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Aaron Francis has given Essendon more hope for the future on a day where they showed why there is so little to like about the present. Cheap Sharks Jerseys .Sundays 37-point loss to Brisbane at Etihad Stadium was their 15th in a row - a club record.Essendon had 12 more inside 50s and three more scoring shots, but once again their goal-kicking was woeful and they could manage only 12.19.The Lions also whacked them in the clearances 47-33.For the first time all season, Essendon went into this game as favourites, but Brisbane were better from the start and the Bombers were never quite able to redress the balance.What also became apparent very early in the match is that the hype surrounding Francis is justified.Essendon took Darcy Parish at No.5 in 2015s national draft and Francis one selection later.While Parish has enjoyed an outstanding debut season, injury delayed Francis debut until now.There were no signs of nerves as Francis took several impressive marks in defence.He also looked encouraging when the Bombers played him up forward later in the match.His ability to take a mark is really top-notch already, coach John Worsfold said.Francis is the latest player this season to give Essendon hope that their fortunes might be about to change.Parish, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Orazio Francis have made great debuts.But it is still a makeshift team, missing 12 players through doping suspensions, and it plays that way.Theres a pattern over the last six weeks where weve actually started to create ball winning and ball movement to get it inside 50, Worsfold said.But were not finishing the job off as we should.Were not getting the rewards from that hard work.Worsfold joked that if Essendon were to bring in a goal-kicking coach now, it would be a full-time role.Its not a part-time job for us, where were at, he said.We need to make sure we have a clear plan and an understanding of why our inaccuracy is as it is and what were doing about fixing it.Worsfold also pointed to the inside 50s count as a sign that Essendon were making the effort.The boys are still trying, theyre not up to it at the moment, he said.Key forward Joe Daniher sprayed a couple of shots at goal, but still finished with 4.1 despite having to leave the ground with a mouth injury early in the game.I dont know if he wears a mouthguard - I would be horrified if he doesnt, Worsfold said.Some players elect not to (and) I just cant fathom the risks theyre taking. Sharks Jerseys China .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Cheap Custom Sharks Jersey . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. http://www.customsharksjersey.com/ . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers kept everything in front of them Saturday night. The Pacers didnt let the Knicks get away from them on fast breaks, didnt let the Knicks get good 3-point looks and didnt even give New York a chance to challenge late. Instead, Roy Hibbert, Paul George and Indiana showed what it can do when it plays its game. Hibbert finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while George nearly came up with another post-season triple double, leading the Pacers to a crucial 82-71 Game 3 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. "Thats how we play Pacers basketball," George said. "We just locked in, and it was just helping one another on the defensive end." Sure, Indiana could have been sidetracked by the embarrassing 26-point loss at New York in Game 2. Or it could have gotten caught up in the pregame banter about Amare Stoudemires impending return or J.R Smiths sudden illness. But the Pacers never got distracted. Coach Frank Vogels bunch followed the same game plan it has all season -- locking down defensively, winning the rebounding battle and protecting its home court. Check, check and check. Indiana limited the Knicks to 35.2 per cent shooting from the floor, allowed just three 3-pointers and forced 15 turnovers. And, of course, the leagues No. 1 rebounding team dominated the glass again, finishing with a 53-40 rebounding edge and a 20-10 edge in second-chance points. It was enough to allow the Pacers to overcome a 28 for 80 shooting performance that included a season-high 33 3-point attempts. "They outrebounded us, they won the hustle today, the little things," Carmelo Anthony said. "It all came down to us not scoring the basketball. ... We cant beat anyone scoring 71 points." Its the same formula Indiana won Game 1, and now, if Indiana wins a fifth straight home playoff game Tuesday night, it will head back to Madison Square Garden with a commanding lead over a longtime rival. How did the Pacers do it again? They relied on scoring balance and in-your-face defence. HIbbert kept loose balls alive in his best playoff performance of this post-season. Vogel called it his best playoff game ever. George struggled to score, finishing with 14 points, but he also finished had eight rebounds and eight assists and caused plenty of consternation for Anthony and others on defence. David West got off to a slow start but finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and George Hill knocked down five 3s and he finished with 17 points. "We didnt change much in terms of our physicality," West said. "I just thought we were a little bit more precise defensively in terms of our communication and we shored some things up. We didnt allow them to get some of tthe things they got in the second game in New York. Wholesale Custom Sharks Shirts. quot; The Knicks had only one player in double figures. Carmelo Anthony scored 21, but the NBA scoring champion went j6 of 16 from the field, managed only two points and no baskets in the fourth quarter and finished well below his playoff scoring average of 29.3. He was hardly alone. Smith gave it a go although his shooting woes continued. He went 4 of 12, scored nine points and walked directly to locker room when he was replaced midway through the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, he came back into the game and is now just 11 of 42 from the field in the series. Stoudemire looked rusty in his return, making just 3 of 8 eight shots -- one a dunk, another on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter -- and finished with seven points and two rebounds. The Knicks led once in the game, for just 76 seconds, and barely escaped the ignominy of setting a franchise playoff record for fewest points in a game. The all-time low is 67. New York didnt hit 68 until Kenyon Martins dunk with 1:39 to play. "Offensively, we just didnt have anything," coach Mike Woodson said. "I thought defensively, we hung in there and did what we had had to do, but we just didnt have any offensive pop and we have to figure that out." And fast or the second-seeded Knicks will spend the rest of this series playing catch-up. New York had a chance midway through the third quarter when it closed the deficit to 44-41. But instead of faltering, as the Pacers did in Game 2, they thrived on New Yorks miscues. When Tyson Chandler was called for his third foul, he lost his cool and was whistled for a technical foul. That allowed the Pacers to score three points on the possession. West followed that with a 19-foot jumper and after Chandler went 1-of-2 from the free throw line, Indiana seized control with a 9-0 run that made it 58-44. Stoudemires buzzer-beater to end the quarter got the Knicks within 62-51 and New York eventually got as close as 65-57 with 9:10 left. But Indiana answered with seven straight points and never let the Knicks challenge again. "Our guys usually do what you emphasize," Vogel said. "We dont want to do it at the expense of giving up things up at the rim. But we were able to guard the paint and the 3-point line, and thats the goal." Notes: The Pacers are 4-0 at home with an average victory margin of 16.5 points. ... New York is now 0-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. ... Saturdays loss marked the first time New York lost in this years playoffs while holding a team to fewer than 90 points. The Knicks are now 5-1. ... Movie director Spike Lee showed up inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3 in a Knicks jersey and orange hat. ' ' ' 
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Aaron Francis has given Essendon more hope for the future on a day where they showed why there is so little to like about the present. Cheap Sharks Jerseys .Sundays 37-point loss to Brisbane at Etihad Stadium was their 15th in a row - a club record.Essendon had 12 more inside 50s and three more scoring shots, but once again their goal-kicking was woeful and they could manage only 12.19.The Lions also whacked them in the clearances 47-33.For the first time all season, Essendon went into this game as favourites, but Brisbane were better from the start and the Bombers were never quite able to redress the balance.What also became apparent very early in the match is that the hype surrounding Francis is justified.Essendon took Darcy Parish at No.5 in 2015s national draft and Francis one selection later.While Parish has enjoyed an outstanding debut season, injury delayed Francis debut until now.There were no signs of nerves as Francis took several impressive marks in defence.He also looked encouraging when the Bombers played him up forward later in the match.His ability to take a mark is really top-notch already, coach John Worsfold said.Francis is the latest player this season to give Essendon hope that their fortunes might be about to change.Parish, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Orazio Francis have made great debuts.But it is still a makeshift team, missing 12 players through doping suspensions, and it plays that way.Theres a pattern over the last six weeks where weve actually started to create ball winning and ball movement to get it inside 50, Worsfold said.But were not finishing the job off as we should.Were not getting the rewards from that hard work.Worsfold joked that if Essendon were to bring in a goal-kicking coach now, it would be a full-time role.Its not a part-time job for us, where were at, he said.We need to make sure we have a clear plan and an understanding of why our inaccuracy is as it is and what were doing about fixing it.Worsfold also pointed to the inside 50s count as a sign that Essendon were making the effort.The boys are still trying, theyre not up to it at the moment, he said.Key forward Joe Daniher sprayed a couple of shots at goal, but still finished with 4.1 despite having to leave the ground with a mouth injury early in the game.I dont know if he wears a mouthguard - I would be horrified if he doesnt, Worsfold said.Some players elect not to (and) I just cant fathom the risks theyre taking. Sharks Jerseys China .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Cheap Custom Sharks Jersey . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. http://www.customsharksjersey.com/ . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers kept everything in front of them Saturday night. The Pacers didnt let the Knicks get away from them on fast breaks, didnt let the Knicks get good 3-point looks and didnt even give New York a chance to challenge late. Instead, Roy Hibbert, Paul George and Indiana showed what it can do when it plays its game. Hibbert finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while George nearly came up with another post-season triple double, leading the Pacers to a crucial 82-71 Game 3 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. "Thats how we play Pacers basketball," George said. "We just locked in, and it was just helping one another on the defensive end." Sure, Indiana could have been sidetracked by the embarrassing 26-point loss at New York in Game 2. Or it could have gotten caught up in the pregame banter about Amare Stoudemires impending return or J.R Smiths sudden illness. But the Pacers never got distracted. Coach Frank Vogels bunch followed the same game plan it has all season -- locking down defensively, winning the rebounding battle and protecting its home court. Check, check and check. Indiana limited the Knicks to 35.2 per cent shooting from the floor, allowed just three 3-pointers and forced 15 turnovers. And, of course, the leagues No. 1 rebounding team dominated the glass again, finishing with a 53-40 rebounding edge and a 20-10 edge in second-chance points. It was enough to allow the Pacers to overcome a 28 for 80 shooting performance that included a season-high 33 3-point attempts. "They outrebounded us, they won the hustle today, the little things," Carmelo Anthony said. "It all came down to us not scoring the basketball. ... We cant beat anyone scoring 71 points." Its the same formula Indiana won Game 1, and now, if Indiana wins a fifth straight home playoff game Tuesday night, it will head back to Madison Square Garden with a commanding lead over a longtime rival. How did the Pacers do it again? They relied on scoring balance and in-your-face defence. HIbbert kept loose balls alive in his best playoff performance of this post-season. Vogel called it his best playoff game ever. George struggled to score, finishing with 14 points, but he also finished had eight rebounds and eight assists and caused plenty of consternation for Anthony and others on defence. David West got off to a slow start but finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and George Hill knocked down five 3s and he finished with 17 points. "We didnt change much in terms of our physicality," West said. "I just thought we were a little bit more precise defensively in terms of our communication and we shored some things up. We didnt allow them to get some of tthe things they got in the second game in New York. Wholesale Custom Sharks Shirts. quot; The Knicks had only one player in double figures. Carmelo Anthony scored 21, but the NBA scoring champion went j6 of 16 from the field, managed only two points and no baskets in the fourth quarter and finished well below his playoff scoring average of 29.3. He was hardly alone. Smith gave it a go although his shooting woes continued. He went 4 of 12, scored nine points and walked directly to locker room when he was replaced midway through the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, he came back into the game and is now just 11 of 42 from the field in the series. Stoudemire looked rusty in his return, making just 3 of 8 eight shots -- one a dunk, another on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter -- and finished with seven points and two rebounds. The Knicks led once in the game, for just 76 seconds, and barely escaped the ignominy of setting a franchise playoff record for fewest points in a game. The all-time low is 67. New York didnt hit 68 until Kenyon Martins dunk with 1:39 to play. "Offensively, we just didnt have anything," coach Mike Woodson said. "I thought defensively, we hung in there and did what we had had to do, but we just didnt have any offensive pop and we have to figure that out." And fast or the second-seeded Knicks will spend the rest of this series playing catch-up. New York had a chance midway through the third quarter when it closed the deficit to 44-41. But instead of faltering, as the Pacers did in Game 2, they thrived on New Yorks miscues. When Tyson Chandler was called for his third foul, he lost his cool and was whistled for a technical foul. That allowed the Pacers to score three points on the possession. West followed that with a 19-foot jumper and after Chandler went 1-of-2 from the free throw line, Indiana seized control with a 9-0 run that made it 58-44. Stoudemires buzzer-beater to end the quarter got the Knicks within 62-51 and New York eventually got as close as 65-57 with 9:10 left. But Indiana answered with seven straight points and never let the Knicks challenge again. "Our guys usually do what you emphasize," Vogel said. "We dont want to do it at the expense of giving up things up at the rim. But we were able to guard the paint and the 3-point line, and thats the goal." Notes: The Pacers are 4-0 at home with an average victory margin of 16.5 points. ... New York is now 0-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. ... Saturdays loss marked the first time New York lost in this years playoffs while holding a team to fewer than 90 points. The Knicks are now 5-1. ... Movie director Spike Lee showed up inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3 in a Knicks jersey and orange hat. ' ' ' 
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RIO DE JANIERO -- Its the phrase thats uttered at the start of every Olympics and consists of just four little words -- Let the Games begin. Kyler Murray Jersey Large . But Friday night, even more than usual, they felt like four of the most potent words in the vocabulary of sports because of what they signaled.Finally, blessedly, and not a moment too soon for Rio de Janeiro, its 2016 Summer Olympic Games have been officially handed off to the athletes now -- not the stumbling organizers and their bumbling contractors, not the IOC fat cats who are too busy picking shrimp cocktail from their teeth to ban all the drug cheats. Or the rock-throwing protesters who bedeviled the running of Brazils Olympic torch relay and showed up by the hundreds again Friday night, prompting security forces to disperse them with tear gas less than a mile from where teams from a record 207 nations marched onto the floor of Maracana Stadium to take part in a rousing opening ceremony.Despite down-to-the-bone budget cuts that left producers of Friday nights show joking We cried -- in fear as they studied more extravagantly funded opening ceremonies, the first Olympic Games held in South America kicked off with a joyous show. It delivered on its planners promise to make up for their relatively modest budget with ingenuity, energy, stirring samples of some of the countrys best indigenous music, and some lighthearted touches that were meant to acknowledge life might not be perfect in Brazil, but theres a lot to love and marvel about here if you suspend judgement and lean in closely enough.From Brazilian recording star Luiz Melodias rendition of Aquele Abraco, the farewell song penned by his legendary countryman Gilberto Gil, to the shows evocation of Brazils ethnic diversity and status as the biggest garden on the planet (this is the home of the Amazon rain forest, after all), the ceremony gave these Games an unmistakable sense of time and place.There were symbolic pleas for peace and tolerance -- a nod to world events beyond Brazil. There were beat-driven Samba, funk carioca, and bossa nova songs that pulled people to their feet and had them dancing in place. In the wide-open spirit of Carnival, Brazils most famous supermodel (Gisele Bundchen) and its most famous transgender model (Lea T) took star turns. There was a street-dancing performance meant to evoke the art that springs from the miserably poor tin-roofed favelas that go staggering up the hills and valleys around Rio like makeshift Lego cities, one red-blocked unit stacked atop another; the segment was intended to be a reminder that beauty and wonder live even in the most unlikeliest and challenging places.Pele, now 75 years old and still the most famous sports star this soccer-crazed country has produced, grew up in one such slum. His absence here Friday because of ill health was felt.But hundreds of other notable athletes did show. Swimmer Michael Phelps, the 22-time Olympic medalist, carried the flag for the American team, which arrived earlier in the lineup than usual because Estados Unidos is the Portuguese spelling of United States. The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team, which this year is composed of 10 athletes from strife-torn South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, marched in under the five-ring Olympic flag. Sprinter Etimoni Timuani, the only athlete from the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, strode in rocking a ribboned sarong, the Austrians wore lederhosen, the Micronesian team wore head wreaths that appeared woven from palm fronds and Chinas team acknowledged their hosts by waving little Brazilian flags as well as their own.Brazilians have understandably been of two minds about hosting these Olympics because of the economic crises and political upheaval that have developed since the IOC awarded Rio these Games in 2008. Times were far better then. Theyre more fractious now. Crime has spiked. The Zika virus remains a concern. Promises that the Games would leave an improved infrastructure and cleaned-up waterways around Rio have not been kept, making the estimated $4.6 billion price of these Olympics (it spikes to $20 billion counting infrastructure costs) feel unconscionable to many.Brazil also has two sitting presidents at the moment because one, Dilma Rousseff, is scheduled to go to trial at the end of this month in impeachment proceedings, which opened the way for the other -- interim pick Michel Temer -- to preside Friday night.(The opening ceremony producers denied at their pre-show news conference Thursday that they had been told to create some sound effects to play if Temer was booed, which he was, when he took the podium to declare the Games open.)IOC president Thomas Bach acknowledged earlier this week that the road to the Rio Games had been long and testing, and the preparations were challenging.In one last flourish, the Olympic flame was brought into Maracana Stadium by Brazilian tennis champion Gustavo Kuerten, handed off to retired basketball star Hortencia Marcari to Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, the marathoner who lost gold when he was attacked during the 2004 Summer Games. He lit the cauldron.We never give up, we never give up, Rio Organizing Committee president Carlos Nuzman said in a stem winder of a speech to the crowd. Lets stay together when differences challenge us.Much of Brazils troubled backstory will temporarily fade a bit into the background at daybreak Saturday, when the competitions begin in earnest with 16 sports contested and seven gold medals to be won. Over the next 16 days, the conversation will turn more to whether sprinter Usain Bolt can possibly win again, or whether Marta can lead Brazils womens soccer team to a gold medal. Would huge gold medal hauls by American gymnast Simone Biles and multievent U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky justify the talk that they already deserve to be placed among their sports greats?The best antidote for nearly everything that ails the Olympic Games has always been the transcendental contributions of the athletes themselves. There are roughly 10,500 of them here. Like Rio itself, they reliably provoke wonder. And they sure as hell know how to put on a show. Custom Cardinals Jerseys . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. Cheap Custom Cardinals Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.customcardinalsjersey.com/custom-kyler-murray-jersey-large-71b.html . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. President Barack Obama isnt swayed by the Golden State Warriors rocky opening to the 2016-2017 season, as he envisions them making a return trip to the NBA Finals and this time emerging victorious.Obama made his championships pick during a Friday interview on Sway in the Morning on Eminems SiriusXM channel Shade 45.Im going to go with the Warriors just because of [Kevin] Durant, that addition. I think they just have too much firepower, Obama said. Although they just got spanked in their first game, so it will take a while to figure things out.The Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs?129-100 in Tuesddays season opener at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Cardinals Jerseys China. The Warriors were 39-2 at home last year in the regular season.Meanwhile, Obama has been impressed with the New England Patriots -- and not much else -- in the 2016 NFL season.Asked his Super Bowl prediction on the program, he said, At this point, youd have to put your money on [Tom] Brady again. I dont see any real strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch [from the 2014 season]. Thats my call. ' ' ' 
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NEW YORK -- The ball used for the final out of the 1986 World Series won by the New York Mets is among the items being put up for auction by the family of late Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys .Carter was behind the plate when Bostons Marty Barrett struck out to end Game 7. The Mets 8-5 at Shea Stadium that night for their most recent championship.Carter was elected to the Hall in 2003. He died in 2012 at 57.A game-worn Mets jersey from 1985 and Carters jersey and pants from a 1984 Montreal Expos game also are in the online sale by Heritage Auctions that closes Nov. 18-19. Cheap Custom NHL Jerseys . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in. Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys Custom . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. http://www.customhockeycheapjerseys.com/ . 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.MONTREAL -- Canadian cyclist David Veilleux has announced he will pedal against the worlds best at the Tour de France. The 25-year-old will become the first Quebec-born to ever compete in cyclings premier event. "Its now official," Veilleux wrote on his website Monday. "My team chose me to participate in the 2013 Tour de France. I am extremely pleased by this news. Im living a childhood dream and all my years of perseverance and discipline are being rewarded." Veilleux excelled recently at the eightt-stage Criterium du Dauphine race, where he wore the leaders yellow-and-blue jersey for three days. Custom Hockey Shirts. He finished the competition in 60th position, 55 minutes behind winner and Tour de France favourite Christopher Froome. Veilleux will be one of nine members of the Europcar team for the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which begins June 29. Pierre Rolland, who finished eighth in 2012, and former yellow-jersey holder and multiple-stage winner Thomas Voeckler will be the pillars of the team. ' ' ' 
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are on a three-game winning streak and the San Jose Sharks are fresh off of being stunned by the team that beat them in the Stanley Cup Final last season. Cheap Custom Cowboys Jersey .The teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. Both are 3-2-0.After losing its first two games of the season, Detroit has reeled off three consecutive wins, the latest a 5-3 decision over the Nashville Predators Friday night at Joe Louis.In that game, two players who have to produce a lot of offense for the Red Wings to be successful scored their first goals of the season.Right winger Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist and left winger Tomas Tatar had a goal.Tatars goal, 1:10 into the third period, broke a tie and put Detroit ahead for good and Nyquist scored later in the period to make it 4-2.Im just worried about one game at a time and Im worried about getting better every day and I thought we took a step in getting better today, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Friday nights game. I thought we did a real good job of spending time in their end. We did a real good job of winning puck battles. We did a real good job of reloading hard and getting back above people and when we do that, were a real good team.I thought we transitioned well, I thought a lot of guys were playing. I thought we took a step forward. Now we got to take another step forward tomorrow.Veteran fourth line left winger Drew Miller scored his second goal in two games Friday.We definitely had some times in the first couple of games here where we didnt play the way we wanted to play, Miller said. Were cleaning that up and trying to play a 60-minute game. I think thats the biggest thing, just moving forward and finding the positives and continuing to build off of those.Defenseman Ryan Sproul made his season debut for Detroit and had an assist on Justin Abdelkaders power-play goal in the second period. In his second NHL game, Sproul was even in 14:57 of ice time.San Jose, which closes out a five-game road trip Saturday, lost 3-2 on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night after leading 2-0 going into the third period.It was the first time under coach Pete DeBoer that the Sharks had lost in regulation time when they held a lead after two periods. They were 28-0-2 in the 2015-16 regular season, and 9-0 in the playoffs, when leading after 40 minutes.The biggest thing is we were playing for a 4-1 record going into that third, captain Joe Pavelski said. Not because it was the Penguins. Its early in the year. Its not easy to start coming on the road with all of these games. Now were staring at 3-2 and we move on. Custom Trysten Hill Jersey . After a replay, the winner will meet Sunderland in the quarterfinals. Sagbo did well to control Sone Alukos right cross and fire past Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan. Aluko was making his first start in four months after recovering from an Achilles injury. Custom Cowboys Jersey China . Pettersen, winner of last years Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France. The second-ranked Norwegian made her season debut after missing the LPGA Tours opening event last month in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. http://www.customcowboysjersey.com/ . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. OMAHA, Neb. -- No one at Creightons game had to go hungry Friday night.Fans win free pizza when the 10th-ranked Bluejays score 75 points. That was taken care of less than five minutes into the second half against Longwood.By the end of a 113-58 victory, Creighton had set the CenturyLink Center record for points and posted their most lopsided victory since beating Texas-Arlington by 56 in November 2002.Players hungry for minutes were satisfied, too. All 13 Creighton players who suited up scored, and all but one got at least 10 minutes.Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas led the way with 16 points apiece, and reserve Martin Krampelj had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.Obviously I liked the way we played tonight. Our efficiency offensively once again was off the charts, coach Greg McDermott said.The Bluejays shot 58.6 percent, made 12 of 22 3-pointers and dunked 10 times against their overmatched opponent from the Big South Conference.Leading 62-25 at the break, the Bluejays scored their most points in a half in McDermotts seven seasons.What a prolific scoring basketball team, Longwood coach Jayson Gee said. Dominant in transition. Tremendous depth and something we were not prepared to combat tonight, for sure.Maurice Watson Jr. had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Toby Hegner and Isaiah Zierden also had 10 points apiece.Khris Lane and JaShaun Smith scored 12 points apiece for the Lancers (2-5), who are missing three players because of injuries.Creightons two-day turnaround from a 77-62 win at in-state rival Nebraska was no issue.Theres risk of a little hangover from that, McDermott said, and, fortunately, our guys are mature enough that that didnt happen.The Bluejays made 5 of their first six 3s, 10 of their first 13 shots overall and led by 20 ppoints 12 minutes into the game. Cowboys Jerseys China. The crowds interest waned as the margin grew wider in the second half. The last big roars came when world junior welterweight boxing champion Terence Bud Crawford was shown on the video board and when the score of the Creighton volleyball teams NCAA regional match against Michigan was announced.Creighton is among eight remaining unbeaten teams in Division I and is the first to win 10 games. The Bluejays are off to their best start since the 2003-04 team opened 12-0.We try not to focus on everything thats said in the media, although its great and were very honored to be mentioned and talked about so highly, Zierden said. We know that we have a long ways to go to be where we want to be and we have to try to stay focused and get a little bit better.THE BIG PICTURELongwood: The Virginia-based Lancers got a nice paycheck for coming halfway across the country to play their first Top 25 opponent in four years.Creighton: This one turned into a glorified scrimmage for the Bluejays. Everybody who suited up got to play, and no one got hurt. Seems like a win-win. Now they take off a week for final exams.POLL IMPLICATIONSWith wins by 15 points over Nebraska and 55 points over Longwood, Creighton wont drop from No. 10 in the Top 25 come Monday.HE SAID ITI tried to do everything in my power when we were up 2-0 to get the game called. I thought about hitting the light switches. I tried everything. Next thing you know they rolled off 10 straight points. -- Gee.UP NEXTLongwood visits George Mason on Monday.Creighton hosts Oral Roberts on Dec. 17.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25   
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CLEVELAND -- Hue Jackson tapped his right hand on the side of the podium as he tried to find a way to describe being 0-12 in his first season as the Cleveland Browns coach. Custom Bears Jersey China . As he spoke, his eyes started to well up and his voice broke ever so slightly.Being 0-12 is probably ... the hardest thing ever, Jackson said after the teams 12th loss in 12 games, 27-13 to the New York Giants.Jackson quickly composed himself, but this was the first real sign of emotion that the coach has shown in a long season. The more he spoke, the more it was evident that every loss is taking a piece out of him.Its been a long 12 weeks, Jackson said. Sundays news conference started about 20 to 30 minutes late.Jackson said he simply had a regular postgame assessment with management that went long, and he said he is not worried about his job.Im going to be here, he said. But he also said hes going through something hes never experienced.I dont like losing, Jackson said. I never have and never will. Ive had my butt kicked up enough over my shoulders enough this season that I really dont need my butt kicked anymore.The Browns are every bit of their record. Opponents have not scored fewer than 24 points in a game. The Browns have started three quarterbacks and had seven different players throw a pass. The past four games, the offense has scored 10, 7, 9 and 13 points.Jackson would not second-guess his decision to gut the roster -- he called it a reboot --?and load it with rookies. When Sundays game started, 18 of the teams 53 players were rookies.Im not going to get into all that, Jackson said. None of that matters right now. We have the team we have, and Im just going to keep coaching the heck out of them.As he has done all season, Jackson said the responsibility and blame is his. But he also said that given the roster and the events of the season, everything has to go perfectly for the Browns to win.And its not going to be perfect, he said.The players stand behind Jackson, saying he has maintained the same attitude with them all season.It is hard on everybody, quarterback Josh McCown said. It is really frustrating because you see the effort put in every week and the way that everybody (is working) and the way that coach Jackson is leading the team and the energy that he brings, no matter what our record says.A week ago, after the Browns loss to the Steelers, Jackson spoke extra long in the locker room. On Sunday, Jackson spoke long with management.I think its tough to be in the situation were in because everybody wants an answer, he said. Its this, its that, its exactly this. Well, Im not going to give you an answer. What it is, is coach Jackson. When the season started, Jackson said the Browns would win by hook or by crook.It hasnt happened, but Jackson said he believes his players have not quit, and he believes this struggle will not last.I told our players, and I mean this and Im going to tell all of you: This will be the last time, this year, that we ever feel the way we feel, he said. I know that in my heart. I know that without question.With a bye coming and games remaining against Cincinnati, at Buffalo, against San Diego and at Pittsburgh, Jackson said theres four opportunities to win, theres another four opportunities to lose.Battered and emotional as he is, Jackson still has not lost all of his bravado.Youre going to get us, you better get us now, he said. And Im not feeling like this next year. There is no way. Cheap Bears Jerseys . LOUIS -- St. Custom Bears Jerseys . 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The native of Ireland received a hotshot push on his first night on Raw, winning two matches -- including a clean pin of Roman Reigns -- to earn a spot in Sundays title match.The match was overshadowed in the early going by the Brooklyn crowds vehement refusal to accept the red color and design of the new title belt, which was unveiled before the bout by Raw general manager Mick Foley and commissioner Stephanie McMahon.Although they came short of equaling the match-of-the-year contender turned in by A.J. Styles and John Cena earlier on the card, Balor and Rollins meshed together perfectly from the early going.Balor, nicknamed the Demon King, unveiled his unique full-body makeup scheme and chilling entrance for the second time after debuting it earlier in the week on Raw. Custom David Montgomery Jersey. 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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Custom Chris Bosh Jersey . -- The Memphis Grizzlies are on a four-game winning streak and relying on their reputation of hard-nosed defense.For the second straight night, Memphis held its opponent under 75 points, sending Minnesota to its worst offensive performance of the season and capturing a 93-71 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday.The 71 points were a season-low for Minnesota, which was limited to 39 percent shooting on the night, also a season-low.Memphis held Andrew Wiggins, Minnesotas leading scorer at 27.4 points, to seven points as he missed nine of his 11 shots.Battle, fight him and try to make everything impossible for him, Memphis coach David Fizdale said. He missed some shots that he normally makes.JaMychal Green had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Zach Randolph added 18 points and seven boards for Memphis, which ended a four-game road trip with an 80-64 win at Dallas on Friday night.Thats what we do. Thats what weve been doing, Randolph said of the defense. That aint no surprise.The Grizzlies forced 19 turnovers, leading to 27 points.Their defense was terrific, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. .We like to think that we are a pretty good offensive team. We didnt move the ball the way we needed to.Mike Conley and Andrew Harrison added 13 points apiece for Memphis, while James Ennis finished with 11 points.Zach LaVine led the Timberwolves with 22 points, providing a third-quarter push when Minnesota tied the game. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17.LaVine kept the Timberwolves within striking distance to open the third, collecting Minnesotas first eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.The game was deadlocked at 48 when Memphis clicked off 14 straight points to build its largest lead of the game at that point.Memphis would stretch the advantage to as many as 25 in the fourth.I just didnt like the way we played, Thibodeau said, adding: With 19 turnovers, we cant win on the road. (The Grizzlies) are going to make you pay for your mistakes, and they did.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesotas 39 first-half points were a season-low for a first half. ... Minnesotas previous low for points this season was 92 against Oklahoma City on Nov. 5. ... Minnesota is now 0-7 when shooting under 45 percent and 0-8 when trailing after three quarters.Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons did not play on the second night of the back-to-back. Parsons, still nursing offseason right knee surgery, had played in all six games since he returned to action Nov. 6. ... Vince Carter played in his 1,287th game, moving past Sam Perkins for 23rd on the career list. ... Memphis was 33 of 38 from the free throw line, season highs in both categories.MILWAUKEE MOTIVATIONMemphis four-game winning streak began after a poor performance in a 106-96 loss at Milwaukee on Nov. 12. We had a team meeting, and Coach got on us about our effort in the Milwaukee game, Green said. It looked bad on film, and it opened all our eyes.WIGGINS WOESWiggins seven points matched his season low. He also had seven at Oklahoma City on Nov. 5. Thibodeau said the poor shooting impacted other aspects of Wiggins game. .You cant allow that to take away from other things you can do to help the team win, Thibodeau said. You can do things without shooting well. Thats an area we have to grow in.NO REST. NO PROBLEMMemphis has won all three of its games on the second night of back-to-backs this season.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday, the only home game in a five-game stretch.Grizzlies: Begin a two-game road swing through the Eastern Conference beginning Monday at Charlotte before going to Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Eve. Authentic Custom Heat Jersey . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. Cheap Heat Jerseys .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. http://www.customheatjersey.com/ . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars left guard Luke Joeckel could miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.The team announced Tuesday that Joeckel, who injured his knee against Indianapolis in London, will be placed on injured reserve and have surgery. Details about the surgery will come after its completion.The injury could mean Joeckel, the second overall draft pick in 2013, has played his final game in Jacksonville. The Jaguars declined to pick up a fifth-yeear option in his rookie contract and signed free agent Kelvin Beachum to a five-year, $45 million contract to compete with Joeckel at left tackle. Heat Jerseys China. .Beachum won the job, and Jacksonville slid Joeckel inside to guard. Its unlikely the team would bring him back in 2017, especially considering he would be coming off knee surgery. ' ' ' 
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MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City says defender Pablo Zabaleta has signed a four-year contract extension with the Premier League club. Authentic Custom Raptors Jersey . The 28-year-old Argentine international, who joined City in 2008, says on the clubs website that "I have been here for five years, it feels like home" and that "I think we have a great squad and hopefully we can win something this year." Zabaleta has made 175 appearances for City, which has a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini this season. Tracy Mcgrady Jersey Large . DAmigo scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 in American Hockey League action. Raptors Jerseys China . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. http://www.customraptorsjersey.com/ . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid.Ferrari confirmed their fast start to 2016 testing by setting the pace again on the final day of the first Barcelona test - but McLaren ended the week with fresh reliability concerns. After being knocked off the top of the order by Force Indias Nico Hulkenberg on Day Three following Sebastian Vettels eye-catching start, Ferraris radical SF16-H returned to the head of the timesheet in the hands of Kimi Raikkonen as the Scuderia again flew on Pirellis quickest tyre.Raikkonens morning ultrasoft-shod time of 1:23.477 was 0.816s faster than Red Bulls Daniil Kvyat could manage on the same compound, but came up short of team-mate Vettels 1:22.810 from Day Two. Vettels lap therefore stands as the fastest time of the test. The car feels nice and we have got lot of things to try and test and tune, but this is definitely a step up from what we had last year, said Raikkonen.But while Ferrari ended the week where they started it, great rivals McLaren ended up where they hoped not to return in 2016 - the bottom of the timesheet. Sky Sports F1 writer Will Esler is joined by Ted Kravitz to review the first test Mercedes trial S-duct nose on the W07The MP4-31 had run reliably on the opening two days at Barcelona but fluid leaks restricted McLaren to just 54 laps across Wednesday and Thursday - a measly three of which were racked up by Fernando Alonso on the final day. After a hydraulic leak had cost Jenson Button most of Wednesday afternoons session, Alonso took to the track early on Day Four but the car was soon struck down by a coolant leak and, despite the teams best efforts, never returned.McLaren, who had prioritised distance running for this week, ended the test second bottom of the mileage charts.To compound McLaren-Hondas latest woes, reliability was easier to come by for the rest of the field with Renault in particular making up ground after a difficult start to their week.Kevin Magnussen completed the most laps for any one driver - 153 before the RS16 stopped on track late on. The Dane also showed good pace, finishing fifth fastest with Force India development driver Alfonso Celis fourth.Seeeing the problems on the first two days it was concerning and I was worrying a bit about getting as many laps as I wanted - but Ive certainly got that now, said the Dane at the end of his first week back as an F1 race driver. Wholesale Custom Raptors Shirts. Its been a really good couple of days. Its been perfect in terms of getting back into it. But, for the fourth successive day, no team topped Mercedes mileage as the world champions again split their running between Lewis Hamilton (99 laps) and Nico Rosberg (86 laps). They finished the test just shy of 2,000 miles.And while their pace may again not have caught the eye, additions to the W07 did as the team debuted a new nose and downforce-assisting S-duct.Its a really exciting time for us, Hamilton told Sky Sports News HQ. Ive never had a week like this when the car has just kept going on and on on. Its been physically challenging. Its been incredible. Im so proud of my guys. After two really successful years its really easy to drop the ball and be chilled but everyone has worked even harder than before - which we thought was impossible.Hamilton: Rosberg rivalry is realToro Rosso and Sauber - giving the final send-off to their 2015 car ahead of the C35s arrival at next weeks second test - also topped a century of laps to finish fifth and sixth on the timesheet respectively and ahead of both of Mercedes drivers. After an impressive first week in F1, Haas attempted a race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez but were stopped in their tracks by first a red flag for Manors Rio Haryanto - who spun into the barriers at turn five - and then a stoppage for their own VF-16.Day Four timesheet1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:23.477, ultrasoft tyres, 80 laps2. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1:24.293, ultrasoft tyres, 96 laps3. Alfonso Celis, Force India, 1:24.840, supersoft tyres, 75 laps4. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:25.263, soft tyres, 153 laps5. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1:25.393, medium tyres, 110 laps6. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:26.053, soft tyres, 121 laps7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:26.187, medium tyres, 86 laps8. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:26.295, medium tyres, 99 laps9. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:26.942, medium tyres, 54 laps10. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:27.802, medium tyres, 89 laps11. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:28.266, soft tyres, 51 laps12. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, No time, 3 laps. 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Swindon are hoping to get back to winning ways against Charlton - live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 11. Cheap Custom Bulls Jersey .30am on Saturday - as they welcome Tim Sherwood to the Sky Bet League One club. Swindon vs Charlton November 12, 2016, 11:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Sherwood, 47, has been appointed as the director of football of the struggling club and will take training alongside Luke Williams who will remain as head coach.The Robins are expected to make a number of changes after six players were rested for their game against Exeter in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday. Tim Sherwood Sean Murray and Nathan Thompson remain doubts due to injuries which kept them out of the midweek game.International duty means Charlton boss Russell Slade is without three first-team regulars for the short trip.Josh Magennis, Jordan Botaka and Ademola Lookman are all unavailable, with the latter having scored a brace after coming off the bench in the Addicks FA Cup win over Scunthorpe last weekend. Josh Magennis: Charlton striker on international duty with Northern Ireland There are also doubts over midfielder Ricky Holmes, who suffered a foot injury in that game, and Jason Pearce.Defender Jorge Teixeira could be in line for his first league action of the season after returning from a hamstring problem against Colchester in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek. Youngster Joe Aribo impressed in that game and could also make Slades squad for the weekend. Get a Sky Sports Pass Dont miss Swindon v Charlton. Watch live on NOW TV for £6.99. No contract. Bulls Jerseys China . 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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 18 Purdue continues to reap the benefits of having two of the nations best big men -- power forward Caleb Swanigan and 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas -- as the Boilermakers prepare for Saturdays home game against Cleveland State.As opponents focus their defensive efforts on containing Swanigan (16.2 points and 11.3 rebounds) and Haas (14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds), Purdues perimeter shooters are wide open for 3-point attempts.In their six most recent games, the Boilermakers (7-2) have made 77 of 154 attempts from 3-point range (50 percent), including 15 of 27 in Wednesdays 97-64 victory against Arizona State in the Jimmy V. Classic in Madison Square Garden. It was Purdues second consecutive game with 15 made 3-pointers.As many opponents opt to double-team Swanigan and Haas on the low block, junior Dakota Mathias and sophomore Ryan Cline have not been shy to shoot from beyond the arc.You have to be simple when people double team, Purdue coach Matt Painter said. You just have to pass the basketball. You cant try and go through it. I thought right as we started moving the basketball and got into a rhythm against Arizona State, our guys played maybe the best half all season.Thus far, Mathias is 24 of 43 from 3-point range (55.8 percent), and is averaging 10.7 points. Cline is 13 of 21 from beyond the arc (61.9 percent) and is averaging 7.8 points.Overall, Purdue is averaging 84.4 points, is shooting 44.8 percent (99 of 221) from 3-point range and has the seventh most made 3s in the nation.The Boilermakers rank second nationally in 3-point percentage and fifth in 3s made per game (11.0).Purdues school record for made 3-pointers is 18 vs. Vermont on Nov. 15, 2015. This season, the Boilermakers have made 17 vs. Auburn and 15 each vs. Morehead State and Arizona State.We move the ball really well, Mathhias said of Purdues long range success. Custom John Paxson Jersey. Were all very selfless, but it all starts with (Swanigan and Haas) down low. We always make that extra pass. We are good at getting great shots, not just good shots.When its a 2-on-1 situation, we get the ball out of our hands quickly. That is a big key in what we have been able to do. There are two pretty big people down in the paint that you have to worry about, too. When we are hitting shots, our offense is tough to guard. When our big men get the ball 1-on-1 down low, they are going to score.Clines theory is that unselfish play is rewarded.It all goes back to being unselfish, Cline said. We all are able to find the open guy. Theres a level of trust that everyone is going to take a good, open shot. If the big guys get the ball inside, unless they are doubled, they are told to score.We have trust in them and know how easily they can score. Dakota has been shooting the ball well, and that goes on over to everyone else. We try to fuel that fire, and it becomes kind of endless.Cleveland State (3-5) is coming off Wednesday nights 85-62 victory against Western Michigan, a game in which guard Bobby Word (11.9 points per game) scored a career-best 25. Guard Rod Edwards leads the team with a 16.0 scoring average, and forward Demonte Flannigan averages 15.3.In Wednesdays victory, Cleveland State shot 58.6 percent from the field (34 of 58). The Vikings are averaging 70.6 points and allow 76.1.But as coach Gary Waters said, his team comes to Purdue with some momentum.We were finally able to put 40 minutes together, Waters said. The focus at halftime Wednesday was to come out in the second half and shut them down, and we held them to 36 percent. ' ' ' 
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MONTREAL -- Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil are headed to a semifinal showdown at the Rogers Cup. Tytus Howard Jersey Large . Canadas top two mens singles players won their quarter-final matches Friday at the US$3.49-million tournament, continuing a rare run of success for homegrown players at the countrys biggest tennis event. They will face each other Saturday with a berth in Sundays final on the line. Pospisil became the first Canadian since Mike Belkin in 1969 to reach the final four of the event when his opponent Nikolay Davydenko retired due to illness. The Vernon, B.C., native led 3-0 in the first set. Raonic, the 11th seed, rode the spirited support of the centre court crowd for a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who had taken out second-seeded Andy Murray on Thursday. It will be the first meeting between Raonic and Pospisil in an ATP Tour tournament. Pospisil holds a 3-1 edge in their four meetings in lower level events, but Raonic took the most recent match in 2010. They first played each other in an under-14 tournament in Edmonton. "Exciting match," said Pospisil. "Two Canadians in the semifinal, one guaranteed to be in the final. Its a historic moment for tennis in Canada. "We obviously know each other very well. Since we were little kids. Youve got to give the edge to Milos, for sure. I have the edge in terms of head-to-head (matchups), but things have changed in the last two years. My run here doesnt change anything here in terms of that. But well see how it goes." Raonic disagreed. "I dont think that matters -- we both start at 0-0 when the match comes," he said. "I think it means a lot, not just to us, but to Canadian tennis. "Its an opportunity, a great, great moment. At the same time, its another tennis match. That doesnt change." Top seed and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia met little resistance in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet, stretching his Rogers Cup winning streak to 13. Djokovic will face fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain. Nadal beat Australias Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-4 to advance. It is the first time in the Open Era that two Canadiens have met the semifinals. The last time a Canadian was in the final was 1958, when Robert Bedard won the last of his three titles. "Fantastic news for Canadian tennis at the .rogerscup as (at)MilosRaonic and (at)VasekPospisil have reached the semis. Lets bring the cup home," tweeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In the past two years, the hard-serving, 22-year-old Raonic has risen to No. 13 in the world rankings, a record for a Canadian. He may jump a few more places when the next rankings come out Monday. He had on-court treatment in his third round win over Juan Martin De Potro for an inflamed neck muscle that led to his right arm numb, but said the arm was fine against fellow big-server Gulbis. The key was at 4-4 in the third set when he fought off a break point to win. "I was expecting it to be very difficult," Raonic said. "He had a great win yesterday. "Hes especially dangerous when he gets matches under him and hes feeling well. He wasnt really making many errors." The 23-year-old Pospisil has taken a slower path than Raonic, but is on a roll of late. He won a Challenger series tournament last week in Vancouver, then kept it going with wins over John Isner, Radek Stepanek, fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych and Davydenko, a former world No. 3 who is now ranked 47th. The run included his first win over a player ranked in the top 20 in Isner and his first over a top-10 player in Berdych. Not bad for someone who needed a wild-card entry to get into the tournament because he wasnt ranked high enough for direct entry. He is already assured of winning $128,960 and gaining at least 360 points, which will take him from 71st in the world into the top 50. One benefit is that he already has an exemption into the main draw of a tournament in Cincinnati next week. "The moneys nice, but its not about that," said Pospisil. "I set goals for myself. "Im thinking bigger picture. This is a huge week for me points-wise. Im going to make a really big jump regardless of how the match goes (Saturday). Im excited and Ill try to use the confidence I have and keep playing well." The 20-minute match against Davydenko was ideal for Pospisil, who didnt get a lot of sleep while getting from Vancouver to Montreal and then had to grind through some tough matches. Heading into the quarter-finals, he had played the longest match of the week against Berdych and the third-longest against Isner. "It came at a perfect time to have a bit of rest," said Pospisil. "Even those three games (against Davydenko) I was trying to catch my breath. "I had sore legs and was a little tired, but I was hitting the ball well. Ill try to rest up." After the match, Davydenko said he has been battling bronchitis since Monday. With Pospisil playing well and battling hard for every point, he felt he didnt have the energy to continue. "I just want to see how he will play," the 32-year-old said. "But the second game was very tough for me. He played long rallies and I could not hold this level." He was not sure if he will be fit enough to play in Cincinnati, but expects to be ready for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 26 in New York. Gulbis called it a successful tournament despite the loss as he faced seeded players three days in a row. "Game-wise, I dont think it was the best match because neither of us gave the other any rhythm," he said. "Hes serving big, Im serving big. 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He struck out nine and the Pirates teed off on New Yorks pitching for an 11-2 win over the Mets on Saturday. "Hes pitched before and hes been good," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Good to have him in the fold now, for me its -- three left-handers in the rotation, I like that a lot. Especially in the division were in, the way we match up against the team. Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot for the Pirates. The Mets have struggled to score at home, but the start by Jonathon Niese (2-4) would have put any team in a hole. He tied a career high by allowing eight runs, and walked more batters than he struck out for the fourth time in eight starts this season. Liriano (1-0), returning from a broken non-throwing arm, allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings and 90 pitches. He gave up six hits and two walks. "Today went good. Really good location and just using a lot today," Liriano said. "It was a little weird, nervous. But that went away and it just feels good to get the first one out of the way." After a late-spring injury to Jeff Karstens and the release of Jonathan Sanchez, the Pirates needed the help in their rotation. Now they can line up Liriano after fellow lefties Jeff Locke and Wandy Rodriguez. "Three left-handers in the rotation, I like that a lot," Hurdle said. "You can probably count the teams on one hand that have really good offensive splits more so against left-handed pitchers than against right-handed pitching." The Pirates jumped on Niese early, and finally drove him out of the game in the fifth. Mercer hit a solo shot after third baseman David Wright made a nifty barehanded play to throw out Starling Marte, and Tabata hit an RBI double off the base of the wall in centre field. Michael McKenry followed with a two-run single off reliever Scott Atchison and Clint Barmes followed with an RBI single before Liriano popped foul to end the inning. Liriano agreed to a contract with Pittsburgh in the off-season, but broke his right arm on Dec. 25, the day before he was supposed to fly to Pittsburgh and sign a $12.75 million, two-year contract. Liriano, who said he was injured when he slapped a door in his house, signed a revised offer and prepared for a delayed start to the season. And Liriano delivered. He set the first seven batters down in order, and the Mets didnt get anyone to third base until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner singled with Wright on first and one outt. Custom Texans Jersey China. Marlon Byrd hit a tough dribbler down the third base line that Brandon Inge charged, but he mishandled the transfer to his throwing hand on a play that was ruled a single. The Mets put two runners on in the fourth inning after Byrds two-out single. But Liriano struck out Andrew Brown. He fanned Daniel Murphy to end the fifth after Tejadas double. Barmes hit an RBI single in the second inning and Tabata hit a two-run homer in the third, after McCutchens RBI single. The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the middle of the ninth. When play resumed, Brown led off with a solo home run off left-hander Tony Watson. The ball went deep to left, where both of Mercers home runs landed. "For our guys to swing the bats today the way they did in a big ballpark, I think that was a feel good for the offensive side of our game," Hurdle said. In the bottom of the seventh, reliever Bryan Morris hit pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin with his first pitch. The night before, Valdespin hit a long home run and took plenty of time time admiring its trajectory. When he returned to the dugout after the inning, he threw his helmet in the corner and tore off his batting gloves while no one acknowledged him. Over on the Pittsburgh side, Morris received fist bumps from manager Clint Hurdle and many of his teammates. Through Mets team spokesman Jay Horwitz, Valdespin said the issue was closed and that he wasnt going to talk about it. Niese gave up eight hits and three walks with a strikeout before leaving with one out in the fifth. He also allowed eight runs July 27 at Arizona last season. "Its a tough time to go through this and I know the bullpen needs their rest. Its very frustrating not being able to go into the seventh inning, but, hopefully, its something Im going to work on and get it corrected," Niese said. "I think I created a bad habit of dropping down lower and kind of opening everything up. So, its something Im going to work on in the bullpen." NOTES: Saturday was Banner Day at Citi Field. Fans trooped Mets-themed banners around the warning track before the game, in the second year of revived tradition that had gone from 1963-1996. ... The Pirates have homered in 12 of their last 13 games and 19 of 22. ... New York has scored 31 runs in its last 12 home games. The 11 they allowed were a season worst at home. ... Pittsburgh right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0) is expected to make his third start of the season in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. Hell face Mets RHP Matt Harvey (4-0). ... Tabata singled in the seventh for the third four-hit game of his career. ' ' ' 
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