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Darren Weir will chase successive Magic Millions Guineas victories following the the win of Speedeor at Ballarat. Mats Naslund Jersey .Mahuta gave Weir his first Magic Millions victory in the Guineas on the Gold Coast this year and has Speedeor aimed at the 1400m contest in January.Sent out the $2.05 favourite for Saturdays 1100m contest, Speedeor won by 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Dam Ready ($10), with Golden Spin ($5.50) three-quarters of a length away in third.The win provided Luke Nolen with a Magic Millions double after scoring on Despatch in the Clockwise Classic.Weir said Speedeors racing style would be suited to the 1400m journey at the Gold Coast.He said a program for the son of Northern Meteor before the race was yet to be worked out.I dont know what well do with him between now and then but its a good problem to have, Weir said.He wont need a lot of racing as hes a very fit horse and hes got a great racing style for up there.Weir was a little concerned watching Speedeor become hot behind the barriers, which might have resulted in him missing the start slightly.I thought he paraded very well but watching him on television behind the barriers, I thought he got hot, Weir said.Its a warm day but doing that is a little concerning, but I do think hell come on quite a bit from that.Weir said it was satisfying to win a race at his home track Cup meeting after setting 16 horses for the 10-race card. Mike Reilly Jersey . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. Jacques Plante Canadiens Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. http://www.canadienssale.com/authentic-paul-byron-canadiens-jersey/ . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite.CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The New York Jets and first-round draft pick Dee Milliner have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. The former Alabama cornerback, selected with the ninth overall pick in April, is expected to join the team at training camp Monday. It is uncertain if Milliner will be able to practice immediately because he was sidelined the entire off-season after havinng shoulder surgery. Maurice Richard Canadiens Jersey. Milliner missed the Jets first three practices of training camp. He is expected to compete for the starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie, vacated when New York traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay. With the signing Sunday night, it leaves Tennessee guard Chance Warmack as the drafts only remaining unsigned first-round pick. ' ' ' 
The Minnesota Lynx could have an opportunity to move back into first place in the WNBAs Western Conference with a win over the Seattle Storm on Friday night at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Tyler Lydon Jersey .Minnesota (20-4) has won five consecutive games and seven of its last eight since losing three in a row in late June. The Lynx is a half game back of the first-place Los Angeles Sparks, who have lost two in a row. The Sparks will visit the Washington Mystics on Friday night.A Minnesota win over Seattle coupled with a Los Angeles loss to Washington would put the Lynx in first place going into the WNBAs month-long break for the Summer Olympics. Both teams will resume their WNBA schedules on Aug. 26.Seattle (9-14) is fourth in the Western Conference, 11 games behind Los Angeles. Seattle has won two of three and three of its last five.Minnesota is coming off an 83-65 victory over the Atlanta Dream. Seimone Augustus scored 19 points for the Lynx. Rebekkah Brunson recorded a double-double, posing 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Lynx shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding the Dream to 38.3-percent shooting.Seattle is coming off an 83-69 victory over the San Antonio Stars. Jewell Lloyd scored 25 points for the Storm. Breanna Stewart had 22 points.Stewart is tied for fourth in the WNBA in scoring and second in rebounding, averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Loyd is ninth in scoring at 16.5 points per game.Minnesotas Maya Moore is tied for fourth in scoring and fourth in steals, averaging 19.3 points and 1.6 steals per contest. Sylvia Fowles is second on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game. Fowles is sixth in the WNBA in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and Brunson is 12th (7.2 rpg).Minnesota and Seattle have already met twice this season. The Lynx beat the Storm 78-71 on May 22 and 96-84 on June 19. Both of those games were played in Seattle. Dikembe Mutombo Jersey . The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors. Tyler Lydon Nuggets Jersey . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. http://www.authenticnuggetsproshop.com/Alex-English-Jersey/ . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Melbourne Victory have added Marco Rojas to an extended squad to take on Melbourne City in Saturdays A-League derby.The Kiwi forward missed last Saturdays 3-0 defeat of Western Sydney with a hamstring complaint but has progressed enough in training this week for Kevin Muscat to consider the 25-year-old for the AAMI Park Christmas classic.His chances of starting the match could be increased by Mitch Austins stay outside of the squad.Austin sufffered an ankle injury in the round eight win over Newcastle Jets and will spend a third week on the sidelines after missing selection. Michael Porter Nuggets Jersey. .Victory will also be without young striker George Howard, who is still out with a knee complaint.Melbourne City will be without Osama Malik (quad injury)for the match. ' ' ' 
CLEVELAND -- A week ago, the Indians were reeling amid serious questions about whether they could contend. Mexico Jerseys . Five wins have put them back on track. And back on Detroits heels. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double to cap Clevelands comeback in the sixth inning, and the Indians charged into the All-Star break with a 6-4 win over Kansas City on Sunday and three-game sweep of the Royals. Cabreras double off Tim Collins (2-5) led the roller-coasting Indians to their fourth straight win. At 51-44, they stayed 1 1-2 games behind the first-place Tigers in the AL Central. Last week, Detroit took three of four from Cleveland to widen its lead in the division. It seemed the Tigers were poised to run away and hide. But with their fans fearing a collapse like last year, the Indians pulled together. "We got the city of Cleveland to step back off the ledge after the Detroit series," said All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. "So thats good. We wanted to push ourselves. To be able to sweep them and get a couple days off now, thats a great way to end it." Cleveland has its most wins at the All-Star break since 2007 -- the last time the Indians made the playoffs. Reliever Rich Hill (1-1) got two outs in the sixth, and closer Chris Perez -- Clevelands fifth reliever -- worked the ninth for his 13th save as the Indians improved to 43-1 when leading after eight. Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals (43-49), who dropped their fifth straight. Kansas City is third in the AL Central, eight games back. "Weve had a rough five games," manager Ned Yost said. "They can go take a break, regroup and hopefully come back and play more consistent baseball." The Indians have had their issues with inconsistency, as well, but they have been resilient all season. The series finale was no different as Cleveland trailed 4-3 in the sixth before rallying against Kansas Citys usually reliable bullpen. Collins, who took the loss in Fridays series opener, walked Lonnie Chisenhall leading off. Drew Stubbs singled, Michael Bourn sacrificed, and Cabrera, whose name has surfaced in trade rumours, drove a 1-0 pitch into the gap in right-centre to put Cleveland back in front. Kipnis followed with an RBI single off Everett Teaford to give the Indians a 6-4 lead. "I was real proud of our guys," manager Terry Francona said. "We kept battling, and because of it we go into the break with a nice win." Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith combined for two scoreless innings before Perez, who spent time on the disabled list and was charged with drug possession in the first half, gave up a one-out double in the ninth but struck out Butler and retired All-Star catcher Salvador Perez on a grounder for the final out. The Indians have overcome their share of injuries, inconsistent pitching and a 4-16 stretch which put them 5 1-2 games back of the Tigers on June 17. After dropping three of four to Detroit, Cleveland finished the first half by going 5-1. "Its been a great first half for us," Indians first baseman Nick Swisher said. "Weve dealt with a lot of injuries and to be standing where we are right now, weve got to feel great about that." Royals starter James Shields ended up with his seventh no-decision in his last nine starts. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, leaving with a 4-3 lead. Shields has received sparse run support as the Royals have scored just nine total runs in his six losses. Shields, though, was more focused on getting his team turned around than his record. "You never want to lose five in a row, but Im not too worried about it," Shields said. "Weve done a good job of grinding this first half. It definitely could be a lot worse and it definitely could be a lot better. Right now we need to kick it in gear and string together some wins." Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez didnt get through the fifth inning, his shortest start since June 7. After the Indians took a 3-2 lead in the third, Jimenez let the Royals grab it back in the fourth on Johnny Giavotellas RBI groundout and Alcides Escobars run-scoring single. Jimenez walked the leadoff hitter in the fifth and was quickly pulled by Francona before things got worse. Reliever C.C. Lee made his major league debut and retired the Royals on three straight popups to keep the Indians within one. Shields worked around a two-on, none-out jam in the second, but hurt himself with a one-out walk in the third when the Indians scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. Kipnis walked with one down and moved up on a groundout. Michael Brantley, who came in batting .382 with runners in scoring position, hit an RBI single to tie it 2-all. Santana then doubled inside the bag at first, and third-base coach Brad Mills never hesitated in waving Brantley home. "I dont feel like I struggled," Shields said. "I threw some really good pitches. I think I threw three changeups that probably would have hit the dirt, and they got base hits on them. They probably had about 20 foul-offs. Thats a good team over there. They work really good at-bats." NOTES: Clevelands pitchers havent given up a home run in 60 innings. ... Last year, the Indians were 44-41 at the All-Star break and three games out of first place. They collapsed in August, going 5-24. ... Francona will spend a few off days in Las Vegas. "Im going to see how much money I can lose," he cracked. "Im going to lay low." ... Kansas City will be represented in New York by Alex Gordon, Perez and closer Greg Holland, the first time the Royals have had three All-Stars since 1988. Perez is the first KC catcher on the team since Darrell Porter in 1980. Custom Mexico Jerseys . Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. Javier Aquino Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. http://www.soccermexicojerseysteamstore.com/carlos-salcedo-mexico-jersey/ . The 29-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., has nothing but good things to say about former U.S. marine Liz (Girlrilla) Carmouche ahead of their co-main event Wednesday on the UFCs "Fight for the Troops" televised card in Fort Campbell, Ky. LAS VEGAS -- The Chicago Cubs have opened as heavy favorites to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook set the line on Saturday night, after the Cubs beat the?Los Angeles Dodgers?in the clinching Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.A bettor would have to wager $175 on the Cubs to win $100. A $100 bet on the Indians would pay $1155 if they win. Rafael Marquez Jersey. Game 1 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.Chicago, with a healthier rotation than Cleveland, is trying to win its first crown since 1908. The Indians havent won the title since 1948.The Associated Press contributed to this report.? ' ' ' 
The eight teams directly invited to the Valve Dota 2 Boston Major have been announced. Serge Aurier Hotspur Jersey . Wings Gaming, Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, EHOME, Execration, OG and MVP Phoenix will get direct tickets to Boston to kick off group play on Dec. 3.Wings and DC earn their spots by?taking first and second at The International 6 in Seattle, respectively, as well as the relative stability of each roster headed into the major. Both teams have been lacking in recent LAN results, but a top-two placement in Seattle all but guaranteed their berth in Boston.Only one major LAN has been held since TI6, so the top three of the MarsTV Dota 2 League all make an appearance here as well. Evil Geniuses come into the Boston Major with both a LAN victory at MDL and a third place finish at TI6. Newbee and OG both fell short of the mark at TI, but have rebounded and shown prowess enough to earn a spot at the major.Execration has had phenomenal results at recent LANs within the Southeast Asia region, and its selection shows Valve has taken notice of both online results and roster stability when considering a teams credentials. Wins over major SEA teams like Fnatic and MVP Phoenix, as well as some impressive showings in Seattle, make Execration a dark horse for Boston.EHOME brings the total count for Chinese region direct invites to three; the team comes off both strong showings at TI6 and in regional play. Similar to Execration, EHOME has put up numbers in a strong region, and likely earned an invite on that basis.MVP Phoenix is the odd duck, a team that secured a top four placing at TI6 but has struggled in an increasingly difficult SEA region since August. Losing several key members, MVP may have difficulty maintaining its streak of LAN success in Boston - though theres time between now and December to tighten the hinges.Notable exclusions include several European teams, as the region was limited to only one direct invite. Team Secret, Team Liquid, Alliance, Ad Finem, Vega Squadron and more will compete in what will be a stacked European qualifier. Both Vici rosters find themselves in regional qualifiers as well, fighting against some strong talent in Invictus Gaming and LGD.Forever Young for a ticket to Boston. In the Americas, the qualifier spots have been reduced to eight rather than ten, likely due to a lack of teams available to compete. FDL, NP and Complexity are likely to fight it out for a chance to prove their mettle on home ground in Boston. Georges-Kevin NKoudou Jersey . The showiest items on Calgarys lot were forwards Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Michel Vorm Hotspur Jersey . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. http://www.footballhotspurstore.com/Women-Ben-Davies-Tottenham-Hotspur-Jersey/ . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. The Western Bulldogs rivalry with Collingwood isnt what it used to be, but one young Dog will always circle the fixture.It was in round 17 last year against the Magpies that Lachie Hunters career took flight.The diminutive ball-winner debuted in 2013 as an 18-year-old, dropping in and out of the seniors as a young half-forward and putting up with the substitutes vest when it was thrown his way.Then he won a chance on the Bulldogs wing and didnt look back.I got a full game when someone got injured and had a really good day, he told AAP.I had 30-odd possessions and it was the first time I got anywhere near that.It was the first time I really influenced a game and I thought I might be able to keep doing it.More than influencing the game, Hunter was best afield.You could forgive the umpires for missing hhim in the Brownlow votes, such was Hunters anonymity. Victor Wanyama Jersey. Not any more.Hunter hasnt missed a beat since then, as one of three Bulldogs - alongside Marcus Bontempelli and Shane Biggs - to play in every match since.Hes averaged 29 touches a match, locking down a place in one of the leagues hottest midfields.All before his 21st birthday.Now Hunter is keen to keep stepping up in a campaign where plenty of Bulldogs have been lost to injury.Every player who plays a while has that season where you really step up, he said.Thats been this year for me.Ive moved from half forward to the wing, Ive played every game so far and hopefully can (play them all) throughout the year. ' ' ' 
STANFORD, Calif. Cheap Air Force 1 Mens Ireland . -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic. Radwanska, the Polish star ranked No. 4 in the world, won for the 10th time in her last 13 matches to improve to 34-10 this year. She won a career-high 59 matches last season. Italys Schiavone, ranked 59th, entered the event on a three-match skid, but beat former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette in her first match. Radwanska beat Schiavone a fourth straight time to even the series at 4-4. They were playing for the first time in two years. Earlier, fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea beat American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 and No. 6 Varvara Lepchenko advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Austrias Tamira Paszek. The 32nd-ranked Cirstea, Romanias second-ranked player, reached the semifinals last year. Shell meet unseeded Olga Govortsova in the quarterfinal. Govortsova upset second-seeded Samantha Stosur. "Im happy to be back," Cirstea said. "I played well here last year and have many good memories. Its a good start to what is to come." Vandeweghe, who reached the final last year, went through qualifying to gain a spot in the main draw. "Its not easy to play her," Cirstea said. "She serves big and has a big game. You have to be there every single point." The 40th-ranked Lepchenko reached her second quarterfinal of the season. The American will face Radwanska. "I hope to play better in each match," Lepchenko said. "Im going to focus on the things I need to do to play well on the big stages." Air Force 1 White Ireland . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. Wholesale Nike Air Force 1 .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. http://www.airforce1shoesireland.com/air-force-1-just-do-it.html . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. WASHINGTON -- John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing and getting coached and were ready for the World Cup of Hockey.They played like it, too.The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each teams final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, and despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.I think the boys feel tournament ready, said forward Max Pacioretty, who had an assist. That probably was the most comfortable weve felt.Quick made 30 stops, giving up a goal on a perfect shot by teenage phenom Patrik Laine and another on a scramble in front by Jussi Jokinen. T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored for the U.S., which went 2-1-0 in exhibition play and begins the World Cup on Saturday against Team Europe.Tortorella called it the Americans best of the three exhibition games and cited progress in several areas.We were cleaner, Tortorella said. Have we got it all figured out? No. And we probably wont get it all figured out. Its just not enough time to cover all the things wed like to cover, so we just keep on banging away here and see if we can get better each day.Pacioretty was much better than in two previous games, responding to Tortorellas comment that he needs more from the Montreal Canadiens forward. The new line of Pacioretty, Kesler and Oshie clicked, with Oshie appearing extra motivated playing in front of Washington Capitals fans.When youre at your home rink, you just feel comfortable, Oshie said. Always fun playing at home.Quick, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, stopped 63 of the 66 shots he faced in exhibition play. Cheap Air Force 1 White. He put any doubt to rest about the U.S. starter, and Tortorella said Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning would serve as the backup.A lot of things can happen in the tournament, but I believe in the body of work from all three goalies, Tortorella said. Its a really hard decision. I think Jonathan has just done a little bit better than the other guys, so hell be our No. 1 guy to start the tournament.Finland must still decide on its starter in net after Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators stopped 26 of 29 shots against the U.S. Itll be either him or Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins in Finlands opener Sunday against Team North America, but Rinne earned praise from coach Lauri Marjamaki.Pekka was great, said Marjamaki, who didnt name his starter for the first game. I like the style how he played. Of course he (faced a) couple of breakaways, so great game for him.Rinne robbed reigning NHL MVP Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks on a breakaway after a turnover by young Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, one of several Finns who struggled Tuesday.Laine, the No. 2 pick in the draft to the Winnipeg Jets, enjoyed his best exhibition game. The 18-year-old had four shots on goal, several nifty moves and his snipe past Quick.It is good for us and of course important goal for him, Marjamaki said. I think that his confidence getting better, and he can use his strengths in tournament.The big, physical U.S. team is ready to use its strength in the tournament after sharpening some things against Finland.Were getting better, Quick said. Every game were a little bit better, and well continue to get better. ' ' ' 
THE 4 EVENTSMen (2 events): singles, teamWomen (2 events): singles, teamTHE FORMATSingles: Knock-out tournament. Josh Rosen Jersey . 4 rounds before the quarter-finals, semi-finals, bronze medal match and final.Team: Knock-out tournament with 16 teams of 3 players. 1 round before the quarter-finals, semi-finals, bronze medal match and final.MILESTONES19th centuryInvention of table tennis.1935Hungarian Viktor Barna wins a record 5th individual world championship title in London.1952Japanese players cause a sensation at the world championships in Bombay by using bats covered with rubber.1952Hiroji Satoh of Japan is the first Asian to be crowned world champion, heralding the future domination of the sport by Asian players.1954Developed by the Yugoslavs, the penhold grip is adopted by Asian players, notably the Chinese and Japanese.13 April, 1971The US team travels to China for a series of exhibition matches. The visit paves the way for a thawing of diplomatic relations between the two countries - so called ping-pong diplomacy.1981The IOC recognises table tennis as an Olympic sport, though it has never even appeared as a demonstration sport.1988Table tennis makes its official Olympic debut at the Games in Seoul.1992Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden wins the mens singles in Barcelona. He remains the only Olympic table tennis champion from outside China or South Korea.2012Li Xiaoxia takes Olympic gold in the womens singles, continuing Chinas flawless streak in the event. Chinese women have won every singles competition since the sport was introduced in 1988.STARSViktor Barna (Hungary/Great Britain)What a record! 15 world titles, including 5 in singles. Between 1930 and 1935, he lost only one singles match, to his compatriot and doubles partner Miklos Szabados.Deng Yaping (China)The greatest. The diminutive Deng (1.52m) is widely considered the best womens player of all time. Double Olympic champion in 1992 and 1996 (singles and doubles), she also won 3 world singles titles in 1991, 1995 and 1997.Jan-Ove Waldner (Sweden)An incredible talent. Olympic singles champion in 1992 and silver medallist in 2000, the Swede was also crowned singles world champion in 1989 and 1997. Arguably the greatest player of all time, he almost always made the podium at major championships. When he wasnt busy winning in the singles, he also excelled in doubles and team events. Michael Deiter Dolphins Jersey . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. http://www.authenticdolphinspro.com/Nat-moore-dolphins-jersey/ . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. PARIS, France -- As Chris Froome stepped off the podium with another Tour de France champions yellow jersey Sunday, his rivals and many observers were left asking two questions.Firstly, how could the triple Tour champion be beaten, and what can be done to stop his teams domination that stifled the three-week race of excitement.Make no mistake, the Tour remains the worlds biggest and most prestigious bike race. It is also an event that far exceeds its purpose as a sporting event, as race director Christian Prudhomme reminded on Saturday. At Morzine, he first spoke of Sky, comparing them to the Paris Saint Germain of French football, but then directed his thoughts to the Tours social impact on society.On the road of the Tour there are hundreds of thousands and millions with smiles on their faces, said Prudhomme, adding in reference to recent terrorist attacks such as the July 14 Bastille Day tragedy in Nice.We had smiles on the faces [of those fans], but it was not only for the champions. They said, We want to live as we want to live in our Western World.However, turning back to the face of the Tour as a sporting event, many believe this years race will not go down as one of the memorable because of Skys stranglehold. That is not to detract from the achievement of Sky and Froome and even his main rivals.Sky selected a Tour team stacked with winners in their own right. They protected Froome in every front, especially in the Pyrenees and Alps where they rode at a tempo so strong that it stifled anyones ability to attack. Prudhomme believes reducing team sizes to from nine to eight riders would animate the Tour.More than ever, its time to have teams with one less rider, said Prudhomme who, like many, felt that Skys collective strength basically shut down the race in the mountains.Nevertheless, Prudhomme expects many team managers would need convincing of this proposal that would also need the ratification from the Union Cycliste Internationale.The biggest teams would not want to even like to hear of this talk, Prudhomme said. But perhaps they can understand that it is about the greater interest of cycling.Matt White, head sports director of the Orica-BikeExchange team that saw Briton Adam Yates finishing fourth overall and winning the white jersey as the Tours best young rider, was all praise for Froome.He is a Tour great, White told ESPN. But it is not just because of his results. A lot of riders win the Tour. What stands out is the way he has handled unfair criticism of their team and the alleged this and alleged that ...But White believes several things have led to a lack of excitement in a Tour dominated by Sky. He cited Skys superior annual budget, the stage lengths, and a peloton that is cleaner than that of the dope-fueled 1990s and early 2000s.Asked if he is better versed on how to beat Sky and Froome now that Orica-Bike Exchange has gone up against the Briton in the race for general classification with Yates, White said: They have very few weaknesses, and I guess ours is our bank account.It is hard to compete with those guys with the budget they have got. Seven of their riders here would be our highest-paid athlete. Then you have got guys like Leopold K??enig who was sixth in the Tour last year is not even here . Mark Clayton Youth Jersey. .. Nicolas Roche too.Every single rider on Sky [in their Tour team], except for the two work horses -- Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard -- would be a leader of any other team. That is what we are dealing with.During this years Tour, four of 21 stages were longer than 200 kilometers. We dont have to keep racing the same distance as we have been since time began, White said. Its been proven that shorter races make more exciting races. Team time trials are a great event. They should be included every year in the Tour.White also believes less doping has impacted riders ability to attack.The sport has changed for the good, but it shows now that people are human, White said. Thats a good change but maybe that has made the racing a bit more negative because people are human. People cant do superhuman things any more, and we have seen that.Take Froome out of the equation with his super team ... between second and 10th places it would be the closest Tour in modern cycling. Why? All those riders are on a similar level.When things are so close [on the general classification] people are cautious. That is because theyre not superhuman. They have to make more judged analytical decisions.Charly Wegelius, head sports director of the American Cannondale-Drapac team, lauded Sky its ironclad and talent-rich structure that is based solely around the annual goal of Froome winning another Tour.I dont agree it is a gamble because if you have Chris Froome in your team you have a very clear objective, Wegelius told ESPN. If you dont keep him upright or the air doesnt stay in his tires you just wait for next year. Its so easy to look at their strategy as an example but ... the resources are unlimited.I think they have managed them very well and they are very smart, but its very easy to make a strategy when you dont have to make a Plan B, C, D, E and F. Nobody wants to spread themselves thin, but the reality at the other end of the table is quite different.Somebody in the management of that organisation makes sure that nine highly paid and highly motivated athletes with short careers stay in the order in which you out them. There is probably financial and security aspects to that, but everybody knows that bike riders are ambitious, and to keep that discipline ... I cant imagine that is straightforward.Wegelius understandably rates Froome highly. He said: [Froomes teammates] can make the tempo, but if he is standing there with one leg up and one leg down because he hasnt got the legs, it is useless. He gets the best possible ride, but at the end of the day when those riders have exhausted themselves, he can still go, which means he must be pretty strong.But Wegelius empathizes with those who lament this Tours lack of X factor, saying: I can understand that the race hasnt been interesting for people watching Sky smother things. As a kind of old-fashioned cycling fan, I just cant watch it. Even though Id like to see him do it in a more attractive way for the sake of it, he seems to be the best. ' ' ' 
Sky Sports Mix will show the Fast5 netball tournament this weekend as England head to Australia to compete in a rapid-fire version of the game sport. Mattias Janmark Jersey . Cricket have led the way with Twenty20 showing that a faster version of the game can generate new crowds and take the sport to a wider audience and Netballs Fast5 is not one to miss, branded as the most exciting version of the sport.The tournament, featuring the top six nations in the netball world rankings, gets underway on Saturday and Sunday with the play-offs and final scheduled to be shown on Tuesday, also on Sky Sports Mix. Fast5 Netball on Sky Sports - Schedule Saturday October 29 Sky Sports Mix 0330am-1030am Sunday October 30 Sky Sports Mix 0100am-0930am Tuesday November 1 Sky Sports Mix Tbc Eboni Beckford-Chambers was part of the England squad that finished third in 2014 but will be chasing at least a place in the final this year Melbournes Hisense Arena is the venue for two days of fast-paced action which will include group games where all six teams play each other once, before the action moves on to the play-offs and the final.The rules from the 7-a-side version are tweaked to include smaller teams, power plays, different scoring areas and a shorter time frame with games played over four six-minute quarters.With just five players there is no wing defence or wing attack, and rather than just one point for a goal, points are awarded from the inner circle (1pt), outer circle (2pts) and goal third (3pts).At the end of the round robin stage the top two teams will play in the gold medal match while third and fourth will meet for bronze and the bottom two teams compete for fifth place. 2016 Fast5 Teams Australia New Zealand England Jamaica South Africa Malawi Ama Agbeze will captain the England squad in Australia Australia are hosting the tournament which returns to the netball calendar after a couple of years away and England have selected a strong squad of youth and experience that will be led by captain Ama Agbeze.England were champions in 2011 and runners-up in 2010 and 2012, while New Zealand are the defending champions and have won the tournament on five separate occasions. England Squad Ama Agbeze Joanne Harten Eleanor Cardwell Helen Housby Beth Cobden Laura Malcolm Kadeen Corbin Geva Mentor Leah Kennedy Natalie Panagarry Also See: International Netball with Sky Tickets TeamUp bids to boost World Cups Stephen Johns Jersey . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. Wragge hit 9-of-14 from behind the arc, matching Kyle Korvers school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 2003, as Creighton (16-3, 6-1 Big East broke a conference record with 21 treys in the rout. Jon Casey Stars Jersey . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. http://www.thedallasstarshockey.com/jason-dickinson-hockey-jersey/ . The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors. Chicago Bulls guard ETwaun Moore has reached a four-year agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agency, Priority Sports, announced.The deal is worth $34 million and does not include any options, according to league sources.Moore, 27, averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebouunds and 1. Esa Lindell Stars Jersey. 7 assists in 21.4 minutes per game last season with the Bulls.The New Orleans Advocate first reported the agreement. ' ' ' 
ANGLET, France -- For many people, vacation means lying poolside or beachside, reading and relaxing. Arian Foster Youth Jersey . But for me, it meant biking through the French Pyrenees in a week-long race, taking in the famous climbs of the Tour de France with 400 others.It was agonizingly difficult, one steep, grueling mountain road after another. But it was also wonderful.The event was part of the Haute Route series, billed as the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur cycling events in the world. The events take place annually in the French Pyrenees, French Alps and Italian Dolomites. A U.S. event is planned for the Rocky Mountains in June 2017.Haute Route events attract cycling-crazy folks from around the world of all ages and abilities. At the sharp end of the stick are aspiring or retired professionals, in the middle are fit cycling enthusiasts like me and at the bottom are people who signed up on a whim and may be regretting it. Some brave souls do all three European events, back to back, the so-called triple crown.My August trip to southwestern France was a 50th birthday present from my wife. I met up for the race with a friend, Paul ODonnell, also turning 50. Both of us race bikes regularly in the New York area and are, for our ages, very fit. This was to be a stiff test of our abilities: 500 miles (800 kilometers) with 65,000-plus feet (20,000-plus meters) of climbing. Each day wed burn 4,000 to 5,000 calories.The event began in Anglet in rainy weather. Then we hit the first major uphill of the day, the Col dAhusquy, a steep 8-mile (13-kilometer) ascent. Id never been on a climb this long and difficult before and found myself breathless and exhausted halfway up, wondering what Id gotten myself into.A quick pause and it was down the other side toward the days second and final climb, the Pierre St. Martin, a 10-mile (16-kilometer) climb through heavy fog, with visibility dropping to about 20 meters (65 feet), a blessing because you couldnt see the long series of switchbacks coming. It was quiet for long stretches but for the whirring of bikes and the riders breathing, with cowbells softly tinkling in the distance. A car or motorcycle engine would come and go and then you could focus on your own engine again -- heart, lungs, legs.Day two saw four climbs, all hard and long, with the Col DAubisque the killer, on and on (and then on some more) for 10 miles (17 kilometers). Exhausted, rationing water, stuffing down energy gels, controlling the breathing, I tried to focus. Sweat dripped into my eyes, stinging me onto another pedal stroke, and then another.Some might call it suffering, but for me it was cleansing, liberating, nothing but effort and the road ahead. The mind? Circling the wheel, wondering what was to come. And then I passed a one-legged, one-handed man on his bike, also making his way up. Hes Christian Haettich, a regular, who lost his leg and hand in a traffic accident as an adolescent and yet hes chugging away on some of the toughest climbs in Europe.At the top, the landscape was astonishing, massive mountains upholstered in green grass and trees like giant sleeping ogres. The Pyrenees, where Iberia smashes slowly into France.Dropping down like a marble, through tunnels bored through the rock, we descended into the valley. Cows lay nonchalantly by the roadside, big metal bells around their necks, a few pigs too and some sheep, guarded by large mountain dogs. We were warned not to approach the sheep lest the dogs mistake us for wolves and attack, as had apparently happened in previous years.And then to the base of the days final climb, the Col de Spandelles, just 6 miles (10 kilometers) long but with steeply graded ramps. Small groups of curious bystanders would form by the road, some clapping, some cheering us on.We went through the legendary Tourmalet climb, scene of epic battles in Tour de France races. Drink, drink, sweat, sweat and drink some more. More switchbacks, focus, OK, half a mile (1 kilometer) to go, pushing a bit harder and onwards, up and then down through majestic scenery, but always keeping an eye on the clock. Each day had a time cut off and if you didnt make it, youd be eliminated from the timed event and escorted to the broom wagon for a ride to the finish. The next day you could continue at your own pace, no longer timed.The final day was a mere 105 miles (169 kilometers), just one major climb and then mostly downhill through rolling farmland into Toulouse. And then it was over. We got our participant medals, then celebrated with pizza, soft drinks and later in Toulouse, a beer or two.Reflecting on the week, each day had seemed as punishing as the next, my whole body a slippery sinew of muscle turning and turning. But Id gradually adjusted to the effort, the fitness kicking in. What seemed like misery in the moment felt like triumph looking back. But would I trade a beach vacation for a week of pushing uphill again?Absolutely.---If You Go...HAUTE ROUTE: http://www.hauteroute.org . Event organizers can handle hotels, meals and other logistics for participants. Punto Tours -- https://puntotours.com/ -- offers a more upscale experience with personalized support. 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PASADENA, Calif. -- The fade route in the end zone sometimes isnt a popular play call, but No. 7 Stanford made it work in its 22-13 comeback win at UCLA.The Cardinal will need their passing offense to work more consistently to defend its Pac-12 title, coach David Shaw said.Weve got to play a much cleaner game next week or we dont have a chance at Washington, Shaw said.Stanford has a short week of practice ahead of Fridays game at No. 10 Washington, the first top-10 matchup in the Pac-12 this season.A perfectly placed ball from quarterback Ryan Burns to wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with 24 seconds left gave the Cardinals the win. Arcega-Whiteside didnt play in the opener against Kansas State, and the sophomore didnt catch a pass against Southern California last week.His playing time came Saturday after Francis Owusu was knocked out of the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter.The 8-yard touchdown reception was Arcega-Whitesides third career catch and gave Stanford its first lead of the game. He and others try that play during slow moments in practice, when the Stanford quarterbacks and wide receivers work on timing and placement of the fade during special team periods.The 6-foot-3 Arcega-Whiteside was a three-sport athlete at Dorman High School in Inman, South Carolina. He also ran track and was a touted basketball player.We just kept our composure from the time we started to the time we finished, said Arcega-Whiteside, who got one foot inbounds on an acrobatic play. We made mistakes, but you could sense in those last two minutes that we were all going to execute. When we do it, it all pays off.Stanford spent most of the game struggling with its passing. Burrns was 1 of 5 for 8 yards in the second half before the go-ahead 70-yard drive. Max Scharping Youth Jersey. Five straight runs gained 50 yards on a possession in the third quarter, but consecutive incompletions resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina instead of a touchdown that would have tied the game.The Bruins gave up rushing yards -- 207 yards on 37 carries. But UCLA contained Heisman Trophy contender Christian McCaffrey, who finished with 138 yards rushing. He topped the 100-yard mark for the 14th time in his last 15 games, but didnt have a run longer than 13 yards.With UCLA kicking away from him, McCaffrey was held to 165 all-purpose yards and broke his streak of eight straight games with more than 200.Opponents, including the Huskies, will focus on containing McCaffrey. A viable passing offense is necessary to take pressure off the junior.Burns went 5 of 8 for 66 yards on the last possession on Saturday, totaling nearly half of his output for the game. Improved passing will give defenses more to account for and Shaw more options.When he starts calling more passing plays, it means he has confidence in us wide receivers and the quarterback to make the play, Arcega-Whiteside said. Which, in the end, is better for us because we get to do what we were brought here to do.Shaw said there wasnt enough time to go over all that went wrong on offense. However, when it mattered, Stanford did everything right.Bottom line, we got to play better during the game, Burns said. We did pretty well at the end.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' ' 
Five-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State was awarded the No. Gale Sayers Youth Jersey . 1 seed and a bye week in the FCS playoffs. Next week, the Bison will face the winner of Saturdays first-round game between Cal Poly and San Diego.?Eastern Washington, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Sam Houston State and The Citadel earned the No. 2-6 seeds while North Dakota and South Dakota State round out the top eight spots for first-round byes. Fans of those teams can sit back, relax, and watch all of the first-round action on ESPN3 this weekend.The entire FCS playoffs will be available on the ESPN family of networks. Roquan Smith Womens Jersey .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Bears Jersey .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. https://www.bearssportsgoods.com/Womens-Mike-Singletary-Inverted-Jersey/ . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright will miss about eight weeks with a high-ankle sprain, Wildcats coach Sean Miller said on Monday.Jackson-Cartwright was injured last Wednesday in No. 20 Arizonas home win over Texas Southern and did not play in the Wildcats loss to No. 8 Gonzaga in Los Angeles on Saturday.The loss of Jackson leaves Arizona with its top distributor -- 5. Chicago Bears Jerseys. 3 assists per game -- and its roster even thinner.The Wildcats lost forward Ray Smith to a season-ending knee injury during an exhibition game and Allonzo Trier has yet to play this season due to unspecified reasons. ' ' ' 
Champions Surrey Storm are just one point away from the Superleague semi-finals after a 52-42 win over Loughborough Lightning. Deion Sanders 49ers Jersey . In a clash between top-four rivals, Surrey held a narrow 35-34 lead after the third quarter, but pulled away to claim a comfortable win that left them in striking distance of Manchester Thunder and Hertfordshire Mavericks, who are still tied at the top after their fixture was abandoned.Surrey head coach Kathyrn Ratnapala made changes at half-time and the introduction of Amy Flanagan and Josie Huckle appeared to lift the Storm as they took command in the closing 15 minutes. Hannah Reid produced a resolute defensive display for Surrey, pulling off an agile interception in the last quarter, and Loughborough slipped to a defeat which dealt a major blow to their semi-final hopes.Elsewhere in the Superleague, Team Northumbria moved up to sixth in the table after a 50-45 win over Yorkshire Jets.This result left the rock-bottom Jets still without a win ahead of Mondays trip to Hertfordshire Mavericks, live on Sky Sports.Watch the Mavericks against the Jets this Monday night, from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 2. Also See: Thunder-Mavericks called off Vitality Superleague fixtures Table Live on Sky Sportswomen Jerry Rice Youth Jersey . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Jerry Rice Jersey . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Jalen-Hurd-Jersey/ . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Derick Newton had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Angel Rivera added 20 points with a career-high 12 assists, and Stetson beat Florida A&M 98-90 on Saturday in the Savannah Invitational to snap a four-game losing streak.Newton, a sophomore, made two free throws to give Stetson a 95-85 lead and he hit the 30-point mark for the second time in his career. It was his first double-double of the season. Rivera reached 300 assists for his career.Luke Doyle made five 3-pointers and sccored 21 points for Stetson (3-4), which made 13 of 29 3s. Solomon Thomas Youth Jersey. Newton also hit 5 of 11.The Hatters dressed just eight players with Divine Myles and Brian Pegg on the bench in street clothes. Myles had his streak of 66 consecutive starts snapped due to a thigh bruise.Desmond Williams led Florida A&M (2-5) with 19 points and Marcus Barham added 15 points. ' ' ' 
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