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Chris Coleman has said he was honoured to sign a new two-year deal that will see him stay as Wales manager through to the 2018 World Cup. Eric Dier England Jersey . Coleman was appointed to the role in January 2012, replacing the late Gary Speed, and has been rewarded with a new deal after leading his country to their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.The 45-year-olds previous contract was set to expire following the conclusion of this summers finals in France.  He told Sky Sports News HQ: I am delighted that we have reached an agreement and I have the honour of leading my country in another campaign. Coleman shakes hands with Football Association Wales president David Griffiths (left) and FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford after Mondays announcement I look on it as an opportunity to improve on my first campaign [World Cup 2014 qualifying] which wasnt a successful one. We have got it all to look forward to but we have to build on what we have achieved so far. Its a big challenge but its one that we can conquer, thats for sure.The former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss, capped 32 times for his country, won six of his 10 European Qualifiers, including an impressive 1-0 home victory over Belgium, as Wales clinched second place and automatic qualification to this summers showpiece.   Wales players carry Coleman aloft after securing qualification to Euro 2016 Wales begin their Euro 2016 Pool B campaign against Slovakia on June 11 in Bordeaux. They then face England in Lens on June 16 before tackling Russia in Toulouse four days later.  Coleman said in March that there had to be changes behind the scenes in Welsh football for him to commit to another deal.He revealed agreement had been reached over those issues, with both himself and the FAW giving ground.It was very important that everything came to a conclusion before we embark on this journey in front of us, and we can concentrate on whats made us strong, he said. Wales unveil squad Chris Coleman has unveiled his provisional 29-man squad for Euro 2016 It wasnt a case of looking at what weve done. We need to keep on improving things and pushing each other before we even get to the players. Sometimes youve got to concede a little bit to get certain things you want.I think both parties showed real meaning in trying to get the deal done. The FAW showed that they really wanted me and I showed them that I wanted to stay.It went on a bit longer than we anticipated. But we wanted to do the right thing and Im happy to be sitting here knowing that Im going to get another campaign under my belt. Coleman celebrates after Wales qualified for Euro 2016 FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: We wanted to acknowledge the fantastic work Chris has done with his staff in ensuring qualification to the Euros in France this summer.I think it sends a fantastic message to everyone involved, the players, backroom staff, all the staff at the FAW.There is no one better qualified than Chris to lead Wales into its first World Cup in 60 years. Coleman hopes he can lead Wales to a World Cup before the end of his contract We wish him the best for Euro 2016 and he carries all our hopes and expectations for the World Cup campaign as well.Wales head to Portugal on Tuesday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp without star man Gareth Bale, who is preparing for Real Madrids Champions League final with Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday. Joe Ledley is still hoping to make the Euro 2016 squad But midfielder Joe Ledley will join the squad as he attempts to recover in time for France after fracturing his leg in Crystal Palaces final Premier League game of the season. Also See: Wales unveil training squad Ledley doubtful for Euro 2016 Wales can be a football nation Euro 2016 squads David Beckham England Jersey . To be fair, the celebrations are already anything but tame. Nerf ball tricks shots are just the tip of the iceberg for a group that has performed in zero gravity, faced pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and an assembled team on the MTV series "Fantasy Factory", and even hit a basketball trick shot from a passing blimp. Raheem Sterling Jersey . - Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No.CHICAGO - Mark Buehrle felt a little more nervous and a little more emotional than he thought he would. The pitcher received a standing ovation from the crowd as he took the mound against his former Chicago White Sox teammates. Buehrle tipped his cap and then allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings in his first start as a visitor in Chicago and third game against the White Sox overall. The Toronto starter didnt earn a decision, but the Blue Jays beat the White Sox 6-3 on Saturday night. Melky Cabreras two-run double in the seventh inning was the difference in Torontos win. "The reception I got, I was kind of thinking it might be good, but what they did, coming off the field every time I ran out, to hear people cheering, it was exceptional," Buehrle said. Buehrle texted former teammate, and White Sox captain, Paul Konerko to make sure it was OK that he tipped his cap to the crowd. "Its one of those things that I didnt want to (tick) anybody off on the other team, but at the same time the reaction I was getting from the crowd, I felt it was right," Buehrle said. The Blue Jays, who snapped a four-game losing streak, scored three runs in the seventh to retake the lead after the White Sox tied it with three runs in the sixth. Avisail Garcia went 2 for 4 with a double for the White Sox in his first game since April 9 after recovering from shoulder surgery. Brett Cecil (1-3) got two outs — both by strikeout — to earn the win. Casey Janssen worked one inning for his 19th save in 22 opportunities. The Blue Jays allowed Buehrle to take the field alone before the bottom of the first inning, and fans gave him a standing ovation. While with the White Sox from 2000-11, Buehrle threw a perfect game on July 23, 2009, against Tampa Bay, and a no-hitter on April 18, 2007, against Texas. "Im kind of glad its over," said Konerko, a teammate of Buehrles on the 2005 World Series championship White Sox team. "Him in another uniform doesnt look right to me. Quite honestly, I really dont have it in me to want to see him do badly, so I dontt like the combination. John Stones Jersey. quot; The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead on Dioner Navarros sacrifice fly and Nolan Reimolds RBI single in the second. Toronto extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth on Jose Reyes RBI single. The White Sox tied it with three runs in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Dustin McGowan replaced Buehrle. "It was starting to snowball," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said about removing Buehrle. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Dayan Viciedos sacrifice fly made it 3-2. Konerko tied it with a single, but the White Sox bullpen gave the lead back in the next inning. The Blue Jays scored three runs with two singles, two doubles and a Chicago error. Matt Lindstrom (2-2) allowed four straight hits before recording an out. Cabrera hit a two-run double and advanced on an error. Jose Bautista followed with an RBI single for a 6-3 lead. Buehrle has one victory in his last 13 starts. "I take pride going deep into games, and I didnt really go deep into the game today, so thats the frustrating part," he said. TRAINERS ROOM Blue Jays: 1B Dan Johnson began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. He is on the DL with a strained left hamstring. Toronto also called up RHP Kyle Drabek from Triple-A to replace RHP Chad Jenkins, who was optioned to Buffalo on Friday. Drabek began the season in the Triple-A rotation, where he went 4-6 with a 4.46 ERA. After the first-round draft pick moved to the bullpen in mid-June, his numbers improved. In 16 relief appearances, he was 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA. White Sox: Garcia was reinstated from the 60-day DL, and OF Moises Sierra (oblique) went on the 15-day DL on Saturday. The White Sox also recalled LHP Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte, placed RHP Javy Guerra on the bereavement list, and designated LHP Charlie Leesman for assignment before Saturdays game. UP NEXT In the finale of the three-game series Sunday, Toronto starts RHP Drew Hutchinson (8-10, 4.60 ERA) against RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81). ' ' '
Russian state news agency TASS reports that there will be an athletics competition in Moscow on Thursday for athletes banned from the Rio Olympic Games. Mark McGwire Cardinals Jersey . All but one member of Russias track and field team have been excluded from the Games by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in response to findings of state-sponsored doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld that decision last week and the IAAF told Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Wednesday there were no grounds for further review of the decision. Russias president Vladimir Putin has attacked the decision to ban the athletes, saying Russia was a victim of pure discrimination.And it has now been announced that the banned athletes will take part in a Stars-2016 tournament at the Znamensky Brothers stadium on the outskirts of Moscow on Thursday July 28.However, Russias best-known athlete, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, will not participate.Yuri Borzakovsky, the head coach of the Russian athletics squad, told TASS: About 135 track and field athletes are going to compete.They include Olympic champions and medal holders, as well as less renowned athletes forbidden to compete in Rio.Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete. She has decided to have a rest after such a hard season.Ivan Ukhov, who won high jump gold at London 2012, and Sergei Shubenkov, the 2015 world champion at 110m hurdles, will compete. Also See: Putin: Olympic ban discrimination Russian judo team get all clear IOC opts against Russia ban Russian swimmers to miss Rio Matt Carpenter Cardinals Jersey Yadier Molina Jersey . - A lot of scenarios ran through Terrell Suggs head when the Baltimore linebacker prepared to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.WINNIPEG -- Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic is retiring from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after 11 seasons. Cvetkovic finishes his career with 161 games, 66 special teams tackles and will retire as one of the most recognizable members of the community as a Blue Bomber. The 36-year-old came to the Bombers from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2003 after spending his rookie season in Regina and has been key part of the Winnipeg organization both on and off the field. "The Winnipeg Blue Bombers would like to thank Chris for his boundless contributions, both on the football field, and in our community, over the past decade plus," said team president Wade Miller in a statement Monday. He was a two-time winner of the Ed Kotowich Award, which recognizes a player for football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community. "His tenacity, desire to win and build team camaraderie was very evident during my time playing with him, and we truly appreciate all of his efforts," said Miller. Brett Cecil Jersey. Cvetkovic has lived in Winnipeg year-round since 2005 and in 2012 started a not-for-profit organization called Cvets Pets that helps local Winnipeg No-Kill Animal Rescue Programs. He also organized a trip to Mexico with other CFL players where they spent time volunteering at an animal sterilization clinic and has worked with several charities. During the winter of 2011, he was one of seven CFL players who travelled to Haiti to aide in tsunami relief efforts through a program called Huddle for Haiti. "He was a great locker-room guy and a player whose efforts both on and off the football field will be missed," said Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters. ' ' '
Blackburn defender Shane Duffy is desperate to win a place in Republic of Irelands Euro 2016 squad with an impressive display against Netherlands. Cheap Air Jordan 11 Retro Pink . Duffy hopes to collect a third senior cap for his country before Martin ONeill selects his final 23-man squad for the tournament in France.Should Duffy make the squad it would represent a remarkable turnaround after he suffered a lacerated liver during a practice match in 2010. Six years on, the experiences of those traumatic few days remain with him, but have given him a perspective on his life and career.I appreciate everything after it, to be honest, he said. Its been six years since it happened and to be back in the fold is obviously a big thing for me and my family.But its not just this. Its being back playing on the pitch and everything in my life, to be honest.I do look at everything a bit differently after that, to be honest. It took me a while to get going and I came back a bit early from it, but its one of those things.Derry-born Duffy was then an emerging player at Everton, but eventually had to take a step backwards before he could get his career heading in the right direction once again.Loan spells with Burnley, Scunthorpe and Yeovil handed him the regular football he craved before he got his chance at Ewood Park, securing a permanent move in September 2014, and he has not looked back since. Ciaran Clark (left) celebrates with Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy during their win over Switzerland His development has been such that he was worked his way into ONeills sights having been denied a debut under Giovanni Trapattoni by his injury back in 2010.Duffy finally got his chance in an end-of-season friendly against Costa Rica in Philadelphia in June 2014, but had to wait until the 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland in March this year for his second appearance.I probably wasnt ready four years ago, he added. I sat there and I was obviously watching the lads, and you want to go out and represent your country if you are in the game.It was just, I want to try my best to try to get to the next one - and if I cant get to that one, Ill try my best to get to the next one after that.You have got to set it as a target and thats what I did, and hopefully I can be there. Also See: Wilson out of Irish squad ODowda future of Ireland Low bullish over Germany chances Table Jordan 11 For Sale Cheap . Ryu (8-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings and struck out six in his 13th start. In his first 13 starts last season -- his first in the major leagues -- the left-hander was 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. This was the ninth time this year that Ryu has allowed fewer than three earned runs, and he is 7-0 in those games. Cheap Air Jordan 11 Retro All Black . A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court said his girlfriend told police they got into the argument early Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis home.SAN DIEGO - Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season.Morrow was 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in six starts and seven relief appearances for Toronto this year and is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons with Seattle and the Blue Jays.He can make $5 million in performance bonuses based on starts: $1 million for 12 and each additional four through 28. Cheap Air Jordan 11 Retro Purple. He also can earn $1 million based on relief appearances: $250,000 each for 40, 50, 60 and 65. Morrow also would get a $500,000 bonus if he is on the active 25-man roster for 168 days or more.To make room on the 40-man roster after Tuesdays deal, the Padres designated left-hander Juan Oramas for assignment. ' ' '
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria dominated Sundays womens ski jumping training sessions at the Sochi Olympics, proving her first-day performance was no fluke. Jayson Tatum Celtics Jersey . Perhaps as important, shes sending a message to 17-year-old gold medal favourite Sara Takanashi of Japan. Iraschko-Stolz relegated Takanashi, who has 10 World Cup victories this season, to second place in two of three training jumps Saturday. She finished first in two training runs Sunday before deciding not to bother with the third. Takanashi was first in that third session, after coming in second and third in the others. The first Olympic gold medal in womens ski jumping will be awarded Tuesday, ending a decade-long fight to get the sport into the Olympic Games. Bill Russell Celtics Jersey .com) - Marian Gaborik scored his sixth goal in the last four games to help the Los Angeles Kings top the Arizona Coyotes, 4-2, Saturday at Staples Center. John Havlicek Jersey . Diego Costa headed in Gabis corner seven minutes from time to secure victory ahead of the return match in Madrid on March 11. "We know that at Madrid it will be another game, which will also be important and very difficult," Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said.MARKHAM, Ont. -- Britni Smith didnt know how it happened. One moment she was on the ice taking a shot, the next she was lifting the Toronto Furies first Clarkson Cup. Smith scored in overtime Saturday as the Furies shut out the Boston Blades 1-0. She struggled to describe how it happened. "I honestly dont even remember how we got in their end," Smith said as she held back her emotion. "But the puck went from (Natalie) Spooner behind the net over to Prevo (Caroline Prevost), I saw some ice in front of me, skated ahead, got a perfect pass on the tape. I shot high-blocker and it just twirled in. "Once I saw it cross the line, hands in the air and that was it." The sixth Canadian womens hockey league championship was the first time Toronto (3-1) and Boston (3-1) met in the championship game and the only time the Furies qualified for the final in club history. Toronto was a surprise finalist after defeating the number-one ranked, three-time Clarkson Cup champion Montreal Stars on Friday in the round-robins lone shootout. The Blades were undefeated in the round robin with an impressive 3-0 record, allowing just four goals against in the entire tournament. The Boston-Toronto rivalry was in full effect as both teams fought hard to the finish. Spooner, who scored the shootout winner in Fridays victory over the number-one ranked Stars, was named the tournaments most valuable player. "This year couldnt really have been better for me," said Spooner. "Obviously nothing beats winning an Olympic gold medal but this is pretty sweet right now and I am really happy about it." Christina Kessler was named the tournaments most valuable player after performing stellar in net for the Furies with 25 saves against Boston following up Fridays sppectacular 34 save spectacle. Jaylen Brown Celtics Jersey. . "Kess is amazing," said Furies forward Alyssa Baldin. "It is great to have a goalie like Kessler behind you." Blades forwards Hilary Knight, Kate Buesser and Kelli Stack were offensive stars throughout the tournament. Knight, who scored four goals against Calgary on Friday, led the tournament with five goals while Buesser led with seven points. Boston has three members of Olympic silver medallist American team on its roster including Stack and Knight while Toronto has four members of gold-medal winning Canadian squad playing for the Furies, including Jennifer Wakefield, Tessa Bonhomme and Spooner. The Blades were 5-2 against Toronto during the regular season and in the second day of round-robin action Boston defeated Toronto 2-1 in its closest game of the tournament. The pace of the final was quick from the start. Boston had the majority of quality scoring chances in the first 20 minutes and forced Kessler to make nine first-period saves. After a scoreless two periods, both teams speed and goaltending was on full display in the third. Kessler was forced to make a breakaway, short-handed save robbing Knight while Toronto failed to capitalize on the power play as the game headed to overtime. A day after scoring four goals against Calgary, Knight failed to score for Boston against Toronto while Buesser was also kept scoreless. Buesser finished the tournament leading with three game winning goals. Boston goaltender Brittany Ott played fantastic for the Blades, making 25 saves in front of a sold out crowd. During the regular season Boston was 5-2 against Toronto, and on the second day of round-robin action Thursday the Blades defeated Toronto 2-1 in Bostons closest game of the tournament. ' ' '
CALGARY - Shawn Evans scored his fourth goal 1:23 into overtime as the Calgary Roughnecks edged the Colorado Mammoth 16-15 in an entertaining, back-and-forth West Division semi-final Saturday. Ryan Smyth Jersey . Working against the tight-coverage of defender Joey Cupido, Evans made a couple quick pivots that got him just enough space to be able to fire a clean shot that beat Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward. As he raced down the floor in jubilation, the Roughnecks poured off the bench and smothered the forward in a dog pile as the raucous crowd of 12,375 at the Scotiabank Saddledome celebrated. Evans also had five assists for nine points. Calgary moves on to face the Edmonton Rush in the West final. Dane Dobbie scored four goals and Curtis Dickson added three more for Calgary. Geoff Snider and Jeff Shattler each scored a pair with Daryl Veltman also scoring. Adam Jones scored five times to lead the way for Colorado. Athan Iannucci and John Grant Jr. had two goals apiece while Sean Pollock, Cameron Holding, Dan Coates, Bob Snider, Joey Cupido and Joel Dalgarno also scored. Colorado (8-10) entered the playoffs having won three straight and four of seven since the club fired head coach Bob Hamley and two assistant coaches on March 4. Calgary (12-6) had also been on a roll of late, finishing the season with six wins in its last seven games. Tied 14-14 after three quarters, Colorado took the lead 41 seconds into the fourth quarter on Jones fifth goal of the night. In the longest stretch of action without a goal, Calgary finally tied the game at 8:58 when Dickson took the ball to the net and put a shot over the shoulder of Ward. It was the seventh time the game was tied. The previous time these two teams met — the first game after the Mammoth coaching change — Colorado won 10-9 in overtime in Calgary. That was the half-time score on this night. Calgary took its first lead of the night on the strength of three unanswered goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter. The Mammoths troubles began when they were late returning to the field to start the second half. Assessed a delay of game penalty, Evans scored on the power play at 1:12 tying it 10-10. Dickson fired a long, low shot past Ward at 3:49. Two minutes later, Shattler made it 12-10. Colorado eventually got it back to 13-13 on Grants goal at 13:42, and after Evans restored the Roughnecks lead at 14:26, Holding tied it up once again 18 seconds after that. After a relatively quiet first quarter in which the Mammoth took a 3-2 lead, the offences for both sides came our firing in a wild second quarter that saw the teams combine for 14 goals on 26 shots, with each scoring seven times. Goals on three consecutive shots to open the second quarter gave the Mammoth a 6-3 lead and prompted Calgary coach Curt Malawsky to pull goalie Mike Poulin. While the veteran returned to the game less than a minute later, the temporary breather seemed to work. Poulin stopped the next shot he faced and the Roughnecks responded by promptly scoring three goals in a 38-second span to tie it 6-6. Calgary then went to the power play only to have momentum swing back the other way thanks to short-handed goals eight seconds apart from Cupido and Snider. With the Mammoth up 10-8 and looking to increase their lead before the second quarter ended, Calgary got a pivotal short-handed goal from Dobbie, the NLLs regular season scoring leader with 51. Dobbies goal was his third of the night, and it came with 19 seconds remaining in the half. The final shots were 60-50 in favour of Calgary. Notes: Roughnecks Geoff Snider left the game late in the third quarter with an injury... Calgary will host Edmonton on Saturday in the first of a two-game West division final. In a new format introduced this season, each team hosts one game. If each team wins once, a 10-minute mini game immediately follows the second game. If still tied, theyll play sudden death overtime... In the East final, Buffalo will play Rochester. Zack Kassian Jersey . "Ive still got it," Seattles ace said with a sly grin. Riding that fastball carrying a little more zip, Hernandez took a shutout bid into the ninth inning as the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Wednesday night. On the verge of a brilliant shutout and first complete game since Aug. Jujhar Khaira Jersey . But unfortunately for the Niagara Falls, Ont., native, a pulled muscle wouldnt allow him to go past the second set. Japan sealed its victory over Canada in the first-round Davis Cup tie after Nishikori downed an ailing Dancevic 6-2, 1-0.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - OUTLOOK: Just two seasons ago, the Pac-12 Conference sent only two teams to the NCAA Tournament. Things got back to normal recently however, with five squads receiving invites in 2013, and six last March. There should be another large crop this season, although some of the teams may be different, and somewhat surprising. There is no surprise that Arizona is easily the most talented team in the conference, and thats with the losses of 2014 Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Marshall and freshmen phenom Aaron Gordon. Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis- Jefferson, T.J. McConnell and Kaleb Tarczewski already made for an enviable core, but the addition of highly-touted recruit Stanley Johnson only further enhances the Wildcats chances. Another No. 1 overall seed and deep run in the NCAA Tournament are all but guaranteed, especially with the team fueled by the disappointment of falling to Wisconsin in last seasons Elite Eight. So who are the top contenders to knock the Wildcats off their lofty perch? Why none other than Utah and Colorado. You read that right. The Utes are getting the band back together after picking up 21 wins last season, albeit thanks to a weak non-conference schedule. Delon Wright leads five returning starters and is one of the top contenders for Pac-12 Player of the Year honors. Colorado may have been blasted away by Pittsburgh in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but with Josh Scott and Askia Booker leading the charge, the Buffaloes appear to be set for a shot at redemption. Although six teams made it to the NCAA Tournament last season, Stanford was one of the few to actually make a run, topping New Mexico and Kansas to get to the Sweet 16. Chasson Randle, another conference Player of the Year candidate, carries more responsibility this season, with frontcourt enforcers Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis cashing checks in the NBA now. UCLA also got to the Sweet 16 in its first season under Steve Alford. The Bruins are replacing a number of key parts, but will get back this season and could go even further if well-regarded freshman Kevon Looney develops quickly. There is hope in abundance, but questions remain at some of the other stops on the Pac-12 tour. Washington has an excellent point guard in Nigel Williams- Goss and two other returning starters. However, the Huskies went 17-15 last season and need help up front. Tyrone Wallace and David Kravish have consistently improved for California, which needs to find replacements for Justin Cobbs and Jabari Bird to live up to the hype. Meanwhile, Oregons prospects were dashed by an ugly offseason incident, although potent scorer Joseph Young will continue to keep the Ducks competitive. Arizona State doesnt have Jahii Carson anymore. That alone makes for an expected slide out of the field of 68. There is a lot less to like about USC, Washington State and Oregon State. The Trojans really struggled after making the splashy hire of Andy Enfield in 2013, finishing 11-21 overall. They are hitting the reset button yet again with a roster filled with unproven commodities. The Cougars and Beavers are each in for growing pains with new head coaches at the helm. CONFERENCE CHAMPION: Arizona PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: 1. Arizona 2. Utah 3. Colorado 4. Stanford 5. UCLA 6. Washington 7. California 8. Oregon 9. Arizona State 10. USC 11. Washington State 12. Oregon State. TEAM BY TEAM ANALYSIS: ARIZONA: Just a single point separated Arizona from its first Final Four appearance since 2001, as the Wildcats fell, 64-63, to Wisconsin in the West Regional Final last March. Getting over the Elite Eight hump will be priority No. 1 this season. Most teams wouldnt have such high expectations when losing players like Johnson and Gordon, but Sean Miller did an excellent job of reloading rather than rebuilding. Miller brought in Johnson to highlight one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Johnson, a 6-foot-6 swingman, will become a top offensive option immediately. T.J. McConnell (8.4 ppg, 5.3 apg) ranked third in the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) last season, and will continue to be the steady hand that runs the Arizona offense. Gabe York (6.7 ppg) can shoot from the outside and will work into the backcourt rotation. In the frontcourt, Arizona has a wealth of versatile options. Ashley (11.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) plays all over and was a key player before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Hollis-Jefferson (9.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) was part of last seasons recruiting class and Tarczewski (9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1 bpg) is a 7-foot behemoth, who will eat up space on the interior. The depth up front should allow the Wildcats to maintain their spot at the top of the Pac-12 in rebounds (38.1 ppg) as well as scoring defense (58.6 ppg), where they ranked sixth nationally. UTAH: In a world where most teams deal with constant roster turnover due to the one-and-done culture permeating the college game, the 2014-15 Utes are a refreshing change of pace. Wright easily could have gone to the NBA after stuffing the stat sheet all last season for the Utes, but he decided to return. Head coach Larry Krystkowiak will reap the benefits, but not just because Wright is back. Brandon Taylor, Dakarai Tucker and Jordan Loveridge are all returning starters, each of whom helped the Utes post a 21-12 record. Wright is obviously the most important piece. He led the Utes in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (5.3 apg), steals (2.5 spg) and blocks (1.3 bpg), while ranking second in rebounds (6.8 rpg). Wright also fights for good looks at the basket, as he shot at a 56.1 percent clip. Efficient shooting was a key for the Utes overall, as they ranked 11th nationally in field goal percentage (.488). Loveridge (14.7 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.3 apg) is a 6-foot-6 post player, who can score from most places on the floor, although he could use work on his shooting from long distance. Taylor (10.6 ppg, 3.5 apg) teams with Wright in the backcourt, filling in the gaps in terms of scoring and distributing. Tucker (6.8 ppg) started 22 games last season and, at 6-foot-5, presents matchup problems for opposing backcourts. Dallin Bachynski (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg) will round out the starting lineup as a more traditional center. COLORADO: Tad Boyle has really transformed Colorado basketball. In his four years at the helm, three of which have been in the Pac-12, Boyle has yet to log fewer than 21 wins, while pushing his squad to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons. Last years performance in the Big Dance is one Boyle and his team would probably like to forget, unless they want to use it for motivation purposes. The eighth-seed Buffaloes were routed, 77-58, by Pittsburgh. Still, the season was a success considering the Buffs lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie (14.7 ppg) to a torn ACL halfway through. It gave the squad a chance to discover its identity without Dinwiddie, which will be important now that he is playing professionally. Booker (13.7 ppg, 3.3 apg) has never met a shot he didnt like. He still needs to be a more efficient shooter (.389), but he is a proven scorer. Scott (14.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg) is the more exciting player and a constant double-double threat. He is an all- conference candidate this season. Xavier Johnson (12 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Wesley Gordon (5.9 ppg, 6 rpg) are both athletic swingmen, who can play multiple positions. Xavier Talon (4.9 ppg) is another experienced player, while there is a lot of hype surrounding freshman Dominique Collier. STANFORD: As the adage goes, its not about how you start, but how you finish. For the Cardinal those words certainly held true, as a surge at the end of last season thrust them into the national spotlight and kept Johnny Dawkins employed. Although there was no guarantee Stanfords head coach would be fired without a NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cardinals run to the Sweet 16 certainly put a stop to swirling rumors about his job security. With renewed confidence, Dawkins now needs to prove last season was no fluke. Doing so without Powell (14 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Huestis (11.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) will be difficult. In recent years, Stanford has been at its best with strong play from the frontcourt, and now Stefan Nastic (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg) is the most proven player down low. Nastic did a good job of instilling hope down the stretch, scoring in double figures in all three NCAA Tournament games. Freshman Reid Travis is also expected to be a contributor right away. However, Nastic and Travis impact on Stanfords season will not be as profound as that of Randle. The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the best scorers in the Pac-12 last season (18.8 ppg), and he constantly had the ball in his hands. He also shot a career-high 47.4 percent from the floor as a junior, bouncing back from an inconsistent sophomore campaign. Anthony Brown (12.3 ppg, 5 rpg) started 35 of 36 games last season and provided plenty of additional firepower. UCLA: All Alford did in his first season in the Golden State was lead UCLA to its most wins since 2008, which was also the last time the Bruins made it to the Final Four. They didnt match that success, but a Sweet 16 run and a Pac-12 Tournament title certainly made believers of any doubters of Alfords hiring. Of course, Alford had a lot of talent to work with. Do-it-all swingman Kyle Anderson, potent scorer Jordan Adams, athletic specimen Zach LaVine and David and Travis Wear provided a nice foundation. None of those five are back, with Anderson, Adams and LaVine all taking off for the professional ranks. Norman Powell (11.4 ppg) is the top returning scorer for the Bruins, who were once again one of the best offensive teams in the country last season. They ranked 12th nationally in scoring (81.2 ppg), ffifth in assists (17. Kyle Brodziak Oilers Jersey. 2 apg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.489). Powell was a 53.3 percent shooter, but he was not asked to carry the offense very often. He might not have to do so again this season, that is if Looney makes a smooth transition to the college ranks. The 6-foot-9 forward will likely be on the all-conference freshmen team at seasons end, with other honors possible as well. Bryce Alford (8 ppg) and Tony Parker (6.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg) were complementary pieces last season, but will have added responsibilities. WASHINGTON: From 2008-12, Washington was a mainstay at the top of the Pac-12 and in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies won the leagues regular-season crown for the 2008-09 and 2011-12 campaigns, while fitting two tournament titles in the middle. Lorenzo Romars program slid backward the last two seasons, finishing with records of 18-16 and 17-15, respectively. Part of the problem last season was a lack of power up front. The Huskies ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in rebounds (34.5 rpg), and that was with Perris Blackwell (10.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) still around. Shawn Kemp Jr. (4.4 ppg) was diagnosed with Graves Disease early last season and was slowed because of it. His role remains unclear. Other options include 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau, who played a mere two minutes all of last season, and Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw. The backcourt has much less uncertainty, even with the departure of C.J. Wilcox (18.3 ppg), especially with Williams-Goss running the point. In his first season, the 6-foot-3 guard showed a ton of composure, dishing out 4.4 assists per game to go with 13.4 ppg. He is the top returning scorer and will be relied on even more so this time around. Andrew Andrews (12.3 ppg) figures to be a partner for Williams-Goss in the backcourt, while Mike Anderson (5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) rebounds well for a guard. CALIFORNIA: There is a new head coach in town, as Mike Montgomery decided to retire following a 21-14 finish last season. Cuonzo Martin cashed in his success with Tennessee, which made it to the Sweet 16 last season, and now takes over a California squad that has made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the previous six years. If Martin hopes to make a big splash in his first season, there are a few things he needs to do. The first, is figure out a solution to the problem at point guard. Now that Cobbs is gone, the Golden Bears, who ranked 29th in the country in assists (15.3 apg) in 2013-14, have no true player for the position. Sam Singer, who logged 9.3 minutes per game last season, freshman Brandon Chauca and even Tyrone Wallace (11.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg) are the top candidates to take the job. Perhaps Martin will go with a mixture rather than choosing one consistent point guard. Even if he isnt the main guy at the point, Wallace is going to be a fixture in the backcourt, as one of two returning double-digit scorers. The backcourt could get a real boost if highly-touted 2013 recruit Jabari Bird shakes off an underwhelming freshman season (8.3 ppg). David Kravish (11.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg) led the team in blocks last season, but he will be without frontcourt battery mate Richard Solomon (11 ppg, 10.2 rpg), who was the first Cal player since Leon Powe in 2005-06 to average a double-double. OREGON: The Ducks made a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season, and appeared poised to make it three in a row this season. However, the dismissals, justified as they were, of Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin, leaves a rather scant roster for Dana Altman to work with. There are currently only 10 players listed on the Oregon roster according to the schools official athletic site. One of the 10 is Young, who was a sensational addition last season after he transferred to Eugene from Houston. Young ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.9 ppg). He didnt just score a lot, he did so with efficiency, shooting 48 percent from the floor, 41.5 percent from the field and 88.1 percent from the free-throw line. His scoring is the only sure thing for the Ducks, who led the Pac-12 and ranked eighth nationally in points per game (81.9). All the empty roster spots, made more apparent by the traditional departures of Mike Moser (13.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg), Johnathan Loyd (7 ppg) and Jason Calliste (12.7 ppg), make for a lot of opportunities for some relatively-inexperienced players. Elgin Cook (6.7 ppg) could develop into a strong secondary scorer behind Young. Cook, at 6-foot-6, is long and has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Jalil Abdul-Bassit and junior college transfers Dwayne Benjamin and Michael Chandler have to be ready to go right away. ARIZONA STATE: Too often last season, one in which Arizona State made it to the NCAA Tournament, Carson appeared to be the only player on the floor, particularly on offense. Without him, as well as shot-blocker Jordan Bachynski and dynamic guard Jermaine Marshall, Herb Sendek will need more players on the roster to step up. Shaquille McKissic and Jonathan Gilling are both returning starters. McKissic, a 6-foot-5 forward, is the teams best returning scorer (9 ppg) and rebounder (5.4 rpg). The ball will be thrust into his hands frequently, especially early in the season as the Sun Devils develop their identity on offense. McKissic is a strong defender and the Sun Devils should still be tough to score on, after they limited teams to 69.4 points per game and 41.9 percent shooting last season. Gilling (7.7 ppg) worked best as a complementary player, who could knock down shots from 3-point range. He connected on 43.4 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. It remains to be seen if he can become a go-to scorer with opponents no longer keying in on Carson and Marshall. Replacing Bachynski, who led the country in blocked shots, and his ability to protect the rim will be a tough challenge as well. Eric Jacobsen and Cameron Gilbert are both 6-foot-10, so they certainly have the size. Roosevelt Scott leads a group of junior college transfers who will play immediately. USC: While Alford was enjoying an excellent debut season across town, Enfield and his Trojans were suffering through a disastrous campaign, which ended with an 11-21 record and a miserable 2-16 conference mark. The Trojans ranked next- to-last in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (75.3 ppg), 10th in both scoring offense (70.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.439), while turning the ball over more than any of the other 11 teams (14 pg). It definitely wasnt the type of exciting style USC fans expected when Enfield was lured away from high-flying Florida Gulf Coast. Enfields job isnt about to get easier this season. Byron Wesley, last seasons leading scorer (17.8 ppg), decided to transfer to Gonzaga, and PeShon Howard (10.8 ppg), Omar Oraby (8.2 ppg, 6 rpg) and J.T. Terrell (9.7 ppg) are all gone as well. Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic are now the leaders of the squad. Both appeared in all 32 games last season -- the only players besides Oraby to do so. Jacobs, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 assists per game last season. He will be expected to improve in both areas. Jovanovic (8 ppg, 4.4 rpg) has excellent size (6-foot-11) and will be a force in the frontcourt. Several new faces, including freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin, will get tested early on. WASHINGTON STATE: Ernie Kent, who coached Oregon from 1997-2010, makes his return to the Pac-12 this season, filling the spot left by Ken Bone, who was fired after back-to-back years of underachievement. The Cougars had winning records in Bones first three years on the job, but they went a combined 23-40 the last two. That included a miserable 10-21 finish last season, which was accompanied by a 3-15 record against the rest of the Pac-12. They ranked last in the conference in scoring (62.4 ppg), assists (10.5 apg), rebounds (32.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.400). The roster is also without D.J. Shelton (10.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg) and Royce Woolridge (7.3 ppg), who transferred to Grand Canyon University. Obviously, Kent has his work cut out for him. He will at least be able to rely on DaVonte Lacy (19.4 ppg) to put points on the board. Lacy played in only 23 games last season, but was a scoring machine when he was on the floor. Que Johnson (9.5 ppg) is the second option in the backcourt. He needs to be a more effective shooter, after falling below 40 percent efficiency last season. Jordan Railey (3 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and Josh Hawkinson (1.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg) have the difficult responsibility of picking up the slack in Sheltons absence. OREGON STATE: Corvallis is also the home of a new coach this season, as Wayne Tinkle comes over from Montana to replace the departed Craig Robinson. In Robinsons six years in charge the Beavers had a winning record only once. Last season, they fought to an even 16-16 finish, with losses in eight of their last 11 games, including a 96-92 setback against Radford in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Tinkle had a down year at Montana last season, leading the Grizzlies to a 17-13 finish, but they had won 25 games and made it to the NCAA Tournament in the two previous years. It may be a while before Tinkle guides the Beavers to the Big Dance, especially if he cant get them to defend better. Last season, OSU ranked last in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (75.6 ppg). Tinkle also is working from scratch essentially, with all five starters gone, including Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12s leading scorer last season (20.7 ppg). That leaves Langston Morris-Walker (4 ppg), Victor Robbins 2.9 ppg), Olaf Schaftenaar (2.2 ppg) and Cheikh Ndiaye (0.8 ppg) as the most experienced returning players. ' ' '
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Lynn Williams USA Jersey . -- Peyton Mannings spectacular season was every bit the record-breaking sensation it appeared. The NFL said Tuesday that Mannings single-season mark of 5,477 yards passing will stand. Elias Sports Bureau, the leagues official statistician, reviewed a 7-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker and determined it will remain a forward pass and not a lateral, which would have made it a 7-yard run. That would have subtracted 7 yards from Mannings total, leaving him with 5,470 yards, six shy of Drew Brees 2011 record. "The stats crew at the game scored this play as a forward pass. During the course of a season, there are many similar plays which could be reviewed by the Elias," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. "In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-site stats crew to stand." The play in question occurred with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter of Denvers 34-14 win at Oakland on Sunday. Remember that camera angles can be deceiving, depending on where the camera is located. But there were two angles that would back up whichever argument one wants to make. Mannings pass clearly looks like a lateral in one camera angle. Another angle, from above, however, appears to show Decker gathering in the ball at the Denver 48-yard line with Manning about a foot deeper than that. Manning finished with 266 yards passing before sitting out the second half, and his final throw was a 6-yard TD toss to Demaryius Thomas which gave him 5,477 yards for the season and also 55 TD passes, five more than Tom Bradys record set in 2007, considered a much more significant achievement that the single-season yardage mark. With Denver safely ahead 31-0 at halftime and the home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs secured, Manning watched backup Brock Osweiler play the entire second half in his place. Elias routinely reviews plays and often tweaks totals in the days following games, then notifies teams of corrections to totals such as yardage or sack numbers. Manning broke the TD record two weeks ago at Houston and was all smiles afterward, crediting his coaches and teammates and saying it was a significant mark that meant a lot to him because it came in the midst of a successful season. The Broncos (13-3) are the AFCs top seed in the playoffs for the second straight season. They have a bye this weekend and will host a divisional round game Jan. 12. He was much more nonchalant about the yardage record. Had the play in question originally been ruled a lateral, Manning would have finished the first half six yards shy of Brees record of 5,476 yards, and that might have prompted the Broncos to send him out to start the third quarter even with the big lead and the playoffs looming. Then again, maybe not. Coach John Fox demurred when asked Monday if he would have considered sending Manning out for another series after halftime if he hadnt already broken Brees mark. "Thats hard to say. ... What was very positive was I thought we played, if not our best, one of our better halves of football that put us in a position where we could do different things," Fox said. "No. 1, all those things are great, those individual accomplishments, team accomplishments, but not at the risk of putting a player at risk. So I dont know if Ive answered your question, Im just kind of telling you what would go through our minds in that situation." After breaking Bradys TD record, Manning said he expected Brady to break the mark again soon, adding that all sorts of marks will fall like dominoes if NFL owners get their way and expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games. Had Elias ruling gone the other way, his yardage record wouldnt have even lasted 48 hours. Now, itll stand for at least a year and maybe much longer. Emily Sonnett Jersey . Hes the same player he always was, only now his efforts are being rewarded. 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MADRID, Spain -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday with a dominant performance against Thomas Berdych. Tyrann Mathieu Jersey . In the womens tournament, two-time defending champion Serena Williams withdrew with a leg injury, while Maria Sharapova ousted Li Na in the quarterfinals. The top-ranked Nadal had lost his previous two quarterfinal matches on clay for his worst run on the surface in a decade. But buoyed on by a partisan crowd, Nadal overpowered Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance at the Magic Box. "I brought great energy and intensity to it and thats the best news, that its my best (on clay) yet," Nadal said. "The things that, historically, Ive done well on this surface I managed to do them again today." Nadal has been improving with every match in Madrid after losing at the quarterfinals stage in preceding tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. But he showed no sign of the nerves that had uncharacteristically crept into the game of the most successful clay-court player ever as he pushed Berdych to the corners and punished him with a powerful forehand that accounted for 16 of his winners. "My play is good when Im hitting my forehand well, especially on clay," said Nadal, who is vying for his third title in the Spanish capital. "In Monte Carlo I used my backhand more and not my forehand, and when I have to hit five or six backhands in a row it doesnt help my game." Berdych, who dropped to 3-18 against Nadal, couldnt keep up in the hot sun beating down on Manolo Santana centre court. Nadal faces countryman Roberto Bautista Agut after the 45th-ranked player beat Colombias Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4. David Ferrer followed Bautista Aguts victory with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Ernests Gulbis to become the third Spaniard in the semis. Kei Nishikori prevented an all-Spanish lineup in the final four by beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4 in the late match. The win also ensures that he will become the first Japanese player to break into the top 10 when the new world rankings are released on Monday. Nishikori remained undefeated on clay this season in nine matches after winning the Barcelona Open title. The top-ranked Williams has had her left thigh heavily bandaged this week and said she injured it during a first-round victory over Belinda Bencic on Sunday. "It started to get better but, most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover. Its beyond words. Its so frustrating," Williams said in a statement. "This is not the way I wanted this week to end." The withdrawal gave 2011 champion Petra Kvitova a walkover and a spot in the semifinals. The 32-year-old Williams said the injury would not keep her out of the French Open, with the defending champion tweeting she would play in Rome next week before the second Grand Slam of the season starts on May 25. Sharapova reached the semis after she rallied to beat Li 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Li was in control until she failed to convert two break points in the 11th game of the second set. Errors then began creeping into the Australian Open champions game as Sharapova evened the match. After an exchange of breaks in the third set, the ninth-ranked Russian broke again and then held serve to win on Lis 43rd unforced error. "It really could have gone her way today. You know, it was just a matter of a few points in the second set," said Sharapova, who came through despite seven doublefaults. "I was down, I didnt play a great first set, and I found a way to get myself in a position to be in the third." Sharapova faces third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals after the Polish player beat French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Kvitova will face fourth-seeded Simona Halep after the Romanian ousted Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2. Darwin Thompson Jersey . - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent centre Brian de la Puente. Juan Thornhill Jersey .C. -- The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday theyve signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year contract, helping rebuild a depleted wide receiving corps.BALTIMORE -- It was one of those rare days when everything went right for the Houston Astros. Houston took an early lead and added to it late. The starting pitching was solid. The bullpen was nearly perfect. The result was a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday that enabled the young Astros to avert a three-game sweep. "Overall, a good team win," manager Bo Porter said. Jason Castro and Marc Krauss homered to account for all of Houstons offence, and Jarred Cosart (2-3) allowed two runs over six innings for the Astros, who had lost seven of eight before ending Baltimores five-game winning streak. Castro hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman (3-2) in the first inning, and the Astros made the advantage stand up. "When we can come out and score early, thats really when were at our best," Castro said. "It kind of gives some of the young staff a little bit of a breather from the beginning." It was 3-2 before Krauss connected against T.J. McFarland with a runner on in the seventh. "Those are the runs we have not been able to get," Porter said. "Those tack-on runs that give you an extra cushion, make it a three-run lead instead of a one-run lead. That was a huge home run." Houston is 11-11 when it hits a home run and 1-15 when it doesnt. Although the Astros bullpen came in with a 6.21 ERA, Tony Sipp struck out five in two perfect innings and Chad Qualls worked a hitless ninth for his second save. "I have confidence no matter who they put in behind me that they can get the job done," Cosart said. Jose Altuve had three hits for the Astros, who improved to 6-12 against the Orioles -- including 2-10 at Camden Yards. Everything seemed to fall into place for the team with the worst record in the major leagues. "Weve played some good baseball the last two days," third baseman Matt Dominguez said. "Pitched the ball well, got some timely hits. Hopefully that can give us a jumpstart." Adam Jones drove in both Baltimore runs, giving him 501 RBIs in 981 career games. Tillman gave up three runs, four hits and a season-high five walks in fivee innings. Joe Montana Youth Jersey. The right-hander settled down after issuing three walks and a home run in the first inning, but needed 105 pitches to get 15 outs. "It was a struggle for me. Fastball command wasnt there for me from the get-go," Tillman said. "It was a battle all day." Before the game, the Orioles activated Chris Davis (strained left oblique) from the 15-day disabled list and put catcher Matt Wieters on the DL with a strained right elbow. Davis went 2 for 4 in his first game since April 25. "Felt good," Davis said. "Timing is a little off, little in-between. But it was definitely good to be in there, moving around again." Houston took a 3-0 lead before Tillman retired a batter. After Altuve and Dexter Fowler walked, Castro hit the right-handers next pitch over the centre-field wall. Tillman has yielded seven first-inning runs this season, his most in any inning. "He kept us in the ballgame and threw some zeros up after that," manager Buck Showalter said. "But it wasnt what hes capable of or what weve come to expect. Or more importantly, what Chris has come to expect." Jones hit a two-run single to get Baltimore to 3-2 in the third. A double by Davis in the fifth put two runners in scoring position, but Jones struck out before Nelson Cruz flied out. NOTES: The Orioles were denied consecutive three-game sweeps for the first time since 2005. They won three in a row at Tampa Bay before facing the Astros. ... The game drew 45,944 fans, the second sellout of the season at Camden Yards. ... Baltimores Nick Markakis singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, one short of his career high. ... Tillmans 399th and 400th career strikeouts came against George Springer in the first and third. ... Houstons Alex Presley snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a sixth-inning single. ... Bud Norris takes the mound for Baltimore on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against Detroit. The Astros return home to face Texas. ... Since coming to Houston from the Padres organization, Sipp has retired all 12 batters hes faced with seven strikeouts. ' ' '
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins opened free agency not with the familiar Dan Snyder splash but instead with a few noteworthy ripples, keeping a couple of key players while adding an offensive lineman, a special teams standout and a No. Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys . 2 receiver. No Jairus Byrd or Aqib Talib landing via the teams owner private plane within hours of the official start of the NFLs annual open market. While there still could a blockbuster to come, the brain trust of general manager Bruce Allen and new coach Jay Gruden began by spreading the salary cap money around to plug as many holes as possible after a 3-13 season. Inside linebacker Perry Riley and receiver Santana Moss were re-signed with just hours to go before they were set to become free agents. Receiver Andre Roberts, guard Shawn Lauvao and linebacker Adam Hayward agreed to terms and are expected to sign their deals once theyve completed their physicals, according to people familiar with their deals who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contracts had not yet been signed. Cornerback Corey Graham and defensive end Antonio Smith were scheduled for visits to Redskins Park. Riley was the Redskins leading tackler from last season, and his return gives Washington a measure of stability in the heart of the defence. With longtime captain London Fletcher planning to retire, the Redskins faced the daunting task of replacing both inside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme had Riley signed elsewhere. Rileys deal is worth about $13 million over three years, including approximately $4.25 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Redskins did not publicly release the financial details. A 2010 fourth-round pick who has started 40 consecutive games, Riley became the third Redskins defensive player to re-sign rather than test unrestricted free agency. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Chris Baker also have new deals, and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is all but certain to return after receiving the franchise player tag last week. Gruden also opted to retain defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett. Also coming back is Moss, who turns 35 in June and signed a one-year deal. He had 42 catches for 452 yards in 2013 as the teams No. 3 receiver and has accepted without complaint his reduced role over the last two seasons. He recently passed 10,000 yards receiving for his career, and 2014 will be his 10th season with the Redskins. While Moss will be back as the No. 3 wideout and Pierre Garcon as No. 1, Roberts is set to fill the No. 2 role being vacated by Joshua Morgan, who is now a free agent. Roberts, who has played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, had 43 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns last year. His best season was 2011, when he had 64 catches for 759 yards and five touchdowns. A person familiar with Roberts deal said it has a base value of $16 million over four years with $8 million guaranteed, including a $4 million signing bonus, and that the deal could be worth up to $17.35 million with incentives. The person said Roberts is scheduled to take his physical Wednesday and then sign his deal. The person spoke to the AP because the terms of the deal had not been announced. Lauvao represents the first move in Grudens plan to upgrade an offensive line in charge of protecting franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A third-round draft pick in 2010, he has played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, mostly at right guard. Chris Chester has been the Redskins right guard for three seasons, and Lauvaos arrival could lead to a shuffling of a unit that allowed 43 sacks last year. Lauvaos deal is worth $17 million over four years, according to ESPN. The Redskins kick and coverage units were among the worst in recent NFL history last year, so Hayward was a natural target after his work on special teams over seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He agreed to a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal, and he is expected to sign Wednesday. Graham and Smith will have to be courted in person before they agree to a deal, with both set to visit the Redskins practice facility. Graham, who has played the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, could compete with second-year player David Amerson for the starting cornerback position opposite Hall. Smith, who had five of his 41 1/2 career sacks last year with the Houston Texans, would fill another need. While theyve been one of the NFLs most active free agency teams in 15 years under Snyder, the Redskins were quiet the last two seasons because of a $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL for the way the contracts were restructured during the 2010 uncapped year. Now they have money, but they have lots to do. Even if they sign Graham and Smith, they would still need a pair of starting safeties, a linebacker to replace Fletcher and probably a right tackle. Yanni Gourde Lightning Jersey .com) - Minnesota Vikings fans would surely concede Teddy Bridgewater is not Peyton Manning. Brayden Point Jersey . Canada Day is here and with it comes Free Agent Frenzy as the NHLs 30 teams storm out of the gate for signing season.LOS ANGELES -- A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers has been put on hold until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale -- but that expiration date could be extended. A Los Angeles judge on Thursday said the case wont finish by Tuesday but will continue on July 21 because some lawyers for team owner Donald Sterling have personal plans. Sterling is suing to blocck his wifes unilateral deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Tyler Johnson Jersey. Shelly Sterling testified Thursday that she made the deal with her husbands consent -- then he changed his mind. Ballmers deal is due to expire next Tuesday but his lawyer, Adam Streisand, says theres a provision to extend that another month as long as progress is being made in court. ' ' '
TORONTO -- Canadian Rory (Ares) MacDonald will have to go through former Strikeforce champion Tarec (Sponge) Saffiedine to continue his run at the UFC welterweight title. Custom Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys . The UFC announced Thursday that the two will meet Oct. 4 in the main event of a televised UFC card at the Halifax Metro Centre. MacDonald, a native of Kelowna, B.C., now fighting out of Montreal, is ranked No. 2 among UFC 170-pound contenders. Saffiedine, a Belgian based out of the U.S., is ranked 10th. The 25-year-old MacDonald has won seven of his last eight bouts and is 8-2 in the UFC since making his debut in the organization in January 2010. His lone UFC losses have come at the hands of (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler, at UFC 167 last November, and Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit, at UFC 115 in June 2010. Lawler went on to lose a decision to Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks to decide who would take over the title vacated by Georges St-Pierre, who trains with MacDonald. Hendricks won by decision, with Lawler earning another title shot after disposing of Matt (The Immortal) Brown on the weekend. The six-foot MacDonald is coming off an impressive win over No. 4 Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 in June in Vancouver following a decision over jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia at UFC 170 in February. MacDonald (17-2) is a rangy well-rounded fighter who can do damage from the outside with an effective jab. But he is also dangerous in close, able to slam opponents and punish them on the ground. The Canadian will have a six-inch advantage in reach and two inches in height on Saffiedine. Saffiedine (13-3) has won five straight since dropping a decision to Woodley in Strikeforce in January 2011. His last outing, which was his UFC debut, was a decision win over Hyun Gyu Lim in January. The 27-year-old Belgian, who won eight of his last nine fights, is a former kick-boxer with a black belt in karate and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. MacDonald is a black belt in BJJ. A win over Saffiedine would be MacDonalds fourth over a top-10 welterweight fighter. The Halifax show marks the UFCs first in Nova Scotia. Patrick Beverley Jersey .Mihajlovic was sent off minutes from the end of Thursdays 2-0 win over Brescia and has been punished for using a disrespectful expression toward the fourth official and throwing the contents of a bottle of water at him, thus assuming an intimidating attitude. Montrezl Harrell Clippers Jersey .J. -- All those records, all for naught.BALTIMORE -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles were rained out Wednesday for the second straight day, A single-admission doubleheader was scheduled for Thursday starting at 4:05 p.m. Both teams originally had scheduled to be off Thursday. Pittsburgh and Baltimore havent played since Sunday. The Pirates played 20 games in 20 days through Sunday. The first game Thursday is to match Orioles right-hander Bud Norris (1-2, 4.44 ERA) against Pittsburghs Charlie Morton (0-3, 4.35). Baltimore ace Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.38) is slated to go up against Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 2.57) iin the nightcap. Patrick Beverley Clippers Jersey. The rainouts are delaying the season debut of third baseman Manny Machado, who injured a left knee ligament on Sept. 23 and had surgery Oct. 14. He will come off the 15-day disabled list when the Orioles next play. Baltimore will have to make a roster move to free a spot for first baseman Steve Pearce, signed to a major league contract Tuesday. Pearce was designated for assignment on April 22 and released five days later. The Orioles brought him back after first baseman Chris Davis was put on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. ' ' '
TORONTO (July 9, 2014) – TSN confirmed today that beautiful Banff, Alta. Bobby Evans Youth Jersey . will again play host to the networks annual All-Star Curling Skins Game – a fan-favourite curling event. The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, located in Banff National Park and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, will house TSNs annual curling skins game on January 16-18, 2015. “We are thrilled to welcome back TSN and the curling all-stars to the Town of Banff and The Fenlands,” said Karen Sorensen, Mayor, Town of Banff. “The high calibre of players and the excitement of the skins tournament make it a highlight of our winter festival. Were greatly looking forward to the 2015 event and the announcement of this years participants.” “We warmly welcome the return of elite-level curling to Banff National Park as a special addition to our SnowDays Festival, an annual celebration of Banffs historic love of winter,” adds Stuart Back, Interim CEO, Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “As a world-renowned destination for winter sports, Banff is a natural fit to again be the home of the All-Star Curling Skins Game and were proud to be the host of TSNs all-star event for the second year running.”    “We are delighted to be returning to the Town of Banff and The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. The reception our all-star curlers received last year from The Town of Banff, the entire Bow Valley region, and curling fans across the country was extraordinary,” said Ian Charlton, Managing Director, TSN Events. “World elite curlers and this premier winter wonderland destination are the perfect pairing. Were excited to raise the bar yet again in 2015 and deliver a few new wrinkles and surprises for curling fans across the country.” Earlier this year, two-time world champion Jeff Stoughton and his all-star teammates defeated five-time TSN skins champion Kevin Martin to take home $70,500 in prize winnings at TSNs two-day all-star event that featured the Top 16 Canadian mens curlers, as voted by fans. Nolan Cromwell Rams Jersey . At least 90 players who had college eligibility remaining are expected to enter the draft, shattering last years record number of 73. "Its a humongous number, so the first reaction is it makes you step back a little bit," said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. Kurt Warner Youth Jersey . Johnny Manziel, college footballs most entertaining player with the reputation for pulling off magical plays, was selected with the No.LONDON -- Canadas Vasek Pospisil was given the No. 31 seed at Wimbledon on Thursday after Nicolas Almagro of Spain withdrew because of a left foot injury. Pospisil, from Vancouver, was originally unseeded. Almagro was given the No. 25 seed when the list of 32 seeded players was released earlier this weekk. Eric Dickerson Rams Jersey. Russias Dmitry Tursunov will remain in the No. 32 position. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is the No. 8 seed and Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., is the No. 13 womens seed. The draw for the Grand Slam tournament will take place Friday. The tournament begins Monday. ' ' '
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