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High-profile mid-season signing Zak Hardaker is in strong contention to make his NRL debut in Saturdays clash against the Wests Tigers. College Football Jerseys Wholesale .The reigning Super League Man of Steel has had just two training sessions with his new teammates since leaving Leeds and landing on Australian shores on Wednesday.But Panthers coach Anthony Griffin believes he has seen enough for a possible NRL introduction at ANZ Stadium.Hes had two full days with us now and got his first good nights sleep last night and he was nice and fresh this morning, Griffin said on Friday.Asked if Hardaker is going to play, Griffin said: Not sure yet.Hes a chance. Weve got a couple of options there at the back end of our squad on the bench, well sort that out before the game.Hardaker, 24, is hoping to reverse a concerning trend of failed English flyers to make the transition to the NRL, the most recent of which was former Warriors pick-up Sam Tomkins.Former Parramatta buy Ben Crooks didnt get a look-in at the Eels, while Greg Eden is only just starting to find his feet in Brisbane.Hardaker, who has 68 tries in 142 senior games with both Leeds and Featherstone, comes with a reputation of being one of the most lethal attacking weapons in the Super League.However Griffin said he was keen to see how Hardaker, who only signed with the Panthers until the end of the season, fares defensively against the attacking structures in the NRL.First thing I noticed is that hes a very energetic, seems like a tough competitor, and the vision we watched of him and the reports we got on him, reflect that as well, Griffin said.Thats the main thing we need him to bring.We need him to bring a strong work ethic and a defensive attitude. If he can get that right, hes obviously got some things in attack that might be able to help us as well. Wholesale NCAA Jerseys . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. NCAA Basketball Jerseys Cheap . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. http://www.ncaacheapjerseys.com/ . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. October in Zimbabwe is pregnant with expectation. After the long, dry months of winter, the heat is back, without the rain - so, each afternoon, eyes are drawn to the gathering clouds in anticipation that that might be the day the heavens finally open. Until the rains come, the air remains heavy with the accumulated haze of winters fires, the giant trees look tired from thirst and the heat becomes oppressive. By evening, the clouds have dissipated, taking hope with them. Maybe tomorrow.Zimbabwe cricket has built a similar feeling of anticipation on a handful of occasions since 2009, when it first began to stir from the tumult of the post-rebel period. But, each time, like an October afternoon, hope turned to more disappointment.It is probably better to whisper it, then, but as Zimbabwe prepare to play their 100th Test on Saturday, expectation is in the air once more. There have been times in the past few years when every Test, no matter how painful the result, felt worth savouring for the simple fact that they came along so rarely. What, one might wonder, are the odds of Zimbabwe playing another 100 at the current rate, in the current environment?Those odds will always be determined by happenings beyond the boundary, which too freely dictate the rise and (mostly) fall of Zimbabwes on-field fortunes. Yet, at least now, there are positive movements that could bring improvement to those playing the game.Heath Streak has come in as head coach, adding stability after a chaotic few months in which the inexperienced Makhaya Ntini was thrown in at the deep end, probably unfairly. More significantly, having now had several months to get his teeth into his new administrative roles, Tatenda Taibu feels that the wheels are starting to turn. Breaking away from an umpires meeting delivered by former Zimbabwe international and ICC match referee Andy Pycroft on Thursday morning, Taibu confirmed that the domestic season is due to start on November 22 and should run through to August. Significantly, as many as 40 contracts are expected to be offered, ranging from one to three years. This is a major improvement on the paltry six-month contracts that domestic cricketers have previously been offered for a pitifully short first-class season.Equally important has been the increasing number of fixtures enjoyed by the Zimbabwe A team, who have hosted South Africa A and Pakistan A in recent months. Those tours, along with a visit by a Sri Lankan Development Emerging side in July, have begun to unearth new talent that Streak has promised to make use of. Finally, challengers are emerging to the old faces in the Zimbabwe side, who have maintained their places because of a lack of alternatives. Fast bowler Carl Mumba and top-order batsman Tarisai Musakanda could make their international debuts in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka after impressing for Zimbabwe A. When I took on the job, I said that I wanted to push some of the youngsters, but I also said that I wanted to create a platform for young guys to showcase themselves, said Streak. Before, when you didnt make the national side there was nothing below that, other than domestic cricket, or there were gaps of no cricket, which made it difficult for guys to get back in the side or showcase their ability. So thats definittely something Im going to create, and Im also looking at succession planning, and where we see gaps and where we see youngsters, that will be able to fill them. Cheap College Jerseys. That will reflect in contracts, in selections and in age-group teams - working out what we need to keep supporting the national team.However, as is always the case for Zimbabwe, a lack of continuity in Tests means that they must show improvement now. Their next Test assignment, as things stand, is a tour of Sri Lanka next June, meaning their 100th and 101st Tests could be their last chance to make an impression for eight months. The Sri Lanka team that has traveled to Zimbabwe is young and raw, but by June they could resemble a wisened old group of pros by Zimbabwe standards - especially if they achieve their objectives on this tour.Its quite an exciting time for us, because it is very much a rebuilding time, but because of injuries were forced to accelerate that process and play some young guys, coach Graham Ford said. Some of the young chaps that will play have been in and around the Test squad for the last while but havent got much game time. This is a chance for them to show what they can do and for us to assess them further, and hopefully theyll take that opportunity.We do have a really tough series coming up in South Africa over the Christmas period, so its important that we keep trying to make progress. When we played England in England we got beaten but the key was to make progress and I think we did improve along the way. We certainly improved against Australia, and were going to need to keep improving if were going to compete against South Africa in South Africa.Such a schedule is the envy of Zimbabwes cricketers, who have played just six Tests in three years - as many as Sri Lanka have played this year alone. Streak feels that if they are to make immediate improvement, a new culture is required. Obviously its still very early in my tenure, but what I hope people will be able to see [in this series] is a change in mindset, Streak said. I want to encourage the guys not to be scared of losing and not to like losing. In the past we had this mindset where were just happy to be able to compete and not embarrass ourselves at this level. And as a group weve spoken about it and decided were not happy to do that any more. Weve got to take things forward.Of course, as has been the case for so long in Zimbabwe, events away from the field will determine how long progress on it may last. With Zimbabwe Cricket carrying $19m debt and no fresh income streams on the horizon, it is difficult to see how they can afford a bigger and better domestic system, more contracts, a proposed new academy and more tours for the A team. ZCs finances have been in such disarray that, nearly 10 months after the end of their financial year, they are still to have an audit signed off - a situation that has put them at odds with the ICCs new requirements.In theory, there is much to be positive about. But until the issues of finance and administration are taken care of, the game in Zimbabwe will continue to feel like another hot afternoon in Harare, when the rain just wont come. ' ' ' 

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