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TROY, Ala. Custom Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys . -- The Troy Trojans face a big challenge to their first national ranking just four days after cracking the Top 25.The 25th-ranked Trojans (8-1, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) host Arkansas State (5-4, 5-0) Thursday night in Troys second straight battle of teams with perfect league marks.The Trojans survived the first such challenge with a 28-24 win over Appalachian State. Now, the stakes are potentially even higher.Troy is the first ranked Sun Belt team and also the only one to start a season 8-1. The Trojans havent joined fellow Group of Five teams Boise State (No. 20) and Western Michigan (No. 21) in the playoff rankings.It sets up an exciting opportunity for us, Troy coach Neal Brown said. It is a good opportunity to measure ourselves to what has been the premier program in the Sun Belt over the last five years.The Red Wolves have indeed been the leagues team to beat in recent seasons, a mantle once held by Troy. They havent lost since starting out 0-4 and have won 14 consecutive conference games and 17 of 20 road contests within the league.Arkansas State is the only FBS program to win four league titles over the past five seasons.No Sun Belt team has been hotter than the Trojans, who have won seven straight since a 30-24 loss to No. 5 Clemson. None would be bigger than the Appalachian State victory, when Jordan Chunn scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:02 left.I dont know if I expected them to be 8-1 but I surely expected them to be in the mix in the conference race, Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson said.The result of both teams hot streak is the first Sun Belt game between teams with 5-0 league records or better.---Some other things to know about the Arkansas State-Troy game:SUN BELTS BEST? Troy once dominated the Sun Belt much like Arkansas State has lately. The Trojans havent won a league title since capturing their fifth in a row in 2010, when Brown was offensive coordinator.PROTECTING QBS: Which team will be able to pressure the quarterback best? No team in the nation has given up fewer sacks this season than the three allowed by Troy, and the Trojans defense also leads the Sun Belt with 25 sacks. Arkansas State has strong pass rushers in JaVon Rolland-Jones (7.5 sacks) and Chris Odom (7.0).PICK ARTISTS: Arkansas States Money Hunter, the Sun Belt defensive player of the week, just set the league record with his fourth career interception return for a touchdown. Troys Blace Brown has six interceptions and leads the nation in picks per game.TOP RUSHERS: The game features two of the leagues top four rushers. Troys Chunn is tops with 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns; Arkansas State counters with Warren Wand, who is averaging 67.4 yards per game.JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen is second in the league in pass efficiency. Taking care of the ball will be huge in this one since hes facing a defense with 16 interceptions.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Julio Urias Jersey . Dukurs winning time was 1 minute, 45.76 seconds, a quarter-second better than Russias Alexander Tretiakov. Lativas Tomass Dukurs was third, 1.41 seconds off the pace. Jon Montgomery of Eckville, Alta. Clayton Kershaw Jersey . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. http://www.dodgersteamproshop.com/Dodgers-Yasiel-Puig-Kids-Jersey/ .H. -- Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Rafael Nadal returns to Sky Sports as the top seed at the Rio Open, with the beautiful Copacabana as the backdrop. The annual ATP 500 event in Brazil is live on Sky Sports from February 15-17 and you can find further details here.Spains 14-time Grand Slam winner is the main attraction as he builds towards the French Open which he has historically dominated. Rafael Nadal is building up to the French Open Nadal, currently fifth in the ATP world rankings, won the inaugural Rio Open two years ago but must get past his compatriot David Ferrer, the world No 6, who returns as the defending champion.Ferrer defeated Fabio Fognini in last years final and the enigmatic Italian joins the line-up to seek revenge. David Ferrer celebrates winning the Rio Open last year Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world No 9, and John Isner, the world No 12, will also touch down in Brazil to compete for the ATP points at stake.The Rio Open is a clay court tournament played at the Jockey Club, a stones throw from the stunning Copacabana Beach. Barry Cowan told Sky Sports News HQ that he has concerns for Rafael Nadal as he heads into the ATP 500 in Rio Fourth seed John Isner will be in action on the opening day, taking on Guido Pella, while seventh seed Fognini faces British No 2 Aljaz Bedene. Fernando Valenzuela Jersey. 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Match factsAugust 9-13, 2016 Start time 1000 local (1400 GMT)Big PictureDuring the rearguard in the second Test, when there was general momentary positivity around West Indies cricket, a feedback to ESPNcricinfo commentary put the plight of West Indies long-form cricket in perspective. Adidas Superstar Baratas España . Ten years ago, we used to talk about WI turning the corner when we won a Test match, Joel, the correspondent, said. Now were talking about it after winning a session.West Indies drawing a Test that seemed long lost is worth celebrating, but the proof of this pudding lies in its sustainability. Given that most of their best talent are either not interested or not wanted in Test cricket, it will be a great result for Phil Simmons and Jason Holders team if they can consistently make teams work hard for wins. The bowlers will need the same discipline as they showed in Jamaica, the lower middle order will have to show the same application. And, yet, if their top order continues to contribute to the oppositions cause, they will keep needing help from the weather to save matches, lest we forget that four washed-out sessions played their due role in the draw.Expect India to come back hard at West Indies. They have added motivation, thanks to Australias poor series in Sri Lanka. Leading the series 1-0 after two Tests, if they win the two remaining matches, India will go to the top of the ICC Test rankings, irrespective of the results in other concurrent series. They will have an issue or two after the previous Test. Cheteshwar Pujaras struggle to convert slow starts leaves a little extra strain on the five-batsman unit. Internal questions will be asked of the five-bowler attack that couldnt close the game out. While it is understandable that the pitch hadnt broken up enough, that West Indies had finally put up a fight will leave a side striving to be the best in the world to ask more of itself.Form guideWest Indies DLDLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)India DWWWDIn the spotlightAfter roaring back into the side with a match-winning century against Sri Lanka in Colombo last year, Cheteshwar Pujara has averaged 33 in eight innings, with just one half-century. Four of his six Tests since have come in pretty testing conditions in India, where the ball turned alarmingly pretty consistently. His strike rate of 41 compares poorly with his career strike of 48 because he accelerates once he is in. However, of late, he has been getting out before reaching that acceleration phase. In a side that is playing only five batsmen, though, you can imagine he might be under pressure to keep his place, especially when the team is focusing on scoring quickly enough to give its bowlers enough time to take 20 wickets.Roston Chase debuted in the series with an experience of 29 first-class matches behind him, but he now already has the double of a hundred and a five-for in the same Test, and a Man-of-the-Match award next to his name. Starting off as a part-time bowler and a bit of a punt as a No. 6 batsman, Chase has outbowled West Indies specialist spinner and has shown a more organised technique than any other specialist batsman in the side. India will come back with plans for him, so the test begins now.Team newsWith Rajendra Chandrika dropped from the squad, Jason Holder clarified on the eve of the match that Leon Johnson, who has been part of the squad since the first Test, will take his place, and not the newly included Shai Hope. Holder also said there was a strong possibility of including an extra seamer, since he felt St Lucia offered the best cricket pitch in the Caribbean in terms of carry and assistance for the quicker bowlers. But he did not say whether the extra seamer would be an out-and-out quick in Alzarri Joseph or a seam-bowling allrounder in Carlos Brathwaite, and whether it would be one of the batsmen or the legspinner Devendra Bishoo to make way.West Indies (probable): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Leon Johnson, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite/Alzarri Joseph, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon GabrielIndia captain Virat Kohli was quite cryptic about resolving the happy headache around the choice of openers, but he did suggest M Vijay was fit when he said the management would have to make the tough call after practice. While that leaves Pujara in the clear, the way Kohli spoke about the openers, one could take the risk and assume that KL Rahul is going to continue at the top. Kohli brought up the example of Mandeep Singh getting injured minutes before an IPL game, which created an opportunity for Rahul; he hasnt looked back since then. Kohli said he had to have a chat with Mandeep to explain to him his misfortune. However, M Vijay, Indias best opener since Virender Sehwag, is not quite a Mandeep Singh; he has a body of work behind him, so good luck explaining to him that he has to sit out. Mishra and Yadavs places should be debated, with Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being possible replacements.India (probable): 1 and 2 M Vijay/KLRahul/Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 R Ashwin, 7 Wriddhiman Saha, 8 Amit Mishra/Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Umesh Yadav/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant SharmaPitch and conditionsBoth captains felt on the eve of the match that St Lucia will offer pace and carry for the quick bowlers through the five days. The pitch had an even covering of grass on Monday, though it did not look as green and alive as the surface in Kingston before the second Test. Scattered showers, though mild, have fallen over St Lucia in the days leading up to the Test. Rain is expected on the first four days of the match too.Stats and triviaTake out Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and the last time West Indies went undefeated for two straight Tests was against New Zealand in July and August 2012If R Ashwin takes 16 wickets in the next two Tests and Ishant Sharma doesnt add to his 205 wickets in these two games, Ashwin will have equalled Ishants tally in exactly half the number of TestsIf Ashwin takes 11 wickets in St Lucia, he will be the solo fastest to 200 Test wickets; if he does so at Queens Park Oval, he will join Clarrie Grimmett as the fastestThere has been only one result in four Tests in St Lucia. Brain Lara holds the record for the highest individual score at this venue - 209 - and Kemar Roach has the best bowling figures - 5 for 42. A wicket has fallen every 37.13 runs in the four Tests hereQuotesWe should take positives from the last draw. If we had even 10-15% more assistance from that pitch on day five, given the same situation, we would have come out on top. We need to realise we played good cricket on the first four days, but West Indies showed resistance on the important days. But the lesson is that we shouldnt doubt our ability going forward. Virat KohliI would love for more people to watch cricket. Recently, you see a lot of people coming out to see the T20 and the one-day stuff. You get a bit more party-like atmosphere. For the last number of years, the crowds for Test cricket have been really, really down. Ive been trying to scratch my brain to see ways I can suggest how to get more people in to the stands, but I think good performances is one way to get crowds coming back.Jason Holder on sparse crowds at Test matches in the West Indies Adidas Superstar España . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Adidas Superstar Baratas .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. http://www.baratasadidassuperstar.es/ . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. DALLAS -- Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has reached a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend.Defense attorney Jim Darnell said that there was still work to be done but that he was encouraged after a Thursday morning hearing. A judge set another hearing for Dec. 1, when the case could be settled.Thats all in progress, Darnell said regarding the conditions of any agreement. Until we get something done, if we do, then well announce it.Manziel is accused of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.Brittany Dunn, a spokeswoman for Dallas County prosecutors, said she couldnt comment because the case was still pending.Manziel, who will turn 24 on Dec. 6, left the courtroom on Thursday without responding to questions. He talked on his phone as he walked ahead of reporters and cameramen and before quickly getting in a car driven by Darnell.Hes doing OK, Darnell said. Tough kid.Judge Roberto Canas met in chambers for about 15 minutes with the defense and prosecutors. Manziel left the meeting after about five minutes and sat alone at the defense table, mostly looking down. The hearing after the meeting was brief, with Canas setting the next court date.Everybody will be required to be here, Canas said. Then we will get this case down the road.A spokeswoman for Dallas County prosecutors didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.The tentative deal doesnt end Manziels legal troubles. He also faces a lawsuit for his alleged role in trashing a Los Angeles rental home, and Darnell has said he has spoken to the attorney representing a car company that lent a car to Manziel and friends. That car was totaled in an April accident.Cleveland took Manziel with the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 draft. The Browns waived him in March after two tumultuous seasons marked by his inconsistent play and off-the-field headlines about his partyingg and drinking, including one stint in rehab. Adidas Superstar España Baratas. .Even though hes an unsigned free agent, Manziel served a four-game suspension this season for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the domestic case remains under review by the league.Manziel could face NFL discipline regardless of the legal resolution, if he signs with a team. The baseline for domestic violence cases is a six-game suspension. In August, the NFLs chief disciplinary officer Todd Jones told ESPNs Jane McManus that Manziel could be subject to a suspension of that length.?If a club ever rolls the dice and brings him on board, hes got a six-game suspension thats hanging right now, Jones said at the time.In two seasons with the Browns, Manziel played in 15 games with eight starts. Cleveland was 2-6 in those starts. Manziel has completed 147 of 258 passes (57 percent) with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a career passer rating of 74.4.Since the 2015 season ended, Manziel has been dumped by two agents after both demanded a second trip to rehab for the player.Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 while playing for Texas A&M. He has enrolled in classes at the university for the fall semester; he is listed in Texas A&Ms current student directory as a senior whose major is in recreation, parks and tourism sciences.The allegations in the domestic case stem from a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel, a confrontation that continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and a valet disregarded her pleas for help.The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the drivers seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but then he dragged her back inside and hit her.The Associated Press contributed to this report. ' ' ' 
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TRINEC, Czech Republic -- Lukas Rosol will open against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday when the Czech Republic faces France in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. Cheap Under Armour Curry Shoes .Thursdays draw also pits Jiri Vesely against Lucas Pouille on an indoor hard court in the eastern city of Trinec.For Pouille, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, it will be a Davis Cup debut.In Saturdays doubles, veteran Radek Stepanek will team up with Adam Pavlasek for the Czechs to face Wimbledon doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Reverse singles are on Sunday.The winner of the best-of-five series will play the United States or Croatia in the semifinals in September.France won the last encounter 4-1 in the 2014 semifinals. Clearance Curry Shoes . Despite the cost, effort and an improved steroid test, its possible that very few -- if any -- positives will be detected, Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press in an interview. "We just dont know what the results from Torino will be," Budgett said. Curry Shoes Outlet . That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. http://www.curryshoescheap.com/ . -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle. TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have had some issues this preseason. Running the ball has not been one of them.Of course, theres David Johnson, expected to be among the best in the NFL. But theres also Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington.Behind a rebuilt offensive line, the trio has been impressive, particularly in Sundays loss at Houston.The Cardinals rushed for 165 yards in that game, more than 100 of them in the first half against a lineup mostly of Houston starters.It really is looking good, David Johnson said. We can all play.Much has been written about David, the second-year pro from Northern Iowa. No doubt he will get the most carries. But there will be plenty of time on the field for Chris Johnson, the veteran who was having a big season before he went down with a knee injury a year ago, and for Ellington, who finally is healthy and will return kickoffs and punts as well as provide a fast, big-play threat off the benchEvery time (they get the ball) it looks like theyre going to break it to the house, Arians said after practice Tuesday. Thats a beautiful thing. David doesnt have to play tired whatsoever.There seems to be no jealousy among the three, certainly not from Chris Johnson, who chose to return to Arizona because he liked it there, appreciated the opportunity the team gave him a year ago and wants to win.Were easygoing, get along, he said. Im having fun out there, just trying to win games.David Johnson has embraced the hype that surrounds him.I feel great, he said. Like Ive been telling everyone, my teammates and my friends, how much different it is for me from last year to now. Its like night and day.His finish to last season brought on predictions for a big sophomore year.David led the Cardinals in touchdowns last season with 13. With Chris Johnson and Ellington both down with injuries, David started the final five games, rushing for 442 yards and four touchdowns in 90 carries and caught 17 passes for 216 yards and one TD. Discount Curry Shoes. Hes come a long way from the wide-eyed rookie he was a year ago.Hes leaned on Chris Johnsons experience, asking lots of questions.Davids a very humble guy and, on top of that, hes a very talented guy, Chris said. Theres a lot of linebackers in this league that cant take him one on one. Hes got great hands. If he wanted to play receiver, he could do that. Thats how good he catches the ball.But dont overlook the other Johnson.Chris was one of the great comeback stories in the NFL last year before a season-ending knee injury. In 11 games, the 30-year-old back rushed for 814 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He joined the team late in training camp with a bullet still in his shoulder from an offseason drive-by shooting.I think Im way better than last year, he said. I was coming back last year from being shot, not being in shape. This year Im in shape. I can use my hand a lot more this year.One way to get on the field is to catch the ball, and Chris Johnson said hes has been working on that. Ellington lines up at times at wide receiver. So does David Johnson.After all, Arians does love to throw the ball. But with this trio of backs, expect a lot of activity on the ground, too.Game notes Arians said safety Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver John Brown were cleared to play but whether they do Thursday night remains to be seen. Mathieu is returning from ACL surgery and Brown has been out with a concussion since early in camp. ... The Cardinals made two roster moves to get to the 75-man limit. They placed cornerback Elie Bouka on injured reserve with a leg injury and reached an injury settlement with cornerback Alan Ball. ... Arians said 12 players are vying for the final four spots on the roster.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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ABILENE, Texas -- Dallas Sealey threw for 346 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as Abilene Christian picked up its first win of the season, rolling over Incarnate Word 52-27 on Saturday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping .Sealey, who also ran for 39 yards on seven carries, was 32-of-44 passing with no interceptions. D.J. Fuller pulled in eight passes for 98 yards and one score and Josh Fink caught six for 86 yards. Troy Grant and Adrian Duncan caught two touchdown passes apiece as Sealey threw to 11 different receivers.Abilene Christian (1-7, 1-5 Southland Conference) had 500 total yards while limiting Incarnate Word (1-6, 1-4) to 292. The Wildcats, who were ahead 38-7 at the break, had 350 yards in the first two quarters, while holding the Cardinals to just 86 total yards.Sealey had 242 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.Taylor Laird threw for 130 yards and one score for Incarnate Word. Stitched NFL Jerseys . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. http://www.cheapnfljerseyssupplywholesale.com/ . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. Indias Dipika Pallikal got the better of eighth seed Mayar Hany of Egypt 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4, to clinch the Australian Open squash title on Friday. The top seeded Indian, smarting after a loss in the title round of the earlier tournament, the Victorian Open, lost the first game but reeled off the following three games with relative ease, wrapping up the match in around 40 minutes. NFL Jerseys. This is Dipikas first PSA title of the year, the last she won was the Winnipeg Winter Open in Canada in February 2015. ' ' ' 
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The nightmare scenario just came true for the Patriots. Wilson Ramos Jersey . Given how well Jimmy Garoppolo played during the first two games of the season, you might be able to make a case that Rob Gronkowski was New Englands most irreplaceable superstar. The Patriots will be forced to find out whether thats true, as Gronkowski will undergo surgery for a ruptured disk in his back on Friday. The injury will likely end Gronks season after just eight games, 25 catches and three touchdowns, though the team and Gronkowskis family said in a joint statement that they wanted to wait until after the surgery to make a final determination.This has to be a shock to the Patriots, who used their lone injured reserve/designated to return slot on Jacoby Brissett earlier this week when they obviously would have spent it on Gronkowski if they thought he would require surgery or had a chance of coming back. Theres nothing the Patriots can do about the injury, and theres no sense crying over spilled milk. Whats important now is figuring out whats next -- for the Patriots, Gronkowski and the rest of the NFL. Lets start with New England, which suddenly has a crater-sized hole in their path to the Super Bowl ...Whats next for the Patriots?This is not uncharted territory for the Patriots. Gronkowski already has missed three games this year and played a limited role in two others. He hasnt played a full 16-game season since 2011, though Gronkowski made it through 15 games in 2014 before sitting out a meaningless season-ender in Week 17. The idea of having to definitively plan for a short-term (and possibly a long-term) future without Gronk is unfamiliar, though; this is the first serious injury the likely future Hall of Famer has suffered since 2013, when he tore his ACL and MCL in a collision with then-Browns safety T.J. Ward.The strength of the Patriots offense, especially over the past decade under the on-again, off-again stewardship of Josh McDaniels, has been its ability to change its shape. Having Tom Brady helps, of course, but we saw how effective the offense could be during the first three weeks of the season, with Garoppolo at quarterback and Gronkowski either out or a shell of his usual self. The Patriots have managed to transition from a spread attack with Randy Moss and Wes Welker to the two-tight-end sets of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to an offense that incorporates both. Theyve overcome subpar offensive lines and managed to get the most out of players other teams werent interested in, such as?Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis?and Martellus Bennett.Bennett looms large in how the Patriots will handle the Gronkowski mess. The goal for this year was to build an offense around the twin terrors of Gronkowski and Bennett, who would be able to stay on the field and dictate mismatches regardless of the defenses personnel choices. Injuries have prevented them from ever really pulling that off. By the time Gronkowski made it back from his hamstring injury, Bennett got hurt, suffering an ankle injury in a three-touchdown performance over the Browns.Bennett has averaged 38 receiving yards per game without scoring a touchdown since, and he has continued to miss practices with ankle and shoulder injuries. The Patriots surely would have loved to rest Bennett down the stretch to get him fresh for the playoffs. Now hes going to have to play through the pain the rest of the way. Even worse, just as was the case when the Patriots turned to Garoppolo, losing your starter also means youre one additional injury away from lining up replacement-level talent in a key role. The Patriots were forced to turn to Brissett, the third-stringer, when Garoppolo went down after two games, and while he got by against the Texans, he was a mess against the Bills in New Englands first loss of the season.Now the Pats are one aggravated ankle from an empty cupboard at tight end. They traded A.J. Derby to the Broncos for a fifth-round pick in October, a move that seemed smart at the time but has now gone sour for reasons the Patriots could not have realistically projected. The only other tight end on the roster is former Northeastern product Matt Lengel, who has six career snaps to his name. There are no real options on the waiver wire either, with Scott Chandler out after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The only logical fit might be Zach Sudfeld, who was last with the team in 2013.Last week, the Pats used backup offensive lineman Cameron Fleming as their second tight end for 15 snaps, which obviously offers little utility in the passing game. One of the ways to move on from Gronkowski might be to rely more heavily upon the running game, but Gronkowskis absence makes that harder to pull off too. The threat of Gronkowski running up the seam is enough to keep safeties off the line of scrimmage, and his success as a pass-catcher has left him as a criminally underrated run-blocker. I wrote about his role in the running game in 2015?before the Colts-Patriots AFC Championship Game, and Gronkowski has been a huge part of why the Pats have been able to run all over Indianapolis at will in years past.Schematically, the Patriots will likely get away from their two-tight-end sets and shift their base offense toward three-wide-receiver formations, with?Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell getting more snaps. Mitchell and Chris Hogan, in particular, will need to threaten teams downfield more frequently with Gronk missing. Mike Reiss noted yesterday that the Patriots have begun to experiment with a Pony grouping, which includes a pair of receiving backs in James White and Lewis. It wouldnt be a surprise to see the Patriots try to use that grouping more, perhaps in sets with no tight ends, in the hopes of forcing opposing linebackers into a matchup they cant win.The place where the Patriots will miss Gronkowski most, of course, is in the red zone. Research I conducted before the season suggests Gronk was the best red zone weapon in football on a per-play basis going back through 2006. Youve seen Gronk play. You dont need me to tell you he is good in the red zone. The Patriots have actually not been notably great in the red zone this year; theyre third in offensive DVOA but just 12th in points per red zone trip, a number that isnt likely to drastically improve without Gronkowski around.Another kowski looms larger than usual now. If the Patriots do struggle in and around the red zone, it will be critical for Stephen Gostkowski to make sure their drives end in successful field goals and extra points, and he has struggled mightily this season. Gostkowski already has failed on three extra points this season and has missed more field goal attempts in 11 games in 2016 (four) than he had in any of the three previous seasons (three or fewer). The normally reliable Gostkowski has been the 12th-worst kicker in the league this year on scoring plays. With Gronkowski gone, they need the old Gostkowski back.The margin of error for everyone on the Patriots, actually, is dramatically reduced by the Gronkowski injury. An offensive line that has been better this year after the return of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia needs to keep things up; right tackle Marcus Cannon, in particular, cant revert to the guy who made Patriots fans groan before an impressive 2016 season. The Patriots pass defense, a dismal 28th in DVOA heading into this week, cant allow the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick to post 115.2 passer ratings.And of course, as it always does, it comes down to Brady to elevate his game without his best receiver around. As Chris Wesseling of NFL Network noted in November, Brady has been a superstar with Gronkowski and basically a league-average passer without him. Here are Bradys numbers since Gronk entered the league in 2010 in games with and without his longtime tight end. Im also putting the 49ers game on the latter side, given that Gronkowski played just seven snaps before leaving:The average passer rating for the league as a whole since 2010 is 87.0. It puts Brady in a range with the likes of Kyle Orton, Michael Vick, Joe Flacco?and Sam Bradford, all of whom have passer ratings between 83 and 86 over that time frame. Its true that every quarterback will look worse without his No. 1 weapon, and its entirely possible that Brady and the Pats are better-equipped to handle Gronkowskis absence this time around with Bennett.Its also very clear that Tom Brady is not Tom Brady without Rob Gronkowski. Remember who Brady goes to when the chips are down. As much as he trusts Julian Edelman, it was Gronkowski who Brady threw to on fourth-and-the-season twice against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game last season, even though his tight end was double-covered on both occasions. They simply arent the same team without him.Whats next for the rest of the league?In the short term, very little should change for the Patriots, who are huge favorites to win the AFC East. At 9-2, their closest competition is the 7-4 Dolphins, who have won six straight games with the past five coming by seven points or fewer. FPI gives the Patriots a 97.7 percent chance of winning their division, more than any other division leader. Even if their true team strength drops with Gronkowski and FPI cant yet realize that, the Patriots have a two-game lead and the tiebreaker on the Dolphins with five games left.This should really benefit the trio of contenders in the AFC West more than the Dolphins or Bills. The Patriots currently have a 68.5 percent chance of coming away with the top seed in the AFC, per FPI, even though their 9-2 record is identical to Oaklands. The Raiders are in second at 22.8 percent, mostly thanks to concern about their end-of-season slate, with three road games to come against their AFC West brethren. If the Chiefs beat the Raiders next Thursday and move into first place in the West, they would suddenly be a threat to the Pats, given that the Chiefs would then be 7-2 in the conference, lurking just behind the Pats, who are currently 7-1 in those games.Meanwhile, the Broncos play the Patriots in Denver in Week 15, and Gronkowskis absence might be enough to turn coach Gary Kubiaks team from slight underdogs in that game to slight favorites. The Broncos dont need that victory to make the playoffs from where they are now at 7-4, but its also the toughest remaining game on their schedule. They have road trips to Jacksonville and Tennessee coming up; if they can win both of those games and then beat the Gronk-less Patriots in Week 15, the Broncos would be 10-4 and in great shape to make it back to the postseason.It also benefits the two favorites in the NFC, Dallas and Seattle, who combine to have a 65.3 percent chance of making it to the Super Bowl from the other side of the bracket. Both would rather not see Gronk. Among the their pass defenses, tight end coverage has been both teams biggest issue. The Seahawks are 18th in defensive DVOA against tight ends, their worst mark against any position. Its even more noticeable for the Cowboys, who were the third-worst team in the league against tight ends heading into Thursday nights win over the Vikings. They will still have to deal with Bennett, but Gronkowski is unlikely to be marching on them in Houston.Whats next for Gronk?This is the thorniest question of them all, and the one that is toughest to answer. Gronkowski has made critical decisions in his professional career with his back in mind. In 2009, Gronkowski missed his junior season at Arizona and underwent his first back surgery. He subsequently decided to go pro instead of returning to school to rebuild his stock, which almost never happens. Organizations passed on Gronkowski out of concerns about his back and the missing year of tape, which is how a Hall of Fame tight end gets taken 17 picks after Tim Tebow and falls to the Patriots in the second round.While the tight end emerged as a star and was mostly injury-free before suffering a high ankle sprain during the 2011 playoffs, it became clear that Gronk (or his representation) was concerned about his long-term ability to stay on the field. Its hard to otherwise explain the deal he chose to sign before the 2012 season, just two years after entering the league. While reports at the time suggested that the six-year, $54 million deal was the biggest contract ever handed out to a tight end, the structure was incredibly team-friendly and contained just $12.9 million in guaranteed money.Gronkowski got just that $12.9 million in cash over the first three years of his contract, which is staggeringly low. To put that number in context, the far inferior Jared Cook got $17 million over the first three years of his deal when he hit free agency the following season. Gronkowskis cap hit was 17th among tight ends in 2012, 21st in 2013, and ninth in 2014 before rising to second last year. This year, its sixth in the league at $6.6 million, behind the likes of Jordan Cameron ($8 million), Julius Thomas ($7.3 million) and Kyle Rudolph (also $7.3 million).By getting that $8 million signing bonus two years before free agency, Gronkowski capped his future earnings over the next six years. With base salaries of less than $5 million between 2012 and 2017, the significant money in Gronkowskis deal came way down the line and was totally unguaranteed. (This is why you shouldnt listen when articles say somebody has the biggest contract unless its talking about guaranteed money.) The first gate Gronkowski had to crash was 2016. The Patriots started footing the cap bill for a $10 million option bonus in 2015 but then actually paid the cash out to Gronk this year, stretching the other four cap hits for that bonus through each of the four remaining seasons on his deal.Gronkowski will remain underpaid in 2017; he will have a cap hit of just $7 million, eighth among tight ends and below that of Dennis Pitta and Charles Clay. The money in his deal really only spikes for the first time in 2018, six years after his extension was signed, when Gronks base salary rises from $4.25 million to $8 million and his cap hit jumps from $7 million to $11 million. In 2019, the final year of his deal, Gronkowski has a $9 million base salary and a $12 million cap hit.The problem for Gronkowski is that none of that money is guaranteed. Zero. The Patriots will surely keep him for 2017, even if he doesnt recover from the back surgery, because it would cost nearly as much money to trade or release Gronk ($6 million) as it would to keep him. It also would be nuts to move on from him this quickly, of course. If he doesnt recover to his prior self, though, the Patriots could cut or trade him before 2018 and turn that $11 million into $4 million in dead money. Knowing Gronkowskis injury history, they also could renegotiate that deal down to reduce Gronks cap hit, as they did with Amendola in recent years. In other words, the Patriots have all the leverage. And given his injury history, thats a big deal.Gronkowski has dealt with a fractured forearm, infections in that arm and a torn ACL during his pro career, but his back has always loomed as the long-term problem. Gronkowski underwent his second minor, preventative back surgery in June 2013 amid reports that he would be back in time for Week 1. He didnt return until Week 7, a little more than four months after the surgery. Gronkowski had 114 yards against the Jets in his return, but seven weeks later, the torn ACL ended his season. He wasnt his old self until Week 5 of the following year, the famous Were on to Cincinnati blowout win over the Bengals that started New Englands run to their most recent Super Bowl victory.Its impossible to predict the timetable for Gronkowskis recovery or whether hell be able to return to his previous level of play. What we can note, though, is that building an offense through tight ends is a tough way to make a living. Before the 2012 season, I conducted research on Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, noting how tight ends were more susceptible to injury and had shorter careers than similarly gifted wide receivers.This time around, theres also not much the Patriots can do to make it easier on their star receiver. Coach Bill Belichick already has made positive changes designed to ease the workload on Gronkowski. After Gronk famously fractured his forearm blocking on an extra point attempt, the Patriots took him off of special-teams duties. In an attempt to keep him healthy for the regular season, the Patriots have stopped using Gronkowski in the preseason; he hasnt taken a single preseason snap since the 2012 campaign. Ive seen both articles and fans suggest that the Patriots hold Gronkowski out of meaningless regular-season games, but thats going to make him far less valuable, and its not going to insulate him from injury. Remember: He suffered a chest injury against the Seahawks on a hit by Earl Thomas, as there were concerns Gronkowski might have punctured a lung on the play.There also should not be any arguments calling for Gronkowski to change his style of play, as if shrinking from contact or avoiding full exertion would somehow fix his injury issues. The forearm injury was a fluke accident. He suffered the back strain that led to his college surgery in practice. As far as we know, he suffered his back injury against the Jets diving for an overthrown pass. The torn ACL he suffered was on contact, but it was a pass up the seam where he couldnt protect himself and Ward took out his knees. Its not as if he injured himself, say, throwing Sergio Brown out of the club.The reality is that the Patriots and Gronkowski alike have known all along that injuries were going to be a part of the Gronk experience. Its how they ended up together in the first place; it has underpinned their contract negotiations; and its an inescapable part of Gronkowskis future with the team. Theres no way to eliminate it outside of keeping Gronk on the sidelines when hes healthy, which does nobody any good. Matt Duffy Jersey . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Joey Wendle Jersey . 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We all know hes a walking headline, but it appears Nick Kyrgios also knows WADAs rights from wrongs.Kyrgios wont be sanctioned for claiming tennis players are allowed to smoke marijuana on tour during a snap Q & A with his Twitter followers on the eve of his first-round match at the US Open.Kyrgios offered up a simple yep when asked by a fan: are you allowed to smoke weed on tour?And it seems the controversial star is correct, with a WADA spokesman confirming that while marijuana is a prohibited substance for in-competition testing, it has never been prohibited out-of-competition.However, while WADA may not prevent it, local laws might; which means it could still be considered illegal.In effect, that means players are okay to smoke marijuana while not competing at tournaments.During the same Q & A, Kyrgios also teased that he would wwalk away from tennis - at just 21 - if he won the US Open on Sunday week. Brad Miller Jersey. If I won the US open now u (sic) would never see me again, he replied to a fan ahead of his opener against British No.3 Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).After sitting out the Rio Olympics following his running battle with Kitty Chiller, Kyrgios also seemed to have a laugh at the Australian team boss.Asked who inspired him the most over the Olympics, he replied: kitty.The pre-tournament banter with his followers provided a typically colourful start to his third Open campaign.Enjoying a career-high grand slam seeding of 14th this year, Kyrgioss best run in New York came on debut in 2014 when he reached the last 32. ' ' ' 
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NEW YORK -- The Dallas Cowboys are the first sports franchise worth $4 billion, according to Forbes. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping .In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the Cowboys ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona after the NFL team had a 25 percent increase in value.Champions League winner Real dropped to the second spot at $3.65 billion, followed by its archrival Barcelona at 3.55 billion.The rest of the top 10 has the New York Yankees ($3.4 billion) in fourth place, followed by Manchester United ($3.32 billion), the New England Patriots ($3.2 billion), New York Knicks ($3.0 billion), Washington Redskins ($2.8 billion), New York Giants ($2.8 billion), and tied for 10th, the Los Angeles Lakers and San Francisco 49ers ($2.7 billion).The average current value of the 50 most valuable teams is $2.2 billion, the highest to date, a 25 percent increase over last year. NFL teams account for more than half the list with 27.Blockbuster TV contracts are fueling unprecedented increases in sports team values around the globe as the average value of a top 50 franchise has doubled over the past four years, says Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen. The NFL is still king on TV with contracts worth nearly $7 billion annually from its media partners.Eight European soccer teams and eight NBA franchises made the list, and there were seven Major League Baseball clubs in the top 50.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---www.forbes.com Wholesale NFL Jerseys China . In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. http://www.nfljerseyschina.net/ .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday.SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres placed rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right groin strain and reinstated infielder Logan Forsythe from the 60-day DL. To make room for Forsythe on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated catcher John Baker for assignment Monday. Gyorko is hitting .284 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. He has made 51 starts at second base and nine at third. He leads all rookies in batting average, hits (66), runs (36) and total bases (107) while ranking tied for the lead in doubles (17) and second in home runs and RBIs. Gyorko was hurt in a loss Sunday at Colorado. "I thought it was a cramp at first,&" Gyorko said before the Padres played the Atlanta Braves. Cheap Jerseys. . "It kind of felt like cramp when I slid into second. I was able to get off the field, but it really tightened up then. Even up until right about the time the game ended I thought it was still a cramp. "Its tough. You obviously want to be out there, especially since weve been playing well. But its part of it. Just have to put the time in and make sure its 100 per cent." Forsythe was placed on the 15-day DL before the season with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24. Baker was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on May 28. ' ' ' 
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Martinez stuck his glove blindly behind his back and stabbed a hard liner out of the air, part of a spectacular double play in a big relief appearance for the Texas Rangers as they got closer to another AL West title. Cheap Vans Shoes From China .I dont know how he caught it, manager Jeff Banister said after the Rangers 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night cut their magic number to two.I guess it happened so quick that it happened in slow motion, Martinez said. I just kind of threw my glove up there, theres no real explanation for it, in hopes of knocking it down.That play in the fifth by Martinez (2-3) came during his 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He was the first of six Rangers relievers after A.J. Griffin, who was feeling ill, fell behind 3-1 in the second.Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot for the Rangers (90-62) in another testy game with multiple ejections.Mazaras 438-foot drive off rookie right-hander Daniel Wright (0-4) in the fourth made it 4-3. Mitch Moreland added an RBI single an inning later after two batters were hit by pitches.Houston won 2-1 in 10 innings at Oakland later Tuesday to keep the Rangers magic number at two to win their second consecutive AL West title, and seventh overall.The Astros are 9 1/2 games back and the Mariners 10 1/2 back in the AL West. Houston and Seattle both have day games Wednesday before the Rangers series finale against the last-place Angels that night.Angels left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and manager Mike Scioscia were ejected when Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch in the eighth, an inning after both benches had been warned when Rangers reliever Keona Kela threw a pitch that went behind the head of Andrelton Simmons.Andrus was the third Texas batter hit by a pitch after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch in the Angels second.There was also a short delay in the Rangers seventh when third-base coach Spike Owen walked toward the Angels dugout and had words with a clearly agitated Scioscia.I was upset, Scioscia said. He was the closest guy in an opposing uniform.Banister didnt give any insight about what happened with Owen.I think that my third-base coach got asked out to lunch, Banister said. They were trying to make plans, they interrupted the game, so I went over there and made sure we kept the game going.In the Rangers 3-2 series-opening victory Monday night, Banister (arguing a replay review) and Moreland (questioning a called third strike) were tossed early.Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.On that play in the fifth, Martinez made the no-look snag on Simmons hard liner. Once Martinez realized the ball was in his glove, he leisurely tossed to first base to complete the double play before a fist pump while a huge smile took over his face.Simmons threw both of his hands up in disbelief and then put them on his hips as Scioscia shook his head in the Angels dugout. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre mouthed Wow! when watching the replay on the big video boards.Thats not fun, Simmons said. You try to hit the ball hard, and a guy makes a crazy play. Thats baseball, I guess.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: Wright was hit in the back of the leg by a comebacker in the second, but was OK. ... Scioscia said Jhoulys Chacin, who had a comebacker ricochet off his lower left leg Monday, was sore but should make his next start.Rangers: Reliever Tony Barnette, who hasnt pitched since Sept. 4 because of a strained right oblique, threw a bullpen session with 25 pitches off flat ground before 10 off the mound. Barnette called it an encouraging day.BALL 14, BALL 15Martinez came in with two outs in the second after Griffins last 12 pitches were balls, a stretch when he hit Trout with a pitch to load the bases before consecutive four-pitch walks to Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron that made it 3-1. Martinezs first three pitches were balls before an inning-ending groundout by Simmons.IN THE NETWhen Rangers C Jonathan Lucroy lost the bat on a big swing and miss in the second inning, the bat flew into the protective net behind the plate and lodged several feet above the seats .UP NEXTAngels: Jered Weaver (11-12) will try to join Chuck Finley (165) as the only pitchers to win 150 games in an Angels uniform. The right-handers 17 wins against Texas are his most against any opponent.Rangers: Lefty Derek Holland (7-8) has lost his last two starts, allowing nine runs in 9 2/3 innings. Vans Shoes Clearance . Hey!" The lower tier of the School End of Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road was packed solid with a very festive-sounding Chelsea choral section in this particular part of South Africa Road London, W12. Discount Vans Shoes . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.cheapvansfromchina.com/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. OAKLAND, Calif. -- With a little more playing time these past few days, Athletics slugger Billy Butler is finally getting comfortable at the plate -- even in a rare appearance against a right-hander.It might not be enough to get him out of a part-time role in Oakland. Still, its a step in the right direction for the former All-Star first baseman.Butler hit a tiebreaking home run off Erasmo Ramirez with one out in the eighth inning and the As held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday.Ive shown it my career, I can come through in those situations day in and day out, Butler said after helping the As complete a 7-3 homestand. Its one of those things where I really havent had any opportunities to be frustrated. I just havent had my number called a lot. Coming through in those situations, maybe Ill get my number called more.Oakland lost the first game of this series then won the next two on walkoff hits. The As led 2-0 in the finale until Logan Forsythes tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth.Ramirez (7-8) retired Khris Davis on a fly ball before Butler hammered an 0-1 pitch over the wall in center. Its Butlers third home run of the season and first since June 7.Butler also had an RBI single in the first, giving him 18 RBI over his last 35 games.Its tough for a guy that plays every day to try to get himself into a rhythm if hes not, but thats a big hit today, As manager Bob Melvin said. Hes staying positive . but this has been a tough year for him, based on the fact hes asked to do something hes not used to doing.Davis added two hits while Jake Smolinski doubled twice and scored for the As.Ryan Dull (4-2) retired two batters for the win despite giving up Forsythes home run. Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his 21st save.Home runs have beat us up a lot this year, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Obviously when you give up that many, theyre coming at the wrong time.Forsythes home run in the eighth ruined an otherwise stellar day for As starter Jesse Hahn.Called up from the minors before the game, Hahn faced just two over the minimum through six innings and allowed only one runner to reach second base before lleaving with a 2-0 lead with two outs in the eighth. Cheap Vans Shoes China. The right-hander walked one and matched his season-high of five strikeouts.Oakland jumped on Tampa Bay rookie left-hander Blake Snell early and strung together four consecutive one-out hits in the first. Davis had an RBI double and Butler added a run-scoring single to put the As up 2-0.Snell allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.THIN BENCHWith only one fully healthy player (Matt McBride) available off the bench Melvin was asked if he had any pitchers hed consider using as positional players if the need arose. Ive got a couple of guys that would like to do it, Melvin said, specifically mentioning Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman. I hope I dont get to that point. Position players always think they can pitch . and pitchers who are athletic always think they can play positions.TRAINERS ROOMRays: Desmond Jennings (strained left hamstring) ran the bases and took batting practice without a setback during a minor league rehab appearance. ... RHP Brad Boxberger threw 22 pitches in a rehab outing and is hopeful of rejoining the big league club in Los Angeles.Athletics: Coco Crisp was a late scratch because of neck soreness. He joined Josh Reddick (lower back soreness) on the bench. ... Rich Hill threw 30 pitches while wearing a protective covering on the middle finger of his left hand. Hill, who left his last start after five pitches because of a blister, will continue to throw bullpens for conditioning until the blister heals. ... Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.UP NEXTRays: RHP Chris Archer (5-13) pitches against the Dodgers in the opener of a two-game series on Tuesday. Archer entered the weekend leading the AL with 147 strikeouts.Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (1-1) returns to his native Texas to face the Rangers on Monday. Mengden was born in Houston and attended Texas A&M.- -- -This version correctly shows that the As took three of four games and did not sweep the series. ' ' ' 
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CHICAGO (2-7) at NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3)Sunday, 1 p. Salomon Baratas Chinas Online .m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE -- Giants by 5+RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Chicago 2-7, New York 4-3-2SERIES RECORD -- Bears lead 33-22-2LAST MEETING -- Bears beat Giants 27-21, Oct 10, 2013LAST WEEK -- Bears lost to Buccaneers 36-10; Giants beat Bengals 21-20AP PRO32 RANKING -- Bears No. 29, Giants No. 7BEARS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (21), PASS (19)BEARS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (11), RUSH (11), PASS (12)GIANTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (21), RUSH (31), PASS (9)GIANTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (7), PASS (22)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Bears 0-5 on road, 0-2 vs. NFC East, losing to Eagles and Cowboys. ... RB Jordan Howard rushed for 100 yards last week. Howard ranks No. 2 among NFL rookies with 605 yards rushing. ... Zach Miller tied for No. 3 among tight ends with 44 catches. ... LB Leonard Floyd leads NFL rookies with five sacks. ... LB Danny Trevathan had team-high 13 tackles last week. ... LB Willie Young leads team with 6 1/2 sacks. ... CB Harold Jones-Quartey had interception against Bucs. ... Giants looking for five straight wins for first time since 2011 Super Bowl run. Last time in regular season was 2010. ... New York is 4-1 at home. It won only three each of last two seasons. ... Six victories this season are by total of 21 points. ... S Landon Collins has four interceptions in last three games. ... WR Odell Beckham Jr. has six TD catches in past five and is fastest player in NFL history (36 games) to reach 3,500 yards receiving. ... CBs Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each have 11 passes defended, tied for second in NFC. ... DE Olivier Vernon has sacks in two straight. ... Fantasy Tip: Giants QB Eli Manning has 900 yards passing and 10 TDs in past three home games.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and -http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Zapatillas Salomon España . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Salomon Baratas Chinas . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield. http://www.baratassalomon.es/ . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. 1.1 Mumba to Karunaratne, no run, very full, pitches on middle, 134ks, snakes away and rears up. Karunaratne is opened up completely. He hurriedly looks to work the ball to leg, falls over, and it takes the outside edge near the shoulder of the bat, then flies over gully. Williams runs back, stretches his left hand up, well over his head, but he was on the move. Didnt have a stable base, and the ball pops out. Mumba could have become the first Zim player to take a wicket on his first ball in Test cricket. Difficult chance for Williams, though.49.2 Masakadza to MDKJ Perera, no run, dropped by Moor. Zim arent hanging onto their chances. Good length and angled away outside off, Kusal was looking to biff it over mid-on with no footwork. The ball grazes the outside edge, hits the top of the keepers left glove, brushes the chest, and then bobbles out. Moor, standing up to the stumps, couldnt react quickly.52.4 Williams to Silva, no run, spilled by Moor again. His second drop in four overs. Shorter skiddy ball outside off, hint of turn away from Silva. He looks to cut and theres a thick edge. The ball bobbles out of his right glove now, the keeper is having a hard day. A bit late to react again.55.4 Masakadza to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, and Kusal goes for the big hit. This cat-and-mouse game is fun. Waller makes a mess of it at long-on. Cremer pushed him back and threw a challenge to Kusal. These missed chances will come back to bite Zim. Good length and outside off, Kusal swings across the line, and hits in the airr. Comprar Salomon Baratas. Waller lumbers in from the deep, seemingly bails out at the last moment? He tentatively dives forward, instead of attacking the ball, as it bursts through his hands and trickles to the straight boundary.57.6 Waller to Silva, 1 run, low full-toss on off, whipped to mid-on for a scampered single. A direct hit could have had Kusal despite that full-length dive. Another chance goes abegging. Sums up Zimbabwes day in the field.99.5 Cremer to de Silva, no run, short legbreak outside off, fizzes off the surface, Dhananjaya aims a cut and edges it, Moor is late to react again. The ball hits his hip and goes down. Third drop from Moor. Zim arent learning from their mistakes. This is the sixth chance they have fluffed in this Test.129.1 Tiripano to Tharanga, no run, dropped by big Mawoyo at short extra cover. Tiripano has his hands on his head. Nice and full on middle, Tharanga attempts a front-foot drive. But the ball stops on him and forces him to check his shot. He simply chips it in the air to short extra cover. Mawoyo dives forward, goes with both hands, but the ball bobbles out140.6 Williams to MDK Perera, 4 byes, Moor fluffs a stumping chance. It wasnt an easy one. Dilruwan runs at Williams and yorks himself. The ball hurries off the surface, narrowly misses the off stump, and beats the keeper. Moor did not even move as the ball runs away behind him for four byes ' ' ' 
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Alex Rodriguez has stayed out of the headlines since being released by the New York Yankees in August. Nike Zoom Online Shop .The last we heard, his publicist, Ron Berkowitz,?denied rumors that Rodriguez would play for another team this season, saying, He is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends.Thats exactly what A-Rod has done in becoming a normal, boring dad.See him here, with his morning Starbucks (they got his name right!) and two newspapers.But thats not all. He has traded the pursuit of 700 home runs for helping with homework, carpooling and hitting the links with his family.A-Rod did bring one aspect of his baseball playing home: handshakes.--Sam Henken Nike Zoom China Wholesale . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Cheap Nike Zoom . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. http://www.nikezoomoutlet.com/ . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back?Shane Vereens return lasted less than a half as he left Sundays 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter with a concussion.Vereen was activated off injured reserve on Saturday. He had missed the previous nine games after tearing his left triceps.The Giants were hoping Vereen could be a boost to their struggling offense with his unique skill set. He was being used as a passing-down back prior to the injury. Nike Zoom Cheap China. Vereen was injured after catching a pass with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter. He immediately went to the sideline and tossed his helmet. The medical staff took him directly to the locker room.Vereen was an integral part of the offense last year when he caught a career-high 59 passes for 495 yards. ' ' ' 
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Sacked Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch says he has no hard feelings towards the Lions after his dismissal following three AFL seasons at the helm. Discount Air Max 1 .Leppitsch was released on Monday from the final year of his contract after Brisbane slumped to a 17th-placed finish with just three wins this year.He told The Nine Networks The Footy Show on Thursday night he was initially disappointed and angry with the boards decision, but quickly accepted the club needed to go in a different direction.Obviously, it was disappointing early, but theres a great realisation in this game that were all just passing parades, Leppitsch said.Theres been disappointment, theres been levels of inevitability at times and theres been other times Ive felt disappointed that this process has happened, but its also part of the big picture of the footy club and the club is bigger than any individual.Leppitsch said he first felt his job was in grave danger about two to three weeks before the end of the season.The coach said he had no problem with captain Tom Rockliff despite their widely reported strained relationship. Asked if Rockliff should be relieved of his role, Leppitsch said there wasnt a Melbourne Cup field coming through to replace him.He admitted the Lions well-documented issues at board level had been a distraction at times, but added those matters had been identified and were being worked on.The most-important thing is that our football club has a united front going forward, he said.Leppitsch said he had no issue with being notified of his sacking over the phone or with the players being informed via text message - not email - as had been widely reported. Air Max 1 Sale Cheap . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Air Max 1 Wholesale . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. http://www.discountairmax1.com/ .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. PITTSBURGH -- Nearly two months into the season, the ACC Coastal Division is still searching for clarity.Virginia Tech and Pitt will have a chance to provide some when the 25th-ranked Hokies (5-2, 3-1) face the Panthers (5-2, 2-1) on Thursday night. The winner will exit no worse than tied for first in the loss column by the end of the weekend. The loser will need to win out -- and probably get more than a little help -- to earn a spot in the ACC title game.Its going to be a game of kind of were in the mix in this division and its going to be a championship-caliber football game, said Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. If they want to stay in the hunt, theyve got to win it. If we want to stay in the hunt, we need to win it.Something that doesnt tend to happen when the Panthers are on the other side of the line of scrimmage. The Hokies have never won at Heinz Field and dropped six of their last seven overall to Pitt, including a 17-13 loss in Blacksburg last year.Im not really sure about the historical struggles, but what were trying to do is forget all of that, Hokies defensive end Woody Barron said. Forget anything thats going on after the game, whatever thats happened before the game, and were just trying our best to prepare.Virginia Tech bounced back from a baffling pratfall at Syracuse by handling Miami last Thursday to climb back into the Top 25. Now the Hokies face a different kind of test in the Panthers, who are averaging 38 points behind one of the most inventive offenses in the country.In a pass-happy world, the offense designed by coordinator Matt Canada is a throwback. The Panthers can plow ahead with James Conner and Chawntez Moss or get out on the edges on jet sweeps by Quadree Henderson and dual threat Jordan Whitehead. Seven players have at least 20 rushing attempts, a testament Pitts depth and also the numerous ways Canada tries to get them the ball.Its not like he walked up during the summer and said, `Hey, lets run this, lets try this, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. Hes a very creative guy and its power football. Its zone football. Yoouve seen a lot of two backs, a lot of movement around, maybe a lot of three backs if you count that guy in motion. Air Max 1 Clearance Sale. So its what I thought we would get when we hired Matt.CARDIAC CATS: Best to not leave early when the Panthers are playing. Five of Pitts first seven games havent been decided until the last minute, though the Panthers may have taken a significant step forward against Virginia two weeks ago, holding the Cavaliers to a field goal after halftime while pulling away for a 45-31 win.ROAD WARRIORS: The Hokies have had mixed results on the road this season, winning in impressive fashion in monsoon-like conditions at North Carolina, but then laying an egg and losing the following week at Syracuse. Their history at Heinz Field and loss to the Orange are things sure to get their attention this week, but the Panthers are coming off a bye week and are likely to have some surprises Virginia Tech didnt see on film.MR. VERSATILITY: Conner won the ACC Player of the Year Award in 2014 while scoring a school record 24 touchdowns but went back to his roots a bit against the Cavaliers. Conner -- who moonlighted at defensive end as a freshman in 2013 -- saw his first action on defense in three years against the Cavaliers and was credited with a quarterback hurry, the latest remarkable step in his return from a bout with cancer diagnosed last fall that threatened his career.PASSING FANCY: Jerod Evans leads the ACC in passing efficiency with 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions, but he also fumbled three times early in the season. The Panthers share the sack lead in the conference with 25 and could cause Evans to make a mistake if they can get enough pressure in the backfield. When Pitt has been unable to get to the quarterback, however, the secondary hasnt put up much of a fight. The Panthers are 122nd in the country in passing yards allowed (298.9).---AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this report. ' ' ' 
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