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New Zealand 271 (Raval 55, Watling 49*, Sohail 4-99) and 313 for 5 dec (Taylor 102*, Latham 80, Imran 3-76) beat Pakistan 216 (Azam 90*, Southee 6-80) and 230 (Aslam 90, Azhar 58, Wagner 3-57) by 138 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsNew Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session, sealing a 2-0 series whitewash as Pakistan collapsed against the second new ball to slump to a 138-run defeat. Retro Jordans 12 Cheap . When the final session began, the draw seemed the likeliest result by far, and a New Zealand win perhaps less likely than a Pakistan win. With a minimum of 34 overs left, Pakistan needed 211, with nine wickets in hand. Those nine wickets fell in the space of 24.3 overs, the last six to the second new ball in the space of 11 overs.On a pitch that offered little help to the bowlers apart from occasionally inconsistent bounce - which became less of a factor as the ball aged - New Zealand gave themselves a chance by playing the waiting game as Pakistan plotted a heist of their own. Pakistan had chased down two 300-plus targets in the last two years, both times against Sri Lanka - 302 in two sessions in Sharjah, and 377 in Pallekele. Here, chasing 369, Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam added 131 for the first wicket in 60 overs to set them a platform for a possibly Sharjah-esque finish.With the required rate creeping past six an over at the start of the final session, Kane Williamsons tactics began to yield their desired results. His defensive fields had kept Pakistan in the game without letting them get too close, and now, they asked the batsmen to take risks.Babar Azam, going after a wide, flighted ball from Mitchell Santner, dragged the ball onto his stumps, replicating Azhars dismissal before tea. Aslam, failing to get elevation while looking to clear mid-off, fell ten short of a maiden Test hundred. Then Sarfraz Ahmed was run out, looking to steal a suicidal second run. Pakistan were suddenly four down, with the new ball three overs away.New Zealand took it as soon as it was available, and brought their field in, with the target now well beyond Pakistan: 169 in 21 overs. Tim Southee and Matt Henry had barely swung the first new ball. They began swinging the second one appreciably. Younis Khan, tentative right through the series and out chasing a wide ball in the first innings, chased again an edged Southee wide of gully.Then Henry struck in his first over with the new ball, angling it into Asad Shafiq and curling it away late. Looking to play the initial angle, Shafiq closed his bat face and popped a catch to point off the leading edge. Twenty balls later, Younis thrust his pad out at a Southee inswinger. Umpire S Ravi turned down the bowlers appeal, but was forced to change his decision when New Zealand reviewed and ball-tracking showed the ball carrying on to hit the top of off stump.At the crease now were a debutant, Mohammad Rizwan, and a lower-order batsman known more for slogging than defending, Sohail Khan, with 16.3 overs remaining. They held out long enough to prompt a bowling change, Henry giving way to the gentler pace of Colin de Grandhomme, but Sohail drove without moving his feet and spooned a catch to cover.Eleven overs remained; Pakistan would only last 13 more balls, as Neil Wagner, coming on for Southee, blasted out the last three. He took out his fellow left-arm quicks, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, in the space of three balls, both nicking him to the keeper, before ending the game with the first ball of his next over, banging the ball in and forcing the No. 11 Imran Khan to fend to short leg.Rizwan, having fallen for a golden duck in his first Test innings, remained not out on 13 in his second. In hindsight, he may have wished he hadnt taken a single off the first ball of Wagners spell and exposed Pakistans tail to his pace and bounce.Given the start their openers made, Pakistan would never have expected their tail to strap their pads on. By staying in the middle as long as they did, Azhar and Aslam seemed to have ticked off the first box in the teams checklist: that of ensuring they wouldnt lose.With roughly four sessions of the Test match lost to rain, there was less wear and tear on the Seddon Park pitch than a typical fifth-day surface. There wasnt much swing either, forcing Southee into bowling cross-seam within the first ten minutes of the day in an effort to rough up one side of the ball.Up-and-down bounce was the one major threat to Azhar and Aslam. Henry sneaked a shortish ball under Azhars bat in the 12th over of Pakistans innings, narrowly missing off stump, and then, in the 16th over, hit him on the glove with one that lifted from a good length. In the next over, Neil Wagner got a short ball to keep low as well, forcing Azhar to defend his stumps with a hurried jab with both feet off the ground.Wagner, typically, looked to test the openers with the short ball, using the angles adroitly and often, especially while bowling from left-arm around, delivering from as close to the return crease as humanly possible. Both batsmen handled him with a degree of ease, except for one instance when Aslam took his eye off the ball as it followed him from over the wicket and hit him on the side of the helmet.Both batsmen looked to play as straight as possible, with the threat of the shooter at the back of their minds, and this contributed to the glacial pace of run-scoring at the start of the days play. After 20 overs, Pakistan had only scored 21.Then, at the start of the 21st over, a bouncer from Wagner ran away for five wides and began a slight shift in the pattern of play. Azhar drove Henry for a four to the right of mid-off, and both batsmen sent square-cuts flying to the boundary in the next couple of overs. Aslam brought up the fifty stand in the 27th over, flicking Wagner to the backward square leg boundary, and soon afterwards sent a top-edged sweep off Mitchell Santner over the square-leg rope.The openers didnt quite sustain the acceleration through the first half of the post-lunch session, scoring only 19 runs in the first 10 overs. As drinks approached, they began looking for sharp singles, and a more accurate throw from Henry Nicholls at short midwicket could have sent back Aslam in the 50th over. The drinks break provoked a distinct change in approach. Aslam pulled Wagner to the square-leg boundary, and then picked up two fours towards fine leg in one over from Henry, the first one a flick that went finer than intended, the second an inside-edged cover-drive.In all, Pakistan scored 51 in 13 overs after the drinks break, and were 158 for 1 at tea. Aslam was batting on 75, Azam on 16 off 23 balls, and their minds must have been busy calculating run rates and figuring out which boundaries to target after the break. Neither they nor their team-mates nor their opponents could have imagined what was to follow. Jordan Retro 12 Low Cheap . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Cheap Jordan 12 For Sale .ca. 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A century from Chirag Khurana and three wickets from the in-form Anupam Sanklecha left Maharashtra in a dominant position against Assam at the IIT-Chemplast ground in Chennai. cheap nba jerseys china . Khurana, who began the day batting on 14, finished unbeaten on 112 as he helped Maharashtras last five wickets add 190 to their overnight total. They were eventually bowled out for 542. Khurana stretched his overnight partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman Vishant More (48) from 25 to 124, and added a further 68 with Sanklecha for the eighth wicket. Abu Nechim Ahmed and Syed Mohammad were Assams most successful bowlers, picking up three wickets apiece.Sanklecha - who picked up two seven-fors in his most recent game, against Vidarbha - then came back and ripped out three wickets to leave Assam 13 for 2 and then 56 for 3, before the opener Rishav Das (53*) added an unbroken 76 for the fourth wicket with Kunal Saikia (38*) to steer them to 132 for 3 at stumps, still trailing by 410.Rishabh Pant continued his run of form, scoring a rapid half-century to help Delhi take the first-innings lead against Rajasthan in Wayanad. Resuming on 37 for 0, Delhi were bowled out for 307, with seamers Pankaj Singh and Tanvir Ul-Haq taking three wickets each. Rajasthan ended the day 19 for 1 in their second innings and trailing by 50.Delhis openers stretched their overnight partnership to 52 before both fell in the space of four balls, Gautam Gambhir for 10 and Shikhar Dhawan for 38. 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Madison Bumgarners skills as a hitter were on full display in Thursday nights 12-6 win over the Oakland Athletics, which marked the first time in 40 years that a team intentionally used a pitcher to hit instead of a DH, but it appears his hopes of competing in a Home Run Derby are over for now.San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that the idea of having Bumgarner enter an All-Star Home Run Derby is off the table. The players union didnt want a derby slot being taken by a pitcher, Bochy said, but the plan is to review the idea of having a pitchers derby.Thats done. There will be no Home Run Derby for Madison, Bochy said. Thats been nixed. Its out for this year, but theyll revisit it next year.Earlier this month, Bumgarner, who has 13 career home runs, made a public plea to compete in the July derby by telling ESPNs Buster Olney that it was a priority for him.Bochy expressed his disapproval then and told Olney he wouldnt let Bumgarner participate.No, to be serious, I couldnt let him do it, Bochy said. We couldnt let him do it.Bochy, however, said he would love to see what Bumgarner could do in the derby.And Bum, hes convinced he could win it, Bochy said. I think he would wear himself down in the first round, hed try to hit it so hard.Bumgarner doubled off lefty?Dillon Overton?to lead off the third inning of Thursdays finale of a four-game series against Oakland. The Giants batted around, and Bumgarner ended the inning with an infield popup.He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. Bumgarner also improved to 9-4 after allowing four runs and seven hits andd striking out four in 6? innings. cheap nba jerseys. Bochy said before the game that he had made up his mind days ago to let Bumgarner hit Thursday.This wasnt a tough call for me. The way he swings the bat, the numbers, facing a left-hander, Bochy said. All of these things came into play. Its nothing against our guys, but hes a pretty good hitter, and its a pretty good matchup. ... It keeps him in the game, the flow of his normal game being in the National League. He was all for it. And he would have been fine the other way. He didnt come to me. He didnt push for it. I went to him and said, Hey, Im thinking about letting you hit for yourself and not use the DH.The 1976 Chicago White Sox had been the last team to intentionally use a pitcher to hit instead of a DH. They allowed Ken Brett to hit in 1976. The Rays were forced to bat pitcher Andy Sonnanstine in 2009 because of a lineup card mixup.Thats a long time, As manager Bob Melvin said. I would love to have someone like that you could plug into the lineup, depending on what your roster looked like. Not too many guys like him. I dont know what that feels like. Theyre a little banged up too. Hes got some power, swings the bat well. Hes a real hitter, so hes not the kind of guy that youre consistently looking to try to get to the bottom of the order so you can walk somebody to get to him.Bumgarner is batting .182 with two homers and five RBIs in 44 at-bats this season.The Associated Press contributed to this report. ' ' '
Peter Snakebite Wright will be knocked off the top of the Premier League when he loses to Michael van Gerwen, Wayne Mardle believes. Soccer Jerseys China . Wright currently sits in top spot as the only undefeated player in the 2016 Premier League season as he rolls into Exeter, where he will play world No 1 Van Gerwen. You can watch it live on Thursday at 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.Sky Sports expert Mardle has been pondering the weekly fixtures... Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis Relive the legendary 2013 Grand Slam semi-final between Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor Because theyve played each other so many times, they know each others game. Theyll just get on with the game because they respect each other, there wont be any silly mind games.The way Taylor played last week - how he threw, how his darts went into the board, the angle of entry - I havent seen him play so well since 2013. He was magnificent. But it was only one game, I know that.But it was the way that his darts went into the board, there was no kicking over to the right because he wasnt throwing them firmly enough. He looked like the player weve watched over the past 27 years. Once Phil gets on a roll and builds up his confidence hes a tough man to do business with.Prediction: Taylor is more likely to win this game than Lewis. Hell nick it 7-5.Dave Chisnall v James Wade James Wade will need to throw better darts than this... Last week I remember saying Adrian Lewis would out-score Wade, who would have to hit all his doubles. But Wade was the scorer and Lewis was the finisher. You just dont know what youre going to get from Wade, hes such a good player. Rule him out at your peril.But theres something about Chizzy. Hes got a knack to be mediocre then hit a really big score to turn a leg around.Last week Wade had nine darts to nick a point but couldnt. That might bother him. I think Chizzy is the better scorer and Wade wont score as well as he did last week.Prediction: Im going to go for Chizzy on the basis that Wade doesnt take out many ton-pluses (which he can do).Robert Thornton v Gary Anderson Gary Anderson is getting into the swing of things, Mardle thinks Playing Anderson is not the problem - Thornton just isnt playing well enough. There was a point in last years Premier League Darts when Kim Huybrechts was bottom but was getting 100 averages. Thornton isnt playing like that, so youre thinking theres no hope. Obviously if hes got the same attitude as me, hes got no chance!I just dont think Thornton is playing anywhere near well enough to deal with Anderson. Hes the world champ for a reason. Thornton can be a spoiler, he can pull off a shock - he beat Michael van Gerwen in the World Grand Prix final. But that was when he was playing well, and he isnt doing that now.Prediction: I can only see one winner here. Anderson. Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen Relive Michael van Gerwens epic 123 average last week This will be match of the night if Wright plays well. Im not convinced which darts hell use. Michael will obviously play well although he wont average 123 again - it might be higher! Even if Van Gerwen averages 103 or 104 I just cant bring myself to think that hell be beaten.Prediction: Wright is quality and hes top-of-the-table - but he wont be any more after this match.Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld Raymond van Barneveld produced a stunning comeback from 3-0 to beat Michael Smith in the World Championship Smith will believe he can win this game. You want the real Raymond to tow the oche because, if he plays well, he wins. Smith has looked short of composure.I know he played Van Gerwen last week who averaged 123, but Smith had a mini capitulation. People will say it wont matter but, with five legs gone, he averaged 103. Three legs later he was averaging low-90s, he completely lost the plot. 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Rivera said at his Monday news conference that he fully supports Newtons complaints about not being fairly treated as a pocket passer.He added that he has had ongoing discussions with the league about the situation.Its more about making sure he is getting the equal treatment and the protection he deserves as a quarterback in the pocket, Rivera said. I have reached out to the league and the league has responded. 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But to say were not going to try to go after him, that would be false.Rivera says Newton is getting the same kind of treatment in the NFL that Shaquille ONeal got in the NBA because at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds Newton is bigger than most quarterbacks.Newton hasnt had a roughing the passer penalty enforced on an opponent against him since the 2014 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He had onne called in the opener against Denver, but that was negated by an intentional grounding penalty. Wholesale NFL Jerseys. es a bigger guy for that position, as opposed to some of the smaller guys, Rivera said on Monday. When they get hit, they roll around to the ground. When he gets hit, he absorbs them and it doesnt look as bad.I think sometimes that might be part of the reason that he doesnt get the calls he deserves or should get.NFL Hall of Famers Kevin Greene and Brett Favre said on Tuesday that Newton should stop complaining about late hits in the pocket. Favre said he was told all the way back to high school that it was the responsibility of the coach, not the player, to complain about officiating.Greene told, after reviewing the Campbell hit, that it simply was a matter of a defensive player doing his job just as Newton was trying to do his job.Thats just football, Greene said. You never saw Joe Montana and Dan Marino and John Elway bitching about getting hit too much in the pocket.Cam shouldnt be doing that. He is a football player. Everybody knows hes running that zone-read stuff, and hes a runner, too. ... The game is physical. Its played by tough men. This is professional football and its predicated on physical brutality. Thats going to occur to you, Cam, whether youre inside the pocket or outside the pocket.Newton has missed one game this season after receiving a concussion in the fourth quarter of a Week 4 loss at Atlanta. 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NEW YORK -- In the borough where Tim Tebow one day hopes to play Major League Baseball, the former NFL quarterback visited the NYPDs 105th Precinct in Queens Village on Tuesday. Air Max 95 Cheap Authentic .While in New York to promote his memoir, Shaken, Tebow stopped by the precinct to let the assembled officers know he appreciated their contribution. That department lost officer Brian Moore in May 2015, and the New York Mets have maintained a close relationship with that group since the tragic slaying.Tebow signed a minor league contract with the Mets in September.Its very meaningful to be able to give back, but honestly just to say thank you and try to encourage all of them that what they do really matters, Tebow said. It matters to me, and theyre making a difference. What theyre doing is significant. Sometimes it can be a thankless job. We just wanted to take this time to say thank you. ... Its great to be able to come in here and try to encourage them. But, at the same time, theyre such an encouragement to me with just what they do every single day.Said NYPD Lt. Robert Maguire: Its really nice to see people come down that really appreciate us, that care about what we do every day. You see that all the time. ... When were out on patrol, we hear it all day long, we see it all day long from a lot of people. Theres a lot of support in New York. With Tim Tebow coming down and the Mets coming down -- the Mets are great supporters of us -- it gives us a good feeling.After resuming his baseball career for the first time since his junior year of high school, the 29-year-old Tebow hit .194 (12-for-62) in the recently completed Arizona Fall League. He produced three doubles, two RBIs and eight walks while striking out 20 times. He stole one base in three attempts and had a .296 on-base percentage and .242 slugging percentage.The Mets have not announced whether Tebow will be invited to major league camp for spring training. It may be more sensible for him to attend minor league camp and be borrowed for occasional Grapefruit League games.Tebow will sporadically work with Mets hitting coach Kevin Long the remainder of the offseason in Phoenix.I felt like I continued to get better the entire time and I finished off on a good note and have been training pretty hard, Tebow said. I feel like Im still improving every day. Cheap Air Max 95 Free Shipping . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Cheap Air Max 95 Wholesale . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. . -- James Young couldnt wait to apply those tweaks to his jump shot, and the first one he made against UT Arlington told him it could be a good night.Roma talisman Francesco Totti was sent home by coach Luciano Spalletti hours before he was due to start the Serie A match against Palermo. Spalletti had stated on Friday that he may start Totti, who has recently returned to the squad after a lengthy injury lay-off, alongside striker Edin Dzeko for the match at the Stadio Olimpico.But Spalletti has performed a dramatic about turn, omitting Totti from his squad a day after the 39-year-old player hit out at the coach in a television interview. According to reports in the Italian sports press, Totti was called in by Spalletti after a team breakfast and told he had been omitted from the matchday squad. Luciano Spalletti omitted Totti from his squad to face Palermo An interview with RAI in which Totti appeaared to describe strained relations with Spalletti was aired on Saturday. Cheap Air Max 95 China. .Im still a footballer and I want to play. My injury is over, Im doing fine and if Im not playing its the coachs decision, Totti said.Im not here to demand to play, Ive never done that and Im not going to start now. My contract ends in June and then Ill take stock of the situation, because I cant stay like this.Totti, who is in his 23rd season with the club, said the only conversation he had with Spalletti was saying hello and goodbye and hit out at the coach for talking about him to the media. I respect him as a person and as a coach, but I would have preferred he told me to my face the things that Ive read in the newspapers, Totti said. Also See: De Rossi misses Real return Ibrahimovic coy on Italy return Champions League fixtures Sky Bet markets ' ' '
Ryan The Moon Coker-Welch has been making noise in recent months. Vans Shoes Sale . At The Big House 6, he took Joseph Mango Marquez to Game 5 and finished ninth overall. At Smash Summit 3, his vibrant personality shined on the commentary couch, garnering many fans over the course of the weekend. Despite his solid 2016 performances and strong social media presence, The Moon is notably missing a prefix in front of his name; Hes teamless.When it comes to top Marth players, most think of Kevin PPMD Nanneys immaculate movement, Jason Mew2King Zimmermans punish game or Kevin PewPewU Toys creativity. The Moons particular strengths are hard to put in a highlight reel; Hes smart and adaptive to situations, often giving up small freebies as experiments, so that he can exploit these patterns later. Very often, hell lose the first game of a set and then demolish his opponent in the next two. 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Most recently, he defeated Zachary SFAT Cordoni at Smash Summit 3 despite losing the first two games.In many aspects, The Moons rise as a player parallels SFATs. For the longest time, SFAT struggled to close out the final game of sets against the best players even when he started the sets strong. It wasnt until recently that SFAT found success over the likes of players such as Mango or Hungrybox. For The Moon, it might only be a matter of time before he sees similar breakthroughs of his own and defeat the gods of melee.The Moon talks a lot about overcoming breakthroughs in the past by meticulously grinding techniques and movement in order to incorporate them into his gameplay. He rose quickly in the tri-state region and continues to make a presence at majors. He credits his work ethic as a primary reason for his rapid improvement, whereas many others fail and stop progressing.Im not afraid to fail and look stupid, and Im going to keep trying to improve. 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Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. MINNEAPOLIS -- In a championship series filled with stars, Alana Beard sometimes can get lost with so much attention on Minnesotas four Olympians and the two MVPs in Los Angeles.Thats exactly what happened in the closing moments of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, and Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Sparks to a 78-76 victory over the defending champion Lynx.With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike in the paint, Beard found herself all alone in the corner. She took the pass from Chelsea Gray and knocked down jumper with Maya Moores in her face.As the ball splashed through, Moore put her head in her hands, and the Sparks celebrated a thrilling victory, their second on Minnesotas court this season.You may not recognize the importance of her statistically for us a lot of times, Sparks coach Brian Agler said. But her presence, her leadership, obviously how disruptive she can be defensively, and then for her to hit a shot like that, it was incredible.Kristi Toliver scored 19 points to lead Los Angeles and Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds in her finals debut. League MVP Ogwumike added 19 points for the Sparks in the opener of the best-of-five series.Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen scored 18 points for top-seeded Minnesota. Moore scored all 18 of her points in the second half to move into first place on the WNBAs career finals scoring list, but the Lynx committed 16 turnovers and got caught scrambling on the final possession of the game.I think we were more worried about not letting anyone get to the hole, Fowles said. Im not sure exactly what happened on that last play to make her get wide open. But we learned from this.There was a time not too long ago when Beards name belonged on the marquee with players Parker and Ogwumike or Lynx stars Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. She was the national player of the year at Duke, the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Mystics in 2004 and a four-time All-Star before injuries set her back.She re-emerged in Los Angeles as a defensive specialist, but she took center stage in Game 1. Before sshe hit the game-winner, Beard also had a spectacular block of a shot by Whalen and then a steal off an inbounds to set up Ogwumikes bucket for a 76-72 lead. Discount Vans Trainers. Moore scored on a coast-to-coast layup to tie the score at 76 with 24.7 seconds to play, but she helped aggressively on Grays drive on the other end, leaving Beard open for just her second bucket of the game.I dont think Ive ever hit a game-winner, Beard said quietly. So its pretty cool. Pretty cool.NEW LOOK: In years past these two teams never could have met in the finals because both are in the Western Conference. But the league changed its playoff format this year and seeded all of the teams based on record, not geography. The result in the first year could not have been better for the league with the top two teams throughout the season meeting.I dont think its a fluke that were here now in the finals, Fowles said. Im loving this new format.PARKERS DEBUT: Parker has been one of the leagues brightest stars for years, but has never been able to reach the leagues biggest stage. She hit 5 of 12 shots and had three assists.At first obviously theres some nerves, but you kind of get lost in the game and just trying to execute, Parker said. We had to take it possession by possession because you never know whats going to happen.MOORES MARK: The Minnesota star was 0 for 4 in the first half, but made 7 of 10 shots in the final two quarters to move past Diana Taurasi for first place on the WNBAs career scoring list for the finals. She set the mark with 5:20 to play after hitting a jump shot and converting the three-point play.TOP 20: The WNBA hosted more than a dozen members of the top 20 players in league history for a halftime ceremony. Each player was presented with a ring to commemorate it. Whalen, Moore, Parker and Augustus all participated in the ceremony, and the league extended the length of halftime to allow them to receive their rings and then get back to the locker room to meet with coaches and teammates.UP NEXT: Game 2 is on Tuesday in Minneapolis. ' ' '
CHARLOTTE, N. Cheap NHL Jerseys .C. -- Tyler Stehling threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores, including the go-ahead touchdown with about three minutes left, capping Rices come-from-behind 22-21 victory over Charlotte on Saturday.Stehling finished with 279 yards passing and ran for 93 yards. Zach Wright had 12 receptions for 111 yards for the Owls (2-8, 1-6 Conference USA).Charlotte (4-6, 3-3) jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Kalif Phillips ran for a 14-yard touchdown. Hasaan Klugh tossed a 4-yard score to Workpeh Kofa, and Terrance Winchester picked off Stehling and ran 41 yards into the end zone.Hayden Tobola kicked a 24-yard field goal, and Stehling connected with Temi Alaka on a 3-yard TD just before half to make it 21-10.A turnover from a fumbled 49ers punt return set up Stehlings 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Stehling then led a 71-yard scoring drive, capped by his 1-dive with 2:53 to left. The 49ers went four-and-out before the Owls ran out the clock. Wholesale China Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. MLB Jerseys China . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70.New York, NY (Sports Network) - Seattle Mariners shortstop Brad Miller has been named the American Leagues Player of the Week for games played between July 19-21. Miller, the first Mariners rookie to earn such an honor since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1989, belted his firrst two career homers, drove in seven runs, scored four more and drew three walks over three games. Cheap Jerseys USA. . Others considered for the award were Houstons Brandon Barnes, who hit for the cycle in Fridays loss to Seattle, and Chicagos Alex Rios. ' ' '
Novak Djokovic has revealed he will not play for Serbia in their Davis Cup quarterfinal against Great Britain. Cheap Air Max 95 Outlet .Speaking shortly after he was stunned by Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, Djokovic was asked how the shock defeat would impact his decision to face defending champions Great Britain in Belgrades Tasmajdan Stadium from July 15-17.He replied: No, Im not going to play.Andy Murray, who won all three of Great Britains points in Novembers Davis Cup final, confirmed he still plans to play in the tie.I also need to see how things go at the end of this event, he said after his third-round win over?John Millman. It has been a long few months for me already. I played more matches in these?last few months in this period than I ever have in my career.I need to just assess how Im feeling at the end of the event, and hopefully I can go a long way here. Thats what my target is. Then hopefully I pull up fine from the grass season. But Im not basing my decision on Novak. I want to play in the tie. If Im physically fit, Ill be there.Daniel Evans, whose Wimbledon run was ended in the third round by Roger Federer, could be an injury doubt for Great Britain and will have a scan on his left shoulder.It was pretty alarming it hurt so much, he told reporters, after losing in the mens doubles with Britains Lloyd Glasspool on Saturday. I landed funny and had a sharp pain in my neck and its going to my collar bone. It really bothers me on the forehand.?I just landed funny on my foot when I was returning. I jolted it and theres some sort of issue there now.Ill start practising again for Davis Cup on Thursday. Ill see what happens, see what the team selection is. Ive never had something like this before. Its very sore. Well see. I do need to get it checked.Evans admitted the absence of Djokovic would be a big boost to Leon Smiths side. Yeah obviously it is, but its still a difficult tie nonetheless, he said. Cheap Wholesale Air Max 95 . JOHNS, N. Air Max 95 Sale Outlet . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. David Klemmer has set his sights on Paul Gallens vacant lock spot for NSW in 2017, after starring for Canterbury in the position, with the giant Canterbury prop looking to Jim Dymock for inspiration.Klemmer has produced some of his best football in the NRL since being moved off the bench and into the 13 jumper by Bulldogs coach Des Hasler earlier this year.Gallen retires from State of Origin after game three on Wednesday after a long career with the Blues largely spent at lock.After starting all his Blues games so far from the bench, Klemmer is keen to move into the starting line-up for NSW in the same way he has at NRL level.I have Des there and I am working with Jim Dymock he is really helping me with my game, he was a pretty good lock back in the day, a pretty good utility player, Klemmer said.I am just trying to improve my game week in week out and he has been really good for me.Hopefully I can keep doing that and put my best foot forward for next year.An assistannt coach with the Bulldogs, Dymock was rated one of the best lock forwards of the 1990s. Air Max 95 Clearance. He played six Tests for Australian and six Origins for NSW and claimed the Clive Churchill Medal in the Bulldogs 1995 grand final victory.Meanwhile Andrew Fifita has backed retiring skipper Paul Gallens call that Wade Graham is in the captaincy frame for the Blues next year, despite the Sharks back-rower only readying to make his debut in game three after he was suspended for game two.Wade was always Origin bound, he is so versatile, he has all the skills, he just need the chance, Fifita said.It wasnt meant to be for the second game but he has his chance now and he wont be letting that go.With Gal going Wade is the type of player who can run this team.He has a massive opportunity ahead of him, he could play one game and be skipper next year. ' ' '
Following the Supreme Courts warning to the BCCI to fall in line and follow the directive to implement the Lodha Committees recommendations, the boards defiance seems to have given way to a mixture of anxiety and uncertainty a day before its crucial special general meeting on Friday in Mumbai. Cheap Air Max 97 China .The agenda for the SGM, the BCCI had pointed out last week, would be to consider directions of Justice (Retd) Lodha Committee in connection with the formal adoption of the new Memorandum of Association and Rules for the BCCI.The court asked the BCCI to respond within a week to the status report submitted by the Lodha Committee on Wednesday. If the BCCI fails to adopt the new Memorandum of Association and Rules at Fridays meeting, the board risks facing further flak from the court. The BCCI could wait for the court to issue a directive based on the boards response to the status order, but either way there were not many options left for the BCCI, keeping in mind the two sets of timelines drawn by the Lodha Committee, the first of which will expire on Friday, September 30.A number of board members ESPNcricinfo spoke to admitted to being clueless about the BCCIs next course of action, and said it would be chalked out by president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke at the SGM. An experienced administrator termed it a crisis, but said it was not the end of the road for the BCCI. He felt if the court did not budge, it was time for a new wave of administrators to take charge.A BCCI office-bearer said the board was looking to drag things for as long as it could. You should understand one thing: whatever needs to be done, well do it, he said. The affidavit [filed by the BCCI] is just to prolong things as far as possible.Some members were, however, wary of the aggressive stance taken by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court. The president of a south zone association said the BCCIs response had to be measured, and people needed to be careful about what they said.Another office-bearer of the board, meanwhile, faulted the confrontational approach adopted by the BCCI so far, and said the members of the board were not apprised of relevant developments. Nobody is kept in the loop. Only president and secretary know whats happening, he said. The BCCI has always been [president and secretary-centric]; thats the problem we have. All the members could have actually interacted individually with the Lodha Committee, but that was denied. From the beginning itself it has been derailed and we have never got an opportunity to put it on track. From there on, things are messed up.Ever since the court approved the Lodha recommendations on July 18, the BCCI has resolutely opposed them. The main recommendations the BCCI does not agree with are the cooling-off period after a three-year term, imposing an age cap of 70 for administrators, and having an official of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the proposed Apex Council. The proposed Apex Council is itself contentious as it would replace the existing, and powerful, working committee and the one-state-one-vote proposal, which would bring Mumbai, Maharashtra, Vidarbha. Gujarat, Saurashtra and Baroda under one cluster and limit their voting power to just one vote by rotation.Most state associations, too, have continued to wait for the BCCIs direction on amending their constitutions. So far, only the Vidarbha Cricket Association has decided to put to vote whether the Lodha recommendations can be adopted by the September 30 deadline set by the committee in its first set of timelines.From being unresponsive at the beginning to openly critical of the Lodha Committee, the BCCI has pursued a combative strategy. Last week, it asked three former India captains, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev - all hired by the board as television commentators - to back its stance and ask the Lodha Committee to modify some of the recommendations through a dialogue.However, RM Lodha, the chairman of the Lodha Committee, made it clear that there cant be any dialogue.Our recommendations have merged with the July 18 judgment after the Supreme Court accepted them and ordered their implementation, Lodha told the Times of India. The recommendations are part of the judgment. 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Middleweights Curtis Stevens and James de la Rosa, already scheduled to fight on the non-televised undercard of unified light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalevs defense against Andre Ward on Nov. 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will now get to perform for a much wider audience.The scheduled 10-round bout was elevated to the televised portion of the HBO PPV card (9 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, promoters Main Events and Roc Nation Sports announced.Main Events, which promotes Kovalev, and Roc Nation Sports, which represents Ward, each made their bouts on their own for the pay-per-view, but the fourth fight of the telecast was supposed to be the bout they made together matching their boxers.When they were unable to finalize a fight that they could agree on, or one that was worthy of being on the pay-per-view, Stevens-de la Rosa, a Main Events match made a few weeks ago, was bumped up to the telecast.The fight will be the second in row for Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs), 31, a former world title challenger from Brooklyn, New York, on HBO PPV. He fought on the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan HBO PPV undercard in May and scored an impressive second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Patrick Teixeira.Stevens, who lost a world title challenge by eighth-round knockout to Gennady Golovkin in 2013, was happy to have his next fight added to another HBO PPV telecast. Air Max 97 Sale Cheap. I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens, he said.De la Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs), 28, of Harlingen, Texas, has lost his last two fights. His last victory, an upset 10-round decision win against Alfredo Angulo in 2014, was on the Showtime PPV undercard of Floyd Mayweathers second victory against Marcos Maidana.I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast, de la Rosa said. I need this win so Ill leave it all in the ring come Nov. 19.Promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, said once it was clear that Main Events and Roc Nation Sports were not going to be able to put together another fight in time for the remaining pay-per-view slot, the decision was made to go with Stevens-de la Rosa.After we announced Curtis would be fighting on the untelevised portion of the Kovalev-Ward PPV card, we heard from a lot of fans asking that the fight be moved to TV so they could see Curtis, Duva said. What the fans want, the fans get. ' ' '
The Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl hopes crashed Tuesday when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a torn ACL and dislocated kneecap in practice. Air Max Tavas Cheap .?With Bridgewater expected to miss the season, its going to be tough for the Vikings to get through a 16-game schedule with 36-year-old Shaun Hill at quarterback. The other two quarterbacks on their roster are?Taylor Heinicke, who was an undrafted free agent in 2015, and Joel Stave, who went undrafted this year. They could also bring back?Brad Sorensen, who was cut on Tuesday, but he isnt an option to start.Now the Vikings need to be aggressive in trying to find a replacement. They need to bring in someone?who could challenge Hill and Heinicke.?Here are the quarterbacks I think fit best.1. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ersForget the controversy about the national anthem. Kaepernick has to be a consideration. San Francisco coach Chip Kelly hasnt named a starter, but Blaine Gabbert appears to have the job, and Im sure 49ers ownership wouldnt mind unloading Kaepernick. Still, Kaepernick has talent and could be worked into a Norv Turner offense that features the run. Air Max Tavas . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Air Max Tavas Mens . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- State troopers say four people were killed and more than 40 were injured in a charter bus crash Saturday near Rockingham, North Carolina.Between 40 and 50 people were hurt in the crash and all have been transported to hospitals, Hamlet Fire and Rescue Chief Calvin White told to WBTV in Charlotte. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.University of Gods Chosen coach Demetrius Hollingsworth said that football players and coaches from Ramah Juco Academy were traveling from Rock Hill, South Carolina, to Raeford to face UGC when their charter bus struck an overpass about 3 p.m. on Interstate 74 in Richmond County, WRAL-TV reported.Prayers go out to Ramah Juco they suffered a horrific charter bus accident on the way to Fayetteville to face the University of Gods Chosen. Cheap Air Max. Everyone pray for Coach Bakari Rawlinson! Prayers out to you and your student athletes brother, Hollingsworth posted on his Facebook page Saturday.It appears the bus experienced a tire failure, Lt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol told WRAL. The front tire blew, causing that bus to travel into the median. It then struck a guardrail.It could take months before investigators reconstruct the accident and finalize their findings, Gordan said.Images from the scene showed the side wall of the bus almost sheared off and some of the injured lying on the ground.Rockingham is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte. ' ' '
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Peter Jok scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half and Iowa cruised to a 95-67 win over Texas Rio Grande Valley on Sunday. Nike Flyknit Sale .Tyler Cook scored 15 points and Isaiah Moss had a career-high 14 for the Hawkeyes (3-1), who shot 51 percent from the field and scored 41 points off 26 Vaqueros turnovers.Iowa went on a 26-7 run in the middle of the game to pull away from UTRGV -- including a faster start to the second half that coach Fran McCaffery has wanted from his young team.McCaffery watched his Hawkeyes turn a two-point halftime lead into a 53-47 deficit in Thursdays loss against Seton Hall -- an eight-point swing in 4 1/2 minutes. On Sunday, Iowa pushed a 46-33 lead at the break to 20 points in just a few minutes.Im really proud of how aggressively our team came out during the second half and executed, said forward Nicholas Baer, who had eight points and seven rebounds. I think thats something weve been struggling with.Jok, Iowas top scorer and lone returning starter from last season, left a few minutes into the second half after a knee-to-knee collision with a defender during a drive to the rim.Jok -- who 9-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-8 3-pointers, in 19 minutes -- stayed in to shoot his two free throws, but didnt play after that as a precaution. Jok wanted to go back in the game to test his knee, but McCaffery wasnt having it.The last thing I wanted to do was put him back in there and have something happen to him, McCaffery said.Antonio Green scored 17 points to lead UTRGV (0-4), which out-rebounded Iowa 43-38.Iowas Brady Ellingson scored 11 points.BIG PICTUREIowa: The Hawkeyes needed this pick-me-up after Thursdays tough loss to Seton Hall. Iowa still struggled from the foul line, hitting 20 of 30 attempts. Its an area the Hawkeyes need to clean up as the competition stiffens.UTRGV: The winless Vaqueros have struggled to find consistent offense this season. Turnovers are a big reason why. UTRGV has averaged 24.3 turnovers in its last three games, including a season-high tying 26 against the Hawkeyes.HIGHLIGHT REELCook, a freshman, continues to show off his athleticism and leaping ability, finishing four big dunks in the first half.During one stretch late in the half, Dom Uhl drove the lane and tossed an alley-oop to Cook for the two-handed slam. Less than a minute later, Christian Williams passed back to Cook in transition for an easy, wide-open dunk.INJURIESIowas Dale Jones did not play after suffering a fractured wrist in Thursdays game against Seton Hall. The backup forward is expected to miss 8-9 weeks.Jones, a senior co-captain who transferred to Iowa from junior college in 2015, played in only six games last year before a knee injury ended his season. 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Its especially obvious when he is clearing space in his own zone.The Weber Circumference defines one of hockeys most notorious circles of pain.Weber might be better known for having the leagues hardest shot or being the other half of this summers massive P.K. Subban trade between the?Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators,?with whom he had played his entire 11-year career. But his influence is most deeply felt in that pivotal piece of territory in front of his net.In the lead up to the World Cup of Hockey,?San Jose Sharks?center and fellow Canadian Joe Thornton only had to hear Webers name and he was already whistling an exhausted sigh through his beard.You get in his 12-foot radius and you want to get out of there pretty quickly, Thornton said. Hes possibly the strongest guy in the league.Mike Babcock, Webers admiring coach for Team Canada here at the World Cup, talked recently about the withering effects of Webers stick, in particular.Just physically, hes a man mountain, Babcock said of Weber, who is 6-foot-4 and 236 pounds. If you havent been cross-checked in the ribs by him, you find out what that is too.Thornton took that same cross-check to the back last season after tangling with Roman Josi, Webers defensive partner on the Predators, and it easily downed one of the games biggest and toughest players.Its a heavy stick, Thornton said. Its a heavy stick, thats all I can say.Weber is a quiet man, not given to expressions of deep feeling even with friends.I love Webs, said Team USAs Ryan Suter, Webers former teammate with the Predators. He keeps it all in. Hes such a professional. He keeps things to himself, and he deals with things internally.But Weber does his version of lighting up whenever hes asked about how he views the space around him.You want to take care of the front of your net, Weber said. Obviously, there are a lot of areas that are going to make differences in games, but I think the two biggest areas are right in front of your net and right in front of their net. You want to get as many bodies and traffic in front of their goalie as you can, and you want to make things easier for your goalie to see pucks, as well. I think at every level youre told to box out and clear the front of the net, but especially at this level. The talent that our goalies have, if they see the puck, theyre going to stop it.There isnt much finesse to clearing space, although experience has given Weber an edge in tying up sticks and limiting second chances. His defensive gifts are more a function of his determination -- He doesnt give you an inch,, said?Anaheim Ducks?winger?Corey Perry, a frequent foe -- and his freakish strength. Nike Flyknit Shoes On Sale. . He routinely finished first in Nashvilles fitness tests and weightlifting challenges. Friends and enemies alike talk about him with the sort of reverence normally reserved for men who can bend metal bars with their bare hands.Hes a huge presence, said Josi, who is here playing for Team Europe and will face his former partner Weber for the first time. Hes one of the strongest guys Ive ever met. We used to joke around in the dressing room and you could tell how strong he is.There were other testimonials to?Webers strengths:Hes a mutant, Canadian and Ducks?forward Ryan Getzlaf said. Being around his net isnt exactly the funnest place to be.Hes big, hes strong, hes physical, said Team USAs Ryan Kesler, who has engaged in a running battle with Weber in professional and international play for years. Once you get him in front of the net, hes mean and nasty. He reminds me of playing [Zdeno] Chara?back in the day.Webers almost mythical reputation has made him one of those rare players who changes the game even when the puck and his opponents are out of his reach. Normally, the offense wields pressure as a weapon. The way Weber plays, the balance of fear shifts. Given the resignation his opponents carry with them into his zone -- You just know its going to hurt, Finlands Mikael Granlund said -- the forwards are the ones who feel the need to brace themselves. Weber is like a deep bruise that stings them before it even begins to surface.As a player, you always know a guy like him is out there, Granlunds fellow Finn Mikko Koivu said. There are no nights off. Thats the best way to say it.Weber leveled Perry during last years playoffs with an open-ice hit that players still talk about. By any usual definition, Weber was in retreat, skating backward over his own blue line. Perry, at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, was building a head of attacking steam, but he made the mistake of skating deep into Webers sphere of influence. Weber somehow exploded up and out while still moving backward, delivering a forearm to Perrys chin. With a single blow, Perry ended up flat on his back -- Bell rung, he said. Weber continued gliding back toward his net, looking down at one more fallen opponent with a discomforting amount of satisfaction.You have to know thats the way he plays, Perry said.Now Perry and Weber?will be teammates while Canada takes on the rest of the hockey world. Asked about having Weber watching his back instead of putting him on it, Perry smiled with relief and said, Its going to be a lot easier, Ill tell you that.If only for the next two weeks, Perry will skate within the Weber Circumference and find shelter, not doom. ' ' '
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