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Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is among six front-runners the Florida Panthers will be sitting down with this week to discuss the vacant head coaching job, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Geronimo Allison Super Bowl Jersey . The Panthers braintrust is in New York City to interview Bylsma for the first time this week, while the other five candidates have all met or spoke to general manager Dale Tallon about the position. According to the paper, this weeks interviews will also include team co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, as well as CEO and President Rory Babich. As mentioned by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger last week, the other leading candidates are believed to include Ron Wilson, Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant and Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters. The Panthers fired interim coach Peter Horachek in April after Florida went 26-36-4 under him this past season. Horachek had no previous NHL coaching experience before replacing Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8. The Sun Sentinel also reported on Tuesday the Panthers were leaning toward selecting OHL Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall selection in the NHL Draft on June 27 because hes considered the most NHL-ready of the prospects.  "Ekblad is this years player most likely ready to step in and play in the NHL, Scott Luce, the Panthers director of scouting, told the Sun Sentinel last week. "Hes physically mature and has lots of mileage underneath him at the OHL level. The Panthers finished 29th in the standings and had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning the lottery, behind only Buffalo (21-51-10), which had a 25 per cent shot. The draft will be held in Philadelphia on June 27-28. Rashan Gary Super Bowl Jersey . -- The Florida Gators are first yet again this season. Darnell Savage Jr. Super Bowl Jersey . Got Jacks? Pulling off a comeback for the ages, feisty Stephen F. Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymons did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3. OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- His voice cracking with emotion, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice acknowledged Friday that he "failed miserably" and apologized for the actions that led to his arrest on assault charges. Rice was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck fiancee Janay Palmer. The couple married in late February, and both went to the stage at the team training complex for their first public comment since the arrest. "I failed miserably, but I wouldnt call myself a failure because Im working my way back up," he said. Wearing a light grey suit and striped tie, Rice spoke for just over six minutes and didnt take questions. His speech was not prepared, but he often referred to notes on his cellphone. "I know many of my supporters, sponsors, dont want to be in partnership with me. Thats my fault," Rice said. "I take full responsibility for that. One thing I do know is that Im working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model." Rice was accepted Tuesday into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged. "I want you to know Im still the Ray Rice that you know, or used to know, or grown to love," Rice said. "Im still the same guy. As me and Janay wish we could take back 30 seconds of our life, we definitely sit here and tell you that we are better parents, we are better lovers and also better friends." Among those in attendance were Rices mother, Janet, and his father-in-law, Joe Palmer. Rice was only 5 when his father was shot and killed, and he referred to Joe Palmer as the" father I never had. Mason Crosby Super Bowl Jersey. quot; "Thank you for teaching me how to be a man," he told Palmer. "I know it wasnt easy when you saw everything that happened, but I just remember your words: Youll get through it. Those words will always stick with me, because one thing you gave me is trust." The 27-year-old Rice has played six years for the Ravens. He is the teams career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing. "My job is a very powerful job, and Im blessed to be playing at the highest level of sports," Rice said. "But the job I did was more than scoring touchdowns. It was getting out in the community and helping out. So when this thing happened with me and my wife, one thing I can say is, sometimes in life you will fail." Rice is eager to put this behind him, but its possible that a suspension from the NFL looms ahead. His focus now, however, is clearly on his personal life. "There were a lot of tears shed, but me and Janay can truly say were in a better place," Rice said. "We just hope to one day gain back everyones trust. Were still the same people and Im still the same person." After Rice was done speaking, he turned toward Janay, who enforced the couples united front. "I do deeply regret the role I played in the incident that night," she said. "But I can say that I am happy that we continue to work through it together. I love Ray, and I know that he will continue to prove himself not only to you all, but to the community, and I know he will gain your respect back in due time." ' ' '
LIVERPOOL, England - Diego Costas second-half goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday as the unbeaten leader negotiated another tough test in its relentless challenge for the Premier League title. China Jerseys .Dropped by Spain on Friday to allow him to recover from a string of nagging injuries, Costa started at Anfield and drove home his 10th league goal of the season in the 67th minute after Cesar Azpilicuetas cross was parried out.Chelsea had to come from behind to secure a ninth victory in 11 games after German midfielder Emre Can scored for Liverpool from a deflected shot in the ninth minute.Gary Cahill equalized with a scrappy goal from a corner in the 14th that required confirmation from goal-line technology, and Costa capped the comeback to continue his prolific first season at Stamford Bridge.In the second half, we showed something new, which is to be 1-1 at Anfield and not accept the result as a good result and play to win, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. I think we were very impressive. We want to play. We want to win. We want the ball. The personality of the team is amazing.Asked if his team could go through the season unbeaten, Mourinho said it would be the impossible job.Chelseas 2-0 win here in April — sparked by Steven Gerrards slip for Demba Bas first goal — was a key factor in Liverpool losing out on the league title last season, and the two clubs paths have gone in opposite ways ever since.Chelsea hasnt lost in 13 league games since and is the overwhelming favourite to capture the title this season, especially having played four of its toughest fixtures — Liverpool, Everton and the two Manchester clubs away. Liverpool, meanwhile, is now 15 points adrift of Chelsea and has only won four of 11 matches this campaign.Getting into the top four is the main aim for us, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said.Rodgers was under pressure to get a result — and not just because of his teams huge deficit to Chelsea. He had also prioritized this game by fielding what many perceived as a weakened team against Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, a decision that was widely criticized.His regulars, including Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli, returned in a lineup showing seven changes from Tuesdays 1-0 loss, but the gamble didnt pay off.Its been a difficult week for us, said Rodgers, who added that he didnt regret any decisions he made this week.It was one of the starters in Madrid who opened the scoring. Can collected the ball 35 metres out, advanced toward the penalty area under no pressure and struck a fierce shot that deflected off Cahills shoulder and spun into the net, past wrong-footed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Cahill made amends five minutes later with a scrappy goal from a corner when Liverpools marking was abject. Costas header was flicked on by John Terry and batted out by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Cahill side-footed the loose ball straight at Mignolet, who caught it but fell backward and carried the ball over the line.Chelsea stayed on the offensive for the rest of the half and nervousness spread through Anfield — and that appeared to transmit to the Liverpool team as passes went astray and clearances were rushed.The second half was more even, but Costa always looked threatening, producing an overhead kick in the 51st that flew over the bar.He made no mistake with his next chance, slamming a right-foot volley low into the net after Azpilicueta had escaped down the left past Sterling.Chelsea survived a strong penalty claim when Cahill appeared to lean into a shot from Gerrard and the ball struck his left arm in the area, but the referee waved play on.It was a clear, clear penalty, Rodgers said.Liverpool has now lost three games in eight days — and Balotelli remains without a league goal. The striker was substituted in the 79th minute and didnt come close to scoring. China Jerseys 2020 .Two San Francisco radio stations say they wont play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a. China Jerseys Cheap . MacArthur scored two goals, and the Senators outlasted Detroit in a testy third period to beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night.DENVER -- The Atlanta Braves scored early and often and they needed nearly every one of those runs to beat the Colorado Rockies. Andrelton Simmons hit his first career grand slam as part of a seven-run first inning, and the Braves held on to beat Colorado 13-10 on Tuesday night. Evan Gattis had a home run among his three hits and Freddie Freeman also homered for the Braves, who had season-highs of 16 hits and 13 runs but had to sweat out a win in the late innings. "Nothing surprises me in this ballpark," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Ive been in this office in the same situation with a loss hanging over your head." The teams combined for 29 hits and neither starter made it out of the fifth inning. Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio lasted just 3 2-3 innings and Atlantas Mike Minor left after giving up two hits to start the fifth. David Hale (2-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win. "I wasnt making quality pitches early on and later on I felt like I was making better pitches and couldnt get out of a jam," Minor said. "They were scoring all night." The Rockies trailed 13-9 when reliever Jordan Walden walked the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth. One out later Shae Simmons came on and allowed a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau but then struck out Josh Rutledge to end the threat. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances. "Kimbrel was great," Gonzalez said. "We score seven in the first inning and we needed a shutdown inning." Nicasio had a scary moment when he deflected a line drive by Justin Upton with his glove in the bottom of the first. Nicasio fractured his neck and sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a line drive on Aug. 5, 2011. He missed the rest of his rookie season. "That was scary. You definitely look at his past history and know what happened," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "Its something you dont want to see. But Juan is a tough kid. I think hes really over that." The Braves also had a scare when Upton gingerly ran the bases in the first. Gonzalez removed him from the game before Atlanta took the field in the bottom of the inning. Gonzalez and Upton said it wasnt serious and he could play in the next couple of days. "I dont know how its going to feel tomorrow but Im optimistic its not anything too serious," UUpton said. China Jerseys 2022. Wilin Rosario homered and Rutledge had three hits for Colorado, which has lost 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 to fall six games below .500. The Braves jumped on Nicasio right away. Jayson Heyward doubled then B.J. Upton tripled and scored on a groundout. Four straight singles made it 3-0 and loaded the bases for Simmons, who went deep to centre to make it 7-0. "Its a lot of fun, especially being an offensive player and being able to bat around and score a lot of runs," said Chris Johnson, who had his second straight three-hit game. "Everybodys in a good mood because everyone hit and did well." Atlanta sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, and Colorado nearly matched it in the bottom of the frame. The Rockies scored three times on Rosarios single, Morneaus sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to DJ LeMahieu Minor walked three batters and hit another and needed 38 pitches to get out of the first with a 7-3 lead. "Me and Gattis, before we walked out we said were going to act like its a 0-0 game," Minor said. "I couldnt throw a curveball for a strike. They eliminated every offspeed pitch and fastballs, I was barely missing the plate." He gave his team an 8-3 lead with an RBI single in the third but then allowed two more runs in the bottom of the inning, including a run-scoring single to Nicasio. It wasnt enough for the right-hander, who left in the fourth after solo homers by Freeman and Gattis, who scored a career-high four runs. Nicasio (5-5) allowed a career-high 10 runs and 11 hits. He has given up at least five runs and nine hits in his last three starts. His ERA has risen from 3.60 to 5.70 in the three outings, all losses. "I didnt worry about that line drive to me. I didnt do my job today," Nicasio said. "I feel bad for my team. They scored 10 runs I need to win this game." Atlanta scored three times off reliever Chad Bettis in the sixth to make it 13-8. NOTES: Gattis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had a small tumour removed from his left index finger. The procedure was performed in Cleveland. ... The Braves activated Walden from the 15-day DL and optioned LHP Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (6-3, 1.89) will face LHP Tyler Matzek, who will make his major league debut for the Rockies on Wednesday night. ' ' '
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork. Allen Lazard Jersey .com) - Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been sidelined once more by a groin injury, this one suffered in Mondays practice session. He had an MRI and they saw that there was a groin problem. They think itll be a couple weeks. Thats all I can say for now, said Avs head coach Patrick Roy following Tuesdays morning practice prior to a game against Nashville. The 26-year-old Russian backstop has struggled to a 4-6-5 record and 3.22 goals-against average in 15 appearances (13 starts) this season. He has missed nine games in two separate stints already this year due to groin problems. Calvin Pickard is the likely substitute for Varlamov. The 22-year-old, who began the season with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, has gone 3-4-0 with a 2.49 GAA in seven NHL appearances. Alex Light Jersey . - While he appreciates suggestions from Packers fans of remedies for his sore left calf, Aaron Rodgers is not necessarily going to listen to the advice. Reggie White Jersey . - The width of Alec Martinezs shin guard was the difference between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks in their playoff series opener.LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Police used pepper balls to control some rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final. Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said 19 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area. There were 23 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed 31 arrests but had no further details in a statement released Tuesday. She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. Davante Adams Jersey. She had no further word on that persons condition or identity. Shirtless youths streamed into the streets soon after Kentuckys 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night. Some were crying and others hugging after the defeat. The crowd continued to grow after the game despite a chilly, rain-soaked night in the Lexington area. Some fights broke out, but police used pepper balls to control the most unruly fans before the crowd dispersed overnight. ' ' '
NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans have released Rob Bironas, the franchises second-leading career scorer and one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. Jamie Thompson . Bironas had 1,032 career points in his nine-year career with Tennessee and was just 28 points behind Al Del Greco, the top scorer in the history of the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans organization. Bironas has made 85.7 per cent of his career field-goal attempts (239 of 279) to rank fourth in NFL history in accuracy. The 36-year-old Bironas went 25 of 29 on field goals last season. He also made all 41 of his extra-point attempts to improve to 315 of 317 during his career. Bironas hasnt missed an extra-point attempt since his rookie season of 2005. "We want to thank Rob for his nine years of service to the Titans," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said Wednesday in a team statement. "He has been an outstanding kicker and we appreciate him both for his contributions on the field and in our community." Bironas made a franchise-record 11 game-winning field goals during his career, including a 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 that remains the longest field goal in Oilers or Titans history. Bironas kicked an NFL single-game record eight field goals in a 2007 victory over the Houston Texans, including a 29-yard game-winner as time expired. Although Bironas made only one Pro Bowl - in 2007 - he was one of the NFLs most productive kickers for much of his time in Tennessee. His 239 field goals over the last nine years are the second-most by any NFL kicker during that stretch. He also has been impressive from long range, going 24 of 34 from at least 50 yards out. But he wasnt quite as effective lately. After making 88.9 per cent of his field-goal attempts (144 of 162) from 2007-11, Bironas made 83.3 per cent (50 of 60) over the last two years. Darryl Tapp . - After spending the morning in the hospital, Logan Couture gave the San Jose Sharks the spark they needed. Jason Buck . - Christophe Lalancette scored a third-period goal and added the shootout winner to lead the Drummondville Voltigeurs to a 5-4 win over the Quebec Remparts in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play on Sunday.MILWAUKEE -- San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. The right-hander, signed in November to an $8 million, one-year contract, was placed on the disabled list before the season began. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the off-season to remove bone spurs. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. The 30-year-old Johnson was a two-time All-Star with the Marlins. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA last season with Toronto. "This is a tough oone. Bill Mackrides. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years. He was really, really hopeful for this season," Padres manager Bud Black said before the teams game Wednesday night at Milwaukee. San Diego thought Johnson was over his problems following his off-season surgery. Black said Johnson will work hard to return to the mound. "Any time you go in for a second Tommy John surgery, it raises some eyebrows," Black said. "If anyone can come back, it is Josh Johnson." San Diego has also pitchers Cory Luebke and Casey Kelly on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgeries, and right-hander Joe Wieland is on the 60-day DL recovering from right elbow surgery. ' ' '
HARRISON, N. Davante Adams Super Bowl Jersey .J. -- Maybe just a touch of the flu is what New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips needed. The English forward, who had one goal in seven games last season, missed Tuesdays training session with a fever, but recovered enough to score three goals Wednesday night and lead the Red Bulls to their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo. "We thought it was only a matter of time before he scored a goal and then got hot," Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said. "But three goals tonight? I did not see this coming." Wright-Phillips, who joined New York in August, was the first Red Bulls player to record three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal. "I just try to do the same thing all the time," said Wright-Phillips, 29, the younger half brother of England midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips, who plays with Queens Park Rangers. "I didnt think it was my night. I just try to do the same thing. "No matter where I go, I think I can score goals. I scored today. Next game, I might not be scoring and you guys might be interviewing somebody else." The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs. Henry had the other goal for the Red Bulls, who were winless in their first six games but improved to 10 points and within one of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew. Houston is winless in its last five. Wright-Phillips put New York ahead in the 12th minute after Kosuke Kimura sent a through ball down the right side into the path of a streaking Henry. Unmarked, Henry had time and space to turn and send a bounding ball to the top of the six, where an equally unmarked Wright-Phillips easily deflected it past Houston keeper Tally Hall. His second goal was similar 12 minutes later. Left back Roy Miller slid to win a ball from Houston counterpart Warren Creavalle on the left touchline and advanced unchallenged into the Dynamo penalty area. There, he sent a low bounding cross that Wright-Phillips was able to redirect at the edge of the six to just inside the far post. Wright-Phillips helped hike the lead in the 65th minute, sending a cross in front of the Houston goal that Hall had to punch out in front. Henry ran onto the free ball and easily converted from the middle of the penalty area. Wright-Phillips completed his hat trick in the 86th, converting a penalty after Henry was brought down in the area. "He had a little bit of flu-ish symptoms yesterday, in practice," Petke said, before adding with a laugh, "so I told him hopefully this Friday hell have the flu again." The Red Bulls play at Columbus on Saturday. "It just wasnt a good night for us," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "Probably the third goal, but we were still getting chances after that. After that third goal went in, its definitely a big mountain to climb." Both teams were without significant regulars. New York did not dress injured midfielder Tim Cahill and suspended defender Ibrahim Sekagya, while Houston was without U.S. national team midfielder Brad Davis, who missed his third straight game with an injured ankle, and Kofi Sarkodie, who was ejected against Philadelphia on Saturday. Blake Martinez Super Bowl Jersey . UEFA said Wednesday that the champions of England and France only have to include five home-trained players in their 21-man squads next season instead of the expected eight. Only one of the five players needs to be trained by the club itself. Custom Packers Super Bowl Jerseys . The CFL will help tackle womens cancers by playing four special "CFL PINK" games this weekend.TAMPA, Fla. - Tackle Anthony Collins, receiver Robert Herron and running back Mike James are inactive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Green Bay Packers.Collins was a starter until being demoted before last weeks game against Carolina. Herron and James are reserves who were not listed on the injury report.Tampa Bays other inactives include receiver Solomon Patton, cornerbackk Isaiah Frey, defensive lineman Lawrence Sidbury and tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez. Reggie White Super Bowl Jersey. Quarterback Scott Tolzien, cornerback David House, linebacker Carl Bradford, centre Garth Gerhart, tight end Justin Perillo, receiver Jeff Janis and defensive tackle Bruce Gaston are inactive for Green Bay.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
ACCRA, Ghana - New Ghana coach Avram Grant opened the door for Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari to return to the national team on Thursday after they were banned indefinitely for indiscipline at the World Cup. Steve DeBerg Jersey .The pair was excluded by former coach Kwesi Appiah following the problems at the World Cup, when both were thrown out of Ghanas team camp.Boateng was sent home for insulting Appiah at a training session and Muntari was thrown out for hitting a Ghana Football Association official.When being presented as coach, Grant said the Europe-based stars were welcome back, but they need to show that they want to come.Its open for every player that is willing to give everything for his country and to understand that with all the developments in football, money ... the main competition is for the national teams, Grant said. Any player that will be proud to wear the national jersey and give all his passion to the team ... the doors of the Black Stars is open to him.Former Chelsea coach Grant has agreed a contract with Ghana until after the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and takes over two months ahead of next years African Cup.His reconciliatory comments could convince Schalkes Boateng and AC Milan midfielder Muntari to make themselves available for the Cup of Nations campaign in Equatorial Guinea in January and February.Ghana reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010 but hasnt won the continental title in over 30 years, losing a final and three semifinals in the last four editions.Appiah left in September after a World Cup in Brazil marred by a dispute over player payments and the incidents involving Boateng and Muntari. Ghana slumped to a first-round exit and didnt win a game, but held eventual champion Germany to a 2-2 draw, the only game the Germans failed to win.I think there is a big potential here, the 59-year-old Grant said. You saw even at the World Cup, though the results werent good you could see the potential is here.Jim Plunkett Jersey . The announcement was made by the hall on Friday, March 14.  She joins Switzerlands Denise Biellmann as this years inductees to the Hall, based in Colorado Springs, CO. Brian Hoyer Jersey . And thats about it. After the Salukis 73-65 loss at Murray State on Tuesday night, Hinson called his players "uncoachable," "a bunch of mamas boys" and compared the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy.BARCELONA, Spain -- Almeria fought back for a 2-1 win at nine-man Espanyol on Sunday to keep alive its hopes of staying in Spains first division. Espanyol went ahead at Cornella-El Prat Stadium when Christian Stuani headed in Sergio Garcias cross in the 42nd minute. But the game swung in Almerias favour when Stuani was dismissed with a second yellow card three minutes after halftime. Midfielder Francisco Velezz headed in Miguel Coronas corner kick in the 69th to mark his debut in the top flight and start Almerias comeback. J. D. Smith Jersey. Three minutes later Jesus "Suso" Fernandez curled in a free kick to break Almerias four-game losing streak. Espanyols Javi Lopez earned a red card in stoppage time for fouling Jonathan Zongo with only the goalkeeper to beat. Almeria is two points from safety. ' ' '
MILWAUKEE -- Lyle Overbays aggressive approach with the bases loaded in the ninth inning paid off for the Milwaukee Brewers. Garrison Hearst Jersey . The veteran left-handed hitter had struck out two innings earlier on a steady diet of pitches down and away in the zone. Overbay was determined not to let the Cincinnati Reds do that to him again, especially with the game on the line. Overbays game-ending RBI single off the first pitch from Jumbo Diaz with one out lifted Milwaukee to a 3-2 win Friday night that helped the Brewers keep pace in the National League playoff race. The Brewers won their third straight to stay 1 1/2 games back of Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card. "I wanted to make sure I didnt miss it," Overbay said when asked if he was looking to hit the first pitch. "The at-bat before I was a little tentative and they were pounding me low and away." The pitch from Diaz (0-1) was down, but more in the middle of the zone. Overbay squared up and went the opposite way to the gap in left-centre, allowing pinch-runner Logan Schafer to jog home with the winning run. Overbay made the Reds pay for intentionally walking Ryan Braun and Gerardo Parra to get to him. "We were just trying to get a ground ball, forceout at home plate and trying to get a double play," Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. "It was meant to be down, outside, but he got a pretty good swing on it and they won the game." Teammates mobbed Overbay as he rounded first base. The crowd celebrated by putting two arms up to form a circle in the shape of an "O" for Overbay. "That was one of the coolest things in a while, since I actually looked up and saw it," Overbay said. "That was pretty cool." MILESTONE Jonathan Lucroy had a leadoff double in the ninth for Milwaukee. It was his 44th double as a catcher this season, tying the National League record set last year by St. Louis Yadier Molina. NERVOUS NINTH Cincinnati had a chance to go in front in the top of the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez (5-5). Brandon Phillips led off with a four-pitch walk and made it to third on a sacrifice and groundout. After Zack Cozart walked, pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan struck out looking on a 3-2 fastball. Hannahan was so unhappy with the call that he had to be restrained by manager Bryan Price. Hannahan ended up getting ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna. It only got worse for Cincinnati, which had won three in a row. SPOT START Cincinnati wasted a surprising outing by spot starter Daniel Corcino, who allowed just two hits and two runs in six innings. He filled in for the injured Mat Latos. Corcino even got his first big league hit on a single in the third. He was told Thursday he might be needed to start against Milwaukee. "As soon as I get to the mound I forgot about everything. You know, youve got to do the job," Corcino said. TRAINERS ROOM Reds: Latos was a late scratch with a bone bruise in his right elbow. The right-hander missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season with right elbow and left knee injuries. Price said Corcino would replace Latos again if he cant make his next start. Brewers: LF Khris Davis was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day with right forearm tightness. Davis, who has a team-high 22 homers, will likely start on Saturday, manager Ron Roenicke said. UP NEXT: Reds: LHP David Holmberg (0-1) threw 5 2-3 scoreless innings on Monday after replacing injured starter Dylan Axelrod. Now, Holmberg gets the start Saturday for his first career appearance against Milwaukee. Brewers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-9) will try to snap out of a tough stretch after going 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA in his last four starts. ------ Gene Washington Jersey . 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The Mets said Wright had a bruised left rotator cuff. He will be treated with anti-inflammatories before being reevaluated on Monday. For now, the Mets think Wright can avoid a trip to the DL. "They want to see if it feels better after a couple days rest," assistant general manager John Ricco said. "If hes still feeling the same, well reassess it at that time." Niese (5-4) gave up three runs and scattered seven hits. It was his 20th straight outing without allowing more than three runs, dating to last season. "I told (pitching coach Dan Warthen) when I came out that I was the worst pitcher in the world in the fourth and fifth innings, the dumbest pitcher in the world but was pretty in the other innings," Niese said. Niese was handed a 5-0 lead by the middle of the second inning, but he nearly squandered it by issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart in the fourth and an RBI single to Neil Walker in the fifth that made it a two-run game. Neise, however, made it through the sixth, Jeurys Familia followed with two perfect innings and Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. "Jon went back out there and battled after that fourth inning, even though he didnt have good stuff," Mets manager Terry Collins said. Camppbell drove in the first run in a three-run first inning with a double off Cole (6-4). Freddie Solomon Jersey. Daniel Murphy capped the Mets scoring with a two-run single with two outs in the second. Cole, who leads the Pirates in victories, lasted just four innings. Activated from the DL earlier Saturday, he was tagged for five runs and seven hits. Cole had been out since June 4 with right shoulder fatigue. "I think it would have been a lot better if I were to have taken less focus off the hitters and put more on myself and not tried to do too much," Cole said. "I think I was a little too results oriented, trying to avoid this trying to do this, trying to do that." After Campbell hit his RBI double in the first, Lucas Duda scored on a wild pitch and Kirk Nieuwenhuis capped the inning by singling in a run. Niese lost the strike zone in fourth but was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out pinch-hitter Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. "That at-bat against Marte, I was just trying to get a strike," Niese said. "Once I got a strike, I was able to relax and get guys out." NOTES: RHP Brandon Cumpton was optioned by Pittsburgh to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a roster spot for Cole. ... RHP Ernesto Frieri joined the Pirates a day after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for RHP Jason Grilli and pitched a perfect inning of relief. . Marte was unable to start for the fourth consecutive game because of a jammed middle finger and the pinch-hitting appearance was the first time he batted since being injured Tuesday. ... The Mets had Niese bat eighth and LF Eric Young Jr. hit ninth, marking the third time in the last seven games manager Terry Collins had the pitcher hit No. 8. ... The four-game series concludes Sunday with New York RHP Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67) attempting to win his seventh straight decision as he faces RHP Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35). ' ' '
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork. Ray Neal Jersey Retro .com) - Derrick Henry scored three touchdowns to help No. 2 Alabama to a 48-14 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. Henry rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns and added a 9-yard touchdown catch for the Crimson Tide (10-1), who took a break from their SEC schedule with an FCS opponent prior to next weeks Iron Bowl against arch-rival Auburn. Blake Sims was 17-of-25 passing for 222 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the win. Alabama star wide receiver Amari Cooper left the game with an apparent left knee injury after taking a hard hit in the first quarter. Cooper had three receptions for 46 yards. Chris Black took over in his absence and hauled in six passes for 101 yards. Troy Mitchell threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns to Spearman Robinson for Western Carolina (7-5), which has lost all four meetings with the Crimson Tide. Western Carolina got off to a promising start as Mitchells 2-yard touchdown pass to Robinson capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive on the opening possession of the game. I dont think that we started the game out the way wed hoped to or how we planned, Alabama coach Nick Saban said. We wanted to maintain focus, and I thought the players did a really good job all week of practicing well and preparing for the game. But Alabama, which can clinch a spot in the SEC championship game with a win over Auburn, responded with 17 straight points, though it lost Cooper in the process. On 3rd-and-20, Cooper ran a dig route and caught the ball along the near sideline before racing inside the Catamounts 4 for a 27-yard gain. Cooper, a favorite to win the Biletnikoff Award given to the nations top receiver, took a solid hit to the left knee and limped off the field to the sideline. After receiving attention from medical personnel, Cooper walked into the locker room for further observation. He jogged out to the field moments later, but he still moved with a noticeable limp and did not return. Fellow wide receiver DeAndrew White (hamstring) and running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) were held out of the lineup due to injury. The Crimson Tide tied the game a play later on Sims 4-yard toss to Cam Sims. Gunnar Raborn, who filled in for Adam Griffith, kicked a 20-yard field goal late in the first and Henrys 10-yard touchdown run early in the second gave the hosts a 17-7 advantage. Following a Henry fumble later in the quarter, Mitchell and Robinson hooked up again for another touchdown that cut the deficit to three. Alabama crushed any hope of an upset victory from the Catamounts with 21 straight points to end the half. Tyren Jones capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 7-yard TD scamper and Henry bolted into the end zone from 23 yards out to make it 31-14 with 3:16 left. Sims threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Henry with under a minute left to make it 38-14 Jake Coker came on at quarterback to begin the second half and led a 51-yard drive out of the locker room that resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Raborn. Western Carolina drove deep into Alabama territory on its ensuing possession, but a fake field goal attempt on fourth down was unsuccessful. Coker then led another scoring drive, completing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Nysewander to account for the final margin. Coach Sabans built a dynasty, and we got a lot of respect for that, said Catamounts coach Mark Speir. Game Notes Yeldon, White and Griffith were all considered day-to-day throughout the week ... Alabama routed Western Carolina 49-0 in the last meeting between the teams in 2012 ... The Crimson Tide converted 36 first downs compared to just 12 for the Catamounts ... Western Carolina had negative-8 yards rushing ... Alabama outgained the Catamounts 612-213. Donald Payne Jersey Retro .NYCFC confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that this week Lampard signed a contract to start in July — midway through the new teams first season in MLS. Jordan Bernstine Jersey Retro . He was signed to help with depth to the receiving corps because of the loss of Shamawd Chambers to the 6-game injured list.Day 11 in 100 words or less We must remember that people are seeing a World Cup for the first time, just dont tell them it isnt always like this. Many of those eyes are in the United States of America, a country that the sport has wanted on its side for some time. On Sunday the football Gods delivered once again, only this time it was time for good old USA to experience as much heartache as joy.  Portugal 2-2 USA Football is a funny old game. Last week the USA struggled to keep the ball, were not at their best, and still won. This time they treasured the ball far better, were absolutely outstanding, and didnt win. This World Cup has been an absolute blockbuster and some of its main characters have been counter-attacks, comebacks, headers, and substitute goals. All four starred together in an incredible last scene in Manaus. Portugal were on the ground, seemingly knocked out in Brazil, flat out on their back with the referee standing over them about to wave his arms and end their misery. They knew they were out of the fight. Angry, petulant, disappointed they were a wounded bunch. Then, like a boxer swinging one last right hook at an opponent just for the sake of it, they delivered a stunning final moment to another monumental match in Brazil.  The clock read 94:25. Michael Bradley picks up the ball and has no outlets to pass the ball to. Eder, the Portugal striker who came on early in the first half finally did something valuable by making a crucial tackle. 94:28 - Nani counters with pace, looks up and sees Cristiano Ronaldo on the right side. It was the first time the talisman was in that zone where he could put a pass in. (stats powered by Opta) 94:31 - Ronaldo had just enough time to take one touch, look down at the ball, look up and deliver an absolutely incredible cross. 94:33 - Silvestre Varela then runs into the box and delivers a powerful header into the mix. The USA victory and place in the last 16? Gone in eight seconds. It was a fitting dramatic finale to an enthralling game in the Amazon. It will be remembered for the final scoreline, the Ronaldo pass, and the USA comeback, but we shouldnt forget about the tempo. The game was stretched throughout, played at an incredible pace in exhausting conditions. Watching it we learned many things. We learned that Portugal have very little depth. Anyone who has followed this small, yet proud football nation would tell you they already knew that but this exposed it even deeper.  Anyone who criticizes Ronaldos performance would be best served to look at what he had to work with. They lost Helder Postiga early, threw on Eder and effectively played with 10 men for the second successive match. The sight of the worlds finest player having to play up front in the second half and get absolutely no service was an all too familiar one. A sad tale of what could have been. Nani scored a goal but was very disappointing the rest of the way, giving the ball away far too much. Joao Moutinho is a special player but his sparring partners, Miguel Veloso and Raul Meireles are not at the form of Euro 2012.  Theyve been hammered by injuries, admittedly, but this was one of the worst showings by a Portugal team in two decades. Last week they could blame Pepe and a brilliant German attack. On Sunday their excuses ran out and they will likely fly home on Friday as another European team humbled in Brazil.  Jurgen Klinsmanns team were by far the better side and will be happy to be on four points through two games but it is far from job done. Indeed, it could turn out to be what might have been. Sure, Jurgens new mates and old mates can kick a ball around for 90 minutes in Recife on Thursday and both go through but anyone who thinks Germany would agree to that are kidding themselves.  Germany are in Brazil to win the World Cup, not risk playiing a close game with an inferior country, where a bad bounce or poor decision could end up costing them the chance to progress or, even, win the group. Les Dodson Jersey Retro.   If the game is even as it enters the final 25 minutes I could see the two teams defending deep and giving up very little but until then I expect Germany to use the game as an opportunity to get back the tempo and attacking guile that was missing against Ghana.   Belgium 1-0 Russia The 2014 World Cup has been billed by some as the greatest ever but then Fabio Capello arrived in a time machine from 2010 to remind us just how easy a game can be killed off. It almost worked. To be fair, the dullest game of the tournament so far was not all Russias doing. An average Belgium defended deep and rarely got playmaker Eden Hazard into the game, looking to settle for a point they know would have helped them win the group. The schedule makers also played a small part in the snoozefest. Every team in this World Cup, Mexico vs Brazil aside, had four or five games off in between group games but all the teams who played on Sunday play again on Thursday, giving them just three days off before a crucial group finale. Thankfully, Belgium decided to find some extra gears in the last ten minutes and for the second successive match their changes made a difference. Substitute Kevin Mirallas got the best out of Hazard and the two combined on the goal, scored by another sub, 19-year-old striker Divock Origi. The extra gear found by Belgium showed, again, they can reach another level when required and also left Russia embarrassed that they couldnt. Russia were organized and clearly had a game plan that almost worked and it is hard to be too critical of that based on that game but the bigger question mark over this teams methods is do they have it in them at all to play a more open, expansive style that will be needed against Algeria to progress? This World Cup has made a mockery of players and coaches who have tried to play like it was 2010. Capello gets one last shot to prove otherwise, against Algeria. How did that work out for him in 2010? South Korea 2-4 Algeria Missed by many, this was a fantastic game. Algeria are a real threat to Russia. They are strong in attack, have a fine, technical leader in Sofiane Feghouli who can glide by midfielders and can score. Admittedly, South Koreas defending in the first half was woeful but Vahid Halilhodzics side deserve tremendous credit for sensing their opportunity to finish the game off early. It has been a good couple of days for African football.  Man of the day Nominees.... Vincent Kompany - on a day where most of his teammates were average, the Manchester City skipper was fantastic in the middle of the Belgian defence. Islam Slimani - he got his first start at the World Cup and it wont be his last after he tormented the South Korean backline. Clint Dempsey - talk about a big game player. Not blessed with any one outstanding trait, he just seems to pop up in big moments.  Jermaine Jones - After a brilliant display on the left of a midfield diamond against Ghana, he was asked to come more centrally this time and had a superb match.  Cristiano Ronaldo - he was far from his best but, just like Lionel Messi on Saturday, he had his moment.  Winner Cristiano Ronaldo - a defensive liability in the first half, clearly not fit, playing with a bunch of average players, sulking and then he does that. Wow.  Whats next  Australia vs Spain & Chile vs Netherlands (12pm/9am) Croatia vs Mexico & Brazil vs Cameroon (4pm/1pm) Burning question for Mondays games Can Chile win the group and finally carve open a path to the late rounds that doesnt include nemesis Brazil? Stat of day 11 Silvestre Varela became the 16th substitute to score at this World Cup. ' ' '
Canadian hockey goaltender Charline Labonte announced she is gay in an article that appeared in two publications on Wednesday. Willis McGahee Jersey . Labonte, who was a member of Canadas gold medal-winning womens hockey team in Sochi, shared her story in Outsports and Lez Spread The World. "I am also finally proud of who I am and proud to have the courage to share who I am with you," said Labonte in the article. "Im a four-time Olympian. I am the daughter of wonderful parents and the sister of a very special brother. I am friends with people who fascinate me, support me and without whom I could not live out my dreams. I am a student and I get my masters from McGill University this fall. "I am gay and proudly authentic." The 31-year-old said she didnt want any outside distractions by coming out during the Sochi Olympics due to Russias anti-gay laws. The native of Boisbriand, Que has been a part of the national team for 12 years and played in two games in Sochi. Priest Holmes Jersey . JOHNS, N. Jamal Lewis Jersey . Mauer struck out to end the inning, with a runner on third base in the seventh on Wednesday and the Twins trailing 1-0. Everybody does this, of course, in a sport with a 30 per cent success rate at the plate long proven to be a benchmark of excellence.PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Leandro Barbosa for the remainder of the season. Phoenix originally signed Barbosa to a 10-day contract on Jan. 8 after Eric Bledsoe injured his knee and then signed him to another 10-day deal. The 31-year-old Barbosa averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and two assists in nine games with the Suns. He scored 21 points, includiing 14 in the fourth quarter, against New York on Jan. Jason Brookins Jersey. 13. Barbosa spent the first seven seasons of his 11-year career with Phoenix and was named the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07 after averaging 18.1 points and four assists per game. Hes also played for Toronto, Indiana and Boston, with a career scoring average of 12 points per game. ' ' '
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. Alex Okafor Super Bowl Jersey . -- Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists as the Prince Albert Raiders downed the Calgary Hitmen 5-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League action. Collin Valcourt, Josh Morrissey and Mackenzie Stewart also scored for the Raiders (32-30-5), who moved within two points of Brandon for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and Sawyer Lange chipped in with two assists. Jake Virtanen scored both goals for the Hitmen (44-17-7), who have dropped back-to-back games. Nick McBride made 32 saves for Prince Albert while Calgarys Chris Driedger stopped 23-of-27 shots in defeat. --- WARRIORS 6 BLADES 1 SASKATOON -- Dallas Valentine had a pair of goals as Moose Jaw handed the Blades their seventh straight defeat. Scott Cooke, Brayden Point, Tanner Eberle and Bryson Gore also scored for the Warriors (19-40-6) while Gore tacked on two assists for a three-point night. Moose Jaws Zach Sawchenko made 25 saves for the win. Ryan Graham scored the lone goal for Saskatoon (16-46-5). Troy Trombley allowed four goals on 22 shots before giving way to Brandon Kegler, who stopped 11-of-13 shots in one period of relief. --- OIL KINGS 6 WHEAT KINGS 3 BRANDON -- Curtis Lazar and Mads Eller each scored twice and Tristan Jarry made 26 saves as Edmonton doubled up the Wheat Kings. Brandon Ralph and Reid Petryk also scored for the Oil Kings (47-17-3) and Brett Pollock had two assists. Brandon (31-28-9) got goals from Ryley Lindgren, John Quenneville and Rihards Bukarts. Curtis Honey gave up three goals on eight shots for the Wheat Kings and was pulled after seven minutes of play. Jordan Papirny stopped 28-of-31 shots in relief. --- ICE 5 TIGERS 2 CRANBROOK, B.C. -- Jaedon Descheneau had two goals and an assist as Kootenay beat Medicine Hat for its first win in three games. Zach Franko, Tyler King and Jagger Dirk also scored for the Ice (38-25-4). Tommy Vanelli and Curtis Valk supplied the scoring for the Tigers (41-23-4). Mackenzie Skapski made 30 saves for Kootenay. Marek Langhamer allowed five goals on 27 shots in 41 minutes of action before Nick Schneider took over for the rest of the game. Schneider made three saves in relief. --- PATS 5 HURRICANES 2 LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Dawson MacAuley made 30 saves and Dyson Stevenson had a goal and two assists as Regina toppled the Hurricanes. Colby Williams, Logan McVeigh, Boston Leier and Braden Christoffer also scored for the Pats (38-24-6). Josh Derko scored both goals for Lethbridge (12-51-5), which has dropped 10 games in a row. Teagan Sacher turned aside 39-of-44 shots for the Hurricanes. --- REBELS 4 BRONCOS 1 RED DEER, Alta. -- Wyatt Johnson and Aspen Sterzer each had a goal and an assist as the Rebels beat Swift Current. Conner Bleackely and Adam Musil also scored for Red Deer (33-30-5) and Patrik Bartosak made 33 saves for the win. Graham Black scored for the Broncos (34-25-9), who lost in regulation for the first time in seven outings. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 20-of-24 shots for Swift Current. --- WINTERHAWKS 7 THUNDERBIRDS 3 PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brendan Leipsic had two goals and two assists as the Winterhawks toppled Seattle. Matthew Dumba also scored twice for Portland (49-13-5), Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists and Chase De Leo and Anton Cederholm added the others. Ryan Gropp, Shea Theodore and Russell Maxwell had a goal apiece for the Thunderbirds (39-21-6) and Mathew Barzal had two assists. Adin Hill made 11 saves for the victory after replacing starter Corbin Boes, who gave up three goals on 16 shots in 27 minutes for the Winterhawks. Seattles Taran Kozun stopped 33-of-40 shots in defeat. --- CHIEFS 4 COUGARS 2 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Mike Aviani scored twice as Spokane came from behind to defeat the Cougars. Keanu Yamamoto and Adam Helewka also scored for the Chiefs (37-24-6), who trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes of play, while Reid Gow tacked on three assists. Todd Fiddler extended his point streak to 19 games with a goal and Troy Bourke also scored for Prince George (26-35-8), which dropped its fourth game in a row. Garret Hughson made 34 saves for Spokane as Ty Edmonds turned away 25-of-29 shots in defeat. --- SILVERTIPS 4 AMERICANS 2 KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Austin Lotz turned away 32 shots as Everett downed Tri-City for its seventh win in its last eight games. Ivan Nikolishin, Logan Aasman, Matt Fonteyne and Brayden Low scored for the Silvertips (35-23-9). Lucas Nickles and Justin Gutierrez responded for the Americans (28-31-8), who hold down the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tri-Citys Eric Comrie made 34 saves in a losing cause. --- ROYALS 5 BLAZERS 1 VICTORIA -- Ben Walker set up four of his clubs goals as the Royals downed Kamloops for their fourth win in a row. Travis Brown, Jack Walker, Brandon Magee, Axel Blomqvist and Brett Cote scored for Victoria (46-17-4) and Patrik Polivka made 17 saves for the win. The Blazers (13-50-5) got their lone goal from Ryan Rehill. Bolton Pouliot turned away 35-of-40 shots for Kamloops, which is just the second team to hit the 50-loss mark this season along with Lethbridge. Mitchell Schwartz Super Bowl Jersey . Less than 24 hours after the Wolves lost at home to the Mavericks, 100-98, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced Tuesday that Kevin Love was fouled on his right arm by Shawn Marion in the closing seconds and should have been awarded two free throws. Reggie Ragland Super Bowl Jersey . "Its way better than running gassers, thats for sure," the inside linebacker said Monday, when the Chargers started their third and final week of organized team activities, which are practices in shorts, jerseys and helmets. METAIRIE, La. -- The NFL Players Association confirmed Wednesday that it filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham concerning the Saints tight ends franchise tag designation. At issue is whether the NFL was correct to apply the tight end tag to Graham or whether Graham should have received the more lucrative wide receiver tag, a difference of $5 million. The NFLs current collective bargaining agreement states that a player should be tagged according to the position at which he lined up most often. Graham and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, are contending that the frequency with which Graham lined up split out from the line merits the $12.3 million receivers franchise tag, not the $7 million tight end tag. No date for a grievance hearing has been set, but the filing alone could provide Graham with a measure of additional leverage as he seeks to have his franchise tag designation removed in favour of a long-term extension. July 15 is the final day a team can sign 2014 franchise players to long-term extensions. Grahams agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not return a message seeking comment on the matter. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday there had been no progress to report on negotiations with Graham. The Saints have asserted that lining up split from the line is a significant part of every tight ends job descripttion. Dorian ODaniel Super Bowl Jersey. When asked in January whether the Saints viewed Graham as a tight end under the leagues CBA, Loomis responded: "Isnt that what we drafted him as? Isnt that what he made the Pro Bowl as? Thats what we see him as -- a tight end. "The tight end has always been part of the passing game," Loomis continued. "Hes part of the running game. So hes part of both. So are receivers. So are running backs." According to an analysis by ESPN Stats and Information, Graham lined up split out from the line on 67 per cent of his snaps -- 45 per cent of the time in the slot and 22 per cent out wide. Unless the Saints and Graham pre-emptively agree on a long-term deal, an arbitrator may have to decide whether those numbers alone, under the language of the CBA, would require the league to apply the receiver designation to Graham. If so, it likely would set a precedent for negotiations involving other tight ends who figure prominently in their teams passing games, and could substantially lower the franchise tag number for tight ends who more often line up next to offensive tackles. It could also affect other positions in which players have varying roles, most notably some outside linebackers in a 3-4 defensive scheme, who could argue their right to receive the higher defensive end tag. ' ' '
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