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Jos Buttler has said he is ready to shelve the reticence that undermined his last attempt at cracking Test cricket and believes he will be trusted by the team management to play his natural attacking game if, as widely anticipated, he is handed a recall for next weeks first Test against Pakistan at Lords. Kent Tekulve Jersey .With a space opening up in Englands middle order following Nick Comptons decision to take a break from cricket, and with doubts about Jonny Bairstows wicketkeeping undermining his revelatory run of form with the bat against Sri Lanka, the path is clear for Buttler to resume his role with the gloves at No.7, especially if Ben Stokes, his fellow hard-hitting batsman, is deemed unready for an immediate recall following the knee operation that ruled him out of the last two Tests.A return for Buttler at Lords would, on the one hand, be something of a leap of faith, seeing as he has not played a red-ball match since Englands Test tour of the UAE more than eight months ago. On that trip, he was dropped ahead of the final Test against Pakistan at Sharjah following a dramatic collapse in form and confidence. Since the start of the previous summers Ashes at Cardiff, he had mustered 156 runs in seven Tests at 13.00, with a highest score of 42, at a strike-rate of less than a run every two balls.However, Buttlers coruscating form in limited-overs cricket continued at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday night, when his unbeaten 73 from 49 balls eased England to an eight-wicket win in the one-off T20 against Sri Lanka, and his rediscovered confidence is so tangible that selectors appear sorely tempted to unleash him once again in the longest format.Asked whether he felt it mattered that he hadnt played a first-class match for so long, Buttler responded, tellingly: In the olden days maybe it would, but in the new set-up maybe not.And should he be named in this weekends squad, then Buttler believes that the recent injection of a have-a-go mentality into Englands Test plans will allow him to play the natural game that has served him and his team-mates so well during his recent white-ball experiences, both for England at the World T20 and against Sri Lanka, and for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.I dont think Id be trying to bat time, he said of his likely Test gameplan. Having had time out of the game and watching certain players in our team from the sidelines in South Africa and watching on the TV this summer - the way Jonny plays, the way Joe Root plays, the way Ben Stokes plays - theyre always trying to put the pressure on. Thats the way English cricket has gone. Its about scoring runs. It doesnt matter how, its how many. You take your bat out there to score runs, so try to score them.That was something that Buttler conspicuously failed to do towards the end of his previous stint in the Test team, particularly on the slow, low wickets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai when he appeared to fear the consequences of trusting his attacking instincts. But, with Trevor Bayliss, Englands head coach, cultivating a no fear attitude to his teams strokeplay, Buttler believes hes ready for another go.If thats what the coach is telling you to do, its a good start, he said. It probably comes down to making peace with what you guys [the media] are going to write and what the public are going to think, and accepting that if you get caught at second slip having a big whoosh, so be it. Id rather do that than leave one and get bowled. The games about scoring runs. What Ive learned, whatever colour the ball is, is that me trying to hit the ball is going to get the best out of myself.Buttler was memorably encouraged by Bayliss to put his Test ambitions on the backburner earlier this year, and was given the go-ahead to sign a lucrative deal to play a full season of IPL cricket for Mumbai Indians. But the time away from the Test team has merely sharpened his desire to make amends for his shortcomings last time out.Ive had some time away to think and put cricket into perspective, he said. Ive had some fantastic experiences over the last six months and learned a lot - just by siting there watching. I think the IPL was a fantastic experience. You come back so much more confident from that, brushing shoulders with those kind of guys. A lot more clarity about the mentality it takes to succeed.When you get dropped and left out, you have a good think, he added. Obviously Ive experienced some great things in the Test team, and you realise why its the best form of the game. But when you get dropped you have that hunger to get back in. I havent played red-ball cricket for a long time, but Ive really enjoyed my cricket and enjoyed doing what Ive been doing. Whatever happens, it doesnt change your ambition. Whatever colour the ball is, you want to score runs and influence the game.In many ways, the confidence in Buttlers game is as significant as his obvious talent, for he readily admits that, at the age of 25, and with five years of experience at international level under his belt, he is better able now to rationalise the ups and downs of the sport that so clearly got to him late last year.Its the most confident Ive felt, he said. You gain another year. As a 21-year-old, when people said youll become a better player with experience you dont really believe it. Maybe now Ive understood what that means.Some of the experiences of the last year Ive gone through, the highs and lows, have really put it in perspective - does it really matter, the cricket stuff? Its about not getting too caught up with everything, and just enjoying it. Ive felt in good form. You try to capitalise on that and use your experience to make the most of it. It really boils down to enjoying your cricket and making the most of it.And with that frame of mind, he feels really to conquer any logistical challenge that the international schedule can throw at him.When youre averaging 10, youre not going to be very confident. The word is conviction. I didnt have the same conviction as I had against the white ball. Thats what Ill have to do. 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In 22 starts, he is 7-8 with a 4.53 ERA.The White Sox have been looking at the future since the All-Star break, if not before.On Friday they traded catcher Dioner Navarro to Toronto in exchange for a young minor league left-hander, Colton Turner.The White Sox activated former Tiger Alex Avila from the disabled list but instead of backing up Navarro, Avila will be behind Omar Narvaez.As we talked about, Chicago GM Rick Hahn said. Omar has done a nice job putting himself on the map playing a role here over the next few years. And this should likely give him a few more opportunities over the next four or five weeks to play on a regular basis.Chicago will bring up a third catcher for flexibility when rosters expand but he isnt likely to get many looks.There are some options in the pipeline, Hahn said. But certainly heading into this offseason, we are going to find a direction for 2017 and some answers for 2017 behind the plate.Chicago has lefty Chris Sale lined up to face Verlander in the series closeout Wednesday.He has thrown 120 pitches in each of his last two starts. ' ' '
ANAHEIM, Calif. Craig Biggio Jersey . -- One pitcher surmounted tremendous odds to reach the major leagues this year at age 28. The other confronts them in trying to continue a once-stellar career.Both will face each other Tuesday night when the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Angels meet at Angel Stadium.The Reds Tim Adleman will make his seventh start of the season nearly four months after his major league debut. The right-hander owns a 2-1 record and a 3.68 ERA but has allowed six home runs in 29 2/3 innings.The Angels Jered Weaver, on the other hand, continues his three-year campaign against numerous injuries and diminishing velocity. The three-time All-Star, who tied for the most victories in the American League with 18 two years ago, now throws a fastball that averages between 83 and 84 mph.Adleman began his career with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him in the 24th round of the June 2010 draft. After being released in 2012, Adleman pitched for three independent minor-league teams in two seasons as a reliever. He caught the Reds attention after compiling 10 saves and a 1.46 ERA in 40 appearances for the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association in 2013.Cincinnati signed Adleman that October, invited him to spring training this year as a non-roster player and sent him to Triple-A Louisville to start the season.But nearly four weeks later, the Reds promoted Adleman when right-hander Raisel Iglesias went on the disabled list. He made his debut May 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then while pitching May 19 against the Cleveland Indians, Adleman strained his left oblique muscle and joined Iglesias among the disabled. 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Doha, Qatar won the right to host the 2019 worlds in a November 2014 vote.Upholding the new 180-day suspensions, the ethics panel said the potential for damage to the sport was clear if the three were allowed to return to an active role in athletics while they were being investigated. Houston Astros Jerseys. Okeyo is a current member of the IAAFs council.The three were first suspended in November last year while Sharad Rao, the IAAF independent investigator in Kenya, looked into the allegations. Rao has yet to complete his investigation, leading to their suspensions being extended.In their appeals, Kiplagat, Okeyo, and Kinyua complained about the length of the investigation, and said they have been prejudiced by media reporting of their cases. Kiplagat also claimed the investigation has affected his health.A fourth official, AK chief executive Isaac Mwangi, was also suspended by the IAAF and is under investigation in a separate case after two Kenyan athletes said in an interview with The Associated Press that he asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their doping bans.An appeal by Mwangi against his suspension was dismissed by the IAAF in April. ' ' 'EXTSACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets stay on the road, playing at Northern Colorado.MONTANA: The Grizzlies take to the road to face Northern Arizona. ' ' '
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ORCHARD PARK, N. Discount LeBron Shoes .Y. -- One week the Buffalo Bills offense is sputtering. The next its their defense.That leaves coach Rex Ryan having plenty of concerns he needs to address two weeks into his second season in Buffalo.Well, first off, obviously never expected this, Ryan said, opening his news conference following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night. The Jets were a much better team than we were today, especially their offense against our defense. It looked like a mismatch.Ryans prized defense -- the one he vowed would be much improved over last year -- was porous.The Bills surrendered 493 yards offense, 28 first downs, allowed New York to convert eight of 13 third-down chances and forced just two punts -- the second with 10 seconds left. The only bright side was safety Nickell Robey-Coleman returning Jalin Marshalls fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to briefly put the Bills ahead 24-20.The Jets responded to score 17 consecutive points, capped by Matt Fortes third touchdown on a 12-yard run.Buffalo is 0-2 for the first time since 2010.And the loss to the Jets comes a week after the Bills offense managed just 160 yards in a 13-7 loss at Baltimore.The offense was much improved, with Tyrod Taylor going 18 of 30 for 297 yards and three touchdowns.Whats troubling is the Bills schedule doesnt get much easier. Buffalo hosts Arizona on Sept. 25, followed by a game at New England, where the Bills are 1-14 since 2001.Well right now it looks daunting against anybody, Ryan said. Weve got to get better, so weve got to look at the tape and realize it starts with us.Starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore had a particularly tough day as part of a defensive backfield that allowed Eric Decker to make six catches for 126 yards and Brandon Marshall six for 101.It wasnt one of my best days, Gilmore said. But Im not the person to put my head down. I know I have to step up and make those plays, so Ill do that.The Jets (1-1) snapped a five-game skid against Buffalo, which included a 22-17 season-ending loss in January that eliminated New York from the playoffs.New York also avoided its first 0-2 since 2007.FORTE ON THE RUNForte had 30 carries for 100 yards and matched a career-high and franchise record by becoming the 13th running back to score three touchdowns rushing. In two games, offseason free-agent addition has combined for 52 carries for 196 yards and added seven catches for 68 yards.I dont care, Forte said when told hes on pace for 450 touches. 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The comeback was remarkable, and you learn about people when theyre down.That comment came shortly after Obama met with Donald Trump, who won the White House race to succeed him after a campaign in which the president declared the businessman unfit.Obama singled out several players for praise, but particularly focused on LeeBron James, who won the Most Valuable Player award during the championship series. Cheap LeBron Shoes Outlet. Obama called James one of the greatest players of all time and said its not just power and speed that make James great, but his unselfishness and work ethic. You saw it in those last three games, the president said.Obama said the Cavs also exemplified a growing generation of athletes who are using their platforms to speak out. He noted, as examples, that Kevin Love has worked to combat sexual assault and James has worked to reduce gun violence.He said the team met earlier Thursday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to discuss steps the Cavs are taking to help build better relations between law enforcement and the Cleveland community.It is part of a league-wide effort to build stronger communities all across the country, including holding open conversations so we can begin to bridge divides, Obama said. ' ' '
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(The public support of Shaharyar Khan, the PCBs chairman, for the project was mystifyingly muted; was it indicative of his thoughts on the whole idea?)Sethis delight at the PSL getting underway was irrepressible. The PSL will be the biggest thing that has hit Pakistan cricket, he said in an interview. He added that, five years down the line, if the PSL were held in Pakistan, it would be far more exciting than any FTP engagement could ever be. The PSL will be more like the IPL than other leagues, he declared.Although Sethis bombastic build-up to the PSL and his eagerness to associate it with the IPL come off as rather transparently insecure, the league has whipped up excitement among Pakistans cricket-starved fans in a way quite unlike anything else in recent memory. Hopes that the PSL will help bring back Pakistans glory days, even bring international cricket back to the country, fly unchecked. The extent and variety of raw young Pakistani talent on display is marvelled at. The number of international stars present is pointed to as proof of the tournaments marketability. Anything less than utter and complete admiration of everything PSL risks coming off as churlish in the extreme.Make no mistake, there is much that the PSL needs to be admired for. It has given Pakistani players the chance to participate in a lucrative T20 league. It has allowed them to gain precious experience sharing dressing rooms with international crickets biggest names, and financial incentives of the sort that have, unfortunately for Pakistani players, been severely curtailed in the past for a multitude of non-cricketing reasons, from a precarious security situation in Pakistan to an unstable political relationship with India. The PSL has greatly boosted the earning potential of young players on Pakistans domestic circuit, many of whom have had to hold part-time jobs, and often had to choose between feeding their passions and their families. It has enabled parts of Pakistan rejected by the cricketing establishment to take pride in their citys exploits. The irony of Quetta being joint top at the end of the group stage, the capital city of a province that has never seen a player turn out at ODI or Test level in Pakistans history, is not lost on anyone who loves a good underdog tale.But fans and administrators alike seem to be laying a greater burden on the shoulders of the tournament than it can possibly bear. Sethi, Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram among many others have talked up the possibility of the PSL bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. One cannot help wonder how. Cricket did not move away from Pakistan because the countrys appeal went down in cricketing terms - indeed, Pakistan won the T20 World Cup three months after its international isolation began - but because of security issues, which have nothing to do with whether the PSL is a roaring success or a whimpering failure. The PSL could be as successful as the English Premier League and it couldnt bring cricket back to Pakistan as long as the threat of a team bus being ammbushed and attacked by bullets and hand grenades on its way to a stadium remained realistic. Saucony Shoes Clearance. If that is the yardstick by which the event will be measured, the PSL risks being unfairly set up for failure. Moreover, if the concept and layout of T20 league cricket is designed for entertaining, fast-paced cricket, the PSLs format could not have done more to blunt its sharpness more effectively. Five is an awkward number of teams to play in any league, but stipulating that four go through to the knockout round (which isnt actually a knockout, but thats a different story) makes the group stage almost pointless. Thats an unwelcome indictment, given the group stage is more or less the entire tournament. Therefore, all the teams needed to do to stave off elimination was ensure they didnt finish rock bottom, which meant that very soon, Quetta and Peshawar werent playing for too much at all.It also, surely, made Karachi Kings the worst team in the short history of T20 cricket to advance to a round where they were three matches away from winning the entire event. Shoaib Maliks (and then, of course, Ravi Boparas) men were so ordinary by the end of the group stage that they were guaranteed a losing win-loss record, even if they went on to win the tournament. A format that permits this to happen cannot be much more than a work in progress. Surely the only sensible format was the top two teams making the final? Make that a best-of-three if you must. It would be far more exciting to see Quetta and Peshawar play three hard-fought contests between them than the mess that is the current arrangement.The disappointing crowds at almost every game not held on a Friday, particularly in Dubai, have been a sobering reality check. The huge, lifeless stands that have become an unwelcome hallmark of Pakistans adopted home have been in full evidence for large parts of the event. A smattering of passionate support in a small part of the ground does not do nearly enough to dispel the impression of indifference to the PSL in the UAE - which Sethi put down on the eve of the tournament to a tight marketing budget. While it seems hardly fair to criticise the PSL for sparse crowds - it was an inevitable consequence of the tournament not being held in the cities whose teams featured in the league - such a strong lack of interest in the event from the people of the cities where it did take place is a solemn reminder of the work that still lies ahead if the PSL is going to last much longer than its debut season.That will be the greatest challenge of all. For the PSL to have any kind of long-term future, it needs to come back to the country whose name makes up one third of the acronym, and the unlikelihood, at present, of that happening makes its long-term prospects rather bleak.The PSL has done many things right, but there is room for improvement. (It could take on three more teams and adopt a logical format, for starters.) However, a number of factors in Pakistan cricket simply arent within the PSLs power to change, and it is crucial the tournament doesnt become a wishing wand for spectators and administrators alike. It may well fill the PCBs coffers, but it cannot fill Pakistans stadiums. ' ' '
Chinese diver Chen Aisen is one of the biggest enigmas at the Rio Olympics. Air Jordan 11 Outlet . Although he might seem like a newcomer to the scene, the 20-year-old 10-meter platform diver from Guangdong has been a staple of synchronized diving since early 2009.The Chinese national diving team has a history of giving their divers a chance on the individual stage after their synchronized careers take flight in either regional events or FINAs World Series.Take Lin Yue, Aisens current partner on the platform who took gold in the 2008 Olympic synchronized event. Yue received a chance on the individual stage four years later in London, albeit to disappointing results. Although synchronized divers have rarely seen the same level of success on the individual stage, Aisens performance in Rio on Friday in the 10-meter platform might just be the most anticipated.Falling behindAisen rarely saw the podium in individual events in 2009 and 10, lagging behind his peers, such as the explosive Huo Liang (who won the synchronized gold in the 2008 Olympics alongside Lin Yue) and the dynamic Zhou Luxin.Aisen always was one step behind. In the language of diving, thatd be a decimal place in the degree of difficulty, which can mean the difference between being a good diver and a great diver. Although Aisen never underperformed at a Chinese regional event -- the most competitive region in the world -- he never quite shined, either. He was always somewhere in between, stuck in a limbo of mediocrity.In a recent video detailing his Olympic journey, Aisen admitted sheepishly that Lin Yue had to compensate with easier dives in order for them to compete together. Aisen cheerfully and modestly admitted that hed been a bit of a nuisance. But that cheerful smile belied a competitive streak.Raising the stakesAisen broke out on the individual platform in 2014, and then he toppled the greats in 2015, proving that he could stand toe-to-toe with the best divers in the world. He raised the stakes, upping the degree of difficulty at each event, even besting fellow teammate Qiu Bo during the 2016 FINA World Series in three out of four legs.When Lin Yue received his chance to perform on the individual stage in London, he was plagued with injuries. Anxiety and uncertainty preceded his performance. At one point, he had to take a month of bed rest, which can be disastrous for a diver.But this year Aisen is healthy and in the prime of his diving career. Based on the most recent results, he might just be the sleeper favorite for the individual 10-meter event.On the surface, Qiu Bo might still be the king, but dont count out Aisen. Sure, the narrative buzzing around the 10-meter platform involves Qius rivalry with American diver David Boudia. But if you blink, you might just miss Aisen taking home the gold. Air Jordan 11 From China . Their 38th instalment is arguably their biggest fight card to date, including three-title fights and a main event which was selected by the fans.  The promotion boasts 14-straight years of business and is operated by MFC president Mark Pavelich, who is often overlooked in this country for the foundation hes established for MMA in Canada. Wholesale Authentic Air Jordan 11 . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. http://www.cheapairjordan11.us/ . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Winger Antonio Winterstein has failed to prove his fitness for North Queenslands NRL preliminary final against Cronulla on Friday night.However, boom teenager Kalyn Ponga remained on standby for veteran centre Kane Linnett when the Cowboys flew out for Sydney on Wednesday.Cowboys assistant Todd Payten ran a line through Wintersteins name as a rowdy North Queensland contingent bid farewell to their beloved NRL club at Townsville airport.He wont be training with us, no, Payten said of Wintersteins plight.The winger was not named for the Sharks clash but had been hoping to battle back from a rib complaint that forced him to miss last weeks extra-time semi-final win over Brisbane.Javid Bowen will now slot onto the wing for Winterstein.But the jury is out on whether Linnett will return from a hamstring complaint that sidelined him for the sudden death semi-final.North Queensland coach Paul Green described Linnett as likely to play the grand final qualifier in a reshuffled backline.Cowboys under 20s star Ponga still flew out with the team on Wednesday.Kalyn is coming down as cover for Kane, Payten said.The coaches believe its also a good experience for Kalyn to see how we do things travelling away and being in the finals system.But we expect him to run out for the 20s.Cowboys coach Paul Green said Linnett will be given every chance to take the field against the Sharks. Discount Air Jordan 11. Hes worked hard doing everything he can around the clock to get back in, Green said.He (Ponga) didnt let anyone down last week, he did a good job on his debut.(But) he is there as back-up.The Cowboys under 20s play reigning premiers Penrith in their own Friday night preliminary final.Ponga - just 18 - became the sixth player in 30 years to make his NRL debut in a final after being a shock call up for Winterstein against Brisbane.But Ponga belied his age to amass 174m, two tackle busts and a line break, almost scoring with his second touch.He has already earned the next Johnathan Thurston tag.Ponga got the thumbs up from the man himself.Hes obviously got a big future at the club, Cowboys co-captain Thurston said of Ponga.Hes come through the system.Theres a genuine pathway and players can now aspire to follow him.His impressive debut has ensured the Cowboys will begin off-season contract extension talks, despite Pongas current deal not expiring until the end of 2017.Rival NRL clubs as well as rugby union and even the AFLs Brisbane Lions are believed to be ready to pounce. ' ' 'e heads to New York to face the Rangers on Monday. ' ' '
Chinese diver Chen Aisen is one of the biggest enigmas at the Rio Olympics. Air Jordan 11 Outlet . Although he might seem like a newcomer to the scene, the 20-year-old 10-meter platform diver from Guangdong has been a staple of synchronized diving since early 2009.The Chinese national diving team has a history of giving their divers a chance on the individual stage after their synchronized careers take flight in either regional events or FINAs World Series.Take Lin Yue, Aisens current partner on the platform who took gold in the 2008 Olympic synchronized event. Yue received a chance on the individual stage four years later in London, albeit to disappointing results. Although synchronized divers have rarely seen the same level of success on the individual stage, Aisens performance in Rio on Friday in the 10-meter platform might just be the most anticipated.Falling behindAisen rarely saw the podium in individual events in 2009 and 10, lagging behind his peers, such as the explosive Huo Liang (who won the synchronized gold in the 2008 Olympics alongside Lin Yue) and the dynamic Zhou Luxin.Aisen always was one step behind. In the language of diving, thatd be a decimal place in the degree of difficulty, which can mean the difference between being a good diver and a great diver. Although Aisen never underperformed at a Chinese regional event -- the most competitive region in the world -- he never quite shined, either. He was always somewhere in between, stuck in a limbo of mediocrity.In a recent video detailing his Olympic journey, Aisen admitted sheepishly that Lin Yue had to compensate with easier dives in order for them to compete together. Aisen cheerfully and modestly admitted that hed been a bit of a nuisance. But that cheerful smile belied a competitive streak.Raising the stakesAisen broke out on the individual platform in 2014, and then he toppled the greats in 2015, proving that he could stand toe-to-toe with the best divers in the world. He raised the stakes, upping the degree of difficulty at each event, even besting fellow teammate Qiu Bo during the 2016 FINA World Series in three out of four legs.When Lin Yue received his chance to perform on the individual stage in London, he was plagued with injuries. Anxiety and uncertainty preceded his performance. At one point, he had to take a month of bed rest, which can be disastrous for a diver.But this year Aisen is healthy and in the prime of his diving career. Based on the most recent results, he might just be the sleeper favorite for the individual 10-meter event.On the surface, Qiu Bo might still be the king, but dont count out Aisen. Sure, the narrative buzzing around the 10-meter platform involves Qius rivalry with American diver David Boudia. But if you blink, you might just miss Aisen taking home the gold. Air Jordan 11 From China . Their 38th instalment is arguably their biggest fight card to date, including three-title fights and a main event which was selected by the fans.  The promotion boasts 14-straight years of business and is operated by MFC president Mark Pavelich, who is often overlooked in this country for the foundation hes established for MMA in Canada. Wholesale Authentic Air Jordan 11 . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. http://www.cheapairjordan11.us/ . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Winger Antonio Winterstein has failed to prove his fitness for North Queenslands NRL preliminary final against Cronulla on Friday night.However, boom teenager Kalyn Ponga remained on standby for veteran centre Kane Linnett when the Cowboys flew out for Sydney on Wednesday.Cowboys assistant Todd Payten ran a line through Wintersteins name as a rowdy North Queensland contingent bid farewell to their beloved NRL club at Townsville airport.He wont be training with us, no, Payten said of Wintersteins plight.The winger was not named for the Sharks clash but had been hoping to battle back from a rib complaint that forced him to miss last weeks extra-time semi-final win over Brisbane.Javid Bowen will now slot onto the wing for Winterstein.But the jury is out on whether Linnett will return from a hamstring complaint that sidelined him for the sudden death semi-final.North Queensland coach Paul Green described Linnett as likely to play the grand final qualifier in a reshuffled backline.Cowboys under 20s star Ponga still flew out with the team on Wednesday.Kalyn is coming down as cover for Kane, Payten said.The coaches believe its also a good experience for Kalyn to see how we do things travelling away and being in the finals system.But we expect him to run out for the 20s.Cowboys coach Paul Green said Linnett will be given every chance to take the field against the Sharks. Discount Air Jordan 11. Hes worked hard doing everything he can around the clock to get back in, Green said.He (Ponga) didnt let anyone down last week, he did a good job on his debut.(But) he is there as back-up.The Cowboys under 20s play reigning premiers Penrith in their own Friday night preliminary final.Ponga - just 18 - became the sixth player in 30 years to make his NRL debut in a final after being a shock call up for Winterstein against Brisbane.But Ponga belied his age to amass 174m, two tackle busts and a line break, almost scoring with his second touch.He has already earned the next Johnathan Thurston tag.Ponga got the thumbs up from the man himself.Hes obviously got a big future at the club, Cowboys co-captain Thurston said of Ponga.Hes come through the system.Theres a genuine pathway and players can now aspire to follow him.His impressive debut has ensured the Cowboys will begin off-season contract extension talks, despite Pongas current deal not expiring until the end of 2017.Rival NRL clubs as well as rugby union and even the AFLs Brisbane Lions are believed to be ready to pounce. ' ' 'e heads to New York to face the Rangers on Monday. ' ' '
HOUSTON -- Tony Dawson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a school record 218 yards and two more scores to lead Houston Baptist to a 31-24 victory over Stephen F Austin on Saturday. Discount Authentic Air Jordan .Dawson scored on an 83-yard run in the third quarter and a 41-yard run in the fourth to help the Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Southland) build a 31-14 lead. Dawson, who set the previous record of 191 yards rushing last month, carried the ball 15 times.Dawson-who was 9 of 22 for 139 yards and an interception- found Terrance Peters on 26-yard TD in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Later he hit Ricardo Barnett for a 32-yard score for a 14-7 lead at the half.The Lumberjacks (4-6, 3-5) tied the game early in the third quarter on Kijana Amous 2-yard run, but three plays later Dawson broke off the longest play from scrimmage in school history.Zac Conque was 26 of 43 for 386 yards and two with Tamrick Pace making eight receptions for 187 yards. Authentic Air Jordan Sale . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Cheap Nike Authentic Air Jordan . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.cheapauthenticairjordan.com/ . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The San Jose Sharks are off to a strong start in their quest to return to the Stanley Cup Final.Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward scored for an early lead and Patrick Marleau had an empty-net power-play goal, leading the Sharks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night.Martin Jones made 26 saves for San Jose, which beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in its season opener Wednesday.Boedkers goal was his first with the Sharks.It was nice to score and help a team get the lead and all that, said Boedker, who joined the Sharks as a free agent after stints with Colorado and Arizona. That was definitely a good one to get out of way.Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each got their first goal for Columbus, which has lost its first two games this season.Boedker scored 9:22 into the first period when a dump-in play by Logan Couture led to a tricky rebound off goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The puck was deflected to Boedker, who buried it over Bobrovskys left shoulder.Brenden Dillon and Couture were both credited with assists.Just over five minutes later, a pass from the corner by Brent Burns found Ward in front of the net, and he sneaked the puck under Bobrovskys right pad. Chris Tierney also earned an assist.I had a feeling (Burns) was going to swing it across, Ward said. He was going to shoot on net, so I figured it was best to play the angle where the goalie was, or he was going to throw it across. I just tried to sneak my way in the back door.Bobrovsky made 35 saves and kept the game within reach.Bobrovsky was excellentt, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. Authentic Air Jordan Outlet. We had real quality opportunities to extend the lead and didnt. When you let a team hang around like that, youre fighting for your life down the stretch.Rookie Werenski got the Jackets on the board 3:44 into the second period on a power play. It was the first goal of Werenskis three-day-old NHL career, with assists from Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson.Zach is a guy you can see, especially tonight, how he can control the game with the puck, said Columbus coach John Tortorella. We have a lot of teaching to do with him without the puck. Thats our job as coaches. The God-given ability he has, its at a different level than a lot of players at this league.Brandon Dubinsky went off for tripping at 2:08, and the Jackets pulled Bobrovsky at 1:20, but Marleau slammed the door with his empty-netter with 33 seconds left.Anderson scored with 23 seconds left.Game notes Columbus Ryan Murray, injured while blocking a shot in the season-opening loss to the Bruins, missed his first game after playing 85 consecutive games. ... Gregory Campbell was suspended by the Blue Jackets after refusing to report to the minor league Cleveland Monsters, reported The Columbus Dispatch. ... Couture has three points in two games.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Columbus is off until next Friday, when it faces the Chicago Blackhawks.Sharks: San Jose heads to New York to face the Rangers on Monday. ' ' '
Daniel Ricciardos popular victory in Malaysia meant the return of the shoey -- but it had a mixed reaction from the Australians victims on the podium. Cheap Air Jordan 1 China .Earlier this season, Ricciardo celebrated a podium in Germany by drinking champagne from his race boot -- something done by Australian Moto GP race winner Jack Miller at Assen and copied by Valentino Rossi last month. Ricciardo had promised to reserve the celebration exclusively for victories, meaning it made a glorious comeback on the Sepang podium.After swigging champagne from his own boot, Ricciardo turned bartender, helping it down the throat of teammate Max Verstappen, Nico Rosberg and Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Rosberg, especially, looked very unimpressed with the taste, while fellow Australian Mark Webber was in no mood to join in the champagne chugging contest, throwing Ricciardos boot into the crowd before beginning the podium interviews.I havent made many friends from this, actually! Ricciardo joked in the press conference. I love the taste, personally! I thought today it was quite fruity.It was sort of like a dessert, rather than a main course! I dont know what these boys thought -- Nico told me he didnt like it very much!When Rosberg, sitting alongside Ricciardo in the press conference, was asked if he liked the taste, the championship leader grimaced.I hope he does not win any more races this year, Rosberg said, prompting a laugh from Ricciardo.Verstappen then added: It was alright, actually. It was good sweat.Horner joked that he was more concerned with the health of his driver than the taste of the champagne.I just hope he doesnt have any shoe ailments like athletes foot or verruca! Im not a big fan of champagne but drinking out of a sweaty boot....Horner laughed and then added: Though I was slightly more impressed than Nico Rosberg! Wholesale Air Jordan 1 . 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Starting rookie safety Keanu Neal has played the last four weeks after missing the first two games with minor knee surgery.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' 'A look at Saturdays NFL preseason matchups:LUCKY DAYIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck thought hed return to the field before the end of last season. Puma Basket Baratas . When his lacerated kidney refused to cooperate, Luck established last weekends Hall of Fame game as the target.That didnt happen either, when the game was canceled because of poor field conditions.Lucks next chance comes Saturday at Buffalo.Yeah, maybe a bit, Luck said when asked if he was more excited to play this preseason after not appearing in a game since Nov. 8. Maybe a bit just to get out there and be back on the football field.Luck is expected to play at least a couple of series in an interesting test against Rex Ryans defense. Last season, Luck struggled against the Bills in a 27-14 season-opening loss that set the tone for the worst season of Lucks pro career.---NOT RISKING REGGIERex Ryan is taking no chances of risking Reggie Bush to injury.The Bills coach said the recently signed running back/return specialist is going to sit out Buffalos preseason opener against the Colts on Saturday. The 31-year-old Bush signed with Buffalo two weeks ago and is fully recovered since having surgery on his left knee in November.Hes listed as the Bills starting kickoff and punt returner and is set to open the season as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy.Ryan doesnt expect starting receiver Sammy Watkins to play either. Watkins returned to practice Monday after missing four months recovering from surgery for a broken left foot.---NEW RUNNING BACK FOR SEAHAWKSFor the first time since early in the 2010 season, the Seattle Seahawks are without Marshawn Lynch on their roster.The process of figuring out who takes his place begins on Saturday when the Seahawks travel to Kansas City for their exhibition opener.The projected starter is Thomas Rawls, who filled in more than admirably last season when Lynch missed time with an abdominal injury. Rawls rushed for 830 yards and four touchdowns, and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.But Rawls is coming off a major ankle injury that required offseason surgery. He was only activated off the physically unable to perform list earlier this week. Rookie draft picks C.J. Prosise and Zac Brooks are out with minor injuries as well. Look for rookie Alex Collins to get the bulk of the carries against the Chiefs, while converted running back George Farmer will also get extensive playing time.---GOING GREEN IN LAThe Rams are selling tickets they didnt plan to at the LA Coliseum for Saturdays preseason opener against Dallas -- the first NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994.The game could end up drawing close to the stadiums capacity of 91,000. And as with most road games for the Cowboys, one of the questions will be how many of those fans are wearing the silver and blue.Not only has Dallas always been a big road draw, but the Cowboys have held training camp in California off and on for more than 50 years. That includes the past five camps in Oxnard, about 60 miles north of LA.But this supposed to be a celebration of the return of the Rams, 70 years after their first move to LA from Cleveland. The team moved to St. Louis for the 1995 season.I dont know what its going to be like, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. We do anticipate support for them, but there has been a presence for the Cowboys here for a long, long time.Rookie Jared Goff said he believes the tempo of practice and quality of the Rams defense has him prepared for his first NFL action. He expects to treat it like every other game, though there will be one notable difference as he will be coming off the bench. Goff, a three-year starter at California, didnt remember the last time he did not take the first snap in a game.Coach Jeff Fisher hasnt divvied up playing time just yet, but indicated starters would likely play two or three series.---PLAYS FOR A GOOD CAUSEThe Tennessee Titans coaching staff wont be calling the first two plays of their preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.That honor instead will go to two groups of fans that bid $10,000 each to earn that right. The auction occurred during a charity dinner benefiting Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee and the Kevin Carter Foundation.For the first preseason game -- the first two plays -- youre going to get probably five kids that are going to get wishes for life, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.Mularkey said Thursday that the winning bidders already had selected their plays.One of them asked a very good question: If the other team knows that were picking the play, are they going to expect something like a gadget, Mularkey said.I said, `Thats a good question. Now you understand what we deal with every Tuesday when were in here for 14 hours. They had fun with it. It was really a great experience for everybody.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Venta Zapatillas Puma Baratas .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. Comprar Zapatillas Puma Baratas . 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Because the college basketball season is officially underway, and because we all could probably use more adorable dogs in our lives, here is a picture of UConn star Kia Nurse with Jonathan the Husky.Cuddle time with one of my favs. #StarStruck #KiaNurse #UConnWBBA photo posted by Jonathan the Husky (HOUSTON -- Tony Dawson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a school record 218 yards and two more scores to lead Houston Baptist to a 31-24 victory over Stephen F Austin on Saturday. Discount Authentic Air Jordan .Dawson scored on an 83-yard run in the third quarter and a 41-yard run in the fourth to help the Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Southland) build a 31-14 lead. Dawson, who set the previous record of 191 yards rushing last month, carried the ball 15 times.Dawson-who was 9 of 22 for 139 yards and an interception- found Terrance Peters on 26-yard TD in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Later he hit Ricardo Barnett for a 32-yard score for a 14-7 lead at the half.The Lumberjacks (4-6, 3-5) tied the game early in the third quarter on Kijana Amous 2-yard run, but three plays later Dawson broke off the longest play from scrimmage in school history.Zac Conque was 26 of 43 for 386 yards and two with Tamrick Pace making eight receptions for 187 yards. Authentic Air Jordan Sale . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Cheap Nike Authentic Air Jordan . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.cheapauthenticairjordan.com/ . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The San Jose Sharks are off to a strong start in their quest to return to the Stanley Cup Final.Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward scored for an early lead and Patrick Marleau had an empty-net power-play goal, leading the Sharks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night.Martin Jones made 26 saves for San Jose, which beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in its season opener Wednesday.Boedkers goal was his first with the Sharks.It was nice to score and help a team get the lead and all that, said Boedker, who joined the Sharks as a free agent after stints with Colorado and Arizona. That was definitely a good one to get out of way.Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each got their first goal for Columbus, which has lost its first two games this season.Boedker scored 9:22 into the first period when a dump-in play by Logan Couture led to a tricky rebound off goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The puck was deflected to Boedker, who buried it over Bobrovskys left shoulder.Brenden Dillon and Couture were both credited with assists.Just over five minutes later, a pass from the corner by Brent Burns found Ward in front of the net, and he sneaked the puck under Bobrovskys right pad. Chris Tierney also earned an assist.I had a feeling (Burns) was going to swing it across, Ward said. He was going to shoot on net, so I figured it was best to play the angle where the goalie was, or he was going to throw it across. I just tried to sneak my way in the back door.Bobrovsky made 35 saves and kept the game within reach.Bobrovsky was excellentt, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. Authentic Air Jordan Outlet. We had real quality opportunities to extend the lead and didnt. When you let a team hang around like that, youre fighting for your life down the stretch.Rookie Werenski got the Jackets on the board 3:44 into the second period on a power play. It was the first goal of Werenskis three-day-old NHL career, with assists from Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson.Zach is a guy you can see, especially tonight, how he can control the game with the puck, said Columbus coach John Tortorella. We have a lot of teaching to do with him without the puck. Thats our job as coaches. The God-given ability he has, its at a different level than a lot of players at this league.Brandon Dubinsky went off for tripping at 2:08, and the Jackets pulled Bobrovsky at 1:20, but Marleau slammed the door with his empty-netter with 33 seconds left.Anderson scored with 23 seconds left.Game notes Columbus Ryan Murray, injured while blocking a shot in the season-opening loss to the Bruins, missed his first game after playing 85 consecutive games. ... Gregory Campbell was suspended by the Blue Jackets after refusing to report to the minor league Cleveland Monsters, reported The Columbus Dispatch. ... 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A look at Saturdays NFL preseason matchups:LUCKY DAYIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck thought hed return to the field before the end of last season. Puma Basket Baratas . When his lacerated kidney refused to cooperate, Luck established last weekends Hall of Fame game as the target.That didnt happen either, when the game was canceled because of poor field conditions.Lucks next chance comes Saturday at Buffalo.Yeah, maybe a bit, Luck said when asked if he was more excited to play this preseason after not appearing in a game since Nov. 8. Maybe a bit just to get out there and be back on the football field.Luck is expected to play at least a couple of series in an interesting test against Rex Ryans defense. Last season, Luck struggled against the Bills in a 27-14 season-opening loss that set the tone for the worst season of Lucks pro career.---NOT RISKING REGGIERex Ryan is taking no chances of risking Reggie Bush to injury.The Bills coach said the recently signed running back/return specialist is going to sit out Buffalos preseason opener against the Colts on Saturday. The 31-year-old Bush signed with Buffalo two weeks ago and is fully recovered since having surgery on his left knee in November.Hes listed as the Bills starting kickoff and punt returner and is set to open the season as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy.Ryan doesnt expect starting receiver Sammy Watkins to play either. Watkins returned to practice Monday after missing four months recovering from surgery for a broken left foot.---NEW RUNNING BACK FOR SEAHAWKSFor the first time since early in the 2010 season, the Seattle Seahawks are without Marshawn Lynch on their roster.The process of figuring out who takes his place begins on Saturday when the Seahawks travel to Kansas City for their exhibition opener.The projected starter is Thomas Rawls, who filled in more than admirably last season when Lynch missed time with an abdominal injury. Rawls rushed for 830 yards and four touchdowns, and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.But Rawls is coming off a major ankle injury that required offseason surgery. He was only activated off the physically unable to perform list earlier this week. Rookie draft picks C.J. Prosise and Zac Brooks are out with minor injuries as well. Look for rookie Alex Collins to get the bulk of the carries against the Chiefs, while converted running back George Farmer will also get extensive playing time.---GOING GREEN IN LAThe Rams are selling tickets they didnt plan to at the LA Coliseum for Saturdays preseason opener against Dallas -- the first NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994.The game could end up drawing close to the stadiums capacity of 91,000. And as with most road games for the Cowboys, one of the questions will be how many of those fans are wearing the silver and blue.Not only has Dallas always been a big road draw, but the Cowboys have held training camp in California off and on for more than 50 years. That includes the past five camps in Oxnard, about 60 miles north of LA.But this supposed to be a celebration of the return of the Rams, 70 years after their first move to LA from Cleveland. The team moved to St. Louis for the 1995 season.I dont know what its going to be like, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. We do anticipate support for them, but there has been a presence for the Cowboys here for a long, long time.Rookie Jared Goff said he believes the tempo of practice and quality of the Rams defense has him prepared for his first NFL action. He expects to treat it like every other game, though there will be one notable difference as he will be coming off the bench. Goff, a three-year starter at California, didnt remember the last time he did not take the first snap in a game.Coach Jeff Fisher hasnt divvied up playing time just yet, but indicated starters would likely play two or three series.---PLAYS FOR A GOOD CAUSEThe Tennessee Titans coaching staff wont be calling the first two plays of their preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.That honor instead will go to two groups of fans that bid $10,000 each to earn that right. The auction occurred during a charity dinner benefiting Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee and the Kevin Carter Foundation.For the first preseason game -- the first two plays -- youre going to get probably five kids that are going to get wishes for life, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.Mularkey said Thursday that the winning bidders already had selected their plays.One of them asked a very good question: If the other team knows that were picking the play, are they going to expect something like a gadget, Mularkey said.I said, `Thats a good question. Now you understand what we deal with every Tuesday when were in here for 14 hours. They had fun with it. It was really a great experience for everybody.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Venta Zapatillas Puma Baratas .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. Comprar Zapatillas Puma Baratas . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. http://www.pumabaratas.es/ . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Because the college basketball season is officially underway, and because we all could probably use more adorable dogs in our lives, here is a picture of UConn star Kia Nurse with Jonathan the Husky.Cuddle time with one of my favs. #StarStruck #KiaNurse #UConnWBBA photo posted by Jonathan the Husky (HOUSTON -- Tony Dawson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a school record 218 yards and two more scores to lead Houston Baptist to a 31-24 victory over Stephen F Austin on Saturday. Discount Authentic Air Jordan .Dawson scored on an 83-yard run in the third quarter and a 41-yard run in the fourth to help the Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Southland) build a 31-14 lead. Dawson, who set the previous record of 191 yards rushing last month, carried the ball 15 times.Dawson-who was 9 of 22 for 139 yards and an interception- found Terrance Peters on 26-yard TD in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Later he hit Ricardo Barnett for a 32-yard score for a 14-7 lead at the half.The Lumberjacks (4-6, 3-5) tied the game early in the third quarter on Kijana Amous 2-yard run, but three plays later Dawson broke off the longest play from scrimmage in school history.Zac Conque was 26 of 43 for 386 yards and two with Tamrick Pace making eight receptions for 187 yards. Authentic Air Jordan Sale . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Cheap Nike Authentic Air Jordan . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.cheapauthenticairjordan.com/ . Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The San Jose Sharks are off to a strong start in their quest to return to the Stanley Cup Final.Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward scored for an early lead and Patrick Marleau had an empty-net power-play goal, leading the Sharks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night.Martin Jones made 26 saves for San Jose, which beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in its season opener Wednesday.Boedkers goal was his first with the Sharks.It was nice to score and help a team get the lead and all that, said Boedker, who joined the Sharks as a free agent after stints with Colorado and Arizona. That was definitely a good one to get out of way.Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each got their first goal for Columbus, which has lost its first two games this season.Boedker scored 9:22 into the first period when a dump-in play by Logan Couture led to a tricky rebound off goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The puck was deflected to Boedker, who buried it over Bobrovskys left shoulder.Brenden Dillon and Couture were both credited with assists.Just over five minutes later, a pass from the corner by Brent Burns found Ward in front of the net, and he sneaked the puck under Bobrovskys right pad. Chris Tierney also earned an assist.I had a feeling (Burns) was going to swing it across, Ward said. He was going to shoot on net, so I figured it was best to play the angle where the goalie was, or he was going to throw it across. I just tried to sneak my way in the back door.Bobrovsky made 35 saves and kept the game within reach.Bobrovsky was excellentt, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. Authentic Air Jordan Outlet. We had real quality opportunities to extend the lead and didnt. When you let a team hang around like that, youre fighting for your life down the stretch.Rookie Werenski got the Jackets on the board 3:44 into the second period on a power play. It was the first goal of Werenskis three-day-old NHL career, with assists from Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson.Zach is a guy you can see, especially tonight, how he can control the game with the puck, said Columbus coach John Tortorella. We have a lot of teaching to do with him without the puck. Thats our job as coaches. The God-given ability he has, its at a different level than a lot of players at this league.Brandon Dubinsky went off for tripping at 2:08, and the Jackets pulled Bobrovsky at 1:20, but Marleau slammed the door with his empty-netter with 33 seconds left.Anderson scored with 23 seconds left.Game notes Columbus Ryan Murray, injured while blocking a shot in the season-opening loss to the Bruins, missed his first game after playing 85 consecutive games. ... Gregory Campbell was suspended by the Blue Jackets after refusing to report to the minor league Cleveland Monsters, reported The Columbus Dispatch. ... Couture has three points in two games.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Columbus is off until next Friday, when it faces the Chicago Blackhawks.Sharks: San Jose heads to New York to face the Rangers on Monday. ' ' ':55am PSTSeriouusly, thats it. Zapatillas Puma Baratas. Thats this entire story. But, whatever, you know you liked this picture.See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. ' ' '
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