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Will Greenwood believes it will be a major upset if England do not beat South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday. Corey Oswalt Jersey . England have not beaten the Springboks since 2006 but have won 10 games in a row - nine under Eddie Jones and their last World Cup pool game against Uruguay. LISTEN: Rugby Union podcast Will Greenwood on Irelands historic victory over the All Blacks, and England v South Africa South Africa have lost four out of their last five games and seem to have lost their direction as they look to re-build under Allister Coetzee, and Greenwood feels they are there for the taking. They [South Africa] have a good record against England so you cant underestimate them, but having said that it will be a major upset and a huge disappointment if England dont win, said Greenwood. England vs South Africa November 12, 2016, 2:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass England will start red-hot favourites. They have some injury problems with Maro Itoje and George Kruis out injured and James Haskell still out with his toe injury, but it is a really good time to be an England fan, because you have plenty of options.Greenwood says those options will be crucial for Jones to get right, especially in the second row and uses Irelands historic win over New Zealand to show how important the lock pairing will be.Ireland were magnificent in Chicago and a lot of that was started at the lineout, explained Greenwood.New Zealand went into that game missing their starting second rowers - Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. Ireland swarmed all over them, nicked their ball and New Zealand could just not get any possession. Josh Beaumont (R) and Joe Launchbury (L) compete in the air during an England training session Joe Launchbury will definitely start in the second row - he has been going fantastically well for Wasps. It is who goes with him that will be interesting - Dave Attwood is right up there and playing very well for Bath. Courtney Lawes has been our go to enforcer but it all depends on whether Eddie feels that he has had enough game time.What we do know about Jones though, is that he is confident enough to watch training and tell whether a player is ready or not - whether they have had four minutes or 15 games on the trot.Owen Farrell has not had that much game time but he will come straight back in - I imagine it will be the Ford, Farrell and Joseph combination. Will Tom Wood start in the backrow for England? A lot of units will come back together - Vunipola and Robshaw at 6 and 8 - who fills the No 7 jersey though? Will it be Tom Wood or Teimana Harrison?Greenwood got up close and personal with the Springboks during their 31-31 draw against the Barbarians. The 2003 World Cup winner was part of the Baa-Baas coaching team and was their waterboy at Wembley as well.The Boks have some talent - they really have got some power and they are huge, huge men.This kid Rohan Janse van Rensburg who played in the centre against the Barbarians is 5ft 10in and over 17 stone. How can you be 5ft 10in, 17 stone and run like a train? Hes like a warthog! Watch this classic Baa-Baas performance as they drew with South Africa at Wembley Their raw ingredients are exceptional and as an incredibly proud rugby nation they did not play fantastically well - they coughed up a lot of ball which gave us the chance to counter attack. But what I love about the Springboks, and I told the boys, is that they will keep on coming at you.However I think that England, after winning all those games are confident enough to drop players in and out whereas South Africa are still trying to find the confidence to make changes and hit the ground running.Watch England v South Africa live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Saturday from 2pm. Watch on NOW TV for £6.99. No contract. Also See: Vunipola ready for brutal Boks England trio up for top award Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby Al Weis Jersey . The weekend at Oriole Park has been less kind, with three players suffering varying degrees of injury. The worst ailment of the three, at least optically, is the deep bone bruise suffered by Adam Lind when he fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot in the sixth inning of Saturdays game. Pete Alonso Jersey . She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Womens Tennis Association said on its website. The Kyiv-born Baltacha, who represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was diagnosed with the illness in January, two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married her long-time coach Nino Severino.NASHVILLE -- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least four weeks after he has another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection. The Predators announced Thursday that Rinne was set for arthroscopic surgery later in the day. Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season. General manager David Poile said Rinne felt something was wrong Tuesday night after the Predators returned from Minnesota. "When he got back to Nashville after the plane ride home, he developed some soreness and stiffness in his hip and got a little bit of a fever," Poile said. "A series of tests determined that he had a spontaneous bacterial infection." Rinne currently is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Rinne was in net Tuesday night for a 2-0 loss at Minnesota. A two-time Vezina Trophy finalist from Finland, Rinne is sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since the 2008-09 season and has 30 shutouts sinnce 2008-09, which leads all goalies during that time. Dwight Gooden Jersey. Carter Hutton now takes over in goal for Nashville. He has two career starts in the NHL, earning his first career victory Sunday night in Winnipeg. "It is real unfortunate, but its an opportunity not only for Carter, but for our team to show that we are a good hockey team," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Its an opportunity for Carter to take the reins." Said Hutton: "It definitely helps having a stepping-stone, some things to build off early on. At the same time, it doesnt change. It is the same game. I have to do my thing, work hard. We have a pretty solid team here and that is definitely going to help me out." Nashville also has recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from Milwaukee under emergency conditions to replace Rinne. The Predators host Winnipeg Thursday night. They are home again Saturday to face the St. Louis Blues and then set out on a seven-game, 17-day road trip. ' ' '
TORONTO - Toronto FC has hired Stuart Neely as the head coach of its Kia Academy senior team and the assistant coach of its USL PRO club. Joe Burke Jersey .Neely returns to the Major League Soccer club after previously serving as academy director during the 2011 season.Prior to being named director, Neely served as the academys manager and junior team head coach.We are very happy to bring Stuart back to TFC, Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. His coaching experience, knowledge of both the game and soccer landscape in our province will be vital to our success at the Academy level and for our USL PRO club.After departing Toronto at the conclusion of the 2011 season, Neely joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the head of player management and advancement where he remained until July 2013. Neely went on to join New Zealand Football as the head of football development. Kansas City Royals Gear . LOUIS -- David Ross never expected to be on a World Series podium. Mark Gubicza Jersey .com) - Australian Open champion Li Na, former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and former world No.SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Former NBA Commissioner David Stern prefers to look at the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion and not the decades of Donald Sterlings "interesting" ownership that came before it. Speaking on Thursday at a media availability before he is to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Stern said the unprecedented offer from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy the troubled franchise "is an exclamation point on the health of the league." Stern said that the price being paid for the Clippers "is just the next step" in a process that has brought stability to franchises like the New Orleans Hornets, who were seized by the league in 2010 when owner George Shinn couldnt pay his debts. The renamed Pelicans are now ensconced in New Orleans, as are the Bucks in Milwaukee and the Kings in Sacramento, all under new owners. The Clippers should be next, now that a California probate judge has cleared the way for Shelly Sterling to sell the team she co-owned with her husband to avoid having the franchise seized by the league. While praising new commissioner Adam Silvers handling of the matter, Stern insisted he couldnt have acted under his own tenure because Sterling managed to sidestep definitive legal judgments in two cases where he was accused of racism. (Still, Silver waited just four days, needing no such cover from the legal system, before fining Sterling $2.5 million and banning him for life for racist comments to a girlfriend.) Asked if he wishes he had done more, Stern said: "There were challenges." "It was an interesting ownership period," he said. "Im not going to say anything now that will disturb the waters that will hopefully calm a bit between Adam and Mr. Sterling." Stern headed a group of 10 Hall of Fame inductees who will be honoured on Friday niight by the Springfield shrine. Omar Infante Jersey. Also in the class of 2014 are former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland. The womens team from Immaculata College, which won three straight national championships in the 1970s, is also being honoured, along with Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis. Former Indiana Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard, the late Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton of the New York Knicks and the late Guy Rodgers of Temple round out the class. Speaking with a cane at his side because of recent hip-replacement surgery, Stern said he was proud to have helped the league grow during his 30-year tenure from a league that broadcast its championship on tape-delay to one of the most powerful in the world. The NBA he took over had 23 teams and broadcast revenue of about $10 million per year; when he left, the 30-team league was bringing in $900 million in TV revenue alone. "Youve got to give credit where credit is due," Richmond said. "Hes one of the guys who propelled our league to another level." Asked if there was anyone in the class he was especially proud to be honoured with, Mourning pointed across the room at the commissioner and said, "David Stern, without a doubt." "Twenty-two years ago, he welcomed me into the league," said Mourning, who wore his 2013 Miami Heat championship ring on his right hand. "And now, after 30 years, of his impact on the league ... were going into the Hall together. So that makes it special." Richmond said he had only been at the Hall one other time, for the induction of former teammate Chris Mullin in 2011. Richmond was excited just to find a picture of himself, as part of two Olympic teams. Now hell be added to the ring of honour on his own. ' ' '
LONDON - The IOC shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighbouring Bahrain by having male and female athletes compete in separate countries. Stitched Celtics Jerseys .Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al Saud, an international relations consultant to the president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, told a French Olympic website that resolutions passed by the IOC last month open the door for a possible joint bid with mens events on Saudi territory and womens competitions in Bahrain.But IOC President Thomas Bach quickly dismissed the idea in a statement to The Associated Press, saying Saudi Arabia would be ineligible to bid for the Olympics unless it complies with rules barring discrimination against women in sports.A commitment to non-discrimination will be mandatory for all countries hoping to bid for the Olympics in the future, Bach said. This was made very clear in the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms and will even be in the host city contract.If this is not applied, the bid would not be admissible. Countries like Saudi Arabia must really work to allow female athletes to freely participate.Saudi women are largely unable to access sports, including in public schools where physical education is not on the curriculum for girls. The Gulf country sent two women to the Olympics for the first time at the 2012 London Games. However, the Saudis sent a male-only team to last years Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Fahad said in an interview with the Francs Jeux website published Monday that a Saudi-Bahrain joint candidacy would be allowed under the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform package approved by the IOC in Monaco.The changes opened the door to holding events outside a host city or country, as well as possible joint bids by cities, neighbouring countries or regions, but only in exceptional cases.You cannot simply outsource certain issues to another territory, IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the AP on Tuesday when asked about the Saudi suggestion.Female access to exercise is shunned by hard-line religious clerics in Saudi Arabia, who warn it could blur gender lines and expose women to licentiousness. Women often struggle to find facilities to train, and are not allowed to attend matches in stadiums. A Saudi female was detained for days last year for sneaking into a stadium in the kingdom to watch a football match.Fahad acknowledged Saudi Arabia faces certain cultural constraints, especially involving women.Our society can be very conservative, he said in the Francs Jeux interview. It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports, especially in swimming. Wearing sports clothing in public is not really allowed. For these cultural reasons, it is difficult to bid for certain big international events.But Fahad maintained that bidding for the Olympics with another Middle Eastern country was now a possibility.We could envisage it with Bahrain, he said. We have always had a form of co-operation with that country. Since the vote on Agenda 2020, we could envisage a joint bid. Bahrain would hold the womens events, we would hold the mens competitions.Bach travelled to Riyadh last year and urged the Saudis to increase the participation of female athletes in the Olympics. Saudi Arabia hopes to at next years Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by introducing better training, particularly at the university level, the IOC said at the time.Saudi Arabia currently has no full IOC member.Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz stepped down last July as president of the Saudi Olympic Committee and relinquished his IOC membership. He serves as an honorary IOC member.___Follow Stephen Wilson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stevewilsonap Fake Celtics Jerseys . Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead when he got in front of his marker to neatly flick in Lucass cross in the 59th minute. New signing Yohan Cabaye came on as a second-half substitute and headed Ezequiel Lavezzis cross against the post in the 87th. Moments later, Lucas set up another goal from the right when fellow countryman Alex turned in his corner with a strikers finish. Jaylen Brown Jersey . Russia has spent about $51 billion to deliver the Sochi Olympics, which run Feb. 7-23, making them the most expensive games ever, even though as a winter event it hosts many fewer athletes than summer games do. SAN FRANCISCO -- Mike Leake has gotten stronger every year, and his fastball velocity has increased as a result. Even so, he still doesnt know where all those strikeouts came from. Leake allowed four hits in eight innings and had a career-high 12 strikeouts in the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night. "It didnt feel like that many," said Leake, who allowed one run and walked one, which was intentional. "But I guess its a big accomplishment. Im not high on strikeouts." Cincinnati manager Bryan Price thinks Leake (6-6) could be a strikeout pitcher if that was his goal. "Hes pretty consistent hitting 93, 94 mph with his fastball," said the former pitching coach. "Thats not a fastball you have to apologize for. He could throw more pitches and be less effective but strike out more guys." Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice in his return to the lineup for the Reds, who won their fifth in six games. Leake, still looking for his first major league shutout, didnt try to talk his way onto the mound for the ninth. He hasnt pitched a complete game in nearly two years. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances. "We have a good closer, why not use him?" Leake said. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each added two hits for the Reds. Bruce doubled in the seventh and has an extra-base hit in each of his last seven games, the longest streak by a Reds player since Dave Parker did it in eight straight in 1986. "We seem to play well here," Bruce said. "With this pitching staff, if you put runs on the board, you have a chance." Adam Duvall, making his major league debut, hit a home run for the Giants, who lost for the 12th time in 16 games. Ryan Vogelsong (5-4) allowed a run on five hits over six innings one day after Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He struck out seven and walked one. "I rubbed up against him before the game, but it didnt work," Vogelsong said. "I just wasnt good enough." Jean Machi, who allowed Phillips home run leading off the seventh, had his scoreless sstreak end at 25 1-3 innings. Wholesale Celtics Jerseys. Zack Cozart and Ryan Ludwick also drove in runs for the Reds, who have won eight of their last 10 games, including playoffs, in San Francisco. The Reds ended a scoreless duel with a run in the fifth. Phillips, who missed the last three games with a bruised heel, led off with a single. Two outs later, Cozart doubled him home. Bruce followed Phillips homer with a double and scored on Ludwicks single. Duvall hit a 0-2 pitch from Leake into the left field bleachers to put the Giants on the scoreboard. "Thats a feeling Ill never forget running the bases," Duvall said. "I tried to tell myself it was the same game, just a bigger crowd." Leake allowed a two-out double to Buster Posey in the first and then retired 15 of the next 16 hitters before Hunter Pences triple in the sixth. Leake improved to 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in four starts at AT&T Park. The Giants also threw out two runners at home. Billy Hamilton tried to score on Devin Mesoracos shallow fly to second baseman Joe Panik in the sixth, and Brandon Crawford nailed Mesoracso trying to score on Phillips double to centre field in the eighth. NOTES: Frazier has a 13-game hitting streak against the Giants. ... Chapman has at least one strikeout in each of his last 33 appearances, the longest active streak by a reliever and the fourth longest since 1900. . Reds LHP Tony Cingrani, optioned to Triple A Louisville on Friday, was placed on the minor league disabled list with a strained shoulder. That came as a surprise to the Reds, who sent him down to work. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (7-5, 1.86), the major league leader in ERA, pitches for the Reds on Friday night. Hes won his last two decisions. . LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.63) goes for the Giants. Hes 2-2 in five starts against the Reds. ... Giants 1B Michael Morse was scratched because of illness. . Duvall became the 11th Giant since 1958 to homer in his first game. ... The Junior Giants Stretch Drive Fund, created in honour of Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, began Thursday to help provide baseball programs in 90 underserved communities. Information can be obtained at the website jrgiant.org. ' ' '
Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was behind the bench to lead Canada to a second straight gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Domingo Leyba Jersey . He wont have to face the goaltender he rode to that honour when the Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens as Carey Price will not be in uniform for the next two games. The game can be seen live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Price was hurt at the start of Wednesdays practice after facing just one shot as the team worked on their power play. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg. During the Olympics, the Canadiens starting goaltender posted consecutive shutouts for Canada in the semifinals and gold medal game and ended the Olympic tournament with a 5-0 record, a 0.59 goals against average and .972 save percentage. Montreal enters Tuesday hoping to pick up where it left off. The Canadiens won their last three games before the Olympics and went 5-1-1 over their seven final outings prior to the break. The Habs are sitting one point behind Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic and eight in back of Boston for the division lead. The Canadiens also are locked in a tie with rival Toronto in both the Atlantic and East standings. The Canadiens will get forward Alex Galchenyuk back in the lineup on Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 6 when he broke his hand in a game against Florida. The sophomore has 10 goals and 13 assists in 44 games this season. The Red Wings posted a 4-1 home win over Montreal on Jan. 24 in the first of four regular-season meetings between the clubs this season. It was the third win for Detroit over the last four games of this series. but the Red Wings head coach is now faced with the unenviable task of getting Detroit back to the playoffs for a 23rd straight season. Babcocks Red Wings hope to aid their postseason quest on Wednesday, when they return from the NHLs Olympic break to visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Detroit would be in the playoffs if the season ended right now, but the club is only one point ahead of a three teams -- Columbus, Ottawa and Washington -- for the Eastern Conferences final berth. While Babcock was coaching Canada to gold, the captain of his NHL team -- Henrik Zetterberg -- was recovering from recent back surgery. Zetterberg suited up for Team Sweden once in Sochi before returning to the United States to have a procedure that removed what Red Wings general manager Ken Holland called a "floating piece of a disk lodged in a nerve in his back." After undergoing the surgery on Friday, Zetterberg, who is leading Detroit in goals (16) and assists (32) this season, is expected to be out of action for 7-to-8 weeks. Zetterbergs absence could make it difficult for the Red Wings to keep their amazing postseason appearance streak going, but the club is still eager to get back to the task at hand. After visiting Montreal, which is six points ahead of Detroit in the Atlantic Division and East standings, the Red Wings will make a stop to battle the playoff-hopeful Senators on Thursday. "Two of the biggest games of the year by far. Were chasing Montreal and Ottawa is chasing us," said Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. "So theres nothing like having 20-odd days off and coming back and playing huge games. We know the playoffs are going to come down to one or two points, so easily it could come down to these two games. We know that going in and that?s why were so focused on getting ready for them." Wednesdays game marks the continuation of a five-game road trip that began before the Olympics. Detroit, which is 15-9-4 as the guest this season compared to a poor 11-11-8 mark at home, split road games against Florida and Tampa Bay before the NHL went on hiatus. Following Thursdays showdown with the Senators, the Red Wings will have four full days of rest before capping their swing next Tuesday at New Jersey. Joel Payamps Jersey . Cellino was ordered by a judge to pay a 600,000 euro ($800,000) fine for evading import taxes on a yacht he purchased in the United States and brought to Italy, the ANSA news agency reported. Silvino Bracho Jersey . Knapp defeated American Alison Riske 6-3, 7-5 to secure Italys victory in the best-of-five series. She held a 5-2 lead in the second set, only to let Riske tie it at five.BIRMINGHAM, England - Radamel Falcaos second-half header rescued a point for Manchester United as its six-match winning streak in the English Premier League ended with a fiercely contested 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.Christian Benteke fired Villa ahead after 18 minutes with a well-placed shot from the edge of the penalty area after he evaded his marker and turned, but United levelled when Falcao headed in from a cross by former Villa forward Ashley Young.With the score tied, Villa was reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes remaining after Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for a late tackle on Young, an incident that incensed home fans and left Villa facing a tense finale to hold onto the draw.Falcaos goal was only his second for United, but he was unable to inspire a victory to extend its winning run and close the gap on leader Chelsea and defending champion Manchester City at the top of the league.Very frustrating, United manager Louis Van Gaal said. We gave two points away. We did not start well enough, and because of that they could score a goal.We kept the ball well in the first half, but we did nothing with it. The second half was better ...Im disappointed also because we were the better team, and wheen thats the case you have to win. David Dellucci Jersey. Falcao was recalled to replace James Wilson, and midfielder Darren Fletcher returned for the ill Marouane Fellaini.Injury-hit Villa recalled defender Ron Vlaar and midfielder Fabian Delph to replace the suspended Kieran Richardson and Tom Cleverley.United enjoyed the most possession in the opening period but against the run of play, Delph lofted in a free kick to Benteke, who took it on his chest, evaded Jonny Evans, and curled a shot into the top corner.Villa was inspired, and United struggled to find creativity.Fletcher was replaced at halftime by Tyler Blackett, and United equalized in the 53rd when Falcao met Youngs cross with a thumping header.An acrobatic volley by Robin Van Persie confirmed Uniteds recovery, then United received a man advantage when Agbonlahor was sent off. It appeared to be an unavoidable collision, but referee Lee Mason produced an unexpected red card, and Agbonlahor was dismissed for the first time in his career.Villa held on with determination. Jores Okore cleared a Michael Carrick header and, in the final minutes, Benteke was inches away from converting Leandro Bacunas cross as Villa almost snatched an heroic victory. ' ' '
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have relied heavily on the home run during their winning streak. Air Max 97 Off White Outlet . On Friday, they sprinkled in three key hits that didnt leave the infield and some sparkling defence. Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs, Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings in place of Stephen Strasburg, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 for their seventh straight victory. Four Washington runs came on infield singles and Bryce Harper threw out two Phillies at second base as the Nationals moved within 4 1/2 games of Cincinnati for the final NL wild card. "Were getting a few breaks now," manager Davey Johnson said. Overcoming adversity, too. Strasburg was scratched after experiencing forearm tightness during a throwing session Thursday in New York. Ohlendorf (4-0), who recently moved to the bullpen, stepped in and survived a shaky first inning to allow a run on five hits over five innings. "He made the pitches. Great effort," Johnson said. Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Zimmerman (3 for 4) hit a solo homer and scored three runs for Washington. Denard Span singled, extending his hitting streak to 24 games. Kyle Kendrick (10-13) was charged with six runs on eight hits. "I didnt give us a chance to win, I didnt pitch deep into the game," Kendrick said. "Its been a rough second half." Kendrick has a 6.91 ERA since the All-Star break and hasnt won since August 6. Johnson said Strasburg will rest for a few days and is slated to start Sept. 19 against Miami. "Its not down where they did the Tommy John (surgery in 2010)," Johnson said before the game. "Its on the soft tissue on the top side of the forearm." The Nationals have clubbed 15 homers in their last five games. Zimmerman has nine of his 24 home runs in his last 11 games, while Ramos has four in his last six. Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche had two hits apiece for Philadelphia, which scored first. Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a walk. With one out, Chase Utley singled him to third. Ruiz followed with an RBI single, but Ohlendorf struck out Darin Ruf and Asche to end the inning. "The strikeouts were big to get out of the inning," Ohlendorf said. "I had a really good fastball with a lot of life on it. I was getting some swings and misses with it, a lot of popups." Zimmerman singled in the bottom of the first. After Jayson Werth walked, Zimmerman took third on Harpers fly to right and scored on Desmonds infield single. Ramos led off the second with his 14th home run on a line drive into the visitors bullpen. Zimmerman made it 3-1 when he sent Kendricks 0-2 sinker into the same bullpen to start the third. Freddy Galvis led off the Phillies fourth with a hit to left. Galvis tried for a double and barely beat Harpers throw, but Steve Lombardozzis tag pushed his hand off the bag and he was called out. "Hes one of the better ones for sure," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "His speed getting to balls, whether theyre in the gap or down the line. And then his arm strength and his accuracy is some of the best youll see." Then in the sixth, Harper picked up his second assist and 12th of the season when he threw out Ruiz trying for a double. "I get fired up because it doesnt happen often, but its an adrenalin rush throwing guys out," Harper said. The Nationals chased Kendrick in the fifth. Desmond picked up his second infield single, this time with the bases loaded, to make it 4-1. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Ramos hit a hard grounder off the foot of reliever Luis Garcia. The ball deflected up into the air for an infield single as two runs scored. "Ramos hit the ball of the pitchers foot and it went about three stories high," Johnson said. "Nobody knew where it was and Bryce was running hard, that was great." NOTES: Domonic Brown (heel) pinch hit for Philadelphia in the ninth, his first appearance since Sept. 1st. Asche snapped an 0-for-10 skid with his single in the sixth. . The Nationals named outfielder Billy Burns their Minor League Player of the Year and right hander Taylor Jordan Minor League Pitcher of the Year. . Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31) opposes Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) on Saturday. . Before the game, the Nationals held a ceremony to honour the victims and first responders of Sept. 11, 2001. Air Max Pas Cher Chine . Although head coach Randy Carlyle jokingly wondered how much actual training Bolland got done while in London. "I dont know how much training goes on when you go back to the junior team that you played for so I wouldnt read too much into that," laughed Carlyle after the Maple Leafs were put through an up-tempo practice that concluded with a 10-minute bag skate on Thursday. Air Max 90 Homme Soldes . - Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 5 and finished a home run short of a cycle, and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore left Monday nights game against the Royals in the fifth inning with an apparent injury. Moore grimaced after throwing a pitch to Nori Aoki and Rays manager Joe Maddon and a member of the teams athletic training staff went to the mound. After a brief conversation, Madden called for left-hander Cesar Ramos out of the bullpen and Moore departed without trying a warm-up pitch. Air Max 270 Pas Cher Livraison Rapide. Moore was 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts last year. He had thrown 78 pitches against the Royals and left trailing 1-0. ' ' '
PATTAYA, Thailand -- Fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Pattaya Open where she will play Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for the first time. Barney McCosky Jersey . Makarova is chasing her second career title after winning in Eastbourne in 2010. She needed 1 hour, 46 minutes to eliminate Czech doubles specialist Hlavackova. "She was playing so aggressive, so flat ... I really wanted to fight to make her move," the 28th-ranked Makarova said. "The final will be similar ... I need to do the same like today, making her (Pliskova) move as much as I can." Pliskova served 13 aces to beat Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in 1 hour, 35 minutes. She reached her second career WTA final after winning the title in Kuala Lumpur last year. Pliskova took a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but failed to convert two match points at 5-2. However, she served out the match at love in the next game. Willie Horton Jersey . Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, set numerous rookie records and was picked AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Washington Redskins. Jake Rogers Jersey . The punch happened in the fourth quarter of Milwaukees 116-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday when the two players became entangled while battling for rebounding position.BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Michael Morse has a left wrist injury that might require surgery. Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Morse has possible ligament damage and will visit Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla., and then the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for a second opinion. Showalter said Morse informed the staff about the injury a few days ago. Morse has just three hits in 29 at-bats since joining the Orioles in a trade with Seattle on Aug. 30. Also, infielder Jonathan Schoop will be examined for a possible back injury after stepping awkwardly during a rundown in Friday nights loss to Boston. Schoop had a stress fracture in his lower back while in the minors this year. Hes played in three games with the Orioles as a SSeptember call-up and was expected to play in the Arizona Fall League. Vic Wertz Jersey. Meanwhile, Manny Machado will leave Sunday for Florida to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the third basemans injured left knee. Machado was carted off the field after he stepped awkwardly on first base and crumbled to the ground during Mondays game at Tampa Bay. An MRI the next day revealed a torn medial patellofemoral ligament but no damage to any major ligaments, Machado is hoping the injury will heal without surgery. Baltimore is also finishing the season without outfielder Chris Dickerson (right hamstring) and second baseman Alexi Casilla (thumb), leaving Showalter with a short bench for the final two games against the Boston. ' ' '
TORONTO -- The family of a Canadian skicross racer killed two years ago at a World Cup event feels vindicated now that sport authorities no longer blame him for the tragedy and instead have made safety improvements to course design, their lawyer said Monday. Cheap Jordan 1 High . Lawyer Tim Danson said the family of Nik Zoricic feels his legacy has become something positive and to be celebrated. "We were not prepared to accept that Nik was responsible for his own death," Danson told The Canadian Press. "We just wanted the truth to be acknowledged." In the immediate aftermath of his fatal crash at an event in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on March 10, 2012, ski officials angered the family and others in the skiing community by suggesting Zoricic, 29, was to blame for his death. The family responded by arguing the death was "entirely avoidable" and blasted the course finish line for being a "death trap." In a letter to his parents this month, the International Ski Federation (FIS) called Zoricic a "talented, experienced, and skilled" World Cup skier who did not take unnecessary risks. "It would therefore not be right to describe his accident as a freak accident or pilot error, the federations president and secretary general wrote. The letter further states that the federation has updated its safety guidelines and beefed up the staff and experts who help organizers construct a course and its safety measures. In skicross, several racers hurtle down a mountain at the same time, making jumps and taking curves on the way. Zoricic, who grew up in Toronto, had raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years and was competing in his 36th event in Grindelwald when he was killed at the finish line of a tight three-way race. Video showed he was going as fast as 90 km/h when he veered to the right after the final jump, landing about a metre to the right of the official course line in "crud" rather than on a groomed shoulder. He snagged safety netting and tumbled into hard-packed snow, smashing his head. Among more stringent guidelines now in place is one calling for a much greater distance between the finish-line post and fencing. Hard objects, such as large mounds of packed snow, will no longer be allowed near the finish. "The fact that were making these significant changes is that there really are lessons learned from his death that will hopefully mean this kind of tragedy will never happen again," Danson said. The International Ski Federation also said it would commit $250,000 over five years to the Nik Zoricic Foundation, which aims to improve skicross safety. Neither Zoricics father Bebe, himself a veteran ski coach, nor his mother Silvia were immediately available to comment. Danson said it was a "difficult time" for them given the second anniversary of their sons death, but said they were "delighted" their son had been vindicated. At the Sochi Olympics last month, Canadian skicross racers wore denim-style ski pants as a tribute to their late teammate, who was known for wearing jeans on the mountain. Zoricic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and moved with his father to Canada at age 5. He raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years, placing fifth in the 2010-11 World Cup standings and eighth in the seasons world championship at Deer Valley, Utah. Fake Jordan 1 Off White . The striker headed Spurs into a 35th-minute lead and tapped in their third in the 71st after Chico Flores own goal. Wilfried Bony hit the bar and had a good penalty appeal for a push by Tottenham captain Michael Dawson turned down in the first half, before getting Swanseas consolation late on. Jordan 1 Banned China . The Argentina striker has not played for the Premier League leaders since September when he refused to warm up during a Champions League match and only returned last week from a three-month unauthorized absence at home. City coach Roberto Mancini had initially told Tevez he would never play for City again after his act of public insubordination, but later softened his stance and only asked for an apology.TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona Cardinals have given defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.The team made no announcement but Bowles confirmed reports of the extension at his weekly meeting with reporters on Thursday.Terms werent revealed.It says a lot about (Cardinals president) Michael Bidwill and (general manager) Steve Keim and the Cardinal organization, Bowles said. You know theyre first class all the way. What they did for me is very generous, very humbling.Bowles aggressive, opportunistic defence is credited as a big reason the team has the best record in the NFL at 8-1.The extension, believed to make him one of the highest-paid co-ordinators in the league, showws how much the Cardinals value him. Jordan 1 Clearance. But it wouldnt preclude Bowles from accepting a head coaching position. He has been mentioned prominently as a prime candidate for a head coaching job next year. Bowles brushed aside a question about that.Ive said all along that weve got some tough games ahead. I cant even think about that stuff right now, he said. So my job hasnt changed and my focus hasnt changed. Were trying to beat the Lions and weve got the Seahawks, and weve got a couple of games ahead that are really tough. So thats where my focus is.Bowles said the Cardinals contract offer was a surprise.They caught me off-guard, he said.___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
TORONTO – He hasnt played since breaking a bone in his right hand in a fight on Nov. Ken Giles Blue Jays Jersey . 11, but Connor McDavid showed up for Hockey Canadas World Junior selection camp with his game face on. You dont reach the level hes at (16 goals, 35 assists in 18 games with the Erie Otters this season) at the age hes at (17) without being intense. That intensity was evident early in the camps first on-ice workout Thursday evening at the MasterCard Centre. McDavid, taking part in a full practice for the first time since having his cast removed Tuesday, mishandled the puck on consecutive plays in the same drill. He was clearly frustrated. He apologized, said Guelph Storm right winger Robby Fabbri, who was on McDavid’s line during much of the practice. Everyone makes mistakes, but he doesnt make too many of them. I just gave him a pat and told him to relax. You apologize to your teammates when you make a mistake, McDavid said. I messed up there and twice in a row with Robby so I felt bad about it. Hes a good friend of mine and he came over and told me not to worry about it. A little later in the practice the team was put through a shot-blocking drill. The assistant coaches fired foam pucks at players from a few feet away. McDavid, who has not yet been cleared for contact, wanted to be part of it. But after McDavid blocked his first shot head coach Benoit Groulx intervened asking the favourite to go first in the next NHL Draft to sit out the drill. I told him, You know what? I dont want my face on TV tomorrow [because you got hurt] for this reason so get out of there! Groulx said with a chuckle. I just went once, so I guess 1-for-1 so that makes me 100 per cent, McDavid said with a wry grin. Earlier in the practice, McDavid wired a slap shot past Jets goalie prospect Eric Comrie high on the glove side. It was a thing of beauty. McDavid was, of course, nonplussed when asked about it afterwards. I was taking slap-shots with my cast on so I think you guys are making too big of a deal about it. I’ve been skating for three weeks. Ive been skating fully for three weeks so this is kind of just another day. McDavid suggested his recent layoff from game action may actually be a blessing when it comes to the World Juniors, because hell be fresher than others. My legs have felt probably better than they did before I got hurt, he noted. There is a reason McDavids every move was and will continue to be under the microscope. Hes seen as the next big star in hockey: a generational talent, who can change a franchises fortunes. And for Canada he is someone, who will figure prominently in the quest to end a five-year gold medal drought. You can tell the legs are there, no problem, said Groulx. It was good to see him. Just having him on the ice was good for everyone. The Canadian bench boss, an assistant on Brent Sutters staff a year ago, says Hockey Canada is going to be very cautious when it comes to the emerging superstar. We want to be patient with him in order to have him at 100 per cent. We don’t want to put Connor McDavid on the ice at 75 per cent. We are going to have to wait and see to how he reacts to practicing. The hope is that McDavid will be able to play in at least one of the teams three pre-tournament games: Dec. 19 against Russia in Toronto, Dec. 21 against Sweden in Ottawa or on Dec. 23 against Switzerland in Montreal. McDavid, for his part, seemed supremely confident that he will be ready for the tournament opener on Boxing Day. Playing mostly on the wing, McDavid, a natural centre, had just four points in seven games last year when he became just the sixth 16-year-old to crack Canadas World Junior roster. This year hes poised to be a leader on the squad. It’s a big opportunity and perhaps the final one on this stage for a player, who appears destined to make the NHL early in his career. And the fact the event will take place on home soil makes it all the more special. Everyones excited, McDavid said when asked specifically about the added pressure of playing in Montreal and Toronto. Were not feeling too much pressure now. Being at home, its a blessing, honestly, its an opportunity that not a whole lot of people get to do. On Wednesday, Scott Salmond, Hockey Canadas vice-president of hockey operations, declared that he felt like Canada was an underdog at the event during an interview with QMI News Agency. But McDavid has high expectations. I dont see any reason why we cant [win] it all, he said. Pat Gillick Blue Jays Jersey .ca NHL Power Rankings, ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks. Moving up, from 10 to seven this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won seven straight despite a depleted lineup. Jack Morris Blue Jays Jersey . A player confirmed to TSN on the condition of anonymity that he received his ballot yesterday. Another confirms hes been told to expect his shortly. "The unions executive committee insists a strike vote does not mean were pushing away from the table," the player said. "But we want the league to know were serious about our position.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night. Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season. "Were it not for the fact that we had the ability to control Huston for a year and two months, it would have been far more difficult to justify giving up the type of package that we gave up to get him," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We had to get a guy like Trevor Gott included in the deal to replace some of that lost value. "Hustons 30 years old, and arguably having his best season as a major leaguer," Dipoto added. "Hes been one of the more consistent closers in baseball over time and one of the highest percentage conversion guys in the league for a number of years. I feel really strong about his character and what he brings to the clubhouse. It really deepens the back end of our bullpen and it gives us the opportunity to make games shorter." Street was unavailable to the Padres during their 5-4 home loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. San Diego (41-55) is in third place in the NL West, 12 games off the pace. "Losing is a miserable experience," Street said before the game. "I believe in the Padres ownership. They want to win and they are not content with status quo. "I blamme the players for whats happened here. Willie Upshaw Jersey. quot; In 10 major league seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Colorado (2009-11) and San Diego (2012-14), Street is 35-27 with 258 saves and a 2.87 ERA. He has converted 109 of his last 117 save chances, the best mark in the majors in that span. Street, fifth on the active list in saves and 31st overall, said the Padres were upfront with him regarding the trade talks. "I asked questions and they gave me direct answers," said Street, who was acquired by the Padres after the 2011 season. "They were extremely honest, said they were fielding offers, and asked me to not be offended." Gott, 21, has split this season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. In 39 combined relief outings, he is 2-4 with 16 saves and a 3.56 ERA. He was chosen as a mid-season California League All-Star. Lindsey, a 22-year-old second baseman, was the No. 37 pick by the Angels in the 2010 draft. In four-plus minor league seasons campaigns, he has batted .289 with 43 home runs and 209 RBI. He was rated as the Angels top prospect by Baseball America. Alvarez, 23, has gone 7-4 with five saves in two-plus minor league seasons. The 20-year-old Rondon was signed as an international free agent in January 2011. The Venezuelan infielder has played in 245 minor league games, batting .300 with 146 runs and 116 RBI. Morris, 22, has appeared in 28 games -- 18 starts -- in the Angels system, going 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA. ' ' '
ANN ARBOR, Mich. NHL Jerseys China . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U.S. to the silver medal in the 2010 Olympics. Unless Ryan gets a spot for the Sochi Games to replace an injured player, he will not have a chance to help the Americans go for gold. The U.S. Olympic hockey team was announced Wednesday after Torontos shootout victory over Detroit in the NHL Winter Classic. "We did not pick the 25 best players," general manager David Poile said. "We picked the 25 players we thought gave us a chance to win the gold medal." Ryan was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster. Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson, a pair of defencemen who played in the Vancouver Games, also didnt make the cut. Jimmy Howard, who couldnt make enough stops to help the Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs, appears to be the Americans third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller. At Sochi, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler. John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defence for the Americans. Miller was named MVP of the ice hockey tournament at the Vancouver Games, but he wasnt a lock to keep a spot because Quick, one of many players on the team who has been injured this season, has been perhaps the worlds best at stopping shots the past two seasons. Howard, Schneider, Gibson, Tim Thomas and Craig Anderson also were options for the selection committee. To play to their potential, a lot of banged-up players will have to get healthy this month and stay that way through February. Players who couldve potentially been on the team, but werent selected include: Ben Bishop, Keith Yandle, Kyle Okposo, Cory Schneider, Brandon Saad and Dustin Byfuglien. The Americans expect to be a medal contender after they were regarded as young underdogs in 2010, when they were a goal away from knocking off the host Canadians. The team will be led by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. He has been at ease publicly, saying he likes the Americans chances to win gold for the first time since the Miracle on Ice victory in 1980. Wholesale NHL Jerseys .The seventh-seeded Raonic was scheduled to play U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, but was replaced in the Group B pool by Spanish substitute David Ferrer.Raonic, who was 0-2 at the year-end event, said he suffered the injury late in the first set of Tuesdays 6-3, 7-6 loss to Murray. Authentic NHL Jerseys . Carling Bassett-Seguso was a world No. 8 almost 30 years ago. Currently 13th, Bouchard is assured of equalling that when the next rankings are released Monday.NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony kept losing the ball all night long, and now the New York Knicks have lost their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Anthony committed nine turnovers and Bradley Beal made another big shot at Madison Square Garden, a go-ahead jumper over Tyson Chandler with 6.9 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the Knicks 90-89 on Friday night. Beals jumper quieted the Garden crowd just as he did back on Dec. 16, when he beat the Knicks for a go-ahead layup. "Its pretty cool, I guess", Washingtons second-year guard said. "For them to go silent, thats kind of, Wow." John Wall, who added 19 points, combined with Beal for Washingtons final 12 to dampen New Yorks playoffs hopes. Anthony was favouring an ailing right shoulder he said he initially banged up during the win against Brooklyn on Wednesday. He felt it go out during the first half but decided to keep playing. He lost control of the ball as he tried to go left into the lane on New Yorks last possession, but J.R. Smith, who as of late has recaptured the form that earned him last years Sixth Man of the Year award, recovered it but missed a potential winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. Smith finished with a season-high 32 points. "I felt like I lost the ball," Anthony said. "It was a tough loss, man. I wish I could have did better and played better. For the most part I thought my teammates did what they had to do. J.R. had a phenomenal game. I wish I could have rewarded that." The Knicks announced after the game that Anthony strained his right shoulder but X-rays were negative. He said he expects to play Sunday against the Miami Heat. New York dropped out of the final playoff position just two nights after moving into it by beating the Nets. Struggling Atlanta went back ahead by one game after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier Friday. Smith would have liked to have had the chance to take the initial shot. "Yeah, no matteer who that is, I always want the last shot. Cheap NHL Jerseys. Its something Ive never been shy about", Smith said. Anthony, held to 10 points, made a jumper to cut the Wizards lead to 88-86 lead with 1:33 remaining. After Wall missed a long shot in front of the arc at the top of the key, Anthony tried to connect with Tim Hardaway Jr., who was open near the Washington bench for a 3, but Martell Webster intercepted Anthonys pass. The Knicks got the ball back after Wall lost control of it as he drove to the basket. With 33.5 seconds left, Anthony then found an open Raymond Felton for a 3-pointer to give the Knicks an 89-86 lead, but Beal answered with his jumper over Chandler, who had come out to help. It was the second straight win for Washington, which clinched its first playoff since 2008 on Wednesday. "Our defence was pretty good but Trevors (Ariza) defence on Carmelo was outstanding", Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Trevor fought and fought him. At the end we decided to trap him and make someone else beat us." The Knicks couldnt and now they will face a tough challenge Sunday when they travel to face the Miami Heat, who have already beaten them twice this season. The Knicks have five remaining games, three on the road, against three teams that are all playoff-bound in the East. New York cant afford to have its leading scorer out. "Well I knew it was bothering him, but you know weve got to have Melo on the floor," Woodson said. "Again, it was a hard-fought game. Our guys came up defeated, so now we have to figure out how were going to get it back because ... Atlanta won tonight." Notes: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly attended the game with his family. Kelly, who is battling his second bought with cancer, will undergo treatment next week at a hospital in the city. ... Before the game, the Knicks honoured Anthony with a plaque to celebrate his 62-point, Madison Square Garden record, set Jan. 24. ' ' '
Connor McDavid is set to return on Sunday when Team Canada faces Sweden in pre-tournament action in Ottawa. Sergei Zubov Jersey . McDavid has not played since breaking his hand in a fight in mid-November. He has participated in practice since camp started last week, first in a non-contact jersey and then in regular activities. Team Canadas final roster is now set after forwards Jason Dickinson, Michael Dal Colle and Rourke Chartier as well as defenceman Haydn Fleury were cut on Friday. Other players who will be making their first appearance in game action on Sunday include returning forwards Nic Petan and Curtis Lazar, who was released to the team by the Ottawa Senators earlier this week, and defenceman Joe Hicketts. Team Canada wraps up their pre-tournament schedule against Switzerland on Tuesday in Montreal. Then, the tournament gets underway on Friday with Canada taking on Slovakia. Bryan Watson Jersey . Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and the Mavericks beat undermanned Philadelphia 124-112 Friday night, handing the 76ers their 10th straight loss. Darius Kasparaitis Jersey .com) - The Vancouver Canucks recovered from a fluke goal early last time out to knock off one of the top teams in the league.SAINT-ETIENNE, France -- Saint-Etiennes bid for a Champions League spot stalled as it drew 0-0 with Rennes in the French league on Friday. The hosts struggled to create chances, although Saint-Etienne winger Romain Hamouma headed in a cross from Benoit Tremoulinas in the 64th minute but the goal was disallowed for offside. Paris Saint-Germain tops the standings with a 10-point lead over Monaco. Saint-Etienne stayed in fourth place, six points behind Lille which has a game in hand. "We must protect that fourth place," Saint-Etienne defender Moustapha Bayal Sall said. "We must not lose our remaining matches." Rennes is nine points above the relegation zone and will face Guingamp in the French Cup final on May 3 after edging Angers 3-2 on Tuesday. "Its a very important point," Rennes midfielder Jean Makoun said. Ed Olczyk Jersey. "It brings us closer to safety." Saint-Etienne dominated possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances until forward Max-Alain Gradel pounced on a poor clearance from the Rennes defence in the 44th to send a shot straight into goalkeeper Benoit Costils arms. Mevlut Erding escaped marking in the 51st to control a loose ball but Costil tipped his low strike around the post. "We certainly lacked accuracy in the final ball because we made numerous crosses," Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin said. On Sunday, its: Monaco vs. Nice; Bastia vs. Ajaccio; Bordeaux vs. Guingamp; Lorient vs. Montpellier; Reims vs. Sochaux; Valenciennes vs. Nantes; and Marseille vs. Lille. On Wednesday, PSG hosts Evian and Lyon visits Toulouse. ' ' '
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