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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Cheap Air Jordans From China . -- The New England Patriots needed a big play, and Tom Brady delivered -- again.Brady connected with Chris Hogan for a 79-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots to a 30-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the fourth NFL quarterback with at least 450 career touchdown passes. He also threw just his second interception of the season.LeGarrette Blount rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries, passing 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season with Tampa Bay in 2010.The Patriots (11-2) have won four straight games and eight of their last nine as they continue to inch toward their eighth straight AFC East title.It was a big game for us, Brady said. You play at home in December on Monday night against a great defense, it was important for us to come out and play well. We knew it was gonna be a 60-minute game.The Ravens (7-6) had won two in a row. They now face a challenging route to the playoffs with two of their last three on the road.Joe Flacco did his best to keep Baltimore in the game, finishing 37 of 52 for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The 37 completions set a franchise record.The Patriots led 23-3 before the Ravens turned back-to-back New England fumbles on special teams into touchdowns.New England still had a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter when the Ravens drove to the Patriots 12 before Flacco was sacked by Rob Ninkovich, forcing Baltimore to settle for a field goal.The Ravens entered the week with the NFLs top-ranked defense, giving up just 296.1 yards per game. But the Patriots defense shined early on, limiting the Ravens to just three points and 142 yards in the first half.The Ravens rushed only four times for 7 yards in the opening 30 minutes, and were just 3 for 8 on third downs.FUMBLED AWAYThe Patriots appeared to be in control after Martellus Bennetts 19-yard touchdown reception made it 23-3 with 8:45 to play in the third. But Cyrus Jones couldnt get out of the way of Sam Kochs 53-yard punt. It brushed off his foot as it fell to the turf and was picked up by Chris Moore on New Englands 3. The Ravens scored two plays later.The Patriots then gave Baltimore another gift on the ensuing kickoff when returner Matt Slater lost the ball after a hit by Patrick Onwuasor. Shareece Wright recovered for the Ravens, and Flacco threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Dixon.I think there were some plays I wish we all could have had back, Brady said. But theyre a competitive team. They force you into some errors. It was great to finish the game with the ball in our hands. We always love doing that.QUOTABLEIts something that we preach about, through the whole OTAs, camp, preseason and all that. We want to eliminate big plays. We had a bust, Ravens linebacker Zach Orr said of Bradys touchdown to Hogan. If you miss an assignment, Tom Brady and those guys will exploit that to the max.BLOCKEDPatriots linebacker Shea McClellin showed off his athleticism in the first quarter by hurdling the Ravens line and then blocking Justin Tuckers 34-yard field goal attempt. It was part of a big first half for McClellin, who was also involved in five total tackles in the opening 30 minutes.SCORING DEFENSENew Englands defense was the first unit to get on the scoreboard. After Ryan Allens punt was downed on the 1, Dixon was swarmed in the end zone and brought down by Malcolm Butler for a safety.It was the Patriots third safety of the season -- a franchise record. They also got one on Oct. 9 against Cleveland when Browns quarterback Cody Kessler fumbled the ball out of the end zone and the following week when Donta Hightower sacked Cincinnatis Andy Dalton in the end zone.INJURIESRavens: CB Jimmy Smith left in the first quarter with an ankle injury.UP NEXTRavens: Host the Eagles Sunday in their final home game of the regular season.Patriots: Play two of their final three on the road, beginning Sunday with a trip to Denver.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Jordans . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Air Jordan Store On Sale . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. http://www.airjordanoutlet.us/ . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. MINNEAPOLIS -- Barely a year after acquiring Carlos Gomez, the Houston Astros have let the two-time All-Star center fielder go amid a season-long slump.The 30-year-old Gomez was designated for assignment Wednesday before the game in Minnesota, where he played two seasons at the beginning of his career.Manager A.J. Hinch praised Gomezs attitude despite the persistent struggles, but he was batting .210 with 100 strikeouts in 295 at-bats and a woeful .594 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. His contract was expiring at the end of the year.I just think he put a lot of pressure on himself to be perfect, and the harder he tried, sometimes the more difficult it became, Hinch said. It wasnt a lack of effort. It wasnt a lack of preparation. It wasnt a lack of anything other than production on the field.Gomez and starting pitcher Mike Fiers arrived from Milwaukee the day before the non-waiver trade deadline last year for four prospects, none of whom have reached the major leagues with the Brewers yet. But Gomez, who was making $9 million this season, will go down as one of the franchises biggest busts.Sometimes it just doesnt work. I know he carried the burden of being the big acquisition in July. He often spoke of feeling responsible and trying to play better for the team, knowing that he was a big addition last July during the playoff race, Hinch said. We can poke holes at guys, especially on their way out the door, but Ill choose to remember the more positive impact -- the home run in New York in the playoffs, the continual ennergy behind the scenes, the selflessness in talking to some of the young players. Wholesale Jordan Shoes. The Astros were a surprise AL wild-card team last year and after beating the Yankees fell to the World Series champion Kansas City Royals in five games in the next round. Gomez hit .242 with 13 extra-base hits and 10 stolen bases in 41 games for the Astros after the trade.This season, hes been badly off track. He even made two glaring gaffes in the field Monday, his last game for Houston, by letting a single skip by him for a two-base error that allowed one run to score and losing a routine fly ball that became an RBI triple during a three-run fifth inning for the victorious Twins.He wasnt having a good year, obviously, but at least he tried hard, second baseman Jose Altuve said.Trying too hard has long been one of Gomezs troubles, a multi-talented athlete who has inconsistently harnessed his exuberance.We really wanted to start to play the guys who we felt were going to help us on a nightly basis more than the others, and thats not knocking Carlos Gomez at all, Hinch said. I think he brought his best every single day to try to help us win.The Astros recalled right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave from Triple-A Fresno to fill Gomezs roster spot. Jake Marisnick will take over in center field, and Tony Kemp will get plenty of time in left field. Colby Rasmus is on the disabled list with an ear problem. ' ' ' 
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Football fans around the world will be disgusted with the claims that Sepp Blatter and other top FIFA officials paid themselves gargantuan bonuses, Damian Collins has told Sky Sports News HQ. Real Jordans For Cheap Prices . The Conservative MP and member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee believes claims that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner wrongly profited by £55m from the organisation poses serious questions of both FIFA and its auditors KPMG.Banned former FIFA president Blatter, former secretary general Valcke and former deputy secretary general Kattner enriched themselves, according to investigators, with a series of salary increases, bonuses and incentives in the past five years, some of which broke the law. Damian Collins is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee And Collins said: Its incredibly serious and there are a couple of very important points from it.Do we seriously believe that it is only these three that knew what was going on? It poses a lot of very challenging questions of FIFA, particular of people who at on compensation committees of FIFA and saw payments being made to executives.I think it also poses difficult questions for KPMG, whove been FIFAs auditors for a long time as well. Were these payments being noted in any way? We are talking tens of millions of pounds, not small change. Change FIFA co-founder David Larkin says that sport is getting out of control I think football fans around the world will react with disgust at the way in which it appears senior FIFA executives have seen to enrich themselves with these gargantuan bonuses.Change FIFA co-founder David Larkin also told Sky Sports News HQ that the revelations were stunning and that sport in general is getting out of control.The thing that is stunning is that this is an organisation thats had no transparency or accountability to the public, when in essence its the public that funds it, he said. Sepp Blatter and two others wrongly profited by £55m from FIFA It must be held accountable and transparent, and we still dont have that with Mr Infantino. We have enrichment beyond our wildest dreams, and its stunning that this would be revealed on the day when current FIFA president is under massive pressure with regards to what he did with some recordings.The first thing that I would say is that FIFA always says no, no, no - its our money. No its not. When FIFA holds a World Cup, they socialise the costs and privatise the profits. The profits come from the people.So this organisation now suggesting it can write itself cheques in secret is one more demonstration that it cannot be trusted, and its leaders cannot be trusted, and that sport is out of control. Its time to renegotiate the relationship between sport and the public. Also See: FIFA lawyers latest Blatter claims FIFA respond to Infantino claims Cheap Jordans . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. Cheap Air Jordan Retro . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. http://www.cheapauthenticairjordanforsale.com/ . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. SAN DIEGO -- The University of San Diego has hired Bill McGillis as athletic director.McGillis replaces Ky Snyder, who was promoted to vice president for operations and chief operations officer.He comes from Southern Mississippi, where he has been AD since July 2013. Cheap Authentic Jordans Website. McGillis has also been AD at the University of South Florida and Evansville, and worked at New Mexico and Houston. ' ' ' 
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RALEIGH, N. Wholesale Jordan 8 .C. -- While missing one key player, North Carolina State found another.Ted Kapita scored 17 points in his debut to help the Wolfpack beat St. Francis Brooklyn 86-61 on Sunday.Torin Dorn added 21 points for N.C. State (2-0), which shot 59 percent.Kapita, a freshman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sat out the Wolfpacks season-opening win over Georgia Southern on Friday because the NCAA was reviewing his eligibility.The 6-foot-8 forward came off the bench to make 7 of 8 shots and grab eight rebounds in 24 minutes.What a great first night for Ted Kapita, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. Wow. He comes in there, he plays with great energy, hes got enthusiasm, he gets rebounds, and he also concentrates and puts the ball in the basket.Abdul-Malik Abu and Dennis Smith Jr. had 12 points apiece for N.C. State, and Terry Henderson scored 11.The Wolfpack played without starting swingman Maverick Rowan, who reported feeling concussion-like symptoms after scoring 17 points in Fridays victory over Georgia Southern.Glenn Sanabria scored 14 points to lead St. Francis (0-1), which trailed 42-31 at halftime. Rasheem Dunn added 12 points and Yunus Hopkinson 10.St. Francis led 7-4 early, but N.C. State scored on nine of its next 10 possessions during a 19-4 spurt to seize control.We need to develop some poise on offense, St. Francis coach Glenn Braica said. Theyre playing the like the house is on fire a little bit, but thats OK. Theyve got good energy.BIG PICTURESt. Francis: The Terriers played with plenty of effort, as evidenced by the fact that 10 of their first 13 points came after offensive rebounds. They can take solace in the fact that they wont have many games more difficult than this one on their schedule.N.C. State: The Wolfpack showed why they are a popular choice to be a dangerous team by the end of the season. With the emergence of Kapita, they will have four strong options in the post after Omer Yurtseven becomes eligible next month.FRESHMAN STANDOUTKapita entered the game with 5:23 left in the first half and scored eight points in the final 4:21 before halftime. He played a large role in N.C. States 52-18 advantage on points in the paint, but his intensity was just as noticeable as his production.Nobody can teach in basketball how you control yourself, how you play, your energy level, Kapita said. I think thats something none of the coaches can coach me there. Its something I have inside of me. I play with my heart.INJURY UPDATERowan, who was replaced in the starting lineup by senior BeeJay Anya, is in the Wolfpacks NCAA-approved concussion protocol. N.C. State said Rowans CT scan was negative. Holding him out obviously is the right thing to do, Gottfried said. Hopefully hell be back for us in the next couple of days.TIP-INSAfter missing its final 16 3-point attempts in its opener, N.C. State made only 1 of 7 3-point tries against St. Francis. . Smith picked up his fourth foul with 15:04 remaining in the game and sat out for the next 7 1/2 minutes. . The Terriers hustled their way to 16 offensive rebounds and outscored the Wolfpack 19-14 on second-chance points.UP NEXTSt. Francis: Plays at No. 8 Virginia on Tuesday in a tough game against another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.N.C. State: Plays Montana in the Virgin Islands on Friday. Its the first of three games in a four-day stretch for the Wolfpack at the Paradise Jam. Cheap Jordan 8 Retro . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Cheap Jordan 8 Shoes . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. http://www.cheapairjordan8.com/ . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. ST. LOUIS -- Closers need nerves of steel. Raisel Iglesias is showing he has what it takes.Adam Duvalls two-run single was all Cincinnati needed as the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Wednesday night.The Reds third win in their last four games dealt a blow to the Cardinals playoff hopes. St. Louis remained one game behind San Francisco for the NLs second wild card, with the New York Mets 1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants.Iglesias earned his fifth save in six opportunities with two innings of relief, pitching in and out of jams in both.A walk to his first batter, a hit batter and a wild pitch in the eighth had Iglesias pitching out of a second and third with one out situation. The right-hander wriggled out with a strikeout and a ground out.First inning everything sped up for me, Iglesias said through an interpreter. After that I picked my tempo up and everything was fine after that.Cardinals pinch-hitter Kolten Wong led off the ninth with a triple. But Iglesias got a shallow fly sandwiched between two ground outs to end the game.After that I started to locate my pitches and it felt like a playoff game, Iglesias said. Im going to be aggressive as I can be and go after the hitters.Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (9-5) allowed one runner in each of the first four innings, but only once during that span did the Cardinals have anyone in scoring position. He stranded five runners, including two in the sixth, his last inning. He allowed six hits and one run.He pitched his heart out for us, Reds manager Bryan Price said. What a boost. You think about our team and our turnaround in the second half and it really lines up with (DeSclafani) coming back into our rotation and getting Iglesias and (Michael) Lorenzen back healthy.It was the fifth quality start out of six in DeSclafanis career against the Cardinals. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA against St. Louis.I face them more often, DeSclafani said. I feel I learn more about them and they learn more about me so its a constant adjustment.Duvall drove in his 101st and 102nd runs with his third-inning single. Jordan 8 Wholesale. He has seven RBI in the series.They werent going down easy thats for sure with Wong hitting that triple, Duvall said. But Iggy bared down and showed that he had some nasty stuff and was able to come out of it.Cardinals starter Mike Leake (9-12) allowed five hits and two runs in five innings, striking out six.Leake was lifted for pinch-hitter Matt Adams in the fifth and he grounded into a double play that scored Aledmys Diaz for the Cardinals lone run.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought closer Seung Hwan Oh in with one out in the eighth inning. Oh struck out both batters to get the Cardinals out of a jam after Duvall tripled to lead off the inning.Oh left the game with two outs in the ninth after being hit by a line drive from Jose Peraza.Its baseball, youre going to have times when you just dont get it done, Matheny said. Tonight was one of those times guys make good pitches in big situations and we couldnt finish it off.SPECIAL GUESTSThe St. Louis Blues attended the game and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk threw out the first pitch. The Cardinals wore hybrid Blues/Cardinals jerseys during warmups.ROSTER MOVESThe Reds claimed IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan off waivers from the San Diego Padres and placed SS Zack Cozart on the 60-day DL list. This is the fourth organization Kivlehan has been a part of this season.TRAINERS ROOMReds: 2B Brandon Phillips (left hand) and OF Scott Schebler (left hamstring) were scratched from the lineup.Cardinals: OF Matt Holliday (thumb) is not on a live batting practice schedule.UP NEXTReds: RHP Dan Straily (14-8, 3.74 ERA) has made 11 starts in which he allowed three hits or fewer. He is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three career appearances against St. Louis.Cardinals: RHP Alex Reyes (4-1, 1.58 ERA) has earned a win in his last three appearances. He is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three career appearances against Cincinnati. ' ' ' 
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- In another Chinese duel, Ding Ning ended up with Olympic gold. Cheap Air Max 720 Canada .Ding beat teammate Li Xiaoxia in the womens table tennis final Wednesday, reversing the result from four years ago.When the 26-year-old Ding lost to Li in the final at the 2012 London Games, she broke down in tears. In Rio de Janeiro, there were tears again as she dropped to her knees in celebration.The tense match, which came down to a deciding seventh game, was filled with long rallies, lightning quick smashes, looping topspin forehands and stretching defensive saves -- all signs that these two players have spent many hours playing together over the years.After almost every point, the winner raised her fist, let out a sharp yell and stalked away from the table. Ding, a left-hander, relied on a crouching, tomahawk-style serve. Li often fanned herself with her bat while awaiting serve.The rivals went back and forth over the first three games, the medal podium standing in shadows next to their spotlighted table.Ding, the reigning world champion, took the first game. Li bounced back in the second, and Ding won the third. Li then pulled away, winning the next two games to put herself on the brink of another Olympic win. But Ding played herself back into the match by winning the sixth game.In the decider, Ding made fewer errors than Li, who several times missed the table with her forehand at crucial points.Chinese women have won every gold singles medal since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988.Before the Rio de Janeiro Games, China had won all but four of the table tennis gold medals at the Olympics. The country took all the golds at the past two games, and it has made a good start to doing it again in Rio. Each nation is allowed two players in singles.Earlier Wednesday, Kim Song I of North Korea won a bronze medal by beating veteran Ai Fukuhara of Japan.Kims victory capped a surprising run through the tournament. The chopper, or defensive specialist, repeatedly took down higher-ranked opponents.Kim lost to Ding on Wednesday morning before a small but loud North Korean cheering section, which included Choe Ryong Hae, a top lieutenant of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The mens side will also feature an all-China final, as world?No. 1 Ma Long will face London champion Zhang Jike on Thursday.Ma beat Japans Jun Mizutani four games to two in the first best-of-seven semifinal match. In the other semifinal, Zhang, whose first name was inspired by Brazilian soccer star Zico, beat Vladimir Samsonov, a 40-year-old from Belarus and former world No. 1, 4-1.Rio will be the third straight Olympics where Chinese men will take both gold and silver. Air Max 720 Canada . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Air Max 720 For Sale . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. http://www.cheapairmax720canada.com/ . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. MURRAY, Ky. -- Bryce Jones had a season-high 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, freshman Jachai Taylor added a career-high 19 points and Murray State beat NAIA Bethel 103-65 on Monday night.Jones made 5 of 6 from the field, including all three of his 3-point shots, and 7-of-7 free throws. Jonathan Stark added 16 points and five assists, Gilbert Thomas Jr. scored 12 with a career-high nine rebounds, Terrell Miller Jr. added 11 points and Gee McGhee scored 10.Jones and Sttark each hit 3s to spark a 10-0 run to open the game and Murray State (5-5) never trailed. Nike Air Max 720 Clearance. .The Racers shot 55 percent (35 of 64) from the field, had a season-high 25 assists and topped the 100-point plateau for the first time this season.Andrew Rogan led Bethel with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Marcus Burnett added 10 points and 12 rebounds. ' ' ' 
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday played to the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 2005. Nike Air Max Schweiz .Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1. Because the game has no effect on postseason positioning and the teams arent scheduled to play again this season, MLB decided the game would not be made up and officially declared it a tie after a delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes.All stats from the game will count.Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny, who was making his first career start, took to Twitter to comment on the oddity of the situation.The Cubs, who have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, now have a record of 101-57-1. The Pirates record is 78-80-1.Its the first tie in the majors since June 30, 2005, when Houston and Cincinnati played seven innings before being halted by rain.The last time the Cubs played to a tie was May 28, 1993, against the Montreal Expos. The Pirates played to a tie for the first time since Aug. 24, 1998, against the Cardinals. Air Max Günstig Online Kaufen . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Air Max Günstig Bestellen . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. http://www.schweizairmax.ch/ .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. Each week, Ill write about the sport I love: college basketball:The ACC will be the best hoops conference in the nation. It is loaded and will be very deep. It starts with Duke and should have many teams in the Big Dance.We must wait until the appeal process is completed before rushing to judgement in the Louisville basketball situation. This will continue on for another year.North Carolina received some tough news. Theo Pinson, a potential starter, recently fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, which will sideline him indefinitely.You dont have to go Princeton to figure out that this is a pivotal year for Johnny Jones at LSU. Air Max Schuhe Outlet. Last season, with Ben Simmons, was disappointing when the Tigers couldnt make the NCAA tournament.Many schools have benefited from transfer rules. Boston College will try to improve this season with the addition of several.?Connar Tava?came from Western Michigan. Mo Jeffers came to Chestnut Hill from Delaware.?Jordan Chatman?is a former BYU Cougar. ' ' ' 
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TORONTO -- On a night that was supposed to be about the NHLs two 19-year-old franchise saviors, the duel behind the benches stole the show. Cheap Nike Air Max 98 For Sale .The first-ever NHL encounter between Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews saw both young superstars held without a point, while head coaches Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers and Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs matched wits in spectacular fashion.Babcock, with the last line change, matched up Nazem Kadri on McDavid and all the Leafs center did was shut down McDavid while also scoring twice, including the OT winner as he fought off the Oilers captain to score in a 3-2 win at Air Canada Centre.McLellan certainly did his best to spring McDavid loose by double-shifting him a number of times -- I mean, you rarely see that in the NHL nowadays -- including a whopping 14 shifts and 8:07 minutes in the opening period alone. Why not, when your franchise player is playing his first-ever NHL game in his hometown before friends and family? Feed him some candy early on.But Babcock, who had McLellan on his staff with the Detroit Red Wings when both won a Stanley Cup together in 2008, felt that decision from his old protege helped out the Leafs.[Thats] a lot of minutes -- I dont care who you are, Babcock said to raised eyebrows postgame. That helped us because Naz had only played five minutes, because he didnt penalty kill, so he was allowed to be fresher. So I thought Naz had a good game for us tonight.To which I followed up and asked the Leafs head coach: Are you suggesting McDavid tired out?Well, you jam a guy out there every shift, and like three in a row, stuff like that, hard to have the same pop, man, responded Babcock.McDavid, who ended up playing 22:46, said he had no problem at all with all the double-shifts and insists he didnt tire out.No, no. If you keep your shifts short and all that, I feel like Im in pretty good shape, said McDavid. I feel like I can do that. It is what it is.The Matthews-McDavid rematch is Nov. 29 in Edmonton, and heres a prediction: Dont bet McDavid and Matthews will be held without a point in that one.They certainly had their chances Tuesday night, McDavids blazing speed threatening a few times on those dangerous rushes from the outside. Im not sure how any defensemen in the league can skate backward fast enough to close that gap when No. 97 is blaring at you from that angle.Matthews, playing on a line with rookie of the month William Nylander and Zach Hyman, had a number of Grade A chances while putting up six shots.I think as a line this was one of our best games of the year, said Matthews, held without a point for a fourth straight game. We were definitely in possession of the puck a lot, creating a lot of opportunities. They just didnt go in tonight, but I think its really positive here heading into our next game.While Matthews and McDavid didnt produce on the scoresheet, they both left quite an impression on former NHL center Ray Ferraro, who worked ice level between the benches on the TSN telecast in Canada.One thing that I saw watching them is that theyre way more competitive, like feisty, than people might think, said Ferraro. Its almost like when we first saw [Sidney Crosby], we all got wowed about his skill; and then youre like, theyre a little nasty, too. Both of them have got a little bit of an edge that I dont think I knew until I saw them closely. Theyre super-fiery competitive, even though theyre not breaking sticks all over the nice. I could see that clear.The star on this night, however? That would be Kadri. And you better believe that hearing all of this pregame hype about the kid superstars motivated Kadri, the 26-year-old very much wanting to prove on this kind of stage and with this kind of assignment that hes still a relevant player, too.Of course, I mean, Im not here just to kind of be a role player, said Kadri. I want to help this team win and I want to do everything I can to help these guys win, and in doing that help the young kids and pave the road and set a good example by doing things right and showing what it takes to be a professional.He frustrated McDavid, finishing a hard check on him to open the third period. Kadri was in his kitchen all night long.Hes a good player, he played me hard, McDavid said of Kadri. Good for him.A lot of credit goes to Naz and his line, who did a great job limiting their chances and making it hard on them, Matthews said of McDavids line being shut down.A little fear can fuel a great performance.You dont want him to walk all over you and hes certainly a player whos able to do that, Kadri said of McDavid. He can embarrass you when he has time and space, so I just tried to limit that from him and just stay on top of him as much as I could tonight. Air Max 98 Cheap . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. Air Max 98 Outlet Online . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. http://www.airmax98outlet.com/ . -- 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. With one fewer week of racing and the lack of a Triple Crown opportunity at the Belmont Stakes, all-sources handle was predictably down at the 2016 Belmont spring-summer meet.All-sources handle was $620,612,113, down 4.1 percent from the 2015 figure of $647,740,050. On-track handle was $82,620,672, down 6.4 percent from the 2015 figure of $88,293,037.There were 54 days of racing in 2016, five fewer than in 2015. A total of 514 races were run this year, compared to 553 in 2015. There were 247 turf races run this year, 264 last year. There were 22 races taken off the turf this spring-summer meet, comppared to just 11 last year. Air Max 98 Cheap Wholesale. .Average field size in 2016 was 7.92 horses per race, up over the 7.67 in 2015.When you consider that all-sources handle for the Belmont Stakes was down $37 million compared to last year, all-sources handle for the remaining days of the meet was actually up. This year, all-sources handle on the Belmont Stakes was $99.4 million, compared to $136.7 million in 2015, when American Pharoah was going for - and achieved - the Triple Crown. ' ' ' 
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BALTIMORE -- Held in check by Baltimores pitchers for 18 consecutive innings, the Boston Red Sox finally played like the highest-scoring team in the major leagues. Wholesale Air Jordan China . Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes homered to back an effective pitching performance by John Lackey, and Boston beat the Orioles 5-4 Saturday to end a five-game losing streak in Baltimore. After dropping the first two games of the series, the Red Sox fell into an early 2-0 hole before bouncing back. Carps home run snapped an 18-inning scoring drought in the fourth, and Gomes made it 5-2 in the sixth with a solo shot that chased Baltimore starter Freddy Garcia (3-4). Every starter except for Jarrod Saltalamacchia got at least one hit, including two by Gomes. Boston finished with nine hits, four for extra bases. "Us getting shut outs not going to last too long," Gomes said. "Weve got some pretty good hitters on this team." Including Carp, whos been pressed into action at first base since Mike Napoli fell ill in the third inning of Thursday nights game. Napoli was sent back to Boston on Saturday so team doctors can determine why hes been feeling groggy over the past few days. Carp insisted that the Red Sox didnt come into the game pressing to break out of their offensive funk. "We dont think about that," he said. "We feel like were going to mash every day. It just takes one guy to get going, fortunately today it was me. Tomorrow its going to be another guy and so on and so forth." The victory increased Bostons lead over second-place Baltimore in the AL East to 2 1/2 games. The Red Sox lost three games at Camden Yards last September and were 0-2 this season, their longest dry spell in Baltimore since a seven-game stretch in 1969-70. Lackey (4-5) gave up two runs, seven hits and a walk in seven innings to improve to 12-4 lifetime against the Orioles. It was the right-handers first win since May 25, even though hes allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts this season. Former Oriole Koji Uehara struck out the side in the eighth and Andrew Bailey gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the ninth before securing his eighth save. The game ended when pinch-runner Alexi Casilla took off from first base on a one-out liner to right by Ryan Flaherty. Shane Victorino made the catch without much difficulty and threw out Casilla for the double play. "Flaherty hit that ball very good," Casilla said. "He crushed it over my head. I kind of started running and looked where Victorino was playing and thought no chance he was going to catch that ball. I guess I kept running. Bad read." Baltimores Manny Machado extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and hit his major league leading 31st double. Despite the loss, Baltimore has won 13 of its last 18 games against the Red Sox. The Orioles took a 2-0 lead before Lackey got an out. After Nate McLouth singled off the pitchers foot and scored on a double by Machado, Nick Markakis singled and Adam Jones drove in a run with an infield hit. Lackey avoided further damage by retiring Wieters and J.J. Hardy with runners at second and third. "It might have been the key to the game," Boston manager John Farrell said. Lackey said, "Cant really do much about the first couple guys getting on once theyre on, so you just try to minimize it the best you can." David Ortiz led off the Boston second inning with a liner to centre that bounced off the wall and eluded Jones. The husky man known as "Big Papi" legged it out for his second triple this month; the last time Ortiz had two triples in a season was 2006. With Ortiz on third, Carp drew a walk before Garcia got three straight outs. The Red Sox ended their season-high scoring drought with a three-run fourth. After Dustin Pedroia singled and Carp homered to tie it, Gomes singled and Stephen Drew ended a 4-for-31 skid with an RBI double. Pedroias single came after home plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled he fouled off a third strike. In reality, Pedroia missed it. "It was a break for us," Pedroia said. "I just said I thought I fouled that. Then he said, Foul ball. I thought I hit something. It was probably the ground. I dont know." Boston made it 4-2 in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, his first hit in 12 at-bats during this series. He stole second, advanced on a bunt and scored on Pedroias grounder to shortstop. Baltimore put runners at the corners with no outs in the bottom half, but Lackey worked out of the jam. NOTES: Red Sox rookie Jose Iglesias stretched his hitting streak to 16 games, longest by a Boston player this season. ... At the request of Jones, the PA system played WWE theme songs before each plate appearance by the Orioles. ... Jon Lester (14-1 lifetime vs. Baltimore) will start for Boston in the series finale. Miguel Gonzalez (2-0, 2.76 ERA vs. Boston) will start for the Orioles. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz hasnt sufficiently recovered from a sore neck and will not start Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Farrell said. Rubby De La Rosa will start in his place if he doesnt pitch in relief before then. Cheap Air Jordan Shoes Free Shipping . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. Cheap Air Jordan From China . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. http://www.wholesaleairjordan.com/ Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has promised his side wont be pushed around by an expected physical onslaught from Perth Glory in their A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.The Glory have collected 12 yellow cards after three rounds - the most of any team so far this season and a pointer to the no-nonsense approach Aloisi anticipates from Kenny Lowes side on Sunday.Im not saying we have to be physical (too), Im just saying that we wont get bullied, Aloisi told reporters on Friday.Try and bully Luke DeVere - hes a big boy, hes not going to take a step backwards.Were prepared, we know the way theyre going to play - we know theyre going to come here, sit off, frustrate us, try and catch us on the break but we just need to be patient, make sure we play our game and not get too anxious.We wont get sucked into playing a dirty game. I dont think they play dirty anyway, Perth. Theyre just hard at the ball, and we have to be the same.The Roar won their first game of the season last week, a slender 1-0 result away to Centraal Coast, but face two likely title contenders at home in less than a week with Melbourne City to visit next Friday night. Discount Air Jordan Shoes. Lowe will be restricted to the stands at Suncorp Stadium as he serves a two-week touchline ban for abusing a referee at half-time of last weeks impressive smash-and-grab 3-2 win over City at AAMI Park.Aloisi believes Perths players will miss his presence.I think they will because Kenny, you know what hes like, he said.Hes jumping around, hes infectious.How can you not lift as a player when youve got someone like him, not only yelling at you but so emotional on the sideline? The players will probably lose a little.Perth have won only twice in 16 attempts at Suncorp Stadium, their last victory coming nearly four years ago.We know that Perth hate travelling here - you just have to look at their results in the past. Its a tough trip for them, Aloisi said. ' ' '  
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Rory McIlroy has targeted a summer of success after producing a stunning finish to win the Irish Open for the first time at The K Club. Nike Air Max Goedkoop Kopen . McIlroy was in danger of blowing a three-shot lead after 54 holes for the second time this season after Scotlands Russell Knox carded four birdies and an eagle in the first 15 holes of a dramatic final round. Wentworth ways to watch Dont miss a moment of this weeks BMW PGA Championship, with extended coverage from Wentworth live However, the world No 3 then birdied the par-five 16th as Knox three-putted and, after lipping out for a birdie on the 17th, fired a stunning approach from 252 yards to within three feet of the hole on the 18th for a closing eagle. The resulting 69 on a day interrupted twice by hailstorms and torrential rain meant McIlroy finished three shots clear of Knox and Wales Bradley Dredge.He will donate his first prize of £515,000 to his own foundation which hosted the tournament for the second year. It means a lot for my summer, said McIlroy, who failed to convert a similar position in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.Its nice to get that first win of the year.I kept telling myself, kept telling anyone that would listen, my game was close. It was just a matter of everything clicking. Maybe those last three holes is the catalyst for another big summer. Rory McIlroy reveals he was holding back the tears on the 18th after winning the Irish Open The 27-year-old, who won four times in 2014 including two majors and a maiden WGC title, added: I really feel like my game is in good enough shape to kick on from here and to challenge in the three final majors, and obviously everything else we have to play for this year, Olympics, Ryder Cup, Race to Dubai, FedEx Cup.The 13th European Tour title of McIlroys career was not enough to improve his position in the world rankings, but it did lift him to second in the Race to Dubai behind Masters champion Danny Willett, who shared the lead at halfway but slumped to a closing 77. McIlroy puts himself in prime position to win the Irish Open after firing this five wood to within two feet of the pin on the 18th That left Knox as McIlroys biggest challenger and the US-based Scot took the lead with birdies on the 14th and 15th, only for McIlroy to produce a stunning approach from 273 yards to set up a two-putt birdie on the 16th, while Knox found sand off the tee and three-putted for a costly bogey.I played brilliant to be honest, Knox said. Obviously 16 is a huge turning point, but the shots that Rory hit in the end, he deserves to win. I shot 75 the first day and finished tied second. Thats pretty good.Englands Matthew Southgate, who regained his European Tour card via the qualifying school after undergoing treatment for testicular cancer last year, carded a closing 68 to finish fourth, the best result of his career.Watch the BMW PGA Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports 4 - your home of golf Also See: McIlroy claims K Club thriller WATCH: Rorys winning shot Tearful Rory savours home win Free HD Golf Game Nike Air Max Belgie Online . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. Nike Air Max Verkooppunten Belgie . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. http://www.airmaxgoedkoop.be/ . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. BATON ROUGE -- Senior midfielder Delaney Sheehan opened the scoring in the 11th minute of play and junior All-SEC striker Jorian Baucom followed with her first career hat trick to lead the Tigers to their second win on the bounce with a 4-0 thrashing of the visiting Lamar Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.Baucom netted her first goal of the day in the 32nd minute before completing her hat trick with goals in the 50th and 67th minutes of the second half as the Tigers (6-4) picked up their fifth win in six matches.Baucoms hat trick was the first by an LSU Tiger since fellow All-SEC striker Summer Clarke put three past Arkansas during her freshman season in a 5-3 win on Oct. 4, 2013. She had previously scored two goals in a game on three occasions during her collegiate career with her last brace coming in LSUs 3-2 win at Kentucky in the 2015 regular-season finale on Oct. 29 of last year.The Tigers went one better while putting four goals past Lamar (1-7-1) without replay on Sunday afternoon after shutting out Ole Miss, 3-0, in their Southeastern Conference home opener on Friday night to finish off a weekend sweep at the LSU Soccer Stadium for the first time this season. They have certainly found their form in recent weeks while improving to 5-1 in their last six matches in all competitions.Weve seen a nice progression from our team through the first half of the season, said LSU head coach Brian Lee. This has certainly been a great weekend for us. We feel like were starting to get the results that we deserve with the work were putting in during training and in the games. Well continue to work hard and develop those relationships on and off the field that will be key for continued success in SEC play.Sheehan put the Tigers on the board first just over 10 minutes into the match with a cracking finish from 20 yards as she took one touch outside the box and curled her effort beyond the reach of Lamars diving keeper Rachel Gries inside the left post. Clarke assisted Sheehans third goal of the season as she played the ball directly into the scorers path with a strong tackle at the edge of the box.Clarke nearly added a goal to her assist in the 23rd minute when she was played through on a breakaway, but her close-range effort was deflected out of play for a corner kick by a recovering Lamar defender.Sophomore forward Gabriela Maldonado quickly joined the fray less than two minutes after entering the match midway through the first half. Despite the Cardinals catching Baucom with the offside trap in the middle, Maldonado was well onside to run onto Megan Lees through ball onee-on-one with Gries in the left side of the area. Nike Air Max Winkels Belgie. Her attempt found the side netting around the near post in the 31st minute of action.Baucom doubled LSUs advantage in the 32nd minute by converting her first shot on target of the match as she buried a free header from inside the six-yard box off Jordane Carverys end-line cross down the right side. Carvery dribbled out from her center back position down the right flank and went unchecked to the end line where she found Baucom standing alone at the far post.Baucom wasted no time in scoring her second of the afternoon coming out of halftime when she received Sheehans entry pass with her back to goal, rounded her defender and finished inside the top-left corner for a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute of play. Junior forward Nicole Howard was also credited with an assist in the lead up to the goal.Baucom finished her hat trick on 67 minutes following a 50-yard sprint and finish after Clarke played her into space from LSUs defensive third. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native dribbled past the Cardinals back line for an easy near-post finish from eight yards to give the Tigers their final 4-0 margin at the 66:25 mark.With a team-leading nine goals in 10 matches this season, Baucom has now scored 32 goals in 52 career appearances as an LSU Tiger as she is just eight goals off Artie Browns school record of 40 goals from 2001-04.We know that our non-conference games are just as important as our SEC games. We had to come in with a mindset that it was a good win against Ole Miss on Friday, and we just needed to take that momentum into this game today, Baucom said. This was a very important game for us to win in order for us to stay in the mix with the SEC and NCAA tournaments coming up. It was great to get the win.Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier didnt even need to make a save in the match to post her fifth clean sheet of the season as the Tigers limited Lamar to just one shot attempt in the 90 minutes. Her goals against average for the season dropped to 1.00 after keeping her fourth clean sheet in her last six starts for the Tigers.The Tigers head back on the road in SEC play next week as they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to face the 10th-ranked Gamecocks on Thursday night with kickoff set for 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+. They are set to wrap up next weekend with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, Sept. 25, when they square off against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. also on the SEC Network+. ' ' '
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Wentz-mania has taken over Philly and the NFL. Cheap Vapormax For Sale .Carson Wentz, the Eagles first-rounder and the second overall pick, took down the Bears on Monday night, becoming just the fifth rookie QB to start the season 2-0. ?Wentz is off to a fast start, but hes not alone. Several of the NFLs first-year stars have made fans take notice.We know its early, but with so many rookies hitting the big stage and finding the end zone, we ask:Prescott has been as good as advertised and was surgical during Dallas comeback win vs. the Redskins on Sunday. Shepards Giants are 2-0, and he is coming off a huge 117-yard effort vs. the Saints. Wentz was stellar in his debut and followed it up by outplaying veteran Jay Cutler on Monday Night Football. Then theres Fuller, who has back-to-back 100-yard games while averaging 23.4 yards per catch for the Texans.Not among them is No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, among the preseason favorites in the discussion for Rookie of the Year honors. He has yet to suit up, but with the Rams totaling nine points in their first two games, his time could be near. Cheap Nike Air Vapormax . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Nike Vapormax Wholesale China . 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. http://www.cheapvapormaxforsale.com/. "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. When you think of grit in the NBA, you probably think of big men setting hard screens and battling for position in the paint, or players hitting the ground to secure a loose ball.A lot of times its being ugly, not pretty, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts says.Your mind immediately goes to Memphis, adds Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick, referring to the grit n grind moniker the Grizzlies have adopted to describe their defensive-minded style of play.You probably dont think of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry making 3-pointers for the Golden State Warriors. But based on the research University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth has done on the topic, maybe you should.I think the word grit sounds like when you grit your teeth, Duckworth says. I think its less about that than the day-in, day-out dedication and resilience.If you look at Steph Currys career, there were lots of times where you could have counted yourself out. Weak ankles. Whos going to be the best player in the league on 3-point shots? Theres nobody in the league I can think of thats grittier than him.Redefining gritA former consultant for McKinsey & Company, Duckworth became intrigued by the notion of grit when she was working as a math and science teacher and trying to figure out why talented students didnt always succeed and seemingly less-talented kids sometimes did.Duckworths answer, eventually arrived at while working toward a graduate degree in psychology, was grit. Her version of the term, summarized in her recent New York Times bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, isnt quite the same as the one used traditionally in sports. Instead, Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance for long-term goals.The concept gained scientific rigor when Duckworth tested West Point cadets using the grit scale she created. Despite not having a relationship with academic achievement in high school or SAT performance, grit proved a better predictor of which cadets would drop out of grueling basic training.The definition translates well to sports, where all athletes are going to have to persevere through setbacks at some point in their careers because of their passion to compete.I do think that sometimes the narrative with athletes is we want this linear [progression], says Redick, who read Duckworths book during training camp. It doesnt always work that way -- and not only on the outside and kind of what the public sees and the media talks about, but the internal battles that every athlete faces. There are obstacles and maybe even moments of self-doubt.Its little surprise, then, that Duckworth hears regularly from coaches interested in how they can use her research. While the concepts of hard work, dedication and resilience that are encapsulated in Duckworths version of grit are nothing new for coaches, her research into how grit translates in other fields of high achievement, how to measure it and how to build it provide helpful coaching tools.She gave a greater clarity to the word grit for me, says Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, who invited Duckworth to speak to his young team. I think that through her examples of what her version of grit was, it resonated with me more clearly.Both of my parents are schoolteachers, and her examples of different practices in different school systems and the different economic situations relative to some of her areas that displayed the most grit -- and the people who were able to overcome different socioeconomic barriers or boundaries or obstacles and still persevere -- that interested me a lot, as well as the coaching side of it.Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics?is one of a handful of coaches, including Pete Carroll of the NFLs Seattle Seahawks, who have built more lasting relationships with Duckworth. She spoke to the Celtics last season before a game in Philadelphia, and Stevens endorsement appears on the back of her book, alongside those of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell.One of the aspects Stevens likes about grit is that it can apply equally to a player or team that has experienced success and one that has dealt with adversity.Ive always felt like the best players have these attitudes and the best players are able to bounce back from a tough night, he says. The best players are able to handle success. Certainly the best players always get better.I learned it at Butler when we went to the national championship twice. Obviously we were hurt because we didnt win it all, but a lot of people treated us like we had. It was fun to watch those kids just move on to whats next and try to do it again and try to be a little bit better next time and not rest on what was already achieved. I think thats a big part of mindset or grit, just as recovering from a tough day is.That sounds a lot like an MVP and champion coming back even better the next season.A new grit paragonTelevision writer and producer Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation and the creator of new NBC sitcom The Good Place, has spent enough time thinking about grit that he calls it one of my favorite topics.Under the pseudonym Ken Tremendous, Schur wrote about baseball -- and more specifically about writing about baseball -- on the influential blog Fire Joe Morgan. One of the blogs favorite hobby horses was how writers lionizedd the grit of white players who had average or poor statistics, like former St. Nike Air Vapormax For Sale. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein. (Later, Schur paid tribute to this relationship by giving a law office on the show Parks and Recreation the name Fwar, Dips, Winshares, Gritt, Babip, Pecota, Vorp & Eckstein.)Grit is a catch-all term for any baseball action writers deem hard-nosed, or physical, or dogged, Schur observed in an email. Grit is crashing into walls, sliding hard, hustling on an infield grounder, diving for a line drive. Grit is Aaron Rowand breaking his nose on the wall, or Dustin Pedroias always-dirty uniform, or Paul ONeill smashing a water cooler after a strikeout. Which reminds me -- grit is also nearly always a term used to describe white players.In 2014, Deadspin parsed online NFL draft scouting reports, allowing readers to look up how frequently different terms were applied to white and black prospects. Grit or gritty appears nearly twice as frequently in scouting reports for white players (1.9 times per 10,000 words) as black players (1.1 per 10,000).In the NBA, there may not always be the same element of racial coding. After all, African-American Tony Allen coined the grit n grind moniker that has come to define the Grizzlies run of contention in the Western Conference, as well as their relationship with a diverse Memphis fan base. Still, even grit n grind reinforces the notion that grit is the domain of less-talented athletes.I think partly it indicates that a guy is playing hard to compensate for having less natural ability than other guys, Schur writes. Which is not to say those players actually do have less natural ability -- just that they are perceived as having less natural ability.In the common usage, players can be either talented or gritty. By Duckworths definition, players can -- and should -- have both traits.One thing that surprised me when I started doing this research, she says, is if youre really talented, why arent you the hardest-working, longest-trying player? Because rationally speaking, youre getting so much out of every moment on the court. You should be the one! Why wouldnt you be the one to show up early and stay late because every moment youre there, youre getting this huge return?Ive wondered whether its partly because to pass some threshold of good enough, you can kind of trade off talent with grit. If youre trying to get to a threshold, you can be talented or gritty. I think one of the things about the players that I most admire is theres no ceiling on what they want to do.I dont know that Steph Curry goes to bed and says, Ive reached it. [If Im Curry] I just want to continually get better. If thats true, rationally, analytically, then you dont trade them off against each other. You just try to maximize both.I think Steph is gritty, Redick concurs. I would put him in that category. As many superlatives as you can talk about with him, hes definitely gritty.Currys progression demonstrates how he has epitomized grit in multiple ways. As a prep player, he had to ignore doubts about his ability to overcome a small frame to be a contributor in college -- famously not getting a scholarship offer from an ACC school -- let alone in the NBA. Having established himself as an NBA player, Curry subsequently had to deal with the setback of recurrent ankle injuries, resulting in surgery that limited him to 26 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.All the while, Curry kept improving his shooting, ballhandling, finishing and defense. As I noted during the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry has developed more late in his career?than any other superstar in league history.Even after hed reached the pinnacle as a champion and MVP during the 2014-15 season, Curry came back better in 2015-16. Last year was Currys sixth consecutive season of improving his win shares per 48 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference.com, tied with role players Jay Humphries, Thabo Sefolosha and Sedale Threatt for the longest streak ever to start a career.During the media conference honoring Curry as MVP last season, Warriors coach Steve Kerr highlighted Currys work ethic.I think what makes you special, Steph, is obviously youve got a lot of God-given talent, but its the determination, its the love for the game, Kerr said. There is no agenda, and every day you come in and you work.Later in the media conference, Currys advice to kids hoping to learn from him sounded a lot like Duckworths definition of grit.Find what youre passionate about in this life, Curry advised. Everybodys given a certain skill set, a certain talent, a certain passion. To hold on to that and work as hard as you can to being the best that you can at what you feel like your place in this world is and what your role is.I learned at an early age that basketball is something Id love to do every single day. But like every single person -- theyre a great journalist, theyre a great commentator, there are great doctors -- everybodys great at something, just to find that and to work as hard as you can.I dont think its as simple as that, but its something that you can hold on to. Find what youre passionate about in this life and just work at it. ' ' '
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