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CHASKA, Minn. New Jersey Devils Gear . -- Dustin Johnson made an exception to his rule of never watching golf on television, only because it was the Ryder Cup.That was the only thing I missed, Johnson said.The best player this week at Hazeltine, he was nowhere to be found two years ago at Gleneagles.Amid a published report that Johnson twice tested positive for drugs, he took a six-month break from golf to seek help for what he described as personal challenges. That caused him to miss the PGA Championship, the entire FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.That now seems like a long time ago.Johnson is No. 2 in the world, with a chance to reach the top by the end of the year. He is the U.S. Open champion, and perhaps the most feared player in golf because of his combination of power off the tee and precision with his wedges.He has gone from a low point in his career to being a dominant player that his power and talent suggested he should be.Ive had a lot of (stuff) happen to me, Johnson said in an interview last summer. But I come out better on the other side.Now he takes his place as the leader of an American team desperate to win the Ryder Cup.Phil Mickelson has the most experience, playing in his 11th consecutive Ryder Cup and qualifying for every one of those teams. Davis Love III is the U.S. captain for the second time, popular with the players. Tiger Woods surely will bring a presence to the team room and on the golf course as an assistant captain.Johnson, however, is the thoroughbred.That puts him in the best position to set the tone for these matches for his U.S. team. Because its not about speeches in the team room. Its not about pumping fists or any other public displays of excitement. Its about points.The best way to be a leader is to win your match, Johnny Miller said over the weekend.Thats one area where the Americans have been lacking during their most recent losing streak to Europe. The top qualifiers for the U.S. team in the last three Ryder Cups have combined to win a total of one match.Bubba Watson went 0-3 at Gleneagles. Woods was 0-3-1 at Medinah in 2012, not contributing a point until he halved with Francesco Molinari in singles. Mickelson was the top qualifier in 2010. He went 1/3 at Celtic Manor, not winning a match until he beat Peter Hanson in singles.Johnsons last meaningful round of golf going into Friday was forgettable.He was tied for the 54-hole lead with Kevin Chappell at the Tour Championship when he missed a couple of tee shots on the front nine that led to bogey, fell a few shots behind and never could get caught up. The end was a three-putt from 4 feet above the hole for double bogey, and he closed with a 73.No matter. He still is a lock to win PGA Tour player of the year. Johnsons three victories were a major (U.S. Open), World Golf Championship (Bridgestone Invitational) and FedEx Cup playoff event (BMW Championship). He had 14 finishes in the top 10, a rate of 67 percent. He won the PGA Tour money title at just over $9.3 million. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average.He didnt have many bad weeks.How will he respond as the top player for the American team? Johnson is not one to let anything clutter his thinking, assuming there are many thoughts going through his head at all. He sees the shot and hits it. He makes the game simple.What he brings to the table is his game, Mickelson said. He just needs to keep playing the way hes playing. Shoot low numbers and hes going to get us a lot of points.It didnt work out that way at Gleneagles when Johnson made his Ryder Cup debut with Mickelson at his side. They lost two matches, both ending on the 16th green. Johnson went 3-0 at Medinah, playing twice with Matt Kuchar. He also formed a strong pairing with Jordan Spieth at the Presidents Cup last year in South Korea, a combination of the best driver and the best putter.He thinks simply, which helps in his golf game, Spieth said. He just has a lot of confidence in what hes doing. Bad stuff doesnt seem to bother him. You couldnt even get under his skin. D.J. will laugh it off.Johnson has never been this confident. He has never looked this relaxed.Then again, the Ryder Cup has a strange way of bringing out the worst in the Americans. John Moore Jersey . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. Kyle Palmieri Jersey . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. .ca! Kerry, Two nights after the Scott-Eriksson incident in Buffalo, the Bruins returned home to play San Jose. In that game, Zdeno Chara put a check on Tommy Wingels that clearly targeted his head. Christian Horner says Red Bulls objective after the summer break is to cut the gap to Mercedes, which he says was consistently around three tenths in Germany.Red Bull moved into second position ahead of Ferrari after its double podium at Hockenheim. The result came after Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen demonstrated Red Bull can be a match for Mercedes on race pace by keeping Nico Rosberg comfortably at bay in the final stint.Team boss Horner has turned his attention towards making further in-roads after F1s four-week break.When asked if Germany was proof Red Bull is now clearly second in the pecking order, he replied: There have been ebbs and flows but that is where we are in the constructors championship at this stage in the year. There is still a long way to go, but the objective was to come into the summer break ahead of Ferrari, and now it gives everybody the chance for a well earned rest before the final nine races. There are some races on the calendar that will hopefully be favorable to us. Mirco Mueller Jersey. And our objective is to try and close that gap still further to Mercedes ahead. So we were on average within .3 of a second of them [in Germany], and what was really encouraging on that final stint was that Nico was not able to make any inroads into either of our drivers on the soft tyre.Though all the teams are looking ahead to 2017 Horner is convinced Red Bull has enough coming this year to bridge the gap.We still have a few bits that we can tidy up on the car this year that are in the pipeline that have been kicked off some time ago. There is still progress that is going on with the engine, with drivability. 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SAINT-LO, France -- Tour de France cyclists suspected of using hidden motors will be stopped even in the middle of a stage, UCI president Brian Cookson said on Friday. .The International Cycling Union is deploying a magnetic resonance test and thermal cameras to catch any cheats.We can do the tests at the start, at the finish, we can take bikes during the race if there are any changes or so, Cookson said. Its not just the bikes that the riders start off the race, we test the bikes on the cars, we test the bikes on the teams trucks as well.The race starts on Saturday at Mont-Saint-Michel.The first suspicion of mechanical doping emerged in 2010 when Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara was forced to deny he won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders with the help of an electric bike after a video appeared to show him pushing a button on the handlebars during both races. Bike checks were introduced, and have been carried out by the UCI at its events.This year, a Belgian cyclist was caught using a motor on her bike at the cyclo-cross world championships.We will both target and be unpredictable, Cookson said. We are not going to test every bike and every team every day. We are going to test a large number, probably do over 3,000 tests during the Tour de France, compared to 20 or 30 last year.Cookson would not speculate on how widespread was mechanical doping.Clearly the technology exists, clearly it is a threat that we have to deal with, and absolutely we will do what we can to make sure we combat it effectively, he said.Femke Van den Driessche, the Belgian caught at the cyclo-cross worlds, was the first cyclist caught for mechanical doping in a major competition, and banned for six years.After that control in January it was obvious that it was not just a rumor and we needed to do something, Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. It was perhaps a bit slow, but now we have a true arsenal of deterrent weapons.In April, French television program Stade 2 claimed to have detected motors at two Italian races by using roadside thermal cameras. The UCI previously said its magnetic resistance test was more effective than flawed heat-seeking tests, which it said were only effective if bikes are filmed close up from motorcycles.To reassure authorities in France, the police and (Tour organizers) ASO, if we have to adopt a supplemental method then we will do that, Cookson said. We have a good system, we are happy to use an additional system from time to time as we will be using during the Tour.In terms of traditional doping controls, Cookson said it will be a normal regime, with the possibility of tests at night, as allowed by French law.The French Anti-Doping Agency and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation -- an independent organization mandated by the UCI -- renewed their partnership for the Tour, with targeted tests being carried out throughout the three-week race.A total of 656 controls were performed during the 2015 Tour, including 482 blood tests and 174 urine tests. . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. SPARTA, Ky. -- Martin Truex Jr. had the fastest car and Kevin Harvick led the most laps. Yet Brad Keselowski found himself celebrating in Victory Lane at the end of a crash-strewn Quaker State 400 at newly repaved Kentucky Speedway.Keselowski took the lead on the final restart, then stretched his fuel to the absolute limit while his strongest competition all had to stop and top off. Carl Edwards came closest, reaching the rear bumper of the Team Penske Ford in Turn 2 on the final lap as Keselowski slowed almost to a crawl.But Keselowski placed his block to perfection, and he had just enough Sunoco E15 left in the tank for enough of a burst of speed to keep him ahead of Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the rest of the lap. He crossed the line 0.175 seconds ahead for his series-leading fourth race win of the season and second in the past seven days.I dont know, I guess every squirrel finds a nut, no matter how blind he is, Keselowski said. Were glad to put the Miller Lite Ford in Victory Lane two weeks in a row and it was a great team effort. I dont think we had the best car; I think probably the 78 [Truex] was.But my guys didnt give up. They gave me a great effort and we made the most of it.Keselowski looked to have about a fifth-place car for the first three-quarters of the 267-lap contest. But his Ford was particularly hooked up on restarts, one of the few opportunities for passing on the green racetrack.Once in front, crew chief Paul Wolfe encouraged Keselowski to save fuel, but advised him that the No. 2 teams strategy could be dictated by how the competition raced.They caught a huge break in the form of a critical penalty for Truex, who was cited for passing on entry into the pit lane with 90 laps remaining.The pass-through penalty dropped the Furniture Row Racing Toyota to 22nd place, but Truex made a brilliant charge through the field all the way to third place before he pitted for fuel with 10 laps to go. Truex ultimately finished 10th.All you can do when something like that happens is keep your head down and dig, Truex said. Just one of those deals and Im not sure why we were penalized. Its a timing line thing and everyone does it. We came out of that stop with the lead and they took it away from us.Just wasnt my night on that deal, which is frustrating, because I think we had the car to beat.Edwards was some nine seconds behind Keselowski with two laps to go, but Keselowski judged his dwindling fuel supply to perfection. His only failure was not saving enough gas to execute a solid burnout.I thought I had him, but he played it perfectly, Edwards said. He won at the absolute slowest possible speed he could. I thought he was out of fuel and that was that. Just wasnt meant to be.Its a tough one to be that close. He did a good job and he beat us.After a subpar 2015 season in which he scored just one win, Keselowski and the No. 2 team have established themselves in the past few weeks as a genuine championship threat.Harvick, the Sprint Cup Series points leader, paced 128 laps Saturday night but faded to ninth place at the flag.Along with Joey Loganos victory at Michigan in June, Team Penske has now swept both races using NASCARs extra-low downforce package. And Keselowski believes his season will only get stronger.The fuel mileage in this Ford was good enough to make up for some of my mistakes tonight, Keselowski said. We didnt have the fastest car or the raw speed, but restarts and fuel mileage put us here in the end.This is our best stretch and Im really, really proud of that, he added. Weve got to keep it going through the fall, because thats really important. But this is great.The repaved and reprofiled Kentucky proved to be a tough opponent, with a record-tying 11 cautions. A dozen drivers were involved in some sort of contact throughout the evening, with rookie Chase contenders Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott the most high-profile victims.Conversely, strong finishes for Ryan Newman (a season-best third), Tony Stewart (fifth) and Jamie McMurray (seventh) helped those drivers solidify their position in the hunt for a playoff berth.But the big story was Keselowski, who seemed to magically steal this victory from Harvick and Truex.Usually these repaves are kind of my Achilles heel, but it feels good to get another win here at Kentucky, Keselowski said. I know its been a good track for us in the past [this was his third career Cup win there], but this isnt the same Kentucky, I can tell you that. 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OXON HILL, Md. Rourke Chartier Jersey . -- All-Star closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis moved to different bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big rotation in Boston. And the Washington Nationals got their fans talking -- a lot.As teams packed up along the Potomac River and headed home Thursday, a look at what did and didnt happen this week at the winter meetings:---WHOS LEFT?Major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, fellow sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and center fielder Dexter Fowler are available free agents. So is closer Kenley Jansen, whos attracting serious interest from the Marlins. But Miami has a policy of not giving no-trade clauses, and thats troubling to some players and agents.Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said theres no reason to worry.The belief when you enter into these deals is that youre going to be together for the length of the contract, he said.Try telling that to Jose Reyes -- he signed a six-year deal with Miami before 2012, then got traded onto the artificial turf in Toronto after just one season.HOLIDAY SHOPPINGPittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen was all-but-gone at these meetings. Thats what most everyone thought, anyway.But the former MVP is going to PirateFest this weekend, still on the team. General manager Neal Huntington says he plans to talk things over with McCutchen before the festivities.We took calls, we listened, we engaged, Huntington said. We felt the right move was to hold the player.OPEN FOR BUSINESSThe White Sox got quite a haul of prospects by trading Sale and Adam Eaton, and theyre far from done. Closer David Robertson, starter Jose Quintana or third baseman Todd Frazier could be next.We embrace the challenge that lies ahead of us, GM Rick Hahn said. We have for the last several months ... but its nowhere near completed.A year removed from winning the World Series, the Royals are in a different spot. Several of their stars are eligible for free agency after this season -- first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Danny Duffy, among them -- and KC doesnt want to lose them with nothing in return. They began revamping the roster by trading Davis to the champion Cubs for young, powerful Jorge Soler.FIELD DAYExtra emphasis is being put these days on guys who can handle more than one spot. With David Ortiz retiring, Boston wants someone who could DH and also play first base -- Mitch Moreland is set to be that person. The Royals like Soler as a right fielder and DH. The Nationals are looking at Trea Turner in the outfield and at shortstop.Houston might see whether Carlos Beltran can play first base. And Colorado might turn newly signed Ian Desmond into a first baseman -- he was a shortstop in Washington and an outfielder in Texas.WINNERS AND LOSERSWho did the best and who did the worst at these meetings? Fact is, the answer might not come for a few years.The AL East champion Red Sox looked good getting Sale from the White Sox for a hefty package. The White Sox looked smart getting a trio of young, talented pitchers for outfielder Adam Eaton.But until fans see how the prospects turn out, well, everyone will just have to wait. Brent Burns Jersey . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. Justin Braun Jersey . 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HOUSTON -- After turning the tables on the Cubs by producing a pitching performance on Saturday essentially equal to what Chicago managed in the series opener on Friday night, the Astros set the stage for a rubber match that will not only determine the winner of their final interleague series of the season, but also potentially establish the tone for the final three weeks of their postseason push.The Astros (75-67) snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 win Saturday, relying on four hitless innings from their four-headed, right-handed bullpen monster of Chris Devenski, Will Harris, Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles, and the continuing emergence of rookie infielder Alex Bregman, who bashed his eighth homer to give Houston a lead it would not relinquish.Much was made of the Astros 13-game stretch against first-place teams, and while they have four more games remaining before completing that arduous run on the schedule, their effort over the last six games indicates the Astros are invested.We know whats ahead of us: Its a race to as many wins as we can get, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. I dont know whats going to happen with the teams ahead of us. We can all predict what we think is going to happen based on schedules and things like that but we need as many wins as we can get. I dont care if were playing a last-place team right now or a first-place team. Theres a sense of urgency that our guys feel that we know we need to win.Right-hander Mike Fiers (10-6, 4.29 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros against Chicago. Fiers is 3-11 with a 1. Kevin Labanc Jersey. 1 ERA over five games (four starts) against the Cubs, including a 6-1 win at Wrigley Field on May 2, 2015, in which he recorded 12 strikeouts while allowing one run in six innings while pitching for the Brewers.The Cubs (90-51) will counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (16-6, 2.84 ERA), who will be making his first career appearance against the Astros. Excluding the Cubs, Houston is the only team Arrieta (2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four interleague starts this season) has yet to face in his career.Despite the loss on Saturday, the Cubs were rewarded by another strong defensive effort from shortstop Javier Baez, who was stellar at third base in the series opener.Baez cut down George Springer at the plate for the final out of the seventh inning with a precise relay throw from right fielder Jason Heyward to catcher Willson Contreras, who applied the tag on the foot of Springer as he dove for home plate.While playing second, short and third base, Baez has accumulated 15 defensive runs saved. Not only is he a versatile infielder, Baez is a gifted defensive presence.My asking of him has been make the routine play routinely and if its not there and you have to do something extraordinary, please by all means do that, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Baez. For the most part since weve had that conversation Ive seen him do the routine stuff routinely and he still has a flair for the dramatic. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys China Wholesale College JerseysCheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic MLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
The goal posts went up at Sydneys Olympic stadium on Wednesday, more than three weeks before the opening U. Bernie Parent Jersey .S. college football game of the season between California and Hawaii.A group of Australian athletes from outside gridiron, as its more commonly known Down Under, had a chance to kick field goals through the posts. Others sampled some of the American-style menu, including two-foot-long hotdogs and buffalo wings, which will be served at the stadium on Aug. 27.Organizers are even promoting tailgate parties outside the stadium for the Saturday midday start locally, which is 10 p.m. Friday in New York and 7 p.m. on the U.S. west coast to provide better viewing times back in the States.A spokeswoman for the New South Wales state government on Wednesday said organizers were expecting a crowd in excess of 65,000 in the 83,500-seat stadium first built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. California Memorial Stadium, which the Golden Bears call home, has a capacity of 63,000.There were a lot fewer than that on Wednesday when a bevy of Australian football players, including rugby union stars Israel Folau and Bernard Foley, Australian rules footballer Gary Rohan and Western Sydney Wanderers soccer player Shannon Cole, were among those trying to kick the American football.Also there was Sydney-born Colin Scotts, a University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors alumni who played as defensive end and tight end in 1987 for the St. Louis Cardinals.Organizers said Folau, Foley and Cole slotted successful field goals over the newly installed posts.Many of the Cal Bears, including running back Tre Watson, are describing the game as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.A lot of us have never left the country, so were excited to see a new country and experience a new culture, Watson said in quotes provided in a Cal Football news release. We feel very blessed to be one of the two teams chosen to go on this trip.Cal cornerback Darius Allensworth said the Golden Bears, who began training Monday, will be aiming to provide entertaining football for many in the crowd who are unfamiliar with the sport.It adds a lot of fun to it, Allensworth said. Its going to be fun playing in front of the fans ... who may not know exactly what to cheer for.The neutral-site game will be the first college football game played in Sydney and the first significant American football game played in Australia since 1999 when the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 20-17 on Jason Elams 30-yard field goal on the final play of the game in the preseason American Bowl. Also played at the Olympic stadium, that game attracted more than 73,000 spectators.It is the first college football game to be played in Australia since BYU defeated Colorado State in 1987 in Melbourne. Then, a crowd of 7,652 watched BYUs 30-26 win at the 32,000-seat Princes Park stadium, far less than the 20,000 organizers had hoped. Jori Lehtera Jersey . They hope to persuade the other team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive. "Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. Philadelphia Flyers Gear . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. As expected, July 1 came and brought with it a wave of seemingly nonstop player movement. Actually, before free agency opened, Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning and we had the blockbuster P.K. Subban-Shea Weber and Taylor Hall-Adam Larsson trades -- then the signings reshaped the landscape. Then everyone basically went on vacation and the offseason newsfeed slowed to a lazy stroll.But not all big signings are made on July 1. Just ask the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Two of their biggest additions last summer were depth forwards Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen, who were signed July 28 and Aug. 6, respectively.[July 1 is] the time you look at your needs and you try to go after free agents who really can help your team, said former Los Angeles Kings general manager Rogie Vachon, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 14. But sometimes it doesnt work. Sometimes youre looking for one guy and all of a sudden hes gone and you have to wait until the end of July or even September and training camp ... whenever you can get the players youre really looking for. It doesnt matter what the date is.Heres the short list of players still waiting for the phone to ring who could potentially have a real impact.Sam Gagner, C: The 2007 No. 6 pick hit rock bottom with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. After establishing career lows in goals and points while struggling through a stint in the American Hockey League, Gagner is essentially starting over. Its hard to believe but hes still only 26 and isnt far removed from a 41-point output in 2014-15 with the Arizona Coyotes. So what does a team in search of depth down the middle really have to lose? The numbers dont bear it out, but Gagner did have his moments with the Flyers last season. He made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut, setting up Ryan Whites winner in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, and enjoyed a run following the All-Star Game in which he collected five goals and nine points in 18 games.James Wisniewski, D: The veteran will definitely be taking a pay cut from the six-year, $33 million deal he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011. The Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final year of his contract in June, but at only 32 years old Wisniewski should have something left to offer a team in search of veteran power-play help. A torn left ACL mere seconds into his Hurricanes debut limited Wisniewski to a single game last season. But in 2014-15 split between the Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks, he scored seven power-play goals. The season prior, he ranked ninth in the NHL with 29 power-play points. Considering the importance of special teams, someone could come calling soon enough.Jiri Hudler, RW: Who ranked ninth in NHL scoring in 2014-15? If youre a general manager who correctly answered Jiri Hudler, you might want to consider taking a chance on the Czech forward. Hudler had a dip in production between the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season and failed to contribute in six playoff games with the Panthers. Hudler should provide scoring depth at a nice discount. His point prooduction with the Flames in 2014-15 certainly turned some heads, but Hudlers greatest contribution that year might have been his work grooming young prospects Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, who now make up the Flames core. Jakub Voracek Jersey. Hudler shouldnt be labeled a playoff underperformer because of his stint in Florida. He scored eight points in 11 playoff games with the Flames in 2015 and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, scoring the winning goal against the Penguins in Game 4 of the Cup finals.Kris Versteeg, RW: Few players offer the big-game experience of this well-traveled winger, who has skated for six different teams in his nine NHL seasons, including two separate stints with the Chicago Blackhawks. Of course, Versteeg completed each of those Chicago tenures by hoisting the Stanley Cup. Even before the deadline deal that sent him to the Los Angeles Kings last season, Versteeg was a helpful mentor on a Hurricanes club teeming with young talent. Versteeg wont be expected to match the 54-point production he showed with the Florida Panthers in 2011-12. And despite joining a talented Kings team eyeing a playoff run, Versteeg never really found chemistry on any one forward line. But his big-game experience could become more attractive as free agency rolls on.Brad Richards, C: Has any remaining free agent done more than Richards? The two-time Stanley Cup champion has played in a whopping 83 playoff games -- and thats just in the past five seasons. Richards statistical disappointment in his lone season with the Wings marked the sixth straight year in which his point-per-game output has dropped. Thats an indisputable decline for a dynamic forward once considered among the NHLs best. But he also provided a much-needed calming veteran presence on a young team transitioning from legendary coach Mike Babcock to his understudy and replacement, Jeff Blashill. No one will be looking to Richards to provide an offensive boost but there isnt a free agent available with more big-game experience. At age 36, hes made it as far as the conference finals five times with four teams. Thats exactly the kind of playoff experience many teams covet.Luke Schenn, D: Teams in search of depth on their blue line could be eyeing the 2008 fifth-overall pick. After struggling with expectations early in his career, the physical defenseman has established himself over the past few seasons. There shouldnt be any more misconceptions about exactly what he provides: a physical presence with limited versatility and no offensive upside. Still, what he does bring could make him a good fit in the right place. That might have been most apparent after Schenn was traded, along with Vincent Lecavalier, to the Kings on Jan. 6. While much of the attention surrounding the deal was on the veteran Lecavalier, Schenn brought his lunchbox with him from Philadelphia, contributing depth and consistency to a Kings defense that desperately needed it. 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Rochdales Matty Gillam produced a contender for miss of the year, heading onto the bar from just a yard out in the win over Hartlepool. Ian Kennedy Jersey . Gillam, who had already scored in the 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy victory, saw the ball loop fortuitously onto his head from a cross, but he could only direct the ball onto the crossbar when it seemed harder to miss.The handful of Rochdale fans behind the goal assumed Gillam would score, but looked on in disbelief as the youngster failed to add to the visitors lead. The win means Rochdale have qualified for the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy, having picked up two wins and a penalty shoot-out victory in their group with Sunderland Under 23s, Notts County and Hartlepool.  Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The draw for the second round is live on Sky Sports News HQ at 10.30am on Thursday.So, is this the worse miss you have seen all season? 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This one was different.Travis hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night.Travis led off the game with a home run, then ripped a 1-2 pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-3) into the Royals bullpen for his first career multihomer game.Hes on a nice little roll right now, Blue Jays manager Josh Gibbons said. He can turn around anybodys fastball, so, he hit two home runs and its tough to hit them in this park, youve got to earn them. Anyway, he clutched up late.Travis hit Herreras 97 mph fastball that was high and out of the zone.I dont know how the guy hit that ball, Herrera said. I was shocked.Travis is not sure how he hit it that far either.I kind of blacked out, Travis said. Im going to go look at the tape. I just tried to open my eyes as wide as I can against him. Hes hard enough to see, a hundred (mph fastball) as it is. Im just thankful everything worked out.Left-hander Brett Cecil (1-6) pitched a spotless eighth for the victory.Francisco Liriano made his first start with the Blue Jays after being acquired in a trade Monday with Pittsburgh and yielded three runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Liriano had allowed 11 runs, 14 hits -- including four home runs -- and eight walks in 8 1/3 innings while losing his final two starts with the Pirates.Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 3 while with the San Diego Padres. Closer Roberto Osuna was unavailable after pitching the previous two days and in three of the past four.Right-hander Dillon Gee held the Blue Jays to three runs and four hits over six innings. He gave up a leadoff homer to Travis, then worked his way into and out of a basses-loaded jam in the first. Brandon Moss Jersey. Theyre a great lineup, Gee said. I was just trying to give us a chance to win. I was able to do that. I didnt feel great tonight. It was a battle for sure.The Royals have scored three or fewer runs in nine consecutive games, a club record for offensive futility.Its a broken record, Royals manager Ned Yost said. We just have to find a way to put some runs on the board.Gee walked Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion in the third and both scored. Michael Saunders double scored Donaldson, and Encarnacion came home on Troy Tulowitzkis groundout, giving the Blue Jays a 3-1 advantage.The Royals tied it in the fifth on Paulo Orlandos leadoff home run and Lorenzo Cains run-producing triple with two outs.PILLAR RESTSKevin Pillar, who has started 105 games in center field for the Blue Jays, was not in the lineup after striking out eight times in his last 25 at-bats. He was used in the ninth as a defensive replacement.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: RHP Kris Medlen (rotator cuff inflammation) threw a bullpen session and could begin a minor league rehab assignment soon. ... 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While they scored three runs with two out in the eighth to pull out a 5-2 triumph over the Twins, they were soon ousted from the wildcard playoff race when the Baltimore Orioles rallied with a two-run ninth to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.The team hadnt lost the fight at all, said Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who hit a two-run homer, his 25th, in the third inning Wednesday. It just didnt work out for us this year.A lot of ups and downs, a lot of injuries, but I still think there are a lot of positives to take from this year.He mentioned the contributions of rookies Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield, proving what they can do at this level.I think it really gives us a lot of enthusiasm heading into next year and it gives us a lot more weapons, Hosmer said.Hosmer said it would definitely be hard to watch the postseason.Weve been right in the thick of things the last couple of years, but thats just baseball, Hosmer said. Thats how it goes. Were still confident in the guys we have here. Were still confident in our team. Were hoping we can get pretty much everybody back and see if we can make another run at it.The Royals need one more victory to have their fourth consecutive winning season.Meanwhile, the young Twins have 102 losses, matching the most defeats since the club moved to Minnesota in 1961. The 1982 club, also, lost 102. It represents the most for the franchise since the 1949 Washington Senators lost 104. Walter Brown Jersey. hen Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer in the sixth it was the Twins first multiple-run inning in 11 games. That broke a streak of 106 innings with one or no runs. According to Elias, it is the longest such streak in MLB since the 1942 Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings without scoring more than one run.Was it that long? It seemed longer, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. I know we had over a hundred innings, which is somewhat unfathomable in todays game to imagine you could go through a period offensively of not finding a way to put up more than one run in a given inning. I get that.The Twins are 0-9 at Kauffman Stadium this season. They have never gone winless in Kansas City since the Royals 1969 inception.Right-hander Kyle Gibson will try to get the Twins first win of the year Thursday at Kansas City in the series finale. Gibson is 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 career starts against the Royals, allowing 24 earned runs in 64 innings with 22 walks and 43 strikeouts.Gibson, a Missouri alumnus, is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA in four career starts at Kansas City. Dont be surprised if catcher Drew Butera starts for the Royals. He is 4-for-5 with a home run off Gibson, while Salvador Perez is 3-for-25, .120. Alex Gordon is 9-for-25, .360, and Alcides Escobar is 10-for-29, .345, versus Gibson.The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy, who is 7-0 with a 3.43 ERA this year at home. Duffy, who has held left-handed hitters to a .183 average, is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA in his career against the Twins. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys China Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic MLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Cheap Custom St. Louis Blues Jerseys . -- Nursing an eight-point lead with just over 12 minutes left Saturday, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trupisky heaved the ball deep toward Ryan Switzer but instead connected with the back of an Illinois defensive back.No problem, as it turned out. The ball bounced high and came down in the hands of Tar Heel tight end Jake Bargas for a first down that set up a touchdown that gave North Carolina a 38-23 lead.Sometimes, its just your night, and Saturday was Trupiskys.The junior quarterback threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores Saturday to lead the Tar Heels to a 48-23 win at Illinois.We took what the defense gave us, Trupisky said. We were just rolling; whoever was open was making plays. Our o-line did a good job all night. We just kept attacking the areas they were giving us on the field.Trubisky was coming off a workmanlike performance a week earlier against Georgia that wasnt enough to deliver a win.On Saturday, he was 19-24 passing and didnt throw an interception. And he carried the ball nine times for 42 yards.He played well tonight, he took care of the football, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. He ran the ball effectively and I thought he was into it, sharp, focused and tough and thats what I expect from him.Early on, Trubisky had to lead the Tar Heels (1-1) from behind.Illinois (1-1) went up 7-0 on the opening drive on a 65-yard KeShawn VAugh touchdown run while North Carolinas offense started slow.Trubisky jump-started the attack, rushing for two short touchdowns by the end of the first quarter and giving UNC a 17-14 lead it never gave up.The Tar Heels held Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt to 127 yards and two touchdowns on 17-35 passing.Illinois also struggled with penalties. They were flagged 13 times for 99 yards.First-year Illinois coach Lovie Smith called the game a learning experience for his team, but had no explanation for the penalties.If you have a penalty, how do you explain it? Dont do it, he said. Sometimes you have to see what they do to your team. Winning teams dont do it.A year ago North Carolina easily handled Illinois at home, winning 48-14 and beginning a run that took the Tar Heels to the ACC title game and a bowl game.THE TAKEAWAYNORTH CAROLINA: Trubisky looked like a quarterback who can take North Carolina places, and while he was sacked twice his line otherwise protected him against an Illinois defensive line that punished Murray State in its opener. But before a late 62-yard touchdown when the game was all but decided, North Carolina struggled to get tailback Elijah Hood going. Aside from that TD he finished with 26 yards on 14 carries. UNC will need him when ACC play starts Sept. 24.ILLINOIS: A week after a 52-3 win over Murray State gave the beginning of Smiths tenure a feel-good start, the new Illinois coach has a much better idea of what he needs to fix. The Illini ran the ball well at times and the defense limited the Tar Heels run game. But 13 penalties cost Illinois 99 yards. And North Carolinas speed exposed Illinois secondary.LUNT IN CHECKLunt credited the North Carolina defense for shutting off his receivers for much of the night, calling the Tar Heel secondary the strength of their defense. Just seven of Lunts 17 completions went to Illinois wideouts.INJURY REPORTThe game was potentially costly for Illinois. Starting left guard Gabe Megginson had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a leg injury and a Tar Heel defender fell over the back of his legs. And backup safety Caleb Day had to be helped off the field late I the second quarter after injuring his left leg. He did not return. The Illini also played without starting punter Ryan Frain, who Smith said was injured in a biking accident. It was not clear when Frain will return.UP NEXTNORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels will finally see their home field on Saturday, playing their first game at Kenan Memorial Stadium this season, against James Madison. James Madison opened season with an 80-7 win over Morehead State.ILLINOIS: Illinois will play its third straight home game, hosting Western Michigan on Saturday. 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LAKE CHARLES, La. -- James Tabary threw for 235 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown as McNeese State closed out the season with a 41-10 victory over Lamar on Saturday night to secure the Cowboys 12th straight winning season.Tabary, who already owns the school single-season records for most completions and pass attempts, finished just 33 yards short of the single-season record for passing yards. He totaled 3,036 for the year. Blake Prejean set the mark (3,068) in 1997.McNeese State (6-5, 5-4 Southland Conference) won thiis game last year 20-14 to complete the regular season undefeated. Cheap Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys
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TORONTO -- The World Cup of Hockey will return, without a doubt, and avoid another 12-year break. Yasmani Grandal Jersey .NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr both confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that they expect the next World Cup of Hockey to be in 2020.It is much less certain whether the best players will go to South Korea to participate in the 2018 Olympics.International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel told the AP on Tuesday the odds of NHL players going to the Pyeongchang Games were 50-50, a slight upgrade from his forecast in May.Later the same day, Daly said he felt more negative about the chances the leagues players will be in a sixth straight Olympics because of the International Olympic Committees decision to not pay for NHL players travel and insurance as it has in the past.Fehr, who represents players who have made it clear they want to be in the Olympics, said hes more optimistic than pessimistic a deal will get done.The union head insisted he isnt concerned about the IOCs stance.Everybody understands that nobodys going to risk their career and future earnings and all the rest of it in return for no compensation and no coverage, Fehr told the AP. No one will do that. They understand that. Thats been a given for a long, long time. If it plays out that way, which I do not expect it to play out that way, well deal with it.The IOC isnt buying the banter.I think both sides are playing poker, International Ski Federation president Gian Franco Kasper, who represents winter sports on the IOC executive board, said Friday in an interview with the AP.The IOC does not want to continue its past practice of paying for NHL players travel and insurance because it doesnt want to have to do the same for athletes in other sports.Fasel said it is his job to raise the money needed, which he estimates to be about $10 million. Fasel said he plans to beg for the funds from national Olympic committees and hockey federations. He acknowledged using some of the $40 million the IOC gives the IIHF to fund its programs, including development opportunities for boys and girls, could be used to send the best hockey players to South Korea.Daly said the NHL would like a final decision by the end of the year so that it can set the 2017-18 schedule with or without a break midway through the slate for the Olympics.The World Cup of Hockey, which the NHL and NHLPA teamed up to bring back for the first time since 2004, does not conflict with the leagues schedule, because the games were played during training camp and early preseason games.Playing hockey in late September, however, is not an ideal time to draw TV viewers in the U.S., in part because of interest in the NFL, college football and baseball.Game 1 with Canada and Team Europe in the World Cup finals on Tuesday night -- without direct competition from football -- drew 494,000 viewers on ESPN, then only 296,000 watched Game 2 on Thursday. In Canada, Game 2 had an average audience of 2.27 million viewers on Sportsnet.Daly acknowledged it was a challenge to engage Americans enough to watch the event. It did not help that the U.S. and North American Under 23-teams didnt make it to the semifinals of the eight-team tournament.Surprisingly, it also was difficult to fill seats at the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs despite it being in a hockey hotbed even though the league said ticket sales went very well. It seemed many more people were interested in attending Toronto Blue Jays games when world-class hockey matchups and playoff-push baseball games were played at the same time.The level of hockey, at times, was impressive. And, the atmosphere was electric when Canada rallied from a one-goal deficit in the final few minutes Thursday night to beat Europe 2-1 to win the championship.During many stretches of play, however, the World Cup of Hockey didnt do enough to fire up fans in attendance.Days before Canada beat Europe 2-0 in the best-of-three series to win the World Cup, Canadian coach Mike Babcock seemed to sum up the situation best.The World Cup is great. Its not the Olympics, Babcock said in an unsolicited comparison of the two events. Lets not get confused. Julio Urias Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Justin Turner Jersey .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. . 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The other one has not a whole lot to do with this team.The Red Wings had lost three contests during their skid by one goal.I thought we played well at times in those five games, but we werent getting results, Blashill said. You play good, you have to find a way to get results. And we found a way tonight.Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux scored and Jakub Voracek had a pair of assists for the Flyers.In the shootout, all three Philadelphia skaters -- Travis Konecny, Giroux and Voracek -- missed.Its a valuable point (lost), Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.After Gustav Nyquist and Frans Nielsen misfired for Detroit, Athanasiou beat Steve Mason on the backhand. Athanasiou pumped his fist along the side boards as his teammates came out to congratulate him.Its definitely a good feeling to end the losing slump and get back on the right track, Athanasiou said. You can see the spirits are already high.Couturier made it 2-1 off a setup by Voracek 6:51 into the third period. After his wraparound attempt was denied by Jimmy Howard, Voracek sent the puck back in front of the net and Couturier poked it home for his fourth goal of the season but first in 11 games.Athanasiou tied it with 8:47 left when hee raced past Flyers defensemen Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas before deking around Mason with a forehand shot. Rich Hill Jersey. .I saw a little space, Athanasiou said. Fortunately enough, I got through.Said Hakstol: The pace and speed he attacks with is hard to handle.Mason, making his first start since Oct. 29, made 33 saves.I thought (Mason) was excellent, Hakstol said.Howard made consecutive starts for the first time this season after making 26 stops in Detroits 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. He stopped 23 shots.The Flyers recorded a 4-3 overtime win over Detroit last Tuesday in Philadelphia.Giroux gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 6 1/2 minutes in. 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TORONTO -- I have two sons. . The first one, Charley, is 10 years old and a nerd. He loves books. The second one, Sam, is 8 years old and a jock. I dont think he can read.Charley has autism. Im not sure if all kids with autism are the same (probably not, because no two kids with autism are the same), but Charley doesnt understand sports. I mean, he understands that in soccer, for instance, the object of the game is to put the ball in the other teams net. But Charley doesnt understand why anyone would play sports, and he really doesnt understand why anybody would bother watching other people play them.Im always a little flummoxed when he asks me to explain it. There isnt much of an answer except: Its fun. Sports are fun, Charley, I say, and he looks at me with pity and hands me another book to read him as though he has to show me what Ive been missing.Sam knows that Charley is a little different, but he thinks Charley has something called optimism, and Ive never had the heart to correct him. Sam doesnt just understand sports. Sam was born believing in sports the way Charley believes in books and everything in them. Charley believes in dragons and ghosts and fairies. Sam believes in keeping score.The only toy I can remember him playing with, at least with any regularity, was a ball. I have pictures of us playing soccer together when he wasnt yet 2. (He sucked. I crushed him.) Golf entered the picture, then baseball, then hockey, then basketball. Im pretty relieved that he doesnt seem to like football, but I expect thats just a matter of time. I caught him watching darts the other day.He is a natural athlete, and when he isnt playing sports, he wants to watch them or talk about them or, worst comes to worst, think about them. He has an enormous head, both literally and egotistically, and I swear its because there are so many sports and he cant stop thinking about them all and how great he is at whichever one he decides to play in that moment.That has led to a different strain of parental flummoxing.Because I love sports, too, and its so easy to play catch with your kid or coach his soccer team or take him to the driving range and pretend youre the father of the year. Sports parenting is the cheapest kind of parenting, because its not really parenting at all. Its like being a kid again and your best friend is this other kid who you love more than anything. Its perfection.But there is so much more to life than sports. I know that. Charley knows that. The trouble is, those other things arent dragons and ghosts and fairies. They are hard and complicated and sad and real. More and more the world seems like a place that isnt much fun anymore, and its especially not much fun for grownups.So here is what Ive decided to do, as the flummoxed father of simple sons. Im going to read books to Charley, as many as I can. And Im going to watch sports with Sam, as many as I can.On Saturday, we woke up and turned on the TV to watch Liverpool, Sams team, dismantle Hull in the English Premier League. Then we drove into Toronto with some friends, and I took him to his first professional soccer game: Toronto FC against the Philadelphia Union.It was, to be kind, some garbage football, but Sam was open-mouthed most of the time. He couldnt get over the thrill of the grass, or the view from our seats of the lake, or how far the goalies could kick the ball in real life. Toronto scored a nice goal semi-late to tie it, and Sam jumped up so high that he missed the ground on his way back down and fell into the seat in front of him.Then, because this life is just the purest sort of blessing and still works out beautifully sometimes if we let it, we caught a train one minute after that game ended that took us back downtown, where Canada was playing Russia in the World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Centre. It was Sams first hockey game, too.We were in our seats seconds after the opening faceoff, and the first hockey goal Sam ever saw in the flesh was Sidney Crosbys steal and finish to give Canada the lead, 1-0. It happened less than 100 feet in front of his wide eyes, and his arms shot up as though hed been electrocuted. Then we ate popcorn and watched Canada go on to win.This is the funnest day ever, Sam said toward the end of it, and it was everything I could do to keep my chest from caving in.Now Im sitting in the dark, listening to him snore in the hotel bed beside me. His head barely fits on the pillow. Charley is at home with his mother, dreaming under the pile of books that he uses as a blanket.I used to think it was my job as a parent to show my boys the world, to introduce them to every last one of its wonders, to make the planet and its possibilities seem as big as possible. Ive come to think its up to them to find that out on their own. My job, when they find something they love, is to tell them that their love is wise and justified, and I love those things, too, and Id love to do those things with them for as long as they will let me.Not every day can be the funnest day ever. But today might still be pretty great, if we spend time with the people we love doing the things they love. And the more we love them, and the more they love those things, whatever they are, the better all of our chances will be. . 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. . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- It was a somber start to homecoming week Monday at a suburban Denver high school after a bus carrying football players and coaches crashed at the airport, killing the driver and injuring 18 passengers, some critically.The bus driver was speeding as she veered off a roadway and slammed into a concrete pillar Sunday afternoon at Denver International Airport after picking up members of the Legacy High School football squad.The students were returning from a football game in California, and the vehicle was circling back to the airport for an unknown reason when it crashed.Detectives spent hours interviewing witnesses, including those aboard the bus, but no one could explain why the driver headed back toward the terminal before driving directly into the pillar, Denver police Sgt. Mike Farr said.Theres a big mystery there, he said.The driver was traveling 30 to 40 mph (48 to 64 kmh), too fast for that stretch of roadway, Farr said. Tire tracks show she made no attempt to avoid the pillar.Police were investigating the possibility she suffered a medical condition. They were also inspecting the bus for mechanical problems.Theres no evidence the driver crashed intentionally, Farr said, but certainly its one of the things we have to be open to.The bus carried 28 students and four adults, airport spokeswoman Heath Montgomery said.. Fifteen students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries as a precaution, school officials said. Three coaches remained hospitalized Monday with serious injuries.Authorities identified the driver as 43-year-old Kari Chopper.Two victims at Denver Health Medical Center were in critical condition, two in serious condition and one in fair condition.The crash stunned students at the school in Broomfield, north of Denver. A crisis team was there to help.Junior Kevin Segura was relieved to learn that his friend, a football player, was OK.He was released from the hospital last night. Hes just really traumatized right now, Segura said. Its such a tragic event.School officials said some of this weeks homecoming events were being postponed, including a game planned for Monday evening.The Legacy High team had played a game Friday against Chino Hills High School in suburban Los Angeles.A Monday college spirit day was modified into a Legacy day in support of the football team, senior Emily Stockhus said.Students are trying to use homecoming week to work together as a team, school to build a really strong team together, Stockhus said.---Sadie Gurman can be reached on Twitter at . Cheap Soccer Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys China Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys ChinaCheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic MLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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