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KAMLOOPS, B. Aaron Gordon Jersey .C. -- Two veteran skips were both left scratching their heads at the Canadian mens curling championships Saturday night, as a change in ice conditions saw crucial draw attempts in an extra end fall at least five metres short of the house. Newfoundland and Labradors Brad Gushue, who lost the game 6-5 to Manitobas Jeff Stoughton, was more than a little peeved as the opening day of the Tim Hortons Brier ended. Gushue expressed his clear frustrations with the ice conditions. "They lost the ice," said Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist who, like Stoughton, is curling in his 11th Brier. "You see two world class skips throw draws to the four foot that end up 20-feet light. Its embarrassing. I think the ice is just (terrible). Its unfortunate that it came down to that." He said he saw it happen to a lesser degree in an earlier game between Albertas Kevin Koe and B.C.s John Morris. Stoughton was just as mystified. "We were going to draw probably half in the top four and I let it go, the guys said good weight and it just ground in," he said. Although, for him, the result was a little more satisfying as he left his shot stone in the house to win the game. "I guess that side of the sheet got lost somehow but well take it. We had one in there and he missed both his last two shots, what are you going to do?" Stoughton and Morris sit at the top of the standings with two wins apiece after Saturdays draw, followed by Brier rookie Greg Balsdon from Ontario and Steve Laycock from Saskatchewan with one win each. Gushue joined Northern Ontarios Jeff Currie at 1-1 while five rinks were winless after one game, Alberta, New Brunswick, The Northwest Territories-Yukon, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. In the evening draw, Morris beat Currie 8-2 in eight ends, after struggling earlier to edge Albertas Koe 7-6. Currie split the day, beating New Brunswicks Jamie Grattan 13-5 in the opener. Balsdon opened his first Brier by topping Quebec veteran Jean-Michel Menard 9-7 and Saskatchewans Laycock beat the Northwest Territories-Yukons Jamie Koe (Kevins brother) 8-5. Morris, curling for his third province at the Brier, was glad to get off to a good start. "The first one was a little tough on the melon, that one was a little nicer," he said, referring to the difference in the two games. "We played a little better this team, a good solid team effort." He also said he found the ice on the sheet he played on a little more consistent at night. Laycock said his first win wasnt without its scary moments. "Especially in nine there, there was a chance we could have blown a three-point lead in a hurry," he said. "It was nice to sneak out of that with only giving up two." He scored two in the final end to seal it. So did Balsdon, playing in his first Brier after managing to beat Ontario veteran Glen Howard to win the right. "We all felt pretty comfortable. The speed was good, the ice was very consistent, what youd expect from the Brier," he said. He says it helps in a way being a rookie. "Because Im a rookie here I dont really feel a whole lot of pressure for myself and the team. . . Were just hoping to scrap out some games." Jonathan Isaac Jersey . - Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. Nikola Vucevic Jersey . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain.The Anaheim Ducks got some bad news on Cam Fowler on Wednesday. An MRI revealed the defenceman has a sprained left MCL and will miss the next three-to-five weeks. Fowler left the Ducks Friday game against the Colorado Avalancche with a leg injury and has not seen game action since. Shaquille ONeal Jersey. . In 67 games with the Ducks this season, Fowler has scored six goals and 30 assists, averaging a team-high 23:54 of ice time per game. Cheap Bayern Munich Jerseys Cheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer JerseysCheap Croatia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
CLEVELAND - LeBron James and Kevin Love were at the top of their game Monday night. http://www.atleticomadridpro.com/Kids-Saul-Niguez-Jersey/ .Thats bad news for any opponent, which the Charlotte Hornets discovered in Clevelands 97-88 win.James scored 27 points with 13 assists while Love added 22 points and 18 rebounds in a game highlighted by big runs from both teams.The Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead, but the Hornets regrouped and got within two points early in the third quarter before Cleveland pulled away.In information provided by the Cavaliers from Elias Sports Bureau, the 21-0 lead to start a game is the largest to start a game since Portland scored the first 22 points against Boston in 2004.Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. We played a good enough offensive game to win against a terrific team, but our first-quarter defence was obviously poor.Charlotte got the lead into single digits in the second quarter and trailed 59-57 early in the third, but Cleveland ended the third on a 21-9 run.We had a lull in the second quarter and in the third quarter, which really allowed them to get back in the game, but we sustained the effort for close to 48 minutes, James said.While James displayed his noted passing ability, he was the recipient of two length-of-the-court passes from Love for dunks that brought the crowd to its feet.The plays brought back memories of James high school days when he played football.Its a unique gift that he has that not too many guys in our league have, James said. He can go over the head, two-handed. Me, being a wide receiver in my day, I can go em also.Kyrie Irving scored 16 points for the Cavaliers, who were coming off consecutive road losses to Oklahoma City and New Orleans after winning eight in a row.Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points. Al Jefferson added 14 for the Hornets, who are 1-10 away from home — the worst road record in the NBA. Charlotte has lost three straight and 13 of 15.Charlotte centre Cody Zeller left the game late in the fourth quarter after hitting his head on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball with Anderson Varejao.The Hornets called the injury a nasal contusion and Zeller had a large bump at the top of his nose. He will be examined Tuesday.Varejao went in on me and I fell, he said. My face and my nose hit the floor. Then he landed on top of me.Cleveland, which began a five-game homestand, has won six straight at Quicken Loans Arena.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist replaced Gerald Henderson in the starting lineup for Charlotte, but scored one point in 21 minutes. Kidd-Gilchrist came off the bench in the last three games after returning from a stress reaction in his right foot.James also got a postgame visit in the locker room from billionaire Warren Buffett, who attended the game with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Buffett, wearing a Cavaliers jersey with James No. 23, chatted with the four-time MVP for a few minutes.___ALMOST READYCoach David Blatt hopes F Mike Miller (concussion) will play Wednesday. Miller, who has missed six straight games, participated in 3-on-3 drills Sunday and could go through a full practice Tuesday.NO QUICK RETURNHornets small forward Jeffery Taylor served the final game of his 24-game NBA suspension for a domestic-violence incident in Michigan. Clifford doesnt plan on making him active for a game in the near future. Hell have to beat out one of our other guys for a spot, and hes missed a lot of time, Clifford said.TIP-INSHornets: Clifford is a longtime friend of Michael Malone, who was fired as Sacramentos coach Sunday. I was shocked, he said. It shows this league gets crazy. ... It was Kidd-Gilchrists first start since Nov. 11. I felt like I was telling him, Welcome back, young man. Now, heres LeBron to guard, Clifford said, smiling.Cavaliers: James is sticking behind Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, despite the rookies poor performance in his first NFL start Sunday. Im not disappointed, said James, who attended the game. Im a friend that supports, and its only one game. ... Dion Waiters and Matthew Dellavedova, who both spent Friday night in a New Orleans hospital because of a stomach illness, returned Monday.UP NEXTHornets: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host Atlanta on Wednesday. http://www.atleticomadridpro.com/Kids-Nikola-Kalinic-Jersey/ . Siddikur, who led on all four days and took a four-stroke lead going into the final day, bogeyed four out of six holes starting at the sixth and continued a forgettable last round in which he returned a three-over 75 to finish with a 14-under 274. http://www.atleticomadridpro.com/Kids-Juanfran-Jersey/ . On Tuesday, the star questioned whether that was still the case. Speaking to reporters at a charity event, Johnson said: "I just kind of wonder sometimes: Is this still the place for me?" Johnsons comments came after he was asked why he recently skipped a voluntary minicamp.TORONTO - For months weve been hearing all about their impossibly difficult early-season schedule. Through 34 contests, the Raptors have had the most difficult slate of games in the Eastern Conference, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Theyve played 19 on the road and 16 against winning teams, both tied for most in the East. They have seen both conference finalists, Miami and Indiana three times. In spite of it all, Toronto is right where Dwane Casey had cautiously hoped they would be; at sea level. "These five games are a crucial stretch of games here at home for us," Casey said ahead of Wednesdays 112-91 victory over the Pistons, a win that got Toronto back to the .500 mark. "Its a very crucial time."  Following another daunting road trip, capped off by disappointing but expected losses to the Heat and Pacers, the Raptors schedule finally begins to ease up. Wednesdays meeting with Detroit was the first of four straight against losing teams. Four of their next five are at home and only two of the remaining 12 contests in January come against opponents that went into Wednesdays games with winning records. Casey had spoken about using recent tests against the leagues best as a measuring stick for his emerging team but these upcoming few weeks may tell him more about where they stack up in the Eastern Conference. They must continue to win the games they should. Taking care of the Pistons, one of the Easts talented disasters, was a promising first step. Toronto coughed up an 11-point second-quarter lead in what turned out to be an ugly opening half for both teams. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson combined to shoot 0-of-16 while the team was outscored by 16 points in the paint, outworked by another physical frontline. Lucky to be down only four at the break, the Raptors adjusted going into the second half, where they outscored the visitors 62-37. "We pretty much said, this is a must-win game," Johnson maintained. "We have to go out and take it and we did that." Although they shot just 41 per cent from the field, the Raptors knocked down 11 three-pointers, including five from Terrence Ross, who had 17 points on the night. Toronto improved to 8-2 on the season when connecting on 10 or more three-balls. Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 21 too go along with nine assists, Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas both added double-doubles and DeRozan finished with 19 points, 13 of which came from the free throw line. http://www.atleticomadridpro.com/Kids-Lucas-Hernandez-Jersey/. "We knew it was going to be a grind it out game and thats something were learning to do," Casey added. "Theres no pretty games in the NBA, its a mans league," he continued. "To win in this league, to win in the Eastern Conference especially - I found out in my three years in it - its a mans [conference]. Its a hit, knockdown, drag out [conference] and the strong survive. Were learning how to do that." The Raptors were a different team coming out of the locker room after intermission. They bested the Pistons in the paint - Detroit leads the league in that category - out-rebounded them and imposed their will on a struggling team that has now lost six in a row. After eight lead changes in the first half, there was just one in the second and it was all the Raptors needed to seize control. "Theyre must-win games," Johnson said. "Theyre all home and we need to win those games just to stay at the top of our division. Theyre must-win games and weve got to come out and play hard." With Brooklyn on deck, followed by games against the woeful Bucks and Celtics, the Raptors have to continue to do just that. Theyve got to seize this opportunity. Although Toronto is just 1-5 facing the Pacers and Heat this season, theyre 11-5 against the rest of the conference. Sitting just one game out of third place in the East - after the Horford-less Hawks upset Indiana on Wednesday - the Raptors are now in a position to validate their recent success. They can separate themselves from the heap of mediocrity theyll be facing throughout the duration of the month of they will end up blending in with them. "Theres no reason for any of us to be content or satisfied or be able to be happy about [where we are]," Casey preached. "Weve got to play like a hungry team. Weve got to continue to grow, weve got to continue to have the underdog attitude because thats where we are. " "Were nowhere near an established program. Im not kidding myself, I know what an established program is all about and were not there yet. 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Sofia, Bulgaria (SportsNetwork. Lorenzo Alexander Jersey .com) - Top seed Ekaterina Makarova lost her second straight match this week during round-robin action at the $750,000 WTA Tournament of Champions. Sixth-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet doused the Russian U.S. Open semifinalist Makarova in 6-1, 6-4 fashion on the indoor hardcourt at Armeets Arena. Meanwhile, another upset came when fourth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic downed second-seeded Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-3 in Thursdays nightcap. Also in Sofia, seventh-seeded rising 21-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza tackled third-seeded Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta 0-6, 6-1, 6-1. The Venezuelan-born Muguruza whipped Makarova 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday. This eight-player season-ending tournament is for players who have won one or more of the WTA International events during the year but failed to qualify for the WTA Finals, which was staged in Singapore last week. This weeks four-woman Serdika Group features Makarova (0-2), Pennetta (1-1), Cornet (1-1) and Muguruza (2-0). Cibulkova (2-1) led the four-player Sredets Group, which also includes Petkovic (2-1), fifth- seeded Carla Suarez Navarro (1-1) and eighth-seeded Bulgarian favorite Tsvetana Pironkova (0-2). Fridays round-robin matches will pit Makarova against Pennetta, Suarez Navarro versus Pironkova and Cornet against Muguruza. This six-year-old tournament will move to Zhuhai, China, next year after a three-year run in Sofia. O. J. Simpson Jersey .Y. -- Nothing seems to phase No. Russell Bodine Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos retired John Elways No.WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is praising the sportsmanship of the San Antonio Spurs as a great metaphor for what America should be all about.Obama hosted the Spurs at the White House on Monday to celebrate their victory in the 2014 NBA championship.Obama says the Spurs have become the United Nations of basketball teams due to the teams diversity. He says it shows how basketball hass become an international sport. Logan Thomas Jersey. Obama singled the team out for hiring WNBA star Becky Hammon last year. Shes the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.Obama praised the Spurs for their public service efforts on literacy and community development in San Antonio.The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last year to win their fifth NBA championship. Cheap Bayern Munich Jerseys Cheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer Jerseys Cheap Croatia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork. Jeremy Roenick Jersey .com) - Darya Domracheva of Belarus secured her third gold medal of the Sochi Olympics Monday after gliding to victory in the womens 12.5-kilometer biathlon mass start competition. Domracheva, who won the 10-km pursuit and the 15-km individual race earlier in Sochi, turned in a time of 35 minutes, 25.6 seconds, besting Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic by 20.2 seconds. Canadian Megan Imrie finished 28th with a time of 38:59. The reigning mass start world champion, Domracheva used her sharpshooting and swift skiing to create an insurmountable lead. She didnt miss a shot until her final stop, when she was well ahead of the pack. The 27-year-old Belarusian became the first female biathlete to win three golds at a single Winter Olympics. Norways Tiril Eckhoff, making her Olympic debut, finished 7.3 seconds after Soukalova to take bronze. American Susan Dunklee crossed the finish line in 36:57.9 to place 12th, marking the best ever finish by a U.S. woman in Olympic biathlon competition. The mens 15-km biathlon mass start, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed for the second straight day Monday due to dense fog in the area. The mens snowboard cross was also postponed from Monday to Tuesday. Brandon Saad Jersey .com) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his right elbow last week, the teams official site reported Wednesday. Ryan Hartman Jersey . "Right now were kind of looking at him at the end of the rotation right now," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Not indicative of how hes doing or how hes feeling. Its just, it seems like the spot we want him right now.ORLANDO, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is tentatively scheduled for an investigatory interview with Major League Baseball on Friday in New York, according to a person familiar with the process, which would enable the Yankees third baseman to testify at his grievance next week. The interview could be called off, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sports drug agreement and labour contract, and the players association filed a grievance to overturn the penalty. The case, being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, is scheduled to resume Monday. The three-time AL MVP said four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03, but he has denied using them since. At the time of his suspension, MLB said the penalty was for "use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhaancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years" and for "engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioners investigation. Erik Gustafsson Jersey. " Rodriguez was called in for an interview by MLB in July. In a 1980 grievance involving Ferguson Jenkins, arbitrator Raymond Goetz ruled the pitcher had a right to not incriminate himself because legal charges were pending, and that MLB could not discipline him for refusing to answer its questions. MLB has been expected to assert that Rodriguez should not be allowed to testify at his grievance if he first refused to answer MLBs questions at the investigatory interview. The person said MLB has threatened A-Rod with additional discipline if he answers questions at an interview and denies using PEDs during the period in question. It is not clear if additional discipline could be combined with the current grievance. Cheap Bayern Munich Jerseys Cheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer Jerseys Cheap Croatia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
CINCINNATI - Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for about a month. CM Punk Jersey . Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee but pinch hit and struck out during a 4-3, 10-inning win over Milwaukee. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear. The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. Theyre currently missing starters Mat Latos and Tony Cingrani, catcher Devin Mesoraco, closer Aroldis Chapman and now their cleanup hitter. Also, centerfielder Billy Hamilton missed the last three games with a sprained left hand, hurt while he made a diving catch. Hes expected back for a series that starts Tuesday in Boston. Bruce has been in a slump, going 3 for 17 in the last six games. Hes batting .216 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games. Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors. The Reds have started to get many of them back, only to have others get hurt. The Reds took three of four from first-place Milwaukee over the weekend, leaving them 5 1/2 games out in the NL Central. Jonathan Broxton returned from the disabled list in mid-April, completing his comeback from forearm surgery, and taking over as closer. Utility player Skip Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder during spring training but returned over the weekend. Chapman got hit in the forehead by a line drive on March 19 and had surgery to install a plate above his eye. Hes on an injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors and is expected back later this week. Latos had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 14 and later developed a sore forearm, leaving his return indefinite. Cingrani went on the disabled list last week with a sore shoulder. Mesoraco pulled a muscle in his side and opened the season on the disabled list. He was activated the second week of the season and was Cincinnatis top hitter when he pulled his left hamstring and went back on the disabled list. Patrick Sharp Jersey . According to the Red Wings Twitter feed, Zetterberg plans to practice with the team on Thursday and is aiming for a second round comeback. Tony Esposito Jersey . The Henry Burris-led squad finished second in the East Division before advancing to the Grey Cup where they ultimately fell to the home field advantage wielding Saskatchewan Roughriders.Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Nationals signed infielder/outfielder Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training on Tuesday. Carp was with Texas and Boston last season, hitting a combined .175 in 59 gaames. Connor Murphy Jersey. . He is a career .254 hitter with 27 homers and 127 RBI in 318 games over six seasons with Seattle, Boston and Texas. Lerud spent last year in the Braves organization, hitting .250 with four homers and 19 RBI in Triple-A Gwinnett. Cheap Bayern Munich Jerseys Cheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer Jerseys Cheap Croatia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
PITTSBURGH, Pa. Radko Gudas Jersey . - Sidney Crosby has spent months politely rehashing the Pittsburgh Penguins nightmarish spring, a stretch that included a meltdown against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and a sizable front office overhaul that shook one of the NHLs most stable organizations.The leagues reigning MVP is happy to turn the page.Im tired of talking about last year, Crosby said. Its nice to move on, get a fresh start here for everybody. Weve got a lot of new faces, we still have a lot to improve on and get better.The Penguins should get an idea of how far they have to go starting Thursday when they host Anaheim in the season opener. Pittsburgh has been one of the leagues best teams out of the gate over the last five years, going 44-24 during the opening month since 2009.Matching that October success may be difficult this time around. A schedule that includes games against the Ducks and defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles wont help. Neither will expected the growing pains associated with trying to adjust to first-year coach Mike Johnstons style.General manager Jim Rutherford stressed during the off-season hed be OK with sacrificing a point or two in the fall if it led to success in the playoffs for a franchise more than five years removed from its last championship.While Crosby cautioned its important not to get lulled into the idea that losing will be tolerated, he said there will be missteps along the way as the Penguins try to forge a new identity under Johnston following five-plus seasons in coach Dan Bylsmas high-risk, high-reward attack.If guys have the right work ethic and our focus is there and we do everything to help ourselves and have mistakes that are mistakes just because its early and guys are getting a feel for each other, I think thats a little more acceptable than it would be in a typical year, he said. That being said, I think you can tell pretty quickly why you make those mistakes and if its a lack of effort or not being sharp. Thats totally different.And while Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis likened learning Johnstons system a€” one that focuses on puck possession rather than the dazzling if dangerous stretch passes favoured by Bylsma a€” to picking up new slang. The goal remains the same regardless of who is behind the bench.Every team tries to accomplish the same thing, Crosby said. You try to hold onto the puck. You try to play fast. You try to put pressure on the other team. I dont think that ever changes.Neither does Pittsburghs reliance on its two superstars. Crosby insists hes healthy after dealing with an aching wrist that limited his effectiveness in the playoffs while Evgeni Malkin is expected to play in the opener after missing most of training camp with an undisclosed injury.And while Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are back too, the rest of the roster looks decidedly different. Its Johnstons job to figure out how best to use newcomers like forwards Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and Blake Comeau. And its the Penguins job to figure out how Johnston works after spending more than half a decade listening to the professional and occasionally excitable Bylsma.I think hes pretty calm, Crosby said. I dont think thats going to change no matter what the score is. Thats his demeanour, thats his way. Id be pretty shocked if you heard his voice all that much.Johnston would prefer his teams play to do most of the talking. Hes been put in an enviable if difficult task of coaxing a roster stuffed with talent a€” particularly at the top a€” toward taking the step thats eluded them since Crosby lifted the Cup in triumph in 2009.He has a six-month regular season to hone the process, though he has no intention of being patient. He was hired to win in April, May and June. Though he will spend all year preaching about the habits and details in our game we know we desperately need come playoff time he has no plans of lowering expectations for October.As far as results go and how were going to play, he said, I expect us to be very sharp right off the hop. Jakub Voracek Jersey . Its the second time this season that Milan has been sanctioned by the league judge, after fans also subjected Napoli supporters to discriminatory chants. The ban will come into effect for Milans next match, against Udinese on Oct. Anthony Stolarz Jersey . The Calgary skip fell 10-8 to Swedens Oskar Eriksson in semifinal action Saturday and will face Switzerlands Peter de Cruz for the bronze medal  (Saturday at 10pm et/7pm pt on TSN2).HALIFAX -- Maxime Fortier scored at 12:34 of overtime as the Halifax Mooseheads edged the visiting Val-dOr Foreurs 4-3 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action. Austyn Hardie forced extra time when he scored at 12:05 of the third period for the Mooseheads, who lead the best-of-seven third-round series 3-2, while Andrew Ryan and Luca Ciampini also scored. Jonathan Drouin, who is the playoff scoring leader with 37 points in 14 games, had his 13-game point streak snapped in the win. Anthonyy Mantha had a pair of goals for the Foreurs, who have dropped the past three games after opening up the series with two straight wins, and Louick Marcotte scored once. Cole Bardreau Jersey. Halifaxs Zachary Fucale made 22 saves for the win as Val-dOrs Antoine Bibeau kicked out 37-of-41 shots in defeat. The Mooseheads failed to score on five chances with the man advantage while the Foreurs scored on their only power-play opportunity. Val-dOr will look to avoid elimination when they host Game 6 on Monday. Cheap Bayern Munich JerseysCheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer Jerseys Cheap Croatia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
TAMPA, Fla. Jonny Brodzinski Jersey . - The Tampa Bay Lightning were impressive at both ends during a dominant second period.Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist during Tampa Bays three-goal second period, Ben Bishop made 13 saves, and the Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 on Thursday night.We were just rolling, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.Radko Gudas, Brenden Morrow, Jason Garrison and Brett Connolly had the other Tampa Bay goals. The Eastern Conference-leading Lightning improved to 5-0-1 in the last six games, with lone loss in a 2-1 shootout defeat at Buffalo on Tuesday.Buffalo, which had won six of seven, went 22 1/2 minutes without a shot during one stretch before Rasmus Ristolainen got one with 3:41 left in the second.We just lost track of what we have to do in order to be successful, Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. We stopped hitting, we stopped skating, just doing a lot of pirouettes in centre ice, and it got away from us in that second period.The Sabres, last in the Atlantic Division, are 1-13-1 when the opponent scores first, and are pointless when trailing after the first (0-10-0) and second (0-12-0) periods.After Stamkos was left alone near the post and scored his 16th goal of the season off a pass from Ryan Callahan at 4:28 of the second, Morrow made it 3-0 from in-close 71 seconds later.The Lightning went up 4-0 on Garrisons goal with 6:20 left in the period.It was one of the better weve played this year, Stamkos said.Bishop made a nice save on Zemgus Girgensons late in the second.It was a good team win, Bishop said. A full 60 minutes.Gudas opened the scoring 2:33 into the game when his long-range shot got past Jhonas Enroth.Enroth was credited with a save on Tyler Johnsons shot during a 2-on-none that hit the post in the final minute of the first. He finished with 30 saves.There were three scrums through the midway point of the third that resulted in four fighting majors and six 10-minute misconducts. Stamkos was given minor penalties for slashing and roughing during the first.At least we showed some fight in the third, Nolan said. The first was OK and the second was awful. In the third, at least we battled back a little.Connolly had a late third-period power-play goal. Stamkos got his second assist of the game on it.NOTES: Bishop is 5-0-1 against the Sabres. ... This was Bishops first shutout this season and ninth overall. ... Buffalo C Cody McCormick was back in the lineup after missing four games with a concussion. ... Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (five assists, seven points). .... Sabres RW Drew Stafford missed his third game due to a lower body injury but could be back this weekend. ... Buffalo D Tyson Strachan was minus-4. ... There was a video tribute and a moment of silence before the game for Montreal great Jean Beliveau, who died this week. Los Angeles Kings Gear . And Richard Bachman, their rookie goalie, is facing a penalty shot a few seconds after the opening face-off. No pressure, right? Bachman stood his ground against Zack Kassian and saw the puck dribble off the Canuck rookies stick, then settled in and backstopped the Stars to a 5-2 win over Vancouver Tuesday that put Dallas in first place in the Pacific Division. Austin Wagner Jersey . Just ask last seasons Supporters Shield winners, the New York Red Bulls, who were resoundingly defeated last weekend by a rampant Vancouver Whitecaps in a match which produced two contenders for MLS Goal of the Week from Sebastian Fernandez and Pedro Morales.CLEVELAND -- Anderson Varejao cant explain how the Cleveland Cavaliers broke their season-high six-game losing streak. Hes just glad they did. Varejao played a major role, hitting two crucial jumpers in overtime and tying a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds to give his struggling team a lift in an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. "I still dont know how we won that game," he said. "It was crazy, but Ill take it." The Cavaliers played without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his first game this season because of a bruised left knee. Irving averages a team-high 22.2 points for the Cavaliers, who trailed 78-68 with just over a minute and a half to play. Thanks to crucial Orlando mistakes and some big plays of their own, the Cavaliers tied the game on Dion Waiters layup with 0.6 seconds remaining and dominated the extra session. Varejaos basket with 2:07 remaining in OT put Cleveland ahead 83-81. He added another basket with 1:34 left and hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds remaining to finish with 18 points. "He was a problem for us all night," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Hes relentless. Give him credit for going hard the whole game." Varejaos big night was no surprise to his teammates. "We expect that of him," Waiters said. "Hes a rebounding machine." Glen Davis scored 16 points for the Magic, who scored only two points in overtime and couldnt hold the 10-point lead with 1:34 to play in regulation. "We blew it, bottom line," Magic forward Tobias Harris said. "It was a tough, tough loss. The whole game, we thought it was ours. These are the ones we need to win. Very tough loss." A basket by Varejao and two free throws by Waiters made it 79-72 with 50 seconds remaining. Jarrett Jack, starting in place of Irving, cut the lead to 79-75 by hitting three foul shots with 13.9 seconds remaining. After Orlando was called for a 5-second violation trying to inbound the ball, Waiters basket cut the lead to 79-77 with 10.1 seconds left. ETwaun Moore missed two free throws and Cleveland was awarded the ball with 9.3 seconds left after a video review. Waiters took the inbounds pass and drove down the left of the lane to tie the game. Jameer Neelsons 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim and the teams went to overtime. Marcel Dionne Jersey. Clevelands last three home games have gone to overtime. Waiters scored 17 points and Tristan Thompson added 16 for the Cavaliers. Nelson scored 14 points for the Magic, while Arron Afflalo and Andrew Nicholson had 12 apiece. Irving felt a "pop" in his knee while driving to the basket in Tuesdays loss to Indiana, but an MRI on Wednesday revealed he only sustained a bruise. Hes listed as day to day. Clevelands next game is Saturday at Brooklyn and the Cavaliers host Indiana on Sunday. "We found a way to win," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "It was exciting getting stops instead of trying to outscore everyone. When you allow two points in overtime, youre doing something right. Its great that our guys saw that we dont have to score to win games." Varejao tied the teams single-game rebounding record set by Rick Roberson on March 4, 1972. Magic centre Nikola Vucevic missed the game after spraining his left ankle Tuesday in a 94-81 loss to Golden State. He missed four games with the same injury in early December and is considered day to day. Vucevic is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 11.1 rebounds. The Cavaliers defeated the Magic 109-100 in Orlando on Dec. 13. Neither team could build a lead in the first half. Cleveland led by five points several times in the first quarter, while Orlando went ahead by six in the second period. Thompsons basket at the buzzer gave the Cavaliers a 41-39 lead at halftime. Orlando is 4-11 on the road. The arena was about half full, thanks to a snowstorm that hit the area. The announced attendance was 14,248. NOTES: Irving watched the game from the bench in a coat and tie. ... Vaughn said before the game he doesnt believe Vucevics injury will linger. "The good news is hes on the trip with us and hes out there working on the court. I dont think this is something to be really worried about." ... Jason Maxiell started in Vucevics spot after having played 33 total minutes in Orlandos previous eight games. ... Cavaliers G Matthew Dellavedova earned a loud ovation for tying up Davis for a jump ball in the second quarter. Dellavedova is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds while Davis is listed at 6-9 and 289 pounds. Cheap Bayern Munich Jerseys Cheap Real Madrid Jerseys Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cheap Borussia Dortmund Jerseys Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys Cheap USWNT Jerseys Cheap France Soccer Jerseys Cheap Mexico Jerseys Cheap Portugal Jerseys Cheap Germany Jerseys Cheap Albania Soccer Jerseys Cheap Algeria Soccer Jerseys Cheap Czech Soccer Jerseys Cheap Croatia Soccer JerseysCheap Cote dIvoire Soccer Jerseys Cheap Costa Rica Soccer Jerseys Cheap Colombia Soccer Jerseys Cheap Chile Soccer Jerseys Cheap Cameroon Soccer Jerseys Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Josh Bynes Cardinals Jersey . -- Kansas Citys Omar Infante has a sprained jaw and needed six stitches to close a cut opened when he was hit by a Heath Bell pitch. Infante was injured during the seventh inning of Mondays 4-2 win over Tampa Bay and was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Royals said Tuesday that the second baseman did not sustain a concussion. The team said he will be evaluated over the following two days and he was not likely to miss a significant amount of playing time. "It was great news, no fracture," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I just saw him in the training room. He looks good. He just ate something, so he was able to chew. He was smiling. He was talking. It could have been a lot worse, so we really dodged a bullet there." Infante left Detroit during the off-season and signed a $30.25 million, four-year contract with the Royals. Danny Valencia replaced Infante at second base on Tuesday, leaving the Royals had no backup infielder. Yost said the Royals arent sure whether they will make any roster moves before a six-game trip to Minnesota and Houston that starts Friday. Yost said for the rest of the Tampa Bay series he can rely on backup catcher Brett Hayes and left fielder Alex Gordon as emergency infielders. Mason Cole Jersey . The 2014 edition will be the ninth meeting between the Caps and Vikes in a tradition that dates back to 2005. "Since the original Whitecaps, the club has enjoyed fantastic support from fans in Victoria and all across Vancouver Island," said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. Josh Rosen Jersey .com) - The Buffalo Bills will return to the friendly confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday when they welcome the upstart Cleveland Browns to town.LOS ANGELES - As DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors long-time iron man, lay sprawled out on the baseline, his leg twitching in obvious pain, each one of his concerned teammates stood around him holding their collective breath. Exceeding all expectations to begin the season, this tight-knit group has become known for their solidarity, both on and off the floor. Now, with their leading scorer sidelined indefinitely, theyll need it more than ever. After exiting Fridays loss to Dallas early in the second half with a groin injury, the Raptors announced that DeRozan sustained a torn left adductor longus tendon, keeping him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. DeRozan was driving to his right, nearly four minutes into the third quarter, when he slipped and fell to the floor. With the assistance of a trainer, he was eventually helped up and to the locker room, where he remained for the duration of the contest, one the Raptors would eventually lose after a late-game rally fell short. There is no immediate timetable for his return to basketball activities, according to the team, and his status will be updated over the coming weeks. The Raptors All-Star guard is averaging a team-high 19.4 and 4.2 rebounds over the clubs first 16 games. As the focal point of their improved attack, DeRozan accounts for just under 29 per cent of the Raptors offensive possessions when hes been on the court, the highest usage rate of any player on the team. Having to replace his production, for however long he is out will be a challenge, though its not necessarily a fatal blow given their depth and balance on both ends of the floor. More than anything else, it will be an adjustment. The sixth-year guard was logging roughly 34 minutes a night to lead the team after ranking third in the NBA in playing time last year. He has missed just 11 games to this point in his career (the Raptors are 8-3 in those contests). Weve got to [continue to] play, said Kyle Lowry, who will be relied upon even more without his backcourt running mate. Next man up. Its a team, not about one guy. If anybody goes down, the next man has to step up. The Raptors are the leagues sixth-ranked team in bench points, thanks in large part to the addition of Lou Williams - leading the East in scoring among reserves - the versatile James Johnson and Greivis Vasquez, wwho has rediscovered his jump shot this past week. Chad Williams Jersey. I think weve got one of the best, and I say this in a humble way, benches in the league, Vasquez said. Somebody else is going to step up. Lou will step in or myself or James or whatever coach wants to do. Now hes got a squad. Hes got a team. And now he needs to, and he will, put it together. Somebody went down and we almost won. That wasnt good enough. I think we have guys that can step up and do their job. All three wing players figure to see expanded roles in DeRozans absence, with one of them likely stepping into the starting lineup. Although Williams, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, seems to be a natural fit to fill the scoring void - averaging 14.3 points, third on the team - Dwane Casey may prefer to utilize his instant offence off the bench. The same can be said of Vasquez, the back-up point guard, leaving Johnson, who could start at the three-spot and push Terrence Ross to the two, giving them more size and defensive acumen up front. Landry Fields could also be in the mix for spot minutes. Well decide that in the next day or so, Casey told reporters after practice on Saturday, declining to name a replacement ahead of Sundays meeting with the Lakers. We dont know now, well talk about that later. One thing is for certain, the 13-3 Raptors will face their biggest and most telling early-season challenge. Lowry, who will be in consideration for Eastern Conference Player of the Month next week, will become more important than ever, handling increased responsibility in the teams half-court sets. Jonas Valanciunas could also be in line for a bigger piece of the offensive pie in the low post. One thing about our team, we have guys that can step up and they are definitely going to have to because thats a big scoring load in DeMar, echoed Amir Johnson. We have guys that can come in and step up for us. DeRozan accompanied the team to Los Angeles, his hometown, Saturday afternoon, where they will begin a three-game road trip without his services on the court. Generally, the recovery time for a groin injury of this nature can range from weeks to months depending on the severity. 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With the Oklahoma City Thunder just 5-4 since Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury, All-Star forward Kevin Durant is taking his fair share of the blame. Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox Jersey . "Im not doing enough to help them," Durant told The Oklahoman on Monday of his 28-9 team. "Im shooting too much. Im shooting too many threes. Im not helping them out at all. So its not on them." Westbrook has undergone his third knee surgery in eight months and Durant knows that he and his team need to step up in the star guards absence. "The first few games without Russell, we did a great job moving the ball," the 25-year-old, whose 29.6 points per game is good for the best in the NBA, explained. "I think now Im just flat out shooting too much. I have to find a way to get my teammates easier shots. Ive been thinking these last few games in order for us to get it going I have to do it all offensively. But, nah, we have to do it together. Its a great learning experience for me. Its the first time Ive really been in that type of position. But I just have to get everybody involved. I may have to pass up a few to find a better shot." The Thunder are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies.       Custom Boston Red Sox Jerseys .com) - The Vancouver Canucks hope an upcoming stretch of home games will be enough to get the club into the postseason. Pedro Martinez Red Sox Jersey . Bring on Freddy Garcia. The well-travelled 36-year-old right-hander earned his second NL victory since 2007, and his first since he joined the Atlanta Braves last month, pitching six innings to help beat Miami 6-1 Thursday.OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City had an answer for every challenge from the Chicago Bulls. It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. Oklahoma City led by 15 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but the Bulls pulled within seven on D.J. Augustins 3-pointer with 8:50 to go. Oklahoma City then outscored Chicago 16-4 over a late 5 1/2-minute stretch to pull away. "I thought our defence was good the whole game," Durant said after topping 30 points for the 13th time this season. "They slowed us down a little bit with their free throws, but I thought we just played through it in the second half. We were able to come out and speed it up a little bit, get some turnovers and get some easy points." Russell Westbrook had 20 points and 10 assists, and reserve Reggie Jackson added 18 to help the Thunder improve to 13-0 at Chesapeake Arena. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team with a perfect home record. "If we move the ball like that with the guys we have that create for everybody, create for themselves, it makes it tough on other teams," Durant said. Joakim Noah had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the banged-up Bulls, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. Taj Gibson scored 16 points and Augustin added 15. Chicago played without Kirk Hinrich (back tightness) and Luol Deng (sore Achilles), and Jimmy Butler left during the game with a right ankle injury. "I thought we still had a shot in the second half," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought we were within striking distance, but we couldnt get the key stops when we needed them. ... Youve got to give them credit." Oklahoma City led by 14 in the first half, but their advantage was cut to three at the break, prompting a strong response from the Thunder in the third quarter. They used a 13-4 run to go up 68-56 with 7:52 to go in the period. Westbrooks layup increased the advantage to 13 about 1 1/2 minutes later, and tthen he had a layup and Durant made a jumper to make it 79-64 with 3:25 left in the third. Christian Vazquez Red Sox Jersey. Jacksons 3 in the final minute put Oklahoma City up 84-72 heading to the fourth, and Nick Collison opened the final quarter with three-point play. The Bulls put together another spurt to close to 89-82 on Augustins 3, but that was as close as it would get. "We were just trying to shut down the paint," Jackson said. "That was our main focus at halftime and I think we did a good job of locking in, getting some stops, and getting out on the break. ... Theyre physical. They play really well defensively, especially half-court sets. Right now theyre a little depleted, people are banged up, beat up." Jeremy Lambs dunk with 7:44 left made it 93-82, pumping up the home crowd. Durant made a 3-pointer and Westbrooks two free throws with 3:06 to go extended the lead to 105-86. "I think our defence just hasnt been there to help us out," Gibson said. "We are normally a great defensive team. We just got to get guys more reps, especially now that we lost Jimmy with the ankle." Jackson made six of the Thunders seven baskets in a 6:13 stretch bridging the first two quarters. Lambs steal and fast-break dunk with 9:21 left in the second interrupted Jacksons streak at four consecutive baskets. Jacksons jumper about a minute later gave Oklahoma City a 41-27 lead. Chicago battled back, and Mike Dunleavy hit two 3s in the final minute to get the Bulls within 55-52 at halftime. NOTES: Durant was whistled for a technical foul with 2:25 left in the first quarter for arguing following his second personal foul. ... Led by Jackson and Lamb, Thunder reserves came in averaging 33.6 points per game, the franchises highest since moving to Oklahoma City. ... Deng missed four games earlier this month due to a strained left calf. The Bulls are now 1-4 in his absence. ... 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Cameron Meredith Saints Jersey . - Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer had surgery on his shoulder to remove damaged tissue, throwing his status for the start of next season into question.Tuesdays surgery was performed by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York.The Royals had hoped the 23-year-old Zimmer would be able to help them this season, but a series of injuries have curtailed his development. He was shut down in May with a lat injury.Zimmer, a first-round pick in 2012, made just six appearances at rookie-league Idaho Falls in August and September. He had a 1.93 ERA with five strikeouts in 4 2-3 innings.He also made three starts in the Arizona Fall League before getting shut down. Kurt Coleman Jersey . Ellis had a season-high 37 points and two key assists late, Dirk Nowitzki led a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 35 points, and the Mavericks spoiled Howards best offensive night in Houston with a 123-120 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Jermon Bushrod Saints Jersey . Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and Washington hit three solo homers in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.TORONTO -- Time has done little to cure what ails Toronto Argonauts slotback Andre Durie. Durie signed a contract extension with Toronto on Monday that will keep him with the Argos through the 2016 season. The 2013 campaign was a banner one for Durie but it ended bitterly Nov. 17 in the East Division final at Rogers Centre at the hands of the arch-rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats. And visions of Hamilton players celebrating a Grey Cup berth on Torontos home field remains a bitter pill for Durie to swallow. "Any losses are always bitter against Hamilton," Durie said. "Losing in the East final was tough because we worked so hard throughout the year. "We faced a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries, a lot of ups and downs and some tough road games and to end that way just left a bad taste in your mouth. It sticks in my mind just to motivate me to continue to strive for perfection, to take away the little mental errors and to be better and more functional for my team and to produce for my team." After winning the 12 Grey Cup at Rogers Centre, Toronto finished atop the East Division standings with an 11-7 record. But Hamilton dashed the Argos hopes of repeating at CFL champions with a 36-24 road victory in the conference final. Unfortunately for Hamilton, its season ended with a 45-23 Grey Cup loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium. Durie, wholl reportedly earn around $140,000 annually under terms of his new deal, enjoyed a standout 2013 campaign. The five-foot-10, 199-pound Durie led the CFL with a career-high 92 catches for 986 yards (also a career best) and three touchdowns. Durie signed with Toronto as an undrafted free agent in 2007. "We believe Andre Durie is one of the most talented players in our league, and hes Canadian," Argos GM Jim Barker said in a statement. "He has been a very productive member of our offence and a strong contributor on special teams. "Andre has proven to be a valuable member of the Toronto community and were excited to keep him at home to continue his work on and off the field." Durie, who playeed running back during his university career at York, has registered 272 catches for 3,150 yards and 13 TDs with Toronto. Marcus Davenport Saints Jersey. His seamless transition from tailback to slotback is even more remarkable considering Durie suffered a horrific leg injury in 05 with the Lions that not only threatened his football career but had many questioning whether hed walk normally again. "Im not going to sit here and lie, there was definitely a lot of doubt," Durie said. "It was the people around me who supported me and believed in me and gave me the strength to continue and believe different. "Without them I wouldnt have the mindset to keep going. Im so glad and fortunate to have all my loved ones around me. I never wouldve imagined to be in this position back in 05 when the injury happened. Its remarkable and I cant thank the organization enough for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream to be a professional football player and to have made it this far." Durie says hes especially grateful to Barker, who returned to Toronto as the clubs head coach in 2010 before adding the GM duties prior to the 2011 campaign. In 2012, Barker hired Scott Milanovich as Argos head coach to concentrate full-time on his duties as general manager. "Coach Barker has literally taken me under his wing since he got here," Durie said. "Hes been able to provide me with so much guidance and knowledge to get better as a player and person." Durie said there was no question in his mind that he wanted to remain in Toronto. Should he see his current deal through -- after all, CFL contracts arent guaranteed -- Durie will be 35 and have achieved the rare distinction of spending his entire 10-year career with his home-town team. However, Durie isnt about to say he has signed his final CFL contract. "You never know," he said. "My body feels great, I still feel at the top of my game and Im playing good football. "I dont really like to look that far ahead into the future, I just take things as they come. 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