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Part of the problem was the limited help he got from the lackluster lineup around him.What players being hyped this season wont come close to their potential in 2016-17? Our experts give their picks for whom to avoid in drafts.Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte HornetsWalkers a fine player, but Im a little concerned about how the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might crowd the floor after Walker benefited from improved spacing to get to the basket more last season. And Im very concerned about two surgeries on the meniscus in his left knee in the past two years. So Id rather let someone else take their chances with Walker this season. - Kevin PeltonMarc Gasol, C, Memphis GrizzliesGasol has played in 59 or fewer games in two of the past three seasons and has consistently played heavy minutes in the process, and there is legitimate concern he could be wearing down. I have no question about Gasols ability to produce when hes on the court, I just think the inherent risks of injury and erosion for this big man arent appropriately baked into his draft cost this fall. Its one of those situations where Im fine being wrong about it, because Id rather chase younger centers at cheaper prices such as Myles Turner and Nikola Jokic. - Jim McCormickChandler Parsons, SF, Memphis GrizzliesThis summer, the Memphis Grizzlies made a huge bet on Chandler Parsons knees, signing him to a 4-year, $95 million deal. Id advise you to be less optimistic. Parsons has had multiple knee surgeries. Worse yet, Parsons had microfracture surgery -- once regarded as a death sentence for an NBA players career -- which mostly gets performed when little to no cartilage is left in the knee.?While this procedure undoubtedly has improved in recent years, the fact that it was necessary to perform would already scare me. I would not be surprised if Parsons not only misses lots of games, but also sees his production decline because of constant knee pain. - Jeremias EngelmannBradley Beal, SG, Washington WizardsI like Beal as a player, but in fantasy he leaves much to be desired, and he is as injury-prone as just about any young guard in the game. The numbers tell the story: Beal has played 73 games or less in all four of his NBA seasons and has eclipsed 63 games only once. Thats a major problem, and it makes him too risky of a pick at the stage in the draft where hes being selected (around No. 60).Even when healthy, Beal isnt a big contributor in any category other than points. Datone Jones Jersey. Surprisingly, he has yet to average two 3-pointers per game in a season, and his career field goal percentage of 42.6 percent also leaves much to be desired. Add in his averages of around one steal and three assists per game, and Beal is someone who continues to be overhyped based on name recognition and the lofty expectations that greeted him when he entered the league. - Joe KaiserAl Horford, C, Boston CelticsHorford is one of my most-selected players of the past 10 years. His value is sneaky, in that much of it is buried in efficiency versus attention-grabbing volume. As a Hawk, he always went a round too late. Now hes a Celtic. Coming off a summer in which his free-agent deal was perhaps the second-most high-profile in the NBA, hell go a half-round to a round too early. - John CreganKyle Lowry, PG, Toronto RaptorsLowry is just one of those guys who has rarely appeared on any of my fantasy teams, and this season will be no different. Ive always faded him more than most people, because he has been susceptible to injuries and has shot under 42 percent throughout his career. People caught lightning in a bottle last season, when he missed just five games and racked up career-high numbers, but Im not expecting him to repeat last seasons performance now that he is 30 years old. Id gladly take him if he falls far enough, but that never seems to happen ... and I doubt that will change this time around. - Tom CarpenterAny Pelican not named Anthony DavisThe Pelicans have weapons on offense. Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday?and Buddy Hield look promising. The problem is, all of them, including Davis, have issues staying healthy. Last season, the?Pelicans started 42 lineups, by far the most in the NBA. Their top lineup -- Omer Asik, Davis, Evans, Eric Gordon?and Holiday -- did not play a single game together last season.With the losses of Gordon and Ryan Anderson, the spacing on the floor wont be as good, and teams are likely to clog the paint and double-team Davis.Not to mention, players such as Asik, currently the starting center, and Dante Cunningham, the starting small forward, are known for their defense and not so much their offensive prowess. Hield could be there for 3-pointers and maybe free throw percentage, but everyone else is a large question mark. - Matthew WittynghamJoel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ersYou might have seen the training video everyone was talking about this offseason. He sure looks back to his old self, no? But Im not sold, not until I see Embiid, who has missed nearly two years with injury, in five-on-five action on the court. And even if hes back to 100 percent, he still has to fight for time with Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel for frontcourt touches. 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It reads like a volume of the Famous Five, except that all the adventures happen on the sports field. Brandon Coleman Jersey . AB: The Autobiography is a romantic account of a boy with big dreams who becomes a man for whom so many of those come true.The story starts with what may be considered AB de Villiers finest moment as a cricketer, when he broke the record for the fastest hundred in an ODI, against West Indies in January 2015. We already know all the numbers: the fifty came off 16 balls, the century off 31, and the 16 sixes equalled the record for the most hit in an ODI, so perhaps the most startling fact is that de Villiers wanted David Miller to go in ahead of him after the openers posted 247 inside 39 overs.Selflessness has defined de Villiers career. He is often spoken about as the ultimate team man, and the reader gets a sense of how that came about when the story goes back to de Villiers childhood. As the youngest of three brothers, he was forced to carry drinks and field while his brothers did the real stuff. It taught him to be tough, although at the time it occasionally made him want to cry.De Villiers does not shy away from emotions in the book, most notably when he reveals his religious convictions. He recalls two incidents that brought him close to God - one as a schoolboy and one after South Africas 2008-09 victory over Australia. Both brought him to tears and the second one also changed him as a sportsman, he writes.By 2008, which merits its own chapter in the book, de Villiers had decided that it wasnt going to be enough for me to be just another run-of-the-mill international batsman with an average in the mid 30s, and promised myself I would become the best batsman in the world.To do that he needed to give up his partying lifestyle, which he admitted was at one stage getting out of hand, perfect his technique, and professionalise. In a nuts-and-bolts section titled Crossroads he details how he assembled a support team around himself, which included an agent, a financial adviser and a personal assistant. It reads like a how-to guide to becoming a modern sportsperson, and will be fascinating for those who hope to follow in de Villiers footsteps.The results of those efforts saw de Villiers play major roles in South Africa winning in England and Australia for the first time since readmission, in their unbeaten run on the road that started in 2006 and only ended in 2015, and in their rise to No. 1. He recalls matches, some in elaborate detail, and makes regular reference to how South Africas success was founded on the strength of the captain, Graeme Smith. We were privileged to play for such a captain, de Villiers writes.In that time, he also watched the game change from a purely national sport to a multi-formatted beast, and to a club game, and he gives the sense that he is uncomfortable with the shifting ethos. In one passage he reveals how the childlike joy he once had was dimmed by the cluttered schedule and constant treadmill of life on the road.The type of international tour that had once seemed such an adventure for a tight-knit group of 16 players, who were bonded by embracing so many different experiences in so many different places, had been transformed into some kind of military operation where, almost every day, someone would pack their bags and take a taxi to the airport and someone else would arrive, bleary-eyed, carrying their suitcase into the hotel foyer. It was increasingly difficult to predict who would be sitting beside you at breakfast the next morning, he writes. Thats not to say de Villiers does not support the growth of T20 leagues. Quite the opposite. He writes glowingly about the IPL and predicts it will only become bigger. The Indian Premier League will surely continue to grow and develop, leading the evolution of the game in many respects and I hope to participate for a few more years.But he remains nostalgic about the traditions of cricket as a national sport, and his optimism about the future of Test cricket is reassuring. In my view, Test cricket will continue to be played for many decades to come, played in daylight hours, played with a red ball and played in white clothing. It will continue because it remains the preferred format of a strong group of spectators, whose numbers are not declining and whose passion is not diminishing. I count myself as a member of this audience and I will be watching Test cricket for many years after I stop playing.So too is his admission that his desire for an ICC trophy has not dimmed. De Villiers has a recurring dream in which he takes a catch at cover to win South Africa the World Cup final and he suggests he will keep playing if he thinks he can achieve that.That pretty much sums up the man as we know him: an eternal optimist, a member of a band of brothers, a patriot. He spends a chapter explaining his hopes for South Africa as a country and praising its resilient spirit, revealing how he came to write South Africas team song, which they belt out after every victory. He writes with an innocence about how much he thinks can go right.Controversy barely crops up, with oblique references to the 2007 World Cup, when South Africas players were accused of drinking too much and cramping. De Villiers flatly denies that was the case. The 2015 World Cup semi-final selection is touched on but he is careful not to apportion blame.The timing of this book - while de Villiers is still a cricketer on the circuit - perhaps limits how much he could say about issues that concern him. In any case, those things may always remain unsaid because ultimately de Villiers is like a Famous Fiver who never ages - on a life of endless holiday and adventure.AB: The Autobiography by AB de Villiers Pan Macmillan 328 pages, R350 Larry Warford Jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. Michael Hoomanawanui Jersey .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. The Olympics are in the books and unfortunately for the Boomers it was a dose of history repeating; they walked away empty handed once again yet this one seems to hurt more.The Boomers arrived at Rio 2016 ranked No. 11 in the FIBA standings, with high levels of internal belief, but the expectations held outside the playing group were all around the same train of thought: Tough opponent, not expected to medal.That train of thought proved accurate in the end, but not before upset victories against France and Serbia, a strong effort that pushed the United States to their limits, and a resounding victory against world No. 3 Lithuania in the quarterfinals; the world was there for the taking, but thats when the Boomers fell apart and Serbia took control of their semifinal to knock Australia out of gold medal contention.The Boomers produced easily their worst effort of the tournament against Serbia, but they showed admirable fortitude and resilience to recover and take it right up to the world No. 2-ranked Spaniards; if not for a dubious call, the would have claimed the bronze medal and a piece of Australian basketball history.So what does the future hold for the Boomers?There certainly have big holes to fill with Andrew Bogut and David Andersen having surely contested their last Olympics campaign. Bogut is the defensive stalwart of this side, Andersen the spark off the bench., but consider the names the Boomers have to welcome to the team list: Ben Simmons, Thon Maker and Dante Exum; you couldnt ask for a better passing of the torch if you tried.Simmons will comfortably slot into the starting five alongside Aron Baynes in the frontcourt, while Maker can become the focal point of the second unit with Exum.If were to look into our crystal ball and jump ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, we could see a Boomers side with the following depth:Patty Mills, in Tokyo, will be attending his fourth Olympics with the Boomers, having been leading scorer in all three previous Games. Ken Crawley Jersey. . He never fails to show up on the big stage, and that has led many pundits, including assistant coach Luc Longley, to say that Mills deserves his shot as a starting point guard in the NBA - experience that can only further help the Boomers cause.Matthew Dellavedova signed recently with Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he will assume the backup role behind Michael Carter-Williams; however, he may not be playing backup for long given his terrific Rio campaign and his championship experience.Ryan Broekhoff showed glimpses of his potential in Rio, and youd expect that he can shine more brightly with another four years of experience under his belt.Simmons, meanwhile, will replace Bogut as the face of Australian basketball for years to come; hell contend for NBA Rookie of the Year honours in the coming season, and is the man to lead Philadelphia out of the dark times.Maker joins Dellavedova in Milwaukee as an unknown prodigy, a gifted athlete with exceptional length who was an outside-the-box pick when taken at No. 10 in the 2016 NBA Draft. 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ESTERO, Fla. Star Lotulelei Jersey . -- Baylor had 37 points at halftime. The Bears topped that in the third quarter alone.And a trip to the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase is their reward.Alexis Prince scored 19 points and No. 5 Baylor used a huge third-quarter run to ease past No. 18 DePaul 104-72 on Saturday in the tournament semifinals. Nina Davis scored 16 points and Kristy Wallace handed out 15 assists for the Bears (6-1), who will play in the tournament championship game on Sunday night.Kristy was awesome today, Prince said. Running the point and on defense also. Thats what its going to take.Alexis Jones had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Baylor, which outscored DePaul 39-17 in the third to turn what was an 11-point game at halftime into a rout. Beatrice Mompremier added 14 points for Baylor.Once the second half came, we were ready to put it to them, Prince said.Jacqui Grant scored 18 points for DePaul (4-1), which got 11 from Ashton Millender. The Blue Demons were 15 of 41 from 3-point range, getting the majority of their points from outside the arc. From 2-point range, DePaul was 10 for 29.I dont like giving up 72 points and I sure dont like giving up 15 3s, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.Baylor shot 60 percent and held a massive 55-24 edge in rebounding. The Bears started the second half 21 for 26 from the floor, never missing consecutive shots after halftime until midway through the fourth quarter.BIG PICTUREDePaul: The Blue Demons had four different stretches where they missed at least five consecutive shots. ... No DePaul player had more than three rebounds. Baylor had seven with at least that many.Baylor: The Bears started 2 for 10 from the field, and then made 40 of their final 60 shots. It was a little up and down game. I give a lot of credit to DePaul for playing that style of play. They had us on our heels in the beginning, Prince said. ... 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A new adult league debuted in Mexico City this spring, joining dozens of semi-professional and club-level leagues in every corner of the planet -- from Europe to Asia to Australia.The worldwide action is tracked daily by American Football International (AFI), a website and advocacy group run by Roger Kelly and John McKeon. Kelly is a former Canadian Football League executive, now living in Sweden. McKeon, a former player in a French league, is based in New teamed with AFI to assess the quality and scope of Planet Football. What follows is a subjective ranking of the top countries from a standpoint of participation and local interest.1. CanadaKey stat: Canadians play with 12 rather than 11 players on each side, helping to fill up a field that is both longer (110 yards) and wider (65 yards) than traditional American football.Fun fact: The first documented American football game in Canada took place in 1861, a full eight years before the first documented American football game in the United States.Who is playing: The nine-team CFL offers a unique spin on the game, and it plays at a high enough level that a handful of players move on to the NFL after each season. Each team is allowed 19 international -- i.e. American -- players. The rest come from Canadas extensive CIS college system, which features 27 schools from four regions that play at its highest level. The CFL once felt comfortable enough to expand into the United States, an experiment that ended in 1995 but led to a firmer vision for a regionally focused league.2. GermanyKey stat:?There are 54,000 federation members among 450 club teams.Fun fact: Former Duke and Fresno State quarterback Brandon Connette was Germanys top quarterback in 2016. He threw for 4,747 yards in 17 games for the Dresden Monarchs.Who is playing: Germany proved to be the most fertile ground for NFL Europe, and eventually five of the leagues six teams migrated within its borders. That popularity carried on even after the 2007 shuttering, and the best club teams in Germany now play at a level equivalent to a Division II college team in the United States. This spring, Germany produced its first NFL draft pick: wide receiver Moritz Bohringer, who has spent the season on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. Bohringer was the first international player to move directly from a European league to the NFL.3. Great BritainKey stat: British American Football Federation has nearly 12,000 members.Fun fact: There is a five-on-five womens tackle league in Great Britain that has a tradition known as the Sapphire Series, which is now taking applicants for the 2017 tournament.Who is playing: NFL interest has soared in London and the surrounding areas since the start of the International Series in 2007. This year, a total of 242,373 fans attended three games held at two different stadiums. College football has grown dramatically throughout the United Kingdom, an important development. The UKs National League is fully amateur, meaning no paid American imports are allowed. So for the league to thrive at a post-college level, it needs native talent to surface. University teams are poised to provide that talent pool.4. MexicoKey stat: The first organized American football game in Mexico took place in 1896.Fun fact: Americas Team was once Mexicos Team as well. Perhaps thats still the case. The Dallas Cowboys, also known as Vaqueros de Dallas, began appearing on Mexican television in the 1960s. Hispanic place-kicker Danny Villanueva, a New Mexico native, was a big draw.Who is playing: American Football has a long history in Mexico. The first games were played there at the collegiate level in the 1920s, and Mexico is now one of two countries outside of the United States to support a fully professional league. (Canada is the other.) The Liga Futbol Americano debuted in the spring of 2016 with four teams and recently announced expansion into a six-team league for 2017. Most of the league is based in Mexico City. Geographical proximity to the NFL makes it a more natural transition for fans. A then-record 103,467 filled Estadio Azteca for the 2005 game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Two preseason games there in the 1990s drew a combined 218,800 fans, and this seasons game -- with a reduced capacity of around 87,000 following renovations -- sold out within minutes.5. AustriaKey stat: Approximately 4,000 people in Austria are licensed to play either flag or tackle football.Fun fact: The Vienna Vikings played in five consecutive Eurobowls, winning four of them, from 2003-07. Thats four more championships than their American counterparts, another Vikings franchise with whom they share an almost identical logo.Who is playing: The Austrian Football League rivals GGermany for the highest-level football played outside North America. Harrison Butker Jersey. AFI currently ranks the Swarco Raiders as the top team in Europe. The Raiders origin goes back to the 1980s, dating to the earliest days of NFLs excursion into Europe. For a long stretch, Austrian teams dominated international competitions. During the Vikings run in the mid-2000s, their championship games were televised. Their games were played in front of crowds that were as large as 10,000 fans, and the entire league continues to draw well.6. JapanKey stat: There are 18 teams in Japans X-League.Fun fact: American football was first introduced to Japan in 1934 by the legendary missionary Paul Rusch.Who is playing: The highest levels of football in Japan are organized through corporations that sponsor the teams and staff them with their own employees. Companies that field teams include IBM, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Mitsubishi. A handful have developed into semi-pro-level teams, and the Japan Bowl will be played in December in the Tokyo Dome. Japanese teams have grown increasingly aggressive in recruiting American-born players. The IBM BigBlue roster, for example, includes quarterback Kevin Craft (San Diego State/UCLA) and receiver/tight end John Stanton (St. Johns of Minnesota).7. BrazilKey stat: Brazilians have played tackle football in an organized way for only eight years, but there are already 105 teams and approximately 8,500 members of its federation.Fun fact: Team names in Brazil are fantastic, as long as you are not prone to phobias. There are clubs known as the Rednecks, Tsunami, Crocodiles, Vipers, Black Sharks and Brown Spiders.Who is playing: Although the level of play is not high relative to other countries, fan support is wild for teams in the CBFA Superliga -- a structure devised this year to pit the top 31 teams in the country for a regular rotation. As many as 15,000 fans show up for games, rivaling soccer events in some cases. The Corinthian Steamrollers have 1.4 million fans on their public Facebook page. As a result, Brazil is viewed as perhaps the most fertile ground for grassroots expansion in the world.8. ChinaKey stat: The game was introduced about five years ago on a significant scale, and as of last summer, about 5,000 men and women were playing in some form. That includes the inaugural Chinese Arena Football League, backed in part by the owners of the Philadelphia Soul.Fun fact: Former Arizona State defensive lineman Zach Brown, living in China for work, started a semi-pro league by handing out business cards to people he met on the street. The cards said, I play American football. You look like a dude who could play. Contact us here. Runner-up: The Shanghai Skywalkers are a real thing. Enough said.Who is playing: Ken Li, the founder of the American Football Union, said China is more interested in the NFL than playing the game itself. The level of play here is no comparison to the NFL at all, Li said. He added: I always say that if we put the best players in China on an all-star team, the level might be similar to a Division III in the NCAA. That gives you the best-case scenario of what were seeing here.9. FranceKey stat: France has a huge if moderately competitive federation, counting 215 registered clubs and 22,136 members.Fun fact: Defensive end Micah Robinson, a former Syracuse star, had 18 sacks last season for Saint-Ouen-lAum?ne Cougars, the top team in France based on AFIs rankings.Who is playing: Soccer and rugby dominate the French sports terrain, so support is mixed even while participation and skill level is high. Most football teams have American imports playing quarterback, including many with experience at Division I schools. There have also been occasional instances of French-born players piquing interest of NFL teams. Receiver Anthony Dable, who like Bohringer discovered football on YouTube and went on to play in the French and German leagues, spent training camp with the New York Giants and had a September tryout with the New England Patriots.10. AustraliaKey stat: There are approximately 4,000 members in the Australian federation.Fun fact: The first season of American football in Australia was 1984. Players used boxing head gear instead of helmets and played on what Gridiron Australias official history called a disused rubbish tip. In other words, it was an abandoned garbage dump.Who is playing: American football has plenty of team-sport competition in Australia, from rugby to Australian rules football to soccer. But there is a growing list of Australian-born players working their way into the NFL. Former rugby star Jarryd Hayne is the most notable, having played last season as a running back/returner for the San Francisco 49ers. Most of them have been specialists, however, including current New York Giants punter Brad Wing. Sav Rocca had a seven-year career with three teams, and Mat McBriar punted for 11 years, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys. 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Some teams and players just cant deal with prosperity. Daley Blind Jersey . They reach the brink of success and then implode spectacularly. And when it happens, it becomes a part of sports lore, unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.We asked a panel of experts to determine which flameouts were the most excruciating, taking into account the magnitude of the event, the size of the blown lead and the historical significance of the meltdown. The resulting list of the 25 worst collapses of all time contains some of the best-known moments in sports history.25. Atlanta Braves, 2011 NL playoff raceThe Braves reached the playoffs 14 times in 15 years from 1991 to 2005 but won just a single championship in that span, so their fan base was accustomed to disappointment. In 2011, the team didnt wait for the postseason to let down the faithful. Philadelphia was the best team in the National League East that year, but the Braves were in firm control of a playoff spot until imploding during the final month. After a win on Sept. 1, the Braves had the second-best record in the NL and led St. Louis by 8.5 games in the wild-card race. From there, Atlanta closed the season in an 8-18 death spiral. St. Louis, meanwhile, surged to a 17-8 finish. Everybody started struggling at the same time, Braves reliever Jonny Venters said. Everything just kind of snowballed. Needing a win in the season finale to force a one-game playoff against the Cardinals, the Braves blew a ninth-inning lead and lost to the Phillies in 13 innings. St. Louis then parlayed Atlantas gift into a World Series championship. -- Kevin Stone24. New York Giants, 2002 NFC wild-card game (Jan. 5, 2003)There they were, lining up for a 41-yard field goal, a chance to avoid the biggest collapse in NFC playoff history. The Giants had redemption in reach after blowing a 38-14 second-half lead against the host San Francisco 49ers, who rallied for 25 unanswered points in a 16-minute span. But it all went sideways after a low-and-away snap by 41-year-old Trey Junkin, whom the Giants had signed just days earlier. Holder Matt Allen gained control and heaved the ball downfield toward Rich Seubert, a lineman who was an eligible receiver on the play, but 49ers defensive end Chike Okeafor dragged down Seubert before the ball arrived. Flags flew -- but the call went against Giants guard Tam Hopkins for being downfield illegally. Later, the NFL acknowledged that pass interference should have been called, too, and the down replayed due to offsetting penalties. But the Giants never got another chance in their 39-38 loss. I cost 58 guys a chance to go to the Super Bowl, Junkin said in the locker room. Id give anything in the world, except my family at this point, right now to still be retired. -- Kevin Stone23. Detroit Red Wings, 1942 Stanley Cup finalsThe Red Wings were at home with a chance to sweep the 1942 Stanley Cup finals. But do you believe in momentum? The Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 4-3 win in Game 4 by scoring two goals just two minutes apart in the third period, and the game nearly ended in a riot after Detroits Eddie Wares drew a misconduct penalty and refused to leave the ice. When referee Mel Harwood responded by dropping the puck for a faceoff and then calling another penalty on Detroits Don Grosso for too many men on the ice, Grosso threw a fit. Wings coach Jack Adams attacked Harwood after the final horn, punching the ref in the face. Harwood and NHL president Frank Calder needed police escorts to leave Detroits Olympia Stadium as debris rained down. Adams, now the namesake of the award that goes to the NHLs coach of the year, was suspended for the rest of the series. The Maple Leafs won out and remain the only club to pull off a reverse sweep in the Cup finals. We won it the hard way, Toronto coach Hap Day said. -- Johnette Howard22. Northern Iowa Panthers, 2016 NCAA basketball tournamentUpset-minded Northern Iowa led Texas A&M 69-57 with 44 seconds left in a second-round game when the third-seeded Aggies -- desperate for a spark -- resorted to a suffocating full-court press that shoved UNI into the biggest final-minute collapse in NCAA Division I history. At first, the 11th-seeded Panthers could barely inbound the ball in the face of A&Ms pressure. Then UNIs players began to lose their composure. In the final seconds of regulation they committed four turnovers, failing to get the ball past even the half-court line, as A&M poured in six baskets during a 14-2 run that forced overtime. After A&M went on to prevail 92-88 in double OT, awestruck Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said: Ive never been a part of a game like that, never saw one. [I] still really dont know what happened. -- Johnette Howard21. Baylor Bears, 2015 Cotton BowlAfter going 11-1 in 2014 but getting left out of the first College Football Playoff, Baylor entered the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day with something to prove. It looked like Michigan State was there to absorb the Bears frustrations, but maybe the Spartans were just doing an Ali-style rope-a-dope. Baylor, with the nations highest-scoring offense, roared to a 41-21 lead after three quarters -- and then ran out of gas. The Bears four fourth-quarter drives ended with: missed field goal, downs, blocked field goal, interception. Michigan State, meanwhile, piled up 214 yards of offense in the final period. The Spartans cut the deficit to 41-35 with just under five minutes to play, but Baylor was in position to put the game away with a field goal with 1:05 left. Michigan States win probability was at 0.4 percent, but?Marcus Rush blocked Chris Callahans 43-yard attempt. Forty-eight seconds later, QB?Connor Cook hit Keith Mumphery with the winning touchdown pass. A loss is a loss. They all suck, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty told after his 550-yard passing effort became just a footnote. This one is worse because we had it. -- Kevin Stone20. LSU Tigers, 1994 regular-season basketball gameLSU was headed toward a sub-.500 season in 1993-94, while Kentucky was, as usual, on its way to the NCAA tournament, so its no surprise that the final score of their Feb. 15 matchup in Baton Rouge was Wildcats 99, Tigers 95. But those numbers didnt tell the story. I cant believe it, Kentucky coach Rick Pitino said afterward. I know Ive never, ever witnessed anything like it. To understand Pitinos reaction, realize that his team trailed by 31 points with 15:30 to play in the second half. Thats right, an 18-0 run had pushed LSUs lead to a seemingly untouchable 68-37 lead. Then, suddenly, Kentucky flipped the switch. The Wildcats went 24-of-38 from the floor in the second half, including 12-of-23 on 3-pointers. Even that spree wouldnt have been enough if LSU hadnt missed 11 of its 23 free throws during the final 12 minutes. The Wildcats scored the games final nine points, including Walter McCartys 3 from the left corner with 19 seconds that gave them their first lead since it was 1-0. -- Kevin Stone19. Green Bay Packers, 2014 NFC Championship Game (Jan. 18, 2015)Some Green Bay fans might have been booking flights to Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX as the clock ticked down. The Packers had completely controlled the defending champion Seahawks in Seattle for 57 minutes. Green Bay had forced five turnovers and led 19-7, with Seattles only score resulting from a fake field goal trick play. Even when Seattle scored with 2:09 left to make it 19-14, the Packers could have all but sealed it by recovering the onside kick. But when Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick couldnt get a handle on the ball, the Seahawks recovered and had new life. Seattle went on to win 28-22 in overtime, only to lose the Super Bowl under similarly heartbreaking circumstances to New England. -- Thomas Neumann18. Jordan Spieth, 2016 MastersEarlier this year, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth added his name to the dubious list of collapses in major championships when he let a commanding lead melt away in the final round of the Masters. Spieth stepped to the 10th tee with a five-shot lead, but he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and carded a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 12th. By the time he got to the 13th tee at Augusta National, the five-stroke lead had become a three-shot deficit. It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again, Spieth said. Meantime, Danny Willett shot 67 in the final round to win by three strokes over Spieth and Lee Westwood. -- Thomas Neumann17. Philadelphia Phillies, 1964 NL playoff raceCall it what you like -- the Phold, the Phlop, the Phiasco, the Phizzle -- but the Phillies 1964 swoon is still shocking more than a half-century later. A victory on Sept. 20 gave the Phillies a 6.5-game lead in the National League pennant race with 12 games to play. Ten consecutive losses later, they were looking up at both the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. Wins over the Reds in their final two games couldnt keep the Phillies, who hadnt won a pennant since 1950, from finishing a game behind the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. Manager Gene Mauch, who would skipper the California Angels during their ALCS collapse 22 years later (see No. 11 below), caught much of the blame. Among Mauchs head-scratchers: He started pitchers Jim Bunning (whod thrown a perfect game that year) and Chris Short three times each during the losing streak, with each getting the ball on two days rest twice. -- Kevin Stone16. Kansas City Chiefs, 2013 AFC wild-card game (Jan. 4, 2014)Quarterback Alex Smith turned in a playoff performance better than Joe Montana ever did in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform. It was better than any playoff performance by Chiefs legend Len Dawson, too. Smiths 378-yard, four-touchdown performance was good enough to help the Chiefs build a 28-point third-quarter lead over the Colts in Indianapolis. But it wasnt good enough to help Kansas City win the game, as the Colts rallied to win 45-44. Only the 1992 Buffalo Bills had blown a bigger playoff lead. After Kansas City went up 38-10 early in the second half, the Chiefs defense allowed touchdown drives of 80, 41, 80, 90 and 80 yards. The Colts didnt even need the whole game to come back, taking the lead with four minutes left. Smith had one opportunity to save the Chiefs. On fourth-and-11 from the Colts 43, he connected with Dwayne Bowe inside the 20. There was just one problem. Bowes second foot came down out of bounds, ending the drive. Sometimes the game speaks for itself, said coach Andy Reid, so you dont have to say a whole lot. -- Jean-Jacques Taylor15. St. Louis Cardinals, 1968 World SeriesThe defending champion St. Louis Cardinals raced to a 3-1 series lead and a 3-0 advantage in Game 5, but they were outscored by the?Detroit Tigers 22-2 for the remainder of the series. With ace Bob Gibson on the mound for Game 7 at home, the Cards liked their chances. Gibson, the World Series MVP in 64 and 67, had an ERA of 1.12 in the 68 regular season. In Game 1 of the Series, he struck out 17 Tigers. But none of that mattered in the deciding game, as a Detroit team that became the darlings of their riot-torn city touched up Gibson for three runs on four consecutive hits in the seventh inning. The big play? A two-run triple by Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup that flew over the head of Cards center fielder Curt Flood -- if caught, it would have been the third out and kept the game scoreless. Detroit won 4-1, and roly-poly Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich, who started Game 7 on two days rest, was named the World Series MVP for winning three games. -- Johnette Howard14. New York Knicks, 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals, Game 1The New York Knicks had a 105-99 lead with just 18.7 seconds left before Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller sent them falling into one of the most stunning end-game collapses in NBA history by scoring eight points in nine mind-blowing seconds. Miller began by hitting a 3-pointer. Then he stole the ensuing inbounds pass and dashed back out to the 3-point line, where he wheeled and drained another 3 to tie the game at 105. We were shell-shocked, we were numb, Knicks forward Anthony Mason remembered years later. We became totally disoriented. The Knicks still had a few more chances to win, but John Starks missed two free throws and Knicks center Patrick Ewing missed a 10-footer before Miller was fouled on the rebound. He made both free throws to give the Pacers a shocking 107-105 win, and then he ran off the Madison Square Garden floor yelling Choke artists! Asked what he was thinking as he took the second 3-pointer, Miller said, I wanted to drive a stake through their heart. The Pacers went on to win the series in seven games. -- Johnette Howard13. Jean van de Velde, 1999 Open ChampionshipJean van de Velde entered the final round as the only player under par, holding a five-stroke lead over Justin Leonard and Craig Parry at Carnoustie, Scotland. Hours later, Van de Velde still led by three strokes on the final hole. But there is a reason were writing about him here, isnt there? He melted down in cartoonish fashion on 18, hitting a grandstand and wading into a creek to decide whether to hit a ball out of the water. He decided against it but still had to make an 8-foot putt to salvage a triple-bogey to join Leonard and Scotland native Paul Lawrie in a four-hole playoff. Lawrie, who was 10 shots back entering the final round, went on to win by three strokes. Nevertheless, his victory stands as a footnote to Van de Veldes unforgettable collapse. -- Thomas Neumann12. Chicago Cubs, 2003 NL Championship SeriesPoor Steve Bartman. Some will forever blame him for the Cubs failure in this series. If youre unfamiliar with the story: Bartman, a fan sitting in the front row on the left-field line of Wrigley Field, deflected a foul ball that possibly could have been caught by Cubs outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the eighth inning of Game 6. Chicago led the series 3-2 and the game 3-0. A catch by Alou would have put the Cubs four outs shy of their first World Series berth since 1945. After the play, the Marlins scored eight runs in the inning and won 8-3. It wasnt Bartman who committed a pivotal error or allowed any of the five base hits that inning, and its debatable whether the ball would have been caught if it hadnt been deflected by Bartman -- yet he received the obligatory death threats from overzealous fans. Florida won Game 7 the next day and toppled the Yankees in the World Series. -- Thomas Neumann11. California Angels, 1986 AL Championship SeriesAngels owner Gene Autrys long-suffering club grabbed a 3-1 ALCS lead against the Boston Red Sox and took a 5-2 lead into the top of the ninth in Game 5. Twice that inning, the Angels got within a strike of their first trip to the World Series. But Don Baylor hit a two-strike, two-run homer off starter Mike Witt, and Angels reliever Paul Lucas hit Rich Gedman with a pitch. Red Sox outfielder Dave Henderson then lifted a two-strike, two-out forkball from closer Donnie Moore into the left-field seats to push Boston ahead 6-5. The Angels scratched out a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but Henderson won it in the 11th with a sac fly. Boston then trounced California by a combined 18-5 in the final two games. Three years later, Moore shot his wife three times (she survived) and then committed suicide. Ever since he gave up the home run to Dave Henderson, he was never himself again, said Dave Pinter, Moores longtime agent. He blamed himself for the Angels not going to the World Series. -- Johnette Howard10. New York Mets, 2007 NL East raceThe 2007 Mets, whod been in first place since mid-May, had a seven-game NL East lead after their Sept. 12 win, with a three-game home series against the second-place Philadelphia Phillies looming. Instead of applying a knockout punch, the Mets got swept. That started a stretch of six losses in seven games that let the Phillies pull within 1.5 games. New York won three straight to bump its lead to 2.5 games, but then the bottom dropped out. The Mets lost five straight and fell out of first before a win pulled them even with the Phillies with one game left in the season. But future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine lasted just one-third of the inning in the finale, an 8-1 flop against the last-place Florida Marlins. Coupled with a Phillies victory, the loss completed an epic collapse that saw the Mets become the first major league team to blow a division lead of at least seven games after Sept. 12. Its obviously painful, David Wright said. It hurts. But at the same time, we did it to ourselves. ... In all honesty, we didnt deserve to make the playoffs. -- Jean-Jacques Taylor9. California Angels, 1995 AL West raceAfter their Aug. 20 win, the AL West-leading Angels were 12.5 games ahead of the third-place Seattle Mariners. By Sept. 22, after an atrocious 6-24 swoon by the Angels that included two nine-game losing streaks, the Mariners had a two-game lead. Yikes. After dropping as far as three games back, the Angels closed with a five-game win streak and pulled even with the Mariners, forcing a one-game playoff in Seattle. The Angels collapsed at the end one last time. Trailing 1-0 after six innings, California gave up four runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 9-1 loss. Every phase of our game was shaken, and your concentration tends to slip when youre not feeling confident, shortstop Gary DiSarcina told the Los Angeles Times afterward. We lost that intimidation, that edge, the feeling that we were going to go out and hammer teams. ... We lost the feeling of what its like to win. -- Jean-Jacques Taylor8. Boston Red Sox, 1978 AL East raceThe 1978 season was a major contributor to the Boston curse narrative. The Red Sox were cruising 14 games ahead of the fourth-place Yankees on July 19, but by mid-September the Sox had ceded the AL East lead to New York. Boston rallied to win 12 of their last 14 to match the Yankees at 99 wins. The Red Sox even appeared in good shape in the one-game tiebreaker at Fenway Park after RBIs by Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice gave them a 2-0 lead off Yankees ace Ron Guidry, who was 25-3 that year, through six innings. But back-to-back seventh-inning singles brought light-hitting Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent to the plate against Mike Torrez. Dent then earned a new nickname throughout New England -- Bucky F---ing Dent -- by lofting a homer that barely cleared the Green Monster to give the Yankees a lead theyd never relinquish in a 5-4 win. Ive always loved Fenway Park, Yastrzemski later said, but that was the one moment I hated the place. ... I still cant believe it. -- Johnette Howard7. Boston Red Sox, 2011 AL playoff raceWhen the 2011 Red Sox blew a nine-game lead in the wild-card race and went tumbling out of playoff contention by going 7-20 in September, it was clear heads might roll. And they did. Team sources told The Boston Globe that even as the team was in a free fall, star pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on days they did not start (they combined to go 2-7 with a 6.45 ERA during the teams nosedive). Veterans Jason Varitek and David Ortiz were accused of not leading, and manager Terry Francona angrily denied charges that he was distracted by the breakup of his marriage. Francona ended up leaving after the season despite two World Series wins in Boston. General manager Theo Epstein left, too. We not only let each other down in the clubhouse, but we let the city down, Dustin Pedroia told the Globe. -- Johnette Howard6. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1951 NL playoff raceThe 1951 pennant race between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants already was memorable before it came down to one of the most iconic plays in major league history. The Giants erased the Dodgers 13-game mid-August lead by winning 37 of their last 44 games, while Brooklyn limped to a 9-11 mark down the stretch, setting the stage for a best-of-three tiebreaker. The Giants won the opener, but the Dodgers romped 10-0 in Game 2 and took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning of the deciding matchup at the Polo Grounds. In the first baseball contest ever televised nationally, Bobby Thomson made the Giants fairytale ending complete by smashing a ninth-inning, three-run homer off Dodgers reliever Ralph Branca to cap a four-run rally and give New York a 5-4 triumph. Thomsons dramatic hit went down in history as The Shot Heard Round the World, and the Giants surge to catch the Dodgers is now called The Miracle of Coogans Bluff. -- Johnette Howard5. Greg Norman, 1996 MastersGreg Norman took a six-shot lead into the final round at Augusta, seemingly poised for a victory lap on the way to his first Masters victory. Instead, Norman faltered spectacularly by shooting 78, while Nick Faldo surged with a 67. Norman had lost the lead by the 12th hole and ultimately finished five strokes behind Faldo. It was the third time Norman finished second at the Masters. He placed in the top five at Augusta eight times but never won a coveted green jacket. To his credit, Norman handled the 1996 loss gracefully. I screwed up, Norman said afterward. Its all on me. I know that. But losing this Masters is not the end of the world. ... Ill wake up tomorrow, still breathing, I hope. Years later, Norman said an ailing back contributed to his failure. -- Thomas Neumann4. Texas Rangers, 2011 World SeriesThe Texas Rangers needed just one strike to close out the Cardinals in St. Louis and win their first championship. Twice. Leading the series 3-2, the Rangers went into the ninth inning of Game 6 up 7-5. But with two outs and a 1-2 count, David Freese launched a Neftali Feliz fastball deep to right field, just out of Nelson Cruzs reach. The two baserunners scored, and the game was tied. In the 10th, Josh Hamilton blasted a two-run homer that shouldve led to a statue of him being erected in Arlington. Instead, St. Louis again clawed back and tied it on Lance Berkmans two-out RBI single on a 2-2 pitch from Scott Feldman. Freese ended the drama in the 11th inning with a homer to center off Mark Lowe, keeping the Cardinals alive with an unfathomable 10-9 triumph. Were ready for Game 7, Hamilton said afterward. Shake it off and come back tomorrow. The Rangers couldnt shake it off. Although they scored two runs in the first inning of Game 7, it was all Cardinals after that in their 6-2 championship-clinching victory. -- Jean-Jacques Taylor3. Boston Red Sox, 1986 World SeriesThe Red Sox, leading the New York Mets 3-2 in the series, held a 5-3 lead at Shea Stadium with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6. All they needed was one measly out to clinch their first World Series championship since 1918. Boston manager John McNamara infamously stuck with hobbling Bill Buckner and his bad knees at first base instead of using Dave Stapleton as a defensive replacement. The decision unraveled after three successive singles and a wild pitch tied the game, and then Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson hit a ball that dribbled through Buckners legs, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run. The Mets then overcame a 3-0 deficit in Game 7, taking the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by Knight. -- Thomas Neumann2. New York Yankees, 2004 AL Championship SeriesThe 2004 ALCS ranks as perhaps the most unforgettable chapter in baseballs nastiest rivalry. The Yankees won the first three games of the series -- including a 19-8 rout in Game 3 -- and stood one victory from vanquishing their hated rivals and extending the Red Soxs championship drought. No MLB team had previously overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series, but Boston was prepared to kick history to the curb. Dave Roberts stole second base and scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 4, and David Ortiz smashed the winning home run in the 12th. Ortiz then drove in the winning run in the 14th inning of Game 5, ending a duel that lasted 5 hours, 49 minutes. Curt Schilling helped Boston even the series by pitching a gem in the famed bloody sock game. Game 7 was a romp, with Johnny Damon hitting two homers for Boston in a 10-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in an anticlimactic World Series to capture their first championship in 86 years. -- Thomas Neumann1. Houston Oilers, 1992 AFC wild-card game (Jan. 3, 1993)Seemingly, Bubba McDowell had slammed the door on the Bills in Buffalo. When the Houston linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, few observers could imagine the Bills rallying from a 35-3 deficit. But thats exactly what happened, as the Oilers opened the door to the largest comeback in NFL postseason history with a litany of mistakes. Bills quarterback Frank Reich, filling in for the injured Jim Kelly, rebounded from the interception to throw four touchdowns, including three to Andre Reed. Buffalo kicker Steve Christie kicked the winning field goal in overtime as the Bills outlasted the Oilers 41-38. Afterward, Oilers cornerback Cris Dishman didnt mince words: It was the biggest choke in history. ... When we had them down, we should have cut their throats, but we let them breathe and gave them new life. -- Thomas Neumann Steven Berghuis Jersey . 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But there also wasnt any guarantee that Wright will pitch again this season.Wright met with Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who confirmed the diagnosis of the Red Sox medical staff that the right-hander has inflammation in his throwing shoulder but no structural damage.Its definitely peace of mind more than anything, because having two doctors explain to you the same exact thing from looking at the same MRI, its definitely encouraging, Wright said. Now its just a matter of tolerating the pain and taking it day by day and not getting too far ahead of ourselves.Wright was cleared to resume throwing as a result of the confirmation, when the soreness in his shoulder subsides, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. When that might be and whether Wright will make another start before the end of the season has not been determined.I dont have that answer yet, Farrell said.Wright was upbeat at the prospect of returning.If it happens, great, Wright said. 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The Cardinals are now 5-1, behind only consensus favorite Alabama (7-2) and Ohio State (4-1).Salmons, a 20-plus-year Vegas oddsmaker who is considered among the sharpest college football oddsmakers by his peers, has Louisville at No. 4 in his power ratings.They are probably a point behind Clemson, maybe one-half point, Salmons said. Alabama and Ohio State are a step above everyone else.Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, at 6-1, is the second favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, followed by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (8-1) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (8-1). But Jackson is, by far, the biggest liability for the books.Lamar Jackson is just a massive loser for us at this point, MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. Im hoping Clemson can solve some of those problems for us.Louisville travels to play Clemson on Oct. 1. Cheap Landon Lechler Jersey . 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MADRID -- At least in the Champions League, there is no sign of a letdown for Atletico Madrid.The Spanish club again triumphed in the European competition on Wednesday, defeating already eliminated PSV Eindoven 2-0 to retain a perfect record and secure first place in Group D with one round of matches remaining.In contrast, Atletico lost three of its last four games in the Spanish league, with the latest defeat a painful 3-0 loss at home against Real Madrid in the city derby. But it picked up its fifth win in as many matches in the Champions League with second-half goals by Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesay.We wanted to put Saturdays loss (to Madrid) behind us, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. For the club and the fans this is an important win, it sends us into the knockout stage in a privileged position and allows us to keep competing for our goals.The result left Atletico with six more points than Bayern Munich, which lost 3-2 to FC Rostov in Russia but had already advanced from the group.We wanted to give a different impression and win this game to finish first, Griezmann said. We need to keep working hard both in the (Spanish) league and in the Champions League. We need to keep giving everything we have. Today was a complicated match and we played well.PSV remained with one point, three less than Rostov. In the final group round, Atletico plays at Bayern Munich and PSV hosts Rostov to fight for a spot in the Europa League next season.If we win the game, we kknow well stay in Europe. Tyler Kroft Jersey. . Thats our objective, PSV coach Phillip Cocu said. Today I saw some good things and it was our errors that cost us. Thats the difference at this level against a big team like Atletico.Last seasons runner-up in the Champions league, Atletico is the only team to have won all of its first five matches in the group stage, its best ever start in the competition. It had already qualified before Wednesdays game.Atletico had been held scoreless in its last two games, and it took a while before it got the attack going against PSV.But after a slow first half, the hosts got on the board in the 55th with Gameiros low shot into the far corner after a well-timed pass by Griezmann, and Griezmann got his own goal around 10 minutes later with a shot from inside the area.Gameiro nearly added another but his header struck the crossbar.The goal was a demonstration of his qualities: speed, power, finish, Simeone said of Gameiro. It was a great finish. Thats what both he and Griezmann offer. It was an important moment both for him and the team.After the recent setbacks in the league, Simeone reverted to a more secure scheme defensively, with midfielder Tiago playing from the start along with Gabi Fernandez, which was enough to keep PSV from having many significant scoring chances.Simeones team has won 28 of its 33 games at the Calderon in European competitions. 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 ' ' '
Watch and vote for your favourite Sky Bet EFL goals of the month from October, including efforts by Ayoze Perez, Matty Taylor and Jonathan Kodjia. Nike Free Run Rn Flyknit . Nominations from each of the Sky Bet EFL divisions were initially compiled after input from fans on Twitter.These were then whittled down to three goals per league by our judging panel, comprising Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman, Sky Bet sponsorship manager David Tweed and EFL commercial marketing manager James Walker. Watch all the nominations below and dont forget to vote for your favourite, with all winners to be announced on Friday November 18...Sky Bet Championship Heres the nominees for the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award for October. Ayoze Perez - NEWCASTLE UNITED v Ipswich TownA great team goal involving all 11 Newcastle players straight from kick-off. Perez finished the move with a powerful volley without Ipswich getting a touch.Wes Hoolahan - NORWICH CITY v Rotherham UnitedAlex Pritchards skillfully threaded through ball found Hoolahan on the penalty spot. He turned the first man, before checking and coolly slotting the ball home.Jonathan Kodjia - ASTON VILLA v FulhamKodija harried David Button after a heavy touch from the Fulham goalkeeper and when the clearance fell to Albert Adomah, he crossed for Kodjia to finish acrobatically and emphatically.Sky Bet League One Heres the nominees for the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month award for October. Erhun Oztumer - Swindon Town v WALSALLOztumer impressively read the play to intercept Darnell Furlongs pass before spotting Swindon keeper Lawrence Vigouroux off his line and driving the ball over him from 40 yards.Matty Taylor - Milton Keynes Dons v BRISTOL ROVERSWith the ball in the air, Charlie Colkett checked his surroundings before playing a deft back-heel to fellow Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter, who had the composure to pick out an unmarked Matty Taylor just two yards out.Chris Forrester - PETERBOROUGH UNITED v BuryTwo quality touches from Forrester turned an over-hit cross into a beautiful goal. The first cushioned the ball to Tom Nichols, the second sent the keeper the wrong way.Sky Bet League Two Heres the nominees for the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month award for October. Nathan Thomas - Grimsby v HARTLEPOOLThomas was moving away from goal, seemingly unlikely to trouble Grimsby keeper James McKeown, when he dinked an incredible lobbed effort into the far corner of the goalLuke Joyce - CARLISLE UNITED v Crawley TownJoyce brought the ball down from Andre Blackmans defensive header and unleashed a fierce drilled strike into the top left corner of the goal via the Crawley bar.Luke Berry - Blackpool v CAMBRIDGE UNITEDA beautifully hit, curling 25-yard free kick that sailed into the top corner. The ball cleared the jumping wall and evaded Blackpool goalkeeper Dean Lyness best diving effort.To suggest a goal to be considered for future Sky Bet Goal of the Month awards, fans can tweet details of their nominated goal to @SkyBet using #SkyBetGotM. Also See: Championship video Fixtures Table Live on Sky Mens Saucony Jazz Original Retro Sneakers Black White . 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The sensor breaks it down further, classifying how many shots were flat versus slices, as well as your topspin. I found this really insightful, especially in a game when I knew I was more dominantly hitting backhands but no real winners -- it was because a lot of my shots were flat. Knowing that, the next time I stepped on the court, I made a point to work on hitting my backhand with a bit more topspin, so I could win more points with that shot.The POP also provides what they call a PIQScore, or a score based on a combination of your style, speed and spin. Style? Although it isnt able to record how beautiful you look while hitting a cross-court forehand, the sensor picks up on the fluidity of your strokes, which is where this number comes from. At first, I didnt think I was all too interested in a made up score the company came up with, but after using the POP bracelet for a bit, I found myself comparing my PIQScore from session to session. Its basically a quick overview if you had to sum up your session with one score, which became more appealing when looking at improvement over time. Saucony Jazz Original Mens. he POP also records activity, which is based on the length and intensity of your session. This made it easy for me to identify which of my sessions were actual games versus just casual rallying with a friend. It also tells you after each session what your top hitting speed was and the amount of shots in your lengthiest rally. Again, this data I just found interesting, and I even surprised myself a few times with a top speed I didnt know I was able to hit.Then theres the challenge aspect of the Babolat POP -- because what tracking device doesnt allow you to compete with others these days, right? First, you have the ability to find your friends who have POP and add them to your network by following them. I wasnt looking to use the device to compete, but rather to up my own game. 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From glancing at my stats on the app, youd think these were the best shots, when in fact, I probably needed to take a little speed off to keep the ball in play and not lose the point.Worth it?Im the type of person who always likes to improve -- whether its tennis or snowboarding or public speaking. I like that the Babolat POP can give me some specific feedback and stats on my tennis game that I otherwise would have needed to figure out on my own or with the help of an instructor or coach, which can be costly.Although it wasnt 100 percent accurate, this gave me more insight into my game than I had previously. At $90, the Babolat POP isnt cheap, but for someone like me, Id say its worth it. 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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The next shot was so fat it only went about 40 yards into another bunker. And then he three-putted from 50 feet and his lead had vanished.It was almost like I had been punched in the face there, making a triple after everything seemed to be going pretty smoothly, Hughes said.He kept enough of senses to remind himself that he was still tied for the lead in only his fifth event of his rookie season, and there was plenty of golf left. What followed was his most important shot of the week, a super pitch up a steep slope to a back pin to tap-in range to save par, and then three birdies over the next four holes.That pitch on 12 was probably my shot of the day, he said. Because if I follow that up with a bogey, the wheels start to come off even more.Hughes was at 16-under 196.Horschel, who hasnt won since the Tour Championship two years ago when he captured the FedEx Cup, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Seaside course at Sea Island for a 65. Villegas overcame a double-bogey early in his round and finished with four straight birdies for a 64.Joining them at 15-under 197 was another PGA Tour rookie, Pan of Taiwan. He shot a 67 playing in the final group.More than costing Hughes a big lead, that triple-bogey made the final round of the year on the PGA Tour far more bunched than it needed to be. Ten players were within 4 shots of the lead, a group that included Charles Howell III (13-under 199) and Stewart Cink (12-under 200).Horschel has slipped to No. 76 in the world since his big FedEx Cup run in 2014. He has worked hard on his short game and feels that turning around, and he believes the windy conditions after two days of calm might have helped someone who hits the ball as crisply as he does.He thinks experience will play a role, too.Theres some young guys up there on the leaderboard that havent been in ... obviously, theyve won other times, but out on the PGA Tour its a little bit different. But it all depends on what kind of conditions we get. I would to have similar conditions today because I think the better player shows up in these conditions.Villegas also has gone two years without a victory, and he lost his card this year and only got into the tournament as a past champion. One week could change everything.Let me tell you something, its 18 more holes of golf. Im feeling good, Villegas said. Ive been a lot more comfortable than I have been. I think its all about having the mind in the right place. My shots when Im calm out there are pretty good and hopefully we can accomplish that tomorrow. I think the leaderboard is jam-packed as always. Were playing the PGA Tour, the best players in the world, but Ive got to wake up tomorrow believing I can do it.Pan, a former No. 1 amateur when he was at Washington, went from four shots behind to a 1-shot lead in two holes when he rolled in a pair of birdies and Hughes made a mess of the 11th hole. 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But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. HOUSTON -- The New York Yankees had trouble with Lance McCullers curveball on Wednesday night and it led to a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros.McCullers struck out 10 in six solid innings and Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer to lead the Astros.McCullers (6-4) allowed five hits and one run and tied a season high by fanning 10 for the second straight game.He kept the Yankees off-balance by throwing almost as many curveballs as fastballs, but to Brian McCann it seemed like more than that.Hes got one of the better curveballs youre going to see and out of 90 pitches it seemed like he threw 89 of them, McCann said. He has a great arm and a really good curveball.McCann cut the lead to 4-1 when he led off the fourth inning with a home run to center field.Didi Gregorius singled with one out before McCullers walked Starlin Castro. 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He had thrown 12 1/3 straight scoreless innings on the road before an RBI single by Carlos Gomez with one out in the first inning.He had the one bad inning. He left the (splitter) up, he left a couple pitches up that inning, manager Joe Girardi said. They made him work. He had a real easy first inning and then after that they really made him work. The one inning really did him in.Tanaka said his problems came down to execution.Just the location of the balls, he said. I was just throwing it to a spot where they were able to get a good swing on it.Marwin Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single to start the third. He advanced to second on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch. 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Dont Tell Nik took the field along until three furlongs out, where several horses came into connection, but it was Tap The Honey (9-1) who pulled clear of the opposition to open his account in good style.Kings Gold took the runner-up spot, four and a half lengths away, with Roger Varians newcomer Gibbs Hill a further two and a quarter lengths away in third.Haynes said: Hes done it nicely. I couldnt fault the track at all. It was riding lovely and fair for all of us.We went a nice gallop and he travelled for me and kept quickening when I asked him to.We werent 100 per cent how well hed stay because hes not bred to stay that far, but he has. Hes seen it out nicely today and it might be his perfect trip. Sky Racing Tickets Fast, secure racing tickets: Exclusive racing offers near you Michael Dods, trainer of the runner-up, said: The lads said it is riding fine but it will take a bit of getting, especially if they go off quick like they did there.Listen, we all wanted an all-weather track in the north but we didnt want it to be here. Its here now so well make the most of it. What I will say is this is somewhere well be able to bring our horses all year round, which is a bonus.Weve never had many Southwell horses, and Lingfield and Wolverhampton are far enough away for the money youd be running for. Its good prize-money here today, so lets hope that is the norm.It was a welcome winner for Burke - and on his 53rd birthday - as his team has not been firing on all cylinders.He did it well. He was one of the two horses we took up for the trials and he galloped well so we knew hed handle the surface, said the Middleham trainer, who was not at Gosforth Park.He had a run after that at Thirsk and needed it. There was a bit of a question mark about the trip, but it worked out well.No plans really as that was the plan. Id imagine hed have an entry in the July Sales and will have one or two runs before going there.He got me off the cold list and its nice to get a winner on your birthday. Its been hard going the last couple of months. Some of our horses havent been performing particularly well, but they are on the turn now.Well kick on from here.Mark Johnston was against the ripping up of the turf track - which he described as among the best in the world - but nevertheless pledged to have plenty of runners now it was an all-weather course and duly landed the feature race with Turbine.Based in Middleham, just over an hour away, Johnston has been banging the drum for some time that the northern racing scene was crying out for an all-weather track, given the travelling involved to get to Lingfield, Kempton, Chelmsford and Wolverhampton.Speaking after Turbine (4-1) won the Handicap by a length for Joe Fanning, Johnston said: I have no hesitation in saying this is going to be the best all-weather track, but Ive also said all along I didnt want to lose it as a turf track.They were always going to make a good job of it, Michael Dickinson (inventor of Tapeta) is a perfectionist and the layout here is the best in Britain, its just sad to lose it as aa turf track. Ryan Allen Jersey. Ill have plenty of runners here, its the most convenient to me and its the best.Regarding his winner, he said: He won impressively on his debut, but there have been a few stumbling blocks along the way.Hes still a young horse and was back on form today. Hes still unexposed.David OMeara wasted no time in opening his account on the surface when Tawdeea defied top weight in the Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap.With Sam James deputising for the injured Danny Tudhope, the 9-1 chance was caught flat footed two furlongs out but clicked into overdrive on entering the final furlong.He came with a relentless run down the outside to mow down Demonstration and win going away by a length and a half.Its nice to get one here early, and for David, as Ive not had much look for him lately said James. I couldnt go the pace early but I gave him a chance and it paid off.OMeara doubled up when 13-8 favourite Alsvinder was a convincing winner of the 188Bet Daily Horse Racing Charter Maiden Stakes.Fresh from cheering home Clever Cookie to Yorkshire Cup glory on Friday a still hoarse Peter Niven was celebrating again as Barwah (10-1) took the first division of the Tapeta Footings Handicap.Racing off a lowly mark of 48, Niven has had the new surface in mind for some time.Shes not that bad but it always seemed to be the wrong ground when we ran her, Niven said of the Jack Garritty-ridden winner.I thought the stiff mile might find her out but shes seen it out well. I had a feeling this surface would suit her so weve been looking forward to it.It walks lovely here but I thought it might ride a bit deeper than they are saying it is.The second division of what was the first ever straight one-mile race run on an artificial surface anywhere in the world went to Brian Ellisons Legal Art (14-1).Ellison was surprisingly absent but winning jockey Ben Curtis said: Im not sure what the key to her has been. The first time I rode her I recommended blinkers but she never went a yard in them.She was up in trip today but only just saw it out, Id say seven is probably ideal.I was here for the trials and it rides lovely, its very fair, open and galloping - youd struggle to find an excuse.A straight mile on the all-weather takes some getting, though, and it might take a few meetings before the lads work out the best way to ride it.And there was an Irish-trained winner in the last as Coto (5-1) scored for County Tipperary-based Matty Tynan.Newcastles clerk of the course James Armstrong was heartened by the feedback - or lack of it - he had received regarding how the track was riding.I havent had that much feedback, which Im taking as a good sign, he said.I did have a word with Andrea Atzeni and he was very happy.Were using Wolverhampton as a benchmark and apparently it is riding just a bit slower than there, which is what we expected.Im just pleased to finally get going. 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