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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Eric Fisher Jersey . - The Kansas City Royals are hoping All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will be back in a few days. Perez left Monday nights 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox with a swollen right thumb. X-rays were negative. He could be back in time to avoid a stint on the disabled list. With Perez sidelined by the injury, the Royals recalled catcher Francisco Pena from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Pena is the son of New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, also a former Royals manager. Francisco Pena, who hit nine home runs in his past 23 games with Omaha, will be making his major league debut if he plays for Kansas City The Royals also optioned infielder Johnny Giavotella to Omaha.Marcus Allen Jersey . The thunderous cheers quickly changed to an appreciative chant: "Ma-son! Ma-son! Ma-son! Headed to New York with new life, Mason sure earned this curtain call. Derrick Nnadi Jersey . Fielder ended 4-for-5 with a solo homer, while Avila was 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Tigers, who put the brakes on a three-game skid and rebounded from a loss in Mondays opener. Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson both contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored as Detroit maintained its healthy lead atop the AL Central.The CFL Players Association has voted to ratify the proposed new collective bargaining agreement. The PA confirmed the ratification via press release on Thursday night. It was unclear which way the players were leaning prior to the vote. After the league and CFLPA struck a tentative deal on Saturday, many players publicly voiced their displeasure over the terms. The five-year deal calls for a $5 million sallary cap which was below the PAs opening proposal of more than $6 million per year. Cameron Erving Jersey. . The Players Association also wanted the agreement to be renegotiable after the third year if league revenues increased by more than $18 million, but settled for the leagues figure of $27 million. The next step is for the Board of Governors to vote on the deal, which is expected to happen Friday. ' ' '
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With the off-season additions of a pair of veteran defencemen, Cody Franson knows his time in Toronto could be numbered, but on the heels of a new one-year, $3. Trent Taylor Super Bowl Jersey .3 million deal, took the high road saying he had no interest in playing in another uniform next season. “Im very fortunate that we were able to avoid that process and Im very happy to be a Leaf.” Franson told TSN 1050 Monday afternoon. ”Im still very hopeful that I spend the full season here.” The subject of multiple trade rumours following the acquisitions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas, the 26-year-old defenceman said hes looking to move on from the rumours that had him on his way to the Montreal Canadiens before Josh Gorges refused to waive his no-trade clause, nixing a potential deal. “Toronto is the place I wanna be for a long time and to hear your name pop up in something that supposedly had some truth to it wasnt exactly what youre hoping to hear,” Franson said. Entering his fourth season with the Leafs after being acquired from the Nashville Predators, the right-handed blueliner led the team in scoring amongst defenceman in 2013-14, and will become an unrestricted free agent after next season. Franson on his new deal, trade rumoursTevin Coleman Super Bowl Jersey .5 million. The 25-year-old Varlamov is thriving under first-year coach and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, posting a 26-9-5 record with a 2. Frank Gore Super Bowl Jersey . The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 mens and womens soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season. SASKATOON -- Tim Bozon looked thin and spoke briefly, his voice hoarse after weeks of using a feeding tube. The French hockey player and Montreal Canadians prospect was released from a Saskatoon hospital Friday, four weeks after falling seriously ill with bacterial meningitis. "Im doing good," he said. "Ive been through a lot and I feel way better now." Bozon and his family will travel to Cranbrook, where he will drop the puck at a playoff game of his Western Hockey League team, the Kootenay Ice. "Im excited to leave the hospital," he said. "Its going to be exciting to get back to Kootenay and see the boys and say bye one more time before going back to Europe." Father Philippe Bozon, who played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues in the 1990s, was visibly emotional and thanked the Saskatoon and broader hockey community for their generosity and support. He added treatment has been costly, and encouraged the public to donate to a trust fund established to help pay the familys medical and other expenses "I want to say from my wife and I how proud we are of you Timmy, for fighting like this," he said. "I know it was a tough fight and I know you are still fighting, and I will always have faith in you." After travelling to Cranbbrook to collect Bozons things, the family will go to Montreal to visit the Canadiens organization. Jimmie Ward Super Bowl Jersey. . While there Bozon will also see doctors and receive some dental surgery. From there the family will return to France, where Bozon will enter a sports rehabilitation clinic in the southwestern town of Capbreton. Neurologist Gary Hunter treated Bozon from the day he arrived at Saskatoons Royal University Hospital, and said prompt medical attention and an induced coma were critical to his recovery. "His progress has been really amazing, so I think his prognosis is very good," he said. "Hes a tough guy and hes very motivated so I think hes going to do very well." Hunter said its had to know at this early stage whether he will be able to resume his hockey career. "Its very difficult to speculate on his long term neurologic prognosis," he said. Bozons agent Roly Thompson said he is amazed at Bozons speedy progress, which gives him hope that a full recovery is possible. "Obviously we have a long way to go," he said. "Were going to go through rehab and I think its important that everybody realize its not going to be instant." "But my gut feeling is that hes going to play one day for the Montreal Canadiens." ' ' '
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FALL RIVER, Mass. Jace Sternberger Super Bowl Jersey . -- The New England Patriots will turn over hundreds of pages of personnel records to lawyers for former tight end Aaron Hernandez but object to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment, a team lawyer said Wednesday. Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said at a hearing in Fall River Superior Court the team has agreed to produce 317 pages of materials sought by the defence, including medical and training records. But the team objects to turning over nine pages of scouting reports, which Phelan said contain proprietary "trade secrets." He also said they are irrelevant. Phelan said the Patriots have offered Hernandezs lawyers the option of reviewing -- but not copying -- what he described as a 1 1/2 page summary of the psychological assessment. Thats all the team has, according to court filings. The team says the defence should seek to obtain the full report from the third party that produced it, which specializes in providing character and mental assessments for professional sports organizations. Phelan accused the defence of being on a "fishing expedition." Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a former semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandezs fiancee. Lloyds bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area not far from the ex-players Massachusetts home. Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated the killing because he was upset with Lloyd for talking to some people with whom Hernandez had problems at a nightclub a few days earlier. Hernandezs attorneys last month asked a judge to approve a subpoena to compel his former employer to turn over all the records in his personnel file, saying they may contain important information about his state of mind. "State of mind is critical," defence attorney Michael Fee told a judge Wednesday. "This is not a fishing expedition. Were not on a lark." He said the scouting reports may contain exculpatory information about "prior bad acts" allegedly committed by Hernandez before he joined the Patriots in 2010, including while he played football at the University of Florida. Fee called the offer to merely look at the psychological profile summary "a dodge and a feint," saying the document is part of the personnel file and that the defence is entitled to it. Hernandez has agreed to the files release. He was released by the Patriots on the day of his arrest last summer. The judge did not hear arguments on the merits of the subpoena request but set a hearing for July 22. Hernandez attended Wednesdays proceeding but did not address the court. Afterward, he was transferred to a new jail in Boston after his attorneys earlier request for a move -- to be closer to them -- was approved. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins said Hernandez, who is being held without bail, will be treated like any other inmate. He said Hernandez will undergo an initial assessment before its determined whether hell be placed in the general population or isolation. Hernandez has also pleaded not guilty in a separate case in which hes charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Randall Cobb Super Bowl Jersey . The game had many controversial incidents that, upon closer inspection, were not as controversial as many believed. The Formations Toronto FC lined up in its usual 4-4-2 formation, with Nick Hagglund slotting in at right fullback and Bradley Orr at centreback in place of the injured Mark Bloom and Steven Caldwell, respectively. Kevin King Super Bowl Jersey .The McLaren MP4-30 was launched on Thursday, with chief executive Ron Dennis saying it marks the start of a lengthy journey back to winning grands prix and eventually world championships.McLaren, which hasnt won a grand prix since 2012, will be using Honda engines for the first time since 1992, and has signed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to partner Jenson Button for the upcoming season.Zimbabwe have named their former international Heath Streak as the new national team head coach. Zimbabwe Cricket announced the appointment on Tuesday, ending the caretaker role of former South Africa international Makhaya Ntini, who is expected to stay on as bowling coach. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Another former Proteas star, Lance Klusener, is the teams batting coach. Streak, 42, played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs between 1993 and 2005, with the former fast bowleer the first Zimbabwean to capture 100 Test wickets. Rashan Gary Super Bowl Jersey. He ended his career with 216 victims at an average of 28.14.Streak has a little under three weeks to prepare his side for the first of two home Tests against Sri Lanka starting on 29 October. The two sides will then be joined by West Indies for an ODI triangular tournament in Zimbabwe next month.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price!  Also See: Sir Ian Botham David Lloyd Nasser Hussain Bob Willis ' ' '
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Heurelho Gomes does not believe language will be a barrier for new Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri as he looks to make an impact this season. Cheap Jerseys . The Italian was appointed in May - taking up the position on July 1 - as a replacement for Quique Sanchez Flores, who left at the end of last term then consequently took up the managers position at Espanyol. Sky Sports Fantasy Football Pick your team here, create a league and let the mind games begin! Flores was a relative success in his year at Vicarage Road, leading Watford to Premier League safety and the FA Cup semi-finals before they were eliminated by Crystal Palace. Like the Spaniard when he first arrived, Mazzarris English is limited after a coaching career which has seen him work at seven clubs all in Italy.Nevertheless, he has made a positive impression on goalkeeper Gomes, who is happy to be working under the former Inter, Napoli and Sampdoria boss. Mazzarri has signed a three-year deal at Vicrage Road after coaching at seven Italian clubs The former Tottenham player - who signed a new deal with the club recently - told Sky Sports News HQ: In football, I believe we can understand everything when we talk on the pitch.That has been no problem and the players understand very well what he wants to do. For the first few days, he said we understood more here than the players when he was in Italy.I believe that is quite good. When the players want to [understand him], the language is not a problem.I believe we need this level, a manager like him - a manager that controls the situation around the place. Quique Sanchez Flores left Watford at the end of last season and is now in charge of Espanyol He was very clear with the players that he wants to control everything and I believe we can do a very good job with him.He knows football, he knows about football and he is a very experienced manager. I believe we can achieve great things with him.If we follow what he wants to, I believe the players are very clear about that. We can do a very good job over here. Also See: Watford name backroom team Who is Walter Mazzarri? Gomes signs new Watford deal What do Watford need? Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series. Wholesale Jerseys 2022 . Its Wu-Tang and Outkast in the final. Now, we all know youve played the role of Andre 3000 in the past, does that mean Outkast is getting your vote?AJ: You know it, you know it.CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Hornets are moving forward for now without Jeffery Taylor, the latest in a growing list of professional athletes arrested on domestic violence charges.General manager Rich Cho said the Hornets will await the outcome of an NBA-led investigation before deciding whether to reinstate Taylor. He offered no timetable for Taylors return to the team.Speaking at a media day news conference Monday, Cho said it was appropriate for the organization to act decisively and swiftly in banning Taylor from all team-related activities on Friday.We take domestic violence as a very serious matter, Cho said.Taylor ran into problems with the law when he was arrested by East Lansing Police in Michigan on Thursday and charged him with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property following an altercation the East Lansing Marriott at University Place.Cho said hes spoken with Taylor, who was released Thursday on $5,000 bond, but declined to discuss details of that conversation or any specific information related to the case.The GM did say he has no knowledge of a video tape from the hotel that might shed light on the altercation.We will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution, Cho said.Cho wouldnt say what it would take for Taylor to be reinstated.I dont want to get into hypotheticals, Cho said.Cho called the arrest disappointing, but doesnt believe it should take away from the optimism heading into the season.The Hornets are coming off a 43-39 last season and have added free agents Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams to the roster.Coach Steve Clifford said Monday that Taylor was fighting for a spot in the rotation, but said he feels comfortable with the depth the team has there. Clifford likes how Taylor has progressed since coming into the league as a second-round pick in 2012, but theres no guarantee how much the Vanderbilt product would have played this season.Clifford said Monday Stephenson will start at one of the wing spots and either Gerald Henderson or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start at the other. Cheap Jerseys From China. The Hornets also have veteran 3-pointer shooting guard Gary Neal coming off the bench.We just have to do what other teams do a€” when one guy goes down, just pull together and continue to fight, centre Al Jefferson said of Taylors absence.Clifford said Kemba Walker, Jefferson and Williams will be the teams other three starters.In Cliffords opinion, this years starting lineup is stronger than last year and the overall depth is better too, leading to plenty of optimism.From a talent standpoint, the possibilities are exciting, Clifford said.The Hornets open training camp Tuesday in Asheville, North Carolina and much of this years optimisms surrounds Stephenson, a player who brings proven scoring ability and playoff experience to the roster.Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season for the Indiana Pacers. Only 24 years old, Stephenson has already started 37 post-season games during his four seasons in the NBA.Clifford said he expects Stephenson will be called upon to score more this season.I expect to do everything more this year, Stephenson said with a smile when told of Cliffords comments.Stephenson said six months ago he never thought hed be playing for anyone other than the Pacers.But he was overwhelmed with the attention the Hornets showed in him during free agency, and loved the idea of playing for his childhood hero and Hornets owner Michael Jordan.Stephenson is also friends with Walker, who he battled with time and time again as a high school player growing up in New York City.Throw in the new name and purple and teal uniforms, and Stephenson said he couldnt be happier.I feel like I came to the Hornets at the right time. We changed the name and we changed the swagger, Stephenson said. Everybody is happy about the new pieces that we got in place. Just the atmosphere here, you walk around and everybody is like, Hey Lance, we cant wait for the season to start. ' ' '
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VANCOUVER - The Canadian womens soccer team announced two more international friendlies to its 2014 schedule on Wednesday. Weston Richburg Super Bowl Jersey . The national team will host Germany on June 18 before facing Japan on Oct. 28. Both games will be played at Vancouvers B.C. Place Stadium. Canada announced two other friendlies earlier this week -- May 8 in Winnipeg against the United States, and Oct. 25 against Japan in Edmonton. All four games will be tough as Canada continues its preparations ahead of hosting the 2015 Womens World Cup. The U.S. tops the current FIFA world rankings, followed by No. 2 Germany and No. 3 Japan. Canada lost 1-0 to the Americans in a friendly in Texas on Friday. Marquise Goodwin Super Bowl Jersey . The team said they will announce a corresponding roster move prior to their series opener on Tuesday night in Kansas City. Y.A. Tittle Super Bowl Jersey . Lost to Los Angeles in first round of playoffs.DAVIE, Fla. - Miami Dolphins centre Mike Pouncey claims to have no regrets about last seasons incidents in a bullying scandal in which an NFL-sanctioned investigator identified him and two teammates as principals involved. Pouncey talked to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the Ted Wells report implicated him, left guard Richie Incognito and right guard John Jerry as being behind alleged hazing and harassment of tackle Jonathan Martin. "No, not at all," Pouncey said when asked if he had any regrets. "Weve moved on from that. Im not worried about anything in 2013, honestly, its all about 2014 for me." On October 28, three days before the Dolphins played Cincinnati, Martin abruptly left the team after storming out of the cafeteria, and never returned. It wasnt until the Wells report was released that Pounceys name was directly attached. The NFL is waiting for him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before issuing any discipline. Pouncey said he does not need such an evaluation. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin stood behind Pouncey during his news conference after the practice. Philbin confirmed that he and the team will be in constant communication with the league regarding any discipline for Pouncey. "The one thing thats without question about Mike Pouncey which is important is he wants to be a great football player," said Philbin, who invited Pouncey to a dinner with free agent left tackle Branden Albert before the team signed him. "He wants to make a valuable contribution to the Miami Dolphins, and hes not unlike any other player that we have in terms of theres an educational process every player goes through. But I love the effort and energy that he brings and that hes put forth into this off-season and todays Day 1. Its a long, long process, but hes off to a good start." New offensive co-ordinator Bill Lazor also expressed confidence in Pounceys leadership. "Mike and I walk into this professionaal relationship with a real clear picture," Lazor said. Laken Tomlinson Super Bowl Jersey. "I spoke with him on the phone and I laid out what I was looking for. He was very excited to do it and I think hes the right guy to do it." Pouncey didnt help matters last month after Miami drafted Tennessee right tackle JaWuan James in the first round when he tweeted he was looking forward to the gifts James would have to deliver to the veterans. The 2011 first-round pick insisted he was joking, reiterating that he believes he is the type of leader his teammates want him to be. Incognito, Jerry, Martin, Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie all started alongside Pouncey on the offensive line at times last season. Now, only Pouncey remains. In addition to signing Albert and veteran guard Shelley Smith, the Dolphins drafted James and guard/tackle Billy Turner in the early rounds. All of them were aware of the issues that plagued that unit in 2013. Philbin knew that would have to be addressed. "We didnt really say an awful lot," he said. "We want them to make their own decisions. When they walk into the building, when they feel the energy, the excitement that the coaching staff has in working with these guys every day, when they see the way these players are treated by our equipment staff, by our security staff and by our medical staff, I dont really have to say a whole lot. "The people that come to work here every single day create an outstanding atmosphere ... and again I think the players feel that. If you have to talk about that, then you probably dont have one." NOTES: WR Brandon Gibson was back to work after recovering from a torn patellar tendon that cost him the last nine games of 2013. ... Former star defensive end Jason Taylor was on the field Tuesday as a special guest coach. ... Koa Misi worked at middle linebacker, with Danell Ellerbe joining Philip Wheeler on the outside, which was a switch from previous lineups. ' ' '
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BURNABY, B. Mike Person Super Bowl Jersey .C. -- Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones might want to bottle whatever he told his team at halftime on Saturday night. Down 25-9 at the break, Japan stormed out of the gate and outscored Canada 25-0 over the final 40 minutes to stun the hosts 34-25 in the first game of the Pacific Nations Cup tournament for both countries. Jones is back coaching after suffering a stroke in October, but that didnt stop him from letting loose on his players after a disappointing first half. "Ill tell you what, it wasnt good for my blood pressure," said the 54-year-old. "We thought we were fitter than them. We thought if we could just hang in there ... we were just like a boxer on the ropes hanging on there. And if you get a chance to throw a jab, you throw it, and thats what we were able to do. "It takes a bit of courage to do that, so Im really pleased with that from the boys." Japan ran ragged in the second half, busting through the line for a pair of tries that left Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley shaking his head. "We really played well in that first half. We put pressure on them, we scored a couple really good tries," he said. "Second half, we had a couple bad defensive errors from set plays, which you cant afford to do. They were pretty soft tries, really. "Japan just took it to us and they deserved to win with that second-half performance." Yoshikazu Fujita, Yu Tamura and Hendrik Tui had the tries for the visitors, who won their eighth straight overall, while Ayumu Goromaru kicked five penalties and added two converts. John Moonlight, Ciaran Hearn and Taylor Paris had the tries for Canada, while James Pritchard added two penalties and two converts. Japan started to claw its way back after halftime with a try in the 42nd minute as Fujita dove over the line, and after Goromaru missed the conversion, the score stood at 25-14. Goromaru then kicked his fourth penalty of the night in the 56th minute to make it 25-17 before Tamura broke through the Canadian midfield untouched in the 63rd, with Goromanus conversion cutting the deficit to just one. Clearly rattled, Canada could barely hold onto the ball and Tui completed the comeback by again busting through the line to make it 31-25 after Goromarus conversion. Goromaru added to his point total by booting another penalty on the last kick of the game for the 34-25 final. "We always knew wed have to cope with the physical onslaught of Canada at home for the first 40," said Jones. "If we wouldnt have given away that try away (before) halftime we would have been pretty happy, but 25-9 at halftime, youre battling to stay in the game." Despite watching his team get bossed around in the second half, Tyler Ardron -- a 22-year-old from Lakefield, Ont., who plays for Ospreys in Wales and captained Canada for the first time -- saw some positives. "Tons of things to work on still," said Ardron, who made just his 14th appearance for the national team. "But we executed a lot things that we wanted to and I think if you look at that first half, a lot of things went our way and in the second half a couple bounces maybe went their way." The six-team Pacific Nations Cup tournament also includes Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and the United States. Canada will play world No. 10 Scotland at Torontos BMO Field next Saturday before travelling to Sacramento, Calif., to face the U.S. on June 21 in another Pacific Nations Cup match. The tournament consists of two groups of three teams, with each country taking on the other two in its conference. The top teams from each meet in Novembers final. Before his teams dominating second half, the turning point appeared to come in the 34th minute when Japans Shota Horie was sent to the sin bin for a foul, leaving his team down a man. Pritchard made the ensuing penalty from close range and Canada opened the floodgates with two impressive tries to close out the half. Moonlight finished off a good move for a try in the 37th minute before Paris broke through the Japanese line moments later, with Pritchard converting both for a 25-9 lead. "(We) definitely didnt think it was over," said Ardron. "I think we felt that if we played our game over the next 40 minutes we would be comfortable, but that clearly wasnt the case. "Credit to Japan -- they came out and played their game and we didnt turn it around." Japan, ranked No. 12 in the world, has been a pain for 15th-ranked Canada over the last several years. The Japanese tied Canada at the last two Rugby World Cups, with the 23-23 draw in 2011 helping to push the Canadians to fourth in their pool to miss out on automatic qualification for the 2015 tournament. Japan then beat Canada 16-13 in last years Pacific Nations Cup, a result that handed the championship trophy to Fiji. Crowley said earlier in the week that a win over Japan on home soil would help propel his side up the International Rugby Boards rankings and his players started brightly in front of a partisan crowd at Swangard Stadium. Canada had sustained pressure early in the match, with Hearn going over the line for the opening try in the seventh minute, but Pritchard missed the conversion for a 5-0 lead. Goromaru got Japan on the board with a penalty kick in the 12th minute, and he connected again three minutes later to give his team a 6-5 advantage. Pritchard then added a penalty in the 18th minute to restore the Canadian lead at 8-6, but Goromaru kicked his third penalty of the half in the 29th to make it 9-8 Japan. "Rugbys on a bit of a high at the moment in Canada," said Crowley. "Weve just got to get some of these tight games across the line. Japan have had our number a little bit the last few times weve played them, which is unfortunate." Notes: Scotland beat the U.S. 24-6 on Saturday night in Houston. ... Saturday marked the first time Canadas mens team wore its new uniforms designed by Under Armour. ... Japan meets the U.S. in Carson, Calif., next weekend. ... Attendance was 6,382. Jerick McKinnon Super Bowl Jersey . -- Quarterback Josh Johnson has returned to the San Francisco 49ers and his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh. Terrell Owens Super Bowl Jersey .Y. -- Kristen Gillman rallied to win the U.Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mirza Teletovic had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-93 in overtime on Wednesday night. Brook Lopez posted 16 points and 15 boards, Deron Williams recorded 17 points and nine assists and Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points and eight reboundds for the Nets, who have won four of their last six games on the heels of a five- game losing streak. Dante Pettis Super Bowl Jersey. . Danny Green nailed six 3-pointers and netted 20 points to go with 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped. Tim Duncan supplied 14 points and 17 boards. ' ' '
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The stats speak for themselves. Travis Kelce Super Bowl Jersey . Marty Brodeur had an amazing career anyway you want to slice it. Its always a personal preference as to who people believe is the best of all time. The one thing that is certain, Brodeurs name is in that conversation. Some will speak to Dominik Hasek, for what he was able to do team-wise and achieve personally, while some will look at Patrick Roy, who is the winningest goaltender in the postseason and who also revolutionized the position with the butterfly save. Some older than this generation will throw names like Terry Sawchuk or Vladislav Tretiak around. Im not sure there is a right or wrong answer. It becomes a personal preference, with caveats of when they played as far as generations, who you value more for their style, or even a like ability factor may weigh in on an opinion. There are many things I loved and respected about Brodeur as a goalie. Here are a few things that stood out for me: Durability - To play 1,266 games is insane. That number is a monster and speaks to the consistency of Marty and how he was able to play 70-plus games a year for 20-plus seasons (throw in a couple of lockouts/work stoppages and the number is bigger). I believe that record will never be broken, especially with the way goalies play today. Its so hard on the body. With flexibility and lateral movement at a premium, the stress on the knees, hip flexors and groins, it will be tough to have a run of that many years in a row playing 65-plus games a season. To put it into perspective - the 1,266 regular season games - the closest to Marty of active goalies is Roberto Luongo. He is 35-years-old and has played 840 games, so if he averages 65 games for the next six-and-a-half years, he can come close to Brodeur at age 42. This is given that he is healthy (knock on wood) and wants to play that long. Lets look at someone younger. Carey Price is 27-years-old and has played 405 games. It would take him playing 65-plus games a year for the next 13.25 years to come close to the record - something that in todays game would be very tough to achieve given all the factors involved. The list goes on from there, with names like Fleury (569 GP), Lundqvist (610 GP) and Miller (594 GP). All goalies that have played a ton and have been for the most part pretty healthy in their careers, their numbers are great from a durability standpoint but nothing in comparison to what Marty was able to achieve for many years in a row. Rebound Control - One of the first things I noticed when I played against him or watched him was his rebound placement. He was unreal at putting pucks in areas that were out of danger or past the traffic. Im not talking about catching pucks, but more about how he was able to angle or direct pucks off the original shot to the corners, past sticks in front and out of trouble. It was like he was thinking past the original save and was more concerned about what he was doing about the second shot. Something that was unreal if you watched intently on what he was doing or trying to achieve. To the naked eye, one might think he was letting up a bad rebound sometimes, but all of a sudden it was past oncoming rush and heading the other way. It was something he was very strong at doing consistently. Puck Handling - Ron Hextall revolutionized the game with the way he was able to play the puck. Im on record saying he was the best of all time. Marty was able to take it to another level and incorporate it into todays game. We all know New Jersey had an air tight defensive system and in their best days had big, mean and mobile defencemen that would stand you up at the blue line and teams would be forced to dump it in. Thats where Martys skills would go to work. He was able to stop the dump-ins and make a play to help them exit the zone quickly. It was to a point where his d-man would not come back to the puck but fan out and give him an option to pass. If there was no direct pass option, he was able to hit back-checkers coming back into the zone or hard rim it so that the wingers would have a board battle and flush the puck out of the zone that way. Anyway you sliced it, through his puck handling he helped them exit the zone more often than not, which led to less zone time and less shots against so they go on the attack offensively. There are many other things we can focus on when it came to Martin Brodeur and his legacy but these were a couple that stood out for me. Having played against him, watched him for many years, and respected him for the way he handled himself professionally, one can only sit back and say Congrats Marty, on an amazing career. Thank you for your contributions to goaltending and to the game of hockey. Good luck on your next endeavour. NET GAIN AWARD THE NUMBERS Stanley Cup 3 William M. Jennings Trophy 5 Vezina Trophy 4 First Team All-Star 3 Olympic Medals 2 (Gold) NHL Rankings Total NHL Rank Regular Season Games 1,266 1 Regular Season Wins 691 1 Regular Season Shutouts 125 1 Playoff Wins 113 2 Goals From Goalies Player Goals Martin Brodeur 3 Ron Hextall 2 9 other goaltenders 1 Chad Henne Super Bowl Jersey . Coetzees finish, with six birdies and no bogeys, took him to 19-under 268 overall and past South African compatriots Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters, the overnight co-leaders. Coetzee was flawless on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to clinch his maiden title after 24 top 10 finishes. Chiefs Super Bowl Jerseys . -- Josh MacDonalds second goal of the game kept his team alive as the Peterborough Petes edged the host Kingston Frontencas 6-5 in overtime on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action. ST. LOUIS -- Dioner Navarro made it look simple Saturday night. The Chicago catcher, picking up a bat for the first time in three days, lashed a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to break a tie and cap a three-run rally that helped the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. The win gave the Cubs, who won the opener 3-0 on Friday, a series win in St. Louis for the first time in nearly three years. Matt Holliday homered twice for St. Louis, which lost its fourth in a row. Chicago won for the third time in four games. Navarro arrived in St. Louis early in the afternoon after having a battery of tests following a scary home-plate collision with Philadelphias Chase Utley on Wednesday night. Navarro was carted off the field with what was thought to be a broken ankle. But X-rays and an MRI showed no damage, so Navarro rejoined his team in time for Saturdays contest. After speaking with manager Dale Sveum, it was determined that Navarro could be used, "only in a game-winning situation," according to the catcher. Navarro didnt take batting practice Saturday and was unable to sharpen his stroke. Yet as a pinch hitter in the eighth, he slapped an offering from reliever Trevor Rosenthal into the gap to break a 4-4 tie. "I knew he was going to throw me a fastball," Navarro said. "He didnt want to go to 2-1 (in the count). I put a good swing on it and was fortunate enough to hit it in the gap." Navarros ability to come off the bench and drive a 98 mph pitch impressed his teammates, especially infielder Darwin Barney, who tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth. "The guy is unbelievable," Barney said. "He gets here today, he hasnt taken a swing. To turn on 98 after having not seen a pitch in three days, thats pretty unbelievable," Navarro convinced Sveum that he was good to go before the game. "We tested to find out if he was even ready to play," Sveum said. "You dont worry about him because hes so good off the bench." Navarro is 7 for 20 (.350) as a pinch hitter this season. The Cubs trailed 4-2 entering the eighth, but tied it 4-4 on Barneys two-out, two-run double off Rosenthal (1-3). Navarro followed with his fifth pinch-hit RBI of the season to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. Blake Parker (1-1) picked up the victory for the Cubs, who last won a series in St. Louis on Sept. 13-15, 2010. Chicago has captured the first two games of this set despite struggling since mid-July. Barney says the Cardinals simply bring out the best in his club. "You hate to say it, but you get up more ffor games like this," Barney said. Mitchell Schwartz Super Bowl Jersey. "Theyre in the hunt, and were playing spoilers once again. Hopefully, we can keep doing it." Welington Castillo homered in the second to give Chicago to a 1-0 lead. Castillo and Nate Schierholtz drew leadoff walks to start the eighth. Rosenthal struck out the next two batters before Barney hit his 20th double of the season. Kevin Gregg picked up his 25th save in 29 opportunities despite giving up Hollidays 15th homer of the season, a solo shot with one out in the ninth. Gregg retired the final two batters on ground outs. Schierholtz added a run-scoring single in the ninth. Castillo also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth that trimmed the deficit to 3-2. Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Chicago starter Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. St. Louis rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, making his fourth major league start, surrendered two runs on five hits in a 99-pitch stint. He was recalled from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day for the spot start. Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran led off the fourth with singles to set the stage for Hollidays line-drive blast over the left-field wall. The three-run outburst broke a string of 17 straight scoreless innings by St. Louis. "Sometimes we just dont get it done," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We had opportunities. Weve just got to do things a little different." Holliday had the 18th multi-homer game of his career. Villanueva gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. His last win as a starter came on April 18. The Cardinals stretched the lead to 4-2 on back-to-back doubles by Carpenter and Beltran in the sixth. St. Louis switched around its starting rotation for the series, moving ace Adam Wainwright, the original Saturday starter, to Tuesday so he could face Pittsburgh in the first game of a three-game series between the top two teams in the NL Central. Darwin said the move did not go unnoticed in the Chicago clubhouse. "It wasnt not talked about, lets say that," he said. NOTES: Barney is 7 for 15 with six RBI in his last four games against the Cardinals. ... St. Louis OF Jon Jay, INF Daniel Descalso and C Tony Cruz met with several Real Madrid soccer players, including standout Cristiano Ronaldo, before to Real Madrids match with Inter Milan earlier in the day. ... St. Louis rookie C Rob Johnson started for the third time this season and had two hits. ... Cruz is mired in an 0-for-10 slump. ... Chicago is 34-34 since May 26. ' ' '
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NEW YORK -- Brandon Prust returns but fellow forward Dale Weise is out and defenceman Alexei Emelin is a game-time decision for the Montreal Canadiens. Nate Hawkins . The Rangers are without suspended defenceman John Moore, with ex-Hab Raphael Diaz expected to play in his place in the third defensive pairing. Both teams had lineup issues ahead of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. A win and the Rangers can advance to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years. A loss and New York has to go back to the Bell Centre for a deciding game. Montreal coach Michel Therrien confirmed after Thursdays morning skate that Weise, flattened by the hit that earned Moore a two-game suspension, would not play. Emelin, who missed Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, did not take part in the morning skate either but was seen on an exercise bike outside the locker-room. Prust returns from his two-game suspension for breaking Derek Stepans jaw with a blindside hit in Game 3. "Hes going to be hungry to play," said Therrien. "Hes going to play hard. Hes excited about playing tonight so were glad hes back in the lineup." Weise seemed woozy after the Moore hit Tuesday in Game 5 but returned to action after spending time in the dressing room. On Thursday, Therrien denied that Weise had a head injury. Therrien said Weise, who plays in the Habs third line, told doctors he "felt fine" about finishing the last game. The Montreal coach said player safety is Job 1, but noted that Stepan finished Game 3 with what turned out to be a broken jaw. "Those are the things that you see at this time of the year," he said. "Right now (Weise) has a body injury so he wont be able to lay tonight." Asked what specific tests an injured player like Weise has to pass to get back into the game, Therrien essentially said that was up to the team doctors. "Those are the things I that dont know, because as a coach I never get a concussion," said a smiling Therrien. "But one thing I trust, we trust our medical staff, we trust the doctor. So when theyre saying hes good to go. hes good to go." The Habs are 22-7-4 with Weise in the lineup and 5-4-0 without him. Goalie Carey Price, knocked out of the series in Game 1, came onto the ice in full gear near the end of the Canadiens skate. He did the same thing earlier this week in Montreal. Dustin Tokarski, the 24-year-old who has stepped in for Price, did not speak to reporters Thursday. Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist, given the hook last time out, drew a crowd in front of his stall. With the Rangers looking to close out the series, the music wafting out of the New York locker-room area earlier at Madison Square Garden was appropriate -- "Closing Time" by Semisonic. "No Canada" was the headline on the back page of the New York Daily News. The kicker read "Rangers: We cant let series go back to Montreal." The New York Post headline was "Code Blue." Much has been said about the need to get a good start in the series, with Therrien acknowledging the first 10 minutes of the game are always crucial. "But Im going to tell you something, the whole entire 60 minutes are going to be really important," he said with a smile. Vigneault, whose exchange with the English media lasted three and a half minutes, offered no reaction to the league banning Moore for two games. He also did not want to speak about the 7-4 loss in Game 5 in Montreal, saying "Weve moved on." The Rangers coach did say he expected a big game from Lundqvist, who was pulled in the second period last time out after giving up four goals on 19 shots. "I expect him to play like he always does. Hes a great goaltender." Said Rangers forward Rick Nash: "Hes a world-class goalie. Hes been our best player all season, all the playoffs." Therriens pre-game meeting with the media was equally pithy, lasting just under eight minutes in English and French. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale .Bacca took advantage of Cristian Alvarezs hesitation to head a lobbed pass over the goalkeeper and then used his feet to roll the ball into an empty net in the eighth minute. The Colombia strikers 10th goal pulled him level with Lionel Messi as the leagues third-leading scorers, far behind Cristiano Ronaldos runaway tally of 23 goals. Ken Casner .com) - The Boston Bruins announced Monday that the team has signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year contract.ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays lead the major leagues in extra-base hits and they used an effective combination of those to beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night and put themselves in position to move into first place in the American League East. Eighth-inning doubles by Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes produced the go-ahead run. Doubles by Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie also played roles in runs. Jose Bautista opened the scoring with a first-inning home run. Toronto has won four straight and 10 of its last 14 to move within a half-game of Baltimore and the Yankees for first-place in the AL East. "Weve got a quality team," said Bautista, who had two hits and reached base in all five plate appearances. "When we execute like we have the last couple of games, we do well. "We have a lot of guys who have been around and have had success. We have to keep coming out and executing." Right-hander Steve Delabar (3-0) retired four straight, including striking out the side in the eighth, to earn the victory. The save by right-hander Casey Janssen was his third of the season and 19th straight in save situations going back to last year. Bautistas homer was his 179th with Toronto, tying him with Jesse Barfield for fifth place in club history. The Blue Jays broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Gose, a speedster called up Thursday from Triple-A Buffalo when Colby Rasmus went on the disabled list, led off by legging out a double to left, stole third and scored on Melky Cabreras chopper to third. "He wants to be here, and hes showing he belongs," Jays manager John Gibbons said of Gose. "Guys who do what he does constantly put pressure on the opponent." Jays starter Mark Buehrle was denied his major league-leading eighth victory. He allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings. His ERA rose to 2.11 and his road ERA went up to 1. Mike Stonebreaker. 00. Buehrle had six assists, many of which had teammates telling him he threw harder to first base. "I dont know if I say in my mind I know Ive got to kind of let it loose," Buehrle said. Pillar hit a cue shot down the right-field line off left-handed reliever Neal Cotts (1-3). Reyes two-out dunker into right off Cotts scored Pillar. Texas has lost four straight and six of its last seven to fall seven games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. Michael Choices third-inning RBI single to left tied the score and ended Texas scoreless streak at 15 innings. "Ive been through struggles as a player, as a coach and as a manager," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I have to lead and come out positive every day." Texas starter Robbie Ross lasted only 4 1-3 innings. In the Rangers last 18 games, they have gotten three quality starts -- all from Yu Darvish. Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder sat out with a herniated disk in his neck, ending his consecutive games streak at 547. Fielder received a nerve-root injection on Saturday morning to alleviate pain that he has felt since last season and, according to Texas general manager Jon Daniels, causing weakness in his left arm. The Rangers hope Fielder can return to the lineup on Tuesday. One of the 13 Rangers currently on the disabled list, left-hander Martin Perez, confirmed before the game that he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday. NOTES: Recently retired Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star with the Rangers, was honoured before the game. ... With Toronto C Dioner Navarro returning from the bereavement list, RHP Neil Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... RH reliever Justin Germano, designated for assignment by Texas on Wednesday, cleared waivers and is deciding whether to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. ' ' '
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DETROIT - Ryan Hunter-Reay has received his replica trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500. Eric Fisher Super Bowl Jersey .Hunter-Reay won last years race, becoming the first American to take the Indy 500 in eight years. He was honoured Wednesday night at the Automotive News World Congress, when he received his Baby Borg trophy.The Baby Borgs are smaller replicas of the Indy 500s Borg-Warner Trophy.Although the IndyCar series has a lengthy off-season, Hunter-Reay says this one feels like its going by quickly. The Indy 500 turns into almost a year-round event for the winner, what with the added media attention, plus the drawn-out process of honouring the victorious driver.Hunter-Reays wife also is expecting their second child at the beginning of March. They have a 2-year-old son named Ryden. Breeland Speaks Super Bowl Jersey .J. -- Kevin Gilbride retired Thursday as offensive co-ordinator for the New York Giants. Marcus Allen Super Bowl Jersey . -- Phil Mickelson came to the St.CHARLOTTETTOWN, P.E.I. - Olivier Archambault scored three times and added an assist as the Quebec Remparts doubled up the host Charlottetown Islanders 6-3 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Nick Sorensen also had a hat trick for the Remparts (17-10-6), who have won back-to-back contests, and Adam Erne had three assists. Ryan Culkin and Anthony Duclair each chipped in with two assists. Daniel Sprong, Alexandre Goulet and Yan Pavel LaPlante scored for the Islanders (13-15-4), who are winless in seven contests. Ryan graves had two assists. Quebecs Callum Booth made 31 saves for the win as Antoine Bibeau stopped 29 shots for the Charlottetown. The Remparts went 2 for 4 on the power play while the Islanders scored once on five chances with the man advantage. --- VOLTIGEURS 2 DRAKKAR 1 BAIE-COMEAU, Que. -- Frederick Gaudreau had a goal and an assist as Drummondville slipped past the Drakkar. Gaudreau opened the scoring for the Voltigeurs (20-11-2) at 17:47 of the first period and then set up Nikolas Brouillards eventual winner at 9:07 of the third, which came on the power play. Alexandre Ranger responded for Baie-Comeau (20-8-4) while playing six-on-four at 18:25 of the third, but the Drakkar couldnt get another past Drummondvilles Louis-Phillip Guindon. Guindon stopped 31 shots for Drummondville as Simon Lemieux made 21 saves for Baie-Comeau. --- SCREAMING EAGLES 9 SEA DOGS 6 SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Cameron Darcy had three goals and an assist and Raphael Corriveau scored twice as Cape Breton toppled the Sea Doggs for its fourth win in a row. Bashaud Breeland Super Bowl Jersey. . Justin Hache scored once and set up three more for the Screaming Eagles (17-11-3) while Michael Lyle, Bradley Lalonde and Kyle Farrell added the others. Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel had a goal and two assists apiece for Saint John (7-22-3), which is on a four-game slide, and Oliver Cooper had a goal and an assist. Jason Cameron, Jurij Repe and Stephen Anderson each scored once to round out their clubs offence. Cape Bretons Chase Marchand picked up the win, despite being pulled early in the third period. Marchand allowed five goals on 19 shots before giving way to Alex Bureau, who stopped 2-of-3 shots in 18 minutes of relief. Sebastien Auger took the loss for the Sea Dogs after giving up six goals on 27 shots in 28 minutes of action. Antoine Landry turned away 17-of-20 shots in relief. --- HUSKIES 8 OCEANIC 3 ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. -- Maxime St. Cyr scored twice and Julien Nantel had a goal and two assists as the Huskies handed Rimouski its fifth straight loss. Justin Guenette and Jason Fuchs each had a goal and an assist for Rouyn-Noranda (18-9-3), which has won six of its last seven outings, while Steven Mercier, Quinn OBrien and Marcus Power also scored. Frederik Gauthier, Tyler Boland and Anthony DeLuca supplied the offence for the Oceanic (16-11-5). Alexandre Belanger made 25 saves for the Huskies. Philippe Desrosiers allowed five goals on 24 shots for Rimouski before getting pulled in favour of Zachary Fortin, who stopped 8-of-11 shots in 24 minutes of relief. ' ' '
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LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in November, most likely in Macau, and has signed a new two-year contract with promoter Bob Arum that could take him to the end of his career. DeForest Buckner Super Bowl Jersey . Arum said Tuesday that Juan Manuel Marquez is his first choice for Pacquiaos next fight, but other fighters -- including Amir Khan -- could be in the mix. A lot, he said, depends on whether Oscar De La Hoya emerges victorious in a power struggle within Golden Boy Promotions with his estranged CEO, Richard Schaefer. "If Oscar takes over the company like hes talking about, were open to those guys also," Arum told The Associated Press. "The other guy (Schaefer) says he wont deal with me, so well see what Oscar says." Marquez moved into the picture for a fifth fight against Pacquiao with an impressive decision win Saturday over Mike Alvarado. Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao the last time they met, is 1-2-1 against the Filipino fighter. Pacquiao last fought April 12, beating Timothy Bradley in a rematch of Bradleys controversial decision win in their first fight. He began his comeback from the Marquez loss last November, when he beat Brandon Rios in the first major fight card in Macau, the Chinese gambling enclave. "Were talking Macau tonight, thats our first choice," Arum said. "But there are other options. Well see what Vegas has to offer and there could be an offer from the Mideast. But it will probably be Macau." Arum, who has promoted Pacquiao since 2005, said the new two-year contract will begin after Pacquiaos next fight and will likely bring him to the end of his career in 2016. Pacquiao normally fights two times a year, meaning he would have five more fights. "Manny is the kind of guy who is extraordinarily loyal and hes had a great career with us" Arum said. "We had to work out the different terms and that sort of stuff, but we got it done." Pacquiao is 35, an age where a lot of fighters begin slowing down, and will be 38 when the latest contract with Arums Top Rank Promotions expires. He has been fighting professionally since age 16 and is now 56-5-2 and on the rebound with wins in his last two fights. The one fight boxing fans have wanted for years, though, hasnt happened, and the new contract may mean it will never happen. Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he wont fight Pacquiao as long as Arum is his promoter, the latest in a series of conditions Mayweather has put on a possible fight. But Arum said the two could fight in 2016 when Mayweathers deal with the Showtime network has expired, or next year if Showtime and rival network HBO agree to host the bout together. "HBO is willing to do it," Arum said. "And you never know, anything can happen in 2016." Nick Mullens Super Bowl Jersey .com) - The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed recently-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Tarvarius Moore Super Bowl Jersey .com) - James van Riemsdyk had two goals with one assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.The Anaheim Ducks got some bad news on Cam Fowler on Wednesday. An MRI revealed the defenceman has a sprained left MCL and will miss the next three-to-five weeks. Fowler left the Ducks Friday game against the Colorado Avalancche with a leg injury and has not seen game action since. Jerick McKinnon Super Bowl Jersey. . In 67 games with the Ducks this season, Fowler has scored six goals and 30 assists, averaging a team-high 23:54 of ice time per game. ' ' '
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