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HOUSTON -- Carlos Beltran has been trying to find a way to get back to Houston for years after spending a remarkable few months with the Astros more than a decade ago. .On Monday he finally got his wish when he and the Astros finalized a one-year, $16 million contract.It only took 12 years to come back, he said with a smile. Im happy to be where I am and looking forward to working with the younger guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, (Alex) Bregman -- the young core thats going to be here for a long time.Beltran is a nine-time All-Star and has hit .323 with 16 homers and 41 RBI in 55 postseason games. He spent the last half of the 2004 season with the Astros and hit a postseason record-tying eight home runs. It was his first trip to the playoffs, and he still revels in the short time he had a chance to play with Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.He wanted to stay with the Astros after that, but the team wouldnt offer him a no-trade clause. Hes heard plenty of boos in the trips hes made to Houston since then, and had a message for the fans that were unhappy with him.They have to blame previous ownership for not making it work, he said. In my heart I wanted to be here. Coming from Kansas City and being able to get the opportunity to play with so many good players, this is the place I wanted to be, and unfortunately it didnt work out.Now he has another chance as the latest piece the Astros added to boost their lineup since missing the playoffs. They traded for catcher Brian McCann and added free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick before bringing Beltran back. And Houston might not be done yet.What weve tried to do is improve this team ... were going to continue to try and find ways big and small to improve this team, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI last season for the New York Yankees and Texas. The switch-hitter split his time as a designated hitter and right fielder, playing 151 games.Hes looking forward to playing with Correa, a fellow Puerto Rican, and said the two of them and Altuve planned to meet for dinner on Monday night to get better acquainted. Beltran and Correa have chatted since he agreed to the deal and Beltran said Correa told him hes eager to learn from him.I said: `Im willing to work with you honestly and pass to you everything I know, Beltran said. Thats what its all about. This game is not about what you can do for yourself ... but for me its about what I can do for my team, for the guy next to me and how I can impact that person in a positive way.Luhnow has been a fan of Beltrans for quite some time and said Houston tried to trade for him last summer before he was dealt from the Yankees to Texas. Hes thrilled to finally get him back to Houston.Hes just a great fit for our club where we are right now, Luhnow said.In 19 seasons, Beltran is a career .281 hitter with 421 home runs and 1,536 RBI with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers. Beltran was able to get the No. 15 jersey he wore when he was last with the Astros after longtime catcher Jason Castro, who had worn the number for years, recently signed with the Twins.I felt that Houston was going to be the place where I was going to spend a lot of time, unfortunately it didnt work out that way, he said. Now Im back and the good thing is you guys got to see the young Carlos play and now you get to see the old Carlos play. So its good.Beltran isnt sure how much longer hell play, but as he enters his 20th major league season he knows the window is getting smaller for him to get that elusive ring and believes the Astros give him a good chance to do that.The opportunity of winning, the opportunity to get to the playoffs and hopefully win a championship, thats what its all about, he said. When I look at the whole lineup -- the whole team I really like our chances. . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. FRANKFURT, Germany -- On a busy night across Europe, a player making his debut for Germany notched a hat trick in a 8-0 rout of tiny San Marino as the three biggest teams in action all won their qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.England beat Scotland 3-0 on three headers and Paul Pogba, the worlds most expensive player, scored an important goal in Frances 2-1 win over Sweden as the winners led their groups.But the night belonged to Serge Gnabry, a talented forward schooled in Arsenal and now playing for Werder Bremen who became the first player to score a hat trick in his debut for Germany since Dieter Mueller in 1976.I am enjoying a good run, Gnabry said.The win over San Marino was a record 95th victory for German coach Joachim Loew, who now has one more than Sepp Herberger. San Marino did not manage a shot at goal on a rain-soaked pitch and remained winless in 126 internationals. But it did better than 10 years ago when it lost 13-0 to Germany in the early days of Loews career as Germany coach. His two biggest wins to date are against San Marino.We should not overestimate this match, Loew said. San Marino is not a measuring stick but the team sought to score goals. We want to get through the qualification without mercy and dominate the group, and weve done it so far.Germany has four wins in four matches and is five points ahead of Northern Ireland in Group C. Only group winners qualify directly. Germany has a 16-0 goal difference.Like Germany, England has not conceded and tops Group F after beating Scotland on headers from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.There was trouble in Bucharest, where Poland beat host Romania 3-0 after the Group E match was interrupted by flares thrown into the match. Poland striker Robert Lewandowski needed medical attention but then scored.Heres a look at group action:---GROUP AIn the only group match Friday, Paul Pogba headed in the equalizer in Frances 2-1 win against Sweden. The Manchester United midfielder headed in off the crossbar in the 58th minute, shortly after Emil Forsberg had punished a sloppy period of French play with a deflected free kick that wrong-footed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.France winger Dimitri Payet, who set up Pogbas goal with one of his pinpoint free kicks from the left, slotted home the winner in the 65th after a handling error from goalkeeper Robin Olsen when under pressure from forward Antoine Griezmann.Both Payet and Pogba netted the eighth international goal of their careers, but Pogbas goal came just as Sweden threatened a victory that would have thrown Group A wide open. Instead, France leads with 10 points,, three more than second-placed Sweden and six more than the Netherlands. The Dutch play in Luxembourg on Sunday.---GROUP CSerge Gnabry scored a hat trick in his debut for Germany as the World Cup champion overwhelmed San Marino 8-0 on Friday in a qualifier for the 2018 tournament in Russia.Defender Jonas Hector added two goals as Joachim Loew won a record 95th match as Germany coach.Gnabry was the top scorer at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with six goals and was easily the most dynamic Germany player, scoring twice with eye-catching volleys.Hes been playing well for Werder Bremen, Loew said.Hector admitted it was difficult to play on the rain-soaked pitch in San Marino.It was good that we scored a couple of goals early, he saidNorthern Ireland breezed past Azerbaijan 4-0 to jump into second place, five points behind the Germans. The Czech Republic notched its first win by beating Norway 2-1. Azerbaijan also has seven points, the Czechs five and Norway three.---GROUP EPolands star striker Robert Lewandowski needed medical attention in the second half as he collapsed after a flare thrown in the 55th minute. The referee temporarily stopped the match and Lewandowski returned to the game several minutes later -- and scored twice in Polands 3-0 win against Romania.Lewandowski netted in the 82nd minute to double the Polish lead from inside the box and added his second in stoppage time from the spot. It was the ninth consecutive qualifier in which he had scored.Poland jumped to the sole lead of the group with 10 points, three more than Montenegro, which lost at Armenia 3-2 after wasting a 2-0 lead.Denmark has six points after beating Kazakhstan 4-1, while Romania is another point behind. Armenia has three points, one more than Kazakhstan at the bottom.---GROUP FEnglands 3-0 result against Scotland appeared far more convincing than its actual performance in the 113th meeting of international footballs oldest rivals.But the cross-border rivals were united in the buildup to the game by a two-week public spat with FIFA over their desire to mark Armistice Day by wearing poppies which commemorate British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I.England and Scotland are set to be fined by FIFA for breaching rules banning political, religious, personal or commercial messages on official uniforms and equipment.England has 10 points. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Madison Keys closed in on an Olympic tennis medal by reaching the womens singles semifinals Thursday, then scampered from Court 1 to Court 4. .She wanted to make sure she would get there in time to sit in the stands and cheer for U.S. teammate Steve Johnson during the closing minutes of a victory that put him in the mens quarterfinals.Shortly after that, Johnson and Keys sought each other out in the interview area to share smiles and an enthusiastic high-five. A Rio de Janeiro Games tournament that began inauspiciously for the Americans was suddenly looking a lot better Thursday.The No. 7-seeded Keys power-based game overwhelmed Daria Katsatkina of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in a mere 53 minutes, thanks in large part to a 30-4 edge in winners. Earn one more victory -- either in the semifinals against No. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany, or in the bronze match -- and Keys will head back home with a medal.The first thing I did was say, `Yes, I won! Keys said. And then I was like, `Whats Stevies score?Johnson, a four-time NCAA team champion and two-time individual winner for Southern California, had a similarly easy time of things against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, winning 6-1, 6-1.Johnson said he noticed Keys supporting him at courtside over the final couple of games.When were at the Grand Slams, its tough for us to go out and watch just because its so busy and whatnot. Im always rooting for the Americans to do well, regardless of who they are, he said. To see her doing well here, hopefully shes going to get one more and get to the final and do some damage.Next for Johnson comes a far more daunting task: He will play No. 2 Andy Murray, the defending Olympic gold medalist and a three-time Grand Slam champion with a semifinal berth on the line.Theyve met only once before, with Murray winning in straight sets last year.Any given day, you can beat anybody, said Johnson, who is seeded 12th. So Ill go out there with a different gameplan and the right mindset.Johnson also still is in the running for a medal in mens doubles.He and partner Jack Sock lost 6-3, 7-5 to Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania in the semifinals, but can head home with a bronze if they beat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada.Sock is part of one of two mixed doubles teams that could earn a medal for the United States, too.He and Bethanie Mattek-Sands reached the quarterfinals of that 16-team event, and so did Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, by winning in the first round Thursday. Mattek-Sands and Sock defeated Johanna Konta and Jamie Murray of Britain 6-4, 6-3, while Williams and Ram got past the Dutch pair of Kiki Bertens and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 10-8.Williams lost in the first round of singles and womens doubles in Rio. Her sister Serena, the defending champion in both of those events, exited in the third round of singles.What can you do, except come back and play again? Williams said.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. FRISCO, Texas - Coach Jason Garrett said running back Ezekiel Elliott made a poor decision to visit a marijuana store during the teams trip to Seattle.Elliott visited the store Thursday a few hours before the Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks.I dont think it was a good decision, Garrett said, He and I talked about that. It was just a poor decision on his part and young players sometimes just have to understand that perception can be reality.You have to understand youre under a microscoope 24 hours a day, and theres no good reason for him to go into a place like that. Elliott, the fourth pick in the NFL draft, gained 48 yards on seven carries. Hes not expected to play Thursday against the Houston Texans in the final preseason game.He apologized, Garrett said of Elliott. He recognized his mistake and its something hell learn from. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys NFL China NFL T-shirts From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
Good luck! . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. . As the crowd erupted, Davis knocked the ball off the glass and back into his hands. With 1:14 to go in overtime, Davis sixth block also became his 17th rebound. That, along with his 32 points -- which tied a career high -- proved too much for Denver to overcome, and the Pelicans held on for their third straight victory, 111-107 on Sunday night. Playmaker Didier Drogba will be unavailable due to suspension when the Montreal Impact play host to the struggling Houston Dynamo on Saturday at Stade Saputo in Montreal. .Montreal (7-5-9) is tied with the Philadelphia Union for fourth in Major League Soccers Eastern Conference with 30 points, two points behind the third-place New York Red Bulls and six points behind first-place New York City FC. Houston (4-9-8) is last in the Western Conference with 20 points.Both teams have picked up only one win in their last five outings.Drogba, who leads Montreal with five assists and ranks second on the team with eight goals, is suspended after receiving a red card last weekend. Dominic Oduro his expected to start in place of Drogba.Ignacio Piatti has a team-high 12 goals for Montreal. Oduro is the teams third-leading scorer with four goals and is tied for second with five assists.Houston has been led by Andrew Wenger, Giles Barnes and Will Bruin, who are tied for the team lead with four goals apiece. Boniek Garcia has a team-higgh five assists. Barnes was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC this week for allocation money and the right to negotiate with Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown. The Dynamo also parted with David Rocha, whose contract was terminated, and Leonel Miranda, whose loan expired.In addition to Brown, the team acquired Eric Alexander, Yair Arboleda and Jose Escalante.Alexander, a versatile and experienced MLS veteran, was acquired from Montreal for general and targeted allocation money.Houstons DaMarcus Beasley (knee) and Tyler Deric (abdominal strain) will miss Saturdays match due to injuries. Raul Rodriguez (adductor) and Agus (knee) are doubtful.Houston scored 11 goals in its first three games this season, but the Dynamo have netted just 13 goals in 18 games since then. The Dynamo are 1-2-6 since Wade Barrett took over as interim head coach when Owen Coyle left the team in late May. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys WholesaleCheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens JerseysCheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys NFL China NFL T-shirts From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
NEW YORK -- The Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury reached base on catchers interference for the ninth time this season, the most in more than two decades. Mitch Moreland Jersey .Ellsbury grounded to shortstop in the first inning Tuesday night, but his swing knocked off the glove of Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph, who was charged with an error.Ellsbury has reached on catchers interference the most times in a season since Roberto Kellys eight, also for the Yankees, in 1992. Ellsbury has done it 23 times in his career, the most among major leaguers since Pete Roses 29, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Andrew Benintendi Jersey . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Rick Porcello Jersey . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. ATHENS, Greece -- Germany is pressing ahead with its bid to host the 2024 European Championship, insisting Wednesday that its soccer leadership should be trusted because it is not linked to mounting allegations of wrongdoing against the 2006 World Cup campaign.Swiss federal prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer and the three other German members of the 2006 organizing committee. The four are suspected of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement and misappropriation relating to a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7.3 million) to FIFA in 2005.The Swiss authorities and FIFA have been investigating the German bid since last year, with no end in sight for the case. But the German federation (DFB) has not been deterred from continuing its pursuit of soccers second biggest national team competition after the World Cup.Germany withdrew from bidding for matches at the continent-wide Euro 2020 to focus on bringing the 2024 edition to the country in its entirety.German federation president Reinhard Grindel said Wednesday that the 2006 bid investigation is no problem because we said that we would make our bid transparent with unspecified good governance processes.We have new leadership in the DDFB and so all FAs trust us, Grindel, who was elected DFB treasurer in 2013, told The Associated Press. J. D. Martinez Jersey. These people who are at the center of the investigation have no influence now in the DFB and so we are not responsible for what happened in 2006.The 2006 tournament became known as Germanys Summer Fairytale and the country is seeking a replay.Its our ambition to host Euro 2024 because we are well prepared, Grindel said in an interview on the sidelines of the UEFA Congress in Athens. We have the stadiums, we have the infrastructure.We showed with the organization of the (UEFA) under-19 tournament (in July) that we can do it, that we have great experience and so I think our bid will be a good bid.The Nordic group of soccer federations from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden said in April they wanted to host the European Championship either in 2024 or 2028. That bid would seek to stage events in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, too.There is no timeframe for the bidding process or a date for the vote.---Rob Harris is at and White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed JerseysJerseys NFL China NFL T-shirts From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
DUBLIN -- Ireland left behind flyhalf Paddy Jackson and flankers Sean OBrien and Peter OMahony when it headed to Chicago on Monday for a test against New Zealand at Soldier Field this weekend. Steve Grogan Jersey .Coach Joe Schmidt reduced his squad from 34 players to 27, and also trimmed were Keith Earls, Iain Henderson, Luke Marshall, and uncapped hooker James Tracy.Jackson was unavailable for personal reasons, meaning flyhalf Joey Carbery, who turns 21 on Tuesday, could make his Ireland debut from the reserves. Carbery, chosen ahead of France-based Ian Madigan, was the likely backup to Leinster clubmate Jonathan Sexton.The match with the All Blacks on Saturday was too early for OBrien and OMahony. Both returned to action only this month; OBrien after eight months out with hamstring issues, and OMahony after a year following a knee injury in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland hope both will be fit for the return match against New Zealand on Nov. 19 at Lansdowne Road.Earls was suspended, and flanker-cum-lock Henderson (shoulder) and Marshall (knee) were injured.Beside Carbery, other uncapped players in the squad were Leinster scrumhalf Luke McGrath and center Garry Ringrose, and Munster tighthead prop John Ryan and lock Billy Holland.---Ireland: Finlay Bealham, Rory Best (captain), Joey Carbery, Sean Cronin, Ultan Dillane, Tadgh Furlong, Craig Gilroy, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Robbie Henshaw, Billy Holland, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion, Jack McGrath, Luke McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Conor Murray, Jared Payne, Garry Ringrose, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, Andrew Trimble, Josh van der Flier, Simon Zebo. Julian Edelman Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. Brandon Bolden Jersey . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. . Its an influence in football and a big part of the game. The Denver Nuggets promising start has quickly gone south just 10 games into the season.Denver beat New Orleans and Boston on the road on its way to a 3-3 start, but nothing has gone right for the team since. Four straight losses have the Nuggets in the basement of the Northwest Division heading into Wednesdays game against the Phoenix Suns.Now the Nuggets (3-7) will play the next four weeks without starting shooting guard Gary Harris. Harris, who didnt play Sunday in a loss at Portland, is out with a foot injury suffered Saturday in a loss to Detroit. Harris started the season on the injured list with a groin injury, but this one is a big blow to a team struggling on both ends of the floor.Harris provides offense and strong perimeter defense, but what the Nuggets need right now is to find cohesion. That missing element is a little surprising because the team bonded during training camp in Omaha, Neb., and during a ton of time on the road during the preseason.It is surprising because you would think wed have a better start because of how we got closer in training camp, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay told The Denver Post. Were closer as a team this year than we were last year off the court. But, on the court, we have to keep working. We have to stay together.Harris absence at the start of the season was mitigated by Will Barton moving into the starting lineup. Barton, however, is nursing a severely sprained right ankle and coach Michael Malone said he could miss 4-6 weeks, which would put his return nearly at the end of November.Denver also made a roster move Tuesday, waiving little-used guard/forward Jarnell Stokes.The injuries could give rookie Jamal Murray a chance to shine. He is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range over the last five games and seems to have settled down after a rough start offensively. David Andrews Jersey. If he does start, Murray will face a strong Phoenix backcourt led by Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. The young guards have played well despite Phoenixs 3-8 record.The Suns are one of the more exciting young offensive teams in the league. Theyve lost four of their last five but got center Tyson Chandler back in the loss to Golden State on Sunday after he was away from the team following his mothers death.Tyson brings a lot of fire, Suns guard Devin Booker told The Arizona Republic. Hes a vocal leader for us. We need that. Hes been there. In those tough games, he knows what to expect.The Suns poor record aside, they have the talent to be good in the future. At least thats what current Golden State coach and former Suns general manager Steve Kerr thinks.If you look four or five years ago with the Warriors, when Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) were really young, they hadnt quite turned the corner, Kerr told Eventually they did with (coach) Mark (Jackson), and getting (Andrew) Bogut, becoming a great defensive team. I like what the Suns are doing. Its a team thats going to be interesting to watch over the next couple years.The Nuggets are concerned about the current Phoenix team, as well as their own. Malone changed his starting lineup two games ago, inserting Kenneth Faried at power forward and bringing Nikola Jokic off the bench. It hasnt produced a win, but the hope is it will soon.I think I need to have more fun out there, Jokic told The Denver Post. I think I just need to relax more. 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Chris Berman has taken his Swami Sez NFL picks segment, seen on SportsCenter, to ESPN Chalk. . Each week during the NFL regular season, hell give his favorite picks against the spread here with a little further analysis.Season record: 34-17 ATS (last week: 3-2)?Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit LionsComing off of a bye, I think Detroit has its eye on the big task, not just on Jacksonville this week. If the Lions want to be a team going somewhere this season, this is a game they should win by 10 points or more. Jacksonvilles defense is better than you think but doesnt quite have all the pieces yet. Im trusting the maturity of Matthew Stafford and Jim Caldwell to not let this team look ahead to a huge matchup against Minnesota on Thanksgiving.Score: Detroit 26, Jacksonville 16Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis ColtsTennessee has lost only one game by more than eight points this season (Week 1, hurt by two defensive TDs from Minnesota). This is a pretty good team. And while the Titans have struggled against Andrew Luck, there is a first time for everything. I dont think the Colts defense will be able to keep Tennessee off the scoreboard. The Titans take a close one on the road.Score: Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 24Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota VikingsBoth teams have been sputtering recently but are still dangerous. Minnesotas defense remains one of the leagues best and is getting healthier this week. That unit scores a defensive touchdown against the Cardinals, a division winner from last year that hasnt quite looked the part this season. The Vikings defense makes life tough for Carson Palmer and Minnesota enters its Thanksgiving date with Detroit off a win.Score: Minnesota 21, Arizona 17Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle SeahawksI picked Seattle to win outright last week, so Im a believer in this team. That win might be a sign that the Seahawks are ready to roll now. Philadelphia is 4-0 at home but only 1-4 on the road. This will be a tough learning experience for Carson Wentz. The Eagles will be in this game, but with Seattles offense coming on (and Thomas Rawls coming back soon) and Kam Chancellor back on defense, this is a different team. This should be the lowest number Seattle has at home the rest of the season. I like the Seahawks here.Score: Seattle 27, Philadelphia 16Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati BengalsCincinnati looked pretty sluggish on Monday Night Football, especially coming off a bye. The Bengals just didnt play with the urgency I thought they would. Buffalo showed me something in that close 31-25 loss in Seattle in Week 9. I think theyll play hard coming off a bye, as they still have a chance to do something and grab that last AFC wild-card berth.Score: Buffalo 24, Cincinnati 21 . PETERSBURG, Fla. . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky is hitting the road in a big way, exiting the mainland for Nassau, Bahamas, and a date with Arizona State on Monday.Now weve got to go on a trip and weve got to play in the Bahamas because our fans like to make trips, so well play in the Bahamas, coach John Calipari said Friday after Kentuckys 111-76 rout of Tennessee-Martin. Go have a vacation with us down there, and spend three days in the Bahamas.The game, to be played at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, is actually the brainchild of Calipari. His intention is to bring the Big Blue Nation fan base and his extremely popular basketball team together in a relaxed environment.What Im hoping is, bring your kids, Calipari said in his early November sales pitch. Lets make this a terrific weekend. Youre on the island, youre in a great venue and setup.Kentucky (6-0) has already faced Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York and will play North Carolina on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. But Calipari believes this trip has its own special appeal.I understand New York and I understand Vegas, but I think this is going to be the trip, Calipari said. I want it to be a family where were all there.In 2010, Kentucky participated in the Maui Invitational, an event during which Kentuckys fan base regularly descended on Hawaii. But Calipari doesnt like the lengthy travel and ended it after regular participation dating back nearly 20 seasons.Instead, Calipari took his club to the Bahamas in July 2014 for a six-game exhibition swing. During the trip, he promised fans they would return for a regular-season game every few years. Mondays game fulfills that promise.On Sunday afternoon, Calipari did something he had never done in eight seasons in Lexxington, inviting Kentucky fans to watch an open practice. Its an experience where you can get as close to this team, Calipari said. Youre not getting that close in Vegas and youre not getting that close up in New York. Youre just not. Its a different environment.Arizona State (4-2) has defeated Portland State, Cal Poly, Tulane and Citadel. Coach Bobby Hurleys club lost to Northern Iowa and Davidson. The Sun Devils havent played since Wednesday, when they outscored Citadel 127-110.Were playing Arizona State, Calipari said. Its not like were playing a team thats not good. Theyre a good team.Junior guard Tra Holder leads Arizona State in scoring at 18 points per game, followed by senior guard Torian Graham (17.3), junior guard Shannon Evans (16.2), senior forward Obinna Oleka (12.2) and freshman guard Sam Cunliffe (9.8). Oleka is averaging a double-double including his 10.3 rebounds per game.Kentucky is led by in scoring by freshman guard Malik Monk at 18.7 points per game, thanks to a career-best 26 against UT-Martin. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe averages 18.0 points but was forced to sit out the last two games with a bruised lower back. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Friday night.Freshman point guard DeAaron Fox averages 15.5 points and 7.8 assists and freshman forward Bam Adebayo averages 11.0 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds.One thing seems assured when the teams meet in paradise. Fans are in for fast-paced action as Kentucky averages 92.3 points and Arizona State, 85.7. 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Rookie status is something not attributed to Lauren Jackson since before the turn of the century, but if she seemed fearless as a 16-year-old on her first tour to Brazil with the Opals, her debut into motherhood has been much more daunting. Ricky Vaughn Jersey .Its been scary, actually, I havent been through anything as scary as this, Jackson tells ESPN.As any prospective parent knows, pregnancy is a whole new ball game.Jackson has made no secret of her desire for a family, and a miscarriage in 2013 no doubt played on her mind when there were hiccups early in this pregnancy. However, at 19 weeks along, all is now progressing well and Australias most successful female basketballer is eagerly anticipating welcoming her son into the world in February.As is the modern way, the world at large discovered the news on Twitter, but, fittingly, only after Jackson had made sure the important people in her life could celebrate the momentous news with her first.Im getting more comfortable talking about it now, she tells ESPN. Im getting rounder and starting my role with the [Melbourne] Boomers. There was going to be speculation, so family and friends had to know first. They supported me through my career and since my retirement. Ive been surrounded by the people I love. I wanted to tell them first.The exit of Lauren Jackson from the basketball court was a poignant moment for fans of the game, and, despite the long injury layoffs having given her time to prepare for the seemingly inevitable announcement, there was still a period of adjustment for the linchpin of the womens national team.I had thought a lot about it but when the time came it was still sad and a shock; for a time I felt empty, she says.Right after retirement I had a half-knee replacement and it took time to get to a point where I could walk, though thankfully its less painful now.After putting her body back together, Jackson focused on the future, as a board member and commercial operations executive at Melbourne Boomers.The timing was perfect.The opportunity came along early, within a month of me announcing my retirement. The Boomers were going through a transition phase with a new ownership group and building something special, which they asked me to be a part of.It seems the perfect fit.I said Id love to. After the career Ive had, I feel I have something to offer and give back to the game.Her main role as commercial operations manager is to engage with sponsors. When asked about a mentoring gig, Jackson takes it as read.Im starting to do some team admin roles, but mentoring? Not specifically, the girls know they can come to me; thats a given -- being on hand for the team.Empathy for those still pounding the boards is evident, as Jackson recalls her commentary role for the Opals disappointing campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.I think everyone was in shock. I can imagine the girls were devastated. The Opals have a tradition of success and there is an expectation that we will medal at the Olympics.Calling the games from home due to concerns over the Zika virus (for now obvious reasons), Jackson knew the ramifications of this team failing to meet public expectation.That [the Olympics] is one platform where the sport is on the front page and where people get behind it. For me as spectator and as a fan, that was one of the hardest things; this is the moment when the whole country is watching. I felt terrible for them -- they put their heart and soul into it -- but they will regroup and move forward.As a veteran of four Olympic Games, where did she feel it went wrong?Defensively there was a lack of structure. The pick-and-roll defence killed the girls in the end, and they were outplayed.Realistically, they didnt play too well across the tournament; in too many games, they were coming from behind. You cant play a whole tournament that way and be successful; the problems need to be figured out early and fixed, and they werent. Its no ones fault. You could see they gave it their all, and it was heartbreaking.Despite the disappointing outcome as a team, Jackson had high praise for Liz Cambage.Liz was unbelievable. If they were successful she would have been named best player in the world. How she played should be making people sit up and take notice.Unfortunately, Cambage is one of the stars who wont be on court for the Australian Womens National Basketball League this season. For a number of her Opals teammates, the lure of overseas contracts proved too great -- something Jackson is pragmatic about.Its a fact of life in basketball here, she tells ESPN.We arent even on television, which is a huge blow. We are a bit of a pathway, preparing players to dominate overseas. They will come back and play; people are starting to acknowledge womens sport here and attendance figures grew last season even without television coverage. If we can continue that, corporate support and exposure will follow.In the meantime, Jackson is looking forward to the coming WNBL season, particularly the performance of great friend Suzy Batkovic.I want to see her be successful. She missed out on national team selection; my personal opinion is that she should have been there, but now shell have that chip on her shoulder, and that will make her tougher than ever to take on. Im just glad I dont have to play against her.Away from her new courtside position, Jackson will be busy enough -- particularly when her son arrives. While she refused to be drawn on prospective names, his first supporters colours are likely to be purple and gold, despite her years in the capital.Canberra holds a very special place in my heart, but I signed a contract with the Boomers for two years, so Ill still be working with them. They have been so supportive, especially when I was new to the job and had to tell them I would need maternity leave. I will always cherish the way they handled that.For now, Lauren Jacksons focus is turning inward, and rightfully so. While the basketball world is eagerly awaiting the birth of a new Boomer, the rookie mum is enjoying the moment.I can feel him moving now, 10 fingers, toes, all of that. A healthy baby is all I want. Custom Cleveland Indians Jerseys . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. 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Top draft prospect Fournette, also a junior,?announced Friday?he would not play for No. 20 LSU in the?Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 against No. 13?Louisville?and instead end his college football career.We understand that this was a very difficult decision. For three years, Christian has not only been a great player, but a great teammate, as well, Stanford coach David Shaw said in a statement. We wish him great success at the next level, as we continue our preparation for the Sun Bowl.McCaffrey has a $5 million disability policy if he became injured and unable to play, which means he would collect a tax-free $5 million, a source told ESPNs Darren Rovell. 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He has a tremendous NFL career ahead of him, and that might be sitting in the back of his head.McCaffrey gained 3,864 yards in 2015, breaking Barry Sanders NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yardage. He won the Associated Press National Player of the Year award and finished second in that seasons Heisman Trophy voting, behind Alabamas Derrick Henry. McCaffrey led Stanford to a 45-16 walloping of Iowa in the Rose Bowl, racking up a record 368 all-purpose yards.McCaffrey entered 2016 as a faster and stronger player than the year before. Despite a midseason injury, he again led the nation with 2,327 all-purpose yards and posted 1,603 rushing yards. His rushing average actually improved -- despite the overall decline of Stanfords offense -- from 6.0 yards per carry in 2015 to 6.3 yards per carry this season. 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I want to go back. Ryan Kelly Jersey . Back to the summer of 2016. Life seemed...simpler.Except in the NBA, where matters were decidedly tumultuous.Free agency, fueled by television loot, became a nouveau riche drunken spending spree. The high amount of player movement shifted power across both conferences. It also reshuffled the statistical deck in fantasy.Per example? Kevin Durant to the Warriors affected production across three teams: Golden State, Oklahoma City (Russell Westbrooks usage rate accelerates over 40) and Dallas (Harrison Barnes had to land somewhere.)Al Horford, Dwyane Wade, Jeff Teague, Jeremy Lin, George Hill, Chandler Parsons and Derrick Rose decamped. Nicolas Batum, Marc Gasol and Bradley Beal stayed put. (But a player staying can have just as much fantasy impact.) Then you had teams like the Wizards who whiffed after hoarding cap space and were forced to hand more minutes to in-house options (the rise of Otto Porter).Then we logged several coaching changes.New coaches installed fantasy-friendly new systems (Luke Walton in Los Angeles) and shifted players into new roles (Mike DAntoni shifting James Harden to point guard is -- easily -- one of the biggest fantasy position switches of the past 10 years.)Speaking of Harden? All of this offseason tumult manufactured another fantasy by-product. A metric ton of statistical weight shifted to the backcourt.Peruse the ESPN Player Rater. Six point guards occupy the top 10. Four fully fantasy-qualified shooting guards sit in the top 12.NBA backcourts: decidedly en fuego.Its going to be a tough slog for any duo to top the 34.89 combined player rater points Stephen Curry and Klay Thompsons threw down in 2015-16. But all of the new combinations of rotations and systems is producing surplus of elite backcourts.Lets take the tour through fantasys highest-octane backcourt pairings.1a. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (27.09 points)Durants arrival mandated that Curry-Thompson was getting dented. And Thompson did require an early season swoon (lets call it a transitional period), where he hit only 3-of-28 3-pointers. But Thompson has recovered with a vengeance, including December 5ths still-shocking 60-point outburst.Despite Durants presence, Thompsons 3-point attempts have only fallen off by .3 attempts a night (8.1 to 7.8). And while it may take awhile for Thompsons 3-point percentage to fully recover from that 3-of-28, I expect it to push back toward the .400 mark within the month.By the end of December, Golden State could employ four top-25 fantasy players.1b. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (27.02 points)Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollums combined 27.02 player rater points puts them in a virtual tie with Curry-Thompson. Which means theyre on pace to become one of the great single-season one-two punches in fantasy history.Lillard-McCollum feasts on possession. Their combined usage rate is 57.8; almost equal to the rest of Portlands starting five.Lillard-McCollum is the most balanced of the pairings on this list. The other groupings mainly pair a lead alpha PG with a very good but supporting SG. But Lillard and McCollum are both top-12 players. They both supply elite production in key areas (points scored, 3-pointers). Lillards plus-assist production is balanced by McCollums plus-field goal percentage.An area that doesnt attract as much discussion? Free throw production. Both players hover right around 90 percent from the line. And theyre meeting their efficiency with volume. Lillard is averaging a career-high 8.0 attempts per game...a stunning average for a player that shoots so many 3s. By comparison, McCollum only averages 3.4 free throw attempts per game (although still a career high).3. James Harden and Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (24.97 points)This should really be about the pairing of Mike DAntoni and James Harden. In previous stops, DAntoni made fantasy stars out of less heralded players like Boris Diaw and Jeremy Lin. Hes turned All-Stars like Steve Nash and Shawn Marion into fantasy superstars. But DAntoni is blasting Harden into the stratosphere.Despite the transition to point guard, Harden is still equaling or scraping his career highs in points per game, 3-pointers and free throws. Now hes supplementing those marks with 11.6 assists and 7.7 rebounds a game.Eye dropping stuff, but I really want to talk about Eric Gordon.Because to date, Gordon is doing something he hasnt done in a half-decade: hes staying on the court. Hes averaging a career high in 3-pointers (3.6 per game). Hes averaging more points (17.3) than he has at any other point since the injuries hit.And hes doing all of this season as a sixth man.Despite coming off the bench and only averaging 30.8 minutes per night, Gordon is playing his way into consideration for most improved player and sixth man of the year.Mike DAntoni: as a fantasy coach, hes the GOAT.4. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors (22.43 points)Lowry and DeRozan are known as two of fantasys streakier producers. But so far this season, theyve succeeded at picking each other up when then other guard is in a slump.Kyle Lowry was a little slow out of the gate. His first couple weeks of the season sported Halloween-appropriate shooting lines such as 3-of-13, 5-of-16, 4-of-15, and 6-of-20. Which only set the stage for DeRozan to show off all the summertime work hed put into his midrange game.Each clunker from Lowry was supplemented by 30-point-plus clinic by DeRozan. DeRozan eclipsed 30 in eight of his first 10 games...and only hit five 3-pointers during that span. DeRozan continues to be one the most 3-point averse shooting guards in the NBA.And it doesnt matter. Because like Lillard, DeRozan is getting to the free throw line at a career clip (9.2 per game). DeRozans boffo free throw production is invaluable insurance for the periods where his jump shot isnt falling. Hes also supplementing the scoring with career highs in rebounds, steals and assists.While Lowrys production has recovered, DeRozans elevated across-the-board numbers is one of the less heralded fantasy stories of 2016-17. If DeRozan ever added a 3-point shot, hed be...Damian Lillard.5. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers (21.06 points)Chris Paul continues to play at such a high level that it doesnt require more than replacement-level SG production to meld a top-5 combo.For fantasy purposes, Redick is elite in 3-pointers, and merely very good-to-average everywhere else. 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Heyward will be with the team as it begins its 10-game road trip in Cincinnati and San Francisco. Gonzalez said "theres still no timetable on where or when" Heyward begins his minor league rehabilitation assignment. "Hes taking it day by day right now," Gonzalez said. "Hes feeling better every day." Soon after his surgery, Heyward said he hoped to return by the end of May. It is possible Heyward could recover faster than he expected. 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NEW YORK -- Zak Irvin led five players in double figures with 16 points and Michigan pulled away late in the first half for a 79-61 victory over Marquette in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden Thursday night. Cheap Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys .Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and reserve Mark Donnal added 15 points apiece for Michigan (3-0), which led for the final 33-plus minutes and beat Marquette for the 14th time in 20 meetings.Michigan will face SMU in the championship game Friday. Marquette will face Pittsburgh in the consolation game.The Wolverines shot 59 percent in the first half and 51 percent overall.Luke Fischer led the Golden Eagles (2-1) with 19 points, Hannif Cheatham added 12 and JaJuan Johnson contributed 11 but it was not nearly enough as Marquette shot 41 percent and committed 15 turnovers.Marquette trailed by 29 early in the second half and made a slight dent in the lead with about 6 1/2 minutes remaining when Matt Heldt scooped in a layup through a double team after nearly fumbling the ball away to make it 67-53.Michigan did not let the lead slip below 12 and sealed the win when Irvins 3-pointer late in the shot clock spun around the rim before going in with about a 4 1/2 minutes remaining. On the next possession, D.J. Wilson converted an alley-oop baseline dunk and free throw for a 73-57 advantage.Marquette held a pair of one-point leads early in the second half and stayed with Michigan until around the eight-minute mark. Already leading 28-20, Michigan scored 10 straight points in a span of 2:05 and held a 50-26 lead at halftime.BIG PICTURE:Marquette won its first two games by double digits over Vanderbilt and Howard, getting away with shaky first halves. The Golden Eagles averaged 36.5 points in the first halves those games but against a higher level of competition, Marquette was held to 26. The first four possessions of the second half did not go well either as the Golden Eagles were called for traveling twice and were not close on two 3-point attempts.Michigan made 342 3-pointers last season, the most in school history, and the third time under coach John Beileins spread offense the Wolverines made at least 300. Michigan is off to a good start again from long range. 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It was the first time the coaches had issued any public statements about the series of sexual assault allegations at Baylor, some involving former football players.Grobe said he didnt know about the tweet in advance, but said he wouldnt step in the way when the coaches wanted their perspective known.David Harper and three other regents met with the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News on Thursday, and Harper said Briles knew of the allegations of at least one gang rape.The assistant coaches, however, said the alleged victim had reported an incident to her sports head coach, who then reported it to ex-athletic director Ian McCaw. The coaches and staff members claim Briles wasnt told for another nine months and that Briles told the victims coach to report the matter to police and to prosecute the players if there was any wrongdoing.Briles attorney, Ernest Cannon, told the newspaper that Briles did everything that he was required to while at the worlds largest Baptist university and that the statement indicates that they didnt think that their leader was sinful.All of this was swirling before the game, when about 400 shirts with the hashtag (hash)CAB, which stands for Coach Art Briles, were sold outside the stadium. Cheap Calgary Flames Jerseys. A banner with those letters was flown from a luxury suite inside the stadium during the game.Its tough. You dont ever see anybody going through what were kind of going through, but we cant use that as an excuse, quarterback Seth Russell said. We cant let those outside things influence us in one way or another.There were also reports that Shock Linwood shoved an assistant coach on the sidelines during Baylors worst home loss since 62-0 to Texas 11 years ago. And this came a week after a one-point loss at Texas, which followed a Wall Street Journal article when regents first provided some of the details about the allegations.I hate to make excuses, but I really dont know how to put my finger on that, Grobe said, when asked about all the things happening off the field.An outside investigation found 17 women who had reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 Baylor athletes since 2011, including four reports of gang rapes. The investigation by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton found some players at the private school were alleged to have participated in a series of assaults over several years.Baylor has previously said the review found that the football program operated as if it were above the rules.McCaw resigned about the same time two-time Big 12 champion Briles was suddenly fired, and President Ken Starr was removed from his post by regents and later resigned as chancellor.Briles was the only coach dismissed following the law firms report, because he delegated down discipline and he operated a system where he was the last to know when he needed to be the first to know, explained Baylor regent Cary Gray.The law firms report said some football coaches and staff took improper steps in response to disclosures of sexual assault or dating violence that precluded the University from fulfilling its legal obligations.---Information from: The Dallas Morning News, White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys NFL China NFL T-shirts From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
This weekends slate doesnt quite measure up to Week 3s, but there are still intriguing games, players, matchups and coaching situations across the country. . Our experts break it down:Which game are you most looking forward to this weekend?Andrea Adelson: No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee Is this the year Tennessee breaks its long losing streak to Florida? Because the past several were supposed to be the year, but then the Vols were left with more of the same. Both teams are banged up, but the biggest questions center on the quarterbacks. How does Purdue transfer?Austin Appleby handle the biggest game he has ever started? And how does Tennessees Joshua Dobbs handle a nasty Florida defense ranked No. 1 in the nation in total D (129.7 yards per game) and sacks (16)? . 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Hales (83) scored a third Test fifty and Root (80) hit his 20th during a 96-run partnership for the second wicket as England, victorious in last weeks first Test at Headingley by an innings and 88 runs, closed on 310-6.  Alastair Cook will have to wait for his 10,000th run as he was out after making just 15 runs Hales and opening partner Alastair Cook (15) did miss out on milestones, the former spurning the chance to become the first Englishman to hit a hundred in all three forms of international cricket and Cook falling five runs short of 10,000 in Test cricket.However, Hales and Roots efforts and a sixth-wicket stand of 70 between in-form Jonny Bairstow (48) and Moeen Ali (28no) ensured England made a bright start to their bid for a series-sealing victory, at a ground where they have won all five of their previous Tests. Alex Hales second fifty in a row helped England to 310-6 Cook and Hales played sedately after the skipper opted to bat, sharing an opening stand of 39 in 13.5 overs before Cook clipped Suranga Lakmal - into the Sri Lanka side for the injured Dushmantha Chameera - to a tumbling Dimuth Karunaratne at second slip.Lakmal, whose dismissal of Cook came two deliveries after he opted to bowl around the wicket, then caught the out-of-sorts Nick Compton (9 off 34) superbly at deep-square after Englands No 3 mistimed a pull stroke off Nuwan Pradeep (3-69).Compton has now mustered a combined 75 runs in his last seven Test innings but Hales is experiencing an upturn in form, with his half-century in Durham coming off the back of a gritty 86 from 206 deliveries in Leeds. England opener Alex Hales told David Lloyd he thinks England had the better day after England posted 310-6. Hales hit nine fours and a six in his impressive knock but perished one delivery after depositing recalled left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana (2-35) into the stands, visiting skipper Angelo Mathews taking a blinding one-handed catch in the cordon in the 49th over.The openers demise stopped him adding a Test ton to his two ODI centuries - achieved against Pakistan and South Africa over the winter - and his unbeaten 116 against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20, though his tandem with Root left England in a healthy position.Root added a further 59 with James Vince (35) before both batsmen departed within the space of four overs - Root, who has now been dismissed six times in the eighties in Test cricket, spooning into the off-side and Vince pouched brilliantly by Lahiru Thirimanne at short cover following a loose drive. Joe Root fell 20 runs short of a 10th Test ton Sri Lankas mini-charge was quelled, though, by Bairstow and Moeen, who had each been shunted one spot up the order following the absence of knee-injury victim Ben Stokes to allow Chris Woakes to slot in at No 8.Woakes (8no) entered the crease for the final 20 minutes after Bairstow under-edge Pradeep through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal, the Warwickshire all-rounders gorgeous straight drive lifting England above 300.Watch day two of the second Investec Test from 10.30am, Saturday, Sky Sports 2. 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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA spent the offseason determined to become more physical on both sides of the ball. .One hit by a 294-pound fullback on the first day of training camp Monday indicated the Bruins might be on the right path.Ainuu Taua bowled over defensive back Keyon Riley after catching a pass in the flat, setting the tone during a spirited practice that showcased a new-look offense and rebuilt defense.Coach Jim Mora would rather save such collisions until UCLA is in full pads, but admitted Taua probably didnt have a choice.I think he got on track and couldnt get off track at 294 (pounds), Mora said. But I know the team enjoyed it.Quarterback Josh Rosen is getting all the attention after a strong freshman season, including a spot on the cover of the Sports Illustrated college football preview issue, but it will be players such as Taua and defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes that determine whether UCLA can return to the top of the Pac-12 South.Taua was used sparingly as a defensive tackle last season, transitioning to offense during the spring as UCLA moved away from the spread to a more pro-style scheme that will feature fullbacks and tight ends.The redshirt sophomore will likely be asked to serve primarily as a lead blocker, but Mora and Rosen are thinking about Taua as a possible option in the passing game because of his soft hands.If you keep seeing those types of things out of a guy like Ainuu, you go, `Maybe well throw him the ball in the flat and let him turn it up and see if a 180-pound corner wants to tackle a 294-pounder. Im sure they will take him low, so he has to learn how to hurdle. He can do that, Mora said.Were changing up the offense, but we got the pieces to do it, Rosen said. Were looking forward to being a hassle to scout basically.Opposing offenses didnt have to do much to scout UCLAs injury-ravaged defense last season. The Bruins gave up at least 235 yards rushing in five games last season. Southern California and Nebraska combined for 561 yards on 121 carries to end UCLAs season on a two-game losing streak.The return of Vanderdoes, who tore his ACL in the season-opening win over Virginia, should bolster the defensive line.While the redshirt junior has missed time because of injuries, his productivity when on the field has never been questioned with 10 total tackles for loss in his first two seasons. Even against the Cavaliers, he totaled eight tackles with two tackles for loss despite finishing the game injured.Man, Eddie can be the best 3-technique in college football, center Scott Quessenberry said. Weve seen glimpses of it. Him coming back is a huge X-factor for us.Linebacker Kenny Young made a bolder declaration about Vanderdoes value.We are going to win a lot of big games with this big fella, Young said.Mora cited the need to get bigger and stronger up front after going 8-5 in his fourth season, his lowest win total since taking over at UCLA.The edict seems to have taken hold. Vanderdoes and redshirt senior Eli Ankou each weigh around 320 pounds, giving UCLA the stout presence in the interior of its defense that was missing last season. Ankou added 15 pounds since December and is eager to see UCLA dish out the physicality instead of taking it, especially on the defensive line.Everybodys big and its crazy, Ankou said. For some guys it is like a placebo effect. They feel bigger so they kind of do better. . Its 1987 and a Brazilian playmaker, known as Mirandinha, is being paraded around St James Park to the passionate Newcastle fans. . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. OFFENSE Jalen Hurts, QB, AlabamaBecame the first quarterback in Alabama history to throw for 300 yards (347) and rush for 100 yards (100) in the same game.Accounted for 447 yards of total offense, which ranks as the third-best total in school history.His five total touchdowns - 4 passing and 1 rushing - tied the Alabama record for touchdowns responsibility in a game, matching Shaun Alexander, Santonio Beard and Gary Hollingsworth.Hurts completed 28-of-37 passes (75.7 percent) for 347 yards passing and five touchdowns, which is the second most passing scores in a game in school history.He also rushed 11 times for 100 yards and one touchdown, averaging 9.1 yards per carry.Hurts finished with a passer rating of 184.72 and averaged nearly a first down (9.3 yards per play) every time he touched the football.He now has 27 total touchdowns this season (16 passing, 11 rushing) in 10 games to rank fifth in single-season history at Alabama.His 735 rushing yards now ranks second among quarterbacks in program history.Derrius Guice, RB, LSURushed for a career-best 252 yards and 2 TDs in 38-10 win over Arkansas.Broke the LSU record for longest rushing TD with a 96-yard run in the fourth quarter.It was also the longest scoring play from scrimmage in LSU history.Averaged 12.0 yards per carry as the Tigers racked up 390 rushing and five rushing TDs in the win over the Razorbacks.The 252 yards is the second-highest total in school history. DEFENSE Maurice Smith, DB, GeorgiaSmith had a third quarter interception and returned it 34 yards for the Bulldogs only touchdown during the 13-7 win over #8 Auburn.This was Smiths second pick this year and the first he returned for a score since his high school playing career.Smith also had three tackles during a Georgia defensive effort that held Auburn to just 7 points which matches a career low under coach Gus Malzahn with the Tigers.The Tigers had been averaging 494.1 yards per game this season and 43.0 points per game over the last five contests coming into Saturday. Auburn finished the game with only 164 total yards and was just 2-for-12-on third downs. Under Malzahn, the Tigers were averaging 32.4 points in road games coming in to the contest. SPECIAL TEAMS Gary Wunderlich, PK, Ole MissNailed three field goals including the game-winning 39-yarder with 37 seconds left to lift Ole Miss at eighth-ranked Texas A&M.Also connected on FGs of 25 and 24 yards while making two PATs.Punted four times for a 40.5-yard average, including aa 47-yarder. Moved into third place in school history in career points scored (252) and third on the career FGs made list (44). FRESHMAN Shea Patterson, QB, Ole Miss?Shattered records and led a fourth-quarter comeback win in his debut for Ole Miss at eighth-ranked Texas A&M.Trailing by 15 in the 4th quarter, Patterson tossed a pair of touchdowns and set up the game-winning field goal with 37 seconds left.Set Rebel records for passing yards (338) and total yards (402) in a single game by a freshman.Completed 25 of 42 passes and rushed for 64 yards on 15 attempts. OFFENSIVE LINE Martez Ivey, OL, FloridaIvey, the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in Week 9, and the rest of the Gator offensive line did well in protecting Florida in both rushing and passing.Florida gave up just one sack and allowed no QB hurries, which aided quarterback Austin Appleby in throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and it also helped running back Jordan Scarlett to a career-high 134 yards on the ground and his second game of 100+ yards this year.Ethan Pocic, C, LSUPlayed every snap (67) in LSUs 38-10 win over Arkansas.Led LSU with 11 knockdown blocks as the Tigers racked up 547 total yards, including 390 on the ground, in the victory.LSU averaged 7.6 yards on 51 rushing attempts ... Helped pave the way for Derrius Guices 252 rushing yards, the second-highest total in LSU history.Guice also scored on the longest play from scrimmage in LSU history, a 96-yard run in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.Its the fourth time in five games under Ed Orgeron that LSU has broken an offensive school record. DEFENSIVE LINE Charles Harris, DE, MissouriHad a very impactful and disruptive day as he helped lead Mizzou to a much-needed 26-17 win at home over Vanderbilt, breaking Mizzous 5-game losing streak (and 11-game conference losing streak). Ended the game with 9 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss in all.Also forced a fumble on one of his sacks, while getting loose for a pair of QB pressures.Vanderbilt had allowed only 15 sacks on the season in 9 previous games coming into Saturday, but Harris and his line mates were very effective, as they combined for 6.0 sacks total, for 41 yards in losses.Harris ranks 4th in the SEC through 10 games with 8.0 QB sacks, and is also 7th in the league in tackles for loss (11.0). White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed JerseysJerseys NFL China NFL T-shirts From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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