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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Neil Wagner from the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday and optioned fellow right-hander Marcus Walden to the triple-A club. Chris Scott Jersey . Wagner, 30, appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jays last season, posting a 2-4 record with a 3.79 earned-run average. He gives Toronto another hard-throwing right-handed option out of the bullpen. "It made sense to get a little more firepower late (in games)," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Wednesdays game against the Houston Astros. Wagner played 23 games with Buffalo in 2013 and had 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA. The six-foot 215-pound Minneapolis native has not allowed a run in two appearances with the Bisons this season, earning saves in both outings. Gibbons said Wagner impressed him last season and again this year at spring training. "He came into his own," he said of Wagners performance last year. "He started out in triple-A and put it all together, came up and did a nice job for us. Hes got that big arm. Thats what you like to see coming late in the game. The key for him was he started finding that strike zone consistently. "Thats something that had deserted him in his career until last year. Yeah, we expect him to fill a big role for us." The Toronto bullpen is missing closer Casey Janssen, whos on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back. Gibbons said pitching coach Pete Walker thought Janssen looked "really, really good" in a bullpen session earlier in the day. "Hell throw one more side (session) and then well just see where hes at," Gibbons said of the veteran right-hander. "He may go out on a rehab (assignment) after that. If hes not really good, then hell throw another one." "Pete said he really picked it up today compared to his last one," Gibbons added. Janssen, who went on the DL on March 30, was 4-1 last year with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes, whos on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, did some light running Wednesday and took some swings in the batting cage. His lone game appearance came in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. "Hes making progress," Gibbons said. "This next road trip well get him out there running the bases a little bit. Hes moving along pretty good." Second baseman Maicer Izturis was slotted into the second spot in the batting order against the Astros. Izturis has yet to drive in a run this season but hes batting at a .421 clip. "Hes swinging it," Gibbons said. "Hes been one of our hottest hitters. So well get him up there and see what happens." Izturis batted in the No. 8 position Tuesday when the Blue Jays opened the three-game series with a 5-2 victory at Rogers Centre. In 107 games last season, Izturis had a .236 average with five homers and 32 RBIs. "He came into camp in better shape this year, really focused, and hes done a nice job," Gibbons said. "He made a couple nice plays last night at second base and thats good to see too." Walden did not make an appearance with the Blue Jays after being called up last Saturday. Julius Peppers Jersey . - Robert Griffin III has a sprained throwing shoulder that limited him in practice Wednesday as the Washington Redskins prepared for their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Shaq Thompson Jersey .com) - The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors are back in the great white north for a brief moment and will host the Dallas Mavericks Friday night from Air Canada Centre.BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will tie him to the club until 2019. The Spain international has been an integral part of Barcelonas success, helping the club win two Champions Leagues titles and five off the past six league trophies since his arrival in 2008. Curtis Samuel Jersey. Barcelona did not release financial terms of the deal, which the club says will be signed "in the next 10 days." Pique has made 266 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 20 goals. 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 ' ' '
HOUSTON -- Washington outfielder Bryce Harper had surgery on his injured left thumb on Tuesday and will be out for an extended period of time. Adam Shaheen Jersey . Manager Matt Williams would not commit to a time frame, but said "that time frame is out there" after reports Monday that he would be out until at least July. "The doctor reported that everything went fine, and we got a little message from Bryce about getting back and taking BP post-surgery," Williams joked. "It went fine, well have to see how long it takes ... we expect him to heal fast. Given his history, he has healed pretty fast. We are optimistic about it, but were not really sure how long it is going to take." The two-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with what was then called a sprained left thumb. Williams talked about what Harpers absence will mean for his team. "It hurts a lot. Hes a fantastic player," Williams said. "Well certainly miss him, but were going to have to step up." He was injured on Friday night against San Diego on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple. He remained in the game until after the next inning. Despite the injury, Williams is not opposed to headfirst slides. "Bryce had another collision sliding feet first earlier in the year, and he hurt himself last year sliding feet first," Williams said. "Its something that you cant control. The play that he hurt himself on, he was trying to get to third base the quickest he could, and I dont know if he is safe if he slides feet first. He was safe sliding head first, but he got the thumb in the wrong position." The 21-year-old Harper is batting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs this season. Harper was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012 after hitting .270 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs. Jerrell Freeman Jersey . Mladenovics quick hands at the net made the difference while Bencics inexperience in doubles showed. "We took a lot of pleasure," Mladenovic told Sport Plus television. "Its extremely difficult to play in such conditions, but our doubles team showed a lot of quality. William Perry Jersey .com) - Klay Thompson is quickly proving he is worth every penny of his recently signed four-year contract extension.Where does England captain Wayne Rooney fit into Roy Hodgsons side at Euro 2016? It is a topic being hotly debated right now, given the England managers range of options in forward positions and Rooneys recent switch to a midfield role for Manchester United after a poor goal return up front this season.There has also been an intriguing twist, with news Rooney has told Hodgson he would prefer to play at the base of a midfield diamond, effectively as a holding midfielder, according to Sky sources. Ahead of Englands friendly with Turkey on Sunday and with the help of Sky Sports Now guests Stuart Pearce, Alan Smith and Danny Higginbotham and Sky Sports Jamie Carragher, we look at the range of options - and whether Rooney should be in Englands starting XI at all. England announce their squad for the Euro 2016 friendlies. Up frontWayne Rooney is Englands record goal scorer, with 51 strikes for his country from 109 caps. Since his international debut in 2003 he has been a fixture in the Three Lions frontline.However, Rooney has struggled to find the net at European Championships and World Cups - he has scored just twice in 13 appearances at major tournaments since his four goals at Euro 2004. The way Kane has played this season and the way hes played for England of late, I think hes going to be difficult to shift. Jamie Carragher Now, with Tottenhams Harry Kane and Leicesters Jamie Vardy the top two scorers in England and Rooney returning just seven league goals for Manchester United in 2015/16, he is not necessarily an automatic selection up front.The more I watch Kane and Vardy - Kane mainly, I think hes going to be difficult to shift from playing that position now, says Carragher. I know Kane has come late [to the England set-up in Euro 2016 qualifying], similar to what Wayne did when he was a youngster in Euro 2004, but the way Kane has played this season and the way hes played for England of late, I think hes going to be difficult to shift. On the left of a 4-3-3 At the World Cup, England started Wayne Rooney on the left, with Daniel Sturridge up top Rooney started the 2014 World Cup on the left of a front three featuring Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck and that role could be an option again for the England captain, with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy taking up the other spots.Smith says that may be the best way to incorporate Rooney into the starting XI - he teed up Sturridges strike in the 2-1 defeat to Italy with a cross from the left. Ive got a feeling Hodgson will go 4-3-3 and Wayne Rooney on the left, which isnt ideal but hes done it before, Smith told Sky Sports Now. Rooney has done it in World Cups and it might be thats how we accommodate him. One of the problems you have with a 4-3-3 and Rooney on the left is when youre defending you go into a 4-5-1 and youre expecting Rooney to track the full-back. Danny Higginbotham However, Higginbotham believes that option could prove detrimental to both England and Rooney when the opposition have the ball.One of the problems you have is if you do play 4-3-3 and Rooney on the left, when youre defending you go into a 4-5-1 and youre expecting Rooney to track the full-back, he said. We saw in the World Cup against Italy when Rooney was asked to track Matteo Darmian and it was a big problem.As a number 10 behind one or two strikers Could Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy form an effective strike partnership for England? If Hodgson sees Rooney as central to his creative play, a No 10 role behind one or two strikers could be a solution. Its an option Higginbotham favours.I think Rooney could play at the tip of the diamond, he said. If youve got players like Vardy and Kane who are going to stretch the opposition, that gives Rooney time and space on the ball to dictate play.If you play with a diamond and you play with Eric Dier holding, that alloows you to play a forward-thinking system. Kyle Fuller Jersey. We should go into a tournament now and forget about the opposition - let them worry about England as a nation. We went into the World Cup and worried about Andrea Pirlo against Italy and Luis Suarez against Uruguay, and still lost both of those games. If England play that set-up, there are going to be a lot of nations that are going to be fearful.At the base of a diamond Former England defender Jamie Carragher thinks Wayne Rooney may have to play in midfield to make room for Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. A more controversial and surprising option - although one Rooney is seemingly keen on himself - is to position the Manchester United man at the base of a midfield diamond.The theory would be that, from a deeper role, Rooney would have time on the ball to dictate play. However, would playing a former centre forward in front of the England defence make Hodgsons side vulnerable when they dont have the ball? Alan Smith thinks so.Jack Wilshere has played at the base of a diamond and hes not a defensive-minded player and did it quite successfully, said Smith. But I do think if youre playing two up top, to have someone who isnt defensive-minded at the base is a real risk. Dier seems tailor made for it. He knows the position inside out now, having played there for Spurs. If youre playing two up top, to have someone who isnt defensive-minded at the base is a real risk. Alan Smith Pearce agrees. I wouldnt drop Rooney in front of the back four, he said. The Achilles heel of the England squad is at centre-half. Thats what cost us in Brazil. Thats why we came home early, because we couldnt defend in the middle of our defence. So to put an attacker there, as your shield in front of your centre-halves is a big gamble.Like the other two pundits, Higginbotham believes a role at the base of a midfield diamond should be reserved for Tottenhams Dier.If youre looking at the alternatives, someone like Dier is there, who is a converted centre-half. Football is now going a lot towards counter-attacking, so if your two full-backs are going to be bombing on, and youve got your two centre-backs, Id want someone like Dier there.Dier has been sensational and the way he works with the two centre-backs - especially at Spurs this season, when Spurs have been attacking - I think its invaluable to have that defensive-minded midfielder there.Do you play him at all? Could Wayne Rooney find himself on the bench in France? Of course, an alternative option for Hodgson is to not play Rooney at all. Does he have more suitable options across the field? Pearce believes Rooney has plenty of competition to make the starting XI in France.Rooney is a must-pick for England in the squad, definitely. But, for the starting line-up, hes got his work cut out, said Pearce.Up front, if youre going to play one or two players I think Kane and Vardy are ahead of him on form. If youre talking about playing somebody in just behind your strikers, I think Dele Alli, that suits him better and hes slightly better at it than Wayne. Rooney is a must-pick for England in the squad. But, for the starting line-up, hes got his work cut out. Stuart Pearce So youre look at playing Wayne either wide or in a midfield berth. Hes got it all on to fight his way into the team - but hes certainly well worth his position in the squad.It would be a major story if Hodgson were to omit his captain - but the England manager must do whats best for the team, says Smith.The problem Roy Hodgson has got is that he will want to play his captain, his record scorer, he told Sky Sports Now. Its almost shoe-horning Rooney in or finding a system to accommodate Wayne, which can be a dangerous thing.Where do you think England should play Wayne Rooney at Euro 2016 - if at all?  Also See: Rashford and Wilshere in squad England squad named - as it happened Hodgson: No Rooney guarantees What now for Walcott? 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 ' ' '
Since the release of running back Chris Johnson the Titans have been working with an offence that lacks a true superstar. Joe Schobert Jersey . In Johnson the Titans cut a three-time Pro Bowler with six straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including a 2,006-yard season in 2009. What the Titans are left with is a trio of potential stars and it all starts under centre with fourth-year quarterback Jake Locker. "Weve got some skill players that were excited about, but a lot of it is going to come down to what Jake can do for us," Titans first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt told USA TODAY Sports. "So far, that has been progressing very well. He has done a nice job in the preseason. He worked very hard. I said one of the first things that intrigued me about Jake was that he exhibited a lot of the qualities that you want to see in a quarterback and he has done nothing to disprove that in the short time weve been around." The key to that is the short time Whisenhunt has been around. Locker has appeared in only 18 games over the last two seasons due to foot, hip and shoulder injuries. Sure, Locker has thrown 22 touchdowns in 23 career NFL games and in seven games before his season was cut short in 2013 he was completing 60.7 per cent of his passes. But if he cant stay on the field who cares? In his defence, the 26-year-old pivot doesnt believe his painful past reflects the player he is. "It does bother me," Locker told the Tennessean in November, a day before season-ending surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his right foot. "I feel like I have always done everything in the offseason, and put in the preparation to be as healthy and as strong as possible to prevent things from happening. And Ive just had some freak deals that have unfortunately been major injuries for me." In a perfect world Locker will start all 16 games and have a chance to grow with two young and explosive receivers. Kendall Wright may carry the majority of expectations coming off a 94-reception, 1,079-yard season in 2013. "All the little things that I think it takes to be a good player, hes shown," Whisenhunt said in August, as quoted by the Associated Press. "Hes doing that day in and day out, and thats important." On the downside, Wright may have helped the Titans move the ball into scoring position with 52 first-down receptions, but the 5-foot-10 Baylor product found the end zone just twice. Its hard to believe a player who caught nearly 100 passes and surpassed 1,000 yards in his sophomore season scored just two touchdowns. Its a shortcoming not lost on the third-year receiver or his coach. "This year I plan on breaking a little more of those tackles, trying to get loose and go score," Wright said.  "He can do a lot of different things," Whisenhunt added. "Were going to try to put him in situations where we can explode that. Hes an explosive player, good hands, hes got good vision." What could turn into the most pleasant surprise on the receiving end is sophomore Justin Hunter. Hunter appeared in 14 games in his rookie year last season and caught 18 passes. It seems small, but the second-round pick averaged 19.7 yards a catch, amassing 354 yards, and scored four touchdowns. Its never a sure thing, but with more reps and comparable averages its safe to say Hunter could easily join Wright in the 1,000-yard club and hit double digits in touchdown receptions. The Titans are keeping Hunter humble though. The sophomore was punished for running a bad route during a practice in mid-August and had his name on a practice jersey replaced with JAG, meaning "Just Another Guy." If Hunter is who many think he is, then "Just Another Guy" is definitely a label that wont stick and the Titans will have a star for years to come. "Hes just so big and long and has the ability to jump, and hes got a big catch radius," Locker said. "So youre able to put the ball in a lot of different places to give him a chance." SECRET WEAPON If Locker is the answer at quarterback for the Titans then Whisenhunt is the light that will guide him to the Promised Land. Spending last season as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, Whisenhunt lit a fire under Philip Rivers. At 32, Rivers had one of the most productive seasons of his 10-year career, setting a career high in completions (378) and completion percentage (69.5) while throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions. And not too long ago, Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner found new life when Whisenhunt arrived as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. Warner threw for 83 touchdowns during their three-year partnership and fell five points short of a Super Bowl title together in 2008. If anyone is going to get anything out of Locker, itll be his quarterback-whisperer head coach. HEDGE FUND Rookie left tackle Taylor Lewan, selected 11th overall in 2014, and rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick in 2014, arent guaranteed any playing time in their inaugural NFL seasons, but that doesnt mean they arent a valuable part of the Titans organization in the future. In Lewans case, he sits behind a respectable pair of tackles in Michael Roos, a 10-year Titans vet, and Michael Oher, a Super Bowl champ with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. “Its a unique situation. Most teams dont have the opportunity to draft a tackle in the first round and also have two outstanding offensive linemen,” Lewan said in August, via ESPN.com. Hes not wrong. He also didnt get picked at No. 11 for no reason. And when hes called on for the challenge, he says hes ready for anything. “When I get my opportunity, Im going to do whatever I can to be successful and thrive,” he said. Mettenberger, who leads all quarterbacks with 659 yards in the preseason, is in an interesting position as well. At third on the depth chart behind Locker and backup Charlie Whitehurst, coach Whisenhunt has admitted he has seen flashes from the LSU alum but he has also made it abundantly clear that Mettenberger will remain in the third slot once the season begins. “Unless it was an injury situation, no," Whisenhunt said of the possibility of Mettenberger dressing as the backup in Week 1. “I still think at times he struggles with some things, which is not uncommon for a young player. Its been invaluable, the amount of reps that weve gotten him and how hes performed. I think its been fantastic.” But despite being the 178th pick in the draft, Mettenberger has found a way to get noticed and become a viable option for the organization going forward. He might find his way to the field sooner than many think. Isaiah Crowell Jersey . 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Nikita Serebryakov stopped 35 shots in the losing effort. --- FRONTENACS 5 STEELHEADS 3 KINGSTON, Ont. -- Ryan Kujawinski scored twice and added an assist as the Frontenacs downed the Steelheads. Henri Ikonen scored once and added two assists for Kingston (36-22-6), and Samuel Schutt and Darcy Greenaway also scored. Bryson Cianfrone scored two for the Steelheads (23-37-5), and Andrew Goldberg chipped in with a goal and an assist. Lucas Peressini made 33 saves for the Frontenacs, while Mississaugas Martin Spencer stopped 29 saves in the losing effort. --- ICEDOGS 5 COLTS 2 St. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Brent Moran made 46 saves and Niagara used a four-goal second period to topple the Colts. Brendan Perlini and Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist apiece for the IceDogs (22-34-8), while Billy Jenkins, Anthony DiFruscia and Eric Ming also scored. Brendan Lemieux and Cordell James replied for Barrie (34-28-3) and Andrew Mangiapane contributed with two assists. 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CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane want to stay in Chicago, and the Blackhawks think the high-scoring forwards are a central part of their promising future. Tyus Bowser Jersey . Get ready for a pair of big contract extensions this summer. With the Blackhawks still coming to grips with their dramatic loss in the Western Conference finals, general manager Stan Bowman said Tuesday that megadeals for Toews and Kane are his biggest priority this off-season. "Theres no doubt thats what were gonna do," Bowman said. "Weve made it clear. Weve never wavered from that. Theres no doubting the importance of those two players." The Blackhawks selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead Chicago out of a dark period to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013. Toews and Kane each have one more year left on their contracts, and Bowman can officially start negotiating with two of the NHLs biggest stars on July 1. "I know we both love it here in Chicago and we love playing here and having a chance to win every year," said Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff MVP. Toews expressed a similar sentiment. "Who could ever think of a better situation to be in?" the captain said. "I think back to the day I was drafted, I had absolutely no idea that all this would be in store for me in my short career so far. Ive been so fortunate to be a part an unbelievable group of guys, the majority of our team that has been together since Ive been here. And just to see the growth of this franchise in the city of Chicago and the amazing fans we have here, theres no doubt in my mind that theres no better way to have it." The Blackhawks had a chance for a second straight NHL title before they lost 5-4 to the Los Angeles Kings in overtime in Game 7 on Sunday night. Alec Martinez got the winning goal when his shot deflected off Chicago defenceman Nick Leddy and fluttered over goalie Corey Crawford. If Chicago is able to retain Toews and Kane, it looks as if it could contend for the Stanley Cup for years to come. It is in a much better spot than it was following the 2010 title run, when the Blackhawks kept their core intact but parted with much of their supporting cast because of salary cap concerns. Bowman thinks the roster will look largely the same when next season begins. An overhaul "certainly is not warranted at this point," he said. "Our team performed very well in most areas of the game." Patrick Sharp had a team-high 78 points during the regular season, but struggled for much of the playoffs. He had two goals in Game 7 against Los Angeles after scoring three in the first 18 playoff games, but if he was injured he wasnt saying. "At this point in the year, everybodys got something going on," he said. "Im not gonna make any excuses for the way I played at stretches of the playoffs." It was a bitter finish for Sharp and for the Blackhawks. Instead of another Stanley Cup run, the attention turns toward the future. Chicago needs some of its younger centres to develop quickly, including prospect Teuvo Teravainen. The promising 19-year-old forward from Finland played in three games for the Blackhawks this year and could take on a more prominent role next season. "Were not going to put any pressure on him," Bowman said. "Hes 19 years old still. The one thing we have done very well over the last few years is weve given players time to develop." Coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen "has skills to play here," but needs to add strength and develop the ability "to go into hard areas" on offence. Forward Ben Smith and backup goalie Antti Raanta are restricted free agents. Brandon Saad will be after next season, and Bowman sounded as if he plans to keep all three players. "Thats the goal here is to keep this thing going," Bowman said. "I think the reason weve been able to do that is twofold. No. 1, weve been able to keep the main players together. But No. 2, weve been able to bring in some young players, and theyve been able to support the role. We have to be able to continue to do that." Kenneth Dixon Jersey .com) - Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots fired his way and made several big saves down the stretch for his third shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild beat the Calgary Flames 1-0 on Tuesday. Mike Wallace Jersey . 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MADRID - All those years on Serbias national team, and one chance kept eluding Milos Teodosic and Nenad Krstic. Dick Butkus Jersey . They finally get that shot at the U.S. — with a world title on the line. Teodosic scored 24 points and Serbia reached the championship game of the Basketball World Cup by holding off France 90-85 on Friday night. The Serbians will face the defending champion and unbeaten Americans on Sunday. "Were not going to be scared for sure," said Krstic, a former NBA centre now playing in Europe. "Now our confidence is high and OK, we have a chance, maybe some players never get this chance to play against U.S., great U.S. team in the final of the World Cup. Its an unbelievable chance to do something great in our lives." The teams have never met at the senior mens level since Serbia became an independent nation. "Every player when he was a kid was dreaming to play in a world championship final, and especially against States," Teodosic said. The final caps an unlikely run for the Serbians, who barely made the 24-tournament as the seventh-place finisher in last years European qualifier, and then were just 2-3 in the powerful Group A, grabbing the fourth and final spot. But Serbia has been playing better throughout the single-elimination round. It routed previously unbeaten Greece 90-72 in the round of 16, and then hammered Brazil 84-56 in the quarterfinals. "I think something clicked," Krstic said. "We talk a lot in the locker room, and our coach gave us confidence, he always talked to us, he believed in us and something clicked. I dont have an explanation." Teodosic helped Serbia lead by as much as 18, but Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers nearly brought the French all the way back, finishing with 35 points. Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs added 13 for France, which will play Lithuania on Saturday for the bronze medal. The French upset Spain the quarterfinals, ending the expected gold-medal matchup between the Spanish and Americans. But the European champions got off to a slow start that couldnt be overcome even with their 39-point fourth quarter. "I think tonight the way we played the first half, we didnt deserve to win that game," Diaw said. "Even when we tried to come back, Serbia deserved to win." Teodosic opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and another basket in a 9-0 run that made it 30-15. He later made another 3 to start a run of seven straight Serbia points, with Nikola Kalinics steal and dunk making it 43-25. It was 46-32 at halftime, and then Teodosic made another 3 to open the second half and Serbia took a 61-46 advantage to the final period. But Batum and Evan Fournier started hitting from 3-point range in Frances 15-4 burst to open the period that made it 65-61. The French made nine 3s in the final period and closed to 84-82 when Thomas Heurtel made a free throw with 17 seconds to go, but the Serbians wrapped it up at the foul line. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 13 points for Serbia. Jerrell Freeman Jersey . PAUL, Minn. Akiem Hicks Jersey .com) - There may be a debate in Philadelphia about who should be the starting quarterback of the Eagles.Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce feels the pressure is on them and not opponents Leicester going into their Super Sunday clash at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have drawn their last four matches in a row and go into the weekend four points behind Norwich, who play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Ed Chamberlin and Paul Merson look ahead to Super Sunday as leaders Leicester travel to Sunderland and Tottenham entertain Manchester United In contrast, Leicester are top of the table and pushing for their first Premier League title. Allardyce described their rise from relegation candidates last season to contenders this as Roy of the Rovers stuff, but he still feels his side has what it takes to defeat them.I hope we can perform this week like we did the last. Hopefully that will be enough to bring us our biggest three points of the season against the side at the top of the league who deserve to be where they are, he said.It would only be their fourth defeat. Hopefully we can be clinical enough. We are capable of doing it, I feel. Its Roy of the Rovers stuff for those that are old like me who remember Roy of the Rovers. Its a fairytale. After our game, I hope they continue to go on and win. But I hope we can stop them in their tracks first.Theres a lot more pressure on us than them, theres no doubt about that, with the position were in. Weve been able to handle that pressure very well in performance terms.Its a much bigger game for us than them on the basis of our Premier League status. It would still be an outstanding season if they finished second and not first.Its been interesting to see theyve mastered change of the tactics as the seasons gone on. When I was watching them in the early part they were much more open and counter attacking, which brought them lots of goals and comebacks. Charlie Nicholas reflects on Sunderlands draw with West Brom Now theyve mastered the way the opposition have set themselves upp against them, dropping deeper and not allowing the space. Tarik Cohen Jersey. . Theyve still managed to break them down for the all-important 1-0s. The clean sheet ratio is fantastic too and thats why theyre at the top.If we are going to beat them we cant afford to miss the chances we had last week [when they drew 0-0 with West Brom], nor the chances Southampton made against them last week.Thats going to be very important for us. We have to try and be the team that scores first. When they score first, they are very difficult to break down. Theyre magnificent defensively.Allardyce and his coaching staff took the squad training on Sunderlands beaches this week and he felt altering their routine was helpful. Theres a lot more pressure on us than them, theres no doubt about that, with the position were in. Sam Allardyce A change of scenery is something we thought we needed. Although we have a fantastic facility here, you can get cocooned in it sometimes, he added.A fresh outlook was needed and quite a lot of our fans walking along didnt expect it and enjoyed watching, as did the players.The wet sand was actually a perfect surface for the players. The only thing we were missing was a good packet of fish and chips, which they cant have now. We could, but they cant.The Sunderland squad were also joined in training by their U8s side this week, who helped add an extra dimension to proceedings. 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MONACO, Monaco - For Monaco, life without Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez has proved less difficult than expected. Andre Ellington Jersey . At least in the Champions League.Leonardo Jardims team has been struggling with consistency in the French league but lost only once on Europes biggest stage so far this season. Despite a poor offensive record, it only needs a draw at home against Zenit on Tuesday to qualify for the knockout phase.Monaco can even top Group C depending on Bayer Leverkusens result at last-placed Benfica.Here are some things to know ahead of Tuesdays matches:___BERBATOV HITTING FORMMonaco could qualify with a goalless draw and by doing so become the first team to have ever progressed from the group stage with only two goals scored — the side current tally.Monaco has been struggling for goals since the departures of Falcao and Rodriguez, but the good news for Jardim is that Dimitar Berbatov has finally returned to form.The former Manchester United striker has looked rejuvenated over the past week, finding the net three times, including a brace in a 2-0 win over Toulouse on Friday as Monaco posted consecutive wins only for the second time this season.___RACISM ALLEGATIONSZenits 4-0 thrashing of FC Krasnodar on Saturday sent the St. Petersburg side into the Russian leagues three-month winter break with a seven-point lead. It also restored confidence after some mixed recent form at home and in Europe, including three defeats in the preceding five games in all competitions. But theres a racism row brewing after striker Hulk accused Russian referee Alexei Matyunin of telling him that he did not like black people.That referee was previously found to have racially abused a player from Russias North Caucasus in 2011, but cleared on appeal. Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas has said he believes Hulk and the Russian Football Union has yet to decide whether it will investigate.Zenits Alexander Kerzhakov and Javi Garcia are injured and have not flown out with the team to Monaco.___LEVERKUSENS POOR EFFICIENCYBayer Leverkusen is through but still hoping for first place in the group, although captain and midfielder Lars Bender is not travelling to Lisbon because of an abdominal muscle injury. Bender aggravated the injury in the 1-0 loss on Saturday at Bayern Munich.Director Rudi Voeller said Leverkusens goal in Lisbon is clear: We want to win the group.Leverkusen looked good against Bayern in the first half, but was outplayed in the second and was lucky to escape having conceded a solitary goal. Still, it is one of the few teams in the Bundesliga that has troubled Bayern. Had Karim Bellarabi converted his chance early in the match, the outcome might have been different.___BENFICAS WOEAlready out of the tournament, Benfica is trying to avoid another unhappy milestone. If the Lisbon club doesnt beat Bayer, it will have recorded its worst-ever group campaign.Benfica also went out at the group stage in the past two seasons, when it dropped into the Europa League.The second-tier competition also brought disappointment, though: Benfica reached the final in the last two seasons, but lost both times.___HOW THEY ADVANCELeverkusen will be guaranteed first place with a win at Benfica, or if it draws and Monaco fails to win.Monaco will progress with a draw, which will be enough to top the group if Bayer loses. Monaco will also finish first if it wins and Leverkusen fails to grab three points in Portugal.Zenit will qualify with a win and can seal the groups first place if Leverkusen loses. Benfica is condemned to fourth place whatever its result.___Nesha Stracevic in Frankfurt, Barry Hatton in Lisbon and James Ellingworth in Moscow contributed to this report. Karlos Dansby Jersey . The Rays hope to stay alive for the postseason and salvage the finale of this series Sunday at Rogers Centre, where they dropped a 7-2 decision Saturday. Chris Archer lasted 2 1/3 innings in the no-decision, charged with a run and five hits, and Alex Torres suffered the loss in relief. Drew Stanton Jersey . -- When Steve Blake checked in at the scorers table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out.Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The following is a list of inactive players for todays games. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS, 4:30 PM (ET) Philadelphia - LB Trent Cole, S Jerome Couplin, QB Nick Foles, DE Taylor Hart, OT Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl, C Juliian Vandervelde Washington - WR Leonard Hankerson, DE Jason Hatcher, RB Roy Helu Jr. Andy Lee Jersey. , G Josh LeRibeus, LB Gabe Miller, DB Kenny Okoro, LB Keenan Robinson SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 8:25 PM (ET) San Diego - San Francisco - Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday. Geoff Swaim Jersey . General Manager Sam Presti said the three-time All-Star had knee swelling that would not subside, and the procedure was intended to solve the problem. He said doctors determined that a loose stitch was to blame for the swelling, that Westbrooks lateral meniscus has healed properly and the procedure was successful. "Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation," Presti said. "His performance levels have been tremendous, and hes looked great in the part of practice that hes been cleared to go through. So, we were very, very encouraged in that respect. But when the swelling wasnt subsiding, we made the decision to have the knee evaluated." Westbrook also had surgery in May to repair cartilage in his right knee after he was hurt in Game 2 of Oklahoma Citys first-round playoff series with Houston. He had had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons before the injury. Westbrook averaged 23.2 points and 7.4 assists per game last season, but he wound up watching the Thunders second-round playoff exit to Memphis from the bench. Westbrook was hurt on April 24 when Rockets rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal as Westbrook stopped to call a timeout in the second quarter of Game 2. He remained in the game and it wasnt until two days later that the team announced hed miss the rest of the playoffs. Beverley has said he wasnt trying to hurt anyone and was simply trying to make a play. Last week, Westbrook said once hes fully recovered, he doesnt plan on changing anything about his playing style, including his ability to drive to the basket. Oklahoma City needs offensive help alongside Kevin Durant and Westbrook following the departure of Kevin Martin, who averaged 14 points per game last season. Some of the offence is expected to be picked up by third-year guard Reggie Jackson, who averaged 13.9 points in the playoffs after averaging just 5.3 during the regular season. Also, forward Serge Ibaka returns after averaging 13.2 points per game last season. Presti said losing Westbrook in the early going was worth it for the peace of mind. "Of course, both from the standpoint wed like to have him on the floor as soon as possible, but in this case, although we lose a little bit of time, we gained a tremendous amount of confidence in the actual progression and recovery process of the knee itself," he said. Tyrone Crawford Jersey . 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Niese allowed less than four earned runs for the 19th consecutive start, giving up three in six innings. "The offence really busted out, and Jonathon did another great job," teammate David Wright said. "Every time he takes the ball, you think hes going to go nine innings, and offensively we havent done a lot to pick him up. Im glad we were able to do that today." Niese -- batting eighth -- drove in a run with a bunt in the second inning. Manager Terry Collins joked that he hadnt called for a suicide squeeze since 2006, and Niese said it might have been the first of his career. "Luckily was able to get a pitch I could put down," Niese said. Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored without a play for a 2-0 lead. "The squeeze was huge," Collins said. "We dont do that much, but I wanted to see if we could get something started, so we tried something different." The bulk of the offence, however, came from higher in the order. Wright drove in a run for the sixth game in a row. Curtis Granderson thrived again in the leadoff spot, reaching base four consecutive times. He and Lucas Duda each had three hits. Murphy had two hits, including his sixth homer. Nieuwenhuis, making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, doubled twice. "Weve been waiting a long time to break one open," Collins said. "People think we play ugly game. Were getting beat 4-3 and 3-2. Were hanging in there. Wee get a lot of guys on, we just havent been able to get big hits. Kyle Wilber Jersey. When you have big hits, you look great." Rookie Anthony DeSclafani (1-2), making his fourth major league start, gave up seven runs in 3 2-3 innings and departed with a 7.59 ERA. He was unable to keep the ball down or throw breaking pitches for strikes. "I fell behind hitters, and the fastballs were flying up in the zone," he said. "When that happens, youre not going to get the results you want." The Marlins (37-38) fell below .500 for the first time since April 30. Ten days ago they had the best home record in the majors, but they went 3-7 on their longest homestand of the year, losing all three series. "You just have to keeping grinding and stay positive," Garrett Jones said. "Its a long season. Every team runs into this type of thing where the offence isnt clicking and the pitching isnt clicking." The Mets had scored a total of 13 runs in Nieses previous five starts, but he led 7-0 before giving up three runs in the sixth. The left-hander then struck out Derek Dietrich with the bases loaded to end the inning and his afternoon. Nieses performance was part of a trend. Mets starters have an ERA of 1.74 over the past six games. The Mets have won four of their past five, but they still trail NL East leader Washington by five games. "If we keep the starting pitching going and keep the offence going, I think we should climb back in this thing," Niese said. 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WASHINGTON - Heres a not-so-subtle message delivered by general manager Bruce Allen on the day Mike Shanahan was fired: If Shanahan had listened to his underlings more, the Washington Redskins wouldnt be in such a mess. Marcus Martin Jersey . This week, at the NFL draft, therell be another chance to find out if thats so. In addition to being the head coach, Shanahan had final say on all personnel matters, notably free agency and the draft. When Shanahan was dismissed after a 3-13 season, Allen decided to retain two front office employees who had toiled mostly in anonymity, giving advice on which players to pursue. "The personnel department of Scott Campbell and Morocco Brown actually do a very good job at what they do. ... To blame them, I think, would be unfair," Allen said. "We believe that we have the right people in place." Both Campbell and Brown were given greater authority by Allen, with Campbell focusing on the draft and Brown handling free agency. When Campbell speaks to reporters this week, it will be his first formal news conference in his 13 years in various roles with the team. "I think Scott Campbell running a college draft will be as capable as any personnel director in the NFL," Allen said. OK, Scott, the boards all yours. Here are five things Campbell is sure to be contemplating as the Redskins make their final preparations for the 2014 draft: FINAL PAYMENT: The Redskins are finally paying off the final installment of the Robert Griffin III invoice, the last of three first-round picks given to the St. Louis Rams in 2012 for the chance to move up and select the former Heisman Trophy winner. Its still too early to judge which team got the better of the trade, but the Rams are reaping a major benefit this year: Because Washington had such a lousy season, St. Louis has the No. 2 overall pick. WAITING FOR ROUND 2: Without a first-rounder, a last-place team that could really use another impact player will have to hope it can snag one with the second pick of the second round (No. 34 overall). The Redskins could package some lower-round selections and trade up, of course, but that would make sense only if one impact player was all they needed. If anything, they need more picks, not fewer. RIGHT TACKLE? Its not easy to project whos going to be around at No. 34, so Campbell and Co. cant target one position and stick with it. Still, one of the priorities has to be the offensive line, particularly right tackle. Tyler Polumbus has held the job for two-plus years and played better in 2013, but an upgrade would help keep Griffin upright and balance a line includes two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams. Possibilities include Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama, Morgan Moses of Virginia and JaWaun James of Tennessee. Even if the Redskins opt for another position in the second round, expect them to select at least one or two guard/tackle prospects in later rounds. INSIDE LINEBACKER? Defensive captain/linebacker London Fletcher has retired. Filling his leadership role is one thing, but someone also needs to take his spot in the heart of the 3-4 defence. Starter Perry Riley was re-signed, and a trio of veterans with special teams experience — Darryl Sharpton, Adam Hayward and Akeem Jordan — were added during free agency. One of them could step up and hold down the job, but the Redskins might also be tempted by someone like Christian Jones of Florida State at No. 34. SOMETHING ELSE? A pass-rushing defensive lineman would certainly help the cause. The Redskins got only 5 1/2 sacks from their line last season, not counting the times when Brian Orakpo or other linebackers lined up as at defensive end, so that could be an option in the second round. Safety was also an issue in 2013, but the Redskins went heavy at that position a year ago, selecting Phillip Thomas in the fourth round and Bacarri Rambo in the sixth. Thomas missed the season with a foot injury, and Rambo struggled after winning the starting job in training camp, so its too early to tell whether either one is a long-term solution. Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey . -- The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division. Josh Gordon Jersey . Plata blasted a rising shot to the upper left corner for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. He got the kick after referee Allen Chapman ruled Chris Tierney fouled John Stertzer in the penalty area.He was their fourth option, but in Troy Smith have the Alouettes found their quarterback of the future? 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HOUSTON - The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet. Ty Sambrailo Jersey . "It was an illegal activity and were going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach. Luhnow said the team learned of the hacking about a month ago. The team responded on Monday after the website Deadspin.com published a story about the breach. Among the items involved talks with Miami to trade 2012 top overall pick Carlos Correa and rookie George Springer for Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Luhnow said some of the information was accurate and some was not, but he wouldnt discuss what portions fell into which category. He said the Astros have since upgraded the security on their system. "I dont know if anybody can say for sure that any system is 100 per cent secure, but were working on it," Luhnow said. "Weve done a security review and were going to continue to do more. Obviously information is important in our industry as it is in any industry, and we want to do everything we can to protect the information." Luhnow has reached out to other teams to apologize that they were involved in the breach as well. "Some of it is not accurate and theres information out there that affects other teams and individual players thats not accurate," he said. "And just in general when you have a conversation with another team its a conversation between two individuals or two clubs. Its not meant to be shared with the world. So I feel bad about that." The Astros rely heavily on sabermetrics in their evaluation of players and have been open about the fact that they use an online database to house their proprietary information. Luhnow isnt sure if thats why they were targeted, but he knows they are far from the only team which stores data about players and trades online. "You have to think about it: its the double-edged sword of technology makes things easier, but if things like this are capable of happening its definitely a risk that every team should probably think about now in light of this happening to us," he said. "It happened to us. Could it have happened to other clubs? I dont know." "One of the things I have been talking to my counterparts about with other clubs is recommending that everybody take a look at their own security systems and make sure they dont get hacked the way that we were. Because this definitely was an illegal activity," he said, Jack Crawford Jersey . -- Quarterback Josh Johnson has returned to the San Francisco 49ers and his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh. Brian Poole Jersey . Harrison Barnes had 15 points and Reggie Bullock scored 11 for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 ACC), who took the court for the first time without starter Dexter Strickland. The junior guard tore his right ACL last Thursday at Virginia Tech and will miss the rest of the season.MANCHESTER, England -- Wayne Rooney is doubtful for Manchester Uniteds home game in the English Premier League against Sunderland on Saturday because of a groin injury and illness. Interim manager Ryan Giggs says on Friday several United players including Rooney have been suffering from a "bug." Giggs, who replaced the sacked David Moyes last week, says, "Wayne has a tight groin also so oobviously with the bug you have to be careful with that because his immune system is down. Blidi Wreh-Wilson Jersey. " Robin van Persie could make his return at Old Trafford after receiving treatment for a knee injury in the Netherlands. United beat Norwich in Giggs first game in charge but United is reportedly looking for a more experienced manager, with Louis van Gaal expected to land the job. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaNFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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