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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. Ron-Thorben Hoffmann Jersey . 6?Ohio State Buckeyes?have likely lost defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle?for the season after the junior was carted to the locker room with a patella tendon injury Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said.Sprinkle was injured during the first half of the Buckeyes season-opening 77-10 victory against Bowling Green. A source indicated Sprinkle could be facing surgery as early as Sunday.Patella tendon injury is what theyre telling me, which is not good, Meyer said after the game. Its a surgery and a season-ender is what Ive been told.... Thats the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy who has committed so much to this team and the program. Our prayers are with Tracy.Sprinkle played all 13 games for the Buckeyes last season as a reserve, making four tackles and recovering a fumble. He was expected to take on a much larger role this season for an Ohio State defensive line that had to replace both interior linemen and star pass-rusher Joey Bosa. Mehdi Benatia Bayern Munich Jersey . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. David Alaba Jersey . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. While many thought that IEM Oakland would be SK Gamings time to get back in the spotlight, Ninjas in Pyjamas shocked the world with a big win in the grand finals.Despite their struggles lately, Ninjas in Pyjamas showed they are very much alive in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive scene with the IEM win, picking up a cool $128,000 for their troubles. Meanwhile the loss Sunday marks the second time in as many tournaments that SK have fallen just short. While they may be earning finals appearances, its clear SK Gaming have some work to do if it hopes to regain its swagger from last year, when they dominated the competitive scene.SK takes down AstralisSK Gaming and Astralis opened up the final day of IEM Oakland with fireworks, as the two teams battled it out for a spot in the grand finals. SK got off to a quick 5-0 lead before faltering quite a bit into the second half. Astralis surged all the way to a 14-9 lead before SK finally found its groove once again. Fernando fer Alvarenga was a big part of that comeback, going 12/2 in the final seven rounds that SK won to take the first map 16-14. With the win, SK are now an outstanding 26-2 on Train in LAN matches. SKs unbelievable amount of success on Train may force opposing teams to ban the map immediately if they hope to have any easier shot at winning a respective series.The series transitioned to Mirage -- Astralis pick for the series -- for the second game, and it was just as closely contested as Game 1. SK once again got off to a quick lead, this time 4-0, before going into the half up 11-4. The Brazilian squad wasnt able to pull away once the second half started, though. Astralis made it interesting, rallying back to within one round, staring at a 13-12 deficit. From there, SK stabilized and won three straight rounds to take the series. It was Epitacio TACO de Melos big 1 vs. 2 clutch to win the final round that propelled SK to the grand finals to face Ninjas in Pyjamas.Ninjas in Pyjamas take down FaZe ClanThis hotly contested series started off with Ninjas in Pyjamas map pick of Nuke, which would have made you think that they would take the series pretty easily. That couldnt have been further from the truth. While they did get off to a great start with a 10-5 lead at the half, their CT-side faltered in a big way as FaZe forced overtime. Patrik f0rest Linndberg came up big for the pajama-clad ninjas in overtime, going 6/0 in the four consecutive round wins to take the first map by a score of 19-15. Niklas Sule Jersey. While the Ninjas seemed to struggle a bit on its map choice in Game 1, FaZe Clan made sure to dominate while on its pick of Train in Game 2. It also took a 10-5 lead into the half, but managed to hold on in a big way to easily wrap up the 16-6 win and force a decisive Game 3. While Game 3 didnt go into overtime, the final match in the series was just as close as the first. Ninjas in Pyjamas took a 9-6 lead into the half before the teams both won seven rounds in the second half. Thankfully for Ninjas, that halftime lead proved to be the difference and netted them a 16-13 win that put them on a collision course to meet SK in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.Ninjas in Pyjamas upset SK GamingRight from the start, Ninjas in Pyjamas made a curious decision opting to allow SK Gaming to select the map Train for Game 1, especially given their success on the map as of late (26-2 in LAN matches on the map). This odd move inevitably led to SK gaining a quick 1-0 lead after taking Game 1 by a score of 16-4. Lincoln fnx Lau led the way with his 18/11 KD and 106.4 ADR as SK improved to 27-2 on Train at LAN events.Despite all of SKs success on Train in Game 1, it all came crashing down in Game 2 on Ninjas pick of Cache. SK didnt go away quietly, though. The Swedish squad got out to a 12-5 lead before SK came roaring back, nearly forcing overtime. Waiting with bated breath to shut the door on SKs comeback was none other than f0rest, who dropped 30 kills on SK to take the map 16-14 and send the grand finals to a Game 3.In a somewhat surprising result, with the game on the line, it was Ninjas in Pyjamas who would come out on top. They took a big 10-5 lead into the half, but SK once again came back to make things interesting. The Brazilian juggernauts would actually take a 13-11 lead before the Ninjas would band together to win five of the next six rounds and take the IEM title home. Adam friberg Friberg may have been at the bottom of the scoreboard for Ninjas in Pyjamas overall in the series, but he came to play during Game 3 with a 27/21 KD and 94.8 ADR. ' ' '
Controversial gambler Eddie Hayson has claimed his friendship probably saved Kieran Forans life, in the same breath as revealing he tried to deposit $30,000 into the troubled rugby league stars betting account. Jose Quintana Jersey .Speaking at an hour-long press conference in Sydney on Thursday to address claims about his gambling activity and the three NRL matches being probed by a police strike force, Hayson spoke of his support for long-time mate Foran during the troubled former Parramatta captains darkest times this year.The out-of-contract five-eighth, who is being courted by the Warriors and now reportedly Canterbury, endured a horror season that ended early with a shoulder reconstruction and included time in a rehabilitation clinic and an attempt to take his own life.The pair remained close while Foran was staying on the NSW Central Coast around the time he was granted compassionate leave from the Eels.But Hayson, who spoke to Foran as recently as Thursday morning, said he was willing to walk away from the friendship if it meant the 26-year-old former Manly star would have a chance to resume his career.Kieran went through some really dark times this year, and if I wasnt in his life this year he probably wouldnt be alive, Hayson said.I was just there to talk to him.I dont want to talk too much about Kieran today.But hes well on the road to recovery and doing really well now.If I need to stay out of his life thats fine, Im happy to do that.Questions were asked during the press conference about whether Hayson, a professional gambler and former brothel owner, was the best influence on Foran, who has opened up about his own gambling problems.Hayson conceded it wasnt a good look at all to go to the races with Foran a few months ago.He also confirmed he attempted to place $30,000 into Forans Ladbrokes account for his own use, and said it was not unusual for people to use others betting accounts.Hayson said the deposit was rejected after the corporate bookmaker became aware he was linked to the transaction.I put it in there and some alarm bells went so they closed the account, Hayson said.In hindsight I wish I didnt do it now, but he was injured and not playing football.I wasnt trying to help him out, I was trying to help myself.In July Foran said Hayson had been a good mate for about a decade and someone on whom hed leaned heavily in recent months.He is one of my most loyal friends, Foran said.I cant speak more highly of the bloke.Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.Brad Brach Jersey . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. Billy Williams Cubs Jersey . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai title for the second time in four years on Sunday, and Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed the biggest victory of his short career at the World Tour Championship.Fourth-ranked Stenson shot 7-under 65 in the final round on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to stay ahead of his rivals in the year-long race. The Swede earned a bonus of $1.25 million as the European Tours top player.The 40-year-old Stenson, who also won the Race to Dubai in 2013, ended Sunday on 12-under 276 in a four-way tie for ninth, which included Rory McIlroy (65).Ive always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think Ive done that this year, said British Open champion Stenson. Maybe not to the level of golf over six months, but certainly with the highlights of winning the Open, (silver at) the Olympics and taking the Race to Dubai again.Stensons closest rival in the Race to Dubai, Masters champion Danny Willett, remained second after finishing tied 50th in the tournament with a 70, some 11 shots adrift of Stenson.Fitzpatrick, who earned his card exactly two years ago, shot 5-under 67 to finish on 17-under 271. The 22-year-old Englishman finished one stroke ahead of compatriot Tyrrell Hatton (68), who had a bogey on the final hole after his tee shot trickled into the stream that bisects the fairway.I love playing golf obviously, but its been a long year for me, said Fitzpatrick, who is expected to move into the top 30 from his current 51st ranking. This means the world ... For me to win on the final week of the year is special. Brandon Morrow Jersey. itzpatrick survived a scare on the 15th hole when he pulled his tee shot into thick trees, but the ball somehow kicked back into the rough and he made par from there.South African Charl Schwartzel (67) was two shots further behind in third.Overnight leader, Frances Victor Dubuisson (72), was among those tied fourth at 275. That group included Austrias Bernd Wiesberger (68), Italian Francesco Molinari (70), Dane Soren Kjeldsen (68) and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (71).The Race to Dubai did not need any major calculations when leader Stenson finished best among the four players in with a chance.His score of 65 on Sunday tied McIlroy but left behind his two closest rivals, Willett and Swedens Alex Noren.Noren could not reproduce the form that saw him win last week in South Africa which included a sensational 9-under 63. He finished with a double bogey on the 18th for a round of 71, which put him four behind Stenson.Stenson started the day tied with McIlroy on 5-under, and the two were paired together. Between them, they had 15 birdies, three bogeys and one eagle -- McIlroy on the par-5 No. 7.For Stenson, its been a great year, the best year of my career.Stensons first victory this season came as late as June, when he won the BMW International Open in Munich with a three-stroke victory. He then went toe-to-toe with Phil Mickelson at the Open, with Stenson shooting the lowest ever final round (63) by a winner. ' ' '
PHOENIX -- Jessica Breland made a putback with 0. Ryan Miller Ducks Jersey .2 seconds left and the Chicago Sky won their second straight game in the final seconds in a 79-77 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.Candice Dupree hit a runner in the lane for Phoenix with 12.8 seconds left to tie it at 77-all. After a timeout, Elena Delle Donne missed a contested jumper, Imani Boyette had a bank shot roll out and Breland elevated for the winner.On Sunday night, Delle Donne hit a 3-pointer with a second left to give the Sky a 91-88 win over Seattle.Delle Donne had 18 points and nine rebounds for Chicago (11-12), ranked fifth in the AP power poll. Jamierra Faulkner added 14 points and Breland finished with nine points and seven rebounds.DeWanna Bonner led seventh-seeded Phoenix (10-14) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Dupree added 18 points and eight rebounds.Two starters were ejected with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Brittney Griner and Cappie Pondexter collided on a high screen and after teammates got between them, Griner pushed Pondexter in the head. Officials reviewed the play and called Pondexter for a flagrant foul 2.Its the second time Griner has been ejected this month. Carter Rowney Ducks Jersey . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Giovanni Fiore Ducks Jersey . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. NYON, Switzerland -- The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe for the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he will revive an open bidding process for the right to host the climax to the European club season and is open to the game being staged in New York.Iit might be an idea in future but we have to speak about it, Ceferin said, highlighting how travel times across Europe can be as long as flights to the United States. To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans its no problem but we should see. Its a European competition so lets think about it.UEFA could gauge the appetite for taking its major finals beyond Europe by first experimenting with the less-regarded Super Cup, which is played in August between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League.UEFA has until now been awarding the honor of staging its showpiece finals without any tendering process, with stadium hosts decided in secret by the leadership.The bidding process should be very clear because if you get the Champions League finals or Europa League finals as a political favor then its not OK, Ceferin said. With a clear bidding procedure I will protect also the administration and myself because whoever tries to call us, to push us, to ask us for such a favor we will have a clear answer, `Sorry, there are clear rules we cannot do it.In his first major interview since succeeding Michel Platini as UEFA president last month, Ceferin displayed a willingness to innovate while not damaging the organizations lucrative competitions.The Champions League is the best sporting product in the world, Ceferin said at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on the banks of Lake Geneva.And the former Slovenia federation president will not sacrifice the success of the competition by shifting kickoff times to pander to expanding soccer markets in Asia just to sweep up more television viewers or sponsors in the region. Games are always played in the evening in Europe, when much of Asia is asleep.From a financial point of view its not ideal, Ceferin said. We should think also about other markets, but how to do it exactly Im not sure yet. China is financially interesting and the U.S. is not just financially interesting, but football is growing there.Only the final is played on a Saturday, but one option would be to also move the semifinals from their current midweek slot.There are some ideas about that because then China is not asleep because its Saturday and theyy can watch, said Ceferin, whose presidential term runs until 2019. Giovanni Fiore Jersey. But there are many problems concerning that with the calendar of the leagues. National leagues are too important.You have the Premier League which is very strong. Its an idea (semifinals at the weekend) that came out but its too early to say anything concrete on it.While mulling modifications to the Champions League, Ceferin is also involved in talks on whether to expand the World Cup. In his first FIFA Council meeting last week since becoming one of the governing bodys vice presidents, Ceferin heard President Gianni Infantino propose boosting the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.We didnt want to vote on it as it was too early, Ceferin said. We simply didnt get any information about it. Nothing. Just shall we expand or not. We said we cannot say.Ceferin is awaiting proper analysis on the merits of such a significant overhaul of the tournament. He is already certain Europe should gain a fair share of the additional 16 places rather than expansion being used to correct disparities between how the slots are currently split between the six confederations.Thirteen teams qualify for the World Cup from the 55-nation UEFA region and Ceferin believes that fans in North America and Asia prefer to watch our teams.If you put it to a vote (on the number of additional UEFA places) we might lose but we are the strongest confederation, nobody should forget that -- strongest in quality and all other aspects, Ceferin said. We have the best national teams. So I doubt they will outvote us.Ceferin said UEFA doesnt want to hurt the other confederations but sees additional European teams as adding to the quality of the World Cup.I know everyone is afraid of playing Europe in the playoffs, he said. I can understand them but if you are afraid of playing someone that team is probably better so that team deserves to go (to the World Cup).UEFA has already ceded ground on the 2026 World Cup, with Ceferin approving FIFA blocking Europe from bidding given the 2018 tournament is in Russia. North America is now the favorite to host the event for the first time since the 1994 World Cup in the United States.It would really be hard for me to say it would be good if it goes to North America or Africa, Ceferin said. But given the infrastructure possibilities, probably Africa will have a hard time to place a serious bid.---Rob Harris can be followed at and ' ' '
The Sky Sports pundits have provided us with their predictions for who will win the Golden Boot at Euro 2016. Chris Doleman Womens Jersey . It was six-way tie for top goalscorer at Euro 2012, with Fernando Torres claiming the Golden Boot due to providing more assists than the other five players who had three goals to their names.It looks another tough one to call in 2016 with Sky Bets top goalscorer market a wide open one, led by Thomas Muller and Cristiano Ronaldo at 8/1 apiece. Euro 2016 offer Bet £10 on the Euro 2016 outright and get a £3 free bet every time your team wins. Heres who the pundits are predicting to top the scoring charts...Alan SmithRonaldo might be stifled by Portugal not being one of the best teams in the competition and they havent done too well of late, so Id give him a miss. Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor Make your predictions with our interactive wall chart here. Antoine Griezmann has scored a lot of goals for Atletico Madrid and is a very pacy player. As the host nation I think France will have a good tournament, so hell have plenty of chances with the likes of Paul Pogba behind him in the line-up.  Smith predicts: Griezmann (9/1 with Sky Bet) Atletico Madrids Antoine Griezmann netted 22 times in La Liga Matt Le TissierIm going to go with the heart when it comes to the top goalscorer and pick one of Englands in-form frontmen.I think, having finished the season as the Premier Leagues top goalscorer, Harry Kane will be full of confidence and hes a decent price to finish the tournament as top scorer as well.Le Tiss predicts: Kane (14/1 with Sky Bet) Harry Kane scored 25 Premier League goals for Tottenham Charlie NicholasIm looking at different groups and how complicated they are. Ive gone for Spain in the outright and Im intrigued by who is going to lead the line for them.Alvaro Morata and Nolito are starting to produce the goals with the great creator Cesc Fabregas at the peak of his career.Im going to go with Morata. Sometimes a player comes along and goes boom and produces on the big stage and I think it could be his tournament.Nicholas predicts: Morata (18/1 with Sky Bet) Alvaro Morata capped his campaign with a Coppa Italia winner Alan McInallyThats a really tough one actually. I think Griezmann has had a wonderful season. Ive already said I think France will do well and obviously the longer youre in the competition the better chance you have.Ronaldo is another favourite, but the scenario is that Portugal will probably have to do better than they have in recent competitions and get past the quarter-finals.However, if England have a wonderful competition then maybe Jamie Vardy, who can do no wrong, could be an outside shout and might be worth a tenner.McInally predicts: Vardy (33/1 with Sky Bet) Jamie Vardy has scored in his last three England appearances Phil ThompsonId probably go for Thomas Muller given Ive backed Germany to win it. Hes a serial scorer in any tournament and its difficult to look past him. I think hell be on penalty duty as well, which is always an important one.Thommo predicts: Muller (8/1 with Sky Bet) Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor Make your predictions with our interactive wall chart here. Paul MersonI think Kane is a good shout for top goalscorer. He loves a shot, he shoots from anywhere and hits the target most of the time.He obviously missed his penalty the other day and you hope that he stays on them because if he doesnt, rip your slip up. You need to have a penalty taker if youre going to nail the top goalscorer in my opinion.Merse predicts: Kane (14/1 with Sky Bet) Kane hits the target most of the time, says Paul Merson Also See: Euro 2016 predictor No defence for England? Latest video Tables Brett Favre Vikings Jersey . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. Irv Smith Jr. Vikings Jersey . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. The San Diego Padres have traded pricey outfielder Matt Kemp to the Atlanta Braves for troubled third baseman Hector Olivera.?The deal, first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was confirmed by both teams later Saturday night.?The Padres are also sending $10.5 million to the Braves as part of the trade.A source confirmed to ESPNs Jerry Crasnick that Olivera is expected to be designated for assignment by San Diego on Tuesday, when he comes off the restricted list following an 82-game suspension for violating Major League Baseballs domestic-violence policy.The suspension, which is retroactive to April 30, stemmed from Oliveras April 13 arrest on assault and battery charges at a hotel outside Washington, D.C.Kemp signed an eight-year, $160 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2012 season. He has a $21.5 million salary this year and is owed the same amount in each of the next three seasons.We felt like its just a situation where we can use that money down the road, Padres general manager AJ Preller said. Reallocate to our bigger club, reallocate it potentially to the amateur market, which is a spot where theres a lot of value in the flexibility with the dollars presented to us.Olivera agreed in early 2015 to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with the?Los Angeles Dodgers, then was traded to the Braves last July. He has a $4 million salary this year but lost $1,792,350 because of his suspension. He is owed $6 million next season, $6.5 million in 2018, $7.5 million in 2019 and $8.5 million in 2020.Olivera is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett but was removed from the lineup before Saturday nights game. He is hitting .211 with no homers and two RBIs in six games this season.San Diego acquired Kemp, a two-time All-Star outfielder with the Dodgers, from Los Angeles in December 2014. It took several days to consummate the trade because Kemp had to be cleared medically.Despite arthritis in both hips, Kemp, 31, could boost the weakest offense in the major leagues. Atlanta has baseballs worst record and ranks last in runs scored and homers.In 254 games with the Padres, Kemp is hitting .264, 28 points lower than his nine-year batting average with the Dodgers. While with San Diego, he recorded 46 homers, 169 RBIs and 247 strikeouts.Its a sign that we arent happy losing, Braves general manager John Coppolella said of acquiring Kemp. We arent trying to finnish with the worst record ever so we can get the first [draft] pick. Kirk Cousins Youth Jersey. We want to win every night, and making this trade now is a big deal to us because it helps us get better this year and the next three years after that.Kemp is expected to make his Atlanta debut on Tuesday, when the Braves begin a three-game home series with Pittsburgh. President of baseball operations John Hart said there was no need for Kemp to hurry to Turner Field; the Braves have an off day Monday.Atlanta had tried for several months to deal Olivera following his April arrest. Coppolella said he was pleased to put the Olivera chapter behind him. Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the third basemans arrival.?What happened with Hector is unfortunate and unacceptable, Coppolella told the AP. Were happy to have Matt Kemp.San Diego is sending Atlanta $3 million this year as part of the trade: half on Aug. 15 and the rest on Sept. 15. From 2017 to 19, the Padres will pay the Braves $2.5 million annually, half each on May 15 and July 15.To get him for roughly $8.5 million a year when you factor out Olivera, it made a lot of sense for us, Coppolella said of Kemp. We didnt give up a draft pick. We didnt trade away any prospects. So we were able to stick with the plan that we had while still filling a major need for right-handed power.Saturdays trade is the latest among a series of deals the Padres have made in the past two months as they move to rebuild.Since June, they have traded away four starting pitchers, sending All-Star left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox, James Shields to the Chicago White Sox, and Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the?Miami Marlins.Other players from their Opening Day roster who have been dealt include closer Fernando Rodney and outfielder?Melvin Upton Jr.In rebuilding the Braves, president of baseball operations John Hart and Coppolella have traded Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Upton Jr. and Andrelton Simmons for prospects.Atlanta also has taken on bad contracts for declining players such as Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Bronson Arroyo. Dan Uggla was released in July 2014 despite the Braves still owing him $18 million.Information from ESPNs Jim Bowden and the Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' '
Thierry Henry thinks Zinedine Zidane enhanced his managerial credentials by the way he set Real Madrid up in their 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Saturday evening. Morten Andersen Saints Jersey . Having lost to their arch rivals 4-0 at the Bernabeu earlier in the season, Real looked to be heading for another defeat after Gerard Pique scored early in the second half. Zidane cautious over title One game at a time, says Real Madrid coach But Real responded positively, equalising with a bicycle kick from Karim Benzema and then grabbing a late winner through Cristiano Ronaldo after Sergio Ramos was sent off. I like the way Zidane set up the team, said former Barcelona forward Henry on Sky Sports. They were not scared, they put pressure on when they needed to and kept their composure at 1-0 down.They were trying to play from the back under pressure and they looked like a team with the right balance. Zidane understood he had to take care of the midfield, especially against Barcelona. People wanted to know if tactically he could do something against Barcelona and he did. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winner for Real Madrid at the Nou Camp The defeat ends Barcelonas 39-game unbeaten run and sees their lead at the top of La Liga cut to six points.However, with seven games of the season remaining, Henry does not believe second-placed Atletico Madrid or rivals Real, who are seven points behind, can chase down Barca. Karim Benzema brought the scoreline to 1-1 with this bicycle kick You never know, but I dont think Barcelona will let the league go away, he said. The key game is against Atletico [in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday], you never know what can happen and that could have an effect on the league, but I think they will be OK. Bale: Were still in it Madrid still in title race, says Bale Former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Laudrup also does not think Luis Enriques side will let their lead slip, but is looking forward to seeing how they react to the defeat, which is their first since October. Knowing Barcelona and the Catalans there will be a little doubt, he said. Just one loss can create doubts, we will see in the coming week. I still think the league is done, but I want to see the impact in the coming games.Real deserved the win. In the second half they were the better team, even going down 1-0, then down to 10 men. Real come out with a lot of confidence while Barcelona have to play Atletico next. Also See: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid As it happened WATCH: Benzema bicycle kick Table Taysom Hill Saints Jersey .C. -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats got off to a fast start, and the Sacramento Kings were never quite able to catch up. Sam Mills Jersey . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. The AL Championship Series received some extra juice for Game 3 after the Cleveland Indians?engaged in a little trash talk via their Twitter account after Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista complained about how his team was treated in the first two games of the series.The Indians lead the series 2-0.Bautista told reporters on Sunday that the Blue Jays were victims of circumstances, seeming to imply that the umpires in the first two games in Cleveland were biased against Torontos hitters.A social media editor for the Indians verified Twitter account seized on the quote to introduce their theory for why the Jays scored only one run in their two losses to begin the series.Replying to USA Today reporter Mike Vorkunov, who tweeted Bautistas full quote, the Indians account sent out a photograph montage featuring relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen and starters Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin?accompanied by the word circumstances.Kluber started ALCS Game 1 for the Indians, Tomlin started Game 2, and Miller and Allen appeared in relief in both games.On Monday, the Indians asked their Twitter followers what their opponents next excuse will be.Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have complained about the umpiring during the first two games of the series, during which the Blue Jays have gone 10-for-63 with no homers. Sheldon Rankins Jersey. Both deflected questions about the umpires in postgame interviews, declining to go into full detail.On Sunday, Bautista still wouldnt fully explain his feelings, but he seemed to go further.All you have to do is go look at video and try to count the number of pitches they have thrown over the heart of the plate, Bautista said. It hasnt been many. Theyve been able to do that because of the circumstances -- that Im not trying to talk about because I cant. That is for you guys to do, but you guys dont really want to talk about that either.Toronto manager John Gibbons downplayed Bautistas comments when asked about them during Mondays media availability at Rogers Centre.Jose is a journalists dream or media persons dream, because he tells you what is on his mind, Gibbons said. He always has been. But hes also a guy that steps up. Hes had some controversy before. Some guys shy away from that, but its never been him. A lot of times that kind of motivates him, to be honest with you. ' ' '
Jarome Iginla didnt dance around the subject. Kyle Anderson Grizzlies Jersey . A day after signing with the Bruins, he knew hed have to explain why he rejected a trade to Boston in late March for a move to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "At the time, Pittsburgh, they were rolling," Iginla said on a conference call Saturday. "They are two great organizations and they were just on a real roll. At the time, leaving at the deadline, I believed it was a great chance to win." After the Bruins swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final and Iginla didnt explore going back to Pittsburgh because of that teams salary-cap squeeze, he now considers Boston a great opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. But this Bruins group is much different than the one he could have joined for the 2013 stretch run. Right-winger Nathan Horton and defenceman Andrew Ference are gone via free agency, while centres Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley were traded away. Despite the roster transformation, Iginla doesnt see much of a difference. "They have a lot of guys that have been there and played together and won together," Iginla said. "They still have a lot of guys who have played together for a long time, and the dynamic of the team, I imagine, would still be very similar with that many guys in the core and a part of it and experiencing what theyve experienced over the last five years. "I know that they lost some important guys, but they still have a very strong core and a bigger core than most teams have going year-to-year." Iginla is correct in saying that the core is intact. Captain Zdeno Chara, fellow defenceman Dennis Seidenberg and forwards Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain. The same goes for goaltender Tuukka Rask and coach Claude Julien. The Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline when they didnt get Iginla, but he is not expected to return. General manager Peter Chiarelli has no hard feelings toward Iginla and envisions a similar role for him in 2013-14 than he did before. "Jarome has played in this league and had success in this league for a long time, and hes been a leader in this league for a long time," Chiarelli said. "So I think hes going in with eyes wide open. But he knows what to expect and my expectations of him havent really changed that much either. Its a strong group, and itll be a seamless transition into the uniform based on what I know of him and how he plays and will continue to contend for a Cup." As the Bruins look to go from Stanley Cup runners-up to champions again, the dynamics could change a little based on the experience that went out the door in free agency and the Seguin-Peverley trade with the Dallas Stars that returned right-winger Loui Eriksson. "When you talk about leadership and losing people like (Ference) or (Peverley) or guys like that, it means the group also expands and the leadership expands to the younger guys," Chiarelli said. "Weve got some younger guys like (Krecji) and (Lucic) and these guys that are starting to really grow into that." At 36, Iginla brings leadership as well. He was the Calgary Flames captain before the trade to the Penguins and has the kind of personality that younger players gravitate to. Being a veteran in unfamiliar territory isnt easy -- Iginla learned that in Pittsburgh. Thats why hes not going to force anything as he slides into a new role with the Bruins. "Youre not trying to come in and create anything new. Youre just trying to come in and play hard with the guys," he said. "When you get into the playoffs and stuff, youre trying to be under control and control the emotions and all that and as far as playing. Boston has a core. Theyve been together a long time. Theyve been through so much already over the last five years and have had so much success. I look forward to coming in and learning." Zach Randolph Jersey . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. Zach Randolph Grizzlies Jersey . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. For nearly a century, the Yankees took top billing from the Red Sox. Then David Ortiz showed up. Now, as he plays his final series against the Yanks, we revisit his impact against his rival.IT WAS THE era of The Superpowers, Boston and New York, when the entire baseball world watched. From 2003 to 2007, the Red Sox and Yankees played 94 times, including 14 epic playoff games. The Yankees won 49 times, the Red Sox 45. They met in consecutive classics in the 2003 and 2004 American League Championship Series, each losing a series they probably should have won, with the Red Sox doing the impossible, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in 2004.David Ortiz was not the only difference-maker, but he was a difference-maker. He hit the Yankees so hard and so devastatingly that even in games the Red Sox lost they did not kneel. Win or lose, the hammer-nail relationship was dead. There had been Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, Jim Rice, Yaz and Ted Williams before them, but when David Ortiz played for Boston, and when he went to Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox went from a rival the Yankees respected into a team they would have to fear.DAVID ORTIZ: I put myself on the map once I started playing good against the Yankees. There are teams in the big leagues that I have better numbers against than I do against the Yankees, but playing good against them is what matters the most. The time stops. When you play against the Yankees, look out.BRIAN CASHMAN, YANKEES GM: They always had good lineups, but when they had Damon, and Ortiz, Millar -- they had a swagger. They were loud. They were arrogant. The arrogance is what really bothered me more than anything else because they were chirping before they had even gotten past us yet. They were loud, but at the end of the day they wound up backing it up, and thats all you can ever ask.LARRY LUCCHINO, FORMER RED SOX CEO: That confidence that David brought -- it was a swagger that we needed at just the right time.SEAN MCADAM, JOURNALIST: Ortiz is in a separate category because almost beyond the counting of the rings, he fundamentally changed peoples expectations for the Red Sox. Before Ortiz, it was, Whats going to happen to rob us of our destiny? And after he arrived in 03, it was, Hell figure out a way to deliver for us.ORTIZ STARTED THE?2003 season on the bench behind Jeremy Giambi. But by mid-July, Ortiz was the starting DH, and in his first series against the Yankees, he hit four home runs in two games. That kept up through the playoffs, where the Red Sox came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Oakland in an AL Division Series, setting up their second-ever ALCS against the Yankees. They survived deficits of 2-1 and 3-2, setting up the winner-take-all Game 7.JED HOYER, FORMER RED SOX ASST. GM: What he did for us that second half changed everything. It wasnt just that he went on a tear, but it was the way he did it and who he did it against. He either set the tone for us or did something clutch that got us back in a game we were probably going to lose. It wasnt just that he did it. It was the number of times.LEE MAZZILLI, FORMER YANKEES COACH: All you were doing (in the ALCS) was looking over your shoulder for that guy. There was nothing you could do with him, because Manny (Ramirez) was right there. You had to pitch to him.DAVID ORTIZ: (David Wells) threw me that breaking ball (Ortiz homered to put the Red Sox up 5-2 in the eighth). I saw that ball coming from the bullpen. I knew exactly what was coming. I was on that s---, and boom! I saw him later and he would say to me, How did you hit that pitch? And I would say, Cause you threw it to me so many times.?Breaking ball -- pow!THE RED SOX led for most of Game 7, and Ortizs bomb seemed to seal the deal. Then, of course, the Yankees tied it. Aaron Boone comes to the plate in the bottom of the 11th. Tim Wakefield throws one pitch. Boone hits it out. Series over. Mariano Rivera, who pitched three innings of relief, runs to the mound and collapses on it.DAVID ORTIZ: With Mariano, it was business. Straight business. Mariano is one of those guys. The best pitcher I ever faced? Its between him and Pedro. One pitch. Thats all he threw. You knew it was coming and still couldnt hit it.MARIANO RIVERA: I was praying all along for that game.DAVID WELLS, FORMER YANKEES PITCHER: Nobody was happier than me when we tied that game. I came in, were making a comeback, and Ortiz takes me into the f---ing seats. Hes rounding the bases and all Im thinking is, I blew the f---ing game. I blew the f---ing game, the f---ing season. Thank God my boys took me off the hook. I owed Aaron Boone my life!TOMMY MCLAUGHLIN, RED SOX CLUBHOUSE MANAGER: I just remember the visitors clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Guys were crying, coming over to Wake. It was just awful.ORTIZ: We didnt win that game, but that year, my first year in Boston, you could see the difference. No fear. Nobody had any fear anymore of the Yankees. Even though we lost, they knew we had something for their a--.MCADAM: Ive always said in terms of ginning up fan interest, nothing does that more than improbably, almost, heartbreaking losses. The closer you get, no matter how heartbreaking the loss, the more people get on the bandwagon because they realize its right there. Its right within your reach. So in my mind, the complete apex of Red Sox interest was the offseason of 2003, after Aaron Boone, because you cant get closer than that, and all that did was invite more people to the bandwagon for when it finally came through.THE NEXT YEAR, Ortiz tore through the Yankees again in the regular season (a .985 OPS and 11 RBIs in 18 games), culminating in the ALCS rematch. The Red Sox were down 3-0 in Boston, so Game 4 was a must-win. Ortiz had a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth, then followed it up with the game winner -- a two-run home run -- in the bottom of the 12th.MCLAUGHLIN: There was a tunnel where all the MLB executives were, and a cart with the championship hats and T-shirts, and after the year before, after Aaron Boone, all I was thinking about, especially after they absolutelyy crushed us in Game 3 was, Christ, just prolong it another day. Mike Bibby Jersey. DAVID ORTIZ: You know what? It was only recently that I realized we were down 3-0. I always thought it was 3-1. When you put it like that, come on. If they arent lying to you, everybody -- and Im talking about me, my teammates -- everybody thought we were gonna lose. Theres only one guy who always said we could win, and it was (Kevin) Millar. They scored 19 runs off of us, and nothing but missiles. And Millar is saying, Dont let us wake up! Cowboy up! And Im like, what in the hell is he talking about? They put 19 runs on our a--. How we gonna bounce back from that? I was like, were pretty much done. If I tell you I had any thoughts about us bouncing back, Im lying to you.GAME 5 WAS?more of the same -- Ortiz hit a single to put the Red Sox up 1-0 in the first, a home run to cut the gap to 4-3 in the eighth, and the game-winning RBI single in the 14th. In Game 7, Ortiz banged a home run in the 10-3 clincher. Now, the comeback from 3-0 is legend. Ortiz was named ALCS MVP. He hit .387 with three homers and 11 RBIs.ORTIZ: (In Game 5) Im starting to feel differently. Im like, They woke up the monster now. That was first time I thought about it. That was the first time I was like, Theyre in trouble.MIKE BORZELLO, FORMER YANKEES BULLPEN CATCHER: Wed sit out there counting, counting how we would get through the lineup as the game went on, because you knew one little thing would turn that lineup over and get to Ortiz. A bad error, walk the eighth hitter, then you knew you were going to see Ortiz.ORTIZ: When Im up there, my attitude is Im the last chance. I take full responsibility for the situation. I never go up there scared. The worst thing that can happen is youre going to get me out, but when Im in it, Im coming to get you. Look at my face when Im up there. Im locked.TONY CLARK, FORMER YANKEES FIRST BASEMAN: A lot of bad memories, right there.CASHMAN: I dont know him very well, but you see him out there giving everybody hugs. I saw him on the field one day and I said, Hey, I need a hug from you for what youve been doing to us.THAT WOULD BE the end of David Ortizs postseason legacy against the Yankees -- the two teams havent met in the playoffs since. But his success against them continued. Heading into his last series against New York, Ortiz was batting .308 with 58 home runs. Only Ted Williams and Manny Ramirez have more home runs as a Red Sox against the Yankees than Ortiz. No Red Sox player has more in Yankee Stadium.CASHMAN: He was most certainly our house of horrors. I know in Washington, Frank Howard used to have the nickname Capital Punishment. (Ortiz) certainly fit that description for us. He was a thorn. He was definitely a pain.JACK OCONNELL, JOURNALIST: This guy put (the Yankees) through hell. I mean, every time he came up, he did serious damage -- and you know what? His uniform stayed clean. I always thought his uniform was a little too clean.ORTIZ: The one thing I can tell you about playing against the Yankees, is after those series, I was so tired. You need a day or two vacation. The excitement, all day. It was a war. It was a UFC fight, but if you were a fan, it was priceless.KEN BURNS, DIRECTOR: He has that cheerful arrogance. David Ortiz knows in a Reggie Jackson sort of way that hes the straw that stirs the drink, but instead of all the baggage Reggie brings, David comes with spectacular play. I know all the sabermetricians say clutch hitting doesnt exist, but we have David Ortiz to prove it. Aaron Boone and Bucky Dent and many others put me in my purgatory, and we came out of that on the back of David Ortiz into one of the greatest events in the history of sports.BY NOW, THE?old history has changed. After losing the 2003 World Series to the Marlins, the Yankees have reached the World Series just once, winning in 09. Since 03, the Red Sox have won three championships in three tries (04, 07 and 13). In the 14 years Ortiz has been in Boston, the two teams have played almost exactly .500 baseball: 128 wins for Boston, 130 for New York (in the five years before Ortiz arrived, the Red Sox won just 37 of 88).ORTIZ: The reality is I had no idea about any of it (before I got here). If I would have played for the Blue Jays or Baltimore or maybe even Tampa, I probably would have known a little, but playing in Minnesota? Back then, in Minnesota, you were in the big leagues but you really werent. Then, when I came to this side, Boston-New York, then you knew you were really in the big leagues. It all came back to being in Boston. You could be in last place getting your a-- beat or in the middle of a hurricane, and that place is packed. So you gotta bring something to the table every day because you feel like the whole world is watching.CASHMAN: I saw him on the street this offseason. I took my kids to Boston this winter and I had just gotten (Aroldis) Chapman. And I said to my kids, Theres David Ortiz. And the deal was basically almost done, but not done yet, and I wanted to tell him, Hey, buddy, I got something for you. Now it turned out he faced Chapman once and Chapman walked him, but I so wanted to grab him and say, This ones all geared up and Im gonna bring this guy in and stop you once and for all.MCADAM: Ive always thought that what Ortiz accomplished in those two or three years was he changed the fatalism and flipped it on its ear to the point where people expected good things to happen and not the worst-case scenario.RIVERA: Competing against David, and the Red Sox, was tremendous. I think you live for those moments. I must be a masochist, but I live for those moments. It was competition, pure competition. Hes trying to be the best. Im trying to be the best. Thats how it should be. That is the stuff you remember.ORTIZ: Ill tell you what: The biggest thing Im going to miss about this game? Facing them. Especially facing Jeter. Red Sox-Yankees? We put on a hell of a show, didnt we? ' ' '
Italy and Serbia cruised into the championship games of Olympic Qualifying Tournaments on Friday, moving a win away from a place in the basketball field in Rio. Franmil Reyes Jersey .Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets scored 15 points as the Italians beat Mexico 79-54 in Turin. They will face Croatia, which knocked off Greece, in Saturdays final.Italy hasnt reached the Olympics since winning a silver medal in 2004.Bogdan Bogdanovic had 21 points and eight rebounds, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic added 19 points and eight boards, and Serbia routed the Czech Republic 96-72.The Serbians, who won a silver medal two years ago in the Basketball World Cup, will host Puerto Rico on Saturday in Belgrade.The three qualifying tournaments are determining the final three spots in the Olympics. The semifinals in Manila, Philippines, are Saturday, when France meets Turkey and Canada plays New Zealand.A look at Fridays four games:TURIN, ITALYCROATIA 66, GREECE 61Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets scored 20 points and Croatia shut down Greece star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first semifinal.Dario Saric, a former lottery pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, added 16 points and eight rebounds.Antetokounmpo, the rising Milwaukee Bucks star, was held to nine points. He missed all seven 3-point attempts and finished 3 for 14 from the field.ITALY 79, MEXICO 54Nicolo Melli scored 14 points for the Italians, who got 12 from Marco Belinelli, recently traded to the Charlotte Hornets.Italys victory set up a rematch with Croatia, which it beat 67-60 in group play.Francisco Cruz scored 20 points for Mexico, which played the tournament without top big man Gustavo Ayon.BELGRADE, SERBIAPUERTO RICO 77, LATVIA 70Renaldo Balkman had a tiebreaking follow shot with 1:08 left as the Puerto Ricans ousted previously unbeaten Latvia.John Holland scored 15 points and former NBA guard Carlos Arroyo had 14 for Puerto Rico, making a 3-pointer that provided a five-point lead with 35 seconds remaining. Backcourt mate J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks also finished with 14 points.Jannis Timma led Latvia with 16 points.SERBIA 96, CZECH REPUBLIC 72Milos Teodosic scored 14 of his 16 points in the third quarter, helping Serbia outscore the Czechs 51-36 in the second half. The star guard added six assists and three steals as Serbia shot nearly 55 percent.Tomas Satoransky had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Czech Republic. Jan Vesely chipped in 12 points. Johnny Manziel Padres Jersey . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. Greg Garcia Padres Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. .ca! Hi Kerry, Heres an interesting one. I know its common knowledge that all players are responsible for their sticks. We witnessed that when Zack Kassian hit Edmontons Sam Gagner in the face after a missed check. NEW ORLEANS -- The Latest on sentencing for ex-NFL star Darren Sharper (all times local):11:45 a.m.The federal judge who more than doubled former NFL star Darren Sharpers prison sentence told him that courts cannot ignore the damage he inflicted on women and on society at large.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo had rejected a multistate plea agreements 9-year sentence as too short. She sentenced Sharper on Thursday to 18 years and four months, and a $20,000 fine.Before handing down the sentence, the judge told him she could never understand how you arrived at this place, since he is educated and obviously grew up in one of the most loving households.He pleaded guilty in federal court to drugging three women so he could rape them. He has also pleaded guilty or no contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada. Hes accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in those four states.---10:45 a.m.Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon says hes satisfied with the prison sentence given to former NFL star Darren Sharper.Federal prosecutors had accepted a multistate plea agreement calling for a 9-year sentence. But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it and more than doubled Sharpers sentence Thursday, to 18 years and four months. That was 15 months shy of the maximum sentence.Defense attorney Billy Gibbens says that wont affect plea agreements with state courts in Louisiana, California, Arizona and Nevada.Milazzo also ordered Sharper to serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.McMahon and Gibbens say the plea agreement in Arizona calls for essentially a lifetime on probation after the end of the prison term there.Sharpers family left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.---10:20 a.m.Both former NFL star Darren Sharper and a woman he admitted drugging and raping both made emotional statements before Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in federall prison. Franchy Cordero Jersey. Sharpers voice thickened and broke as he said he apologized a thousand times to the women he abused and to his family and friends. He said I lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path. Sharper said hes still trying to figure out why he did.The woman said Sharper was so arrogant and twisted that he kept drugging and raping women even after he knew the attack on her was being investigated.She said a mistake is something that happens once and is corrected, but it was a way of life for Sharper and his friends.Her voice broke often during her long statement.Her last words to him were: Go to hell.---10 a.m.Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.Prosecutors suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June.---Former NFL star Darren Sharper has arrived in federal court in New Orleans for a sentencing hearing.Sharper was wearing orange prison garb, and his hands and feet were shackled when he arrived Thursday morning.Sharper is due for sentencing after pleading guilty or no-contest to charges arising from the allegations of drugging and raping women in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.Prosecutors had suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it as too lenient in June. ' ' '
BOULDER, Colo. Jorginho Jersey . -- In seasons gone by, the Colorado Buffaloes would be playing for nothing more than a little pride at this stage of the year.How those times have dramatically changed for the once downtrodden program. The rise of the No. 21 Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12, No. 15 CFP ) has been one of the more intriguing story lines in college football this season. They were considered a fringe bowl team at best heading into the year and their coach, Mike MacIntyre, on the hot seat.Just look at the Buffaloes now: In control of the Pac-12 South race as they face UCLA (3-5, 1-4) on Thursday night.When I first got here I knew that Colorado was on the up and this year weve proven that were on the rise, senior defensive lineman Jordan Carrell said. We do control our own destiny. We just have to stick to that one-game mindset.No time for slip-ups. Not with so much at stake. First, a Bruins team the Buffaloes havent beaten since joining the conference in 2011. Then, at Arizona, followed by two home games against No. 25 Washington State and No. 16 Utah. After that, a possible trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game.But thats too far down the road to even entertain. UCLA has Colorados undivided attention.I think being ranked is also going to give extra incentive for teams to come out there and give us their best shot, senior quarterback Sefo Liufau said. So each game is critically important. Each game is like a championship game because destiny is in our hands.On offense, the Buffaloes have fared well against UCLA the last two seasons, rolling up 1,054 total yards. It netted them exactly this: A 40-37 double-overtime loss in 2014 and a 35-31 defeat last season in Pasadena.I remember those games vividly, Liufau said. I dont use them as extra motivation.With UCLA standout quarterback Josh Rosen likely sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Colorado defense is bracing for Mike Fafaul, who threw the ball 70 times for 464 yards and five TDs in a 52-45 loss to Utah on Oct. 22.A formidable challenge for a Buffs defense thats ranked 30th in the country against the pass.They will stretch us for sure, so were going to have to play really good coverage, MacIntyre said.Meanwhile, the Bruins are trying to finish up strong after dropping three straight.To get a four-game win streak (to close out the season), weve got to go 1-0, Bruins tight end Austin Roberts said. Weve got to get it started this week. Who better than against a great team like Colorado?Things to know in a series the Bruins lead by a 9-2 margin:CLOSING TIME: All five of UCLAs losses this season have been by nine points or less. The Bruins had the ball on the final possession with a chance to tie or take the lead in each of them, including the game against Stanford when Rosens fumble was returned for a TD on the final play. Weve got to be more consistent on offense, Roberts said. We cant start off the game hot with two touchdowns, then go three possessions in a row with three-and-outs and have our defense out there getting tired and gassed.RUNNING ROOM: The Bruins are trying to get the running game on track. Theyre averaging 85.5 yards per game. If you look at our numbers, or our record, it doesnt define who we are, tailback Bolu Olorunfunmi said. Just keep working.KICKING WOES: Colorado kicker Davis Price took over for Diego Gonzalez after Gonzalez tore his Achilles tendon earlier in the season. But Price is still dealing with mono and may not play Thursday. That leaves Chris Graham as option No. 1, followed by punter Alex Kinney. We definitely would like to score more touchdowns than kick field goals, MacIntyre said.ANOTHER RECORD: Liufau will tie the school record for most starts by a Colorado quarterback on Thursday. Hes already set or tied 81 school records. Its a blessing to be able to play so long in college football, Liufau said. But sadly that also means that its almost over.LINDSAY UPDATE: Phillip Lindsay, the tailback with the wild hair and fitting nickname of Tasmanian Devil, is steadily recovering from a tweaked ankle. He leads the Buffaloes in yards rushing (745) and all-purpose yards (998). Hes 100 percent healthy. His hair looks good, too, MacIntyre said. I told him dont cut it.---AP freelancer Dan Greenspan in Los Angeles contributed.---More AP college football: Mateo Kovacic Chelsea Jersey .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. NGolo Kante Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. . The Brazilian goalkeeper signed a loan deal with the Major League Soccer club on Friday as he looks to get playing time ahead of this summers World Cup in his home country. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson will have shoulder surgery to address fraying of the labrum and rotator cuff.The team announced the news during a game Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. Surgery is tentatively scheduled for next week in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before the game that Wilson was leaning toward having season-ending surgery after getting a second opinion Thursday.As of right now, he hasnt beenn able to get over the hump, Scioscia said. Andreas Christensen Chelsea Jersey. .Wilson has not pitched in a game since having surgery last August to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. He has a career record of 94-70, including 51-35 with Los Angeles.The Angels are also without two other starters, Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney, who are both out with elbow injuries. ' ' '
Eden Hazard is leading Chelseas Premier League title charge with five goals in his last five appearances. Alexandre Lacazette Jersey . But whats behind his prolific form? We examine the statistics ahead of their Nissan Super Sunday clash with Middlesbrough. This time last year, Eden Hazard was in the middle of the toughest period of his career. The Belgium international had been named PFA Player of the Year after inspiring Chelseas title triumph a few months earlier, but he hadnt scored a single goal in 2015/16 and his performances had dipped dramatically. Mboro vs Chelsea November 20, 2016, 3:30pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Chelseas title defence was in tatters, and Jose Mourinho was unimpressed by the contribution of a player he had compared to Cristiano Ronaldo that summer. The Chelsea boss wasnt alone in his frustration. You have to question Hazards mentality, said Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. I think hes a good boy but is he a killer? Is he really selfish like Messi and Ronaldo? Hazard eventually went 355 days without scoring a Premier League goal. Mourinho was long gone by the time he ended the drought in a 4-1 win over Bournemouth in April, but it is only this season that the 25-year-old has finally discovered the selfish streak he needed to take him to the next level. Chelseas Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Everton So far, Hazard has scored seven goals in 11 Premier League games, with five of them coming in his last five appearances. It is his best scoring run since joining Chelsea. Only Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa have netted more, and Hazard is already halfway to matching his highest total for a single Premier League campaign. Eden Hazard season-by-season shooting stats Stat 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 Mins played 2640 2898 3379 2192 918 Goals scored 9 14 14 4 7 Shots per 90 mins 1.5 1.7 1.5 1.0 2.6 Shots on target per 90 mins 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.6 1.7 Shot accuracy 60.5% 59.3% 58.9% 56.0% 63.0% Shot conversion 20.9% 25.9% 25.0% 16.0% 25.9% Mins per goal 292.9 206.8 240.9 547.5 131.1 Mins per shot 61.3 53.6 60.2 87.6 34.0 Hazard has found that killer touch in front of goal, and the statistics show how he has changed his approach to focus on scoring. Hazard has already taken more shots than in the whole of last season. He is shooting once every 34 minutes on average - far more regularly than in previous years - and his shooting accuracy of 63 per cent is also at its highest.Antonio Conte has changed the emphasis. Hazard no longer has the same creative responsibilities, and rather than seeking out a team-mate, he is encouraged to go for goal himself at every opportunity. His shooting stats have risen from 1.5 to 3.3 per 90 minutes, while his key passes have dropped from 2.7 to 2.0 per 90 minutes. Eden Hazards change of focus Stat 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 Shots per 90 mins 2.1 2.3 2.1 1.5 3.3 Key passes per 90 mins 2.1 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.0 Hazard has been one of the main beneficiaries of Contes switch to a 3-4-3 formation in October. Marcos Alonsos overlapping runs on the left flank have freed him up to move into goalscoring positions, and his defensive responsibilities have also been reduced. In fact, Hazards average position has been even more advanced than Costas in four of the last five games. Chelseas average positions in their 3-0 win over Leicester show Hazard (10) stationed ahead of Diego Costa (19) Hazard is unshackled, and the freedom to play higher up the pitch is helping him flourish. In this moment, he is putting his talent and himself in the team, said Conte recently. This is fantastic and the right way to become one of the best in the world.But while Hazard is spending less time defending, thats not to say his work-rate has dropped. Premier League tracking data shows he is covering an average of 9.5km per game compared to 8.4km last year, and his sprints per game have risen from 48.8 to 62.5. Hazard is more dynamic with and without the ball in Contes pressing system. Eden Hazards running stats Stat 2015/16 2016/17 Distance covered per game 8.4km 9.5km Sprints per game 48.8 62.5 Its a satisfying transformation. I know the great talent of Eden and he must continue to work and to improve all the time, added Conte. It is important in this type of modern football that you have the talent and technique. You must run with intensity and the strength. Here in England, we play with an intensity that is supersonic.Hazard seemed to lose his way last season, but hes thriving in a changed environment. His new focus on finding the net is helping him hit new heights, and his past struggles are fast becoming a distant memory. So is Hazard a killer like Messi and Ronaldo? The stats suggest hes heading in the right direction. Also See: Fabregas the Chelsea misfit? Your clubs Premier League omens Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Jersey . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. Emiliano Martinez Arsenal Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Showing grit and no-retreat toughness, No. 15 West Virginia made a statement Saturday by snapping Virginias 24-game home win streak.Now the Mountaineers (6-1) hope to maintain that edge against Western Carolina (3-5) during a Wednesday night follow-up. The game is being staged three hours south of West Virginias campus at the Charleston (W.Va.) Civic Center.Fans expectations are energized by the 66-57 upset at Virginia in which Bob Huggins team used an 11-2 closing run.It got to be a playground type of game, Huggins said. It was kind of two teams from different neighborhoods. It got a little chippy, got a little physical, got a little talking going on. I think our guys respond to that.Leading the nation in average margin of victory (plus-30.3 points), forced turnovers (25.4 per game) and steals (13.1 per game), West Virginia could pad those stats as it begins a five-game stretch against mid-majors with a combined record of 18-25.Huggins wants his team to use the next three weeks of nonconference play to improve execution in the half-court offense. He even altered shooting drills to get players more passing repetitions.We have the greatest managers in the world, and theyre better passers than our guys, Huggins said. So I told (assistant coach) Erik Martin, Heres an idea: Why dont you let our guys pass to our guys instead of the managers passing to our guys.One player already adept at passing, 6-foot-9 senior Nathan Adrian stands among the national leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio and paces the Mountaineers at 13 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. After missing all four 3-point tries at Virginia, the forwards long-distant shootiing dipped to 26 percent, though he contributed in other facets. Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal Jersey. Nate shot the ball poorly, but he still made plays, Huggins said. We ran offense through him, he did a great job defensively, he kept balls alive, rebounded the ball. He still did things to win the game.Forward Esa Ahmad (12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds per game) and point guard Jevon Carter (9.2 points, 3.0 steals per game) are important cogs in a deep rotation in which 12 players average four points or more.While the Mountaineers score more than 90 points per game, Western Carolina averages just 56.2 as it nears the finish of a seven-game road swing. The Catamounts have already visited Miami (Fla.), Marquette and Ohio State.As a young basketball player, Id watch games on TV that were played in these places, Western Carolina freshman Jason McMillan said. Its a dream come true to go into those arenas, lace up, put on a jersey and play. Its a whole other level.Along with the financial boost provided by such cash games, Catamounts coach Larry Hunter uses them as teaching tools before Southern Conference action.When you play teams like Ohio State and Marquette, your weaknesses are identified much more readily, he said.Junior guard Haboubacar Mutombo leads Western Carolina in scoring (12 points per game) and rebounding (7.1 boards per game). Sophomore forward Marc Gosselin is contributing 8.6 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.The Catamounts are coming off a 58-53 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. Mutombo scored a team-high 13 points. ' ' '
TORONTO -- During his first stint as head coach of the Canadian mens basketball team, Jay Triano often found it a struggle to convince the countrys top players to wear the Maple Leaf. Paul Coffey Jersey . But as he prepared to open a training camp in Toronto later this week, Triano wondered Monday if he may soon be facing the opposite problem. The camp, which opens Friday at the Air Canada Centre, will include NBA players Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson and Joel Anthony. Recently drafted Kelly Olynyk and first overall pick Anthony Bennett will also be with the team, though neither will participate due to injury. Phenom Andrew Wiggins will not be with the group, opting instead to focus on preparing for his freshman season at Kansas. Still, there will be plenty of competition for playing time among the camps 18 attendees. And perhaps some tough decisions for general manager Steve Nash and Triano, who returned to the helm a year ago after coaching Canada from 1998 to 2004. "I said to Steve, Man, this is not an easy job a it used to be we had hard time convincing NBA players to play for our country," Triano said at a news conference. "(Now in the future) were going to have to cut an NBA player off of our Canadian national team." "Steve says, Thats great, I said, Not for me, I dont want to be that guy," Triano said with a laugh. "Thats where we are." Nash, himself a star player with the Los Angeles Lakers, calls it Canadas "golden age of basketball." The team is using the camp to prepare for the Aug. 30-Sept. 11 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela, where the top four teams will qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Having spent time working with USA Basketball in recent years, Triano has witnessed first-hand how the bonds developed in summer training sessions translate onto the floor and galvanize team chemistry. "I think what we do in meetings and off the floor and what we do on the floor is all going to be part of whether we can mesh as a team," Triano said. "We have to use the experience we have from guys who have played in the past and represented Canada and we have to use the young influx of talent and find ways to get them that international experience. No better way then to go one on one every day upstairs in practice." With more attention on the program and Canadian talent than ever before, Nash stressed the importance of remaining focused on their long-term goals. "Obviously, were desperate to qualify," he said of the World Cup. "But the truth is its going to be a real challenge. Weve got a tremendously young team. We have a lot of guys who have very little international experience and very little experience playing together. The challenge is there." While the FIBA Americas Championship is the first goal, Nashs sights remain set on the bigger picture. "Our top players are all in," Nash said. "Its a beautiful thing. Theyre getting a lot of love and interest from people in Canada. This boom of young talent thats entering the NBA and potentially going to the NBA, I believe fans and television viewership is up 19 per cent or something in the past year or two in this country. That, in many ways, is interest in those young players. I think our players are paying back the interest by being all in." Canadians can get their first look at the squad next week when the team plays host to Jamaica at the Jack Donohue International Classic on Aug. 8 and 10 in Toronto. Jaromir Jagr Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Sidney Crosby Jersey . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. NEW YORK -- Joakim Noahs illness made it an unsettling morning for the Knicks backup centers. Carmelo Anthony made sure it was a smooth afternoon.Anthony matched his season high with 31 points and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-94 on Sunday for its fourth straight home victory.Anthony has never been a morning person, but he wanted to come out aggressively Sunday after the Knicks followed a loss Thursday in Washington with a lengthy meeting Saturday featuring players, coaches and even team president Phil Jackson.Some nights like today calls for me to get it going early, Anthony said. My mindset was just to come out and get it going early.Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led most of the way against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds, but point guard Dennis Schroder missed all eight shots as the Hawks dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.I feel like we didnt play well enough on the road. You have to bring a better game but give the New York Knicks credit, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Carmelo played a heck of a game, hit a lot of tough shots.The Knicks didnt have Noah to defend Howard after doctors sent him home because of an illness. Kyle OQuinn was told during pregame he would start, and rookie Marshall Plumlee had to rush into the city by train and then taxi after he received a morning phone call and was told he would be called up from Westchester of the NBA Development League to make his NBA debut.Opportunity knocked and we were all ready as a team defensively, OQuinn said.Howard bounced back nicely after he was ejected for a flagrant foul Friday in the Hawks 100-96 loss in Charlotte, while Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 17.Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee both scored 14 points and OQuinn had eight points and eight rebounds.The Knicks led by two with 7 1/2 minutes left in tthe third quarter before Anthonys jumper started them on a 12-0 burst. Paul Martin Penguins Jersey. Willy Hernangomezs three-point play extended New Yorks lead to 65-51.Atlanta never made a serious dent in the lead, as the Knicks repeatedly hit 3-pointers every time it seemed the Hawks were building momentum.Anthony banked in a long jumper from the right side to end the first quarter, giving the Knicks a 24-20 lead that they expanded to 46-41 at halftime.TIP-INSHawks: Howard had his 10th double-double of the season by halftime. ... Thabo Sefolosha was active after missing the last two games with a sprained left knee but didnt play.Knicks: Plumlee was scoreless in 5 1/2 minutes after getting out of his cab in traffic and sprinting to the arena. When I got here they said, `Hey, do you need a warm up? he said. I said, `No, Im already warm. I ran here. ... The Knicks beat the Hawks for the third straight time.SCHRODERS STRUGGLESSchroder finished with one point and three assists, sitting out the entire fourth quarter.Personally didnt feel good, he said. I didnt hit my shots. I didnt play like I did before but I got to do a better job of being ready to prepare myself.HOWARDS HACKHoward was tossed Friday when he elbowed Cody Zeller midway through the fourth quarter. Budenholzer said he talked to Howard about the play but wants him to keep providing toughness. Hopefully he can find ways to be physical, let the other team feel him but still do it within kind of the confines of whats appropriate, Budenholzer said. I think to be ejected was probably the right thing and he knows it, but he also knows he wants to continue to play physical and be a presence on the boards.UP NEXTHawks: Host New Orleans on Tuesday. Atlanta is 6-1 at home.Knicks: Host Portland on Tuesday, trying to snap a four-game home losing streak to the Trail Blazers. ' ' '
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