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Essendons best-and-fairest ceremony passed with no word on skipper Jobe Watsons AFL playing future. Luc Robitaille Kings Jersey .The 31-year-old and the 11 other players serving doping suspensions werent present at the Crown Casino event on Wednesday night where Zach Merrett was the runaway Crichton Medal winner.Watson is yet to inform the club if he intends to play on next year or retire after sitting out the 2016 season.With time running out before important list management decisions are required, there was speculation the Bombers may use the season-ending club celebration to make an announcement on Watsons future.Instead, he wasnt mentioned in speeches by coach John Worsfold - who noted all the players who had re-committed to the club - and chairman Lindsay Tanner and was only referred to him in passing throughout the evening.Watson and Tayte Pears are the only banned players yet to confirm their intentions for next season.Worsfold evoked the memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in his address, urging the Bombers to put their dismal season behind them.Ravaged by the loss of the 12 players to doping suspensions, Essendon managed just three wins to claim the wooden spoon.In 2016, the world lost Muhammad Ali, a man with an incomparable work ethic and a fearlessness for standing up for his beliefs, Worsfold said.A man who was arrested, stripped of his titles and exiled from his sport for three years - three of his prime years - but then he took part in what was billed as the Fight of the Century with Joe Frazier and he lost.But then he made a comeback and is recognised as one of the greatest athletes of all time.Barack Obama said of Muhammad Ali: hes a man who believes real success comes when we rise after we fall.Though not identical, theres some lessons we can learn there.Tanner told the gathering he was proud of the unity shown and progress made in the long recovery process after the Court of Arbitration for Sports January decision to uphold the doping bans stemming from the 2012 supplements program.We havent turned on each other, Tanner said.We havent been distracted by the temptation to publicly re-fight the CAS decision - outrageous though it may have been.The banned players are allowed to return to the club in September and are awaiting the verdict of their appeal to a Swiss court.Merrett, 20, finished 105 votes ahead of joint runners-up Joe Daniher and James Kelly and also won the best club man and best defensive player awards. Marcel Dionne Kings Jersey . 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. Adrian Kempe Kings Jersey . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz hit his 30th home run in the first inning, but the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit to beat Boston 4-3 in 11 innings Wednesday night and prevent the Red Sox from taking sole possession of first place in the AL East.Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree (4-1) dropped a throw to first base on Kevin Kiermaiers grounder.Brad Boxberger (2-0) got the win after one inning of relief. Ilya Kovalchuk Kings Jersey. Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games and remained tied in first with Toronto after the Blue Jays lost 8-2 to the Angels.Bidding to become the majors first 18-game winner, Rick Porcello allowed Evan Longorias tying homer in the eighth before leaving with 7 2/3 innings pitched. It was Longorias 30th homer. ' ' ' 
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Connor McDavid and the Oilers came out winners in an overtime game for the first time in a while. Sione Takitaki Browns Jersey .McDavid scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Edmonton beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored in regulation for the Oilers, who had won two of three since dropping four straight, including two OT losses and a shootout defeat.There are some areas that we need to improve on, but it is a win, coach Todd McLellan said. Its a comeback win. Weve been on the other end of those lately, so it is nice to come back and tie one up in the third period and win in a shootout instead of being on the other end.Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Oilers and then turned away Brian Boyle in the third round of the shootout to end it.Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots, and Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson had goals for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has lost two in a row and five of six.Its better. Its not where we want it to be, but still, I think tonights a great step in the right direction, Drouin said.Edmonton outshot the Lightning 11-5 in the scoreless first period, but Tampa Bay had the best chance midway through the opening frame when Talbot stopped a short-handed breakaway by Alex Killorn.The Oilers took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the second on the power play. Draisaitl made a long pass through to Lucic, who rifled his ninth of the season past Bishop.The Lightning tied the game on a power play with 1:01 to play in the second when Drouins shot through a ton of traffic hit Talbot and trickled into the Edmonton net.Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead 2:35 into the third period as Cory Conacher threaded a pass through to Johnson on a 2-on-1, and he beat Talbot for his ninth of the season.Edmonton tied it again with 13 minutes left on another power play when Draisaitl deflected a shot past Bishop for his 14th.The penalty kill, weve got to step up as players, Bishop said. Enough is enough here. Weve got to have more passion to kill these penalties because its starting to get almost embarrassing.Game notes It was the first of two regular season meetings between the teams this season. The Lightning swept the series last season. ... Tampa Bay is still struggling through injuries to top players, with the likes of center Steven Stamkos (knee) and forwards Ryan Callahan (lower body), Ondrej Palat (undisclosed) and Nikita Kucherov (lower body) still unavailable to play. ... Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera played his 600th career NHL game on Saturday.UP NEXTLightning: Return home to face Detroit on Tuesday night.Oilers: Start a three-game trip Monday night in St. Louis. Sheldrick Redwine Womens Jersey . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. Odell Beckham Jr Jersey . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. Jenson Button feels the FIA has been more open to driver opinions since they wrote an open letter questioning the state of Formula One earlier this season.In March the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA), of which Button is a director, called for an overhaul of F1s obsolete and ill-structured decision-making process. It followed the controversy over elimination qualifying, which could not be scrapped in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix despite a farcical debut in Australia.F1s drivers have no official voting power on new regulations, which are devised by F1s Strategy Group, voted on by the F1 Commission and rubber-stamped by the FIAs World Motor Sport Council. The letter called on F1 to devise a master plan to restructure this format to prevent similar gridlock in future.?Though there has been no change to the structure Button thinks the FIA has been more willing to listen to what drivers have to say since the GPDA went public.?We feel that we do have a say anyway and since our comments earlier in the year, the FIA have been more open to our opinions, but they would prefer it is behind closed doors rather than in the press, Button said. Joe Thomas Browns Jersey. I think that we have a reasonable say but you always want more because you always think we have more to give, rather than take, and thats definitely what were here to do -- make the sport a better place.Bernie Ecclestone memorably replied to the open letter by calling the drivers windbags, saying they should keep opinions to themselves. Button thinks the letter proved drivers care about improving the sport as much as possible.I think it showed to the world that there are issues in F1 and the drivers know they are issues and are willing to help. Of course we got replies from certain individuals and I think our comments were valid and I think they understand that.The important thing is that were all willing to what we can to improve the sport, because the sports not in a bad place but its not as good as it should be and not as good as it will be. Things like this, little regulations with yellow flags, the radio, that we need to come up with a solution that works for us all. ' ' ' 
Major League Baseball suspended San Diego Padres general manager?A. Wesley Walker Youth Jersey .J. Preller for 30 days without pay after an investigation into the trade of pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.MLB said it was looking at the Padres handling of medical information of players they were trading. The leagues investigators interviewed officials from both teams and then submitted their findings to commissioner Rob Manfred.MLB, which announced the suspension Thursday, said it considers the matter closed.?Padres officials instructed their organizations athletic trainers to maintain two distinct files of medical information on their players: one for industry consumption and the other for internal use, multiple sources told ESPN.Trainers were told in meetings during spring training that the distinction was meant to better position the team for trades, according to two sources with direct knowledge of what was said.I accept full responsibility for issues related to the oversight of our medical administration and record keeping, Preller said in a statement. I want to emphasize that there was no malicious intent on the part of me, or anyone on my staff, to conceal information or disregard MLBs recommended guidelines. This has been a learning process for me. I will serve my punishment and look forward to being back on the job in 30 days.?On July 14, the Red Sox traded one of their best pitching prospects, Anderson Espinoza, for Pomeranz, San Diegos All-Star left-hander. Sources within the Boston organization say it wasnt until after the deal was made that they became aware of some of the measures the Padres had taken.According to sources familiar with the fallout from some of the Padres midseason deals, officials from at least three teams that made trades with San Diego -- the Red Sox, Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox -- were enraged by what they perceived to be strategic deception: veiling medical information that could have been pivotal in trade discussions. At least one other team reached out to the commissioners office with a complaint, sources told ESPN.A deadline deal that sent pitcher Colin Rea to Miami was effectively reversed after Rea was unable to make it through his first start with the Marlins because of an elbow injury. After Rea was sent back to San Diego, Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said that the teams exchanged medical records before the trade and there were no concerns.Prellers suspension was specific to the Pomeranz trade but does not preclude MLB from pursuing further questions about the Padres actions if information develops, a source said.In a statement released Thursday, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler, managing partner Peter Seidler and chief executive officer Mike Dee said the team will fully comply with Commissioner Manfreds recommendations pertaining to changes with our medical administration and record keeping.Rest assured, we will leave no stone unturned in developing comprehensive processes to remediate this unintentional, but inexcusable, occurrence, they said in the statement. To be clear, we believe that there was no intent on the part of A.J. Preller or other members of our baseball operations staff to mislead other clubs. We are obviously disappointed that we will lose A.J.s services for 30 days, but will work closely with him upon his reinstatement to ensure that this unfortunate set of circumstances does not happen again.Through a team spokesman, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said hes not able to comment on an MLB investigation.All MLB teams feed medical information into a central database known as the Sutton Medical System, designed to both maintain the privacy of individual players and to be accessible to teams when needed -- such as when trades are made.Any time a player goes into the training room and receives treatment -- down to hot tubs, aspirin and anti-inflammatories -- those details are supposed to be entered into records.When teams close in on trades, the athletic trainers usually exchange codes needed to access the medical information stored on the players in question so inquiring teams can learn about a players physical condition.Two sources with direct knowledge of the Padres meetings told ESPN that the staffers were instructed by front-office officials to document medical details about players into the two separate systems. The athletic trainers were told to post the details of any disabled-list-related medical situations on MLBs central system, but they also were instructed to keep the specifics about preventive treatments only on the Padres internal notes, sources said. One source defined the distinction in this way: If a player was treated for a sore hamstring or shoulder without being placed on the disabled list, that sort of information was to be kept in-house, for use within the organization only.The athletic trainers were told that by splitting the medical files into two categories, the Padres would benefit in trade discussions, two sources with direct knowledge of those meetings said.Preller previously worked for the Texas Rangers and, when he was overseeing their international operations in 2010, he was suspended for violations of baseball rules regarding signings.He was hired by San Diego in August 2014 after years of developing a reputation for being one of the sports best and most adept scouts. Preller has been lauded by the Padres ownership for his work in stocking the teams farm system.Shortly after Preller took over the Padres, the team was reprimanded by MLB for conducting a workout contrary to industry regulations.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Robby Anderson Womens Jersey . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Joe Klecko Jets Jersey . Fernandez, coached in Toronto by former two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser, scored 267.11 points and is the first champion to successfully defend since Russias Evgeny Plushenko in 2005 and 2006. . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. Former World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey says a clear-cut decision is required: Russia should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Fahey told The Associated Press on Thursday that Russia should definitely not be going to Rio and said the integrity of the 2016 Olympics and future games is in jeopardy.This is widespread corruption, not individual, not a group, not one sport, Fahey said during a telephone interview. Its a conspiracy of the state through the ministry of sport, the anti-doping organization and their security service and the previously accredited Moscow lab.They have all conspired to bring this about. The only way you can support the clean athletes who will be competing is to make it known that widespread cheating will not be tolerated.The International Olympic Committees executive board will meet via teleconference Sunday to consider whether Russia, host of the Winter Games at Sochi in 2014, will compete at the Summer Games next month.The IOC is examining the legal options of a blanket ban following a report by WADA investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russias sports ministry of overseeing doping of athletes.McLarens report uncovered a state-run doping scheme that implicated 28 sports, both summer and winter, and ran from 2011 to 2015. The investigation told of 312 positive tests that Russias deputy minister of sport directed lab workers not to report to WADA. Russias intelligence serve was also involved, the reporrt said. LeVeon Bell Jets Jersey. It also provided further details of the swapping of samples to protect Russian dopers, including medalists, at the Sochi Games.On Thursday, the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against Russias appeal to overturn an IAAF ban on 68 track and field athletes imposed by the IAAF for the Rio Games. The IOC will likely take that ruling into account before making its own decision on Sunday.But really, it never should have gotten that far based on what Russia has been accused of the past two years, Fahey said in the interview before the CAS decision was released.Tatiana Grigorieva, a Russian-born pole vaulter who won Olympic silver for Australia at the Sydney Games in 2000, told Fox Sports Australia she agreed Russia should be banned, adding its obvious by now that the system is rotten.The fact that the new findings are saying that (Russias) secret service are involved in this, it scares me, she said. It goes a lot deeper than just sport or the Olympic Committee.Fahey says the publics perception of the Olympic movement is at stake if Russia is not prevented from sending a team to Rio.The McLaren report makes it abundantly clear that if they want to safeguard the integrity of the Olympic Games, they need to ban Russia, Fahey said. To have Russia there will put into jeopardy the worlds view of the Olympics. ' ' ' 
CANTON, Ohio -- Sometimes, when youth is served, it pays off. Bob Gainey Canadiens Jersey . Ask Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett about that and see him smile. Rookie Devonte Hollomans 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Cowboys 24-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFLs preseason. Dallas also got a strong effort from its relatively inexperienced running backs, from some youngsters on the offensive line, and by a defence making the switch to the 4-3 alignment under new co-ordinator Monte Kiffin. "Any time you can give young players an extra chance to play in a game, they grow," Garrett said. "With an extra preseason game, it makes sense to give those young guys an opportunity to play." Hollomon, a sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moores pass go off his hands in the second quarter. "I thought about it the whole way here and it actually happened," he said of making a big play, after which he got his "first handshake from coach Garrett." The linebacker sped toward the end zone with a group of blockers escorting him, and after he scored he tightly clutched the ball as he headed to the Dallas sideline. "I had a celebration in my mind, but I was overwhelmed and decided to celebrate with my teammates," he said. "It was fantastic, a really great play from him," Garrett said. "We were swarming to the football, had a lot of guys around the quarterback, and then the ball pops in the air and he makes a great play and great run." Bumphis otherwise had a strong game with five receptions for 85 yards. "I feel like I can create mismatches in the slot," said Bumphis, who was undrafted out of Mississippi State. "Just get open. Im a good receiver when it comes to getting in and out of my breaks, and thats where I feel like Im my best." The Cowboys controlled most of the game one night after their former offensive lineman, Larry Allen, and former coach, Bill Parcells, were inducted into the hall. Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas. So the Cowboys turned to their ground game -- and ground down Miami as few regulars got onto the field. Miamis mistakes were decisive. They struggled most of the night against Dallas new defence masterminded by Kiffin, the man who designed the Tampa 2 scheme so prevalent throughout the NFL. Although top running back DeMarco Murray was held out, the Cowboys were dominant on the ground. Phillip Tanner did the bulk of the early work and finished with 59 yards and a touchdown. Joseph Randle handled the late duty and had 70 yards as Dallas piled up 170 yards rushing. "Were trying to get an identity as a group," Tanner said. "We had Coach DeMarco on the sideline telling us to just go out and play." Allen, Parcells and the other five inductees -- Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson -- were on hand and were honoured again before the game. Parcells, who coached Dallas and was an executive for the Dolphins in his final two NFL stops, walked through a line of players from both teams, pointing and exchanging barbs and smiles with them. Soon after, Dallas led 7-0 on Tanners 1-yard run. The Cowboys were set up at the Miami 9 when Ryan Tannehill botched a handoff to Lamar Miller on the Dolphins first offensive play and Nick Hayden recovered. Tanner soon departed with a left arm injury, but returned and ran over and through Miamis defence. Dallas moved the ball well in offensive co-ordinator Bill Callahans first outing as its play caller; those duties were taken away from head coach Jason Garrett in the off-season. Of course, few starters ever made it onto the field for either side. Dan Baileys 49-yard field goal made it 10-0, then Holloman made his long sprint to the end zone. Dan Carpenter kicked a 27-yard field goal for Miami, which used Tannehill for only 10 snaps before Moore came in. Third-string QB Pat Devlin hit rookie Keenan Davis with a 5-yard TD pass on fourth down in the final period, making it 17-10, and Carpenter added a 45-yarder. But rookie Kendial Lawrence ran in from 7 yards with 1:57 left to clinch it for Dallas, even though Moore returned and added a 5-yard TD pass to Kyle Miller with 16 seconds to go. Defensive end Dion Jordan, the third overall pick in the draft, had little impact for the Dolphins. "I thought wed play better," a clearly disappointed coach Joe Philbin said. NOTES: The Cowboys now are 2-3 in the game, while the Dolphins are 0-4. ... Head to head, the Cowboys lead the preseason series 6-2. ... Several Dallas players sustained minor injuries, and Garrett seemed most concerned with a left ankle injury for safety Matt Johnson . ... Miami is at Jacksonville on Friday night, while Dallas visits Oakland ... The Dolphins wore their new uniforms, which are closer to the original aqua colour of the 1960s, and have a slightly different logo on the helmet. Tomas Tatar Jersey . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. Jesperi Kotkaniemi Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. Brisbane have accused the AFL of failing to warn them of the cloud hovering over Craig Lambert as part of the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga before they recruited the now-banned player welfare worker.Lambert has been ousted from the game for 12 months for allowing Greater Western Sydneys Whitfield to stay at his house in an alleged bid to avoid drug testers in 2015.As a result, Whitfield copped a six-month ban while Lamberts former Giants colleague Graeme Allen will also sit out a year for his involvement.Allen left Collingwood last week in the wake of the ban after recently joining as football manager and Lambert wont be allowed any role in the game until 2018.The Lions say theyre not happy about the hole in their off-field operations - a situation they believe is no fault of their own. Dickie Moore Jersey. My major disappointment is that we are in this situation, Brisbane chairman Bob Sharpless has told News Corp Australia.GWS had a level of knowledge, the AFL had a level of knowledge but we didnt.At the end of the day, from the checks we did, there was nothing that would have caused us any worries.Brisbane is reportedly working to recruit a new player welfare manager to help oversee the struggling clubs young list.The AFL has been contacted for comment. ' ' ' 
ZURICH -- Lionel Messi, Neymar and a Johan Cruyff-style turn from Hal Robson-Kanu are among 10 candidates to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year. Carl Banks Giants Jersey .Messi has been nominated for a curling, left-footed free kick for Argentina against the United States in a Copa America Centenario semifinal match in June.Neymar turned to volley a right-footed shot from his own looping flick for Barcelona against Villarreal in November 2015. The Brazil forward previously won the 2011 Puskas Award for a goal scored for Santos.Wales beat heavily favored Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal in July, taking the lead when Robson-Kanu created space by misdirecting three defenders with a deft Cruyff turn.FIFA said an online vote until Dec. 2 will create a shortlist of three goals. A second round of voting will decide the winner at FIFAs annual awards ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 9.The 10 goals were scored between Sept. 30, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.They include Saul Niguezs solo dribble for Atletico Madrid through the Bayern Munich defense in a Champions League semifinal in April.From inside his own half, Hlompho Kekana scored for South Africa against Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in March.A diving back-heel flick by Simon Skrabb scored in a Swedish league game for Atvidaberg against Gefle in October 2015.The other candidates are: Mario Gaspar (for Spain vs. England, friendly, November 2015); Marlone (for Corinthians vs. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores, April 2016); Daniuska Rodriguez (for Venezuela vs. Colombia, South American Womens Under-17 Championship, March 2016); Mohd Faiz Subri (for Penang vs. Pahang, Malaysia Super League, February 2016). Dexter Lawrence Jersey . Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. Carl Banks Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. Coach Ange Postecoglou insists World Cup qualification remains in the Socceroos hands despite a decidedly poor display against minnows Thailand that leaves Australia on a rocky road to Russia 2018.Tuesday nights 2-2 come-from-behind draw was a missed opportunity for Postecoglous national side to top Group B, instead slipping to third after allowing themselves to be outdone by a Thailand who were yet to claim a point in Group B.Two penalty goals from captain Mile Jedinak were the only thing to save the Socceroos from a humiliating defeat at a hot and sweaty Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, where Australias usual impetus was replaced by disconnect and profligacy.It is the Socceroos third consecutive draw after also being held by pacesetters Saudi Arabia and Japan last month.Now out of the automatic qualification zone, the pressure will be on to play-catch-up in next years vital fixtures.Still, a somehow buoyant Postecoglou was loath to call the showing anything other than a hiccup.I still think were in good shape, Postecoglou said.Weve got three home games next year and our performances, apart from maybe today, have still been strong.Were halfway, we havent lost yet.We had a disappointing result tonight but qualification is still in our hands.Though Jedinak slotted his first from the spot inside 10 minutes, the Socceroos rare 10-day training camp counted for little against an enthusiastic Thai team backed by an even more zealous home crowd.Opportunities galore gave early indications the scoreline could easily have blown out but the hosts capitalised on the little possession they had and, out of nothing, drew level with worrying ease.They stroked the ball around before charging through the middle, exposing the otherwise well-performing Brad Smith wiith a through-ball that allowed Teerasil Dangda to slot home off a neat cross. 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That changed the complexion of the game.Thailand started penetrating Australias defence with regularity, playmaker Chanathip Messi J Songkrasin forcing Mat Ryan into one of numerous fine saves.The Socceroos, meanwhile, failed to turn their possession into anything meaningful, their Jamie Maclaren-led line seemed to be on different wavelengths, simple passes were miscontrolled and offsides were plentiful.The manner in which Postecoglou stormed off at the break signalled a halftime lashing was coming, yet if it did it made little difference.It was all one-way traffic in favour of the winless hosts, and one foray forced early goal contender Mathew Leckie into an unnecessary challenge on Thai captain Theeraton Bunmathan.Almost as soon as Teerasil sent the subsequent penalty past Ryan for the lead, Postecoglou switched to a diamond formation, substituting Maclaren and Leckie for veteran Mark Milligan and forward Nathan Burns, who rifled a long-range bullet into the crossbar.The change brought an almost immediate effect as Siroch Chatthong fouled Jedinak and allowed him to restore parity with a penalty.But even after the in-form Jackson Irvine was brought on for Matthew Spiranovic, who left the field with a suspected quad strain, the Socceroos could not muster a winner.We just didnt control the game like we wanted to and ended up playing a game that suited them more than us, Postecoglou said.It was hard for us then to gain momentum, particularly on a night when they were up for it.We got careless in possession, particularly in the front third. 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Kris Bryant led the National League with 7. Drew Bledsoe Jersey .7 wins above replacement and 121 runs scored. Julian Edelman Youth Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Sony Michel Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. . The Brazilian goalkeeper signed a loan deal with the Major League Soccer club on Friday as he looks to get playing time ahead of this summers World Cup in his home country. MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola brought down the footballing superpower he helped to create, leading Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Barcelona in a landmark Champions League result for the English club on Tuesday.The victory that City and its Abu Dhabi ownership has craved since joining the Europe elite in 2011 was achieved the hard way, too, coming after Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 21st-minute lead with his 90th goal in the Champions League.City took advantage of a defensive error to equalize through Ilkay Gundogan in the 39th minute and swarmed all over Barcelona in the second half, with a free kick from Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogans second goal completing the comeback.City has modeled itself on Barcelona -- in the boardroom, on the field and most recently in the dug-out by bringing in Guardiola, who coached Barcelona to 14 trophies from 2008-12 and turned the Messi-inspired team into perhaps the greatest club side ever.For that reason, it will be the sweetest of wins for City.Now we realize we won against the best team (in the world), Guardiola said. For the future generations, they are going to realize, `Wow, these guys are able to beat the best team.It was also crucial in the short term for City, reigniting its Group C campaign that would have been on the rocks with a loss at Etihad Stadium. City is now two points behind first-placed Barcelona after four games, with both teams big favorites to progress to the last 16.For 38 minutes, Barcelona looked like rolling to a sixth straight win over City in the last four seasons in the Champions League, the most recent being a 4-0 victory in Camp Nou two weeks ago. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said it was one of the best passages of play his team has ever produced, with Citys defense carved open by the potent front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.Messis goal came at the end of a length-of-the field counterattack, which started after a City free kick was cleared. Citys defending was reckless, with its deepest defender 10 meters inside Barcelonas half when Messi fired a crossfield pass toward Neymar to instigate the move.Neymar ran to the edge off the area and timed his pass perfectly to the onrushing Messi, who took the ball in his stride before gliding between two defenders and placing a low shot inside the near post. Andre Tippett Youth Jersey. The turning point in the match was an error from Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto, whose inside pass to Sergio Busquets was wayward and collected by Sergio Aguero. He slipped in Raheem Sterling, who had the vision to slide a cross over to Gundogan to tap in left-footed at the far post.When you concede a goal in that way, it is normal that you go through a bad period, Luis Enrique said.That bad period lasted the rest of the game.Barcelona was without defenders Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu and Jordi Alba through a mixture of injury and suspension, as well as injured playmaker Andres Iniesta. Those losses told in the second half, when the makeshift defense made errors and Busquets -- the usually unflappable deep-lying midfielder -- was swamped and rattled.De Bruyne, pushed into a more central and attacking role for the second half, was at the heart of everything, on and off the ball.Following Busquets foul from behind on David Silva, De Bruyne curled a 25-meter free kick over the wall and beyond flailing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose slight sideways movement as De Bruyne approached the ball appeared to unbalance him.The Belgium playmaker then provided a stunning through-ball to Jesus Navas in the lead-up to the third goal, which was slammed in by Gundogan from close range in the 74th. Navas cross hit the arm of Aguero, who had the goal at his mercy, but the ball fell kindly for Gundogan to slam home from close range.We started a bit nervously, Gundogan said, but after we scored, we had our confidence back and the second half was incredible. We dominated Barcelona.City will advance with a draw at third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach in round five, provided Barcelona doesnt lose at Celtic. Barcelona only needs a point to secure a place in the knockout stage for a 13th straight season. ' ' ' 
This story appears in ESPN The Magazines December 12 issue. Leonard Fournette Womens Jersey . Subscribe today!Go back to Week 1. Raiders vs. Saints. Its the beginning of the fourth quarter, and Oakland is losing 24-13. Third-year quarterback Derek Carr takes a snap, drops back a few steps and then surveys the field--calmly, like a father waiting for his children to appear on the steps of their school. After a moment passes, he slings a beautifully arched pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has somehow crept behind the Saints secondary. Its a 43-yard gain and another highlight-reel throw for Carr.Now go back and watch again. Instead of waiting for Carr to release the ball, pay attention to everything that happens beforehand. Watch the Raiders tackles shoot their arms out and manhandle their defenders, while the guards refuse to cede an inch. Watch the chasm that opens up between the offensive line and the quarterback, an expanse of green that never seems to close. Watch the clock as the seconds tick by.Thats what Derek Carr remembers from that day. The time and the space and, more than anything, the smacking of pads and the crunching of bones and the terrible cries of mountain-sized men being knocked around by his blockers. He remembers dropping behind his offensive line as thunderous collisions unfolded in front of him, bearing witness to a level of violence that still leaves him awestruck.You can see it on film and you can see it on TV and you can see it in person, he says. But when youre behind it?Behind 10-foot eyelashes, his blue eyes widen.You can hear it.There comes a point in every story about Derek Carr when his older brothers name is invoked, typically as source material for the young quarterbacks innate gifts -- and, until recently, his perceived flaws. David Carr, the Houston Texans No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, famously went bust. When Derek entered the draft in 2014, he had put up Heisman-worthy numbers at Fresno State, but Davids story lingered in scouting reports like a bad Yelp review, and several QB-starved teams (including Houston) passed on the younger brother, sending him tumbling into the second round.Their loss. After two and a half seasons with the Raiders, Derek has bloomed into a viable MVP candidate, steering his team to seven wins on the back of an exhilarating aerial attack. Heading into Monday nights tilt with the Texans in Mexico City, he has thrown 17 TDs and just three interceptions, a ratio that puts him in elite company and could set him up for a mammoth new deal. When the ball is in his hands late in the game, everybody believes something big is gonna happen, says Matt Hasselbeck, a former NFL quarterback who now works as an ESPN analyst. I saw that with Brett Favre when I was his teammate.And so it is that Dereks story has finally subsumed his origin myth -- and that his brothers failure, once an indelible part of that record, has faded away like a discredited theory. But to ignore it would also be a mistake. Because while Carr has risen on the strength of his unique talents, he has soared because of the giants who stand in front of him -- those violent actors who buy him room to breathe, a luxury David never experienced as a young quarterback. Ive been able to see complete, total opposite sides of it, Carr says. I saw my brother in Houston have nothing. And I have our offensive line, which I think is the best in the NFL.The contrast is astonishing. David, who played behind a rotating cast of human turnstiles on the then newly formed Texans, was sacked a record 76 times during his rookie year, which is more than Derek has been taken down since entering the NFL. This year the Raiders offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks and 21 quarterback hits, ranking first in the league through Week 10. Theyve held up against stiff competition. The Broncos dominant front seven, which entered their Nov. 6 game against the Raiders with the best pressure percentage of any team since 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information, hassled Carr on a mere 21 percent of his dropbacks, Denvers worst performance to that point of the season.To hear Carr tell it, battling Von Miller & Co. was like flying over traffic in a private jet. We just played the best pass rushers in the NFL and it was the most comfortable Ive felt, he says. The Raiders began building the current iteration of the line in 2014, the year rookie Carr became the teams starter. Right tackle Menelik Watson was already on the roster; GM Reggie McKenzie added left tackle Donald Penn in free agency, then selected Gabe Jackson, the teams right guard, in the draft. The Raiders signed veteran center Rodney Hudson in 2015, then splurged a year later on Kelechi Osemele, arguably the leagues most formidable guard. To ensure that Osemele could continue playing inside, McKenzie re-signed Penn, and the line that fans call Carr Insurance was born.This influx of talent has come at a price. Thanks in part to their quarterbacks cheap contract, the Raiders currently devote $37.7 million in cap dollars to the offensive line, $3 million more than what any other team pays. When asked if hes aware of how expensive his line is, Carr nods. As it should be, he says. Mr. McKenzie told me from the beginning, when I was named the starter, he said, Were gonna build this thing around you. They see that Im valuable to them. They want to protect me.Donald Penn remembers the first time he saw Derek Carr at training camp. As he and the other starters looked on, the rookie quarterback fired bombs to the Raiders backups, showing off his crisp, flawless throwing motion. I was like, This kids got something about him, Penn says. He carried himself with a swagger.Penn -- older, tattooed, a little brash -- would seem to have little in common with Carr, who is almost comically wholesome, the sort of athlete destined to star in ads for milk and comfortable jeans. Ive never heard him say a cuss word! Penn says. But Carr, who grew up hanging around David in locker rooms for more than a decade (when he was 6, he says, he used to eat lunch with his brother in the high school cafeteria), has always slid into new groups with ease. When he became the Raiders starter, he began attending the offensive line meetings and tagging along for their steakhouse dinners, gawking as his massive teammates overloaded the table with food. He can recite information about their hobbies and their families, and hes shared his strong Christian faith with them. He often tells them he loves them.While Carr has bonded with the entire group, hes grown closest with Hudson, the center who sets protections during games. Carr says he always pulls up a chair next to Hudson during team meetings and that the two of them will often stay up late on Saturday nights, bouncing ideas off each other in the team hotel. We just go to another level in our discussions -- stuff we dont want everyone to hear because their brains might explode, he says with a laugh.Hudson, a soft-spoken Alabama native, says hell be out at dinner, look at his phone and see that DC has been texting him videos of plays. Were in constant communication, he says.The Raiders offensive line is unique in several ways, aside from being the most expensive. Its starting unit is composed entirely of black players; Penn says theyve hung posters of the NCAA-championship-winning 1966 Texas Western basketball team and the Tuskegee Airmen, other groups that shared similar distinctions, in their practice room. Its also the heaviest line in football, with the average lineman weighing in at 324.2 pounds. That runs counter to the trend of teams employing lighter, more athletic linemen who can move side to side while blocking.Raiders O-line coach Mike Tice says he wants blockers who are brainy and athletic, but he doesnt deny that hes assembled a group of road-grading sledgehammers. The lines muscle was on full display in the Denver game, when the Raiders averaged 5.1 yards per rush. At one point, the team ran the same play 10 times in a row, simply overpowering the Broncos defensive line with brute force.In addition to tallying knockdowns (Jackson, the right guard, is known for racking up pancake blocks), Tice also tracks takedowns, which occur when a lineman uses his hands to bring down a rusher. People say you cant be physical pass-protecting -- they think you can only be physical in the run game. I disagree, he says. Even if were passing, I still want to knock guys down and keep the quarterback clean. Carr is known for his lightning-quick release, but Tice wants his line to buy him enough time so that he can set his feet before taking deep shots, especially against defenses that play tight coverage. We pride ourselves on that, he says.When a quarterback can step into his throws and hes got an arm like Derek? He chuckles. People are in trouble.When Carr tells stories about his linemen mauling defensive players, he omits the opponents names to be respectful. The 25-year-old is incredibly polite and relentlessly positive. It sometimes seems he was manufactured in a lab for franchise quarterbacks, designed to appeal to GMs and grandmothers alike. So its a little jarring when he gets fired up in response to a question about his brothers career in Houston. I feel so bad for him because their team sucked, he says. (If that seems milquetoast, consider that sucked might be the closest thing to profanity in Carrs vocabulary.) Thats a team you dream of playing. The Raiders, if we wouldve played that team -- it wouldve been ridiculous. We wouldve looked forward to that.In high school, Carr was asked to write a paper making an argument on any topic. He elected to write about why the Texans shouldnt trade his brother. What quarterback wouldnt have struggled, young Derek wrote, with such a feeble supporting cast? He says David wouldve absolutely thrived behind the Raiders line. If I was on that Houston Texans team, I dont know if my body wouldve held up, he says. These days, when Carr sees quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Sam Bradford scrambling behind slipshod protection, he cringes. Honestly, I feel for them, he says. Im so thankful for what I have -- what we have.Its impossible to overstate the impact that offensive line play has on the development of a young quarterback. Just look at Dallas, where rookie Dak Prescott is thriving. While Prescott is undeniably talented, he has also been blessed with the opportunity to throw passes behind a battalion of human tanks. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Carson Wentz struggled in Philadelphia after Lane Johnson, the Eagles stud right tackle, was suspended and replaced with an inexperienced blocker.David Carr, who now works for the NFL Network, says that, after being repeatedly sacked and hit, he grew wary of his protection and gradually developed a skittishness that took permanent hold in his psyche. He compares being an NFL rookie to childhood -- a little boy or girl who grows up without encountering danger is more likely to become fearless. Its like that with quarterbacks, he says. If youre never in a situation where its a complete disaster, you can develop at a normal rate.He sees that growth in Derek. In college, the younger Carr completed 72 percent of his passes in a clean pocket but just 29 percent when under duress, according to ESPN Stats & Information. During his first two years in the NFL, he posted QBR ratings of 9.7 when pressured and 7.8 under duress. This year his QBR when pressured has risen to 41.4, which was eighth best in the NFL heading into Week 11.Because Carr mostly avoids contact, hes learned not to fear it, even during the rare plays when his linemen get pushed around. Theyve brainwashed me, he says with a laugh. As hes grown more composed and intrepid, hes become comfortable making adjustments on the fly. Take, for example, that throw to Cooper, the 43-yard completion in the Saints game in Week 1. Amari wasnt even supposed to get the ball, he says. But because they protected me for so long, I saw that no one was going anywhere. So I looked off the safety for, like, three seconds, and he had to take the bait. That ball never shouldve been completed against that coverage.Going forward, Carr says, he plans to continue taking more risks on the field, trying his hand at creative looks and passes. Its helped me take my game to another level, he says. In Oakland, he has the freedom to experiment -- and the time, and the space. Josh Oliver Youth Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Jawaan Taylor Jersey . The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. . Oyama had six birdies and two bogeys at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA Tour. "I have been having this neck ache thats been affecting my golf recently," Oyama said. Best Bet: Green With Eddie (7th race)First Race1. Heat Me 2. Flexible Ethics 3. Radiant JourneyThe leading contenders in this filly-mare claiming race are taking dubious class drops.Therefore, the call is a sharp filly from Northern California making her first start since being claimed for $8k by Jedd Josephson. HEAT ME has won 2 of 3 on dirt, and is drawn outside in a field with plenty of pace. The challenge is this racetrack has not been particularly kind to her closing style, particularly at this five and one-half furlong distance. Still think she can rally for the win against possibly vulnerable front-running droppers FLEXIBLE ETHICS and RADIANT JOURNEY. The recent form of ETHICS is good, in the money her last five starts including three wins and with a front-running style that matches the track profile. The knock is she has been competitive against better company than these $12.5k claiming fillies and mares, yet drops in class. It seems odd. A similar comment applies to RADIANT JOURNEY, claimed for $20k last out and dropping first off the claim.Second Race1. Vale Dori 2. Gloryzapper 3. Autumn FlowerVALE DORI, Group 1 winner in South America, makes her U.S. debut for trainer Bob Baffert with a string of sharp recent works. She scratched from her scheduled U.S. debut on July 3 with a minor setback, but worked six furlongs from the gate a week later, followed by two bullet works at Del Mar. Arguably the class of the field, she seems ready to fire first start back. GLORYZAPPER, first or second all five starts, finished a creditable second last out in a minor stakes. Two previous starts at this N2X level produced runner-up finishes. Gradually improving, versatile style, she enters as an obvious contender. AUTUMN FLOWER has a history of outrunning her odds. She will rally from the back. MINSTERSADVENTURE is not fast according to the figures, but she wins more than her share, 4 of her last 8 while gradually moving up the ladder.Third Race1. Huevos Rancheros 2. Forever Us 3. DeclassifiedThis maiden-32 for 2yos is a tough way to begin the pick six. HUEVOS RANCHEROS might be qualified to upset. He was completely overmatched in his special-weight debut in the most productive 2yo race of the season; he finished last. But he seems to have worked well since, drops in class and picks up Flavien Prat. Likely improvement second time out much facing easier foes. FOREVER US pressed a slow pace and finished fourth in a rather modest debut. But second-start maidens always are eligible to improve, and the rider switch to Rafael Bejarano is key. DECLASSIFIED drops for his second start after finishing last in his debut. ZEN DEPUTY might be ranked too low by this handicapper. He showed speed and hit the board both starts. ICEBERG SLIM is another special-weight dropper. This race is a puzzle.Fourth Race1. Cougar Creek 2. Stormy Endeavor 3. My Heart Is YoursThe last-place debut by COUGAR CREEK was not as bad as it looks; she can score an upset second time out dropping in class and adding blinkers. In her debut, she was bumped on both sides at the break, got sandwiched between horses while chasing the pace, and then was done at the quarter pole. That was opening day of the meet. Now three weeks later, with a good half-mile work since raced, she should move forward. STORMY ENDEAVOR finished fourth last out in a Cal-bred special-weight won by next-out stakes winner Youre Late. ENDEAVOR has enough speed to establish position from the rail. First-time starter MY HEART IS YOURS is a sibling to five modest winners; she has a productive trainer-jockey combo in her corner. Also-eligible MISS BULA BULA is a new face in a modest race. Her trainer can fire with first-time starters.Fifth Race1. Rangi 2. Schillairess 3. Gutsy RulerAlso-eligible RANGI is fast enough to press the pace two-wide, if he draws in. Runner-up twice this spring going six and one-half furlongs on turf at Santa Anita, he wouldd appreciate the cutback to five furlongs on the Del Mar course. Gardner Minshew II Jersey. He led at the eighth pole two recent starts, but tired late. Shorter distance here, and speed has dominated turf sprints this summer. SCHILLAIRESS won both dirt starts by daylight, but was unplaced his only start on turf. That was at Santa Anita; he may appreciate the firmer Del Mar course, and from post 2 is likely to set the pace inside. He could be gone as the probable favorite. GUTSY RULER has always been best on the main track. But his recent form is decent, and this N1X field is only modest. SECRETO PRIMERO might be ranked too low. He won both turf starts this spring at Santa Anita, then was overmatched in a N1X dirt route. Good fit here, from slightly off the pace.Sixth Race1. Aint Misbehavin 2. Accelerant 3. Storm Comin ThruIn a competitive Cal-bred N1X route, the call is last-out winner AINT MISBEHAVIN, who won this very class level last out while running for the tag. He returns at the same level without the tag, for trainer Gary Stute. Since last June, Stute is 4-for-9 first off the claim. Sharp horse in good form, he is the horse to beat from just off the pace. ACCELERANT won the first race of the summer meet, a $12.5k claiming race. He moves up in class in sharp form, with speed for a front-running or pace-pressing trip. STORM COMIN THRU drops from open N1X into a Cal-bred N1X. He won this class level in January, so he runs for the $20k tag.Seventh Race1. Green With Eddie 2. California Diamond 3. Milton FreewaterGREEN WITH EDDIE finished second to CALIFORNIA DIAMOND in a Santa Anita stakes last out, but a change in post position should change the order of finish in this stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds. EDDIE broke from an inside post last time, was hounded through fast fractions, shook off his pace rival and only got worn down in deep stretch by the perfect-trip winner. It was a big runner-up finish by EDDIE, who moves to the outside post where he will not need to be rushed. With a pressing trip in the clear, he can even the score with CALIFORNIA DIAMOND. That is, unless the latter is simply a better horse. Trouble is, DIAMOND moves from the outside to an inside post and does not figure for the same in-the-clear trip as last time. Still, one cannot knock the two-for-two colt, purchased for $125k following his stakes win. From where he is drawn, he must go. MILTON FREEWATER returns from a layoff after sore shins interrupted his campaign following his debut victory in April. He was purchased for $250k following that win, and showed in his debut he is effective rallying from behind. Look for him late.Eighth Race1. Silent Movies 2. My Golden One 3. Magik PepperSILENT MOVIES is the tepid choice in a messy maiden-62.5k turf route. He has run well against better company, and actually won in January before being disqualified. He returns from a short layoff as a first-time gelding for trainer John Sadler, who is having a terrific summer meet. MOVIES has been a front-runner most recent starts however, and that has not been the winning profile this summer on this course. MY GOLDEN ONE ran the best race of his career last out, although his closing rally was partly the function of a collapsing pace. He drops for the first time into a maiden-claiming race, retains Rafael Bejarano, and will roll late. This course suits his style, although the temporary rails are at the outermost 30-foot setting. MAGIK PEPPER may have been in for a prep race three weeks ago when he finished next-to-last in a dirt sprint. He is down in class, out to two turns and moving to turf. Improvement is likely. SAINT IGNATISU goes first off the claim by Phil DAmato, shipping from Kentucky. Also-eligible BLUE NAVY BLUE is likely to set the pace if he starts, first time around two turns. ' ' ' 
RALEIGH, N. J.J. Watt Jersey .C. -- Dennis Smith Jr. is back to playing like himself. Still, he looked like someone else to the opposing coach.Smith scored a career-high 30 points to help North Carolina State beat Loyola-Chicago 79-77 on Saturday.Torin Dorn added 20 points for the Wolfpack (5-1), who shot 51 percent from the floor.Smith, a freshman point guard, made 13 of 22 shots from the floor and added seven assists. He opened the season a combined 6 of 22 in the first two games.Im much more comfortable, Smith said. Im still finding my way, just like everybody else. Were going to get a lot better.Abdul-Malik Abu broke a 71-71 tie with a tip-in with 3:29 remaining to give N.C. State the lead for good.Smith provided a steal and layup, assisted on a dunk by Abu and made two free throws to keep his team in front.Dennis Smith was phenomenal, Loyola coach Porter Moser said. He was like (Russell) Westbrook the way he was that quick and that athletic. . I mean, hes all that and more than advertised.Terry Henderson scored 19 points for the Wolfpack, who missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 7 seconds.Markell Johnson stole the ball from Loyolas Milton Doyle after the first, and Cameron Satterwhites heave from just beyond halfcourt missed after the second.Aundre Jackson scored 20 points to lead Loyola (5-2), which led by as many as 11 points in the first half.Ben Richardson had 16 points for the Ramblers, who made 10 of 17 3-point attempts.Doyle had 12 points and Clayton Custer had 11 for Loyola.BIG PICTURELoyola: With their lack of size inside, the Ramblers are going to have trouble defending around the basket just as they did against the Wolfpack. But their spread offense is legit, and they gave N.C. State fits with it. Loyola had clear driving lanes to the basket and open 3-point attempts from all over the court throughout the game.N.C. State: The Wolfpack struggled defensively and got almost no production from their interior players against an undersized opponent. They continue to excel in the open court offensively, but they must improve defensively as conference play approaches. Weve got one guy wearing a blue sock and one guy wearing a green sock, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. Two guys trying to guard are not on the same page. Weve got to get on the same page.HIGHLIGHT REELSmith showed his outstanding leaping ability early in the second half. Johnson missed a layup in transition, and Smith rebounded and dunked the ball in one motion to give the Wolfpack a 55-52 lead.HE SAID ITI love my team. The thing I can say most is that in that locker room, they were genuinely upset. They were hurting big-time. They came in here not to come close; they came in here to win. Thats a great sign when youre trying to develop culture in a program. -- MoserINJURIESN.C. State swingman Maverick Rowan missed his fifth consecutive game due to a concussion. Gottfried said Rowan will continue to be evaluated each day, but there is no timetable for his return.Wolfpack post player BeeJay Anya left the game late in the first half after being poked in the eye. He was cleared to return in the second half but did not re-enter the game.UP NEXTLoyola hosts Norfolk State on Wednesday night in the first game of a four-game homestand.N.C. State plays at Illinois on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. DeAndre Hopkins Jersey . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. Max Scharping Jersey . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. Paul Gallen is set to join the elite ranks of one club, 300 game NRL players when he signs on with Cronulla for one final year in 2017.Gallen has retired from State of Origin football but revealed on Thursday he will play one more season, his 17th, of first grade in 2017.At the launch of the Sydney Darts Masters at Star City, Gallen said he was keen on finalising the one-year deal before the start of the NRL finals so he can focus on the Sharks push for a maiden premiership.At club level I want to do that, Gallen said.At Origin level I have had my time there but I really enjoy my club football and I wouldnt mind playing on, we just have to nut that out.Gallen, 34, who has played 274 first game games, had previously indicated he would make a decision on playing in on in 2017 after he finished his Origin career with NSW.He said on Thursday, his manager David Riolo was deep in discussions with Cronulla management about a contract extensionn. DeAndre Hopkins Youth Jersey. The former NSW skipper said it was very important to get the deal done before the finals and was hopeful it would be finalised over the next week.The new contract means Gallen will likely join Andrew Ettingshausen as a 300-game, one club player with the Sharks.Gallens Cronulla teammate Wade Graham welcomed the news.For me he is still doing the job at a high level, he is competing every week, Graham told AAP.He has been great for the club the whole year and no doubt he will be if he does one more year.Darren Lockyer , Corey Parker (both Brisbane), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Jason Croker (Canberra), Hazem El Masri (Canterbury), Cliff Lyons (Manly) Anthony Minichiello and Luke Ricketson (both Sydney Roosters) are the other players to have played 300 games at one club. ' ' ' 
NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard knows he needs to speed up. Brian Bellows Jersey .Not his fastball; he throws harder than most anyone. His delivery, thats whats still way too slow.Bryce Harper hit two doubles and became the latest player to swipe a base against Syndergaard as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Friday night.Washington won its fourth in a row and leads the NL East by 10 1/2 games over the wild card-contending Mets. Like a lot of teams, the Nationals came out running on Syndergaard, stealing four bases in the early innings.In the next five days, going to work on getting quicker again, he said.Tall and slow to the plate, Syndergaard has had 45 runners steal with him on the mound -- the most against any pitcher since Hideo Nomo in 2001, ESPN Stats & Info said. Only six runners have been caught with Syndergaard pitching.Trea Turner led off the game with a single, stole two bases and scored on Harpers sacrifice fly.Yeah, hes real fast, very aggressive, and Noahs going to have trouble with those kind of guys, Mets manager Terry Collins said.Harper doubled with one out in the fourth, stole his 19th base with two outs and came home on a single by Wilson Ramos.Its all around the league that he doesnt hold runners yet, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.Baker said the strategy does more than set up runs. It also seems to rankle Syndergaard.Hes prideful, Baker said. After a steal, he added, he looks at the runner and doesnt like it very much.Syndergaard (12-8) gave up just three hits in seven innings and retired his final 10 batters.Along with shutting down the Nationals in the middle innings, Syndergaard might have shut down the crowd, too. Earlier this week, he wrote on Twitter and said on video that he wasnt a fan of fans doing the wave.Harpers double set up Anthony Rendons two-run single in the ninth.Daniel Murphy singled in the ninth, and has a hit in all 14 games against the Mets this season. He also stole a base against the team he boosted to the World Series last year.A.J. Cole (1-1) earned his first major league win, giving up one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out five in his fourth career start.Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the sixth time in eight games, sending a drive over the right-center wall in the Mets fourth. His 19th home run came one pitch after he hit a long fly that barely hooked foul into the upper deck in right field.Mark Rzepczynski, Koda Glover, Oliver Perez and Mark Melancon combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Melancon closed for his 38th save.CABRERAS POWEROf Cabreras 19 home runs, 18 have come as a shortstop. Thats one behind the club record for the position set by current teammate Jose Reyes in 2006.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (sore elbow) threw a bullpen and was feeling good, Baker said. There was no timetable for his return to the rotation, but Baker figured probably pretty soon.Mets: Collins said LHP Steven Matz (shoulder tightness) will head to the teams spring training complex in Florida after this weekend and start throwing again Monday. Matz is on the disabled list and hasnt pitched since Aug. 14.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA at Citi Field in seven games, four of them starts.Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72) makes his second major league start. Among those in attendance will be Laurie Hernandez, who won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic womens gymnastics team and will throw out the first ball. Martin Hanzal Stars Jersey .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. 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Essendon caretaker captain Brendon Goddard believes Jobe Watson should resume his post as the AFL clubs leader in 2017.Goddard assumed the role this season following Watsons ban as a result of the clubs supplements saga, but he said he had no plans of hanging on to the role in the future.If Jobe decides to come back, in my mind its his job, Goddard told RSN927.I said at the start of the year it wasnt a position I wanted to be in because I knew what would have happened for me to get to this position.In my mind Im just a stand-in captain and if Jobe decides to come back ... it would be his decision to make about what happenss moving forward. Radek Faksa Jersey. .Goddard is unlikely to line up for the Bombers against the Gold Coast on Sunday after he suffered a minor groin injury in Essendons 66-point loss to Geelong at the weekend.He has undergone scans and will meet club doctor Bruce Reid on Tuesday.Ive definitely tweaked the abductor, he said, adding he would aim to be fit for the clash with Western Bulldogs in round 22.The off-contract 31-year-old also said he was confident a he would soon sign a new deal with the club. ' ' ' 
LAS VEGAS -- Demetrious Johnson has drawn comparisons to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Marcus Foligno Jersey . Now he shares a distinct number with him.Johnson (25-2) defended the UFC flyweight championship for the ninth consecutive time at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Saturday, defeating Tim Elliott via unanimous decision. All three judges scored it for Johnson: 49-46, 49-46, 49-45.The win moves Johnson into a tie with St-Pierre for the second-longest title reign in UFC history. He is just one away from tying the all-time record of 10, held by former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.The victory was mostly a foregone conclusion for Johnson, with the major exception the opening round. In the first, Elliott locked in a guillotine and then transitioned to a DArce choke. The submission looked tight, but Johnson gave a thumbs up to the referee.I wasnt going out, Johnson said. I said, Hey, hey, hey, [referee Herb Dean], dont you stop this fight. And he said, I got you dog.He blitzes on you. I stayed composed like a champion. I knew my grappling would be the best way to beat him.In addition to the choke, Elliott dropped Johnson with a left hand later in the round. Despite that strong start, it was Johnsons fight from that point on. Elliott showed heart and drew a positive response from the crowd with his unorthodox striking but was badly outwrestled.According to Fightmetric, Johnson was credited with five of six takedowns and a whopping 16:52 of control time. He spent the majority of the fight in top position, landing short punches and elbows and hunting submissions.He threatened Elliott with rear-naked chokes in several rounds and appeared to have it locked up in the fourth. Johnson had his hooks in and the right arm under the neck, with Elliott grimacing. Somehow, the challenger wriggled out.Elliott also stayed very active from the bottom, landing enough elbows himself to keep things competitive. He created several scrambles but ultimately forfeited dominant position to Johnson too often to turn the tide.The matchup was unique in that Elliott, 29, was not publicly revealed as Johnsons opponent until Wednesday. Elliott earned the shot by winning the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC actually cut Elliott in 2015 after he lost three in a row.Man, I know I can get in there with anybody and compete, Elliott said. Even this fight, even though I was down when the time ran out, if its a fight to the death, I beat ranked Johnson the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world coming into the event. A Washington-based fighter, he has not lost since 2011. His only loss in the UFC came at 135 pounds to current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.Johnsons next challenge will likely come in the form of Joseph Benavidez, whom he has defeated twice, in 2012 and 2013. Benavidez won his sixth straight fight Saturday by defeating Henry Cejudo by split decision. J.T. Brown Wild Jersey . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St.VICTORIA -- Matt Marshall fired 7-under 63 Thursday to take the first round lead at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open, the first event of the inaugural PGA Tour Canada season. Marshall, a fourth-year Tour veteran, received a putting tip from his father that helped him navigate the front nine in just 29 strokes. "What really seems to help me go low is my putter. I got a lesson from my dad last night and all of a sudden it started clicking," Marshall said. "The greens here are the best Ive ever seen in an afternoon round." Marshall also feels healthy after overcoming nagging inflammation in his left shoulder that had been bothering him since last summer. "I really didnt think about a score," he said. "I was injured most of the winter and this is really my first tournament, so I didnt have many expectations. "I went out and played and all of a sudden putts started going in, and beefore I knew it I was about 7-under. Ryan Suter Wild Jersey. " Joe Panzeri was one stroke behind Marshall after opening at 6-under 64. "I think playing the course and the event the last couple of years really helps," Panzeri said. "Feeling comfortable out here is really important." Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C., was the top Canadian, tied for third at 5-under 65. The tours leading money winner at seasons end will be fully exempt on the Tour for 2014, with the next four players receiving highly placed status. "The incentive on this Tour is a lot bigger and I think everyones really motivated," Wheeldon said. Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., opened at 3-under 67, while Torontos Albin Choi carded 2-under 68 in his first ever professional round. Matt Makinson of Coquitlam, B.C., had the first hole-in-one in PGA Tour Canada history, holing an eight iron on the 171-yard 17th hole. ' ' ' 
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