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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:31:43 am 
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Rafael Nadal is taking it easy at the Rio Open, nursing a back injury and hoping it gets better. No. 1-ranked Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his first-round match on Tuesday night, his first in more than three weeks after losing the Australian Open final to Stanislaw Wawrinka. Nadal was an overwhelming favourite in Australia to win his 14th Grand Slam title, but he picked up the back strain warming up and was never the same. "When one comes back from an injury in a short period of time, you can always feel a need to be cautious," he said. "I felt it (the back) a bit. But I hope things continue to improve day by day. Little by little the back will be strong again. Ill get used to the competition and the back wont keep me from playing future tournaments." The Spaniards next test is on Thursday against countryman Albert Montanes. "I had a problem from Australia," Nadal said. "I tried to work on it at home and Im back playing again. At the beginning one is a bit afraid coming back from a problem. Ive worked hard to try to come back." Nadal was sidelined for much of the 2012 season with a left knee injury. He used the Latin American clay-court circuit as his testing ground for the knee early in 2013. It went OK. He won the French and US Open. Hes at it again early in 2014 with his back, reminding some that Nadals big swings and aggressive play may be taking a toll on his 27-year-old body. Nadal said after Tuesdays match -- his 800th -- that hed played better than hed practiced. "Of course there are aspects of the game I have to improve," he said. "Its been a long time since Ive played on the surface (clay), so Its normal to return without the best feeling." <a href="http://www.shopjerseysbrowns.com/Womens-Justin-Gilbert-Authentic-Jersey/">Justin Gilbert Womens Jersey</a>. 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Earlier Monday, Indy re-signed linebacker Justin Hickman and promoted quality control assistant Brad White to assistant linebackers coach. Moala was the Colts second-round pick in 2009 and matched a career high with 26 tackles last season. <a href="http://www.shopjerseysbrowns.com/Womens-Justin-Gilbert-Authentic-Jersey/">Justin Gilbert Browns Jersey</a>.   That also goes for each clubs closer in Detroits Joaquin Benoit and Koji Uehara of Boston.   Dig a little deeper into those bullpens, though, and you understand why both managers expect their stud starters Bostons Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Jake Peavy and Detroits Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Doug Fister to pitch deep into each game.The New York Islanders signed a goaltender to a long-term deal, signifying their expectation that they will be better next season. Numbers Game looks at the Islanders securing the services of Jaroslav Halak. The Islanders Get: G Jaroslav Halak. Halak, 29, was going to be one of the best free agent goaltenders available this summer when the Islanders made a pre-emptive move to acquire him from Washington. While there are ups-and-down in Halaks game from year to year, over the past five years, he has the third-best save percentage among goaltenders with at least 200 games played. Over the same time period, Halak has a .927 save percentage during 5-on-5 play, which puts him in pretty good company. As noted, there have been ups and downs in Halaks performance, with the worst of the downs his 2012-2013 season -- an injury-plagued season in which he finished with an .899 save percentage in 16 games. In every other season, since 2008-2009, Halaks save percentage has ranged from .910 to .926, so there is a good chance that he can provide above-average goaltending for the Islanders and that would represent a significant upgrade. Using Hockey References Goals Saved Above Average, for example, Halak has saved approximately 42 goals above average over the past five years and will effectively be replacing Evgeni Nabokov, who is 11.51 goals above average over those same five years (one of which was spent in Russia), so just on average over those seasons, Halak would provide a five-to-six goal difference and factoring in that Nabokov is 38 and Halak is 29, its clear that Halak is likely to have superior numbers over the next four seasons. Halak signed for four years and $18-million, which is entirely reasonable for a starting goaltender. His cap hit of $4.5-million ranks 15th among goaltenders already signed for next season. The decision to sign Halak and, on the same day, announce that they would be keeping this years first-round pick (meanning that the Islanders 2015 first-round pick goes to Buffalo) is a clear indication that the Islanders expect to rebound from this down season and, believe it or not, thats a perfectly reasonable decision.dddddddddddd They finished 19th in Fenwick Close (unblocked 5-on-5 shot attempts, within one goal in first two periods, tied in third), which is a good measure for puck possession and did so with several notable injuries and players departing via trade, so its fair to think that the Islanders can be a middle of the pack club, with goaltending offering the chance to be a bit above average or, if it goes wrong again, below average. Those expectations will put Halak in the spotlight, but his track record is strong enough to justify the Islanders investment. The Capitals Get: A fourth-round pick. While Halak played well for Washington, after coming over in trade from St. Louis, posting a .930 save percentage in a dozen games, its also not a surprise that Washington might not be inclined to keep him long-term. After all, the Capitals already have Braden Holtby, who has a .919 save percentage in 105 career games, as well as prospect Philip Grubauer (.924 SV% in 19 GP with Capitals) waiting in the wings, so there wasnt a lot of upside to spending on Halak. Of course, this decision cant entirely ignore the fact that the Capitals dont have a general manager since firing George McPhee. Brian MacLellan made out quite well in the interim, however, securing a fourth-round pick in exchange for negotiatiing rights to an asset that the Capitals apparently didnt intend to keep. There isnt a lot of value to a fourth-round pick, maybe a 15% chance that it turns into an NHL player, but for a player that could provide zero value to Washington next season, thats well-played. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:27:34 am 
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier on Monday morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season. After going 10-6 in 2012, the Vikings regressed this year, done in by a leaky defence and an ongoing inability to find stability at quarterback. Frazier finished 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons. The 54-year-old Frazier had one season remaining on his contract. "We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed by the team. "He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult but what we determined is best for the organization." The Vikings planned an afternoon news conference at Winter Park. Quarterback Christian Ponder sputtered and produced three straight turnover-plagued performances to start the season. The Vikings lost all three, on last-minute touchdowns to Chicago and Cleveland. They lost two other games and tied one in similar fashion, squandering leads inside the 52-second mark in all five of those. Though veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield was cut before the season to save space under the salary cap, the defence that has been Fraziers expertise faltered badly. Drafting Ponder 12th overall in 2011 was the primary responsibility of general manager Rick Spielman, but the shaky quarterback situation was far from the only problem for this team. Hired by Brad Childress to be the defensive co-ordinator in 2007, Frazier interviewed for seven head coach openings over a three-year span: Atlanta and Miami in 2008, Denver, Detroit and St. Louis in 2009, and Buffalo and Seattle in 2010. Finally, his opportunity came with the Vikings when Childress was fired in the middle of a messy 2010 season. Credited with keeping the team on an even keel while attention swirled around Brett Favre and the Metrodome roof collapsed the night before a scheduled game, Frazier went 3-3 as the interim, including an improbable win at playoff-bound Philadelphia after the NFL postponed that contest by two days because of a forecast snowstorm. Frazier got the job for good in 2011, but after a lockout-shortened off-season, the Vikings went 3-13 behind an ineffective Donovan McNabb and then rookie Ponder at quarterback. In 2012, they staged a remarkable turnaround, riding Adrian Peterson to a spot in the playoffs. Childress had his contract extended in 2009 while the Vikings were on their way to the NFC championship game, but the team came unglued the following fall. Wary of a similarly expensive over-commitment, Wilf and the front office merely picked up a fourth-year option on Fraziers deal last January, putting him in a prove-it situation for 2013. Right away, his future here turned grim. And as widely liked as Frazier has been throughout the organization, the ultra-competitive landscape of the NFL rarely allows coaches with two double-digit-defeat records in three years to keep their jobs. His playing career as a cornerback for Chicago cut short by a knee injury in the Super Bowl, Frazier soon ventured into coaching, building the program at Trinity College from scratch in 1988. Fifteen years later, he became the defensive co-ordinator for Cincinnati. With two years as an assistant in Indianapolis, Frazier came from the Tony Dungy mould of coaches, a soft-spoken man of deep Christian faith who has excelled at creating a culture of harmony and respect around the locker room. After the Vikings beat Detroit on Sunday to wrap up the season, Frazier stumped to stay. He said he was proud of the job he has done here. "I just have a lot of belief in my abilities as a coach and have a lot of belief in the guys on our team, a lot of belief in our staff, and for that reason you dont have to walk in fear," Frazier said at the Metrodome. "You just know that things are going to work out." <a href="http://www.authentictexansteamshop.com/Tom-Savage-Texans-Jersey">Tom Savage Blue Jersey</a>. The Canadian defence was ripped apart on all three goals at Craven Cottage, the west London home to English Premier League side Fulham. The loss stretched Canadas winless streak to 12 games (0-9-3) during which time it has been outscored 24-2. <a href="http://www.authentictexansteamshop.com/Jadeveon-Clowney-Texans-Jersey">Jadeveon Clowney Blue Kids Jersey</a>. 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Rose is averaging nearly 23 points and eight assists for Chicago, which has entered its game against the Hornets on a three-game winning streak and with the most victories (21) in the NBA. <a href="http://www.authentictexansteamshop.com/C-J-Fiedorowicz-Texans-Jersey">C.J. Fiedorowicz Texans Jersey</a>. Bryzgalov, who is rarely short of words off the ice, stopped all 24 shots his way and Charlie Coyle scored the games only goal as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Jets 1-0.NEW YORK -- Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark was suspended for three games by Major League Soccer on Wednesday and fined for directing a gay slur toward a ball boy during Houstons 2-0 loss at Seattle last week. MLS Commissioner Don Garber also directed Clark to attend diversity and sensitivity training. "Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behaviour from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances," Garber said. "I believe that he will learn from this incident." The incident occurred Friday. "I am sorry about what happened during the Seattle match," Clark saidd in a statement.dddddddddddd. "I have personally apologized to the ball boy, and I want to take this chance to say Im sorry to everyone that Ive offended. I intend to never use those words again in any context. There is no excuse for them. What I said does not properly represent who I am or what I believe. I made a mistake that I truly regret. I accept the punishment that has been handed down by MLS, and I want to learn from this incident and move forward." Houston said "this incident is not a true representation of Colins character or beliefs and that he is remorseful for what happened." ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:23:24 am 
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VANCOUVER -- The Montreal Canadiens traded defenceman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in exchange for forward Dale Weise. The 28-year-old Diaz had 11 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Canadiens this season. The native of Baar, Switzerland, has 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 128 NHL career games but was a healthy scratch of late with Montreal. "This is the business. This is the way it is," Diaz said Monday on a conference call. "As a player you want to play as much as you can and you want to help you team." Diaz joins a Canucks blue-line that has suffered a number of injuries in recent weeks, with both Christopher Tanev and Kevin Bieksa currently out of the lineup. "As a sportsman, as a hockey player, you respect everything (teams) do," he said. "(The Canadiens) always treated me good. They helped me learn a lot things to play in the NHL. "Im really excited for the new opportunity." Meanwhile, Weise never seemed to fit into the plans of Canucks head coach John Tortorella. The Winnipeg native had three goals, nine assists and 42 penalty minutes in 44 games this season, mostly while playing on the fourth line. "I think I can bring a physical presence to the (Canadiens)," said Weise. "Im a good skater and I work hard and my success is down low and hanging onto pucks and being physical and trying to get to the hard areas to score goals. "Im not sure where Im going to fit in just yet. Im just looking forward to coming in and trying to play hard and trying to find a spot." In 162 career NHL games, the 25-year-old has 10 goals, 16 assists and 185 penalty minutes. Weises name had been mentioned in trade speculation in recent weeks, but Mondays deal still caught him off guard. "(The trade) comes as a little bit of a shock to me," said Weise. "I think any time you hear rumours around you think about it but theres so many (rumours) that go around and you just never know. 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Hamelin, from Ste-Julie, Que., played catch-up after starting from the outside position and nearly caught J.R. Celski of the United States for second place with a strong last-lap push.JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are committed to keeping place-kicker Josh Scobee. The Jaguars placed the franchise tag Josh Scobee on Monday, a move that will keep the strong-legged veteran under contract for at least another season. General manager Gene Smith said the team wants to reach a long-term deal with Scobee. Both sides began preliminary talks last month, but they failed to reach an agreement before the franchise deadline Monday. "It is our goal to reach a long-term deal with him," Smith said in a statement. "Josh was drafted by the Jaguars and is someone that I have great respect for as a player and as a person." Scobee has made it clear he would prefer to stay in Jacksonville, where he has grown accustomed to year-round weather that suits his love of golf. But he didnt want to be tagged. The franchise tag for kickers is estimated to pay Scobee around $2.6 million in 2012, but it doesnt offer as much security as a long-term contract. Scobees last contract paid him $2 million annually. "Thank u fans for the support but u should know the franchise tag ISNT good for players," Scobee posted on his Twitter page Monday. "Long term deal is the objective." Scobees agentt, Ken Harris, said his client doesnt plan to sign the franchise tender.dddddddddddd As long as Scobee doesnt sign it, his agent can negotiate with other teams once free agency begins March 13. Franchised players usually stay put because it costs another team two first-round draft picks to sign them, and theres little chance anyone would give that much up for a kicker. A fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech in 2004, Scobee has spent his entire career in Jacksonville. He has made 79 per cent of his field goals -- most of the misses have been from long range -- and needs just 10 points to break Mike Hollis franchise record. Scobee also is nine field goals away from breaking Hollis franchise record for field goals (175). Scobee has converted 18 of 29 field goals from 50-plus yards, and has 145 career touchbacks. Last season was his best. He made 92 per cent of his field goals (23 of 25) and connected on 15 in a row to start the season. Of his 23 field goals, 12 were 40 yards or longer and five were from beyond 50 yards. His five 50-plus-yarders were the most in team history and tied for sixth in the NFL. He also set a franchise record with 39 touchbacks on 62 kickoffs, and 58 of his 62 kickoffs reached the end zone. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:21:01 am 
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BERLIN -- Hamburger SV ended its seven-game losing streak in the Bundesliga by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on new coach Mirko Slomkas debut on Saturday. Pierre Michel Lasogga set up Petr Jiraceks 42nd-minute headed opener and scored in the 58th. Hakan Calhanoglu completed the win with an improbable 45-meter free kick in injury time. Slomka took over last Monday from Bert van Marwijk, who was fired after the side lost its previous eight games in all competitions. "The result is a bit flattering," Slomka said. "But we did well in defence over long periods and the team can be proud of these points. Today was one of 13 (remaining) games and well never stop working." Hamburg climbed one spot into the relegation playoff place, overtaking Freiburg, which lost 4-2 at home to Augsburg. Sandro Wagner scored late for Hertha Berlin to win 2-1 at Stuttgart, which has lost seven in succession. Hoffenheim came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, and 10-man Nuremberg beat Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 in a game that featured three missed penalties. Second-place Bayer Leverkusens alarming slump continued in the late game with a 3-1 defeat at Wolfsburg, which stretched its winning run to four games. Bas Dost got the home side off the mark in the 13th, before Leverkusen winger Sidney Sam equalized just before the break. Luiz Gustavo restored Wolfsburgs lead in the 58th and Ricardo Rodriguez made it 3-1 on the rebound in the 73rd after Bernd Leno saved his initial penalty attempt. It was Leverkusens seventh defeat in nine games across all competitions, and means Bayern Munich can stretch its lead to 19 points with a win at Hannover on Sunday. "We have to try something different," Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia said. The home side started well in Hamburg, restricting opportunities for Dortmund, which visits Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League on Tuesday. Jiracek beat two defenders to meet Lasoggas cross at the far post, after the Hamburg striker did well to keep the ball in play. Calhanoglu won the ball from Nuri Sahin and Firat Arslan sent Lasogga through to finish with aplomb past Roman Weidenfeller. Rene Adler made a host of good saves as Hamburg kept a clean sheet for the first time after 14 games. His side conceded at least three in each of its previous seven games including the 5-0 German Cup defeat to Bayern Munich. "Its so nice to be rewarded like this at the end of the week," said Adler, who was criticized after last weeks 4-2 defeat to Braunschweig. Calhanoglu completed a memorable afternoon when he belted his free kick from near the centre circle over Weidenfeller. The Dortmund goalkeeper retreated but was unable to keep the ball out as it dipped in. Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp was philosophical about his sides sixth league defeat. "Theres that old saying that a good horse will only jump as high as it needs to. I hate that saying. I reckon a horse should jump as high as it can," Klopp said. "Today we looked to see how high we needed to jump. And as we realized that it wasnt so high, we were behind." Freiburg was left fuming after Christian Guenter was booked for diving in the 86th when it looked like he should have been awarded a penalty. Augsburg was leading 3-2 at the time. The home sides protests were ignored and Andre Hahn completed the scoring in injury time, leaving Freiburg one point below Hamburg. Hertha defender Levan Kobiashvili scored in the fifth in Stuttgart, making the 36-year-old the clubs oldest goal-scorer in the Bundesliga, only for Arthur Boka to equalize with a rocket from outside the penalty area before the break. Wagner scored with a header in the 87th, and was sent off in injury time with two yellow cards in as many minutes. "Were incredibly disappointed," Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider said. "The team showed it was alive. They threw everything into it." <a href="http://www.blakebortlesjersey.com/">Blake Bortles Jersey</a>. Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their fifth straight loss, 106-97. <a href="http://www.blakebortlesjersey.com/authentic-marqise-lee-jaguars-jersey.html">http://www.blakebortlesjersey.com/authentic-marqise-lee-jaguars-jersey.html</a>. Kevin Grosskreutz scored in the 66th minute for the defending champion, which lost to Hertha at home in the first half of the season, but has now won six straight. 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Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer off Logan Ondrusek two pitches later. <a href="http://www.blakebortlesjersey.com/">Blake Bortles Kids Jersey</a>.B. -- Aidan Kelly scored the shootout winner as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the Val-dOr Foreurs 5-4 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night.NEWARK, N.J. -- With his young team down 12 entering the fourth quarter on the road, New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams said only one thing to them. "I told them that they had to remain poised," said Williams, whose team erased the double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to stun the New Jersey Nets 102-94 Saturday night. "We just played the right way down the stretch. Sometimes, teams just miss shots and the opponent makes shots. A lot of teams would have quit playing, but our team had a huge amount of poise. Our defence was good down the stretch and we made shots. The execution only looks good when you make shots." The Hornets made three huge shots with the shot clock winding down to improve to 11-34. First, Jarrett Jack, who had 16 points, calmly made a 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining, giving the Hornets the lead for good at 95-94. Then, Chris Kaman, who scored 20 points, hit a huge 23-foot jumper with a second left on the shot clock and 45 seconds left in the game to push the lead to 97-94. Marco Belinelli sealed the win with a fall-away 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds left, also with the shot clock down to a second. Belinelli also scored 20 points for the Hornets. "We were down, but we never panicked," Belinelli said. "Me, Jack, Chris, we all made big shots and thats how we won this game. I think everyone was happy to get this one." No one was happier than New Jersey native Lance Thomas, who scored 10 points off the bench, including six in the fourth quarter, four on consecutive dunks and two on a left-handed hook shot in the closing minutes. "It is amazing for me to do this well in front of so many family and friends," said Thomas, the former Duke product who hails from nearby Scotch Plains, N.J., and played as a professional close to home for the first time. "Its a dream come true to play at this level. "It was a long, hard road to get here, but that just makes me appreciate it more. It felt good that Coach Williams had the confidence in me to play me down the stretch. Its a great moment for me." The Nets held an 82-70 lead going into the fourth quarter, but lost the lead in the final period. "When you get outscored 32-12 in the fourth quarter, its never good," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "We missed layups. We missed open jump shots. We had shots blocked at the basket. We missed some opportunities." Deron Williams had 20 points and 12 assists for the Nets. They also got 20 points from Anthony Morrow and 16 from Gerald Green off the bench.dddddddddddd Both Morrow and Green were disappointed after the loss. "This was tough, because we were in control most of the game," Morrow said. "We were not able to slow them down in the fourth quarter. We couldnt get anything going offensively. Its tough to watch everything unravel like this. Its a tough situation to see everything come apart like that." "We have to be able to win games like this," Green said. "We played well for so long and then watched it slip away." Gerald Wallace, making his debut with the Nets after being acquired in a trade with Portland before Thursdays trading deadline, scored 11 points. The Nets took the lead in the late stages of the first quarter, thanks to the bench play of guard Morrow, who scored seven points in a span of 2:23. Morrows corner jumper gave the Nets the lead at 22-20 with 3:58 left and the Nets held a 29-26 lead after one quarter. The Nets then maintained a 51-47 halftime lead, with 12 second-quarter points from Green, whose second 10-day contract with the Nets expires Sunday. The Nets extended their lead to 82-70 after three periods. Morrow scored 11 in the third and Wallace added seven, including a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving New Jersey its biggest lead of the night. Thomas had two consecutive dunks early in the fourth quarter that brought the Hornets within 82-76, but Williams hit two straight jumpers that brought the lead back to 86-78 with 6:30 left. The Hornets got even in the fourth quarter, when Kaman hit two free throws, tying the game at 88-88 with 3:48 left. The teams continued to trade scores for the next minute, until Williams and Green connected on consecutive baskets to give the Nets a 94-90 lead. After Jack and Kaman made their shots, the Nets had a chance to draw closer, but Deron Williams missed a driving shot with 38.5 seconds left, sealing yet another home loss for New Jersey. Belinellis shot with 16.8 seconds remaining put the capper on the win for New Orleans. "Our defence was good down the stretch, getting stop after stop," Hornets coach Williams said. "They were hot early, but they missed the shots late." NOTES: Wallace said that the trade to New Jersey "kind of caught me by surprise. I didnt see it coming. I asked my agent if anything was happening and it came as kind of a shock to me." ... Backup point guard Jordan Farmar missed his second straight game with a strained right groin, but Nets coach Avery Johnson expects Farmar to play Monday night against Cleveland. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:19:04 am 
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ROME -- Cagliari and Sampdoria drew 2-2 in a wild finish, while promoted Livorno stayed on the tails of the Serie A leaders by earning a 0-0 draw at Genoa on Saturday. Playing in Trieste due to stadium troubles in Sardinia, Cagliari was put in front by Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal in the 26th minute. That was the lone goal until Manolo Gabbiadini equalized in the 89th when goalkeeper Michael Agazzi let the ball trickle through his legs. Daniele Conti restored Cagliaris lead in the first minute of added time with a splendid free kick and Gabbiadini scored again with a deflection two minutes later. In Genoa, the closest either side came to scoring came when Genoas Thomas Manfredini hit the crossbar with a header from a free kick in the 76th. Livorno, which finished third in Serie B last season, is just two points behind league leaders Napoli and Roma. At Chievo Verona, Brazilian midfielder Maicosuel gave Udinese the lead in the opening minute but Chievo struck back through Sergio Pellissier in the 13th and Luca Rigoni in the 40th to win 2-1. Udineses attempt to equalize fell short when defender Dusan Basta hit the crossbar with a long shot in the 72nd. On Sunday, Napolis perfect record will be put to the test at the San Siro against AC Milan. Roma, which also has three wins in three matches, faces Lazio in the capitals derby. And two-time defending champion Juventus hosts newly promoted Hellas Verona. OAKLAND, Calif. - Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Crisp, who scored the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning, hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. Its the sixth game-ending hit of Crisps career. Yoenis Cespedes and Sam Fuld also drove in runs for Oakland, which rallied from two runs down for its first walkoff win of the season. Drew Pomeranz (1-0), the fifth As pitcher, worked one scoreless inning for the win. Abraham Almonte had two hits and an RBI for Seattle. The Mariners were coming off a series sweep of Anaheim and were attempting to go 4-0 for the first time since 1985. After scoring 28 runs in the three games against the Angels, Seattles offence managed just six hits against Oakland and stranded seven base runners. The Mariners scored in the first without the benefit of a hit. Almonte hit a grounder that went through the legs of Oakland infielder Alberto Callaspo, who was making his first career start at first base. Second baseman Nick Punto chased down the ball in right field but threw wildly back to the bag for another error, allowing Almonte to take second. Two batters later, Canos groundout scored Almonte. Almontes RBI single off Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in the fifth drove in Logan Morrison and made it 2-0. That put Seattle starter Roenis Elias in shape to become the first Cuban-born pitcher to win a game for Seattle before the Mariners bullpen gave up the lead. Elias, an all-star in the minors a year ago, aallowed one runs and two hits in five effective innings but left with a no-decision.dddddddddddd The 25-year-old lefty allowed only two runners past first base and struck out three and walked three. The Seattle rookie didnt give up a hit until Nick Puntos sharp single to left with two outs in the fifth. Fuld followed with a triple after Seattle centre fielder Almonte dived for the ball and missed. Fuld tried to score on the same play but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Cano. The play was reviewed and upheld. Oakland failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the seventh before Cespedes tripled in Crisp to tie it with two outs in the eighth. Chavez, making his first start since 2012, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings. NOTES: Oakland manager Bob Melvin met with reliever Jim Johnson to check on the As new closer after he took the loss in each of his first two appearances. "Everything gets real magnified when youre in the closers role because when you have a bad day the team loses," Melvin said. "Thats just the way it is." ... The As voided the March 29 option of IF Jake Elmore and placed him on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quad. ... OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Sacramento by the As. IF Hiro Nakajima was also sent outright to Sacramento. ... RHP Dan Strailey faces Seattle RHP Chris Young on Friday. Young last pitched in the big leagues in Sept. 29, 2012. ... Mariners RHP Stephen Pryor (surgery) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Jackson on Thursday. ... RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Single-A High Desert on Friday. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:17:21 am 
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Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca. Kerry, I just witnessed the hit by John Moore on Dale Weise in Game 5 - how was that different than the hit that Brandon Prust landed on Derek Stepan? Stepan sustained a broken jaw ... Weise sustained a headache! Should the same rule book call have been made on both hits? Rick Rick: The primary difference between these two illegal hits is that the head of Dale Weise was the "main point of contact" delivered from the shoulder of John Moore in Tuesday nights game and as such, fell under the parameters and language of rule 48 - illegal check to the head. Brandon Prust, on the other hand, initiated shoulder contact to the upper chest/shoulder of Derek Stepan and as the Habs player drove up and through the hit, "significant contact" resulted to the head of Stepan.  No penalty was assessed to Prust on this play (missed by all four officials) but since this illegal check was very late, blindside in nature and excessive in the degree of violence asserted, a major and game misconduct should have resulted for interference (rule 56.4/.5). While it might sound like "wordsmithing" (main point of contact versus significant contact), these are important distinctions for the referee to judge when assessing the appropriate penalty. Regardless of the terminology or rule application, both Prust and Moore deserved to be expelled from the game pending any subsequent decision by the Player Safety Committee. While both players were able to finish the game, it was learned the following day that Derek Stepan required surgery to repair a fractured jaw. Brandon Prust was suspended by the Player Safety Committee for a whapping two games! The full extent of head trauma symptoms is not always immediate so it might be premature to determine if Dale Weise is suffering anything beyond a headache. There is no provision for the referee(s) to assess a major and game misconduct penalty under rule 48 (minor or match only).  Based on the degree of impact to the head of Weise, it was correctly determined by the referees that John Moore deserved a match penalty (deliberate attempt to injure) and was immediately suspended. Moore has been suspended two games following his hearing with the P.S.C. this afternoon. To your point, Rick, there was an option, albeit ever so slight, for the referee(s) to impose a match penalty against Brandon Prust if first, they saw the play and second, deemed the illegal hit on Stepan was for no other purpose than to attempt to or deliberately injure the Ranger player. Given all the components of Prusts attack and delivery of the hit (excessively late, blindside and high) it would be reasonable to suspect it was not a normal "finish of a check" but instead designed to inflict punishment or even attempt to injure Stepan. Knowing the thinking habits of the referees, they would much prefer to impose the major and game misconduct option contained in the interference rule (or charging) and then let the P.S.C. rule under supplementary discipline if they deemed a suspension is warranted to the player as opposed to applying a match penalty that results in an immediate suspension and hearing. That option was not available to them last night when John Moore checked Dale Weise in the head beyond just two minutes worth! Based on the seriousness and potential consequences of any illegal contact to the head, I offer the following recommendations, Rick: - There should absolutely be no minor penalty option once the referee deems an illegal check to the head has been committed.- Only a major and game misconduct or match penalty should be assessed for an illegal check to the head. - Eliminate the fine line margin of tolerance and thinking that exists between "main point of contact" to the head for the referees to determine an illegal check to the head and for suspension purpose. If contact to the head of an opponent is "significant" through an elevated hit or otherwise, it should be judged as an illegal check to the head. 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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:15:10 am 
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OTTAWA - Road cyclist Sebastien Salas has been suspended for two years for an anti-doping rule violation, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced Monday. The violation -- tampering with doping control -- occurred during in-competition testing July 10, 2013. The CCES said Salas, a Vancouver resident, admitted to the violation, waived his right to a hearing and accepted the sanction. "It is unfortunate to learn that an athlete in our sport has been seen to have competed outside the rules of the Canadian Anti-doping Program," Cycling Canada president John Tolkamp said in a statement. "The fact that the rigorous testing regime of the national body with the collaboration of the CCES identified the problem should serve as a reminder to any that would cheat that they will be caught and sanctioned appropriately. "We will continue to enhance our efforts to educate around doping in our sport so that all athletes are able to compete on a fair and equal basis." 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The Russian will play South Africas Chanelle Scheepers, who knocked out Urszula Radwanska of Poland, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, in a match that lasted over three hours.NORMAN, Okla. -- Just in time for a showdown at Notre Dame, No. 14 Oklahoma has found itself a quarterback. In his first career start, Blake Bell -- who lost the starting job during the preseason -- passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma and the Sooners beat Tulsa 51-20 on Saturday. "It was awesome," Bell said. "I had a great time first of all, just getting out there and playing ball, theres nothing better. The only thing I wanted to do was be ready. I didnt want to not be ready for this game. I felt like I did that. I felt like I played well out there." Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns -- all career highs -- and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0). The Sooners scored on their first five possessions against Tulsa (1-2) to continue their dominance in the series, having won 12 of the last 13 games between the in-state rivals. The Sooners are 13-0 against Tulsa as a ranked team and 7-0 against the Golden Hurricane since Bob Stoops became Oklahomas coach in 1999. Bell, a junior, lost a preseason competition to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, but Knight struggled in the passing game in wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia. Knight bruised a knee against West Virginia, opening the door for Bell to start against Tulsa. Oklahoma is 3-0 for the third time in four seasons, heading into a showdown in two weeks at No. 21 Notre Dame, which beat the Sooners last year in Norman. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said after the game that Bell would start against the Fighting Irish. "Thats pretty obvious," Stoops said. "So much for your controversy right now. It didnt last long. You cant deny what he just went out and did. Im proud of him and excited for him. It also speaks to his character. Heres a guy that was ready for it -- never got down, never changed his attitude. He got his chance and he took great advantage of it." By halftime, Bell -- who served as a short-yardage rushing specialist for the Sooners the past two seasons while backing up Landry Jones -- was 15 of 21 for 281 yards and two touchdowns. His first-half yardage total was the second-most by an Oklahoma quarterback in the first half of his first career start. By comparison, Knight passed for 205 yards combined in his two starts. Bell posted the highest passing-yardage total by any Oklahoma quarterback making his first start. By comparison, in the debuts of Oklahomas two most recent starting quarterbacks before Knight, Sam Bradford threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a 2007 romp over North Texas, while Jones had 286 yards passing and three TDs in a rout of Idaho State in 2009. Bell -- whose pre-game introduction received a rousing roar of approval from Oklahoma fans -- finished 27 of 37 passing. After he lost the preseason competition for the starting job, Bell said everyone told him he had to stay ready. "Thats what I did," Bell said. "I put my head down and went to work, because you never know whats going to happen. I prepared every day like I could go in there at any time." Tulsas offence made a resppectable showing against an Oklahoma defence that allowed a combined seven points in its first two games.dddddddddddd Quarterback Cody Green completed 17 of 33 for 226 yards, while Trey Watts rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries, caught five passes for 65 yards and returned a punt 77 yards to set up a field goal. Jordan James caught six passes for 100 yards for Tulsa. "We were more consistent on offence," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "We still had a critical turnover that hurt us. We dropped a pass that might have been another big play. We just have real high standards. I think we are an improving football team but we got exposed on defence today." Bell was 3 for 4 on Oklahomas first drive, which Brennan Clay ended with a 4-yard touchdown run. On the Sooners next series, Bell hit Reynolds in stride for an 82-yard gain which became the longest non-scoring pass play in Oklahoma history when Tulsa cornerback Darnell Walker Jr. hauled down Reynolds at the 4. Oklahoma settled for a 20-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt. Tulsa answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive, aided by two Oklahoma penalties in the end zone. On one of them, safety Gabe Lynn initially was ejected for targeting, but the ejection was overturned after a video review. Still, the Golden Hurricane eventually scored on a 2-yard run by Watts, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts. A 41-yard gain on a bubble screen pass to Durron Neal set up Oklahomas next touchdown, a 3-yard pass from Bell to Shepard. Lynn intercepted Green on the Golden Hurricanes next series and his return to the Tulsa 36 led to a 29-yard touchdown pass from Bell to tailback Roy Finch that made it 24-7. Bell hit Shepard for 44 yards on Oklahomas next drive, leading to a 30-yard field goal by Hunnicutt. The end of the half stopped Oklahomas sixth drive, but the Sooners opened the second half with a 35-yard scoring pass from Bell to Shepard that was set up by a 41-yard punt return by Jalen Saunders. Oklahoma didnt punt until its eighth possession. Watts returned the punt 77 yards to the Oklahoma 9, but Tulsa settled for a 21-yard field goal by Carl Salazar that made it 34-13. NOTES: The 82-yard reception by Reynolds in the first quarter was the longest by an Oklahoma player since Cameron Kinney caught an 86-yard pass against Oklahoma State on Oct. 27, 2010. It was the second-longest ever at Owen Field, trailing only an 86-yard catch by Wahoo McDaniel vs. West Virginia on Sept. 27, 1958. . The Sooners played without cornerback Aaron Colvin, who was kicked in the jaw during the West Virginia game, and running back Damien Williams, who didnt suit up after being suspended for the game for violating team rules. . Lynn didnt play in the second half after limping off the field following his interception. . Tulsa LB Shawn Jackson had three tackles for loss, giving him 41 1-2 for his career, breaking the school record of 40 co-held by Don Blackmon (1976-1980) and Sam Rayburn (1999-2002). . Tulsa hasnt beaten a top 15 team since knocking off Texas A&M in 1991. . The attendance was 84,229, marking the 89th straight sellout at Owen Field, a program record. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 03:11:28 am 
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- In accepting his first MVP award, Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant made a point of sharing the honour with those who made it possible. In a soul-baring speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Durant fought back tears several times while thanking each of his teammates, the coaches, support staff and team executives, and finally his family. The emotional outpouring culminated with a tribute to his mother, Wanda Pratt, and the sacrifices she made, the inspiration she provided while raising Durant and his brother in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. "You made us believe," Durant said to Pratt, who was at the ceremony in Edmond, Oklahoma. "Kept us off the street. Put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didnt eat, you made sure we ate. You sacrificed for us. Youre the real MVP." Durant explained that Pratt was a single mother with two boys, and though times were tough while growing up, Pratt always thought something better was ahead. Durant said to appreciate moments like these, he often looks back to gain perspective. "One of the best memories I had is when we moved into our first apartment," he said as tears streamed down Pratts face. "No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other, cause thats when we all thought we made it." Hes really made it now. The young man who said he was told he "wasnt supposed to be here" won the NBAs top individual honour Tuesday, receiving 119 first-place votes. Miamis LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third. Durant, 25, called it "surreal" and at one point, as he thanked his teammates, he stopped and said, "I dont know why Im crying so much." "Everything in my life, I had to take it," Durant said. "Theyre not going to give it to you out of sympathy. I wouldnt want it any other way. This was another case, if I wanted to win the MVP, I had to go take it. I felt that this was the year I did that." During a speech in which Durant revealed a humility and vulnerability rarely displayed by a professional athlete, he also drew some laughs. "I could walk in and have a terrible day and I could see Hasheem (Thabeet) smiling at me, at 7-foot-3 with small pants on," he said. "That would change my day." Durant mentioned qualities about each teammate, showing respect for the veterans who challenge him and the rookies who inspire him to do things the right way because they look up to him. "I go home and I think about that stuff, man," he said. "When youve got people behind you, you can do whatever." Durant won his fourth scoring crown in five years by averaging 32 points. The 6-foot-9 forward helped the Thunder go 59-23, second-best in the league, despite playing much of the season without three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook because of a nagging knee injury. "Hes basically put himself in front of everybody else in the league and shown that hes the best player in the world," Westbrook said at the end of the regular season. James agreed, saying Monday: "Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season." Durants run of 41 consecutive games this season with at least 25 points was the third-longest streak in NBA history. "It was a two-man race, and then toward the end, it was kind of a no-brainer," Griffin said. James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting nearly 57 per cent from the field. Griffin averaged 24.1 points and 10.1 rebounds. Durant scored at least 40 points 14 times. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 5.5 assists while shooting 50 per cent from the field. While Westbrook was out after his most recent knee surgery, Durant averaged 35 points and 6.3 assists as the Thunder went 20-7 and remained among the leagues elite. Teammates and opponents say Durant became a more complete player this season. They praised him for improving his court vision, consistently making the extra pass and moving more efficiently without the ball. "I think we take it for granted," teammate Nick Collison said. "To be able to stay on for long periods of time -- have to cut hard, catch the ball in the right spot and defend on the other end -- is tough to do. To be able to show that shows that he has an edge to him. He doesnt take a night off." Though Durants consistency stood out this season, he had several exceptional games. He scored 48 points on Jan. 4 at Minnesota, then scored 48 again two games later at Utah. He scored a career-high 54 points in a home win against Golden State on Jan. 17 and two games later scored 46 at home in a victory against Portland. Two games after that, he had a triple-double -- 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists -- in a win at Philadelphia, and he followed that with 41 points in a victory over Atlanta. He scored 51 points at Toronto on March 21 in a staggering 53 minutes and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in double overtime. He capped it off in the season finale by scoring 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter against Detroit and winning the game with a dunk with 16.5 seconds left. The Thunder overcame a 10-point deficit in the quarter to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. "I put in so much work and so many people helped me," he said. "I feel like we all won it. Our equipment guy gave me a hug today and said, This is my first MVP, and I thought about that. And I said, Yeah, this is our first MVP. I couldnt have done it without the teammates, without the trainer. Everybody. 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Morgan was only in the game because Michael Brantley had left with a stiff back.FRISCO, Texas -- Fabian Castillo scored in the 62nd minute and FC Dallas snapped an eight-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Dallas (6-7-3) had failed to score more than one goal in a game during its skid. "Today, the result bounced our way. I thought we deserved it," FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. "We were smarter. We knew that we were going to have some chances on the counter." Castillo took possession of the ball near midfield and dribbled around Rapids defender Drew Moor before curling a left-footed volley from 15 yards and into the right corner of the net. "Its a play we try a lot during the game, sometimes it goes in. Luckily it worked for me and it was a nice goal," Castillo said through a translator. Colorados Jose Mari tied it 2-all in the 52nd minute when he angled a header into the left corner of the net from inside of 6 yards. Dillon Powers set up the goal with a corner kick from the left side. Zach Loyd scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time to give Dallas a 2-1 lead. It was Loyds first goal since July 4, 2012 -- a span of 51 games. "Its been a long time," Loyd said. "I was following Fabian into the box, he was getting a lot of 1-on-1 matches. I was just trying to get (the ball) on frame and it went into the back of the net." Loyds shot from 19 yards grazed the right leg of Colorado deefender Chris Klute, causing Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin to misplay the shot and the ball bounced off Irwins right hand and into the left corner of the net.dddddddddddd Dallas Andres Escobar tied the game 1-1 in the 33rd minute after Benitezs free kick bounced off of Escobars back and into the left corner of the net. Saturdays game was the first career start for Escobar, who did not realize he was credited with the goal until after the game. "The first two goals were a bit strange," Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni said. "Its frustrating, thats why you dont get caught up in results or at least I dont. You have to look at the big picture and where we were four, five months ago and where we are today. You cant get too caught up in the excitement of wins and too much into the sorrow of losses." Deshorn Brown chipped a shot from the top of the penalty box over the head of Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman to give the Rapids (6-5-4) a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Mari started the scoring sequence when he sent a cross to Drew Moor. He headed the ball and Brown redirected the shot into the net for his third goal in the past three games. "We lost momentum," Brown said. "That last goal has us a little confused." Dallas outshot Colorado 12-10. Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez finished with two saves and picked up his first win of the year in his sixth start of the season. ' ' '

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 on: July 31, 2014, 12:47:03 am 
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BRASILIA, Brazil -- When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands remarkable campaign ended on a high note after Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the team a 3-0 win over Brazil in the third-place game on Saturday. "We can look back at a very successful tournament," Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal said. "Im proud of my players." The Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978. The Brazilian fans loudly greeted the Dutch players after they received the third-place medals, applauding on their feet. "I would like to thank all people in Brazil for their great support," Arjen Robben said. "For us it was the best way to end this tournament. We fully deserved third place the way we played. Its a very big achievement." The loss added to Brazils frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany. After the final whistle, the team was loudly booed by the nearly 70,000 fans that attended the match at the National Stadium in Brasilia. Many had already left even before the late third goal by the Dutch. Its the first time since 1940 that Brazil lost two consecutive competitive games on home soil. "Its a terrible feeling, I dont know what to say," Oscar said. "After a huge loss to Germany, today we tried our best from the beginning to win third place but it wasnt our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future." Brazil conceding 14 goals in the tournament, the most ever for the team. The previous worst had been 11 goals in the 1938 World Cup. Now it conceded 10 in its last two games. "It was supposed to be an even match but after the early goal things started going their way," Scolari said. "I dont think we played that bad. The players fought hard from the start. They created chances, so its difficult to lose 3-0. But they deserve all the credit in the end, they reached the semifinals." Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva on the edge of the area. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time with a shot inside the near post. "The most beautiful was our resilience. We were knocked out but we came back and finished third," Wijnaldum said. "We wanted to close it out well." Brazil looked lost from the start, making many of the same defensive mistakes that marked the historic defeat to the Germans four days ago. The Netherlands took advantage with quick passes and speed in the attack. Silva had to foul Robben after being beaten on the run, leading to van Persies firm left-foot shot into the right upper corner to put the Dutch ahead. The Dutch wanted a red card for Silva for a professional foul, but Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi only gave him a yellow. Silva had missed the semifinal against Germany because of a yellow card suspension. Blind added to the lead after Luiz failed to clear a cross, heading the ball right back to the Dutch defender for an easy goal. Wijnaldum closed the scoring in injury time with a goal from inside the area after a cross by Daryl Janmaat. "Its frustrating," Silva said. "We didnt deserve to have it end like this. But unfortunately its football. I have to apologize to our people. 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