked face leaving Old Trafford after his Arsenal team had been thrashed 8-2. A year later he was a Manchester United player. Wenger had convinced many, including some high profile members of the media, that it was the right thing to do to sell the Dutchman to United for 24 million pounds. The only reason any one could give was it made financial sense. A few months later Van Persie finished the season as a Premier League champion and top scorer in the division. Arsenal continued to evolve by signing players that helped them achieve another Wenger trophy but their record in big games was once again dismal. In the last two seasons they played 12 matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea and didnt win any, losing 7 and drawing 5. Big games, big expectations and big players paying more attention about their own team than they normally would. Arsenals loss to Manchester United on Saturday means they have now played all three of these teams again this season and they are now winless in 15 games against the trio. In total they have lost 10 of the last 15 against Chelsea and 11 of the last 15 against United and that includes a team managed by David Moyes and one full of injuries under Louis Van Gaal. For a big club like Arsenal that is simply not good enough. Players continue to come and go but in big matches the same results keep happening. There is no strategy to play differently in big games. They are predictably na?ve, playing games far too open and exposing a spine that has been weak for far too long. That is why they havent come close to winning the league. What was missing was trophies, defender Bacary Sagna admitted to The Sun recently following a move from Arsenal to Man City this summer. Sagna wasnt the first big name player to leave Arsenal and then be publicly slammed by Wenger and when he defended himself against chasing money he confessed that he had already decided to leave the club at the start of last season. Sagna followed Van Persie who followed Cesc Fabregas who followed Alex Song who followed Samir Nasri. Outstanding Premier League players all gone since the summer of 2011. Losses like the most recent one against Manchester United cause a club like Arsenal incredible damage going forward. They are a team that collectively does not believe in themselves in such matches because their top players look around and think the manager hasnt done enough to give them what they need to succeed. That is why they, like Sagna, ultimately make decisions to move on. It is an indictment on the club that the list of top players is dwindling but for the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla the time is approaching sooner than many realize. The loss against United is another chapter stored in their minds. With every big game failure Wenger is damaging this historic clubs reputation amongst top players and it is showing no signs of improving. In the forever growing list of reasons for him to be fired this should be at the very top. Deone Bucannon Jersey . According to various reports, the striker is about to sign a five-and-a-half year extension with Manchester United worth a reported 300,000 pounds a week that would see him at Old Trafford until 2019. Haason Reddick Jersey .ca. In addition to the game being aired in its entirety on CTV Two Vancouver Island and TSN.ca, TSN2 will also have coverage of Whitecaps FC immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400.KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Zach Johnson still looks at himself as David, even though the results are starting to suggest Goliath. Growing up in Iowa, his passion for sports was fueled by the player or the team that was not big enough, not strong enough, not good enough to win. He had reason to feel that way at Kapalua for the Tournament of Champions, where he started the final round two shots behind on a course that is suited for power players. It proved to be the perfect recipe for another victory. Johnson didnt blast his way around the Plantation Course as much as he picked it apart, mostly with his irons, especially with his putter. He tied for the lead with an approach from 195 yards into 4 feet for birdie on No. 7. He took the outright lead with a wedge into 2 feet on No. 12. And he pulled away from Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Streelman and everyone else with three straight birdies for a 7-under 66. "Hit some quality shots that certainly helped," he said. "But I think quality putts helped even more." Johnson started a new year the same way he ended the last one -- by winning. Unlike a month ago in California, when he holed out from the drop zone on the last hole and beat Tiger Woods in a playoff, Johnson didnt doing anything spectacular. He didnt need to. Johnson missed only one fairway. He missed only two greens. He picked his spots and played to his strengths, went bogey-free and matched the best round of the day. That kind of golf wins anywhere. And Johnson seems to be winning a lot lately. Not only was it his 11th career win on the PGA Tour, it was his third win worldwide in his last six starts. It started with the BMW Championship outside Chicago, which made him eligible for this winners-only tournament on the west end of Maui. Dating to his rookie season in 2004, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have more PGA Tour victories. David or Goliath? "I still have that vision," Johnson said of the underdog role, even though the numbers dont back that up. Johnson will say his last three wins were against small fields -- 70 players in the BMW Championship, 18 players in the World Challenge, 30 players at Kapalua. He also faced strong ffields at a playoff event, a holiday event with 18 of the top 30 in the world, and a winners-only gathering Hawaii. Patrick Peterson Jersey. "Ive put myself in a place that is a little foreign to me," he said. "Some of the numbers, Im not exactly comfortable with -- top 10 in the world, that kind of thing. But Im also a realist. I know this game at some point could beat me up again. So Ive got to keep doing what Im doing, try to keep things very simple." Spieth was playing in the final group for the first time, and he held up beautifully. He made birdie on both par 5s on the front nine to take a one-shot lead, and kept his goal of making three birdies on the back nine. He just got started too late and ran out of holes. And three pars on the three easiest holes on the back nine -- 14, 15 and 16 -- didnt help. Spieth didnt trust his read on two short putts at the 14th and 16th, and he came up just short on the par-5 15th. "Yes!" he said, when the ball took off his hybrid like a rocket, headed for the front portion of the green. "Youve got to be kidding me," he said when he saw the ball retreat down a slope. He didnt connect properly on a delicate pitch, and the ball came back down the slope. Spieth had to scramble for par. Three shots behind, he closed with two birdies for a 70 to finish one shot behind. Streelman had a 67 and tied for third with Webb Simpson, who had a 70. Five players had a share of the lead at one point, which included Dustin Johnson early and Jason Dufner late. Dustin Johnson, tied for the 54-hole lead with Spieth and Simpson, made three bogeys before he recorded a birdie. He chipped poorly and shot 73. Dufners rally was undone by a three-putt par on the 15th, and then a shot in to the hazard on the 17th that ended his hopes for good. The last man standing was Zach Johnson, a position with which he is becoming familiar. He tried to imagine what he would have said if told that going into his 11th season on the PGA Tour, he already would have 12 victories worldwide, a top-10 ranking and golf bags from having played on six national teams. "It would have been more than I thought," Johnson said, still seeing himself as David. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Pittsburgh Penguins also have another P-word going for them: patience. Denzelle Good Jersey . Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Now up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins got off to a horrible start, but took charge in the final two periods. "Its not ideal, especially when its 2-1 and you fall behind (by two goals) again," said captain Sidney Crosby. "Typically, its not the way you win hockey games. But it showed a lot of character and a lot of patience." A two-goal lead has been poison so far in the series. Columbus also blew a 3-1 lead in Game 1, then the Penguins returned the favour Saturday night. In each case the opponent scored the final three goals, the Blue Jackets taking their first playoff victory in double-overtime just 48 hours earlier in Pittsburgh. All three games have ended 4-3. "Anytime a team gets a lead they find a way to give it up," Sutter said. Game 4 is Wednesday night here. Down 2-0 early and then 3-1 in the third, the veteran Penguins scored on three consecutive shots. Coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout after goals by Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson staked the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 lead 3:18 in before a raucous, overflow crowd of 19,148. The Penguins collected themselves and then collected another comeback win. "We needed to reset," Bylsma said. The surge began with less than 2 seconds left in the second period when Brooks Orpik rifled a hard wrister past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, making it 2-1. Just over a minute into the third period, the Blue Jackets pushed the lead back to two goals. Brandon Dubinsky, who had two assists, spun and fired a backhander that hit the glove of teammate Cam Atkinson and beat a surprised Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury slammed the door after that. "I took it one shot at a time, tried to keep within the game," he said. "Just make the next save." His high-powered offence did the rest. The Penguins found their game, dominating with a 41-20 advantage in shots on goal and controlling the pace. Paul Martins shot from the point was redirected by Sutter. Just 1:10 later, Stempniak took a short pass from Kris Letang and waded in from the right wing, beating Bobrovsky. "A lot of guys here have won and been on long runs," said Stempniak. "They kept their belief. I think everybody just fed off of that. We generated a lot of shots and had a lot of opportunities. It was good to just keep going with it." Then Jokinen redirected Olli Maattas shot from the point and it glanced in off Columbus defenceman James Wisniewski, thoroughly deflating a crowd waiting to celebrate an historic win. "We played well," Maatta said. "At the end, it was a couple of bounces." Columbus last best chance came with 30 seconds left when Fleury made a blocker save on Ryan Johansens hard shot. "Theyve got a good team over there," said Dubinsky, who had two assists for the Blue Jackets, matching Martin and Beau Bennett of the Penguins. "We just have to find a way to rebound and be resilient. We have been all year long, so Im confident in this group." R.J. Umberger, the Columbus forward from Pittsburgh, said it was important for the young Blue Jackets to stay the course. In other words, be patient just like the veteran Penguins. "Its a long series still," Umberger said. "We cant let that be the turning point." The Blue Jackets were trying for their first playoff victory at home. They were 0-5 in the post-season until pulling off a stunning 4-3 double-overtime victory Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Much like after blowing a two-goal lead in Game 1, theyll have to find a way to regroup. "I dont think it was about stepping off the gas," coach Todd Richards said. "The attitude was good. We made a couple of mistakes and they started skating. That was the difference." Notes: Columbus LW Nick Foligno (knee) returned after missing the last four games of the regular season and the first two games of the series. D Fedor Tyutin, who left Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, did not dress. ... The Penguins were without Brian Gibbons, who had two goals in the opener, but left in the first period of Game 2. ... Crosby has no goals in his past seven playoff games, and Malkin is scoreless in his past six. Andrew Luck Jersey .com) - Demario Richard posted four touchdowns and Kweishi Brown came up with a key late interception as No. Marlon Mack Jersey . The 55th-ranked Istomin saved 11 of 14 break points to win in just over two hours, setting up a second round meeting with Australian Marinko Matosevic. It was the Uzbeks third win in three matches against fifth-seeded Kohlschreiber, the 2007 and 2012 tournament winner.PITTSBURGH -- Yovani Gallardo was pitching so well he just needed one run to get a win. His catcher got him all the support he needed, with some help from an eager fan. Gallardo pitched seven crisp innings, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and scored on Aramis Ramirezs groundout, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday. "Yo was outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Just hung in there and made some great pitches, got better as the game went on." Gallardo (4-4) had a season-high eight strikeouts in his second win in his last three starts. He allowed four hits and walked one. The Pirates had at least one baserunner in five of Gallardos seven innings, but the right-hander got sharper as the game progressed. "I was able to get out of some big situations and make pitches," Gallardo said. "Thats always something positive to go from." Jeff Locke also pitched seven solid innings in a spot start for the Pirates. Locke was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Charlie Morton, who was pushed back a day to Monday. Pittsburgh also put right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Locke (0-1) struck out five and walked one in his second start of the season. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team last season, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings against San Francisco on May 5. "He gave us everything we could have asked for him to give us today," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And more." Locke said he benefited from being "on the same page" with catcher Russell Martin. "We just knew I was going to pitch my game," he said. "He just put down the right fingers and moved the ball around a little bit." Lucroy sparked the only scoring sequence of the game when he led off the seventh with a liner down the leeft-field line that was grabbed by a fan while it was in play. Jack Mewhort Jersey. Lucroy was awarded a ground-rule double on the interference. Lucroy went to second on Carlos Gomezs lineout to centre and scored on Ramirezs bouncer to first. The Pirates then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. But Gallardo struck out pinch-hitter Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison popped out to second to end the inning. Pittsburgh left 10 runners on base in its 10th loss in 13 games this season against NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Martin and Hurdle also were ejected in the eighth. With two out and Andrew McCutchen on third, Martin looked a called third strike on a curveball from Francisco Rodriguez on the lower-inside edge of the plate. Martin spiked his bat and helmet in the batters box. Hurdle then confronted umpire Ed Hickox about the call and was thrown out. Roenicke said he thought the pitch looked questionable based on the way his catcher reacted to it. "(Lucroy) made that pitch look a little not-as-good-as it probably was," Roenicke said. "Just because he was maybe in between trying to block or decide where the ball was going to end up." Lucroy said he did not think the pitch was a strike. The Pirates then put runners on first and second in the ninth, but Rodriguez got Travis Snider to hit into a fielders choice that advanced Starling Marte to third and retired Harrison for his 19th save. "I ended up making the right pitches to get out of (the jam)," Rodriguez said. "So its definitely a nice win." NOTES: Lucroy had three hits and improved his batting average to .335, third-best in the National League. ... Morton (2-7, 3.31 ERA) got an extra day of rest and will pitch against Chicago on Monday. ... 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The big story this week was Jameis Winston moving into the contenders fray at the expense of Tajh Boyd, while Marcus Mariota may have done enough to take the Heisman Watch lead. Jared Borgetti Jersey . Winston had perhaps the statement game of the season in Florida States crucial ACC win over Boyd and the rival Clemson Tigers. The redshirt freshman was outstanding in throwing for 44 yards and scoring a combined four touchdowns against the previously third-ranked Tigers. The win vaulted the Seminoles to a surprising second in the first installment of the BCS rankings this season; if Winston continues his strong play Florida State could be playing for their first National Title since 1999. On the other side of the field, Clemsons National Title hopes were all but dashed, along with Boyds Heisman hopes. Boyd played so poorly in the spotlight against FSU, completing less than half his passes for just 156 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, that he likely wont see his name in this column any more moving forward (not that hes looking). Meanwhile out west, Mariota continued his Heisman Trophy caliber season as the Oregon Ducks hammered Washington State. The redshirt sophomore improved his season numbers with nearly 400 combined yards and three combined scores against the Cougars. Mariota has been destroying lesser competition all year but wont be able to lock up the award until he proves he can do it against solid competition. The Ducks weak schedule hasnt been lost on the BCS either, as Oregon was a surprise No. 3 in the first rankings behind Alabama and Florida State. The next two weeks are vital to both Mariotas and Oregons chances however, as they host the 12th-ranked UCLA Bruins before traveling to the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Two more impressive showings and the Heisman Trophy may be won after just 10 weeks of the season. Week 7 was chock full of upsets and while none hurt a players Heisman chances more than Boyds, Louisville and Texas A&M suffered losses damaging Teddy Bridgewaters and Johnny Manziels chances at the most coveted trophy in collegiate sports. Bridgewater had a decent game last weekend, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and while it was the defence that let the Cardinals down more than anything, Bridgewater needed to be almost perfect all season to have a shot at the Heisman because of Louisvilles weak schedule. Bridgewater cant say hes perfect anymore. Manziel meanwhile is still very much in the race for his second straight Heisman but certainly saw a few players surpass him in the race as the Aggies fell to Auburn in a big SEC clash. Manziel combined for more than 500 yards and five scores before getting injured (hes expected back for Week 8) but the loss hurt his chances nonetheless (not as much as it hurt A&Ms National Title chances however.) Other fringe candidates to keep an eye on moving forward include tailbacks Lache Seastrunk from Baylor and Bishop Sankey from Washington, and QB Derek Carr from Fresno State. Luis Hernandez Jersey . - Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors will coach the Western Conference in the All-Star Game on Feb. Alfredo Talavera Jersey . - Mike Zimmer has brought a demanding style to the Minnesota Vikings.Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced Friday the creation of the new position of Executive Director of Racing with Mike Ziegler assuming the post. Ziegler will begin his new duties on Monday, Jan. 26 and will report directly to Bill Mudd, CDIs President and Chief Financial Officer. Mike has long been a credible and knowledgeable voice within the racing industry and we look forward to him bringing his wisdom and insight as he takes on this new role at CDI. The industry is continuously changing and bringing new challenges, and Mikes role will be important to the continued success of our companys racing operations and its legacy, Mudd said. Zieglers new position will be to focus on and support the companys commitment to the U.S. thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. He will be responsible for championing CDI initiatives to enhance the racing and breeding industry and wiill serve as a representative and the liaison between CDI and the industry. Jesus Manuel Corona Jersey. 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BOSTON - Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Russ Grimm Jersey . Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla scored for Boston. The Bruins took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 93 points, one more than Pittsburgh. Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Coyotes, who had won two straight, The Bruins scored twice in the first period, the first coming on Charas wrist shot past Smith, who was screened by Bruins forward Chris Kelly. It was the 16th goal of the season for the Bruins captain — three short of his career high. It was still 1-0 when the Coyotes had their best early scoring chance, getting a puck that got through Rask and trickled behind him. But the goalie reached back with his stick and swiped it off the goal line for the save. On the ensuing breakout, the Bruins got the puck to Johnny Boychuk at the blue line and his slap shot was deflected by Iginla into the net. It was his 21st goal of the season. Lauri Korpikoski scored for Phoenix with 12 minutes left in the game to spoil Rasks shutout. Phoenix had a chance to tie with about 2 minutes to play but Rask slid to his left and deflected a shot off his skate and into the post before it rolled harmlessly away. Notes: The teams combined for five shots in the second period. ... Phoenix F Shane Doan played in 1,300th NHL game. ... The Bruins had lost four straight to Phoenix in Boston. ... The victory was coach Claude Juliens 300th on the Boston bench. Montae Nicholson Jersey .The seventh-seeded Raonic was scheduled to play U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, but was replaced in the Group B pool by Spanish substitute David Ferrer.Raonic, who was 0-2 at the year-end event, said he suffered the injury late in the first set of Tuesdays 6-3, 7-6 loss to Murray. Washington Redskins Jerseys . This was one of them. Omar Infante homered and tied a career high with six RBIs to carry the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Sunday. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first 8 minutes of the Ducks return to Anaheim, coach Bruce Boudreau thought he saw the residual effects of an eight-game, 15-day road trip. For the rest of the night, the Ducks dug deep -- and demonstrated why theyre on top of the NHL. Hampus Lindholm scored his first career goal, Corey Perry got the tiebreaking goal right before the second-period buzzer, and the Ducks stayed perfect at home with a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday. Ryan Getzlaf, Lindholm and Cam Fowler each had a goal and an assist in Anaheims triumphant return from a 5-2-1 road trip. With six wins in their last seven games, the Ducks (13-3-1) lead the league with 27 points despite playing alongside Phoenix and San Jose in the competitive Pacific Division. "It didnt look like we had a lot of energy or jump (early)," Boudreau said. "Then it seemed like it all kicked in again." Shane Doan put the Coyotes ahead in the opening minutes, but the Ducks eventually responded with the same aggressive play and balanced goal-scoring theyve used to climb up the standings -- and the NHLs worst power play even chipped in twice. "We knew tonight was going to be difficult, but we cant use being tired as an excuse for not doing what we have to do," said Perry, fourth in the NHL with 10 goals. "We learned a lot from the way we started last year, and we have to continue to do what we did." Even with largely awful special-teams play, the Ducks are off to their second straight outstanding start under Boudreau after opening 22-3-4 last winter. Anaheim moved to the top of the league table this season amid a brutal schedule that includes yet another East Coast road trip after the current three-game homestand. The Ducks are 6-0 at Honda Center, maintaining the only perfect home record in the NHL. "We were definitely treating this game with tons of importance," said Fowler, who matched his goal total from last season. "We knew the type of roll Phoenix was on, and it seems like nobody seems to be losing in our division right now. We understood how important these two points were." Perry tipped home Lindholms shot during a delayed penalty with 1.1 seconds left in the period, and Fowler provided a cushion with the second man-advantage goal of the night for the Ducks, whose power play had scored just four times all season. Jonas&nbssp;Hiller made 24 saves for the Ducks, and Andrew Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:02 to play while limping to the bench after Doan levelled him with a big hit along the far boards. Doug Williams Jersey. Michael Stone scored a power-play goal for the Coyotes, who had won five straight. Mike Smith stopped 24 shots, but Phoenix failed to earn a point for just the second time in 14 games. "We were in a back-to-back, and they were coming off a long road trip, so it was a pretty even playing field," said Doan, who has five goals in his last seven games. "But we know we gave it to them." After Doans early goal in his 1,262nd regular-season game, Lindholm evened it in his 15th NHL game. The 19-year-old rookie defenceman, whose surprising emergence has catalyzed Anaheims fast start, converted a pass from Mathieu Perreault in the slot. After Stone put Phoenix back ahead, Getzlaf evened it moments later with a shot off Martin Hanzals stick during a two-man advantage for his seventh goal. Anaheims power play went 1 for 28 on the road trip. Perry then put the Ducks ahead in the waning seconds, lightly deflecting Lindholms shot from the blue line. "You cant win a game in this league if youre going to turn the puck over and be undisciplined," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We knew it was going to be a hard game, and it was a good test for our team to see how wed react. When youre chasing in the game -- especially when youre playing back-to-backs -- you look tired. But we just didnt play smart enough or execute well enough." Teemu Selanne returned to the Ducks ahead of schedule after missing the final three games of the trip for oral surgery. The Finnish Flash, who was expected to be out for two weeks, lost four teeth and needed 40 stitches after taking an inadvertent high stick from Philadelphias Luke Schenn. Phoenix played without defenceman Derek Morris, who incurred a lower-body injury in Tuesdays win over Vancouver. The Coyotes then lost right wing Radim Vrbata to a lower-body injury during the game. NOTES: Anaheim D Luca Sbisa played his second game of the season after missing the first five weeks with an injury. ... Phoenix D David Schlemko missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... 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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork. Alexander Nylander Jersey .com) - OUTLOOK: No conference sent more teams to the NCAA Tournament last season than the Big 12 with seven, or, 70 percent of the leagues members. The Big 12 also boasted the top RPI of any conference in the country. It should surprise no one at this point that Kansas won another regular-season title, its 10th straight. Iowa State won the Big 12 Tournament and ultimately fell to eventual national champion Kentucky in the Sweet 16, after the Cyclones lost their best low-post defender to injury in the previous round. Those two teams figure to once again be near the top of the Big 12 pecking order in 2014-15, along with the likes of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State. Of course, it takes talented players to have the kind of overall success the league enjoyed last season, and a lot of that talent has since moved on to the NBA. In fact, three of the top six draft selections hailed from Big 12 schools in Kansas Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, and Oklahoma States Marcus Smart. Still, the Jayhawks enter the season ranked No. 5 in the AP preseason poll, followed by No. 10 Texas, No. 14 Iowa State and No. 19 Oklahoma. The Big 12 is one of only two conferences with four teams ranked in the top-20. CONFERENCE CHAMPION: Kansas PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: 1. Kansas, 2. Texas, 3. Iowa State, 4. Oklahoma, 5. Kansas State, 6. Baylor, 7. Oklahoma State, 8. West Virginia, 9. Texas Tech, 10. TCU TEAM BY TEAM ANALYSIS: KANSAS: The Jayhawks are seeking an unprecedented 11th straight Big 12 regular-season title. Of course, pulling off that feat wont be easy without the services of Wiggins and Embiid. In addition, point guard Naadir Tharpe (8.5 ppg, 5.0 apg) decided back in May to leave school after three years for personal reasons. Second-leading scorer Perry Ellis (13.5 ppg) returns for his junior campaign and is a unanimous preseason all-conference pick. Also back is Wayne Selden, who averaged 9.7 ppg as a freshman but must improve his 32.8 percent accuracy from beyond the arc. The focus, as is often the case with a program like Kansas, is on the recruiting class, which was widely ranked in the top-10. Five-star recruits Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre headline that group, as both were McDonalds All-Americans. In fact, Alexander was the 2014 Naismith High School Player of the Year after averaging 25 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks per game. Incoming freshman Devonte Graham, a 6-foot-2 point guard, also has a chance to contribute right away, as does 6-foot-8 guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk from Ukraine. TEXAS: Not many (any?) pundits foresaw the Longhorns 24-11 campaign that ended in the NCAA Tournament round of 32. As a result, Rick Barnes picked up Big 12 Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. This time around, however, Texas wont be sneaking up on anybody, not with virtually the entire roster back, along with prized recruits Myles Turner and Jordan Barnhart solidifying things down low. Not since Kevin Durant have the Longhorns landed a recruit as hyped as the 6-foot-11 Turner, a consensus five-star prospect at power forward and the highest rated Texas commit since Avery Bradley. Turner averaged 18.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.8 blocks during his senior year and was named to the McDonalds All-America Team. But he wont be asked to do all of the heavy lifting as a rookie, considering point guard Isaiah Taylor (12.7 ppg, 4.0 apg) and frontcourt standouts Cameron Ridley (11.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Jonathan Holmes (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) each have established significant roles. Javan Felix (11.6 ppg) launched more than twice the number of 3-point attempts as any of his teammates last season, but hell need to improve his 34 percent accuracy in order to truly stretch the floor. Demarcus Holland (7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) provides sound perimeter defense. Can Texas challenge the likes of Kansas and Iowa State for league supremacy? The Longhorns certainly shape up as one of the leagues more formidable squads, at least on paper. IOWA STATE: Three starters are back from Fred Hoibergs squad that won the Big 12 Championship and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 14 years. But that did not stop the leagues coaches from picking the Cyclones to finish fifth in the preseason poll, which senior Dustin Hogue called a slap in the face. Then again, Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim and honorable- mention All-American DeAndre Kane have both moved on. While the team can look to that fifth-place prediction as motivation, 6-foot-7 junior forward Georges Niang, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, found his own motivation and shed nearly 30 pounds off his frame with diet and exercise. A quicker and more energized Niang should be a scary thought for opposing coaches, considering he averaged 16.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 2013-14. Niang and Hogue are joined by point guard Monte Morris, who set the NCAA record with an assist-to- turnover ratio of 4.79-to-1 as a freshman last season. New to the fold is 6- foot-6 senior combo guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, a transfer from UNLV and all- around contributor who was picked as the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the year. Dejean-Jones is eligible to play immediately after averaging a team-best 13.6 points to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game a year ago in 31 games (26 starts). The team also welcomes Northern Illinois transfer Abdel Nader, a versatile 6-foot-7 wing, and Marquette transfer Jameel McKay, a rim protector and two-time All-American at Indian Community College in Iowa who becomes eligible Dec. 20. OKLAHOMA: In Norman, a lot is riding on the pending eligibility status of TaShawn Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior transfer from Houston. Thomas, an All-AAC power forward, transferred following a coaching change at his former school and is still awaiting a decision from the NCAA on whether he can play this season rather than sit out a year. He would fill a huge void at the 4- spot for the Sooners. Regardless of that decision, the team will once again lean heavily on junior guard Buddy Hield, a potential player of the year candidate in the Big 12. Hield shot 39 percent from 3-point range and averaged a team-best 16.5 ppg last season to go along with 4.4 rpg. His shooting prowess helped lead the Sooners to their highest scoring average (81.9 ppg) since 1993-94. Hield is one of four returning starters along with big man Ryan Spangler, who averaged 9.6 points on 58.4-percent shooting and a league-best 9.3 rebounds per tilt. Also back are Isaiah Cousins (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg), who displayed improved accuracy out on the perimeter (.404), and point guard Jordan Woodard (10.3 ppg), whose 4.6 assists per game was the best average among Big 12 freshmen. Lon Krugers Sooners certainly have the offensive firepower to get back to the Big Dance for the third straight year. With a renewed defensive focus, they could make some real noise come March. KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats welcome back three starters from last years NCAA Tournament squad. Sophomore combo guard Marcus Foster, a Preseason All-Big 12 pick, headlines the roster. Foster averaged a team-best 15.5 ppg and shot 40 percent from the perimeter as a freshman, and now he has what many believe is a deeper supporting cast. Thomas Gipson is back for his senior campaign after averaging 11.7 points on 56.2 percent shooting from the floor to go along with a team-best 6.5 rebounds. Justin Edwards, an athletic transfer from Maine who averaged 16.7 ppg there, can help shoulder some of the scoring load. Coach Bruce Weber also brought on board 6-foot-11 Stephen Hurt, the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year at Lipscomb, along with Georgetown transfer Brandon Bolden to help solidify the frontcourt. If the Wildcats get the expected contributions from their newcomers, and assuming Foster continues his development, the team has a very good shot at its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. BAYLOR: The Bears have to replace a few key contributors in Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip. That trio accounted for three of the teams top four scorers a year ago. But coach Scott Drew can still lead on senior point guard and floor general Kenny Chery (11.5 ppg, 4.7 apg), who was instrumental in helping Baylor advance to its fourth Sweet 16. At the Big 12s media day, Drew lauded Chery for taking on a leadership role with the younger players. Also back in the fold are 6-foot-6 senior wing Royce ONeale (7.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and 6-foot-8, 270-pound Rico Gathers (6.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Redshirt freshman forward Johnathan Motley could also see action early, given the lack of depth along the front line. OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys have a pretty big void to fill with the departures of NBA Draft picks Marcus Smart and Markel Brown. LeBryan Nash, once a blue chip prospect and now a senior captain, gets his turn at the wheel after a solid 2013-14 campaign that saw him shoot 52 percent from the floor and average 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Sharpshooter Phil Forte will also be asked to pick up some of the scoring slack. He averaged 13.3 ppg as a sophomore last season and knocked down 100 3-pointers at a 44-percent clip. Redshirt senior Michael Cobbins (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg) returns from an Achilles injury that ended his season after 13 games. He provides a much- needed defensive presence in the paint. But the most anticipated addition is that of senior point guard Anthony Hickey, who earned SEC All-Defensive Team accolades as a sophomore at LSU in 2012-13 when he averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 assists and ranked third in the nation with 2.93 steals per game. While Hickey is not on par with his predecessor Smart as a scorer, his presence should help get the Cowboys into the NCAA Tournament field for the third straight year. WEST VIRGINIA: Guard Juwan Staten is the first WVU player to be tabbed the Big 12s Preseason Player of the Year. The leagues top returning scorer, Staten (18.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) also ranked second in the Big 12 in assists (5.8 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8), and third in field goal percentage (.486). Unfortunately, former teammates Eron Harris (17.2 ppg) transferred to Michigan State, and Terry Henderson (11.7 ppg) moved on to NC State, leaving Staten as the Mountaineers only double-digit scorer from a year ago. West Virginia will need 6-foot-9 sophomore Devin Williams (8.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg) to continue grabbing rebounds as he develops his offensive game. The team also welcomes two players who are eligible after sitting out last season in 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman forward Elijah Macon and 6-foot-7 transfer Jonathan Holton. Holton is an intriguing player who averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range at Palm Beach State Community College in 2012-13. TEXAS TECH: While the Red Raiders 6-12 league mark was not exactly cause for celebration, the six victories did represent their most in Big 12 play since 2008. However, four regular starters from that squad have since moved on, as no double-digit scorers return. Jordan Tolbert (10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg) transferred to SMU, and top 3-point threat Dusty Hannahs (7.7 ppg) transferred to Arkansas. The top returnee is Robert Turner (9.3 ppg), who shot just 40.5 percent from the field. Toddrick Gotcher (7.3 ppg) is also back, but coach Tubby Smith will look to a group of five freshmen and a couple of transfers, juco teammates Justin Jamison and Devaugntah Williams to eat up minutes. However, it may be a reach to expect Smith to improve upon last seasons win total with such an inexperienced group. Redshirt sophomore Aaron Ross will sit out the fall semester as he rehabs from his second season-ending knee injury, and while Ross showed flashes while healthy, he cannot be counted on as a savior. TCU: The Horned Frogs are still searching for their first victory in the calendar year 2014 after going 0-18 in conference play last season. Understandably, coach Trent Johnson is under pressure to turn things around in his third year at the helm. He brings back four starters, including top scorers in guard Kyan Anderson (17.0 ppg, .407 3pt) and forward Amric Fields (13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg). But after last seasons disappointment, help is obviously needed. Transfer Trey Zeigler joins Anderson in the backcourt after averaging 15.8 ppg at Central Michigan and then transferring to Pittsburgh in 2012-13. Zeigler has already eclipsed 1,000 points in his career between both stops. Fields is healthy after being limited to 18 games a year ago due to injury, and Devonta Abron (15 starts as a sophomore) is also back after sitting out the entire 2013-14 season. Sophomore Chris Washburn, a transfer from UTEP, provides some additional depth in the frontcourt. The team faces an additional challenge with Daniel-Meyer Coliseum undergoing a $59 million renovation. Of course, well-traveled OU and OSU fans already had a penchant for filling up that gym, and now the Horned Frogs will call the Fort Worth Independent School Districts Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center their home in 2014-15. 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CLEVELAND -- Shawn Marion knows what it takes to win an NBA championship. Julius Erving Jersey . The Cavs hope his experience will help them get one. Cleveland signed the veteran free agent forward Tuesday, adding a player with an extensive post-season resume to a team targeting an NBA title. Marion agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavs last month, but the sides didnt make it official until Tuesday. A 15-year veteran and four-time All-Star, Marion won a title with the Dallas Mavericks and wants to get a second in Cleveland. "Im excited to be a Cavalier," said Marion. "I can see the hunger and mentality of everyone in the organization and l look forward to being a part of it. The goal is to win a championship and thats what I want." Last season, the 6-foot-7 Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 starts for the Mavericks. The Cavs believe he can help them offensively and defensively, but more importantly, in the playoffs. Hes played in 103 career post-season games -- all starts -- and averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. "Shawn brings great versatility, talent and championship experience to the team," said Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, who previously worked with Marion in Phoenix. "He will impact both ends of the floor and his ability to guard multiple positions will be particularly important for us." Marion will likely come off the bench for the Cavs, who were overhauled during the summer with LeBron James re-signing from Miami and the blockbuster trade that brought in All-Star forward Kevin Love. Cleveland has also signed veterans Mike Miller and James Jones, who like Marion, have won titles. Marion has also played for Miami and Toronto. Hes one of four players in league history to record at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks. Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett are the others. Marion was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Suns in 1999. Justin Anderson Jersey . - Olympic champion Marielle Thompson accomplished her mission of defending her skicross World Cup title at Nakiska Ski Area on Saturday. Wilt Chamberlain Jersey . Got Jacks? Pulling off a comeback for the ages, feisty Stephen F. Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymons did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3. NASHVILLE -- Nashvilles defence came up with some timely offence again. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Nick Spaling, Shea Weber, and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four. Seven of Nashvilles past 15 goals have been scored by its defencemen. "We try to jump up in the play if we can and do something for the offence," Josi said. "Lately it has been clicking." Cody Eakin scored for Dallas, losers of nine of 10. "Ill take the blame for that," Dallas captain Jamie Benn said. "When youre a leader its unacceptable. I think for myself, it just wasnt being smart with the puck. We talked about it, but Im still doing it. Its something I have to clean up and the rest of the guys do too." With Dallas on a power play, Eakin scored the games first goal at 4:45 of the opening period with a slap shot from the lower part of the right faceoff circle. It was the only shot to get by Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton, who made 35 saves in the game. He has won his past three starts. Former Predator Rich Peverley assisted on the goal, his second in as many games. The power play came as a result of a David Legwand goaltender interference penalty that negated an apparent goal off the stick of Weber at 3:06. Legwands stick appeared to get under the right skate of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Spaling got Nashville on the board at 11:35 of the first when he picked up the rebound of Josis shot from the left circle and beat Lehtonen for his eighth goal of the season. "The first period, I thought we played well," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Get a goal called off, get a penalty out of it, they turn around and sccore. Allen Iverson Jersey. . Ive been saying that our group is really resilient and what do we do? Come out after they score, we get a goal, Carter makes a really good momentum save and we come back and score shortly after that." Weber put Nashville ahead 2-1 at 17:16 of the first with a wrist shot from the high slot through traffic that beat Lehtonen high to the stick side. On Sunday, Weber was selected as one of Team Canadas two alternate captains for the Winter Olympics. "There were a lot of guys in front, and I just tried to get it through," Weber said. With less than a minute remaining in the second, Josi corralled a loose puck in the lower part of the left circle and beat Lehtonen on the stick side for his sixth goal of the season. The Swiss Olympian has established new career highs in goals (six), assists (14), and points (20). Going into the second intermission with a two-goal deficit made an impact on the Stars. "I thought for a period of time in the second period we were just trying to hang around," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We missed a puck at the end of the period and instead of a 2-1 game where we can make things happen in the third, we walk into the dressing room (down) 3-1." At 3:46 of the third, Colin Wilson carried the puck along the left side before sending a behind the back pass to Fisher, who beat Lehtonen for his 13th of the season. Former Star Eric Nystrom had two assists in the game for Nashville, his first multi-point game as a Predator. NOTES: Nashville is 5-20-3 when its opponent scores first. ... 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